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Thomas Paine

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

Monday, June 6, 2016

6 June - Blogs I'm Following

High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay Spea...High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay Speaks at Opening of Dignity Tribes in Transition (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The United States Mission to the United Nation...The United States Mission to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva is the first U.S. Diplomatic Post with a building-integrated solar power system. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 minutes ago
Visitors of the Russian stage of the Aviadarts-2016 international flight skills competition at Chauda testing center of the Russian Aerospace Forces outside Feodosia. Background: Su-25 attack jet. © SPUTNIK/ EVGENY BIYATOV

U.N Report Is Predicting A Continuation Of The War In East Ukraine For Two More Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 37 minutes ago
A member of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) forces guides a tank to park after withdrawing it further from the frontline outside Luhansk, Ukraine, Oct. 3, 2015. *Voice of America:* *UN Sees Threat of Protracted War in East Ukraine Conflict* GENEVA - A new report from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva said the situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile two years into the war between Russian-backed armed separatists and the government. The latest U.N. figures show nearly 9,400 people have been killed and more than 21,500 othe... more »

Part I: Is Personal Responsibility Obsolete?

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 37 minutes ago
[image: Handout Money Welfare - 900] Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious... more »

Is A Congressional Bloodbath Coming For GOP Candidates Who Hopped Aboard The Trump Train? Oh Yes

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 38 minutes ago
This morning an inexperienced campaign manager called and asked me for some advise. She talked-- mostly complaining and gossiping and babbling about herself-- for over an hour and I doubt she listened to a word I said. But what I told her her under-funded, unknown candidate must do is tie their opponent to Trump. "Every time someone thinks about him, Trump should come into their consciousness. Your candidate is a long-shot, but, in your district, this is the way to do it." Do you know who Republican strategist Rick Wilson is? Many people heard about him when he launched a Republic... more »

Yucca Mountain: US refuses to acknowledge nuclear fuel hazardous for a million years

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
. Photo: Nevada Test Site, near Yucca Mountain Beyond Nuclear’s Radioactive Waste Watchdog, in Response to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Panel Ruling in New York v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission II, the Nuclear Waste Confidence Lawsuit: News from Beyond Nuclear Kevin Kamps Radioactive Waste Watchdog kevin@beyondnuclear.org Western Shoshone's

Why “releasing” land doesn’t necessarily make land cheaper

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
There are many things to be said about the fatuous idea that simply having a National Policy Statement ordering the council to “release” land for housing is going to fix Auckland’s housing bubble, or take us any closer to making housing affordable. Land has already been “released” for thousands of houses, but as that doesn’t mean that thousands of houses have been built. The reasons for that are complex, but can be relatively easily explained. It’s true that the highly-restricted supply of land is one of the three major reasons whay young people can’t afford a house. But you ca... more »

Asia's Arms Race Will Soon Match U.S. Spending By 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Popular Mechanics*: *Asia's Military Spending Will Match U.S. Spending by 2020* *​China, and countries fearing China, are raising defense spending.​* The Asia-Pacific Region will spend $533 billion on defense annually by 2020. That's very close to what the United States spends on defense, and a lot more than the region used to. Bloomberg reports that China and countries squaring off against China are responsible for the unprecedented surge. The People's Republic of China has been increasing defense spending about 10 percent annually for more than two decades. Although dramatic, ... more »

Obama Preparing to Endorse Clinton

KATHLEEN HENNESSEY at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table April 9, 2009, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is ready to make it official. With Hillary Clinton close to securing the Democratic nomination for president, Obama is on the verge of formally endorsing his former secretary of state and starting to aggressively... more »

Are We About To Witness A Nuclear Arms Race In East Asia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Andrei Lankov, Al Jazeera*:* A nuclear arms race in East Asia?* *It is a place where most nations deeply distrust their neighbours, and where old-style nationalism still reigns supreme.* Recently, news from the Korean Peninsula has been dominated by missiles: as satellite images confirmed, the North Koreans have been busy preparing another test launch of "BM-25 Musudan", their intermediate-range missile. The launch ended in failure, the fourth such failure in this year. Nonetheless, North Korean engineers and scientists are busy developing both long-range and submarine-based balli... more »

AP Count: Clinton Has Delegates to Win Democratic Nomination

[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits a restaurant, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Watts, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)] LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats’ presumptive nominee.... more »

Trump Campaign Wasting Precious Time, GOP Critics Say

[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump is wasting precious time. By now, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was supposed to have stationed senior staff in battleground states, moderated his fiery message to attract new supporters and begun raking in big money.... more »

Charters Drain Needed Money from Public Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
My op-ed posted today at the Tennessean: Jim Horn In a recent Tennessean article (“Nashville school official says charter funding debate clearer,” March 23), interim director of schools Chris Henson did his best to put a soft filter on the bright light that is now focused on the charter school funding issue for Metro Nashville Public Schools. According to Henson’s comments, Metro’s student-based budgeting system allows charter school operators to receive $9,300 per student each year without regard for student characteristics. On the other hand, regular public school students recei... more »


Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 3 hours ago
I'm not sure at this point how many people have made their return to Fort McMurray but signs of the community coming back to life have been everywhere. The biggest auditory hint of that is no doubt the sound of the countless lawnmowers and trimmers I've been hearing the past couple of days and they continue now even now as I type this. It's also hard not to miss the many visual signs expressing hope, grit, determination and thanks. I'm not sure how many times I've walked past Fire Hall #3 off of Thickwood Drive but its presence definitely took on a whole new level of meaning ... more »

Terror Alert Issued For South Africa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*FOX News*: *US Embassy warns Americans of potential terror attacks in South Africa* The U.S. is warning its citizens of possible terror attacks by Islamic militants on American buildings or shopping malls in South Africa, despite assurances from the South African government that the country is safe. The warning – which came Saturday on the eve of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan – is the second such warning in less than a year from the embassy, Reuters reports. The embassy says shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town were the main targets in suspected planned atta... more »

Peru Presidential election Still Too Close To Call

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Peru's Kuczynski has thin lead over Fujimori in presidential vote* Former Wall Street executive Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held a razor-thin lead over Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of an imprisoned former authoritarian leader in a vote that may be Peru's closest presidential election in half a century. With 91 percent of all votes counted on Monday, Kuczynski had 50.32 percent support while Fujimori trailed with 49.68 percent. The gap had narrowed from a previous tally. Ballots of Peruvians living abroad will only begin to arrive on Monday night and the count may not be fi... more »

Democrats Will Pick Their Nominee On July 25-- No Matter What Rachel Matthews Claims

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Tonight Hillary and her media allies are trying to claim she already won; it's a lie. Tomorrow's a big day here in California. Ignore the Clinton-press-- like Maddow-- and keep in mind that as Californians vote for the 470 delegates they pick tomorrow, Hillary and Bernie are just 270 delegates apart. And he's leading in the polls-- with momentum. If independent voters turn out in big numbers-- he leads her 50-34% among them-- he can run up a significant victory. RT makes MSNBC look like Fox News by comparison. Watch Lee Camp (above) doing his *Redacted Tonight* show on RT, expla... more »

Clinton: Trump Caused Leftist Violence Against His Supporters

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: donald trump Alabama rally_900] Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is suggesting Donald Trump is to blame for liberals attacking his supporters. In recent days one Trump supporter was cornered and egged, while at least two others were struck by anti-Trump protesters, one of them bloodied. “I... more »

Cornwall Park: host to a new eco-village?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
*Guest post by SDR* I was intrigued with the interview on NewstalkZB last week with Malcolm Rands, a former rock musician, a founder of Ecostore Ltd, a recent recipient of the ’Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit ' award and Co-Director of the newly registered company, "Bump Space Ltd." As he stated on air, the founders of the internationally successful Ecostore Ltd are about to launch an "eco village of 500+ homes,” which will be "far enough out of the Auckland CBD area to be able to market houses at a price, 'lower than the general market value' of around $800,000 each... more »

Censored Images from Venezuela Reveal Economic Collapse is Only for the Poor

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - The truth about economic collapse is that it never affects those who make it happen.

Family Group Gives Carolina AG a Lesson in Simple Biology

Amber Randall at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: North Carolino Attorney General Roy Cooper, Transgender Bathroom Law] The Faith and Freedom Coalition attempts to give North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper a quick biology lesson in an ad criticizing his position against a new law requiring people to use the bathroom associated with their sex. Cooper has... more »

Watts Bar Unit 2 synced to the grid and generating power

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 4 hours ago
Short item at Nuclear Street.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 6, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Michel Temer, Brazil’s interim president, at an inauguration ceremony for the minister of transparency on Thursday. Credit Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters *New York Times editorial:* *Brazil’s Gold Medal for Corruption* Michel Temer, Brazil’s interim president, displayed poor judgment on his first day in office last month when he appointed an all-white, all-male cabinet. This understandably angered many in racially diverse Brazil. Their outrage was compounded by the fact that seven of the new ministers had been tainted by a corruption scandal and investigation that have shaken Brazilian p... more »

Sanders: Clinton Foundation Donors Mean Hillary Conflicts of Interest if Elected President

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Los Angeles.] Just two days before six states, including delegate-rich California, vote in Democratic primaries, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) said that donations from foreign nations are a conflict of interest for opponent Hillary Clinton. “If you ask me about the Clinton... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 5 hours ago
*The knowledge economy is a myth. We don’t need more universities to feed it* Andre Spicer *Most new jobs now do not require degree-level qualifications. Encouraging more young people to graduate will create only debt and disappointment* Governments around the world believe that to remain competitive in a global economy they must become smarter. In an attempt to boost its knowledge intensiveness, the UK government has just launched a plan to overhaul the university sector. It aims to transform universities by creating many more of them. The hope is that this will increase the num... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ( June 6 , 2016 ) Quick Hits ( 1. Markets/ Market Moving News : Various Bond Indexes In Review ; Yellen Speech Today Drives Fed Hike Expectations For July Below 30 % ; S&P 500 Almost At All- Time Highs ; NIRP & Ultra- Low Interest Rates Impact Central Banks Ability To Boost Inflation. 2. Brexit - Remain & Leave Different Points Of View. 3. EU- Turkey Deal In Tatters , As Acrimony Builds Between Germany & Turkey . Refugee Items For Monday. 4. Greece Items For Monday - EWG Meeting , Economic Items , Domestic Politics & More. )

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Markets & Market Making News ! *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 3m 3 minutes ago Emerging Market Sovereign Bond Index (total return) hit a new all-time high today. *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 7m 7 minutes ago US High Yield Bond Index (total return) up over 14% from its Feb low, now only 0.5% away from a new all-time high. *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 1h 1 hour ago S&P 500 closes within 1% of its all-time price high, closest to a new high of all global equity indices. $SPX *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 6h 6 hours ago fred walton ... more »

Hope, Politics and Hard Work

Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Plant in concrete Crack Hope - 900] Disappointment fills the air these days when it comes to politics. It certainly seemed to be the general reaction when House Speaker Paul Ryan said he’d vote for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump the other day. But if anyone... more »

6 Men Who Disguised Themselves as Women to Access Bathrooms

Melody Wood at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: transgender - 900] With the departments of Justice and Education's new announcement on transgender access to showers, locker rooms, bathrooms and other sex-specific facilities in schools, there is reason for concern. The Obama administration has unlawfully rewritten law, meddling in state and local... more »

Holy Smoke: Cannabis Growing ‘Nuns’ Defy Law In California

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
Two weed growing nuns from California have defied cannabis cultivation and commerce laws and continue to grow their own plants for medical resale. The Sisters of the Valley say that their herbs heal and state laws do not apply to them. The two nuns make non-psychedelic potent cannabis oil and tincture that heals the body and settles the mind (after the body is settled). Cannabinoids go to work augmenting the body’ main systems, especially the immune system, taking a huge burden off the mind. RT reports: Despite a ban on cannabis cultivation in the town of Mercad, the Sisters of the ... more »

LDP Mobilizing to Revise Constitution, Opposition Mobilizing to Oust LDP

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
Japan's democratic opposition parties are mobilizing to upset the LDP hold on government in the Upper House election at a time when the LDP is close to changing Japan's post-World War II pacifist Constitution: Pre-election rallies across Japan blast Abe, security laws THE ASAHI SHIMBUN June 6, 2016 at 18:40 http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201606060064.html Tens of thousands of anti-Abe government protesters held simultaneous demonstrations across Japan on June 5, demanding the abolishment of national security legislation and urging voters to support opposition parties in the U... more »

Ole Dammegard on new Brussels bombing witnesses; Randy Short says "save Rev. Pinckney and Congressman Walter Fauntroy"

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 5 hours ago
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IRS Names More Tea Party Groups Subjected to Extra Scrutiny

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Close up to IRS website through a magnifying glass on the laptop. IRS is a United States government agency tasked with collecting yearly state and income tax from working residents and businesses.] The Internal Revenue Service has released the names of 426 conservative organizations subjected to additional scrutiny while applying for tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012. The list -- filed with federal courts last month -- consisted largely of groups with the words... more »

Louisiana Legislators Pass Useless Abortion ‘Ban’

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Pregnant Woman, Pregnancy, Baby, Sonogram, Ultrasound, Human Life, Pro-life] Just before sending an important bill to the governor's desk, Louisiana lawmakers made sure an abortion "ban" they passed will not stop a single abortion from happening. The bill would have banned abortion procedures undertaken because the unborn child has... more »

France Hires 82 People on Terror Watch List to Protect Country From Terrorism

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: French police - 900] Dozens of people in charge of keeping the Euro 2016 soccer tournament safe from terror are themselves on a terror watch list. France is bracing itself for possible terror attacks during the Euros, which start Friday and run through July... more »

World News Briefs -- June 6, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:** U.S.-backed Syria force closes in on Islamic State-held city; slow Iraq advance causes rift* U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have surrounded the Islamic State-held city of Manbij from three sides as they press a major new offensive against the jihadists near the Turkish border, a spokesman for the fighters said on Monday. But in a sign of the difficulty world powers have faced in building a coalition to take on the self-declared caliphate, the slow pace of a separate assault by the Iraqi army on a militant bastion near Baghdad caused a rift between the Shi'ite-led governm... more »

Latest Anti-Gun Control Ad Campaign Appeals to Women, LGBTQ

Amber Randall at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: gun control - 900] A group affiliated with the NRA is releasing two anti-gun control ads aimed at women and LGBTQ in the hopes to defeat gun control legislation proposed by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. The legislation would require background checks for the purchase of ammunition. The... more »

‘Screw for Denmark’ Leads To Baby Boom

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A successful sex campaign to create more babies is expected to result in a baby boom this summer for Denmark. The ‘Do it for mom’ campaign is set to bear fruit nine months after it first started. The Local reports: According to a report in Politiken, the summer of 2016 will bring around 1,200 more Danish babies than last year. The timing of the baby boom certainly raises eyebrows, given nine months ago Danes were targeted by a series of campaigns telling them to get busy between the sheets. First came a new steamy ad from Spies Travel, the creators of the earlier viral hit, ‘Do it f... more »

Norway Becomes The First Country To Commit To Zero Deforestation

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Norway has become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation. Last month the Norwegian parliament pledged that the government’s public procurement policy would become deforestation-free after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did “not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest”. Norway is a major funder of forest conservation projects worldwide and supports human rights programmes for forest communities as well. The Independent reports: Nils Hermann Ranum, the head of Policy and Campaign at Rainforest Foundation Norway, sa... more »

Is Britain On The Verge Of Voting To Leave The EU?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
The Brexit campaign has surged ahead this month after weeks trailing behind the Remain campaign. Above, each poll since David Cameron's EU renegotiation in February is tracked - showing how the Leave campaign has regained the lead. Daily Mail. *Reuters*: *Britain's EU Out campaign takes 4-5 percentage point lead: YouGov and ICM polls* The campaign for Britain to leave the European Union has taken a 4-5 percentage point lead ahead of a June 23 referendum, according to online polls by ICM and YouGov, sending sterling toward three-week lows against the U.S. dollar. The swing toward ... more »

A Look At Who Makes The Uniforms For Islamic State Fighters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Products: This graphic shows the different uniforms made by the Turkish sweatshop employing boys as young as nine *Daily Mail*: *EXCLUSIVE - 'Child slaves' making uniforms for Isis: Inside the Turkish sweatshop where children as young as nine work 12 hours a day stitching combat gear used in battle by Islamic State* * Syrian refugee children forced to work in a military uniform sweatshop that sells camouflage to ISIS * Unable to go to school and desperate for money on the Turkish border the boys work 12 hour days for £10 * Factory owner Abu Zakour has ... more »

Fracking Up The Lone Star State

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
A couple of weeks ago, we looked at the narrow path to victory Texas Berniecrat Tom Wakely has if he's going to win the TX-21 House seat currently occupied by science-denying House Science Committee chair Lamar Smith, a Trump supporter. With the DCCC having no interest in party unity and just studiously ignoring Tom's campaign, the path is tough-- but not impossible. In fact, if you'd like to help dislodge a reactionary and destructive Republican in the heart of Austin (and San Antonio, San Marcos, New Braunfels and the Texas Hill Country), help Wakely replace him in Congress by c... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
Ed sent me this photo of the plaque at the New York Federal Reserve. Couple things struck my eye about it, the reference to the Iron Work being done by Samuel Yellen, how often to do you see a blacksmith being named on a plaque? Also the Yellen name is the same as the current Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. Coincidence? I doubt it. This is a family operation and they keep things within the 13 banking families. The 2nd thing that caught my eye was the reference to the architecture of Florence Renaissance Palaces. They don't happen to mention which ones... so I went lo... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 7 hours ago
By American Kabuki I dreamed of this image last night. Its the Flower of Life, but also a rising hot air balloon. As I built this in Photoshop, I realized it also looks a lot like a light bulb, which is a 20th Century symbol for an idea. What does it mean? I think it means we are being carried to the New/Complete Earth. That's my take on it at least. Nobody gets left behind. How that happens I do not know. Update 4:07PM CDT Bev was driving back to the house, got a message intuitively to stop at a store she seldom goes to pick up something. This is what she brought back..... more »

Tropical Storm Colin Nears Florida; Gov. Scott Declares Emergency

TAMARA LUSH & JASON DEAREN at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Colin - 900] TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Residents on Florida’s Gulf coast filled sandbags, schools closed early and graduation ceremonies were postponed as Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency with Tropical Storm Colin churning toward the state Monday, threatening serious flooding.... more »

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens

Eric Metaxas at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: daily_commentary_06_06_16] What happens when an avowed atheist and a committed Christian become fast friends, despite their polar-opposite views? Well, you get a fantastic new book. A new book with a provocative title is sending shock waves through both the Christian and... more »

Summers on Trump

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 7 hours ago
Larry says the Donald would be a disaster.

Paedophile Gets 22 Life Sentences For Offences Against 200 Children

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A British paedophile has been given 22 life sentences after pleading guilty to abusing up to 200 children between the ages of six months and 12 years old in Malaysia. Richard Huckle, 30, posed as devout Christian and English teacher to win trust, then abused children in care home and orphanages in the region Huckle was sentenced to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison by a court in London. He clasped his hands in prayer as his sentence was read out. Malta Today reports: The freelance photographer, from Ashford in Kent, England, admitted an unprecedented number of offences against ch...more »

In Sign of Unity, Christians Renovate Christ’s Tomb Together

DANIELA BERRETTA at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: In this Monday, May 14, 2012 file photo, Armenian pilgrims pray at the Tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem. A team of experts is set to begin a historic renovation at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the site in over 200 years. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)] JERUSALEM (AP) -- A team of experts has begun a historic renovation at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was buried, overcoming longstanding religious rivalries to carry out the first repairs at the s... more »

Everything's Coming Up Stinkweed

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 8 hours ago
(optional soundtrack, but you probably should skip it: it's fingernails across blackboard annoying) And they wonder why millions of desperate people are flocking to the neo-fascism of Donald Trump? Here was Barack Obama doing his best Mama Rose impression last week in Elkhart, Indiana: *By almost every economic measure, America is better off than when I came here at the beginning of my presidency. That’s the truth. That’s true. (Applause.) It’s true. (Applause.) Over the past six years, our businesses have created more than 14 million new jobs -- that’s the longest stretch... more »

3 Ways to Survive in a Declining Economy and Uncertain Times

Waking Times at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Sofia Adamson* - Being in a position to thrive during a financial or social crisis is so important.

Civil Servant Killed After Student Jumps to His Death & Lands On Him

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A civil servant has been killed after being hit by a student who jumped to his death from an apartment building in the city of Gwangju, South Korea. Yang Dae-jin, 39, was killed when the 25-year-old student jumped from the 20th floor of an apartment building on Tuesday, The Sunshine Coast Daily reports: Mr Dae-jin sustained severe injuries to his head and later died in hospital. The student was killed instantly. The civil servant was on his way home with his pregnant wife and five-year-old son in Gwangju, South Korea. He had been working in the public relations department in the adj... more »

McAuliffe watch: Murky report of a fuzzy probe!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016It happens every spring:* We've promised that we'd finish critiquing Rachel Maddow's ludicrous discussions of Governor Terry McAuliffe, which she pursued on Monday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 25. It's depressing to review Maddow's clown-car conduct. For today, let's simply review the New York Times' May 25 news report about the apparent probe, or semi-probe, or possible probe, of McAuliffe's past campaign fundraising. On Monday, May 23, an anonymous source said that McAuliffe was, or might be, under investigation by the FBI. As she typically does, Maddow rushed... more »

US Guided Missile Destroyer Enters Black Sea ‘To Promote Peace’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The USS Porter has entered the Black Sea in what the Sixth Fleet says is a routine deployment to help promote peace and stability. However, the US Navy destroyer has just been outfitted with a new missile system due to what the Navy called a “Russian threat.” RT reports: Turkish observers spotted the Porter sailing through the Bosporus on Monday, the first US Navy ship to enter the Black Sea this year. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will “conduct routine operations during a routine deployment,” the US Sixth Fleet said in a statement, adding that “US vessels routinely operate in t... more »

UK to vote on Brexit - Eyes Wide Shut

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Must Watch video of EU President* *Literal rather than metaphorical * *Bitchslapping by a pseudo leader* There's a lot of babble in the media lately about the latest sham referendum due to take place in the UK later on this month. This time it's whether the UK or "Britain" should exit the European Union. It's very similar in intent, purpose...and projected outcome to...say, the Scottish Referendum that was conducted last year. Although logic would dictate that Britain would do very well after leaving the financial sinkhole known as the European Union...and in fact doesn't even use... more »

5 Killed In Terror Attack On A Jordanian Intelligence Compound Near Amman

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *‘Terrorist’ attack on Jordan intelligence office in refugee camp kills 5* An attack described as a “terrorist” strike targeted offices of Jordan’s powerful intelligence service Monday, killing five people and raising concerns that Islamist militants were behind the bloodshed in the Western-allied nation. Jordan’s government spokesman, Mohammed al-Momani, said the “terror attack” took place at 7 a.m. in the Baqaa Palestinian refu­gee camp near the capital, Amman, on the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The dead included four members of the inte... more »

British Special Forces Are Fighting Alongside Syrian Rebels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Telegraph*: *British special forces 'operating inside Syria alongside rebels' * British special forces are operating on the front line against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, according to rebel commanders. The Times reports that they have been defending a rebel unit against Isil attacks, marking the first evidence of the troop's direct involvement involvement inside Syria rather than training fighters in neighbouring Jordan. First Lieutenant Mahmoud al-Saleh said British forces frequently crossed the border to help the New Syrian Army (NSA), comprised of f... more »

Growing Fears That The Fight For The ISIS Capital Of Raqqa May Pit Syrian-Russian Forces Against U.S. Special Forces-Kurdish Forces

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* An analyst for The Financial Times examines the possibility of such a confrontation .... *The battle for Raqqa risks pitting the Russians against Americans* (William Wallis, Financial Times). What's my take .... I suspect that the U.S. and Russia already have an "arrangement and an understanding" on what to do as they push forward in reclaiming Raqqa. At least I hope they do.

Syrian Forces Advance On The Islamic State's 'Capital' At Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Australian/The Times:* *Assad regime storm Raqqa, join battle to drive out Islamic State* President Assad’s forces are storming towards the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in an offensive that adds another layer to the complex alliances pushing to dislodge the militants from northern Syria and Iraq. Isis is now battling to maintain its territory on four fronts across the two countries. In Syria, a US-backed coalition of mainly Kurdish fighters is advancing on the eastern end of Isis’s 65 kilometre stretch of territory along the Turkish border, while rebel groups together wi... more »

Iraq's Army And Iraqi Shiite Militias In Open Dispute On Fallujah Military Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Head of the Badr Organisation Hadi al-Amiri (2nd R) stands with Shi'ite fighters during a military operation in the west of Samarra, in the desert of Anbar, March 7, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani *Reuters*: *Iraqi army, Shi'ite coalition bicker on Falluja war operations* An Iraqi Shi'ite militia leader accused government forces of "betrayal" as a split emerged between the Iranian-backed paramilitaries and the army over tactics for fighting Islamic State. The head of the largest militia, Hadi al-Amiri, criticized the army for moving an armored brigade to the Makhmour area near Mosu... more »

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In Russia To Meet President Putin (3rd Trip Since September)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, May 14, 2013. Reuters *RFE:* *Netanyahu To Meet Putin In Third Russia Visit In Recent Months* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive in Moscow on June 6 to meet President Vladimir Putin, his third visit to Russia since September. Netanyahu's office said in a June 5 statement that the two leaders would discuss "regional issues, including those pertaining to the fight against global terror, the situation i... more »

Kazakhstan Rocked By A Series Of 'Extremist' Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Kazakhstan: 17 killed in series of 'extremist' attacks* Unlike its Central Asian neighbours, oil-rich nation of 18 million has rarely seen attacks by religious hardliners. At least 17 people, including 11 "extremists," were killed during a series of attacks in oil-rich Kazakhstan, an increasingly authoritarian ex-Soviet nation that has largely avoided violence by religious zealots, officials said Monday. Groups of gunmen attacked two arms shops to seize weapons and rammed a minibus through the doors of a national guard base in the northwestern Kazakh city of Aktobe... more »

Universal Basic Income May Be Needed Due To Rise Of Robot Workers

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Giving people free money might be the only solution when robots finally take our jobs. According to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, the British Labour is considering the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) in response to the increasing robotization of the workforce. Appearing on Monday evening at the launch of a report on UBI by the left-wing campaign group Compass, McDonnell said the group “makes an interesting case for a universal and unconditional payment to all.” RT reports: The policy, which was rejected by referendum in Switzerland on Sunday, would provide every citizen w... more »

Judge Quashes This National University’s Policy Requiring a Permit to Exercise Free Speech

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: NC State U - 900] A federal judge has put a temporary stop to a North Carolina State University policy requiring student groups to obtain a permit for non-commercial student speech on campus, reports Alliance Defending Freedom. The order granting a preliminary injunction came down... more »

High School Dropout Designs Refrigerator that Cools Without Electricity

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Vic Bishop* - Innovation that helps both people and the environment can come from anyone.

Škoda jokes

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
*I won't proof-read this blog post because I expect a low number of readers.* For a few days, we've known that Škoda, the Czech carmaker, was registering numerous trademarks in the U.S. But only today, a top executive of the Volkswagen Group, the owner of Škoda, admitted that the company is considering the introduction of Škodas to North America, one of the few places of the world where you can't buy these cars. *Škoda Yeti* A year ago, I would have been excited but right now, not so much, especially because we were shown that the excessive power of Pol-Pot-style environmentalis... more »

Russia Vows Strongest Air Support To Syrian Army In Aleppo

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Russia has vowed that its forces will provide “the most active” air support for Syrian ground troops in and around the city of Aleppo to prevent terrorists from seizing it. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news briefing: What is happening in and around Aleppo now is what we had warned the Americans about beforehand – and they know it: that we will in the most active way support the Syrian army from the air not to allow the seizure of this territory by terrorists” He added that “This will not be a surprise for the Americans.” RT reports: Al-Nusra Front, an al Qaeda off... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 10 hours ago
*Tom Harris talks to a Canadian Leftist politician* *Summary of June 4, 2016 discussion with Catherine McKenna, MP, Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change* Following Minister McKenna’s 13-minute presentation at the climate change town hall chaired by Anita Vandenbeld, Liberal Member of Parliament for Ottawa West-Nepean, there was no question period, so I spoke with the Minister in the hall for about 5 minutes. Here is what transpired: I identified myself and gave her three things: 1 – a hard copy of the full 993-page 2013 report of the Nongovernmental Internation... more »

Glow in the Dark Water Balloons and Camping Recipes!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 10 hours ago
[image: Get It Together Link Party]Don't miss another week of the #BloggersGetSocial Get It Together link party. We pin, tweet, and/or Facebook share ALL of the posts here! We are all about networking, action, and accountability. While that link up was focused on social media networks, this NEW and improved link up is co-hosted by some of my favorite blog buddies and features #BloggersGetSocial! Bloggers Get Social is a network and accountability group, and I created it with the hopes of bringing new and veteran bloggers together to collaborate on their goals. With this link up, we ... more »

Mississippi Sued for the Third Time Over Gay Marriage Law

AMBER RANDALL at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: same-sex marriage - 900] A group of transgender, gay and straight people filed a third federal lawsuit Friday challenging the Mississippi law that lets religious leaders refuse to issue same sex marriage licenses to gay couples, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit claimed, "the endorsement... more »

Another paper by Duke pair with 12+ retractions is flagged

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
Another expression of concern (EOC) has appeared for a pair of lung researchers formerly employed by Duke University. Co-authors Erin Potts-Kant, a research assistant who left the school and was charged with embezzlement, and Michael Foster, who has retired, share more than a dozen retractions, corrections and EOCs. Like many of those papers, the American Journal of Respiratory […] The post Another paper by Duke pair with 12+ retractions is flagged appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Clinton’s Speech Shows that Only Sanders is Fit for the Presidency

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Since promising Gorbachev "no NATO expansion" the U.S. is pushing NATO to Russia's every European border. If you were the Russians, how would you feel? How would you feel if Russia had missiles in Mexico? Yet we're putting missiles in Poland. Want to put Clinton in charge of that volatile stew?* *by Gaius Publius* Hillary Clinton recently gave what her campaign billed as a "foreign policy speech" (transcript here) but was really just a "foreign policy campaign event" — mainly an attack on Donald Trump. Almost all of the news that covered the event covered the anti-Trump effective... more »

Prosecutor: No Charges Against Mom of Boy in Gorilla Exhibit

AP at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Cincinnati Zoo - 900] CINCINNATI (AP) -- A prosecutor said Monday that he isn’t seeking charges against the mother of a 3-year-old boy who got into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla exhibit, resulting in the shooting of an endangered gorilla to protect him. Hamilton County... more »

Tribute to Muhammad Ali

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 12 hours ago
by Rasheed al Ḥājj abū Muṭahhar, contributor to ANOTHER French False Flag (and author of *The Way of the Wayfarer Without a Way - *this is from* The Way of the Wayfarer Without a Way, Book 4)* Butterflies flutter and hover with bees buzzing blossoms for nectar and zipping through trees. One young man stands in an African valley, chants ‘Alī, ‘Alī bomayé. Bomayé. Muḥammad died today. No, not the Prophet, ṣalallāhu ‘alayhim. Muḥammad ‘Alī. Africans cheered for ‘Alī in Zaire, bonafide Muslim hero, the one lion there Ironic that such an antiwar muslim elicited calls to bring on... more »

The US Navy Bans Drinking For All Sailors In Japan And Is Now Confining Them To Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Okinawa residents stage a protest against the murder of 20-year-old Rina Shimabukuro by a former US Marine in front of the gate of Camp Foster on May 22, 2016. (AFP photo) *Reuters*: *U.S. Navy slaps drinking ban on 18,600 sailors in Japan* The U.S. Navy slapped a drinking ban on sailors stationed in Japan on Monday and halted off base liberty after police arrested a U.S. sailor on the southern island of Okinawa on suspicion of drunk driving following a car crash that injured two people. "For decades we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the people of Japan. It is imperative ... more »

World News Briefs -- June 6, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Peru's Kuczynski leads Fujimori in tight presidential election* Former Wall Street executive Pedro Pablo Kuczynski held a narrow lead in Peru's presidential election with partial results showing him less than 1 percentage point ahead of Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of an imprisoned former authoritarian leader. With 91 percent of all votes counted on Monday, Kuczynski - known in Peru by his initials PPK - had 50.32 percent support while Fujimori trailed on 49.68 percent. The gap had narrowed slightly from the previous count. Fujimori had long been the favorite to win th... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 6, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*(U.S. Air Force image)* *Defense Tech*: *Air Force to Announce Name of New Stealth Bomber* The U.S. Air Force plans to announce the name of the new B-21 stealth bomber at the Air Force Association’s annual conference in September, the service announced. The Air, Space, Cyber symposium is scheduled for Sept. 19 through Sept. 21 in National Harbor, Maryland, just south of Washington, D.C. During a nearly three-month-long naming contest that concluded last month, the service solicited more than 4,600 entries, according to a recent press release. Here at DefenseTech, we received many... more »

Parasites in the scientific community have contributed zero to string theory

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Sabine Hossenfelder has shown us once again how convenient the life on the border of the scientific community is for dishonest and incompetent science-hating charlatans and saboteurs similar to herself: Dear Dr B: Why not string theory? The tolerance for chutzpah seems to be unlimited for the people around her. OK, so why not string theory, Ms Hossenfelder? The first sentence of her rant is even more insulting than the title: Because we might be wasting time and money and, ultimately, risk that progress stalls entirely. Wow. That's quite a "reason" to abandon the most fundamental r...more »

New Miss USA is an Army Reserve Officer

SALLY HO at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Miss USA - 900] LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia who gave perhaps the strongest answer of the night when asked about women in combat. “As a woman in the United... more »

Iran’s Propaganda Work In Iraq Interview With Tel Aviv Univ’s Dr Raz Zimmt

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
As the battle for Fallujah in Iraq continues the Iranians are attempting to take credit for the operation. Pictures have been posted in the press and on social media of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ General Qasim Suleimani in the area and consulting with elements of the Hashd. This is part of Tehran’s continuing propaganda operation to portray itself as the savior of Iraq and the main opponent of the Islamic State. To discuss this campaign is Dr Raz Zimmt a research fellow at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and the Forum for Regional Thinking and edi... more »

How many Trump supporters are laying in the weeds?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*probably a whole bunch.* Yesterday, while shopping at Walmart, I ran into my favorite library lady who is a good number of years younger than I am. The subject of this never ending primary season arose, as it is wont to do when two or more are gathered together. I blurted out that I like Trump and had since day one. She immediately said she did too, and that she had never said that to anyone before. Not one person. *Her comment made me wonder how many other people are laying in the weeds, afraid to really say what they think? * I told her that in the early days of the primary,... more »

The U.S. Has More Older Workers Now Than Ever — And the Number Is Expected to Grow

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Construction worker demolishing old brick wall with chisel tool and hammer] The United States has the largest number of older workers ever, according to Bloomberg. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that almost 20 percent of Americans 65 and older are still working -- and according to a 2015 Federal Reserve study,... more »

WE'RE ALL MANCHURIAN NOW: A taxonomy of the pundit class!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016Part 1—The creatures on the ark:* In yesterday's Washington Post Sunday Magazine, Paul Farhi finally went there. Farhi wrote an introductory essay, an essay which should have been written long ago. He discussed the taxonomy and the culture of Washington's pundit class. As always, taxonomy first! Farhi sketched it thusly, even including pay scales: FARHI (6/5/16): After the campaign started and the pundits started yakking, ratings for all three cable networks, once in seemingly terminal decline, rebounded to nearly Iraq-War levels. *There are now so many cable... more »

Yvette Cooper Repeatedly Booed in Brexit Debate so BBC expell the people booing

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
Guido Fawkes http://order-order.com/2016/06/06/yvette-cooper-repeatedly-booed-in-brexit-debate/ has this story. Imagine if a Conservative or UKIP politician was being booed, would the BBC take action then? The BBC's bias shines through again.

Native Lives Matter: Man convicted of murdering Lakota Gall Brightman

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Lehman Brightman, Lakota, founder of United Native Americans, on the Longest Walk in 1978 with his son Lakota Gall Brightman Native Lives Matter: Justice for Lakota Gall Brightman By Brenda Norrell Censored News The family of Lakota Gall Brightman said Native Lives do Matter, and so does the life of their son, brother and father Lakota Gall Brightman. "He is remembered as a

Courts must hold Mormon Church responsible for sex crimes against Navajo children

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
Two people, Identified in court papers as “MM” and “RJ,” pose with their mother in a photo provided by their attorney. (Image via William Keeler) By Brenda Norrell Censored News The Mormon Church, and each individual, must be held responsible for the sexual abuse of children who were placed in Mormon homes in the Mormon placement program. The abuse of Indian children in church and

EPA Pollutes River, Uses Scare Tactics to Take Control of a Colorado Town

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Animas River, Gold King Mine Spill] A decades-long battle between federal environmental officials and a small Colorado town is about to end in the government's favor, thanks to the agency-caused Gold King Mine spill disaster, a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation has found. Environmental Protection Agency... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* 'Anonymous' Declares War On Mainstream Media: Attacks Fox, CNN, NBC And More How To Misallocate Hundreds Of Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars: Luxembourg Begins Push For Asteroid Mining This Financial Bubble Is 8 Times Bigger Than The 2008 Subprime Crisis The Rise Of The Meta Criminal: Is The NSA Manipulating The Stock Market? And if so, is that worse than the PPT (Plunge Protection Team?) Trump Victory Would Mend US-Russian Relations: Top Moscow Senator From a guy who's sick of the "change" wrought by the previous president. At least it's heartening to know that ... more »

Authors pull 4 papers from surgery journal for plagiarism

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The authors of four papers have pulled them for “significant overlap” with other publications, as well as borrowing “large portions of text” — in other words, plagiarism. Two of the newly retracted papers published in BMC Surgery also listed co-authors who were “not involved in the study;” a similar note appears for an additional 2015 retraction that we’ve found for one […] The post Authors pull 4 papers from surgery journal for plagiarism appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Everyone's Paying For America's War on Russia, Including America

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 14 hours ago
US sanctions aren't just hurting everyone including the US, they are accomplishing nothing. *June 6, 2016* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The US State Department's Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) notified readers of a diplomacy campaign by the United States aimed at "urging" Europe to maintain sanctions against Russia. While the US claims the necessity of these sanctions are self-evident and beneficial to the US and Europe, such campaigns would not be needed if that were truly the case. *Image: Ukraine's own industries have been the first to collapse, not Russia's, amid US-led sa... more »

How Would Trump Describe the State of Sex in America … If He Were a Sound Theologian?

John Zmirak at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump Doctor - 900] We don’t have great sex in America anymore. Our sex doesn’t work. It doesn’t even make babies. It doesn’t keep us together. We end up alone and pathetic, staring at websites. We’re getting totally fooled and ripped off. We’re acting... more »

Grilled Lime Chicken Tacos

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
Mexican food is by far my favorite type of food. I could probably eat it every day and not get tired of it. One of my favorite Mexican food flavor profiles is lime. These Grilled Lime Chicken Tacos are a great summer meal that are packed with lime flavor. INGREDIENTS*For The Chicken* 1/2 cup sour cream 2 limes, juiced 1/4 cup cilantro 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Salt and pepper *For The Salsa* 1 small pkg cherry tomatoes, halved 1/4 small onion, chopped 1 jalapeno pepper, diced 1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped 1/4 cup fresh lime juice 1/2 avocado, chopped Tortillas Shredded che... more »

Ten Principles for the Reluctant Use of Deadly Force

J. Warner Wallace at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Soldiers with Guns Behind - 900] Every year we celebrate Memorial Day then D-Day and honor our fallen soldiers who have died in wars. While the vast majority of Christians believe there are times when it is appropriate to use deadly force (or go to war),... more »

The Future Belongs To The Independents

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Bill C-14 has gone to the Senate. Who knows what will happen to it there? A clue can be found in independent senator Frances Lankin's email to several of her colleagues: *“For your information, I intend to submit amendments to; 1) establish another review process focusing on Informed Consent and the social conditions and social determinants of health issues that can limit peoples’ real options and lead them to considering MAID because other alternatives of support are not available…and 2) to establish an end date for the reviews of eighteen months from the date of commencement…I w... more »

Establishment Democrats Finally Join Progressives And Swing Away From GOP Plans To Cut Social Security

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Gas money here Obama came close to sealing a Grand Bargain with Boehner that would have made significant cuts to Social Security and Medicare, my raising age eligibilities and by slowing cost of living allowances. It wasn't harsh enough for the Tea Party so most conservative Republicans voted against it and it failed. Plenty of conservative Democrats-- basically nearly all of the Blue Dogs and New Dems-- backed it... and still do. Oregon Blue Dog Kurt Schrader introduced an amendment to pass it, which failed spectacularly, but there were 54 Democrats who thought it was a good idea, ... more »

U.S. Army Logistics Officer Crowned Miss USA

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber broke down in tears as she was crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night *Daily Mail*: *Army logistics commander is crowned Miss USA! Miss D.C. whose father, mother and sister have also served their country breaks down in tears as she wins the national title* * Deshauna Barber was crowned Miss USA at the T-Mobile Arena off the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night * The 26-year-old claimed the title after giving a strong answer when asked about women in combat * Barber beat Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin and Miss Georgia Emanii Jovan Davis who a... more »

Did The U.S. Exaggerate Russia’s Cold War Super Weapons?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Visitors walk around tanks and armoured vehicles on display at Army-2015. Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters *Kyle Mizokami, National Interest:* *How the Pentagon Exaggerated Russia’s Cold War Super Weapons* Many, many years ago, I was in junior high school and was deeply nerdy about military matters. Information was hard to come by in those days before the Internet, and people like me were limited to what books and magazines were available at the time. One day I went to my local federal building to look for a particular book. It was propaganda released by the Department of Defense. Althoug... more »

Will India Join The U.S. To Be A 'Counterbalance' To China?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Indian navy personnel after attending the decommissioning ceremony of India's first indigenously designed and built warship, the INS Godavari, at a naval base in Mumbai in December. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters) *Washington Post:* *U.S. military wants India to counterbalance China’s rise as a sea power* NEW DELHI — In a recent speech in New Delhi, the outspoken commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., was nearly poetic when he discussed the growing relationship between India and the United States, saying he was a “bit moonstruck” about the possibilities. “In th... more »

Corruption Has Undermined Nigeria's War Against Boko Haram

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Bloomberg: **Nigeria Military Spending Undermined by Graft, Crisis Group Says* * Military spending averaged $1.7 billion between 2011 and 2014 * Nigeria faces militant attacks in northeast and oil-rich delta While Nigeria increased spending on the military to an average of $1.7 billion a year from 2011 to 2014 in response to the Boko Haram insurgency, “system-wide” corruption meant it didn’t become a better fighting force, the International Crisis Group said. “Dubious procurement practices, fraudulently bloated payrolls, poor financial management and weak auditing systems at the ... more »

VA Ignores Federal Rules Designed to Encourage Hiring Vets

Luke Rosiak at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Veterans, Counselling, Therapy, Mental Health, Depression, Soldier, Counselor] Veterans applying for Department of Veterans Affairs jobs are routinely grilled about whether their combat experience makes them mentally unstable, despite a long-standing federal personnel policy that bars such inquiries. Rules prohibiting employment-related questions about a veteran's treatment for post-traumatic... more »

David French Won’t Make Independent Bid for President

blake neff at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: David French speaking at the 2012 CPAC in Washington, D.C.] David French announced Sunday night he will not be running for president, ending his unexpected candidacy before it even began. "Here is a sentence I never thought I'd type: After days of prayer, reflection, and serious study of the possibilities,... more »

Trump Says He Made ‘a Lot of Money’ in Deal With Libyan Dictator Gadhafi

JILL COLVIN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: TRIPOLI, LIBYA - APRIL 10: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gestures from his car after meeting with the African delegation, who arrived in Libya to try to negotiate a truce between Kadhafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him, April 10, 2011. in Tripoli, capital of Libya. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has reportedly accepted the African Union's "road map" to end conflicts in the country. (Photo by XINHUA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images ) *** Local Caption *** Muammar Gaddafi;] JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Donald Trump says he made “a lot of money” in a deal years ago with Moammar ... more »

Ukraine Arrests Frenchman for Plotting Attacks on Soccer’s European Championships in France

NATALIYA VASILYEVA at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: This photo taken on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, shows a view of the renovated Velodrome stadium, in Marseille, southern France. Marseille is one of the 10 playing venues of the Euro 2016 in France. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)] MOSCOW (AP) -- Ukraine’s intelligence agency SBU said on Monday it has thwarted a plot to attack soccer’s European Championships in France by arresting a Frenchman who wanted to cross from Ukraine into the European Union armed to the teeth.... more »

Blast from the Past: Harper's Magazine, September 1963 Chiang Kai-shek's Silent Enemies

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*The famous old tofu street off the Miaoli 62 east of Dahu.* I was reading Ong Iok-tek's *Taiwan: A History of Agonies *when I encountered a cite from an article I had never seen before, "Chiang Kai-shek's Silent Enemies" by Albert Axelbank (Harper's Magazine, Sept, 1963): If a poll were taken now to determine what status Formosans want for their island, I am sure that at least a two-thirds majority would favor independence. Of course, such a poll is impossible since just the mention of the words "independence" or "self-determination" on Formosa is taboo. But responsible Formosan ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 16 hours ago
*Why New Orleans food isn’t awesome anymore. Groceries are dying? ~NolaChef504*

Aid Group: ISIS is Shooting Civilians Fleeing Fallujah Battle

SINAN SALAHEDDIN at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Displaced Iraqi families arrive to an Iraqi army camp after fleeing their homes during fighting between Iraqi security forces and the Islamic State group, outside Fallujah, Iraq, Saturday, June 4, 2016. The Iraqi army is attempting to retake the western city. (AP Photo)] BAGHDAD (AP) -- The Islamic State group has been shooting at civilians as they try to flee the nearly two-week battle between Iraqi government forces and IS militants in the city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, an international aid organization... more »

72 Years Later, Vets and Families Remember D-Day Landings

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: WWII enthusiasts from Spain wearing 101st Airbone gears walk on Omaha beach next to the Colleville American military cemetery, in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Sunday June 5, 2016, on the eve of the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day landing. D-Day marked the start of a Europe invasion, as many thousands of Allied troops began landing on the beaches of Normandy in northern France in 1944 at the start of a major offensive against the Nazi German forces, an offensive which cost the lives of many thousands. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)] COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) -- Proud vete... more »

Oregon Residents Return Home After Train Derailment, Fires

DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP & Bob Seavey at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: An oil train burns near the Oregon town of Mosier after derailing Friday, June 3, 2016.] SEATTLE (AP) -- Dozens of residents of a Columbia River town in northern Oregon have been given the all clear to return home, after crews made progress in repairing damage caused by the derailment of an oil train that sparked... more »

After Weekend Wins, Clinton on Cusp of Democratic Nomination

CATHERINE LUCEY & LISA LERER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts on stage at a rally at Sacramento City College, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)] SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton stands on the cusp of having enough delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, having overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in a pair of weekend elections in the Caribbean. Yet the former secretary of state barely... more »

British Special Forces Operating On Syrian Frontline Alongside Rebels

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
British special forces are involved in frontline operations in Syria. According to the Times, elite UK soldiers had crossed into southern Syria to support the New Syrian Army (NSA) rebel group fighting ISIS close to the border with Jordan. RT reports: The New Syrian Army (NSA), comprised largely of defectors from the Syrian special forces, has been picked up for retraining by the Americans and the British. It now finds itself holed up in the al-Tanf village, in the southeast. The British forces, who frequently cross over from Jordan, are currently there with the NSA, according to mi... more »

Researcher accused of fraud, embezzlement acquitted by Italian court

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
An Italian court has acquitted a gastroenterologist who was accused of fraud and embezzlement. An earlier institutional investigation into Stefano Fiorucci, based at the University of Perugia in Italy, found that he had manipulated images in publications that he allegedly used to win two million Euros of funding. The story, which has dragged on for years, […] The post Researcher accused of fraud, embezzlement acquitted by Italian court appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Military Photo of the Day: Remembering Those Who Fell on the Beaches of Normandy

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Normandy] “The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil...more »

Who Is On The Front Line In The Battle To Take Manbij From The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Al Jazeera *Wladimir Van Wilgenburg, Daily Beast*: *On the Front Line in the Bloody Fight to Take Manbij From ISIS* *Who is really taking the lead in this battle? Arabs? Kurds? American Special Forces? The fog of war is complicated here by the fog of politics.* SAKAWIYA, Syria — The body of a dead, bearded ISIS fighter lay beside the road as we left the front-line village of Sakawiya on Saturday in a convoy guided by a senior Kurdish fighter. With the support of the United States, Arab and Kurdish troops launched this operation last week to cut the supply lines of the self-proclai... more »

CERN Debunks Climate Change Theory

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
CERN has inadvertently completely debunked existing climate change models, exposing the fallacy of so-called ‘man-made global warming’. CERN’s CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving Outdoor Droplets) has proven that pre-industrial nations had skies much cloudier than scientists originally believed. According to Above Top Secret: Apparently, its been assumed that Sulfuric Acid was necessary for clouds to form, and that more Sulfur Dioxide in the atmosphere means more clouds during the industrial era. Therefore, man made clouds of cooling have kept man made gas of heating in check has been the assum... more »

Hillary Clinton Admits ISIS Was Created By U.S. Government

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
The mainstream media are covering up the fact that Hillary Clinton admitted in public that the U.S. government created both ISIS and Al Qaeda. Why are most mainstream media outlets refusing to tell the public that the U.S. has never actively fought ISIS, but has instead supported them secretly in the Middle East? Chuckbaldwinlive.com reports: I’ll tell you why: the MSM is nothing more than a propaganda machine for the U.S. government–no matter which party is in power. The MSM doesn’t work for the U.S. citizenry. It doesn’t even work for its corporate sponsors. It works for the Washi... more »

UN To Force Schools To Make Children Become ‘Social Justice Warriors’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
The United Nations (UN) has unveiled a “global action plan” which demands that all educational facilities around the world teach children to become compliant “social justice warriors”. The Orwellian-style plans include goals of indoctrinating the world’s youth in “protecting the planet” by sacrificing personal freedom’s and individuality for the “greater good” of humanity. Freedomnationnews.com reports: If that wasn’t bad enough it also details how they plan to integrate the New World Order concept into our youth by, “exploring ways and means by which education for global citizensh... more »

Vaccine Victims Sue Government For $3 Billion

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Vaccine recipients who have fallen ill after being vaccinated have successfully sued the government for over $3 billion dollars in recent years, according to CDC figures. However, big pharma companies responsible for manufacturing the vaccines have been given a free pass by the government, who have promised not to hold them liable for deaths and injuries suffered by members of the public. Naturalblaze.com reports: n 1988, largely due to vaccine makers lobbying the government to alleviate their responsibility, The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) was established. ... more »

Bernie Sanders: Democratic National Convention To Be Contested

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Bernie Sanders has announced plans to contest the upcoming Democratic National Convention saying that he has his sights firmly set on Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates. If Sanders is able to convince some of Clinton’s superdelegates to support him, the Democratic nomination will be his. CNN.com reports: Pledged delegates emerge from primaries and caucuses, while superdelegates are party leaders — elected officials and former ones who have individually committed to a candidate. It would be unprecedented for the number of superdelegates Sanders needs to switch allegiances, and, like C...more »

Disturbing Video Shows Possessed Woman Snarling And Hissing

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Disturbing footage of an exorcism went viral this weekend showing what appears to be a woman possessed by Islamic spirits known as Jinn. The video was uploaded to YouTube entitled, “It’s time for the truth”, with its uploader explaining that Jinn are “spiritual beings that can attack humans by order of Shaitan or Iblis, the equivalent of satan in Christianity”. Mirror.co.uk reports: It goes onto say that “a demonic possession and an exorcism or deliverance exercise of a woman victim of one of these evil spiritual beings is shown”. Footage begins with the woman squirming as two men ... more »

U.S. Marines Reflect On Past Battles For Fallujah

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
U.S. Marine patrol in the Iraqi western war-torn city of Fallujah. Picture released via Reuters on Nov. 27, 2004. *Margaret Warner, PBS*: *Marines say new fight for Fallujah sparks anguish over Iraq war* Watching TV images of Iraqi forces advancing on the ISIS-controlled city of Fallujah and U.S. airstrikes raining down from the sky is a bitter pill to swallow for many veterans of the Iraq war. In 2004, some 125 American troops, mostly Marines, lost their lives in two brutal U.S. offensives to clear the city of Sunni insurgents. They were the bloodiest engagements of the entire ei... more »

The Battle For Fallujah -- News Updates June 6, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Iraqi forces secure southern edge of Fallujah* *Two weeks after launching an operation to recapture Fallujah from ISIL, the army secures the southern edge of the city.* Fighters battling to retake Fallujah from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group say they have secured its southern edge and have almost completely encircled the whole Iraqi city. A leader of the Iran-backed Shia coalition taking part in the offensive said on Sunday the only side of Fallujah that remained to be secured by pro-Baghdad forces was part of the western bank of the Euphrates... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to begin Monday: https://t.co/wev8P8sHvt — The Associated Press (@AP) June 5, 2016

The Battle For The Syrian City of Aleppo Is Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Syrian and Russian aircraft step up bombing of Aleppo city: monitor* Nearly 50 air strikes hit rebel-held areas in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday in some of the heaviest recent raids by Russian and Syrian government aircraft, residents and a monitoring group said. The group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said an unidentified war plane had crashed in countryside south of Aleppo, in an area where Islamist rebel fighters are battling the Syrian army and Iranian-backed forces. It had no information on what caused the crash. A civil defense ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Carentan Remembers D-Day* Army Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, right center, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps, renders a salute, alongside representatives of the French and German militaries, during a D-Day ceremony in Carentan, France, June 3, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

Sanders Set To Win California Democratic Vote

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
A new poll shows that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by one point, just days ahead of the California state primary elections. According to a survey by the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California, 44 percent of voters said they would vote for Sanders whilst just 43 percent said they would back Clinton. Presstv.ir reports: The poll confirms that the Vermont senator enjoys the support of younger voters by huge margins in advance of Tuesday’s primary even among Latinos and Asians, many of whom come from a large pool of voters ... more »

Report Accuses Mexico of Crimes Against Humanity in Drug War - The New York Times

Eduardo Cantoral at GlobaLove Think Tank - 22 hours ago
Report Accuses Mexico of Crimes Against Humanity in Drug War - The New York Times: "MEXICO CITY — Two days after Jorge Antonio Parral Rabadán was kidnapped by a criminal gang, the Mexican Army raided the remote ranch where he was a prisoner and killed him. As he instinctively raised his hands in defense, the soldiers fired over and over at point-blank range." 'via Blog this'

Welcome Home

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 22 hours ago
After a very long day yesterday involving travel by plane, taxi, bus and van, I finally made it back to the house late last night. Before getting back up to my neighbourhood, I was dropped off by the bus at a welcome centre at the Oil Sands Discovery Centre, where a welcome centre had been set up returnees. Here I was able to pick up a bag of groceries as well as some cleaning supplies which I was to discover would be put to good use. An inspection of the outside of my home showed no fire damage whatsoever other than some superficial blackening of my front yard trees from the sm... more »

Norway Bans Petrol Cars

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Norway are banning all fossil fuel cars within the next 10 years in an effort to become one of the most ecologically progressive nations in the world. Politicians in Norway have vowed to eradicate all petrol cars by the year 2025 in order to reach the ambitious goal of having every single car run on green energy. Independent.co.uk reports: According to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, “FRP will remove all gasoline cars”, a headline which makes reference to the populist right-wing Framstegspartiet, or Progress Party. Yet there is some denial from other right-wing representat... more »

Acid dipped intelligence

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 23 hours ago
Its like hard anodozing for the mind and the best tool we have to make the greatest cell phone

Pilger: U.S. is in Preparation for War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
Afshin Rattansi goes underground on the outcome of whoever wins the White House in November. Multi-award winning author and filmmaker John Pilger gives his take on the threat of World War Three as Britain's defence secretary Michael Fallon jets off to Singapore for the Asian Security Conference where the keynote address will be given by US Defence Secretary Ash Carter.

What Do We Want?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
Yes please answer this Q? What do we want? Do we even have any idea? Because after all our minds have been colonized by corporate advertising they've filled our thick skulls with their images burgers bikinis beer fried chicken soap clothes cars shop til you drop Politicians use these mind-washing techniques to develop new ways of controlling the masses Public relations has infected our culture to the degree that we don't really know who we are or what we actually want? We are focused grouped to death we are being manipulated by the corporate agenda Our choices Hillary or Donald..... more »

"Know Thyself..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A belligerent samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. The monk replied with scorn, "You're nothing but a lout- I can't waste my time with the likes of you!" His very honor attacked, the samurai flew into a rage and, pulling his sword from its scabbard, yelled "I could kill you for your impertinence." "That," the monk calmly replied, "is hell." Startled at seeing the truth in what the master pointed out about the fury that had him in its grip, the samurai calmed down, sheathed his sword, and bowed, thanking the mon... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “The Royal Albert Hall Concert”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “The Royal Albert Hall Concert” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8N2569jSg

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It's rare that such different objects are imaged so close together. Such an occasion is occurring now, though, and was captured two days ago in combined parallel exposures from the Canary Islands of Spain. On the lower right, surrounded by a green coma and emanating an unusually split blue ion tail diagonally across the frame, is Comet C/2013 X1 (PanSTARRS). This giant snowball has been falling toward our Sun and brightening since its discovery in 2013. *Click image for larger size.* Although Comet PannSTARRS is a picturesque target for long-duration exposures of astrophotography, ... more »

The Poet: Aldous Huxley, “Lightly My Darling”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Lightly My Darling”* "It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic. No rhetoric, no tremolos, no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology... more »

"The Ritual Of Our Existence..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"This world belongs to the strong, my friend! The ritual of our existence is based on the strong getting stronger by devouring the weak. We must face up to this. No more than right that it should be this way. We must learn to accept it as a law of the natural world. The rabbits accept their role in the ritual and recognize the wolf is the strong. In defense, the rabbit becomes sly and frightened and elusive and he digs holes and hides when the wolf is about. And he endures, he goes on. He knows his place. He most certainly doesn't challenge the wolf to combat. Now, would that be wis... more »

"Washington Military Planners Have Gone Mad”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Washington Military Planners Have Gone Mad”* by F. William Engdal "To read the Western mainstream media, we would be led to believe that the big, bad Russian Bear, with Vladimir Putin atop, shaking a fistful of nuclear warheads, is confronting the West in the most threatening manner imaginable. We should believe Russia is provoking at every turn, frothing at the mouth and threatening to invade the Baltic countries and perhaps all Western Europe. We would feel quite justified, as the propaganda spin of Washington claims, to protect America’s European allies from surprise Russian n...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Helsingborg, Skane Lan, Sweden. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Natural Tendency..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false. To admit that the false has any standing in court, that it ought to be handled gently because millions of morons cherish it and thousands of quacks make their livings propagating it- to admit this, as the more fatuous of the reconcilers of science and religion inevitably do, is to abandon a just cause to its enemies, cravenly and without excuse." - H.L. Mencken ○ "Science and relig... more »

"Snark: Heaping Scorn, Contempt and Ridicule On The Well Deserving"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Snark: Heaping Scorn, Contempt and Ridicule On The Well Deserving:* *The Hillary Clinton Cough Compilation"* by Bojack Horseman, The Daily Bail "How will she ever be president if she can't stop coughing long enough to pander? Is she even fit to take the oath of office? I do solemnly swear HACK! that I will faithfully HACK! execute the Office of HACK! President of the United States, and will HACK! to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and HACK! defend the Constitution of the HACK! United States. HACK! It's clear she's unhealthy. Matt Drudge has pointed to flaring hypothyroid...more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*○* *America! lol* "West Side Story", "America" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhSKk-cvblc

"That Means Something..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"But even though I know my flaws are many (many many many), and there are always ways I could be better, and I should never stop working for that- I also need to give myself a break. I can cut myself some slack sometimes. Because I'm a work in progress. Because nobody is perfect. At least I acknowledge the mistakes I've made, and am making. At least I'm trying. That means something, doesn't it? And just because I have room for improvement doesn't mean I'm worthless, or that I have nothing to offer to, like, the world." - Hannah Harrington

"Does Death Exist? Life Is Forever, Says Theory"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Does Death Exist? Life Is Forever, Says Theory" by Robert Lanza, MD "In the cartoon, Bugs Bunny swallows nitroglycerine and gunpowder, and springs back to life even when he gets flattened by a boulder. But it's not just Bugs. Experiments suggest that life can't be destroyed either. The 'many-worlds' interpretation of quantum physics states that there are an infinite number of universes (the 'multiverse'). Everything that can possibly happen occurs in some universe. Death doesn't exist in any real sense in these scenarios since all of them exist simultaneously regardless of what ha...more »

"Someone, Someday, Somewhere..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If you walk through life in a fighting pose with your fists balled up and ready to strike, someone, someday, somewhere, is going to want to test your mettle." - Neal Boortz

Rightwing Nuthouse: “5 Right-Wing Doozies this Week"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“5 Right-Wing Doozies this Week*: * Katrina Pierson's Insane Defense of Her Boss Trump”* by Janet Allon "What has issued forth from Trumpland, which should be the name of a bizarre orenage-hued theme park, not this presidential campaign from hell, has truly astonished. The hate spewing carnival barker smashed his previous record, each day erasing the memory of his previous outrage with a brand new one. Legal scholars called him a walking constitional crisis. The wise elders of the Republican party, John McCain and oh-so-responsible Paul Ryan, decided this was a great time to throw ...more »

Musical Interlude: Eagles, “The Last Resort”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Eagles, “The Last Resort” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdx6oyBOVj0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Beautiful Nebula discovered between the Balance [Libra] &the Serpent [Serpens]..." begins the description of the 5th entry in 18th century astronomer Charles Messier's famous catalog of nebulae and star clusters. Though it appeared to Messier to be fuzzy and round and without stars, Messier 5 (M5) is now known to be a globular star cluster, 100,000 stars or more, bound by gravity and packed into a region around 165 light-years in diameter. It lies some 25,000 light-years away. *Click image for larger size.* Roaming the halo of our galaxy, globular star clusters are ancient members ... more »

"The Denial System..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"In order to protect our emotional wounds, and because of our fear of being hurt, humans create something very sophisticated in the mind: a big denial system. In that denial system we become the perfect liars. We lie so perfectly that we lie to ourselves and we even believe our own lies. We don't notice we are lying, and sometimes even when we know we are lying, we justify the lie and excuse the lie to protect ourselves from the pain of our wounds. The denial system is like a wall of fog in front of our eyes that blinds us from seeing the truth. We wear a social mask because it's t... more »

Chet Raymo, “Cosmic Humility”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Cosmic Humility”* by Chet Raymo "Here's another APOD photo that deserves a few more words: the Perseus Cluster of Galaxies. What are we looking at? *Click image for larger size.* The photo is of a part of the northern sky in the constellation Perseus that you could cover with the tip of your little finger held at arm's length- a part of the sky in which you would see nothing with the naked eye. So let's start with that. Until the invention of the telescope, nothing. All of the well-defined dots in the photo, mostly bluish, are stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy, some nearer than o... more »

Musical Interlude: Dire Straits, “Private Investigations”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Dire Straits, “Private Investigations” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-HCrKa1gbw

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Afghanistan's 'Conflict Jewels' Are Fueling The War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" Muhammad Ali

Military Photo: Saluting the Heroes of D-Day

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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