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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

14 April - Blogs I'm Following

10:34pm MDST

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 minutes ago
*Airborne Entry* Army paratroopers conduct a joint forcible entry operation during a field training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 5, 2016. The paratroopers are assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

Sleazy Sell-Out. “Sunny Days”. The Bank of Canada

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 31 minutes ago
Sleazy Sell-Out. “Sunny Days”. Part II *The Bank of Canada* *Written by Robin Mathews April 2016* We have come upon a brilliant example, here in Canada, of what Anthony Hall calls *“imperial globalization*” and “*the terror economy*” (Earth Into Property, McGill-Queen’s, 2011.) Those are terms which describe the move to ‘*world government’* by increasingly unregulated (and increasingly criminal) global Capitalism backed by U.S. imperial military might. The example is The Bank of Canada. The alleged stripping of essential sovereign powers from it on behalf ... more »

An Open Letter To All The Presidential Candidates From Congressional Progressives

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 34 minutes ago
Tuesday 7 of the most progressive members of Congress-- Barbara Lee (D-CA), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ),Mark Pocan (D-WI), Mike Honda (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), all members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus-- published an open letter to *all* the presidential candidates, from progressive Bernie Sanders to conservatives John Kasich, Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and even fringe lunatic Don Trump, urging them to prioritize raising the living standards of ordinary American families, something none of the conservative candidates... more »

Poll: 93% Of Young Iraqis Consider America As An Enemy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 34 minutes ago
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2016 *Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept:* *Young Iraqis overwhelmingly Consider The U.S> Their Enemy, Poll Says* MORE THAN 90 PERCENT of young people in Iraq consider the United States to be an enemy of their country, according to a new poll. After years spent justifying the war as a “liberation” of the Iraqi people, the survey casts further doubt on the success of that endeavor. The poll was conducted by Penn Schoen Berland, a public relations and market research firm co-founded by controversial strategist Mark Penn, and was sponsored by a ... more »

Wrongly Crying Foul for Political Gain

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 34 minutes ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the CFE Arena during a campaign stop on the campus of the University of Central Florida on March 5, 2016 in Orlando, Florida.] It’s one thing to be upset with the so-called Republican establishment for failing to stand up to Barack Obama and his destructive policies, but it’s another for a GOP presidential candidate to exploit that anger illegitimately against a fellow anti-establishment...more »

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan: Middle East Allies Thanked Him For Taking On Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 48 minutes ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan visits the the Iron Dome missile defense system in Israel on his recent trip to the Middle East. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson Unit) *Yahoo News:* *Paul Ryan says Middle East allies thanked him for taking on Trump* Fresh from a trip to the Middle East, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Thursday that American allies in the region — including Israel — thanked him for taking on Donald Trump over his call to bar Muslim immigrants from the United States. “When you see our beliefs, our values — and conservatism’s principles — being disfigured, you h... more »

The Poet: Czeslaw Milosz, “Meaning”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 53 minutes ago
*“Meaning” * “When I die, I will see the lining of the world. The other side, beyond bird, mountain, sunset. The true meaning, ready to be decoded. What never added up will add Up, What was incomprehensible will be comprehended. - And if there is no lining to the world? If a thrush on a branch is not a sign, But just a thrush on the branch? If night and day Make no sense following each other? And on this earth there is nothing except this earth? - Even if that is so, there will remain A word wakened by lips that perish, A tireless messenger who runs and runs Through interstel... more »

Musical Interlude: Yanni, “Acroyali, “Standing In Motion”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Yanni, “Acroyali, “Standing In Motion” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh4mJw1r8SQ

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“Magnificent island universe NGC 2403 stands within the boundaries of the long-necked constellation Camelopardalis. Some 10 million light-years distant and about 50,000 light-years across, the spiral galaxy also seems to have more than its fair share of giant star forming HII regions, marked by the telltale reddish glow of atomic hydrogen gas. The giant HII regions are energized by clusters of hot, massive stars that explode as bright supernovae at the end of their short and furious lives. *Click image for larger size.* A member of the M81 group of galaxies, NGC 2403 closely resemble... more »

Dangerous Global Warming - Fact or Fiction?

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 hour ago
*Presentation by Des Moore with a supplement by Dr Tom Quirk* *to the Australian Institute for International Affairs,** Vic, 14 April, 2016* *Dangerous Global Warming - Fact or Fiction? The Limits of the Paris Accord* Des Moore: Source IPE My thesis today is that, despite the continued claims reported in the media, there is minimal risk that continued usage of fossil fuels will produce temperatures which become dangerously high. There is therefore no sound basis for governments to continue with expensive policies aimed at reducing usage of coal and other fossil fuels, which are b... more »

AP Interview: Palin Says Voters Should Decide GOP Nominee

MATTHEW DALY at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Sarah Palin-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Voters will “rise up” in opposition if Republican power brokers try to take the presidential nomination away from Donald Trump or Ted Cruz at the GOP convention this summer, Sarah Palin said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview.... more »

Strong Quake Kills 9, Injures More Than 760 in Japan

MARI YAMAGUCHI at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Residents wrap themselves in blankets as they take shelter outside the town hall of Mashiki, near Kumamoto city, southern Japan, after the earthquake early Friday, April 15, 2016. Rescuers in southern Japan were searching for trapped residents in at least two dozen collapsed houses after a powerful 6.5 earthquake struck Thursday evening with a force that knocked out power and water and swept people off their feet.] TOKYO (AP) -- At least nine people were killed and 761 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake Thursday night that knocked down houses and buckled roads in southern ... more »

The UN’s Plan to Halt Population Growth by Turning Nature Against Us

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - The United Nations aims to subvert fertility and increase mortality.

The Depletion of Human Energy – Reversing the Trend

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - Without energy, the individual feels trapped and seeks to conform, fit in, and survive long enough to die of old age.

President Obama Prepares To Travel To Europe And Saudi Arabia To Discuss Counter-Terrorism, ISIS, And Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama listens to remarks at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago, Illinois, United States, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/JIM YOUNG *Reuters:* *Obama heads to Riyadh for talks on counterterrorism, defense* U.S. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter will talk next week with leaders in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Gulf region about agreements on counterterrorism and bolstering ballistic missile defense systems, a White House official said on Thursday. Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman on Wednesday and the... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( April 14 , 2016 ) Overview - Asia Friday News , Thursday Recap ( 1. North Korea Tries Another Missile Launch On Founder's Birthday - Apparent Fail. 2. Japan In Focus - Trading In Japan - Alice In Wonderland , NIRP In Land Of The Rising Sun , BOJ Striving To Buy More Of What It Hasn't Yet Corned The Market . 3. Libya In Focus - Political Drama Continues. 4. Greece In Focus . 5. IMF Spring Meetings - Items From Lagarde Press Briefing. Deutsche Bank Starting Agrees To Settle Gold and Silve Manipulation Cases , Pay Monetary Compensation & Cooperate Against Remaining Defendants. 6. Turkey In Focus - Refugees , Geopolitics , Germany Tiff. 7. Refugee Crisis Updates. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Overview...... China...... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 7m 7 minutes ago China GDP goalseek() 6.7%. Exp 6.7% *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 5m5 minutes ago Chinese money supply grows twice as fast as the economy *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 3m 3 minutes ago CHINA'S MARCH AGGREGATE FINANCING 2,340 BLN YUAN. That's a third of a trillion dollars in new loans in one month North Korea...... *BuzzFeed NewsVerified account* ‏@BuzzFeedNews 3m 3 minutes ago *North Korea* Launches Missile On Founder’s Birthday, But It Fails https://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/north-kor ea-may... more »

Putin: Turkey Supports ISIS As Country Suffers Civil War

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused Turkish authorities of working side by side with terrorist organisations such as ISIS, amid an ongoing civil war taking place in southern Turkey which has gone unreported in the media. “We believe that the current Turkish leadership not so much fights the radicals, but rather cooperates with them,” Putin told reporters. RT.com reports: “In fact, there is a civil war going on in southern Turkey. We try to ignore it, the international community pretends not to notice it, but it’s a fact. Moreover, [the war goes on] with the use of heavy wea... more »

Some Psychologists Say ADHD Sufferers Are Actually ‘Indigo Children’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A rising number of American psychologists have suggested that children who are diagnosed as suffering from ADHD or ADD may actually be “Indigo Children” who possess special psychic powers. Since the 1990’s, a growing number of medical professionals have dismissed the traditional ADHD diagnoses associated with long-term social and behavioral health problems, and have instead sided with their parents who insist that they possess supernatural powers. Vice.com reports: Critics argue that not treating children with ADD and ADHD can lead to long-term social and behavioral health problems... more »

GOP Officials Refuse to Meddle, Say Rule Changes Unlikely Before July Convention

Alan Fram at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Ballot Box, Vote, Voting, Elections] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Three top Republican Party officials said Thursday they believe there’s a consensus that the GOP should not propose rewriting rules about picking a presidential nominee before this summer’s national convention. Such a move could help shield party... more »

Friday Morning Ramble–15.04.16

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
*Clearing my tabs again …* Only a week to go before the Pop-Up Globe shuts up shop. Shakespeare in the very space for which it was written! Don’t miss out. *Twelfth Night* – POP-UP GLOBE *Romeo & Juliet* – POP-UP GLOBE “Remember when Key used to say that National wouldn’t introduce new taxes? That National was a party to remove taxes, not create them? That’s not going so well –At least 15 new taxes under National. National’s base have been strangely silent on this.” *Netflix tax – another one for you peasants* – DOUBLE STANDARD “One of Auckland Council’s first actions was to spe... more »

Mysterious Company Builds Bomb-Proof Underground Shelters For The Elite

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The elite are buying expensive bomb-proof underground shelters en masse at the moment, fearing mass civil unrest might be coming to the world in the next few months. Rising income inequality, racial tensions, distrust in government, and the unfolding tyrannical police state being revealed may spark a mass civil war any day now. The company behind the construction of these survival bunkers, Vivos, say the facilities are designed to protect the extremely wealthy in the event of a coming apocalypse. Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: “Where will you go when pandemonium strikes?” asks a...more »

World’s First Japanese Robot Enrolls At High School

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Japan have unveiled the world’s first high school robot named Pepper. The robot is disturbingly considered legally enrolled at a Japanese high school, and marks the first time a humanoid robot will study alongside human students. In a bizarre interview, Pepper told newspaper TASS, “I never thought that I would be accepted into a human school,” and promised to “try my best”. RT.com reports: Pepper comes to the school with an impressive array of language skills, speaking both Japanese and English. He will mostly take part in English classes, though the school has told Pepper than he ... more »

Ice Cube Accuses Hillary Clinton Of Waging War On Black People

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Rapper and filmmaker Ice Cube has accused Hillary Clinton and her supporters of waging a war against black people, saying that her comments in 1996 helped to encourage police brutality against black people which then gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. In an interview with Bloomberg, Ice Cube said, “To call your own citizens ‘superpredators’ is pretty harsh and a pretty big indictment. It’s really not solving the problem, it’s just making it worse. Now the authorities feel like their justified in how they treat these so-called ‘superpredators.’” Breibart.com reports: Ice ... more »

Ancient Egyptian Goddess ISIS Discovered In India

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The ancient Goddess ISIS, usually associated as being of Egyptian origins, may have actually originated in India, as several eminent scholars have discovered. Ancient-origins.net reports: One of the great, largely untold adventure stories of late antiquity is the journey to the East, from Egypt’s Red Sea ports, across the open ocean for 40 days and 40 nights, to the legendary entrepôt of Musiris, on India’s southwestern or Malabar coast, in what is now modern state of Kerala. This was a great feat of navigation, a technological leap forward comparable to the discovery of the Ameri... more »

ISIS Threaten To Wipe Out Hindus In India

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
ISIS have threatened to “wipe out Hindus” living in India, with the help of local mujahidin, according to a new interview published in Dabiq Magazine. In the interview the head of ISIS in Bangladesh, Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, said the terrorist organisation is planning to use militants in neighbouring countries to carry out guerilla attacks across India. Deccanchronicle.com reports: The terror group said that it aims to implement Sharia law in the country. They also plan to create a rift between believers and dis-believers, thus making it easy for their fighters to take over the... more »

‘Celebrity Threesome’ Injunction – Google Removes Links

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Google has blocked dozens of search links that contain references to the celebrity threesome scandal following legal demands from lawyers representing Elton John and husband David Furnish. The internet giant have removed links to articles about Elton John and David Furnish who are currently at the centre of a super injunction barring the press in England and Wales from naming them, on the grounds of privacy. It is understood that Google received demands from an online privacy company to remove around 150 links from its British website. The Court of Appeal in London had granted the ... more »

Man On Death Row Executed Despite Juror Bias

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A black inmate on death row in Georgia was executed on Tuesday despite one of the jurors at his trial admitting racial bias. The Independent reports: Kenneth Fults was given a lethal injection of pentobarbital on Tuesday at a state prison in Jackson, Georgia. The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to shooting 19-year-old Cathy Bounds during a burglary in 1996 and was sentenced to death by a jury in 1997. In 2005, eight years after Fults’ sentencing, one of the jurors signed a sworn statement saying: “I don’t know if he ever killed anybody, but that n***** got just what should have happened.... more »

Alien Interview

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Alien Interview

New U.S. Rules Of Engagement In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
ISIS have released propaganda videos from Afghanistan showing the training of jihadis and executions. Daily Mail *Reuters*: *Air strikes hit Islamic State in Afghanistan under new rules: U.S.* The United States has carried out 70 to 80 air strikes against Islamic State in Afghanistan in the three months since U.S. forces were given broader authority to target the militants, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Before January, the U.S. military could only strike Islamic State in Afghanistan under narrow circumstances, such as for protection of troops. Military spokesman Bri... more »

Why Is Hillary Having Such A Hard Time Closing The Deal In A State That Elected Her To The Senate Twice?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Ben Norton's post at *Salon* Wednesday-- Hillary Clinton rakes in Verizon cash while Bernie Sanders supports company’s striking workers-- sums up the Democratic primary better than anything I've seen in a long time. If he's the solution to the country's problems, she's very much a part of those problems. It's insane for any Democrat to vote for her other than people obsessed with electing the first female president regardless of how ill-suited she is for the job. Later, if she's the nominee, she'll be the lesser-of-two-evils between herself and Trump or Cruz or Ryan or whomever. B... more »

Missouri Attempts to Send Religious Liberty Bill Straight to the People

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: St. Louis Archway, Missouri, Skyline] As religious liberty bills continue to draw ire from big businesses in North Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi, another state is bracing for a similar battle: Missouri. Big businesses have already spoken out about a bill currently being debated at the state capitol,... more »

Clintonism, RIP

Charles Krauthammer at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Bill Clinton - 900] WASHINGTON -- How far they’ve come. And I’m not talking about the GOP, whose front-runner representing 37 percent of the Republican electorate has repudiated post-Reagan orthodoxy on trade, entitlement reform, limited government and Pax Americana (and possibly abortion, but who knows?).... more »

Campus Interviewer Says He’s Chinese, a Woman, 7 Years Old. PC College Students Roll With It

Stream Staff at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Joseph_Backholm_UW_video_FPIW] The Family Policy Institute of Washington‘s Joseph Backholm visited the University of Washington campus in Seattle (note the lovely cherry blossoms in the background) to find out how far acceptance of someone’s self-identity goes. Pretty far, it turns out. Students,... more »

University Tries To Censor Infamous Pepper-Spray Incident From The Web

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The University of California, Davis, paid over $175,000 to censor pictures, videos and articles about the pepper-spray incident that occurred in 2011, when a campus police officer pepper-sprayed peaceful protestors on Nov. 18, 2011. US Davis paid top SEO consultants money to scrub the incident from the World Wide Web in order to try and improve its reputation. Sacbee.com reports: The payments were made as the university was trying to boost its image online and were among several contracts issued following the pepper-spray incident. Some payments were made in hopes of improving the ... more »

Has The Latest Chinese Spy Scandal Just Grounded America’s Most Important Spy Planes?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
P-8 aircraft is a modified Boeing 737 jet equipped with advanced sensors and radar designed to gather intelligence and hunt down submarines (AFP Photo/Mohd Fyrol) *Dan De Luce/Elias Groll.Paul McLeary, Foriegn Policy:* *China May Be the Big Winner in the Pentagon’s Newest Spying Scandal* *The secrets a U.S. Navy officer is suspected of slipping to China could ground America’s most important spy planes just when Washington needs them most.* The U.S. naval officer at the center of a burgeoning spy scandal may not have simply betrayed his country: He may have also helped China compro... more »

Panama Papers & Mossack Fonseca: Expendable "Problem Child" for the "To Big To Fail"

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
I know, I know... what happened to my refusal to write about the Panama Papers and Mossack Fonseca ?? It just so happens I came upon a couple of interesting articles that made me realize the way the Panama Papers news was presented was the means to obfuscate some pretty interesting facts- Not absurdity. *Facts*. Facts like *Mossack Fonseca was a little fish swimming in a sea of sharks.* A very small player compared to the too big to fail/jail bank/bankers. *Mossack Fonseca it turns out was a bad weed needing eradication*. And as the big boys took it down, the opportunity to make lemon... more »

Post # 34,000: Edward Abbey, "Benedicto"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Benedicto" * “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profile...more »

Chet Raymo, “Strange”

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

Bertrand Russell, "Three Passions"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Three Passions" * "Three passions have governed my life: The longings for love, the search for knowledge, And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind. Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness. In the union of love I have seen In a mystic miniature the prefiguring vision Of the heavens that saints and poets have imagined. With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of people. I have wished to know why the stars shine. Love and knowledge led upwards to the heavens, But always pity brought me back to earth; Cries of pain reverberated in ... more »

"Be Like The Bird..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"What matter if this base, unjust life Cast you naked and disarmed? If the ground breaks beneath your step, Have you not your soul? Your soul! You fly away, Escape to realms refined, Beyond all sadness and whimpering. Be like the bird which on frail branches balanced A moment sits and sings; He feels them tremble, but he sings unshaken, Knowing he has wings." – Victor Hugo

Czeslaw Milosz, “A Song On The End Of The World”

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

What? China didn't ask for those Taiwan fraudsters in Indonesia?

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
[image: AlishanDM_DSC01805] *Chiayi hills.* FocusTaiwan yesterday reported on a case of alleged Taiwanese fraudsters in Indonesia being arrested. A Taiwanese official based in Indonesia said there have been many cases of Taiwanese and Chinese nationals entering Indonesia to engage in telecom fraud. *Unlike the recent incident in Kenya, however, there have been no reports of Taiwanese suspects being deported to China, the official said.* The official was referring to Kenya's recent controversial decision to hand over to China a total of 45 Taiwanese nationals who allegedly were mem... more »

Why Is Bernie Sanders Doing This Well?

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 4 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe At 74 going on 75, he's too old to run for president. He's a rumpled old senator from a small state, and the only avowed socialist in the Congress since Ron Dellums retired. He's an unremarkable speaker with a heavy New York accent. And he's unlikely to win the Democratic nomination for president even if he does well in forthcoming primaries, because the party machinery (soft delegates) has pretty much decided that Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee. So why is Bernie Sanders doing this well? It's simple. The recovery from The Great Recession didn't reach u... more »

72 Year Old Woman Survives 9 Days Lost In Arizona Desert

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
After being lost in the Arizona wilderness for nine days, a 72 year old woman and her dog have been miraculously rescued. According to The Guardian: Ann Rodgers and her dog survived by drinking pond water and eating plants, state officials said, and were rescued after a helicopter crew spotted the word “help” had spelled out on a canyon floor using sticks and rocks. “The probabilities of finding her alive were really low,” said Gila County sheriff’s detective Johnny Holmes, who coordinated the search and rescue on Saturday. “It’s a miracle on its own that she’s still here given she ... more »

“Flight From Hell” – Passengers Bloodied, Hospitalized

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Its being called the flight from hell. Paralyzing, terrifying turbulence hospitalized six people, bloodied many more, and sent luggage and even one passenger flying through the air. The New York Post reports: The Boeing 777 was en route from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Bangkok, Thailand, carrying 72 passengers and 12 crew when it was hit by severe turbulence. Shocked cabin crew posted photos of the bloody aftermath on social media, which reveals a seat stained with blood from an injured passenger who hit his head after bouncing off the roof of the plane. Shocking photos reveal aftermath o... more »

These Are The Top 12 Toxic Veggies & Fruits For 2016

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The annual list from EWG of fruit and veggie pesticide loads has been released to help people know which items are better to buy organic and which are OK to buy conventionally. According to TreeHugger.com: Health and environment watchdog, Environmental Working Group (EWG), has released the 2016 edition of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated data on 48 commonly consumed fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. The results are based on analysis of pesticide residue testing data on more than 35,200 samples from the United States Department of Agricul...more »

Some of My Personal Trans History

Cara Elizabeth Ramsey at Liz – Day By Day - 4 hours ago
This needs to be recorded so I can easily relay it to others, and for those interested in parts of the background about this. There will be additional blog entries about this history, different aspects of it, but this is the first. I was born in 1957. The 1950s were the era when PSAs ran […]

US Government Planned Fake Hijacking Post-9/11 For Publicity

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
In his book ‘Relentless Strike’ author Sean Naylor claims that in the aftermath of 9/11, the US Government (specifically the Pentagon) was seriously considering staging the hijacking of an airline to trick the American public into feeling safer. Seriously. Some morons in the Pentagon thought staging an airplane hijacking would make us feel better. Who are these lunatics in power? Also, why is this common knowledge and OK to openly discuss, yet the mere suggestion that the US had anything at all to do with 9/11 is met with cruel and unusual anger/opposition/a fill-in-the-blank genera... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Saudi Foreign Minister al-Jubeir looks on as Secretary Kerry Addresses Reporters in Riyadh in May 2015. (State Department photo) *Bilal Y. Saab, Atlantic Council: **The United States Has No Gulf Allies* The word “ally” is used far too casually in Washington’s Middle East lexicon. It’s time to break this bad habit, because the truth is that with the exception of Turkey—a NATO member—the United States does not share a single alliance with any Middle Eastern country. As the US-GCC summit in Riyadh approaches, understanding what really constitutes an alliance couldn’t be more important... more »

World News Briefs -- April 14, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*AFP:* *Escalating Syria violence threatens ceasefire* Beirut (AFP) - Fighting escalated on several fronts Thursday around Syria's second city Aleppo as a Russian-backed government offensive strained a landmark ceasefire and a new round of peace talks in Geneva. In the Swiss city, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura criticised President Bashar al-Assad's government for hindering efforts to deliver life-saving assistance to Syrians in need. On the ground, government fighters, rebels and jihadists battled for control of swathes of Aleppo province, threatening a nearly seven-week ceasefire ... more »

Is The White House Setting The Stage For Confrontation And Possibly Even War Against Russia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attend a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 28. (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin via Reuters) *Jeffrey Taylor, Foreign Policy:* *Obama Poked Putin. And Putin Poked Back.* *Washington’s decision to beef up NATO in Eastern Europe will compel Moscow to reciprocate with an equally aggressive response.* In February, as the Syrian civil war raged on and the Islamic State entrenched itself in Libya, the Wh... more »

Odessa Stands Up

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Odessa in Ukraine has been kicked around by the Nazis and the US-NATO backed regime in Kiev for the past two years. The May 2, 2014 massacre of at least 50 people inside the Trades Union Hall by Nazis being just one horrific example. The appointment of former Georgia ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili (a corrupt US-stooge wanted for crimes in Georgia) as the Governor of Odessa stands as another horrific example. Above is a video filmed in Odessa’s Alley of Glory on April 10, the day the city was liberated from German and Romanian occupiers by Soviet troops in 1944. Crowds chanted ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar. Thanks for stopping by!

How do Tories catch tax dodgers? By cutting HMRC’s budget by £400m between now and 2020

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 5 hours ago
SOURCE MIRROR: David Cameron blasted over £400m cut to tax collectors in furious Prime Minister's Questions clash Jeremy Corbyn has blasted a £400million cut to the government's tax collection department in his first clash over the Panama Papers at Prime Minister's Questions. The Labour leader accused David Cameron of letting down the nation by cutting the HM Revenue and Customs budget from

“War, Football, and Realism: If Any”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“War, Football, and Realism: If Any”* by Fred Reed “War may be thought of in two ways. First, as a football game between armies, in which the function of the citizenry is to cheer for the home team. In football, success is measured in points scored, yardage gained, brilliance of play, and time of possession. In war as football, it is battles won, enemies killed, territory conquered. The crucial goal is to defeat the other side’s armed forces. Doing so constitutes victory. To one who sees war in this way, as militaries invariably do, America will always come out ahead on points sin... more »

"What Sane Person...?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?" - Ursula K. LeGuin ◆ "Oh, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in 't!" - William Shakespeare, “The Tempest” - John “The Savage”, Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World”

Herald business editor praises latest asset bubble

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[image: Capture] The moron is thick this week with the *Herald*’s business editor, who reveals that whatever he knows about editing, he knows little about the economics that drives business. You’ll remember the so-called “rock star” economy we were supposed to be enjoying by now? Driven, it was alleged, by three things underlying what economists call “growth” that the groupies saw as fairly foregone conclusions: 1. The dairy boom. 2. The housing boom. 3. The Canterbury RebuildTM There aren’t just problems with the way the morons measure “growth” (by which they gen... more »

Your Vegetables Contaminated With Pharmaceuticals From Watering

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Would you like some anti-epileptic medication with your salad? As global freshwater supplies continue to shrink, many countries have switched to using treated wastewater (filtered sewage water) for both large-scale and household vegetable growing. However, there is a dark side to this seemingly “green” practice: a recent study suggests that eating vegetables grown using this type of water “boosts urine levels of carbamazepine, an anti-epileptic drug commonly detected in wastewater”. Gross. C&EN reports: The randomized, controlled study is the first to directly address exposure to su...more »

April 14: The greatest story never told...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
The top fifty American coporations have 1.3 trillion dollars stored in tax havens. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick, and even the eagle-eyed journalists of Irving press seem not to know that. But the CBC got it from Oxfam which also named the corporations. That's not just - ooh, gee, what a lot of money! That's money that does not get invested in the home country of the corporation It's also tax money we don't have for education and health care. It's money we don't have for our police and our firemen. How often have you read that corporate profits create jobs? The realit... more »

Russian Weapons In Demand After Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Russian combat equipment used in Syria did have many drawbacks but the successful mission by the Russian Aerospace Troops has helped increase arms exports. During an annual televised Q&A session president Vladimir Putin vowed to examine the many drawbacks that had surfaced in the operation of Russian combat equipment in Syria. “I shall be honest, there are many of them. Everything is now carefully being examined by experts.“ Putin mentioned that demand for Russian weapons have increased worldwide forcing the opening of new manufacturing plants, putting Russia second behind the U.S. ... more »

Woman Hurt in Kalamazoo Shootings Trying to Forgive Suspect

JEFF KAROUB at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Carruthers - 900] DETROIT (AP) -- The first person hurt in a mass shooting in southwestern Michigan says she can’t hate the man charged in the rampage and seeks to forgive him, even as she’s trying to walk and use her “completely reconstructed”... more »

Donald Trump’s Favorite Bible Verse? ‘An Eye for an Eye’

Stream Staff at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Presidential candidate Donald Trump attends the fight between Gennady Golovkin against David Lemieux for their WBA/WBC interim/IBF middleweight title unification bout at Madison Square Garden on October 17, 2015 in New York City.] Call it his “life text.” Donald Trump was asked on a radio show Thursday, "Is there a favorite Bible verse or Bible story that has informed your thinking or your character through life?" Trump answered: “Look, ‘an eye for an eye,’... more »

This Feisty Nonprofit Could Be Hillary’s Worst Campaign Nightmare

Mark Tapscott at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 22, 2015. Clinton took the stand Thursday to defend her role in responding to deadly attacks on the US mission in Libya, as Republicans forged ahead with an inquiry criticized as partisan anti-Clinton propaganda.] U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth confirmed Judicial Watch's central role in exposing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and a home-brew server ... more »

Freedom Caucus to Call for Impeachment of IRS Commissioner From House Floor

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew] From the floor of the House of Representatives, members of the Freedom Caucus will renew today the push to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, The Daily Signal has learned. Lawmakers plan to argue around 5 p.m. EST, according to a... more »

Taxpayers Rank Obamacare as Worst Government Mandate

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Obama - 900] Taxpayers in the United States said Obamacare risk corridors is the worst government mandate, according to Americans for Prosperity, a prominent conservative advocacy group. In honor of tax day, the organization created its "Taxpayer Madness bracket," taking into account tens of thousands of votes... more »

Canada Seeks To Close Assisted Suicide Tourism

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
An assisted suicide bill has been put before Canada’s Parliament and if passed will allow doctors to help terminally ill patients end their own lives. However, the new bill will exclude foreigners from coming to the country to die. However, According to BBC News: People with mental illness and psychiatric disorders are excluded too. Last year, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down a law banning doctors from helping someone die. This bill, which is backed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, must now be studied by committee and then voted on by both House and Senate. Today in the House...more »

Washington Working to Keep Syrian War Burning

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
A covert ‘Plan B’ for Syria reserved for a “violation of ceasefire” is being pushed to the US president, anonymous officials told media. Arming “moderate” Syrian rebels with anti-aircraft weapons to fight the “Russia-backed regime” is again on the table. For more on this, RT America’s Manila Chan is joined by former Pentagon analyst Michael Maloof.

The Truth from Veterans About U.S. Wars

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges interviews two veterans of the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael Hanes [he went on our VFP Jeju & Okinawa trip last December] and Rory Fanning. They lament the brutality of the American military presence, which they say creates the conditions for terrorism and fuels attacks in places like Brussels. They also speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD, and the alienation faced by many soldiers when they come home.

Where Should Your Taxes Be Spent? - Korean Style

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Fellow Mainer Jason Rawn (on right in photo) writes from Gangjeong village on Jeju Island, South Korea the following: This is the English text (below) I wrote for a handout on War Tax Resistance we made here in Gangjeong for our two days of Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) demonstrations. We timed them to coincide with national Election Day here, which everyone I know is very happy about because the ruling right-wing party, Saenuri, is no longer in control. People were very worried that if Saenuri did well in this election, it would lead to more crackdowns on fre... more »

Gwich'in Gathering in Arctic Village 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
. Sarah James Shalak Naii, We wish to invite you to the Biennial Gwich'in Gathering in Vashraii K'oo (Arctic Village, Alaska) from July 25-29, 2016.  The Arctic Village Council is hosting the event. Join us!  This year is an urgent time in our fight for permanent protection of the sacred birthplace of the caribou in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in this era of record

The Economy: “Banks Are Now Paying People to Take Out Mortgages”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Banks Are Now Paying People to Take Out Mortgages”* by Bill Bonner GUALFIN, Argentina – "Tuesday evening, we went to the main opera house in Buenos Aires, the Teatro Colón, to see Mozart’s Don Giovanni. On our way over, our taxi driver told us that Luciano Pavarotti rated it as the second best opera house in the world (after La Scala in Milan). Your editor’s wife has a tendency to try to improve him culturally by insisting that they go to museums, ballets, concerts, plays, or operas together. Your editor goes along with good grace but has a tendency to fall asleep. But the story... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

“'Trust, But Protect': FBI Director Covers His Personal Laptop Webcam With Tape”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“'Trust, But Protect': * *FBI Director Covers His Personal Laptop Webcam With Tape”* by RT "We noted in 2013 that the most important privacy step you can take is to cover your webcam with a post-it note or something else that will prevent government employees or hackers from recording you. This is one of the best ways you can keep yourself from being spied upon but it’s just kinda hilarious to find out that the director of the FBI does it too. He knows what’s up. FBI Director James Comey agrees (from a speech last week at Kenyon College): Technology and privacy experts – such as t... more »

"The Entire Status Quo Is A Fraud"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The Entire Status Quo Is A Fraud"* by Charles Hugh-Smith "Fraud as a way of life caters an extravagant banquet of consequences. This can't be said politely: the entire status quo in America is a fraud. • The financial system is a fraud. • The political system is a fraud. • National Defense is a fraud. • The healthcare system is a fraud. • Higher education is a fraud. • The mainstream corporate media is a fraud. • Culture- from high to pop- is a fraud. Need I go on? We have come to accept fraud as standard operating practice in America, to the detriment of everything that was once w... more »

“Hillary’s “I’m Not a Crook” Moment”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Hillary’s “I’m Not a Crook” Moment”* by Pepe Escobar "As the Battle of New York looms, an underground shadow war flirts with High Noon. After nearly one year, the FBI has finally investigated the treasure trove contained in Hillary Clinton’s subterranean private email server. The FBI has refused to release any records. Remember, this is a criminal investigation. Former State Department IT official Bryan Pagliano – who essentially set up Clinton’s personal server – was granted immunity in exchange for cooperating with the FBI’s investigation. A whodunit applies on whether Pagliano... more »

ISIS Releases Apostasy Hit List of 21 Western Muslim Leaders

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Hamza Yusuf speaks on education and diversity at La Cigale hotel in Doha, Qatar as part of the 6th annual Doha Academy Education Conference on April 25, 2010.] The latest issue of Dabiq, Islamic State's propaganda magazine, lists 21 Western Muslim leaders the terror group wants brutally murdered for apostasy, three of whom are Americans. ISIS does not just consider Muslim converts to Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity or other religions to be... more »

Tribute: Navajo, Hopi and Lakota took on Peabody Coal, New York 2001

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Roberta Blackgoat Flagstaff Arizona protest of Peabody water slurry Photo Brenda Norrell (c) Navajo, Hopi and Lakota delegation warned Lehman Brothers of consequences of mining sacred Black Mesa By Brenda Norrell Censored News copyright The following article is being republished following Peabody Coal's bankruptcy this week. In 2001, a delegation of Navajo, Hopi and Lakota stood

England’s Last Golden Eagle Feared Dead In The Wild

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The last remaining golden eagle in England is feared dead after it failed to return home for the spring. The eagle had been a resident of Riggindale near Haweswater in the Lake District for the past 15 years. His mate died 12 years ago, leaving the 20-year-old bird of prey alone and failing to attract another mate. He was last seen in November 2015. The Mirror reports: The eagle was believed to be around 20 years old and attracted bird-lovers from around the UK to its home at Riggindale Valley, near Haweswater in the Lake District. But Cumbrian RSPB experts have now revealed the bir... more »

Soldier Filmed Killing Palestinian Will Face Manslaughter Charges

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
An Israeli soldier who was filmed murdering a subdued Palestinian with a shot to the head will be charged with manslaughter according to prosecutors. The announcement has caused national outrage and strong support for the soldier. According to USA Today: After the military court in Jaffa ordered the soldier to remain in custody until Monday so the prosecution can finish its work before formally indicting him, demonstrators on the street chanted, “Whoever kills a terrorist is an Israeli hero!” The military investigation of the 19-year-old sergeant, whose name remains under a gag orde... more »

‘Why younger people can’t afford a house: because money became too cheap’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
This piece from *The Guardian* is just as relevant for the problem here in New Zealand: ‘Why younger people can’t afford a house: money became too cheap’ Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Please contact author for permission to republish: (organon at ihug.co.nz)

Awesome Resource for Public Health Ethics Scholarship and Training Available Online for Free!

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 7 hours ago
Yes indeed! Super kudos to the editorial team of Drue H. Barrett, Leonard H. Ortmann, Angus Dawson, Carla Saenz, Andreas Reis and Gail Bolan – and the sponsor CDC – for putting together this freely available, pioneering and one of a kind collection of case studies and background texts for global public health ethics study, research and training. With contribution by a pack of high octane scholars, such as Ruth Gaare Bernheim, Jo A. Valentine, Lisa M. Lee , Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Maneesha Sakhuja, Norman Daniels, Michael J. Selgelid, Janani Suraksha Yojana, Harald Schmidt, Bruce J... more »

Them and Us

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
The first part of Nick Robinson's new two-part series, *Europe: Them or Us, *began last night. Given that I didn't know what to write about it after having watched it, I thought I'd follow Sue's example and review the newspaper reviews in order to get my own critical juices flowing... ...except that I failed to find any such reviews (except for one in the *Evening Standard *which pulled off the splendid feat of being both very short* and *full of errors). But my juices seem to be flowing now (well, I've got a cold), so.... Much of Part One of *Europe: Them of Us *was based on a... more »

Why Bill Ostrander?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Since inheriting her late husband's seat and then ignoring her own term limits pledge, Lois Capps hasn't been a bad congresswoman. She doesn't stand out as a leader but ProgressivePunch grades her a solid B-- not as good as progressive a record as California Members like Barbara Lee, Mike Honda, Judy Chu, Linda Sanchez, Alan Lowenthal, Mark DeSaulnier, Maxine Waters, Grace Napolitano or even establishment-oriented liberals like Xavier Becerra, Jared Huffman and Nancy Pelosi. But nothing to be *ashamed* of. Now that she's finally retiring (at the age of 79), it would be nice to se... more »

Riding the 'Turnaround' Merry-Go-Round in the Continuing Assault on Philadelphia Public Schools - Part III

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
by Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! April 14, 2016 On April 7, 2016, at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally in Philadelphia, Bill Clinton got into an argument with demonstrators from Black Lives Matter over his legacy. He later said he “almost want[s] to apologize” for his remarks in defending his “welfare reform” and Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act of 1994. It is these policies that led to a drastic increase in homelessness and explosion of the prison population in the U.S. in the 1990’s and after. No matter how contrite Bill Clinton may be for the purposes of Hillar... more »

100 State Legislators Tell NFL: Back Off on Pressuring States to Abandon Religious Liberty

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: 1GAY-MARRIAGE-facebook] A coalition of 100 state legislators from more than 10 states are urging the NFL to reconsider its boycott of states with religious liberty laws in an open letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We write to you today because you... more »

Washington’s Solar Subsidies Cost 13.5 Times the Price of Power Generated

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Solar Energy, Solar Power, Solar Panels, Green Energy] Taxpayers pay 13.5 to 27 times more to subsidize solar power in Washington state than they would pay for electricity generated with conventional energy, according to a Thursday report from a Seattle radio program. Washington state doles out $1.08 worth of subsidies and... more »

Women Issued Tents Instead Of Accommodation When Released From Prison

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Women were given tents and sleeping bags when they were released from a British prison with nowhere to go due to a shortage of accommodation The disclosure was made following an inspection into HMP Bronzefield in West London. The watchdog report said two women were given tents while sleeping bags had also been handed out amid a shortage in available housing. In the six months prior to the inspection, 103 had left with no fixed address, according to the report from HM Inspectorate of Prisons. The Independent reports: Shadow Prisons Minister Jo Stevens said in response to the report: ... more »

National Security Archive: Pakistani Spies Funded The Taliban To Conduct A 2009 Attack On A CIA Camp In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*IBTimes:** Pakistan's ISI offered $200,000 to Haqqani Network for 2009 attack on CIA camp in Afghanistan: US cables* Pakistan's intelligence wing Inter-Services Intelligence, commonly referred to as the ISI, is believed to have been involved in the 2009 attack on a CIA camp in Afghanistan, according to recently declassified cables of the United States State Department. Seven Americans and three other people were killed in the attack. This revelation is likely to raise tensions between the two countries. The cable, published by non-governmental research institute National Securi... more »

Ukraine Has A New Prime Minister

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*New York Times:** Ukraine’s Parliament Approves a New Prime Minister* MOSCOW — In Ukraine’s most sweeping political reshuffle since its revolution two years ago, Parliament voted Thursday to seat a close ally of the president as prime minister and handed critical ministerial posts to presidential staff members. The new prime minister, Volodymyr B. Groysman, will replace Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, who resigned on Sunday. Mr. Yatsenyuk, a fluent English speaker, won praise in the West but was never able to manage Ukraine’s notoriously fractured Parliament, and he argued with President P... more »

U.S. and Philippines Increase Their Air And Sea Presence In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WSJ*: *U.S. Stationing Warplanes in Philippines Amid South China Sea Tensions* Move comes amid concern that Beijing plans to build a military base within striking distance of Manila MANILA—The U.S. will start stationing warplanes in the Philippines this week as the vanguard of a major deployment to the Southeast Asian country as the allies move to counter Beijing’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea. The U.S. and the Philippines also began joint patrols of the South China Sea last month, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday. ... more »

Report: North Korea Preparing A Major Missile Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. monitoring North Korea situation amid missile reports: State Dept* The United States is aware of reports that North Korea is preparing intermediate-range missiles and is closely monitoring the Korean Peninsula, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. "We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations," a State Department representative said. South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea has deploy... more »

This Is Russia's Second Most Important Person After Putin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Elvira Nabiullina, governor of Russia’s Central Bank, in June 2014 to discuss the economic, banking and financial status of the country. The Central Bank estimated that the net outflow of capital from Russia reached $151.5 billion in 2014. (Photo: Russian Presidential Press Service) *The Economist*: *Putin’s right-hand woman (Russia’s central-bank governor)* *The Russian economy is in a bad way, but Elvira Nabiullina has saved it from worse.* ELVIRA NABIULLINA’S first encounter with capitalism came during her university days, when she en... more »

America’s Breadbasket Could ‘Eliminate’ All Economic Activity and Still Not Comply With EPA Regs

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: San Joaquin Valley - 900] The man in charge of air quality for one of America's largest agriculture-producing regions told Congress even if it eliminated all businesses, farms, cars and trucks, the San Joaquin Valley would not come close to complying with new Environmental Protection... more »

Sen. Barbara Boxer Attacks Catholic Priest Fr. Sirico for Questioning Global Warming

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Barbara Boxer - 900] California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer went after a Catholic priest in a Wednesday hearing for supposedly questioning the pope's statements on the dangers of man-made global warming. "So do you disagree with the pope when he says that climate change... more »

Massive Earthquake Strikes Japan, Houses Collapse, 2 Dead

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A large 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, killing at least two people, destroying buildings and causing power outages. According to officials there could be more people trapped under buildings that collapsed BBC News reports: About 16,000 homes were left without electricity and 38,000 without gas, reports say. No tsunami warning was issued after the magnitude 6.4 quake, which struck at 21:26 (12:26 GMT) east of Kumamoto city, on the island of Kyushu. Nuclear reactors on the island are not reported to have been affected. The two Sendai nuclear reactors on Kyushu were operating as... more »

Confessions Of A Panama Papers Hit Man

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*John Perkins* - I helped forge the system that has now been exposed in the Panama Papers.

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 14th April)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 8 hours ago
£28 health checks: Boots staff under management pressure to milk the NHS for cash Managers at Britain’s biggest pharmacy chain were found to be directing their chemists to provide medicine-use reviews (MUR) to customers who didn’t need them, in order to claim public money from the NHS. The NHS pays £28 for each MUR, which is carried out by a pharmacist and intended to give patients

Navajos Demand Just Transition after Peabody Coal's Bankruptcy

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. Peabody’s Declaration of Bankruptcy is 'No Surprise' Navajo Tribal Members Demand Just Transition to a Sustainable Economy By Black Mesa Water Coalition Censored News NAVAJO NATION, Ariz. -- The nation's largest coal company, Peabody Energy Corporation, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday's the coal industry grapples with the fallout of low natural gas prices

Public school watch: What keeps low-income kids from succeeding?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016Our plan to get back on track:* Is Candidate Clinton's knowledge of K-12 issues "vast and impressive?" We find that somewhat hard to believe. We don't exactly mean that as a criticism. Does Candidate Clinton "knows more about K–12 education than any other candidate remaining in either party’s race?" Certainly, that could be true! On the other hand, that's very weak praise. Public school issues are almost never discussed, in our press corps or in our campaigns, in any serious way. The most basic information seems to be forbidden, off-limits, for those in ... more »

The Second Law of BBC Radio 4 science programmes

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I've probably been fixating on the BBC for far too long perhaps. I saw that this morning's *In Our Time *was on the subject of 'The Neutron' and my first thought was, "I bet Frank Close will be on it". And, lo, it came to pass that Frank Close, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Oxford, *was *on it! Amen. ****** That really is true. I really did think that. It's not a *ex post facto* thing. Therefore, as a result, I *must *be a prophet in my own lifetime. Except that I'm a huge *In Our Time *fan and will always home in on anything to do with particle physics. ... more »

Prosecutor Won’t Prosecute Trump Campaign Manager For Grabbing Female Reporter

Curt Anderson at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: In this Aug. 25, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, walks with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after speaking at a news conference in Dubuque, Iowa. A Florida prosecutor's office plans to hold a news conference Thursday, April 14, 2016, amid reports that presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign manager Lewandowski won't be prosecuted over a videotaped altercation with a female reporter.] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Donald Trump’s campaign manager will not be prosecuted on a misdemeanor battery charge after prosecutors deter... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
*Libertarian socialism (sometimes called social anarchism, left-libertarianism and socialist libertarianism) is a group of anti-authoritarian political philosophies inside the socialist movement that rejects socialism as centralized state ownership and control of the economy, as well as the state itself.* "Left-libertarians favor worker solidarity vis-à-vis bosses, support poor people's squatting on government or abandoned property, and prefer that corporate privileges be repealed before the regulatory restrictions on how those privileges may be exercised. They see Walmart as a sym... more »

What James Delingpole And I Think Muslims Really Think

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Having written about the reviewers’ reaction to the programme What Muslims Really Think I might as well say something about my own reaction. James Delingpole says most of it for me, here, in his Spectator review of the programme on Channel 4.. Of course, like us, and no doubt many of our readers, James Delingpole is already familiar with the issues raised by Trevor Phillips. We’ve been on about it for ages, lamenting the fact that the mainstream press are too timid to risk throwing off the political correctness that binds them. Binds them and blinds them. The fact that Trevor ... more »

More pro-EU propaganda on the BBC's The World at One

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
*As the series unfolds, this is adding up to straightforward pro-EU bias – with Martha Kearney giving the daily impression that what is on offer is somehow objective. It blatantly is not. * David Keighley, *News-watch* David Keighley is talking there about *The World at One - *specifically its continuing series on the workings of the EU, the first part of which - on the EU's institutions - I slammed for outright bias a few days ago. And he is, in my view, absolutely spot-on. Martha Kearney introduces the feature every day as if we're... more »

Inappropriate statement watch: In search of inappropriate language!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016In search of little else:* Yesterday, we finally did it. Using Nexis, we started to examine a tedious question—how common was the term "superpredator" in the 1990s? First fruit of a cursory search: According to Nexis, the term didn't appear in any American newspaper in 1994. Its use begins in 1995, with the first references to the invention of the term by "John J. DiIulio, Princeton University's resident crime expert and one of Washington's in-vogue thinkers." That quote comes from a report by Nina Easton in the Los Angeles Times in May 1995. By 1996, th... more »

For Bernie’s Trip to the Vatican, Fast Facts and 5 Quotes Debunking Socialism

John Zmirak at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaking at a town meeting at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.] Until very recently in America, the very word "socialist" was a term of abuse. Before Bernie Sanders, calling yourself a socialist was a great way to say one of three things about yourself: You are an isolated crank who pays...more »

China Blasts US Human Rights Record

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
China has condemned the United States’ Human Rights record at home and abroad in an annual report released on Thursday. U.S. politics is corrupted by money and nepotism, with numerous wars in the Middle East providing a glimpse of how the U.S. government views “lives in other countries as worthless,” according to the scathing Chinese Human Rights report. Tasnim News reports: The report issued by the Cabinet’s State Council Information Office also cited gun crime and excessive use of force by police, and touched on other topics including corruption in the prison system, homelessness,...more »

Pharmacology journal pulls paper because third party “compromised” peer review

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (BCP) has retracted a 2015 paper about treating heart failure after deciding its peer review process had been compromised. This paper is one of the many we’ve noticed lately that have been felled by the actions of a “third party” — in this case, a manuscript editing company called […] The post Pharmacology journal pulls paper because third party “compromised” peer review appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Russian President Putin Takes Questions In His Annual Call-In Show -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*IBTimes*: *Putin Call-In Show: Russian President Talks Panama Papers, Syria, Economy* Panama Papers were leaked by lawyers and not journalists, Russian President Vladimir Putin said while answering one of the approximately 2.5 million questions submitted by citizens during an annual call-in show Thursday. The papers exposed several offshore accounts connected of world leaders, including some of Putin’s close associates. Putin said that reports about offshore accounts in Panama were a “provocation” and the German newspaper behind the exposé was obliged to Goldman Sachs, a U.S. ba...more »

This Is Why The U.S. Navy Did Not Shoot Down The Russian Jets That Buzzed The USS Donald Cook

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Navy Times*: *This is why the Navy didn't shoot down Russian jets* Russian pilots rattled nerves aboard the destroyer Donald Cook, buzzing within yards of the ship in the Baltic Sea. Provocative, sure. But they weren't a credible threat. So concludes a retired Navy commanding officer, who reviewed photos and videos from the run-ins on Monday and Tuesday, when unarmed Sukhoi Su-24 fighters flew within 1,000 feet of the ship — once coming as close as 30 feet in what U.S. officials called "simulated attacks." On Monday, a low-flying Russian Ka-27 Helix helicopter also appeared to ta... more »

Russian Reaction To Reports That Their Jets 'Buzzed' A U.S. Destroyer In The Baltic Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *You started it! Russia claims its fighter jets only buzzed US Navy warship because it was ‘in proximity’ of nearby Baltic base * * Two Russian Su-24 fighter planes thundered over the USS Donald Cook in the most 'aggressive' move in years * Jets were just 30ft above the warship during the 'simulated attack' maneuver that created a 'wake in the water' * US Destroyer was operating in the Baltic Sea, 70 miles from Kaliningrad, when the unarmed planes thundered past * The White House condemned Russia for the latest in a series of 'concerning' clashes between the two natio... more »

Big Sports Benches People of Faith

Genevieve Wood at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Basketball Player Sitting on Bench] Don't look now, but if you live in a state that stands up for the First Amendment, your favorite sport may be boycotting a town near you. In March, the National Football League threatened to pull the city of Atlanta... more »

Both Cruz and Kasich bowed to the PC police by condeming Corey Lewandowski...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*and I'm very disappointed in both of them.* Haven't we all witnessed enough people having their lives ruined because of people caving to every petty whiny complaint directed at innocent comments or actions, which in no way could be considered abuse or assault? *As I said before,* I hoped to never have to speak about Michelle Fields ever again - so I won't. This is about both Cruz and Kasich jumping on the PC bandwagon and demanding the firing of Corey Lewandowski, when it is quite clear from watching all the videos available that a "battery" did not take place. A Florida prosecuto... more »

Important Health News: Fluoride Officially Classified As A Neurotoxin In World's Most Prestigious Medical Journal! STOP DRINKING FLUORIDATED WATER!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
Every day I have, like most people, to deal with many different individuals in my work, and my personal life.... But I have indeed noticed over the last few years how much more and more people are nothing more than zombies and seem oblivious to common sense, and everything around them... I have long said that this very serious "dumbing down" of people is absolutely due to the poisonous chemicals that people are ingesting along with the FLUORIDATED water that they are drinking! I have posted many previous articles at this blog warning everyone about the damage done to their bodies an...more »

Amorous Couple Kiss During Armed Robbery

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A loving couple enjoying a drink and a night out at a bar in Billings, Montana were captured on surveillance cameras kissing their way through an armed robbery. Three suspects wearing dark clothing with bandannas and brandishing weapons held up the bar, ripping open the cash register just inches away from the couple’s closed eyes and ears. The couple seemed intoxicated and oblivious to their surroundings. NPR reports: The intertwined pair continues kissing — just feet from the cash register — throughout the holdup, which lasted less than a minute. Both wear baseball caps on backward... more »

Poll: Americans Prefer Low Prices to Items ‘Made in the USA’

JOSH BOAK & EMILY SWANSON at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: clearance - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled “Made in the U.S.A.,” even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK...more »

Pakistan Approves Draconian Cybercrime Bill

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Pakistan’s National Assembly (NA) has approved a draconian cybercrime bill named “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015” that will make it illegal for anybody to criticize the government on social media. The controversial bill punishes those “sending text messages without notifying the receiver” or “criticizing government actions on social media.” The proposed bill would criminalize internet activity, stifle its growth and damage the economy while inducing an atmosphere of fear. Adios internet. Hello intranet. Sputnik reports: The restrictive bill has been criticized by the IT ... more »

Critics Up in Arms Over New HBO Movie Warping Truth on Clarence Thomas

Blake Neff at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Clarence Thomas - 900] HBO's new movie about the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is drawing fire from critics who say it warps the truth to vilify Thomas. The confirmation hearings for Thomas, held in 1991, turned into a major political battle... more »

Warren, Sanders Sponsor Bill Going After TurboTax, Complexity of Tax Filing

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*The government could do most of this for you for free, then let you fill out the rest online. The makers of TurboTax are keeping that from happening (source).* *by Gaius Publius* *“During the term of this agreement, the IRS will not compete with the Consortium ["of tax software companies"] in providing free, on-line tax return preparation and filing services to taxpayers.”* –IRS and Free File Alliance, LLC, Free On-Line In the FDR-liberal world, the function of government is to provide services to citizens and protection from predators in the private sector. In the neo-liber... more »

Asthma Sufferers Destroying The Climate!!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Although we can rightly blame our idiotic politicians and their masters in Brussels for much of the nonsense surrounding our energy policies, there is no question that these are gold plated by bureaucrats and jobsworths. For many of them, it must be a lovely time sat at a desk compiling statistics. […]

Poland’s Church and Government Mark Christianity Anniversary

AP at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: View of the Cathedral of Gniezno from the Lake Jelonek] GNIEZNO, Poland (AP) -- Poland’s bishops on Thursday opened religious and political celebrations that mark 1,050 years of Christianity in Poland with a debate on its significance for the nation. The church and the conservative government jointly organized the three-day... more »

Not ‘Getting’ Religion: Boogeymen and Misunderstandings

Eric Metaxas at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: friar fresco - 900] The first week of April saw a social-media-driven panic sweep across the campus of Indiana University. Starting around 9:15 p.m., students started tweeting about a sinister character prowling about campus seeking whom he might devour. One student tweeted, "[IU] students... more »

Speaker Ryan: Can See Why Trump’s Comments Rattle Mideast Allies

Donna Cassata at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday the whole world is watching American politics and that he can understand how Middle East allies would be rattled by Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s provocative comments. The Wisconsin Republican, who recently... more »

Physicists retract Nature paper on Earth’s core after findings aren’t reproducible

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Physicists have retracted a highly cited paper from Nature on the behavior of electrons at the center of the Earth after other researchers could not reproduce their findings. The 2015 paper earned coverage in Science News and Live Science, where co-author Ronald Cohen explained: There was a big problem in how you generate a magnetic field, and now, because of our […] The post Physicists retract Nature paper on Earth’s core after findings aren’t reproducible appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Trump Baffles With Question About Late Ex-Penn State Coach

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump3 - 900] PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Donald Trump was showing off his knowledge of all things Pennsylvania during a Pittsburgh rally Wednesday night when he asked a baffling question -- about Penn State’s famed football coach. “How’s Joe Paterno?” Trump asked supporters. “Are... more »

Earthquake News

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Although the earthquake measured 6.4 on Japan's scale (gets confusing because Japan's scale is different than US scale I believe), residents reported significant "horizontal" shaking: Level of earthquake 'never experienced before': Kumamoto residents. The Mainchi, April 14, 2016. http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160414/p2a/00m/0na/029000c ..."We were hit with a kind of horizontal shaking I've never felt before, throwing books and photographs off the shelves, which I could barely fend off. I heard my daughter screaming in the home. I'd never had such a terrible experience befo... more »

Fetus Freaks React to Sex-Selective Abortion Study

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 13 hours ago
Fetus freaks reacted predictably to the news of a large study confirming that sex-selective abortion probably accounts for a significant male/female birth ratio imbalance in Ontario's Indo-Canadian community. (Note that freaks call it "gendercide.") There are three categories of reactions. 1. Generalized hand-wringing, tut-tutting, and slamming of abortion. 2. "Where are the feminists?" 3. Calls to action. 1. Generalized hand-wringing. Two in this category: Focus on the Family's astroturf site and LieShite, which manages to pack in a bunch of buzzwords, including "cultural profilin... more »

Russian Jets And Helicopter 'Buzz' U.S. Destroyer In The Baltic Sea -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*IBTimes:* *US Slams Russia Over Su-24 Fighter Jets Flying Near Naval Destroyer In Baltic Sea* The U.S. criticized Russia Thursday for an incident this week during which a Russian Su-24 military jet came within 30 feet of a U.S. naval destroyer in international waters in the Baltic Sea. Tuesday’s encounter followed a similar incident Monday involving a pair of Russian jets in a move U.S. military officials called “aggressive,” Agence-France Presse reported. “We have deep concerns about the unsafe and unprofessional Russian flight maneuvers,” the U.S. military’s European Com... more »

Military May Force Commanders to Interview More Women for Promotions

Blake Neff at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Military Woman-900] The U.S. military is considering a version of the NFL's "Rooney Rule" in order to achieve more diversity among its high-level officers, USA Today reports. The NFL's "Rooney Rule" (named for Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney) requires all teams to interview... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* *Tapping into the Ocean's Energy * Design in Nature: Biomimicry - Bloomberg Janine Benyus' idea goes mainstream. Swiss Bank Whistleblower Claims Panama Papers Was A CIA Operation "Aggressive" Russian Fighter Jets Buzz US Warship; Navy Releases Videos Shoe Company Accuses Obama Of Bribing It To Join TPP Trade Deal Stunning Photos Of Huge Oil Supertanker Lines Forming "World's Biggest Traffic Jam" Angola Could Be OPEC's First Member To Fall Obama to forgive permanently disabled people's student debt Small Scale, Organic Farming Only Way to Feed World - UN ReportGo... more »

Hillary Keeps Telling Lies

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
As Hillary Clinton seeks to defend her role in the 2009 Honduras coup, Democracy Now speaks with Dana Frank, an expert on human rights and U.S. policy in Honduras. "This is breathtaking that she’d say these things. I think we’re all kind of reeling that she would both defend the coup and defend her own role in supporting its stabilization in the aftermath," Frank says. "I want to make sure that the listeners understand how chilling it is that a leading presidential candidate in the United States would say this was not a coup. … She’s baldly lying when she says we never called it ... more »

World News Briefs -- April 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he visits Sohae Space Center in Cholsan County, North Pyongan province for the testing of a new engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency. REUTERS/KCNA *Reuters:* *North Korea prepares one or two intermediate-range missiles: Yonhap* North Korea has deployed one or two intermediate-range ballistic missiles on the east coast, possibly preparing for launch on or around Friday, the anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, South Korea's Yonhap news... more »

Election 19, On Grace Poe's renewables coercion

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
Ahh, Sen. and Presidential candidate Grace Poe wants us to pay for more expensive electricity from intermittent, unstable power sources. Must be upon the prodding of her ecological socialist adviser Tony la Vina, among other reasons. One more reason I won't vote for her then. She's dependent on mostly the Ateneo group. While Ciel Habito makes sense in economics, Tony la Vina is clearly socialist and central planner -- in some instances in the past, he posted things praising socialism and forced equality -- in energy and environment policy, can be her DENR Sec. if she wins. Meanwh... more »


bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016Part 3—Ninety-one years later:* "Mama tried," the late Merle Haggard once said. So did Walter Isaacson. "I turned twenty-one in prison doing life without parole," the Bakersfield country star later recalled, in a moment of introspection. "No one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried." Things turned out better for Isaacson, if not for readers of Time magazine, which Isaacson headed during the years when the famous journal, which was still influential, kept attributing lies and psychiatric infirmities to a certain White House contender. Candidate... more »

Métis and non status Indians are “Indians” under the Canadian Constitution and fall under Federal Jurisdiction

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 13 hours ago
Daniels *v.* Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12: Métis and non‑status Indians are "Indians" under s. 91(24). There is no need to delineate which mixed‑ancestry communities are Métis and which are non‑status Indians. They are all "Indians" under s. 91(24) by virtue of the fact that they are all Aboriginal peoples. "Indians" has long been used as a general term referring to all Indigenous peoples, including mixed‑ancestry communities like the Métis. Before and after Confederation, the government frequently classified Aboriginal peoples with mixed Europea... more »

First PayPal. Then Springsteen. Now a Porn Company Tries to Seize the Moral High Ground

Michael Brown at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Morally Superior Porn Company - 900] A major porn website has announced that it is blocking North Carolina users in protest of HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. So, North Carolina decides to keep its bathrooms and locker rooms safe from sexual predators and a... more »

Abadi’s Reform Plan Leads To Chaos In Iraq’s Parliament

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
In February 2016 Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar Abadi announced that he would replace his cabinet with one full of non-partisan technocrats. This caught the country’s political class by surprise as the premier had not consulted with any of them about his decision. By the end of March he presented his list of candidates, which then imploded with two of the nominees withdrawing their names, and all of the political parties with the exception of the Sadrists coming out against it. That forced Abadi to come up with another collection of individuals, but the chaos only increased with par... more »

Earthquake in Japan's Kyushu Island, Location of the Sendai and Genkai Nuclear Plants

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Magnitude 6 earthquake strikes Japan's Kyushu island, Channel Asia News, April 14, 2016, *http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/magnitude-6-2-earthquake/2696370.html* The quake hit 11km east of Kunamoto in Kyushu at a depth of around 10km….There were no irregularities at the Genkai or Sendai nuclear plants, which are on the southernmost main island of Kyushu, or at the Ikata plant on nearby Shikkoku, the Kyodo news agency reported…. So far there are no reports of problems at the nuclear power plants. That is good news because the plants are VULNERABLE. Dr. Katsuta expl... more »

The Poloz Seal Of Approval

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
The Conservatives -- and the Parliamentary Budget Office -- continue to pummel the Liberals over their budget. But Stephen Poloz made it clear yesterday that the Bank of Canada has a different take on things. Tom Walkom writes: Speaking to reporters Wednesday, central bank chief Stephen Poloz said the government’s decision to run $29-billion deficits this year and next will more than offset the negative effects of a slowing world economy, a rising Canadian dollar and low oil prices. The net effect, he said, is that he now expects Canada’s economy to do better this year than the B... more »

Iraqi Forces Rely on Air Power in Battling ISIS for Key Town

SUSANNAH GEORGE at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Army - 900] HIT, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq’s counterterrorism forces are increasingly relying on air power in the battle to take full control of a key town in western Anbar desert from Islamic State militants, the elite force’s commander said Thursday. The fight... more »

“Science advances incrementally:” Researchers who debunked gay canvassing study move field forward

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
How easy is it to change people’s minds? In 2014, a Science study suggested that a short conversation could have a lasting impact on people’s opinions about gay marriage – but left readers disappointed when it was retracted only months later, after the first author admitted to falsifying some of the details of the study, […] The post “Science advances incrementally:” Researchers who debunked gay canvassing study move field forward appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Peru: Alleged UFO Recorded Over Peasant Community

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 14 hours ago
*Source: www.diariocorreo.pe (Peru)Date: 04.13.2016* *Peru: Alleged UFO Recorded Over Peasant Community* *Text: Juan Sequeiros, Photos: Raul Puma* Early this morning, common tenants of the locality of Pucyura in Vilcabamba (Cusco, Peru) saw a UFO. Reporter Raul Puma managed to record it on video, claiming nothing like this has ever been seen before in the area. "I managed to record it at approximately 07:30 hours, but the object was flying over the vicinity of Habaspata since much earlier. At times it would approach and withdraw from where we were. It made no noise whatsoever and ... more »

Oh, What A Wonderful World This Would Be If.....A Quotation from Nikki Karis

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Source:The Pajama Guru G+*

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Newsy*: *The US Is Dropping Bombs On ISIS Even Faster Than It's Making Them* Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the fight against ISIS is depleting U.S. bomb and missile stockpiles. The U.S. is dropping bombs on ISIS even faster than it’s making them. The U.S. dropped more than 20,000 bombs and missiles on ISIS targets before the end of 2015. It's reportedly added to that total since then. In Defense Secretary Ash Carter's budget proposal, he wrote, "The accelerating intensity of our precision air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria has been depleting our stocks." *Read mor... more »

Is Chinese And Russian Military Spending Combined Equal To What The U.S. Is Currently Spending?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
China's President Xi Jinping (front), Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd row), and US President Barack Obama (3rd row) walk as they take part in an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) family photo inside the International Convention Center at Yanqi Lake in Beijing, Nov. 11, 2014. *Kaya Forest and Sierra Rayne, American Thinker*: *China and Russia combined now at military spending parity with US* Each year about this time, as the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) releases its global military spending database, we hear the same refrain: the United State... more »

Jim Fetzer's return to False Flag Weekly News

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 14 hours ago
*[Watch the embedded video above for two full hours of false flag stories – links to the stories may be found HERE.)* This false flag stuff is getting out of control. Last week, VT’s Gordon Duff almost instantly exposed the Panama Papers as yet another cover-and-deception operation … and the rest of the alternative media spent the week catching up. Alongside the Panama Scam, we had reports on a false flag attack launching a war in Nagorno-Karabakh … France holding massive “anti-terror exercises” that could go live…crisis actors in Brussels…the CIA leaving live explosives in a school ... more »

Gimmick: US Presidential Candidates Promising to ‘Bring Us Together’

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Unity Red Fake - 900] Just about all candidates for president regularly announce their intent to unite Americans, to “bring us together.” It’s a gimmick. If they are sincere, they are profoundly naive; if they are just muttering sweet nothings in order to seduce Americans to... more »

Reform: Saudi Religious Police Can’t Arrest, Must Act ‘Kindly and Gently’ in Enforcing Islamic Law

Russ Read at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Saudi Arabia Close Up Map - 900] The Saudi Arabian government stripped its religious police force of its arrest power Wednesday, telling the organization to act more "kindly" when enforcing the country's strict Islamic rules. The Haia or Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of... more »

What Muslims Don’t Really think

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Well, after all the hype, how did Trevor Phillips do? If polled, I’d be inclined to say that after all that hype, the programme itself was an anticlimax. Did *you* think Trevor Phillips’s programme was truly representative of what Muslims think? - Strongly agree, - Agree, - Neither agree nor disagree, - Disagree, - Strongly disagree. I’d tick ‘neither agree nor disagree’ I’m a terribly bad liar. I hardly ever lie in real life, but when I’m polled I lie all the time. Not that I’ve ever been polled about anything interesting. Just market research, which I dee... more »

Purse Pouches with Gold Accents

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walmart #CollectiveBias I keep several of these types of pouches in my purse to keep my organized, one holds my tech stuff like my battery pack, charge cord and head phones and another is what I call my refresh kit. It keeps all the little things that can help me ready to go again if I have been out and about. I have used it when I forgot it was picture day for my daughter, when I suddenly have a meeting come up or I am meeting someone for lunch after runnin... more »

New Book Explains Why Letting Government Control Money Is Killing our Economy

William M Briggs at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: taxes money] What is money? Why is letting government create that definition bound to lead to grief? Why are some companies “too big to fail”? Why is it that bankers and bureaucrats prosper when Main Street suffers? What is the best way... more »

Feds Polluted a River with Lead and Arsenic, But Still Won’t Protect Locals

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: The Animas River between Silverton and Durango in Colorado within 24 hours of 2015 Gold King Mine waste water spill.] It appears the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has no plan to protect humans and wildlife if contaminants left behind after August's Gold King Mine spill are stirred up and reach dangerous levels. The EPA spilled 880,000 pounds of dangerous metal... more »

Quick Thoughts on ‘All Religions Teach the Same Thing’

Jonathan Morrow at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Coexist U2 Concert - 900] Let's be honest: We don't like to offend people and we want people to like us. Because of this, we let some pretty silly ideas go unchallenged in our culture today. One perennial offender is the notion that all religions basically teach... more »

Hillary Clinton And The Culture Of Corruption

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
New Yorkers elected Hillary to the U.S. Senate twice. Before they vote Tuesday they should ask themselves what she accomplished to make their lives better while they were providing her with that stepping stone to great wealth and career advancement. And unless said voter was a political insider or a Wall Street bankster, the answer would be nothing. She didn't do a damn thing for New Yorkers. She wrote and passed 3 bills, one to change the name of a stretch of highway in Orchard Park near Buffalo to the Timothy J. Russert highway (after the NBC News anchor), one to change the name... more »

There can't be any bursting, ZIRP-driven "bubble in everything"

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Even though I am not really interested in the money too much, I would probably agree that Peter Thiel is a role model of mine. He is an unusually intelligent venture capitalist. He's co-founded important companies like PayPal, made the right investments such as the first big cash injection to Facebook, and has done real work in hedge funds since 2002, Clarium and Founders Fund. He has always (well, a few times) beat in me in chess and I think that he always will. He's considered a contrarian investor whose beliefs often differ from the overwhelming majority by 180° and if he makes... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*At this Long Island high school, Only Black Lives Matter* A white student at a predominantly Hispanic and black Long Island high school says he was targeted for punishment over his race — punched, hit with a chair and repeatedly called “cracker” and “white boy” — while administrators did nothing to protect him. Lawyers for Giovanni Micheli, now 23, aim to convince a federal jury that their client was singled out as a “minority” in Brentwood High School and then told by school officials, most of them white, to either “project more self-confidence” in order to stem the beating and ... more »

Tax Day Surprise! Big Brother is Getting Bigger and Bigger

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Taxes Dead Frustrated - 900] As the deadline approaches for filing tax returns with the IRS, on April 18 this year, most Americans are dreading the experience. Taxes have become increasingly onerous and complicated, especially for the upper brackets and those living in blue states... more »

National Association of Scholars President: Common Core ‘Cannot Be Saved’

Mercatornet at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Student, Confused, Questions, Classroom, School, Chalkboard] For the first time in history, Americans face the prospect of a unified set of national academic standards for schools from kindergarten to the end of high school. The Common Core is touted as a system that can narrow the... more »

Clashes at Trump Event in Pittsburgh; Cruz Says Rubio Would Be a Great Vice President

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: A supporter waves a sign as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Campaign 2016 ahead of the Democratic presidential debate on Thursday and the New York State primaries April 19 (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 9:20 p.m. A Donald Trump rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, drew thousands... more »

CIA To Arm Syrian Rebels With More Lethal Weapons If Ceasefire Fails

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is preparing to supply Syrian rebels with more powerful weapons should the six week old ceasefire in Syria collapse, US media report “Plan B” will come into force if the truce collapse and negotiations lead nowhere was the message reportedly relayed by CIA Director John Brennan and State Secretary John Kerry in private meetings with their Russian counterparts. Washington and its allies are discussing which weapon systems are to be delivered to “vetted moderate” rebels Wasn’t that the plan all along? Sputnik news reports: “The outside patrons ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*El Nino Collapses - Global Sea Ice Makes A Strong Comeback* North Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures Back To 1980s Levels *Daily global sea ice anomalies versus 1979-2008 mean; data courtesy University of Illinois "cryosphere"* Global temperatures spiked during the last half of 2015 as a result of the strong El Nino and were still at very high levels relative-to-normal as recently as last month. In addition, global sea ice appeared to be impacted by El Nino as it took a steep dive during much of 2015 and remained at well below-normal levels going into this year. In the past coupl... more »

#BringBackOurGirls: Video Shows Some Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram Still Alive

MICHELLE FAUL at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Nigeria Kidnapped Girls] LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- A schoolmate says she cried with joy when she saw a Boko Haram video appearing to show some of Nigeria’s kidnapped Chibok girls, with images of tearful mothers recognizing their daughters who have not been heard... more »

$375 Million: Jury Convicts Texas Doctor in Biggest Medicare Home Health Care Fraud Ever

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Medicare_Medicaid_health_care_fraud_money] DALLAS (AP) -- A jury on Wednesday convicted a Dallas-area doctor of fraud for allegedly “selling his signature” to process almost $375 million in false Medicare and Medicaid claims in what investigators called the biggest home health care fraud case... more »

U.S. Reveals Rare Joint Patrols in South China Sea With Philippines

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Philippines United States] MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The United States on Thursday revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners... more »

All the 2016 Candidates in the Big Apple for Big Primary

JULIE PACE & JONATHAN LEMIRE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: New York City subway] NEW YORK (AP) -- New York’s matzo factories and diners will take a backseat to the debate stage and talk show circuit as the entire presidential field -- two Democrats and three Republicans -- descends on the nation’s largest city.... more »

Suicide Tourism: Non-Canadians Not Eligible for Assisted Suicide

ROB GILLIES at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Canada Assisted Suicide] TORONTO (AP) -- Canada’s new assisted suicide law to be announced on Thursday will exclude non-Canadians, which means Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die. A senior government official told The Associated Press late Wednesday the new... more »

Kasich Campaign Traces Improbable Path Toward GOP Prize

KATHLEEN RONAYNE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich visits a polling station at the high school, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. as voters cast their ballots for the first in the nation presidential primary. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)] CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- John Kasich won’t come close to securing enough delegates for the Republican nomination before this summer’s convention. He won’t control the powerful rules committee, either -- a critical tool in securing favorable terrain in Cleveland. No... more »

CDC Concludes That Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
The US health watchdog has concluded that mounting evidence proves that the zika virus causes microcephaly in newborns. US health officials warned this week the Zika outbreak could have more of an effect on the United States and called for additional funding to combat the virus. RT reports: After months of scientific study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that there is now enough evidence to clearly establish that the Zika virus causes microcephaly in the newborn offspring of infected mothers. To determine the cause and effect link between adverse pregnancy ... more »

Evan Harris probably needed a doctor after this

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Not that *no one *at the BBC has giving Hacked Off a good roasting over the past couple of days, because *someone *has. Can you guess who?

Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'rewriting history' after deleting hundreds of articles and speeches from his website per Telegraph

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
'Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of "rewriting history" after deleting hundreds of outspoken articles and speeches from his website including a number of pieces critical of the EU. One of the articles sets out the Labour leader's true feelings on the European Union in a damning attack about the influence the bloc has over the British Government. Mr Corbyn has wiped his entire archive of writing from his personal blog meaning that none of the articles can be accessed.' This Telegraph article http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/Jeremy_Corbyn/12184405/Jeremy-Corbyn-accused-of-re... more »

The U.S. Navy Is Getting Ready For Submarine Warfare

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
The Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) transits the Thames River to her new homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London. New Mexico joins Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Patrick Evans/Released) *Washington Post: **Tension on the South China Sea draws concerns. So should submarine warfare underneath.* Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter is in Asia this week, making stops in India and the Philippines to bolster relationships that the United States could call on in a time of crisis. Discussion has focused at least in part on the South China... more »

Actually, just out of interest...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
The title of the previous post echoes something Evan Davis said twice on last night's *Newsnight*. He was 'summarising' Andrew Mitchell MP's dismissive response to the whole 'Whittingdale Affair' whilst interviewing Mr Mitchell: *OK. Move along, move along. Nothing to see. Actually, just out of interest... * And later, during his interview with Nick Clegg, Evan again 'paraphrased' Andrew Mitchell's position: *While we've got you, I just wonder if we can talk to you about John Whittingdale very briefly and what you make of, I mean, Andrew Mitchell telling us earlier, "Nothing to ... more »

Plane Nearly Takes Off Photographer’s Head

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
A plane trying to land at a notoriously dangerous airport in the Caribbean just missed a photographer’s head as he was busy snapping photos of the approach. abc news radio reports: Video of the scary moment shows the unidentified man quickly squatting down as the plane flies just inches above him. The man, dressed in beach shorts and a T-shirt, then immediately pops back up to continue snapping the plane as it lands. The airport in Saint Barthélemy, a French-speaking Caribbean island, is considered one of the most dangerous in the world because of its short landing strip. ABC Breaki...more »

Failed Green Deal scheme cost £17,000 for every household that signed up

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Paul2 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/13/failed-green-deal-scheme-cost-17000-for-every-household-that-sig/ From the Telegraph: Taxpayers have been left with a £17,000 bill for every household that signed up to the Government’s failed flagship energy efficiency scheme, the Green Deal. Ministers wasted a total of £240 million on the ill-fated programme, which was launched in 2013 with […]

China’s Real Pollution Problem

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.examiner.com/article/eighty-percent-of-chinese-water-is-too-toxic-to-drink An interesting article by Thomas Richard in the Examiner: Over 80 percent of China’s wells is heavily polluted, according to new statistics reported by Chinese Media and the NY Times this week, raising new concerns about the world’s most populated country. However, most Chinese cities get […]

Conspiracy theories

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
So was the BBC itself pushing a "conspiracy theory" (about Mr Whittingdale and the press) as part of an actual conspiracy of its own (to bring down its 'enemy', Mr Whittingdale)? Quite a few people are claiming (or implying) as much - from the *Spectator *to Stephen Glover, from *Biased BBC *to Neil Wallis on *Today. * It was faintly comical that Emily Maitlis and John Sweeney (on Tuesday night) said - for 'balance' - that critics of Hacked Off and others might say that Hacked Off & Co. have an 'agenda', a 'grievance'. The *Newsnight *pair* didn't *entertain the possibility that *... more »

Nothing to see here. Move along

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Sarah Montague's interview with Roger Alton on this morning's *Today* was an interesting one. As well as being interesting in its own right, it was also interesting because of the bits about the BBC. Sarah's introduction showed that *Today* was concerned about the main headline in the *Daily Telegraph*: Here's Sarah Montague's introduction in full: *Why did the BBC disclose that the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has a six-month relationship with a sex worker that newspapers knew about but were not reporting? The **Telegraph** quotes a cabinet minister saying the BBC is pur... more »

UK Homes Could Be Heated By Hydrogen!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/09/uk-homes-could-be-heated-by-hydrogen-under-plan-to-tackle-global/ Little Emily reports in the Telegraph: UK households could start heating their homes and cooking using ‘green’ hydrogen gas within a decade, under a radical new plan to tackle climate change by phasing out the use of natural gas. The entire gas network for the city of Leeds, […]

Who Kneels Before Jesus? Those Who Know How Much They Need Him

Mary DeMuth at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Kneeling - 900] Who kneels before Jesus? We can learn a lot just by taking a quick look to see: A demon possessed man (Mark 5:6) Jairus whose daughter was dying (Mark 6:22) A man whose son had seizures (Matthew 17:14) A man with... more »

United Nations Urged To Ban The Use Of 'Killer Robots'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Bomber With Long Range Anti-Ship Missile. This missile can select targets in-flight. US Air Force *Popular Science: **The International Community Is About To Debate Killer Robots* To ban or let be? Nobody wants a robot apocalypse. From the mechanical worker’s revolt in R.U.R. (the play that gave us the word “robot”) to the bleak, nuke-scarred hellscapes of the Terminator and Matrix films, the idea of humanity destroyed by tools of its own creation is compelling, if still the domain of fiction. To keep the apocalypse firmly in the realm of the speculative, today the International ... more »

Global Oil Glut Leaves Supertankers In A Huge 'Traffic' Jam

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Shipping vessels and oil tankers line up on the eastern coast of Singapore in this July 22, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files *Reuters*: *Band plays on, as global oil glut leaves supertankers in a huge jam* It may be the world's biggest traffic jam. As ports struggle to cope with a global oil glut, huge queues of supertankers have formed in some of the world's busiest sea lanes, where some 200 million barrels of crude lies waiting to be loaded or delivered. The vessels, filled with oil worth around $7.5 billion at current market prices, would stretch for almost 40 km (25 mil... more »

News from an ex BBC 'expert' that the BBC won't be reporting

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Ex BBC 'expert' Robert Preston has an interesting take on the John Whittingdale news http://www.itv.com/news/2016-04-13/tom-watson-now-labours-deputy-leader-cautioned-sunday-people-against-publishing-whittingdale-affair-story/ but as it doesn't chime with the BBC / Labour Party line I doubt that the BBC will pay it any notice. 'Tom Watson, now Labour's deputy leader, cautioned Sunday People against publishing Whittingdale-affair story' Inconvenient truths are ignored by the institutionally pro Labour Party BBC if they would otherwise threaten their narrative.

Whipping up a storm (in a tea cup?)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
The 'Whittingdale Affair' was quite the one-and-a-bit-day-wonder, wasn't it? After floating around on the internet for a while, causing a row at the UK Press Gazette and being made the subject of an article by *Private Eye*, Ian Katz's *Newsnight* decided to approach the Culture Secretary about it on Tuesday and then splashed the story on that night's edition, thus making it into a 'major story'. *Newsnight*'s coverage that night was certainly full of insinuations but they added quite a few caveats too. In other words, they had their cake and ate it. By the following morning, the... more »


Alison at Creekside - 19 hours ago
October 2015 election campaign : Justin Trudeau defends the Conservative government's $15B armoured combat vehicle deal with Saudi Arabia as being just about "jeeps". Photo at right November 16 2015 : Saudi National Guard moving combat vehicles to Yemen border in November. Are those our LAVs? Yes they are. G&M Feb. 22 2016 : Saudis appear to be using Canadian-made combat vehicles against Yemeni rebels "... a retired Canadian general consulted by The Globe and Mail, who spoke on condition of anonymity, identified the LAVs being transported to Najran as fighting vehicles made by G... more »

Citizen scientists (gamers) beat experts, PCs in protein folding, quantum tasks

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Andy Hall, a creator physics games, has tweeted about a rather amazing article in Ars Technica, Gamers help satisfy the need for speed in quantum manipulations, which talks about the successes of a high-brow game named FoldIt and developed initially in 2008 and especially about its young sibling, Quantum Moves. *Download FoldIt now* The people behind FoldIt had previously created Rosetta@home which (just like the Mersenne prime project and others) used the idle time of computers of many volunteers to solve "protein folding" tasks for the molecular biochemists. With Rosetta@hom... more »

China Reveals Future Military Plans On The Disputed Islands In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Washington Free Beacon:* *China Outlines Plan for Military Buildup on Disputed Island* Website reveals future warship deployment to Philippines’ Scarborough Shoal China’s plan for a new military buildup on a disputed island near the Philippines shows the future deployment of Chinese warships close to where U.S. naval forces will be stationed in the future. Details of the militarization plan for Scarborough Shoal in the Spratly Islands were obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies over the last several months, according to defense officials. The plans were confirmed last month when... more »

Military Photo of the Day

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Armored Vehicle-900] A U.S. Army soldier fires his armored combat vehicle’s M2 machine gun during a live-fire exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on April 5, 2016. Thank you to this brave soldier for his service to our country.

President Obama Visits The CIA Headquarters In Langley To Discuss The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*L.A. Times*: *President Obama visits CIA headquarters as U.S. steps up attacks against Islamic State* President Obama made a rare visit Wednesday to CIA headquarters for briefings on the war against Islamic State as the administration steps up air attacks along a patch of Syria's northern border in a renewed push to block the flow of fighters and supplies to the extremist group. Obama, who recently asked the Pentagon and CIA for proposals to increase pressure in Syria, is considering sending 200 more members of U.S. special operations forces to advise and assist Kurdish and Arab ... more »

97% of the country is aware that 97% of climate change scientists are trying to scam them.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 21 hours ago
The Paid Propagandist John Cook - who is an unfunny cartoonist; - who dresses in German SS costumes; - who runs the flawed *UNSkeptical UNScience* blog; - who is in charge of a delusional science course for Queensland University; had a pal-reviewed paper published that pushed the 97% consensus fallacy. Unfortunately, another peer-reviewed paper was published that corrected statistical errors in the Cook et al paper. Legates et al from the abstract of their paper Climate Consensus and Misinformation Agnotology is the study of how ignorance arises via circulation of... more »

Updated: An Open Letter to the Bloodline Royals, by Adamu of the Pleiadian Monad

        AMERICAN KABUKI at AMERICAN KABUKI - 21 hours ago
*Update: There is some disagreement about the Sphere Alliance's identification of Zingdad, I have a friend on the ground that will check it out but in the mean time I'm pull the data as it may be in error. Once I correct or verify that data, I will repost the data. We occasionally find bad data, just like in any earth database there is incorrect data. * *That's the very reason you DON'T want your doctor solely making diagnosis from computer records, rather than from skills and intuition. Data sometimes gets messed up. Sometimes people doctor data to misdirect. Sometimes er... more »

Thorne Dreyer : METRO EVENT | An evening with actress Barbara Williams and her husband, Tom Hayden

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 21 hours ago
Blues diva Leeann Atherton is also featured at this gathering benefiting The Rag Blog and Rag Radio. By Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | April 14, 2016 Event: An Evening With Barbara Williams and Tom Hayden What: Benefit for … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *METRO EVENT* | An evening with actress Barbara Williams and her husband, Tom Hayden

The U.S. - Iran Nuclear Agreement Is Starting To Show Strains

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) shake hands as Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi (2nd R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton watch in Muscat, Oman, Nov. 9, 2014. *Matthew Lee, ABC News/AP*: *Analysis: Iran Nuclear Deal Puts US in Bind Amid Criticism* The Obama administration is in a bind. Between Iran and a hard place. As it seeks to implement, preserve and strengthen the landmark nuclear deal it negotiated with Iran, the administration is being buffeted by criticism from all sides: Iran, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, not to ment... more »

Transpicuous News: Global Protests.... Everyone is pissed!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 23 hours ago
Washington DC is the capital of arrested peaceful protesters this week- young and old!! The French are fuckin' pissed, the Italians and the Icelandic people are ready to riot..... the world is seriously ticked off. D News Links: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/11/health-officials-sound-alarm-bell-over-zika-virus-spread.html http://www.medicanaustralia.com.au/cannabis-news/http-www-gizmodo-com-au-2016-02-medicinal-marijuana-has-been-legalised-in-australia http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_Legislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5609 http://www.d... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
#USNavy's #USSDonaldCook encounters aggressive Russian aircraft in #BalticSea. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/t0uFEfMOoX — U.S. Navy (@USNavy) April 13, 2016

IRS Encourages People To File Stolen, Illegal Tax Returns

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Ever have your identity stolen? Know anyone who has? Well, if your Social Security number is being illegally used by an illegal immigrant to illegally file illegal tax returns, the IRS will not only ‘look the other way’ but, according to the IRS Commissioner, they will ‘encourage this activity,’ as long as you’re an illegal immigrant. Washingtonexaminer.com reports: IRS Commissioner John Koskinen made the statement in response to a question from Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., during a session of the Senate Finance Committee about why the IRS appears to be collaborating with taxpayers who ... more »

Pope Francis Builds Vatican Army To Prepare For Coming World War

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Pope Francis has quietly gathered an army of between ‘ten to twelve thousand highly trained soldiers’ according to conservative estimates by Vatican observers, and has even deployed a number of these troops in Syria. The Pope has one of the oldest standing military units in the world, the Pontifical Swiss Guard, formed in 1506 by Pope Julius II. Generally throughout history this private militia, populated by top ex-Swiss soldiers, has functioned as a personal bodyguard service for the Pontiff, with total numbers rarely exceeding one hundred. Observers were first intrigued and then... more »

TN Report: To Baal or Not to Baal.... that is the question

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 23 hours ago
They're building a temple of Baal. No, the archway of Baal. No, the Arch of Triumph. .... In New York and in London. No... just London. Maybe. .... There are a whole lotta questions that go along with this ridiculous mess~~~~ D Why the Arch of Triumph of Palmyra is being recreated in London - 1,800 years after it was built - - [image: Artist's impression: How the Arch of Triumph will look in Trafalgar Square, London]Artist's impression: How the Arch of Triumph will look in Trafalgar Square, London CREDIT: COURTESY OF INSTITUTE OF DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOG... more »

Pentagon Releases A Video Of A US-Led Precision Airstrike Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Business Insider:* *Watch a US-led precision airstrike obliterate an ISIS weapons cache* The US military has released a video it says shows the US-led anti-ISIS coalition obliterating an ISIS weapons storage facility near Qayyarah, Iraq. The airstrikes were conducted April 1 as part of a larger operation by the coalition on that day, with 17 strikes being carried out throughout Iraq and Syria. US Central Command said the airstrikes near Qayyarah hit a range of targets beyond the weapons cache. The coalition also conducted two airstrikes that destroyed a tactical vehicle and two m... more »

Conspiracy Afoot

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 23 hours ago
If I wasn't such a logical thinker (or at least I like to fancy myself as one) I might be forgiven for thinking there was a conspiracy afoot. The washer, my bookshelf (or lack thereof, to be more accurate) and even the provincial government seemed to be in cahoots regarding my overtime. (Honestly, I'm NOT a government conspiracy nut... a self-professed political geek, yes but a surly anti-government Albertan, no). Ah overtime, it's rather like hen's teeth these days given the current economic volatility. But it does exist, even if it doesn't make its presence known as much as i... more »

=UPDATED= Kenya Deportations: Taiwan drinks the heady gaoliang of febrile nationalism

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
*Our bikes in Fenchihu on Sunday. We stopped to snack, parked by the motorbikes by the roadside. "You can't park them there," a vendor warned us. "The cops will give tickets to people who park in the street because people walk there. Better park them on the sidewalk." * *'Sovereign, like love, means anything you want it to mean; * *it's a word in dictionary between sober and sozzled.' -- R. Heinlein* (Updates at bottom) So much going on in this crazy case of deportation of alleged Taiwanese fraudsters from Kenya to China. Haven't seen such a display of dysfunctional, febrile nation... more »

New World Order Reveal Plans To Decode Your Brain And Read Your Mind

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Over forty heads of state and government as well as 2500 leaders from business and finance met at Davos, Switzerland early this year. What did these members of the world’s ruling class talk about? Their plans to decode your brain and read your mind. Describing the human brain as a ‘blob of meat that computes,’ the panel of experts revealed that the ultimate New World Order plan is to access the ‘thoughts and feelings that you may not be able to verbalize.’ So, is the privacy of our thoughts a basic human right, or should we let them quite literally put words in our mouths? What are... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Air Force recently approved two initiatives for the remotely piloted aircraft career field. Eight RPA reconnaissance squadrons will be redesignated as attack squadrons, and the Air Force has also authorized RPA aircrews to log combat time when flying an aircraft within designated hostile airspace, regardless of the aircrew's physical location. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay)

A Strategic Analysis Of The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *Dean Shumate, Small Wars Journal*: *What’s in a Name: A Strategic Analysis of The Islamic State* Introduction Since 2014, the international community has seen the spread of The Islamic State (IS) throughout Iraq, Syria, Libya, and parts of Afghanistan. IS has been referenced by many names, but which is correct? The current presidential candidates argue how IS grew and conquered territory the size of Israel. The Democrats state if the U.S. never invaded Iraq in 2003, there would be no IS; conversely, the Republicans argue if a residual force were left behind instead of comple... more »

It Doesn't Matter WHY Independent Voters Dislike Hillary, It Only Matters That They Do

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Have you noticed that in state after state, polling starts in Hillary's favor and the more she and Bernie campaign, the closer than race becomes. The more Democratic primary voters see of her, the less they like her and the more they see of him, the more they like him. But, yes, in a lesser-of-two-evils race between Hillary and Trump, she can win. Probably the same holds true if the GOP puts up Cruz. Independents don't like her and they don't trust her-- and they make up over 40% of the electorate. They'll go for her over Trump, or they just won't vote. They embrace Bernie over Tr... more »

“Why younger people can’t afford a house”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Dominic Frisby tells Guardian readers why younger people can’t afford a house. Three reasons: - money became too cheap - planning rules became too numerous, and - it’s in the interests of the political elite to keep them that way. This is not just true for the UK, but every place following their flawed prescription of town planning *plus* fractional-reserve banking. Which is to say, every developed country on the planet. *House prices [in the UK] have **risen by 10% in the last year* * …What that means is that the intergenerational wealth divide just rose by another 10% ... more »

Fifteen 9/11 Hijackers Were Saudi CIA Plants

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Fifteen of the 9/11 hijackers were CIA assets hired by the U.S. government tasked with committing the attacks on September 11, 2001, in order further the U.S. and Israel agenda of destroying the Middle East. Former congressman Dr. Kevin Barrett claims the truth about these CIA sponsored Saudi agents may become public if the government decide to declassify the redacted 28-pages on the official 9/11 report. Barrett says the documents prove that Saudi Arabia had a leading role in the attacks, which were ultimately orchestrated by the U.S. government. Presstv.com reports: “It appears t...more »

Scientists Warn Human Cloning Will Lead To Black Market Terror

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Advancements in human cloning will lead to a scary black market problem, leading scientists warn. According to a report in the UK Express: While it remains illegal in most countries, including the UK, scientists have reached a point where they are able to clone human embryos on a grand scale. However, it is legal for scientists to follow certain therapeutic cloning procedures, if the sole purpose of it is to study cells. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 allows scientists to study the effects of therapeutic cloning – which is where a nucleus is taken from a cell and tr... more »

Bank Insider Says Panama Papers Leak Was a CIA Operation

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A whistleblower working at the UBS bank in Switzerland has claimed that the Panama Papers leak was a CIA operation designed to embarrass countries such as Russia as part of a political propaganda campaign. Bradley Birkenfeld says the 11 million documents stolen from a Panamanian law firm should not be considered genuine. Cnbc.com reports: Instead, he said, the hacking of the Panama City-based firm, called Mossack Fonseca, could have been done by a U.S. intelligence agency. “The CIA I’m sure is behind this, in my opinion,” Birkenfeld said. Birkenfeld pointed to the fact that the poli... more »

I Really Doubt I Needed to Make a Map of Port Henry's Subway System...

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
The most amusing thing is it's actually still under development. The version I'm working on actually has rerouted some of the lines and given some thought to peak hours service. And I'll need to come up with street names. This probably isn't something that'll actually get any use in our campaign, it's more a function that I'm (1) having fun making a fictional city; (2) have a bit of break between game sessions; (3) love maps; and (4) had a career ambition of being a subway motorman once upon a time. One of my favorite things was going on trips to all sorts of interesting places wi... more »

Presidential Pardon In Macedonia On Wiretapping Scandal Results In Widespread Protests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Radio Free Europe*:* Demonstrations Continue In Macedonia After Presidential ‘Pardon' In Wiretapping Scandal* Protesters in Macedonia, angry about President Gjorge Ivanov's decision to halt prosecutions of officials linked to a wiretapping scandal, have broken into one of the president's offices. The demonstrators on April 13 broke windows of the street-level office in central Skopje that is occasionally used by Ivanov, storming into the building and ransacking rooms inside. Demonstrators also broke windows and clashed with police at the nearby Ministry of Justice, while another... more »

Tech for tots

skrashen at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
The US Department of Education just tweeted support for a report from "Common Sense Kids Action": https://www.commonsensemedia.org/kids-action/our-initiatives/the-right-start-commission, a recomendation for "universal access to quailty early ed." I took a look. The major thrust: Create a "consumer's report" on tech-ed products. The group is supported by the Gates Foundation: http://www.scoop.it/t/bill-melinda-gates-foundation/?tag=Common+Sense+Media. I posted three comments to their tweet: (1) Worried about this: "quality" early childhood ed sometimes = too much academics, te... more »

Authorities Searching For Women Who Had Contact With Ebola

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Health authorities from Mali are looking for two women they believe left Guinea after having had contact with a person suffering from Ebola. According to ABC News: Dr. Keni Diarra, head doctor at the health center in Kenieba in the Kayes region, said Wednesday the two Guinean women came to Mali Sunday. He said they are suspected to be in Hamdallaye, a village in Kayes. The World Health Organization says there have been eight cases of Ebola and seven deaths since late February in Guinea, flare-ups that came months after the nation was declared Ebola-free. In Mali eight people were in...more »

Russian Leader Claims ‘Wrath Of God’ Event Is Coming

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russian religious leader Patriarch Kirill has issued a bizarre warning to the world urging people to begin immediate preparations for a “wrath of God” event to occur in the near future. This follows revelations that Western leaders are planning a mass satanic ritual to welcome in a mysterious new planet into our solar system that’s set to wreak havoc on Earth. As previously reported, the mysterious new planet heading towards Earth, known as Planet Nine, has worried Russian President Vladimir Putin so much so that he has created a National Guard force in order to safeguard Russians ...more »

White House Say They Will Declassify 9/11 Documents

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
U.S. Senator Bob Graham has confirmed that he has received a telephone call from the White House who say they will declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 documents that clarify Saudi Arabia’s role on the September 11 attacks. Graham said that Brett Holmgren, a senior policy adviser to the assistant to the president for Homeland Security, told him that the declassification review of the withheld 9/11 report will “soon be completed”. Tampabay.com reports: Graham, who asked the president to declassify the records more than two years ago, said he asked how soon he could expect a decision and w...more »

Scientists Shocked By Alignment Of Supermassive Black Holes

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A joint paper released by universities from South Africa shows a perplexing alignment of the jets of many black holes… and it has scientists on edge. GeoBeats News reports: A grouping of distant, massive black holes thought to be operating independently of each other may actually share a common thread. A new paper led by the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape, both in South Africa, suggests their jets are all aligned in the same direction. These entities are located millions of light years apart in an area of space known as ELAIS-N1. Andrew Russ Taylor, one of...more »

Russia Simulate Attack On US Warship

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
US officials have confirmed that two Russian warplanes flew “simulated attacks” this week near a US warship stationed in international waters near Russia. Two unarmed Russian Su-24 fighter jets came extremely close to the USS Donald Cook that they created “a wake in the water”, US officials say. Sky News reports: The overflights are said to have occurred on Monday and Tuesday and were described by US officials as “more aggressive than anything we’ve seen in some time”. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the incident “raises serious safety concerns” and the US is “concerned...more »

Six Reasons Why We Might Be Aliens

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Is it possible that mankind was brought to Earth as part of an alien experiment on evolution? The following list outlines reasons why humans may not be native to this planet, and may have been brought here by an extraterrestrial race who escaped a destroyed world. 1. Sunlight Humans, in contrast with other species, cannot sunbath for more than a given time per day without getting sunburned. This indicates that the human body was not designed for constant exposure to the sun. The same can be said for our eyes, our eyes are very sensitive to the sunlight around us and without being ta... more »

India Vows To Dismantle Monsanto’s Death Grip

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Monsanto has been exploiting cotton farmers in India, and now the country is vowing to continue regulating the GMO seed prices as well as protect its farmers. RT reports: Monsanto is being pushed by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept the dictated government price, as India expects to develop its own genetically modified (GM) cotton varieties early next year. In a move to break away from a dependency on American technological know-how in the genetic seed market, India has cut royalties paid by local firms for Monsanto’s seeds by more than 70 percent. The govern... more »

Turkish Leader Calls For “Death To Armenian Dogs”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Deputy head of Sweden’s main Turkish association, Barbaros Leylani, has urged all Turks to kill “Armenian dogs” in a shocking speech given at Sergels Square. Leylani has been forced to resign in disgrace shortly after saying to the crowd, “let us show Sweden, Scandinavia and Europe what Turkey stands for. We do not like blood, but we can let the blood flow when it is needed.” RT.com reports: The organization has distanced itself from Lelyani’s comments, saying that its main goal is to work towards equal rights. Leylani issued an apology on Monday on the association’s website sa... more »

Cleveland Police Spend $20 Million Dollars On Riot Gear

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Cleveland police are spending over $20 million dollars on security equipment and tactical gear in preparation for the Republican National Convention this summer. Cleveland and Philadelphia, which will host the convention, were each given $50 million by the federal government to cover security costs associated with the convention. Cleveland have projected that $20 million of that money will go on security equipment and riot gear, with a further $30 million going on “personnel-related expenditures”. Vox.com reports: Philadelphia has not yet announced how it will use the money. In Mar... more »

One Man’s First-Hand Experience With Reptilians

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A man who has had some frightening experiences with reptilians has written his first-hand account and it is catching fire across the internet. We are producing it here in full for you to form your own opinion about his account: It was my great misfortune to be born into a family who were members of a religious sect comprised of some the most ignorant and narrow-minded bigots I have ever encountered – the Plymouth Brethen. As a result of continual daily brainwashing since the earliest age, I initially tried to fit the psychic and spiritual experiences which I had as a young child int... more »

Solid Commitment

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Several ecological protesters put their feet in cement near the state palace of Istana Negara in Jakarta, Wednesday, in protest of plans by state-owned PT Semen Indonesia to develop a new cement factory in central Java. The nine women taking part in the protest have stated that they will not leave the site until they are met by Indonesian President Joko Widodo and their demands are heard.

The US-NATO Created Mess in Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Ukraine slides into chaos as the prospect of all out war re-emergesby Leon Tressell The recent bout of in-fighting within the Kiev junta has been accompanied by warning’s from the IMF that Ukraine must do more to deal with the massive problems of corruption before it receives any more loans. The in-fighting between the various oligarchs and their political puppets within the Rada reflects the failure of crony capitalism to deal with any of the pressing economic, social and political problems facing Ukrainian society. The deepening political crisis within Ukraine reveals how the ... more »

Chemtrail Mercury Poisoning – One Woman’s Tale of Terror

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The following is one person’s horrifying account of her personal experience with mercury poisoning through chemtrails being sprayed constantly. This may be the most comprehensive information ever written on the health dangers of chemtrail poisoning as reported on GlobalSkyWatch.com. The author explains that if anything is gained by the reader, it is the following: Chemtrails cause symptoms that are identical to mercury poisoning. My experience with mercury poisoning from amalgam (“silver”) dental fillings is a perfect subset of chemtrail symptoms. I say subset because chemtrails ... more »

Pentagon Admits To Using 'Cyber Bombs' Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Channel 4 News *FOX News*: *US dropping 'cyber bombs' on ISIS, Pentagon official says* The U.S. has ramped up its fight against the Islamic State terror group's online capabilities, dropping so-called "cyber bombs" on the militants, a top Pentagon official said Tuesday. "Those guys are under enormous pressure. Every time we have gone after one of their defended positions over the last six months, we have defeated them. They have left, they have retreated," Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work told Reuters. Defense Secretary Ash Carter gave some explanation for the concept of "cyb... more »

Reasonable Doubt

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 1 day ago
Anyone charged with a criminal offence in Canada is presumed to be innocent. That is just a fancy way of saying that the prosecution must prove someone charged with a crime is guilty. If the prosecution does not prove someone is guilty that case against them fails and they must be acquitted. What proving someone guilty means is not immediately obvious. It could mean it is more likely than not that they committed the crime. Or it could mean they very likely did commit the crime. Or it could mean there is no reasonable doubt but they committed the crime. In Canada the last of... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( April 13 , 2016 ) Overview For Wednesday ( 1.South Korea's Ruling Conservative Party Suffers Defeat In Parliament , Parliamentary Majority Lost. 2. Despite Goomy Outlook - DAX and US Stocks Rip Today ! 3. Schauble Taking On All Comers , Greece , IMF , ECB - "Bring It On" . 4. Commodity Items Of Note - Energy XXI Said To File For Chapter 11 Thursday , Peabody Files For Chapter 11 Wednesday , India Becoming Guzzler Of Oil As Demand Jumps , Expectations Dampened For Output Freeze Deal At Doha , EIA Crude Stocks +6.63 MLN - And More News. 5. Brazil Sees Impeachment Drive Drawing Closer - 320 Lawmakers Back Impeachment. 6. Syria Has Parliamentary Elections Today. 7. Libya News De Jour. 8. Brexit Items - Cameron Not Leaving If UK Votes To Leave. 9. Ukraine In Focus As Groisman Looks Likely To Take PM Post. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Overview ....... Late Additions ...... *MineForNothing* ‏@minefornothing 3m3 minutes ago JAPAN'S 40-YEAR YIELD FALLS TO RECORD 0.405% *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 4m4 minutes ago big move: CHINA FIXES YUAN AT 6.4891 VS 6.4591 *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 3m3 minutes ago CHINA WEAKENS YUAN REFERENCE RATE MOST SINCE JAN. 7 South Korea *The EconomistVerified account* ‏@TheEconomist 1m 1 minute ago Polls suggest *South Korea*'s ruling party has lost a majority. Disgruntled public, perhaps http://econ.st/1No2wXl *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 5m 5 minutes ago WON... more »

GAIA PORTAL: Harbingers of planetary change are recognized

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Harbingers of planetary change are recognized* by ÉirePort Harbingers of planetary change are recognized. Electives are sought, and selected. Frequencis of Hue-Being mastery complete their functions. Full motion forward. ÉirePort | April 13, 2016 at 21:21 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-y2

Trump's Not The Only One Like That... Do You Remember Leona Helsmely? And There's Steve Wynn

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Remember Leona Helmsley? She had her moment of tabloid fame in the '80s. A crooked real estate agent whose real estate license was suspended, she married an elderly, rich real estate developer who owned the Helmsley Palace, right down the blocked from my NYC office. She was a billionaire who refused it pay contractors who worked for her and was eventually found guilty of tax evasion (and extortion). That's when she became infamous and a poster child for what Bernie refers to as "the millionaire and billionaire class." At the trial a housekeeper who worked at the Helmsley mansion in... more »

Pentagon Issues Warning On The Growing Strength Of Al Qaeda In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Long War Journal:** US military admits al Qaeda is stronger in Afghanistan than previously estimated* A senior US general in Afghanistan recently admitted the US military and intelligence services’ long-held belief that al Qaeda has only 50 to 100 operatives based in the country is incorrect, stating that number must be revised upward. Since 2010, US officials have claimed that al Qaeda has been “decimated” in Afghanistan and has maintained a consistent minimal presence of 50 to 100 operatives. For more than six years, The Long War Journal has warned that official estimate of al...more »

Big Brother and UFOs

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
I was channel surfing the other night and came onto a commercial for an upcoming program about a woman who had been abducted and murdered. What caught my attention was that they showed the woman using an ATM, walking in a mall, and later in her car and what looked like the arm of a man who had hidden in the backseat. In other words, her activities on that day had been documented to what I think of as a frightening extent. Nearly her every action was caught on video equipment; all used legally, all installed for safety, and putting all our lives under scrutiny. I’ve seen the same thi... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Politically Incorrect to Talk Western Values on College Campuses, by PETE HOEKSTRA* *In a discussion with Ed Morrissey. Start transcript:* Morrissey: Is Western civilization ended at Stanford University? Is that what I'm reading here? Hoekstra: It ended a number of years ago when they, Stanford, eliminated a requirement that students have a requirement to study the history of Western civilization. And the good thing is now there's a group of students on campus who got a petition signed by, I think it was like roughly 350 of their peers, to have a vote on whether Western civiliza... more »

U.S. Navy Releases Photos And Videos On How Close A Russian Fighter Was To A U.S. Destroyer (Hint: It Was Very Close)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft makes a very-low altitude pass by the USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) April 12, 2016, in the Baltic Sea near Poland. Donald Cook, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, forward deployed to Rota, Spain is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. U.S. NAVY 6TH FLEET PHOTO/RELEASED *CBS:* *USS Donald Cook buzzed again by Russian jets in Baltic* *Last Updated Apr 13, 2016 2:55 PM EDT* Yet again Russian jets made provocatively close passes to an American warsh... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 13, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Josh Rogin, Bloomberg*:* Obama Considers Bigger Role in Syria, But Endgame Unclear* On Wednesday, President Barack Obama is to assemble his top national security officials at the CIA to discuss options to increase pressure on the Islamic State in Syria. With each additional step, he risks drawing the U.S. further into the conflict he has spent five years trying to avoid. The meeting of the National Security Council Principals Committee brings together some of the president’s top cabinet members, most of whom have been pressing Obama to allow them to do more to fight the Islamic St... more »

World News Briefs -- April 13, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ABC News (Australia)*: *Syrian conflict: Government holds parliamentary elections as diplomacy struggles in UN peace talks* Syrians have voted in a parliamentary election in Government-held areas of the country in what voters called a show of support for President Bashar al-Assad, who is holding the poll in defiance of opponents seeking to oust him. The election has gone ahead independently of UN-led peace talks which re-started in Geneva on Wednesday, aiming to find a political solution to the five-year-long war. The Government said the election is being held on time in line wi... more »

The Awful Truth About “TeaTox” Detoxing

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
“Teatox” is a trendy new way millennials are trying to lose weight under the guise of “ridding the body of toxins”. Boo Tea is one of the newest teatox diet supplements being touted by celebrities and is also yet another example of a dangerous version of “tea-toxing”. A reviewer from YoungAndTwenty explains the risks and dangers of Boo Tea and Tea Tox in general” BooTea is a UK based company claiming to specialize in 100% natural health supplements. They also offer: Shakes, Multivits, Little Oats and a fitness plan. The Lowdown Over my few years of blogging I’ve gotten the change ... more »

SBA List & NRTL Just Backed Congresswoman Who Almost Killed an Abortion Ban

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Abortion Law, Judge's Gavel, Pro-Life] Two of America’s most influential pro-life groups have backed an incumbent Congresswoman who derailed a vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation -- just weeks after both groups attacked another Congresswoman, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), for her role in... more »

Azusa Now: 75,000 Pack the L.A. Coliseum to Pray for Revival

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Azusa Crowd - 900] This past Saturday, the historic L.A. Coliseum -- which has hosted Super Bowls and Summer Olympics, the Raiders and Rolling Stones -- witnessed nearly 75,000 people of faith gathered together to worship and pray for the “rain of revival” at Azusa... more »

‘Democracy Spring’ Organizer: ‘We Respect the H*** Out of’ Capitol Police

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Demonstrators practice civil disobedience at the Democracy Spring protest in Washington D.C. on April 13, 2016.] A spokesman for the group that organized a 10,000-person protest that has resulted in 500 arrests in Washington this week says Capitol Police “have been the model of professionalism and respect.” “The Capitol Police are the best-trained police forces, especially... more »

Musical Interlude: Joe South, "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Joe South, "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" (1969) - https://www.youtube.com/ ○

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