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Monday, March 7, 2016

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When Bernie Was Growing Up Congress Had An Amazing Congressman, A Democratic Socialist From Harlem Named Vito Marcantonio

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 28 minutes ago
Yesterday Little Marco triumphed in the Republican primary in Puerto Rico. Although only 36,393 people voted, he won an impressive 73.8% and all 23 delegates, despite being the self-appointied senatorial spokesperson against Puerto Rican bankruptcy in the name of robotic Austerity. He probably won because he was the only Republican who campaigned there and because, unlike Cruz, he's somewhat popular among Hispanics. Rubio is anything *but* a champion of Puerto Ricans. The last Member of Congress who really was, was a Democratic Socialist from Harlem named Vito Marcantonio, one of... more »

An Iranian Billionaire Has Been Sentenced To Death For Corruption

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
*BBC:* *Iran billionaire Babak Zanjani sentenced to death* Billionaire Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani has been sentenced to death for corruption, justice officials say. He was arrested in December 2013 after accusations that he withheld billions in oil revenue channelled through his companies. He denies the allegations. Zanjani, 42, was convicted of fraud and economic crimes, a judiciary spokesperson said at a press briefing. One of Iran's richest men, Zanjani was blacklisted by the US and EU for helping Iran evade oil sanctions. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: This is why th... more »

A Farewell to Nancy Reagan...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 hour ago
loved by Ronald.

Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev Warns On The Growth Of A New Stalinism In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast:* *Gorbachev Sings! And Denounces New Stalinism* *Who knew the Soviet Union’s great reformer, who just turned 85, could sing? Watch a (surprisingly smooth) sampling of his talent.* MOSCOW — We did not know that the man who changed the world could also sing. At Mikhail Gorbachev’s 85th birthday party last week, many jaws dropped in surprise as he crooned of love and peace. Russians had no idea that their former president and the great reformer of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics from 1986 to 1991, who brought the wind of freedom into the country ...more »

Polar bear in the distance in a blizzard

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 2 hours ago

Sen. Mike Lee: DC Politicians are Trying to Take Advantage of Flint Crisis

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Gov. Rick Snyder listens to a question after attending a Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee meeting, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 in Flint, Mich. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported Friday that Valerie Brader, Snyder's senior policy adviser and deputy legal counsel, and chief legal counsel Mike Gadola expressed concerns about Flint's water in October 2014, nearly six months after Flint had begun using the river water to save money.] The Virginia Tech professor who discovered toxic lead levels in Flint's drinking water said he finds a federal aid bill for... more »

Issues Abound in Rio, but US Olympic Committee Goes Full Steam Ahead

EDDIE PELLS at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: In this May 24, 2012, file photo, Scott Blackmun discusses an agreement between the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee at the SportAccord conference in Quebec City. Once they get to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, American athletes could be faced with virus-spreading mosquitoes, virus-infested water and the prospect of competing against at least two countries, Russia and Kenya, that are under investigation for top-to-bottom doping conspiracies.] BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Once they get to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, American athletes could b... more »

Who’s the Outsider? GOP Establishment Fears Loss of Standing

JULIE PACE at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs at a campaign rally in Concord, N.C., Monday, March 7, 2016.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders in Washington have spent years casting tea party allies and hardliners in Congress as merely a restive minority, a fringe element to be tolerated. Now, with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz rising to the top... more »

Ukraine News Updates -- March 7, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*VOA*:* Violence Increases in Eastern Ukraine* The United States has noticed an increase in fighting in Eastern Ukraine, a Department of Defense official told VOA. Despite an agreement for a ceasefire in 2015, about 430 Ukrainian armed forces have died, said Michael Carpenter, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Ukrainian government soldiers are battling Russian-backed military forces. The pro-Russian forces have carried out hundreds of attacks in eastern Ukraine in the last week, according to one NATO military leader. Carpenter told VOA that the fighting in Ukraine is fueled... more »

Wind power, fallen turbines, collapsed towers

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 2 hours ago
Nabas wind farm, Aklan, near Boracay. About 2 kms. long of mountain ridges "planted" with huge wind turbines. Road construction stage before the wind turbines were erected. All trees removed, jagged ridges flattened and widened, so that lots of huge trucks -- cement mixers, 18-wheeler haulers carrying steel and wind blades, cranes -- can pass. Below, I took this photo last January 01, 2016, on a boat leaving Caticlan port, Aklan, going to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, on our way back to Manila. A single conventional power plant can be built in just one area. Wind towers have to be bui... more »

Washington College Students Demand Power to Fire Police Who Microaggress Them

Blake Neff at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: A Western Washington University Police vehicle parked on campus.] Student activists at Western Washington University (WWU) have published a formidable list of demands, ordering the creation of a new college dedicated to social justice as well as the formation of a student committee with the power to fire faculty... more »

Peyton Manning Retires from Pro Football, Quotes 2 Timothy 4:7

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Peyton_Manning_2014 - 900] After 18 years in pro football, Peyton Manning is saying goodbye. On Monday, the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning quarterback held a press conference in Englewood, Colorado, to tell his fans and supporters that he’s wrapping up his Hall of Fame-worthy career.... more »

Native Protesters Halt Utah Senate over Genocide Deniers

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Photos copyright Michael Orton. Thank you to Michael Orton for allowing Censored News to publish his photos. Breaking news from the Utah Senate. Native Americans halt Senate over Senate genocide denier Sen. Todd Weiler. Weiler blocked efforts to rid Utah of Columbus Day and insulted Indigenous Peoples as he denied the history of Columbus and genocide. Read article at

US Building Two Airbases In Syria As The 'IS' Morphs Into The 'FSA' - Episode 912b

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 3 hours ago
*Sources say the chief architect of Washington's Syria policy is Mr. Dress Up.* *Title: US Building Two Airbases In Syria As The 'IS' Morphs Into The 'FSA' - Episode 912b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: March 7, 2016. Description: * FBI has new plan to spy on high school students. US declares Venezuela a threat and extends the sanctions. South Korea and the US initiate the largest war drills to provoke North Korea.Turkey sets up a false flag and has the terrorist shell Turkey, which they wanted to blame on the Syrian Kurds. US now building two airbases in the Northern part of ... more »

Australia Navy Seizes Fishing Boat Loaded With Weapons En-route To Somalia (Or Yemen)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Weapons including AK-47 assault rifles and rocket launchers were found aboard a small stateless fishing boat bound for Somalia on February 27. Royal Australian Navy *NBC:* *Australia Navy Finds 2,000 Weapons on Somalia-Bound Fishing Dhow* More than 2,000 weapons including assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and mortar tubes were found hidden under nets aboard a small fishing boat bound for Somalia, American and Australian officials said Monday. A team from Australian frigate HMAS Darwin discovered the cache last month some 195 miles off the coast of Oman. The U.S. ... more »

Does Herr Trumpf Deserve A Second Look?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
I yesterday's *NY Times* Maureen Dowd referred to Herr Trumpf as "a master of bling and bluster" and admits she's flown on Herr Force One. "No one," she wrote, "is more shocked at how far, how fast, Trump has come than Trump. Watching him morph into a pol in real time and wriggle away from the junior-varsity G.O.P. chuckleheads trying to tackle him is hypnotic. He’s like the blond alien in the 1995 movie *Species*, who mutates from ova to adult in months, regenerating and reconfiguring at warp speed to escape the establishment, kill everyone in sight and eliminate the human race..... more »

Former U.S. Presidents Explain Why the Presidency is Now Irrelevant

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - Americans are scrambling to make sense of the candidate being pimped out to us by the establishment. The post Former U.S. Presidents Explain Why the Presidency is Now Irrelevant appeared first on Waking Times.

Open letter to woman everywhere

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 3 hours ago
You may be what is considered hot or not but it does not really matter in the end cause every woman is the most beautiful\ creation on this earth cause they give birth and mother and fathers will always fall in love Men love women thats a statement that will be true untill the earth drops into the sun or gets anhilabet by the superblast of supernova The only thing that really matter is how much your man loves you. I have loved a girl who by chance and lucky me was an undiscovered supermodel for over thirty years and she still shine and If I could change the tone of this beautiful discus... more »

Quote of the Day: On capitalism and inequality

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
*“’' ‘Has capitalism contributed to economic inequality?’ ‘You bet it has,’ says Yaron Brook. ‘How?’ ‘Capitalism has allowed the creators of wealth to keep it.’ "* ~ Yaron Brook in a debate this week on Capitalism and Inequality (Video here. Yaron Brook highlights at 0:43:15, 1:06:25, 1:13:18, 1:20:56, 1:25:30, 1:45:30 and 1:55:40.) [Hat tip For New Intellectuals] , Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

12 celebrities who wallow in hypocrisy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: MRC-report] It’s no sin to live palatially, not if you’ve earned it. It is rank hypocrisy however to maintain that others hunker down while you’re living high on the hog yourself. A new report shines a bright light on the high-energy lifestyles of 12 “celebrity environmentalists who very noisily demand low-energy lifestyles for others in the name of “saving the planet.” *The 12 celebrities chosen to highlight in this report are: Leonardo DiCaprio, Woody Harrelson, Julia Roberts, James Cameron, Al Gore, Arianna Huffington, Ian Somerhalder, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKzFk-FiZM

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Sometimes galaxies form groups. For example, our own Milky Way Galaxy is part of the Local Group of Galaxies. Small, compact groups, like Hickson Compact Group 87 (HCG 87) shown above, are interesting partly because they slowly self-destruct. Indeed, the galaxies of HCG 87 are gravitationally stretching each other during their 100-million year orbits around a common center. The pulling creates colliding gas that causes bright bursts of star formation and feeds matter into their active galaxy centers. * Click image for larger size.* HCG 87 is composed of a large edge-on spiral galaxy ... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"True life mastery is more a function of knowing what to want, than knowing how to get what you want. Anyone can get stuff, but it usually takes an old soul to choose their stuff wisely." "What?" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" www.tut.com

Chet Raymo, “The Fire In The Head”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Fire In The Head”* by Chet Raymo “I've been here in the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland now for two months. During that time I have drifted 4 millimeters farther from my primary home in Massachusetts. Four millimeters, about the thickness of the flashdrive of my computer. The Atlantic widens. Europe and North America drift apart. Out there on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge lava oozes up from below and fills the cracks where the crust is ripped and pulled asunder. Four millimeters. Not something you'd notice, not in a summer, not in a lifetime. But run the film in reverse and in 200 millio... more »

"Just Once..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, which in some strange way keeps calling to us. Us, the most fleeting of all. Once for each thing. Just once; no more. And we too, just once. And never again. But to have been this once, completely, even if only once: to have been at one with the earth, seems beyond undoing." - Rainer Maria Rilke

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Economic News , Data & Views ( March 7 , 2016 ) Overview ( 1. 2 Year Yields - Comparing Key Benchmark Bonds. 2. NYSE Irrational Exuberance Continues . 3. China To Go For Growth Over Reforms This Year - Reforms Next Year ? What's The Point Of A Bubble Watch When Gov't Won't Pop It ? 4. Europe A dying Currency Under NIRP ? 5. Crude Still Ripping Along - Up 44 % In Past 16 Trading Sessions. 6. Draghi Watch For Thursday With Markets Expecting Much From The ECB. ) Europe In Focus ( 1. EUCO 28 & Turkey Talks On Migration / Refugee Crisis. 2. Greece Items Of The Day - Point Of Emphasis - GR & EG Meeting. 3. Brexit News De Jour. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 4 hours ago
Overview..... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 2h 2 hours ago 2-year yields... Switzerland: -1.03% Germany: -0.55% Japan: -0.22% US: +0.91% *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3h 3 hours ago NYSE: New 52-week highs outnumbered New 52-week Lows by over 15x today, highest since last April. *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 3h 3 hours ago #China's leaders emphasizing growth over reforms this year but put economy on bubble watch. http://on.wsj.com/1U4wGES *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 3h 3 hours ago CBK: Neg rates could ... more »

Mexican President Nieto Compares Donald Trump To Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Mexican president compares Trump rhetoric to Hitler and Mussolini* * Peña Nieto warns that ‘strident’ words have led to ‘very ominous situations’ * President says Mexico will not pay for proposed border wall Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has said that comments by US presidential candidate Donald Trump have damaged relationships between the two countries, and compared Trump’s “strident” tone to those of fascist leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. In his most outspoken comments so far on the GOP frontrunner, Peña Nieto also denied that Mexico would c... more »

Petronas Huffs and Puffs Bullshit, Idle Threats from an LNG Company that Was Walking Away from British Columbia Anyway

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 4 hours ago
*Assembled by Grant G* Well, the Petronas news today was no surprise to The Straight Goods, in fact it was expected... Petronas has issued a phony ultimatum to Justin Trudeau.. _______________ *CALGARY • Malaysia’s Petronas is frustrated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s climate-change priorities are introducing new uncertainty for its proposed $36 billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project* *Pacific NorthWest LNG project in northern British Columbia and has threatened to walk away if it doesn’t get federal approval by March 31, according to a source close to the project.* *... more »

Canadian Trends: The Great Deflation and What Comes Next- Must Read!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Canadian Trends: Non-partisan trends and commentary for critical thinkers.* *The Canadian Trends Blog is run by Richard Fantin. * *Richard Fantin is a self-taught software developer who has mostly throughout his career focused on financial applications and high frequency trading. He currently works for eQube gaming systems.* While Richard writes from a Canadian persepctive, his post below, has a farther reach then just Canada. I'll add some additional information, including relinking older posts that are relevant. *Canadian Trends blog is linked in the sidebar at the right.* *Febr... more »

Dana Perino: To Win Millennials, ‘Conservatives Should Not Cede Any Ground’

Genevieve Wood at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Dana Perino] If conservatives don't engage with the huge millennial generation, they will miss an opportunity to shape the future of the nation through those younger voters, Dana Perino, co-host of The Five on Fox News Channel, says. "There's like 83 million of... more »

Feds Spend $1.4 Million Studying How Global Warming Will Harm ‘Ficticious’ Fishing Towns

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: School of Bigeye Trevally Fish, Fishing Industry, Underwater, School of Fish] Ever wonder how global warming will affect fishing communities that don't actually exist? Probably not, but the federal government gave university academics funds to research it anyway. Researchers with Yale, Rutgers and Princeton recently published a study examining how "fictitious... more »

Nelson Report: responses to Xi's comments on Independence

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
[image: AndrewAllison_DSC01400] *On the Nantou 6, a great little way to avoid a section of the odious 14* Several people respond to Xi's comments on Taiwan independence.... *+++++++++++++++* CHINA/TAIWAN/US...we noted last week what Loyal Reader Richard Bush characterized as the "ritual salt throwing and foot stomping" period of a sumo match...senior players in Beijing and Taipei laying down rhetorical markers in preparation for how they will attempt to deal with each other once Tsai Ing-wen is sworn-in as president, this Spring. More, of course, will be forthcoming, and the latest ... more »

Canadian Dies In Car Crash After Posting ‘Don’t worry I won’t speed’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A Canadian boxer died in a car crash with three friends in Dubai after splitting his rented Ferrari in two on impact with a lamppost. Cody Nixon, 24, from Toronto posted an online photo of himself and a sport car with the caption: ‘Just landed into Dubai and picked up the Ferrari! Don’t worry, I won’t speed’. Mail Online reports: Dubai Traffic Police Chief Colonel Saif Al Mazroui said the investigation said the man had managed to fit four people into the sports car, which was designed for only two. Mr Nixon trained at the Motor City Boxing Club and represented Ontario in the Canadia... more »

Tennis Star Maria Sharapova Admits Failing Drugs Test

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Tennis star Maria Sharapova announced at a press conference on Monday that she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open. The BBC reports: The Russian, 28, tested positive for meldonium, a substance she has been taking since 2006 for health issues. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, is provisionally suspended from 12 March pending further action. “I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it,” said Sharapova, who won the Wimbledon title as a 17-year-old in 2004. “For the past 10 years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor and a few da... more »

Back To Step One? ISIS Terrorists Are Defecting To The "FSA" To Get Around The Ceasefire

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
200 ISIS terrorists defected & joined FSA in Azaz in order to fight YPG. Now they are ''moderate'' rebels. pic.twitter.com/xjbfDpqgu1 — Hamza Hemze حمزة‎ (@sergermed) March 6, 2016 *An excerpt from, "Syria: Phantom "Rebels" Return from the Dead" by Tony Cartalucci, Land Destroyer Report, March 7, 2016:* The BBC had dressed up a terrorist commander in FSA regalia for an interview - but included footage of the commander in the field operating under clearly terrorist banners. *It was but an individual example of what it appears the West is doing now on a much larger scale - playing ... more »

Dealing With Depression & Anxiety Naturally with 3 Powerful Steps - David Whitehead

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Title: Dealing With Depression & Anxiety Naturally with 3 Powerful Steps - David Whitehead. Source: David Whitehead - Truth Warrior. Date Published: March 7, 2016. Description: * Dealing with depression can be completely debilitating and frustrating. In this short video I can really only scratch the surface, but I talk about what worked for me. Please also check out the links below and make this a personal study. I wish you all the best.

Is Trump Dropping in Michigan? Rubio Edging Closer in Florida?

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Michigan Primary - 900] Tuesday’s primary in Michigan is set to have a dramatic finish. In the past 48-hours or so, Donald Trump’s once comfortable lead in Michigan has grown not-so-comfortable, according to a new Monmouth University poll out Monday. Said Patrick Murray, director... more »

Most Oil Isn’t Used to Make Gas, Here’s What the Rest Does

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Oil Rig, Fracking Drill Rig, Gasoline, Crude Oil, Oil Industry, Natural Gas] A mere 46 percent of oil is used to make gasoline, while the rest goes to help make a variety of other useful products. Life Without Oil? pic.twitter.com/FeDqRdPRpk — Mark J. Perry (@Mark_J_Perry) March 7, 2016 The other 54 percent of oil is used... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 7, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer *Peter Van Buren, Reuters:* *Time for a new Sykes-Picot Agreement to fix the Middle East* It’s time to renegotiate the contract that put the Middle East together. The “contract” is the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, which divided up most of the Arab lands that had been under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. The world that document created exists now only on yellowed maps, and the issues left unsettled — primarily the need for separate Sunni, Shi’ite and... more »

Tank Kills Motorist In Norway During Major NATO Exercise

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A tank collided with a car in rural Norway on Monday, killing one person. The tank was involved in a major NATO military exercise in rural Nord Toendelag County in central Norway when it collided with a car as it crossed a country road. The BBC reports: The crash happened on Monday in Nord Troendelag county, 700km north of Oslo. Photographs show the concertinaed car surrounded by debris on the road next to the undamaged tank. About 15,000 troops from Nato and partner countries are in Norway taking part in the Cold Response exercise. The 50-tonne tank involved in the accident was a N...more »

Bloomberg Says ‘No’ to Third-Party Bid for White House

JONATHAN LEMIRE at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the C40 cities awards ceremony, in Paris. Bloomberg, the billionaire former three-term mayor of New York City, has decided against mounting a third-party White House bid in 2016.] NEW YORK (AP) -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that he will not run for president as an independent -- a move that would have roiled this year’s already extraordinarily unpredictable presidential campaign. The billionaire, who...more »

Another Dr Smith case

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 5 hours ago
The Court of Appeal for Ontario today set aside a guilty plea holding the accused was forced into the plea though innocent by the risk of wrongful conviction. Some might ask how rare is this type of powerful plea inducement? R. v. Shepherd, 2016 ONCA 188: Setting Aside the Guilty Plea [13] It is firmly established that this court has jurisdiction to set aside a guilty plea entered at first instance. This jurisdiction extends to proceedings in which the plea, on its face, is voluntary, informed and unequivocal and entered in proceedings in which the appellant has counsel. In... more »

Understanding Roma in the Criminal Justice System

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Does the English criminal justice system discriminate against the Roma? Well, of course it does, would be the right-on answer. Haven't years of experience with the police, the courts, the prisons shown us that the whole thing is institutionally, irredeemably racist? As with most things once you scratch the happy official reality and dig a bit deeper than most radical critiques one finds a messy, complex situation that requires nuance and a bit of tact to address. At the first University of Derby Sociology Research Seminar Series last Wednesday, Phil Henry took us on a guide of this ... more »

Photos Peltier Honored with Frantz Fanon Prize in Paris

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Sylvain Duez-Alessandrini, chairman of CSIA, Mustapha Boutadjine, artist, Mireille Fanon Mendès France, Frantz Fanon’s daughter and founder and chair of the Foundation, Edith Patrouilleau, vice-chairwoman of CSIA and translator, Lenny Foster, George Aguilar, Yaqui/Apache actor. . . Photos by Theo Koppen copyright Article by Christine Prat http://

“Just Shut Up and Vote: The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Just Shut Up and Vote: * *The Futility of Representative Government in an Age of Robber Barons”* By John W. Whitehead “That's the way the ruling class operates in any society. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other… Anything different—that's what they're gonna talk about—race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank!” - Comedian George Carlin “We the people” have been utterly and completely betrayed. Th... more »

"Our Planet..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe." - Johann von Goethe ○

John Oliver, “Special Districts”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*John Oliver, “Special Districts”* by LastWeekTonight “Special districts spend more public money than all city governments combined. That's odd considering most of us don't know they exist. Special districts are special because they can receive little oversight and can be very easy to create. Sometimes the only people voting for them are two people in the middle of nowhere. "One of the most interesting ways how special districts are different from any form of government is that they can be created seemingly out of thin air," said "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver. "For instance... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

“The Birthing Of Trump's America: The Swindlers Vs. The Swindled”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Birthing Of Trump's America: The Swindlers Vs. The Swindled”* by Howard Kunstler “Beyond the Kubler-Ross maelstrom of denial, anger, depression, etc., besetting this spavined republic, lies the actual grief provoking it all — especially the shocking loss of national purpose embodied by the muppets and puppets onstage nightly vying to bring out the worst in us in an election season far from just silly. Judging from their demeanor in the so-called debates, the candidates seem not only sick of their opponents but of themselves, a fitting outcome perhaps in a nation that hates wha...more »

“This Country Is So Screwed Up”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“This Country Is So Screwed Up”* by Bill Bonner “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win.” - Quote Donald Trump misattributed to Mahatma Gandhi And then they realize what a dumb jerk you really are. - Addendum offered by Bill Bonner SOUTH CAROLINA– "We’re still down here in South Carolina, where the sandy soil and warmish temperatures bring horse riders from up and down the East Coast. Your editor’s wife is a competitive rider. He follows her here and hangs out at coffee shops and hotel lobbies, looking a little like a man with nowhere to g... more »

World News Briefs -- March 7, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal:* *Syrian Opposition Still Undecided About Peace Talks* Senior negotiator accuses Assad government and its Russian allies of truce violations BEIRUT—Syrian opposition negotiators were still undecided Monday over whether to attend United Nations-mediated peace talks later this week, a senior negotiator said, as a rare cease-fire in Syria mostly held at the start of its second week. Many Syrians on opposing sides, along with international diplomats, have welcomed what they describe as a significant reduction in violence across the country since the truce began ... more »

ISIS Chief Gunned Down By Own Fighters

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
ISIS gunmen staged a mutiny near their de facto capital of Raqqa on Monday killing one of their own senior commanders in northern Syria. Tunisian jihadi Abu Ali al-Tunisi, commander of the military wing of ISIS’ northern Syria branch, was killed by disgruntled jihadi fighters under his charge as the terror group is wracked by internecine fighting, according to Kurdish news reports. The Jerusalem Post reports: According to the reports, Abu Ali al-Tunisi, the commander of the military wing of ISIS’ northern Syria branch, was killed by his former charges, triggering even more widespread... more »

Wind and solar have destroyed the market

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/03/06/wind-and-solar-have-destroyed-the-ability-of-the-market-to-signa/ Rupert Darwall provides a thorough assessment of what has gone wrong with the UK’s energy markets. From the Telegraph: Before the election, high electricity prices made the Big Six energy companies everyone’s favourite whipping boys. A report by the competition watchdog exonerated them. Government-driven […]

Giant Sinkhole Discovered In Southern China

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Scientists have discovered a giant 420m deep sinkhole in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The rare sinkhole contains a habitat for many species of wildlife and has its own waterfalls and lakes. International Business Times reports: The giant 420m deep sinkhole was discovered on an eight day expedition, which began on 26 February 2016. This cave stretches 16.5km long and inside there were waterfalls, lakes, rivers and a broad range of stalagmites. Usually, these dolines are around 250m deep. It is rare to find one of this size in China. The expedition aimed to research 12 of... more »

White House To Release Drone Casualty Report

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
The U.S. drone war in Pakistan has killed more than 1,900 people since 2009, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Photo: Reuters *The Guardian:* *White House to reveal death toll of US drone strikes for first time* Senior aide says US will disclose the number of terrorism suspects and civilians killed since 2009 in bid to bolster public support for controversial operations A senior White House aide has pledged to release how many terrorism suspects and civilian casualties the US has killed in its drone strikes since 2009, the first-ever disclosure surrounding the U... more »

EU -Turkey Migrant Talks End With Turkey Making Additional Demands

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Plan to Slow Flow of Refugees to Europe Stalls After Turkey Makes Demands* BRUSSELS — Turkey surprised European Union leaders on Monday by hitting them with a steep new set of demands as preconditions to help stem the flow of refugees from Syria and Iraq and other migrants seeking to enter Europe. The demands at the start of an emergency summit in Brussels included billions in more money, easier access to visas for Turks to go to Europe, and the dramatic acceleration of talks on Turkey’s membership in the bloc, a discussion that has languished for years. The to...more »

Vice President Biden On Middle East Trip: US Will ‘Squeeze the Heart' Out Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Voice of America*: *Biden Vows US Will ‘Squeeze the Heart' Out of IS* U.S. Vice President Joe Biden kicked off a five-day trip to the Middle East Monday, vowing that the United States would "squeeze the heart" out of Islamic State and destroy it. Biden visited U.S. airmen stationed at the Al-Dhafra Air Base near the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, as drones taxied down the runway. He dismissed Islamic State insurgents as "criminals and cowards." Biden, using an Arabic name for Islamic State, told the airmen, "We have to squeeze the heart of Daesh in Iraq and Syria so t... more »

Replacing Blue Dog Kurt Schrader With A Proven Progressive Champion, Dave McTeague

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Tim Canova, the intrepid Democrat challenging entrenched incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a deep blue district in South Florida, wrote that "primary challenges like mine are often the only effective way to force accountability on entrenched incumbents. Here at home, for instance, Florida’s 23rd Congressional District is seen as a safe Democratic seat. My opponent has been reelected over and over, and has never faced a primary challenger, ever! And with no primary challenger in a safely Democratic seat, there is no genuine discussion, much less debate, within our district as t... more »

March 7, 2016 – White Hats Report #52 – The Trump Factor – Bush crime family pulls out the Tramp in an attempt to discredit The Donald

The White Hat Reporters at The White Hats Report - 7 hours ago
The 2016 US Presidential election season has officially entered the Twilight Zone. Before we cue up the Rod Serling lead-in, a history lesson is in order. It’s always good to review the past in order to put the present into proper context. In the US, from now until November, the Presidential election party primary circuses will take center stage. The traveling road shows are in full swing with the Ringling Brothers (Bush crime family Republicans) and Barnum & Bailey (Hillary and Bernie) filling the big tops all over the country as they pander to the voting public. And as with ... more »

March 7: Exclusive

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 7 hours ago
That's the label reserved for a sensational story that one newspaper or one chain has; and nobody else has. It's for stories like "World will end on Friday", something like that. And page 1 of the Irving press has the word 'exclusive' in red letters over its big story. The story is - hold your breath - that the head of the NB liquor board is leading 'research' (discussions) on how to sell marijuana in stores - should the the federal government legalize it. As is common in such cases, the story is written in phrases that give a hint of tough journalistic digging to get this story, ... more »

5 Charts About Trump and the GOP Nomination

Berny Belvedere at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump4 - 900] Is the Trump train finally running out of steam? Here are five charts to help us with that question. Under any reasonable metric, Donald Trump is the front runner for the Republican nomination. He may not have the most endorsements... more »

This Map Shows Where the US Will Export Natural Gas

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Natural Gas Export - 900] America is getting ready to sell natural gas to Europe and Asia. Supplying gas to European or Asian markets requires building large facilities to liquefy or compress the natural gas, which is exactly what companies are doing. This map by the Energy... more »

Poem by Tina Otito Tamsho-Thomas: Tribute to Albert Woodfox

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 8 hours ago
*Tribute to Albert WoodfoxAngola 3 Political Prisoner* Each and all are waiting Heart, Spirit, Mind. Waiting for the justice day, Liberating Humankind. Years forty three imprisoned, conscious voice unarrested. Waiting for the justice day, Liberty attested. We will bring our warrior home, gifted to the world, Honouring his justice day, freedom flags unfurled. *Copyright©Tina Otito Tamsho-Thomas*

Illiterates still pouring forth. Educationalists still unfazed by failure.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: Ministry_of_Miseducation] Imagine if, for several decades, your profession had delivered not success, but wholesale abject failure. Imagine if, instead of the results you claimed to be striving for, your efforts were by contrast delivering the very opposite. At what point, I wonder, would you question the methods of your profession – and perhaps even to wonder what your profession was truly trying to achieve. I ask, because after decades of factory schooling, the very basic aim of that schooling – teaching students to read and write and count – is still failing. O... more »

The Syrian Ceasefire Is A Farce: US Establishing ILLEGAL Airbase Inside Syrian Territory!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
I have been watching the so called "ceasefire" in Syria for the last week, and from my own observations, it does appear that the entire "ceasefire" agreement is indeed a farce... The criminals in the US/Israeli/NATO cabal have absolutely no interest of "honoring" the terms of the ceasefire at all, and have indeed been using this respite in the fighting to rush in new arms and men for their fraud terrorist groups.... I do wonder why the Russians and the Syrians even agreed to a "ceasefire" in the first place, when they have had every opportunity to finish off the US/Israel/NATO fraud ... more »

Minimum Wage Killed 1 Out of 11 Jobs in Puerto Rico

Salim Furth at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: August 17, 2009 : A homeless man sleeps on top of a park bench in old San Juan, Puerto Rico.] Congress is considering potential responses to Puerto Rico's depression and fiscal crisis. Fiscal conservatives are considering whether outside oversight by a "control board" would force feckless local legislators to make difficult choices, such as consolidating rural schools and laying off... more »

Meet the Arkansas State Senator Crusading for the Ten Commandments

Casey Harper at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: A tablet displaying the Ten Commandments, located on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol (behind the capitol building) in Austin, Texas. In 2005, the monument's constitutionality was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court because of its historical significance during the Van Orden v. Perry case.] An Arkansas state senator is on a crusade to bring the Ten Commandments to the state capitol grounds, and so far he's succeeding. State Sen. Jason Rapert started a GoFundMe page Feb. 17 to pay for a monument of the... more »

Max Lucado to NPR: Christians Don’t Speak About Others the Way Donald Trump Does

Stream Staff at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Max Lucado - 900] “America’s pastor” Max Lucado got national attention when he broke his long silence on political issues to criticize Donald Trump, and found himself in the middle of a small national controversy. The way Trump spoke of others “wouldn't even be...more »

NO GMO in Russia

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Another reason western corporations hate Russia so much - Moscow continues to ignore the dictates from the corporations that want to control and dominate the food chain. While GMO is already banned in a number of countries, the US and Canada don't even have labeling requirements for GMO foods.

BREAKING NEWS: There've been no False Flags for at least two months now.

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*BREAKING NEWS: No False Flags so far in 2016* *...What Gives???!* For an unprecedented third straight month...there have been no false flags in the Western World. Sure, there have been bombs galore exploding in Turkey, Syria, Yemen, the Middle East and Africa (all done by the "usual suspects" IMO)...but not in the ZioAtlantacist territories. What gives? Sure enough, Scotland Yard is muttering away about a false flag "large scale attack" event by ISIS in the planning stages. And there are reports from a Serbian newspaper that Russia is going to give Syria a missile with enough p... more »

The state of nutritional science, 2016

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 9 hours ago
Someone sent me a link to this paper the other day, it's not something I would have looked at otherwise. However, next time you read a "totality of the evidence" snowjob supporting guidelines on saturated fat consumption, this paper will probably have been thrown on the pile, weighting it a little bit further. Finucane OM, Lyons CL, Murphy AM et al (19 authors). Monounsaturated fatty acid-enriched high-fat diets impede adipose NLRP3 inflammasome-mediated IL-1β secretion and insulin resistance despite obesity. Diabetes. 2015 Jun;64(6):2116-28. doi: 10.2337/db14-1098. Epub 2015 Jan 27.... more »

Navy Changes Body Fat Rules to Allow Obese Male, Female Sailors to Stay in

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Sailor - 900] So many sailors are getting kicked out of the Navy for failing to pass fitness tests that the service has decided to expand allowable body fat rules to accommodate the obese. The Navy officially changed body fat regulations in January... more »

Pilot Threatened To Crash Passenger Jet If Mrs Left Him

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A suicidal Italian pilot about to fly a plane with 200 people on board was arrested by police minutes before takeoff. The Italian man was intercepted by officers at Fiumicino airport after his wife warned the police he was planning to kill himself. Daily Mail reports: He was about to take control of a Rome to Japan flight but was substituted at the 11th hour, with passengers left unaware of the switch. The incident, which has only now been revealed, happened in January, two months before Andreas Lubitz killed 149 people when he deliberately crashed his Germanwings jet while suffering... more »

#FeelTheBern: Bernie Sanders Dwarfs Clinton In Maine

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic caucuses in Maine by a double digit margin. The Vermont senator claimed his eighth Democratic nomination victory and needs to beat Hillary Clinton in the Michigan primary on Tuesday to stand a chance of winning the nomination. Should the Jewish, anti-establishment, holistic man from a humble background, whom the media desperately tries to ignore, win on Tuesday, then according to recent predictions, America and the world would #FeelTheBern and all will become one. Russia Today reports: Sanders has secured over 64 percent and 14 delegates while C... more »

Do Foreign Lives Matter? Hillary Clinton, a Death in Honduras & Feminism

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
*Berta Cáceres, Honduran indigenous and environmental activist, before she was murdered (click to enlarge; source)* *by Gaius Publius* I've been looking for a way to tell this story, the story of Hillary Clinton and the murder of Berta Cáceres, for a while. The core of the story involves yet another victim of Honduran right-wing violence. For example, there's this, from *The Nation*: *The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders* *The names of Berta Cáceres’s murderers are yet unknown. But we know who killed her.* By Greg Grandin March 3, 2016 Hillary C... more »

Let’s not mischaracterize replication studies: authors

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Scientists have been abuzz over a report in last week’s Science questioning the results of a recent landmark effort to replicate 100 published studies in top psychology journals. The critique of this effort – which suggested the authors couldn’t replicate most of the research because they didn’t adhere closely enough to the original studies – […] The post Let’s not mischaracterize replication studies: authors appeared first on Retraction Watch.

US to Disclose Casualty Count From Counterterrorism Strikes

Josh Lederman at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Hurlburt Field Fla., April 24, 2014. The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration plans to disclose how many people have been killed by U.S. drones and counterterrorism strikes since 2009, the White House said Monday, in a bid to bolster credibility for the controversial programs. An assessment... more »

Campaign watch: Authoritarians to the right of me!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016So Professor Taub has now said:* A terrible but important fact just keeps on emerging. Here it is: Along with our intellectual leaders, we the liberals just aren't especially sharp. This flies in the face of our tribal self-image, which holds that we liberals are the smart honest people while the dimwits are all Over There. That said, it's more clear all the time that we just aren't especially sharp. Consider something Amanda Taub wrote last week in a long, lengthy piece at Vox. Taub is an adjunct professor in International Law and Human Rights at Fordham... more »

Canada's Private Refugee System Fosters Generosity, Acceptance, Kindness

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
[image: Pic by Shutterstock] *Freedom unleashes benevolence, explains Wendy McElroy in this guest post.* Syrian families are arriving in the sleepy corner of Southern Ontario where my husband and I live on a farm. The refugees receive financial support for one year, complete with travel expenses, housing, furniture, food and the support network they will need to integrate into communities. The cost per refugee is estimated to be C$12,000 (about $8,778 US) for an individual or C$25,000 (about $18,280 US) for a family of four. The Syrians are warmly welcomed here because the spo... more »

What Is Russia's Position On The South China Sea Border Dispute?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Russian and Chinese servicemen shake hands during the Russian-Chinese drill "Naval Interaction-2015" at the Klerk testing grounds in Russia's Primorye Territory. © SPUTNIK/ VITALIY ANKOV *Sputnik:* *What Role Will Russia Play in the US-Chinese South China Sea Drama?* The US-Chinese standoff in the South China Sea is heating up, with Washington dispatching a small armada to the area following reports that Beijing had reinforced a key island with fighters and air defenses. Much has been said and written about the dispute, with Russian analysts left pondering: if push comes to shove,... more »

El Nino Update

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Most of the indicators are now pointing to ENSO-neutral conditions by late spring/early summer. The latest ENSO update from the NWS shows the warm water in the central and eastern Pacific continuing to break up and dissipate. The change in the last four weeks is evident: […]

How (Not) to Measure the “Public Conscience”

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
A couple of years ago, Human Rights Watch launched a report arguing for a treaty ban on fully autonomous weapons, claiming military robots who target and kill human beings would violate international law. Among other arguments, the report Losing Humanity cited the Marten’s Clause of the Hague Convention, which encourages states to consider the “dictates […]

White House Lowers Flag for Nancy Reagan

AP at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: The U.S. flag is lowered to half staff above the White House in Washington, Monday, March 7, 2016. President Barack Obama ordered that flags be lowered at all government buildings after signing a proclamation on the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has ordered flags flown at half-staff in memory of Nancy Reagan. The White House released a proclamation Monday directing federal buildings, embassies, military posts and naval vessels to lower flags to half-staff “as a... more »

Hillary Wants to Basically Ban Fracking After Promoting It in Other Countries for Years

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton2 - 900] Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a long answer for all the situations in which she's against hydraulic fracturing, eventually admitting there would be very few places where fracking is legally allowed to take place -- a... more »

The S. Brian Willson Story

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson paid the price for peace by nearly being killed by a military train during a non-violent protest. Since then, he has not stopped calling attention to the US government’s defiance of international law through waging endless illegal wars. Paying the Price for Peace exposes the truth about the United States’ addiction to war, and the lies it perpetuates in order to wage ongoing violence, through the life and times of Air Force veteran S. Brian Willson and other veterans. Other peace activists in the film include: Alice Walker, Daniel Ellsberg, Mede... more »

U.S. Drone Strike Kills 150 Al Shabaab Fighters In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *U.S. drone strike kills more than 150 at Somalia terrorist camp, military says* A U.S. airstrike killed more than 150 people in an attack aimed at the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia, according to Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. The drone strike hit the Raso training camp approximately 120 miles north of Mogadishu. According to a senior defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly about the operation, there were no civilian casualties in the strike, though the Pentagon is still assessing the situation on the groun... more »

U.S. Held Secret Talks With Iran Before The 2003 Iraq Invasion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times:* *U.S. Conferred With Iran Before Iraq Invasion, Book Says* WASHINGTON — Senior American officials held confidential talks with Iran about Iraq’s future in advance of the United States-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, and secured a promise that the Iranian military would not fire at United States warplanes that strayed into Iranian airspace, according to a new book by a ranking Bush administration official. The previously undisclosed meetings, which were held in Geneva with Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations and future foreign m... more »

American Military Contractors In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Dyncorp will be replacing Academi, formerly known as Blackwater. (AFP/File) *Al Bawaba*: *New American private military contractors arrive in Yemen* The first batch of mercenaries from the private US military firm DynCorp has arrived in the Yemeni city of Aden to replace paid militants from another American company. Under a USD-3-billion contract between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and DynCorp, mercenaries from the company are to be deployed to Yemen, where UAE forces are fighting against the Houthi rebels on Saudi orders, Khabar News Agency quoted an official with Yemeni Defens... more »

Former Foreign Militant Says Syria Is Now A Battle For War Booty And Territory

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
"In the beginning, when I went [to Syria], everybody was greeting us. But later, they were looking at us differently. They were scared of us," Arben tells RFE/RL correspondent Luljeta Krasniqi Veseli *Radio Free Europe*: *Disillusioned Volunteer Says Syria A Battle For War Booty, Territory* Ideals give way to disillusionment easily in Syria, where foreign militants who go with ideals of helping the Syrian population often find themselves embroiled in battles between rival groups for plunder and territory instead. Arben has seen that firsthand. The 27-year-old Kosovar Albanian, ... more »

Renewable Energy In The EU

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://edmhdotme.wordpress.com/renewable-energy-the-question-of-capacity/ I often look at the performance of renewables in the UK. Ed Hoskins has analysed EU performance, which is clearly no better than ours. There are a couple of interesting graphs below. The full post is here.

Supreme Court: Lesbian Stepmother Keeps Parental Rights After Same-Sex Couple Breakup

Casey Harper at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Supreme Court - 900] The Supreme Court overturned an Alabama court ruling that refused to recognize the paternal rights of a lesbian woman who had adopted three children in Georgia. The case centered around an unmarried lesbian couple who shared custody of three children but... more »

Flagstaff Council Vote on Indigenous Peoples’ Day Expected March 8, Support Rally

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
NEWS ADVISORY Monday, March 7, 2016 Klee Benally indigenousaction@gmail.com Flagstaff Council Vote on Indigenous Peoples' Day Expected March 8Support Rally to be Held FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Flagstaff City Council is scheduled to discuss and vote on an Indigenous Peoples' Day proposal Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00pm. A rally to address injustices facing Indigenous Peoples in Flagstaff in

Win One for Mrs. Gipper

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
There's nothing like the political-media complex invading your water-poisoned city to make your situation feel even more toxic than it already is. Vanderbilt heir and CNN moderator Anderson Cooper immediately set the tone for last night's Democratic debate: Before we begin tonight, we want to take a moment to remember former first lady Nancy Reagan. As probably know, she passed away this morning at the age of 94. Her grace and elegance in the White House, her deep love for President Reagan, and her strength and advocacy in the fight against Alzheimer’s and drug abuse will always ... more »

Warming the Gulf of Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
ARRT! Video Projection Project from Geoffrey Leighton on Vimeo. ARRT! in Portland, Maine worked with 350 Maine to project a video about the warming of the Gulf of Maine. It appeared on Mechanics' Hall on Congress Street during First Friday Art Walk. ARRT! (The Artists Rapid Response Team) is a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA). The Projection was done with the help of MECA and Mechanics' Hall (MCMA) and USM's Ci2 SRS. for more info, see arrteam.org

Scotland Yard Warns ISIS May Be Plotting Large Scale UK Attack

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
ISIS may be planning “enormous and spectacular” attacks on the UK, the national head of counter-terrorism warned on Monday. Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said that the Islamic State are broadening their terror campaign. He believes the terror group is targeting the “Western lifestyle” and that they could be gearing up for a large-scale attack. The Telegraph reports: He said: “In recent months we’ve seen a broadening of that, much more plans to attack Western lifestyle, and obviously the Paris attacks in November. “Going from that narrow focus on police and m...more »

An Open Letter to Pastor Robert Jeffress About Donald Trump

Michael Brown at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] Dear Pastor Jeffress, I have the utmost respect for your many years of faithful ministry, for your gracious and unflinching witness for the Lord, and for your devotion to His people over decades of service. It is in that spirit... more »

Thousands Protest In London Against Turkish War On Kurds

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Thousands took to the streets of London to protest against Ankara’s military operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which causes suffering to the Kurdish minority both in Turkey and beyond. Organized by an activist group known as Stop War on Kurds, the protest took place in central London on Sunday amid media silence. RT reports: The crowd was a mixture of both Kurds and non-Kurdish supporters. People were seen carrying banners that read “Stop Turkish State’s War on Kurds”, “Break the Silence on Kurds” and “ISIS Made in Turkey.” The protest action was triggered by the ... more »

New Video Shows Dozens Of Fighters Deserting The Islamic Sate In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Newsweek:* *Video Shows Dozens of Fighters 'Deserting' ISIS in Syria* Dozens of Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighters have defected from the group in Aleppo to join a rival Islamist group, according to amateur footage released on Sunday. The video shows a purported deserter holding up his ISIS identity card, while dozens of men walk along a dusty road in the background. He tells the person behind the camera why he and the men behind him decided to leave the group. “They killed us, they called us infidels, they bothered us a lot, even in our homes, they doubted us, we supp... more »

U.K. Top Anti-Terrorism Chief Warns That ISIS Is Planning Major Attacks Against The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Mark Rowley, national head of counter-terrorism, says Isis has broadened its focus from police and military targets to something much bigger. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters *The Guardian/Press Association*: *Isis planning 'enormous and spectacular attacks', anti-terror chief warns* Britain faces threat of bigger and broader attacks as Islamic State attempts to wage war on western lifestyle The UK is facing the threat of “enormous and spectacular attacks” by Islamic State as the extremist group attempts to wage war on western lifestyles, the national head of counter-terrorism ha... more »

World News Briefs -- March 7, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*BBC*: *Migrant crisis: EU and Turkey hold 'difficult' summit* European Union leaders are holding a crucial summit with Turkey on ways of dealing with Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War Two. The EU is pressing Turkey, through which many migrants transit, to take some back in return for $3.3bn in aid. The Brussels talks have been extended into a working dinner between the 28 EU leaders and Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu. Meanwhile Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the EU of failing to deliver on the promised aid. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* U.S. targets I... more »

Continental Europe should pay to, rely on neither Turkey nor Greece

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Three weeks ago, I mentioned that the Visegrád Group wanted to close the Balkan route while Angela Merkel wanted to promote Turkey to the role of the supreme defender of Europe. *Istanbul* These days, these two plans reflect the two dominant and fundamentally different "next moves" that European nations are taking. What has changed? The Balkan route has been de facto closed. Migrants are no longer flowing from Greece to Macedonia. This step was obviously needed, it was straightforward to realize it, and it came true with the help of some Visegrád Group cops and soldiers – althoug... more »

Nuclear Reactor Shut Down In South Carolina After Explosions & Fire

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
A reactor at the Oconee Nuclear Station in South Carolina has been shut down after a series of explosions and a fire damaged a transformed on site. The operator said that the incident, which happened on Sunday was “unusual” but declared there was no threat of radiation release. Follow incident at Oconee Nuclear Station in SC @CFPalerts #OconeeFire pic.twitter.com/i9H0T7ZHPZ — FireNews.net (@FireNews) March 6, 2016 Oconee is one of the largest nuclear power plants in the US and is the second to have its operating license extended for an additional twenty years. RT reports: Emergency ... more »

Another US State Makes it Easier for its Citizens to Get Raw Milk

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - Health officials in West Virginia are not happy about giving the public greater access to raw milk. The post Another US State Makes it Easier for its Citizens to Get Raw Milk appeared first on Waking Times.

Would You Still Support Donald Trump if You Knew He’d Said These Things?

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Would You Still Support Donald Trump for President if You Knew He'd Said These Things?] When Donald Trump entered the Republican presidential race, many feared his penchant for off-the-wall statements would sink his chances. So far, they have had little effect, since he is the frontrunner in the race to win the GOP nomination. But if he wins the nomination,... more »

Biden Vows U.S., Allies Will ‘Squeeze the Heart’ of Islamic State

JON GAMBRELL at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Joe Biden, the U.S. Vice President talks to the U.S. military personnel at an Air Base in United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)] AL-DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden began a Mideast tour Monday vowing that the United States and its allies would destroy and “squeeze the heart” of the Islamic State group, while thanking both... more »

Stem cell researcher in Spain dismissed following investigation

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
A promising early career researcher has been dismissed from her post at the National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) in Spain, following “an alleged ongoing fraud,” according to El Pais. We don’t know what exactly the internal investigation into Susana González’s work found; El Pais relied on anonymous sources, and the CNIC confirmed only that they dismissed her on February 29th. […] The post Stem cell researcher in Spain dismissed following investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.

GREETINGS FROM BABEL: Did Williams know whereof she spoke?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016Part 4—Charles Blow didn't ask:* Did Ashley Williams, age 23, know what she was talking about? We ask for an obvious reason. A few weeks back, Williams interrupted Candidate Clinton at a campaign event, making a statement which struck us as rather odd. In last Monday's New York Times, Charles Blow wrote a column about this interruption. His column seemed to be straight outta Babelstan. It left us asking such questions as these: Did Ashley Williams have any idea what she was talking about? We'll get more specific, based on the nature of Williams' remarks: Ho... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- March 7, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *South Korea, U.S. begin exercises as North Korea threatens attack* South Korean and U.S. troops began large-scale military exercises on Monday in an annual test of their defenses against North Korea, which called the drills "nuclear war moves" and threatened to respond with an all-out offensive. South Korea said the exercises would be the largest ever following North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch last month that triggered a U.N. Security Council resolution and tough new sanctions. Isolated North Korea has rejected criticism of ... more »

Libya's Civil War Is Now Impacting Tunisia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
File photo of Tunisian soldiers standing guard at the border crossing at Ras Jdir Ben Guerdane, in this picture taken December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files New York Times: *Clash at Tunisian Military Barracks Near Libya Kills at Least 27* TUNIS — Militants attacked a military barracks in Tunisia, near the border with Libya, on Monday, leaving at least 27 people dead after a predawn firefight with security forces, Tunisian officials said. The clashes at Ben Gardane, 18 miles from the border, were the second in the district in a week and come at a time of growing concern that the... more »

Foreign Governments Voicing Their Concern On A Possible President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump responds to a speech attacking his candidacy by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as Trump appears at a campaign rally in Portland, Maine, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Joel Page *Reuters*: *Foreign diplomats voicing alarm to U.S. officials about Trump* Foreign diplomats are expressing alarm to U.S. government officials about what they say are inflammatory and insulting public statements by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, according to senior U.S. officials. Officials from Europe, the Middle East, Lati... more »

US Navy SEALs Have To Share Their Combat Rifles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Navy SEALs tell lawmaker they don't have enough combat rifles, @rplardner reports: https://t.co/TnokKNjDLd — The Associated Press (@AP) March 7, 2016 *The Inquisitr*: *Navy SEALs Tells Congress They Buy Some Of Their Own Gear And They Don't Have Enough Combat Rifles* U.S. Navy SEALs are being forced to buy some of the gear they need in order to deploy. The Navy is short on rifles for the SEALs to use during deployment, and they are having to turn in their rifles at the end of deployment so they may be used by the next SEAL team to deploy. Navy Times reported that Representative D... more »

No Uprising In The Islamic State Capital Of Raqqa (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Independent:* *Isis in Raqqa: Reports of uprising are false, Syrian activists say* Reports stating 200 Isis militants had switched sides to fight against their former comrades are false, according to Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently. Syrian activists say media reports of a popular uprising against Isis in Raqqa are false. It has been reported that 200 Isis militants had switched sides to fight against their former comrades, securing at least five neighbourhoods in the city and replacing the black flag of Isis with the Syrian national flag. ​"About 200 Syrian militants of ... more »

A Look At The Top-Secret Nevada Facility Known As Area 6

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Area 6 (pictured), which was once used for underground nuclear testing, is located in Yucca Flat and is part of the Nevada National Security Site, where 1,000 nuclear tests were conducted between 1945 and 1992 *Daily Mail:* *Area 6 revealed: Top-secret Nevada facility rumored to be where the Pentagon tests high-tech unmanned drones to detect terrorist dirty bombs is as ultra hush-hush as the more infamous Area 51 * * Area 6, in Yucca Flat, Nevada, was once used for nuclear testing * A runway was added in 2005 and the area now has a large hangar and several smaller buildings * Agenci... more »

Violence In Iraq, February 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Violence in Iraq has been going down since 2015. There was a short spike in January 2016 as the Islamic State launched counter attacks across the country after it lost Ramadi. That is now over, and the steady decline in both security incidents and casualties has returned. There were 549 security incidents reported in the press in February. That was the second lowest figure in the last 14 months. In January 2015 there was an average of 29.3 attacks per day. That has steadily gone down to 18.9 in February 2016. The downward trend in incidents shows that the Islamic State has been o... more »

Margaret Spellings Equally Ignorant on Education and Civil Rights

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
The next time you hear one of the elite corporate know-nothings spouting about education being the new civil rights, please remind them that civil rights, 1) are not priced so that many cannot afford them, and 2) civil rights are transformative, rather than dehumanizing (see the KIPP Model). A clip from the Daily Tar-Heel that makes these points well: ....Spellings has had a busy week in the media, including her Feb. 29 response to the UNC Faculty Council, her March 1 appearance on “The State of Things” and an email to the entire UNC system. Spellings certainly seems aware of the ... more »

Lawmaker Asking Why Navy SEALs Don’t Have Enough Rifles

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: In this May 14, 2009 file photo, Navy SEAL trainees carry inflatable boats at the Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in Coronado, Calif.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The tip of the spear may be losing its edge. Navy SEAL teams don’t have enough combat rifles to go around, even as these highly trained forces are relied on more than ever to carry out counterterrorism... more »

Trump Says U.S. at Disadvantage Because of Anti-Torture Laws

JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump signs autographs during the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)] WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) -- Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says that, as president, he would push to change laws that prohibit waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques, arguing that banning them puts the U.S. at a strategic disadvantage... more »

'Waters Connect Us' Lakota Debra White Plume at Gila River

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
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MoD Report Reveals Trident Radiation Blunders

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
According to a ministry of defence (MoD) report blunders at Britain’s nuclear submarine base exposed 20 workers to radiation The workers were exposed to radiation at the Faslane nuclear base in Scotland as a result of a safety breach, according to the newly released documents. RT reports: The MoD’s report covered four incidents between 2012 and 2013. It took the military two years to release the heavily redacted documents following Freedom of Information (FoI) requests. One incident in August 2012 saw 20 contractors working for the defense firm Babcock exposed to radiation while rep...more »

EDF finance officer resigns over Hinkley Point project

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/03/06/edf-finance-officer-resigns-over-hinkley-point-project/ From the Telegraph: Thomas Piquemal, the finance director of French energy giant EDF, has resigned over the company’s plan to build two nuclear reactors in Hinkley Point, a source familiar with the situation said. The source confirmed a Bloomberg report which said Mr Piquemal had resigned because pushing […]

Pope Francis Addresses ‘Arab Invasion’ of Europe

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Pope Francis delivers his sermon to the congregation from the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St Peter's square during the Sunday Angelus prayer, on March 6, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)] Pope Francis is worried that mass migration from the Arab world has become a threat to the continent's cultural values. The pontiff commented on Europe's migrant crisis in Friday's issue of L'Ossevatore Romano, the Vatican's official daily newspaper. The "Arab... more »

British Government Health Care: Keep Your ‘Defective’ Babies Until Birth in Order to Harvest Their Organs

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: British Government Health Care: Keep Your Defective Babies Until Birth in Order to Harvest Their Organs] At the annual meeting of the British Transplantation Society in Glasgow, it was revealed that the National Health Service, Britain’s government-run health care system, will start asking expectant mothers whose babies have fatal defects that they should keep them full-term -- not to... more »

Judge Jeanine: Mitt Romney awoke a sleeping giant...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*eight minutes of pure fury.* Wonderful!

Will Michigan Teachers Figure Out What Louisiana Teachers Never Did About Clinton Backers' "Reform" Agenda?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday, Maine's Democrats caucused and Bernie won another convincing victory over the establishment candidate whose campaign was bragging in the morning about how she had all the establishment endorsements. He beat her 64.3- 35.5% and took 15 delegates to her 7. On the Republican side Rubio won in Puerto Rico, while polling shows that Kasich is either winning in tomorrow's Michigan primary by 2 points-- or losing by 28 points (or losing by 24 points). Predatory billionaires like Eli Broad and Alice Walton are big backers of two awful things: replacing public education with char... more »

Northern Lights Illuminate Sky Over Parts Of UK

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Spectacular displays of the Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, were witnessed across parts of the UK overnight. The dazzling display appeared in many parts of Northern England, Ireland and Scotland on Sunday night and was even was visible as far south as Oxfordshire Aurora Borealis occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere and is usually seen in regions close to the North Pole. Many people took to social media to share their photographs of the dramatic show. The aurora putting on a stunning show tonight, visible from the h... more »

Pot O' Gold Free Printable

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
This fun and colorful free printable is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Whether you go all out or you just want a simple touch here and there is is a fun way to have shamrocks, a pot of gold and a rainbow in your house! The printable prints on an 8.5x11 piece of paper and then has a border for you to trim down so it easily fits in an 8x10 frame. Printables in this post are for personal use and available to subscribers of Housewife Eclectic only. To use this printable, please SUBSCRIBE NOW. Subscribe to our mailing list * indicates required Email Address * First Nam... more »

ISIS Fighters Returning to Europe Get Away With Murder, Even When They Confess

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units carry an Islamic State (IS) group flag on March 3, 2016, during an operation in the desert of Samarra aimed at retaking areas from ISIS jihadists.] Foreigners who return home after fighting for the Islamic State (ISIS) often get away with murder due to justice systems that haven't caught up to a new reality. More than 30,000 foreign fighters have left their home countries to fight... more »

20 Highlights From Presidential Candidates’ Speeches to Conservatives

Philip Wegman, Melissa Quinn & Josh Siegel at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich of Ohio speaks during CPAC 2016 March 4, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative issues. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)] Three of the four remaining Republican presidential candidates made their policy pitches to conservative grassroots voters at a conference outside Washington D.C. Friday and Saturday. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas... more »

Michael Bloomberg Mulls Company Exit, Possible Third-Party Presidential Bid

JONATHAN LEMIRE at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the C40 cities awards ceremony, in Paris. For many, Bloomberg’s name is synonymous with a pair of political crusades: an anti-gun campaign and a failed takedown of Big Soda. But positions that his supporters have hailed as visionary could be hurdles for voters, particularly Republicans, if the billionaire launches a third-party presidential bid. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)] NEW YORK (AP) -- Since returning to the financial information company that bears his name, Michael Bloomberg has ... more »

Confronting a Dangerous Endtime Mentality

Michael Brown at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: visionary with a sign of the end is near] I hear it all the time, and as quickly as I hear it, I reject it. It is a paralyzing, destructive mentality, and it is unbiblical, plain and simple. I'm talking about the mindset that says, "Jesus told us everything will get... more »

"We the Truthers," Oberlin witch-hunt, Bundy indictment, and more on this weeks FFWN!

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 15 hours ago
Links for all the stories covered this week: http://noliesradio.org/archives/111203

UNRWA school holds ceremony supporting stabbing Jews

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
Something that you definitely won't see reported on the institutionally anti Israel BBC. 'The pattern is clear. UNRWA employs anti-semites and terror supporters. Its schools teach hate. It shows no interest in solving the problem, only in covering them up. The time has come to demand that UNRWA face consequences for supporting and encouraging its students to commit terror acts.' Read the whole horrific story here http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/UNRWA-teaches-terror.html but as I say, definitely not on the institutionally anti Israel BBC.

Imagine if it was a Republican Presidential candidate who had...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
The BBC's disinclination to be shocked by the Hillary Clinton email scandal is at variance with how they would react if it was related to a Republican Party Presidential candidate rather than their chosen Democratic Party candidate. This Trifecta video makes a similar point and many others... That Hillary Clinton is still standing for the US Presidency and that the US media is not in uproar says more about the left-wing bias in that media than almost anything else.

Dealing With The Donald

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/ This is the week Mr. Trudeau goes to Washington. During his visit, Trudeau says he will steer clear of the subject of Donald Trump. Michael Harris questions the wisdom of that decision: In the beginning, Trump was just a fascist on a Moped. He disrupted the sidewalk of national politics — a blowhard, a bully, and a bloviating billionaire so full of himself that only the worshipful need apply as supporters. The rest were forcibly removed. Still, most people thought he would have the political life-expecta... more »

diego is on tv! (and dogtopia is amazing.)

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
When we dropped off Tala and Diego for their vacation, a film crew from Breakfast Television was there. The results are here, and Diego is all over that video! (There doesn't seem to be a way to embed it, so please click!) If you look carefully, you can see Tala in her crate, behind all the happy mayhem. Poor girl, she can only watch. That may seem unfair, but it's wonderful to know that the staff was taking care of her properly.

We’re using a common statistical test all wrong. Statisticians want to fix that.

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
After reading too many papers that either are not reproducible or contain statistical errors (or both), the American Statistical Association (ASA) has been roused to action. Today the group released six principles for the use and interpretation of p values. P-values are used to search for differences between groups or treatments, to evaluate relationships between […] The post We’re using a common statistical test all wrong. Statisticians want to fix that. appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary: It Is Genocide. Say So!

Ken Blackwell & Bob Morrison at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Christians take refuge in a church after ISIS ransacked their home and gave them four options: Convert to Islam, pay immense taxes, flee or die.] President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have until March 17th to issue a determination that ISIS' attacks on Christians in the Mideast are genocide. Time is running out. The foot-dragging and hesitancy of this administration in calling it genocide... more »

Debate Fact Check: Hillary Isn’t Tough on Wall Street, And Bernie, Some Whites are Actually Poor

DAVID EGGERT & CALVIN WOODWARD at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stand stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)] EDITOR’S NOTE: A look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don’t tell the full story. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton had more regard for Wall Street movers and shakers than she acknowledged when claiming she scolded... more »

Trump Gets Crowd to Raise Right Hands and Swear to Vote for Him

Russ Read at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks out to speak during a campaign event at the CFE Federal Credit Union Arena in Orlando, FL on Saturday March 05, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)] Donald Trump led a massive crowd in Orlando in a pledge to vote for him during a campaign event Saturday night. Trump stopped mid-speech and told the huge group of potential voters to raise their right and hands and repeat after... more »

North Korea Again Threatens Nuke Strikes on U.S., South Korea

FOSTER KLUG at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: A U.S. Army soldier sits on an armored vehicle during an annual exercise in Yeoncheon, near the border with North Korea, Monday, March 7, 2016. North Korea on Monday issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice" on Washington and Seoul, this time in reaction to the start of huge U.S.-South Korean military drills. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)] SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Monday issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” on Washington and Seoul... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Women are left off Britain's High School philosophy syllabus by the Education Secretary even though she's also Minister for Women* *I spent 3 years studying analytical philosophy during my student days and the only notable female philosopher I know of is Elizabeth Anscombe. Omitting her was rather regrettable but she is a difficult read so it is also perhaps understandable. The token women eventually included are nowhere near the stature of Anscombe, who was a close associate of Wittgenstein -- JR* It's news that will embarrass Britain's multi-tasking Education Secretary Nicky ... more »

Ken Haapala On The RSS Saga

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood There’s a very readable analysis by By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), regarding the recent debate about the RSS adjustments: Atmospheric Data – Re-Analysis and Confirmation: An issue developed this week that illustrates the importance of proper re-analysis of data and independent confirmation. […]


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*NASA study shows worst drought in 900 years may be behind Middle East upheaval* *This is actually a rather old story but this time we are relying on dendrochronology. Amusing that tree rings in other Warmist studies are said to represent temperature but below are said to represent water shortage. Versatile! I wonder which button you push to get the two different readings? Obviously, what you make of them is very much open to interpretation -- and we can expect only one interpretation from Warmists: Doom!But even if we take the study seriously, it's just guesswork t... more »

About the Neoconservative takeover of the US Government

Geezer Power at Home Nature Report - 17 hours ago
Is there's anything the citizens can do about this treasonous act by the government? Who do you hang? Good questions that we all should all be giving serious consideration but, first of all, there is not enough rope to hang all of the actors in this puppet regime. I've signed every marijuana initiative that i came across for the last fifty years, and my kids and grand kids are wondering why I voted no on the latest one. Well, it is because I believe that the legislation is not in our best interests and the worst part is that growing pot is now a for profit Republican enterprise.... more »

Military Police seize documents without proper search???

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
*Ruined animal pens* Huge controversy this week (Taipei Times) over the military police seizing documents relating to the 2-28 massacre and subsequent White Terror from a private citizen whose consent to the search was coerced... The command made the remarks amid growing attention to the case implicating Wei, whose daughter is believed to be the author of an article detailing *Wei’s situation that was posted on Saturday on the Professional Technology Temple (PTT), the nation’s largest academic online bulletin board.* Wei’s daughter, who goes by the pseudonym “k9t8u5,” said in the a... more »

Pyongyang Threatens US & South Korea With Nuclear Strike

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
North Korea has threatened nuclear strikes on the US and South Korea as the two begin their biggest ever military drills. Pyongyang issued a statement ordering a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” unless the joint military drills off the Korean Peninsula, involving more than 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 American troops, are halted. The joint exercises, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, due to start on Monday are an annual event that always generates tension. RT reports: The exercise involves conducting amphibious operations for possible wartime missions. Part of the joint exercise... more »

Automatic Voter Registration Takes Hold on West Coast

JONATHAN J. COOPER & KRISTENA HANSEN at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, photo California Secretary of State Alex Padilla gestures while speaking before the California Democrats State Convention in San Jose, Calif. “There’s no other fundamental right we have as citizens that requires you to register or fill out a form,” said Padilla, who advocated for a California legislation for automatic registration bills. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)] SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- In a typical month, 2,000 people register to vote in Oregon. In the first six days of this year, more than 4,300 joined the voter rolls under a new initiative that au... more »

Residents Fight ISIS In Syria’s Raqqa – Terrorists Defecting

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Local sources say the clashes in the Islamic State stronghold Raqqa have been escalating for several days and have resulted in numerous ISIS defections A popular uprising reportedly resulted in dozens of deaths as fierce clashes erupted between local residents and the terrorist group. Around 200 ISIS militants are said to have switched sides and are now fighting against their former comrades. RT reports: “About 200 Syrian militants of Daesh took the side of residents of Raqqa, which forced the terrorists to organize roadblocks at the entrance to the city,” one source told Sputnik. R... more »

EU referendum: Britain’s biggest environmental charities using public cash to call for In vote

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12184133/EU-referendum-Britains-biggest-environmental-charities-using-public-cash-to-call-for-In-vote.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM95976&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_FAM_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_FAM_New_2016_03_07&utm_campaign=DM95976 From the Telegraph: Britain’s biggest environmental charities have been accused of using public donations to campaign for staying in the European Union. The charities watchdog will on Monday issue new guidance on political neutrality after Friends of the Earth, The Wildlife Trust... more »

Oh say can you see by the dusk's grey light a nation once great fading from sight.

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 17 hours ago
Some time ago, around the mid to late forties, The United States of America moved into the premier position of power. It effectively elbowed the dilapidated British Empire from the top spot, from being the world's number one superpower. This was a much-welcomed event even for the Brits, those of them anyway long tired of Imperialism. The rise of the USA also brought with it a sense of liberality to those in England tired of the straitjacket of pomp, circumstance and forever knowing ones place. The Yanks did not know their place. In fact, the very idea galled them somewhat. They gav... more »

The Forgotten Promise - Sherry Wilde - cover appreciation

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 18 hours ago
as far as the interviews/presentations I've seen/heard with/by Sherry Wilde go, the cover of her book The Forgotten Promise (*Rejoining Our Cosmic Family*) is as close as a cover illustration comes to perfection. Reminds this blogger of that poignant cancer-care advert where the diagnosed cancer-man is stood in the blistering cold wind of the arctic, stood there in his flapping green hospital gown, shivering and alone. Similarly, this cover illustrartion has the clean infestation (or manifestation) of the UFO-people and their chrome light-craft and below it the young girl left shiv... more »

Eat Your Way To Good Health & A Longer Life

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
*Make sure you eat organic products or better still, food that you grow in your own garden.*

Twitter Takes Down Anonymous Accounts For ‘Harassing ISIS’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
It looks like Twitter is at war with online hacktivists waging war on ISIS. According to Twitter the enemy of ISIS is my enemy. Twitter has banned online activists from taking on the Islamic State (#OpISIS campaign) by suspending their accounts instead of the accounts of ISIS supporters’, under “anti-harassment” rules. Russia Today reports: An Anonymous hacker made the claims after Twitter said it suspended 125,000 accounts for “threatening or promoting terrorist acts, primarily related to ISIS” since mid-2015. Who Suspended 125,000 Twitter accounts? #OpISIS #Anonymous #GhostOfNoNa... more »

Two Amazing People

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
[image: AndrewAllison_DSC01459] Meet Andrew and Allison, two amazing people. They spend their summers in Canada, and their winters on the bike, having done 4400 kms in India, and recently, coming from bike touring in Laos. Andrew was born in Hungary in 1944, a week old when the Jews were rounded up. His mother told the guard on the train that she had to nurse and there was no room in the train car, and stepped off. The train left without them. She foraged two days in the forest, then made her way to Budapest. His father was sent to a work camp. Me and Drew of Taiwan in Cycles took t... more »

Energy 59, Cheap oil and the OFWs

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 19 hours ago
Last week, I was invited by Kapatiran DLSU, a student organization, plus some development studies classes, to speak on this subject. My presentation was divided into two parts, with an open forum after Part 1, before proceeding to Part 2. *Part 1: Cheap oil and gas* 1. Oil and gas, prices and output 2. Oil and gas, number of rigs vs. production 3. Medium term outlook 4. Concluding notes *Part 2: Employment impact* 1. Macroecon, jobs indicators, rich & emerging markets 2. Global remittances by country 3. OFWs destination countries 4. Saudi government finance 5. Concluding notes Glut... more »

Claims about contradictions in first kind measurement are crackpottery

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
On his blog, Florin Moldoveanu (who describes himself as a researcher in foundations of quantum mechanics) wrote lots of tedious blog posts that were rich in formalism but some of them looked valid. Even though most of these texts look much more cryptic than necessary, I was repeatedly tempted to think that he must ultimately understand quantum mechanics. But at a sufficient frequency, he posts something that is so self-evidently wrong that the belief that he might be more than just another anti-quantum zealot evaporates almost instantly. These neverending bogus claims about "probl... more »

(Laugh Laugh, I Thought I'd Cry:  The Ruling Primary of the Hidden Class)  The Craziest Video You’ll Ever Watch on JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon  (Neo-Nazi Fascist Elected in Slovakia)

Why Bernie Sanders Won Super Tuesday Majority US Public Opinion Is Mocked by the Ongoing Presidential Election Sometimes stuff gets so surreal, you are sure you're in a waking nightmare. So here it is. The “hidden primary of the ruling class” (Laurence Shoup) has spoken with an ugly verdict this last stupefying Super Tuesday. We can smell what the Rock of Class Rule is cooking up for the

Personalised, Individualised or Precision Medicine: Three Unaddressed Socio-economic Hurdles

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 20 hours ago
After the BRAIN initiative of 2013, in 2015 US president Obama announced another large scale government funding scheme for biomedical science, on so-called Precision Medicine. Just recently this initiative announced its first pilot study. Leaving the unfortunate terminological analogue of "precision bombing" (eventually known precisely for its *lack* of precision) to a side, precision medicine is basically nothing new compared to what's already been known among medical scientists as individualised or personalised medicine, except that the Obama initiative has added large scale so-c... more »

The U.S. Air Force's 10 Most Expensive Planes To Operate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Business Insider*: *This chart shows the incredible cost of operating the US Air Force's most expensive planes* The US Air Force's unquestioned aerial dominance does not come cheap. For its 10 most expensive planes, operating costs per hour start at $58,059, and it only climbs from there. The following graphic, based upon the Air Force's cost per hour of flight estimations, lists the 10 most expensive planes to operate in descending order: The E-4 Nightwatch is the most expensive military plane the Air Force operates. The Nightwatch is a command and control aircraft that's meant ... more »

The Clothes Makes The President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
"President-elect Barack Obama was about to walk out to take the oath of office. Backstage at the US Capitol, he took one last look at his appearance in the mirror," chief White House photographer Pete Souza wrote. *Business Insider*: *'The man was particular about his feet': How Obama learned to dress like the president* At 26, Reggie Love, a former Duke University football and basketball star, became then-US Sen. Barack Obama's right-hand man during his first presidential campaign in 2007. In his memoir, "Power Forward: My Presidential Education," Reggie Love, now 33, explained w... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Rest in peace, Nancy Reagan. pic.twitter.com/VjWTPZj0Vm — The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 6, 2016

Three Articles On Yemen

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 23 hours ago
*The biggest beneficiaries of Saudi Arabia's illegal invasion of Yemen has been terrorist groups like ISIS.* *An excerpt from, "What Happened to Yemen?" By Fernando Carvajal, Fair Observer, March 4, 2016:* Today, the situation in Yemen is far beyond a “crossroads.” It is beyond “the brink.” The conflict faces a dangerous impasse as low intensity clashes expand, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis and widening the security vacuum across the country. It is no longer a conflict between traditional elite actors, as southern and northern Salafists have joined the fight against Houthis... more »

“Massive U.S. Force Heading Toward North Korea”; "N. Korea Threatens Pre-emptive Nuclear Strikes on US and S. Korea"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Massive U.S. Force Heading Toward North Korea”* by Newsroom “In a staggering display of US air power, an utterly ENORMOUS number of fighter jets and bombers are enroute from Guam; a "message" to North Korea? Take a look at the radar image above. Within the red circle are TEN squadrons of US fighter aircraft (fifty fighter jets), as well as THREE squadrons of US Bomber aircraft (Eighteen Bombers). All are heading north from Guam toward our joint "exercise" with the South Koreans, beginning tomorrow, March 7. But is it an exercise? Or has the US finally had enough of North Korea ma...more »

What Would Happen If The U.S. Withdraws From Syria And Iraq?:

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Instructors from the American-led coalition worked with Iraqi soldiers during a live ammunition exercise last week at the Besmaya military base south of Baghdad. The emergence of Islamic State affiliates in various countries has prompted a new American approach. Credit Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters *Anders Corr, Forbes*: *If U.S. Withdraws From Syria And Iraq, What Will Rebels and Regimes Do?* What would total U.S. withdrawal from Syria and Iraq look like? We would, first of all, stop funding the Baghdad government, which is oppressing Sunni civilians. We would stop funding Sunni rebel... more »

Syria: Phantom "Rebels" Return from the Dead

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 23 hours ago
*March 7, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The French colonial green, white, and black banner of Syria adapted by the West's proxy "Free Syrian Army" (FSA) had long been forgotten in the sea of black banners held aloft by Washington and Riyadh's more extreme ploy to gain leverage upon and more direct access to the battlefield. However, as Syrian forces backed by its regional allies and Russian airpower overwhelm these forces while building alliances with other factions, including the Kurds, the West's entire regime change enterprise faces ignominious collapse. It appears that - hav... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Johnathan Velasco, left, prepares to fire a FIM-92C Stinger missile during Exercise Cold Response 16 in Orland, Norway, Feb. 24, 2016. Velasco is assigned to Bravo Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rebecca Floto

Reports Of A Growing Rebellion Against The Islamic State In The Syrian City Of Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© REUTERS/ Stringer *Sputnik*: *200 Terrorists Take Side of Syria's Raqqa Residents Rebelling Against Daesh* A source told Sputnik that some 200 terrorists on Sunday supported residents of Syrian city of Raqqa in their fight against Daesh. The U-turn challenged the jihadist group's efforts to take a full control over the town. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — About 200 terrorists have taken the side of the residents of Syrian city of Raqqa, who have been rebelling against Daesh jihadist group, a source told Sputnik. On Sunday, residents of the occupied Raqqa clashed with the Daesh militants a... more »

Patrick Murphy's Money Problems

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Al Franken hasn't been a *bad* Senator... unless you were expecting a real fire-breathing progressive champion like Elizabeth Warren or Jeff Merkley. He votes well enough... and that's more than you can say for 10 Senate Democrats who have F-rated voting records or even for the half dozen who are C-rated. And you can't really blame Franken for the political calculus that saw him jump on the Hillary Clinton bandwagon. Even far better Democrats than he stepped into that open pit sewer. But... he did suck up to Chuck Schumer and endorse one of the most right-wing Democrats in the Ho... more »

Matthew Russell Lee On Patrick Henningsen's The Sunday Wire

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Audio: @21WIRE interview about UN ouster of ICP, flaws of #UNSC, #Yemen #Bdi #LKA from Min 65-131 https://t.co/ufScoTEIU1 — Inner City Press (@innercitypress) March 6, 2016 From, *"Episode #125 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘A League of Nations’ with guests Matthew Lee and Rick Sterling"*: This week’s very special edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE with host Patrick Henningsen covering the top news stories internationally. In the first hour we cover America’s 2016 primary election race, NATO’s latest PR bombshell, and Sultan Erdogan’s complete meltdown of democracy and simmering *Tu... more »

Russian Defense Budget To Be Cut By 5% In 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian servisemen drive T-72 main battle tanks during a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two in the Far Eastern city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Krasnoukhov *Reuters*: *Russia will cut defense budget by 5 percent in 2016, RIA reports* Russia’s defense budget will be cut by 5 percent in 2016, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Tatiana Shevtsova said, according to the RIA news agency. Defense spending has been growing as part of a drive by President Vladimir Putin to restore Russia’s military might. The decision to cut ... more »

Unusual Event South Carolina Nuclear Plant

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago

On Fukushima's Anniversary

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
In the run up to the 5th anniversary of Fukushima, I read Japan's former-Prime Minister Kan said that the loss of Tokyo was narrowly averted: Andrew Gilligan, Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister. The Telegraph, March 4, 2016, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12184114/Fukushima-Tokyo-was-on-the-brink-of-nuclear-catastrophe-admits-former-prime-minister.html# I just wonder what he possibly could have meant by "narrowly averted" given the city has hot spots measuring at levels that qualify as radioactive waste and...more »

Kurdish Report: U.S. Builds Two Air Bases In Kurdish-Controlled North Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. builds two air bases in Kurdish-controlled north Syria: Kurdish report* The United States has nearly finished setting up an air base in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria and was proceeding with the construction of a second base for dual military and civilian use, a Kurdish website said on Sunday. A spokesman for U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said, however, the United States was not taking control of any airfields in Syria. The Erbil-based news website BasNews, quoting a military source in the Kurdish-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), said most of the work on... more »

Wyoming’s New Asset Forfeiture Law Could Set a Game-Changing Precedent

Geoffrey Ingersoll at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Governor Matt Mead signs a proclamation naming April as the Month of the Military Child in Wyoming on March 24, 2015.] Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a new civil asset forfeiture bill into law Feb. 29, and a close look shows that it will be a game changer for police. Civil asset forfeiture is a practice in which police can seize property and... more »

Many GOP Leaders Start Seeing Cruz as Best Alternative to Trump

Julie Pace at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump drives himself to the golf course to watch the final round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Doral, Fla.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican leaders on Sunday grappled with the prospect that the best hope for stopping Donald Trump’s march to the nomination may be Ted Cruz -- the only candidate who causes as much heartburn among party elites as... more »

Remembering Nancy Reagan

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this Jan. 20, 1981, file photo, President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave to onlookers at the Capitol building as they stand at the podium in Washington following the swearing in ceremony. The former first lady has died at 94, The Associated Press confirmed Sunday, March 6, 2016.] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Those who worked with former US President Ronald Reagan say Nancy Reagan was intelligent and loyal to her husband. As first lady, Mrs. Reagan was a trusted adviser and held backstage power in the Reagan administration, which began... more »

Islamic State Bomb Attack Kills 60 South Of Baghdad

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*:* Islamic State truck bomb kills at least 60 people south of Baghdad* A truck bomb at an Iraqi checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 60 people and wounded more than 70 on Sunday, medical and security officials said, and Islamic State claimed responsibility for the blast. The suicide attack, involving an explosive-laden fuel tanker, is the second deadliest this year after one on Feb. 28 that killed 78 people in Sadr City, a Shi'ite district of Baghdad. This was also claimed by the ultra-hardline Sunni group that controls vast swathes of territory in Iraq and in Syr... more »

North Korea Threatens Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike Over South Korea And U.S. Military Drills

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*BBC:** North Korea threatens US and South with nuclear strikes* North Korea has threatened "indiscriminate" nuclear strikes against South Korea and the US if they push ahead with joint military drills. The exercises, set to involve tens of thousands of troops, are an annual manoeuvre and always generate tension. The order for a "pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice" was made in a statement put out by Pyongyang. Such rhetoric is not uncommon and experts doubt the North's ability to put nuclear warheads on its missiles. Last year, North Korea threatened to turn Washington into a ... more »

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “Nostalgia

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni, “Nostalgia” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWUe-iwyB2M

Dear readers: The post of Paul Craig Roberts that I re-post below has caused me to reflect on a man from Serbia who I met in 2001 when we were both Invited Professors of Research at Universités de Paris 6 et 7. And, with probability near zero, we turned out to be doing the vey same type of research and using the very same spectrometer! (See photo below). We had no trouble sharing the spectrometer and became great friends. Pavle told me that back in Serbia he had taken part in, I think, about 50 demonstrations against the dictator Slobodan Milošević, who was charged with war crimes including genocide and crimes against humanity in connection to the wars in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo. At that time Pavle apparently believed that the NATO attack then in progress was to unseat Milošević. So for a while we used to converse by email and sent each other Christmas photos. Then he broke off all communication with me, not answering any of my subsequent emails. The only conclusion I can come to is that Pavle finally came to realize that NATO (run by the US) was far worse than Milošević and, I suppose, decided that no one from the US could be trusted, however friendly. Think about that for a while…

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ ------------------------------ *Murder Is Washington’s Foreign Policy — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ March 4, 2016 | Original Here | Use original if you wish to receive his newsletter via email Murder Is Washington’s Foreign Policy Paul Craig Roberts Washington has a long history of massacring people, for example, the destruction of the Plains Indians by the Union war criminals Sherman and Sheridan and the atomic bombs dropped on Japanese civilian populations, but Washington has progressed from periodic massacres to fullt... more »

Republican Senate Incumbents Facing Angry Voters Over Knee-Jerk Obstructionism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
We've mentioned that Republican obstructionism over the Supreme Court vacancy could hurt some of the Republican Senate incumbents, particularly Chuck Grassley in Iowa, who the DSCC had originally declared invulnerable. No one thinks he's invulnerable any longer and support is building for progressives Tom Fiegen and Rob Hogg, while the DSCC found themselves a Monsanto-backed corprate shill to get behind. PPP Senate results of surveys in four states bolsters the possibility that the GOP's bitter obstructionism against Obama is something they could pay for very dearly in November. ... more »

Sanders Trounces Hillary in Maine

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, pumps his fist as he arrives for at a rally at the Macomb Community College, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Warren, Mich.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic presidential caucuses in Maine, adding an 8th state to his total in the 2016 race for president. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,... more »

Poisoning The Air We Breath Is Part Of The Corrupt Conservative Agenda

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Some corrupt conservatives thought of a way to save some money* I don't remember the last time I drank tap water in Los Angeles, which is probably because I never did. Over the weekend the Associated Press put out a feature emphasizing a poll that found that only 47% of Americans say they're extremely or very confident about the safety of their drinking water. The lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, has been in the headlines for months, and more than half of Americans believe it's a sign of widespread problems in the U.S. About seven in 10 drink tap water, but about half ... more »

Will The Campaign Against Corruption In Latin America Succeed?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Luis Alberto Moreno, Project Syndicate:* *A Latin American Spring?* WASHINGTON, DC – As corruption scandals rattle Latin America, many observers are asking if the region will ever shake off its legacy of weak institutions. I believe the answer is yes. My optimism is based partly on the history of the United States, founded by leaders who were highly concerned about corruption; by some accounts, they devised the Constitution with the specific goal of vaccinating the new republic against vice. Despite their efforts, however, the US government soon became as venal as any of the old r... more »

Is Hezbollah Changing?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Hezbollah funeral for one of its fighters killed in Syria. (YouTube/Channel 4 News) *NOW:* *Hezbollah’s Shiite catch* *“Hezbollah will not be destroyed; but it will change”* “Hezbollah is transforming. It has to change, because we are changing,” says Karim, with the authority of an accomplished expert. Although he is still 18 years old, Karim has already trained and fought with Hezbollah in Syria, gotten wounded and left the party a few weeks after his injury. His involvement in Syria’s war, in addition to the fact that he’s lived all his life in the heart of the southern suburb... more »

Who Do They Think They're Fooling?

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*An excerpt from, "Al-Nusra militants in Syria shell Turkey to prompt return fire – Russian military" RT, March 6, 2016: * *Jihadists in Syria have been shelling the Turkish area in an apparent attempt to provoke a response that could lead to Ankara sending troops into the neighboring country, according to Russia’s truce center in Syria.* “On March 6, 2016 several militants of Jabhat Al-Nusra terror group repeatedly fired mortars at Turkish territory from the area near the Syrian settlement of Metishli,” Lieutenant General Sergey Kuralenko, Head of the Center for Reconciliation, s... more »

Reagan’s legacy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Richard Ebeling observes that whatever you may think or have thought about Nancy Reagan, her death will undoubtedly inspire renewed thoughts about the Reagan years. His own are worth pondering: Conservatives will, generally, recall Reagan's time in the White House as a high water mark for the freedom movement in the post-World War II period. On the other hand, some libertarians will focus on the "failure" of the Reagan years -- government spending kept going growing, the deficits went on with an increasing national debt; regulations were marginally reduced, while the welfare... more »

Bonus Quote of the Day: On house prices

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“High house prices relative to incomes don't in themselves pose a threat as long as interest rates remain low. The consensus view is that interest rates will head lower this year and remain quite low. Unfortunately, the consensus view is more often wrong than right.”* ~ Rodney Dickens, from his latest report . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Saudi Arabia Plays 'Hard-Ball' Against Lebanon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Samir Moqbel (L) speaks during a joint news conference with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Beirut airport air base during a ceremony to give weapons to the Lebanese army as part of a Saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion, April 20, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir) Al Monitor: What is Riyadh's endgame in Lebanon? Saudi Arabia is playing a high-stakes game in Lebanon, seeking to punish and weaken Hezbollah and Iran. It's not clear if the Saudis have an achievable end goal in mind. Lebanon did not join an Arab... more »

U.S. Sets Up Air Base In Kurdish Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The United States is constructing two air bases in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria. One base is nearing finished being set up and another dual purpose military-civilian base is under construction, according to a Kurdish website. Reuters UK reports: The Erbil-based news website BasNews, quoting a military source in the Kurdish-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), said most of the work on a runway in the oil town of Rmeilan in Hasaka was complete while a new air base southeast of Kobani, straddling the Turkish border, was being constructed. The source in the U.S.-backed alliance th...more »

Pastor Tim Remington who did opening prayer at Ted Cruz Rally in Coeur d' Alene shot multiple times today at his church...w/Updates

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*please pray for his recovery.* *From KREM:* COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Coeur d’Alene police are searching for a suspect who shot a man in the parking lot of a church Sunday afternoon. Just before 2:00 p.m. police were called to the Altar Church on the corner of 9th and Best. Officials said they found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Kootenai Medical Center but his condition is unknown. A family member says the man who was shot is Tim Remington and he is a pastor at the church. He also prayed at the Ted Cruz rally on Saturday at the Kootenai County Fai... more »

Donald Trump Scares The Neocons

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Life’s natural born winner and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, keeps racking up victories in primaries and caucuses in defiance of common wisdom, and the fact has not escaped the well established Neocons who have their own agenda for the upcoming vacancy in the White House. Neoconservative pundit Anne Applebaum predicts “the end of the West as we know it,” should the Donald trump the establishment. The Neocon’s New World Order would come to an end just as it was about to enter its zenith. Sputnik reports: On Saturday, real estate mogul Donald Trump racked up two m...more »

In the interest of "fairness" - Mitt Romney Interviwed by Chris Wallace On "Fox News Sunday" (3/6/2016)

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*Trumps numbers expected to go up again.* "He's not the real deal" "He's a phony" "Equivocating on the KKK" Everyone needs to ask the question, "Why do the elitist insider establishment hate Trump and Cruz so much?" An aside: I don't want to hear any more jokes about Trump's orange face. Romney looks like he's going to burst into flames. Doesn't anyone know how to properly apply makeup anymore? Rush's interview with Chris Wallace this morning *HERE*

U.S. Spokesman: There Are 10,000 Islamic State Fighters In Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RUDAW*: *ISIS has less than 10,000 militants in Mosul, says US coalition spokesman* The spokesman for the United States-led anti-Islamic State (ISIS) coalition Col. Christopher Garver said on Friday that ISIS has less than 10,000 of its militants in Mosul. That being said he cautioned against the "optimistic estimate" that the city can be liberated and secured by the end of the year. While there have been plans to rout the group from Mosul by the end of the year Garver pointed out that the US is operating on what "is still an Iraq timeline." "Iraqis are still building the plan... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Bird poop on the lines causes nuclear power shutdown DR Congo plans to open its rainforests to loggers Superbugs account for 1 in 7 hospital infections Google scrambles to figure out why self-driving car struck bus Is This The End Of CNBC As We Know It? Sweden Begins 5 Year Countdown Until It Eliminates Cash Legalizing Weed Has Done What 1 Trillion Dollars And A 40 Year War Couldn't Former-PM Admits "Future Existence Of Japan Was At Stake" As Mutations Appear In Fukushima Forest EU Bombshell: The Balkan Route To Germany Is Closed

U.S. Army Rreconnaissance Aircraft Has Crashed In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Coalition passenger jet crash lands near #Erbil pic.twitter.com/RDgAoyBycv — Rudaw English (@RudawEnglish) March 5, 2016 *Washington Post:* *An advanced U.S. Army reconnaissance aircraft crash-landed in a field outside of Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan on Saturday morning.* A statement from the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq confirmed the crash as an “off-airport emergency landing in a field northwest of Irbil.” None of the four passengers were injured, and the aircraft has been secured by U.S. and Kurdish forces. According to the statement, “the cause of the crash is under investigation b... more »

Major Oil Producers Facing Cuts In Their Credit Rating

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Moody's sign is displayed on 7 World Trade Center, the company's corporate headquarters in New York, February 6, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/BRENDAN MCDERMID *Fuel Fix*: *Russia leads list of oil producers at risk of Moody’s downgrade* The credit ratings of more than 10 oil producing nations in the developing world were placed on review for a downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the shock of depressed oil prices on these economies. The list includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Angola, Gabon and Trinidad and Tobago, according to statements released by Moody’s on Friday i... more »

March 6: Sometimes, even the CBC can blow it

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Here's a CBC report on the glowing health of the U.S. economy. It takes the official government figure, and says unemployment is down to 4.9%. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/labour-force-united-states-economy-1.3474276 So it is, by the methods used by the department of Labor. But the Department of Labor is wrong. The real rate is over double that. And it's worse than even that might appear. Almost all of the new jobs are minimum wage. That's part of the reason why so many food stamps are being issued. And those being issued are coming nowhere close to what's needed as more of the ...more »

Current Economic Collapse News Brief - Episode 911

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Source: Dees Illustration.* *Title: Current Economic Collapse News Brief - Episode 911. Source: X22Report. Date Published: March 6, 2016. Description: * In this news brief we will discuss the latest news on the economic collapse. We look to see if things are really that different. The central bank will not stop at just confiscating your wealth they will want your life. They want to enslave the people.

Why The Syrian Opposition Has Achieved Nothing In Five Years: Its Ideas Suck

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Source - The Angry Arab: * *The new leader of the Syrian National Coalition* *This new leader, Anas Al-`Abdah, is prefect for the Qatari and Saudi regimes. *He is an expert in anti-Shi`ite Islamist agitation and is the author of the famous report on the Shi`itization of the Syrian Sunni population. Media of Saudi princes was quite happy with his elevation. *Having said that, please continue to follow the lead of Liz Sly and refer to Syrian National Coalition as "secular".* If the Syrian opposition had distanced itself from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, UAE, and Qatar from the ver... more »

Under Connection

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Under connection my brain cant hear the words collected by my reality ears My optic nerves are useless because on the central cortex only the light of beauty can fell Every word she speaks is Shakespeare and its delivered by Joan of Arc and I my soul is captured by a great white gorgeous shark man killer

Great Yarmouth ‘gridlock’ as turbine falls off lorry – BBC News

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-35726492 Sometimes you just have to laugh!

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What's happening at the center of spiral galaxy M106? A swirling disk of stars and gas, M106's appearance is dominated by blue spiral arms and red dust lanes near the nucleus, as shown in the featured image. The core of M106 glows brightly in radio waves and X-rays where twin jets have been found running the length of the galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* An unusual central glow makes M106 one of the closest examples of the Seyfert class of galaxies, where vast amounts of glowing gas are thought to be falling into a central massive black hole. M106, also designated NGC 4258, i... more »

AP Interview: NATO Expands Mission to Choke Off Immigrant Smuggling

JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Medics take care of a rescued migrant at a local hospital in the Aegean resort of Didim, Turkey, Sunday, March 6, 2016. Turkey's state-run news agency says 18 migrants have drowned off the Turkish coast while trying to reach Greece. Anadolu Agency says the coast guard rescued 15 other migrants off the Aegean Sea resort of Didim. The coast guard has launched a search-and-rescue mission for other migrants believed to be missing from the accident Sunday.] BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO announced Sunday that it was expanding its mission to help choke off the smuggling of migrants into Eur... more »

Quote of the Day: On friendship

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: 1-TaGePZZOUNMMnRx3UODApw] *“Friendship is a mutual exchange of values between people responding to the virtues they see in each other.”* ~ George Marklin, recommending Joel Patterson’s post ‘What is Friendship?’ . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Germany Bans Pork In Fear Of Muslim Refugees

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
German officials have banned the serving of ham and bacon at schools and cafeterias in fear of offending refugees. Muslims and Jews do not eat pork if they are religiously inclined. The recent influx of refugees escaping wars and economic famine has inundated Germany and Europe. Chancellor Angela Merkel initially welcomed the refugees by giving them a nod and a wink. Now that they have arrived, they seem to reveal themselves to be mostly rapists and economic migrants looking out for their own selfish selves, according to the media. The German public is getting weary with refugees an... more »

Chet Raymo, "To Sleep, Perchance To Dream"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"To Sleep, Perchance To Dream"* by Chet Raymo "To sleep, perchance to dream What is more gentle than a wind in summer? What is more soothing than a pretty hummer That stays one moment in an open flower, And buzzes cheerily from bower to bower? What is more tranquil than a musk-rose blowing In a green island, far from all men's knowing? More healthful than the leafiness of dales? More secret than a nest of nightingales? What indeed?" The poet Keats answers his own questions: Sleep. Soft closer of our eyes. I've reached an age when I find myself occasionally nodding off in the middle of... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Today in the Primaries: Rubio Wins Puerto Rico, Kasich Looks to Sway Trump Supporters

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Audience member Arlene Dudeil waves flags during a Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., rally in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Saturday, March 5, 2016.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign, with contests in Maine and Puerto Rico on Sunday and a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan (all times Eastern Standard Time): 6:55 p.m. John Kasich believes he can convince some... more »

France Awards Top Honor For Fight Against Terrorism To Saudi Royal

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Just two months ago France was among the most vocal in condemning Saudi Arabia’s New Year mass executions But on Friday the French president Francois Hollande ‘discreetly’ awarded the country’s most prestigious award, the Legion d’Honneur, to the heir to the Saudi throne, Prince Mohammed bin Naif. Zero Hedge Reports: We’ve been over and over the glaring absurdity inherent in the fact that the US and its partners consider the kingdom to be an “ally” in the fight against terrorism and you can read more in the article linked above, but the problem is quite simply this: the Saudis promo... more »

Donald Trump: Your drunk neighbour

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The real voice of Donald Trump here … who, every day, sounds more and more like your drunk neighbour. [Hat tip Michael JC Fasher] *POSTSCRIPT*: Q: Does Donald Trump’s popularity signify how dumbed down the American population has become? Short Answer: Yes. Longer answer here. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Shocker: Islamist Terrorists, Israeli Terrorists, And Middle Eastern Voices of Tyranny All Hate Trump The Magnificent

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Trump's list of enemies, from within America to Europe and the Middle East, makes him more attractive as a presidential candidate than the other buffoons on the stage. As strange as it sounds, he is the sanity vote in the 2016 presidential election. * *An excerpt from, "The Middle East reacts to Trump: ‘Strange Candidates’ with ‘Weird Beliefs’ & anti-Muslim Pogroms" by Juan Cole, March 6, 2016: * The meltdown of the US Republican Party is an unlovely sight inside the country, but what do people abroad think about the outlandish assertions of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump? Last wee... more »

Rush on Trump...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*on Chris Wallace 3/6/2016.* Rush speaks common sense. You take what you get. Speaks highly of Ted Cruz. O/T - How come Chris Wallace is 68 years old and his hair color looks like it came out of a tar bucket? Just wondering.

Minimum wage rise: looking ‘good’ while not doing good

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
You’ll be aware that with no real prodding whatsoever, the Key Government last week raised the minimum wage by 50 cents, to the loud cheers of economic illiterates everywhere. Here is perhaps the clearest illustration possible of how the enforced minimium wage hurts most those its supporters claim will be helped: [image: 12768166_1098264603552232_5037051789846796630_o] Not that this fact will bother the illiterates. Like their loud support for many other policies of equally destructive power, it’s more about looking good to their right-on friends than actually *doing* good for... more »

Rep. Mark Meadows: House Panel Demands Accurate Numbers on Visa Overstays

Genevieve Wood at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: maxresdefault] A House watchdog committee has demanded that the Department of Homeland Security produce accurate statistics on the persons who each year stay in the United States longer than their visas allow, some of whom conceivably pose a threat of terrorism, Rep. Mark... more »

On Way to Beale AFB for Drone Protests

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
I am at the airport in Portland, Maine heading to northern California for two days of protests at Beale AFB which hosts the Global Hawk surveillance drone and the U-2 high altitude spy plane. Regular protests have been happening at Beale for several years and loads of activists have been arrested there for their non-violent actions. This is a sort of personal trip for me as I lived on Beale from 1969-1971 when my dad was stationed there. He worked on the spy cameras on the SR-71 Blackbird plane. In 1971 I left Beale to head to the Oakland, California military induction center ... m

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