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Sunday, July 24, 2016

24 July - Blogs I'm Following

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The Wicked Witch Is Not Dead

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 minutes ago
*Good news: Debbie's fired. Bad news: guess who they want to replace her with* Debbie Wasserman Schultz was finally put out of his misery by her pals in the Democratic Establishment today, as she was forced to walk the plank hours before the opening of the Democratic Party;s national convention in Philly. In terms of her toxicity to Democratic values and principles, nothing has changed at all; she's still the foul fount of pay-to-play corruption and a selfish and misguided Republican-lite approach to governance that she was yesterday, last week, last month, last year and all throug... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 50 minutes ago
Members of the Russian national team (from left to right) Marina Panteleyeva, Natalya Rusakova, Kristina Sivkova and Yelizaveta Savlinis, winners of the bronze medals in the 4 x 400m relay at the 2014 European Athletics Championships in Zurich. © SPUTNIK/ ANTON DENISOV *WNU Editor:* Because of the doping scandal, the above Russian team will not be going to the Olympics in Brazil two weeks from now. *Update:* What this all means .... *What Fewer Russians Means for the Games—and the U.S.* (WSJ).


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 56 minutes ago
*Imperious Queen Hillary at the Podium* *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 year's 2016 Presidential election ~ the Onion brilliantly assists along with a weekend major WikiLeaks release which nails Hillary on her principle character flaw, trustworthiness: Allen L Roland. PhD* *"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases" **John Adams* With just a few ... more »

Is The White House Rushing The Mosul Military Offensive To Influence The U.S. Presidential Election?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Washington Times:* *Troops fear Obama rushing Mosul offensive to influence election* Some U.S. officers in Baghdad believe the Obama administration is rushing plans for a Mosul offensive so it takes place before the November presidential election, a retired general says. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero said his contacts in Baghdad have relayed the concerns to him, fearing there is now an “artificial timeline” for what promises to be by far the toughest battle in the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. Iraqi Security Forces, which has made strides since the U.S.-led c... more »

Growing Concerns That U.S. Nuclear Weapons In Turkey Are Not Secure

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*South China Morning Post:* *Coup attempt in Turkey raises a nuclear concern at US air base* *Incirlik Air Base was an operational centre of the attempted coup. It is also America’s largest foreign stockpile of nuclear weapons.* A little more than 100 miles from the territory held by Islamic State, there is a little piece of Americana. It has an eight-lane swimming pool, a baseball diamond and housing tracts built on carefully manicured cul-de-sacs. The Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey has some other American assets: several dozen B61 thermonuclear warheads. The base has been a... more »

Massive Fire Near NATO Base In Turkey

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Large fire in Izmir Buca, near the NATO base in Turkey. Fire is approaching base pic.twitter.com/TNYSmZYf9n https://t.co/NmjWEC5rmn — Dreaming of Peace (@cjsienna55) July 24, 2016 *RT*: *Huge fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey (PHOTOS, VIDEO)* A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base within the Buca district, Izmir, western Turkey. Authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage, local media reports. The inferno started on Sunday evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts. The fire engulfed the grassy wooded area and is spreading closer to NA... more »

Amnesty International: Turkey Coup Plotters Are Being Tortured

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*The Independent:* *Detainees beaten, tortured and raped after failed Turkey coup, Amnesty says* Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkey's ruling and main opposition parties rallied together in support of democracy Human rights group Amnesty International says it has received credible evidence of detainees in Turkey being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, since last week's failed coup attempt. "It is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these abhorrent practices and allow international monitors to visit all these detainees in the places they ... more »

Ukraine War Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Ukrainian soldiers in the ATO zone in Donetsk region, July 22, 2016. (UNIAN Photo) *Ukraine Today*: *Number of Ukrainian soldiers killed in the east increases* Six servicemen dead, 13 wounded Six Ukrainian soldiers were killed, another thirteen were injured overnight in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine, military spokesman Oleksandr Motuzianyk reported on July 24 at a briefing in Kyiv. Ukrainian military headquarters also reported increase in fighting. The Russian-backed separatit forces mounted 77 attacks at the Ukrainian positions, including from the heavy weapons banned unde... more »

ASEAN Summit Fails To Address Maritime Disputes In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Reuters:* *ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea, Cambodia blocks statement* Southeast Asian nations failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia blocked any mention to an international court ruling against Beijing in their statement, diplomats said. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met for the first time since the U.N.-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration handed an emphatic legal victory to the Philippines in the dispute this month. The ruling by the court in The Hague denied China's sweepi... more »

Has Afghanistan Become President Obama's Vietnam?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
U.S. President Barack Obama, surrounded by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (L) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff USMC General Joseph Dunford, Jr., (R) delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room on Afghanistan at the White House in Washington U.S. July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron *Jonathan Marshall, Consortium News*: *Afghanistan: President Obama’s Vietnam* *Exclusive: President Obama is keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan fighting an unwinnable war for fear of the political consequences if he faces reality and admits defeat, an echo of Vietnam, writes Jonathan ... more »

U.S. And Afghan Forces Prepare To Launch A Military Offensive Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
An Afghan security force personnel stands guard in front of a damaged building a day after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail *USA Today*: *Afghan offensive planned in aftermath of Kabul bombing* Afghanistan plans for a military offensive in coordination with U.S. troops against the Islamic State have become more urgent as the country marked a national day of mourning Sunday for 80 people killed and 231 injured in Kabul's worst attack in 15 years. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently announced a major assault in the Nangarhar province a... more »

Suspected Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up In Southern Germany

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Daily Mail*: *BREAKING NEWS: Suspected attacker dies in 'deliberate' explosion at a restaurant near Nuremberg, leaving at least eleven injured and causing evacuation of music festival * * Explosion at restaurant has killed at least one person and injured more * Town's mayor said blast was caused by explosive device, not gas leak * Nearby music festival been cancelled as Germany remains on high alert * Reports claim man with a backpack denied entry to festival before blast * Police say the suspected attacked is thought to have died in the explosion A suspected suicide attacker has d... more »

You Can't Crowdfund the Centre Ground

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 hour ago
I'm old enough to remember when internet utopianism was a real thing. Back in the good old days of dial-up, Netscape, and Geocities, there was a sense the emerging global network of computers would call forth a new sensibility informed by peace, tolerance, and lovely things. Self-styled homesteaders on the electronic frontier knocked off ten-a-penny manifestos declaring the independence of cyberspace (as we cringingly used to refer it to), the freedom of the individual, and a new economy modelled on free association and reciprocity. How did that work out? Today, internet traffic is ... more »

Photos Peltier Justice Ride Reaches White House

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
In front of White House Greenbelt Park (above and below) Photos by Chauncey Lee Peltier, son of Leonard Peltier The Peltier Justice Ride reached the White House from the west coast, urging clemency for Leonard Peltier.

Obama-Pena Nieto Meet Reveals Nuclear, Water, Boundary and Security Initiatives

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
Frontera NorteSur reveals dangerous agendas of Obama and Pena Nieto -- pushing nuclear energy, even though there is no safe way to store nuclear waste; Colorado River water rights, new border crossing tracking, trade agreements and the horror of murders and disappearances in Mexico. -- Censored News July 24, 2016 By Frontera NorteSur Censored News Photo courtesy Xinhua Special Report

Understanding KIPP Model Charter Schools: Part 2

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Part 1 here. Even though my book was published in March 2016, I continue to document the experiences of former KIPP Model charter school teachers, whose grueling experiences in "no excuses" charter schools are at the core of *Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys Through "No Excuses" Teaching.* My most recent interview was with Danielle, who taught for an Arkansas KIPP school in 2015. Like many other KIPP Model teachers, Danielle describes a school where she received lots of criticism but almost no instructional or curricular support. She described a school where most of the teachers who ... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #183 Right! Said Fred... The Veil/Membrance Completes its Departure!PS: IT is NOT YALDOBROATH!

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
By American Kabuki *TERRAN NOTE:* *This is a very important step necessary for the galactics to be seen. Its all progressing very rapidly now! Nameless showed up in the Tipping Point "doing", and I thought I knew who it was... but I was incorrect in my assumption. I have not published the "Tipping Point" doing, that might come a bit later depending on circumstances. There's been a lot of work in the last 10 days that I have not been able to publish. * [7/20/16, 9:27:07 AM] Terran: *Can you contact the membrane and get a status of its withdrawal?* Denice: Funny I was thinking ... more »

If Soterios Johnson leaves WNYC, does that mean the world is coming to an end?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Plus: Dilbert's CEO on "Making the world a better place"* *Soterios abandoning his WNYC mic? Is this really allowed?* *by Ken* Yeah, sure, the world is going to hell in a handbasket -- Trump, Hillary, Nice, Istanbul, Munich, blah blah blah. Normally I would be happy to solve those problems, but this week we've got a *real* problem. When I got around to opening the latest issue of the recently instituted member newsletter of WNYC, our public-radio station, I was promptly assailed by this bombshell: *We're Going To Miss You, Soterios!* We're starting this month's newsletter with so... more »

Fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
hattip ally:Fire breaks out near NATO base in Turkey *TURKEY: *A massive fire erupted near a NATO base within the Buca district, Izmir, western Turkey on Sunday, *RT* reported. BREAKING: Huge fire breaks out near #NATO base in #Turkey https://t.co/qTrGiGkPLw pic.twitter.com/yImwMYzly8 — RT (@RT_com) July 24, 2016 The inferno started in the evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts.* It engulfed the grassy wooded area *and was spreading closer to NATO’s military base because of strong winds. Despite efforts by NATO-stationed troops to stop the fire, the rapidly-... more »

DNC Wikileaks Emails: I found Explosive Collusion between Press/Clinton/DNC and Push Back Against Sanders and Arranged Protests

Sherrie at Sherrie Questioning All - 4 hours ago
Yes it has been a long time since I posted anything. Life is happening for me along with College. I don't harbor on the negative events and simply add energy to them. But I LOVE truth and I LOVE Truth being revealed! With Wikileaks releasing 20000 DNC emails, I have been busy reading through them for hours and doing searches in various ways to uncover the deception of the DNC and Clinton

Rules for Radicals: An Analysis

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago

Alinsky's Power Tactics

Spike EP at News Spike - 5 hours ago

"Feminism is Not About Personal Choice"

Spike EP at News Spike - 6 hours ago
" Imagine Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sitting down with his Glasgow Morning Herald and seeing an article about how the "*Brighton Sex Maniac Strikes Again*". Hamish is shocked and declares that "*No Scotsman would do such a thing*". The next day he sits down to read his Glasgow Morning Herald again; and, this time, finds an article about an Aberdeen man whose brutal actions make the Brighton sex maniac seem almost gentlemanly. This fact shows that Hamish was wrong in his opinion, but is he going to admit this? Not likely. This time he says: "*No true Scotsman would do such a... more »

Vic Crone: “Talk is cheap”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
This morning my inbox received an email from Victoria Crone. Yours may have too. “Talk is cheap,” she said. “We need a Mayor with fresh ideas who can actually deliver real results. Check out my 10 point plan for housing.” So, thirsty for fresh ideas, I did. They weren’t. There were a lot of platitudes though. Her first idea, after the hand-wringing boiler plate – her point number one? She wants to host a “housing summit.” A talk-fest. A whole festival of cheap talk. You can already feel all the good vibrations. But that’s not all. She would also “put communities back at the h... more »

Massive Fire Erupts Near NATO Base In Izmir, Turkey

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
A massive fire erupted on Sunday evening near a NATO base in Izmir, western Turkey. The fire is threatening the Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) base at Şirinyer (Buca). While it is known that US nuclear weapons are stored at another base at Incirlik, none are reportedly stored in Izmir. Local media reports say that authorities are investigating a possible act of sabotage. RT reports: The inferno started on Sunday evening on the border of the Sahintepe and Mevkiinde districts. The fire engulfed the grassy wooded area and is spreading closer to NATO’s military base because of strong wind... more »

Breaking News: RT reporting Huge Fire broke out near NATO base in Izmir, Turkey

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 6 hours ago
*UPDATE: July 24, 2016* - According to RT: As of 8:15 p.m. PST, the fire at Izmir which actually burnt some of the land belonging to the NATO military base (but no buildings) has been entirely extinguished. RT is reporting further: "...It took more than seven hours of battling the flames using helicopters and an airplane to contain the blaze. However, it has not yet been fully subdued, several local papers announced." *Breaking News re Turkey from RT* A massive fire has erupted near a NATO base in the Buca district of Izmir province in western Turkey. Authorities are investigatin... more »

ISIS As An Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy; Bahraini Prince Joins ISIS; France's Intervention In Libya's Politics Causes A Huge Backlash

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 7 hours ago
Wherever US foreign policy is in trouble, G.I. ISIS is there: Huge protest against US-backed regime in #Afghanistan ends w/huge ISIS attack. — Land Destroyer (@LandDestroyer) July 24, 2016 Need to *put pressure on Maliki's government in Baghdad*? Bring in ISIS. Need to *relieve pressure from President Ghani's government in Kabul*? Bring in ISIS. This is a lesson for all so-called U.S. allies in the region, from the naive and trustful Kurds to the rich spoiled Arab slavers. If they don't play ball with Uncle Sam and do as he says then they will face endless terror attacks. "ISIS" i... more »

Canadian/Gulen Connection To Turkey's Coup & Turkey releases 1200

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
Two quick items of interest! *Canadian/ Gulen Imam* *arrested in Turkey* First up, we have a dual national- Turkish/Canadian/American?- Employed by Corrections Canada as a prison Imam (think recruiter) Arrested in Turkey- Who happened to be there on vacation? Or to visit his father? Visiting an ailing parent can hardly be described as a vacation. - A family friend says a Canadian man is being held in Turkey on accusations he was a leader of the failed July 15 military coup in that country. *-Davud Hanci*, who* lives in Calgary *and *works as an imam for Correctional Service Canad... more »

Tobacco is Legal, but Cannabis Actually Kills and Prevents Lung Cancer

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - Pot decreases the risk of lung cancer and does not cause chronic pulmonary diseases.

Free Market vs. Regulators: Airbnb Sues San Francisco Over Housing Regulations

Janie Har at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Airbnb - 900] SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco wants people who rent out their homes through Airbnb and other online platforms to follow some rules, and it wants the platforms to advertise only those rule-abiding listings -- or face steep fines. That... more »

Out of the Wilderness, a Voice of Clarity

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
Granted, this Reddit user may have been a bit misguided at the end, although I share his bitter sentiment that Bernie failed his true test (A quiet change of rules stipulated that the Democratic runner-up had to officially endorse the presumptive nominee or lose all his or her super delegate states). But his appraisal of the "neoDems" is spot on. They're like Michael Scott on that ill-fated date on *The Office*. He's told to look for a brunette wearing a black top and jeans and thinks he sees her in a hot blonde in a dress. Even when faced with a mountain of irrefutable da... more »

Debbie Does Dallas But Not Philly

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 7 hours ago
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a scumbag. Even the DNC's embarrassed by her conduct. https://t.co/KjoWQIOaTs — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) July 24, 2016 Wow, that was abrupt! I wonder what brought on that sudden fall from grace? By being "quarantined", as one senior Democrat termed it, Wasserman Schultz is now officially the Typhoid Mary of the new Republican Democratic Party.

E-Mail Scandal Forces Democratic Chairwoman to Step Down Days Before Convention

Ken Thomas & Catherine Lucey at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: DNC chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz speaks during a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Florida State Fairgrounds Entertainment Hall, Friday, July 22, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- On the heels of a tumultuous Republican convention, Hillary Clinton hopes her gathering in Philadelphia will show off a forward-looking Democratic Party united behind her steady leadership. But to do that, she must overcome lingering bitterness among... more »

Olympic Leaders Stop Short of Ban on Russia

Graham Dunbar & Stephen Wilson at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: In this July 13, 2014 file photo International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin before the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The IOC's ruling 15-member executive board will meet Sunday, July 24, 2016 via teleconference to weigh the unprecedented step of excluding Russia as a whole from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games because of systematic, state-sponsored cheating.] LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympic leaders stopped short Sunday of imposing a com... more »

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Finally Resigned Today-- She Is NOT America And She Is NOT The Democratic Party-- Both Of Which Are Worth Fighting For

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Many people are celebrating that Wasserman Schultz was finally given the heave-ho as DNC chair a few minutes ago, but that doesn't mean the job is done. She was causing great harm to Democratic Party values long before she was elevated to that post and unless she's thrown out of Congress by Broward and Miami-Dade Democratic voters on August 30, she will continue doing exactly that into the foreseeable future. That said, it probably wasn't hard to figure out that among all of our wonderful congressional candidates upholding the ideals and values that make up Bernie's political revo... more »

Zapatistas open letter on aggressions against Peoples Movement San Cristobal

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. . http://enlacezapatista.ezln.org.mx/2016/07/23/open-letter-on-the-aggressions-against-the-peoples-movement-in-san-cristobal-de-las-casas-chiapas/


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 8 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* One chart that explains Alphabet, Google's parent company Munich gunman had researched mass killings, lured people to scene of shooting via Facebook Da Vinci's 'irrelevant' doodles actually contain his most revolutionary physics North Korea is acting up, and it has its eye on all of South Korea 50 leading CEOs and politicians were asked if Donald Trump had at least a 50% chance of winning the election — just 5 people raised their hand Self-driving cars are creating massive new security challenges Secret documents show how patient privacy is being violated What O... more »

Munich Shooter was Bullied Loner, Planned Attack for a Year

George Jahn & David Rising at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: A woman mourns beside the Olympia shopping center where a shooting took place leaving nine people dead two days ago in Munich, Germany, Sunday, July 24, 2016.] MUNICH (AP) -- The teenager behind the deadly shooting rampage in Munich was a withdrawn loner obsessed with playing “killer” video games in his bedroom, a victim of bullying who suffered from panic attacks set off by contacts with other... more »

Is "Incirlik" Turkish for "cauldron"?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*Debka File says Incirlik Crisis is Ongoing* I haven't gone to Debka file website for a long time but believe they're an Israeli military website. In any case...they're the only site with a fairly recent update on the Incirlik Air Base crisis. Their report which I will copy in its entirity dates July 20, 2016 (four days ago) but was printed just today in thetruthseeker.uk. Here is the Debka report on Incirlik with its original grammar and spelling...and I will have my comments to follow: DEBKAfile — July 20, 2016 Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the sou... more »

Amnesty International: Detainees Tortured And Raped After Turkish Coup

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Amnesty International says it has ‘credible evidence’ of detainees in Turkey being subjected to beatings, torture and rape in the aftermath of the attempted military coup of July 15. More than 10,000 people have been detained including judges, prosecutors, police, military and civil servants, according to the human rights group. A group of 10 lawyers from Ankara and Istanbul representing detainees were interviewed by Amnesty International about the plight of their clients. International Business Times reports: “It is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these abho... more »

Question for the Day: Do low-wage immigrants make us all poorer?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
“No,” says John Stuart Mill: *The exportation of labour and capital from [one country to another], from a place where their productive power is less to a place where it is greater, increases by so much the aggregate produce of the labour and capital of the world. It adds to the joint wealth of the [both countries].* ~ *Principles of Political Economy*, V.xi s50 . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Scientists Warn Great Barrier Reef Is On Brink Of Collapse

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Scientists have warned that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is so damaged it is undergoing a “complete ecosystem collapse” An investigator for Coral Watch has reported a ‘shocking’ lack of fish and says the surviving corals are continuing to bleach, even during winter. RT reports: Coral Watch’s Justin Marshall spent a week surveying reefs near Queensland’s Lizard Island and said the lack of fish was the most shocking discovery. “I was seeing a lot less than 50 percent of what was there [before]. Some species I wasn’t seeing at all,” he told the Guardian. Coral bleaching is the result... more »

Explaining soft multiculturalism versus justice

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 11 hours ago
I attended a talk last week sponsored by the Washington Teachers Union. The invited speaker was Enid Lee, who was also an editor of Beyond Heroes and Holidays. At some point during the conversation, I was inspired to comment on social media: Teachers ceded professional ground when they favored soft multiculturalism in lieu of justice — […]


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 11 hours ago
*The Arctic is leaking methane 200 times faster than usual: Massive release of gas is creating giant holes and 'trembling tundras'* *It has long been known that different parts of Siberia burp CH4 from time to time and it may perhaps be in response to warming -- either a local warming event or an El Nino warming. It is not however due to anthropogenic global warming because there has been none of that for many years.The present eruptions seem to be confined to the Yamal peninsula area, which is only a very small part of Siberia. See Here regarding the inability of CH4 to af... more »

Contempt - Spirit v Form

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
Chirico v. Szalas, 2016 ONCA 586 raises an interesting point. Contempt can be granted for a breach of the "spirit" of an order . This is hardly new but here the "spirit" has been defined quite broadly; specifically surrender of a dog to a different party was considered to be a breach because both parties were "authorities". The case will be useful for persons trying to enforce orders: [52] The test for civil contempt is well established. The order must be clear and unequivocal, the failure or refusal to comply with the order must be deliberate, and the failure or refusal to comply ... more »

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
I was interviewed by Paul Iddon for “Dealing with ISIS after the demise of the Caliphate” published in Rudaw.

Teacher Struggle in Mexico

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 11 hours ago

Machete Wielding Man Kills Woman, Injures Two In Reutlingen Germany

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
A man with a machete attacked a group of people near a kebab shop in the German town of Reutlingen on Sunday, killing a woman and wounding two others. It comes just two days after nine people were killed by a crazed gunman in Munich. The perpetrator is in police custody. Sputnik reports: The attacker was arrested by police. The reasons of the attack are still unclear. Germany has been on high alert following a deadly Friday shooting when an 18-year-old man killed nine in Munich. ‼️ BREAK: In #Reutlingen (Germany) a man killed with a machete at least one woman and injured more peopl... more »

Never Trust a Young Turk

Spike EP at News Spike - 12 hours ago
*The Ethnic Theme Parks of Mazzini's Zoo* Mazzini's work for the British extends far beyond Italy. Like the Foreign Office and the Admiralty which he serves, Mazzini encompasses the world. The Mazzini networks offer us a fascinating array of movements and personalities. There are agents and dupes, professional killers, fellow-travelers, and criminal energy types. Mazzini's court of miracles was a public scandal. Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, now the king of Belgium, has been complaining to his niece Queen Victoria that in London there is maintained* ``a sort of menagerie of ... more »

Don’t Believe The Washington Post Propaganda, DC Summers Are Not Getting Hotter

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/07/14/d-c-s-summer-heat-is-rapidly-becoming-more-oppressive-analysis-finds/?tid=a_inl More fraud from Climate Central. The Washington Post reports: By Jason Samenow July 14 The temperature Thursday in Washington soared to 98 degrees, the hottest so far this summer. The heat index, which factors in humidity, registered 104 degrees. Get used to it. An analysis released Wednesday by […]

Breaking news

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Another day, another horror. Sky and ITV (among others) have been reporting a machete attack in Reutlingen, Germany for the past half hour or so. (There's nothing on the BBC website yet). It appears that a woman has been killed and two injured. A suspect has been arrested: Sky is reporting that the attacker is a Syrian refugee:

It Hasn't

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 12 hours ago
Conrad Black lives on another planet than the rest of us. He is untroubled by the anxieties of those of us who are mere mortals. That's why he believes that we've misunderstood Donald Trump. In Friday's *National Post* he opined: Even in the week that he is nominated by the Republican party for the presidency of the United States, intelligent people fail in droves to understand what Donald Trump has accomplished. It was disappointing to read the editorial in this newspaper on Tuesday that “a Trump presidency would be a descent into the uncertainties of anger, bitterness, and divis... more »

Not Even U.K. Right-Wing Crackpot Boris Johnson Wants To Be Associated With Trumpism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
The editors of the *Washington Post* agreed they would never endorse Trump, calling him "uniquely unqualified" to be president and a "unique threat to American democracy... A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world." In case anyone wasn't paying close attention, the editors wrote that "The Republican Party has moved the lunatic fringe onto center stage, with discourse that renders impossible the kind of substantive debate upon which any civil democracy depends." The *NY Times* editors weren't as florid in their condemnation, but they didn't leave any doubt... more »

Really? The motive for the attack is unclear.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
'The police has confirmed the attacker was a 21-year-old Syrian refugee but have not released his name. The motive for the attack is unclear.' More politically correct crap here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/german-machete-attack-stuttgart-reutlingen-crime-knife-attack-a7153561.html

between the lines: how we got here

laura k at wmtc - 12 hours ago
We've stopped picketing and demonstrating, and are waiting for our ratification meeting and vote tomorrow night, Monday, July 25. As local president, my life has been consumed by bargaining and the strike for so long, it feels a bit surreal. Is it really over? That may take a while to sink in! I'm sure others feel this way, too. Thank yous to the bargaining team from our members continue to pour in, along with congratulations from other union sisters and brothers. Donations continue to arrive from other locals, retired members, and even customers. Those are very welcome, as we begi... more »

Editor`s Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Spending time with the family. Bogging will return this evening.


Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 12 hours ago
*FLIGHT 11 DID NOT FLY ON 911* * by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy * American Airlines itself is the source for information that AA Flights 11 (North Tower) and 77 (Pentagon) did not fly on 911. These flights are critical to the the government's crumbling cover up! Without those flights, Bush and his murderous co-conspirators will have to revise the big lie. They will have to concoct yet another cover story from the ground up! A cover up is on the brink of collapse when those guilty of capital crimes and high treason either turn on one another or are forced to revise the lie! ... more »


Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 12 hours ago


Len Hart at The Existentialist Cowboy - 12 hours ago
*FLIGHT 11 DID NOT FLY ON 911* *by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy * American Airlines itself is the source for information that AA Flights 11 (North Tower) and 77 (Pentagon) did not fly on 911. These flights are critical to the the government's crumbling cover up! Without those flights, Bush and his murderous co-conspirators will have to revise the big lie. They will have to concoct yet another cover story from the ground up! A cover up is on the brink of collapse when those guilty of capital crimes and high treason either turn on one another or are forced to revise the lie! ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 13 hours ago
*California Soon to Be First State to Teach LGBT History in Public Schools* The California State Board of Education has unanimously voted to implement a 2011 state law signed by Governor Jerry Brown that mandates including LGBT history in public school curriculums as early as second grade. Last Thursday, the board adopted the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, which will include “the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans and people with disabilities to the history of California and the United States,” according to a... more »

Weekly Menu 27

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
[image: Weekly Dinner menu] Weekly dinner menu hostesses are: [image: Menu_Members] Summer Scraps – Housewife Eclectic – Embellishmints – The Crafty Blog Stalker Mom’s Messy Miracles – It’s Me Deb CB – Organized Island Sunday Zucchini Burrito Boats [image: Meal Plan ideas] Monday Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta [image: Meal Plan ideas] Tuesday Easy Pita Bread Pizza [image: Meal Plan ideas] Wednesday Grilled Stuffed Chicken Burritos [image: http://thecraftyblogstalker.com/how-to-make-easy-pita-bread-pizza-recipe/] Thursday Savory Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff [image: Savory Slow Cooker Beef ... more »

Fresh Off Debut, Clinton VP Kaine Gets Hero’s Welcome From Neighbors

Alan Suderman at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., as she speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate.] RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Sen. Tim Kaine received a hero’s welcome Saturday night outside his Richmond home, capping off his debut as Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Hundreds of neighbors and other well-wishers greeted Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton, on... more »

How Do You Speak Politely to 60 Different Genders?

Michael Cook at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: LGBT event - 900] From time to time, German regional politics has moments of entertainment. A member of the parliament of the state of Brandenburg (in the country's northeast) recently stated his party's position on a gender diversity proposal. Alternative for Germany (AfD) politician... more »

Economic News & Views .... July 24 , 2016 ..... Quick hits For Sunday .... 1. Greece Updates : Clearance Of Single Property Tax (ENFIA) Exp To Be Completed By End-Jul, Payment In 5-mon installments ; Capital controls Set To Be Relaxed ; Refugees/ Migrants Numbers Increasing At Lesvos Again ; Next Wave To Greece Come From Turkish Political Seekers. 2. Turkey Political - Domestic & International , For Sunday. 3. Spain In Focus : EUC Wants To Halt EU Funds For Spain ; Spain Pays 300 MN In Pensions Annually To Dead People ; Catalan Separatists Outnumber Remainers For First Time. UK - News For Sunday. 5.Libya Political Developments For Sunday. 6. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 16 hours ago
Greece... *Kathimerini English* ‏@ekathimerini 7m 7 minutes ago Fiscal targets a priority for government http://dlvr.it/Lsn7T4 *Manos Giakoumis* ‏@ManosGiakoumis 4h 4 hours ago i(Aug-Dec), #Greece Alt FinMin says. *Manos Giakoumis* ‏@ManosGiakoumis Jul 22 #Greece government published in the Government Gazette (the expected) relaxation of capital controls. #economy #banking #ecb #euro *Bruno Tersago* ‏@BrunoTersago 4h4 hours ago #Greece - 2 dinghies with 52 #refugees arrived on north coast #Lesbos this morning. Numbers are rising. http://www.amna.gr/ar... more »

How Complete Is Trump's Hostile Takeover Of The Republican Party?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Jeb Bush didn't stand up to Trump convincingly enough but he hit the nail on the head in December when he labeled Trump the "chaos candidate." Too bad no one was paying any attention to Bush by then. Trump wants chaos. He's learned how to profit when everything seems to be falling apart; it's part of his business model-- part of whatever passes for a creed he has. It's why he makes oafish remarks that celebrate the housing collapse and it's informed his decisions on his own serial bankruptcies. And it accounts for the war he's promulgating against Ohio Republican Governor John Kasi... more »

Tsai interviewed in WaPo

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*A little community lake in Miaoli* It's nice that the Washington Post interviewed President Tsai. Unfortunately -- as is all too common -- the Post interview went to someone who obviously knew nothing about Taiwan and apparently had hurriedly boned up on it. This was regrettable, all the more so because the Post employs Emily Rauhala who has already interviewed Tsai. The introduction of the interview observed: ...Although China and Taiwan have been able to paper over their differences to date, tensions have been mounting since Tsai’s inauguration, when she did not restate the so-... more »

Musical Interlude: The Moody Blues, “Your Wildest Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
The Moody Blues, “Your Wildest Dreams” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PIFDTuf2RM

“Good as Goldman: Hillary and Wall Street”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“Good as Goldman: Hillary and Wall Street”* by Jeffrey St. Clair “Nothing seems to rattle Hillary Clinton quite so much as pointed questions about her personal finances. How much she’s made. How she made it. Where it all came from. From her miraculous adventures in the cattle futures market to the Whitewater real estate scam, many of the most venal Clinton scandals down the decades have involved Hillary’s financial entanglements and the serpentine measures she has taken to conceal them from public scrutiny. Hillary is both driven to acquire money and emits a faint whiff of guilt a... more »

"Clinton Cash" - Official Movie Premiere Online Free

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*Update, 10:30 PM:* This video has been changed from free online back to paid only. My apologies for any inconvenience. The highly anticipated Clinton Cash documentary will air for free on Breitbart on Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET and on Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. ET. The next *FREE *global broadcast of “Clinton Cash” will be SUNDAY, JULY 24 at 2:00PM ET and 8:00pm ET at this link. *"Clinton Cash" - Official Movie Premiere* *Due to the overwhelming demand to view this film, * *we’ve decided to broadcast it online for free with no password.* "'Clinton Cash', is a feat... more »

Musical Interlude: Medwyn Goodall, "Invocation, Part 3"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Medwyn Goodall, "Invocation, Part 3" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv4B8IkZhDI

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“Have you ever seen the Pleiades star cluster? Even if you have, you probably have never seen it like this: all dusty. Perhaps the most famous star cluster on the sky, the bright stars of the Pleiades can be seen without binoculars from even the depths of a light-polluted city. With a long exposure from a dark location, though, the dust cloud surrounding the Pleiades star cluster becomes very evident. The below exposure took about 30 hours and covers a sky area several times the size of the full moon. *Click image for larger size.* Also known as the Seven Sisters and M45, the Pleiad... more »

"In Magic- And In Life- Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"In magic- and in life- there is only the present moment, the now. You can't measure time the way you measure the distance between two points. 'Time' doesn't pass. We human beings have enormous difficulty in focusing on the present; we're always thinking about what we did, about how we could have done it better, about the consequences of our actions, and about why we didn't act as we should have. Or else we think about the future, about what we're going to do tomorrow, what precautions we should take, what dangers await us around the next corner, how to avoid what we don't want and...more »

The Poet: Pablo Neruda, “Still Another Day”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“Still Another Day”* “The days aren't discarded or collected, they are bees that burned with sweetness or maddened the sting: the struggle continues, the journeys go and come between honey and pain. No, the net of the years doesn't unweave: there is no net. They don't fall drop by drop from a river: there is no river. Sleep doesn't divide life into halves, or action, or silence, or honor: life is like a stone, a single motion, a lonesome bonfire reflected on the leaves, an arrow, only one, slow or swift, a metal that climbs or descends burning in your bones.” - Pablo Neruda ◆ Free downl... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

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

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*Publishing change: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments these updates will now be delivered every two weeks instead of weekly. The next new update will be on July 30. This most recent update is posted to keep you as informed as possible. The radiation's not going away, folks. Thank you for your patience and understanding. - CP *"**Your Radiation This Week, July 2, to July 16, 2016"* By Bob Nichols *"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva (San Francisco) July 16, 2016 – "Good Day, this is “Your Radiation This Week.” These are the recorded Radiation Highs that a... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense and Peppermints”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense and Peppermints” (1967) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RghL1rViX34 "Who cares what games we choose, little to win but nothing to lose..."

"So Many Lies..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"There's so many lies being told throughout the media, and people just run with the lies. They're numb to it. Too many followers, not enough leaders." - Big Boi

“Hillary Clinton Has Seizure/Convulsions?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“Hillary Clinton Has Seizure/Convulsions?”* by DaPhoneyRapperz "This recent video showing a seizure type episode suffered by Hillary Clinton adds to the reoccurring questions about the overall health of the Democratic Party's nominee. This took place on June 17, 2016, when Hillary was asked by NBC News’ Monica Alba if she had discussed a possible V.P. role with Sen. Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren. *Watch the reporter's reactions. And look closely at her eyes at the end of it... totally out of it.* NPR reported: "Not that Clinton is in perfect health. She is on Coumadin, an anti-coa... more »

"World War III in The Pipeline? US and European Allies Threaten Russia, Americans Need to Wake Up”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"World War III in The Pipeline? US and European Allies * *Threaten Russia, Americans Need to Wake Up”* By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts "The Western pubic doesn’t know it, but Washington and its European vassals are convincing Russia that they are preparing to attack. Eric Zuesse reports on a German newspaper leak of a Bundeswehr decision to declare Russia to be an enemy nation of Germany. This is the interpretation that some Russian politicians themselves have put on the NATO military bases that Washington is establishing on Russia’s borders. Washington might intend the military buildup ...more »

History: "The Last Stand at Gandamak"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"The Last Stand at Gandamak" by Britishbattles.com *“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."* - George Santayana The last stand of the survivors of Her Majesty's 44th Foot at Gandamak. "The fate of the British and Indian forces in Afghanistan in the winter of 1840 to 1841 provides a striking illustration of the collapse of morale and military efficiency where the officers in command are indecisive and wholly lacking in initiative and self-confidence. The only senior officer left in Afghanistan with any ability was Brigadier Nott, the garrison commander at Kandah... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

“If We Can't Be Honest, No Solution Is Possible”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“If We Can't Be Honest, No Solution Is Possible”* by Charles Hugh Smith “Scale-invariant refers to a dynamic that functions equally well on the micro-level as it does on the macro-level. (The scientific definition is: "scale invariance is a feature of objects or laws that do not change if scales of length, energy, or other variables, are multiplied by a common factor.") Accounting is scale-invariant. If a household has fewer assets than liabilities, it is insolvent. If a $10 billion company has fewer assets than liabilities, it is insolvent. Human emotions also have scale-invarian... more »

"The Big Scary Unknown..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.” - Chuck Palahniuk

WNBA Reverses Course, Won’t Punish Players for Wearing Pro-BLM, Pro-Cop Shirts

Doug Feinberg at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: In this Wednesday, July 13, 2016 file photo, members of the New York Liberty basketball team await the start of a game against the Atlanta Dream in New York.] NEW YORK (AP) -- The WNBA is withdrawing its fines for teams and players that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before and during games. WNBA President Lisa Borders said in... more »

Democrats Avoid Public Convention Fight as Sanders, Clinton Backers Reach Superdelegate Compromise

Catherine Lucey at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Work continues inside the convention hall before the Democratic National Convention, Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Philadelphia.] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The role of superdelegates could be significantly reduced in future Democratic presidential primaries under a compromise deal struck at the Democratic National Convention rules committee Saturday. Efforts by Bernie Sanders supporters to pass amendments eliminating or limiting...more »

Christian Philosopher J.P. Moreland: Your Questions About Life and Faith Have Answers

Tom Gilson at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: JP Moreland ScreenShot] J. P. Moreland is a leader in the field of Christian apologetics, the branch of Christian ministry that studies and communicates reasons for confidence in our faith. He says too many people in the Church feel it isn’t safe to... more »

Trump: France, Other Nations Hit by Terror May Face More Screening

AP at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: In this July 20, 2016, file photo, Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, right, and his son Donald Trump, Jr., watch as Eric Trump addresses the delegates during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is asserting that countries like France that he says are compromised by terrorism may be subjected to the “extreme vetting” he proposes as a deterrent to attacks in the U.S. When asked... more »

Politics or Principles? Virginia Gov. Defies High Court, Will Give Felons Right to Vote

Kevin Daley at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe] Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has vowed to individually sign 13,000 clemency orders allowing ex-cons to vote, after the Virginia Supreme Court invalidated his executive order restoring voting rights to nearly 200,000 Virginia convicts. "The men and women whose voting rights... more »

Protesters, Police Prepare for Democratic National Convention

Maryclaire Dale at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: The outside of the Well Fargo Center is seen before the Democratic National Convention, Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Philadelphia.] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Protesters, party leaders and city officials were making final plans as Philadelphia prepared to host the four-day Democratic National Convention that starts Monday. More than 5,000 delegates are among the 50,000 people set to attend the gathering... more »

A Pastor Fights Against Government Restrictions on Political Sermons

Fred Lucas at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Pastor Fights] When the Rev. Gus Booth found out the IRS was dropping its inquiry into Warroad Community Church where he preaches, he was actually disappointed. "We wanted to go to court," Booth told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. "This... more »

California Wildfires Burn Out Of Control Near Los Angeles & Big Sur

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
Southern California firefighters are working in triple-digit heat to put out wildfires in mountains north of Los Angeles and near Big Sur on California’s scenic Central Coast. Low humidity and wind has made the fires burn out of control threatening some 1,300 homes. Belfast Telegraph reports: The fire in northern Los Angeles County grew to more than eight and a half square miles, darkening skies with smoke that spread across the city and suburbs, reducing the sun to an orange disc at times. The South Coast Air Quality Management District warned that air would reach unhealthy levels.... more »

Hottest ever June? Jury’s still out

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Booker is on the case of the hottest evah claims today: Hottest ever June? Jury’s still out It was scarcely surprising that the BBC, led by its arch-global warming zealot Roger Harrabin, should have used last week’s mini-heat wave to trumpet that “last month was the hottest […]

Trump Should Unite the Party by Pledging to Implement the GOP Platform

Matt Barber at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Donald_Trump_by_Gage_Skidmore_2__1468931746_71.164.139.145] Even as the GOP establishment drifts leftward, evolving into a "progressive" monstrosity nearly indistinguishable from its DNC Capital Club drinking buddies, a group of conservative delegates has crafted what's being called "the most conservative Republican Platform in history." By the grace... more »

Lovelock: Our Planet's in the best of Hands

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 19 hours ago
This blog has written before about Tim Flannery's devotion to Gaia. See Tim Flannery - GAIA Worshipper In 2008, on Andrew Denton's Enough Rope: *Well Gaia is our earth, this extraordinary living organism of ours that we’re all part of and just breathing now, talking we are plugged into Gaia aren’t we? We are, we taking the atmosphere into our bodies, we’re changing its chemical composition and we’re exhaling it.* Meanwhile, the creator of GAIA, James Lovelock after turning his back on GAIA, turned his back on his theory of man made Global warming (AGW): Marc Morano of Climate De... more »

We Are Soil and Seed In the Hands of Jesus

Deacon Keith Fournier at The Stream - 19 hours ago
[image: Jesus hands Soil Sprout Seed - 900] It has taken me years to grasp the meaning of the parable of the Sower and the Seed. I grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts, familiar with street corners. However, I have called Southeastern Virginia home for much of my adult...more »

Kerry: Climate Change as Dangerous as Terrorism

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that climate change is as dangerous as, if not more, than the threats posed by the Islamic State and other extremist groups. Speaking Friday in Vienna at an international climate change conference, Kerry said the issue might not get as […]

"This Is How Fascism Comes To America" ....

leftdog at Buckdog - 20 hours ago
*This is How Fascism Comes To America* by Robert Kagan - The Washington Post *"The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well. * *But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. Trump has transcended the party that produced him. His g... more »

Justin Trudeau. Pierre Trudeau. Canada And Imperial Globalization. Part VI

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 21 hours ago
Justin Trudeau. Pierre Trudeau. Canada And Imperial Globalization..... Part VI *Written by Robin Mathews* Reading Justin Trudeau’s Election-time book, Common Ground (2015) is not a richly rewarding experience. In the face of the Stephen Harper/Conservative Party incipient fascism, however, Justin Trudeau’s insistence upon democratic consultation and multi-racial equality in the book is important. But his depiction of Pierre Trudeau seems … simply unreal. Did father and son never discuss politics, political philosophy, public service, Pierre Trudeau’s record? Was it all... more »

Why did Lehman fail?

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 21 hours ago
Larry Ball has an important new monograph arguing, contra Bernanke, that during the recent financial crisis, the Fed could have saved Lehman Brothers but, unadvisedly, chose not to. Here, James Stewart of the *NY Times* covers the Ball piece, and it includes this tidbit: an internal Fed team assigned to value Lehman’s collateral reached a preliminary finding that the firm was narrowly solvent and the Fed could have justified a loan. But everyone was too busy to listen, and the report was never delivered to Mr. Geithner, Mr. Bernanke or Mr. Paulson. This is consistent with Professor... more »

Military Photo of the Day: The Tinian Beachhead

Shannon Henderson at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: Tinian Landing WW2 - 900] Tinian Landing, 24 July 1944 Tinian Beachhead -- In this airview of the Tinian landing, Marines can be seen strung out in foxholes only a few yards from the beach, while amphibious tractors unload more men.

Western Spy Agencies Cannot Track 'Lone-Wolf' Terror Attacks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
People light candles beside flowers laid in front of the Olympia shopping mall, where yesterday's shooting rampage started, in Munich, Germany July 23, 2016. REUTERS/ARND WIEGMANN *Reuters:* *Spy agencies struggle to spot threats from lone, mentally ill attackers* Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. The attacks have a common theme of being carried out by actors with an ... more »

Giant ‘UFO’ Seen Above Miami Airport

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Airports workers in Miami were left stunned when a giant UFO floated above them, lighting up the night sky. They whipped out their phones and captured photos and video of the extraordinary sight. ‘Check that out, woah, it’s going to hit the tail of the plane,’ shouts one man, as the strange blue shape shifts slowly through the night sky. After being shared on LiveLeak, the footage led to people comparing it to a similar event in Norway in 2009, and discussing what these strange blue lights in the sky could be. Airport workers were stunned by the lights in the sky Some commentators o... more »

Will Donald Trump Be The Next U.S. President?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference before a campaign town hall meeting in Derry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015. REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER *Piers Morgan, Daily Mail:* *They never believed he’d get the nomination and they STILL don’t believe he can become President: But here are 10 ways Trump can make the Washington elite look even dumber* So, it’s actually happened: Donald Trump IS the official Republican nominee to be President of the United States. The moment very few members of the Washington elite or mainstream U.S. media thought was ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Backstage after #StarTrek50 panel! pic.twitter.com/kPgYWT5jgV — Star Trek (@StarTrek) July 23, 2016

VFP Statement on Pentagon THAAD Deployment in South Korea

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
Click on the letter for a better view.....thanks to the board of Veterans For Peace for approving this statement.

Little Mary Sunshine vs. Donnie Darko

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 day ago
The poor corporate Democrats are not only stuck between a rock and a hard place, they're mired in the swamp, they're swirling in the maelstrom, they're choking on their own happy-talk effluvia. They proclaim themselves utterly dismayed by the dark, dismal, depressing acceptance speech of Donald Trump the other night. Sunshine Superman he definitely is not. And that he didn't make *God* a centerpiece of his diatribe is only more proof of how un-American he truly is. Failure of a politician to constantly mention a supernatural character is a direct slap in the face to our official nat... more »

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