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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10 May - pm - Blogs I'm Following

10:47pm MDST

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 minutes ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the portrait of his father, war veteran Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin, as he takes part in the Immortal Regiment march during Victory Day celebrations. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/Kremlin *WNU Editor*: For more pictures on Russia's Victory Day celebrations, a photo gallery *is here.*

“The concept of natural rights…”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 25 minutes ago
Judge Napolitano lays it out: NB: He doesn’t mention property rights in this short clip however, for a reason that he does mention in the full video. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Alan Waldman : FILM | Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’ is the best film of the young 21st century!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 32 minutes ago
It’s funny, brilliant, and bursting with terrific and practical ideas; don’t miss this treasure! By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | May 11, 2016 I loved the Oscar-winning documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, but I consider Michael Moore’s finest … finish reading Alan Waldman : *FILM* | Michael Moore’s ‘Where to Invade Next’ is the best film of the young 21st century!

Israel Wants A Killer Robot Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 47 minutes ago
*Defense News*: *Introducing: Israeli 12-Kilo Killer Robot* Maneuvering System Packs Remotely Triggered Glock Pistol BEIT NEHEMIA, Israel — Imagine an intuitively trained special missions operative endowed with 360-degree vision who works alone or in packs to breach high-risk safe houses and bunkers, ready to shoot to kill within a second of an officer’s command. That’s exactly what General Robotics Ltd., a high-tech firm tucked away in this rural community south of Tel Aviv, has developed with its trademarked Dogo, a 12-kilogram, pistol-packing killer robot for close-quarter comb... more »

The Scariest Reason Trump Won

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 47 minutes ago
[image: Torn tattered American Flag in Grass - 900] There are many reasons why Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. The four most-often cited reasons are the frustrations of white working-class Americans, a widespread revulsion against political correctness, disenchantment with the Republican establishment, and the unprecedented and... more »

Monied Elite Realignment Into Single Party 
Excluding Economic Populists & 
Ethnic & Religious Tribalists

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 48 minutes ago
*-by emorej a Hong Kong* The current Presidential campaign has evolved much further, towards a potential major ‘realignment moment’, than is widely appreciated. Much of the Hillary-supporting drumbeat of pressure on Bernie includes realignment concerns in its undisclosed agenda. The end game remains unpredictable-- even without any Hillary-damaging ‘wild cards’ popping up directly or indirectly from the FBI or the Panama Papers. Bernie and Trump have been wild cards enough to make the entire alignment of national politics look as much like a house of cards as the 2008 crash reveal... more »

Will The U.S. Lose Its Base At Diego Garcia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Sputnik*: *US May Lose Significant Military Base Located on UK Territory* America may soon lose one of its largest military bases overseas due to the expiration of the lease on Diego Garcia Island in December this year. A 1966 agreement with the UK allowed the US Defense Ministry to use the Diego Garcia island — the largest of the 60 small islands in the Chagos Atchipelago in the Indian Ocean — for military purposes. The lease runs out in December, although there is an option to extend it for another 20 years. The islands were reportedly exchanged for an $11 million (£7.65m) disc... more »

U.S. Air Force's Secret X-37B Space Plane Is Nearing 1 Year In Orbit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
An Air Force X-37B robotic space plane is shown after it has landed at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The fourth mission of the program is now underway and nearing a year in Earth orbit. Credit: USAF/Boeing *Space.com*:* Mystery Mission: Air Force's X-37B Space Plane Nears 1 Year in Orbit * The U.S. military's uncrewed X-37B space plane is nearing one year in orbit on its latest secret mission. The robotic space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015, kicking off the X-37B program's fourth flight. This mission, dubbed OTV-4 (short for... more »

San Francisco Avoids Vote to Loosen City’s Immigrant Sanctuary Policy

JANIE HAR at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: FILE - This undated photo provided by the San Francisco Police Department shows Francisco Sanchez. San Francisco supervisors vote Tuesday, May 10, 2016, on a proposal to further tighten the city's sanctuary ordinance, allowing cooperation with federal immigration authorities only in very limited cases involving violent felons. This comes nearly a year after a 32-year-old woman was shot by Sanchez, a Mexican national, who was in the country illegally, setting off a national debate over sanctuary protections. (San Francisco Police Department via AP, File)] SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --... more »

GOP Presses Facebook Over Alleged Suppression of Conservative Stories

DONNA CASSATA at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook reports financial results on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans on Tuesday demanded an explanation from Facebook after reports that former company staffers excluded links to conservative political stories. A senior Facebook executive said the company has found no evidence to back up the anonymous allegations....more »

Kill C14: Trust Patients and Doctors on Assisted Dying

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 3 hours ago
DAMMIT JANET! has a not-so-radical proposal. Treat medical assistance in dying (MAID) like abortion. In other words, adopt no new law on it and let patients and medical professionals figure it out. In both Carter and Morgentaler, the Supreme Court called on Parliament to craft new laws. In declining to create a Charter exemption, SCC said in the "remedy" section of Carter: Complex regulatory regimes are better created by Parliament than by the courts. And that is exactly where we disagree. Parliament is NOT the place to create complex regulatory regimes. Parliament is a conte... more »

At What Point Do Economists Stop Worrying About A Trump Recession And Starting Worrying About A Trump Depression?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Trump voters don't think about the economy-- and surprisingly, neither does he* I just listened to folksy billionaire, corporate raider and energy hedge fund operator T. Boone Pickens being interviewed on NPR explaining why he's voting for his old pal Donald and why Donald will be the next president. He funded the swift-boating operation against John Kerry, spent over $2.5 million on other questionable George W. Bush operations, and has given millions to Rove and to various other GOP operations. This cycle he's been writing big checks for Fiorina, Dr. Ben, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Liz ... more »

China's Navy Is Rising

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) transits alongside the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Murasame-class destroyer JDS Samidare (DD 106) on Feb. 22, 2016, in the Philippine Sea. Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Stennis is operating as part of the Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. (Photo by Ryan J. Batchelder/U.S. Navy) *National Interest*: *Why the U.S. Navy Could Be in Big Trouble: China Plans 351 Ships by 2020* Ongoing U.S.-China tensions in the South China Sea regarding Chinese ... more »

Ahead of Obama Vietnam Visit, Wife of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist Seeks His Help

MATTHEW PENNINGTON at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: HUman rights concept in word tag . Selective focus in the middle of word] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The wife of a prominent Vietnamese human rights lawyer who was badly beaten by thugs and then detained by authorities appealed Tuesday for President Barack Obama to seek her husband’s freedom when he visits Vietnam this month.... more »

Key Senate Republicans Support Trump, Some Grudgingly, Others Won’t Commit

ERICA WERNER & STEVE PEOPLES at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key Senate Republicans voiced optimism Tuesday about Donald Trump’s presidential prospects in November, signaling clearly to the GOP rank and file to unite behind the bombastic billionaire and turn their energy toward battling Democrat Hillary Clinton. But... more »

The Latest in the Primaries: Trump Keeps Cruising, Sanders Gaining on Clinton But Too Slowly

AP at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Voters enter their polling place at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in the West Side neighborhood of Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Many residents of the state headed to the polls on primary Election Day after others cast a record number of early votes, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced Monday. (Chris Dorst/Gazette-Mail via AP)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local): 9:49 p.m. Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in Nebraska, but it’s a victory for the Democratic front-runner that won’t g... more »

Are Mass Famines A Thing Of The Past?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Alex de Waal, New York Times:* *Is the Era of Great Famines Over?* ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The worst drought in three decades has left almost 20 million Ethiopians — one-fifth of the population — desperately short of food. And yet the country’s mortality rate isn’t expected to increase: In other words, Ethiopians aren’t starving to death. I’ve studied famine and humanitarian relief for more than 30 years, and I wasn’t prepared for what I saw during a visit to Ethiopia last month. As I traveled through northern and central provinces, I saw imported wheat being brought to the smalle... more »

Bernie Sanders Supporters Wrongly Registered With Far-Right Extremists

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A confusing voter registration issue could cost Bernie Sanders potential votes in the upcoming California primaries. The far-right American Independent Party has its name on California ballots and independent voters wishing to vote for the Democratic presidential hopeful might have inadvertently registered with the extremist anti-liberal party. They need to change their registration forms soon otherwise their votes will not be counted. Despite the obscurity of the far-right group, currently 3% of Californians are registered with the American Independent Party (AIP). Sputnik reports:... more »

Five “Don’ts” for Introducing a Female Speaker (And Why This Matters)

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
This is a guest post by Janina Dill, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the Center for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on international law and ethics in international relations, specifically in war. She […]

Quote of the Day: Turgot v Keynes on the “circular flow”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
When you compare the Classical Economists with Keynes on virtually any subject, it’s like comparing adult talk with the mewling of children. For Keynes, and Keynsesians, the key ingredient of an economic system is the “circular flow” of money between *business organisations*, in their capacity as *employers*, and *employees*, in their capacity as *consumers*. Roger Garrison’s diagram indicates the facile folly: [image: CircularFlow] The key to the Keynesian scheme is *consumerism*: his entire conception of a healthy economy fixated upon *consumer spending*. But this is just b... more »

Germans Teach Refugees About Sex And Proper Flirting Techniques

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Refugees and asylum seekers are being taught German tactics on how to approach and get acquainted with Fräuleins in Europe. Classes explaining “No means no,” with lessons in the best flirting techniques are being offered by a German education center with emphasis on hygiene and maintaining a cool approach. RT reports: “How do we speak to German women?” is the question sex therapist Christian Zech has to commonly deal with at the classes with migrants. Zech works with the Pro-Familia center, specializing in sexuality, partnership and family planning. It is funded by donations as well...more »

Report: Bullying Still a Huge Problem, Zero-Tolerance Policies Don’t Work

JENNIFER C. KERR at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Bullying-900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bullying is a “serious public health problem,” and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids, a leading panel of experts warned Tuesday. “Its prevalence perpetuates its normalization. But bullying is not a... more »

Small-Town Judge in Wyoming Threatened with Removal Over Religious Beliefs Fights Back

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Wyoming Judge Ruth Neely - 900] A beloved judge in a whisper of a town in Wyoming faces being thrown off the bench for stating she wouldn't be able to perform same-sex weddings due to her religious beliefs. The Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( May 10 , 2016 ) Overview For Tuesday ( 1. Markets - Crude Oil Items Of Note , Central Bankers Hoisted By Their Own Petards , Global Reserves Have Plunged $1.2 Trillion Since Mid - 2014 -- Where Did The Reserves Disappear To ? 2. France Political Drama - Hollande Rams Through Labor Bill W/O a Vote Using Article 49.3 - No Confidence Vote(s) Set For Thursday. 3. EU/EZ In Action Today - Brexit / UK Referendum Items , Turkey - EU Referendum , Dublin & Asylum Proposals , Mish Covers Greece - Creditors Crisis Talks . 4. Refugee Crisis Matters For Tuesday. 5. Odds & Ends )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Markets...... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 42m 42 minutes ago Before the collapse in Crude that began in mid 2014, Energy was the top performing sector ETF since inception. *Richard Stubbe* ‏@RichardStubbe 3h 3 hours ago Big gain for $WTI today, up $1.22 to $44.66 a barrel. 22, 44 and 66 in the same sentence. *Javier Blas* ‏@JavierBlas2 5h 5 hours agoIslington, London Bear food: @EIAgov STEO report sees inventories building until Q3 2017 (not typo there, that's 2017 and not 2016) *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 17s 17 seconds ago fred walton Re... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 10, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Al-Nusra member distributes meat to the poor in Southern Syria. Source: Twitter *Yasir Abbas, War on the Rocks *--* How Al-Qaeda Is Winning in Syria * Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, entered Syria in late 2011. By mid-2014, it had grown from a moderately-sized force bedeviled by conflict with more powerful armed groups to one of the few remaining key players in Northern Syria. During its early years, the group’s main and only focus was on its military operations against the Syrian regime. It rarely interfered in civil affairs and local governance. Since July 2014, ... more »

Japan's Proposed Constitutional Revisions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 6 hours ago
We live in a "new Cold War" characterized by increased global tensions between the US imperium and its allies on the one side, and the non-aligned nations (Russia, China, Brazil, etc.) on the other.Japan is firmly aligned with the US, despite recent efforts to thaw relations with Russia. Japan's efforts to revise its constitution must be understood in this context. Proposed revisions are not popular domestically, although they enjoy support from Japan's hawks: ASAHI POLL: Majority of voters feel no need to revise Constitution. The Asahi Shimbun, May 3, 2016, http://www.asahi.com... more »

US Won’t Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

ERIC TUCKER at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Benghazi - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department will not seek the death penalty against Ahmed Abu Khattala, the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, federal officials announced Tuesday. The department... more »

the truth is the truth

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

18 Rules for Living

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

The Fort McMurray Alberta Canada Wildfires: Something Is Not Right Here - Largest Water Bomber In Canada Is Ready And Available To Fight This Fire, And Yet Company That Operates Bomber Has NOT Been Called (!)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 6 hours ago
I stated in my previous article that I am not sold on this Clinton Foundation behind the Fort McMurray wildfires (yet), but as I read further and do more research into this fire and WHY the Canadian government has not accepted the Russian offer to bring in their fleet of water bombers to fight this blaze, I am beginning to question the ethics of the Canadian government itself... Basically something here stinks to high heaven.... But on top of the Canadian government refusing (stupidly) the help of the Russian Federation in fighting this enormous wildfire that has already destroyed o... more »

As We Shift - Humanity Rocks!

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 6 hours ago
Each day I find myself deep inside the journey of our awakening, and it brings up just how much we’ve been through. Today’s post is a warm, celebratory hug. We did it. As some of you know, I’m releasing a book soon that spans the 3+ year long relationship/conversation that took place over you tube and email with a Guardian/Executioner turned Executive (G/E). The time span it covers is Spring 2012 through Summer 2015. The book should be released by early summer 2016! Are we free yet? Well, how do you feel? Freedom begins in an unfettered heart. The energy emitted from the 20... more »

The Fat Is In The Fire

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
In a superb piece for the* Globe and Mail*, Ed Broadbent, Alex Himelfarb and Hugh Segal argue that Canada needs true proportional representation. Nothing else will do: The central problem with our winner-take-all system is that the composition of our elected parliament does not reflect how we actually voted. A candidate who receives a plurality of the votes wins, even if a majority of the voters chose others. The majority of the votes in such a case have no impact on the outcome of the election. That means a party that receives only a minority of votes, say less than 40 per cent,... more »

Critics of U.S. 'Missile Defense' Radar Raided in Japan

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
* Statement on Police Raids in Osaka, Japan* *Admit not unjust oppression. Protest sternly the false, unjust oppression by Security 3rd Section of Osaka Prefectural Police!* On May 2nd, Security 3rd Section of Osaka Prefectural Police made forced search at 16 venues simultaneously, offices, homes, etc, of those that take part in Kyoto/Kinki (West) Liaison Council to Oppose US Army X-band Radar Station. The sites are widespread, 5 offices, 11 private houses. Though no arrests are confirmed as of now. Osaka Pref Police says "2 suspects other than xx" and charge of "fraud" only, tha... more »

Fire in Fort McMurray: 90% of City Saved. Never let a good crisis go to waste

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
I've been quietly watching the situation unfold in Fort McMurray. Thankfully the weather has gifted the area a reprieve. Which is good. And 90 percent of the city is intact! No one has died! *But the media coverage is over the top! One could say it's very trauma inducing coverage* Really playing up the tragic aspect- *Me, being the naturally suspicious type*. Knowing how *devious governments are* when it comes to stealing from the people to pay the oil companies... To what end will the servile and colluding government use this incident to enrich the elite classes and big oil? *I ... more »

And Moses said...Followers of Judaism to Iraq?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Of course, I'm paraphrasing:* *Keeping in mind: * - After declaring autonomy, Syrian Kurds (behind the scenes) ‘open to ties with Israel’ - The Kurds: Israel's not so improbable ally - Israel and the Kurds- Love by Proxy - *Kurdistan aka Second Israel- Ethnically Cleansing the Middle East * *Now, read below:* *Kurds urge Jews to return to Iraq* *Mamsani called upon Jews whose ancestors lived in Kurdistan to return to the northern Iraqi province to visit – and even to live.“The number of known Jews or families with Jewish heritage grows as we discover individuals... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 6 hours ago
*A Confession of Liberal Intolerance* *By Nicholas Kristof of the NYT* WE progressives believe in diversity, and we want women, blacks, Latinos, gays and Muslims at the table — er, so long as they aren’t conservatives. Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us. O.K., that’s a little harsh. But consider George Yancey, a sociologist who is black and evangelical. “Outside of academia I faced more problems as a... more »

Aztec and Roswell

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
As those of you who visit here on a regular basis know, there has been a question of when the Aztec crash took place. It was stated that March 25, 1948, was the agreed upon date by nearly everyone. It was considered solid, but I seemed to remember a number of different dates being offered, so, on a lark, I began looking into that. And I did find a number of different dates being offered until William Steinman seemed to settle on March date in his book *UFO Crash at Aztec.* After the publication in 1986, the date became solid. The Roswell "Saucer" in Ramey's office. But that's not th... more »

World News Briefs -- May 10, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during the seventh U.S.–E.U. Energy Security Council in Washington, U.S., May 4, 2016. REUTERS/JOSHUA ROBERTS *Reuters*:* Countries backing Syria talks to meet in Vienna on May 17: Kerry* The 17-nation group backing Syria peace talks will meet next week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday, a day after he and his Russian counterpart agreed to work to revive a "cessation of hostilities" agreement reached in February. Kerry told reporters in London he expected U.N.-brokered talks involving the opposing Syrian parties to take place... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 6 hours ago
*Arctic ice area: safely higher in 2016 than in 2007* Lubos Motl 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 alrea...more »

Reagan/Bush — What About Trump/Cruz?

James Robison at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 15: Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump (L) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), interact during the CNN republican presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thirteen Republican presidential candidates are participating in the fifth set of Republican presidential debates.] Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan, but there's a lesson for both Trump and the conservative wing of the Republican Party in the Reagan candidacy of 1980. There were several good candidates running for the Republican nomination in 1980, ... more »

Scotland will tell the UK to get lost? Too late! London and the south already have

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 7 hours ago
SOURCE: Centre For Cities “Cities Outlook 2015” report The last 10 years have seen a great degree of change. But despite this change, one thing has remained constant – cities in the South have continued to outstrip their counterparts in the rest of the country across a range of measures: On population, cities in the South have expanded at twice the rate of cities elsewhere in the UK; The

Pol. Ideology 66, On institutions, constitutional monarchy and liberal parliamentary democracy

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
Reposting another bright article from a friend, Wan Saiful, CEO of IDEAS in KL, Malaysia's first and only free market think tank. It is published today in The Star. --------------- *Defend our institutions* By Wan Saiful Wan Jan "Thinking Liberally", The Star, 10 May 2016 The existence and functioning of institutions are important for any democracy to flourish. The concept of ‘institutions’ is an important one to understand. In the academic circle, the definition of institutions has been debated by many scholars. One of the most commonly cited opinion belongs to Douglass North, a ... more »

Judy and Asherah

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
Yahweh and Asherah by *Ronald L. Ecker* *from the book ’And Adam Knew Eve’* *from Hodge&Braddoc Website* *YAHWEH - "Thy Maker Is Thine Husband"* The Hebrew *God* Yahweh is conceived of biblically as a male deity, with the covenant relationship between him and Israel often portrayed as that of a marriage between husband and wife. (The other name by which the deity is most often referred to in the Hebrew Bible is Elohim [translated "*God"*], an originally *plural form* meaning " *gods*." "*The LORD*" in English versions translates Yahweh--the assumed pronunciation of YH... more »

Ben Davidson - The Sun/Earthquake Connection - Space News

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
*when you're looking for a solar activity vs Earth-quakes correlation...* *forget sun spots* *forget solar flares* *forget the geomagnetic index* Those things that scientists traditionally look for when trying to find pattern in the sun/earthquakes relationship aren't where you need to be looking but Ben Davidson has found a more reliable trigger mechanism for large scale earthquakes on Earth. Sure, the sun has an eleven-year sunspot min/max cycle but one can't consistently relate this to large 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes on Earth, or where they'll strike. The real driving mechanism... more »

Cliff Richard Sex Abuse File Sent To Crown Prosecution Service

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
South Yorkshire police have handed the Crown Prosecution Service a file of evidence relating to allegations of historical sex abuse by Cliff Richard. Prosecutors are now considering whether to bring charges against the bachelor boy. Sir Cliff, 75, was interviewed in 2014 and 2015 by South Yorkshire Police investigating a claim of a sex crime involving a young boy in the 1980s. He has always denied the claims. The Guardian reports: It has been previously reported that Richard had been accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old at a Christian rally led by the US evangelist Billy Graham... more »

Housing facts dissolve “foreign-buyers” bollocks

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: Housing1] For months now we’ve heard from apologists for the status quo that what’s goosing NZ house prices is not the central planners but foreign buyers, that without these nasty foreigners buying our homes all our central planning would otherwise have delivered nirvana instead of hell. As you’ve possibly already heard, a report out yesterday puts the lie to that “narrative.” *Information released by Land Information Minister Louise Upston shows initial data from the Government's property tax measures indicate overseas tax resident buyers are behind 2 to 3 percent of... more »

New Jersey university biologist earns funding ban for doctoring more than 40 images

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 7 hours ago
A researcher has agreed to a five-year ban on Federal U.S. funding for research after the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) determined that he had falsified or fabricated more than 40 images in nine papers. The findings, released by the ORI today, are another chapter in a case involving John Pastorino, a cell biologist at […] The post New Jersey university biologist earns funding ban for doctoring more than 40 images appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Steve Cun..er...Punt

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
A new series of *The 3rd Degree *began on Radio 4 this week. It's the university-based quiz show that pits students against lecturers and its host is Steve Punt from *The Now Show.* Now, I will say that I enjoyed it, as ever. I especially liked the bits where I got the answers that neither the students nor the dons got. I felt insufferably superior as a result. Then they talked higher mathematics and I felt thoroughly ashamed of myself again. My point, however, is the predictable one (for this blog) about Radio 4 comedy. Our Steve began the programme by naming four famous alu... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
As a candidate for 'Maddest Story Ever' - and the BBC is far from being alone in reporting it - is the absolutely crazy story of Manchester Police apologising for "racial stereotyping" after volunteers cried "Allahu Akbar" (Our God is greater than yours) during a mock terrorist attack designed to be as realistic as possible. Given that someone crying "Allahu Akbar" is, obviously, a *highly *realistic touch there *should*, quite obviously, have been *no* need to apologise. But a "peace activist" complained it was "stereotyping", and the police duly apologised for any "offence" caus... more »

Israeli PM Netanyahu: We Threatened To Send Troops To Cairo In 2011 To Rescue Israeli Officials Besieged In The Embassy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Burning the Israeli flag at Israel's embassy in Cairo, 2011. (photo credit:GIGI IBRAHIM FROM CAIRO/WIKIMEDIA) *Times Of Israel:* *PM says he threatened raid on besieged Cairo embassy in 2011* *Former Foreign Ministry officials dismiss claims that imminent rescue operation pushed Egypt to evacuate staff from angry mob.* Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that amid the 2011 popular uprising in Egypt, he threatened to send troops to Cairo to evacuate staff besieged by demonstrators inside the Israeli embassy. He later clarified that any rescue operation would have been co... more »

And You Thought Romney Was A Serial Flip-Flopper? Meet The Donald

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Anyone who's watched this season's dysfunctional Republican primary reality show-- Herr Trumpf vs the (Not Very) Deep Bench-- understands that Trump has, in the words of McCain top staffer Mark Salter, "an unstable personality." Once Trump sewed up the nomination Salter, a lifelong Republican, decided to support Hillary, although, when questioned, he said he could still change his mind if Trump gets "a brain transplant." Trump he explained "is just an asshole. I mean, you don't want a guy like that for a neighbor, for a friend, for a member of your church, for a colleague, for a b... more »

Texas School District Approves ‘Transgender Student Guidelines,’ Ignites Firestorm With Parents

Austin Roscoe at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Fort Worth Independent School District] The Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) is expected to draw large crowds to its regular board meeting Tuesday night, after silently approving a controversial set of “Transgender Student Guidelines.” The Guidelines, signed into effect April 19, were quietly announced... more »

NASA Plane Detects Oxygen On Mars

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
NASA researchers have detected atomic oxygen in Mars’ upper atmosphere for the first time in forty years. NASA’s airborne observatory SOFIA (Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy) has detected single molecules of oxygen in the Martian atmosphere. The observatory is mounted on a specially-equipped 747 that soars high above the earth (45,000 feet) and has a clearer view of the heavens than telescopes on earth. Science Alert reports: The oxgyen atoms were found in the Martian upper atmosphere – known as the mesosphere – and the discovery could help astronomers identify how...more »

Is The Kremlin About To Release 20,000 Hillary Clinton Emails That They Were Able to Obtain?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon her arrival at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mikhail Metze *WNU Editor:* There are news reports circulating in independent media and talk radio that there is a debate in the Kremlin on releasing over 20,000 Hillary Clinton emails that Russian intelligence was able to lift from her "personal server". See here ....* Kremlin War Erupts Over Release Of Top Secret Hillary Clinton Emails* (WhatDoesItMean), and here .... *REPORT: Hillary’... more »

Is East Asia On the Verge Of A Nuclear Arms Race?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Twitter *Henry Sokolski, Wall Street Journal: **Japan and South Korea May Soon Go Nuclear* The longtime status quo is crumbling and plutonium stockpiles are rising. On Friday North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un praised his country’s recent hydrogen bomb test and satellite launch as “unprecedented” achievements that will “bring the final victory of the revolution.” Such rhetoric is nothing new, but North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program and a growing sense that security arrangements with the U.S. aren’t sufficient has eroded the Japanese taboo against nuclear weapons. On April 1, Prim... more »

Is Al-Nusra Being Presented To The West As A Moderate Force?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Rebel fighters, one of them carrying a flag used by al Qaeda's Nusra Front, celebrate at the Mihrab roundabout in the Idlib city centre, after they took control of the area on March 28, 2015. Reuters/Khalil Ashawi *Robert Fisk, The Independent*: *After splitting with Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra is being presented to the West as a moderate force. It’s nothing of the sort* *The jihadist force's reputation is being cleaned up, to suggest it is deserving of CIA support* So ol‘ Doc Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s chief executive successor, has told the Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra that it can di... more »

Italy Arrests Afghan Refugees Who Were Plotting Terror Attacks On Rome And London

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Hakim Nasiri, 23 (above) was arrested along with Gulistan Ahmadzai 29 both suspected members of an Islamic State (Isis)-linked jihadi cell who allegedly planned attacks in Rome and London. ANSA *Barbie Latza Nadeau, Daily Beast*: *Italy: ISIS Fighters Are Posing as Refugees in Our Camps* A string of arrests appear to confirm fears that Islamic State terror recruiters have infiltrated the asylum centers full of desperate migrants. ROME — The Bari-Palese CARA Refugee Reception Center in Italy’s southern province of Puglia was built to host 850 refugees. These days, it’s overflowing ... more »

PM Tells The Queen Nigeria & Afghanistan Are ‘Fantastically Corrupt’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The British Prime minister David Cameron was heard telling the Queen that the leaders of Nigeria and Afghanistan are “fantastically corrupt” The leaders of both the “fantastically corrupt” countries are coming to a summit that Dodgy Dave is hosting this week. At a Buckingham Palace reception on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, a television microphone caught Cameron saying: “We’ve got some leaders of some fantastically corrupt countries coming to Britain … Nigeria and Afghanistan, possibly the two most corrupt countries in the world.” The Guardian reports: Sp... more »

The Synthetic Agenda: The Distorted Heart of the New World Order

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - We are facing an elite bent on directing human evolution to suit their aims.

‘Mephistopheles and Margaretta’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: Wooden-double-statue-at-Salar-Jung-Museum-Hyderabad] This very strange nineteenth-century timber sculpture depicts the two-sided relationship Faust famously had with Mephistopheles (to whom, as the Devil’s representative, he had sold his soul to obtain deeper knowledge“) and Margaretta -- to whom, with his heart, he had fallen hopelessly in love. The picture shows the sculpture with its mirror behind it. [image: double-statue-at-Salar-Jung-Museum-Hyderabad] [Pics by Salar Jung Museum and Navendu Mandal] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is gr... more »

Taking the Mick

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
I was driving to work on Monday morning whilst listening to *Today* and heard (at around 6.45) a piece by Sima Kotecha from UKIP's northern heartlands. She went with pro-Remain Labour MP Dan Jarvis around his "Eurosceptic" Barnsley constituency talking to voters. Among those voters was Mick, who Sima introduced as "wanting out" because he's "worried about Turkey becoming a member of the EU". Here's a transcription of what happened next. See if *you* can spot what Sima tried to do here: *Mick*: Can't see how we can integrate a population the size of Turkey, which dwarves Britai... more »

The BBC has learned (again)...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
*Prosecutors have received a file of evidence regarding the singer Sir Cliff Richard and allegations of historical sexual assault, the BBC has learned.* So says one of the main articles on the BBC News website tonight. The police notoriously tipped off the BBC when Sir Cliff first got arrested and the BBC duly flew a helicopter over the singer's house while he was being arrested. And now, as "a file of evidence" arrives at the CPS, here are the BBC again, havign "learned" that the "file" has arrived at the CPS, and making 'something big' of it. I'd just like to say that I agr... more »

Iran’s Air Defenses Equipped With S-300 Missiles From Russia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Russia has delivered the S-300 air defense system to Iran. Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base is now equipped with the Russian made S-300 missile system. The Islamic Republic is planning to mass produce an indigenous version later in the year, according to Iran’s defense minister. Tansim News reports: The Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base has received the strategic S-300 air defense missile system, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on the sidelines of a visit to an exhibition of the achievements of the Iranian Army’s air defense base. Highlighting the country’s major strides... more »

French Government To Force Labour Reforms Though Parliament

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The French government has given the go-ahead for Prime Minister Manuel Valls to use a rarely-invoked article of the constitution to bypass parliament and forcibly implement controversial labour reforms. “Because the country must move forward, the cabinet has authorized me to act on behalf of the government,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told parliament to loud boos and heckling from someand applause from others. The decision follows weeks of protests against the proposed reforms, which among other changes seeks to make hiring and firing easier for companies. The BBC reports: The p... more »

Turbulent dwarfs

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Unusually, tonight's BBC One* News at Six *placed a Leave angle first in its EU referendum coverage - namely IDS's contention that EU membership is harming 'the less well off' through mass immigration. After clips from her interview with IDS, Laura Kuenssberg interpolated the following sentence, which (I felt) went quite a bit beyond her brief as the 'impartial' BBC's Political Editor [and the *emphasis* here was hers]: *There is some evidence immigration's pushed some wages down a little but the possible economic turbulence if we left the EU could dwarf any potential rises. * I... more »

A New York Times correction

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
(As they say, please 'Click to enlarge')...

World’s Highest Paid CEO Makes His Killing from Cancer Patients

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - The cancer industry is huge, and quite profitable for certain people.

Brain cell watch: Cable star is dumber than lice!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016As proven by PPP poll:* Last night, a certain major cable news star was destroying our brain cells again. Exclusively, she had gotten her paws on a brand new PPP poll. Right at the start of her "cable news" program, hilarity ensued: MAJOR CABLE STAR (5/9/16): I have to assure you that not only is this national polling new, I have to also assure you, you'll understand why in just a second, but I have to assure you that it's real. *This is not an elaborate joke, like a big misdirection story I'm telling at the top of the A block and it turns out to be an April... more »

Donald Trump Embraces London’s New Muslim Mayor Sadiq Khan

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump says that he is very happy to see Sadiq Khan elected as the first Muslim Mayor of London. The Donald – who used to be judge on the TV reality show The Apprentice before running for president – is willing to make an exception to his ban on Muslims entering the United States in regards to the new Mayor If Sadiq Khan does a good job as mayor then it would be a “very very good thing,” says Trump. Sadiq Khan hopes to travel to the U.S. one day to meet with his American counterparts without having to face any prejudices over his faith. Times ... more »

Duke pulmonary researcher up to 14 retractions, putting her on our leaderboard

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
A pair of Duke researchers who each have more than 10 retractions have earned some more. Both of the newly retracted papers — originally published in 2012 by PLOS ONE — list Erin Potts-Kant as a co-author; one includes her former supervisor, Michael Foster, as lead author. The pair has since left Duke (Potts-Kant was arrested for using school credit […] The post Duke pulmonary researcher up to 14 retractions, putting her on our leaderboard appeared first on Retraction Watch.

"Act of God" - OR - "...was caused or contributed by the negligence of others not presently known" - Whale Watching Boat company

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*The bow of the Leviathan II, a whale-watching boat owned by Jamie's Whaling Station carrying 21 passengers and three crew members that sunk on Sunday, October 25, 2015 is seen near Vargas Island looking towards Cat Face Island as it waits to be towed into town for inspection in Tofino, B.C.,Tuesday, October 27, 2015.* * THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito* Reports in the Canadian Press now say that the whale watching company has filed its response to the lawsuit filed by the German family of tourists that were affected by the mysterious capsizing of the vessel *Leviathan II *last yea... more »

Lawsuit-Flint Mayor Tried To Funnel Water Crisis Funds To Her Campaign

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A former Flint city administrator is suing Mayor Karen Weaver for allegedly trying to funnel donations from a charity meant to help families hurt by the water crisis, into her own personal campaign fund. A wrongful termination lawsuit filed on Monday in the federal court in Detroit said that former city Administrator Natasha Henderson was fired in violation of whistle-blower and free-speech protections under Michigan law and the U.S. Constitution. RT reports: Back on February 9, Henderson met with a city employee who informed her that Mayor Weaver was telling the employee and a volu... more »

Fact watch: Fact Checker states valid complaint about Trump!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016We broaden Glenn Kessler's pique:* Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's Fact Checker, has an important, valid complaint concerning Donald J. Trump. Kessler was permitted to voice his complaint in Sunday's hard-copy Post. Each Sunday, Kessler is permitted to make his one hard-copy appearance of the week. During the rest of the week, his Fact Checker reports gather dust on line. Kessler voiced a valid complaint. That said, we want to redirect and broaden his pique just a tad. He started his complaint like this. This strikes us as perfectly accurate: KESSLER ... more »

Muslim Family Considers Suit Against Citadel Over Headscarf

AP at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: The Citadel Military College Charleston SC - 900] CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The Citadel military college has decided a newly accepted Muslim student cannot wear her traditional Muslim headscarf if she enrolls. The South Carolina school announced Tuesday that Commandant of Cadets Geno Paluso decided that allowing the... more »

Trump and Clinton Fight Over the Minimum Wage

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Clinton-Trump3 - 900] The Hillary Clinton campaign launched criticism at the Donald Trump campaign Monday for suggesting the minimum wage be left to the states. Trump argued during a Sunday interview with NBC the federal government should not set a minimum wage. Jake... more »

Iran Deploys Russian S-300 Air Defense System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
© Dmitry Rogulin/ITAR -TASS *RT*: *Russian S-300 anti-missiles finally deployed in Iran* Iran has deployed Russian-supplied S-300 air defense systems at one of its military bases, the country’s defense minister announced. This apparently finalizes an almost decade-long saga surrounding the controversial shipment. The long-range S-300 system was placed at Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said as cited by the Tasnim news agency. The general added that the domestically-produced Bavar-373 has characteristics similar to the S-300 and would be ma... more »

Russia Developing A New ICBM To Penetrate U.S. And NATO Missile Defense Systems

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
© ITAR-TASS *TASS*:* Russia developing new ICBMs capable of overcoming US missile shield — commander* According to the official, threats from the US missile defense system in Europe do not critically reduce combat capabilities of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Russia is developing new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with special attention paid to their ability to penetrate the US missile shield, Russia’s Strategic Missile Force (SMF) Commander Sergey Karakayev said on Tuesday. Russia is currently carrying out active work on improving its ... more »

Former US & NATO Defense Chiefs Say Brexit Would Boost West’s Enemies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Ex-NATO and U.S. defense chiefs warn UK against EU exit* Former NATO secretary generals warned on Tuesday that a British exit from the European Union would help enemies of the West while ex-U.S. foreign and defense chiefs cautioned that Britain would have less clout outside the bloc. The double warning comes as the two campaigns for and against Brexit step up their rhetoric about the impact staying or leaving the EU would have on Britain's security. Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday that Britain was safer in the EU while former London mayor Boris Johnson, a ...more »

The Taliban Are On A Rampage In Afghanistan's Opium Heartland Of Hellmand Province

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An Afghan security walks as smoke billows from a building after a Taliban attack in Gereshk district of Helmand province, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Abdul Malik *VICE News*: *The Taliban Is Running Amok and Killing Policemen in Afghanistan's Opium Heartland* Taliban fighters overran two checkpoints in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Tuesday, killing at least 15 Afghan policemen. The fighting in the opium-rich province comes as the lucrative poppy harvest winds down, and the insurgents, who largely control the drug trade, are now flush with cash and new recruits.... more »

Canadian Teenager Discovers Lost Mayan City by Studying the Stars

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Buck Rogers* - Fascinated by the Mayans, he tried something no other researcher has ever tried.

Why are Canadian troops in Iraq wearing Kurdish flag?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
* Kurdish Flag *(not just Barzani's Kurds) The flag resembles an earlier version created by the Xoybûn (Khoyboon) organization, active in the Ararat rebellion of 1930,[2] and flown by the break-away Republic of Ararat during the period 1927-1931. The current flag appeared then again in 1932 and in the media where one of its creators described it as red, white and green with a sun in the middle.[3] A similar flag was later used by the Soviet-backed Kurdish Republic known as the Republic of Mahabad in 1946. * Link* Footage of Canadian soldiers sporting Kurdish flags on their uniforms... more »

Two Mothers One Conflict

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
I put this question to an objective observer. "Do you think the BBC is justified in juxtaposing words and images of the mother of a terrorist and the mother of one of his victims?" "Well, possibly. It depends if the mother of the terrorist is contrite." "What if she isn’t?" "Then it doesn’t seem ethical." "The mothers were a Palestinian and an Israeli." "Oh, well, I suppose some might argue along the lines that the Israelis have an army and the Palestinians have nothing." The objective observer was playing devil’s advocate, by the way. *He* didn’t think there was *any* justific... more »

A Corporate Convention: "Comcast Presents ... The Democratic Party. Welcome to Philadelphia."

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*The above is a real fake ad — it's a fake Air France ad that really showed up in Parisian ad spaces during the recent climate conference. "Care about climate change? Of course not. We're Air France. If we cared we'd stop flying planes. We're just sponsoring the climate conference to confuse you, and to make sure we keep making money" (or words to that effect).* *by Gaius Publius* It's looking more and more that the Crossroad in Philadelphia, the 2016 Democratic Convention, will be a crossroad indeed. Wasserman Schultz is reported to be openly stacking the convention committees wit... more »

Turkish Border Guards Shoot And Abuse Syrian Refugees

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Turkish border guards continue to shoot and kill Syrian refugees and asylum seekers trying to reach Turkey, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). Syrian refugees are being killed, injured and abused at the border. HRW condemns the use of excessive force and asks Turkish authorities to stop pushing back asylum seekers at the border and to investigate the abuses. HRW reports: During March and April 2016, Turkish border guards used violence against Syrian asylum seekers and smugglers, killing five people, including a child, and seriously injuring 14 others, according to victims, witne... more »

The Chinchaga Firestorm

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/194-9781772120035-chinchaga-firestorm The Alberta fire that has just ravaged the city of Fort McMurray is a monster by all accounts, Latest estimates suggest that an area of some 600 square miles has burnt, leading to claims that the fire that is the size of Hong Kong and almost 25% bigger than […]

New Permanent Secretary For DECC

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Philip Bratby DECC announce that Alex Chisholm has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change: Alex Chisholm has been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. This follows the announcement that Stephen […]

70 Years After Hiroshima, Obama to Pay Historic Visit

Kathleen Hennessey & Josh Lederman at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this April 11, 2016, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, fourth from left, puts his arm around Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida after they and fellow G7 foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan. U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Hiroshima in May 2016 in the first visit by a sitting American president to the site where the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb. Obama's visit will bolster his call for denuclearization and honor victims of the bombing that killed 140,000 Japanese on A... more »

Turkey May Have Used Banned Phosphorous Munitions To Bomb Kurdish City

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Kurdish sources have said that the Turkish army shelled a district in the city of Nusaybin, southern Turkey, using munitions which were likely to have contained phosphorus. The Turkish army used munitions containing phosphorus against the Kurdish-inhabited city of Nusaybin in the country’s south, one Kurdish source told Sputnik on Sunday: Nusaybin is located in the Mardin province, where two Turkish servicemen were killed during a raid against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), outlawed in the country, earlier in the day. White phosphorus munitions are used in smoke and incendiary ... more »

China Scrambles Fighter Jets As US Destroyer Sails Near Chinese Artificial Island In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*: *China scrambles fighters as U.S. sails warship near Chinese-claimed reef* China scrambled fighter jets on Tuesday as a U.S. navy ship sailed close to a disputed reef in the South China Sea, a patrol China denounced as an illegal threat to peace which only went to show its defense installations in the area were necessary. Guided missile destroyer the USS William P. Lawrence traveled within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-occupied Fiery Cross Reef, U.S. Defense Department spokesman, Bill Urban said. The so-called freedom of navigation operation was undertaken to "challenge...more »

World News Briefs -- May 10, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*BBC*: *Philippines election: Maverick Rodrigo Duterte wins presidency* Maverick anti-crime candidate Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte has won the Philippine presidential elections, following the withdrawal of his opponents. Although the official result has not yet been declared, main rival Mar Roxas admitted defeat after polls gave Mr Duterte an unassailable lead. Mr Duterte said he accepted the mandate with "extreme humility". The 71-year-old stirred controversy during campaigning with his incendiary comments. He has credited his success to his tough stance on law and order. His recor... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 10, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Soldiers marching during a celebration to mark National Day at Ba Dinh square in Hanoi September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kham *Reuters:* *Obama weighs historic decision on whether to lift Vietnam arms ban* U.S. President Barack Obama is considering whether to lift a three-decade-old arms embargo on Vietnam, U.S. officials say, as he weighs calls to forge closer military ties with Hanoi against concerns over its poor human rights record. The debate within the U.S. administration is coming to a head amid preparations for Obama's trip to Vietnam this month to bolster ties between Washingto... more »

President Obama To Visit Hiroshima On May 27

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Obama to Be First Sitting President to Visit Hiroshima* WASHINGTON — President Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, the White House announced on Tuesday, making a fraught stop this month at the site where the United States used an atomic bomb at the end of World War II. The visit, hotly debated within the White House for months as the president planned his coming trip to Vietnam and Japan, carries weighty symbolism for Mr. Obama, who is loath to be seen as apologizing for that chapter in American history. “He will no... more »

Poll: Active Duty U.S. Service Members Prefer Trump Over Clinton

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Military Times:* *Military Times survey: Troops prefer Trump to Clinton by a huge margin* In a new survey of American military personnel, Donald Trump emerged as active-duty service members' preference to become the next U.S. president, topping Hillary Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin. However, in the latest Military Times election survey, more than one in five troops said they’d rather not vote in November if they have to choose between just those two candidates. But given only those choices, 21 percent of the service members surveyed said they would abstain from voting.Mor... more »

Canada Turns Down Russia's Offer To Help In Fighting Alberta's Massive Forest Fires

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A Russian-made Beriev Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft, owned by the Siberian Regional Centre of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, dumps some 12 tons of coloured water matching the Russian state flag during a demonstration flight at an air show dedicated to the Day of the Russian Air Fleet at the Yemelyanovo airport outside Krasnoyarsk August 18, 2012. Photo Credit: Ilya Naymushin / Reuters *Radio Canada International*: *Canada declines Russian offer of water bombers, firemen to help fight Alberta fire* As an “out-of-control” wildfire continues to grow around the oil town of Fort McM... more »

Oops — journal published same paper three times

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
On November 25, 2014, a journal published an article on mass spectrometry. Then on December 18th they published it again — twice. Yes: “Mass analysis by Ar-GCIB-dynamic SIMS for organic materials” was mistakenly published a total of three times. Over a year later, the journal pulled the two redundant publications. Here’s the retraction notice for one of them: The above […] The post Oops — journal published same paper three times appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Feds: Minimum Wage Partially to Blame for Dismal Youth Employment

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: NYC Rally and March for a $15 minimum wage hike in America.] The Congressional Budget Office published a report Monday that concludes the minimum wage might be partially to blame for one in six young men being unemployed. The report looked at the employment status of men between the ages of 18 and... more »

Pat Condell: I Vote Against You...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*nobody says it better.* *Political Correctness is Tyranny! * We're going to be having a planned power outage this morning for several hours. Carry on...

ONCE AGAIN, THAT'S RICH: Factual errors and puzzling puzzlement!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016Part 2—This is what cluelessness looks like:* At long last, Michael Bennet has replaced Andrew Rosenthal as editor of the New York Times editorial page. In fairness, Bennet attended the finest schools. After that, he wrote for the finest publications, as he does today in his post at the Times. His brother is a United States senator. He travels in the best circles. You'll have to admit that we're being fair to Bennet. Still, like many folk from the finest circles, he seems to be completely clueless about the challenges found in our public schools. We base tha... more »

87ism in Pakistan

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
I think I’ve found out why Mossad stole Asghar Bukhari’s shoe. “Shoes are more loyal to Israel ...” Not really. It was just some subtitle-bot’s phonetic transcription of 'Jews' in a video about antisemitism. Or *87ism* as the bot mistranscribed it. It made me laugh. I did wonder why subtitles were thought necessary, since the narrator is using the same language as the bot. I stumbled upon that video only because it was on the YouTube sidebar when I was actually more concerned with a video about antisemitism in Pakistan. (H/T UK Media Watch Commenter Dani ben Lev) I conside... more »

Who is Israel's Biggest Enemy?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
Its government and their foreign sponsors. *May 10, 2016 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The ongoing conflict consuming the Middle East is the result of Western hegemonic designs aimed at reordering the region and beyond, into a geopolitical structure more suitable for its own interests. In accomplishing this, the centers of power across the West - Washington, Wall Street, London, and Brussels - have elected several nations as intermediaries through which various aspects of this process are being implemented. Saudi Arabia has contributed significantly in the indoctrination, financing, ... more »

Ketagalan: Lee Teng-hui needs a Nobel, Taiwanese community!

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
Ketagalan published me this week... "For a critical twelve years, from January of 1988 to March of 2000, the presidency of the Republic of China on Taiwan was held by one of the twentieth century’s greatest statesmen, Lee Teng-hui, widely considered the father of Taiwan’s democracy. Lee fostered a transition from an authoritarian one-party state to a vibrant democracy in one of the world’s key technology economies. It’s a tribute to the power of Taiwan’s isolation and obscurity that Lee continues to be denied his rightful place in 20th century history alongside other heroes of dem... more »

Iraq’s Sadr Earning Iran’s Ire

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran have always had a difficult relationship. The two have used each other when it suited them, and then parted ways over and over again. Currently the two are at odds with each other over Sadr’s protests and support of Prime Minister Haidar Abadi. In 2016 Sadr was able to co-opt the anti-government protests in Iraq. Those demonstrations started the year before demanding reforms in Baghdad. In August 2015 Sadr first called on his followers to join in, and eventually subsumed the secular protest leaders and imposed his agenda upon them by the start of this yea... more »

South African Member of Parliament on Israeli Apartheid

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago

Gaia Portal: Storms of compliance erupt, then fade

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*This is one of those rare Gaia Portals portending the future. Usually these are about what has just occurred. -AK* *Storms of compliance erupt, then fade* by ÉirePort *Storms of compliance erupt, then fade.* *Collective fears are viewed,* *then released.* *Emanations of Inner Greatness of Spirit come to the fore.* *Posthumous ramblings comply.* ÉirePort | May 10, 2016 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-yh

Non-retraction notice: Editors explain why two similar papers aren’t redundant

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Editors have published a notice to let readers know why they’re not retracting a couple of papers. One paper examined whether the results of CT scans could be used to stage patients with uterine carcinoma; the other considered whether CT scans could be used to predict overall survival in uterine carcinoma. Both papers — by researchers at […] The post Non-retraction notice: Editors explain why two similar papers aren’t redundant appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Analysts: Obama’s Economic Legacy Is Historically Bad

Ben Johnson at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the White House briefing room in Washington, Friday, May 6, 2016, about the economy and new steps to strengthen financial transparency and combat money laundering, corruption, and tax evasion.] In economic terms, Barack Obama’s presidency will go down as the most dismal of the postwar era and one of the worst in history, according to two recent analyses. While the president is quick to point out that he "inherited... more »

Christians Can Impact Public Schools. Here’s How.

John Stonestreet at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: school bus - 900] Many Christians have bailed on public schools these days. And watching the news it's easy to see why. Whether promoting the ideas of the sexual revolution, strange bathroom policies, censoring Christmas from plays, violence, falling test scores or removing the... more »

London’s New Mayor, Sadiq Khan, Slams Trump’s ‘Ignorant’ View of Islam

JILL LAWLESS at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Newly elected London's mayor Sadiq Khan, center, is greeted by well wishers outside City Hall in London, on his first day as mayor, Monday May 9, 2016.] LONDON (AP) -- London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday slammed Donald Trump’s “ignorant” view of Islam, after the Republican presidential contender suggested Khan could be exempted from a proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. Last year Trump... more »

Victor Frankl: Finding Meaning in the Horrors of a Nazi Deathcamp

Michael Cook at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Viktor Frankl - 900] This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Man's Search for Meaning, one of the most powerful statements of human dignity written in the last century. The author was Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and a Jew, who... more »

FDA to Re-Evaluate Definition of ‘Healthy’

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Healthy Foods, Healthy Lifestyle, Diet and Fitness] NEW YORK (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration will re-evaluate its definition of “healthy,” which could eventually upend how a range of foods are marketed. An FDA spokeswoman, Lauren Kotwicki, said in an email Tuesday that that the agency... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Russia Builds Tunnel To Save Endangered Leopards And Tigers Poles Are Taking to the Streets in Massive Numbers to Protest the Country's Shift to the Right So, We Discovered 3 Planets That Could Sustain Life. Now What? The Department of Homeland Security Will Test Bioterror Airflow in New York Subway System *Big Oil Abandons $2.5 Billion in U.S. Arctic Drilling Rights * Saudi Binladin Group says delayed wages paid to 10,000 staff Five islands in Solomons submerged due to sea-level rise Here are all the notable people we've found in the Panama Papers so far New Yo... more »

Has Hillary Changed Since She Unleashed The Clinton Machine On Obama In 2008?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
An old friend, the guy who made the video above, came over for a visit Sunday. It reminded me of what Bernie has been having to go through as he tries delivering his message about the corruption that has gripped the transpartisan Beltway establishment. I want to ask you to watch that short video clip. I want you to see it so you can watch how the same ugly, deceitful and divisive tactics the Clinton Machine is using to destroy Bernie comes right from the playbook she used against Obama in 2008. I had to laugh when I saw crooked conservative lobbyist Ed Rendell-- the piece of shit... more »

If You Are A U.S. Servicewoman You Cannot Swear At CENTCOM

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast*: *She Spoke Up About Cooked ISIS Intel. They Booted Her—for Cursing.* *An employee at CENTCOM’s Joint Intelligence office says she was reassigned, supposedly for cursing at work, after speaking out about cherry-picked ISIS war intel.* TAMPA, Florida — She worked on and off for five years identifying targets for the U.S. military’s Central Command. And then, when, some believe, she spoke up about cherry-picked intelligence in the ISIS war, she was drummed out of her job—allegedly for cursing twice in the span of the year. Those were just some of the sur... more »

Osama Bin laden: Like Father, Like Son

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Hamza bin Laden, in a still from an al-Jazeera broadcast from November 2001. Photograph: AFP *The Guardian/AFP*:* Osama bin Laden's son urges Syrian jihadis to unite 'to free Palestine'* Hamza bin Laden’s message comes days after al-Qaida leader called for unity – despite continued rejection of Islamic State. The son of Osama bin Laden has urged jihadis in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine”. “The Islamic umma (nation) should focus on jihad in al-Sham (Syria) ... and unite the ranks of mujahideen there,” said Ham... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago

Kurds Call for Religious Partition of Iraq- Mosul & Ninevah Province after Capture

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
* Link* *Kurdish leaders want Iraq's Nineveh province to be split up into three smaller ethno-religious territories after its capital Mosul is liberated from the Islamic state group [IS], a Kurdish official has said.* * The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Kurdish leaders met with US Vice President Joe Biden last week during his surprise visit to Iraq and stipulated that the province should be divided after IS is defeated in return for their help in the city's liberation.* * "[Kurdish officials] have given conditions for their participation in the recapture ... more »

Police Simulate Terror Attack At Manchester Shopping Centre

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A ‘Suicide bomber’ detonated explosives in the Trafford Centre, Manchester, ‘killing and wounding’ dozens of people Explosions and gunfire could be heard in one of Britain’s second busiest shopping centre early this morning in one of the biggest counter terrorism training exercises. The SAS were also involved in the operation, which took place while the shopping centre was closed between midnight and 6am. The Independent reports: A mock suicide bomber acted out an explosion at Manchester’s Trafford Centre overnight as hundreds of people ran screaming and hid in shops and restaurant...more »

Pregnant Connecticut Teen Contracts Zika, Keeping ‘Miracle’ Baby

DAVE COLLINS at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: This Nov. 17, 2015 selfie photo provided by Sara Mujica shows her in Danbury, Conn. Mujica told the AP Monday, May 9, 2016, she tested positive for the Zika virus after after returning from a visit to her fiance in March in Honduras, where she learned she was pregnant. She said she has decided to keep the baby despite the possibility of birth defects. The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage. Mujica is Catholic and said she doesn't believe in abortion.] HARTFORD, Conn. (AP... more »

Alberta Officials Say Oil Sands City Saved From Fire’s Worst

RACHEL LA CORTE & ROB GILLIES at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Alberta] FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) -- Alberta premier’s declared Canada’s oil sands city saved and said a plan will be put together within two weeks so 88,000 residents forced to evacuate can return to their homes. At least two neighborhoods in... more »

Key Iranian Religious Leader: If It’s Not Revolutionary, It’s Not Islam

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Shiite tribesmen brandish their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 17 2014, in the southern Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf. Fighting erupted at the northern approaches to Baghdad Tuesday as Iraq accused Saudi Arabia of backing militants who have seized swathes of territory in an offensive the UN says threatens its very existence.] One of Iranian regime's key religious figures said Monday that any conception of Islam that does... more »

Dry Rot in Academia and the Groupthink of the Left

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Freedom of Speech Thought - 900] Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited -- and then disinvited -- to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech. Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan... more »

Johnny Hazard : Massive Mexico City airport would be a disaster

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 16 hours ago
It would spur privatized highway construction, destroy farming communities, increase flooding and urban sprawl, and line the pockets of contractors. By Johnny Hazard | The Rag Blog | May 10, 2015 A special report MEXICO CITY — The federal government … finish reading Johnny Hazard : Massive Mexico City airport would be a disaster

Study: Sanders’ Economic Plan Adds $18T to Federal Debt

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks at a campaign rally on Monday, May 9, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tax and spending proposals would provide new levels of health and education benefits for American families, but they’d also blow an $18-trillion hole in federal deficits, piling on so much debt they would damage... more »

Treasury Secretary Lew Stumps for Puerto Rico Debt Help

MARY CLARE JALONICK at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, greets Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla before they tour Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, May 9, 2016. Lew hoped to jump-start congressional efforts to aid debt-stricken Puerto Rico, traveling to the U.S. territory on Monday and focusing on basic services that are in jeopardy at public hospitals and schools.] SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- As Congress debates how to help Puerto Rico with its $70 billion debt, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is trying to prod lawmakers into action with stor... more »

New Philippine Leader Seen as Emancipator, Looming Dictator

JIM GOMEZ & TERESA CEROJANO at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Duterte] MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic mayor of a major southern city, was heralded Tuesday as president-elect of the Philippines after an incendiary and populist campaign that projected him alternatively as an emancipator and a looming dictator. “Our... more »

i'm not ready for another broken heart, or, nothing says mortality like your sick dog

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
Tala has cancer. As it happened with Cody, We found a lump. First I was sure it was a cyst, then I was hoping it was a cyst, now I'm just hoping it's not an iceberg. There's a big ugly tumoury thing sticking out, but this type of sarcoma is known to have internal tentacles. We're having x-rays done today to see if the cancer has spread to any organs, then - we hope - surgery as soon as possible. Cody's cancer turned out to be highly operable and likely not metastasized, and we were thrilled to celebrate one more Cody Day. But it did turn out to be her final year. Tala Day is in l... more »

Iran To Sue U.S. Over $2 Billion Supreme Court Ruling

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Iran says it is planning to sue the United States at the International Court of Justice at The Hague to prevent the distribution of nearly $2 billion in frozen assets from Iran’s central bank to compensate American victims of terror. In April the supreme Court ruled that Iran must pay the sum to survivors and relatives of those killed in attacks that they blamed on the Islamic republic. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said preparations are underway to file a lawsuit against the US administration for its decision to confiscate Tehran’s assets. Fars News Agency reports: He promised t... more »

Idea: A Trump Shadow Cabinet for Shrinking and Reforming Government

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Business Men Shadows Cabinet Politicians - 900] Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has broken just about every political rule and precedent this election cycle, so what difference would it make if he broke one more? If Trump wants to gain credibility with voters who are... more »

Canada Rejects International Assistance To Help Put Out Wildfire

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Several countries have offered to help Canada deal with the devastating wildfire that is raging through Alberta and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes. The Canadian Prime Minister has rejected foreign assistance to help extinguish the flames, saying help from other countries was not necessary at this time. On Thursday last week, Russia offered to provide heavy water bombers and specialized crews to help stop the uncontrollable inferno sweeping through Fort McMurray. RT reports: Other offers came from the US, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, and Israel as well as from Palestinia... more »

Former EDF CFO cites Hinkley Point decision as reason for departure

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/05/former-edf-ceo-cites-hinkley-point-decision-as-reason-for-departure.html?cmpid=EnlPEIMay102016&eid=296412419&bid=1399898 From PEI: Thomas Piquemal, the former chief financial officer with EDF, has told a French parliamentary committee meeting that he left the company over a decision to go ahead with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project, despite his advice to delay it. The ex-CFO said that rather […]

Study Finds “No significant global precipitation change from 1850 to present”

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169415008744 A paper recently published finds that there has been no significant global precipitation change from since 1850. ABSTRACT Precipitation measurements made at nearly 1000 stations located in 114 countries were studied. Each station had at least 100 years of observations resulting in a dataset comprising over 1½ million […]

That evil blockade of Gaza

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'... the Rafah crossing will be opened on Wednesday and Thursday for a few people with humanitarian needs to travel from Gaza... It has been 85 days since the Rafah crossing last opened. In February, 3,561 people crossed in both directions, the only time it was open in 2016.' That is incredible, this evil blockade of Gaza must be ended. No wonder the protests about the blockade are so loud. There's one small problem with the above, the actual story is this: '... the Rafah crossing will be opened on Wednesday and Thursday for a few people with humanitarian needs to travel from Gaz... more »

The Incredible Healing Effect of Mother's Touch by Eleni Roumeliotou

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 19 hours ago
The Incredible Healing Effect of Mother's Touch by Eleni Roumeliotou Green Med Info. 8 May 2015 *Skin to skin contact between the mother and her new-born baby can have impressive healing and even life-saving effects for the infant. * The human body is not just a dynamic sophisticated biochemical and genetic system; there are strong energetic, emotional and psychological aspects that interact decisively with the physical counterparts of the body and can make a very measurable difference in our physiological functions. A valid proof of this comes from the neonatal Kangaroo ... more »

Argentina: Alleged UFO Photographed During Flight to Santiago del Estero

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 19 hours ago
*Source: PLANETA UFO and DIARIO PANORAMA Date: 05.09.2016* *Argentina: Alleged UFO Photographed During Flight to Santiago del Estero* **** Photograph taken by a resident of Santiago on whis way back from Buenos Aires **** Marcelo Quiroga is a resident of Santiago del Estero who was returning home after a trip through the Province of Buenos Aires. Before arriving in Santiago, he was startled by a strange object prowling the skies. Through Diario Panorama's WhatsApp account, Marcelo said the following: *"A UFO! Can you believe it? It was on Friday, May 6, on my return to Santiago, ... more »

Trump Fears Elite Planning ‘JFK Style Assassination’

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
New World Order watchers believe Donald Trump’s anti-establishment beliefs, in particular his threat to blow the lid off the official 9/11 version, mean he is right to fear he will be the highest profile politician since JFK to be assassinated. The New World Order controlled evil in Washington does not only kill foreign leaders who try to disrupt their master plan, they also kill their own. JFK warned that secret societies were running the world and their was a plan to enslave every American man, woman, and child. This was enough to get the popular President killed. Now Trump is t... more »

Insider Reveals Plans To Roundup Americans During Coming Collapse

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
A former US Customs Agent left a suicide note exposing the government’s plans to roundup and disarm American citizens in a “coming collapse”. According to sources inside the New York City Police Department, the suicide note reveals a frightening insight into what the elite have planned for the future of America. Superstation95.com reports: The note, which says it was written over the course of a full week in advance, outlines why the officer chose to shoot himself: “The America I grew up in, and cherished, has been murdered by its own federal government. Our Constitution has becom... more »

Government Target Pregnant Women With Vaccines

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Vaccine manufacturers have set their sights on pregnant women offering them numerous untested and provably dangerous vaccines in order to increase their profits. Jon Rappoport reports: Barbara Loe Fisher, head of the National Vaccine Information Center, has the story, so I’ll let her tell it. These are excerpts from her testimony before the Nov. 13, 2015 “meeting of the FDA Vaccines & Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on proposed changes to FDA requirements for licensure of vaccines intended for use during pregnancy”: Fisher (“FDA Prepares to Fast Track New Va... more »

British PM David Cameron Warns ‘Brexit Will Trigger WW3’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
British Prime Minister David Cameron has urged the people of Britain to not allow the Brexit campaign to influence their decision, warning that the Continent could descend into WW3 if Britain leaves the EU. Mr Cameron said Britain must remain in the EU in order to ensure the stability of Europe. Mirror.co.uk reports: Introduced by Labour ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the British Museum in London, he said: “Can we be so sure peace and stability on our continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt? Is that a risk worth taking? “I would never be so rash to make that assumpt... more »

Israel Caught Forging Documents To Seize Palestinian Land

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Israel have been caught seizing land belonging to a Palestinian family in the occupied West Bank using forged documents, and handing the land over to a radical Zionist organisation. Israeli news source Haaretz says the land has been handed over illegally to Amana, an NGO which builds illegal settlements and outposts in the West Bank. Independent.co.uk reports: The group was formed as an offshoot of the messianic Zionist movement Gush Emunim, and is run by Ze’ev Hever, a convicted terrorist. The Israeli government has helped Amana set up new headquarters on the land, Haaretz reporte... more »

Erdogan Seeks Injunction To Prevent German News From Criticising Him

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking a preliminary injunction against a German newspaper from publishing anything critical or insulting to him or his regime. The Turkish leader is seeking the injunction against Mathias Doepfner, the chief executive of German publisher Axel Springer. Sputniknews.com reports: In an open letter, Doepfner expressed his support for Jan Boehmermann, a German comedian whose satiric poem about Erdogan caused the Turkish president to complain and, with the subsequent complicity of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, filed a lawsuit in Germany. Doe... more »

Man Discovers Ancient Cave System Under His Golf Course

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
A billionaire has discovered a complex cave system beneath his golf course following the opening of a huge sinkhole. Johnny Morris opened the Top of the Rock Golf Course in 2014, but came close to closing it following the appearance of the sinkhole a year later. Yahoo News reports: But rather than fill in the hole on the grounds on the Ozarks mountain range in Missouri, the 68-year-old businessman decided to explore. The cave enthusiast had previously discovered a cave on his grounds in 1993, which he dubbed ‘John L’s Cave’ – and the sinkhole on the golf course seemed to be part of... more »

Winners and losers in the 2016 elections, by Dr. Jop Yap

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
A friend, Josef "Jop" Yap, former faculty member of the UP School of Economics (UPSE), then President of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) and now back at UPSE, sent this to me. I like it, I asked for permission to post in this blog, he said Yes. So here it is. *Winners and Losers in the 2016 National Election* by Dr. Josef “Jop” Yap May 10, 2016, 1pm *Winner: Leni Robredo* The epitome of a reluctant candidate. The sincerity and candor she displayed during the campaign is refreshing and admirable. Her path to the 2022 Presidential elections has suddenly opened... more »

Creek Confederacy Mirrored a Tradition Two Thousand years Old

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours 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 - 20 hours 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 - 20 hours 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 - 20 hours 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 - 20 hours 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 - 20 hours 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 - 20 hours 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 - 20 hours 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 - 21 hours 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 - 21 hours 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 - 21 hours 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 - 21 hours 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 - 21 hours 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 - 23 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 - 23 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Owatonna, Minnesota, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"What Is Truth?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

This Is The New Normal For Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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