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Friday, December 16, 2016

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Master of Tai Chi Demonstrates the Surprising Power of Qi Energy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 minutes ago
*Dylan Charles* - Human beings have superhuman, Jedi-like, psychic and physical powers. The post Master of Tai Chi Demonstrates the Surprising Power of Qi Energy appeared first on Waking Times.

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 minutes ago
Liquid Mind, “Balance (Galaxies)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKzFk-FiZM

Trump-- A One Trick Pony With Infantile Strategies Will Be No Match For Any World Leader (Other Than Duterte)

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 30 minutes ago
Trump has been feuding with *Vanity Fair* editor Graydon Carter since Carter was at *Spy* in the 1980's referring to Trump as a "short-fingered vulgarian," implying that he's not just a disgusting person but that he has a small penis. Trump has been obsessing over it for 30 years. If Trump was actually the owner of *Vanity Fair* he could hardly have done more for them than he did yesterday morning when he woke up and tweeted some typical Trump nonsense (above), calling massive attention to a restaurant review by Tina Nguyen few people would have otherwise seen, a review that sugges... more »

Attorneys urge Morton Co. Prosecutor to Resign, Permission for Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 37 minutes ago
Photo by Rob Wilson Water Protector Legal Collective Calls for Morton County Prosecutor Resignation and Permission for Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors By National Lawyers Guild Standing Rock Water Protector Legal Collective Posted on December 16, 2016 by Communications Director Censored News MANDAN, North Dakota — Yesterday, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued

U.S. State Department Raises Reward For Islamic State Leader Baghdadi To $25 Million

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Long War Journal:* *State Department increases reward for Baghdadi to $25 million* The US Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program more than doubled the bounty for Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of the Islamic State and its self-professed caliphate, making him one of the two most wanted men in the world. The $25 million reward now puts Baghdadi on par with Ayman al Zawahiri, the emir of al Qaeda who served as the jihadist group’s deputy during the 9/11 attack. “This represents a significant increase from the previous reward offer of $10 million announced in October 2011... more »

Will President Trump Continue The Fight Against The Islamic State In Iraq And Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*IBTimes:* *Will the US continue the fight against Isis in Iraq and Syria under Donald Trump?* It's only 'logical' says outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter as he sought to reassure American-led coalition It only makes sense for the US to continue to pursue the fight against the so-called Islamic State under President-elect Donald Trump, said outgoing Secretary of Defence Ash Carter on Thursday. "I can't speak for the next administration," Carter reminded reporters during a joint press conference with UK Minister of Defence Michael Fallon in London. However, "it's logical, it ma... more »

JT's "fun little questionnaire"

Alison at Creekside - 1 hour ago
VoxPopLabs, the same folks who brought you Vote Compass, has taken something of a beating in public opinion for their electoral reform quiz mydemocracy.ca. Originally introduced by Justin Trudeau as "a fun little questionnaire that gets into values rather than models", Andrew Coyne referred to it as "a dippy pop quiz or botched push-poll", soundly mocked for the obvious slant of the questions with "two thirds of the “values” questions and over half of those probing respondents’ “preferences” having nothing to do with electoral reform". Or as I like to call it, a 'what kind of ani... more »

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: Canadian Independent Journalist Eva Bartlett Explains The TRUTH About This War For All To See

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 hour ago
I am doing a bit of catching up here... A few days ago, I was sent a fabulous video where an independent group had just paid a visit to Syria to see exactly what has been happening, and they came forward with a full report at a news conference back on December 9th.... I watched that entire video and I was not shocked at all by their findings, since I and others in the REAL truth movement have been telling the truth about this "war" in Syria and how it has always been for nothing more than the destruction of that nation and for the LIE of "regime change"... Right now, I want to share... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Discorporate'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
DISCORPORATE Posted on December 16, 2016 Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. MNN. DEC. 16, 2016. Instead of reconciliation, how about rectification? Take down the tribal and band council “wardens” that help the military run the POW Camps called “reservations” on great turtle island. These private corporations do not represent us. They usurp our land, properties, assets, labor

Why Big Mining Loves Big Green

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 2 hours ago
The Carbon Sense Newsletter, December 2016 *To view the whole article plus images click:* *http://carbon-sense.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/mines-love-greens.pdf* The Labor/Green coalition in Australia has declared war on coal, oil and gas and industries that use them. So why is Big Mining not fighting back? BHP Billiton is a big producer of coal, oil, gas, iron ore, copper, nickel and uranium. Rio Tinto is a big producer of uranium, coal, iron ore, copper and aluminium. Glencore is a big producer of coal, copper, zinc and nickel. And Shell is big in oil, gas and bitumen, manu... more »

Fact Checking and Total Information Control

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
There are those in our society, probably every society, who seek to control truth in very narrow and rigid ways. The explosion of chaotic Web 2.0, with all its avenues for user-generated content. is producing a strong backlash. The alleged propagation of propaganda by Russian agents is providing an opportunity for implementing new strategies for policing: Deepa Seetharaman (Dec. 15, 2016). Facebook Inches Closer to Fact-Checking Its News. The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-plans-to-demote-fake-news-on-its-site-1481824802 Facebook Inc. is inching closer t... more »

President Obama Gives His Final Press Conference Of 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Obama slams Assad, Russia in final press conference of 2016* President Obama, in a freewheeling final press conference of the year, blasted Syria for trying to “slaughter its way to legitimacy," Russia for meddling in the U.S. elections, and even some Donald Trump supporters, who he said would make "Ronald Reagan roll over in his grave” for warming to Vladimir Putin. Though he had strong words for Russia, Obama stopped short of saying Putin himself orchestrated the Russian hacking of U.S. political sites during the election – but he did say it was done at the highest ... more »

BWorld 95, Manufacturing and electricity costs in Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 3 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last December 06, 2016. A country’s manufacturing sector is a good indicator of its degree of industrialization and prosperity. The sector provides most of the basic needs of the people, from consumer items like bread, shoes, mobile phones, and cars, to capital goods like tractors and bulldozers. Aware of the sector’s important function, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Board of Investments (BoI), with funding assistance from USAID and JICA, organized a big, two-day “Manufacturing Summit” last Nov. 28-29, at Shangri-La Makati. Besid... more »

We Have Always Been At War With Eastasia... And Czar Putin

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Last night CNN reported that Obama vowed retaliatory action against Russia for its meddling in the US presidential election. Right on top of that, Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC, declared Putin the richest man/kleptocrat on earth and that U.S. intelligence services are preparing to hit him in his pocketbook. Yesterday even Fox admitted to their brain-dead viewers that the Russians hacked the U.S. election. Obama to NPR, also last night: "I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action and we will at a ... more »

Amazon building an app that matches truck drivers to shippers

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 4 hours ago
Amazon is building an app that matches truck drivers with shippers, a new service that would deepen its presence in the $800 billion trucking industry. The app, scheduled to launch next summer, is designed to make it easier for truck drivers to find shippers that need goods moved, much in the way Uber connects drivers with riders. It would also eliminate the need for a third-party broker, which typically charges a commission of about 15% for doing the middleman work. The app will offer real-time pricing and driving directions, as well as personalized features such as truck-stop rec... more »

Trump Dredging the Swamp to Empower the Worst Elements of the ‘Shadow World’

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 4 hours ago
Dandelion Salad The Story Behind the Gripping New Documentary ‘Shadow World’ (1/5) TheRealNews on Dec 16, 2016 In part one, Andrew Feinstein discusses being witness to a corrupt weapons deal in post-apartheid South Africa sparked his quest to uncover the world of war profiteers and weapons contractors. Trump Dredging the Swamp to Empower the Worst Elements […]

Tonight's Movie Is 'Tripoli'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
From *Wikipedia:* Tripoli is a 1950 American adventure film directed by Will Price and written by Winston Miller. The film is a fictionalized account of the Battle of Derna and stars John Payne, Maureen O'Hara, Howard Da Silva, Phillip Reed, Grant Withers, Lowell Gilmore and Connie Gilchrist. The film was released on November 9, 1950, by Paramount Pictures.

Human or AI: Can You Tell Who Composed This Music?

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 4 hours ago
More than 50% of listeners were convinced that the harmonies created by neural network DeepBach were actually written by famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. DeepBach is one of many examples of an AI system performing as well as or even better than its human counterparts, a sign that the technology is significantly improving. The post Human or AI: Can You Tell Who Composed This Music? appeared first on Futurism.

Fentanyl crisis - There were 9 drug overdose deaths in Vancouver last night

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 4 hours ago
*Vancouver police and officials discuss Fentanyl Crisis* They say a grain of fentanyl as small as a grain of sand can kill you. They say the drug is coming from China. Here is the latest on the Fentanyl Crisis in British Columbia. I will have my thoughts in comments to follow: *From the CBC* Vancouver's police chief says the fentanyl crisis hit a brutal low point Thursday with the overdose deaths of nine people in a single night. Flanked by Mayor Gregor Robertson and other emergency officials at a Friday news conference, Chief Adam Palmer said serious help is needed to deal with... more »

First Man in Space

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Energy 85, Trump transition team questions for US DOE

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
I find the 74 questions sent by Mr. Trump's transition team to the current DOE leadership as frank and highly sensible. But there are many news reports attacking the letter and questions, saying they infringe on DOE scientists' independence, etc., and they cite only a few of those 74 questions. Reposting below those questions as posted by Willis Escenbach, The DOE vs. Ugly Reality last December 10, 2016, also Willis' comments on some of them. Good work, Willis. -------------- Questions for DOE This memo, as you might expect, is replete with acronyms. “DOE” is the Department of Ene... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“This broad, beautiful mosaic spans almost 20 degrees across planet Earth's sky. The nebula-rich region lies near the edge of the Orion-Eridanus superbubble, filled with looping, expanding shells of gas and dust embedded in molecular clouds near the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Recognizable at the left is the expansive Seagull Nebula, composed of emission nebula NGC 2327, seen as the seagull's head, with the more diffuse IC 2177 as the wings and body. Some 3,800 light-years away, the wings of the Seagull Nebula spread about 240 light-years, still withi... more »

Transport Econ 19, On taxi fare contracting

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
This Christmas season, if you're in a hurry to an important meeting or Christmas party/reunion and wanting to get a taxi and no Uber or Grab car around, don't wait for the taxi driver to do "mangontrata" (contracting). *Unahan nyo na, kayo na mangontrata* and get a ride faster instead of standing long in the streets or be late to your meeting/party. Photos below I got from the web, none from my camera. Why? At least 3 reasons... 1. Unlike employees, managers, those taxi (and jeepney) drivers don't have 13th month pay, Christmas bonus, etc. from their employers -- the taxi passenge... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 16, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Simon Tisdall, The Guardian*: *What next for Syria, its allies and foes after fall of Aleppo?* *Assad’s regime remains weak, his backers are already falling out and western influence in the Middle East is at a low ebb* While US and European politicians wring their hands and indulge in recriminations over the fall of Aleppo, Russia, Iran and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime are celebrating a “historic” victory they believe has turned the tide in the six-year-old war. “Is there nothing you will not lie about? Do you have no shame?” demanded Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, ... more »

South Australia blackout: renewables don’t cope with rapid change report finds

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/south-australia-blackout-renewables-dont-cope-with-rapid-change-report-finds/news-story/dd4482698b693a7e8fcc3c5990e9ea78?utm_content=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=EditorialSF&utm_source=TheAustralian&utm_medium=Twitter From The Australian: A new report by a national electricity regulator has found that, as occurred during September’s statewide blackout in South Australia, renewable power sources cannot cope with rapid or large changes in frequency, leading ultimately to a “black system”. The Australian […]

White Men Can't Grump

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
Writing about dicks last night, I may as well carry on doing so. *Graun* journo Simon Jenkins caused ripples in the social media pond yesterday after suggesting white (middles class) men are the new oppressed minority. Of all the groups making up the rich tapestry of British social life, Oxbridge pedigree caucasian blokes of a certain age are getting squeezed out of all the plum jobs in the media and politics. That's right, you can't move for black women editors, producers, columnists, panellists, cabinet ministers. I suppose it's natural for old journalists to have a Status Quo m... more »

World News Briefs -- December 16, 2016 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters: **Obama says told Putin to 'cut it out' over cyber attacks* U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in September to stop meddling in American political campaigns after hacks of Democratic Party emails in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 elections. In a pre-Christmas holiday press conference, Obama said he told Putin to "cut it out" during a face-to-face encounter in China where a G20 meeting was being held. Obama added that after warning Putin, there was no further evidence of Russian tampering. Russia has denied U.S. accusations o... more »

Dec. 16: Trump - Same Old Same Old.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
Today's irving press has an inspiring 'Commentary' from a propaganda house - Atlantic Institute of Market Studies. Just two days ago it had a major news story on the same topic (cutting back government spending - largely on that part of the spending that goes to filling social needs.) It was not only the same topic - it came from the same propaganda house. This is an old game. Whenever economic times get tough, the rich are the ones who decide that the poor have to suffer. That's what the rich did in the depression of the 1930s. Everybody suffered - except the rich who hit new heigh... more »

BWorld 94, Economic freedom, taxes and tariffs in Asia

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 6 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last December 01, 2016. Human prosperity is not possible if there is no economic freedom, if people do not have the freedom to own private property and have freedom to trade. Misery is the result if people live under political dictatorships and bear the effects of the state’s economic central planning. These, among others, were the topics discussed in the two-day Economic Freedom Network Asia (EFN Asia) Conference 2016 last Nov. 22-23, 2016 at Dusit Hotel, Makati City. The event’s theme was “Economic freedom and human rights in business,” prima... more »

Alexey Leonov walks in space

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Alexey Leonov, March 18, 1965

The Battle For Mosul -- News Updates December 16, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *IS shows no sign of weakening as Mosul battle enters third month* Islamic State fighters have stepped up counterattacks on Iraqi forces in Mosul amid bad weather as the U.S.-backed offensive to capture their last major city stronghold in Iraq enters its third month. With cloudy skies hampering coalition air surveillance, the militants carried out attacks in three districts of eastern Mosul, al-Quds, Ta'mim and al-Nur, over the past four days, residents and security officials said on Friday. "We heard clashes and explosions and then somebody shouting on the loudspeake... more »

Chet Raymo, “In The Morning Of The World”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* “*In The Morning Of The World*” by Chet Raymo “We knew the morning was special when we saw the blue meadow. Oh, yes, we knew- Bailey, Greg and I- that the grass in the meadow beyond the trees was green, but on that particular morning, with sunlight streaming aslant through honey-colored leaves, the meadow was indisputably, undeniably, stop-in-your-tracks-and-take-a-deep-breath blue. And in some corner of our minds- as happens to all who attend the world and write- we scribbled mental notes: morning light, honey dew, blue meadow. I've introduced Greg a... more »

"Grief And Loss..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Grief and loss are probably the most fearful creatures that exist. But loss shouldn't be a fearful creature. It should be a creature of wisdom. It should teach us not to fear that tomorrow may never come, but live fully, as though the hours are melting away like seconds. Loss should teach us to cherish those we love, to never do anything that will result in regret, and to cheer on tomorrow with all of its promises of greatness. It's easy and un-extraordinary to be frightened of life. It's far more difficult to arm yourself with the good stuff despite all the bad and step foot into ... more »

A day-late happy birthday to the Bill of Rights (and what happened to the two "lost" amendments?)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*As the Inside the Apple "Postcard Thursday" post notes, the original Federal Hall was torn down in 1812, eventually replaced by the building we know as Federal Hall National Memorial, seen below. [Click to enlarge.]* *by Ken* Since it looks as if, whatever "change" is in store for us in our bold new political future, it's not going to include overmuch worrying about rights, except insofar as they apply to (a) rich folks and (b) the crackpot Right (who of course have become skilled at turning rights like that of free speech to advance their own in the interest of suppressing *actua... more »

Exosuits and Exoskeletons will be hitting milestones and ramping up from 2017-2026

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 7 hours ago
The DARPA Warrior Web program aims to significantly lower the “metabolic cost” — or energy expenditure — of troops operating in the field, and reduce the physiological burden of the gear that they carry, which can exceed 100 pounds. They are developing soft robotic exosuits that are designed to provide power and torque to critical body joints. At least 15 Warrior Web prototypes have been tested in laboratories and outdoor settings. The amount of reduction depends on the individual wearing the suit, but researchers have seen greater than 10 percent in some cases, he said. Conor Wals... more »

Sweden Told To Prepare For War With Russia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Towns and villages in Sweden have been told to make preparations for a possible war with Russia. Last week the country’s Civil Contingency Agency (MSB) sent letters to local authorities telling them to prepare civil defense infrastructure and procedures for a possible war. The move was prompted by Sweden’s return to the Cold War-era ‘Total Defense Strategy’. The Anti Media reports: The letter said the towns should ensure that their emergency sirens work, and should prepare to move operations centers into underground bunkers for the conflict, adding that they should be open to subs... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
San Bernardino, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“The public demands certainties...but there *are* no certainties.” - H.L. Mencken

Death Of Aboriginal Woman In Custody ‘Degrading And Inhumane’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
An Aboriginal woman suffered a miserable and cruel death just days after being locked up in a Western Australian police station for not paying a fine that dated back to the time when she was a minor. A coroner’s inquest has found the treatment of 22-year-old Julieka Dhu by police while in custody ‘unprofessional and inhumane’ and has released CCTV footage of the 2014 incident. Daily Mail reports: Ms Dhu, 22, died in 2014 of septicaemia and pneumonia caused by a broken rib after being held for three days in the South Headland, WA, police station. Coroner Ros Fogliani said police wer... more »

Chinese Navy Seizes US Underwater Drone In South China Sea

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
The Pentagon has demanded that China return an “unlawfully seized” underwater drone after a Chinese warship took the device from waters near a US oceanographic vessel. A Pentagon spokesman said: ‘It is ours. It’s clearly marked as ours. We would like it back, and we would like this not to happen again’, says Pentagon spokesman The Chinese warship seized the American Navy underwater drone collecting unclassified data in international waters in the South China Sea. RT reports: The mission of the survey ship, USS Bowditch, had been sampling and data collection of surface, midwater an... more »

Hillary Clinton Blames Russia & FBI For Election Loss

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Hillary Clinton is blaming Russia and the FBI for her election defeat. Addressing her top donors at a party Thursday night at New York’s Plaza hotel, Clinton blamed suspected Russian hacking and the email scandal case raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for her loss in the 2016 US presidential election. She also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in the US election process because he had ‘”personal beef” against her. Press TV reports: The former US secretary of state made the comments in a meeting with her Democratic campaign donors in New York on Thursday... more »

Trump Will Destroy CIA Over False Hacking Allegations

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 7 hours ago
Donald J. Trump is likely to decimate the CIA over it’s fraudulent allegations that Russian hackers influenced the U.S. elections in collusion with him. Trump does not suffer fools gladly, and this last ditch desperate attack from the current administration via rogue elements within the intelligence community will not go unpunished. “I always get even…I go out of my way to make [their] life miserable.” – Donald Trump Russia-insider.com reports: On Wednesday night, NBC released a report, in collusion with a myriad of anonymous sources reputed to be inside the CIA and other intelli... more »

“So What If It Was the Russians?" (It Wasn’t)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Obama: Russia In Fact Hacked The DNC” (No, They Didn't)* by RT "President Obama said Russia "in fact" had "hacked into the DNC," adding that the White House was just trying to "let people know" what was going on, and the media interpreted the reasons. His administration allowed the public "to make an assessment" by letting people know that "the Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC," Obama said. The intelligence community did its job "without political influence," he added, saying that no questions had been raised in the first place "about the integrity of the elections."... more »

US, Coalition Launches Air Strikes Against Islamic State Positions Near Palmyra, Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Hill:* *US-led airstrikes destroy equipment taken by ISIS* Airstrikes carried out by the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have destroyed an air defense system and other equipment the terrorist group seized when it retook the ancient city of Palmyra from Russian and Syrian forces last weekend, the coalition said Friday. “The [coalition] commanding general, Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, made it clear during his Dec. 14 press conference that we would strike the equipment before it posed a threat to counter-ISIL operations,” coalition spokes... more »

Understanding Our Real Enemy: Responding To Charges Of "Anti-Semitism"

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 8 hours ago
Over the last 10 years (Has it really been that long now?) that I have written articles here at this blog, I am constantly getting "complaints" in either the form of emails or rude comments claiming that I am a "Jew Hater" or even more laughingly.. An "Anti-Semite"..... I again and again must always point out that the information here is based upon FACT and not fiction, and that I am always pointing out exactly who our real enemy is, and how these criminals are indeed wanting to see themselves as masters over the planet... I for one will never sway from the truth and I call a spade ... more »

Nutty as a Fruit Cake

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*Hillary Clinton - Nutty as a Fruit Cake* Hillary has shown up in her poiple dress again....She's like the late Prince...showing up for gigs in purple..."Purple reign"...is what her tour should be called. She's touring before "safe crowds"...mostly donors and family...but is threatening to take her act on the road at any time. Here is a recent report from Iran's PressTV (no friend of Trumps) and I will have my thoughts in comments to follow: *Former US secretary of state​ Hillary Clinton has blamed the suspected Russian hacking and the email scandal case raised by the Federal Bur... more »

Estonia at the top of the world!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016What propaganda looks like:* We've begun reviewing the 2015 Pisa scores. We may start to discuss them next week, or we may wait till the new year. That said, we were struck by a familiar old point as we reread Amanda Ripley's December 8 news report in the New York Times. Is this what propaganda looks like? Ripley was discussing some of the "handful of places" around the world which have "created brilliance," to borrow an earlier phrase: RIPLEY (12/8/16): [A]ffluence is no guarantee of better results, particularly in science and math: The latest PISA dat... more »

George Soros Behind Facebook ‘Fact Checking’ Tool

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Facebook’s new ‘Ministry of Truth’ that decides what constitutes “fake news” is funded by billionaire George Soros via his Open Society Foundations organization. Facebook announced its partnership with an organisation that will be given tools to police users’ timelines in determining whether or not stories posted by users are deemed “fake news” or not. Breitbart.com reports: Facebook says that if the “fact checking organizations” determine that a certain story is fake, it will get flagged as disputed and, according to the Facebook announcement, “there will be a link to the corres... more »

Putin Tells Obama ‘Put Up Or Shut Up’ Over Hacking Claims

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly slammed President Obama for accusing Russia of “hacking the US election,” demanding he prove his allegations or quit making them. According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin would like the White House to “either stop talking about it or finally provide some evidence. Otherwise, it looks indecent.” Thefreethoughtproject.com reports: Blatantly operating as a propaganda outlet for U.S. intelligence/deep state interests, working in collusion with Democratic party elements, The Washington Post reported this week that anonymous sour... more »

Saudi King Warns Against ‘Foreign Interference’ In Yemen

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
King Salman has warned that Saudi Arabia will not tolerate any external “interference” in Yemen as his forces continue to wage war against Houthi rebels, killing hundreds of civilians and leaving millions facing starvation. During a televised address to the Shura Council on Wednesday the Saudi King said: “We will not accept any interference in the internal affairs of Yemen” RT reports: Salman stated that his kingdom will not accept that neighboring war-torn Yemen “becomes a base or a point of passage for whatever state or party to menace the security or the stability of the kingdo... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 9 hours ago
In picking an ambassador to Israel, Donald Trump went hardcore: President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday named David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer aligned with the Israeli far right, as his nominee for ambassador to Israel, elevating a campaign adviser who has questioned the need for a two-state solution and has likened left-leaning Jews in America to the Jews who aided the Nazis in the Holocaust.... Mr. Friedman, who has no diplomatic experience, has said that he does not believe it would be illegal for Israel to annex the occupied West Bank and he supports building new settl... more »

Aleppo Evacuation of Civilians Halted After Ceasefire Violations And Disputes Over Deal Terms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*CNN:* *Aleppo: Evacuations suspended as confusion reigns* (CNN)The evacuation of thousands of refugees from the besieged city of Aleppo has stopped and the status of the operation thrown into doubt, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday. Red Cross staff, Syrian Red Crescent workers and representatives of the World Health Organization have been told to leave eastern Aleppo. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* The misery continues. *More News On Aleppo Evacuation of Civilians Suspended* Aleppo evacuation thrown into chaos with thousands still stranded -- Washington ... more »

Musharaff loses uniform, stays in power + Disarmament wars replace The Cold War (videos)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad TheRealNews More at http://therealnews.com Beena Sarwar: Musharaff’s actions are symbolic, it’s martial law in disguise Wednesday November 28th, 2007 Beena Sarwar is a journalist in Pakistan, former Editor ‘The News on Sunday’ and Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently based in Karachi. *** Disarmament wars replace The Cold War More at […]

President Petro cartoon by Mark Fiore

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Cartoon by Mark Fiore March 8, 2008 Video link unavailable

Brian slams Name Withheld's talking points!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016Denounces them three nights later:* As we noted on Wednesday, Brian Williams got waylaid by former CIA Director James Woolsey on Monday evening's 11th Hour. Woolsey is part of the Trump transition team. He produced a ton of gorilla dust during his solo interview segment with Brian. Brian wanted to know if Donald J. Trump should stop contradicting the findings of the intelligence community. This was his perfectly sensible opening question to the perfectly ludicrous Woolsey: WILLIAMS (12/12/16): Director Wooley, is the president-elect wrong to so openly di... more »

Govia’s Southern Rail made a unique deal with government. The cost of any strike action is borne by the taxpayer. £50m so far

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 9 hours ago
Chris and KJ realise it's Govia Southern Rail that has us over a barrel... SOURCE TELEGRAPH: Taxpayers foot £50m bill for Southern rail strike Because of a deal struck with Southern by the Government, the cost of the disruption will be borne by the taxpayer. Under the seven-year deal, the Government pays Govia more than £1 billion a year to run the service. Ministers agreed to bear the

LONG WAR INC. (video; cartoon)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad MIKEHUNTd0tTV on Apr 1, 2008

Michelle Obama Tells Oprah Winfrey America Lacks Hope And Will Miss 'Having A Grown-Up In The White House'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*CBS:* *Michelle Obama says "we're feeling what not having hope feels like"* *Oprah Winfrey’s full interview with Michelle Obama will air Monday, Dec. 19 on CBS at 8 p.m. ET and again on OWN on Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. ET * During her final one-on-one interview as first lady with Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama weighed in with frank commentary on America’s future, even as she reflected on the hopeful legacy of her husband’s administration. “So your husband’s administration, every -- everything, the election, was all about hope,” Winfrey said in a clip that aired Friday on “CBS This Morning... more »

War Profiteering for Dummies by Mark Fiore (cartoon video)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad August 02, 2007 Wingnut Prophet on Jan 28, 2008

Two Entire Police Depts Shut Down During FBI Raids Over Massive DEA Drug Ring Conspiracy

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: dea]Multiple cops from two separate departments were involved in a massive conspiracy of robbery and operating a drug ring under the cover of the DEA.

Me Not War Criminal! Me Good Worker by Mark Fiore (video)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad August 16, 2007 video no longer available

Duplicate UFOs?

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
While interviewing Rob Swiatek during the radio show, I asked why there were no duplicate pictures of UFOs, meaning the same craft or similar craft photographed at different times in different locations by different people. It seems that every UFO picture we have is unique. He said that he knew of a couple of pictures that were quite similar but didn’t have the facts of the cases at his fingertips. You can read the additional information here: http://kevinrandle.blogspot.com/2016/12/x-zone-broadcast-network-rob-swiatek.html And, for those who missed the interview, you can listen to ... more »

Chinese Navy Steals US Underwater Drone In South China Sea

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
A US oceanographic vessel had its underwater research drone “unlawfully” seized by a Chinese warship as it was being recovered in international waters in the South China Sea, defence officials announced Thursday. The Daily Express reports: The incident took place northwest of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV). The incident has triggered a formal demand from the US for the drone’s return, according to a defence official. The US research vessel had tried to retrieve the glider, but the Chine... more »

The Firm of Gonzales, Watchu & Howe by Mark Fiore (video)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Aug. 27, 2007 video unavailable see: The Democrats’ responsibility in the wake of Gonzales’ resignation by Glenn Greenwald

The Spies Who Love Us + Basic Budget Training by Mark Fiore (cartoons)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad The Spies Who Love You Cartoon by Mark Fiore Mother Jones February 14, 2008 GottaLaff *** Basic Budget Training Cartoon by Mark Fiore Mother Jones February 6, 2008 Video link (unavailable) .

Venezuelans Face Cash Crisis As Replacement Bills Fail To Arrive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The Central Bank of Venezuela said it would issue new higher-denomination currency to aid residents dealing with inflation. President Nicolas Maduro would soon order the 100 bolivar bill -- which was the highest denomination before the bank's policy change -- out of circulation but the new bills have not been able to reach many consumers. Photo courtesy of Central Bank of Venezuela *CNN*: *Venezuela cash crisis worsens as new bills fail to arrive* Venezuela's cash crisis just got worse. New money was supposed to arrive Thursday so that Venezuelans could swap their old cash for new... more »

Doreen the Downer cartoon by Mark Fiore

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Cartoon by Mark Fiore February 14, 2008 replaced video July 13, 2013 SwissVegan see Potential Health Hazards of Genetically Engineered Foods by Stephen Lendman

Garbage in: US funds ISIS Terrorism. Garbage Out: Russia Mops Up ISIS Terrorists in Moscow.

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
FSB-foils-terrorist-attacks-arrests-isis-fighters-in-moscow Who says we don't live in a globalist economy. Today I will present for my readers a circular economic transaction that begins in Washington and ends in Moscow. Well, let's start in Moscow because the details are more exciting. Yesterday we had a report in The Duran including video where a FSB crack anti-terrorism squad raided a Moscow apartment and arrested four* ISIS terrorists* discovered within...confiscating grenades and bomb-making materials. Here is the report: The group “included several Tajikistan nationals an... more »

KQED Spark – Mark Fiore (video)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad KQEDondemand Spark visits with political cartoonist Mark Fiore as he creates a cartoon riffing on Hillary Clinton’s emotional moment before the 2008 New Hampshire primary. Original airdate: February 2008. http://www.kqed.org/arts/people/spark… Added: February 08, 2008 see Surgetopia! + America’s Guide to Crying Cartoons by Mark Fiore

Mark Fiore: Torturer In Chief + White House Life

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad jburk97035 3.19.08 Mark Fiore http://www.markfiore.com Added: March 31, 2008 unavailable *** White House Life Cartoon by Mark Fiore 4.16.08 Video link (unavailable)

God Does Love the Republicans By Steven Jonas + Bible Thumper

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Sent to me by Jason Miller from Thomas Paine’s Corner. Thanks, Jason. By Steven Jonas 9/5/08 As a lifelong Secular Humanist of the Jewish persuasion, it is very difficult for me to admit to the truth of the title of this Commentary, but I have finally become convinced of it. The events of […]

Bush Announces Bailing Out Wall Street

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad heathr456 Bush announced a massive bailout of Wall Street Sept. 19, 2008. *** Cartoon by Mark Fiore: http://www.markfiore.com/fundamentals_0 (unavailable) see The Point of No Return By Mike Whitney Ron PauI: It’s Like A Fix For A Junkie! Global Financial Meltdown by Michel Chossudovsky The U.S. Is Becoming an Impoverished Nation by Richard C. Cook The Dog Days […]

General Happy Swellspin, Ret. cartoon by Mark Fiore

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Cartoon by Mark Fiore May 3, 2008 Video link (unavailable) see Murtha: The Military Has Been ‘Dishonored’ By The ‘Untruths’ Of The Pentagon’s Propaganda Program Pentagon TV Scandal: Media Fails To Ask Hard Questions Tomgram: Petraeus, Falling Upwards By Tom Engelhardt The neoconning of a nation: Vice-President, shilling troupe of retired generals, deliver […]

Liquid Biopsy Chip Detects Metastatic Cancer Cells in a Drop of Blood

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 10 hours ago
A chip developed by mechanical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) can trap and identify metastatic cancer cells in a small amount of blood drawn from a cancer patient. The breakthrough technology uses a simple mechanical method that has been shown to be more effective in trapping cancer cells than the microfluidic approach employed in many existing devices. The WPI device uses antibodies attached to an array of carbon nanotubes at the bottom of a tiny well. Cancer cells settle to the bottom of the well, where they selectively bind to the antibodies based on their sur... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 10 hours ago
*The 12 truths of Christmas are universal truths meant to be savored and reflected upon for they are the product of over 45 years of my personal quest to deeply feel and understand a state of love and soul consciousness I once felt and knew as a child. I then found the courage to identify it as the **Unified Field** , a state of consciousness that exists not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears, and demonstrated its remarkable self-healing qualities through the power of gratefulness with clients as well as combat veterans ~ by the simple act of ... more »

Former Chairman Of The U.S. Joints Chiefs of Staff: Russian Hackers Hit The Pentagon In A Crippling Attack In 2015

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*FOX News*: *Russian hackers attacked top military brass' unclassified email system, ex-Joint Chiefs chairman says* Russian hackers attacked the unclassified email system used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in August 2015, a former top military officer confirmed to Fox News late Thursday. "Our unclassified network was attacked by a very sophisticated attacker who operated with astonishing speed and skill," said retired Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time of the breach. "Not an amateur." The cyberattack targeting the upper echelons of the mili... more »

Hillary Clinton Blames Putin And The FBI Director For Her Election Loss

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday called Russian hacking during the elections an 'attack against our country' *New York Times*:* Clinton Says ‘Personal Beef’ by Putin Led to D.N.C. Hacking* Hillary Clinton said Thursday the hacking attacks carried out by Russia against her campaign and the Democratic National Committee were intended “to undermine our democracy” and were ordered by Vladimir V. Putin “because he has a personal beef against me.” Speaking to a group of donors in Manhattan, Mrs. Clinton said that Mr. Putin, the Russian president, had never forgiven... more »

Putin Lays Down the Gauntlet to Obama Over Hacking Claims: ‘Show Proof or Shut Up’

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: putin]Putin has had enough of the relentless barrage of unproven allegations, and laid down the gauntlet to the U.S. President Obama.

Forensic Investigation: Obama Birth Certificate is a ‘Forgery’

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Investigators who conducted a forensic five year investigation into the birth certificate presented by President Barack Obama have concluded it is a forgery. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that forensic investigators found that the birth certificate Obama presented them with was a fraudulently created documented copied from the original certificate. “We had to follow the evidence,” Arpaio said told reporters. Mike Zullo, who headed the investigation, presented a video which highlighted “9 points of forgery,” on Obama’s birth ce... more »

The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same by Ralph Nader

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad by Ralph Nader The Nader Page Nov 20, 2008 While the liberal intelligentsia was swooning over Barack Obama during his presidential campaign, I counseled “prepare to be disappointed.” His record as a Illinois state and U.S. Senator, together with the many progressive and long overdue courses of action he opposed during his campaign, […]

Pentagon: Chinese Warship Stole U.S. Underwater Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*CNN:* *US Defense official: Chinese warship stole US underwater drone* (CNN)A US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday. In the latest encounter in international waters in the South China Sea region, the USNS Bowditch was sailing about 100 miles off the port at Subic Bay when the incident occurred, according to the official. Bowditch had stopped in the water to pick up two underwater drones. At that point a Chinese naval ship that had been s... more »

World News Briefs -- December 16, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*ABC News Online:* *Aleppo: Evacuations of civilians from rebel enclaves halted, conflicting reports over sticking point* The Syrian Government has suspended evacuations from eastern Aleppo just hours after they resumed, officials said, amid conflicting reports as to why the operation had come to a halt. "The operation is not yet complete, there are many who should have left … but the operation halted before its end," a Syrian official overseeing the evacuation told reporters. It was not immediately clear how long the suspension would last or whether it would delay the ceasefire ... more »

Civil Contempt

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 10 hours ago
Greenberg v. Nowack, 2016 ONCA 949: [25] The test for civil contempt was articulated by the Supreme Court in *Carey v. Laiken*, 2015 SCC 17, [2015] 2 S.C.R. 79, at paras. 33-35: 1. The order alleged to have been breached must state clearly and unequivocally what should and should not be done; 2. The party alleged to have breached the order must have had actual knowledge of it; and 3. The party allegedly in breach must have intentionally done the act that the order prohibits or intentionally failed to do the act the order compels. [26] Each element of c... more »

Prison Strike Leader Beaten By Officers Fears For Life After Retaliation

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 11 hours ago
Kinetik Justice Amun, one of the incarcerated leaders of the Free Alabama Movement who was a prison national strike organizer, fears for his life after he was brutally beaten and maced by officers at Limestone Correctional Facility on December 2, 2016. According to It’s Going Down, Kinetik was handcuffed and escorted The post Prison Strike Leader Beaten By Officers Fears For Life After Retaliation appeared first on Shadowproof.

This Is the Holographic AI Servant of Your Dreams…or Maybe Your Nightmares

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 11 hours ago
Azuma Hikari is a 158-cm hologram and virtual assistant created by Japanese tech company Gatebox that comes with a $2,600 price tag. Azuma is built with a machine learning algorithm that helps her recognize her "master's" voice, learn his sleeping habits, and send him messages through Gatebox's native chat app. The post This Is the Holographic AI Servant of Your Dreams…or Maybe Your Nightmares appeared first on Futurism.

Trump Atrocities — Gilding the Swamp

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Donald Trump dining on Mitt Romney's frogs legs (click to enlarge)* *by Gaius Publius* This whole next administration, all of its people and all of its work, is going to be a horror show of Dantesque proportions. Even if Democrats were organized against it — which I'm certain they won't be — and if they bent every ounce of their will and energy to keep it from being "normalized" in the public's perception — which I'm certain they won't do — where would they begin to fight? They'd have to fight it all. Not one nomination is acceptable to any pro-worker, pro-rights-of-the-people p... more »

DRUM AND JONES—AND US: We love to loathe the white working class!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016Say their name, Lilla prescribes:* We liberals! We love to loathe the white working class. In the wake of last month's election, a person might even call this a bit of a fatal flaw. "Sounding like a frustrated Cassandra," Vice President Biden lamented this tribal proclivity yesterday on CNN. The description comes from today's New York Times, which quotes part of what Biden said. “I mean these are good people, man!” Biden is said to have exclaimed. “These aren’t racists. These aren’t sexists.” Or so Biden said. We liberals tend to know different. For a r... more »

Hillary Clinton: L'État, C'est Moi

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
Hillary Clinton is not accepting her defeat at the hammy hands of former friend and kleptocrat Donald Trump graciously. The Empress-in-Exile is placing all the blame for her loss on the FBI and on Russia and on the media. Speaking on Thursday night to the same wealthy donors who'd brayed their appreciation of her dissing the working class as a "basket of deplorables" a few months ago, she brazenly announced that she, Hillary Clinton, is the United States personified. As reported by Amy Chozick of the *New York Times: * *“Putin publicly blamed me for the outpouring of outrage by hi... more »

China has grabbed a US Navy oceanagraphic drone 50 miles off Philippines in South China Sea

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 11 hours ago
A U.S. Navy unmanned bouancy glider was take by Chinese forces in international waters earlier this week, two defense officials confirmed to USNI News on Friday. The glider was operating with U.S. Military Sealift Command ship USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) about 50 miles off of Subic Bay in the Philippines when a People’s Liberation Army Navy ship took the glider both defense officals said. “A Chinese naval ship that had been shadowing the Bowditch put a small boat into the water. That small boat came up alongside and the Chinese crew took one of the drones,” CNN reported on Friday The... more »

US Navy would ideally like 653 ships but new plan calls for minimum of 355 ships navy

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 12 hours ago
The Navy released a new fleet plan that calls for 355 ships, outlining a massive increase in the size of its high-end large surface combatant and attack submarine fleets but a modest increase in its planned amphibious ship fleet, according to a Dec. 14 summary of the assessment. The plan mainly calls for adding more destroyers and attack submarines. The findings of the latest Force Structure Assessment adds 47 ships to the Navy’s battle force over the 308-ship figure from a 2014 FSA. The service determined the 355 total was the “minimum force structure to comply with [Pentagon] stra... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 16, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
USS Dewey (DDG-105), USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), USS OÕKane (DDG-77) and USS Sterett (DDG-104) participate in a show of force transit training exercise on Nov. 4, 2016. US Navy Photo *Bloomberg*: *Trump Would Get the 350 Ships He Wants Under Navy’s New Plan* * Navy cites need to boost large surface combatant force, subs * Service spurns departing Carter’s call to build fewer ships The U.S. Navy says it needs as many as 355 ships, up from the current goal of 308, echoing a goal that President-elect Donald Trump set in his campaign. The “Force Structure As... more »

CBD Ban? DEA Tries to Reclassify Non-THC Cannabis Oil as Schedule 1

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - Is the DEA moving to ban one of the most beneficial natural medicines? The post CBD Ban? DEA Tries to Reclassify Non-THC Cannabis Oil as Schedule 1 appeared first on Waking Times.

We’ve temporarily removed a Retraction Watch post. Here’s why. (Hint: A bad law.)

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Longtime Retraction Watch readers may recall that in 2013, we were forced to temporarily remove ten posts following a false — and frankly ridiculous — copyright infringement claim. Well, it’s happened again. On Wednesday, our host, Bluehost, forwarded us another false copyright claim — aka a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice — by someone […] The post We’ve temporarily removed a Retraction Watch post. Here’s why. (Hint: A bad law.) appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Mosul Campaign Day 60, Dec 15, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
There was not much news on the Mosul campaign on December 15. The Hashd were still attemptingto maintain control of the highway between Tal Afar and Tal Abta. The goal is to cut off the Islamic State’s routes from Mosul to Syria. Tal Abta was freed at the start of the second week of December, and the Hashd have been trying to hold the surrounding roads since then. The number of displaced caused by the campaign took another jump. On December 15 the International Organization for Migration reported96,864 people had fled their homes since the start of the operation. As the Iraqi for... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago

Judge Napolitano Exposes Lies On-Air: US Intelligence Was Behind Hacks — Not Russia

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: napolitano]Judge Andrew Napolitano joined a growing chorus of voices denouncing the CIA's claim of Russia hacking the US elections absurd, saying documents were leaked by the US intelligence committee.

EXCLUSIVE: Elderly Disabled Veteran Rotting in Solitary for Digging Ponds on His Own Property

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: epa]Because of the tyrannical EPA, a disabled veteran was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for building ponds on his own property.

U.S. Officials: The Number Of ISIS Fighters Has Fallen From More Than 60,000 To 'Between 12,000 And 15,000'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *The number of ISIS fighters has fallen from more than 60,000 to 'between 12,000 and 15,000' since coalition air strikes began, US officials reveal * * ISIS' ranks had fallen from more than 60,000 to between 12,000 and 15,000 * The bombing campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria began two years ago * It has taken out more fighters than currently remain on the battlefield * US officials say that 50,000 ISIS militants have been killed since 2014 At least three quarter of ISIS fighters have been killed during the campaign of airstrikes against the terror group, US official... more »

UNICEF: Child malnutrition at 'all-time high' in Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Photo:* © UNICEF/UNI196758/Mahyoob *UNICEF: **Malnutrition amongst children in Yemen at an all-time high, warns UNICEF* SANA'A, 12 December 2016 – Nearly 2.2 million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished and require urgent care. At least 462,000 children suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), a drastic increase of almost 200 per cent since 2014. An additional 1.7 million children suffer from Moderate Acute Malnutrition. The situation of severely malnourished children in Governorates such as Hodeida, Sa’ada, Taizz, Hajjah and Lahej is most critical. These five governor... more »

Russian Defense Spending Drops For the First Time Since The 1990s

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Iliya Pitalev *Sputnik*: *Russia's 2016 Defense Spending Declines for 1st Time Since 1990s* Russian military spending has declined in 2016 for the first time since the 1990s, UK media reported on Monday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Global defense spending has increased by 1 percent in 2016, even taking into consideration the first decline in military expenditures of Russia in more than 15 years, the Financial Times newspaper reported, citing an annual report conducted by Jane`s Defence Budget company. The newspaper added that at the moment Russia's defense budget is the sevent... more »

"The Easiest Dupe..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true." - Demosthenes

Can it get any weirder?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*I suppose so.* Odumbo is going to hit the microphones today with a sternly worded rebuke to Russia accusing them of meddling in our election and will promise retaliation. Immediately following his rebuke he will climb aboard Air Force One and head to Hawaii with his bitter wife and sullen children to burn through more tax payer money. Shouldn't they all be packing up their personal stuff and arranging for transport to their new home? Something tells me Putin is laughing his rear patootie off. Hillary Holds a Participation Party Hillary had her big "thank you for giving me buc... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin * Britain's EU ambassador warns that striking a Brexit deal could take over 10 years 'Something far worse' is to come in Syria A sad day for Poland': Polish lawmakers pass a new law restricting rallies Yahoo says a billion user accounts were hacked The US is 'ready to confront' China in the Pacific with the world's most lethal combat plane * Feel reassured now? * The Australian economy just got a whole lot closer to China Scientists drill into volcano to obtain energy What could possibly go wrong? Colossal Wave Rolls Through North Atlantic, Shattering Previo... more »

South China Sea: Failing to Find Asian Allies, US Invites UK to Meddle

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*December 16, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Parroting the US State Department's rhetoric, almost verbatim to justify the decision, a UK envoy vowed to fly warplanes over, and sail warships through the South China Sea over "concerns" regarding "freedom of navigation there." Reuters in its article, "British fighters to overfly South China Sea; carriers in Pacific after 2020: envoy," would report: *The envoy, Kim Darroch, told a Washington think tank that British Typhoon aircraft currently deployed on a visit to Japan would fly across disputed parts of the South China Sea to assert... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 15th Dec)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 13 hours ago
Taxpayers foot £50m bill for Southern rail strike Because of a deal struck with Southern by the Government, the cost of the disruption will be borne by the taxpayer. Under the seven-year deal, the Government pays Govia more than £1 billion a year to run the service. Ministers agreed to bear the financial risk of running the railway because of the significant disruption caused by the

Hottest Arctic Hype

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/13/hottest-arctic-record-triggers-massive-ice-melt/amp/ There has been a concerted effort in the last few days to run the latest Arctic scare story, such as this one in the Telegraph: The Arctic shattered heat records in the past year as unusually warm air triggered massive melting of ice and snow and a late […]

VIDEO: Cop Pokes HIMSELF with a Syringe, So 2 Cops Beat a Handcuffed Man for 3 Minutes

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: syringe]Three cops won't be charged for beating an innocent, handcuffed man over a syringe and flagrantly lying, even though the incident was caught on video and proves they lied.

The War Of Words Intensify Against The White House And The Incoming Trump Administration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Hill:* War of words escalates between White House, Trump camp Top aides to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday escalated their war of words over allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. White House press secretary Josh Earnest hit back at senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway after she accused him of making inappropriate comments in stating that Trump encouraged Russian hacking of his political opponents. “It is just a fact that the Republican nominee for president was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent because he believed it w... more »

President Obama Vows To Retaliate Against Russia For Election Hacking

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*ABC News*: *Poking the Bear: Obama Says US Will Respond to Russian Hacking* President Barack Obama today promised the U.S. would "take action" in response to Russia's pre-election hacking, in comments that come more than two months after the U.S. intelligence community publicly implicated the Russian government in a plot to interfere with the U.S. election. "I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections ... that we need to take action and we will. At a time and a place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and ... more »

Dopey dupe retractions: How publisher error hurts researchers

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Not all retractions result from researchers’ mistakes — we have an entire category of posts known as “publisher errors,” in which publishers mistakenly post a paper, through no fault of the authors. Yet, those retractions can become a black mark on authors’ record. Our co-founder Ivan Oransky and Adam Etkin, Executive Editor at Springer Publishing Co […] The post Dopey dupe retractions: How publisher error hurts researchers appeared first on Retraction Watch.

China's Aircraft Carrier Conducts Live Fire Exercises For the First Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Global Times*: *China’s aircraft carrier uses real weapons in drill* Chinese Navy Thursday revealed the details of a recent drill involving the country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. It was the first time that the weapons used on the carrier were displayed in public since it entered service in 2012. The drill was conducted in the Bohai Sea, involving dozens of ships and aircraft as well as several air-to-air, air-to-ship and ship-to-air missiles. The J-15 carrier-based fighter jets carrying live ammunition also attended the drill. *Read more* .... *More News On China... more »

Scientists: Greenland Is Now Much Colder With More Advanced Ice Sheets Than 90% Of The Last 7500 Years

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://notrickszone.com/2016/12/15/scientists-greenland-is-now-much-colder-with-more-advanced-ice-sheet-margins-than-90-of-the-last-7500-years/#sthash.YmPuMj2W.3lMubL0Z.dpbs From NoTricksZone: Fifteen international scientists recently collaborated to assemble one of the most comprehensive analyses of temperature and ice sheet changes for Greenland and the Canadian Arctic ever produced. Briner et al., (2016) synthesized over 100 records from a large and accumulating database to publish “Holocene climate change in […]

Light In The Tunnel

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
No one should be writing obituaries for the NDP. Michael Harris writes that, even though Justin Trudeau's personal popularity remains high, his party's brand is slipping: Small wonder, with so many of his ministers stepping in cowflops. Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr told worried businesspeople in Calgary that the police and the military would deal with any civil disobedience by anti-pipeline protesters. This was not music to the ears of First Nations chiefs, or environmentalists, or anyone who has been watching the debacle of Standing Rock. The Liberals apparently have forgo... more »

Cop Kicked Man to Death Then Framed a Picture of News Article to Hang Over Bed as a Trophy

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: kicked]A federal jury delivered a guilty-on-all-counts verdict Thursday against a former corrections officer who kicked an inmate at Rikers Island to death.

We See A Future....A Discourse by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
*We see a future full of confusions, misconceptions, and misinterpretations that will lead many to unpleasant surroundings and strife amongst each other. Out of this chaos will emerge a renewed longing for freedom that will one day break the chains that tie Mankind to your tyrannical social orders. This will come about in a not too pleasant way, but come about it will one day. For the dream has many willing to sacrifice for the good of the many and the more equal distribution of power and resources.* *The population in the future will decrease due to the manipulation of crops,... more »

When is A Tweet Official Policy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016 *Arshad Mohammed, Reuters*: 'Is a Tweet policy?' State Department officials ponder When is a tweet just a tweet? A debate is percolating in the U.S. State Department, where diplomats measure their words with demitasse spoons, on how to handle Donald Trump's Twitter commentary if he continues to tweet after he becomes U.S. president on Jan. 20. By tradition, anything the president says i... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
US investors start betting that Russia's isolation will end quickly under Trump: https://t.co/Civ9uNzc59 pic.twitter.com/Yvt4iD52ug — max seddon (@maxseddon) December 16, 2016

North Carolina Republican Sore Losers Fight To Wreck The Incoming Democratic Administration

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*Señor Trumpanzee says he will find a nice little job for McCory* This year, 5 governors sought reelection nationally and only 1 lost: North Carolina's spectacularly failed chief executive Pat McCrory. Trump won 2,339,603 (50.6%) to 2,162,074 (46.7%) and a mediocre and unpopular Republican senator, Richard Burr, was reelected 2,371,192 (51.1%) to 2,102,666 (45.3%) but Democrat Roy Cooper edged out McCrory 2,281,155 (49.0%) to 2,276,383 (48.9%). Just over 90,000 Burr voters didn't vote to reelect McCory and over 58,000 Trump voters turned their backs on the governor as well. The stat... more »

Harry Potter Remembrall Ornament

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
For Harry Potter fans, a Remembrall needs no introduction. This geeky little charm represents the Remembrall that Neville Longbottom received from his Gran in the first Harry Potter book. A Remembrall is a little ball that glows red when you have forgotten something. This little trinket is what eventually leads Harry potter to becoming the seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Something that needs to be remembered on a Harry Potter Christmas tree for sure. You will need: - glass ornaments - hot glue - red tulle - gold ric rac Fold the tulle on itself and thre... more »

Open Thread

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
We used to laugh at the idea of having an open thread on this blog. Don’t make us look like Theresa no-Maytes, post your observations about the BBC below.

Anti-Zionism: ‘Antisemitism minding its manners’.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
As if Michael Gove hasn’t made himself unpopular enough already! Making mistakes, admitting he made mistakes, stabbing his best friends in the back, appearing with Fern Britton on the BBC, and removing his boxer shorts in front of the camera; and *now *look what he’s gawn and done! Written this article in The Times (£): *“The Left’s hatred of Israel is racism in disguise”* Critics of the Jewish state cannot bear the fact that it is a beacon of western values in a sea of tyranny and despotism For anyone who finds the paywall an obstacle too far, I’ll reproduce some of it here. I d... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
I'm a little late getting to the story of Facebook's attempt to control fake news, but I see the right going all in on showy expressions of phony outrage that are clearly meant to set the terms of the debate over what Facebook is doing. Here's Facebook's plan: We’re testing several ways to make it easier to report a hoax if you see one on Facebook, which you can do by clicking the upper right hand corner of a post. ... We’ve started a program to work with third-party fact checking organizations that are signatories of Poynter’s International Fact Checking Code of Principles. We’ll ... more »

Grand unification remains unproven, hot, likely, and persuasive

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
Quanta Magazine's Natalie Wolchover wrote a status report about grand unification, Grand Unification Dream Kept at Bay ------------------------------ Physicists have failed to find disintegrating protons, throwing into limbo the beloved theory that the forces of nature were unified at the beginning of time whose subtitle – which includes words such as "failed" and "limbo" – is much more negative than the available evidence suggests. No smoking gun – such as the proton decay – that would "almost" prove grand unification has been found. But no good reason to stop loving grand unificat... more »

A Not-Trump Post, catching up on the domestic side

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
*It's a (tourist) trap!* Wow. Trump hasn't said anything about Taiwan in a couple of days. Almost afraid to say anything, in case I jinx that delightful streak. Here in Taiwan domestic politics rolls on. KMT Chairman Hung is on a swing through SE Asia states, apparently to interact with the Chinese communities there. The go-south policy for the KMT always meant piggybacking on those communities, as a Keen Observer pointed out to me over Belgian beer and cheesecake at Panos the other night. Hopefully that will change with the new Administration. I am not hearing things that make m... more »

Hacking: Truth or treason? Per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
This BBC report by Ian Katz http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38303381 purports to examine whether reporting the hacking of information is about revealing the truth or not. Of course being from a BBC journalist the answer depends upon what has been hacked. If it's information about sportsmen and drugs then that's fine but if it's about one of the BBC's chosen politicians being at best careless about the storage of information, or worse revealing corruption then that might be treason. 'How should we handle troves of confidential data effectively handed to us by foreign sta... more »

Taiwan News #4: The Gay Marriage Trap for the Tsai Administration

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 18 hours ago
My latest on gay marriage and the Tsai Admininstration for Taiwan News.... On the other hand Tsai, as both President and Chairman of the DPP, should have sent down orders to the legislature to get this done weeks ago, with the threat of punishment if legislators do not fall into line. That is, after all, what they were elected for. Someone in Tsai's office needs to start taking heads. It is nearly 2017, and there is a real danger that the public takeaway from the first year of the Tsai Administration going into the 2018 local elections is going to be… gay marriage, not something on ... more »

Trump chooses pro-settlement hardliner as Israel envoy per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38337108 uses the word hardliner to describe someone who supports the right of Israel to exist in secure defensible borders. Has the BBC ever described as a hardliner someone who wants to shrink Israel's borders so it cannot easily defend itself? Has the BBC ever described people who want Israel eliminated as the world's only Jewish majority state as hardliners. The answers to those two questions reveals why I and so many other people believe that the BBC is institutionally anti Israel. I wonder what conclusion the Balen R... more »

Random Friday

LL at Virtual Mirage - 19 hours ago
Julia Ioffe, classless prog harpie*SCUMBAG NEWSIE* The News media's war against President Trump, which most Americans ignore, reached a new low: Julia Ioffe, a now-ex Politico writer is set to join The Atlantic – after Ioffe tweeted regarding Ivanka Trump: “Either Trump is f---ing his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?” Politico swiftly cut ties with Ioffe, who subsequently deleted the tweet and apologized for the “crass joke.” It's interesting that it's the same corrupt elite media who accuses President Trump of being "classless". One of the sacred cows o... more »

“DNC Docs Were Leaked, Not Hacked, Intelligence Veterans Say”; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*“DNC Docs Were Leaked, Not Hacked, Intelligence Veterans Say”* by RT “Anonymous allegations that Russian government hackers interfered with the US elections are “evidence-free,” several retired intelligence professionals argued in an open letter. Any hack would have been noticed by the NSA, which has stayed silent, they say. Last Friday, the New York Times and the Washington Post cited anonymous sources claiming the CIA believed Russia was behind hackers who exposed emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta,... more »

Who Lost the White House?  (Rating the Evils)  The Russians Did It (Or It Was the Hubris of the Elites?)  Take Your Pick  (The Acceptance of Evil)

Making Russia the Enemy FAKE NEWS Is a Distraction from the Disastrous Performance of "Real" News NC Republican Lawmakers Move to Restrict Power of Incoming Democratic GovernorHamilton Electors Have a Message for Donald Trump: "You’re Fired"By Rejecting Recount, Is Michigan Covering Up 75,000 Ballots Never Counted?After Outrage, Trump Team Disavows "Enemies List" Questionnaire at Energy Dept

Deepmind AI targets Starcraft

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 20 hours ago
Demis Hassabis, cofounder of Google-owned firm DeepMind, and Jeff Dean, who leads the Google Brain project, have both hinted that StarCraft will be their next target, while Facebook researchers have just released an open-source platform designed to help people develop AI to play the game. Succeeding in StarCraft would be a show of strategic strength. AI’s gaming prowess reached new heights in March when DeepMind’s AlphaGo system defeated one of the world’s best Go players, Lee Sedol. The AI’s ability to win at Go was particularly impressive owing to the complexity of the ancient Chi... more »

Do You Have A Right To Your Opinion? Trump and Millions of Illegal Votes

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 20 hours ago
Trump: “I believe that cows can jump over the moon.” Question: “Is that really true?” Pence: “He has a right to his opinion.” Donald Trump recently tweeted: “In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” http://ieet.org/archive/trump-1843504_960_720.jpg

Hillary’s secret plot to IMPEACH Trump!?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
It is actually shocking and tiresome to see the craziness out there. Worse, all the narratives now been peddled are substantially wrong and easily dismissed, but that is never good enough for a fanatic. Any narrative actually taken to their logical conclusion will be as rewarding as the recount fiasco which served only to confirm suspicions of serious vote stuffing in Democrat rich polls. How delusional can you be to have a recount when it must expose your misdeeds at the least? What bothers me most though is that by maintaining controversy it provides a situational backgrou... more »

Cryptid Canid - Perry County, PA

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a great witness report and it is the giant sloth again.when you actually look at a skeleton, all this falls into place. The disproportion between upper body and legs has confused many reports as it it is unexpected. Again this creature is naturally arboreal which allows it to easily lose dogs in particular. I also do not think the bravest dog is going to get anywhere close to this. I also think that even a hyena would be challenged by this animal.. . *Cryptid Canid - Perry County, PA* *Monday, December 05, 2016* *I received the following account by email this morning:*... more »

Uncovering the Secrets of Friction on Graphene

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Quite a lot of unexpected detail when dealing with friction here. Not sure where it can take us. The field of graphene still awaits application solutions as might be expected. That can take decades unfortunately. All good. *. Uncovering the secrets of friction on graphene * *23-Nov-2016 * *Sliding on flexible graphene surfaces has been uncharted territory until now* *Massachusetts Institute of Technology* * https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/miot-uts112316.php* * CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon in sheets just one atom in thick, has ... more »

Map Showing Relationship Between Wind and Rain

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is a superb map and worth running. The technology has reached a point in which we can soon have this on our desktop in all its gory detail. Great tool. https://www.ventusky.com/?p=36;73;2&l=rain-3h&t=20161205/03 Nice visualization: Map showing relationship between wind and rain. https://www.ventusky.com/?p=36;73;2&l=rain-3h&t=20161205/03 … Also, clouds, temperature etc.

The Free Press: How a War on Truth Threatens Democracy

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
“We love, as a culture, to attack messengers when the message is something that makes us feel uncomfortable,” says journalist Wesley Lowery.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Shut Up Whining About Trump

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 21 hours ago
Arnold Schwarzenegger has told Hillary supporters that they need to “stop whining” about Donald Trump’s presidential victory. The former California governor told Matt Lauer on the Today show that the American public need to pull themselves together and unite as one nation. “Now he’s elected, and now it is very important that we all support the president, and that we all come together and we stop whining and it becomes one nation,” Schwarzenegger said. “When someone is elected, you get 100 percent behind and you help them.” Infowars.com reports: Although he opposed Trump during th... more »

My Interview with Kevin Barrett about the Pizzagate Scandal

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 22 hours ago
After reading my earlier articles on Pizzagate, I was contacted by Kevin Barrett for a radio interview I did several days ago talking about the Clinton-Podesta child sex trafficking ring operating out of the DC Comet Ping Pong pizzeria. Kevin Barrett remains a skeptic, unwilling to draw any definitive conclusions about the existence of such a vast worldwide trafficking network directly involving the Clintons and Podesta brothers based on the gathered Pizzagate findings. I speak of the substantive collection of circumstantial evidence that when weighed together presents more than eno... more »

Cartoon For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
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Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Escorting the Zumwalt* A tugboat escorts the USS Zumwalt through San Diego Bay as the ship nears the end of the journey to its new home port in San Diego, Dec. 8, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer First Class Trevor Welsh

Kanye West: I’m An Alien Sent To Earth To Help Humanity

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
Doctors who treated Kanye West at the UCLA Medical Center say that the pop star thinks he is an alien sent to Earth to help humanity. According to the new issue of Life & Style magazine, Kanye West told doctors and medical staff that he was a “starseed” sent on a mission to help Earth. “When he first went to the psych ward, he was hearing voices,” notes an insider. Soon after that, “he started telling people he’s a ‘starseed’ – an alien on a mission to help the Earth.” Kanye has only been out of the hospital for a few days. His stay lasted less than two weeks from his Nov. 21 adm... more »

John Kerry: ‘No Comment’ On Putin Hacking US Election Claims

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 22 hours ago
John Kerry has refused to confirm anonymous intelligence reports alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in hacking the U.S. election. On Wednesday evening, NBC News reported that “senior intelligence officials” had provided them with evidence that proved Putin authorised hackers to influence the U.S. election in order to help Donald Trump win. “I am not going to comment on anonymous reports from intelligence officials that are not identified that have quotes around the concept of intelligence officials,” Kerry said at the press briefing. Sputniknews... more »

Chinese Media: Because Of Trump China Should Plan To Take Taiwan By Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *China should plan to take Taiwan by force after Trump call, state media says* Global Times says Beijing should ‘punish militarily’ any moves to undermine One China policy – which US president-elect has said he might not uphold. China should plan to take Taiwan by force and make swift preparations for a military incursion, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has said, after US president-elect Donald Trump broke decades of diplomatic protocol in the region. Before he even assumes the presidency, Trump has called into question the longstanding US foreign policy o... more »

Is The Push To Re-Take Mosul From The Islamic State Doom To Fail?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Daniel L. Davis, National Interest: **Is the Battle for Mosul Doomed?* Since the battle to retake Mosul began in mid-October, Iraqi and coalition spokesmen have touted the significant number of villages retaken around the periphery of Mosul by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and the fact that they reportedly recaptured Mosul’s al-Salam hospital, barely a mile from the Tigris. Yet an examination of the battlefield reveals that from the perspective of ISIS, it could be argued that the fight is going better than expected. Such a belief is not without substance. Iraqi prime minister...more »

The U.S. - Russian Hotline Is Busy Preventing Disasters Over The Skies Of Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
A Russian Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bomber released bombs over Syria in August. The united States and Russia use a hotline to communicate and avoid any disasters in the skies over Syria. Credit Russian Defense Ministry *New York Times*: *A Hotline for Americans and Russians to Avoid Catastrophe in Syrian Skies* DOHA, Qatar — Not long after the government-held city of Palmyra in central Syria fell to Islamic State fighters, the United States and Russia both scrambled warplanes on Wednesday to attack militant targets there. This was exactly the kind of scenario the Pentagon feared after M... more »

Why Is The Media Not Questioning The CIA's Hacking Claims?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia. (Reuters / Larry Downing) *James Carden, The Nation*: *Why Are the Media Taking the CIA’s Hacking Claims at Face Value?* Despite the CIA’s uninspiring record for the past 70 years, the media are defending the agency for all it’s worth. In 1977, Carl Bernstein published an exposé of a CIA program known as Operation Mockingbird, a covert program involving, according to Bernstein, “more than 400 American journalists who in the past 25 years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Bern... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/12/2016”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/12/2016”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The Federal Reserve just raised a key interest rate a quarter of a point. This was only the second time in 10 years the Fed raised rates, but the market had already beaten the Fed to the punch. In July, the interest rate for the 10-year Treasury was 1.46%. Five short months later, the same rate is now more that 1% higher. This is what it means when you hear the phrase “the Fed is behind the curve” on interest rates. Losses in the global bond markets are stacking up with the rising rates. Now, there are reports th... more »

Musical Interllude: Hezekiah Jenkins, “The Panic Is On”, 1931

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Hezekiah Jenkins, “The Panic Is On”, 1931 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmFCELxpTfE Hat tip to WRH, Michael Rivero - http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/#axzz4SyQsiQfO

Who To Blame For Clinton's Loss In Michigan-- Putin? Comey? Or Was It The Countess of Lovelace?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Who REALLY saddled us with Trump, Putin or the Countess?* It was a shock to the Clinton Machine when Bernie beat her in the March 16 Michigan's primary. Bernie took 595,222 votes (49.8%) to Hillary's 576,795 (48.3%). He won 73 of Michigan's 83 counties but she won big in the rich suburbs and the in Detroit. He beat her in all the little working class counties no one outside of Michigan ever heard of-- Cheboygan, Muskegon, Ingham, Eaton, Monroe, Kent, Benzie, Marquette, Jackson, St. Clair, Barry, Livingston, Allegan, Washtenaw, Charlevoix, Kalamazoo... He even beat her in Clinton Co... more »

Obama: I Will Take Action Against Russia Before Leaving Office

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
President Barack Obama has promised to take direct action against Russia over their alleged interference in the presidential election, before he leaves office in January. In an interview with NPR on Thursday evening, Obama vowed to retaliate against Russia, but refused to detail what that would entail. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections, that we need to take action and we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized, some of it may not be. But Mr. Putin is well aware... more »

Ramble, 16.12.16

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: Politicians of Oz] A few weeks ago I suggested the National Party has now become just Labour without the identity politics. Despite the evidence, their new leader says there’s another difference: the blue team is also “aspirational.” *English on the difference between National and Labour* – KIWIBLOG Little difference at all however between this Auckland mayor and the last. *Auckland Mayor Phil Goff dishes out big salaries for mayoral office staff* – HERALD Baby steps. *Legal cannabis in NZ? Green Party offers green light to pot smokers* – STUFF It deserves to. *Will Wel... more »

Breaking: Assange Emerges to Confirm Russia Was NOT the Source of DNC/Podesta Leaks

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: assange-thumb]Julian Assange came forward to dispute all claims Russian hackers provided documents to Wikileaks, saying definitively that was NOT the case.

This Flying Vehicle Can Make Its Own Decisions

stephaniesummar at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 1 day ago
The Cormorant is designed to remove people from dangerous situations. The post This Flying Vehicle Can Make Its Own Decisions appeared first on Futurism.

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "Lady Labyrinth & Nightbook"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "Lady Labyrinth & Nightbook" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1XbYeNeBGo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309's spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. *Click image for larger size.* Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309's recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the... more »

Chet Raymo, “Moments of Being”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Moments of Being”* by Chet Raymo “A passage from the "Pensees" of Teilhard de Chardin: "Though the phenomena of the lower world remain the same- the material determinisms, the vicissitudes of chance, the laws of labor, the agitations of men, the footfalls of death- he who dares to believe reaches a sphere of created reality in which things, while retaining their habitual texture, seem to be made out of a different substance. Everything remains the same so far as phenomena are concerned, but at the same time everything become luminous, animated, loving..." Whatever we think of Te... more »

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "Book of Hours II, 16"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Book of Hours II, 16"* "How surely gravity's law, strong as an ocean current, takes hold of even the strongest thing and pulls it toward the heart of the world. Each thing- each stone, blossom, child- is held in place. Only we, in our arrogance, push out beyond what we belong to for some empty freedom. If we surrendered to earth's intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees. Instead we entangle ourselves in knots of our own making and struggle, lonely and confused. So, like children, we begin again to learn from the things, because they are in God's heart; they have never left h... more »

"If We Never Knew It..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one." - Dean Koontz

The DCCC And Identity Politics

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Steve Israel, flanked by Steve Horsford & John Ewing, 2 politicians whose careers he ruined* Last week we talked about the experience recent congressional candidate-- and long-time North Carolina Democratic political operative-- Thomas Mills had when trying to deal with an imperious DCCC. Much of what the DCCC is crying about what went wrong for them this year are the things Mills was running on-- emphasizing rural working class issues; infrastructure, schools, jobs... a Marshall Plan to "connect small towns and counties to economic centers with pavement and rail as well as with fi... more »

ObamaCare Cost Increases in 2017

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 1 day ago
The Center for Health and Economy has released a study estimating the increased costs to taxpayers through the federal government in 2017. ObamaCare premiums will be 22% higher in 2017, but the average monthly subsidy cost will go up by 26% from $291/month to $367/month. The subsidy percentage increase is greater since incomes are losing ground relative to the premium increase. The study says 11.1 million people per month are on ObamaCare in 2016 and this number is expected to increase to 11.4 million a month in 2017. Of these 9.39 million in 2016 received tax credits and 9.65 mi... more »

Forbes Publishes Its List Of The World's Most Powerful People

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Forbes:* *The World's Most Powerful People 2016* There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 74 men and women make the world turn. Forbes' annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million whose actions mean the most. To compile the list, we considered hundreds of candidates from various walks of life all around the globe, and measured their power along four dimensions. First, we asked whether the candidate has power over lots of people. Pope Francis, ranked #5, is the spiritual leader of more than a billion Cath... more »

"John Derbyshire for Secretary of Education!: Extreme Times Call for Extreme Measures"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"John Derbyshire for Secretary of Education!:* * Extreme Times Call for Extreme Measures"* by Fred Reed “In looking for a piece I seemed to remember in which John, a prolific internet presence, advocates abolishing public education, I came across his overall diagnosis of schooling in America, well worth reading and a marvel of concision and accuracy. On its strength I hereby nominate him as SecEd, as one says in the as-yet undrained swamp on the Potomac. I nominate myself as Asst. SecEd, with the title of Lord High Executioner and a government-supplied guillotine. Schooling will ... more »

China inducting J20 stealth fighters into air force as active service planes

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
At least six J-20s stealth fighters are in active service, with four tail numbers 78271,78272,78273 and 78274 identified. And another six are ready to be delivered by end of Dec 2016 According to the Chinese aviation expert Dafeng Cao who posts under the Twitter handle @xinfengcao, six J-20 stealth fighters will be inducted into the Chinese air force at a formal ceremony later this month. Recent speculations refer to the J-20 as an air-to-air fighter with an emphasis on forward stealth, high-speed aerodynamics, range, and adequate agility. The J-20 could threaten vulnerable tankers ... more »

Tax cuts and other fiscal stimulus could boost US contribution to world economic growth up to the level of India

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
The world economy grew by 2.7% in the third quarter of 2016 compared with a year earlier, down from 2.8% the previous quarter. Growth remains steady in India and China: together they accounted for 65% of world growth. Other emerging markets struggled: they contributed 16%, down from 21% in the previous quarter, their lowest share since 2008. In particular, falling smartphone exports took a heavy toll on South Korea. Adding US GDP growth to China and India gets to about 75% of world growth. US real annual GDP growth did not exceed 3% for any of the last ten years A new macroecono... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 15, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Robin Wright, The New Yorker:* *The battle For Aleppo, Syria's Stalingrad, Ends* Aleppo has been part of human history for some five thousand years. Abraham is said to have grazed his sheep on its slopes and donated their milk to the local poor. Alexander the Great founded a Hellenic settlement there. The city is cited in the Book of Samuel and Psalm 60, and for centuries its residents reflected the three great Abrahamic faiths. It was at one end of the ancient Silk Road, and a major metropolis in the many empires that conquered and ruled the region. Its medieval Citadel, pivotal... more »

World News Briefs -- December 15, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post:* *In Syria’s shattered Aleppo, convoys carry the devastated and defeated from last rebel zones * BEIRUT — Buses and ambulances rolled out of the last rebel districts in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday as part of a major evacuation that ended the opposition's battle for its greatest stronghold. They left behind one of the world’s great ancient cities, now shattered by brutal government-allied air strikes that have killed thousands of people and reduced infrastructure to rubble. Reports from aid groups and the Turkish government suggested that more than 3,00... more »

Russia and Turkey Pushed the West Out of Syria

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Yes, they did! They made a deal on Aleppo and they carried it through to it’s conclusion.* *It's undeniable that Turkey and Russia played a big role in the liberation of Aleppo* When I woke up yesterday morning (wednesday), thinking, as usual, about the day’s blog post, I said to hubby- *We’re going to talk Turkey today.* (But I was a day behind on this post- apologies) So let's talk! The Istanbul bombing. More of the same destabilization that's been going on for years now. But it also looked to me like a ‘shot across the bow”- A warning. *The timing of the Istanbul bombing, imm... more »

Light Up the Night $1250 Cash Giveaway

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
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British Troops Arrive In Middle East To Train Syrian Rebels

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
UK forces have arrived in the Middle East to help train moderate Syrian rebels engaged in the fight against ISIS. They join the 500 already deployed to the region. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the Syrian ‘moderate’ forces were being trained in infantry, medical and explosive hazard awareness skills. RT reports: Their arrival was announced as the UK hosts a conference of defense ministers from countries involved in the coalition fighting Islamic State The 20 trainers – who are likely to be special forces soldiers – will teach so-called ‘moderate’ fighters infantry skills, ... more »

NSA Inspector General, Who Once Said Snowden Is Manic Thief, May Be Fired For Whistleblower Retaliation

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
NSA inspector general George Ellard, who believes NSA whistleblower was "manic in his thievery," received termination notice for whistleblower retaliation. The post NSA Inspector General, Who Once Said Snowden Is Manic Thief, May Be Fired For Whistleblower Retaliation appeared first on Shadowproof.

Intermittent expression of genes normally associated with an embryonic state reverses aging in mammals and enables mice to live 30 percent longer

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
Scientists have shown it is possible to reverse ageing in animals. Scientists at the Salk Institute have found that intermittent expression of genes normally associated with an embryonic state can reverse the hallmarks of old age. Salk Institute researchers discovered that partial cellular reprogramming reversed cellular signs of aging such as accumulation of DNA damage. Progeria mouse fibroblast cells were rejuvenated by partial reprogramming. Using a new technique allows mice to not only look younger, but live for 30 per cent longer. Human trials are projected within 10 years for... more »

Trump Trumpets His Real Plans by Ralph Nader

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
Dandelion Salad by Ralph Nader The Nader Page, Dec. 12, 2016 December 15, 2016 Even for a failed gambling czar, Donald Trump has been surprisingly quick to show his hand as he sets the course of his forthcoming presidency. With a reactionary fervor, he is bursting backwards into the future. He has accomplished this feat […]

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
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"Do You Wish To Know?

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Then you will see the rise of the men of the double standard- the men who live by force, yet count on those who live by trade to create the value of their looted money- the men who are the hitchhikers of virtue. In a moral society, these are the criminals, and the statutes are written to protect you against them. But when a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law- men who use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims- then money becomes its creators' avenger. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they've passed a law to disarm them. But the... more »

FBI Director: Russia Did Not Influence Election

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
FBI Director James Comey has confirmed to President-elect Donald Trump that Russia did not influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. In a telephone conversation between Trump and Comey, the FBI Director said there was no credible evidence that Russia hacked DNC emails of John Podesta. Comey also revealed that James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, agreed with his conclusion. Edwardklein.com reports: The only member of the U.S. intelligence community who was ready to assert that the Russians sanctioned the hacking was John Brennan, the director of the CIA,... more »

Elector: Clinton Supporters Threatened To Put A Bullet In My Head

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A GOP Electoral College voter in Michigan claims that Hillary Clinton supporters sent him several death threats and threatened to shoot him in the head if he votes for Trump. Mike Banerian says that he now fears for his life as the December 19 deadline looms for Electors to cast their vote for President. Thegatewaypundit.com reports: Mike says he has contacted police and was threatened to be shot in the head if he cast his vote for Trump. Mike Banerian is a youth chair of the Michigan Republican Party and an official elector obligated to cast his electoral vote for President-elect... more »

Liberal Blog ‘Snopes’ To Police Facebook Newsfeeds

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Snopes has been given the power to police Facebook users’ newsfeeds and censor any stories they deem to be ‘fake’. According to an announcement by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, Facebook will empower a handful of left-wing Hillary supporting websites to tackle the so-called ‘fake news’ problem on the social media platform. The consequence of allowing a provably biased fake news blog to decide what users are allowed to see on their own newsfeeds will likely result in the mainstream media stifling dissenting opinions and burying independent media. This is all about silen... more »

Elite Condition Public To Prepare For Trump Assassination

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Globalist liberals have begun conditioning the public for an impending Trump assassination, subtly hinting to the American public that Trump will suffer a similar fate to JFK. What do Michael Moore, Bill Gates and IBM have in common? They are all in cahoots with each other as part of a social-engineering agenda to prepare for the upcoming assassination of our President-elect. Ipatriot.com reports: On the surface, Michael Moore announces a “surprise” regarding Trump. This refers to his new anti-Trump film, Michael Moore in Trumpland. There is also a very strong association with thi... more »

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