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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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U.S. Army Stryker Vehicles Are Getting A Big Weapons Upgrade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 minutes ago
U.S. military vehicles parading near Russia's border in Narva, Estonia on Feb. 24. (Estonian Defense Forces) *Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics*: *The Army's Fast Stryker Vehicles Get a Big Weapons Upgrade* The lightly armed wheeled vehicles are getting more power, ​in case they ever come up against Russian tanks. The U.S. Army's Stryker vehicles, originally envisioned as lightly armed infantry fighting vehicles, are getting a much-needed firepower upgrade. The Strykers will be equipped with new rapid-fire cannons and anti-tank guided missiles that will allow them to fight Russian ... more »

Bill Clinton Illegally Blocks Voters From Voting For Bernie (VIDEO)

Grayson Black at Your News Wire - 31 minutes ago
On Super Tuesday in the key state of Massachusetts, former president Bill Clinton illegally entered a polling station to intimidate and prevent voters from casting their votes for Hillary Clinton’s rival, Bernie Sanders, in the already contentious race in the Democratic presidential primary. Bernie Sanders has shocked the establishment media and the powerful Clinton political machine by gaining ground so quickly in the race and immense grassroots support which has elevated Sanders to an unprecedented level of popularity nationally. This was clearly a desperate attempt at mitigating... more »

Is Hillary Clinton An NRA Candidate After All? Worse

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 32 minutes ago
In 2008 one of the clubs Hillary wielded viciously against Obama was about how he was too anti-gun. She had been flip-flopping back and forth-- always the values-free opportunist-- between being anti-gun and pro-gun depending who she was trying to suck contributions and votes out of. Today her gun lie is how Bernie is pro-NRA, despite getting a lifetime "D" rating from the NRA. Zaid Jilani, writing for *The Intercept* yesterday, exposed the rank hypocrisy that has come to define Clinton's entire shameful career in politics. No one who knows anything about her would deny she would ... more »

Pouches Were Cool: Brief Reflections on the Iron Age of Comics

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 hour ago
Probably my favorite of the "ages" of comic books was the Bronze Age - it's not a rigidly defined time, but generally considered to span from 1970 to the mid-80s - often with *The Dark Knight Returns* as being considered the dawn of the Iron Age. Though the Bronze Age is my favorite, I started reading comics as it was ending - *Crisis on Infinite Earths* was just about to appear on the shelves. So most of my initial collecting was in the Iron Age. I'm pretty sure in my parent's house in a box are multiple copies of *X-Men #1 *and *Superman #75, *just waiting to be cracked open to... more »

Libertarian Debate: Gary Johnson Highlights

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 hour ago
*"I've climbed the seven summits, the highest mountain on each continent. Donald Trump is a pussy." - Former Governor Gary Johnson.* Title: Libertarian Debate: Gary Johnson Highlights. Source: Justin A. Date Published: February 29, 2016.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“What's that in the sky? Earlier this month, in the sky high above Hong Kong, China, not just one unusual type of cloud appeared- but two. In the foreground was a long lenticular cloud, a cloud that forms near mountains from uprising air and might appear to some as an alien spaceship. *Click image for larger size.* Higher in the sky, and further in the background, was a colorful iridescent cloud. Iridescent clouds are composed of water droplets of similar size that diffract different colors of sunlight by different amounts. Furthest in the background is the Sun, blocked from direct v... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Cosmography of Myself”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“The Cosmography of Myself”* by Chet Raymo “It was a common conceit of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to think of the human self– body and soul– as a microcosm, a little world made cunningly of elements and an angel-like sprite, a miniature version of the macroscosm, the universe. So-called "correspondences" linked the microcosm and the macrocosm. For example, each of the seven holes in the human head corresponded to a celestial body- Sun, Moon, or one of the five known planets. Astrology articulated a vast system of correspondences between the peregrinations of stars and human l... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Gallatin, Tennessee, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Do Russians Love Putin?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Putin thanked supporters at a victory rally in Moscow on Sunday. IVAN SEKRETAREV/AP *Samuel Bendett, The Compass*: *Why Russians Love Putin* Over the past decade and a half, Russian President Vladimir Putin has enjoyed consistently high rankings and the continued support of the majority of his country's population, as well as that of the country's military, political, and economic elites. There are straightforward explanations for such strong support. His government's control of practically all major media outlets; the crafting of an image that shows him as a virile and masculine ... more »

Seeing the USA........Canada. The Colonial Curse. Part IV

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 2 hours ago
Canada. The Colonial Curse. Part IV *Seeing the U.S.A.* *Written by Robin Mathews* One of the most important histories written in the last twenty-five years by a Canadian (or anyone else) is surely The American Empire and the Fourth World (McGill-Queen’s, 2003) by Anthony Hall. Reading it a second time, I marveled that it has been allowed to pass almost unnoticed in Canada, as has its sequel Earth Into Property (McGill-Queen’s, 2010). The Independent of London described Earth Into Property as one of the most important books of the year (but not, apparently, in Canada). Canad... more »

Project Camelot and My Life on Mars

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 3 hours ago
The other day I did Rob McConnell’s X-Zone radio show. As usual, we had a lot of fun and he mentioned to me that Kerry Cassidy had been on his show a few days earlier. It was her premise that “Soldiers who are alleged to be going to Iraq or Afghanistan are actually being sent off planet to places like Mars to fight battles alongside other alien races. Those men and women will have their minds wiped when they come back. This is why we’re having a lot of suicides with ex-soldiers. In some cases their minds have been wiped so many times they become unbalanced as a result. When they retu... more »

Is Donald Trump Right About Defense Spending?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Donald Trump speaks on the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson *Matthew Gault, Reuters:* *Donald Trump is right about defense spending – and that should scare you* Donald Trump could be the only presidential candidate talking sense about for the American military’s budget. That should scare everyone. “I’m gonna build a military that’s gonna be much stronger than it is right now,” the real- estate-mogul-turned-tautological-demagogue said on Meet the Press. “It’s gonna be so strong, nobody’s gonna mess with us. But you know what... more »

Is It Time For Campaign Organizations to Fire Their Candidates?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*-by Noah* Imagine a world where a campaign organization had so much power over its candidate that they could replace that candidate at will. Think about it. So many political candidates are such empty vessels, and so devoid of any real intellect or personality, let alone moral compass, that they are really nothing more than a creation of campaign script writers. What lengths would a campaign go to in such a world where a candidate is so inept that a churlish, bullying 4th grader like Donald Trump was beating that candidate like the proverbial rented mule. Given the general attit... more »

Honduran Women on Hillary Clinton

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
*teleSUR talked to feminists in Honduras, where the U.S. State Department backed a military coup in 2009, about Hillary Clinton’s so-called feminism. (Part of the story below)* U.S. Democratic Party presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has built her campaign around her self-proclaimed dedication to fighting for women’s rights, as well as her superior experience in the realm of foreign policy. Many feminists have disputed that, and the women on the receiving end of her foreign policy, in particular Latin America, are even less likely to see the former Secretary of State as a cham... more »

What Are The World’s Most Powerful Passports?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Anne Quito, Quartz*: *It’s good to be German: The world’s most powerful passports* If you want to travel the world, it pays to be German. This comes courtesy of a new survey that ranks countries around the world on the amount of “travel freedom” accorded to their citizens. Travel freedom is defined as the number of countries where citizens can travel to without needing a visa, or where they will receive a visa upon arrival. Germans have the most powerful passports in the world, offering visa-free access to 177 countries and territories out of a total of 218, according to the 201... more »

Game Changer? Mitt Romney to Make ‘Major Speech’ About Presidential Race Tomorrow

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Mitt Romney-900] Fox News is reporting that Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee who lost to Barack Obama in that year’s general election, will give a ‘major speech’ about the 2016 race tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET to the Hinckley Institute of Politics... more »

Unleashing Racism

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Young Black woman repeatedly assaulted at a Donald Trump rallyUPDATE (5am): We have now determined that many of the men assaulting this young girl, a teenager, are open white supremacists who have been clearly idenfitied members of hate groups and Neo-Nazi organizations. I have an article coming out on them shortly. Full story @: http://nydn.us/1T7vFgh-----Excuse my language, but I am fucking furious. Blood boiling. This is in Louisville at an official Donald Trump rally. This young peaceful Black woman, reportedly a teenager, is shoved and pushed and repeatedly assaulted by grown ... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( March 2 , 2016 ) Overview ( 1.Oil Decline In Perspective. 2. Global Equities - YTD. 3 ECB - Policy In Tatters. ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Refugee Situation / Border Security. 2. German News Of Note. 3. Spanish Political Updates. 4. Greece - Around The Horn. ) Odds & Ends ( 1. UN Imposes Sanction On North Korea - A Provocation Directed To South Korea , Japan Or China Coming Soon . 2. Libya Unity Go'vt Still Eludes UN. 3. Trump Rolling Along In GOP Presidential Nomination Race. 4. Jordan Thwarts ISIS Attack.5. BOE Chimes In On Cash Elimination to Facilitate Deeply Negative Rates )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Overview........ *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7h 7 hours ago Largest Crude Oil Declines in History 11-16: -77% 08-09: -76% 85-86: -66% 90-94: -66% 96-98: -59% 00-01: -54% *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7h 7 hours ago Positive YTD Argentina Colombia Turkey Thailand Indonesia Russia Mexico Taiwan Brazil Malaysia All Emerging Markets *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 7h 7 hours ago #ECB strategy in tatters as inflation expectations keep falling despite recovery in risky assets & oil stabilization *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehn... more »

Thousands Of Migrants Stuck At Greece-Macedonia Border (And The Numbers Continue To Grow)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Number of migrants swells on closed Greece-Macedonia border* The number of migrants awaiting passage to central and northern Europe swelled on Greece's border with Macedonia on Wednesday as the frontier remained shut, adding to a humanitarian crisis and deep fissures within the European Union. Aid workers said the situation at Idomeni, a small border town in northern Greece, could easily spin out of control with no let-up in the number of refugees gathering for passage into Macedonia. Living in filth, families with small children jostled for space in waterlogged field... more »

Charles-Théodore Frère

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*Increasing estimates for sea-level rise bring questions on coastal plan ~Bob Marshall, The Lens* *The Broad Theater in Mid-City Opens March 4! ~Canal Street Beat*

By now the readers of my blog know that Paul Craig Roberts is my main source of materials to repost, and he is my hero. Still, my ability to explain my attachment to him is no match to the kudos that Professor Edward Curtin has writen to honor him in this short essay built around PCR's most recent book.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 5 hours ago
------------------------------ The Neoconservative Threat To World Order: Washington’s Perilous War For Hegemony Review of Paul Craig Roberts’ Book By Prof. Edward Curtin Region: USA Global Research, February 28, 2016 Theme: Global Economy, US NATO War Agenda *You will rarely read a book written in a more courageous, intelligent, and blunt manner about profoundly pressing world problems than... more »

Can Texas Regulate Abortionists? A Report From the Supreme Court

Linda Royall at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Ken Paxton (R), Attorney General for the state of Texas, and Scott Keller (L), Solicitor General for the state of Texas, speak to the media at the Supreme Court, March 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt case, where the justices will consider a Texas law requiring that clinic doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that clinics upgrade their facilities to standards similar to hospitals.] The chair at the Supreme Court bench normally occupied by Justice Antonin S... more »

GOP Lawmaker: Is There an ‘Amazon.com for Human Parts’?

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: maxresdefault] Speaking at a hearing investigating the procurement of fetal tissue from aborted babies, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., asked a panel of experts Wednesday: "Have we reached a point in our society where there effectively is an Amazon.com for human... more »

South Dakota GOP Governor Has No Problem With Boys in Girls’ Locker Rooms?

Ryan Anderson at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: SD Gov - 900] South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, officially has no problem with boys in girls' locker rooms. There's no other way to say it. Special interests and big businesses effectively lobbied the governor to veto a good bill because of the... more »

Chart of the Day: This Chart on US Forest Growth, Good News or Bad News for Enviros?

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Tree Growth] Environmentalists rhetoric on forest conservation might level off, because the amount of forested area in the U.S. has rapidly increased. The amount of forested area in the U.S. has grown substantially since 1990 according to World Bank data aggregated and posted by HumanProgress.org... more »

“Corporate Totalitarianism, or Not”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Corporate Totalitarianism, or Not”* by Marianne Williamson “Corporate totalitarianism means total control by corporate interests. If they want a war, they get a war. If they want GMOs, they get GMOs. If they want fracking, they get fracking. If they want big banks to control our monetary policy, big banks control our monetary policy. If they want a tax break, they get a tax break. If they want the TPP, they get the TPP. If they want to deregulate to the point of complete irresponsibility to our children and to the earth, they deregulate as much as they care to. And if they see a ... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Mysteries, Yes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Mysteries, Yes"* "Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood. How grass can be nourishing in the mouths of the lambs. How rivers and stones are forever in allegiance with gravity while we ourselves dream of rising. How two hands touch and the bonds will never be broken. How people come, from delight or the scars of damage, to the comfort of a poem. Let me keep my distance, always, from those who think they have the answers. Let me keep company always with those who say "Look!" and laugh in astonishment, and bow their heads." ~ Mary Oliver

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 2, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
A Chinese Coast Guard ship (top) near a Vietnam Marine Guard ship in the South China Sea, about 210 km (130 miles) off Vietnam, May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Nguyen Minh *Michael H. Fuchs, Reuters*: *What will it take to stop cycle of escalation in the South China Sea?* Amid mounting regional concerns about Beijing’s assertive behavior in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping stood with President Barack Obama last September in the White House Rose Garden and vowed that China would not militarize its newly constructed outposts in the Spratly Islands. But Xi was careful not to include B... more »

random observations on southern oregon, great kitchens, family love, and absent eagles

laura k at wmtc - 5 hours ago
This morning we woke up at 3:45 a.m., packed up the car with binoculars, cameras, sandwiches, and coffee, and drove two hours in the dark. According to our guidebook and a few websites, we were heading towards an opportunity to see dozens of bald eagles on their migratory path. Short version: we drove a lot and saw very little. The scenery was lovely, and we did see many birds in a wetlands area, including one young bald eagle for a moment or two. But the "50 to 100" bald eagles dining on a "smorgasbord of small animal life" - so said the guidebook - did not materialize. Ah well. N... more »

We CAN Wind up With A Better Congress This Year-- And We Need To

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
If yesterday's results are indicative of what it expect in November, it looks like Americans will be, once again, asked to choose between 2 really awful nominees... another less-of-two-evils election that is sure to turn off millions of Americans and hold down voter turnout. Who the hell-- other than what Trumpf calls his beloved "poorly educated"-- voters wants to be culpable for the kind of endemic corruption that would be at the heart of either a Trumpf or a Clinton Administration? Is he so much more than she is? Sure. She's the lesser of two evils, evil, but the lesser evil. D... more »

March 2 : I begin with an apology.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 5 hours ago
. I forg0t to mention an important commentary in the Irving press yesterday. It was by a student columnist, Jana Giles, who is a grade 12 student at Moncton High school. The school has 1200 students. To deal with all the emotional, mental, social and educational problems of those 1200 students, it has two (count them, two) guidance counsellors and one part-time counsellor. Guidance counselling requires a wide training; and it's crucial to a great many students. We have 2 and a half of them for 1200 students. Any more deep thoughts on how our schools are overstaffed, Norbert? On th... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 5 hours ago
*MIT fossil fuel protesters settle in for long haul* *This is just a self-righteousness display entered into to get praise from their equally ignorant peers. It's a sort of party. There is of course no way that getting their demands met would affect climate. What it would affect is the funding of their college. The price of coal sttocks on the stockmarket is way down so MIT would get only pennies if they sold up. If they hang on to their stocks, however, they will at least get some dividends. And energy companies could well be miffed enough to cease coming to MIT with researc... more »

Michael James : Parachute opens, sunflowers & stolen bikes, New Age networks, thinking about the champs, 1983

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
The big open field suddenly rushed closer and I hit the ground with a grateful, relieved, welcome thump and tumble. By Michael James | The Rag Blog | March 2, 2016 [In this series, Michael James is sharing images from … finish reading Michael James : Parachute opens, sunflowers & stolen bikes, New Age networks, thinking about the champs, 1983

Super Tuesday Results Show GOP Favours Trump’s Ban On Muslims

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
The proposed ban on Muslim Immigration to the United States by Republican front-runner Donald Trump is endorsed by a large number of GOP voters and the establishment. The consideration of such policy is a betrayal of American values and has far reaching consequences besides being racist and Islamophobic, according to Murtaza Hussain from The Intercept. The Intercept reports: Exit polls conducted by ABC News on “Super Tuesday” show that more than 60 percent of GOP voters in five states favor Trump’s proposed ban. In Alabama and Arkansas, that figure rises to nearly 80 percent. Trump ... more »

Pentagon Seeks a Few Good Computer Hackers to Test Security

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this Jan. 28, 2016 file photo, Defense Secretary Ash Carter gestures during a news conference at the Pentagon. The Pentagon is looking for a few good computer hackers. Screened high-tech specialists will be brought in to try to breach the Defense Department's public Internet pages in a pilot program aimed at finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon is looking for a few good computer hackers. Screened high-tech specialists will be brought in to try to breach the Defense Department’s public Internet pages in a pilot program aimed at ... more »

World News Briefs -- March 2, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Syrian opposition casts doubt on U.N. peace talk plan* Syrian rebels said on Wednesday they were under fierce government attack near the Turkish border despite a cessation of hostilities agreement and a representative cast doubt on whether U.N.-backed peace talks would go ahead on March 9 as planned. The agreement drawn up by the United States and Russia came into effect on Saturday and has slowed but not entirely stopped a conflict that has been going on for almost six years. Both the government and rebels have accused each other of violations. The agreement does not... more »

9/11 Whistleblower Who Claimed WT7 Was A Demolition Murdered By CIA

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
One of the top demolition experts in the Netherlands, Danny Jowenko, was found murdered under suspicious circumstances after investigating the collapse of World Trade Center 7 after the 9/11 attacks and concluding that it was brought down by a controlled demolition. Mr. Jowneko famously looked at a clip of a WT7 collapsing in 2006, and without knowing what building he was looking at, proclaimed “This is a controlled demolition… a group of experts did this. This is professional work, without any doubt.” He began his own investigation into 9/11 shortly thereafter, and after becoming ...more »

BBC iPlayer TV Licensing loophole Allowing ‘Free Ride’ To Be Closed

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
If you watch programs that are not live then you can opt out of paying for the BBC TV licence. The loophole allowed people watching shows on BBC iPlayer, that had already been aired on TV or live on an online TV service, avoid paying the licence fee. The Culture Secretary John Whittingdale said on Wednesday that the opt out option will soon be closed and a TV license would be required for watching television through catch-up services. The Daily Express reports: The £145.50 a year charge for funding the BBC can be difficult to pull together for many cash-strapped families. As a result... more »

The Long Now Foundation

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Osama Bin Laden- ‘The USA Is An Oligarchy’

Grayson Black at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
113 documents originally seized from bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout are now available to the public on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s website after being declassified and translated. These newly released documents reveal Osama’s handwritten will for his $29m fortune and personal correspondences, including his concerns over the environment. Osama bin Laden gave a detailed analysis in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. While hoping America would capitulate to financial difficulties, he criticized al Qaeda members who, in his opinion, were putting too much emp... more »

Trump Declares War On Bush-Rubio Cocaine Operation

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Russian intelligence agencies have said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has decided to wage a war on the Rubio-Bush cocaine operation, accusing them of running a “cocaine empire” headed by Florida governor Jeb Bush aided by his right-hand man US Senator Marco Rubio. The cocaine operation has been targeted for destruction by Trump’s ‘freemasonic forces’ after being allowed to run for 30-years without impunity. Russian intelligence officials claim that the Bush family took over the operation following the murder of CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal on 19 February, 1986... more »

FBI Create Database Listing People Who Create Anti-Government Memes

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The FBI have joined forces with the National Science Foundation and invested $1 million dollars into a project aimed at gathering information on people who share anti-governemnt internet meme’s online. The goals of the project, according to the FBI, are: “The project is aimed at modeling the diffusion of information online and empirically discriminating among models of mechanisms driving the spread of memes. We explore why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten. Our analysis goes beyond the traditional approach of applied epidemic diffusion processes an... more »

Has A Grand Jury Been Convened On The Hillary Clinton Email Case?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Lynch: No ‘artificial deadline’ on DOJ’s Clinton email probe* Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday in an interview with Fox News that the Justice Department has no deadline for concluding the Hillary Clinton email investigation and that it’s being handled “like any other review,” even with the presidential election just months away. Lynch said on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the investigation is being handled by the agency’s “career independent lawyers” and that they will “review the facts and the evidence and make a determination in due course.” Lynch... more »

The Delegate Count

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
The Washington Post reports that after Super Tuesday the Democratic Party delegate count now stands as the following: Hillary Clinton has 1,052 and Bernie Sanders has 427. To win the Democratic nomination 2,383 delegates are needed. The Democratic party sends 712 'super delegates' to its national convention unpledged. These delegates, generally state party leaders and elected officials, are free to support any candidate. So far Clinton has 457 of those pledged to her and Sanders has 22. I've read several times that Sanders would have to win virtually every primary to over co... more »

For Trump Supporters, a Reckoning is at Hand

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump2 - 900] Is Joe Scarborough having his Colonel Nicholson moment? That’s what I wondered Monday morning as I watched the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe insist that Donald Trump’s inability and unwillingness to simply and plainly denounce the Ku Klux Klan in... more »

Mexico Launches Diplomatic Campaign to Counter Trump

JP Carroll at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.] Mexico's government is launching a diplomatic campaign to create a better public image of Mexico for U.S. citizens, and officials plan to ultimately meet 2016's presidential candidates to further the effort. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's chief of staff, Francisco Guzman, announced on Super... more »

Michigan Restricted Flint From Switching Water in Loan Deal Inked Before It Discovered Lead Problem

David Eggert at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Gov Snyder - 900] LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The state of Michigan restricted Flint from switching water sources last April unless it got approval from Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration under the terms of a $7 million loan needed to help transition the city from...more »

Saudi Arabia Acquire Atomic Bombs From Pakistan

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Saudi Arabia have violated the Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty by acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan. According to Saudi political analyst and spokesman for Riyadh, Daham al-Anzi, the Saudi regime have obtained atomic bombs in order to confront the “Iranian threat”. al-Anzi told Russia Today on February 19th that “We [Saudi Arabia] have nuclear bombs,” before repeating the same on another Arab channel. Globalresearch.ca reports: Saudi Arabia had already declared [1] its intention to acquire nuclear weapons from Pakistan (not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty... more »

Pentagon Sells ‘Smart Bombs’ To ISIS Supporter Turkey

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The Pentagon have approved a deal to sell $700 million worth of ‘smart bombs’ to Turkey – one of the biggest state-sponsors of the ISIS regime. The deal is aimed at bolstering Ankara’s military in fighting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Iraq. Ibtimes.com reports: “The deal came timely, as we are deeply engaged in asymmetrical warfare and need smart bombs,” a Turkish military official told Defense News. Turkey intensified its efforts against the Kurdish militants after they canceled a two-year-long ceasefire in July. Turkey will also be keen to ensure it is adequately armed, g... more »

Turkey Are Targeting Mainstream Journalists Amid Syrian Ceasefire

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Turkey have deliberately violated the Syrian ceasefire a total of 31 times, according to Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. “Over the first three days [of the ceasefire] the total number of local reconciliation agreements has increased to 38,” she said. “Also, 31 cases of violation of the ceasefire regime have been registered. The American group on [Syrian] reconciliation has been informed of these facts,” she said. Russia say that journalists from 11 large media outlets have come under heavy fire in Syria as a result of Turkish shelling. “This group included rep... more »

Ex Google Chief Becomes Pentagon Military Advisor

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been recruited as the head of a new Pentagon advisory board aimed at bringing cutting edge Silicon Valley ideas to the U.S. military. U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter announced the new appointment on Wednesday, saying that he hopes that Schmidt will be able to use his experience at Google to bring the U.S. military up-to-date technologically. Businessinsider.com reports: Carter is due to discuss the new Defense Innovation Advisory Board with Schmidt during the annual RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. Schmidt is now the executive chai... more »

Kanye West Caught Using The Pirate Bay Whilst Actively Suing Them

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Kanye West has been caught illegally downloading music from popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay this week, just days after rumors circulated that the rapper was suing the torrent website for enabling users to download his album The Life Of Pablo. Kanye posted a screenshot of his computer screen on Twitter, intending to publicise his watching of a Sufjan Stevens music video on YouTube. However, the picture also inadvertently revealed that there was a suspicious browser tab open for the Pirate Bay with a title starting with “Xfe.” The next tab open on his browser was for the... more »

Bin Laden Letter Shows al-Qaeda Leader Worried About Climate Change

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Newly released Osama bin Laden letters reveal that the former al-Qaeda leader was worried about the environment, and had written a letter urging the American people to help President Obama prevent a global disaster and save humanity from the dangers of climate change. The letter is one of hundreds seized in the May 2, 2011 raid on bin Laden’s home in Pakistan and was made public by the Obama administration on Tuesday this week. Nypost.com reports: The undated, unsigned letter “to the American people,” which US intelligence officials attributed to bin Laden, appeared to have been wr... more »

After Super Tuesday — a Real George Washington Needs to Step Down

Alan Eason at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: George Washington GOP Candidates Cruz Rubio Carson - 900] Super Tuesday is over and the grim truth is: Donald Trump stands alone with the appeal to his personal power to get things done. But there are reasons to doubt Trump’s fitness to be commander-in-chief, and his commitment to life, limited government... more »

Putin Inspects Russian Special Forces ‘Batmobiles’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Video shows President Vladimir Putin inspecting Russian ‘Batmobiles’ designed for the country’s special forces. The high speed, low drag armored ‘Batmobiles’ could be used by Russia’s elite Spetsnaz commandos. Russia Insider reports: Russia has always excelled in military engineering. But the new armored cars designed for Russia’s special forces seem to have been inspired by DC Comics: Putin surveyed an array of high-tech vehicles during an FSB inspection. He doesn’t look that impressed to us. Russian Spetznaz should drive these bad boys instead: Perfect for ice fishing hostage situ... more »

Father Jack Is Laid To Rest In Dublin

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Irish comedian and actor Frank Kelly (Father Jack) passed away on Sunday aged 77. His funeral was held in Dublin on Wednesday and was attended by Irish President Michael D Higgins. He was buried today and hundreds attended his funeral and paid their respect for the laughter he brought to their lives. Comic legend Frank Kelly starred in the hit TV series Father Ted and played the part of Father Jack, a drunken catholic priest exiled to Craggy Island. Although he played the part of a naughty priest, he was in fact a religious man who attended church. Father Jack ( Frank Kelly) spent m... more »

Osama Bin Laden Was Concerned About Climate Change

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Osama bin Laden © Str / Reuters *VICE News/Reuters*: *Osama bin Laden Wanted Americans to Help Obama Save Humanity from Climate Change* This could be the next Heartland Institute billboard: Osama bin Laden planned to urge Americans to fight climate change rather than wage war on his jihadist movement, according to papers captured in the raid that killed him. Time will tell if the nation's climate change denial movement picks up on bin Laden's concern about climate change. But newly released national security documents shed light on the al Qaeda leader's interest in the impacts of... more »

Playboy no longer prints nudes but here is all 746 of their centrefolds in one video - Obviously NSFW for nudity - A Rule 5 Post

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
Starting with Marilyn Monroe but can you also spot Bo Derek and Kim Basinger? This site has a list of 50 celebrities who've featured in Playboy...

3 Signs Corporate Work Culture Has Become Toxic to the Human Spirit

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Sigmund Fraud* - The corporate work model has become the contemporary slave management program for a world ruled by fiat money masters. The post 3 Signs Corporate Work Culture Has Become Toxic to the Human Spirit appeared first on Waking Times.

Is it possible to be a realist?

Jarrod Hayes at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
Some weeks ago, Stephan Walt lamented the absence of realist commentators in the American media space. What was striking to me at the time was Walt’s claim that realism is a ‘well-known approach to foreign policy.’ That claim—that realism is a foreign policy approach—makes sense in the context of Walt’s dirge, which focuses on the […]

Corbyn Shows Political Courage & Leadership

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
England's Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to the thousands of protesters who assembled in central London last Saturday for Britain’s biggest anti-nuclear weapons rally in a generation. Corbyn, who joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament when he was 16, urges MPs to consider ‘the humanitarian effects on wholly innocent people anywhere across this globe, if [Trident] is ever used.

Where Did Your Big Freeze of 1963 Go, Mr Stanford?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood You may recall the Telegraph’s weather “expert”, Peter Stanford, warning us back in January of a repeat of the big freeze of 1963. https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/latest-drivel-from-the-telegraphs-new-weather-expert/ A couple of weeks later, he was still at it. https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/02/01/more-dumbing-down-at-the-telegraph/ And the reality? http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/summaries/actualmonthly February temperatures turned out […]

There’s a Lot at Stake With Texas Abortion Case

Arina Grossu at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Anti-abortion advocates stand in protest outside of the Supreme Court, March 2, 2016 in Washington, DC. On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt case, where the justices will consider a Texas law requiring that clinic doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals and that clinics upgrade their facilities to standards similar to hospitals.] The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt on March 2nd. This is the most important case regarding abortion to be argued before ... more »

Teen Shoots Own Family For Telling Him To Get Up For School

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A U.S. teenager opened fire on his family for telling him to get out of bed and attend school. The 16-year-old boy from Tennessee reacted badly to the request and went on to shoot his grandmother, 12-year-old sister and 6-year-old nephew. His mother escaped the onslaught by hiding behind the settee. NBC News reports: The 16-year-old boy fired multiple shots inside an east Nashville apartment but nobody suffered life-threatening injuries, police said in a news release. His grandmother, Earline Hill, 67, and mother, Sheryl Williams, 42, told officers that the teen got angry after they... more »

The US Media Is Now Into Comedy: NY Post Article Claims That CIA Agent Osama Bin Laden Was Worried About Climate Change (!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
I have long said that anyone with any intelligence knows by now that the American media and press is nothing more than a fraud and full of lies... It is so remarkable that anyone with any common sense continues to watch what they spew over Talmudvision or read what the pure propaganda they promote in the so called newspapers.. It is disgusting that these clowns continue to promote their filth, and it is no wonder everyone is turning to the alternative media for any sense of real truth..... But what I am presenting here is a real laugher...... I was sent a link to the following artic... more »

Photos Apaches March to Oak Flat 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Thank you Theresa Nosie and Apache Stronghold at Oak Flat!

Christie’s Shell-Shocked Look Stirs Mockery, Befuddlement

MICHAEL CATALINI at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.] TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Was that really Chris Christie, the brusque, take-a-back-seat-to-no-one governor of New Jersey? Christie’s seemingly shell-shocked gaze as he stood behind Donald Trump on Super Tuesday is generating befuddlement and mockery in his home state and beyond... more »

Ben Carson: ‘No Path Forward,’ Won’t Attend Thursday’s GOP Debate

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: BALTIMORE, MD - MARCH 1: Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks to supporters at his campaign at his Super Tuesday election party at the Grand Hotel on March 1, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. Despite trailing the other Republican candidates on the most significant night of primary voting, Dr. Carson vowed to continue his campaign and remain in the running.] Republican presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Wednesday that he will not attend Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate and that, given Super Tuesday’s primary results, he does not “see a p... more »

Ferry Corsten - Beautiful

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Not enough time for a proper post tonight (there will be one tomorrow, *I promise*), so thought I'd drop this.

Drought In Eastern Mediterranean Is The Worst In 900 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Drought index for the past six months in the Levant region. Reds/oranges show below average precipitation. Image NASA *Mashable:* *The worst drought in 900 years helped spark Syria's civil war* The drought that played a role in triggering the catastrophic Syrian Civil War was the worst such climate event in at least the past 900 years, according to a new study published this week. The study bolsters the conclusions from other research that found that because of human-made global warming, the drought was made three times more likely to occur, and that it was one of a number of fact... more »

Campaign 2016 Latest: Cruz Camp Says He Raised $12 Million in February

AP at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds his daughter Catherine after speaking during an election night watch party Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Stafford, Texas.] MIAMI (AP) -- The Latest on Campaign 2016 in the wake of Super Tuesday results that put Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in strong leads (all times local): 1:33 p.m. Ted Cruz’s campaign says he raised $12 million... more »

Campaign watch: Donald Trump couldn't get no respect!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016Making Mika visibly angry:* In one way, we sympathize with Candidate Trump. We don't like it when people are forced into mandated speech, a practice described by experts and scholars as the "Cordelia effect." On Sunday, Candidate Trump was cast in that role when he was asked, again and again, to denounce the KKK. For whatever reason, he just wouldn't do it. Later, he improbably blamed his refusal to speak on the effects of a very bad hairpiece! (Or perhaps on a bad *ear* piece. Due to bad staff work on this end, we couldn't exactly hear.) At any rate, C...more »

Opening Pandora's Box In Syria

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."* "Since the accession of King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud last year, Saudi national security policy has become much more aggressive and risk-prone than it was under his predecessor, King Abdullah. The war in Yemen, also intended to weaken and humiliate a pro-Iranian militia, is the best example of Riyadh's new assertiveness. It's also an excellent example for the proposition that it's easy to start a war and hard to end one." - *Bruce Riedel, "What is Riyadh's endgame in Lebanon?" Al-Monitor, February 29, 2016. * "We yesterday... more »

What Is The U.S. Really Doing In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Tony Badran, Tablet:* *What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria* Tag-teaming with Russia and dumping regional allies and NATO, the White House tells the rest of the world to go take a hike. Whether they support or oppose it, most observers converge on viewing President Barack Obama’s Syria policy as generally marked by passive detachment. After all, the president ignored the recommendations of many of his cabinet members and close advisers to arm Syrian rebels in 2012, or to enforce his “red line” against the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons to massacre civilians. Wo... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

The Economy: "Why Super Tuesday Voters Were Wasting Their Time…"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Why Super Tuesday Voters Were Wasting Their Time…"* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE – "Wow! Stocks flew up yesterday. The Dow was up more than 350 points – or more than 2%. What’s behind it? Is it the beginning of a real comeback? Is the market telling us that Janet Yellen was right after all? Maybe the economy really is stronger than we think. At the start of the year, it looked as though the stock market was signaling trouble ahead. Over the last 50 years, every time U.S. stocks have gone down by 15% or more, there was about a 60% chance of recession. We thought we saw recession comin...more »

The Economy: Gregory Mannarino, “US Stock Market Has Become A Dangerous Black Hole, Here's Why.”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Gregory Mannarino, “US Stock Market Has Become A Dangerous Black Hole, Here's Why.” - https://www.youtube.com/

Failure of Broken Iraqi Dam Could Kill as Many as One Million People

Russ Read at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Mosul_Dam_chute_spillway - 900] A group of engineers that once maintained northern Iraq's Mosul Dam -- which was previously occupied by the Islamic State -- is warning that it is on the brink of failing, putting as many as one million people at risk. The dam... more »

And You May Find Yourself Standing Behind Donald Trump. . .

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
"And you may say to yourself yourself My God!...What have I done?!"

Syrian War News Updates -- March 2, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*AFP:** Syria ceasefire holding but no 'victory dances' yet: US* Washington (AFP) - The US State Department said Tuesday there has been no significant violation of the fragile ceasefire in Syria in the past 24 hours, but a spokesman noted "nobody's doing any victory dances" yet. "Over the last 24 hours, we have not been apprised of any claims of any additional violations of any significance," spokesman John Kirby said. "It's a very fluid environment and we're just going to keep monitoring as closely as we can," he said. World powers have thrown their weight behind the landmark tru... more »

Catholics who won't vote for Trump...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*if Trump is the nominee, are the same Catholics who gave us Obama.* I really, really don't like to be harsh (okay, once in awhile I do.) But today, as I slithered around the blogosphere, I happened upon a number of Catholic sites who stated if Trump was the nominee, they would refrain from voting for anyone. Worse yet, some said they would actually vote for Hillary Clinton. Are they insane or *just misled?* So far, Evangelicals have been the focus in this race. It is my practice to refrain from commenting on other religions. It's none of my business what they do. When Obama... more »

Can Hillary Clinton Beat Donald Trump? A Preliminary Look

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Listen to the first minute and a half of this NPR report? How easy will it be for Hillary Clinton to counter this argument (source)?* *by Gaius Publius* We've been looking at the electability argument lately, and it doesn't look good for Clinton if she's the nominee. Below are the thoughts of one more writer who thinks Democrats shouldn't take a chance that Clinton can pull out a win against Donald Trump. But before we get to that, consider. Clinton is beating Bernie Sanders in states that (a) will not go Democratic anyway, or (b) are filled with voters who will always vote De... more »

Actually, Trump Underperformed on Super Tuesday and the GOP Race is Far From in the Bag

Anika Smith at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] The headlines today feature proclamations of Trump "cementing" his status as the presumptive nominee for the GOP. Which is surprising, because Trump's main rivals -- Marco Rubio, but particularly Ted Cruz -- did better than predicted. And even some of the states Trump won he won by... more »

'Gloom And Doom' In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
People attend an anti-government rally at Independence Square in central Kiev, Ukraine, in this February 21, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files *Reuters:* *Gloom deepens over Ukraine peace deal before Paris meeting* For months, as progress in implementing the Minsk peace deal for eastern Ukraine stalled, its architects, Germany and France, held out hope that with time and carefully calibrated pressure on Kiev and Moscow, the agreement could be pushed back on track. But since a joint visit by the German and French foreign ministers to Ukraine's capital last week, a gloomi... more »

Hands are the “proper design by the Creator,” PLOS ONE paper suggests

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A paper about the biomechanics of human hands published last month in PLOS ONE is raising some questions on Twitter, after readers stumbled upon some curious language in the abstract: The explicit functional link indicates that the biomechanical characteristic of tendinous connective architecture between muscles and articulations is the proper design by the Creator to […] The post Hands are the “proper design by the Creator,” PLOS ONE paper suggests appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Pentagon Invites Hackers To Test Its Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Wired*: *The US military wants you to 'Hack the Pentagon'* The Pentagon will challenge vetted hackers to break into government systems, it has announced. The "Hack the Pentagon" initiative, the first ever program of its kind developed by the federal government, has been designed to test the strength of the US's cyber defences. Full details of the initiative have not been announced, but hackers could be financially rewarded if they find major flaws. So-called "bug bounties", where white-hat hackers are rewarded for finding and reporting security problems, are already used by comp... more »

Militants Attack India's Consulate in Eastern Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An Afghan policeman runs during the gunfire in front of the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Wednesday. PHOTO: REUTERS *Reuters*: *Afghan forces kill Indian consulate suicide attackers* Afghan security forces on Wednesday killed four suicide bombers who targeted the Indian consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad, following an attack in which at least two people were killed and 19 wounded, officials said. The violence, coming just days after dozens of people were killed or wounded in suicide attacks in the capital, Kabul, and the eastern province of Kunar, raises f... more »

Mosul Dam Set to Fail- Intentional Take Down? Disaster Capitalism to the Extreme?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
More then a million could die? How large a displacement of the populace are we really talkin? Ethnic cleansing to the extreme? I wouldn't discount it, that's for sure. Since when do war makers and imperialists concern themselves with the puny little lives of the masses? They can use them and abuse them. That's just reality. When psychopaths rule the world. And we allow it to go on. *The very latest* *Italy's Trevi Signs Deal to Repair Mosul Dam After U.S. Warning* *An Italian engineering company* will oversee repairs to Iraq’s largest dam, which the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said this ... more »

UN Security Council Imposes New North Korean Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC*: *UN imposes tough North Korea sanctions* The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution significantly expanding international sanctions against North Korea. Correspondents say the new measures amount to some of the toughest against North Korea in two decades. The vote is in response to North Korea's nuclear test last month. The sanctions will result in all cargo going to and from the country being inspected, while new individuals and organisations have been blacklisted. "Today, the international community, speaking with one voice, has sent Pyongya...more »

Climate Scientist Asking Obama to Prosecute Skeptics Made Millions Off ‘Double-Dipping’

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Lamar Smith2 - 900] The main climate scientist behind a letter asking President Barack Obama to prosecute those who question global warming may have been cheating taxpayers by illegally "double-dipping" -- he was paying himself and his wife millions of dollars while running a... more »

Persian Gulf Arab States Declare Hezbollah A Terrorist Group

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Gulf Arab states label Hezbollah a terrorist organization* The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) named Hezbollah a terrorist organization on Wednesday, opening up the possibility of further sanctions against the Iran-allied group that wields influence in Lebanon and fights in Syria. The Sunni Muslim dominated council - representing Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar - already imposed sanctions on the Shi'ite Muslim group in 2013 after it entered Syria's war in support of President Bashar al-Assad. In Wednesday's announcement, GCC Secretary-... more »

Not true Barry Sheerman, not true

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
At PMQs today there was an interesting question from a Labour MP: Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) (Lab/Co-op): As the Prime Minister struggles with certain elements in his party over Europe, does he ever think back to an inspirational and visionary Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, who faced similar difficulties but stood up to the rebels in his own party and secured a yes vote for staying in Europe? Will he join me in celebrating the centenary of Harold Wilson’s birth next week? Across all parties we should celebrate that great, innovative Prime Minister. Except that part about stan... more »

Homemade Skinny Ranch Dressing

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
I love Pizza. Like a LOOOOOOVVVEEEE Pizza. I could eat it almost every day. My husband teases me all that time that I am the only adult he knows that loves pizza more than kid. It has all the best ingredients in one place. Bread? Check. Cheese? Check? Awesome toppings? Double check! The only thing that makes pizza better is dipping it in ranch dressing. Recently, I have been trying to avoid dipping my pizza in ranch to avoid the extra calories. Instead of skipping out on my favorite dressing, I decided to make a skinnier version of it at home and it turned out amazing! For the R... more »

Virginia Man to Enter Pleas in 2 Charlottesville Student Killings

LARRY O'DELL at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: ALEXANDRIA, VA - SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Softball players Olivia Manous, Torie Bolger and fellow students observe a moment of silence at a virtual candlelight vigil for missing Univ. of Virginia student Hannah Graham at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA on September 24, 2014. Graham went to West Potomac High, played softball there and was in the band. Hundreds turned out in a show of hope that Graham will be found safe. The 18-year-old was last seen on September 13th walking in the Downtown Mall district in Charlottesville, VA. Police have issued an arrest warrant for J... more »

VA Investigative Reports Show Massive Wait List Manipulations in Florida

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Bay Pines Veterans Administration Home and Hospital Historic District in Bay Pines, Florida.] The top Department of Veterans Affairs watchdog is set to release dozens of reports on manipulated wait times at medical centers across the country. The evidence from 11 reports on Florida provided Monday indicates that employees were expected to "game" wait... more »

Turkey....cross border shelling and arms traffiking to Syria...time for NATO to respond

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*NATO member (Turkey) keeps violating Syrian Agreement* *Today's headlines read: "Turkish Fighters, Arms and Shelling continues to cross the border between Turkey and Syria".* Russian foreign minster warns that unless Turkey stops shelling Syrian territory and supplying weapons and fighters...the ceasefire will fail. What's wrong with this picture? The solution to the problem seems so simple a kindergarten student could come up with it...*NATO needs to kick Turkey out of their military alliance if it (NATO) doesn't want to be accused of aiding the Terrorists.* NATO is supposed to... more »

Ann Wright on U.S. Military Empire

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Retired Army Col. Ann Wright (and current Veterans for Peace member) reports on Hawaii public access TV about her recent travels for events opposing US military bases around the world. She is interviewed by Liz Rees.

A Reading for the Pigou Club

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago
On British Columbia's carbon tax.

Chris Christie Bedazzled By Donald Trump’s Head

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
During last night’s Super Tuesday victory speech in Florida, Donald Trump came under close scrutiny by his former rival and now vice-presidential material Chris Christie. The governor of New Jersey stood behind the Donald and managed to get lost in a thousand yard stare that saw right into the back of the Donald’s hairpiece and into the crowd and the cameras. The social media picked up on the rare event and came alive during the night. Komo News reports: Christie, who endorsed Trump after ending his own Presidential campaign stood behind Trump’s shoulder as Trump delivered his stump... more »

World News Briefs -- March 2, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*AFP*: *Clinton, Trump brace for epic White House showdown* Washington (AFP) - Conventional wisdom says a Donald Trump nomination should bring presidential election gold for Democrat Hillary Clinton -- but given how the brash billionaire has outperformed expectations at every turn, it might not be so simple. Analysts and experts who spoke with AFP acknowledged that Trump's strong performance on Super Tuesday, when millions of Democrats and Republican voters in a dozen states chose their nominee, put him in the driver's seat on the road to the GOP nominating convention in July. *R...more »

Russia Plans to Help Algeria Build Nuclear Reactors, Despite Terrorism Concerns

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra of Algeria, during Lavrov's visit to Algeria on February 29, 2016.] Diplomats from Russia and Algeria will meet later this week to work out plans to construct a nuclear reactor in the North African country, despite the risk of nuclear materials falling into the hands of Islamic State-affiliated terrorists. The potential... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* NY nuclear plant 65,000% radiation spike is worse than Fukushima This Is How Bad It's Got In Latin America's Socialist Utopia Global Anarchy: Woman Waves Severed Head, Man Stabs 10 Schoolchildren, Burnt Horse Head Found In Box "We Are In A Recession": Dallas Fed Respondents Admit The U.S. Economy Is In Freefall New bin Laden documents reveal a suspicious and paranoid Al Qaeda That time when nuclear weapons were at 4 US civilian airports We have our strongest evidence yet that Zika virus may be linked to a paralyzing disorder called Guillain-Barré Syndrome — here’s ... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016Part 1—Babel all the way down:* The sages have a famous old saying. Their saying goes something like this: *You can't spell "liberal" without four-fifths of "Babel."* The sages have mouthed this for decades. We thought of this saying when we read Charles Blow's most recent New York Times column. Blow's column appeared in Monday morning's Times. Its headline contained the quotation marks we include below: "I'm Not A Super Predator" In his headline, Blow seemed to be quoting someone. As the pundit began his labors, we learned who that person is: BLOW (2/2... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 2,. 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 30, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST *Reuters*:* U.S. needs more resources in Europe to counter Russia - NATO commander* The commander of U.S. troops in Europe warned on Tuesday that a two-decade American effort to cultivate Moscow as a partner has failed and Washington no longer has the military resources it needs in Europe to counter a "resurgent, aggressive" Russia. Air ... more »

New Con boss on the Twitters

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 13 hours ago
I think it's going to take the Cons a long time to climb out of the pit their last boss and his pals dug them into.  They've maybe got an intractable problem now in that their vision of the country is simply unpalatable to 60 to 70% of the electorate. This number is likely to shrink further as the older generation (60+ years) of hardline Tory voters passes on. Younger Canadians, X-ers,

Powerful Quake Hits off Indonesia, Tsunami Warning Issued

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Sumatra - 900] JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A powerful, shallow earthquake hit off the southwestern coast of Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami warning that sent islanders rushing to high ground. An official said the potential for a tsunami was small.... more »

‘Biosignatures’ May Help Detect Alien Life On Other Planets

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Researchers from the University of Washington believe that a new study may help with the search for alien life on far away planets. In the past, research found that some planets create oxygen without the presence of biological organism, causing experts to believe that other worlds can sustain life. But it is believed that new findings will help determine the difference between life and the illusion of life, by identifying ‘biosignatures’ in the atmosphere of exoplanets. Researchers say this can be determined by studying the spectra features of light that is seen in the planet’s atmo... more »

Electric cars, the promise... of inconvenience?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
A friend posted a bloomberg article about the promises of e-cars. The report said, *"In the next two years, Tesla and Chevy plan to start selling electric cars with a range of more than 200 miles priced in the $30,000 range. Ford is investing billions, Volkswagen is investing billions, and Nissan and BMW are investing billions. Nearly every major carmaker—as well as Apple and Google—is working on the next generation of plug-in cars."* I commented that perhaps Bloomberg is just promoting and over-optimistic about e-cars. Seriously, people want to charge their cars overnight, or sev... more »

EMBO awardee under investigation loses grant

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Sonia Melo, the recipient of an early career award from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) who fell under investigation after one of her papers was retracted, has now lost the grant. On the EMBO release announcing the nine awardees of the 2015 Installation Grants, there now appears an asterisk beside Melo’s name. At the bottom of […] The post EMBO awardee under investigation loses grant appeared first on Retraction Watch.

More Details Released On How 10 U.S. Navy Sailors Were Captured By Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
US sailors being apprehended by Iran's Revolutionary Guards after investigations showed their patrol boats had entered Iranian waters unintentionally © Iran's revolutionary guards website / AFP *CNN*: *Initial Navy report finds sailors captured by Iran made several errors* Washington (CNN)The 10 U.S. Navy sailors captured and briefly held by Iran in January made repeated mistakes that led them into Iranian territorial waters and being captured, according to an initial Navy investigation. The investigation has not yet been released, but CNN spoke with a U.S. official directly famil... more »

Kurdistan and Iraqi Central Governments Still Arguing Over Budget

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Baghdad and Irbil are still arguing over the national budget. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki cut off money to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over its independent oil sales. Then at the start of Premier Haidar Abadi’s administration a temporary deal was made whereby the Kurds delivered oil for the central government, but that eventually broke down when neither side met their obligations. In February, PM Abadi said that Baghdad would pay KRG salaries in return for Kurdish exports, which Irbil then accepted. It didn’t appear that either side was serious about their remarks s... more »

TBBT: not everyone can be a supernumerary actor

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Filmmakers sometimes need to pay the extras. That's not the case of *The Big Bang Theory*. Exactly two weeks ago, Howard learned about Bernadette's pregnancy. They organized a party, Sheldon got drunk, and he needed to go to the bathroom. I am sure that most of the viewers have missed a "detail". Your humble correspondent surely did. Jump to 1:49 of the video above. Do you see someone well-known on the screen? A high resolution is recommended. OK, you haven't found the person yet? So check that at 1:55, Sheldon Cooper is running and says "hey, how're you doing?" to someone. Ca... more »

Scalia Remembered as Dad, Colleague, Friend at Memorial

JESSICA GRESKO at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the memorial service for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to drive fast, maybe too fast. He was a stickler for precise language and pulled no punches in his writing. He was demanding as a father and boss, but he also... more »

Change in Command of U.S.-NATO Forces in Afghanistan

LYNNE O'DONNELL at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: New Commander of Resolute Support forces and United States forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army General John Nicholson, attends a change of command ceremony in Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)] KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Army General John W. “Mick” Nicholson took command Wednesday of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, inheriting America’s longest war and a vicious Taliban-led insurgency. Nicholson, 58, took over from U.S. Army General John F.... more »

Congress Plans Fight on Obama Administration’s Illegal Diversion of $3.5 Billion to Insurers

Melissa Quinn at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Peter Roskam, R-Ill.] The fight over whether the Obama administration broke the law by prioritizing insurers over billions of dollars in payments to the U.S. Treasury through a program implemented under Obamacare is only beginning. Following the release of a memo from the... more »

Indonesia: Powerful 7.9 Earthquake Strikes Off Sumatra

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off Indonesia’s island of Sumatra on Wednesday prompting a tsunami alert, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Some people have died but it was not yet clear how many, an official of the country’s search and rescue agency told Reuters. The quake struck at around 6.50pm local time (12.50GMT) and the USGS had originally categorized the quake as a magnitude 8.2. The shallow quake had a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles). The National Meteorolgical Agency reported that the country had issued a tsunami warning for parts of Sumatra, including We...more »

Corporate Tool, Margaret Spellings, Is Met with Walkouts on First Day

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
North Carolina students will never allow the Koch Brothers to destroy their university system: On Margaret Spellings’ first day in office, hundreds of students and faculty members opted for a less traditional style of education — by walking out of their classes. The walkout — protesting UNC-system President Margaret Spellings’ first day on the job — was organized by the UNC-Chapel Hill BOG Democracy Coalition and Faculty Forward, among other organizations. Protesters took to the steps of Wilson Library, wielding signs while select protesters spoke out about Spellings and her publi... more »

Trump Admits Contents of Secret NY Times Immigration Tape: Amnesty Is ‘Negotiable’

John Zmirak at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: The New York Times Building - 900] Millions of Americans have voted or may be planning to vote for Donald Trump in no small measure because he has promised to shatter the dysfunctional status quo on immigration through bold, decisive action that flouts political correctness. But will... more »

State Lawmakers Fight Teaching Students Just One Side of Climate Change Debate

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: science class] West Virginia state lawmakers are digging in against new science education standards in public school curriculums that reflect only one side of the climate change debate. The West Virginia House of Delegates voted 73-20 on Friday to delay implementation of... more »

UN Votes Wednesday on Tough New North Korea Sanctions

EDITH M. LEDERER at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: In this July 28, 2015 file photo, under the portraits of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il, ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations Jang Il Hun, right, is joined by councilor Kwon Jong Gun as he speaks during a new conference at the DPRK mission in New York. A U.N. Security Council vote on the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades has been postponed until Wednesday morning at Russia's request, the United States and France said Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaf... more »

When You’re Feeling Stressed About This Election

Lael Arrington at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Broken Rusty Chain - 900] "Why are you concerned about this presidential primary?" I asked. "Because," a friend said over dinner, "someone I don't trust may gain control of our military might, our nuclear codes -- someone who seems easily offended and vengeful." "Because I'm... more »

Molecular self-assembly paper fell apart

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Authors are retracting a 2014 paper about how liquid-crystalline materials self-organize in low temperature conditions after realizing they had measured the temperatures incorrectly. The error affected three figures and a table in “Milestone in the NTB phase investigation and beyond: direct insight into molecular self-assembly.” The paper, published in Soft Matter, has been cited three […] The post Molecular self-assembly paper fell apart appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Liberals Appear To Be Reneging on Pot Reform Promises !!! Trudeau Instructs Police Forces To CONTINUE Arresting Canadians For Simple Possession. LYING LIBERALS !!

leftdog at Buckdog - 15 hours ago
*LYING LIBERALS ON POT REFORM NOW !! - 'Keep busting them' says Trudeau!!!* *Justin Trudeau has advised the nations police to continue to harass and arrest Canadians for simple possession of marijuana. What a lying bunch of opportunists you guys are:* *Straight.com* *(Police unions are worried about Cannabis decrim/legalization for a number of reasons .. not the least of which as a 'job security' issue. No one states it but that's one of the bigger challenges on this policy change issue. That's why you have a former 'cop' in charge of the file for the optics needed to reassure C... more »

U.S. Issues Warning That China Is Militarising The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy patrol at Woody Island © Stringer / Reuters *Reuters:* *U.S. warns China on militarization of South China Sea* U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Tuesday warned China against "aggressive" actions in the South China Sea region, including the placement of surface-to-air missiles on a disputed island. "China must not pursue militarization in the South China Sea," Carter said in a wide-ranging speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. "Specific actions will have specific consequences." Asked what the consequences could ... more »

White House Press Secretary: Islamic State Extermination Of Christians Is Not Genocide Yet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*RT*: *White House: ISIS extermination of Christians can’t be called genocide yet* The Obama administration says Islamic State’s persecution of Christian minorities in Iraq and Syria is not genocide. The point where it is accurate to term it as such “has not been reached,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a press briefing. Asked whether Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) is practicing genocide in its extermination of Christians in Syria and Iraq, Earnest said: “My understanding is the use of that word involves a very specific legal determination that has at this poi... more »

How Free is the Internet in Canada?

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago
The Internet has become the defacto barometer for freedom. Just like you can judge the quality of a civilisation by the state of its public washrooms, you can determine how egalitarian a society is by the level of freedom exhibited by its servers. Yes its a hugely important subject that people take for granted. Two stark explanations, its so free people don't care to thinkaboot it, or our lizard brains are so programmed we dont care about freedom. Esoteric Exercise for Esotericas. The people at Freedom house want your opinion about the state of Internet Freedom in Canada. They hav... more »

Saudi Arabia's "Northern Thunder," Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 15 hours ago
*March 2, 2016 *(Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The news has been abuzz before and during the ceasefire announced amid Syria's conflict about Saudi Arabia's possible intervention. Saudi Arabia has threatened to intervene amid incomprehensible, contradicting rhetoric, claiming that it would enter Syrian territory to "fight" IS (the Islamic State), but would do so only now because the Syrian government has refused to step down. Of course, the only coherent forces on the ground fighting IS now are the Syrian government's troops and Kurdish fighters who now appear to be working with Damascus.... more »

How Free is the Internet in Canada?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
The Internet has become the defacto barometer for freedom. Just like you can judge the quality of a civilisation by the state of its public washrooms, you can determine how egalitarian a society is by the level of freedom exhibited by its servers. Yes its a hugely important subject that people take for granted. Two stark choices, its so free people don't care to thinkaboot it, or our lizard brains are so programmed we dont care about freedom. Esoteric Exercise for Esotericas. The people at Freedom house want your opinion about the state of Internet Freedom in Canada. They have ch... more »

Heil Trumpf!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Tuesday morning as voters were headed to the polls before work-- across 14 states-- Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell felt they had to address the issue of the Ku Klux Klan because of the flirtation with the violent hate group by their party's front-runner. And Ben Sasse, the junior senator from Nebraska, a thoughtful guy and a bit of a maverick who won election as a Tea Party candidate, appeared on MSNBC's *Morning Joe*. He had already stated that even if Herr Trumpf wins the nomination, he won't vote for him, which is why he was invited onto the show. B... more »

We Are So Fucked

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 15 hours ago
Chris Christie is Faustus, Donald Trump as You Know Who. Will they ever get along? This fall on CBS. #SuperTuesday pic.twitter.com/yiamSprHm6 — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) March 2, 2016 This is Chris Christie last night after introducing Donald Trump. He has the look of a man who looks as if he just rubbed the wrong lamp and let out the evil genie. God help us, every one...

Will They Go Over The Cliff?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
https://ifunny.co/ Yesterday, Donald Trump careened closer to the Republican nomination for president. Andrew Bacevich writes that Trump possesses an ugly ingenuity : There is a form of genius at work here. To an extent unmatched by any other figure in American public life, Trump understands that previous distinctions between the ostensibly serious and the self-evidently frivolous have collapsed. Back in 1968, then running for president, Richard Nixon, of all people, got things rolling when he appeared on *Laugh-In *and uttere... more »

Former U.S. Vice Chief Of Staff Discusses How Minorities Get Promoted In The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Stephen Losey, Air Force Times:* *Race and the Air Force: The truth about how minorities get promoted* *AS A YOUNG AFRICAN-AMERICAN OFFICER, LARRY SPENCER REGULARLY SOUGHT OUT CAREER ADVICE FROM BLACK SENIOR OFFICERS. ALL TOO OFTEN, THE MESSAGE HE RECEIVED WAS UNSETTLING.* As a young African-American officer, Larry Spencer regularly sought out career advice from black senior officers. All too often, the message he received was unsettling. “Every one of them told me the same thing: ‘I don’t like telling you this, and it’s not right,’ but they felt like they had to work harder than... more »

Russia Taking Away U.S. Military Sales Because Of The U.S. State Department's Slow Approval Process

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Lightening II multi-role fighter jet is escorted by two USMC F-18 Hornets as it flies towards Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, in this U.S. Air Force handout photo, dated Jan. 11, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS/AIR FORCE STAFF SGT. JOELY SANTIAGO *IBTimes*: *Russia Taking US Military Sales As Allies Grow Tired Of Slow White House Process To Buy Weapons* The process of selling U.S. weapons to overseas customers is so cumbersome that it's forcing foreign militaries to buy from Russia instead, the head of U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Gen. Frank Gorenc, said in an interview ... more »

Eight Dutch Islamic State Fighters Have Been Executed For Desertion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which has been monitoring the conflict, could not verify the killingsSTRINGER Iraq/Reuters *Daily Mail:* *ISIS executes eight Dutch members for desertion…bringing the total number of people executed in Syria alone by the group to 3,967* * Eight Dutch ISIS fighters executed by the terrorist group for desertion * Arrested after 'tension between Dutch jihadists and Iraqi ISIS spies' * ISIS has executed 424 of its own fighters in its 20 month reign in Syria ISIS has executed eight Dutch members of its own jihadist fighting force in Syria af... more »

How Gosnell’s Abortion ‘House of Horrors’ Led to This Week’s Supreme Court Case

Sarah Torre at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: speculum abortion] The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt this week, a case challenging a Texas law that requires the abortion industry to follow commonsense health and safety regulations. Passage of the Texas bill was spurred... more »

Why a Rabbi is Wrong About Ted Cruz

Michael Brown at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing & Technology in Florence, S.C., Monday Feb. 15, 2016.] A Denver, Colorado rabbi has written a forceful, open letter to Sen. Ted Cruz, ending with these strong words: "Senator Cruz, if you want to promote your agenda and claim it is a reflection of your religious values, go right... more »

Gulf Nations Declare Lebanon’s Hezbollah a Terrorist Group

ADAM SCHRECK at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir (R) welcomes his Bahraini counterpart Khalid Bin Ahmad al-Khalifa and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary-General Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani of Bahrain (R) upon thier arrival for a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) extraordinary meeting in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on January 9, 2016.] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A Saudi-led bloc of six Gulf Arab nations formally branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization on Wednesday, ramping up the pressure on the Lebanese militant group fighting on the side of President Basha... more »

Hillary, “The Natives Are Getting Restless!”

Harry Jackson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Hillary Clinton walk on the stage at the end of a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate.] Don't let Hillary Clinton's victory in South Carolina and on Super Tuesday fool you. Her support from the black community has been strong in the primary race so far. Nonetheless, this community's current loyalty is based on... more »

Self - A Discourse by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Self*: *Look not for signs, but rather be the sign to those who wish to know a way back to themSelves.* *There is no destination in your world or other worlds. This is just another of the many distractions put in place in your world to keep you from the most sacred and holy of places which is already within you. * *All the qualities that you dream of, all the characteristics or traits that humankind hold dear are already waiting within each Man just patiently waiting to be discovered or perhaps better said, rediscovered again.* *Look to your Self for advise, look to your Self ... more »

Sexual Abuse Of Hundreds Of Children Covered Up By US Bishops

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Two Roman Catholic bishops who led a Pennsylvania diocese, helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children over a span of four decades. A grand jury report says that children had been molested by more than 50 priests over the forty year period. Press TV reports According to a grand jury’s 147-page document released on Tuesday, the case is particularly focused on Bishops James Hogan and Joseph Adamec, who were in charge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown in Pennsylvania from the mid-1960s until 2011. The report said Hogan was involved in covering up abuse all... more »

Abortion Debate Returns to Depleted Supreme Court

MARK SHERMAN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (L) and Justices Anthony Kennedy (2nd L), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (C), Stephen Breyer (2nd R) and Sonia Sotomayor listen to US President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2016.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The abortion debate is returning to the Supreme Court in the midst of a raucous presidential campaign and less than three weeks after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. The justices are taking up the biggest case on the... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*The U.S. Government’s Student Loan Racket* It’s not often that we’re surprised by a government spending statistic, but what Breitbart News‘ Mike Flynn reported over the past weekend about one particular line item within the U.S. Treasury Department’s annual financial report for the U.S. government floored us. Tucked away in the report, however, was a surprising fact. Student loans now make up 37 percent of the total assets of the U.S. government. In some ways, a major business of the U.S. government now is getting students to take out loans to pay for college. The total ... more »

UN Food Aid Lands in ISIS Controlled Territory

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Food aid drops by the UN World Food Program which was intended for Syrian civilians in Deir Ezzor city, have reportedly landed in predominantly ISIS held territory. The UN claimed last week that the WFP had successfully dropped 21 tonnes of aid into the city of Deir Ezzor. ALALAM Reports: “Planes dropped the humanitarian help sent by the United Nations into the territory controlled by Daesh. Just two containers ended up in the areas where the Syrian army [is located],” the source told RIA Novosti. The contents of the containers that landed on the government-controlled territory has ... more »

Bernie Sanders Wins Vermont Primary, Looking To Expand Base

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
As early predicted results come in on Super Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders looks to have notched up the Vermont Democratic primary in his home state. A revolution is brewing in America as Sanders hopes to bring Vermont’s values to the rest of the 35 states that are up for grabs after tonight’s primaries. Early results are showing more potential victories for Bernie Sanders before the night is over, while the establishment media covering Super Tuesday are talking about a ‘Clinton versus Trump’ presidential race. Vox reports: Sanders was always expec... more »

Toddler Falls Out Of Van On Busy Chinese Road

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
A small child narrowly escaped death at a busy Chinese intersection after he was thrown out of the back of the moving van that was being driven by his grandad. The two year old was saved by a passenger of another vehicle whose driver filmed the event on his dash-cam. Russia Today reports: The incident near Wujiang, Jiangsu province, China happened when a white van stopped at a traffic light and its trunk door suddenly opened. The vehicle moved again, and out of nowhere a two-year-old kid tumbled out of the vehicle onto the road. Apparently uninjured from the fall, the kid was left s... more »

Snoopers Charter Revised To Tackle ‘Dark’ Threats At A Cost To Democracy

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
The Home Secretary Theresa May introduced a revised ‘Snoopers Charter’ to Parliament that could reduce security and liberty for millions of people. Critics claim that the Investigatory Powers Bill could erode basic British values and set an example for the failures of so called modern democracies. The Guardian reports: The government proposed a fundamental shift in the relationship between citizens, the internet and the state in its 300-page draft investigatory powers bill. Under the law, now christened the snooper’s charter, almost every digital communication and movement would be ... more »

Clinton Focuses on Trump as Trump Threatens Paul Ryan

JULIE BYKOWICZ & LISA LERER at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to supporters as she arrives to address supporters at her Super Tuesday election night rally in Miami, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)] MIAMI (AP) -- Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, emboldened by commanding victories Tuesday across large swaths of the country, are beginning to focus on each other in the race for the White House. Clinton previewed a “love and... more »

Are Toxic Metals in Imported Chinese Fluoride Poisoning Your Tap Water?

Waking Times at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - Forensic lab examines sodium fluoride imported from China, finding several dangerous heavy metals. The post Are Toxic Metals in Imported Chinese Fluoride Poisoning Your Tap Water? appeared first on Waking Times.

Free Viewing Of The Movie, "UNDOCTORED" Until Friday, March 4, 2015

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
I am so proud of this film, so proud of the people in it. When I was growing up in the 60’s, we thought science was going to save us from everything. “Don’t breast feed! That’s for poor 3rd world countries. Science knows better, use “formula”. “Why drink fresh juice? Drink what the astronauts drink, Tang!” We’d just gotten the “cure” for small pox, vaccines were going to solve everything. In this environment, you had a group of natural healers that were brutally targeted by the AMA (American Medical Association) and ALMOST destroyed. This is the story of Undoctored; it’s amazi... more »

Layered Jello Shamrocks

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 19 hours ago
If there is one thing my kids get excited for each holiday, it is layered Jello. With just a little bit of time, you can make Jello that is unique to the holiday. My kids LOVE separating each layer and eating it. You will need: - A large tub of sour cream - 2 small boxes of green Jello - whipped cream - Shamrock Cookie Cutter Dissolve your first box of Jello in 1 cup of boiling water. Separate the Jello in half, into two bowls. Add two tablespoons of cold water to one and then put that bowl of Jello that you added the water to, into a clear 8x8 pan. Place the pan... more »

KKK/Mussolini/Fascists Endorsement Welcomed by Trump?  (Tne End of Democracy Upcoming or Already Achieved?)  Piercing the Big Dick  (If John Oliver Respected CBS More, He Would Have Shaved)

So, Mr. Trump has admitted (so he said this week when questioned on TV) that he doesn't know who David Duke is or what the Ku Klux Klan has campaigned for since the end of the Civil War, or what repeating a quote by Mussolini* denotes to his audience, and therefore cannot be expected to comment when he is questioned about their endorsements. Good to know. And Hillary's troops have pre-fixed

Mysterious Ocean Noises Baffles Scientists

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
For the last 25 years scientists have been left baffled as to the cause of mysterious ocean noises that originate from the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The strange sounds, known as the ‘Upsweep’, were first discovered in 1991. Scientists initially believed the sounds to be whale songs or ship vibrations, but these theories were quickly ruled out after further investigation. Express.co.uk reports: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has described Upsweep as “a long train of narrow-band upsweeping sounds of several seconds duration each”. The Upsweep you can hea... more »

British Woman Is First Patient To Test Natural Cancer Cure Vaccine

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
A British woman has become the world’s first patient to trial the first ever natural cancer cure administered via a vaccine. The new vaccine has been designed to stimulate the body’s own immune system so that it destroys tumors that have spread in the body. 35-year-old Kelly Potter will trial the vaccine over the course of two years in an attempt to rid the cervical cancer she was diagnosed with in July 2015. Independent.co.uk reports: At the same time, the patients on the trial will be prescribed a chemotherapy drug that should, at low doses, “lift the brakes” on the immune system ... more »

DARPA Implant Microchips Into Soldiers Brains

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
DARPA, the highly secretive arm of the Department of Defense, have launched various projects that will involve implanting microchips into soldiers’ brains – in an attempt to enhance battlefield performance and repair the traumatized minds of soldiers returning from war. “Of the 2.5 million Americans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 300,000 of them came home with traumatic brain injury,” author Annie Jacobsen told NPR. “DARPA initiated a series of programs to help cognitive functioning, to repair some of this damage. And those programs center around putting brain chips inside the... more »

Scientists Await Birth Of 60 Extremely Rare Baby Dragons This Summer

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Scientists in Slovenia are awaiting the birth of 57 ‘baby dragons’ in a Slovenian cave only accessible by underground train. The ‘dragons’, otherwise known as olms, are actually ancient, blind salamanders that look like the mythological fire-breathing creature. Biologist Sašo Weldt, who is monitoring the amphibians at Postojna Cave, says that although the olms have existed for 15 million years, they were only recently discovered in the middle of the 17th century. “People had never seen it and didn’t know what it was,” he told ABC News. “During the winter time, clouds of fog often ro... more »

"Like It Matters..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
Here's to the new boss, same as the old boss... “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” - Joseph Stalin

Military Photo of the Day: March 2, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Coast Guard Dog-900] A K-9 unit trains with the U.S. Coast Guard to inspect commercial vessels in San Francisco. Thanks to these brave coast guardsmen -- yes, dogs can be coast guardsmen, too -- for protecting our country!

Top NATO Commander: Refugees To Europe Are ‘Masking The Movement’ Of Terrorists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Photo:* US Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove *The Guardian:* *Nato commander: Isis ‘spreading like cancer’ among refugees* Philip Breedlove says refugees are ‘masking the movement’ of terrorists, but human rights groups disagree: ‘We are talking about needles in haystacks’ Refugees from the Middle East and north Africa are “masking the movement” of terrorists and criminals, Nato’s top commander told Congress on Tuesday, despite the protests of human rights groups who say that refugees overwhelmingly have no ulterior motive but escape. In testimony to the Senate armed services comm... more »

Book Review: GMO Myths And Truths, An Essential Citizen's Guide

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 22 hours ago
RINF, CounterPunch, Global Research, Countercurrents Do you value my work? Please read *this* *GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen's Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, 3rd Edition,* *by* *Claire Robinson Mphil**,* *Michael Antoniou PhD** and* *John Fagan PhD* “Many who defend the use of GMO crops and foods claim that there is no > evidence that any GMO is harmful to health or the environment. But this is > wrong. There is plenty of sound empirical evidence of such harm, presented > by qualified scientists in peer-reviewed literatur... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
WATCH: @StationCDRKelly removed from capsule in Kazakhstan, smiles as he touches ground https://t.co/FEr4XpWHo9 https://t.co/G4Nl2nkYZl — CBSN (@CBSNLive) March 2, 2016

F.B.I. Director: The Bureau Made A Mistake When Retrieving Information From The San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*New York Times*: *F.B.I. Error Locked San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone* WASHINGTON — The head of the F.B.I. acknowledged on Tuesday that his agency lost a chance to capture data from the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers when it ordered that his password to the online storage service iCloud be reset shortly after the rampage. “There was a mistake made in the 24 hours after the attack,” James B. Comey Jr., the director of the F.B.I., told lawmakers at a hearing on the government’s attempt to force Apple to help “unlock” the iPhone. F.B.I. personnel apparently beli... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
An F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft is parked on the flightline during exercise Red Flag 16-1 on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 26, 2016. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Burt Traynor

U.S. Captures Key Islamic State Operative But Raises Questions On How Will These Prisoners Be Held

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
REUTERS/GORAN TOMASEVIC *New York Times: *U.S. Captures ISIS Operative, Ushering in Tricky Phase WASHINGTON — An elite American Special Operations force has captured a significant Islamic State operative in Iraq and is expected to apprehend and interrogate a number of others in coming months, ushering in a new and potentially fraught phase in the fight against the extremist Sunni militant group. American defense officials described the capture as a crucial development in battling the Islamic State but said it also raised questions about handling what is likely to be a growing grou... more »

Rolling Stones To Give A Free Concert In Havana On March 25

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Rolling Stones announce historic free concert in Havana* The Rolling Stones will perform a free outdoor concert in Havana on March 25, the band announced on Tuesday, a milestone event in a country where the communist government once banned the group's music as an "ideological deviation." The band added the Concert for Amity show - likely to be the biggest rock concert ever staged in Cuba - to a Latin American tour that had been due to end on March 17 in Mexico City. The performance will come three days after U.S. President Barack Obama is due to conclude a visit to Cu... more »

Court Case To Decide On Who Invented Stealth Technology Grinds On

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN*: *Who really invented stealth technology?* (CNN)Decades after the U.S. Air Force unveiled one if its first stealth combat planes, the B-2 bomber, lawyers are still arguing over the origins and legal ownership of the technology that allows pilots to fly virtually undetected by enemy radar. On February 19, a federal appeals court ordered a hearing to determine whether the Pentagon infringed on a patent owned by Zoltek, a materials company from St. Louis, when it developed the stealthy coating for the F-22 fighter plane and B-2 bomber. In the latest development in a case that ... more »

Donald Trump as GOP Nominee? Welcome to Europe

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Donald Trump2 - 900] Donald Trump will never be mistaken for a cosmopolitan, but he will bring a distinctively European flavor to the 2016 presidential election, should he win the Republican nomination. As in continental Europe, the two parties in a Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton... more »

Exit Poll: Clinton Expands Base, Trump Appeals to Angry Voters, Sanders Gets Voters Who Want Honesty

NANCY BENAC & EMILY SWANSON at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Voters are lined up into parking lot at Flint Baptist Church waiting to vote in the primary election in Flint, Texas Tuesday afternoon March 1, 2016. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton held on to older people and ate into Bernie Sanders’ support among the 30-to-44 crowd on Super Tuesday as her rival claimed a clear advantage with only one age group: his devoted under-30 followers. On...more »

Who's More Mobbed-Up, Herr Trumpf Or The Clintons... Does It Matter?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Paul "Big Paul" Castellano, Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, Roy Cohn, Herr Trumpf* Of the times we've covered Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, then of the Genovese crime family, currently enjoying the hospitality of a federal penitentiary, one batch of stories was about a Mafia-affiliated Republican congressman from Staten Island, Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm (currently in federal prison on a variety of fraud convictions) and one was about Herr Trumpf's mob connections. The Mafia connections to each man have been more or less swept under the rug with some consistency, even though the Mob co... more »

Super Tuesday As It Unfolded

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Election workers register participants before the start of the Democratic caucus in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Voters from Vermont to Colorado, Alaska to American Samoa and a host of states in between took to polling places and caucus sites Tuesday, on the busiest day of the 2016 primaries. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on campaign 2016 on Super Tuesday (all times Eastern Standard Time): 3:45 a.m. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican presidential caucuses in Alaska. It’s his third win on Super Tuesday, adding to victories... more »

FBI, Apple Clash Before Congress as Encryption Fight Simmers

ERIC TUCKER & TAMI ABDOLLAH at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans' Security and Privacy.'] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government calls it a “vicious guard dog” that hurts national security. Apple says it’s critical to protecting consumer privacy against increasingly sophisticated hackers. As the debate over built-in iPhone encryption has deadlocked in the courts,... more »

Lands’ End Steinem Debacle Loses Customers Left and Right

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Gloria Steinem Cover Red Close Up - 900] Customers on the political left and right are abandoning clothing company Lands’ End after its spring catalog featured an interview with radical abortion activist Gloria Steinem juxtaposed with a cover showing families on Easter. She was featured as part of... more »

Catholic College President Resigns After Massive Uproar

Blake Neff at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: The entrance sign to Mount St. Mary's University in Maryland, United States.] Simon Newman, the embattled president of Mount St. Mary’s University, has resigned after complaints he wanted to purge low-performing students and gut the religious identity of the country's second-oldest Catholic college. Newman, who cut his teeth in the business world rather... more »

Locally Famous Sheriff Issues Best Resignation in Law Enforcement History

Casey Harper at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Untitled-4] WATCH: A Louisiana sheriff's captain has resigned after pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and his resignation statement is incredible. Former St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Officer Clay Higgins has made a string of incendiary videos for a weekly Crime Stoppers... more »

South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill Protecting Students From Sharing Locker Rooms With ‘Transgender’ Students

Stream Staff at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard thanked the Airmen of Ellsworth Air Force Base, past and present, for the vital role they have played in our nation’ defense, during a 70th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in Rapid City, S.D., May 19, 2012. The event began with a social hour, followed by dinner and addresses by Daugaard and Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Norton Schwartz.] In a surprising move overshadowed by the Super Tuesday primaries, the governor of South Dakota vetoed a bill preventing students who claim to be “transgender” from using the bathrooms or locker rooms of the o... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Dietro Casa”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Dietro Casa” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z6JN6UVa3c

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