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Monday, November 28, 2016

28 November - Blogs I'm Following

11:02 pm MST

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Night”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 minutes ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Night” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9NM-yK1C2I

Miguel Diaz-Canel Will Be The Next President Of Cuba After Raul Castro Steps Down

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 30 minutes ago
Cuban Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel (left) is likely to succeed Raul Castro (right) when he steps down as president in 2018. Also in this picture is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a conference at the University of Havana, Cuba Nov. 16, 2016. Photo: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters *IBTimes:* *Miguel Diaz-Canel Likely To Succeed Raul Castro* The one constant in Cuba in the last six decades has been a Castro holding the reins of power. But with Friday’s death of Fidel and the fact his younger brother Raul is 85, attention is turning to the next generation of Cuban leaders. Mi... more »

Video Of A Danish Sikorsky Seahawk Helicopter Landing On A Warship In Extreme Conditions Of The North Atlantic Ocean

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Business Insider/The Aviationist*: *Watch a Seahawk helicopter attempt to land on a warship in rough seas* The following video was released by the Danish Air Force on Facebook last week. It was filmed during a recent test of the new Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk off the Faroe Islands, between Norway and Iceland. The multi-mission naval chopper was involved in sea trials with a Danish and an Australian test pilot called to explore the aircraft’s flight envelope and landing restrictions in the very same extreme conditions Danish warships can find operating in the North Atlantic Ocean. ... more »

Dilemma: If Pelosi Stays On As Democratic Leader, The Dems Will Never Take Back The House-- But Tim Ryan Is Even Worse

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Pelosi's first DCCC chairman was Rahm Emanuel, certainly not someone with any seniority, just someone viewed as a tough guy. Ram's guiding philosophy-- that the House Democrats needed fewer progressives interested in policy and more Republican-lite corporate types happy to sit back and leave policy to the leadership-- appeared successful and it is the guiding philosophy to this day. But it was a huge long-term loser. Pelosi crowned him DCCC chair in 2005 and when the 2006 midterms came around, a midterm following the election of an increasingly unpopular George W. Bush, the Democr... more »

Standing Rock Medics Urge Army Corps to Rescind Eviction Notice to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
The front line between Water Protectors and Riot Police on Thanksgiving on treaty land. Photo by Rob Wilson Photography The front line between Water Protectors and Riot Police on Thanksgiving on treaty land. Photo by Rob Wilson Photography Standing Rock Medics Urge Army Corps to Rescind Eviction Notice to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality By Standing Rock Medic Healer's Council Censored

How Not To Develop And Manufacture A Tank

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
An Arjun MBT being test driven. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Ajai Shukla *Kyle Mizokami, National Interest*: *India Took 35 Years to Make Its First Tank (And It Was a Total Disaster)* In the mid-1970s, India began development on a totally new, advanced main battle tank that would satisfy the needs of the country’s Armored Corps. An impressive combination of firepower, armor protection and mobility, the tank was to be India’s first indigenously produced tank—and one of the best in the world. The service date for the tank, known as Arjun, was confidently set for 1985. Instead... more »

Navajo Veterans Discouraged after Offering to Deploy to Standing Rock

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
. Navajo Code Talkers AP File Photo Navajo Veterans Ready to Deploy, Discouraged by Lack of Response from Veterans Stand for Standing Rock By Brenda Norrell Censored News copyright Shiprock President Duane 'Chili' Yazzie said Dine' Veterans for Standing Rock are ready to deploy and join the thousands of veterans willing to defend Standing Rock Camp. However, today Yazzie received a letter

Trump: I’m Taking On Corrupt Big Pharma

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to renegotiate the prices Medicare pays for drugs, arguing that Big Pharma companies have been “let off the hook” by policymakers for decades because Big Pharma has been lining their pockets. Trump says that on his watch drug prices paid by citizens will be driven down to fairer levels for consumers. “When it comes time to negotiate the cost of drugs, we are going to negotiate like crazy,” Mr. Trump said at a town-hall event in Exeter, New Hampshire. “The drug companies probably have the second or third most powerful lobby in this country. Th... more »

6 Dead, Thousands ill After ‘Bio Warfare’ Thunderstorm Hits Australia

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
6 people are dead and almost 9,000 hospitalized in Australia after a ‘bio warfare’ thunderstorm left emergency services stretched beyond capacity. The bizarre storm, known as “thunderstorm asthma,” gave some people heart attacks and others struggling to breathe, as ambulances were reportedly called for on average every 4 seconds. Thedailysheeple.com reports: Right now if you search for this story on Google News Australia, there isn’t a peep about it in the top news. You have to type in the word “asthma”. Then it’s like a horror show. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that at the ... more »

Stein To Pocket $4 Million As Pennsylvania Deadline Missed

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Trump was correct in calling Jill Stein’s fundraising efforts for a re-count a “scam,” as officials say she missed the Pennsylvania deadline to file for a voter-initiated recount. Stein looks set to pocket $4 million in donations, which will no doubt leave those who donated to her furious and wanting a refund. "It's my MONEY and I need it now!" Liberals are now asking for a REFUND from Jill Stein. Here's Why…https://t.co/RmOUQ6tt2v — We Got Trump (@WeNeedTrump) November 26, 2016 Washingtonexaminer.com reports: “According to Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department... more »

1981 Prophesy Predicts ‘End Of USA’ Following Castro’s Death

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
A 1981 prophesy being circulated predicts the complete and utter economic collapse of the United States following the death of Fidel Castro. The chilling prophecy was made by Christian prophet John W Johnston who also accurately predicted the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the rise of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Four of the five major events named in an incredible 1981 prophecy have already happened in consecutive order, and the only thing remaining to be fulfilled is “the collapse of the economic system of the United States.” According to Jo... more »

American Missile Destroys Russian Tank In Syria

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
The Free Syrian Army have released footage of American troops firing a missile and destroying a Russian tank during recent fighting in Aleppo, Syria. The militants say the footage shows an a rocket attack coming from an American TOW 2A on a Russian T-90 tank. Fort-russ.com reports: The footage was captured during recent fighting in Aleppo. Experts say that the tank in the photos is actually a T-72B, but the militants have claimed it is a T-90. At the time, the terrorists claimed that the tank was destroyed, but other bandits reported that the tank was hit but is still operating. ... more »

Scientists Issue Dire Warning About Worldwide Global Warming Floods

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 hours ago
Scientists have warned that the Arctic is undergoing unusually rapid changes at the moment that will result in worldwide flooding as a result of global warming. According to an Arctic Council report, unless the world stops burning fossil fuels, the turbulent changing occuring in the Arctic could result in catastrophic effects for the wildlife that live there and the rest of humanity on the planet. Rising sea levels are already eroding away at America’s coastlines, and threaten to cause entire islands to sink underwater. Reuters reports: “Arctic ecosystems are changing in dramatic ... more »

Svalbard – How the Elite Plan to Survive an Engineered Extinction Event

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Nathaniel Mauka* - rotect your seed. It is your right to life. The post Svalbard – How the Elite Plan to Survive an Engineered Extinction Event appeared first on Waking Times.

The US Military Prepares For War In Space

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*CNN:* *US military prepares for the next frontier: Space war* Washington (CNN)Since man first explored space, it has been a largely peaceful environment. But now US adversaries are deploying weapons beyond Earth's atmosphere, leading the US military to prepare for the frightening prospect of war in space. "As humans go out there, there has always been conflict. Conflict in the Wild West as we move in the West ... conflict twice in Europe for its horrible world wars," Gen. John Hyten, head of US Strategic Command, told CNN. "So, every time humans actually physically move into that... more »

‘Broken Window Fallacy’ on Radio NZ

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
I was heartened to discover through RNZ podcasts that Frederic Bastiat’s Broken Window Fallacy made an appearance back on the 17th. Shamabeel Eaqub was there to begin a regular appearance on the afternoon programme talking economics, and for his first visit he talked about the fallacy of disaster economics: *The idea there is an upside to natural disasters – that they are good for the economy - is ‘a figment of our imagination’, economist Shamubeel Eaqub says. We shouldn’t celebrate natural disasters or war or things that are destructive because ultimately what we find i... more »

No new parliamentary building for MPs, says NOT PC: Make room downtown instead

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: Parliament-560x317] Some years ago back when Rodney Hide was busting perks rather than enjoying them, he busted the government’s plans for a new parliamentary building that was going to cost taxpayers millions. (This may be the only service he ever performed for the country.) The plan to give hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to Wellington builders and interior designers didn’t disappear like his morals, however, it just slumbered. And with the lease on Bowen House soon to expire, Sleeping Beauty has been dusted off – this time with the boast that it will cost ... more »

A Russian Reset?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Reuters *Michael Crowley, Politico:* *A Russia reset? Maybe not yet.* As Moscow talks up a possible Putin-Trump meeting, officials in Congress and the Pentagon are ready to block any attempt to appease the Russian president. After a phone call between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin days after the U.S. election, Russian media buzzed that Putin might host Trump this winter to kick off what the Kremlin described as their joint effort to "normalize ties” between the U.S. and Russia. The ta... more »

Which Campaign Promises Will Trump Keep?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Many Trump voters have 2-digit IQs and lack the ability to think abstractly. That's the way it goes. But plenty of Trump voters were as intelligent, more or less, as anyone else. As they cast their ballots for him (and, in some cases, against Hillary) they knew Trump is a predator, pillager and plunderer. They are so consumed with hatred for the establishment that when they voted for him, they didn't imagine they and their families might be the victims of his and his cronies' pillaging and plundering. Some may have been chanting "lock her up" as a fun game-- but a helluva lot were... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"What surrounds the florid Rosette nebula? To better picture this area of the sky, the famous flowery emission nebula on the far right has been captured recently in a deep and dramatic wide field image that features several other sky highlights. Designated NGC 2237, the center of the Rosette nebula is populated by the bright blue stars of open cluster NGC 2244, whose winds and energetic light are evacuating the nebula's center. Below the famous flower, a symbol of Valentine's Day, is a column of dust and gas that appears like a rose's stem but extends hundreds of light years. *Click... more »

Chet Raymo, "Curriculum"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Curriculum"* by Chet Raymo “Of an evening blackbirds congregate in the tree below in Ballybeg. Flocks of blackbirds. We can hear their raucous disquisitions here on the hill. In their black academic gowns, their fluttering sleeves. What are they debating? The "Summa Theologica?" Pascal's "Pensees?" Newton's biblical arcana? ․ "The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds. It was a small part of the pantomime..." Those solitary desert fathers, the corncrake and the cuckoo, in the field and on the heath, are gone, victims of mechanical agriculture, with their elemental message... more »

Iranian Patrol Boat Pointed Its Weapons At A U.S. Military Helicopter In The Strait of Hormuz

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Iranian vessel made 'unsafe' action against U.S. helicopter: officials* An Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as "unsafe and unprofessional." The incident is the latest in a series of similar actions by Iranian vessels this year, but the first reported since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election earlier this month. During his campaign, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessel that harassed the U... more »

Hedges at Standing Rock

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
On a special edition of On Contact, Chris Hedges travels to the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota to listen to the frontline voices of those fighting to block the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 28, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero *Josh Cohen, Reuters*:* The top three global winners and losers in a Trump presidency* The world still has to wait for Donald Trump to flesh out the details of his foreign policy. Based on comments he’s made so far, Russia and NATO are likely losers in the Trump era: Russia because of the U.S. president-elect’s praise for President Vladimir Putin, and NATO because Trump thi... more »

A note from the writer: Google has screwed up the Commenting Function. *sigh*

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
[image: misc_DSC03397] Dear readers, Google has once again "updated" one of its products. As always with a Google update, Blogger is now uglier, less functional, has a less useful and more crowded interface, and requires more clicks to get anything done. The result for you is this: in old Blogger, when I opened up the page for my blog, unpublished comments were right there for me to moderate. Now when I open Blogger, I have to make additional clicks to get to the unpublished comments. This means I might forget I should even be looking for comments. I am quite absent-minded and keep ... more »

Despite cashing all the chips on the F35 a major collatrall damage blind spot revealed

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 5 hours ago
The Chinese and Russians are cheating at air war. They have 20 ft long hypersonic cannons that work beyond visual range and we have 12 ft ethical weapons meant to be used in an old world dogfight. Shooting down anything that moves. The Soviets and the Chinese are all up and the USA has nothing on the table. It seems that silo vision has no spending limit. In plain speak, collateral damage in the air is so much less than on the ground, except for the Hindenburg effect, which seems to cripple Hydrogen even as we speak of the need to find alternative energy that is practical.

Economic News , Data & Views......November 28 , 2016...... Quick Hits For Monday - 1) Markets & Market Moving News : Asia Outlook & Tuesday Items ; US Stock Indexes Down Moderately On Monday ; Oil & OPEC - Monday's Technical Meeting Ends Without Agreement On Details On Output Cuts , Iraq & Iran Still Not Agreeable To Output Cut , Saudis Still Insist Output Cuts Also Be Borne By Iraq & Iran , Crude Price Ends Higher On Wednesday Hopium , Additional Items Of Note . 2) US Politics - Trump Transition Updates , Monday Recount Updates For Wisconsin ( Stein Request For Hand Counting Of Ballot Denied ) & Pennsylvania ( Stein Files For Recount In Pa.) 3) Europe In Focus - Items Of Note For Monday. 4) Odds & Ends.

Fred Walton at Catharsis Ours - 6 hours ago
Asia For Tuesday..... Japan Retail sales MoM 2.5% vs 1.1 estimate *ForexLive* ‏@ForexLive 20m 20 minutes ago Japan jobless rate for October 3.0%vs. 3.0% estimate *ForexLive* ‏@ForexLive 19m19 minutes ago Japan household spending YoY for October -0.4% vs. -1.0% estimate *ForexLive* ‏@ForexLive 2h2 hours ago Economic data due from Asia today - Japan household spending/jobs data Monday..... Markets.... *zerohedge* ‏@zerohedge 2h 2 hours ago Trumpsgiving Hangover? Gold Gains Most In A Month As Banks, Small Caps, Dollar Stumble http://www.zerohe... more »

Even Moneyball players find Math is Hard

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Its very clear that Moneyball was a great movie but despite all the math these guys are barbies and they are pulling on the wrong string. I have been cold and cold on Westworld, it deals with ideas dead as the Terminator, mowing grass well clipped. However in this bionic age I can only hope it stirs some non connected thought in the Yutes of today. I still stay fuck robots will make most women extinct. I am so glad I was never a gladiator in the future world.

North Dakota Gov. Orders Evacuation -- Winter Storm Latest Ploy to Remove Water Protectors

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
Aerial view of Oceti Sakowin Camp today during snow, on Treaty land. Chairman calls on Army Corps to reaffirm their position of no forcible removal CANNON BALL, North Dakota —The following statement from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Chairman, Dave Archambault II, can be quoted in part or in full. “Today, Gov. Dalrymple issued an executive order calling for mandatory evacuation of all

No matter what they call it peace is just another path to war

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Fidel, carding as a response to Black Live Matter and international jihad all hard truths that must spill and asked to act as glue but their solvent not acid, acetone Lets just take them one by one and march them hard until like ducks they line up in a row so some hunter can beam with pride how he killed a clay pigeon Carding and it more aggressive bro stop and frisk can almost unarguably be prove to be a very brisk broom for which the streets need to be clean especially on mornings following Saturday night if you have not woken up on the Sunday morning sidewalk you head an island in a ... more »

Could Hillary Clinton Still Become President?

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
Russian media examines whether there is still a chance of a Hillary Clinton White House. US Electoral College voters are set to elect the US president and vice president on December 19. The meeting of electors could find President-elect Donald Trump unfit for office, opening a path for Hillary Clinton to the White House. Sputnik reports: The November 8 presidential election in the US was not, in fact, the final point of the election process of the US head of state. Back in the 18th century, the Founding Fathers of the US prudently excluded any chances for unfit people to become th... more »

Indonesia: Woman Caned In Public For Being In Close Proximity To Man

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 6 hours ago
In Indonesia men and women are being flogged in public for breaking strict Islamic laws. A 34-year-old woman screamed in agony Monday as she was caned in Indonesia’s Aceh province, where punishment for breaking Islamic Sharia law is severe. The woman was flogged in front of a cheering crowd for spending time in close proximity with a man that was not her husband. The Nation reports: Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes sharia law. People can face floggings for a range of offences — from gambling, to drinking alcohol, to gay se... more »

World News Briefs -- November 28, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Syrian government drives rebels from swath of Aleppo* The Syrian army and its allies announced the capture of a large swath of eastern Aleppo from rebels on Monday in an accelerating attack that threatens to crush the opposition in its most important urban stronghold. Two rebel officials said the insurgents, facing fierce bombardment and ground attacks, had withdrawn from the northern part of eastern Aleppo to a more defensible front line along a big highway after losses that threatened to split their enclave. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the northern p... more »

Fidel, carding as a response to Black Live Matter and international jihad

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 6 hours ago
Fidel, carding as a response to Black Live Matter and international jihad all hard truths that must spill and asked to act as glue but their solvent not acid, acetone Lets just take them one by one and march them hard until like ducks they line up in a row so some hunter can beam with pride how he killed a clay pigeon Carding and it more aggressive bro stop and frisk can almost unarguably be prove to be a very brisk broom for which the streets need to be clean especially on mornings following Saturday night if you have not woken up on the Sunday morning sidewalk you head an island in a ... more »

Is There a Climate Science Consensus?

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 6 hours ago
Is there any level on which a climate consensus can be said to exist? Only at the most obvious level, which is that everyone agrees that the climate changes. The realists know that the climate has always changed, drastically over millions of years of alternating Ice Ages and Warm Periods and within a narrower range over the warm last 12,000 years, with such periods as the Minoan Warm Period, the Roman Warming, the Medieval Warm Period, and the present warm period. The catastrophic man-made global warming alarmists claim that the climate was very stable prior to the Industrial Age... more »

Paul Nuttall and Working Class Voters

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Who's that knight on a white charger? Why, it's none other than Paul Nuttall, Eddie Hitler look-a-like and the latest leader of our purple friends in the United Kingdom Independence Party. His election by a landslide suggests a desire on the part of the party's much-reduced membership (of which, 15,500 out of 33k cast a ballot) to put the recent period of fracas and farce behind it. But more significantly, and unlike the hapless Diane James, Tory-in-exile Suzanne Evans, and homosexual donkey anecdote man, Nuttall is the man with a plan. To put the UKIP jigsaw together again (his wo... more »

Israelis couples not allowed to live together if marriage contract burnt in fire

Sabba at The Ugly Truth - 7 hours ago
Sabba – Minister Farrakhan was right when he defined judaism as a ‘gutter religion’. More than a religion it is a satanic cult where the leaders – the rabbis – have managed to keep their flock subjugated only thru fear. For those who have not read it yet, I can not recommend enough Douglas Reed’s […]

Some trends are more equal than others

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
As already noted by some of you, my ('oh, when will I ever learn?') hopes that BBC Trending would be nice and impartial and actually report the very-much-trending #forallhisflaws and #trudeaueulogies hashtags that swept across Twitter over the weekend, mocking Jeremy Corbyn and Justin Trudeau's statements on the death of El Comandante, were (inevitably) dashed. BBC Trending has simply ignored them. Instead, today, we've had "DJ Khaled: The making of a Snapchat superstar" and "India protests a washout, Trump called out on Twitter and Moroccans decry makeup to hide violence". You... more »

Alice Embree : Remembering Richard Jehn

Alice Embree at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
Richard Jehn, 1950-2016, was the founding editor of ‘The Rag Blog’ in May 2006. By Alice Embree | The Rag Blog | November 28, 2016 Richard Jehn, founding editor of The Rag Blog, passed away on November 2, 2016, at … finish reading Alice Embree : Remembering Richard Jehn

Canadian Air Force Pilots Dies In CF-18 Crash Near Cold Lake, Alberta

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
A CF-18 fighter jet, like the one pictured here, crashed near Cold Lake, Alta., Monday, killing the pilot. (Cpl. JF Lauzé) *CBC News*: *Pilot dies in CF-18 crash near Cold Lake, Alta.* Emergency services on site to secure scene as investigation into cause of crash begins A CF-18 pilot died Monday when a fighter jet crashed just after 11 a.m. Monday near Cold Lake, Alta. The CF-18 from the 401 squadron in CFB Cold Lake crashed on the Saskatchewan side the Cold Lake air weapons range, said Capt. Mat Strong, public affairs officer with 4 Wing Cold Lake. Emergency services are on sit... more »

Goff dreaming up new ways to pick your pocket

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
I can’t help thinking Phil Goof’s focus as mayor is somewhat the same as his predecessor’s: picking your pocket for more millions on his pet projects. Yesterday’s brainfart: dunning tourists while pledging to “peg” rate rises to only 2.5 percent a year. Len Brown pledged the same thing with rates–even the same number—and we saw how well that peg worked, didn’t we. Given the way rates and debt both exploded under Pants-Down’s round, any pledge to “keep rate increases below inflation” now is like a strangler promising only to suffocate you more slowly. And that’s even if the pol... more »

Ayn Rand predicted an American slide toward fascism

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*Are fascism and socialism opposites? No, observed Ayn Rand, in practice they “are only superficial variations of the same monstrous theme,” with as little difference to those under their boot as there was between Castro and Batista. The two systems differ only in one technical respect, making socialism “in this respect [only] the more honest of the two.” Contrary to many conservative commentators during the 1960s, Rand maintained that America was drifting toward fascism, not socialism, and that this slippery slope was virtually inevitable in a mixed economy. In this g... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
When I wrote in that last post... Read in full the statement seems reasonable and morally coherent, doesn't it? The BBC News website, however (at least to my eyes), made it sound as if Donald Trump was being 'Donnie Darkmouth' again, talking ill of the dead - and a very elderly man to boot! - so soon after the event. ...I was referring back to Mark Mardell's coining of the phrase 'Donnie Darkmouth' (referencing 'Donnie Darko') to describe Donald Trump in campaign mode. And guess what? Bang on cue - and backing up the point I was tentatively making there, in the most helpful way p... more »

The Democrats' 2016 Strategic Failure-- Closeup: Texas And Pennsylvania

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
The world's worst electoral strategist famously said, not very long ago, "For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin." Unfortunately that was the overall Clinton campaign strategy: let Trump have the white working class deplorables while we harvest votes from rich, white suburbanites who have tended to vote Republican in the past. It worked out badly because many Republicans in Pennsylvania (as well as Ohio and Wisconsin; God only ... more »

"Hillary Clinton Can’t Possibly Win. So Why Do It?"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 8 hours ago
https://youtu.be/l-YaERkaUqU Bill Still on what Stein, Clinton and Soros might be up to.

Understanding KIPP Model Charter Schools: Part 14

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 8 hours ago
Below is Part 14 from my book, *Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys through "Excuses" Teaching*. Earlier parts can be found at this blog by searching on the title of the blog entry, followed by the part number. *Chapter 14* *A Model Whose Time Has Past* Since its beginning in 1994, the KIPP Model has focused on getting economically disadvantaged students to and through college. As the first KIPP schools were grades 5-8, the long-term goal of college makes some sense as a motivator, even though higher education means high school for most fifth graders, KIPP or no KIPP. Most often colle... more »

Nov. 28: Castro and our contemptible news media.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
Today's irvinig press has a striking example of propaganda presented as news. ( That's actually quite common in our news services.) This one is a story about Cuban exiles in Miami celebrating the death of Castro. It's about how the exiles long for a return to a Cuba that is free and democratic, etc. That seems natural? Well, it would. but.... The Cuban exiles in Miami are people who lived happily in a Cuba that was ruled by a dictator who murdered and tortured. How come they didn't leave then? Answer - they had no quarrel with a dictator who murdered and tortured. Many of them... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
Talking about David Keighley, *News-watch *has posted a summary of their latest findings today, monitoring something we here at *ITBB* *didn't* think to monitor: BBC Radio 1's *Newsbeat -* and specifically *Newsbeat*'s pre-referendum coverage. Among the many striking findings of the *News-watch *study (all summarised at David's blog) are the following: - Newsbeat audiences were 1.5 times more likely to encounter a Remain supporter than a Leave supporter. 238 guest speakers contributed to the various discussions on the referendum. The analysis shows that 45% spoke in ... more »

Russia Unveils Nuke Train To Terrify NATO

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Russia has tested a new high speed stealth nuke train that is designed to be a ‘nightmare’ for NATO. The trains carry powerful nuclear weapons and a launcher in the belly of one of their standard looking carriages and are constantly hurtling around Russia mingling with regular trains running on standard rail gauge. Daily Star reports: The trains can be stopped at a moments notice and deploy massive nuclear missile launchers as seen in this chilling test footage. Sounding like something out of a James Bond film – the nuke trains have taken a step into reality with a successful test... more »

Donald Trump Claims Millions Voted Illegally

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
President-elect Donald Trump says that millions of illegal voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election, costing him the popular vote. Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that not only had he won the electoral vote but he also allegedly won the popular vote, if not for his rival Hillary Clinton receiving millions of “illegal” votes. Fox5 reports: The tweets, made from Trump’s official account on Sunday, appear to be in response to efforts led by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to recount votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump won the three... more »

U.S. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Russian President Putin, And Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Will Not Be Attending Fidel Castro's Funeral

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Hill*: *Obama, Biden to skip Fidel Castro's funeral* President Obama and Vice President Biden will not attend the funeral of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, the White House said Monday. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters to “stay tuned” as to which top U.S. officials, if any, would attend the funeral, scheduled for Dec. 4. Top Republicans have urged Obama not to attend the ceremony for Castro, 90, who died over the weekend. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: I did not expect Russian President Putin to attend .... he knows that most Russians have nothin... more »

Christmas Service Advent Ornament #LighttheWorld

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
It took a really long time for me to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Normally we're listening to Christmas carols in October, but this year it took the spark of giving to bring the Christmas spirit to our house. It has been a hard year for our family, with lots of medical problems and unanswered questions. Between the trials our little family struggled with this year, and the toxic political climate, every day has felt like a marathon to be run. More than once before the election I left my computer with tears in my eyes at the way people were treating each other. Hate s... more »

The Children Of the New World Order Have Arrived

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Bernie Suarez* - Their job it is to enforce punishment against thought crimes. The post The Children Of the New World Order Have Arrived appeared first on Waking Times.

Water Protectors file class action suit for retaliation and excessive force against brutal police

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
Water Protectors file class action suit for retaliation and excessive force against brutal police by Lauren C. Regan on November 28, 2016 in Articles, Cases, Current Cases, News Water Protectors file class action suit for retaliation and excessive force against brutal police Contact: Lauren Regan, Director and Attorney, Civil Liberties Defense Center; Water Protector Legal Collective

Andrew Neil again

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Here's an intriguing tweet from Andrew Neil ('the exception which proves the rule'): Wonder which "broadcasters" he has in mind exactly? I've seen and heard *lots *of those very vox pops on the BBC, and I'm betting he has too. *P.S.* And here he is again, just now, giving an "unashamedly left wing" tweeter a less-than-140-character tongue-lashing: He may be about as impartial as Hugh Sykes on Twitter but, unlike our Hugh, he's a basher of *all* sides while broadcasting for the BBC (particularly 'his own' - as my old interruptions stats showed many a year back).

"Right-wing views"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I probably need your advice on this one. What do you make of this?: There was a curious moment on BBC One's *News at Six -* which led with Paul Nuttall's election as leader of UKIP - when the BBC's reporter, Alex Forsyth, said this of the new UKIP leader: The former history lecturer grew up in Liverpool. He's been a UKIP MEP for the North-West as well as the party's deputy leader. And he holds some right-wing views. He's a climate change sceptic who's tough on crime. Is being "a climate change sceptic" a "right-wing view"? (Aren't such views held more generally?) Or is that just ... more »

What’s the difference between Sir Philip Green and the GB Smart Metering Program?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.nickhunn.com/whats-the-difference-between-sir-philip-green-and-the-gb-smart-metering-program/ Nick Hunn, who has been closely following the government’s smart meter programme, offers his view on the latest assessment of the costs involved. He writes on his blog, Creative Connectivity: BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) have just released their long overdue assessment of the […]

The Economy: "Now it Begins to Unravel"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Now it Begins to Unravel:* * The Credit Bubble Peak was Marked by “Totally Crazy Lending.”* by Wolf Richter "Debt is good. More debt is better. Funding consumer spending with debt is even better – that’s what economists have been preaching – because the consumed goods and services are gone after having been added to GDP, while the debt, which GDP ignores, remains until it is paid off with future earnings, or until it blows up. Corporations too have gone on a borrowing binge. Unlike consumers, they have no intention of paying off their debts. They issue new debt and use the proceed... more »

Venezuela's Currency Is Becoming Worthless

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A clerk grabs a stack of Venezuelan 10 bolivars banknotes at a fruit and vegetable store in Caracas July 10, 2015. REUTERS/Marco Bello *Washington Post:* *Venezuela’s currency is so devalued it no longer fits in ordinary wallets* CARACAS, Venezuela — It’s not so easy to find someone who still uses a wallet in Venezuela, where inflation is expected to reach 720 percent this year and the biggest bill — 100 bolivars — is worth about 5 U.S. cents on the black market. The currency has dropped dramatically in value as Venezuela’s oil-based economy has cratered and the government has fra... more »

Further reading

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
There's a fine trio of pieces about BBC bias over at *The Conservative Woman *today: Firstly, David Keighley’s *'Today' lauds a tyrant who nearly wiped out the planet -*which chronicles a day in the life of the BBC's reporting of a breaking news story, namely the death of Fidel Castro. David makes a particularly telling 'moral equivalence' point: Paramount in the coverage was constant moral equivalence. Was he a dictator? In the BBC’s estimation – despite the words of Kennedy, and despite irrefutable statistics – it was a case of only some people said so. He also comments on how... more »

The West's War on Thailand's Next King

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 9 hours ago
*November 29, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The first fatal mistake Western observers make when attempting to describe Thailand's monarchy is comparing it to European, or worse yet, Arabian institutions. It is neither. With the passing of the universally revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the upcoming coronation of his successor, Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, Western observers are indulging deeply in this mistake once again - many doing so intentionally for politically-motivated reasons. Thailand, a nation of nearly 70 million people, and a significant political, military, and eco... more »

Study linking vaccines to autism pulled following heavy criticism

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
A study linking vaccines to autism and other neurological problems has been removed by a Frontiers journal after receiving heavy criticism since it was accepted last week. The abstract — published online in Frontiers in Public Health after being accepted November 21 — reported findings from anonymous online questionnaires completed by 415 mothers of home-schooled children 6-12 years […] The post Study linking vaccines to autism pulled following heavy criticism appeared first on Retraction Watch.

CawRANT Events #37

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
CawRANT Events #37 Good Morning Folks! It's *NOT* raining on the West Coast...as I speak. There were monsoon rains all weekend, however. We have had more rain in the past three months than in the past three years, IMO...and it's becoming a matter of consternation....every night the police/ambulance sirens are screaming all night...people are in trouble...perhaps it is *SAD*...Seasonal Affective Disorder...caused by lack of exposure to the vitamins derived from sunshine. I know I'm craving to sit by a pool in the sunshine and soak up a few rays. For medical reasons, my partner and... more »

The Economy: "Now it Begins to Unravel"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Now it Begins to Unravel:* * The Credit Bubble Peak was Marked by “Totally Crazy Lending.”* by Wolf Richter "Debt is good. More debt is better. Funding consumer spending with debt is even better – that’s what economists have been preaching – because the consumed goods and services are gone after having been added to GDP, while the debt, which GDP ignores, remains until it is paid off with future earnings, or until it blows up. Corporations too have gone on a borrowing binge. Unlike consumers, they have no intention of paying off their debts. They issue new debt and use the procee... more »

Trump's margin well over two million votes!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016"Achievement gap" keeps growing:* As we all know, our president is picked by the electoral college, a lesser-known and less respectable branch of Trump University. That said, we think it's news that Candidate Clinton has ended up winning the popular vote. According to the Cook Report site, this is where matters stand at this point, with votes still being counted: *Popular vote, 2016 election:Candidate Clinton:* 64.7 million votes (48.1 percent) *Candidate Trump:* 62.4 million votes (46.5 percent) As you can see, Donald J. Trump's victory margin now stand... more »

PHILIPPINES’ Duterte: ‘I’ve got a friend who has plenty of weapons’: (RT EXCLUSIVE)

Sabba at The Ugly Truth - 10 hours ago
“I am not ready for military alliances because we have a treaty that was signed in the 50s. But I am ready to cooperate with my new friends – China and Russia – to make this world more peaceful. US has decided to cancel the procurement of weapons. And I said, “I have a friend who […]

Israel’s UN envoy investigated for buying positive media coverage

MG editor at The Ugly Truth - 10 hours ago
Foreign Ministry probes Danny Danon after report alleges he bought laudatory article to promote diplomacy work ed note–so laughable on so many levels. The first is the most obvious–The Jews–whether as a group or as individuals, such as in this case–must control the narrative at all times in order to re-make reality in such a […]

This Day in Jewish History 70 C.E.: The Roman Siege of Jerusalem Ends

MG editor at The Ugly Truth - 10 hours ago
On this day in 70 C.E., rebel forces in the city were vanquished. The conquest of Jerusalem was the climax of the Great Revolt, which began four years earlier with a number of attacks by Jewish rebels in the Land of Israel against Roman authorities. ed note–what you are reading here is the nucleus around […]

Femme Fatale

Lisa Gaufman at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
After Donald Trump won the elections in the US, Twitter was abuzz with the picture of potential UN Security Council country leaders that included Theresa May, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Marine Le Pen. After Brexit and Trump all eyes are on France and its upcoming presidential elections. The possibility of ‘Frexit’ in […]

Satire: "Trump Picks El Chapo to Run D.E.A."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Trump Picks El Chapo to Run D.E.A."* by Andy Borowitz NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)— "Just days after picking Betsy DeVos to run the Department of Education, President-elect Donald Trump has tapped another wealthy outsider by naming Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán to head the Drug Enforcement Administration. In an official statement, Trump said that El Chapo’s “tremendous success in the private sector” showed that he has what it takes to “shake things up” at the D.E.A. Trump’s appointment of the former drug lord surprised many in Washington, in no small part because acrimony between ... more »

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: Updates From Aleppo -Fantastic News As Syrian Forces Have Liberated The North Side Of East Aleppo Pocket!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
Over the last few days, the Syrian government forces and their Russian and Arabic allies have intensified their ground operations against the criminal murderous US bought and paid for mercenaries still holed up in eastern Aleppo.... These attacks have indeed signaled that the Syrian government is absolutely NOT going to listen any more to the lies of the US and their criminal allies, as these criminals are once again begging the good guys for another "ceasefire" to try to save their criminals holed up in eastern Aleppo... And from the reports over the last few days, the Syrian gover... more »

Observing the way Trumpism works!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016Some bad acid's been going around:* As we noted in this morning's report, the Washington Post has now spotted, and denounced, the spread of false factual claims. The Post was reacting to the claim by Donald J. Trump that "millions of people" voted illegally in this month's election. In its sudden rejection of the culture of fake claims, the Post has executed one of the biggest "flip-flops" in modern political history. Our public discourse has been drenched in false claims for several decades now. Some of these bogus claims have involved candidates and o... more »

"How to Become Less Uptight in Two Minutes"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"How to Become Less Uptight in Two Minutes" * by David Cain "The classic advice for public speaking nerves is to picture the crowd in their underwear. I wonder if the person who invented that ever tried it. I find it immediately increases the tension of a speaking situation. It makes you more aware of what’s at stake—the possibility of embarrassment, for the audience too. What does work is to picture the room around you as it was at 4 am. Empty and silent. Nobody there to need any particular thing to happen, or not happen. This simple thought makes it clear that the room itself is... more »

Retired General David Petraeus To Be U.S. Secretary of State?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Trump to Meet Petraeus as Secretary of State Fight Continues* * Meeting comes after outcry among Trump aides over Mitt Romney * Petraeus shared classified information in extramarital affair President-elect Donald Trump is considering retired General David Petraeus to be secretary of state and plans to meet with the former CIA director Monday in New York, according to a senior official with the transition. The celebrated four-star general, who left government under a cloud for sharing classified documents during an extramarital affair, is sitting down with the presiden... more »

"Rep. Chaffetz: We're not done with Hillary Clinton"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 10 hours ago
https://youtu.be/tSK64mwXqGY Which is why Donald Trump will not be allowed to become President of the United States of America, they will do their best to stop him.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe Launches A New Currency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A Zimbabwean man shows off new bond notes in Harare. Photograph: Philimon Bulawayo/Reuter *The Guardian*: *Mugabe launches new currency in 'last gamble' for Zimbabwe* Many fear ‘bond notes’ will cause hyperinflation as protests grow against autocratic 92-year-old’s rule. Zimbabwe has launched a controversial new currency in a last ditch bid to inject desperately needed cash into its failing economy. Many ordinary people fear the new “bond notes”, issued on Monday by the central bank in Zimbabwe, will trigger economic chaos, wiping out savings and causing massive hardship for milli... more »

Police - Tribal Clashes Kill 62 In Uganda

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *At least 62 dead as Uganda moves against tribal king* Police and militia clash after government says King Mumbere's guards were training with separatist group. The death toll from a weekend of fighting in western Uganda has risen to 62 after clashes between police and a militia loyal to a tribal king, according to regional police. An initial 55 deaths had been reported on Sunday. "So far we managed to kill 46 of the royal guards and we also arrested 139 [guards]," regional police spokesman Mansur Suwed told the Reuters news agency. He said the number of police kil... more »

Trump To Pressure Foreign Governments To Probe Clinton Foundation

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Donald Trump is reportedly planning to pressure foreign governments to investigate the Clinton Foundation’s financial dealings. During one of his campaign debates, Trump said that once he was in office he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server and her involvement in the Clinton Foundation. “You’d be in jail,” he warned his presidential rival if he were to win the election. After his election victory Trump made a U-turn on that threat, although, according to the New York Post, the Trump administration will pressure ... more »

Flow Batteries are in the mix

Steve at Thinking Aboot - 11 hours ago
Fuel cells, capacitors and flow batteries are moving mainstream. Diversity off the grid is a a beautiful thing.

Sanders to Trump: Force Rehiring ALL Carrier Employees. Commit to Passing Outsourcing Prevention Act of 2017

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*This clip contains the viral Carrier Indianapolis plant video (also available here), then includes a discussion of why this is so bad, and why this was entirely discretionary by United Technologies (UTC), the company's owner. (Uygur fails to mention the $172 million "golden parachute" given to the UTC CEO in 2014.)* *by Gaius Publius* *"They don't know what to do with all the money they have, and they're * still * firing American workers." –Cenk Uygur in the clip above.* I think by now most people know the story of the Carrier plant layoffs that sparked such anger (discussed i... more »

Canada's Top General Admits That The Military Is Facing A Sexual Assault Crisis

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*CBC:** 960 regular force military members reported sexual assault in the past year, StatsCan survey finds* *Gen. Jonathan Vance calls report of incidents after launch of Operation Honour 'regrettably' sobering* Canada's top soldier is vowing to punish or expel all abusive perpetrators from the military in the wake of a new survey by Statistics Canada that found 960 full-time members, or some 1.7 per cent of the regular force, reported sexual assault in the past year. Responding to the StatsCan survey, Gen. Jonathan Vance said he is "extremely disappointed" that members have defi... more »

"Justice Has No Expiration Date": The Continued Wrongful Imprisonment of Chris Tapp

William N. Grigg at Pro Libertate - 12 hours ago
*Scenes from the Tapp hearing: Bonneville County DA Clark (left), ADA Dewey, Public Defender Thomas. * There were about twenty people gathered in an Idaho Falls courtroom on November 22 for a hearing about Christopher Tapp’s appeal for post-conviction relief. That Tapp is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit was known by everyone in that room. Two of them, Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Clark and deputy Prosecutor John Dewey, were there in an attempt to convince Judge Alan Stephens that the truth didn’t matter, and that justice must be subordinated... more »

Jews DO control the media

MG editor at The Ugly Truth - 12 hours ago
by Elad Nehorai Times of Israel We Jews are a funny breed. We love to brag about every Jewish actor. Sometimes we even pretend an actor is Jewish just because we like him enough that we think he deserves to be on our team. We brag about Jewish authors, Jewish politicians, Jewish directors. Every time […]

Global Land Temperatures Plummet In October

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood David Rose has put the cat among the pigeons! Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C since the middle of this year – their biggest and steepest fall on record. The news comes amid mounting evidence that the recent run of world record high temperatures is […]

Israel Strikes ISIS Linked Group In Syria After Cross Border Attack

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
The IDF reportedly bombed an Islamic State held facility in the Syrian Golan Heights after an ISIS affiliated group opened small arms and mortar fire on an Israeli patrol on Sunday. This was the first encounter between ISIS and Israel. RT reports: An IDF spokesman said that the Monday airstrike targeted “an abandoned military facility, which was previously used by the United Nations and served as a location for [Islamic State or IS, formerly] ISIS to consolidate their offensive forces and operations near the border,” according to the Jerusalem Post The military said the bombing ca... more »

President Obama Expands 9/11 Authorization To Cover The War Against Al-Shabab In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Members of al-Shabaab, an Islamist extremist group, ride in their pickup trucks in Somalia. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters *New York Times:* *Obama Expands War With Al Qaeda to Include Shabab in Somalia* WASHINGTON — The escalating American military engagement in Somalia has led the Obama administration to expand the legal scope of the war against Al Qaeda, a move that will strengthen President-elect Donald J. Trump’s authority to combat thousands of Islamist fighters in the chaotic Horn of Africa nation. The administration has decided to deem the Shabab, the Islamist militant g... more »

World News Briefs -- November 28, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Syrian rebel forces in Aleppo suffer 'biggest defeat since 2012'* *Government advance drives wedge through rebel-held areas as activists claim opposition has lost third of its territory* Rebel forces in Aleppo have lost control of a key district that threatens to split the remaining opposition-held area in two, according to activists. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-government forces seized the strategic Sakhour district in a wider advance that in recent days has driven rebels from a third of the areas they held. One rebel official denied the rep... more »

Authors retract paper linking nuclear power to slow action on climate change

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Do pro-nuclear energy countries act more slowly to curb the effects of climate change? That’s what a paper published in July in the journal Climate Policy claimed. But the hotly debated study was retracted last week after the authors came to understand that it included serious errors. An August 22 press release about the original […] The post Authors retract paper linking nuclear power to slow action on climate change appeared first on Retraction Watch.

This Day in Jewish History 70 C.E.: The Roman Siege of Jerusalem Ends

MG editor at The Ugly Truth - 12 hours ago
On this day in 70 C.E., rebel forces in the city were vanquished. The conquest of Jerusalem was the climax of the Great Revolt, which began four years earlier with a number of attacks by Jewish rebels in the Land of Israel against Roman authorities. ed note–what you are reading here is the nucleus around […]

Here’s Why ‘Fake News’ Sites Are Dangerous

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - Here is your daily mantra: “narrow the range of thought, narrow the range of thought.” The post Here’s Why ‘Fake News’ Sites Are Dangerous appeared first on Waking Times.

Morning Musical Interlude: Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai, “If Men Were At Peace”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai, “If Men Were At Peace” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee1pmzgbQCs

"Just Remember..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"I know the world seems terrifying right now and the future seems bleak. Just remember human beings have always managed to find the greatest strength within themselves during the darkest hours. When faced with the worst horrors the world has to offer, a person either cracks and succumbs to ugliness, or they salvage the inner core of who they are and fight to right wrongs. Never let hatred, fear, and ignorance get the best of you. Keep bettering yourself so you can make the world around you better, for nothing can improve without the brightest, bravest, kindest, and most imaginative... more »

The Poet: C.P. Cavafy, "Waiting for the Barbarians"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Waiting for the Barbarians"* by C.P. Cavafy "What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum? The barbarians are due here today. Why isn’t anything happening in the senate? Why do the senators sit there without legislating? Because the barbarians are coming today. What laws can the senators make now? Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating. Why did our emperor get up so early, and why is he sitting at the city’s main gate on his throne, in state, wearing the crown? Because the barbarians are coming today ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- November 28, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers listens at a Reuters CyberSecurity Summit in Washington, May 12, 2014. Reuters *Military.com:* *Turmoil at Pentagon in Transition to Trump Administration* The Pentagon has pledged a swift and orderly transition to the new administration even as outgoing Defense Secretary Ashton Carter reportedly is moving to sack cyber and intelligence chief Adm. Mike Rogers, who met with President-elect Donald Trump last week. Carter also has come under fire from the heads of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees, who have warned against any "midnight" mov... more »

Care For Elderly ‘Close To Collapse’ Across UK

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 13 hours ago
A cross-party alliance of politicians have warned the government that the United Kingdom is on the brink of a social care crisis as funding for the care of the elderly is deteriorating. “The social care crisis is real and it is happening right now. The government cannot ignore it any longer if we are to truly have a society that works for everyone,” the group said in a letter to The Observer. More than half of UK councils tasked with care for the elderly have had at least one residential and nursing care provider closed in the last six months as figures show the system is close to ... more »

"We Are Waiting For The Barbarians"; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"We Are Waiting For The Barbarians"* by Chris Hedges "We await the crisis. It could be economic. It could be a terrorist attack within the United States. It could be widespread devastation caused by global warming. It could be nationwide unrest as the death spiral of the American empire intensifies. It could be another defeat in our endless and futile wars. The crisis is coming. And when it arrives it will be seized upon by the corporate state, nominally led by a clueless real estate developer, to impose martial law and formalize the end of American democracy. When we look back o... more »

What Has Neoliberal Capitalism Ever Done For India?

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 13 hours ago
CounterPunch, Countercurrents, Global Research, RINF When India ushered in neoliberal economic reforms during the early 1990s, the promise was job creation, inclusive growth and prosperity for all. But, some 25 years later, what we have seen is almost 400,000 farmers committing suicide, one of the greatest levels of inequality out of all ‘emerging’ economies, a trend towards jobless ‘growth’, an accelerating and massive illegal outflow of wealth by the rich, and, as if that were not enough, now we have the sequestration of ordinary people’s money under the euphemism ‘demonetization... more »

LOSERS: "Millions of people" invented, denied!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016Part 1—Trumpism spotted, denounced:* The Washington Post has spent decades inventing and spreading the noxious culture which is now known as Trumpism. That culture is about to enter the White House in the person of Donald J. Trump. On that basis, the Washington Post has now announced its *opposition* to the culture it worked to create. The Post announces its opposition to Trumpism atop the front page of today's hard-copy editions. As the paper announces its opposition, it finally *spots* the noxious culture it worked so hard to create. The Post spots and... more »

Betraying Turkey:Germany & US Leaving Incirlik/ Pulling Out Personnel/Scouting Alternative Locales

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*As the betrayal of Turkey progresses....NATO allies? Not so much.* RescueNovember 27, 2016 at 10:53 PM Penny, you should write a post about Germany removing their military from Incirlik. They are trying to gain access to Jordanian bases instead. Turkey refuses Germany a permanent presence at the base, because of their support for the PKK. I think its an important story, not reported and talked about enough. Replies 1. PennyNovember 28, 2016 at 5:57 AM I've seen some of the news about Germany and Incirlik If Germany is heading for Jordan it tells us much about the ... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 42, Nov 27, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Five not four neighborhoods in eastern Mosul were freed on November 25. That makes a total of 39 areas entered in the city with 19 freed, and 20 still contested. *Progress in Eastern Mosul Neighborhoods* Total Entered: 39 Freed: 19 Still Fighting: 20 On November 27 the Iraqi forces were mostly consolidating their positions, while the Hashd were still busy around Tal Afar. The latter freed two more towns west of Mosul. The Federal Police in the southwest were clearing IEDs. The 9thDivision was still fighting over five neighborhoods in eastern Mosul, and the Golden Division several ... more »

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Continues His Efforts To Stop The Russian Backed Offensive To Retake Aleppo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Secretary of State John Kerry steps off of his aircraft as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, from London, November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool *Josh Rogin, Washington Post*:* Inside Kerry’s race to stop the siege of Aleppo* Our indefatigable outgoing Secretary of State John F. Kerry is engaged in a furious if implausible diplomatic effort to strike a deal with Russia to end the siege of Aleppo. He is motivated not just by the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian city but also by the prospect that the incoming president will strike a different kind... more »

Battle For The City Of Aleppo -- News Updates November 28, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *Syria government forces split rebel-held Aleppo in two* *Thousands of civilians flee as pro-government forces split rebel-held sector in a huge push to retake the city.* Rebels have lost most of the northern neighbourhoods in besieged east Aleppo, a monitor said on Monday, as the army pushed an offensive to retake the whole of Syria's second city. The army captured the Sakhour, Haydariya and Sheikh Khodr neighbourhoods on Monday, while Kurdish forces took the Sheikh Fares district from rebels, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Kurdish forces in... more »

Nation Not Treading Lightly in Unchartered Territory:

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 14 hours ago
November 27, 2016 | by Roberto Rodriguez Without question, this country is in unchartered territory. People across the country continue to express themselves in despair. Others in fear. Some panic, while still others prepare. Of course, many have staged numerous protests from coast to coast. In response to the aftermath of the elections, some 150 college and university presidentshave banded together to express their concern regarding the rise in hate crimes across the country. The unexpected presidential results have emboldened racial supremacists and misogynists across the cou... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *Here's what 5 of your favorite products would cost if they were made in the US Silicon Valley Bank is thinking about removing names from résumés to prevent unconscious bias against job candidatesJapan unveils the world’s biggest dinosaur robots — and they're terrifyingRon Paul Lashes Out At WaPo's Witch Hunt: "Expect Such Attacks To Continue" Greece Is Not India? Hellenic Banks Plan "Tax On Cash Withdrawals" To Combat Black EconomyThe Hyperinflationary Endgame: Venezuela Currency Crashes 15% In One DayFrancois Fillon could be the man to destroy Marine Le Pen's h... more »

A new way to fake authorship: Submit under a prominent name, then say it was a mistake

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Recently, the editors of a journal about management science received a submission from a prominent Dutch economist. But something didn’t feel right about it. For one, the author submitted the paper using a Yahoo email address. So the editors contacted the author via his institutional email; immediately, the researcher denied having submitted the paper — […] The post A new way to fake authorship: Submit under a prominent name, then say it was a mistake appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Paedophile Football Coach Admitted To Hospital

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
Barry Bennell, the former football coach who is currently at the centre of a child sex abuse scandal, has been admitted to hospital. The convicted child abuser was found unconscious after police were called to a “welfare incident” in Stevenage. Thames Valley Police said in a statement : “Police officers attended an address in Knebworth Park, Stevenage just before 11pm on Friday in connection with a fear for welfare incident…A 62-year-old man was located and was taken to hospital in order to receive medical treatment, where he remains.” The incident happened just hours after four f... more »

Jay Dyer: Esoteric Hollywood: How to Destroy the Entertainment-Industrial Complex

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Worth a listen.* *"We begin by discussing Hollywood: its history, significance, and, most importantly, how to destroy it. Jay references Plato, who argued that you cannot have complete freedom of the arts because degeneracy can harm society. Jay also relates this to democracy, explaining that an elite can, through the arts, make man easier to control by appealing to his base desires. We discuss the fact that film has, since its inception, been linked to powerful interests, such as the military and the mafia. We consider the nature of culture, and how it must be altered prior to any... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

British Soldiers Want To Join The Fight For Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The 4 Rifles sniper: ‘I would go to Mosul tomorrow.’ Photograph: Jamie Wiseman/The Daily Mail *The Guardian*: *Britain's most experienced sniper tells of his frustration in Iraq* Soldier training Iraqi army in remote base says he would love to help fight against Isis in Mosul but has not been allowed out. One of the most experienced snipers in the British army, who is currently based in Iraq, says he has not been allowed beyond the perimeter fence of Camp al-Asad, a remote, highly fortified base in the desert of Anbar province. The soldier, one of a few hundred British special fo... more »

"A Family Reunion…"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"A Family Reunion…"* by Bill Bonner "Markets have been calm over the Thanksgiving holiday. Americans- distracted by friends and family - had better things to do than panic. We celebrated at our family farm in Maryland. In addition to Thanksgiving, we attended a family reunion and a grandchild’s christening. The three family events focused our attention on family history and how the culture of southern Maryland has evolved over the last 50 years. Whether this has any parallels in other parts of the country- or whether this has any significance- we don’t know. But we’ll tell you wha... more »

ANONYMOUS News Report on Police Violence at Standing Rock

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Police Fire on Standing Rock Peaceful Water Protectors Nov. 20, 2016 Photo copyright Rob Wilson A Factual News Account from Anonymous on Police Violence at Standing Rock Published on Nov 21, 2016 Good day to the citizens of this world Today the 21 of November ANONYMOUS TV IS reporting ON POLICE ENGAGING ON PEACEFUL PROTEST. THE TEMPERATURE IS BELOW ZERO. THESE ARE THE CITIZENS OF THE

Invitation to Climate Hustle Screenings in Sydney, NSW

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 15 hours ago
Scorching temperatures. Melting ice caps. Killer hurricanes and tornadoes. Disappearing polar bears. The end of civilization as we know it! Are emissions from our cars, factories, and farms causing catastrophic climate change? Is there a genuine scientific consensus? Or is man-made “global warming” an overheated environmental con job being used to push for increased government regulations and a new “Green” energy agenda? CLIMATE HUSTLE answers these questions, and many, many more. Produced by CFACT and CDR Communications in the one-of-a-kind entertaining and informative style that ... more »

The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates November 28, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Iraqi forces say 1,000 Islamic State fighters killed in Mosul* Iraqi special forces battling to clear Islamic State from eastern Mosul have killed nearly 1,000 militants but fighting has slowed as troops face a mobile enemy hidden among thousands of civilians in the city, a top commander said. Six weeks into a major offensive, Iraqi forces have captured nearly half of eastern Mosul, moving from district to district against jihadist snipers, suicide attackers and car bombs. Elite Iraqi troops, known as the "Golden Division", are the only brigades to have entered Mosul ... more »

Cyber Monday: Amazon Deals including the Instant Pot deal back on...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*online - my preferred shopping choice.* I received notice this morning that due to a computer glitch cancelling some orders, *Instant Pot put it's deal for $68.95 back up. Save over $50.00. I've already purchased several for gifts. * *Plus:* *Cyber Monday Deals at Amazon *

“Morons, Misconceptions & Misgivings”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Morons, Misconceptions & Misgivings”* by Uncola for TheBurningPlatform.com "If one ever wanted to witness a completely, beyond the pale, and over the top example of liberal hubris and condescending arrogance, one could do no better than to read Paul Krugman’s Black Friday essay published in the New York Times on November 25, 2016. This opinion piece, entitled “The Populism Perplex”, is a perfect example of educated stupidity and how to contort oneself in order to see things the exact opposite of reality. Reading this treatise of surreality is like watching “Stranger Things” on N... more »

Energy & Environmental Newsletter- Nov 11th

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 16 hours ago
*Energy & Environmental* *Newsletter - 11/28/16* AWED Friends: The latest *Energy and Environmental Newsletter*, is now available online. Since so much is happening, this issue is coming out a week early. (The next *Newsletter* is scheduled for December 19th.) *THANK YOU* for the exceptional response to my Trump Transition List regarding the 3 E’s! The latest version is dated *11/24/16*. (*If you don’t see that, then try * *clearing your browser History.*) It’ll be awhile before we can see how many of these recommendations are actually enacted, but I’m still cautious... more »

Will Rubio Turn Out To Be The Most Cowardly, Servile And Craven Member Of The Senate?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
You might not realize it from *DWT* posts, but I've been slow to shake off the denials that set in about the existential dangers of a Pepe The Frog Regime here in America. Every now and then something hits my consciousness and moves me towards reality. Sunday morning Marco Rubio's ugly countenance was on *Meet the Press* urging Pepe to deny DACA renewals to students. (God, if only Schumer hadn't guaranteed the little shit reelection by installing the one politician even worse than Rubio as the party nominee!) But I had been prepared for Rubio's nastiness a couple days before when a... more »

Report: Bashar Al Assad & Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah Hold Secret Meeting in Tent on Lebanon Border

Sabba at The Ugly Truth - 16 hours ago
THE ALGEMEINER – Syrian President Bashar Assad recently held a secret meeting with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in a tent on the Syria-Lebanon border, a Beirut-based newspaper has reported. According to the unconfirmed report — published by the pro-Assad Ad-Diyar newspaper — no details of the content of the four-hour conversation between the Syrian dictator and […]

Western Style Democracies And The Misrepresentation Of The People

Sabba at The Ugly Truth - 16 hours ago
GLOBAL RESEARCH – Jean-Jacques Rousseau was aware of the dangers of passive politics. He advocated a more proactive approach of continual political activity. He wrote: “among the Greeks, whatever the people had to do, they did themselves; they were constantly assembled in the market place.” It is likely that Trump will disappoint his supporters given the limitations of […]

Fools That We Are

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
These days, when it comes to public discourse, nuance is nowhere to be found. Michael Harris writes: There is no public discourse, just an ongoing screed between those fighting for the controls. It’s not just sex, lies and videotape that is used to bring the opponent low — but a hearty boot to the meat pies if you can manage to get the other guy down. The mayhem etiquette of cage-fighting has vanquished any vestige of the Marquis of Queensbury rules. Welcome to Trumpland and the skewed reality of the alt-right. Making matters worse, we have entered the *Age of Dishonesty and Decep... more »

"The Problem Is..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” - Thomas Sowell Yeah, you shall "overcomb..." What a bunch of clowns, idiots, morons and losers... Oh, I'm sorry, was that offensive? Wouldn't want to hurt your tender feewings... Yes, I do, in fact, want to.

English Football Child Sex Abuse Scandal Grows

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 16 hours ago
England’s Football Association has launched an inquiry into allegations of historic child sexual abuse as English football is being rocked by what may be the biggest scandal in its history. Former players have revealed that they suffered years of sexual abuse while they were in youth academy systems and mounting evidence indicates that the clubs were aware of the abuse but took no action. There are now as many as seven professional football clubs embroiled in a growing child sex abuse scandal, with more than 20 former players alleging they were victims. Officials warn that the cur... more »

Iraq's Government Has Passed A Law Legalising Iranian-Backed Shia Militias

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Aljazeera:* *Iraq's parliament passes law legalising Shia militias* Iraqi Sunnis say law was proof of Shia "dictatorship" but Prime Minister Abadi says force will defend "all Iraqis". The Iraqi parliament has passed a bill recognising the Shia militia fighters, the Popular Mobilisation Forces, as a government entity operating alongside the military. The bill passed on Saturday will see the establishment of the Popular Mobilisation Forces Commission, which critics said could only widen sectarian divisions in the war-torn country. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi welcomed the legis... more »

Brexit: Legal battle over UK's single market membership -per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
As this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38126899 explores, the Remoaners are at it again. Are there any lengths that they won't go to to stop the democratic result of the EU referendum? 'Conservative MP and Brexiteer Dominic Raab said: "Rather than coming up with new legal wheezes to try and frustrate the will of the people, these lawyers should be working with us to make a success of Brexit." The public have spoken; we should respect the result and get on with it, not try to find new hurdles that undermine the democratic process."'

Cuba: Fidel Castro's Government Censored UFO Information

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 17 hours ago
*Source: Cadizdirecto.com (Spain)Date: 11/28/2016* *Cuba: Fidel Castro's Government Censored UFO Information* [*Editor's note: INEXPLICATA has provided information on the fascinating history of the UFO phenomenon in Cuba for many years, showcasing the efforts of researchers such as Orestes Girbau. We would like to take this opportunity to mark the passing of Dr. Virgilio Sánchez-Ocejo, the Cuban-born researcher whose work appeared in MUFON Journal, Flying Saucer Review and other publications. His contributions to making the mysteries of the largest island in the Caribbean are far... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*UK: We need teachers, not preachers* *Brexit-bashing teachers want to turn education into re-education* The idea of education as a form of indoctrination is often seen as a thing of the past, something belonging to the old Communist and Nazi regimes. But the blurring of the line between education and the promotion of certain ideas is still a feature of modern, liberal-dominated education. In a recent article, published by TES, Mike Stuchbery, a school teacher, argues that UK schools have been ‘battered’ by the ‘twin tsunamis of Brexit and Donald Trump’. Immediate action is needed... more »

A Book Review On How The Pentagon Has Evolved Into The War Machine That It Is Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Davd Craig, RCD*: *An Outsider's View Inside the Pentagon's War Machine* “How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything” Rosa Brooks. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 2016. *“One of the most thought-provoking books I’ve ever read. It’s as if we have been sleep walking into this new world and Rosa has turned on a flashlight to show what we are doing and where we are going.” ~ General James Mattis (USMC, Ret.)* Pentagon has become a symbol of America’s military, but also somewhat of an enigma, even to those in the military. The mission of the Pentagon once seemed rath... more »

Russia's Military Campaign In Syria is Revealing 'Defense Gaps'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Russian Campaign in Syria Exposes Moscow’s Defense Gaps* Deployment of warships to assist Assad regime lays bare weaknesses in Russian military’s naval aviation and carrier operations. A flotilla of Russian warships in the Mediterranean is providing a high-profile show of force in support of the Syrian regime. But the deployment has also thrown into sharp relief the limits of Moscow’s conventional military. State television broadcasts to the domestic audience Top Gun-style footage of bombers taking off from Russia’s flagship aircraft carrier, the Admiral ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Arctic warming claim: An amusing combination of alarm and uncertainty* *The article below starts out by making a big deal out of the fact that: "Temperatures in the Arctic are currently about 20C above what would be expected". Which is roughly true as far as it goes. But like all Green/Left reporting, the important bits are what is left out. SEPP tells us what is left out:"The current warmth in the Artic provides material for alarmists to predict drastic climate change. Many of the stories fail to mention that although the mean Arctic temperatures are as much as 15ºC, ... more »

Will President-Elect Trump Escalate Or Withdraw From America's Ongoing Wars Around The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives at the the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar *Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Defense One/Council on Foreign Relations*: *As Trump Waits, So Do US War Fighters, Planners* The truth is nobody from the Pentagon to Baghdad knows yet if Trump will escalate or withdraw from America's ongoing fights around the world. With President-elect Donald Trump about to become commander in chief, America has not seen this many questions around U.S. national security policy since the late... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Conservative Fillon wins French right-wing primary https://t.co/4bcjHyzAwZ pic.twitter.com/cMhlPQdbI7 — AFP news agency (@AFP) November 27, 2016

Andrew Breitbart Warned Us About Podesta Pedo Links In 2011

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 18 hours ago
Andrew Breitbart warned us in a series of tweets in 2011 that John Podesta had links to underage sex slavery and pedophilia. In 2010, years before WikiLeaks emails exposed John Podesta’s dubious activities, Andrew Breitbart recognized Clinton’s campaign manager as one of the biggest, most corrupt figures in Washington, D.C. How prog-guru John Podesta isn't household name as world class underage sex slave op cover-upperer defending unspeakable dregs escapes me. — AndrewBreitbart (@AndrewBreitbart) February 4, 2011 In another tweet Breitbart alleged that Media Matters For America, a... more »

Islamic State Group Attacks Israeli Position In The Golan Heights

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Times of Israel:** IDF strikes IS target in Syria, day after killing 4 IS-affiliated terrorists following clash* Military says it took out compound used as base for attack on IDF troops Sunday by members of Khalid ibn al-Walid Army in Golan Heights The Israeli Air Force struck a military target belonging to the Islamic State terror group on the Syrian side of the southern Golan Heights overnight Sunday-Monday, the military said in a statement Monday morning. The raid came after an Israeli airstrike killed four members of an Islamic State-affiliated terrorist group in southern Syr... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*(Click on Picture ot Enalrge)* Boys play with a ball in front of oilfields burned by Islamic State fighters in Qayyara, south of Mosul, Iraq, November 23. © REUTERS/ GORAN TOMASEVIC

Monday shorts and links....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
Gay marriage a big issue in Taiwan, with just over 50% supporting... - *LANDMARK*: NYTimes editorial encouraging same-sex marriage in Taiwan: "Taiwan should become another nation to recognize that love is love, regardless of sexual orientation." Another *nation*. - *Meanwhile*: Large protest in support of gay marriage today in front of the Legislature. DPP might reverse position on gay marriage but it looks like it will come up with a separate but equal civic union law which civic groups do not want. Civic groups rally in support of gay marriage. News Lens... more »

Major Disagreements Between OPEC Members Revealed On Production Cuts Before Major Meeting This Wednesday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
A table with OPEC logo is seen during the presentation of OPEC's 2013 World Oil Outlook in Vienna , in this November 7, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger *Reuters:* *OPEC makes last-ditch bid to save oil deal as tensions grow* OPEC was trying on Monday to rescue a deal to limit oil output as tensions grew among the producer group and non-OPEC member Russia, with top exporter Saudi Arabia saying markets would rebalance even without an agreement. OPEC experts started a meeting in Vienna at 0900 GMT (4:00 a.m. ET) and were due to make recommendations to their ministers on how e... more »

Three papers on information in quantum gravity

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
I want to briefly mention three recent papers on the fate of the information in quantum gravity. First, a week ago, Raphael Bousso argued that there is a simple Universal Limit on Communication. When you are sending the information by photons, one photon of frequency \(\omega\) must occupy the time at least \(\Delta t \sim 1/ \omega\) and transmits \(\O(1)\) nats (or bits) of information, e.g. a bit from the polarization of the photon. The energy of the photon is \(E=\hbar\omega\). You might think that the number of bits per photon may be increased arbitrarily because the informati... more »

Analysis: IDF meets I.S.I.S

Sabba at The Ugly Truth - 19 hours ago
Sabba – “Is I.S.I.S trying to provoke Israel” asks the writer. The I.S.I.S jewhadists have claimed time and time again that they never attack Israel or any jew for that matter because their holy book forbids them to. This in turn implies that their holy book does allow them to kill, torture, rape Christians and […]

Lusting For War Against Hezbollah – Clash With ISIS Could Open a Dangerous New Front for Israel

Sabba at The Ugly Truth - 19 hours ago
Sabba – Remember what IDF Brigadier General Rassan Alian recently said: “Another Israel-Lebanon War is due to happen any time soon and it won’t necessarily begin in Israel; events on other fronts are liable to spur it”. ———————————————————— HAARETZ – An incident with ISIS in the southern Golan Heights ended with success for the Israel Defense Forces despite […]

Unredeemable – Jealousy, The Main Reason For The New Anti-Semitism

Sabba at The Ugly Truth - 19 hours ago
YNET – Op-ed: It’s neither Israel’s stand towards terror, nor the fact that it won’t give up all lands claimed by the Palestinians. The real reason for the growing hatred towards the Jewish state is pure jealousy. Like many of us, I also realized several years ago that the anti-Semitism in most European countries was not […]

Nepal: We Must Gather the Good Minded People Everywhere

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago
*Students and faculty at women's college in Kathmandu this morning - just three hours after an earthquake woke us from our deep sleep* We arrived in Nepal yesterday afternoon via a flight from Delhi. Up early in the morning we flew from Nagpur to Delhi national airport and then took a bus to Delhi international. As we approached Delhi international airport we saw a massive billboard with a military helicopter on it and the Boeing logo alongside. Words on the billboard were "This is our future". The people of India are being enticed, lead, directed, forced (you pick the appropriat... more »

SJW meets reality

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago

Putin Winning TIME Person Of The Year In A Landslide

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Vladimir Putin has rocketed to the top of the TIME Person of the Year poll and is on course for a landslide victory, proving that his determination to destroy the New World Order has started to resonate with Americans of all stripes. Putin has opened up a huge lead in the 2016 poll, currently sitting on 38% of the vote. Donald Trump is in second place with 13%, Julian Assange has 3% and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both have less than 1%. The Russian president, who has a massive 25% lead over second place, appears certain to win the public poll in a landslide. But will the est... more »

North Pole an Insane 36 Degrees Warmer Than Normal as Region Hits Record Low Sea Ice Extent

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What is happening is that the sea ice has not yet been able to significantly recover thanks to a weather oddity. The real cold air is sitting over in Siberia while the open ocean picked up additional heat thanks to an early clearing in the spring. Thus we are over a month or two late on the actual ice freeze. This then coincides with the spring retreat in the Antarctic sea ice and we get this wonderful graph. You could really convince yourself that something has gone seriously wrong. Why the press has not run with it yet escapes me. What is really true is that we are having... more »

White House Unveils Bold Climate Change Plan Before Trump Takes Over

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
In fact folks, it is a hoax drummed up by the New World Conspiracy as an effective tool to produce a global tax and administration. It has been bubbling up and down along the way but the non developed nations have been supportive simply because they have been promised largese along with no sacrifice. The conspiracy has been operational since the late nineties and the chaps involved are the usual set of players with far too much private financial power and otherwise scant intellectual sophistication. None would be invited to teach a college course. Would... more »

The Finders

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What Gunderson discovered is for most of us unimaginable but leads back to what i posted on as the only natural conspiracy that relates to the crime of pedophilia. All other conspiracies need to be underwritten with cash and this never buys real loyalty and is thus unnatural. I will need to say a lot more about what all this portends but it is mightily serious. Ted never was able to force a true response to what he so clearly uncovered and what i also have managed to uncover. I know enough hard facts to essentially confirm the overall plausibility of what he was dealing with. ... more »

The Accidental Genius of the Electoral College

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What we all need to appreciate is that every voting system is a game and will be gamed. The challenge is to allow maximum flexibility and to learn to live with the implied oddities. The pure parliamentary system using pure first past the post is what i am familiar with. Again we hear crys for proportional voting in the belief this will provide a superior outcome when it clearly does not anywhere it has been used. Wonderfully the parliamentary system by collapsing the executive branch in with the electors allows for an abrupt change in government when necessary. What is mis... more »

Bolivia Becomes First South American Country To Ban Rothschild Banks

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Bolivia has become the latest country to kick the Rothschild banks out of their country, with President Evo Morales announcing that Bolivia will no longer respond to pressure or financial blackmail from the US government or Rothschild-controlled international banking institutions. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and US-dominated World Bank have been major players in the global economic landscape ever since their creation in 1944. These international banking organizations, which are privately controlled by the notorious Rothschild banking family, first pressure nations to dere... more »

Swiss voters chose to keep nuclear power plants

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
I generally think that frequent referendums aren't a good way to organize societies – or at least nations such as mine – because I do think that detailed decisions should be made by selected people with special knowledge and skills and the median voter isn't one of them. That's why a competition between "potential experts" – politicians who fight against each other – which is judged by the median voter i.e. the representative democracy sounds like a more sophisticated scheme. On the other hand, I am repeatedly impressed by the results of the referendums in Switzerland and the politi... more »

What Do You Do with a Problem Like Zika?

Jeremy Youde at Duck of Minerva - 22 hours ago
Two years ago, more people probably knew that Stephen Breyer is on the Supreme Court (hint: it’s a really low number) than had even heard of the Zika virus. I certainly hadn’t, and I make my living studying global health politics. The entirety of published research on Zika could fit in a shoebox. Since the […]

Obama Prepares For Illegal ‘Midnight Hour’ Executive Actions

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Barack Obama is illegally rushing through a final set of executive actions in his final two months as President, despite the fact that Congress blocked his ability to pass any new laws or policies. Federal agencies are pushing through new regulations on commodities speculation, air pollution from the oil industry, doctors’ Medicare drug payments and high-skilled immigrant workers, in order to cement Obama’s legacy. This is all despite the fact that Trump will probably reverse all new legislation created by the Obama administration. Politico.com reports: PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP LAYS ... more »

UFO Attack In Turkey Captured On Camera

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Footage of a ‘UFO attack’ in Turkey sent social media users into a frenzy on Sunday night, as thousands of residents captured a cluster of UFOs in the night sky. The #ufoattackturkey hashtag began trending on Twitter as panicked users from different parts of the country shared images taken on their mobile phones of the unidentified flying objects. One user uploaded a video that appears to show a loud explosion occuring as they investigated the mysterious lights in the sky. Ufo saldırıları eve sıçradı , an itibarı ile eskişehir : #ufoattacktoturkey pic.twitter.com/IZcOXG7Z4g — Eren... more »

The Sylvia North Story

Spike EP at News Spike - 22 hours ago
*Sylvia of The North* *Sylvia* Pronunciation of Sylvia [sylvia] as a girls' name is pronounced SIL-vee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Sylvia is "*woods, forest"*. The Latin form Silvia was more popular for centuries until recently. Rhea Silvia was *an ancient nature goddess, mother to the twin founders of Rome, *Romulus and Remus. Shakespeare used the name Silvia for the love interest in his play "Two Gentlemen of Verona", probably intending to give the impression of a typical Italian girl though the name has come to be regarded as an English name. Associate... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
The lead story on BBC News this morning is that "the BBC has learned" (i.e. doubtless meaning that it's been told all about it by the same pro-EU campaigners who star in the article itself!) that various lawyers and a "think tank" are considering legal challenges to the government over the single market: The article, after outlining the arguments of the lawyers, then refers to British Influence: "Think tank" is one way of putting it. It doesn't appear to be the correct way though. "Pressure group" seems more accurate. *Wikipedia* says this of the organisation: You get none of... more »

Trump: I Legally Won Popular Vote By Landslide

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Donald Trump said on Sunday that he believes he would have won the popular vote in a landslide victory if millions of illegal aliens had not been allowed to vote this election. In response to the Hillary Clinton push for an election recount, Trump tweeted: In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016 It is widely accepted that over three million illegal voters were allowed to take part in the elections this year in an attempt to rig ... more »

James McEnteer : Vultures over Havana

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 23 hours ago
Fidel Castro and the Castration of U.S. Latin American policy. By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | November 28, 2016 When Fidel Castro died in his sleep at 90 on November 25 in Havana, American news consumers might have … finish reading James McEnteer : Vultures over Havana

The Double Life Of Fidel Castro

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*New York Post:** Inside Fidel Castro’s life of luxury and ladies while country starved* With his shaggy beard and rumpled, olive-drab fatigues, Fidel Castro presented himself to the world as a modest man of the people. At times, he claimed he made just 900 pesos ($43) a month and lived in a “fisherman’s hut” somewhere on the beach. But Castro’s public image was a carefully crafted myth, more fiction than fact. “While his people suffered, Fidel Castro lived in comfort — keeping everything, including his eight children, his many mistresses, even his wife, a secret,” wrote Juan Rei... more »

Should The U.S. Threaten A Trade War With China Over North Korea?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Gordon G. Chang, Forbes*:* To Disarm North Korea, Wage Trade War On China* Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the White House told the Trump transition team that North Korea was, in the words of the paper, the “top national security priority” for the incoming administration. Virtually every American analyst agrees on what Trump should do to meet the No. 1 threat: drop his plans of confronting China on trade to obtain its assistance on “denuclearizing” the Kim regime. This line of thinking is not new and ignores 13 years of American foreign policy failure. In fact, it’s... more »


Spike EP at News Spike - 1 day ago

Pentagon No-Fly Zone Over Syria Prompts Russia War Fears

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
On November 15, Congress passed a resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Syria, which experts are warning will result in a U.S. war with Russia. House Resolution 5732, otherwise known as the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act,” means that America can now shoot down Russian warplanes operating in the region. Thefreehthoughtproject.com reports: Soon after the presidential election, key warmongers in Congress began formulating plans to make increased conflict a near certainty, complete with the kind of propaganda peddled before the Iraq attack. While everyone was distracted by t... more »

Two Retried U.S. Marine Generals Receommend Each Other To President-elect Trump For U.S. Secretary of Defense

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Trump shakes hands with retired Marine Gen. John Kelly after meeting with him in Bedminster Township, N.J., on Nov. 20. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) *Washington Post:* *Retired Marine generals recommended each other to Trump as Pentagon chief* When President-elect Donald Trump met last weekend with two retired Marine Corps generals, they each recommended that Trump consider naming the other as secretary of defense, according to a source familiar with the generals’ talks. James N. Mattis and John F. Kelly are both seen as contenders for a cabinet position in the n... more »

Has Trump's Bizarre Win, Enabled An Even More Aggressive Putin?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
In the last couple of weeks, Putin allies have come to power-- with his help-- in Moldava, Bulgaria and the United States. (Yes, Obama completely failed to protect America from that menace... and now I'm worried that the brutal Russian dictator will turn Ed Snowden over to Trumpanzee the first time el Presidente Pepe The Frog needs a rabbit to pull out of a hat.) This morning the *Financial Times* reported about Putin's ties to the neo-Nazi far right in an increasingly fascist Hungary (whose leader, Viktor Orban, and Trump have already forged a bond). Last week, *The Guardian* repo... more »

China's Space Program Is Threatening NASA's Dominance

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo taken on June 3, 2013 shows the assembly of the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft and the Long March-2F carrier rocket at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan, northwest China's Gansu Province. The assembly was transported to the launch site on Monday morning, which marks the manned Shenzhou-10 mission entering the final phase of its preparation. The spacecraft, which will be launched in mid-June from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, will carry three astronauts and dock with Tiangong-1, target orbiter and space module. Source:China.org.cn *Bloomberg:* *This Remote Military Bas... more »

French Conservative Candidate Francois Fillon On Course To Be France's Next President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*New Europe:* *Fillion is the Presidential candidate of les Républicains* François Fillon secured the nomination of the French center-right les Républicains party on Sunday; his victory over Alain Juppé was expected. But the margin of victory was triumphant with a 68,4%- to- 31,6%. That was not bad for the man running as the “third candidate” last Sunday. “France can’t bear its decline. It wants the truth, and it wants action,” he said on Sunday evening. More than three million French were engaged in these primaries to elect the Presidential candidate of les Républicains, who poll... more »

Italy Facing A Banking Crisis If A Referendum Vote On Constitutional Reform Fails (As Expected)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Reuters*: *Renzi faces pressure to stay in office as Italy referendum defeat looms* When a handful of European leaders met Barack Obama in Berlin this month to say their goodbyes, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi informed the group that he may well lose power before the U.S. president. While Obama leaves office on Jan. 20, Renzi has promised to resign if he does not win a Dec. 4 referendum on constitutional reform, opening the way for renewed political instability in the eurozone's third largest economy. "I have no desire to hang around if I lose,... more »

Iran Defense Minister: Russia Will Be Allowed To Use Iran's Hamadan Base For Military Operations On Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Su-24 bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. © Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik *Sputnik*: *Iran Could Allow Russia to Use Hamadan Base If Necessary for Syrian Operation* Iranian Defense Minister stated that Iranian authorities could allow Russia to use the Hamadan air base in western Iran for Moscow's aerial operation against terrorist in Syria if the situation in the crisis-torn Middle Eastern nation demanded it. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iranian authorities could allow Russia to use the Hamadan air base in western Iran for Moscow's aerial operation again... more »

Musical Interlude: David Nevue, "While The Trees Sleep"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
David Nevue, "While The Trees Sleep" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHqkNHIlfso

Army Corps says no forced removal of Standing Rock water protectors

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
This is not Syria. This is Standing Rock. These are water protectors on Thanksgiving Day at the river prepared for attack by militarized police, DAPL hired mercenaries and the the Morton County Sheriff. Photo copyright Rob Wilson. By Brenda Norrell Censored News The US Army Corps said today, Sunday, that it has no plans to forcibly remove Standing Rock water protectors camped on Treaty

U.N. And The GCC Are Concerned On The Theft Of Nuclear Material From An Iranian Nuclear Plant

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Employees of the Research Institute for Protective Technologies, Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection (WIS) inspect a dummy sample which is contaminated with a substance similar to the chemical weapon Sarin.. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Arutz Sheva*:* Deadly nuclear material stolen from Iran nuclear plant* A device containing Iridium-192 has been reported stolen from Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, could be used to construct a dirty bomb. A device containing the nuclear material Iridium-192 has gone missing from Iran’s Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and may have been stolen, ac... more »

Iran's Military Chief Of Staff: Iran May Seek Naval Bases In Yemen Or Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iran's chief of staff General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri speaking at a military parade September 21, 2016 (Screen capture: Press TV) *Reuters*: *Iran may seek naval bases in Yemen or Syria: chief of staff* DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran may seek to set up naval bases in Yemen or Syria in the future, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces said in remarks published on Sunday. His comments, likely to be of concern to Shi'ite Iran's Sunni regional rival Saudi Arabia and its allies, raised the prospect of distant footholds perhaps being more valuable militarily to Tehran than nuclear tech... more »

On the Correlation Between Lack of Freedom and Nihilistic Violence

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 1 day ago
There exists a correlation between people’s sense of morality and reason, and the freedom that they enjoy in the country. When the government usurps the power to dictate what is moral, what is good economics, what is good culture, what is social justice, and how the nation’s wealth must be redistributed, then most people develop the mindset that it is not their job to think about such issues. As they begin to depend too much on the government, they loose the capability of applying their minds for taking a rational stand on social, political, economic, and moral problems. People wi... more »

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