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*-by Bruce Mulkey* On a warm Texas morning on Wednesday, November 3, 1948, I remember my mom, Sue Mulkey, a life-long Democrat, gleefully asking our next-door neighbor, “Well, how do you like our new president?” Defying the predictions of almost every pundit and pollster, President Harry Truman, who had succeeded to the presidency when FDR died, had won a full term, defeating Republican challenger Thomas Dewey in what some considered one of the greatest political upsets in American history. It was especially astounding when you consider that two Democratic factions split from the ...more »
‘I felt it was critical to meet with Donald Trump now, before warmongering neocons convince him to escalate the Syrian conflict’ thenation.com I recently met with President-elect Donald Trump to give voice to the millions of Americans, including my fellow veterans, who desperately want to end our country’s illegal, counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government. We had […]
Yes, I am back.... Well almost... I still have a bit of a fever and still have a bit of body chills.. But apparently the worse is now behind me... I figure that since I have missed out so much over the last few days, that I would start by putting up a "mini rant" to give my own thoughts on what the hell is happening right now around the world... *About Jill Stein and her vain attempt to disrupt the US election process*... Lets be honest here, for this Jewess is indeed in this for not only the money but for her friend and fellow Jew, Killlary Clinton... This is indeed an act of des...more »
*December 2, 2016* (Jean Périer - NEO) - In recent days, a number of Arab media sources have begun speaking about Egypt’s growing involvement in the Syrian war. In particular, with special reference to the Lebanese agency As-Safir, a number of Arab media outlets reported that Egypt is allegedly sending troops to provide assistance to Damascus. Moreover, we are being told now that Egyptian pilots are already flying sorties in Hama, Syrian. In particular, it has been stated that Egyptian jets and cargo planes have been deployed to the province of Hama, and while fighters are bombing IS...more »
... from Kim , who used to blog at sistersagesmusings .... BC 17, Your Next Career Dear BC(LIB) MPs; Your photogenic leader has just tanked your career as a politician in BC. I hope you feel ashamed and embarrassed. If that is the case, I would suggest that you strongly consider crossing the floor or resigning your post, because, clearly, you have no mandate in your constituencies. You all know how we feel about our coast. You all know how important this ocean is to our economy. You all swept into office on promises of a new Nation to Nation relationship, how you basked in the glow of...more »
Inexperienced students of circumcision have been practicing their skills on the babies of the poorest of Israeli society – Ethiopian and Sudanese families – often claiming to be fully-qualified mohels (Jewish ritual circumcisers,) according to a new investigation. The investigation by Israel’s new broadcaster captured mentor, Rabbi Eliyahu Asulin, saying on camera that the poorer […]
This week, I had a call from Steve Knopper, a writer doing a story for *Billboard*, about how musicians may look at their responsibility to call attention to the political anomalies around Trump and Trumpism. I'll share that with you when it's published next week. Usually when people ask me if I'm involved in the music business any longer I just say "no" or, if I'm feeling garrulous, "no, thank God." In fact when Steve asked me a question for a post-Nirvana period book he's writing, all I could do was offer to talk about how in 1994, the midterm election after Bill Clinton's first ...more »
Jesus Christ was a pagan who worshipped a God who was both male and female, according to an ancient set of lead tablets that scientists have confirmed date to within a few years of Jesus’ ministry. Biblical scholars are even speculating that one of the books might be the original Book of Revelations as it has seven seals and fits the classical description of the book. The metal “pages” of the lead tablets, held together like a ring binder, were found in Jordan in 2008 by Hassan Saeda, an Israeli Bedouin, and make reference to Christ and his disciples. At first the discovery was pre...more »
Nick Cannon has blasted Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood for promoting “modern day eugenics” and trying to stop African-Americans breeding in an attempt at genocide. When approached by Splash News to comment on his anti-Planned Parenthood remarks from last week, Cannon said the organization is participating in “modern day eugenics” and is planning to “take our community” and commit genocide against African-Americans. Eugenics is the controlled breeding of a population to increase the occurrence of “desirable characteristics”. Developed largely by Francis Galton as a method o...more »
President-elect Donald Trump is filling his high-ranking cabinet positions with all sorts of picks, ushering in an era of either utter confusion or revolutionary action. He met with a candidate who wants to end the Federal Reserve banking system and take the power away from the Elite. A tall task that has proved costly for previous presidents. Anti Media reports: On Monday, after meeting with Goldman COO Gary Cohn, the president-elect had a one-on-one with a wildly outlandish candidate for Treasury Secretary who has flown a bit under the radar. Though it now appears that Trump will...more »
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump stands with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis following their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar *Washington Post*: *Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for secretary of defense* President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, according to people familiar with the decision, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than ...more »
Posted on December 1, 2016 RED-X NO LAKOTA BLOOD FOR OIL Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. MNN. Dec. 1, 2016. Red-X reminds everybody that, “The oil comes from our mother which is being put into the pipelines. When you chop off the head of the serpent, the body dies”. Red-X: ““The boyz in the band of the belly of the beast must be aborted!” The warriors of the 5th
A cache of weapons is assembled on the deck of the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107). (U.S. Navy Photo/Released) Thomas Gibbons-Neff, Washington Post:* How Iranian weapons are ending up in Yemen * Weapon shipments intercepted in the Arabian sea by Australian, French and U.S. warships this year contained large quantities of Russian and Iranian weapons, some of which had markings similar to munitions recovered from Houthi fighters in Yemen, according to a new report released by an independent research group Wednesday. In October, U.S. officials claimed to have captured ...more »
Markets....... Asian Economic Outlook , Data & Markets - Updated As Relevant *Livesquawk* @Livesquawk 25m 25 minutes ago South Korean Opposition Agree To Propose Motion To Impeach Pres Park, Vote On Motion Will Be Next Friday - Yonhap *ForexLive* @ForexLive 56m 56 minutes ago PBOC sets USD/CNY mid-point today at 6.8794 (vs. yesterday at 6.8958) *ForexLive* @ForexLive 41m 41 minutes ago More Japan press on GDP: Q3 likely +2.2% *ForexLive* @ForexLive 1h1 hour ago Economic data due from Asia today (opposite day) *ForexLive* @ForexLive 2h 2 hours...more »
*"When They Sleep"* "All people are children when they sleep. There's no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them. They pucker their lips like small children and open their hands halfway, soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters. The stars stand guard and a haze veils the sky, a few hours when no one will do anybody harm. If only we could speak to one another then when our hearts are half-open flowers. Words like golden bees would drift in. God, teach me the language of sleep." - Rolf Jacobsen, "The Roads Have Come to an End Now"
*"We Don’t Need to Suffer: Learn and Let Flow"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "We do not need to suffer or live in poverty to be a spiritual person. The idea that we have to suffer or live in poverty in order to be spiritual is an old one and can be found in the belief systems of many philosophies. Most of us carry this idea around subconsciously, and we may be holding ourselves back from financial or emotional well-being, believing that this is what we must do in order to be virtuous, spiritually awake, or feel less guilty for the suffering of others. While it’s true that there c...more »
*“Business creates wealth; government divides it.”* ~ Will Spencer The good news story of the day… *Buzz Aldrin, second man to walk on the moon, evacuated to NZ from Antarctica* – NEWSTALK ZB National is now just Labour without the identity politics. *Nick Leggett’s “defection” surprisingly revealing* – NOT PC Trump's potential incoming Commerce guy, Wilbur Ross, has a bizarre take on sales taxes. And it might mean that the New Zealand government should rethink how it treats imports and exports in GST. *Tax and trade barriers* – Eric Crampton, OFFSETTING BEHAVIOUR I haven’t fu...more »
Billionaire Clinton donor George Soros has been linked to a Washington D.C. pedophile scandal known as “pizzagate” by internet detectives on Reddit. According to the Federal Election Commission, Soros gave Comet Ping Pong, a pizzeria in the middle of a huge pedophile scandal implicating many top politicians, tens of thousands of dollars. According to Reddit: George Soros linked to Comet Ping Pong. $21864.25 sent to Comet Ping Pong from American Bridge PAC. http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?14960793887 http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/fecimg/?13941306270 http://docquery.fec.go...more »
The CIA admitted as far back as 1975 that they routinely use agents to create “fake news” in order to influence the general public and manipulate the thoughts and values of Americans. The CIA Director admitted to the U.S. Senate that over 400 agents gave the corporate owned media “made-up stories”, including fake news about the assassination of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. Washingtonsblog.com reports: FisherOfMen’s revealing 14-minute video, beginning with CIA Director Colby’s testimony to the US Senate for the 1975 Church Committee admitting the CIA ...more »
Hillary Clinton is said to be “furious” after discovering that she didn’t win the popular vote after all. The Former Secretary of State’s bid to overturn the presidential election appears to be falling to pieces. In a bitter blow, the Clinton’s are now coming to realise that the American public have flat-out rejected their form of politics, which appears to have left both Bill and Hillary dazed and dumbfounded. Thehornnews.com reports: In Wisconsin, Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn has refused to order local officials to conduct the state’s presidential recount by ha...more »
Social media is currently being rocked by one of the biggest pedophile scandals in modern history, which the mainstream media is choosing to ignore. “Pizzagate” threatens to rock the very foundations of the U.S. political system as it implicates some of the most powerful and influential politicians of our age. The scandal first erupted on social media sites such as Reddit and 4Chan, in the early days of the recent U.S. elections. Internet sleuths, searching through the John Podeta Wikileaks emails, found a pizzeria in Washington D.C. named “Comet Ping Pong” that appeared to act as...more »
German and US Military Officers? My, my, my..... This is certainly interesting. We've even got names.... As announced by the YPG/PKK. Ooops I mean SDF ;) *Link* * "Michel Israel from the US state of California*, also *known as* *Robin Akri*, and *Antoun Lesjek, *also *known as* *Vazana Juan,* from *Germany* were killed in the Turkish air raids on Kurdish positions in the Western part of Manbij city on *November 26," *the council announced. *Admittedly I'm really wondering if these two were truly from the US and Germany?* *Didn't notice the US acknowledging this american's death? * ...more »
*Christina Sarich* - The pro-vaccine crowd does not want to consider the implications of a study like this. The post First Study on Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Children Pulled from Web appeared first on Waking Times.
Mohawks block trains carrying oil from passing through Kahnawake Unclear how many trains will be affected, commuter trains will be allowed to pass By Steve Rukavina, CBC News Posted: Dec 01, 2016 5:51 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 01, 2016 12:00 PM ET A group of Mohawks from Kahnawake is preventing freight trains carrying oil or other dangerous materials from passing through the territory on
Sabba – Pedophilia, incest even zoophilia: all have been made kosher in their ‘holy’ Scriptures – the book of satan. THE INDEPENDENT – Activists fear Israel is becoming a safe haven for paedophiles thanks to the country’s unique Law of Return for the world’s Jewish people. A Jewish person from anywhere across the globe can be fast-tracked […]
*BBC: **France presidency: Francois Hollande decides not to run again* In a surprise move Francois Hollande has announced he will not seek a second term as president of France. "I've decided not to be a candidate to renew my mandate," the Socialist leader said in a live televised address. The 62-year-old, faced with very low popularity ratings, has become the first sitting president in modern French history not to seek re-election. Conservative Republicans party candidate Francois Fillon is seen as a favourite in next year's election. Recent opinion polls suggest far-right conten...more »
From Vancouver BC so called kkkanada #NODAPL BLOCKADE!CALL TO ACTION In response to CALL TO ACTION Re; Dec 5th evacuation notice.In Solidarity with Red Warrior Camp #Blacksnakekillas at Standing Rock. We are joining the Day of Action, Shut down the banks, with Climate Convergence today with added agenda items including a Blockade.This is a call out for reinforcements, supports, and bodies
This post is a co-authored piece: Heather M. Roff, Jamie Winterton and Nadya Bliss of Arizona State’s Global Security Initiative We’ve recently been informed that the Clinton campaign relied heavily on an automated decision aid to inform senior campaign leaders about likely scenarios in the election. This algorithm—known as “Ada”—was a key component, if not “the” […]
December 1 is World AIDS day. Throughout the 2000s, AIDS received unprecedented attention and resources, particularly to support ten of millions of people’s access to life-extending anti-retroviral therapy. Attention and resources peaked in recent years, and while the problem in some respects has gotten better, it hasn’t gone away. More than 35 million people have […
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President-elect Donald Trump and U.S. Marine Corps General John Kelly emerge a meeting in Bedminster Township, N.J. (Reuters) *Peter White, Washington Post:* *Trump may put 5 military officers in top posts. That’s unprecedented* President-elect Donald Trump is, apparently, partial to former generals and admirals. Several have been floated as possible nominees for cabinet and national security jobs. In addition to appointing Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be national security adviser, Trump appears likely to select Gen. James Mattis (USMC) as secretary of defense; is reportedly cons...more »
I got great hair, flowing sensuous biblical hair. So as Samson I went to barber and he cut me NCIS style, or what every man in the land seems to wear these days and I think back to the time I cried when my parents wanted to cut my locks. I think about letting my freak flag fly and how that did not accomplish alot and most of all Jeez I like my shaved head for comfort.
I've gotten a load of great questions about Monday's post, The Democrats' 2016 Strategic Failure-- Closeup: Texas And Pennsylvania, many of them focused not on Hillary's triumphs in the historically Republican suburbs around Houston, Austin and San Antonio but about what happened in the Philly collar counties. Not all the numbers on the precinct level (or even the congressional district level) are in yet, so give me a couple of months and I'll try to explain in greater depth why Hillary's strategy worked in places like blue California and red Texas and Georgia (yes... the Atlanta ...more »
UK living standards squeeze 'will be worse than after global crash' over next 5 years Analysis of Wednesday’s autumn statement by the Resolution Foundation thinktank suggests average earnings are set to grow only half as rapidly as in the austerity years after the economic crisis. At the same time, living standards will be undermined by higher inflation and ongoing welfare cuts. While the
*Contrary to the spin Turkey did not blame the Syrian Arab Army* *Link* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Moscow and Damascus were not behind an air strike in northern Syria that killed four Turkish soldiers last week. *“Neither Russia nor Syria, its air force, had anything to do with this,”* Lavrov told a news conference in the southern Turkish resort of Alanya, alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. Our president’s, our views on Assad are known,”* said Cavusoglu.* “We know that Assad is responsible for the deaths of 600,000 people. *We may a...more »
Men inspect damage after an airstrike on Aleppo's rebel held al-Hallak neighbourhood, Syria June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail *The Guardian*: *Russians talk with Syrian rebels as eastern Aleppo runs out of food* *Attempt made in Ankara to strike deal so that humanitarian aid can be delivered and aerial bombing campaign can be halted* Russian officials and rebel groups are holding talks in Turkey on the fate of eastern Aleppo as food reserves in the enclave dwindle to zero, opposition and diplomatic sources said on Thursday. The negotiations have been under way in Ankara for ...more »
An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship carrying provisions to the International Space Station was destroyed after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Thursday. The Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft failed to reach orbit and broke up minutes after take-off in the atmosphere over Siberia due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Twitter. Miami Herald reports: The Progress MS-04 cargo craft broke up at an altitude of 190 kilometers (118 miles) over the remote Russian Tuva region in Siberia that borders Mongolia, Roscosmos said in a sta...more »
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016Try not to think of the popular vote:* The Post and the Times has been working quite hard to avoid the popular vote. We had to laugh at today's hard-copy New York Times. At the very bottom of page A23, it offered this tiny report, attributed to Jonathan Weisman: *With 3 More States in the Books, Clinton's Lead Grows Even More* With Alabama and New Mexico certifying their votes, an update is in order. Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead over Mr. Trump climbed overnight to 2,370,700—or 1.8 percentage points. Eleven states and the District of Columbia now ...more »
Donald Trump Jr. with his father. Reuters *The Hill: **Trump’s son goes hunting in Turkey amid signs of amity* President-elect Donald Trump’s eldest son went hunting in Turkey this week, as the next president appears to be making inroads with the government in Ankara. Donald Trump Jr., 38, went hunting near the resort city of Antalya along Turkey’s southern coast, the Dogan News Agency reported on Wednesday. He was reportedly accompanied by several guides and shot two wild goats before leaving the country for Germany on Tuesday morning. Trump Jr. is an avid game hunter who, along ...more »
Love him or hate him one thing Trump has already proved is that he is incredibly effective and hits goals like a hellfire missile at a wedding party The Carrier thing aint no small beer he backed down the military industrial complex in their HVAC pursuits and maybe we will find he over payed but for fucks sake he is not even president and he is twisting the Man's tale The existential question of the Trump Presidency is all in the delivery of policy that upsets the apple cart and gives all the hangers on terminal farts because the reality distortion field can no longer contain the stink ...more »
*“The Revolution that Failed”, Introduction* *by Brian Maher* "I would get rid of the Federal Reserve because the volatility in the economy is primarily caused by the Fed." Are these the words of a David Stockman or some cranky old gold bug? No. They’re the words of the next possible Treasury secretary! John Allison is the former CEO of BB&T Bank and board member of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. And Trump’s considering Allison for Treasury Secretary- if the rumors are to be credited. "When the Fed is radically changing the money supply, distorting interest rates, an...more »
*DW:* *Ukraine launches missile drill near Crimea, prompting anger in Moscow* The Kremlin has voiced concerns over the defense maneuvers, saying it sets a "dangerous" precedent. But Ukraine's military officials dismissed Moscow's concerns, noting that the drill is in line with international law. Ukraine's military on Thursday started a two-day missile drill in the southern Kherson region bordering Crimea, prompting Moscow to criticize the move as a "dangerous precedent." Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the Russian daily "Vedomosti" that Russian forces would shoot down missil...more »
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016Or do we live to loathe:* For starters, let's talk about Alysin Camerota. In 2014, CNN hired Camerota away from Fox News. It was a superlative hire. For years, we'd seen her on Fox & Friends. In general, she was cast as the sane, intelligent caretaker woman seated between the two chimpish, inane younger men. After sixteen years, she escaped to CNN, where she now co-anchors the morning show with Chris Cuomo. We're often struck by how good her work is there. (Cuomo plainly exceeds cable news averages too.) Today, you can see Camerota interviewing a small...more »
Thankfully, The Disaster that was 2016 will soon be behind us. I’m sure hoping 2017 will be better! With all the uncertainty of 2017, I am assured of one thing: ISA 2017 is right around the corner and will be AMAZING. My favorite part of ISA for the last several years is the Online Achievement […]
ed note–now WAAAAAAIT a minute here…We are told, from some REALLY smart people in this ‘movement’, that today’s Jews–who are not actually ‘Jews’ per se, but rather Khazars, Shmayzars, Cray-zars, take your pick–don’t follow the Torah, but have instead adopted the Talmud as their holy book, which these same REALLY smart people claim is the […]
The University of Tokyo is investigating a 2011 stem cell paper in Cell Cycle, recently retracted over irregularities in four figures. The university has confirmed there is an investigation, but would not specify which paper it concerned; the corresponding author on the paper, however, confirmed to us that it is the focus of the investigation. […] The post University of Tokyo opens investigation into retracted stem cell paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) was created mainly to echo the UN FCCC agreements and lobbying. They may deny this of course but from its activities and advocacies, they point to this fact. Look at its target -- "Survive 1.5 C" -- referring to the UN target of targeted allowable global warming by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels. Some of more ridiculous documents by the UN FCCC project up to 7.5 C global warming by 2100. Wow. The modern warm period (from mid-1800s to 2000s) after the little ice age (LIA) produced a warming of only 1.0 F or 0.7 C in the planet. Plateau in ...more »
https://youtu.be/_vQiW9Yu0eU Did you really think that we'd be allowed to have Donald Trump as US President or to leave the EU? The political elite know what's best for us and the mainstream media will assist in any way they can.
The Cherokee Nation is suing the United States claiming that the federal government had mismanaged the tribe’s trust fund for decades. Seven other agencies are also named in a lawsuit that alleges mismanagement and a lack of transparency over the tribe’s trust fund. The suit claims the government’s lack of accountability has hindered the tribe’s progress and development. RT reports: The Cherokee Nation commemorated the 231st anniversary of the first treaty it signed with the US government by announcing a lawsuit on Monday. The Treaty of Hopewell was signed in 1785 and defined the ...more »
Canadian Glen and I had a robust conversation on Blogtalk Radio... *The View Up Here*......2 hours of intense myth busting, lengthy conversations covering a few of BC's burning issues and scandals...Kinder Morgan.....Site C dam.....LNG....Failed mainstream media and blatant betrayals at the hands of elected politicians...Pour yourself a coffee, tea, ..whiskey, whatever you fancy, kick off your shoes and click the below link.... http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/9/639/show_9639419_2016_12_01_05_05_05.mp3 The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Wide Open
Do the Trump family's shady business dealings with criminal elements throughout the world, jeopardize American national security? And was this too complicated and vaguely abstract for the mainstream media to dig into during the election campaign? His tweets yesterday about separating himself from his business is utterly meaningless. It's no secret that the head of the CIA, John Brennan, warned Trump that sabotaging the nuclear deal with Iran, cozying up to Putin and reinstating forms of interrogation considered torture, are policies that would be bad for America. Brennan took his ...more »
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last November 23, 2016. Until the 1980s, when people talk about multinational enterprises (MNEs) -- also known as multinational companies (MNCs) or transnational corporations (TNCs) -- they refer mostly to multinationals from the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Three decades after, that has significantly changed. The rise of MNEs from developing and transition economies, especially those coming from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, India, and several ASEAN countries become more prominent each year although multinationals from the...more »
A psychology researcher formerly based at Stanford University has logged her fifth retraction due to unreliable results. According to the notice in the Journal of Memory and Language, Sandra Lozano takes full responsibility for the retraction. Apparently, the retraction has been in the works for eight years — and in that time, journals have retracted […] The post Former Stanford researcher up to 5 retractions for unreliable data appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016Part 4—Getting it right from the start:* How did we liberals manage to turn ourselves into the world's biggest losers? Paul Krugman's remarkable column helps answer that question. We refer to last Friday's column, in which Krugman said, two separate times, that white working-class voters "imagine" that they're looked down upon by us liberals. We regard that as one of the strangest statements we've ever seen in print. It also helps us spot the traits which make us such massive losers. Do white working-class voters "imagine" our condescension, our sneering ...more »
*“The Parasitocracy:* *If World War II (2) Breaks Out Again, We’ll Be Ready for It”* by Bill Bonner ‘There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.’ - Ulysses S Grant “Mr. Trump is still assembling his lieutenants for his triumphal march on Washington. Yesterday, he chose Steven Mnuchin, a Goldman guy, as his Treasury secretary. He will be the third US Treasury secretary from Goldman, following Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson. But Mnuchin is probably more Goldman than any of them. His father worked there. So did his brothe...more »
During a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Turkish President said that Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria was not to target the country or its leader but aimed only at terrorist groups. The Kremlin had asked President Erdogan to clarify his goals in Syria after he claimed that Turkish troops were there to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad earlier this week. RT reports: “The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation [in northern Syria] is not any country or person, but only terrorist organizations,” Erdogan said Thursday, as quoted ...more »
HI SOLDIER BOYS Posted on December 1, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. Dec. 1, 2016. SIoux City Sue has a message for you, our invaders at Standing Rock: “Hi, boys and girls. We are protecting water for us, you, your families and your future children. What would you do if somebody slapped, cut, mutilated or raped your mother? Why are you letting 1% of your people tell you to do that?
On the range. Interesting photo: The flash of a cheap camera caught the slide back, and what appears to be a smoke disk. Since Hillary has presumably gone to a home for used basilisks, we will perhaps hear less about … Continue reading →
*"The Idea You are Least Likely to Believe"* by Scott Adams "When Trump started his historic run for the White House last year, I blogged that he would change more than politics. I said he would forever change how we view reality. And so he has. The mainstream media and the public now accept the idea that Trump ignored facts, science, and even common decency… and still got elected. I have been telling readers of this blog for a year that facts don’t matter. Policies don’t matter. The only thing that matters is persuasion. And Trump has plenty of persuasion. To be perfectly clear, w...more »
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is looking for two people to join our ambitious new project aimed at providing data-led stories to regional journalists: the Local Data Lab. The post The Bureau is hiring: Apply to join our innovative data journalism lab appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
New areas of east Mosul were freed, while others remained contested. The 16 th Division, which was previously stalled on the northern front, transferred some of its forces to the east to assist the Golden Division. Together they freed the Baridneighborhood that was originally attacked on November 27. Qadisiyah 2, Mahrouq, Abadi, Akhaa 2 were all liberated, and Shuhadaattacked, the 44th neighborhood entered so far. Qadisiyah 2 was another area that has been gone through before. Intisar that was said to be freed twice already, remains contested, with a Golden Division officer telling F...more »
Not again. That’s the sound of learning that a third scientist you worked with committed misconduct. In the last two years, we reported on two retractions for neuroscientist Stanley Rapoport, the result of misconduct by two different first authors. We’ve since discovered more retractions resulting from those cases — and a new retraction stemming from […] The post More co-author misconduct raises NIH neuroscientist’s retraction count to 8 appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Reuters:** Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump* President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address on Thursday, saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming U.S. administration and was looking to make friends not enemies. Putin has used previous set-piece speeches to lash out at the West and the United States in particular, but he reined in his criticism this time round and focused most of his speech on domestic social and economic issues. "We don't want confrontation with anyone. We don't n...more »
A sixteen year old girl in Gaza has discovered a way to overcome chronic power shortages, by constructing a device that can generate electricity from the heat of candles. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA ) said that electricity blackouts were triggered when the Gaza Power Plant (GPP) shut down completely in April, having exhausted its fuel reserves due to a shortage of funds. The OCHA said that the blackouts lasted for 18-30 hours a day. RT reports: Faced with regular blackouts, Shahd Abu Lebda, 16, told New China TV that she “depends on the principle ...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Jacob L. Shapiro, Geopolitical Futures*: *A Tale of Two Economies: Russia and the US* *Regionalization can reveal much about countries’ economic structure and relative power.* Power is a relative concept. To say that one state is powerful means nothing. Power only derives meaning if it is evaluated in comparison. Two of the states whose powers we constantly re-evaluate are Russia and the United States. Much of our analysis is driven by just how weak we believe the Russian Federation is. When we look at its moves in Syria or Eastern Europe, we keep i...more »
Last night I went to dinner with state Rep. Kaniela Saito Ing (D-Maui). Now state Senator Stanley Chang, once a Blue America congressional candidate, introduced us and told me he's one of the smartest and most progressive political leaders in Hawaii. At age 27, he's also the youngest chairperson in Hawaii's legislative history, heading up the Ocean, Marine Resources, and Hawaiian Affairs committee in the state legislature. His newborn son's middle name is Kekipi, which means "the rebel" in Hawaiian. We ate at chef Josef Centeno's new vegetarian restaurant, PYT. Here's the menu. It'...more »
Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery showing Russian navy Su-33 jets parked among Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft at Humaymim Air Base in Syria on 20 November. Source: CNES 2016, Distribution Airbus DS / IHS *IHS Jane's 360*: *Russian carrier jets flying from Syria, not Kuznetsov* Many of the fast jets that were embarked on the Russia aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov have been flown to the main Russian air base in Syria, Airbus Defence and Space satellite imagery obtained by IHS Jane's shows. The imagery shows eight Russian Federation Navy Su-33 and one MiG-29KR jets alon...more »
*WNU Editor*: It hit me last night .... that Donald Trump is going to be the next President of the United States. That after almost losing everything when he was at the brink of bankruptcy a few years years ago .... when everyone walked away from him with the exception of only 2 or 3 friends who stuck with him .... he is now only 50 days away from assuming the most powerful office in the country .... and where everyone now wants to be his friend.
*Indoctrination by Soros-distorted institutions is a primary culprit* The New York Times has published a highly disturbing graph developed over the years by Harvard's government scholar Dr Yascha Mounk: It shows that the percentage of the people who think that it's "essential" to live in democracy is basically an increasing function of age. In the most extreme cases, while it reaches almost 80% for some of the oldest generations in some countries, it drops as low 19 percent for the millennials or Generation Y – the young folks born around 2000 plus minus 5 years or so. The wor...more »
The world’s largest international tobacco company is planning to phase out production of Marlboro cigarettes in the future. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris is looking to sell less riskier alternatives to cigarettes, to improve image and contribute toward public health. RT.com reports: “I believe there will come a moment in time where I would say we have sufficient adoption of these alternative products… to start envisaging, together with governments, a phase-out period for cigarettes,” CEO Andre Calantzopoulos said in an interview with the BBC. “I hope this time will come soon,” he a...more »
A video shows a man brazenly helping himself to a real-life pot of gold from an unattended armoured truck in Manhattan during broad daylight. The audacious crook casually walked up to the back of a parked armored truck and snatched an aluminium pail containing gold worth an estimated $1.6 million. Surveillance cameras captured the robbery in Midtown Manhattan, showing the suspect running away with 86 pounds of gold flakes. ABC News reports: The alleged theft happened earlier this fall in midtown Manhattan, on Sept. 29 at about 4:30 p.m., according to a news release from the New Yo...more »
Surveying what has been happening in Europe and the United States, Jonathan Manthorpe asks, "Is Liberalism dying out?" He writes: Only in Canada (and Portugal) does the seemingly archaic and decidedly retro 20th-century notion of small-L liberalism — or, if you prefer, social democratic centralism — survive unchallenged. Everywhere else among Canada’s cultural kith and kin, what has become known as ‘populism’ has taken power, or is poised to take power, or is busy fermenting in the streets and on the opposition benches. Consider the evidence: It was populism that propelled to vi...more »
The Ministry of Defence announced plans to buy a new fleet of Predator drones from the US last April, stating the total cost would be £415m. Now the US says the estimated cost is £802m. The post Has the cost of new UK drone fleet doubled to $1 billion? appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
*From Jenna Orkin *Vienna Shocker: Indonesia Suspended From OPEC ISIS claims credit for the Ohio State University attack A couple of strange and terrible things are happening to the Chinese economy all at once China vows to cap water consumption and crack down on polluters Trump Taps Billionaire Who Owned Deadly Coal Mine As Commerce Secretary Recycling Tires. 4 People, Including A Baby, Have Died In A Jail Run By Potential Trump Nominee Sheriff David ClarkeGreen Party Rebels Against Jill Stein: "We Do Not Support The Recount" Martin Armstrong Exposes The Real Fake News: Did The BBC G...more »
*Hands down! British school warns pupils who try too hard* *This is nonsense. Teachers have always been able to choose which student they wanted to answer questions. I recollect teachers saying to me: "Yes, John. We all know you know the answer but I want to hear from someone else"* Generations of children have indicated their eagerness to answer a question by thrusting their hand in the air. One school has decided to ban the practice, however, as part of a movement which argues that raising a hand does not fit with modern values or educational methods. Barry Found, principa...more »
*Reversing Warmist spin* *The latest article from shifty Peter Hannam, an Australian environmental writer, gives us a good example of how Warmists "spin" their reports. He has some boring statistics to convey but by biased language has made them seem to suggest global warming. Let me use different language to describe the same stats. I will suggest cooling:"A long run of overcast days in Sydney has finally come to an end. Sydney is at last back to where we were in 1990 but will it last? Last month's temperature had three Novembers warmer than it in the past"It's ...more »
'Euroscepticism is growing in Germany with two-thirds of Germans feeling dissatisfied with the state of the European Union (EU) and nearly half wanting a vote on membership of the supranational bloc.' More here at Breitbart http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/11/30/majority-germans-dissatisfied-eu/ but not on the institutionally pro EU BBC.
By Paul Homewood http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2016/11/capacity-problem-looms-as-main-uk-interconnector-damaged.html?cmpid=enl_PEI_PowerEngineeringInternationalDigestE-Newsletter_2016-12-01&email_address=PHOMEWOODUK@YAHOO.CO.UK&eid=296412419&bid=1600938 PEI have the latest update on damage to the French ICT: Storm Angus, which struck British shores last week, is suspected of having had a damaging impact on the UK’s biggest energy interconnector. The news means less overall capacity for the country at a time when the capacity […]
The five most-read last month were: 1. Race, Class and Donald Trump 2. Marine Le Pen on *Andrew Marr* 3. The End of Capitalism? 4. Momentum's Double Vision 5. How Likely is a General Election? Good to see this blog's slightly different take on Donald Trump's unexpected election victory get top of the pops this month. While liberalism retreats into calling his voters racist and thick, just as they did with Brexit voters, Tory voters, Corbyn supporters, and anyone else falling short of their impeccable standards of political hygiene, there is an audience casting around for alternativ...more »
*"Deadly Cold Front Entering Lower 48 from Alaska" * Cold Records to be smashed as Nation goes well below Zero by Newsroom "A blast of Arctic air is in Alaska today and moving southeastward toward the lower 48 United States. As the cold moves, it will shatter 100 year records for bitter cold, all the way to New York City by next weekend, December 9 thru 11. Everywhere the cold mass travels will see temperatures about *36°F BELOW AVERAGE* for this time of year! So if the typical "average" for your area this time of year is 30° you can expect to see Minus 6° F as the actual temperatu...more »
Millions of protestors in India are rising up against a ruling class determined to take away their rights. There is anarchy in the streets as the Indian government continue to lean on mainstream media to suppress the scale of events and cover up the chaos caused by their draconian ban on cash. Millions of Indians – the world’s second most populous country – are revolting against new anti-cash laws that are designed to protect and enrich the top tier of the wealthy global elite at the expense of ordinary people. The country is in chaos as hundreds of millions of ordinary people are...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed that the New World Order will be dismantled and consigned to history and Russian-US relations will be restored when Donald Trump leads a new administration in the White House. “Now, that the election campaign in the United States is over and a new president is about to move into the White House, it is to be hoped that there will emerge a chance to establish relations crucial not only to both countries, but also to ensure international stability and security,” Putin said at the international forum devoted to the heritage of Russia’s promin...more »
Despite the loud claims by atheists, there is scientific evidence supporting that the universe was created by God — and, for the first time, thousands of scientists are claiming there is proof that the universe was created out of nothing. Can science — which approves reason and evidence, and denounces faith and religion — really prove or disprove the existence of God? Can highly respected scientists — long perceived as the champions of atheism — change their mind? Can the creator of universe be caught on video? Well, there is scientific evidence that the universe was created by an...more »
Muslims in the Netherlands will no longer be able to cover their faces in public after Dutch parliament voted overwhelmingly to ban burqas, balaclavas and ski-masks in public. The law – which bans burqas in public spaces including schools, hospitals, government buildings and public transport – was approved by 132 members of the 150-seat house. Muslim women caught flouting the new law will be fined 405 euros ($429). Under the new law, the burqa can be worn in private, but the Freedom Party, currently leading national polls ahead of an election in March, believes the burqa is incomp...more »
Mohammed is now the second most popular boys name in the UK, a new study reveals. The top 100, which was compiled by parenting site BabyCentre, also highlights how comic book-inspired names Kara (Supergirl), Harley and Quinn (Suicide Squad) and Felicity and Thea (Aarow) have all climbed the chart, but none as high as the name inspired by a 5th century religious warlord who had thirteen wives, one of whom was 9 years old. This is an uncomfortable fact for the government, it seems, as evidence has emerged of an attempt to cover up this fact from the public at large. The Office of Na...more »
A friend - once co-worker - is a Mohammed. He said it was more of an honourific title ; custom dictated he be called by his family name.
One of the real perks of supervising PhD students is that they tend to force you outside your established academic comfort zone, and explore new territories of philosophical inquiry. This is what has happened when I have followed the footsteps and eventually joined the work of Dorna Behdadi, who is pursuing a PhD project in our practical philosophy group on the theme of *Moral Agency in Animals and Machines*. She has led the work on a new paper, where I am co-authour, that is now available online as a so-called preprint, while it is being considered for publication by a scientific ...more »
We all know that what we have is unacceptable. Our first clue should be that it is driven by tradition in terms of been age specific and subjected to uniform standards poorly related to age and ability. That the mere fact that a January birthday is naturally superior on average to a December birthday is merely proof of a structural flaw. I do think that it all needs to be objective oriented and skills oriented independent generally of time. That does mean defining skills properly and objectives as well. The truth is that there are a number of skills to be addressed and attend...more »
This is good news. Soils were been formed at least three billion years ago soon after the emergence of cellular life in the oceans. This means that biology has been actively rotting rock ever since. All this accelerates topographical transformation. I also suspect that life penetrated rock everywhere almost as soon as it established itself in the oceans. After all that environment is must more consistent than even the ocean and it does not move much. . *Study finds Earth's soils hosted life early on * *11/17/2016* * https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspo...more »
Rather interesting piece. Few writers really tackle these critical questions in the histories but such considerations will dictate strategic options which no end of armchair commanders espouse at will. Just clearly understanding the horse based supply tail alone is critical to understanding actual maneuvers. That alone explains why the Wehrmacht was unable to grab Moscow and Leningrad as well early on. The tanks might be traveling at forty miles per hour but all supplies were coming up at a maximum of twenty miles per day if that. Thus a tank could arrive outs...more »
For sure, there is no way that he can run through a trial of this potential complexity and be president at the same time. I am also sure that it was tentatively settled on that basis a long time ago allowing all parties to forgo expense. Not a bad outcome for the plaintiffs. They got lucky. One of the annoying things about dealing with litigious customers in the financial services business is that the broker is actually often enough the victim a reasonable proportion of the time. Thus while it is easy to settle when you are plausibly in the wrong you find yourself been asked t...more »
Israel has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, carrying out multiple air strikes in the country under the guise of targeting Hezbollah. According to Arab news outlets, Israeli aircraft used Lebanese airspace in order to hit a weapons cache and a convoy of military vehicles belonging to Hezbollah and the Syrian army. Ibtimes.co.uk reports: The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has neither confirmed nor denied the attacks in line with the position Israel always takes when it comes to sensitive operations. The aerial assault is believed to have taken place during the night of 29-30 November....more »
The United Nations has dealt a bitter blow to the UK government, ordering them to immediately release Julian Assange from his “illegal detention”. The UN rejected a UK appeal against its previous ruling in favor of Assange as “inadmissible,” which means that both the UK and Sweden will be forced to free the WikiLeaks founder with immediate effect. “Now that all appeals are exhausted, I expect that the UK and Sweden will comply with their international obligations and set me free,” Julian Assange said in a statement. BREAKING: UN rejects UK appeal on #Assange https://t.co/31TThJ8DG...more »
Thousands of veterans are planning to form a human shield around the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to protect protestors from police brutality. Up to 2,000 veterans are expected in North Dakota amid violent clashes between protestors and militarised cops over the construction of an oil pipeline. The nonviolent intervention by the veterans aims to protect the brave protestors from “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force”. Nationalpost.com reports: The veterans’ plan coincides with an announcement Tuesday by law enforcement officials that they may im...more »
Locals from Mason County, West Virginia, have been told to be on the lookout for the mysterious ‘mothman’ after a man pictured the winged beast on Sunday evening. A man spotted the legendary ‘mothman’ while driving out in his car, and pulled over to capture the beast which appears to have red eyes and 10ft wings. Mirror.co.uk reports: The man, who declined the opportunity of an interview, said he pulled over on State Route 2 to take pictures of the strange creature after seeing it jumping between trees. It is described as having red eyes and 10ft wings, with the body of a human. L...more »
Tonight we watched "Before the Flood", Leonardo DiCaprio's film about climate change, which I had heard such good things about. It's well done, and is chock full of appropriately terrifying and depressing information. But in the end, the film delivers yet another "it's up to each of us" message, focusing on individual actions, rather than systemic solutions. Early in the film, we hear that discussions of climate change used to focus on individual solutions -- change your light bulbs, bring your own coffee mug -- but now we know that's not enough. Yet in the end, the film concludes:...more »
If science built the modern world – specifically, if the scientific *attitude* towards knowledge built the modern world – and there is much evidence to say that it did -- then it really did all begin with Galileo. Because it was with *him* that the experimental method really began. For millennia armchair philosophers had just sat around and *debated* whether objects of different mass would fall at different rates – whether, when dropped from a height, a pound of lead or a pound of feathers would land first. For centuries, the armchair theorists had sat back and argued and had c...more »
As we've mentioned, a week after the election, the Democrats had better get serious about preventing Republican dominance of Congress through gerrymandering. That means investing in state legislative races in states where Democrats have a chance at breaking up GOP trifectas-- there are 24 of them-- where they can gerrymander to their hearts content. The Democrats broke the Republican trifecta in Nevada and now control both houses, although the check on what *they* can do is a Republican governor. Democrats also flipped New Mexico's and Alaska's state houses but lost control of the...more »
When I was leaving the Newark, New Jersey airport for India on November 15 I tried to exchange American money for Indian rupees. I was told by the money changing station that they were not at the present handling any Indian rupees. This was when I first heard about the Indian governments controversial 'demonetization' campaign. When I arrived at the Delhi international airport I got in the long line at the money changing station and discovered that foreigners could only exchange $100 worth of currency for rupees. Indian cash is in short supply. ATM machines were out of cash. ...more »
[image: DSC03660] A Taiwanese-American friend, longtime Taiwan activist, entrepreneur, and one of the coolest people I know, has this to say about "coming home" on Facebook... I've been meaning to one day write a detailed essay and openly about how difficult it is to build closer relations between Taiwanese diaspora and local Taiwanese or even first generation Taiwanese diaspora. But if I write with specific examples, then it'll be calling people out which I'm not wishing to do at the moment so I'll just generalize. In addition are my gripes about a new class of diaspora that have c...more »
Ace Hardware's corporate office said Wednesday that it would not sell propane in the region of the Standing Rock water protectors, where blizzard conditions are placing lives at risk. After an outcry on social media, then phone calls to the corporate office, and a national news story -- Ace Hardware's corporate office changed its policy today. As always, it is the people, standing solid in
I am locked out of Google (after providing them with no less than 4 separate verifications including phone, 3 times each) and cannot access my Gmail or Blogger from any computer but this one, since Google is still open in a browser here at my office. Google has said they are working on my case. Could be several days before I am answer emails or post here again. *sigh* _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
Turning Point USA is small group of white young asshats who can't wait for the second coming of Adolf Hitler. One of their "projects" is to create a McCarthyistic list of professors who have the audacity to exercise their Constitutional rights in and out of the classroom. I hope that every professor in the U. S. will self-report her guilt as I did today. Click below to enlarge.
In that Labour’s Nick Leggett’s decision to become ex-Labour – and worse, to join the Blue Team! – is so unimportant, it’s important. It’s not so much a defection as a jump aboard one train as his former one was leaving him. *He said he grew up "with Labour burned deep into my DNA" and both sides of his family were supporters. But the party's activists, staffers and MPs had become distant from the party's voting base. "They take their heartland for granted and sadly fail to understand the ambitions and challenges of working New Zealanders,' Leggett said.* Leggett is ha...more »
*“Out Of The Silence”* by Chet Raymo "A few words about Douglas Christe's “The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology”, the title of which is drawn from the 4th-century monastic writer Evagrius of Pontus: "When the mind has put off the old self and shall put on the one born of grace, then it will see its own state in the time of prayer resembling sapphire or the color of heaven." It is a beautiful image, although I am not at all sure what it means. We are separated from Evagrius by centuries, by a Scientific Revolution, by the Enlightenment. I am not suggestin...more »
The war over truth is being waged out in the open as various groups vie to shape public opinion in the new Internet public sphere. Here are several interesting articles that explore this war over truth. The first article "Russian Propaganda Effort" published in the *Washington Post *promotes the neoconservative Cold-War 2.0 view that the Russians hacked the American election: Craig Timberg November 24, 2016. Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say. The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/russian-propaganda-effor...more »
Greetings... Yes, I have been MIA these last few days.... Two days ago, I started getting a high fever and a lot of body chills... I crossed my fingers that hopefully I did not catch the "bug" that my son had over the weekend, and I was hoping that I would not suffer from the flu like symptoms that he had... But no dice, for yesterday I was as sick as a dog.. And this is not sinusitis or any kind of head cold... It does appear I have a bout of Influenza on my hands... Yes, the timing is perfect as so much is now heating up around the world.... But of course I need a bit of rest bef...more »
The fascist cadres surrounding Trump-- from politicians like Mike Pence, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions to predatory billionaires like Betsy DeVos, Steve Mnuchin, Robert Mercer, the Kochs and Wilbur Ross-- are attacking the American core on so many fronts that its unimaginable that congressional Democrats-- led in the Senate by a severely compromised Chuck Schumer and in the House by a gaggle of feeble, tired, sclerotic hacks-- will even begin to know how to resist. Can they filibuster the worst of his appointees? Would that lead to the Republicans doing away with the filibuster, ...more »
The Keith Lamont Scott non-case proves in redneck states the phrase Open Carry* should come with an asterisk: *for whites only#KeithScott — BasementDweller Zero (@jurassicpork59) November 30, 2016 Does this really surprise anyone in Trump's new/old America? I guess it didn't matter to the prosecutor that Lamont wasn't the guy they were looking for, that videotape that was originally suppressed by the police chief never showed a gun in his hand as the cops said and that that same videotape never showed him acting in a hostile or threatening manner or that he was simply sit...more »
President-elect Donald Trump sits at a table for dinner with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his choice for White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York, Nov. 29, 2016. LUCAS JACKSON / Reuters *Carrie Sheffield, Salon*: *Putin, Kim Jong-un or ISIS could test Trump in first 100 days: “There are very unpredictable and unstable people running countries”* Former Senator George Mitchell weighs in on Donald Trump's challenges with Russia, NATO and rogue regimes Though his liberal worldview may not have a pl...more »
*I hope it is not the end of Syria. However, the writer from Alternet is clearly not optimistic. The title accompanies the alternet article- The question mark is mine.* *Vijay Prashad * The Souk - Old Aleppo "The Syrian Arab Army is now within sight of taking back all of Aleppo. For several years now, the eastern part of Aleppo – *one of Syria’s oldest and most beautiful cities – has been in the hands of the armed opposition*. The western part has been in the hands of the Syrian government. Now with the Syrian army hastily taking the Hanano as well as Jabal Badro and Baadeen distr...more »
OPEC President Qatar's Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada and OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo address a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader *Reuters:* *OPEC in first joint oil cut with Russia since 2001, Saudis take "big hit"* OPEC agreed on Wednesday its first oil output cuts since 2008 after Saudi Arabia accepted "a big hit" on its production and dropped its demand on arch-rival Iran to slash output. Non-OPEC Russia will also join output r...more »
*I'm hattipin' Ally for this beauty!! I could have wrote this post myself, thankfully, someone else did the work for me. Thank- You Ollie Richardson, whoever you are?* Unfortunately I can't put any of it here- *But I encourage you to read it.* Ollie Richardson absolutely takes down Zero Hedge and the Duran for their utter sensationalist nonsense yesterday. *Charles and I had a discussion about so called alt media- No real difference from main stream media.* PennyNovember 30, 2016 at 5:51 AM *Charles: "Are you implying all of these news sources are working with the west to demon...more »
Man’s (and Woman’s) endeavour to reach for the stars and explore space could have disastrous implications in cross-contaminating the universe. NASA and other space agencies face the daunting challenge of protecting life on Earth from potential alien life forms and at the same time defending potential aliens against contamination from Earth microbes. Scientists have identified 25 gaps in knowledge when it comes to limiting interplanetary contamination by human crews during future space missions. Space.com reports: NASA, with international and industry partners, is developing the ca...more »
An 18-year-old Turkish student who performs death defying stunts at high altitude has gained a lot of popularity on social media recently. The young Turkish acrobat says that doing handstands on edges of high-rise structures gives him pleasure. Sputnik reports: In a recently published video, Emir Korkmaz [literal meaning – fearless] can be seen climbing to the top of a 100-meter construction crane at a construction site of a skyscraper and performing some dangerous acrobatics moves. Çılgın liseli, ölüme böyle meydan okuyor! #EmirKorkmaz #IstanbulHaliç #örümcekAdam https://t.co/lii...more »
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) greet retired Marine General James Mattis for a meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar *Mark Thomson, Time:* *Why Trump Is Interviewing Generals for His Cabinet* The benefit of their experience may be offset by a military-centric foreign policy. Many of the latest administration try-outs turnstiling through Trump Tower over the three weeks since Donald Trump’s election couldn’t be blamed for rendering sharp salutes ...more »
*“The American Empire Hangs in the Balance as* *the Ghosts of Roman Emperors Whisper“* by James Quinn “The refusal of the political class to imposes losses on large bank creditors since the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual in 2008 illustrates the extent to which the financialization of the western industrial economies has turned into a gradual coup d’état by the banks and the global speculators who dominate their client base.” - Chris Whalen “We’re not moving toward Hitler-type fascism, but we’re moving toward a softer fascism: Loss of civil liberties, corporations ...more »
*Washington Post*: *Russia has been in contact with Trump team over Syria, senior diplomat says* MOSCOW — Russia has been in contact over Syria with the team of President-elect Donald Trump, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday, suggesting that Moscow is already looking past the Obama administration when it comes to the crisis in Syria. Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov was quoted by the state-run Tass news agency as saying that Russia had been in communication with “several people that we have known for a long time.” Bogdanov, who is President Vladimir Putin’s specia...more »
Labour MP’s signaled their opposition to Jeremy Corbyn by voting against a motion accusing Tony Blair of misleading parliament in the lead-up to the Iraq War and calling for a fresh investigation. 158 MPs voted down a motion which proposed a committee examine the difference in Mr Blair’s evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry and the private assurances he gave to George W Bush. Mr Corbyn who called for Blair to stand trial for war crimes if he was found to have broken the law over the 2003 conflict, failed to turn up at today’s debate and only five Labour MPs voted in favour of the motion...more »
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38152765 contains these two paragraphs: 'Mr Trump has vowed as president to institute an "extreme vetting" programme to limit immigration to the US from countries that are believed to be at a heightened risk of terrorism. He had previously called for a "total and complete shutdown" on Muslim immigration to the US.' Is that last sentence 100% accurate or deliberately misleading?
Tony Blair's politics are awful. But, after a 2.6 million word consideration of his conduct in the lead up to the Iraq War, I'm confident in the belief he's not a war criminal. However, some disagree and remain bent on bringing him to justice. The latest episode in this long-running drama was the motion put to the Commons earlier today by the SNP demanding yet another investigation. This was hung on the infamous note passed to George W Bush (relieved he won't now go down as the worst president in US history) saying "we will be with you, whatever". I can't see what purpose raking ov...more »
Following up on yesterday’s blog about Indian Prime Minister’s confiscation of “large” rupee bills (the largest being similar to a $20 note): any confiscation of banknotes has to be just a first step, argues *Reason* magazine’s Shikha Dalmia, because everyone is being hurt, and everyone is trying to rescue themselves. “Yes, the rich have indeed gotten poorer. But the poor have been decimated. Call it trickle-down poverty.” *Modi’s scheme will only encourage more movement out of the rupee from all classes. There is a massive influx of interest into bitcoin from India’s rich an...more »
If put into practice, “Trump’s disastrous pledge to keep jobs in the US would raise the trade deficit, politicise the economy, and bring on a corny-capitalist nightmare.” (But apart from that, Mr Trump, how was the play?) The President-elect’s overnight “deal” with Carrier to keep part of the air-conditioning company in Indiana comes on the back of his threats during the campaign to slap tariffs on Carrier imports from Mexico, and since the campaign to end their lucrative defence contracts. This is just a small sign of how his policy will work. Tyler Cowen explains some of the ...more »
Yesterday on "Giving Tuesday" both FairTest and NPE were beating the bushes for donations to prop up their unacknowledged corporate union support of privatization via charter schools and depersonalized learning via computer screens. A year ago NPE and FairTest were appealing for support for passage of ESSA, whose chief architect and Senate sponsor, Lamar Alexander, supported a states rights model for ESEA that would give conservative state legislatures (two thirds are Republican) control of billions of Federal dollars that, historically, have been used to provide educational resour...more »
*From nypost.com, 12:04pm [click to enlarge]:* *From nydailynews.com, 2:47pm [click to enlarge]:* *by Ken* For a few hours earlier today, as you can see above, there was Drama in the Air regarding the scheduled powwow between the president-elect and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara. As it happens, during that very time period I happen to have been in occasional televisual contact with developing news, while I was working at getting a new TV cable box installed and getting all my TVs and cable boxes humming. The above screen shots from the websites...more »
Big story on the front page of the irving press. Moncton city councillors voted themselves a pay increase of thousands of dollars. Isn't it honest and brave of the irving press to speak out like t hat? Of course...... ....it would be braver still if it ever spoke out about the much bigger raises billionaires give to themselves without bothering with a vote. But we have no idea how much money the wealthy of this province give themselves. And, though we've known for years about tax havens wear the wealthy can hide their money from taxes, we have yet to see the slightest interest from...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* *OPEC Reaches Deal to Cut Oil Production* *Cartel representatives agree to cut output by 1.2 million barrels a day* VIENNA—OPEC representatives reached a landmark deal Wednesday to reduce crude oil output, giving oil an immediate price boost after months of wrangling between OPEC members and market uncertainty about the ability of the once-mighty cartel to agree. Almost exactly two years after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries group made a historic decision to avoid cutting output and allow prices to fall, the group said Wednesday that it...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3970082/How-Captain-Robert-Scott-s-log-book-expedition-Antarctica-100-years-ago-raises-troubling-new-doubts-global-warming.html Booker had a piece in the Mail the other day about how Scott’s and Shackleton’s records showed that sea ice extent around Antarctica then was little different to today. I did not bother reposting it as I had already covered the topic myself. However, […]
*“Argument: Stepping Back from Anger”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “The emotional trigger that begins an argument may have little to do with your present situation, but has dug up a wound. When we find ourselves in an argument, we may feel like we are losing control of emotions that have taken on lives of their own. When we can become aware that this is happening, taking a deep breath can help us step back from the situation. Once we can separate ourselves from the heat of the moment, we may find that the emotional trigger that began the argument has little to do with the presen...more »
"Using time, pressure and patience, the universe gradually changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, and coal into diamonds. You're being worked on too, so hang in there. Just because something isn't apparent right now, doesn't mean it isn't happening. It's not until the end do you realize, sometimes your biggest blessings were disguised by pain and suffering. They were not placed there to break you, but to make you." - "The Angel Affect" "What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly." - Richard Bach
Experts for the Air Force Studies Board at the National Academies of Science concluded that the US may face a threat from this ‘new class of weapons.’ This graphic from the report shows operational flight information for high-speed maneuvering weapons *Washington Free Beacon:* Air Force: *Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger to U.S.* *U.S. falling behind in race for high-speed maneuvering weapons.* The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensiv...more »
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