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Friday, April 1, 2016

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Will Alex Law Actually Hoist The Norcross Machine On Its Own Petard?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 31 minutes ago
*Team Alex* It's been a long hard climb for Alex Law in his campaign for South Jersey's first congressional district, currently controlled by the blatantly corrupt Norcross Machine, which installed Donald Norcross last year when their last puppet, Rob Andrews, was told my federal investigators to either resign immediately or face prison. Two more months to go and Law continues gaining momentum in the district across the river from Philly, a district where the media doesn't even pretend that they can't cover the race in any way that would offend the Norcross Machine. In fact, the No... more »

Russian UN Ambassador: Turkey Supplying Weapons And Military Hardware To The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 31 minutes ago
Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin (file photo) *RT:* *Turkey is key supplier of weapons, military hardware to ISIS - Russian envoy to UN* Moscow has submitted data on Turkey’s illegal arms and military hardware supply to Islamic State in Syria to the UN Security Council. Supplies are supervised by the Turkish intelligence service, Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said as cited by Russian media. "The main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is oversee... more »

US Drone Strike Kills Top Al-Shabab Leader In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 50 minutes ago
Somali policemen look at the wreckage of a car after a bombing in Mogadishu, March 9, 2016. A leader of the Islamist group al-Shabab was killed by a U.S. airstrike Thursday, March 31. PHOTO: REUTERS/FEISAL OMAR *Voice of America*: *US Drone Strike Kills Top Al-Shabab Assassin in Somalia* An attack by an unmanned U.S. aircraft in Somalia has killed a senior member of the al-Shabab militant group, a U.S. official with knowledge of the operation said Friday. The victim of the U.S. drone attack, Hassan Ali Dhore, led a team of al-Shabab assassins, according to Somali officials. He was... more »

“The Universalisability of Western Civilisation”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
If we are to defend western civilisation, we must at least understand it. I’ve heard it argued, for example, that the defining characteristic of western civilisation is that it is Ango-Saxon. This is not just nonsene; it’s nasty – and in today’s interconnected world, it’s dangerous nonsense. The truth, as George Reisman so patiently explains below, is that Western civilisation is neither Anglo-Saxon nor Semitic: it is the property of no particular race or of any particular ethnic group. This is of course one of its many great virtues. It’s a very important concept for would-be... more »

April 1: you have to learn to hate...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 3 hours ago
...luckily, it's easy to teach. Section A has its usual display of non-news - like court reports, government announcements that it's getting ready to do something. It's trivial; but it's cheap; and it requires no digging at all for information. As for the editorial, well, if you missed yesterday's propaganda 'news' that the Atlantic Insitute of Market Studies (an institute with a history of Irving connections) says we should lower taxes, the editorial repeats it for us. And it adds the old, rallying cry for all the workers of this province who depend on government medicare, free pu... more »

Hillary Caught On Tape Lying About Bernie Again-- In A Big Way

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Donald Trump may be the biggest liar in the 2016 field but without that freak of nature in the campaign, it would certainly be Hillary Clinton in the #1 spot. She lies in a more standard politician fashion, like Cruz and Kasich. Her campaign is built on lies by professional liars (lobbyists). Her political career is built on lies. But all over the media ythis morning was her statement from yesterday: "I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me." Despite her bout of well-rehearsed anger, the problem is that she's, once again, full of crap. The Sanders campaign isn't lying ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, "Another Answer Came"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
2002, "Another Answer Came" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILt_GZqJzjQ&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“The beautiful Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, is easy to find with a small telescope in the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. About 5,000 light-years away, the colorful study in cosmic contrasts shares this well-composed, nearly 1 degree wide field with open star cluster Messier 21 (top right). *Click image for larger size.* Trisected by dust lanes the Trifid itself is about 40 light-years across and a mere 300,000 years old. That makes it one of the youngest star forming regions in our sky, with newborn and embryonic stars embedded in its natal dust and gas clouds. Es... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Imperfect Is Our Paradise"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"The Imperfect Is Our Paradise"* by Chet Raymo "'The Anecdote of the Jar" by Wallace Stevens: "I placed a jar in Tennessee, And round it was, upon a hill. It made the slovenly wilderness Surround that hill. The wilderness rose up to it, And sprawled around, no longer wild. The jar was round upon the ground And tall and of a port in air. It took dominion every where. The jar was gray and bare. It did not give of bird or bush, Like nothing else in Tennessee." It is reasonable to ask, why, in a cyberspace teeming with millions of blogs, I... more »

“Humanity Accelerating to What Exactly?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Humanity Accelerating to What Exactly?”* By Richard Mills "We humans have been changing the world around us for tens of thousands of years. It's pretty much what we do, we shape and we change the existing environment through design and then indifference to the results of our actions. The sheer scale and lightning fast speed of change since the 1950s has been almost unbelievable. So incredible and so sweeping are the changes scientists call the last 65 or so years the 'Great Acceleration'. *Click image for larger size.* Our exploding population, our accelerating demand for the wor... more »

The Poet: Joy Harjo, "Eagle Poem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Eagle Poem" * "To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings. We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care And kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing We are truly blessed bec...more »

Silver King

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Backus, Minnesota, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Mississippi Legislature Passes Sweeping Religious Liberty Bill

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Mississippi_New_State_Capitol_Building_in_Jackson -900] The Mississippi Legislature passed a religious freedom bill Friday that would prohibit the government from punishing businesses, social workers, religious groups and public employees for denying services based on “sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.” Mississippi’s House of Representatives approved the... more »

Setting the Record Straight: North Carolina Law Protects Everyone’s Bodily Privacy

Kellie Fiedorek at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Demonstrators protesting passage of legislation limiting bathroom access for transgender people stand in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2016. Approximately 100 people gathered for the rally, many chanting and carrying signs. (AP Photos/Skip Foreman)] The Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance Feb. 22 that was a direct attack on the long-acknowledged truth that maintaining sex-specific bathroom facilities preserves the privacy and safety of women and girls. If enacted, this ordinance would have allowed men... more »

California charter school industry bill attempts to eliminate only source of public oversight

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
*“…charter schools have used their public characteristics to qualify for public funding under state constitutional law, while highlighting their private characteristics to exempt themselves from other laws that apply to public schools.”—Professors Preston C. Green and Joseph Oluwole* [image: Save Public Schools! Adult Education Students protest school privatizer Monica Garcia in Koreatown after she voted to shut down all adult schools and use the money for privately managed charters.] School privatization promoting Nonprofit Industrial Complex (NPIC) *EdSource* has long been a sou... more »

big fish

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
big fish

Dr Jill Stein | Full Talk and Q&A | Oxford Union

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*Title: Dr Jill Stein | Full Talk and Q&A | Oxford Union. Source: OxfordUnion. Date Published: March 24, 2016. Description: * Becoming the most successful female presidential candidate in US history when she ran as the Green Party nominee in the 2012 general election, Dr Jill Stein is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. In 2015, she formally announced her intention to seek the Green Party's nomination once again for the 2016 presidential race. As a fierce advocate for environmental issues, she has outlined a 'Power to the People Plan' which includes a 'Green New Deal' and deep sys... more »

Spirit Camp Defenders Ride into Cannonball Photos by Waniya Locke

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Breaking News Dakota, Lakota and Nakota Defenders Rode into Cannonball, ND, to defend Sacred land and water from Dakota Access Pipeline on Standing Rock Nation. Thank you Waniya Locke for sharing your photos with Censored News. Photos copyright Waniya Locke Censored News

The US Training "Syrian Rebels". Again.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
So much for that commitment to peace? *Pretty sure I have a post somewhere back making the case that the US will buy time until the election.* And when Hillary wins.... *Because she is truly evil*. There will be more war then before. If that's even possible? The US/NATO and Israel have been remaking the middle east since 2001. The take down of Iraq in 2003 told us all these psychos were in it for the long haul- *"If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children wi... more »

A New, Free Middle East Is Rising from the Ashes of Syria’s Civil War. Why is Geneva Ignoring Them?

Johannes de Jong at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Kurdish fighters Syria YPG] How many people from Western countries would believe that there is actually a sizeable and growing area in the Middle East in which democracy, freedom of religion and equality of men and women are simple facts of life? An area... more »

NY Reaches Deal to Phase in a $15 Minimum Wage

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Andrew Cuomo - 900] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers reached a tentative deal Thursday to increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour over a few years. The Republican majority in the state Senate was the biggest obstacle until the two sides came... more »

VA Coached Employees on Wait Time Manipulation Answers

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: veterans VA] Management at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers in California selected and coached employees on exactly what to tell investigators about wait time manipulation, according to new inspector general reports. According to two whistleblowers, management handpicked medical support assistants and... more »

Trump Is No April Fool's Joke

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
Because Trump's not part of the GOP crackpot Band, he's not politically correct *within* the finely attenuated right-wing circles where everyone knows you're never supposed to say out loud what he clumsily stumbled into it, that *of course* women would go to prison for getting an abortion in Republican-world. Even Mike Huckabee, who's been hoping some crumbs would fall his way from a Trump administration, was on *Morning Joe* admitting that Trump "handled that poorly… It was a terrible answer. Nobody is going to defend what he said." Nobody is right! Ken Blackwell, senior fellow... more »

HEAVEN LETTER #5607 The Path of a Blossoming Heart

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
*HEAVEN #5607 The Path of a Blossoming Heart* God said: Beloveds, I am not a hard-hearted God. I build your strength with all of My might. Nor do I see you as weak no matter how you may whittle yourself down. You cry out that where you believe you are is, sadly and mistakenly, where you actually are. You say: "God, the One and Only God, Who exists in my front yard, so to speak, and touches my heart, plays it like a piano, wrests me from despair and loves me, simply loves me, doesn't mind my idiosyncrasies and listens to my heart as if that is the Wholeness of me. God, have You s... more »

U.S. City Outlaws Vegetable Garden, Orders Family To Destroy Front Lawn

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A family from the United States have been forced to destroy their vegetable garden due to new city zoning laws in the city of Sugar Creek, Missouri. Nathan Athans has been told to trash the family vegetable patch, or face prosecution, as Orwellian new rules were introduced in April without any notices to residents. Americanintelligencereport.com reports: Athans backyard only gets 2 hours of sunlight, preventing various vegetables from growing so he chose to plant one in his front yard, putting a large target on his property by the city. He loves tending to his garden and is very fo... more »

UN Report: Turkey Is Main Supplier Of Weapons To ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Moscow has submitted evidence of Turkey’s illegal arming of ISIS militants in Syria to the UN Security Council, saying that Turkey are the biggest sponsor of terrorism and supplier of weapons to ISIS fighters than any other country. Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin announced, “the main supplier of weapons and military equipment to ISIL fighters is Turkey, which is doing so through non-governmental organizations. Work in this area is overseen by the National Intelligence Organization of Turkey“. RT.com reports: According to the envoy, transportation “mainly involves vehicles, includ... more »

HPV Vaccine Users Sue Government In Japan In Landmark Case

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A class action lawsuit has been filed in Japan from victims suffering the side effects of the HPV vaccine who now have severe cognitive problems as a result. The victims have filed the suit against makers of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Cervarix and Gardsil, as well as the Japanese government who had originally recommended the vaccine to citizens. Japantimes.co.jp reports: “The victims wish to live a peaceful life and prevent further suffering by finding out the truth (about the vaccine side effects),” Minaguchi added. She said the defense team will seek additional plaint... more »

U.S. Sends Thousands Of Troops And Weapons To Russia’s Border

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
The U.S. military are going to deploy thousands of troops to the Russian border in an effort to protect NATO’s eastern borders from “aggressive Russia”. Around 4,500 soldiers armed with 250 tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Paladin self-propelled howitzers, and over 1,700 vehicles will station themselves at the border in the biggest deployment of its kind since the end of the Cold War. Vice News reports: They will conduct military exercises across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary, according to a statement from US European Command. The extra troops’ ... more »

China Orders Attack Subs to US West Coast

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
China have invoked Article 9 of the Sino-Russian Treaty of Friendship (FCT) notifying Russia that they have begun offensive/defensive military movements to protect national interests – including the deployment of a flotilla of attack submarines to the west coast of America. China’s announcement comes just one day after President Xi Jinping warned President Obama that the two countries were perilously close to war: “China will firmly safeguard the sovereignty and related rights in the South China Sea and will not accept any freedom of navigation as an excuse to undermine China’s sov... more »

Hacker Explains How To Rig An Election

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A Colombian hacktivist named Andrés Sepúlveda has revealed to the U.S. media how easy it is to rig the presidential elections, after having hacked political rivals to engineer results in elections across nine Latin American countries. Sepúlveda is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence after being caught hacking Colombia’s 2014 presidential race. Engadget.com reports: Perhaps the most ostentatious allegation he makes is that he was paid to ensure Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party’s (PRI) candidate, Peña Nieto, won the country’s election in 2012. Sepúlveda claims he wa... more »

"We Mere Mortals..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"With our limited life spans, we mere mortals have to figure out what’s best to do with our time so that when it ends we aren't ashamed to put our name on it, to call it our life." - Joey W. Hill

New York College Decides to Make All Bathrooms Gender-Neutral

Blake Neff at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Cooper Union - 900] The Cooper Union, a small but prestigious art and engineering university in New York City, has taken the bold step of making every single bathroom on campus gender-neutral. Instead of being classified as "men's," "women's," or single-occupancy restrooms, all facilities at... more »

Colorado Dem Gov. Pushes Back Against EPA’s Ozone Rules

Chris White at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this photo, Gov. John Hickenlooper test drives several electric and driverless cars in Broomfield, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015.] Colorado's Democratic governor wants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider halting its new overarching regulations on ozone levels. "So, I think it would be a great idea if they suspended the standard," Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday during a meeting... more »

Vaccine Scandal Rocks China As Citizens Accuse Government Of Genocide

administrator at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Outraged citizens in China are demanding to know why the Chinese government allowed potentially lethal vaccines to be distributed to millions of children, risking their health and lives. News of a huge vaccine scandal emerged after an illegal vaccine ring was discovered by the government in April 2015, which had been operating since 2011, distributing $88 million worth of dangerous vaccines to the public. It is unknown how widespread the vaccine program was, nor how many people died or will die as a result. Angry citizens have accused the government of ‘genocide’ due to the fact au... more »

Turkish President Warns Online Users He’ll Sue Anybody Who Insults Him

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has warned the public that he will sue anybody who dares to insult him or his regime in Turkey. The President has vowed to strengthen already strict rules where opponents, critics and journalists are imprisoned if they speak out against his regime. Speaking in Washington at the Nuclear Security Summit, a day before an Istanbul court resumes a trial of two high-profile Turkish journalists charged with insulting the President, Erodgan announced: “I would (thank) each and everyone one of those who criticize me but if they were to insult me, my lawyers ... more »

Lasers To Cloak The Earth Will Prevent Alien Invasion, Say Scientists

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Scientists have announced plans to shine laser beams into space in an effort to protect the earth from an incoming alien invasion. Two US-based astronomers suggest the lasers could be used to cloak the earth’s biosignature from malicious intelligent lifeforms, making them believe that the planet is effectively ‘dead’ and thus not worth exploring. BBC News reports: A number of researchers have questioned the wisdom of advertising our existence to the galaxy. They fear that if aliens did visit us they might not be very friendly, and could introduce disease. The analogy is Europeans a... more »

CERN Has Restarted After A 3-Month Delay

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
CERN’s infamous LHC (Large Hadron Collider) has restarted again after a three-month delay. According to ANSA: Scientists have injected 10 billion protons into its 27-kilometer tunnel. The LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, and the largest single machine in the world. It was built by CERN between 1998 and 2008 in a bid to prove the existence of dark matter. The visible universe – the planets, stars, and galaxies – is made up of atoms or ‘baryonic’ matter, which makes up less than less than 5% of the total mass of the universe. The rest seems to be made of... more »

Reddit Removes Statement Saying It Doesn’t Hand Over User Info

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Popular website forum reddit attempted to quietly remove a section on its site where it once told users it had never received a US government surveillance request. Many users are upset because they believe reddit may now be complying with US Government requests to give up information on its users to clandestine government authorities or agencies. Reuters reports: Reddit deleted a paragraph found in its transparency report known as a “warrant canary” to signal to users that it had not been subject to so-called national security letters, which are used by the FBI to conduct electronic... more »

Creepy, Odd Eyes In Police Sketch of Assault Suspect Goes Viral

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A sexual predator and “window peeper” is causing havoc in a small California town. However, what has people talking isn’t what the man has been doing, but what he looks like in a police sketch based on witness testimony. According to GeoBeats News: In the drawing, the suspect’s eyes appear as both unnaturally large and more than a little eerie. Though the depiction questions physical possibility, witnesses swear it is accurate, eyes and all. The individual is being sought for a number of incidents in which he approached women near their homes and watched some through their windows. ... more »

Seven Things About Nikola Tesla You Probably Didn’t Know

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The world of famed inventor Nikola Tesla is one that is still trying to be understood in our modern age. While many devout Tesla fans may think they know everything about him, PPCorn.com has put together a list of 7 things you may not know about the man of a million inventions: Number Seven: He Thought of Smartphones in 1901 Tesla was famous for being a big idea person, but oftentimes not following through with his brilliant whims. The idea for a smartphone was one of these ideas. He envisioned a handheld device that would be able to pull information out of the air. Number Six: Niko... more »

UFO, Alien Enthusiast Believe Sinkhole In China Result of UFO

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
An alien and UFO enthusiast believe there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the 25 tonnes of fish that fell into a sinkhole in a Chinese farmer’s pond. The Mirror explains: Scott C Waring posted about the strange news item on his UFO Sightings Dailywebsite. He says: “The question I present to you is, if this is a sink hole, then why does it have straight, 90 degree angle edges? “It should have a slopped angle down. “The fish should have filled a small cavern, but for all that water to disappear, there is something very big, very hollow down there with room to spare…like a... more »

Underwater Cave Exploration Becomes Deadly In New Mexico

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Exploration of an underwater cave in New Mexico became deadly for a man who recently set out to explore the narrow passageways. The man, from California, who was an experienced diver, died due to an unknown issue that occurred while he was diving. According to an article in The Santa Fe New Mexican: The initial investigation suggests 43-year-old Shane Thompson’s death below the Blue Hole, a tourist destination in the community of Santa Rosa, was an accidental drowning. Police Chief Jude Gallegos said Thompson was among 10 or so people from the ADM Exploration Foundation who were at ... more »

Three Teens From Florida Die After Car They Stole Sinks Into Pond

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Police in Florida are investigating the death of three teenage girls after a car they stole went into a pond, submerging and trapping all of the girls inside. Yahoo News reports: “That car became a death chamber for those girls,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a news conference Thursday. The bodies of Dominique Battle, 16, Ashaunti Butler, 15, and Laniya Miller, 15, were found after the car drove into the pond around 4 a.m. EDT (0800 GMT) as the driver apparently was trying to evade police, Gualtieri said. The deputies were not actively chasing the car and did not hav... more »

“The Great Nausea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“The Great Nausea”* by Jim Kunstler Historians of the future, roasting rat kabobs over their campfires, will look back at the year 2016 and marvel at the death throes of the zombie republic that died eating its own brains. This grotesque Deep State lumbers from one misadventure of governance to the next consuming its prospects for a plausible future in a fugue of autophagy, inducing the great nausea that now settles over the land. President Trump- really? We would be lucky if it only resulted in a revolt of the generals, and there goes 200-plus years of institutional heritage. Y... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

The Economy: “CNBC Leaks Secret Yellen-Bernanke Phone Call…”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“CNBC Leaks Secret Yellen-Bernanke Phone Call…”* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE – “The first quarter ended yesterday… leaving most people neither worse off nor better off than they were when it began. The Dow is about 1% higher than it was start of the year. The economy is still neither in a recession nor a boom… and the Janet Yellen Fed hasn’t moved an inch toward its destination: “normalization” of interest rates. *Bombshell Leak: *In a remarkable turn of events, CNBC has released a bombshell – what appears to be a recording of a private conversation between Janet Yellen and her old ... more »

State Dept Suspends Review Into ‘Top Secret’ Clinton Emails, FBI Investigation Continues

MATTHEW LEE at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton speaking at the Apollo Theater on March 30, 2016.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has suspended its internal review into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or her top aides mishandled emails containing information now deemed ‘top secret.” Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Friday the department had paused... more »

Licence Suspensions for Driving and Driving

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 7 hours ago
Drinking and then driving while impaired by alcohol is a serious criminal offence. This is true regardless of what type of motorized vehicle is being driven. Recently an Ontario man was sentenced to ten years in prison for drinking and driving offences. He also lost his driving privileges for twelve years after his release. The regulation of impaired driving is not just a criminal matter. The provinces and territories also have authority to take steps to keep the public safe. As a result driving privileges can be suspended regardless of whether or not criminal charges are laid or a... more »

Pro Surfer Mauled In Scary Australian Shark Attack

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A professional surfer is in stable condition in a Sydney, Australia hospital after living through a shark attack whilst enjoying the water at Bombo Beach. According to a report on the incident from The Washington Post: According to reports, the 22-year-old Australian suffered injuries to his thigh and hand during the attack at Bombo Beach, about 75 miles south of Sydney. He was helped to shore by fellow surfer Joel Trist, who told reporters Thursday that he heard Connellan scream and quickly paddled out to him. “I said to him: ‘What’s it like?’ and he said: ‘It’s not good.’ And at t... more »

From the Mailbag and Right Back Atcha

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
From faithful reader CC comes an interesting, if wrong-headed article from a so-called scholar of history who seems to glorify the Founding Fathers as being virtuous men of principle who were never once troubled by a single thought tainted by personal political ambition. At times, my responses get the better of me and rise to the level of blog-worthiness. ------------------------------ Well, what did you expect from a Reagan biographer? It's pretty telling that this right winger in this pious encomium is still carrying water for the elitist (Elitists as models of gover... more »

Quarter One Local By-Election Results 2016

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Q4 Average/ contest +/- Q4 +/- Seats Conservative 47 17,270 27.0% +0.1% 367 -106 -7 Labour 39 17,979 28.1% +5.0% 461 +16 0 LibDem 35 10,508 16.4% +2.9% 300 -22 +1 UKIP 30 6,160 9.6% +3.8% 205 +46 -1 Green 22 2,264 3.5% -0.7% 103 -21 +1 SNP* 3 3,585 5.6% -8.2% 1,195 -177 +1 PC** 0 0 TUSC 1 142 0.2% +0.1% 142 +106 0 Ind*** 21 2,275 3.6% -5.3% 108 -247 +5 Ot... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( April 1 , 2016 ) Overview For Friday In Summary Form ( 1. US Data Points Of The Day - Non Farm Payroll & Employment Situation Report Released - On The Whole , A Good Report . 2. Iraq Related News De Jour. 3. Syria In Focus - Political Developments & Battlefield Reports. 4. Turkey In Focus - Ankara Terror Surprise , Why EU- Turkey Deal Won't Work - Opinion Piece From Foreign Affairs , US-Turkey Relationship Coming Apart At The Seams. 5. Libya In Focus - A Look at Domestic & International Politics. 6. Refugee Crisis - News To Consider Today ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 8 hours ago
Overview...... *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 6h 6 hours ago Decent US jobs data: March US NFP 215k (est 205k), AHE 2.3% YoY (est 2.2%), UR 5% (est 4.9%) as more people enter workforce *Simon Ting* ‏@simonting 6h 6 hours ago Unemployment rate 5.0%, Participation rate 63.0%, avg hourly earnings +0.3%, avg weekly hours 34.4 *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7h 7 hours ago 66th consecutive month of job gains, extending the longest streak in history. *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7h 7 hours ago Labor Force Participation Rate mov... more »

China Plans To Keep Nuclear Missiles On High Alert

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Chinese military plan to keep their next generation intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles on a hair-trigger state of readiness as a deterrent against the US. World leaders with the exception of Russia gathered in Washington today for the Nuclear Security Summit hosted by president Obama to discuss nuclear weapons and security. Sputnik reports: China’s nuclear deterrence strategy in the past has relied on patience, with a calm focus on long-term retaliation rather than immediate reprisal. Under President Xi Jinping, that policy is about to change. Chinese military leaders are p... more »

Chinese Designer Builds Scarlett Johansson Humanoid Robot

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A Chinese designer from Hong Kong has built himself an android that resembles actress Scarlett Johansson. Ricky Ma said it was his childhood dream to design a humanoid after becoming obsessed with robots and animation. E&T magazine reports: Dubbed Mark 1, the android is a product of creator Ricky Ma’s life-long passion for humanoid robots. Although Ma didn’t name the actress who served as his inspiration, the resemblance to the Avengers star is rather obvious. The robot, which cost $50,000 (£35,000) to make, is now waiting for its big break. Ma built the robot from scratch, inspired... more »

Thunderbolts of the Gods - an Electric Universe - gravity need not apply

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 8 hours ago
The original *Thunderbolts of the Gods* documentary from 2012, well worth watching Walt Thornhill and his Thunderbolts Project buddies discuss how Space is more likely to be plasma-based i.e. via electrical currents, than gravitationally based. I love the way this Electric Universe model cogently dispels both Black Holes and Big Bang Theory, two concepts that have always given me the divide by zero or infinity math-lie shivers... *YOU ENJOYED THAT: *you might as well plunge right into the Ancient Humans' viewpoint of a mysteriously different sky as described by this followin... more »

Distraction watch: Ahab-like bluenose can't stop chasing guv!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016Lead in the water forgotten:* Just this morning, we were struck by our advanced age. It happened when we read this news report about excessive lead in the water at even more Newark public schools. We're so old that we can remember when we liberals were supposed to be concerned about matters like this! We tried to remember when that was. Then it hit us! Oh yes! It was like six weeks ago! Ground zero for this apparent concern was the Maddow Show. As of today, the topic has been abandoned, forgotten. A cynic would say the reasons for this are obvious. A cynic... more »

I Guess Today is April Fool's Day

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 9 hours ago
After a few blissful months without seeing the IP Address (literally in a trailer park in Weber Co, Utah) in glorious abundance, today our favorite fool Sugar Ray Dodge, aka John Chadwick, has finally managed to crawl out of the open septic tank that is allegedly his life to stalk me at least 600 times today. What follows is but a tiny fraction of the hits this wouldbe man of letters had given me apparently to the exclusion of all else earlier today before I got bored and turned to more important matters: To any who care (and I couldn't fault you for not), his... more »

Turkish Security Forces Kill Syrian Refugees Trying To Cross Border

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Turkish border forces have shot dead refugees as they tried to escape the Syrian conflict, according to reports. A UK-based monitoring group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has claimed that 16 people seeking sanctuary in Turkey have been shot over the past four months. The Mail Online reports: The true number is believed to be higher, according to a Syrian police officer and a Syrian smuggler who lives in Turkey, but it is impossible to say exactly how many because the bodies of those who fell on the Syrian side of the border were dragged back to be buried in the war zone. ... more »

Local Council By-Elections March 2016

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Feb Average/ contest +/- Feb +/- Seats Conservative 17 5,463 25.7% -0.8% 321 -101 -4 Labour 13 3,903 18.4% -12.7% 300 -237 0 LibDem 13 4,124 19.4% +3.4% 317 -14 0 UKIP 12 2,111 9.9% -0.6% 178 -72 0 Green 6 468 2.2% -2.4% 78 -55 0 SNP* 1 1,383 6.5% +2.6% 1,383 +270 0 PC** 0 0 TUSC 12 142 0.7% +0.7% 142 +142 0 Ind*** 9 1,868 8.8% +3.0% 208 -15... more »

5 Major Stories This Week That Matter to the Pro-Life Movement

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Washington, D.C., January 22, 2015 - March for Life] From statehouses to the campaign trail, this week has been a busy one for those interested in the preservation of life. Three governors signed bills that directly affect the issue of abortion, the FDA is making an abortion pill more... more »

New Leash on Life: K-9 Gets Second Chance … Tracking Jaguar

SUE MANNING at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: This Jan. 30, 2016 photo shows a Belgian Malinois, named Mayke walking through the Santa Rita Mountains north of Tucson, Ariz. Mayke has been trained to look for any sign of El Jefe, the only known jaguar living in the United States.] Mayke was born in Germany, expensively schooled and tediously trained to head off smugglers at the U.S.-Mexico border. But on the way to Texas, the chocolate-colored border detection dog lost her nerve. “The problem was, she was afraid of big... more »

Lancet issues expression of concern for 2011 Macchiarini paper

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 9 hours ago
The Lancet has tagged an expression of concern onto a seminal 2011 paper by Paolo Macchiarini, the Italian surgeon whose work and conduct outside the operating room has earned months of heavy criticism that recently culminated in his dismissal from the Karolinska Institutet. “Tracheobronchial transplantation with a stem-cell-seeded bioartificial nanocomposite: a proof-of-concept study,” which described the first […] The post Lancet issues expression of concern for 2011 Macchiarini paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Temporary Reprieves For Fiddlers Ferry & Eggborough

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Thanks to Stewgreen for alerting me to this. SSE have secured a one-year contract covering one of the units at the Fiddler’s Ferry site in Widnes Following the closure of Longannet and Ferrybridge coal power stations last week, there is news that the other two due to […]

Syria Still Had Ties To Iraq’s Insurgency In 2011

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago
When the Syrian civil war broke out at the start of 2011 Iraqi officials were still complaining about its support for the insurgency. In June, the head of the Anbar council’s security committee said that President Assad was a threat to Iraq. (1) He went on to say that in January militants were caught crossing over from Syria with help from Damascus. As early as 2002 Assad began allowing its nationals and other Arabs to go to Iraq to prepare to fight the impending American invasion. That process continued afterward. By 2008, Damascus was trying to repair relations with Baghdad as it... more »

Family Asks Judge to Declare Robert Durst’s Missing Ex Dead

AP at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Robert Durst - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Family of the ex-wife of troubled New York real estate heir Robert Durst have asked a judge to declare her legally dead 34 years after she was last seen. In affidavits filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court... more »

Friday Nerd Blogging: Does Cosplay at Conference Panels Render Pop-Culture Research Less Serious?

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
An argument broke out about this question after the “Star Wars and International Security” panel at ISA this month. A few people on Twitter and PSRM (or so rumors have it) say dressing up renders pop culture research more marginal than it already is. I suppose a TRIP survey could more conclusively answer the question […]

Tom Seeley: Honeybee Democracy

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*"Honeybee Democracy" By Thomas D. Seeley (2010). * *Amazon Description of "Honeybee Democracy"*: Honeybees make decisions collectively--and democratically. Every year, faced with the life-or-death problem of choosing and traveling to a new home, honeybees stake everything on a process that includes collective fact-finding, vigorous debate, and consensus building. In fact, as world-renowned animal behaviorist Thomas Seeley reveals, these incredible insects have much to teach us when it comes to collective wisdom and effective decision making. A remarkable and richly illustrated acc... more »

Buffy Sainte Marie - An American

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago

Michael Foot - Former British Labour Leader

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 10 hours ago
“We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress, No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth, and if you ask me about those insoluble economic problems that may arise if the top is deprived of their initiative, I would answer, ‘To hell with them.’ The top is greedy and mean and will always find a way to take care of themselves. They always do.”

Be Like Water: The Need for Adaptive Fluidity

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - Water cannot be compressed or repressed. It changes states, and has incredible kinetic energy.

Israeli Power Company Reduces Electricity Supply To Palestinian City

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Electricity to the occupied Palestinian city of Jericho has been reduced by an Israeli power company over a debt dispute. Director of the private Palestinian Jerusalem District Electricity Company (JDECO), Hisham Omari said, “The Israel Electric Corporation reduced the power supply to a third of its capacity in the Jericho governorate.” Omari called the power reduction “collective punishment against the Palestinian people” which would disrupt daily lives and stop factories which operate in the area Press TV reports: An official with the Israeli energy sector, whose name was not ment... more »

Bernie in da BRONX!

Barbara Ann Levy at A Curated Green Rights Collection - 10 hours ago

Love Not War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
- Russia sends another humanitarian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine to help the people who keep getting shelled by the US-NATO puppet regime in Kiev. - RT reports today: The US has promised Kiev an additional $335 million in security aid to help Ukraine boost its military strength. US Vice President Joe Biden held a luncheon with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who is currently visiting Washington as part of a nuclear summit comprising more than 50 world leaders. Poroshenko seized the rare opportunity to touch base with Obama administration officia... more »

Black Ministers Battle Anti-Christian Bigotry in Georgia, Urge Governor to Reverse

Anika Smith at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran speaks as Bishop E. W. Jackson (left) and Bishop Garland Hunt (right) stand with him for religious liberty. Cochran was fired his job in 2015 for his stance on same-sex marriage.] A group of black ministers urged Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to reverse his pledge to veto a religious liberty bill Thursday. The legislation, called HB 757 in the Georgia House of Representatives, included language protecting any "faith-based organization" from being required to... more »

Going on to be a force in this world

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
What I always feared but always believed

Naked Model Jumps From Building To Escape Rape In Istanbul

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A 20-year-old model jumped to her death from a window of an apartment block while escaping would be rapists who had tricked their way into her flat in Istanbul, Turkey. The Mirror reports: University student Gulay Bursali, 20, jumped naked from the Istanbul apartment she was staying in with her boyfriend, identified only as Engin O, to escape the home invasion sex attack. The young couple had asked a property agent if there was an empty apartment they could rent for the weekend, and were given the keys to a property in Basaksehir, a district located on the European side of Istanbul.... more »

Clinton Goes Off on Greenpeace Activist: “I Am So Sick” of You Lying About My Fossil Fuel Money

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*At a Hillary Clinton rally at SUNY Purchase campus on March 31, the candidate lost her patience with a Greenpeace activist who asked her whether she'll reject fossil fuel money moving forward. Pointing her finger at activist Eva Resnick-Day, Clinton claimed she only takes money from people who work for fossil fuel companies and called the accusations lies.* *by Gaius Publius* I want to draw a distinction between Sanders and Clinton on fossil fuel and climate change, in particular on fossil fuel extraction from public lands — lands owned by the public and managed by the federal go... more »

Rolling the dice

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
So few get the chance to hold the dice in two hands I think I am one but I cant be sure but one thing I know I will wait forever to see that dice roll

Iran Plans To Link Caspian Sea With Persian Gulf

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Iran is planning an ambitious initiative to connect the Caspian Sea to central regions of the country and the Persian Gulf, via an artificial channel link Sputnik news reports: The project, which is expected to be completed in the 2020s, is particularly interesting for Russia due to the cold spell with Turkey, but European and post-Soviet states will also benefit from it. In Iran, “work is underway to construct a navigable channel linking the Caspian and the Persian Gulf,” economic analyst Alexei Chickin observed. The initiative itself is not new. The idea first emerged in the late ... more »

We can save the world

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
The human collective that has done so much harm has the potential to do god like things just have to believe in humantity

Heal the RCMP or replace it.

noreply@blogger.com (deBeauxOs) at DAMMIT JANET! - 12 hours ago
Necrotic festering is bubbling up within the RCMP. Its foul stench wafts from every part of the force. The infection is spreading: surgery and excision will be required. The affliction known as flesh-eating disease "..is a misnomer, as in truth, the bacteria do not 'eat' the tissue. They destroy the tissue that makes up the skin and muscle by releasing toxins.." RCMP Commissioner Paulson has to be removed, as soon as possible. The man is worse than gangrene; he spouts insincere platitudes and clichés in lieu of genuine commitment to change the toxic culture and behaviours that con... more »

Dog eat Dog world

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
There is nothing wrong with that if you want to achieve but what is the result will you be human when you take your pension We are animals and we have forever denied that but its true so lets embrace that Tribal ways are something we need in our mix of civilization free of Gods will and priests who take great libertiey in what they describe in particulatr I want to single ou the Roman Catholic Church they deny sex to the ministers for a simple reason' no Pope children controlling the flock but they never imagined people woud never or mostly not believe there are few people on this worl... more »

Neua Partnershaft

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
It german it lasts why not listen to all the wars of meanignblss from the past

Housing - the biggest Challenge facing First Nations in Canada

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Aubree, Amber and Ireland* *Three Children who, on March 29, 2016, perished* *in a house fire on a Remote **North Ontario* * First Nations Reserv*e. *Six Adults also died* *First Nations chief blames ‘Third World’ living conditions for fatal fire on reserve*“We can’t let these people die in vain,” says Ontario’s Regional Chief Isadore Day about deadly house fire at Pikangikum First Nation community. All too often, particularly in the cold Canadian winter months...we hear about these tragedies. Entire families wiped out in house fires in remote First Nations communities. Read the ... more »

PKK Claim Responsibility for Massive Car Bombing in Turkey

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
Police in Diyarbakir have released CCTV footage showing the moment a car bomb exploded killed seven police officers and wounded 27 people. *CCTV Footage: We never saw this from the Brussels incident???* Kurdish militant PKK group claims responsibility for car bomb attack in southeastern city of Diyarbakir in Turkey, that killed seven and injured 27 people, according to media reports. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Friday claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in Turkish southeastern city of Diyarbakir, media reported Friday. Kurdish militant PKK group ... more »

THE LATEST ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN: Nova does Einstein in two hundred words!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016Part 4—We'd call it a bit of a scam:* We've already stated this point several times. Last November, we watched Nova's latest Einstein-made-easy program, Inside Einstein's Mind. Starting around that program's nine-minute mark, we thought we saw one of the worst non-explanation explanations we had ever seen. According to Nova, the explanation concerned an important thought experiment—the thought experiment which led Einstein to his special theory of relativity in 1905, when he was just 26. According to Nova, Einstein's important thought experiment involved a ...more »

UK Man Convicted of Plotting to Attack US Troops in Britain

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Crown Prosecution Service undated handout photo made available Friday April 1, 2016 of delivery driver Junead Khan, 25, from Luton England. driver has been convicted of plotting to attack American military personnel in the U.K. A jury on Friday April 1, 2016 found Junead Khan guilty of preparing an act of terrorism. The 25-year-old’s work for a pharmaceutical firm took him past U.S. air bases in eastern England.] LONDON (AP) -- A British delivery driver was convicted Friday of planning to attack American military personnel in the U.K. with knives or a bomb in a plot inspired ... more »

Shocking Report Of Sexual Abuse By UN Peacekeepers

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
An international advocacy group has released horrifying details of sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers. The US based group say that 98 girls in Central African Republic (CAR) reported that they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers, and three girls told U.N. staff they were tied up, undressed and forced to have sex with a dog by a French military commander in 2014. The report was released on Wednesday by AIDS-Free World, an advocacy organization that exposes injustice, abuse and inequality. RT reports: The group said that MINUSCA, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in CAR, met w... more »

The son of a Borderline

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 12 hours ago
One of the greatest things I’ve had to reconcile over the last several years is that my mother and sole caregiver of my life is Borderline. If you don’t know what it is, you can check here. The last decade in particular has been one series of crises after another, all with the unconscious intention […]

Concerns attached to three more papers by retraction-laden management researcher

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Fred Walumbwa, a management researcher with eight seven retractions, has received three expressions of concern from two journals after he failed to provide raw data following an investigation into potential errors. In the past, Walumbwa has said he only keeps data until his papers are published, but a lack of raw data has become a common theme in his notices, which […] The post Concerns attached to three more papers by retraction-laden management researcher appeared first on Retraction Watch.

On a very positive note: Eldon Musk

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Wow what a mensch. If I have to say more, goggle it. One man with a plan might save this fucking world.

Why is the Media So Afraid of This Woman’s Work?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
* Green Med Info* - Why is mainstream media preventing this book from reaching reviewers and the public?

Recently re into duced to Beggars Banquet

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Stones as punk as punk god I love that sound First published in 1968 it was revolutiony people who never where alive yesterday or today can not imagine what a fantasy world the Stones Created along with the who they all told you everything is bullshit and dont drown your life on this shitstream but nothing changed on the mainstream but nearly 50 years later as Ho Chi Min said about the French Revol*uiton of 1776* *to soon to tell mother fucker*

At the very least Abortion is Justifiable Homicide

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
Science dont tell no lies it does not spin the truth math has only one conclusion it dont care if its wrong or right its math its hard its the truth that can not be denied unless you can prove the calculation was flawed and on questions of morality there is little cause to complain I suport abortion as a human right and admit to some extent that makes me a pyshopath and self lothing human because if my mother had the choice she might have aborted me I dont believe in capital punishment because it sends a fundmentaly flawed message about civilation the state must not kill or the Purge is ... more »

Education, antisemitism, education

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Michael Gove gave a forceful speech the other day. Unequivocal. The government wishes to clamp down on antisemitism - and of course - other manifestations of racism........Somewhat equivocal. Sky publishes this: *A private Muslim school in Yorkshire is promoting an extreme form of Islam, claiming that Jews are engaged in a global conspiracy to take over the world and that adopting British customs is forbidden.*The Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury teaches 140 primary school children in an after-school madrasa and runs full-time classes for over-16s and adults.Mufti Zubair D... more »

Cant you see the heat?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
The icepack is small the last Continent is rising the sparks are a flying and even the casual observer sees the heat Timelines are meaningless presented in such a connection everyone must surrender to ridiculous truths Our world in no longer a comfortable place for the long term we need to enjoy every day like its a year cause that's the timescale of our downfall We are all junkies stealing bikes and selling them for scrap cause we know there is no future history has seeen that The heat the sweat the momentary relief is all we have so lets drink frozen Margaritas and pretend we have... more »

The Latest from Nuclear Summit: Obama Sees Threat of Nuclear Attack

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Obama2 - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the global nuclear security summit that President Barack Obama is hosting in Washington (all times local): 4 p.m. President Barack Obama says as the Islamic State group gets squeezed in Iraq and Syria, it... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Measles Hits One Of California’s Most Unvaccinated Counties U.S. water rights at stake as Saudis buy up land in California The capital of 'the most miserable country in the world' could be about to go darkGovernments Admit that Much of Modern History Has Been Manipulated By False Flag Attacks Paul Le Roux, International Criminal… Creator of TrueCrypt Feds to Cops: Keep Robbing People Britain: Libraries Lose a Quarter of Staff as Hundreds Close Some Japanese Elderly Attempting to Get Into Prison for, “Free Food, Accommodation and Healthcare” Waiters And B...more »

Energy 61, EPDP lecture on PH power projections by 2040

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
Yesterday afternoon, I attended the Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP) lecture at the UP School of Economics (UPSE). The 5 co-authors were all there. The powerpoint version of this 34-pages paper was presented by Dr. Majah Ravago. Lecture room was full, audience from different groups, energy companies, NGOs. http://garnet.zoom.ph/~upeconor/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/DP2016-01-Filipino-2040-Energy_Power-Security-and-Competitiveness.pdf Sadly, there was no one from the WWF because during the open forum, I referred to them as "dishonest people" (audience laughed) for claiming ... more »

Clinton Meltdown

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Hillary Clinton doesn't do fake populism very well under pressure: Politicians who are as well tested and vetted and seasoned as she claims to be simply should not lose their cool like this on the campaign trail. She is, of course, under extreme pressure. Not only is the FBI closing in on her over her email server, she is being forced to challenge Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders at the same time in her own "home" state. For once in her life, she is on the receiving end of triangulation. This must not feel very pleasant to a woman so used to being protected in a bubble for the pas... more »

Earth Embalmed

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 14 hours ago
There are so many calamities - fish kills in Florida and birds falling out of the skies, epic floods and droughts, the slowing of the ocean currents - that when I prepared the 26th *Dispatch From The Endocene* I left out a major incident I had intended to include - the abrupt and near total coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The fact that it is just one item on the roster of grotesque environmental disasters that will catalyze NO change whatsoever in the engine of human civilization - even though it has to be the most egregious, most atrocious, most stunningly... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 1, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Critics say Mrs Clinton's use of a private email system was contrary to government policy. BBC *Massimo Calabresi, Time*: *Inside the FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail* FBI director Jim Comey first investigated the Clintons 20 years ago Late last summer, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, met with John Giacalone, the bureau official responsible for everything from counterterrorism to counterintelligence across the U.S. Giacalone, a fireplug of a man who started out as a New York City field agent battling organized crime in the 1990s, want... more »

Ex-Girlfriend Says Bus Station Gunman Hated Police Officers

ALANNA DURKIN RICHER & ALAN SUDERMAN at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Police officers gather outside the Greyhound Bus Station in Richmond, Va. Thursday, March 31, 2016, after a shooting inside the terminal.] RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- An ex-girlfriend of the gunman at a Virginia bus station said Friday he frequently expressed his hatred toward police and once nearly choked her to death after she broke up with him. James Brown III was... more »

World News Briefs -- April 1, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*VOA*:* US Cites Slow Progress on Nuclear Security, More Work Remains* WASHINGTON—U.S. President Barack Obama says that in the wake of attacks in Brussels and elsewhere, there is "not only great urgency around the nuclear issue, but eliminating generally the scourge of terrorism." The president will speak Friday at the end of the second and final day of the Nuclear Security Summit. He is expected to highlight the Iran nuclear deal as an example of progress toward denuclearization. *Read more *.... *MIDDLE EAST* US, Russia deny report of deal to *give Syria's Assad refuge in anoth...more »

Poop paper flushed due to possible sample contamination

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The authors of a paper on a new probiotic strain of bacteria found in pig feces have retracted it from Animal Science Journal after discovering some of the bacteria might have been contaminated. Readers likely know by now how easy it is for this to happen, as we frequently report on retractions due to similar reasons. Like other […] The post Poop paper flushed due to possible sample contamination appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Ravitch Apologizes for ESSA Support

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
This morning, Diane Ravitch and representatives from FairTest announced a 10-city tour aimed at apologizing for their long-standing support of the corporate education blueprint, the Every Student Succeeds Act. Accompanying Ravitch on her apology tour will be lawyers and body guards from the home offices of NEA and AFT. The first planned stop will be New York City, where public school parents and teachers are invited today to hear Ravitch explain her reasons for supporting legislation that she has since admitted is a terrible law that ushers in more charter schools and machine teach... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 1, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The Russian deployment in Syria is one of the factors that have led the US to see the Russian military as ‘the greatest array of threats to US interests’. Photograph: Handout/Reuters *The Guardian*:* Pentagon to restore Obama's troop cuts in Europe to address Russian aggression* * Army presence in Europe to return to three armored brigades * Move aims to reassure European allies of US commitment The US military will keep three heavy army brigades in Europe on a continuous basis, reversing Barack Obama’s reduction of forces after concluding that Russian aggression poses an enduring ... more »

"The Clinton Investigation Enters a Dangerous Phase"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"The Clinton Investigation Enters a Dangerous Phase"* by Andrew Napolitano "The FBI investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s failure to protect state secrets contained in her emails has entered its penultimate phase, and it is a dangerous one for her and her aides. Federal law enforcement sources have let it be known that federal prosecutors and the FBI have completed their examination of raw data in the case. After the FBI acquires raw data — for example, the nature and number of the state secrets in the emails Clinton failed to protect or the regular, consist... more »

Antonin Scalia Is Going to Have a Law School Named for Him

Blake Neff at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Panelists speak to admitted students during an open house at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law on March 1, 2016.] George Mason University in Virginia is poised to rename its law school after deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, in a surprising development on Thursday. The renaming is apparently related to a pair of donations the school has received totaling $30 million.... more »

Ted Cruz Fools the Internet with His April 1 “Announcement”

Stream Staff at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz smiles while speaking at the 2013 Values Voter Summit.] This morning Ted Cruz decided to have some fun with Donald Trump, who still refuses to meet him on the debate stage even as he trails Cruz by double digits in Wisconsin: Happy to hear @realDonaldTrump accepted my challenge to... more »

Ignore The Corporate Media Hype-- Bernie Is Winning... And In More Ways Than One

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Conventional wisdom, which is getting a really bad name, predicted that Hillary would easily beat Bernie in Wisconsin (and he might as well quit the race, a notion constantly harped on by the establishment media, especially NBC). They cited an Emerson poll conducted March 20-22 of likely Democratic primary voters. That poll had Hillary up over Bernie 50 to 44%. Her 6 point lead though, evaporated as soon as Bernie hit the state and started speaking to Democratic primary voters. Marquette Law School's poll surveyed likely Democratic primary voters between March 24 and 28 and it sh... more »

The Economy: “Corporate Debt Defaults Explode To Catastrophic Levels Not Seen Since The Last Financial Crisis”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Corporate Debt Defaults Explode To Catastrophic Levels * *Not Seen Since The Last Financial Crisis”* By Michael Snyder "If a new financial crisis had already begun, we would expect to see corporate debt defaults skyrocket, and that is precisely what is happening. As you will see below, corporate defaults are currently at the highest level that we have seen since 2009. A wave of bankruptcies is sweeping the energy industry, but it isn’t just the energy industry that is in trouble. In fact, the average credit rating for U.S. corporations is now lower than it was at any point during ... more »

"What We Can Be: A Nation of Potlucks"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"What We Can Be: A Nation of Potlucks"* by Abby Zimet "George Clooney, eat your $353,400 heart out. In an ingenious move that highlights the differences between Clinton/Sanders, a couple of Bernie supporters have devised Dine With the 99%, a nationwide pot luck event in April featuring food "by the people and for the people" with a $27 price tag. Scheduled for any time on the weekend of April 14 -17, organizers are asking Bernie supporters to host thousands of potlucks - barbecue, dinner, brunch, tea, whatever - during which they will "gather TOGETHER" in a communal act and corres... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/1/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/1/2016"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "News broke this week that the FBI is getting ready to interview top aids to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. It is also reported that Clinton herself may also be interview by the head of the FBI, James Comey. Comey is taking point on the Clinton investigation. This is not the first time Comey has been a part of an investigation into the Clintons. Early in his career, Comey was part of the Whitewater case. Time Magazine reports, “Comey and his fellow investigators concluded, (What the Clintons did) ... constit... more »

Hybrid Hits Keep on Keeping On

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago

Destroy Yourself

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Art illustrating life.

EFN Asia 59, Conference 2014 in Hong Kong, part 4

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 15 hours ago
Continuation of notes made by *Karthik Chandra* during Conference 2014. The full 25-pages notes are posted in http://efnasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/EFN-Asia-2014-Conference-Report.pdf ---------- Day 2: November 7, 2014 Session 5: ‘The most radical form of egalitarianism is equality before the law’ *Dr. Tom Palmer* Executive Vice-President for International Programmes Atlas Economic Research Foundation, USA • Introduction about the Occupy Wall Street – background and the demands behind this movement – started by a group of disgruntled students mostly from privileged backgroun... more »

No One Knows if Firearms, Chemical Agents Are Missing From Federal Prison Armories

Kathryn Watson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: ammunition] Firearms, ammunition and dangerous chemical agents could be missing from federal prison armories without government officials having a clue they are gone. "Security officers can move inventory in and out of armories ... without leaving any record that a change... more »

Sponsors of Georgia’s Religious Freedom Bill Decry Governor’s Veto

Mariana Barillas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Gov. Nathan Deal] The sponsors of the religious liberty bill vetoed by Georgia’s governor say they are disappointed and disheartened by his action. Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, vetoed the legislation -- called the Free Exercise Protection Act -- on Monday, saying the... more »

Selling the doubleplusgood TPP to Canadians

Alison at Creekside - 16 hours ago
When she signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal above a NZ casino two months ago, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freetrade was at pains to reassure us that signing it was not the same as ratifying it, and besides there would be conversations with Canadians about it first. "Signing does not equal ratifying. Signing is simply a technical step in the process, allowing the TPP text to be tabled in Parliament for consideration and debate before any final decision is made." Yesterday in Washington DC, PM Justin Trudeau called for "an increasingly integrated North America" and e... more »

Russia Will ‘Respond’ To US Deployments In Eastern Europe

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Russia has criticised US plans to position troops, tanks and other armored vehicles full time along NATO’s eastern borders, and said that Moscow is preparing a “completely asymmetrical” response to the deployments. Alexandr Grushko, Russia’s Ambassador to NATO said on Thursday that Moscow would not act like a “passive observer” but would rather undertake all those military measures needed to counter the “totally unjustified increased military presence.” Press TV reports: “Of course, our response will be completely asymmetrical. It will be calibrated to match our ideas about the degre... more »

Thinking About The US Election, I Remembered Something...

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 16 hours ago
Thinking about the US election, I remembered this article from a while back http://www.colintodhunter.com/2013/09/the-global-elites-crimes-against.html

Tornadoes Hit 3 Southern States as Storm Heads to Carolinas

JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Little Rock Fire Capt. Steve Kotch, right, uses a cable safety line to rescue an unidentified woman from her flooded car in Boyle Park in Little Rock, Ark., during heavy rainfall Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Lightning and heavy rains hit central Arkansas during the evening rush hour. (Stephen B. Thornton/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)] ATLANTA (AP) -- A severe weather system moved east through Georgia toward the Carolinas on Friday after setting off tornadoes that swirled through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Tornadoes and isolated winds are possible through mid-af... more »

Chicago Schools to Close as Teachers Launch One-Day Strike

SARA BURNETT at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016 photo, Chicago Public School teachers Tammie Vinson, left, and Katie Sciarine, right, both of Oscar DePriest School, load signs in their vehicles in preparation for Friday's one-day teachers strike in Chicago. Chicago Teachers Union staff passed out picket signs and flyers to teachers at CTU headquarters. The teachers union and other community groups and unions are calling for more state funding for schools and social services. (Phil Velasquez /Chicago Tribune via AP)] CHICAGO (AP) -- Picket lines and protests will likely meet students and pa... more »

Trump Stumbling in Wisconsin as Forces Coalesce Against Him

SCOTT BAUER & JULIE PACE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz cast shadows on a U.S. flag during a "Women for Cruz" event in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)] MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Next Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump’s march to their party’s nomination. One of his worst weeks of the 2016 campaign is colliding with a... more »

Turkish Security Manhandles Journalists at Washington Event

DESMOND BUTLER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Anti-Erdogan protestor Deniz Lohja, an American of Turkish descent, is prevented by a Washington police officer from crossing near the supporters of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a rally outside the Brookings Institution in Washington, Thursday, March 31, 2016, where Erdogan spoke. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was a tense start for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Washington for a nuclear security summit, as his security guards tussled with several journalists covering a speech. Turkish security officials tried to... more »

Huge Explosion In Central Paris

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Several streets were evacuated following a huge gas explosion in a residential building in the centre of Paris. Smoke was seen rising above an apartment block in the middle of the city shortly after 12.30pm local time Friday (11.30am UK time). BREAKING: Huge explosion in Paris, according to reports pic.twitter.com/cnTchMkqBu — Scott Campbell (@scottcampbell) April 1, 2016 The explosion reportedly took place not far from Montparnasse, on the left bank of the river Seine, and close to Ferrandi college According to local media the explosion was triggered by a severed gas pipe. It is not...more »

ISIS Trade Stolen Antiquities Via Oil & Weapon Routes Via Turkey

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
ISIS ‘Department of Artifacts’ documents reveal trade of looted Syrian cultural treasures via well-established oil and weapon smuggling routes via Turkey. An RT Documentary crew investigating illicit oil smuggling by ISIS via Turkey have come across new documents shedding light on Islamic State’s lucrative trade in looted antiquities. Russia Today reports: There is no official accounting that would illustrate the true scale of looting being undertaken in Syria, a land once rich with cultural treasures. However, there is no doubt that since radical Islamists established a foothold in ... more »

Clinton Tries to Win New York With Her Congressional Record

LISA LERER at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Purchase, N.Y., Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton will release a $10 billion plan aimed at revitalizing manufacturing in Syracuse on Friday, part of an effort to highlight her work as a senator from New York ahead of that state’s primary later this... more »

The Women In Russian President Putin's Life Are Well Taken Care Of

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) smiles next to Russian gymnast Alina Kabaeva during a meeting with the Russian Olympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia in this November 4, 2004 file photo. REUTERS/ITAR-TASS/PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/Files *Reuters*: *The property manager and Putin's friends* A little-known Russian businessman from St Petersburg has provided properties to multiple women who share one common theme: President Vladimir Putin. One of the women is Putin's younger daughter; two are close relatives of a woman Russian media have reported to be Putin's girlfriend... more »

WW3: North Korea Threatens China With Nuclear War

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Kim Jong-un has threatened China with a “nuclear storm” calling his old ally “the detested enemy” for taking part in recent UN sanctions against North Korea. The Mirror reports: The portly despot reportedly launched a scathing attack on Beijing for taking part in UN sanctions against his regime. Officials circulated a document dated March 10 which slams China for “betraying socialism” and threatens to clamp down on them with the force of “a nuclear storm.” It states: “We must no longer go easy on the Chinese and instead deal with them equally in order to change their attitude of tak... more »

No Nukes Anywhere!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
Alice Slater, Global Network Advisory Board member, on the nuclear issues. She does a good job talking about how the Pentagon's near religious devotion to Star Wars is a major obstacle to having serious negotiations to get rid of nuclear weapons.

The Engines For The F-35 Fighter Ares Still Having Problems

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
The Pratt & Whitney engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is undergoing full power testing in West Palm Beach, Fla. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor. Pratt & Whitney *Bloomberg*: *United Technologies' F-35 Engines Found to Have Recurring Flaws* * `Suspect hardware' had to be removed from fleet, Pentagon says * Pratt & Whitney unit acts to `improve quality surveillance' United Technologies Corp.’s performance building engines for the F-35 fighter has been beset by “recurring manufacturing quality issues,” according to the Defense Department’s annual report on its costliest ... more »

Afghanistan Waste: The DEA's $86M Afghanistan Counter-Drug Plane That Has Never Flown

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) ATR 500 aircraft sits in a Department of Defense subcontractor facility in Afghanistan, in this handout image taken in April 2015 and provided to Reuters on March 30, 2016. REUTERS/COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *Reuters*: *U.S. anti-drug plane for Afghanistan still flightless after $86 million: report* The U.S. government spent $86 million over seven years developing a counter-narcotics surveillance aircraft for Afghanistan, but the plane has never carried out a mission... more »

North Korea Is Now Threatening China With Nuclear War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly lost patience with China. Reuters *Digital Journal*: *North Korea threatens China with 'nuclear storm'* Tensions are increasing between long-time allies North Korea and China, and now, the hermit-state has actually threatened China with nuclear retaliation. For years now, North Korea has had only one ally, China. The vast majority of goods coming in and out of the reclusive dictatorship come from China, as does much of the country's aid. And when relations have broke down with the rest of the world, it was often China mediating the te... more »

BWorld 52, Tax reform proposals for the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 19 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld yesterday. In two weeks, it will be the deadline for the filing of income tax by individuals and corporations. April 15 each year is a reminder for many people of how much of their monthly or annual income goes to the government, aside from the various consumption-based taxes (VAT, excise tax, vehicle registration tax, and so on) that they pay. With the ASEAN economic integration that occurred at the start of 2016, there is both business competition and complementation among firms and individuals that are based in the 10 member-countries. And t... more »

Five Most Popular Posts in March

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 19 hours ago
The five most-read last month were ... 1. Expelling Gerry Downing 2. On Iain Duncan Smith's Resignation 3. Jeremy's List 4. Is Jeremy Corbyn an Effective Leader? 5. The Slow Death of the Tory Party "Proper" political writing ruled the roost in March, hurrah! There probably would have been more posts to pick through but the flu and a general feeling of couldn't-be-arsed prevented this blog's word factory from operating normally. Will the blogging mojo be back for April? We shall see. If you want to scope out a post deserving of a second chance (*of course you do*), I've plucked the l... more »

North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Is Fat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks at an event declaring the construction of Ryomyong Street, in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang *New York Post/FOX News:* *Kim Jong Un balloons to 300 pounds as famine nears* Portly North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, whose hostile actions have brought crippling international sanctions to his impoverished nation, has a new message for the Hermit Kingdom’s starving masses: Get ready to eat plant roots. Kim, whose weight the South Korean government estimates has ballooned to nearly 300 pounds, s... more »

Sonified raw Higgs data sound like Beethoven, Wagner

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
LIGO's gravitational waves sound like music of a sort. Particle physicists at CERN have finally transformed the Higgs-producing proton-proton collision data into musical patterns carefully and the result was somewhat surprising. The spectrum almost exactly resembles Ludwig van Beethoven's Fateful Fifth Symphony (for Japanese readers, it is the Anthem of Asagohan Breakfasts; don't forget that if you need a Japanese loan, tomate natotata). You can see that the accuracy is overwhelming – famous CERN professors such as Rebeca Einstein were literally dancing to the tune when the data w...more »

BBC news

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
There's a *lot* of stuff about the BBC this morning, online and in the papers... According to *Breitbart London*, Bill Sherman, Director of BBC Music and controller of BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, has placed a temporary ban on The Clash's *Should I stay or should I go? * The song will *not *be broadcast on any of the BBC's music stations until after the 23 June referendum. Why? Well, it seems because of the (very catchy) lines, *Should I stay or should I go now? / If I go there will be trouble / An' if I stay it will be double. * According to the BBC's Mr Sherman, these could sway so... more »

Military Photo of the Day: April 1, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Coast Guard-900] The U.S. Coast Guard's Maritime Security Response Team from Virginia participates in a training exercise in Hyannis, Mass., on Oct., 22, 2015. Thank you to the Coast Guard and all five branches of our nation’s military for stepping forward every...more »

The Energy Collective collapses due to gross incompetence and inability to accept criticism

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 22 hours ago
The Energy Collective was recently taken over by Energy Post.  This didn't have any visible consequences until just a couple days ago, when Energy Post attempted a conversion of the site from Drupal 6 to Wordpress. I've been using Wordpress for years, and had no real complaints about it.  But this conversion... it was like having the Library of Congress edited and reprinted by Mad Magazine. 

Trump’s War on Chivalry

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 900] I'll start with a disclaimer: I'm not a big believer in the "War on Women." In a world wildly overrun with various strains of social justice warrior nonsense, paired with various absurd claims of "oppression" lurking in nearly every upper-middle-class... more »

Clintons Are in No Position to Surf the Populist Wave

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Clintons - 900] With apologies to Buffalo Springfield, there’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. Here’s Bill Clinton in Spokane, Washington, making the pitch for his wife last week: “But if you believe we can all rise together, if you... more »

Hillary Clinton Has Taken Hypocrisy to New Heights

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 23 hours ago
[image: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona.] Neither political party can lay claim to purity when it comes to hypocrisy, but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as others in her party, has taken hypocrisy to new depths. While campaigning in Wisconsin before next week’s presidential... more »

HUGE win for pro-choice in PEI

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
Well, that didn't take much. Just three-plus decades. A horrifying story of a woman needing medical care turned away from a Prince Edward Island hospital. A clever guerrilla poster campaign featuring a likeness (maybe) of the Island's most famous fictional character. Bunch of rallies and demonstrations. A scathing video on abortion access in the Maritimes. Oh, yeah, and a constitutional challenge. Today, the government of PEI threw in the towel on abortion. The Prince Edward Island government announced today that it will not oppose a constitutional challenge to provincial polic... more »

We Must Not Destroy the Constitution to Save It

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Prince William County fair grounds in Manassas, Va. A U.S. judge is urging the Obama administration to protect from public disclosure federal court records involving the once-secret criminal history of a former Trump business partner. The case involves Felix Sater, a Trump business associate who had pleaded guilty in a major Mafia-linked stock fraud scheme and cooperated with the government. The AP reported in December 2015 that, even after learning a... more »

Trump’s Destruction of the Republican Party and the RNC Pledge

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)] Donald Trump never ceases to amaze, but his answer at a CNN town hall about the pledge he had taken to support the Republican Party’s nominee was still jaw-dropping. Not only did Trump say that the pledge is null and... more »

Patrick Murphy Had A Bad 33rd Birthday

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Yesterday was Wall Street errand boy Patrick Murphy (New Dem-FL) celebrated his 33rd birthday on daddy's yacht. The sometimes business-partner of Donald Trump had something to celebrate too: he just surpassed the one million dollar mark in direct-- not county his sleazy SuperPACs-- cash from the Finnace Sector. He is the *only* non-incumbent from wither party running for the Senate, who the banksters have already gone over $1,000,000 for. Florida voters who are unaware of Murphy's shameful record in Congress should ask themselves why he is Wall Street's #1 priority this cycle. Bel... more »

'Newsnight' "run by kids"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Well, I've seen it all now. First *Newsnight *had Emily Maitlis interviewing the Cookie Monster. Then it had Kirsty Wark made up as a zombie and dancing to Michael Jackson's *Thriller *for Halloween. Then it had George Monbiot cooking a dead squirrel for James O'Brien to eat live on air. And now, on last night's show, we were 'treated' to the spectacle of Evan Davis interviewing the farmer from CBeebies' *Shaun the Sheep *over the issue of 'what Brexit might mean for British farmers'. Unbelievable! When Jeremy Paxman said that *Newsnight *had been taken over by "kids" under Ia... more »

Full Metal Retard: CIA, Pentagon & Turkey...oh my

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
When the US's associations with all these armed and trained "militias" in Syria becomes clearly seen by the public, they need to start the spin doctoring..... "Oh poor us, we just can't control these guys!! No No! it's not our fault!.... they're just soooo difficult to control!!" .... and then there is Turkey's role in all of this Terrorist" stuff, which is being now outed daily. There really is no hiding the fact that Turkey's government, led by the completely egomaniacle psychopath Erdogan, has been blatantly funding "ISIS" by buying their stolen oil and antiquities AND u... more »

Ancient Pyramids Were High Frequency Power Stations

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
We pick up a few bits here. I find it unlikely that Napoleon had much to steal after three thousand years of looting. More problematic however, a static energy supply and the apparent battery distribution system simply would never have been allowed to shut down. Further, there is no evidence any such thing existed during the Bronze Age when this pyramid was built. That pushes us back to Pre Pleistocene Nonconformity times or before 12900 BP. What it does do is establish a plausible reason for building the original Pyramid itself. Then why did it not work or did it work but remai... more »

Police in the United States Escape Prosecution on Civil Rights 96 Percent of the Time.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Police must operate to a higher standard. Failure been ignored creates a permissive mindset and this leads to our present situation where it appears that police are now running amok. That should never be seen to be true. Permissiveness regarding one standard leads to creeping permissiveness regarding other standards as well and discipline ultimately slips. It is the inevitable slippery slope that ultimately needs to be corrected by draconian methods including retraining. *Police in the United States managed to escape prosecution when facing allegations they violated civil r... more »

'Winning' is Trump's Electoral Strategy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
When Trump announced his candidacy, I understood immediately that he had one massive advantage. He already had decades of brand building behind him. While every other candidate had to spend hundreds of millions just to be remembered on election day, he already had that recognition. That meant that his real risk was in establishing credentials as a potential president. If he could do that then he had to win as no one has enough money or time to overcome the name recognition advantage. Then he went to work and he deployed what even in hindsight looks to be an absurd strategy. H... more »

As Muslim Population Grows, what can happen to a Society?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
For the paranoid, this is what it all looks like if nothing is done to counter all this. On the other hand once society does get the will to correct the worst tendencies all this stops been an issue. I really do not think that we need be rough about it with those in our society as they all become acculturated. What needs to be addressed is the abuse of hate laws under the guise of religion. That protects even their own adherents Otherwise this is the Islamic dream of hate run amok. The rest of the world is learning about all this and discovering that there remains no compr... more »

Israeli Company CELLEBRITE Is From Bergen, NJ: Same Place As The 911 Five Dancing Israeli's And Urban Moving

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
Remember the 5 Dancing Israeli's arrested on 911 celebrating the Twin Towers falling? Remember they worked for Urban Moving, and Israeli Company? Remember they were arrested in Bergen NJ? Recall the recent stories that the FBI hacked the San Bernardino (false flag) cellphones with the help of a company named CELLEBRITE. CELLEBRITE happens to be from - guess where? - Bergen NJ CNBS talking head just did a story naming Celebrite of Israel as the company that cracked the iPhone at the center of Apple's dispute with the FBI. Of course this is likely just a company with access to all o... more »

Role of reviewing judge on a certiorari from a preliminary inquiry

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
R. v. Wilson, 2016 ONCA 235: [25] The scope of *certiorari* review is "very limited*": R. v. Russell*, 2001 SCC 53, [2001] 2 S.C.R. 804, at para. 19. In *R. v. Manasseri,* 2010 ONCA 396, 276 C.C.C. (3d) 406, at para. 28, Doherty J.A. explained: [T]he reviewing court does not simply redo the limited weighing function assigned to the preliminary inquiry judge. The reviewing court can interfere only if jurisdictional error is established. The jurisdictional error inquiry looks not at the correctness of the ultimate decision, but at whether the preliminary inquiry judge exceede... more »

Nunavut MLA missing for a week found alive on Baffin Island Searchers on Twin Otter spotted snowmobile tracks Thursday evening

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Loving Touch”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Deuter, “Loving Touch” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0aDAdxt0ls

Hopscotch Cop: Officer Jumps to Help Homeless Girl

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this Wednesday, March 30, 2016 still frame from video provided by the Huntington Beach, Calif., Police Department, Officer Zach Pricer shows an 11-year-old homeless girl how to hopscotch on a street in Huntington Beach, Calif. Officers found the girl and her mother living in a car in a parking lot Wednesday. While other officers reached out to the department's homeless task force, Pricer turned to hopscotch to make the girl feel more comfortable, knowing a police officer can seem scary to a child.] HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- A police officer in Southern California h... more »

Correct me on strikebreaking and scabbing

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 day ago
I’ve read what I can about the CTU Strike on April 1st, despite being on Spring Break and trying to forget some things for a while. This was an informative piece from Jacobin. I have many friends and acquaintances from Chicago who are participating in the day of action tomorrow. My entire family is from […]

Bombshell: Government Medical Chief Says MMR Vaccine Causes Autism

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A former UK Government medical officer has accused authorities of orchestrating one of the greatest scandals in medical history in deliberately covering up the fact that the MMR vaccine causes autism. Dr Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health, says the UK government have behaved with “utterly inexplicable complacency” in ignoring thousands of documents that prove the dangers of the MMR vaccine on children. “The refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history,” Fletcher says. Da... more »

2016 Election Scandal: ‘Game Changing’ Info To Be Leaked In 72 Hours

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The attorney who represented the infamous “D.C. madam” – former Washington D.C. escort Deborah Palfrey – has warned politicians that potentially explosive information relevant to the 2016 presidential election will be released in the next 72-hours. Sibley says he has been sitting on numerous documents, including 815 client names (which names somebody currently in the Presidential race), for over a decade, in cooperation with a 2007 restraining order. However, Sibley says release call logs of his former client will become public record if he fails to reset a digital 72-hour countdow... more »

Tibor Machan: Sports and Doping/ Ethnicity and Related Nonsense

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: tibor_machan2-print] In tribute to our recently departed friend, I thought I’d begin posting a few of the many columns Tibor Machan wrote for our* Free Radical *magazine. He had a knack for writing very simply, but leaving you seeing the world differently thereafter… *Sports and Doping* WHEN MY GOOD FRIEND EXPRESSED to me his views on the doping at the Tour de France, I wrote back to him: "I don't care." He was a bit upset but didn't protest too much. Why, indeed, should one care about everything that's going on in the world? Economists' claim that there is no disputing... more »

UN Announces 108 New Alleged Sexual Abuse Victims in Central African Republic

EDITH M. LEDERER at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 file photo, Judge Marie Deschamps, left, of Canada, chair of the Independent Review Panel on U.N. Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Foreign Military Forces in the Central African Republic, is joined by panel member Hassan Jallow at a news conference at the United Nations. On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, a U.S.-based advocacy group said 98 girls in Central African Republic have reported that they were sexually abused by international peacekeepers and that three girls told U.N. staff they were tied up, undressed and forced to have sex wit... more »

California Lawmakers OK Highest Statewide Minimum Wage

ALISON NOON & DON THOMPSON at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles, center, is greeted by supporters of a measure to raise the state's minimum wage as he walks to the Assembly Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. California state lawmakers approved the nation's highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022.] SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers on Thursday approved the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage of $15 an hour to take effect by 2022 after it was hailed by Democrats as an example to the nation as it struggles with... more »

Non-Fiction Review: One Minute To Midnight

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
I first read Michael Dobbs' *One Minute To Midnight* when it was first published, back in 2008. Both due to my general enjoyment of history and that I have an RPG campaign in the late 1950s (a few years before this) I recently listened to the unabridged audiobook version of this book. The impression I'm left with is amazement that humanity as a species survived the Cold War in general and the Cuban Missile Crisis specifically. Throughout the thirteen days of the crisis there were multiple points where war between the USA and USSR could have broken out - from the USA discovering... more »

As a teacher who busts his ass, why do these articles rub me the wrong way?

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 1 day ago
Been getting a lot of these popping up on my feed lately. Treat me like I’m quite sophisticated in terms of critical race theory, various social theories on gender, race, class, and the intersectionalities therein. But also, understand that, as a regular old classroom teacher, I bust my ass every single day. I get in […]

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Why isn't this ant a big sphere? Planetary nebula Mz3 is being cast off by a star similar to our Sun that is, surely, round. Why then would the gas that is streaming away create an ant-shaped nebula that is distinctly not round? *Click image for larger size.* Clues might include the high 1000-kilometer per second speed of the expelled gas, the light-year long length of the structure, and the magnetism of the star visible above at the nebula's center. One possible answer is that Mz3 is hiding a second, dimmer star that orbits close in to the bright star. A competing hypothesis holds... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Is there an answer to the question of why bad things happen to good people? The response would be… to forgive the world for not being perfect, to forgive God for not making a better world, to reach out to the people around us, and to go on living despite it all, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it has happened." - Harold S. Kushner

Kim Jong-un Threatens China With Nuclear War, Declares Country ‘An Enemy’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Kim Jong-un has warned that North Korea is on the verge of sending China a “nuclear storm” for its “betrayal of socialism”, according to a leaked document from the Workers’ Party of North Korea. The document reads, “we must no longer go easy on the Chinese and instead deal with them equally in order to change their attitude of taking us lightly,” and repeatedly refers to China as an “enemy state.” North Korea now consider China to be on the same ranks as South Korea, the U.S., and Japan. The document, dated March 10, officially outlines a new doctrine on policies toward China and ex... more »

The Case For Donna Edwards (D-MD)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The next congressional primaries we're looking at are in Maryland. Barbara Milkulski's retirement triggered 3 big races: a Senate race between two House members, progressive champion Donna Edwards and establishment shill Chris Van Hollen to replace her, and then a bevy of candidates to replace each of them. Blue America has endorsed Donna in the Senate race, Joseline Peña-Melnyk to replace her in the House and Jamie Raskin to replace Van Hollen. (You can contribute to all 3 on the same special Blue America page). The Maryland primary is on April 26... coming right up. Yesterday, St... more »

China to Deploy Nuclear Ballistic Missiles Capable of Striking America

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Military experts have warned that China is about to deploy intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to mainland America. As Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with officials in Washington DC for the Nuclear Security Summit, military experts have raised serious concerns over China’s DF-41 nuclear missiles: “Given the number of real reported tests, it is reasonable to speculate the DF-41 will be deployed to PLA Strategic Rocket Force bases in 2016,” said Richard Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. Sputniknews.c... more »

Child Sacrifice Monument Temple Of Baal To Be Erected In Times Square

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An exact replica of The Temple of Baal – an ancient child sacrifice monument – is scheduled to be erected in Times Square, New York in April 2016. The original monument had been destroyed by ISIS in Palmya, Syria in August 2015. In an attempt to preserve history, London and New York have agreed to resurrect the monument which is dedicated to the ancient Mesopotamian god Bel. Endoftheamericandream.com reports: When I first came across this story, I could hardly believe it. But this is not just some Internet rumor. This was reported by the New York Times: NEXT month, the Temple of... more »

After Rothschild Speech, Jean-Claude van Damme Summoned To Israel

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
After Jean-Claude Van Damme went wildly off-script earlier this month and exposed the Rockefeller’s and Rothschild’s during a live TV interview, the actor was summoned to a Kabbalah center in Israel for “re-training” and “spiritual guidance”. The action hero was pictured at the International Center for Tzfat Kabbalah recently, supposedly seeking “spiritual advice” following the Brussels attacks. Users on social media have accused the actor of being “brainwashed” and “re-programmed” after Van Damme suddenly heaped praise on Israel, whilst seemingly ignoring the plight of the Palestin... more »

UK To Dump 700 Kilos Of Nuclear Waste In United States

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The UK will ship 700 kilograms of nuclear waste in the United States under a new deal signed by Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday. An anonymous government source confirmed that the Prime Minister agreed the deal at a nuclear security summit in Washington and will mark the largest ever shipment of highly enriched uranium in history. In return the U.S. will send Europe another type of nuclear waste that can be used to produce medical isotopes for cancer treatments. Reuters.com reports: “The prime minister will be announcing a landmark deal that we have agreed with the US and w...more »

Congressman Seeks Headstones for WWII Alaska Native Militia

RACHEL D'ORO at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: This Thursday, April 26, 2012, file photo in Anchorage, Alaska, a plaque at the base of a bronze statue commemorates the Alaska Territorial Guard, a pre-statehood militia formed to protect the vast territory from the threat of Japanese aggression during World War II. U.S. Rep. Don Young is urging federal officials to replace rotting wooden markers with permanent headstones at the graves of the Territorial Guard members.] ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska wasn’t even a state yet when thousands of Alaska Natives volunteered for a citizens militia to protect the vast U.S. territo... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( March 31, 2016 ) Overview ( 1. First Quarter for 2016 Ends - Quite a Whipsaw Affair. 2 Year Yields For Bonds - All Time Lows Abound. 3. Commodities Index Rebounds After 8 Consecutive Monthly Declines. 4. Global Equities - % Below All Time High. 5. Currency Round Up - Real Is World's Best Performing Currency , Despite All Of Political Troubles. 6. China Items Of The Day - Tariffs Imposed On All Foreign Goods , Dr Copper Hurting As Copper Inventory Building Continues In China. 7. Erdogan Displays "Respect For Press In The US Today. 8 Brazil Wonders About Rousseff , World Wonders About 2016 Olympics Being Viable. . ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Refugee Crisis Items De Jour. 2. Spanish Budgetary Miscue - Definitely Will Feed Into Political Intrigues. 3. UK Steel Industry - Port Talbot In Focus. 4. Massive Protest In France Against Labor Reforms - Chaotic Clashes , Hollande Popularity Falling Faster Than a Busted Fancy Souffle ! )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Overview...... Asia Update...... *SoberLook.com* ‏@SoberLook 4m 4 minutes agoNew York, USA BOOM: Australian manufacturing hits a 12-year high - http://www. businessinsider.com.au/boom-australia n-manufacturing-hits-a-12-year-high-2016-4 … *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2m2 minutes ago AsiaPac Data Deluge: China Good, South Korea Bad, Japan Ugly http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-3 1/asiapac-data-deluge-china-good-south-korea-bad-japan-ugly … *Haidi Lun 伦海迪* ‏@HaidiLun 13m 13 minutes ago Happy Panda China PMI Friday ! Mfg 50.2 (est 49.4 Feb 49) Services 53.8 (Feb... more »

Turkey Continues Aggressive Military Expansion Into Middle East

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Turkish Minister of Defence İsmet Yılmaz has announced plans to continue Turkey’s aggressive military expansion in the Middle East, saying that a new multipurpose military base in Qatar will be opened within the next two years. “This base will allow Turkey to participate in combat operations in the Red Sea, the North of Africa, and the Persian Gulf,” Yılmaz said. Pravdareport.com reports: “We want to achieve a better cooperation with Qatar in the military sphere, we will carry out joint drills and operations, as well as maintain stability in the region with joint efforts,” Yıl... more »

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