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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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After Distancing Herself From Bill Clinton’s Economic Policies, Hillary Wants Him as Mr. Economic Fix It  (Bill Black: Mankiw’s Mythical Ten Commandments of Theoclassical Economics)  Hedge Funds Want a Pony, Um, Permanent Capital, as More Investors Exit

Our friend and mentor Yves Smith steps into the election/politics fray: After Distancing Herself From Bill Clinton’s Economic Policies, Hillary Wants Him as Mr. Economic Fix It - 05/17/2016 Bill Black: Mankiw’s Mythical Ten Commandments of Theoclassical Economics - 05/17/2016 Hedge Funds Want a Pony, Um, Permanent Capital, as More Investors Exit - 05/17/2016

Cars, Jobs, Kentucky

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 42 minutes ago
Today Bernie did incredibly well in Kentucky but just couldn't penetrate the low-info precincts in Louisville and Lexington... not even with all the support he had from low-info precincts in coal country. Hillary, with all her gigantic "advantages," managed to scrape by with the narrowest 212,549 (46.8%) to 210,626 (46.3%) plurality. Bernie's strongest returns came from historic Harlan county in the extreme east of the state where he beat her 62.8% to 25.9%. Both candidates have been awarded 25 delegates each so far, with 5 remaining to be determined. And then the Oregon results ca... more »

Thorne Dreyer : RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Luis Guerra, Paul Buhle, Tom Hayden and Barbara Williams, Classic Bernie Sanders, Leeann Atherton, and Thomas Grace

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 hour ago
We visit the Huichol Indians, remember James Connolly and the Easter Rising, revisit Vietnam and Kent State, discuss a gritty new memoir, envision the political revolution, and listen to an iconic blues-rock singer. Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *RAG RADIO PODCASTS* | Luis Guerra, Paul Buhle, Tom Hayden and Barbara Williams, Classic Bernie Sanders, Leeann Atherton, and Thomas Grace

What's Shiny Right Now? May 2016 Edition

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 hour ago
One of the advantages of being in grad school part time, from a gaming perspective, is it is awfully good at keeping me laser-focused on whatever game we are currently playing. Of course it does so by keeping me so busy that there's little time for anything else. For those keeping track at home, I'm enrolled at Brandeis University for my Master's Degree in Strategic Analytics. I'm learning all about data science, data mining, big data, predictive analytics, etc. Right now I'm between semesters, with the next semester starting up next week (and running for ten weeks). With Port He... more »

Megyn Kelly / Donald Trump Full Interview 5/17/2016...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 2 hours ago
I haven't even watched it yet.

Clinton Discloses She Made $6.5 Million in 2015 in Book Royalties and Speaking Fees

AP at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton is filing financial documents showing that in 2015 she earned more than $5 million in royalties from her book “Hard Choices” and about $1.5 million in speaking fees before she launched her presidential campaign. Clinton... more »

Guy Clark November 6, 1941 – May 17, 2016

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 2 hours ago
RIP, Guy You were an amazing talent.

Mexican President Proposes Legalizing Gay Marriage

E. EDUARDO CASTILLO & PETER ORSI at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this March 11, 2010 file photo, same sex couples celebrate after getting married at City Hall in Mexico City. The couples wed under Latin America's first law that explicitly approves gay marriage. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, proposed legalizing gay marriage, a move that would enshrine on a national level a Supreme Court ruling last year that it was unconstitutional for states to bar same-sex couples from wedding.(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)] MEXICO CITY (AP) -- President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed to legalize same-sex marriage... more »

The Latest on the Democrats: Clinton Trying to Avoid Losing Again, Kentucky Too Close to Call

AP at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I- Vt., speaks at a rally Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Tuesday’s primary elections in Kentucky and Oregon (all times local): 9:33 p.m. The Democratic presidential primary may be too close to call in Kentucky, but Hillary Clinton is still inching closer to the Democratic... more »

Senate Approves New, Openly Gay, Army Secretary

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2016 file photo, Army Secretary nominee Eric Fanning testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate confirmed the long-stalled nomination of Fanning to be Army secretary, making him the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service. The voice vote approval on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 came after Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., dropped his opposition to Fanning after a senior Pentagon official told him that no detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, would be sent to the Army prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, or other facilities in the United States. (... more »

All Eyes Are On the Control Matrix

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Phillip J. Watt* - Whether we're aware of it or not, we’re all looking for new ways of being.

How Many Babies In Florida Have To Be Infected With Zika Before Florida Republicans Get Off Their Asses?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
The Republicans have an absolute majority in the House and control every aspect of legislation there. The Speaker is Paul Ryan. The House Majority Leader is Kevin McCarthy. A Republican chairs every single committee and Ryan's office sets the agenda for what gets discussed and what doesn't. That said, April 15 was the legal deadline to approve the annual budget and it's now a month past that and there is still no budget-- and it isn't because of objections from Democrats. Ryan can't control his own fractious cannabalistic party, where the extremists-- who are eager to shut down the... more »

The Pentagon Wants A Second Military Base In Africa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
The Times *VOA:* *US Military Looking at Sites for 2nd Africa Base* BRUSSELS — The U.S. military has looked at 11 locations for a potential second base in Africa, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Colonel Mark Cheadle, speaking to VOA in Brussels on Tuesday, would not disclose which locations the military is considering for a possible second base, other than to specify that "Nigeria isn't one of them." The United States currently has one military base in the east African nation of Djibouti. U.S. forces are also on the ground in Somalia to assist the ... more »

Alabama Outlaws Dismemberment Abortions — House Opponents Sing ‘We Shall Overcome’

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Alabama Abortion Law - 900] Joining Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Mississippi, Alabama became the fifth state to sign into law a bill outlawing dismemberment abortions. Governor Robert Bentley signed the Alabama Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act on Thursday, May 12, 2016, saying that... more »

I Shot Democracy in Reno Just to Watch it Die

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 3 hours ago
There's a very good reason why Hillary's campaign logo points sharply and unambiguously to the right. #FeeltheBern pic.twitter.com/8iUfZ8XWbE — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) May 17, 2016 (By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *I*f you want a glimpse into the future, you don't have to imagine, as George Orwell once famously said, "a boot stamping on a human face, forever." In fact, one doesn't need to imagine anything. All one has to do is review the recent Nevada Democratic Convention and how shamelessly it conducted itself. Granted, it's difficult to catalo... more »

Big Oil spent $25 million lobbying 2015 -- 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
WSPA meme courtesy of Stop Fooling California. Big Oil has spent $25 million lobbying during 2015-16 legislative session! by Dan Bacher Censored News Underneath California’s veneer as a “green leader” is a dark and oily reality — the state is the third largest petroleum producer in the nation and the oil industry is California’s largest and most powerful political lobby.  In

VIDEO Harry Walters, Diné College Museum Director, Living History

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
This documentary film was researched, photographed, edited and produced by students of Winona State University (Winona, Minnesota) and Diné College (Tsaile, Arizona, Navajo Nation) during summer 2009. It contains stories Harry Walters of Cove, Arizona, told the students during several hours of interviews about his life. This documentary film is archived at the Navajo Nation Museum,

China Has A Plan To Track And Destroy U.S. Submarines

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Chinese Navy submarines and warships take part in an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy in Qingdao, Shandong province, April 23, 2009. Guang Niu/Pool/Reuters *Lyle J. Goldstein, National Interest:* *China's 'Undersea Great Wall'* *Beijing will build its next line of defense on the ocean floor.* As defense analysts brood over the evolving military balance in the western Pacific, considerations related to undersea warfare keep coming to the fore. Given the lethality of modern antiship cruise missiles, sur... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 17, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Fighters from Misrata fire weapons at Islamic State militants near Sirte, March 15, 2015. *Jamie Dettmer, VOA*:* Will Arming Libya’s ‘Unity’ Government Escalate Conflict?* ROME — The focus was how to combat Islamic State militants and halt their unnerving advance in Libya, just a short boat ride from southern Europe. But Western powers’ announcement Monday of their readiness to arm the struggling unity government in Tripoli has gone down badly with a rival government and its militia in the east of the fractious, chaotic country. Supporters of General Khalifa Haftar – the muscle be... more »

World News Briefs -- May 17, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON *Reuters*: *Exclusive: Trump willing to meet North Korea's Kim, wants to renegotiate Paris climate accord* Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang's nuclear program, proposing a major shift in U.S. policy toward the isolated nation. In a wide-ranging interview with Reute... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 4 hours ago
*The bugs that COOL the planet: Tiny bacteria could be the Earth's greatest defence against climate change* *Is this included in the models? Guess not. Note that the theory below is the exact opposite of orthodox Warmism. Warmists cling to the theory that more clouds will WARM the earth. The thinking below says that they will COOL the earth. Is that the "settled science" we hear about? Most evidence suggests cooling* Humankind's battle against climate change is being helped by an organism which too small to be seen by the naked eye, yet which exists in unimaginable numbers i... more »

The Obama Administration Admits (Without Realizing It) the HHS Mandate Was Never Needed

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Little Sisters of the Poor - 900-0000] Attorneys for opponents of President Obama’s contraception and abortifacient mandate say the president himself has officially admitted its four-year court fight against non-profit religious groups was unnecessary. In comments to Buzzfeed shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ordered the administration to...more »

Three Royal Marines Jailed Over ‘Depraved’ Initiation Ceremony

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
Three Royal Marines have been have been sentenced to military detention for their part in a ‘depraved’ initiation ceremony which included waterboarding and drinking a mix of urine and alcohol from a paddling pool. Judge Advocate Robert Hill said Carlo Nicholson had been subjected to “40 minutes of depravity and naked humiliation” by commandos based at Royal Marine Condor in Arbroath in May 2014. Nicholson said he was left feeling suicidal following the “joining run” event which was watched by 80 drunken men RT reports: Marines Ian Tennet, Scott Simm and James Taylor were all senten... more »

Recall the Jessica Lynch Psy-Op? Silver Stars for Lynch Rescuers Questioned

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Speaking of your perception being managed via the likes of Bernard Henri Levy... * Cannes adds Bernard Henri Levy's "Peshmerga" documentary to official selection *Who of us could forget the Jessica Lynch rescue lie? * The Jessica Lynch rescue was yet another prime example of a psychological operation. Like BHL's "Peshmerga" documentary, psychological operations are undertaken* to shape your beliefs*. To *create a narrative* , that is *promoted as credible* , in order *to bolster support for a elite agenda*- such as the Iraq war in the case of Jessica Lynch. Or the destruction of ... more »

Kansas Won’t Cut Off Funds for Planned Parenthood Until July

JOHN HANNA at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Planned Parenthood Closed - 900] TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas will not cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood until July 7 in what marks the third delay in two weeks as the state works to prepare for a lawsuit over its action against the... more »

Trump Says He’d Speak With Kim Jong Un Over Nukes

MATTHEW PENNINGTON & JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: In this image made from video by North Korean broadcaster KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks at the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, May 7, 2016. North Korea will not use its nuclear weapons first unless its sovereignty is invaded, state media on Sunday, May 8, quoted Kim as saying during a critical ruling party congress. Kim also said he is ready to improve ties with "hostile" nations in a diplomatic overture in the face of international pressure over its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch. He called for more talks with rival South ... more »

Senate Approves New Army Secretary After Guantanamo Delay

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: The Hon. Eric Fanning, acting under secretary of the Army, addresses the National Guard Bureau Senior Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Oct. 28, 2015. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Fischman) (Released)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate confirmed the long-stalled nomination of Eric Fanning to be Army secretary, making him the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service. The voice vote approval on Tuesday came after Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.,... more »

‘Miracle on Ice’ Goaltender Jim Craig Is Selling Gold Medal

AP at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: A poster of Jim Craig from the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.] NEW YORK (AP) -- The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s victory over the Soviet Union is forever remembered as the “Miracle on Ice.” Now, the goaltender of that gold medal-winning team, Jim Craig, is parting with his most prized items... more »

Saudi Groom Divorces New Bride Minutes After Saying “I Do”

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A Saudi bride was divorced minutes after getting married because her new husband felt ignored while she exchanged text messages with friends. Gulf News reports: “Following the marriage ceremony, the groom took his bride to the hotel where they had booked a room,” a relative said. “However, as soon as the bride was in the room, she kept using her mobile. Her groom tried to get closer with her and become more intimate, but he was shocked when she ignored him, not responding to his words and action. When he asked her about the reasons, she answered she was busy communicating with her fr...more »

Fox News writer blames schools for low wages. I respond.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 5 hours ago
Comment on P. Morici, ("Want to know why your wages are sinking, America? It starts with our schools," May 17, 2016) on fox news. com Posted at: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/05/17/want-to-why-your-wages-are-sinking-america-it-starts-with-our-schools.html# Peter Morici is badly misinformed when he says "fraud and wasted resources" in America's schools are the cause of low wages. First, our schools are quite good. When researchers control for the impact of poverty, American students score near the top of the world on international test scores. Our overall scores are unspectacula... more »

CIA Destroys 6,700-Page Torture Report….By Accident

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
The CIA has ‘accidentally’ deleted its only copy of of a controversial Senate report about the agency’s history of brutal interrogation techniques. The CIA Office of Inspector General (OIG), the central intelligence agency’s internal watchdog, told Congress that the electronic copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report and a hard disk were both destroyed last year. CIA Director John Brennan possesses another copy of the torture report, but he has reportedly refused to send a replacement to the internal watchdog’s office. Press TV reports: A 500-page summary of ... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago
*Art Official Age* *Art Official Cage* Ooh yeah, alright Oh yeah, yeah, yeah Kick drum pounds on the 2 and 4 All the party people get on the floor We got the beat U're looking 4 The rebirth of the flesh is at your door (Let it in y'all!) It's a brand new day 3 2 funk ain't in our way (No no no) It ain't about the money, we just wanna play The rebirth of the flesh is here 2day (Is here 2 stay) La la la la la la, souli-a-colia (Hey) The rebirth of the flesh, it's all over U We are the fathers of a new boogie cool Guaranteed 2 rock U cuz we're from the old school We are here, where are... more »

Holding Pattern

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 5 hours ago
While I mentioned in my last post about looking forward to be able to return to my regular life in Fort McMurray, it looks like I, along with 88,000 other people, will have to wait a little bit longer as the situation has markedly deteriorated over the past 24 hours. The camp I had hoped to be working out of by week's end is now under threat from "The Beast". A nearby camp, Blacksands Lodge, fell victim to the fire this morning. The fire has closed more sections of Highway 63, the flames are encroaching on more oil sands facilities and a saw mill I pass by on my way to and from work... more »

South Carolina Passes Bill Banning Abortion After 19 Weeks

SEANNA ADCOX at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Appeals Court OKs Tossing Strict North Dakota Abortion Law] COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Legislature passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting abortion after 19 weeks, becoming the 17th state to pass the restrictive ban. The legislation will now head to Gov. Nikki Haley’s desk. The Republican said in... more »

Rhodes Fails to Testify Before Congress, White House Cites Executive Privilege

Russ Read at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Ben Rhodes - 900] The White House aide who admitted to spinning a false narrative around last year's Iran nuclear deal failed to attend a congressional hearing Tuesday morning. Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, was invited to testify before... more »

US Eases Myanmar (Burma) Sanctions After Civilian Gov’t Takes Power

MATTHEW PENNINGTON at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, workers are silhouetted at a building construction site in Yangon, Myanmar. The Obama administration lifted sanctions against 10 state-run Myanmar companies and banks Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in response to the Southeast Asian nation’s historic transition to democracy, but it retained restrictions on trade and investment with the still-powerful military.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration lifted sanctions against 10 state-run Myanmar companies and banks Tuesday in response to the Southeast Asian nation’s historic transition to democra... more »

Little lulled into Otara overcrowding oversell

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Back in Bill English’s 22% election campaign in 2002, his leadership campaign team organised a standup in a bus intended to be crawling though peak-hour Auckland traffic to highlight to the accompanying media the problems of Auckland traffic that the National Party would fix in record time. Instead, it was the one morning that Auckland traffic worked, and the only thing that went in record time was the bus, sailing into the city with neither let nor hindrance from the traffic. Mr 22% just couldn’t catch a break. Neither can Labour’s Mr 25%. Lulled by the stories from the medi... more »

Wikileaks Exposes U.S. Brazil Coup

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Wikileaks catches Washington red-handed doing another coup d'etat on behalf of corporate interests. How can the American people idly sit back and continue to watch Washington topple country after country? In recent years Honduras, Ukraine and now Brazil have been taken down. It's obvious that 'democracy' in the US does not exist. How the hell can the corporate state in Washington think it has the right to decide who can run a particular nation? Ten countries have rejected this US-sponsored coup and have pulled their ambassadors as they refuse to recognize the new 'government' in... more »

Billionaire George Soros Dumps US Stocks, Buys Gold

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Billionaire George Soros has cut investment in US stocks by one-third and acquired a $264 million stake in Barrick Gold, the world’s biggest bullion producer. According to Bloomberg, the value of Soros Fund Management’s publicly disclosed holdings fell by 37 percent to $3.5 billion in the first quarter of 2016. RT reports: At the same time, Soros bought a 1.7 percent stake in Toronto-based Barrick Gold for $264 million, the biggest US holding in the company. “Gold is always a safe haven at times when risks for investors are escalating. It’s better to sit out turbulence with gold,” e... more »

May 7:whales and us....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
Let's start with the column by student editor Jana Giles. She complains our schools have dropped their advanced courses in order to make the schools more inclusive - a buzzword that means all students learn the same things. Now, I'm not familiar with our education programmes today. But, if she's right, dropping advanced programmes is a very bad idea. From grade nine on, I was in the advanced stream, the so-called A classes. All of the classes were streamed in that way. And classes lower on the scale were smaller so that teachers could give more attention to students who needed it. ... more »

Peru: Three Alleged UFOs Fly Over Chimbote, Captured on Video

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 6 hours ago
*Source: El Popular (Peru) www.elpopular.peDate: 14 May 2016* *Peru: Three Alleged UFOs Fly Over Chimbote, Captured on Video* It was a warm day in Chimbote when people looked at the Moon, only to see three unidentified flying objects (UFOs) flying over the port city's skies. Journalist Paul Meza published one of the sightings that startled the population on his Facebook Page. "At around 4:40 in the afternoon I have seen up to two UFOs, but I'm told there were three. The ones I saw were orbiting the moon," said the journalist to a local Chimbote radio station. The flying objects ... more »

Do The Right Thing, Justin

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
Back in the 1960's, an estimated 100,000 Americans fled to Canada, rather than being drafted into the armed forces of the United States. Former CBC broadcaster Andy Barrie was one of them. He writes: In Vietnam, it’s called the American War. Not, mind you, the North American War, because this country, blessedly, refused to be part of it. Just as we refused to join George Bush’s so-called “Coalition of the Willing” to stop the spread of those non-existent Weapons of Mass Destruction. At the time, Stephen Harper, as Leader of the Official Opposition, actually apologized to the Ameri... more »

Syrian Peace Talks End With No Progress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Major powers fail to agree new date for Syria peace talks* Major power foreign ministers failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks at a meeting on Tuesday, and the opposition said it would not come back to Geneva negotiations unless conditions improved on the ground. A pessimistic atmosphere pervaded the meeting in Vienna between countries that support President Bashar al-Assad and his enemies, all of which have committed to reviving a ceasefire and peace process that have been unravelling since last month. In a joint statement after the meeting attended ... more »

Islamic State's Bombing Campaign Continues In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*:* After bombings in Baghdad kill 77, Sadr's forces deploy in some areas* At least 77 people were killed and more than 140 wounded by three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, extending the deadliest spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital so far this year and driving Shi'ite fighters into the streets to defend some areas. Powerful cleric Moqtada al-Sadr blamed the government for failing to provide security and hundreds of militiamen loyal to him deployed in Sadr City and five other mainly Shi'ite areas where the worst of the recent violence has been centered. Islamic State c... more »

Portland Police Officer Captures Meteor On Dashcam

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A meteor heading for earth was caught on a Portland police officer’s dashcam hurtling through the sky over Maine on Tuesday. The fast moving piece of space rock is seen burning up in the atmosphere in a massive bright fireball and then disappearing beyond the horizon. Sputnik reports: The footage was captured on the dashcam of Sergeant Tim Farris, just before 1:00 AM, and was shared on the department’s Facebook page in a post with the hashtag #StarWars: “You never know what you are going to see on duty. Sgt. Farris was looking for speeders while parked in front of the central fire s...more »

let it burn cause my forest fires are out of the norm

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Yeah I got nothing no game and I do not want to play in this fucked up world thats the best way' the best play a love thats life and you both agree the same way

Tiny Homes for the Homeless Now Under Attack in California

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Isaac Davis* - The tiny home movement is facing challenges from government, this time in Los Angeles.

ISIS Caliphs 4 Brexit (apparently)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Here's a Twitter exchange between a BBC Scotland political correspondent and a BBC Middle East correspondent....rudely interrupted by our old friend DB... I can see DB's point here. BBC One's *News at Six *mentioned Dave's 'ISIS 4 Brexit' point but did so very much in passing (merely a clip of the PM speaking) and quite some way into the bulletin - and without so much as even beginning to bat a critical eyelid about it, never mind raising up a storm of 'controversy' about it. Boris finds all hell descending upon him for mentioned Hitler (and Napoleon and the Romans). David Came... more »

Business support for Brexit grows as David Cameron looks increasingly desperate, saying ‘ISIS wants UK to vote Brexit’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
[image: Brexit-cc-cc-565x402] Nick Sorrentino writes that business support for Brexit grows as David Cameron looks increasingly desperate, saying overnight that ‘ISIS wants UK to vote Brexit.’ If Britain votes to leave the European Union next month it will be a victory for anti-crony forces in the world, which is to say most people in the world. It will be the first time the expansionist technocratic European attempt at a superstate will have been rebuked in a way Brussels can’t dismiss. However, most of the big political power players want the UK to stay in the EU to make li... more »

The Republican Civil War Over Tricky Trump-- How Badly Will It Spill Into Congressional Races?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
This morning NBC released a new poll showing that a significant majority of registered Republican voters trust Trump more than Ryan to lead their party-- 58-39%. Trump won among right-wing lunatics, among conservatives and among so-called "moderates." This is not going to be a good year for the Establishment. As we discussed Sunday night, the Republican primary in central North Carolina (NC-02) between 2 incumbents, Renee Ellmers and George Holding and a big name teabagger, Greg Brannon, is coming down to a fight-to-the-death over Trumpism's hold on the Republican Party. Ellmer... more »

New Ordinance Could Jail Phoenix Art Studio Owners for Refusing to Do Art for Same-Sex Weddings

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Brush&Nib - 900] Concerned they may face incarceration over their conscientious religious objection to same-sex marriage, the owners of a Phoenix art studio that specializes in creating original art for weddings and other events has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit challenging Phoenix’s non-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance prohibits businesses... more »

The PhD Job Market

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 hours ago
A brief introduction, via the Richmond Fed.

Police Investigate Discovery Of Severed Head At Cambridgeshire Quarry

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A major police investigation has been launched after a severed human head was found in a skip in Cambridgeshire, England The head was found by a quarry worker at the Mick George quarry in Mepal, between Chatteris and Ely, on Monday afternoon. A quarry worker, who asked not to be named, claimed his colleague spotted the head lying on top of a skip and believed it to belong to a woman in her 30s or 40s. Press TV reports: The head was found on Monday afternoon at the Mick George quarry in Mepal, which operates as a disposal facility for asbestos, contaminated soils and other hazardous ... more »

U.S. Special Ops Operating In Libya (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *U.S. establishes Libyan outposts with eye toward offensive against Islamic State* American Special Operations troops have been stationed at two outposts in eastern and western Libya since late 2015, tasked with lining up local partners in advance of a possible offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said. Two teams totaling fewer than 25 troops are operating from around the cities of Misurata and Benghazi to identify potential ­allies among local armed factions and gather intelligence on threats, according to the officials, who spoke on the conditi... more »

There Are 886 Generals And Admirals In The U.S. Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*James Clark, Scout*: *Does The US Military Have Too Many Generals?* The Senate is weighing a provision that would force the U.S. military to cut hundreds of general officers. On May 12, the Senate Armed Services Committee proposed some pretty substantial cuts to the military’s general and flag officer corps. As part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017, the provision proposes cutting the number of generals by 25%, or 222 of the Department of Defense’s 886 generals and admirals. According to the committee, the number of general and flag officers has “bec... more »

Bomb Markings Appear On The F-22s That Took Part In The Air Campaign Against Daesh.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Aviationist: **For the first time bomb markings appear on the F-22s that took part in the air campaign against Daesh.* Everything is stealth in the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, even the bomb signs…. This is what the top image, taken by The Aviationist’s contributor Alessandro Fucito at RAF Lakenheath at the beginning of May, seems to suggest. Indeed, the photograph shows one of the 12x F-22s belonging to the 95th FS from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, deployed to the UK until May 8, with 15 barely visible bomb markings (and another square sign – even though the latter may ... more »

U.S. Navy Releases New Video Of Russian Jets That Buzzed The USS Donald Cook Last Month

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Virginia-Pilot*: *Navy releases nearly two dozen videos of Russian jets, helicopter buzzing USS Donald Cook* The Navy has released new video of two Russian jets buzzing the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea last month, as well as video of a Russian helicopter circling the destroyer. The Navy released nearly two dozen videos of the incident in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Virginian-Pilot. The Navy had previously uploaded four videos to YouTube of two Russian Su-24 jets making close-range, low-altitude passes near the ship on April 11 and 12. The newly... more »

The 'Blast Wall' Business Is Booming In Kabul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Artists painted a mural on a blast wall in front of an Afghan National Police post in Kabul in March. Some blast walls in the city are 20 feet tall. Credit Adam Ferguson for The New York Times *New York Times*:* Attacks in Kabul Keep Wall Builders Busy, Turning City Into Labyrinth* KABUL, Afghanistan — After bombings in Kabul these days, new concrete blast walls go up, taller than the ones before. Streets leading to V.I.P. homes are blocked to traffic. To drive in certain neighborhoods is to delve into a frustrating game of maze navigation, with surprise barricades popping up over... more »

This Former U.S. Senator Wants To Release The Missing 28 Pages Of The 9/11 Report

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Eleanor Clift, Daily Beast:** Inside a Senator’s Crusade to Release the Missing 28 Pages of the 9/11 Report* *Former senator Bob Graham is on a mission to get the missing 28 pages from a congressional 9/11 investigation released. His biggest obstacle so far? The FBI.* Former Florida senator Bob Graham caused a stir when he used the term “aggressive deception” to describe the FBI’s treatment of 28 pages from a 2003 congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks. The word choice was intentional, the co-chair of the investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks told The Daily Beast, bec... more »

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Families To Sue Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Hill*: *Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia* The Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, defying vocal opposition from the White House. The upper chamber approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act by unanimous consent. "This bill is very near and dear to my heart as a New Yorker because it would allow the victims of 9/11 to pursue some small measure of justice," Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. "[This is] another example of the [John] Cornyn-Schumer collaboration,... more »

World News Briefs -- May 17, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and United Nations special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura (R) attend the ministerial meeting on Syria in Vienna, Austria, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger *Reuters*: *Major powers fail to agree new date for Syria peace talks* Major power foreign ministers failed to agree a new date to resume Syrian peace talks at a meeting on Tuesday, and the opposition said it would not come back to Geneva negotiations unless conditions improved on the ground. A pessimistic atmosphere pervaded the meeting in... more »

Canada Introduces Bill Carving Out Special Protections for Transgenders, PM Trudeau Cheers

Stream Staff at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Flags of Gay Pride and Canada Divided Diagonally - 3D Render of the Gay Pride Rainbow Flag and the Canadian Flag with Silky Texture] Transgender Canadians will have special protections under a bill introduced Tuesday by the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. As the Associated Press reports: The Canadian legislation would, if passed, make it illegal to prevent someone from getting a job... more »

Video: Brexit -The Movie

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
BREXIT the movie is a feature-length documentary film which hopes to inspire as many people as possible to vote to LEAVE the EU in the June 23rd referendum. Is it safe to give a remote government beyond our control the power to make laws? Is it safe to tie ourselves to countries which are close to financial ruin, drifting towards scary political extremism, and suffering long-term, self-inflicted economic decline? The following documentary spells out the danger of staying part of the EU BREXIT THE MOVIE shows a side of the EU they don’t want us to see: the sprawling self-serving bur... more »

Debasing encounter watch: Times reporters filibuster!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016Lawrence takes a dive:* Let's face it. On cable news, "campaign coverage" is an endless string of distractions, diversions and cons. Speculation about primaries give way to speculation about VP picks. Meanwhile, almost everyone killed some time last night discussing the New York Times' front-page report about that "debasing encounter" with Candidate Trump back in 1990. On MSNBC, Lawrence landed the get. The Times reporters who assembled the farce appeared as part of a twelve-minute segment. During this segment, they pretended to answer the questions which L... more »

Paul Ryan at National Catholic Prayer Breakfast: Prayer ‘Is the Hotline to Heaven’

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Paul Ryan1 - 900] House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called prayer “the hotline to Heaven” at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning, and said that “when faith is ruled out of bounds, then happiness itself is put out of reach.” Ryan’s speech was one...more »

Thousands Sign Petition To Revise Eurovision Song Contest Result

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
An online petition demanding a revision of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest result has gathered over 300,000 signatures. A number of people do not agree with the new way the votes were counted. Jury voting interfered with popular opinion giving victory to the Ukrainian entry “1944.” Russia came third with “You Are the Only One” and Australia, a non-European continent took second place with their entry “Sound of Silence.” Jamala RT reports: The petition ‘Make Eurovision Song Contest revise the results of the song contest 2016’ was submitted by user Arthur Hovhannisyan, from the Armeni... more »

Koch-Backed Conservative Group Fights California AG’s Attempt to ‘Chill’ Speech

Josh Siegel at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Kamala Harris - 900] Though a federal judge recently ruled that a conservative nonprofit group doesn't have to disclose its donor list to California's Democratic attorney general, conservatives believe this case is just the latest in an ongoing fight related to political activity and... more »

Gaia Portal: Collapsed archaics are rendered

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
*Collapsed archaics are rendered* by ÉirePort Collapsed archaics are rendered. Collapsed paradigms congeal then fail. Flagrants are observed, and forgiven. Inner Heart flames ignite the pyres of cleansing. Enigmatic illuminaries lead the way. ÉirePort | May 16, 2016 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-yo

CawRANT Events #24

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*CawRANT Events #24* It's a glorious Spring Day on the West Coast. Shorts and T-shirt weather, indeed. My *CawRANT* is a day late and a dollar short...as we say. The weather has been so spectacular and my arts and crafts project so multifarious and demanding...it's very hard to keep up the blogging end. Rest assured that I will soon be posting photos of at least four art project that I'm currently working on. But the *CawRANT* file is also full to overflowing...so Time For a *RANT!* What I've gotten into the habit of doing is working in concentric circles outwards from where ... more »

Goodbye Bees

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
More bad news on bees: Chelsea Harvey, May 13, 2016, More bad news for honeybees: Beekeepers lost nearly half their colonies in the past year. The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/05/13/more-bad-news-for-honeybees-beekeepers-lost-nearly-half-their-colonies-in-the-past-year/? wpmm=1&wpisrc=nl_headlines Thanks to what scientists believe is a combination of disease, parasites, pesticides and other environmental stressors, honeybee colonies have experienced significant losses over the past decade or so — a phenomenon that’s troubling to s... more »

Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi Update

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 10 hours ago
The Asahi Shimbun is reporting that "no reports were received about irregularities at nuclear power-related facitities Ibaraki prefecture: UPDATE: Strong quake in Kanto region stops Shinkansen. May 17, 2016, THE ASAHI SHIMBUN, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201605170023.html Officials of the Ibaraki prefectural government said no reports were received about irregularities at nuclear power-related facilities in their prefecture, including the Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant managed by Japan Atomic Power Co., which is currently not operating. No assurances were made about Fukushima, w... more »

Belgian Riot Police Clash With Striking Prison Guards

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Belgian riot police clashed with prison guards who were on strike and demonstrating at the Justice Ministry. The prison warders had burst into the Belgian Justice Ministry building on Tuesday, breaking windows and trashing fittings before being forced out by baton-wielding riot police firing pepper spray. Press TV reports: About a thousand demonstrators had gathered in support of the warders outside the ministry headquarters in the capital, Brussels, throwing eggs at the facade of the building, setting off firecrackers, chanting slogans and protesting budget cuts, according to the m... more »

Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Shakes Buildings In Tokyo

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A strong earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck eastern Japan, just north of Tokyo on Monday. RT reports: Local news outlets say the quake was felt in the Saitama and Tokyo areas, with buildings swaying. Metro operations were briefly suspended on all routes in Tokyo, but services restarted four minutes later. An elevator maintenance firm in Tokyo said several elevators stopped in the metropolitan area due to the quake with commuters asked to “use emergency buttons,” according to NHK. TASS news agency reports that books fell from shelves and furniture shook at its headq...more »

Doing the right thing: Authors share data, retract when colleague finds error

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
A pair of chemical engineers has retracted a paper after another researcher was unable to replicate their work, in a case that we consider an example of doing the right thing. Dennis Prieve, at Carnegie Mellon University, was interested in applying the paper — on how systems of molecules known as “reverse micelles” conduct electrical charge — to his own […] The post Doing the right thing: Authors share data, retract when colleague finds error appeared first on Retraction Watch.

San Diego replacing end-of-year tests with something much worse?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 10 hours ago
Comment posted at: "San Diego schools to reduce standardized testing, focus on achievement," http://sdnews.com/pages/full_story/push?id=27184365&content_instance=27184365&need_to_add=true#cb_post_comment_27184365 Not so fast. Emily Talmage has presented clear evidence that San Diego is replacing end-of-year tests with something much worse, much more expensive, and without demonstrated validity: Competency-based testing. This promises to result in even more testing than we had before. Please see: https://emilytalmage.com/2016/05/07/san-diego-if-it-sounds-to-good-to-be-true/ To read ab... more »

Literacy watch: Where does literacy come from?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016As denigrated by the New York Times:* Where does literacy come from? How can we help low-income kids gain access to its advantages? There's no simple answer to such questions. When Motoko Rich wrote about Professor Reardon's new study, she briefly considered a related question: What keeps middle-class black kids from doing better in school? Before the week is done, we'll look at what she said about that. In our view, it was the one constructive part of her strange report. For today, let's consider two stories about the transmission of literacy to children. ... more »

US Senate Passes Bill Allowing 9/11 Victims To Sue Saudi Arabia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
The US Senate has approved legislation that would allow victims of the 9/11 terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, despite vocal opposition from the White House. On Tuesday the Senate unanimously adopted a proposed bill allowing Americans to sue nation-states for terrorist attacks on US soil, defying opposition from the White House and allies such as Saudi Arabia. Dubbed “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act,” the bill sailed through the upper chamber of Congress without opposition is now heading to the House of Representatives, which lawmakers have their own version of the propos... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 17, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Military.com*: *Mission to Retake Fallujah from ISIS Delayed as Forces Focus on Mosul* U.S. and Iraqi security forces were focused on Mosul in Iraq's northwest, leaving the starving residents of ISIS-held Fallujah a half-hour's drive from Baghdad to wait indefinitely for liberation, according to Obama administration and U.S. military officials. In a recent briefing to the Pentagon from Baghdad, Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky said the 217 additional U.S. advisers and eight AH-64 Apache attack helicopters recently authorized by President Barack Obama for the ISIS campaign would be "t... more »

Forty Percent Of The Afghan Army In Helmand Province Does Not Exist

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An Afghan national army soldier mans his position at an outpost in Babaji. Photograph: Abdul Malik/Reuters The Guardian: Afghanistan's 'ghost soldiers': thousands enlisted to fight Taliban don't exist Investigation found that 40% of troops in Helmand province are fake names or dead men, leaving Afghan border patrol filling the front line void indefinitely. From about 8.30pm until well after midnight, the dark blue sky above Babaji lit up, as rockets and flares crisscrossed above this cluster of villages close to Helmand’s provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. At a mud fortress beyond ... more »

Hopi Tribe Protecting Water Rights on Little Colorado River

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Photo Edward Curtis 1906 'Hopi water girls' HOPI TRIBAL COUNCIL MEMBERS MEET TO PROTECT HOPI WATER RIGHTS PHOENIX, ARIZONA “For too long, our water rights claims have sat dormant, while our water is used by others. We want wet water for our people, not just the paper water rights we have claimed for so long." Water and Energy Team Chairman Norman Honanie By Hopi Tribe Censored News

GOP Blocks Provision to Require Women to Register for Draft

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Woman military soldier - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Buckling under conservative pressure, the Republican-led House Rules Committee pulled a legislative sleight of hand and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required women between the ages of 18 and 25... more »

Putin And ISIS Would Probably Welcome Brexit Claims David Cameron

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
David Cameron claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed leader of ISIS would both be happy if Britain were to leave the European Union.. The British prime minister made his comments to reporters on Tuesday following a speech at Mansion House organized by the World Economic Forum, which was aimed at bolstering arguments for remaining in the EU. Cameron’s claim comes a week after suggesting that a Brexit vote on June 23 could lead to World War Three breaking out in Europe. Press TV reports: The prime minister has previously warned that ... more »

"Democratic Establishment’s Thuggish Power Grab at Nevada Convention"

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Hillary Clinton, claiming to know nothing about the big news in Nevada* *by Gaius Publius* *UPDATE: There's an excellent, close, play-by-play description here. It comports with everything below, plus adds some of the intermediate events. It's also clear and readable. * The headline above is a quote from Yves Smith at Naked Capitalism, and despite assertions to the contrary (which I'll link to below) I think she's right. Some context: Nevada, like many states, has a three-tiered process on the Democratic side for picking delegates to the national convention. Delegate selection at... more »

Gay Man Who Falsely Accused Whole Foods of Slur on Cake Drops Lawsuit

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: rainbow cake - 900] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A gay Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods alleging that a cake he bought from the grocer had an anti-gay slur written on it in icing has dropped his lawsuit. Jordan Brown of Austin issued an... more »

At Least 72 People Killed In Triple Baghdad Bombings

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
At least 72 people were killed and more than 140 injured in Baghdad when three bombs went off Tuesday, according to police and medical sources. The explosions hit Shia-dominated neighbourhoods in the north and south of the Iraqi capital as well as the Sadr City district. RT reports: The three blasts, which appeared not to be connected, struck different areas of Baghdad, and extend a deadly spate of attacks that the Iraqi capital has had to endure this year. The worst explosion hit a district in the north of Baghdad, killing 38 people and injuring at least 70 others. A spokesman for ... more »

In precedent break, BMJ explains why it rejected controversial “weekend effect” paper

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
After the reviewer of a rejected paper was publicly outed, the BMJ has taken the unusual step of explaining why it chose not to publish the paper. The paper — eventually published in another journal — raised hackles for suggesting that there is no “weekend effect,” or a higher mortality rate in hospitals on Saturday […] The post In precedent break, BMJ explains why it rejected controversial “weekend effect” paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

This issue surrounding where we poop says it all...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*about the overreach of the federal government.* Anyone, who in their wildest imaginations, thought they would have to endure the federal government nattering on about bathrooms and who gets to use which one please raise your hands. This is completely insane, but then we all thought Bob and Bruce getting "married" was insane. And now if you don't uphold the "rights" of Bob and Bill, you will be slandered, sued, and possibly spat upon. Is this a state's issue? No. Because it shouldn't be an issue at all. I have much outside work to do. Come back later today for a great product r... more »

Steve Russell : METRO | Life in the Soviet Republic of Sun City

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
A friend had this priceless comment: ‘It’s just like Cuba, only with money.’ By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | May 17, 2016 SUN CITY, Texas — We just had a crime wave here in Sun City, Texas, and … finish reading Steve Russell : *METRO* | Life in the Soviet Republic of Sun City

Leaked Letter Reveals That David Cameron Hatched Anti Brexit Plot

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
A leaked letter reveals how Prime Minister David Cameron was plotting with big business to stay in the EU while at the same time telling the public a very different story. The damning document shows how Cameron was plotting to “exaggerate” the risks of Brexit, while still claiming he was prepared to campaign to leave the EU. The Mail Online repprts: The former London Mayor said the revelation showed Mr Cameron’s EU renegotiation bid was ‘fiction’ as he had already decided to campaign for a remain vote. The secret ‘mobilisation’ plan involved asking FTSE 500 companies to put in thei... more »

Former KMT official comments on 1992 Consensus plus links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 12 hours ago
[image: FTV_Aug_2014_29] *I just finished Shawna Yang Ryan's Green Island. Review later this week. One sentence review: I am not worthy to review this lyrical, loving work, which I had to keep putting down because I got too emotionally involved in it.* The KMT news organ passed around a really interesting article on the 1992 Consensus, that faux consensus that never existed, entitled " Kao Koong-lian: Historical Fact of “1992 Talks” Actually a Breakdown".... *First, the “1992 Consensus” came about as the result of the fact that Taiwan disagreed with the Mainland’s so-called “one Chi... more »

Cannes adds Bernard Henri Levy's "Peshmerga" documentary to official selection

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
Bernard Henri Levy- Ardent Zionist/Pro Israel to the nth degree and an* alleged intellectual*? The *intellectual label *applied to Bernard Henri Levy *is a pure appeal to authority logical fallacy* *This news story is the cherry on top of that Kurdistan aka Israel 2.0 sundae that's been being made.* *This is your perception being managed! * *Propaganda to make you believe that which you should not. * *Link* "This film,* which we have just discovered,* offers a close-up look at the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters," festival organizers said in unveiling the special screening of the docum... more »

Saddam’s Decision To Take A Pragmatic Approach To Islamist Parties

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
*I don’t believe it would be wise to clash with the religious current in the Arab world when it is possible to avoid it. On the other hand, we would launch a big attack on them if they are close to taking power. * *- Saddam Hussein, July 24, 1986* Before the 2003 invasion of Iraq there was a great debate within the west over Saddam Hussein’s relationship with Islamist groups. The Bush administration argued that it was cooperating with Al Qaeda to attack the west, while others argued that the secular Baathists were antagonistic to the rise of political Islam. It wasn’t until after t... more »

Art World? More Like SeaWorld: The Use of Animals as Objects (as opposed to Subjects) of Art from Dali to Duke Riley

hygiecrat at hygiecracy - 13 hours ago
originally posted on CounterPunch While non-human animals (e.g. the bulls and horses depicted in the caves of Lascaux) have been subjects of art for tens of thousands of years, in the past few decades living animals have become not mere subjects but objects of art. Unlike two or three dimensional representations of animals, or even dead animals (the stuffed goat central to Robert Rauschenberg's "Monogram," or Joseph Beuys' dead hare, for instance), the use of living animals in contemporary art is becoming more and more common. In just a few days this month alone, two well-publicize... more »

Foreign Banking Institutions Are Dumping U.S. Government Securities

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *CNN:* *U.S. debt dump deepens in 2016* *Central banks are dumping America's debt at a record pace.* China, Russia and Brazil sold off U.S. Treasury bonds as they tried to soften the blow of the global economic slowdown. They each sold off at least $1 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds in March. In all, central banks sold a net $17 billion. Sales had hit a record $57 billion in January. So far this year, the global bank debt dump has reached $123 billion. It's the fastest pace for a U.S. debt selloff by global central banks since at least 1978, according... more »

Pope Francis: You Cannot Impose Democracy On Cultures That Have No History Of Democracy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Pope Francis celebrates a mass of Pentecost in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 15, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile *Reuters*: *Pope criticises West for trying to export own brand of democracy to Iraq, Libya* ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis criticised Western powers for trying to export their own brand of democracy to countries such as Iraq and Libya without respecting indigenous political cultures, according to an interview published on Monday. Speaking to France's Roman Catholic newspaper, La Croix, Francis also said Europe should better integrate migrants and praised the elec... more »

Venezuelan President Maduro Resists Calls To Be Removed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (L) waves next to his wife and deputy of Venezuela's United Socialist Party (PSUV) Cilia Flores and in front of a picture of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, during a rally in Caracas March 12, 2016. REUTERS/CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS Financial Times: *Venezuela protesters fear Maduro will cling on at all costs* Diego Hernández was among about 2,000 protesters who marched last week to Venezuela’s electoral council in Caracas to demand a referendum to remove the president. “We want elections to avoid bloodshed,” he told journalists, holding a ... more »

PREDICTIONS AND DENIGRATIONS: Healy predicts a string of attacks!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2016Part 2—We predict our big stars won't push back:* Last Monday night, we observed an extremely rare cable news event. Anderson Cooper was leading a 900-member political panel through an appalling pseudo-discussion—a pseudo-discussion of Candidate Trump's coming attacks on the extremely vile character of one Candidate Clinton. To demonstrate Cooper's fairness and balance, his panel included the following folk along with CNN anchor and national correspondent John King. We describe them as they're described on the CNN transcript: *Anderson Cooper's balanced poli... more »

Is The Media Supporting Hillary Clinton?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Hillary’s unlikely ally: The media* Hillary Clinton has an unlikely ally in her bid to defeat Donald Trump this fall: the media. The Democratic presidential front-runner has had a long, contentious relationship with the press, most notably in her 2008 run for the White House. But 2016 figures to be much different. Much of the political media disdain Trump, and that feeling is palpable in green rooms in New York City and Washington, D.C. The thought of a Trump presidency simply scares political journalists for a number of reasons, including his proposal to “open up” ... more »

Top U.S. Marine General: U.S. Will Continue To Conduct Operations In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the implementation of the decision to open all ground combat units to women, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 2, 2016. Seated from left are General Neller, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy, and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters *Defense News/Navy Times:* *4-Star Vows To Continue US Operations in South China Sea* The Marine Corps' top officer took a thinly veiled swipe at China's activities in the South Chi... more »

Will Ukraine's New Police Force Make A Difference?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Members of the newly created special police team KORD take part in a demonstration as part of a ceremony to commemorate finishing their training course at a base outside Kiev, Ukraine, May 6, 2016. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko *Reuters:* *The launch of Ukraine's new police patrol force last year sparked an internet craze of citizens posting selfies with newly recruited officers.* Their popularity stemmed not from their uniforms, body cameras and tablets, but the fact they did not demand bribes. The most visibly successful reform to have emerged from the pro-European Maidan protests ... more »

Europe Has Had Enough Of Turkish President Erdogan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan address the media after talks in Berlin, Feb. 4, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz) *Al-Monitor:* *Has Europe had enough of Erdogan?* The collision between Turkey and the European Union (EU) was not unexpected, arriving as it did before mid-May. Now, attention has turned to the next looming crisis, between Ankara and Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not only the head of a leading European country who has stood firm against mounting domestic and foreign criticism of the deal she mastermi... more »

Linda Arrigo's Statement on David Lee's Appointment as MOFA head

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
Lee's appointment has been widely praised... Arrigo is a veteran independent activist and lifelong Marxist thinker, writer, and scholar. If you don't know who Deh Tsu-tsai see Chinese or English. ++++++++++++++++++++ Statement of Deh Tzu-tsai 鄭自才and Linda Gail Arrigo 艾琳達 to North Society and Taiwan Association of University Professors May 15, 2016 Taipei All those who recognize the tremendous harm that the Chinese Kuomintang has done to the people of Taiwan, from 2-28 1947 to the recent 2014 sellout of Taiwan’s economic interests to the PRC by President Ma Ying-jeou, rejoice at t... more »

Monsanto And The Poisoning Of Europe: An Open letter To The EFSA Chief Attorney About Re-licensing Glyphosate In The EU

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 15 hours ago
Countercurrents, Global Research, RINF, CounterPunch Don't take free content on the web for granted. Please read *this. * This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) findings so that the European Commission (under pressure from Monsanto, Glyphosate Task Force and others) can re-authorise glyphosate for another nine years. This is despite the WHO classifying glyphosate as being “probably carcinogenic” to humans. An open letter from campaigner Rosemary Mason to Dirk Detken, Chief ... more »

Dev Cell paper retracted after author admits to doctoring data

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The authors of a Developmental Cell paper have retracted it after the first author admitted to manipulating and falsifying data and reagents. The problems came to light after the authors couldn’t reproduce the findings, about a mechanism underlying meiosis. When questioned about the matter, the first author of the paper, Saurav Malhotra, admitted to doctoring data and […] The post Dev Cell paper retracted after author admits to doctoring data appeared first on Retraction Watch.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*For the Love of Teaching and Economics* *As a former High School economics teacher myself, I heartily agree with the thoughts below -- JR* By Abigail R. Hall I love teaching economic principles. There is something truly exciting about introducing students to the economic way of thinking for the first time. It’s a privilege and honor I take very seriously. It seems to me, if more people understood basic economics, we could avoid a lot of patently backward policies. However, I also find teaching principles to be frustrating on some level. This is not because of my students, who ... more »

‘Franz Kafka’s Head,’ by David Cerny

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 15 hours ago
This moving statue by Czech sculptor David Cerny has Franz Kafka’s head staring straight at the Town Hall’s bureaucrats in Prague, a tribute both to the author and the longevity of his protest against what the sculptor calls “bureaucratic incompetence.” Of course, Kafka was writing about more than just bureaucratic *incompetence* – as anyone who has read *The Trial *or seen Orson Welles’s brilliant film would know. But at the intersection of art and politics, the sculptor has achieved something rare, and important. [Hat tip INSIDER art] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.... more »

Rachel Riley and clit

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago

Conservative Democrats Ready To Deal With Dirty Donald? Sure-- The Hillary Wing

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Never Trump For Real* *Alex Law*, a progressive reformer, is running for Congress in a South Jersey district dominated by the worst of the corrupt Democratic bosses, the Norcross Machine. He is also a leader of the Bernie for President movement in New Jersey and is all in for Bernie as the June 7 primary appraoches, but last night he acknowledged that "While Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate, she would still make an excellent President. As Robert Reich has said, Clinton would be the best President for the system we currently have and Bernie would be the best President for the s... more »

Poor Rachel Riley, has it really come to this? Bumhole

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago

Union in the Spotlight for Allegedly Using Drones to Intimidate Workers

Connor D. Wolf at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Drone footage from a video released by IBEW Local 98 on February 4, 2016.] A hotel development company accused a Philadelphia-based trade union Monday of using a drone to intimidate workers due to the company's workplace representation policy. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98 used its drone to fly around a nonunion construction site.... more »

Congress Must Act Now to Start Rebuilding the US Military

Justin Johnson at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: U.S. Military, US Army, Soldiers, Servicemen, Iraq] This week the House of Representatives takes up the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2017. Much of the debate and media coverage will revolve around a handful of controversial provisions ranging from nuclear weapons to religious freedom. These... more »

ISIS? Bombs Hit Markets in Baghdad Shiite Areas, Kill at Least 69

SINAN SALAHEDDIN at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Security forces and citizens inspect the scene after a bomb explosion at an outdoor market in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Shaab, Iraq, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A bomb at an outdoor market in a Shiite-dominated Baghdad neighborhood on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, a police official said, the latest in a wave of deadly militant attacks far from the front lines in the country's north and west where Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)] BAGHDAD (AP) -- A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets and a restaurant i... more »

The Obama Regime’s New Gender-Bending Cultural Revolution and School Choice

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Obama All-Gender Restrooms - 900] A quick online search explains my visceral reaction to the use of the word "regime" for the current Obama administration. A regime is "a government, especially an authoritarian one." It is also defined as a "system or planned way of... more »

France’s Govt Wants to Make Divorce Easier, Worrying Children’s Advocates

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Divorce, Separation, Wedding Cake, Couple, Relationship] PARIS (AP) -- The French government plans to allow divorce by mutual consent to proceed without a judge, to simplify and accelerate the process. Details are to be discussed Tuesday in the lower house of parliament during debate on a... more »

OREGON: Molalla Tribe Sacred Site in Danger of Mine Project

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Charlie Tufti Demers: Desecration or Development? Molalla Tribe Sacred Site in Danger of Mine Project By Kayla Godowa-Tufti Censored News May 17, 2016 OAKRIDGE, Oregon -- An article published by the Eugene Weekly February 11, 2016 stated, "Old Hazeldell Quarry, an investment of Ed King of King Estate Winery, has applied to Lane County to change the zoning of the hillside,


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* NASA temperature data shows last month was hottest April on record "We're Going To Do It, F**k It" - Venezuela's Maduro Orders Military Exercises For Next Weekend Zuckerberg To Meet Conservative Media Figureheads As Facebook Censorship Scandal Escalates Libya's Central Bank Has $184 Million In Gold In Its Vault... It Just Doesn't Know The Combination "It's Pretty Much Open Season" - Shoplifting Runs Rampant In California After Rule Changes Is Homeland Security Creating Travel Havoc To Force People Into Precheck Programs? This Is Why America Is Bringing "Fre... more »

The Senate Grew a Special Visa Program With Money Taken out of Veterans’ Pockets

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: McCain to Mabus: Why Bother Having a Study on Combat Gender Integration if You’re Going to Ignore the Results?] The Senate used money from benefit cuts to military veterans in the 2016 budget to pay for the resettlement of an additional 3,000 Afghan interpreters in the United States. A dispute over a similar pay-for-plan is behind the Judiciary Committee's refusal to... more »

Senate Confirms Obama Judicial Nominee Opposed by Maryland Police Unions

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 1senatebuild] The Senate confirmed Paula Xinis to a federal judgeship in Maryland by a vote of 53-34, over the protests of major state police unions and outside conservative groups. Xinis, a partner and senior trial attorney at the Baltimore law firm... more »

Resisting Obama’s Transgender Directive: A Hill to Die On

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 03: U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a news conference, the day after Republicans gained 60 seats in the House of Representatives in midterm elections, in the East Room of the White House November 3, 2010 in Washington, DC. As of Tuesday morning, the Republican party had won 239 seats in the House, giving the GOP control of the chamber for the first time since 2006. The power shift could jeopardize Obama's legislative plans for the next two years.] To achieve its political ends, the left doesn’t just assault the Constitution through the appoin... more »

Grim Choices: Trump, Hillary, Third Party

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton] We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and unprecedented nuclear dangers internationally. This year’s general election will offer a choice between a thoroughly... more »

Sky on Shami

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
It’s unusual to see any comments at all on Sky News online. Today there are 21 (at the time of writing) Guess what the report is about..... Shami Chakrabarti. Having recently joined the Labour Party to show that she’s the most suitable person to chair their enquiry into antisemitism, she has been defending herself against accusations of bias. The first thing she’s done is broaden the enquiry to include Islamophobia and all forms of racism. “The former human rights campaigner said: "I consider myself to be independent. And I do not think I am less independent for making absolutely ... more »

China’s State Media Make Rare Remarks on Cultural Revolution, Calls It a Catasrophe

GERRY SHIH at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In this Sept. 14, 1966 file photo, youths are seen at a rally during the height of the Red Guard upheaval waving copies of the collected writings of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong, often referred to as Mao's Little Red Book and carrying a poster of Karl Marx. China's official media reaffirmed on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 the Communist Party's longstanding judgment that the Cultural Revolution was a catastrophic mistake after staying silent on Monday's 50th anniversary of the start of the decade-long upheaval.] BEIJING (AP) -- China’s official media reaffirmed on Tuesday the ... more »

Iran Deal Fallout: GOP Senators Demand Obama Fire Ben Rhodes for Duping Media And Congress

Jonah Bennett at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama confers about the Cairo speech with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough, right, and speechwriter Ben Rhodes on Air Force One en route to Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.] A letter sent Monday by members of Congress demands President Barack Obama fire Ben Rhodes, a key figure in the White House's National Security Council, for allegedly duping legislators and journalists about the Iran nuclear deal. The letter states that Rhodes,... more »

Pall of Nevada Convention Fracas Hangs Over Today’s Democratic Presidential Contests

[image: Sanders and Clinton2 - 900] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- As Oregon and Kentucky queue up to vote in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, the pall of a divisive state party convention in Nevada hangs over the race. Supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders were accused... more »

Military Photo of the Day: May 17, 2016

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: George W. Bush] Former President George W. Bush helps a U.S. Marine Corps veteran stretch during the Invictus Games 2016 preliminary field competition in Orlando, Fla., on May 8, 2016. The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sports competition for wounded, ill and injured... more »

Russia: Cancer Is A Western Invention, Here’s Proof

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
There has long been a saying in the eastern provinces of Russia: ‘Cancer is a western invention.’ Now thanks to a British study, this saying has been proved true, and those babushkas (grandmothers) so fond of the saying can say ‘I told you so.’ Researchers at the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology reached the conclusion that cancer is 100 percent a man-made disease, and that it is caused by modern day phenomena like pollution, chemicals, stress and dietary intake. Cancer existed in the ancient world but it was extremely rare, affecting only one person ou... more »

Bohmists' inequivalence & dishonesty

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
*Off-topic, annoying:* The Central Committee of Both F*cked-up and Non-F*cked-Up Feminist Whores at LIGO has publicly attacked and bullied a senior LIGO member – Barry Barish who rescued the experiment from an epoch of mismanagement and is therefore the most well-deserved Nobel prize candidate among currently active members and who has also led the ILC design group – because the bitches found an image in an after-dinner speech at Pheno16 "offensive". Why is it so hard for you to f*ck off, ladies? And dear reader, can you find what offended them (PDF/PPTX)? I can't. Maybe the penis... more »

Bergdahl Court-Martial May Wait Until After General Election in November

EMERY P. DALESIO at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Hearings Begin in Bowe Bergdahl Case] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The military’s case against Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl resumes with a pre-trial hearing Tuesday that could result in his court-martial being moved until after this fall’s elections. The government has proposed delaying the start of the... more »

Ringing Cedars Of Russia - Book 1

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
*To read the entire book, please click on the pdf link below:* *http://loving-wi.se/ANASTASIA-Book1-Anastasia.pdf* *I can highly recommend this Ringing Cedars of Russia book series to all. I recommend the you put it on an USB and save it for future reading.*

#WorldOnThe MoveDay / No ‘even-handedness schism’

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
There’s a good post in the Telegraph about the BBC’s anti-Brexit bias by Toby Young. Note Toby’s use of those two little hyphenated words in his first sentence. "As a Vote Leave campaigner I've been pleasantly surprised by how ****-******** the BBC has covered the Brexit debate" I missed most of the programmes Toby listened to yesterday, but I did hear Today, and I think Toby is quite right. Sarah Montague’s jaunt to Vietnam was unadulterated pro-immigration propaganda, and not relevant to the current crisis at all. I also heard the trailer for #WorldOnTheMove and assumed listen... more »

BBC Forget Accuracy And Impartiality Again

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Stewgreen http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-36299541 The BBC have a duty to report “with due accuracy and impartiality”. Read their latest propaganda piece and decide for yourselves: A British aid charity is warning that by 2060 more than a billion people worldwide will live in cities at risk of catastrophic […]

How to Recognise Prince from Quite a Long Way Away

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
Yup, that's him alright. It's not like he told me to wait for him and film him or I was expecting him or anything, I just saw him far away in the distance, in motion, wearing a hat (and plain clothes), riding a bicycle, I recognised him and said *"Oh my God - THAT'S PRINCE, I don't believe it, I should film him because none of my friends will believe I really saw him, riding a bicycle and possibly picking up prescription painkillers (although I never actually saw that, I just assumed that's why he would be there)".* Just Fly Casual, Chewie. Nothing suspicious, strange or odd ab... more »

Close Encounter...Large Triangular Craft

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Not only is this an excellent report, it is a report of a human operated craft using gravity control. The scale involved even allows for the use of only basic gravity tools as we could expect at the probable level of gravity development sixty years after the initial discoveries. I do suspect that Tesla made the key discovery years earlier though. It is so easy to forget that the military uses secrecy to suppress outside knowledge of many important discoveries while they attempt to exploit them. I have only become conscious of their fifties research through ... more »

Tall Ram-Horned Humanoid

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
No, it is not a demon. Take away the horns and we have a giant sloth again. We have had a couple of sightings in the North East of the horns as well. Those long fingers are long claws and hunched over is normal here because this animal is aboreal and can also grasp a tree with its legs as well. Thus we end up with its strange ground presentation. Notice how it went to the roof immediately rather that just disappearing down the road. This all conforms. Our difficulty is that we lack specimens. Those horns are likely shed and that explains their rarity. The apparent thinness... more »

Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
This is a good reminder that not having your own bank as a State is counter productive and an effective tax. North Dakota shows us that this works even with populations as low as one million. Progress has been slow on this front and you may be sure that bankers have lobbied against it all. Ellen has been working this for several years now and it would be wonderful is the new president made it an imperative to ensure every state and large city actually does this.. *Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California? * * Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:00 By E... more »

Stealing Food is Not a Crime If You are Poor and Hungry

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
This is an extraordinary thought provoking outcome and I suspect it is totally right in terms of common law as applies to any human community. The correct solution to all poverty world wide is to simply support a minimum wage on a proper sustaining basis. Do that that this can never happen. Yet this judge has finally asked the right question. If law serves the community does it prohibit a person taking from the community his needs for sustenance. Otherwise the law is only serving the narrow interests of single individuals. If that is the case, withholding sustenance because... more »

A Perfect Storm For Hilary

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
It seems inconceivable but the probability of Hilary Clinton been forced to vacate her run for the Presidency has become critical and may no longer be fended off. The breaker is that the Russians appear to have acquired over 20,000 emails from her private server. That they have leaked this information suggests that its value is now zero except as a way to embarrass folks while proving that Russian espionage is effective. What is critical to understand is that Hilary committed an act of espionage in order to transfer this data from secure systems to her own home machine. That... more »

Galactic Gravity Consumption

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
In an earlier post we remarked that Dark Matter accumulates to produce the environment able to induce self assembly of neutron neutron pairings and their resultant decay product of free electrons, a neutrino and the hydrogen atom. This naturally fuels every star we see out there. What is also interesting is that we are traveling within an envelope of such Dark Matter enclosing the galaxy. Velocity and direction has been identified and measured as well in research confirming the existence of the Aether. I am not satisfied that it has all been put together yet but it is out ther... more »

Debt Binge: China Did It Again

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
By and large china has been investing in productive assets and sustaining them even when they lose money. We are learning that this can work well enough so long as you do not take the debt too seriously. After all it is backed up by the government printing press. And folks, the money is already spent. That is why it is no longer inflationary. wha5t can be inflationary is paying it back. The last fifteen years has witnessed the greatest fiat currency distribution in history. That it has been absorbed says much for the demand side. It is also obvious that no one has figured th... more »

Vibrational Medicine

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 18 hours ago
Very helpful and worth digesting. It is creditable that vibrational energy will be beneficial to our light body. At the same time that same light body should have no difficulty shedding unwanted energy as well or converting it. After all it is able to bounce around outside our atmosphere and space at will. Yet on Earth it may be too shielded from beneficial radiation as well but even that argument is suspect. Our real problem is our need to instruct our light body effectively and correctly. That could well be best done through singing a mantra. . *Vibrational Medicine * ... more »

Free Planet - We Are Not Here To Wake Up The Masses - War World

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
*WE ARE NOT HERE TO WAKE UP THE MASSES* I realise that now, but it hurts to know no-one wants a Free Planet and will always be slaves to the corporate whims and amoral demands of the Corporate Machine of Death. I suspect this is what it means to achieve 'enlightenment', that pointlessness of the struggle is a waste of your time. I had such hope, believed I could make a difference, for so many years, but now I'll step back from the war of yours vs mine, pull back from even trying... I shall BE and that'll have to suffice. Though I've been promoting the Free Planet Group on Faceboo... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 19 hours ago
*"So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.* *And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day."* *Signed, Your Truly,* *Moses.* Okay, so it NOW turns out that on the night of his final performance at Paisley Park, at the end, Prince in fact "*addressed the crowd [meaning, he made a SPEECH]** for TWENTY MINUTES"*, to his invited audience of many friendly local journalists, of which no video or audio exists in the public domain (because cameras and ph... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
No need for more U.S. troops in Iraq, Pentagon says https://t.co/Mlke6f968X — ArmyTimes (@ArmyTimes) May 16, 2016

Year's Supply of Made to Matter Products Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 hours ago
The products that you put on your skin are just as important as the foods we put into our bodies, which is why it's so important to choose quality products. Target®, one of America's favorite retailers, is making it even easier for consumers to choose the best products by creating their unique Made to Matter line. Each product in the unique line is handpicked and is only available at Target stores. The elite group of 20 brands have you covered from head to toe with the best natural products for your family and today we're sharing 3 of those brands in an amazing giveaway! *SheaMois... more »

Why Western Analysts Fail In Analysing Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council. One European expert estimates that at least a third of Russia's diplomats work for Putin's intelligence agencies. Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters *Michael Kofman, War On The Rocks*: *The Seven Deadly Sins Of Russia Analysis* One analyst's reflection on the common analytical sins and questionable assumptions that bedevil the field of Russia analysis. As the clock counts down to the end of another tumultuous and difficult year of dealing with Russia, the natural instinct is to look back on the ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Hornet Launch* An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Strike Fighter Squadron 154 launches from the USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, May 6, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.

Kate Braun : This full moon is a time of high energy and power

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Moon Musings: The Full Moon falls on Saturday, May 21, 2016, but can also be observed on Friday or Sunday. By Kate Braun | The Rag Blog | May 17, 2016 You may celebrate this month’s Full Moon on Friday, … finish reading Kate Braun : This full moon is a time of high energy and power

Do John Miller And John Barron Wear Wigs Too?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Every time the media is talking about Trump's repulsive faux-reality world, they're ignoring the issues the presidential campaign should hinge on. And over the weekend two new characters, made-up John Miller and made-up John Barron were introduced into The Donald Show. Bad enough when it was just another example of the bloviating insecure old man with the wig perpetrating fraud in everything he touches. But it was even worse than that: *It turned out that "Mr. Barron" was Donald Trump's favorite alias. When this was revealed, Trump said, "What of it? Ernest Hemingway used a pen ... more »

The Restaurant That Russian Spies Once Favoured Reopens In Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The old Aragvi, opened in 1938, was the first and only Georgian restaurant in Moscow. After reconstruction, little of the original decor remained. It has nine dining areas, most of which are light and airy, with a bit of Soviet style and some 17th-century chic. Aragvi *AFP:* '*Soviet chic' restaurant favoured by KGB spies reopens in Moscow* Moscow (AFP) - Moscow's Aragvi restaurant, once the legendary haunt of KGB spies and cosmonauts, has reopened with its Soviet-era grandeur restored. The high-end eatery on the main Tverskaya street, which opened in 1938 at the height of Stalin's... more »

The Truth About False Flags, Propaganda and the Information War

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Bernie Suarez* - There are several processes and tactics used by intelligence agencies to manufacture consent for war.

Indigenous Community Police Bail out of Jail

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Frontera NorteSur News: Indigenous Community Police Bail out of Jail May 16, 2016 By Frontera NorteSur Censored News After spending more than 32 months in jail, six members of an Indigenous community-based police force in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero bonded out of jail on Thursday, May 12. The six Mixtec men, members of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities (CRAC),

There Is An Asian Arms Race That Is Underwater

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Japanese Soryu-class submarine. Japan had hoped to win the Australian navy contract with this boat. (Courtesy of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force) *Adm James Stavridis, Nikkei Asian Review* -- *Asia's arms race dives underwater* The ocean depths of the Pacific are becoming crowded in the latest stage of Asia's arms race, as the region's military powers rapidly increase their submarine fleets and deploy the very latest technology. Australia's decision to buy 12 highly advanced diesel-powered submarines from France's well-regarded defense contractor DCNS is the latest example. ... more »

Chemtrail and Geoengineering Programs Confirmed in Testimony at UN

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - Rosalind Peterson's testimony at the United Nations confirms what many of have long suspected.

Hillary Floating 2-for-1 Clinton Presidency

LISA LERER & CATHERINE LUCEY at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: SCRANTON, PA - OCTOBER 12: (L-R) Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) (L) , U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (C) and former U.S. President Bill Clinton listen in at a rally in support of Democratic presidential nomineee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) October 12, 2008 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. With family ties to Scranton, both Biden and Clinton have teamed up to rally supporters in Pennsylvania before moving on to campaign for Obama in battleground states. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)] HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The notion of a 2-for-1 Cli... more »

How Did Iran Treat The 10 U.S. Navy Sailors When They Were Seized Early This Year?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US sailors being apprehended by Iran's Revolutionary Guards after investigations showed their patrol boats had entered Iranian waters unintentionally © Iran's revolutionary guards website / AFP *Washington Free Beacon: Congressman:* *Classified Details of Iran’s Treatment of U.S. Sailors Will Shock Nation* *Lawmaker says new details being withheld by Obama administration.* The classified details behind Iran’s treatment of several U.S. sailors who were captured by the Islamic Republic during a tense standoff earlier this year are likely to shock the nation, according to one member o... more »

At Odds with GOP, Obama Insists Senate Must Vote on Garland

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 16, 2016, during the Medal of Valor ceremony. The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said Monday he believes the Senate has a constitutional obligation to vote on a president’s nomination to the Supreme Court, staking out a position at odds with Republicans and some legal scholars. Obama made... more »

Luis Guerra : The Huichol deer repopulation project

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
I learned that encroachment and poaching had decimated the deer population in Huichol land. By Luis Guerra | The Rag Blog | May 16, 2016 Artist and storyteller Luis Guerra was our guest on Rag Radio Friday, May 13, 2016. … finish reading Luis Guerra : The Huichol deer repopulation project

Excellent MUST SEE Video: "The Most Antisemitic Video Ever"!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have been a most troubled NTS this last year, as again and again I have been watching the youth of today seem totally oblivious to the dangers that the criminal Jews pose to our planet... It seems that most of the young people today have their heads buried in their smart phones, sending text messages to their friends and not using any vocal communication at all, and are absolutely lost when it comes to the reality of the world around them.... I thought that they were in fact hopeless and that this next generation was going to be worse than the last one and lead to the eventual dow... more »

Meanwhile, on mainstream media this afternoon (and every afternoon) …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
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The Dirty Secret Is That the F-35 Is Actually 3 Different Planes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *David Axe, National Interest*: *The F-35 Stealth Fighter's Dirty Little Secret Is Now Out in the Open* The U.S. Senate just confirmed what an Air Force general hinted at in February 2016 — and which should have been obvious for years to close observers of U.S. air power. The Joint Strike Fighter program is not developing one, common warplane for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and the air arms of America’s closest allies. No, the Joint Strike Fighter is actually three different plane designs sharing a basic cockpit, engine and software and... more »

Are U.S. Frequent Flyer Reward Programs A Systemic Fraud?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The member of Congress who figures out a way to actually prevent telemarketers from bothering people-- if the Do Not Call list ever functioned, that's now a distant memory-- should get a bonus... or a Senate seat or a job as Vice President or something. I guess it's not as important as figuring out how to un-rig the system to lessen income inequality and institute Medicare For All but, let's face it, conservatives will never allow any of that so let's find something *everyone* can agree on-- like the death penalty for telemarketers. Or more accountable frequent flyer programs. Ac... more »

King of Debt Seeks Presidency

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Guest post by Peter Schiff* During a lengthy interview on CNBC the week before last, Donald Trump, fresh from becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, came as close as any major presidential contender ever has to saying that America is not capable of repaying her debts in full, and that our path to economic recovery might involve some pain for our creditors. This moment of candor earned Trump almost as much condemnation as his earlier suggestions to ban Muslims from entering the United States. To many, the idea that U.S. debt obligations involved even the slightest risks... more »

US, Other World Powers Want to Arm Libyan Government

GEORGE JAHN & MATTHEW LEE at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, left, and U.N. Libya envoy Martin Kobler, right, attend the ministerial meeting on Libya in Vienna, Austria, Monday May 16, 2016.] VIENNA (AP) -- In a move fraught with risk, the United States and other world powers said Monday they would supply Libya’s internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in the... more »

U.S. And Allies Have Approved The Shipment Of Arms For Libya's New Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*: *U.S. and allies ready to help arm Libyan forces against Islamic State* VIENNA — Diplomats from 25 countries and international organizations, including the United States, said Monday that they are considering arming and training the new unity government in Libya so it can fight the spread of terrorist groups in the country and counter the smuggling of migrants to Europe. In a joint communique after a lengthy meeting on ways to rein in chaos in Libya, the diplomats said they would support Libya’s request to be exempted from a U.N. embargo that was put in place f... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 16, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Nick Danforth, New York Times:* *Could Different Borders Have Saved the Middle East?* THERE probably aren’t many things that the Islamic State, Jon Stewart and the president of Iraqi Kurdistan agree on, but there is one: the pernicious influence of the Sykes-Picot Agreement, a secret plan for dividing up the Middle East signed by France and Britain, 100 years ago this week. It has become conventional wisdom to argue, as Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. recently did, that the Middle East’s problems stem from “artificial lines, creating artificial states made up of totally dist... more »

World News Briefs -- May 16, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A clothing shop displays its merchandise beside a damaged building in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria, May 15, 2016. REUTERS/KHALIL ASHAWI *Reuters*: *U.S., Russia stalemate on Syria frustrates European powers* The Obama administration's failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go is fueling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country's five-year civil war, diplomats say.Some diplomats and analysts question whether the United States has misread Russia's desire to keep Assad in power. ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*NASA Maps Show How Fast New Orleans Is Sinking ~George Dvorsky, Gizmodo*

Mass Grave Of Thousands Of ISIS Victims Discovered In Syria

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A mass grave containing THOUSANDS of slaughtered innocent victims of the so called Islamic State has been discovered in northern Syria. The discovery came to light after Kurdish YPG forces recaptured the town of Suluk, 11 miles from the Turkish border and 30 miles from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. ISIS militants blindfolded their victims and tortured them before throwing them over the edge of a ravine. The Daily Express reports: According to reports, armed forces stumbled across the bones and blood of thousands of men, women and children who are said to have been tortured and then... more »

Whose Academy Is It Anyway?

Annick T.R. Wibben at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Recently there has been a lot of talk about one of those issues academics (at least in the U.S.) obsess about: how to get tenure and the job security as well as license to (supposedly) speak truth to power that comes with it. This round of conversations started when Stephen Walt gave some, rather generic, […]

New Harvard Study: Women Live Longer if They Go to Church

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: woman in church - 900] A new Harvard study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that women who regularly attend church services live longer. In the study, titled "Association of Religious Service Attendance With Mortality Among Women," researchers found that women who attended church more... more »

Erdogan: West More Concerned With Animal And Gay Rights

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Shame on those who in the West divert their sensitivity to the so-called freedoms, rights, and law shown in the debate over gay marriage away from Syrian women, children, and innocents in need of aid,"* Erdogan said. RT: allegedly quoting *from here*, which is Turkish media. If Ally is around and would like to translate that would be nice :) *Hammer meet nail!* *The West loves despicable identity politics. The West employs identity politics relentlessly as a divide to conquer method.* "Earlier this week, *Turkey’s president refused to bring his country’s anti-terror laws in line... more »

Bye Bye Barzani. Hello, Israel 2.0 aka Kurdistan

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Recall my prediction that Barzani will likely be out of power by years end?* *The news of Gorran leader coming back to Iraq, just a short time ago, made clear the end was near*. *Flashback:* *The end of Iraq is Nigh: Gorran Leader Nashirwin Mustafa returns from London* ** Kurdish Gorran Party & London, England- What is the connection?* * * Izzat Ibrahim Al Douri-King of Clubs & Nawshirwan Mustafa- Gorran Party* *Onto the Latest:* *Two Largest Iraq Kurdish Parties Unite Ahead of Upcoming Elections * The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Movement for Change (Gorran) ha...more »

(First Shots Fired)  Liars Out In Force (Wall Street Rocking Again - Cause You Gotta Sell Sumpin!)  Krugman Outed (Sad to Say) Along with NYT Touting Repeal of Glass-Steagall  (Drunken Monkeys Lash Our Out-of-Control Horsey?)  Dimon Slips That Buddy Is A Jerk? (WSJ Wants Contested Conventions) Trump Surrogate Threatens Obama?

Walgreens Partners With Big Pharma to Sell More Psychiatric Drugs The Art of the Double-Dealing Megalomaniac I know we have been (almost anxiously) awaiting the deep-sixing, shouty-media attacks on the billionaire-unblessed candidates for several months now (and, yes, I'm taking into account the outright ignoring of Bernie's massive wins and the thousands of Sandersnistas who come to his

Postmodern politics: It’s all about the narrative

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Commentators have called it the single most important story of the Obama years.” It is the story of the thoroughgoing ignorance of the Obama regime bolstered by the all-but complete incompetence of the American media.—on whose ignorance and stupididy the Obama White House relied. *Across the US, wherever people gather to talk national security, the hot topic for days now has been the New York Times Magazine’s big interview with Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s foreign policy guru-cum-salesman. Especially inside the Beltway, Mr. Rhodes’ pointed comments about his work—particularly ... more »

CNN: Watch the two New York Times "journalists" squirm while they lie about their Trump hit piece.

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*despicable people doing despicable things.* Earlier today *I** posted the video of one of the women misquoted in a obvious hit piece on Donald Trump* and his treatment of women that appeared in the New York Times on Sunday (5/15/2016) *Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved with Women in Public. * Now watch the two New York Times "journalists" responsible for the hit piece, Megan Twohey and wimpy pajama boy Michael Barbaro, squirm while they obviously lie about the whole thing. In their article, they tell the story of Trump's ex-girlfriend Rowanne Brewer Lane. But the 1990 e... more »

Twitter To Stop Counting Photos And Links In 140-Character Limit

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Twitter is about to stop counting images and URL links toward the 140-character limit. The social networking site is to announce changes to its 140-character limit in the the next two weeks, that would allow users to cramp more content into a single tweet, according to Bloomberg. Android Police reports: http://Pretty_soon.com http://this_tweet.com http://will_count.com http://as_0_letters.comhttps://t.co/bkyf0BQWS5 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 16, 2016 Right now, shortened links take up 23 characters. Removing this would free up several additional words per tweet. This would be appre... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( May 16 , 2016 ) Overview Fro Monday ( 1. Markets & Data - S&P 500 Q 1 EPS Update , Global Equities - YTD Returns , Sovereign CDS Spreads - Highest & Lowest Spreads , Commodities Updates - Movers & Shakers , Bond Market Oddity Regarding Global Yield. 2. Turkey & EU Deal - State Of Play , Sultan Erdogan Setting Up His Power Moves In Turkey. 3. Greece Coming Closer To Terms With Its Creditors To Close The First Review For Bailout Three - Related Items Of Interest . 4. Brexit Items De Jour. 5. Libya Political State Of Play - International And Internal Developments. 6. Odds & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Markets...... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 8m 8 minutes ago S&P 500: with 92% of companies reported, Q1 EPS down 1% over the past yr, the 6th consecutive YoY decline. $SPX *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 45m 45 minutes ago Equities, YTD Total Return Brazil: +20% Russia: +9% US: +2% UK: +.3% India: -1% Germany: -7% Japan: -13% China: -19% *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 1h 1 hour ago Highest and lowest sovereign CDS spreads... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7h 7 hours ago Crude Oil: from down 29% YTD on Feb 11 to up 29% to... more »

3D Printed Bio-Glass Could Replace Damaged Cartilage

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Researchers have used 3D bioprinting to create a new material that could be used for cartilage implants. Researchers from the Imperial College London and the University of Milano-Bicohcca have 3D printed a shock-absorbing bio-glass that mimics all the properties of cartilage. The material is biodegradable, biocompatible and the cells demonstrate self-healing properties. The process to produce the material is far quicker and easier than lab-grown alternatives. 3ders reports: The development is a significant one because cartilage is an absolutely crucial tissue that is easily damaged,... more »

The Transgender Logic of Gender Fluidity Can Justify Absurdities

William M Briggs at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Gender Fluid Blurred Lines - 900] Gender, say some, is separate from sex. Few who say this seem to realize the absurdities that follow from this premise. First, let’s get clear on what we’re being told. You’re a man in the sense of sex if you... more »

Latest Public Access TV Show

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
My latest 'This Issue' public access TV show where I interview Lisa Savage, a long-time Maine educator and peace activist. She talks about military recruiting in Maine's schools, and her newly-organized Maine Natural Guard, which is raising awareness about the huge carbon bootprint of the Pentagon, the amounts of money spent on wars and weapons, and the lack of coverage of these wars and other real issues in our mainstream media. We also briefly discuss the situation in Palestine and the current Boycott, Divest, Sanctions campaign against Israeli apartheid. Lisa is always a great... more »

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