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It's Never Easy To Fight Tammany Hall On Your Own-- They Fight Back... And Really Dirty

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
The *Ring of Fire* interview (above) will give you a very good idea why he is so hated by corrupt shills like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. When they hear him saying things like he said in the interview, they know that although he doesn't mention their names, they are exactly who he;'s talking about-- and should be talking about. ProgressivePunch grades Harry Reid's lifetime voting record a "C," which seems very generous of them. There are 10 conservative Senate Democrats with even worse scores than Reid's pitiful 76.83. Even Dianne FeinsteinBill Nelson and Bob Casey vote more ... more »

Polls Are Delivering A Clear Message To Democratic Primary Voters-- Nominating Hillary Puts America At Too Big A Risk

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
Yesterday, Democratic primary voters in another state swung heavily for Bernie and against the conservative candidate of the status quo and of the Wall Street/K Street axis of plutocracy. Bernie beat her in West Virginia 51.4-36.0%, and winning every single county in the state, although she did OK in the two counties that are considered DC suburbs, Jefferson and Berekley. The evening before, Monday, everyone had been entertained when PPP released their latest polling data early and exclusively to Rachel Maddow and she led her show with a story about how both the generic band Nick... more »

Another Holistic Doctor Murdered In Her Home

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Another holistic doctor has been found murdered in her home, stabbed more than thirty times by somebody that police say had “no motive” to kill her. 76-year-old Dr Rasmussen, a former Quincy College Professor, taught nutrition at college and advised students on how to use nutrition to live a healthy life. Healthnutnews.com reports: She was 76 and “a devoted grandmother, and former foster mother to at least 20 kids,” said her daughter. The article states: “She stated that her mother, a native of Denmark, who moved to Massachusetts from Indianapolis after her retirement to be close t... more »

Court Orders Father To Treat 11-Year-Old Daughter As A Boy

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
A Supreme Court judge has ruled that a father must treat his 11-year-old daughter as a boy, at the request of the child. The father wants his daughter to cease taking hormone blockers, but the court ruled in favour of the child and its mother, saying the father must respect the wishes of the girl in becoming a boy at such a young age. Lifesitenews.com reports: Though the case is about whether the 11-year-old can give informed consent to such serious medical treatment, which is intended to delay the onset of female puberty, the judge appears to have already conceded the point by ref... more »

Rio Olympics Will Spark Global Health Disaster

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Doctors have warned that the 2016 Rio Olympics will spark a “full-blown public health disaster”, due to the ongoing Zika virus emergency in Brazil. The Zika virus has spread throughout South America since May 2015 and latin America has been officially declared a health emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO). Rio de Janeiro has the highest number of suspected cases than any other area, and doctors have warned that the 2016 Olympic Games could create a global health disaster if they go ahead. Independent.co.uk reports: The continued presence of the virus ahead of the summer... more »

ATF: Intentional Fire Caused Fatal Blast at Texas Plant

AP at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: West explosion - 900] WEST, Texas (AP) -- An intentionally set fire caused the 2013 explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, federal officials said Wednesday, saying the fire was “a criminal act.” Federal and state investigators said no arrests have been made,... more »

Inside Russia’s Intelligence Services

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Mark Galeotti, Council on Foreign Relations*: *Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services* Far from being an all-powerful “spookocracy” that controls the Kremlin, Russia’s intelligence services are internally divided, distracted by bureaucratic turf wars, and often produce poor quality intelligence – ultimately threatening the interests of Vladimir Putin himself. Drawing on extensive interviews with former and current intelligence officials, “Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services” explains how the spy agencies really work, an... more »

The Stars Are Right: Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Arrives!

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 hour ago
These Great Old Ones, Castro continued, were not composed altogether of flesh and blood. They had shape — for did not this star-fashioned image prove it? — but that shape was not made of matter. When the stars were right, They could plunge from world to world through the sky; but when the stars were wrong, They could not live. But although They no longer lived, They would never really die... - H.P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu" It's about two and a half years after the original target date, but at long last the physical copy of *Call of Cthulhu* 7th edition arrived at my house ... more »

CDC Say Painkillers Kill 40 Americans Per Day

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
A new CDC report states that prescription painkillers are responsible for killing at least 40 American citizens every single day. Drugs such as OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone) were found to kill almost 15,000 Americans every year. Naturalnews.com reports: The numbers from the CDC report show that more people are now killed by opioid prescription drugs than they are by overdoses from both heroin and cocaine combined. These numbers match ones released as part of 2009 study conducted by physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Scie... more »

Saudi Arabia Prepare For 9/11 Report Release

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Saudi Arabia are bracing themselves for the imminent release of the secret 28-page section of the official 9/11 report, which implicates its leaders in the attacks. U.S. officials have expressed concern that the release will stir public fury at the Saudi regime for their role in the September 11 attacks. Yahoo News reports: In December 2002, a year after the attacks, the House and Senate committees on intelligence published a report into the US investigation into them. But the then president, George W. Bush, ordered that 28 pages of the report be classified to protect the methods an... more »

Central Banks Panic Buy Gold

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
Central banks have begun panic buying gold as statistics show that the cost of gold has risen by 19% in the last 15 months. The price of gold recently crossed the $1,300 per ounce price for the first time, due to the sudden surge of demand from banks. Businessinsider.com reports: Buyers have come back into the market in India, the world’s largest buyer of gold, after a strike by the country’s jewelers associations brought business to standstill. In the US, demand for bullion is the strongest it’s been in 30 years. But it’s not just everyday people who are scrambling to get their ha... more »

Kremlin To Release 20,000 Hacked Hillary Clinton Emails

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
The Kremlin have threatened to release 20,000 emails that Russia have hacked from Hilary Clinton’s email server. Russia say they managed to extract the Clinton emails in 2013 after monitoring Romanian computer hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel (aka Guccifer) after he attempted to break into the computer system belonging to Russian funded television network Russia Today. Thegatewaypundit.com reports: After monitoring Guccifer, the Russians were reportedly able to record (both physically and electronically) his actions which allowed the Russian intelligence analysts, in 2013, to not only de... more »

India Sue US Over WTO Violation

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
India are filing 16 cases against the US for violating WTO treaties, according to local media reports. Delhi say that some U.S. programs in the renewable energy sector violate global standards. RT.com reports: When asked whether Delhi is planning to “to file 16 cases against the US for violating WTO treaties,” Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied positively. India to file 16 cases against US for WTO treaty violation https://t.co/nNWY2i0I5L pic.twitter.com/SvurqHPi8i — Hindustan Times (@htTweets) May 11, 2016 According to the Indian minister, quoted by local med... more »

Global Corruption Costs Trillions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Reuters*:* IMF: Global corruption costs trillions in bribes, lost growth* Public sector corruption siphons $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion annually from the global economy in bribes and costs far more in stunted economic growth, lost tax revenues and sustained poverty, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. In a new research paper, the IMF said that tackling corruption is critical for the achievement of macroeconomic stability, one of the institution's core mandates. The Fund argues that strategies to fight corruption require transparency, a clear legal framework, a cred... more »

Baltimore Mayor Bans Travel to NC and Mississippi Over Religious Freedom Laws

Casey Harper at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks at the Brown & Black Presidential Forum at Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium in Des Moines, Iowa on January 11, 2016.] Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sent a letter to city officials announcing she banned official travel to Mississippi and North Carolina because of their new "religious freedom" laws. Rawlings-Blake sent the letter Tuesday, which says she will not authorize any official city travel... more »

Campaign Latest: Bloomberg Says He’ll ‘Think About’ Endorsing Trump or Clinton

AP at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: In this Dec. 3, 2015, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the C40 cities awards ceremony, in Paris. Bloomberg, the billionaire former three-term mayor of New York City, has decided against mounting a third-party White House bid in 2016.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 8:40 p.m. Michael Bloomberg says he will “think about” whether to endorse either of the two presidential candidates likely to face off in the November... more »

Planned Parenthood Sues Ohio to Regain Tax-Payer Funding

Stream Staff at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Defund Planned Parenthood Success - 900] Planned Parenthood sued Ohio's Department of Health Wednesday in an effort to regain access to tax-payer funding. A law signed in February by Gov. John Kasich, HB 294 prohibits state and some federal funds from being used to perform or promote nontherapeutic... more »

Iran Vows To Sink US Ships If Threatened

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi (YouTube screenshot) *Washington Times:* *Iran threatens to sink US ships with secret arsenal* *‘Carrier killer’ in the midst* The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have threatened to sink American ships if they approach Iranian waters. The senior naval officer making the threat referenced a “secret arsenal” of weapons Iran has developed or acquired that would be effective against American naval vessels. Most likely the Iranians are referencing anti-ship missiles acquired from China or Russia, whose navies ha... more »

Expect Russian Blowback Against NATO

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Military might: At the weekend a Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system was paraded through Red Square during the Victory Day parade but there was no sign of the RS-28 Sarmat *Steven Pifer, Brookings*: *Russian “countermeasures” to NATO are coming* When NATO leaders gather in Warsaw on July 8 to 9, they will announce steps to beef up the alliance’s conventional force presence on its eastern flank. NATO also will shortly announce that the SM-3 missile defense site in Romania has achieved operational status. These moves will spur the Kremlin, with some fanfare, to annou... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 11, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad's mainly Shi'ite district of Sadr City, Iraq, May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Wissm al-Okili *Ranj Alaaldin, The Guardian*: *It’s Iraq, not Isis, that’s on the way out* If today’s atrocity in Baghdad draws Shia militias into reprisals against Sunnis, it would kill off hopes for the democratic restoration of the Iraqi state and society “Isis is an idea, not the first of its kind and not the last of its kind,” said a powerful security official when I visited Iraq last month. Indeed, as the international community boasts of Isis’s demis... more »

Trumpeting American debt default

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*Guest post by Simon Black* I’ve often joked very tongue-in-cheek that Donald Trump is the only person qualified to be President simply because he’s declared bankruptcy four times. Trump himself talks up his own debt credentials, saying “I’m the King of Debt,” and “I know more about debt than practically anybody.” He’s flat wrong, of course. Trump may have racked up billions in debt for his companies, but Barack Obama has racked up more debt for America than anyone else in the history of the world. That said, Trump does have mad street cred when it comes to debt. In 199... more »

The Life Of A Bullet

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Dieudonne Barred by Free Speech Loving Canada!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
Of course, I’m being completely facetious. The* only speech that is acceptable here is state approved *speech- And *Canada hates freedom*, anywhere. Anywhere at all. That's why* Canada is a NATO member*, *killing people globally*, particularly in the middle east/asia area in order to redraw borders for their latest insane episode of *playing global overlord alongside the US and the UK.* Canadians need to wake up to the reality. *Dieudonne blocked from entry by Canada Customs:* *Canada Customs allowed George Bush into the nation years ago*. Despite thousands and thousands prote... more »

(Bernie WV Win Meaningless?)  Rigged SuperDelegates Over  (NC Dismisses Cancer-Cluster Fears)  Bernie Hillary's Nader or Just McGovern?  (The Very Dangerous Sy Hersh Still Alive and Reporting the Secrets:  Saudis Syrian Pipeline Still Not Built But Lots of Visas Still Being Issued)

Bernie Sanders Wins West Virginia Democratic Primary Sanders' latest win, though, will do little to keep the nomination from Hillary Clinton The result in the West Virginia Democratic primary underscored the awkward position Clinton and the party’s establishment face as they attempt to turn their focus to the general election. Clinton is just 155 delegates short of the 2,383 she needs to

When media make themselves the news

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
In less than 24 hours, the amount of flat-out garbage talked about a proposed media mega-mergers has only confirmed for me why taking these media maves seriously. There are none so self-obsesssed as media types talking about themselves. Seems too there are none fewer with such a deluded sense of self-importance. For me, the nadir of this maudlin group grope was this morning on State Radio, when two men who as much as any others (former heads of Fairfax and *3 News*) have helped ensure he decline of NZ’s media standards were talking crap about the talked-up media merger meaning ...more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 5 hours ago
*The Working Coast: As Louisiana Loses Oil Jobs, Lafayette Feels It Worst ~Tegan Wendland, WWNO *

Queen Caught On Tape Calling Chinese officials ‘Very Rude’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Her 90-year-old Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been heard making unguarded remarks on tape about China during a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. The Queen was not pleased with Chinese officials in their dealings with their British counterparts. Her Majesty gave the thumbs down to certain Chinese officials who accompanied President Xi Jinping during his first state visit to Britain last year, calling them “very rude.” Her comments were picked up by a microphone. USA Today reports: The monarch made the comments to a police official at an event at Buckingham Palace on Tues... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( May 11, 2016 ) Overview For Wednesday ( 1. Markets In Focus - NIRP-Land News - Selected 2 Year Yields Comparison Between Nov 2011 and Today , S&P 500 Advance Between Feb Lows & Present , Central Bank Rate Hike Expectations Watch , Commodity Watch - Lumber At Highest Level Since Feb 2015 & Crude Oil Items Of The Day. 2. UK & Brexit News & Views . 3. EU-Turkey Deal Seems Trapped On The Ropes - Stalling AT European Parliament , Erdogan Back-Tracking On Agreed Measures While Turkey Threatens To Unleash Millions Of Refugees Toward Europe. 4. Refugee Crisis / Border Security Items For Wednesday. 5.Brazil Impeachment Drama , Olympics Debacle Coming , Grim Retail Sales Data For March. 6. Libya News De Jour. 7. MENA- Non Libya Updates. 8. Odds & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Markets....... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 1h 1 hour ago 2-Year yields: Nov 2011 => Today Italy: 7.7% => -0.07% Spain: 6.1% => -0.07% US: 0.27% => 0.73% *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3h 3 hours ago 17% vertical advance from Feb-Apr to new ATH, minor consolidation since. Interesting to see so much angst out there. *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 4h 4 hours ago Market Expectations for next rate hike in... US: Feb 2017 UK: Oct 2019 Eurozone: May 2020 Japan: Sep 2020 *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7h 7 hours ago Dr. Lumber a... more »

Liberal Majority Electoral Reform Committee

Alison at Creekside - 6 hours ago
Electoral Reform Committee announced today: Liberal Chair. Six Liberals, three Cons, 1 NDP. Elizabeth May and one Bloc sit in but no voting rights. That's likely 9 to 1 against adopting any form of proportional representation. For a preview of how 9 to 1 committee dynamics work, take a look at last week's Finance Committee vote, same numerical party makeup as above, as they debated a motion to "compel" KPMG to account for hiding Canadian tax dollars offshore. How'd that work out for us? Last word goes to PM Justin Trudeau : "A good political party that has the right kind of platf... more »

Proposed home-loan to income restriction

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[image: sldgh] It has to make you laugh: everyone everywhere these days purports to be against price controls, except when it comes to money. The central banks have a firm grip on the price of interest, controlling the price at which money is lent and borrowed – yet nary a yelp is heard about their right to tinker as they send rocket fuel into the housing markets, and then seek to sop up the price explosion (as they are again now with more “new house price curbs”) by making it harder for new entrants into the housing market to enter anyhow at all. To solve the problem of high... more »

Science Is A Single Mind, Learning

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 6 hours ago
The Notrickszone has a post on the trouble with peer review, and the following is my (by now habitual) response: *Ordinary people need to understand that there are basically two kinds of scientist when it comes to the peer-review process: 1) Principal Investigators, and 2) Everyone else, including a) Research Associates, who are simply employees, without tenure, who can be "terminated"--fired--without cause, and b)"expert" (a meaningless word these days) consultants from other fields or other institutions (also known as "pals", as in "pal review", get it?).* *When the subject of pee... more »

James McEnteer : The geopolitics of generosity

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 6 hours ago
For the USA, offering little help to Ecuador’s earthquake victims, political calculation takes precedence over compassion. By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | May 11, 2016 QUITO, Ecuador — On April 16, Ecuador suffered an earthquake registering 7.8 on … finish reading James McEnteer : The geopolitics of generosity

Russia Plays Positive Roll in Syria

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
The ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo is holding, according to the Russian Monitoring Centre in the country. The truce, brokered by Washington and Moscow, has given some respite to the residents, with US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledging Russia's role. RT's Eisa Ali reports.

Planned Parenthood Shooter Found Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial

RACHEL STOLTZFOOS at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Robert Dear Jr. is photographed during an outburst while talking directly to Judge Gilbert Martinez at a court appearance December 09, 2015, where El Paso County prosecutors filed formal charges against him in the Planned Parenthood attack. University of Colorado Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey, Iraq war veteran Ke'Arre Stewart and Jennifer Markovsky, mother of two were killed during the attack on November 27, 2015.] The man who shot up a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic last year was found mentally incompetent to stand trial Wednesday and ordered to a mental... more »

May 11: a humbling experience...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
I've just returned from a visit to Montreal. There, I saw a copy of The Gazette. It was always a stodgy paper with a heavy bias - though the bias never showed as crudely as it does in the Irving press. But I was shocked by The Gazette's similarity now to our very own Irving press. It's become a thinner paper, with news that is mostly trivial, and not much of it. There was only one column of commentary, and it wasn't worth reading. The editorial was brainless. The whole thing might have been very slightly better than the Irving press. But not much. And this seems to be true of mos... more »

The Pressure Is Building

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
Tim Harper writes that Justin Trudeau will soon be under pressure to approve a pipeline -- whether he wants to or not: When the economic cost of this tragedy is tallied, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is going to be under renewed pressure to approve a pipeline and get oil to market from a province staggering under the weight of historic economic troubles. Oil production in Alberta is down a million barrels a day — this in a province already coping with jobless rates unseen in 20 years, which bled 21,000 jobs last month before the fires, and now must cope with oil patch shu... more »

Ami Bera's Father Is Going To Jail For Campaign Finance Fraud-- What About Patrick Murphy's Parents?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
*Mastermind of DCCC corruption: Steve Israel... with the useful idiot* I'm in the middle of an intense investigation of how sleazy Republican Justin Fareed from Santa Barbara is funding his congressional campaign from just a few wealthy families with very special interests involving the healthcare industry. The investigation is still on-going but, basically, Fareed has taken in over $180,000 from eight families representing four healthcare companies, particularly the Kolodny family-- all of whose adult members have declared bankruptcy in the past as a way of escaping debts-- who are... more »

World News Briefs -- May 11, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Islamic State bombs kill 80 in deadliest Baghdad attacks this year* Three suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State across Baghdad killed at least 80 people on Wednesday, Iraqi police and hospital sources said, in the deadliest attacks in the Iraqi capital this year. Security has gradually improved in Baghdad, which was the target of daily bombings a decade ago, but violence against security forces and Shi'ite Muslim civilians is still frequent. Large blasts sometimes set off reprisal attacks against the minority Sunni community. The fight against Islamic State, which... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 6 hours ago
*California Teachers Unions Force Nonmembers to Pay for LGBT, Other Political Goals* A large California teachers union and its national affiliate are forcing nonunion teachers to pay for political activism, according to a disclosure form acquired by The Daily Signal. Under a category called “human rights,” both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association require nonunion teachers to finance LGBT leadership training and other political goals that may run counter to the teachers’ convictions, The Daily Signal’s analysis of the disclosure form shows. ... more »

Alien Autopsy and the H-Beam

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 6 hours ago
While the majority of us understand that the Alien Autopsy was a hoax created to make money, and that the participants in it have declared it a hoax, there are still those who hang on. They provide a variety of explanations for this. My favorite is that after Ray Santilli paid big dough for all these canisters of film, most had disintegrated before he could get them transferred to another medium, so they “recreated” the footage. There was a very small portion of those films that could be salvaged and they were added into this recreated footage, which to my mind ruined their value if... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 6 hours ago
*Climate Crisis and Political Power* April 22nd was Earth Day and also the day that 175 countries came to the UN to sign a “climate pact” they hope will limit any rise in global temperatures to well below two degrees Celsius. Global temperatures, the Times reports have risen about one degree since the onset of the Industrial Revolution 250 years ago, in the middle of the 18th century. This, of course, is all part of the so-called fight against “climate change.” But is climate change the existential threat such people as Al Gore and the actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who spoke at Friday... more »

Israeli Court Refuse To Extradite Paedophile Headmistress To Australia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Extradition proceedings against an Australian headmistress accused of sexually abusing students at an ultra-Orthodox girls’ school were halted on Sunday, after a judge ruled her unfit to stand trial. According to Haaretz: The move has imposed a significant delay on an already-prolonged effort to extradite Malka Leifer, a former headmistress at Adass Israel School, who faces 74 counts of indecent assault and rape in Australia, brought against her by three former students of the school, located in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick The girls say they were routinely sexually abused by ... more »

David Attenborough & The Population Matters Organisation

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Apparently the new Antarctic research vessel is to be named after David Attenborough. It is perhaps worth reflecting then that he is a patron of the Population Matters organisation, which quotes him as saying: http://www.populationmatters.org/ Their website lists these Policy Positions: We recommend policies to […]

Lion Rock 19, Not enough capitalism in Hong Kong

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
A good article by Bill Stacey, former Chairman of Lion Rock Institute (LRI) in Hong Kong. Reposting here. *Not enough capitalism!* (Next Magazine, 2016/5/5, A002, Second Opinion, Bill Stacey) Hong Kong has many contentious public issues, but the underlying source of our discontent is fifteen years of stagnant real wages. For many in Hong Kong we are simply not progressing and the upward mobility from a dynamic economy seems absent. After decades of some of the strongest growth in the world, why has this stagnation happened? It is all too easy to blame China and the emergence of la... more »

What is Leanne Wood Playing At?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Plaid Cymru. They're a nice party, aren't they? Leanne Wood's a good lefty sort who found a niche for herself in British politics as Labour's external leftwing conscience, especially in the days of Blair and Brown. More radical than either Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, a lot of Labour folks had a soft spot for her even when the aforementioned would have many of the same spitting feathers. And as a party, Plaid weren't that threatening. We compete with them here and there, but there was and remains little sense that they're about to do an SNP and give Labour a routing. Even after... more »

US Gears Up Missile Defense System in Europe to Russia’s Ire

VANESSA GERA at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Europe missile - 900] WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A U.S. missile defense system aimed at protecting Europe from ballistic missile threats is moving into higher gear this week, with a site in Romania becoming operational on Thursday and officials breaking ground at another site... more »

Ancient British Kings - 1500 BC to 600 AD - Khumry and their Coelbren Alphabet

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 7 hours ago
*King Brutus, Lemnos stele written in the ancient Coelbren alphabet* Free Planet has written (more than) one or two blogposts about Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett's assertions that the descendants of the sixty Kings of Britain kicked out the Romans (that the southern English tribes invited into Britain) and pursued them across Europe in the fourth century, at their head one King Arthur. Wilson & Blackett certainly have a colourful history and claim to be able to apply their Coelbren alphabet cypher to ancient Etruscan and Rhaetian and Syrian inscribed artefacts found in their native... more »

Snowden Calls For Reassessment Of Our Relationship With The Media

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Whistle-blower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden calls for a free press that serves the people, which is not corrupted by money and power. “If we can’t have faith in press, we’ve lost,” says Snowden. Journalism is stronger today than it has ever been but is less willing to serve the people. RT reports: He outlines his views on the present state of journalism and the increasing role that those in power play in controlling it in an interview he gave to the Columbia Journalism Review. “One of the most challenging things about the changing nature of the public’s relationship to m... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Business as Usual'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
BUSINESS AS USUAL Posted on May 11, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. May 10, 2016. The colony of Canada refused help from seven countries offering aid from Russia, US, Mexico, Australia, Taiwan, Israel and Palestine to put out “the largest forest fire in Canadian history”. Prime Minister Trudeau and his business partners have a different agenda – to scorch the land and force us to

Mohawk Nation News 'Flat Currency is Play Money'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
FIAT CURRENCY IS PLAY MONEY Posted on May 10, 2016 Please post & distribute.  MNN. May 10, 2016. Paper money made out of thin air is breaking wind. The bag of wind called “bankers” have nothing. They want control of all our assets, gold, diamonds, oil, minerals, land, trees, water, wind and every resource which are a part of us. They try to put a dollar value on everything. For

U.S. National Security Experts: Growing Debt Threatens U.S. National Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*The Hill:* *National security experts sound alarm on long-term debt* A bipartisan group of prominent national security figures on Tuesday will call on U.S. leaders to reduce the country's long-term debt, which they consider the greatest threat to the nation's security. "As individuals who have served the nation in both international and domestic leadership roles, we continue to believe that our long-term debt is the single greatest threat to our national security," the group said in a statement, first obtained by The Hill. The group warns that federal debt is projected to climb t... more »

Indian Couple In Their 70s Celebrate The Birth Of Their First Baby

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
An Indian couple in their seventies are celebrating the arrival of their first child, a baby boy who was born last month. The mother underwent IVF treatment that resulted in their first successful pregnancy after 47 year of marriage. The Mirror reports: Pensioners Daljinder Kaur, 72, from Amritsar, and her 79-year-old husband Mohinder Singh Gill, gave birth to a healthy baby boy on April 19. The couple, from India, have been married for 47 years – but only decided to seek fertility treatment following the end of a family feud. Gill, a farmer, said: “I felt upset as I was unable to p... more »

US Activating Missile Shield Over Europe Despite Warnings From Russia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The United States is about to activate its missile systems across Europe, despite Russia warning against increasing US-led arms deployment near its borders. The missile defence shield that cost billions of dollars will go live tomorrow almost a decade after Washington proposed protecting NATO from Iranian rockets. American and NATO officials will declare the shield, which is located at a remote air base in Deveselu, Romania, is operational despite Russian warnings that the West is threatening the peace in central Europe. We now have the capability to protect NATO in Europe,” said Rob... more »

Trump Signals Flexibility on Muslim Immigration Ban

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Immigration-900] Donald Trump says he may set up a commission to study his immigration policies and his proposed ban on foreign Muslims entering the U.S. The man he may ask to lead the commission is the former New York mayor, Rudy... more »

Can Religion Be an Addiction?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Valerie Tarico* - Has God become another form of self-destructive addiction for some people?

"We'll be looking at what more Britain could do"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
When starting this blog - and ever since - we've tried never to succumb to that thing which seems eventually to afflict even the most mild-mannered of bloggers on this kind of subject: self-radicalisation. Have I succumbed after all though, despite myself? I watch the opening headlines on tonight's BBC One *News at Six*: *BBC Newsreader:* Nigeria's president hits back after David Cameron calls his country "fantastically corrupt". "No need to say sorry, just give back the cash hidden in British banks." That's his message. *President Buhari:* I'm not going to demand any apology for... more »

Chait speech: It didn't start with Donald J. Trump!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016Or with Trump's supporters:* We're inclined to think that Jonathan Chait has done something unwise, perhaps even dumb. In this fiery post, he bats Trump voters all around for being so goddamned dumb. We think that's a fairly dumb thing to do. In part, let us tell you why: We think a vote for Candidate Trump is extremely unwise. But the dumbness and the insults didn't start with Candidate Trump, or even with Trump's voters. The culture of dumbness got its start long ago. The genius Chait didn't say boo. It didn't start with Trump! We discussed that point ... more »

More Than One Vaccine Per Year Is Priming Children For Depression

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Dave Mihalovic* - Children currently receive 49 doses of 14 vaccines before the age of six.

Abortion Backers: We Won’t Oppose Utah’s Fetal Anesthesia Law

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: fetus] Abortion advocates say they don’t like Utah’s new fetal anesthetic law, but they also won’t try to stop its implementation. According to The Associated Press, the law that took effect on Tuesday requires all abortionists in the state to administer... more »

NIH Spends Millions on Hopped-Up Honeybees and Sexy Goldfish, Then Asks for Zika Funding

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: goldfish - 900] What do honeybees on cocaine, drunken songbirds and sexy goldfish have in common? Each was the subject of extensive, taxpayer-funded research and each features prominently in Sen. Jeff Flake's most recent expose on government waste. The Arizona Republican's oversight report... more »

Green Beret Soldier In Afghanistan Accuses The Command In Afghanistan And Policy-Makers In Washington Of Having No Strategy Or Courage In The War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Afghan special forces arrive for a battle with the Taliban in Kunduz city, northern Afghanistan, September 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer *Washington Times*: *Green Beret blasts Afghanistan command over ‘moral cowardice,’ ‘profound lack of strategy’* A combat-hardened Green Beret has unleashed a barrage of indictments against the command in Afghanistan and policymakers in Washington, saying the 14-year-old war effort suffers from a “profound lack of strategy” and that special operations overseers show “moral cowardice.” “The enemy operates with impunity throughout the country due to ou... more »

Kenya To Close The World’s Largest Refugee Camp

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
An aerial shot of Dadaab, the world's biggest refuge camp. Daily Star *The Guardian*: *Kenya says it will shut world's biggest refugee camp at Dadaab* Government vows to close camp, home to 330,000 mostly Somali refugees, and send them back home or on to other countries. Kenya has vowed to close the world’s biggest refugee camp within a year and send hundreds of thousands of Somalis back to their war-torn homeland or on to other countries, a plan decried by aid and human rights groups as dangerous, illegal and impractical. Kenya says it needs to close the sprawling Dadaab camp, ho... more »

EU - Turkey Migrant Deal On The Verge Of Collapse

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Turkey digs in heels over terrorism law, to EU's chagrin* Turkey refused again on Wednesday to make changes to its anti-terrorism laws demanded by Brussels in a hardening of its stance that could jeopardize a major deal with the bloc covering migrants, free travel and militants. EU officials and rights groups have accused Turkey of using broad anti-terrorism legislation to stifle dissent. Ankara says it needs the laws to battle Kurdish militants at home and threats from Islamic State in neighboring Iraq and Syria. Brussels wants Ankara to narrow its legal definition o... more »

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan: 'Turkey Has Killed 3,000 Islamic State Fighters'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (C) is seen between Turkey's Chief of Staff General Hulusi Akar (L) and Greek Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis (R), Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, during the Balkan Countries Chiefs of Defence Conference in Istanbul, Turkey May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer *Reuters*: *Turkey has killed 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Syria, Iraq: Erdogan* Turkey has killed 3,000 Islamic State fighters in Syria and Iraq, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, adding that no other country is fighting Islamic State as Ankara is. NATO member ... more »

Irish Republican Terror Threat Level Raised In Britain

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain April 12, 2016. REUTERS/STEFAN WERMUTH *The Guardian*: *Republican dissident terror threat level raised in Britain* Security services raise official threat level from moderate to substantial meaning an attack is a strong possibility The official threat level of attacks in Britain from Irish republican dissidents has been raised by the security services from moderate to substantial, the home secretary, Theresa May, has announced. May said the decision to raise the level meant “a terrorist attack is a s... more »

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Awaits Senate’s Impeachment Vote

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Dilma Rousseff Awaits Brazilian Senate’s Impeachment Vote* BRASÍLIA — President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil broke from her routine on what may be her last day in office, trading her usual morning bike ride for a walk in the gardens around her residence among the rheas — the tall, flightless birds that endure on the country’s tropical savannas. Aides to Ms. Rousseff, whose fate is expected to be decided on Wednesday by an impeachment vote in the Senate, described the halls of her palaces as a mixture of grim resignation with a dash of gallows humor. The party’s ove... more »

U.S. To Switch On European Missile Shield Despite Russian Protests

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Reuters*: *U.S. to switch on European missile shield despite Russian alarm* The United States' European missile defense shield goes live on Thursday almost a decade after Washington proposed protecting NATO from Iranian rockets and despite Russian warnings that the West is threatening the peace in central Europe. Amid high Russia-West tension, U.S. and NATO officials will declare operational the shield at a remote air base in Deveselu, Romania, after years of planning, billions of dollars in investment and failed attempts to assuage Russian concerns ... more »

U.S. Vice President Biden: ‘I Would Have Been The Best President’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*ABC News:* *Joe Biden: ‘I Would Have Been The Best President’* Vice President Joe Biden says he “would have been the best president” if he had mounted a successful campaign in the 2016 election, but that forgoing the race was the right decision for his family. Speaking with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview that aired today, Biden said he had planned to run but changed course only after his eldest son Beau died last May. “No one should ever seek the presidency unless they're able to devote their whole heart and soul and passion into just doi... more »

The Nuclear Arms Race Is Back

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Topol-M road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile.(RIA Novosti / Syisoev) *David Axe, Daily Beast*: *Russia’s New Missile Means the Nuclear Arms Race Is Back On* Team Putin is talking up fearsome new hardware that could accelerate a nuclear contest not seen since the Cold War. Russia has a new nuclear missile -- one that Zvezda, a Russian government-owned T.V. network, claimed can wipe out an area "the size of Texas or France." Actually, no, a single SS-30 rocket with a standard payload of 12 independent warheads, most certainly could not destroy Texas or France. Not immedi... more »

God is in The TV

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*"This is verifiable. * People have been telling us about this for thousands of years. The Tibetans have been telling us about this. The Mesopotamians have been telling us about this. And why has it been made ‘*occult*’? Because: *Coca-Cola have got the secret.* What you do is you create a sigil. *Coca-Cola is a sigil. * *The McDonalds “M” is a sigil.* *These people are basically turning the world into themselves, using sigils.* *And if we don’t reverse that process, and turn the world into us using sigils, we’re going to be living in fucking McDonalds.* But McDonalds hav... more »

Judy - "There is but One Woman in the World - One Woman, with ManyFaces"

Spike EP at News Spike - 9 hours ago
*Vanity 6* *Apollonia 6* "Well now, I'm not gonna talk about Judy. In fact, we're not gonna talk about Judy at all, we're gonna keep her out of it." *"There is only one woman in the world. * *One woman, with many faces."* *Satan,* *The Last Temptation of Christ* Appollonia - The "Other" Wife of Michael Corleone She is named for the Sun. *Lilith - Adam's Ex-Wife.* Lilith was a perfect angel, created by God to serve as a mate for Adam, the first man. However, Lilith refused to submit to The Man sexually and take the bottom, submissive position to this lower being - and to ... more »

And the winner for 'Most Biased BBC Report' is....

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Spot the UK's contribution to the EU in the BBC's chosen graphic (clue: look to the right of his shoe) Well, ten minutes after posting that piece about BBC Europe correspondent Damian Grammaticas's Remain-biased piece for Monday's BBC One *News at Six *his latest report popped up on *tonight's* BBC One *News at Six...* ...and I think we may now have the winner in 'Most Biased Report in the BBC's EU Referendum Coverage' category. I know it's an early call but I really can't see anything topping it over the next six weeks. It was* that *biased. It discussed the UK's contribution to ... more »

Erdogan Wants A Greater NATO Presence In Black Sea

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned NATO’s insufficient military presence in the Black Sea and has urged the Alliance to enhance cooperation in the area. He said he was going to ask the alliance to address the issue during an upcoming summit in Warsaw as there was a need to counter the Russian military presence there. RT reports: “I told him [NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg]: ‘You are absent from the Black Sea. The Black Sea has almost become a Russian lake,’” Erdogan said at a meeting of heads of general staff of Balkan nations in Istanbul on Wednesday. “I... more »

Youth watch: Does Trump support raising the minimum wage?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016The wages of youth being served:* Does presidential candidate Donald J. Trump favor raising the minimum wage? That's what Lauren Fox is reporting at TPM. A generous person could even say her statement is technically accurate. That said, because her statement is highly misleading, we don't know why she would say it. Unless we actually do. Does Trump favor raising the minimum wage? Last Sunday, in one of his blusterbomb episodes, he ended up saying that he doesn't favor raising the *federal* minimum wage. That point is fairly significant, in that Trump is ru...more »

Christian Refugees Face Persecution from Muslims in German Refugee Centers

Anika Smith at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: WEGSCHEID, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Refugees walk towards a refugee camp in Wegscheid, Germany on October 28, 2015 after crossing the Austrian - German border. (Photo by Lukas Barth/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)] Christian refugees in Germany may have fled war zones, but they haven't escaped persecution. A new report by Open Doors shows that Christians living in German refugee hostels face violence for their faith, including death threats and physical attacks. According... more »

Refugees Try To Swim Back To Turkey After A Taste Of Europe

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Refugees escaping war and hardship in the Middle East who risked their lives and paid smugglers 1000’s of dollars to reach the safety of Europe, are now trying to swim their way back to Turkey. They are leaving behind asylum detention centers described by some as unfit for animals. Some migrants weary of deportation back to Turkey and an uncertain welcome by the authorities have pre-empted the process to avoid facing Turkish interrogation and detention. Greek Reporter reports: Dozens of people stood on the small shore just outside the camp and watched as the swimmers inched towards... more »

Did I and everyone else just miss this in 2013? John Reid lays blame for Labour's uncontrolled immigration at Gordon Browns feet

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
https://youtu.be/EFp3S_5ZkOI "The Treasury insisted on having a free flow of labour because they thought it brought down the cost of labour." Think about that and remember it the next time some lefty fool tells you that immigration hasn't reduced wages.

“Mixed up” images earn biologists four retractions

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Four different journals have pulled papers from the same authors due to alleged duplication or manipulation of images. All four papers have two authors in common — Jianting Miao and Wei Zhang, both based at The Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an City, Shaanxi, China. Many of the other co-authors are also listed in two […] The post “Mixed up” images earn biologists four retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Not amused indeed

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Alan at *Biased BBC *convincingly lays out the case against the BBC for broadcasting the Queen's comments regarding rude Chinese diplomats to the world. The *Guardian *also lays the blame for making it public squarely on the BBC, saying "the news department’s most senior executives" must have been involved. And the BBC has been leading with it for most of the day. Interestingly, the BBC chose to open its website article about the story to comments. They were perhaps very unwise to do so, as they've been royally slagged off by the British public.* All* of the top-rated comment ... more »

This is an Actual Lecture at MIT: ‘Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?’

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: MIT - 900] The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted a lecture Monday that went where only few lectures have gone before: the intersection of Islamophobia and global warming. The MIT lecture -- titled "Is Islamophobia Accelerating Global Warming?" -- features a talk... more »

Proof in police discipline matters higher than balance of probabilities

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
How very odd. There are supposedly only two standards. Balance of probabilities and beyond reasonable doubt. But not for police it seems. Jacobs v. Ottawa (Police Service), 2016 ONCA 345: 12] Counsel for the respondents fairly concede that if the Supreme Court determined the issue of the standard of proof under the *PSA* in *Penner*, the appeal must be allowed and it is unnecessary to engage in a statutory interpretation of s. 84(1). In my view, we are bound by the Supreme Court's statement in *Penner* that the standard of proof in *PSA* hearings is a higher standard of clear... more »

UNC Students Fight Back Against Obama Administration Bathroom Lawsuit

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: University of North Carolina - 900] A group of students at the University of North Carolina is fighting back against the Obama administration's civil rights lawsuit against the state this week by filing a lawsuit of their own, alleging that the federal government is forcing them to... more »

Navy SEAL Killed in Iraq to Be Promoted Posthumously

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Charles Keating Flag BG - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy says it is promoting the SEAL who was shot and killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq on May 3 to the rank of chief petty officer. The announcement of the posthumous promotion for special...more »

ISIS Buries Alive 45 Jihadis For Fleeing Battlefield

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
ISIS murdered 45 Jihadis under its command and buried them alive in a mass grave in north-west Iraq. The ISIS fighters were caught fleeing the battle against Kurdish Peshmerga in the village of al-Bashir. Recruitment for ISIS fighters is at a two year low, with the number of foreign fighters joining the terror group down by 90% in recent months. Mass grave found in the village of al-Bashir The Daily Express reports: Today’s brutal execution came after the group of men allegedly fled fierce fighting that was raging against Kurdish Peshmerga forces in al-Bashir village. IraqiNews.com ... more »

The Enemies of Donald Trump...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*do they speak for you?* I spent the morning sifting through the news that is not really news, opinion pieces from both sides, and I can state with some certainty that the people opposing Trump are more off the rails than most people. Vile, unprincipled, arrogant, ego-maniacal, narcissist, amoral monster, vulgar, rude, ignorant, greedy, obnoxious, sexist, xenophobic, and most importantly racist, are just a few of the adjectives thrown at Trump in today's opinion pieces. It makes me tired. Take a peek at an uncensored video of protesters in this clip from the Trump rally in Eugene... more »

Millennials Embrace Free Trade More Than Any Other Generation

Guy Bentley at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Free Trade - 900] Despite the protestations of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and his legions of young socialist followers, free trade is more popular among millennials than any other age group in the country. According to a YouGov poll, millennials split from the... more »

Another BBC primer

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
As per David Keighley at News-watch... Who's this, giving us an introduction to the EU? (there's a small clue in the above photo!): *The EU, as it says on the tin, is a union, a club, more than half a century old, now 28 nations. But how big is it? China is more than twice the size – so too in the United States of America. But compared to America, the EU’s population is far bigger, and its combined economies rival the US. The EU is the world’s biggest single market, people and goods, money and services flowing freely. And there’s the euro – now used by 19 nations and more than ... more »

Whom the Gods Would Destroy...

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Or not. After the crossroad in Philadelphia, we'll know.* *by Gaius Publius* *"Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."* –Longfellow, paraphrasing any number of Greek poets It seems that what I worried about here — "Will Clinton Attempt to Bring Sanders Supporters into the Democratic Fold?" — will happen, and not in a good way. Hillary Clinton is done with Sanders voters, the Party is done with Sanders voters, and that's that. I've always thought that the Clintons individually, and the Party establishment generally, hate the left. I'm now convinced of it. They're not j... more »

Desperate Swedish Residents Prefer Hells Angels as Neighbors Rather Than Refugees

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Hells Angels - 900] Residents in an upscale Swedish neighborhood are protesting the city's attempt to purchase property currently leased by motorcycle gang Hells Angels and house un-accompanied child migrants in it instead. The city of Nacka outside Stockholm is bidding on a private... more »

Iranian Attacks UK Home Office With 90 Eggs For Keeping Him In Limbo

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
An Iranian Kurdish man who pelted 90 eggs at the Home Office building in London after an unsuccessful asylum application has been ordered to pay a £405 cleaning bill. Asylum seeker Feridon Rostami, 32, also landed himself a criminal record after he was heard shouting “f***ing criminals,” at the Home Office for keeping him in limbo for 11 years. Rostami bought the eggs in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, at a cost of £7.29 before moving on to attack the building on Marsham Street, Westminster, as a show of defiance on February 2. Evening Standard reports: The Iranian national was heard ... more »

MI5 Raises The UK Threat level From Northern Ireland Related Terrorism

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Britain’s security Service, MI5, has increased the threat level to Great Britain from Northern Ireland-related terrorism from moderate to substantial. This means that an attack in England, Scotland or Wales is “a strong possibility”. The Home Office was working closely with the police and other relevant authorities to ensure appropriate security measures were put in place, the home secretary asaid The BBC reports: Home Secretary Theresa May said the level, set by security service MI5, “reflects the continuing threat from dissident republican activity”. The level for Northern Ireland... more »

The Rising Cost Of The Climate Change Act

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/uk-energy-projections-costs/ A year ago, I looked at DECC’s energy projections, and came to the conclusion that by 2030 they would add at least £15.3 billion to electricity bills. It turns out that I was not far wrong. Tucked away in the Committee on Climate Change’s detailed workings for the […]

Duke researcher adds another retraction in JCI, bringing count to 15

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
We’ve found another retraction for Erin Potts-Kant, a former researcher at Duke, bringing her total to 15. Yesterday we reported on two new retractions for Potts-Kant in PLoS ONE, which earned her a spot in the top 30 on our leaderboard. As with the others, the latest paper, in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, is marred […] The post Duke researcher adds another retraction in JCI, bringing count to 15 appeared first on Retraction Watch.

All is Vanity (?)

Spike EP at News Spike - 12 hours ago
"The original trio recorded a few demos before Prince met the *then-named Denise Matthews*, a model and Canadian B movie actress, in January 1982. Prince was so taken by her charisma that he decided she would be the perfect frontwoman for his "Hookers" project. *Matthews was eventually re-christened Vanity.* Prince had originally suggested that she use the stage name "*Vagina*" (to be pronounced /vaginɑ/); she declined and renamed herself "*Vanity*" instead. Other versions of the story suggest that it was Prince himself who coined the name "Vanity", *as he said that looking at h... more »

ONCE AGAIN, THAT'S RICH: Concerning Berkeley's achievement gaps!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016Part 3—Regarded as puzzling by Rich:* It's a very important fact. In recent decades, black kids and Hispanic kids have made major gains in reading and math on academic achievement tests. We refer to their scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the NAEP), our most reliable domestic testing program. The gains by "minority" kids have been large. Attempting to preach to the unconcerned, we've catalogued the data time after time. The gains have been quite large. In a slightly rational world, this would be seen as very good news. But for reaso...more »

Evangelical Leaders on Supporting Trump: Maybe, Partly Depends On His VP

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump] He may be gathering support among top Republicans on and off Capitol Hill, but several influential Evangelical leaders are holding off on backing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump until Trump names a running mate. According to POLITICO, Iowan social... more »

I love playing with dolls

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
[image: Hot Toys Just Revealed the Ultimate Ellen Ripley Alien Figure] Hot Toys a source of hot dolls.

Part Of World’s Oldest Axe Discovered In Australia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Archaeologists have discovered a fragment the world’s oldest axe in West Australia’s Kimberley region. The stone axe dates back to 47,000bc, is indigenous to northern Australia and shows that our tools used by our prehistoric ancestors used were not as simple as believe Tech Times reports: Believed to be about 10,000 years old, the polished basalt fragment reveals the cutting-edge technology used by the first Australians, indicating that the tools these prehistoric ancestors used were not as simple as believed. Although the piece is about the size of a thumbnail, the basalt fragmen... more »

SolarCity Shares Crash

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.siliconbeat.com/2016/05/10/solarcity-shares-crash-grim-quarterly-report-outlook/ From Silicon Beat: Shares of SolarCity nose-dived on Tuesday after disclosing earnings results that cast gloom over the provider of solar systems. San Mateo-based SolarCity shares lost about one-fifth of their value due to the grim report for its first quarter that ended in March. Tuesday marked the […]

Iraq Reaches New Post-03 High In Oil Exports While Prices Rise

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
In April 2016 Iraq achieved a new high in its monthly oil exports. That corresponded with the highest prices for its crude and profits for the year. That gave hope to Baghdad that the international oil market was recovering and that it could look forward to higher revenues in the coming months. Unfortunately the country was still not making enough to pay its bills. Last month Iraq had its highest monthly oil exports since the 2003 invasion. It averaged3.364 million barrels a day in April. That surpassed the previous high in November 2015 when the country had 3.363 million in exp... more »

"Who Do You Think That Is, There...?

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*Who do you think that is, there...?* Illegitimate children have no claim on inheritance - especially since Prince has a living daughter and an ex-wife. *So, who do you think that is, there...?* *Who do you think that is, there...?* *Who do you think that is, there...?* *Who do you think that is, there...?* *Who do you think that is, there...?*

World News Briefs -- May 11, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (C) greets supporters during the opening ceremony of the National Policy Conference for Women in Brasilia, Brazil, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino *Reuters*:* Brazil's Senate opens session that will likely suspend Rousseff* President Dilma Rousseff was expected to become Brazil's first leader in more than two decades to be removed from office as the Senate began a session on Wednesday that will vote on whether to try her for breaking budget rules. If her opponents garner a simple majority in the 81-seat Senate, Rousseff will be suspended fo... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 11, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *FOX News*: *China says repeated US Navy patrols in South China Sea justify defense boosts* China defended its militarization of its artificial reefs in the disputed South China Sea on Wednesday, saying repeated U.S. Navy patrols in the area are forcing it to boost its islands’ defense capabilities. The China Defense Ministry said in a statement it deployed two navy fighter jets, one early warning aircraft and three ships to track the missile-guided destroyer USS William P. Lawrence as it passed near Fiery Cross Reef Tuesday. "The provocative actions... more »

China Wants A Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) Fleet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CSIS*: *Submerged Deterrence: China's Struggle To Field An SSBN Fleet* The gradual, but steady development of China’s ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program has been closely monitored by international observers. China is the last of the Permanent Five members of the United Nations Security Council to establish an operational SSBN force. A recent report by the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) says that China’s Jin­­-class SSBN represents the country’s “first credible at-sea second-strike nuclear capability.” That goal remains a long way off, however. Although the Jin­-c... more »

Backers Of The U.S. Air Force's Secret B-21 Bomber Are Worried That Congress May Change The Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
An artist rendering shows the first image of a new Northrop Grumman Corp long-range bomber B21 in this image released on February 26, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. AIR FORCE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *Loren Thompson, Forbes:* *McCain Panel Probe Into Cost Of Secret B-21 Bomber Could Force Restructure* The Air Force is developing a secret bomber designed to hold targets at risk anywhere in the world. The bomber will be able to take out hardened underground command centers, mobile missile launchers, and a variety of other hard-to-target assets, relying on a combination of low-observable (“stealth”) ... more »

Report: World Conflict In 2015 Has Displaced A Record 40.8 Million People

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Refugees and conflict-related IDPs, 1990-2015. PHOTO: INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT MONITORING CENTRE *DW:* *Wars displace record 40.8 million people: report* Middle East conflicts account for more than half of the 8.6 million people displaced by fighting in 2015, according to a new report. The total number of internally displaced people has jumped to a record high. The number of internally displaced people rose to a record 40.8 million people in 2015, according to a joint report released Wednesday by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the Geneva-based Internal Displacement Monitoring... more »

The Power Of Russia's Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN*: *Russia's military might: Putin's foreign policy in numbers* (CNN)For the tens of thousands of spectators who cheered on Russia's spectacular military show on Monday, this was as much about looking to the past -- as preparing for the future. While the annual grand parade officially commemorates the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, it is also an opportunity for the Kremlin to show-off its modern day military might. Throughout the morning the latest T-14 tanks trundled into Moscow's Red Square, while supersonic jets roared overhead. The awesome parad... more »

Dozens Killed In Baghdad Bombing Claimed By The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
CNN: ISIS claims responsibility for Baghdad bombing that killed dozens (CNN)At least 64 people were killed when a bomb went off at a market in Baghdad, according to Iraqi police. An additional 87 people were injured in the attack in the largely Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City. Pictures of the aftermath of the explosion showed hundreds gathered near a chaotic scene. Blood marked the street, cars had their windows blown out and nearly an entire sidewalk was left charred. Read more .... More News On Today's Terror Attack In Baghdad Reports: ISIL car bombing in Baghdad kills at lea... more »

Will Philippine Presidential-Elect Rodrigo Duterte Make A Deal With China On South China Sea Boundaries?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Rodrigo Duterte, a seven-term Philippine mayor, gestures while making a point during a ceremony proclaiming him as a presidential candidate at a hotel in Manila November 30, 2015. REUTERS/ROMEO RANOCO *Emily Rauhala, Washington Post:* *Rise of Philippines’ Duterte stirs uncertainty in the South China Sea* BEIJING — Rodrigo “the Punisher” Duterte looks poised to be the Philippines’ next president, news that could have a major impact on the standoff in the South China Sea. With unofficial tallies giving him a commanding lead, the tough-talking mayor asserted a win. “It’s with humili... more »

A revolution against the PC tyranny at Harvard is imaginable now

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
Lots of insane events have been taking place at many universities thanks to the unregulated propagation of the political correctness in recent years. Harvard University has been a leader in this degenerative process. Just from December, many of us were amazed by the multicultural educative placemats and abolished housemasters, bans of U.S. flags, and the prosecution of non-PC prospective students, among other things. Now, as I have already mentioned, The Harvard Crimson is basically full of one topic (see also Google News): the newly declared war on single-sex and Greek organization... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Caught On Tape: This Is What Happened When An MEP Tried To Read The TTIP Text Record Number Of Parents Tell Kids They're On Their Own When It Comes To College Bill Facebook Workers Admit They "Routinely" Suppressed Conservative News Poland Refuses To Accept Any Refugees "As They Pose A Threat To Security", Will Not Comply With European "Blackmail" South Sudan Food Crisis May Affect Up To 5.3 Million People, U.N. Warns Drought-Ridden California To Make Some Water Restrictions Permanent Proof That the Top 0.1% Create Crashes Top Hillary Clinton Aide Walks Out I... more »

The "Social Media" Crap Known As "Facebook" Is A Spy Program: Blacklisting Of Right-Wing Stories More Proof That "Facebook" Rules The News!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have received so many comments and emails suggesting that I further expand my reach via this blog by putting myself out there on "social media" sites such as "Facebook" and "Twitter"..... I am still shocked that so many people simply do not get it that both "Facebook" and "Twitter" are nothing more than very elaborate Israeli spy programs.... To this day I have never ever had either a "Facebook" or a "Twitter" account and never will..... Recently, the "social media" program called "Facebook" has come under scrutiny where it has censored (no shock here) anything that the programmer... more »

PARCC and Pearson's Failure Production Machine

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
When I was an English major in the late 1960s, I was immersed in the late stages of the New Criticism, a literary theory that tried to examine a work of literature based on formal structural elements that bracketed authorial intent or social milieu. The New Criticism was a neo-Platonic concept based on the shaky premise that literary value can be ascertained without the messy issues that arise when we examine literature as a reflection of the human condition or as a cultural artifact with some significance for understanding the world we occupy as sentient beings. A generation and... more »

How to tell if you're sitting next to an economist

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 14 hours ago
This is cute.

Biologist under investigation asks journal to swap image, journal retracts the paper

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
When a researcher discovered one of the images in her papers was a duplication, she asked the journal to fix it — but the journal decided to retract the paper entirely. The researcher, Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson, is currently being investigated by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden after a number of her papers were questioned on PubPeer. She told […] The post Biologist under investigation asks journal to swap image, journal retracts the paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Obama Administration Paves Way for States to Bail Out Remaining Obamacare Co-Ops

Melissa Quinn at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: affordable care act obamacare - 900] The Obama administration is changing its rules for the remaining 11 co-ops started under Obamacare to now allow them to more easily attract outside investors, paving the way for states and large hospital systems to potentially inject cash into the... more »

Amputee From 9/11 Attacks Wins 7 Medals at Invictus Games

TERRANCE HARRIS at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: ORLANDO, FL - MAY 10: Sarah Rudder crosses the finish line in first place during the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Track & Field Finals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on May 10, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/ Getty Images for Invictus Games)] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Sarah Rudder was on the verge of a key promotion in the U.S. Marines on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks struck and eventually left her without a leg. But she has come back from... more »

Twice Baked Potatoes in a Muffin Tin

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
Is there anything better than mashed potatoes? Only when you put them back in the oven for a second baking. I love twice baked potatoes, the are creamy and full of flavor. I have always wished for a crispier twice baked potato and when we started making lasagna in muffin tins, we used the same technique for these and they have perfect crispy edges and a cheesy top. The best part about these is that you can customize them to your family. If you like sour cream, bacon and green onions on your baked potatoes, put them in your twice baked potatoes, if there is something you don't like,... more »

With The Help Of Jim Kenney, Jersey's Boss Norcross Crosses The Delaware Into Philly

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
In effect, Jim Kenney was elected mayor of Philadelphia one year ago-- May 19, 2015. That was the day of the 6-way Democratic primary, when Kenney won with 55.8%. His closest rival, Anthony Williams got 26.1%. When November rolled around he beat Republican Melissa Lynn Bailey 85.4- 13.2%. *DWT*'s infatuation with Kenney as a progressive champion was ill-advised and as short-lived as our infatuation with Bill de Blasio was. Both are decent liberals; neither approaches being any kind of movement progressive. I watched with dismay as de Blasio got into a habit of endorsing corrupt co... more »

Obama’s FDA Relaxes Guidelines for RU-486. Demand for Abortion Pill Quadruples

Lila Rose at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: RU-486 - 900] Last week, Live Action launched its latest video to expose the abortion industry's lies about abortion pill RU-486, after President Obama's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently relaxed the prescribing standards for this dangerous drug. The new, lower standards are a... more »

Who’s Right About Muslim Immigrants — Pope Francis or the Pro-Life Polish Government?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Anti-EU catholic activists raise crosses as opponents of Poland's government march to protest the country's direction under a conservative government that is accused of eroding the rule of law, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, May 7, 2016. The protest is also meant as a show of support for European values and the country's membership in the EU. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)] There may be a confrontation coming between the Vatican and the Polish government, which just passed a pro-life law that exactly reflects the Church’s teaching on that crucial moral issue. Pope Francis recentl... more »

Rubio Says Syrians Will Never Accept Assad Remaining in Power

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the Hudson Institute May 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. The topic of Rubio's discussion during the speaking program was "The Middle East in Crisis." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)] Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday at a Hudson Institute event that even if Islamic State is defeated militarily, new terror groups will fill its place until Syrian President Bashar Assad is dethroned. Speaking after his recent trip to the Middle... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 16 hours ago
truth truːθ/ *noun* 1. the quality or state of being true. "he had to accept the truth of her accusation" - that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. noun: *the truth* "tell me the truth" - a fact or belief that is accepted as true. plural noun: *truths* "the emergence of scientific truths"

The Pro-Life Movement Is Teetering on Trump’s Tightrope

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: tightrope] Several pro-life leaders whom I've long respected tripped over their feet in their rush to endorse Donald Trump right after the Indiana primary. For this, other activists harshly denounced them, provoking a furious controversy that threatens to splinter our movement.... more »

Trump Might Want to Rethink Snubbing the Base

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump Godfather - 900] Another week has passed and I’m still unenthusiastic about Donald Trump’s presumptive GOP presidential nomination. Instead of allaying our fears, he’s intensifying them -- as if on purpose. Throughout the primaries I’ve expressed doubt that Trump is a reliable conservative,... more »

in which i ride an emotional roller coaster and get off at the top

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
Short version: Tala has had surgery and has a very good chance of remaining cancer-free. Whoo-hoo! It's been a crazy couple of days. Monday afternoon we hear the biopsy results. Tuesday morning we have X-rays done. Our vet recommends a top surgeon who is in the area. She has a cancellation, that very afternoon! I cancel plans at work, and we rush over. The surgeon is amazing, explaining everything clearly and in great detail. Tala has already been fasted for the X-rays, so even though the she still has another emergency to take care of, she's going to work on Tala that day anyway. ... more »

Blowing Smoke on E-Cigs

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: vaping - 900] Down through all the millennia that mankind has smoked tobacco, no one would have believed (or even imagined) that a battery-powered contraption with no tobacco would one day be considered a tobacco product. We’ve long had smokeless tobacco; now we... more »

Paul Ryan’s Hometown Says He’s Doing the ‘Best He Can’ on Trump

BRYNA GODAR at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: House Speaker Paul Ryan meets with faith leaders who advocate on behalf of poverty focused development assistance accounts (PFDA) in the federal budget on March 2, 2016 in Washington D.C.] MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- As House Speaker Paul Ryan walks a fine line on Donald Trump -- withholding his support, at least for now -- some voters back home in his congressional district applaud his effort for the greater good... more »

ISIS Bombing Kills 45 in Shiite Area of Baghdad

SINAN SALAHEDDIN at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Security forces and citizens inspect the scene after a car bomb explosion at a crowded outdoor market in the Iraqi capital's eastern district of Sadr City, Iraq, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. An explosives-laden car bomb ripped through a commercial area in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, a police official said.] BAGHDAD (AP) -- An explosives-laden car bomb ripped through a commercial area in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 45 people and wounding dozens in an attack ... more »

Queen Elizabeth: Despite Signing Major Trade Deal, Chinese Officials Were ‘Very Rude’

DANICA KIRKA at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she arrives to name Cunard's new cruise-liner Queen Elizabeth II in Southampton Docks on October 11, 2010 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson)] LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II has been overheard on video calling Chinese officials “very rude” in a conversation with a senior police officer at a Buckingham Palace event. The comments, made Tuesday, were unusual because the 90-year-old monarch rarely... more »

Perry, Other Republicans Selling Their Souls to Trump

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump2 - 900] “Let no one be mistaken: Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared 10 months ago. Trump’s candidacy, Perry added, represents “a toxic mix of... more »

Breakdowns force National Grid to issue power supply crunch alert

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/10/breakdowns-force-national-grid-to-issue-power-supply-crunch-aler/ From yesterday’s Telegraph: A series of power plant breakdowns and the partial failure of a key electricity import cable forced National Grid to issue an urgent call for more power to keep the lights on on Monday night. One power plant was paid more than 30 times the usual […]

Clashes Across France As Government Forces Through Labor Reforms

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Thousands took to the streets throughout France on Tuesday evening after the government bypassed a parliamentary vote on a controversial labor reform and approved it with an edict. The French cabinet gave Prime Minister Manuel Valls the green light to use a rarely-invoked article of the constitution to bypass parliament and forcibly implement controversial labour reforms. Protests against the reforms, and the use of Article 49.3, flooded social media, showing mass demonstrations in several cities across France RT reports: Cashes erupted with police who used pepper spray against prot... more »

Trump Narrows His VP List as He Moves Into General

JULIE PACE & JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office at Trump Tower, Tuesday, May 10, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)] NEW YORK (AP) -- Shifting swiftly to the general election, Donald Trump says he’s narrowed his list of potential running mates to “five or six” people and doesn’t want to accept public money to finance a fall campaign against likely...more »

Electricfetus - Gnostic Rebirth

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
*Art Official Age* *Artificial Cage* *"Who do you think that is, there...?"* "Who do you think that is, there...?" Well, fairly self-evidently, it's a female bearing Prince's symbol that he was showing us. That's his sigil - his True Name. Inverted. "The original trio recorded a few demos before Prince met the *then-named Denise Matthews*, a model and Canadian B movie actress, in January 1982. Prince was so taken by her charisma that he decided she would be the perfect frontwoman for his "Hookers" project. *Matthews was eventually re-christened Vanity.* Prince had originall... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 17 hours ago
Trump Trump Trump Trump Trump *TRUMP.* *Hell in a handbag*

Iran To Sue U.S. For Allocating $2 Billion To Terror Victims

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
Iran has accused the United States of theft and is planning to sue after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that American terror victims should receive $2 billion from frozen Iranian funds. The Islamic Republic has been blamed for terrorist bombings in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. A 1983 attack on a Marine barracks in Beirut was attributed to Hezbollah, an Iranian affiliate group with popular local support, in revenge for Israeli atrocities in the war. Both Hezbollah and Iran deny the claim. RT reports: “We will soon take the case of the $2 billion to the international court,” Iranian Preside... more »

Rex Murphy and the #ymmfire

Boris at The Galloping Beaver - 18 hours ago
Rex Murphy is talking the Fort McMurray fire. Despite a virtually universal outpouring of support and sympathy from across the land for the victims of the fire, he with his exhausting logorrhoea is doing his best to sow division. Referring to anyone of an environmentalist or activist strand who has criticised the Tar Sands, he utters: And just to blow pepper into the sad eyes of those

Argentina: UFO Photographed Over Manzano Histórico (Mendoza)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 18 hours ago
*Source: PLANETA UFO, ORBITA CERO and Canal 8.com.arDate: 05.09.2016* *Argentina: UFO Photographed Over Manzano Histórico (Mendoza)* The case involves a resident of the department who claims having seen an unidentified flying object over the skies of Manzano Histórico [*Named after the apple tree where Gen. José de SanMartín allegedly rested after returning from his campaigns in Chile - Ed.*] The photograph was submitted by an unnamed man, a native of the Tunuyán Department, who works nights at the Los Chacayes tourist district and was supposedly taken on Saturday night[05.07.16]... more »

Five questions for REMAIN campaigners including David Cameron

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
1. How can you possibly control EU immigration into this country? 2. The Living Wage is an excellent policy, but how will you stop it being a big pull factor for uncontrolled EU migration, given that it is far higher than minimum wages in other EU countries? 3. How will you prevent the European Court from interfering further in immigration, asylum, human rights, and all kinds of matters which have nothing to do with the so-called Single Market? 4. Why did you give up the UK veto on further moves towards a fiscal and political union? 5. How can you stop us from being dragged in, a... more »

But Morocco is different, Morocco is safe

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Every so often one or other of my Jewish friends goes for a long weekend to Marrakesh. When I raise an eyebrow they say something along the lines of "Morocco is safe for Jews, it's different from Algeria, Tunisia etc." In future I'll point them to this article http://everydayantisemitism.com/2015/10/26/demonstration-in-morocco-exhorts-children-to-murder-jews/ 'Demonstrators in Casablanca, Morocco have marched calling for the murder of Jews. A video captured by MEMRI shows demonstrators dressed as orthodox Jews being paraded through the streets at gunpoint and children being called... more »

How the Minimum Wage Helped Wreck Puerto Rico's Economy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
As I have posted many times. The problem with minimum wage is not the need or the idea itself but that it demands establishing a bid price to absorb all supply. Only then can the economy adjust and properly restructure. My sophisticated approach to providing a bid was to establish the daily four hour shift that automatically supplies enough to cover housing and sustenance. This had two major advamtages. It got everyone mobile and fed early in the morning and then fed and available for additional work after lunch on their own recognizance. My objective is to provide a protocol ... more »

Bright Flash of Light Marks Incredible Moment Life Begins When Sperm Meets Egg

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
So far this appears to be phosphorescence. I want to see the rest of the spectrum particlarly in the ultraviolet. This clearly informs us that the reaction itself is very fast. It really has to be but this is confirmation. What i want to see though is the interaction of the two separate operative light bodies as well. this should be possible. That the reaction could be obviously energetic at the level of chemistry is though a complete surprise. That it can be used to sort healthy from unhealthy is a bonus. *Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins w... more »

Why You Should Be Eating Raw Weed

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The science for including raw marijuana keeps getting better. I do not expect raw leaves to be easy to actually eat but i think that we are familiar with that problem. Juicing is an obvious solution and blending if necessary. Similarly grinding up leaves to a mash then blended with butter provides another simple option i would use long before i tried cooking anything. Adding ground garlic may also help and spreading it on toast to eat is what you can do with this idea. It is clearly way to useful to not find a way to include in our general diet. . *Why You Should Be E... more »

People with high IQs really DO see the world differently: Researchers find they process sensory information differently

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: Scientists discovered that the brains of people with high IQ are automatically more selective when it comes to perceiving objects in motion meaning that they are specifically more likely to suppress larger and less relevant background motion.] What we are really describing here is contemplative meditation which i suspect can be learned and nurtured. Once that tlaent becomes ingrained, processing masses of material is easy enough and all that builds on the apparent general intelligence. Central to genius is not concentration in the moment so much as having isolated millions... more »

Foundations of the general theory of relativity: 100 years

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
In November 1915, Albert Einstein was intensely working and smoking for two weeks before he presented the final version of the general theory of relativity to the Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences at the 8 Unter den Linden Avenue in Berlin. He had some more time to refine the insights for the written media. On March 20th, 1916, he sent the manuscript to "Annalen der Physik". That was his favorite journal where he published his famous papers 10 years earlier, too. After less than 2 months, on May 11th (exactly 100 years ago), the paper was published: Die Grundlagen der allgemeine... more »

Military Photo of the Day: The ‘Wall of Fire’

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Wall of Fire] The “wall of fire” was an eye-catching display at an air show held at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina on Apr. 29, 2016. Thank you to Staff Sgt. Richard McCumber for capturing this breathtaking image.

The U.S. Is Preparing For War In Space

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
A 19-story Atlas 5 rocket built by United Launch Alliance streaks across the sky after lifting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida Jan. 23, 2014. With the 3.8-ton Boeing-built Tracking and Data Relay Satellite perched on its nose, the rocket blazed through clear, star-filled skies as it headed southeast over the Atlantic Ocean toward orbit. PHOTO: REUTERS/MIKE BROWN *Washington Post:* *A fight to protect ‘the most valuable real estate in space’* The first salvo was a missile launch by the Chinese in 2007 that blew up a dead satellite and littered space with thousands of pieces of debr... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Wars displace record 40.8 million people in the world, report shows https://t.co/806q45A8SY pic.twitter.com/EsxNToRMNb — AFP news agency (@AFP) May 11, 2016

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “Adiemus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Adiemus, “Adiemus” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL8kZ-iVk90

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Planets, stars, nebulas and a galaxy- this impressive image has them all. Closest to home are the two planets Mars (right) and Saturn (center), visible as the two bright orange spots in the upper half of the featured image. On the central right are the colorful Rho Ophiuchus star clouds featuring the bright orange star Antares lined up below Mars. These interstellar clouds contain both red emission nebulas and blue reflection nebulas. At the top right of the image is the Blue Horsehead reflection nebula. On the lower left are many dark absorption nebulas that extend from the centra... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Believe me, I know all about it. I know the stress. I know the frustration. I know the temptations of time and space. We worked this out ahead of time. They're part of the plan. We knew this stuff might happen. Actually, you insisted they be triggered whenever you were ready to begin thinking thoughts you've never thought before. New thinking is always the answer.” “Good on you,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

"The Vanishing Days..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“The sunset on which we gaze is a sunrise on the other side of the world, and the vanishing days can take from us nothing that may not be restored by some day yet unborn.” - E.C. Hall

“Anxiety! Why We're Anxious and the Secret to Getting Better”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Anxiety!* * Why We're Anxious and the Secret to Getting Better”* By Reid Wilson “Anxiety and its next of kin, fear, are arguably the oldest, most basic human emotions, bequeathed to us by a vast history of prehominid ancestors. We owe our survival as Homo sapiens to these emotions, which were literally built into our nervous systems as an evolutionary hedge against extinction. Yet today, while still protecting us from genuine danger, they’ve morphed into a multitude of extraneous and dysfunctional afflictions—panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, phobias, and all-purpos... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Worthing, West Sussex, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Most Costly of All Follies..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.” - H.L. Mencken Fighting against whom, exactly? And please define "us"... I assume, Hilly, by "us" you mean you and your Wall St. friends... Care to elaborate on exactly how we do this, Donald? Of course you won't, can't, actually... "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." - H.L. Mencken, 1924 And so we shall...

Bill Bonner, "Come Election Day, We're Staying Home"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Come Election Day, We're Staying Home"* by Bill Bonner NORMANDY, France – "We spent the weekend working on an old farmhouse. Our contribution was to replace some of the terracotta tiles on top of a side wall so water doesn’t seep in. These stone walls are laid up with a mixture of lime and water, not cement. They don’t hold up well against water. So, we put up a little “roof” – a few tiles to shed the rain. With luck, the wall will last another 20 or 30 years before more repairs are needed. Meanwhile, the markets are eerily quiet… like an angry man with something on his mind and ... more »

"All Of A Sudden, Fish Are Dying By The MILLIONS All Over The Planet"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"All Of A Sudden, Fish Are Dying By The MILLIONS All Over The Planet"* by Michael Snyder "Why are millions upon millions of dead sea creatures suddenly washing up on beaches all over the world? It is certainly not unusual for fish and other inhabitants of our oceans to die. This happens all the time. But over the past month we have seen a series of extremely alarming mass death incidents all over the planet. As you will see below, many of these mass death incidents have involved more than 30 tons of fish. In places such as Chile and Vietnam, it has already gotten to the level where...more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago

“Are YOU A Scary Terrorist?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Are YOU A Scary Terrorist?”* by George Washington "*First Amendment: *The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." The Supreme Court has also interpreted the First Amendment as protecting freedom of association. However, the government is arresting those speaking out and violently crush... more »

"Reality Is A Formidable Enemy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Reality Is A Formidable Enemy"* by Pater Tenebrarum "Political Correctness Comedy: We have recently come across a video that is simply too funny not be shared. It also happens to dovetail nicely with our friend Claudio’s recent essay on political correctness and cultural Marxism. Since this is generally a rather depressing topic, we have concluded that having a good laugh at it might not be the worst idea. How to most effectively create a “safe space” on campus. Cartoon by Nate Beeler It is especially funny (or terrifying, depending on one’s perspective – we prefer funny) to what ... more »

The Economy: "The Wonder Years Are Over"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"The Wonder Years Are Over"* by Bill Bonner PARIS – “France?” We were in a cab on the way from Charles de Gaulle Airport yesterday. We had innocently asked our cab driver how things were going in the country. He had some thoughts… “France is a mess. We have 5 million people unemployed. And because the employment laws are so strict, nobody wants to hire anyone. The authorities noticed, for example, that employers use short-term contracts to avoid hiring permanent employees. So the government’s going to tax the short-term contracts. As though making it even more expensive to hire so... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by ... more »

Some Never-Before-Seen Photos Of President Bush On 9/11

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
He continued: 'America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world' *Daily Mail*: *Bush's agony at 9/11 attacks: Fascinating never-before-seen photos show President in immediate aftermath of tragedy as crisis engulfed the White House* * Photographs, released by the George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum, humanize former president * Bush was visiting elementary school in Sarasota, Florida, when chief of staff notified him of the terrorist attack... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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.co... more »

US Won’t Seek Death Penalty Against Benghazi Suspect

ERIC TUCKER at The Stream - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

18 Rules for Living

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... more »

The Fat Is In The Fire

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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. Bailing out Big Oil ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day 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 due to the fire!* Despite all that *reality.... the media coverage, pushing the tragedy aspect, is over the top!* * One could say it's very trauma inducing coverage*. Intentionally so, I expect. Just knowing how *devious governments are*, as a matter of fact. And considering how the* media is always used to manipulate the masses*? *It seems sensible the over wrought media coverage has to s... more »

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

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day 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 »

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