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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

26 July - Blogs I'm Following

11:26pm  MDT

Arrived in South Korea - Two Delegation Members Denied Entry

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 minute ago
*VFP members Will Griffin (left) and Ken Jones (right) and I celebrate our successful entry into South Korea late last night* It was a time of conflicted feelings last night when Ken Jones (North Carolina) and I made it into South Korea and were met by Will Griffin (San Diego) who had arrived here in May. Sadly our two Korean-American friends Hyun Lee and Juyeon Rhee were denied entry into South Korea. They were put on a plane and sent back to the US. Hyun and Juyeon, both who live in the New York City area, were to be our guides and translators during our three-week trip to Kor... more »

The War On Drugs And The Deterioration Of Police-Community Relations

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 minutes ago
My old friend and sometime neighbor, film-maker (*Super High Me*) and marijuana legalization activist Alex Campbell, was very much there for me when I was undergoing the ravages of chemotherapy. He talked me into trying marijuana to help alleviate the devastating and life-threatening side-effects of chemo. It worked. Today I asked Alex to explain the connection between the War of Drugs and the accelerated friction between police and the communities they're supposed to be serving. *An American Police State-by Alex Campbell* If you live in the United States of America, you live in... more »

Where's Patrick?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 minutes ago
When I moved back to America after living a vagabond/hippie life style for close to seven years in Asia and Europe, I didn't have a career path. I tried a few things based on my experiences in Europe, teaching photography, working in health food restaurants, writing... Eventually I wound up in San Francisco and got a job working in a public relations firm. My job was to get stories about our clients-- the *Rocky Horror Show* was one, the Oakland Ballet, a band called Country Porn... But p.r. 101 was to create a buzz by getting friendly journalists who I may have, say, taken to lunc... more »

Globe cooled when CO2 was Eight Times current concentration.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 12 minutes ago
In 2007, James Hansen et al, in a paper Target atmospheric CO2: Where should humanity aim? *wrote* If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm. Journal reference: Open Atmos. Sci. J. (2008), vol. 2, pp. 217-231 DOI: 10.2174/1874282300802010217Oh, NO! The planet is doomed if atmospheric CO2 rises above the 350ppm mark. *Tipping point alert!* The alarmist organisation 3... more »

Oreo Necklace

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 minutes ago
We might have a slight Oreo obsession in our house. These delightful chocolate cookies are the perfect treat with a glass of milk, or in my case, a jar of peanut butter. My girls are always delighted when Oreo Cookies make their way into our shopping cart and we all have our favorites. My girls go for Double Stuffed, you are most likely to find me with a package of Golden Lemon Oreo Cookies and my husband with mint. Oreo Cookies are as iconic as they come and my daughter wanted to commemorate her love for her favorite snack with a cute bubble necklace. This necklace is really easy... more »

July 26: a new record for trivial news.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 40 minutes ago
http://web.archive.org/web/20150805164144/http:/www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-zuesse/jimmy-carter-is-correct-t_b_7922788.html This article is correct, though Jimmy Carter said it a year ago. In fact, it would still have been correct if he had said it in 1776. The U.S. has never been a democracy. It has always been ruled by the wealthy and for the wealthy, starting with George Washington. Native people were murdered and Mexico (and Canada) were invaded to steal the land for land speculators. Invasions of the Caribbean and South America and Hawaii and The Phillipines happened for the sa...more »

Since God Hates the Shedding of Innocent Blood, Can a Christian Vote for Hillary?

Michael Brown at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Baby in womb fetus - 900] There are few sins God hates as much as shedding innocent blood, especially the blood of children. Seeing that Hillary Clinton is a radically pro-abortion candidate and seeing that the Democratic platform reinforces those radical views, can a Christian vote... more »

Undercover Filmmaker Who Exposed Planned Parenthood Calls His Case a ‘Huge Win’ for Journalists

Leah Jessen at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: David Daleiden right, along with one of his attorneys Jared Woodfill, left, exit the 338th State District Court Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Houston.] Two undercover filmmakers whose videos exposed abortion provider Planned Parenthood won't face criminal charges after all. Instead, they're hailing the news as a First Amendment victory for citizen journalists. On Tuesday, the Harris County district attorney's office dismissed all charges...more »

Islamic State's War Against Christians Has Reached Europe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
ISIS militants attack church in Normandy, France. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Ilan Evyatar, Jerusalem Post*: *Analysis: Islamic State's first act of war on European Christianity* *Islamic State has already been waging war on Christians in Iraq and Syria, committing countless atrocities that in March were declared as genocide by the US Congress.* Regardless of whether Tuesday’s attack was the work of Islamic State or whether it was merely inspired by the jihadi rhetoric emanating from the so-called caliphate, its symbolism is hard to ignore. Previous attacks in France perpetrated by Is... more »

Indiana GOP Panel Backs Gov. Pence’s Preferred Successor

Brian Slodysko & Tom Davies at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb discusses the state's fiscal condition following the close of Fiscal Year at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, July 25, 2016. Holcomb is Gov. Mike Pence's pick to take his place as the Republican candidate for governor following his withdrawal to become Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate. The Republican state committee will meet to pick the replacement Tuesday.] INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana Republican leaders selected Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb on Tuesday to replace Gov. Mike Pence on the November ballot, backing the governor’s prefer... more »

Black Lives Activists Protest Hillary Nomination: ‘She’s Killing Black People’

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens during a rally near City Hall in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.] PHILADELPHIA -- As Democrat delegates prepared to nominate Hillary Clinton as their nominee for president Tuesday, Black Lives Matter protesters marched through the streets of Philadelphia chanting: "Don't vote for Hillary, she's killing black people." "Hillary Clinton stole the election,"... more »

Economic News , Data & Views July 26 , 2016 ..... Quick Hits For Tuesday : 1. NOC Chairman ( Tripoli ) Gives An Explosive Interview About What's Going On In Libya Regarding Its Oil ; 2. Germany - An Important Thread From Rukmini Callimachi Regarding The Ansbach Bomber , Who Might Not Be ISIS Inspired , But Rather First ISIS Operative In Europe. Additional Items Of Note Regarding Germany's Terror Crisis. 3. France Battling Its Own Crisis & Inability To Halt Terror Attacks - Another Attack Today Wherein Priest Beheaded. 4. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Libya Oil Shenanigans........ First tweet sets forth what set off the firestorm... *James Wheeler* ‏@wheelertweets Jul 25 #Libya's internationally-recognized NOC warns and rebukes UN's @KoblerSRSG about Jadran deal http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lib ya-oil-exports-exclusive-idUSKCN1040DO … *Chris Stephen* ‏@reportingLibya 12h 12 hours ago #Libya #Libyaoil Oil guard chief says a one-off payment from UN-backed govt. is part of deal to re-open oil ports. http://www. rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a /145819/Libya_Oil_Ports_ReOpening_Delayed_Due_to_Row_Over_Payments … ... more »

Why Wars In The Middle East Will Cost The U.S. Trillions More

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
U.S. soldiers are reflected in a puddle as they patrol Baquba, in Diyala province, some 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad October 30, 2008. This photograph has been rotated 180 degrees. REUTERS/GORAN TOMASEVIC (IRAQ) *Matthew Galt, Reuters*: *Podcast: Why wars in the Middle East will cost the U.S. trillions more* The United States is at war and has been for more than a decade. Although major combat operations in Iraq in Afghanistan have ended, America still maintains a presence in both and will for years to come. It also funds Syrian rebels, bombs Islamic State strongholds in t... more »

Billionaire Bankrolling Dems Says There’s Too Much Money In Politics, But Not His

Chris White at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer discusses climate change at a symposium in Sacramento, Calif. Steyer is taking sides between two Democrats in a California primary where oil companies are bankrolling a campaign supporting a Democratic challenger. The former hedge fund manager on Friday, May 20, 2016, reported making a $500,000 contribution to back Sen. Jim Beall, who voted for a 2015 law to cut petroleum use by half within 15 years. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)] A prominent billionaire some analysts say is buying the Democra... more »

Israel: Annexing More of Syria's Golan Territory For a "Safe Zone"- History Repeats

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
Saved all the information below last night- I feel compelled to post and hope you feel compelled to read! *LINK* &* LINK * General command of the army and armed forces announced on Monday that the Zionist enemy launched two missiles, at 7.30 P.M from two drone planes which targeted one of the residential buildings in the workers’ neighborhood in al-Baath city in Qunaitera, causing material damages to the place. “This flagrant aggression comes in the framework of the direct, clear support by Israel to the terrorist organizations and a desperate attempt to raise their collapsed mo... more »

And so it begins...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 4 hours ago
RIP US Democracy: Born July 1776, Philadelphia- Died July 2016, Philadelphia. #RollCallVote #DemsInPhilly #DNCinPHL pic.twitter.com/Yd2YKVMnjA — Mike Flannigan (@MikeFlannigan59) July 26, 2016 The fucking monsters won again tonight in a corporate and lobbyist-backed convention that just nominated a multimillionaire who pledges for the next few months to get big money out of politics.

Promises to Keep

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 4 hours ago
About the only promise Hillary Clinton has made in her whole life that's got a chance of coming true is her unspoken mantra of, "I'm not Trump." And even that's veracious only in the most general and abstract of ways. Beyond that, I'd run my hand under the tap and check for myself if Clinton announced that water was wet. One of the many, many unspoken narratives during this convention, indeed this entire shambles of an election cycle, is that Hillary Clinton owes a lot of people. And by "people", I don't mean those artificial collective entities known as Wall Street banks ... more »

BWorld 73, Transco and the big beneficiaries of feed in tariff

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last July 20, 2016. The Philippines’ expensive electricity prices in Asia -- second only to Japan -- was highlighted once again in a paper by The Lantau Group (TLG) during the Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2016 at the ADB last June. Metro Manila’s residential electricity prices were even higher than those in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and Singapore, twice than those of Hanoi and Beijing, and about three times than those of Taipei and Kuala Lumpur (see chart). This will have negative consequences for the Philippines’ bid for industrialization. Man... more »

Welfarism 32, On forcing restaurants to give their excess food to charities

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
Sen. Bam Aquino is a bright legislator but from time to time, may churn out lousy bills. Like this one. Food donation can be done voluntarily, no need for legislation and national coercion with penalties. Good comment from Rone EbidoYee, friend of Louie: *"my resto dito sa amin sir na ganyan ang nka gawian na nila pinamimigay yung mga pagkain na sobra sa order ng customer yun bang inorder pero di nagalaw sa sobrang dami na.. at yung mga tira sa buffet table nila pinababalot nila at pinamimigay.. isang araw my reklamo sa kanila sa pamimigay daw ng kontaminadong pagkain.. na madumi ... more »

The PH drugs war, part 2

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
President Duterte, I am supporting many of your economic, education, healthcare, agri, energy, etc. policies. But NOT extra judicial killings (EJKs) by the PNP and other state agencies. Or the lack of action by the PNP to control EJKs by civilian/vigilante criminals. STOP it, please. Photo here that became viral, the girl's name is Jennelyn Olaires. Her murdered husband is Michael Siaron, a 30-year-old pedicab driver. On average, nearly 10 people a day are killed here since mid-May 2016. Zero chance by the dead to defend themselves from accusations. This "war on drugs" has become... more »

The Big Battle That Will Determine ISIS's Fate And Iraq's Future Is Hindered By Politicized Planning In D.C., Infighting In Iraq, And Lack of Humanitarian Aid

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 5 hours ago
*An excerpt from, "Iraqis pack up a lifetime as they flee ISIS-held Mosul in the dark of night" By Ben Wedeman and Waffa Munayyer, CNN, July 25, 2016: * *"I came because of the tyranny of Daesh," he says, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS. "I came because of the lack of food and water, because of the lack of security. ISIS are gangs of killers and thieves*. The most basic necessities of life no longer exist. There is no electricity, no water, no connection with the outside world." *The threat of execution by ISIS, for offenses large and small, looms over everyone, he said. "They k... more »

What The Russian News Media Are Saying About The DNC Email Hack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton's campaign accused Russia of stealing the files and releasing them to WikiLeaks. (Photo: Artem Rosnovsky/flickr/cc) *CNBC:* *DNC email hack: What the Russian news media are saying* The Russian news media, which often push the agenda of President Vladimir Putin, have said little about the accusations that Russia hacked the Democratic Party in an attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election. Thousands of hacked internal emails between Democratic officials were made public by WikiLeaks on the eve of the party's national convention. The most inf... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 26, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
A man walks through debris on the street the day after a truck ran into a crowd at high speed killing scores celebrating the Bastille Day July 14 national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/ERIC GAILLARD *Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast:* *ISIS Jihadists, Mass Shooters: What’s Happening to the World?* Every day, there’s a fresh atrocity, from jihadists attacking a church in France to gun rampages in the U.S.—but there are patterns to the madness. PARIS — On Tuesday during morning mass, two men burst into a church in bucolic Normandy, took ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 26, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rallies campaign volunteers in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder *Reuters:* *Democrats begin formal nomination of Clinton in historic moment* Democrats began the formal process of nominating their White House candidate on Tuesday in a vote that will end with Hillary Clinton becoming the first woman presidential nominee of a major party in U.S. history. Delegates chanted "Hillary, Hillary," as U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski put Clinton's name forward for a state-by-state roll call at the Democrat... more »

Democratic Convention Latest: Bill Clinton Praises His Wife, She Claims to Crack Glass Ceiling

AP at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the Democratic National Convention (all times EDT): 11:15 p.m. Hillary Clinton tells Democrats they’ve “just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling” by nominating her for president. Clinton was speaking to the Democratic convention... more »

"7 Tips To Make The Life You Want"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"7 Tips To Make The Life You Want"* by Chris Campbell "Let’s get real for a moment. I’ve met a LOT of people who could be, but aren’t, living the life they want to live. Sure, they have big dreams and talk a big game, but they’re not even close to reaching those fantastical goals. And they never were. Instead, they’re slaving away at the 9-5 at a job they hate. And, deep down, they see becoming “financially free” about as likely as winning the Powerball. In fact, many, sadly, think the Powerball is the only way they’ll be able to live free. So they buy lottery tickets, and put all... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C1BCAgu2I8 “Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon, Going to the candidate’s debate, Laugh about it, shout about it, When you've got to choose, Every way you look at it you lose...”

"How It Really Is, And Should Be:

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

"Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid, America: Political Fiction in an Age of Televised Lies"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Stop Drinking the Kool-Aid, America:* * Political Fiction in an Age of Televised Lies"* By John W. Whitehead “We’ve got to face it. Politics have entered a new stage, the television stage. Instead of long-winded public debates, the people want capsule slogans-‘Time for a change’-‘The mess in Washington’-‘More bang for a buck’-punch lines and glamour.” - "A Face in the Crowd" (1957) "Politics is entertainment. It is a heavily scripted, tightly choreographed, star-studded, ratings-driven, mass-marketed, costly exercise in how to sell a product- in this case, a presidential candidat... more »

H. L. Mencken, "I Propose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“I propose that it shall be no longer *malum in se* for a citizen to pummel, cowhide, kick, gouge, cut, wound, bruise, maim, burn, club, bastinado, flay, or even lynch a [government] jobholder, and that it shall be *malum prohibitum* only to the extent that the punishment exceeds the jobholder’s deserts. The amount of this excess, if any, may be determined very conveniently by a petit jury, as other questions of guilt are now determined. The flogged judge, or Congressman, or other jobholder, on being discharged from hospital- or his chief heir, in case he has perished- goes before ... more »

Politics: "The Odious Versus the Tedious"; "I'm (Not) With Her"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Odious Versus the Tedious"* by James Howard Kunstler "You thought the Republican convention was a ghastly spectacle of royal Trumpery (and Iago-style backstabbing featuring the arch-assh**e Ted Cruz)? Now comes the Democratic Annunciation of I’m-With-Her-It’s-My-Turn, the incarnation of crony corruption in our late-state Republic of Racketeering. Remember that old movie, The Exorcist, with its demonic spewage of projectile vomit. Expect something like that on the grand scale in Philadelphia this week as the Exalted-Breaker-of-Glass-Ceilings steps forth to accept her victory t... more »

GOP Crackpot Candidate of the Week-- Two Violent Nuts, One In Florida And One In Georgia

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
The first week of our new feature and I can't even choose between the two finalists, a pair of extremist House candidates from the Southeast. The guy in the video up top, Rick Kozell, is running to replace fake Democrat Patrick Murphy on Florida's Treasure Coast. We thought the DCCC found the perfect clone of Murphy for the job, crooked multimillionaire-- and not a Democrat-- Randy Perkins. He's already self-funded $3,017,688. He has a primary battle against Jonathan Chane, but feels confident he can buy the nomination and, needless to say, the DCCC is helping him do just that. T... more »

Environmentalists Now Targeting TransCanada Crude Oil Pipeline That Would Use US Refineries

Michael Casey at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).] BOSTON (AP) -- Environmentalists are again taking aim at the company that proposed the Keystone XL pipeline -- this time for another of its projects they fear would send hundreds of supertankers laden with crude oil down the Atlantic coast... more »

Day 2 at DNC Convention: Thousands of Sanders Supporters Protest in Streets Again

Geoff Mulvihill & Megan Trimble at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., yell during a rally near City Hall in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention.] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Unmoved by Bernie Sanders’ plea for party unity behind Hillary Clinton, thousands of Sanders supporters chanting “Bernie or bust!” took to the streets under the hot sun Tuesday for another round of protests on Day 2 of... more »

Seeking Our Mythologies – Where Did All the Gods Go?

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Kingsley L. Dennis* - It has been said that our old gods are dead or dying.

The Only Way to Ensure That You’re Drinking Clean, Chemical-Free Water

Waking Times at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - It has become perfectly acceptable to drink water contaminated with chemicals.

Edible Mushrooms: Nature’s Most Researched Anti-Cancer Agent

WTStaff at Waking Times - 6 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - Can medicinal and edible mushrooms "lend us their power" in fighting cancer?

Acting DNC Chair Swears Dems are Totally Unified, But Still Makes Everyone Swear Loyalty to Hillary

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: In this March 14, 2013, file photo, current Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile gives the keynote speech at a program celebrating National Women's History Month at NASA Headquarters in Washington.] PHILADELPHIA -- Just one day after former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed and heckled offstage while speaking to the Florida DNC, acting DNC Chair Donna Brazile insisted there isn't a divide in the party. During the Democratic... more »

Stephen Hawking: Aliens Will Destroy Us Like A Colony Of Ants

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Professor Stephen Hawking believes advanced alien life is real, but warns humanity to avoid contact with them, stating that an advanced alien civilization would have no problem wiping out the human race like a human might wipe out a colony of ants. “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach,” Prof... more »

Assange: Russia Falsely Blamed For DNC Hack To Distract Public

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Julian Assange has accused Hillary Clinton of deliberately distracting the American public over the DNC email hack so that they don’t read the contents of the emails. In an interview with NBC News, the Wikileaks founder said that “there is no proof whatsoever” that Russia were behind the 20,000 email hack, and urged the American press and public to read the contents of the emails rather than focus on blaming Russia for allegedly hacking them. NBC News reports: In a Skype interview with Richard Engel for “NBC Nightly News,” Assange rejected that it hadn’t even been proven that it wa... more »

Are The DNC Email Leaks Russian President Putin's Revenge Against Hillary Clinton For Comparing Him To Hitler 2 Years Ago?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*NBC*: *Why Putin Hates Hillary Clinton* If Russia is indeed behind the damaging leak of Democratic Party emails on the eve of its national convention, it's not just because President Vladimir Putin likes Republican nominee Donald Trump and his pro-Russian views, former U.S. officials and experts tell NBC News. It's because the former KGB operative hates Trump's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, with such a passion that he wants to embarrass her personally and undermine - if not derail - her presidential campaign, they say. For a Russian leader who is considered as vain as he is... more »

The Hillary Clinton Campaign Expects More Damaging DNC Email Leaks (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Washington Examiner*: *Clinton campaign braces for more DNC leaks* PHILADELPHIA — The Clinton campaign is bracing for another WikiLeaks email dump. Jennifer Palmieri, the Clinton campaign's communications director told reporters she wouldn't be surprised if the rogue organization notorious for publishing hacked documents releases more emails from the trove it stole from the Democratic National Committee. Palmieri said the campaign was not concerned about any of its emails or documents being released, and downplayed the impact another dump could have on the rest of the Democratic...more »

Notes on Naked Attraction

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
We've had occasion to discuss willies and fannies on this blog, so it was only a matter of time before a programme came along and did the same. Naturally, it had to be ever-so-edgy Channel 4, and the presenter couldn't be anyone but their veteran of in-house sex shows, Anna Richardson. *Naked Attraction* is a dating show and works like this. The contestant is surround by six booths which gradually reveal the person inside. The twist is the reveal works from the bottom up, so we see their bits 'n' bobs before seeing their face and hearing them speak. Once the bodies are whittled dow... more »

New Jersey Fights Against Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Policy

Amber Randall at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: Bathrooms, Restrooms] A New Jersey legislator with the state's General Assembly recently introduced a bill that would fight against the Obama administration's transgender bathroom policy. Ronald Dancer, a Republican legislator in New Jersey's General Assembly, introduced a bill currently pending before the... more »

Palestine To Sue UK For Creation Of Israel

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The President of Palestine has announced plans to sue the British government for creating Israel and subjecting the Palestinian people to illegal occupation and brutality. Mahmoud Abbas says he will sue Great Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration in declaring Palestine a “Jewish national home”. Gulfnews.com reports: Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al Maliki made the announcement on behalf of Mahmoud Abbas at Monday’s opening of the Arab League summit in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott. Al Maliki said the suit would be filed in an international court, but did not elabora... more »

California Butterflies Now Extinct Due To Monsanto’s Glyphosate

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A recent study has revealed that butterflies in California are on the verge of becoming extinct due to the increasing use of Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup. According to researchers, Roundup is one of the main contributing factors to the sharp decline in monarch butterflies over the last 20 years. Naturalnews.com reports: Since 1997, monarch butterfly populations have decreased by a staggering 74 percent in California, home to one of the butterfly’s most highly populated migrating grounds. A crucial natural pollinator of North American crops, the world cannot afford... more »

U.S. Defence Scientist Says Our Moon Is An ‘Alien Structure’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A U.S. Defence scientist has said that our moon is home to alien technology and extraterrestrials that work closely with government’s from around the world. According to John Podesta, former Chief of Staff for Bill Clinton, and counsellor to Barack Obama, the truth about the moon is being kept hidden from the public. “I’m skeptical about many things, including the notion that government always knows best, and that the people can’t be trusted with the truth. The time to pull the curtain back on this subject is long overdue. We have statements from the most credible sources – those i... more »

Abortion Drugs Found In Bill Gates’ Tetanus Vaccine

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Doctors in Kenya have accused UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of secretly trying to sterilise millions of women in Africa via a tetanus vaccine program. According to LifeSiteNews, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association say that doctors have uncovered evidence of a mass sterilisation program sponsored by the Kenyan government and funded by Bill Gates. Healthimpactnews.com reports: The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfectly safe. The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, however, saw ev...more »

DNC Emails: Clinton Stole Fundraising Cash To Meet Elton John

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Leaked DNC emails reveal how the Democratic party desperately attempted to hide evidence that Hillary Clinton misused State funds in order to attend lavish parties and meet fellow celebrities. The Democratic National Committee hid details of a joint fundraising agreement they had with the Clinton’s that funneled money undetected through various state Democratic parties. Politico.com reports: But during the three-month period when the DNC was working to spin the situation, state parties kept less than one half of one percent of the $82 million raised through the arrangement — valida... more »

Rothschild Hosts $100,000 Per Head Dinner For ‘Chosen One’ Hillary

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Wikileaks have released emails revealing the just how closely connected the Rothschild family are to the Clinton dynasty. A “fundraising dinner” was hosted by Lynn Forester de Rothschild, costing attendees $100,000 per ticket, aimed at showcasing the Rothschild’s pick for next President of the United States Collective-evolution.com reports: A family that has been accused of, as Jay Syrmopoulos from The Free Thought Project puts it, “pulling the strings of many different governments through their control of various economic systems throughout the world.” Prior to this fundraiser,Wiki... more »

TV Presenter Celebrating Birthday Plunges To Her Death Over Waterfall

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A young TV news presenter plunged 185ft to her death after she lost her footing on slippery rocks near a waterfall in North Carolina. The journalist was celebrating her upcoming 25th birthday with friends when she died. The Independent reports: Television anchor Taylor Terrell was visiting the Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina, with friends on Thursday when she lost her footing and was swept over. Her death is the second recent tragedy at the 500,000 acre beauty spot after a man reportedly jumped from a nearby waterfall on 16 July. Originally from Georgia, Ms Terrell anchored o... more »

Germans Start to Reconsider Merkel’s Open Border Policies

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: In this Saturday, July 23, 2016 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a statement in Berlin, Germany, on the Munich attack. Four attacks in a week — three of them carried out by asylum seekers — have left Germany on edge and Chancellor Angela Merkel's policies of welcoming refugees under renewed criticism. Anxiety over Germany's ability to cope with last year's flood of more than 1 million registered asylum seekers first surged following a series of sexual assaults and robberies in Cologne during New Year celebrations.] On the heels of the fourth deadly terr... more »

Gunman Opens Fire In Swedish Shopping Mall

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A man has been taken to hospital after a gunman shot him in the leg at a shopping mall in the Rosengard area of the Swedish city of Malmo on Tuesday afternoon. Police have cordoned off the area while a manhunt is underway for the shooter. The Courier reports: Regional newspaper Sydsvenskan reported that a man was taken to hospital by ambulance after being shot inside the shopping centre at around 4.20pm on Tuesday afternoon. The extent of his injuries is not currently known. It is reported that the victim had been involved in a “brawl”. “It’s messy in there, but one man has been sho... more »

The UN Funds Repressive Regimes at the Expense of US Taxpayers

Brett Schaefer at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: The flag of the United Nations.] A new report shows how the U.S. contributes more money to the U.N. than it spends on shipbuilding for the Navy, yet there is a huge disparity in what it receives back compared to many repressive countries. The United Nations... more »

Christopher Hitchens On Turkey Joining The EU And Erdogan's Bullying Tactics

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 8 hours ago
*Video Title: Christopher Hitchens - 'Talking Turkey' (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty). Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Date Published: December 2, 2010. Description:* Christopher Hitchens is one of the most prolific and controversial writers in the English-speaking world. A prominent atheist, he is the author of "God is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," which became an international best-seller in 2007. He has also written books on topics ranging from the partition of Cyprus to Thomas Jefferson and the Anglo-American relationship; his most recent is the memoi... more »

Snowden: U.S. Government Performed DNC Hack

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Edward Snowden has rebuked John Kerry’s claims that Russia might be behind the DNC email hack, saying that the NSA know precisely who did it, and it wasn’t Russia. As the FBI investigate claims that Russian hackers were responsible for leaking embarrassing Democratic National Committee emails, Snowden has weighed in on the issue claiming that the leak may have originated from within the U.S. government. Theduran.com reports: Russia’s Foreign Minister did respond to a reporter who asked about Russia’s involvement in the email hack by simply stating, “I don’t want to use four-letter ... more »

City of London Offices Evacuated After Major Gas Leak

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A major gas leak has forced firefighters and the police to seal off parts of the City of London on Tuesday. Police placed the area near the junction of Moorgate and the London Wall in lockdown as thousands were evacuated from office buildings while firefighters dealt with a gas leak. The Daily Express reports: Amid the panic there were early reports from eyewitnesses of a bombscare, but London firefighters later confirmed the incident was in fact a gas leak. People described the eerie scene as like a “ghost town” as firefighters with specialist equipment went into the office complex ... more »

GOP Chairman Priebus Predicts More Leaked DNC Emails to Come: ‘Just the Beginning’

Ted Goodman at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: In this March 4, 2016, file photo, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.] Chairman of the Republican Party, Reince Priebus, believes that it's just the beginning for WikiLeaks and DNC emails. "They ought to be prepared for more excitement in the e-mail world this week," Priebus boldly stated to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Monday... more »

Hackers Sell O2 Customer Data On The Dark Web

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Customer data from telecoms service provider O2 is available for sale on the Dark Web. Cyber criminals have been selling phone numbers, emails, passwords and dates of birth of O2 customers on the internet. Bury Free Press reports: The data was almost certainly obtained by using usernames and passwords first stolen from gaming website XSplit three years ago to log onto O2 accounts, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. When the login details matched, the hackers could access O2 customer data in a process known as “credential stuffing”. O2 says it has reported the case ...more »

These Are The National Security And Foreign Policy Positions Of Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Reuters *Jonathan Masters, Defense One:** Here’s How Clinton and Trump Stack Up on National Security, Russia, ISIS and More* With foreign policy now central to the 2016 election, the Council on Foreign Relations offers this nonpartisan guide to the candidates’ positions on a range of issues. Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a leading architect of the Obama administration’s strategic rebalance to Asia as well as the so-called “reset” in U.S. relations with Russia. Donald Trump is a prominent businessman and real estate mogul who h... more »

Donald Trump Doubles Down On His NATO Remarks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*TPM:* *Trump Doubles Down On NATO Comments: 'We Have To Walk'* At a Monday rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Donald Trump doubled down on his previous controversial remarks regarding American support for NATO allies. In an interview with The New York Times last week, Trump hesitated to commit to a defense of Baltic states in the case of Russian aggression, saying that it would depend on whether or not those NATO allies had "fulfilled their obligations" to the United States. On Monday night, however, Trump offered an even more explicit ultimatum to NATO allies. "I want the...more »

Top U.S. General: Operations At Incirlik Air Base In Turkey Back To Normal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Sabah/Anadolu Agency:* *Operations at Incirlik air base in Turkey back to normal after coup attempt, says US* Operations at Incirlik air base in Turkey back to normal after coup attempt, says US Turkish and American military-to-military relations are back on track after a failed coup attempt earlier this month, top U.S. defense officials said Monday. "Operations have in almost all manners returned to normal in terms of the operations we're conducting from Turkey," Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford said at the Pentagon where he briefed reporters alongside ... more »

Russian President Putin Will Meet Turkish President Erdogan On August 9 In St. Petersburg

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) gestures after greeting Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Moscow's Kremlin July 18, 2012. REUTERS/SERGEI KARPUKHIN *Reuters: **Putin and Erdogan to meet next month amid growing rapprochement* Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan next month for the first time in almost a year, a sign that a rapprochement between the two nations is gathering pace. Russian trade sanctions imposed on Ankara over the Turkish shooting down of a Russian jet near the Syrian border last November rem... more »

Bangladesh Police Kill Nine Suspected Islamists In Dhaka Raid

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** Nine ISIS militants shouting 'Allahu akbar' are shot dead in police raid in Bangladesh after plotting major attack * * Militants holed up in a building on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka * Police entered and shot nine of them dead as they shouted 'Allahu akbar' * Believed to be members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Police in Bangladesh have killed nine terrorists who they believed were plotting a major attack. Officers said the militants, holed up in a building in Kalyanpur on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka, opened fire on the police as they tri... more »

Al-Shabab Militants Suicide Bombers Target African Union Troops In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*UPI*: *Al-Shabab kills 13 with car bombs outside U.N. office in Somalia* MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 26 (UPI) -- Twin car bombs were detonated Tuesday outside the United Nations office at a Somali army checkpoint near the Mogadishu airport, killing 13 people and wounding five, police officials said. The dead included nine security officials with the United Nations. Abdulaziz Abu Musab, a spokesman for the militant group al-Shabab, told Al Jazeera the U.N. offices and African Union Mission in Somalia compound were the targets. "Our Mujahideen targeted Halane which is base to the for... more »

World News Briefs -- July 26, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Vientiane, Laos July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva *Reuters:* *Kerry hopes to reveal cooperation plan with Russia on Syria in August* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday he hoped to announce in early August details of a U.S. plan for closer military cooperation and intelligence sharing with Russia on Syria. Kerry, speaking after meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 26, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Turkish soldiers salute during a ceremony marking the 87th anniversary of Victory Day at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara, Turkey, August 30, 2009. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File photo *Reuters*: *Turkish military a fractured force after attempted coup* Just weeks ago, Commander Adem Huduti was inspecting Turkish troops on the Syrian border and being praised in the media for his role in the fight against Islamic State and Kurdish militants. Now, the head of Turkey's second army, responsible for its borders with Syria and Iraq, is in prison in Du... more »

Kurds And The Birth Of Iraq

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 9 hours ago
In 1918 the British were marching north against the Ottomans in Mesopotamia as World War I was coming to a conclusion. An armisticewas signed on October 30, 1918, but the British were not satisfied and continued fighting until they took the Mosul vilyaet in the middle of November. This last conquest would raise an important question, what to do with the Kurds of the area? Much has been written since then that not giving the Kurds their own nation was a huge mistake and ignored their right to self-determination. Historian Peter Sluglett and Professor Michael Gunter however have arg... more »

Peekay Truth - Follow the "Gutjahr Trail" For the Next FAKE Terrorist Attack

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*Video Title: Follow the "Gutjahr Trail" For the Next FAKE Terrorist Attack. Source: Peekay Truth. Date Published: July 24, 2016.*

Iraqi Tribes Sell Their Country Out For Federal Reserve Paper Money; Washington Post Carries Israel's Message Threatening Lebanese Civilians; After Meeting With ISIS In Iraq, Saudi Leaders Visit Israel

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*ISIS's backers gather for a meet and greet.* *An excerpt from, "How Saudi Arabia makes Iraqi tribes pledge allegiance to ISIS by giving them suitcases full of US dollars?" Veterans Today, July 25, 2016: * The Saudi regime has suffered several significant military setbacks in recent days as its terrorist proxies, namely so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, are losing more territories to the Iraqi national army and volunteer forces, therefore, Riyadh desperately seeks to entice Sunni Arab tribes to rise in rebellion against the central government in Baghdad. A shocking image ... more »

Libya’s medical sector crumbles due to political and economic instability

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*"We came, we saw, they all died." - Rape defending witch and future president.* *Video Title: Libya’s medical sector crumbles due to political and economic instability. Source: CCTV Africa. Date Published: July 25, 2016. Description: * As the new Libyan government struggles to keep the country's economy afloat, and the warring parties at bay, one sector has been literally falling apart - Libya's health system. Many hospitals have been forced to shut down entire departments. With medicines, doctors and medical supplies very scarce, Libya's sick and wounded are greatly bearing the ... more »

Muslim Mob Attacks Copts in a Beni Suef Village in Egypt following Rumor about Church Construction

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 10 hours ago
*Video Title: Muslim Mob Attacks Copts in a Beni Suef Village in Egypt following Rumor about Church Construction. Source: MEMRITV. Date Published: July 25, 2016. Description: * Muslim Mob Attacks Copts in a Beni Suef Village in Egypt following Rumor about Church Construction A video, which was posted on YouTube on July 22 and and which circulated on social media, shows a Muslim mob throwing stones at families in the village of Saft Al-Kharsa in the Beni Suef governorate. The video was shot from the balcony of one of the Coptic families. According to reports, the attacks followed th... more »

Police Clash With Bernie Sanders Supporters

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Police clashed with supporters of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) . The clashes came amid continued protests regarding the Democratic Party’s bias against Sanders. Press TV reports: The protesters gathered on Monday outside the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the venue of the 2016 DNC, to demonstrate their anger at presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. The protesters were chanting, “Nominate Sanders or lose in November!” and “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the DNC has got to go!” They carried signs ...more »

Parties have duty to supervise counsel

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Southwestern Sales Corporation Limited v. Spurr Bros. Ltd., 2016Southwestern Sales Corporation Limited v. Spurr Bros. Ltd., 2016 ONCA 590 ONCA 590: [22] As part of its obligation to move its construction lien actions along, the appellant was required to take reasonable steps to supervise its counsel's work to ensure there would be an expeditious determination of the actions on their merits. On a motion to set aside a dismissal order, one would expect a commercial plaintiff like the appellant to file concrete evidence describing the steps it had taken to supervise its counse... more »

Did a French court really give an Islamist who wanted to join ISIS in Syria a four hour window every day when he could do what he wanted?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
'... it was revealed that one of the killers, 19-year-old Adel K., was being monitored by electronic tag after twice attempting to join fanatics in Syria. His bail terms, however, allowed him to be unsupervised between 8.30am and 12.30pm. The attack happened between 9am and 11am' More here http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3709237/A-war-religions-Fury-France-known-jihadists-terror-watchlist-allowed-murder-priest-Sarkozy-calls-merciless-response.html If this is true then the French legal system is as ridiculous as ours. Questions need to be asked and terrorist suspects need t... more »

Glory watch: Michelle Obama's story-telling!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016Reminiscent of glorious Homer:* Michelle Obama's convention address was widely praised last night. For ourselves, we'd prefer to see first spouses, male or female, speak in non-partisan settings. That's especially true in the case of someone like Obama, who has such remarkable depth of vision to share. That said, one part of Michelle Obama's speech is being widely quoted—and we're not sure that her presentation is being fully captured. We refer to the passage at the end of her speech when she described her thoughts as she watched her happy, beautiful daughte... more »

Comic relief continued: Governor Kaine inaugural lore!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016Virginia is for bunglers:* By the end of last Thursday's convention coverage, the analysts were shaken. "We just can't take it," one youngster cried. "Don't make us watch her any more!" The youngsters were reacting to Maddow's latest gaffe. She'd said that Trump was the oldest nominee in the history of either party. That statement was true, of course. But only if you forget about McCain and Dole, and even Reagan before them! For a full report, click here. At any rate, after Maddow's Thursday night bungle, the analysts were telling us that they'd finally suf... more »

Crossing Ideological Boundaries to Protect Unborn Life

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 10 hours ago
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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 10 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Ukraine has become a trove for the black market arms trade Europe's first-ever regulated bitcoin product is launching in Gibraltar this week China Bans Websites From Original Reporting UN: Civilians Are Being Killed, Wounded In Record Numbers In Afghanistan Swathes Of The Great Barrier Reef Suffers ‘Complete Ecosystem Collapse’ Drought Leaves The Northeast Parched Secret Offshore Deals Deprive Africa Of Billions In Natural Resource Dollars Super-Hard Metal ‘Four Times Tougher Than Titanium’ Medical Marijuana Sharply Reduces Prescriptions for Deadly Narcotic... more »

The Rape of Barbara Gordon

Spike EP at News Spike - 10 hours ago
*Enter DEMETRIUS and CHIRON with LAVINIA, ravished; * *her hands cut off, **and her tongue cut out* I don't know quite what it is exactly about The Joker and that camera, but for some reason, I can't escape the sense that Alan is trying to tell us that The Joker is impotent Which is interesting, because it came almost directly on the heels of Frank Miller *INSISTING* that The Joker was almost certainly gay (in Frank's mind, because he wears lipstick, clearly) Hang on.... Batgirl isn't even IN The Killing Joke.... I mean, Barbara Gordon is, but Batgirl isn't. This ... more »

Palestinian Authority Plan To Sue Britain For 1917 Balfour Declaration

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Palestinian officials are planning to sue Britain over the 1917 Balfour Declaration which saw Arabs removed from their land to make way for the state of Israel. A senior Palestinian diplomat has said that Britain is responsible for all Israeli war crimes since 1948 because it created the 1917 mandate which saw Arabs removed from their land to make way for the state of Israel. Riyad al-Malki, the Palestinian Authority’s chief foreign minister, told the Arab League that Britain will be held to account for its part in what Palestinians still see as a cataclysmic event. Originally signe... more »

Malawian HIV Infected ‘Hyena Man’ Paid To Sleep With 100 Young Girls

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A Malawian man has been arrested by police for having sex with 100 adolescent girls in initiation rites lasting three days. HIV infected sex worker Eric Aniva known as the “hyena man” had intercourse with girls as young as 12 with the consent of their parents as part of a devirginization ritual to prepare them for womanhood. Daily Nation reports: Eric Aniva, from the southern district of Nsanje, was held after giving a media interview in which he confessed that he slept with the girls for a fee of between four and seven dollars, paid by each of their families. The little-known loca... more »

The One People: Quantum Realities & the Mandela Effect gets Personal

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 11 hours ago
This weeks One People Show continued the conversation from last week. We delved into many reports from friends experiencing the "Mandela Effect" on a very personal level, including my own Whamo that happened when I arrived in Malta! As usual, the conversation veered down several avenues, including time loops, "history" and reviewing a few "older" experiences in a new light. love d OYM Radio: Guest - Cynthia Sue Larson - Sunday 17th July 2016 (second pod cast down at this moment) http://www.oymradio.com/show-archives-mp3-format-2016.html The inventor I mention during the sho...more »

Researcher faked emails for co-authors, submitted paper without consent

Michael Koziol at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A material science journal has retracted a paper after discovering that the first author faked email addresses for co-authors to submit the paper without their permission. The journal, Materials, also discovered that the 2016 paper had plagiarized material from a 2013 paper previously published in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A. Here’s the retraction notice for the paper: We have been made […] The post Researcher faked emails for co-authors, submitted paper without consent appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Sandy Pearlman, Who Pretty Much Invented Me, Died This Morning

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
I'm bad at remembering dates things happened. I remember my birthday; not much else. But other things besides numbers-- markers-- remind me when significant events happened. So many of them in my life have it do with Sandy Pearlman. I met Sandy at freshman orientation at Stony Brook in 1965... wow, 5 decades ago, my first day at school. Neither Sandy nor I ever imagined we'd live for 5 more decades after our time at Stony Brook. He wasn't a freshman that day. He was a senior-- a senior-plus. He was spending an extra year at Stony Brook because he had been elected moderator, head ... more »

18 Million People Have Seen These Teens Mow Lawns for Free

Dustin Siggins at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Teens Mowing Lawns Free - 900] A mother's punishment has turned into a summer-long project that has won four boys trips to Disney, more than $72,000 online and the affection of millions nationwide. Since July 20, an ABC13 report on the lawn-mowing of Travis Wilson, his... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 12 hours ago
*Another clunk-headed academic who can't read* *Jarrod Gilbert, a New Zealand sociologist no less, says climate denial ought be seen as a crime. Sociologists are generally far-Left so a bit of Stalinism from one is no surprise. And in true Stalinist style he is a good Trofim Lysenko too. Lysenko had the basics of biology wrong and this guy has the sociology of climate science wrong.How so? Because his basic "97%" claim shows he can't read. The paper usually quoted in support of the 97% in fact says that only ONE THIRD of climate scientists supported global warming. ... more »

Why did that Catholic priest die?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
The BBC seem confused as to why Islamist terrorists would cut a French Catholic priest's throat. Maybe the BBC should read this post of mine from two weeks ago, here's the most pertinent part (I've *emphasised* the really key parts in case the BBC are even more blind to reality than I thought): 'The so-called Islamic State urged its followers to attack French people with vehicles well before the deadly attack in Nice. A speech two years ago from the jihadists' spokesman, Abu Mohammed al Adnani, encouraged devotees to turn to more basic methods of terrorism if they could not obtain ... more »

Europe has lost the war?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
Israpundit has an interesting and depressing point of view: 'The Wall Street Journal just published a shocking article revealing what Patrick Calvar, France’s director general of intelligence, has in mind. “The confrontation is inevitable,” said Mr. Calvar. There are an estimated 15,000 Salafists among France’s seven million Muslims, “whose radical-fundamentalist creed dominates many of the predominantly Muslim housing projects at the edges of cities such as Paris, Nice or Lyon. Their preachers call for a civil war, with all Muslims tasked to wipe out the miscreants down the street... more »

Any school leaders out there willing to own up to hateful practices?

SPJ at @ THE CHALKFACE - 12 hours ago
Like this one. Who approves things like this, and what teacher worth her or his salt would draft something like this? Of all that I’ve seen, this is certainly not the worst, but it’s certainly up there. I’m not angry as much as I’m embarrassed.


Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 12 hours ago
While I was away during the wildfire I had all my mail forwarded to my parents' in Ontario. I set things up with Canada Post to forward my mail until June 30 before resuming regular service here. My parents collected it and sent it along and it all finally arrived here a few days ago. Having almost two months worth of mail arrive all at once is......interesting. Fortunately, my parents had taken out all the junk mail and since a few of my bills are always the same amount every month, I was able to keep up with things without too much difficulty. There was one item that arrived t... more »

Ken Chokee Photos 'Paddle to Nisqually'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Ken Chokee said, "Many blessings today for our Nisqually Canoe Family as we landed in Lummi Nation.". . . Photos copyright Ken Chokee Thank you for sharing with Censored News. Paddle to Nisqually Canoe Journey stopped at Lummi Nation on July 20, 2016, at the Lummi Stommish Grounds. Many canoe families started at Lummi Nation and paddled from Birch Bay

All Charges Dropped Against CMP’s David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt in Planned Parenthood Case

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Davied Daleiden PP Protest - 900] The Harris County District Attorney's office dismissed all remaining charges against the Center for Medical Progress' founder David Daleiden and pro-life advocate and investigator Sandra Merritt Tuesday. Daleiden and Merritt were charged with tampering with a governmental record for allegedly... more »

Barbaric: ISIS Murders Elderly Catholic Priest At French Church

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
Two ISIS terrorists attacked a church in Normandy on Tuesday killing an 84-year-old Catholic priest and taking nuns and worshipers hostage. Two knife wielding attacker stormed the Church of the Gambetta in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen during morning mass on Tuesday, slitting the throat of Father Jacques Hamel and taking others hostage. The assailants shouted Islamic State slogans while carrying out their brutal act. Another victim was seriously injured before police shot the attackers dead. The Vatican condemned the attack as a “barbarous killing”. The Daily Express repo... more »

“Psychologists Explain Why People Refuse to Question the Official Version of 9/11”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Psychologists Explain Why People Refuse to * *Question the Official Version of 9/11”* by Alex Pietrowski "It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled." - Mark Twain "September 11th is the most polarizing event in modern world history. After looking at the aggregate of the accumulated facts and analysis that has emerged since the day itself in 2001, many people find it impossible to believe the official version of events, and since no serious government investigation is considering new evidence or professional analysis, people are left to decide f... more »

“Trump Overtakes Clinton For First Time In CNN Poll”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“Trump Overtakes Clinton For First Time In CNN Poll”* *A whopping 68% of Americans now saying * *that Clinton is dishonest and not trustworthy."* by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D. “Americans now favor Republican Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton by a significant margin according to a new CNN/ORC poll, which attributes Trump’s jump in popularity to the recently concluded Republican Convention. In his best showing since September 2015, Trump now commands a remarkable 44% to 39% lead over the Democrat candidate in the race for the White House, when compared in a four-way matchup in... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Hymn”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Vangelis, “Hymn” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB7fnZ-AQNE

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“Far beyond the local group of galaxies lies NGC 3621, some 22 million light-years away. Found in the multi-headed southern constellation Hydra, the winding spiral arms of this gorgeous island universe are loaded with luminous young star clusters and dark dust lanes. *Click image for larger size.* Still, for earthbound astronomers NGC 3621 is not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy. Some of its brighter stars have been used as standard candles to establish important estimates of extragalactic distances and the scale of the Universe. This beautiful image of NGC 3621 traces the ... more »

"Don't Wonder..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
"Don't wonder why people go crazy. Wonder why they don't. In the face of what we can lose in a day, in an instant, wonder what the hell it is that makes us hold it together." - "Grey's Anatomy"

Paulo Coelho, “The Mystery of Discovery”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“The Mystery of Discovery”* by Paulo Coelho “Tonight, before leaving, I’m going to spend time sorting through the pile of things I never had the patience to put in order. And I will find that a little of my history is there. All the letters, the notes, cuttings and receipts will take on their own life and have strange stories to tell me – about the past and about the future.All the different things in the world, all the roads travelled, all the entrances and exits of my life. I am going to put on a shirt I often wear and, for the first time, I am going to notice how it was made. I ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Grass Valley, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: David Whyte"In the Beginning"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"In the Beginning"* "Sometimes simplicity rises like a blossom of fire from the white silk of your own skin. You were there in the beginning you heard the story, you heard the merciless and tender words telling you where you had to go. Exile is never easy and the journey itself leaves a bitter taste. But then, when you heard that voice, you had to go. You couldn't sit by the fire, you couldn't live so close to the live flame of that compassion you had to go out in the world and make it your own so you could come back with that flame in your voice, saying listen... this warmth, this unbea... more »

"The Most Beautiful People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

"A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness"* "If I have harmed anyone in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions, I ask their forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly through their own confusions, I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive I forgive myself for that. For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions, I forgive myself."

"Regret: The Weight of the Past"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Regret: The Weight of the Past"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Holding onto regret is like dragging the weight of the past with us everywhere we go. Holding onto regret is like dragging the weight of the past with us everywhere we go. It drains our energy, leaving less available for life in the present because we are constantly feeding an old issue. This attachment can cause illness the same way watering a dead plant creates decay. We know that something new and beautiful can grow in its place if we only prepare the soil and plant the right seeds. We also know that we create ou... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vikmUQZpGQ

"The Only Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
"If you are neutral in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Being Human On A Psychopathically Controlled Earth: Three Lessons From The Movie ‘Groundhog Day’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Being Human On A Psychopathically Controlled Earth:* * Three Lessons From The Movie ‘Groundhog Day’"* by Carl Herman "The 1993 movie 'Groundhog Day' is the story of a person trapped to live the same day over and over. The main character responds to this situation in three phases: • Manipulative control for selfish short-term desires. • Depression and attempted rejection from no escape and no satisfaction. • Self-expression for virtue and service with satisfaction. After selfish desire is transcended, the character awakens on a new day with all the earned skills of practiced virtues.... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago

Pierre Would Be Appalled

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 12 hours ago
Sometimes silence isn't golden. June 21st marked the anniversary of the passage of Bill C-51. When Justin Trudeau's party voted to pass the bill, they did so saying they would change it substantially once they were elected. Michael Harris writes: C-51 handed Canada’s spy service grotesque new powers that are unconstitutional, indefensible and unnecessary. Short of killing or sexually assaulting ‘persons of interest’ in its quest to disrupt activities deemed to be ‘dangerous’ to national security, CSIS was handed *carte blanche* by the Harper government. Not a good situation when, ... more »

Just a Spoonful of Bernie Helps the Hill Pill Go Down

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Not. The rage was everywhere you looked on both the Philly convention floor and out on the steaming streets on Monday. And justifiably so. Therefore, may quisling Bernie Sanders's pathetic plea for his delegates and fans to behave and not make a mockery of him, personally, fall upon millions of deaf ears. If it's got to be a Bernieless burn, then so be it. A real revolution doesn't begin by falling down insensate and pledging to elect a deeply corrupt politician to (if she is truly as blessed as she constantly says she is) a White House reign that is not cut as short as those of he... more »

Fukushima Daiichi Looks Terrible This Morning But Don't Ask the Government Why

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
I saw this headline this morning at The Mainichi describing public distrust of government information on nuclear issues: Gov't cited as second-least reliable source of info on nuclear accidents: survey. The Mainichi, July 26, 2016, http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160726/p2a/00m/0na/018000c Respondents to a survey in Shizuoka Prefecture, which houses Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant, have citied the government as the second-least reliable source of information on nuclear accidents. A total of 29.2 percent of respondents in the survey by Hirotada Hirose, ... more »

artist - Malcolm Liepke

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 12 hours ago
Free Planet loves the dynamic dualism in the work of self-taught American artist Malcolm Liepke *in the foreground, stunning painterly realism* *in the background, stunning painterly two-tone* this juxtaposition of real and fabric-ated is just my artistic elixir -- but it's mostly about the glorious foreground -- this is proper painting.

Democratic Party Hardens Its Support for Legal Abortion in the Most Pro-Abortion Platform Yet

The Stream at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: 2016 Democratic Platform - 900] To the surprise of no one, the draft 2016 Democratic platform, expected to be affirmed without changes this week, offered the strongest affirmation of legal abortion the party has ever given. Most significantly, for the first time, the platform insists that... more »

U.S. Air Force Creates 'Space Mission Force' To Wage War From Space

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
The current SBSS satellite, the Block 10 pathfinder, was launched in 2010 and performs its mission from a sun-synchronous, low Earth orbit. A follow-on system is scheduled to launch in 2021. Credit: Boeing *Daily Mail:* *Top Guns in orbit: US Air Force reveals plan for 'Space Mission Force' to protect America using satellites* * Group will utilise existing satellites and weapons to 'operate as warfighters' * Training wilol 'better prepare airmen to operate military satellites' They could be a combination of Top Guns and Thunderbirds - protecting the Earth using swarms of smart sat... more »

Islamic State Claims Attack On Church In Normandy, France

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Elderly priest, 86, is 'beheaded' by two ISIS knifemen shouting 'Daesh' after they took nuns and worshippers hostage at French church: Police shoot both attackers dead then search for bombs* * Priest had throat cut while another hostage is fighting for life after knifemen burst into Normandy church at 9am * Reports that one of the attackers shouted 'Daesh' before launching the attack at Gambetta Church near Rouen * Vatican has condemned the 'barbaric' killing of the 86-year-old priest and an anti-terror investigation is underway * French President Francois Hollande sa... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 13 hours ago
*PRIVATE SCHOOLS, PAINFUL SECRETS: The unexpected price of reporting abuse: retaliation* When a small boarding school in the Berkshires discovered that a music teacher was having a sexual relationship with a female student, administrators responded in a way many parents would applaud: They fired him. But Buxton School officials took another step as well. They asked the teenager to leave. Just weeks before graduation in 1982, 18-year-old Erika Schickel was told that her continued presence would make others at the school uncomfortable. That included the teacher’s girlfriend, who ...more »

Filthy trash talking Sarah Silverman and not so funny Commie Al Franken make fools of themselves at DNC...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*when called to "stretch" their time before announcing wildly out-of-tune Paul Simon, who may, or may not, have been drunk.* It's for you to decide. NB: To Mooch: Slaves did *not* build the White House, you racist pig.

GDP and Its Discontents

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 13 hours ago
I have a book review in *Science*. Here is an ungated version.

Has the Czech currency war been a "smashing success"?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
I learned about the following article from a tweet by Jiří Šitler. The name means neither the supersymmetric partner of Adolf Hitler (scalar Hitler or Shitler), nor something derived from the word šit. Instead, the meaning of the word is even more diplomatic than these two explanations – it is the name of the current Czech ambassador to Sweden. ;-) It's almost as tempting to play with that name as if someone were called Motl-Trottel. Your humble correspondent knows the ambassador to Denmark in person and met him last month but I think that Mr Šitler is only known to me in the e-form... more »

Neuroscientist in Serbia earns 8th retraction amid investigation

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A neurobiologist has notched her eight retraction in the midst of an ongoing investigation into her work by her institution, the University of Belgrade in Serbia. As we reported previously, a mass clean-up by the Archives of Biological Sciences (ABS), the official journal of the Serbian Biological Society resulted in six retractions of papers co-authored by […] The post Neuroscientist in Serbia earns 8th retraction amid investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Lovers of Religious Liberty Will Find Scant Comfort in the New Democratic Party Platform

Mark Kellner at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: Hillary Clinton Attitude - 900] On religious liberty the Democrats and their presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, have ventured far from where they were in November 1993. Then President Bill Clinton heartily endorsed and signed into law the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by... more »

Elderly Priest Murdered in Name of ISIS During Mass in Normandy Church

Lydia Goerner at The Stream - 13 hours ago
[image: In this grab made from video, police officers speak to a driver as they close off a road during a hostage situation in Normandy, France, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Two attackers seized hostages in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen on Tuesday, killing one hostage by slitting their throat before being killed by police, a security official said.] A priest was killed in a hostage situation at a Catholic church in Normandy, France on Tuesday. The terrorist attack, which seriously wounded at least one other person, was done in the name of ISIS, according to French President Fra... more »

Is purchasing power parity real?

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Go long on Malaysia.

Trump’s Speech Wasn’t ‘Dark’ Enough

Dennis Prager at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump Acceptance Speech Dark - 900] One of the many remarkable traits of the progressives is their lack of self-awareness. This trait was on display last week in the media and Democratic Party’s characterization of Donald Trump’s acceptance speech -- and the entire Republican National Convention -- as... more »

HOW WE GOT HERE: Why do people hate Clinton so much!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016Part 2—Skipping one obvious answer:* In this morning's Washington Post, Richard Cohen asks a very good question: Why do people hate Hillary Clinton so much? Cohen offers several possible answers, steering away from one. Why do people hate Clinton so much? Over at Slate, Michelle Goldberg decided to ask the same question. Her piece appears beneath these headlines: *The Hillary Haters* Few figures in American political life have inspired such deep and decades-long contempt. But why? Why do people hate Clinton so much? Goldberg decided to go Cohen one better. ...more »

Who is Ranjit Kumar Chandra? A timeline of notoriety

Michael Koziol at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Last month, Ranjit Kumar Chandra was denied an extension to file an appeal of his lawsuit against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It seemed to mark the end of a long fall for the self-proclaimed “father of nutritional immunology,” who has ended up with multiple high-profile retractions and on the wrong end of a costly libel […] The post Who is Ranjit Kumar Chandra? A timeline of notoriety appeared first on Retraction Watch.

What the WikiLeaks Hack Exposes About Democrat Media Bias

Philip Wegmann at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: 5369645453_2a0fbd2a9d_b] Leaked emails seem to suggest that the Democratic National Committee maintains cozy relationships with mainstream media outlets but takes a more caustic approach with publications it believes to be conservative. According to these emails, party officials stonewalled and blacklisted the Washington... more »

BC: Secwepemc Resistance: Anniversary of Mount Polley Mining Disaster

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOUNT POLLEY MINING DISASTER Secwepemc peoples are calling on all to come and stand with us in resistance against mining and the provincial government's decision to re-issue a full permit for Mount Polley. Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of the impacts and consequences of climate change. The root of climate change in Canada is the continuing genocide

How Democrats Came to Embrace Taxpayer-Funded Abortions

Fred Lucas at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: 4532490295_270fa611ef_b] President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2010 applying the Hyde Amendment, which bans taxpayer funding of most abortions, to Obamacare. Five years later, the White House referred to the Hyde Amendment while defending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.... more »

Abortion Poll: Trump-Pence Mainstream, Clinton-Kaine Extreme

Ken Blackwell & Ken Klukowski at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Pregnant Woman, Pregnancy, Baby, Sonogram, Ultrasound, Human Life, Pro-life] Although Hillary Clinton and the beleaguered Democratic National Committee (DNC) are attempting to paint Donald Trump and Mike Pence as out of step with the country on abortion, new polling shows that a majority of Americans actually agree with Trump-Pence...more »

How Can Pro-Life Liberals, Conservatives, and Libertarians Work Together?

Jason Scott Jones at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Jason Jones Working Together - 900]

Links for Tuesday

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 16 hours ago
*From the Democratic Party Platform: nice things about Taiwan.* Totally quotable: from presentation today on IP tweeted by Peter Dernbach: *Total page views to top 5 pirate sites in Taiwan are 5 times more than total page views to top 5 legitimate sites.* - *DON'T MISS*: The End of China-Taiwan Rapprochement Tourism. Solid and informed analysis, as always, from the awesome Dr. Ian Rowen. - *KMT ASSETS LAW*: Party Asset Law Approved. I will comment on this later this week. J Michael Cole argues it can be a catalyst for KMT reform. LOLz. Hung wails and gnashes her KMT t... more »

Sherrod Brown Wants To Fight Payday Lenders-- Or Does He?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
The above is an e-mail I got yesterday from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. I agree with every word of it. Shred is usually right about domestic policy. He's been a dependable leader on fair trade for as long as I can remember him in Congress. And he's one of the best in Congress on reining in Wall Street's predatory excesses. No one's perfect, of course, but Sherrod's craven vote to support Bush-Cheney on torture, made it hard for me to get over this kind of betrayal for perceived political gain trust him again. Brown sold out progressives by voting for Bush's torture legislation bec... more »

Is Russian President Putin Helping Donald Trump Win The U.S. Presidency? And Is Donald Trump An Agent For Russia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*ABC News:* *DNC Hack Prompts Questions About Trump's Ties to Russia* The massive email hack on the Democratic National Committee, purportedly by Russian government agents, has drawn new and unwanted attention to longstanding ties between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian business interests. “The hack at least seems to have come from Russian government entities, specifically from some of their military intelligence communities,” John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, told ABC News Monday. “So that’s very worrisome. Whether they’re actively trying... more »

Donald Trump: I Would Consider An Aliance With Russia Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Rick Wilking / Reuters *Reuters:* *Trump says he would consider alliance with Russia over Islamic State* Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that if elected U.S. president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against Islamic State militants but rejected any suggestion Russian President Vladimir Putin might be trying to help him win. Speaking at a rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Trump dismissed any suggestion that Putin's intelligence services might have had a hand in hacking the Democratic National Committee's email system. Emails leaked last week disclosed t... more »

Donald Trump's Big Gamble

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 16 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe The mogul of Atlantic City is doing some high-stakes gambling these days. And if he wins, the country is likely to lose -- BIG. I didn't consider Donald (T)rump to be all that dangerous, even amid the comparisons to Hitler and such -- until last Thursday night. I thought of him in terms of a corrupt buffoon, akin to Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister and media mogul. But after his dark acceptance of the Republican Party nomination for the presidency, I had second thoughts. Trump has supporters who resemble Nazis in their pugnaciousness and not-so-... more »

OK, Hillary, Have Fun Defending Obama’s Record

David Limbaugh at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton participates in a round table conversation on national security at the Virginia Air and Space Center June 15, 2016 in Hampton, Virginia.] Some Republicans are disillusioned with their party’s nominee, but imagine how rank-and-file Democrats must feel. Their presumptive nominee, Hillary Clinton, not only is exceedingly unappealing in her own right but also seeks to fulfill Barack Obama’s third term and must... more »

Volkswagen Faces $15 Billion Fine After Cheating on Emissions to Appear More Green

SUDHIN THANAWALA at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Volkswagen Emissions _perr (1)__1469535665_71.164.139.145] SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal faced a critical test, as a federal judge decided whether to grant it preliminary approval. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer was scheduled to consider the... more »

Live-tweeting the Death of Democracy

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 16 hours ago
#WhatFunnyMeansToMe A multimillionaire wearing a $12,495 jacket masquerading as a woman of the people. #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/pnuNCzDK6Q — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) July 26, 2016 If you hear organ music coming from the rafters at the #DemsInPhilly convention, it's just Debbie Wasserman Schultz. pic.twitter.com/JLSuQqhGzo — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) July 26, 2016 Only known photograph of the Democratic Rules Committee with Hillary Rotten Clinton. #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/mVpOYqmS9w — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) July 25, 2016 What to expect on Thu... more »

Gunman Shoots Doctor At Hospital In Berlin

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
A doctor has been shot and killed at a hospital in the German capital Berlin. Police say that the gunman, who was a patient, later shot and killed himself. UPDATE: Police said the physician was critically injured and was rushed to hospital where he was kept in intensive care. However, he succumbed to his injuries less than two hours after being shot. RT reports: The incident took place at a clinic at Charité University’s Benjamin Franklin campus, located in the Steglitz district, in the city’s southwest. Berlin’s police department has released a statement saying the doctor is critic... more »

England’s Record Heatwave In 1911

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
h/t Moderately Cross of East Anglia 1st August 1911: Men sleeping on the sands at Westcliff during a heatwave When New England was experiencing arguably its worst heatwave on record in July 1911, Old England was having an equally remarkable one of its own. Official figures show it was the second hottest […]

As Democrats Shift Left, Bill Clinton Faces Attacks on Presidency

LISA LERER at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: DEM 2016 Convention_perr (1)__1469534092_71.164.139.145] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Bill Clinton was once the Democrats explainer-in-chief, electrifying the convention crowd with his support of President Barack Obama. Today, he increasingly seems to be explaining himself. In the four years since the party’s last national convention, the... more »

Australian Officials Launch Investigation After Videos Show Prison Child Abuse

KRISTEN GELINEAU at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Australia Teen Detain_perr__1469534954_71.164.139.145] SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia’s prime minister ordered a sweeping investigation Tuesday into alleged abuse at a juvenile detention center after video emerged of Aboriginal teens being tear-gassed, stripped naked and shackled to a chair. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he... more »

Bulgaria Accuses Russia Of Violating NATO Airspace

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Bulgaria has claimed that there is an increase in violations of its airspace by Russian military and commercial aircraft. The defense ministry have called the called the alleged violations ‘provocative’ towards Bulgaria and its air force and demand an explanation from Russia. Moscow has denied any flight violations. Addressing the accusation Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that the planes from the Russian Aerospace Forces had been making planned regular flights over the Black Sea with their routes “in strict compliance” with international rules... more »

Sanders, Warren, Michelle Obama Star in Speeches, Urge Peace Between Dems

JULIE PACE & KEN THOMAS at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: DEM 2016 Convention_perr__1469533181_71.164.139.145] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Seeking to bridge deep Democratic divides, Bernie Sanders robustly embraced his former rival Hillary Clinton Monday night as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters, signaling it was time for them, too, to... more »

German Officials Vow More Checking of Migrants After Attacks

KIRSTEN GRIESHABER at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Germany Attacks_perr__1469532120_71.164.139.145] BERLIN (AP) -- Top security officials in Germany called Tuesday for tougher security screening of asylum-seekers and also announced that more police officers will be hired following four attacks in the country -- two of them claimed by the extremist... more »

2 Attackers Slay Priest in Normandy Church, Are Shot Dead

ANGELA CHARLTON at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: France Hostage Taking_perr__1469531671_71.164.139.145] PARIS (AP) -- Two attackers invaded a church Tuesday during morning Mass near the Normandy city of Rouen, killing an 84-year-old priest by slitting his throat and taking hostages before being shot and killed by police, French officials said. Another... more »

DNC Transforms Women’s Restrooms Into ‘All Gender’ Ones

Blake Neff at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: "All-Gender Restrooms" sign (close-up) with a blurred background.] In an apparent effort to show off the party's commitment to the rights of people with gender identity disorders, the Democratic National Convention has repurposed several women's bathrooms at the Wells Fargo Center to serve "all genders." One all-gender restroom... more »

5 Pentagon Programs That May Not Deliver What Was Promised

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
U.S. Air Force F-35A © Daniel Hughes / Reuters *RT*: *5 costly Pentagon projects of dubious merit* With the world’s biggest military budget at its disposal, even budget cuts leave the Pentagon with plenty of money to spend. Even so, a few of the organization's projects cause serious doubts among its own members. *F35 Joint Strike Fighter* The JSF, the Pentagon’s magnum opus for a stealth one-size-fits-all aircraft is estimated to cost over $1 trillion over its lifetime, but years into development it’s plagued by software glitches, conflicting performance requirements from differen... more »

Petition To Remove All US State Dept Air Conditioning

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.change.org/p/remove-air-conditioning-from-all-us-state-department-property Change.org are organising this petition, which says: WHEREAS, Secretary of State John F. Kerry has suggested that air conditioners are as big a threat as ISIS, and WHEREAS, it is the duty of our elected and appointed government officials to lead by example, THEREFORE, we call upon the […]

“Non Partisan” More United Is Lib Dem Front Group

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 20 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://order-order.com/2016/07/25/non-partisan-united-libdem-front-group/ Latest post from Guido, who, to those not familiar with him, is the scourge of the Establishment in the UK: This weekend saw the launch of More United, “a tech-driven political startup” which wants a closer relationship with the EU, more immigration and action on climate change. It […]

Why Russia Did Not Hack Into The DNC Email Database

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Hillary Clinton; Vladimir Putin (Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque/Kirill Kudryavtsev) *Patrick Lawrence, Salon*: *Shades of the Cold War: How the DNC fabricated a Russian hacker conspiracy to deflect blame for its email scandal* Leaked revelations of the DNC's latest misconduct bear a disturbing resemblance to Cold War red-baiting Now wait a minute, all you upper-case “D” Democrats. A flood light suddenly shines on your party apparatus, revealing its grossly corrupt machinations to fix the primary process and sink the Sanders campaign, and within a day you are on about the evil Russ... more »

Families from the Mexican \(\Delta(54)\) symmetry

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
*The most similar previous blog post was one about the \(\Delta(27)\) group* The first hep-ph paper today is dedicated to heterotic string phenomenology. Delta(54) flavor phenomenology and strings was written by Mexicans, Ms Brenda Carballo-Perez, Eduardo Peinado, Saul Ramos-Sanchez, but that can't prevent it from being more interesting than many papers from the U.S. The first hep-ph papers often look more interesting than the rest. I believe that also in this case, the authors struggled to get the #1 spot because they're more excited about their work than the authors of the remaini... more »

Are More Democrat Email Leaks To Be Posted Online By Wikileaks?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *The anxiety for Democrats: Are more leaks to come?* The FBI warned the Clinton campaign and dozens of lawmakers in recent months that they were being targeted by hackers, according to people familiar with the discussions. There is no evidence that those hacks were successful. But the FBI’s warning came weeks before The Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had twice broken into computers at the Democratic National Committee, underscoring concerns of national security experts that foreign adversaries might be trying to influence the presidential election... more »

Russia Accused Of Being Behind The Democrat's Email Leak

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Bloomberg:** Russia Said to Be Leading Suspect in Breach of DNC Computers* * Russian government rejects claims it’s connected to hack * WikiLeaks e-mail posting led to ousting of DNC chief Russia is a leading suspect in a hacking attack on the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the theft of e-mail and internal reports, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the probe who asked to not be identified because the inquiry is continuing. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the breach, which some U.S. lawmakers and cybersecurity specialists had alread... more »

Chaos At The Democrat Convention

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders chant his name as they protest on the floor during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich *Reuters*:* On raucous opening night, Democratic stars make a pitch for Clinton* The Democratic Party's deep divisions were on full display on a raucous first day of its convention on Monday, with Bernie Sanders portraying Hillary Clinton as a fellow soldier in his fight for economic equality while his supporters booed the mere mention of her name. On a night designed t... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
#BREAKING Democrats begin convention to nominate Hillary Clinton #DemsInPhilly pic.twitter.com/ueG33JVwZH — AFP news agency (@AFP) July 25, 2016

Turkey Suspends Rule Of Law

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Turkey have formally abandoned the rule of law as the government impose a state of martial law across the country, arresting tens of thousands of people. Since Turkey’s attempted coup, citizens are being rounded up and detained in sports facilities and stables, where many have been abused, according to lawyers in the country. Chicagotribune.com reports: Lawyers from the Ankara Bar Association’s human rights commission say members have reported the alleged abuses after trying to meet with clients. Other lawyers and human rights organizations have made similar allegations. In addition... more »

DNC: Schultz Thrown Off Stage, Sanders Announces ‘Revolution’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Democratic National Convention attendees described Monday as “pandemonium in Pennsylvania” as former Democratic chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was booed off stage and Bernie Sanders announced he would lead a Democratic “revolution”. Following Jane Sanders’ hot mic moment where she announced that Sanders’ name will be placed in nomination at the DNC, Bernie then took to the stage to announce that a revolution was coming. I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think... more »

U.S. Paid $2 Billion For Turkey Coup

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
A former NATO commander who mastermind the recent Turkish coup attempt used the CIA to funnel $2 billion to pro-coup soldiers in Turkey. According to the Yeni Safek daily, retired US Army General John F. Campbell was “one of the top figures who organized and managed the soldiers behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey”. Rt.com reports: The paper is known for its loyal support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was the target of the coup attempt. According to Yeni Safak, Campbell “also managed more than $2 billion in transactions via UBA Bank in Nigeria by using CIA links... more »

VFP in Philly Outside DNC

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago

France Begin Mass Arrests Of Black Lives Matter Protestors

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Police in France have begun arresting Black Lives Matter protestors as the country entered its fifth night of widespread violence and chaos. BLM protestors took to the streets to demonstrate against the death of a Malian man in police custody last week. Members of the radical organisation set towns surrounding Beaumont-sur-Oise in flames in retaliation. Breitbart.com reports: Despite a huge police presence, Saturday marked a fifth night of violence in the Val d’Oise district after the death of Adama Traoré in police custody on Tuesday. During demonstrations against Mr. Traoré’s deat... more »

Trump’s Acceptance Speech

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Campaign 2016-Trump-S_perr__1467803857_71.164.139.145] Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long -- 75 minutes -- and too loud. Modulation is the key to good public speaking. One’s voice should rise and fall like the tide, which allows really important points to... more »

Black Votes Matter

Thomas Sowell at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Black Vote - 900] Black votes matter. If Republicans could get 20 percent of black votes, the Democrats would be ruined. This is highly unlikely, given the approach used by Republicans. However, the point is that Democrats must not only continue to get nine-tenths... more »

What Do U.S. Navy SEALs Eat During Training

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Brien Aho. *WNU Editor*: Hmmmm .... *We asked a Navy SEAL what he ate during training, and his answer shocked us* (Business Insider).

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Click on Image to Enlarge* Russian miligtary helicopters. © Sputnik/ Kirill Kallinikov

July 25: We have met the enemy. And he is....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
http://journal-neo.org/2015/01/26/mit-states-that-half-of-all-children-may-be-autistic-by-2025/ Since 1970, the rates of autism in children and of alzheimer's in seniors have risen spectacularly. Some scientists, working out of the very authoritative MIT, have concluded that autism will affect 50% of all children by 2025. The cause? Chemicals, especially glysophate, that is widely used as a weed killer domestically, and is used to on crops and - oh, yes - on us in New Brunswick to spray our forests (and anything else that's down there.) The story hasn't appeared in the Irving press.... more »

Eruption of Japan's Sakurajima Volcano

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
A volcano in Kagoshima erupted early Tuesday morning, with a plume of ash reaching 5,000 meters in elevation. This is the volcano's latest eruption since 2013. Japan's Meteorological Agency rated today's event as a 3 on a 5 point scale: Kagoshima’s Sakurajima volcano erupts, spews plume 5,000 meters up. The Japan Times Jul 26, 2016 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/07/26/world/kagoshimas-sakurajima-volcano-erupts-spews-plume-5000-meters/#.V5aVpKKYK5o The volcano is located not too far from the Sendai nuclear power plant on the island of Kyushu, which had over 1000 earthquakes... more »

Fukushima Webcams and News Updates

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
I returned from vacation to find Fukushima still steaming: Unit 1 in the forefront seems to be leaking greenish gas. The good news is that Japan's former "acting chairman of the NRA" is raising concerns about whether earthquake safety assessments at nuclear plants adequately predict maximum shaking potential: *Editorial: Doubts about nuclear plant's quake resistance shake trust in NRA. The Mainich, July 25, 2016, http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160725/p2a/00m/0na/006000c* Trust in Japan's nuclear watchdog, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), has been jolted. At hand... more »

the female eunuch

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
"The Female Eunuch" Germaine Greer argues that scaring women is "big business and hugely profitable." It is fear, she wrote, that "makes women comply with schemes and policies that work against their interest". Sexism is indeed creating a second class citizen, and fear works equally well on men, don't be a slave to either. (art by John Holmes)

Police: $25,000 Reward For Info About DNC Election Fraud Murder

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Detectives investigating the murder of a DNC staffer who exposed election fraud within the party are offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can help find the murderer. The 26-year-old Democratic National Committee official, Seth Conrad Rich, was shot multiple times near his home in Washington D.C. shortly after uncovering evidence of election fraud and voter suppression during the recent primaries around the country. Nbcwashington.com reports: “Worst nightmare,” Rich’s mother, Mary Rich, said by phone. Mary Rich said police told her family her son may have been the victim of an att... more »

Oh, Mike Pence Is Much Much Worse Than Tim Kaine-- No Comparison! So?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*It's an extraordinarily low bar but Kaine is better than Penzzzzzzzzz* Someone on Twitter was trying to promote the idea that putting Tim Kaine first in the line to presidential succession was not just less terrible than putting Mike Pence there but actually a *good* thing... and used as evidence a link showing that Pete Peterson's Fix the Debt operation-- whose ultimate goal is the destruction of Social Security and Medicare-- named Kaine a Fiscal Hero, along with other such well-respected and beloved political figures of the American center-right as John Boehner (R-OH), Jim Himes... more »

The Black Market Arms Trade Is Flourishing In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A Ukrainian serviceman checks documents at a checkpoint near Slaviansk in Donetsk region, Ukraine, June 29, 2016. Picture taken June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich *Reuters:* *Ukraine, after war, becomes a trove for black market arms trade* On Feb. 12 last year, the same day that a ceasefire ended the worst of the fighting in eastern Ukraine between rebels and government forces, a former rebel fighter seized a chance to turn his inside knowledge of the conflict into hard cash. He traveled to a spot on the Russian-Ukrainian border where he retrieved a cache of weapons hidden there... more »

At Least 19 Killed, About 20 Injured in Knifing Near Tokyo

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Ambulance crew and police officers are seen outside a facility for the handicapped where a number of people were killed and dozens injured in a knife attack Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo.] TOKYO (AP) -- At least 19 people were killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack Tuesday at a facility for the handicapped in a city just outside Tokyo in the worst mass killing in generations in Japan. Police... more »

NATO's Baltic Tripwire Will Not Stop Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Daily Mail *Dianne Pfundstein Chamberlain, National Interest:* *NATO's Baltic Tripwire Forces Won't Stop Russia* At the recent Warsaw Summit, NATO formally announced its plan to station four battalions in the Baltics starting in early 2017 to deter Russian aggression—one each in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and an American battalion in Poland. These small forces are intended to serve as “tripwires” signaling to Russia that an attack on one of these states would result in immediate escalation to a full-blown conflict with NATO. That is, the four batta... more »

Chaos and Arrests as Sanders Supporters Protest DNC

Geoff Mulvihill & Megan Trimble at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: A demonstrator is taken into custody by police after climbing over a barricade near the AT&T Station, Monday, July 25, 2016, in Philadelphia, during the first day of the Democratic National Convention.] PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police briefly detained more than 50 people after they tried to storm the barricades outside the Democratic National Convention on Monday in a show of anger over Bernie Sanders’ treatment by party leaders, even as he urged... more »

Meet Misty K. Snow, A Democratic Senate Candidate In Utah Who Chuck Schumer Refuses To Recognize

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Pretty much the *only* Senate race in the whole country that DSCC bosses Chuck Schumer and Jon Tester refuse to even acknowledge exists is the one in Utah for the seat of far right extremist Mike Lee. The DSCC website lists every race-- including ones without candidates-- except the one in Utah, where they are somehow offended that a political outsider, a super-progressive transgender woman, Misty Katherine Snow, won the primary. Misty was an outspoken Bernie supporter, something that infuriated Schumer, of course. When Bernie beat Hillary by a huge margin-- 61,333 (79.3%) to 15,... more »

Afghan-Civilian Casualties Reach A Half-Year Record High

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*DW:* *Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit new record* Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have reached a record high in the first half of this year, the United Nations says. Children are paying a heavy price as insurgent groups launch indiscriminate attacks. Civilians are being killed and wounded in record numbers in Afghanistan, a new UN report released Monday. The release of the report comes just two days after twin blasts killed at least 80 people and injured more than 230, most of them civilians, at a peaceful political rally in Kabul. Those casualties - claimed by the self-sty... more »

DNC ‘Interfaith’ Prayer Space Has No Sign of Any Religion Except Islam

Rachel Stoltzfoos at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: The outside of the Well Fargo Center is seen before the Democratic National Convention, Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Philadelphia.] PHILADELPHIA -- The Democratic National Convention has curtained off several "interfaith" spaces for prayer, but the only sign of religion in any of the spaces is Islam. Convention goers looking to get in touch with the god of their choice can... more »

What Happens to Your Brain When You Practice Mindfulness

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Michael Forrester* - Concentrating the mind on the present moment is vastly beneficial to health.

Top Pentagon Officials: Proposed Russian Deal In Syria Is ‘Not Based On Trust’

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford hold a joint news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas *Reuters*:* Cooperation with Russia in Syria would not be based on trust -U.S. general* Any military or intelligence cooperation between the United States and Russia to strike targets in Syria would include measures to ensure U.S. operational security and would not be based on trust, a top U.S. military official said on Monday. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Frida... more »

Police State: China Bans Internet News

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
China have officially banned all forms of internet news in the country, amid an Orwellian crack down on information. The Chinese government ordered all major internet service providers to cease all forms of news reporting with immediate effect. Bloomberg.com reports: The Cyberspace Administration of China imposed the ban on several major news portals, including Sohu.com Inc. and NetEase Inc., Chinese media reported in identically worded articles citing an unidentified official from the agency’s Beijing office. The companies have “seriously violated” internet regulations by carrying ... more »

FBI Investigate Putin, Trump Over DNC Email Hack

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The FBI have launched an investigation into the hacking of the DNC emails, saying they will investigate claims that President Putin and/or Donald Trump were behind the hacks. The investigation comes shortly after Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee were left deeply embarrassed by the exposure of illegal collusion in trying to oust Senator Bernie Sanders from the Democratic race. Zerohedge.com reports: We are sure Director Comey will be closely watching and AG Lynch will once again take his word as gospel as somehow, we suspect, a narrative of Trump-Putin partnersh...more »

All Things Considered, I'd Rather Not Be in Philadelphia

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
(By *American Zen*'s @mikeflannigan59, on loan from Ari) Pennsylvania Convention Center, PA--- *I* admit it, I'm getting too old for this shit. No, it's not so much the air travel and living out of a suitcase every four years. It's the sensation that with every quadrennial national party convention I go to, I get this uneasy sense that that things are worse than they were four years ago. The 2016 Democratic Convention unofficially kicked off yesterday with a sound vaguely akin to a starter not quite engaging and the teeth grinding. The double whammy of the Guccifer 2.0 (that im... more »

Our Monetary System Favours the Rich and Hurts the Poor

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Anybody watching their savings erode while trying to get into the rapidly-inflating housing market know the scrum is screwed against them, and that price inflation is very far from zero. Like it or not, one of the three main culprits is the fiat monetary system. “Getting richer at the expense of others through the use of the fiat monetary system, which represents a government monopoly and banking privileges, is unjust,” says Philipp Bagus in this guest post. “This system stays in place because people do not understand its detrimental and fatal consequences such as an unfair r... more »

United States Of Africa: New AU Passport Issued

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Africa is pursuing its vision of forming a unified continent of Africa by launching the African Union (AU) passport for all citizens of Africa. The AU passport will cover 54 countries and represents a move to form a United States of Africa – abolishing individual countries on the continent in favour of a centralised government. Anonhq.com reports: The only country in Africa, which is not part of the Union, is Morocco. Morocco opted out of the Union after the AU recognized Western Sahara as a sovereign nation, as Morocco claimed Western Sahara is part of its territory. According to A... more »

Why U.S. Hopes For Victory In Iraq Will Not Happen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US Marines fire a Howitzer artillery gun during the Second Battle of Fallujah. / Photo by Lance Corporal Samantha L. Jones, USMC. *McClathcy News:* *Sense of déjà vu as U.S. once again sees ‘victory’ coming in Iraq* * There is still no Sunni Muslim group to lead in areas retaken from Islamic State * Sunni leaders risk their credibility if they align with Shiite-led government in Baghdad * U.S. belief that it had cleared Mosul of Sunni extremists in 2007 proved wrong in 2014 WASHINGTON: The news sounded just as good this week as it did in 2007: With U.S. backing, Iraqi forces have ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- July 25, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Emily Winterbotham, Newsweek:* *A Shift in Tactics for ISIS in Afghanistan?* Afghanistan doesn’t make it to the top of the news agenda often these days. That is until the headline-grabbing militant group Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on a peaceful demonstration in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday. With over 80 killed, the link to ISIS revived fears about the continued strength of the group and the extent of its reach in Afghanistan. Worryingly, ISIS also appeared to imply the attack was intended to inflame sectarian tensions. *Read more *...... more »

World News Briefs -- July 25, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*USA Today*:* Japanese news agency: 19 dead, 20 injured in knife attack outside Tokyo* SAGAMIHARA, Japan - The Kyodo news agency is reporting that 19 people are dead and 20 injured following a knife attack in Sagamihara, outside Tokyo. A knife-wielding man attacked a facility for the disabled and then turned himself in, police said. *Read more *.... *MIDDLE EAST* U.N. aid chief urges Security Council *to push Aleppo aid access*. Syria regime pounds Aleppo *as UN backs call for truce.* Israel says aircraft strikes in Syria *after errant Syrian fire.* Syria civil war: Air strikes ... more »

“I alone can solve.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
. . Amy Peikoff does a line-by-line analysis of Trump’s sobering Convention speech that I had recommended to me, and I finally had the chance to listen. Surprise, surprise, she finds it unworthy of a serious presidential candidate. Not to mention *dangerous* in that, rather than offering concrete proposals for any the changes he talks about (beyond, of course, building a damn wall), his go-to position on almost everything is to change the people – to *good* people, not the *losers *presently on the front lines -- to change the people without changing the systems, strategies or tact... more »

Economic News , Data & Views .... July 25 , 2016...... Round The Horn For Monday 1. Markets : US Stocks Pull Back Ahead Of Fed Meeting , Earnings & Rowdy Start To DNC : Oil In Focus - Critical 100 Day Moving Average Breached. 2. US Politics In Focus - DNC / DNC Leaks / Polling Data. 3. Turkey Items Of Note - Purge Updates , Gulen Hunt , Turkish Threats / Accusations De Jour. 4. Germany Attempts To Deal With Wave Of Mass Murder & Terror Attack . 5.Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Markets.... *MarketWatch* ‏@MarketWatch 2h 2 hours ago Investors tap the brakes ahead of Fed meeting, earnings onslaught http:// on.mktw.net/2acASTF *MarketWatch* ‏@MarketWatch 2h 2 hours ago Here's what stocks have historically done during the conventions http:// on.mktw.net/2aG7LpN *MarketWatch* ‏@MarketWatch 2h 2 hours ago U.S. stocks end lower; earnings, oil drop weigh http://on.mktw.net/2aeMl5K *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 3h 3 hours ago Stocks Slide To Worst Day In A Month After Crude Carnage, Kuroda Chaos http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-2 5/sto... more »

CawRANT Events #29

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*CawRANT Events #29* It's a brilliantly sunny, summer day on the West Coast and time for my bi-weekly RANT. It is again a bit late...due to all the events that I have been attempting to cover on this blog. So much is happening on this planet that all I can do is touch on geopolitical fires and so regular features are left begging. But it is time for a RANT so here goes! *Greencrow is back on the CBC Forums...but has a new name* First, some minor and somewhat amusing housekeeping matters. A month or so ago I was complaining on the blog that I was effectively kicked off the CBC fo... more »

Why only the Palestinians?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
I wrote about this the other day, but it was buried deep within a post and maybe you missed it, so I’m mentioning it again because it still bothers me. I’m referring to the debate in the HoL that took place on 21st July. The topic was one our politicians return to again and again. “Palestine: Children” This obsession with “Palestine” and Gaza must come from somewhere. What’s it all about? Why? Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world? Of all the children whose lives have been blighted by war, famine, religious fanaticism, parental cruelty and neglect, why especial... more »

Christians Increasingly in Danger in Egypt, Coptic Pope Warns

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Coptic Othodox Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.] CAIRO (AP) -- The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christian church warned on Monday of increased attacks on Christians, saying national unity is being “defaced.” In a meeting with lawmakers, Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37... more »

The Chilling History of Monsanto’s Rise to Power

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Dr. Mercola* - How did Monsanto become so powerful and so hated around the world?

13 Important Elements To Look For In Every Staged Shooting Event

WTStaff at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Bernie Suarez* - If you're skeptical of the official narratives of mass shootings, you're not alone.

Out of the shadows

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Norman Smith got very excited today. He couldn’t fathom why Sarah Champion MP (Lab) has written to Jeremy Corbyn to unresign and Jeremy Corbyn has accepted her unresignation. She’s to get her old job back on the front benches. What was her role again? The MP for Rotherham was shadow home office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence.” That appearance on the Victoria Derbyshire show must have whetted her appetite for more of the adulation to which she has become accustomed. Norman Smith thought her mysterious capitulation would herald an avalanche of returning MPs, as...more »

Following WikiLeaks Revelations DNC Chair Schultz Resigns

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Democratic party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation on the eve of convention. Schultz has said she will step down as Democratic National Committee chairwoman at the end of party’s convention following WikiLeaks’ revelations indicating the committee plotted against Bernie Sanders. The Wikileaks proved Sanders’ claims that she and other top brass in the DNC actively worked against him to stall his bid to be presidential nominee for the party. The Independent reports: Ms Wasserman Schultz’s announcement follows a massive row over hacked emails that suggested the D... more »

Predictably, Wasserman Schultz Ruined The First Day Of Hillary's Convention-- How Much Damage Will She Do?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The Trumpist catastrophe in Cleveland last week tee-ed up the perfect beginning for a united Democratic Party convention in Philly today. But the "United Together" theme some marketing consultant got paid so much to come up with, turned into "United Apart," complements of Debbie the Destroyer. And instead, the first images on national television were of Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz being boo-ed off the stage at a Florida delegates meeting. And people wondering about Clinton's leadership abilities... if she can't even get this toxic freak show off center stage, how is she going ... more »

Tim LaHaye, Left Behind Co-Author, Dies at 90

Nancy Flory at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, the men who brought us the Left Behind film and book series, release a new book this month which essentially rewrites the Gospels according to John. Pphotographed at at the Ritz Carleton in Marina Del Rey November 30, 2006. (Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)] Tim LaHaye, pastor, author and conservative leader, passed away Monday in San Diego following a serious stroke, Tim LaHaye Ministries announced. In a statement attributed to his daughter Linda, LaHaye, 90, "graduated to heaven." LaHaye is best known for the series L... more »

Clinton Complains About Unfair ‘Hillary Standard’

Elena Weissmann at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting on September 25, 2013 in New York City. Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, CGI brings together heads of state, CEOs, philanthropists and others to help find solutions to the world's major problems.] Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said that she faced an elevated “Hillary standard” on trust and honesty in a Sunday interview on CBS' 60 Minutes. "People are very willing to say things about me, to make ac... more »

Report: Hollywood’s Been Pushing a Hillary Presidency for 25 Years

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Sally Field, left, and actress Elizabeth Banks greet Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a Women for Hillary event held at West Los Angeles College on June 3, 2016 in Culver City, California.] A host of Hollywood celebrities are descending on Philadelphia to help crown Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. Lena Dunham, Eva Longoria, Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks and Tony Goldwyn are only some of the names who’ll be on hand to cheer Hillary.... more »

Michael Jordan Gives $2M to Build Trust Between Blacks, Cops

Steve Reed at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago. Jordan announced Monday, July 25, 2016, he’s giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help build trust between blacks and law enforcement following several disturbing clashes around the country.] CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Michael Jordan is trying to help ease tension between African-Americans and law enforcement. The NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner said Mond... more »

Are Dems Using Indian Casino Money to Pay for Their Convention?

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, walks onto the stage Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where the convention is scheduled to convene on Monday. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)] An email chain leaked by Wikileaks shows that the finance director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was angry with a Clinton campaign staffer for sending over an email detailing more than $440,000 from Indian reservations. Justin Klein, a staffer... more »

Islamic State Is Claiming That The Have Shot Down A U.S. Warplane Killing Its Crew

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BREAKING: #ISIS Amaq news agency says that the crew of the #US warplane they shot down is dead pic.twitter.com/OLeMCzWD5C — Conflict News (@Conflicts) July 25, 2016 *Washington Times:* *ISIS says U.S. warplane shot down, crew killed; Pentagon dismisses claim* The official news agency of the self-styled Islamic State claimed Monday that it forces shot down an American warplane, a claim the U.S. military quickly dismissed. “The crew of the U.S. warplane that was shot down by Islamic State fighters near Ayn Asad Airbase is dead,” read a statement by the Amaq news agency. The Islami... more »

Turkey Is Now Targeting Journalists To Be Arrested And Purged

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian:* *Turkey issues warrants for 42 journalists in relation to failed coup* Human rights groups criticise ‘witch hunt against journalists’ as Erdoğan arrests those he claims to suspect of plotting the attempted putsch Turkish authorities have issued arrest warrants for 42 journalists as part of an inquiry into alleged plotters of the failed coup, drawing harsh criticism from human rights groups. Thousands of soldiers, police, judges, prosecutors and civil servants have been detained or arrested in connection with their supposed involvement in the attempted putsch of 15... more »

Truth: Bernie Sanders Will Be Officially Nominated At DNC

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Is Bernie Sanders making a comeback at the DNC? After Sanders’ speech to his delegates, his wife Jane Sanders got on stage with him and whispered in his ear, over a hot mic, “They don’t know your name is being put in nomination. That’s what concerns.“ Two weeks ago Sanders told his delegates that he wanted them all at the convention for the roll call vote so they could vote for him. Right now, without further clarification from him and based on Jane’s words, it can be revealed this is still going to happen. Watch the moment below: Bernie Sanders’ campaign spokesman Michael Briggs wa... more »

ISIS Claims To Have Shot Down US Warplane In Iraq

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
ISIS say they have shot down a US military plane in the western part of Anbar province in Iraq. The terrorist group also claim that the pilot and crew members aboard the plane are dead. BREAKING: #ISIS Amaq news agency says that the crew of the #US warplane they shot down is dead pic.twitter.com/OLeMCzWD5C — Conflict News (@Conflicts) July 25, 2016 The military jet was reportedly operating near Ain Al-Asad air base which is run jointly by Iraq and the US. The reports have been denied by the US Central Command who say there is no evidence that a warplane had been downed. There is no ... more »

Two Teenagers Dead And 17 Injured In Florida Nightclub Shooting

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
At least two teenagers have been killed and 17 others injured in a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, the local police department said on Monday The attack happened at Club Blu, which was hosting a party for teenagers. Ft Myers Police Dept updates @NBC2 on Club Blu shooting early Monday. 14-16 injured and 2 confirmed dead. #newinfopic.twitter.com/WPHWbHBqV8 — DeliaDAmbraTV (@DeliaDAmbraTV) July 25, 2016 Police have detained three people for questioning in connection to the shootings and have confirmed that the incident was “not an act of terror”. The BBC reports: The two killed were ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* A volcano near Rome is showing signs that a massive eruption is brewing Researchers are arguing that rust belt cities should embrace 'smart decline' Geophysicists discovered that the Moon is triggering earthquakes in California Pollsters now know why they were wrong about Brexit Deep Underground Military Bases? California Hit By Mysterious Clockwork "Booms" Daily For Years California Drought Worsens – El Nino 'Gains' Flushed Into The Pacific As Water Storage Runs Dry Genetic Analysis Predicts Academic Achievement For The First Time This is how presidents-elect ... more »

Dineh defend western Navajoland from Escalade destructive tourism

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Save the Confluence releases fact sheet, flyer by STC | Jul 22, 2016 | News Save the Confluence has released a fact sheet and flyer. The 12-point fact sheet outlines the reasons why a proposed tourist resort would harm the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. Developers who call themselves Confluence Partners, aka Fulcrum Group, want to build a gondola tram on

Assange On Clinton Vs Trump: ‘Do I Prefer Cholera Or Gonnorhea?’

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
In an interview with Democracy Now, Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange said choosing between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is like choosing between two different infectious diseases and said “personally, I would prefer neither.” “Well, you’re asking me, do I prefer cholera or gonorrhea,” Assange said, in response to a question on his stance regarding Trump. “We know how politics works in the United States. Whoever – whatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy ... more »

Dallas Sees 344 Percent Spike in Police Applications Following Shooting

Amber Randall at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings (R) looks on as Dallas Police Chief David Brown (L) speaks at a press conference held at Dallas City Hall concerning the fatal shootings of five police officers on July 7, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.] The Dallas Police Department saw a rise in job applications after the city's police chief gave a rousing speech following the July 7 shooting that left five officers dead. Four days after the Dallas shooting, Dallas Police Chief David Brown gave... more »

AMA Dismisses Evidence Babies Feel Pain in Abortions After 20 Weeks

Fred Lucas at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: The Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania holds a 'Mercy Witness For Life' rally on July 23, 2016 outside of the former site of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's closed abortion clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three years ago, Dr. Gosnell was convicted of the first-degree murder of three infants, the involuntary manslaughter of his patient Karnamaya Mongar, and other felony counts.] The American Medical Association is sticking by its influential report asserting that unborn babies cannot feel pain at 20 weeks, despite subsequent studies finding otherwise. Three of the report's five aut... more »

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Attack In Germany’s Ansbach

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the latest attack in Germany, saying the attacker, believed to be a Syrian refugee, was a recruit fighting for the terrorist group. According to the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, the 27-year-old Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people in a Sunday night attack on a music festival in Ansbach, left behind a video pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Herrmann also said that the unnamed man had repeatedly received psychiatric treatment, including for attempted suicide, according to ndailynews The attacker reported... more »

Knife Rights: The Unseen Side of the Second Amendment

Faith Vander Voort at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Pocketknife - 900] While congressional Democrats and Republicans go head-to-head over gun control, proponents of a smaller, often overlooked facet of the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms pursue a battle of their own -- the right to carry a knife.... more »

Turkish Daily With Close Ties To President Erdogan Accuses Former U.S - NATO Commander ‘Behind Failed Coup'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. Army General John F. Campbell and guest arrive on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington in April. Gen. Campbell, now retired has been accused by a Turkish newspaper of masterminding the July 15 attempted coup, a claim he dismisses as ‘ridiculous.’ PHOTO: JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS *Yenisafak*: *US Commander Campbell: The man behind the failed coup in Turkey* The organizer and financial distributor of the coup attempt turns out to be an ISAF ex- US commander, investigation reveals. A former U.S. commander of the International Sec... more »

Did Canada Just Cancel Its Super Hornet Jet Buy From Boeing Because Of Pressure From Lockheed Martin?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Image from Vanguard *Sputnik*: *Canada Ditches Super Hornet After Threats to Buy F-35 or Lose 10,000 Jobs* Lockheed Martin pointed an economic weapon of mass disruption at Ottawa and it appears that Justin Trudeau has blinked caving to the defense contractor’s threats. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rose to power last fall on a pledge not to purchase the defective F-35, an aircraft that he has said “does not work,” is too expensive, and is wholly incompatible with Canada’s defense needs pushing his country instead to move towards a deal to acquire Boei... more »

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