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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

14 December - Blogs I'm Following

11:02 pm MST

Scientists Find New Evidence For Life On Mars

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 2 minutes ago
NASA scientists have found brand new evidence of life on Mars in the form of a chemical element that is essential for DNA synthesis. According to a 14 December announcement at the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, NASA’s Curiosity rover found the chemical element boron on the surface of the red planet – a chemical that is crucial in supporting life. Sputniknews.com reports: “No prior mission to Mars has found boron,” said Patrick Gasda, a researcher at the US Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. “If the boron that we found in calcium sulf... more »

Secret recording reveals Dakota Access Pipeline stalled until spring, investors worried

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 32 minutes ago
Photos by Rob Wilson Photos of Standing Rock Water Protectors Attacked by Militarized Police Protecting Private Pipeline Secret recording reveals Dakota Access Pipeline stalled until spring, investors worried By Brenda Norrell Censored News Audio shared by Shaun King A secret recording of a meeting which appears to be Energy Transfer Partners, reveals the Chief

Trumping Taiwan Strait

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Trump has already created a major distraction and challenge for the next United States Secretary of State, and has given us a clue that he doesn’t know how to implement his professed management style of "delegating." Trump accepted a congratulatory phone call from the President of Taiwan, and then doubled down by publicly suggesting he would use, as a bargaining chip, the United State’s "One-China" policy towards Taiwan and China. This policy, since being initiated by Nixon and Kissinger in 1972, has been gradually deepening, along with international marginalization of Taiwan’s cl... more »

New York Times Demands Ad Networks ‘Ban Independent Media’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 hour ago
New York Times CEO, Mark Thompson, has urged advertising networks to cease funding all forms of independent media outlets, claiming that they are guilty of spreading “fake news”. Speaking to the Detroit Economic Club, Mark Thompson urged advertising networks to starve all forms of alternative media and independent news websites of cash, thus causing them to disappear from the Internet altogether. “As for the digital giants, I believe they need to think hard about transparency and accountability. Their ad tech and ad networks help make fake news so lucrative – here too they need to ... more »

Why Resilient Humans Would Survive Giant Asteroid Impact - Even With Over 90% Of Species Extinct

Robert Walker at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 1 hour ago
This is something you hear said so often - that we risk being hit by an asteroid that could make humans extinct. But do we really? This is the article I’m commenting on, a recently breaking news story: Earth woefully unprepared for surprise comet or asteroid, Nasa scientist warns. Some are aleady worrying that it means that we are all due to die in the near future from an asteroid impact. Well, no, it doesn't mean that. So, what is the truth behind it? Well the source of all this is a comment by Dr Joseph Nuth who warns: read more

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “The Earth Prelude”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “The Earth Prelude” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sT27qHYXcjc

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Have you ever watched a lightning storm in awe? Join the crowd. Oddly, nobody knows exactly how lightning is produced. What is known is that charges slowly separate in some clouds causing rapid electrical discharges (lightning), but how electrical charges get separated in clouds remains a topic of much research. *Click image for larger size.* Lightning usually takes a jagged course, rapidly heating a thin column of air to about three times the surface temperature of the Sun. The resulting shock wave starts supersonically and decays into the loud sound known as thunder. Lightning bo... more »

Chet Raymo, "Probing The Soul”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Probing The Soul”* by Chet Raymo “More than three centuries ago, Pascal said: "Man considering himself is the great prodigy of nature. For he cannot conceive what his body is, even less what his spirit is, and least of all how body can be united with spirit." Pascal lived at the dawn of the scientific era, but his words still ring true. We have sent spacecraft to the planets. We have listened to signals from the dawn of time. We have unraveled the mystery of starlight. We can even conceive what the body is. But the deeper human mystery remains: What is the spirit, and how is it u... more »

The Poet: David Wagoner, "Getting There"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Getting There"* "You take a final step and, look, suddenly You're there. You've arrived At the one place all your drudgery was aimed for: This common ground Where you stretch out, pressing your cheek to sandstone. What did you want to be? You'll remember soon. You feel like tinder under a burning glass, A luminous point of change. The sky is pulsing against the cracked horizon, Holding it firm till the arrival of stars In time with your heartbeats. Like wind etching rock, you've made a lasting impression On the self you were, By having come all this way through all this welter Un... more »

"Do You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Honor is simply the morality of superior men." - H. L. Mencken "He does not believe who does not live according to his belief." - Thomas Fuller Isn't it curious how so many, especially politicians, "talk the talk", and how so very, very few actually walk it? I suppose that's because words are cheap and easy, actions aren't. Real easy to run one's mouth, not so easy to actually *do* something, is it? - CP

"What is 'Occam's Razor?'''

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"What is 'Occam's Razor?''' by Wikipedia “Occam's razor, also Ockham's razor, is a principle attributed to 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar, William of Ockham. The principle states that the explanation of any phenomenon should make as few assumptions as possible, eliminating those that make no difference in the observable predictions of the explanatory hypothesis or theory. The principle is often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae ("law of parsimony", "law of economy", or "law of succinctness"): entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem, roughly tra... more »

Standing Rock Medic Passes of Heart Attack

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 3 hours ago
Standing Rock Camp Medic Bert Allen “B.A.” Naholowa'a passes to Spirit World GREETINGS FROM THE NAHOLOWA'A OHANA On Thursday, December 8, Bert Allen “B.A.” Naholowa'a suffered a heart attack. He was outside of the gas station near the Prairie Knights Casino. He was there doing maintenance on his RV. He'd been in the area since roughly November 26th serving as a volunteer medic to

"How To Persuade Stubborn People"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"How To Persuade Stubborn People"* by George Washington "As anyone who has tried to educate people with facts knows, it is very difficult to persuade stubborn people. New research sheds some light on this frustrating dynamic. As NPR noted in July: "New research suggests that misinformed people rarely change their minds when presented with the facts — and often become even more attached to their beliefs. A new body of research out of the University of Michigan suggests that's not what happens, that we base our opinions on beliefs and when presented with contradictory facts, we adhe... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Munich, Bayern, Germany. Thanks for stopping by!

"Your Basic Default..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"It is not any crime you have committed that infects your soul with permanent guilt, it is none of your failures, errors or flaws, but the blank-out by which you attempt to evade them- it is not any sort of Original Sin or unknown prenatal deficiency, but the knowledge and fact of your basic default, of suspending your mind, of refusing to think. Fear and guilt are your chronic emotions, they are real and you do deserve them, but they don't come from the superficial reasons you invent to disguise their cause, not from your "selfishness," weakness or ignorance, but from a real and b...more »

Politics: "The Campaign Hallucinations Are Lifting”, "Scum Of The Earth"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Campaign Hallucinations Are Lifting”* by Scott Adams "About half of the citizens of the United States think they elected a president who will “drain the swamp” in Washington DC and negotiate good trade deals for the public. But the other half believes they are living in 1930s Germany and the next Hitler just came to office. Those are very different movies, yet we all sit in the same theater at the same time. It’s trippy. As I often say, the human brain didn’t evolve to give us a clear understanding of our reality because we don’t need it to survive as a species. All we need ... more »

Populists Can Win In Rural America-- Too Bad The Democrats Insist On Running Corporatists

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Aside from having pursued moderate suburban Republican women instead of working class Democrats, one of the reasons for why Hillary lost was widely believed to be the Democratic Party's abandonment of rural America which was almost entirely won by Trump and by Republican candidates for... well, for just about everything. We took a little stab at understanding that last month but an old friend, Jane Fleming Kleeb, who was just officially named the chair of Nebraska's Democratic Party on Saturday, did a much better job in explaining it in a post called Let’s Get Rural: Middle America... more »

Jackie Evancho to sing National Anthem at Inauguration...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 4 hours ago
*class and beauty. * After the horror of Beyonce destroying the song at the 2013 inauguration of Odumbo, Jackie will be a breath of fresh air. There are songs in which you don't mess with the way they were written. The National Anthem is one such song. Obviously, Beyonce doesn't know that. Are we witnessing the end of the "ghetto rappers in the White House?" I hope so! Royal Paragon Hall, Bangkok April 26th, 2015

How to spot (and not to spread) fake news

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
As anyone will know who’s ever been involved in a story that’s been turned into news, it’s what you hear in the media should generally always be divided by ten. But lately the recommended divisor has recently become very much larger – and readers are increasingly wary of fake news. News which should attract a negative sign and not just a large divisor. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to know who to trust. Here’s one tweeter’s handy guide: [image: MediaBias]*Updated chart by **Vanessa Otero**.* For the record, she’s a lawyer from Colorado; and you know how lawyers lie for... more »

Dec. 14: A very ugly day.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 4 hours ago
Eva Bartlett is a Canadian, freelance (independent) journalist who has served many years in the middle east. I don't know much about her career. I don't know what her biases may be. But I do know that much of what she says is true. The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, almost daily quoted in our news media, is a non-organization. It's fake. It's one man, a Syrian haberdasher living in England who favours ISIS and its friends. The so-called 'white helmets' who act as good samaritans rushing to the aid of those injured, notably in Aleppo, are actually propagandists who speci... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Count your blessings, folks, while you can...

Debating "liberal humanitarian Zionist" on the battle for Aleppo

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 4 hours ago
*Press TV Debate: Veterans Today Editor Kevin Barrett vs. Brent Budowski* Russia says Moscow and Washington are close to reaching an understanding over the crisis in Aleppo. The Western side is pushing for a ceasefire in eastern Aleppo just as Syrian troops are coming close to liberating the city. Kevin Barrett, author and Middle East expert from Madison, told Press TV on Thursday night that the US-led front and media are waging a propaganda campaign to force Syria to stop retaking eastern Aleppo. Barrett said since the United States needs to continue its proxy war in Syria, Washin... more »

Elon Musk on Trump advisory board and other Spacex news

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 4 hours ago
1. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum has picked up Uber Technologies’ Travis Kalanick and SpaceX’s Elon Musk. The two appointees join a board headed by private equity titan Stephen Schwarzman, who heads the multi-billion-dollar private equity firm The Blackstone Group (it also was announced that Indra Nooyi, CEO and chair of PepsiCo, is joining the forum). Created by the President-elect earlier this month, the forum includes some of the biggest names in American business, including: GM head Mary Barra; Jamie Dimon, the chairman and chief executive of JP M... more »

U.S. Still Refuses To Say That The Syrian Peace Effort Has Failed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
People walk as they flee deeper into the remaining rebel-held areas of Aleppo, Syria December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail *AFP: **US refuses to say Syria peace effort failed* The United States refused to say its diplomatic efforts to end the war in Syria had failed Wednesday, as Secretary of State John Kerry spoke again with his Russian counterpart. The collapse of a Russian and Turkish-brokered bid to end the siege of a shrinking rebel-held pocket of Aleppo has underlined the disarray in efforts to end the conflict. But according to the State Department, Kerry intends to ... more »

Putin’s Puppets? How a Russian Information-Age Disinformation Campaign Trumped America’s

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 5 hours ago
Russia captured the electoral college by manipulating information flow. Was the U.S. election an information-age coup?

Uber launches self driving cars in San Francisco

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 5 hours ago
In September, Uber introduced the world’s first Self-Driving Ubers to the Steel City. Three months later, we’re bringing Volvo XC90s to San Francisco. They are incredibly excited to work with Volvo to pair our state-of-the-art self-driving technology with Volvo’s outstanding vehicle development and core safety capabilities. Uber rolled out its self-driving car fleet in its hometown of San Francisco, despite lacking the proper permit that state regulators say is required. Starting Wednesday, riders who request an UberX, one of the company’s budget ride options, may be matched wit... more »

Amazon has first commercial drone delivery on December 7, 2016

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 5 hours ago
Amazon Prime Air is a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones. Prime Air has great potential to enhance the services we already provide to millions of customers by providing rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system. Amazon had their first commercial delivery on December 7, 2016 Amazon said a new private trial – also in the UK – will now deliver packages up to 2.3 kg in weight in 30 minutes or less using the dron... more »

Duck Retirement: what 7 years of blogging has given me

Megan MacKenzie at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
It’s time. I’m signing off as permanent member of the Duck of Minerva after seven (7!?!) years of blogging. The experience has helped shape me as a professional, writer, and member of the IR and online communities. I began blogging during my first nervous year as an academic and continued through to the current realisation that I’m […]

When Prophecy Fails: Analyzing Post-Election, Post-American Grief

Alex Durig at Science 2.0 Blogs - 5 hours ago
[image: When Prophecy Fails]One of the many classics in social psychology from the mid-20th century was Leon Festinger’s *When Prophecy Fails* (1956). The point of the study was to infiltrate a doomsday cult. It was a cult whose leader had declared the world would come to an end on a specific day. read more

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Samer N Abboud, Al Jazeera:* *After Aleppo's fall: 'Nobody can claim victory'* A quick take on some of the key questions about what next for Syria's war. Aleppo is now under full control of the Syrian army and its allied forces. Syrians will live and fight the conflict in different ways for many generations to come. However, the battle over Aleppo will certainly be considered a major turning point in the trajectory of the crisis that began almost six years ago. Although the only certainty in this moment is uncertainty, Samer Abboud, an associate professor of international studie... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Aleppo evacuation plan back on track to end years of fighting* An evacuation of rebel-held districts of Aleppo is back on track and expected to begin within hours, officials on both sides of the war said late on Wednesday, a retreat that would mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and end years of fighting. An initial deal that would have seen thousands of civilians and opposition fighters granted safe passage out of the city stalled on Wednesday and the planned exodus failed to materialize. Iran, one of Assad's main backers, had imposed new conditi... more »

Spam me once, shame on you. (Academic) spam me 3000 times…?

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 6 hours ago
Every year, academics get thousands of spam emails inviting them to submit manuscripts or attend conferences — but don’t bother asking to “unsubscribe” for Christmas. Spoiler alert, for those of you planning to read the rest of this post: It doesn’t make much of a difference. That’s according to the conclusions of a study published […] The post Spam me once, shame on you. (Academic) spam me 3000 times…? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Progress: The genuinely blessed news

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[image: Norberg] Johan Norberg has been running a great series on Twitter (a Twitterseries?) to help promote his new book *Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future*. It’s stunning stuff. For instance, did you know … [image: Norberg1] Wow! Can we get a Hallelujah? Promoted with the handle #*progressadventcalendar*, this is the some of the most blessed news of progress he’s been posting (with the back-up data in his book): [image: Norberg4] This is not trivial. [image: Norberg2] Surprising, huh. [image: image] Solely due to rising prosperity making it possible. ... more »

“…florid excesses do not constitute good writing.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
From the *Herald’*s sports department of 1964: [image: Czq31n6UoAATkPh] .[Hat tip Matt Nippert] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Pretty much all user data at Yahoo was hacked

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 6 hours ago
Yahoo on Wednesday disclosed a breach that took place in August of 2013 which may have resulted in data associated with more than one billion user accounts being stolen. This new, 1-billion-account breach is separate from a 500-million-account breach the company disclosed in September. At the time, the 500-million-account breach was the largest on record. Nextbigfuture thinks if you ever had any user data at Yahoo then you can assume it has been in the hands of hackers since 2013. Yahoo disclosed in November that a law enforcement officials had given it data files showing what appe... more »

Understanding this Weekend’s Kurdish Terror Attacks in Turkey and the Wave of New McCarthyism

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Excerpting from a very good post done by Scott @ Willy Loman* *It covers much ground- pipelines/greater kurdistan and the many attacks on Turkey in 2016* *Understanding this Weekend’s Kurdish Terror Attacks in Turkey and the Wave of New McCarthyism* *The greatest threat to the well-being of the United States and the rest of humanity is the out of control and desperate post 9/11 “Capitalism’s Invisible Army” (CIA) armed with their proxy mercenary armies (Kurds and Kurd”ISIS”), “moderate” terrorists (Free Syrian Army), al-Qaeda off-shoots (al-Nusra) and seemingly endless piles of u... more »

Nvidia's $129000 170 TeraFlop minisupercomputer for Artificial Intelligence

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 6 hours ago
Early customers of Nvidia’s DGX-1, which combines machine-learning software with eight of the chip maker’s highest-end graphics processing units (GPUs), say the system lets them train their analytical models faster, enables greater experimentation, and could facilitate breakthroughs in science, health care, and financial services. Data scientists have been leveraging GPUs to accelerate deep learning—an AI technique that mimics the way human brains process data—since 2012, but many say that current computing systems limit their work. Faster computers such as the DGX-1 promise to make... more »

Blessed news indeed!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
As Mark Twain once reminded us, “No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.” And comes the news today that the legislature has now blessedly ended its session for the year. Hosanna! What a shame so many of their agents out there in the EPA, ACC, BSA, OIO, OFLC, OTS, TPK, MoBIE, ComCom, GCSB, NZCS, NZQA, OSH, OEC, Human Wrongs Commissariat and IRD won’t also be slumbering over the break. But Twain only pointed out the lack of safety *while* the legislature sits. He made no promises about its absence. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com... more »

Trump behind revival of Birther Issue? Ain't Payback a B!tch?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*Barack Obama Birth Certificate* According to the blog We Are Change. a US Sheriff Joe Arpaio is going to hold a press conference tomorrow to update the public (actually it's a private press conference that will be "live streamed"). According to the report, there may be a revelation that the birth certificate proffered by Obama during the controversy, years ago now, was fraudulent. Here is the jist of the report and I will have my thoughts in comments to follow: Arpaio says he will provide an update and a final conclusion to the Barack Obama birth certificate investigation that h... more »

Microsoft: “Our Computer Vision Algorithms Have Surpassed Humans”

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
Microsoft is making some major strides in creating artificial intelligence (AI) with capabilities on par with human ability, or better. The company is collaborating with leaders in a variety of areas to work towards the democratization of AI, making for a future that will benefit all of humanity. The post Microsoft: “Our Computer Vision Algorithms Have Surpassed Humans” appeared first on Futurism.

U.S. Could Soon Require All Cars to “Talk” to Each Other to Avoid Crashes

Patrick Caughill at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
A new U.S. rule will require cars to be able to communicate information such as speed, location, and direction to each other within a radius of about 300 meters. The integration of these technologies can help to reduce the severity of up to 80 percent of collisions not involving an impaired driver. The post U.S. Could Soon Require All Cars to “Talk” to Each Other to Avoid Crashes appeared first on Futurism.


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

New Indictment: Prosecutors Intensify Political Case Against Palestinian American Organizer Rasmea Odeh

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
A grand jury empaneled by the United States government returned a superseding indictment against Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh that will allow prosecutors to further politicize their case and openly treat Odeh as a terrorist when she receives a new trial in 2017. Odeh is a 69 year-old associate director The post New Indictment: Prosecutors Intensify Political Case Against Palestinian American Organizer Rasmea Odeh appeared first on Shadowproof.

Are The U.S. And Russia Already At War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Russia's President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting of the Security Council. One European expert estimates that at least a third of Russia's diplomats work for Putin's intelligence agencies. Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters *Alexander Velez-Green, Small Wars Journal*: *The United States and Russia Are Already at War* The United States and Russia are already at war. At least, that’s what many in Moscow seem to think. This war is not fought like past conflicts. It’s prosecuted today primarily by non-military means. But, the secondary role of military operations does not ... more »

Maybe we should be looking into the underwear of the gathering Team of Trumpadoodles

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Abraham Lincoln famously had his "Team of Rivals" surrounding him in his administration, and Barack Obama had his. As the Team of Trumpadoodles fills out, are we looking at a team of Woody Harrelsons, or Idris Elbas, or Channing Tatums, or . . . ?* *by Ken* We all remember back when President-elect Obama was assembling his Lincoln-style "Team of Rivals," don't we? (And in the process stripping possible Democratic alternative voices out of the Senate and wherever else they might have been hiding.) Now it's eight years later, and we're going through something, well, not exactly sim... more »

The *real* reason for the season

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*Yes folks, it’s time for that post again because …* It’s the Christmas season. Yuletide. The festive season. And we need to know the real reason for the season, which is …. probably not what you think it is. We’ve had the cartoon, so like all good Christmas dinners, let’s have a Christmas joke: *Q: "What's the difference between God and Santa Claus?"A: "There is no God."* Ha ha ha. The fact is, dear readers, at least Santa—well, Saint Nicholas at least—was a real figure, if not a real bloke, even if the many other inspirations for the Santa Claus character were not. But... more »

Harry Potter Flying Key Ornaments

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
When I started my Harry Potter tree, one of the first things I wanted to make was keys with wings. In the first book, one of the obstacles Harry has to get passed when he is trying to protect the Sorcerer's Stone is a locked door. There are tons off different keys flying around and he has to find the right one on a broomstick. I love the look of old fashioned keys and this story so it was a perfect combo. You can find a link to the keys I used below. You will need: - old fashioned keys - gold tulle or bamboo placemats - hot glue - ornament hangers Old Fashioned ... more »

Western Media Lies Exposed by Eva Bartlett- Proudly Canadian!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*There is enough documentation at my blog that demonstrates Eva Bartlett is correct.* * Accurate. Truthful. * *And she's Canadian too?! Thank goodness! * *Good to know all Canadian's are NOT automatons!* *In this instance I'll wave my flag- it's rare.* *But for her testimony I'll do it.* *hattip gallier! * *gallier2December 14, 2016 at 5:32 AM* *Here's her complete interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1VNQGsiP8M* *Boo to the guy who pretended there were no lies- "documentable facts"* *That guy has cognitive dissonance! * *There was lie after lie after lie. Obfuscation. Fabricat... more »

Love It......

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago

Ripley pimps those preferred story lines!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016A note on immigrant kids:* How well did American students perform on the 2015 Pisa? We'll get to that question in time. For ourselves, we haven't yet examined the scores-in-themselves. We're still puzzling about the way the scores are being reported. This morning, we read the Washington Post's report on the Pisa; we missed it when it appeared last week. At first glance, we were puzzled by the way Joe Heim handled those alleged Chinese scores. Also, by his adherence to a basic rule: When countries outscore the United States, you lovingly name those co... more »

Turkey Is Replacing Pro-Western Military Officers In Diplomatic And NATO Posts Across Europe With Pro-Russian Hardliners

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their press conference near St Petersburg last August. *The Australian/The Times*:* Turkey puts pro-Russian hardliners in Europe* Turkey is replacing pro-Western military officers in diplomatic and NATO posts in London and across Europe with pro-Russian hardliners, sources have claimed. Their accounts are backed by a leaked email seen by The Times. The purge comes in the aftermath of a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the northern summer, and raises fears that the ability ... more »

The Incoming Trump Administration Wants To Get Rid Of The No. 2 Official At NATO

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. NATO *Washington Post:* *Trump team working to remove top NATO official* The incoming Trump administration is looking to get rid of the No. 2 official at NATO, an American nominated by President Obama whom most Republicans don’t trust. But NATO’s Brussels leadership may not play along, setting up an early confrontation with President Trump. Two Trump transition sources told me that a representative of the transition team met late last month with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in ... more »

Ex-CIA Chief: By Skipping His Intel Briefings President-Elect Trump Risks Being Blamed For A Terror Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Ex-CIA chief says Trump risks blame for an attack if he skips briefings* Former CIA director Leon Panetta said on Wednesday that President-elect Donald Trump risked being blamed after any potential attack on the United States if he refused to receive more regular intelligence briefings. U.S. officials told Reuters that Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week - far fewer than most of his recent predecessors - but that his deputy Mike Pence gets briefings around six days a week. Panetta, a former Democratic Congressman who served a... more »

The Sandy Hook Shooting LIE 4 Years Later: Even More Evidence That This Was A Staged Operation - Many Of The Supposed "Victim's Families" Visited The White House BEFORE The "Shooting"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
Today marks the 4th anniversary of that alleged "shooting" in Newtown, Connecticut, at the alleged "Sandy Hook Elementary School" (That was actually closed years before this "shooting"). that allegedly took the lives of some 26 children and teachers (Including "Noah Pozner" who apparently died one more time in Pakistan!).....To this day, I and others in the real truth movement still cannot understand how most people actually think that this was a real event...It does puzzle myself that even after 4 years and so much evidence that it was indeed a staged event, there are so many that ... more »

Assad: US Supports Terrorists By Calling Them Moderate Opposition

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
President Bashar al-Assad has accused the US of sponsoring terrorist groups in Syria by labeling them ‘moderate opposition’. In an interview with the Russian TV channels, Russia 24 and NTV, the Syrian Presided said the United States tried to promote the idea of so-called moderate opposition in Syria. He said: “They haven’t been able to market this lie because the facts on the ground proved the opposite, that all those they support are extremists,” who belong to Daesh, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, with the same extremist and terrorist ideology” Press TV r... more »

Attorneys Call on Morton County to Remove Illegal Blockade of Hwy 1806 to Water Protector Camps

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Attorneys Call on Morton County to Remove Illegal Blockade of Hwy 1806 to Water Protector CampsBy Water Protector Legal Collective Censored News December 14, 2016https://www.nlg.org/wplc-calls-on-morton-county-to-remove-illegal-blockade-of-hwy-1806-to-water-protector-camps/ MANDAN, North Dakota -- The Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG),

Prototypes for vehicles to replace the helicopter in 2030 will fly in 2017 and they will be twice as fast

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 9 hours ago
The US Marine Corps, Army and the Navy are looking to the next generation of vertical lift that goes beyond the traditional helicopter. Potential adversaries are forcing the services’ to move their support facilities further and further away from the forward line of combatant. Col. John Barranco, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, those restrictions put new emphasis on speed, range, payload, survivability and sustainability for aircraft that are projected to be entering the fleet in the early 2030s. They would replace Bell UH-1 Yankees Venom and Bell AH-... more »

David Brock Calls Press ‘Animals’ And Pledges To Destroy Trump

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
In a recent interview, David Brock defiantly told Politico writer (and Podesta emails star) Glenn Thrush that any attempt to attribute Hillary Clinton’s loss to the candidate herself was a “Kellyanne Conway line,” in reference to President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Brock went on to seemingly blame anything The post David Brock Calls Press ‘Animals’ And Pledges To Destroy Trump appeared first on Shadowproof.

If The Mosul Dam Collapses It Will Be 'Worse Than A Nuclear Bomb'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Mosul Dam collapse 'will be worse than a nuclear bomb'* *Warnings by scientists and environmentalists about an imminent collapse are dismissed by Iraqi officials as far-fetched.* As Iraqi forces continue their military operation to take Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), another equally important battle to save the Mosul Dam, located 60km north of Mosul, is under way. After six months of frantic security and logistical preparations, an Italian company has kicked off the repair works to beef up the dam, under the protecti... more »

Islamic State Manufacturing Military Grade Weapons On An Industrial Scale In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Al Jazeera:* *ISIL produced military grade weapons in Iraq: report* Arms monitoring group says ISIL has an extensive and organised war production machine, much like a regular army. ISIL has produced weapons on a scale and sophistication that matches national armies, standardising production across its self-styled caliphate, according to an arms monitoring group. The UK-based Conflict Armament Research (CAR) said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had a "robust supply chain" of raw materials from Turkey, and the technical precision of its work meant it could not be d... more »

British MP Say Russia Probably Hacked Brexit Vote

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Whenever a scapegoat is needed….just blame the Russians. The latest Russian hack has now been exposed thanks to British Labour member of parliament Ben Bradshaw who claims that it is “highly probable” that Russia interfered in the UK’s Brexit referendum. He said that Moscow’s interference in the vote would fit a pattern of meddling in other nations’ affairs, following the CIA’s accusation that Russian hackers tried to influence the recent US elections. A spokesman for the Prime Minister Theresa May responded to the allegation by saying “I have not come across any evidence that Russ... more »

Media Ignores US Rigging of Russia’s Elections As CIA Struggles to Prove Russian Hacking

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: election]With all the hysteria over Russian meddling in the election, it seems the US has forgotten it helped rig Russia's elections two decades ago.

What is "A Real American"?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 10 hours ago
The failing Democrat Party, desperate for a narrative is now branding President Trump as being less than a 'real American'. Evan McMullin, a failed Independent Party candidate who only won votes in rural Utah, where he campaigned, has taken up that rant as well as he tries to increase his traction on the national stage with an eye on the next national election cycle in 2020. McMullin is a smart guy, but his unbounded ego will get him in trouble. You heard that first here on Virtual Mirage. McMullin brands himself a real American, and I don't doubt his patriotism, but is he the mess... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
The prospect of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doesn't fill my heart with joy, but we might have had Rudy Giuliani instead, and I can't decide which would be worse. A *Washington Post* story on the process that led to the selection of Tillerson tells us that Giuliani was the top contender, even after former defense secretary (and paid Exxon consultant) Robert Gates recommended Tillerson to President-elect Trump: Two days after Trump met with Gates, as Sunday talk show guests speculated about Trump’s choice, those closest to the decision had come up with a scorecard. Giuliani, the... more »

U.S. General: Islamic State Fighters May Have Seized Air-Defense Weapons In Palmyra

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
"Personally, I think they probably took their eye off the ball in Palmyra because they were so focused on Aleppo and they didn't properly secure their gains," Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve, said. (D. Myles Cullen/Department of Defense photo) *FOX News:* *ISIS may have stolen Syrian missile system after retaking Palmyra, US general warns* The Islamic State may have taken possession of a Syrian military surface-to-air missile system when the terrorists recaptured the historic city of Palmyra, the top U.S. general in Iraq told Pentagon reporters Wed... more »

Aleppo Ceasefire Collapses. Fighting Has Resumed -- News Updates December 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*ABC News:* *Aleppo Cease-Fire Broken, Evacuations Postponed* The cease-fire in eastern Aleppo was broken today and the planned evacuation of civilians has stalled, opposition sources and residents said. Iran and Russia disagreed on the terms of the agreement and evacuations have been postponed until Thursday, the sources said. “Iran and the government refused the agreement,” Brita Hagi Hassan, president of the city council for opposition-held Aleppo, told ABC News. “After the wounded were ready to be evacuated, Iran and the government refused to get them out.” TV footage this mo... more »

Clutching Electoral College straws? I rank the (complicated) odds.

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 10 hours ago
Seriously? You have hopes? Oh, for certain there are plenty of sci fi-ish scenarios to ponder, before the Electoral College votes are tallied on December 19. Scroll down to get my *odds-handicapping* of all the EC gambits! But first, much-needed *context*: Okay, so a lawsuit filed by two Colorado presidential electors aimed to free them from penalties for defecting. A federal judge then ruled that Colorado's electors "must" vote for Hillary Clinton. But *"must"*... or else what? Face a tiny fine? Backed up by both the Constitution and the Founders own words -- and preced... more »

Antarctic Sea Ice Retreats Due To Wind Patterns

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://nsidc.org/data/seaice_index/ While Arctic ice extent has been at low levels lately, coincidentally, strange things have been going on down under. Bucking the trend of recent years when Antarctic sea ice extent has been steadily rising, it has dropped away in the last few months. Naturally this has led to the […]

Hans Rosling and the Improving World

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 10 hours ago
Here are some statistics and answers about the world from a Nature article about Hans Rosling 1. In 1955 there were fewer than one billion children (aged 0-14) in the world. By 2015 there were two billion. About how many children do UN experts estimate there will be in 2100? The Nature article quoted an answer of Two billion. The number of children in the world is no longer increasing. However, the population projections are widely variable for 2100 and have been trending higher. However, the estimate for the number of children (0-14) is still 2 billion despite an overall boost in ... more »

Hopi and Japanese -- 'Water is alive! It has intelligence!'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Water has Intelligence Hopi and Japanese: Water has intelligence Photo: Water crystal responding to positive words. Hopi and Japanese gathered on Hopi land to share this truth in 2004: Water has intelligence and responds to positive and negative words. Water is alive By Brenda Norrell Censored News On Hopi land in 2004, Vernon Masayesva, executive director of Black Mesa Trust

World News Briefs -- December 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Aleppo hit by air strikes and shelling as evacuation stalls* Plans to evacuate besieged rebel districts of Aleppo were under threat on Wednesday as renewed air strikes and shelling rocked the city in a bombardment the United Nations said "most likely constitutes war crimes". Iran, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's main backers in the battle that has all but ended four years of rebel resistance in the city, imposed new conditions, saying it wanted the simultaneous evacuation of wounded from two villages besieged by rebel fighters, according to rebel and U.N. sou... more »

“Transparent” Obama Admin Just Ordered Bush’s War Crimes to Remain Secret for 12 More Years

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: torture]After promising to have the "most transparent administration in history" President Obama just covered up his predecessors war crimes

Exoplanet weather shows clouds of ruby and sapphire

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 11 hours ago
A super-sized planet 1000 light years from Earth has clouds that may contain the building blocks of rubies and sapphires, according to the first exoplanet meteorology report. The planets in our solar system experience a wide variety of weather, from Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot through Mars’s dust devils to Saturn’s hexagonal north polar storm. But planets around other stars are too distant for us to directly discern their short-term weather, such as changes in clouds or wind. Now, David Armstrong at the University of Warwick, UK, and colleagues scrutinised four years of data fr... more »

Judge tosses case, saying that court-ordered retractions are not part of scientific publication

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
“Retractions are part and parcel of academic and scientific publication. Court ordered retractions are not.” So ends a judge’s September 30, 2016 opinion dismissing a case brought in 2014 by Andrew Mallon, a former Brown University postdoc, alleging that his advisor and former business partner, John Marshall, had published a paper in 2013 in PLOS Biology that should […] The post Judge tosses case, saying that court-ordered retractions are not part of scientific publication appeared first on Retraction Watch.

What Would Happen If We All Refused To Go Quietly To The Slaughterhouse?

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 11 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad December 14, 2016 We are serving ourselves up on silver platters to the oligarchs and giant corporations. We have apples of misinformation in our mouths and sprigs of patriotic parsley tucked behind our ears. Must we complacently acquiesce to being pot-roasted […]

Are we all suffering from suspended animation?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 11 hours ago
*while Trump goes about his business.* Has anyone besides me noticed that Trump has logged in several hours of work each day before Odumbo has even hauled his lazy ass out of bed? I guess he needs to rest up before his last tax-payer funded vacation in Hawaii. *Some very short thoughts on recent goings on.* *Fetal Heartbeat Bill* Governor John Kasich vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion once a fetal heart beat was detected. Why don't the words *heartbeat *and *abortion* next to each other give anyone on the pro-death side of this issue a moment of pause? A "clump of c... more »

Individualism and Neoliberalism

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 11 hours ago
Right across the left, Neoliberalism is regarded as a class project. It was never about solving the crisis that came to a head in the late 1970s. What happened, partly by conscious design, partly through the exigencies of using the state to wage war against the institutions and organisations of the post-war working class and professional strata was a restructuring of capitalism. A restructuring in which the demands of capital were overweening, a mode in which it determined all in the first as well as the last instance. Its success represented a world historic victory for capital ov... more »

Mexico moving ahead with deadly pipeline through Yaqui land

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
TODAY -- Bacum Yaqui attorney and husband kidnapped, husband remains missing he lawyer of the Yaqui Tribe of Loma de Bacum, Carlon Anabela Maria Flores, was found. Her husband Isabel Molina Lugo is still missing. They were abducted by three vehicles of armed men, who are suspected of being State Police of Sonora. The Yaqui community of Loma de Bacum opposes the illegal construction of a

A Rose Garden Dies in Brooklyn

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *“They believed they were more experienced, which they were. They believed they were smarter, which they weren’t.”* -Donnie Fowler, DNC consultant *“I think it’s true, they executed well. I think it’s true that the plan was accomplished. But the plan was not the right plan.”* - a former Michigan labor leader *P*erhaps five weeks after Election Day is a bit late for political autopsies of the Clinton campaign. But, as is inevitable with campaigns and defunct presidential administrations, the truth inevitably comes out like rusty ... more »

A Real Journalist Blasts MSM Coverage Of Syria

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
Independent Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett exposes the mainstream media lies about Syria. During an emotional speech at the UN, Eva says that Western media’s coverage of the Syrian war is “compromised” as their local sources are “not credible” and, in the case of Aleppo, not even there. RT reports: “I’ve been many times to Homs, to Maaloula, to Latakia and Tartus [in Syria] and again, Aleppo, four times. And people’s support of their government is absolutely true. Whatever you hear in the corporate media is completely opposite,” Eva Bartlett, a Canadian journalist and rights act... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Right-wingers are giving Donald Trump credit for this: US technology giant IBM has said it will hire 25,000 people in the United States over the next four years, ahead of a meeting between President-elect Donald Trump and tech industry leaders. About 6,000 of those appointments will be made in 2017, IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty wrote in opinion article published in USA Today.... Rometty is a member of Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, a group of US business leaders focused on boosting economic growth and jobs. Anyone looking to credit this to a "Trump effect" apparently misse... more »


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
By American Kabuki I've been reflecting on the past 4 years. And perhaps a few shoulda, woulda, coulda-s in all that too. You can't every change anything retroactively. But you can learn from it. Best you can do really is avoid repeating things that did not work, speak your mind when it needs to be said, hold your tongue when compassion and patience is needed, and know when to laugh. The tricky part is knowing when to use each tool. And you only know that by feeling each situation. My father was an intensely honest man, except with himself. He had one glaring flaw, he had to... more »

Entire Town’s Police Dept Quits Because Officials Kept Asking them to “Do Illegal, Immoral Things”

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: force]An Indiana town now has no police department after the entire force quit.

"These Are Fake Parties" — Or, Here’s Who Gets to Vote for DNC Chair

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*How the Democratic Party still decides its leaders (click to enlarge)* *by Gaius Publius* In most of the developed world, the leaders of a political party are elected by the voters in that party, not party insiders. For example, in the U.K. in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour Party — not Prime Minister, party leader — with 59% of the vote. Nearly half a million votes were cast in that election, with a better-than-75% turnout. The procedure: Candidates [are] elected by [party] members and registered and affiliated supporters, who all receive a maximum of one vo... more »

Latest Space Alert Available Online & in Print

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
Our latest Global Network *Space Alert* newsletter is at the print shop and available online at the link *here* *Special note* is our announcement on page two about our 25th annual space organizing conference to be held Huntsville, Alabama on April 7-9, 2017. We hope you can join us there. If you’d like to receive *multiple copies of the print version for local distribution* let us know and we can send you some. All we ask is that you reimburse the GN for postage.

Comic relief: How Reince Priebus explained Trump's landslide!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016Why you don't hear "one county, one vote:"* In a front-page report in yesterday's Washington Post, Miller and Entous addressed some of the points about Russian hacking we ourselves raised on Monday. They noted the confusion which has arisen from inconsistent use of the term "hacked." Beyond that, they added a fourth possibility to the three we'd listed: MILLER AND ENTOUS (12/13/16): U.S. intelligence officials said that *the Russian government appears to have succeeded in penetrating computer systems associated with both parties but "prioritized" Demo... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 14, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*DW:* *How German surveillance firms helped Assad regime in Syria* A new Privacy International report has revealed how Western technology companies turned a profit from building up the Syrian surveillance state. But their governments are also dependent on these businesses. Western leaders have publicly fretted about the horrific situation in Aleppo, where President Bashar al-Assad's government forces are on the verge of re-taking the city from rebels after years of slaughter of civilians there. While US Secretary of State John Kerry is stuck in a negotiation dead-end with his Rus... more »

Digital Face Off: Tech Startup Can Turn You Into a 3D Avatar

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 12 hours ago
Startup Loom.ai is looking to bring more lifelike 3D avatars to our digital communications simply by taking a digital picture and applying machine learning. The potential applications for the technology are innumerable. We could see our faces to make movies and video games more immersive and interactive, or even just allowing us to put a more accurate face on our digital interactions. The post Digital Face Off: Tech Startup Can Turn You Into a 3D Avatar appeared first on Futurism.

This Robot Draws Blood Faster and More Safely Than Humans

stephaniesummar at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 12 hours ago
Paging Nurse Robot! The post This Robot Draws Blood Faster and More Safely Than Humans appeared first on Futurism.

IEEE Just Published the First Draft Report on How to Make an ‘Ethically Aligned’ AI

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 12 hours ago
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is convinced that AI/AS development should be "aligned to humans in terms of our moral values and ethical principles." They present their ideas in a 136-paged framework document called Ethically Aligned Design, which the institute hopes will guide the industry to build benevolent AI. The post IEEE Just Published the First Draft Report on How to Make an ‘Ethically Aligned’ AI appeared first on Futurism.

The Government Must Take on a Bigger Role in Shaping the Development of AI

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 12 hours ago
The senate's Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened to discuss the state of AI research and development, and its policy effects and implications on commerce. Experts believe the government is in a unique position to shape the future of AI – especially since AI is still in its developmental stages. The post The Government Must Take on a Bigger Role in Shaping the Development of AI appeared first on Futurism.

Standing Rock Medic Passes from Heart Attack

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Bert Allen Naholowa'a's family -- "We were regularly in contact with dad while he was volunteering at the camp. He was honored to be there and of service to the camp community. Thanks to all that made his experience a good one. He walked on in a good way. We are sure he is in peace." Medic Bert Allen “B.A.” Naholowa'a passes in service to Standing Rock, the water, and the people Standing

Undermining Aleppo's Liberation! Excellent Interview w Bashar Assad !!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*Very clearly parties with vested interests are attempting to impede or reverse Aleppo's liberation from terrorism- Assad states very clearly ISIS came to Palmyra with a whole batch of new/improved weapons- Fighting started up again- Reports today indicate buses to transport civilians out of eastern Aleppo left empty despite the fact people had waited all night for the buses to arrive- * *UPDATE: 1:04pm est-* *Was this how the fighting kicked off again in Aleppo? * *Reuters: * The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group* and a witness *reported that* insurgents ... more »

Fasten Your Seatbelts For A Trump Led China-US Rollercoaster Ride

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 12 hours ago
US President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to take a phone call from Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen may eventually lead to war with China. If you thought Hillary Clinton was a dangerous warmonger who might have started a war with Russia had she won the presidency in November and are happy with an apprentice politician for president, then you should know what Trump just did to China. Trump provoked the only other superpower in the world, who might have a chance of beating the U.S. at war, by dismissing the “one China” policy, saying that he is not bound by it. The policy has for d... more »

Police Kill Innocent Unarmed Grandpa for Holding a Crucifix in His Own Front Yard

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: crucifix]A grandfather, holding a crucifix in his front yard, was apparently enough of a fright to cause a police officer to fear for his life and kill him.

Poor Sally

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
Cutting Edge comedy from Kardashian-bottomed, camp comedian Joe Lycett. Think Julian Clary meets Frankie Howard, and, should you bother to read this stream of consciousness monologue, imagine lots of squealing and “Oooh missus”. The only funny thing about it was that it came on BBC 2 straight after “Muslims like Us”. That almost made me laugh, anyway. Live at the Apollo. “I wanna talk about Birmingham ‘cos I’m from Birmingham. Anyone from Birmingham in? I know I don’t have the accent - never had it - I was watching Fox News the other week - the reputable news source that is Fox ... more »

Fukushima Daiichi Webcam Question: Is that how TEPCO injects nitrogen to prevent a hydrogen explosion in unit 1?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
In April of 2011, BBC and other news media sources reported that TEPCO was injecting nitrogen into Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 to prevent a hydrogen explosion: Japan quake: Nitrogen pumped into nuclear reactor. BBC. April 7, 2011, available, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-12992284 Workers in Japan have begun injecting nitrogen into one of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to prevent more hydrogen blasts.The gas is being pumped into reactor 1 of the six-unit plant which was damaged by last month's quake and tsunami.... Technicians began injecti... more »

Experts Reveal Techniques Used by the Media to Brainwash & Control Us

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - There is a definitive science to distorting reality and manufacturing public consent. The post Experts Reveal Techniques Used by the Media to Brainwash & Control Us appeared first on Waking Times.

Mohawk Nation News 'Tribal Trough'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
TRIBAL TROUGH Posted on December 14, 2016 Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. MNN. Dec. 14, 2016. We see the enemy and evil straight in their faces. The morally insane rulers want to see us praying with our hands clasped, standing in front of the hole. Boom! We die and fall into the grave. They think they can then put the pipeline or shopping mall or a Trump casino/hotel resort


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *Don't Be So Sure Russia Hacked the Clinton Emails - Bamford CIA's Absence of Conviction Trump picks former Texas Governor Rick Perry as energy secretary 25 Cities On The Brink Of Disaster: "Don't Be Here When Things Get Violent, Unsafe, & Fragile" Top US Spy Agency Refuses To Endorse CIA's Russian Hacking Assessment Due To "Lack Of Evidence" How Bangledesh's clean drinking water initiative backfired tragically China Admits Economic Data Is Fake: "Some Local Statistics Are Falsified" Penn Students Tear-Down Shakespeare Portrait "To Affirm More Inclusive Mission" M... more »

Corporate Media is Lying to You — Syrian Army Freed Aleppo, There is No Genocide

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: aleppo]Everything the western media is telling you about Aleppo is false. The Syrian army has beat back US-backed terrorists and freed the city.

DRUM AND JONES—AND US: The magnificent fast food sneering debate!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016Part 3—The way we liberals roll:* It ought to be said that Scott Seitz was perhaps overstating a tad. The Seitz family was interviewed by Van Jones at the start of last week's "town hall" special on CNN. Scott Seitz was identified as a two-time Obama voter who voted for Trump this fall. Seitz hails from Ohio's Trumbull County, which includes part of Youngstown. Last Monday, as he previewed his program, Jones described the situation in Trumbull County to a fascinated Anderson Cooper. "Over the last 40 years—well actually it's the last four years, especi... more »

China Beefs-Up Air Defenses On Its Islands In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
A satellite image shows what CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says appears to be anti-aircraft guns and what are likely to be close-in weapons systems (CIWS) on the artificial island Johnson Reef in the South China Sea in this image released on December 13, 2016. CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*: *Exclusive: China installs weapons systems on artificial islands - U.S. think tank* China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built ... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 58, Dec 13, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Iraqi forces (ISF) continued clearing old areas of east Mosul. The Golden Division took the two-part neighborhood of Falah. There was continued fighting in Muthannaas well. Both had been freed before however. General Abdul Wahab al-Saedi of the Division toldthe press there are only six districts left to free all of the eastern half of the city. The ISF are only in about 40% of that section however and many neighborhoods remain contested so there is still a long fight ahead to achieve that goal. The southern front may finally be moving. The Mosul airport was shelledand the tow... more »

Prominent cancer researcher committed nearly 30 acts of misconduct

Ana Komnenic at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
An investigation into the lab of a prominent cancer researcher in British Columbia has revealed nearly 30 acts of misconduct. As we detail in our latest feature for Science, the investigation, at the University of British Columbia (UBC), uncovered 29 instances of scientific misconduct, 16 of which were characterized as “serious,” according to university […] The post Prominent cancer researcher committed nearly 30 acts of misconduct appeared first on Retraction Watch.

German's Defense Minister REFUSES To Wear A Hijab During An Official Visit To Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The German minister voiced her annoyance at the expectation that women should wear traditional clothing when visiting the country *Daily Mail*: *Female German minister REFUSES to wear a hijab during visit to Saudi Arabia, days after Angela Merkel calls for a burka ban * * Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wore a business suit for her meetings at the Divan Palace in Riyadh * She was criticised on Twitter by Saudis for not wearing traditional Saudi clothing * Von der Leyen said she was annoyed that visitors are expected to wear an abaya * It comes a week after Angela Merkel calle... more »

The Case For Donald Trump's Approach To Moscow

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Timothy Stanley, CNN*: *Trump's shockingly honest approach to Putin* (CNN)The 2016 election was not rigged by Moscow. Rex Tillerson, tipped to be the next secretary of state, is not a KGB agent. Donald Trump is, however, trying to reset US policy toward Russia to begin a constructive dialogue. For this, he ought to be applauded. Instead, he is almost accused of treachery. The situation is surreal. Let's analyze those two allegations separately. First, the CIA reportedly believes that Russia likes Trump, hacked the Democrats during the election, and leaked information via WikiLeak... more »

Precedent Set — Man Found Not Guilty for Shooting 3 Cops During No-Knock Raid

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: raids]A Corpus Christi man has been set free after a jury found him not guilty of assaulting officers he shot at after they executed a controversial "no-knock" raid.

Google Invades Cuba

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC:* *Cuba signs deal for faster internet access to Google content* Cuba's state-run telecommunications company Etecsa has signed a deal with Google that will enable faster access to content from the American company. Under the deal, the technology giant will install servers in Cuba to improve connectivity speeds to Google services, including Gmail and YouTube. Google and Etecsa have reached their agreement in the final weeks of Barack Obama's presidency. It is not clear whether his successor will change US policies towards Cuba. President Obama restored relations with Cuba earl... more »

U.K. Labour MP Blames Russia For Brexit Vote

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*The Independent:* *Labour MP claims it's 'highly probable' Russia interfered with Brexit referendum* Ben Bradshaw said it would fit a pattern of meddling from the Russian state A Labour MP has claimed that it is "highly probable" that Vladimir Putin’s Russia interfered in the UK’s Brexit referendum. Ben Bradshaw said Moscow’s likely interference in the vote would fit a pattern of meddling in other nations’ affairs, following the CIA’s accusation that Russian hackers tried to influence the recent US elections. Speaking in the Commons debate on Aleppo, Mr Bradshaw also claimed tha... more »

Venezuela Now Facing A Run On The Banks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Thousands rushed to their banks today. The 100 Bs. note will be out of circulation in the next 24h pic.twitter.com/XPFpUQ4x5P — Mariana Zuniga (@marazuniga) December 13, 2016 *Fusion*: *Venezuelans fight to protect their savings as government pulls bills from circulation* CARACAS— Venezuelans are rushing to the banks this week in a desperate attempt to protect their savings from the government’s latest spasm of reckless financial policymaking. On Tuesday morning thousands of people across Venezuela played hooky from work to line-up outside banks and deposit bundles of cash into t... more »

80% losses guaranteed! Inside the murky world of binary options trading

Melanie Newman at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 15 hours ago
Binary options trading is sold as an investment opportunity but in reality it's a very risky gamble or a straight-up scam. Police say it's become the biggest fraud in the UK. The post 80% losses guaranteed! Inside the murky world of binary options trading appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

GAIA PORTAL: Elements of Rainbows harmonize

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 15 hours ago
*Elements of Rainbows harmonize * by ÉirePort Elements of Rainbows harmonize. Standards of Light are followed. Masters of Inner Works are called to the fore. Sparrows of indigenous ones are heard, and followed. ÉirePort | December 14, 2016 at 09:01 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-AY

WPTPN: The Loss of the American Narrative

Kindred Winecoff at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
This World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism (WPTPN) guest post is written by Aida A. Hozić is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Florida. This blogpost draws on a chapter prepared for Hegemony and Leadership in the International Political Economy, edited by Alan Cafruny and Herman M. Schwartz (Lynne Rienner, […]

Thousand Of Snow Geese Die After landing In Toxic Montana Water

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
Several thousand snow geese were burned and poisoned to death when they landed in a Montana lake filled with sulphuric acid and toxic heavy metals. The migrating snow geese met their untimely deaths after a snowstorm forced the large flocks to take refuge in the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine. The water is as acidic as distilled vinegar and strong enough to liquefy the steel propeller of a motorboat, according to Natural News. The Berkeley Pit is a massive 700 acre crevice left behind from nearly 30 years of copper mining. It filled up with water 900 feet deep ... more »

Will He Stand Up To Them?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
When it comes to Israel, Gerry Caplan writes, Justin Trudeau's policy is the same as Stephen Harper's policy. Do nothing to annoy Benjamin Netanyahu: The new government’s policy towards Israel and Palestine, as articulated by the G-G, just happens to be identical to the old government’s policy. Canada may be back, but in the Middle East it’s Stephen Harper’s Canada that is back. And both governments’ stands are curious given that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has flatly said he will never accept an independent Palestinian state. Everyone but Canadian governments seems w... more »

Will We Ever Know Which Counties In Wisconsin, Pennsylvania And Michigan Putin Hacked?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
What's the bottom line on Russian interference in the election on behalf of Putin's puppet candidate? Was it just propaganda aimed at an easily manipulated U.S. media coupled with fake news aimed at low-IQ voters? Or is there evidence that the Russians actually tampered with easily hackable voting machines in Outagamie Kenosha and Portage counties in Wisconsin, Macomb and Muskegon counties in Michigan and Luzerne and Erie counties in Pennsylvania. Trump's tiny margins in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania handed him the electoral college despite a tremendous loss among voters-- ... more »

Ridiculing a radical

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
You don’t have to know much about television to realise that production companies function from the premise that everyone is gagging to appear on telly. This assumption gives film crews a sense of entitlement which inspires everyone, from the producer to the lackey in charge of charging up the batteries, to be as dismissive and insulting to the…let’s call them actors…..as they choose. Someone named Jim White has written a review of ‘Muslims Like us’ in the Telegraph. It’s headed: *“Muslims Like Us is a Wake up call for Islamophobes everywhere.” * He has obediently taken this project... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Can I *prove* that Russians hacked the U.S. election in order to help Donald Trump and harm Hillary Clinton? No, but I can point to stories like the big one posted by *The New York Times* yesterday, which persuasively gathers together detailed assertions that suggest a clear pattern. This is how it's supposed to work -- the press, when it's doing its job, presents us with a large set of theoretically falsifiable claims. If critics can't disprove them, the story deserves to stand. The story describes the nature of the controversy, but doesn't get it quite right: ... the Russian atta...more »

"How You Become a Crony"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"How You Become a Crony"* by Bill Bonner "Who’s the biggest winner so far? ‘Government Sachs!’ Fortune magazine reports that the winningest person since Trump’s election is Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein. Goldman’s stock price is back to where it was just before the last crash in 2008. And Blankfein is back in high cotton, too; his holdings in the firm have gained $140 million in the last four weeks. *Trump bump: *Donald Trump pledged to take the elite down a notch. So far, they’re going in the opposite direction. Worldwide, they’re up about $4.4 trillion, as their stocks have ... more »

Math-phys Alma mater is almost like shared DNA

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
Last night, I enjoyed the pre-Christmas party of the Václav Klaus Institute (led by the Czech ex-president) in Café Mozart, a fancy business just a few steps from the Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj) as well as from the amazing exchange office where you still get CZK 15 for one euro. There is a pretty Christmas tree at the Old Town Square this year – and it's nice when the place is so alive. Otherwise, in a cloudy weather, cities like Prague (or New York) suck. The Pilsner Urquell logo and the modern Pilsner Škoda Transportation streetcars are the only pretty things in much of Pra... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Do Australian schools need more money, or better spending?* *The article below asks the right question but is poor at answering it. It starts out saying that educational success has little to do with money but then quotes a do-gooder saying that money is the key. It also breastbeats about the bad performance by poor students and pretends that this can be improved. It cannot. Not by very much anyway. Generally speaking, the poor are poor because they have low IQs -- and there is no remedy for that.The two things that are REALLY needed to lift standards are: 1). Adoption ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Scott Pruitt will bring EPA regulatory war on coal to heel under the Trump administration* Americans for Limited Government announced just a week after the election that job one of the Trump administration must be to dismantle the EPA regulations which are crippling our economy; less than a month after he became President-elect, and Donald Trump has already begun this mission. With the latest appointment of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as administrator the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Trump is allowing Pruitt to continue his crusade against EPA overreach he ha... more »

Theresa May, friend of Israel but not of the BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
"………….the fact that we have, in Israel, a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance, an engine of enterprise and an example to the rest of the world for overcoming adversity and defying disadvantages. As most of us here know – and as I realised during my visit in 2014 – seeing is believing.For it is only when you walk through Jerusalem or Tel Aviv that you see a country where people of all religions and sexualities are free and equal in the eyes of the law. It is only when you travel across the country that you realise it is only the size of Wales – and appreciate even more the i... more »

The Agriculture Industry Is Mutilating Cows

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 17 hours ago
Did you know that some cows were having holes drilled into their sides? Cows are a staple of the agriculture industry across the world and are one of the most profitable commodities. Farmers have a wealth of technology and data at their fingertips to get the best from livestock…but how far is too far when developing ways to ensure the highest quality meat and dairy? Researchers in Switzerland are using a process called fistulation which involves removing a chunk of these animals’ abdomens and fitting cannulas directly into the animal’s digestive tract. The practice is also performe... more »

Minerva Wildman and It's Pets

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
We do not get any detail which only proves lousy lighting. However, the smell and the two cougar like creatrues strongly suggest a mother Giant Sloth with two well grown cubs. It is certainly Protective enough. Which is why i am bothering to show you this. We have thousands of Bigfoot sightings which are pretty conclusive. However, nocturnal sightings are often not overly conclusive and this is a good example of that. A look at its face would have eliminated doubt. In this case it is the cat like cubs that show us. They could also be females but that seems less likely.. ... more »

'It was Bigfoot'

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
This is a pretty basic sighting of which thousands actually exist to make an ongoing mockery of the scientific community's ongoing denial. What is interesting here is that the animal was close by and could be seen at the same time it chose to scream. We have had reports of the screams which have always been assumed to belong to Bigfoot. Now we have a confirmed linkage eliminating any lingering doubt. It took around twenty separate reports to paint the original description base for this creature. What i find so surprising is that even after hundreds of further reports we can alw... more »

The Major Purveyor of ‘Fake News’ is the CIA-Corporate Complex

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
That the CIA maintains a sustained and concerted effort to put out news stories to its liking and also to disrupt legitimate stories is no surprise. Essentially this network has to be in place in the event they need it. In the meantime they use it to disrupt potentially embarrassing lines of inquiry. That includes knocking down legitimate investigations with false labeling. Obviously this can be abused politically as well. It needs powerful supervision. . *The Major Purveyor of ‘Fake News’ is the CIA-Corporate Complex * *By Wayne Madsen* *28 November 2016 * *http://www.str... more »

NASA Drops Global Warming BOMBSHELL

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
The temperature surge of the past two years has now collapsed and it is all part of a super El Nino. Claims of a fresh beginning to global warming turn out tho be wishful thinking. What has been ignored since 1998 is that the global temperature has flat lined. That is 18 years during which surely as much CO2 entered the atmosphere as had for the previous century. This actually disproves the linkage hypothesis. Once you get past that outright scientific lie you are talking about the weather and no more. *NASA Drops Global Warming BOMBSHELL * *http://endingthefed.com/nasa-... more »

Because the lives of British people are less important than the rights of one jihadi

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
This report in The Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4020990/The-jihadi-sleeper-agent-t-deport-identify.html is worth reading in full to understand the priorities of the British government. Here's a pretty long extract. 'An asylum seeker described as the 'very model of a modern Al Qaeda terrorist' has been allowed to stay in Britain despite being jailed for plotting attacks in this country. The 'sleeper agent' jihadi – who The Mail on Sunday is banned from identifying – was about to be deported back to his native Jordan after his release from prison. But Home Secreta...more »

Predictive Linguistics: "Huge Crisis Headed Our Way, Credit Freeze, Bank Runs & Riots"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Huge Crisis Headed Our Way, Credit Freeze, Bank Runs & Riots"* - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sSBCTGbMHw *“Web Bots Predict Massive Financial Shock In Early 2017:* * ‘Confusion, Bond Market Degradation, Crumbling Of Everything’”* by Mac Slavo "There are scores of organizations working on ways to interpret user data on the internet to help predict future events. Law enforcement agencies and financial institutions having been working on this predictive technology for over a decade. In most cases, none of that information is ever shared with the general public. Clif High of HalfPas... more »

On The Moral Philosophy of Ayn Rand, Philippa Foot, and Elizabeth Anscombe

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 20 hours ago
*A Companion to Ayn Rand* *Edited by: Allan Gotthelf and Gregory Salmieri* The similarity in the moral philosophy of Ayn Rand, Philippa Foot, and Elizabeth Anscombe is briefly mentioned in two chapters of *A Companion to Ayn Rand*. The first chapter is “The Act of Valuing (and the Objectivity of Values)” by Gregory Salmieri, and the second is “The Morality of Life” by Allan Gotthelf (completed by Gregory Salmieri). The focus of Salmieri’s, “The Act of Valuing (and the Objectivity of Values),” is on tracing the act of valuing as an activity of the soul or mind that can be found in A... more »

BC gov letter on Site C

Alison at Creekside - 20 hours ago
Back in August, BC Hydro applied for a "Licence of Occupation" to log crown land above the Site C dam - land that had been previously slated for provincial park status. The only public notice I could find about it was in the *Alaska Highway News* - and in woodbusiness.ca, which noted that the government ad in the back of *Alaska Highway News *did not even mention Site C. I ran into the deadline for public input quite by accident in September three days before it was closing. I contacted all the news media, environmental watchdogs, Site C opponents, and MPs I could think of - to no... more »

US Government To Forcibly Microchip Disabled People

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
The U.S. government has granted law enforcement agencies the power to forcibly microchip disabled people against their will. According to a recently passed bill, the reality of a microchip populace is closer than ever before. Last week, the House passed HR 4919, allowing authorities to chip people with “forms of dementia or children with developmental disabilities”. Blacklistednews.com reports: The bill would also require the attorney general to work with the secretary of health and human services and unnamed health organizations to establish the “best practices” for the use of t... more »

Putin To Meet Trump And ‘Make America Great Again’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 20 hours ago
Vladimir Putin has said he is ready and willing to meet with President-elect Donald Trump to help him make America great again. The Russian President recently answered questions from journalists who wanted to know whether he would be meeting with Trump any time soon. “We are ready at any moment. There are no problems from our side,” Putin responded, according to part of an interview transcript released by the Kremlin. According to AP: Putin said that “it’s widely known that the elected president of the United States has publicly called for the normalization of the Russian-America... more »

Mise au point : Non, ce n’est pas « la fin de l’immortalité

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 20 hours ago
Suite à une récente étude, la presse s’emballe : nous pourrions ne jamais dépasser 125 ans ! Mais qu’en est-il réellement ? http://ieet.org/archive/time_clock_hand.png

Trump’s Shocking Plan To STEAL From Native Americans

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
A team of advisors in the Trump administrations are planning on trying to privatize oil-rich Native American reservations. The reservations the Trump administration is planning on stealing are ruled by Native Americans as sovereign nations. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian of The Young Turks discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

Myanmar: Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi Oversees Genocide

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
*December 14, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Reading commentary, analysis, and even alleged "reports" from the Southeast Asian state of Myanmar, it would appear that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi - poster child of American and European "democracy promotion" - is helpless to avert what is quickly expanding into wholesale genocide against the nation's Rohingya minority. In reality, Suu Kyi's political coalition has for decades been bolstered by highly politicized sectarian factions, including saffron-clad "monks" who have regularly employed street violence in support ... more »

China Warn's President-Elect Trump That Changing The 'One China' Principle Will Jeopardise Peace

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Reuters:* *China says damage to 'one China' principle would impact peace* China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday any interference with or damage to the "one China" principle would have a serious impact on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of "one China", further upsetting China which was already angered by Trump's earlier telephone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. The issue is highly sensitive for China, wh... more »

Musical Interlude: Dan Fogelberg, “Nether Lands”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Dan Fogelberg, “Nether Lands” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePrQFaB50w0

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Actor Alan Thicke, dad on 'Growing Pains,' dead at 69 https://t.co/8EuzrFttsT — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 14, 2016

Top U.S. Pacific Admiral: U.S. Is Ready To Confront China On South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters*: *U.S. ready to confront Beijing on South China Sea: admiral* The United States is ready to confront China should it continue its overreaching maritime claims in the South China Sea, the head of the U.S. Pacific fleet said on Wednesday, comments that threaten to escalate tensions between the two global rivals. China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims. The United States has called on China to respect the find... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
A group of children on roller-blades skate past the Grand People's Study House on Kim Il-Sung square on December 1, 2016, in Pyongyang. © AFP 2016/ ED JONES

The Chinese Are Becoming Very Good At Stealing U.S. Military Secrets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Next Big Future*:* US Congressional report warns that China is getting even better at stealing US military technology and secrets* US intelligence agencies determined that several years ago China stole secrets relating to the F-35 jet fighter from a US contractor. The design secrets were detected in China’s new J-20 stealth fighter and the J-31. The stolen secrets included details of the F-35’s electro-optical targeting system, radar-absorbing coatings and engine nozzles. Taiwan remains a major spying target of China and, since 2002, 56 Chinese agents have been arrested there aft... more »

Twenty-Nine U.S. Electors Now Want An Intelligence Briefing Before They Cast Their Votes For U.S. President On Monday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Hill:* *More electors join call for Russia interference briefing before vote* More Democratic electors are joining the call for an intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the presidential election before they cast their votes for president on Monday. Twenty-nine electors now are pressuring Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to disclose more information about the CIA’s conclusion that Russian interference helped sway the election in President-elect Donald Trump’s favor. On Monday, 10 electors — spearheaded by Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Demo... more »

Bill Gates: Trump Will Be Assassinated “Like JFK”

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates has hinted that President-elect Donald Trump may suffer the same fate as JFK, in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday. Gates compared Trump to JFK on Squawk Box, saying that Trump has an opportunity to establish “American leadership through innovation.” While he didn’t outright say Trump would suffer the same fate as the late President, his decision to compare him to a man who is most famous for being assassinated is rather odd. CNBC.com reports: “But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that,” G... more »

Doomsday Plane Captured Circling Around Trump Towers, New York

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Residents of New York City reported seeing a military Doomsday Plane flying close to the Trump Towers late Tuesday afternoon. According to multiple reports on Twitter, either a Boeing E-4B (Doomsday Plane) or a C-130 (military plane) were spotted and filmed circling the air around midtown for over an hour before leaving the airspace. The secretive Doomsday Plane (also known as the National Airborne Operations Center) is a U.S. government plane designed to keep the US government running in the event of a nuclear war. Regardless of whether the plane was indeed a E-4B or a C-130 – a... more »

FBI: Typo Lost Hillary Clinton The Election

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
According to the FBI, Hillary Clinton may have lost the presidential election due to a simple typo made by a contractor working for the DNC. According to The New York Times, FBI officials were desperate to warn the DNC and Hillary about supposed Russian hackers attempting to hack the DNC computers in order to influence the outcome of the election. “What started as an information-gathering operation, intelligence officials believe, ultimately morphed into an effort to harm one candidate, Hillary Clinton, and tip the election to her opponent, Donald J. Trump,” The Times wrote. Thewe... more »

Passenger Captures Weird Humanoid Walking On Cloud

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A passenger on board a European flight captured a picture of what appears to be a humanoid creature walking on the clouds. Passengers on an Easyjet flight from Austria to Ireland were stunned when they witnessed a large robot-like creature walking around on the clouds. Nick O’Donoghue snapped pictures of the creature and uploaded them to social media as soon as he landed, where it quickly took the Internet by storm. The pictures first appeared on Joe.ie and then later on other sites such as Reddit, Facebook and Twitter. Hundreds of users think the pictures resemble The Iron Giant ... more »

How Do You Like People Selling Your Social Security Number Online?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I read *The Edward Snowden Affair* by Michael Gurnow a couple of years ago and did a dozen or so posts about it since then. I keep it handy as an important reference book, not because of the Edward Snowden "gossip," or because for the narrative of his fascinating and important story, but because it's chock full of crucial information pertaining to civil liberties. As the clock ticks down to the Trump-- or Trump-Putin-- takeover of the American government, there are important lessons in Gurnow's book, every American should be aware of. Like this one from the Afterward: Data broker... more »

Musical Interlude: George Harrison, “What Is Life”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
George Harrison, “What Is Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XFfUt7HQWM

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What will become of these galaxies? Spiral galaxies NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are passing dangerously close to each other, but each is likely to survive this collision. Typically when galaxies collide, a large galaxy eats a much smaller galaxy. In this case, however, the two galaxies are quite similar, each being a sprawling spiral with expansive arms and a compact core. As the galaxies advance over the next tens of millions of years, their component stars are unlikely to collide, although new stars will form in the bunching of gas caused by gravitational tides. *Click image for larger... more »

The Poet: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “What If You Slept”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“What If You Slept”* “What if you slept, And what if In your sleep You dreamed, And what if In your dream You went to heaven And there plucked a strange and beautiful flower, And what if When you awoke You had that flower in your hand… Ah, what then?” - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Stuff of (Disturbing) Dreams”* by Dr. Michael J. Breus “Dreams are one of the most fascinating- and least understood- aspects of sleep. Though science has offered possibilities, we don't yet understand the purpose of dreaming. Dreams can encompass a dramatic range of emotion, and subject matter. Some dreams seem plucked directly from our everyday lives. Most of us have had the experience of waking up shaking our heads at the odd and sometimes amusing circumstances that unfolded while dreaming. Dreams can contend with deep emotions, dealing with loss and reunion, anger, sorrow... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Coppenbrügge, Niedersachsen, Germany. Thanks for stopping by!

"We Like To Think..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We like to think that we are rational beings; humane, conscientious, civilized, thoughtful. But when things fall apart, even just a little, it becomes clear we are not better than animals. We have opposable thumbs, we think, we walk erect, we speak, we dream, but deep down we are still routing around in the primordial ooze; biting, clawing, scratching out an existence in the cold, dark world like the rest of the tree-toads and sloths." - "Grey's Anatomy"

"Once Upon a Time in the West"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Once Upon a Time in the West"* by Uncola "A war can begin slowly. And quietly. Decisions are made and strategies implemented as outcomes unfold. Assessments are analyzed; tactics remain fluid and adjustments are tweaked as every action elicits an opposing reaction. As time progresses, it becomes easier to discern the enemy as the battle lines become more defined. Originally, I was going to entitle this essay “Enemies of the State”, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how the geopolitics of today resembles a 1960s Spaghetti Western. The promotional trailer of Ser... more »

The Economy: Gregory Mannarino, “Down To The Wire, Fed Announcement Tomorrow”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Gregory Mannarino, “Down To The Wirde, Fed Announcement Tomorrow” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PbGch4k0qE

Govinda Finishing New Grassroots FM Radio at Center Pole on Crow Nation

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
Photo by Alyra Rose . Govinda finishing up FM Radio at Center Pole, on Crow Nation, MontanaPhoto by Alyra Rose . Govinda is busy finishing up the FM radio station at Wellknown Buffalo, Center Pole, on the Crow Nation in Montana. The new FM radio station, located behind the coffee shop, has obtained federal licensing. Take a look around Center Pole in the video below.

Unverified Aleppo "On the Spot" Executions

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*December 14, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - After a day of claiming up to 82 civilians were "shot on the spot" by Syrian forces battling to retake the northern city of Aleppo from armed terrorists who have occupied it since invading the city in 2012, no evidence or even the source of the claim has surfaced. According to the BBC, the UN Human Rights office in Geneva received reports of the incident. Despite Western journalists having been on the ground in Aleppo, along with UN staff, the reports were actually received in Geneva from unnamed sources alleged to be in Aleppo, not acqu... more »

Random Thoughts

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
LSP eating a 16 oz aged NY steak*EATING WITH LSP* Tonight LSP and I got together for a nice Christmas Dinner at Flemings Steakhouse in Plano, Texas because I was in town earning a crust of bread, and he was available. The discussion was far ranging from President Trump's historic victory in the election last month to the price of tea in China. I had anticipated a nice Kwanzaa present from my friend, LSP. Instead of going in that direction, he presented me a bit of Kipling, which is about as far from Kwanzaa as one can get. He has a book headed to the compound that is no more progre... more »

A Real Journalist Warns us WWIII with Russia, China is Already Underway

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Isaac Davis* - We will allow the media to drag us into mutually assured destruction? The post A Real Journalist Warns us WWIII with Russia, China is Already Underway appeared first on Waking Times.

This Former U.S. Navy Commander Is Saying that This Is What The U.S. Should Have Built Instead Of The F-35

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The success of the F-18 Super Hornet program could have been a model for updating legacy airframes across the board. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey J. Hopkins/US Navy *Alex Lockie, Business Insider*: *Former US Navy commander: Here's what the US should have built instead of the F-35* Lockheed Martin announced the F-35 program in 2001. Since then, hundreds of billions of dollars and 15 years of testing have brought the program to where it is today — on the verge of becoming the world's premier fighter/bomber and the future of the US Air Force, Marines, and Navy. But... more »

Auckland councillors all ready to raise rates?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*Q: How do you know a politician is lying?A: Their lips are moving.* Latest riff on that theme: *Tomorrow Auckland Council Finance Committee meets to set next year's budget and rates. Goff has said he wants a 2.5% rates rise but many Councillors have signed the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance Pledge to keep annual rates rises to 2%. Will they capitulate to Goff’s demands and fall at the first hurdle? [Having been handed lucrative positions to as Chairs and Deputy Chairs of the various Council Committees] it looks like some might….* There also being a very big difference indeed... more »

Gareth Morgan goes full retard

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: henrymorgan-e1481508131473]*One of these men is correct …* I CONFESS THAT THE ABOVE HEADLINE IS not totally accurate. Sam Morgan’s dad actually went full retard a long time ago. The latest manifestation of his retardness (and mind you it’s not even lunchtime yet, so there may be further incidents) is his response to Paul Henry’s confrontational interview with him and Jamie Whyte’s on-the-button critique of Morgan’s hoped-for tax grab from home-owners. (Good advice may be not to feed the troll, since he’s only enjoying the attention. But since his sins are so egregiou... more »

Russia upgrading older tanks with Armata fire control and getting first 100 new Armata tanks

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
The Russian Defense Ministry has a contract with Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), the world’s largest tank maker, for the first batch of 100 third-generation T-14 main battle tank (MBT), an armored vehicle based on the “Armata” universal chassis system, according to local media reports. Russia plans to acquire 2300 T-14 Armata's by 2025. Previously Rusgetsia was going to get the 2300 Armata's by 2020. The T-14 was originally priced at about $8 million. According to some Russian defense officials, the price will come down to around 250 million rubles ($3.8 million) per unit once serial producti... more »

Aleppo Liberated: Washington Post Finally Admits "Rebels" Invaded - Was No Uprising

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*December 14, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - For months as terrorists backed by the United States, Turkey, and their Persian Gulf allies lost significant ground to the Syrian Arab Army in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, the battle was characterized by the Western media and Western politicians as a brutal assault on the city's residents - the extinguishing of a 6 year-long uprising. However, in reality, that was never the case. And this reality is something careful readers will note even if they read the latest from one of the most prominent sources of pro-terrorist propaganda, th... more »

EPA Study On Fracking Vindicates Environmental Groups

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
The Environmental Protection Agency released a final draft of a six-year study on the impact of fracking on drinking water. The study affirms the scientific reality that fracking contaminates water, and remarkably, the report appears to be mostly free of fossil fuel industry influence that was apparent in an earlier The post EPA Study On Fracking Vindicates Environmental Groups appeared first on Shadowproof.

What Happened When Two Nuclear Submarines Armed With Nuclear Weapons Collided Under the Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard arrives back at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, Scotland following a patrol. Wikipedia *Sebastien Roblin, National Interest*: *In 2009, Two Nuclear Submarines Collided Under the Sea (And They Were Armed with Nuclear Weapons)* Late at night on February 3, 2009 the crew of the French nuclear submarine Triomphant, experienced something of a shock. The 138-meter-long submarine, the lead boat of four serving today as a key part of France’s nuclear strike force, was returning to port submerged under the heavy seas of the East Atlantic when something impacted ... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Berlin - Sex

Iran To Work On Developing Nuclear-Powered Vessels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani takes part in a news conference near the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 22, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo *Reuters:** Iran to work on nuclear-powered vessels after U.S. 'violation' of deal* Iran ordered its scientists on Tuesday to start developing systems for nuclear-powered marine vessels in response to what it calls a U.S. violation of its landmark 2015 atomic deal with world powers. Nuclear experts said that President Hassan Rouhani's move, if carried out, would probably require Ir... more »

The Republicans Are Already Selling Out Trump's Voters-- But Can The Democrats Capitalize On That?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Sunday we talked about how Trump allowed congressional Republicans to walk all over working class voters, inserting their ideological extremism-- that he doesn't share-- into legislation hurting retired coal miners' health insurance programs. Earlier this morning we talked about the need for Trump to stand up to Ryan (and Pence and Price) as they begin dismantling the social safety net in regard to health care for people insured through Obamacare and Medicare. Working class voters who decided they wanted change enough to take a chance with Trump are getting the shitty end of the s... more »

Automation and Robots Could Permanently Disrupt Capitalism

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 1 day ago
While some may be able to coast into office with the promise of bringing jobs back from oversees, they fail to realize that there may be no jobs to bring back. Automation is set to replace 5 million human jobs by 2020, with poorer countries being impacted significantly more than developed nations. The post Automation and Robots Could Permanently Disrupt Capitalism appeared first on Futurism.

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | ‘Reginald Perrin’ novel spawned two pungent, witty UK series

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Leonard Rossiter shines in 1976-79 original gem and Martin Clunes is brilliant in 2009-2010’s update. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | December 13, 2016 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘Reginald Perrin’ novel spawned two pungent, witty UK series

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

"Ripples of Hope And Courage"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." – Robert F . Kennedy *"Hope In a Time of Hopelessness"* by WashingtonsBlog "One very smart friend asked me if there is any basis for hope. But hope is an act of will, not... more »

"Court Officials Who Jailed a Veteran for Living Off-Grid Were 'Just Doing Their Jobs'”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Court Officials Who Jailed a Veteran for* * Living Off-Grid Were 'Just Doing Their Jobs'”* by DaisyLuther.com "Here’s an entry for the “Job-Doing Hall of Fame.” What if your job meant that you had to go arrest a guy who just wanted to live off the grid on his own land? What if that guy was a veteran? What if his only crime was refusing a service that he was supposed to pay for, like public water or utilities? Is it actually acceptable to go to his place, kidnap him, and hold him against his will for that? If YOU are the person who takes any of those actions, are you to blame if yo... more »

"How to Beat the Post-Election Blues and Recapture the True Spirit of Christmas"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"How to Beat the Post-Election Blues and Recapture the True Spirit of Christmas"* By John W. Whitehead "I keep waiting to encounter the “kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant” Christmastime environment that Charles Dickens describes in A Christmas Carol: “when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.” Instead, every time I read a news headline or flip on the television or open up an email, I run headlong ... more »

Past Potty Predictions that have Passed Away!

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
There are many failed Alarmist predictions. According to those fools, the planet should not exist. May 11, 1982: Mostafa Tolba, executive Director of the UN Environment Program said the world governments must take action now or face disaster. Lack of such action would bring by the turn of the century, an environmental catastrophe which will witness devastation as complete, as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust. (Real Science) *Century has turned, planet survived * Cartoons by Josh Jan 19, 2009: Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen declared: Barack Obama has on... more »

Will The Syrian War Blemish President Obama's Legacy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks to the media on the situation in Iraq on the South Lawn of the White House, before his departure for vacation at Martha's Vineyard, in Washington August 9, 2014. — Reuters *Reuters: **Syria’s civil war to mar Obama legacy* The fall of the last rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo could seal the fate of the "Obama Doctrine," deepening the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decades and staining U.S. President Barack Obama's legacy. With the U.S.-aligned rebels facing defeat by government forces backed by Russia and Iran, Obam... more »

Aleppo's LIBERATION : Will the media reboot?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Will the media reboot? Will politicians tell the entire unvarnished truth?* *Obviously the answer to both questions is : NO * Yesterday for all intents and purposes Aleppo had been LIBERATED. Her people free of the terrorists hordes that had ensconced themselves within- So last night, I made a point of paying attention to the tell-a-vision news. The talking heads could barely contain their glee over the fact ISIS had moved back in Palmyra- HOWEVER– it was reported that their had been “advances in Aleppo by the Syrian regime” That was it “advances”. I called my mother in law- she get... more »


Geezer Power at GEEZERPOWER - 1 day ago
The Old Shell Game: Single Payer Health Care off the table *This is a repost from September 29, 2009. If there was anything left on the table, most of it was consumed by the Corporate Medical Insurance Complex...G%* Hmm, so we are supposed to believe that the controversy is about whether we have a public option or not, while the majority of us still want single pay health care, including many doctors and health care workers. The corporate government has decided that we should settle for busine$$ as usual, and in e$$ence will be happy, even with the public option. This is a rigge... more »

Craig Murray: Russia Played No Role At All In The Email Leaks, interviewed by David Swanson

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Talk Nation Radio December 13, 2016 Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British Ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and Rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010. See www.craigmurray.org.uk. Murray explains that he has met the leaker […]

The longitudinal study, the 80/20 rule, and the reification of the average [update 2]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Averages are not themselves real things. Two men eating two steak dinners does not mean they eat one steak each (and the vegetarian would probably be offended that you even assumed that). So what’s the problem with this Radio NZ headline and sub-heading then: ‘Researchers can predict 3 year olds' future problems: Researchers can predict which three year olds will grow up to be criminals or beneficiaries with poor health and a high chance of becoming obese.’ In fact, the researchers in question do not say that, and nor should they. The result is not a prediction, it describes a... more »

Aleppo Has Fallen To The Syrian Government

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ABC News Online*: *Eastern Aleppo now in control of Syrian Government, Russia says* Russia says its ally, the Syrian Government, is now in full control of the city of Aleppo and all military action there has stopped. Russia's Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, spoke near the end of an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, saying "according to the latest information that we received in the last hour, military actions in eastern Aleppo are over". He says that as a result, "there is no issue of some cessation of hostilities, or some special humanitarian operation". He a... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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Trump Slams Secret CIA Russian Hacking ‘Conspiracy Theory’ Report

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump dismissed a secret CIA assessment of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election as “conspiracy theory”. A day earlier, during a Sunday TV interview Trump brushed off allegations that Russian hackers influenced the election results in his favour as “ridiculous”. RT.com reports: “Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning. Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. ... more »

Syria’s Battle For Aleppo Has Finally Come To An End

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Russia’s UN envoy has announced that the Syrian government’s military operations to liberate the city of Aleppo have come to an end. Fighting in eastern Aleppo has stopped and the Syrian government has regained control over the territory after the withdrawal of militants from the city was agreed, Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin told UN Security Council meeting. “Over the last hour we have received information that the military activities in east Aleppo have stopped, it has stopped” “So, there is no issue of any ceasefire or special humanitarian operations. The Syrian government h... more »

Obama Bombshell: Russia Did Not Hack Our Elections

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Obama has been forced to admit that Russia did not hack the U.S. elections as is being widely reported in the mainstream media. During an interview with the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, Barack Obama denounced the conspiracy theory that Russians tampered with the American voting process. “We were frankly more concerned in the run up to the election to the possibilities of vote tampering, which we did not see evidence of,” he admitted. “And we’re confident that we can guard against.” Breitbart.com reports: Obama downplayed the hack of a private email account of Clinton campa... more »

Donald Trump Picks Rick Perry For Energy Secretary

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Donald Trump has selected former Texas governor Rick Perry as his nominee for secretary of energy according to multiple transition sources. Rick Perry is a board member for Energy Transfer Partners the oil company who have stated they will continue to pushing on with construction of the controversial North Dakota Access Pipeline. Press TV reports: The two men made the decision during their meeting on Monday evening at Trump Tower in New York City, sources told Fox News on Tuesday. The next secretary of energy would lead a 13,000-strong department whose main missions include provid... more »

US Air Force progresses on engineering challenges to enable 10-100 KW combat lasers on C130s and then fighter jets

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
The US Air Force is increasing computer simulations and virtual testing for its laser-weapons program to accelerate development and prepare plans to arm fighter jets and other platforms by the early 2020s. To help model the effects of such technologies, the service has awarded Stellar Science a five-year, $7 million contract for advanced laser modeling and simulation. The Albuquerque-based company is expected to continue the work started in 2014, when the Air Force tapped the group to develop computer simulations and virtual testing of directed energy weapons. Aircraft-launched lase... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Joe Cunningham at RedState spotted this tweet from an Al Jazeera journalist: BREAKING: State Department source tells me Trump considering disgraced ex-Fox News boss Roger Ailes for Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy — Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) December 13, 2016 Is this legit? Cunningham notes that the position is a real one -- and one that requires Senate confirmation. Here's the State Department's description of the job: The mission of American public diplomacy is to support the achievement of U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives, advance national interests, and enhance na... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 1 day ago
*Louisiana coastal work delays could cost billions of dollars, study says ~Mark Schleifstein*

Citing Civilian Deaths In Yemen U.S. Halts Sale Of Some Arms To Saudi Arabia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *U.S. to halt some arms sales to Saudi, citing civilian deaths in Yemen campaign* The United States has decided to limit military support to Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen because of concerns over widespread civilian casualties and will halt a planned arms sale to the kingdom, U.S. officials told Reuters. The United States will also revamp future training of the kingdom's air force to focus on improving Saudi targeting practices, a persistent source of concern for Washington. The decision reflects deep frustration within President Barack Obama's government over Saud... more »

Republican Leaders Back The CIA's Claim That Russia's Hacking Helped Donald Trump Win The Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* Senior Republicans Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan say they will back the intelligence agencies after Trump slammed the CIA's claim that Russia's hacking helped him win the election * Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan both had supportive words for the intelligence agencies * Comes after the CIA concluded that Russia wanted Trump to win the election * McConnell said he had the 'highest confidence' in the CIA's findings * Ryan threw his support behind a further probe and said intelligent agencies were 'working diligently' to protect the coun... more »

Trump Vows To Protect Kanye West From ‘Illuminati Handlers’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
According to sources close to Kanye West, Donald Trump offered to help protect the singer from “illuminati handlers” out to silence him during their meeting on Tuesday. Trump summoned Kanye West to Trump Towers following an on-stage announcement last month where Kanye told fans he supports Trump and outed fellow rapper Jay Z as an “illuminati agent”. Kanye told Trump at the closed-door meeting that his recent hospitalization was down to powerful “handlers” who work behind the scenes in the music industry trying to reprogram him so that he would denounce his support for Trump. JUS... more »

Earthquakes Warning: ‘Unexplained Vibrations’ Heard Across Earth

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Scientists are warning that the Earth appears to be “ringing like a bell” following a series of large earthquakes near the Pacific. 8 hours after the Thursday earthquakes off the coast of California, seismograms shows the globe mysteriously vibrating and “ringing like a bell,” which scientists have warned is a precursor to a much bigger mega-earthquake. Allnewspipeline.com reports: Hours before the massive Solomon Islands earthquake struck, a mysterious vibration was detected on seismographs all across the planet as our videographer proves to us using charts from the USGS. Lookin... more »

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