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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Monday, June 20, 2016

20 June - Blogs I'm Following

10:35pm MDST

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 minutes ago
A combined formation of aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 pass in formation above the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Steve Smith/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS

Will Deploying Two U.S. Aircraft Carriers To East Asia Offset China's Growing Assertiveness?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 34 minutes ago
The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (rear) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*: *U.S. navy chief hopes carriers deter East Asia destabilization* The U.S. Navy chief said on Monday he hoped the deployment of two aircraft carriers on a training mission in East Asia would deter any attempts to destabilize the... more »

Bobby Seale Still Fighting For Power For The People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 35 minutes ago
*Bobby Seale by Shepard Fairey * *-by Denise Sullivan* Black Panther Party founder Bobby Seale gave a rare public talk in San Francisco at the Freedom Archives last week. Hosted by hip hop emcee, Selassie, one of the Frisco 5 hunger strikers who protested against police misconduct and murder here, the onstage conversation was a mix of Seale's personal history and an attempt to pass on some tools to the current generation of activists working to organize around police violence and economic disparity in the Bay Area. "People want to theorize too much but you have to put the ideas int... more »

Police: FBI Lured Orlando Shooter Into Committing Terrorist Act

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
A Florida sheriff has admitted the FBI tried to lure the Orlando Shooter into participating in a terror plot years ago, amid claims the FBI has hundreds or even thousands of unstable individuals running around, often on the government payroll, playing ‘terrorist games.’ While terror experts and former counter-terror officials have criticized the FBI for failing to stop Omar Mateen before he committed a massacre, the new revelation raises the question of whether the FBI played a role in pushing Mateen towards an act of lethal violence. Sheriff Ken Mascara of Florida’s St. Lucie County... more »

China's Y-20 Is Now The World's Largest Military Plane In Production

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
First Roc "11051", the first Y-20 in PLAAF service, is based in Sichuan Province, in the 12th Regiment of the 4th Transport Division. It's expected to be the first in hundreds of Chinese heavy transport aircraft. www.fyjs.cn, via RAJ47 at China Defense Forum *Popular Science*: *The World's Largest Military Plane In Production Is China's Y-20* 200 tons of plane in the sky On June 15th 2016, the first operational Y-20 heavy transport aircraft entered service into the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). China has now joined the United States and Russia as the only countries w... more »

United Nations Forced To Investigate Democratic Election Fraud

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
American citizens concerned about Democratic election fraud and voter suppression have launched a petition to the UN requesting emergency electoral monitoring and supervision for the remainder of the 2016 presidential election cycle. A letter that will be delivered with the petition to the UN Electoral Assistance Division (EAD) says that the integrity of the electoral process in the US has been compromised in order to place an undemocratically chosen candidate in power, and points out the massive discrepancies between exit polls and official results – more than enough to have foreig... more »

The Keynesian Blessing: People Are Broke

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
*Guest post by William Anderson* [image: _Keynes]Writer Neal Gabler recently “confessed” his “secret shame” in an *Atlantic Monthly* article on how a huge percentage of the middle-class are living beyond their means, existing paypacket-to-paypacket, and are mired in personal debt. He writes: *I never spoke about my financial travails, not even with my closest friends—that is, until I came to the realisation that what was happening to me was also happening to millions of others, and not just the poorest among us, who, by definition, struggle to make ends meet. It was, according... more »

Commentariat Central

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 2 hours ago
Readers, while I struggle to get my columnizing act together for the week, I thought I'd share a few of my recent *New York Times* missives with you. As always, you are invited to contribute your own comments in the usual space below. No topic is off-limits. Vent, grouse, and be merry. *** Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux, *The Violence of Forgetting*, 6/20 I'm starting out with one of those insightful op-eds that still get published by the Gray Lady from time to time. Actually, the entire "Stone" philosophy series stands head and shoulders above the punditory likes of David Brooks, ... more »

Is OPEC Forcing Regime Change In Venezuela?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Oil pumps are seen in Lagunillas, Ciudad Ojeda, in Lake Maracaibo in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, March 20, 2015. Isaac Urrutia/Reuters *Erwin Cifuentes, OilPrice.com:* *OPEC May Be Forcing Venezuela Into Regime Change* A key U.S. Congressman believes that the actions by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) regarding oil production could lead to regime change in Venezuela, according to an interview published last week. “I think ten years from now, we’ll look back at this as a positive effect, possibly on regime change in Venezuela,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan, reac... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( June 20 , 2016 ) ........ Quicks Hits 1. Markets : Chinese Bonds Diverge From Remainder Of Bonds For 15 Largest Economies By Rising In Yields ; US Stocks Rally On Receding Brexit Risks ; Gold After Brexit Vote - As Per CPM ; El-Erian Warns ‘Slave-to-the-Market’ View Dents Fed’s Credibility ; Pound Extends Gains . 2. Brexit Items De Jour - Polling , Items Of Note. 3. Odds & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 2 hours ago
Markets...... *Haidi Lun 伦海迪* ‏@HaidiLun 7m 7 minutes ago Chinese bonds diverge from the zero-yield pack, China-US 10-year spread widest in 10 months. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ 2016-06-20/in-a-world-of-below-zero-bond-yields-china-debt-bucks-the-trend … *MarketWatch* ‏@MarketWatch 4h 4 hours ago Stocks log solid gains as Brexit concerns ebb http://on.mktw.net/28IOROF *Myra Saefong* ‏@MktwSaefong 6h 6 hours ago Here's what CPM Group expects gold to do after the Brexit vote: http:// on.mktw.net/28IRhLR *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehn... more »

AFL: Hot & bothered about an ice bath

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
[image: 7524728-3x2-700x467] Just one of many reasons I abhor the local media: it does precisely zero to report on AFL, yet the second it sees any kind of controversy in AFL it jumps in to report it. Dickheads. Anyway, if you do have an interest in the story they reported -- of AFL chairmen Eddie McGuire, James Brayshaw et al joking about Caroline Wilson, one of the few journalists to ask them hard questions (even if she does write them up for the paper at the worthy end of the spectrum) – you may (or may not) enjoy her response on the *Footy Classified* show last night. . Co... more »

Department of Defense Proposes New Military Promotion System

Lydia Goerner at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Defense Secretary Ash Carter] Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that he would end the "one-size-fits-all" promotion system for military officers, Military Times reported. This could open up more opportunities for diverse military career options. Carter’s “Force of the Future” reform was announced June 9. “It aims to... more »

More On Thomas Frank's New Book-- This Time From Jason Wojciechowski

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
We've talked a lot about Thomas Frank's stunning new book, Listen Liberal-- What Ever Happened To The Party of The People?". Here's a good place to start. A friend, Jason Wojciechowski, had a similar perspective after reading it and he said it would be OK to share with *DWT* readers, writing that he found it "to be a valuable primer on the fissure in the party. I've highlighted all over the place and am constantly exclaiming, "Aha! Yes, that is it." The capture of the Democrats not just by corporations, but the professional class is the defining theme of this election. The breakpo... more »

Leaders Of Azerbaijan, Armenia Meet With Putin in St. Petersburg For Talks On Nagorno-Karabakh

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
MassisPost *Radio Free Europe*: *Leaders Of Azerbaijan, Armenia Meet With Putin For Talks On Nagorno-Karabakh* In talks in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian expressed readiness to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict over Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted the June 20 meeting -- the second between Aliyev and Sarkisian since a truce was established in early April to halt four days of fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan’s military a... more »

Our Reform Proposal

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
*by Stephen Krashen, Susan Ohanian, and Jim Horn* Research studies over the past half-century show the effects of poverty and segregation as major factors determining school achievement. Our proposal would protect children who are being harmed by the impact of poverty, segregation, and standardized tests. In order for no children to be left behind, then, we propose, No child left unfed: proper nutrition for all children for breakfast and lunch. No child without proper health care; No child segregated by ethnicity, ability, or economic class; No child without access to a well-sup... more »

China Builds World’s Fastest Computer

William T. Wilson at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Picture of the Sunway TaihuLight System computer room] On Monday, the inconceivable happened. China announced it had built the world’s fastest computer. China has always been good at copying and/or stealing intellectual property, but it has rarely produced "indigenous innovation," particular in the high-tech sector. The Chinese supercomputer,... more »

Who Really Came to the US & Canada as "Syrian Refugees"? Not too many Syrians!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
We’ve read and heard much about Syrian refugees. And the Syrian refugee crisis? But just how Syrian are the refugees? And how Syrian is the crisis? The answer to both questions? *Not very Syrian at all!* But then I’ve mentioned that on a number of occasions, the large numbers of African refugees, in the pictures of so called Syrian refugees- So let's check this numbers breakdown from Washington Post? *What nags at me about this refugee saga?* 1-Why LIE and claim these are Syrian refugees when clearly they are NOT Syrian citizens? 2- I wonder how many of these refugees, in this w... more »

Dem. Senator Pushes ‘Climate Literacy’ Program in US Schools

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Dem. Senator Pushes ‘Climate Literacy’ Program In US Schools] Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey has introduced a bill to enhance to create a federal "climate change education program" to make sure American high schoolers are "climate literate" about man-made global warming. Markey wants the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration... more »

The EU Threatens America and Britain’s Alliance. Brexit Could Save It.

Stephen Meyer at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Atlantic Charter] This year marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most successful and mutually beneficial alliances in history. In August 1941 off the coast of Newfoundland, aboard the warships HMS Prince of Wales and USS Augusta, Winston Churchill and Franklin... more »

EPA’s Gold King Mine Boss Dodged Federal Probe Into Toxic Waste by Retiring

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Emergency tailing ponds constructed in response to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, pictured on August 7, 2015.] The recent retirement of an Environmental Protection Agency manager who was responsible for the August 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, shields him from federal investigators probing, and protects him from potential punishment, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The... more »

NATO Sends Clear Message to Putin

Brad Chojnacki & Luke Coffey at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: In this February 2, 2016 photo, U.S. soldiers prepared for Exercise Anakonda 16.] Thousands of American troops have been taking part in a large-scale military exercise on NATO's front-line state of Poland, which borders Vladimir Putin's Russia, its close ally Belarus, and war-torn Ukraine. The message is unmistakable -- letting Moscow know that...more »

Seeing Canada’s Direction? Imperial Globalization. Part III

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 4 hours ago
Seeing Canada’s Direction? Imperial Globalization. Part III. *Written by Robin Mathews* Something strange is occurring in Ottawa… something more than ordinarily strange. Call it, for short, The Canadian Infrastructure Bank … an apparently totally unnecessary (and expensive) idea being moved toward existence by the Liberal government headed by Justin Trudeau. The work of such a ‘*Bank*’ can be done by the Bank of Canada and has already been done by that Bank. It worked for several decades before 1974 with unquestioned success, financing huge infrastructure activity through i... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 4 hours ago
*Students Protest That All-Female School Is A ‘Rape Culture’ Stronghold* A 97-percent female college has been assailed by student activists who claim the school, despite a near-total lack of men, has become a center of “rape culture” because it engages in business with the family members of a rapist. St. Catherine University only accepts women at the undergraduate level, and is run by an order of celibate Catholic nuns. Nevertheless, some students argue the school is a stronghold of “rape culture,” a set of rules and cultural expectations that allegedly make sexual assault more co... more »

5 chemistry facts to know before opening your mouth

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
In our ongoing efforts here at NOT PC to help you avoid looking like an idiot out in public, here are five things you need to know before holding forth on the self-congratulatory Hippy Issue of the Day – “five rudimentary facts about chemistry that you must grasp before you are even remotely qualified to make an informed decision about medicines, vaccines, food, etc .”: *1). Everything is made of chemicals*[Hence :] A “chemical-free lifestyle” is totally impossible… It’s also worth noting that the length of a chemical’s name does not indicate how toxic it is… *2). The dose ma... more »

FBI Releases Orlando Gunman's 9/11 Transcripts With The Word 'Allah' Replaced By 'God'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
This is all the FBI is willing to let us know of one of two conversations between Omar Mateen and a 911 operator: pic.twitter.com/D7XDrnAPUW — Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) June 20, 2016 *Robert Mackay, The Intercept*: *FBI Redacts Orlando Gunman’s Calls, Sparking Outrage and Speculation* DOING NOTHING to advance the heated political debate over what combination of factors might have prompted Omar Mateen to open fire inside a gay nightclub in Orlando last week, the FBI on Monday refused to release the audio or a full transcript of the gunman’s phone conversations with the police ... more »

Transcript: No oxygen, just Newspeak

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
The Obama administration released the transcript of the Orlando murderer* making its 9/11 call, but severaly redacted in order not to give his causes what Margaret Thatcher called “the oxygen of publicity.” As with Thatcher’s efforts, the attempt simply added humour to the tragedy: Orlando Police Dispatcher (OD) Shooter (OM) OD: Emergency 911, this is being recorded. OM: In the name of God the Merciful, the beneficial [in Arabic] OD: What? OM: Praise be to God, and prayers as well as peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I let you know, I'm in O... more »

3 Economic Facts That Counter Obama’s Recovery Narrative

Stephen Moore at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Obama shooting - 900] President Barack Obama needs a reality check. Earlier this month in Indiana, he accused his critics of ignoring the "facts" and purporting "myths" about his economic record. But if Republicans are truly ignoring the facts, Obama should consider it a... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 20, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Ylan Q. Mui, Washington Post*: *‘Brexit’ could send shock waves across U.S. and global economy* Britain's departure from the European Union could send shock waves across the global economy and threaten more than a trillion dollars in investment and trade with the United States. International policymakers are ramping up their warnings of the dangers of a British exit - popularly known as "Brexit" — from the political and economic alliance that has united Europe for the past four decades. Voters in Britain will decide whether to leave or remain in the European Union in a referendu... more »

Brexit B.S.

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Liberty Scott points out that *Granny Herald* knows even less about the Brexit vote and Europe than it does about the news happening under its feet. *…its editorial on the issue is woeful, it misses the point and is dotted with errors. There is nothing in the editorial about the key problems with EU membership, around how EU laws are developed undemocratically (introduced by the European Council, MEPs can't introduce legislation), how the EU is inordinately wasteful including on policies that harm New Zealand's economy (including the Common Agricultural Policy) and harm devel... more »

Everyone loves Calloway

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
Could I please invite my Tauranga readers, both of you, to head down to the record store Vinyl Destination in Devonport Rd and pick up either a long player or a short black. Why? Beacuse they’ve just made a mess of a bureaucrat in a way that’s got folk laughing right around the globe. Before we begin, let me introduce you to Calloway: [image: Cap5] As you can see, Calloway is a cat who guards record bins – and Calloway’s presence on those bins was the very reason the bureaucrat was drawn to the store, brought there by a wowser’s complaint. I quote here from an American pet we... more »

Was Gun Grab at Trump Rally in Vegas an Assassination Attempt? Feds Say Yes.

MICHELLE RINDELS at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump - 900] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas told authorities he tried to grab an officer’s gun so he could kill the candidate, according to federal authorities. A complaint filed Monday in U.S.... more »

Zapatistas 'Notes on the War Against the Teachers in Resistance'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Notes on the War Against the Teachers in Resistance (The Hour of the Police 3) Notes on the War Against the Teachers in Resistance (The Hour of the Police 3) June 2016 From the notebook of the cat-dog: http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2016/06/20/notes-on-the-war-against-the-teachers-in-resistance-the-hour-of-the-police-3/ —We don’t know about the rest of the country, but in Chiapas

Three Stories: Native Americans Planting as Resistance

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
Photo Poncas planting resistance corn. Photo by Bold Nebraska. By Brenda Norrell Censored News Censored News is happy to share with you these three stories of planting as resistance. First, the resistance to the Utah tarsands mine, where 20 people have been arrested while sowing seeds for the next generation. Then, there are the Poncas, planting resistance to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Where does the media excel in covering Indigenous Peoples? Not in the United States

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
News for a New Generation The late Vernon Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement, shown with Robert Free Galvan, who was atWounded Knee and whose tipi was at the Occupation and Alcatraz. The photo was taken during a tradedelegation to Libya. Media based in London, South America and Qatar excel at covering Indigenous Peoples By Brenda Norrell Censored News The Guardian,

Utah: Seed Sowers arrested on United States First Tar Sands Mine

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
SEED SOWERS ARRESTED ON COUNTRY’S FIRST TAR SANDS MINE By Canyon Country Rising Tide Censored News https://canyoncountryrisingtide.org/2016/06/19/seed-sowers-arrested-on-countrys-first-tar-sands-mine/ SEED SOWERS ARRESTED ON COUNTRY’S FIRST TAR SANDS MINE SUNDAY JUNE 19, PR SPRINGS, UTATH: Thirty people walked onto the country’s first tar sands mine and sowed seeds to regrow land

On the Alesina Hypothesis

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 5 hours ago
In my recent *NY Times* article, I explored several hypotheses to explain slow growth. One was based on work by Alberto Alesina and Silvia Ardagna suggesting that the standard Keynesian view of tax and spending multipliers is inconsistent with the international evidence. Paul Krugman says the Alesina-Ardagna work has been "refuted." Nothing could be further from the truth. See this recent paper by Alesina, Favero, and Giovazzi on fiscal consolidations, which reports evidence consistent with the earlier work and is forthcoming in the peer-reviewed *Journal of International Econo... more »

Mind Control Achieved Through the “Information Flicker Effect”

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - I’m not talking about the flicker of the television picture.

Trump Set to Meet More Than 900 Evangelical Leaders at New York Summit

Anika Smith at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Phoenix.] More than 900 evangelical leaders are preparing to meet with Donald Trump Tuesday to discuss such issues as the Supreme Court, religious liberty, abortion and national security. The closed-door meeting will take place in New York City, with many waiting... more »

World News Briefs -- June 20, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Fighters of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) carry their weapons as they walk in the western rural area of Manbij, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria, June 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said *Reuters:* *Islamic State launches counterattacks on U.S.-backed forces and Syrian army* The Islamic State group launched a counter attack against fighters trying to capture the Syrian city of Manbij on Monday, inflicting heavy casualties on the U.S.-backed forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the militants said. The monitor said the ultra-hard line militants won back three villages south ... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Putin: NATO Needs an External Threat

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
The annual St Petersburg International Economic Forum excels at inviting key figures of Western corporate media to quiz the Russian President on current affairs. On the one hand, this is done in an attempt to build bridges between the two countries, on the other hand, it is a way to draw a comparison to the US President who has never debated foreign policy decision-making with foreign journalists. In this outtake, Putin outs the West in supporting Chechen separatism in Russia during the 1990s and early 2000s. Having weakened the country, the US withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballisti... more »

Former Naval Academy Graduate Speech at Destroyer 'Christening' Protest

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
*Dud Hendrick (center) made the following speech at the BIW rally before getting arrested at the shipyard* By Dud Hendrick Reposted from Common Dreams *(Editor's note: The following remarks were delivered on Saturday, June 18, 2016 outside Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine during a protest against the christening of the U.S. Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer. The author, along with eleven other people, was subsequently arrested during an act of peaceful civil disobedience outside the shipyard's gates.)* I am a proud member of Veterans for Peace. As a young man, really a boy, I rece... more »

Zumwalt Destroyer Protest at BIW

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Video by Eric Herter

FBI Changes Mind, Releases Full 911 Transcripts to Prevent ‘Distraction’

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Orlando terror Pulse - 90000] Under pressure from Republican leaders, the FBI has reversed course and released the full transcript of 911 calls made by Omar Mateen during his deadly terror attack at a popular gay Orlando nightclub. Only hours earlier, the Bureau released a partial transcript... more »

Call For Crisis Actors In Bernie Sanders’ Hometown During DNC

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Three ads calling for crisis actors have appeared on Craigslist recently, coinciding in the week the 2016 Democratic National Convention is due to take place. The ad calls for crisis actors dressed in fake wounds for a military-style training exercise in Burlington, VT – Bernie Sanders’ hometown and his campaign headquarters. Thedailysheeple.com reports: And with that, not one but THREE new calls for crisis actors are out on Craigslist. (Note: all have been archived, as these things tend to disappear quickly.) The first is from Linxx Global Solutions, a Government contracting compa... more »

Chinese Supercomputer ‘Sunway-TaihuLight’ Is World’s Fastest

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
China has created the fastest supercomputer in the world using native technology. The Sunway TaihuLight can reach speeds in excess of 100 PFlops (quadrillions of calculations per second). The supercomputer has processors that are designed and made in China. It was named the world’s most powerful computer on Monday, challenging U.S. dominance in making supercomputers. The Independent reports: China also displaced the US as the country with the most supercomputers in the top 500 ranking of the most powerful computers in the world. China had 167 systems and the United States had 165. J... more »

7 Ways the Idea of Spaceship Earth Binds Us All

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - And mutiny has become the moral imperative of our time.

A Pretty Accurate Assessment

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 7 hours ago
Now that the House has risen, Michael Harris has issued Justin Trudeau his report card. He has given Trudeau quite a few A's (or dimes, which we used to get with good marks): Trudeau gets another dime for keeping the promise to pass legislation on medically assisted dying, despite the political, ethical, and emotional minefield that had to be navigated to pull this off. For all the dark murmuring about Trudeau’s alienation of the Senate, he got Bill C-14 through the Red Chamber without compromising the government’s commitment to retain some limits on access to doctor-assisted suici... more »

Jo Cox (a few days later)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
“Many of our young women don’t feel safe on the street.” Who said such a thing? Nigel Farage, projecting a post Remain, Cologne-like future? Nah. It was Jo Cox, in a video she made for her report about Islamophobia. Thankfully we don’t see many political assassinations in this country, so when one suddenly occurs the whole world is horrified. It was truly shocking last week to see and hear reports of Jo Cox MP being stabbed and shot outside her constituency office in broad daylight, and later hearing reports that she had died. To make matters even more poignant, she was a youn... more »

Being Katty about Boris

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
I agree with Alan here... Katty Kay, the face of the BBC in the USA (the "Anchor for BBC World News America"), has - as so often before - *failed *to show herself to be the complete paragon of BBC impartiality with her latest BBC website piece: *Five reasons Brexit could signal Trump winning the White House*. As proof of that, I think it's enough merely to quote the first paragraph of her closing 'reason': *Populism * *And, finally, populism loves simplicity, especially, it seems, when it's dressed up with an impressively wacky hair do. Boris Johnson and Donald Trump appeal to ... more »

Homophobic Texas Pastor Prays For Orlando Terror Attack Victims To Die

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A Fort Worth pastor has asked god to kill off the remaining survivors of the Orlando gay night club massacre. Over a hundred people were killed or injured during an attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, last week; described as the deadliest in U.S. history. An anti-gay Texas pastor has joined a chorus of other right-wing Christian religious leaders in venting their homophobic rants in public, citing the almighty unknown, God. Raw Story reports: Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth told his flock he agrees “100 percent” with Baptist Pastor Roger ... more »

Sandy Hook: Obama Admin Confirm Shooting Was Just ‘Terror Drill’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Los Angeles school expert, Paul Preston, says he has evidence that the Obama administration confirmed that the Sandy Hook shooting was a ‘terror drill’ in which ‘no children were killed’. Paul Preston obtained information from the U.S. Department of Education who acknowledge that the Sandy Hook shooting: had been a drill; no children had been killed; and, had been done to promote an anti-gun agenda. Thedailysheeple.com reports: Given his background of 41 years in the California public school system (from custodian to district superintendent) and having served as a teacher, coach, v... more »

Man Planning Gay Attacks Asks Cops To Protect Him From ‘CIA Handlers’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Two Santa Monica police officers have been issued gagging orders following claims that a suspect planning more gay attacks in California pleaded with cops to protect him from his alleged “CIA handlers”. According to police insiders, James Wesley Howell, the Indiana man who was caught with explosives and weapons on during gay pride in Santa Monica last week, claimed he had been set up by the CIA. Getoffthebs.com reports: According to the LA Times, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks initially said on Twitter that the 20-year-old Indiana man (James Howell) told one of her o...more »

HPV Vaccine To Be Trialled On Babies

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Pharmaceutical giant Merck has announced plans to trial a new HPV vaccine on babies. The controversial trial aims to look at the effects of the HPV vaccine in infants, with the possibility of rolling out a mandatory HPV vaccine program in the future. Truthkings.com reports: The Gardasil / HPV vaccine has caused pain and agony on a worldwide level. Japan refuses to even sponsor the vaccine. We’ve seen injury after injury over this vaccine and through it all, it continues to get pushed. I believe this vaccine could be added to the mandatory lists for some states who have already seen ... more »

US and Russian Fighter Jets Clash Over Syria Prompting WW3 Fears

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A dramatic clash between US and Russian warplanes occurred this weekend over the skies in Syria, prompting fears that WW3 may ignite. A mid-air confrontation occurred between several US F/A-18 fighter jets and several Russian SU-34 bombers. Dailymail.co.uk reports: The Russian jets had struck a 200-strong garrison of Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State in At-Tanf, near the Jordanian border. When the F/A-18s approached the Russians moved out of the area, but when the US fighters paused to refuel they returned and struck the base again, killing paramedics tending to those wounde...more »

Dermatologists Claim Selfies Cause Skin Cancer

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A growing number of dermatologists are claiming that regular exposure of the face to smartphones, usually as a result of taking selfies, can result in serious skin conditions. According to some doctors the regular exposure of light and electromagnetic radiation when taking a selfie can damage the skin and speed up the ageing process. Nationalpost.com reports: They even claim they can tell which hand a person holds their phone in just by looking at which side of the face is most damaged. Speaking before this weekend’s FACE conference on aesthetics and anti-ageing, in London, Dr. Sim...more »

Israeli Religious Leader Suggests Poisoning Palestinian Water Supply

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A senior Israeli Rabbi has called for the poisoning of Palestinian water across hundreds of towns and villages in the occupied West Bank. Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad, chairman of the Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements, urged fellow Israelis to poison the water supply in order to deal with the ‘Palestinian problem’. Ahtribune.com reports: In its weekly report, it explained that Rabbi Shlomo Mlmad, the chairman of the so-called Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements, called on settlers to poison Palestinians through their water supply, which came to light by the Israeli organizati... more »

Flu Hoax: Study Reveals Flu Numbers Grossly Inflated

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A British Medical Journal study has revealed that the number of people confirmed as having the flu virus is grossly exaggerated by the U.S. government. Dr. Peter Doshi says that every single year hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples are taken from flu patients in America and tested in labs. However, only a very small number of those samples actually confirm the existence of the virus. Jon Rappoport reports: As Doshi states, every year, hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples are taken from flu patients in the US and tested in labs. Here is the kicker: only a small perc... more »

The High Cost Of Drugs-- Which Members Of Congress Benefit?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
There's a battle raging inside the Democratic Party in regard to prescription drug prices, which Big Pharma insists be kept high and which progressives very much want to keep affordable (so the U.S. not turn into another Russia, where the elderly have been forced to turn to home remedies in lieu of medicines they can no longer afford). So far this cycle, the Pharmaceitical Sector has put $15,816,930 into federal elections, $6,206,457 to Democrats (and $9,603,470 to Republicans). They have a lot of clout with careerist Democrats and since 1990 they have contributed immense sums to ... more »

Four US Military Advisers Wounded In Syria Earlier This Month (But We Are Only Being Told Now)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
US Army special forces. © Reuters *CNN:** First on CNN: Four US military advisers wounded in Syria* (CNN)Four U.S. military advisers were lightly wounded earlier this month in northern Syria by attackers who were believed to be part of ISIS, CNN has learned. The Pentagon has not yet spoken publicly about the June 9 incident, but several defense officials told CNN it happened when an anti-tank round was fired close to the advisers' position and exploded a vehicle near them. The troops suffered light shrapnel wounds and are believed to have returned to duty. The officials also did n... more »

Study: 1990s Condom Distribution Program Increased Teen Pregnancy

Lydia Goerner at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: classroom] A new study finds that schools with condom distribution programs in the 1990s seem to have actually increased the rate of teenage pregnancies. “We find that access to condoms in schools increases teen fertility by about 10 percent,” the researchers concluded. According to National... more »

Fire: A Brief History

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
 We live in a perplexing era. On one hand, we are the most brilliant critters that ever existed. On the other hand, we are knowingly destroying the ecosystem upon which our survival depends, which sane folks might see as the opposite of brilliant. You and I descend from ancestors who, once upon a time, lived in balance with the family of life. What happened? Obviously, the industrial era has supercharged our eco-impacts. The stage for the industrial era was set maybe 8,000 years ago, by the transition to agriculture, animal domestication, and civilization — a sharp turn away... more »

Calls For Social Media Investigator To Combat Abuse Of MPs Online

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Parliament is considering hiring a social media investigator to detect “fanatics” who abuse MPs online and report them to police. In the wake of Jo Cox’s murder, the chair of the parliamentary security panel Lindsay Hoyle suggest hiring a full-time member of staff to help identify offenders who may be breaking the law. According to the Telegraph: The Labour MP and deputy Commons speaker also wants to meet “urgently” with Facebook and Twitter representatives to see if they can do more to protect female MPs online. The suggestions – which are understood to have support from senior par... more »

Another incendiary intervention

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
With the House of Commons (at the time) about to pay tribute to Jo Cox, here's a transcript of the opening of a BBC-BBC exchange on this lunchtime's *BBC One **News at One *which struck me as being a classic example of how to 'frame the debate' over a particular news story through the use of loaded language: *Sophie Raworth*: *Our Assistant Political Editor Norman Smith is in Westminster. Controversial comments from Nigel Farage. What do you make of them? * *Norman Smith:* *Another incendiary intervention by Mr Farage...* And then on they went... more »

Last week in Real Change™

Alison at Creekside - 8 hours ago
FRIDAY June 17 No need for inquiry into Afghan detainee torture, Liberals say Federal Liberals who argued for a public inquiry, while in opposition, into the treatment of prisoners during the Afghan war, now say they will not conduct such an investigation. Assisted Dying Bill C-14 Passes Senate With Liberals' Restrictive Approach Canadians suffering intolerably from non-terminal medical conditions can no longer seek medical assistance to end their lives, thanks to a restrictive new federal law enacted Friday. THURSDAY June 16 The curious case of MP Ouellette ** Libs vote down m... more »

The Decision That Some High School Graduates Fail to Make, Leading to Disaster in College

Sean McDowell at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: 2016 Graduate - 900] Dear Graduates, Excitement. Anticipation. Eagerness. Anxiety. Fear. My guess is that these emotions, and many more, are going through your heart and mind right now as you make the transition from high school to the "real world." Not too long ago I... more »

Delegates, Cruz Supporters Talk About How to Oust Trump

Phillip Stucky at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters and bikers at a Rolling Thunder rally at the National Mall in Washington, Sunday, May 29, 2016. Recently, sources have said there is growing distrust between Trump's campaign and the RNC.] Former Cruz Staffers led by Steve Lonegan, a former Cruz backer who recently started an anti-Trump PAC, spoke with hundreds of delegates Monday in a phone call to discuss how to promote the rule change that would unbind delegates on... more »

Trump’s Campaign Manager Lewandowski Dismissed By Kids, You’re Fired!

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Donald Trump has sacked his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski with the help of his grown up children. On Monday Lewandowski was fired from his job at the behest of Trump’s three adult children during a meeting at Trump headquarters in NYC. Mediate reports: New York Magazine reports that Lewandowski participated in a meeting today that included Trump and his adult children: Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump. A high-level campaign source reportedly talked to NYM about this meeting, and he said that Ivanka Trump led a discussion that ended with Lewandowski’s removal from ...more »

Pakistan And Afghanistan Fail To Reach A Border Deal After Deadly Clashes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A Pakistani soldier stands guard as a truck enters Pakistan from Afghanistan at the border crossing in Torkham on June 18, 2016. (AFP photo) *Reuters*: *Pakistan, Afghanistan fail to reach border deal after deadly clashes* Pakistan and Afghanistan failed to reach an agreement on border management in talks on Monday, officials said, after days of clashes at the border last week left four dead and thousands stranded. Fighting broke out when Pakistan started building a barrier at the crossing to stop Islamist militants crossing over from Afghanistan. That plan angered Afghanistan, wh... more »

Does Extension of Nuclear Reactor Lifespans Decrease Human Lifespans?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
The nuclear industry refuses to die and the military-industrial complexes are there to promote life support, even for aging reactors. Quiet campaigns are underway in the US and Japan to extend the lifespan of aging nuclear reactors built in the mid-twentieth century: US Energy Information Administration (2014, December 8). Almost all U.S. nuclear plants require life extension past 60 years to operate beyond 2050, http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=19091 When nuclear power plants are built, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has the authority to issue initial operat... more »

Elon Musk Dreams of Artificial Intelligence But Misses a Key Question About Human Intelligence

Michael Cook at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: 1Elon_Musk] In the 19th century and for a good part of the 20th century, many people feared that humanity was destined to become lapdogs of bloated industrialists. The world would be divided between the haves and the have-nots, the capitalists and... more »

14 Nepali Security Guards Killed In Kabul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Afghanistan: 14 Nepali security guards killed in Kabul* Taliban claims responsibility for two of three blasts in Afghanistan, with 14 Nepali security guards among the dead. A wave of attacks in Afghanistan has killed at least 23 people, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for at least two of the blasts. On Monday morning, at least 14 Nepali security guards were killed after a suicide bomber hit a minibus in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad, police said. The attacker was on foot, police said, as they reported mul... more »

Strawberry Moon To Coincide With This Years Summer Solstice

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
This year’s solstice coincides with the Strawberry Moon, a once-in-a-lifetime event. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the astronomical beginning of summer, which falls on 20th June 2016. The Strawberry Moon is not necessarily pink or red however, it is the a name given to the full moon each June which coincides with the start of the strawberry season. This year will be the first time since 1967 that the summer solstice will coincide with a ‘strawberry’ moon The Telegraph reports: Around 25,000 people are expected to gather at Stonehenge in Wiltshire to celebra... more »

Senator Presses Agency for Answers on Russian Doping Scandal

Richard Lardner at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: Pictured here are Russian Olympic athletes from the 2012 Olympics.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee is pressing the World Anti-Doping Agency to explain why it delayed an investigation into allegations of systematic cheating by the Russian Olympic team. In a seven-page letter sent Monday to...more »

THIS Is Too Good To Miss: Virginia Militia Member Tells The Truth About Mass Shooting Hoaxes, And About Obama And The "New World Order"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
I must say that from what I am watching with all the reporting still coming out about the fraud shooting in Orlando Florida, from June 12th, that the corporate media and the liars in our governments are spinning their tales so fast now that if you were to put some copper wire around them, they would generate enough electricity to power a small city! Their lies are getting so blatant that it is astounding that anyone believes what they have to say any more.... Yes, the Orlando "shooting" was indeed a staged event and a massive "psy-ops" to brainwash the gullible American people usin... more »

Experimental Zika Vaccine to Begin Human Testing

MATTHEW PERRONE at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photo of aedes aegypti mosquitoes are seen in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia. An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in coming weeks, after getting the green light from U.S. health officials. Inovio Pharmaceuticals said Monday, June 20, 2016, that it received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration to begin early-stage safety tests of its DNA-based vaccine against the mosquito-borne virus.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- An experimental vaccine for the Zika virus is due to begin human testing in com... more »

Matrix Deprogramming and the Prohibition of Nature’s Red Pill

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - It is impossible to enslave one who is liberated from fear and loving of the self.

Retract – and replace? JAMA may expand use of this tool

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Remember last week, when JAMA replaced an article about the impact of moving homes on kids’ mental health after discovering some errors in the analysis? We’re going to see more of these somewhat unusual notices coming out of JAMA journals in the near future – the JAMA Network journals may issue more “retract and replace” […] The post Retract – and replace? JAMA may expand use of this tool appeared first on Retraction Watch.

‘Sea Monster’ Spotted Off Antarctica By Google Earth

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A mysterious ‘sea creature’ has been spotted near Antarctica by Google Earth. The image shows a disturbance in the water leading to speculation that it could be either a UFO or the mythical ‘Kraken’ sea monster. RT reports: The image of the elusive being was first spotted off the coast of Deception Island in the South Shetlands on Google Earth on April 9 and shared through a video on YouTube in an effort to solve the oceanic mystery. via GIPHY via GIPHY It’s estimated the creature measures up to a massive 120 meters in total, prompting some to believe the legendary Kraken sea monst... more »

The Lawyers Are Now Dictating To U.S. Soldiers The 'When And How' They Can Use Their Weapons In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Afghan commandos prepared for an overnight mission at Kandahar Air Field on May 29, waiting for U.S. helicopters to carry them to an operation. The remaining American troops in Afghanistan provide assistance, but U.S. rules limit the circumstances in which they may fire on the Taliban. PHOTO: MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL *Wall Street Journal*: *Afghan War Rules Leave U.S. Troops Wondering When It’s OK to Shoot* *U.S. is no longer at war with Taliban, so Special Forces remaining in Afghanistan have to weigh every situation to decide whether striking them is justified... more »

Deadly Clashes In Mexico Between Striking Teachers And The Police

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN*: *6 killed in Mexico during clashes between residents, teachers and police* (CNN)Six people were killed when teacher protests turned violent in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, authorities said. The clashes between teachers, state police and local residents also left 53 civilians and 55 police officers injured, according to the Oaxaca state government. The violence came after seven days of street blockages and protests disrupting traffic on a major highway connecting Oaxaca to Mexico City, the government said. Riot police tried to disperse the demonstrators Sunday, after which... more »

Is There A Cold War In Asia Over The South China Sea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Rowan Callick, The Australian*: *Cold War is becoming a looming reality over the South China Sea* The South China Sea dispute will soon ­either boil over into ­visceral confrontation or pass into ­history, its tensions tapering off as needless distractions. The response to the imminent ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague “will be the biggest test of the international order since Russia sent troops into Crimea”, says Tom Miller, an analyst at Beijing-based Gavekal Dragonomics. The five arbitrators have been asked by The Philippines to rule that China’s 2012... more »

Growing Tensions Between China and Indonesia Over The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *The Australian*: *South China Sea: Indonesia accused of firing at Chinese fishing boat* Territorial tensions between Jakarta and Beijing are again on the rise with the two friendly nations trading accusations yesterday over the third confrontation in two months between Indonesian authorities and Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea. China has accused the Indo­nesian navy of violating inter­national law by firing on Chinese fishermen caught fishing over the weekend off the Natuna Islands in the southwest corner of the South China Sea, which lie wi... more »

I Did The Shootings': FBI Releases Partial Transcripts Of Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen's 911 Calls

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *'Peace be upon the prophet... I did the shootings': FBI releases partial transcripts of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's 911 calls - but scrubs out references to Islam and 9/11 * * The FBI has released partial transcripts of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen's call to 911 shortly after he opened fire inside Pulse nightclub * In the 50-second call he claimed responsibility for his attack that left 49 people dead and 53 injured * Mateen also 'made murderous statements in a chilling, calm and deliberate manner' according to FBI Special Agent Roanld Hopper * The FBI has redacted r... more »

World News Briefs -- June 20, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *What the Orlando gunman told hostage negotiators and dispatchers during his rampage* As he talked on the phone with dispatchers and crisis negotiators from the bathroom of the Pulse nightclub, Orlando gunman Omar Mateen said there was a vehicle outside with explosives and he would “ignite it” if police tried “to do anything stupid,” according to a partial transcript released by the FBI on Monday. He told those on the other end of the phone that he “did the shootings” and he vaguely threatened more attacks. “In the next few days,” he said, “you’re going to see m... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 20, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A still image taken from video footage, released by Russia's Defence Ministry on November 19, 2015, shows a Russian military jet taking off at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. REUTERS/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via Reuters *Reuters*: *Russia says agrees with U.S. to improve military coordination in Syria* Russia said on Sunday it had reached an agreement with the United States to improve coordination between their military operations in Syria, where they are backing opposing sides of a civil war and launching air strikes. Russia's defense ministry said it was p... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 10 hours ago
*That pesky stratospheric cooling* We all live in the troposphere -- that part of the atmosphere that stretches from the sea surface upwards for about 10 miles. The next big "sphere" as we go upward is the stratosphere. And even Warmists agree that the stratosphere is COOLING. And "spheres" above the stratosphere are cooling too. So does that not upset global warming theory? No, say the Warmists. Their whole theory is that various gases in the troposphere "trap" heat rising off the earth. So that heat rising off the earth never reaches the stratosphere or higher. So the mor... more »

GOP Lawmakers to Dem AGs: Stop Persecuting Global Warming Skeptics

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Lamar Smith2 - 900] Republicans on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology sent another round of letters to Democratic state attorneys general investigating global warming skeptics, demanding documents and saying such efforts could "chill scientific research." "The Committee intends to continue its... more »

New Report Details Why Ex-Stanford Swimmer Was Given 6-Month Sentence for Sexual Assault

Eric Lieberman at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Brock Turner - 900] Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner received a 6 month jail sentence for sexually assaulting a fellow female student because the judge deemed the trial itself as enough of a punishment, according to new reports. The presiding judge of Santa Clara County, Aaron Persky,... more »

CBC: No Cuts to Superdelegates. They Don’t Want the "Burdensome Necessity of Competing Against Constituents."

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Writer and radio host Benjamin Dixon* *by Gaius Publius* The news is that the negotiation ahead of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia around the rules by which the Party will conduct future primaries has hit another bump, this time over the number and role of superdelegates. Sanders would like far fewer, either zero or a number not sufficient to predetermine the outcome of an election. (In Texas, the platform also calls for superdelegates to be prevented from voting on the first ballot, but that won't fly nationally, I'm sure.) The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) disagree... more »

What Do These Three Men Have In Common?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*John Nuttall from Vancouver, BC, Canada* *Omar Mateen from Orlando, Florida, USA* *James Wesley Howell from Charlestown, Indiana, USA* What do these three young men have in common? You might well ask. On the surface of it, it would seem they have little in common. Growing up and living on opposite sides of the continent like Nuttall and Mateen....and smack in the middle, in Indiana, the case of Howell. But looking just a bit deeper....you can see a trend. Nuttall had a troubled life and was socially isolated. Mateen was a closeted gay who apparently was conflicted (married twic... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 12 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* The first Brexit poll since Jo Cox was shot and killed shows a 6-point swing back in the other direction The tallest solar tower in the world is being built in the middle of the desert in Israel A hacker claiming responsibility for the DNC hack has released new documents and is promising even more leaks Huge Scandal Erupts Inside NATO: Alliance Member Germany Slams NATO "Warmongering" Against Russia More Retired Officers Plead Guilty To Massive 9/11 Disability Fraud Scheme Head Of India Central Bank Unexpectedly Announces Intention To Leave Rio Declares Emerge... more »

Dental paper pulled for “wrong content with serious consequences”

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
An article on how missing teeth affect chewing was — well, pulled — when someone noticed a few errors. The journal later published a corrected version. The retraction for “Chewing ability in an adult Chinese population” appeared in Clinical Oral Investigations in 2012, but we’re sharing it with you now because the notice contains some remarkable language: This article has been […] The post Dental paper pulled for “wrong content with serious consequences” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Rice From Fukushima To Be Sold In Britain

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Rice that has been harvested in Japan’s Fukushima region, an area heavily affected by the nuclear meltdown in 2011, is returning to the EU and will make its debut in the UK According to The Japan Times, the Fukushima rice will start being sold in Britain from next month. RT reports: A total of 1.9 tons of Fukushima rice called Ten no Tsubu will be sold in London, making the UK the first EU nation to import the region’s produce after the nuclear disaster. The sale became possible after a long campaign from Fukushima natives in London to fend off rumors about the potential danger of t... more »

911 Transcript: Orlando Gunman Said He Was Islamic Soldier

ERIC TUCKER & MIKE SCHNEIDER at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Orlando - 900] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando gunman Omar Mateen spoke in Arabic to a 911 dispatcher, identified himself an Islamic soldier and demanded to a crisis negotiator that the U.S. “stop bombing Syria and Iraq,” according to transcripts released by the... more »

Bob Crow, British Union Leader

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 12 hours ago
Bob Crow, British union leader who died in March 2014. Inspiring 10-minute speech.

PROVOST/PROFESSORS/TEENAGERS/DOGMA: Dragged behind a dumpster at Stanford!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016Introduction—The culture of misstatement:* Molly Roberts graduated from Harvard last month. Today, Roberts is "an intern for the [Washington] Post's editorial page." We're not sure what that positon entails, but in yesterday's Washington Post, Roberts wrote an essay about "the debate over whether the standard for determining what constitutes sexual assault and rape should shift from 'no means no' to 'yes means yes.' " Not that there's anything wrong with it! By normal standards, the Sunday, hard-copy Washington Post would seem to be a high platform for the w... more »

Supreme Court Leaves State Assault Weapons Bans in Place

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Supreme Court - 900] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. The justices on... more »

6 Detained in Belgium in Connection With Foiled Train Attack

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Thalys - 900] BRUSSELS (AP) -- Belgian authorities have detained six people in connection with last year’s foiled attack on a Thalys express train to France, they said Monday. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office said six houses in the greater Brussels area were searched... more »

Iraq Gains Big Victory Over Islamic State In Fallujah In Record Time

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Iraq’s forces reached downtown Fallujah on June 17, 2016 marking a huge victory over the Islamic State. The militants held sway over the city for more than two years, and it had always been a hotbed of anti-government sentiment in the country since the 2003 overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Given those two factors it appeared that Baghdad’s forces would have a tough time breaking IS’s defenses as it did in previous battles like Ramadi, although the outcome was never in doubt. What happened instead was when the tough outer shell of the insurgent’s ring around Fallujah was penetrated ther... more »

National Grid recruits NHS hospitals to help keep the lights on

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
Ht Philip Bratby/Patsy Lacey http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/06/19/national-grid-recruits-nhs-hospitals-to-help-keep-the-lights-on/?WT.mc_id=e_DM129815&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_FAM_New_AEM_Recipient&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_FAM_New_AEM_Recipient_2016_06_20&utm_campaign=DM129815 National Grid is recruiting cash-strapped NHS hospitals to fire up their emergency generators and turn down their air conditioning systems when power supplies are scarce. There was a time hospitals were for healing people!

UK Foreign Minister Warns That Brexit Vote Will Be Irreversible

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
The British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that Britain’s possible exit from the European Union (EU) would be an “irreversible” decision. “The message we are trying to get across to the British people is that this is an irreversible decision, if they decide to leave, there will be no going back,” Hammond said as he arrived for a meeting with his EU counterparts in Luxembourg. Press TV reports: The foreign minister warned that in the event of a Brexit, London could only rejoin the bloc on what would be unacceptable terms. “Britain could never rejoin the EU at a later dat... more »

Mexico: Eyewitness Declares Tlaxcala a "UFO Contact Area"

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 13 hours ago
*Source: PLANETA UFO and e-tlaxcala.mxDate: 6/20/2016* *Mexico: Eyewitness Declares Tlaxcala a "UFO Contact Area"* Sunday, June 19, 2016 -14:11 hrs. People Report Seeing a UFO in the Municipality of Contla. "Only minutes ago, a small UFO was suspended in front of my house near the community of Cuba in San Bernardino Contla." [*PHOTO CREDIT: Hector Aguirre Avila "Halconi"*] "There are some very interesting details to be made out," said the person who was able to photograph this object, after explaining that it was only visible for a few seconds, as it vanished in an instant. Th... more »

South Korea Alerts US Air Bases of ISIS Threats

Lydia Goerner at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: North and South Korea Map - 900] More security and anti-terrorism measures are being implemented after South Korea warned the United States that the Islamic State may be a threat to U.S. air bases in Korea. Voice of America reported that South Korea is taking increased security precautions... more »

U.S. Navy Begins Dual-Carrier Operations In The Philippine Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. US Navy photo. *USNI News*:* Stennis, Reagan CSGs Conduct Dual-Carrier Operations In Philippine Sea* The aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) began dual-carrier flight operations in the Philippine Sea over the weekend, for the first time in about two years. The ships and aircraft from ... more »

Iran Is Claiming To Have Foiled Major Terror Attacks By Sunni Militants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
The photograph shows Tehran's skyline at night with the Milad tower, the sixth tallest tower in the world, May 3, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS/MARIUS BOSCH *BBC*: *Iran 'foils plot by Sunni militants to bomb Tehran'* The authorities in Iran have thwarted a plot by Sunni militants to bomb targets in the capital Tehran and other cities, the intelligence ministry says. The ministry said members of an "anti-Islamic terrorist takfiri group" had been arrested and explosives seized. The intelligence ministry gave no further details about the suspects. "Takfiri" is a term used by officials in Shi... more »

A Look At How A Soldier's Brain And Body Responds Before, During, And After Combat

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Adam Linehan, Task & Purpose:* *This Is Your Brain On War* Task & Purpose teamed up with combat psychologist and author Lt. Col. Dave Grossman to produce this visual guide to what happens to the mind and body before, during, and after combat. In 2012, legendary BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner jumped from a helium balloon 24 miles above the Earth to set the record for highest ever free-fall. Red Bull, the sponsor, had poured more than $65 million into the project and employed some of the world’s most eminent scientists and engineers to see it through, but the mission was nearly a co... more »

Some Key Facts On The World's Refugee Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*PEW Research Center*:* Key facts about the world’s refugees* The United Nations adopted a resolution in 2000 marking June 20 as World Refugee Day. With the number of displaced people at a record 65.3 million in 2015 – a total that counts both those living inside and outside of their home countries – World Refugee Day has gained new prominence as countries, including the U.S., have taken in large numbers of people. Here are some key facts about refugees arriving in Europe and the U.S. from around the world: *Read more* ....more »

United Nations: More Refugees Today Than During World War II

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN*: *UNHCR report: More displaced now than after WWII* (CNN)The U.N.'s refugee agency reports that the number of displaced people is at its highest ever -- surpassing even post-World War II numbers, when the world was struggling to come to terms with the most devastating event in history. The total at the end of 2015 reached 65.3 million -- or one out of every 113 people on Earth, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number represents a 5.8 million increase on the year before. A little under 1% of the earth's population is either "an asyl... more »

NATO's Military Chief: No Imminent Russian Threat To Baltics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Chairman of NATO's military committee Petr Pavel speaks to Reuters on the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 3, 2016. REUTERS/EDGAR SU *Reuters:* *NATO commander sees no imminent Russian threat to Baltics* NATO is not contemplating a troop build-up in East Europe and the Baltics beyond exisiting plans as there is no imminent threat from Russia, despite fears amongst Baltic states, the alliance's military chief said on Monday. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia see themselves in the frontline of any potential conflict with Russia and are putting their armies on a... more »

South Korean Intelligence: ISIS Is Targeting 77 U.S. And NATO Air Force Facilities Around The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*CNN*: *ISIS threat to U.S. air bases, South Korea intelligence agency warns* Seoul (CNN)ISIS has collected information on 77 U.S. and NATO air force facilities around the world and is calling on supporters to attack them, according to South Korea's intelligence agency. The terror group has also released information on individuals in 21 countries, including the personal details of one employee of a South Korean welfare organization, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) said in a statement Sunday. That person is now under protection, the agency said. The NIS says ISIS' hacking... more »

The Pentagon Plans To Crush Russia And China With 'Swarm' Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Dave Mujumdar, National Interest:* *The Mad Scientists at DARPA Plan to Crush Russia and China with 'Swarm' Weapons* The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a contract to develop ways to control swarming drones inside heavily defended airspace called CODE or Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE). Defeating so-called anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) threats—such as zones defended by advanced Russian and Chinese built integrated air defense systems—is a top priority for the United States as the world e... more »

The 'Spy Pistol' Used In The Second World War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Popular Mechanics*:* Forgotten Weapons: The Spy Pistol Used to Resist Nazi Occupation* ​Equipped with an effective silencer and easily taken apart to hide its true purpose, the Welrod was the perfect pistol for resistance operatives in Nazi-occupied Europe. The Welrod is one of the best-remembered pieces of real-life James Bond gear manufactured by Special Operations Executive. SOE was a clandestine department set up in 1940 in the UK to assist resistance movements in occupied Europe, and they came up with some very interesting gadgets. SOE's Station IX specialized in weapons R&... more »

‘You’re Fired!': Trump Dumps Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski

Jill Colvin & Jonathan Lemire at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: FILE - -In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski listens at left are Trump speaks in Palm Beach, Fla. Florida police have charged Lewandowski with simple battery in connection with an incident earlier in the month involving a reporter. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)] NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump fired his hard-charging campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, on Monday in a dramatic shake-up designed to calm panicked Republican leaders and reverse one of the most tumultuous stretches of Trump’s unconventional White House bid. Lewandow... more »

CIA Chief Says No link Found Between Orlando Shooter And ISIS

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
The Central Intelligence Agency director says they have not been “able to uncover any link” between the Orlando killer Omar Mateen and ISIS Mateen had claimed allegiance to a variety of militant Islamist groups, including some at odds with each another CIA chief John Brennan told the Senate intelligence committee last week (June 16th) that the CIA had not found any evidence of a connection between Mateen and the Islamic State or any other extremist network. In other reports, intelligence officials and investigators say they’re “becoming increasingly convinced that the motive for thi... more »

Westworld 2016

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago

Russia gets Maglev's

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Ever feel we have a transportation gap?

Seventh retraction appears for cancer researcher who sued PubPeer commenters

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Fazlul Sarkar, who sued PubPeer commenters for criticizing his work, has logged two more retractions, bringing his total to seven. The two retractions appear in the Journal of Cellular Physiology, and follow five others released last week by another Wiley journal, Journal of Cellular Biochemistry. All notices mention an investigation at Wayne State University, where Sarkar […] The post Seventh retraction appears for cancer researcher who sued PubPeer commenters appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Emails Between McCanns & Paedophile MP Clement Freud To Be Probed

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Emails between paedophile Sir Clement Freud and the parents of Madeleine McCann are set to be investigated as part of a child sex abuse inquiry Correspondence between the late MP and the parents of missing Madeleine will be submitted to an inquiry into historic abuse allegations. The McCanns became close to the Liberal MP and BBC broadcaster in Portugal after their daughter Madeleine disappeared in 2007 and kept in touch with him until he died two years later. The Mirror reports: The revelation comes after news the ex-MP and TV and radio star had a villa in the resort Madeleine McC... more »

The truth? They don't want us to know the truth

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
'The Department of Justice is scrubbing references of radical Islamic beliefs from the transcripts of calls Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen made to police during his massacre, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Sunday. A partial transcript of the conversations between authorities and Mateen, who killed 49 and wounded 53 in the June 12 attack at a Florida gay nightclub, is set to be released on Monday. But Lynch, who appeared on numerous Sunday talk shows, said the transcripts will not include Mateen's oath of loyalty to ISIS or any other religious justification for the attack. "Wha... more »

Twin Falls, Idaho: 3 Syrian Muslim Refugees Allegedly Rape Minor Girl; Muslim Women Spit on Citizens...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*ages 8, 10, 13?* The Chobani Greek Yogurt plant in Twin Falls employees almost exclusively Syrian Muslim refugees who have been brought here compliments of the owner, Hamdi Ulukava. He has worked closely with the Clinton Global Initiative to bring even more "refugees" here and to provide them with jobs. Mr. Ulukava has scarfed up hundreds of millions of tax-payer money for his yogurt plant to employ people he's dragged in from Syria. I wonder if some Twin Falls people might benefit from a job? *More:* *Chobani Opens Twin Falls Yogurt Facility Today, But At What Cost To Taxpay... more »

Poisoning YOU: The Last Roundup

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
*[image: http://www.permaculturenews.org/images/roundup_killing_machine.jpg]* The negative science on glyphosate is finally been brought fully into the mainstream and we now have this. Fifty or more years ago, a crime was committed. It was decided to roll out Round Up over the clear results of extensive mandatory testing. That meant gaming the test procedures to minimize the indicated negatives. Imagine testing cigarettes for only six months? They then went of a marketing campaign to sell its actual benefits. The Marketers then kept demanding more and more flexibility in what... more »

Why did the US lose the Vietnam War?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
I find it difficult to grasp the continuing massive failure of strategic thinking among US military leaders. This item pretty well explains it. All real military training is tactically and logistically oriented. This makes you mostly blind to what are actually strategic factors and that includes first and foremost politics. Vietnam failed because Kennedy decided to eliminate Diem who did have and would have retained the loyalty of the Vietnamese people. No one else could replace him and the rest was inevitable as the insurgency grew with every scrap. The insurgency it... more »

The Legacy of the Obama Administration: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, June 1, 2016. (Zach Gibson / The New York Times)] In the end, Obama was a man without vision. Little got done and handling of crisis was flawed at best. He may have made some blunders but that presupposes he made a decision. There is no great useful initiative here except perhaps more looting than expected. All sad and the economy has been running flat in real terms.. We are now heading into the final collapse of oil and that will change everything. . *The Legacy o... more »

Above the Blight

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 14 hours ago
The world we access through media is all street theater and not worth considering except as to step around in much the same way one watches out for cow paddys in paradise. Take up contemplation and meditation and shut it all out as it simply does not matter. Knowing that your spirit is immortal anyway lends perspective. The rest is distraction. Imagine. Were the media to disappear you would know nothing of this. Worse what they do show represents the human activity of at most a few thousand people usually with agendas. You are unwittingly ignoring the inter... more »

Trump Says He Never Called for Club Patrons to be Armed

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters as he arrives to speak at a rally Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Phoenix.] NEW YORK (AP) -- Republican Donald Trump is now claiming that he never suggested club-goers attacked in the Orlando massacre should have been allowed to be armed. Trump says on Twitter that he was “obviously talking about additional guards or... more »

Asian-American Students Suspect Discrimination in Ivy League Admissions

Elizabeth Slattery at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Yale - 900] Any day now the U.S. Supreme Court will hand down its decision in Abigail Fisher's discrimination suit against the University of Texas at Austin. However the justices rule in that case, more lawsuits challenging schools' discriminatory admissions programs are likely... more »

Role Of Ireland’s Central Bank In €7Billion Banking Fraud Revealed

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
It seems that the Central Bank were aware of fraudulent transactions at Irish Life and Permanent and Anglo Irish Bank. Newly uncovered files have revealed that the €7 billion fraud that led to three bankers being criminally convicted earlier this month was “potentially based on encouragement” from Ireland’s Central Bank. The state knew that the two banks were helping each other out Tom Lyons reports via The Sunday Business Post : The secret documents reveal how the state had intimate knowledge that the two banks were helping each other out during the financial crisis in order to mak... more »

Do You Vote Democratic As A Default Position? BIG Mistake!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*How Wall Street Screws America* What do these 13 Democrats have in common? *•* Brad Sherman (CA) *•* Gregory Meeks (New Dem-NY) *•* David Scott (New Dem-GA) *•* Ed Perlmutter (New Dem-CO) *•* Jim Himes (New Dem-CT) *•* John Carney (New Dem-DE) *•* Terri Sewell (New Dem-AL) *•* Bill Foster (New Dem-IL) *•* Patrick Murphy (New Dem-FL) *•* John Delaney (New Dem-MD) *•* Kyrsten Sinema (New Dem-AZ) *•* Joyce Beatty (OH) *•* Juan Vargas (New Dem-CA) Let's not start with "they all belong in prison for corruption" because that's the end of this post. And, not every single one of them is a New... more »

Senate to Vote on Gun Laws This Week That Are Unlikely to Pass

MARY CLARE JALONICK at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: In this June 16, 2016 file photo, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., left, accompanied by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun laws a week after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, but the prospects for any election-year changes in the nation’s laws are dim. The four votes on Monday, June 20, 2016, are the result of a deal after Murphy filibustered for almost 15 hours in response to the Orlando shooting.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun control a week after the massacre in O... more »

California Democrats Want to Get Rid of Superdelegates

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Donkey American Flag Democrat] The California Democratic Party is pushing for a major overhaul to the Democratic primary process. A resolution approved Sunday urges the Democratic National Committee to eliminate caucuses and the majority of superdelegates, The Los Angeles Times first reported. "It's very exciting and healing... more »

Gaia Portal: Seminal cavities are filled with Higher Intention

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
*And oh what a cargo hold those Stevedores have to unload! -AK* *Seminal cavities are filled with Higher Intention* by ÉirePort Seminal cavities are filled with Higher Intention. Inner Light brilliance expands to the many. Stepwise portions are viewed and consummated. Stevedores of Gaia come to the rescue. ÉirePort | June 20, 2016 at 11:11 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-yV

"Soft Kitty" Dalek T-Shirt

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
If you are a fan of the Big Bang Theory, than you probably know the song "Soft Kitty." It is the song Sheldon likes to be sung to him when he is sick. Since I am a fan of The Big Bang Theory and a Doctor Who fan, I couldn't help but combine the two into a fun shirt for my daughter to wear this summer. We changed up the words to the song and ended up with this fun version that of course ends with Exterminate! You will need: - a T-shirt( I used pink, but use whatever color you want) - contrasting heat transfer ( I used silver) - an iron - a Cricut or other way to cut th... more »

Multiculturalism is Dead

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
"When Captain America died, Americans heard it in an American way : through their media. When *Captain Britain *died, the British felt it in their chests." *Once Upon a Time in Northampton...* *"All That Has Been Lost : Go And Take It Back."* *"WHY DID MAGIC CHOOSE TO BE KEPT HERE? * *WITH SUCH A SMALL PEOPLE?* *YOU VENERATE THE SMALL. YOU LOOK NO FURTHER THAN YOUR SHORES. YOU MAKE EPUCS OF DOMESTIC TRIVIA.* *YOU MOURN YOUR EMPIRE. YOU WHINE AND COMPLAIN.* *YOU DO NOTHING."* *"YOU ARE THE LAST DEFENDER OF THIS BRIDGE AND THE PRIZE BEYOND.* *SURRENDER. KNEEL AND I WILL SPARE Y... more »

Fact-Check: CNN’s LZ Granderson Misses Center Mass With Comments About Gun Violence in America

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Hand Guns, Firearms, Weapons, Bullets, Self Defense] On Sunday, CNN commentator LZ Granderson made two accurate but misleading claims about gun violence in America. He also made one completely false claim and blatantly contradicted himself about the nature of possible solutions to gun violence. Via the Real... more »

The future of the EU

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
'The Spanish newspaper El Pais (17th June) carried a front page article saying that the EU is deliberately holding back a raft of new legislation until after the Referendum on 23rd June because knowledge of it in Britain would boost the Brexit vote. The article claims that David Cameron has asked the European Commission to postpone discussions on anything sensitive until after this Thursday. The measures that El Pais says are being held back include: A European Tax to co-ordinate an EU defense system A plan to impose quotas for member states sharing refugees Visa free access for T... more »

Democratic Congresswoman to Obama: “Identify Your Enemy”

Austin Roscoe at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: House Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) listens during the American Federation of Government Employees's annual Legislative Conference in February 2013.] Democratic Congresswoman and Iraq War veteran Tulsi Gabbard recently criticized President Barack Obama for his avoidance of the term "radical Islam." Speaking last Thursday on CNN's The Situation Room, the Hawaii Representative told host Wolf Blitzer "it’s important that you identify your... more »

Brock Turner, Rape and the Left’s Giant Blind Spot

Alex Chediak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Brock Turner - 900] Last week I called for a stronger reaction from conservatives to the Brock Turner sexual assault incident. Not just the event per se, but its aftermath: the fact that Turner stonewalled his victim -- changing his story from the police report... more »

Pakistani Province to Give Nearly $3 Million to the ‘University of Jihad’

Russ Read at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Islamic Jihad Rally In The Remembrance Of The Death Of Its Founder Fathi Shiqaqi] A Pakistani provincial government has allocated the equivalent of $2,870,385 for an Islamic school known as the “University of Jihad,” which has produced some of the region's worst terrorists. The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, located along the Afghanistan-Pakistani border, will provide funds to Darul... more »

Microsoft Is Getting Into The Marijuana Business

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
In a move that breaks the corporate taboo on pot, Microsoft is joining forces with a company that offers software to track marijuana sales. The tech giant announced that it has partnered with the technology start-up, Kind Financial, a marijuana industry software company, Kind will now be will now be able work on Microsoft’s government cloud. The software is meant to help States that have legalized the medical or recreational use of cannabis keep tabs on sales and commerce making sure everything above board and legit Alternet reports: Microsoft won’t be growing or selling dope, bu... more »

The Galan Dragon I Ching Calender - The Creative Summer by James Clair Lewis

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
The Gaian Dragon I Ching Calendar : The Creative Summer by James Clair Lewis *The effort of creation generates order in chaos.* *Begin with meditation. Start working. Be sustainable. Pay attention. Play fair. Enjoy wisdom.* *Plan the Meeting. Consider motivations. Do not use force. Be real. Demonstrate Truth. Deal with the problem.* *Use Imagination to Create* *The Image* *Make things happen.* *Rise to the occasion.* *Understand prevailing attitudes.* *Become the Spiritual Light.* *The Inside* *Wait while the Dragon sleeps. Before you begin, meditate, and form a clear plan ... more »

Cognitive Dissonance

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago


Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*"I am NOT resisting arrest..!! I am NOT resisting arrest..!!* *- Lee Harvey Oswald,* *Texas Theatre, Dallas,* *22/11/63* *"This has to be the most remarkable example of police intuition since the Reichstag fire. * *And I don't buy it."* *"Jim Garrison",* *JFK* “When I pushed my way into the burning building, we had to climb over the bulging hoses of the Berlin fire brigade, although as yet there were few onlookers. A few officers of my department were already engaged in interrogating *Marinus van der Lubbe. *Naked from the waist upwards, smeared with dirt and sweating, he sat... more »

Asia: US "Pivot" Turns to Panic

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*June 20, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - US foreign policy in Asia Pacific has centered around the so-called "Pivot to Asia," initially rolled out as an alleged means for the US to strengthen ties with Asia, but was incrementally revealed as the latest leg in a decades-long attempt to encircle and contain China by overrunning the socioeconomic and political sovereignty of its neighbors, thus maintaining what US policymakers themselves refer to as American "primacy over Asia." It is no surprise then that nations across Asia have responded negatively to the "Pivot." What gains the U... more »

UN Says Israel to Ratify Nuke Test Ban Treaty

GEORGE JAHN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In this Monday, May 23, 2016 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looks on during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem.] VIENNA (AP) -- Israel’s prime minister declared Monday that his country is prepared to ratify a treaty banning nuclear tests, a senior U.N. official said after meeting with the Israeli leader. Lassina Zerbo, who heads the U.N. organization created to... more »

Rubio Expected to Announce Senate Re-Election Bid Next Week

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Marco Rubio - flickr] Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is expected to announce he will seek re-election next week. CNN reports sources say the former GOP presidential hopeful has reconsidered his vow not to run again for his seat in the Senate. "The Florida senator is...more »

Weather Forecast For Ireland – 20 Years Of Rain!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.thejournal.ie/rainfall-ireland-noahs-flood-895386-May2013/ Somebody (sorry forgot who!) sent me this article from 2013: DID YOU KNOW that Ireland experienced non-stop rain for 20 years? While our less-than-brilliant weather may make this feel like a very recent event, it actually happened way back in 2345BC. According to evidence uncovered in this Sunday’s […]

FBI Releases Orlando Shooter’s Calls to 911 and Police — With ISIS References Removed

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Omar Mateen - 900] Today the FBI released partial transcripts of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's calls to police -- but those transcripts did not include Mateen's declaration of allegiance to the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. The scrub of Mateen’s declarations is deliberate, admitted U.S. Attorney General Loretta... more »

All Jokes Aside, Can We Endure 8 More Years of the Clintons?

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Photo Credits: Selcuk Acar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, Dirck Halstead/Liaison Agency via Getty Images, Youtube/Saturday Night Live, Youtube/Classic New Orleans TV, Youtube/Hope and Cringe, Youtube/AP Archive, LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images, Flickr/Timothy K Hamilton, and Shannon Henderson.] Funny thing happened when the alarm went off the other morning. I awoke in the 1990s. The tabloids were talking about Richard Simmons, there was word of a possible New Kids on the Block tour, First Brother Roger Clinton has been... more »

Reagan Revolutionary Jerry Naylor Recalls the Evangelical Meeting That Changed a President

James Robison at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Jerry Naylor Ronald Reagan - 900] Christian leaders are scheduled to meet with Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday. In light of this gathering, I wanted to share a conversation I recently had with Jerry Naylor, a close friend of Ronald Reagan and the National Director... more »

Iran Claims Disrupting Major ‘Terrorist Plot’ in the Country

AMIR VAHDAT at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran] TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian intelligence officials have broken up one of the “biggest terrorist” plots ever planned to target Tehran and other provinces in the Islamic Republic, the country’s state media reported on Monday. The reports quote the country’s... more »

Biden Asserts Trump Could Trigger Surge in Anti-Americanism

JOSH LEDERMAN at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: This June 14, 2016, file photo shows Vice President Joe Biden addressing the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington. Warning of a potential surge in anti-Americanism, Biden is tearing into Donald Trump’s views on foreign policy and urging the country not to follow the presumptive Republican nominee down a path of isolationism and bigotry. Biden plans to deliver a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump’s ideas on immigration, terrorism and relations with Russia during a speech Monday, June 20, 2016, to the Center for New American Security.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- ... more »

Donald Trump Calls For Profiling Of American Muslims

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Donald Trump has called for the racial profiling of Muslims inside the United States in order to prevent terrorism. The presumptive US Republican presidential nominee said that he does not like the concept of racial profiling, but it may be necessary. Speaking on CBS Face the Nation about how the Orlando killings could have been prevented, Trump talked about checking on mosques “respectfully” as a way of tackling radical Islam adding that “I think profiling is something we’re going to have to start thinking about as a country” Press TV reports: “Other countries do it. You look at ... more »

Belgian Jewish student ‘gassed’ with deodorant by classmates in showers per The Times of Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
'Belgian elementary school students are accused of anti-Semitic bullying of a Jewish classmate, whom they allegedly sprayed with deodorant while he was showering at school to simulate Nazi gas chambers. The three students told their Jewish classmate they were "gassing" him during the incident, according to his mother.' Welcome to Europe. More here http://www.timesofisrael.com/belgian-jewish-student-gassed-with-deodorant-by-classmates-in-showers/ but not on the institutionally pro Islamic immigration BBC.

way down under the ocean

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 18 hours ago

Industrial hemp finally being legalized !

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 18 hours ago
Hemp used to be a staple crop across the American countryside, but fell out of favor in the 1930s and 1940s when it got swept up in a national marijuana crackdown. While the two have a biological connection, the hemp plant grown for its fibers and oils contains only trace levels of the chemical in the cannabis plant that induces the psychoactive high for marijuana users. At least 20 states have legalized industrial hemp production under prescribed limitations and that is commonly tied to research activities, according to National Conference of State Legislatures data. Few are as ... more »

David Cameron fails three times to say he will veto country's entry to EU per Daily Mail Online

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
'David Cameron refused three times to say he would veto Turkey's entry into the European Union last night as he faced public anger over his failure to curb immigration. Appearing on a special Question Time, the Prime Minister repeatedly ducked the question, claiming there was no prospect of the country becoming a member in the near future. He claimed the issue was 'the biggest red herring in this referendum debate' and that voting to leave for fear of Turkish entry would be a 'crazy thing to do'. But given three clear opportunities to say he would use his veto to stop it, he decl... more »

BBC World Service per Building the tallest solar tower

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
The rarest of BBC reports on something happening in Israel, one that doesn't mention 'illegal settlements' or the 'Palestinians'... http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ywwvl

But the US, UK politicians and media will still assure us that Islamist terrorists have nothing to do with Islam

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'"O America, indeed you are at war with ... sincere Muslims around the world who yearn and desire to see the honor of Islam returned," he adds. "And O America, indeed you are at war with the people who wish to be killed and slain for the sake of Allah... you are at war with the holy Quran."' More here http://israelmatzav.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/isis-sends-warning-to-united-states.html but not on the institutionally pro Islam BBC.

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
From @janiemccap: LeBron and the relentless Cavs complete historic #NBAFinals comeback. https://t.co/7Mzj03jafY pic.twitter.com/SWjL3mVuTh — AP Sports (@AP_Sports) June 20, 2016

Formal string theory is physics, not mathematics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
I was sent a book on string theory by Joseph Conlon and I pretty much hate it. However, it's the concise, frank comments such as his remark at 4gravitons that make it really transparent why I couldn't endorse almost anything that this Gentleman says. I can’t agree on the sociology. Most of what goes under the name of ‘formal string theory’ (including the majority of what goes under the name of QFT) is far closer in spirit and motivation to what goes on in mathematics departments than in physics departments. While people working here like to call themselves ‘physicists’, in reality w... more »

The Silence of the CADs - Is this the old Soviet Union?

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 21 hours ago
From the Web-site of Australian Liberty Alliance This TV Advertisement was produced and scheduled to be aired in Western Australian for the 2016 Australian Election Campaign. All produced, paid and scheduled to go to air from the evening of Sunday 19 June. Then the station cancelled in the afternoon of Friday 17 June. The paid for slots were immediately reallocated to other advertisers. Political business as usual in 2016 islamophobic Australia. Note it's not us having an irrational fear of offending Islamists. We recall the banks refusing us Eftpos services, ticketing services wal... more »

Military Photo of the Day: Pulling Security While Training in Poland

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Soldiers in Poland] U.S. Army soldiers pull security after exiting a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a training exercise in Wedrzyn, Poland, on June 11, 2016. Thank you to these soldiers for serving our country overseas.

Media Cover-up As Hillary Clinton Investigated For Election Fraud

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
With a major lawsuit in progress exposing alleged election fraud in eleven states, and with Bernie Sanders refusing to drop out of the race and preparing a groundbreaking speech for the convention, the signs are Hillary Clinton will be implicated in a huge election rigging scandal involving the DNC and the mainstream media. Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic primaries through democratic means. The Democratic presidential nomination was stolen through systematic manipulation of the primary process. Over 400 super delegates pledged their support to Clinton before a single Ameri... more »

Obama Ordered Me To Scrub Terrorist Watchlist, Says Whistleblower

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
The Obama State Department ordered the deletion of terrorist watchlists that may have prevented the Orlando and San Bernardino terror attacks, according to a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower. Former Department of Homeland Security officer Philip Haney said he was ordered to delete hundreds of records he had compiled on various Muslim individuals and organizations with ties to terrorist groups, and he believes the information in those records could have prevented the Orlando and San Bernardino attacks. In the video below, Haney is asked, ‘You did your job and other peopl...more »

Investigators Say Orlando Shooter Had Nothing To Do With ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Investigators looking into the background of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, say that he showed virtually no signs of radicalization and had nothing to do with ISIS. According to conflicting reports, Mateen had allegedly pledged allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call during the attack. But this allegiance to the terror group, probably never happened. Npr.org reports: But as further details emerge about the shooter, investigators say Mateen’s profile is more like that of a “typical mass shooter” than an individual radicalized by ISIS, as NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston reports. In fact, intelligenc... more »

37 Million Bees Dead After GMO Seeds Planted Nearby

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Over 37 million bees have been found dead in Canada after GMO corn was planted recently in the local area. According to local beekeeper, Dave Schuit, since the GMO corn was planted close to his farm he lost over 37 million bees as a direct result. Anonhq.com reports: According to reports, Schuit and other local beekeepers believe neonicotinoids, or “neonics” are to blame for the influx of bee deaths. Around 37 million bees at a farm in Canada have died after GMO corn was planted in the nearby area, according to a local beekeeper. Dave Schuit, a beekeeper who produces honey in Elmwo... more »

U.S. To Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
The U.S. government are set to reclassify marijuana as a “Schedule Two” drug later this year, essentially making cannabis legal in all 50 states. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration say that the reclassification will take place nationwide on August 1, 2016, meaning that members of the public across America will all have access to medicinal marijuana before the end of the year. Smobserved.com reports: The DEA Lawyer had told the lawyer representing a DEA informant of the DEA’s plan to legalize medicinal cannibis nationwide on August 1, 2016. When questioned by our reporter, the ... more »

Fema Activate Entire Civilian Corps – Something Big Is Coming

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
An anonymous FEMA insider has come forward saying that FEMA have activated their secretive Civilian Corps last week, indicating a huge false flag is about to occur. The Daily Sheeple received an email with the subject line, “FEMA activates it’s hush hush Civilian Corps, why now?” Thedailysheeple.com reports: Click to enlarge: It reads: Shalom, We received reports last week of various employees, citizens and etc. heading down to Atlanta Georgia to either the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the Center for Community Preparedness (FEMA). As far as we can tell it is true. One girl ... more »

Pentagon To Hire Future Military Leaders From The Streets

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
The Pentagon have launched a controversial new scheme aimed at recruiting future senior military leaders from the streets of America. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said that he wants to open the door for more “lateral entry” into the military’s upper ranks, allowing members of the public without the usual prerequisite skills to enter the military at a senior rank. Militarytimes.com reports: The idea is controversial, to say the very least. For many in the rank-and-file military, it seems absurd, a bewildering cultural change that threatens to upend many assumptions about militar... more »

Israeli Students To Hijack Internet To Fight BDS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Students in Israel have been assigned the task of hijacking the internet in order to purge any negative reference to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement online. Dr. Tal Azran, head of International Communication Program at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, asked students to find a way to “promote Israel” worldwide. Jpost.com reports: Aviv Sarel, 31, herself a beautiful Israeli from Tel Aviv who is getting a degree in communications and new media, and three partners, one of whom is Sharon Hess, a Canadian in her 60s who immigrated to Israel more than 40 years ago ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*A very angry woman writes:* "The horrific assassination of British MP Jo Cox should act as a caution for Anthony Watts and his personal vendetta against scientists, whose only "crime" is doing scientific research. He should be very wary of doing or writing anything that would lead one of his nutters to do something like that. I doubt he'll stop" SOURCE *She claims that her blog is "not a high-brow blog" and it shows. She is just full of anger, in the common Leftist way. The anger seems to have flared up when she "was banned from the share trading forum, HotCopper" but for som... more »

The FBI, Not "ISIS," Radicalized the Orlando Shooter

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
*June 20, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - As predicted, the FBI is revealed to have approached Orlando shooting suspect Omar Mateen in 2013 with informants posing as terrorists in an attempt to "lure" him into participating in a terrorist attack. *Image: As scary as any cartoon villain - and ironically - quite literally a manufactured villain. Marcus Robertson is not only a former US Marine, but also a long-time CIA and FBI asset. He runs an extremist website on American soil with absolute impunity and is likely one component of the FBI's counterterror entrapment pipeline. * USA Toda... more »

Mainstream Media Acknowledge China’s Organ Harvesting Problem

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Mainstream media and Western governments have finally decided to acknowledge the growing problem with China’s harvesting of organs from its political prisoners. Newsweek carried a report this week titled, “Is China Still Harvesting Organs From Its Political Prisoners?”, reporting on US House Resolution 343 which passed on June 13, 2016, calling on China to stop the barbaric organ harvesting practise. Minghui.org reports: It also asks the State Department to report on outcomes of an existing law that requires anyone engaged in the country’s coercive organ donor system be barred from...more »

The Pentagon Has A Plan To Win The Information War Against Terror Groups

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Patrick Tucker, Defense One:** The Pentagon is Developing A New Suite of Tools to Fight the Lone Wolf Problem* *As the counter-terrorism battle moves online, DARPA seeks to track how ISIS spreads its ideas — and how well US ripostes are working.* Multiple motivations may have been at play in the Orlando killer’s attack at the Pulse night club in Orlando this week. While it is possible to overstate the influence of the Islamic State, it is impossible to ignore ISIS messaging as at least one contributing factor. On Tuesday President Obama said that the killer “appears to have absorb... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* John C. Stennis and Ronald Reagan strike groups in Philippine Sea, June 18. US Navy photo

Unearthly Adventure Comics #254 - The Return of Thor

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 23 hours ago
Unearthly Adventure Comics #254 had a cover date of May of 1958 and appeared on newsstands in March of that year. It featured the return of Thor to the comic for the first time since 1947's issue #125 featured him returning to the city in an attempt to defeat it with an army of dark elves. Cast of Characters - Robert Builder/The Atomizer - Reporter for the Port Henry Times-Herald, nuclear man granted powers by Trinity nuclear test. - Susan Samiel - Widowed reporter for the Port Henry Times-Herald, sorceress. Specializes in binding magic. - US-Polaris 1 - Robot space... more »

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