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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Racism and acceptance and the chance at a beautiful world

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 45 minutes ago
I was born all white a Hungarian father and a Finnish wife they both left \ me before I was barely alive and it was other white people that let me survieve and I loved them deeply and maybe never forgave my parents but I still thank them for life I like being white I like my skin I am extremely comfortable within I have seen its power worldwide and wonder is it our culture or the power of the vulture that likes to eat the white meat and leave the rest aside Black and Brown and even Indians and Pakasitains Koreans and Japanes want to be white to be beautiful and sub cultures of skin cultur... more »

Taking The Guess Work Out Of Who's The Worst Governors

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Earlier today, *Morning Consult* released it's latest survey on how the citizens of the 50 states view their own governors. Sam Brownback (R-KS) has both the highest disapproval ranking (71%) and the lowest approval ranking (23%). That guy is dogshit. Well... this disapproval of Brownback and his policies by Kansas voters is hardly new. When he was up for reelection 2 years ago he was just as hated and polls tended to show him losing. The last poll I found showed him losing the election 39-43%. 24% of Republicans said they were going to vote for Paul Davis, Minority Leader of the ... more »

Former Wall St. Banker Suggests Global Debt May Not be Owned by Humans

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Lucas Dare* - Where does all of the world's missing money and gold disappear to? The post Former Wall St. Banker Suggests Global Debt May Not be Owned by Humans appeared first on Waking Times.

MENA Update...... September 21 , 2016...... 1) Libya - State Of Play On Battlefields , Political Minefields & Economic Activity. 2) Syria In Focus - Status Of Frayed Ceasefire , Controversial Occurrences , Additional Items Of Note. 3) Iraq In Focus - Mosul On Horizon , State Of Play Across The Country , Political Items , Oil !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 3 hours ago
Libya...... ( Where to start , so many items! Much more at the Twitter Timeline.) Coup attempt in Tripoli- to foil alleged Military Coup of LNA..... *libyaherald* ‏@libyaherald 5h 5 hours ago State Council announces HoR does not exist, says it will take over legislative powers - https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/09/21/sta te-council-announces-hor-does-not-exist-says-it-will-take-over-legislative-powers/ … *Alwasat* ‏@alwasatengnews 5h5 hours ago State Council says taking control over legislative power, calls for "closing ranks to resist military coup" #Libyahttp... more »

In Auckland, we’re still making affordable housing impossible

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
The authors of Auckland’s Unitary Plan took on the issue of how the city should be *allowed *to grow by the planners. Disallowing people’s freedom to choose themselves how the fuck they live, they characterised it as a choice between up versus out. The best choice within this perverted planning framework would have been to say both-and. The worst choice if you want to cure Auckland’s rampant housing affordability problem (for which, I remind you, we have the world’s gold medal) would be to largely prohibit building out in favour of building up. (“They don’t want people to have... more »

TV Watch: To my surprise I'm liking "The Good Place," but I'm taking a pass (with surprising regret) on "Kevin Can Wait"

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*Ted Danson and Kristen Bell talk about their surprisingly appealing new NBC comedy, The Good Place.* *by Ken* With the new NBC comedy *The Good Place* set to advance to Episode 3 tomorrow night in its regular Thursday 8:30pm ET/PT time slot, I thought I might throw out a note of encouragement. I finally looked at the double-episode premiere (the pilot plus "Flying"), which NBC has give multiple airings, and much to my surprise I liked it. Of course you'll still want to watch those first episodes, via the usual sources, like On Demand or online. (NBC is offering it here, provided ... more »

Quote of the Day: On what underpins our modern system of government

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
*"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorises it and a moral code that glorifies it." * ~ Frederic Bastiat in *Economic Sophisms* . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Martin Chulov, The Guardian*: *Syria aid convoy attack: what evidence is there that Russia is to blame?* *US is not revealing what evidence it has to support claim Moscow was responsible, but the strike’s accuracy raises suspicions* The attack on an aid convoy in Syria on Monday, carried out at night on an unlit road on the western outskirts of Aleppo, was sustained and highly effective – 18 of 31 trucks were destroyed, along with a nearby depot that was to receive the supplies. Witnesses, among them aid workers who were travelling in the trucks and rescue workers who attended t... more »

No, unions don't increase everyone's wages

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*Where would all workers be without unions? Probably much better off says Gary Galles in this guest post.* There is a well-established tradition in which unions claim credit for every worker gain. Among their most common assertions, often incorporated in attributing negative wage trends to eroding union power, is that unions raise *all* workers’ wages. Unfortunately, while sometimes raising those of their own members, unions retard rather than raise the real earning power of all workers in general. Unions leverage special government-granted powers (e.g., unique exemptions fro... more »

Economic News , Data & Views......September 21 , 2016....... Quick Hits For Wednesday- 1. Markets & Market Moving News : BoJ Underwhelms Markets , FOMC Gives Bull Cause For Celebration As Traders Ignore Rate Hike threats From The Fed ; US , Europe & Asia Market Action. 2. Around The Horn - Europe In Focus - Italy , General EU/ECB Items , Germany , Greece , UK In Focus 3. Odds & Ends !

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
Markets....... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 5h 5 hours ago fred walton Retweeted Mark Hamrick Here we go... fred walton added, *Mark Hamrick* @hamrickisms The Federal Reserve stands pat on rates, but 3 FOMC members dissent, favoring a rate hike. *Mark Hamrick* ‏@hamrickisms 5h 5 hours ago FOMC: "...decided, for the time being, to wait for further evidence of continued progress toward its objections." *Mark Hamrick* ‏@hamrickisms 5h 5 hours ago FOMC downgrades outlook for 2016 real GDP to 1.8% from June's 2%. Core PCE inflation outlook remains at 1.7% this... more »

john willie

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Truth Telling Time

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
Thank you Mr. Putin for telling the truth about US operations in Syria. There is an obvious reason that the US has demonized Putin.

Some Critical Advice for Jeremy Corbyn

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Regardless of what we think about him, we're going to be discussing Jeremy Corbyn for years to come. *Decades*, probably. And yes, I'm about to talk about him a little bit more. As readers know, I voted for Jeremy in this year's Labour leadership contest. I thought it was important for two key reasons. First is a point well-trailed by others, and that's about the kind of party we want: an organisation where the members are sovereign and have a final say, or one where a parliamentary establishment is in charge with all the chicanery and stitch-ups that entails. Incidentally, I have n... more »

World News Briefs -- September 21, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Kerry demands Russia, Syria ground warplanes to salvage ceasefire* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry demanded on Wednesday that Russia and the Syrian government immediately halt flights over Syrian battle zones, in what he called a last chance to salvage a collapsing ceasefire and find a way "out of the carnage". An impassioned Kerry faced off with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the U.N. Security Council in New York, in an unusually heated televised showdown, saying the bombing of an aid convoy in Syria raised "profound doubt whether Russia and the Assad ... more »

The U.S. War Against The Islamic State Has Cost $9 Billion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
(Click on Image to Enlarge) U.S. Department of Defense *CNS News*:* $8.7 billion so far fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, averaging $12.1 million a day* In a special report on Operation Inherent Resolve, the Department of Defense (DoD) details the actions and cost of fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL — $8.7 billion so far for an average of $12.1 million a day. “As of July 31, 2016, the total cost of operations related to ISIL since kinetic operations started on August 8, 2014, is $8.7 billion and the average daily cost is $12.1 million for 724 days of opera... more »

U.S. Defense Secretary Carter: U.S. Forces Will Be In The Middle East For A Long Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discuss progress made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and lessons learned in Afghanistan during a Pentagon press briefing, Feb. 29, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro *Military Times: **U.S. forces will be in the Middle East long after ISIS, Carter says* Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the U.S. military will keep forces deployed to the Middle East long after the defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. ... more »

India Agrees To Purchase 36 Rafale Fighter Jets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
A Rafale fighter jet flies over the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux during a visit by the French President March 4, 2015. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Files *Reuters*: *Indian cabinet approves purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets* India's cabinet cleared the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from Dassault Aviation on Wednesday, paving the way for signing a deal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is betting on to modernize the air force, a government source told Reuters. The acquisition is part of a $150-billion military overhaul India has... more »

U.S. Official Was Not By The Phone When Russia Called Saying That U.S. Jets Were Bombing Syrian Military Forces This Weekend

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*The Hill:* *US official wasn't there to answer Russian call on Syria strike* When a Russian military officer tried to notify the U.S. this weekend that its coalition was hitting Syrian forces, the American point of contact was not available immediately, a U.S. military spokesman said Tuesday. "There was a call from the Russians that was I think a little bit cryptic. We weren't exactly sure what they were saying. We did start to look into it," said Air Force Col. J.T. Thomas, the coalition spokesman for the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. "They called back and t... more »

Russia Ministry Of Defense: Russian And Syrian Warplanes Did Not Launch Aairstrikes On UN Aid Convoy In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*RT:* *Russian, Syrian Air Forces did not strike UN aid convoy in Aleppo - Russian MoD* Russian and Syrian warplanes did not launch airstrikes on an aid convoy that was attacked en route to Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The ministry added that only the militants who control the area had information regarding the location of the convoy. “Russian and Syrian warplanes did not carry out any airstrikes on a UN humanitarian aid convoy in the southwest of Aleppo,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement Tuesday. The Russian Center for Reconciliation ... more »

U.S. Intensify Its Claims That Russia Was Responsible For Striking The UN's Syrian Aid Convoy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*CNN*: *John Kerry launches blistering attack on Russia at UN* (CNN)Secretary of State John Kerry launched a blistering attack on Russia Wednesday for its actions in Syria, pointing to the bombing of a UN aid convoy that left more than 20 dead and its inability to stop continued Syrian air attacks. Kerry spoke immediately after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York about the five-year Syrian war. "I listened to my colleague from Russia and I sort of felt like we're in a parallel universe here," Kerry said of their differin... more »

Russian Intelligence Officer Captured By The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Threat Matrix*: *Islamic State holds alleged Russian intelligence officer hostage* The Islamic State’s Furat Media Establishment has released a short video of a man who allegedly works for Russian intelligence. The Russian-speaking man is dressed in all black with a badge that appears to read “infidel” on it. He identifies himself as Petrenko Ivgeniy Viktorovich and says he is a captain in the Russian intelligence service based in Moscow, an apparent reference to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). He does not indicate how or where he was captured. *Read more *.... *WNU... more »

The U.S. Navy's Newest Destroyer Suffers A Breakdown

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Guided-missile destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) arrives at Naval Station Newport on Sept. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo *USNI News*:* Next-Generation Destroyer Zumwalt Sidelined for Repairs After Engineering Casualty* *This post has been updated to correct the spelling of the second Zumwalt class guided missile destroyer. The correct spelling is Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001).* Less than a month ahead of its commissioning, the Navy’s next-generation destroyer Zumwalt (DDG-1000) suffered an engineering casualty that could take up to two weeks to repair, Navy officials confirmed to USNI News on T... more »

The case for (& against) voting

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
Libertarian Bryan Caplan is a non-voter. Libertarian David Henderson votes. They both reckon they’ve got killing arguments for their position. “My honest answer [against voting] begins with extreme disgust,” says Bryan Caplan. And when you have to choose between Grotesque or Corrupt, who wouldn’t be disgusted with the choice? But Caplan’s not even talking about the candidates, he’s talking about the *voters *as well: *When I look at voters, I see **human beings at their hysterical, innumerate worst**. When I look at politicians, I see **mendacious, callous bullies**. Yes, so... more »

Watch Muslim Interviewer Goes Crazy at Free Thinker Ex-Muslim" on YouTube

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 7 hours ago
https://youtu.be/6BzkJVk7nqw A fascinating piece of video...

The Interior Life

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Kingsley L. Dennis* - Have you ever asked yourself, ‘why am I here?’, but also ‘how did I get here? The post The Interior Life appeared first on Waking Times.

The Anatomy of the US Assault on Syria’s Peace Process and War with Russia

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 7 hours ago
Events in Syria over this last week have thoroughly shattered the Russian-US ceasefire agreement reached in Vienna on September 9th between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Last Saturday the US led coalition comprised of US, Australian and UK fighter jets (2 F-16’s and 2 A-10's) delivered four airstrikes on Syrian Arab Army troops near the ISIS besieged Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor, for the first time killing Syrian soldiers (estimates of 62-83 dead and up to 120 injured). Within 7 minutes after the Syrian troops occupying the high grou... more »

Trumpists Want To See Executions Before Trials? Is That Deplorable?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
A couple of weeks ago, WBUR did a poll for the 2018 Massachusetts Senate race, which may wind up as Elizabeth Warren versus notorious former Boston Red Sox pitcher, and outspoken Trumpist, Curt Schilling. No one was surprised that the results showed Warren way out ahead with 54% to Schilling's 29%. Schilling is an extreme right-wing psycho who hates Elizabeth Warren-- bad motivation for a senatorial run, but what does the GOP have to lose? Schilling, who was fired by ESPN a few months ago, is now a hate talk radio host who debuted his show a couple weeks ago with an interview with... more »

Sept. 21: The rise of capitalism, and the collapse of Christianity.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
Big headline for Tuesday's irving press. Our leading m.p., Dominic Leblanc, expresses hope that the Energy Pipeline will go through - even though there is no study yet to show this is desirable, and even though the government body appointed to do the study has been found to be tainted - to put it nicely. In fact, there isn't enough in this story to rate a front page headline. But it's a strong hint that both Leblanc and the editors at the irving press work for the same boss. For some reason not clear, a large space is devoted to a new. 'spiritual' party. The platform is not only s... more »

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: Blowing The "Humanitarian Convoy Attack" To Hell - US Predator Drone Was Spotted At Time And Place Of Attack!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
The lies that the US does continue almost unabated... Yesterday and today the United States government continued with their bullshit stories about the supposed "attack" on that "humanitarian aid" convoy outside of Aleppo, and are continuing to claim that the attack was conducted by the Russians and Syrians... I personally smelled a rat and knowing how truly evil the US government is now, knew that there was so much more to this story than what the Jew spew media would ever tell.. Well, lo and behold, for those who were skeptical about the alleged "humanitarian aid" attack have been ... more »

Iran Shows Off Military Might To Ward Off US

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Iran has marked the anniversary of the 1980 invasion by Iraq with a display of its latest military hardware in the capital Tehran. The Islamic Republic wants the United States to keep out of the Persian Gulf. Channel News Asia reports: At a parade in Tehran on Wednesday, shown on state TV, the military displayed long-range missiles, tanks, and the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system. At the port of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf, the navy showed off 500 vessels, as well as submarines and helicopters, at a time of high tension with the United States in the strate... more »

Facts about War on Drugs: Bolivia is winning, Colombia, thanks to the US, is losing

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 9 hours ago
The United States constantly berates Evo Morales and insinuates that he is dealing drugs. However, the facts speak for themselves, and in the *New York Times*, 14 September, 2016, (editorial pages) we can read about how it is Colombia, where the US agencies are actives allegedly fighting drugs, that drugs are up 40% - while they are being eradicated in Bolivia. Obama needs to read the papers! And he might note the 11 September article in the front page of the *NYT *titled "U.S. Extradition Benefits Warlords from Colombia: Held to Account for Decades of Atrocities - Until the American... more »

Russia – US Predator Drone Was In Area Of Syria Aid Convoy Attack

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Russia says a US coalition drone was spotted flying over the UN aid convoy when it was attacked heading for Aleppo on Monday. The Russian military says that the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone. RT reports: “On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov. “The object was in the area around the town of Urm Al-Kubra, ... more »

A Turn for The Worse: Obama "Considers" Arming Syrian Kurds to Fight ISIS

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
*1-* Thought the Kurds had already been fighting ISIS and were in fact the 'fiercest fighters' against ISIS?? Still, all this time later........ ISIS *exists.* *As the commonly presented 'to be feared enemy' *And the obfuscation by US/NATO/Israel to remake the region *2-* The NYT's headline presents this as if this is some new or unique plan Obama is considering. It is neither new nor unique, as readers here already know. If you don't, have no fear, I'll refresh! *2015:* *US Airdrops Weapons to Kurdish Militias in Northern Syria: Kurds & War Crimes!* In a major boost for forc... more »

Napoleon’s Experience Inside The Great Pyramid Of Giza

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
In 1799 the great French commander Napoleon Bonaparte spent a night inside the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza. During the night he had a mystical experience that changed his destiny and that of others. It is proposed that the Great Pyramid of Giza is not a tomb as proposed by mainstream Egyptologists. Instead it is an elaborate structure with secret mechanisms in place that channels energy. Napoleon wanted to emulate other great commanders before him, like Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, who had also spent time at the pyramid. When a few of his most trusted men ... more »

Former Presidential Candidate Says Terrorism Not the Real Threat to America

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Tabitha Mercy* - The silent violence in America should be of great concern. The post Former Presidential Candidate Says Terrorism Not the Real Threat to America appeared first on Waking Times.

Amid controversial Sarepta approval decision, FDA head calls for key study retraction

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called for the retraction of a study about a drug that the agency itself approved earlier this week, despite senior staff opposing the approval. On September 19, the FDA okayed eteplirsen to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disorder that results in muscle degeneration and […] The post Amid controversial Sarepta approval decision, FDA head calls for key study retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Mike Philbin - abstract artist - EYES WIDE SHUT

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
*Introversions & Dichotomies re-paintings 2016* *the ultimate in ANT or Artistic Non-Thinky.* Jogging: 7 a.m. smashed my 2016 time. Usually, I generally complete my carefully measured 10 km (6 miles) jog in 55 minutes+. This morning, I went for it and was back in 50 minutes. Yeah, it hurt, but yeah it felt good, real good. Re-painting: 9 a.m. got all six of these grey + darkgrey re-paintings done, based on the original prototype painting I did at the start of the year. Ninety paintings in nine months and plenty of re-painting. And since I know how the paint works and how the sty... more »

Greg Hunter, “Paul Craig Roberts, 'We Are Headed For War’”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Paul Craig Roberts, 'We Are Headed For War’”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “Former Assistant Treasury Secretary (in the Reagan Administration) Dr. Paul Craig Roberts has a stark warning for the world. Dr. Roberts says, “We changed our nuclear doctrine. It used to be we used nuclear weapons only in retaliation. There was no first use, but the George W. Bush regime, the Neocons, changed our nuclear doctrine. It’s now a preemptive first strike. So, this tells both the Russians and Chinese they could get a preemptive first strike. Then, we tell the Russians we are putting missiles... more »

"81% of Americans Worse Off Now Than 10 years Ago, 34% have $0 in Savings”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"81% of Americans Worse Off Now Than 10 years Ago, 34% have $0 in Savings”* by The Resident "Americans are dipping into their savings, if they have any, even more than they did last year, a new survey finds. Nearly 70 percent of Americans report having less than $1,000 in savings, and the pattern touches all age groups. Even those making $100,000 to $149,999 a year had less than $1,000 or nothing at all in savings 44 percent of the time, according to GoBankingRates.com, which released its findings Monday. Spendthrift habits seem to have increased from last year, when the Los Angel... more »

"The World Hangs in the Balance"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The World Hangs in the Balance"* by Jon Rappoport "The overwhelming number of well-funded groups “fighting for change” in this world are misdirected. Intentionally so. These groups are designed to go off track, eliminate freedom, and produce answers that bring about more top-down control. I can’t emphasize that strongly enough: The use of dupes and pawns, organized into groups, which cause more chaos and try to demoralize and box in THE INDEPENDENT INDIVIDUAL. But the independent individual must survive, because he is where civilization begins. The independent individual must und... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “The Sea at Night”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
2002, “The Sea at Night” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpvo7i2Fgbk

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“What makes this cosmic eye look so red? Dust. The featured image from the robotic Spitzer Space Telescope shows infrared light from the well-studied Helix Nebula (NGC 7293) a mere 700 light-years away in the constellation of the Water Carrier Aquarius. The two light-year diameter shroud of dust and gas around a central white dwarf has long been considered an excellent example of a planetary nebula, representing the final stages in the evolution of a Sun-like star. *Click image for larger size.* But the Spitzer data show the nebula's central star itself is immersed in a surprisingly ... more »

The Poet: T.S. Eliot, "The Four Quartets"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Four Quartets"* "I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing." - T.S. Eliot

Chet Raymo, “Retreat From Reason”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
* “Retreat From Reason” * by Chet Raymo “Is there a flight from reason in the United States? Everywhere we look, science is under attack. In government. In the schools. In the churches. We are offered faith-based substitutes. The “Left Behind” series of apocalyptic novels outsells everything else on the shelves. People are more interested in astrology than astronomy. Intelligent design is championed at the highest levels of government. Alternative medicine - faith healing, homeopathy, energy therapies, New Age healing, and the like - is more popular than ever. Scripture and revelat... more »

The Daily "Near You?

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

"Slowly, Then All at Once"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Slowly, Then All at Once"* by James Howard Kunstler "The staggering incoherence of the election campaign only mirrors the shocking incapacity of the American public, from top to bottom, to process the tendings of our time. The chief tending is permanent worldwide economic contraction. Having hit the resource wall, especially of affordable oil, the global techno-industrial economy has sucked a valve in its engine. For sure there are ways for human beings to inhabit this planet, perhaps in a civilized mode, but not at the gigantic scale of the current economic regime. The fate of t... more »

"The Death and Rebirth of Self: Life Transitions"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Death and Rebirth of Self: Life Transitions"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Sometimes a part of us must die before another part can come to life. Even though this is a natural and necessary part of our growth, it is often painful or, if we don’t realize what’s happening, confusing and disorienting. In fact, confusion and disorientation are often the messengers that tell us a shift is taking place within us. These shifts happen throughout the lives of all humans, as we move from infancy to childhood to ado... more »

"Bread and Circuses..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions, everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.” “Iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli, uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim, imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se, continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses.” - Juvenal, Decimus Iknius Iuvenlis, “Satire” 10.77-81 And so it does...

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Don't hold your breath waiting...

Hinkley Point Set To Cost £48.9 Billion In Subsidies

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Plans of how the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station could look. Now that Hinkley Point has finally got the go ahead, it is time to take a closer look at the costs and subsidies. A few basic facts: Hinkley will have a capacity of 3.2 GW Assuming […]

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: THIS IS TOO GOOD TO MISS! Russian Missile Strike Takes Out American/Israeli/NATO Command Post Operating Illegally In Syria!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 11 hours ago
I have been waiting for some real good news from the Syrian front... Over the last few days we had the reports about the "humanitarian aid" convoy that was "attacked" and the Jew spew media was quick to claim that it was an "airstrike" by Russian and/or Syrian air forces...That is proving very quickly to be a false flag, and that the "strike" was done by ground forces and absolutely NOT by either the Syrians or the Russians... And of course we still have the fall out from last weekend when the US criminally conducted an air operation against Syrian government forces in full support ... more »

Labour welcomes everybody (but some are less welcome than others)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
The Today Programme featured a report from Orla Geurin speaking to troops in Iraq - some of them English - fighting Daesh alongside Kurdish soldiers. They want the British government to support them much more in order to defeat Daesh there before embarking on the dreadful situation in Syria. The spokesperson for the select defence committee happened to be Ruth Smeeth MP, who spoke knowledgeably to Nick Robinson on the topic. It was unexpected and rather nice of the BBC to bring her in to discuss something other than you know what. At the end of the interview Nick Robinson asked her... more »

Truth and Reconciliation - Refuge of Scoundrals? Or, Only Hope for the Planet?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Truth and Reconciliation* *"01% criminals CAN’T surrender without admission of killing millions, harming billions, and looting trillions. Consider Truth & Reconciliation as our best wedge to divide the truly-evil from those ready to reclaim their hearts." *Carl Herman Carl Herman, over at Washingtons Blog has apparently been writing for some time about setting up a "Truth and Reconciliation" Committee for the neocon crimes of 9/11...much like the one set up in South Africa at the end of apartheid, to deal with the criminal elements in society who were behind the crimes of racis... more »

Turning the Field Over to the Youngsters

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 12 hours ago
Several years ago, over at *UFO Iconoclasts*, now known as *UFO Conjectures*, Rich Reynolds thought it was time for all us geezers to get out of UFO research and turn the field over to the youngsters. His theory seemed to be that we’d gotten too set in our ways, weren’t coming up with anything new and had had seventy years to find a solution and we hadn’t done it. The young blood, not locked into any one theory, would think in new and innovative ways, progressing rapidly if we’d just get out of their way. When I was studying for a Ph.D., one of the things we learned was to make a li... more »

Why Is The US Sending $38 Billion To Israel?

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The US will give Israel $38 billion in military aid over the next ten years under a landmark agreement which was signed last Wednesday. The deal, the biggest pledge of US military assistance to another country in history, was signed as planned by Israel’s national security advisor and a senior US diplomat. The deal will require Israel to buy all weapons from US manufacturers, unlike previous aid packages which partially went to Israeli companies. Ron Paul asks: Why Are We Sending $38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel? Last week’s announcement of a record-breaking US aid package ... more »

Where is Hillary?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*strangest campaign I've witnessed in my entire life.* How about you? Hillary canceled a private fund raiser in North Carolina which was scheduled for yesterday, Tuesday, September 20th. CBS reported that Clinton campaign officials *said that a Tuesday fundraiser in Chapel Hill was postponed.* The Clinton event was billed as “*lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton*” and had four donation levels to attend. Those contribution levels were described as $100,000, which featured “chair reception with Hillary,” $33,000, which included a “host reception with Hillary,” $5,000, which included... more »

The Unbearable Costs of "Unity"

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
The other day after I posted my communique to the Ravitch forces that reiterated my conclusion that we are NOT allied but, rather, that her actions have made me the enemy, Norm Scott spent some of his valuable time to send me a comment to say that too much time had been devoted to the debate about who is an ally and who is an enemy. Here is part of his comment: . . . . I think the amount of time and energy going into this debate pushes this to the ledge. What is the point when there are so many horrible forces on the attack? She is an incrementalist - I don't think that works but I... more »

A Quick Senate Scorecard

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Chuck Schumer, your next Democratic Senate Minority Leader (source)* *by Gaius Publius* I want to offer a quick Senate scorecard for the upcoming election, not just races to watch and their current status, but the effect of the races on the "final score" — control of the Senate until the wipeout in 2018 puts the Republicans firmly in control. To do this, I want to organize the races the way basketball or football analysts look at your favorite college team's upcoming season — games grouped by Should Be Easy, Tough Call, On the Bubble, Would Take a Miracle. For this exercise, we'l... more »

Listen: Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, on 'Make No Bones About It'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, on 'Make No Bones About It' Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News KAOS Radio OLYMPIA, Washington -- Make No Bones About It featured Ofelia Rivas, O'odham, and the low-intensity warfare that traumatizes O'odham whose families live on both sides of the so-called U.S. Mexico border. Ofelia is now fighting the spy towers that the U.S. government plans for her

World News Briefs -- September 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Fighting further buries hopes for Syria truce* Syrian rebels and pro-government forces battled each other on major frontlines near Aleppo and Hama, and air strikes reportedly killed a dozen people including four medical workers, as a ceasefire appeared to have completely unraveled. The renewed battles demonstrated the thin prospects for reviving a truce that collapsed into fresh fighting and bombardments on Monday, including an attack on an aid convoy which U.S. officials believe was carried out by Russian jets. Moscow denies involvement. The U.N. Security Council was... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 21, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *US military confirms U-2 spy plane crash in Northern California killed one pilot after mistakenly tweeting the crew had ejected safely* * Reconnaissance aircraft crashed on Tuesday morning shortly after taking off from Beale air base north of Sacramento * Military says that the pilots were flying a training mission when the plane went down just after 9am * Initially, the air force said he pilots survived, but officials later confirmed that one of them had been killed * There is still no word on the condition of the other pilot One pilot was killed and another injure... more »

White House Considering Arming Syrian Kurds Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Kurdish Y.P.G. fighters last year during a battle for Tel Tamer, Syria, at their combat outpost on the outskirts of the city. Credit Mauricio Lima for The New York Times *New York Times:* *Obama Administration Considers Arming Syrian Kurds Against ISIS* WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing a military plan to directly arm Syrian Kurdish fighters combating the Islamic State, a major policy shift that could speed up the offensive against the terrorist group but also sharply escalate tensions between Turkey and the United States. The plan has been under discussion by the ... more »

Report: U.S. Government's Budget Sequester Is Killing U.S. Troops In Accidents

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion on the USS Essex at sea in 2015. Source: Courtesy U.S. Marine Corps *Paul M. Barrett, Bloomberg*:* The U.S. Military’s Most Powerful Helicopters Keep Killing Troops in Fiery Crashes* An investigation into a tragic consequence of the U.S. government budget sequester. On the frigid morning of Jan. 8, 2014, an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, call sign Vulcan 543, rose from the tarmac at Naval Station Norfolk, its two massive rotors biting the cold air as it left on a training mission over the slate-gray Atlantic. The largest, most powerful chopper ... more »

Greek Army Apache Attack Helicopter Crashes Into The Sea (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Aviationist*: *Shocking video shows Greek AH-64D Apache helicopter crashing into the sea* *Dramatic footage of an AH-64D Apache helicopter crashing into the sea.* On Sept. 20, at around 09.00AM LT a Greek Army Apache helicopter crashed into the Aegean The AH-64D helicopter crashed for reasons unknown in the waters of the Strimonikos Gulf near Asprovalta, in northern Greece while taking part in SARISA 2016 exercise. *Read more *.... *WNU Editor:* This is an amazing video. The pilots are lucky to be alive. Also .... rescuers arrived at the crash scene in less than a minute, w... more »

Iran Showcases Its Newest Weapons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iran parades new weapons at time of Gulf tension with U.S.* Iran marked the anniversary of its 1980 invasion by Iraq by showing off its latest ships and missiles and telling the United States not to meddle in the Gulf. At a parade in Tehran on Wednesday, shown on state TV, the military displayed long-range missiles, tanks, and the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system. At the port of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf, the navy showed off 500 vessels, as well as submarines and helicopters, at a time of high tension with the United States in the strategic ... more »

President Obama Gives His Final UN Speech As US President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*UN News Centre*: *US President Obama urges world to eschew division and pursue global integration at UN Assembly* In his final address to the United Nations General Assembly as United States President, Barack Obama today delivered a ringing appeal for global integration in the face of religious fundamentalism, the politics of ethnicity, aggressive nationalism and crude populism, even as he called for a course correction. “At this moment, we all face a choice. We can choose to press forward with a better model of cooperation and integration. Or we can retreat into a world sharply... more »

Israel PM Netanyahu Will Be Meeting US President Obama Today For The Last Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Netanyahu with Obama in the Oval Office, in 2014. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *i24 News:** 'Obama to raise concerns over settlements during meeting with Netanyahu'* White House says meeting will focus on viability of Palestinian state in face of settlement activity Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday in New York, in a meeting that will focus on peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians. Netanyahu is expected to personally thank the US President for the security assistance agreement that was signed last week, Netanyahu... more »

How Will Russian Americans Vote In This U.S. Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Boston Globe*: *Trump’s praise for Putin baffles Russian-Americans* MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Russian pop songs play in the background as immigrants browse the local deli for items they can rarely find outside their native Moscow: candies, dried salted fish, perogies, and heaps of imported sausage. Some stop to pick up one of several Russian-language newspapers, which this week prominently feature coverage of Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump whose consulting work for Russia’s allies in Ukraine has stirred controversy. But lately what’s been happening in ... more »

Taiwan Wants Google To Blur Images Of Their Military Structures In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Taiwan has asked Google to blur images of new military structures on Taiping Island which are visible on its Earth and Maps services. Photograph: Google *The Guardian:* *Taiwan asks Google to blur images of military structures on island* *Satellite pictures of new facilities at Taiping Island disclosed amid rising tensions over territorial dispute in South China Sea* Taiwan has asked Google to blur images of new military structures that have recently appeared on the hotly contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Satellite pictures on Google Earth and Google Maps show fou... more »

U.S. And South Korea To Conduct Exercises On Attacking A Nuclear Facility And How To Respond In The Event Of A Sudden Missile Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
This undated file photo shows North Korea's nuclear facilities in Yeongbyeon, north of Pyongyang. (Yonhap) *CNN*:* South Korea, US to simulate attack on nuclear facility* Seoul (CNN)South Korea and the United States will conduct a mock attack on a nuclear facility next month, an official with the South Korean Defense Department told CNN. Though the official said the drills are not aimed particularly at North Korea, the announcement comes less than two weeks after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a nuclear warhead -- its second nuclear test this year and fifth one ev... more »

Prime Minister Abe Reluctant to Give Up Power

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Apparently the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), of which Prime Minister Abe is a member, limits party leadership to TWO terms. The party is now reconsidering this limitation in order to allow Abe to continue in his position as PM: Editorial: Doubts linger about extending LDP leader's term. September 21 2016. The Mainichi, http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160921/p2a/00m/0na/021000c The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has started discussing an extension of the time the party leader can stay in his or her position, currently set... Extension of power in this wa... more »

Researcher in Ireland loses two 13-year old studies

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
The Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC) has retracted two 2003 studies after concluding that figures in the papers had been duplicated, and portions of some figures in one paper “did not accurately represent the results of the experimental conditions.” The two newly retracted papers have the same last author — Therese Kinsella, a biochemist at […] The post Researcher in Ireland loses two 13-year old studies appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Iraq Suppressed Deaths To Make PM Maliki Look Good

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
With the success of the Surge casualties in Iraq started a steady decline in the second half of 2007 that continued for the next several years. The figures released by the Iraqi government however, were much lower than the others. That was on purpose after a high ranking official at the Health Ministry ordered casualty figures to be cut in half to support Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Starting in September 2007 the fatality figures issued by the Iraqi government, and especially the Health Ministry, took a dramatic drop. In August 2007, the Interior, Defense, and Health ministrie... more »

Netc Showing Elevated Radiation Readings Still

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Fukushima still looks steamy as precipitation hasn't lifted yet:

Former NATO Chief Calls On U.S. To ‘Police The World’

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
The former head of NATO has urged the US to act as the world’s policeman in order to counter ‘autocrats’ like the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Anders Fogh Rasmussen made the comments in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal. New OpEd on US global leadership in @WSJ https://t.co/x1GhA0HuAM @camanpour; @wolfblitzer; @morningmika; @WillieGeist; @JoeNBC — AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) September 21, 2016 According to Rasmussen, only the United States has the “credibility” to be a “policeman to restore order, a firefighter to put out the flames of conflict, and a kind of ... more »

War On Drugs Is An Epic Failure

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Ever since President Richard Nixon launched the modern war on drugs over four decades ago it has failed to stop drug use and abuse. As a matter of fact opiate addiction is up in the U.S. and drugs like heroin are abundant and cheap. Seizure of illegal drugs by the DEA is up, indicating more of the stuff is crossing the U.S. border. The whole exercise, rumored to have been started by Nixon in part to crack down on civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movements of the 1960s and 70s, is an epic failure ANTIMEDIA reports: This summer, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) demonstrate... more »

An Awkward Fit

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Last week, Tom Mulcair declared that the four pillars of the New Democratic Party were environmentalism, pacifism, feminism and socialism. Gerry Caplan -- who has been a Dipper longer than Mulcair -- writes: I join the applause, or at least three-quarters of it. I can march behind the banner of socialism, feminism and environmentalism with pride and conviction. But pacifism, not so much. In fact pacifism has never been an NDP value, assuming that words have any meaning. It's true that J.S. Woodsworth, on the eve of World War II stood in the House and declared that he could not sup... more »

MoD Apologise For Iraqi Boy’s Drowning At Hands Of British Soldiers

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
The Ministry of Defence said it is “extremely sorry” for the death of an Iraqi teenager who drowned after being forced into a Basra canal by four British soldiers. Fifteen year old Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali drowned in the Shatt al-Basra canal in May 2003 after he was detained by British troops on suspicion of looting near the Basra general hospital. He and three other suspected looters were forced into the water by the soldiers for a “soaking” but Ahmed got into difficulty and drowned. A report by the former high court judge Sir George Newman found that the teenager was “aggressivel... more »

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other?

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Would distributing all reviewers’ reports for a specific paper amongst every referee before deciding whether to accept or reject a manuscript make peer review fairer and quicker? This idea — called “cross-referee commenting” — is being implemented by the journal Development, as part of its attempt to improve the peer-review process. Katherine Brown, executive editor of Development from Cambridge, UK, who co-authored a recent editorial […] The post Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Protests Erupt After Police Kill Black Man In North Carolina

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
Hundreds of people took to the streets in North Carolina after police shot and killed a black man while they were looking for someone else. Officers were serving a warrant for a different man at an apartment complex in Charlotte on Tuesday, but instead killed 43 year old Keith Lamont Scott who was reportedly disabled. The incident comes just one day after a white officer killed an unarmed black man in Oklahoma. ITV reports: Police said in a statement that the 43-year-old got out of his car holding a firearm and posed an “imminent deadly threat”. Department spokesman Keith Trietley ... more »

Barely walking for President

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 16 hours ago
Perhaps its because she cant draw flies to her rallies or maybe its her health, whatever it is she sure is walking through the campaign like its in the bag. If Trump went on TV with crazy eyes and the next day missed a scheduled appointment with no explanation someone would be asking why? For Hillary the press has only crickets.

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Hillary's ‘Free’ College Plan Comes with $350 Billion Price Tag * Hillary Clinton’s free college plan is long on promises but short on specifics - like who’ll pay for it. Maybe the Clinton Foundation could foot the bill. After all, it received at least $500,000 from Arizona State University, not to mention tens of millions more from 180 other donors who lobbied the State Department when Clinton was in charge. If there’s one thing the Clintons understand, it’s how to generate free cash. But not even the Clinton Foundation, with nearly $333 million in reported net assets, could af... more »

China Funds And Builds Europe’s New Coal Power Plants

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood From GWPF: The Balkan region’s first privately-funded power plant came online on Tuesday, increasing the region’s dependency on coal-fired power stations even as environmental concerns are driving them to the brink of the extinction elsewhere in Europe. It was built by China’s Dongfang Electric Corp and financed with the […]

Books to Read with the Lights On

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
Every October, I get the itch to read some creepy and fun books. I have compiled a list of my favorites, some of these aren't so spooky and some of these inspired me to follow my husband around the house while I was reading so I wouldn't be alone. Find Marissa's list of witch and ghost books here. *Dragonwyck by Anya Seton*- Miranda Wells is 18-year-old, poor farm girl who dreams of silks and riches. She is suddenly given her dream when a letter from a distant and wealthy relative asks Miranda to come live at Dragonwyck as a companion to the daughter of Nicholas Van Ryn. At Dragon... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* *The Fed Has Set Us Up for a Massive 50% Market Collapse * Dear FBI, This Is Intent: Hillary's "Oh Shit" Guy Sought Reddit Advice On How To "Strip VIP's Emails" Only In California - Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill To Regulate Cow Flatulence Italy's PM Unloads On Deutsche Bank's Unfixable Problem: "Hundreds And Hundreds Of Billions Of Derivatives" "Panic Gasoline Buying" In Southeast Leads To "Massive Lines", Gas Shortages, Price Gouging "Warped" WaPo Calls For Prosecution Of Its Own Source (after Accepting Pulitzer For Snowden Leaks) Inside the quiet shake-up tak... more »

Is There Anything To Be Done About Out Of Control Drug Company Greed And The Price Of Medicine?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
With Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison and Mark Pocan leading the way, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has just sent President Obama a letter about the skyrocketing profits of drug companies wrung from their policies of monopolization and price gouging. This is the letter: Dear President Obama: We write to express our concern regarding the dramatic increase in costs for prescription medications. While we commend your continued commitment to decreasing the costs of health care without reducing quality for millions of Americans. In fact, the Affordable Care Act has reduced the ra... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*New study undercuts favorite climate myth ‘more CO2 is good for plants’(?)* *I have commented on this before but now that The Grauniad has got hold of it, I think I should note it again. The grasses in the Stanford experiment showed little response to enhanced CO2 because the soil in the area was phosphorous deficient -- and that stopped the plants from taking much advantage of the other growth factors. See here. There is nothing in the experiment to upset the thousands of studies that show high levels of CO2 enhancing growth.And the authors below are confused. In their ... more »

TPP - the TFW Program on steroids

Alison at Creekside - 17 hours ago
The Human Resources Committee, HUMA - 6 Libs, 3 Cons, and 1 NDP - released its report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program yesterday, after a month of hearing from 43 witnesses as varied as Lululemon and the Migrant Mothers Project. Industry complaints initiated the study. The committee was asked to find a balance between employers desperate for TFWs for jobs they are unable to fill with Canadians and the rights of workers. I looked up a few of those desperate employers on various Canadian job search sites. If they're not desperate enough to be advertising these job vacancie... more »

Over 700,000 Petition DOJ To Stop Bayer-Monsanto Merger

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Over 700,000 people have petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice to block three proposed biotech mega-mergers. This includes the merger of chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG and GMO specialist Monsanto, responsible for creating Agent Orange, PCBs, Roundup (glyphosate) and other toxins. ‘The shocking consolidation in the biotech seed and agrochemical industry turns our food system over to a cabal of chemical companies, undermining family farmers and consumers’ “Additional consolidation will increase prices and further limit choices for farmers, while allowing Monsanto and... more »

Russia Called US Twice To Stop US Airstrikes on SAA

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
*Of course... it's was just incompetence. Bumbling on the American part. Nothing nefarious at all.* *No one at the operation center would have intentionally played stupid so that the American armada could continue it's attack on SAA? Frustrating the person attempting to stave off the devastating strikes. This poor sod just couldn't figure out what the Russian officer was going on about- * *Hopefully not one soul who reads here will believe yet another lie. Lies. Liars lying. Liars contradicting lies of other liars.... * *FP* On Saturday, *about *30 minutes (was it 20 minutes maybe... more »

What a tangled web we weave when we use terrorists to decieve

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
Getting rid of dictators good, having no plan bad. Who is in charge?
( Since the 'plan' is to get rid of governments it is working just fine )

Hydrogen on track

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
I have long imagined this. In my version there would be electric overheads getting the train up to steam in the vicinity of the station and then fuel cells for the journey.

Utah Congressmen Propose First Native American Land Grab In 100 Yrs

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Two Utah congressmen are proposing a bill that would see thousands of acres of indigenous lands turned into oil drilling zones. The legislation would set Native American land rights back over 100 years. The Utah Public Lands Initiative is a proposal that would turn 26 percent of the Ute Tribe’s land into oil and drilling zones. The bill, HR 5780, will be heading to the House of Representatives in a few weeks. If passed it would see 18 million acres of public lands in Eastern Utah downgraded from protected lands and turned into oil and gas drilling zones which will be exempt from e... more »

Popular Tea Brands Contain Dangerous Levels Of Illegal Pesticides

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Many leading tea brands in the US and Canada have tested positive for levels of pesticides so high that they significantly exceed the legal limit. Tea produced from around the world has tested positive for dangerous chemicals and pesticides. Some leading tea brands contain enough pesticides to poison and slowly kill you. For many people tea is the ultimate healthy drink of choice not knowing that it could be detrimental to their health. Herbal teas have been enjoyed around the world for thousands of years for their pleasant taste and aroma as well as for their healing properties. ... more »

EU Fails To Agree On Ratification Of Paris Climate Deal

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.thegwpf.com/eu-fails-to-agree-on-ratification-of-paris-climate-deal/ From GWPF: Despite claims by French President Francois Hollande that “all members of the EU are ready to ratify [the Paris deal] as fast as possible,” the Bratislava declaration of the 27 EU leaders ignored to mention the controversial issue altogether. The EU’s inability to agree a joint […]

Dellers & The Ship Of Fools

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 20 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/09/20/ship-fools-ii-expedition-escapes-arctic-freeze-nick-time/ Dellers writes: The Polar Ocean Challenge expedition – aka Ship of Fools II – has escaped from the Arctic by the skin of its teeth. It was supposed to show how amazingly navigable the Arctic Circle has become now that climate change is supposedly melting the […]

Another mission of national import!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 20 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016Location remains undisclosed:* We're off on yet another mission of national import. It will take us to an undisclosed location in Aberdeen, South Dakota. We don't expect to post again until some time this weekend. That precise time remains undisclosed. On Monday, we'll start the third week of our four-week report, Where the Test Scores Are. Next week's reports will explore this theme: Where the Achievement Gaps Are. Also next Monday: the first debate. We'll provide some historical background.

Wal Thornhill - Elegant Simplicity - Electric Universe and Thunderbolts of the Gods 2016

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
I've had a lot of contact, recently, with the physics-core of the Thunderbolts Project namely Wal Thornhill, and while I like/love his idea of an Electric Universe, I find Wal very difficult to get on with. I had the same personal reaction to the Growing Earth theorist Neal Adams. But this is probably my own fault, I do tend to 'rub people up the wrong way' as a rule... People like Wal, and Neal (and maybe myself) are dogged arguers, relentless corner fighters, convinced evidentialists... and that's not a really bad thing. What the RSC or Real Scientific Community needs is more p... more »

Trey Gowdy - Hillary Clinton Lied To America Then Told FBI The Truth

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
https://youtu.be/xpG4Z5D6B4w An impartial news reporting organisation would report these sort of facts but the BBC isn't impartial when it comes to the US Presidential election and so won't report this.

Nanopoulos' and pals' model is back to conquer the throne

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Once upon a time, there was an evil witch-and-bitch named Cernette whose mass was \(750\GeV\) and who wanted to become the queen instead of the beloved king. Fortunately, that witch-and-bitch has been killed and what we're experiencing is The Return of the King: No-Scale \({\mathcal F}\)-\(SU(5)\), Li, Maxin, and Nanopoulous point out. It's great news that the would-be \(750\GeV\) particle has been liquidated. They revisited the predictions of their class of F-theory-based, grand unified, no-scale models and found some consequences that they surprisingly couldn't have told us abo... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. bombers fly over South Korea for second time since North nuclear test https://t.co/LHaBTwdCuI — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) September 21, 2016

A Look At How NATO Pays The Bills

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Daily Caller:* *This Is How NATO Pays The Bills* NATO has 28 member states and many bills to pay, which are mostly footed by the U.S. Historically, NATO operated according to the recommendation that its member states should spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense spending. Unfortunately, only five member states — America, the United Kingdom, Greece, Estonia and Poland — meet the requirement for ensuring their own and fellow allies’ safety. Another way of measuring how much NATO members contribute is by looking at defense spending per capita. The inn... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Fuel Formation* The guided-missile destroyer USS Stout prepares to receive fuel from the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic during a replenishment in the Persian Gulf, Sept. 16, 2016. The Stout is supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bill Dodge

Top CIA Analyst On Russia: 'Putin Will Run For Re-election In 2018'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a meeting with members of the Russian summer sports Paralympic team at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Sekretarev *Reuters*:* Top CIA analyst sees likely Putin re-election bid* Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to run for re-election in 2018 and may impose tougher authoritarian rule to curb unrest over the slumping economy, the CIA’s top Russia analyst said on Tuesday. The rare public comments by Peter Clement, head of the CIA unit that watches Russia, shed light on how some senior U.S... more »

All Sides In Iraq Are Preparing For The Battle For Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*The Independent*:* Isis digs in behind Mosul moat as battle for city looms* The group has been working hard this month to dig a 2m x 2m trench along the city’s perimeter Isis is building a moat around Mosul in northern Iraq, in preparation for a long, hard battle against US-backed Iraqi government forces for the biggest city in the jihadists’ self-proclaimed caliphate. The city of 2 million fell to the militants in 2014 in a lightning advance, and the offensive to recapture it will be the biggest battle Isis has ever fought. Residents say the fighters have been sealing off entir... more »

Correspondence From Islamic State Held Parts Of Iraq Paint A Bleak Picture Of Life

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Iraqi soldiers fire a rocket toward Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the Makhmour south of Mosul, Iraq, March 25, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkaril *Murtaza Hussain and Ali Younes, The Intercept*:* Messages From ISIS Territory Ask Forgiveness for Murder, Paint Bleak Picture Of Life* THE PRACTICE OF writing a prominent official or scholar for advice dates back hundreds of years, if not more. In the 1690s, Londoners sent letters to the Athenian Mercury, a twice-weekly newspaper that published questions about everything from love to sin. People seeking absolution or guidance in ... more »

How Much Should The U.S. Give In Rebuilding Mosul?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer *Jeff Goodson, Defense One*: *After Mosul Falls, How Much Rebuilding Help Should the US Give?* *Restoring stable governance means creating a government that can supply basic services — and there are several ways the United State can provide assistance.* As the siege of Mosul progresses to its logical conclusion, the debate over what comes next is heating up. Some say creating workable governance in a complex socio-cultural ... more »

ITP Final Conflict: FC 1912/53, 11th April / 4th June 2002 - Damn the Monarchy and those they encourage

Knowledge Is Power at Knowledge Is Power - 22 hours ago
[FC1911 is one of many lost issues. I will post as many of the lost issues as I can find - but that will be at a later date] Reading Rufus' comments (FC 1911) on the Queen Mother's funeral I can only concur as one who waited four and a half hours to pay the last respect to her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall. Whatever the percentage of London is of ethnic origin it certainly was not represented by the people queuing. Indeed one could almost imagine that London had become white again (if only..) if the long queue was representative of the population. What this shows, which, of cou... more »

Hillary Clinton - And Then the Wheels Fell Off.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
From the beginning we have seen a steady drip of apparent insider reports all impacting on Hilary's health. Her collapse on 9/11 served to make that issue central to the rest of her campaign. At the same time her bizarre reappearance an hour or so later opened serious questions about the use of a body double. We keep adding more questions and getting no answers. We have actually seen a cascade of troubling news for her including on the legal front that surely dwarf any issues Donald may face. All this happening when she should be out shaping her narrative. Now she is off the fo... more »

Cannabis Can Decontaminate the Planet

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
We are actually talking about hemp of course but this makes a better headline. The Russians have used several plants to clean soils around Chernobyl. Thus we are now getting extensive empirical data developed. The world is full of damaged sites that need this form of gentle remediation. What we need is a likely profile on the time frames. This is something governments can target and fund in much the same way that super fund projects have restored long abandoned mining operations in the USA. Certainly this is a vastly superior scheme to scrapping up the top soil and carting i... more »

UFO “Cosmic Revenge”

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
We often forget that the wheels came of the cult of secrecy in the USSR in 1991. That has never happened in the USA. Thus their disclosed research mirrors USA practice at the same time periods.. This disclosure shows us that active communication was underway and information transfer was happening there as well. We learn that the aliens do not appreciate been shot at either and are quite able to react. What is unusual is that the crew gathered together and then and there formed a space time bubble in order to exit and presumably return to base. Much more interesting but also... more »

Humpback Whales Around the Globe Rescuing Animals from Orcas

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is an unusual observation. I personally think that the whales generally show communal intelligence of a high level and we need to succeed in communicating with them. They need to become our allies in ocean management and i think that a mutually beneficial system can be devised. Communication will have to start with mind to mind work as we are discovering with horse whispering in particular and elephants and large cats in isolated examples. From there it should be possible to understand and work with their language as well. Actual mind work will require close contact w... more » 
( Sounds like he is channeling Ocean Girl )

What if Star Trek Had Never Existed?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
In time science fiction would have gone mainstream. The fans existed before Star Trek and the explosion of STEM graduates only began right then. Curiously i really was on the ground floor of all that in 1967. We all were science fiction fans and the Star Trek quality existed in the literature then otherwise they could never have written it. Star Trek actually jumped the gun but all this was coming and coming fast. Recall that i used a slide rule until a decade after 1967. What a miserable device that happens to be. In the end they created human a future interacting with t... more »

Microdosed: An Everyperson’s Guide to Hallucinogenic Therapy

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Read this carefully. The idea of cutting back dosage to a level where serious impairment is impossible should have been studied a long time ago. The immediate take home is that shrooms are likely the safest product available and are strongly indicated for brain workers in particular. They are contraindicated for physical labor unless one has carefully trained oneself in their application. As posted earlier, cannabis juice is likely the best way to use marijuana. Again small doses and careful monitoring is the way to go. I also think all such protocols need to be combined with ... more »

Landmark Study Shows Half of Cancer Patients Are Killed by Chemo — NOT Cancer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This has been a reasonable testable conjecture for a long time. Now it is getting legs and the whole practice is been properly questioned. Understand that if any patients actually die prematurely from chemo rather than the cancer itself, then the actual statistics supporting Chemo's use are likely cooked. The reason i say all that is that reducing early members of a cohort throws the final averages way off when meant to be part of a five year program and would make a positive finding almost impossible unless real cures took place. The solution for researchers ... more »

Merck Faked Mumps Vaccine Efficacy Results for Over a Decade

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
What i do know for sure is that when i was twelve years old, in the middle of a mumps outbreak, i was vaccinated for mumps. That was in 1960 or 56 years ago. I immediately came down with not just mumps but double pneumonia and survived by the skin of my teeth and a three month loss of school time. What passed then for vaccine was clearly unsatisfactory and this has actually held true ever since. There is even serious doubt that it works at all and actually public fear and responsive parents likely does the most to suppress the disease. Mumps is a nasty lung b... more »

Worship and Spiritualism

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
I have reached a point in my deliberations in which it has become possible to address what we mean by these words with some clarity. Discussing the history is pointless as all have been exposed to the concepts from multiple historic contexts and this is actually much of the origin of most of our confusion. What we have discovered is that the world of spirit is physically as real as my hand. This is huge simply because it represents a complete rejection of the whole mystical agenda of spiritualism in which intangible claims are made about intangible figments of the imagination.... more »

16-year-old South African Invents Wonder Material to Fight Drought

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This might really be useful. You pulverize orange and avocado peels to form a mush and spread it out in the sun to drive the polymerization of the compounded material. It would also dehydrate as well allowing storage and shipping. From all that it is no trick at all to blend in some fertilizer and soil to form a seed bed for your crop. After all that you sparingly add water from time to time to the slightly buried seed bed.. The moisture will quickly seep through the cover dirt and be happily absorbed by the blend while retaining ample air as well. I have seen synthet... more »

The Rising Tide Against Muslim Immigrants

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
*[image: Image result]* I am sorry, but immigration presumes general assimilation and some sort of a nod to the old sod. Islam refuses to tolerate any such thing at the point of tolerating murder. The natural result is blow back.Without active assimilation that blow back will happen. Had a group of recent German immigrants in 1947 started organizing a Nazi cell and began inflaming against the Jews, just what do you think our response would have been?We are on the verge of de - Islamification of Muslim women and forced conversion to Christianity as general policy and the possibl... more »

Why a four-day workweek is not good for your health

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Yes, this is a question that must be asked. I have come to the conclusion that four hour work shifts work literally for everyone as a standard. It leaves open doing a second or third shift but that obviously comes with additional issues. What this item points out is that a twelve hour shift while attractive will need to be well planned in order to maintain output quality.. Inasmuch as lunch is usually included in the work schedule, it may be effective to book four hour shifts with an hour break and learn to plan that way. This becomes a natural nine hour day and add in travel ... more »

Evidence Shows Osama bin Laden Actually Died In 2001

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Evidence has emerged that Osama bin Laden actually died in December 2001 in Tora Bora from a lung complication as a result of kidney failure, and not in 2011 as claimed by the U.S. government. The official version of his death – that he was killed in a special operation by Navy Seals guided by Obama in 2011 – was nothing more than a disinformation campaign by the U.S. government to prop up a failing Obama administration. By examining mainstream news reports from the era, many of which have been scrubbed from the internet and are now only available in archives, we can gain a more a... more »

World Famous Anthropologist David Watts Weighs In On The Appropriateness Of Using The Term "Trumpanzee"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Monday we embedded a video, the one up above, of a deadly attack by a pack of chimpanzees on a solo chimp from the same group. It was part of a discussion about suspending the use of the word Trumpanzee and the phrase Señor Trumpanzee here at *DWT*. We referred to Jane Goodall and her book, *My Life With The Chimpanzees* as part of the debate after Goodall noted that "in many ways the performances of Donald Trump remind me of male chimpanzees and their dominance rituals. In order to impress rival, males seeking to rise in the dominance hierarchy perform spectacular displays: stam... more » 
Think he ever heard of the 'Chimperator ?  

Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the Deir ez Zour attack plus More Lies from Washington

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Syrian Government Loyalists with National Flag* Not often do I post an entire article or report word for word. The Statement below is is an important document for many reasons. Regular readers may also notice that several of my recent observations and suggestions have been captured in the Statement. Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the US Attack against the Syrian Army at Deir ez-Zour by Syria Solidarity Movement / September 19th, 2016 The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, a... more »

Donald Trump's Amerika: Love It Or Eat It

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 1 day ago
By Manifesto Joe My sense of fairness compelled me to hold off on attacking Donald Trump, at least for a while. I actually thought he might change as the nominee of a major political party. Might as well wait for the next glacier to move through Texas. The latest Trump travesty was him lamenting about how well the Manhattan bomb suspect was being treated in the hospital, that he will be represented in court by a good lawyer (perhaps), etc. Essentially, Trump was suggesting to his neo-Nazi admirers that he thinks that the U.S. should suspend constitutional rights for certain terrori... more »

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Helis Oil abandons fracking project in St. Tammany Parish ~Robert Rhoden*

Alice Embree : METRO | Remembering Frank Erwin and the Waller Creek trees

Alice Embree at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
This feature is in the book ‘Celebrating The Rag’ to be released during festivities, set for Oct. 13-16, honoring Austin’s iconic underground newspaper. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | September 20, 2016 AUSTIN — The following post, is … finish reading Alice Embree : *METRO* | Remembering Frank Erwin and the Waller Creek trees

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Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 1 day ago
Scholar: Texas Textbook an ‘Intentional Assault’ on Psyche of Mexican American StudentsSeptember 20, 2016 After reading the proposed *Mexican American Heritage* textbook for Texas students last week by Jaime Riddle and Valarie Angle, I can without hesitation state that it is obscene and extremely offensive. And beyond being unfocused, incoherent and a badly written book, it is also an intentional assault by non-experts and ideologues against the spirit and psyche of Mexican American students. The truth is, I now feel dirty and in need of a “limpia” or a “cleansing.” It is that ... more »

Quote of the Day: On the Nanny State

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" agai... more »

Sea Wife

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
"You must empty your minds and learn to eat time." Sea Wife 1957 trailer

A wooden spoon for the Fraser Institute’s “economic freedom” medal

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Another survey suggests New Zealand is right up there when it comes to “economic freedom.” Third in the world according to the “libertarian” Fraser Insitute’s latest. which awards little old us a bronze model with a score of 8.35 out of 10 for economic freedom, which they define as: *An index of economic freedom should measure the extent to which rightly acquired property is protected and individuals are engaged in voluntary transactions.* Fair enough. That’s a reasonable definition. Not so reasonable however is giving *any *country anywhere in today’s world anywhere colse to 1... more »

More good advice from Bill Bonner ...although I'll have to clarify a couple things hes says about gold. First, he says that in 1980 the stock market "share prices were so cheap that you could buy all of the stocks on the Dow with one ounce of gold." I'm pretty certain that he meant one share of every stock on the Dow. But the bottom line was that "Today the stock prices are so high, that you would need 14 ounces of gold to buy (one share of each of) the Dow stocks." So he proposed a simple trading model: "When the Dow is worth less than 5 ounces of gold, buy stocks and sell gold. When the Dow is worth more than 10 ounces of gold, sell stocks and buy gold." This sounds reasonable to me, but I would modify his following statement that "The quantity of gold increases, but only about as fast as the quantity of goods and services that it can buy." There is a more powerful factor determining how fast gold metal grows, namely compared to the gold metal all ready existing, the yearly growth is only about 1.6% of the gold metal currently in circulation ...and these yearly additions will gradually get smaller in the future. Stock markets can go up and (likely soon) go down ...whereas gold changes only a percent or so in a year. Which will you choose?

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 1 day ago
------------------------------ bill@billbonnersdiary.com OUZILLY, France – Markets seemed to stand still yesterday. Like autumn leaves on a tree, they wait for a stiff wind and a cold frost. This week, the Fed is scheduled to make a weather forecast. Bloomberg reports that only two of the Fed’s 23 “primary dealers” – banks that buy bonds directly from the government – expect a rate hike decision tomorrow when the Fed meets. “Tall Paul” Of course, anything is possible. But the Fed’s position is clear: It may raise rates tomorrow, or it may not. It hardly matters. Either way, it wil... more »

Former Car Thief Darrell Issa Is Growing Increasingly Desperate As His Chances Of Reelection Diminish

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Darrell Issa has the most sordid past of anyone in Congress today* In the last couple of weeks, you may have read about a poll of likey voters in Orange and San Diego counties that shows progressive Democrat and first time candidate, Doug Applegate, a former Marine colonel, closing in rapidly on Trump-backing extremist Darrell Issa. The new poll confirms another showing the race iall tied-up at 43-43%, in an increasingly swingy district where Obama beat McCain 50-49% and where Romnney beat Obama 52-46%. This year, though, the district, which is almost entirely suburban and very wel... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Attending a UN party this evening. (I am working at the UN in New York City right now). Blogging will return later this evening.

Economic News , Data & Views...... September 20 , 2016..... Quick Hits For Tuesday - 1. Markets & Market Moving News : Ahead of BOJ & FOMC Policy Meetings , Stocks Cautious In US , Europe & Asia ; Deutsche Bank Remains Roiled - Fresh All-Time Low For Its ADR & More News Of Note ; Energy Related & Commodity Items De Jour ; Interest Rate Items Of Note. 2. Around The Horn In Europe - Germany , Banking Sector Under Stress Again , Brexit Nuggets , France , Spain , Greece. 3. MENA Updates - Libya & Syria In Focus.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 1 day ago
Markets..... *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform 4h 4 hours ago TED spread at a 7-year high heading into the Fed meeting. Yellen is watching, September hike unlikely. $TED *Charlie Bilello, CMT* ‏@MktOutperform Sep 19 Russia's central bank cuts rates by 50 bps to 10%, down from 17% in Dec '14. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/09/16/rus sian-central-bank-cuts-interest-rate-further---down-to-10-percent.html … *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2h 2 hours ago Traders Buy Everything As Yellenado & Kurodageddon Loom http://www. zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-2 0/traders-buy-eve... more »

Trump Jr.'s Asinine Refugee Analogy

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 1 day ago
For the most part I've done my best to ignore or at least not get too worked up over a certain election in a certain country south of the border. I have seen a certain analogy made by a certain candidate's son however that is so off base in terms of basic math and logic that I couldn't let it pass without comment. This internet meme isn't exactly new as its been around for a couple of years and the earlier ones used M&M candies rather than Skittles but since I was partial to Skittles as a kid, let's go with this one. Not only does the analogy mistakenly conflate refugees with ... more »

Russian Defense Ministry Releases Video Of Militants Using Aleppo Aid Convoy As Cover

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RT*: *Militants on pickup with mortar use Aleppo aid convoy as cover, Russian MoD shows (VIDEO)* Militants driving a pickup with a mortar sought cover behind the UN-led aid convoy that was destroyed near Aleppo, the Russian military has said, releasing a video from one of its monitoring drones in Syria. The convoy with humanitarian aid heading to the embattled city of Aleppo can be seen being accompanied by a militant pickup truck, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has said. The convoy with humanitarian aid heading to the embattled city of Aleppo can be seen being acco... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The United Nations logo is displayed on a door at U.N. headquarters in New York February 26, 2011. REUTERS/ JOSHUA LOTT *Strafor:* *What Matters at the U.N. General Assembly* World leaders are converging on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, which is set to officially begin Sept. 20. The following are the key players and bilateral meetings we will be watching this week: Russian President Vladimir Putin is skipping the summit so he can oversee the results of the Sept. 18 parliamentary elections and prepare for a budget battle in the Kremlin. Russian Fore... more »

World News Briefs -- September 20, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Guardian: *Russian planes dropped bombs that destroyed UN convoy, US officials say* *If confirmed, the claim of direct Russian involvement in the bombing that killed at least 20 people in Syria would have far-reaching consequences* US defence officials now believe that Russian planes dropped the bombs that destroyed a UN aid convoy that killed at least 20 people, the Guardian has learned. The claim of direct Russian involvement in the bombing, if confirmed, would have far-reaching consequences. Earlier on Tuesday, Ban Ki-moon used his farewell address to the UN general assemb... more »

Donald Trump, Jr slanders innocent defenseless Skittles...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*by comparing them to Muslims.* And the libtards go crazy defending Syrians.

The alcohol “watchdog” needs a watchdog

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Radio New Zealand reports with a straight face that *[image: _Quote_Idiot]An alcohol watchdog hopes a survey that shows more than one in four teens aged between 15 and 17 often drink a risky amount of alcohol serves as a sharp wake-up call.* The “watchdog” is making “a call,” tweets RNZ mis-reporter Brent Edwards irresponsibly, “to curb alcohol marketing, cost, availability.” Irresponsible because, as one follower corrected him, *The ‘sharp wake up call’ is that alcohol consumption among youth is actually falling.* Truth being the first casualty of the way modern journalism i... more »

NATO Panics As S-400 Missile System Is Deployed In Russia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Russians are at it again…being aggressive everywhere, this time in Europe. Russia is giving NATO a heart-attack by deploying SAMs to Europe’s border….or is it Russia’s border? Russian aggression has never been so aggressive… Russia Insider reports: Our day job is to read about Russia-related stuff and then write about it. So imagine our surprise when we learned that “a NATO air chief says he’s concerned by Russia’s increasing deployment of surface-to-air missile systems in and around Europe.” That’s huge! Russia deployed the S-400 to Prague? When did this happen? And what is R... more »

Netc.Com Showing Elevated Radiation Levels in Japan and US

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
https://netc.com/anim-map.htm Here is the link. I recommend running the animation. I wonder if the recent storms in Japan are responsible? On the other hand, perhaps the heightened rad levels aren't even from Japan. Its hard to know the source. But the readings are definitely elevated.

Uranium Investments Grow Radioactive

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
At least, that is what the Wall Street Journal is reporting: Spencer Jakab (Sep. 18, 2016). Uranium Investments Grow Radioactive. The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-uranium-investments-will-remain-radioactive-1474225882 No commodity faces the unique pressure that uranium and nuclear fuel do and there is little prospect of a near-term recovery. There is too much of nearly every commodity in the world today. Then there is uranium. The outlook for the element that powers nuclear reactors may be worse than for any other, and there is almost no prospect for impro... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 1 day ago
*Why Are Taxpayers on the Hook for Student Loans?* We recently relayed the story of Barack Obama’s efforts to pick winners and losers in the for-profit college market. Obama yanked federal aid from ITT Tech, leading to the entire operation shutting down — leaving 40,000 students and 8,000 teachers out in the cold. Our aim was primarily to note that Obama attacks the private sector at every opportunity, but that isn’t the only angle. The Washington Post reports, “Former students at ITT Technical Institutes are refusing to repay their federal student loans in a protest designed to p... more »

Photos 'Free Olowan!' Rally at Morton County Jail

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Photos Today: Free Olowan! gathering happening today September 20th outside Morton County Corrections Facility and City Hall Building in Mandan, North Dakota. She has been incarcerated since September 13 and the direct action to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline for that day. We love you Olowan! Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News MANDAN, North Dakota -- 'Free

GAIA PORTAL: Select munitions of Light come into play

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Select munitions of Light come into play* by ÉirePort Select munitions of Light come into play. Hue-manity Enterprises illuminate trajectories. Essence is felt strongly in all hu-beings. Forbearance is perceived, and abandoned. ÉirePort | September 20, 2016 at 11:11 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-A9

Hollywood Script Writing

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*Could we say 'power trippin'? * It's all a Madison Avenue Hollywood script written by the 1% for the viewing pleasure of the rest of us They say you have to hear something seven times before you will remember it We got the message. Hillary is talking to the women 'we've got to stick together' Hillary means 'women's liberation' just like Obama was black liberation except cops keep shooting unarmed black men and boys cold blooded in the streets of America The new civil war blue on black no shades of gray involved this time it's clear what is happening.... Listen hard you'll hear i... more »

Nader: Sanders Effort Aborted

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
I voted for Ralph Nader twice when he ran for prez. The second time was the famous hanging chad election that Bush-II stole. Many liberals blamed Nader for Gore's loss. The truth of that election though was Al Gore never fought for his own voters as he sat back and watched the Republicans take the election. The suppressed black vote in Florida, where I was living at the time, was massive across the state. Gore never said much about that stain on democracy. But in the end - all the Democrats could do was say that the whole sordid affair was Nader's fault - and sadly many of t... more »

Get Me Out of Here!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
- One person from my old Florida days continues to ride me on my Fazebook page, yesterday complaining that: "I have often wondered during the past year when you became a classic 'Alex Jones tin foil wearing conspiracy' addict? I mourn the intelligent Bruce Gagnon I knew years ago." This person has been regularly objecting to my postings that have shown any criticism of Hillary Clinton as an agent of the neo-cons who have taken over foreign and military policy decision making in Washington. Like many fans of Clinton, this individual from Florida does not w... more »

US "believes" Russia Bombed Aid Convoy: Russia Releases Video & Report

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*And the US wants you to 'believe' that too.* *I'll highlight some interesting bits for readers* *For those keeping track of lies: Kerry's Russia blame/claim now directly contradicts the blaim/claim of the "white hats" stooge, who said it was the 'regime' These liars can't even keep all their lies straight!!* *WSJ * U.S. intelligence agencies* believe* that Russian aircraft conducted the strike that targeted a humanitarian aid convoy in northern Syria on Monday, according to U.S. officials. Secretary of State *John Kerry initially had suggested that Syrian aircraf*t were responsib... more »

Syria’s Failing Cease-Fire, and Vladimir Putin’s Opening

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*WSJ* A Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday that the likelihood of restoring the cease-fire the U.S. and Russia recently negotiated is “very slim.” Even before as many as 21 people were killed in the strikes on the humanitarian-aid convoy Monday, the Assad regime had said the cease-fire recently negotiated by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was over. It had been holding only tenuously at best. *Mr. Putin seems to have seen an opportunity after U.S. and coalition airstrikes over the weekend mistakenly killed at least 62 Syrian government soldiers... more »

Progress Is Incremental

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 1 day ago
There are those -- particularly Elizabeth May -- who are furious that the Trudeau government plans to keep the Harper government's emission targets. As I argued yesterday, it gives the impression that the Harper government never left. Chantal Hebert takes a different tack. She points out that the majority of Canadians support a tax on carbon: According to an Abacus poll done last month, less than one third of Canadians oppose the introduction of a carbon tax as part of a larger climate change strategy. An overwhelming majority of non-Conservative voters support or could accept suc... more »

The climate has changed before

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
The cool cartoonists at xkcd posted a world history of global temperatures that was graphically unimpeachable but flawed in the data it relied on. So great idea, and great graphics, but they produced another hockey stick. Cartoonist Josh fixed it for them: [image: CLICK FOR FULL-SIZE] I think I’d call this “context.” [Hat tip Watts Up With That, where there’s a thriving debate down in the comments section.] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Bernie Sanders Voters Will Not Vote Hillary

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A Bernie Sanders voter writes a note to her beloved Senator from Vermont, letting him know that his supporters are so loyal to him that they will not vote for Hillary Clinton, no matter what. Half of the Democrats are not happy that their revolutionary presidential hopeful threw in the towel and endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton just because he was invited to the White House. President Obama must have had an important whisper in his ear regarding national security and Trump. Although he has invited his supporters to vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Trump, they refuse to do so.... more »

The Shape of Things to Come

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
A friend went to Stockton and saw the future.

Russia, Syria Deny Responsibility For Attack On UN Aid Convoy

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
As western media reports point the finger, Russia and Syria both deny attacking the humanitarian aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo. The UN said at least 18 trucks in a 31-vehicle convoy were destroyed late Monday as they came under attack while en route to Aleppo. Press TV reports: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said in a statement that the airstrike killed around 20 people including one of its staff members. On Tuesday, Syria’s army denied bombing the aid convoy, with the official news agency SANA quoting an unidentified military sour... more »

FBI Given Powers To Set-up Fake Alternative News Websites

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The FBI have been granted permission to impersonate journalists and set-up fake alternative news websites when conducting an investigation. The new rules will grant the agency permission to entrap independent journalists and whistleblowers before they go public with information that could be deemed ‘subversive’. US News reports: The conclusion sparked consternation across social media by journalists, civil rights groups and some legal experts, who have argued that the practice – by its very existence – threatens to heighten public mistrust of reporters, damage journalists’ credib... more

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