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Friday, April 8, 2016

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World Bank and International Monetary Fund pro...World Bank and International Monetary Fund protesters vandalized two bank branches (PNC & Wachovia) as well as vehicles parked at a Whole Foods Market in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: World Bank Protester, Jakarta Indonesia.English: World Bank Protester, Jakarta Indonesia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

World Bank to mobilize $25b to fight climate change in developing countries

Washington –  The World Bank has promised to mobilize 25 billion dollars in private financing for clean energy by 2020 to fight climate change in developing countries.
This is contained in a Climate Change Action Plan, released by the bank on Friday in Washington, with a promise to add 30 gigawatts of renewable energy to the world’s energy capacity.
Jim Kim, World Bank Group President said the plan was designed to help countries meet their Paris COP21 pledges and manage increasing climate impacts.

There is money down the toilet.

10:37pm MDST

The Revolution Comes To Maryland

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 37 minutes ago
*Donna EdwardsJamie Raskin, the pride of Maryland* Tuesday is the first day of early voting in the Maryland Democratic primaries. Blue America is strongly backing three candidates in the April 26-- Donna Edwards for the open U.S. Senate seat, Joseline Peña-Melnyk for the seat Donna is leave, and Jamie Raskin for the seat Donna' Wall Street-backed opponent, establishment shill Chris Van Hollen is giving up. Yesterday the editors of *The Nation* endorsed Donna and Jamie over their more conservative, old-school opponents. And they made an important point about Bernie's political revo... more »

Musical Interlude Reprise: Two Steps from Hell, "Downstream"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
Two Steps from Hell, "Downstream" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Lf2qtNTUc

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Life”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy2ZF2ks-9E

“Lessons of the Panama Papers: Yes, the Rich Are Different From Us—They Stole Our Money”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
*“Lessons of the Panama Papers: * *Yes, the Rich Are Different From Us—They Stole Our Money”* By Andrew O'Hehir “F. Scott Fitzgerald apparently never told his Parisian drinking buddy Ernest Hemingway, “Ernie, the rich are different from us,” only to be rebuffed by the legendary comeback, “Yes, they have more money.” Like so many famous anecdotes, that one was cooked up years after the fact (probably by Fitzgerald’s posthumous editor, the literary critic Edmund Wilson). One reason that apocryphal exchange possesses such enduring cultural resonance is that both observations are true, ... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 42 minutes ago
“Early spring in the northern hemisphere is good season for aurora hunters. Near an equinox Earth's magnetic field is oriented to favor interactions with the solar wind that trigger the alluring glow of the northern lights. On March 28/29 the skies over Kaunispää Hill, Lapland, Finland did not disappoint. *Click image for larger size.* That night's expansive auroral curtains are captured in this striking panoramic view that covers a full 360 degrees. Local skywatchers were mesmerized by bright displays lasted throughout the dark hours, shimmering with colors easily visible to the na... more »

Economic News & Views ( April 8 , 2016 ) Overview - Quicks Hits For Friday ( 1. Global Oil News For Friday. 2. Libya Items Of Note . 3 Greece In Focus . 4. EU-Ukraine Association Allegedly Going Forward Despite Dutch Vote - File Under "Wrong Votes " Mean Nothing , Meanwhile When Does Ukraine Address Its Corruption ? )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Overview...... Oil....... *EM Equity* ‏@EM_Equity 27m 27 minutes ago Latin America Oil Producers Call for Action to Improve Prices http:// bloom.bg/1RJnQfi *EM Equity* ‏@EM_Equity 35m 35 minutes ago Three Oil Majors Have Debt Ratings Cut by Moody's on Price Rout http:// bloom.bg/1Ve9K7W *Mark Constantine* ‏@vexmark 2h 2 hours ago RBC: Breakeven *oil* prices for OPEC's ‘fragile five’ states *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 4h 4 hours ago COLOMBIA DOESN'T SUPPORT *OIL*-PRODUCTION QUOTAS: *OIL* MINISTER. Luckly the algos are all out drinking *Holger Zschaepitz*... more »

Transpicuous News: CERN, Satan & CIA Skincare

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 2 hours ago
Good afternoon everyone! In this Transpicuous News report we take a further look at the fall out of the Panama Pandemonium that we discussed a few days ago (HERE), Iceland's switcheroo on the bad bankers, CERN's latest endeavors to denounce their ties to "satan" (lol), and the "conspiracy theorists" (while saying a whole lot of nothing), and how the CIA is funding a new skincare line.... .... to get your DNA. Seriously, I can't make this shit up!! http://www.drugpolicy.org.au/100_gmo_biotech_cannabis http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/transpicuous... more »

Either DA-RT Works, or It Does Not

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
This is a guest post by Theo McLauchin (@TheoMcLauchlin), Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Université de Montréal When is a norm not a norm? I ask this question when I read Colin Elman and Arthur Lupia’s vigorous defense of the Data Access & Research Transparency (DA-RT) initiative in APSA’s Comparative Politics section newsletter. […]

Israel Emergency: All Citizens Ordered To Evacuate Turkey Immediately

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Israel have issued an emergency warning for all Israeli citizens in Turkey to evacuate immediately, citing an “imminent threat” of a terrorist incident occurring. Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued the unusual statement on Friday, saying: “Following a situational assessment, we are reiterating and sharpening the high level of threat in Turkey. Real and immediate terror threats remain throughout the country,” the statement said, urging Israelis visiting Turkey to “avoid crowded tourist areas, follow instructions of local authorities and get out as soon as possible.” Timesofisr... more »

Mystery Brussels Bomber In White. Is He Illuminati?

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
New pictures of one of the Brussels bombers have been released, revealing a “mysterious” man wearing white shirt. According to reports, the fugitive’s shirt appears to be bright blue with dark patches on the elbows. He was also wearing dark trousers with large white soles. The elbows on his jackets have patches, and according to the following website, this means he is part of the illuminati: Whenever you see someone with elbow patches and a tweedy jacket, rest assured you are in the presence of an Illuminatus The Illuminati are an organization of men and women who wear elbow patches... more »

Stock Up On Nutritional Supplements Before Attorney General Bans Them

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The U.S. Justice Department have joined forces with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an attempt to completely ban nutritional supplements in the United States. Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently warned consumers that “ingesting substances whose safety and efficacy are not guaranteed” concerned her – citing a biased FDA study to back up her “concerns”. Naturalnews.com reports: As ANH-USA has pointed out in response to others who have made similar statements, the FDA does not do its own research, it relies on industry studies to reach decisions about whether to allow ne... more »

Military Insider Comes Clean About Chemtrails To Luke Rudskowski

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Luke Ruskowski from We Are Change interviewed a military insider recently who admitted chemtrails were not a ‘conspiracy theory’ but actually a conspiracy fact. In the video below, Luke talks to U.S. air force whistleblower Kristen Meghan about the connection between the U.S. military and chemtrails. Meghan reveals that the military are very much involved in spraying poisonous chemicals into our atmosphere as part of a top-secret government project. The issue of chemtrails has been widely debated among many circles and is regarded in popular culture as a “conspiracy theory”. But wi... more »

Thousands Protest In France Calling For Revolution

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Thousands of protestors have taken to the streets of Paris demanding a “general revolution” amid a continued ‘state of emergency’ in France. A variety of protestors, ranging from parents, students, workers, artists and pensioners, have set-up camp in around the Place de la République square for over a week – and the government are beginning to panic. Theguardian.com reports: Called Nuit debout, which loosely means “rise up at night”, the protest movement is increasingly being likened to the Occupy initiative that mobilised hundreds of thousands of people in 2011 or Spain’s Indigna... more »

Report: Fracking Water Causes Hormones To Deform

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A new study has revealed that fracking wastewater contains compounds that can cause hormone deformities in those that consume it. Researchers say that water from a fracking disposal facility in west Virginia contained high levels of endocrine disruption activity. Environmentalhealthnews.org reports: The study, published today in the journal Science of the Total Environment, adds to evidence that some chemicals in hydraulic fracturing waste are hormone-mimickers or blockers and are leaching out of wastewater disposal wells and into nearby water, potentially impacting fish and human ... more »

DARPA Modem Connects Brain To Computer For ‘Digital Telepathy’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
The US Defence Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has developed a brain-computer interface that is capable of allowing humans to communicate with machines telepathically. The “cortical modem” lays a heads-up display over a user’s natural vision, and holds the capability of curing blindness and enabling “electronic telepathy and telekinesis”, according to computer expert Peter Rothman. ibtimes.co.uk reports: While still a long way from production, the direct neural interface (DNI) chip would be shaped like a coin, around 1cm wide, and could conceivably cost as little as $10 (£6.50). A... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Blogging will be light for the next few days. I am finishing up on a project right now.

Iowa's Senate Race Gets A Jolt

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
As we've been saying lately, Chuck Grassley's policy of naked and hyper-partisan obstructionism against President Obama's SCOTUS nominee has changed the dynamics of the Iowa Senate race. Once thought a safe seat, Iowa is now in play. Remember, Obama beat McCain there 54-44% and then beat Romney statewide 52-46%. There's no reason to think that a good, inspiring candidate wouldn't have a legitimate shot against Grassley, especially if Trump or Cruz is on the top of the Republican ticket. Problemo: Chuck Schumer. He and Tester had the lame idea of recruiting a corporate shill to run... more »

Ethiopia Pleads With The World: Another Famine Is Coming

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Ethiopia is at risk of suffering another famine just 30-years after recovering from the 1984 famine that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. According to John Graham, country director for Save the Children, “The real question is do we have to see children dying like we did 30 years ago, or can we stop it happening again?“ Itv.com reports: Back then, John was a young aid worker helping to organise food supplies into the country torn apart by civil war. In the three decades since, Ethiopia has changed beyond recognition. Double-digit growth has brought roads, schools and clinics.... more »

Peg with Pen: The Opt Out Irony

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Peg with Pen: The Opt Out Irony: Currently it's Spring of 2016 and we are in the thick of Opt Out. Opt out is still surrounded by intense bullying and harassment ... more »

April 8: Not a happy day.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
This may be shorter than usual. Yesterday, at a coffee gathering, a woman asked me what I thought of a column in the day's Irving press. I replied that I thought it was pretty awful, but typical of the Irving papers as the worst I had ever seen. She look at me disapprovingly. "Some people wouldn't agree with that." She could have pointed out that there were parts of it she agreed with. She could have suggested I was too hard on it. She could have suggested I was an agent for ISIS who was here to destroy the province. But no. This was New Brunswick. And I had committed the ultimate si... more »

X22Report: Turkey And Saudi Arabia Setup Chemical Weapons Facilities On The Syrian Border

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
"Turkey and Saudi Arabia have set up production of shells containing poisoning chemical substances on the Syrian border, a member of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party told Sputnik on Friday." (*Source: Sputnik News*). *Title: Turkey And Saudi Arabia Setup Chemical Weapons Facilities On The Syrian Border - Episode 940b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: April 8, 2016. Description:* New bill will require companies to allow access to encrypted devices. US/NATO still training military in Ukraine. UK and US involved in drone wars in Yemen. Lebanon is collapsing and John Kerry make... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Iron Triangle'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: The Iron Triangle is a 1989 film about the U.S. "conflict" with Vietnam. The story is based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong Soldier. This unique fact gives the movie a different perspective than many of the other movies about the Vietnam war and makes black and white distinctions about who were the "good guys" and "bad guys" a little more complicated. The film stars Beau Bridges, Haing S. Ngor, Liem Whatley, Johnny Hallyday, Jim Ishida, and Ping Wu. Each character helps bring to life the struggle of what it means to fight for one's country. Whether they be a... more »

Chet Raymo, “Angling For Happiness”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Angling For Happiness”* by Chet Raymo “There is a concept in physics called angle of repose. Set an object, a book say, on a plank. Now slowly tip up one end of the plank until the moment when the book just starts to slide. The angle between the plank and the horizontal is the angle of repose, where the component of the gravitational force down the plank becomes greater than the maximum friction force holding the book at rest. Or, in more evocative terms - as I write I am lying on the couch with the laptop in my lap, in perfect repose. If you started tipping up the couch, at some... more »

"A Matter of Reflection..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“How vast those Orbs must be, and how inconsiderable this Earth, the Theatre upon which all our mighty Designs, all our Navigations, and all our Wars are transacted, is when compared to them. A very fit consideration, and matter of Reflection, for those Kings and Princes who sacrifice the Lives of so many People, only to flatter their Ambition in being Masters of some pitiful corner of this small Spot.” - Christiaan Huygens, (1629-1695)

The Poet: Theodore Roethke, “The Return”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Return”* “Suddenly the window will open and Mother will call, it's time to come in. The wall will part, I will enter heaven in muddy shoes. I will come to the table and answer questions rudely. I am all right, leave me alone. Head in hand I sit and sit. How can I tell them about that long and tangled way? Here in heaven mothers knit green scarves; flies buzz. Father dozes by the stove after six days' labor. No- surely I can't tell them that people are at each other's throats.” - Theodore Roethke

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Grasse, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France. Thanks for stopping by!

"Never Hate..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Never hate your enemies. It clouds your judgment.” - "Michael Corleone" "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." - John F. Kennedy No, never forget their names, or why they're your enemy... - CP

Politics: "Hillary's Inability to Grapple With Inequality Is Making Her Vulnerable to Bernie in New York"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Hillary's Inability to Grapple With Inequality Is **Making * *Her Vulnerable to Bernie in New York"* by Les Leopold "Establishment politicians running for high office live and breathe elaborate focus group-tested lines. In time, they become those lines. But every now and then, extreme political pressures can force a few unscripted words to slip through. And when that happens, we gain a rare glimpse of the candidate's deeper understanding of their world and our world, and the gap between the two. Hillary Clinton suffered such a moment on Tuesday afternoon while speaking at Medga... more »

Commentaries, Analysis And Editorials -- April 8, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Economist:* *Nagorno-Karabakh’s war: A frozen conflict explodes* *After facing off for decades, Armenia and Azerbaijan start shooting* WITH so many conflicts in the world, Nagorno-Karabakh gets little attention. The bloody fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in the mountainous enclave this week was a reminder that it should. Tanks and artillery traded fire; at least 50 people were killed in four days. The spectre loomed of a wider war, one that could draw in Russia, Turkey and Iran. A ceasefire brokered in Moscow on April 5th appears to be holding for now. But it ... more »

World News Briefs -- April 8, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Belgians seize key suspects in Paris, Brussels attacks* Mohamed Abrini, wanted for November's Islamic State attacks in Paris, was among five people arrested in Brussels on Friday, Belgian prosecutors said, adding that he was also tied to last month's Brussels bombings. They said they were checking whether Abrini, a 31-year-old Belgian, was the "man in the hat" seen on security footage at Brussels airport on March 22 with two suicide bombers. Belgium's public broadcasters said it was "more than likely" he was. *Read more *.... *MIDDLE EAST* Syria's Assad shows* no wil... more »

Amid Tensions In The South China Sea U.S. Defense Secretary Carter Has Cancelled His China Visit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia August 20, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST *Washington Post:* *Pentagon chief postpones visit to China as tensions simmer in South China Sea* Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter will embark on a trip in coming days that will focus heavily on China’s influence across Southeast Asia, including the disputed South China Sea. But the secretary’s travel itinerary won’t include a key player in that discussion: China itself. The trip will include visits to India and the Philippines before Carter p... more »

Black History Professor Imagines a World Without Whiteness

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Professor - 900] James Harrison, history professor at Portland Community College, said in a lecture Monday for the college's April Whiteness History Month that peace in the U.S. is impossible so long as whiteness still exists. In a talk entitled "Imagine A World...more »

Lancaster University Offers PhD In Comic Books

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
The University of Lancaster in the U.K. is now offering a doctorate in comic book studies under the guidance of Tintin expert Dr. Benoît Peeters. The Tab reports: Dr. Peeters, a French comic book writer, novelist, and critic has been appointed by Lancaster University as the UK’s first ever visiting professor of graphic fiction and comic art. In his three-year post, commencing next summer, he will be lecturing and supervising post-graduate students, and taking creative workshops, announced a university spokesman. Simon Guy, the dean of Lancaster’s faculty of arts, explained the philo... more »

Draft of Senate Bill Would Prohibit Unbreakable Encryption, Affecting iPhones, More

Tami Abdollah at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photos an iPhone is seen in Washington. A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively prohibit unbreakable encryption and require companies to help the government get access to readable data on a device if there’s a lawful search warrant. The draft is being finalized by Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, who chairs the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, and his vice chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster,File)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively pro... more »

What Will Be President Obama's Legacy On Drone Strikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Image: Flickr/U.S. Navy *The Hill:* *Obama outlines hopes for legacy on drone strikes* President Obama on Thursday said he hoped to leave behind a formalized process for conducting drone strikes and releasing information to the public, a peek into his aspirations to confront an issue over which he has been dogged by human rights advocates. In remarks at the University of Chicago, Obama acknowledged that “there wasn’t enough of an overarching structure” behind the secretive targeted drone program early in his term. But by the time a new president takes office next year, he said, st... more »

Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Still Holding Despite Numerous Violations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:** Nagorno-Karabakh combatants strike deal to safely recover their dead* Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatists said on Friday they had struck a temporary deal to allow each side to safely search for the bodies of their soldiers killed in clashes over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The warring parties agreed a ceasefire on Tuesday - with Russian help - after four days of shelling and artillery strikes which killed dozens. The truce has largely held, though both sides have reported some violations. The violence prompted fears of an all out war in the strate... more »

Al Qaeda Now Runs A Mini-State In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Yara Bayoumy, Noah Browning and Mohammed Ghobari, Reuters*:* How Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen has made al Qaeda stronger – and richer* One unintended consequence of the war in Yemen: Al Qaeda now runs its own mini-state, flush with funds from raiding the local central bank and levying taxes at the local port. DUBAI/CAIRO – Once driven to near irrelevance by the rise of Islamic State abroad and security crackdowns at home, al Qaeda in Yemen now openly rules a mini-state with a war chest swollen by an estimated $100 million in looted bank deposits and r... more »

ISIS Kills 175 in One of its Largest Executions Ever

Russ Read at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: ISIS - 900] Islamic State executed 175 of the 300 Syrian cement workers it captured near the Syrian capital of Damascus. The workers from Al-Badiyeh Cement company, based in the town of Al-Dhmeir 30 miles northeast of Damascus, were reportedly taken from their...more »

Federal Judge Ignores History, Rules Cross on LA County Seal is Unconstitutional

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: LA County Seal - 900] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles County’s decision to put a cross to its county seal for the first time in a decade was unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled. Judge Christina A. Snyder granted a permanent injunction against the change on Wednesday.... more »

A wringing of hands

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Another report on tonight's BBC One *News at Six *that struck me as worth blogging about was Caroline Wyatt's piece on Pope Francis's opinions on the family. Admirable as Caroline Wyatt's reporting can often be, this piece leant heavily towards the concerns of liberal Catholics - who were hoping for more from Pope Francis. She mentioned such people's hopes but *didn't *mention (or consider) the reactions of conservative Catholics, who might have been hoping for *less* from Pope Francis... ....which is par for the course for the BBC. And her chosen 'vox pop' (alongside the libera... more »

Pensioner Dies After Searching For Missing Dog

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A 77-year-old dog owner from Siberia died from a heart attack after failing to find his beloved dog. Vladimir Davydov died from a broken heart when he failed to find his “only friend in this life,” a nine year old German Shepherd called Yan. Yan went missing in February when dog snatchers took him from outside his front yard. Davydov vowed to find his best friend, making vigils in freezing weather and holding signs asking for help to find Yan in Bratsk, Siberia. Metro reports: He described the nine-year-old animal as his ‘only friend in this life’ – and even wandered around in -15c ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
◆ "Why am I so interested in politics? But if I were to answer you very simply, I would say this: why shouldn't I be interested? That is to say, what blindness, what deafness, what density of ideology would have to weigh me down to prevent me from being interested in what is probably the most crucial subject to our existence, that is to say the society in which we live, the economic relations within which it functions, and the system of power which defines the regular forms and the regular permissions and prohibitions of our conduct. The essence of our life consists, after all, of ... more »

The Economy: "A Fatal 'Flaw' in the System"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"A Fatal 'Flaw' in the System"* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE – "The Dow dropped 174 points yesterday, the biggest fall in six weeks. Not the end of the world. Maybe not even the end of this year’s bounce-back bull run. *The Hard Rocks of Real Life: *As you’ll recall, stocks sold off at the beginning of the year, too. Then, investors were buoyed up after central banks got to work – jimmying the credit market on their behalf. The Fed swore off any further “normalization” until later in the year. Central banks in Europe, Japan, and China all took bolder and more reckless action… with th... more »

Yemen: the silent war

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Title: Yemen: the silent war. Source: International Journalism Festival. Date Published: April 8, 2016. Description: * Yemen is presented by the Western media as the hideout of al-Qaeda and the kingdom of child brides. But it is also a nation with a millenary culture and youthful creativity, both back in vogue during the 2011 revolution which was the most peaceful among the so-called Arab springs. Yemen is currently being destroyed by a terrible war, largely ignored by the media, despite its centrality, along with Syria and Iraq, to the Middle Eastern crisis. In this war scenario... more »

Robert Anton Wilson - Getting High On Doing What You Love

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
*Title: Robert Anton Wilson - Getting High On Doing What You Love. Source: Omid Pakbin. Date Published: March 20, 2015. Description: * Part of a lecture by Robert Anton Wilson. Noise-reduction and sound-enhancement by me. For the full lecture, watch *"Politicians, Peptides, and Stupidity: An Evening with Robert Anton Wilson." *

3 States of Mind to Embrace the Coming Energy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Michael Forrester* - How do we adapt to a new consciousness when nothing works the way it used to?

Does Bernie Really Think She's Unqualified? More Important, Do You?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
I'm not saying I was ever any good at it but when I returned to America after nearly 7 years of living abroad, working as a journalist seemed like a good way to make a living-- at least until I could find a "real job." (I actually started as a photo-journalist but I saw that my editors valued the "captions" more than the photos.) You need some kind of a "license" to be a doctor or a lawyer or a teacher but you don't need anything to be a journalist... other than a pen. Pretty soon I was surrounded with journalists. I had moved to San Francisco and immersed myself in journalism worl... more »

4 Fed Leaders Face Questions About Their Powerful Jobs

MARTIN CRUTSINGER at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Fed Reserve meeting - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Janet Yellen was put on the spot about whether she made a mistake in raising interest rates in December. Ben Bernanke was quizzed about what it felt like to be called a traitor by the governor of... more »

Men Who Stare At Goats

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

Giveaway: Baby Animal Days in Kaysville

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
There are few things my little girl loves more than animals, except maybe baby animals. Who doesn't love tiny chicks and piglets? We missed Baby Animal days put on by the Utah State University Extension program, last year and I promised her that we wouldn't miss it again. She has already been asking for a month when we were going to see and hold all of the baby animals. This event is perfect for children families alike it features a petting zoo with ducklings, chicks, bunnies, goats, lambs, piglets and even some miniature horses. There are also booths, actives and demonstrations wi... more »

One step forward, one step back

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
It's a strange thing.... For many years the BBC has frequently been guilty of downplaying or, much more seriously, *completely *censoring the racial or religious aspects of certain kinds of news story - such as the grooming scandals in places like Rotherham and Rochdale by predominantly Muslim gangs of mainly Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin. Now, I think he BBC is *still* frequently guilty of downplaying such angles (doubtless in the interests of social cohesion) but I have to say that, as far as I can see, the corporation is *now *much less likely to *completely *censors such t... more »

In The Footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Title: In The Footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace. Source: DINOSAUR DREAMING. Date Published: May 22, 2014. Description: * November 7, 2013 was the 100th anniversary of the death of Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist and explorer among other things. While traveling through South East Asia in the 1850's he developed his theory of evolution through natural selection. In June 2013 a team of scientists and academics retraced some of his travels through the Malay Archipelago. This is the story of that journey and it is hoped that after watching this video you will delve into t... more »

Report: America’s Western Power Grid is Totally Vulnerable to Attacks

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: WAPA - 900] One of America's largest power grid operators has not done enough to protect its electricity transmission infrastructure from physical attacks, according to a federal audit. The Department of Energy's (DOE) inspector general released a report Thursday detailing how the Western Area... more »

Mainstream Media Asks If WWIII Has Already Begun?

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Has WWIII already begun in Iraq and Syria? That is the question many mainstream media outlets have begun asking. According to Reuters journalist Van Buren: “There can be no more wordplay: America now has boots on the ground in Iraq.” Reuters reports: The regional picture is dismal. In Syria, militias backed by the Central Intelligence Agency are fighting those backed by the Pentagon. British, Jordanian and American special forces are fighting various enemies in Libya, which, as a failed state, is little more than a nascent Iraq likely to metastasize in its neighbors. But Iraq remain... more »

Former Putin Aide: WWIII Closer Than During Cold War

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Igor Ivanov, says that the risk of WWIII is higher than at any other time in history. According to The Daily Star: Only this January, some of the world’s top boffins kept the dreaded “Doomsday Clock” positioned at three minutes to midnight – its closest to armageddon in 20 years. Looming war between the West and other nuclear powers such as Russia and China was a chief reason. And Mr Ivanov agrees that this horrific scenario is possible. Now head of a Russian Government think-tank, he said: “The risk of confrontation with the use of n... more »

Video Claims To Show UFO Crashed In Arizona Desert

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A new video has gone viral showing what seems to be a “stranded” UFO disc in the middle of an Arizona mountainous desert. The video was captured using Google Earth cameras by SecureTeam10, and shows a large black disc-like unidentified object crashed in the middle of nowhere, with a white truck next to it. Some believe the truck belongs to federal investigators sent to check out the flying saucer. According to Express.co.uk: Additionally, the narrator of the video says that the craft in the desert, close to the state of New Mexico, is situated in a no-fly zone, prompting speculation... more »

9 Health Ailments Salt, Pepper, & Lemon Can Heal

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Salt, pepper, and lemon are some of the world’s most commonly used food ingredients. But, did you know that they can heal 9 of the most common health ailments? According to a report from Healthy Food House: Many people throughout the world have used the power of three to treat common ailments. Could it be that conventional drugs are so expensive, that people try to seek natural alternatives? We give you a few tips on how to treat different ailments with the help of salt, pepper, and lemon: Sore throat Combine a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper and ... more »

CERN Physicist: We Have Done Something Evil & It Is Being Hidden

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
If the following report is to be believed, a physicist from CERN named Dr. Edward Mantill, a specialist in particle and subatomic research who studies “very very small” particle interaction, was involved in an incident at CERN on January 15, 2014 that may have secretly changed reality as we know it. Many people are divided on the authenticity of this account as its origins are in dispute. Regardless, we are presenting it here for you to form your own opinion. Dr. Mantill’s report states: Most of you who have heard of CERN will have heard of the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) the largest... more »

Pre-CERN, Did The Philadelphia Experiment Open “Pandora’s Box”?

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Many years before CERN and the Large Hadron Collider gave rise to conspiracy theories that suggest is opening portals to unknown realities, there was The Philadelphia Experiment. In 1943, a test by the US Navy (in conjunction with Nikola Tesla’s theories and possibly Albert Einstein’s) was performed in order to make a army ship invisible. If some are to be believed, the experiment went horrifically wrong and the ship teleported, ripping open a portal to other hellish realities. HumansAreFree.com reports: Great minds like Albert Einstein had part in the experiment which included his... more »

The Secrets and Lies They Don’t Want You To Know About Vietnam

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
As the US and countries across the globe continue the slow but steady march toward an all-out global war, it is important to remember that one of the worst wars in history – the Vietnam war – was initiated by the U.S. government based on a massive lie. On the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam in 2014,The Guardian newspaper published an exclusive report expose on the secrets and lies the US Government hid about the Vietnam war. The bone-chilling report set over 50-years ago is as relevant now than ever. From The Guardian: [On August 4th, 1964] Lyndon Johnson interrupted TV broad... more »

Back To My Roots: Exposing The Fraud NASA Apollo Moon Landings - New Moonfaker Video By Jarrah White

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
I began my trip down the rabbit hole way back in 1979 when I was told flat out that NASA's manned missions to the moon were impossible with the technology available in the 1960's and that the entire Apollo space missions were a fraud..... It is now 37 years later and I still sometimes get into so many heated debates with those who cannot wrap their heads around the fact that "Man's greatest acheivement" is and always was a sham.... One of the best researchers out there that has been on top of the fraud Apollo missions is a man out of Australia named Jarrah White..... Jarrah is a vi... more »

Iraqi Army Once Again Flees From Pivotal Fight for Mosul

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Army - 900] Iraqi troops once again fled from a key battle for Mosul, the Islamic State's headquarters in northern Iraq, as they began a long awaited offensive late last month to retake the city. "The Iraqi Army commenced an assault on ISIS strongholds... more »

"Don’t Believe Hillary’s Hype"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Don’t Believe Hillary’s Hype"* Hillary misleading about email probe during debate, former FBI agents say. By Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne "Hillary Clinton used misleading language in Thursday night's Democratic debate to describe the ongoing FBI investigation into her use of a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state, according to former senior FBI agents. In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, "I am 100 pe... more »

Scientists Believe Our Gender Is Determined By An Ancient Virus

Royce Christyn at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A new study from Yale University suggests that the gender of humans (and other mammals) may be determined and regulated by a virus which integrated and attached to mammalian genomes 1.5 million years ago. According to a report on GeoBeats News: The scientists found there’s a mechanism that switches the virus off on the X chromosome–where an organism’s sex is determined. According to a summary of the findings, “If the level of this molecular marker is normal, X chromosomes remain active, and females and males will be born at an equal ratio. If this marker is overrepresented, X chromo... more »

Iraqi Army Not Prepared To Face ISIL In Mosul

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The long awaited battle to retake Mosul from ISIL is proving difficult for the Iraqi army. The Daily Caller reports: Iraqi troops once again fled from a key battle for Mosul, the Islamic State’s headquarters in northern Iraq, as they began a long awaited offensive late last month to retake the city. “The Iraqi Army commenced an assault on ISIS strongholds around Mosul, but when ISIS fired back, the Iraqi Army ran away and the assaults ended,” a western defense specialist based in Iraq told Fox News. “So now they are regrouping and rethinking their next options.” When ISIS overran the... more »

Speed Kills: Why we Need to Hit the Brakes on “Killer Robots”

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
This is a guest post by Juergen Altman and Frank Sauer. Juergen Altmann is a Researcher and Lecturer at Technische Universität Dortmund, a specialist in military technology and preventive arms control and among the first scholars to study the military uses of nanotechnology. Frank Sauer is a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Bundeswehr University Munich, a specialist in international security, […]

Campaign watch: Who is Montgomery Blair Sibley?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016Cable star disgusted by salacious material again:* Wednesday night, a certain major cable star found herself troubled, once again, by all the salacious material. Near the end of her opening segment, she held up a copy of the National Enquirer. You could tell she found it completely disgusting. Also, she told us this: MAJOR CABLE STAR (4/6/16): If the Republican Party looks like it might seriously consider giving Ted Cruz the nomination, *you should expect to very quickly learn a lot more about Ted Cruz's past,* because now everybody's going to be trying to f... more »

Father's Day Gift Guide (Homemade and Store Bought Options)

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
Father's Day is still a couple months away, but my girls and I have been testing out awesome presents for our dad and we thought we would share with you our favorites! Dad's Stache from Thoughts from Alice. Father's Day Gift from Shanty 2 Chic Shrinky Dink Tie Tacs from Cool Mom Picks Father's Day Super Dad Pop Box Set from Lil Luna Dad photos. Luxury Shave Set Fitbit Tracker Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan Docking Station Spy Gear Spy Pen. We recently were given this pen to test out and we have had so much fun with it. It is really a high tech piece of equipment. It ... more »

Top U.S.-Africom General: 'Islamic State Has Doubled Its Size In Libya In One Year'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *ISIS doubles in size in Libya to 6,000 fighters as intelligence services fear jihadi group will use new stronghold to carry out terror attacks in Europe and America* * The number of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled in the last year * As many as 6,000 fighters are now based in the troubled country * Security services fear militants have aspirations to conduct attacks against the U.S. and other nations in the West The number of ISIS militants in Libya has doubled in the last year or so to as many as 6,000 fighters, with aspirations to conduct attacks against the U.... more »

Top U.S. Army General: 'Not Winning ISIS War Yet'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Gen. Mark A. Milley tells 300 ROTC and U.S. Military Academy cadets his winning philosophy. Milley spoke during the George C. Marshall Award and Leadership seminar on Fort Leavenworth, Kan., March 31, 2015. (U.S. Army photo/ David Vergun) *The Hill*:* Top Army general: US making progress against ISIS, but 'not yet winning'* The top general in the Army thought the United States was losing the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as recently as September, but he thinks progress has been made in recent months. “Things are moving in the right direction,” Army Chief o... more »

U.S. Fire-Bases In Iraq Are Busy Everyday Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
U.S. Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire an M777A2 Howitzer at an ISIS infiltration route March 18, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/Released) *RUDAW*:* US Marines pounding ISIS daily as Iraqi forces push forward on Makhmour front* WASHINGTON DC – Artillery fire by US Marines has been pounding the Islamic State (ISIS) almost daily on the Makhmour front, the Pentagon’s spokesman in Baghdad said, saying it was backing Iraqi forces fighting for territory that will be the launch pad for a much-anticipated offensive to push the militants from their Mo... more »

Ken Livingstone Says Cameron Should Be Sent To Prison

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone asks for Prime Minister David Cameron to resign following revelations of dodgy tax dealings by his father. Prime Minister Cameron is facing a lot of criticism for the small inheritance that was bequeathed to him by his late father in a will. The former mayor of London blames the Prime Minister and his party for all the financial woes of the last few decades, when Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher started an economic experiment. Russia Today reports: Livingstone said the Panama Papers scandal is “incredibly damaging” for the PM. He w... more »

ISIS Sent Young Kid to Blow Up Children’s Soccer Game

Russ Read at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: People inspect the aftermath of a suicide bombing at a soccer field in Iskandariya, 25 miles (about 40 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, March 26, 2016. A suicide bomber killed and wounded dozens in an attack on a crowd gathered at a soccer stadium south of Baghdad on Friday. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)] It has been revealed that the perpetrator of the March 25 suicide bombing of a children's soccer match in Baghdad was himself a young boy. The Washington Post reported Friday that the Islamic State suicide bomber was a boy "no... more »

Another fool on Twitter but this one's proud of his ignornce!

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
@JimmyCrosbie proud of his right to be ignorant?

Roadside Stops

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
* R. v. Harflett*, 2016 ONCA 248: [11] As Binnie J. observed, roadside stops "sometimes develop in unpredictable ways": *R. v. Nolet*, 2010 SCC 24, [2010] 1 S.C.R. 851, at para. 4. In such situations the court's task is to "proceed step-by-step through the interactions of the police and the appellants from the initial stop onwards to determine whether, as the situation developed, the police stayed within their authority, having regard to the information lawfully obtained at each stage of their inquiry." [12] In this case, the officer's search of the appellant's veh... more »

BBC’s Compromising Investment In Tesla

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Stewgreen https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/bbc-provide-advertising-space-for-tesla/ As I pointed out yesterday, the BBC have been quite unashamedly promoting the new Tesla model just unveiled. This has taken the form of several news stories, videos, radio interviews and an I Player radio slot. In particular, they have repeatedly headlined the “affordable car” slogan, […]

As We Shift : The Canaries in this Coal Mine

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
Our time is here. As early warning systems, it is upon us to notice, adapt and move on. We are the “canaries in the coal mine” in this scenario. Yet like the canary in this image, we have no plans to expire! We arrived well equipped for the job. You may be thinking that as life goes on around you, seemingly “business as usual”, that you are the only one noticing massive upheavals energetically, financially, physically, politically and globally all happening at the same time. You aren’t alone. If you are reading this post, well, it’s more than likely that you’ve used the term “l... more »

3 States of Mind to Embrace the Coming Energy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Michael Forrester* - How do we adapt to a new consciousness when nothing works the way it used to?

9 Key Themes from Pope Francis’s The Joy of Love, a Major Papal Letter on the Family Released Today

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 08: Pope Francis' post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' or 'The Joy of Love' is displayed in front of Saint Peter's Square on April 8, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. The document focuses on love and families, recognising that 'neither the Synod, nor this Exhortation could be expected to provide a new set of general rules, canonical in nature and applicable to all cases'.] Pope Francis's Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love"), released today, is the product of a two-year intensive focus from Francis and the bishops of the Catholic Chur... more »

Why I Fear: A Tale of Two Campaigns

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
*A first-time voter and Sanders supporter tells Thom Hartmann what it will take to keep him in the Democratic Party* *by Gaius Publius* I know for sure that a Republican in the White House would be a disaster of monumental proportions. Instead of powering our way to the post-climate change future with methane ("America's fracked natural gas") — or if we're lucky, a steady and healing diet of emergency mobilization — we'd be back on coal, because that's what Republicans do, find the worst alternative, then choose it. Instead of, under the lesser-evil scenario, the Democratic Party'... more »

Campaign watch: When do misstatements turn into lies?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016From Tsongas and Bradley to Sanders:* As everyone knows, Bernie Sanders is the "authentic" candidate in this year's Democratic race. In the past quarter century, there has often been such a candidate. In 1992, Paul Tsongas was the authentic candidate, as opposed to the untrustworthy Bill Clinton. In 1999, Bill Bradley was dubbed the authentic truth-teller. He was running against Candidate Gore, who had a serious problem with the truth, just like his dishonest boss. This year, Candidate Sanders is highly authentic, unlike Candidate Clinton. If Sanders wins t... more »


Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 10 hours ago
We weren't biologically related. But that never mattered. In the end, I was always treated like a grandson. He wore many hats during his life and was known by many names, as a father, a grandfather, Sgt. Beamish among others. To me, though, he was quite simply, Cliff. A sad day it was to learn he had died in his sleep a few days ago but a great life lived and I never tired of hearing all his great stories, whether they be about his time in uniform or his service in Germany. (No doubt he would be proud to know that my nephew, the only great grandson he met, will be graduating bas... more »

Europe's Anti-Terror Efforts Are Hampered By Not Sharing Intelligence And Lacking Trust

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A suspect in the attack which took place at the Brussels international airport of Zaventem, is seen in this CCTV image made available by Belgian Police on April 7, 2016. REUTERS/CCTV/Belgian Federal Police/Handout via Reuters/Files *McClatchy News: **European anti-terror efforts hobbled by lack of trust, shared intelligence* * There’s no European equivalent of FBI that investigates cases across borders * EU nations lack common goals and laws; even spelling is a problem * And no one trusts Turkey At the beginning of this year, the acting president of the council of the European Uni... more »

Key Terror Suspects Arrested In Belgium

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*USA Today:* *Key Paris attacks suspect, several others arrested in Belgium* Authorities arrested several terror suspects in Belgium, including the last known fugitive on the run after November's deadly Paris attacks, multiple media outlets reported Friday. The Belgian prosecutor's office would only confirm "several arrests" in relation to the March 22 attacks that killed 32 at Brussels Airport and a downtown subway station. The office declined to identify those apprehended. Officials said Mohamed Abrini, 31, a key suspect in the assault on the French capital last year, was among ... more »

How Should Christians Vote? Sean McDowell Offers 3 Principles to Follow in This 2-Minute Video

Sean McDowell at The Stream - 11 hours ago
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Washington’s Journal, Bunker Hill Bible Up for Auction

CHRIS CAROLA at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Washington Journal Bunker Hill Docs - 900] ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A rare newspaper printing of a journal kept by a young George Washington and a small inscribed Bible carried by an American soldier during the Battle of Bunker Hill are among hundreds of historic documents being sold... more »

NJ Man’s Trump Flag Vandalized, but He’s the One Who Ends Up Fined

AP at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Trump flag - 900] WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey man is facing a fine for flying flags that support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Joseph Hornick thought West Long Branch police were responding to his reports that the flags proclaiming... more »

For the last couple of years I have been listening to investment advisor's advice (rarely followed) and what they make of the economy (a few think it OK, but most of those whom I perceive to be the best and brightests forsee a major market crash with grave consequences to both the rich and poor). A few strong indications of this can be found in my previous pair of blog re-posts. Here below I am re-posting an article by Bill Bonner, a very rich and very savvy Republican who nevertheless has genuine sympathy for the working poor. Here he tells us all the best way to save our nesteggs and our cash before our banks crash ...which they certainly will.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 11 hours ago
------------------------------ Original here: http://bonnerandpartners.com/our-favorite-way-to-own-gold/ BALTIMORE – We live in a world of sin and sorrow, infected by a fraudulent democracy, Facebook, and a corrupt money system. Wheezing, weak, and weary from the exertion of trying to appear “normal,” the economy staggers on. Last week, we gained some insight into the ailment. Something in the diagnosis has puzzled us for years: How is it possible for the most advanced economy in the history of the world to make such a mess of its most basic bodily functions – getting and spendi... more »

Vietnam Tells China To Remove Oil Rig From Disputed East China Sea Waters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Chinese oil rig Haiyang Shi You 981 (C) is seen in the South China Sea, off the shore of Vietnam in this May 14, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Minh Nguyen/Files *Reuters*: *Vietnam tells China to shift its rig and stop complicating ties* Vietnam demanded China move a controversial oil rig on Thursday and abandon plans to start drilling in waters where jurisdiction is unclear, the latest sign of festering unease among the two communist neighbors. The $1 billion rig, which was at the center of a fierce diplomatic stand-off between the countries in 2014, had moved into an area of the Gulf ... more »

World News Briefs -- April 8, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds a news conference at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, April 8, 2016. *VOA*: *Kerry in Iraq: Time to ‘Turn Up Pressure' on Islamic State Extremists* BAGHDAD—Islamic State extremists are losing ground in Iraq, their leaders and fighters are being eliminated and the group's rank-and-file members are losing hope, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. Kerry made a quick visit to Baghdad Friday for talks with Iraqi leaders. He promised the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State "will work with Iraq to turn up the pressure even further” d... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- April 8, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Gunships replace jets in Russia's air campaign in Syria* While Russia announced a major withdrawal of its military might last month, the opposite appears to have taken place. Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised the world by abruptly declaring on March 15 that Russia was withdrawing its forces from Syria in the wake of a partial ceasefire deal between regime forces and certain moderate opposition groups. For the next few days the global media was treated to impressive footage of Su-25 attack jets, Su-24 bombers and powerful Su-34 fighter bombers steaming out ... more »

KIPP Teacher Caught Bruising Student

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
--> The KIPP Model is both unustainable and inhumane in numerous ways that I document in a new book thatexamines inner workings of "no excuses" charter schools. Both teachers and students are being used, abused, and discarded in order to benefit a paternalistic corporate ideology that advantages powerful elites at the expense of the most vulnerable children. Parents should be up in arms. When teachers with little teacher preparation or child development training and even less understanding of disadvantaged children's needs are commanded by school CEOs to keep children in a psychol... more »

Argentina: Pilots vs. UFOs – Rosario, Santa Fe, October 1974

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Source: VISION OVNI and Planeta UFODate: 04.08.2016* *Argentina: Pilots vs. UFOs – Rosario, Santa Fe, October 1974* *By Silvia Pérez Simondini* *The First Accident – 23 October 1974 – Lt. Van Deer* Two accidents, which remained unexplained to this day, took place on two different days during the month of October 1974, during test flights commemorating the 26th Aeronautics and Space Week. On Wednesday the 23rd of that month, a Douglas A-4B “Skyhawk” fighter bomber, manned by Lt. Jose Van Deer, crashed in the vicinity of Maria Teresa to the south of Santa Fe Province. The pilot mana... more »

Panama Papers show Western Greed/Evil is "too Big to Fail"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Rachel Maddow on Panama Papers Disclosure* *re what happened to gold bars stolen in 1983 "London Heist"* On November 26, 1983, six men broke into a London Warehouse and million$ in British pounds and tons of gold bars was stolen. Security codes were known to the gang of thieves and it was obviously an "inside job". At the time it was called the "Crime of the Century". Rachel Maddow, in the video above, describes what happened at the time of the heist...and now, according to the Panama Papers...what happened afterwards to the money. Apparently, according to an e-mail written by the ... more »

Key Paris Attacks Suspect Seized in Belgium, Officials Say

RAF CASERT & LORI HINNANT at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: FILE - This is an undated photograph provided by Belgian Federal Police shows Mohamed Abrini. Belgian authorities say several arrests have been made in relation to the Brussels attacks. The prosecutor's office said Friday April 8, 2016 that it made "several arrests" Friday, one day after it called on the public to help look for a key suspect in the March 22 attacks that killed 32 people. Belgian broadcaster VRT, citing sources it did not identify, said Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini was among those arrested. (Belgian Federal Police via AP)] BRUSSELS (AP) -- A fugitive s... more »

Official: Airman Shot His Commander at Texas Base

DAVID WARREN at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: shooting - 900] DALLAS (AP) -- An airman shot his commander in an apparent murder-suicide Friday at a U.S. Air Force base in San Antonio, a senior U.S. official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to publicly... more »

Janes- US arms shipment to Syrian rebels detailed: Infantry Weapons

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*Simplified packing list for December 2015 arms shipment* *Type* *Weight (kg)* *Aqaba* *Agalar* *Total* 7.62x39 mm 85,190 48,998 134,188 7.62x54 mm 58,752 8,652 67,404 12.7 mm 81,468.40 36,713 118,181 14.5 mm 196,233.76 173,447 369,681 82 mm 53,885.34 53,885 PG-7VM 0.00 68,600 68,600 PG-7VT 36,795 88,224.00 125,019 9M111M 13,540 8,153 21,693 AK-47 & DShK* 12,250 12,250 AK-47 & PKM* 6,540 6,540 PKM 6,340 6,340 DShK & RPG-7* 3,585 3,585 RPG-7 4,120 4,120 Faktoria launchers 2,421.60 298 2,720 Total 550,996 443,210 994,206 * The packing list merged some categories *Documents released b... more »

Corbyn. In a permanent state of reflection (but not looking in the mirror)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Daily Politics. H/T Happy Goldfish Who *is *Lord Dubs? Alf Dubs was helped to flee Czechoslovakia at the age of 6 by the late Nicholas Winton when the Nazis arrived in the late 1930s. His father was Jewish. Here he is speaking about antisemitism in the Labour Party on the Daily Politics on 21st March. Jo Coburn: “Over the weekend, one of your colleagues, *Lord Levy, threatened to resign* unless Jeremy Corbyn, your leader, makes absolutely clear that anti-semitism will not be tolerated in the Labour Party, saying he's not gone far enough in cracking down on it. Do you think Jere... more »

Harvard deans at highest alert: a very dangerous prospective student discovered and neutralized

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
People say that the U.S. army sometimes defends the American lives. But the deans of Harvard have turned out to be much more vital for the preservation of the bare lives of members of the Harvard community, citizens of the People's Republic of Cambridge, and the mankind in general. As described in The Harvard Crimson, they have discovered and largely neutralized an extremely dangerous individual that makes all known terrorists look like pacifiers. By doing so, they have proven that they are the right men for their work and they do a very important job. What happened? The Harvard C...more »

Cruz Makes Race Case Against the $15 Minimum Wage

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz - 900] Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz warned Thursday that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour could disproportionately hurt teens and minorities. Cruz spoke to a crowd of black business owners in Brooklyn about his minimum wage concerns. New York... more »

Nahko and Medicine for the People - San Quentin (Official Music Video)

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 12 hours ago
Published on April 7, 2016 Nahko and Medicine for the People - San Quentin The song tells the tale of Nahko's personal journey to forgiveness as he makes a trip to San Quentin State Prison to meet the man who murdered his father. Nahko and Medicine for The People's new album HOKA available June 10! *For more information, visit:* *http://nahko.com* *Hoka Album Cover*

Ivanka Trump and the pesky fire problem with her scarves...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*odd timing, wouldn't you say?* All of a sudden Ivanka Trump's scarves have become front page news. Not just *any* Ivanka scarves, but *Chinese made *Ivanka scarves. It seems the Consumer Product Safety Commission decided to throw lit matches on some of her rayon scarves. Guess what? They caught on fire, or so they say. So far, not one person has erupted in flames from these dangerous death dealing scarves. Ivanka Trump Pastel Floral Oblong I wonder how many of the Walmart scarves would burn if I threw a match on them? I'd slip over to our local WallyWorld and test my theory, ... more »

U.K. Special Forces In Yemen Are Assisting U.S. Drone Strikes Against Al Qaeda

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *VICE News: Exclusive*: *How the UK Secretly Helped Direct Lethal US Drone Strikes in Yemen* For the past decade British intelligence has systematically co-operated with US and Yemeni agencies in the covert war against al-Qaeda in Yemen, a VICE News investigation can reveal. Long characterized as a unilateral policy of the United States, VICE News has found that through the use of double agents, surveillance, and electronic tagging, Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, commonly known as MI6) assisted in identifying and locating human targets fo... more »

Human Rights Watch: Saudi-Led Air-Strike Used Two 2,000 lb. American Bombs On A Yemeni Civilian Market

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*VICE News*: *Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen Used 2,000-Pound American Bombs to Kill 97 Civilians* A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a Yemeni market killed at least 97 civilians on March 15 in one of the deadliest attacks on innocents since its campaign began a year ago. On Thursday, Human Rights Watch reported that the strike had in fact been carried out with massive American-supplied bombs that weighed 2,000 pounds each. Investigators from HRW visited the site of the attack in the northwestern village of Mastaba on March 28, where they spoke with witnesses and injured victims co... more »

NATO And Russia To Hold Direct Talks For The First Time In Two Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg holds a news conference during a NATO defense ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 10, 2016. REUTERS/YVES HERMAN *BBC*: *Nato and Russia to end talks freeze after Ukraine* Envoys from Nato and Russia are to hold their first talks this month since Moscow's annexation of Crimea more than two years ago, Nato has announced. The Nato-Russia Council will convene in the next two weeks to discuss the peace process in eastern Ukraine as well as the situation in Afghanistan. But Nato Secretary-General Jens Stol... more »

Breaking News: Shooting At US Air Force Base In Texas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
2 confirmed dead at Lackland Air Force Base. Shooter still active. pic.twitter.com/t3Fw5m81Vl — Political Cow (@PoliticalCow) April 8, 2016 *WNU Editor: *This is a breaking news story. We will update it as more information becomes available. Lackland Air Force Base's *Twitter feed is here.* *Update #1:* At least 1 dead after shooter opens fire at San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base (Dallas news) *Update #2: *Fatal Shooting At San Antonio’s Lackland Air Force Base (AP) *Update #3:* At least two dead in Lackland Air Force Base shooting: Sheriff (CNBC)

The Fucking Liberal Government of Canada Better Get Their Act Together FAST On Your Cannabis Reform Promise Cause This Is Bullshit!

leftdog at Buckdog - 13 hours ago
*Trudeau and the Liberals better start reeling in Canada's uneducated Police forces AND provincial Crown Prosecutors ... this is Bullshit you lying Liberals!!! * *Police unions across the country are still plagued by decades of **anti-cannabis propaganda and misinformation.** As a result they see the legalization of Cannabis as a 'job security' issue. Not one more Canadian should be arrested for simple possession of Marijuana. Liberals better get it together FAST !!!* *In fact maybe those who support decrim / legalization should get the name of EVERY Liberal Party member and suppo... more »

Author didn’t want photodiode paper “for her academic career”

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A paper on the characteristics of a photodiode has been retracted corrected because one of the authors “does not want this article for her academic career.” We don’t often see this kind of reasoning in retraction notices, since adding to one’s publication record is generally a good thing. But occasionally papers do get pulled when researchers are […] The post Author didn’t want photodiode paper “for her academic career” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Who is Qualified?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
Things are heating up between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. As Sanders has closed the gap between their two campaigns in recent weeks Hillary has increasingly gone negative in response. It is good to see Sanders respond by telling deeper truths about Hillary Clinton who is nothing more than a corporate puppet posing as a democrat. Due to the more than 700 'super delegate' party apparatchiks pledged to Clinton it still remains unlikely that Sanders can win the nomination. The entire structure of the 'Democratic Party' is aligned against Sanders - the reason the 'super del... more »

From Ronnie to a Fan: More Than 100 Reagan Letters for Sale

JOHN ROGERS at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Reagan fan - 900] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Long before he was president of the United States or even governor of California, Ronald Reagan had an army of star-struck movie fans who wrote him letters -- and who to their surprise often got a personal... more »

New Myanmar Government Begins Releasing Political Prisoners

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Myanmar prisoner released - 900] YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar’s government began releasing political prisoners on Friday under a plan announced by the country’s new de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar media reported that more than 60 students arrested a year ago during... more »

Study Shows Climate Models Can’t Predict Rain or Drought

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: rain in hand - 900] A new study reveals scientists found climate models are over-predicting the amount of rain and drought that could be caused by global warming -- giving people another reason to be skeptical of climate model predictions. The study, published in Nature Wednesday,... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* "It's Probably Nothing": Truck Orders Plunge 37% As Unsold Inventories Soar Most Since 2007 China may be feeling increasingly threatened by North Korea Our Climate May Be Even More Screwed Up Than Previously Thought Venezuela: Three Day Weekends for all Workers Due to Power Shortages ‘The Police Could be Controlling Your Self-Driving Car’ New Zealand: Council in Drought Prone Canterbury Consents to Foreign Company Extracting 40 Billion Litres of Water Where’s the Lane? Self-Driving Cars Confused by Shabby U.S. Roadways Austria Wants to Deploy Soldiers to... more »

Ancient Human History - Five Global Races - species evolution via maritime trade routes

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 13 hours ago
one would imagine that, if certain races were able to make ocean-going boats of reeds or wood or combinations of twigs and tarred leather, these certain races would have spread genetically along the periphery of the territories defined by the geographical limitations of the Global Trade Winds. You only have to look at the global preponderance of astronomically aligned stone circles and pyramids, 200-tonne-stone polygonal-wall construction and certain artificial cradle-boarded or giant-natural elongated-skull findings to know that global trade or global rulership or global doctri... more »

THE TRIBE IN THE MIRROR: Paul Krugman's ugly motive revealed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2016Part 4—One more of our brilliant tribe's bombs:* Republican voters are "bat-shit crazy," full stop. Jonathan Chait, who has never been wrong, thoughtfully told us that back on March 29. He didn't say that these voters are *wrong,* or wrong *in his opinion.* He didn't content himself with saying that these voters are misinformed—that they've been deliberately misinformed by arrays of corporate elites. He said Those People are "bat-shit crazy," a type of judgment which *feels* much better. He wasted no time with qualifiers, with words like some or many. He d... more »

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, Materialists

Rob Schwarzwalder at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump Bernie Sanders - 900] As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican... more »

U.S. Air Force Is Preparing A List of Requirements For A Future CAS Plane That Will Replace The A-10

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
An A-10 Thunderbolt II undergoes pre-flight inspections at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. on March 23, 2006. The retirement of the A-10 is being pushed back to 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by/Airman 1st Class Jesse Shipps) *Defense News*: *Air Force Moving Forward With A-10 Replacement Option* WASHINGTON — The Air Force is moving forward with a key step in developing a dedicated close-air support plane to replace the A-10 Warthog, a top general said Thursday. “My requirements guys are in the process of building a draft requirements document for a follow-on CAS airplane,” Lt. G... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Is In Baghdad To Give Support To The Iraqi Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN*: *Kerry makes unannounced stop in Baghdad to shore up ISIS fight* Baghdad (CNN)U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Friday, as the country's political crisis threatens the fight against ISIS. The top U.S. diplomat's visit, which was not made public until Kerry arrived, is part of an effort to shore up an embattled Prime Minister fighting to stay in office. Kerry will meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Council of Representatives Speaker Saleem al-Jabouri. Kerry's visit kicked off with... more »

Report: Islamic State Has Executed 175 Kidnapped Cement Workers Near Syrian Capital

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** ISIS has massacred 175 of the 300 cement workers it kidnapped outside Syrian capital Damascus, government claims * * 175 of the 300 cement workers feared to have been executed by ISIS * Extremists seized the labourers from an area to the northeast of Damascus * Taken near spot where militants had launched an assault on Assad's forces * Hostages are workers and contractors of the Al Badia Cement company ISIS fighters have reportedly executed 175 of the 300 kidnapped cement workers outside the Syrian capital Damascus, according to the Syrian state's military. Extremists... more »

Is Iran Pursuing A Program To Develop A Nuclear Detonator?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced plans to boost the penetration and destructive power of missile payloads along with the much improved precision-striking capability. FARS News Agency *Times of Israel*: *Iran announces plan to produce explosives used in missile warheads* Defense minister says country wants to make Octogen to improve ‘destructive power’; material also used in nuke detonators. Iran intends to produce the powerful explosive Octogen for use in the warheads of its missiles to improve their “destructive and penetration power,” Iranian D... more »

Scientists call for retraction of “seriously misleading” paper with asbestos industry ties

Megan Scudellari at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Eleven scientists are asking a journal to consider retracting an asbestos paper with industry ties for including “seriously misleading information,” “several wrong statements,” and thrice citing a journal that doesn’t appear to exist. Editors of the journal, Epidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health, however, say they will not retract the article, based on the advice of two […] The post Scientists call for retraction of “seriously misleading” paper with asbestos industry ties appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Arguments Against Free Trade are Deeply Flawed

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: world money - 900] For years, supporters of free trade have been trying to reach a bipartisan consensus on the issue. They’ve finally succeeded. Free trade is now unpopular in both parties. Perhaps because I am a conservative, I can at least understand where... more »

HUD Can’t Fire Anyone Without Criminal Charges, Even Interns

Luke Rosiak at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Department of Housing and Urban Development] A federal agency apparently interprets union-backed civil service protections to be so strong that employees, and even interns, can't be fired for work-related misconduct unless they have also been convicted of it in a court of law. That would mean a federal... more »

ACLU, Planned Parenthood Sue Indiana to Stop New Anti-Eugenics Abortion Law

ARIC CHOKEY at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: 1mike-pence] INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky are suing the state of Indiana over its recently signed law that bans abortions sought because of genetic abnormalities, calling the law unconstitutional. The federal... more »

Candidates For Iraq Cabinet Reshuffle Withdrawing

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Iraq’s Premier Haidar Abadi recently presentedhis cabinet of technocrats to parliament for their approval. There were twelve candidates, but two have already withdrawn. The first was Nizar Salim, an academic from Kurdistan who was up for the Oil Ministry. He pulled his name on April 1 saying that there was no agreement upon the new ministers by the political parties. After that Ali Allawi, who is an author, academic, and former Trade, Defense, and Finance Minister also said he no longer wanted to have his name be considered for the Finance and Planning Ministry. Allawi complained ... more »

Conservative Senator Praises Obama Administration for Adding ‘Freedom of Religion’ to Naturalization Test

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Sen. James Lankford: Young Americans Are ‘Afraid of Faith’] A conservative senator is praising the Obama administration for making what he says is a seemingly small but important improvement to the naturalization test issued by the Department of Homeland Security. In 2015, Oklahoma Senator James Lankford began demanding that... more »

Liberal Attorney General Probes Free-Market Think Tank for Questioning Global Warming

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Global Warming Expensive Policies Money - 900] The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands has subpoenaed a libertarian think tank after pledging to investigate ExxonMobil for allegedly misleading the public about global warming. AG Claude Walker served the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a D.C.-based free market think... more »

Stomping ground

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
It only takes someone to complain about antisemitism for the antisemites to come out in droves. If you’ve ever watched a seagull stomping on the spot, you’ll get the idea. They do it to attract worms, and very effective it is too. It’s understandable that someone who’s trying to get himself elected as London Mayor would bring up antisemitism when addressing a meeting at the Jewish community centre. In front of such an audience expediency dictates that one distances oneself from the Labour Leadership and queries the sincerity of the Labour Party’s supposed opposition to ‘all forms ... more »

Spy Planes Over The Skies Of America

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* U.S. Government spy planes use 'augmented reality' software as they fly above major US cities and 'target Muslim areas'* * Software works via plane's cameras and superimposes details onto screen * FBI can also track the mobile phones of residents below during the flights * 'Target' areas such as the San Bernardino mosque after December attack * Government accused of 'secret' surveillance but FBI insists it is legitimate U.S. Government aircraft are using 'augmented reality' software during flights as they circle above major cities and 'target' Muslim areas. The softwa... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Al Qaeda’s Yemen mini-state and its swollen war chest: https://t.co/JbUW3d9BZQ via @specialreports pic.twitter.com/poUJtLCk7X — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) April 8, 2016

UK will have too much electricity this summer, National Grid forecasts

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/07/uk-will-have-too-much-electricity-this-summer-national-grid-fore/ From the Telegraph: Britain will have too much electricity this summer due to the growth in wind and solar farms, National Grid has forecast, warning it could be forced to issue unprecedented emergency orders to power plants to switch off. Businesses will also be […]

The Bankster Model: Ripping Off Consumers With The Help Of Their Bribed Politicians

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Possible GOP/Wall Street candidate to steal Trump's-- or Cruz's-- nomination* Yesterday, writing about the dangers to America from Paul Ryan, Hamilton Nolan called the attention of *Gawker* readers to Ryan's fight against the fiduciary rules Senator Warren has been working for. As Chair of the House Ways and Means and Banking Committees and now as Speaker, Ryan has taken $6,008,853 in legalistic bribes from the Finance Sector and fights assiduously for their toxic agenda. This cycle alone, Ryan has gobbled up $1,072,975 from the banksters, about the same amount they've given corrup... more »

Why Is The F-35 Becoming A Hated Fighter Jet By So Many?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The F-35 Lightning II during a refueling test near the Patuxent River in Maryland on September 5, 2014. (Layne Laughter/Lockheed Martin) *Judah Ari Gross, Times of Israel:** If the F-35 fighter jet is so awesome, why is it so hated?* *Israel’s next stealth aircraft is the future of modern warfare, but the Pentagon’s program costs over $1.5 trillion — and it’s not yet operational* An F-35 stealth fighter shot down two MiG-29 jets before taking out a surface-to-air missile battery on Sunday morning. The F-35 Lightning II fighter jet is known in Hebrew as the “Adir,” meaning mighty o... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Members of the Swiss Air Force PC 7 team fly in formation over the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals in the mountain resort of St. Moritz, Switzerland. March 20. © REUTERS/ ARND WIEGMANN

More Than 40 Percent of Americans Aren’t Paying Their Student Loans. Is a Default Tsunami Coming?

Blake Neff at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Student Loans] More than 40 percent of Americans with student loans aren't currently making payments on them, raising the specter of massive loan defaults in Department of Education's gargantuan $1.2 trillion student loan portfolio. According to The Wall Street Journal, about 22 million... more »

Former Top Obama Official Admits Operation Choke Point Had ‘Collateral’ Consequences

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at Omni Rancho Las Palmas in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday morning at a private residence in the Big Bend area of West Texas.] One of President Barack Obama's former top Justice Department officials behind Operation Choke Point said Thursday the program had "unintended but collateral consequences" on banks and U.S. consumers. "Unfortunately, as the investigations continue, so too have one of the unintended but... more »

Gov. Rick Scott Gets an Earful in Starbucks. Welcome to Life Imitating the Internet.

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Rick Scott] On Tuesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott got a jolt at a Gainesville Starbucks, but it wasn't from sugar, excessive caffeine or a new over-the-counter social justice campaign. No, those things would be too boring: Instead of coffee, Scott got a... more »

Obamacare Latest: Security Flaws Found in 3 State Health Insurance Websites

ADAM BEAM & RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: FILE -- In this Oct. 1, 2013 file photo, Gina Macaluso, an employee of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, provides information at a call center in Rancho Cordova, Calif. California, Kentucky and Vermont had "significant" cybersecurity weaknesses in their state-run health insurance exchanges, federal investigators found, potentially exposing sensitive personal information for hundreds of thousand of consumers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)] FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance... more »

Cruz Builds Support Among GOP Jews as Trump Skips Event

JULIE BYKOWICZ & STEVE PEOPLES at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Durango Hills Community Center in Summerlin, Nevada.] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Ted Cruz will have hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders all to himself this weekend in Las Vegas as he addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition. Cruz’s rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump... more »

Kerry Makes Unannounced Stop in Baghdad to Discuss ISIS Fight With Iraqi Leaders

BRADLEY KLAPPER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Kerry US Bahrain] BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced stop in Baghdad on Friday to meet Iraq’s prime minister and other top officials at a time of increased military momentum against the Islamic State but deep political... more »

Manhunt Underway for Psychiatric Hospital Escapee Who Tortured a Woman to Death

MARTHA BELLISLE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Officials stop vehicles as they search in Spokane Valley, Wash, Thursday, April 7, 2016, for escaped mental patient Anthony Garver. Garver, 28, escaped Wednesday night with Mark Alexander Adams, 58, a patient who had been accused of domestic assault in 2014 and was captured Thursday morning, officials said. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP) COEUR D'ALENE PRESS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT] SEATTLE (AP) -- A Washington state psychiatric hospital that a man accused of torturing a woman to death escaped from already faces federal scrutiny over safety programs and attacks on p... more »

Tax evasion: A man, a plan, Panama!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
[image: DSC01571] *The Jesus helmet, for when Jesus placards on your scooter aren't enough.* Lots of comments on the Panama Papers and Taiwan, but the key one is here: When news of the leaks broke on Sunday, some local media initially linked several prominent Taiwanese to the latest tranche of leaked documents. The names included President-elect’s brother, Tsai Ying-yang, and the heads of several companies such as Ting Hsin International Group, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Chen, however, said such information was exposed by ICIJ... more »

Tensions Mount Between Sanders and Clinton Heading Into the Pivotal New York Primary

CATHERINE LUCEY & KEN THOMAS at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop, Thursday, April 7, 2016, at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)] DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Bernie Sanders’ claim that Hillary Clinton isn’t qualified to be president landed with a boom this week. The blow was far from the first -- and won’t likely be the last -- from the candidate... more »

Train Track Optical Illusion Confuses The Brain

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Which train track is longer? Two identical train tracks appear different to the brain, leaving a lot to be desired from the perspective of the mind. Metro reports: Dad and BBC Academy trainer Marc Settle stumbled on the latest mind-bending optical illusion while tidying away his toddler’s wooden train track. When he placed lined two pieces of track next to each other, one looked significantly longer. But, when placed on top of each other, they magically became exactly the same size. He shared his discovery, set to suitably dramatic music, on Twitter, along with a plea for help: ‘My ... more »

Britain Uses Legal Loophole To Fight Covert War In Yemen

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
An investigation has uncovered Britain’s secret mission in Yemen using special forces to help American covert operations. Britain has used a loophole to get around its human rights obligations and has deployed soldiers under the guise of special intelligence operatives rather than special reconnaissance soldiers. Russia Today reports: Embedded with British foreign intelligence agency MI6, undercover troops from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) operated in support of the Yemeni regime and US foreign policy goals before the 2014/15 revolution. Journalists working for Vice New... more »

How Tyson and Randall simulated Zack and Sheldon

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
I have written several blog posts arguing that we don't live in a simulation in the past. The reasons are numerous. But let me return to the topic because it was discussed as the topic of the 2016 Asimov Memorial Debate at AMNH in New York. This scene from *The Big Bang Theory* has become my favorite portrait of the scientific illiteracy of some laymen. I've embedded this scene in recent weeks to pick Zack as a metaphor showing what the people who say "the LIGO discovery isn't exciting etc." look to me. But at the beginning, there is another conversation. Zack asks how can the b... more »

Why Love Our Enemies?

James Robison at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: One Pawn against an Army Chess - 900] We could answer the question of the title with simply, "Because Jesus commanded us to!" But even a humble follower of Jesus may wish to know why He commanded this. Why is loving our enemies so important? What benefit comes... more »

Gay British Man Not Deemed Next Of Kin After Husband Dies In Australia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
A gay British man found himself heartbroken for a second time after airport staff confiscated the ashes of his late husband that he was carrying, refusing him his rights as the lawful spouse of the deceased. Daily Mail reports: Marco Bulmer-Rizzi was trying to bring the remains of his husband David back to the UK from Australia, where he died after falling down stairs and cracking his skull at the end of their dream holiday, six months after the couple’s June wedding. But local laws meant the devastated newly-wed was left to deal not only with his grief but also the problem of being... more »

Advanced Surface-to-Air Missiles Keep Surfacing In Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Islamist rebel groups shot down their second Syrian plane in a month on Tuesday using advanced Surface-to-Air Missiles. Inquiries are being made into how these advance weapons keep falling into the hands of terrorist groups such as al-Nusra and Daesh. American weaponry is finding its way through Turkey into terrorist hands in Syria, while Saudi Arabia bankrolls the project and provides spiritual support. Sputnik reports: ​On Tuesday, Islamist rebels shot down a Syrian plane, the second such incident in less than a month, and captured the pilots. Inquiries are being made at the highe... more »

Anti Radical Islam Student Hacked To Death In Bangladesh

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
A 28-year-old student activist was hacked and shot to death by three motorcycle-riding assailants in Bangladesh’s capital, according to police. The attackers believed to be radical Islamists pounced on the secular blogger as he walked with a friend along the streets of Dhaka. Mail Online reports: The killing on Wednesday night follows a string of similar attacks last year, when at least five secular bloggers and publishers were killed, allegedly by radical Islamists. Police suspect 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad was targeted for his outspoken atheism in the Muslim-majority country and ... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/8/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 4/8/2016"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Lots of news about Iran this week being overlooked because of the so-called Panama Papers. Iran has issued a warning to the U.S. not to interfere with its ballistic missile program. Iranian officials say any attempt to interfere with its weapons program would be crossing a “red line.” Iran also wants to improve the destructive power of its warheads which would also help in detonating a nuclear armed missile. Iran has recently test fired ballistic weapons and continues to develop them. An Iranian General was quoted ... more »

Homemade Natural Tick Deterrent

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago

Military Photo of the Day: April 8, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Soldier in Germany-900] A U.S. Army medical evacuation helicopter takes off while a German Armed Forces soldier provides security during joint training in Prizren, Kosovo, on March 27, 2016. Thanks to Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval for taking this photograph!

TOP ISIS Leaders Flee To America Under Secret CIA Project

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
A Kremlin report released this week has revealed that the Obama administration have allowed at least 13 top ISIS commanders to enter the United States posing as immigrants in order to prevent Russian troops from capturing them. Russia have accused the U.S. of protecting their “assets” in a move that has been likened to Operation Paperclip during World War 2 – in which over 1,500 Nazi war criminals were allowed to secretly enter the United States. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: According to this report, in the waning days of World War II, and immediately thereafter, the US instituted Op... more »

Manchuria To Blame?  (Cradle Rocking - WI Lights Up Scoreboard)  Coming Feudalism Engineered by Republicans and Rationalized by Democrats (Clinton Has Embraced Corruption and Closed Door on Peace - Oliver Stone)  GMO Salmon OK!

"Cash is king, Marco." "The assassin always dies, darling. It's necessary for the national healing." - Manchurian Candidate (2004) I was always a big fan of the Angela Lansbury/Frank Sinatra/Laurence Harvey version. The story was easier to follow in that movie, but the Denzel movie has much sharper (Demme-induced) edges - and lots of high-tech shiny objects to distract us from the knowledge

We Don’t Have to Break It to Fix It

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Donald Trump speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.] I constantly hear that only Donald Trump supporters can understand the Trump phenomenon, as if it were inaccessible to nonbelievers, like the secret knowledge of ancient Gnostics. But I don’t believe it’s a matter of comprehension. Trump supporters are so... more »

Run Against Obama

Mona Charen at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Righteous Among the Nations award ceremony honororing U.S. Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds at the Israeli Embassy January 27, 2016 in Washington, DC. Edmonds posthumously is the first American service member to receive the award for actions he took as a prisoner of war in World War II. International Holocaust Rememberance Day marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.] When a Republican has been in the presidency for eight years, as George W. Bush was, Democrats ru... more »

Too Rich And Powerful To Jail?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Ken, Gaius, Noah and I have, over the years, written a good number of posts about coal baron/murderer Donald Blankenship, mostly asking why he isn't in prison or when will he be in prison. It's taken a long, long time but yesterday he was finally sentenced to a year in prison-- but not for murder. He's too rich for that. The wrist slap is for "conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards." The sentencing, in Federal District Court here, came six years and one day after an explosion tore through Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine, killing 29 people. Although Mr. Blankenship wa... more »

Living in turmoil

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
When there is no security one is truly alive because to believe differantly is to die in so many ways and for most the truedeath far to young and most likely sucicde there are no walls to build to protect from life rather bridges to make to connect to the world and let the world know you communciate on every channel The Purge Saw Movies the Hills have eyes all have one purpose to make us think cause that fantasy is only three square meals over a week from reality Starving peasants can be a distraction or a threat and we play this game daily big time

Beyond the Map - Capturing the Feel of a Superhero City

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
As I work on mapping out Port Henry for our Icons game, I'm finding myself reminded of a challenge I often have when setting the scene. How much detail is enough? What is too little? I myself tend to be a bit on the sparser side, something which has its advantage as it allows players to fill in blanks, but presents its own challenges, especially if different players have fundamentally different views of what something looks like. At times like that I really wish I had some talent for drawing. I'm pretty handy at maps, especially when using digital tools like Campaign Cartographer. B... more »

Economic News & Views ( April 7, 2016 ) Overview For Thursday ( 1. Panama Papers Updates - Get Used To this Being A Daily Item For A Spell . 2. Venezuela - If Misery Had Another Name , Surely It Would Be Venezuela. 3. Al Douri Who Was Allegedly Killed By Shia Militia -Still Among The Living And Making Videos. 4. Libya Is Still A Hot Mess Politically. ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Greece Updates For Thursday. 2. Ukraine Fallout After Dutch Voters Reject Association Agreement With The EU. 3. Iceland - The Little Country That Could. ) Daily Odds & Ends ( 1. Around The Global Horn. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Overview....... "Yesterday" ......... *FRANCE 24 English* ‏@France24_en 2h2 hours ago Iceland's new PM sworn in: AFP http://f24.my/23mLKkG *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 2h 2 hours ago fred walton Retweeted Gideon Resnick European Union threatened to impose sanctions on Panama and other countries if they allow tax evasion to prosper. fred walton added, *Gideon Resnick* @GideonResnick The EU is now threatening sanctions on Panama after the release of the Panama Papers. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/04 /07/eu-threatens-sanctions-on-panama.html … ... more »

Rediscovered Ancient Planet Could Destroy Earth Any Day Now

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An ancient planet believed to have wiped out life on Earth millions of years ago is heading in our direction once again according to a top scientist. Planet Nine – a planet discovered at the edge of our solar system this January – has already triggered comet showers that are capable of “bombing the Earth’s surface”, killing all life, according to Daniel Whitmire of the University of Louisiana. According to Whitmire, an apocalyptic shower could happen as earlier as this month, and certainly this year. Nypost.com reports: The astrophysicist says the planet has a 20,000-year orbit aro... more »

Enormous UFO Spaceship Spotted On Latest NASA ISS Feed

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A UFO expert has spotted what he believes to be an enormous UFO ‘mothership’ whilst watching a live NSAS video feed from the International Space Station (ISS). Jadon Besson says he was watching the live stream with thousands of others when he noticed the large mysterious object in the background of the footage. Mirror.co.uk reports: He said the UFO was similar to the Millennium Falcon, a spaceship made popular in the Star Wars films. Jadon grabbed a screen shot and has sent the image to NASA and is still awaiting a response and explanation. Jadon said: I was watching the live strea... more »

Report: Hamas Employs 1,000 To Dig Tunnels In Gaza

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Hamas terror operatives in Gaza tunnel. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Jerusalem Post*: *Report: Hamas taps over 1,000 terror operatives to dig Gaza tunnels* According to Israel Radio report, the terrorist organization invests hundreds of thousands of dollars each month in the subterranean digging activities. Hamas employs more than 1,000 operatives to excavate underground tunnels in the Gaza Strip, Israel Radio reported Thursday. According to the report, the terrorist organization invests hundreds of thousands of dollars each month in the digging activities, paying each operative enga... more »

Report: Vaccines Are Biological Weapons Of Mass Disease

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A US-based pharmaceutical company has distributed vaccines laced with the deadly live Avian Flu Virus to 18 countries, putting millions of lives at risk. Baxter International Inc. have been accused by a Czech Republic laboratory of including the deadly virus in a recent shipment of vaccinations. Libertyforlife.com reports: When challenged, at first Baxter attempted to invoke trade secret laws (like the L-Bam Check Mate Apple Moth Spray issue). The facts were however irrefutable so Baxter changed their story and claimed to have distributed the Bio-WMD by ‘mistake’. Under the BSL3 c... more »

Japanese Citizens Flee Tokyo En Masse Following Fukushima Disaster

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The elite and wealthy in Tokyo are evacuating en masse due to dangerous levels of radiation following the Fukushima meltdown. One nuclear expert has warned people that they should not only leave Tokyo, but evacuate Japan altogether if they have the financial means to do so. Agreenroad.blogspot.fr reports: She said that she would leave, if she could afford to do so. To find out more about this mega nuclear accident that has been mostly covered up, see; Nuclear Accidents, Recycling, Nuclear Fuel This same process happens after every nuclear disaster, such as Chernobyl, etc. The most ...more »

Corrupt Icelandic Officials To Free Jailed Bankers

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Three jailed bankers from Iceland were freed on Thursday due to a change in law brought about by corrupt politicians in the country. Former Kaupthing Chairperson of the Board Sigurður Einarsson, former Kaupthing Luxembourg CEO Magnús Guðmundsson and former 10% owner of Kaupthing Ólafur Ólafsson have been released from Kvíabryggja prison, despite opposition from members of the public. Grapevine.is reports: They will instead move to a halfway house, Vernd, where they will have to return every night but will otherwise be free. A member of parliament has criticised the legislation is be... more »

IRS Headquarters Closes Just After Panama Papers Leak

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Just two days after the Panama Papers were leaked to the press the IRS headquarters in Washington announced that they will remain closed for one week following a fire in the basement. Ap.org reports: IRS headquarters in Washington will remain closed for the rest of the week while repairs are made after a basement fire in the building. The agency said in a news release Tuesday that Monday afternoon’s fire affected the air handling system. No one was hurt in the fire. The IRS says telework-ready employees are expected to telework from their approved location. Officials say tax return... more »

Impoundments: Big Mountain Under Siege Again

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago

Russia To Offer Free Land To Citizens And Foreigners

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russia has announced plans to offer free land to citizens and foreigners who want to build homes or start business in agriculture or tourism. Land in Russia’s far east is up for grabs after a Russian lower house committee approved a bill that offers the free handover of 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of land to foreign citizens. RT.com reports: However, foreigners will only be allowed to use the land, and the registration of full property rights is only possible after the naturalization of potential owners. The original bill was drafted by the Russian government in November last year. The e... more »

German Minister Tells Police To Remove “Rape” From NYE Sex Attack Report

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A German minister put pressure on police involved in the Cologne sex attack investigation to remove the word “rape” from reports about the mass sexual assaults, in a bid to mitigate the sexual nature of the attacks that took place on New Year’s Eve. The German Express newspaper reported that the interior ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia forced a senior police officer to delete the word “rape” from an internal report on January 1. Dailymail.co.uk reports: ‘KHK told me that the state control centre wanted the report cancelled and the expression “rape” deleted,’ read a document writ... more »

Donald Trump's Criticisms Of NATO Is Gaining Some Support

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Hill:* *Trump’s NATO criticism wins positive reviews* Donald Trump’s criticisms of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are winning positive attention from analysts who argue the military alliance should be getting more scrutiny from Washington. “When Trump talks about NATO being obsolete, it is dismissed as crazy rhetoric,” said Job Henning, a defense analyst who recently wrote a piece advocating for broad reform of the alliance. “But he is actually asking questions that are pretty similar to what a lot of people have been asking. Trump made headlines over the weeke...more »

Venezuela Makes Every Friday A Public Holiday To Save Electricity

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Venezuela have declared that every Friday in the months of April and May will be a public holiday, in a bid to save electricity amid a prolonged drought in the country. President Nicolas Maduro unveiled the 60-day plan on Thursday, urging large shopping malls and hotels to generate their own electricity for nine hours each day. Bloomberg.com reports: Heavy industries operating in the country will be asked to cut consumption by 20 percent, he said. “This plan for 60 days, for two months, will allow the country to get through the most difficult period with the most risk,” Maduro said... more »

Will "Panama Papers" tax dodgers and their friends fight back and win?

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 1 day ago
Chris, KJ and Fee think their chances could be quite good... SOURCE GUARDIAN: Britain under pressure to end opposition to tax haven blacklist Pierre Moscovici, the European commissioner in charge of tax policy, urged member states to throw their support behind his plans for a blacklist of tax havens – an idea dismissed last year by UK officials. He cited the case of Lichtenstein as a

Going To The GOP July Convention Will Mean Taking Your Life In Your Hands

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
As the RNC gets ready for the July Paul Ryan coronation in Cleveland, the Trump forces are threatening for violence. Ryan-- one of the biggest NRA shills in Congress-- was smart-- albeit hypocritical-- to ban guns and then to respond to the petition to allow guns with a diktat from the Secret Service saying no guns would be tolerated. As we explained Monday night, Alex Jones and Roger Stone are asking for Trum-pests to show up ready for a fight. Jones called for 5 million of them to descend on Cleveland. Cash-strapped Cleveland has been forced to spend millions of dollars on heavy... more »

The War For Control of Afghanistan's Drug Trade Is Escalating

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Farmers tended their opium crop last year in Helmand Province. Unlike previous years, there will be no serious efforts to eradicate the opium crop in Helmand because of Taliban advances and rampant corruption, with both sides battling over the drug trade. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times *New York Times*: *Corrupt Combatants Fight for Control of Lucrative Afghan Drug Trade* LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan — Afghans have an expression: “Well, whatever has happened, we are still skinny.” In other words, they have not gotten rich yet, try as they might. It is an expression heard ... more »

X22Report: US Government Is Strategically Positioning Military Assets In Syria And Iraq

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*Source of photo: Daily Mail.* *Title: US Government Is Strategically Positioning Military Assets In Syria And Iraq - Episode 939b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: April 7, 2016. Description: * Wikileaks reports that the US Government leaked the Panama Papers. Obama and the IMF are pushing for a worldwide tax. France and Germany will back Ukraine in EU, Dutch say no. Turkey and Ukraine hold Black Sea drills. China will get delivery of the S-400 missile system this year. US might create more bases in Iraq. Turkey fired on journalists as they bombed the Kurds. The FSA has now tak... more »

Musical Interlude: Two Steps from Hell, “Colin Frake”, Playlist

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Two Steps from Hell, “Colin Frake”, Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Named for the three astronomers instrumental in its discovery and identification, Wolf - Lundmark - Melotte (WLM) is a lonely dwarf galaxy. Seen toward the mostly southern constellation Cetus, about 3 million light-years from the Milky Way, it is one of the most remote members of our local galaxy group. In fact, it may never have interacted with any other local group galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Still, telltale pinkish star forming regions and hot, young, bluish stars speckle the isolated island universe. Older, cool yellowish stars fade into the small galaxy's halo, exte... more »

April 7: The fading story of the Panama Papers in the Irving press

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Here's an opinion on the Panama Papers that I don't agree with. I'm not at all sure it was investigative journalism that revealed this story. And, certainly, investigation has never been the strong point of journalists. And, in New Brunswick, it has never existed at all. http://www.theguardian.com/news/commentisfree/2016/apr/06/simon-jenkins-power-of-press-panama-papers-investigative-journalists I think this one too easily accepts the official version that this was all done by Clark Kent-type journalists. And, certainly, this is the one accepted by most western journalists (who shou... more »

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