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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

18 May - Blogs I'm Following

10:35pm MDST

Hamilton: Lessons From the Man and the Musical

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 34 minutes ago
[image: Alexander Hamilton - 900] The popularity of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton offers us all an opportunity to consider the wisdom of one of our most prolific Founding Fathers -- while we wait in line for tickets. Alexander Hamilton, like the rest of our Founders,... more »

Trump-- The Evangelical Revenge On The Republican Establishment

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
Monday night Samantha Bee was in fine form as she explained why so many evangelicals abandoned Bible-spewing phony Ted Cruz for the most apparently immoral, anti-God candidate in living memory. "Are evangelicals," she wondered aloud, "*that* eager to get the apocalypse going?" You must watch the video above, but... the short version: Republicans thought they could manipulate a bunch of apolitical, not-too-bright religionists but it backfired and they accidentally saddled the party with Herr Trumpf. Enjoy!

Potential Trump Choice for SCOTUS Bashed Him on Twitter

Austin Roscoe at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Donald Trump] One of the justices announced Wednesday in Donald Trump’s list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices has often made a mockery of the Republican presidential candidate on his Twitter page. For a candidate known to “counterpunch,” it’s odd that Trump... more »

Are We Facing 'Cold War Two'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) listens to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during a news conference at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/EDUARDO MUNOZ *Josh Cohen, Reuters*: *Current U.S.-Russia tensions are dangerous -- but not ‘Cold War Two’* Since Russian-American relations spiraled downwards after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, analysts and politicians have begun to raise the once unthinkable: the advent of Cold War Two. Both American and Russian commentators have declared “Welcome to Cold War Two,” while NATO’s r... more »

Who Wants To Die In Eastern Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A boy sits on an armored personnel carrier as he poses for a picture during a parade in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica *Alexander J. Motyl, World Affairs*: *Ukraine's Orange Blues. Dying for the Donbas?* Just about every day, soldiers die. Sometimes, it’s as many as three or four. Sometimes, it’s two or three. Usually, it’s only one. Only one young life snuffed out—for what? For the Russian-occupied Donbas enclave. That is to say, for nothing. I can understand, intellectually, at least, dying for your family or friends, for your country or cit... more »

US Intelligence: Foreign Hackers Spying on Campaigns

DEB RIECHMANN at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: In this Feb. 9, 2016 file photo, Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Clapper said Wednesday, May 18, 2016, that the U.S. has already seen evidence that cyber hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, and government officials are working with them to tighten security as they expect the problem to grow as the campaigns intensify.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States sees evidence of hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, snooping on the presidential candidate... more »

Queen Elizabeth Reveals She Is Ready To Flee Britain

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Queen Elizabeth stunned BBC production staff yesterday while preparing to deliver the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, hinting that she is planning to abdicate the throne and flee the UK, a BBC insider claims. ‘One is making the necessary preparations to abandon ship,’ Her Majesty said. ‘A violent storm is coming, the likes of which Britain has never seen.‘ BBC staff ‘stunned’ Her Majesty was speaking to her advisors while taking on the Parliament Robe of State and Imperial State Crown in the Robing Chamber, however she was already wearing a microphone and her comm...more »

Dan Dare

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Michal Dutkiewicz art The Three Rocketeers

Economics For Real People: Explaining economic growth

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: 276464_137539366339987_1226509_n] Here’s a note from our friends at the Auckland Uni Economics Group about tonight’s seminar. (All welcome—especially *non*-economists!) *Tonight’s University of Auckland Economics Group Seminar:* *A survey of the approaches taken by economic historians to explaining the causes of modern economic growth*The problem of explaining the causes of modern economic growth looms large in the economic-history literature. The twelve-fold increase in the material standard of living since the industrial revolution, only enjoyed by a small fraction of... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 3 hours ago
*Shell Oil Spill Response Is A Joke ~SkyTruth*


jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 3 hours ago

Another Congressional Race On The Board-- VA-05

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Virginia is one of the richest states, but much of that wealth is concentrated in the DC surbubs. The state's median income is $67,620, third highest nationally. The three districts that include parts of Fairfax County have median incomes in the $100,000 range. But in the southern part of the state, incomes dip precipitously. The 21 counties and 2 cities that make up the mostly rural New Jersey-sized 5th district have a median income of $47,972 and the poverty rate is 15.1%, significantly above the commonwealth's 9.2%. The economy of much of Southside is still in recession and st... more »

How Good Is Chinese Military Tech?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Chinese Military Parade (YouTube) *Andrew Erickson, War On The Rocks*: *How Good Are They? The Latest Insights Into China's Military Tech* It’s that time of year again, and the end of an era. On Friday, the Obama Administration released the last annual Pentagon China report under its watch. Working the China military observers’ graveyard shift this weekend, I published analyses of the report’s overall content, and its key omissions — namely, any mention whatsoever of China’s maritime militia of “little blue men” trolling for territorial claims. Here, I’ll focus on the report’s gre... more »

As We Shift - Prophecy I of III

Sophia Love at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
What’s going on right now is you. Put down your phone or tablet (after reading this ;-), and think for a minute about who it is this story is about. Whose DNA is changing. Whose financial system is collapsing. Whose entire life is about to shift. Yours. You’d best be getting prepared. Supply yourself with food and goods. Not because they will be unavailable, but because you may not have the right kind of currency to purchase them. It promises to be sketchy for a while. If you are reading this blog, most likely you’re here to help explain to and assist those still in the dark. ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 4 hours ago
*China building at sea level* On DISSECTING LEFTISM yesterday, I wrote about China's island-building in the East China sea. I pointed out that there were both good military and good economic reasons for building the islands and that they are there to stay. What is amusing about it, however, is that the islands are just slightly above sea level -- which shows that China does NOT believe the global warming story. If they really did expect a sea level rise they would not be spending billions of Renminbi on building things that were due to be swamped soon. *GM farming is creat... more »

Two Chinese Fighter Jets 'Buzz' US Spy Plane Over The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
A Lockheed EP-3 Aries, similar to the one involved in Tuesday’s Chinese intercept over the South China Sea, is seen in an undated photo from 2001. PHOTO: U.S. NAVY *FOX News:* *2 Chinese jets 'buzz' US reconnaissance plane in South China Sea* Two Chinese fighter jets ‘buzzed’ a US military reconnaissance plane in the South China Sea Tuesday in an “unsafe” manner, according to the Pentagon. The incident comes a week after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 miles of China’s Fiery Cross reef, an artificial island made after months of dredging operations, more proof that tensions... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 18, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
An offshore oil rig at sunset. Pete Markham, CC BY-SA 2.0.. Flickr *Petr Aven, Vladimir Nazarov, and Samvel Lazaryan, National Interest*: *Twilight of the Petrostate* The age of oil rents is over. A political and geopolitical revolution is on its way. About twenty countries around the world are dependent on a single number: the price of oil. Some, primarily Persian Gulf states, live entirely off their oil and gas wealth. They rely on crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products for 50 percent of their Gross Domestic Product and for 70-plus percent of their budget revenue. Some 15... more »

World News Briefs -- May 18, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Nigerian schoolgirl rescued after two years as Boko Haram captive* A Nigerian teenager kidnapped by Boko Haram more than two years ago has been rescued, the first of more than 200 girls seized in a raid on their school in Chibok town to return from captivity in the insurgents' forest lair, officials said on Wednesday. Soldiers working together with a civilian vigilante group rescued the girl and her four-month-old baby near Damboa in the remote northeast, army spokesman Sani Usman said. They also detained a "suspected Boko Haram terrorist" called Mohammed Hayatu who c... more »

The Next Major Flashpoint In The War Against The Islamic State In Iraq Will Be Fallujah

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Shane Harris & Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast:* *This City Could Be The Next Big Battle of the ISIS War* While all eyes are on the ISIS bombings rocking Baghdad, the Iraqi government is quietly pointing its finger at the long-contested city of Fallujah. The Iraqi government is putting the ISIS-controlled city of Fallujah as next on its target list. That’s not because of increasingly dire reports that the citizens of Fallujah are suffering from starvation and torture under ISIS’s cruel grip. Nor do Iraqi officials see the city as key to dislodging ISIS from its Iraqi stronghold, Mos... more »

Turkey's War Against The Kurds Has Destroyed The City Of Cizre

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Daily Mail *DW*:* 'Unprecedented destruction' of Kurdish city of Cizre* Research by a Turkish human rights group found Turkey's army turned the Kurdish city of Cizre into a 'war zone' where hundreds of civilians died and thousands of homes were destroyed. Tom Stevenson reports from Istanbul. An extensive independent report from the Turkish human rights NGO Mazlumder concludes that Turkish army campaigns in the predominantly Kurdish city of Cizre in the country's far southeast turned the city into a "war zone" where over 200 people were killed during the curfew. More than 10,000 hom... more »

End carpet-sprawl by removing the city limits [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Ever since Labour’s housing spokesman came out yesterday in favour of removing the planners’ ring-fence around Auckland, otherwise known as the Metropolitan Urban Limit, there has been any amount of ill-informed commentary in response – most of it opposed to “sprawl.” *[*UPDATE: One of the ill-informed is the present housing minister who in his two-faced way says ‘It would be counter-productive to ditch [his present] work at this time with a simplistic approach of just abolishing city limits.”*]* There is a great deal of ignorance over urban sprawl, much of it on display in an ... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( May 18 , 2016 ) Overview For Wednesday ( 1. FOMC Minutes Spark Large Reactions In Bond , Precious Metals and FX ; Non Opec Crude Supply Barely Nudges Downward Over Last 12 Months ; Divergence Between German Bund & US Treasuries Continues. 2. Brexit Daily Tidings. 3. Greece - Creditor Talk Updates & Related Matters , Refugee Related Matters . 4. Libya - Around the Political Horn. 5. Odds & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Markets & Market Moving News.... *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 1h 1 hour ago US 2y yields jump to highest since March as FOMC Minutes point to a Fed that wants to pull the trigger in June. *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 1h 1 hour ago #Gold and #Silver get hammered by hawkish FOMC Apr minutes. *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 59m 59 minutes ago Big levels have broken post FOMC minutes, acc to Citi. What to watch for. *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3h 3 hours ago Fed hike odds for June move from 12% yesterday to 32% today. Septembe... more »

The US Push to Recapture/Annex Mosul- Fact over Fiction

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Recall about a week or so ago claims that *the taking of Mosul were stalled* ? Cause it was in the hands of Baghdad ? Religious strife and other claims *Example: May 10/16 just eight days ago "**While the Iraqi army, Kurds, U.S. military are allied against ISIS, no agreement exists on how to retake Mosul, Iraq's second biggest city"* As I’d mentioned in a previous post claims like that above are a whole lot of rubbish, because it's very clear, despite all the silly claims to the contrary the US is very, very busy working to annex Mosul. The US don't need no stinkin' agreement. Heck... more »

Our Culture and Politics: Losses Without Gains

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Hope, Light at the End of the Tunnel, Sadness, Depression, Hopelessness, Walking, Lost, Directionless] “If you won’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” -- quote attributed to numerous sources Historically, when our nation has transitioned from one way of life to another, there has usually been some optimism about what was to... more »

Ross Department Store Allowed a Man in the Women’s Dressing Room and Told a Woman to Wait

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: fitting room - 900] A Texas woman was "mad and appalled" Monday when a man was allowed into the women's dressing room of a Ross department store in Mesquite, reports CBS 11 News. Lisa Stickles said that she was trying on clothes when she... more »

“…and a man lay dying”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
What a very sad story yesterday, about the discovery of an elderly man’s decomposing body in a Dixon St flat, in Wellington, said to have been dead for at least six months. The third time in 14 months a body has been found similarly unloved, not even the neighbours aware of the passing. A very sad situation. People will say that this is just a reflection of life in the uncaring big city, but it really doesn’t need to be that way, does it. Here’s a song Eric Bogle wrote about a similar story in Sydney a few years ago. *RELATED POSTS*: - “When government gets out of the wa... more »

On Tory Weakness

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
British politics has taken a turn for the worse of late, but let's not forget its settled, normal status is weird. Today's Queen's speech - the outline of "her" government's legislative programme for the coming year - is a case in point. In the thinnest of gruel, which we will come to sift through for juicy morsels shortly, we had the bizarre spectacle of a 15th century relic promising space ports, autonomous cars, and more drones. I'm not sure this is what old Trotters had in mind when he wrote about combined and uneven development. Weird. The mainstream have had all afternoon to ... more »

Russia To Restore Early Warning Radar Station In Crimea

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Russia are to restore a missile attack warning station located near Sevastopol in Crimea, in response to increasing NATO activity in the Black Sea. The early warning radar station will be modernized to detect possible missile launches from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, according to a report by Izvestia newspaper, quoting a source from the Russian defense industry. RT reports: The source told reporters that the installation will be based on the Soviet-era Dnepr station (NATO code name Hen House), but that it would be thoroughly modernized. After the facility is overhauled it ... more »

Shouting at pigeons

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 6 hours ago
The older you get the more you admire the State Opening of Parliament. It’s the kind of ritual you’d probably laugh at when you‘re young. Years later you might feel it’s reassuring that all these grown-up people take it seriously enough to get all togged up in their ceremonial outfits and perform with solemnity and respect. Tradition and pomp provide a sort of illusory parent substitute - a comforting feeling that the adults are being responsible, taking care of things in another room, and we ordinaries can carry on being irresponsible in the nursery. Religion without the hassle.... more »

May 18: Oh, what a tangled web we weave...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
Moncton High School, a particularly impressive building of stone, was closed because, it was said, it required repairs that were too expensive to justify the cost. By coincidence, a new site was available (on a housing developer's land), though at a considerable distance from the old school. After the new school opened, annus mirabilis, it was discovered that the old one could be repaired after all. And it would be the ideal place for a new library - replacing the one on Main St. - the same Main St. that we trying to revive with a hundred million dollar 'events centre'. Why move... more »

Ain't No Life in Ukraine Anymore

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
The US coup d'etat in Ukraine destroyed the nation - intentionally - in order to create chaos along the Russian border. The plan by Washington and Brussels was to bankrupt Ukraine and force Russia to have to deal with the economic consequences of their neighbor's collapse. All this being aimed to help fulfill the goal of eventual regime change in Moscow. The abrupt severing of the traditional ties between Russian and Ukrainian businesses, due to suicidal Kiev-imposed regulations, resulted in a 10.7*%* decline in GDP in 2014 and another 13.4% drop in 2015. Foreign trade, both i... more »

Corporate War on Africa

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo--a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried underground. For five centuries, the continent of Africa has been ravaged by the world's Empires for its vast untapped treasure. Today, the U.S. Empire is increasing it's military role through their massive command network, AFRICOM, carrying out several missions a day. With the Congo being arguably the biggest prize for imperialist powers, Abby Martin is joined by Kambale Musavuli, spokesperson for Friends of... more »

Indigenous denouce United Nation's REDD and false Green Economy

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Carbon Offsets cause Conflict and Colonialism Indigenous Peoples denounce at United Nations; Demand Cancellation of REDD+ By Indigenous Environmental Network Censored News May 18, 2016 NEW YORK -- A false solution to climate change known as REDD+ causes conflict and is a new form of colonialism and must be immediately canceled, Indigenous Peoples denounced at the United Nations. REDD+ (

Bitumen's Days Are Over

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 6 hours ago
These are hard days for Fort McMurray. But, Andrew Nikiforuk writes, there is another fire burning -- a slow burning one -- that will eventually bring the place to its knees. And Murray Edwards, the head of Canadian Natural Resources, has seen the future: Murray Edwards, the billionaire tycoon behind Canadian Natural Resources, one of the largest bitumen extractors, has decamped from Alberta to London, England. Edwards and company slashed $2.4-billion from CNRL's budget in 2015. Since the oil price crash, by some accounts, Murray's company has lost 50 per cent of its market value.... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 6 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* A megatsunami may soon strike Hawaii with devastating consequences Burlington College Closing Due To "Crushing Debt" Incurred Under Presidency Of Bernie Sanders' Wife "What Is Worrisome Is The Increasing Scale Of Violence" - Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Turns To Arson In Germany Islamists Infiltrate The Swedish Government Nassim Taleb's "Shillary vs The Donald" Cheat Sheet "Better the devil you don't know," seems to be his inclination. Multi-Service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Tactical Employment of Biometrics in Support of Operations, ATP 2-22.85, ...more »

Boy Who Gave Hair To Help Cancer Patients Now Has Cancer

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A seven-year-old from northern California who donated his hair to a cancer charity has sadly been diagnosed with aggressive stage four cancer. Vinny Desautels grew out his hair for two years before cutting it to give to “wigs for kids with cancer” “I want to help people so they don’t have to go to the doctors to fight cancer.” he said. He has recently been diagnosed with the devastating disease himself. Fox40 reports: Thirteen inches of hair gone with the snip of some scissors. “And then everyone got excited when mom cut the ponytails off. I was happy,” Vinny said. He was happy to h... more »

Angela Duckworth Ducking KIPP and Relay Connections

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 7 hours ago
As a close protege of Dr. Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth serves as Seligman's point person in moving his brand of paternalistic corporate psychology and character control into schools that teach the children of the poor. Central to that role, Duckworth works closely with KIPP co-founder, David Levin, to test out and fine tune Seligman's methods with school children who serve as KIPP guinea pigs.This is from the KIPP website: KIPP’s innovative approach is grounded in the research of Dr. Martin Seligman and the late Dr. Chris Peterson (the “fathers“ of Positive Psychology). Buil... more »

Exclusive: The Little Sisters Talk Faith, Strategy and Liberty With The Stream

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Little Sisters - 900] Hours after speaking to a record 1,300 attendees of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, the spokesperson for the Little Sisters of the Poor told The Stream that her order “haven’t really sat down and made a plan” for what to... more »

Donald Trump Unveils List of His Top Picks for Supreme Court

JILL COLVIN & MARK SHERMAN at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: William Pryor - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, released Wednesday a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he’s elected to the White... more »

Meet the Kurdish Female Warrior Who Battles ISIS

Simon Valentine at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: A Kurdish YPG fighter looks through the scope of his rifle in this undated photo.] Lt. Colonel Nahida Ahmad Rashid is a top ranking female commander in the peshmerga, the army of the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Peshmerga (meaning "those who face death") are proving to be the most effective force in the Middle... more »

Trump’s Financial Records Are Outlined in 104-Page Filing

JEFF HORWITZ & CHAD DAY at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: In this Friday, May 6, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Eugene, Ore. Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in Oregon, adding another state to the presumptive GOP nominee's tally of victories.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government on Wednesday released Donald Trump’s personal financial documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, describing the billionaire’s assets and revenues and his roles with hundreds of corporate shell companies. Among the companies were ones that... more »

Status Of Northerntruthseeker

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 7 hours ago
Yes, sometimes life does take precedence over this blog... As I have informed everyone already, my better half got into an auto accident last week Friday, and is still recovering ..... I therefore have had no choice, due to family demands, but to reduce activities at this blog until she has fully recovered... I will post articles here when I do have the time, but my first order of business is of course to take care of her needs and of course my family... I am still around.... And yes, in spite of what the criminal Jews may think, I am not a quitter... More to come NTS

ISIS Execute 25 In Mosul Using Nitric Acid

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
ISIS have tortured and executed 25 people using nitric acid in Mosul, northern Iraq. The terrorists are also forcing civilians to execute hostages from the Iraqi security forces. The executions are taking place in public to frighten other people AlAlam reports: The Arabic-language al-Sumaria news website quoted an informed source as saying that the terrorists killed the people for cooperating with and spying for the Iraqi security forces. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Daesh (ISIS / ISIL) terrorists tied the people with rope and put them in a large basin conta... more »

Will Implosion of Commodity Bubbles Produce Another Global Financial Crisis?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 7 hours ago
Here are some preliminary thoughts about whether another global financial crisis is imminent. Within the US, bankruptcies are accelerating at an alarming rate among small and mid-size shale producers and their service companies with total defaults estimated by Fitch Ratings data at $26 billion as of May 2016, compared to $17.5 billion in defaults in 2015 (Ailworth and Gleason 2016). Corporate defaults are now at 2009 levels: Erin Ailworth and Stephanie Gleason. 2016. Energy Bankruptcies Accelerate. The Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2016, B1 SandRidge Energy Inc., an early player ... more »

A Narrow Path To Victory For A Texas Berniecrat-- And Well Worth The Fight!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*-by Zack Lyke,Campaign Manager Wakely 2016* Lamar Smith has been in Congress for 29 years. I'll be 29 years old this August. That's not an important benchmark for me by any stretch, but the month will also mark the 20th full year that Lamar Smith has been my Congressman. Now that's quite the anniversary. Perhaps few people are more aware of the challenge that lies ahead of this campaign than the guy who's managing it. I know the most populous neighborhoods of the district like the back of my hand. I drive these streets every day. It's quite easy to see how the district lines ca... more »

Guatemala’s Volcano Of Fire Erupts

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
An eruption at Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, has prompted an evacuation of the area surrounding the peak. On Wednesday, volcanologists also observed explosive activity at the Santiaguito volcano in Quetzaltenango. RT reports: Guatemala’s National Institute for Seismology and Vulcanology are reporting that an ash column reaching 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) above sea level has emerged, while “moderate” lava flow is pouring out of the mountain. “This pyroclastic flow was accompanied by moderate rumble of the volcano [and] fallen as...more »

President Trump

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

UP Libertad to be launched on May 20

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
The first and only free market student organization at the University of the Philippines, UP Libertad, will be launched this Friday, May 20, at UP NCPAG, Diliman, QC. There will be two lectures, one by Mr. Thomas Laughlin, an alumni of the Students for Liberty (SFL), an international organization, and about Friedrich Hayek and “The Constitution of Liberty”. I will give the 2nd talk. These guys discovered the philosophy of individual liberty, then set up the group on their own, no external assistance or intervention. Although the convenor was communicating with me while they are in ... more »

Energy 66, What companies receive FIT and by how much?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
This is the subject of my letter to the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) last Monday. TransCo is a government corporation that owns all the transmission assets of the government. Among its five key responsibilities is to administer the Feed-in-Tariff Allowance (FIT-All) Fund for renewable energy (RE) generators. Its website clearly and proudly discusses the FIT system and why it is "good" for electricity consumers because of its "merit order effect". I wrote to their customerservice@transco.ph early morning of May 16, 2016: *Dear Sir/Madam,* *I would like to request for... more »

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland In Moscow To Discuss Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*RFE*: *U.S. Diplomat In Moscow For Ukraine Talks* U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has discussed the implementation of the Minsk cease-fire agreement for eastern Ukraine with Russian officials. "We want to see Minsk implemented as soon as possible, and we think that it is now time to really step on the gas and see this implemented," Nuland told reporters in Moscow on May 18 after talks with Russian presidential adviser Vladislav Surkov. "As our president has said, if and when Minsk is fully implemented, sanctions can be rolled back," she added. Kremlin spokesma...more »

Afghan Government Signs Peace Deal With Militant Group

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Exclusive #Photo : #Afghan Government signed draft peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami #Hekmatyar pic.twitter.com/3EK8PJ4qZA — Abdulhaq Omeri (@AfPak_Journo) May 18, 2016 *DW:* *Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar* Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul's peace efforts. Mohammed Khan, vice president of Afghanistan's Chief Executive, Abdullah Abdullah, said the deal between the Hezb-i-Islami and the High Peace Council (pictured above... more »

Anti-Government Protests Descend Into Violence In Venezuela

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*VICE News/Reuters:* *Crisis in Venezuela: Anti-Government Protests Descend Into Violence* Venezuelan security forces fired tear gas and played cat and mouse with protesters on Wednesday in order to block a march demanding a recall referendum aimed at ousting President Nicolás Maduro. "We want to protest and they won't let us past even though these are public spaces," said Josefina Rubio during the third opposition rally in a week in downtown Caracas, the country's capital. "That man [President Maduro] has taken off his mask... but we will keep taking to the streets." Venezuela's... more »

U.S. Director of National Intelligence: Foreign Hackers Targeting Presidential Campaigns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*CNN*: I*ntel chief: Presidential campaigns under cyber attack* (CNN)Cyber hackers -- possibly working for foreign governments -- are trying to infiltrate the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday. "We've already had some indications of that," James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said in Washington. During the 2008 presidential campaign, U.S. intelligence agencies traced massive cyber attacks to China. At that time, both the Democratic candidate, now-President Barack Obama, and his Republican rival Joh... more »

Is The Iranian Nuclear Deal At Risk Of Unravelling?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Jonathan Broder, Newsweek*: *Why The Iranian Nuclear Deal Is At Risk Of Unravelling* Used clothing, toiletries and gifts worth no more than $100—for a decade, these were among the few Iranian products allowed into the U.S., thanks to crippling international sanctions. But when the Iran nuclear deal went into effect in January, Iran was suddenly allowed to resume exports of its famous Persian carpets and pistachios. Iranians also looked forward to reviving the country’s oil industry and gaining access to tens of billions of dollars in previously frozen petroleum revenues, which wo... more »

Study Reveals Brushing Teeth With Toothpaste Could Damage Health

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A new scientific study suggests that brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste is detrimental to your health. A chemical found in toothpaste could be destroying the good bacteria in the gut necessary for optimal well-being. The Mirror reports: Triclosan, an anti-microbial and anti-fungal agent used in making toothpaste, has been found to destroy good bacteria necessary for human health. The chemical, which is also found in soaps, deodorants, mouth washes, kitchen utensils, cutting boards, toys, bedding, socks and rubbish bags, is readily absorbed through the skin. It can then ... more »


Steve at Thinking Aboot - 8 hours ago
Its fucking over. There is no turing back. We are all in lifeboats now just like fear the walking dead. Its every a man and woeman for themselves. Go solar, learn how to preserve. Nothing wrong with an outhouse. Live people and hope that 400 years later you will have made the 6th extection the last.

Ten reasons why the Trump Train's given the cocky, lazy, PC-crazed Washington elite the spanking it deserves

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is wonderful description of what Trump has accomplished on the political trail. The first take home is that there is no stopping him. Right now at this writing he has lost all his competitors and will merrily pick up another 500 delegates directly through what is left of the primary season. Assume also that many superdelegates will jump on board as well. When he announced i thought that it was possible. What i did not understand was that he had the research as well that allowed him to script his message and the all important reality star experience to support hi... more »

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
[image: Artist’s rendering of the amplituhedron, a newly discovered mathematical object resembling a multifaceted jewel in higher dimensions. Encoded in its volume are the most basic features of reality that can be calculated — the probabilities of outcomes of particle interactions.] And behind all this is cloud cosmology which is purely geometrical at the particle level and handles gravity as well. The natural fundamental particle of creation forms a tetrahedral geometry in three dimensions and that is the building block of what we recognize as the electron or again ... more »

Delta Force With John Maudlin

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
This is a really good analysis of the present structure of the USA workforce and what rings home is that the numbers have actually been flat for decades. Improvement is possible but it entails two changes. First, is necessary to end poverty by establishing a proper firm bid for the four hour daily shift linked to natural sustainability and inoculated to financial gaming. Second we establish in concert, internal with the first reform, microfinance for the natural community and link it to farm land and a sustainable environment. This also absorbs much of the social costs as w... more »

Calls to End the Global War on Drugs have Grown Louder

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 8 hours ago
Simply put, criminalizing any form of drug is hugely counter productive because it immediately allows a criminal organization to enter the market and promote the sale of that drug. We must completely decriminalize the whole works however dangerous. Then we must control their sale in such a way as to ensure individuals insisting on experimenting with any such substance is properly informed of their effects and dangers. It is not quite the way we would like but what it does do is financially starve out the criminal crowd completely. In fact we need to take the same ... more »

Businessman Is Raising £1 Million To Recreate 9/11 Attacks

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
An American-born businessman wants to raise £1m to stage a recreation of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. Paul Salo, who now lives in Thailand, has started a fundraising page to raise funds for the reconstruction which he hopes will “once and for all” determine if conspiracy theories about the terror attack are true or false. The Independent reports: In a YouTube video, Mr Salo said he wants to purchase a Boeing 747 with a working black box, fill it with jet fuel and crash it into a derelict tower at 500mph. Mr Salo is selling ‘front-row seats’ for $5,000 (£3,... more »

Relentless spin watch: Mississippi's white schools are mostly black!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016The New York Times' latest report:* What happens when the New York Times reports about low-income schools? Just for today, let's forget Motoko Rich's recent news report about that new study at Stanford. Instead, let's consider Christine Hauser's news report in this morning's Times. Hauser covers two related topics. We'd say she covers each topic badly, but in a way which helps us see the way the world works at the Times. When the Times reports about low-income schools, basic facts tend to get misreported. Basic facts also tend to get disappeared. For an e...more »

Slowly for Peter Shor: Page 1 of Dirac

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Most of the people who want to argue with me about quantum mechanics are marginal figures such as the psychopath named John Duffield who has picked Paul Dirac as the ultimate man who was "hampered because he didn't have an understanding of the electron". Imagine, among tens of billions of humans who have ever lived or live on the Earth, Paul Dirac has clearly introduced much more clarity to our understanding of the electron than anyone else, but this Gentleman is willing to pick Paul Dirac as the "guy who was hampered by misunderstanding the electron". It often looks like these peo... more »

Fracking is Popular When Locals See the Economic Benefits

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: fracking - 900] Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and natural gas is most popular when locals see the economic benefits, according to a survey by Indiana University published Tuesday. The survey found fracking was most popular in the parts of Pennsylvania where companies... more »

Woman In Jewel Encrusted Hat Tells Britain To “Live Within Its Means”

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A woman sitting on an expensive gold chair and wearing a £1,000,000 hat has encouraged Britain to “live within its means” during times of austerity while addressing a room full of millionaires. The Huffington Post explains: She also voiced support for a government imposing longer working hours with less pay on junior doctors while wearing a hat encrusted with five rubies, 11 emeralds, 17 sapphires, 273 pearls and 2,868 diamonds. “One also hopes one’s government will put superfast broadband at the top of its agenda,” she added. “Because the Wi-Fi at Balmoral is totally pants.” She th... more »

Government Report: School ‘Segregation’ Increasing as Country Becomes Less White

Blake Neff at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Daycare, Preschoolers, Classroom, Teaching] The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report declaring American schools are more racially and economically segregated, as more and more schools become almost entirely poor and non-white. The report, released 64 years to the day after the Brown v.... more »

Nature fixes highly cited paper suggesting food additives hurt the gut

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
A 2015 study about dietary emulsifiers has been corrected by Nature after another researcher pointed out a few ambiguities. When it first appeared, the study — which showed emulsifiers cause inflammation in the guts of mice — received a fair amount of media attention, including from Nature’s own news department. But since publication, a researcher noted some imprecision around the […] The post Nature fixes highly cited paper suggesting food additives hurt the gut appeared first on Retraction Watch.

At Least 35 People Killed In Sri Lanka landslides

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
The death toll from devastating landslides triggered by massive torrential rains has risen to thirty five according to Sri Lanka officials. The army have said that scores of people remained unaccounted for after mudslides hit three villages in central Kegalle district. The flooding has also forced nearly 200,000 people to abandon their homes. Press TV reports: Sri Lanka’s disaster officials said on Wednesday that 19 more bodies were found in houses buried under mudslides across the South Asian country, bringing the official death toll so far to 35 people. Sixteen bodies had already ... more »

Russian Face Recognition App Promises to Destroy Public Anonymity

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - Social media technology allows anyone to be identified with 70% accuracy.

NC Lawmaker Blames Media, Activists Groups for Bathroom Bill ‘Falsehoods’

Kelsey Harkness at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Dan Bishop - 900] RALEIGH, N.C.-- Republicans are falsely being accused of instigating the transgender bathroom debate, state Rep. Dan Bishop from Charlotte, North Carolina, told The Daily Signal. "This controversy nationwide has been a media-driven, ideological carpet bombing," he said. "And I think... more »

Bernie Sanders’ Statement about the Nevada State Convention

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* *Schedule note: I'll be taking some time off, roughly a week, returning in about eight days. Stay strong; this is far from over.* Above is Nina Turner, who was present, attesting to the problems stated below. This is Sanders' statement on the debacle in Nevada (with my interspersed comments and emphasis): *Sanders Statement on Nevada May 17, 2016* FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following statement: "It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that *the political world ... more »

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Meets with Conservatives Over the Social Network’s Systematic Bias

AP at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Facebook Trending Left? Anti Conservative - 900] NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with conservatives, including radio host Glenn Beck, to discuss claims that its “trending topics” feature is biased against their viewpoints. The Wednesday meeting also includes American Enterprise Institute president Arthur... more »

Product Review: Milsek Furniture Polish...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*a public service to inform. * We need something to lighten the load after the Trump/Kelly snooze fest we endured yesterday. Seriously. Kelly was trying to do her best Barbara Walters imitation. It didn't work. She made it all about her, her, and her. I'm a huge fan of Gary Sullivan's radio program At Home With Gary Sullivan. DIY has never been bigger, and Gary Sullivan is radio's DIY man. With over thirty years of home improvement know how, and over a decade of broadcast experience, Gary will help your listeners build it up, tear it down, fix it, or replace it. His advertisin... more »

Queen Announces Age Verification For Porn Sites

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
All websites containing pornographic material will be forced to verify that their users are over 18 the government has confirmed in the Queen’s speech. The measure is to reduce the chances of children accessing disturbing pornographic images. But critics say that the proposal sets a “dangerous precedent” for internet access, and that porn will be the first casualty along a more widespread curb on privacy and freedom. Wired reports: The forthcoming Digital Economy Bill will argue that all sites containing any pornographic material must be hidden unless a user can prove they are over ... more »

Origami Robot Can Crawl Inside Stomach And Treat Injuries

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
The days of waiting for a swallowed item to pass through the body may soon be gone thanks to a tiny, foldable, ingestible, origami robot. A team of researchers from the University of Sheffield, Tokyo Institute of Technology and MIT have created a tiny origami robot that can be steered inside the digestive tract to remove foreign objects or treat internal wounds. Slash Gear reports: Once in the stomach, that capsule dissolves and the robot unfolds itself and can then be steered by an external magnetic field to a specific location inside the stomach where it can treat injuries. “It’s ... more »

Asses Clutching Pearls

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
The Democratic Party bigwigs won't be satisfied until Bernie Sanders packs up his whips and heads straight out to Vegas to give a personal spanking to all his rude supporters. Although only one upended chair (as far we can tell from watching the video*) landed on absolutely nobody, harming absolutely nobody, the whole class must be punished. A sternly worded message must be sent in order to bewilder the herd. Bernie is also supposed to don his Sherlock Holmes deerstalker and put a trace on a bunch of threatening phone calls and emails to the state's party chairwoman. Apparently, t... more »

South Carolina Latest to Ban Abortion at 20 Weeks … When Evidence Suggests a Fetus Can Feel Pain

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Nikki Haley - 900 (2)] South Carolina lawmakers passed a law banning abortion at 20 weeks Tuesday, the point in a pregnancy when evidence shows the unborn child can feel pain. Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign the bill when it hits her desk, making... more »

13-Year-Old Invents Tesla Inspired Free Energy Device for Under $15

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Terence Newton* - "If you got energy, you have power, you have everything." -Max Loughan

Medical Professionals Call For Ban On Fracking In Ireland

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Medical professionals led by a former president of the Irish Medical Organisation are to call for a permanent ban of fracking in Ireland. Concerned Health Professionals Ireland (CHPI) involves more than a dozen health practitioners who say there is overwhelming evidence that fracking is dangerous for human health. The Irish Times reports: Dr Paula Gilvarry, a retired GP based in Co Sligo, said the evidence was now “extremely strong” that fracking affects human health. She maintained rashes, sore ears and runny noses have been proven to have been caused by fracking along with respir... more »

How absolutely lovely...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
'A former McDonalds worker was trained by Al Qaeda to become a suicide bomber and attack Heathrow Airport , according to US court papers. Minh Pham, who previously lived in South London's New Cross, was taught to wear a backpack containing a bomb and target passengers arriving from America and Israel in the west London airport. The court documents also claim Pham was told to maximise the carnage by coating the bomb with metal bolts and cause as many casualties as possible. The Muslim convert may face a life sentence on Monday (May 16), New York courts heard.' More here http://ww...more »

Hoopa Tribe sues U.S. over inadequate protections for juvenile salmon

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile SalmonBy Hoopa Valley Tribe By Hoopa Valley Tribe Censored News May 17, 2016 The Hoopa Valley Tribe has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and NOAA Fisheries for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Failure by these federal agencies to reinitiate consultation on

Israeli Apartheid Contractors on Arizona Border: Elbit and G4S

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
G4S is known globally for torture, abuse of prisoners, and the imprisonment of Palestinian children By Brenda Norrell Censored News Israel's Apartheid contractor Elbit Systems received the US border contract from US Homeland Security. Elbit is now targeting Tohono O'odham burial places, on the sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation, with spy towers. Gu-Vo District has said, "NO!" Ofelia Rivas at

World News Briefs -- May 18, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Venezuela braces for protests as political crisis deepens* Nicolás Maduro remains defiant in face of parliament’s attempts to unseat him and worsening economic situation Venezuela’s political crisis has deepened after the country’s president, Nicolás Maduro, predicted that the opposition-controlled parliament would soon “disappear” while his political rivals prepared for a day of protests in the capital to demand a recall vote. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* IS conflict: Iraq forces retake* remote western town of Rutba.* U.S., allies stage 17 strikes in Iraq, Sy... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 18, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian and Chinese servicemen shake hands during the Russian-Chinese drill "Naval Interaction-2015" at the Klerk testing grounds in Russia's Primorye Territory. © SPUTNIK/ VITALIY ANKOV *Dave Majumdar, National Interest:* *The U.S. Military's Greatest Fear: Russia and China are Catching Up Fast* The United States has fallen behind potential adversaries in certain key technological areas such as integrated battle networks according to senior U.S. Navy officials. Indeed, as one U.S. Navy admiral told an audience at the Navy League’s Sea, Air and Space symposium that the term “near-p... more »

Former NATO Commander: 'West And Russia On Course For A Nuclear War'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Former General Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff. YouTube *The Guardian:* *West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander* Former British general predicts Russia will seize territory in eastern Ukraine and invade Baltic states, sparking war. A startling claim that the west is on course for war with Russia has been delivered by the former deputy commander of Nato, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff. In a book published on Wednesday, 2017 War With Russia, Shirreff argues that the events in Crimea have destroyed the post-cold-war settlement and ... more »

The Islamic State's Plan Is To Tear Iraq Apart

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast:* *Baghdad Bombings Reveal ISIS’s New Plan: Tearing Iraq Apart* Forget about conquering new turf. All ISIS wants to do now is force fearful Iraqis to tear each other limb from limb. In a week, ISIS went from growing its self-proclaimed Islamic State to trying to break another fragile state—Iraq—by sowing fear and sectarian hatred. In the last week, ISIS has slaughtered brides, shoppers, and good Samaritans in their campaign to split the Iraqi state. On Tuesday, at least 63 people were killed and another 100 plus injured in Baghdad in three bombings, a... more »

Here Are Five Times That A-10 Warthogs Made The Difference In Battle

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Photo: Public Domain Jim Haseltine *We Are The Mighty*: *Saved by the BRRRRT! – 5 times A-10s made the difference in battle* There are plenty of weapons systems that ground troops want in support of high-risk missions, but few are as beloved as the A-10. The “Warthog” can fly low, take an amazing amount of punishment, and unleash absolute devastation on enemy forces with rockets, bombs, and its famous 30mm cannon. The A-10 earned this reputation under fire. Here are five times that A-10 Warthogs saved the day for troops in contact and pilots lost behind enemy lines: *Read more *.... more »

U.S. Subs Will Soon Be Launching 'Black Wing' Drones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *US Navy buys 'blackwing' drones that can be blasted into the air from a submarine* * Pods will hold naval drones on the sea bed for years at a time * If a threat emerges, pods are released remotely and float to the surface * Drones then unfurl their wings and take flight The US Navy is set to use a radical new drone that can be launched from a submarine. The Blackwing drone is stored in a three inch tube, and uses existing systems submarines use for acoustic countermeasures. Once airborne, the shell falls apart and the drone unfurls its wings. The Blackwing drones... more »

This Is The Military's Future

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Spc. Rafael Boza, a Soldier from the 1st Infantry Division, tests the prototype smart suit on a three-mile course of paved roads and rough terrain at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Oct. 3, 2014. (Photo: Army) *Army Times*: *Exosuits, robot arms and mini subs: This is the military's future* The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency filled the courtyard at the Pentagon on May 11 with a variety of exhibitions at its annual DARPA Demo Day, giving the defense community and media a chance to see the next steps to maintain supremacy on the battlefield. Here are some highlights: *Read... more »

Russian Stereotypes And My Pet Peeves On Russian Reporting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Jim Kovpak, The Guardian:* *Stalin, vodka and nuclear weapons: how not to write about Russia* From an abundance of War and Peace references to claims of extremism, Russia! debunks the most persistent stereotypes. When I started blogging about Russia a decade ago it was an attempt, as an American living in the country, to debunk both the positive and negative stereotypes perpetuated by the western media. I was not the only one to be riled. Journalist Michael Idov has also listed his five major bugbears in western reporting about the country: from exclamations that on “grimy and d... more »

More Edward Snowden Files Posted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Intercept*: *SNOWDEN ARCHIVE —— THE SIDTODAY FILES* SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why. The Intercept’s first SIDtoday release comprises 166 articles, including all articles published between March 31, 2003, when SIDtoday began, and June 30, 2003, plus installments of all article ... more »

Grimerica Talks Ancient History, Sacred Geometry and Climate Change with Randall Carlson

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
I loved this interview. It's over 3 hours long and took me 3 days to listen to it entirely, but, I loved it just the same! *It seems Grimerica is a Canadian operation*. So, yeah for that! They've been around for a while now, but, I've only just stumbled across their work in the past couple of months. Yes, Randall Carlson is a freemason, but, don't let that stop you from listening. *Subjects covered*: *Geology*. *Geometry.* *Earth history*. *Catastrophes*.* Real Climate change*. *Evolution*. A fascinating look at sudden evolution vs long term evolution, which suggest epigenetics is v... more »

Toxic lead Found In Water At State-Run Centers For Disabled In Texas

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Dangerously high levels of lead has been discovered in the water at three state-run centers for the disabled in Texas. Authorities said that people were exposed to potential poisoning at the Texas State Supported Living Centers that house 590 disabled residents. The director of the Brenham center wrote a letter to families and guardians of its 272 residents, telling them that bottled water was being used for drinking, cooking and teeth brushing. RT reports: Water at three out of the 13 state-run centers for the disabled tested positive for lead levels above and beyond what the US En... more »

What happened after a journal decided to get tough on plagiarism?

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
In July 2015, DNA and Cell Biology began routinely scanning manuscript submissions for plagiarism using iThenticate; since then, it’s rejected between four and six manuscripts each month for that reason alone. Additional submissions have been rejected after the journal realized the authors had digitally altered figures. The level of misconduct “shocked” editor-in-chief Carol Shoshkes Reiss, as […] The post What happened after a journal decided to get tough on plagiarism? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Why Don’t Republicans Name the Real Enemy of Free Speech on College Campuses?

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Censored White male - 900] In The Wall Street Journal last week, two influential billionaires -- former New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a very moderate Republican, and Charles G. Koch, the libertarian chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. -- wrote an op-ed piece decrying the... more »

PREDICTIONS AND DENIGRATIONS: Behind the scenes at our latest predictions!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016Part 3—"What, us worry?" career liberal pundits declare:* Will Candidate Clinton beat Candidate Trump if they square off in November? We don't feel certain about that at all. Among a wide array of concerns, consider one line from Patrick Healy's news report in yesterday's New York Times. As we noted yesterday, Healy described the types of attacks on Candidate Clinton which are likely to come from Candidate Trump. The New York Times headline says this: "Little Is Off Limits as Donald Trump Plans Attacks on Hillary Clinton’s Character" Almost surely, that ... more »

What's so top secret at Golden Wonder

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago

How The Turks And the British Created Iraq Not Sykes-Picot

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Sykes-Picot Treaty has become the default explanation for both Westerners and locals to explain all the problems in the Middle East. In Iraq’s case the argument is that it is an artificial state created by France and England via the 1916 treaty made during World War I. A quick look at a map of the treaty would show that is false, but it hasn’t stopped people from referring to it over and over. In truth, it was fighting between the Turks and British during and after World War I that fixed the first outline of the Iraqi state. The end of World War I would lead to the creation ... more »

Nahko and Medicine for the People - Make A Change - CARDINAL SESSIONS

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 14 hours ago
*Published on May 17, 2016* Click the link for more videos on our website // http://bit.ly/CardinalSessionsNews Nahko and Medicine for the People is a music collective fronted by Nahko Bear. They have a new record this year, called "Hoka". We met the

PLOS ONE pulls maize paper with Photoshopped images

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
PLOS ONE has retracted a paper after editors learned that some of the images had been manipulated using Photoshop. First author of the paper, Chuan Li, confirmed that he was responsible, and told Retraction Watch he apologizes for his “low-level mistake.” Zhongfu Ni, last author of the paper from the China Agricultural University in Beijing, told us […] The post PLOS ONE pulls maize paper with Photoshopped images appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Corbyn: Tony Blair’s Lies On Iraq Will Be Exposed By Chilcot Report

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn has said that Tony Blair’s lies about weapons of mass destruction and his secret war pact with former US President George W Bush will be exposed by the Chilcot Inquiry. Last year Labour Party leader said that Mr Blair should stand trial for war crimes if it was found he had broken the law over the 2003 conflict. Sir John Chilcot is due to finally release his long-delayed report on the legality of the 2003 Iraq invasion on July 6, seven years after the inquiry was commissioned and less than a fortnight after the EU referendum. A leading Tory MP recently claimed that t... more »

Pro-Lifers, Don’t Fall for This Sleazy Political Trick

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Con Man 2] Imagine if you'd lost a close family member to violent crime, and devoted your life to combating that kind of crime, even started a national movement in honor of your loved one -- and then some group came along that... more »

Grasping At Straws

WTStaff at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Zen Gardner* - It’s time for truly revolutionary change based on radically transcendent thinking.

We Don’t Need a National Zoning Board

Sen. Mike Lee at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Architect's Office, Buildings, Models, Zoning, Architecture] The Obama economy has been tough on America's working families. Just last week Pew Research Center reported that in the last 15 years "the middle class lost ground in nearly nine-in-ten U.S. metropolitan areas." One cause of this 15-year squeeze of hardworking... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Rep. Black: Administration ‘Now Directly Responsible for Endangering Our Students’* Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) reacted to guidance issued Friday by the Obama administration that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their “gender identity” - not their biological sex - if they expect to receive federal funding. Black called the Dear Colleague letter from the Department of Education and Department of Justice an “attempt to bully our local schools into submission to the Obama Administration’s agenda” and added that she belie... more »

Selling Out to the Enemy of Open Access

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
Yesterday, news quickly spread that the Social Science Research Network was bought by Elsevier. This quickly caused an uproar on twitter. Why? The SSRN was established to provide a place for social scientists to share their work in progress. Elsevier is one of the most rapacious rent-seeking profitable publishers of academic journals. Elsevier charges large […]

Who's Going To Win In November?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
The Priorities USA Action ad above, is by a pro-Hillary SuperPAC thatch helped raise millions of dollars for "before" she officially became a candidate. The ad, however, scheduled to start running tomorrow in swing states, is a purely anti-Trump ad and could be as helpful to candidate Bernie as it is to candidate Hillary. Good ad. The second ad from the SuperPAC, slightly more abstract, is below. $6 million dollars worth of these to will be on TV screens in Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Nevada this week and in Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado soon after. The idea is that there are ... more »

Former Nato Chief Warns Of Nuclear War With Russia ‘Within A Year’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
One of the alliance’s most senior retired generals has warned that Nato risks a nuclear war with Russia within a year if it does not increase its defence capabilities in the Baltic states. Banging the war-drum, General Sir Richard Shirreff, who served as Nato’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe between 2011 and 2014, said that an attack on Estonia, Lithuania or Latvia, which are all Nato members, was a serious possibility and that the West should act now to avert “potential catastrophe”. His comments came only days after an alliance missile defence system was activated in Ro...more »

Dear Obama: A Note of Thanks From ISIS for Your Transgender Bathroom Decree

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Thank you Note to Obama from ISIS - 900] So President Obama is pressing public schools to start letting gender-confused, gender-denying and gender-opportunistic young men into the girls’ restrooms, and vice versa, threatening to strip federal funding from the school districts that don't unconditionally surrender to his radical move. While many are... more »

Argentina: A UFO Sighting in Desvío Arijón, Santa Fe

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 16 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and CEFORADate: 05.17.2016* *Argentina: A UFO Sighting in Desvio Arijon, Santa Fe* *By Andrea Pérez Simondini* It is interesting to see people make themselves available to research, entrusting their account to our team to bring it to the readers' attention, seeking perhaps the possibility of other witnesses to the case, and if not, information on other cases having the same characteristics. *Fact Sheet:* *Location:* Desvío Arijón - between Sauce Viejo and Coronda, Province of Santa Fe (Argentina) *Date:* Friday, February 19, 2016 *Witness:* Luciano Castro So ... more »

Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Putsch

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: All Gender Bathrooms Equality of Genders Fluidity - 900] The authors of The Federalist Papers neglected to explain the fearsome powers that inhere in the “Dear Colleague” letter under our system of government. It is the instrument by which middling bureaucrats impose their will on the nation, as the... more »

Black Iowa Student Starts Fight, Makes Up Hate Crime, Gets Caught

Blake Neff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: crime scene people found dead_900] A savage hate crime at the University of Iowa that sent shockwaves across campus turned out to be just another hoax, police said Tuesday. The case of Marcus Owens caused a deluge of outrage when it first emerged in early... more »

Video: Huge Fireball Witnessed Over Northeastern US

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
The American Meteor Society (AMS) has received over 400 reports about a fireball sighting over Northeastern US on May 17th 2016. The society also reported sightings of the fiery streak over coastal Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Québec (Canada) New Photo (+ video & map) of the #Fireball caught on May 17 over Northeastern US.. https://t.co/9sl1NJ9fDD#meteorpic.twitter.com/SpJ0cSGwDx — AMSMETEORS (@amsmeteors) May 17, 2016 Plattsburgh Police Department witnessed the fireball: The meteor was als... more »

Ivana Trump co-invented, delayed, advises Trump presidency

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
A month ago, ABC News discussed the Czech factor behind the Donald's presidency, his first wife Ivana Trump or Ivana Zelníčková-Winklmayrová-Trumpová-Mazzucchelliová-Rubicondiová, if you wish, and I have generously omitted Syrovatková. ;-) Trump is often presented as an ultimate egotist or materialist or serial divorcer. But he's really an idealist faithful saint relatively to his first wife. He must have loved her but their marriage didn't last indefinitely. Just to be sure, Ivana was an alternate member of the 1972 Czechoslovak Olympic ski team (she has a Charles University ... more »

Does This Odd, Anonymous Twitter Account Have Ties to the Trump Campaign?

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Does This Odd, Anonymous Twitter Account Have Ties to the Trump Campaign?] Last week, it was revealed that Donald Trump may have called a reporter for People in 1991, pretending to be his own spokesman. Trump denied the accusation on Friday, but the reporter said that Trump called her back two weeks... more »

Ignoring Veto Threat, GOP-Led House Moves Ahead With Bill to Boost Military Budget

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, following a House Republican caucus meeting. From left re, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Ryan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defying a veto threat, the GOP-led House is pressing ahead with debate on a $602 billion defense policy bill that seeks to halt an erosion of the U.S. military’s combat readiness by purchasing more weapons and forbidding... more »

U.S. Commander Says ISIS ‘Reverting to Their Roots’ as Terrorist Organization

ROBERT BURNS at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Security forces and citizens inspect the scene after a suicide car bomb hit a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad's eastern Shiite neighborhood of Sadr City, Iraq, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. A wave of bombings struck outdoor markets in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, officials said, the latest in 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/Karim Kadim)] RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) -- A series of deadly attacks by... more »

Sanders Wins Oregon, Battles Clinton in Kentucky, Vows to Stay Until the End

KEN THOMAS at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this May 8, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally in Piscataway, N.J. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton sought to avoid primary losses in Kentucky and Oregon on Tuesday, aiming to blunt the momentum of challenger Bernie Sanders ahead of a likely general election matchup against Republican Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bernie Sanders has won Oregon’s presidential primary and battled Hillary Clinton to a razor-thin margin in Kentucky, vowing to stay i... more »

Despite the Rise of Trump, Conservatism Isn’t Dead Yet

Jonah Goldberg at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump3 - 900] Sell your Adam Smith ties, everybody, and smash your busts of Ronald Reagan. It’s all over. Why? Because we have entered a new era of “nationalism,” or “patriotism,” or simply “Trumpism,” and the GOP will never be a traditionally and... more »

China & Coal

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood As we know, coal consumption has stalled in the last year or so in China. This has led to much speculation about the role of renewable energy and China’s promise to reduce the carbon intensity of their economy. http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/statistical-review-of-world-energy.html Without wanting to disappoint the greenies, the reality […]

Erdogan-Hitler Images Projected Onto Turkish Embassy In Germany

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Artists in Germany have projected images onto the Turkish and Saudi Arabian embassies in Berlin comparing Turkey’s Erdogan to Hitler and implicating the Saudis as supporting terrorism. The artists projected a large picture of Turkish president Recep Erdoğan wearing a Nazi armband and Hitler’s toothbrush moustache in protest against the recent imprisonment of two journalists in Turkey. Beside the picture on the walls of the Turkish embassy were the words “He’s back”. Sputnik news reports: A group of German artists have used an unusual method to draw attention to the activities of the... more »

UN Refugee Agency Asks Private Sector for Hundreds of Millions

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: WEGSCHEID, GERMANY - OCTOBER 28: Refugees walk towards a refugee camp in Wegscheid, Germany on October 28, 2015 after crossing the Austrian - German border. (Photo by Lukas Barth/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)] GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency is launching an unprecedented appeal to the private sector to help pay for shelters for 2 million refugees worldwide amid a “huge shortfall in funds” for that purpose. Spokesman Leo Dobbs says the... more »

6.7 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Ecuador

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
An earthquake with a 6.7 magnitude struck western Ecuador early on Wednesday. According to the US Geographical Survey, the quake’s epicentre was 36 miles south of the city of Esmeraldas, at a depth of 6.2 miles. Prelim M6.7 earthquake near the coast of Ecuador May-18 07:57 UTC, updates https://t.co/Z97W3OdNun — USGS Big Quakes (@USGSBigQuakes) May 18, 2016 There have been no reports of significant damage, though electricity was cut in some coastal areas. Lat month, an extremely destructive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country in one of Ecuador’s worst disasters for nearly seven ... more »

BBC’s False Claims About China Solar Power Exposed

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/bbc-are-a-disgrace-professor-david-campbell/ Dr David Campbell, Professor of Law, tore to shreds the latest piece of blatant propaganda from the BBC, as I reported yesterday here. Essentially, the BBC Radio 4 programme, Costing the Earth, enthusiastically described the extremely vigorous growth of the Chinese solar energy industry. It concluded that this growth […]

Western Media Taken Over by Corporate 'Group Think'

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 18 hours ago
*In the west anyone who dares offer a balanced view of Russia is declared to have been 'Putinized'. The 'group think' in western circles indicates that a new Cold War is being created come hell or high water.* *The Danger of Demonization* By Robert Parry Does any intelligent person look at a New York Times article about Russia or Vladimir Putin these days and expect to read an objective, balanced account? Or will it be laced with a predictable blend of contempt and ridicule? And is it any different at The Washington Post, NPR, MSNBC, CNN or almost any mainstream U.S. news outlet?... more »

Welcome to 21st century London

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago

When Our Feet Start To Slip, God Is There To Hold Us

Shelly Duffer at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Foot slipping in mud Hiker - 900] Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers? If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence. When I thought, "My foot slips," thy... more »

Weak gravity conjecture linked to many fields of maths, physics: an essay

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Ben Heidenreich, Matthew Reece, and Tom Rudelius (Harvard) have won the 5th place in the 2016 Gravity Research Foundation Essay Contest (I will avoid the general rating of this kind of essay contests): Axion Experiments to Algebraic Geometry: Testing Quantum Gravity via the Weak Gravity Conjecture They discuss a refinement of our conjecture that for any type of a "charge" similar to electromagnetism, there must always exist sources for which the non-gravitational force donalds the gravitational one. The essay shows that the inequality has implications for inflation (naively excludi... more »

Watch from 7:12 and wonder did any of these facts get through to the girl with the purple hair

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
https://youtu.be/sppNXQ6KR0M Probably not but I'd like to think that a seed of doubt has been placed in her head, and that one day she'll realise the truth.

Military Photo of the Day: Night Flight Over Tokyo

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Landing in Tokyo] U.S. Air Force UH-1N Huey pilots fly over Tokyo after completing night training on April 25, 2016. Thank you to these airmen for serving our country overseas!

Musical Interlude: Runrig, “Running to the Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Runrig, “Running to the Light” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BRZ-SFFnMg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“The Great Nebula in Orion is a colorful place. Visible to the unaided eye, it appears as a small fuzzy patch in the constellation of Orion. Long exposure, multi-wavelength images like this, however, show the Orion Nebula to be a busy neighborhood of young stars, hot gas, and dark dust. *Click image for larger size.* This digital composite features not only three colors of visible light but four colors of infrared light taken by NASA's orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope as well. The power behind much of the Orion Nebula (M42) is the Trapezium - four of the brightest stars in the nebula... more »

Chet Raymo, “Mortal Soul: The Dark Night”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Mortal Soul: The Dark Night”* by Chet Raymo "I first read Soren Kierkegaard's "Fear and Trembling" at about the same age as Kierkegaard was when he wrote it- thirty. The young philosopher was wrestling with his dark demons, including the death of his father, a sternly religious man who demanded absolute obedience from his son. He was torn between the opposing demands of faith and reason, certainty and doubt. In the opening pages of the book, he takes us with Abraham and Isaac on that terrible journey to Mount Moriah where God puts Abraham to a terrifying test of his faith. What... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
West Jordan, Utah, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Musical Interlude: Thomas Bergersen, "New Life (Sun)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Thomas Bergersen, "New Life (Sun)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuJyeOBTF_A

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Morning Poem"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Morning Poem"* "Every morning the world is created. Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches- and the ponds appear like black cloth on which are painted islands of summer lilies. If it is your nature to be happy you will swim away along the soft trails for hours, your imagination alighting everywhere. And if your spirit carries within it the thorn that is heavier than lead- if it's all you can do to keep on trudging- there is still somewhere deep within you a beast shouting that the earth is ... more »

"The Most Damned Of All..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“Damned is the soul that dies while the evil it committed lives on. And the most damned of all are those who see the evil coming for others and refuse to confront it. For it is not out of fear that heroes are born, but rather out of their selfless love that will not allow them safety bought from the torture, death, and degradation of others. It is better to die in defense of another than to live with the knowledge that you could have saved them but chose to do nothing. And to those who think that one person cannot make a difference, I say this… the deadliest tidal wave begins as an ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Maybe, maybe not. Don't forget the impending FBI interview(s), and possible indictments.

The Economy: "Undeniable Evidence That The Real Economy Is Already In Recession Mode"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Undeniable Evidence That The Real Economy* * Is Already In Recession Mode"* By Michael Snyder "You are about to see a chart that is undeniable evidence that we have already entered a major economic slowdown. In the “real economy”, stuff is bought and sold and shipped around the country by trucks, railroads and planes. When more stuff is being bought and sold and shipped around the country, the “real economy” is growing, and when less stuff is being bought and sold and shipped around the country, the “real economy” is shrinking. I know that might sound really basic, but I want eve... more »

Politics: “Trump's Biggest Deal”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*“Trump's Biggest Deal”* by Bill Bonner LONDON – “A dear reader challenged us: ‘To create a perfect world what type of government would you propose?’ Another put it a different way: ‘Again, I’m convinced more than ever, Trump is the only candidate that might have a chance to get us out of the financial and economic mess the United States is in. If Bonner & Partners is unable to recognize this, it tells me their agenda is not to fix America’s problems… but continue the agony…’ *The Importance of Cabbages: *We answer the first question by responding to the second… No, our agenda is n...more »

The Poet: James Kavanaugh, "Searchers"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Searchers"* "Some people do not have to search - they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them - seldom do they understand me. I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk alon... more »

Musical Interlude: Gandalf, “Once in a Star-Brightened Night”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Gandalf, “Once in a Star-Brightened Night” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlIrYXR1knA

"A Very Deep Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
“In 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope took the image of a millenium, an image that shows our place in the universe. Anyone who understands what this image represents, is forever changed by it.” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqZQ42PmPCs- "How can the universe be 78 billion LY across? I explain that in this article": - http://www.deepastronomy.com/hubble-deep-field.html

Satire: "Obama Alienates Millions with Incendiary Pro-Knowledge Remarks"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Obama Alienates Millions with Incendiary Pro-Knowledge Remarks"* by Andy Borowitz NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY (The Borowitz Report)— "President Obama handed the Republican Party a gift for the general election by making a series of offensive pro-knowledge remarks at Rutgers University over the weekend, a leading Republican official said on Monday. According to Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, the President’s inflammatory comments, in which he offered full-throated praise for such controversial fields of knowledge as math and science, are sure to com... more »

"America: A Nation of Idiots"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"America: A Nation of Idiots"* by Michael Covel "Do you support bombing Agrabah? That’s a poll question posed to American primary voters recently. And roughly 30% of Republicans and 20% of Democrats replied “yes.” Why does a sizeable chunk of America want to annihilate the fictional city in Disney’s 1992 film Aladdin? Simple answer: They are brain dead. Effectively, victims of full frontal lobotomies. They live in a fantasy… as fake as the made-up city of Agrabah that they want to carpet bomb. While you may find this shocking display of ignorance funny, it’s far more dangerous to ... more »

"Riding Through The Ruts..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!" - Bob Marley

The Poet: Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"* "Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
Mansfield, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Mind Your Thoughts Carefully..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Sometimes we fall into the negative so deeply that we do not realize our first instinctive reaction to everything is to think negatively or to "look" for the bad in every situation. The phrase "too good to be true" directly comes from this aspect of ourselves. To be cautious can be good in certain situations, but to dismiss every interaction or idea to the possibility of "bad things happening" puts us in a place where the beautiful or the divine never gets a chance to fully blossom. Mind your thoughts carefully, as you are the only one who can allow happiness to thrive in your lif... more »

"Same Choices, Same Results: Begetting Change"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Same Choices, Same Results: Begetting Change"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "A change in perspective, behavior, or response can do so much more to help us move past issues left unresolved. Repeated bouts of adversity are an unavoidable aspect of human existence. We battle against our inner struggles or outer world forces, and in many cases, we emerge on the opposite side of struggle stronger and better equipped to cope with the challenges yet to come. However, we can occasionally encounter trials that seem utterly hopeless. We strike at them with all of our creativity and perse... more »

"Even The Smallest Events..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Maybe it's all utterly meaningless. Maybe it's all unutterably meaningful. If you want to know which, pay attention to what it means to be truly human in a world that half the time we're in love with and half the time scares the hell out of us. Any fiction that helps us pay attention to that is religious fiction. The unexpected sound of your name on somebody's lips. The good dream. The strange coincidence. The moment that brings tears to your eyes. The person who brings life to your life. Even the smallest events hold the greatest clues." - Frederick Buechner

Anti-quantum zealots have deduced exactly the opposite conclusion again

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
I am overbohmized – the Bohmians recently exploded like the mosquitoes on a warm and wet summer evening – but this is a story I can't omit. The Quanta Magazine published an article by Dan Falk *New Support for Alternative Quantum View* ------------------------------ An experiment claims to have invalidated a decades-old criticism against pilot-wave theory, an alternative formulation of quantum mechanics that avoids the most baffling features of the subatomic universe. The title and the subtitle are just 100% lies. They should have said: *Another nail in the coffin of an anti-quantum ... more »

The end of standardized testing, or the beginning of testing every day?

skrashen at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Sent to the Detroit News, May 18, 2016 (MAJOR HAT TIP to Emily Talmage. San Diego: If it sounds too good to be true. https://emilytalmage.com/2016/05/07/san-diego-if-it-sounds-to-good-to-be-true/ “The end of standardized testing" may give way to something much worse (Labor Voices, May 17). While Michigan is apparently cutting back on end-of-the-year tests, there are signs that it will institute what could be daily testing, known as competency-based education. Competency-based education consists of module after module of programmed instruction that students work through online and ... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #158A Visitor SeenSpinning myselfEssence Questions

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 22 hours ago
*Saturday night 5/14/2015* Terran: *NABRAC we can continue with the new form. Terran End.* Nabrac: *TERRAN. YES. WE CONTINUE. ALL WAYS. NABRAC.* Nabrac: *TERRAN. WE BEGIN WITH A 'SPIN'. U AND I TOGETHER. ON YOUR 'MARK'. NABRAC.* Terran: *I will have to delay the spin I'm driving and too occupied looking out for deer crossing the road. Once I arrive home we can do that. [I had just entered Texas after passing through Roswell NM and the road was dark and full of deer and owls].* Nabrac: *TERRAN. YES. WHEN YOU ARE PREPARED. IT ACCELERATES 'ALL'. NABRAC.* *Sunday 5/15/2016* Deni... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Donald Trump files disclosure of $10 billion in net worth https://t.co/lVEf3zs8v1 pic.twitter.com/vx7T5hRLfw — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 18, 2016

Donald Trump Open To Talks With North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*CNN*: *Donald Trump would speak with North Korea's Kim Jong Un* Washington (CNN)Donald Trump says he'd be willing to speak with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- a sharp departure from current U.S. policy toward the reclusive Asian nation. The presumptive GOP nominee made the comments in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, the news service reported. Trump said he would talk to Kim to try to stop the country's nuclear program. "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him," Trump said. But he also turned to one of his frequent talking points on North Korea -- t... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Female cadets of Russia's Ryazan Airborne School. © Photo: Igor Rudenko / Russian Defense Ministry

A Look At A The NSA's Intelligence Program That Targets Terror Cells

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com *FOX News:* *Inside the government's secret NSA program to target terrorists* EXCLUSIVE: Relentless attacks on American military personnel at the height of the Iraq war made the U.S. intelligence community confront a dire problem: They needed real-time intelligence to take Al Qaeda off the battlefield and dismantle its bomb-making factories. This realization was the start of a highly secretive program, developed by the National Security Agency, to put NSA specialists on the battlefield in order to send “near real-time” intelligence to the... more »

Memos On Alleged Saudi-Affiliated Support Of The 9/11 Attacks Have Been Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
United Airlines Flight 175 flies low toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center, shortly before slamming into the structure. The north tower burns after an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City, on September 11, 2001. (Reuters/Sean Adair) *From The New York Times:* *Memos on Alleged Saudi-Affiliated Support of the 9/11 Attacks* The National Archives released a series of memos written by Sept. 11 Commission staff members, a compilation of numerous possible connections between the hijackers and Saudis inside the United States. The document appears to be a glim... more »

Only 5 Percent Of Islamic State Territory In Iraq Has Been Captured In The Past 5 Months

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Pentagon: Only 5 percent of ISIS territory in Iraq recaptured in past 5 months* Despite pledges from the Obama administration to “accelerate” the war against the Islamic State and a top envoy claiming “this perverse caliphate is shrinking," the Pentagon admitted Monday it had retaken only 5 percent of ISIS-held territory in Iraq in the past five months. President Obama announced at the Pentagon in December that 40 percent of ISIS-held territory in Iraq had been recaptured by Iraqi security forces backed by thousands of airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition, a number ... more »

Twyford proposes ending city’s ring-fence [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 23 hours ago
Very rarely do politicians deserve berating in the morning and praise in the afternoon. So take a bow Labour Party – in calling for the Goverment to abolish Auckland’s city limits, your housing spokesman Phil Twyford has kicked a major goal for your team: *Labour wants the Government to abolish Auckland's city limits to get people out of cars, caravans, garages and tents. Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford said the urban growth boundary had to go because it has fuelled the housing crisis and people would not be forced into bad circumstances if the Government acted. ... more »

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! - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
RIP, Guy You were an amazing talent.

Mexican President Proposes Legalizing Gay Marriage

E. EDUARDO CASTILLO & PETER ORSI at The Stream - 1 day 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 »

In Megyn Kelly Interview, Trump Appears Sheepish About Having Called Her a ‘Bimbo’

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Donald Trump4 - 900] Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly are calling a truce. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee and the star Fox News anchor sat down for an interview broadcast Tuesday nearly nine months after their feud began. Trump took offense in August to... more »

We've written about this cycle before, and the data are clear: higher taxes leads to growth. Why? Because higher taxes on the wealthy are actually spent in projects by the governments--the myth that government isn't a part of the economy is nonsense, and not born out by historic fact. Why the dems don't explain this is a mystery...

Links of the documentaries: `Aquarius: The Age of Evil´ by Keith Thompson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJdXrRyroc4 http://kuerzer.de/aquarius

This is a big deal: Because of a new regulation issued today by the Labor Department, over 13 million workers will get a raise. Most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year will receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. The previous cutoff for overtime pay, set in 2004, was $23,660.
Background: Overtime was enacted in 1938 to overcome a basic problem in the labor market: The longer and harder we work for the same wage, the fewer jobs there are for others, the higher unemployment goes and the more we weaken our own bargaining power. This helps explain why over the last 30 years, corporate profits have doubled from about 6 percent of gross domestic product to about 12 percent, while wages have fallen by almost exactly the same amount. The erosion of overtime and other labor protections is one of the main factors leading to worsening inequality. A higher threshold would help reverse this trend.
Under the restored salary threshold, employers would have a choice: They could either pay you time-and-a-half for your extra hours worked, or they could hire more workers at the standard rate to fill your previously unpaid hours. The former would grow your paycheck. The latter would increase your leisure time while directly adding more jobs to the economy. Either would be great for workers and great for economic growth.
The rule goes into effect on Dec. 1 -- although Republicans in Congress have vowed to pass legislation between now and then to stop it. President Obama deserves a lot of credit for taking this on.
What do you think?
More than 4 million Americans could get pay hikes under new federal regulations that will double the…

Robert Reich
7 hrs
As of today, Charter cable company officially owns Time Warner Cable and another operator, Bright House -- courtesy of a $65 billion mega merger that further concentrates cable TV and Internet service providers. This is likely to mean higher prices and lousier service for you. Already 55 percent of Americans have only one source of high-speed broadband service and most of the rest of us must choose from two (see below). The merger also means more political power in the hands of a few big cable companies. Charter was a major player in the plethora of industry lawsuits against the FCC’s net neutrality rule, and had a hand in watering it down. Meanwhile, several top Time Warner Cable executives, including CEO Rob Marcus, are leaving the company as of this week -- and being paid tens of millions of dollars on the way out the door.
The spate of mergers we’re seeing in Internet service providers, food processing and chemicals, banking, airlines, pharmaceuticals, and health insurance mean increasing market power and higher consumer prices in all these industries – which in turn mean hidden upward redistributions from consumers to executives and major shareholders. The other consequence is more concentrated political power – one reason why antitrust authorities are allowing these mergers to go through.
What do you think?
The record of increased media concentration is clear: higher prices, worse service and less choices for you.

Regarding "GMO is safe" report on CTV News.
Scratch the surface... the big fancy name on the "declaration"?? looks to be official... but add "funded by" to the name in a search engine and another astroturf group is exposed.
Our mainstream media lack of investigating past their nose is an insult to Canadians. When biotech companies are the source of GMO policy for gov, education and MSM, we can all be affected for generations.
CTV source for their GMO is safe" report:
"FINANCIAL SUPPORT:... The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine funded by: "...BP America, Dow Chemical Company, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., IBM Corporation, Merck and Company, Inc., Monsanto Company, and Shell Oil Companies Foundation... "

Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.

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