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Saturday, July 2, 2016

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First Impressions of Delta Green - Agent's Handbook

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 35 minutes ago
The first thing that struck me about the Delta Green *Agent's Handbook* is just how dark a game this is. Reading through it I see a game that like it's parent, *Call of Cthulhu*, puts our protagonists on the front lines against ancient horrors with life and sanity on the line. But Delta Green has more ways to make the agents fall to pieces. There's rules for abusing stimulants on a mission, game-related reasons for seeking solace in the bottle. rules for sacrificing - or just losing - pieces of your personal life. If you are lucky you'll end up in Cthulhu's tummy. If you're unlucky... more »

Well... At Least Kaine Isn't As Bad As Lieberman Or A Republican

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Could Obama have found 2 worse DNC chairs?* The first thing Rahm Emanuel wanted to do once Obama made him chief of staff was to fire Howard Dean as heard of the DNC. Kicking out Dean and his 50-state strategy was the beginning of Emanuel's catastrophic stint as "Obama's prime minister," a stint that led directly to the loss of 63 seats in the House-- replacing Pelosi with Boehner as Speaker-- and 6 seats in the Senate. Rahm wanted a harmless order-taker to replace the opinionated Dean as DNC Chair. The perfect candidate was the mediocre termed out governor of Virginia, Tim Kaine, w... more »

Russian Senator And Deputy Chair of Intelligence: NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Is A Russian Spy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Edward Snowden. Reuters *XXX Committee*: *The Kremlin Admits Snowden is a Russian Agent* In the three years since Edward Snowden landed in Moscow, his relationship with his hosts has been a source of much speculation and controversy. The American IT contractor, who worked for the CIA and NSA until he fled Hawaii with more than a million purloined secret files, has not left Russia since he arrived at Sheremetyevo airport on 23 June 2013, on a flight from Hong Kong. Snowden landed in Moscow with the permission of the Russian government, whose representatives he met during his sojour... more »

Nobel Laureate And Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel Dies At 87

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Reuters:* *Holocaust survivor, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel dies at 87* Activist and writer Elie Wiesel, the World War Two death camp survivor who won a Nobel Peace Prize for becoming the life-long voice of millions of Holocaust victims, died on Saturday. He was 87. Wiesel was a philosopher, speaker, playwright and professor who also campaigned for the tyrannized and forgotten around the world. He died at his home in New York City, the New York Times reported. The Romanian-born Wiesel lived by the credo expressed in "Night," his landmark story of the Holocaust - "to forget the dead... more »

More Details On The Loretta Lynch - Bill Clinton Airport Meeting Leaked

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Ken Kurson, Observer*: *EXCLUSIVE: Security Source Details Bill Clinton Maneuver to Meet Loretta Lynch* *Former president delayed Phoenix takeoff to snare '20-25 minute encounter' with Attorney General.* An exclusive interview with a security source who was present at the unplanned meeting Monday night on a Phoenix tarmac between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Lorretta Lynch has shed additional light on an unusual summit that is embroiling the AG in charges of favoritism. As attorney general, Lynch heads the Department of Justice just as it is deciding whethe... more »

CNN: Hillary Clinton Will Not Face Charges

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor:* According to CNN, no charges are going to be filed .... *Clinton questioned by FBI as part of email probe *(CNN). The money quote is the following .... .... *Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton met with the FBI for three and a half hours Saturday as part of the investigation into her use of a private email server while leading the State Department, her campaign said."Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. "She is pleased to have had the op... more »

Hillary Clinton Questioned By FBI Over Her Private Email Server

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*New York Times*: *F.B.I. Interviews Hillary Clinton Over Private Email Server* The F.B.I. interviewed Hillary Clinton on Saturday morning for its investigation into whether she or her aides broke the law by corresponding through a private email server set up for her use as secretary of state, a controversy that has dogged her presidential campaign and provided fodder for her political rivals. The voluntary interview, which took place over three and a half hours at the F.B.I. headquarters in Washington, largely focused on the Justice Department’s central question: Did the actions... more »

Something for liberty-lovers in Auckland: Happy Hour!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
[image: Capture] Okay folks, get your diaries out: this Tuesday early-evening in Auckland the third Liberty on the Rocks event takes place at the Brewers Coop in Victoria St: an evening of ideas, craft beer and conversation. What could be better! *Liberty on the Rocks is a happy hour for liberty-minded folks looking to meet others, build their knowledge and friendships over beers, food and great conversation. Join us anytime between 6-9 PM at the Brewers Cooperative. Anyone is welcome! This is a very informal happy hour although we do bring in speakers for about 30-minutes... more »

not quite human

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago
Exclusive Interview with Maurizio Cavallo

The Dark Night of the Drone Presidency

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 3 hours ago
Just when millions of Americans were starting to do their patriotic thing by getting out of town, firing up the grill, and festooning the landscape with the Red, White and Blue, the government finally released its long-awaited report on the innocent people it has killed with its drones. The only thing more cynical, cowardly and depraved than the pre-4th of July dumping of the report is its deeply dishonest content. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which has spent years counting the drone dead, the Obama administration's figures (between 64 and 116 civilian fatali... more »

Making The House Better Has Nothing To Do With The DCCC

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Last month Jason the Greek, a Kos diarist, talked about six little-noticed, underfunded but exceptionally important House candidates. The Democrats would need to net 30 seats to evict Ryan from the Speaker's job and take control of the House. Jason seems more optimistic than I do that this is possible. I contend that because of endemic DCCC incompetence and corruption-- manifested, for example, by suicidally horrendous candidate recruitment-- even the anti-Trump tsunami I'm expecting won't do the trick for the Dems. The Dems currently have 34 Red to Blue candidates, most of them tr... more »

Bias Hour

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 4 hours ago
Ms. Apolitical herself I've been blogging, on and off, about BBC bias for some seven years now and I've increasingly tried to be temperate in my tone and judgements. In all that time, however, I don't remember ever having heard anything quite so flagrantly biased as Tuesday's *Woman's Hour *Brexit special. I'm almost inclined to rant and rage about it. It really is the worst thing I think I've ever heard on the BBC in terms of naked, overwhelming bias. Not to be hyperbolic, but the bias wasn't just off the scale it was beyond any previously imagined scale and fast closing in on i... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 5 hours ago
*This New Law Ensures South Carolina Students Will Study the Founding Documents* The South Carolina Founding Principles Act requires the study of the United States Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and “the structure of the government and the role of separation of powers and the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights” to be added into statewide social studies programs. This bill, signed June 1, reinforces South Carolina’s Section 59-29-120 that required all public education students, both in high school and in college, to pass a test after a year-long class on the founding d... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 5 hours ago
*Is the ozone "hole" shrinking at last?* *As I pointed out recently, the ozone levels at Mauna Loa seem to be just oscillating across an an unchanging range, indicating no trend. And ozone is well mixed so at least that non-trend (if not absolute levels) should also apply over the Antarctic. And that does seem to be so. The "hole" too just oscillates, expanding and contracting in a random way. And in October 2015 the Antarctic ozone hole reached a record size. No shrinking there! Which is very frustrating to Greenies.But they were determined to find something to su... more »

DOJ Walks Back Lynch Comment That She’ll Follow Prosecutor Lead in Hillary Email Probe

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: federal charges, dylann roof, justice department Loretta Lynch] U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made news late this week when said she would accept the recommendations of the FBI and career prosecutors concerning whether Hillary Clinton's email practices broke federal law. But a Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson has now... more »

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor and Author, Dead at 87

VERENA DOBNIK at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this Sept. 12, 2012, photo Elie Wiesel is photographed in his office in New York. Wiesel, the Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor has died. His death was announced Saturday, July 2, 2016 by Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.] NEW YORK (AP) -- Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic Night became a landmark testament to the Nazis’ crimes and launched Wiesel’s long career as one of the world’s foremost witnesses and humanitarians, has died at age... more »

CHé is my new Avatar

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
CHé is replacing my beloved Lego. He is like his namesake radical, impulsive, mabye a touch crazy, but man has he got skills. Please do it to eMTy If you thought PFK goal celebration was against the code....... Soon to be banned, spinning down the ice on your knees while sheathing your hockey stick like a sword.

Blessings from On High....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago

Hidden Beneath the Waves

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Fellow Mainer Russell Wray writes: Check out this trailer from the film Sonic Sea. Because it is taking place below the ocean surface, most people are unaware of this huge problem...Out of sight, out of mind. But Navy sonar, shipping, oil and gas exploration and extraction, and other human activities are responsible for causing a huge problem for many forms of marine life...a problem that is a matter of survival...not only for those living in the sea, but also for those of us on land, as we all depend upon healthy, living oceans...

Kiev Puppet Regime Increases Shelling of Civilians

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Son killed & mother injured when Ukrainian government shelling hit a residential area in the Petrovka district in Donetsk. In recent weeks the shelling and attacks on eastern Ukraine have escalated by the US-NATO puppet regime in Kiev. The plan is to create chaos near the Russian border in hopes to draw Russia into Ukraine and give the US-NATO war project the excuse they need for full scale military operations with Russia. Up to this point Moscow has been supplying the self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine (Donbass) with weapons so that the people living there can protect thems... more »

Austrian Presidential Election Rerun Could See Anti-EU Leader Elected

GEORGE JAHN at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: In this May 19, 2016 file picture Norbert Hofer, left, of Austria's Freedom Party and Alexander Van der Bellen, right, candidate of the Austrian Greens, wait for the start of a TV debate in Vienna, Austria. An Austrian court on Friday July 1, 2016 overturned the presidential election results and called for rerun.] VIENNA (AP) -- In a move that could turn into the next blow to the EU after Britain’s exit vote, Austria’s highest court on Friday ordered a rerun of the country’s presidential election. The landmark decision gives a right-wing candidate... more »

The Chakrabarti report and other disasters

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
Believe it or not, I often refresh my *brane* by looking (through my impartial spectacles) at arguments diametrically opposed to my own. We all know how easy it is to slip into the habit of confining yourself to your own circle, if only to snaffle new currency to revitalise your tired old arguments. So many articles have appeared about the Chakrabarti fiasco that I wasn’t even going to add to the verbiage, but on the other hand, I didn’t think hiding in a cupboard would look much better. I’ll leave the disastrous *launch* to everyone else, incriminating videos and all, and stick... more »

John Simpson sounds off

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
This week's *New Statesman *is a post-referendum 'special edition'. Among its contributors are three senior BBC journalists/presenters - Andrew Marr, Nicky Campbell and John Simpson. *Andrew Marr*'s piece - "How a monumental establishment cock-up led to our biggest act of democracy" - is an expansion of his 'editorial' on last week's *Marr *programme. He even quotes Chesterton's poem containing the famous lines, "For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet." The 'new' thing here is his latest prediction for where we're heading politically: *My guess is that par... more »

Investors: London Will Be Financial Capital of Europe After Brexit

Guy Bentley at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Princess England May 2 cmprs] London will remain the finance capital of Europe despite market turmoils in the wake Brexit. A poll of institutional investors by FTI Consulting shows substantial confidence that London will retain its status as Europe's unrivaled financial hub. Two-thirds of those... more »

DC Officials Grapple With Republican Congress Over Marijuana Law

Steve Birr at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Medical Marijuana, Marijuana Plants, Pot Plants, Cannabis Sativa] Officials in Washington, D.C., called for a regulated market for marijuana consumption and redefined the issue as a threat to public health and safety, in an effort to circumvent Congressional blocks to the District's efforts to legalize the drug. The... more »

FBI Interviews Hillary Clinton For Three And A Half Hours

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI on Saturday morning in the investigation of her email arrangements while serving as secretary of state. The New York Times reports: “Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary,” Nick Merrill, a campaign spokesman, said in a statement. “She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion.” The interview, which lasted about three and a half hours at F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington, largely focused on the Jus... more »

The Far Right Has A New Villain: Trey Gowdy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Wednesday Ken delved into the costly and meaningless farce of the Benghazi! report from the failed Trey Gowdy witch-hunt. Gowdy doesn't want to give away any of the suspense so he just answers any questions with a request that people read the 800 pages of drivel. At a press conference he admitted he doesn't wear a "Hillary Clinton Lied, People Died" tee-shirt. "And you've never seen that bumpersticker," he added, "on any of my vehicles." This absolutely incensed everyone who plans to Trump-- AKA, conspiracy nuts. Yesterday, MSNBC's Steve Benen looked at how the right-wing crackpot... more »

Man Kills Ex-Wife, Four Others in Serbian Cafe Shooting

JOVANA GEC at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: A police officer walks away from the scene of a shooting in the village of Zitiste, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) northwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, July 2, 2016. A gunman killed five people and injured at least 20 others early Saturday when he opened fire with an automatic weapon in a crowded cafe in northern Serbia, police said.] BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- A man who police said was driven by jealousy opened fire with an assault gun in a crowded cafe in northern Serbia early Saturday, killing five people -- including his ex-wife -- and wounding more than... more »

EU Supporters Parade Through London in ‘March for Europe’

AP at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: A "Remain" supporter, her face painted to resemble the EU flag, walks on Park Lane in London, as protesters marched to Parliament Square to show their support for the European Union in the wake of last weeks referendum decision for Britain to leave the EU, known as "Brexit", Saturday, July 2, 2016. Demonstrators, wearing EU flags as capes and with homemade banners saying "Bremain" and "We Love EU," gathered on the streets around Park Lane for the March for Europe rally.] LONDON (AP) -- Tens of thousands of European Union supporters sang, danced and marched their way down the ... more »

Donald Trump Tweets Anti-Semitic Image Then Changes His Mind

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted an anti-Semitic message on Saturday depicting Hillary Clinton as a crook with a pile of cash and a superimposed image of the Star of David with the message “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” Trump later changed his mind after drawing criticism and replaced the star with a circle. The original Tweet no longer exists. Politico reports: Trump tweeted “Crooked Hillary – – Makes History!” along with a photoshopped image of Clinton’s one-time avatar, which reads “History made.” Clinton’s face appears over a pile of hundred dollar bills, ... more »

To (not) sail beyond the sunset

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: 13494984_1267897753250882_857000508944251306_n] PS: A complementary chart… *RELATED POSTS*: - “WHILE THE WEST WAS committing intellectual suicide, the Islamist world was just beginning to wake up.” *The greatest story (hardly) ever told* – NOT PC - “Western civilisation then is underpinned not by our so-called ‘Judeo-Christian heritage’ which is mostly only barbarous, but by our Greek – more especially our Aristotelian. The greatest story of history is the 2300-year death-struggle between religion and Aristotelian reason… ‘The death stru... more »

IMF Stress Test for US Banks Operates to Legitimize Risky & Centralized US Financial Sector

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
I read yesterday that the International Monetary Fund has identified 3 banks as posing the greatest global systemic risks: Friedrich Geiger and Ryan Tracy (2016, July 1). Worries Grow at Two Big Banks. The Wall Street Journal, C1. The IMF said that ‘among the [globally systemic important banks], Deutsche Bank appears to be the most important net contributor to systemic risks, followed by HSBC and Credit Suisse”… … “The International Monetary Fund called the German Bank [Deutsche Bank] the riskiest financial institution in the world as a potential source of external shocks to t... more »

Update on Fukushima Daiichi Conditions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
I'm still trying to determine whether the event July 1, 2016 (Japan dating) at Fukushima Daiichi was merely a trick of the light or whether some problem occurred at the plant. Posts on Strange Lighting (from Newest to Oldest): Fukushima Looks Normal Again http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/fukushima-daiichi-looks-normal-again.html Comparative Screenshots http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/comparative-screenshots-from-fukushima.html Fukushima Daiichi Alert http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/fukushima-daiichi-alert.html Screenshots screenshots: https://www.dropbox.c... more »

It gets worse

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
The sense that the BBC is now throwing caution to the wind over Brexit, impartiality-wise, struck me again with this week's *The Bottom Line *on Radio 4. During the EU referendum there was an edition of the programem called *EU Referendum. *It featured *two* UK Remain-supporting company chiefs and *two* UK Leave-supporting company chiefs, along with the head of the Swiss equivalent of the CBI. I remember finding it informative and enjoyable (as *The Bottom Line, *as a series, usually is). This week's edition, called *Life after Brexit, *also featured the head of the Swiss equiv... more »

Found: One swallow

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
I was going to say that everywhere I seem to turn at the moment I'm finding the BBC firing on very biased cylinders against the Brexit vote, and that the BBC hasn't been anything like this blatantly biased for quite a few years, but - put out the flags and bring on the Red Arrows! - I *have* found one counter-example: this week's *A Point of View *(on Radio 4) by philosopher John Gray. Called *On Brexit*, his piece argues that the EU has been been doomed for a long time. It's been collapsing from within for years. He said that the UK will fare much better than the EU after Brexit,... more »

Eco-Consciousness and the Power of Green Anarchy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - Our current existential crisis is inexorably linked to our current ecological crisis.

Economic News , Data & Views ..... July 2 , 2016...... Quick Hits - 1. Brexit & UK Politics - Thought Provoking Points Of View . 2. Markets & Market Moving News. 3. Around The Horn - EZ & EU. 4. Odds & Ends .

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 9 hours ago
Brexit - UK Politics *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 7m What polling failed to capture.... fred walton added, *Patrick Wintour* @patrickwintour Why had voters had enough of the experts ? An expert reflects. Individuals don't live as an aggregate. via @ProSyn http://prosyn.org/WSNG5wf *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 11s 12 seconds ago fred walton Retweeted Mark Wallace Good read... fred walton added, *Mark Wallace* @wallaceme My piece last week on the grief and denial of some defeated Remainers still seems relevant given #marchforeurope http://www. conservativehome.com/t... more »

Hubble Captures Images Of Jupiter’s Glowing Auroras

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured some beautiful images of glowing auroras over Jupiter’s poles. Just in time for NASA’s Juno spaceship which is due to arrive at the gas giant in the coming days. CNN reports: “These auroras are very dramatic and among the most active I have ever seen,” said Jonathan Nichols from the University of Leicester, UK, and principal investigator of the study. “It almost seems as if Jupiter is throwing a fireworks party for the imminent arrival of Juno,” Nichols said in press release. #Hubble studies auroras on the poles of the largest planet in th... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago

CHé is my new Avatar

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 10 hours ago
CHé is replacing my beloved Lego. He is like his namesake radical, impulsive, mabye a touch crazy, but man has he got skills. Please do it to eMTy If you thought PFK goal celebration was against the code.......

America Gets It! But is it too Late?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Bill O'Reilly on the Loretta Lynch/Bill Clinton* *Obstruction of Justice Allegations* *From the "Better Late than Never Department"* TV News Show Talk Host Bill O'Reilly has a riveting interview with a Democratic Party Spin Doctor in the link above. During the conversation (almost always a monologue when it comes to Bill O'Reilly) Bill spells it all out. The issue of the *impropriety to the nth degree* of an Attorney General meeting--as it turns out in private for 30 minutes--with the partner of an individual under active FBI investigation. Both these individuals knew what was at... more »

Australian National University: Experiment suggests that reality doesn't exist until it is measured

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*Yet another reason to focus on awareness, from which it all comes from! -Terran* http://www.gizmag.com/quantum-theory-reality-anu/37866/ *Experiment suggests that reality doesn't exist until it is measured* Colin Jeffrey June 3, 2015 A recent experiment by researchers at ANU into the quantum behavior of particles seems to suggest that reality appears not to exist until it is actually measured (Credit: Australian National University) Researchers working at the Australian National University (ANU) have conducted an experiment that helps bolster the ever-growing evidence surroundi... more »

Theresa May; a counterbalancing post

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
I sent a message to Craig about Newsnight. I made some derogatory comments about Theresa May, and he said I should post it to counterbalance his moderately positive take on her. I was going to hide it btl in case I disagree with myself tomorrow. Precautionary measure. But the article in question has moved so far down the page due to Craig’s astonishing productivity that I have been forced to post it up front. Here’s the gist of it: “I keep falling asleep as soon as Newsnight comes on, so I missed the last couple of editions. The episode you describe sounds super-bad. It really i... more »

5 Ways to Stop Absorbing Negative Energy from Others

Waking Times at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - We can all be affected energetically when around negative or dramatic people.

FBI Interviews Hillary About Private Email Server

ERIC TUCKER at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Secret Service stand guard around a Secret Service vehicle after it arrived at the home of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Washington, Saturday, July 2, 2016. The Clinton campaign says the FBI interviewed Clinton on Saturday morning in Washington, about her emails while she was secretary of state. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI about her use of a private email server as secretary of state, her campaign said Saturday, as federal investigators neared the end of the probe that has hung over her... more »

Tesla’s Incredible Shrinking Powerwall Warranty

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://investorintel.com/cleantech-intel/tesla-energys-incredible-shrinking-powerwall-warranty/ It appears that Tesla have been quietly making their Powerwall warranty pretty worthless. John Peterson, a lawyer and expert on energy and sustainability issues, writes in Investor Intel: On June 21st, Tesla Energy quietly eviscerated the limited warranty for its 6.4 kWh Powerwall “energy storage for a sustainable […]

Some Questions for Mr Trump

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 11 hours ago
I see you recently opened up a golf course in Scotland. I presume that part of your business plan is for some Americans to take vacations to play there. But this raises some thorny questions. You complain constantly about American firms moving jobs overseas. But couldn't you have opened up your golf course here in the United States? Wouldn't that have created jobs for American caddies and groundskeepers? Should we be concerned when Americans import golfing services from your foreign course? Would you as President slap a tariff on American tourists traveling to your course, as you ... more »

Editor's Note

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

Taliban Leader: Foreigners Must Leave Afghanistan For There To Be Peace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Photo:* Taliban new leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is seen in an undated photograph, posted on a Taliban twitter feed on May 25, 2016, and identified separately by several Taliban officials, who declined be named. Social Media/File Photo *Al Jazeera:* *Taliban leader: No peace without foreigners leaving* *In statement, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada says ending 'occupation' is a prerequisite for peace in Afghanistan.* The new Taliban leader has called for an end to foreign "occupation" of Afghanistan as a first step to a settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bri... more »

Will The Russian Economy Collapse?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Russian rubles. Wikimedia Commons/Petar Milošević *Sergey Aleksashenko, National Interest:* *Is Russia's Economy Doomed to Collapse?* *Putin must undertake serious reforms to keep the country competitive.* “Russia is isolated with its economy in tatters,” said President Obama in his State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. At that time, many thought it was true: the Russian currency was in free fall, while the federal budget was losing its revenues and beginning to extensively rely on reserves accumulated in previous years, and so many experts predicted the collapse of the ... more »

Will Putin Derail Hillary Clinton's U.S. Presidential Bid?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Photo*: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her arrival at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok, September 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mikhail Metzel/Pool *Washington Times:* *Russia to release Clinton emails?* U.S. intelligence agencies are said to be closely watching Russian online blogs and other postings for any signs that Moscow hackers have covertly obtained the bulk of Hillary Clinton’s email messages stolen from her private email server and are preparing to make them public. A U.S. intelligence official... more »

FBI Will Soon Interview Hillary Clinton On Her Use Of Private Email

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*ABC News*: *FBI to Interview Hillary Clinton in Coming Days About Email Scandal, Source Says* Hillary Clinton could be interviewed by the FBI in the coming days as part of an investigation into the former secretary of state and her staff's use of private email to conduct official U.S. State Department business, according to a source familiar with the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation. The Justice Department's goal is to complete the investigation and make recommendations on whether charges should be filed before the two major party conventions take place toward the latte... more »

Australian Election Results -- News Updates July 2, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Sydney Morning Herald*: *Australian federal election 2016: Voters walk away from Malcolm Turnbull, results on knife's edge* * Seat results: Jamie Briggs dumped, Pauline Hanson comeback, Tasmania breaks for ALP, bellwether falls to Labor, Green eyes on inner Melbourne * Election day winners and losers * Andrew Bolt urges Malcolm Turnbull to quit Malcolm Turnbull's audacious double dissolution gamble looked to have backfired spectacularly on Saturday night as voters walked away from the first-term Coalition government in droves, raising the chances of another hung parliament and tur... more »

Bangladesh Cafe Attack Ends With 20 Hostages Dead, 13 Rescued -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* ISIS terrorists shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as they hacked to death 20 foreign tourists in restaurant in Bangladesh - but spared those who could recite the Koran - before armoured troops moved in* * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * Two policemen were gunned down when heavily-armed terrorists attacked * The ISIS gunmen took more than 30 hostages and held on for 12 hours * Elite Bangladeshi commandos stormed the building killing six terrorists * The attack took place on Friday in Gulshan in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter ISIS has hacked to death 20 foreigners during a terrorist attack... more »

U.S. Air Force Gives Details On How They Will Use The F-22 And The F-35 In A War Against China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
An Air Force F-22 Raptor (left) flies with an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter over Florida. USAF Photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock *Marcus Weisgerber, Defense One*: *Air Force Officers Give New Details for F-35 in War With China* For the first time, key officers lay out how they’d deploy the stealth F-35 and F-22 in an all-out war with China. U.S. Air Force officials for the first time said publicly how they’re planning to use the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in a war with China. The bottom line: a lot needs to change in the way the Air Force uses its warplanes in battle. “If you put a... more »

F-35s Crossing The Atlantic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Top gun! Amazing pictures show Britain's new supersonic F35 stealth fighter jet going through its paces over the North Sea* * First UK flight for £100million jet taken over North Sea captured today after transatlantic crossing earlier this week * The F-35B Lighting II Jet conducted air manoeuvers with support from a similar US F-35B jet * Plane will fly at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough International Air Show over the next few weeks The first of Britain's new supersonic 'stealth' strike fighters has taken to UK skies. These amazing pictures show ... more »

Did The GOP's War On Science Make Trump Inevitable For Them?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
I readily admit that I don't know what transpired when then-Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy decided who to put on the House Science and Technology Committee. But when names of rabid, crackpot science deniers like Mo Brooks (R-AL), Steve Knight (R-CA), Brian Babin (R-TX), Gary Palmer (R-AL), Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Randy Weber (R-TX), Bill Posey (R-FL)--the Obama-must-provide-his-birth-certificate guy who authored H.R. 5801, a bill to privatize asteroids for the mining companies-- Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Ralph Abraham (R-LA) and Barb... more »

July 4 Message on US Voters from American Institute in Taiwan...

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 12 hours ago
In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a *Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)* in 2016. Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA *each* *year* to participate in elections as an overseas absentee voter. You can always get voting assistance from the American Institute in Taiwan or drop off your completed voting forms and ballots, addressed to your local election officials, at AIT’s American Citizen Services Unit. If you’re in Taipe... more »

“Unprecedented” A Global Climate DISINFO Declaration

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*Much of the always lying media was on the same page Thursday with this hysteria* *Raw Story: Unprecedented Scientists declare Global Climate Emergency* And it wasn't just Raw Story either! RT. And other lame stream lying media outlets of alleged good reputation were spewing the same bile. *hy·per·bo·lehi'p?rb?le/nounnoun: hyperbole; plural noun: hyperboles exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.* *Pay attention to the hysterical manipulative language use, the hyperbole- that is not science- it’s just perception management* *“environmental blogger Ro... more »

With the Left Now Dominating US Courts, Law Prof Urges Liberals to Take Off the Gloves

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Left leaning Scale Tipping - 900] Left-leaning law professor Mark Tushnet recently penned the piece “Abandoning Defensive Crouch Liberal Constitutionalism,” where he revels in the left’s growing dominance of the U.S. court system and advises his fellow liberals to go on the offensive using the legal system to push... more »

Israeli Airstrikes Hit Gaza Hamas Sites After Rocket Attack

AP at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: APTOPIX Mideast Israe_perr__1467471393_71.164.139.145] GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- The Israeli military struck a series of militant sites in Gaza early Saturday in response to a rocket attack that hit a kindergarten in the Israeli border town of Sderot. No injuries were reported... more »

Making Sense of the Meltdown

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 13 hours ago
*A view from my old mucker, @ianpmclaughlan.* Darwin’s Law, that it's the species that best adapts to change that will survive, is as true of political parties as it is of the natural world. That is the main reason we see such turmoil in our politics right now: they simply haven’t adapted quickly enough to change. The second factor, and this is crucial, is that people need good information to be able to make the decisions that best suits them. There is very rarely a right or wrong choice, just one which suits the individual taking them. Because of vested interests in society, peopl... more »

We are winning the war on Ozone

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
See we can fix our mistakes.

Dr Strangelove I belive

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
You cant make this up. A General named Breedlove apparently thinks WWW3 is needed now! What are we fighting for??? More evidence that some in the USA want permanent war. With the ISIS Flintstones failing as justification for trillion dollar war toys, look for Russia and China to be bogymen once more.

5-0 on 'Today'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Baroness, etc Except for a few minutes whilst driving to work, I've not heard much of *Today *recently. So I don't know if their post-June Brexit coverage has been good, bad or indifferent. I decided to check today's edition though to test the waters, and have to say that I wasn't remotely reassured by what I heard. At around 7.18 Tim Farron of the Lib Dem's gave a Remainer's point of view on today's pro-EU march. He discussed various ways (political, constitutional, legal) to reverse the Leave vote. (He spoke with very little interruption). At around 7.50 two lawyers - Labour's... more »

First Lady: All States Easing Licensing for Military Spouses

Darlene Superville at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: 15592488001_373531cdda_k__1467470778_71.164.139.145] WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House campaign to help military families has hit a new milestone: All 50 states have eased the requirements for military spouses whose careers require a professional license. Michelle Obama said just three states accepted licenses... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Chechen man identified as the organizer of the Istanbul airport bombing A former Pope wrote the first tell-all about the Vatican Fox News Contributor Who Claimed Hillary Clinton Was A ‘Criminal’ Pleads Guilty To Felony Fraud Austrian Court Orders Rerun Of Presidential Election After Finding "Widespread" Voting Fraud Why Was A Gun Used in The Paris Terrorist Attacks Linked To "Fast And Furious" This library's heartwarming program lets inmates read stories to their kids on video chat Colombia’s Peace Finally at Hand FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: What CIA operatives are... more »

Saturday Links...

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Bridge building continues...* From Forward Taiwan 蕭美琴: 我們要做一個積極規劃移民的國家, 還是要做一個封閉型的國家? Hsiao Bi-khim DPP, Hualien: Do we want to be a country that proactively plans immigration or a closed country? 4:00 This video is from April 18th. She is questioning the Ma administration's Minister of the Interior about Taiwan's refusal to permit naturalized citizens to be dual nationals. Her bill to amend the Nationality Act would remove the requirement to renounce original nationality and permit dual citizenship for both naturalized and native Taiwanese citizens. It is still in committee unde... more »

The Military has a bad week...

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 14 hours ago
*Drying...* The military had a couple of huge problems this week. First, a couple of marines and a marine MP hung a dog with a chain. I am not linking to this story in any way. I can't bear to think of that poor animal and the light punishment they apparently received. KMT Vice Chair Hau Long-bin complained that the morale of the military was hurt by having to issue an apology. The KMT has long had a tight relationship with the military... The major mistake was the accidental destruction of a Taiwanese fishing boat by a missile fired from a navy ship in Kaohsiung. This story broke ... more »

Weekend reads: Publisher under fire; Canadian scientists demand change; a troubled psychiatry trial

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured an unwitting co-author and a painful example of doing the right thing. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Wiley is under fire for using “trap URLs” to foil automated downloading, Rachel Becker reports. (Nature) “Nearly 1000 Canadian researchers,” led by Jim Woodgett, “are demanding that the government immediately reverse ‘radical’ changes that […] The post Weekend reads: Publisher under fire; Canadian scientists demand change; a troubled psychiatry trial appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Zika Bill Gimmick Could Cost Taxpayers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Justin Bogie at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: 5150291942_62abaf2067_b__1467466396_71.164.139.145] In the wee hours of last Thursday morning, the House of Representatives passed a $1.1 billion emergency funding package to respond to and prepare for the ongoing health threat caused by the Zika virus. This was the same amount proposed... more »

Eating Just MREs Will Destroy Your Body After 21 Days

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Task & Purpose*:* Civilian Destroyed After Eating MREs For 21 Days* *A journalist ate nothing but MREs for three weeks, and it basically destroyed him.* In January 2016, the Army put out a call for 18 to 62 year-old people to risk the health of their insides by participating in a study to test what 21 days worth of Meals-Ready-to-Eat would do to the human body. It’s unclear whether or not someone actually answered that call, but the Independent Journal Review decided to stage a similar study of its own. And as a guinea pig, they chose reporter Juan Leon, who had never consumed an... more »

Frustration Is Growing On The Ukraine Front Lines

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report:* *Yards From War, Miles From Peace* *Ukraine’s troops at the front lines complain Kiev is needlessly hampering their ability to fight.* AVDIIVKA, Ukraine – Most of the fighting here takes place at night, when deep thuds of artillery and the staccato sounds of gunfire routinely fill the air. The Ukrainian army’s 128th Brigade occupies a former mine at this extreme front line of the war against separatist forces, connected to Ukraine-held territory by one road that bisects a dense anti-tank minefield designed to thwart pursuit if govern... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
At least the BBC has chosen *not *to lead its News website with the anti-Brexit march in London. Sky, on the other hand, *is* leading with it: The obvious thing to say about this march has already been said by General Boles on Twitter (from a couple of hours ago): *Unless there are 18 million people on #marchforeurope they'd have been better off staying in bed.*

Is Norman Smith the BBC's "main pro-May, kill-Gove voice"?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Charles Moore on the BBC's Norman Smith: I don't know if that's fair or not, as I've not caught Norman Smith's reporting in the past couple of days or so, but Norm's Twitter feed (which he uses as an important part of his BBC reporting) *does *show quite a striking difference in treatment between Mrs. May and Mr. Gove. Compare and contrast and see what you think: About Theresa May: About Michael Gove:

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 30th June)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 15 hours ago
Brexit vote shows need for reform of executive pay, says top fund manager A senior executive at Hermes Investment Management, which manages £24bn of funds and advises 42 investors holding almost £170bn, said runaway executive pay had probably contributed to the alienation felt by many people in marginalised parts of Britain who voted for Brexit. The average FTSE 100 chief executive earns £5m,

After Democrats Block Zika Funding, Obama Urges Congress to Pass Legislation to Develop Zika Cure

The Associated Press at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: 16047251189_f97d4aeaf4_k__1467462123_71.164.139.145] WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says a vaccine for the Zika virus could be developed in “fairly short order” if Congress acts quickly to pass a bill to prevent the spread of the disease. Obama says researchers are beginning to develop... more »

Suicide by Job: Farmers, Lumberjacks, Fishermen Top CDC List

Mike Stobbe at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Suicide By Job_perr__1467463762_71.164.139.145] NEW YORK (AP) -- Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations. The study didn’t explore the reasons... more »

Obama Legitimizes The Conservative Opposition In Venezuela

JP Carroll at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro] President Barack Obama told reporters Wednesday that he supports, "the legitimate efforts to hold a recall referendum consistent with Venezuelan law," which could oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Obama made the comment in a joint press conference in Ottawa during the North American Leaders Summit,... more »

The Article Pulled By Telegraph After Pressure From Theresa May's Campaign per Guido Fawkes Media Guido

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'It's surely about time – and not too late – for conservatives to look behind Mrs May's carefully-wrought image and consider if she really is the right person to lead the party and the country. There's a vast gulf between being effective in office, and being effective at promoting yourself; it's not one that Theresa May has yet crossed.' More here http://order-order.com/2016/07/02/read-full-article-pulled-telegraph-pressure-may-campaign/ despite the best efforts of Theresa 'nasty party' May's team.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
In one of last night's posts I noted the use of the "looms" by Katie Razzall on *Newsnight*, suggesting that it revealed her bias on the Brexit issue: Today's *From Our Own Correspondent *also featured the word. Here BBC journalist Chris Bowlby linked the break-up of Czechoslovakia in 1992 with Brexit today (though oddly, whilst describing all the complications and turmoil of that "divorce", he didn't make the obvious point that the two successor states are doing just fine now): *"As a Brit you won't really understand", [a Czechoslovak] added, "as nothing like this could happen i... more »

"Not endorsements"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Incidentally, the Twitter feed of Anbarasan Ethirajan, the BBC's South Asia analyst (featured in the previous post) is typical of many BBC Twitter feeds. It proudly bears the BBC's name and says "RTs are not endorsements". Scroll through his public tweets both before and since June 23 regarding the Brexit vote and you'll see that Anbarasan has RT-ed (or - more accurately - linked to) anti-Brexit piece after anti-Brexit, mostly from the *Guardian *and the *New York Times *(many linking racism with the Brexit vote)*.* "RTs are not endorsements"? *Really*, Anbarasan?

Ending The NRA's Reign Of Terror? Not While Paul Ryan Is Speaker Of The House

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Since 1990, the gun manufacturers' lobbyists, like the NRA, have spent $32,458,492 in bribes to Congress, $27,627,767 of that to Republicans. Paul Ryan was only 20 then, driving a hot dog truck, and he wasn't elected to Congress until 1998. But he's made up for lost time. The only crook in the House who's taken more in gun lobbyist bribes than Ryan ($167,355) is Don Young of Alaska ($183,822). As you can probably surprise from the graphic above, he's in a tough spot. 92% of Americans want strong and effective background checks-- which his paymasters at the NRA oppose-- and 85% want... more »

Ambiguous Cylinders Illusion Will Tax Your Brain

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Professor Kokichi Sugihara’s Ambiguous Cylinders illusion is baffling viewers and has won him the second prize in the 2016 Illusion of the Year contest. This optical trickery exploits the shortcomings of the mind that relies on the brain’s rigid perspective. The Verge reports: Oh man. Oh jeez. This is, apparently, the ‘ambiguous cylinders’ illusion, the creation of Kokichi Sugihar, a professor of engineering at Meiji University in Japan. It’s also the second prize winner in 2016’s Best Illusion of the Year contest, a community-run competition that aims to remind us that “all percept... more »

ISIS Fled Last Stand in Fallujah, but Fears of Comeback Linger

Susannah George at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Mideast Iraq Fleeing _perr__1467462870_71.164.139.145] FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) -- Clumps of hair from hastily shaven beards littered floors and filled wastebaskets in houses in the Iraqi city of Fallujah’s western neighborhood, a dense block of low-rise homes that were the Islamic State militants’ last stand before... more »

Did the Obama White House Bully This Anti-Muslim Preacher? Pretty Much.

Todd Starnes at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Florida pastor Terry Jones addresses the media, Thursday, April 21, 2011 in Dearborn, Mich.] There was a troubling item tucked deep inside the House Republican's Benghazi report on Tuesday. It involves Terry Jones -- the Florida preacher who has an affinity for burning the Koran. According to the report -- the White House directed Secretary of... more »

Gays, Go Easy With the Hate Label. We’ll Need it for the Real Thing.

Tom Gilson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Comfort Prayer Dark Times Together Love Compassion - 900] I get accused of being a hater for disagreeing with LGBT-oriented moral opinions. I’m not, any more than the LGBT activists are for disagreeing with mine. That word "hate" gets used too freely, almost always for rhetorical and political effect.... more »

Vietnam-Era Helicopter Restored to Give One Last Ride to Veterans

Faith McDonnell at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Huey 823 Vietnam Helicoptor Angle - 900] It is like the memory of a smell from your mother’s kitchen. The scent takes you back years before. Suddenly, the file cabinet of memories is opened and the chop-chop sound of that bird returns you to a time long... more »

North Carolina Lawmakers Leave LGBT Law Largely Intact

Jonathan Drew at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 5371470555_d3e844aa43_b__1467460749_71.164.139.145] RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A law limiting protections for LGBT people emerged largely unchanged after North Carolina lawmakers revisited it during their yearly legislative session. After days of closed-door meetings to discuss possible changes, the North Carolina General Assembly voted... more »

It May Be Too Late

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
In his speech to Parliament on Wednesday, Barack Obama called for a version of globalization where the benefits accrued to all, not just the top one percent. A consummation devoutly to be wished. But, Tom Walkom writes, it may be too late to make it happen: Indeed, the best Obama could come up with as a model for humane globalization was the deeply flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment deal. Yet it is so unpopular in the U.S. that even Hillary Clinton, Obama’s ally and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has vowed to deep-six it. The TPP is unpopular ... more »

Puerto Rico Enters New Financial Era After Historic Default

Danica Coto at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Congress Puerto Rico_perr__1467459316_71.164.139.145] SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico entered a new financial era Friday following a historic default as it prepares for the implementation of a federal oversight board that will have control over the island’s dire finances and provide room to ease a crushing debt... more »

California Governor Signs Stringent Gun Bills, Vetoes Others

Jonathan J. Cooper at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Gun Control-Californi_perr__1467458109_71.164.139.145] SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed six stringent gun-control measures Friday that will require people to turn in high-capacity magazines and mandate background checks for ammunition sales, as California Democrats seek to strengthen gun laws that are already... more »

20 Hostages Killed, 13 Saved in Bangladesh Restaurant Attack

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: People help an unidentified injured person after a group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016. A group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday night, taking hostages and exchanging gunfire with security forces, according to a restaurant staff member and local media reports. (AP Photo)] DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant to end a hostage-taking by heavil... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
There's a discussion going on in the comments at *Biased BBC *over a BBC News website article's use of the word "daring" to describe the Islamist terrorist attack on a cafe in Bangladesh. *Should* that word have been used? I very much think *not*. The BBC calls the attacked district "a high-security area...considered among the safest places in the capital", so maybe that's why the BBC journalist (Anbarasan Ethirajan, the BBC's South Asia analyst) felt it was appropriate to use it. But "daring" is a word that carries strong positive connotations, inevitably bringing along with i... more »

How Should Clergy Engage Politics? It’s a Question as Old at Our Republic.

Mark Tooley at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Evangelical meeting - 900] Recently hundreds of religious conservatives, mostly Evangelicals, met with Donald Trump in a highly publicized New York summit. Most who spoke publicly afterwards were supportive. Two dozen prominent Evangelicals were announced as Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory board. One board member,... more »

Human Foods That Dogs Can And Cannot Eat

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
*Take good care of the pups.*

Big Drop In June Temperatures According To UAH

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Roy Spencer has news of a big drop in satellite temperatures last month: Second largest 2-month drop in global average satellite temperatures. Largest 2-month drop in tropical average satellite temperatures. NOTE: This is the fifteenth monthly update with our new Version 6.0 dataset. Differences versus the old Version […]

Brexit Wrecks it

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
*Can't find true love. I know just the place...* UBS observed: “We had expected the electronics-heavy Taiwan market to report its worst earnings figures in Asia and EM this year – a 5% y/y decline due to weak external demand and, more importantly, muted consumer electronics product cycles. *Brexit is likely to make matters worse for Taiwan, since it has the highest revenue exposure (15%) to Europe among Asian countries, resulting in further earnings downside risks.* I was on ICRT on Friday (podcast) but more importantly, Michael Boyden, the longtime business and finance expert her... more »

CERN clarifies the new portal created on June 24th

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 18 hours ago
First, there were just rumors. However, some of the most prestigious media outlets such as The Freedom Fighter Times (see the video below) and The Daily Express (along with the Daily Star, the Sun, the Inquisitr, and RT) have figured out that something was going on. *The video is highly pedagogic and has already been watched by more than 100,000 of the world's best experts specializing in the LHC portals. It also teaches the viewers what the "background" means (something you can buy on Google); and helps you to understand the calendar and the concept of a week (plus the fact that ... more »

The return of the Migrant Crisis?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
Thursday's first post-Brexit vote edition of *From Our Own Correspondent *gave us another chance to hear from one of the BBC's most opinionated foreign reporters, their Central Europe correspondent Nick Thorpe (a regular here at *ITBB* during the 'now-forgotten' migrant crisis). Here he talked about the "fateful" British vote's effect on Eastern Europe. It's provoked "shock". "anger", "fear" and "insecurity" there. And he had a personal message for us too: *People in Britain often tell me that Europeans don't like us. My own impression is the opposite. * *Wherever I travel in Eas... more »

Wise words from Chester

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
From Biased BBC http://biasedbbc.org/blog/2016/07/01/weekend-open-thread-108/#comments 'Rob in Cheshire on July 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm If, after Brexit, there is seasonal farm work here, Romanians and Bulgarians will be perfectly able to apply for work permits to do it, and get paid a decent wage. They will not, however, be able to bring their children over here to be educated, their elderly relatives over here to get treatment on the NHS, or expect to be housed at public expense. They are not British, they don't want to be British, they have not been betrayed by the British. If ther... more »

"Hillary Clinton Scheduled To Meet With FBI On Saturday"; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Hillary Clinton Scheduled To Meet With FBI On Saturday"* by Chuck Ross, Julian Hattem "Hillary Clinton could be interviewed in the coming days as part of the federal investigation into her “homebrew” email setup. The rumored interview could indicate the FBI is in the final stages of its investigation and comes after Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she would defer to investigators and prosecutors in deciding whether to press charges. Multiple current and former aides to Clinton have reportedly answered the FBI’s questions in recent months, in what appeared to be a path l... more »

Happy 4th of July!

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Have a very happy, safe and peaceful holiday weekend!

Musical Interlude: Paul McCartney, "Mull Of Kintyre"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Paul McCartney, "Mull Of Kintyre" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2Y6xFOPPW0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
“The southern part of Orion, the famous constellation and mythical hunter, appears quite picturesque posing here over a famous volcano. Located in the Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa, the snow-peaked Teide is one of the largest volcanoes on Earth. Lights from a group planning to summit Teide before dawn are visible below the volcano's peak. *Click image for larger size.* In this composite of exposures the three iconic belt stars of Orion are seen just above the peak, while the famous Orion Nebula and the rest of Orion's sword are visible beyond the volcano's left slo... more »

Chet Raymo, "What Does It All Mean?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"What Does It All Mean?"* by Chet Raymo "A good friend tells me via e-mail that she is reading Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina." I read the book for a second time two years ago, in the new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. It's one of those novels I had to read twice - once in middle age (I would not have had the patience in youth) and once in settled maturity. In middle age, it was all about Anna, and passion, and doubt. In old age - for me at least - it's about Levin, settled, happily married, enjoying as much intellectual peace as might be possible in this bi... more »

"How Much More Simple..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"Life is such unutterable hell, solely because it is sometimes beautiful. If we could only be miserable all the time, if there could be no such things as love or beauty or faith or hope, if I could be absolutely certain that my love would never be returned: how much more simple life would be. One could plod through the Siberian salt mines of existence without being bothered about happiness. Unfortunately the happiness is there. There is always the chance (about eight hundred and fifty to one) that another heart will come to mine. I can't help hoping, and keeping faith, and loving b... more »

"What Mark Will You Leave On The World?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"What Mark Will You Leave On The World?" * by Maria Rodale "As some of you know, this time of year is my favorite time to truly reflect on the past and the future. Things seem to slow down enough that there's finally time to ponder and think and plan and dream. The questions and thoughts change as I get older. When I was younger, it was more about what I wanted to accomplish (although I still have a VERY ambitious list for that). Now, it's a little bit more of what do I want to leave behind? The thing about life and reality is that it is so fleeting. Things that seem huge and vast... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Papillion, Nebraska, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

“When Government Controls All Wealth”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“When Government Controls All Wealth”* by Bill Bonner "Stock markets continued their rebound yesterday. The Dow rose 284 points…or just over 1.5%. London’s FTSE 100 Index was up 3.6%. Europe’s equivalent of the Dow, the Euro Stoxx 50, was up 2.7%. *Sliding into absurdity: *Investors have realized Brexit isn’t the end of the world. First, because they think it won’t really happen. After all, elites can fix elections, buy politicians, and control public policy… Surely, they can fix this! (A letter in the Financial Times reminds us that Swedish voters cast their ballots against nucle... more »

The Economy: Gregory Mannarino, “Fed. Bails Out Banks AGAIN! Gold & Silver Skyrocket. Debt Market Flatline”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
“Every civilization in the history of man is made up of a small group of ruling elitists and a larger group of subordinate workers. It’s interesting to note that the small ruling elite does not argue this fact, and yet, the larger mass group of workers do. Ignorance is bliss for only as long as ignorance is an option. Ignorance ceases to be an option for each of us at different times in our lives.” – JC Collins ◆ Gregory Mannarino, “Fed. Bails Out Banks AGAIN! Gold & Silver Skyrocket. Debt Market Flatline” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVWxOywncUI ◆ *Economy Related:* "Explaining... more »

"Never Forget..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"Take risks! That is really what life is about. We must pursue our own happiness. Nobody has ever lived our lives; there are no guidelines. Trust your instincts. Accept nothing but the best. But then also look for it carefully. Don't allow it to slip between your fingers. Sometimes, good things come to us in a such a quiet fashion. And nothing comes complete. It is what we make of whatever we encounter that determines the outcome. What we choose to see, what we choose to save. And what we choose to remember. Never forget that all the love in your life is there, inside you, always." ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago

"A Sad Fact..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"A sad fact, of course, about adult life is that you see the very things you'll never adapt to coming toward you on the horizon. You see them as the problems they are, you worry like hell about them, you make provisions, take precautions, fashion adjustments; you tell yourself you'll have to change your way of doing things. Only you don't. You can't. Somehow it's already too late. And maybe it's even worse than that: maybe the thing you see coming from far away is not the real thing, the thing that scares you, but its aftermath. And what you've feared will happen has already taken ... more »

"US AG Lynch DOES NOT Recuse Herself From Clinton Email Case - Justice Dept", Updates July 1

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"US AG Lynch DOES NOT Recuse Herself From Clinton Email Case - Justice Dept"* by RT "US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has *NOT* recused herself from deciding about whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be charged in the classified email scandal, following outrage over the AG's private meeting with Bill Clinton this week, the Justice Department announced Friday morning. The announcement comes in the wake of accusations that Lynch has a conflict of interest in the case, after she met with the former president on her government plane on the tarmac of Phoenix... more »

"After Lynch’s Mystery Meeting With Bill, Justice Dept. 'Shields Clinton Foundation Emails'”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"After Lynch’s Mystery Meeting With Bill, * *Justice Dept. 'Shields Clinton Foundation Emails'”* by Mac Slavo "Yesterday’s mystery meeting on the tarmac between former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch has now been clarified. Obviously, it wasn’t a social visit as Lynch publicly claimed, but an arrangement clarifying how the powerful Clinton dynasty would be kept above the law in the face of heated publicly scrutiny as Hillary Clinton seeks the presidency. Instead, the Justice Department filed a motion that would keep from release thousands of emails potent... more »

"The British Woke Up! Can The Americans?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"The British Woke Up! Can The Americans?"* by Paul Craig Roberts "In our time to be truthful is to be provocative. To write provocatively leaves little room for error or mistatement as today’s euphemism terms it. I could shill for the establishment and be wrong 98% of the time and nothing ever would be said about it. But there is no forgiveness for a provocative truth-teller. You have open inquiring minds and you want to know. Your motives are not to protect your illusions and delusions or to reinforce your emotional needs. This is why I write for you. If no one knows or respects ... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 7/1/2016"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 7/1/2016"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Attorney General Loretta Lynch, along with the FBI, is investigating the biggest political scandal in American history with Presidential presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. Allegations include: a private server that jeopardized national security, charity fraud and bribes paid in donations for favors from Clinton while she was Secretary of State. Against that backdrop, Lynch took a private meeting with Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Lynch’s private jet in Phoenix. We are supposed to believ... more »

“Elites Called to 'Rise-up Against the Ignorant Masses’- The Masses Reply: ‘Bring It On’, See What Happens To You!”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Elites Called to 'Rise-up Against the Ignorant Masses’-* * The Masses Reply: ‘Bring It On’, See What Happens To You!”* by NewRoom "And so it’s on… In a column for Foreign Policy Magazine, Council on Foreign Relations member James Traub argues that the elite need to “rise up” against the “mindlessly angry” ignorant masses in order to prevent globalization from being derailed by the populist revolt that led to Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump. In a spectacular display of the very ignorance against which he issues his call to arms, Traub shows how thoroughly infected the establis... more »

Musical Interlude: Rudy Adrian, “Of Clouds And Mountains”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Rudy Adrian, “Of Clouds And Mountains” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlEL166s7hU

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
“Why do many galaxies appear as spirals? A striking example is M101, shown above, whose relatively close distance of about 27 million light years allows it to be studied in some detail. Observational evidence indicates that a close gravitational interaction with a neighboring galaxy created waves of high mass and condensed gas which continue to orbit the galaxy center. These waves compress existing gas and cause star formation. *Click image for larger size.* One result is that M101, also called the Pinwheel Galaxy, has several extremely bright star-forming regions (called HII regions)... more »

Chet Raymo, “Beyond The Porch- Light of Language”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*“Beyond The Porch- Light of Language”* by Chet Raymo "The title of this post is another phrase from the poet Pat Boran. A lovely image, evoking friends in rocking chairs sipping ice tea or gin-and-tonics on a drowsy summer night. Out there in the darkness lightnin' bugs flash their sleepy semaphores. Somewhere afar off heat lightnin' illuminates the horizon. Our language drifts into the dark. We have words too for stars, for black holes and quasars, for the cosmic microwave background radiation. Our words leak off the porch into the summer darkness, bringing some small part of the... more »

"It's Better..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"Sometimes this human stuff is slimy and pathetic... but better to feel it and talk about it and walk through it than to spend a lifetime being silently poisoned." - Anne Lamott "It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life." - Elizabeth Kenny

The Economy: "Janet Yellen Warms Up The Helicopters"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Janet Yellen Warms Up The Helicopters"* Introduction by Brian Maher “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” That deathless phrase of Rahm Emanuel, former Obama stooge and current Chicago mafia boss, could soon be vindicated. Enter Brexit, the crisis du jour… Gold bug, tireless pessimist and Gloom, Boom & Doom Report editor Marc Faber was on Bloomberg yesterday. Here’s what he had to say about Brexit and not letting a serious crisis go to waste: “Global growth has contracted... growth rates have been reduced and many countries are in recession already. That has nothing at... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

"It Is Not Our Part..."; "For This Is What We Do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
"It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till." - J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings” *Sam:* "It's like in the great stories Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end it's only a... more »

Quarter Two Local By-Election Results 2016

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 19 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Q1 Average/ contest +/- Q1 +/- Seats Conservative 99 71,089 29.4% +2.4% 718 +351 -11 Labour 95 83,941 34.7% +6.6% 884 +423 +3 LibDem 70 26,245 10.9% -5.5% 375 +75 +4 UKIP 63 24,227 10.0% +0.4% 385 +180 +1 Green 48 14,497 6.0% +2.5% 302 +199 +1 SNP* 3 5,849 2.4% -3.2% 1,950 +755 0 PC** 5 574 0.2% +0.2% 115 +115 0 TUSC 9 754 0.3% +0.1% 84 -58 0 Ind*** 37 13,065 5.4% +1.8% 353 +245 +2... more »

When democracy becomes inconvenient...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'Ministers and senior Tory MPs are discussing whether Theresa May could be installed as leader without a vote by ordinary members if she has overwhelming support in the parliamentary party. Mrs May could have the backing of up to half the 330 Conservative MPs when the first round of votes is held next Tuesday. A senior Tory minister, however, called yesterday on fellow MPs to decide on a new leader quickly, without the need for a wider vote. Anna Soubry, the business minister and a prominent EU supporter, said that it was bad for Britain to allow uncertainty to continue…' More he... more »

Don't worry, be happy!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
*BBC Breakfast *had Frederika Roberts, a smiling "happiness and resilience expert", on this morning's show to help counter what it clearly thinks in a depressed national mood. Naga Munchetty wondered, *"With all this uncertainty, how do we put a smile back on our faces?"* Presenter Jon Kay welcomed Frederika by saying, *"I think the Wales result last night has put a smile back on people's faces, hasn't it? It's been a heck of a ten days or so, hasn't it, whatever your politics? How do we gee ourselves up?"* Frederika admitted to "ranting" on social media in recent days, but thi... more »

Not everything has changed...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Samira Ahmed's opening questions on this week's *Newswatch* were: *Has the BBC's response to the Brexit vote been unfairly dominated by 'doom and gloom' views about its possible negative consequences? And have those who voted to leave the European Union been stereotyped as as 'old, ill-educated racists'?* The featured complainants argued that the BBC has given "constant coverage" of "people who wanted to remain" and "the worries and negative spin being generated at this point"; that there's "a reluctance to speak about the positive aspects of that decision"; that there's a focus ... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 21 hours ago
*Bob Dylan's New Orleans, in Oil on Canvas ~David Alm, Forbes*

May Supporters' Plot to Keep Gove Off Ballot per Guido Fawkes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Reading this Guido Fawkes revelation http://order-order.com/2016/07/01/may-supporters-plot-keep-gove-off-ballot/ I was struck by how quickly people forget... 'Rumours are doing the rounds that several as yet undeclared Theresa May supporters are considering endorsing Andrea Leadsom in order to keep Michael Gove off the ballot. With less than half of the parliamentary party openly declared, May currently has 87 MPs publicly backing her and many more supporters yet to declare – she is absolutely nailed on to make the final two. Her allies are allegedly now pushing her right-wing L... more »

June 1: Canada Day does not mean Lying Day

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 21 hours ago
Canada, including New Brunswick, is in the midst of a storm over the building of oil pipelines. One of the disputed ones is proposed to pass through New Brunswick. There's another one, the Northern Gateway, projected to go from Alberta to the west coast. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled against the Northern Gateway Pipeline on the grounds that native peoples had not been properly consulted. How could the editors of the Irving press have missed that story? It was on the web yesterday, on CBC news, in plenty of time. (I think I can guess why they missed it.) And one might consider... more »

Military Photo of the Day: 65 Years Ago Today, the First US Army Unit Was Deployed to Korea

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: First US Troops deployed to Korea - 900] Smith Task Force, US Army, was the first unit to be deployed to the Korean peninsula during the Korean War, July 2, 1950. Rep. of Korea, Defense Photo Magazine

Did Former Commander Of NATO Forces U.S. General Breedlove Plotted To Start A Proxy War Against Russia In Ukraine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*The Intercept:* *Hacked Emails Reveal NATO General Plotting Against Obama on Russia Policy* RETIRED U.S. AIR FORCE Gen. Philip Breedlove, until recently the supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, plotted in private to overcome President Barack Obama’s reluctance to escalate military tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine in 2014, according to apparently hacked emails from Breedlove’s Gmail account that were posted on a new website called DC Leaks. Obama defied political pressure from hawks in Congress and the military to provide lethal assistance to the Ukrainian gove... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
In China, 99% of all defendants are found guilty. One group of lawyers is trying to change that. https://t.co/uPiT5igr1v — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 2, 2016

Another U.S. - Russian Navy 'Confrontation' In The Mediterranean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) is pictured underway during the multinational UNITAS Atlantic 53-2012 exercise conducted in the western Caribbean Sea in this September 25, 2012 handout photo.REUTERS/ LT. CMDR. COREY BARKER/U.S. NAVY/HANDOUT *ABC News:* *US Has Another Close Call With Russian Ship in the Mediterranean* A Russian ship again made a close approach to a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea in an encounter that American officials are labeling "unprofessional." On Thursday, the Russian frigate Yaroslav Mudryy came within 150 yard... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Female members of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard stand behind a string to ensure that they are in a straight line before a welcoming ceremony for Russian President Vladimir Putin outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. © REUTERS/ KIM KYUNG-HOON

Bangladesh Hostage Crisis Ends, All Attackers Have Been Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Police gather after gunmen attacked the Holey Artisan restaurant and took hostages early on Saturday, in Dhaka, Bangladesh in this still frame taken from live video July 2, 2016. REUTERS/REUTERS TV *NBC News*: *Bangladesh Hostage Standoff Ends, All Attackers Dead: Police* Bangladeshi security forces on Saturday stormed a restaurant where gunmen took what was feared to be dozens of hostages the night before. Police said all the attackers were killed in the raid. Local media reported that gunfire and explosions were heard at around 7:40 a.m. local time (9:40 p.m. Friday ET) in the di... more »

Stirring Up A War With Russia-- Just What The World Needs

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Breedlove* I spent most of June in Russia, primarily in Moscow and St. Petersburg. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I found Russians-- particularly in Moscow-- surly and defiant towards America and the West. The Western establishment insists Putin is using propaganda to play on the old fears and prejudices of the Cold War. On one level I saw it as a kind of paranoia, but it's a paranoia based on a very hard reality not on baseless assertions. As Lee Fang and Zaid Jilani made clear today at *The Intercept* Russia's fears were far from baseless as Gen. Philip Breedlove, now retired but u... more »

Attorney General Says She Will Accept Hillary Clinton FBI Indictment

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced that she will accept the decision of prosecutors, investigators and FBI Director James Comey on whether to bring criminal charges in the ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and according to Judge Andrew Napolitano this is very bad news for Hillary Clinton – and very good news for Bernie Sanders. “I think it’s very bad news for Mrs Clinton legally. I don’t know how it plays out politically, but legally the FBI has invested thousands of person hours in this investigation. It has accumulated enough evide... more »

Democratic Party Leader Served Election Fraud Lawsuit

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An historic class action lawsuit has been served to the Democratic leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz, accusing Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party of election fraud. On June 28, the Beck & Lee law firm representing up to 2 million Bernie Sanders donors filed the class action lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Observer.com reports: “There are essentially six legal claims we are asserting in this lawsuit on behalf of the composed class members,” said attorney Jared Beck in a YouTube video announcing the lawsuit. “The first is ... more »

FBI Reveal Secret Policy To Target Alternative Media Journalists

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
FBI documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reveal that the agency have a secret policy to spy on and target alternative media journalists. The documents, obtained by the Intercept, lay out unconstitutional methods for collecting phone records of journalists, completely bypassing the normal judicial processes by utilizing National Security Letters. Rt.com reports: They date back to 2013, the same year the agency’s overseer, the US Department of Justice, amended its standards for subpoenaing for such records. However, the newly leaked papers are marked “last upda... more »

Leaked Emails Reveal NATO Plot To Force US-Russia War

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Hacked emails reveal that NATO plotted to force President Obama to go to war with Russia by any means necessary. Emailed leaked by website DC Leaks show that the former supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Philip Breedlove, planned to reverse Obama’s reluctance to wage war with Russia in order to spark World War 3. Theintercept.com reports: Obama defied political pressure from hawks in Congress and the military to provide lethal assistance to the Ukrainian government, fearing that doing so would increase the bloodshed and provide Russian President Vladimir Putin with... more »

Scientists Discover That Ibuprofen Cures Ebola Virus

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists have discovered that the popular painkiller ibuprofen may be a ‘miracle’ cure to eradicate the Ebola virus. According to scientists in the UK, ibuprofen combined with the cancer drug toremifene can disable the Ebola virus. BBC News reports: Scientists used the UK’s national synchrotron facility – Diamond Light Source – to analyse the virus in incredible detail. They revealed the two drugs could bind to the crucial part of Ebola that the virus needs to infect cells. However, the team warns this is just a starting point and more effective drugs need to be researched. The s... more »

Scientists Admit Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine Is ‘Ineffective’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists have announced that the needle-free nasal spray flu vaccine is almost completely ineffective at preventing influenza. The “FluMist” vaccination has not provided any protection against the flu for children or adults for several years and should be banned, according to experts. Naturalnews.com reports: As reported by NBC News, the recommendation to forego the FluMist vaccine may also leave doctors short of vaccine altogether, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (not a bad thing, we believe). “Nasal spray flu vaccine accounts for about one-third of a... more »

Czech President Calls For EU Referendum Amid Europe Collapse

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The President of the Czech Republic has called for an EU referendum to be held one week after Britain voted to leave the European Union. President Milos Zeman has called for a referendum on his country’s membership of both the EU and NATO, as member states around the continent begin demanding their own referendums amid a European collapse. Zerohedge.com reports: Demonstrating a shocking grasp of what democracy truly is, while Zeman wants to remain in both organizations, he wants the public to have a chance to “express themselves” something which sends a spike of terror through the ... more »

Navy Commanders To Be Recruited Based On Their Climate Change Views

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A U.S. Senator has suggested that the Navy recruit their Commanders based on their personal views on climate change. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse told a crowd gathered in New York City that climate change deniers damage U.S. soldiers in the field and that the military needs to universally join the “climate change crusade” for the good of humanity. Dailycaller.com reports: “The problem has been that the uniformed military has been reluctant to put its voice into – or its image into this fight,” Whitehouse said, according to a YouTube video posted Thursday. “But, it’s hard... more »

World News Briefs -- July 1, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Bangladeshi police prepare to storm restaurant where Islamist terrorists are holding 20 hostages - including foreigners - after shooting two officers dead in Dhaka* * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * Up to nine gunmen entered, opened fire and hurled makeshift bombs * Gunmen armed with 'pistols, swords and bombs', according to a witness * Worker who escaped reported gunmen shouted 'Allahu Akbar' as they fired * ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack launched on the restaurant * Several foreigners are among those held hostage inside, said police chief * Two police offi... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 1, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Photo: Cpl. Andre Dakis/Marine Corps) *Marine Times:* *Marines in Iraq came under 'numerous' rocket attacks, commander says* Marines came under rocket attack several times while manning a firebase in northern Iraq, said Col. Robert Fulford, commander of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Known as Task Force Spartan, a detachment of about 180 Marines from the MEU arrived at Makhmour, Iraq, in March to provide artillery support to Iraqi and Kurdish forces. “The firebase did receive indirect fire rocket attacks on numerous occasions over the course of their 60-plus days in the fir... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 1, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sit next to each other during their meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 13, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA) *Maxim A. Suchkov, Al-Monitor*: *Has Turkey finally made nice with Russia?* Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have had their first phone conversation in seven months. After the 42-minute talk, Putin, speaking at a government session, said the pair had agreed to resume bilateral relations. The news came just hours after Turkey suffered a... more »

Austrian Court Cancels Presidential Election Amid Election Fraud Scandal

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An Austrian court has cancelled the presidential elections currently taking place in the country, due to evidence of election fraud taking place. The Austrian Constitutional Court has ruled that the presidential election must be re-run, following the fraudulent votes that took place on May 22 that saw far-right candidate Norbert Hofer lose by 31,000 votes. Rt.com reports: Hofer, who was running for the Freedom Party (FPO), learned of the ruling halfway through giving an interview to RT and even afforded himself a brief smile as the news began to sink in, as he was congratulated by h... more »

This Day In History: 100 Years Ago Today, The Tragedy Of The "Battle Of The Somme" Began

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
Being a true student of real history, I have studied many of the tragic "battles" of the so called Great War, World War I..... It is so amazing now to look back into that period of history where the nations of Europe fought for what they at the time believed were justifiable causes.....Only now we know that the entire First World War was fought for the criminal Jewish bankers, to destroy the monarchies of Europe, and to give rise to Jewish Communism..... One of the most tragic "battles" of the entire Great War was of course the infamous "Battle Of The Somme" that was fought from Ju... more »

Alternative Media Activist Murdered By Police, Cover Up Emerges

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
John Lang, a Fresno, California alternative media activist who exposed corruption and illegal activity within the Fresno Police Department, was found stabbed to death inside his burnt down home days after predicting he would be killed by police in his area. The official cause of death was ruled as suicide. Now a compelling video has been posted online documenting exactly what happened to John Lang, using the extraordinary evidence he gathered before his death implicating the police in a plot against his life. Lang was a popular member of his local community, with many of his neighb... more »

Dugin: "Our goal is the liberation of Turkey from American influence....

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
.....Armenia is our greatest ally" Regarding the Turkish/Russia reboot? I was listening to the gang at the boiler room and they had this 2015 interview linked at the show site- Originally from Fort Russ and worth reading. So, obviously I have to post it! I omitted the rather silly disclaimer because the translation is very good and would rather let Dugin speak for himself "Dugin: 'Azerbaijan has the same meaning in Turkish geopolitics as Armenia' “There is pro-Russian sentiment in Turkey and it is very serious. Turkey depends on Russia from the point of view of tourism, economics... more »

More Trump vs The GOP

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The video above is Geoff Bennett of NY-1 interviewing Mitch McConnell about his party's presidential nominee. He asked the Republican Senate Majority Leader if Trump is qualified to be president and McConnell just could not say, "yes." Instead he hedged: Trump clearly needs to change, in my opinion, to win the general election. What I’ve said to him both publicly and privately: 'You’re a great entertainer. You turn on audiences. You’re good before a crowd. You have a lot of Twitter followers. That worked fine for you in the primaries. But now that you are in the general, people ... more »

Government Insider Has Video Evidence 9/11 Was An Inside Job

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
In an explosive new documentary a former FEMA staffer given unrestricted access to Ground Zero hours after 9/11 claims that what he saw proves the attacks were an inside job by the US government – and that they are now trying to silence him by framing him for murder. Armed with camera gear, Kurt Sonnenfeld was asked to film everything he saw. His documented evidence was supposed to form part of a FEMA report about the disaster response, but he decided to keep hold of the footage. Then his wife was found dead on a couch in their Denver home with a bullet wound to the back of her head... more »

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