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Thursday, July 21, 2016

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July 20: A long day.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 2 minutes ago
A reader sent me a post which I repeat here because you'll never find it in any North American newspaper. It's about the role Canada has taken on in Latvia. The language of this item is more strident and more loaded than the words I would have used. But the message is bang on. http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/15/canadas-liberal-govt-joins-natos-war-escalation/ Almost all that has been given as reasons for Canadian intervention in eastern Europe is lies. Indeed, for the U.S. to even suggest it feels a responsibility to protect democracy and to stop aggression would be laughable t... more »

Russian Researcher Announces at Swiss Press Club the Transmutation of Elements with Biochemical Processes

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 hour ago
See why a gold based currency is a really bad idea? Gold is just an abstraction of *your value* in any case, and with transmutation now a fact, and replicators on the way... gold is just another metal... The experiments below were performed on nuclear wastes. But the principle should hold for all elements.

Roger Ailes, Along With All His Chins And Jowls, Is Being Fired From Fox, Possibly Friday

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Matthew Garrahan and Anna Nicolaou reported at the *Financial Times* that serial sex predator Roger Ailes is getting the heave-ho, courtesy of Rupert Murdoch & Sons, probably after the Republican convention. Two Fox males and a woman who looks like a man, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren-- 3 of the only on air people who were not forced to perform oral sex on Ailes-- have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to leave if Ailes does. "This means," warned the *Financial Times*, "a core team of on-air talent could follow Mr Ailes out of the door." Ailes ... more »

It’s not about *national* standards, it’s opposition to any real standards at all!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
There was a revealing convo about National Standards this morning on NatRad with the Educational Institute's president Louise Green who’s agin. The standards, she says “are just way too narrow.” That they’re still “on trial.” That they’re a “judgement” about a “milestone” that lacks the “richness” of something or other. To be fair, it wasn’t all that coherent [listen here.], especially when she started into the jargon about “OTJs,” “rich judgement,” “assessment tools,” and “learning conversations.” She then went on to say it was important to look at “not just reading, writing... more »

Ted Cruz shows he only cares about himself by not endorsing Donald Trump in GOP convention speech

Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com - 1 hour ago
*By MARC McDONALD* From CNN on Wednesday night: *"Ted Cruz sensationally withheld an endorsement of Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, earning a chorus of boos from the floor before he was upstaged in a power play by the GOP nominee himself."* In many ways, Cruz is the ultimate modern-day Republican. A lot of Republicans are greedy and care only about themselves. But Cruz takes it to a whole new level. Despite his rhetoric, he doesn't give a damn about the Constitution, or the GOP, or the voters, or anyone but himself. On Wednesday night, we saw exact... more »

Cruz Urges: Vote Conscience, Don’t Stay Home — But Stops Short of Endorsing Trump

Julie Pace & Jill Colvin at The Stream - 1 hour ago
[image: Ted Cruz at RNC convention - AP_16203062932972] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Stubbornly undercutting calls for Republican unity, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz refused to endorse Donald Trump Wednesday night as he addressed the GOP convention, ignoring thunderous boos from furious delegates as he encouraged Americans to simply “vote your... more »

Cop Killer Describes Actions as ‘Necessary Evil’

Michael Kunzelman at The Stream - 2 hours ago
[image: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies release balloons at a noon vigil organized by municipal court workers in downtown Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, July 20, 2106, in honor of recent slain and injured sheriff deputies and police. Several police officers and sheriff deputies were killed and wounded Sunday morning in a shooting near a gas station in Baton Rouge, less than two weeks after a black man was shot and killed by police here, sparking nightly protests across the city.] BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The man who ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers in Louisiana pu... more »

X22Report: US Gov/Central Bankers Have Lost The Narrative In The Middle East - Episode 1027b

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*Erdogan the Don, in response to a question about what he will do with Gulen if he is extradited from Pennsylvania, answered "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."* *Video Title: US Gov/Central Bankers Have Lost The Narrative In The Middle East - Episode 1027b. Source: X22Report. Date Published: July 20, 2016. Description: * Police give speech and tell the people to let the police search your car and home and then complain later. France extends state of emergency for another 6 months. Wikileaks ready to expose the coup and is being hit by cyber attacks and Turkey blocks th... more »

Turkish Coup Plot Had Saudi-UAE Support, Was Stopped Due To Early Discovery By Sultan's Loyalists

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 2 hours ago
*The collapsing monarchy of Saudi Arabia is afraid of the political threat represented by a popular and democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood regime in Turkey.* *Angry Arab - Saudi-UAE role in the Turkish coup: * It seems that my early hunch was correct: today Mujtahid of Saudi Arabia confirms that the Saudi regime and the UAE regime were directly involved in the Turkish coup and that UAE supplied millions to Gulen movement, and that UAE and Saudi media (including Al-Arabiyya) were part of the propaganda tools of the coup according to the plot. *An excerpt from, "What went wr... more »

17 Arrested in Flag-Burning Melee Outside GOP Convention

Michael R. Sisak & Michael Hill at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: A law enforcement officer tries extinguish a burning American flag, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland, during the third day of the Republican convention.] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Police arrested 17 people Wednesday after a melee broke out during a flag-burning in the streets outside the Republican National Convention. It was the most turbulent protest since the four-day convention began on Monday. The chaos briefly... more »

Faith, Politics and Mike Pence

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Vice Presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana stands on stage before the third day session of the GOP 2016 Convention, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Locher)] GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence makes no bones about the role of faith in his life. "I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order," he is fond of saying. As Pence takes to the stage Wednesday... more »

from the front line, day 17

allan at wmtc - 3 hours ago
I am very pleased to announce that we had an encouraging afternoon at the table -- enough that we are meeting again tomorrow. So finally, something hopeful to report. Maureen O'Reilly, President of 4948, TPL Workers Union, and Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, were instrumental in breaking the impasse and getting us back to the table. I am so grateful for their help! And even more so for how much I've learned from them. *Change of Plans* Tomorrow and Friday, we are only picketing at Central, and only from 8-12. It's supposed to be scorching, and none of us should be out for ext... more »

After Running for Prom King, Girl Files Lawsuit to Use Boys’ Bathroom

Amber Randall at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Trans Boy Girl Prom Toilet Bathroom - 900] A girl from Wisconsin filed a lawsuit Tuesday against her school district for not letting her use the men's bathroom and refusing to refer to her by male pronouns. Ash Whitaker, a student who transitioned from a girl to a...more »

‘Back to the Soviet Era’: Putin’s New Law Could Lead to Religious Crackdown

Fred Lucas at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 17, 2016. (Sergei Savostyanov/TASS News Agency Pool Photo via AP)] In signing a new anti-terrorism law, Russian President Vladimir Putin could have authority to crack down on non-government-aligned churches, said Archbishop Andrew (Maklakov), administrator of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church of America. The law that Putin signed on July 6... more »

Behind the Rise of Public School Costs: The Growing Number of Non-Teachers

Lindsey Burke & Benjamin Scafidi at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Children in Class, Elementary Student, Classroom, Teacher] How many non-teachers does a school district need? Since 1950, public schools all across America have added staff at a rapid rate -- much faster than their increases in students. Sure, there have been some increases in lead teachers that resulted... more »

British Nuclear Submarine Involved In Collision With A Merchant Ship

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
A picture taken on July 20, 2016 in the port of Gibraltar shows the nuclear submarine HMS Ambush (C) making an unscheduled stop in Gibraltar due to a sustained damage to its conning tower after hitting a vessel (AFP Photo/DM Parody) *The Guardian/Press Association*:* Nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine involved in collision* *No damage to HMS Ambush nuclear reactor or injuries to crew recorded after ‘glancing’ collision off coast of Gibraltar* A nuclear-powered Royal Navy submarine has been forced into port in Gibraltar after a collision with a merchant vessel. An immediate inve... more »

What Happens To The Smouldering Wreck Of The GOP After Trump?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Yesterday, far right New Hamphire ex-Senator Gordon Humphrey walked out of the convention when the roll call gave Trump the 1,237 votes he needed for the nomination, left the convention and said he is re-registering as an Independent. John Kasich, on the other hand, said he could still endorse Trump-- *if* he changed his posture on virtually everything, but especially Hispanics, trade, the national debut and Muslims. Trump operative Roger Stone announced he would actively work to defeat Kasich and Utah Senator Mike Lee. (Roger can contribute to rid the Senate of Mike Lee by backing... more »

Trump is Right: Repeal the Johnson Amendment That Muzzles Pastors

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: Lyndon B. Johnson and Donald Trump] I was one of a small group of Catholics in attendance at the "Conversation About America's Future" on June 21, 2016, which featured Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson. Most of the 1,000 people in attendance were evangelical and charismatic... more »

Economic News , Data & Views .... June 20 , 2016..... Quick Hits -- 1. Markets & Market Moving News : Bonds In Focus - US Debt , Junk Bonds , Corporate Debt Items To Consider ; Dow & S&P Make Another New Closing High - Turkey and Brexit Fears Mean What Precisely ? 2. Turkey Declares 3 Month State Of Emergency , Erdogan Purge Continues , Lira Still Under Pressure. 3.France Imposes 6 Month State Of Emergency Of Turkey. France S.F Soldiers Killed In Libya.- More Bad News For France , Soggy Fields Hits Wheat Crops - Locusts Next ? 4. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Markets..... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 3m 3 minutes ago fred walton Retweeted zerohedge Signal to buy bonds - always watch the messages from the Banks to the muppets and do the opposite ! fred walton added, *zerohedge* @zerohedge Why SocGen Thinks There Is Less Than 1% Chance That 10-Year Yields Will Fall Below 1.1% http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-2 0/why-socgen-thinks-there-less-1-chance-10-year-yields-will-fall-below-11 … *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 5m 5 minutes ago Some are still confused why junk bonds stopped correlating with oil since the start of June wh... more »

The U.S. Navy's Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Not Ready For Warfare

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
USS Gerald Ford *Bloomberg:* *Navy’s $12.9 Billion Carrier Isn’t Ready for Warfare, Memo Says* * USS Gerald Ford’s key systems have reliability issues * Aircraft launch and delivery systems may need to be redesigned The U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier isn’t ready for warfare. The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford -- the most expensive warship ever built -- may struggle to launch and recover aircraft, mount a defense and move munitions, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester. On-board systems for those tasks have poor or unknown reliability issues, according to a June 28... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Deniz Aribogan, The Nation*: *Why Turkey’s Coup Failed* The attempted coup challenged Erdoğan’s grip on power. Will he now grasp it more tightly or pivot towards some reform? July 15 was a day of firsts in Turkey’s political history. To be clear, waking up to the noise of an army tank is not an exceptional morning for Turkish citizens my age. Throughout my life, I have already witnessed four military interventions: in 1971, a “coup by memorandum”; in 1980, a “military coup d’état”; in 1997, a “military memorandum”; and in 2007, a “military e-memorandum.” Turkey’s military has lon... more »

Turkey’s Destabilization, called Here, Months Ahead of Sibel Edmonds Coup Talk

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
* Which is why the coup attempt, while a surprise, wasn’t*. *I laid out on November 19 and November 21/ 2014*- With some necessary background the reason it seemed obvious to me that *Turkey was being destabilized and it was only going to get worse*. From that time forward I wrote consistently about the destabilization of Turkey as it was ongoing- *This most recent attack, the coup, is one of many strikes against Turkey. * * I realize Sibel Edmonds has a way higher profile then this lowly blogge*r- and* I also realize there are many newer readers here who haven’t been around as long... more »

Right Side Broadcasting Live Stream of Convention

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 5 hours ago
RNC LIVE STREAM- DAY 3- JULY 20, 2016- 7:00 PM ET* Speaker Schedule per RNC* *Laura Ingraham,* Radio Host *A former white-collar defense attorney and Supreme Court law clerk, Laura Ingraham is the most-listened-to woman on political talk radio. The Laura Ingraham Show is ranked in radio’s Top 10, and heard coast-to-coast in 225 markets. * *Phil Ruffin,* Businessman *Ruffin is an American businessman with diverse interests in real estate, lodging, manufacturing, energy, and retail enterprises. Ruffin started his business in 1959 with a single convenience store and quickly grew ... more »

Actor Robert Davi at GOP Convention on Trump and the War on Christian Free Speech

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Robert Davi RNC Jason Jones - 900]

India Deploys 100 Tanks In Remote Border Region With China

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
The Indian Army has deployed nearly 100 Russian made T-72 tanks to the disputed eastern border with China. Sputnik reports: The mountainous region of Ladakh, in northern India, lies in a tense location between disputed Kashmir and Tibet. In an effort to boost its military presence in the area, the Indian military has sent Russian-made T-72 tanks to Ladakh’s Chinese border. “The vast flat valleys along the mountain ranges allow for armored movement; besides, there has been an increase in the force levels across the border,” an unnamed military official told NDTV. The tanks have under... more »

Quote of the Day: Utilitarianism v Rights

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
*“Right is a principle; utility is only a result. Right is a cause; utility is only an effect. Say to a man: you have the right not to be put to death or arbitrarily plundered. You will give him quite another feeling of security and protection than you will by telling him: it is not useful for you to be put to death or arbitrarily plundered.”*~ Henri-Benjamin Constant (1767–1830), *Principles of Politics* *.* [Hat tip Conza] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

RNC Protesters: "America was Never Great", throwing bags of urine, try to block entrance to convention site...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*what a bunch of useless dregs of humanity.* They don't care who they inconvenience or how much money in police, secret service, and clean up it costs hard working taxpayers. For them, it's all about *meeeeeeeeeeeee.* Notice in the video that the people holding the protest "fence" are all quite young. About every 20 or 30 young people, you'll see an old fart. Clearly these are all recruited and paid protesters with an old fart there to "manage" them. *America was never great? * I have a solution for you. Pack up yourself, your whole scummy inbred family, all your baby mamas... more »

Erdogan Announces State Of Emergency In Turkey

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey amid widespread purges. It follows in the aftermath of an attempted coup last Friday. The BBC reports: Recep Tayyip Erdogan said citizens should not have “the slightest concern with regards to democracy, rule of law, fundamental rights and freedoms”. The state of emergency would protect those values from attacks against them, he said, in a speech in Ankara. The president praised those who were killed fighting against the coup as “martyrs”. The nation would “never forget the bravery and sacrifice o...more »

Will Popular Marijuana Strains Become Like Fine Wines?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Steven Maxwell* - Highly tailored cannabis strains are beginning to resemble fine wine.

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, flanked by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (2nd L), deputy prime ministers Mehmet Simsek (L), Numan Kurtulmus (R) and Nurettin Canikli (2nd R), chairs a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS *BBC:* *Turkey coup attempt: State of emergency announced* Turkey's president has declared a state of emergency for three months following Friday night's failed coup. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said citizens should not have "the slightest concern with regards to democracy, rule... more »

Outside the GOP Convention: Protests Cause Problems for Delegates at Arena

AP at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Members of the California Highway Patrol stand watch at Public Square on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland, during the third day of the Republican convention.] CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Latest on demonstrations and gatherings outside the Republican National Convention (all times local): 5 p.m. Chaotic protests around the arena housing the Republican National Convention are making it difficult for some delegates to get inside. Police... more »

Psychopath for President?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*David Ludden Ph.D.* - The right mix of good and evil can take you far in life.

Unnecessary words

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
May I confess to a secret love. I love reading writing guides. Style guides. Guides to English usage. It’s true. My favourite is probably the guide to Modern Engish Usage known to its friends only as *Fowler’s,* to which Bill Bryson’s *Troublesome Words *is a useful complement ("Class, when do you use 'fewer' instead of 'less'?”) The best of them are pithy and incisive (I remember with affection Peikoff’s *Principles of Grammar* offering the example of subject and verb in a sentence: Governments coerce.”). So a friend who knew my love gave me a copy of *The Economist Style Gui... more »

Distracted Pokemon Go Player Crashes Into Police Car

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A Maryland man driving a Toyota Rav-4 rear-ended a parked Baltimore Police Department patrol car while playing Niantic’s augmented reality app, Pokemon GO. A Police body cam captured the crash early Monday morning. CBS SF reports: According to the Baltimore Police Department, an officer was talking to two of his colleagues next to his parked patrol car following a service call around 3:30 a.m. Monday, when a gray SUV slammed into his vehicle. The officer’s body worn camera captured the crash, and video was posted on the department’s Twitter page. Shortly after the crash, the SUV dr...more »

From the GOP Convention: Patriotic Hula, to ‘God Bless America’

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Hula Jason Jones RNC - 900]

Esoteric Christianity - This is What Winning Looks Like

Spike EP at News Spike - 7 hours ago
If, like me, the recognition of what has just fluttered past Zooey DeChanelle's big, moony eyes as it moved across the screen as a teaching section of Prince's crash-course training montage of how to love, how to be loved and how to be love, if that tripped any of your alarm warnings, red flags and early warning systems in your thinking, then *YOU ARE UNDER OCCUPATION*, whether you are ready or able to admit it to yourself or not. But so we both Denmark and Iceland, for years last century, and to no real descend able lasting ill effect, once they were able to get to grips with the... more »

Appeals Court: Texas Voter ID Law Discriminates; Orders Fix

PAUL J. WEBER at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Ken Paxton - 900] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas’ strict voter ID law discriminates against minorities and the poor and must quickly be scrubbed of those effects before the November election, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The ruling was a striking election-year victory... more »

Global Warming Expedition Stopped in Its Tracks by Arctic Sea Ice

Craig Boudreau at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Polar Ocean - 900] A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice. The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking... more »

Cruz Backers Chant 2020, While Senator Says ‘I Don’t Know What the Future is Going to Hold’

THOMAS BEAUMONT & STEVE PEOPLES at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Ted Cruz - 900] CLEVELAND (AP) -- To chants of “2020, 2020,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday left open the possibility of a second White House run even as Donald Trump arrived in Cleveland to accept the GOP presidential nomination. “I don’t know... more »

‘Garden of Eden’ Among New World Heritage Sites

The Stream at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Iraqis get off boats on July 14, 2016 in the Ahwar area in the southern Maysan province -- also known as the Iraqi Marshlands -- one of the world's largest inland delta systems. UNESCO has named Iraqi marshlands once ravaged by dictator Saddam Hussein as a World Heritage Site, a bright spot for a country where jihadists have repeatedly sought to wipe out history. The marshlands once stretched across some 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles), but they were devastated after Saddam ordered them drained in the 1990s to stop them being used as hideouts by Shiite guerrill... more »

21 Quotes From the Christian Gathering That Brought Hundreds of Thousands to DC

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Together 2016] Hundreds of thousands of people filled the National Mall on Saturday, gathering together for a national "reset." Event goers united in prayer and worship throughout the day. The free event, called Together 2016, featured a lineup of more than 40... more »

Parents Won’t Sue Disney Over Son’s Death by Gator

MIKE SCHNEIDER at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: boat - 900] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The parents of a toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World said Wednesday that they don’t plan to sue the Florida theme park resort over the death. Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska,... more »

Math teacher bashing on yahoo news.

skrashen at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Response to an article on math teacher bashing, published at the Hechinger report and carried ON YAHOO NEWS!! "We’d be better at math if the U.S. borrowed these four ideas for training teachers from Finland, Japan and China." Mr. Tucker and author Mr. Felton need to look at the research. When we control for the effects of poverty, American students do quite well on international tests of math. Our overall scores are unspectacular because there is so much child poverty in the US. Countries and areas with high math scores have much lower rates of poverty. Poverty means food deprivat... more »

It's not too early to start planning what to do with the "leap second" we'll be getting New Year's Eve

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Tim Hornyak took this photo in Tokyo on June 30 of last year, as this clock presumably ticked down to the addition of the last leap second.* *by Ken* You know how we're always complaining that our lives are so tightly scheduled that we don't have a second to spare? It's in thi spirit that, ever since I heard the news that a "leap second" is being added to the official time-keeping apparatus on New Year's Eve -- so that instead of clocks going from 11:59:00 to 12:00:00 they're going to go from 11:59:59 to 11:59:60 and *then* on to 12:00:00 -- I've been barely able to contain my ex... more »

Deserters And Draft-Dodgers Flee Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
New Syrian army recruits carry their plates as they march before heading for their Iftar (breaking fast) meals at a military training camp in Damascus, Syria June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/File Photo *Reuters*: *Seeing No Future, Deserters And Draft-Dodgers Flee Syria* Nasser lifts another cigarette to his mouth with a scarred left hand, chain smoking and watching action films on a grainy TV at his friend's flat in a Beirut suburb. Since deserting President Bashar al-Assad's army he mostly avoids venturing outdoors. Shrapnel from a rebel shell ripped into his knuckles when he... more »

Europeans And Russians Are Talking About War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Jill Dougherty, Wilson Center:* *War Fever* Recently, I grabbed a taxi in Moscow. When the driver asked me where I was from, I told him the United States. “I went there once,” he said, “to Chicago. I really liked it.” “But tell me something,” he added. “When are we going to war?” The question, put so starkly, so honestly, shocked me. “Well, I hope never,” I replied. “No one wants war.” At the office I ask a Russian employee about the mood in his working-class Moscow neighborhood. The old people are buying salt, matches and “gretchka,” (buckwheat) he tells me - the time-worn refug... more »

International Outrage Over U.S. Backed Syrian Rebels Filmed Brutally Beheading A Child

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** And these are the 'good guys'! Sickening video shows US-backed Syrian rebels taunting and then brutally beheading a young boy because he was a 'spy'* * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * Nour al-Din al-Zenki thug decapitates boy accused of being a child soldier * Boy was arrested for being a spy for government-supporting group al-Quds * Fighters laugh and joke before beheading the boy in the back of an SUV * Executioner shouts 'Allahu Akbar' meaning 'God is great' after killing child Fighters from a US-backed Syrian militant group have been filmed brutally beheading a child... more »

Are Turkey's Military Bases Safe For U.S. And Western Forces?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Inside Story:* *Are Turkey's military bases safe after the failed coup?* *Several high-ranking officials from the Incirlik airbase were arrested over alleged involvement in the failed coup.* The Turkish government says it has regained control of the country and the army after Friday's failed coup. But its effects are still being felt in the region and beyond. Turkey is a long-time ally of the United States and an important member of NATO. And the impact of the attempted coup was felt almost immediately by the US military when Turkey cancelled its air operations at the Incirlik a... more »

Turkey Bans Ìslamic Funerals`For Dead Coup Supporters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan helps to carry a coffin with a victim of a thwarted coup following a funeral service in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer *Mirror:* *Turkey 'bans Islamic funerals' for dead coup supporters as government warns thousands of imams off performing ceremonies* Turkey has reportedly banned Islamic funerals for dead coup supporters and warned imams not to carry out the ceremonies. Hundreds of people were killed in the apparent attempted coup last Friday which was crushed by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Reli... more »

Turkey`s Government Fears A Second Military Coup Attempt

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Independent*: *Turkey government fears second military coup attempt as purge removes many army commanders* *A third of generals detained as President Erdogan finds plot reaches into his inner circle, says Patrick Cockburn* Turkish leaders are fearful that there may be a second attempt at a military uprising in Turkey following the failure of the recent coup. Several important military units are confined to their bases and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been slow to return to Ankara from Istanbul, apparently because the capital has not been deemed completely secure. Fear... more »

One of Hillary’s Top VP Picks Also Destroyed Emails, Used a Secret Account

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: In this May 9, 2016, file photo, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack interviews with local media during his visit to The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Telehealth in Lebanon, NH.] One of the top candidates being considered for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Running mate in 2016 has had some email problems of his own. Tom Vilsack, the former governor of Iowa and President Barack Obama's current secretary of... more »

At GOP Convention, Jason Jones Asks Pro-Life Leader About Party Platform

The Stream at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: Walter Hoye Pro Life Jason Jones RNC - 900]

Video of Cop Dancing With Black Lives Matter Activists Goes Viral

Casey Harper at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: cop dancing - 900] A Wichita, Kan., police officer couldn't help but drop some sick dance moves with Black Lives Matter activists, and now video of the performance has gone viral. Officer Aaron Moses attended a community cookout and began dancing with Black Lives... more »

Fire Erupts At Residential Skyscraper In Dubai

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
The Sulafa Tower in Dubai was evacuated on Wednesday as fire-fighters fought to put out a blaze at the 75-storey residential building. Video shows smoldering debris falling from the 285-metre high building to the ground below with plumes of smoke rising into the air in the heavily populated Dubai’s Marina district. Breaking News reports: The blaze engulfed the upper floors of the Sulafa Tower but quickly spread and affected more than 30 floors and scorched the exterior of the building. It also appears to have spread to the interiors of some of the apartments. Nora Maki, who lives ac... more »

Boudicca and Lucretia

Spike EP at News Spike - 8 hours ago
Boudicca - A Mother's Revenge *[Go to Boudicca: Marriage, Rape & Revenge Part I]* A whole troop of foreigners would not be able to withstand a single Celt if he called his wife to his assistance. The wife is even more formidable. She is usually very strong, and with blue eyes; in rage her neck veins swell, she gnashes her teeth, and brandishes her snow-white robust arms. She begins to strike blows mingled with kicks, as if they were so many missles sent from the string of a catapault. Ammianus Marcellinus from *Celtic Women*, p.82. LucretiaThe Romans had a very different attitude to... more »

Hottest Day Of The Year – But Nothing Unusual

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://twitter.com/metoffice/status/755684809456939008 It was certainly hot yesterday, but how did the weather compare with earlier years. It is significant that the Met Office report the RAF airfield at Brize Norton as the hottest place. Readers will recall how Heathrow supposedly set a record a year ago, which was a full […]

"Missing ’28 Pages’ of the 9/11 Report Released into Blitzkrieg of World Events"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Missing ’28 Pages’ of the 9/11 Report Released into Blitzkrieg of World Events"* by Jeff Berwick "We have been massive and outspoken proponents that 9/11 was an inside job since our inception in 2010. Five or more years ago that was a fairly extreme stance. We’d often get people calling us “crazy,” but I’m used to it. In the last few years, however, it appears that anyone who has a decent internet connection and has looked into the details of what happened on September 11, 2001, probably agrees with our stance. For the last few years this has caused an outcry that the “missing 28... more »

The World Is a Gas Chamber

greenlandresearchstation at Hygiecracy - 9 hours ago
published originally on CounterPunch The world is a gas chamber, and not just in the general sense that the world’s a type of chamber (a vaulted space) filled with gas (nitrogen, oxygen, etc.). The world is (or, rather, since the industrial revolution, has become) a gas chamber in the particular sense of a space filled with poison gas, that kills people, animals, etc. Yes, although they’re most notorious for killing people with hydrogen cyanide, gas chambers are also known to use carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide to kill whatever happens to find itself trapped within their confi... more »

Moroccan Man Stabs ‘Scantily Dressed’ Mother & Daughters At Alps Resort

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
An 8-year-old girl is fighting for her life after a Moroccan man stabbed a woman and three of her daughters at a French Alps resort, blaming them for being “too lightly dressed”. The knife assault took place Tuesday morning in the high Alps, at a popular holiday village in Laragne-Monteglin, south-east France. The Evening Standard reports: She was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble with a suspected punctured lung while the condition of her family remains unknown. Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for Laragne-Monteglin, said the girl was on holiday with her mother and two sisters, ag... more »

Asking Blue State Republicans at Convention: ‘Can Trump Win Your State?’

The Stream at The Stream - 9 hours ago
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Russian & Turkish President to Meet Early August- Compilation Video CCTV Turkish Coup

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
* Link* *Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet in early August, in a city in Russia. * *Dmitry Peskov, the Russian presidential spokesperson, informed about the above-said, reported RIA Novosti news agency of Russia. * * “The Putin-Erdoğan meeting is being prepared through diplomatic channels,” said Peskov. “We agreed that this meeting will take place in the first ten days of August, in the Russian Federation, but the [host] city and date are yet unknown.”* Will it be Sochi as earlier reporting indicated? *Compilation video from cctv... more »

US Plans To Topple Assad In Syria Disrupted By Russia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The US wants to push Russia out of Syria because it views Moscow as a huge obstacle in its plans to topple the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, according to political analyst Keith Preston. Preston who is the chief editor and director of Attackthesystem.com, made the remarks on Wednesday, as he discussed the increasing number of civilian casualties in America’s so-called war against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Press TV reports: The US military has admitted to killing several hundred civilians since the beginning of its aerial campiagn against purported Daesh positions inside... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: The Temptations, “Ball of Confusion”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
The Temptations, “Ball of Confusion” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9poCAuYT-s “You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the vernacular, we Americans are suckers for good news.” - Adlai Stevenson

"As They Fear Nothing Else..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth- more than ruin- more even than death... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.“ - Bertrand Russell

Airplane Aerodynamics don’t Apply to Insects

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
What is surprising is that drag is barely relevant with small flapping wings. Thus we have a linear response to application which is great. This also explains why flapping has been conserved in insects particularly for so long. Applying this to bird dynamics suggests that our dismissal of very large birds who flap their wings may be a real mistake. In fact the absurd idea of humans flying with flapping wings may not be absurd at all. Accomplishing that mechanically is obviously a challenge but may well be possible today. The birds have shown us how and an effective power a... more »

Evidence Links Low Iron Levels to Restless Legs Syndrome

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
*[image: (vkuslandia/shutterstock)]* The take home to know is that if you develop restless legs, it is time to add spinach back into your diet. Not an obvious connection and a reminder that we need plenty of vegetables anyway to ensure ample nutrition. It is also a warning that your diet is lacking generally and you may well be living of reserves. All good to know. . *Evidence Links Low Iron Levels to Restless Legs Syndrome * *By Sarah Brewer, www.drsarahbrewer.com | July 9, 2016 AT 11:34 AM* *Last Updated:July 9, 2016 11:40 am* *If you have restless legs syndrome, commonly kn... more »

China's Middle Class Emerging as the World's Consumption Engine will be over half of all Online Shopping by 2018

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
It is here folks. We can also presume that India will likely match this within ten years. Thus half the global population will be participating directly in middle class consumption. It does not eliminate the third of the population left behind but that is actually a technical problem caused by economic ignorance rather than capacity or ability. Add in the end of the Age of Oil and all this will accelerate globally by 2030 to swiftly en-train the whole global population by 2050. Surely by then poverty is eliminated and sustainable agriculture is the rising gold standard. ... more »

UK upgrading Challenger 2 tank fire control and sensors to match Russian T-14 Armata

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 10 hours ago
This is no surprise of course. These systems are all designed for sale to the international market and all must remain competitive with each other. Conventional hardware is been married to state of the art electronics and that is ongoing. All to be expected for a profoundly mature industry. *UK upgrading Challenger 2 tank fire control and sensors to match Russian T-14 Armata * *http://nextbigfuture.com/2016/07/uk-upgrading-challenger-2-tank-fire.html#more* *British Challenger 2 battle tank is to have its life span extended to 2035 with a major technology upgrade. BAE system... more »

Turkey Continues To Purge Officials And Government Employees After Friday`s Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC*: *Turkey coup attempt: Crackdown toll passes 50,000* More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended from their jobs by Turkey's government in the wake of last week's failed coup. The purge of those deemed disloyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan widened on Tuesday to include teachers, university deans and the media. The government says they are allied to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who denies claims he directed the uprising. PM Binali Yildirim said the preacher led a "terrorist organisation". "We will dig them up by their roots," he told parliament.... more »

Turkey Issues Travel Ban For All Academics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*DW*: *Academics banned from traveling as Erdogan convenes cabinet, security council* Turkish academics overseas have been told to return home by Turkey's higher education board. It's also banned academics from leaving Turkey, say state media. President Tayyip Erdogan is chairing top meetings in Ankara. Turkey under the post-coup grip of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan widened its purge of the military and police to include thousands more persons within the nation's education sector on Wednesday. Turkey's Higher Board of Education banned academics from leaving for work trips abroa...more »

World News Briefs -- July 20, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan chairs a National Security Council (MGK) meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*:* Turkey prepares emergency measures after post-coup purge* Turkey will announce emergency measures on Wednesday to try to shore up stability and prevent damage to the economy as it purges thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia after an abortive coup. One of the ruling AK Party's most senior figures, Mustafa Sentop, a close ally of Pres... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 20, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer transits the East Sea during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016 March 8, 2016. REUTERS/U.S. NAVY/MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN CRAIG Z. RODARTE/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS *Reuters*: *U.S. says its forces will keep operating in South China Sea* U.S. military forces will continue to operate in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson said on Wednesday during a visit to a Chinese naval base. China has refused to recognize a ruling by an arbitration court in The Hague that invalidated its va...more »

Watch Four Navies Try To Sink The Warship USS Thach (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* The ship that would not die: Stubborn old warship takes 12 hours to sink after US Navy throws everything it has at it in weapons testing exercise * * USS Thach was sunk during the major naval exercise RIMPAC 2016 * The exercise, known as SINKEX, occurs every two years * Decomissioned ships are stripped of their weapons and fuel and used for target practice by the US, Canada, Australia, and the Republic of Korea * First launched in 1982, Thach was retired in 2013 * Thach was hit with over 5,000 pounds of high explosives July 14 * It took 12 hours to finally sink, 55 mi...more »

Turkey Blocks Wikileaks Over Its Release Of Government Emails

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
The logo of the Wikileaks website is pictured on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken in Tokyo November 29, 2010. REUTERS/TORU HANAI *Al Jazeera*: *Turkey blocks WikiLeaks over release of AK Party emails* Officials downplay sensitivity of leaked emails, say website blocked to protect privacy and personal phone numbers. Turkish officials have downplayed the release of hundreds of thousands of private emails belonging to members of the ruling party that were published on the WikiLeaks website. The whistle-blower website was blocked on Wednesday by Turkey's Internet watchd... more »

Ocean City Planes Fly Trump Banner Ads, Locals Lose Their Minds

Phillip Stucky at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Airplane Banner Trump - 900] An advertising company in Ocean City, Maryland announced Wednesday it's ditching political ads in response to severe backlash from the local community over two ads purchased by the Donald Trump campaign. Ocean Aerial Ads, run by Bob Bunting, uses a small... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Hard Fascism'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago

Native Arts and Cultures Fellowship Awardees 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2016 NATIONAL ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARDEES By Liz Hill Top image: art by Mateo Romero Censored News VANCOUVER, Wash., July 20, 2016 – For the sixth year, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded its National Artist Fellowship to a new group of 16 artists in five categories selected from a national open call of American

Trump Speechwriter Apologizes for Melania Trump’s Speech

Stephen Ohlemacher at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: In this combination of photos, Melania Trump, left, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016, and Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Monday, Aug. 25, 2008. Melania Trump's well-received speech Monday to the Republican National Convention contained passages that match nearly word-for-word the speech that first lady Michelle Obama delivered in 2008 at the... more »

Two disgusting and lowlife political strategies commonly used in politics

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*UPDATED: July 20, 2016* - The sabotaging mole in the Trump campaign has been revealed. *Someone by the name of Marilyn McIver has "admitted the mistake". *Well, at this level of politics...it's certainly a mistake of Carl Rovian proportions to plagiarize a speech made by the opponent's side. IMO, Trump is going to downplay the incident and quietly get rid of McIver after the convention. I note all the photos of Melania show her from a side angle that emphasizes her rear end. This is another strategy the media uses...strategic photography. In this case...they want to make Melania ... more »

Little Remedies Soothing Giveaway!

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 11 hours ago
Sometimes, motherhood can be downright exhausting! Between juggling errands, nursing, and feedings on little to no sleep, just finding 10 minutes to shower could be considered a little win to a new mom. Little Remedies® is on a mission to help moms celebrate the Little Wins they experience each day with their #LittleWins Challenge, which gives entrants the chance to win amazing prize packages valued at $350! How do you enter? Just follow Little Remedies® on Facebook and Instagram then respond to the #LittleWins prompts with your own your own mealtime, mommy time, or multitasking ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 11 hours ago
*2016 is on track to be the hottest year on record (?)* *This is absolute rubbish. Global temperatures peaked in February and have been falling like a stone ever since. Below are the temperatures given in the latest figures from GISS.Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun114 133 129 109 93 79The figures are for hundredths of a degree above baseline (1951-1980). And don't think that this is seasonal. These are GLOBAL figures so the Southern winter should cancel out the Northern summer etc. The temperature hike caused by El Nino is now on its last legsThe comparable fi... more »

Ex-Mount Sinai postdoc who falsified 50+ images earns 5-year funding ban

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A former postdoctoral researcher at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York has received a five-year funding ban after an investigation concluded that they had falsified data underlying more than 50 images. According to a report released today by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Zhiyu Li falsified histopathological data reported in fifty-seven (57) images […] The post Ex-Mount Sinai postdoc who falsified 50+ images earns 5-year funding ban appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Fact-check watch: Clinton lied about her own name!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016So rules the Washington Post:* In the past two days, our "news orgs" have been beating the bushes, desperately trying to solve the riddle of Melaniagate. How do you solve a problem like Melania? It's just the kind of trivial matter our Potemnkin "press corps" loves. It isn't that our glorious orgs *shouldn't* try to figure this out. It's just annoying when you see how many *major* matters have been thrown around in the past few days—major matters the nation's "news orgs" have never even *tried* to report or resolve. These unresolved matters have often be... more »

Three Other Speeches From Night One

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)] With Donald Trump involved it would have been madness to think the GOP convention would be dull. As wife Melania said Monday night, "It wouldn't be a Trump contest ... more »

Turkey Widens Crackdown After Botched Coup

SUZAN FRASER & CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Turkey Military Coup_perr (1)__1468839375_71.164.139.145] ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey on Wednesday intensified a sweeping crackdown on the media, the military, the courts and the education system following an attempted coup, targeting tens of thousands of teachers and other state employees for dismissal in a... more »

American Kabuki/Terran Radio Interviews July 17, 2016

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
On Saturday July 17th I did an interview with Dolly Howard of Wolf Spirit Radio, they asked me to stay for another show, and then another. The interviews are pretty much contiguous, and it seemed to flow pretty well for at total 5 hours. That might be a new record for an interview, I don't know... LOL I haven't done many radio shows, the last one I did was with Robert Potter in early 2015. I had a real stage fright of radio back in 2012, and kind of depended on Brian Kelly for that sort of thing back then. Much has transpired in the last 3 years, and I feel more comfortable do... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*New law may be the first step to regional funding for flood protection in metro New Orleans ~Sarah Gamard, The Lens* *State rejects $30M in solar tax credits ~WWL *

In Toronto for Peace Confab

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago
Mary Beth and I arrived in Toronto, Canada last night after a hard 12-hour drive from Maine. The first part - on the country back roads through the scenic mountains and fields of western Maine, New Hampshire and northern Vermont were lovely. The early parts of Canada, the rolling fields of corn and hay were also quite precious. Once we hit the super highway west to Ontario the drive turned to drudgery. But we made it safe and sound and found the youth hostel where conference members are staying. This morning we attend the two-day conference made up of members of the Canadian, ... more »

Blind Stupidity

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
Andrew Nikiforuk writes that we falsely assume we can clean up oil spills -- because we believe we have the technology to do it: In many respects, society's theatrical response to catastrophic oil spills resembles the way medical professionals respond to aggressive cancer in an elderly patient. Because surgery is available, it is often used. Surgery also creates the impression that the health-care system is doing something even though it can't change or reverse the patient's ultimate condition. In an oil-based society, the cleanup delusion is also irresistible. Just as it is dif... more »

Two Ways of Looking at a Plagiarism

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*"Winter Blackbird," linocut by Lisa Hooper (source; click to enlarge)* *by Gaius Publius * *Among twenty snowy mountains,* *The only moving thing* *Was the eye of the blackbird.* –Wallace Stevens, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" Sometimes the thing that matters is not the thing seen, but the way of seeing it. Thus it is, I think, with Melania Trump's plagiarism of Michelle Obama's words in a speech Trump gave before the Republican national convention. *What They Said* Melania Trump (quoted here and here; my emphasis): "From a young age, my parents impressed on me the v... more »

The carefree times I grew up with in the United States are now lost to young Americans growing up in the U.S. of today. Here John W. Whitehead explains the decent of today's young people into a world where "…the powers-that-be want us to feel powerless to protect ourselves and reliant on and grateful for the dubious protection provided by the American police state." To this he adds: "The tree of liberty is dying."

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ Commentary ------------------------------ There Will Be No Second American Revolution: The Futility of an Armed Revolt *By John W. Whitehead* July 18, 2016 “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison America is a ticking time bomb. All that remains to be seen is who—or what—will set fire to the fuse. We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and ... more »

The Gravitron of Fear...

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 12 hours ago

Gov. Chris Christie lays out the crimes of Hillary Clinton in excruciating detail...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*and we thank him.* Christie - hitting the high points. For a more complete list see: WND:* Here they are: Hillary's 22 biggest scandals ever* If you've never watched* The Mena Connection, *I suggest you do. Scientologist wacko, Tom Cruise, is making a movie called "Mena", due for release in January next year. It supposedly will be focused on Barry Seal, the pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Exactly how the movie, directed by Ron Howard, a committed lefty, is going to do this without bringing up either Bi... more »

Correction watch: The New York Times corrects!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016In theory, we all makes mistakes:* This morning, on the op-ed page, the New York Times corrected Monday morning's world-class groaner. In theory, everyone makes mistakes. This is the text of today's correction, which is basically hidden in the Times on-line format: CORRECTION A chart accompanying Charles Blow’s column on Monday, about Donald Trump’s prospects for rebranding his campaign, misidentified the respondents to questions about Mr. Trump’s honesty and trustworthiness and their level of excitement about his candidacy. The respondents were Republica... more »

Benghazi Survivor Says Special Ops Will Leave the Military if Clinton Gets Elected

Russ Read at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: John Tig - 900] The best and brightest of the U.S. military and special operations community will quit if Hillary Clinton gets elected president, according to Benghazi survivor and former CIA operative John "Tig" Tiegen. Tiegen witnessed firsthand the results of Clinton's policy when he... more »

US Backed ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels Behead Child Near Aleppo

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Footage has emerged showing US backed Syrian rebels brutally beheading a young boy in Handarat, near Aleppo. The so called moderate rebels, part of a militia which has received support from Arab and western nations including the US and the UK, appear to taunt the bound and terrified child, who they claimed was a captured pro-government Palestinian fighter. The boy who was aged about 10 or 11 years old was identified on social media identified as ‘Abdullah Issa’ and the pro-government Palestinian militia said he was not a fighter. Press TV reports: The footage, which circulated on ... more »

LDP Calls for Action Against "Biased" Teachers

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Yesterday I posted news that Erdogan is targeting academics in Turkey: http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2016/07/erdogan-targets-intelligentsia.html Today I read that the LDP in Japan is "calling for ministry action against 'biased' teachers" who violate "political neutrality." The government website defining violations of neutrality is very vague about what actually constitutes a violation, although the examples provided in the news report focus on criticism of the LDP's security legislation that would allow expanded Japanese support of allies' overseas missions: LDP calling for min... more »

3rd Earthquake in 4 Days Near Tokyo

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Yikes! 3 Earthquakes in 4 Days Near Tokyo. These are mid-sized quakes. Let us hope they are relieving pressure, rather than building up to a larger quake: Third earthquake shakes Tokyo in 4 days. The Mainichi,July 20, 2016 (Mainichi Japan), http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160720/p2g/00m/0dm/030000c TOKYO (AP) -- The Japan Meteorological Agency says a moderately strong earthquake shook the Japanese capital for the third time in four days. The agency says the magnitude 5.0 quake stuck at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday Japan time about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tokyo in south... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 12 hours ago
*Higher education associated with reduced heart failure risk after myocardial infarction* *But why? Easy: Whenever it is examined, high IQ people are healthier -- and they also do best in the educational system. This is an IQ effect. High IQ is just one part of general biological good functioning* Higher education is associated with a reduced risk of developing heart failure after a heart attack, reports a study in more than 70,000 patients published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. "Heart failure is a serious complication of acute myocardial infarction ... more »

An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton About Black Babies

Michael Brown at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 30: A protester with the ''Black Lives Matter'' movement throws a fist up as Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, speaks at an ''African Americans For Hillary'' rally at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga on October 30, 2015.] I know that you and Mr. Clinton have been considered real friends of the African-American community to the point that, before President Obama's election, your husband was jokingly referred to as the nation's first black president. I also know that... more »

Does Donald Trump Have Any Muslim Supporters?

Brianna Cicero at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Sajid Tarar, who gave the benediction at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, is a Muslim and a Trump supporter.] Yes, Donald Trump does have a few Muslim supporters. The Washington Post reports that one of them, Sajid Tarar, gave the benediction at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night. In his prayer, Tarar invoked Muhammad and said, "God bless... more »

Hottest June? Not According To The Satellites, Roger

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Philip Bratby http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36841072 Roger Harrabin has been up to his tricks again, with another idle piece of desperately one sided propaganda: Last month was the hottest June ever recorded worldwide, and the 14th straight month that global heat records were broken, scientists say. The US National Oceanic […]

Go Forth This Day - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 13 hours ago
Go Forth This Day - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins *When we see ourselves as special then we are of course, special* *When we see ourselves with humility* *Well, then we are truly in a special place* *A place from which blessings flow* *A place of renewal* *A place of gifts offered* *And* *Gifts received* *We are at the pinnacle of existence* *A place of the meeting of hearts* *A place of renewal* *A place of revival* *A place of grace* *A place in which is no place* *And* *Everyplace* *A new beginning* *A new ending* *A new outcome* *A new glory* *A place to work* *A pla... more »

We Are the Universe Becoming Aware of Itself

Waking Times at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Jocelyn Mercado* - Evolutionary Activism is a rising movement based on the idea that we, as humans, are aware of evolution and our place in the circle of life.

FRYER'S FINDINGS: Professor's research!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016Part 1—His most surprising result:* Increasingly, our journalistic gatekeepers are gone. This has created a problem. Originally, the gatekeepers were replaced by Imus and Howard Stern, then by Rush and Sean. In the past decade, they've increasingly been replaced by corporate-owned actors in big orange shoes who hail from our own "liberal" camp. For decades, tribal dumbness has been cultivated and encouraged. Last night, you saw this dumbness in horrible form as Chris Christie called for Candidate Clinton's head. ("Guilty," we the people kept shouting. "L... more »

How to better flag retractions? Here’s what PubMed is trying

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
If you’ve searched recently for retracted articles in PubMed — the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s database of scientific abstracts — you may have noticed something new. In fact, you may have had trouble ignoring it, which is sort of the point. “It” is a large salmon banner that looks something like this: […] The post How to better flag retractions? Here’s what PubMed is trying appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Holtzman is the The Wild Woman of the Forest

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*Andraste* *Andraste* *Andraste* *ANDRASTE* (Also: *Andrasta, Adraste and Andred*) (Romano-Celtic; British; Breton; Anglo-Celtic; Continental Europe) Some of her correspondences are: Animal: *Raven (occasionally, the Hare)* Astral Body: *Moon (probably waxing)* Color: *Red* Tarot: *Death* Weapon: *Sword* Tidbit: Some Celtic coins are thought to show images of Andraste. *Andraste is a warrior goddess, the goddess of victory, of ravens and of battles, similar in many ways to the Irish war goddess, Morrigan. Besides "the invincible one," her name is also known to mean "s... more »

Read it and Weep

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Suprise Suprise Suprise, just like no one would ever believe an commercial airliner would be used as a weapon.

Toys for rich boys

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Top 24 military surplus airplanes you can buy today. Missing are new versions of the Spitfire. H/T IO9

Chronicles of Amber

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Another great sci fi world coming to life. This story of alternative universes I read decades ago. and still remember it as one of the top worlds I ever visited. The best part of this news is Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead) will be the showrunner. *Lord of Light* was the first Zelazny book I ever read. I was in college at the time, a long time reader who dreamed of writing himself one day. I’d been weaned on Andre Norton, cut my teeth on Heinlein juveniles, survived high school with the help of H.P. Lovecraft, Isaac Asimov, “Doc” Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, and J.R.R. Tolkien. I read ... more »

The Latest: Staffer: Some Delegates ‘Miffed’ at OH’s Kasich

AP at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Governor of Ohio John Kasich at the New Hampshire Education Summit on August 19th, 2015.] CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican National Convention (all times EDT): 1:03 p.m. Some delegates to the Republican National Convention are upset that Ohio Gov. John Kasich is skipping out on the main events. Kasich has avoided the... more »

Here’s How Americans Can Curtail ‘Autopilot’ Spending and Take Back the Federal Budget

Mollie McNeill at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Congress Building - 900] The federal budget is out of control. Autopilot spending currently consumes 68 percent of all tax dollars and will devour an ever-larger share of the budget in the future. If the lack of a congressional budget resolution this year is... more »

France Confirms The Presence Of Special Forces In Libya After 3 Special forces Soldiers Were Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*NBC:* *France Confirms Deaths of 3 Soldiers in Libya, Presence of Special Forces* Three French soldiers have been killed on a mission in Libya, the country's defense ministry said Wednesday. The news came after the government earlier confirmed it had special forces operating in the North African nation. Authorities did not provide details on the non-commissioned officers' deaths, saying only that they were killed while serving in Libya. It saluted their "courage and dedication" in a short statement and extended condolences to their loved ones. French media reported that the tri... more »

North Korea: Recent Missile Launch A Test For Nuclear Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
© KCNA / Reuters *AFP:* *North Korea says missile tests simulated nuclear strike on South* North Korea said on Wednesday its latest ballistic missile tests trialled detonation devices for possible nuclear strikes on US targets in South Korea and were personally monitored by supreme leader Kim Jong-Un. Tuesday's test firing of three missiles in violation of existing UN resolutions was seen as an angry reaction to the planned deployment of a US missile defence system in the South. The launch of the two Scud missiles and one intermediate-range Rodong was condemned by the United State... more »

Prominent Journalist In Kiev Assassinated By Car Bomb

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Prominent journalist and critic of Vladimir Putin killed in a car bombing in Ukraine while driving to work * * The 44-year old Belarusian-born journalist was murdered on Wednesday * He irked officials in Belarus and Russia before he moved to Ukraine * Sheremet worked for Ukraine's top online news website Ukrainska Pravda * The car he was driving was owned by its editor-in-chief Olena Prytula * An improvised explosive device was planted underneath the driver's seat A prominent journalist and critic of Vladimir Putin has been killed in a car explosion in central Kiev. U... more »

U.S. State Department Admits That Parts Of The Iran Nuclear Deal Were Kept Secret From The Public

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Washington Examiner:* *State: Nuke deal allows 'incremental growth' in Iran's enrichment capacity* The State Department confirmed Tuesday that non-public documents revealed this week accurately describe how that Iran will be able to ramp up its nuclear enrichment capacity after about a decade. But the department insisted that the group of countries involved in the deal knew this as it was being negotiated, and said the information revealed Monday isn't "new" to them, even though the details had been kept away from the public since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA... more »

Affirmative Action At West Point

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Graduates from the U.S. Military Academy congratulate each other after their graduation and commissioning ceremony in West Point, N.Y., May 23, 2015. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen *Sarah Sicard, Task & Purpose*: *How Affirmative Action Works At West Point* *The service academies may not have traditional affirmative action policies, but they are making a major effort to diversify the officer corps.* In late May, 16 female cadets in their fourth year at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point gathered in their grey dress uniforms, complete with crossed sabres, for an “old corps” phot... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Massive Explosion Reported In Turkey's Capital Ankara Erdogan Unleashes Unprecedented Crackdown: Fires All University Deans; Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers Melania Trump Accused Of Plagiarising Convention Speech From Michelle Obama Speechwriter saboteur? There's a secret ingredient in the plant-based meat Google wanted to buy for $200 million It looks like nearly everyone was wrong about a key aspect of Turkey's military coup Top Turkish Official In Charge Of Campaign Against ISIS Found Dead, Shot In The Neck Turkish Prosecutors Raid Incirlik Airbase... more »

Wild Bill: Perfect Storms USA...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*a warning.* Two Storms are forming over the USA. A storm of persecution against God's people and the storm of God's judgment on America for the sins of the nation.

BreXit : London is a City of Four Million House Negros.

Spike EP at News Spike - 15 hours ago
As a spiritual Northerner, I have to say : *You petty-bourgeoise cosmopolitan Southern Nancy Cockney Wanker Del Boy City Boy Essex Man self-ordained bureaucratic technocratic elites are done selling the country out from under us.* But we still love you, even though you think we're ill-mannered, uncultured, pig ignorant and stupid. We know we are not, and We Know You Are Not Better Than Us. London is a City of Four Million House Negros. *We Struggle.* *You Collaborate.* *THEY BOUGHT YOU* *YOU ARE BOUGHT* They Bought You With EasyJet EuroStar Hypermarket at Calais E111 Reci... more »

Institute director loses third paper following investigation

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
An autism researcher is retracting a paper she shared with the director of a New York institute, following a misconduct investigation. In 2011, suspicions raised by peer reviewers triggered the investigation into several papers by Xiaohong Li at the Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities (IBR) in New York. The probe concluded in 2013 that there was no evidence […] The post Institute director loses third paper following investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Vatican Ratchets Up Defense of Pope’s Family Document

NICOLE WINFIELD at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Vatican Divorce Debat_perr__1469020557_71.164.139.145] VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican is striking back at conservative critics of Pope Francis’ landmark document on family life, ratcheting up its defense of the pope with new vigor as bishops begin implementing the document around the world. The... more »

Police Shootings Touch Nerve Among Military Veterans

JULIE WATSON at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Police Shootings-Vete_perr__1469019743_71.164.139.145] SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have touched a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement. Veterans and active-duty troops started posting messages on social... more »

How to Stop the Progressive Haters

Mitch Boersma at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Anti-Christian sign at a gay rights protest at Federal Plaza, Chicago on November 15, 2008.] What kind of person wakes up in the morning thinking, “I want to shut down a charity today”? This is the question at the heart of Mary Eberstadt’s new book It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies. For far too long,... more »

GOP Platform: Dump Common Core, Pass School Choice

Blake Neff at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: iStock_39011658_MEDIUM__1469019037_71.164.139.145] The GOP's 2016 platform, approved by party delegates Monday night, denounces Common Core just a few years after party leaders played a major role in implementing it. It also offers a host of other deeply conservative positions on education. "We reject... more »

Game Center Play Kitchen

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
When my older daughter was little, I really wanted a play kitchen for her. We didn't have much space in our tiny townhouse and so I knew a full sized play kitchen wouldn't work. We also didn't have much disposable income. When I walked passed this game center at a thrift store, it was marked $3 and since it was half off day, it was only $1.50 . I knew it was a match made in heaven and the idea for this little kitchen was born! You will need: - A game center - a sander - paint (a color of your choice and black and gray) - 4 -inch wooden plaques - wooden knobs - ... more »

Florida Should Be Sending A Lot More Democrats To Congress Than It Does-- Thank #DebtTrapDebbie

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Florida is a swing state. Sometimes Democrats win and sometimes Republicans win-- but it's always close. Here are the Florida results in the last half dozen presidential elections for some context to the point I'm trying to make: *•* 1992 Bush 2,173,310 (40.89%), Clinton 2,072,698 (39.00%) *•* 1996- Clinton 2,546,870 (48.1%), Dole 2,244,536 (42.3%) *•* 2000- Bush 2,912,790 (48.85%), Gore 2,912,253 (48.84%) *•* 2004- Bush 3,964,522 (52.10%), Kerry 3,583,544 (47.09%) *•* 2008- Obama 4,282,074 (51.03%), McCain 4,045,624 (48.22%) *•* 2012- Obama 4,237,756 (50.01%), Romney 4,163,447 (49.1... more »

‘Bribery and Kickback Schemes’ Plague Syrian Relief Program Funded With Tax Dollars

Fred Lucas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Women_and_children_among_Syrian_refugees_striking_at_the_platform_of_Budapest_Keleti_railway_station._Refugee_crisis._Budapest,_Hungary,_Central_Europe,_4_September_2015._(3)] U.S. tax dollars are going to relief agencies in Syria that are engaging in "bid-rigging and multiple bribery and kickback schemes" and the federal government has taken inadequate steps to prevent it, according to a recent audit. The fraud makes... more »

Syria Says US & French Airstrikes Killed 140 Civilians

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
According to the the Syrian government, illegal airstrikes conducted by the United States and France inside Syria have killed as many as 140 civilians in a northwestern city and on its outskirts over the past two days French warplanes targeted the village of Tukhan al-Kubra in the northern suburb of the city of Manbij in the Aleppo Province, killing 120 civilians, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said. Press TV reports: Scores of other civilians remain unaccounted for following the attack, it added. According to the ministry, the fatalities came a day after a US airstrike killed 20 civil... more »

Fossil Fuel Subsidies – The Truth

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/11/rich-countries-subsidising-oil-gas-and-coal-companies-by-88bn-a-year I reported yesterday on the Guardian article, UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal, claiming that the UK is continuing to subsidise fossil fuels. This claim is based on a report the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a lobbyist organisation for the reduction of poverty, the alleviation […]

Watch "Douglas Murray BBC Radio Scotland Interrupted by Fire"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
https://youtu.be/9rm5VmhEbto Tell the truth and suffer a fire drill to shut you up?

US Treasury Secretary Heads to Greece to Talk Bailouts

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 16155367294_eb7fd83535_k] ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is to visit Greece to discuss the country’s progress in meeting reforms required under its third international bailout. Lew, scheduled to arrive Wednesday, was to meet on Thursday with Greek Finance... more »

Classroom Edition: Dumb-Ass Fiddling with a Smart-Ass Book

Susan O at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
*Susan Ohanian * When I received a promo piece announcing the Penguin/Random House publication of a Classroom Edition of Andy Weir’s *The Martian, *with “classroom-appropriate language and discussion questions and activities,” I immediately ordered the book. A *Wall Street Journal *reviewer had already called the regular text “Brilliant. . . a celebration of human ingenuity (and) the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years. . . utterly compelling.” complete with “classroom appropriate language,” so why, I asked myself, was a classroom edition needed. Of course if I’d r... more »

The Green Agenda and Population Reduction

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
The planet is not in danger. *We are.* *The planet’ll survive.* The planet’s been through, like, ammonia atmospheres and impossible-to-live-on, and everything dead – and it gets its way back out of it. *We’re in Danger. * *Or so we think, because our hubris tells us that * *We Are in Danger. * Our hubris tells us that *We’re about to destroy The World; * *We’re gonna destroy The Planet; * *We’ll fuck The Atmosphere.* No. We’ll fuck *our* atmosphere. But some trilobites’ll come along and live in anything we create. So that is *not *the problem. f *"We all want to have a ... more »

Johnny Ball Reveals All

Spike EP at News Spike - 16 hours ago
*AV4 - Johnny Ball - Politicised Science Brainwashing our Young*

After Violent Protests, France Set to Pass Labor Reforms

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 24516671905_b7e6531bec_k] PARIS (AP) -- A deeply divisive labor bill is nearing final approval in France’s Parliament after an often violent national debate over how to modernize the French work force. The lower house takes up its third and final debate on...more »

‘The War on Police’ Moves From Metaphor to Reality

Rich Lowry at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Dechia Gerald, wife of slain Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald, cries while holding their children Fynleigh, left, and Dawclyn, right, during a candlelight vigil at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, July 18, 2016. At Left is Dechia's mother, Denna Badeaux. Multiple police officers were killed and wounded Sunday morning in a shooting near a gas station in Baton Rouge.] In the past two weeks, the “war on police” has gone from a metaphor to a reality, with eight officers killed in targeted attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge. The country hasn’t seen any... more »

Paul Ryan Convention Speech: Party Needs To Unite Around ‘Better Ideas’

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 5446901600_e94821b58d_b (1)] House Speaker Paul Ryan called for the Republican Party to put aside its differences and unite around GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump during his speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday. The former vice presidential nominee noted the 2016 nomination process had... more »

New UK Prime Minister Begins the Brexit

AP at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 577557322_perr__1469014272_71.164.139.145] LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is making her first overseas trip as Britain’s leader on Wednesday to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key figure in negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. A week ago May replaced... more »

A Look At All The Weapons That Are Now Being Used In The Syria War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Defense One*: *Weapons of the Syrian War: Overview* *From chlorine gas to Kalashnikovs, barrel bombs to cruise missiles, the Syrian conflict shows what 21st-century militaries and armed groups can bring to bear.* The Assad regime’s bloody reaction to the 2011 Arab Spring ignited one of the most lethal rebellions in modern history, placing it in the crosshairs of more than 1,000 armed groups: rebels, Kurds, defectors, extremists and countless others, including foreign military experts. Taken together, the opposition is better equipped than any the world has seen in generations, a... more »

IDF’s Demolition Of Palestinian Home In West Bank Sparks Clashes

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
At least three people were hurt when clashes erupted with the IDF as troops bulldozed a Palestinian suspect’s house in the West Bank. Locals reportedly threw Molotov cocktails and fired makeshift guns at the soldiers. RT reports: The demolition took place on Monday in the town of Qabatiya, AFP reported. IDF forces bulldozed the house of Bilal Abu Zeid who Israeli authorities believe is an accomplice of a group of Palestinians involved in a February attack that left one Israeli police officer dead and one injured. Zeid is currently being held in Israeli prison. Heavy clashes erupted ... more »

Highway 1, just south of Jenner, CA

Rich Rifkin at Lexicon Daily - 17 hours ago
This is where John Youmans crashed. It seems unlikely a cyclist riding alone would crash there. It looks like the kind of spot where a driver might hit a bike from behind by passing too close.

RNC Day 2: No Arrests, Despite Trumped Up Concerns

MICHAEL HILL and MARK GILLISPIE at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: GOP 2016 Cleveland_perr (1)__1469013731_71.164.139.145] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Police broke up scuffles between groups of demonstrators a few blocks from the Republican National Convention as crowds in the hundreds gathered Tuesday afternoon. There were no arrests, police said, despite several tense moments that saw officers... more »

U.S. to Host Anti-ISIS Meetings This Week

LOLITA C. BALDOR at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Secretary_Kerry_Meets_With_Defense_Secretary_Carter_to_Discuss_Counter-ISIL_Efforts_(24153591961)] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense and foreign ministers from more than 30 nations are gathering in Washington to plan the next steps in the fight against the Islamic State and to determine what more they can do as the fights for... more »

Utah Zika Case Raises New Questions About Virus’ Spread

LINDSAY WHITEHURST at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species which transmits the dengue virus, chikungunya fever and zika is photographed on March 4, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.] SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The case of a Utah man who contracted the Zika virus after caring for his infected father raised new questions for health experts who said Tuesday that the investigation could guide new research into the... more »

Few in the West Serious About Islamic Terror

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Iraqi Shiite tribesmen brandish their weapons as they gather to show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities, on June 17 2014, in the southern Shiite Muslim shrine city of Najaf. Fighting erupted at the northern approaches to Baghdad Tuesday as Iraq accused Saudi Arabia of backing militants who have seized swathes of territory in an offensive the UN says threatens its very existence.] It appears that no matter how many men, women and children Islamists slaughter or maim, few in t... more »

Encouraged by the Pence Pick

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., during a campaign event to announce Pence as the vice presidential running mate on, Saturday, July 16, 2016, in New York. The presumptive Republican nominee introduced Pence as his No. 2 on Saturday, passing over candidates he has more of a personal connection with in favor of an experienced politician with solid conservative credentials. GOP leaders were nearly unanimous in their praise.] I believe that Donald Trump was smart to pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate... more »

BreXit : The Remainders

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
"The Plan, dear Remainders, is this : Lift your hands up to your face, go past your neck, go over your chin... Find your top lip - you'll find it *wobbling.* You stiffen it. You purse your lips, you *firm* yourself. And then you *Keep Calm* and you *CARRY ON.* *We Choose to leave the European Union in this decade and do the other things NOT because they are easy, but because they are HARD.* *Join us. * *Come Home. * *Help with The Work.*

BreXit - Chaos in the British Political Class

Spike EP at News Spike - 17 hours ago
"The Plan, dear Remainders, is this : Lift your hands up to your face, go past your neck, go over your chin... Find your top lip - you'll find it *wobbling.* You stiffen it. You purse your lips, you *firm* yourself. And then you *Keep Calm* and you *CARRY ON."* *We Choose to leave the European Union in this decade and do the other things NOT because they are easy, but because they are HARD.* *Join us. * *Come Home. * *Help with The Work.* The UK is being set up for the final destruction of the NATION STATE! On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the outcome of the EU refer... more »

Cruz’s Future Permeates GOP Convention Before Wednesday Speech

THOMAS BEAUMONT and STEVE PEOPLES, at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: GOP 2016 Convention_perr (2)__1469011782_71.164.139.145] CLEVELAND (AP) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t scheduled to appear publicly at the Republican National Convention until Wednesday evening. His presence has permeated the convention’s opening days anyway. A raucous confrontation over rules that could have kept hope of... more »

Nice, France: A Harvest of Horror

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 18 hours ago
*July 20, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - While the Western media poses as perplexed over the recent string of horrific attacks across Europe and particularly in France, the latest of which unfolded this week in the seaside city of Nice leaving over 80 dead and many more injured, it is clear that France itself has cultivated the soil within which terrorism and violence has taken root. Through France's own domestic and foreign policy, it has created the perfect storm to continue "watering" terrorism at home and abroad, while its political leaders carefully cultivate the predictable ... more »

France Extends State Of Emergency For Another Six Months

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
The National Assembly has voted to extend the ongoing state of emergency in France for another six months until the end of January 2017. The measures were set to be lifted on July 26th until the deadly attack in Nice last week The extension needs to be approved by the Senate after French lawmakers voted to extend government powers for the fourth time on Wednesday night. RT reports: President Francois Hollande declared the state of emergency last year, a day after coordinated attacks on November 13 were carried out by teams of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) gunmen, killing 13... more »

Brexit to add £350m to energy bills? Well, probably not!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/07/16/brexit-to-add-350m-to-energy-bills/ Although the Telegraph was pro-Brexit, the Business section seemed to have been fully paid up members of Project Fear. Since the referendum, nothing has changed, with every bit of bad news blamed on Brexit. Before the vote, for instance, we were frequently told that Brexit would lead to higher […]

For Soul-Building as for Bodybuilding, You’ve Got to Commit to What It Takes

Joe Dallas at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: strength training] “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” (1 Peter 4:1) In 1982 I tried doing some serious bodybuilding, putting my then 27-year-old carcass through a torturous regime... more »

American-Czech bilateral ties nearly disappeared since mid 1990s

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
The Prague Monitor, an English-language newspaper, mentions an article in Lidové noviny, a top Czech-language daily, about the American-Czech ties: LN: Czech-U.S. bilateral agenda meagre in past two decades We and the world are evolving continuously at some level so we're not fully appreciating the ongoing change (like the frog that gets boiled alive). But when I compare the relationships 25 years ago with the present ones, the differences are striking. The article in the Czech newspapers by Mr Hruška mentions that there have only been three topics of shared interest in the recent... more »

Military Photo of the Day: Welcome Home, Hero!

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Sailor Comes Home] A sailor is greeted by his family upon recently returning from an eight-month deployment with the U.S. Navy’s USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group. Welcome home, hero!

The Coupfather

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*"Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment." - The Godfather. * Is Erdogan the Coupfather, as even the mainstream media claims, or did he simply outsmart his enemies and buried the coup before it hatched? The two articles below describe why Putin's Russia could be the biggest geopolitical benefactor of Erdogan's triumph over the coup plotters. *An excerpt from, "Why The Failed Turkish Coup Attempt Wasn’t A “False Flag” Power Grab By Erdogan" By Andrew Korybko, Global Research, July 18, 2016:* Additionally, Moscow’s diplomatic support for Erdogan’s presidency is also driv... more »

Erdogan's Threat To Turn The Hagia Sophia Back To A Mosque Remains Very Serious And Could Be Realized In Light of Recent Events

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 22 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "The battle for Haghia Sophia in Istanbul escalates" By Pinar Tremblay, Al-Monitor, June 15, 2016: * A Greek diplomat, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told Al-Monitor, “In the last five years, Turkey has converted three other churches with the name Haghia Sophia into mosques and senior Turkish government officials keep using Haghia Sophia on social media and other platforms as a bargaining chip whenever something goes against their wishes. *This is a monumental building with immense symbolic value for Christians, so we are worried about it becoming a sac... more »

Black Lives Matter Threaten Violent Coup and Martial Law

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Inspired by the recent bloodshed in Turkey, Black Lives Matter spokesman Shaun King has threatened America with a coup if the country elects Donald Trump as President. “If Donald Trump becomes President, you are fooling yourself if you think we’re far from having a coup our own selves,” King tweeted. “I’m dead serious.” Last month hacked Twitter accounts belonging to Black Lives Matter leaders revealed that Attorney General Loretta Lynch liaised with BLM and discussed the goal of bringing martial law to America. The accounts belonging to Deray Mckesson and Johnetta Elzie clearly show...more »


Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 22 hours ago
Roy Warren Spencer, Ph.D., is a meteorologist, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), and the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. Spencer also served as senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and is known for his satellite-based temperature monitoring work, for which he was *awarded the American Meteorological Society’s Special Award.* Roy, with Doug Domenech, the Director of the Fueling Freedom Project at *The Texas Public Policy Fou... more »

U.S. Sells More Bombs To The UAE

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Joint Direct Attack Munitions, guidance kits that convert existing unguided bombs into precision-guided "smart" munitions. (US Navy photo) *The Hill*:* US approves $785M bomb sale to UAE* The State Department has approved the sale of $785 million in bombs to the United Arab Emirates, according to a new report. The deal is intended to help the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Reuters said Tuesday. The Pentagon on Tuesday announced that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which facilitates foreign arms sales, had authorized the move. Lawmake... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
TURKEY: This is staggering! FROM @ashishjena94 Latest number of people "purged" after #TurkeyCoupAttemp pic.twitter.com/zdYWeNcSUm — JJ Green (@NATSEC09) July 19, 2016

Innovations In The Oil Industry Continue To Impact Supply And Prices

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Oil On My Shoes *Bloomberg:** Shale Revolution Extended to Old Wells Seen Unleashing More Oil* * IHS Markit Energy assessed 46,000 horizontal wells in U.S. * Study shows big potential for reviving conventional plays U.S. oil explorers are yet to fully reap all the rewards of horizontal drilling techniques that helped trigger the shale boom, research firm IHS Markit Energy said. From Texas to North Dakota, the method still stands to boost production from old, conventional wells where low permeability has restricted extraction to a fraction of their potential, an IHS Markit study sh... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Soaring Angels* The Blue Angels, the Navy's flight demonstration squadron, soar in front of the crowd at the Pensacola Beach Air Show in Pensacola, Fla., July 14, 2016. Squadron members are scheduled to perform 58 demonstrations at 30 locations across the United States in 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Cotter

Is The Islamic State A Threat To The The Olympics In Brazil?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Brazil probes Olympics threats after group backs Islamic State* Brazil's intelligence agency said on Tuesday it was investigating all threats to next month's Rio Olympics after a presumed Brazilian Islamist group pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS) less than three weeks before the Games. The SITE Intelligence Group that monitors the internet reported that a group calling itself "Ansar al-Khilafah Brazil" said on the Telegram messaging app on Sunday that it followed IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and had promoted IS propaganda in Arabic, English and Portuguese. Br... more »

A Night That Will Forever Live in Infamy.

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 23 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s @mikeflannigan59, on loan from Ari) Quicken Loan Center, Cleveland--- *D*ay One of the Republican National Convention was an ongoing exercise in intellectual theft (indeed, it can be said Republicans steal intellectual property for the same reason a starving man steals food). The lesser of these evils was when the RNC and "Law and Order" candidate Donald Trump began playing Queen's "We Are the Champions", which resulted in a firestorm on social media, beginning with the band itself. I seriously doubt the conservatives in attendance knew or cared about their man... more »

Sorry, But I'm Not Desperate

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 23 hours ago
Have you ever gotten one of those political fliers in the mail? I have. Normally, I don't pay them much attention as they are full of loaded questions that reverberate within the politicians own little echo chamber. Usually these things find their way into my recycling bin long before they ever see the inside of my house. This particular one from my MP, David Yurdiga, however, caught my attention given the recent events that have affected us here in Fort McMurray. I did email my MP about it but given that he never responds to email (or at least mine) I figured I'd post a respon... more »

July 19: Not a happy day

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Last night, I watched the Republican convention - on and off. It was boring because Donald Trump is a man whose only interesting features are his severe personality discorders. On matters of government, he is hopelessly ignorant. I could have tolerated that part of it. After all, watching an ignorant man with personality disorders is no worse than most TV shows. But both he and his audience scared the hell out of me. As I watched, I realized I was watching a Nazi rally, and the speaker was Adolf Hitler. Trump's policies are Hitler's policies. And his major appeal is to the raci... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 1 day ago
*When things get to politically hectic or unpredictable, I usually turn to humor or satire to help lead me to another perspective and in the case of this years 2016 Presidential election ~ the Onion brilliantly delivers: Allen L Roland. PhD * With the primaries behind them, the presumptive nominees from both parties must now assess how to approach the general election. *Here is how Donald Trump is strategizing his campaign moving forward **(Most are the Courtesy of the Onion)* - Dispense with broad racist rhetoric from the primary season and replace it with sp... more »

Fukushima in Pink

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
More of the heavy emissions/fog this morning: Very pink sunrise: The last from the TBS cam looks quite pink in the screenshot but the color is faded when posted on my blog here:

Erdogan Targets Intelligentsia

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Zerohedge is reporting that Turkey is firing all of its university deans as part of a wider crackdown in the wake of the failed coup attempt: Erdogan Unleashes Unprecedented Crackdown: Fires All University Deans; Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-19/erdogan-unleashes-unprecedented-crackdown-fires-all-university-deans-suspends-21000- Turkey's Board of Higher Education has requested the resignations of all 1,577 university deans, effectively dismissing them. The Telegraph may have been the original source http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20... more »

Examining D6 Force Powers within the Star Wars Canon

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
I recently saw on Blue Max Studios a reference to The Force Accounted, an analysis of all the times the Force is actually used in the prequel and classic Star Wars trilogies. The authors determine there are ten Force powers used in these six films. They are: 1. Force Leap - A supernaturally high or long jump. Used very frequently in the prequels and occasionally by Luke. 2. Sense - Amplified physical and metaphysical senses - sensing danger, disturbances in the Force, impressions of the feelings of others, visions of the future and events far away. This is probably... more »

Florida-- Fast-Times Paradise?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Blue America is going to start running the above video as a Google ad everywhere in Florida tomorrow. A generous Alan Grayson admirer gave us $9,000 for the campaign and we'll keep running it 'til the money runs out. If you like it and want to stay up on Google, please consider making a contribution at out I.E. committee here. You what's even better, though? Do you have a relative or a friend in Florida? Call her or him and talk about the Alan Grayson campaign for the Senate. It actually is more meaningful than a financial contribution! I'm not as worried about Grayson's ability ... more »

#VenezuelaWatch | You will not see this on the 6pm news

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
For anyone watching the contemporary experiment in socialism that is Venezeula – a conclusive almost scientific experiment that every young person sympathetic to the system should observe: as starvation became a real thing this week in what was once one of the wealthiest countries in South America, the Venezuelan regime opened its border with Colombia to allow desperate people the opportunity to purchase food and other supplies on the Colombian side of the border. Get that: To get food and supplies, Venezuelans *had to queue up to cross over to neighbouring Colombia* – not be... more »

Baton Rouge Shooter Was A Mind Controlled Patsy

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Baton Rouge shooter Gavin Long was the latest mind controlled patsy unleashed on America by government agencies in this summer of violence and civil unrest. The media and government are encouraging more and more of this violence in order to fulfil their goal of martial law, the suspension of civil liberties, and disarmament. Long claimed he was a victim of electronic mind control and was a member of a support group whose mission is to help those ‘marginalized and abused by remote brain experimentation, and remote neural monitoring of an entire human’s body.’ Long’s claims of bei... more »

Why Aren’t We as Enraged About Vaccine Deaths as We are About Gun Deaths?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Catherine J Frompovich* - Deaths by guns contrasted by deaths by vaccines.

Planning For 'The Day After Mosul Falls' Begins In Washington This Wednesday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Kurdish Peshmerga forces keep watch in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkar *Reuters*: *As Mosul fight approaches, worries about the day after* Dozens of defense and foreign ministers will meet in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday to take stock of the fight against Islamic State, their focus increasingly on a major prize: the militant group's bastion in Mosul, Iraq.The battle for Mosul is expected to be difficult, but the aftermath could be tougher, Iraqi, United Nations and U.S. officials say. Plans are still being finalized to provide urgent humani... more »

Civil Uprising Spreads Across Germany

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
German authorities have warned of a huge civil uprising taking over the country unexpectedly due to political instability spreading across Germany and Europe. The German security services, BfV, say that right-wing radicalization, spurred by the European migrant crisis, may see Germany collapse into a civil war between left-wing and right-wing demonstrators. Speisa.com reports: – What we see in connection with the refugee crisis is that right-wing extremists are mobilizing in the streets, but also that the radical left mobilize against them, says Hans-Georg Maassen, chief of Bundesam... more »

from the front lines, day 16

allan at wmtc - 1 day ago
*Picketing Today* I received great reports from our members who said Good Morning at the executive garage. Picketing at Central in general is going very well. Don't forget to make leafletting and speaking to the public your top priority. In addition, we hit two locations today: Meadowvale and Courtneypark. *Meadowvale* "Fun Times at Meadowvale today! "The managers were playing Pokemon Go, as they tried to chase us around and find us. We could not stop laughing. "We had so much fun as we split up and they couldn't keep track of us. They had to chase us around the mall sidewalks, th... more »

Russian Hackers Prove Clinton Rigged Election

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russian hacker Guccifer has released a fresh new batch of documents that conclusively prove Hillary Clinton rigged the recent Democratic primaries in order to win the nomination. On July 18, Guccifer 2.0 released new documents that they obtained from DNC servers. A memo to Clinton political advisors dated Marsh 24, 2015 outlines how Hillary will secure the election with the help of the Democratic party’s elite. Observer.com reports: The memo was sent to political consultant John Podesta, now Clinton’s campaign chairman; Clinton fundraising guru Dennis Cheng; and campaign manager Rob...more »

CIA Agents Arrested In Turkey For Erdogan Assassination Attempt

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Putin has been notified of the arrest of two CIA agents who Turkey say shot down a Russian plane last November, and attempted to assassinate President Erdogan. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) for the Republic of Turkey, the two captured CIA pilots were not only responsible for shooting down the Russian Sukhoi Su-24m bomber over Syria last year, but also attempted to kill President Erdogan during the failed “coup” attempt a few days ago. Whatdoesitmean.com reports: The MoD further warned that the Obama regime was planning to kill President Erdogan in a ... more »

Schools Told To Teach Kids ‘Love Monsanto’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Schools across America are being forced to indoctrinate children with Monsanto propaganda that tells them that GMO and pesticides are “good for their health”. On October 14, 2015, a 35-page lesson plan was released by the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation, entitled “Bringing Biotechnology to Life: An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10.” Alternet.org reports: The International Food Information Council is a front group funded by some of biggest names in biotech and junk food: Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle and more. The Am... more »

Hillary Clinton Linked To Failed Turkey Coup

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Congress have received newly-released emails and documents which detail Hillary Clinton’s ties to the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey to overthrow the Erdogan regime. The documents reveal links between the Clinton’s and members of a network operated by Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen from Turkey. Dailycaller.com reports: Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has mounted an aggressive crackdown against Gulen and his followers, known as Gulenists. Erdoğan, who was once allied with Gulen, has even personally asked President Obama to extradite the 74-year-old guru, who has live... more »

Farage: Europe Almost ‘Completely Lawless’ And Dangerous To Women

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Europe is descending into a lawless and violent continent which is becoming an increasingly dangerous place for women to live in, according to Nigel Farage. The UKIP leader has said that women, especially those with blonde hair, are under the constant threat of sexual attacks in once civilised countries such as France and Brussels. Express.co.uk reports: Mr Farage was speaking on LBC in the wake of the Nice terror attack last week, which has raised questions about the capability of the French security and intelligence community. He said: “I have to say I am worried about France and... more »

Israel On The Brink Of Civil War

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The leader of the Labor Party in Israel has warned that the country faces an imminent civil war sparked by right-wing politicians inciting racial hatred. “We are on the verge of an uprising of hatred, racism, darkness and upcoming killings and assassination based on the overwhelming internal hatred here,” Isaac Herzog said during a speech at a Zionist Camp parliamentary bloc session on Monday. Uprooted Palestinians reports: “We hear hatred at every turn, whether it is directed toward women by military rabbis, by Ashkenazi Jews against Sephardi Jews and Mizrahi Jews against Ashkenaz... more »

Kansas City, Kansas, Officer Dies After Being Shot Sitting in Police Car

Bill Draper & Jim Suhr at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department Headquarters] KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- A suspect in a drive-by shooting fatally shot a 17-year veteran of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department on Tuesday as the officer was sitting in his patrol car, police said. Capt. Robert Melton, 46,... more »

Ailes Bails — Exits Fox News in Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Stream at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Kreskin and Chairman Fox News and Fox Television Stations Roger Ailes attend the 'Conversations With Kreskin' Book Launch Celebration at Patsy's on November 14, 2012 in New York City.] Fox News titan Roger Ailes will be leaving the network he helped build in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, his lawyer confirmed Tuesday to The New York Times. His lawyer, feminist hero Susan Estrich, said that he may keep... more »

Baton Rouge Latest: Hundreds, White and Black, Rally for Police Officers

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Millville, N.J. police chaplain Robert Ossler prays Monday, July 18, 2016, at a makeshift memorial at the fatal shooting scene in Baton Rouge, La., where several law enforcement officers were killed on Sunday. A former Marine set out to ambush police in Baton Rouge, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)] BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- The Latest on shootings of six Baton Rouge police officers (all times local): 8 p.m. Hundreds of people, white and black, attended a rally supporting law-enforcement officers at Baton Rouge police headquarters, about a mile... more »

Scientists Seek ‘Adventurous Woman’ To Give Birth To Neanderthal

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A group of scientists at the Harvard Medical School are looking for a brave volunteer who would be willing to give birth to a modern day Neanderthal baby. The team, led by Professor George Church, hopes to reconstruct Neanderthal DNA and resurrect the extinct species which died off 33,000 years ago. Dailymail.co.uk reports: His scheme is reminiscent of Jurassic Park but, while in the film dinosaurs were created in a laboratory, Professor Church’s ambitious plan requires a human volunteer. He said his analysis of Neanderthal genetic code using samples from bones is complete enough t... more »

Turkish Rebel Soldiers Raided The Wrong Hotel To Capture President Erdogan On The Night Of The Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Target: They fired bullets all over the Grand Yazici hotel thinking that Erdogan was staying there, but 62-year-old President had been holidaying next door. *Daily Mail*: *Revealed: How Blackhawk choppers landed at the WRONG address when they stormed a luxury hotel to assassinate Turkey tyrant Erdogan* * Dictator Recep Erdogan lounged on holiday in Marmaris as coup erupted * Escaped with his life, fleeing just minutes before rebels arrived at the villa * The luxury home was loaned to him by former racing driver Yazici Serkan * Playboy covers his Instagram with selfies, snapshots of g... more »

The Outrageous Ways Big Pharma Has Bribed Doctors to Shill Drugs

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Martha Rosenberg* - Doctors seldom have to go hungry at lunchtime when Pharma reps are around.

Report: Turkish Navy Ships Still Missing Since The Attempted Coup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Independent*:* Turkish navy ships still missing since attempted coup – as it remains unclear which side admirals are on* The commander of the Turkish navy has not been heard from since the failed coup. Several Turkish navy ships are still unaccounted for, their commanders suspected to be among the plotters who sought to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Admiral Veysel Kosele, the commander of the Turkish navy, has not been heard from since the failed coup on Friday, a source told The Times. It is currently unknown whether he was part of the coup or was tricked on to... more »

Trump Had To Pick Between Boring Or Unhinged

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
This really happened on TV Sunday night-- while Trump and Pence sat in chairs from the set of BRAVO's end of the season wrap-up of *The Shahs of Sunset*: Donald Trump: Now look, we are going to get rid of ISIS, big league. And we're going to get rid of 'em fast. And we're going to use surrounding states. We're going to use NATO, probably. And we're going to declare war. It is war. When the World Trade Center comes tumbling down, with thousands of people being killed, people are still-- I have friends that are still... Lesley Stahl: But we did go to war, if you remember. We went t... more »

The Bardic Tradition of Ghostbusters : The Ballad Of Ray, Egon and Pete

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*"Gonna tell you a story* *About a little town I know* *They had a real big problem* *With some big mean local ghost* *Those spooks were making* *The whole city lose control* *Well, the Mayor was frantic* *The town was panicked* *Cause they had no sense of fear* *Cause they knew they were missing* *Those boys with a mission* *So they called them up right chere* *They were boxing and trapping* *And shooting through the joint* *Stepped right in and* *Got down to the point* *Those Ghostbusters came in* *Cleaning up the town* *Oh, yeah* *About five o'clock, those boys came up* *And they ... more »

The GOP Convention Latest: Republican Leaders Talk Tough on Clinton, Trump Children Praise Him

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Tiffany Trump, daughter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)] CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican National Convention (all times EDT): 10:15 p.m. Donald Trump’s son Donald Jr. is citing his father’s business acumen and says that for his father, “impossible is just the starting point.” The younger... more »

“Erdogan Lives - And Secular Turkey Dies”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Let me alert you to an exceptional piece by Chris Trotter on the events of the weekend on the streets of Turkey, and how Turkish strongman Erdogan has used them since to his advantage. His argument is summarised in the title: *Erdogan Lives - And Secular Turkey Dies*. *The collapse of this attempted *coup d’état * has been met with many sighs of relief in Western capitals. Had it succeeded, President Barack Obama, in particular, would have faced an extremely difficult choice. To condemn the overthrow of the democratically-elected government of a Nato ally; or, to endorse the c... more »

Rick Santorum Gives Shout-Out to James Robison, Urges Vote for Trump

The Stream at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Santorum GOP Convention]

Canada funding agency bans researcher for fraud, and in first, reveals her name

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 1 day ago
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has banned a bone researcher for life following a finding of misconduct. And in a first, the agency has named her, in their report out today. The case of Sophie Jamal may be familiar to Retraction Watch readers, as we covered it in October of last year following reporting […] The post Canada funding agency bans researcher for fraud, and in first, reveals her name appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Four Dimensions”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Four Dimensions” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvnGOAqe6aU

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"What makes this spiral galaxy so long? Measuring over 700,000 light years across from top to bottom, NGC 6872, also known as the Condor galaxy, is one of the most elongated barred spiral galaxies known. The galaxy's protracted shape likely results from its continuing collision with the smaller galaxy IC 4970, visible just above center. *Click image for larger size.* Of particular interest is NGC 6872's spiral arm on the upper left, as pictured here, which exhibits an unusually high amount of blue star forming regions. The light we see today left these colliding giants before the day... more »

Chet Raymo, “Nuclear Landscapes”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Nuclear Landscapes” * by Chet Raymo "I was thinking recently about August 7, 1945. I was almost nine years old, growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The previous day an atomic bomb had exploded over the heart of Hiroshima. As I recall, all of us, adults and children, struggled to understand this extraordinary event, so remote from common knowledge and experience. It was clear that humanity had crossed a threshold, but to what? Within eight days, the war would be over. One mystery was solved: We now knew what was going on up Highway 11 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, previously a source ... more »

The Poet: John O’Donohue, “For The Time Of Necessary Decision”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“For The Time Of Necessary Decision”* “The mind of time is hard to read. We can never predict what it will bring, Nor even from all that is already gone Can we say what form it finally takes; For time gathers its moments secretly. Often we only know it’s time to change When a force has built inside the heart That leaves us uneasy as we are. Perhaps the work we do has lost its soul Or the love where we once belonged Calls nothing alive in us anymore. We drift through this gray, increasing nowhere Until we stand before a threshold we know We have to cross to come alive once more. May we ... more »

Kahlil Gibran, "The Prophet- On Pain"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Prophet- On Pain"* "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief. Pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your s... more »

Insanity: UK's New Leader Says She Would Use Nukes

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
Below is more proof that Clinton would be a greater threat to world peace than Trump. Women leaders try to out-tough the men in politics, and as a result, they champion stupid ideas like using nukes on populations. *An excerpt from, "British PM Willing to Nuke Hundreds of Thousands; Parliament Approves Funding" By Jason Ditz, AntiWar.com, July 18, 2016: * The question about massacring civilians with a nuclear strike is a common one during such debates, and historically one prime ministers dodge. Former Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe said he believed it was a question no prime... more »

Effigy of CIA's House Imam Hanged In Turkey; CIA-Mossad-Saudi Backed Brainless Terrorists Behead Palestinian Kid In Syria; Erdogan Shifts Turkey Eastward

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 1 day ago
*This will be Gulen's fate if the CIA decides to release him to Erdogan.* *Video Title: Gulen effigy hanged, Turkish flags & fire at Taksim square as Erdogan supporters hail coup failure. Source: RT. Date Published: July 18, 2016. Description:* Thousands of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s supporters gathered on Istanbul’s central Taksim Square to celebrate the failure of Friday night's military coup. The demonstration featured flag waving, the chanting of pro-government slogans, songs praising Erdogan and Islamic chants. An effigy of Fettullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric livin... more »

What Happens If China Shuts Down The South China Sea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Investment U *Anthony Fensom, National Interest*: *$5 Trillion Meltdown: What If China Shuts Down the South China Sea?* China has fired off a music video, editorials and plenty of other propaganda, along with a few volleys from PLA Navy ships, in response to the international court ruling on the South China Sea, which it denounced as “null and void.” But after threatening to set up an air defense identification zone, what might the economic impact be if Beijing went one step further and closed off the entire area inside its so-called “nine-dash line”? Based on a 1947 map by the t... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ..... June 19 , 2016....1. Market Moving News - Crude Draw Of 2.3MM, But Gasoline Build Of 805K , Deutsche Bank & Italian Banks In Focus , US Stocks - Dow & S&P Green Again , Turkish Lira Weakens Due To Latest Purge Turmoil , Asian Markets Slip Overnight. 2. Turkey Purge Continues , Efforts To Seek Extradition Of Gulen Move Forward. 3. Libya News De Jour. 4. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Markets & Market Moving News.... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2h 2 hours ago Crude Inventory: -2.3MM Gasoline: +805K Distillates: -484K Cushing: -84K *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 3h 3 hours ago Last-Minute Algo-Driven VIX-Crash Lifts Dow Green For 8th Straight Day http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-1 9/last-minute-algo-driven-vix-crash-lifts-dow-green-8th-straight-day … *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 3h 3 hours ago .@SpeculaThor When measured by credit markets, Deutsche Bank trades in one league w/ Italian Banks. *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Thanks for stopping by!

Here's What We Know

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
Here's What We Know About Life on Neptune - My Arse

AMERICAN DEATH THROES: a guest column by Menachem Mevashir

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 1 day ago
*Menachem Mevashir is a Messianic Jewish believer in Jesus. He graduated from Harvard in 1980, lived in Israel for 20 years, converted to Christianity in the year 2000 and returned to the US five years later. He writes: "I am well aware of the brutality of Israeli government officials, the military, and the intelligence agencies. I myself harbored so much animosity towards Arabs that I was deferred from serving in the IDF when I was drafted. I have been a 911 Truther since 9-12-2001, when the first skeptical information started appearing on the internet on many sites." * AMERICAN D... more »

7:14 pm EDT It's Official: Donald J. Trump is Republican Nominee for President of the United States...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*now can we all get on with the business of defeating Hillary Clinton, one of the most corrupt people to ever run for president?* *Donald Trump, Jr, as a delegate from the state of New York, pledged the votes that pushed his father over the top.* *THANK YOU AMERICA! WE DID IT! What a way to secure the nomination- with my kids putting US ALL over the top with New York! I love you Ivanka, Tiffany, Don Jr., and Eric!!*

The economics of the minimum wage in one diagram

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: 13707592_1205144556204598_64688641361708310_n] UPDATE: The dinosaur has a follow-up question to ponder: Why, or why not? [image: 13697200_10154205424200726_6962489292468343142_n] [Hat tip Keith Weiner, Tom Woods] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

The Economy: "Markets and Black Swans"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Warning: 'Black Swan' Spotted"* by Brian Maher "God doesn’t play dice with the universe, Einstein famously opined. But does He play dice with the stock market? It’s Monday, Oct. 19, 1987 — “Black Monday.” The stock market plunged a nightmare 22.6%, its largest one-day drop in history. And by all that’s holy, it never should have happened. No, not just in the sense that regulators were snoozing at their desks or some gasket blew from poor maintenance. It literally... never should have happened. It was almost statistically impossible. According to one Charlie Bilello, director of ... more »

Meeting Citizen Smith

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
I was a bit naughty talking about Owen Smith a couple of days ago. I kinda implied he was almost entirely anonymous and were it not for the public scrapping at the top of the Labour Party, I don't think he'd have gone down in history as one of our most able parliamentarians. That is not to be the case. Having been picked as the 'unity' candidate to run against Jeremy by the PLP majority, there is an opportunity now for him to seize the limelight and make a real name for himself. It's therefore time to give his candidacy the once over. Owen's back story. Well, it's not the most comp... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 19, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan helps to carry a coffin with a victim of a thwarted coup following a funeral service in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer *Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall, The Guardian*: *Turkey's Erdogan beats foes for now, but at high cost to stability* Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose fate was in the balance as rebel soldiers tried to topple him, has triumphed against his enemies and quickly reasserting his grip on power. But the failed military coup is further polarizing a nation in turmoil. The upheaval following the attempte... more »

Has “online harassment” become “a scary norm”?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Via RNZ: *A parenting columnist says she’s been told she “should be raped” and sent photos of dead babies – and other women with an online presence say harassment has become a scary norm. A new study led by security company Norton, in which 500 women took part, has found 72 percent of New Zealand women under 30 experience online harassment. One in four women said they had received threats relating to death, rape and sexual assaults.* I got a death threat myself just yesterday, my moderator-of-comments tells me. It may have included a threat of sexual assault as well, a... more »

The Thin Blue Line (1988)

Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago
*'If ever there was a Hell on Earth, it's Dallas county.'* *"My Mom had a good phrase - she said that the first time she pulled into Dallas, it was rainin'.... There was lightning, and they was comin' into Dallas, and she said* *'If ever there was a Hell on Earth, it's Dallas county.'* **sigh** *She's right.... * **nods* * *She's right."* *Randall Adams* *Innocent Man* Best Documentary Movie - The Thin Blue Line 1988 - Official The Thin Blue Line is a 1988 American documentary film by Errol Morris, depicting the story of *Randall Dale Adams*, a man convicted and sentenced... more »

Jason Jones Talks with Concerned Women of America at GOP Convention

The Stream at The Stream - 1 day ago
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Activists Try to Overturn Massachusetts Transgender Bathroom Law

Amber Randall at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: BOSTON, MA - JUNE 1: Hundreds protested against the transgender 'bathroom bill' outside the State House as the House was in session to debate the bill, June 1, 2016. The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the controversial transgender public accommodations bill, which would allow people to use the restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity and would protect transgender people from discrimination in shopping malls, libraries, restaurants, and other public accommodations, after hours of heated debate.] Conservative activists led by the Massachusetts ... more »
It isn't the first time the Russians have been visiting in droves - but certainly is the most dramatic spike I can recall. It would be nice to know the point of interest. 24 hrs ending at 11 pm. 
Stats from Livejournal indicate a healthy Russian overall presence there,  but I have not been tracking oldephartte

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