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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10 May - am - Blogs I'm Following

"Towns of the Creek Confederacy as Shown ..."Towns of the Creek Confederacy as Shown on the Early Map of Georgia, 1818." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Map of the Mississippi River basin, showing su...Map of the Mississippi River basin, showing sub-basins and the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: National Intellectual Property Rights...English: National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Creek Confederacy Mirrored a Tradition Two Thousand years Old

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 5 minutes ago
I would really like to confirm the time frames for corn and bean culture. Bronze Age communication was in full swing as early as 4500 years ago. That is when copper mining began in Lake superior by the nascent Atlantean culture. Those same miners explored every river basin in reach to the level of maximin possible access in search of copper resources and did this on a global scale. They had to establish agricultural centers in cooperation with local peoples and that meant local agriculture at the least however restricted.Corn and bean culture was an obvious addition and all sit... more »

How Prince’s Quest for Complete Artistic Control Changed the Music Industry Forever

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 5 minutes ago
This item notes that Prince became an effective advocate for the rights of artists. That was truly worthy of him. The whole issue of intellectual property rights has never been satisfactorily worked out. I suspect that this problem must continue until we create a statutory framework in which all product has such a budget built into the selling price even before allocation has been arranged. Such an arrangement immediately gives the artist real power over allocation. At least all such property will have an immediate capital value that can be calculated even if not sold. It ma... more »

The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 5 minutes ago
There are come really good ideas here. The best though is having restaurants load left over food into an outdoor fridge available for whoever. Better customers are also invited to leave any uneaten portions as well. Another reason for doggy bags. Wastage is not nearly so significant in food stores but concentrated and can be easily handled by food banks and that obviously needs to be mandated by governments as is now been done. However mandating fridges for larger restaurants is highly indicated and these can then be cleaned out each day by a pick up service from shelters as w... more »

The Shaman Within

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 5 minutes ago
This article encloses a profound teaching that i highly recommend. We discover deep meditation allows the brain to drop to the theta state represented by a frequency of between 4 - 8 hz. Much more important we discover and have described the importance of the fascia which is a universal membrane in the body though to be merely structural. In the event this practitioner broke through and communicated enough to learn how to optimize these tools and bring about significant healing. All very important and instructive to ourselves.. *The Shaman Within: Channeling Universal Life For... more »

President El Sessi Economic Achiements

Hani Fakhouri at Middle East Today - 5 minutes ago
The election of a new head of state is always scrutinized and somewhat criticized by lay people. Less than two years ago (7/12/2014) president El Sessi was elected by more than 24 million Egyptians who constitute half of the eligible voters. Following the president’s election, negative campaigns by some journalists and politicians started to emerge. They maintained that the new regimes was authoritarian and had no economic planning. In my opinion this is a misplaced criticism. The president and his government are facing tremendous challenges: terrorism, lack of foreign currency, de...more »

Kid Discovers Link Between Constellations And Position Of Mayan Cities

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 15 minutes ago
A 15 year old boy from Quebec has made a correlation between the stars in the sky and the position of the Mayan cities. By making that correlation, he managed to discover a lost Mayan city. William Gadoury, a teenager from Saint-Jean-de-Matha in Lanaudière, became a small launch to NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency, while his discovery is about to be disseminated in a scientific journal. Passionate Mayan for several years, he analyzed 22 Mayan constellations and realized that if he connected on a map the stars of the constellations, the shape of each cor...more »

Oh Britain

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 minutes ago
This Sky News report http://news.sky.com/story/1693252/suicide-bomber-in-terror-training-exercise shows where this country is: 'A dramatic terror training exercise has been taking place in Manchester with a simulated attack carried out at the city's Trafford shopping centre. The exercise began at midnight when a man playing the part of a suicide bomber entered the crowded centre before pretending to detonate a bomb.' Words fail me

Germany knife attacker kills man in Grafing -per BBC News where 2 + 2 rarely equals 4

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 minutes ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36254513 contains this: 'Some witnesses said he shouted "Allahu akbar" ("God is great" in Arabic) but the motive for the attack is unclear.' A total mystery

Fort McMurray the Phoenix

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 hour ago
By now I'm sure many people have seen seen the devastating videos and photos taken of the damage done to Fort McMurray. I have my own photos to share which I will be able to in time. It's surreal to me in many ways to see our community so battered and bruised. I suspect the reality won't fully sink in for me until I return to see it with my own eyes. An area of forest I visited back in February for some birdwatching is now charred and black. Another entire area of town I've traipsed through to do some hiking now exists pretty much only in my memory. While we have been beaten down s... more »

What Happens When You Find Out From The FBI That Your Parents Are Russian Spies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
'Donald Heathfield' with Alex and Tim in 1999. Photograph: courtesy Tim and Alex Foley *Shaun Walker, The Guardian*:* The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies* For years Donald Heathfield, Tracey Foley and their two children lived the American dream. Then an FBI raid revealed the truth: they were agents of Putin’s Russia. Their sons tell their story Tim Foley turned 20 on 27 June 2010. To celebrate, his parents took him and his younger brother Alex out for lunch at an Indian restaurant not far from their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both brothers were born in Cana... more »

Why Russia's 'Immortal Regiment' March Is Important To Russians

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Russian Insider:* *Russia's 'Immortal Regiment' March Is Not About The Past, But the Present* *It is not a carnival, or a show of pride – but an overt demonstration of Russians' current dignity, honor, and courage* The notion of the Motherland has been fading for a quarter-century. All that was considered old-fashioned, ignorant and unnecessary, because the entire world is free and all people are brothers. However, according to Hollywood, some people keep up the idea of Motherland and do not consider all others as brothers, on the contrary, entire nations are considered to be vi... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Immortal Regiment March. 9th of May.The Victory Day. Russia. Moscow.#VDay #VictoryDay #ImmortalRegiment pic.twitter.com/EvvBjHb74I — TeamTrumpRussia (@TeamTrumpRussia) May 9, 2016

Military Photo of the Day: K-9 Training

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Military Working Dog] A U.S. Air Force airman and a military working dog conduct K-9 training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on March 17, 2016. Wow! Thanks to Alejandro Pena for taking this amazing photograph.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Cadets of St. Petersburg's University of the Interior Ministry take part in the 2016 Victory Day Parade in St. Petersburg. © SPUTNIK/ IGOR RUSSAK *WNU Editor*: Sputnik's photo gallery on today's V-Day Celebrations can be *viewed here.*

How to win an award at Rutgers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 3 hours ago
Honza U. has sent me an incredible story from my graduate Alma Mater, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. First, try to watch this 4-minute video. Jump to 1:20 if you need some action quickly. These red people are some of those who have the guts to call Donald Trump a fascist. Three months ago, conservative gay blonde pundit Milo Yiannopoulos came to Rutgers to give a talk about the central purpose of education, to expose students to new ideas etc. At some moment, activists painted their faces with fake blood, started to scream, and temporarily disrupted the ... more »

Soviet War Dead: The Numbers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU Editor: *This image is from *RFE*.

Facebook is Censoring Article on Facebook's Censorship

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 4 hours ago
Facebook: The Septic Tank of News By Brenda Norrell Censored News Facebook is censoring this article tonight, which exposes censorship by Facebook. Whistleblowers at Facebook are revealing the truth: http://theantimedia.org/whistleblowers-facebook-censors-news/ It is good not to take Facebook too seriously, since it is a crude marketing tool. More alarming, Facebook is used extensively by

Zerohedge: The Cult Of Central Banking Is Dead In The Water

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-30/cult-central-banking-dead-water *The Cult Of Central Banking Is Dead In The Water* Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/30/2016 13:22 -0400 Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, The Fed has been sitting on the funds rate like some monetary mother hen since December 2008. Once it punts again at the June meeting owing to Brexit worries it will have effectively pegged money market rates at the zero bound for 90 straight months. There has never been a time in financial history when anything close to this happened, including the 1... more »

“That didn't take long”: Trump’s Economic Plan - higher taxes, higher inflation, and higher minimum wage

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Guest post by Jeffrey Tucker* That didn’t take long. It was only days after Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination that the mask (such as it was) came off. Suddenly he was telling multiple interviewers that he could be talked into raising taxes, boosting the minimum wage, and printing enough money to pay the national debt in cheap dollars. "On my plan [taxes are] going down. But by the time it's negotiated, they'll go up," Trump said. “In my opinion, the taxes for the rich will go up somewhat." As for the minimum wage, he talks like Obama, completely unintereste... more »

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, “The Enlightened”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Medwyn Goodall, “The Enlightened” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvD5rh4So9A

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"What caused this outburst of V838 Mon? For reasons unknown, star V838 Mon's outer surface suddenly greatly expanded with the result that it became the brightest star in the entire Milky Way Galaxy in January 2002. Then, just as suddenly, it faded. A stellar flash like this had never been seen before- supernovas and novas expel matter out into space. *Click image for larger size.* Although the V838 Mon flash appears to expel material into space, what is seen in the above image from the Hubble Space Telescope is actually an outwardly moving light echo of the bright flash. In a light... more »

The Poet: Maya Angelou, "When Great Trees Fall"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"When Great Trees Fall"* "When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their... more »

“25 Life Lessons By An Old Greek Shepherd”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“25 Life Lessons By An Old Greek Shepherd”* by George Giotis, Greece by Greeks *“The road to the destination is never straight.* To reach out to the winter shelter someone must take a lot of turns, travel along rough roads, suffer losses. You have to make sure that you always take food supplies with you. *Leave the past behind.* If a wolf eats your goat, you can't do anything about it. Just make sure that next time you will be more careful. *Don't live just for saving money and don't be stingy.* Don't postpone the tasting of joy for future times. Do it now, while you are still yo... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"What Is Truth?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"What is truth? For the multitude, that which it continually reads and hears." - Oswald Spengler

Technology: "Microsoft Windows Update KB3133977 is Deadly"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Microsoft Windows Update KB3133977 is Deadly"* Submitted by IWB *"Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Has A Serious Problem: *Earlier this year Microsoft MSFT warned users that Windows 7 has serious problems. I dismissed its claims as a desperate attempt to shift copies of Windows 10 (and I still do), but now Microsoft has warned of a new serious Windows 7 problem that is very real – even though it makes no sense whatsoever… In short: Microsoft has made a seemingly small yet completely bizarre tweak to Windows Update on Windows 7 and confirmed it is crippling many users’ PCs. The tweak? It... more »

Will China Implode?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Tiananmen Square Protests 1989 Stories by Williams *Peter Navarro, National Interest:* *China Will Probably Implode* From politics to the economy to the environment, the end may be near. In July of 2001, Gordon Chang predicted an inevitable meltdown of the Chinese Communist Party in his best-selling book The Coming Collapse of China. Since then, China’s economy has increased by more than eightfold, to surpass even the United States on a purchasing parity power basis. Oops? In Chang’s defense, he could not have anticipated the colossal blunder of President Bill Clinton and a Republi... more »

On It's Second Anniversary Of Disgraceful Waste, Do Hillary Clinton Supporters Know Patrick Murphy Voted To Establish The Benghazi Committee?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*2 of Congress' biggest idiots give conservatism a bad name-- Gowdy and Murphy* Conservatives always try to portray themselves-- falsely-- as serious stewards of the pubic purse. One of the biggest boondoggles in recent times, the Benghazi Committee, was authorized by the votes of 225 conservative Republicans and 7 of the most conservative Democrats to serve in Congress in the last 5 decades. Conceived as a hyper-partisan witch-hunt to damage the reputation of Hillary Clinton in the run-up to the 2016 election, every single Republican voted for it. Of the 7 right-wing Democrats who... more »

A 9 Year Old Boy Discusses the Universe

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago

This Is The New Normal For Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Mac Margolis, Bloomberg:* *Catastrophe Is the New Normal for Venezuelans* Making sense of the rolling political and economic disaster in Venezuela isn't easy. But the bigger mystery may be why the whole country isn't flooding into the streets to demand the end of the social revolution that's left one of Latin America's most resource-rich nations in a shambles. Start with the riddle of why the country with the world's largest crude oil reserves has suffered constant power outages. (Spoiler: instead of using oil to generate electricity, the government has relied on hydropower while ... more »

Democracy is dead in the EU

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 5 hours ago
*MUST WATCH: Luke "Ming" Flanagan tries to do his job* *as a Parliamentarian for the European Union* Liberty Blitzkrieg posts a video showing the trials and tribulations of Luke "Ming" Flanagan, an EU parliamentarian from the Emerald Isle (Ireland) as he makes his way down the foggy corridors of power to read the TTIP original documents in the parliamentary library. Shockerooo! Apropos of nothing at all....My grandmother's maiden name was Flanagan. So I might be a distant relative of Ming. Bravo Ming for bringing this disgusting desecration of democracy to world attention. Afte... more »

Paul Buhle : ‘A Full Life: James Connolly the Irish Rebel’

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
Historian Buhle writes about the ‘The Irish socialist who organized an uprising’ and joins us on Rag Radio. (Listen to the podcast here!) By Paul Buhle | The Rag Blog | May 9, 2016 Historian Paul Buhle, a leading figure … finish reading Paul Buhle : ‘A Full Life: James Connolly the Irish Rebel’

White House to Send Garland’s Questionnaire to Senate

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this April 28, 2016, file photo, Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court meets with Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Garland will submit a questionnaire detailing his credentials and experience to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, May 10, taking another step in the White House’s push to break the Senate blockade on his nomination.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will submit a questionnaire detailing his credentials and experience to the... more »

Panama Papers Can Now Be Viewed Online

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*BBC*:* Panama Papers affair widens as database goes online* The Panama Papers affair has widened, with a huge database of documents relating to more than 200,000 offshore accounts posted online. The database became accessible from 18:00 GMT at offshoreleaks.icij.org. The Panama Papers have shown how some wealthy people use offshore firms to evade tax and avoid sanctions. The papers belonged to Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca and were leaked by a source simply known as "John Doe". The company denies any wrongdoing. Last week it issued a "cease and desist " order to prevent ... more »

5 Reasons Why Transgender Is Not the New Black

Michael Brown at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: transgender - 900] In light of today’s egregious comments by Attorney General Loretta Lynch in which she compared laws preventing men from using women's locker rooms, shower stalls and bathrooms to Jim Crow laws, it is necessary to confront the ridiculous notion that transgender is... more »

photorealism - Sook Sri-amnuay - beauty's in the eyes.

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
that's the photorealist painting by Thai artist Sook Sri-amnuay the whole internet is raving about... sure, it's excellent photorealism and attention to woolly detail, but me, I'm strange, and I prefer his strangely alluring large-eye ginger-blonde ladies. Beauties, indeed.

Election 24, Generally peaceful and credible 2016 polls

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
Congratulations, COMELEC, for a generally peaceful, credible, and fast results elections 2016. Congratulations, unofficial President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte. The people have spoken, you got nearly 40% of the national votes based on the SWS exit poll. Bongbong Marcos is leading by 0.12 million votes as of this writing, no congrats yet. I still hope that my candidate Leni Robredo will beat you in the coming hours or days of official counting. *As of 1:20 am*: Reflecting on this general elections, I think there are more good news than bad ones. Consider the following good news: 1. V... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #157 On activating I-COMMS, Remembering DreamsAre Chakras Real?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
*May 9, 2016* *By American Kabuki* *This is a personal conversation I had today with Nabrac, and a tad of data from Stan X of the SA Data Collectors. I have deleted the more personal stuff but I thought some of this other information might be of value to you in the audience. * *A week ago we learned the membrane/veil of consciousness, is a living entity, specifically created to create the experience of separation by choice of everyone here. It is not "evil" in itself, it was just doing what it was created to do. Its mission is now complete. It is what is separating the inner... more »

Should Trump Be Banned From TV For Blatantly Lying Too Much?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Although all of his Republican opponents repeatedly called Trump a liar, the epithet didn't stick, at least not among Republican primary voters. Only 9% of Trump's fact-checked campaign statements have been rated "true" (2%) or "mostly true" (7%) by PolitiFact, but it was only Trump's branding of the immensely dislikable Ted Cruz as "Lyin' Ted" that stuck with the voters. It didn't matter that Cruz "only" lied 64% of the time-- as opposed to Trump's 76%-- the Trumpish mood on the right has metastasized into a full-blown takeover of the Republican Party, a party whose moorings with ... more »

Pentagon Official: 'U.S. Troops Will Remain In Yemen For Now'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Military Times:* *Boots on the ground in Yemen will be 'short term'* Despite a string of victories over Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a team of U.S. troops on the ground in Yemen will remain in place for now, a top Pentagon official said. “They are still in country, still providing that liaison role, particularly in support of intelligence sharing,” Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook said Monday. The deployment is "short term" but currently has no firm end date, Cook said.The “small contingent” of U.S. forces was deployed there in April to support Arab-led forces' effo... more »

Nothing New Under the Corporate Media Sun

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 7 hours ago
Even though Bernie Sanders now has little to no chance of getting the Democratic nomination, the media are not letting up on him. The fact that he is still campaigning and still railing against the malefactors of great wealth has the malefactors screaming for him to stop, just stop already and be quiet or go away and leave them alone unless it's to help "unify" their private, closed Party. The latest incident that has them clutching their pearls in elite hysteria was his appearance last week on The Rachel Maddow Show, where he had the effrontery to criticize the corporate-owned medi... more »

Lummi Victory! No Coal Terminal at Cherry Point!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago

open your eyes

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
ZERO: An Investigation Into 9/11

devil in the details

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
The Archons

Yemen Peace Talks Have Collapsed After Airstrikes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Foreign Policy:* *Yemen Peace Talks Collapse after Airstrikes* The resumption of U.N.-backed peace talks in Kuwait to resolve the Yemeni civil war has been been postponed indefinitely after the Houthi delegation withdrew on Sunday. The Houthis said the move was a response to a series of Saudi airstrikes in Nehm province that killed seven people; if confirmed, the strikes would be the deadliest attacks since the start of a tenuous ceasefire two weeks ago. The Yemeni government delegation defended the strikes, saying they targeted Houthi forces that were massing in violation of the...more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

The Economy: "London Bullion Market Out of Gold- Full Collapse Imminent?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"London Bullion Market Out of Gold-* * Full Collapse Imminent?"* by Newsroom "According to a catastrophic report by the Archer Daniels Midland Corporation's Investment Unit, the London Gold Bullion Market (LBMA) is out of Gold and within DAYS of complete collapse. It allegedly will collapse not later than June 15. When people around the world start hearing the "gold" they have "on paper" as part of their "portfolios" doesn't really exist and cannot be delivered, it is going to send a financial shockwave across the globe that will have repercussions we cannot even conceive-of right... more »

"The Role Of Spiritual Resilience"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Teal Swan: The Role Of Spiritual Resilience"* by Chris Martenson "This podcast requires a special introduction because it is reflective of a side of myself that I have often alluded to, but largely kept private until now. And that is my searching for personal insight, meaning, and deeper inner fulfillment. I’ve been actively and intensively exploring this area for roughly 5 years. Some might call this a spiritual questing, while others would call it inner tracking. Either way, this part of my life involves building my emotional IQ and resilience. It is perhaps the hardest, brave... more »

"The Meaning Of A Multicultural America: 323,341,000 Individuals"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Meaning Of A Multicultural America: 323,341,000 Individuals"* by Charles Hugh-Smith "Imagine being told by some politico that if you're truly a fan of the Golden State Warriors, you must vote for him to "prove your loyalty" as a Warriors fan. Multiculturalism is often an excuse for identity politics: the (politically useful) notion that every member of an ethnic or religious group "should" support policies A,B & C and vote for candidates X, Y and Z based solely on their membership in an identity that is a useful tool for political exploitation. Multiculturalism is not about ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Musical Interlude: 2002, "River of Stars"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
2002, "River of Stars" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg9Wl4b3gOo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this cosmic galaxy portrait. In fact, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Its own dusty disk, young blue star clusters, and pink star forming regions standout in the sharp, colorful telescopic image. *Click image for larger size.* About 13 million light-years distant toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus, NGC 4945 is only about six times farther away than Andromeda, the nearest large spiral galaxy to the Milky Way. Though the galaxy's central region is largely hidden from view for o... more »

Chet Raymo, “This View of Life, With Its Several Powers”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
* “This View of Life, With Its Several Powers”* by Chet Raymo “Somewhere in his "lost" notebooks Loren Eiseley writes of the pleasure of exploding a puffball in a woodland clearing, or shaking seeds out of their pods. As I recall, he takes a gleeful satisfaction in messing with evolution, in hurrying the process along. I remember identifying with that sentiment when I read it. I like exploding puffballs too. Dropping insects into spider webs. Picking up turtles that are half-way across a road and placing them in a ditch on the other side. Most of all I like breaking off the stalks ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Patti, Sicilia, Italy. Thanks for stopping by!

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Politics: “Too Much Democracy: The Game - For The Elites - Is Over”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Too Much Democracy: * *The Game - For The Elites - Is Over”* by Anis Shivani “Our awful elites gutted America. Now they dare ring alarms about Trump, Sanders — and cast themselves as saviors. Both parties ignored workers, spewed hate, enriched themselves, hollowed out democracy... And now the problem's populism?” This week, on the night of the Indiana primary, I read one of the most loathsome political screeds it has been my misfortune to encounter. It was an alarm bell raised by Andrew Sullivan, arguably the greatest hypocrite of the Bush era, on par with his partner in many cri... more »

Rightwing Nuthouse: "5 Vilest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Trump Hits Headspinning New Depths"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"5 Vilest Right-Wing Moments This Week:* * Trump Hits Headspinning New Depths"* by Janet Allon "Anyone following Donald Trump’s Twitter feed is engaging in a treacherous IQ-lowering exercise. As much as we have vowed not to be shocked by anything the carnivalesque GOP candidate does or says, damned if he did not stun us again with that stupid Cinco de Mayo tweet about loving the tacos made by “the Hispanics” he loves so much in Trump Tower. He and flunky Bill O'Reilly could not wrap their heads around the fact that anyone would see that as cynical pandering. Samantha Bee expressed ... more »

Happy Mother's Day!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

The Canny Politics of Ruth Davidson

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Most lefties have one or two favourite Tories. Me? I own a whole menagerie. Who can resist Nicholas Soames and his waspish tweets? Fabbers' endless self-parodying? The plastic Thatcher tributes by Anna Soubry? And Rees-Mogg's distillation of Tory toffism? Yet these colourful characters share a less appetising trait: they're all irredeemable bastards. I might titter at Fabricant and roll my eyes at our Jake, but I have no doubt these people are enemies of the labour movement. They would rather we didn't exist, and long for the days of the cap-doffing squire and the people who knew t... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( May 9,2016 ) Overview For Monday ( 1. Markets In Focus - Fed Funds Now Show Rates To Remain Under 1% Perhaps Until April 2019 , S&P 500 Revenue Growth For Q ! 2016 By Sector , S&P Operating Earning Continue Declining Trend , NIRP Daily Eye-Opening News . 2. Greece News Of The Today - Key EuroGroup Meeting Proceeds Well . 3. Turkey - EU Deal Updates And The Latest From Mad Hatter Erdogan. 4. Brazil Political Lunacy Continues - Lower House Annuls Its Proceeding On Impeachment , Senate Moving Ahead Regardless. 4 Libya News De Jour. 5. Odds & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 9 hours ago
Markets.... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 1h 1 hour ago May 2009: market expects Fed Funds rate to move above 1% by July 2010 Today: <1% as far out as April 2019 *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 5h 5 hours ago S&P 500 Q1 Revenue Growth (YoY) by sector... https:// pensionpartners.com/the-revenue-recession/ … *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 5h 5 hours ago With 88% of companies reported, S&P 500 operating EPS down 5%, 6th consecutive YoY decline. https://pensionpartners.com/the-earnings-enigma/ … *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7h ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 9, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Anna Fifield, Washington Post:* *At four-day congress, North Korean leader proves his strength* PYONGYANG, North Korea — A triumphant Kim Jong Un was crowned chairman of North Korea’s Workers’ Party on Monday, the climax of a once-in-a-generation congress during which the young leader showed how, despite the odds, he had consolidated his power. Although he did not announce anything particularly new during the four-day meeting — espousing his usual lines about pursuing economic growth at the same time as nuclear weapons — Kim presented himself as every inch the strong leader. *R... more »

Panama in NZ? Overblown. [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
Radio NZ, NickyHager and Uncle Tom Cobley and all have prowled through the stolen Panama Papers at length and delivered several much-hyped reports and extensively researched stories (so thorough these “journalists” have even braved sites as diverse and exotic as LinkedIn and Facebook!) that inform us, in the end, after all the shouting, little more than we already knew. That Mossack Fonsecca was in the business of setting up trusts. So what? That they have/had “an office in New Zealand” – *“EXCLUSIVE - Panama Papers NZ - Mossack Fonseca is sending its clients to New Zealand fo... more »

Suing North Carolina, Justice Department Confuses ‘Sex’ with ‘Gender Identity’

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Governor McCrory NC - 900] The Obama administration's Justice Department gave North Carolina until today (Monday, May 9, 2016) to respond to its threat to sue the state, and remove federal funds, unless it rejects the will of its own people as expressed in House... more »

France Will Open 18 Rehabs for Jihadists With ‘Sincere Desire’ to De-Radicalize

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: White flag - Syria - 900] France will install a jihadist rehabilitation center in each of its 18 regions by the end of 2017, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced Monday. After two terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, and a growing number of radicalized teenagers, France is...more »

Progressive Music Classics. The Clash: "Something About England"

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 10 hours ago
. . *By MARC McDONALD* Welcome to another edition of Progressive Music Classics, a salute to left-leaning music that champions the cause of working-class people around the world. One of the highlights of The Clash's 1980 underrated masterpiece, *Sandinista!* is the haunting "Something About England," a song that gives a whirlwind tour of the disasters of the 20th century. Although the song was released 36 years ago, the opening lyrics seem eerily prescient, as they describe the immigrant bashing that is going on today in both Europe and America. *They say immigrants steal the ... more »

Young Indian Maid Allegedly Tortured To Death In Saudi Arabia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A 25-year-old woman from Hyderabad, India, was allegedly tortured to death while working as a maid against her will in Saudi Arabia. Her Saudi employers kept her working as a maid illegally after her visa expired and against her wishes while allegedly torturing her physically and mentally. dna India reports: The family members of Asima Khatoon were informed about the death on Thursday when an unknown person called her mother from Riyadh and informed that Asima was no more. Asima used to call her family and lament about the torture being allegedly meted out to her at the hands of her...more »

Can Trump Win in the Fall? He Says Yes. Polls and Critics Say No. History Says Nobody Knows

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Trump - 900] Expected Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that while “it would be better if [the GOP] were unified” behind his candidacy, “I don’t think it actually has to be unified in the traditional sense." Trump... more »

Harvard Law Professor Says Treat Conservative Christians Like Nazis

Ryan Anderson at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Catholic nuns - 900] Liberals, stop being so defensive. That's the message of Harvard law professor Mark Tushnet in a new post at Balkinization, titled "Abandoning Defensive Crouch Liberal Constitutionalism." The problem, according to Tushnet, is that liberals have been too defensive when it... more »

UK and France Cut the Most CO2 Emissions in the 80s, Before Global Warming Alarmism

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Nuclear Power, Green Energy] The biggest reductions of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the history of the United Kingdom and France occurred well before either country began fighting global warming, according to a chart published Monday by a global warming researcher. The chart shows green policies enacted to slow global warming failed to... more »

World News Briefs -- May 9, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Time:* *Unofficial Vote Count Shows Rodrigo Duterte Has Won Presidential Election in the Philippines* Despite joking he "should have been first" in the gang-rape of an Australian missionary. Rodrigo Duterte, the controversial mayor of Davao City, appeared to win the presidential election in the Philippines on Monday night, besting four challengers despite a campaign marred by rape jokes, death threats and various obscenities. An unofficial vote count cited by the Associated Press showed the 71-year-old former lawyer and prosecutor prevailing in the contest to replace outgoing P... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Scorched McMurray'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
SCORCHED McMURRAY Posted on May 9, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. May 9, 2016. We love our mother and every living thing she created, the birds, animals, fish, waters and vegetation. We still follow the original instructions to survive and coexist. “Fort McMurray” was set up in the mid-1800s to protect the immigrants, kill our people and take our lands. They made treaties in bad

Independent Film 'Power Lines' Premieres May 21 in Flagstaff, Arizona

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Independent Film 'Power Lines' Premieres May 21 in Flagstaff, Arizona Powerlines: A Diné Relocation Refugee Coming of Age Story By Klee Benally, writer and director indigenousaction@gmail.com www.powerlinesmovie.com French translation by Christine Prat at: http://www.chrisp.lautre.net/wpblog/?p=2655 Censored News May 9, 2016 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Independent feature film

From Vallarta with Love: A Video from Mothers of the Disappeared

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
. Peaceful demonstration in the park red on the 26th of July of 2015, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Please help to bring them back home.  Women's/Human Rights News From Vallarta with Love: A Video from Mothers of the Disappeared By Frontera NorteSur Published with permission at Censored News May 9, 2016 In Mexico, Tuesday, May 10, is Mother's Day. On that day, mothers from the civil

Kern Co. Residents Conduct Capitol Sit-In to Protest Central Valley Oil Drilling

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Photo courtesy of CPRE. Kern Co. Residents Conduct Capitol Sit-In to Protest Central Valley Oil Drilling by Dan Bacher Censored News Governor Jerry Brown has become infamous for spouting off about "climate change" and "green energy" at international climate conferences as he promotes environmentally destructive policies, including fracking,  pollution trading and R.E.D.D. and the

Thorne Dreyer and Alice Embree : The Rag: 50 years of cutting-edge journalism

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 10 hours ago
A series of public events, October 13-16, 2016, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Austin’s historic Sixties underground newspaper. By Thorne Dreyer and Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | May 9, 2016 AUSTIN — In a public celebration of … finish reading Thorne Dreyer and Alice Embree : *The Rag*: 50 years of cutting-edge journalism

Sick in Bed

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
I went to bed at 7:00 pm last night, could not even stand up. Been in bed all day today, just made myself get up to take a quick look at emails. I've been having cold spells and fever and my gut is a mess. I don't know if I have the flu or food poisoning. I'm supposed to fly to Toronto on Wednesday so am hoping for a quick recovery.

Panama Papers Reveal Global Cash Stash Of Elites

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A huge database of leaked “Panama Papers” containing more than 200,000 offshore entities set up by the rich and wealthy elite of the world is to be made public on Monday. The leak is set to go live at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. The searchable database includes more than 200,000 offshore companies managed under Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Telesur reports: The new data, a select part of the over 11.5 million documents of the Panama Papers, will open a searchable database to the public including the names of directors and shareholders of more than 200,000 offshore entities set up ...more »

Update On Thermal Growing Seasons

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/thermal-growing-seasons-in-the-uk/ Last week, I showed this graph from DECC, analysing thermal growing seasons. Top recap, the data is from CET and according to DECC: The last report published by DECC only took us up to 2012, so I asked them if the data was still being maintained. […]

So organising parties is now a crime?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
Fights over water and recovering from earthquakes aren’t the only problems facing the Canterbury area. Freedom of association is also under threat: *Police have have made it clear** that organising after-parties for school balls in Mid Canterbury would be a crime, despite them running safely for 17 years.* “A *crime*”? Are you kidding? *They have made clear it would be a crime to organise them, or even go to them, in a ruling that applies nationwide.* WTF!? Turns out after a case in Napier last year, which set a precedent, it is now *illegal* to organise and host a party. ... more »

Gizmodo Cites Anonymous Sources: Facebook Cooks the Trending Books Against Conservatives

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Facebook Trending Left? Anti Conservative - 900] Former Facebook employees who worked as news curators have reportedly come forward anonymously and told the design and technology blog Gizmodo various ways they say Facebook skews Facebook’s Trending news against conservatives. "It was absolutely bias," one former employee told Gizmodo. "We were doing it subjectively.... more »

Congressional Panel Issues More Subpoenas in Ongoing Planned Parenthood Investigation

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Marsha Blackburn - 900] A House panel issued subpoenas to two organizations in an effort to access information related to the purchase and sale of aborted baby body parts. The House of Representatives Select Investigative Panel issued subpoenas on April 29 to Scinto Group,... more »

Republicans Use The Same Lesser-Of-Two-Evils" Argument That Hillary Supporters Use

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
When he was running against Trump, Rick Perry said "he offers a barking carnival act that can be best described as Trumpism: a toxic mix of demagoguery, mean-spiritedness and nonsense that will lead the Republican Party to perdition if pursued. Let no one be mistaken--Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised, and discarded." Thursday Perry discarded his diagnosis and announced he would not just vote for this cancer on conservatism but will do everything he can to help get him elected. Marveling at Trump's marketing and brandi... more »

What A Gift!

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
Dan Leger writes in the Halifax *Chronicle-Herald *that a President Trump would be a gift to the enemies of the United States: But if your goal is to undermine American democracy, then wrecking a Grand Old Party is useful. If you’re ISIS or Vladimir Putin and democracy is your enemy, Trump is your friend. He’s wrecking one of two legitimate American parties. Trump will further undermine democracy by stifling free speech and the independent press by making libel suits easier to prosecute and by installing judges who agree with him. Trump says he’ll encourage Japan and South Korea ... more »

U.S. And Russia Vow To Maintain Shaky Syrian Ceasefire

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
© Khalil Ashawi / Reuters *Washington Post:* *U.S. and Russia urge warring parties in Syria to abide by truce* The United States and Russia on Monday tried to contain an outbreak of fighting in Syria hours before a fragile cease-fire expires. Even as airstrikes hit rebel-held areas near Aleppo, Washington and Moscow issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to a truce, or cessation of hostilities, as they call it. The two countries, co-chairs of an international group pushing peace talks, pledged to use their influence with the warring parties — Russia with the Syrian ... more »

The Fort McMurray Alberta Canada Wildfires: Interesting Video Claims Fires Were Left To Burn Unchecked For A Diabolical Reason!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
As a Canadian, I have been watching the ongoing wildfire situation several provinces west of here in Fort McMurray, Alberta, with keen interest over the last week.... The fire situation is still mostly "out of control" but apparently the damage has been done to the city of Fort McMurray, with the majority of its buildings and infrastructure destroyed in the blaze.... Luckily the entire population of over 80000 was able to be evacuated, and the only fatalities were several people killed in a traffic accident during the evacuation of the city..... I personally have donated to the Red C... more »

ACLU Sues Mississippi Over Its Religious Liberty Law

Stream Staff at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Gov. Phil Bryant - 900] The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the state of Mississippi over its recent religious liberty law. The law, which goes into effect July 1, protects businesses and government employees who refuse service because of their sincerely... more »

Philippines ‘Donald Tump’ On Track To Win Presidency

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Filipinos are casting their votes on Monday for a new president, with a tough-talking straight-shooting Donald Trump type of candidate poised as favorite to win. Voice of America reports: Rodrigo Duterte, the long-serving mayor of the southern city of Davao, is leading in public opinion polls by as much as 10 percentage points over his nearest rivals, Senator Grace Poe and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, the preferred candidate of outgoing President Benigno Aquino. The 71-year-old Duterte has gained support with his profanity-filled speeches pledging to combat crime and corruption ... more »

A Plague of Sheep

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 11 hours ago
Elinor Melville’s book, *A Plague of Sheep*, is a scary story about the Valle del Mezquital, a valley north of Mexico City. Spanish colonists arrived there in 1521. Melville describes the tragedy that occurred between then and 1600. The valley is located at high elevation in a tropical region. It has a cool and arid climate. Valle del Mezquital means “a valley where mesquite grows.” It got this name late in the seventeenth century, after it had been transformed into a barren land by an ecological revolution — a plague of sheep. For the first hundred years of Spanish occupatio... more »

PJ O’Rourke endorses Hillary

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 12 hours ago
Things are bad. How bad? So bad that humorist PJ O’Rourke is endorsing Hillary. Here he is speaking on a panel on America’s National Public Radio (NPR): *PJ O’Rourke: Well, Peter, I have a little announcement to make. Yeah, I have a little announcement to make. I mean, my whole purpose in life basically is to offend everyone who listens to NPR, OK? No matter what position they take on anything, like, I’m on the other side of it, you know. I’m votin’ for Hillary. I am endorsing Hillary. And all her lies and all her empty promises. I am endorsing Hillary. The second ... more »

‘The Veiled Rebecca’ by Giovanni Maria Benzoni

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 12 hours ago
[image: 4058965985_43f8a669fb] ‘‘The Veiled Rebecca’ is a miracle in marble. Conceived by Giovanni Benzoni in 1876, after the Biblical story of a young girl being offered up for marriage by her brother, the sculptor has somehow managed in solid stone to give the illusion that this is a modest yet alluring young woman clad only in a virtually transparent veil. [image: 'The_Veiled_Rebekah'_by_Giovanni_Maria_Benzoni,_High_Museum] Very hard indeed to portray completely in photographs, I’m told by friends who have visited the original in Hyderabad (or one of the three copies around... more »

UPDATE: Alberta Wildfires: But...but...but....could it be?! "Clearing the land" for uranium mining fracking?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*UPDATE: May 9. 2016* Prime Minister Trudeau has declined the assistance of Russia and some other countries who offered assistance in fighting the fires. Turning down the valuable opportunity to build bridges with Russia...one of the world's superpowers and leaders in airplane technology...Trudeau said that we were okay fighting the fire on our own...which as it stands....is predicted to take *MONTHS* to put out. Does this guy *EVER* make the right decision? *Alberta Fire Crisis - Evacuation? or "Clearing the Land" for * *Uranium Mining deal between Clinton and Russia* Watch the ... more »

Trump Calls Russell Moore ‘Nasty.’ Moore Responds With … the Prophet Elijah.

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Trump Twitter Page - 900] Donald Trump didn’t like what evangelical leader Russell Moore had to say about him on CBS’ Face the Nation, and has hit back on Twitter. And now Moore has fired back with a fire-and-brimstone passage from the Old Testament. Moore, president of the Ethics &... more »

Map: States Pushing Green Energy Have Higher Electric Bills

ANDREW FOLLETT at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Wind energy, clean energy technology, wind turbine, green energy] States which offered substantial taxpayer support for green energy pay a lot more for electricity, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis. The most notable examples of this trend were California and West Virginia. California had some of the nation's highest... more »

Bolivia Warns Chile That Its Newest Military Base Near Its Border Is A Threat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Image*: The Economist *Reuters:* *Bolivia's Morales accuses Chile of setting up military base near border* Bolivian President Evo Morales accused Chile on Sunday of threatening the landlocked Andean nation by establishing a military base near their shared border, an accusation that Chile's government said was false. Morales said Chile had set up a base 15 km (9 miles) from the border and close to the disputed Silala River, adding that international norms prohibited installing military bases less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from international borders in order to avoid confrontat... more »

Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Is One Step Closer To U.S. Trial

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Just days after Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman was moved to a prison near the US border, a Mexican federal judge has ruled that the notorious drug lord can be extradited to the US to face criminal charges Guzman’s lawyers are fighting the decision. They say that several appeals remain pending and that any effort to send him to the U.S. now would violate his human rights. El Chapo faces a long list of criminal charges in the US, ranging from money laundering to drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder in New York City, Miami and Chicago and more Russia Today reports: The Sinaloa Cartel bo... more »

Poland Announces It Won’t Accept Any More Refugees Due to Terror Threat

JACOB BOJESSON at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Igor Janke, Poland] Poland announced Saturday it will shut the door completely to refugees because the government views them as a security risk. Poland is among the European countries with the smallest refugee influx over the past year. The ruling Law and Justice... more »

Can We Trust Snow Extent Data?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Billy Liar/Ben Vorlich According to the Rutgers University Global Snow Lab, snow extent across the Northern Hemisphere in autumn and winter has been on growing trend since records began in 1967. Yet, snow cover in spring is showing a stark decline. http://climate.rutgers.edu/snowcover/chart_seasonal.php?ui_set=nhland&ui_season=2 This decline is […]

More Political Chaos In Brazil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Washington Post:** Impeachment process for Brazil’s president on hold over voting questions* RIO DE JANEIRO — The impeachment process against Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was abruptly halted Monday after the leader of Brazil's lower house agreed to annul last month's vote by lawmakers to put her on trial. The announcement was an unexpected — but possibly temporary — reprieve for Rousseff just two days ahead of an impeachment vote in Brazil's senate that would likely suspend her from office. The decision does not appear to derail the impeachment review, but will likely forc... more »

Invented fact watch: From New York Times lips to Mark Shields' ears!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016Donald J. Trump opposed the war in Iraq:* Invented facts are stubborn things. One week ago, the New York Times recited an invented fact three different times within eight days. It recited the "fact" at the top of page one. It recited the "fact" on the front page of the Sunday Review *and* in a Sunday magazine cover story. The invented fact received extremely big play in the Times. Last Friday night, the invented fact made its way to the prestigious PBS NewsHour, where the nation's brightest voters gather their information. Judy Woodruff asked Mark Shields to ... more »

Materials journal breaks three papers from the same author

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Metals and Materials International has retracted three papers from one author, due to suspicions of plagiarism and authorship issues. The three papers have one thing in common — the same lead author, Reza Haghayeghi from the Islamic Azad University in Tehran, Iran. The retraction notices — all released in March, 2016 — lead with the following: This article has been retracted at the […] The post Materials journal breaks three papers from the same author appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Trump, Sanders, Hofer and Khan as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

David Goldman at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Four Horsemen - 900] Karl Marx was wrong when he quipped that great history appears twice, first as tragedy and again as farce. He forgot surrealism. Who would have expected the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to present them themselves in the personages of a... more »

UK Heatwave Nothing Unusual

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-how-long-heatwave-7929983 What is it about our weather that makes our media lose all sense of proportion? Already we have the Mirror claiming: Britain has just enjoyed its warmest May day for four years, with experts saying this summer could be the hottest in 40 years. So how […]

Rodrigo Duterte Projected To Win The Philippine Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Bloomberg: *Philippines' Firebrand Mayor Claims Victory in Election Rout* * Rival Senator Poe concedes, after dropping to third place * Duterte says he will be a dictator against evil forces Rodrigo Duterte, the tough-talking mayor in Philippines who tapped into middle class frustrations over rising crime and inefficient public services, claimed victory in the country’s presidential election. With 80 percent of polling stations reporting, Duterte had won 38.6 percent of the vote, according to figures collated by the Commission on Elections and published by its civil society partner... more »

Can Facebook Be Trusted With The News?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Gozmodo*: *Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News* Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users. Several former Facebook “news curato... more »

Twitter Cuts Off U.S. Intelligence Agencies From Having Access To Its Data Mining Service

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service* Social media firm cuts access to Dataminr, a service used to identify unfolding terror attacks, political unrest Twitter Inc. cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a service that sifts through the entire output of its social-media postings, the latest example of tension between Silicon Valley and the federal government over terrorism and privacy. The move, which hasn’t been publicly announced, was confirmed by a senior U.S. intelligence official and other people familiar with the ... more »

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri Tells Jihadists In Syria To 'Unite Or Die'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Al Qaeda chief tells jihadist fighters in Syria: Unite or die* Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged rival jihadist fighters in Syria to unite or risk death but again decried fellow Sunni Muslim militants Islamic State as "extremists" in an audio recording posted online on Sunday. As successor to Osama bin Laden, Zawahri has the allegiance of al Qaeda branches in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. But the group's dominance is being challenged by Islamic State, which controls territory in Syria and Iraq and followings in Libya and Yemen. In Syria, al Qaeda o... more »

North Korea's Party Congress Ends -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*VICE News/Reuters*:* North Korea's Kim Jong-un Says He's Willing to Play Nice and Stop Threatening Nuclear War* North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in a speech broadcast on Sunday that North Korea won't use nuclear weapons unless it feels threatened by other countries with nuclear arms. Pyongyang "will faithfully fulfill its obligation for non-proliferation and strive for global denuclearization" Kim said. His remarks, though broadcast on Sunday, were made on Saturday during the rare congress of the ruling Workers' party. North Korea was also willing to normalize ties with stat...more »

U.S. Will Permit China To Participate In This Year's RIMPAC Drills Even Though China Refused A U.S. Navy Request To Dock An Aircraft Carrier In Hong Kong

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, speaks to reporters during the USS Blue Ridge's visit to Shanghai. PHOTO: REUTERS *Wall Street Journal:** Chinese Navy to Join U.S. in Military Exercises* *Refusal to let carrier dock in Hong Kong won’t affect China’s invitation to Rimpac drills, U.S. vice admiral says.* SHANGHAI—A top U.S. naval official said China’s navy is expected to join military exercises near Hawaii, playing down Beijing’s refusal last month to let a U.S. aircraft carrier dock in Hong Kong. “The relationship of our two countries is too important f... more »

More Talk On President Obama Visiting Hiroshima Or Nagasaki This Summer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
President Obama with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in Washington last year. Mr. Obama, who will attend a summit meeting in Japan this month, once said he would be “honored” to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki during his presidency. Credit Kevin Lamarque/Reuters *New York Times:* *Obama Weighs Visiting Hiroshima or Nagasaki* WASHINGTON — When President Obama first visited Japan in November 2009, he said he hoped someday to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where the United States dropped atomic bombs during World War II. With his fourth and likely final visit to Japan as president sche...more »

World News Briefs -- May 9, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A general view shows a damaged street with sandbags used as barriers in Aleppo's Saif al-Dawla district, Syria March 6, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan/File Photo *Reuters*: *Syrian government forces battle rebels near Aleppo, city areas shelled* Syrian government forces and their allies clashed with insurgents near Aleppo on Monday and warplanes launched more raids around a strategic town Islamist rebels seized last week, a monitoring group said. The capture of Khan Touman was a rare setback for government forces in Aleppo province in recent months, and for allied Iranian troops who s... more »

N.C. and Justice Dept. Trade Lawsuits Over Bathroom Privacy Law

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Governor McCrory NC DOJ - 900] The Justice Department is suing North Carolina over its bathroom privacy law, accusing the state of a "pattern or practice of employment discrimination on the basis of sex." Attorney General Lynch called the law "state-sponsored discrimination" against transgendered people. North... more »

math lies are the worst kind cause you can never prove it

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
thats why faith sums always beat mathimatical ones

Trump Taps Christie to Lead Transition Team

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Trump Taps Christie to Lead Transition Team] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential race (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Donald Trump is tapping New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead the transition team that will usher in a Trump administration if he wins the... more »

Funfetti Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
We have a thing for Funfetti in our house. It has been on our list of cakes to make for quite a while, but we had to go through some trial and error to get this one exactly right. After several attempts, I present you a delicious, light, fluffy and fantastic version of the Funfetti cake. For the Cake: - 2 packages pink Funfetti cake mix - 1 small box instant vanilla pudding - 1 C. sour cream - 4 large eggs - 1/2 c. water - 1/2 c. oil Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Dump one cake mix into a bowl. Add 1 cup of cake mix from the other mix and then save t... more »

Weekly Dinner Menu 16

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
[image: Weekly Dinner Menu (4)] Weekly dinner menu hostesses are: [image: Let me plan your weekly dinner menu for you! All recipes are tested in our kitchens and are sure to please the pickiest of picky eaters.] Summer Scraps – Housewife Eclectic – Embellishmints – The Crafty Blog Stalker Liz On Call – Mom’s Messy Miracles – It’s Me Deb CB – Organized Island Sunday Zucchini Spinach and Pepperoni Lasagna [image: Zucchini-Spinach-and-Pepperoni-Lasagna-650x975] Monday Easy Fajita Chicken Casserole [image: Chicken-Fajita-Bake-2-600x400] Tuesday Noodles & Co. Copycat Recipe: Wisconsin Mac a... more »

Ever spinning reel

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
I don’t believe anyone has discovered the secret of perpetual motion. (It’s not an actual secret - I think science says it’s impossible.) There absolutely *has* to be a source of energy. The BBC’s robotic application of ‘*impartiality‘* compels them to couple Islamophobia with antisemitism; the two seem to be inextricably intertwined. Stuck together like a limpet to a rock, fighting racism hand-in-hand. This ill-conceived twinning implies false equivalence and automatically turns criticism of the antisemitism within Islam into an act of Islamophobia, and makes a faux mental illnes... more »

Two Metaphors for the Sanders Campaign, and a Song

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Gas bubbles collect on the inside surface of a glass, and when they grow large enough, rise up (source)* *by Gaius Publius* I've been using two metaphors to describe the movement around the Bernie Sanders campaign. One is the grain of sand in the oyster that allows the pearl material, always present, to coalesce, come together. The sand didn't create the pearl. It just "occasioned" it. Bernie Sanders didn't create the movement around him. He "occasioned" it. The other is less intuitive, but much the same. When you have a gas dissolved in a liquid (CO2 in water, or coke, or whate... more »

The Latest Syrian "Ceasefire" Requested By The Criminal US Government Is A Farce: US Working To Block Syrian Liberation Of Aleppo By Supporting (Fraud) Al Qaeda's Nusra Front

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 15 hours ago
I really hate to be right on this.. But the latest "ceasefire agreement" that was recently brokered by the US and Russia for war torn Syria is indeed a massive farce and nothing more than a "stall tactic" by the US itself as it attempts to rearm and reinforce its mercenaries and so called "rebels" that have been holed up in the southern part of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.... I for the life of me cannot figure out WHY the Russians would have ever agreed to this fraud "ceasefire" knowing full well that the Americans are liars and deceivers (nothing new here..) and would indeed... more »

Panama Papers: Journalists Set to Release List of 200,000 Offshore Companies

DAVID McHUGH at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Mossack Fonseca, Panama Papers, Offshore Accounts] FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- A group of investigative journalists are set to publish the names of thousands of offshore companies based on a massive trove of data on the finances of the rich and powerful that has become known as... more »

Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu Faces New Charges

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
The former nuclear technician who revealed details of Israel’s nuclear programme has now been accused of breaching restraining orders. On Sunday Israeli prosecutors charged nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu with violating the terms of his release, more than a decade after he completed an 18-year jail term. His attorney’s have slammed the move as ‘a record low for the state in its abuse of Vanunu’ The indictment accuses Vanunu of moving apartment without telling the police, meeting two foreign nationals without permission and repeating classified information on TV. The Guardia... more »

Chris Wallace asks Paul Manafort a bunch of really stupid questions...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 16 hours ago
*and gets owned by Paul Manafort.* I keep running into the same problem with most of the anti-Trumpers. They start with a false premise, beat it to death, and then say, "See, I told you Trump was no-good low-down vulgar repulsive liar." *Here's a great example:* *This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Trump if he wanted taxes to go up or down on the rich, despite them going down in his proposed tax plan. * *“They will go up a little bit, and they may go up—” Trump started.* “But they’re going down in your plan,” Stephanopoulos said. *“No, no, in my plan, they’re going down,... more »

Tory MP Claims Cameron Delayed Iraq Probe To Avoid Embarrassing Blair

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A leading Tory Brexit campaigner has claimed that the controversial Iraq war inquiry report has been delayed until after the EU referendum to avoid embarrassing pro EU Tony Blair David Davis, the former minister of State for Europe, has accused David Cameron of delaying the publication of Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry to save ‘In’ campaigner Blair’s reputation before the vote on June 23. The Express reports: The investigation began taking evidence in 2009 and finished the process in February 2011 But Mr Davis believes the Prime Minister is saving the former Prime Minister blushes ... more »

Don't mention it!

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Last night’s Sky News showed the new London (Muslim) Mayor, Sadiq Khan attending the Holocaust memorial event in North London yesterday. They even included short clip of the ceremony. It was a significant gesture on Khan’s part, much appreciated by the Jewish community, and a hopeful indication that his intention to clamp down on or root out antisemitism is honourable. The BBC, however, in their late evening bulletin was only interested in the implied rift between Khan and Corbyn. They even showed an interview with Khan, which was filmed in front of the poster in a location in or ne... more »

Too many Jeremy Corbyns

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
The doorbell rang. Jeremy Corbyn was standing on the doorstep waving a do-not-bend envelope that wouldn’t fit through the letterbox. I didn’t know he was a postman, but the role suited him very well. He also works in a local estate agent, when he isn’t walking his dog or strolling along the pavement with his grey-haired wife. The postman knocked They can’t all be Jeremy Corbyn though, can they? They must be decoys, deployed strategically to confuse his enemies or put them off the scent, like Saddam Hussein and his son Uday.

Trumpism watch: Parker says it started with Palin!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016It started long before that:* Donald J. Trump got hammered quite hard in yesterday's Washington Post. The paper's weekly Fact-Checker post discussed his serial misstatements. Dana Milbank hammered him for his serial obscenity. George Will savaged him for his recent Lee Harvey Oswald play and for talking about his own penis. In their featured editorial, the editors said that Speaker Ryan could *never* endorse Trump in good faith. Kathleen Parker also weighed in. In the face of Trump's bizarre behavior and crazy proposals, she seemed to say that the GOP is sinki... more »

Authors suspended as duplications sink papers on ship building

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
A pair of researchers affiliated with the University of Galati in Romania were suspended after duplicating work in their papers on materials used to build ships, earning them four retractions last year, and one the year before. According to Romanian newspaper Impact Est, in December an ethics committee found that co-authors Ionel Chirica and Elena-Felicia Beznea committed “a number of breaches of ethics,” including […] The post Authors suspended as duplications sink papers on ship building appeared first on Retraction Watch.

American Muslims In Fear Of Donald Trump Need Protection

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
John Kasich’s withdrawal from the presidential race should be a cause for concern among American Muslims American Muslims have a choice between presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who plans to kick them out of the U.S. or Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who plans to make the lives of fellow Muslims a misery if they live abroad, according to media establishment. Wardah Khalid a writer, speaker and analyst on Middle East policy and Islam explains why American Muslims should look beyond the White House in this report for CNN : Kasich remained the ...more »

Violence In Iraq, April 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 17 hours ago
Violence has been slowly creeping back up in Iraq in 2016. The number of reported incidents was higher in the first four months of the year compared to the last quarter of 2015. This was in part due to new government offensives, which led to Islamic State counterattacks. At the same time the militants were carrying out more operations in places like Diyala, Baghdad, and the south. All together that led to a rising tide of attacks. In April there were 599 reported incidents. That was lower than the 665 recorded in March, the highest amount of the year, but above the 549 in Februar... more »

A Completely new Mechanism for Fueling the Sun

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 17 hours ago
What my work has now thrown up is a completely new mechanism to explain what fuels the Sun. As I have been posting, the second tier of matter is composed of bound electron pairs formed by the decay of assemblages of neutral neutrinos formed in the first tier of matter. Such assemblages consist of over twelve hundred such pairings then decaying into a crystalline like structure. What is not so obvious though is that these new objects are approximately thirty times more effective gravitationally that anything in the third tier of matter that we can experience or the first tier w... more »

Officials Fear Massive Alberta Wildfire Could Double in Size

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 17 hours ago
[image: Police officers direct traffic under a cloud of smoke from a wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada on Friday, May 6, 2016. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)] I am reminded that back in the fifties, my teachers talked about a huge wild fire out in Alberta that caused smoke all over a lot of North America. So this is not new. We just have a city now in the middle of it that needs better moats for protection. The problem is the seventy year cycle for pine forests. Photographs coming back showed us forests of dead pines all over seventy years old. ... more »

Trump was Right: Guestworkers are very Bad for American Workers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 17 hours ago
Bringing in talented workers makes sense as a way to bring in immigrants who can be self supporting. So far so good. Otherwise i am more inclined to support skilled worker mobility generally. It also needs to be a two way street. Guest workers are more associated with nannies and minimum wage jobs truly unable to attract sufficient local support. There i am somewhat ambivalent. First our minimum wage regime needs to be properly operated as a guaranteed bid market even for the barely employable. Then we know that a real shortage exists. Better yet it may prove out that ... more »

Ominous Signals From The Red Ponzi—-Shanghai Market Down 4% This Week

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 17 hours ago
Essentially real estate has been repriced and is now slowly eking out a recovery. The same can be said for the rest of the economy. All so good so far. What folks are concerned about is underwater debt been continuously refinanced. That only matters if someone actually calls the debt or if you need capital for expansion. That has not happened at all and the government holds a significant stake in all this. What it really means is that as much as possible, everybody is forced to operate on their cash flow while this contraction runs its course.. .. * Ominous Signals From Th... more »

You've been framed

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
BBC Watch has written two in-depth articles about the Bowen report we featured here recently. I was struck by the difference between the audio and written versions, but as BBC Watch shows, Jeremy Bowen’s visibly pro-Palestinian approach to *all* his reporting isn’t acceptable. Hadar calls it ‘framing’. It’s the way he gives credence to those extremely imaginative allegations by Palestinian interviewees, enhanced by dramatic voice-overs or interpreted by himself. The BBC always promotes the theory that all Palestinian violence against Israel is an understandable manifestation of... more »

Nobody can deny?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
I forgot to watch Robert Peston’s new Sunday morning show. It’s hard to break the habit of watching Nicky Campbell’s low-brow, tabloid style, down-market antidote to those decorous political one-to-ones. It’s like an indecorous filling sandwiched between Two Andys. The funniest article I’ve seen concerning Peston’s debut isn’t a review of the show itself, it’s Roy Greenslade accusing Quentin Letts of cruelty to Andrew Marr. The offending opening paragraph: Sunday mornings just became a little madder and more metropolitan. Not only do we have Andrew ‘Captain Hop-Along’ Marr growling... more »

Time to Wean Millennials Off the Lies of Socialism

Jay Richards at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: bernie supporters - 900] Over the last century, national socialism murdered tens of millions; international socialism murdered or starved at least a hundred million; and a softer socialism impoverished nations stretching from Europe to Latin America (see Venezuela). But apparently that's all old and... more »

First Baby Born In UK Using Revolutionary IVF Technique

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Biagio Russu is the first baby born in the UK who was conceived using a new and more precise embryo screening technique. His mom Ewa Wybacz, 36, allowed doctors to use a new DNA procedure to screen her embryos that hugely improved her fertility rate using a revolutionary IVF technique. Eco Green Data reports: Biagio Russu was conceived thanks to genetic screening that allowed doctors to select a healthy, early-stage embryo. The method means that each round of IVF is far more likely to succeed – sparing couples the agony of repeated attempts at having a child. Biagio Russu, pictured ... more »

BBC Crew Expelled From North Korea For ‘Distorted’ Coverage

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
A BBC crew have been expelled from North Korea over their “distorted” reporting and speaking “ill of the system.” The BBC said that correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, his producer and cameraman were held in detention over the weekend but were allowed to leave the country this morning. Press TV reports: North Korea’s National Peace Committee Secretary General O Ryong-il said at a press conference on Monday that the BBC reporter had been expelled for “attacking the DPRK system and non-objective reporting.” Wingfield-Hayes’s coverage of distorted facts and “spoke ill of the system a... more »

ONCE AGAIN, THAT'S RICH: The latest new study on low-income schools!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 17 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016Part 1—As seen by the New York Times:* On April 29, Stanford News described a new study of achievement patterns in American public schools. Joseph Rabinovitz wrote the report about the new study. He's Chief Communications Officer at Stanford's Graduate School of Ed. As he started, Rabinovitz described the basic findings of the new study. On the whole, the basic findings seemed to be very familiar: RABINOVITZ (4/29/16): *Local education inequities across U.S. revealed in new Stanford data setAlmost every school district enrolling large numbers of low-income s... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 17 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Homeland Security To Conduct Fake "Bioterrorism" Subway Terror Attack In New York City De-Dollarization Accelerates As Russia Nears Launch Of Ruble-Priced Oil Trading Platform U.S.-Funded Somali Intelligence Agency Has Been Using Kids as Spies Britain: Google Given Access to Healthcare Data of Up to 1.6 Million Patients 1 in 3 Antibiotics Prescribed in U.S. Are Unnecessary Donald Trump Accuses Ted Cruz’s Father of Associating With Kennedy Assassin The world's largest refugee camp is closing — and more than 600,000 people could be displaced Obama: TTIP Nece... more »

Medical Errors Now 3rd Leading Cause of Death – Time for New Approaches?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 17 hours ago
*Phillip J. Watt* - The entire corporate medical paradigm is questionable.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 9, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Igor Sutyagin, Newsweek*: *Moscow Victory Day Parade Tips Putin's Military Strategy* Russia’s Victory Day military parade on Monday is more a domestic propaganda exercise than an authoritative representation of the nation’s achievements in the military sphere. However, this does not mean we cannot draw some valuable conclusions about the general trend in the Russian military development basing those on the equipment proudly displayed in Moscow. This year especially, with the Russian military engaged in Syria and Ukraine, it is worth paying attention to the new military technology... more »

Are The Mideast Wars Creating A Precision Missiles Crisis?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
© AFP 2016/ ROMEO GACAD *Sputnik*: *Pentagon Warns Mideast Wars Creating Precision Missiles Crisis* Senior Department of Defense officials have complained, according to US media reports, that the current wars waged by the United States and its allies in Iraq, Yemen and Syria have depleted US reserves of precision guided missiles. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The current wars waged by the United States and its allies in Iraq, Yemen and Syria have depleted US reserves of precision guided missiles (PGM), senior Department of Defense officials have complained, according to US media reports.... more »

The U.S. Mission In Afghanistan Needs To Be Better Defined

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Afghan special forces arrive for a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, September 29. REUTERS *New York Times*: *U.S. Role in Afghanistan Turns to Combat Again, With a Tragic Error* The Taliban attacked the Afghan police compound at first light, coming from all sides at the American Green Berets holed up inside. The insurgents fired assault rifles, heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. They came in what a soldier called “human waves.” Not even strafing runs by American F-16 fighters stopped the assault. The elite American soldiers — whose missi... more »

The War Against The Islamic State Is Facing Some Serious Hurdles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Reuters *Liz Sly, Washington Post*: *The war against the Islamic State hits hurdles just as the U.S. military gears up* BEIRUT — After months of un­expectedly swift advances, the U.S.-led war against the Islamic State is running into hurdles on and off the battlefield that call into question whether the pace of recent gains can be sustained. Chaos in Baghdad, the fraying of the cease-fire in Syria and political turmoil in Turkey are among some of the potential obstacles that have emerged in recent weeks to complicate the prospects for progress. Others include small setbacks for U... more »

Female Soldiers March For The First Time At Moscow Victory Day Parade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* Women have marched in the parade before .... but definitely not like this.

Russia's Victory Day Parade In Mocow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*BBC*: *Russian WW2 Victory Day parade showcases new weapons* Russian armed forces have paraded in central Moscow to mark the 71st anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Some of Russia's latest military hardware was on show, including the RS-24 Yars long-range nuclear missile. Fighters, heavy bombers and helicopters flew over Red Square, including types combat-tested in Syria, where Russian aircraft are helping government forces. The march past included Russia's new National Guard. The National Guard will be armed with new AK-74M machine guns and wi... more »

A U.S. Reporter Spends 56 Hours With The Russian Army In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Washington Post*:* 56 hours with the Russian army in Syria* PALMYRA, SYRIA – Last weekend, I received a call from the Russian Foreign Ministry offering a spot on a three-day press tour with the Russian army to Syria, exact dates and destinations TBD. There was also a special warning for American journalists coming aboard. Write poorly about us, an official said, and “this will be your first and last trip." Russia's military is crafting a new, media-friendly (or at least media-tolerant) image. Novelties include televised briefings, a blood-pumping medley of events called the Inter... more »

This Is Why The Victory Day Parade In Moscow Is A Big Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* This is so true .... *One of Russia’s biggest holidays is a WWII anniversary Americans don’t think about *(Washington Post) .... and being one who lives in the West, it feels weird to not celebrate it (i.e. I live in Montreal).

Iran Successfully Tests A Mid-Range Missile

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
News ID: 3620621 - Mon 9 May 2016 - 13:26 *Reuters*: *Iran says tested mid-range ballistic missile two weeks ago: Tasnim agency* Iran successfully tested a precision-guided medium-range ballistic missile two weeks ago, a military official said on Monday, as Tehran continues to bolster what it insists is a purely defensive arsenal. The Islamic Republic has worked to improve the range and accuracy of its missiles over the past year, which it says will make them a more potent deterrent with conventional warheads against its enemy Israel. "We tested a missile with a range of 2,000 kms... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Saudi Arabia slides as king of Asia's oil suppliers. https://t.co/zE9vBJBtkc pic.twitter.com/NSsZgN6wLN — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 9, 2016

Kneeling Adolf Hitler Statue Fetches $17.2 Million At Auction

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
A statue of German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler has sold for a record 17.2m (£11.9m) at a New York auction house. The figure far exceeded estimates for the wax and resin sculpture of the Nazi leader by artist Maurizio Cattelan. International Business Times reports: Entitled Him, the sculpture appears to be a small child kneeling in prayer when approached from the rear but when seen from the front the viewer is confronted with the unmistakable likeness of the Nazi dictator. It was sold at the start of a week-long sale of modern, post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New... more »

'It's Like a War Zone': TV Crew Forced to Flee Migrant Youths

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
This Breitbart article http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/05/09/tv-crew-forced-flee-migrant-youths/ is well worth a read. However there's one paragraph that set me thinking: ' In 2013 the area became famous worldwide when riots that lasted for nine days saw 150 cars an other vehicles set on fire, and a total of $9.5 million of damages. The riots began after a 69-year-old resident of the suburb wielded a large knife in public and was fatally shot by police. ' I consider I'm pretty well up on the news but I'd never heard of Rusby before, have you? Did the institutionally pro Isla... more »

All Angles Covered: Is The EU Completely In The Pocket Of The Biotech Industry?

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 18 hours ago
Countercurrents, RINF, CounterPunch, Global Research Join me on Twitter: *here* Don't take free content on the web for granted. Please read *this.*I could not continue to produce these articles you see on this site without public support. “In less than a fortnight, EU Member States will take a decision on > re-approving glyphosate. *Genius* [lobby firm] is working to get this > toxic herbicide re-approved by communicating the industry's mantra that > glyphosate is scientifically proven safe, sponsored by Monsanto, Dow and > Syngenta. At the same time, they are being paid by German ...more »

Israel according to an Arab journalist

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'At the end of my trip, I had spent five days between Jerusalem (al-Quds), Tel Aviv, and Haifa. I had visited official state, national, social, and educational institutions and heard from Jewish, Arab, Druze, and Bedouin segments of Israeli. After my experience there, I can now say that in my eyes, Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East, and is a country open and accepting of religious and ethnic minorities. I heard the call to prayer from mosques in various cities – a religious expression that is banned in Europe. I saw Christians with crosses on their chests who had... more »

Radiohead, 9-11 and the Esoteric “Burn the Witch”

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 18 hours ago
*Jennifer Sodini & Jay Dyer* - The band Radiohead is sending the world a message.

Brexit Could Lead To World War Says David Cameron

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
British prime minister David Cameron has warned that peace in Europe could be at risk if Britain votes to leave the European Union He believes that Europe is keeping UK safe and pleaded for Britain to stay in the EU to help prevent the continent being ripped apart by another conflict. The Tory leader warned that many threats to stability still remain, from a “newly belligerent Russia” to the so-called Islamic State and the migration crisis. “Our threat level is now at severe, which means a terrorist attack is highly likely. Despite Cameron’s warning that Breixt it could trigger Worl... more »

Seven more retractions for anti-terrorism prof brings count to 15

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 18 hours ago
Anti-terrorism researcher Nasrullah Memon has notched seven more retractions, bringing his total up to 15 — earning him a spot on our leaderboard. We previously reported on eight pulled papers authored by Memon, based at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. There was some confusion over whether his count then increased to nine — but, following […] The post Seven more retractions for anti-terrorism prof brings count to 15 appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Alleged Terrorist on Trial Amid High Security in Brussels

JOHN-THOR DAHLBRUG at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Soldiers control an access to Brussels airport, on March 29, 2016 in Zaventem, one week after the Islamic State attacks in Brussels. / AFP / JOHN THYS (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)] BRUSSELS (AP) -- Under heavy security, a trial began in Belgium on Monday of a suspected extremist cell linked to the now-dead ringleader of last year’s lethal attacks in Paris. Sixteen defendants, including nine who are still at large, are... more »

Cernette: a bound state of two \(Z'\)-bosons?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
*TV:* John Oliver gave a totally sensible 20-minute tirade explaining why "scientific study says" stories in the media are mostly bullšit. I am giving a popular talk on LIGO in 90 minutes and Tristan du Pree has offered me a distraction via Twitter. How do you get distracted if you think about LIGO too much? Yes, by hearing about the LHC: Did you find already a good model for a possible \(375/750/1500\) tower of \(Z\gamma/\gamma \gamma\)? Well, I didn't, I wrote him: it seemed increasingly clear to me that the invariant masses in the \(Z\gamma\) and \(\gamma\gamma\) decays should ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 19 hours ago
*Oxford law students too ‘fragile’ to hear about violent crime: Undergraduates given 'trigger warnings' before traumatic material* They are destined to be barristers and judges – but undergraduates studying law at Oxford are being told before lectures on cases involving violence or death that they can leave if they fear the content will be too ‘distressing’. The revelation marks the arrival from the US of ‘trigger warnings’ – the politically correct notion that students should be warned before they encounter material that could elicit a traumatic response. Lecturers have been as... more »

Selfie Destroys Statue Of Legendary Portuguese King

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
A young man has accidentally destroyed the statue of Dom Sebastiao in Lisbon. The 24-year-old climbed a facade to snap a selfie with the 16th century Portuguese crusader king when the statue became loose causing it to fall to the ground and shatter. New York Post reports: The man, whom police did not identify, accidentally toppled Dom Sebastiao’s statue after climbing up to its pedestal outside the ornate Rossio railway station in central Lisbon just before midnight on Tuesday. He tried to flee the scene but police caught him. He will appear before a judge at a later date. The chil... more »

Vaccines: The New Government Attack On Pregnant Women

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 19 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - Pregnant women are a “lucrative market,” and that’s all that counts.

How Serious Will The Trumpist War Against Paul Ryan Get?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
Trump surrogate Sarah Palin was a guest on Jake Tapper's CNN show yesterday, where she endorsed efforts to defeat Paul Ryan's reelection bid back in Wisconsin because of his refusal to embrace Trump yet. "I think Paul Ryan is soon to be 'Cantored,' as in Eric Cantor," she told Tapper. "His political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention certainly, he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support was not a wise decision of his." She insists Ryan's ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 19 hours ago
*Extreme weather events have NOT become more frequent in recent times* *Warmists never tire of claiming that global warming is causing more extreme weather events, particularly of the windy variety. Skeptics in turn point to statistics showing (for instance) that hurricane landfalls on the USA have in fact been much reduced in the last 10 or so years.The authors below however rightly argue that if you are going to detect trends, you need as long a time series as possible. What has happened over the last 10 or 20 years may not be typical. So they go back to 1872 to get ... more »

Uber, Lyft Lose in Austin Fingerprinting Vote

AP at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: US-ECONOMY-TRANSPORT-UBER] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Fingerprinting drivers for ride-hailing companies must continue in Texas’ capital city after voters rejected a $9 million campaign by Uber and Lyft to overturn the safety measure. Both Uber and Lyft threatened to leave Austin, which... more »

North Korean Leaders Give Kim Jong Un New Title as Symbol of Growing Power

ERIC TALMADGE at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: In this May 8, 2016 photo, taken and distributed by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo, distributed via the Korean Central News Agency and the Korea News Service.] PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea’s ruling-party congress has bestowed a new title on Kim Jong Un: party chairman. The move highlights how the country’s first congress in 36 years is aimed at bolstering the young leader. The news... more »

It’s a Whole New World — Deal With It

Jim Tonkowich at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: Anonymous Crowd NYC Dark - 900] After her flying house landed, Dorothy walked out on a strange new landscape. "Toto," she famously said, "I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." Then a huge bubble delivered Glinda the Good Witch. "Now I … I know we're... more »

The Christian Faith is Under Fire From the LGBT Lobby, But It’s a Barrage of Blanks

Tom Gilson at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: Handgun Buffalo Blanks - 900] Not long ago a Christian mom told me her daughter had come home from Bible study feeling terribly relieved, having learned that "the Bible says nothing negative about gay marriage." The mom "freaked," she told me; she "didn't know what... more »

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Leaving EU Risks War

AP at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: David Cameron2 - 900] LONDON (AP) -- Raising the stakes in Britain’s European Union membership debate, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday that leaving the bloc would increase the risk of war in Europe. Cameron’s speech on national security came as campaigning ahead of... more »

Kansas Delays Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding

Stream Staff at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood] The state of Kansas has delayed its plan to cut Planned Parenthood, just days after a defunding measure was signed by Governor Sam Brownback. The abortion group’s state affiliates sued to prevent the action, and according to a spokesperson for... more »

US-NATO Military Display Forced Out Of Moldova’s Capital After Protest

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Hundreds took to the streets of the Moldova’s capital Chisinau, on Sunday to protest against a display of NATO and US military vehicles. US and NATO soldiers had organized an exhibition of military vehicles and equipment on a central square in Chisinau earlier in the day, but were forced to leave following the demonstration. Russia Today reports: The exhibition of US military equipment on the city’s Great National Assembly Square on Sunday was presented as part of the V-Day celebrations, but instead provoked hundreds of protesters to take to the streets in outrage. Activists opposin... more »

Did Nearly 200 Muslim Refugees in Germany Just Convert to Christianity?

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: Cross, Christianity, Christian] More than 80 men and women from Iran and Afghanistan reportedly converted to Christianity Thursday during a mass baptism in Hamburg, Germany. Albert Babajan, the pastor who carried out the ceremony, is said to have converted 196 Muslims in 2016.... more »

US Treasury Secretary Heads to Puerto Rico to Pressure US Congress

Mary Clare Jalonick at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: In this March 1, 2016, file photo, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks with journalists in Hong Kong. The Obama administration may soon tell governments and banks worldwide they can start using the dollar in some instances to facilitate business with Iran, officials told The Associated Press. In a speech Wednesday, March 30, Lew lauded Iran for accepting the nuclear deal to achieve its goal of ending Western sanctions. https://stream.org/wp-content/uploads/Iran-Treasury-Secretary-Jack-Lew.jpg] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is calling attention to the ef... more »

Trial Begins for Israeli Soldier in Killing of Palestinian Terrorist

DANIEL ESTRIN at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Monday, April 18, 2016 file photo, Israeli solider, Sgt. Elor Azaria, sits inside an Israeli military court in Tel Aviv, Israel. Azaria went on trial before a military court on Monday, May 9, 2016 charged with manslaughter after he was caught on video fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank two months ago.] JAFFA, Israel (AP) -- An Israeli soldier went on trial before a military court on Monday, charged with manslaughter after he was caught on video fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian attacker in the West Bank two months ago. The rar... more »

Prince Harry, Michelle Obama Help Kick Off Invictus Games

TERRANCE HARRIS at The Stream - 20 hours ago
[image: Britain's Prince Harry addresses the audience during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games, Sunday, May 8, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla.] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Britain’s Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama helped kick off the Invictus Games for wounded veterans with uplifting speeches Sunday night, joining other figures from the worlds of sports, entertainment and politics in a glittery... more »

Scientists Trial Cancer Drug As Possible Cure For Paedophiles

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Researchers in Sweden have started a clinical trial to assess whether a prostate cancer drug could help prevent or lower the risk of paedophiles committing sexual abuse. The £1,000 a year drug called degarelix was found to have the side effect of reducing sexual arousal by stopping the production of testosterone The drugs trial at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institutet will involve 60 patients have sought help for paedophile fantasies, but have not acted on them. Psychiatrist and lead researcher Christoffer Rahm said: “The goal is to establish a preventive treatment program for men with... more »

Palin Says She’ll Work for Paul Ryan’s Defeat

AP at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31: Former U.S. Vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R), and Donald Trump walk towards a limo after leaving Trump Tower, at 56th Street and 5th Avenue, on May 31, 2011 in New York City. Palin and Trump met for a dinner meeting in the city.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sarah Palin isn’t taking kindly to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision to hold off on a Donald Trump endorsement. She’s declared that Ryan’s “political career is over, but for a miracle,” and said she’ll work for his... more »

Bolivia: Remembering the Tarija UFO Crash (6 May 1978)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 21 hours ago
*Source: PLANETA UFO (Argentina) and El Deber (Bolivia)Date: 05.06.2016* *Bolivia: Remembering the Tarija UFO Crash (6 May 1978)* *38 Years Since Mysterious Object Fell at the BorderAn unidentified flying object fell to the ground at the border between Bolivia and Argentina. Eyewitnesses remember that moment. According to their stories, NASA was involved.* 38 years after a metallic and incandescent object fell at the border between Bolivia and Argentina, there are enduring mysteries about what took place on May 6, 1978. Elias Vacaflor, a witness to the events 38 years ago, says... more »

Britain today

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
There's an article in today's Times newspaper (page 9) that tells of a pioneering technique in IVF. It's an interesting story but also interesting is that the new father is an Italian chemist and the mother a Polish cleaner. I know this isn't an NHS innovation but...

It’s Time For Men In the Church To ‘Man Up’

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Young Man in the Woods - 900] With all due respect for the current emphasis on women's equality and appreciation, it’s time for men to rise to their calling. Much has been written about how the role of husbands and fathers has been culturally ridiculed for decades.... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 22 hours ago

Arctic ice area: safely higher in 2016 than in 2007

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
The ongoing El Niño is rapidly weakening and may be replaced by a La Niña in the second half of the year. However, it's been the strongest El Niño on the record – slightly beating the 1997-1998 El Niño that used to be known as the "El Niño of the century". This fact has some correlation with the temperatures that were elevated. Although it's always about hundredths of a Celsius degree, January, February, and March were the warmest months with those names on the RSS AMSU satellite record. However, April 2016 was already cooler than April 1998 again. What about the Arctic ice? Left-...more »

Military Photo of the Day

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Tank Fire] U.S. Army soldiers fire an M1A2 Abrams main battle tank during a live-fire training exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany on Apr. 29, 2016. Thank you to Maj. Randy Ready for capturing this image!

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Blue Angel Fireworks Fireworks explode at the 2016 Cherry Point Air Show “Celebrating 75 Years,” at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., April 29, 2016. This year’s air show celebrated MCAS Cherry Point and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing’s 75th anniversary. Marine Corps photo by Mauricio Campino

Blowback Against U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes Admission On How The Iran Nuclear Deal Was Made

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: *White House BRAGS about how it tricked reporters into cheerleading for Obama's Iran nuclear deal by creating a media 'echo chamber'* * Deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes orchestrated an 'echo chamber' of media support for Obama's Iran deal * He spoke candidly about his tactics to a New York Times Magazine writer * Tactics included planting talking points with compliant reporters * Also helped arms-control experts land in influential positions where they could parrot the White House's line on the deal's virtues * Even then-Defense S... more »

Is The U.S. About To Take A Harder Line Against Israel?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared at a news conference at the White House on Sept. 10, 2010, a time when both countries began to split over the best means to keep Iran from an atomic bomb. PHOTO: JASON REED/REUTERS *Arutz Sheva*: *Report: US planning to take tougher line against Israel* Senior diplomats say upcoming report to 'put Israel on notice' that patience thinning in Obama administration. The Middle East Quartet, made up of the US, EU, UN, and Russia, is scheduled to release a major policy report later in coming weeks, and senior ... more »

Chain of Title

Batocchio at Vagabond Scholar - 1 day ago
David Dayen, an excellent blogger based in Los Angeles, has a book out, Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud. His Tumblr blog links his articles and appearances (Salon, The Intercept, The Fiscal Times, The New Republic), but if you've read his work over the years, you're aware of the time and effort he's spent covering this subject. A

Formal Announcement of Thinking Taiwan's closing

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
*Two of the most beautiful dogs I've ever seen.* A sad and shortsighted decision (original link). Now, more than ever, Taiwan and Tsai need voices to explain what is going on to an outside world whose discourses are dominated by Beijing frames. *+++++++++++++++++* *CEO'S ANNOUNCEMENT: * *TTF'S English Website Suspended Effective May 20, 2016* Following Dr. Tsai’s election to the Office of the President last January, and as part of TTF’s overall post election reorganizational plan, the English section of Thinking Taiwan (www.thinking-taiwan.com) website will be suspended effective... more »

Is NZ still “on the cusp of something special”?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Remember if you will the last NZ election, in which the only ‘tangible’ thing John Key offfered –aside from his already-broken promise not to introduce new taxes – was his forecast that New Zealand was on the "cusp of something special" and he would like to lead the country there. We heard it many times. It anchored many of his election speeches, making up for the lack of any detail about how this “something special” would emerge. We know today that – unless that something special was an out-of-control asset bubble -- it hasn’t, and won’t. We all wondered at the time what adma... more »

Malcolm Roberts and Pauline Hanson

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
*by Anthony Cox* I attended a talk given by Malcolm Roberts on the 5th May 2016. Malcolm has been a real trouper in his quest to reveal the lies, manipulations and waste of man-made global warming (AGW). Using his impressive credentials and real world experience, Malcolm has distilled his research into a simple and devastating critique: *AGW has no empirical evidence to support it.* Science is based on empirical evidence. If there is no empirical evidence to support a science theory then it is not science. And this is the point about AGW: it is an ideological imposition on Wester... more »

"Please step away from the car." Darrell Issa has competition.

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*CA-49-- this year's candidates, Darrell Issa and Doug Applegate* *- by Tracy B Ann* Darrell Issa, Representative for CA 49th district, a red-leaning (R+4) district that stretches from the northermost neighborhoods of San Diego into southern Orange County, is the richest member of Congress, with a net worth of over a quarter billion dollars. He is an asshat according to *Salon*, as well as a career criminal criminal, as *DWT* has documented for over a decade, having been indicted twice for auto theft. Which is a bit ironic considering he made his money with a car alarm, the Viper, ... more »

Obama’s Press Secretary Brushes Off Story About Iran Deal Lies

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Josh Earnest Planned Parenthood - 900] On Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed a New York Times Magazine essay that concluded the Obama administration’s messaging on the Iran nuclear deal was “actively misleading” as the deal was being negotiated. “The administration is quite proud... more »

London’s Muslim Mayor [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Commentators around the globe have leapt on the victory of a London Muslim in the London mayoral election as “the beginning of the end" for the west. The first electoral sign of the “demographic deluge” that (in an echo of Progressives Past) alt-right loonies and tantrum-throwing Trumpeters tar as “race suicide.” Contrary to what many critics both foreign and domestic have argued, it could be however that *the victory of London’s new mayor as a non-Islamist Muslim is as much a blow to Islamist bigots as it is to anti-Muslim bigots. This victory speaks to the possibilities of... more »

Why All Roads In The Middle East Now Lead To Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
TeaPartyTribune *Dennis Ross, Politico*: *Why Middle Eastern Leaders Are Talking to Putin, Not Obama* Russia’s less dominant militarily but more willing to act, and that has changed the dynamics in the region. Thhe United States has significantly more military capability in the Middle East today than Russia—America has 35,000 troops and hundreds of aircraft; the Russians roughly 2,000 troops and, perhaps, 50 aircraft—and yet Middle Eastern leaders are making pilgrimages to Moscow to see Vladimir Putin these days, not rushing to Washington. Two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister Be... more »

Will U.S. Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter Stay As Defense Secretary In The Next Administration?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter addresses U.S. military personnel during a meeting near an F-16 fighter jet at Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea Thursday, April 9, 2015. Reuters/Lee Jin-man/Pool *Austin Wright and Connor O'Brien, Politico:* *The Democrats' secretary of war* President Obama's fourth defense secretary is looking a lot like he could be Hillary Clinton's first. STUTTGART, Germany — After a Navy SEAL died in Iraq last week in an Islamic State attack, Defense Secretary Ash Carter was quick to hail him as a warrior who “died in combat.” An... more »

British Prime Minister Cameron Warns That A Vote For Brexit May Mean War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media after a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, February 2016. Reuters *The Telegraph*: *Cameron: Brexit will increase risk of Europe descending into war* A Brexit will increase the risk of Europe descending into war, David Cameron will warn as he says that Britain will pay a high cost if "we turn our back" on the EU. The Prime Minister will invoke Sir Winston Churchill and say that the foundation of the European Union has helped bring together countries that have been "at each others throats for decades". He will highli... more »

Zimbabwe Braces for Turmoil

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses a speech, on April 18, 2008 during celebrations for the country's independence. Photograph: Alexander Joe/AFP *New York Times:* *Seeing President Mugabe’s Frailty, Zimbabwe Braces for Turmoil* HARARE, Zimbabwe — The independence festivities took place just as they have for decades: led by President Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has ever had. But as Mr. Mugabe, 92, inspected a military parade during the celebrations last month, he did something unusual. When his vehicle stopped in front of a framed picture of the president, Mr.... more »

U.S. Army Shrinks To Its Smallest Level Since Before The Second World War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Army Soldiers participate in tactical range training using M-9 Berretta handguns on Normandy Range Complex in Basra, Iraq, July 15, 2009. The Soldiers are assigned to Company B, 445th Civil Affairs Battalion. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt Chrissy Best *Army Times:* *Army shrinks to smallest level since before World War II* The Army’s latest headcount shows that nearly 2,600 soldiers departed active service in March without being replaced, an action that plunges manning to its lowest level since before World War II. During the past year the size of the active force has been... more »

Should U.S. Intelligence Be Worried That Donald Trump Will Spill Secrets?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Dominick Reuter / Reuters *Shane Harris, Daily Beast:** Spies Worry Candidate Trump Will Spill Secrets* Take a conspiracy-minded, shoot-from-the-hip GOP candidate. Add classified briefings. Watch current and former intelligence officials squirm. After Donald Trump is formally chosen as the Republican presidential nominee, he’ll be able to receive classified U.S. intelligence briefings, which could include some of the same sensitive information that President Obama is given in the Oval Office. And that prospect has some spies sweating. Trump, who can’t seem to dam his stream of co... more »

Time for a drinking story

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: 2-Winston-Churchill-drink-tatler-23jan15_pa_b_400x600] Whatever you think of Churchill’s numerous misadventures with history, you can’t fault his dogged desire for a drink. A regular and often quite large drink. But this almost caused a serious problem. When he toured the US in1932 to sell his book series on *The Great War*, prohibition was still in full swing in the New World -- so Churchill did the obvious thing: he asked his doctor to write him a note. [image: churchill-alcohol-letter] Aver useful note, that. Full(er) story here. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot... more »

Happy Mother's Day

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago

John Kerry Says Prepare For New World Order ‘Borderless World’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Secretary of State John Kerry has outlined the U.S. government’s plans for a New World Order type of “borderless world,” that he says is our inevitable future. During his commencement speech at Northeastern University, Kerry slammed Donald Trump for suggesting the U.S. builds a wall to keep out terrorists. Washingtonexaminer.com reports: “Many of you were in elementary school when you learned the toughest lesson of all on 9/11,” he said. “There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while the... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
eKurdre-printed my interview with Wladimir van Wilgenburg on the relationship between Iraq and Syria’s Kurds. I was mentioned in "Who is Muqtada al-Sadr? The Man Leading Iraq's Anti-Government Protests" by Alessandria Masi in the International Business Times.

It’s Official: Vaccinated People Responsible For ‘Spreading Mumps’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The recent outbreak of mumps at Harvard University was due to the fact that vaccinated students spread the disease throughout the campus, according to the Public Health department. Researchers are now saying that any new outbreaks of mumps are likely to originate from people who are vaccinated against the disease, and not from those who remain unvaccinated. Mercola.com reports: Four other campuses in Boston are also starting to see cases, as have four universities in Indiana. About 13 cases of mumps have also cropped up in California. One ridiculous explanation offered by Dr. Amesh... more »

Panama Papers Leak: Saudi King Funded Netanyahu’s Rise To Power

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Documents from the Panama Papers leak reveal that Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz financed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rise to power. Isaac Herzog, member of the Knesset and Chairman of the Israeli Labor party, revealed that the Saudi king has been overtly influential in the election campaign that saw Netanyahu get elected. “In March 2015, King Salman has deposited eighty million dollars to support Netanyahu’s campaign via a Syrian-Spanish person named Mohamed Eyad Kayali. The money was deposited to a company’s account in British Virgin Islands owned by Teddy Sagi, ... more »

Democratic Superdelegates Are Officially Abolished

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An amendment has been made to completely eliminate the influence of superdelegates at the Maine Democratic Party’s statewide convention this week. Rep. Diane Russell, who introduced the amendment, said that once it passed the crowd erupted into chants of “Bernie! Bernie!,” in celebration. USuncut.com reports: “I never expected this kind of response from the amendment,” Russell said in a phone interview. “I’m suddenly seen as the hero of the convention.” The adoption of the amendment means that Maine’s superdelegate votes will now be allocated proportionally according to the overall... more »

DHS Release Gas In NYC Subway As Part Of ‘Bioterorrism Drill’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are to release gas in the NYC Subway system as part of a “bioterrorism drill” this coming week. The DHS claim that the drill poses no threat to the public, as the gas contains “harmless particle materials”, but have refused to say what the particle’s actually contain. The drill is similar to another one conducted in California last winter for Anthrax. These new drills have raised suspicion that the intelligence agencies have some kind of foreknowledge about an impending terrorist attack on New York City, despite reassurances from officials ... more »

Court Rules It Is Illegal To Film Police Officers On Cellphones

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A U.S. court has ruled that citizens have “no constitutional” rights to record police officers on their cellphones, regardless of whether cops are acting unlawfully. Judge Mark Kearney in Philadelphia said that citizens must explicitly explain to cops that they are recording them for the purpose of criticizing police – otherwise face arrest. “We find there is no First Amendment right under our governing law to observe and record police officers absent some other expressive conduct,” Kearney said in reference to two cases involving Philadelphia police. Mcall.com reports: Standing sil... more »

Researchers Discover Water Can Exists In Six Places At Once

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists at the US Department of Energy have discovered that water is able to exist in six different physical locations at the same time. The researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory published their findings in the journal Physical Reviews Letters. This fourth new form water can take (aside from it being solid, liquid or gas) was discovered through the use of quantum mechanics. Vice News reports: “It isn’t something that your physicist much less your average guy can go out and stand on his front porch and see,” said Oak Ridge geologist Larry Anovitz. While this new water ... more »

Halton Arp - the true source of red shift - Quasars at the edge of Spiral Galaxies

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 1 day ago
for the longest time, I've rattled on in my HC Unit-conceptual way that, *"Big Bang never happened. The universe isn't expanding. Large red-shifted light is not Receeding Light but TIRED LIGHT i.e. light that's shifted into the microwave over the aeons that it's been travelling towards our detectors."* I still don't know if I'm right or wrong, but... I just got into an online conversation with Wal Thornhill of the Thunderbolts Project (The Electric Universe People) and he genially put up with my HC Unit 'tired light' pestering questions for a few rounds before referencing the wor... more »

Globalization and capitalist disruption

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Many people who endlessly campaign for more labor protection, more capital regulations and restrictions, assume that big businesses will be there forever, that they have the "security of tenure" in business for the next 20, 50, 100+ years. So it is immoral for those big companies not to give their workers security of tenure in their work. Some nice data on twitter here from Vala Afshar ‏@ValaAfshar. The numbers show that the above assessment is wrong. Many companies, big and small, do not have such "security in business" for the next 10, 20, 50+ users. Some or many of these compani... more »

Election 23, Leni for VP, the Senatoriables

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Only 2 main contenders for VP tomorrow. Leni Robredo ha. For the Senators, sure winners but I will still vote for them: Pangilinan, Osmena, Drilon. These 7 candidates will fight for slots 9-12. Will vote for Gordon, de Lima, and Guingona. Aside from sure defeat of Binay, the other consolation of this election is that lefties like Colmenares and Bello are losing. Last night, I passed by this street in Makati around 8pm. When I came back at midnight, this lefty's supporters showed their dictatorial instinct by making this white-painted wall become ugly. Shame Colme and ACT, or your... more »

Michael "Mikey Suits" Grimm's Wrist Slap Ends Early

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The litany of criminal behavior that marked the life of Staten Island's Mafia ex-congressman, Michael Grimm, was never going to be something that became public in court. Like Al Capone, when he had finally pushed his criminal enterprises to the breaking point, the Feds put him away on a tax evasion charge. A former double agent-- working for the Gambino Crime family and the FBI-- has way too much on the FBI for a real trial for his life of crime. So a gentle wrist slap, a congressional resignation and a few months in jail was all part of a plea deal. April 27, after serving 7 of th... more »

The CIA and the Ramey Memo

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
Since it has come up in the discussions here a couple of times, I thought I would identify that high-power government lab that was supposedly involved in an effort to decrypt the Ramey Memo. According to Colonel Richard Weaver, who answered my question about it without reservation, it was the National Photographic Interpretation Center which was part of the CIA back in 1994. I filed a FOIA request with them and received a fairly rapid response. I told them that I was requesting information, documentation or anything relating to an examination of a photograph taken of General Ramey ... more »

World’s First KFC Fast Food Chain Run By Robots

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
KFC opened their first ever fast food restaurant staffed entirely by an army of robots in Shanghai on April 25th. The restaurant, called Original +, features its own robot manager named “Du Mi” who greets guests at the front counter. “‘Du Mi’ marks the first commercial use of artificial intelligence in the fast food industry. The artificial intelligence robot was launched by China’s leading Web services company Baidu during its World Conference in 2015,” reports Sohu. Activistpost.com reports: KFC hopes that the hip new automated restaurant will attract young customers with its free...more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* No Wonder We're Poorer: Wages' Share Of GDP Has Fallen for 46 Years Dramatic Footage Of Assassination Attempt On Turkish Journalist Since 2014 The US Has Added 450,000 Waiters And Bartenders, And No Manufacturing Workers Never Before Seen Photos Show Bush’s Response To 9/11 Attacks Social Security Move Could Be Devastating For Benefit Seekers The wildfire ripping through Canada could be the costliest natural disaster in its history Halliburton lays out why its massive merger with Baker Hughes was doomed all along Venezuelan Opposition Leader Assassinated Days Af... more »

(Why Did They Cut the Domestic Spending So Radically? To Pay for the Continuing Spectacles)  The F U Voters  (Lesser Evilism Uncloaked)  What is TTIP? Six Reasons Why the Answer Should Scare You  (Why Sy Hersh and Others Have Disappeared from View)  Happy Mother's Day!

Corporate control on both sides of the Atlantic will be solidified should the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership be passed. Any doubt about that was removed when Greenpeace Netherlands released 13 chapters of the TTIP text, although the secrecy of the text and that only corporate representatives have regular access to negotiators had already made intentions clear. Words to the wise.

Western Shoshone Mother's Day at Peace Camp Nevada Test Site

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Sunday, May 8, 2016 Photos by Carl Bad Bear Sampson Western Shoshone  Censored News Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News The weeklong Western Shoshone Peace and Friendship Walk and Run culminated with prayers, and a meal for the mothers at Peace Camp this morning, across from Yucca Mountain, on land recognized as Western Shoshone in the Treaty of Ruby

Mohawk Nation News 'Akwesasne Putsch'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
AKWESASNE PUTSCH Posted on May 8, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. MNN. MAY 7, 2016. A rotiskenrakete recalls when Akwesasne was surround by the military in 1989. “Somebody from the band/tribal/handsome lake longhouse reports to the military. “Antis” were trained and put into position ahead of time. Corpo’chiefs in the war room. Control over us is critical because we never

Kansas City event analyzes the border war

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 1 day ago
As I noted last time, there is finally a real possibility that the $200+ million job piracy border war between Kansas and Missouri could have a real, legally binding truce. As we wait to find out if this materializes, American Public Square in Kansas City is sponsoring a public forum Wednesday, May 11, at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library at 6:00pm. "Cents and Sensibility" will examine the pluses and minuses of economic development subsidies, turning to research on the effects and effectiveness of these incentives, whether it can be justified to give subsidies to pr... more »

This Is Why Recep Erdogan Has Become The Most Powerful Man In Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. © Tobias Schwarz / Reuters *Douglas Murray, The Spectator*: How Recep Erdogan became the most powerful man in Europe Turkey’s thuggish president has European leaders exactly where he wants them. *Update: Since this article was published Ahmet Davutoglu has resigned as Turkey’s Prime Minister. Reports suggest this comes as a result of a rift with President Erdogan caused by the increasingly ‘Presidential’ nature of Turkey’s politics.* Is Turkey part of Europe? For most of our civilisation’s history, to ... more »

Why Russia In The Long Term Will Abandon The Kurds

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Paul J. Saunders, Al-Monitor*: *Why Syria's Kurds can’t count on long-term commitment from Russia* It’s understandable that some Syrian Kurdish fighters worry that Washington will “dump” them once they are no longer useful, and that Russia is feeding their fear to play up its own position. But anyone harboring such worries about the United States should take an equally hard look at Moscow’s past conduct and likely future objectives. Russia had a long czarist and Soviet engagement with the Kurds. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has long-standing experience with the Kurdish... more »

The U.S. Air Force Is Looking For Pilots For Its Next Stealth Bomber

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Popular Mechanics:* *Apply Now To Pilot America's Next Stealth Bomber* Well, maybe. It's classified. A job listing on the web site of defense contractor Northrop Grumman may be linked to the company's development of a new stealth bomber. The job listing calls for a test pilot with plenty of flight experience—and capable of securing top security clearances. Hmmm. Want to apply? The job requires the applicant to be a graduate of the Military Test Pilot School, a minimum of 1,500 hours pilot time, and a Master's degree in engineering or similar discipline. The applicant must be rat... more »

False Narratives in Media Echo Chambers

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
The New York Times Magazine has a very interesting article on Obama's Director of Strategic Communication, Ben Rhodes. The article was itself considered noteworthy and was discussed in *The Washington Post* because it demonstrates how changes in the political economy of news production have arguably given strategic communication specialists, such as Ben Rhodes, unprecedented influence over official narratives reported across the mainstream press. The Washington Post briefly encapsulates the gist of the New York Times Magazine account here: Paul Farhi. Obama official says he push... more »

sorry about tomorrow

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

the deep light

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Neil Craver

Pentagon Admits US Soldiers in Yemen

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Not a surprise:* The US military said Friday it had deployed *"a very small"* number of forces to Yemen to offer intelligence support for the United Arab Emirate's efforts on the ground against al Qaeda's affiliate. US Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the US military has stepped up air strikes against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters and* an unspecified number* of US personnel have been working from a "fixed location" with Yemeni and Arab coalition forces. The naval spokesman's briefing to reporters was *the first public admission of US ground troops* since the Pentag... more »

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

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
by Ken Derstine May 8, 2016 The Philadelphia School Reform Commission – April 28, 2016 *Crossing the Rubicon* The Rubicon has been crossed in the privatization assault on Philadelphia public schools. On Thursday, April 28th, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted to turn three more public schools over to charter companies. The Battle for Wister has been decided in favor of Mastery Charters over the objections of many parents at the school. (See The Battle for Wister in Part I of this series.) What makes this turnover different than all preceding turnovers is that Wis... more »

Canada To Consider Russia’s Offer To Help Put Out Alberta Wildfire

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russia has offered to send fire-fighting aircraft to assist Canada in dealing with the Alberta wildfire. Communications Adviser for Public Safety Canada, spokesperson Mylene Croteau, told domestic Russian-language news agency RIA Novosti on Friday, that Ottawa will review Moscow’s offer in due course. Sputnik reports: “We can confirm that we have received a letter from the Russian Federation offering their assistance,” Croteau said. “We will review the offer received from the Russian Federation and will respond to them in due course.” On Thursday, Russian Minister of Civil Defense, ...more »

So, what the f**k is a ‘cuck’?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Every now and then a word you’ve never heard begins to become a thing. Galt knows why. One word you may have heard, emanating from the more fetid ends of the blogosphere, is “cuck.” Indeed, it rears its head here and elsewhere in blog comments from braindead folk who find words of more than one syllable too difficult. No, readers, I didn’t know either what its intended to connote. So I did what I usually do when the kids are talking and headed to the Urban Dictionary, Turns out a “cuck” is a *short verb form for cuckold, to make your spouse a cuckold. [A word deriving fro... more »

Thousands Protest As Greek Parliament Adopts New Austerity Measures

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Clashes with police erupted as thousands gathered outside the Greek parliament in Athens to protest controversial new austerity measures. MPs in Greece voted in favor of new measures, which will include pension cuts and tax hikes as well as new taxes on internet and TV. Greek police reportedly fired teargas during the protest ahead of the Sunday night vote Russia Today reports: At some point, the rally took a violent turn when protesters, supposedly from an anarchist group, started throwing flares, Molotov cocktails, stones, and other objects at the parliament building and police o... more »

Political Realities and the Election Results

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
The election results are exasperating. Not because of percentages or seats won or lost, but because of *the reactions*. "These elections were awful", opines Andrew Rawnsley. New MPs Jo Cox and Neil Coyle said "these elections were a terrible missed opportunity". Meanwhile, someone conjured up this idiot infographic, followed by another that were duly, earnestly circulated on social media by Jeremy supporters. So in the core plus ultra corner, or whatever ludicrous badge they have wittily appropriated for themselves, we have a one-dimensional analysis of the election(s) that pays no ... more »

Nursing Homes Accused of Evicting Difficult Patients

MATT SEDENSKY at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: nurse with elderly patient - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Nursing homes are increasingly evicting their most challenging residents, testing protections for some of society’s most vulnerable, advocates for the aged and disabled say. Those targeted for eviction are frequently poor and suffering from dementia, with... more »

Teachers Union Accused of Forcing Nonmembers To Fund Gay Activism

Connor Wolf at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: gay marriage American flag_compressed] California nonunion teachers were allegedly forced to fund gay rights conferences and other progressive causes because their school union categorized the spending as nonpolitical. The California Teachers Association (CTA) spent nearly 2.3 million dollars to advance progressive causes between 2013... more »


RagBlog at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Should be under stick post

Should you feel bad when you buy things made with child labour?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Short answer: no – not if the labour is voluntary. But, but … *Does child labour help children?Progressives: "Of course not! We should ban it!"People [like Professor Benjamin Powell] who actually study this issue for a living: "Yes, and banning child labour would leave destitute kids even worse off.* *Children don't work because their parents are mean or stupid. They work because they are desperately poor and they don't want to be prostitutes.Best thing we one percenters* can do: 1. Buy cheap goods. 2. Donate to bottom billion, or pay them to go to school. 3. Promo... more »

Dash-cam Footage Captures Inferno Sweeping Across Canada

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The entire population of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta, Canada, were forced to flee a raging wildfire engulfing their city. Dash-cam captures the experience of one driver having to flee with 80,000 other residents as the fire moved from the outskirts into populated neighborhoods on Tuesday. The Mirror reports: The haunting video shows trees engulfed in flame, creating a towering wall of fire as the vehicles carefully edge forward seeking safety. Firefighters combating the raging wildfires have described the situation as “catastrophic.” The massive blaze has so far destroyed almo... more »

Second US Serviceman Killed In One Week In Iraq

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
U.S. officials have confirmed that a soldier lost his life fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. This is the second casualty that the U.S. army has suffered in a week. Last week a Navy Seal was killed when ISIs attacked Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. It seems that the latest casualty was also a result of that attack. Fars News reports: “The soldier died as a result of an injury,” a brief statement issued by the US-led coalition forces said, without revealing further information on the incident, Alaraby news website reported. But an Iraqi military source suggested the “... more »

A Reunion and Public Celebration:October 13-16, 2016

RagBlog at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Reunion and Celebration Events Include: October 13: Gentle Thursday Reunion at Vortex Theater October 13-16: Historical exhibits at multiple locations October 14-15: Panels and presentations at ACC Eastview campus October 14: Documentary film premiere at ACC Eastview campus: The Rag: … finish reading A Reunion and Public Celebration: October 13-16, 2016

President Obama Politicizes Mother’s Day

Michael Brown at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Mother Comforting Sad Child] In honor of Mother's Day, President Obama issued a proclamation celebrating "those who are the first to welcome us into the world." He continued, "Performing the most important work there is, mothers -- biological, foster or adoptive -- are our first role... more »

Reversal Unlikely as Deadline Approaches on North Carolina Bathroom Law

GARY D. ROBERTSON at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pat McCrory, North Carolina Governor] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina government and university officials were given until Monday to tell federal attorneys whether they would stop enforcing a new law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to their biological sex. Republican... more »

Victims’ Families Sue Colorado Theater Over Batman Shooting

SADIE GURMAN at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pierce O’Farrill] DENVER (AP) -- Nine months after the Colorado theater shooter was sentenced to life in prison, some victims are returning to the same courtroom in hopes of holding the suburban Denver movie theater accountable for not doing more to prevent... more »

Bigger, Hotter, More Frequent

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
Canadians have been appalled by the Fort McMurray Fire. But, Ed Strurzik writes, some people saw it coming: Fire scientists and fire managers actually saw this coming back in 2009 when 70 of them gathered in Victoria to address the issue of climate change and what impact it was going to have on the forest fire situation in Canada. Each one of them was already well aware that fires were burning bigger, hotter, faster, and in more unpredictable ways than ever before. ''We're exceeding thresholds all the time,'' said Mike Flannigan, who was at the time a research scientist with the ... more »

Only Trump Could Win The Indiana Senate Race For Reactionary Blue Dog Baron Hill

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Another garbage candidate Chuck Schumer likes* The DSCC is hoping against hope to slip another truly horrible right-wing Democrat into the Senate from Indiana this year. It was an unexpected miracle when reactionary Blue Dog, Joe Donnelly, knowing he had zero chance of being reelected to his House seat, threw a Hail Mary pass and ran for Richard Lugar's Senate seat. Might as well go out in a blaze of glory, right? But then something incredible happened. A deranged teabagger, Richard Mourdock defeated the popular Lugar in the GOP primary and immediately made it clear during a debate... more »

Billboard Erected In South Jersey To Educate People About Chemtrails

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
In a first of its kind, a South Jersey billboard is warning passersby about the dangers of chemtrails. The billboard which is located in Woodstown, Salem County, says “LOOK UP Your Weather is Engineered” and directs people to find out more at the website byebyebluesky.com Part of their mission statement reads: “BBBS is a dedicated global public environmental movement who seeks to be a voice for all living creatures and ecosystems, to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment, air, water, land and which our sustenance depends. “We use education, peaceful protest and ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday, and again time for my weekly rant... Yes, today is indeed Mothers Day here in Canada and in so many nations around the planet....I once again do want to take this day to honour my 85 year old mother for her hard work and her efforts in raising both myself and my siblings.... I have been spending a bit more time this last while in trying to visit her in her personal care home here in Central Canada, and THAT is indeed one of the reasons why this blog has been put to the sidelines from time to time... Hopefully everyone understands.... And of course I do... more »

Greek Police, Protesters Clash Ahead of Austerity Bill Vote

DEMETRIS NELLAS at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: A petrol bomb explodes in front of policemen during clashes in Athens, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Protesters in Greece have hurled firebombs and other projectiles at police in front of parliament before a controversial vote on an austerity bill.] ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek anarchists hurled firebombs, chairs and wooden planks at riot police in brief clashes outside parliament while lawmakers were debating a controversial austerity bill, disrupting a much larger peaceful rally on Sunday. Police responded with stun... more »

Out, out, brief candle!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I'm sure I can speak for Sue here as well as for myself... Though I've heard nothing about this at the BBC, it's a* big* story. And I'd just like to echo Robert Colvile at the* Spectator* in sounding a huge 'Hurray!' that Gorgeous George Galloway got a mere 1.4% in the London Mayoral election - quite some way behind Sandi Toksvig's Women's Revolutionary Equality BBC Party. Though this is a sober, indeed highly po-faced blog, whose reputation for iron-jawed impartiality puts the BBC to shame, let me just say the following to the indefatigable, silly-hat-wearing, milk-licking, leot... more »

London Mayor Sadiq Khan Attacks Tories For Nasty Campaign Tactics

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
London’s new Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused Prime Minister David Cameron and defeated Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith of maintaining a nasty, negative and divisive campaign during the recent mayoral elections. Khan says the conservatives set out to divide London’s ethnic communities by adopting Donald Trump style campaign tactics during an election that broke records, with a 45.6% turnout on Thursday. The Tories have defended their tactics. Chancellor Osborne called them a robust bit of “rough and tumble,” common in today’s politics and necessary for democracy. International Business Tim...more »

British Aid To Syria May Have Been Diverted To ISIS

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Millions of pounds worth of British aid to war stricken Syria ‘may have’ ended up in the hands of ISIS, according to a Government report. The revelation was made in a December report by the Department for International Development (DFID), a British government institution responsible for administering foreign spending According to the Mail Online, the DFID admits that ‘the most serious risk’ to its programmes in the war-torn country is ‘from the large scale diversion of aid, including for the purposes of terrorism’. Officials say that aid may have been diverted, possibly to the Islam... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Mishal Husain, tonight On the subject of tonight's BBC One early evening news bulletin, I can't resist adding to the point I made in the previous post - that it led with yet another pro-Remain talking point on the EU referendum debate (namely the anti-Brexit warnings of the two ex-MI5/MI6 chiefs) and that, as a result, our running total counting 'which side's angle comes first in either the headlines or the whole bulletin' now stands at *9* for Remain and *3* for Leave. The imbalance just keeps on growing. Though the balance of direct speech (clips) from each side was *precisely* ... more »

Iraqis Are Not Convinced That US Does Not Support ISIS

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
After more than 5,000 US-led coalition airstrikes against ISIS targets some Iraqis believe that the U.S. is not doing enough to eradicate the terror group. Some Iraqis blame the U.S. for supporting IS and question the effort it has made over the past two years to help Iraqi forces defeat the terror group. The U.S. military has been providing advisers and equipment to Iraqi and Kurdish forces to roll back the Islamic State. 5,000 US-led coalition airstrikes have been carried out against ISIS targets, mostly in Iraq and some in Syria, at a total cost of $7 billion. Despite the cost and... more »

Despite Palmyra Exorcism....USrael destruction of Syria Continues

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Scene from the movie "The Exorcist"* What happened in Palmyra last Thursday, with the Russian orchestra playing beautiful music on the very site that just more than a year earlier had been the site of a summary execution of more than 25 Syrians was nothing more or less than* an exorcism. * It was a calling out of the Demonic forces behind the actions of the child soldiers of ISIS...created, trained and funded by the US/UK/Saudi/Israel....who shot their victims in the head while they were kneeling in the ancient Palmyra amphitheater....on the very spot where the Russian Orchestra n... more »

A Response to the Lies of “A Sacred Androgen”

Cara Elizabeth Ramsey at Liz – Day By Day - 1 day ago
Recently, the Antioch Review has published an article full of hateful lies, stereotypes, and absolutely incorrect medical information about transgender people titled “The Sacred Androgen” (link marked as “nofollow” so as not to boost the page’s rank). In response to this, Brynn Tannehill wrote a scathing condemnation of the article and The Antioch Review itself, […]

For once I am going to forgo composing a preamble, thus allowing you to read Paul Craig Roberts' latest super-important column exactly as he intended.

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ *Somnolent Europe, Russia, and China — Paul Craig Roberts * ------------------------------ May 5, 2016 | Original Here | If you wish to receive his newsletter via email go to Original and sign up at bottom. *Somnolent Europe, Russia, and China* *Can the world wake up?* Paul Craig Roberts On September 19, 2000, going on 16 years ago, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the London *Telegraph* reported: “Declassified American government documents show that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in the Fifties and Sixties to build momentum for a united Eu... more »


sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I’ll expand on Craig’s piece about Any Answers and Anita Anand. I thought the purpose of Any Questions, Any Answers and Question Time was hear answers from a panel of experts - (silence at the back!) to questions raised by ordinary members of the public. The panel are supposedly not given forewarning of the exact nature of the questions. The public are invited to phone in next day with their observations on the panel’s views or to express an opinion on the topic itself. I assumed that the whole outfit travels, at the invitation of the public, to a location anywhere in the country... more »

Should we be proud of the British Empire?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
After last week's absolutely disgraceful edition on the subject anti-Semitism I really couldn't face watching today's *The Big Questions *on the question: *Should we be proud of the British Empire?* I've not looked at the guest list yet but if I know *The Big Questions *the front row *won't* be full of mutually-respectful academics and authors. It *will* probably be full instead of flame-throwing controversialists. So let's look at the programme's website now: Taking part are the writer and historian Lawrence James, writer and historian Charles Allen, Owen Jones of the Guardian, ... more »

Eurovision 2016 Preview

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
As Howie has reminded me, it's time for the European referendum that truly matters. As I work my way through piles of undergrad essays, I have listened to every single entry not once, *but twice* - all so you don't have to. Here then is my preview of this year's contest. Who stands out? Who's any good? Who will win? I always like it when contestants push the envelope a bit, and a few have had a go this year. Whether they've tried too hard is up to the Eurovision voting public to decide. But in the originality stakes, there's Samra for Armenia, which seems pointlessly innovative but... more »

Andrew Marr and Sadiq Khan

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
There was a strange opening line of questioning from Andrew Marr to Sadiq Khan this morning: Welcome, Sadiq Khan. Congratulations on your victory. As you were going through that campaign did it feel to you like it was a racist campaign directed at you? Did you think it was racist? Did you feel that in effect they were saying, Sadiq Khan is a Muslim and therefore we can’t trust him with Londoner’s safety? And, strangest of all, this *apparently spontaneous* question from the BBC man: The Labour Party’s now got an inquiry into anti-Semitism inside the party which I think you ... more »

Keeping tabs on BBC One's News at Six - Another update

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Anyone wondering what's happened to our monitoring of BBC One's *News at Six*'s EU referendum coverage since last Sunday, well, from our last post until today that prime-time bulletin has included *no* EU referendum coverage. Today's early evening bulletin marks BBC One's return to the subject. (It will feature in next week's update.) It's leading with a pro-Remain talking point.

BBC 'friendly fire'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Here's an amusing bit of BBC 'friendly fire', courtesy of blog favourite Hugh Sykes... It concerns *Newsnight*'s Gabriel Gatehouse, whose *Newsnight *reports on the EU this week have been given a thorough fisking by David Keighley over at News-watch for 'promoting EU myths'. Anyhow, here's Hugh doing the right thing (and especially so as Gabriel was actually singing his praises!): Add caption Quite right, Hugh! The European Union *isn't* Europe. And pro-EU Gabriel *shouldn't *have put it like that (and revealed his own biases in the process). ****** And while I'm praising our H... more »

Pulling Paxo

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Interesting. As per *The Sunday Times*...*BBC pressure leads Paxman to bin article criticising EU*. It is not easy to muzzle a journalistic pitbull but Jeremy Paxman has withdrawn an article critical of the European Union from a forthcoming issue of Radio Times after coming under pressure from the BBC. The article was commissioned by the magazine to coincide with Paxman in Brussels, a BBC1 documentary about the EU presented by Paxman and due for transmission on May 19. Typically pugnacious, Paxman expressed doubts about the EU, its bureaucracy and, in particular, the loss of B... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Spoiling my mother for Mother's Day. Blogging will return early this evening.

The DCCC's Midterms Problem

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Carol Shea-Porter* The DCCC wants you to think Democrats can't win in midterm elections and it isn't their fault. But Democrats *can* and have won in midterm elections and when they do lose, it is certainly at least in part due to the incompetence and corrupt nature of the DCCC and the basic Republican-lite philosophic underpinnings of the organization itself. Generally, it has been the party that's in power that loses seats during the midterms. There are, of course, exceptions but let's go back ten years and look at how the Democrats captured the House in 2006, a midterm while Bus... more »

Da Boom!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
[image: Boom's supersonic passenger jet] Son of Concorde makes sense but likely more vapourware.

Much ado about nothing in Ukraine, silence and acquiescence in Turkey

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Everyone is compared to Hitler, maybe this guy beats Goodwins law.

Alberta’s Wildfire

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/albertas-aging-forests-increase-risk-of-catastrophic-fires-2012-report It did not take Jeff Masters at Weather Underground to link the Alberta fires to climate change. The Fort McMurray fire arrived months ahead of when summer wildfire typically races through the boreal forests of northern Alberta. A low-pressure center arcing far north of a typical early-May track […]

Perfect gift for Mother's Day: Bales of straw...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*you read that right.* Does your Mom like to garden? You may want to turn her on to straw bale gardening and pick up a few bales for her. It's particularly wonderful way to garden if she's getting up in years and gardening chores are becoming harder for her to perform. Instead of spending insane amounts of money and time to build raised beds, straw bale gardening may be just the thing for her. *The beginning*Plunk a couple of straw bales down on weed fabric, season them, plant them, and watch them thrive. I'm transitioning to almost all straw bales. Our local Ace carries them ... more »

The Pentagon Wants To Build A Better Plane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Boeing / NASA X-48B blended-wing design research aircraft in September 2010, NASA/Tony Landis *David Axe, Reuters:* *The Pentagon again vies to build a better 'X-plane’* After decades of being MIA in the skies, Washington is getting back into the business of building cutting-edge experimental aircraft that can expand the boundaries of state-of-the-art aerial. With this, the United States could reclaim its long-prized title as the world's leader in high-tech aerospace developments -- a title that Russia and China are now ferociously working to win. A new generation of experimen... more »

The F-35s Production Line Is Being Set To Quadruple

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Norway's first F-35 is lifted by an overhead crane in Lockheed Martin's assembly plant in Fort Worth in April 2015. LOCKHEED MARTIN *Defense One:* *F-35 Production Set to Quadruple As Massive Factory Retools* After years of delays, the Joint Strike Fighter program is finally ready to hit the afterburner. FORT WORTH, Texas — As green-skinned, half-assembled F-35 Joint Strike Fighters take shape, this massive factory that once cranked out thousands of World War II bombers is preparing to get real busy again. F-35 production is slated to hit full steam in 2019, and Lockheed Martin is ... more »

New Forest Fire Reality

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
We need a clear cutting strategy. Remember when clear cutting was a bad thing, time to think again. In Europe the forests are managed like farmers fields. We need armies of robots clear cutting and replanting fire resistant patterns like the ants of God.

Faith discust and reward

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
The Supreme Court, and the fact I do not even have to say the US Supreme court is set to legalise bribery. What an oxymoron institution it has become with the even with the death of Scalia. I guess money is a person now as well. The rule of law just got wobbly. Sadiq Kahn elected mayor of London England in a landslide. A openly Muslim leader ruling perhaps the most important city in the world. Maybe we all can live together in peace and prosperity.

Two women sitting smoking on a bench outside a supermarket...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Mark Mardell went to Thurrock for *The World This Weekend *to investigate how UKIP is eating into the Labour vote there, before discussing the matter (and Jeremy Corbyn and the EU) with Labour's Remain leader Alan Johnson. Mr. Johnson appeared to complain that UKIP receives too much coverage and had various sly digs at the party (and the Leave side). Fair enough, of course (though Mark *could *have challenged him more). What troubled me however was the dog-whistle 'tone' of Mark Mardell's report, especially when it came to describing those UKIP voters. See what you make of the f... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Awakening (Cosmic Sea)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Awakening (Cosmic Sea)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCa4dpKyzwo

“Supporting Clinton is a Sign of the Battered Spouse Syndrome”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Supporting Clinton is a Sign of the Battered Spouse Syndrome”* By Rick Staggenborg, MD “Okay, I'll admit it. I have often lost patience with long-time friends who support Clinton. I have been impatient and said disrespectful things that I regret. I don't want to make excuses for my behavior, but in my defense I have to say that it is very frustrating that so few of them seem to be willing to take a look at why "Bernie bros" are so adamant in their support of Sanders. It seems obvious to us that we have an historic opportunity to decisively reject the assumption that a person can o... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The eggs from this gigantic chicken may form into stars. The featured emission nebula, shown in scientifically assigned colors, is cataloged as IC 2944 but known as the Running Chicken Nebula for the shape of its greater appearance. *Click image for larger size.* Seen toward the top of the image are small, dark molecular clouds rich in obscuring cosmic dust. Called Thackeray's Globules for their discoverer, these "eggs" are potential sites for the gravitational condensation of new stars, although their fates are uncertain as they are also being rapidly eroded away by the intense ra... more »

The Poet: Denise Levertov, “Sojourns in the Parallel World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Sojourns in the Parallel World”* “We live our lives of human passions, cruelties, dreams, concepts, crimes and the exercise of virtue in and beside a world devoid of our preoccupations, free from apprehension- though affected, certainly, by our actions. A world parallel to our own though overlapping. We call it "Nature"; only reluctantly admitting ourselves to be "Nature" too. Whenever we lose track of our own obsessions, our self-concerns, because we drift for a minute, an hour even, of pure (almost pure) response to that insouciant life: cloud, bird, fox, the flow of light, the dancin... more »

"The True Dream..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Maybe we accept the dream has become a nightmare. We tell ourselves that reality is better. We convince ourselves it’s better that we never dream at all. But, the strongest of us, the most determined of us, holds on to the dream or we find ourselves faced with a fresh dream we never considered. We wake to find ourselves, against all odds, feeling hopeful. And, if we’re lucky, we realize in the face of everything, in the face of life the true dream is being able to dream at all.” - Dr. Meredith Grey, "Grey's Anatomy"

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