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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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If The DCCC Continues Boycotting Progressives And Sabotaging Their Campaigns, Why Play Along With "Party Unity?"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 37 minutes ago
On April 26, Pennsylvania held their presidential and congressional primaries. One of the hottest Democratic primaries was in the extreme southeast of the state, PA-07-- parts of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Berks counties, Joe Sestak's old district, currently held by 3-term, garden variety Republican Pat Meehan. Early in the cycle, the DCCC identified it as a must-win district if the Democrats were to stand any chance whatsoever of taking back the House *this decade*. Obama had beaten McCain there in 2008-- 53-46%-- and Joe Sestak had defeated entrenched GOP incumbent, Curt ... more »

Eye in the Sky

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 hour ago
A taunt thriller about a drone flight whose mission turns from capture to kill. A very philisopical outing where just like the war on terror winning is hard to quantify but the forumla for collateral damage is well defined. Alan Rickman and Helen Mirren star in Gavin Hood’s nail-biting thriller that explores the ethics of drone strikes Gavin Hood did a predator like job of directing this movie that at times came close to the ministry of silly walks, but in the end real horror. His nice body of work includes X-Men Wolverine and Enders Game. Arron Paul and Kim Engelbrecht play the... more »

Economist turns in another laffer, ATM thieves caught + links

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 hour ago
*A lovely butterfly from a recent trip* The police captured the fugitives allegedly involved in NT$83 million heist from ATMs recently. According to local news reports, one of the men was in Dong-ao having a meal at a local restaurant when an off duty policeman came into the restaurant and spotted him. Apparently the majority, though not entirety, of the money has been recovered. Good news! The Economist turns in another of its uniformly crappy articles on Taiwan, this one on Kawaii culture... The craze is about more than infantile consumerism: Hello Kitty has become an unlikely t... more »

Film Review: Ghostbusters (2016)

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 2 hours ago
"I guess he's going to Queens - he's going to be the third scariest thing on that train." I'm not certain why but the reboot of *Ghostbusters* is a bit of a target for people who like using terms like "feminist SJW". So I'll air my own prejudices - I'm probably what most people who hate "social justice warriors" would consider a "social justice warrior". With that out of the way, how was the film? I'll put it in the category of a lot of fun but not a masterpiece. It has some tough competition - the 1984 *Ghostbusters *is a comic masterpiece and it is difficult to conceive of a pi... more »

Ally's Family in Turkey is Safe! Good news. Breaking News Updates!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 2 hours ago
I'm working on a monstrosity of a post- Hopefully I'll have some of it up tomorrow? Since it didn't work out so much for today. And Ally updated us on the well being of family members living in Turkey; they are scared but safe as clashes continue in Ankara PennyJuly 16, 2016 at 9:10 AM Ally: How's your family doing? Replies 1. AllyJuly 17, 2016 at 2:48 PM Hi Penny, I have been panicking for a few days.* My family in Istanbul and Ankara are afraid to come out of their homes. *My Diyarbakir family are holidaying in Istanbul. *Ankara is still seeing some... more »

Trailer for KILLING ED

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Trailer for KILLING ED from Visual Truth Projects on Vimeo. Trailer for the feature-length documentary, KILLING ED, about charter schools, corruption and the rise of the Gülen Movement in America.

Islamic State’s Highway of Death In Iraq’s Anbar

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 3 hours ago
At the end of June 2016 just as the battle for Fallujah had concluded a huge group of Islamic State fighters and their families tried to make a break out. Over 700 vehicles might have taken part. This was quickly discovered by the Iraqis and U.S.-led Coalition, which set about destroying it over two days. That was about all that was agreed upon as the Iraqis and Americans gave different accounts of what happened and who was responsible. The initial reports of the attack upon the Islamic State convoy in Anbar were a bit confused and excluded any involvement of the U.S.-led Coalitio... more »

Washington Pretends that Nothing Important is Going On

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 3 hours ago
*UPDATE: July 17, 2016* - Istanbul police on alert over ‘rogue helicopters,’ Turkey sends troops & F-16s to patrol Erdogan has called up 2,000 police to active duty and given orders to shoot down any of the 42 missing helicopters without warning if they fly over Istanbul. *Washington Pretends that Nothing Important is Going On* Washington has turned the creation of "non events" into a fine art. If they don't mention something in a press conference...and if the compliant mainstream media doesn't mention it buried under the rank compost that's shovelled on the mushroom citizenry on... more »

With The Selection Of Mike Pence For VP, Republicans Have Now Checked All The Hate Boxes

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*- by Noah* I knew this was coming. As the speculation as to which wackjob of the vast, seemingly infinite list of possible Republican running mates Herr Trumpf would consider for a running mate grew, the choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence was all too obvious. Why? The answer is simple. Traditionally, candidates for president pick either a running mate from a state where that pick can help win that state, or, if not that, they pick a candidate who has a strong reputation in an area where the presidential candidate is a little lacking. In this case, Trump was demonstrably week ... more »

What is Happening to the Labour Party?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 3 hours ago
Or, to be more accurate, what's happening to politics in general? The times they are a changin', and things are happening so fast that it's difficult to keep up. This week we've had a new PM, the ruthless purging of the Cameroons, two Labour leadership challenges (including one as I write this), the drama of *that* NEC meeting, the draconian rules on voting eligibility, and two legal challenges. Compounding the sense of chaos were the horrors of Nice and the failed Turkish coup - both awful events that will reverberate for years to come. When there is too much happening and you hav... more »

Turkey, where the lines are now drawn

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
[image: PhilMyth] In Turkey over the weekend there was a military coup against the democratically-elected leader. Naturally, there was a knee-jerk reaction around the west to oppose the coup, and uphold the democratically-elected leader. But in a country where the majority votes Islamist, this would be a mistake. In country likes this, democracy can beome almost wholly the lethal description of it: like three wolves and a sheep voting for dinner – with the Islamists ready to tuck in. Just another reason to support the checks and balances of a constitutional republic over the ... more »

NZ housing nearing a trillion in total ‘value.’ Does anyone have a pin?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
So, I just thought you’d like to know that “the runaway property boom has driven the combined value of all homes to over $900 billion for the first time, according to Reserve Bank figures.” That’s edging up ever closer to one-trillion dollars in paper value, more than four times the country’s measured GDP. This figure is up from “the end of December, [when] Reserve banks figures indicated New Zealand homes were worth a combined $873 billion.” That’s a six-percent year-on-year price inflation. And that’s on the back of an *eight-percent *increase year-on-year in mortgage len... more »

We will soon know if Apple is ordered to pay billions in EU state aid case

Kenneth Thomas at Middle Class Political Economist - 4 hours ago
$19 billion? $8 billion? A few hundred million? Estimates are all over the map regarding the European Commission's imminent decision on whether Apple received illegal, unnotified state aid (subsidies) from Ireland. As I mentioned two years ago, two factors go into the Commission's claim: Ireland's creation of a corporate entity that is taxable nowhere, and the possibility that the company negotiated a tax rate far below the country's already-low 12.5% corporate income tax rate. As you may remember from earlier posts, if the Commission rules against Apple, the sanction it will impose... more »

The Developer Behind Latest Augmented Reality Craze

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 4 hours ago
A company with a questionable pedigree, sporting the next step in technology already used to destabilize and destroy countries, has wrapped its latest creation in decidedly disarming cartoon characters. *July 18, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Pokemon Go, a location-based interactive augmented reality (AR) game, has been portrayed as a triumph for video game giant Nintendo. However, it is not entirely Nintendo's doing. Instead, the idea originated within and was developed by Google's internal startup, Niantic. Niantic, in turn, is headed by John Hanke, who before becoming a tech-... more »

China must be stopped I think

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 4 hours ago
South China seas growing hot, no global warming pun. Now what if the Chinese demand US give Gitmo back? In the famous words of Al Swearengen, the leadership of the Peoples Republic are San Fancisico Cocksuckers. Thats not to say this is a common leadership trait. England and the US are well practiced in the art. However in the case of PeePee Island, China has urinated on the laws of the sea. UTUBE Cocksuckers

#Together2016 Brings Hundreds of Thousands to DC to Pray for America

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Together2016 - 900] The second annual Reset Movement rally in Washington drew hundreds of thousands for an event one person told The Stream was "unifying." "It was such a unifying event to be a part of," Catholic teacher Cristina Schardt said, "especially with...more »

Gulen, The CIA's Cleric

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
The CIA is a long-time supporter of Islamic extremism and continues to be the main sponsor of terrorist groups like ISIS that have targeted innocent people in the West as well as Muslim countries. *An excerpt from, "BFP Exclusive- William Engdahl on Operation Gladio, Fethullah Gülen & One World Government" BFP, February 10, 2015:* This is not merely my view but that of very knowledgeable Turkish analysts and even the former Turkish MIT senior figure, Osman Nuri Gundes, former FBI Turkish-American translator Sibel Edmonds, and others have documented his deep links to very senior CI... more »

Armed Rape Suspect In Custody After Taking Hostages At Burger King

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 5 hours ago
A rape suspect fleeing from the police took four people including a seven-year-old girl hostage at a Burger King restaurant in Baltimore on Sunday. The armed suspect was later taken into custody by Maryland State Police after barricading himself in the restaurant for a few hours with hostages including a 7-year-old girl and a 70-year-old woman. The rape suspect ran into the fast food restaurant with a gun after police identified him and his car and gave chase. The man was described as a “big… African American” by a witness and was a suspect wanted by police on rape charges. RT repor... more »

After Baton Rouge Police Ambush, Obama Urges Peace

Kevin Freking at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama speaks about the Baton Rouge, La., shooting of police officers, Sunday, July 17, 2016, from the briefing room of the White House in Washington.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confronting another killing of police officers, President Barack Obama on Sunday urged Americans to tamp down inflammatory words and actions as a violent summer collides with the nation’s heated presidential campaign. Obama said the motive behind Sunday’s... more »

After French Truck Attack, Cleveland Taking Further Precautions for Republican National Convention

Mark Gillispie at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: A resident walks near a road closure on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland, in preparation for the Republican National Convention that starts Monday.] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland’s chief of police said Sunday barricades have been placed at key streets and intersections in the city’s downtown before the start of the Republican National Convention to thwart the type of terrorist attack that occurred in... more »

Congressman Did ‘Special Favors’ for Lobbyist Wife, Won’t Be Punished

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Handout Money Welfare - 900] The U.S. House Committee on Ethics announced Friday that it would not punish the chairman of another committee who gave his lobbyist wife inappropriate access to his staff and "special favors" in her lobbying efforts for animal rights. The Committee published a report... more »

Erdogan's Appetite For Absolute Power Grows With Every Bite As The New Islamic Caliphate Slouches Toward Istanbul To Be Born

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 6 hours ago
*The leader of the terrorist group Hamas celebrated the death of the secular Turkish Republic and the birth of the new Islamic Caliphate centered in Istanbul by baking a cake for the bloodthirsty Caliph who staged his own coup to get even more power. * Could we be witnessing the second coming of the Ottoman Empire? Will the Muslim World's fanatical Islamists unite and terrorize their internal opponents into total submission? Steps have already been taken to reestablish Turkey as the center of the Sunni Muslim world. *An Islamic Interpol has been created, based out of Istanbul, to ... more »

Masked Gunman Kills 3 Police Officers In Baton Rouge

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A masked gunman dressed in black and wearing body armor has died in a shootout with police in Louisiana after killing three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning. According to the East Baton Parish Sheriff’s Office, two of the officers killed were from the Baton Rouge Police Department and one from East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. As many as seven officers were shot, some sustaining injuries. WWLTV reports: One suspect is dead, according to the sheriff’s office. Three officers were also injured — one East Baton Parish Sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition a... more »

Black lies matter, but White ones matter more

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Are there any historical examples of people getting along? Some would say today's Canada is the best example and I would second that but duplicating this history is impossible most of our tolerance and accommodation is built upon centuries of bad blood between the French and the English when I look back at relatively recent history the Holocaust, the Vietnam war, the slaughter of Chinese in Malaysia ;and Rawanda I find it hard to be optimistic about the situation in the USA today. Its clear there is no justice for the black man what we call carding up here is way worse down there th... more »

Black lies matter, but White ones matter more

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Are there any historical examples of people getting along? Some would say today's Canada is the best example and I would second that but duplicating this history is impossible most of our tolerance and accommodation is built upon centuries of bad blood between the French and the English when I look back at relatively recent history the Holocaust, the Vietnam war, the slaughter of Chinese in Malaysia and Rawanda I find it hard to be optimistic about the situation in the USA today. Its clear there is no justice for the black man what we call carding up here is way worse down there the jail... more »

Officials: France Truck Attacker May Have Become Radicalized; Three Arrested so Far

Colleen Barry & Angela Charlton at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: A police officer surveys people gathering around a floral tribute for the victims killed during a deadly attack, on the famed Boulevard des Anglais in Nice, southern France, Sunday, July 17, 2016. French authorities detained two more people Sunday in the investigation into the Bastille Day truck attack on the Mediterranean city of Nice that killed at least 84 people, as authorities try to determine whether the slain attacker was a committed religious extremist or just a very angry man.] NICE, France (AP) -- There is mounting evidence that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the Tunisi... more »

Convention Special: And not just for Trump supporters: a serious simple way to fight the perception of racism

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*DOONESBURY by G. B. Trudeau* [*Click to enlarge.*] *by Ken* It's one of those quirks of Modern Life: the way right-wing racists are so gosh-darned prickly about being called racists. You'd think the solution would be obvious: just stop being so fucking racist. But no, it turns out that these prickly souls aren't the least bit touchy about *being* racist, just about being *called* racist. Now officially, as Mark explains the Doonesbury "*NOT A RACIST!*" wristband above, the device is officially for the benefit of Trump convention delegates who are sensitive to being "labelled a... more »

Turkish Coup Pilots Had Erdogan’s Plane In Their Sight, Did Nothing

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The Turkish coup remains a mystery as more information comes to light surrounding the failed coup attempt over the weekend. It remains to be seen if the Turkish coup was a serious attempt to overthrow the government or an orchestrated series of events which has led to the current crackdown on opposition in Turkey. On Friday night two rebel F-16s had President Erdogan’s business jet in their sights locked and loaded and yet allowed the plane to fly on, allowing the existing ruler returning back from his vacation to survive, negating the coup. According to Reuters it remains a mystery... more »

CMS in \(ZZ\) channel: a 3-4 sigma evidence in favor of a \(650\GeV\) boson

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 7 hours ago
Today, the CMS collaboration has revealed one of the strongest deviations from the Standard Model in quite some time in the paper Search for diboson resonances in the semileptonic \(X \to ZV \to \ell^+\ell^- q\bar q\) final state at \(\sqrt{s} = 13\TeV\) with CMS On page 21, Figure 12, you see the Brazilian charts. In the channel where a resonance decays to a \(ZZ\) pair and one \(Z\) decays to a quark-antiquark pair and the other \(Z\)-boson to a lepton-antilepton pair (semileptonic decays), CMS folks used two different methods to search for low-mass and high-mass particles. ... more »

Cleric Blamed For Attempted Turkish Coup Claims Erdogan Staged It

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The Turkish cleric who has been blamed for plotting the failed coup in Turkey, has claimed that President Erdogan staged the attempted uprising himself in order to justify civil rights clampdown. Erdogan blamed Friday nights attempted coup on supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he has accused frequently of trying to foment an uprising in the military, media and judiciary. In a rare and brief interview at his home on Saturday with a small group of journalists at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, Gülen rejected all accusations that he was behind the coup atte... more »

Black and a Cop: Detective Says ‘We’ve All Got Work to Do’

Lisa Marie Pane at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Chelsea Whitaker, former point guard from Baylor University and now a detective with the Dallas Police Department, poses for a portrait on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Dallas.] DALLAS (AP) -- In the aftermath of the deadly attack on Dallas officers, the city’s police chief issued an appeal to blacks: If you want to change law enforcement, join us. Apply to become a cop. Chelsea Whitaker heeded that... more »

Spoilt Saudi Man Kills Asian Food Worker Serving Him Shawarma Sandwich

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A Saudi man shot dead a South Asian fast food worker for not serving him a shawarma sandwich according to his liking. Apparently the Saudi man’s food was served late and he lost an argument with the South Asian restaurant worker serving him at a fast food restaurant in the area of al-Aflaj, south of the capital Riyadh. The Saudi man left the restaurant and returned seconds later with what appeared to be a pistol and shot dead the restaurant worker. Warning: Disturbing Content The New Arab reports: The unnamed assailant has been arrested by police for the murder, which was captured ... more »

Trump Ready to Complete Improbable Rise at GOP Convention

Steve Peoples at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Workers place a sign as they prepare at Quicken Loans Arena for the Republican National Convention, Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Cleveland.] CLEVELAND (AP) -- A year ago, few imagined Donald Trump as a headline speaker at the Republican National Convention -- let alone as its star. Back then, maybe the billionaire New Yorker was alone in thinking he would arrive in... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
The other egregious example of BBC bias today was the opening discussion on the Nice massacre on *Sunday Morning Live*. It was one of those depressing BBC discussions where everyone - from the presenter to all four of her guests - pretty much sang from the same hymn sheet throughout. All of them spouted the same set of messages: that we shouldn't be divided, we should be united; that "aggressive language" in reaction to such atrocities is harmful; that it's nothing to do with Islam; that Muslims in France feel alienated; that we mustn't play into the hands of the far-right. *SML ... more »

Saving The Planet Is Harder Than you Thought!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3688189/Not-green-Fuel-efficient-cars-churning-pollutants-previously-thought.html From the Mail: Motorists hoping to save money and the environment with a fuel efficient car may want to take a closer look at what their vehicle has under the bonnet. Canadian researchers have found that some engines designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions may actually emit more soot […]

Alaska Highway Mile 613 - Wilderness at last, and the last wilderness

killing Mother at killing Mother - 9 hours ago
14th and 15th July 2016 A few short miles from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, the seemingly never-ending patchwork of human altered landscapes finally gives way to wilderness. The road is the only anthropogenic structure as far as the eye can see, and as many as 100 kilometers of wild space stretch between small roadside towns, where one can possibly, although not definitely, get some gas. As soon as exploited land gives way to nature, the original inhabitants on the land begin to make an appearance. Over a few short miles, I see bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, ... more »

Songs of Praise

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
There's a lot of media and social media activity tonight about that most controversial of BBC programmes, *Songs of Praise*. It concerns tonight's Brexit special. Now, it's fair to say - looking at Twitter and various blogs - that there is a bit of 'complaints from both sides' going on here, specifically on the Brexit question. One side is complaining that *Songs of Praise *is behaving "like a Remainers' memorial service"; the other side is complaining that *Songs of Praise* included "racists". It's another useful test case of the 'complaints from both sides' argument. The... more »

"The Utter Absurdity..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"For my part, I never talk to the child about time. We talk about other things- though not about anything much- and never about tomorrow. For me that is impossible. Tomorrow we could all be wiped out. You think back upon all the promises you did not manage to keep. Talk about time and you will always end up making promises. Then it is better to say nothing at all, no matter what." - Peter Høeg "All things pass in time. We are far less significant than we imagine ourselves to be. All that we are, all that we have wrought, is but a shadow, no matter how durable it may seem. One day, ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago

"Your Place..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"No one's place in this world is guaranteed. Not everyone is going to get a happy ending. But life isn't about how it ends. It's about the moments between. It's about the small things. The way our loved ones laugh. The sight of a butterfly in the sunlight after a year or two in the darkness. The love and support of an old friend. They might not be with us in body, but they are with us in spirit. The feeling of something we'd thought lost to us forever returned in a single, life-changing moment. Yes, that is simple, even though it might be momentous to us as individuals. Because eve... more »

The Economy: "Time to Sell… Maybe"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Time to Sell… Maybe"* by Bill Bonner BALTIMORE – “Friday the S&P 500 hit a new all-time high. And the Dow just hit a new record close as well. If you haven’t sold yet, dear reader, this may be one of the best times ever to do so. We welcome new readers with a simple insight: Markets are contrary, pernicious, and downright untrustworthy. Just when the mob begins to bawl most loudly for stocks… the market sets its trap. Longtime Diary sufferers will be quick to straighten out the record. We’ve warned that stocks have reached a peak several times over the last four years. Each time,... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Off to practice (not play) some golf. My escape from reality .... at least for a few hours. Blogging will return later this evening. Yes James .... my golf swing is getting better thanks to your advice and a few others.

Organic, Conscious Café Reduces Food Waste and Feeds the Hungry

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - This is what genuine compassion and community leadership looks like.

Are American Voters Nervous?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* From the AP ..... *8 years after hope and change, voters are angry, anxious* (AP). What's my take .... I have faith in the future and a great deal of confidence that the U.S. will solve its problems .... but it is going to be a few rough years.

Who Will Have The Most Powerful Army In 2030?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
US army soldiers patrol as they conduct an ambush drill as part of the Filipino-US joint military exercises inside a Philippine army camp in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) / Reuters *Robert Farley, National Interest*: *The 5 Most Powerful Armies in 2030* The focus of ground combat operations has shifted dramatically since the end of the Cold War. Relatively few operations now involve the defeat of a technologically and doctrinally similar force, leading to the conquest or liberation of territory. Preparation for these operations remains importan... more »

An Analysis On Why Turkish Intelligence Failed To Discover Friday's Coup Plot

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Image: Turkish Intelligence logo. Vestnik *Sputnik*:* Why Turkish Intelligence Agency Failed to Uncover Coup Plot* US State Secretary John Kerry said that nobody in Turkey or beyond saw the military coup that rocked the country on Friday night coming. But how did Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT) miss the signs of the looming insurrection? Journalist Evgeni Krutikov maintained that the MIT was too distracted with its recently bloated responsibilities to surveil the Turkish Armed Forces in a country that has a long history of successful military coups. Turkey's Nati... more »

Incirlik Base In Turkey Has Re-Opened. Air Strikes Against The Islamic State Have Resumed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
US airforce F-16 warplanes lining to take off from the Incirlik Airbase in Turkey. Photo: AFP. *Military Times*: *Turkey re-opens airspace for U.S. base, strikes against ISIS resume* Turkey has re-opened airspace for Incirlik Air Base, allowing the U.S. to resume airstrikes against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. An MQ-1 Predator was the first aircraft to take off from Incirlik after the airspace was reopened, followed by a KC-135 tanker, said Lt. Col. Christopher Karns, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The U.S. has both manned and unmanned ai... more »

Update: 3 Police Officers Killed In Baton Rouge. Scores Injured

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN:* *Source: 7 officers shot; 3 feared dead in Baton Rouge* (CNN)A man with a gun opened fire on police officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, injuring at least seven -- including three who are feared dead, an official said. Police received a call of "suspicious person walking down Airline Highway with an assault rifle," a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN. When police arrived, the man opened fire. The remaining officers are hospitalized in critical condition, the source said. *Read more* .... *More News On Reports Of Another Mass Police Shooting In The U.S. (Ba... more »

Turkish Soldiers Thought Coup Was A Training Exercise

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Turkish soldiers surrender their weapons to policemen during an attempted coup in Istanbul's Taksim Square, Turkey, July 16, 2016 © Murad Sezer / Reuters *RT*: Turkish soldiers thought coup was military ‘exercise’ Soldiers arrested during a failed coup attempt in Turkey told interrogators that they thought that they were taking part in military exercises. A group of 678 troops and 10 officers, headed by a colonel, was detained by authorities at Ataturk International Airport overnight. During the interrogations, some of the soldiers claimed that, initially, they had no idea that th... more »

Humiliated Turkish Coup Soldiers Stripped Of Their Uniforms And Forced To Lie Beside Each Other

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
These soldiers were stripped of their uniforms and made to lie next to each other after being arrested *Mirror:* *Turkey coup: Disturbing picture shows soldiers 'bound naked' as Turkish President is warned over 'purges'* *Almost 6,000 people have been arrested after Friday night's attempted coup and there are fears over how they could be treated.* This disturbing picture shows dozens of Turkish soldiers bound together after being stripped of their uniforms following their arrest. Dozens of soldiers lie naked and handcuffed after being arrested following Friday night's coup attempt... more »

Russian President Putin Called Turkey's President Erdogan After The Failed Military Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Azerbaijan State News Agency *TASS*:* Putin, Erdogan have telephone conversation after military coup attempt in Turkey — Kremlin* Presidents discussed safety of Russian tourists in Turkey after the military coup attempt in that country MOSCOW, July 17. /TASS/. Russia's President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Kremlin's press service said the conversation was initiated by the Russian side. "Vladimir Putin in relation to the attempt of a force overthrowing of democratically elected Turkish authorities at night to July 16... more »

Conflicting Reports On What Greece Will Do With 8 Turkish Soldiers Claiming Asylum After Friday's Failed Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*TASS:** Greece to extradite insurgents fleeing from Turkey - Anadolu Agency* A helicopter with 8 insurgents involved in the coup attempt landed in Alexandroupolis, Northern Greece, all persons on board requested a political asylum ANKARA, July 17. /TASS/. Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday evening in a telephone conversation with Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan that 8 insurgents fled to Greece will be extradited, Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday. "Erdogan and Tsipras discussed latest developments in Turkey in a telephone conversation. The Prime Minister ... more »

Turkish Generals Who Led The Coup Are Facing Charges Of Treason And The Death Penalty

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
General Erdal Ozturk, right, pictured here in Washington in October 2014 has been arrested and is facing charges of treason for his leading role in coup against Turkish president Recep Erdogan *Daily Sabah*: *Commanders of the 2nd and 3rd army arrested, charged for 'treason' after failed coup* Some of the prominent figures in the Turkish military who tried to stage a coup against the Turkish government were charged with treason and arrested bu courts on Saturday. Second Army Commander General Adem Huduti was detained in Malatya province while Lieutenant General Erdal Öztürk, the ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 10 hours ago
*Canadian banker is a climate fanatic* *He predicted doom if Britain voted for Brexit but seems to have learnt nothing from the complete failure of that prediction* There on stage at a Toronto Board of Trade breakfast event sat Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, the world’s Alarmist-in-Chief, basking in Liberal adulation and fielding lob-ball questions in which he is asked to rehash his notes from a speech he gave last September on the subject of climate change and financial stability. Carney was introduced as the former governor of the Bank of Canada “whose calm and steady han... more »

Musical Interlude: Josh Groban, “Gira Con Me Questa Notte”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
Josh Groban, “Gira Con Me Questa Notte” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vVeYwiU8go

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Our Milky Way Galaxy arcs over a desolate landscape in this fantastic panoramic night skyview. The otherworldly scene looks across the arid, eroded terrain of the Valle de la Luna in the Chilean Atacama desert. Just along the horizon are lights from San Pedro, Chile, as well as the small villages of Socaire and Toconao, and a tortuous road from the city of Calama to San Pedro. *Click image for larger size.* The five panel mosaic also features the four galaxies easily visible from our fair planet's dark sky regions. At the far left, satellite galaxies known as the Large and Small Ma... more »

Chet Raymo, "Sunshine"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Sunshine"* by Chet Raymo "Deep in the belly of the Sun, where the temperature is 10 million degrees, protons- the nuclei of hydrogen- are fused together to form the heavier nuclei of helium. By a marvelous magic of nature, the helium nuclei weigh about one percent less than the total weight of the four protons out of which it was made. Mass has vanished from the universe. And in its place- energy. Every second at the Sun's core, 660 million tons of hydrogen is converted into 655 million tons of helium. The missing 5 million tons is turned into an amount of energy equal to the v... more »

"We Must Ask Ourselves..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
''As Americans, we must ask ourselves: Are we really so different? Must we stereotype those who disagree with us? Do we truly believe that ALL red-state residents are ignorant racist fascist knuckle-dragging NASCAR-obsessed cousin-marrying roadkill-eating tobacco juice-dribbling gun-fondling religious fanatic rednecks; or that ALL blue-state residents are godless unpatriotic pierced-nose Volvo-driving France-loving left-wing communist latte-sucking tofu-chomping holistic-wacko neurotic vegan weenie perverts?'' - Dave Barry

Freely Download: Rainer Maria Rilke, “Letters to a Young Poet”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” Freely download “Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke here: - https://kbachuntitled.files.wordpress.com/ - http://www.carrothers.com/rilke8.htm

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
Clover, S. Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"5 Signs it’s Time to Do Less”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"5 Signs it’s Time to Do Less”* Sometimes things just need to fall off your plate. by Marc Chernoff "I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: busyness is an illness. Think about your own life and the lives of those close to you. Most of us have a tendency to do as much as we possibly can– cramming every waking minute with events, extravagances, tasks and obligations. We think doing more will get us more satisfaction, success, etc. When oftentimes the exact opposite is true. Less can be far more rewarding in the long run. But we’re so set in our ways that we can’t see this. And s... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“And suddenly, for the first time this day, we remembered that we are the damned. We remembered it, and we laughed." - Ayn Rand

UPDATED: US Population Goes Back to Contemplating Its Navel

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*UPDATE: Sunday, July 17, 2016* - Official site of Turkish Government. No mention of Incirlik Air Base at all. While the Pentagon is reporting that it's bidness as usual at Incirlik Airport....Sputnik is reporting that there are *42 TURKISH military helicopters gone missing* from Incirlik Airport. *NATO also maintains roughly 90 tactical nuclear weapons at the Incirlik Air Base, from where the 42 helicopters have gone missing, causing concern about the security of US weapons in Turkey and raising the specter that terrorists may ultimately be able to get their hands on advanced weap... more »

Bonus Track

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
In preparation for the annual peace walk around Jeju Island, South Korea from August 1-6.

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago

Paul Ryan: The Better-Packaged Huckster Of A Dismally Failed Austerity Agenda

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Despite the blandishments of a worshipful Beltway media, Paul Ryan isn't really an "ideas man." Not even remotely. Like Trump, he's more a marketing man, a more routine one than Trump, but someone who could have been a mid-level executive at a Madison Avenue public relations firm. In a grey suit. #BetterWay seems to thrill the imbecile Republican congressmen who tweet it, but it does nothing for the men and women worried about the hard realities of healthcare, jobs, retirement security... His big idea has always been just packaging for the GOP's claptrap about preventing the gove... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 11 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Republican Platform Proposes Eliminating National Parks and National Forests ' Venezuela's oil production just sank to a 13-year low, and things are going to get worse A scientific phenomenon is making the Jersey Shore look like the Caribbean The Counter-Coup Begins: Erdogan Purges 2,745 Judges, Prosecutors; Arrests Hundreds Turkey Suspends All US Operations Against ISIS At Incirlik Airbase, Which Vaults B61 Nuclear Bombs India's 'Gold Shirt Man' Stoned-And-Sickled To Death By Mob Clinton Pledges Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United In Her F... more »

Historians On Trump

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
As Donald Trump -- and now Mike Pence -- head for Cleveland, a group of prominent American historians have decided to launch a full scale assault on Trump. With the help of filmmaker Ken Burns, they have set up a Facebook page that has been garnering millions of views. Kenneth Jackson, David McCullough, Ron Chernow, William Leuchtenburg, Vicki Lynn Ruiz, Kai Bird, Joseph Ellis, Jonathan Alter, Alan Kraut, Sean Wilentz, Richard Moe and Todd Gitlin each offer their views on Trump. It's scathing stuff. Is anybody listening? And is anybody asking what kind of a man Mike Pence -- who ... more »

Moderate Earthquake in Japan: Confusing Reports Regarding NPP Operations

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
The AP is reporting that there was a magnitude 5 earthquake near Tokyo, with the epicenter located underground 48 kilometers in Ibaraki prefecture. What is confusing about the press report is the assertion that a "nuclear power plant in the area suspended operations" according to the Asahi Shimbun: AP. July 17, 2016. Quake jolts Tokyo region; no tsunami warning issued http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201607170020.html The Japan Meteorological Agency says the quake hit midday Sunday with a magnitude of 5.... Japan's nuclear regulator says a nuclear power plant in the area sus... more »

From Joe's Vault, November 2012: Does Donald Trump Belong In Jail For Suggesting 'Revolution'?

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 11 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe I'm pretty much of a First Amendment purist. No matter how contemptible the speech is, in the good ol' U.S. of A., it's supposed to be free, and protected by law. But a question now nags me. If Romney had won the presidential election, and someone with the background of, say, Bill Ayres, tweeted something suggesting "revolution," do you think he would be getting a visit from the Department of Homeland Security before long? I think it's quite possible that he would. Donald Trump has a long history of being hostile to President Obama. He was one of the main instigat... more »

Cops dont make the laws

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 12 hours ago
It would be like shooting an actor because you dont like the script.

#Pray4Baton Rouge: Police Officers Ambushed Near HQ, 3 Confirmed Dead

Mike Kunzelman at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Baton Rouge police ambush - 90000] BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Three officers are confirmed dead and three others wounded after a shooting in Baton Rouge, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said Sunday. One suspect is dead and law enforcement officials believe two others are still at... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 12 hours ago
*New UVA sex scandal as volleyball player accuses freshman of rape - but he won't be prosecuted as he insists encounter in bathroom was consensual* The University of Virginia, the location of the infamously fabricated gang-rape story printed in Rolling Stone last year, has found itself in the spotlight again thanks to another allegation of sexual assault - but this time the events surrounding the alleged rape are all too real. Sophomore volleyball player Haley Lind believes she was raped at a UVA house party on August 22, 2015. The unnamed freshman athlete she was with swears it w... more »

Consciousness and Unified Physics are the Keys to Our Future

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Rob Parker* - What is consciousness and how can it lead to a better world?

A conspiracy theory or a conspiracy?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
There was a very striking 'audio essay' on this morning's *Broadcasting House *from American novelist and translator Maureen Freely (who also writes for the *Guardian *and *Independent*). Her subject was 'coups in Turkey', and she recalled previous coups - some of which caught up her left-wing family and friends. This latest coup attempt, however, struck her as something *very* different from those previous coups: Let's start with the military, which was pretty much decapitated seven years ago when Erdogan incarcerated its entire top echelon on treason charges he later dropped. ... more »

UK Faces Winter Gas Crunch

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t stewgreen http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/15/uk-faces-winter-gas-crunch-following-storage-shutdown/ From the Telegraph: The UK faces a looming winter gas supply crunch after Centrica said it has been forced to shut down a key gas storage facility until next spring. Centrica’s Rough site accounts for more than 70pc of the UK’s total gas storage capacity, […]

Syria's "Moderate Rebels" are not Moderate, not Rebels

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
*July 17, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Never has the US-led conspiracy against the sovereign state of Syria been so transparent. When recently a Syrian warplane crashed near the Syrian capital of Damascus and its pilot parachuted to safety, he was captured and promptly executed by US-backed "moderate rebels." In what was clearly an inexcusable war crime, the story began to change almost immediately in order to shift the blame.. Reuters in its article, "Syrian warplane crashes near Damascus, rebels say pilot killed," would report (emphasis added): *The rebel group Jaish al-Islam... more »

Turkey's Failed Coup: "A Gift from God" or from Washington?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
*July 18, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The coup this weekend that rocked Turkey was a particularly spectacular geopolitical development. Theories abound regarding who was behind it and their motivations for carrying out what ultimately proved an apparently failed attempt at removing the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Still, it is too early to tell, as facts are far from forthcoming. However, it is possible to discern the most plausible possibilities based on the subsequent actions taken by various potential players who may have been involved in the coup attempt. *... more »

The Basics of the Competency-Based [sic] Scam

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 13 hours ago
Emily Talmage and Alison Hawser McDowell have done major sleuthing into the dark world of "competency-based" education (CBE), which is now the next big thing in corporate education reform. Sure, charter schools will continue to drain public systems for as long as the public remains uninformed about the greed, racism, and elitist paternalism driving these Wall Street missionaries, but as the public wakes up to the charter scam, the competency-based, "personalized" isolation of online or hybrid schooling will be ready to gain ascendancy, from elementary school through college. That ... more »

President Putin Calls President Erdogan Immediately After Coup Attempt

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*If you've had your head buried in the sand you can get up to speed, minimally, by reading the two previous posts:* - *Military Coup in Turkey- Destabilization to Coup - No surprise here* - *Turkey’s Thwarted Coup: No Popular Support for Coup. Dead Erdogan desired? Did Russia Provide Intelligence?* Did Russia provide intelligence that would have enabled the coup plot to be put down? By helping Turkey, Russia would have helped itself. "In particular, these events would constitute a major setback to the US’s agenda to establish a permanent NATO presence in the Black Sea to co... more »

An Armed Group Has Seized The Police HQ In The Armenian Capital

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*RT:* *1 killed as armed group seizes police HQ in Armenian capital, demands release of opposition head* One person has been killed and at least two wounded as an armed group seized the headquarters of the police and interior troops in Yerevan, Armenia. Several hostages have been taken. The broadcaster that first reported the news hasn’t identified the victims of the attack, but other media outlets stated later that the local police chief, Valery Osipyan, is being held hostage. Troops have been dispatched to the building, and the head of the country’s security forces, Vladimir Ga... more »

Turkish Official: Commanding Officer At Incirlik Airbase Arrested In Coup Plot

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Turkey detains about 6,000 linked to failed coup* ISTANBUL — A sweeping campaign to arrest renegade military officers, soldiers and other suspects linked to a failed coup plot in Turkey showed signs on Sunday of turning into a nationwide crackdown against opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The country’s justice minister confirmed that as many as 6,000 people, ranging from commanders to civil servants, have been detained over the incident. Among those arrested was the commander of a Turkish airbase used by U.S. forces to launch raids on j... more »

A Look At How The Turkish Government Defeated Friday's Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *How the Turkish government regained control after a failed military coup* On Saturday, the Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan successfully suppressed an attempted coup by Turkish military officials. The rebellious faction of the military attacked government institutions and clashed with police and Erdogan-supporting civilians in the streets, killing 265 people including 100 coup plotters. 2,800 members of the Turkish military have been arrested. Ten members of Turkey’s highest administrative court have been detained, apparently for their a...more »

Egypt Blocks U.N. Motion To 'Respect The Democratically Elected Government Of Turkey,"

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A Turkish flag is seen next to the dome of Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. REUTERS/ALKIS KONSTANTINIDIS *ABC Online:* *Turkey coup attempt: Egypt blocks UN call to respect 'democratically elected' government in Turkey* The United Nations Security Council failed to condemn the violence and unrest in Turkey after Egypt objected to a statement that called on all parties to "respect the democratically elected government of Turkey," diplomats said. It comes as world leaders expressed support for the Turkish Government in the wake of the failed coup attempt. Tur... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Turkey crackdown continues after failed coup with 53 more judges ordered detained. https://t.co/B2QLMiZ4ZW — The Associated Press (@AP) July 17, 2016

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves from his car after leaving his residence in Istanbul to attend a funeral service for the victims of a thwarted coup at Fatih mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/YAGIZ KARAHAN

Ovejero and Mother Angelica Model ‘Feminine Genius’

Kathryn Jean Lopez at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: iStock_46305952_MEDIUM__1468675758_71.164.139.145] ROME -- Did you hear about the new deputy in the Vatican press office? Along with the news that an American was soon to take over the office -- former Fox News correspondent Greg Burke, no less -- came a... more »

Beautiful Churches: Church of St. Francis Xavier, Malaysia

The Stream at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Church of St. Francis Xavier - 900a] St. Francis Xavier was Ignatius of Loyola's dear friend and with him cofounded the Society of Jesus in the sixteenth century. He was one of the greatest missionaries of all time, bringing the Gospel to much of Asia, including India...more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
APPENDIX CHETH: HAGBARD'S ABDICATION Readers who do not understand the scene in which Hagbard abdicates in favor of Miss Portinari should take heart. Once they do understand it, they will understand most of the mysteries of all schools of mysticism. APPENDIX LAMED: THE TACTICS OF MAGICK The human brain evidently operates on some variation of the famous principle enunciated in The Hunting of the Snark: "What I tell you three times is true." —NORBERT WEINER, Cybernetics The most important idea in the Book of Sacred Magic of Abra-Melin the Mage is the simple-looking formula "Inv... more »

Aspiring Nun Crowdfunds to Pay Off $12K Student Loan Debt

AP at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: In this February 2015 file photo, Postulants of the Sisters of LIfe sing a song at their house of formation in the Bronx.] CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) -- An aspiring nun who was told she couldn’t enter a convent until her student loan debt was paid off has used an online appeal to get the money. Alida Taylor, 28, was accepted to join the... more »

Strong, Decisive Leadership? Not From Stand Up Comic Donald Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
After a day and a half, Trumpy-the-Clown even took down that ridiculous logo twitter-world was laughing at. I wonder how much he paid for that. Or did 10 year old precocious Barron Trump draw it? Trump was right to worry about the campaign's boneheaded choice of Mike Pence as his running mate. Pence is a divisive ideologue who offers virtually nothing to the ticket except an opportunity to shore up Trump's standing with perennially unhappy hard right movement conservatives. One poll showed that Pence isn't even known at all to 86% of Americans. There was a serious question if he w... more »

Brexit Minister: Some EU Migrants May Have to Leave UK

Jill Lawless at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: In this Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009 file photo, the then British lawmaker David Davis attends a press conference in London. Brexit Secretary David Davis, in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, said on Sunday July 17, 2016 that some EU citizens may not be allowed to stay after the U.K. leaves the bloc.] LONDON (AP) -- Some European Union citizens may not be allowed to stay in Britain after the U.K. leaves the bloc, the U.K. minister in charge of negotiating the divorce has said. Brexit Secretary David Davis told the Mail on... more »

In Saudi Arabia, Men Still Run Women’s Lives

Aya Batrawy at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, file photo, a Saudi woman waits outside a polling center as she prepares to cast her ballot during the country's municipal elections in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A new study by Human Rights Watch says Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system is the most significant impediment to realizing women’s rights in the kingdom.] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system, which bars women from traveling abroad, obtaining a passport, marrying or exiting prison without the consent of a male relative, remains the most significant im... more »

Personal Experience Convinced GOP Sen. Tim Scott on Need for Police Body Cameras

Josh Siegel at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.] Sen. Tim Scott wishes the police officers who he believes egregiously stopped him various times were wearing body cameras, so that the public can see what he saw. "I would have felt a bit more comfortable actually if there were... more »

Africa is Right About Homosexuality, But Not Always About the Way To Treat Homosexuals

Mathew Otieno at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: African American Black Hands Prayer - 900] A Kenyan court recently upheld the use of a degrading and humiliating anal test which purports to diagnose homosexuality. The decision was made in a case brought before the court in the coastal city of Mombasa by two men accused... more »

6,000 Detained as Turkey Cracks Down After Coup

Sarah El Deeb & Suzan Fraser at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: People chant slogans during a pro-government rally in central Istanbul's Taksim square, Saturday, July 16, 2016. Forces loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire that left some hundreds of people dead and scores of others wounded Saturday.] ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister saying Sunday that 6,000 people had been detained in the investigation, including three of ... more »

U.S. Navy Ordered To Lower Sonar Levels To Protect Whales

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A San Francisco federal appeals court has ruled that the US Navy’s sonar levels is harming whales and other marine mammals and has ordered that they must be scaled back. U.S. ordered to lower Navy sonar levels to protect whales https://t.co/qh49G6LLqh via @SFGate — Lisa Farnan (@mennekinpis) July 16, 2016 RT reports: According to the decision by the Ninth US Circuit Court in San Francisco on Friday, US officials wrongly allowed the Navy to use sonar at levels that harmed marine mammals, and the Navy would have to scale back low-frequency sonar in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocea... more »

Open Thread

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 16 hours ago
@songbird_63366 Every time I see Hillary lift her arms this is what I think of: #Youareallmychildren #NightmareonKSt pic.twitter.com/QBceksMFic — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) July 17, 2016

US Denies Involvement in Failed Turkey Coup

Bradley Klapper at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting of the Russia High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council.] LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- U.S.-Turkish tensions escalated Saturday after a quashed coup in Turkey, as the country’s leader bluntly demanded the extradition of a U.S.-based cleric he accused of orchestrating the violence. Another senior official directly blamed the United States. After... more »

Tribunal Decision: the pressure on Tsai + Excerpts from the Tribunal Decision Re Taiping Island

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*Been here many times, still one of my favorite spots on the island* The Blue side is putting pressure on the Tsai Administration, saying its response to the recent ruling on the South China Sea islands was weak. The Minkuotang, a pan-Blue party, is backing sending fisherman to Taiping Island : Taiwanese fishermen are planning to sail to Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island in the South China Sea to protect the country's fishing rights in response to a court ruling that rejected the island's right to an exclusive economic zone. A day after fishermen from Pingtung County's Donggang Town... more »

Transcript from Minister Louis Farrakhan's remarks at the Million Man March

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
Transcript from Minister Louis Farrakhan's remarks at the Million Man March October 17, 1995 Web posted at: 1:25 a.m. EDT *FARRAKHAN*: In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful. We thank Him for his prophets, and the scriptures which they brought. We thank him for Moses and the Torah. We thank him for Jesus and the Gospel. We thank him for Muhammad aoran. Peace be upon these worthy servants of Allah. I am so grateful to Allah for his intervention in our affairs in the person of Master Farad Muhammad the Great Madi, who came among us and raised from among us a divine leade... more »

Economic News & Views ...... July 17 , 2016 ...... Looking At The Key Stories Of The Week : 1. Turkey - A Look Back At The Coup , Pondering What Comes Next For Turkey , Early Market Reactions - Middle East Only Showing Modest Stocks Declines. 2. Nice Attack Aftermath - Investigation Underway & More Arrests Made. Examination Of Security Failures and Overall Status. 3. UK Politics In Review , Exit From EU Planning. 4. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
Turkey........ Erdogan explaining why the Coup failed ..... *Tim Montgomerie ن* ‏@montie 3h 3 hours ago There'll be no stopping Erdoğan now: @NewYorker's Dexter Filkins on the purge after the coup http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk /the-purge-begins-in-turkey … *efe kerem sozeri* ‏@efekerem 43m 43 minutes ago Number of blocked news websites reached 17 in Turkish government's media crackdown after #TurkeyCoupAttempt ABC Gazetesi, CanErzincanTV, Gazeteport and 4 others *Yannis Koutsomitis* ‏@YanniKouts 3h 3 hours ago #Turkey authorities to ar... more »

James Robison and Bishop E.W. Jackson Talk Trump and the Power of Truth

James Robison at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Robison and Jackson] James Robison: We are on the eve of the Republican Convention, and there are many important decisions being made. We need wisdom from above. E.W., we know if Trump wants to win necessary support, especially from those who are undecided,... more »

Something terrible is about to enter our world, and this building is obviously the door.

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
*Something terrible is about to enter our world, and this building is obviously the door.* *DOESNT GET ANY MORE OBVIOUS THAN THAT* *So B Gud!! 4 Gudness' sake!* *WOA-ah-O!!* *SOMEBODY'S COMIN'...!* *Some body's cummin'...* *Dr. Pete Venkman,* *Ghostbusters* *1984* *He's commin'....!!* *He's cummin'....!!* *My Man* *Let's Go Crazy* *Purple Rain,* *1984* *Ain't it kinda funny when U C The Dawn...?*

US State Dept. Warns Citizens of ‘Increased Terror threats’ In Turkey

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
American citizens have been warned against travel to Turkey in the wake of a coup attempt that left over 250 dead. “In light of the July 15 coup attempt and its aftermath, we suggest US citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time,” the US State department said in a statement. Updated travel warning for #Turkey. We suggest US citizens reconsider travel to Turkey at this time. More info: https://t.co/t20TP91hpc — Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) July 17, 2016 Press TV reports: It also warned of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey” and urged citizens to par... more »

Pioneers for The Goddess

Spike EP at News Spike - 18 hours ago
"*Men! Can't live with them, can't sell 'em for parts."* *"Men! With your... Sales!"* *Dogs+Cats+Homeland Security = Juicy Government Contracts* *Janine, You've Changed...* I want to just give a quick shout-out, Kudos and credit where it's due to J. Michael Strazinski as the Spiritual Godfather of all Lady Ghostbusters : Because I do, DISTINCTLY recall that he went out of his way to have Janine Melnitz strap on (sorry) a Proton Pack, don a pink jumpsuit and step up in a crisis to come to the aid and rescue of all of the silly men. Before deciding she likes answering phones a... more »

Bank of England director explains why broke Britain is broken. Is anybody listening?

Jake at Ripped-off Britons - 18 hours ago
In his first tweet after being sacked as Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne chirped "Others will judge - I hope I've left the economy in a better state than I found it". It so happens two weeks earlier the excellent Andy Haldane, executive director at the Bank of England, made his judgement. The date is important, as Osborne was still sitting confidently on his stool in the Treasury,

New 'Spectator' poetry competition entry?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
There was an MP called Boris Who often spoke Latin, like Horace. On *Newsnight* last week He was was given some cheek By a man who looks like a loris.

Military Photo of the Day: Supplies Arrive for the 13th Marines

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 21 hours ago
[image: Helicopter Delivering supplies Vietnam - 900] CH-46D Transport Helicopter, 17 July 1968 Supplies Arriving: A CH-46D transport helicopter of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165) approaches a hill-top landing zone with a load of external supplies for elements of the 13th Marines near An Hoa Valley.... more »

Saying No makes physicists what they are

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*Physics simply cannot try to incorporate every idea that is out there* I borrowed the phrase in the title from the award-winning ads for the Czech Budweisser beer (sold as Czechvar in the U.S.) and modified it. What's going on? Florin Moldoveanu wrote another hodgepodge of mathematical definitions pretending to be relevant for physics, What is Noncommutative Geometry? As far as I can say, he does a much worse job in conveying the basic meaning or definition of noncommutative geometry than the first paragraphs of even the mediocre introductions to the subject. In the first parag...more »

Separate But Equal

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 23 hours ago
Look what Brian Tau of the *WSJ* found when he was at the GOP convention in Cleveland today: You got it: Segregated elevators. Word has it that party bosses are scrambling like hookers on Two-For-One Night taking down these racist signs. They and the Trump campaign are also, as does everyone these days, refusing to comment to the media. We know that a certain white supremacist organization that was responsible for a certain riot in Sacramento had pledged to attend the convention. Perhaps the GOP actually wants them to be there and is just being accommodating to those ... more »

Silent Hell

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 23 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s @mikeflannigan59, on loan from Ari) *J*ust after midnight last night, Donald Trump was frantically on his phone talking to senior campaign advisors begging for them to give him a way out of his Mike Pence VP pick. Perhaps he didn't like the straw poll results he was getting on Twitter. Pence was even more ridiculed yesterday than Newt Gingrich the day before. Not helping matters was the stupendously stupid, awkward and, frankly, derivative and provocative campaign logo referencing Trump and Pence. Or perhaps, as with John McCain eight years ago, he simply didn't... more »

Transpicuous News: Turkish Theatre, or How to Host a Coup

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 23 hours ago
On today's Transpicuous News, I discuss the topic: Turkish Theatre , or How to Host a Coup and stack the deck at the same time! ... And what is Erdogan going to do with an entire air base full of US military personnel and tactical nukes that he's got on lock-down? Stay tuned friends! As I keep saying: Shits seriously getting interesting! d Yesterday's Transpicuous News show: Turkey's Military Coup or Co-opt? http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com.au/2016/07/transpicuous-news-turkeys-military-coup.html http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160716/1043138797/erdogan-fake-coup-...more »

To the Streets in Argentina

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
Thousands of Argentines took to streets, banging pots and pans to reject skyrocketing hikes in the cost of public services implemented by the government of Mauricio Macri.

Zumwalt 12 Vow to Take Arrests to Trial

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
*Zumwalt 12 Head to Arraignment on August 2 * *for BIW ‘Christening’ Arrests* *Vow to Take the Case to Trial* The Zumwalt 12, arrested at Bath Iron Works (BIW) in Maine on June 18, were charged with ‘Obstructing a public way’ and will appear in West Bath District Court at 1:00 pm on August 2. The Zumwalt 12 intends to plead not guilty and will seek a unified trial. Bar Harbor attorney Lynne Williams will represent the group. According to Zumwalt 12 member Connie Jenkins (Orono), “We felt we were carrying out our responsibility as citizens to use the first amendment to speak agai... more »

How Secure Are The 50+ U.S. Nuclear Tactical Weapons At Turkey's Incirlik Air Base?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Incirlik air base in Adana, Turkey © Murad Sezer / Reuters *RT*:* Local authorities block access to air base in Turkey that houses US nukes* Movement in and out of the Incirlik airbase in southern Turkey was blocked on Saturday by local military authorities. The NATO base stores US tactical nuclear weapons. Access to the base has now been restored and flights are again allowed in its airspace, Daily Sabah reports, citing the US consulate in Turkey. "Local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut," the US consulate in A... more »

U.S. - Turkish Relations Are Deteriorating After Friday's Failed Coup Attempt

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Turkish PM: Any country that stands by cleric Gulen will be at war with Turkey https://t.co/1JPi1nUTeO pic.twitter.com/VJcTrtVi6M — Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) July 16, 2016 *Quartz:* *Turkey threatens war on “any country” supporting exiled cleric Gülen—like the US* Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has threatened war against any country that would “stand by” Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen. This is a pointed threat towards the United States, where Gülen has been living in self-imposed exile since 1999. The implicit demand, according to BBC’s Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen,... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 23 hours ago
Musings was mentioned by Jeremy Bender in “ISIS just announced that its ‘minister of war,’ ‘a star pupil’ of US special-forces training, was killed” in Business Insider.

Do White Americans Want to Keep Black Americans Down?

Michael Brown at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: People attending the Black Lives Matter protest select signs provided by organizers before marching thru the streets in the heart Washington, DC, July 9, 2016.] Is there systemic, intentional racism in America today? Do large numbers of white Americans want to keep black Americans down? If not, why have other minorities overcome the odds to rise to the top of society while so many black... more »

Discovery of Philistine Cemetery May Solve Biblical Mystery

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This is good news. The genetic history of the philistines is of deep interest as it may well link to a wide dispersion of source peoples that has been hinted at. In the event, they were never local. Thus questions regarding the sea peoples can be answered at least in part. Tradition links them together.. This is likely the only identifiable graveyard belonging to such a people. * Discovery of Philistine Cemetery May Solve Biblical Mystery * *An unprecedented find in southern Israel may finally reveal the origins of one of the Hebrew Bible's greatest villains.* * Human remain... more »

Apollo Missions Ended Because Extraterrestrials Prevented US Navy Bases on Moon

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
We are now in the era of death bed testimony and we are picking up a zinger. Legitimate witnesses are confirming that our entry to the moon was met and confronted. Recall that the Navy already had access to gravity technology however primitive which our own work has essentially rediscovered and confirmed. This certainly explains the deliberate development of large gravity control vessels which is an obvious first step as there are less design constraints. This is a development program that has now been afoot since the mid fifties and accelerated with the advent of NASA. ... more »

Secret ‘American’ Space Fleets

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
What secrecy has done for the USA is provide a plus fifty year jump on Gravity control technology which we recently rediscovered. We are now getting some death bed whistle blowing but all from the very early stages. This whole enterprise is operated at above top secret and without the oversight of the political system, while been funded by the issuance of fiat currency which is easily accounted for and made to disappear from the records. National involvement must include Britain and plausibly NATO generally under the aegis of aid to an ally. What is described here is vastl... more »

Ingredient in Cannabis Could help With Alzheimer’s.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
Here we actually find a therapeutic application for THC itself. It counteracts the associated toxicity that produces the observed damage. What is then clearly indicated is the ingestion of a THC optimized cannabis juice at a level low enough to avoid actual impairment. This is somewhat like the daily shot of brandy or glass of wine recommended for heart patients. One wonders what they are like combined? The continuing take home is that cannabis juice in several variations are strongly health supporting and will be part of the human diet. In the end we all need to ingest a da... more »

False Flag Coup: Erdogan's Trick Cost Lives of Thousands, And Empowered ISIS

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*An excerpt from, "The "coup" was a fraud?" By Pat Lang, July 16, 2016:* From what I am hearing from sources in Turkey, this may have been a pre-emptive "false flag" operation in which a group of members of the armed forces were sent into the fraudulent "coup" by Erdogan loyalists among senior officers. He has appointed many. IOW the people in the "coup" may have been deliberately sacrificed as "props" so that Erdogan could whip up his followers and consolidate power before he changes the constitution to make himself an absolute ruler. *An excerpt from, "Critics Raise False Flag Aft... more »

US Air Operations Against The Islamic State Have Been Halted At Key Turkey Air Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*FOX News*: *Tensions rise between US, Turkey after failed coup as flights from key airbase are grounded* The U.S. and Turkey traded harsh words Saturday in the wake of a failed military coup against the Ankara government, while all air missions against the ISIS terror group out of Turkey were grounded. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook confirmed that power had been cut to the Incirlik air base in southern Turkey, near the Syria border. Cook also confirmed that Turkey had halted all military flights out of the base, including those by its own jets. The Pentagon said it was tryi... more »

Turkish President Erdogan: 'The Coup Is A Gift From God'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Erdogan, pictured centre, told supporters the coup was the perfect opportunity for him to 'cleanse the army' amid claims of a major purge *Daily Mail*:* 'The coup is a gift from God': Erdogan uses botched rebellion to start purge - including arresting 3,000 secular judges - to forge radical new Turkey after urging Islamists to stay on the streets * * Recep Erdogan has rounded up almost 6,000 troops, judges and prosecutors following Friday night's coup * The president addressed supporters following his dramatic return to Istanbul where he announced the clampdown * He urged his fans t... more »

Exiled Cleric Fethullah Gulen Accuses Turkish President Erdogan Of Orchestrating Friday's Attempted Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Did Erdogan STAGE the coup? US-based Turkish cleric facing extradition over botched rebellion claims president orchestrated plot to justify a clampdown on civil rights * * Exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen accused Recep Erdogan of staging the coup * The Pennsylvania-based preacher has condemned the attempted rebellion * Erdogan told supporters he is considering reintroducing the death penalty * He claimed Gulen was behind a 'parallel structure' to overthrow the state A US-based Turkish cleric accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the Ankara government has claimed Presid... more »

U.S. Army Is Using Genetically Engineered Spider Silk To Make Better Body Armour

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army surgeon general, tries on the new tactical vest specifically designed for the female physique. Photo U.S. Army *Washington Times*: *Army tests genetically engineered spider silk for new body armor* ‘Our fibers have a 30 to 40 percent elasticity before they break’ The U.S. Army wants body armor with incredible strength, and a company that specializes in genetically engineered spider silk may fulfill its wish. Michigan-based Kraig Biocraft has been awarded a $100,000 contract by the Army’s Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, or PM-SPIE office, ... more »

Why Does The CIA Keep A Team Of Clairvoyants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Cameron Evers, The Week/War Is Boring*: *The CIA has a team of clairvoyants* If the CIA had a crystal ball, then they would probably not be routinely blindsided by world events. Lacking such a device, the agency has endured notable analytical failures. During the early 1990s, sudden collapses of Somalia, Zaire, Rwanda, and the Soviet Union seemingly appeared without warning. Strategic surprises have always been a problem for intelligence agencies. The material impossibility of having eyes everywhere requires making judgments without seeing a complete picture, let alone the futur... more »

Why Are More U.S. Troops Being Deployed To Iraq?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US Marines fire a Howitzer artillery gun during the Second Battle of Fallujah. / Photo by Lance Corporal Samantha L. Jones, USMC. *Daniel L. Davis, National Interest:* *Why Are More Troops Headed To Iraq?* Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Monday that the president had authorized the deployment of 560 U.S. troops to Iraq to aid in the looming assault to retake the city of Mosul. While it is possible these troops will provide tactical utility for Iraqi forces, the move exposes the Administration’s lack of strategic understanding and Congress’s continued abdication of its con... more »

America's Wars Are Intensifying As President Obama's Term Is Ending

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Barack Obama, surrounded by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (L) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USMC General Joseph Dunford, Jr., (R) delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room on Afghanistan at the White House in Washington U.S. July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron *Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report*: *As Obama’s Tenure Ends, U.S. Wars Drag On* *A series of promises to NATO, Baghdad and Kabul have solidified America’s continued war footing through the end of the Obama administration.* KABUL, Afghanistan — Defense Secretary Ash Carter's v... more »

Can The U.S. Prevent A War In Southeast Asia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Peter Apps, Reuters:* *Can Washington prevent war in Southeast Asia?* I wrote last week that the risk of war in Europe was back. This week, unfortunately, the likelihood of confrontation in Asia seems to be spiking higher as well. Two events in particular have driven this development, separate but subtly interlinked. On the Korean peninsula, the deployment of a new South Korean missile defense system and imposition of new U.S. sanctions on the north has nudged tensions higher. Now, an international court decision on China’s claims in the South China Sea could further amplify alrea... more »

China Warns Japan To Stay Out Of The South China Sea Dispute

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, July 15, 2016. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) *Reuters*: *China tells Japan to stop interfering in South China Sea* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday that his country should stop interfering and hyping up the South China Sea issue, as the dispute took center stage at a key regional summit in Mongolia. China has refused to recognize Tuesday's ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague invalidating China's vast claims in the South China Sea and did ... more »

Signs Indicate That Even If The Islamic State Is Driven Out Of Iraq's Sunni Regions, Old Tribal And Sectarian Conflicts Will Return

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iraqi security forces escort civilians who fled their homes due to the clashes between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants in the town of Hit in Anbar province, April 4, 2016. (photo by REUTERS) *Mustafa Saadoun, Al-Monitor:* *Will conflict continue as Iraq's Sunni areas are liberated from IS?* BAGHDAD — On June 28, the Anbar provincial council voted to dismiss Gov. Suhaib al-Rawi, who is a member of the Iraqi Islamic Party. While the dismissal came as a result of a political conflict within the province, Rawi said he "rejects the decision of his dismissal" as he thre... more »

Former Top Pentagon Intelligence Officer: Captured Islamic State Computers Are Full Of Porn

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
ISIS terrorists have stockpiles of porn stashed on their computers. (ISIS) *Al Arabiya*:* ISIS computers full of porn, says former Pentagon top spy* Most files found by US officers on laptops from ISIS contained pornography, according to Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, former Pentagon spy chief. Flynn, who became head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012, had earlier held senior intelligence posts in Afghanistan and Iraq after 2001, and has recently written a book on his experiences in the war on terror, which the German newspaper Bild is now serializing, Russia Today repor... more »

The Problem With Erdogan... Is Still The Problem With Erdogan, But Much Worse

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
There's virtually no part of Turkey I haven't visited since I was first there in 1969. I fell in love with the country, the people, the food, the history, the culture... when I was 21 and have been back over a dozen times, not just to the normal places people visit, like Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Izmir, Antalya and Bodrum, but also less-visited cities like Erdine, Trabzon, Sinop, Samsun, Kirikkale, Ezurum and Konya. On that very first trip, I drove in my VW van from one end of the country-- entering at the Bulgarian border-- all the way across Anatolia to Dogubayazit and on i... more »

radio on

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Putin To Ban Pokemon GO From Russia Due To Links To CIA

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Vladimir Putin is set to ban Pokemon GO from Russia after an internal Kremlin investigation revealed the viral augmented reality smartphone game has direct links to the CIA and wider intelligence community and is being used to secretly gather data on a colossal scale. Young people are being tricked into giving up their privacy to these intelligence agencies, according to Kremlin sources, and while playing the game they act as unwitting intelligence gatherers for the CIA. The game has an extensive list of intrusive tracking permissions, and it is these ‘fine print clauses’ that raise... more »

Turkey Blames US For Coup, War Looms

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the United States government of organizing the attempted coup on Friday, and has promised to avenge their actions. According to life.ru, Erdogan said that those who organized the rebellion “were friends standing in front of him”. He told military commanders in a speech in Istanbul that they must ensure that they are the guarantor of security in the country. “All military commanders – I believe in you. You are the security of our people. Those who carried out the coup – were your friends, but, unfortunately, they are not guided by t... more »

Boy Awarded $174,000 After Flu Vaccine Causes Permanent Brain Damage

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The family of a 10-year-old boy who was left permanently brain damaged after receiving a flu vaccine have been awarded $174,000 in damages. The British government have compensated Josh Hadfield for his impairment after he received a Pandemrix influenza vaccine when he was four years old in an effort to combat the alleged H1N1 flu pandemic. Wearechange.org reports: Within weeks, the toddler began exhibiting a host of frightening symptoms, indicating something was very wrong. Hadfield would sleep for up to 19 hours a day, and when he was awake, he would suddenly fall asleep during ac... more »

Scientists Hold Emergency Jet Stream Meeting, “No Summer For UK”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Climate scientists have called for an emergency meeting after “unprecedented” data showed the Jet Stream crossing the equator. The scientists have expressed alarm, saying that the passing of the the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream over the Equator “should not happen in a normal world”. The climate behaviour does explain why the UK is very unlikely to experience much of a summer this year. Rawstory.com reports: “Like many extreme events resulting from human-forced climate change — this co-mingling of upper level airs from one Hemisphere with another is pretty fracking strange,” Scrib...more »

Top Professor: 9/11 Was Irrefutably Orchestrated By CIA and Mossad

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A top U.S. professor has said that the CIA and Mossad were directly responsible for the organisation of the 9/11 attacks. James Henry Fester, founder for the Scholars for 9/11 Truth and a retired professor from Wisconsin, says he believes U.S. intelligence and Israeli intelligence orchestrated the attacks in order to further American foreign policy. “9/11 was in fact an orchestrated event that was brought to us compliments of the CIA, the neocons (neoconservatives) in the Department of Defense and Mossad,” he told Press TV. Presstv.ir reports: Their “objective was to transform Amer... more »

Putin Evacuates All Russian Citizens From Turkey

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered for all Russian citizens to evacuate Turkey immediately, following the attempted coup on Friday. Putin has ordered transport to take Russian citizens at Turkish airports back home to Russia. Sputniknews.com reports: Earlier in the day, Russian air carriers were provisionally barred from flights to Turkey amid a military coup attempt in the country. “President Putin has instructed the [Russian] Transport Ministry and other corresponding agencies to take measures to inform passengers appropriately, to organize their transportation from Turk...more »

Russian Minister: Netflix is a U.S. Mind Control Project

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russia’s culture minister, Vladimir Medinsky, has said that he believes the popular U.S. online video-streaming service Netflix to be a mind control project. Netflix exploded in popularity worldwide to such a degree recently that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his new defence minister to watch it for insights into U.S. politics. Medinsky, who has also been keeping a close eye on the streaming service, has told Putin that he believes it to be a U.S. government plot to take over the world’s TV screens. Rferl.mobi reports: Vladimir Medinsky, known for public statements that ... more »

France To Conduct Illegal Bomb Strikes In Syria Following Nice Attack

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
French President Francois Hollande has announced fresh new airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in response to the terrorist attack in Nice on Thursday night. Hollande has vowed to “strengthen our actions” in the Middle East and extend the state of emergency in France by another three months. Telesurtv.net reports: The assault was the third such terrorist attack in Western Europe in eight months. Police identified the driver of the van as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian living in France. Witnesses said that Bouhlel opened fire before officers returned fire and fatally sho... more »

My List of the Best UFO Cases

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
For decades I have avoided answering the questions about what I believe to be the ten best UFO cases. I understood it to be a trap. Once I provide the answer, the debunkers would attack, explaining why those cases are nothing spectacular. There would find mundane answers for all of them, even if they have to make up the answers, which is not an unreasonable assumption. I have discussed the Coyne helicopter case in the past. While some of you might disagree with some of the evidence of the case and point out that it is mainly the testimony of the flight crew, the fact is they were in... more »

Hillary Clinton Says She Will Amend Constitution In Her First 30 Days

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Hillary Clinton has announced that she will introduce a constitutional amendment within the first 30 days of her presidency. Clinton intends to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which allowed presidential candidates unlimited corporate, union and individual spending on elections. Huffingtonpost.com reports: Clinton unveiled her plan in a video at Netroots, an annual progressive gathering taking place this year in St. Louis. Clinton has also pledged to issue an executive order to require government contractors to disclose campaign contributions, and has sai... more »

Owe Aku: Gila River Water Crisis

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Gila River Community Water Crisis


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago

French Intelligence Knows Who Ordered The Paris Attacks Last Year But Is Keeping That Intel Secret

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
People mourn outside "Le Carillon" restaurant a week after a series of deadly attacks in the French capital Paris, France, November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau *VICE News:** France knows who masterminded the Paris attacks — but won't say who it was* Abdelhamid Abaaoud, long considered the mastermind behind the November 13 attacks that killed 130 in Paris, merely coordinated rather than masterminded the rampage, according to France's head of external security. Speaking to a closed-door parliamentary inquiry on May 24, Bernard Bajolet said that security services were aware of ... more »

Britain’s New Prime Minister Appoints Sir Assclown Boris Johnson As Foreign Secretary

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Noah* Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has fired a canon shot across the bow of the rest of the world. In her first act since taking office, she has named Boris Johnson as her country’s brand, spanking new Foreign Secretary, aka Her Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The Foreign Secretary’s job is to represent Britain’s interests abroad. He’ll also be in charge of Britain’s secret services (MI6)! It seems to be his reward for helping to engineer England’s exit from the European Union. There’s more than a little irony in this a... more »

do you see ?

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*The Sky Was All Purple+There Were PPL Runnin' Ev'rywhere* Dana Barrett's Appartment Building with the Temple of Gozer Zigaurat and Stargate on the roof is (in real life, and, as I recall from from my mis-spent youth, in the Book of the Film novelisation) *55 Central Park West* *The Washington Monument *is precisely *555* feet high. *Now: FOR SOME REASON - There was a Production Design decision to ALTER the building number from 55 to 550* And clearly *NOT *to conceal the true location of that building, because it's perfectly obvious where it is. On the West side of The Park, r... more »

UPDATE: Geostrategic Implications of the Failed Turkish Coup

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*UPDATE: July 16, 2016* RT provides an update of the crisis and an analyst asserts there is "zero chance" that the US did not know there would be a coup. ABC is reporting that the Incirlik Air Base Shut Down is still in force. *Erdogan with his supporters at Ataturk Airport* *Friday, July 15, 2016* *IMO, the coup was officially over when Erdogan* *told the Turkish people **that if it were successful, * *"Turkey would be run from Pennsylvania"* *that it was their choice.* A few important factors to keep in mind over the next 48 hours or so as the world works it way through the late... more »

Schiller - Once Upon a Time

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Slowing down the blogging at the very moment history puts on a spasm of speed isn't something I was counting on. Nor are the pace of events sufficient for me to get a shufty on and start pouring the words out, which is annoying. They don't want to play tonight either, so I leave you with this - a contender for my annual top ten of electronic music set to repetitive beats.

How’d He Get Through? Security in Question After France Truck Attack

JAMEY KEATEN at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: France Truck Attack_perr (2)__1468705185_71.164.139.145] This time, France was supposed to have been better prepared. Despite a state of emergency following two recent terror attacks, authorities in France are facing criticism that they should have done more to protect one of the softest of soft... more »

House Conservatives Explain Latest IRS Chief Impeachment Push: ‘Leadership Has Been Too Timid to Go After Corruption’

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: 17224623735_87cc65fec1_k__1468706020_71.164.139.145] The House Freedom Caucus has launched a pressure play against Republican leadership in an effort to force a vote on impeaching John Koskinen, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Before Congress skipped town Thursday for a seven-week recess, Reps. Tim... more »

A poll

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Here's a brand new ComRes poll (for what such polls are worth) which might just give those pushing for a second (EU) referendum cause to pause and reflect (as if!): One for *Newsnight *and others at the BBC there (as if!) And there's more (which might be *more* to the BBC's taste):


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Tonight's profile of Theresa May on Radio 4's *Profile *(presented by John Peel impersonator Mark Coles) was an attempt to unwrap the riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a contemporary BBC One drama plot inside an enigma that *is *our new PM. What did it 'tell' us about her (if we can trust it)? Well, her long-term friends say she always wanted to lead her country, even from childhood. Her aim was to be Britain's first female PM, so she was "quite irritated" when Mrs Thatcher "got there first" (according to one friend). Her dad died in a car crash when she was 25. Her mum died a... more »

Teenager Gets Criminal Record For Cheating At Games

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A teenager from Bedford, England has been handed a police caution and a criminal record after getting caught cheating at online games. The 17-year-old used hacking tools to slow fellow gamers’ internet connection speeds down while competing in games on the internet. The Daily Mail reports: He used an ‘IP Stresser’, which rapidly sends lots of information to the target device, in this case disrupting the connection of other gamers in order to clinch victory. Bedford police said despite the minimal impact on other users the ‘activity will not be tolerated’. The use of the hacking tool... more »

French Authorities: Nice Truck Attacker Had Violent Past, But No Ties to Radical Islam

FRANK JORDANS, at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: APTOPIX France Truck _perr__1468704165_71.164.139.145] NICE, France (AP) -- The man responsible for turning a night of celebration into one of carnage in the seaside city of Nice was a petty criminal who hadn’t been on the radar of French intelligence services before the attack.... more »

Obama Administration Says it Would Consider Extradition Request of U.S.-Based Muslim Cleric After Failed Turkish Coup

BRADLEY KLAPPER at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Russia US_perr__1468702895_71.164.139.145] LUXEMBOURG (AP) -- The Obama administration would entertain an extradition request for the U.S.-based cleric that Turkey’s president is blaming for a failed coup attempt, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday. But he said Turkey’s government would have... more »

Social Media Celebrity Asphyxiated In Honor Killing In Pakistan

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Pakistan‘s answer to Kim Kardashian has been murdered in a traditional Islamic honor killing in Pakistan. Honor killings happen in traditional Muslim countries when the male members of a family take it upon themselves to punish and kill fellow female members for dishonoring the family. It is based on tradition and religious practices laid down throughout the ages by male dominant societies, although Islam prohibits the taking of life, calling it a sin. Controversial internet celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been killed by her own brother in an apparent ‘honor killing’ in the Punjab prov... more »

Thought for a Sunday

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
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Vulnerable Republican Senator Flees GOP on Guns, Abortion, Marriage, Trump

SARA BURNETT at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Senate 2016 Illinois _perr__1468702238_71.164.139.145] CHICAGO (AP) -- Sen. Mark Kirk made his second appearance in Chicago’s gay Pride Parade this year. He broke ranks to support Democrat-backed gun control measures and called his party’s presumptive presidential nominee “too bigoted and racist” for the job.... more »

Follow-up on the imminent threat to the fabled Waldorf=Astoria public spaces

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*The last rehab of the Waldorf=Astoria lobby finally got it right -- and it actually looks better with people bustling in what is, after all, a hotel lobby. (Click to enlarge.)* "*We are distressed to learn that the world’s preeminent Art Deco hotel will be gutted and turned into condos and fear that the lobby, entrances, Louis Rigal murals, and other great public spaces, such as the Grand Ballroom, will be destroyed."* *-- from a statement by the Art Deco Society of New York* *by Ken* When I wrote recently about the not-officially-announced but apparently sure-to-happen gutting o... more »

Methodists Defy Ban, Elect First Openly Gay Bishop

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: act of love] SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) -- The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships. The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late Friday night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of... more »

Veterans’ Groups Condemn Portrayal in “Orange is the New Black”

JENNIFER McDERMOTT at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: TV Orange is the New _perr__1468700085_71.164.139.145] Leading veterans’ groups are disturbed by the way veterans hired as prison guards are portrayed in the new season of the Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black.” The veterans’ groups say they take issue with the way the new... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
One of the items on today's *From Our Own Correspondent *began with a telling (though doubtless unconscious) admission from Kate Adie: In 60 years this programme has broadcast many dispatches from the Middle East, *particularly the West Bank*. The BBC's obsession has been well-documented in recent years but it's good to see it admitted at last. The report from Ed Lewis (a piece about a rock-climbing club in Ramallah) began, inevitably, like this: Ramallah has a new wall. Not a vertical grey concrete wall but a bright blue, green and white one. It has no look-out posts, razor wir... more »

UNESCO declares Islam as the most peaceful religion of the world

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
I think this is satire but with the United Nations you can't be certain. 'In a major development that should silence critics of Islam who have been blaming it for terrorism, UNESCO has declared that Islam is the most peaceful religion of the world. The United Nations body released a statement earlier today that revealed that UNESCO had partnered with International Peace Foundation six months back to study all religions of the world and find out which was most peaceful amongst all. "After six months of rigorous study and analysis, we have concluded that Islam is the most peaceful... more »

Northerntruthseeker Taking A Much Needed Vacation Break

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I will be off on vacation for the next 10 days starting tomorrow.... Yes, it is a much needed vacation break, and *I will NOT be posting my weekend rants* for the next two Sundays, and only periodically taking out my laptop just to keep up with what is happening around our world... And indeed things are heating up.... I originally thought that the Nice France "attack" was legitimate, but more and more evidence is now coming forward that shows that it may indeed be another false flag where NOBODY has died.... I suggest that readers check out Jim Stone's updates over at his site at ww... more »

Chinese Bullet Trains Whiz Past Each Other At 840 km/h, Setting Record

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
China has set a new world record for trains passing one another at speed. Two Chinese bullet trains, each travelling at 420 km per hour along parallel tracks in opposite directions, successfully passed within 1.6 meters of each other during a test run in central China on Friday. RT reports: Two bullet trains were tested at the same time in an effort to prove the quality of China’s high speed trains. The test took place in Zhengzhou, central China. The trains, known as Golden Phoenix and Dolphin Blue zipped past each other with only 1.6 meters of space between them. Watch: China tes... more »

Gavin Esler on Boris's "silly" and "juvenile" poem

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
More Boris, and more Gavin Esler... Here's a question Gavin put to Turkish journalist Guney Yildez on today's *Dateline London*: Guney, I just wondered how...He wrote a pretty juvenile poem which won a prize which said things about President Erdogan which, I think, on reflection he might think are rather silly. I mean, does that matter to people in Turkey? Let's just recall that Boris's winning poem was *meant *to be juvenile. That's what Douglas Murray of the *Spectator *specifically asked for - and he *didn't *ask for it for childish reasons. He was being deadly serious. It w... more »

Turkey Halts All US Operations Against ISIS From Incirlik Airbase

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Movement in and out of the Incirlik airbase in the South of Turkey has been blocked by military authorities following the failed Turkish coup. U.S. military operations out of Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base came to a halt on Saturday afternoon as the Turkish military closed the airspace around the base and suspended all US-led operations targeting ISIS. A message from the the US consulate in Adana said: “Local authorities are denying movements on to and off of Incirlik Air Base. The power there has also been cut” “Please avoid the air base until normal operations have been restored,” it a... more »

More Boris

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I'm listening to BBC Radio 3 now and even they are slagging off Boris. (It's "Boris", "Boris", "Boris" at the moment, isn't it?) His appointment* isn't *a good thing, apparently - at least according to the presenter and 'talking head' on Radio 3. Oh, sorry, it's Mussorgsky's *Boris Godunov* (one of my favourite operas) they are talking about. And that 'talking head' is Antonio Pappano. And Bryn Terfel is singing Boris. (And what's with the funny blond wig, Bryn?) That's nice. Here's the famous 'Coronation of Theresa May Scene':

ISIS Burns Alive 5 Civilians On Treason Charges

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An ISIS village court in the Tal Abta region of Nineveh province in Iraq sentenced five civilians to death on charges of treason. The militant court carried out the sentence using the gruesome execution method of burning alive the convicts into ashes within an iron cage. The militants claim to represent Islam belonging to 1.6 billion Muslims around the world while releasing macabre images of human suffering and death. FNA reports: “The ISIL’s religious court ordered five residents of a village in Tal Abta region in Nineveh province to be burnt alive on spying charges and also for co... more »

It's the same old song

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Not Tom Watson By Thursday night's *Newsnight* we were getting the following from Evan Davis: For our European colleagues the British situation raises all sorts of questions - not always very welcome ones. And now they find themselves working with a foreign secretary who has, over the years, treated the EU with derision. A little earlier I spoke to the Lithuanian foreign secretary, Linas Linkevicius. What does he think of Boris Johnson's past indiscretions? And will they make it difficult to take him or British foreign policy seriously? It's the same question - and tone - as G... more »

More 'Newsnight'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
That same (Wednesday) edition of Newsnight also had several discussions with non-BBC guests on Brexit-related matters. The first discussion was balanced 1:1 between a Leave supporter (Peter Lilley) and a Remain supporter (Heidi Allen). The second discussion had a 2:1 imbalance in favour of Remain (with Rupert Harrison and Mariana Mazzucato on the Remain side and Gerard Lyons on the Leave side). The final discussion has a 3:1 imbalance in favour of Remain (with Polly Toynbee, Matthew Parris and Anne McElvoy on the Remain side and Charles Moore on the Leave side). That, of cours... more »

8-Year-Old Explains How TV and Violent Games Disrupt the Pineal Gland

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Vic Bishop* - This brilliant young man tells us how to make the world peaceful again.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*Mankind is playing 'ecological roulette': Decline in biodiversity could have devastating effects on human societies (?)* *And pigs might become airborne. How do we know that reduced biodiversity will be harmful? We don't. It's just a faith, a personal ideal. The stuff below is based on the broadest of assumptions. It tells us nothing about any particular organism or its place in the ecology. All we know is that the species we do use fulfil our needs. It's only threats to them which might impact us. And we know that they grow under many climatic conditions* It seems that alm... more »

Official Trump Introduction of Mike Pence as his running mate 7/16/2016...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*well done.* *"We are the law and order candidates. We are the law and order party." *

4K software makes 4K TV worthwhile

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
USD$ 7,000 for 65 inches of the ultimate TV Ten movies to start your Ultra HD collection. I would add Upstream Color, the soundtrack is amazing. As of today there are only 45 Ultra Hd movies available. There is only one player. But more are comming, me I would wait for the Oppo.

The problem with religion

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
Its Gods rules written and interperted by humans.

The strategy of the fly

Alison at Creekside - 1 day ago
"A terrorist is like a fly that wants to destroy a china shop. Small, low, fly is unable to move not even a cup. So she found an elephant, enters his ear and buzzes until mad with fear and anger, it sacked the shop. Thus, for example, the Al-Qaeda fly led the American elephant to destroy the china shop of the Middle East. Why are they so sensitive to terrorist provocations? Because the legitimacy of the modern state is based on its promise to keep the public sphere free of political violence. A regime can withstand terrible catastrophes, and even ignore them, provided its legitimacy... more »

The Arrogance of Ignorance

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Sylvain Lamoureux* - How far will the ego go to protect its ignorance?

Collin Peterson-- A Symptom Of Why The Democrats Will Never Win Back The House While Pelosi Is In Charge

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Thursday the House had 13 roll call votes. As usual, an array of Blue Dogs and New Dems crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP on them. 10 of the 13 roll calls were concerned with passing a Department of the Interior appropriations bill. The Democrats who voted with the GOP on at least one were all the regular suspects: Brad Ashford (Blue Dog-NE), Sanford Bishop (Blue Dog-GA), Jim Cooper (Blue Dog-TN), Jim Costa (Blue Dog-CA), Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ), Tim Walz (MN), Jim Himes (New Dem-CT), Filemon Vela (Blue Dog-TX), Kurt Schrader (Blue Dog-OR), M... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Blogging will return later this evening.

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Terror Attack In Nice

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New York Times:* *ISIS Claims Responsibility for Attack in Nice, France* NICE, France — The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for the Bastille Day attack on the seaside promenade in Nice, France, which killed 84 people and injured 202. “The man behind the running-over operation in Nice, France, is a soldier from the Islamic State, and he carried out the attack to answer the calls for targeting the nationals of countries in the coalition that is fighting Islamic State,” said a statement from a social media account linked to the Amaq News Agency, which bills itself a... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials On The Failed Coup In Turkey

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Stratfor Analysis*: *The power struggle that led to Turkey’s coup attempt* Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reformist group was at odds with the Gulen movement, an old-line religious fraternity Turkey’s Bosporus, the 31-kilometer (19-mile) waterway transecting historic Byzantium — the present-day sprawling metropolis of Istanbul — provides an instructive metaphor for roiling Turkish scandals. Surface currents on this busiest of world straits flow from north to south, from the Black Sea through the Bosporus and on to the Mediterranean. Unseen, however, a deeper current below ... more »

Turkey On War Path With U.S. Over Failed Coup And Opposition Cleric

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey is at war with any nation sympathetic to Muslim cleric and opponent of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Fethullah Gulen. Opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen currently resides in the U.S. and his supporters are said to have organised last night’s bloody coup which saw 1,700 people killed or injured in Turkey. The coup was led by an ex-Commander of the Turkish Air Force, according to reports. Akin Ozturk, was about to be linked with Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen and led last night’s failed coup, according to an Istanbul based news ag... more »

Fake Coup In Turkey Presented As Real By The Mainstream Media

Big Dan at Big Dan's Big Blog - 1 day ago
Not too many miles from that contractor's air base in Iraq military coup = Mossad *Turkey coup: President Erdogan says military elements guilty of 'treason', as he tells nation government is in charge, after violent clashes in Ankara and Istanbul leave '161 dead'* Turkey coup: military attempt to seize power from Erdogan as low flying jets and gunfire heard... Tell me that everbody in DC didn't know all of this was coming, just in time for Congress to go on its 6 week vacation, starting today. Legislation that got jammed through yesterday Re: Organic and non-GMO food - all fi... more »

Fukushima Webcam Conditions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
The last 3 or so days I've had inordinate trouble loading the TEPCO webcams. It often takes me up to 8 tries to get a TEPCO cam loaded. The TBS cam was off for quite some time (couple of weeks), although it went back up about a week ago. Until today, the view on the TBS cam has been occluded by the atmospheric conditions. Netc.com has been indicating elevated radiation levels near Tokyo. Run the animated graphic at the site to see the pattern. I'm not sure whether Fukushima is the source of the elevated levels. These screenshots were taken within a ten minute period July 17, 2016...more »

Trump Introduces Gov. Pence as ‘My Partner in This Campaign’

Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, right, introduces Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., during a campaign event to announce Pence as the vice presidential running mate on, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in New York.] NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump introduced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday, calling him “my partner in this campaign” and his first and best choice to join him on a winning Republican presidential ticket. In...more »

They Never Were

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
Tony Clement wants to be leader of the Conservative Party. Perhaps he believes that the third time will be the charm. But, Bob Hepburn writes, there are five reasons Clement should reconsider his bid: First, Clement deservedly earned the title of “The King of Pork-Barrel Politics” for his disgraceful role in doling out $50 million in special projects in his riding that were to be related to the 2010 G8 summit in Huntsville. Instead, most of the money went to totally unrelated projects far from the summit site, such as renovating bandshells and gazebos, planting flowers, repairing ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*When Government Schools Weren't Nearly So Bad* *Robert Higgs remembers. I have similar recollections from the late 50s and early '60s. See also here* I do not speak Spanish fluently. Indeed, I am often at a loss for the right words, not to mention a proper conjugation of the verbs, and I frequently fail to understand what people say to me. Yet all in all, I am astonished that, living in a part of Mexico where few people speak English, I get by as well as I do. And whenever I spend a day in Chetumal, as I did yesterday, dealing successfully with one sort of business or another, ... more »

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, July 2, to July 16, 2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"**Your Radiation This Week, July 2, to July 16, 2016"* By Bob Nichols *"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva (San Francisco) July 16, 2016 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that affected people in the last 2 weeks around the United States and in your neighborhood. There is no way to recover from these kinds of exposures. There is no medicine and there is no cure. Millions now possess a shortened life span due to their radiation exposures. Let’s get right to it. *Updated July 16, 2016: Fukushima Equals 1...more »

What happened when four 'Newsnight' editors gathered around Evan's cauldron...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Beginning to catch up with Wednesday's and Thursday's editions of *Newsnight*, I'd just say that* if *you want to sample BBC bias over Brexit in full flow you only need to watch the opening discussion between Evan Davis and the four *Newsnight *'editors' on Wednesday night's programme... This, of course, came on the day that Mrs May became PM, and it began with Evan Davis talking of the "disconcertingly turbulent" last three weeks and how the ritual of the handover of power might have proved "reassuring" and provided "some calm at last". Leaning in, he added "but only up to a po... more »

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