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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

26 March - Blogs I'm Following

10:30pm MDST

Suicide Bombers Were Detained By Authorities Before Brussels Attack

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 minutes ago
The three bombers involved in the March 22 Brussels attack were well known to Western intelligence agencies, and two of them had previously been detained by authorities for violent crimes. Brothers Brahim and Khalid El Bakraoui were imprisoned in 2010 and 2011 for a police shooting using AK-47s during a holdup. More worryingly the elder brother, Brahim El Bakraoui, had been deported from Turkey in 2015 for “terrorist activity” – and Ankara had attempted to warn authorities about the danger he posed to the EU. Journal-neo.org reports: Brussels, however, failed categorically to act o... more »

Lamar W. Hankins : Republicans’ rejection of the Constitution is a disservice to America

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 24 minutes ago
They have been distorting the history of the Supreme Court nomination process to justify their political desires. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | March 27, 2016 The Supreme Court nomination process is being fought out between Republicans … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Republicans’ rejection of the Constitution is a disservice to America

Garry Shandling (1949-2016)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
*Conan explains, at the start of his Thursday-evening taping, that he's spent the several hours since hearing about Garry trying to process the news. Then he offers this lovely personal reminiscence.* *by Ken* Thursday, massive heart attack, 66. If you want more facts, here's the NYT obit of this "Star of Groundbreaking Sitcoms," as he was headlined. I confess I haven't actually read the obit, but I *have* watched the above clip sent out by Conan O'Brien's team. And I watched this clip, also sent out by TeamCoco: *I FIND MYSELF WITH NOT MUCH TO SAY* I mean, I have no idea how ... more »

The Most Intrusive Technology of All Time

skrashen at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
--> S. Krashen The Pearson Publishing Company has suggested that technology not only be used to teach content, as in competency-based programs, but should, at the same time, evaluate students' emotional states (Luckin et. al., p. 25). This is without question the most intrusive idea I have ever seen, not only in education but anywhere. Pearson provides no details about what aspects of emotion will be monitored, except for these hints: "For example, AIEd (artificial intelligence in education) will enable learning analytics to identify changes in learner confidence and motivation...more »

Musical Interlude: Billy Joel, “We Didn't Start The Fire!”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Billy Joel, “We Didn't Start The Fire!” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v2JcpolIQU

How Pearson plans to force student participation and hurt creativity

skrashen at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
--> S.Krashen Pearson (Luckin et. al., 2016) has announced that they are developing programs that will monitor students as they participate in group work, showing how well each student is participating (p. 27), using, for example "voice recognition (to identify who is doing and saying what in a team activity." (p.34). This is designed to make sure students are participating according to the programmers' ideas of what optimal participation is. This and other intrusions are designed to make sure the students are focused on just the task in front of them right now, and are partici...more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Rich in star clusters and nebulae, the ancient constellation of the Charioteer (Auriga) rides high in northern winter night skies. Composed from narrow and broadband filter data and spanning nearly 8 Full Moons (4 degrees) on the sky, this deep telescopic view shows off some of Auriga's celestial bounty. *Click image for larger size.* The field includes emission region IC 405 (top left) about 1,500 light-years distant. Also known as the Flaming Star Nebula, its red, convoluted clouds of glowing hydrogen gas are energized by hot O-type star AE Aurigae. IC 410 (top right) is signific... more »

Chet Raymo, “Sodden Earth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Sodden Earth”* by Chet Raymo “I grew up with the Civil War, or at least with evidences of the war on every side, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lookout Mountain loomed over the town. My house was on the back slopes of Missionary Ridge. We swam in Chickamauga Creek. We played in the Chattanooga National Cemetery (close by my grandmother's house) where 12,000 Union dead are buried, including raiders of "The Great Locomotive Chase." The locomotive The General was on display downtown in Union Station. Orchard Knob not far away. Monuments and memorial cannons were everywhere. It was all ... more »

"What Do You See? And Where Is It?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* Ok, after enlarging the image, what do you see? A rather large hole in the ground partially filled with water? Consider that, then click this link to find out where it is... - http://www.uahirise.org/ESP_043717_2205 Surprised?

IPR and Innovation 32, On tobacco plain packaging proposal in Singapore

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
This is my letter to the HPB yesterday. The auto reply said they have received it and will look into it. ------------- Subject: Singapore's plan on "Standardized packaging" of tobacco products To: HPB_Mailbox@hpb.gov.sg Health Promotion Board 3 Second Hospital Avenue, Singapore 168937 Dear Sir/Madam, I have read your campaign to control tobacco use and promote good health among Singapore citizens, it is a good objective. But I notice that you also plan to introduce or legislate “standardized packaging” or “plain packaging” in tobacco products, and I think it can adversely affect Si... more »

You'll Never Work In This State Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
A few days ago I got a phone call from Jacob Engels, editor of the *East Orlando Post* about an e-mail he had gotten from DCCC Communications Director Matt Thornton. The DCCC, which recently fired their southern regional director, Andrew Piatt, is still in freakout mode over the inadvertent admission that they blackballed a top Democratic donor and former Florida Democratic Party chairman, Bob Poe, because he's white. *DWT* helped break the scandal here in February. Short version: A DCCC staffer, Jermaine House, insisted that Bob Poe, who is white and gay, "does not have the righ... more »

The Poet: Robert Frost, "Into My Own"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Into My Own"* "One of my wishes is that those dark trees, So old and firm they scarcely show the breeze, Were not, as ’twere, the merest mask of gloom, But stretched away unto the edge of doom. I should not be withheld but that some day Into their vastness I should steal away, Fearless of ever finding open land, Or highway where the slow wheel pours the sand. I do not see why I should e’er turn back, Or those should not set forth upon my track To overtake me, who should miss me here And long to know if still I held them dear. They would not find me changed... more »

"Waiting..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“If you are the kind of person who is waiting for the 'right' thing to happen, you might wait for a long time. It's like waiting for all the traffic lights to be green for five miles before starting the trip.” - Robert Kiyosaki

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Acerra, Campania, Italy. Thanks for stopping by!

Tribeca Film Festival pulls Wakefield vaccine film from schedule

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 4 hours ago
This isn’t a scientific paper being retracted, but given the subject, and that we led Weekend Reads with it this morning, we think it merits a post: A film by Andrew Wakefield, infamous for the now-retracted paper he co-authored in The Lancet linking autism and vaccines, has been withdrawn from the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. […] The post Tribeca Film Festival pulls Wakefield vaccine film from schedule appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Sanders Wins Primary Caucuses in Alaska and Washington

LISA LERER at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Sanders Wins Primary Caucuses in Alaska and Washington] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders won Democratic presidential caucuses in Alaska and Washington state on Saturday, victories he hopes will stoke a spring comeback against the commanding front-runner, Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator was trying to build his enduring support... more »

Lawmakers in Both Parties are Addicted to Spending

Genevieve Wood at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Lawmakers in Both Parties are Addicted to Spending] Congress is at it again ... the budget train is about to leave the station, and guess what's on board! Almost $60 billion above what House Republicans proposed in last year's budget. And this from the party that claims to be... more »

Technology: "Microsoft’s AI Robot Became a Hitler Loving Sex-Addict In Less Than 24 Hours, Forced To Shutdown"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Microsoft’s AI Robot Became a Hitler Loving Sex-Addict In * *Less Than 24 Hours, Forced To Shutdown"* by Helena Horton "Developers at Microsoft created ‘Tay’, an AI modeled to speak ‘like a teen girl’, in order to improve the customer service on their voice recognition software. They marketed her as ‘The AI with zero chill’ – and that she certainly is. To chat with Tay, you can tweet or DM her by finding @tayandyou on Twitter, or add her as a contact on Kik or GroupMe. She uses millennial slang and knows about Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West, and seems to be bashfully sel... more »

Brussels Attack Victims Came from Belgium and Around World

DANICA KIRKA & NICOLE WINFIELD at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Woman in Brussels - 900] BRUSSELS (AP) -- Victims of the attacks on Brussels’ airport and subway included commuters heading to work and travelers setting off on long-anticipated vacations. In a city that’s home to international institutions including the European Union and NATO, they came from... more »

Edward Snowden: Brussels Attacks Were Preventable

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Whistleblower Edward Snowden claims the Brussels attacks were preventable as Belgian authorities knew from their Turkish counterparts that the men behind the attacks were known terrorists. Daily Sabah reports: Speaking at a panel on privacy via video conference, published by The Intercept, Snowden said that the attack was preventable through traditional means, not mass surveillance. Snowden’s comments came about as he was criticizing the western governments’ mass surveillance programs on citizens. An allied intelligence services, in this case Turkey, warned Belgium that this individ...more »

Bernie Sanders Powerless Against Global Capitalism

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
US presidential candidates in both main parties embrace and propose to expand on American imperialism to secure resources for the country. America has been the dominant force in capitalist imperialism since winning the first and second world wars. Bernie Sanders’ dream of a revolution to kick out the Establishment and replace them with “peace-loving” democratic institutes that serve the people, and expecting the Elite to pay their fair share is a pipe dream, unless the Elite are willing to dismantle the whole structure of global capitalism, which is unlikely because the whole Americ... more »

Poulantzas, Althusser, and Ideology

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
Last time we saw how Poulantzas out received Marxist theories of the state tended to fall into one of two traps: the state as the passive slave of "active" economics, as per a mechanical, literal reading of Marx's base and superstructure *metaphor*. The second is the state as a straightforward expression of certain class interests, which in the case of capitalist societies is everywhere and always the owners of capital, the bourgeoisie. Yet there is an important alternative Poulantzas hasn't mentioned up until this point: the reworking of the Marxist theory of the state proposed by ... more »

Bernie Birdie Magic - Little Dove Asking for Peace (Birdie Sanderella Peace and Love Site)  Wildlife Vote for Bernie  (AZ - Again, Hillary Declares Win Before Votes Counted or Even Voted)  Hope You Have a Happy Easter

According to my small survey, America’s wildlife loathe the Koch Brothers. And like vulnerable people across the country, they’re awfully happy to have a loud Brooklyn-accented voice demanding real, fundamental change. Run Bernie run! - Bill McKibben* March 25, 2016Common DreamsThis One Bird for Sanders: World Peace, Political Revolution, and the SparrowPresidential candidate welcomes

Obama’s Solicitor General Says Churches Will Be No Sanctuary From Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments on Little Sisters of the Poor's Religious Freedom Challenge to Obamacare] On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Little Sisters of the Poor’s lawsuit against Obamacare over religious freedom, Zubik v. Burwell. The regulations require the nuns to include birth control -- which can act as an abortifacient --... more »

Bernie Sanders Should Do Well In Three States On Saturday

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Bernie Sanders has a good chance to win three states on Saturday and then set the scene for a revolutionary contest between himself and rival Hillary Clinton. The States of Washington, Alaska and Hawaii will vote on Saturday for their Democratic presidential nominee. Sanders and Clinton both relish the fact of going against a Republican businessman, turned professional politician, and the front-runner for the White House, Donald Trump. There are no Republican contests on Saturday so children can stay up late and watch telly. New York Times reports: Washington, the largest prize of th... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
So far... indictments anyone?

Robert Crumb

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Confessions of Robert Crumb - Clip 1 of 3

Japan: 30 Thousand Protest PM’s Plan To Restart Nuclear Reactors

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Over 30,000 people attended a rally in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park on Friday to protest a plan to restart a number of nuclear power plants. Along with Japanese utility companies, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is campaigning to restart several of the dormant plants which have been offline since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The anti-nuclear protestors say that restarting the nuclear reactors will create safety risks. RT reports: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been advocating the reboot of the country’s nuclear power plants, saying it is crucial for Japan’s energy policy. “Our r... more »

ENE News, "Fukushima Update, 3/26/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Fukushima Update, 3/26/2016"* by ENE News • TV: Radiation in ocean off Fukushima at highest levels in years — Out of control leakage coming from plant — ‘Big spikes’ in radioactivity observed — “Surprising… Concerning… Crisis” — 1,000s of tons of contaminated liquid being released — Scientists: Japan gov’t covering up situation (AUDIO) • 100% death rate of baby seals on California coast — “None have survived” — “Many are starving, suffering from shortage of food in Pacific Ocean” — “Extremely thin… all sorts of illnesses, infections” — “Milkless moms immediately abandoning pups” ...more »

"This Is My Wish For You..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Musical Interlude: Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence” (Original Version from 1964)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Simon and Garfunkel, “The Sound of Silence” (Original Version from 1964) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zLfCnGVeL4

Hawaii's Democratic Politics Is Very Confusing

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I'm thinking that there aren't that many Democrats in Hawaii who haven't already made up their minds about who they're going to vote for in the caucuses today-- or even *if* they're going to go to a caucus at all. Democrats are pretty split between the two candidates and there are 34 delegates at stake. I had to laugh, though, when I looked at who had endorsed Bernie and who had endorsed the conservative establishment candidate opposing him on behalf of the status quo. Hawaii's two progressive U.S. Senators, Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz have both endorsed Hillary, who is pretty ... more »

Gotta Love The Blame Game

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "Turkey on Defense – Blaming EU for feeding terrorists into Mideast" By Jim W. Dean, Veterans Today, March 26, 2016: * Turkey seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel with this Hail Mary pass to blame the EU for the terrorism problem in the Mid East, while denying its own involvement. But this is a win-win for us here at VT and the world public, because both sides are doing it and the conspiracy theory dodge is now toast. We have long written about how the major Intel agencies were aware of state-sponsored terrorism, not just their own of course, and obvious ... more »

Russian Airstrikes Help Syrian Forces Seize Three Neighborhoods Back From ISIS

PHILIP ISSA at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Palmyra - 900] BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian airstrikes have seized three neighborhoods inside Palmyra, a town with famed Roman-era ruins that fell to the Islamic State group last May, state media reported Saturday. Russian jets carried out... more »

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

Untitled

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
Today's Irving press has another, full page story on the attack in Brussels that killed 31 people. It has, surprisingly, a story on Yemen where thousands are dying of hunger and disease, and illegal cluster bombs made in the U.S.A. and dropped by Saudi Arabia - and by weapons illegally sold to the Saudis by Canada. We don't know how many have been murdered or starved to death in Yemen because, it seems, there is no western source that gives a damn. We know it's thousands. More likely, it's tens of thousands. But the story in the Irving press ignores our role in this. All it talks ab... more »

Big Problems At Canada’s CCS Plant

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/01/canada-switches-on-worlds-first-carbon-capture-power-plant You may remember the glee with which the Guardian, BBC, DECC and others greeted the launch of Canada’s first CCS plant a couple of years ago. They are probably less keen to publicise all of the problems experienced with it since. 1) From […]

Murder Of Belgian Nuclear Guard ‘Not Linked To Terror’- Prosecutor

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A security guard who worked at a Belgian nuclear research centre was murdered and allegedly had his security pass stolen, just two days after the Brussels terror attacks. Didier Prospero, a security guard from the G4S international security firm, was shot several times in the bathroom of his home in the Charleroi region of Belgium. His body was found lying next to that of his dog, who had also been shot dead. The Belgian prosecutor investigating the murder has “formally denied” any connection between the case and terrorist activity. The prosecutor also denied earlier media reports... more »

Iraqi Soldiers Flee In Their First Mosul Military Operation

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Iraqi soldiers gather during a military operation on the outskirts of Makhmour, south of Mosul, Iraq, March 25, 2016. Azad Lashkari/Reuters *Wladimir Van Wilgenburg, Daily Beast*:* Iraqi Soldiers Flee Again in Iraq Army’s First Mosul Operation* After a U.S. Marine was killed defending a position abandoned by Iraqi troops, they were supposed to have toughened up. … Nope. TEL REEM, Iraq – At first, Iraqi soldiers involved in an operation to capture villages close to Mosul on Friday were in good spirits. “Allah Akbar,” Arabic for “God is Great,” they shouted after they hit an alleged ... more »

Police Raids Uncover Evidence Of A Europe-Wide Jihadist Cell

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*CBS*: *Raids uncover evidence of Europe-wide jihadist cell* In the wake of the bombings in Belgium this week -- and increasing criticism of officials for their inability to thwart those attacks -- police in the last 24 hours have made at least four arrests in a series of raids in Belgium and four other countries across Europe. New evidence shows disturbing evidence of just how big the terror network is across Europe. CBS News' Allen Pizzey reports from Brussels that, as the effort to break the terrorist cell that carried out the bombings goes on, Belgian officials are coming und... more »

Brussels Attacks: March Against Fear Cancelled Amid Security Fears

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Belgium’s Interior minister has asked for the solidarity march in honour of the victims of this weeks Brussels attacks, to be cancelled tomorrow amid security concerns. ITV reports: Organisers cancelled the event following a public plea from Belgium’s Interior minister Jan Jambon asking for the demonstration to be postponed while ongoing police investigations continued. Jambon said: “We are still all over the country in threat level three and there are enquiries, important enquiries, going on. “For these enquiries we need a lot of police capacity all over the country and it’s our ma... more »

How Changing Russian Tax policies May Have Global Implications

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Max Fisher, VOX*: *The most important foreign news story this week was about Russian tax policy* It's been a busy week for foreign news editors: the ISIS attack in Brussels, President Obama's trips to Cuba and Argentina, North Korea's ballistic rocket test, Europe's new refugee policy, presidential candidate speeches to AIPAC, and, now, an airstrike killing ISIS's second-in-command. For all these important stories, though, the most consequential development in international affairs this week may have come, believe it or not, in a proposed change to Russian tax policy. Bear with m... more »

The Offensive To Retake Mosul From the Islamic State Is Not Going Well

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast:* *Iraqis Retreated, This Marine Died* Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin was sent to defend a base the Iraqis had largely abandoned. Hours later, he was killed by an ISIS rocket strike. The local Iraqi troops had fled the base, retreating into the mountains. That’s why the U.S. military dispatched 200 Marines to a remote outpost in northern Iraq—leading to the death of a Marine just hours later. The Iraqis had decided the location was too dangerous to stay in, three defense officials told The Daily Beast. The arrival of the Marines, U.S. officials hoped, would gi... more »

Brussels Terrorists Linked to Nuclear Plot

Katie Tubb at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: This photo taken on January 12, 2016 shows the cooling towers of Belgium's Doel nuclear plant belching thick white steam. They are part of a groundswell of concern in the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg over the safety of Belgium's seven ageing reactors at Doel and at Tihange, further to the south and east. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)] Two of the terrorists responsible for the bombings in Brussels have been linked to a possible plot on nuclear facilities uncovered by Belgian security back in February. Police found ho... more »

Border Dispute Between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Has Been Resolved (For Now)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
(Radio Free Europe) *Radio Free Europe:* *Uzbekistan Pulls Back Troops From Kyrgyz-Uzbek Border* Uzbekistan has pulled backed troops and military vehicles from a disputed segment of the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, ending a weeklong standoff over the contested area. The Kyrgyz state border guard service said the troop withdrawal took place early on March 26, a day after a meeting between Kyrgyz and Uzbek officials over the crisis. The meeting had been initiated by the Uzbek side, the border guard service said. On March 18, Uzbek authorities deployed troops, two armored personnel vehicl... more »

Uganda To Jail Parents Who Refuse To Vaccinate Their Children

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Earlier this month Uganda passed a new law that targets parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Parents face up to six months in prison after claims by the Health Minister and others that a growing religious “cult” is preventing parents from having their children immunized. The new law also requires children to have an immunisation card to allow them to go to school. RT reports: The new law was signed by President Yoweri Museveni on March 10, but it wasn’t announced until this week. The Immunization Act would require parents to have their children get shots for diseases such ... more »

Can A Middle Class Grassroots Candidate Still Win A Race Against Multimillionaires?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
A lot of Democratic coalition Beltway organizations are reluctant to endorse in primaries, a terrible tactical error. But in the case of Maryland's 8th district, the choices are starkly clear... and so is the danger and organizations that would rather not, are stepping up to the plate. If the proven progressive grassroots candidate, Jamie Raskin, doesn't win, the seat is going to be bought by one of the establishment multimillionaires with their self-centered agendas-- careerist in the case of Chris Matthews' lobbyist wife and ego-driven in the case of the Trump-like Trone. This ... more »

MERI VIDEO: Iraq Disputed Territories

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago

Syrian Army Close To Seizing Full Control Of Ancient City Of Palmyra

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The Syrian army is closer to regaining full control of the ancient city of Palmyra as ISIS militants are being pushed from the UNESCO heritage site. Syria state TV have reported that government troops have regained control of the Syriatel hill close to Palmyra’s castle and are a step closer to retaking the whole city, which has been under Islamic State control since May last year. Syrian army near Palmyra castle Syrian forces battled IS fighters on Saturday inside Palmyra under the cover of Russian and Syrian artillery fire. “The battle for Palmyra is in the final stages, as fighting... more »

BREAKING: Einstein-made-easy biz strikes again!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016New product yields more confusion:* Sure enough! Right on time, the "Einstein made easy" business has struck again. Its latest product was announced in Wednesday's New York Times. At the start of the Times review, Dwight Garner said the new easy-to-understand best-selling book possesses two principal virtues. The new book is extremely short, Garner said. Also, its statements are "resonant:" GARNER (3/23/16): *The short and resonant essays in Carlo Rovelli’s “Seven Brief Lessons on Physics” began as columns in Il Sole 24 Ore, the Italian newspaper.* Even b...more »

Holy Saturday...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago

"Someone..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
"Someone ... tell us what's important, because we no longer know." - Richard Ford

Petition Launched To Ban David Cameron From Re-Entering The UK

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
A petition has been launched which calls for David Cameron to be banned from entering the UK when he attempts to return from his Easter break in Lanzarote At the time of writing over 15,000 people have signed the petition which reads: “David Cameron presents a clear and present danger to the short, medium and long term interests of the country. As such, the UK should institute a temporary ban on his return to Britain at the conclusion of his holiday in Lanzarote.” The British prime minister was accused of shirking his responsibilities as he jetted off for an Easter holiday early Thu... more »

“Why are You Voting for Clinton? A Letter to Liberal America”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“Why are You Voting for Clinton? A Letter to Liberal America”* by Chris Byron “Dear Liberal America, I write to you confused, and melancholic. I am melancholic about Bernie’s serious losses across five states last week, and I am confused why he is losing. The simple answer no doubt is because Hillary is winning, but that only exacerbates my confusion. Liberal America, why is Hillary winning? Because you all are voting for her. But why are you voting for her? Seriously, *why* are you voting for her? It’s the answer to that question which is so vexing. The standard answers I gleam... more »

The Latest: Belgian Prosecutors Issue Warrant for New Suspect in Brussels Bombing

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: People stop and look at floral tributes placed outside the Maelbeek metro station, the scene of one of the bomb attacks on the Belgian capital, in Brussels, Saturday, March 26, 2016. Brussels airport officials say flights won't resume before Tuesday as they assess the damage caused by twin explosions in the terminal earlier this week. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)] BRUSSELS (AP) -- The latest on the bombings in Brussels that killed 31 people (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Belgian prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in Tuesday’s attacks on the Brussels airpo... more »

How the Poor Bear the Brunt of Europe’s Obsession With Global Warming

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Europe global warming costs] European global warming policies are hurting the continent's poor, according to a Manhattan Institute study published Thursday. Europe has tried to fight global warming with cap-and-trade schemes and lucrative financial support to green power since 2005. Though well-meaning, the continent's environmental efforts have...more »

America’s Military Is in Much Worse Shape Than You’d Think

John Sullivan and Justin Johnson at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: A Republic of Korea Marine assigned to Bravo Battery, 11th Battalion, 1st ROK Division, briefs U.S. Marine Col. Romin Dasmalchi, the commanding officer of 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, on the Korean KH-179 howitzer during Exercise Ssang Yong 16.] America's military is dangerously weak and unprepared today, and it's not getting better. At least that's what top military leaders told Congress recently. Unfortunately, the testimony of these top generals and admirals did not get the attention it deserved. For... more »

Royal Society Fellowships

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood We saw the other day that Dr Paul Williams, of airline turbulence fame, was the recipient of a Royal Society Fellowship worth £739K. It won’t come as any surprise to learn that there are many other climate scientists at the trough. The RS helpfully offer a filter tool, which allows us […]

Mariah Carey Cancels Concert: Brussels Is Too Dangerous

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
American pop diva Mariah Carey announced on Twitter that she will be cancelling her upcoming concert in Brussels due to safety concerns that have arisen since the recent terror attacks According to Billboard.com Posting an announcement to Twitter on Friday (March 25), the pop diva wrote she would not perform at the Forest National arena on Sunday, as had been planned, “for the safety of my fans, my band, crew and everyone involved with the tour.” I love my fans in Brussels and at this time I am being advised to cancel my show for the safety of my fans, my band, crew and everyone… —... more »

Brussels Suicide Bomber: “Model Student” At Catholic School

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Najim Laachraoui, one of the alleged Brussels suicide bombers, was, according to the director of the Catholic high school he attended, a “model student”. Laachraoui was also a “veteran” Islamist fighter in Syria and is suspected of creating the explosive bomb belts that contributed to November’s Paris attacks, the Times of India reports: Security sources told local media that Laachraoui, a 25-year-old Belgian, was one of Tuesday’s airport suicide bombers, identifying him as one of the three men in the CCTV image released by police. “Najim Laachraoui was a very good student,” said Ve... more »

Microsoft Apologizes For Nazi-Loving, Sex Obsessed Twitter AI

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
As YourNewsWire recently reported, Microsoft was forced to take down an artificial-intelligence powered Twitter account of a chatbot called “Tay” after she became a 9-11 truth, nazi-loving, sex-obsessed monster. Now, as TechRadar reports, Microsoft is making some apologies for its (slightly frightening) new AI tech: Now, the Redmond, Washington-based company has apologized and offered clarification on the Tay experiment, down-turn and all, as well as how challenges like these fuel research for an improved Tay, as well as greater AI efforts. Twitter, as Microsoft Research Corporate V... more »

Um…Our Heroes? Gmail Now Warns If Government Spying On You

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
This all seems a bit odd. Some of the biggest tech companies, such as Apple and now, Gmail, are trying to “protect” its users from government oversight and surveillance? It seems a bit odd, considering both of those companies, as well as other tech titans such as Facebook, were,not so long ago synonymous with aiding the government spying on it’s citizens. Maybe they have realized they created a monster? Or, perhaps, sadly, it is just a diversion – another smoke screen to pull people away from the truth. Either way, Gmail has reportedly joined Apple’s “fight” to protect its users Y... more »

Some Believe Mysterious “Floating Cities” Caused By CERN Wormhole

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Recent footage of another instance of a “floating city” in China has once again gone viral. While many explain the phenomena as natural “fata morgana”, a type of optical illusion, the Inquisitor point out that the most recent “city sighting” may have some very un-natural origins: The ghostly “floating city” was witnessed by hundreds of stunned residents of Dalian who stopped to gawk and snap photographs of the massive ghost city with towering skyscrapers that loomed in fog or city smog over the Dalian harbor. Footage uploaded to YouTube on March 19 by China’s CCTV News shows scores ...more »

Attacking Cruz’s Wife Could Hurt Trump With Female Voters

THOMAS BEAUMONT & JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: In this March 24, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and wife Heidi walk on stage before the candidate spoke at a campaign stop in Dane, Wis.] OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Donald Trump’s latest rude comments about Ted Cruz’s wife are raising new alarms among Republicans about the party front-runner’s ability to win over women, especially in a potential fall presidential match-up with Hillary Clinton. Trump is... more »

Professor Ordered to Apologize for Conservative Blog Post, or Lose His Job

Blake Neff at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Free speech] A conservative professor at Marquette University has been ordered to apologize for critical comments he made of another professor on his blog, or else he will lose his job. The tribulation of political science professor John McAdams began nearly a... more »

A Resurrection Movie: The Vessel

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: The Vesset] This weekend we feast the final victory of life over grim death, and forgiveness over sin. It's a story we tell each spring, fittingly at the time when vegetable life, in the form of tiny green shoots, starts pushing up... more »

The Hypocrites in El Norte

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

Weekend reads: Fraudster rises again as filmmaker; Elsevier, open access publisher?; unethical ethics research

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of a paper on the potential dangers of Wi-Fi, and our 3,000th post. Also, have you taken our survey? Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Commit fraud, have a paper about vaccines and autism retracted, screen a film at the Tribeca Film Festival: Andrew Wakefield rises again. Robert De […] The post Weekend reads: Fraudster rises again as filmmaker; Elsevier, open access publisher?; unethical ethics research appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Brittany Murphy Visits From Grave? New Investigation Pending

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
The mysterious circumstance surrounding actress Brittany Murphy’s death have remained a hot topic since she first passed away in 2009. Now a Los Angeles coroner is saying he is considering re-opening her case. E! Television journalist Ken Baker has spent the last month or so doing his own investigation on the actress’ tragic death at a very young age (32). One of the most bizarre things to come out of this most recent string of interest in the case is a video (in the article below) which shows “Hollywood Medium” Taylor Henry on his new show talking to actress Jamie Pressly. In the s... more »

The Recent L.A. Terror Attack That Almost Was: Lakers Game Threat

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
The terror attack that almost happened? In a chilling account, TMZ has exclusively revealed that just one minute before the start of a Lakers/Clippers basketball game was due to begin earlier this year, someone called the Los Angeles police informing them that terrorists were among the crowd, already seated with “bombs and guns” strapped to themselves and ready to kill “in the name of Jihad”: TMZ has obtained an LAPD search warrant chronicling a chilling phone call received by an LAPD officer at 7:29 PM on January 29, 2016. According to the warrant, a “robotic voice” stated the fol... more »

NASA Captures Comet Recently Passed By Earth On Video

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Comet P/2016 BA14, which recently passed by Earth, was captured on video by NASA using radar and infrared The comet which was bout 3,000 feet in diameter passed by Earth on March 22nd. According to Geobeats News Luckily, NASA had its radar trained on its course and captured a few details about the celestial body known as P/2016 BA14. Shantanu Naidu, a postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said, “The radar images show that the comet has an irregular shape: looks like a brick on one side and a pear on the other. We can see quite a few sig... more »

Children should not be allowed to behave like children.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
*Sent to the Los Angeles Times, March 26, 2016 How are we going to maintain our economic and military superiority if preschool and kindergarten children are allowed to waste time "learning about being a member of a community" and "how to get along with others"? Contrary to June Sholnit Sale's assertion (letters, March 25), the problem is that we are not dedicating more of preschool and kindergarten to academics. And we need to start academics even earlier: We need preschool readiness testing to ensure that parents follow strict, sequential standards in teaching their t... more »

Scientists Say Obama’s Global Warming Plan Will Fail

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: global warming wind turbines] The efforts of President Barack Obama and other world leaders to prevent global warming will almost certainly fail, according to a new study published recently by Texas A&M scientists. "It would require rates of change in our energy infrastructure and energy mix... more »

Syrian Army Is Advancing Inside The ISIS Controlled City Of Palmyra

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Syrian army pushes into Palmyra amid heavy bombardment* Syrian government forces advanced into Palmyra on several fronts on Saturday with support from air strikes and artillery bombardment, state media and a monitoring group said, and live television showed waves of explosions inside the city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described it as the heaviest assault yet in a three-week campaign by the Syrian army and allied militia fighters to recapture the desert city from Islamic State fighters. Observatory director Rami Abdulrahman said Syrian soldiers and allied... more »

SSE dividend ‘precarious’ as market outlook worsens

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/03/25/sse-dividend-precarious-as-market-outlook-worsens/ The Telegraph reports: SSE could be forced to slash its dividend as the UK’s energy markets continue to struggle this year, experts warned. The UK’s second largest utility faces further market gloom that will stretch an already strained balance sheet and force the group to revisit its “precarious” […]

Starving the Beast

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
Starving the Beast Trailer from Steve Mims on Vimeo. "This documentary examines the on-going power struggle on college campuses across the nation as political and market-oriented forces push to disrupt and reform America’s public universities. The film documents a philosophical shift that seeks to reframe public higher education as a ‘value proposition’ to be borne by the beneficiary of a college degree rather than as a ‘public good’ for society. Financial winners and losers emerge in a struggle poised to profoundly change public higher education. The film focuses on dramas playing... more »

#NeverKasich

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Republican U.S. presidential hopeful and Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks as he participates in a discussion with Javier Palomarez, president & CEO of theÊUnited StatesÊHispanic Chamber of Commerce, at the Newseum October 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.] This truly is a year when the rules don’t apply. If they did, John Kasich would be back in Columbus trying to figure out whether he sells his soul to Donald Trump or endorses Ted Cruz. Instead, the Ohio governor... more »

Easter Delivery: Cargo Ship Arrives at Space Station

MARCIA DUNN at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: This still image taken from NASA TV shows a commercial cargo ship named Cygnus about to connect to the International Space Station on Saturday, March 26, 2016. It's the first of three shipments coming up in quick succession. A Russian cargo ship will lift off in a few days, followed by a SpaceX supply run on April 8. NASA has turned to private industry to keep the space station stocked. (NASA via AP)] CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The six astronauts at the International Space Station got an early Easter treat this weekend with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food an... more »

Hard lessons from the Ghomeshi trial

Jody Paterson at A Closer Look: Jody Paterson - 15 hours ago
As news of the Jian Ghomeshi verdict started coming out this week, I felt like a human version of those three monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil - all stopped up so I wouldn't have to hear what was coming. I'd had a bad feeling about where things were going from the moment that the first witness was eviscerated by the defence lawyer about her behaviour after the alleged assault. The witnesses, like me, didn't remember things they'd done 13 years earlier, and clearly weren't prepared to have those things flung back at them in detail by the defence l... more »

Economic News & Views ( March 26 , 2016 ) 1. Brussels Attacks - Examining Both the " Here & Now " , As Well As Pondering What Happens Down the Road With Security , Personal Liberties , Impact On EU and Other Issues / Concerns . 2. Refugee Crisis - Impacted Naturally By Ongoing Terror Events and Ensuing Security Concerns - Which Touches On Refugee Flows From War Zones. 3. Libya - Examing just One such War Zone , Which May Send More Refugees To Europe - In Turn Impacting Security and Amping Fears Of Terror Attacks.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Terror In Europe..... *Manish Singh, CFA* ‏@Manish_05Singh 2m 2 minutes agoKensington, London Did you know during #Brussels attacks,communication system for security personnel was down; police had to communicate via Whatsapp *The Irish TimesVerified account* ‏@IrishTimes 3m 3 minutes ago *Brussels attacks*: Airport will not reopen before Tuesday http://www. irishtimes.com/news/world/eur ope/brussels-attacks-airport-will-not-reopen-before-tuesday-1.2588545?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter … via @IrishTimesWorld *Valentina Pop* ‏@valentinapop 6m 6 minutes a... more »

Belgium Nuclear Security Officer Was Murdered With His Security Badge Missing Two Days After The Brussels Terror Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Daily Mail*: *Terror alert after Belgian nuclear plant guard is murdered and his security pass is stolen amid concerns terrorists are plotting an attack on power station * * Security guard at a Belgian nuclear plant was murdered in Charleroi area * When he was found, his security pass for site had been taken from him * Officials quickly cancelled his security pass so nobody could try to use it * Nuclear power plants are known to be targets for the terror network behind the Brussels bombings A security guard who worked at a Belgian nuclear plant was mu... more »

Rolling Stones Unleash Rock and Roll on Massive Cuban Crowd

MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs in Havana, Cuba, Friday March 25, 2016. The Stones are performing in a free concert in Havana Friday, becoming the most famous act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)] HAVANA (AP) -- The Rolling Stones unleashed two hours of shrieking, thundering rock and roll on an ecstatic crowd of hundreds of thousands of Cubans and foreign visitors Friday night, capping one of the most momentous weeks in modern Cuban... more »

US Ramps Up ‘Name and Shame’ Foreign Policy, Effectiveness Unclear

ERIC TUCKER & TAMI ABDOLLAH at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and FBI Director James Comey stand by a wanted poster of Iranians who are wanted by the FBI for computer hacking during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, March 24, 2016.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The indictment charging seven Iranian hackers with attacking dozens of banks and a small dam near New York City is part of a strategy to name and shame foreign governments that support such attacks, the Justice Department’s... more »

Sanders Seeks Caucus Trifecta Win to Close Delegate Gap

LISA LERER at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses the crowd during a rally at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., Friday, March 25 , 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders pushed for a trifecta of wins in Saturday’s Democratic presidential caucuses in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington state, hoping to stoke a spring comeback against the commanding front-runner, Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator spent much of... more »

This Year's Partisan Landscape-- Shaken, Not Stirred

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Much-admired Philadelphia writer and political independent, Will Bunch, changed his party registration on Tuesday so he could vote in Pennsylvania's April 26 closed primary. He's a freshly-minted Democrat, at least for now. Wednesday he told his readers why. Will's always been a progressive but he didn't feel comfortable with either corrupt political party. "In the 1990s," he wrote, "I covered the sleazeball political fundraising tactics of Bill Clinton (whom I couldn't even bring myself to vote for in 1996) and his Democratic National Committee cronies like Ed Rendell. I came to ... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*British teachers to call for ‘safe space’ for children to discuss radical Islamic views* Teachers are to debate whether to launch a campaign so that schools and colleges "ensure a safe space" for pupils to discuss radical ideas without the fear of being branded extremists or risking being reported to the police. The motion will also include a discussion on whether to call on the Government to withdraw the Prevent strategy which imposes a duty to spot signs of students being radicalised. "We want it to be possible to come into school and know that there is a safe space to discuss... more »

One More Sacred Cow

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
The Liberals' budget has slain one sacred cow -- the notion that deficits are intolerable. Scott Clark and Peter Devries write that there is one more cow to be dispatched -- the idea that Stephen Harper's cuts to the GST are cast in stone: How will these future growth initiatives be financed? Or, for that matter, how will the remaining election promises be funded, if at all? The government is already forecasting a deficit of about $29-billion in 2016-17 and 2017-18, falling to just under $15-billion in 2020-21. The budget projects a relatively stable debt-to-GDP ratio over the per... more »

An Easter Re-Visualization: The Burial and Tomb of Jesus

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Burial Cover - 900]

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*The BPA scare again* *This has been rumbling on for decades now. It's part of the aversion some people have for "chemicals". That all foods are full of chemicals just cannot get into certain heads. BPA is used to make sturdy, clear plastic, as in babies' bottles. It is very weakly soluble in water and has estrogen-like effects in the human body. So you can imagine all the twitching over that. What the twitchy ones are probably incapable of recognizing is the old truth that the toxicity is in the dose. Depending on the amount absorbed, a thing can be good for you, ba... more »

Japan Considers Giving Free Money As Basic Income

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Following the examples of Canada, Finland, New Zealand and the Netherlands, Japan is considering giving free money in the form of ‘vouchers’ to poor young people. Surveys showed that under-34s in Japan have cut their spending and the government could stimulate economic activity by injecting free money into the system which will pay for itself in time by expanding the economy while maintaining social cohesion among the classes. Metro reports: Proponents of basic income say that not only does it reduce financial poverty but it has a number of other benefits, such as rewarding unpaid a... more »

Pentagon: ISIS No. 2 Killed In Coalition Raid In Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter has confirmed the death of senior ISIS commander Haji Imam, finance minister, second-in-command and potential successor to leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This is a setback for so called Islamic State/ISIS militants who have recently lost territories in Iraq and Syria which had been designated for a caliphate. It comes just three weeks after the killing of another top ISIS commander, Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvil, known as Omar al-Shishani or Omar the Chechen. NBC News reports: “Striking leadership is necessary, but it’s far from efficient,” Defense... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Credulous woman believes the doomsters* *Leftism sure messes up minds. A small excerpt below. An apparently normal woman hesitated for years before getting pregnant because of all the doom that Warmists predict. She apparently had no natural skepticism so didn't think to doubt the predictions. So she felt she did not want to bring kids into a world plagued by natural disasters. And, by the time she allowed her natural instincts to take over, it was pretty late and all she has had so far is a miscarriage.The article below is very long. She obviously wrote it to soothe he... more »

Tax Cut 24, Tax reform forum in Ateneo

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 16 hours ago
This coming Tuesday, 29 March, I will be one of four speakers in this event jointly sponsored by the Ateneo de Manila IgnITE Movement, in partnership with four other groups: Ateneo Economics Association, UP School of Economics Student Council (UP SESC), Center for Strategic Reform of the Philippines (CSRP), and Tax Reform Philippines. It is also supported by the Tax Management Association of the Philippines (TMAP) and the OGP Fiscal Reform Coalition. Briefly, my concept of "tax reforms" are in favor of taxpayers and not of the state or government. So minimum or zero income tax as... more »

What Happens When Two Super-Powers Confront Each Other In The Pacific

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. and Chinese national flags flutter on a light post in Tiananmen Square ahead of a welcoming ceremony for U.S. President Barack Obama in 2014. Photo by Petar Kujundzic/Reuters *Michael D. Mosettig*:* Two superpowers collide in the Pacific* HANOI — There’s no arguing the obvious: The Pacific and its attendant seas cover a vast space, from California to the Indian Ocean, and thousands of frequent flier miles that I have been logging over two months from Los Angeles to Singapore, to Sydney and Auckland, to Bali, Vietnam, Hong Kong and back to Honolulu. But the question that will d... more »

The Little Sisters’ Case Isn’t Just About Providing Birth Control

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Demonstrations outside of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell on March 23, 2016 in Washington D.C.] While group of nuns have become the de-facto face of the Supreme Court case challenging the Affordable Care Act's so-called "contraceptive mandate," another community is set to be similarly affected by the court's ruling: religiously-affiliated colleges and universities. Schools like... more »

Kerry Warns Against ‘Jumping to Conclusions’ in Brussels

MATTHEW LEE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Secretary of State John Kerry participates in wreath-laying with a firefighter at Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, Friday, March 25, 2016, paying his respects to victims of terrorist attacks that left more than 30 dead at Brussels Airport. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)] BRUSSELS (AP) -- At least two Americans have been confirmed killed in the Brussels attacks, the State Department said Friday, as top U.S. diplomat John Kerry visited the stricken city to express condolences and defended Belgium’s counterterrorism efforts against “carping”... more »

OK, Last One About the Cruz Sex Scandal

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 16 hours ago
...then I swear I'll move on.

King Abdullah’s Secret US Briefing Leaked

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Jordan’s King Abdullah revealed shocking insights at a confidential briefing with US lawmakers in January, the contents of which have been leaked. The Jordanian monarch shared his concerns about covert British SAS operations in Libya, Israel turning a blind eye to al Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Brigades in Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey toying with radical Islam in the Middle East and east African Somali al Qaeda affiliated al-Shabaab terrorists threatening to expand into north Africa. Russia Today reports: The leader of the Middle Eastern state, who has been in power since 199... more »

US Moving to Increase Troops in Iraq

LOLITA C. BALDOR & ROBERT BURNS at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Defense Secretary Ash Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Friday, March 25, 2016, where they announced U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader, among several key members of the militant group eliminated this week. (AP Photo/Mauel Balce Ceneta)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon said Friday it was moving to increase the number of American troops in Iraq amid new strikes this week that killed the Islamic State’s finance minister and other senior leaders. Still, top U.S. defense officials... more »

Fine Line of Duty

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
*“The terrorist is still alive, the dog”* warns a Hebrew voice on a video. Two minutes later an IDF solder shoots Abdel-fattah al-Sharif in the head, according to Gregg Carlstrom’s report in yesterday’s Times, as well as assorted pro-Palestinian sources. “An Israeli soldier has been arrested for fatally shooting a Palestinian man in the head when he was already incapacitated after carrying out a stabbing.” The video has been widely disseminated. From this armchair it looks as though everyone present on the scene is behaving oddly and callously. The Times of Israel adds more: “Tha... more »

Portland Gives Bernie Sanders the Bird

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 17 hours ago
Sometimes, Bernie Sanders is too busy for Twitter so sometimes Twitter comes to him. In politics especially, circumstance and fate can be cruel or monstrously ironic. But every once in a great while, it also shows its whimsical side. This is a shot of Senator Sanders in Portland, Oregon yesterday and, out of nowhere, this adorable little bird just landed on his podium. It put us back in mind of the human element of political campaigning. In simply alighting on Bernie's podium yesterday, that adorable little bird interjected a whimsical, spontaneous moment that let us ... more »

Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos (CVPR 2016 Oral)

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
*he's smiling now...* Corporate War World News Headline Bias (and general mainstream media propaganda potential) just got real serious, seriously.

Blackwater's Founder Is Under Investigation Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Eric Price at Blackwater. Photo from Nathan Hale Institute for Intelligence and Military Affairs *Matthew Cole & Jeremy Scahill, The Intercept*:* Erik Prince In The Hot Seat* *Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services* ERIK PRINCE, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laun... more »

The "Islamophobia" Industry Feeds War Abroad, Grows Police State at Home

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 17 hours ago
*March 26, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - It's real simple. Create a threat, predicate expanding autocracy at home and endless wars of hegemony abroad upon confronting that threat, and all the while intentionally perpetuate fear, hysteria, hatred, and division to keep that threat relevant in the hearts and minds of as many people as possible. *Image: Groups like the UK EDL, PEGIDA, and others are created and run directly by special interests - ironically the same special interests organizing, funding, and directing the very extremists Islamophobes are scapegoating all of Islam for. ... more »

A Look Inside The NORAD Complex At Cheyenne

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Some 2,000 feet below the surface of the Cheyenne Mountains lies American's most secure intelligence and data center. The massive underground fortress is a short distance from NORAD and UNSORTHCOM headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado *Daily Mail:* *Take a look inside Skynet's 50-year-old blast-proof bunker: New pictures give rare glimpse inside the real-life secret underground military complex made famous by the Terminator film* * Cost $142.4 million to build, opened February 6, 1967 and first started as the NORAD Combat Operations Center * Has 350 ... more »

Black Eyed Duo

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
A number of reports support the conjecture that some aliens are able to dress themselves in such a manner as to be able to pass themselves off as human. In this manner they are able to access human services which would be necessary if they wish to gather data and to move about at all. It also makes perfect sense that any alien race having a base on Earth would want local intelligence. Thus we have the black eyed phenomena for one. These eyes are black because the individuals are wearing devices that allow perception in our spectral range at least. The observed individuals ... more »

Kidney Transplants From any Donor

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
This describes a transitional protocol that allows incompatible kidneys to be used. So far it doubles the survival rate and thus can be implemented. All this will be replaced by fresh grown organs and kidneys are on top of that list. Yet we are at least a decade away on all that. Thus this is welcome and will allow many to live.. . *TECHNIQUE ALLOWS KIDNEY TRANSPLANTS FROM ANY DONOR AND IT’S SAVING THOUSANDS OF LIVES* *By Alexandra Ossola Posted March 10, 2016* *http://www.popsci.com/technique-allows-kidney-transplants-from-any-donor* *Every year, 4,500 Americans die waiti... more »

Dichotomy paintings - March 26th update - three large wide abstract landscapes

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
Yesterday, I went stretched-canvas-buying-crazy and purchased two those long ones I'd always wanted to but never knew how to use. They are 100 cm by 30 cm this time, that's 40 inch by 12 inch in old money. They're perfect for the 'symbolic language' i.e. circle and oggam, enhanced two-colour paintings that are (obviously) the next evolution of this abstract style I'm enjoying doing. I also purchased three new 16 inch by 12 inch ones so that... because... well, they were twelve inches in one of their dimensions, like the 40 inches long ones. But then as you'll see from the image... more »

Why Are The Clinton's Obsessed With Area 51?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Daily Caller*: *Hillary On Area 51 Secrets: ‘I Think We Ought To Share It With The Public’* Hillary Clinton says barring any national security risk, she would like to open up the government files on Area 51 to the public if she is elected president. “I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible,” she told Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night on his late night ABC talk show. “If there’s nothing there, let’s tell people there’s nothing there.” When Kimmel followed up by asking what she would do if she discovered there was actually something ... more »

It Looks Like 'Close Air Support' Is No Longer A Priority For The U.S. Air Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Col. Mark Anderson (Tail No. 188), 188th Fighter Wing commander; Maj. Doug Davis (Tail No. 639), 188th Detachment 1 commander; Col. Brian Burger (Tail No. 613), 188th Operations Group commander; and Capt. Wade Hendrickson (Tail No. 638) conduct a training mission Dec. 30, 2013, over Razorback Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch) *The Aviationist*:* “Even though we will lose CAS capacity, we are retiring the A-10 anyway” U.S. Air Force says* *The U.S. Air Force has revealed that the A-10 retirement will begin in fiscal year 2018.* Taken on Feb. 26, the pictu... more »

Will The Next U.S. Aircraft Carrier Be Called The USS Barack Obama?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
© Photo: Wikipedia/U.S. Navy *Dave Majumdar, National Interest:* *USS Barack Obama: Building a Future Aircraft Carrier* Should the U.S. Navy name a future Ford-class carrier after President Barack Obama? Since the 1990s, most of America’s aircraft carriers have been named after U.S. presidents, save for the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74). Thus far, out of the planned ten-carrier Ford-class, the Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) and the John F. Kennedy (CVN-79) are named after presidents, but CVN-80 will follow the long tradition of using the ... more »

Crisis Actor Exposed: A Mormon Missionary Named Mason

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
In Russia there is an old saying, ‘The first time is an accident. The second time is a coincidence. The third time is an enemy attack.’ Keep this old saying in mind while you consider the story of the 19-year-old Mormon missionary from Utah by the name of Mason Wells who, in an unfortunate string of ‘accidents’ and ‘coincidences,’ found himself at the epicentre of the West’s last three major terror attacks, spread across three cities and two continents on different sides of the world. That’s right, young Mason found himself at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, in the firing lin... more »

Musical Interlude: Cilla Black and Barry Manilow, “You’ll Never Walk Alone”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Cilla Black and Barry Manilow, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG3qYa4ydLQ

Musical Interlude: Enya, “Watermark”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Enya, “Watermark” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiFTXckh0zU

Military Photo of the Day: March 26, 2016

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Corsair attacks jap bunker on Peleliu - 900] Sometime between October 1944 and November 1944 - A U.S. Marine Corps Chance Vought F4U-1 Corsair aircraft attacks a Japanese bunker at the Umurbrogol mountain on Peleliu with napalm bombs. - Wikipedia

Japanese Master Demonstrates the Power of Chi by Controlling Animals

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Our so called energy body happens to be the system that operates every cell in our body. Thus been able to focus intent is an apt protocol to apply to healing and quieting. Meditative training should improve skill. What is important is that we have demonstrated the reality of mind control which i have conjectured relating to predation on humanity by unknown creatures that we suspect to be behind curious losses of individuals in rural environments. What was lacking was demonstration and this provides just that. Humanity, because we do not practice this skill has become vuln... more »

Arizona Rancher Struggles With Cow Mutilations

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We have seen plenty of reports like this but this one appears to be far better described than usual. I really wonder if we are looking at a human cause. Trucks with a hoist are readily available and grabbing the animals up onto a truck bed is no issue at all. Then moving the bodies out into any open field for dumping allows the evidence to be removed from where the original death took place. This all takes place at night with no lights on as well. Any two guys could do as much. You do want to avoid leaving truck tracks but a little planning can accomplish that. So what is g... more »

U.S. Marines Scrounging Through Museums For F-18 Spare Parts

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
F/A-18A Aboard USS Yorktown Museum Credit: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum *Breaking Defense*: *Marines Scrounge Yorktown Museum F-18 For Spare Parts; How Bad Is It?* CAPITOL HILL: House defense Republicans really do seem worried that US weapons are so old, new gear so rare and training dollars so short that US troops may soon begin paying the ultimate price for the military’s creaky state after 15 years of war. As with every problem, you need an easily understandable and shocking example of just how bad things are to jumpstart jaundiced and overworked lawmakers. So, when ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Europe must hunker down to long-term terror threat, experts warn https://t.co/pZDqZF2rqk pic.twitter.com/iJdY9Oq71q — AFP news agency (@AFP) March 25, 2016

Pearson: Compentency-based education will replace standardized testing

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Pearson: Compentency-based education will replace standardized testing S Krashen Competency-based education (CBE) is a radical and expensive innovation that replaces regular instruction with computer "modules" that students work through on their own. After completing a module, students take a test; if they pass, they continue on to the next one. Computer-based education is being pushed by computer companies without consulting educators and without a proper research base. The Pearson Publishing Company has explicitly stated that their new competency-based programs, now in developm...more »

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | In the Brit mystery series ‘Grantchester’ a vicar and a village cop solve numerous murders and other crimes

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 23 hours ago
The estimable Robson Green stars in this rural whodunnit, whose exciting second season returns to P.B.S. on Sunday, March 27. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | March 26, 2016 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews some … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | In the Brit mystery series ‘Grantchester’ a vicar and a village cop solve numerous murders and other crimes

White House Official Blames Past Bush Administration For Releasing A Guantanamo Detainee Who Killed Americans

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Washington Examiner*: *Obama admin: Bush released Gitmo detainee who killed Americans* The Guantanamo Bay detainee who U.S. authorities say is responsible for killing Americans was released during President George W. Bush's time in office, according to a senior Obama administration official. "Less than five percent of detainees released since January 2009 are confirmed of re-engaging in terrorism and, of those, none are assessed to have killed Americans," the official told the Washington Examiner. The official made the clarification following testimony Wednesday from one of the ...more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
A full moon over the Moscow City International Business Center. March 23. © SPUTNIK/ VLADIMIR SERGEEV

The Story Behond The RQ-170 Sentinel Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Air & Space Magazine*: *The Drone that Stalked Bin Laden* *The RQ-170 provided a secret, and vital, piece of the intel puzzle.* In 2009, after two weeks of being embedded as an independent journalist with a small team of U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, I ended up at Combat Outpost Monti, a 14-acre camp of tents, plywood huts, a few concrete bunkers and makeshift guard towers, and a helicopter landing area, all ringed by collapsible barriers. At the outpost, one of hundreds built in Afghanistan during the 13 years of NATO combat operations, the Marines were training and fighting alon... more »

Do You Back Plutocracy? Meet Randy Perkins, The DCCC's Worst Florida Pick Of 2016

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*DCCC found another rich crook to shove down Democrats' throats* We've been writing a lot about Thomas Frank's thesis that the Democratic Party, institutionally-speaking, has abandoned the working class and transmogrified itself into a Republican-lite party that represents the interests of the professional class--as he calls it, "the top 10%." We've been making the point for almost a decade that the DCCC-- starting with Rahm Emanuel but accelerating under economic royalists Chris Van Hollen and Steve Israel (as well as under Israel's pathetic current sock puppet)-- has disqualified ... more »

UNC Wins!  (Entire Ruling Class of USA USA USA Fails UP?)  Election Fraud Mirrors Bankster Fraud  (JPMorgan and Donald Trump Have Unusual Trading Patterns)

UNC WINS AGAIN!Going to Elite Eight Paul Ryan Running? Dear Cruz Scandalmongers: This May Not Bounce the Way You Want It To Bounce 45 Years and Counting: Sustaining Power of “The Powell Memo” The tentacles spread outward from all types of centers of power. There are no good guys anymore? We must look in new places it seems. And, finally, the voters of the U.S. are angered . . . outraged?

Islamic Jihad Activist Has Been Hacking Into The Israeli Military Drone System For Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Gil Cohen Magen/Reuters *David Axe, Daily Beast:* *How Islamic Jihad Hacked Israel’s Drones* *An alleged terrorist spent years peering through Israel’s eyes in the sky. And he didn’t need any high-end gear to get it done.* For at least two years, the Palestinian terror group Islamic Jihad could see what the Israeli military’s surveillance drones saw. That’s the accusation of Israeli prosecutors, who this week arrested a man they saw hacked into the drones’ video feeds. If true, the hack had obvious value to terrorist leaders as they planned their operations against Israeli troops ... more »

New Survey Casts More Doubt on the Claim of a ‘97% Consensus’ On Global Warming

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: New Survey Casts More Doubt On The ‘97% Consensus’ On Global Warming] A recent survey conducted by George Mason University of more than 4,000 American Meteorological Society (AMS) members found about one-third of them don't agree with the so-called global warming "consensus" that humans are the cause of most recent warming. The... more »

Ghomeshi Lessons, part 1.

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
What to write about the trial of the decade? The banal evil of social media hyperbole + a depraved legal system can devour events and regurgitate a perfectly horrifying dawg's breakfast. The cathartic element in this case and trial is a histrionically skilled and malignant narcissist who has benefitted immeasurably from patriarchy AND feminism. Seasoned feminists observed that in the 1970s women acquired the right to say YES enthusiastically to sexual activity. This *revolution* was immediately countered by many men who exploited it to their advantage by denying a woman's right ... more »

Russia's Special Forces Officer In Syria Calls In Air Strike On His Position When He Realized That He Was Surrounded By ISIS Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian Defense Ministry *RT:* *Danger close: Spotted by ISIS, Russian special forces officer called for fire on himself* A Russian Special Operations Forces officer reportedly called a strike onto himself when he was compromised and surrounded by ISIS militants near Palmyra, where a fierce battle between the Syrian army and terrorists is in full swing. *“A Russian special operations forces [SOF] officer was killed near a town of Palmyra while guiding Russian warplanes to IS [previously ISIS/ISIL] targets,” a military source at Russia’s airbase Khmeimim told Interfax news agency ... more »

The West Is Back To Its Old Colonial Tricks In Libya, Proposes A New King To Unite War-Weary Libyans

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*The wicked witch of the west in all her glory. She came, she saw, and an entire nation died. It will be hell on earth if she becomes President.* *An excerpt from, "Long Live the King: Why Restoration of Monarchy in Libya Suits West's Needs" Sputnik News, March 25, 2016: * *The Western political establishment is harboring a plan to restore the monarchy in Libya, US political analyst Phil Butler unveils, adding that the name of the New World Order's Libyan king is Prince Mohammed El Senussi.* Prince Mohammed el-Senussi is a son of Sayyid Hasan ar-Rida al-Mahdi el-Senussi, who was t... more »

Cruz Blasts Trump for National Enquirer Hit Piece

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a caucus night rally Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)] Ted Cruz is blasting as “completely false” a story in the National Enquirer alleging the GOP candidate has had a string of sexual affairs. Two women said to be involved have already denied the story, including Donald Trump’s own spokeswoman. The Enquirer did not name the... more »

When Party Leaders Abandon Democrats, Democrats Abandon Them Back

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Sellus Wilder is the progressive Democrat-- Democratic wing of the Democratic Party-- running for the Kentucky Senate seat currently occupied by Rand Paul. The Democratic Establishment has their own candidate in the primary, Jim Gray, all ready to do all the same old GOP-lite things Democrats do in Kentucky to lose elections. When Wilder spoke at the Bernie Sanders rally in Pikeville this week (video up top) he talked about Democratic voters who are "ready for candidates who aren't afraid to be honest about where they stand, who aren't afraid to *be* Democrats... It's important f... more »

Russian President Putin Appoints Kadyrov As Acting Head Of The Chechen Republic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ramzan Kadyrov. © Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian president's press service/TASS *The Guardian*:* Putin nominates Ramzan Kadyrov to remain Chechen leader* Russian president backs former rebel fighter despite claims he is linked to murder of opposition figure Boris Nemtsov Vladimir Putin has nominated Chechnya’s controversial leader Ramzan Kadyrov for a new term in office, despite claims that the Chechen had links to the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov last year. Kadyrov, whose term as leader runs out next month, was appointed acting leader by Putin and is expected to stand... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Echelon Conspiracy' (2009)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* Great film. cannot embed the video, but the link to it* is here.*

Karl Denninger, “Cruz... You’re A Disgrace”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*What's this all about? This, below...* *“Cruz... You’re A Disgrace”* by Karl Denninger "Oh c'mon Ted, you can do better than that. “I want to be crystal clear: these attacks are garbage. For Donald J. Trump to enlist his friends at the National Enquirer and his political henchmen to do his bidding shows you that there is no low Donald won’t go. These smears are completely false, they’re offensive to Heidi and me, they’re offensive to our daughters, and they’re offensive to everyone Donald continues to personally attack. Donald Trump’s consistently disgraceful behavior is beneath t... more »

Ravitch Smears Sanders While Ignoring Clinton's History as Charter Cheerleader

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
I came across an interview with Diane Ravitch this week that clearly shows her presidential preference, even though she has vowed neutrality in the presidential contest. During the interview, there was this exchange that puts on display the biases of both questioner and respondent: *DB:* Let’s just talk a little more about the other side of the destruction of the public school system, and that’s the so-called privatization, the charter schools. Now it was interesting, and you point this out in your recent writing, that Bernie Sanders, when he was asked about charter schools, said, ... more »

Israel & the Kurds: Love by Proxy

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Israel and the Kurds: Love by Proxy-* Interesting?* Let's define proxy:* 1.the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as the deputy or substitute for another. 2.the person so authorized; substitute; agent. 3.a written authorization empowering another person to vote or act for the signer, as at a meeting of stockholders. 4.an ally or confederate who can be relied upon to speak or act in one's behalf. Kurds a *Love Proxy f*or who? Considering it is *Israel* that shouts so loudly for the creation of Kurdistan? Hmmmm..... Kurdim/Israel Kurdistan Forever Over the p... more »

Recolonizing Syria: Kurds, Chechens & Uighers= Wahabis, Weaponized Refugees & War

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Anonymous left this link a few days ago: I'm just gettin' round to posting it and another related link!* AnonymousMarch 21, 2016 at 7:06 AM *How can Syria deflect the US-UK “Federation” Spin?* *I loved it!* PennyMarch 21, 2016 at 7:20 AM I pointed out in the previous post that the all inclusive new territory included Chechens?!?! What!!! But people are so busy rahrahing some bogus injustice they are missing exactly what is going on http://pennyforyourthoughts2.blogspot.ca/2016/03/syria-kurds-not-say-theyll-declare.html *"Now the conference has just started in Rmelan, about 200 rep... more »

Quick Medical Question

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
It's not often I post three times a day but this is by special request from Mrs. JP. She's been sick off and on for about a month and a half. The first time seemed to be a run of the mill cold and just as she was getting over that, I came down with a chest cold that stayed with me for about two or three weeks. Now that I'm getting rid of the vestiges of that, she's come down with a chest cold that seems similar to mine. She has loose congestion in her lungs that makes it virtually impossible to breathe, especially at night, where she can't seem to find a comfortable sl... more »

Remembering the Story in Argentina

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Torture is Terrorism: A Survivor's StoryIn Argentina, when the military dictatorship came to power in 1976, thousands of people who were seen as a political threat were kidnapped and tortured by the military. This is the story of one of the women that were kidnapped. The story of torture and pain behind the era of terror of the military dictatorship in Argentina. #NuncaMas Posted by teleSUR English on Thursday, March 24, 2016

March 25: Let's get rid of our illusions.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
For today's opener, a history question. What was the origin of the Nazi salute, with arm raised and extended at an angle? Answer - The United States. People taking the oath of allegiance (as happened in the schools every day), started' with the right hand on the heart. "I pledge allegiance..." then the arm was raised to point at the stars and stripes.."to this flag...." Early Italian fascists thought this a neat idea for a salute. And so it was picked up by Mussolini who was almost certainly the souce of it for Hitler. (I believe the U.S. dropped that pointing part of the oath of ... more »

MKULTRA

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

EU supporting settlements in Palestine

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
A British Conservative MP recently said this about settlement building in Palestine being funded by the EU: 'The EU should comply with the law. It should not be meddling in the Middle East, then hiding behind some dodgy use of diplomatic immunity,'. 'This is a gross waste of taxpayers' money. It's another example of money given to the EU over which Parliament has no real oversight. 'The British electorate is contributing to this but we are completely unaware of how it's being spent. We don't know who is spending this, and we can't vote them out.' He added: 'No wonder the EU t... more »

Follow the money

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Sent to US News. March 25 The decline in support for school nurses ("Many school districts don't have enough school nurses, March 23) has been accompanied by a decline in support for school libraries, despite clear evidence that school nurses and libraries have a positive impact on school achievement. As US News points out, the school nurse is often the only source of accessible health care for children of poverty. Similarly, the school library is often their only source of books. Schools seem to have plenty of money for chrome books and other expensive technology, but according t... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 25, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daniel R. DePetris, National Interest:* *All of Europe Is a Battleground Against Terrorism* There is no way to sugarcoat it: the European continent, long considered one of the most prosperous, safe and multicultural regions of the world, is effectively a battlefield in the war against international terrorism. Less than four months after eleven attackers perpetrated the worst act of violence on French soil since World War II, France's Belgian neighbor experienced a nightmare of their own during the morning rush hour on March 22. Strapped with explosive belts and reportedly carryin... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters: **Syrian army takes Palmyra citadel, IS commander killed* Islamic State fighters were on the retreat in the strategic Syrian city of Palmyra on Friday, as the United States said it probably killed several senior leaders of the militant group this week including its top finance officer. The double blow to the hardline Islamist group in its self-declared caliphate, which covers huge areas of Syria and Iraq, came three days after Islamic State suicide bombers killed 31 people in Brussels, the worst such attack in Belgian history. Syrian soldiers fighting to retake the dese... more »

Soliman's Story: Father Forgives ISIS for Killing His Son + Shahid's Story: Touch One Person, Impact Many Nations

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Title: Soliman's Story: Father Forgives ISIS for Killing His Son. Source: Leading The Way. Date Published: March 25, 2016. Description: * One of Leading The Way's programming partners, http://www.sharekonline.com, shot this compelling interview with the father of one of the 21 Coptic Christians killed in Libya in February 2015. Watch another video of a young convert from Islam baptizing new believers on the same shores where ISIS beheaded the 21 Coptic Christians: https://youtu.be/7w2Ru6lrdtI *Title: Shahid's Story: Touch One Person, Impact Many Nations. Source: Leading The Way. ...more »

Geoengineering and the Nuclear Connection

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Ethan Smith & Andy Whiteley* - Our health and our future depends on the health of our planet.

Artificial Bone Marrow

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is more good news on the Leukemia problem. It promises a huge imprvement in productivity likely sufficient to fully resolve the problem. Yet it is also a reminder of just how difficult this problem has been and continues to be. The first useful therapies arose fifty years ago and we are truly looking to another twenty years. A whole lifetime and three generations of research. Otherwise biology is now advancing along every imaginable line of attack and successes are mounting up. The news is good. * Leukemia treatment given shot in the arm by artificial bone marrow d... more »

Magnesium and Silicon Carbide Produces Alloy of Record Strength

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Actually manufacturing this material will be another trick as well. This work at least shows it to be possible. This looks to be the material to form a subsea craft as well. I suspect that space fabrication will make a lot of this stuff feasible. Otherwise all good. . *Magnesium and silicon carbide recipe results in lightweight metal with record strength* *Nick Lavars December 28, 2015 * * http://www.gizmag.com/magnesium-silicon-carbide-nanoparticles-strong-metal/41079/* *A deformed sample of pure metal on the left, compared to the strong new metal made of magnesium with sil... more »

How to Prevent Breast Cancer Through An Armpit Detox

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Good practical information at the end. We have the necessary safe chemicals to hand if we want. There is no need to place these complex concoctions on our skin. However, i am preaching to the choir. I tried a couple of times to use a commercial underarm product and was soon rewarded with a deep crimson rash. I was forced to find another way. I think my low level allergic response is set to prevent me from actually getting real exposure. . *How to Prevent Breast Cancer Through An Armpit Detox* * http://humansarefree.com/2016/03/how-to-prevent-breast-cancer-through.html#mor... more »

Chakras — A Beginner’s Guide To The 7 Energy Centers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
I have always been somewhat dismissive of the Chakra framework but as usual it is a response to physical observations that are typically fuzzsy. Unfortunately these descriptions read like a horoscope rather than empirical evidence and only promote instant dismissal. Yet they provide a framework and language that allows targets to be identified. Add in acupuncture networks as well and we start been able to instruct students using this language and framework. Everyone can identify a location for each chakra. From those centers it is easy to describe the location of an acupu... more »

Peter Gleick Resigns as President of Pacific Institute … Because of Fakegate?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood http://blog.heartland.org/2016/03/peter-gleick-resigns-as-president-of-pacific-institute-because-of-fakegate/ We are all familiar with the criminal activities of Peter Gleick. What is less well known is why he was never prosecuted for them. The story takes another twist this week with news that he has stepped down as president of the Pacific Institute. Joe Bast of the Heartland […]

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Comet 252P/Linear's lovely greenish coma is easy to spot in this expansive southern skyscape. Visible to the naked eye from the dark site near Flinders, Victoria, Australia, the comet appears tailless. Still, its surprisingly bright coma spans about 1 degree, posed here below the nebulae, stars, and dark rifts of the Milky Way. *Click image for larger size.* The five panels used in the wide-field mosaic were captured after moonset and before morning twilight on March 21. That was less than 24 hours from the comet's closest approach, a mere 5.3 million kilometers from our fair plane... more »

Carl Sagan, "The Pale Blue Dot- Where We Make Our Stand"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Pale Blue Dot- Where We Make Our Stand"* "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every co... more »

States Are Ignoring Federal Ban Against Giving Illegals Obamacare Benefits

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: States Are Ignoring Federal Ban Against Giving Illegals Obamacare Benefits] Taxpayers are subsidizing health care for illegal immigrants in counties across the country, despite a provision in the Affordable Care Act explicitly prohibiting government-subsidized care for illegal immigrants. Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants in 20 of the 25 U.S. counties... more »

Canada Reaffirms Right To Grow Medical Marijuana

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A federal court ruling against the ban of growing medical marijuana introduced by the previous Conservative government, was confirmed by Canada’s new Liberal government on Thursday. It allows medical marijuana users to regain their right to grow their own cannabis herbs to fight common diseases that modern medicine cannot help with. Medical Daily reports: The federal government said Canada’s medical marijuana laws would be rewritten to reflect the court’s judgment, setting a deadline of Aug. 24 to finalize the changes. “We are committed, as you know, to making sure that Canadians wh... more »

Monsanto Has Always Been Evil

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Monsanto, best known for it’s genetically modified seeds (GMOs) and roundup weedkiller, is one of the most hated companies in the world. In a 2013 poll, Monsanto was named the most evil corporation in the world, even managing to beat rivals like McDonald’s and the Federal Reserve by a wide margin. But many people are not fully aware of the history behind the multi-national biotech giant nor how far back their corruption really goes. According to Waking Times: Here are five things you may you may not have known about Monsanto, but should. 1. Monsanto’s First Product Was a Toxic Chemi...more »

Former CIA Director: If Donald Trump Wants To Waterboard, He Better Bring His Own Bucket

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Former CIA Director: If Donald Trump Wants To Waterboard, He Better Bring His Own Bucket, As CIA Won’t Cooperate] In a conversation on the state of the American intelligence community, former CIA director Michael Hayden said Friday if Donald Trump wants to waterboard terrorists, he'll have to do it himself, as the CIA will refuse to cooperate. At an... more »

The Gamma People

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
The Gamma People trailer

Robert De Niro Defends Anti-Vaccine Stance: “They Gave My Child Autism”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Robert De Niro has been forced to explain his anti-vaccine views amid a huge media storm about claims that they cause autism. Various media outlets have condemned Andrew Wakefield’s documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe – screened during the Tribeca Film Festival – of which Robert De Niro is co-founder. In a personal statement he defended his choice to screen the film: “Grace [Hightower] and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined“. Truthkings.com reports: Tribeca En... more »

Bizarre Video Of Astronaut’s Final Recording In Space Before She Died

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
This bizarre tape recording features a Soviet astronaut’s eerie last moments in space – which is still unexplained to this day. In the early 1960’s Russia sent the first woman into space – in a mission that went horribly wrong when she tried to reenter Earth’s atmosphere. To this day nobody has been able to explain the disturbing recording (below). Blumhouse.com reports: As the story goes, the Soviets planned to launch this mission before the Americans could send up their own astronaut to circle the Earth (John Glenn finally achieved this flight on February 20, 1962). The next mann... more »

Scientists Discover Obesity ‘Off-Switch’ in the Brain

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists have announced that they have found the trigger and potentially the “cure” for obesity. According to a study published in the Science journal – obesity can be easily controlled by clicking a switch in the brain. An enzyme found in the brains of mice and humans, O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) appears to control our ability to determine whether or not we feel full. Researchers removed this enzyme from one group of mice in a study – and found that the mice ended up eating twice their normal amount of food, becoming much fatter in the process. When the amount of food available t... more »

“6 Steps to Release Your Fear and Feel Peaceful”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“6 Steps to Release Your Fear and Feel Peaceful”* by Nicolas Perrin “We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.” ~ Mary Catherine Bateson “It was a balmy spring morning and I started my day as per usual, but I soon realized that my mind was entertaining fearful thoughts about my financial insecurity. With many new ventures within the seedling stage, my income flow was erratic and unpredictable, while my financial responsibilities were consistent and guaranteed. At the time I ignored these thoughts as “petty,” like a parent dismissing a crying child after a mild fal... more »

HMO Hitmen and the Profits of Heroin Addiction

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
* Irwin Ozborne* - Corporations are making huge profits by getting people addicted to drugs.

Pope Francis Presides Over Good Friday Colosseum Procession

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: A view of the Colosseum prior to the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession celebrated at the Colosseum on Good Friday in Rome, Friday, March 25, 2016. The evening Via Crucis procession at the ancient amphitheater is a Rome tradition that draws a large crowd of faithful, including many of the pilgrims who flock to the Italian capital for Holy Week ceremonies before Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)] ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis is presiding over a Good Friday procession at Rome’s Colosseum. It is his first major Holy Week... more »

Who’s Obama’s Puppet Master?

Grayson Black at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Obama wants to see his refusal to bomb Syria in 2013 as his “liberation day” from Official Washington’s expectations, but he promptly put himself back into captivity, writes Robert Parry. In late August 2013, with Barack Obama on the verge of launching retaliatory airstrikes against the Syrian military for its alleged role in a lethal sarin gas attack, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper informed the President that U.S. intelligence doubted that Bashar al-Assad’s government was actually responsible, causing Obama to pull back from the attack. The disclosure tha... more »

The Non-Denial Denial: Kathleen Matthews and Marriott's Government Affairs

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Jeffrey Hearn* When Zephyr Teachout called Kathleen Matthews a corporate lobbyist, it clearly struck a nerve. The occasion was an endorsement of Jamie Raskin, the progressive who is Matthews' chief rival for the Democratic nomination in Maryland's Eighth congressional district, by MAYDAY.US, the Super PAC dedicated to advancing campaign finance reform by attracting grassroots support to "champions of democracy" who can be counted on to lead the fight for such reform in Congress. "So, here we have, really, the lion for the anti-corruption forces, Jamie Raskin," said Teach... more »

Is The U.S. Accelerating Its War Against The Islamic State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Paul Mcleary, The Cable/Foreign Policy:* *Another ISIS Leader Down as U.S. Accelerates War* The U.S. war in Iraq and Syria has claimed another Islamic State leader. On Friday, Pentagon officials said a recent U.S. attack killed the Islamic State’s No. 2 leader, Haji Imam, a militant who has been involved in jihadi activity for over a decade in Iraq and Syria. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Imam — whose real name is Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli — had been “serving as a finance minister and as also responsible for external affairs” for the group. He stopped short, however, of... more »

More Strange Emissions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
The strange emissions persist despite dry streets at the Futaba cam intersection. The emissions are not visible in the daylight, although they may explain the generally distorted view in the right hand lower corner of the bottom screenshot: Fukushima Diary reports that TEPCO acknowledges a significant contaminated water leak at the waste incinerator plant: 2,029,900,000 Bq of Cs-134/137 leaked as contaminated water in Fukushima plant at the waste incinerator plant, http://fukushima-diary.com/2016/03/2029900000-bq-of-cs-134137-leaked-as-contaminated-water-in-fukushima-plan... more »

Craig's Out of Office Good Friday message

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Veterans of our curious little blog might recall, a few years back, that I mentioned my family's Good Friday walk to Morecambe's Bronze-Age barrow to witness our local Methodist church's annual carrying and placing of a cross atop that ancient man-made mound. I found it moving. Four generations of my family again saw that very cross today, gleaming in the inevitable Morecambe sunshine against the distant backdrop of the Lakeland hills. I found that moving too. And then we all started drinking. The toddlers drank huge amounts of milk and orange. Their dad drank pale ale, while... more »

29 Dead In Massive Stadium Bombing In Baghdad, Iraq

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
ISIS have killed at least 29 people in a suicide bomb attack at a football stadium in Baghdad, Iraq. Security officials say that 29 people are confirmed dead, with a further 60 seriously injured. The attack took place during a football match in the city of Iskanderiyah, 30 miles from the capital. Aljazeera.com reports: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group that controls swathes of territory in Iraq’s north and west was behind the attack, according to Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the group. At least 60 people were killed earlier this month in an attack ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Seattle, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"17 Words that Changed My Life Forever"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"17 Words that Changed My Life Forever"* by Jerry Clark “I remember several years back I heard something that changed my life forever. Up until that point I had been struggling through life – doing everything the hard way. I couldn’t figure out why my life wasn’t going the way I felt it should be. I saw some people going through life effortlessly and seemingly with less tension and frustration while I was wondering if I could ever straighten out the mess my life had turned out to be. I was behind on my dreams, my promises, and my bills. Then one day I was listening to a tape and t... more »

"The Reason Why..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"At last, the answer why. The lesson that had been so hard to find, so difficult to learn, came quick and clear and simple. The reason for problems is to overcome them. Why, that’s the very nature of man, I thought, to press past limits, to prove his freedom. It isn’t the challenge that faces us, that determines who we are and what we are becoming, but the way we meet the challenge, whether we toss a match at the wreck or work our way through it, step by step, to freedom." - Richard Bach, “Nothing by Chance”

"Only Human..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It's only human,' you cry in defense of any depravity, reaching the stage of self-abasement where you seek to make the concept 'human' mean the weakling, the fool, the rotter, the liar, the failure, the coward, the fraud, and to exile from the human race the hero, the thinker, the producer, the inventor, the strong, the purposeful, the pure- as if 'to feel' were human, but to think were not, as if to fail were human, but to succeed were not, as if corruption were human, but virtue were not- as if the premise of death were proper to man, but the premise of life were not." - Ayn Rand

Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Kimmel

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
Yesterday (March 24) I accidentally caught Hillary Clinton on *Jimmy Kimmel Live* and normally I would have turned it off at that point but she had said something about Area 51 and UFOs. She was talking about how she would delve into the UFO question to get answers that she believed that we all deserved (as long as it didn’t violate national security). Her husband, Bill, had apparently tried that and got nowhere because had he gotten the answers, there would be no reason for Hillary to explore it further. It also suggests that the answers given to Bill were inadequate and suggest th... more »

Calls For Chinese President Xi To Resign Results In Mass Arrests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Chinese security officials have detained several people since a mysterious letter appeared online on March 4 demanding the resignation of President Xi Jinping, above. Credit Damir Sagolj/Reuters *New York Times*: *China Said to Detain Several Over Letter Criticizing Xi* BEIJING — Chinese security officers appear to have detained several people in their investigation of a mysterious, fiery online letter posted this month that strongly criticized President Xi Jinping and demanded that he resign. Four of those detained work for Wujie News, or Watching, the state-run website that post... more »

"Suicide Bombers" Known to, Imprisoned by Security Agencies BEFORE Brussels Attack

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
One suspect was arrested twice, imprisoned once, released both times, and warnings of his terrorist activities ignored by Belgium government. *March 23, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - It is now revealed that not only were at least three bombers involved in the March 22 Brussels attack well-known to Western security agencies, two - brothers Brahim and Khalid El Bakraoui - were both arrested, charged, and imprisoned for violent crimes in 2010 and 2011, the elder brother for shooting at police with an AK-47s automatic rifle during a holdup, and the younger brother for carjacking and ... more »

California Holistic Doctor Found Brutally Murdered With Family

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Yet another holistic doctor has been found murdered, with police saying that the slaying “was not a random attack”. Dr. Weidong Henry Han, from California, was found brutally murdered with his wife and daughter in his home in Santa Barbara in California. Healthnutnews.com reports: Dr. Weidong Henry Han, 57, his wife, Huijie Yu, 29; and their daughter, Emily Han, 5, were found dead Wednesday in their home in the 4600 block of Greenhill Way. Authorities said the trio were homicide victims and have said the killings were not random. Therefore authorities have concluded the public has ... more »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Took Selfie With Brussels Terrorist

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A photo showing Angela Merkel taking a selfie with Brussels bomber Najim Laachraoui has gone viral. The photo appears to show the German Chancellor with the Paris Bomb-Maker and Brussels attacker – who posed as a refugee at the time of the photograph. The resemblance to the bomber is striking. He was filmed by surveillance cameras at Brussels Airport “Zaventem” shortly before the terrorist attack on Tuesday. 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui was the bomber pictured on the left of a surveillance camera image captured before the twin blasts rocked the departures area on Tuesday. He was pu... more »

Former NYC Mayor Giuliani: Clinton “Founding Member” of ISIS

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a popular mayor due to his handling of the city in the aftermath of 9/11, has made some shocking statements about presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. Giuliani told Bill O’Reilly on Fox News that Clinton helped create ISIS. He said: “I mean, Hillary Clinton could be considered a founding member of ISIS” he said on Wednesday night TheHill.com reports: Giuliani said Clinton had her chance to do something about the terror group when she was secretary of State, but said she helped to create ISIS by “being part of an administration... more »

Campaign watch: What would we do at the New York Times?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016Taking the Okrent Challenge:* On Tuesday, Slate's normally sensible Isaac Chotiner took temporary leave of his senses. He asked Daniel Okrent what he would do to improve the coverage of Candidate Trump. Okrent seemed to have no earthly idea. Once again, here's the Q-and-A: CHOTINER (3/22/16): *If you were running a major news organization right now—* OKRENT: And thank God I’m not. CHOTINER: *Would you try to cover Trump differently?* OKRENT: I pretty much rely on the New York Times and online stuff from a variety of places. *I have not been disappointed b... more »

The BHA Shelley Lecture 2011: The Necessity of Atheism - Then And Now

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*"Being Shelley: The Poet's Search for Himself" By Ann Wroe. * *Romantic Politics: * The Necessity of Atheism is a short philosophical tract distributed by Shelley as a pamphlet in 1811. Notoriously, this brief polemic against God and Christianity got Shelley kicked out of Oxford University. “Religion fetters a reasoning mind with the very bonds which restrain the unthinking one from mischief,” Shelley wrote to his father around the time of the essay’s composition. The Necessity of Atheism tries to demonstrate through logical propositions that the only position a thinking being ca... more »

Roswell Authorities Searching For Crooks Who Stole “UFO”

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Roswell, New Mexico is a UFO-believer hotspot, with millions across the world still seeking answers to the mysterious crash that occurred in the sleepy western town over 50 years ago. ABC reports that Roswell Police are now seeking some answers of their own – specifically where the three men who recently stole a UFO statue from behind a museum are currently hiding: On the video released by the police, you can see three men get out of a pick-up truck, load the UFO, and drive away. Officials later found the museum decoration in a ditch off Highway 70 about two miles west of Roswell, d...more »

Famous US Football Star Aaron Rodgers: “I Am Convinced I Saw A UFO”

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
One of the most famous American football stars, Aaron Rodgers, is “convinced” he saw a UFO. Rodgers has only recently decided to come public about his experience from 2005 The LA Times reports: “I saw an unidentified flying object in the sky in New Jersey in 2005,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback told host Pete Holmes on the “You Made It Weird” podcast this week. Back then, Rodgers had just finished his playing career at California and was getting ready to enter the NFL draft. One night while staying with the family of college teammate Steve Levy, Rodgers and two others were drawn... more »

Doctors Say Bill Gates Polio Vaccine Has Created Deadly ‘Super Polio’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A mutated strain of Polio has made its way to Europe – as medical authorities admit that the Polio vaccine program led by Bill Gates had ended up creating a more deadly strain of the disease. In 2011 Doctors in India reported that young children were being crippled in huge numbers after receiving the oral polio vaccine – with 47,000 children crippled and permanently disabled as a direct result of the vaccine. Wakingscience.com reports: According to the Washington Post, polio has returned to Europe for the first time in five years – but now in a mutated form that even the mainstrea... more »

Commercial Airline Pilot Charged For Running Group of Brothels

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A pilot for United Airlines has been charged with running a group of Texas brothels, The Dallas Morning News reports: Bruce Wayne Wallis, 51, is accused of charging prostitutes $400 a week to work out of about a half-dozen locations, according to the Houston Chronicle. He has been charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution and engaging in criminal activity Assistant Harris County District Attorney Lester Blizzard said that Wallis’ criminal operation was “massive.” United Airlines officials said that they are cooperating with officials investigating the pilot and that Wallis h... more »

UN Council Seeks “Blacklist” of Israeli Settlement Companies

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The United Nations Human Rights Council infuriated Israel Thursday by ratifying measures that call for a database of all companies “involved in business” in Palestine’s occupied West Bank: Danny Danon, Israel’s U.N. ambassador, called the database a “blacklist” and said the UNHRC was behaving “obsessively” against Israel. Reuters reports: The Geneva-based council, a 47-member state forum established 10 years ago which Israel and its major U.S. ally accuse of bias against the Jewish state, adopted the motion with 32 votes in favor, none against and 15, mostly European nations, abstai... more »

Ex-CIA Analyst: Controlled Politicians And Why The World Hates U.S.

Grayson Black at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern explains to Americans who naively ask, “why does the world hates us?” and why seasoned intelligence professionals reaffirm that torture is not only unjust, but does not work in getting good results, despite propagation from “tough on terror” politicians. It may seem counterintuitive that those whose analysis has been correct on key issues that the U.S. government got criminally wrong – like the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – would be blacklisted from “mainstream” media and ostracized by the Smart People of the Establishment. Alas, that’s the way the cookie cr... more »

Merck Insider Removes Peer-Reviewed Study Proving Dangers Of HPV Vaccine

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A Merck insider forced a scientific journal to remove a peer-reviewed study outlining the dangers of the HPV vaccine from its publication. A damning study, entitled “Behavioral abnormalities in young female mice following administration of aluminum adjuvants and the human papillomavirus vaccine Gardasil”, outlining the dangers of the vaccine had originally been published by the scientific journal Vaccine. The January 9, 2016 report concluded that the vaccine triggered “neuroinflammation and autoimmune reactions, further leading to behavioral changes” in the mice that received the v...more »

North Carolina Man Arrested For Not Returning VHS Tape From 2001

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
In a disturbing example of the fractured US law system, a North Carolina father was arrested. His charge? Yahoo News reports that he was arrested for supposedly failing to return a VHS tape he had rented nearly 15 years ago from a store that has since closed: On Tuesday, James Meyers, 37, was pulled over by police as he was taking his daughter to school, according to court documents. Officers ran his license and learned an active warrant had been issued for Meyers’s arrest. After dropping off his daughter, Meyers turned himself in to police and was booked on a single charge: failure ... more »

Personal Secretary: Pope Benedict XVI is “Slowly Fading”

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Retired Pope Benedict XVI is “slowly, serenely fading”. His personal secretary Georg Gaenswein recently spoke in an interview, saying that the Pope emeritus is still “very lucid” “Joseph Ratzinger is “an old man, of course, but very lucid. Unfortunately, it’s become difficult for him to walk and he needs to use a walking frame” Yahoo news reports: In 2013, Benedict became the first head of the Catholic Church to resign in seven centuries, amid speculation he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, unable to cope at the top of an institution beset by scandals. He said he no longer ... more »

Flint watch: New York Times drops R-bomb near Flint!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016Most inept editorial ever:* In late April, Andrew Rosenthal will step down as head of the New York Times editorial page. Rosenthal seems to be going out in style. Today's featured editorial, about Wednesday's report by the Flint task force, is one of the most inept ever. How clueless is today's editorial? Total confusion is achieved by just its fourth paragraph! At that point, the editorial seems to describes an heroic act on the part of the task force: NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL (3/25/16): Mr. Snyder, a Republican, and many Republicans in Congress have tried... more »

MENA Report ( March 26 , 2016 ) - Iraq / Syria Regional War / ISIS / Turkey - All Rolled Into One Huge Clusterfark , ISIS Takes War To Europe , Libya Updates - Assessing State Of Play Politically , Iran Tidbit Of Note. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Links...... *Pentagon To Send More Combat Troops to Iraq* *Marines Expand Combat Role, Join Iraq Offensive* *Cell Behind Europe Attacks Predates Caliphate* *Britain and Jordan's Secret War in Libya* *Turkish Military Kills 24 PKK Fighters in Southeast* *Iraqi Mayor Among 30 Killed in Soccer Game Bomb Attack by ISIS* *Govt Leaders Flee As Sadr Marches on Green Zone* *Pentagon: ISIS Finance Minister Killed in Failed Capture Attempt* *140 Killed in Iraq as Forces Draw Nearer to Mosul* *Officials: Multiple ISIS Plots Being Planned in Europe* ... more »

CERN’s LGBTQ Society Subjected To Hate And Abuse, Called “Pigs”

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
CERN’s LGBTQ group that is stationed at the famous lab in Geneva has been the subject of an ongoing homophobic abuse campaign According to The Daily Mail, many of the group’s posters have been defaced with offensive hate and bible quotes: Posters advertising meetings and social gatherings of LGBT CERN has had the German word for pig – ‘schwein’ – written across them, while others have been torn off the walls or had bible quotations attached to them. One CERN researcher has been disciplined over the homophobic abuse after being caught on CCTV while defacing posters, but it is not beli... more »

Hillary Clinton: I Will Disclose The Truth About Area 51

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Hillary Clinton has promised the American public that she will disclose the secrets surrounding the infamous Area 51 military base to the public if she is elected President. Clinton told Jimmy Kimmel that she would declassify the government files on the suspected alien/UFO base – barring any national security risk: “I would like us to go into those files and hopefully make as much of that public as possible. If there’s nothing there, let’s tell people there’s nothing there.” Dailycaller.com reports: When Kimmel followed up by asking what she would do if she discovered there was act... more »

Nobel Peace Prize Winner In Islamophobic Row With BBC

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, 70, made an Islamophobic remark after loosing her temper with a Muslim BBC reporter, according to a new book. “No-one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim” Burma ‘s Leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi pic.twitter.com/WbtCiRbQtw — Great Quotes (@lion_faisal) March 25, 2016 The Daily Express reports: The 70-year-old allegedly made the remarks after experienced a political grilling over the violence suffered by Burma’s Muslim minority. The Burmese champion for human rights is claimed to have lost her temper af... more »

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