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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

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11:39 pm MDT

Trump Pivot? Trump Reset? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Heather Wilhelm at The Stream - 38 minutes ago
[image: Donald Trump] Back in mid-March -- when Americans could still operate in healthy denial regarding the political tragicomedy to come -- Dr. Ben Carson, fresh off of endorsing Donald Trump for president, delivered a somnolent yet strangely chipper performance on MSNBC'S Morning... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Servicemen with the Central Military District's peacekeeping unit during tactical exercises conducted at the firing ground to train in Ratnik infantry combat system use. © Yuri Streletc / Sputnik

Trump's Character Revealed By One Of His Former Attorneys

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
One of the reasons relatively few people have come forward with stories about how the Trumpanzee has cheated them is because he makes everyone sign insanely unconstitutional non-disclosure forms. And he's sue-happy. Even if you win a case against him, it can cost a fortune and a tremendous amount of time and energy. And who likes jumping into a pit filled with mud and excrement to wrestle a mad pig? That's why I was surprised this week to see a post by Thomas Wells, an attorney who the Trumpanzee once hired. Wells' case was simple and straight-forward: "I know him and he's unfit to... more »

Pakistan Debates On What Should Be Done With The Field Where Osama Bin Laden's Compound Once Stood

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Local people and media gather outside the perimeter wall and sealed gate into the compound and a house where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed late Monday, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Cryptome *Washington Post*: *Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout could be turned into a children’s playground or a graveyard* A years-long Pakistani land dispute pitting the military against the civilian government is culminating in one seemingly simple question: Should the field where Osama bin Laden’s compound once stood be turned into a playground, or a gra... more »

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: Syrian Endgame - The Battle For Aleppo And "Plan C"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
The news coming out of Syria gets better and better by the day.... The good guys, the Syrian army and their allies, have now fully surrounded what is left of the so called "rebels" in the eastern part of the city of Aleppo, and have been pounding these US paid mercenaries mercilessly and relentlessly... It will only be a matter of time now before the city of Aleppo is finally free of that scourge and the US/Israel/NATO criminal cabal's dream of destroying Syria will be at an end.... There have been many articles put out over the last few days about what has been happening in Syria, ... more »

Prisoners of the Voice

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Elva Thompson* - We are all prisoners of the voice living within the mind. The post Prisoners of the Voice appeared first on Waking Times.

Official Who Served DNC Election Fraud Papers Found Dead

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Shawn Lucas, the lawsuit process server who served the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz with election fraud papers last month, has been found dead under suspicious circumstances. According to a police report dated August 2nd, Lucas’ girlfriend came home and found him unconscious on the bathroom floor. Paramedics responding to her 911 call found no signs of life. The cause of death has not been confirmed. Shawn Lucas was known to many frustrated Democrats as the young man depicted in a viral video serving the DNC and Wasserman Schultz with election fraud lawsuit papers. “The rumor sp... more »

Hillary Clinton Have Officially Started Their Transition Planning

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU Editor*: Wow .... someone feels very confident that they are going to win the office this November .... *Hillary Clinton has officially started transition planning* (AP). *Update: *She is not alone .... *The Trump Administration Is Already Under Construction* (The Atlantic).

Public Schools Win Big in Nashville School Board Races

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
Hoping to gain control of local school policy, the charter school industry, Stand for Children, and private donors pumped over a million dollars into school board races in Nashville this summer. But all the robo calls, attack ad mailers, paid canvassers, and local media could not alter citizens' commitment to improving their public schools, rather than turning them over for charter conversion. Will Pinkston, Jill Speering, Amy Frogge, and Christine Bugg all won their races against charter school advocates. Congratulations to supporters of public schools. And goodbye for now to th... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“The Sunflower Galaxy blooms near the center of this wide field telescopic view. The scene spans about 2 degrees or 4 full moons on the sky toward the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. More formally known as Messier 63, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across, about the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Surrounding its bright yellowish core, sweeping spiral arms are streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with star forming regions. A dominant member of a known galaxy group, M63 has faint, extended features that could be th... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Great Silence"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"The Great Silence"* by Chet Raymo "If there is one word that should not be uttered, it is the name of - no, I will not say it. Any name diminishes. In the face of whatever it is that is most mysterious, most holy, we are properly silent. It is appropriate, I think, to praise the creation, to make a joyful noise of thanksgiving for the sensate world. But praising the Creator is another thing altogether. When we make a big racket on His behalf we are more than likely addressing an idol in our own image. What was it that Pico Iyer said? "Silence is the tribute that we pay to holines... more »

"Only Then..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"In our society, confidence leads to knowledge- which leads to power- which leads to pride- which leads to a fear of seeming ignorant- which constricts learning like an iron vise. We must understand that confidence is a blessing, for it is the embodiment of self-love, and through it we find the fuel for innovation and progress. We must realize that ignorance is merely the opportunity to learn more. And lastly, we must marvel rather than groan at the fact that there will always be more to learn... Only then will we be free of the intellectual prisons we have so readily caged ourselve... more »

"Releasing Guilt: Permission to Forgive Ourselves"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Releasing Guilt: Permission to Forgive Ourselves"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "Dwelling in guilt is like living your life with an anchor tied to your ankles dragging you down. Learning to accept the things that we perceive as wrong can be a difficult task for many of us. Often we have been brought up to accept that it is normal to feel guilty about our actions and that by doing so we will make everything seem alright within ourselves. Even though we might feel that we have a reason to make up for the choices we have made, it is much more important for us to learn how to deal w... more »

The Poet: Wendell Berry, “Leavings”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Leavings”* “In time a man disappears from his lifelong fields, from the streams he has walked beside, from the woods where he sat and waited. Thinking of this, he seems to miss himself in those places as if always he has been there. But first he must disappear, and this he foresees with hope, with thanks. Let others come.” - Wendell Berry

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Ft. Worth, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Some People..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

The Economy: "All Together Now! We’re Freaking Doomed (WFD)!!! Doomed!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"All Together Now! We’re Freaking Doomed (WFD)!!! Doomed!"* by The Mogambo Guru "Lately, the world is understandably all nervously atwitter about many things, mostly whether things economic… For example, the overvalued stock market, the overvalued bond market, the overvalued housing market, overextended banks, overextended governments, overextended government promises, overextended businesses, and overextended citizens all adding up to incomprehensibly enormous and ludicrously large debt loads, etc.) will come crashing down in a stinking, staggering, stupefyingly monstrous, huge, ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

“The Central Issue In The U.S. Presidential Campaign”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“The Central Issue In The U.S. Presidential Campaign”* by Eric Zuesse “The central issue in the U.S. Presidential campaign can’t even be discussed in U.S. newsmedia, because America’s media have been almost uniformly complicit all along in hiding from the American public the crucial factual information that’s necessary in order for the public to vote in an intelligent and truthfully informed way about it. No news medium wants to report its own having been complicit in anything; so, the cover-up here just continues; it has a life of its own, even though it’s a life that brings the ... more »

"A Wise Man Once Said..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“A wise man once said you can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle, you better decide how much you’re willing to lose. Too often, going after what feels good means letting go of what you know is right, and letting someone in means abandoning the walls you’ve spent a lifetime building. Of course, the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don’t see coming, when we don’t have time to come up with a strategy to pick a side or to measure the potential loss. When that happens, when th... more »

The Economy: Gregory Mannarino, “Gold Decoupling From The US Dollar And Will Skyrocket”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Gregory Mannarino, “Gold Decoupling From The US Dollar And Will Skyrocket” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPx0BOq_DkE

Paul Craig Roberts, “Fissures in the Empire”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Fissures in the Empire”* by Paul Craig Roberts “If you have been wondering what all the terror events in France and Germany are about, here is the answer: - http://www.strategic-culture.org/ Washington has raised the cost of being a member of its Empire too high. Vassals such as France and Germany are beginning to exercise independent policies toward Russia. Observing the cracks in its Empire, Washington has decided to bind its vassals to Washington with terror. Most likely what we are witnessing in the French and German attacks is Operation Gladio. Washington’s policy toward Rus...more »

Greg Hunter, "Chemtrails are Greatest Threat to Life on Earth- Dane Wigington"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Chemtrails are Greatest Threat to Life on Earth- Dane Wigington"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Last month, CIA Director John Brennan admitted Chemtrails, or as he put it, “Stratospheric Aerosol Injection,” is established geoengineering science used to fight global warming. Geoengineering researcher Dane Wigington says if the government is admitting it, the negative effects of spraying are too big to hide much longer. Wigington explains, “When CIA Director Brennan has to address it publicly, clearly it’s getting very difficult for them to hide this elephant in the room and the... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “The Mountain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “The Mountain” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTeRQ16O798

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“What if you climbed up on a rock and discovered the Universe? You can. Although others have noted much of it before, you can locate for yourself stars, planets, and even the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy. All you need is a dark clear sky- the rock is optional. *Click image for larger size.* If you have a camera, you can further image faint nebulas, galaxies, and long filaments of interstellar dust. If you can process digital images, you can bring out faint features, highlight specific colors, and merge foreground and background images. In fact, an industrious astrophotographer has ... more »

Chet Raymo, "Cosmic View"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Cosmic View"* by Chet Raymo "When writing about Philip and Phylis Morrison's "Powers of Ten" the other day I found I had made the following notation in the flyleaf, perhaps a dozen or more years ago: Britannica 32 volumes 1000 pages per vol 1200 words per page 5 letters/wd =200 million letters So, 200 million letters in the 32 volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Why was I making that estimate? I can think of several possibilities. Perhaps… *1.* I was making a comparison with the number of nucleotide pairs in the human DNA; that is, the number of st... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, "Getting There"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
* "Getting There"* "You take a final step and, look, suddenly You're there. You've arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for: This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone. What did you want to be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder under a burning glass, A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing against the cracked horizon, Holding it firm till the arrival of stars In time with your heartbeats. Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression On the self you were, By having come all this way through all this welter Unde... more »

“Count No Man Happy Until The End Is Known”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“Count No Man Happy Until The End Is Known”* by Socrates "Why aren’t we happy? It’s a question that we have undoubtedly asked ourselves at one point or another. Perhaps you have done it while staring up at the ceiling fan late at night, or perhaps while doodling on a cocktail napkin at some out-of-the-way dive bar. The prevailing notion in the modern Western world is that happiness is a subjective feeling we experience from day to day. Like the stock market, happiness goes up, then down, and nobody really knows where it will land next. We view happiness as something that can be au...more »

"The World Suffers A Lot..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of the good people." - Napoleon Bonaparte

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Petrosani, Hunedoara, Romania. Thanks for stopping by!

"We Have Lost Our Way... Someone Has To Stand Up For The Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"We Have Lost Our Way... Someone Has To Stand Up For The Truth"* by Michael P Ramirez “I think it's time to clear the air. For those of you who still don't seem to understand my job, let me make it perfectly clear... I do not work for a political party. I work for America, it's ideals and our constitution. It's not my job to be the cheerleader for a party, or an individual. It's my job to protect America and defend its principles. And frankly, I don't care if you agree with me or not. As an editorial cartoonist, I have a consistent record for over thirty years as a constitutional ... more »

The Economy: "Revealing the Real Rate of Inflation Would Crash the System"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"Revealing the Real Rate of Inflation Would Crash the System"* by Charles Hugh-Smith “Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the Capitalist System was to debauch the currency. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and, while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some. The sight of this arbitrary rearrangement of riches strikes not only at security, but at confidence in the... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Hope is that tiny light that the gods have given us so that we can find our way through our darkest hours. And while we might stub our toes and bruise our knees, if we keep moving forward, even when our progress is slow and painful, we will overcome and be made better by our journey. No misery or bad situation is ever infinite or final until we make a conscious decision for it to be so." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago

DOJ Protested Payment to Iran; Prisoners Told They Couldn’t Leave ‘Until Other Plane Arrives’

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama talks about the war on terrorism and efforts to degrade and destroy the Islamic State group, during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)] Count the Department of Justice among those who thought it was a boneheaded idea to drop $400 million cash in the Iranian ayatollah’s hands the same day four American prisoners were released. According to The Wall Street Journal, which broke... more »

President Obama: I Do Not Trust Putin

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter sit down to a meeting of the National Security Council at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Politico: **Obama: No, I don’t trust Putin* President Barack Obama said Thursday that he doesn’t trust Russian leader Vladimir Putin to help lessen the violence in Syria. Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Pentagon, had some harsh words for his Russian counterpart and warned that he is expecting Russia to cooperate in de-escalating violence or else Moscow would prove to be an... more »

Police: London Stabbings That Killed U.S. Woman Not Terrorism

Jill Lawless & Danica Kirka at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to the media outside New Scotland Yard in London, Thursday Aug. 4, 2016, about a knife attack in central London late Wednesday. The police said the man who stabbed six people in London's Russell Square was a Norwegian of Somali origin, but they have found no signs of radicalization or a link to terrorism. One person, an American woman, was killed in the attack.] LONDON (AP) -- A Somali-Norwegian teenager went on a knife rampage through London’s Russell Square, a hub for students and tourists, fatally stabbing an Americ... more »

Obama: Islamic State Likely to Continue to Threaten U.S.

Lolita C. Baldor at The Stream - 3 hours ago
[image: President Barack Obama answers a question during a news conference after attending a National Security Council Meeting on efforts to counter the Islamic State, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at the Pentagon in Washington.] WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Islamic State group will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after it is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday, warning that lone-wolf believers will still... more »

The irreplaceable resource: WATER @ iASK

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*Video Title: The irreplaceable resource: WATER @ iASK. Source: iASK Institute. Date Published: July 29, 2016. Description:* Roundtable discussion series of iASK Speakers: Szöllősi-Nagy András (hydrologist, iASK) Charles J. Vörösmarty (GWSP, USA) Bogárdi J. János (hydrologist, architect, Karlsruhe) Anik Bhaduri (economist, researcher, Wyoming)

Morally Bankrupt Israeli And Western Political Minds Openly Defend A Strategic Relationship With ISIS, Al-Qaeda, And Other Terror Groups

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 4 hours ago
*The biggest cheerleaders of ISIS are not in countries like Turkey, Pakistan, or Saudi Arabia, but in Israel and Western countries. * *An excerpt from, "The Destruction of Islamic State is a Strategic Mistake" By Prof. Efraim Inbar, BESA, August 2, 2016:* *The continuing existence of IS serves a strategic purpose. *Why help the brutal Assad regime win the Syrian civil war? Many radical Islamists in the opposition forces, i.e., Al Nusra and its offshoots, might find other arenas in which to operate closer to Paris and Berlin. Is it in the West’s interests to strengthen the Russian g... more »

Olympic Committee Approves Entry of 271 Russian Athletes for Rio Games

Stephen Wilson at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: A woman jumps in front of the Olympic rings ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016.] RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The IOC approved the entry of 271 Russian athletes for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Thursday, meaning 70 percent of the country’s original team will compete in the games after the scandal over state-sponsored... more »

Feds Indict 46 in Mob Sweep, Including Reputed Philly Boss

Tom Hays at The Stream - 4 hours ago
[image: In this Oct. 10, 2014 file photo, Joey Merlino arrives at the federal court in Philadelphia. The flamboyant alleged head of the Philadelphia mob who has repeatedly beat murder charges in past cases is among nearly four dozen people charged Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, with being part of an East Coast crime syndicate.] NEW YORK (AP) -- Declaring that the Mafia is not just the stuff of movie scripts, federal prosecutors charged nearly four dozen people Thursday with being part of an East Coast crime syndicate, including an old-school mobster in New York... more »

George Lakoff Has Some Secrets About How to Defeat TheTrumpanzee

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
George Lakoff, a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, understands Trumpanzee, the language Trump and his devotees speak, and he offers a different perspective on Trump and Trumpism than other commentators. This one came to me in an e-mail and starts with an analysis of who supports Trump and why. He contends that just pointing out that Trump won the Republican primaries because "people are angry and he speaks to their anger [and because] people don't think much of Congress and want a non-politician" doesn't offer anything useful to those of us trying to stop h... more »

President Obama Denies Paying A $400 Million Ransom To Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*CNN*: *Obama on Iran payment: 'We do not pay ransom'* Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Thursday dismissed suggestions a $400 million payment to Iran amounted to a ransom paid in return for the release of American hostages. Confirming the US offered the payment in cash, Obama nevertheless downplayed the delivery's significance, saying it was not a "nefarious" deal. And he pushed back on Republican attacks charging that the White House completed the transaction as part of the prisoner swap. The line of argument was intensified by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump just... more »

Thai Vote This Sunday Will Further Weaken "Thaksin Forces"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 5 hours ago
*August 5, 2016* (The New Atlas) - Australian-based lecturer of Southeast Asian history, Dr. Patrick Jory, once wrote during Thailand's 2013-2014 street protests against embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, that it was*"getting closer to game over"* for Thailand's traditional institutions, and that the initiative was held by what he called, the "Thaksin forces." In hindsight, Jory's flawed and uninformed analysis seems almost comical. Had he truly assessed the strengths and weaknesses of Thailand's opposing camps, rather than tallied up the perceived authority and legitima... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ..... August 4, 2016 .... Quick Hits - 1. Markets & Market Moving News : US Stocks Tread Water Before Big Monthly Employment Situation Report ; Global Bond Prices Bounce After Bank Of England Eases Policy Thursday ; US Employment Report Not Seen As Providing Fireworks - We'll See In A Matter Of Hours ; Miscellaneous Items 2. Greece - News & Data For Thursday. 3. Turkey In Focus - Purge Items , EU Accession On The Rocks & Other Items Of Note. 4. EU/EZ In The News Today. 5. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Markets & Market Moving News.... *MarketWatch* ‏@MarketWatch 9m 9 minutes ago Credit Suisse & Deutsche Bank are being dropped from the exclusive Stoxx 50 index next week http://on.mktw.net/2aTYFqg *MarketWatch* ‏@MarketWatch 3h 3 hours ago Thursday's trading session? Undecided http://on.mktw.net/2aLXmua *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 3h 3 hours ago Stocks Shrug At Carney Chaos; Bonds, Gold, & Oil Surge http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-04/stocks-shrug-carney-chaos-bonds-gold-oil-surge … *Holger Zschaepitz* ‏@Schuldensuehner 2h 2 hours ago Bonds ... more »

August Is Trump Mental Health Month

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 5 hours ago
If you tuned in to CNN or scanned the homepage of any major media outlet in the past few days, you'll have learned that the people running the place are whispering about staging an "intervention" for Donald Trump. Reactionaries Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani, for example, have turned into mental health concern trolls practically overnight. They echo the fear running throughout the Establishment that Trump is endangering American military might by verbally jousting with the Gold Star Khan family. The bereaved parents are oddly being described by major media outlets as "Muslim-Ameri... more »

President Obama Visits the Pentagon For A Briefing On The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Obama touts progress against Islamic State* President Barack Obama on Thursday touted progress the United States and its allies have made in the military campaign against Islamic State, though he said the militant group still has the ability to direct and inspire attacks. While the U.S.-led air and ground campaign against the group's strongholds in Iraq and Syria have cost it territory, IS is adapting by reverting to high-profile attacks and by using the internet to recruit members, train them and encourage "lone wolf" attacks. Islamic State also maintains control of ... more »

Officers Who Shot Unarmed Man Sue for Racial Discrimination

Amber Randall at The Stream - 5 hours ago
[image: In this June 13, 2011 file photo, a Los Angeles Police Department Police Interceptor is stationed at a burglary investigation in North Hills, California.] Two Los Angeles police officers who shot an unarmed black man filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city, alleging their desk duty is a result of racial discrimination. Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas alleged that both their races and the... more »

Clinton Up 10 Points in Latest Fox News Poll

Austin Roscoe at The Stream - 6 hours ago
[image: Donald Trump speaks with supporters at a campaign rally at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.] A new Fox News poll released Wednesday evening shows Hillary Clinton jumping to a 10-point lead among registered voters, well above the poll’s 4-point margin of error. According to the poll, Fox News’ first to include the vice presidential candidates,... more »

Guess what, folks: Women already have equal pay

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Kevin Roberts was forced to resign for telling an interviewer companies should be judged by how happy they make their female employees happy, not by how many with female parts occupy the boardroom. That the debate about gender diversity is over. Not at the American Democratic Convention however, where Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker could be heard lamenting that American women do not earn “equal pay for equal work.” The social-justice warriors are out in force, and they appear to have the numbers on their side. The latest U.S. Department of Labor data show that wome... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 4, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*David Iaconangelo, CSM*: *Was $400 million in cash paid by US to Iran a form of ransom?* *The first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement paid by the United States to Iran was paid in bundles of foreign currencies, says a new report.* The Obama administration secretly airlifted $400 million in foreign currencies to Iran in January, transporting the cash on an unmarked cargo plane, says a new report from The Wall Street Journal. That payment was the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement paid by the United States to Iran to end a 35-year-old legal dispute over US arms ... more »

Terrorists Leave Behind US Made Heavy Weapons In Aleppo District

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Video footage shows a cache of US made weapons and ammunition including mortars, anti-tank missiles and grenades that were found in an abandoned house used by terrorists in Syria’s Aleppo. RT reports: The video appeared online on Thursday and purported to show the discovery of a large cache of western arms and ammunition in a house in Aleppo’s eastern Bani Zaid district. The majority of the weapons appear to be of US origin and include US-made anti-tank missiles system (TOW 2A), American UN0181 missiles, as well as US-made 81mm mortars and ammunition. Some of the boxes containing w...more »

Free Food and UFOs

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
A couple of weeks ago I was the speaker for a lunch group that only paid with free food but since that is my favorite kind… free… I accepted, planning to speak about my experiences as a writer and how different things are today. Unfortunately one of the men knew me and my talk turned to UFOs. I provided a quick rundown, but what do you say about UFOs in fifteen minutes? The first question, or comment, was from some guy, and I couldn’t believe he said it, who claimed that only drunks saw UFOs. I suggested that this was a government myth that began early in the modern history of UFOs ... more »

Oops! Obama Mentioned “Babies” in Reference to Pregnancy

John Zmirak at The Stream - 7 hours ago
[image: fetus - 900] In his press conference today on the latest outbreak of the Zika virus, which can very rarely cause serious birth defects such as microencephaly, President Obama made an unexpected mistake. He warned of the possible consequences for "pregnant women and... more »

World News Briefs -- August 4, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, will visit Turkey later this month. Tensions between the two countries have grown since a failed military coup that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, right, blames on a U.S.-based cleric. (Jorge Silva, Umit Bektas/Reuters) *CBC/Reuters*: *U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Turkey* Trip comes amid strained relations over U.S.-based cleric, who Turkey blames for coup attempt U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Turkey in late August, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Thursday, more than a month after a failed military coup shook... more »

Happy Birthday, President Obama

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago

Muslims and Jews Unite Across Artificial Categorizations

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - Unification requires remembering what’s real and what’s important. The post Muslims and Jews Unite Across Artificial Categorizations appeared first on Waking Times.

Hackers Take Over Steering Of Jeep Cherokee Doing 60 MPH

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
A pair of Black Hat video car hackers have found a way to hijack the steering of a Jeep Cherokee while moving at high speed. Jeep hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek also managed to kill the brakes on a 2014 Cherokee using their laptop. The Register reports: The duo have captured the hack to be presented at Black Hat Las Vegas this week in video proof-of-concept demonstrations. The compromise requires attackers to be physically present in order to compromise the car. However Miller confirmed this writer’s suggestion that the attacks could be carried out using a concealed device... more »

X-Ray Uncovers Hidden Portrait Under Edgar Degas Painting

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
A 19th century work of art by Edgar Degas contains a secret portrait hidden on the canvas. A team of Australian scientists using X-ray fluorescence scanned the ‘Portrait of a Woman’ by 19th century French impressionist Edgar Degas and found that it contained an abondoned portrait of another woman beneath the visible image. The New Daily reports: Portrait of a Woman, painted between 1876 and 1880, has long been known to have a concealed painting underneath its surface, but the details have always been a mystery — until now. By applying a non-invasive, rapid, high-definition X-ray fl... more »

Sphere Alliance Message #190 The Communication Crystal

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 8 hours ago
*By American Kabuki* *[8/4/16, 2:39:45 PM]* Terran to Denice: Can you ask Stan about crystals? Ever since I put my amethyst pendant in the water fountain in Garavet Italy its been growing this complex structure inside. Seems to get more complex all the time. Is the crystal recording information as I wear it? Terran: Its like a crystal within the crystal, if that makes sense... Terran: very complex patterns forming inside the the little thing. Stan X: *DEAR ONE/TERRAN. THE AMETHYST PENDANT IS INDEED A COMMUNICATIONS "DEVICE". IT ALSO AMPLIFIES ENERGIES. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. ... more »

Egyptian Air Strike Has Killed The Islamic State Leader In Sinai

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Nov. 1, 2015: Military investigators from Russia stand near the debris of a Russian airliner at the site of its crash at the Hassana area in Arish city, northern Egypt. (Reuters) *BBC*: *Egypt 'kills head of Islamic State's Sinai branch'* The Egyptian military says it has killed the head of the Sinai branch of so-called Islamic State (IS), along with dozens of its fighters. It said Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed in a series of air strikes on fighters of the Sinai Province - or Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - group. The air strikes targeted jihadist strongholds near the town of El-Arish. Sin... more »

Is It Still Necessary For The The U.S. To Maintain Its Nuclear Triad?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* SOURCE: NUCLEAR THREAT INITIATIVE *Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg*: *America's Nuclear Arsenal Can Stand on Just Two Legs* It's one of the delicious ironies of the Barack Obama presidency that a man who came into office with lofty talk on nuclear nonproliferation would oversee the biggest modernization of the U.S. arsenal since the Cold War. His administration kick-started a $1 trillion nuclear upgrade initiative that, among other things, will refurbish eight major weapons labs and prolong the lives of the Pentagon's most important tactical nuclear bomb and... more »

President Obama Wants To Change America's Nuclear First Strike Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Photo: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson *Josh Rogin, Washington Post*: *Obama plans major nuclear policy changes in his final months* The Obama administration is determined to use its final six months in office to take a series of executive actions to advance the nuclear agenda the president has advocated since his college days. It’s part of Obama’s late push to polish a foreign policy legacy that is plagued by challenges on several other fronts. President Obama announced his drive to reduce the role of nuclear weapons and eventually rid the world of them in his firs... more »

Is There A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Gap?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
(Photo: US Navy) *Mackenzie Eaglen and Rick Berger, War On The Rocks:* *How Congress And The Pentagon Joined Forces To Worsen The Navy's Carrier Gap* Earlier this month, the USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) returned to Norfolk from an eight-month deployment, a cruise extended a month to meet strike requirements in Operation Inherent Resolve against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As “extended” tours become the norm across the fleet, it is yet another reminder that aircraft carrier demand continues to outmatch supply. The question is whether this lates... more »

Is The U.S. Letting Russia Win In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
US President Barack Obama chats with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Turkey in November 2015 [Kayhan Ozer/Reuters] *Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg*: *U.S. Is Letting Putin Win in Syria* Three days past the deadline set by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for President Bashar al-Assad to being a political transition in Syria, fighting is raging in Aleppo, the last urban stronghold of the rebels opposed to the regime. The U.S., however, is not coming to their rescue, because the wrong kind of rebels are involved in the battle. In terms of helping to end the war, the U.S. inaction may be w... more »

Boko Haram Splits Over Naming of A New Leader

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*New York Times: **Boko Haram Leader Speaks on YouTube, Deepening Signs of Split* DAKAR, Senegal — A new voice recording described by security experts as coming from the longtime leader of Boko Haram deepened speculation about a fracture in the militant group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and has terrorized Nigeria and its neighbors for years. In the 10-minute recording uploaded to YouTube Wednesday night, the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, referred to what appeared to be a split in Boko Haram over whether Muslims who live among nonbelievers are good Mus...more »

Huelskamp Was Revenge For Cantor-- Will Ryan Be Revenge For Huelskamp?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Huelskamp hoped that his constituents wouldn't recognize him if he grew a satanic goatee* Kansas hasn't been Trumpanzee Country so far this year. Not only did Ted Cruz double his vote at the state's Republican caucuses 35,207 (48.2%) to 17,,062 (23.3%), Bernie outpolled him as well-- with 26,450 votes. Tuesday, Trump was wise not to stick his nose into the congressional primary in Kansas' first congressional district, a giant district stretching most of the way across the state from the Colorado border to the exuburbs west of Topeka. There are no cities and it is the reddest distri... more »

If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn’t Let Us Do It

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*John W. Whitehead* - Voting is not the answer to creating a better society. The post If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn’t Let Us Do It appeared first on Waking Times.

NIH Proposes Funding Human-Animal Hybrids

Anika Smith at The Stream - 8 hours ago
[image: UNITED STATES - MARCH 27: Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, speaks with reporters at CQ Roll Call in Washington on Friday, March 27, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)] The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is proposing a new rule that would lift the ban on federally funding experiments on human stem cells that splice them with animal embryos to create human-animal hybrids. The federal government put a moratorium... more »

North Korea Vows To Conquer Space, Land On Moon Despite Sanctions

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
North Korea’s version of NASA aims to send more satellites into orbit in the next few years and is planning on a moon mission within the next 10 years. DPRK space officials have a five-year plan to launch more advanced satellites into orbit by 2020 and are working to put a man on the moon and explore other planets. Toronto Star reports: In an interview with The Associated Press, a senior official at North Korea’s version of NASA said international sanctions won’t stop the country from launching more satellites by 2020, and that he hopes to see the North Korean flag on the moon withi... more »

"Worrying" trend

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Audience of Corbynistas “boo” at Owen Smith answering a question about antisemitism in the Labour Party. Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn has handed Shami Chakrabarti a peerage for whitewashing antisemitism in the Labour Party. Baroness Chakrabarti The BBC: ‘Worrying rise in anti-Semitic incidents, charity says” Antisemitic Incidents: January - June 2016 Jeremy Corbyn says: “There is no place for any kind of racism in the Labour Party”.

BC: Secwepemc Blockade Mount Polley Mine Site

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. . Thank you Tori Cress for sharing photos of today! August 4, 2016: BREAKING: SECWEPEMC BLOCKADE MOUNT POLLEY MINE SITE Contact: Kanahus Freedom (Manuel) kanahusmanuel@gmail.com Censored News Secwepemc land defenders and allies have set up a road blockade at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley mine on the two year anniversary of the devastating tailings pond spill

Water is a women's issue. Here's why. | Eleanor Allen | TEDxMileHigh

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Video Title: Water is a women's issue. Here's why. | Eleanor Allen | TEDxMileHigh. Source: TEDx Talks. Date Published: August 2, 2016. Description: * Every year, 500,000 children die from drinking contaminated water. Until everyone has access to safe and reliable drinking water, the death toll will continue to rise. But is the global water crisis bigger than public health? Join Eleanor Allen in uncovering the reasons why access to water is a women’s issue. Eleanor Allen is fiercely compassionate about improving global water and sanitation services. She believes societal change can... more »

Holst Warft & Steenhuis, Losing Paradise: The water crisis in the Mediterranean

Saman Mohammadi at The Excavator - 9 hours ago
*Video Title: Holst Warft & Steenhuis, Losing Paradise. Source: Albert R. Mann Library. Date Published: June 3, 2013. Description:* "Losing Paradise" presents case studies from across the Mediterranean region to provide an interdisciplinary framework for understanding problems of diminished and polluted water supplies. Stressing the importance of culture and history in addressing the Mediterranean water crisis, the authors demonstrate the need for an integrated legal, social and scientific management system appropriate to each country's stage of development and cultural heritage. ... more »

‘Smart’ Stick On Tattoo Can Monitor Your Alcohol Levels

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Forget breathalyzers, a new smart stick on tattoo can monitor exactly how much alcohol a person is drinking and even let the police know if they are over the limit. Developed by a team of engineers and scientists at the University of California, the transdermal alcohol monitor is designed to make it easier for an individual’s blood alcohol level to be monitored, tracked and even reported to appropriate parties (like police or doctors) in real time. The Mail Online reports: The flexible patch can detect a person’s blood-alcohol level from their sweat. It can even message doctors and ... more »

I should have more

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 9 hours ago
that ship had sailed today we want enough

NC Man Arrested for Attempting to Recruit for ISIS Had Contact With a ‘Draw Mohammed’ Terrorist

MARK GILLISPIE at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: GARLAND, TX - MAY 4: Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the crime scene outside of the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting occurred the day before, on May 04, 2015 in Garland, Texas. During the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest," on May 03, Elton Simpson of Phoenix, Arizonia and Nadir Soofi opened fire, wounding a security guard. Police officers shot and killed Simpson at the scene. The provocative cartoon event was billed by organizers as a free speech event while critics deemed it to be anti-Islamic. (Photo by Ben Torres/Getty Images)] CLEVELAN... more »

American Interest in Olympics Hits All-Time Low

Ted Goodman at The Stream - 9 hours ago
[image: An athlete serves a ball during her training at the Copacabana beach volleyball arena prior the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.] Only forty-eight percent of Americans plan to watch a "great deal" or "fair amount" of the 2016 Olympics, according to a new Gallop poll. The new figures represent a sharp drop from 59 percent in 2012, revealing the lowest percentage of... more »

Trump Adversary Khan Could Run for Office

Phillip Stucky at The Stream - 10 hours ago
[image: Khizr Khan speaks as his wife listens July 28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA during the Democratic National Convention.] Khizr Khan, the Pakistani-American lawyer whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004, could be running for office in the Virginia Assembly. Democratic veterans rights activist Thomas Keefe created an online fundraising campaign to start the process for Khan to run for the... more »

Did Clinton email secret stuff?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016Deferring to Comey the God:* Did Secretary Clinton and her associates email secret stuff? Were they "extremely careless" with their email practices? So said Comey the God when he testified, infallibly, before that House committee. He descended to earth for that purpose on Thursday, July 7. As we showed you yesterday, Lauren Carroll thumb-nailed his assessments in her PolitiFact post: CARROLL (8/1/16): Take the video Wallace played on Fox News Sunday. In it, *Clinton said, "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classif... more »

Balance - As Defined by Mathew Naismith

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 10 hours ago

Is it A Rabbit Hole or a Sewer Storm Drain?

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 10 hours ago
The corpses in the wake of the #DNCleak are piling up faster than after the Kennedy assassination. #ShawnLucas — Robert Crawford (@jurassicpork59) August 4, 2016 Either way, I dare you to follow this story. The fourth dead body linked to Hillary Clinton and the crime family known as the DNC has popped up. Good luck in that endeavor, though. There are no MSM articles about it, no blog posts except for this one and just a couple of scattered mentions on Facebook or Reddit. Or it could be Google's in on the conspiracy of silence. You may remember on July 1st, Lucas was the attorn... more »

Where did the monsters under the bed go?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago

The Train Is Leaving The Station

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 11 hours ago
Change is coming to Alberta's oilsands. Carol Linnit reports that: Suncor Energy CEO Steve Williams rocked the oil industry boat last week when he announced a plan to leave some of the company’s oilsands reserves unrecovered during a conference call with investors. Williams said the company is working to develop a plan with Alberta to “strand” its least economical reserves, a proposal that appears to align with the call of environmentalists to leave the high-cost and high-carbon fossil fuels in the ground to prevent catastrophic global warming. “We are advocating in a modest way t... more »

Divisions In Asia On North Korea's Missile Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*VOA:* *North Korean Missile Tests Creating Divisions in Asia* The United Nations Security Council remains divided over how to respond to North Korea’s increasingly provocative missile tests, while Japan and South Korea continue to face opposition at home and abroad for pursuing more aggressive military policies. The 15-member Security Council on Wednesday met at the request of Japan and the United States after North Korea launched two missiles earlier that day that landed in or very near Japanese-controlled waters. Japan's U.N. Ambassador Koro Bessho told reporters, “It is certai... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Defends $400 Million Payment To Iran

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends the Central Asia Ministerial at the Department of State in Washington, U.S. August 3, 2016. REUTERS/YURI GRIPAS *Reuters*: *Kerry defends $400 million payment to Iran, says U.S. does not pay ransoms* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday defended the Obama administration's payment of $400 million in cash to Iran, denying it was a ransom for the release of American prisoners by Tehran. "The United States does not pay ransoms," Kerry told a news conference in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. He said the payment, which was part o... more »

World News Briefs -- August 4, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Newsweek:** Aleppo Siege Continues With Chemical Gas Attacks and Relentless Air Strikes* The fighting in Aleppo between government and rebel forces saw the largest rebel assault so far, according to monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, followed by suspected chemical attacks on Tuesday the BBC reported. On July 30 and 31, the rebels blew up a tunnel under regime forces stationed in the Ramousah district of the city. The Syrian army, however, has fought back, aided by Russian air strikes. The Syrian Observatory said that it has managed to retake five of the ei...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 4, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Members of the Iranian Armed Forces (file photo) *J. Matthew Mcinnis and daniel Schnur, Newsweek*: *What the Reshuffle of Iran's Military Means to the West* *Grinding, complex sectarian wars remain unresolved in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.* Restrictions on Iran’s purchase of conventional weapons will be lifted by 2023 under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ( JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal. A new supreme leader (and therefore new commander in chief) will likely be installed in the next few years. These are the big factors driving uncertainty in how the Irania... more »

A Look At How The U.S. Military Responded In Turkey When The Coup Attempt Was In Progress

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tours parts of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey that were destroyed during the July 15 coup attempt alongside his Turkish counterpart, Gen. Hulusi Akar, in Ankara on Aug. 1. (Dominique A. Pineiro/Defense Department) *Washington Post*: *How the U.S. military scrambled in Turkey to keep working during the coup attempt* INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — During the first night of the coup, the lights went out here around 2 a.m., as local authorities shut off this sprawling airfield’s power, beginning what would be... more »

Biologist with five-year funding ban earns 7th and 8th retractions

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A biologist in New Jersey has retracted two more papers, bringing his total to eight retractions, following a finding by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI). The analysis of the work of John Pastorino, previously a cell biologist at Rowan University, in Glassboro, concluded that he had doctored more than 40 images, resulting in a five-year […] The post Biologist with five-year funding ban earns 7th and 8th retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Bill Clinton Got Millions From World’s Biggest Sharia Law Education Firm

Richard Pollock at The Stream - 11 hours ago
[image: Former UN Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor (L) and Founder and Chairman GEMS Education Sunny Varkey (R) pose for a photograph during a press conference in New Delhi on August 8, 2008. Varkey GEMS Foundation announced a awards program for teachers named 'Guruvar Awards' with a top honour awarded USD 121,078. The awards have been launched as an initiative to acknowledge the teaching profession and the contribution of teachers in the field of education at the Higher Secondary schools level. AFP PHOTO/ Manpreet ROMANA (Photo credit...more »

Is Kurdistan Serious About Independence From Iraq?

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Kurdistan’s President Massoud Barzani is talking about independence once again. He said a referendum would be held by the end of the year, but there is no consensus on the issue amongst the main Kurdish parties nor the regional countries. Not only that, but the Kurdish Election Commission has not been asked to hold any vote yet, and would require a law by the Kurdistan parliament, which is adjourned indefinitely due to a political dispute between the region’s ruling elites. Given those factors it doesn’t appear any referendum will be held any time soon. In February2016 President M... more »

Real Power Behind IRS Conservative Targeting Scandal Remains a Mystery

Ethan Barton at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 05: Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner exercises her Fifth Amendment right not to speak about the IRS targeting investigation before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) adjuourned after Lerner refused to answer questions about the investigation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)] An FBI investigation missed the IRS official who first set in motion the illegal targeting of conservative and tea party ... more »

It would be sheer folly to do nuclear deals with the Chinese writes MAX HASTINGS | Daily Mail Online

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3722766/Espionage-Repression-sheer-folly-nuclear-deals-Chinese-writes-MAX-HASTINGS.html A must read piece by Max Hastings in the Mail today.

Why Are People More And More Sick Of The Trumpanzee By The Day?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
The Trumpanzee said the polls are fixed against him. So who's fixing the poll showing him doing the worst so far? The Fox New poll which questioned registered voters nation-wide between July 31 and August 2-- entirely after the twi conventions and after Trump's latest meltdown had begun. The poll shows Hillary-- not exactly a Fox News favorite-- beating Señor Trumpanzee 49-39%, with 5% going to other candidates and 4% saying they're staying home. As Trump has continued to slam Obama, the president's approval rating has steadily risen. It went from the low and mid-40s at the end of... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 12 hours ago
*Federal Appeals Court Upholds Criminal Charges Against 13 Year Old for Burping in Class* Another argument for school choice... The scene is Albuquerque's Cleveland Middle School, where a 13-year-old class clown is disrupting things by constantly burping during teaching time. So the teacher bounces him to the vice principal's office, who has a sneaking suspicion that the kid is involved in selling pot on school grounds. The boy is made to take his jeans and shoes off but no drugs are found. The kid—a pain in the ass in all likelihood, let's be honest—is suspended for the rest of... more »

Kakistocracy - Political Paedophilia - Corbett Report 2015

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 12 hours ago
back in 2015 Corbett Report did a rivetting show about Political Paedophilia. What has happened to the so-called Kakistocracy of ambitious-therefore-compromised psychopaths who are trained to run our establishments, and is this ultimate form of dog-eats-dog mentality still 'the way we do business' as a country? As a corporate world of war-profiteering...

With Terrorism on the Rise, Austria Constructs a Border Wall

Rachel Alexander at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: HORGOS, SERBIA - JULY 17: A man brushes his teeth besides a stream at a informal camp besides the border fence close to the E75 Horgas border crossing between Serbia and Hungary on July 17, 2016 in Horgos, Serbia. Serbia has announced that it will start joint army and police patrols on its borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia to curb the illegal entry of migrants and people smuggling. The decision comes days after EU member Hungary began sending back to Serbia all illegal migrants caught within five miles of the border fence that was constructed last year. The new rules have ... more »

Party Platforms 2016: On Abortion, the Contrast Could Not Be Starker

Jason Jones & John Zmirak at The Stream - 12 hours ago
[image: Abortion Hands Fetus - 900] Too often, the Democratic and Republican party platforms that are painstakingly hammered out at the national conventions are simply ignored. They get a day or two of coverage if there is any controversy, and then are promptly forgotten by the media.... more »

Like a Child

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*Developmentally Delayed Youth targeted by FBI to be another Terror Patsy* From The Intercept 18-Year-Old Arrested on Terrorism Charges Is Mentally “Like a Child” Yep, they're coming out of the woodwork...all the cultivated crop of Terror Patsies that the corrupt North American police and letter agencies (like the RCMP, CSIS, CIA and FBI) have coddled and brainwashed with YOUR tax dollars. The above 18 year old, *Mahin Khan*, was arrested in Arizona July 1 on charges of plotting to support the Taliban as well as the militant group the Islamic State and commit acts of terrorism in t... more »

Health Ranger Mike Adams: Everything is Rigged. EVERTHING...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*surely you realize this?* *Once you realize this, it will be possible for you to move on and plan your future. * *You see, Bruce Jenner is not a woman, all people are not created equal in ability, people having sex with members of their own sex is not "love", and no one died at Sandy Hook. * *You can't keep your doctor no matter how much you like him, your government is the biggest gun dealer in the world, Muslims hate you and want you dead, and PokemonGo is just a way to keep you busy so you won't notice any of the above. * *You're being fed a steady diet of blatant lies and ... more »

Why Trump Matters

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Damm Russkies will not get in line Dont know if he will lie the same way. His non pc persona seems to say not. When the whole GMO fad blows up like Fukashima we will need Russia to get our food.

The Word

Spike EP at News Spike - 13 hours ago
*"In the Beginning was **The Word**"* "*The Earth rings like a bell.*" *Nikola Tesla*

Understanding Tsai's Apology to Aborigines as a Pro-independence move

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 13 hours ago
*A vegetable seller breaks for a chat at a local temple.* One of the sharpest observers of Taiwan and its aborigines I know articulated a key issue with Tsai's apology in a comment on the post below this one about the apology: The real key issue is that Tsai's apology shifts the official view of Taiwan from the primordialist standpoint of Chinese sovereignty as outlined in the two Chinese nationalist programs (ROC and PRC, to one of coloniality, and therein robbing the ROC and PRC of their territorial claims, which seek sovereignty in the integration of a Han racial nation. Tsai h... more »

Why did a chemistry journal fix fraud with a correction instead of a retraction?

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Are some cases of research fraud fixable with a correction notice? A chemistry journal thought so in 2014, when it issued a correction notice for a 2012 paper after the first author admitted to manipulating an image. After an investigation, the publisher agreed the manipulation was a “clear breach” of its ethical guidelines, but decided not to […] The post Why did a chemistry journal fix fraud with a correction instead of a retraction? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Mis guided Angel Missles: the most popular thermonuclar devices in Ameria

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Most popular dog breeds in America today and not many changes from yesterday and you got your Shepards and Labradoors and not much movement on diversity execpt for the growth of pit bulls When Clint weighs in about pussy we have a situation where the Dirty Harry gets put in jail for police brutality for taking down a black bomber ISIS style beheaded with a 357 magnum and the punk was not lucky and got his head blown clean off before the reactive nerve could pull the deadmans swicth and take the mall all the way to hell but he was a good kid working hard to be a productive rapper b...more »

Why Did The White House Hid The Details On The $400 Million Cash Payout To Iran From Congress?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Free Beacon:* *Obama Admin Hid Details of Multi-Million Dollar Cash Payout to Iran From Congress* *Classified details never disclosed to leading lawmakers on intel committee* The Obama administration took steps to withhold from lawmakers the details of a $400 million cash payout to Iran and continues to rebuke inquiries from Congress for information about how another $1.3 billion in taxpayer funds was awarded to the Islamic Republic, according to multiple conversations with congressional sources apprised of the matter. U.S. officials familiar with the recent transfer o... more »

The Third Coming of Ben-Hur

Cal Thomas at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Ben Hur - 900] Since Mel Gibson’s 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the Christ grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly...more »

Chinese Lawyer Who Worked With Christian Leader Gets 7 Years in 3rd Subversion Trial This Week

CHRISTOPHER BODEEN at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: China Activist Trial_perr (2)__1470314981_71.164.139.145] BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese lawyer was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday in the third in a series of subversion trials demonstrating the ruling Communist Party’s determination to silence independent human rights activists and government critics. The sentence... more »

Pence Backs Trump, But Maintains Independence With Paul Ryan Endorsement

BRIAN SLODYSKO at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: Campaign 2016 Pence_perr__1470313627_71.164.139.145] INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Since his selection as Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence has tried to stay focused on winning over conservatives skeptical of the New York billionaire. His new boss keeps getting in the way. On several occasions in... more »

Exposed: How Dem Attorneys General are Hiding Info on Targeting of Climate Skeptics

Michael Bastasch at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: A petrol tanker leaves the ExxonMobil oil refinery in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, northwestern France, on May 24, 2016, unionists had called for a strike following blockades of several oil refineries and fuel depots in France by protesters opposed to government labour reforms. The morning teams of the ExxonMobil oil refinery in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon, France's second largest refinery, seemed to ignore a strike called by the Force Ouvriere (FO) and General Confederation of Labour (CGT) French workers' unions on May 24. / AFP / CHARLY TRIBALLEAU (Photo credit should read CHARL... more »

Senate Liberals, Targeting Climate Change ‘Deniers,’ Demand to Know Donors to 22 Think Tanks

Kevin Mooney at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: 3821293202_b0d1b98cdd_b] Some of the Senate's most liberal Democrats, demanding that 22 national and state-based think tanks disclose their donors, disparaged them as being part of a network of free-market policy organizations the senators accuse of "laundering" identities while denying climate change... more »

Israel Arrests Employee at Christian Charity World Vision, Alleges Hamas Funding

The Stream at The Stream - 14 hours ago
[image: World Vision employee, Mohammad El Halabi (right), seen in a World Vision New Zealand video posted October 22, 2014. In the video TV3’s Mike McRoberts is visiting World Vision supporting children affected by the crisis in Gaza.] Israel has arrested a World Vision employee after detaining him for more than a month and raiding World Vision offices in Gaza. Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, says Mohammed el-Halabi siphoned off millions of the charity’s funds and... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 14 hours ago
BARBARA Nothing can be worse than this... She flings open the door and steps outside. She promptly disappears. ADAM Barbara! EXT. SURFACE OF SATURN'S MOON TITAN - DAY Barbara plunges into the dusty surface of Titan with an enormous Saturn looming in the sky. She looks around with wonder and some fear. A SULFUR VOLCANO erupts in the distance. A meteor CRASHES with a lurid EXPLOSION. As from a great distance she hears Adam's VOICE. Like THUNDER. ADAM Barbara! She turns slowly ... more »

SADLY, WHERE MATTERS STAND: Democrats say we're stronger together!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016Part 4—But who gets to be in the club:* A fascinating semi-discussion occurred on Tuesday's All In. The brief discussion was provoked by Chris Hayes. Essentially, the question was this: Would liberals and Democrats ever support a candidate as crazy as Trump? The discussion was quite brief. Inevitably, the conclusion tilted toward "of course not." We would *never* be as blind as The Others currently are. Make no mistake! Even with recent drops in Trump's polling, Republican voters continue to support a candidate who is *extremely* strange—or so he seems to... more »

CMS abruptly confirms SM in 22+16+1 new papers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 14 hours ago
*But you may raise your eyebrows with me 4+3 times* First talks have been given at ICHEP 2016 in Chicago, the main annual particle physics conference, and one of the experimental collaborations at the LHC is using this opportunity to impress lots of physicists with their new results. Very quickly, the CMS Collaboration has released 22 new papers. (A message from the future: A few hours later, 16 were added; I haven't analyzed those yet.) I actually had to go to the 2nd and 3rd page (with 10 papers per page) – which don't display the date as clearly as the first page – to get all ... more »

Terror Fears Grow In France

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The "Paris Plages" ('Paris Beach') on the banks of the River Seine in central Paris is being patrolled by gun-wielding soldiers. Fran Blandy. © AFP/File *France 24:* *Anxious summer as terror-hit France looks over its shoulder* PARIS (AFP) - With every new terror attack, French citizens stoically declare that "life goes on", but despite this show of defiance, a creeping anxiety has taken hold of society. Outwardly, the French summer is in full swing, restaurant and bar terraces -- targeted in a November attack on Paris -- are packed and vibrant, beaches are covered with sunseekers... more »

The Pentagon Cuts $300 Million In Military Reimbursements To Pakistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia August 20, 2015. REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST *Reuters:* *Pentagon not to pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements* The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a U.S. official said. Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with U.S. officials frustrated by what they term Islam... more »

Venezuela Will Be Out Of Cash Within A Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN*: *Venezuela's cash could run out 'within a year'* Venezuela is running out of money and time. The country's central bank only has $11.9 billion in reserves, down sharply from $30 billion in 2011. A few large debt payments are coming due soon. Starting in October, Venezuela owes a total of $4.7 billion in a series of payments. Venezuela is in the midst of a deep economic, political and humanitarian crisis. Its citizens are suffering from massive food shortages and hospitals lack basic medicine and equipment. Experts say Venezuela has prioritized paying the debt over dealing ... more »

Top US General In Europe Agrees With Donald Trump That NATO States Must Pay More For Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Commander of the U.S.-South Korea Combined Forces Command U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti speaks during a ceremony marking the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Korean War ceasefire armistice agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom July 27, 2014. REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI/FILES *Military.com*:* US General in Europe Agrees NATO States Must Pay More for Defense* The commander of U.S. European Command recently said allied nations must pay their fair share of defense costs to deter Russia in comments that support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's tough talk on NATO... more »

The U.S. Navy Is One Step Closer In Ushering In The Era Of Robotic Naval Warfare

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Vocativ: **U.S. Will Launch World’s Largest Underwater Battle Robot In 2018* *The Sea Hunter will carry out three-month missions without any humans on board.* The United States just got one step closer to ushering in the era of robotic naval warfare. A 132-foot autonomous submarine known as the Sea Hunter successfully completed its first performance test this week off the coast of San Diego, keeping it on course to enter the Navy fleet by 2018. According to a statement from Leidos—the company developing the Sea Hunter—the vessel “surpassed all performance objectives for speed, ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Happy 226th bday @USCG, Guardians of National Security Afloat and Ashore #cheersUSCG pic.twitter.com/vhNuf8WRPr — U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) August 4, 2016

Upcoming Thai Referendum is a Key to Wider Asian Stability

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 15 hours ago
*August 4, 2016* (The New Atlas) - An upcoming referendum regarding Thailand's new charter is predicted to further move the country toward greater political stability whether or not the charter passes this latest vote. That is because, should the charter pass the vote, it will validate the current interim government's vision for moving the country forward after a successful military coup in 2014. Should the charter fail to pass, it will give the current government yet more time to work out a more agreeable charter before putting it to a vote again in the near future. Either way,... more »

Oberlin, One of America’s Elite Colleges, Finally Suspends Anti-Semitic Professor

The Stream at The Stream - 15 hours ago
[image: Joy Karega, Oberlin College professor] One of America’s elite colleges has finally suspended a junior professor for several years of anti-semitic comments on social media. Joy Karega, a new rhetoric professor at Oberlin College in Ohio, came to national attention in early March for posts on... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*With Zika in Miami, can we start spraying DDT on mosquitoes yet?* The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that their strategy to combat Zika in Miami where infected mosquitoes have been found is not working. CDC Director Tom Drieden explained, “they’ve been applying both chemicals that kill larval mosquitoes and adult mosquitoes every day. It isn’t working as well as we had hoped.” The CDC needs a new pesticide plan, and it already exists — with dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane (DDT), a gas banned by the Environmental Protection Agency... more »

Our Tour of Kunsan AFB in South Korea

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Perfect Delivery

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago

I never had sex with that TPP

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
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Researcher denied PhD after “recklessly” committing misconduct

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A doctoral student at the University of Houston in Texas will not receive his PhD, following an institutional investigation into his work. Mousa Abkhezr, the researcher in question, is no longer enrolled at the University of Houston, his former supervisor told us. In June, the probe into papers co-authored by Abkhezr resulted in the retraction […] The post Researcher denied PhD after “recklessly” committing misconduct appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The Eastern Daily Press and Coltishall Solar Farm

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
Guest Post by Dave Ward Paul’s post EDP’s Puff Piece For Solar resulted in quite a lot of comments – I was going to add some of my own, but thought that it could end up making things rather unwieldy. Here are two aspects that I would like to expand on in […]


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* Venezuela just named an accused drug trafficker as its interior minister An elephant sedative 10,000 times stronger than morphine is being sold as heroin — and it's killing people The entire continent of Australia has shifted — and it's causing problems for GPS systems This insane bamboo treehouse doesn't use any nails or screws Prepare For "War At Sea" China Defense Minister Warns An inside look at a terrorist group's summer camp for kids With Terror And Rape Spreading, "Self-Defense Weapons Permits Hit Record Highs" In Germany U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as America... more »

What’s Wrong With Honest Elections?

Ken Blackwell at The Stream - 16 hours ago
[image: Stock photo of a vote here sign at an American voting location with American flags in the background] Again state legislatures have approved new rules to prevent election fraud. Again federal courts have struck the laws down. Much of America's political and legal establishment is resolutely opposed to election integrity. It makes you wonder what they believe democracy... more »

Will GOP Elites Frighten The Trumpanzee Into Endorsing Paul Ryan?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
When Le Trumpanzee started snarling about how the debates, the fire marshalls, the polls and the elections may be fixed, he may not have had in mind the reports that "senior RNC" members are now actively exploring how to replace him on the ballot. All that crackpot nonsense he's been spouting since he rode down the escalator with the mail-order bride just over a year ago, that they giggled about and even encouraged... and it's just *now*, 97 days before the election that the wise old men of the Republican Party are "getting serious?" These people, this elite of the right, thinks it... more »

Printable Quiet Book- Alien Space Page

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
Today I am sharing the second post in the Printable Quiet Book Series. This cute little Alien Playset includes a background, and figures to make your little astronaut's day. *From the first post: When our first daughter was little, I painstakingly made a felt quiet book. I spent hours cutting out pieces and hand embroidering, it took me months. My daughter loved it and played with it often, but I always wished it was easier to add pages to it. I wanted to add new pieces and new pages, but it seemed like a daunting task. * *Our second daughter is just at the age now where I am wis... more »

LGBTQ Contradictions

Frank Turek at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13: A defiant fist is raised near an American flag at a vigil for the worst mass shooing in United States history on June 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, United States. A gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida early yesterday morning before suspect Omar Mateen also died on-scene. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)] "People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive," said Blaise Pascal. Indeed, attraction, not reason, is the engine of the LGBTQ... more »

New Boko Haram Leader Promises to Bomb Churches and Kill Christians in Nigeria

MICHELLE FAUL at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Nigeria Boko Haram_perr__1470311768_71.164.139.145] LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have a new leader who is threatening to bomb churches and kill Christians while ending attacks on mosques and markets used by ordinary Muslims, according to an interview published Wednesday by... more »

#RPGaDay 2016 Day 4: Most Impressive Thing Another's Character Did

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 17 hours ago
I'm usually the GM so I'm always focused on other characters... Truthfully, in almost every game I walk away impressed. I'm a big believer in embracing the surprised GM and I've been fortunate to have players who often surprise the hell out of me. It might be that I'm not that bright and am therefore easily surprised, but I don't think so. Sometimes the surprise is in awesome characterization - droids fighting against biological oppressors, haunted artists slowly losing their sanity fighting the Mythos... Sometimes it's an intelligent use of abilities at just the right time, like a... more »

Contrary to Popular Claims, Jesus Did Not Prophesy About Barack Obama

Michael Brown at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Blake_Christ_Third_Temptation] Is it true that a Hebrew prophecy about Barack Obama is hidden in the words of Jesus in Luke 10:18, where He said to His disciples, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven"? Although this claim has been circulating... more »

Pornography Industry Strikes Back Against Utah Declaration of Public Crisis

MICHELLE L. PRICE at The Stream - 17 hours ago
[image: Porn Health Crisis Pe_perr__1470309816_71.164.139.145] SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah’s declaration of pornography as a public health crisis has created a backlash from sexually explicit publications, earning Republican Gov. Gary Herbert a mention on the latest cover of Penthouse magazine, which also sent copies... more »

Dems, GOP Point Fingers as Zika Mosquitoes Hit U.S. Mainland

RICHARD LARDNER at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Congress Zika News Gu_perr (1)__1470308252_71.164.139.145] WASHINGTON (AP) -- As the Zika virus escalates into a public health crisis, members of Congress remain entrenched politically, with Republicans and Democrats pointing fingers over the failure to act as the number of mosquito-transmitted cases in the U.S. grows.... more »

Texas Reaches Deal on Weaker Voter ID Rules for November

PAUL J. WEBER at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Get out the vote in 2016 with a macro photo of electioneering campaign vote buttons.] AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas agreed Wednesday to weaken its voter ID law, which federal courts have said discriminated against minorities and the poor and left more than 600,000 registered voters potentially unable to cast a ballot. The state worked... more »

Is Evolution a Theory in Crisis? This Biochemist Says Yes.

Sean McDowell at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: evolution] Michael Denton's 1985 book Evolution: A Theory In Crisis was one of the most influential scientific critiques of Darwinian evolution in the 20th century. That's why I eagerly anticipated the release of his 2016 book, Evolution: Still A Theory In Crisis,... more »

ISIS to Pope: Actually, Islam Is a Religion of Violence

Jacob Bojesson at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014. The death toll in Gaza hit 265 as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day of an assault aimed at stamping out rocket fire, medics said.] Islamic State firmly opposes Pope Francis's "heartwarming" attempts to illustrate Islam as a religion of peace in the latest issue of propaganda magazine Dabiq. Several articles in Dabiq go into length about how Francis differs from his predece... more »

Fresh threats to Hinkley Point as opposition hardens – Power Engineering International

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
The plot thiçkens. Now the French trade unions are making a legal challenge against EDF’s decision to go ahead with Hinkley. http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/08/fresh-threats-to-hinkley-point-as-opposition-hardens.html Meanwhile, the Chinese are miffed that anybody might question their integrity, and the National Grid says Britain can still meet its climate commitments without major new nuclear, as long carbon storage (which does […]

Photos Nisqually Sovereign Nation: Canoe Journey 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 18 hours ago
. . . Nisqually Sovereign Nation: Canoe Journey 2016 Honor the Ancestors and Don't Forget the Water Article and photos by Lloyd Vivola Censored News Eighty-nine tribal and family canoes converged on the port of Olympia, Washington early Saturday afternoon, July 30, where they were invited ashore by Nisqually Sovereign

Intercept reporter turns down $200,000 bribe, while U.S. reporters lounge and plagiarize

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 18 hours ago
Intercept reporter in Hong Kong turns down $200,000 bribe, while most reporters in the United States can't get out of their easy chairs By Brenda Norrell Censored News How many reporters would turn down a $200,000 bribe? How many reporters have this much integrity? Edward Snowden commented on Twitter about The Intercept reporter Elaine Yu, in Hong Kong, and Ethics in journalism. Snowden

Merkel plans coal power phase-out after 2017 election – Power Engineering International

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/08/merkel-plans-post-2017-election-coal-power-phase-out.html?cmpid=EnlPEIAugust42016&eid=296412419&bid=1486686 PEI reports that Germany plans to announce the phase out of its coal-fired power generation sector after the 2017 elections. It is not clear what time scales are being looked at though. My guess is that Merkel will be looking at a decade or longer. Meanwhile, in the real world, PEI also report that […]

Woman Killed, 5 Hurt in London Knife Attack. Mental Illness, or Terrorism?

DANICA KIRKA & JONATHAN SHENFIELD at The Stream - 18 hours ago
[image: Britain London Knife _perr__1470307466_71.164.139.145] LONDON (AP) -- Police put more officers on London streets Thursday after a teenager stabbed a woman to death and injured five other people near the British Museum. Mental health may have been a factor in the attack, police said,... more »

Gaia Portal:From the Kingdoms of Light, Nova Gaia arises

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
*From the Kingdoms of Light, Nova Gaia arises* by ÉirePort Time presences are faded. Essence of the moment are the raiment of now. Scenes of enlightenment are viewed. From the Kingdoms of Light, Nova Gaia arises. ÉirePort | August 3, 2016 at 11:11 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-zt

Sphere Alliance Message #189 A first ever conversation with Ashtar Sherr On introduced by his biological son Ashtar Sherr An.

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 19 hours ago
By American Kabuki I had this conversation tonight, I thought I'd just post it before going to bed. Its about 3:18 AM in Texas now, this occurred earlier tonight. My sleep cycles are completely wonky. A side effect from the healing work today and the nap I had to take afterwards because of the energetic effects. Its a happy message with hope as the Pleiadian aspect of the "Bloodline King" is now operating in Oneness and no longer in dis-unity, and he was there at the Tipping Point moment. I leave his human aspect's name redacted for now, as he is not quite there yet, still ... more »

The One People: Headaches, Shadows and Rips in the Veil

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
*Edited 08/02 21:43 to add:Sorry my friends, I've had to remove the video of todays One People show. "Someone" reported our intro song under copyright infringement and the entire audio track was muted.... for the whole freakin' show!! Anyway I've edited the intro out of it and I have re-uploaded it, again. I'm sorry folks. ..... this is fuckin' RIDICULOUS!* *d* It was a wild weekend. A Strange and Weird one. On Todays One People Show, Lisa and I Discussed the physical reactions to whatever it was that happened, and danced in and out of various Rabbit Holes, including: ... more »

‘Visionary’ £7m eco-school to be demolished because of leaky roof

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/03/visionary-7m-eco-school-to-be-demolished-because-of-leaky-roof/ Not so visionary then!

Climate Realist Malcolm Roberts voted in as a Queensland Senator

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 19 hours ago
Malcolm Roberts, for ~10 years has been fighting against the man-made global warming climate hoax on his own and as spokesman for the Galileo Movement. After some consideration, he decided to put his name up as No 2 to Pauline Hansen in the Queensland Senate Election. Then, on Broadcaster Alan Jones' breakfast program he exposed the fact that the LNP had already introduced a form of carbon tax. Malcolm had previously talked to then Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and presented him with empirical evidence to show that the man made global warming scare was a hoax. *The ultim... more »

Should The West Push A New Policy Of Detente With Russia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Gabriel Elefteriu*: *Détente 2.0: Playing the long game with a rearmed Russia* We have no long-term strategy to deal with Moscow. Kissinger’s original concept of détente can help. On 28 April the lower house of the French parliament voted through a (thankfully, non-binding) resolution to lift sanctions on Russia. Not longer ago than March, John Kerry’s visit to Moscow occasioned talk of a possible new “thaw” between the Kremlin and Washington. Even the NATO-Russia council has been revived recent weeks. These are not freak political “accidents” but simply expressions of an obvious... more »

This Is Why I Know America Is Doomed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: On Tuesday at a campaign event in Nebraska with Warren Buffet behind her Hillary Clinton promised that ‘we are going to raise taxes on the middle class’ .... she probably meant the "super rich" .... maybe. But what got me was not her remark .... what got me was how the lemmings in the audience cheered this promise of higher taxes for the Middle Class when she made it.

Clint Eastwood: This Is The 'Pussy Generation'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Esquire:** Clint and Scott Eastwood: No Holds Barred in Their First Interview Together* Think your old man is a ball-buster? Try being the son of Clint Eastwood. And then try making a name for yourself in the family business. This month, as Clint and Scott Eastwood go head-to-head at the box office, father and son sit down together for an interview for the first time.​ A meess of gnawed-open peanut shells litters the stoop of one of the Spanish-style bungalows on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. Since 1975, this bungalow, in the shadow of the massive Soundstage 3, has ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
A tank fires at a target on the course of the Tank Biathlon competition during the International Army Games 2016 in Alabino, outside Moscow, Russia, July 30, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev *WNU Editor: *A gallery of the Russia Army games *can be viewed here.*

Military Photo of the Day: An A-10 Warthog Takes Off

Tom Sileo at The Stream - 22 hours ago
[image: ISIS Airstrike] An A-10 Warthog takes off from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to support a mission against ISIS. May God bless the brave men and women who are battling terrorism overseas.

Buzzfeed Normalize Human Microchips In Disturbing Propaganda Video

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Buzzfeed News has joined the mainstream media campaign to normalize the idea of microchips for humans, producing a New World Order propaganda piece in which a senior staff member has a microchip implanted in his hand and then claims that everybody will have a microchip in ten years because they are “more convenient than carrying a wallet.” The video, which presents the idea of having a microchip surgically implanted under your skin as harmless, fun, and inevitable, has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. Charles Warzel, a senior writer at Buzzfeed News, says he wanted to ...more »

#DemExit Threatens To Fracture DNC – Media Told Not To Cover Movement

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Despite desperate attempts by the Democratic National Committee and mainstream media to show convention attendees gathered in unity behind Hillary Clinton – the establishment’s planned nominee, as proved by the recent Wikileaks release – thousands of disenfranchised rank-and-file party members who feel their democratic voice was trampled on by the DNC have begun the #DemExit. According to Underground Reporter: Following the formal announcement of Hillary’s nomination, massive protests erupted among those who felt betrayed by Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of the former Secretary of Sta...more »

August 3: We'll start with a small dose of religion....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
During one of the party leadership races, a candidate announced that, if he became president, he would declare the US officially a Christian nation. We'll leave aside for the moment the awkward fact that "Christian" America has been murdering and torturing on a monstrous scale for generations. We'll settle for the statement that the largest group of church attenders in the U.S. is made up of Christians. The same is true of the whole, western world - including Russia. However in much of Africa and Asia and the middle east, the dominant faith is Muslim. India is largely Hindu. China, ... more »

Ready and willing

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 1 day ago
I enter the holiday phase of life on my planet and I am ready to enjoy

CIA Director John Brennan Wants To Keep His Job

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, talks with President Obama in the White House dining room, February, 2010. Photo: White House/Pete Souza *Eli Lake, Bloomberg:* *Obama's CIA Director Wants to Stick Around for Clinton* If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election in November, John Brennan would like to continue his post as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials tell me Brennan has signaled in private conversations that he loves the job and would like to keep it if she's elected. Plus, Bre... more »

Can Trump Really Defeat Paul Ryan? And Turn American Politics Topsy Turvey?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Will Trump's refusal to back Ryan hurt the Speaker in his primary next Tuesday? Trump didn't do especially well in Ryan's district during the presidential election, losing to Ted Cruz everywhere with the exception of close calls in Kenosha and Rock counties. If the Trumpist running against Ryan, Paul Nehlen, were running a strong contest, Trump's refusal could be meaningful, but Nehlen isn't making much headway, not even with fellow Trumpists Sarah Palin and Ann Coulter backing him. Nehlen's only chance of actually beating Ryan would be if the DCCC alerted Democrats that it's an o... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 day ago
*More of the usual dishonesty from the Green/Left* *They are milking the temperature rise due to El Nino for all it is worth. The last residue of it will be gone soon so they are getting shriller. If they had any shred of honesty in them, they would at least attempt to quantify the percentage of the warming that was due to El Nino. They make no such attempt and pretend it is an anthropogenic effect. The flat levels of CO2 in 2015 make it clear, however, that the warming was ENTIRELY an El Nino effect* Earth's fever got worse last year, breaking dozens of climate records, sci... more »

More Trump Turmoil, and More on Khan

The Stream at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this July 28, 2016 file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan holds up a copy of the Constitution of the United States during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.] Despite Donald Trump’s attempt at an “urgent pivot” away from his clash with the Khan family, his clash with the parents of the slain Muslim U.S. soldier continue to take a toll on the GOP nominee. Even Newt Gingrich, who many thought... more »

Could Hackers Disrupt Election Day In The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Shane Harris, Daily Beast*: *How Hackers Could Destroy Election Day* Donald Trump is already warning that the election’s going to be ‘rigged.’ Maybe, maybe not. But hacking the vote—and throwing the country into chaos—is terrifyingly simple. Stealing and leaking emails from the Democratic National Committee could be just the start. Hacking the presidential election itself could be next, a bipartisan group of former intelligence and security officials recently warned. Whoever was behind the DNC hack also could target voting machines and the systems for tabulating votes, which are ... more »

Moving Beyond Awakening Shock Syndrome

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Jeff Street* - Becoming stuck in a state of shock and concern is counter-productive to your evolution. The post Moving Beyond Awakening Shock Syndrome appeared first on Waking Times.

sex is art

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

You Need to Have Dinosaurs

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
It might be the little kid in me but it's seeming increasingly likely my next campaign is going to feature dinosaurs. The new game *TimeWatch* is in the running but so are a few others - I've been rereading *Atomic Robo* lately as well. In the interests of obsessiveness, I got to thinking about some of the games and settings in which dinosaurs play a large part (or at least have the potential to). Off the top of my head I can think of the following, though I'm almost certainly missing some: - TimeWatch - Atomic Robo - Doctor Who - Dinosaurs...in Spaaace! - D&D - va... more »

Peace Walk Day 3 - Jeju Faces Even More Militarization

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Day 3 from the 5th annual *Grand March for Life and Peace* here on Jeju Island, South Korea. Yesterday we walked about 13 miles in the hot heat (and sometimes rain). We hit the area called Seongsan by the end of the day that is presently mired in its own fight against the government. Without consulting the residents of Seongsan, or any other villages in the area, the South Korean government (which is totally controlled by the mega-corporations) has announced their intention to build a second airport on Jeju Island. The current airport is in Jeju City which is on the northern pa... more »

Blocked from Entry for Peace Work

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
On July 26, two Korean American peace activists – Juyeon Rhee and Hyun Lee – had planned to be part of a peace tour as representatives of the U.S.-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea but were denied entry into South Korea by its government. After being deported back to the US, Rhee and Lee spoke with ZoominKorea about their deportation and their thoughts on the South Korean government’s attempt to isolate the residents of Seongju (where the THAAD missile defense system is to be deployed) from international solidarity.

Jerusalem Post: Support the Kurds- Cause it's very moral...?????

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
* hattip to hubby and ally both of them pointing this gem out to me* *Thanks to both of you!* *Link* I’ll highlight the interesting bits and address the relevant points. If you don't already you should understand Israel and their Kurdish partners are thick as thieves. And have been for a very long time *"First, the Kurds and Israel have common enemies. The peshmerga fighters belonging to the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq have proven to be the most effective power against the onslaught of Islamic State"* *"The Kurds organized under the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (P... more »

Is Russia Meddling In The U.S. Election?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Herbert Lin, Newsweek*: *Russia Is Probably Meddling In The U.S. Election-And That's No Surprise* In recent weeks, two hacks against the Democratic National Committee have been uncovered, one disclosing the DNC’s opposition research on Donald Trump and another releasing many internal emails that forced the resignation of the DNC chair on the eve of the convention. Regardless of these particular consequences, the hacks highlight the potential for cyber-related chaos in the U.S. presidential campaign. Consider what else might happen between now and November. Perhaps the electronic... more »

Poll: Europeans Overwhelmingly Against EU Refugee Policy, Believe Refugees Increase Terrorism

Russ Read at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Syrian Refugees] A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows the European public is largely against the European Union's refugee policy, and thinks increased numbers of refugees will lead to a higher chance of terrorism. Disapproval of EU refugee policy increases... more »

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: Yet ANOTHER Chemical Weapons Attack Conducted By The US (Desperation By These Criminals Has Set In...)

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I reported just the other day about how the US has indeed conducted a horrific false flag attack on the small village of Saraqib in northern Syria... That attack was conducted by a supposedly unmarked helicopter dropping barrels of Chlorine gas on innocent people in that town and some 30+ people are now reported injured and/or dead from this assault... It should be apparent that the US is indeed getting more and more desperate by the day as the good guys, the Syrian government forces and their allies, have almost finished wiping out the high paid mercenaries (so called rebels) holed... more »

Trump’s Mental Health-- What is Narcissistic Personality Disorder? What is a Sociopath?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
-by Helen Klein Much has been said about Trump’s mental health, particularly of late. Indeed, his continuation of astonishing tweets and comments gives cause for alarm. The bells are ringing loudly! Unlike some earlier assurances that were made, Trump has not become “more presidential” as this election season has unfolded. Frighteningly, he has become increasingly and astoundingly less so. Many, including those who know him well (or at least have spent time with him), are very worried and are saying that he is unfit for the Oval Office. Some on both the right and left are now fo... more »

Is Russian President Putin On A Foreign-Policy Winning Streak?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (back) attend a reception to honour graduates of military academies at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, June 28, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/viaREUTERS *Ian Bremmer, Time*: *Putin Is on a Foreign-Policy Winning Streak* This is a really good time to be Vladimir Putin. Others can offer evidence to confirm or refute the charge that he’s using cyberweapons to help Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, but there can be no doubt that he’s enjoying the speculation. American fears that Russia could steal the Whit... more »

Files Proving Britain Supplied Israel Nuclear Weapons Go Missing

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Officials in the UK have said that documents relating to Britain’s support of Israel’s nuclear weapons program have mysteriously “gone missing”. The missing papers from the National Archives outline the “military and nuclear collaboration” Israel had with Britain in the 1970’s. Rt.com reports: More than 400 records have gone missing from the repository in Kew, southwest London, including a 1947 letter from Winston Churchill and a Home Office document on the 1910 Suffragettes “disturbances.” The Archives reassured the public it is following a “robust” plan to find the lost files. The... more »

Edward Snowden Issues Mysterious Tweet Saying ‘It’s Time’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Former US National Security Agency contractor and renowned whistleblower Edward Snowden has published a mysterious tweet warning ex-colleagues that “it’s time.” Sputnik reports: The post reads like a cryptic rallying call, asking former colleagues of the NSA contractor to contact him, saying “It’s time.” Did you work with me? Have we talked since 2013? Please recontact me securely, or talk to @bartongellman. It’s time. https://t.co/AKmgF5AIDJ — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) August 3, 2016 The tweet also quotes journalist Barton Gellman, who is currently writing about Snowden’s time work... more »

Bush Blasts Trump Without Saying His Name

Jonathan Haggerty at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: In this March 18, 2005 file photo, President George W. Bush discusses Social Security at the Lake Nona YMCA Family Center in Orlando, Fla.] Former President George W. Bush criticized the proposed policies of "isolationism, nativism, and protectionism," terms often used to deride key aspects of Trump's plans, at a private Rob Portman fundraising event Tuesday. Bush described current affairs as "an interesting exercise of... more »

NFL Player Larry Warford Says Pokémon GO Is “Mind Control” Plot

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
NFL player Larry Warford has warned the public that Pokémon Go is actually a government plot to mind control citizens without them realising. Warford told reporters that, like millions of others users, he became unwittingly addicted to the game until he realised the truth whilst visiting the Arizona State University campus. Abc15.com reports: The Detroit Free Press reported Warford was living in Tempe in early July when the Pokémon Go app was released. Like millions of others, he downloaded the app and began rounding up Pokémon near his residence. That all changed for him during one... more »

Deadly Chemicals Sprayed On Florida Residents To Eliminate Zika

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A deadly aerial spraying campaign has been authorised in Florida in order to kill mosquitoes that might be infected with the Zika virus. The controversial insecticide, linked to brain defects in humans, will be sprayed over a 10-mile area in Miami potentially putting millions of people’s lives at risk. Thedailysheeple.com reports: Health officials claim the the chemical to be sprayed, an organophosphate neurotoxin called Naled, is “safe” to breathe and no one really needs to take any special measures while they are being sprayed like bugs (although it has been “recommended” that pe... more »

Scientists Confirm Reality Is A Controlled Holographic Illusion

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Two of the world’s leading scientists have said that the world we live in is a provable “illusion”, claiming that humans are tricked into believing their reality. Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Laura D’Olimpio, both say that the world we think we live in is nothing more than a computer-like simulation. Dailymail.co.uk reports: Consider this: right now, you are not where you think you are. In fact, you happen to be the subject of a science experiment being conducted by an evil genius. Your brain has been expertly... more »

UN: Civilian Casualties Highest In A Year In Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The situation in eastern Ukraine remains volatile and continues to have a severe impact on human rights. Photo/ UNHCR *Reuters*: *Civilian casualties highest in a year in Ukraine: U.N. rights boss* Civilian casualties from shelling, mines and booby traps in eastern Ukraine are at their highest in a year as government forces and pro-Moscow separatists constantly violate a ceasefire, the U.N. rights boss said on Wednesday. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said at least 69 civilians had been killed or wounded in June, double the figure for the ... more »

French President Warns: Choose Trump, Prepare For “Consequences”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
French President Francois Hollande has expressed extreme “revulsion” at Republican nominee Donald Trump, warning that if Trump is elected President “there will be consequences”. Hollande, who authorised an extended state of emergency in France, giving police the power to make house arrests without a search order – condemned Trump as being “authoritarian” in his approach. Zerohedge.com reports: Coming from the man who defined the term “shampoo socialism” when it was revealed that his personal hairdresser costs the French people €11,000 per month, Hollande knows excesses when he sees... more »

UK Police Deploy Anti Terror ‘Robocops’ To London

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
UK police are deploying heavily armed ‘robocops’ onto the streets of London as part of anti terror efforts against an imminent threat from ISIS. Six hundred “Hercules” officers armed with machines guns, military-grade sniper rifles, pistols, bullet proof vests and ballistic helmets will now patrol the streets in order to defend against a Jihadist attack. Mirror.co.uk reports: The highly trained marksmen are protected with massive ‘riot shields’ and kevlar body armour and are able to speed to a potential deadly attack on high-speed BMW GS800 scramblers. They will be trained to operat... more »

Alaska - The Final American Frontier*

killing Mother at killing Mother - 1 day ago
3rd August 2016 March 24, 1989, 12:27 A.M.: “We’ve fetched up hard aground…evidently we’re leaking some oil, and we’re going to be here for a while” – Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazlewood to the U.S. Coastguard The end of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline at Valdez *Alaska is known as America’s final frontier. A Google search of the term “frontier” yields the following definition: “The extreme limit of settled land beyond which lies wilderness…” I have spent the past couple of weeks traversing some of the state of Alaska. I have wandered to the northernmost land within U.S. territory at B... more »

ALERT Warriors! Dakota pipeline issued 48 hour notice for construction!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
. Protest at Capitol Now Breaking: Stand with Sacred Stone Against DAPL Construction Standing Rock's Sacred Stone Camp Cannonball, North Dakota Call out for Warriors! UPDATE Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016: Breaking news! Standing Rock is filing a temporary injunction on DAPL in Federal court.. while waiting for a judge to be assigned for the hearing the court date for original

Supreme Court Says Va. School Can Temporarily Block Transgender Teen From Boys’ Restroom

The Stream at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Male and Female Bathrooms - 900] The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Wednesday that a Virginia school board can bar a ‘transgender’ student from using the boys' restroom pending its decision to review an appeals court ruling, the Associated Press reported. A girl who calls herself "Gavin... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 1 day ago
*From* *Jenna Orkin* A $350 million skyscraper in San Francisco is tilting and sinking — here's why The new Sandy Hook Elementary School hides high security in beautiful design China Prepares For "Sudden, Cruel And Short" War With Massive Naval Drill In East China Sea This Worm Hive Lets You Grow Your Own Protein Iranian Hackers Breach Ultra Secure Instant Messaging Service Used By Activists And Journalists US Military Adds Jeff Bezos, Cass Sunstein To Pentagon's Defense Innovation Advisory Board NY Fed Finds 15% Of Americans Have Negative Net Worth; Student Loans Contibute To R... more »

Economic News , Data & views ..... August 3 , 2016..... Quick Hits - 1. US Stocks Break 7 Day Losing Skid , Crude Oil Rises After Drop In Gasoline Inventories , Unicredit Still Under Pressure , Front-running US Market / Overview Asia & Europe. 2. EZ/ EU Matters De Jour. 3. Turkey Items - Purge , EU-Turkey Deal & More . 4. Bitcoin/ Cryptocurrency Items - Bitifinex Hacked & Off-line , With Hack Attack Take Estimated Between 60-75 Million. 5. Wild Day For US Politics - Trump Campaign Coming Apart At The Seams ? 6. Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Markets... *Sue Chang* ‏@SueChangMW 1h 1 hour ago Dow snaps 7-session skid as summer doldrums set in http://www. marketwatch.com/story/us-stock -futures-point-to-8th-loss-for-dow-as-hiring-services-data-await-2016-08-03 … *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 1h 1 hour ago CME CUTS MARGIN 5.9% FOR NYMEX WTI CONTRACTS *MarketWatch* ‏@MarketWatch 3h 3 hours ago Oil futures end 3.3% higher after drop in gasoline inventories http:// on.mktw.net/2aCiDEI *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 8h 8 hours ago PADOAN: ITALY BANKING SYSTEM NOT SOURCE OF VULNERABILITY *Holger Zschaepi... more »

UN Plan To Tax Meat ‘Until No One Eats It Anymore’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The United Nations is pushing for an almost total ban on meat products worldwide by imposing a tax which they say will “save the environment” and “prevent global warming”. The UN’s International Research Panel (IRP) released a report this week urging world leaders to deliberately make meat products expensive so as to discourage consumers from buying them. Offthegridnews.com reports: Professor Maarten Hajer of Utrecht University in the Netherlands authored the report, released by the UN’s International Research Panel (IRP), which is comprised of 34 scientists and 30 governments “All ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- August 3, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The wreckage of a Russian helicopter that had been shot down in the north of Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, August 1 [Reuters] *Al Jazeera:* *Syria's civil war is a post-factual conflict* *Never before in the history of conflicts we had so much information as to what is happening, yet know so little.* After five years of brutal conflict in which half the population has been forced from their homes, there is still no end in sight to the war in Syria. One of the reasons behind this longevity is that Syria has become a post-factual conflict and it is that dynamic that fundamentall... more »

FBI Technician Convicted of Spying for China

The Stream at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: China FBI Spy - 900] An FBI computer technician with top-secret clearance who regularly accessed restricted information has been outed as a Chinese spy. Working in the agency’s large New York City office, Reuters reports, Kun Shan Chun was convicted Monday of acting as an agent... more »

World News Briefs -- August 3, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*:* Syrian government forces hit hospitals in Aleppo's 'worst week': rights group* Syrian government forces launched air strikes against six hospitals in the Aleppo area within a week in attacks that amounted to war crimes, a U.S.-based rights group said on Wednesday. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) said it was the worst week for attacks on medical facilities in the Aleppo region since the beginning of Syria's five-year conflict, which has killed more than 250,000 people. The medical facilities were hit between July 23 and 31, the New York-based group said. The city an... more »

A Look At How The Islamic State Built A Global Network Of Terrorists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Harry Sarfo, a former Islamic State fighter from Germany, inside the maximum-security prison in Bremen where he is serving a three-year sentence on terrorism charges. Credit Gordon Welters for The New York Times *Rukmini Callimachiaug, New York Times*: *How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers* A jailhouse interview with a German man who joined the Islamic State reveals the workings of a unit whose lieutenants are empowered to plan attacks around the world. BREMEN, Germany — Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-cl... more »

President Obama: 'Supporting Libya's Fight With Islamic State Is In U.S. Interest'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Goran Tomasevic / Reuters *Reuters*:* Obama says supporting Libya's fight with Islamic State is in U.S. interest* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday it is in the U.S. national security interest to support Libya's emerging government's fight against Islamic State, a day after his administration said it launched air strikes there. The move marks the opening of a new front by the U.S. administration in the war against Islamic State, which, under added pressure in its Syria and Iraq strongholds, is increasingly resorting to planning attacks abroad. Obama ... more »

U.S. Air Force General Says F-22's Were Not Originally Deployed To The Middle East Because It Was Determined To Be 'Too Provocative'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Maj. Dan "Rock" Dickinson, F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team pilot from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., does a high speed pass during Arctic Thunder Open House 2016 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, July 30, 2016. The team is comprised of an F-22 demonstration pilot and 12 other members including crew chiefs and avionics specialists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sheila deVera) *Defense Tech:* *F-22 Was ‘Too Provocative’ to Send to Mideast: US Air Force* The F-35A will deploy around the world much sooner than the Air Force‘s other fifth-generation fighter did after ac... more »

Cliff Hanging Skywalk Glass Bridge Opens On Tianmen Mountain, China

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A glass-bottomed walkway has opened along the sheer face of Tianmen mountain in Hunan province, South Central China. The 100-meter-long glass skywalk is open to hikers seeking a bird’s- eye view of Hunan’s landscape. Independent.mk reports: Dubbed the “Coiling Dragon Cliff” skywalk, the clear glass walkway overlooks a 984ft drop in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It runs for 100 metres along the cliff face and looks out on Tianmen Tongtian Avenue, a road which has 99 turns that switch back and forth up the mountainside. It is the third glass walkway along the mountain and follows... more »

Anti-Trump Media Pincer Movement Proceeding Apace

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Donald Trump as the Main$tream Media Views Him* I'm a bit late blogging today, having spent the morning in a hospital waiting room. While waiting with a relative to see a specialist...I was subjected to the US News via the typical Big Screen TV on the wall with the sound turned off...but captions on. I couldn't help but note that, even with the sound turned off, the news coverage was a barrage of non-stop, anti-Trump fear and loathing propaganda. The latest in the relentless escalation of cabal efforts to "legally" eject Trump from the political campaign for the US Presidency is... more »

Israeli Hackers Expose ISIS Attack Plans

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An Israeli cyber-intelligence group claims it has hacked into ISIS web communications, exposing plans for attacks on U.S. air bases in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports: Intsights, which is run by former Israel Defense Forces intelligence officers and based in Herzliya, said Wednesday it had hacked the forum on which ISIS operatives publish terror attack plans, the Times of Israel reported citing Channel 10. According to Intsights, Islamic State uploads potential targets to the forum, hosted through the Telegram encrypted messaging app. Some target... more »

Trump Claims Hillary Clinton Is ‘Founder Of ISIS’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Donald Trump says his U.S. presidential rival Hillary Clinton is the creator of the terrorist organisation ISIS. He made the remarks at an event in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, blaming his rival’s foreign policy decisions while she was secretary of state. Belfast Telegraph reports: The Republican presidential nominee said he believed President Barack Obama regretted picking Ms Clinton for his Cabinet. He blamed her Middle East policies for causing the creation of the Islamic State group, or Isis. Speaking at an event in Daytona Beach, Mr Trump said: ” It was Hillary Clinton... more »

Feds Approve the First Moon Landing by Private Company

Andrew Follett at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: This image provided by Moon Express on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2015 shows an illustration of the company's landing vehicle on the surface of Earth's moon. On Wednesday, the U.S. government gave permission to the private Florida company to fly a spaceship beyond Earth's orbit and land on the moon. The washing machine-sized vehicle would take hops across the lunar surface.] Federal regulators have given private space company Moon Express permission to send a lunar lander to the moon in 2017. Moon Express needs to get to the moon by 2017 to meet a deadline for a Google Lunar X Prize,... more »

The Woolfe was at the Door ...

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Oh what a lovely war! I speak not of the Labour Party on this occasion, but of the crisis engulfing our friends in the United Kingdom Independence Party. As I'm sure readers know by now, Steven Woolfe has been excluded from the leadership race by the party's NEC. This is a big deal because a) he was the front runner, and b) an apparently talented politician in a field of blockheaded mediocrity. In his not-at-all-bitter reply to the NEC, he attacks the body as "not fit for purpose" and believes it was unprofessional. Three of its members agree and have quit the body. A few ordinary ... more »

USGS report on history of walrus haulouts leaves out correlation with population size | polarbearscience

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
Dr Susan Crockford exposes the latest nonsense from the USGS about how global warming is supposedly putting walruses at risk: ; Walrus researchers from the US Geological Survey have a new report on the history of walrus haulouts in the Chukchi and Bering Seas – yet their media efforts (via press release and interviews) fail […]

Donald Trump Raised a Massive $80 Million in July

Juliegrace Brufke at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Heading into the Republican National Convention the Dump Trump Movement is trying to gain traction.] Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised a whopping $80 million during the month of July, the campaign announced Wednesday. The campaign attributed $64 million of the donations to direct mail and digital efforts done in conjunction with the Republican National Committee (RNC).... more »

Happy birthday, Theo Adam -- and don't worry, we're not going to "Check Criminal Records in Seconds"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Ken* So on Monday, as part of a sustained effort to avoid doing the mountain of stuff I should have been doing, I answered an e-correspondent's question about what I was doing, and I wanted to mention that I had just done a free download of a compilation of broadcast material over at Opera Depot featuring the German bass-baritone Theo Adam. Only I couldn't remember which birthday of the singer it was in celebration of, so naturally I paused to look it up, because what could I have had to do that was more important than that? And I found the above. Now I should say that there ... more »

More on Clinton's exchange with Wallace!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2016PolitiFact fumbles again:* Candidate Trump's peculiar behavior has driven Candidate Clinton's emails from public view. That said: Yesterday, at New York Magazine, Jesse Singal critiqued Clinton's recent discussion with Chris Wallace of those infernal emails. We thought he did a poor job. In fairness, so did Lauren Carroll at PolitiFact. Singal began his piece by reviewing Carroll's fact-check of Clinton's statements. In our view, Clinton's statements to Wallace were strange, but these journalistic analyses were perhaps even stranger. Elementary facts we... more »

Final Stages of Fission Last 10 Times Longer Than Previously Calculated

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
The finding, "Final Stages of Fission Last 10 Times Longer Than Previously Calculated," has relevance for researchers studying nuclear fuel composition and nuclear forensics: Jonathan Hines. July 26, 2016. Fundamental Fission Modeling Finds a Foothold. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, https://www.olcf.ornl.gov/2016/07/26/fundamental-fission-modeling-finds-a-foothold/ Additionally, the simulation suggested that the final stages of fission last about 10 times longer than previously calculated, a finding with wide ramifications for nuclear science and astrophysics…. “Our simulation s... more »

Fukushima Daiichi's Strange Lighting Yesterday and Today and Speculation About Plant Conditions

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Yesterday I noted a strange light/reflection at Fukushima Daiichi. I have no idea whether TEPCO has simply installed a new light that produces new glare that is visible on the webcams, OR whether the strange lighting effect is symptomatic of some other phenomena. My guess is the former explanation. However, as a "webcam watcher" I make note of any unusual activities and let viewers come to their own conclusions. Here are two screenshots showing the new illumination: In the next two images, the lighting has diminished and the glow is gone from both views: The effect is NEW... more »

US Foreign Policy Comes Full Circle As Qaeda Downs Russian Helicopters

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*August 4, 2016 *(Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The recent downing of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter and the death of all 5 on board over Al Qaeda-held Idlib province in Syria, represents the unenviable full circle US rhetoric has made surrounding both the Syrian conflict, and the wider "War on Terror." It was the United States who first created and used Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in the 1980s to down Russian aircraft and to fight Russian troops. After successfully pushing Russia out of Afghanistan and plunging it into a sociopolitical dark age, the US went on to claiming to be victimized by the m... more »

Islamic State Announces New Boko Haram Leader

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
In a Boko Haram video from January 2015, Abu Musab al-Barnawi was described as the group's spokesman. Boko Haram Video *Newsweek*: *ISIS Proclaims 'New Leader' for Boko Haram: Report* The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has reportedly announced a new leader for its West Africa branch, which is closely associated with the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram. Abu Musab al-Barnawi, who previously featured in a Boko Haram video in January 2015 as a spokesman for the militants, is featured in the latest edition of a purported ISIS news outlet called Al-Naba. The interview designate... more »

Why Is The U.S. Air Force Destroying Its Stored Fleet Of A-10s?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An A-10C with many of its parts stripped *James Perry Stevenson, War Is Boring*: *Why Is the U.S. Air Force Dismantling Some of Its Stored A-10s?* *Old Warthogs should remain flyable.* The U.S. Marine Corps, tired of waiting for the continuously-delayed F-35B, has gone to the Arizona boneyard to retrieve some of its preserved, first-edition F-18 Hornets to fulfill its close air support obligation to protect Marines on the ground. Mindful of the aphorism “willful waste makes woeful want,” the Marine Corps preserved its F-18s in the boneyard just in case it ever needed them again. ... more »

White House Denies Secret Iran Cash Payment Was Ransom For American Prisoners

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Obama administration denies Iran cash payment was ransom for prisoners* The Obama administration said on Wednesday that $400 million in cash paid to Iran soon after the release of five Americans detained by Tehran was not ransom for them as some Republicans have charged. The five, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, were released on Jan. 16 in exchange for seven Iranians held in the United States for sanctions violations. The prisoner deal coincided with the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran. At the time, the United States said it had set... more »

The U.S. Military Is Being Pulled Into Presidential Politics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Hill*: *Fears grow as military pulled into presidential politics* The military is getting pulled into the presidential election fight between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, which some fear is harming its reputation and ability to serve the future president. Retired, high-ranking military officers have been given high-profile roles in the Trump and Clinton campaigns, which critics argue risks harming the military’s status as an apolitical institution that serves the commander in chief regardless of party. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, an ardent Trump supporter and ad... more »

Should Donald Trump Return The Purple Heart That Was Given To Him?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN*: *Khan to Trump: 'Put that Purple Heart back'* (CNN)Khizr Khan on Tuesday accused Donald Trump of dodging the Vietnam War draft, and said he shouldn't have accepted a Purple Heart given to him at a rally earlier in the day, deeming it the latest sign of his inability to empathize with parents of fallen soldiers. "You dodged the draft," Khan, a Muslim whose son was slain in the Iraq War, said of Trump to CNN's Anderson Cooper. "Put that Purple Heart back on that person's chest." A military veteran supporting Trump had gifted the Republican presidential nominee his Purple Hea... more »

World News Briefs -- August 3, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:** Did Obama pay a $400m ransom for American prisoners? The US secretly shipped cash to Iran as Americans were released in January - but Obama DENIES it was part of secret deal for their release* * President Obama's administration paid $400m to Iran as part of a failed arms deal as they also lifted nuclear-related sanctions * Four Americans were also released by Iran as part of a prisoner exchange * Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian was among them, U.S. confirms * Former U.S. Marine, a pastor and a fourth man were also set free * Critics claim Obama gave cash as ho...more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- August 3, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© China Daily / Reuters *RT:* *Prepare for possible ‘war on water’ over South China Sea tensions, Beijing tells citizens* The Chinese defense minister has warned the tense situation in the South China Sea poses the threat of a direct confrontation and has called on the military, police and general population to be ready to defend the country's territorial integrity. Chang Wanquan made the statement while inspecting military installations in China's eastern coastal Zhejiang Province, state news agency Xinhua reported, without giving the timing of the comments. *Read more* .... *M... more »

Millions Of GM Mosquitoes Could Be Let Loose In Florida To Fight Zika Virus

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
U.S. regulators could allow the release of millions of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes into the state of Florida to fight the Zika virus. 15 people were diagnosed with the disease allegedly from local insects. The British engineered mosquitoes will carry a ‘kill switch’ that could, reportedly, reduce the local population of insects carrying the Zika virus. The Telegraph reports: Congress could decide within weeks to grant an emergency licence to British biotech company Oxitec, which has engineered a line of insects whose offspring are unable to grow to adulthood, and so cannot ... more »

White House Calls Secret $400 Million Payment as Iran Hostages Were Released Coincidence

Al Perrotta at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Iran nukes] The State Department joined the White House Wednesday in insisting it’s a mere coincidence that the U.S. transferred $400 million to Iran at the same time Iran released four Americans held captive. Reports of link between prisoner release & payment to Iran... more »

ESSA: Vermont State Board of Ed Letter to John B. King

Susan O at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
Vermont State Board of Education 219 North Main Street, Suite 402 Barre, VT 05641 July 2016 John B. King, Jr., Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Re: Comments on Proposed Rules and Regulations Dear Secretary King, The Vermont State Board of Education thanks you for the opportunity to respond to the ESSA proposed rules. Our Board is proud to represent a state where the people support a strong state funding system, enjoy schools that foster high student performance and register narrow equity gaps as compared with the nat... more »

Violence In Iraq July 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 1 day ago
The end of the Islamic State’s annual spring offensive led to a decided drop in security incidents and casualties in Iraq in July 2016. What took its place was a low level of insurgent attacks punctuated with mass casualty bombings, including the second deadliest since 2003 with the Karrada bombing in Baghdad that happened at the start of the month. The Islamic State got off to an early start with its spring offensive in 2016 with 20 or more incidents per day starting in January and lasting until June. In July there were only 17.0 incidents per day. *Avg. Incidents Per Day* Jan ... more »

Elite ISIS Branch Planning Multiple Attacks Across Europe

Saagar Enjeti at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: ISIS terrorist] An elite special operations branch within the Islamic State is creating a network of hundreds of foreign fighters who are actively planning multiple coordinated attacks across Europe. The branch is known as Emni in Arabic, and is headed by chief ISIS... more »

Israeli Company Wants To Build Donald Trump’s Mexico Wall

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An Israeli company has offered to construct the wall that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has controversially vowed to build along the US-Mexico border should he be elected president. Magal Security Systems Ltd, which has wrapped Gaza in a fence to prevent militant attacks, has already produced and installed surveillance systems along borders and in military bases, maximum security prisons and other sensitive installations in over 75 countries Press TV reports: “We would join forces with a major US defense company that has experience with such projects worldwide,” Bloom... more »

Let's Do The Wave

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
In possibly a bellwether primary in Kansas last night, Tim Huelskamp, a man who loves taking pictures with his adopted black family, lost his bid for a fourth term in Congress by a landslide (57-43). Not only that, he lost to a Chamber of Commerce and GOP-backed obstetrician with no political experience. This is huge for a number of reasons: Huelskamp surfed into Congress six years ago during the Teabagger revolution of 2010 that pretty much put the kibosh on whatever little good the Obama administration planned to do (and, admittedly, it was very little indeed). But when ... more »

The Emperor Has No Clothes. The Doctor Has No Cures.

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Tracy Kolenchuk* - Cures are not defined in modern medicine because this is not the goal. The post The Emperor Has No Clothes. The Doctor Has No Cures. appeared first on Waking Times.

Can universities claim immunity in misconduct lawsuits? What a recent ruling suggests

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 1 day ago
Last week, George Washington University (GWU), a private institution in Washington DC, settled a case with scientist Rakesh Kumar, who had claimed breach of contract and emotional distress following a misconduct investigation against him. But earlier this year, a judge dismissed another one of the scientist’s claims, after GWU argued it had the same “official immunity” […] The post Can universities claim immunity in misconduct lawsuits? What a recent ruling suggests appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Clinton Republicans

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
Bob Rae writes in today's *Globe and Mail* that the American election will be all about voter turnout: The rise of Barack Obama, like that of Justin Trudeau in Canada, was about harnessing charisma, eloquence, charm, openness, humour and, yes, celebrity, to a more progressive and open approach to life and politics. The election of both depended on a single phenomenon: voter turnout. Citizens whose interest had been suppressed by their negative impression of the political process were sufficiently aroused to vote. The most important part of President Obama’s speech at the Democra... more »

I Got Hacked

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 1 day ago
Note to readers: if any of you received an email from me containing a weird link, don't open it. It wasn't from me. My account was hacked. If you did click on the link, please change your email password right away. My account is now secure - I changed my own password.

Phelps to Carry United States Flag During Olympic Opening

AP at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Michael Phelps American Flag - 900] RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Unlike the last four Olympics, Michael Phelps will be taking part in the opening ceremony for the Rio Games. And he’ll have something to carry. Phelps will be the bearer of the U.S. flag during... more »

Alabama Board Denies Parole for Birmingham Church Bomber

JAY REEVES at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: Church bombing survivor Sarah Collins Rudolph speaks with the media on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Montgomery, Ala., after Alabama's parole board refused early release for a one-time KKK member convicted in the blast. The bombing severely injured Rudolph, and her sister Addie Mae Collins was among the four girls killed in the attack on 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)] MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama’s parole board decided Wednesday against freeing a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in a church bombing that killed four black g... more »

Will News Of Trump's Draft Dodging Do Him In This Time?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Later this evening, George Lakoff is going to share some cognitive and linguist secrets with us about how to defeat Monsieur Trumpanzee. Meanwhile though, a friendly Republican Member of Congress who detests Trump and will never vote for him-- announcement coming soon-- sent me a note last night telling me that of all the stuff going on with the Trumpanzee-- from the catastrophe with the Khan family to his love affair with Putin-- the thing that's most likely to stick and hurt him with GOP voters is the Steve Eder story in yesterday's *NY Times* about Trump as a draft dodger. I pus... more »

Prosecutor: Man Opened Fire on Approaching San Diego Officer

JULIE WATSON at The Stream - 1 day ago
[image: A San Diego Police officer with a police dog waits outside a house with a possible suspect inside Friday, July 29, 2016, in San Diego. One San Diego police officer was killed and another was wounded in a shootout following a late-night traffic stop, Friday night. A suspect was wounded and taken into custody a short time later and hours later police surrounded the home as they searched for man described as a possible accomplice. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)] SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A man immediately opened fire on a San Diego police officer who walked up to him on a dark residential stree... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Stuck in meetings this morning. Military and Intelligence News Briefs and World News Briefs will be posted when I am finished.

MSNBC's Host Joe Scarborough: 'Donald Trump Asked An Adviser Three Times Why The U.S. Can’t Use Its Nukes'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*TPM:* *Joe Scarborough Claims Trump Asked Advisor Why US Can't Use Nukes (VIDEO)* MSNBC host Joe Scarborough reported on the air Wednesday morning that when Donald Trump met for a briefing with an unnamed foreign policy expert, the GOP nominee allegedly asked, “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?” several times. Scarborough made the claim during an interview with retired Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, who expressed concern about how Trump would be an “erratic” and “inconsistent” commander-in-chief. When Hayden curtly said he’s not aware a single one of his colleagues advising Tru... more »

Emirates Airliner Crash-Lands At Dubai Airport. All Passengers Survive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail*: *Alive! 300 passengers - including 24 Brits - escape when their Emirates jet crash-lands at Dubai airport after catching fire in the air and EXPLODING on landing * * The Boeing 777 jet crash landed at Dubai International Airport following a flight from Trivandrum Airport in India * Dramatic footage shows Emirates passenger jet exploding into a fireball on the runway after emergency landing * Airline says there were no fatalities in the crash and that all 282 passengers and 18 crew were evacuated safely * Terrified passengers 'told by pilot moments before landing that ... more »

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Nominates His Wife As His Vice President Running Mate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega and first lady Rosario Murillo greet supporters during celebrations to mark the 37th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution at the Juan Pablo II square in Managua, Nicaragua July 19, 2016. Picture taken July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas *BBC*:* Nicaragua: Ortega names his wife as running mate* Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has named his wife as his running mate and candidate for vice-president as he seeks re-election for a third term. First Lady Rosario Murillo already has a prominent role as the chief government spokeswoman and is wide... more »

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