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Thomas Paine

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

5 June - Blogs I'm Following

National Museum of Afghanistan.National Museum of Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A small section of Kabul, Afghanistan.A small section of Kabul, Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lapis lazuli owes its blue color to a sulfur r...Lapis lazuli owes its blue color to a sulfur radical. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Lapis lazuli with pyrite. Afghanistan.Lapis lazuli with pyrite. Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Afghanistan's 'Conflict Jewels' Are Fueling The War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 31 minutes ago
Men sort lapis lazuli inside a shop in Kabul, Afghanistan June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail *Reuters: **Money from Afghanistan's 'conflict jewels' fuels war: activists* The illegal mining of some of Afghanistan's most important minerals is funneling millions of dollars into the hands of insurgents and corrupt warlords, according to activists and officials who say the money is fuelling the conflict. The mountains of Afghanistan hold as much as $1 trillion to $3 trillion in mineral resources, according to estimates by the U.S. and Afghan governments, including world-famous lapis... more »

Clinton, Sanders and Trump on Pot-- Guest Post By Med-X President Matthew Mills

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 31 minutes ago
With the Democratic primaries winding down and the Republican primaries over, many participants and enthusiasts in the cannabis space are looking to the three remaining presidential candidates to see who would be their greatest ally. It’s a difficult question to answer, given the candidates’ shifting views over time and lack of ability to fully predict how their agenda for the presidency would be altered by events between now and their swearing-in. Going into the polls, it’s important that voters understand how their options for President feel about cannabis as a recreational sub... more »

A Look at "A Game of Thrones" from an RPG Perspective

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 37 minutes ago
“If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.” - Eddard Stark, Lord of Winterfell. *A Game of Thrones* I'd thought about doing a straight out review of *A Game of Thrones* but it occurs to me that with over 8,000 reviews on Amazon I might do better to narrow my focus a bit. With that in mind, I'm going to look at the novel *A Game of Thrones* from the perspective of an RPG gamer. I'm therefore assuming someone who has read this and later novels. W... more »

AP: The White House Intends To Transfer 30 Of The Remaining 80 Enemy Combatants At Guantanamo In The Next Two Months

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor*: According to the AP, President Obama is rushing to transfer 30 of the 80 prisoners from Guanatanmoin in the next two months .... *Obama scrambling to release as many prisoners as possible from Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office *(AP). The status of the remaining 50 prisoners remains unclear.

Results In Peru's Presidential Election Indicate A Win For Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*BBC*: *Peru candidates neck-and-neck as presidential votes are counted* Unofficial results in Peru's presidential election suggest the former World Bank executive, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, has a narrow lead. But Keiko Fujimori is within a percentage point of him, as counting continues. Ms Fujimori had a strong lead ahead of the vote on Sunday but corruption scandals in her Popular Force party may have dented her support. She is the daughter of Peru's former President, Alberto Fujimori. He is in jail for crimes against humanity. Ms Fujimori, 41, has said tackling crime is her prior... more »

Is There A Conflict Of Interest In Having The Clinton Foundation Accept Donations From Foreign Governments?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Sanders hits Clinton Foundation over foreign donations* Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders criticized the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from foreign governments in an interview aired Sunday, calling it a conflict of interest. "Do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of State and a foundation run by her husband collects many, many dollars from foreign governments — governments which are dictatorships? "Yeah, I do have a problem with that. Yeah, I do," Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union." When host Jake Tapper asked if he thought i... more »

TFA: A Crime Against the Most Vulnerable Kids

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Study this chart relating the correlation between teaching experience and achievement, and ask yourself: If education is the civil rights issue of this generation, which children are living in Jim Crow land? And who is promoting it?

Atmospheric CO2 and the Lapse Rate: No Effect

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 2 hours ago
The notrickszone site has a post by a Japanese scientist that says CO2 "climate sensitivity" (defined as the temperature increase to be expected from a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere) is currently overstated, even "meaningless", because increasing the CO2 would change the temperature "lapse rate" in the atmosphere. My response: *All scientists should know by now that my 2010 Venus/Earth temperatures comparison already definitively showed there is no actual "CO2 global warming greenhouse effect".* *Never mind doubling the CO2. The Venus atmosphere has over 2400 times the concentra...more »

The U.S. Military Has Identified All Of The Nine Victims Of The Fort Hood Drowning

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Pictured: The West Point cadet, former homecoming queen and veteran sergeant among nine soldiers who died when their truck was overwhelmed in Texas floods * * Nine victims of the Fort Hood drowning have been identified by military * Range from decorated war veteran to cadet who joined West Point in 2014 * All died when their armored truck rolled into a swollen river in Texas * Three survivors have been released from hospital and are back on duty * Officials say they still do not know what caused the accident on Thursday These are the faces of the Fort Hood drowning tra... more »

In A Desperate Hunt For Spies The Islamic State Has Killed Dozens Of Its Own Fighters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
The US coalition has killed the ISIS 'minister for war' Omar al-Shishani, pictured, in a targeted air strike *Daily Mail*:* ISIS kills dozens of its own fighters – some by dropping them into ACID – in desperate hunt for spies after a string of senior militants are hit by U.S.-led air strikes* * ISIS has killed 38 of its own members amid a hunt for spies in the group * The US-led coalition has had success with drone striking ISIS leadership * The US coalition has killed the ISIS 'minister for war' Omar al-Shishani ISIS commanders are killing their fighters by dropping them in vats of... more »

Growing Concerns That The U.S. Air Force May Be Obsolete By 2030

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Air Force F-35s fly in formation over Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Photo: Air Force *Dave Majumdar, National Interest:* *Will the U.S. Air Force be Totally Obsolete by 2030?* The United States Air Force will have to build a new Penetrating Counterair (PCA) capability to gain and maintain air superiority in the post-2030 global threat environment. Moreover, it is increasingly clear that a combination of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will not be sufficient in the decades to come. “You can assume if the F-22 and F-35 were good enough for everything, ... more »

Have You Ever Peed On Anyone? I Mean On Anyone You Dislike

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Yorba Linda in Orange County isn't that far from where I live in L.A. It takes an hour and 5 minutes down the 5 Freeway passed Downey, Norwalk and Buena Park to the 91 just before Anaheim and then up the 90 for a few minutes. But it's not an area I would ever want to go to and the Nixon Library's never high on my list of must-see attractions. A decade or two ago Roland schlepped me there. I so did not want to go; unlike him, my recollections of Nixon are not academic and historical. I left the country and lived abroad for nearly 7 years after he was elected. I was still feeling th... more »

Russian Spy Tech Is Raising Privacy Fears In Russia (And I Predict Soon In The West).

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Russian authorities and members of the public have lashed out at recent inventions such as a phone call interception system and a face recognition app as breached of law or infringement of privacy (AFP Photo/Vasily Maximov) *AFP*: *Russian hi-tech spy devices under attack over privacy fears* Moscow (AFP) - New Russian technologies, including phonecall interception and a facial recognition app, have stirred a fierce debate about privacy and data monitoring. Infowatch, a Moscow-based IT security company managed by businesswoman Natalya Kasperskaya, found itself in hot water last mont... more »

Russian Spies In New York City

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Katie Zavadski, Daily Beast:** The Russian Spy Run by Dumb and Dumber* *Zhenya Buryakov, a Russian spy convicted this past month of espionage in the U.S., had the misfortune of having comically inept handlers from Russian foreign intelligence.* Zhenya Buryakov lived a quiet Bronx existence with his wife and two children in Riverdale, an affluent neighborhood, working at a state-owned bank by day. He moved there, his wife would later say, because he wanted his children to speak perfect English, and two nuns next door would even pet-sit the family’s bird. But by night, Buryakov me... more »

Vietnam Deputy Defense Minister: First Purchase Of US Weapons Some Way Off

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Vietnam's Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh, at the Shangri-La Hotel on June 4, 2016.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI *Straits Times/Reuters:* *Vietnamese general says first purchase of US weapons some way off* SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The recent lifting of the US arms embargo against Vietnam boosted trust between the former enemies, but significant weapons purchases are some way off, a senior Vietnamese military official said on Saturday (June 4). Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh told Reuters possible weapons buys were part of a long-planned strengthening of Vietnamese-US relations... more »

Planned Attack to Take Mosul Faces Delay ??? Don't Believe That!!!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*There is a big gaping hole in main stream media and so called alternative media coverage regarding Mosul, Iraq. This is a pivotal battle. It a strategic battle. A do or die in the remake the middle east for so many reasons- * *The NATO media barely touches on the matter. And the so called alternative regurgitating media follows suit.* *I do NOT believe there is any delay what so ever in the NATO planned attack on Mosul.* *It’s been moving full steam ahead for some time now-** The two year anniversary of it’s fall is impending. **Obama’s ‘presidency’ is nearing end*. *With an ele... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 5 hours ago
*Yale Students Want to Eradicate 'White Male Authors'* A petition from a group of Yale University students is accusing the institution’s English Department of cultivating racism and, in light of that, requests changes be made to English major prerequisites. “In particular,” the authors whine, “we oppose the continued existence of the Major English Poets sequence as the primary prerequisite for further study. It is unacceptable that a Yale student considering studying English literature might read only white male authors.” They continue, “A year spent around a seminar table where t... more »

McConnell, Corker, Gingrich Join Critics of Trump’s Mexico Comments Against Judge

LAURIE KELLMAN at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Mitch McConnell__1441020907_70.119.142.63] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pair of powerful Senate Republicans on Sunday warned Donald Trump to drop his attacks on a Latino judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University, joining the widespread rejection of their presumptive presidential nominee’s treatment of... more »

Boys Will Be Girls Will Be Boys

Michael Brown at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: transgender - 900] Do not be deceived. The current push for transgender bathroom and locker room access in our children's schools is not simply a matter of trying to accommodate students who identify as transgender. It is part of a larger war on... more »

As Democrats’ Primary Reaches Puerto Rico, Debt Crisis Dominates Concerns

DANICA COTO at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13: Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Hillary Clinton take part in a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas on October 13, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Five Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the party's first presidential debate. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)] SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Ricans frustrated by the island’s economic crisis voted Sunday in the U.S. territory’s Democratic presidential primary and local elections, as front-runner Hillary C... more »

Rest In Peace Champ

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" Muhammad Ali

Military Photo of the Day: Saluting the Heroes of D-Day

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: D-Day] U.S. Army soldiers wade ashore on “Omaha” Beach during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. It’s been 72 years since D-Day. As was brought to life in Saving Private Ryan, the U.S. troops in this photo and... more »

Shelling Of Aleppo Reveals Western Double Standards

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Syria has accused four countries of double standards for refusing to label Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam as terrorist organisations while Aleppo comes under shelling from rebel groups. A letter sent to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon by the Syrian Foreign Ministry accuses US, France, Britain and Ukraine of helping terrorist groups in Syria. Sputnik reports: “The refusal of the US, France, Britain and Ukraine in the UN Security Council to list Ahrar ash-Sham and Jaysh al-Islam as terrorist organizations proves that those countries continue their double standard policy in fig... more »

The Echo Chamber and the Dying Press

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
I read Iain Martin's piece on the dying press with interest. Everyone knows the papers have been in a spiral of decline since their peak influence in the late 90s, and that there are significant challenges in monetising internet operations that keeps the cash flowing in sustainable quantities. What I'm interested in here is taking to task the idea audiences now live in a social media echo chamber, and this threatens democratic discourse. And it's worth a challenge because Iain's view is premised on misty-eyed nostalgia for a media past that never existed. The standard media experie... more »

Many Muslims to Begin Fasting for Month of Ramadan on Monday

AYA BATRAWY at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: People offer evening prayer at a mosque ahead of the Muslim month of Ramadan, in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Muslims across the world will be observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan, when they refrain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Millions of Muslims around the world will mark the start of the holy month of Ramadan on Monday, a time marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Saudi Arabia’s state TV announced... more »

Referendum Offered Money for Nothing, and the Swiss Say ‘No’

AP at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this May 14, 2016 file picture, a huge poster reading “What would you do if your income were taken care of?” is pictured on the Plaine de Plainpalais square in Geneva, Switzerland. The poster hints at a national referendum on June 5, were Swiss voters will have to decide on the introduction of an unconditional basic income for all. (Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP)] LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have guaranteed everyone in the Alpine nation an unconditional basic income, according to projections published Sunday by... more »

Donald Trump is fit to be president

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 6 hours ago
*...while Terry Tao's "axiomatization" of the cheap anti-Trump mudslinging is a circular, childish, embarrassing, undemocratic, vacuous, politically ignorant, yet arrogant sophistry...* I am not among those who consider Donald Trump a perfect soulmate. For example, his opinions about protectionism seem potentially counterproductive to me and there are other reasons why he shouldn't be considered a pro-market conservative. His way of talking is arguably closer to a very self-confident ordinary man than to a deep intellectual and I often prefer the latter. But as you know, there are ... more »

Crooked Conservative Assemblyman Matt Dababneh Hoses Down His Driveway And His Car Without A Nozzle

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*-by Dorothy Reik* “This is Matt Dababneh!” the angry voice shouted from my cell phone. It was ringing when I got off the shuttle to the hotel where the Democratic Party E-Board was being held so I had it on speaker. As laughing Dems surrounded me Matt tried to defend himself as I read off the list of sleazes who had contributed to his campaign. "Why don’t you come talk to me?" he cried out. I laughed. Like that would do any good! Thankfully he’s not my assemblyman. This year things are much the same. During the month of May, an independent expenditure committee financed with $... more »

US Special Forces Dug Bullets Out Of Pregnant Afghan Women They Killed

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A notorious night raid by US special forces in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of seven civilians, including two pregnant woman, is the subject of a cover up, according to Gareth Porter, an investigative journalist on US national security policy. An internal investigation by the Defense Department resulted in no disciplinary action for any soldier involved. According to eyewitnesses US soldiers killed two pregnant women at the raid near Gardez, Afghanistan and then removed the bullets from the corpses. Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal a cover-u... more »

Pope Proclaims 2 New Saints in Canonization Mass

AP at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Faithful fill St. Peter's Square at the Vatican during a canonization ceremony led by Pope Francis, Sunday, June 5, 2016. Pope Francis has canonized Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Lutheran convert who hid Jews during World War II and Stanislaus of Jesus and Mary Papczynski, the founder of the first men's religious order dedicated to the immaculate conception. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis proclaimed two new saints on Sunday: A Lutheran convert who hid Jews during World War II and the Polish founder of the first men’s religious order dedicated to ... more »

Northerntruthseeker Rant For Sunday, June 5th, 2016

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
[image: rant-jpeg-b] Sunday, and again time for my weekly rant... I have indeed spending a lot of time away from writing at this blog, and once again I am always playing "catch up" on what has been happening around our world..... Yes, there was a time when I used to do as many as 4-5 articles a day, but with all of my other projects and demands I have had so much limited time to spend on writing articles here.... I am doing my best, and try to at least touch on the issues on everyones' minds right here in my weekly rant... First and foremost... I again am so troubled by the numbsk... more »

John Lennon

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

270 Civilians Killed By Terrorist Shelling In Syria Says Russian MoD

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Over 270 civilians have been killed and hundreds injured as terrorist groups shelled Syrian cities over the past 24 hours, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. “Militants from terrorist groups have shelled Syrian cities killing more than 270 peaceful civilians and leaving hundreds of people injured,” an information bulletin from the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria reported. RT reports: The Al-Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, has managed to recuperate, “[regroup] its forces” and “launched active warfare,” reads a June 4 bulletin by the Russian center for ... more »

June 4:Our failure to help our police

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
(This one is a little late. Sorry.) I have often mentioned that we are passing through a revolution. In fact, it is almost over. The police state is here with domestic spies checking our phone calls, our computers, and any other personal material they can find. And don't kid yourself they're looking for terrorists. They're looking for anybody who thinks the wrong way - as defined by big money. Big money long ago took possession of our governments. It's now looking at trade agreements which, in effect, make it impossible for us to govern our own societies. All real power will pass i... more »

Snowden Alleges Japan's State Secrets Law Was "Requested and Designed" by the US NSA

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
Snowden warned June 3 2016 that people in Japan are subject to mass NSA surveillance and that the US is responsible for pushing for the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, or Japan's recent and much reviled state secrets law: Shusuke Mura. NSA whistleblower Snowden says U.S. government carrying out mass surveillance in Japan. Jun 4, 2016 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/04/national/nsa-whistleblower-snowden-says-u-s-government-carrying-out-mass-surveillance-in-japan/#.V1RhAeSYJmw Officially known as the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Sec...more »

Dave Zirin : SPORT | ‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The radical reverberations of Muhammad Ali

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
He redefined what it meant to be tough and collectivized the very idea of courage. By Dave Zirin | The Rag Blog | June 5, 2016 The reverberations. Not the rumbles, the reverberations. The death of Muhammad Ali will undoubtedly … finish reading Dave Zirin : *SPORT* | ‘I Just Wanted to Be Free’: The radical reverberations of Muhammad Ali

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago
I was cited by Michael Knights in “The Liberation of Fallujah, the Fall of Baghdad” in Foreign Policy, in "The Battle of Fallujah Matters. Again." by Tobin Harshaw for Bloomberg, and by the Yazidi International Organization.

Investors’ Falling Appetite For Wind As Subsidies Drop

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood According to Hugh McNeal, Chief Exec of Renewable UK, onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new generation in Britain. Perhaps he has not read his own organisation’s report last on the UK’s wind industry. http://www.renewableuk.com/en/publications/index.cfm/state-of-the-industry-report-2015 If wind power is so cost efficient, why should it need […]

pupdate: happiness is a cancer-free dog

laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
Tala's stitches were removed last week, and we got the full biopsy results: clean margins all around. The surgeon says she does not expect to ever see us again. A week later, I'm still feeling waves of joy and relief. Allan takes the good news in stride, by not letting himself fully contemplate the bad news to begin with. Watching Tala's crazy-thick fur grow in is interesting! A soft undercoat has already grown in. We're told the thick guard hairs take a long time. Diego's progress continues to amaze me on a daily basis. We still bring Rollover on all walks, but in most situatio... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 10 hours ago
*Warmists can't take a trick: NOTHING happens the way they say it should* The lack of correlation between CO2 levels and global temperature is a standard comment from skeptics and it's just happened again When I was looking just now at how recent were the NOAA figures from Mauna Loa, I found that they included April this year, which wasn't too bad, considering that it is public servants who put the figures up. I can think of no good reason why the May figures are not yet up but I suppose not enough coffee and cake has so far been consumed for that to happen. But back to the figu... more »

A Bridge to Somewhere Dark

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *S*ometimes history needs the perspective of time and distance to connect its events. Only then, when the subjectivity granted to us by the distance of passed time comes into play, can seemingly disparate events be bridged by cause and effect. For instance, the day after Governor Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency, Donald Trump came down an escalator at Trump Tower to do likewise. This was June 16th, 2015. Less than a day and a half later on June 17, 2015, Dylann Storm Roof shot up the AME church in C... more »

Jobs For The Boys

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood I have noted in the past how many ex government ministers from DECC jump to lucrative jobs in the renewable sector soon after standing down. It seems we can add another to the list, this a time a former senior civil servant at DECC, Hugh McNeal, who left DECC in […]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz And The Fajnul Sugar Empire Are So Tied Together As To Be Indistinguishable

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
As of the March 31 FEC reporting deadline Debbie Wasserman Schultz had already spent $1,300,451 to retain her south Florida congressional seat. Ensconced in a deep blue district whose original very gerrymandered boundaries she drew herself when she was in the state Senate, she's never had an electoral challenge and doesn't know how to run a modern campaign. She's ruled out debating her progressive primary opponent and her version of campaigning is to smear her opponent and to amass a huge war-chest by selling access to special interests. As you can see, her biggest single donor fo... more »

the greatest, forever. rest in power muhammad ali.

laura k at wmtc - 11 hours ago
Revolutionary thought of the day, from a revolutionary American. Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go ten thousand miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No, I am not going ten thousand miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would put... more »

Syrian Army Makes Military Advances on al-Raqqa

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Syrian Army Makes Military Advances on al-Raqqa* The Sunday Morning Blogosphere is full of updates on the Syrian resistance to the ongoing (Since March, 2011) neocon invasion and war to remove Syria's legitimate government and destroy its infrastructure. This war of attrition was going well for the USrael neocon...acting through their proxy terrorist armies...right up until October 2015. That's when Russia, under President Vladimir Putin, decided to intervene on the side of longtime regional ally, Syria, in terms of providing logistical and air support against the terrorists. In ... more »

U.S.-NATO Provoking War with Russia

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
U.S. preparing for war with Russia - does anyone notice or do you figure it will all work out just fine since Washington knows what it is doing? When Russia shows any reaction at all the western media accuses Moscow of being provocative.....who though is actually poking the hornet nest? One question I have - when this U.S. military convoy passes through these little communities where did the people get American flags? Do the local shops just happen to have shelves full of them or are they shipped in by Pentagon advance teams? It is very likely that much of this military equipment...more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Blogging will return later this evening.

China Talks Tough Over South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CNN**: 'We have no fear of trouble': China talks tough over South China Sea* (CNN)A senior Chinese admiral strongly defended his country's activities in the South China Sea Sunday, restating Beijing's sovereignty in the region and warning it "had no fear of trouble." Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of general staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, addressed the tensions resulting from overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, an annual conference on security in the Asia-Pacific region. Sun said that the issue ha... more »

Canadian PM Trudeau Expresses His Dissatisfaction With China On The Behavior Of Their Foreign Minister

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CBC*: *Justin Trudeau says Canada expressed 'dissatisfaction' over Chinese minister's outburst* PM responds to Wang Yi's berating of Canadian journalist for asking about human rights in China. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the Canadian government has expressed its dissatisfaction with China after its foreign minister scolded a Canadian reporter over a question on human rights. "I can confirm that both (Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane) Dion and department officials from Global Affairs Canada have expressed our dissatisfaction to both the Chinese foreign minister and the am... more »

Trying To Stand Up To China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of Defence Ash Carter meets with South Korea's Minister of Defence Han Minkoo (R) and Japan's Minister of Defence Gen Nakatani for a trilateral at the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Edgar Su *Reuters:* *Diplomatic tag as countries find new ways of standing up to China* When U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke at a key Asian summit at the weekend, he used the word "principled" 38 times, floating his vision of a U.S.-backed "security network" of countries in the region. Several delegations were quick to respond to the idea at the annua... more »

U.S. Cyber Command Remains A Work In Progress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Military Times:* *Without solid training options, mysterious Cyber Command remains a work in progress* The military's demand for cyber capabilities is soaring. Defensive and offensive operations, including those targeting the Islamic State group, are occurring with greater frequency. There's talk of elevating U.S. Cyber Command's profile within the Defense Department. And yet six years after its creation, the organization does not have a training environment for large-scale exercises and to evaluate the readiness of its force. Unlike other major military components, the mysteriou... more »

Remembering “The Battle Of Midway”

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
USS Yorktown (CV-5) is hit on the port side, amidships, by a Japanese Type 91 aerial torpedo during the mid-afternoon attack by planes from the carrier Hiryu, in the Battle of Midway, on 4 June, 1942. Yorktown is heeling to port and is seen at a different aspect than in other views taken by USS Pensacola (CA-24), indicating that this is the second of the two torpedo hits she received. Note very heavy anti-aircraft fire. *The Sextant*: *A Cruise through “The Battle Of Midway”* The Battle of Midway, one of the most important battles of the Pacific campaign in World War II, occurred ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
© AP PHOTO/ *"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."* Above: Boxer Muhammad Ali doing his roadwork past St. Basil's and Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow in June 1978. *WNU Editor*: Sputnik has a unique photo gallery of Muhammad Ali (with a collection of his favourite quotes). The link *is here.*

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Muhammad Ali's funeral 'open to everybody' https://t.co/nRFtCb6lMb pic.twitter.com/gQCJ4FKovK — AFP news agency (@AFP) June 5, 2016

Pull The Other One, Mr McNeal!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood According to Hugh McNeal, chief exec of Renewable UK, onshore wind is now the cheapest form of new generation in Britain. Perhaps he might care to explain why, at the latest Contracts for Difference auction last year, onshore wind farms were awarded guaranteed, index linked prices of between £83.22 and […]


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* People in Japan are being paid to have babies, and it seems to be working Google yanked a Chrome extension that white supremacists have been using to track Jews Dangerous Situation: Venezuelan National Guard Assault Members Of The Press During Protests "We're Hungry And Tired" - Protesters In Venezuela March Toward Presidential Palace Demanding Food This Is What The Tap Water Looks Like In Venezuela Bondholders Stunned As Puerto Rico Finds $4.4 Billion In Outstanding Debt "Unconstitutional" Fish Are Getting Addicted To A Plastic Diet Report: Teen Dies From As... more »

The Spellings Privatization Machine Shifts Gears

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
With some uncertainty as to how long it will take for North Carolina citizens to ride her out of the state on a rail, Margaret Spellings is wasting no time implanting Koch Brothers' stooges into what has been one of the best public university systems in the nation. If Spellings is left to do what she was put in charge to do, we will witness the replacement of public servants with crony profiteers, privatizers, and fascist hacks who circulate among the power centers of the Old Confederacy. As in Cecil Staton, who Spellings recently named as Chancellor of East Carolina University: A... more »

Kurds “Intercept” a Confidential Letter from the Elusive Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi- ISIS to Libya

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Saved this a couple of days ago- It made me laugh and laugh* Yup, those plucky Kurdish militias just so happen to intercept a "confidential" letter from the "elusive" Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi. They are the only super hero/good guys that could possibly have pulled of such a daring feat of bravery *In case you’re unaware of exactly what I think of Al Baghdadi...* *Read this post dated July 7/2014 :Mythopoeia- Abu Bakr al Baghdadi * “Mythopoeia (also mythopoesis, after Hellenistic Greek "myth-making") is a narrative genre in modern literature and film where a fictional mythol... more »

While the MSM is worried about Trump University, the Clinton's are laundering money through Laureate Education...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*how much money do you think they really have stashed away?* I must make this brief as the temp is going to be in the mid 90's and I have to get to my outside work post haste. In April 2015, Bill Clinton was forced to abruptly resign from his lucrative perch as honorary chancellor of Laureate Education, a for-profit college company. The reason for Clinton’s immediate departure: *Clinton Cash* revealed, and Bloomberg confirmed, that Laureate funneled Bill Clinton $16.46 million over five years while Hillary Clinton’s State Dept. pumped at least $55 million to a group run by Laureate... more »

The Tiananmen Square Massacre Still Matters

Lee Edwards at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. The man, calling for an end to the recent violence and bloodshed against pro-democracy demonstrators, was pulled away by bystanders, and the tanks continued on their way. The Chinese government crushed a student-led demonstration for democratic reform and against government corruption, killing hundreds, or perhaps thousands of demonstrators in the strongest anti-government protest since the 1949 revolution. Ironically, the name Tiananmen means "Gate... more »

Disability Advocates React to Me Before You: ‘Our Suicides’ Are ‘Tragedies’

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Me-Before-You_Cover] Note: major movie spoiler alert. The lead, disabled character in the newly released movie Me Before You chooses to end his life, leaving the newfound love of his life instructions to "live boldly" and encourages her to live well. "'Me... more »

Why Christian Conservatives Should Seriously Consider #NeverTrump

George Yancey at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: novotetrump] As is clear by now, conservative Christians have a very troubling choice come November. They have a man who has proven himself to be a liar, manipulator and bully. They have a woman who supports none of their values. They... more »

Message to #NeverTrump: Your Vote Isn’t About You

Calvin Freiburger at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd after giving an energy speech at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Bismarck, N.D. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)] Few truisms are more maddening than, "get out and vote, no matter where you stand!" It's popular in schools and non-partisan initiatives aimed at getting young people involved in democracy, as if "letting your voice be heard" is a noble... more »

Strange Goings On At DECC

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/06/03/government-denies-watering-down-coal-power-phase-out/ An intriguing report from the Telegraph (along with mandatory misleading photo): The Government has been forced to deny it is watering down its pledge to phase out unabated coal power plants by 2025 after the energy minister suggested there could be leeway in the […]

Happy Sunday Morning

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago

Conservative Group Presses Wal-Mart on Religious Liberty at Annual Meeting

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Wal-mart] Wal-Mart shareholders blocked a proposal by a conservative group that would have forced the company to disclose its reasons for doing business in nations with discriminatory policies against women and people with same-sex attractions. Presented by the National Center for... more »

Hillary Wants Democratic Party Unity? Let Her Prove It

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*In 2008 Doug Schoen and his equally despicable partner, Mark Penn, were forced out of the Clinton campaign* Doug Schoen is a Fox Democrat who seems to consider himself a Democrat in a tribal sense but whose policy affinity is conservative. When Thomas Frank writes about how the Democratic Party changed from the party representing the interests of working families to the party representing the interests of the top 10%, he's talking about conservaDems like Schoen, now even a Clinton-wing reject. Schooner opposed Obamacare and hated Obama. Fox News is his ideological home. His column... more »

Declaration of Independence Denounced as ‘Systemically Racist’ at Evangelical Conference

Mark Tooley at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Justice Conference] Last evening Native American activist Mark Charles, as the opening plenary speaker at the evangelical Justice Conference in Chicago, denounced the Declaration of Independence as "systemically racist." The Justice Conference tweeted this comment, to which I responded, leading to other... more »

Economic News & Views ( June 5 , 2016 ) Items For Sunday (1. Refugee / Economic Migration Crisis . 2. Brexit Items - Different Points Of View . 3. Greece News - Creditor Talks , Austerity Measures , Economic Items , Politics. 4. Swiss Reject Basic Income. 5. Odds & Ends. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 15 hours ago
Refugee Crisis - EU-Turkey Deal *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 8m 8 minutes ago fred walton Retweeted DAILY SABAH Blowback begins b/c - no visa free travel , EU hasn't turned over promised 3bn for refugees , Armenia resolution. fred walton added, *DAILY SABAH* @DailySabah Ankara halts Readmission Agreement with EU, disagrees on anti-terrorism laws http://sabahdai.ly/helqeD #Turkey *The Greek Analyst* ‏@GreekAnalyst 2h 2 hours ago There's been a breakthrough in the #EUTurkey talks on visas, writes @alexebarker http://on.ft.com/1TT1lr1 via @FT *Greek Reporter*... more »

When People Know What They're Buying

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
When the Trudeau government agreed last week to adopt an NDP motion which populates the election reform committee on the basis of the votes each party received in the last election, it set up a working model of proportional representation. Andrew Coyne writes: Strictly speaking, it does not matter whether a majority of the members of the special parliamentary committee on electoral reform are Liberals, or whether a majority are drawn from the opposition parties. The committee may be tasked with consulting the public, studying different models of reform, and advising the government... more »

This Federal Agency Had a Tough Week

Kevin Daley at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: A herd of wild horses roams free at the Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse Ecosanctuary in Northern Wyoming.] Officials at the Bureau of Land Management had a tough week after attacks from forces inside and outside Washington. The Department of the Interior's Inspector General released the findings Wednesday of a corruption probe implicating former BLM Director Bob Abbey... more »

Mike Philbin - INTROVERSIONS paintings - six new 20" x 16" canvases

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 16 hours ago
the last set of 50x50cm paintings I did, I wasn't very happy with. To say I wasn't pleased with them, would be an understatement. You know how it is. One's investigating one's own syntax and grammar for a set of abstract paintings, *darling*, and one pushes too *f-ing hard*. Tries to hard to advance the *f-ing form*. Makes a *f-ing mess*. I had intended to make a happy threesome of three-border, two-border, three-border but the colours mushed to greys and it just didn't work as I'd intended. Ironically, they're three of my most popular paintings in terms of positive feedback, so wha... more »

Sanders Predicts Democratic Convention Will Be Contested

KEN THOMAS at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Bernie_Sanders_by_Gage_Skidmore - 900] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Nearing the end of the primary season, a defiant Bernie Sanders predicted Saturday that the Democratic presidential process would lead to a contested summer convention against Hillary Clinton, pushing back against the likelihood that the former... more »

Beautiful Churches: Temple of Saint Sava, Serbia

Stream Staff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Saint Sava Cathedral Belgrade Serbia - 900] The Temple of Saint Sava in Belgrade is dedicated to the founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church, a saint from the early 13th century who was an archbishop, a lawyer and a diplomat who wrote Serbia's oldest known constitution. He stood as... more »

Niger’s Defense Ministry Says Boko Haram Killed 32 Soldiers

DALATOU MAMANE at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Demonstrators march in Niamey on June 4, 2016 against Boko Haram-related violence in the southeast of Niger. (BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images)] NIAMEY, Niger (AP) -- Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists attacked a military post in Niger near the country’s border with Nigeria, killing at least 32 soldiers, Niger’s defense ministry said Saturday. The attack in Bosso on Friday left 30 Niger... more »

Clinton Sweeps Delegates in Virgin Islands

Hope Yen at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during Democratic primary town hall sponsored by CNN, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton scored a sweeping win in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Saturday, picking up all seven pledged delegates at stake as she inched tantalizingly close to the Democratic nomination. She is now just 60 delegates short... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Tyrann Mathieu turns rant on New Orleans' violence into action with youth camp ~Mike Triplett, ESPN*

BBC spin hides the great solar energy fiasco

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2016/06/04/bbc-spin-hides-the-great-solar-energy-fiasco/ Booker picks up on the REN21 renewable energy report, and ties it nicely together with some local solar developments down his way: Much excitement from the BBC last week over a report from a body called REN21 – with the headline on its website “Renewable energy surge […]

Obama Says Ali Shook Up the World and Left It Better Off

KEVIN FREKING at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Muhammad Ali 1966 - 900] STUART, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama, who keeps a pair of boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali in his private study off the Oval Office, said Saturday that Ali “shook up the world and the world is better for... more »

Crews Work to Contain Oil Spill After Oregon Train Derailment

GENE JOHNSON & GILLIAN FLACCUS at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: An oil train burns near the Oregon town of Mosier after derailing Friday, June 3, 2016.] SEATTLE (AP) -- Environmental crews worked Saturday to contain a sheen of oil that appeared in the Columbia River along the Washington-Oregon border after a Union Pacific train derailed and caught fire, but officials said there was no immediate indication... more »

Human Rights Group Fear For Life Of Jailed Teenager In Saudi Arabia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
The European Saudi Organization for Human Rights (ESOHR) warns that a 15-year-old teenager imprisoned without charge in Saudi Arabia for 2 years may be executed at any time. Murtaja Abdullah Algariras was arrested at the age of 13 for attending anti-government protests in Saudi Arabia. He has been held without charge as a political prisoner and has suffered torture at the notorious Dammam jail. RT reports: A Saudi human rights organization has contacted RT over a case of a teenager, who was arrested in Saudi Arabia at the age of 13 because of his alleged participation in anti-gover...more »

England not windy enough, admits wind industry chief

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/06/04/england-not-windy-enough-admits-wind-industry-chief/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter From the Telegraph: England is not windy enough to justify building any more onshore wind turbines, the chief executive of wind industry trade body has admitted. Hugh McNeal, who joined RenewableUK two months ago from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, insisted the industry could make the […]

On World Environment Day, Profiting From Death, Devastation And Destruction Is The Norm

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 18 hours ago
Countercurrents, CounterPunch, Global Research, RINF and Deccan Herald (which published a shortened version of the piece) Don't take free content on the web for granted. Please read *this* The scaly anteater is considered to be the most trafficked mammal on earth. Over a million of these have been taken from the wild in the past decade alone. The illegal trade in live apes, including chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, is also rife, and many other species across the planet are being trafficked. It is estimated that rhino poaching in South Africa increased by as much as 8,000% bet... more »

Farewell to Our Champ  (No Jobs for YOU! Job Growth Plunges in May)  How Different Are the Rich?  (The Clinton Bubble, Bernie Refuses to GO and Progressives Say "NO!" To Hillary)  Recession Reoccurs As Predicted  (So, the Saudis Don't Want to be Sued but the U.S. Does?) Hillary to be Indicted?

Fueling Sanders' Turnout Hope, California Reports Record Surge of New VotersThe Greatest — Muhammad Ali — Dies at 74Good-bye, Champ. Fare thee well. In our hearts and hopes for a more just world in the near future. You gave far better than you got (although you successfully reared a loving, generous family and had many admiring friends). We've been missing your class act for some time already

God Can Afford It: His Extravagant Gift of Grace and Mercy

Dudley Hall at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Ennis Texas Wildflowers - 900] Recently, I was walking on a Texas ranch filled with wildflowers. The blues, reds, oranges, yellows were so bright they almost hurt my eyes. I stopped to examine my favorite: the deep purple Wine Cup. (At least that's what we... more »

Tsai vs Hung on Tiananmen

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*A bridge rises from the waters* President Tsai Ing-wen posted a message on Tiananmen to her Facebook.... which the amazing Solidarity promptly translated in its entirety. A taste.... I believe mainland China is no exception. Today is June 4, and 27 years ago on this day, the Tiananmen Square incident occurred in Beijing. Because of it, many people lost their families; many people lost their hope for reform; and many people were forced to leave their hometowns and become exiles overseas. These were all things Taiwan too had experienced. That is why every Taiwanese person who saw t... more »

Evolving textbooks of quantum mechanics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*Dirac, Feynman, Sakurai, Weinberg* I spent some extra time with comparative literature – comparing various textbooks of quantum mechanics. Five years ago, there was a special blog post about Dirac's Principles of Quantum Mechanics published in 1930. It was the first comprehensive textbook that could (and maybe should) be used today. He starts with the enthusiastic explanation of the quantum revolution – why classical physics absolutely fails in the description of many phenomena. You can see that Dirac was a co-founder of the field and his intellectual thrill may be seen in his tex... more »

German courts confused what to do with underage "wives"

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*Two cousins likely to become a precedent for hundreds* Most of the Muslim immigrants are men and an even greater percentage of the problems created by the immigrants are created by the men. For example, it's the Muslim men who harass non-Muslims in the German shelters. But that doesn't mean that no problems depend on the ladies. Sputnik News and e.g. some Czech media discuss a growing problem for hundreds of couples and for the German legal system. This problem may be considered a textbook example of the challenges posed by "multiculturalism". Alia (15) and Amir (21) are not onl... more »

Secret Service Agent Drops Devastating Bombshell About Hillary

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
A former secret service officer posted directly outside President Bill Clinton’s oval office is set to publish a book that will end Hillary’s chances of becoming President. Former secret service officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed about Hillary Clinton’s character and the culture inside the White House while he served during the Bill Clinton administration. What he reveals about Hillary is set to send shockwaves around the world. According to sources inside Clinton’s campaign, the book is causing ‘deep concern’ for Hillary and senior staffers. “What I saw in the 1990s sicke... more »

UK Police: Tory Election Fraud Scandal Is Being Covered-up

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Over a dozen police forces in the UK are ramping up their investigations of allegations of huge election fraud by the Tory party. Police say the scale of the fraud is unfolding to staggering proportions, and have accused the Conservative party of attempting to cover it up by silencing the media from reporting on it. The 33 constituencies involved so far see 29 Tory MPs implicated in breaking the law. Theantimedia.org reports: Due to the rapidly unfolding situation, a recap is necessary. U.K. law says any sum spent promoting local election candidates must be declared on legal spendin... more »

Clinton Aide Blocks Sanders From Speaking In L.A.

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Bernie Sanders has accused a Hillary Clinton aide of blocking a scheduled rally he had planned in Los Angeles. Sanders was supposed to hold a concert at the infamous Los Angeles Greek Theater, but the day before his event the theater abruptly cancelled amid pressure for the Hillary camp. In an email to supporters, Sanders said: “Unfortunately, after reaching terms with the professional staff at the Greek to host our rally, interference from a local Los Angeles City Council member forced us to move from this iconic venue“. Yahoo News reports: The council member was not named in the ...more »

Hillary Goes Half A Year Without Holding Press Conference

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Hillary Clinton has gone a staggering 181 days (almost half a year) without holding a single press conference, leading to calls for the presidential hopeful to stop hiding from the media. Hillary’s last conference was held on December 4, 2015, after which she decided to stop allowing the press to attend her events and ask her difficult questions. Freebeacon.com reports: CNN host Jake Tapper asked Clinton about her avoidance of press conferences on Tuesday, saying, “It’s been something like five or six months since you’ve held an actual press conference. Is that something you will re... more »

Switzerland Host Occult Opening Ceremony Of World’s Largest Tunnel

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Europe’s elite attended a bizarre and disturbing occult ritual recently, in a satanic opening ceremony marking the opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland. The tunnel measures over 57 kilometers and costed over 11 billion Euros to construct, making it the world’s largest and most expensive tunnel in history. Vigilantcitizen.com reports: Going through the Swiss Alps, the tunnel took 17 years to complete and is said to be a symbol of European unification in a context of rising nationalism and closing borders. To celebrate the inauguration of this tunnel, an elaborate cerem... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 22 hours ago
*The Arctic is now greener than it was in 1984* *This was entirely predictable from the higher levels of CO2 now in the atmosphere. We have seen the same in the Sahel, a near-equatorial desert region. The whole world is benefiting from the fertilizing effects of more CO2 in the atmosphere. Its negative effects are just an unsupported theory. Note that a whopping 30 per cent cut in man-made CO2 emissions during the Great Depression didn't even cause a 1 ppm drop in the atmosphere's CO2. You will see here that there was in fact a steady rise in atmospheric CO2 during that pe... more »

Is The NSA Manipulating The Stock Market?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Zero Hedge:* *The Rise Of The Meta Criminal: Is The NSA Manipulating The Stock Market?* Trevor Timm of the Electronic Freedom Frontier dug up a very interesting nugget. It was embedded in the heralded December 2013 White House task force report on spying and snooping. Under Recommendations, #31, section 2, he found this: *“Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate financial systems.”Timm quite rightly wondered: why were these warnings in the report?* Were the authors just anticipating ... more »

Okinawa And The U.S. Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Okinawa Murder Case Heightens Outcry Over U.S. Military’s Presence* OKINAWA, Japan — Memorial Day weekend is normally party time on Gate Street, a seedy strip of bars and clubs outside a giant United States Air Force base here. During this year’s holiday, though, Gate Street was all but deserted, its customers — young Americans from the military installations that blanket much of this southern Japanese island — barred by their superiors from partying in public. The reason: a recent murder that has angered Okinawans and damaged relations between Tokyo and Washi... more »

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Warns China Over Air Defense Zone For South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger *Reuters*: *Kerry warns Beijing over air defense zone for South China Sea* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States would consider any Chinese establishment of an air defense zone over the South China Sea to be a "provocative and destabilizing act". U.S. officials have expressed concern that an international court ruling expected in coming weeks on a case brought by the Philippines against China over its South China Sea claims could... more »

India Is Facing A Communist Rebellion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) *Laura Secorun Palet, OZY*:* The World's Most dangerous Communists* If I say “Naxalite,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For most Westerners, the answer is likely akin to an incoherent Google search query: “No results found.” Unless you live in India. For former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, it’s India’s “biggest internal security challenge.” For policemen in the country’s southwest, it’s synonymous with terror. And for some forgotten tribal villagers, it’s their only hope for a better future. But what, or who, are these Naxalites? They are t... more »

Growing Unrest In Uganda, A Key U.S. Ally For African Security

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
BBC *Ian Platz, Real Clear Defense:* *Uganda on the Brink: Key U.S. Ally for African Security* Over the past decade, the United States government has viewed Uganda as one of the best guarantors of stability and thus American interests in East and Central Africa. In its most basic form, the U.S. government has been able to count on the Ugandan military as a proxy for missions and operations that are important to U.S. interests and provide access to volatile areas in times of crisis. In exchange Uganda has quickly become the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. security assistance f... more »

New Documents Reveal That Edward Snowden Did Contact NSA Officials To Express His Concerns Over Mass Surveillance

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
© AFP 2016/ Frederick Florin *Jason Leopold, Marcy Wheeler, and Ky Henderson, VICE News*: *Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal* On the morning of May 29, 2014, an overcast Thursday in Washington, DC, the general counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Robert Litt, wrote an email to high-level officials at the National Security Agency and the White House. The topic: what to do about Edward Snowden. Snowden's leaks had first come to light the previous June, when the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald and the Washi... more »

The China Airlines Strike

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
*A traditional food....* The strike began at the end of May... This was posted to Facebook... Around two thousand China Airline (A private sector company where the state of ROC, the bourgeois state that reigns in Taiwan, is the biggest shareholder, not to be confused with the Chinese state owned Air China) employees including pilots, flight attendants, and airport logistics workers have taken to the streets refusing the company's mandate for them to sign a waiver that forfeits their 8-hour days, normal working hours, and right for union involvement in negotiating work time as acco... more »

Hot one on the New Central Cross

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 23 hours ago
[image: DSC02132] A glorious day on the "New Central Cross", the new highway that connects the 124 in Miaoli to the Miaoli 62. Hard riding under a hot sun. Come below the READ MORE for more pics... TRIP NOTES: This road (Google link) connects the 124, which runs between Shitan and Nanzhuang, with the Miao 62. Lovely and steep, it rises to 800 m at the tunnel. It seems to be equally steep from north or south, and it is not shaded for the last 4 kms. From the bridge at the Miaoli 62 it is about 10 kms to the tunnel. Because it follows a creek, there are several places to get in the ... more »

UK Unveils World’s First Robot Doctor – And It’s Ready To See Patients

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
The world’s first robot doctor has been unveiled in the UK, and medical authorities have said they are keen to put the machine straight to work. The artificial intelligence (AI) doctor will take part in a contest with a real human doctor in order to test which one of them can deal more efficiently with diagnosing common health problems among patients. The results of the contest could have a significant impact on the future of healthcare in the UK and abroad. Dailymail.co.uk reports: British start-up firm Babylon Health will test its programme, called Check, against a doctor and nur... more »

Searching for the Humanity in the Other

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
The term refugee is thrown around frequently these days, as more individuals continue to flee their homes in search of safety, freedom, and a better life. Unfortunately, when most of us (and the mainstream media) refer to refugees we use dehumanizing language, reducing these people to numbers and statistics. Rather than seeing them for the individuals that they are, we instead refer to them in bulk, describing them in terms of quantity and the amount of resources it will require from us to “accommodate” them. In hopes of reminding us that these refugees, like us, are real people ... more »

Campaign Finance Fraud In Santa Barbara's Congressional Election Likely To Result In Mulitple Prison Terms

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Same as the last generation conservatives-- steeped in ugly corruption* A few weeks ago I blogged about how I was in the middle of investigating a shady campaign finance situation up in Santa Barbara on behalf of an entitled young right-wing up-and-comer, Justin Fareed. Basically what I had discovered was that Fareed is funding his congressional campaign from just a few wealthy families with very special interests involving the healthcare industry. The investigation is still on-going but, basically, Fareed has taken in over $180,000 from eight families representing four healthcare ... more »

Amber Alert: Mandela Effect, 911, Timelines shifting, CERN and WTF is going on!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 1 day ago
Yesterday, Saturday June 4th 2016, Lisa and I had an unscheduled recorded discussion to lay out a whole lotta crazy information that we had been wading through for the past 36 hours. A couple of days ago, a friend sent us some information that she had come across in early 2013 that opened a line of questioning down a rabbit hole that we hadn't looked at before. The basic premise: that on dec 21 2012 "they" inserted the 9/11 false flag "terrorist attacks" BACK into our timeline, thus changing our timeline into a highly violent negative war filled timeline. This was done through CE... more »

Here We Go Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU editor:* This book is going to be released at the end of this month. Are we going to learn anything new .... I doubt it. But the Millennials who were too young to know anything during the 1990s are now going to learn for the first time all that there is to know about the Clintons when they were the White House. My prediction .... this will have an impact. Many among my generation (I am in my fifties) viewed their behaviour in the 1990s with a ho-him altitude (its all about sex .... so what). But for Millennials .... their view is radically different, and that type of behaviour... more »

Growing Concerns Within The Democrat Party That Violence At Trump Rallies Will Only Boost His Support

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Victor Cristobal of San Jose, centre, chants during a demonstration outside a campaign rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in San Jose. (Stephen Lam/Reuters) *Washington Post:* *Democrats fear that violent anti-Trump protesters are only helping him* Democrats and Hispanic activists said Friday that they are increasingly alarmed by a spate of violence at Donald Trump rallies instigated by anti-Trump protesters, fearing that the incidents — widely viewed on television and social media — will only help the GOP candidate and undermine their attempts to defeat... more »

A Look At How The U.S. Military Trains To Seize Any Target In Just 18 Hours Anywhere In The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Business Insider*: *How the US military trains to take any airbase, anywhere in the world, in just 18 hours* What happens when all hell breaks loose and the US military needs to act within hours? Enter the 5,000 specialists of Global Response Force, from the Army's 82nd Airborne Brigade, Joint Special Operations Command, and the US Air Force, capable of deploying to any location on earth within 18 hours. "We need to have demonstrated legitimacy in this capability. It's our muscle. It's us flexing our muscle. Nobody wants to get in the ring with the undefeated heavyweight champi... more »

11 U.S. Troops Infected With Zika Virus This Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*USA Today*: *Military discloses at least 11 troops infected with Zika virus this year* At least 11 U.S. troops have been infected with the Zika virus since January, nearly all of whom traveled to countries where the mosquito-born illness is prevalent, a Pentagon health report published Friday disclosed. In addition, four dependents of servicemembers — which can include spouses and children — and two military retirees contracted the illness, according to the report. It underscored the risks to military personnel of child-bearing age exposed to the virus during deployments. A fetu... more »

The Bob Carter Memorial Fund

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
*E-mail received from Case Smit* The Bob Carter Memorial Fund One of the world’s most well-known campaigners against senseless climate alarmism and corruption, Professor Bob Carter, passed away on 19 January 2016. I’m sure most of the recipients of this email would have seen Bob Carter present one of his lectures either in the flesh or on video and been enormously impressed by his honesty and dedication. For me personally, he was always prepared to go out of his way to help. Among his other involvements, Bob was a founding member and a director of the Australian Environment Foundatio... more »

The GOP Has A Major #TrumpToddlerTantrum On It's Hands... For The Next 5 Months-- How The Media Should Cope With Him

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Jack Shafer is *Politico*'s resident Ramones fanatic and senior media writer. After reading his post yesterday, Donald Trump Is a 2-Year-Old. It’s Time for the Press to Treat Him Like One, I e-mailed him a message: "I'm sure Johnny would have been a major Trump fan." Not Joey, though. Shafer wrote about Trump's Wednesday tantrum-- he rarely misses a day-- when he struck out at reporters for nudgering him about how he tried scamming "the vets" and about his escalating Trump University shit-show. He called it a "towering meltdown." Shafer seemed almost surprised at Trump's infantil... more »

James Robison: My Amazing Encounter With Muhammad Ali

James Robison at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Muhammad Ali, or Cassius Clay at the time, strikes a familiar pose as he shouts "I am the greatest," as he leaves the ring, arms raised, following his defeat of former heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Fla., February 25, 1964. (AP Photo)] When Muhammad Ali died Friday at the age of 74, I thought back to the day when I was privileged and very surprised to meet with him privately not long before his retirement from the ring. I was in Southern... more »

Missing Woman Shouting “A Croc’s Got Me” Is Found Eaten By Crocodile

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
New-Zealand born Cindy Waldron went missing after she was taken by a crocodile while swimming in North Queensland on Sunday night. The 46-year-old was with a childhood friend when she was dragged away by a crocodile while yelling: “A croc’s got me, a croc’s got me.” Her remains were later found inside a 14ft crocodile. Just hours before her disappearance she posted a final Facebook message saying: “I’m on the beach, it’s a lovely place, I’m having a ball.” Daily Mail reports: The missing crocodile attack victim’s father, Pat Waldron, described his daughter as an impulsive person who... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Plan to rate teachers based on test scores is under fire in Massachusetts* A centerpiece of Massachusetts’ effort to evaluate the performance of educators is facing mounting opposition from the state’s teacher unions as well as a growing number of school committees and superintendents. At issue is the state’s edict to measure — based largely on test scores — how much students have learned in a given year. The opposition is flaring as districts have fallen behind a state deadline to create a “student impact rating,” which would assign a numeric value to test score growth by classr... more »

Putin Prepares To Obliterate ISIS Once And For All

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Putin has announced ambitious plans to completely obliterate ISIS once and for all, following a successful mission in surrounding their headquarters in Syria this week. Russian troops alongside Syrian forces stormed into a key province surrounding Raqqa on Friday, and are now ready finish the terrorist regime once and for all. Russian bombers smashed key ISIS positions in Raqqa as Assad’s forces closed in on the ground, defeating ISIS’ attempts to hold them back in a bloody firefight. Express.co.uk reports: According to the Al-Masdar News agency Syrian forces claimed a major victory... more »

French Citizen Caught With 100 Kilos Of Bombs Destined For Euro 2016

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A 25-year-old French citizen has been caught attempting to smuggle over 100 kilo’s of bombs and weapons to the Euro 2016 championships. State border security guards detained the man at the Ukrainian-Police border this week, and found him to be carrying 100 kg of explosives, fuses, three grenade launchers and several Kalashnikov assault rifles. The RIA Novosti news agency confirmed the man had been detained, saying “I can say that yes, it happened, but all within the competence of the security Service of Ukraine”. The Euro 2016 games are set to take place across various French citie...more »

Anonymous Declare War On Mainstream News

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Anonymous have declared an all-out war against the mainstream corporate media, saying that as of June 1st they will issue a series of coordinated attacks against them. The aim of #OpSilence is to give all the major news networks that routinely mislead and censor information from the public, a taste of their own medicine. Anonymous have vowed to censor these very same networks who they say have helped conceal the crimes of Israel and demonised the Palestinian people. Activistpost.com reports: The operation is off to a quick start, Ghost Squad has successfully” carried out DDoS attack...more »

Putin Accuses Obama Of ‘Fake War’ Against ISIS

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Putin has issued a scathing attack on President Obama, accusing the U.S. leader of deliberately leading a ‘fake war’ against ISIS. Russian commanders have confirmed that the U.S. is deliberately “fighting to lose” against ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front in Syria, whilst secretly propping them up in order to weaken and oust President Assad. Putin has warned that Russia are prepared to send special forces troops to the Levant War Zone as a result of the ‘fight to lose’ strategy employed by America. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: This report notes that Russian commanders in their s... more »

White House Ask Russia Not To Destroy CIA-run al-Qaeda

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The White House have formally asked Russia to leave al-Qaeda alone, fearing that Russian military forces could destroy the CIA-run terrorist organisation with their military might. Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that Washington pleaded with him in a private meeting to leave Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front in Syria alone, citing fears that Russia “might accidentally hit civilians”. ABC News reports: Sergey Lavrov said that Russia has long insisted that the moderate, U.S.-backed opposition groups should leave the areas occupied by Nusra. He said in televised remarks that Russi... more »

Turkey’s Erdogan Warns Germany Not To Recognise Armenian Genocide

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Turkish President Erdogan has issued an angry warning to Germany, saying that if they dare to recognise the Armenian genocide, Turkey will cut off diplomatic ties with the country. Following the Berlin vote to officially recognise the mass-killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces in the First World War as an “act of genocide,” Erdogan hit back by delivering a furious televised speech in Turkey. Alaraby.co.uk reports: Turkey would never accept the charge that Ottoman troops were guilty of “genocide”, he said. He hit a raw nerve by highlighting Germany’s own genocide of 6 million Jews ... more »

Assad’s Army To Confront ISIS With Russia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Assad’s military forces have entered the province of Raqqa in order to confront ISIS for the first time since 2014. Syrian regime forces alongside Russian forces have entered Raqqa with the aim of eliminating ISIS’ Syrian headquarters and regaining control of the area. Speisa.com reports: On Saturday, Bashar al-Assad’s army entered into the province of Raqqa for the first time since IS conquered large areas of northern Syria in 2014, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) today. – The regime’s troops, backed by Russian airstrikes and Russian-trained militia, entere... more »

Men in Black falling out of fashion

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
there are so people you dont know unless you put on the tinfoil they are the men in black and who they work for is still a mystery while their public faces are well spread like the Bushes on a hedge fund the real masters are invisible How long through war and pillage disruption buying at the sounds of howitzers and selling when the doves cry have they whipsawed the human world into their own design Reality has its own expressions number one seems to be global warming number two seems to be 9 billion humans and 2 billion jobs something will break it will be worse than an earthquake\ b... more »

Things keep going until they stop

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
The 2016 Summer Games in Brazil will be a big speedometer letting us know how close the 6th Civilisation is to zero. Jah Man only Jesus can save it. Cable car to sugar loaf mt I was in Rio during the time of the civil war in Lebanon, at that time the US State department concluded Lebanon was a safer place for Americans than Brazil. As I Canadian I felt very safe there, but all joking aside it was a very dangerous place for civilians even then. Things have gotten much worse. Latin America is our dystopian future. Maybe speaking latin was too much. Maybe some hope, cause I had a ex... more »

Your Medicine is in Your Pantry by Karta Purkh Khalsa

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 1 day ago
Your Medicine is in Your Pantry by Karta Purkh Khalsa Green Med Info. 27 May 2016 *Food has been the medicine of humanity since the dawn of time. Many herbs that we associate only with seasoning our food are, in fact, potent herbal medicines.* The distinction between herbal food and *herbal medicine* is actually quite subjective. There is a wide area of overlap with the two categories. If you think of all the plants we consume, for whatever purpose, as being on a spectrum, from food on one end, to medicine on the other, you will see what I mean. On the food end would be pla... more »

No Radiation Exposure "Dose," Translates Conveniently into "No Radiation Effects"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
The Mainichi is reporting that the Japanese government censored a report investigating Chernobyl’s health effects that was launched in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster, in November of 2012. The report was funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the investigative committee was chaired by Nagasaki University professor emeritus Shigenobu Nagataki, who formerly served as chairman of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. According to the article, the committee focused on two reports "Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl accident: Sa... more »

Kim Jong-un Launches North Korean Version of Facebook

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Kim Jong-un has launched the North Korean version of Facebook, creating a clone of the social media platform for citizens to freely use. An anonymous engineer created the platform as a means of giving people in North Korea the ability to keep in touch with friends and family in a country where many websites, including Facebook, are censored. Anonhq.com reports: Based on media reports we gathered, this new social media launched in North Korea looks exactly like Facebook. It has been named the Best Korea’s Social Network. The homepage has a thin blue banner at the top with a search f... more »

This Is Troubling: Canadian Government Is Going To Extend Fraud "Hate Crime" Legislation To Protect Canada's Sexually Deviant Members!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I have stated my position in regards to this "transgender" issue already in so many of my weekend rants... I look at these "transgenders" as disgusting human beings and that they should not have any rights equal to anyone else.... To me, this rise in "transgenderism" is nothing more than another sad chapter in the criminal Jewish want to have us all enslaved by destroying the very social fabric that binds most of us together, which is our own families and our family values! I care not what those who suddenly think that I am in anyway suddenly "disgusting" and "hateful" with this s... more »

Swiss Voters Mull Mandatory ‘Basic Income’ Government Paycheck

JAMEY KEATEN at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file pictire a huge poster reading “What would you do if your income were taken care of?” is pictured on the Plaine de Plainpalais square in Geneva, Switzerland. The poster hints at a national referendum on June 5, were Swiss voters will have to decide on the introduction of an unconditional basic income for all.] GENEVA (AP) -- Would you accept about $2,500 from your government every month, no questions asked? Swiss voters get a choice Sunday in a referendum that, while not specifying a figure, asks if they want “unconditional basic income.” Exper... more »

Police Have Started Issuing a New Award to Officers

Amber Randall at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Lawmakers Introduce Bill Making It Harder for Police to Take Innocent Americans’ Property] Police departments throughout the U.S are awarding officers for "de-escalating" altercations with suspects, according to reports from the Associated Press. Approximately 40 Philadelphia officers got "medal of tactical de-escalation" awards since December for avoiding excessive force. The Los Angeles Police Department started recognizing officers...more »

In defence of the politician

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
They are like the priests of lies that glue civilizations we need these lying motherfuckers to keep us from going full gorilla

Former Polish Presidents Lead Thousands in Opposition March

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Ten of thousands people march throughout the city's main street to protest the policies of the right-wing Law and Justice government, on the 27th anniversary of the partly free elections that led to overthrowing communism, in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 4, 2016.] WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland’s two former presidents led tens of thousands of marchers Saturday in Warsaw to protest the right-wing government’s policies and mark 27 years since the ouster of communism in Poland. The march was yet another in... more »

"Russian-Americans Warn Nuclear War Will Leave Millions of Americans Dead. Which Candidate Most Likely to De-escalate?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Russian-Americans Warn Nuclear War Will Leave Millions of Americans Dead. * *Which Candidate Most Likely to De-escalate?"* by Robert Barsocchini "A group of Russian-American political analysts have issued a detailed warning to US citizens. They note that allowing the regime in Washington to attack or provoke Russia might leave the US in ruins and tens or hundreds of millions of Americans dead. This could happen after a US attack on Russia, a provocation interpreted as an attack, or even simply a mistake, as has nearly happened numerous times in the past. The analysts understand ...more »

"And Here Is The Point..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, open-mindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake." - Christopher Hitchens

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Attorney General Lynch, about those indictments...

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, May 28 to June 4, 2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Your Radiation This Week, May 21 to June 4 2016"* By Bob Nichols *"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva (San Francisco) June 4, 2016 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people this week around the United States and in your neighborhood. There is no way to recover from these kinds of exposures. There is no medicine and there is no cure. Millions now possess a shortened life span due to their radiation exposures. Are you next or already Zapped? Let’s get right to it. *All Radiation Counts repo... more »

“Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies At Age 74”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies At Age 74”* by RT "Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74 following a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. The former heavyweight champion was hospitalized for respiratory issues on Thursday, but family members close to the sports star told AP on Friday that his condition was more serious than previously thought. Ali is survived by his wife Lonnie Williams and nine children, two sons, and seven daughters, from three of his four marriages. The three-time world champion won his first heavyweight title in 1964 at the age of 2... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “An Ocean Apart”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “An Ocean Apart” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfPONyDT_WQ

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“NGC 4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy. Seen edge-on, it lies only 25 million light-years away in the well-trained northern constellation Canes Venatici. The galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape suggests to some a cosmic herring and to others its popular moniker, The Whale Galaxy. Either way, it is similar in size to our own Milky Way. *Click image for larger size.* In this sharp color image, the galaxy's yellowish core, dark dust clouds, bright blue star clusters, and red star forming regions are easy to spot. A companion galaxy, the small elliptical NGC 4627 is just above th... more »

Chet Raymo, “Charybdis”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Charybdis”* by Chet Raymo "To my mind, there is no more spiritually fulfilling experience than lying on one's back under a crystal clear late-summer sky unpolluted by artificial light and seeing the Milky Way arching across the dome of night from Sagittarius in the south to Cassiopeia in the north. Those of you who live in the southern hemisphere will have a different perspective, including a loftier view of the brilliant luminosity near the galactic center in Sagittarius, but you know what I mean. One has a sense of falling into infinity, of becoming a born-again child of cosmic ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Hyrum, Utah, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"11 Things Everyone Needs You to Know"* by Marc "A silhouette of a human being stands before you. Perhaps an old friend. Perhaps a neighbor. Perhaps a perfect stranger, like me. Here are 11 things we all need you to keep in mind… * 1.* *You never really know how much the people around you are hurting.* You could be standing next to someone who is completely broken inside and you wouldn’t even know it. So never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have. And remember that there are two ways to spread light in this world: You can either be a flame of hope, or a mirror tha... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, "Getting There"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "Getting There"* "You take a final step and, look, suddenly You're there. You've arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for: This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone. What did you want to be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder under a burning glass, A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing against the cracked horizon, Holding it firm till the arrival of stars In time with your heartbeats. Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression On the self you were, By having come all this way through all this welter Unde... more »

"Always Been Sane..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. Indigenous humans have always been sane because they have always been mystic. They permit the twilight." - G. K. Chesterton

"Fully Committed to Now: Why We Are Not Shown the Big Picture"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Fully Committed to Now:Why We Are Not Shown the Big Picture"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Often we want to be shown the big picture but it is not always in our best interest as we can easily become overwhelmed. Sometimes, we may find ourselves wishing we knew what our lives are going to look like or what gifts and challenges are going to be presented to us in the coming months or years. We may want to know if the relationship we’re in now will go the distance or if our goals will be realized. Perhaps we feel like we need help making a decision and we want to know which choice... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

Politics: “Zombie Time at Campaign Hillary”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Zombie Time at Campaign Hillary”* by Camille Paglia “It’s zombie time at campaign Hillary. Behold the dead men walking! It was with strangely slow, narcotized numbness that the candidate and her phalanx of minions and mouthpieces responded to last week’s punishing report by the State Department’s Inspector General about her email security lapses. Do they truly believe, in the rosy alternate universe of Hillaryland, that they can lie their way out of this? Of course, they’re relying as usual on the increasingly restive mainstream media to do their dirty work for them. If it were a... more »

“The Welfare State is Doomed”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Welfare State is Doomed”* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE – “No whining and kvetching about the Deep State today. Instead, we sit at its feet, admire the cut of its jaw, and sing its praises. We are grateful to it… and not just as a source of amusement. In short, we delight in its incompetence. *Preposterous Initiative: *What brings this to mind is a small item in the news, which, like a pool ball careening across a felted table, knocked two or three others in their pockets before coming to rest. We had to go pluck each one out of its hole and examine it. And what a marvelous fraud ... more »

“College Then and Now: Letter to a Bright Young Woman”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“College Then and Now: Letter to a Bright Young Woman”* by Fred Reed "Dear ___, You asked how college was when I was a kid, in the late Epicene, and what I thought of schools today. Herewith an answer which I will probably post on my website as I think the matter important: Much has changed. Long ago, before 1965 say, college was understood to be for the intelligent and academically prepared among the young, who would one day both provide leadership for the country and set the tone of society. Perhaps ten percent, but no more than twenty percent, of high-school graduates were tho... more »

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Terry L http://portlandtribune.com/sl/307848-185832-portland-school-board-bans-climate-change-denying-materials From the Portland Tribune: In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools. “It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt […]

SAA and Loyalists Race NATO backed Kurds to take Tabqa dam

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
* Link* *Syrian regime fighters have advanced into the Islamic State group-held Raqqa province after a series of victories against the jihadi force.* *Troops and militias loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad have won a rare victory for regime forces against IS, after suffering setbacks in Homs province in recent weeks.* *Russian air raids - which appear to be in coordination with the US - pounded IS positions allowing regime fighters to advance.* * "Regime troops backed by Russian air strikes and Russian-trained militia entered Raqqa province on Saturday morning,"* the Syrian... more »

Republican Politicians Find Themselves Hopelessly In Trump's Toxic Embrace

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Claiming Trump is the lesser of two evils-- as many, if not, most of his Republican congressional supporters now do-- won't save the GOP from Trumpism. When asked if Trump would make a good president, top Oklahoma establishment Republican, Tom Cole, couldn't say he would. "He's a work in progress... To me this is a question of alternatives. I'm comfortable that he will be a better president than Hillary Clinton." Paul Ryan, Trump's latest reluctant endorser-- one who wants everyone to know he is holding his nose when doing so-- "did not," points out the Associated Press, "express ... more »

Copyright slavery

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
fractal patentWe abolished human slavery at least in law and children extosentaloly should be in school so lets free all the intellect cause its a bullshit concept in so many ways there is really nothing new under the sun and no one discovered anything that was already there no matter how many lawyers they pile up at lassize fair

Who can stop the tides?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Who can wail succsssfly against gravity who can bring us all up like Eversert without high altitude death? Who can stick a finger in every pie and still cook finger licking good? Who can see the dark heart of darkness and amputate leaving nothing but the light? Who can free humans from their animal nature for once and for all without taking away any chance of procreation? Who can stare at the sun all day long without going blind acid or no? Is it to late for one person to save humankind we need a collective a communism of hope to save the human planet from rebirth

6th ave heartbreak

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
I got my world strapped accross my back whats drawing you in is drawing me out When Jacob Dylan cant break the wall well Superman

Muhammad Ali Was The Greatest

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away on Friday. He was the prettiest black man and the most wonderful boxer America had ever seen. Boxing being a brutal ugly sport was transformed into artistic performance whenever he entered the ring. He dominated the ring and only lost out to himself. Like many boxers Muhammad Ali did not retire from the sport he loved till his brain gave up on too many concussions. Ali was brutalized by the establishment for being a rebel. He was penalized financially for being Muhammad Ali. The greatest American who ever lived, Muhammad Ali, 1942-2016. Scuntho... more »

Poor Planning And War Led To Huge Increase In Govt Jobs & Pensions In Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
A chart provided by Moody’s Investors Service shows a huge growth in public outlaws for civil workers and pensions from 2014 to 2015. In 2014 salaries and pensions for government workers made up 46% of state spending according to the International Monetary Fund. By 2015 that percentage had increased to 60%. Part of that was due to the war as Baghdad took on paying the Hashd al-Shaabi forces to fight the Islamic State. It was also due to poor planning as the parliament and ruling parties have consistently talked about increasing the number of civil employees to fight unemployment an... more »

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