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Monday, November 14, 2016

14 November - Blogs I'm Following

11:03 pm MST

Brian Cox - Eat your words; Moon Landing People demand empirical evidence

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 59 seconds ago
Brian Cox, on his rude, massaged-data-evidence throwing appearance on QandA, asked Senator Roberts if he believed in the moon landing; then spluttered: "The idea that NASA — I should say to people, by the way, the Australian Academy of Science have done a brilliant — you can never get any sense on programs like this (Q&A), they're adversarial, but the Australian Academy of Science report is superb. I've brought it because I'm going to come and give it to you in a minute for you to have a read. The accusation that NASA, the Australian, the Met Office in the UK, everybody is collaborat...more »

Trump Clan Dumps Christie, Elevates Priebus And Bannon

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
It isn't hard to imagine why Trump dumped Christie. Just watch the video above, from a year ago, for starters and then put that into the context of the Bridgegate trial and the guilty verdicts this month. Clearly, Christie has some serious legal problems ahead of him and, whatever the outcome, it's also clear that he isn't exactly a man who should be in charge of hiring for a new presidential administration. He two top hires in New Jersey, Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, are both headed to prison, whether he is or isn't. Yesterday's *NY Post* claimed that Trump is disgusted by Chr... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “My Orchid Spirit (Extragalactic)”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Liquid Mind, “My Orchid Spirit (Extragalactic)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK_2fgj_Vts

These shaky isles

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
A friend created this map, with data from Geonet NZ, indicating how shaky it’s been the last 48 hours for much of the country. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Two-Thirds Of The World Wide Web Is Under Government Censorship

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Verge:* *Two-thirds of the world's internet users live under government censorship: report* Web freedom declined across the globe for the sixth consecutive year, according to a new report Two-thirds of the world's internet users live under regimes of government censorship, according to a report released today. The report from Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, finds that internet freedom across the globe declined for a sixth consecutive year in 2016, as governments cracked down on social media services and messaging apps. The findings are based on an analysis of web freed... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“This pretty, open cluster of stars, M34, is about the size of the Full Moon on the sky. Easy to appreciate in small telescopes, it lies some 1,800 light-years away in the constellation Perseus. At that distance, M34 physically spans about 15 light-years. Formed at the same time from the same cloud of dust and gas, all the stars of M34 are about 200 million years young. * Click image for larger size.* But like any open star cluster orbiting in the plane of our galaxy, M34 will eventually disperse as it experiences gravitational tides and encounters with the Milky Way's interstellar ... more »

The Islamic State Is Using Decoys In The Battle For Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A tank made of wood that was used by Islamic State militants as a diversion tactic is seen in Bawiza, north of Mosul, Iraq November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Ari Jalal *Reuters*: *Islamic State uses wooden tanks and bearded mannequins in decoy attempts* Islamic State is using wooden replicas of tanks and Humvees in a bid to subvert an air campaign by the U.S.-led military coalition supporting Iraqi forces in the Mosul operations, even using bearded mannequins to simulate jihadist fighters. The Iraqi army captured a handful of the mockups last week at a training site it retook from the gr... more »

Donald Trump Sings the Theme from Green Acres

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 3 hours ago
Thought y'all could use some post-election humor.... -Terran

Where Are Iraq's Islamic State Prisoners?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Iraqi soldiers gather to go battle against Islamic State militants south of Mosul , Iraq, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer *Nancy Youssef, Daily Beast:* *U.S. Can’t Find ISIS Prisoners* Captured ISIS fighters should be an invaluable source of intelligence in the fight for the terror group’s Iraqi capital. But U.S. forces have only questioned ‘a handful’ of them. It’s the most important battle in the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State to date: the fight to retake Mosul, the terror group’s Iraqi capital. But so far, the U.S. military does not know how many ISIS fighters ha... more »

You Know What A Political Leader Plans To Do By Listening To What He Says He Plans to Do, No?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Trump was hopped up on something Sunday morning, railing against the *NY Times* and bragging about how his Republican enemies are now lining up to kiss his ass. And then-- revisiting his anti-*Times* screed-- he started in with his nuclear proliferation shtik again. He's against nuclear proliferation-- whew-- except he thinks Japan and South Korea will have to protect themselves from nuclear-armed North Korea by developing their own nuclear weapons. And Saudi Arabia will need them to protect itself from Iran. As Sharona Coutts reminded us in *Rewire* over the weekend, millions of... more »

Bad Moon Rising

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago
I took this shot of the supermoon rising over the desert last night: About the supermoon: Samantha Mathewson. 2016.,Supermoon' Science: NASA Explains the Closest Full Moon Until 2034. Space.Com, http://www.space.com/34714-supermoon-science-nasa-explains-closest-full-moon.html The November "supermoon" is extra close to Earth today (Nov. 14), providing an extraordinary sight for skywatchers — but exactly what makes this month's full moon so special? November's supermoon —a term used to describe a full moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth during the lunar orbit — wi... more »

Chet Raymo, “On Saying ‘I Don't Know’"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“On Saying ‘I Don't Know’"* by Chet Raymo "When Charles and Emma Darwin bought the house that would be their family home for forty years, at Downe, sixteen miles south of London, one of Charles' first improvements was to have the flints removed from the property's chalky meadow. The glassy stones were more than an agricultural nuisance; they were a puzzle to be solved. The countryside about Downe is pretty much pure chalk, and Darwin was confident he knew where the chalk came from: the calcerous deposits of the myriad planktonic organisms that lived in a sea that was once superin...more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Talca, Maule, Chile. Thanks for stopping by!

Trump Defends on Fraud Charges Before Inauguration

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 4 hours ago
Source here: In less than three weeks, the class-action lawsuit against Donald Trump and his defunct Trump University is set to go to trial in a downtown San Diego courtroom. That likely won’t change, even with Trump’s presidential win on election night, legal experts say. However, it could alter how personally involved Trump will be in the federal trial, in which he must defend accusations he misled and defrauded students who enrolled in his real estate academy. Attorneys for both sides are scheduled to be in court Thursday afternoon to make final preparations for jury selection o... more »

President Obama Gives His First Press Conference Since Last Week's Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Obama: Trump committed to NATO alliance; Dems should reflect on election loss* Calling the office of the presidency “bigger than any one person,” President Obama on Monday said the influence America has on a global scale will not be erased by the outcome of one election and added that Donald Trump told him the U.S. would reaffirm its commitment to the NATO alliance. As a candidate for president, Trump said other members of the treaty organization did not contribute enough for the protections it gets in return. Trump’s position seemed to change on the topic in recent d...more »

Pollster failures are the clearest sign that the mainstream has absolutely no idea who is angry, why, and what to do about it

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 5 hours ago
KJ shows Chris there can sometimes be a bright side... OUR RELATED STORIES: Recovery? What recovery?! Bank of England director explains why broke Britain is still broken Brexit was about inequality in Britain, not immigration. Have our politicians realised this? See the Stats: Osborne's 2016 budget protected the wealthiest while the most vulnerable suffer Inequality: the UK has 9 of

Economic News , Data & Views ...... November 14 , 2016..... Quick Hits For Monday 1) Markets & Market Moving News : Asia Morning News & Data ; US Markets Report - Stocks , Oil , Bonds , Fed Speakers In Focus . 2) US Political Update : Democratic Party Developments ; Transition Updates ; Additional Items Of Note . 3) Around The Horn - Europe - Italy , Greece , Spain , Ukraine , France , Moldova. 4) Odds & Ends - Syria , Iraq & Libya Items Of note.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 5 hours ago
Markets..... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 12h 12 hours ago fred walton Retweeted zerohedge Weekly calendar of events... fred walton added, *zerohedge* @zerohedge "A Barrage Of Fed Speakers": The Key Events In The Coming Very Busy Week http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-1 4/barrage-fed-speakers-key-events-coming-very-busy-week … Asia..... *ForexLive* ‏@ForexLive 18m 18 minutes ago NZ earthquake - economic impact assessment *ForexLive* ‏@ForexLive 16m 16 minutes ago Fed's Williams on China: Long-run growth prospects may be changing *ForexLive* ‏@For... more »

Nelson Report on Trump Advisors

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
The Nelson Report has some good observations. The good news is that the Asia team is composed of China warriors, not China accommodationists, and it is likely that whatever the final mix, tough on China types will predominate, at least as far as I can see. The bad news is Trump himself.... ....but at present, it's all speculation. NaCl, etc. +++++++++++++++++ SUMMARY: we'll leave interpretation of the Senior Gods to others, except to note that it's a measure of all the uncertainties the world now faces that it's seen as good news that Republican National Committee chair Reince Pri... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*BBC: **Will President-elect Trump live in the White House or New York?* Since last week's election upset, rumours have been swirling over whether newly appointed President-elect Donald Trump will leave his $100m (£80m) New York penthouse for the White House. The billionaire's 58th floor residence in Trump Tower offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and has been decorated in a "Louis XIV style" decked in gold and marble. Photos of the penthouse, published by the Daily Mail, show enormous chandeliers, plush sofas, and gold-encrusted Corinthian columns. Mr Trump once told ... more »

Energy & Environmental Newsletter - 14/11/16

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 6 hours ago
*From John Droz, jr.* The latest Energy and Environmental Newsletter, is now available online. Some of the more interesting energy articles in this issue are: Gov’t Study: Wind Turbines Cause Sleep Loss, Stress, and Anxiety Video: Infrasound — What You Are Not Being Told What if the US had to pay EU energy prices? Wind Project Ecological Assessments Fail to Reduce Risk of Bat Killings Epstein's University Energy Talk and Q&A America Needs More Nuclear Power, Not Less Wind an even Bigger Boondoggle than Ethanol Wind Energy: Our Least Sustainable Resource Some of the more informative Glob... more »

“My Only Worry Is The Money” Says African Climate Negotiator

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://in.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-climatechange-nations-idINKBN1370BD Quote of the day, as reported by Reuters: "My only worry is the money," said Tosi Mpanu Mpanu of Democratic Republic of Congo, who heads a group of the 48 least developed nations. "It’s worrying when you know that Trump is a climate change skeptic," http://in.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-climatechange-nations-idINKBN1370BD

The End of Capitalism?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Endism is on trend. Brexit, Trump, the collapse of the liberal establishment, the eclipse of reason. These aren't the end times, but for some it sure does feel like then. Let's throw another thing that might be coming to an end into the mix: our jolly old friend and companion, capitalism. Yup, it's on its way out (and might already be dead) according to Wolfgang Streeck in the latest issue of *Juncture*, the journal of the IPPR. This has to be located in the recent spate of end-of-capitalism-isms, usually associated with Paul Mason in this country, and more generally with the line ... more »

Nov. 14: At the going down of the sun, we will remember them...

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
.....yeah....sure..... This story did not appear in the irving press, of course. It appeared a day ago on CBC news. Canadian troops are in Mosul, the city being attacked by Iraqis and Kurds and various others (who are on our side.) In fact, the Canadian troops have exchanged fire. And why are they there? Well, they are there to watch for and to report war crimes to the UN. Now, in the last 75 years in which war crimes have been offences, virtually all of those declared to be the criminals were on the losing side. Not a single allied military leader in all those years has ever b... more »

World News Briefs -- November 14, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Trump, Putin agree in phone call to improve ‘unsatisfactory’ relations between their countries, Kremlin says* President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone conversation Monday that relations between their countries were “unsatisfactory” and vowed to work together to improve them, the Kremlin said in a statement. The statement said the two leaders discussed combining efforts in the fight against terrorism, talked about “a settlement for the crisis in Syria” and agreed their aides would begin working toward a face-to-face... more »

"A World in Confusion: Cultivating Inner Clarity"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"A World in Confusion: Cultivating Inner Clarity"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When the world is in chaos, we can still have our own inner peace and maintain a sense of calm in a sea of unrest. People who maintain their sense of calm when things around them are in a state of flux and confusion are always wonderful to be around. We feel calmer just being near them, as if they have activated our own sense of inner peace. From them we learn that we can be calm, even when everything around us is in turmoil, because we know that no matter what happens, this inner sense of calm will ... more »

John Key has learned nothing from the Christchurch disaster

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
I was struck to read this comment by the Prime Minister in the wake of the Kaikoura quakes: *Key said it was important to show the international community that New Zealand was well equipped to withstand earthquakes and cope with the aftermath. "We need to make sure those people … say as terrible as it was, the New Zealanders were brilliant. And that was the experience out of Christchurch."* Frankly, my jaw dropped. That looks as if he’s learned nothing from the experience out of Christchurch. From day one, when brilliant New Zealanders were banned even from rescuing people...more »

Putin & Trump Discuss Syria And US-Russia Relations

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump discussed developing ties between the two countries and the fight against terrorism during their first telephone conversation. During the phone call the two leaders discussed Syria and agreed to improve and develop bilateral ties, the Kremlin said in a statement released on Monday They agreed that they share a common view on “uniting efforts in the fight with the common enemy number one – international terrorism and extremism” and also discussed ways to settle the conflict in Syria. They plan to maintain contact ... more »

Turning the Tide

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Mass anti-government protests in South Korea, along with a change of rhetoric by some other US allies in the region, including the Philippines, have upset the apple cart for the US and its Asia pivot.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Speak By Phone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
US President-Elect Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Reuters *Reuters*:* Putin, Trump speak by phone, aim for cooperation: Kremlin* Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday agreed to work toward "constructive cooperation", including on fighting terrorism, the Kremlin said. In their first phone call since Trump won the Nov. 8 election, they agreed to "channel" relations between Russia and the United States and "combine efforts to tackle international terrorism and extremism". "The importance of creating a solid basis for... more »

More Clarification About What Happened In House Races Last Tuesday

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
As far as I can tell, aside from 2 run-offs in Louisiana-- between 2 Republicans in the 3rd district and between a Democrat and a Republican in the 4th district (Boustany and Fleming both having given up their House seats for unsuccessful Senate runs)-- there's only one House race still undecided: CA-49 where tens of thousands of votes are still being counted to determine whether incumbent Darrell Issa (R) or challenger Doug Applegate (D) will represent the suburban San Diego district. Only 4,000 votes separate them and the most recent batch of counted ballots has narrowed the tot... more »

The accidental genius of the Electoral College

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*With Trump losing the popular vote but gaining his majority in the electoral college, the cry in America is to throw these bums out. “What has the Electoral College done for us anyway?!” they whimper. The answer, as those looking at constitutions closer to home should realise too, is “More than you think.” If “pure democracy” is just another phrase for “mob rule,” then the Electoral College is among the framers’ many means of protecting the minority from both the mob and the political elites -- even as Sean Rosenthal explains in this guest post, if they did so accidentally.* ... more »

Trump Election Cartoons- The View From Outside of the USA

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
hattip Gallier for sharing these cartoons reflecting on the recent US election. Clearly E& R is having some fun with this election! I'm just going to include 5 of them, that easily cross any language or cultural bridges. Gallier did translate them all in his comment below (at the link) and all cartoons are accessible at highlighted link. Enjoy! Merci Gallier gallier2November 14, 2016 at 1:07 PM Hi Penny, E&R published its weekly cartoons. As its theme is about Trump, i.e. it can be applied to a broader world wide public, I offer here the translations for all of them. I will add so... more »

"America's Most Hated President?"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Did you see tonight's *Panorama? * It was originally going to be called *America's Most Hated President? *but the BBC clearly had second thoughts about this inflammatory title and changed it to *Trump's New America *instead. The programme itself remained pretty inflammatory however, with reporter Hilary Andersson stoking up racial tensions throughout. There was a recent report on *Newsnight *where the chosen Trump supporters were part of a fringe, survivalist group. That seemed a bit odd at the time. It seems a little less odd now though because tonight's *Panorama *did much the... more »

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov And U.S. Secretary of State Kerry Agree To Continue Talks On Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pose for a photo before a Middle East Quartet Principals Meeting during 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 23, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly *Reuters*: *Lavrov and Kerry agree to continue consultations on Syria* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Syria by phone on Monday and agreed to continue experts' consultations to try to resolve the crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It said Lavro... more »

Trump Tells Protesters Not To Fear Him

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Donald Trump has been attempting to reassure the Americans who did not vote for him to remain calm and not be frightened. Trump told CBS News that people who are demonstrating against him, following his historic campaign and victory, don’t know him well enough and should wait and see. He told 60 Minutes that people are taking to the streets only “because they don’t know me.” There have been protests around the United States and the globe ever since Donald Trump was elected last week. President-elect Trump suggests that some protests are being orchestrated by professionals and is no... more »

Three Cows Stranded In New Zealand After Quake

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Three cows have become stranded on an island of of grass following the quakes and landslides in New Zealand on Monday. Thee cows survived the devastation around them and were spotted near Kaikoura by rescue workers. Mirror reports: The animals managed to survive by chance, after the land they were standing on held together. Last night, a huge 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch, with a second 6.2 occurring in South Island. Since then, regular smaller aftershocks have continued to hit the area. This video shows the stranded cows in the middle of the devastating scene. Two adu... more »

Obama’s Much Ado About Nothing

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood While Donald Trump is taking flack for what he might do with the Paris Agreement, we should maybe look back on just what the saintly Obama has managed to achieve in saving the planet. As of 2015, wind and solar power still only produce 5% of US electricity: […]

UK Electricity Reform Stalls

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/11/11/fears-over-solar-and-wind-power-reliability-overblown-says-energ/ I was going to have a look at this latest speech by Greg Clark, but John Constable beat me to it! The UK’s new secretary of state for Business, Greg Clark, has just given his first public speech on energy. It suggests, unfortunately, that he is not yet […]

Friday prayers on the BBC?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
*Daily Express* headline Back in May the *Sunday Times, *under the headline *BBC says it is too Christian and must diversify, *reported that Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s (Muslim) head of religion and ethics, had written a report for Lord Hall "that would answer criticisms from non-Christian faiths that they were underserved". In that article, Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain, was reported as saying that the BBC might televise Friday prayers from a mosque, cover Eid and show children attending madrasahs after school for Koranic instruction. Fast forward to today and the ... more »

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: US Raqqa "Counter-Terrorism" Operation Is Aimed At Denying Syrian Peace!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 9 hours ago
The news out of Syria these days gets better and better for the good guys, the Syrian government forces and their Russian and Arabic allies.... The Russians are apparently about to end their "ceasefire" on the imprisoned US mercenaries and murderers holed up in eastern Aleppo, and aerial bombardments are about to resume very shortly with the hope that it and the renewed ground offensive by the Syrian government forces will break the stalemate and finally force these criminals to surrender... Elsewhere, the Syrian forces have been making gains everywhere across Syria and much more S... more »

Robin Aitken, Andrew Marr and Marine le Pen

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
If you can access it, there's a fine article by former BBC reporter Robin Aitken in the *Daily Telegraph *headlined *Censoring Marine Le Pen damages a free society*. He describes Andrew Marr's "apology" for interviewing Marine le Pen as "the journalistic equivalent of: 'The programme you are about to see contains images of graphic violence which some viewers might find distressing…'", additionally calling it: A prophylactic apology to any viewer who might feel that Le Pen’s views were a breach of the BBC’s obligation to ensure its airwaves are a “safe space”. He goes on to sa... more »

Is The Battle For Mosul Going To Be The First Crisis For President Trump?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Patrick Cockburn, The Independent*: *Iraqi troops are getting bogged down in Mosul – Could it spark the first crisis for President Trump?* Kurdish leaders are warning that what could have taken weeks is likely to drag on for months - posing problems for the US-led coalition and especially its incoming Commander-in-Chief. The Iraqi armed forces are becoming bogged down in the battle for Mosul. Its elite special forces and an armoured division are fighting to hold districts in the eastern outskirts of the city against counter-attacks by Isis fighters using networks of tunnels to mo... more »

Noting the way Amy Chozick reports!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016Her latest strange dance with two facts:* Will Hillary Clinton end up winning the popular vote by more than two million votes? We don't know, but that's what Amy Chozick has said. The assertion was made in a front-page report in Sunday's New York Times. We were struck by two different factual claims in Chozick's front-page report. This is what she wrote about the popular vote: CHOZICK (11/13/16): Mrs. Clinton lost narrowly in several battleground states, and by the time all ballots are counted, *she appears poised to win the popular vote by more than two... more »

"A Wise Man Once Said..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
“A wise man once said you can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle, you better decide how much you’re willing to lose. Too often, going after what feels good means letting go of what you know is right, and letting someone in means abandoning the walls you’ve spent a lifetime building. Of course, the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don’t see coming, when we don’t have time to come up with a strategy to pick a side or to measure the potential loss. When that happens, when th... more »

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates November 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*:* Iraqis Push Deeper Into Islamic State’s Mosul Stronghold* Militants have been ousted from a number of neighborhoods in the campaign to retake the city. MOSUL, Iraq—Iraqi troops pushed deeper into the country’s second largest city on Sunday, securing densely populated areas as commanders said Islamic State resistance began to buckle. “The first neighborhoods were the hardest because Daesh desperately fought to retain them. Now, as we go forward, I expect the battle to get easier,” said Brig. Gen. Maan al Saadi, the commander of the 2nd Group of Iraqi Speci...more »

Donald Trump on 60 Minutes and The Battle is Won - The War Continues...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*sad to say.* A momentary thought flitted through my mind after Trump became President-Elect Donald J. Trump, that we could relax and move on with our lives because Trump will take care of everything. Then the truth set in. This type of thinking is *exactly* what landed us where we, as a country, are now. You can clearly see in Trump's interview with the dishonest MSM, the rampant "gotcha" questions, which he fielded with great grace. Lesley Stahl had to make a big point of all the hate crimes being perpetrating in Trump's name, most of which have been proven false, while hundre... more »

Nicholas Kristof opposes fake news!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016Bold stance seems a bit fake:* In his latest column, Nicholas Kristof became the third New York Times journalist in recent weeks to deplore the rise in "fake news." Make no mistake—fake news *isn't* good. Here's the way Kristof began: KRISTOF (11/13/16): If you get your news from this newspaper or our rival mainstream news sources, there’s probably a lot you don’t know. *You may not realize that our Kenyan-born Muslim president was plotting to serve a third term as our illegitimate president,* by allowing Hillary Clinton to win and then indicting her; Pop... more »

New funding for researcher who sued to stop retractions (and now has 8)

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
A diabetes researcher with eight retractions — despite his attempts to block some in court — has received a new batch of research funding. According to a release from public funding agency Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo (FAPESP), Mario Saad is among 33 researchers who will receive funding from partnerships between […] The post New funding for researcher who sued to stop retractions (and now has 8) appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Syria's Rebels Are Now Fighting Amongst Themselves

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
People walk past rubble of damaged buildings in a rebel-held besieged area in Aleppo, Syria November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail *Reuters*: *Syrian rebels battle each other north of Aleppo* Syrian insurgents clashed in a town near the Turkish border on Monday as inter-rebel tensions spilled over, playing to President Bashar al-Assad's advantage with the government tightening its grip on rebel-held eastern Aleppo. The confrontation in Azaz pitted a prominent Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel group, the Levant Front, against factions that also fight under the FSA banner and the Is... more »

CawRANT Events #36

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*CawRANT Events #36* Good morning, Folks. It's an overcast but dry day on the West Coast. It's what I call a "doable day". In other words, I may put my gum boots on later and go out and rake the back yard. We've had record-breaking amounts of rain over the past two months at least. The back yard is a swamp of fallen and decomposing leaves. But before I go out there...time for a* RANT!* *You Want it Darker - RIP Leonard Cohen* The world mourned the passing of a great Canadian poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, last week. He died, as they say with his boots on, just having... more »


Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
Inexplicata Podcasts covering items from UFO / paranormal history in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean

Peru: La Joya AFB, The Perfect UFO Case (1980)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 11 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFODate: 11.12.2016Article by: Yohanan Diaz Vargas* *Peru: La Joya, The Perfect UFO* New information has been released by Oscar Santa Maria Huertas, a commander of the Peruvian Air Force, regarding the incident that took place at 07:15 hours on 11 April, 1980, when he was orderd to fly his aircraft - a Sukhoi SU-22, the most technologically advanced fighter at the time - to knock a UFO out of the sky. It was "a completely spherical object, it's upper section resembled a cream-colored porcelain, with a round, broad, metallic-grey base, like that of an ashtray." ... more »

The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Charles Eisenstein* - Normal is coming unhinged right before our very eyes. The post The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story appeared first on Waking Times.

Standing Rock Water Protectors at Capitol Bismarck Nov. 14, 2016

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Watch live "Water is Life!" sounds out Standing Rock water protectors as they march to Capitol of North Dakota in Bismarck. Nov. 14,2016.

Quote of the Day: The idiocy of ‘identity’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
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Expired limitation periods and amendment of pleadings

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
1100997 Ontario Limited v. North Elgin Centre Inc., 2016 ONCA 848: [19] A cause of action is "a factual situation the existence of which entitles one person to obtain from the court a remedy against another person": *Letang v. Cooper*, [1965] 1 Q.B. 232 (C.A.), at pp. 242-43, as adopted by this court in *July v. Neal* (1986), 57 O.R. (2d) 129 (C.A.), at para. 23. [20] In Morden & Perell, *The Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario*, 2nd ed. (Markham: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2014), at p. 142, the authors state: A new cause of action is not asserted if the amendment pleads... more »

The Top 25 Companies In The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Foreign Policy*: *These 25 Companies Are More Powerful Than Many Countries* Going stateless to maximize profits, multinational companies are vying with governments for global power. Who is winning? At first glance, the story of Accenture reads like the archetype of the American dream. One of the world’s biggest consulting companies, which commands tens of billions of dollars in annual revenues, was born in the 1950s as a small division of accounting firm Arthur Andersen. Its first major project was advising General Electric to install a computer at a ... more »

Mig-29 Fighter Jet From Russian Aircraft Carrier Crashes Off The Coast Of Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
MiG-29K *USNI News:* *Russian Carrier-based MiG-29K Fighter Crashes in Mediterranean; Shows Potential Gaps in Capability* A fighter assigned to the Russian carrier operating in the Eastern Mediterranean crashed during a landing approach on Sunday, a U.S. defense official confirmed to USNI News on Monday. The Mikoyan MiG-29K was part of a trio of MiGs that had sortied from Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov headed over Syria. At one point, for unknown reasons, one of the fighters turned back to the carrier and crashed will on approach to the carrier, the official said. According to... more »

Two Harvard-led groups pull well-cited cancer papers for duplication

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Two sets of authors based largely at Harvard Medical School have each retracted a paper for duplication in the same journal. Both papers — which are more than a decade old — were pulled in The Journal of Clinical Investigation on November 1 by their respective corresponding authors. One paper’s last author told us it […] The post Two Harvard-led groups pull well-cited cancer papers for duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.

China's 1st Female Fighter Pilot Killed In Crash

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *First woman to fly China's J-10 fighter killed in crash after she ejected from her aircraft but hit the wing of another * * Yu Xu was killed during an aerobatics training exercise on Saturday * She ejected from her aircraft in a crash, but hit the wing of another jet * The 30-year-old was the first woman to fly China's J-10 fighter plane * Her male co-pilot ejected safely and survived the accident in Hebei The first woman to fly China's J-10 fighter plane was killed in a crash during an aerobatics training exercise, state-run media reported Monday. Yu Xu, 30, a member... more »

World News Briefs -- November 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New Zealand:* *'Utter devastation' after major quake, aftershocks hit New Zealand* A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake pummeled central New Zealand early on Monday, killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks. Emergency response teams flew by helicopter to the region at the epicenter of the tremor, which struck just after midnight some 91 km (57 miles) northeast of Christchurch in the South Island, amid reports of injuries and collapsed buildings. "It's just utter devastation, I just don't know ... that's months of wor... more »

We Can Blame the Voters or Blame the Elite. Only One Choice Offers a Way Forward

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*You can't defeat predators like these by fighting with your neighbors* *by Gaius Publius* The next phase for the fight for the soul of the Democratic Party is on. The left is awash in tears and anger at the moment (as are dyed-in-the-wool Clinton supporters, who are "the left" in only some cases). Angry people lash out, and the frequent target of Democratic anger over the election of Trump is suddenly the voters themselves. In other words, the "deplorables," to use Hillary Clinton's unfortunate, inaccurate and overly broad characterization. Or, in other other words, fellow member... more »

More Hottest Year Evah Nonsense From The BBC

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37949877 I was at the gym this morning and watched bits of the BBC News’ headline story about the “hottest year evah”. This was, of course, the latest propaganda effort from the WMO, timed to coincide with COP22. We have seen it all before, but here are a few random […]

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Obama said he will do everything he can to help the Republican succeed when he takes office on Jan. 20 and urged that the country unite to face its challenges. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Sandra Erwin, Jon Harper and Vivienne Machi, National Defense*: *New Set of Realities in Defense, Foreign Policy in Trump Presidency (UPDATED)* As the aftershocks of the 2016 election continue to reverberate across the political universe, defense pundits and watchers are starting to sketch a picture of what the national security world may look like under the Do... more »

What Is President-Elect Trump's Policy On Guantanamo?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald*: *What will President Trump do with Guantánamo?* Will President Donald Trump put pen to paper on Inauguration Day and declare the Guantánamo Bay prison Barack Obama couldn’t close officially open for business? Will he order his Secretary of Defense to start searching the globe for “some bad dudes” to put there? Today, 20 of the last 60 war-on-terror prisoners are cleared for release, all sent to the remote base in southeast Cuba during the presidency of George W. Bush. The Obama administration is still actively pursuing places to send them with sec... more »

Immaturity of some leftists' reactions to Trump's victory is staggering

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Eight years ago when Obama won the presidency for the first time, conservatives and supporters of Trump in 2016 could have been anxious because Obama was about as far from their ideas about the best president as Trump is far from the leftists' ideas today. But for some reasons, you won't find any hysterical blog post about Obama on this blog (and many other politically similar websites). You won't even find a single deeply frustrated sentence directly related to the 2008 or 2012 elections. Some folks in the Democratic Party have reacted professionally. Hillary gave a great concessio... more »

New Zealand Hit With Strong Aftershocks Following Severe Earthquake

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
New Zealand has been rocked by strong aftershocks following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed two people just after midnight Monday morning local time. The quake struck near the coastal community of Kaikoura, some 93 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of the city of Christchurch, according to the US Geological Survey reported. The BBC reports that the epicentre northeast of Christchurch, near the town of Kaikoura which has been cut off by landslides. A large river dammed up by a landslide also breached its banks, sending a “large wall of water” downstream. Residents around the C... more »

Trump: Global Warming Is A Hoax

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
Man-made global warming is a hoax perpetuated by the elite to make money and damage the U.S. economy, according to President-elect Donald Trump – and America isn’t going to stand for it anymore. “Obama thinks it’s the number one problem in the world today. I think it’s very low on the list,” Trump said on the Hugh Hewitt show, indicating a major shift in U.S. policy. Trump continued: “You know in the 1920s people talked about global cooling, they thought the earth was cooling. I believe there is weather and I believe there is change and I believe it goes up and it goes down and it ... more »

Japan And South Korea Agree To Share Intelligence On North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*DW:* *Japan, South Korea agree to controversial intelligence deal* After years of discussions, Tokyo and Seoul have agreed to share defense intelligence on North Korea's nuclear program. But opposition parties have decried the pact, saying it recognizes "Japan's military rise." Japan and South Korea on Monday signed a preliminary deal to share defense intelligence concerning North Korea's nuclear and missile activities, despite resistance from opposition parties and activists. "It is important that Japan and South Korea cooperate to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile iss... more »

Turkey's Operation Euphrates Shield is Shielding What?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*November 14, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Turkey, in a bid to legitimize its uninvited, illegal incursion into northern Syria, has created several media platforms specifically reporting on what it calls "Operation Euphrates Shield." Operation Euphrates Shield, according to official Turkish government statements, aims at "securing" a buffer zone in northern Syria spanning from the Euphrates river in the east and extending all the way to Azaz in the west. This is also coincidentally the exact same buffer zone US policy think tanks have called for since at least 2012 - specificall... more »

Neegan has distroyed Rick

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Rick could have killed Neggan at any time but Rick said something eles in the lizard Yeah kill something and your going to die someway

Nick Kristof Versus the Poor People

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Barely two weeks after *New York Times* columnist and helicopter humanitarian Nicholas Kristof blasted the poor for smoking too much pot and having too many TVs, one of his targets had the gall to sneak into his unlocked Philadelphia hotel room on Saturday morning. Kristof had neglected to completely shut the door when he went down to the lobby to get some coffee. But never fear. When Kristof returned and confronted the burglar holding the still-sleeping Mrs. Kristof's purse, he threatened to throw his hot coffee right at the culprit. When the man dropped the purse and fled the... more »

Three US Special Forces Soldiers, Working For the CIA, Killed in Jordan.

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 13 hours ago
*Interesting news- came across this over the week end - Yet the incident occurred nearly ten days ago.* *-the three Special Forces soldiers were killed at the entrance to a Jordanian military camp* *- Some troops were assigned to 'mobile artillery units'* *- the result of a mistake at the gate?* *-chain of unfortunate event* *-accidental discharge from an American humvee? following a 'training' operation with Syrian rebels* *The obfuscation is thick and liberal* *Were the US special forces playing ISIS? And the Jordanian soldier believed himself and the base to be under attack? * *Tho... more »

Universe without triangels

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
So I am not Ecild how do I go on real\ Its so human to pick the angles and even say the math is not true but if we are all honest we know that math is ture

Why I am so fired up today

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
Cause its Trump as President and that is the moderm more acessible Ceasar Dammit Jane I wante more Gorilla friends its a culture class or maybee a lesson in sustainably cause if you have culture in 4k and that is your baseline your insane

South Korea: Resign Park Geun-hye!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
*Gangjeong villagers from Jeju Island carry their distinct 'No Navy Base' flags during protest in Seoul, South Korea on November 12 calling for the resignation of right-wing president Park Geun-Hye. Up to one million Koreans marched to the compound of the president (Blue House).* South Korean President Park Geun-Hye now has an approval rating of 5%. Last Saturday reportedly one million citizens marched to the gates of the Blue House demanding her immediate resignation. The momentum is building across the nation for a change in government. This was the largest protest South Ko... more »

Scottish peole and Jewish people race wars

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
It sound bad but its true about anything with scotts and Jews if given contro; everything is true

adip video victrory lap

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 13 hours ago
it lost big time as it should no one shoud tell stupid humans how to be we need a law to prevet it but that would not be natural at all a vote a vote no matter if its fucked as most are means something so banjo people vote

TEABAGGED: Washington Post defends the baggers!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2016Part 1—Voted for Trump because of coal, paper improbably says:* Claude Rasnake lives in Lebanon—Lebanon, Virginia. A photo of Rasnake, 81, appeared on the front page of yesterday's Washington Post. Gregory Schneider had traveled to Russell County, and to nearby Wise County, to interview people who voted for Donald J. Trump. Where are Russell and Wise counties? They're in the part of Virginia Schneider calls "the far Southwest." The region "is almost as distant from Washington as Boston is," Schneider improbably says. Who believes such crazy claims from t... more »

EPA Quietly Approve Monsanto’s New Dicamba Herbicide

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
The US Environmental Protection Agency has quietly approved the use of Monsanto’s new herbicide, which the company claim is less “volatile” than all alternative dicamba-based compounds. The alternatives have already caused massive crop damage, lawsuits and even bloodshed in the past. The EPA approved usage of the toxic dicamba-based herbicide XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology on Wednesday, the day after the US Presidential election. The event went almost unnoticed by the media and activists who were preoccupied with the election and its fallout at the time. Breaking news: mornin... more »

Trump Changes His Mind About Clinton Investigation

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Donald Trump has backed down on one of his major campaign pledges to prosecute his Democratic rival during the race for the White House. Throughout his election campaign, Trump hit out at Clinton over the investigation into her use of a private email server during her role as secretary of state, suggesting he would launch a fresh investigation if he won the White House. The US president- elect said he does not want to “hurt” Hillary Clinton or her family. Press TV reports: Trump made the statement during an interview with CBS on Sunday, trying to dodge questions about a pledge to ... more »

Remember Michelle's Arms? A Study in Hypocrisy?

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
You may recall back in 2009 when Michelle Obama was attacked by evangelicals and the Christian Right for shamelessly exposing her arms in a sleeveless dress. Scandalous: We must now ask what the reaction will be at the 700 Club and the Church of Trump to our new First Lady's photos from her former working days (story from the New York Post:


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* How the Election Was Stolen - Palast Colombia reaches new peace deal with FARC rebels to end half-century war Powerful earthquake, tsunami rocks New Zealand The Navy can't fire its awesome new gun because the rounds cost nearly $1 million each Martin Armstrong Exposes "The Real Clinton Conspiracy" Which Backfired Dramatically I cant' read the emails themselves as the print is microscopic. But if this is accurate, it really is the Zero Mostel/Gene Wilder "Springtime for Hitler in Germany" strategy. Liberal Media Turns On Itself As NYT Promises To "Rededicate" Itsel...more »

Why Would Anyone Want a President?

William N. Grigg at Pro Libertate - 14 hours ago
*No, he isn't -- unless you consent to be ruled. I don't know why anyone would.* “How small, of all that human hearts endure, that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.” When Samuel Johnson wrote those measured words of welcome consolation, kings generally behaved with more restraint than presidents do now. The essential wisdom of his observation remains intact even our era of world-bestriding chief executives who have access to power not imagined by sages such as Johnson, the Framers who created the office, or even, for that matter, unalloyed despots like Lenin and Hitler... more »

Iran And China Agree To Cooperate On Defense-Military Issues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan. Tasnim *Press TV (Iran):* *Iran, China sign agreement to boost defense-military cooperation* Iran and China have signed an agreement to boost defense-military cooperation and fight terrorism. The agreement was inked by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his Chinese counterpart General Chang Wanquan in Tehran on Monday at the end of an earlier meeting between the two sides. *“The development of [Iran’s] long-term defense-military relations and co... more »

Mosul Campaign Day Twenty-Eight, Nov 13, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The 9th Division and the Hashd al-Ashayari liberated the historic Nimrodsouth of Mosul. The town is the site of an ancient Assyrian city. In 2015, the Islamic State destroyed some of the local artifacts claiming they were unIslamic to gain publicity, while likely looting the place as well to sell items on the black market. The neighboring town of Numaniya was also freed, although the 9th Division claimed it went through that back on November 10. In Mosul, the Karkuklineighborhood was cleared for the third time. Elements of the 9thDivision also entered Palestinein the southeast. Lo... more »

Energy 82, Jarius Bondoc on FIT for renewables

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 14 hours ago
I am reposting the article of Jarius Bondoc in his column in Philippine Star today. My comments and discussions after his paper. *Enough is enough. Developers of renewable energy (RE) must stop making us electricity users subsidize their insolvent solar and wind farms. They’re already wheedling P8 billion a year from us. That windfall, called feed-in tariff (FIT) in our monthly bill, enables their clean energy to compete with cheap but dirty coal. Yet precisely because the FIT is free money for them, they feel no compulsion to improve their output and bring down costs. And now they... more »

Snow Mexicans dont get your back up over this

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 14 hours ago
Sit back roll a fatty and enjoy the great show cause even the the lights are brighter and the issues all portrayed insane its the same old shit show just with a bigger name and watch for Trump you cant miss him because one thing we know he likes the spotlight more than the show Day 3 or 4 or five or six math dont matter no more cause Trump knows all the economist tricks if it dont add up and it makes no sense at all make a wonderful complicated equation full of smoke and mirrors distractions half truths and outright lies and put down in the fine line that lawyers as 50% if the GDP cr... more »

Preparing Yourself For The End of ObamaCare (Bracing for the Trumpocalypse Part I)

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 14 hours ago
Well, Donald Trump is our President-elect. He has made a cascade of promises throughout the campaign, and many of them will affect the workplace. First up will be the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. That seems to be Republican priority number one. With control of the House, the Senate, the Presidency and soon the Supreme Court, they will get to do whatever they want for at least two years. So this is happening. I'm going to write about all the laws/executive orders that will be affected by this so you can start to protect your family and yourself from economic disaster. If you h... more »

Trump and the Fall of Númenor—a comment from a sad political scientist

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
This is a guest post by Eric Grynaviski, an Associate Professor of Political Science at International Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author of Constructive Illusions (Cornell, 2014) .He studies sociological approaches to cooperation and conflict, and international ethics. Over the last few days, protestors have taken to the streets to combat what […]

Iran Wants To Buy $10 Billion In Arms From Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Alexei Filippov *RT:* *Russia, Iran plan $10bn arms supply to Tehran* Russia and Iran have been negotiating the supply of $10 billion worth of weapons and hardware to Tehran following the successful delivery of Russia’s S-300 air defense missile systems to the country in October. “These negotiations are being carried out, the road has been paved. “The order book, discussed today, [reflects] the needs of Tehran and amounts to some $10 billion,” the head of the defense and security committee of the Russian upper house of parliament, Viktor Ozerov, told reporters on Monday... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago

“Get A Grip, Losers”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Get A Grip, Losers”* by Michael Reagan "It’s all over. So why are people still arguing about something Donald Trump said three weeks ago? Why are protestors milling around the streets of our cities holding up misspelled signs and promising revolution? The argument ended early Wednesday morning when the votes were counted. Trump won. It was shocking, amazing, impressive, historic- all that and more. The billionaire with no ideology except egoism, the ex-Democrat no one thought had a chance, turned everything upside down and made fools, losers or incompetents out of both major poli... more »

Gerald Celente, "The Panic of 2016: Economic Downturn & WW3"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Gerald Celente, "The Panic of 2016: Economic Downturn & WW3" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_34nBP8XYQU

President-Elect Trump Is Starting To Appoint His Team To The White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Stephen Bannon and Reince Priebus to lead Trump's White House* Chief of staff rewarded for campaign loyalty and former executive chair of far-right Breitbart News is ‘senior counselor’ Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, rewarding a loyalist to his party and its long-serving chairman by making him his top aide in the Oval Office. But he also named Steve Bannon, the head of his campaign and of the far-right website Breitbart, as his “chief strategist and senior counselor”. The statement announcing Trump’s decision named Bannon ... more »

President -Elect Trump And Chinese President Xi Have Their First Phone Discussion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*ABC News Online:* *China's Xi Jinping tells Donald Trump cooperation is 'only correct choice' in first conversation* Chinese President Xi Jinping has told US President-elect Donald Trump in a telephone call that cooperation was the only choice for relations between the two countries, in their first interaction since the election. Mr Trump had lambasted China throughout the US election campaign, drumming up headlines with his pledges to slap 45 per cent tariffs on imported Chinese goods and to label the country a currency manipulator on his first day in office. His election has i... more »

The Economy: Karl Denninger, "Listen Carefully Folks"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Listen Carefully Folks"* by Karl Denninger "I'm going to make this as clear as I possibly can. If you are dependent in any way of health care being available at all, or if you are dependent in any way on the flow of money from the Federal Government to you then you have somewhere between now and four years from now to become independent of both of those requirements. The fuse that has been lit for 30 years will soon go inside the box. There is a fiscal bomb in the box and it is large enough to destroy the federal budget and thus the ability of the government to raise funds in the... more »

Tracking the Snow Mexicant Leader

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 15 hours ago
Extrodinary Snow Mexicant This space will be tremendous, extraordinary, literary, irreplaceable, insightful, analytic beyond belief. Your life will be shallow if you don't follow. Now it may not be daily and I will not melt, but in some way shape or fashion I will Interpret Trump world regularly with the tag Snow Mexican Diary. I am Thinkingaboot a image to use. The first thing that comes to mind is a snowflake with a Harper face shot in the middle. Harper is the poster child for Snow Mexicans. Implicant in Trumps proclamations about Mexico is that Americans are vastly superior t... more »

The Snow Mexican Snowflake Diary Daily

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 15 hours ago
Extrodinary Snow Mexicant This space will be tremendous, extraordinary, literary, irreplaceable, insightful, analytic beyond belief. Your life will be shallow if you don't follow. Now it may not be daily and I will not melt, but in some way shape or fashion I will Interpret Trump world regularly with the tag Snow Mexican Diary. I am Thinkingaboot a image to use. The first thing that comes to mind is a snowflake with a Harper face shot in the middle. Harper is the poster child for Snow Mexicans. Implicant in Trumps proclamations about Mexico is that Americans are vastly superior t... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
5 videos to start your day: Trump on deportation, quakes in New Zealand, huge 'Supermoon' and more https://t.co/viRIYReE7t 🔓 — Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 14, 2016

We Still Have Freedom Of Speech And A Free Press... Right? Will We A Couple Of Years From Now?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Are you mad at people who voted for Trump? Do you know any? Would you like to see them all forced to go back to second grade and start all over again, like Keith Olbermann suggested? How about killed? Too rough? How about deprived of the right to own a gun? Deprived of their right to vote again until they pass a series of courses in civics and history? Nixon was elected in November, 1968. I was mortified, not just by his policies and agenda, but by the man. He was sworn in in January, 1969. Less than 4 months later I was in Europe, the beginning of a nearly 7 year self-imposed exi... more »


Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 16 hours ago
If I could only get to one concert this season it would have to be this past Saturday evening's concert with the Calgary Philharmonic. Featuring Beethoven's Piano Concerto #4 and the Mozart Requiem, I truly would have walked to Calgary if I had to. Fortunately, Greyhound took me instead. I spent a couple of nights in the city so that I would be well-rested and focused. I also used mu time to pick up a very nice new camera and do some bird-watching but I'll get to that in a future post. My only fear with this concert is that I've heard both works so many times I thought I might... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Russian servicemen in Serbia at the Slavic Brotherhood 2016 joint military exercise of Russia, Serbia and Belarus. November 7. © SPUTNIK/ EVGENY BIYATOV

Will The Defense Budget Boom Under A President Trump?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets supporters at his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly - RTX2SQ1N *Bloomberg:* *Trump’s Defense Spending Hike Counts on a Reagan-Era Gimmick* * A fantasy,’ analyst says of finding enough waste to cut * Contractors, investors buoyed by prospect of more spending Defense contractors and investors are celebrating Donald Trump’s plan to boost weapons spending, but Pentagon budgeting experts say he’s counting on savings that won’t come true -- the old Washington saw of rooting out waste, fraud a... more »

Will A President Trump Get Along With The Pentagon?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Ben Watson, Defense One:* *Trump vs. the Generals* *As president, he says he would create a Syrian safe zone and swiftly draft a plan to defeat ISIS 'fast.' Here are the flag officers who say: not so fast.* Donald Trump famously, if implausibly, declared that he “knows more than the generals do” about ISIS, and that he would, as president, move quickly to defeat the group. How? Well, he says revealing details would only help ISIS raise its defenses. But it’s possible to compare what the GOP nominee has said, including at the first presidential debate on Monday, with what various... more »

It's Going To Take Time

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Timothy Garton Ash places Donald Trump's election victory in an international context. Throughout the world, he writes, right wing populism is fuelling the development of illiberal democracies: In Vladimir Putin’s Russia we have something very close to fascism. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Turkey is rapidly crossing the line between illiberal democracy and fascism, while Viktor Orbán’s Hungary is already an illiberal democracy. In Poland, France, the Netherlands, Britain and now the US, we have to defend the line between liberal and illiberal democracy. All of these movements claim to... more »

Economic News , Data & Views ....... November 13 , 2016 ..... Quick Hits For Sunday - 1) India Surprise Move On November 8th To Ban High Denomination Bills , Has Set Off Chaos As People Attempt To Exchange High Denomination Bills With Lower Denomination Bills. 2) Around The Horn For Europe - Items Touching On Italy , Greece , France & Germany. 3) US Post- Election / Transition / Protests Related News & Additional Items Of Interest. 4) Odds & Ends - New Zealand Earthquake , Turkey Related News , Iraq & Syria , Libya All In Focus.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 17 hours ago
India...... *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 57m 57 minutes ago fred walton Retweeted TheMadPrepper How does a Central Bank run out of cash - or did the Central Bank really have that much actual cash to begin with ? fred walton added, *TheMadPrepper* @TheMadPrepper RBI office out of cash, disburses coins via Times of India. http:// timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad /RBI-office-out-of-cash-disburses-coins/articleshow/55393524.cms … @JamesGRickards @alexstanczyk *fred walton* ‏@fredwalton216 8m 8 minutes ago fred walton Retweeted Izaak Earl High denomination bil...more »

Victoria: A Novel Of a Young Queen and Lace Votives

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 17 hours ago
This is an advertisement for SheSpeaks/St. Martins Press As an avid Anglophile and reader of historical fiction, I had to pick up Victoria by Daisy Goodwin the moment I could. I love reading about her 63 year rein, her 9 children and her fairy tale love with her husband Albert, but how did it all begin? That is where Victoria takes us, the early years of the Victorian era. In 1837 the King of England, William IV, died leaving a small eighteen-year-old girl as queen. Alexandrina Victoria had been sheltered and controlled by her mother and her mother's comptroller, John Conroy, h... more »

This Bird can fly!

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
Two vision of air combat. A sparrow wrapped in a tardis like cloak vs an eagle.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Private school kids earn more, live in better suburbs and are happier on average, Australian analysis discovers* *I am myself a strong supporter of private schools. I sent my son to one. But I feel bound to report that the findings below are not as strong as they appear. Parents of private schoolkids tend to be richer. And richer people tend to have other important advantages, such as better health and higher IQ. And such traits have a strong genetic component. So the advantages described below could possibly be entirely due to genetics, not schooling type. It is just... more »

Snow Mexican

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 17 hours ago
In the endless search for a Canadian identity has Donald Trump not found the perfect label for us?

BWorld 91, Free trade means faster growth in manufacturing

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 17 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld today. There is a populist and persistent belief that free trade means weakening, if not, bringing about the death of local manufacturing industries because they will not be able to withstand competition from more advanced economies abroad. This belief has been repudiated many times in countries including the Philippines. And there is a new paper that repudiates this belief again. Former NEDA Secretary Dr. Cielito Habito discussed a new paper at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) pre-summit roundtable, based on their research at the U... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Report: carbon emissions flat in last 3 years* *This fun on several levels. If the trend (or lack of it) continues the "fight" is over. CO2 levels have been stabilized and there is now no further need for action on the global warming front. We have arrived at where we are going and the temperature is fine. Keep the coalfires burning!Needless to say, the Warmists are once again taking refuge in prophecy. Instead of extrapolating from the present situation, which is the only data we have, they are saying: No, No, No -- Anything but that! You can't take our game away... more »

Trump Makes Deal With RNC, Names Reince Priebus Chief Of Staff

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
President-elect Donald Trump has named Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff, according to NBC News. Steve Bannon of Breitbart News is appointed chief strategist and senior counselor to president. NBC News reports: Trump’s transition team confirmed the appointment Sunday afternoon, but sources said that the decision was finalized Saturday night The Republican, who is serving his third term with the RNC, was reported to be at the top of Trump’s shortlist for the key White House position in the days following the election. That list also reporte... more »

Trump Looking To Deport Up To 3 Million Illegal Immigrants

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
President-elect Donald Trump has outlined his tough immigration stance regarding the border wall with Mexico and criminals entering the United States. In an interview with CBS News to be broadcast Sunday, Trump promises to immediately deport or incarcerate up to three million “criminal” illegal immigrants once he is in office. RT.com reports: The businessman will appear on CBS’s ‘60 Minutes‘ on Sunday night in his first television interview since winning the election to discuss the plans of the 45th president of the US. CBS has released a number of clips from the interview. An exc... more »

ISIS Bomb Sufi Shrine In Southwestern Pakistan Killing Dozens

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
The so called Islamic State is responsible for a powerful bomb blast in Pakistan’s Balochistan region targeting a revered Muslim shrine. A teenage ISIS suicide bomber entered the Shah Noorani Sufi Muslim shrine in a remote part of southwestern Pakistan and detonated a bomb among packed worshippers, killing at least 45 people and injuring dozens more. RT.com reports: A huge explosion hit the Shah Noorani Shrine located in the Khuzdar District of the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan. The incident occurred during a religious dance in the shrine – a ceremony attended by ...more »

The Economy: "The 35-Year Bull Market in Bonds Comes to an End"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"The 35-Year Bull Market in Bonds Comes to an End"* by Bill Bonner "Walking home last night, we got caught in a mob. ‘Not my president,’ said the signs, along with more lurid and confrontational messages. There were thousands of demonstrators marching from Pennsylvania station to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. ‘They’re a little late,’ said a voice next to us. ‘It’s a good thing you’re not wearing your “Make America Great Again” hat.’ *A new political order: *Meanwhile, the newspapers, commentators and analysts have spent the last three days scrambling to explain something that never ha...more »

What does Trump mean for global health?

Jeremy Youde at Duck of Minerva - 20 hours ago
Well, that was unexpected. But it’s happened. The question now is, how will the election of Donald Trump change international relations? That question itself is overwhelming on multiple levels. There are Trump’s personal international business ties, unparalleled in modern American political history. There’s his wariness of multilateralism and diplomacy. There’s his stated intention to go […]

Let us generously allow crooks like Kerry to spend the last 2 months on trips to the South Pole

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
In two months, John Kerry will hopefully be one of the evil men who will walk away straight to the dumping ground of the history. As a Secretary of State, he has helped to bring havoc to the Middle East, increase the power and brutality of the Islamists. Kerry has contributed to the scary deterioration of the U.S. ties with Russia. He has violently attacked the freedom of the press and threatened the climate skeptics. As a hardcore unhinged climate alarmist, he has done quite something to "fight climate change". As a Today.com video clip, generic media, and Anthony Watts' blog point... more »

Saving The World And An Imperial Cities Tour!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 21 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://cop22.stoursevents.com/site/EN/imperial_city_tour.html#top You know what they say about poor Jack, all work and no play! Well our heroic planet warriors will have plenty of time for the latter. COP22 organisers have made sure that the armies of tofu eating, human hating, yogurt weavers have plenty to enjoy, after a couple […]

Anti-Brexit Ruling Gives Surprise 'Victory for Parliamentary Democracy'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
The referendum as a decision making tool is horribly flawed and this step allows true sober second thought to be brought to bear by both the leaders and the electorate. As observed, the whole process itself is an invitation to lie by the interest parties who are pushing their agenda. It certainly cannot be viewed as a valuable learning experience. What has been forgotten in this sudden enthusiasm for referendums is that great issues are normally a compromise between several interest groups. You have a Gordium knot and the referendum is merely Alexander;s sword. It simply ma... more »

All of Life Is a Beautiful Exchange

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
An excellent article. Successful governance is very much about producing a harmonious balance that optimizes the gross value for all participants. It is also difficult as dominant participants want to preserve their natural inefficiencies as some sort of entitlement. Usually it has come down to access to capital and this has distorted much of our economy for decades. Factory farms are already proven to be an unsatisfactory solution. The alternative will also employ millions gainfully and create far more wealth. The limitation happens to be capital. That is merely one example... more »

Hidden Reality of Deep Underground Military Bases

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
As i have posted before is that tunneling is no big trick at all, particularly when you can pick and choose what you are cutting through. Add in a military labor force that is bought and paid for and once started, it does not have to stop ever. This work represents that it is vastly larger than we ever expected. Paul Schneider's claims are actually orders of magnitude larger and immediately beg a serious manning problem not resolved by a 100,000 missing children. Of course the actual usable volume of 130 bases then and a plausible fifty more since then could... more »

48 Hours in 'Lycan Land'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Excellent report. We have an individual living in close proximity to both Bigfoot and the so called dog-man which is a Giant sloth. This is obviously an excellent location for continuing study.At least we are getting three toed Sloth tracks and their curiosity appears to keep them somewhat at bay. However, i remain conscious that they hunt and kill humanity. I would like to place a radio tracking device in the horn of a goat carcass to see what transpires.That all three are coexisting is remarkable. The Sloth track may show a back ward rotated digit designed to grip a branch. Th... more »

Katty sinks her claws into Brexit (again)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 22 hours ago
"Naughty, naughty Katty Kay" Katty Kay, the face of BBC World News America and co-host (with Andrew Neil) on the BBC's US election night coverage has been shooting her mouth off again about Brexit on NBC's *Meet the Press*: I agree on the Brexit thing. And I'm thinking about the Trump team this week because when I was in London during the Brexit vote, members of the Leave campaign went to bed that night thinking that they had lost and they woke up staggered the next morning that they had won. We did opinion polls afterwards that showed that, actually, if we were to hold the referen... more »

Map of all the historical sites in Taiwan that have been burned down

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
What's this a map of? Historical sites in Taiwan that have burned down. The fire icon represents a fire, the laughing ghost total destruction, the ghost facing you, arson (the Wiki site it is based on is here). The latest in mysterious fires to historical sites in Taiwan occurred last week when a 1920s era Japanese government building in Taichung burned. LTN documents. In 2013, after yet another mysterious fire, this time at a historical site at NTU, the Taipei Times observed: Despite a denial from NTU secretary-general Chang Pei-jen (張培仁), the blaze, reported at 12:24am, has rais... more »

Alarmists on the Marrakesh Express gravy train.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 23 hours ago
Alarmists are the true deniers!The Alarmists are in a spin. *Looking at the world* *Through the sunset in your eyes* *Trying to make the train* *Through clear Moroccan skies* They should have the sunspots, not sunsets, in their eyes as the world is seen to be cooling. *The sun has gone blank twice this month. This is what it means* According to scientists, this unsettling phenomenon is a sign we are heading for a mini ice age. Meteorologist and renowned sun-watcher Paul Dorian raised the alarm in his latest report. “For the second time this month, the sun has gone completely... more »

What the DNC and RNC Don't Want You To Know (Presstitutes Finally Exposed? Dream On!)

Our best election reporting (Surprise! Surprise! Sergeant) may be from Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert, who are London-based, but internationally focused. And not paid-to-play (not by Soros or the Deplorables). If you wondered how our "enemies" came to be, we've learned (painfully) that both Saudi Arabia and the Clinton Foundation have been funding ISIS. And how about the 95 million USA USA USA

How Will China And Russia Test Donald Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Gordon G. Chang, Daily Beast:* *Here’s How China and Russia Will Test Trump* *China and Russia intend to test—and humble—the America of President Trump. So whatever he thinks now, the new American leader is going to need friends and allies.* Donald Trump’s foreign policy, especially in his first months in office, probably will bear no relation to what he has ever said. Or thought. Why? Trump is unlikely to be driving American policy. Look for Beijing and Moscow to do that. Washington’s moves in the early months probably will be in reaction to these two large authoritarian states... more »

Nostradamus Predicted Trump Presidency, Warned WWIII Would Follow

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Nostradamus predicted the inauguration of Donald Trump which would then be followed by World War 3, according to a rediscovered Quatrain. According to the 16th century French seer, Trump’s win over Clinton was predicted in Century III, Quatrain 81: “The great shameless, audacious bawler. He will be elected governor of the army: The boldness of his contention. The bridge broken, the city faint from fear.” According to experts, the reference to “shameless, audacious bawler” is Donald Trump’s bold style of campaigning. Also, “governor of the army” refers to Trump’s role as commander-i...more »

Finland Becomes First Country To Ban Compulsory School Subjects

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Finland are to become the first country in the world to ban all traditional school subjects from the national curriculum. Finnish students will no longer have to study subjects such as physics, math, literature, history, or geography. The Finnish eduction system is one of the best in the world, and authorities in the country have decided to continue with their innovation by making one of the boldest changes to date. “There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need somethi... more »

Hillary Goes On Racist N-Word Rant

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A former travel chef hired by Hillary Clinton has revealed how the former presidential nominee used the N-word repeatedly towards an African-American waiter at a fund-raising event. The Clinton employee, who underwent a polygraph to prove he was telling the truth, claims Hillary Clinton is secretly racist. According to Tracey Martin, Hillary hurled a tirade of racist abuse at a black server at a fund-raising event on Feb. 1 1996 – because she had been left waiting too long for her food. Nationalenquirer.com reports: The candidate brazenly shouted the horrifying slur during an eve... more »

Simpsons Writer Reveals How They Predicted Trump Would Win

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A writer for The Simpsons has explained how he was able to accurately predict that Donald Trump would win the presidential race over 16 years ago. In the episode ‘Bart to the Future‘, Donald Trump wins a fictional race to the White House – a storyline that has since become reality. According to writer Dan Greaney, when he wrote the episode he was attempting to portray an American public that had collectively gone insane, which then resulted in Trump becoming President. Disclose.tv reports: This choice allows Lisa to come in and pick up the pieces as his replacement, the story str... more »

"Ferocious Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake Shatters New Zealand"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Ferocious Magnitude 7.9 Earthquake Shatters New Zealand-* * 9 Tsunami Buoys Triggered, Tsunami Wave Confirmed"* by Newsroom Nov 13, 2016: “A staggeringly strong Magnitude 7.9 earthquake has shattered New Zealand, striking just north of Christchurch on the main island. The quake struck at 6:02 AM eastern US time this morning, at a shallow depth of only ten kilometers. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake registered a shattering "9" on the Mercali modified Shake Scale, meaning the "perceived shaking" was "VIOLENT" and the probability of Damage was "HEA... more »

President-Elect Donald Trump On 60 Minutes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl interviews President-elect Donald Trump in New York City on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. CHRIS ALBERT *CBS News/60 Minutes:** President-elect Trump speaks to a divided country on 60 Minutes* What can we expect from a Trump presidency? 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl finds some of his campaign issues were not meant to be taken literally, but as opening bids for negotiation The following script is from “The 45th President,” which aired on Nov. 13, 2016. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Rich Bonin and Ruth Streeter, producers. During what seemed an interminable campaig... more »

How Can These Failed Corrupt Democratic Leaders Stay In Power After Letting The Party Down So Badly?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
What we usually refer to as the New Dems, the New Democrat Coalition, is, even more than the Blue Dogs, the Republican Wing of the Democratic Party. They're getting ready to elect their next leader and the mailer below is from a slick 3-pager sent to newly-elected New Dems members from Jared Polis-- except he accidentally sent it to a Berniecrat who immediately forwarded it to me, along with Jared's message. Bear in mind when you read it that my friend who it was sent to would sooner decimate the New Democratic Coalition that join it: I hope you are having a nice weekend after wh... more »

EU Splinters In Response To Trump: UK, France, Hungary Snub EU Emergency Meeting

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Guardian:* *EU ministers meet to discuss Trump presidency* UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson boycotts informal meeting to discuss US president-elect’s policy pledges The election of Donald Trump as US president will act as a spur to Europe to co-operate more on defence, European leaders said on Sunday, as foreign ministers gathered for a special dinner in Brussels to discuss the implications of Trump’s stunning victory for European security, and the EU’s relations with Russia, Iran and Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad. In a symbolic display of independence from Europe, the... more »

White House Is Conceding That The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Dead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. © Kevin Lamarque / Reuters *Wall Street Journal*: *Obama Administration Gives Up on Pacific Trade Deal* Congressional GOP leaders indicated they wouldn’t consider Trans-Pacific Partnership in lame-duck session A sweeping Pacific trade pact meant to bind the U.S.and Asia effectively died Friday, as Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress told the White House they won’t advance it in the election’s aftermath, and ... more »

Pro-Russia Candidate Wins Bulgaria's Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Russia-friendly political novice wins Bulgaria presidential election: exit polls* Bulgarian Socialist ally Rumen Radev, a Russia-friendly newcomer to politics, won Sunday's presidential election by a wide margin, exit polls showed, prompting centre-right Prime Minister Boiko Borisov to pledge to resign. Radev, 53, entered Bulgarian politics on a wave of discontent with the ruling centre-right's progress in combating corruption, disappointment with the European Union and concerns among voters over alienating an increasingly assertive Russia. A former air force command... more »

I Think I've Failed an Aging Check or Two

Daniel Stack at 19th Level - 1 day ago
Most RPGs have aging tables, typically for long campaigns, where a character's ability scores over time. Often there's a bit of a balancing act where older characters tend to have more experience and influence, at the cost of diminishing ability scores. In games like *Pendragon*, your first character is pretty much doomed to die - even if he survives every battle, the length of a *Pendragon* campaign spans multiple generations. One of your first goals in *Pendragon* is to have a son and heir who will take over upon the death or retirement of your first character. I've had a few ... more »

U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan: 'No Mass Deportation But Will Do Border Security'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN:* *Ryan: 'We are not planning on erecting a deportation force'* (CNN)House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday despite Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric, lawmakers are not prepared to form a deportation force to round-up and deport undocumented immigrants. "We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump's not planning on that," Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." "I think we should put people's minds at ease: That is not what our focus is. That is not what we're focused on. We're focused on securing the border. We think that's first and foremost, ...more »

Australian Relations With The Incoming Trump Administration Are Not Going To Be Smooth

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ABC News Online*:* Asylum seekers: Malcolm Turnbull downplays concerns Donald Trump may reverse refugee resettlement deal* Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sought to downplay concerns that a one-off refugee resettlement deal with the United States could be cancelled once President-elect Donald Trump assumes office in January. The deal for an unspecified number of refugees held in offshore processing centres on Nauru and in Papua New Guinea was announced on Sunday with US officials to begin vetting refugees this week. Their arrival will come around two months before Mr Trump ta... more »

No Referendum On The Revised Colombian Peace Deal With FARC

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*: *Colombian President Plans to Bypass Voters in Bid to Secure Pact With Rebels* *Santos to present new peace deal with FARC to Congress after earlier plebescite was narrowly defeated* BOGOTA, Colombia—President Juan Manuel Santos plans to present a new peace pact with the FARC rebel group to Congress for ratification, bypassing voters who rejected an earlier accord, people familiar with the strategy said. On Saturday night, Mr. Santos unveiled the deal, saying it replaces an accord voters narrowly rejected on Oct. 2. People who have talked to the president and ... more »

"My Purpose..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Musical Interlude: Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-_2G7MMgc *"Ammonia Avenue"* “Is there no sign of light as we stand in the darkness, Watching the sun arise. Is there no sign of life as we gaze at the waters, Into the strangers eyes. And who are we to criticize or scorn the things that they do? For we shall seek and we shall find Ammonia Avenue. If we call for the proof and we questions the answers, Only the doubt will grow. Are we blind to the truth or a sign to believe in, Only the wise will know. And word by word they handed down the light that shines today,... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Globular clusters once ruled the Milky Way. Back in the old days, back when our Galaxy first formed, perhaps thousands of globular clusters roamed our Galaxy. Today, there are less than 200 left. Many globular clusters were destroyed over the eons by repeated fateful encounters with each other or the Galactic center. Surviving relics are older than any Earth fossil, older than any other structures in our Galaxy, and limit the universe itself in raw age. *Click image for larger size.* There are few, if any, young globular clusters in our Milky Way Galaxy because conditions are not ri... more »

Chet Raymo, “Why Cranes Fly”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Why Cranes Fly”* by Chet Raymo "There were a few Comments here recently about herons, from right around the world. What is the power of this bird to touch our minds and hearts? The naturalist Aldo Leopold was intimately familiar with the cranes of Wisconsin, cousins of our New England great blue heron, the Irish gray heron, and Adam2's aosagi from Japan, and wondered about their ability to move us so deeply. In A Sand County Almanac he watches as a crane "springs his ungainly hulk into the air and flails the morning sun with mighty wings." Our ability to perceive beauty in nature... more »

"Three Things..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special. I just got one last thing... I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have.” -... more »

"There Are Simply No Answers..."; "Leaving the Earth a Better Place"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You conti... more »

Death of a Ladies Man: Leonard Cohen 1934-2016

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson* *-by Denise Sullivan* *“It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there”* - William Carlos Williams As if Tuesday's election result wasn't enough to knock out poets, artists, activists and other sentient beings, Thursday's announcement that singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, 82, had died earlier in the week was simply too much bad news in an already unprecedented year of loss. Not only will Cohen obviously be missed by fans and fellow artists who relied on his wisdom, but women hav... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Mindelo, Cape Verde. Thanks for stopping by.

"Know What's Weird?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon... everything's different." - Calvin, from "Calvin and Hobbes"

Kahlil Gibran, “A Poet’s Voice XV, Part Four”"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“A Poet’s Voice XV, Part Four”"* by Kahlil Gibran “You are my brother, but why are you quarreling with me? Why do you invade my country and try to subjugate me for the sake of pleasing those who are seeking glory and authority? Why do you leave your wife and children and follow Death to the distant land for the sake of those who buy glory with your blood, and high honor with your mother’s tears? Is it an honor for a man to kill his brother man? If you deem it an honor, let it be an act of worship, and erect a temple to Cain who slew his brother Abel. Is self-preservation the first... more »

When People Laughed At The Idea Of Trump Actually Being Elected President! (Video Compilation)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor*: I live in Canada .... and if you think the commentary on Donald Trump's run for the Presidency was bad in the U.S. .... the Canadian coverage was far worse .... and the French press in the Canadian province of Quebec was many magnitudes above that. As to when did I realize that he had a chance to win .... I would say around 2 or 3 months after his announcement that he was going to run. The Republican field during the primaries may have been huge, but with the exception of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio .... the rest of the candidates were not inspiring or interesting. And... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Some people center the universe around themselves; while making other people nothing but decorations to their existence. "I will do this and then I will do that and then people will think this about me and then people will think that about me, and then I will add that person to my life when the convenient time arrives, and this person over here would make a very convenient addition as well..." They build their own thrones for themselves, and add decorations all around their thrones. The problem with that is: it does not bring happiness. A throne must be built *for* you; it must no... more »

All Aboard The Marrakesh Express

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public The two week beano known as COP22 is now underway in Marrakesh. Altogether, 25903 participants are having the time of their lives (well, at least until they heard Trump had got elected, and might pull the plug on their jollies earnest endeavours.) http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2016/cop22/eng/misc02p03.pdf […]

Quote of the Day: The cause of political trends is …

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“An election campaign is not the time to teach people the fundamentals of political theory, and a candidate is not a teacher. He can only try to cash in on such ideas as he believes the people to hold. He is not the cause of political trends, he is their product. Who, then, is the cause? The country’s intellectuals.”* ~ Ayn Rand, *The Ayn Rand Column* *RELATED POST*: Ayn Rand: 'A Failure of Intellectual Leadership' – YOU TUBE [Hat tip Adriano Melo] \. Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Trumpocalypse & 5 Ridiculously Outdated Assumptions Every Statist Makes

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Gary ‘Z’ McGee* - For far too long you have given into the idea that an authority will save you. The post Trumpocalypse & 5 Ridiculously Outdated Assumptions Every Statist Makes appeared first on Waking Times.

The right place for a capital city?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
I’ve heard folk this morning questioning the wisdom of having the country’s centre of government sitting just above sea level on a known earthquake fault in an active geological zone. Frankly, I’ve always though that was a feature rather than a bug. (To those of you down there not working for government: stay safe.) . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

November 14 Supermoon Will Be Largest Since 1948

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Tomorrow’s full moon will appear extraordinarily larger than usual as it comes to its closest point to earth in almost 69 years. We will not see a supermoon event like this for another 18 years. According to scientists the only reason tomorrow’s event is called a supermoon is because the moon will look super big and bright, otherwise it is just the same old moon running eclipses around the earth. Space.com reports: Two hours and 37 minutes after perigee (the moon’s closest point to Earth), the orb will officially turn full. In recent years, the media has branded full moons that coi... more »

France Set to Extend State Of Emergency, Again

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The state of emergency in France is likely be extended because of the ongoing terrorists threat as the country enters the presidential election campaign period French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told the BBC it would be difficult to end the state of emergency: “Especially since we are going to begin a presidential campaign in a few weeks with meetings, with public gatherings. So we must also protect our democracy.” RT reports: Initially, the state of emergency was introduced by President Francois Hollande immediately following the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015. After the horr... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Here's an idea, riotous boys and girls... how about you come and try to take it?

“Christmas Creep”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Christmas Creep”* By Peter Funt "A sign on the door at Starbucks advised that hours on Christmas Day will be 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Good to know-but 60 days in advance? Inside the Paso Robles, California, store coffee was being served in festive green cups, although outside it was 82 degrees on a sunny fall afternoon. Channel 4 in New York City was running a commercial for Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular: “A mesmerizing holiday tradition.” The mall in Tempe, Arizona, was playing “Holly Jolly Christmas.” An email from the NBA offered free shipping on basketball shirts from the “20... more »

"Anti-Trump Protesters Admit Answering Craigslist Ad and Getting Paid to Protest Trump"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Deport Fashisom"... I'm sure this genius meant "fascism", but highly doubt he knows a single thing about it, or much else for that matter. Another brainwashed idiot. #SheWon, huh? *"Anti-Trump Protesters Admit Answering Craigslist* * Ad and Getting Paid to Protest Trump"* by Jim Hoft "On Saturday hundreds of far left activists held a march-rally at the Trump Tower in New York City. The anti-Trump protesters marched to Trump Tower in New York. At least three protesters were arrested. Several of the anti-Trump protesters admitted they answered an ad on Craigslist and were getting ... more »

If the president-elect really isn't a bigot, he needs to put an immediate end to the orgy of hate violence

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Viewed this morning from The Independent's website:* *One group has collated more than 200 incidents of racist and sexist abuse YouTube* The stories have been pouring in from across America. In Louisiana, a black woman reported by being abused by three white men as she waited to cross the street. “F**k your black life,” one of them yelled. In Boston, a black student heard a white fellow student remark: “This is their punishment for eight years of black people.” *Reports of abuse have poured in from across the country (CNN)* Meanwhile, in Washington state, a teacher reported how... more »

What is cronyism, and why is it a cancer?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Don’t confuse cronyism with capitalism, say Daniel Mitchell in the guest post. It’s easy to define and/or understand most statist policies. - We know that a tax increase is when politicians take (or, given the Laffer Curve, try to take) more of your money based on your decisions to work, save, shop, or invest. - We know that protectionism is when politicians use taxes and other policies to restrict your freedom to buy goods and services produced in other nations. - We know that a minimum wage mandate is when politicians criminalize employment contracts... more »

Everyone okay?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
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Taliban Suicide Bomber Kills Four Americans At Bagram Airfield

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Two U.S. service members and two U.S. contractors have been killed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. An Islamic fundamentalist belonging to the radical group the Taliban wearing a suicide vest blew himself up inside NATO’s largest and one of the most secure military bases in Afghanistan early Saturday. NBC News reports: Another 16 U.S. service members and one Polish soldier were injured in the blast at Bagram Airfield, Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed in a statement. “Force protection is always a top priority for us in Afghanistan, and we will inv... more »

Trump Vows To Immediately Deport Up To 3m Illegal Immigrants

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to start deporting illegal immigrants as soon as he takes office He said he plans to deport or imprison between two and three million undocumented immigrants with criminal records and once the border is “secure,” immigration officials will begin to make a “determination” about the remaining undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Press TV reports: “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, ... more »

Trump Seeks Quickest Way To Quit Paris Climate Agreement: Report

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
US President-elect Donald Trump is looking at ways to quickly withdraw from a global agreement to limit climate change, according to a source on his transition team. Trump has labeled climate change a hoax, an opinion which defies international support for the 2015 Paris Agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Trump once said he believed that the hoax was perpetrated by the Chinese “in order to make US manufacturing non competitive” The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive. — Donald J. Trump (@realD...more »

Epilogue - US Election 2016

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 1 day ago
*Trump Protest in Los Angeles* The emotional flags at *Greencrow As The Crow Flies* are flying at half mast today, folks, as I absorb the shock of the death of my younger sister. She passed away last night after a 13 year battle with breast cancer. Her courage and tenacity long ago earned her a place in the Family Hall of Fame. Through everything life flung at her...and sometimes if must have felt like a Tsunami...she always rose to the surface and kept on swimming. May she rest in peace. So it is in that spirit of tenacity that I will post today this "epilogue" to my coverage ... more »

Did Jenny Hill compare Donald Trump to the Nazis?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
Jenny Hill I've read plenty of comments (on several sites) in recent days about a BBC News website piece by BBC Germany correspondent Jenny Hill on the German reaction to the election of Donald Trump: It's the implicit linking of Donald Trump to the Nazis there that has aroused people's anger. Many find it outrageous. It certainly looks outrageous. The question about Jenny Hill here then is: Was she *making* that link or merely *reporting* it? In other words, it would be absolutely fine for a BBC reporter to explain why Germans are reacting so badly to the victory of Mr Trump if... more »

Russia Has Put Its Strategic Bombers On Combat Alert

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Дмитрий Рогулин/ТАСС *WNU Editor: *The TASS article is in Russian, but *it is here.* They are getting ready to launch a massive bombing campaign on rebel targets in Syria. *Update:* Just did a Google search. Zero Hedge is carrying the same story with the same analysis .... *Russia Puts Strategic Bombers On Combat Alert For Imminent Strikes On Targets In Syria* (Zero Hedge).

Missing word

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
From the BBC News website today: From Nota Sheep (in response):

Germany criticised for watering down climate plan

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
From Reuters: The German government has bowed to pressure to water down its CO2 reduction targets for industry in the final version of its climate action plan, a document seen by Reuters showed. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is determined to hammer out the final details this week so that Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks can […]

Henry Kissinger's Take On The U.S. Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic:* *The Lessons of Henry Kissinger* *The legendary and controversial statesman criticizes the Obama Doctrine, talks about the main challenges for the next president, and explains how to avoid war with China.* Author’s note (November 10, 2016): Over the past several months, I’ve interviewed Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, numerous times on the subject of America’s role in the world. Our conversations took place before this week’s election, but were informed by the foreign-policy differences between the candidates. The December 2016 issu... more »

Fighting the (Real) Deplorables

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*November 13, 2016* (LocalOrg) - Across America, protests have broken out. They are small, poorly organized, and poorly led. They lack any realistic goal, so clearly, lack any actual plan to achieve any sort of goal. And unfortunately, they have become violent, embodying the very sort of hate, intimidation, and victimization the protesters claim they are fighting against. The truth is, as the protests currently exist, no matter how long they persist or how big they get, they will accomplish nothing positive, and instead, invite a wide variety of very serious negatives. All Ameri... more »

"Smithers, release the hounds..."

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 1 day ago
And so beginneth the fourth installment of *The Purge*. Yes, it's started already. (Via Stan Banos)

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