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Sunday, December 18, 2016

17 December - Blogs I'm Following


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Iran Claims The U.S. Has Violated The Nuclear Deal By Extending Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 minutes ago
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently urged Donald Trump to honor the Iran nuclear deal saying, it's not a bilateral agreement "for one side to be able to scrap." *VOA*:* Iran Claims US Violated Nuclear Deal, Requests Review* Iran has asked for an emergency meeting with the six-nation commission that agreed in 2015 to end crippling economic sanctions against Tehran so that it can hear complaints about the extension of some U.S. penalties despite the accord. The official Iranian news agency said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sent a request for the meeting of... more »

How Many Americans Are Under Surveillance?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 42 minutes ago
An undated aerial handout photo shows the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters building in Fort Meade, Maryland. NSA/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*: *U.S. to disclose estimate of number of Americans under surveillance* The U.S. intelligence community will soon disclose an estimate of the number of Americans whose electronic communications have been caught in the crosshairs of online surveillance programs intended for foreigners, U.S. lawmakers said in a letter seen by Reuters on Friday. The estimate, requested by members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committ... more »

Winnable Congressional Districts In South Carolina And Texas. Sure Everything Changes... Except The DCCC

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 49 minutes ago
*Fran Person and Mick Mulvaney* Late Friday, Trump announced that he's nominating South Carolina's far right, libertarian-leaning Mick Mulvaney Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Coincidentally, when the news broke I was on the phone with a DCCC staffer talking about thinking outside the box in targeting. (Caution: *I* was talking about thinking outside the box; he was telling me I'm an idiot and that Democratic losses last month were my fault, not the DCCC's.) Anyway, as soon as I suggested that the DCCC should find a good candidate for the special election in SC-05, ... more »

Musical Interlude: Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Awesome one man blues band Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vikmUQZpGQ

Musical Interlude: 2CELLOS, “Celloverse”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
2CELLOS, “Celloverse” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPeo_X7hVe8

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. *Click image for larger size.* This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's e... more »

Privatizing Water - The Next Gold

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago

"Find The #1 Song On The Day You Were Born"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Do so here: *- http://playback.fm/birthday-song*

Expect 911 False Flag And Hell On Earth Under Trump: Scholar

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Expect a massive 911 style false flag operation under President-elect Donald Trump following his nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, says American scholar. U.S. neocons who facilitated the false flag September 11, 2001 terror attacks to launch wars in the Middle East and fracture Islam are hailing Tillerson’s appointment and can now finish off what they started under former President George W. Bush. Their objective is mainly to fracture and degrade the religion of Islam. To better control manufactured chaos and wars in Muslim countries and allay Zion... more »

Huntsville: Visiting the Rocket City to Plan GN 2017 Conference

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
I flew from Boston to Huntsville, Alabama on Friday to do a weekend of advance work for the Global Network's 25th annual space organizing conference that will be held in this 'rocket city' on April 7-9, 2017. Huntsville these days is called the 'Pentagon of the South' and serves as the 'directorate' for the Pentagon's provocative 'missile defense' program. I am staying in the home of a local couple who have long been peace workers in this heavily militarized city. When I arrived at the Huntsville airport I was taken aback by the loads of corporate space technology advertisements ... more »

With Trump's Triumph, Where Will Neo-Nazi Candidates Win Down Ballot? Montana?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Trump is on a victory tour, telling cheering ugly racists to thank African Americans who didn't bother going to the polls for a poll many Democrats saw as unacceptable, even if she was the lesser of two evils. In Hershey, Pennsylvania Thursday night Trump called for the mostly white crowd to cheer for African-Americans who were "smart" to heed his message and therefore "didn't come out to vote." He keeps telling the dim fans who show up for these Hitlerian victory rallies that he won a landslide. He's lying of course, as he does virtually every time he opens his mouth. Hillary won... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and Herzegovina Thanks for stopping by!

"The Pursuit And The Meaning..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Pursuing happiness, and I did, and I still do, is not at all the same as being happy, which I think is fleeting, dependent on circumstances...If the sun is shining, stand in it- yes, yes, yes. Happy times are great, but happy times pass, they have to because time passes. The pursuit of happiness is more elusive; it is life-long, and it is not goal-centered. What you are pursuing is meaning- a meaningful life. There's the hap- the fate, the draw that is yours, and it isn't fixed, but changing the course of the stream, or dealing new cards, whatever metaphor you want to use- that's ... more »

Insect-Inspired Wings Help Robots Right Themselves

stephaniesummar at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 4 hours ago
These robots took a cue from roaches. The post Insect-Inspired Wings Help Robots Right Themselves appeared first on Futurism.

Precedent Set — Germany to Fine Facebook $500K for Every ‘Fake News’ Post they Don’t Delete

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 5 hours ago
[image: Germany]Germany just announced it will fine Facebook half a million dollars for every fake news and hate speech item that isn't removed within 24 hours.

ANOTHER DUPE OF THE DAY: BILL KELLER

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
Belief in the essential decency of Republicans never dies in the mainstream media. Yesterday's *New York Times* included a delusional op-ed by former *Times* executive editor Bill Keller noting that criminal justice reform never happened in D.C. this year, despite a sense that at least some members of both parties were interested in it -- but now that Donald Trump is president, for some reason it might be *more* likely to pass, according to Keller: I can think of four reasons the prospects of federal reform are actually better in 2017. First, it is not an election year. Nothing mak... more »

US will try to re-accelerate hypersonic missiles tests in 2017

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 5 hours ago
In 2016, Russia has twice tested a hypersonic glider meant to replace traditional warheads for new generations of intercontinental ballistic missiles, including the heavy Sarmat ICBM. Military expert Boris Litovkin said that after entering the atmosphere the ultra-maneuverable hypersonic reentry vehicles are able to shift their targets in flight thus making them extremely hard to intercept. Russia and China are only able to maneuver the hypersonic missiles at short ranges. The hypersonic missiles are delivered by conventional rockets, fighters or other vehicles before separating an... more »

Unite Election: Who is Ian Allinson?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 5 hours ago
Here's another election we can look forward to: the position of General Secretary in my union, Unite. The incumbent, Len McCluskey has announced his intention to stand down next year, effectively calling a by-election. If he's victorious, it will allow him to serve out a full term before he heads off into retirement. His declared opponent is Gerard Coyne, secretary of Unite's West Midlands region. Widely seen as the candidate of the union's right, in his opinion the union should concentrate on members' issues and not internal Labour Party struggles. I'm sure that bold aspiration ra... more »

US Aegis destroyer demonstrates the ability to shoot down a maneuvering antiship missile like China's DF missiles

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 6 hours ago
The US Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), an Aegis baseline 9.C1 equipped destroyer, successfully fired a salvo of two SM-6 Dual I missiles against a complex medium-range ballistic missile target, demonstrating the Sea Based Terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability and meeting the test's primary objective. The test was conducted off the coast of Hawaii just after midnight on Dec. 14. "This test demonstrated the capabilities MDA and the Navy are delivering to our fleet commanders," said MDA Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring. "The SM-6 missile a... more »

“3 Steps for Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“3 Steps for Getting Back Up When Life Knocks You Down”* by Matt Richards; tiny buddha “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” ~ Vince Lombardi "I guess I’ve always been a creative soul. Even as a young lad of four or five I had teachers taking my drawings of cartoon characters home to show their families. Over the next twenty years I aspired to be a Ghostbuster, The Karate Kid, and then (when it turned out there wasn’t much call for eight-year-old ghost hunters and no suitable Mr Miyagi characters around) a writer, and finally a guitarist, all with varyi... more »

Trump Continues To Find The Worst Possible Nominees For Everything. Next Up: Ambassador To Israel

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*The Vladimir Putin cheering squad* What if Trump nominated... let's say... Pam Geller to be ambassador to Israel? Who would stop Miss McConnell from ramming her through the confirmation process? Don't ask me why Trump passed over Geller, but he seems to have found some just as loathsome, No, not Ann Coulter. We don;'t know what Trump has in mind for her. But some crony of his, David Friedman, a lawyer who counseled him on how to cheat stakeholders in his myiad bankruptcy cases was just named ambassador to Israel. I'm sure Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are wagging their tails. Right a... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

"The Fed’s ‘Debt Monster’ Is Calling the Shots"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The Fed’s ‘Debt Monster’ Is Calling the Shots"* by Bill Bonner "The funny money gets funnier in the US, too… As expected, the Fed raised its key short-term lending rate by 25 basis points, to 0.75%. Stocks fell. Bloomberg Markets: ‘Federal Reserve officials raised interest rates for the first time this year and forecast a steeper path for borrowing costs in 2017, saying inflation expectations have increased “considerably” and suggesting the labor market is tightening. The Federal Open Market Committee cited “realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation” in increasi... more »

Dec. 17: Escape the trials of the world - read a Faith Page.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
On this Saturday, I get relief from the empty pages of the irving press by turning to its Faith Page. The is a page dominated by columnists who are Christian fundamentalists, ones who believe in the most literal translation of The Bible. They are also part of the bedrock of those who voted for Trump, and so, therefore an inspiration to us all. They also sooth the mind. In fact, the put it right to sleep. On this Sunday, when our leaders are, as always, busy at killing and looting people, especially the poor ones, all over the globe, when they are planning for nuclear war, when Trump...more »

Nostradamus’ Chilling 2017 Predictions Are Already Coming True

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Fresh from a successful 2016, with multiple major predictions coming true, legendary French prophet Nostradamus looks set to continue his 500-year hot streak in 2017 as three disturbing prophecies and two encouraging predictions for the coming year have already begun falling into place. Nostradamus made a name for himself over the centuries after a significant number of his predictions came true, including the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler, the 9/11 attacks, and most recently the election of Donald Trump. So what is in store for us in 2017, according to the prophet w... more »

Pimpin' Ain't Easy

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 8 hours ago
On the Trump Douchebag Index, it could be said the fruit of Donald Trump's loins are perhaps a quarter of a cut above that of America's most infamous pimp, Jailbird James O'Keefe. But Eric Trump's latest stunt requires a special, rarified level of the Douchebag Index. Because on Charitybuzz.com, in which you can bid money to spend time with certain high profile people such as Fergie, the Duchess of York, Eric Trump actually tried to pawn 45 minutes of his sister's time supposedly for St. Jude's Hospital. Basically, he tried to pimp out his own sister. Now, realizing wh... more »

People Experiencing Sleep Paralysis May Be In Touch With Spirit World

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
Studies conducted on patients experiencing sleep paralysis show the terrifying experiences are real, not “hallucinations” as previously thought. Have you ever woken up in the middle of night paralyzed? Do you ever feel an evil presence by your bed or have you experienced “hallucinations” that you are being attacked while you are asleep? Well, you are not the only one – the terrifying disorder affects millions of people worldwide. AnonHQ reports: In medical terms, sleep paralysis refers to a brief period at sleep onset, or off-set, during which a person is unable to move or speak w... more »

Illuminati Leak: Current Membership Of ‘Committee Of 300’

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
An ex-Illuminati member who is vowing to tell the world everything about the secret society has posted a list of the elite members of the Illuminati and the Committee Of 300 leadership. After spending 47 years as a high-ranking illuminati member, the anonymous insider says that he wants to reveal everything about the secret society’s plans after it all became “too much to bear” for him. In his first post the insider revealed the process you have to go through in order to become a member, as well as in-depth information about the ‘Space flights’ program, and shocking revelations ab... more »

Censored News Celebrates Native American Youths and Future Generations!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
. Native American youths ran from Standing Rock to North Dakota this summer, empowering youths worldwide with the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We survived and celebrate Native youths and future generations! It is a great time to be alive! Censored News has survived a full decade with no advertising, grants, or revenues. We celebrate this victory and share it with all of

CIA/Clinton led "elite" coup attempt underway against the U.S. President-elect Trump.

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
Paul Craig Roberts is warning of a CIA led coup being currently underway against American democracy and the Trump presidency. As evidence, he has posted a link to an analysis by blogger Moon of Alabama. I have copied and pasted the entire Moon of Alabama analysis below and will have my thoughts in comments to follow: PCR has also posted an editorial on the same topic by the Albuquerque Journal. Further update on US coup crisis by PCR. The "Elite" Coup Of 2016By Moon Of AlabamaDecember 16, 2016 "Information Clearing House" - "Moon Of Alabama" - - There is an "elite" coup atte... more »

Quote of the Day: On religion & human decency

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
*“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.”* ~ Christopher Hitchens, from his book *God is Not Great* . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

F-bombs and bar brawls by-the-sea!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2016Is this a film about race:* This past Thursday night, Anderson Cooper aired two worthwhile segments about white working-class Trump voters. During the 8 o'clock hour, Martin Savidge reported from West Virginia coal country. During the 9 o'clock hour, Van Jones was back in Trumbull County, Ohio, exploring the view from the Rust Belt. We thought those reports were valuable. Over here in our own liberal bubble, we're so eager to display our lack of racial bias that we sometimes race to display our *class* bias. We offer sweeping generalizations about the... more »

Chris Hedges: Israel’s Secret Weapons–“Combat-Tested” Against the People of Gaza

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Dec 17, 2016 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses the influence of the Israeli arms industry with independent journalist Rania Khalek. They examine the Israeli weapons and tactics that are tested on Palestinians in occupied territory and then sold to the world. RT […]

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: Breaking News As 14 US/Israel/NATO Operatives Captured In Eastern Aleppo

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 10 hours ago
OK, I have been stating it for years now that this "war" against Syria has been nothing more than the evil US/Israel/NATO criminal cabal wanting to have not only Bashar al-Assad removed from the Presidency, but also to brutalize and destroy that nation as well... AND I have not pulled any punches in stating the obvious, that the so called 'ISIS', or "terrorists", or even the fraud "moderate rebels" are nothing of the sort. For the evidence is overwhelming that these "terrorists" and others are nothing more than US/Israel/NATO (and some Saudi and other "coalition") operatives and m... more »

Elon Musk talking about making a tunneling company to fix traffic

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 10 hours ago
Elon Musk has tweeted about starting a company that will make tunneling equipment and dig tunnels that will relieve traffic. Elon Musk has started two transportation related companies Tesla for electric cars and Spacex for launching into space. He has also initiated the development of Hyperloop and believes that supersonic electric planes would be successful. New technology has dramatically reduced the cost—and disruption—of building tunnels under busy cities for rail, road and utility projects. Engineers in recent decades have developed mechanized and automated systems to chew thr... more »

New genes responsible for ALS identified using IBM Watson Health

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 11 hours ago
Barrow Neurological Institute and IBM Watson Health today announced results of a revolutionary study that has identified new genes linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The discovery gives ALS researchers new insights that will pave the way for the development of new drug targets and therapies to combat one of the world's most devastating and deadly diseases. The groundbreaking discovery involved IBM Watson, a cutting-edge form of artificial intelligence, to help unravel the mysteries of the brain and provide Barrow scientists with never-... more »

Cop Who Killed Philando Castile Wants Charges Dropped Because Castile Had THC in His Blood

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: castille]According to the cop who killed Philando Castile for no reason, having THC in your blood is grounds for summary execution by police.

Ron Paul: CIA Meddled In ‘Hundreds’ Of Elections

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
While the US continue to blame Russia for interfering in the US election, it seems the CIA are the experts when it come to meddling in other country’s elections. Former presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul said that US government “propagandists” push for a foreign policy of “intervening around the world” After Hillary Clinton blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for personally directing a cyberattack that cost her the 2016 presidential election, Dr. Paul shrugged off the allegations as a “fiasco” in an interview for RT where he discusses “fake news” and more RT reports: “I think...more »

101-Year-Old Paedophile Becomes Britain’s Oldest Convict

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
A 101-year-old retired lorry driver has become Britain’s oldest convicted paedophile after having been found guilty of a string of historic sex offences against children. The 101-year-old paedophile was reported to police after his victim’s saw Facebook posts praising his 100th birthday celebration. The Mirror reports: Police fear he may have preyed on others youngsters who had not yet come forward. DC Fennon, who conducted a series of interviews with the paedophile, told the Birmingham Mail : “Throughout my entire service I have never been as affected as I was in this case. “I ha... more »

"The Real Problem: At Least 6 In 10 Americans Read Headlines… and NOTHING ELSE"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The Real Problem: * *At Least 6 In 10 Americans Read Headlines… and NOTHING ELSE"* by WashingtonsBlog "Slate pointed out in 2013: "I asked Josh Schwartz, a data scientist at the traffic analysis firm Chartbeat, to look at how people scroll through Slate articles. Schwartz also did a similar analysis for other sites that use Chartbeat and have allowed the firm to include their traffic in its aggregate analyses. Schwartz’s data shows that readers can’t stay focused. The more I type, the more of you tune out. And it’s not just me. It’s not just Slate. It’s everywhere online. When peo... more »

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, December 17, 2016: 13,506.3 Hiroshima Bombs"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such reports will be on December 31, 2016 and January 14, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific FACT, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The radiation's not going anywhere, folks, but we ... more »

Districts Like OH-06 Put Trump Over The Top-- And They Are Slated By The GOP To Feel The Most Pain

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Bill Johnson's Ohio River Valley district (OH-06) is one of the poorest districts in the country ($41,719 median income) and one of the whitest (95%). It borders on West Virginia and Kentucky and often seems more politically in synch with those states than with the rest of Ohio. Many of the district's voters in fact, live in the Wheeling, Parkersburg and Huntington, West Virginia suburbs. It used it be Blue Dog territory but flipped to the Republicans in 2010 and has grown redder and redder since then. Ohio was a good state for Trump this year but the 6th district went for him wit... more »

WATCH: Ron Paul Says CIA “Meddled in Hundreds of Elections” — Blasts Lack of Proof for Russian Hacks

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: paul]“I think they're just agitating, because they lost the election. They're throwing out accusations and they have no proof,” said Ron Paul.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Blogging will return later this evening.

Are Russians Paranoid Toward Hillary Clinton?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Max Fisher, New York Times:* *Russia’s Hacks Followed Years of Paranoia Toward Hillary Clinton* Russia’s unprecedented intervention in the United States election came amid more than United States-Russia tension and Donald J. Trump’s praise of Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president. It also coincided with a growing belief, in Moscow, that Russia faced an imminent threat in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Mrs. Clinton is viewed in Moscow as innately hostile to Russia. Widely held conspiracy theories portray her as seeking to foment unrest that will return Russia to the chaos and de... more »

Dine' Celebrate Victory -- Pinon Pipeline Withdraws Application

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
BLM Scoping Meeting on Pinon Pipe Line in Eastern Navajo Nation produced an over flow crowd Dec 2. Hearing was part of the public input and Bureau of Land Management extended comment time frame for another sixty days. Photo Earl Tulley Dine' Celebrate after the Bureau of Land Management withdraws application for the Pinon Pipeline! The battle continues to stop the Escalade Project and

Mosul Campaign Day 61, Dec 16, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
News came out about developments in east Mosul on December 15. The Sukararea was declared freed for the second time. On December 16 four neighborhoodswere liberated, two of which Falah 1 and 2 have been gone through several times before. The Islamic State also attackedfive areas with car bombs, all of which were reportedly destroyed. In the southeast the 9th Division was still clearing the same five neighborhoods it has been doing for weeks now. On the northern, southern, and western fronts the 9thand 16th Divisions, Federal Police and Hashd were still caught up in several village... more »

DUPE OF THE DAY: ROBERT H. FRANK

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
It's easy to be distracted by Donald Trump's tweeting or his demagoguery, but we know that law-making in the Trump years will be the familiar reactionary, turn-the-clock-back, party-first Republicanism we've seen in North Carolina and Wisconsin and Kansas, as well as in the halls of Congress since the 2010 midterms, except cranked up to 11, and with no Democratic counterweight. We know this just from looking at Trump's Cabinet picks, and from his obvious comfort with the GOP's promises to slash the social safety net until there's no net left. This is clear to you and me -- but clear... more »

Corporate Media’s ‘Fake News’ War is Backfiring by Showing the World the Power of Alt Media

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: news]Facebook's Orwellian plan to soft-censor the news could brand legitimate news outlets with a badge of honor.

President Obama: Russia Is A 'Smaller Country, They're A Weaker Country'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* His criticisms of Russia aside, his linking of Republicans (without naming names of course) to Putin's anti-democratic policies tells me that he still does not understand why (at least publicly) his political party lost big in the elections last month. More here .... Obama: Trump's victory threatens America's core (Politico). The same can be said about Hillary Clinton .... *US hacking claims: Clinton blames Russia and FBI boss for loss* (BBC). But what will probably save the Democrat party will be its donors .... they are clearly disappointed, and they want answers ..... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* NOAA Issues 'Jaw-Dropping' Assessment on 'Unprecedented' Arctic Warming Facebook admits, for the fourth time, that it messed up its measurement metrics 'This is militarization': We finally know what China's mysterious hexagonal structures in the South China Sea are for Antarctica's sea ice is melting to its lowest levels in recorded history Scientists launched a pie into space and it came back in almost perfect condition Someone found a map of the entire 1970s internet in a stack of old papers China Seizes Unmanned, Underwater US Navy Vehicle Off South China ... more »

Study: Hollywood-like dramatic style, not science content, brings citations to climate change papers

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
One of the recent Phys.Org titles that I couldn't overlook yesterday was What makes influential science? Telling a good story Assuming a common (non-scientific) definition of a story (and this is the definition they mean, as we will see later), this headline basically says that influential research papers should try to emulate the style of the demagogic pop-science writers who work to impress the stupidest readers in the population. Well, if that would be the case in a scientific discipline, the scientific discipline would surely be absolutely rotten – it would cease to be a genuine...more »

Boris Yeltsin Once Played The Clown Role In His Relation To Bill Clinton-- Now Putin Has Señor Trumpanzee

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Is Britain worried that after January 20th the Trumpy States of America might side with Putin in his war against democracy? A report this weekend from London *Times*' Defense Editor Deborah Haynes, states flatly that "Russia is waging a 'campaign' of propaganda and unconventional warfare against Britain, government officials have acknowledged for the first time. Moscow is behind a concerted drive to undermine the UK through espionage, misinformation, cyberattacks and fake news, senior Whitehall figures believe. Theresa May will chair a National Security Council session within week... more »

Growing Panic In Venezuela Over Voided Currency

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Venezuelans Protest Over Worthless Cash* *Scattered looting as population is stuck with voided 100-bolivar notes* MARACAIBO, Venezuela—Desperate and cashless Venezuelans, angry that the government hasn’t exchanged their voided bank notes as officials had pledged, on Friday rose up in protest with some scattered looting of stores. National Guard troops were deployed to put down the unrest that broke out as far west as this large city near the Colombian border and in smaller towns in the east. With only nine days to go before Christmas, Venezuelans grappling ... more »

Fukushima Worker Deemed Eligible for Compensation for Thyroid Cancer

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
The Asahi Shimbun reported yesterday that a Fukushima plant worker who developed thyroid cancer is eligible for compensation: YURI OIWA (2016, December 17). Thyroid cancer compensation for Fukushima plant worker *The Asahi Shimbun*, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612170027.html A man who developed thyroid gland cancer after working at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has for the first time won the right to work-related compensation. While the case ranks as the third time a worker at the Fukushima plant has been recognized as eligible for work-related compensati... more »

US Sends Tanks To Netherlands To Bolster NATO Against Russia

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
A Cold War-era storage facility in the Netherlands has been reopened and about to be restocked with tanks by the US military, as part of a drive to demonstrate NATO’s power amid rising ‘Russian aggression’. 1,600 vehicles are due to be stored at a six-warehouse complex in the southeastern village of Eygelshoven, near the Belgian and German borders. RT reports: The facility was originally opened in 1985 during the Cold War, when it was used by US troops to practice drills in case of a possible Soviet attack. Abrams Tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Paladin artillery have already ... more »

Conspiracy Theorist ‘Vomited 2 Liters of Black Fluid Before He Died’ — Death Ruled ‘Natural’

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: spiers]New details from an independent investigation have just raised serious concern over the mysterious death of Max Spiers.

Weekend reads: One of the most highly cited papers ever; a pharma buys peer-reviewed praise; how to get more citations

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured revelations about a cancer researcher in Canada and an author’s worst nightmare come true. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Meet one of the most-cited papers ever, with more than 150,000 citations. (Jack Grove, Times Higher Education) A journal is holding a competition — funded by Novartis — to reward positive peer-reviewed articles […] The post Weekend reads: One of the most highly cited papers ever; a pharma buys peer-reviewed praise; how to get more citations appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The creepy Obama family...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*favorite daughter gets all the attention.* Odumbo has a strangle hold on his first daughter while his glum second born and wife trail behind. Didn't some reporter just accuse Trump of having an unnatural relationship with his oldest daughter? Mooch, in an interview with Oprah to be broadcast on Monday , took a last rude parting jab at Trump. In her best ghetto slang she said, "Now we're feeling what not having hope feels like. Hope is necessary." We do have hope, you classless piece of trash - we hope to never see you again after Jan. 20th.

President-Elect Trump Condemns China's Seizure Of A U.S. Navy Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Trump Slams China’s Seizure of U.S. Drone as Unprecedented* * President-elect says China ‘steals’ unmanned vessel from sea * China’s foreign ministry: Militaries in touch to handle case U.S. President-elect Donald Trump slammed the Chinese navy’s capture of an American Navy underwater drone in international waters in the South China Sea, just hours after the country signaled it wants to resolve the issue smoothly. “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters -- rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act,” Trump wrote Sa... more »

VIDEO: Cop Snaps Mother’s Arm Like a Twig While Checking on Her Daughters

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: arm]"I just broke her arm," says the officer as he pulled her arm so high above her back that it snapped like a twig.

The Ammo For The U.S. Navy Newest Destroyer Is Just Too Expensive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000), steams through San Diego Bay on Dec. 8, 2016. US Navy Photo *David Axe, Daily Beast:* *$7 Billion New U.S. Warship Has a $2 Billion Ammo Problem* ‘We don’t have an issue with the gun, and no issue with that ship carrying the gun… We have an issue on the price point.’ The U.S. Navy’s newest warship has an ammunition problem. One that could render the $7-billion ship obsolete just two months after she joined the fleet. The destroyer USS Zumwalt, commissioned into Navy service on Oct. 15, boasts two high-tech, 155-millimeter-diameter cannons that the sailing ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
This animated map shows every single earthquake in the past 15 years https://t.co/kawAL7wXx0 pic.twitter.com/iQ5PQCzhG0 — BI Video (@BI_Video) December 17, 2016

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin seen here with his 4-year-old dog Yume before the interview for Nippon Television Network Corporation and Yomiuri Shimbun in the run-up to his official visit to Japan. The Moscow Kremlin, December 7, 2016. © SPUTNIK/ ALEXEI DRUZHININ

It's Gone Viral

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
They used to call economics the "dismal science." Actually, it's never been a science -- despite recent attempts to make it so. However, in the last fifty years, the dismal discipline has been elevated to the status of a religion, its practitioners having taken on the role of oracles. Murray Dobbins writes that the discipline went off the rails when its oracles bought into the dogma of neo-liberalism: If it were a science the facts would long ago have prevailed and they would have denounced the ideology from the rooftops. But, no, instead we get articles on a weekly basis about... more »

FBI Monitored Muhammad Ali After He Became A Muslim

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
The FBI admits keeping tabs on the late American boxing legend Muhammad Ali after he converted to Islam and stood up to warmongers and racists during the 1960s. New documents made public by the FBI show that Ali’s ex-wife was treated as a “lead” during his divorce in 1966 as part of a larger investigation by the agency into the Nation of Islam. Sputnik reports: The 140 documents, some of which contain classified information, were released as a result of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog organization. Stubbornly referring to Ali by his birth name, Cassius ... more »

Lamborghini Trashed For Sporting Fake Plates

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 15 hours ago
A car owner failed to stop authorities in Taiwan destroying his impounded Lamborghini Murciélago in front of a crowd after using fake license plates on the £270,000 supercar. Children in Taiwan watch in horror as a ridiculously expensive Lamborghini Murciélago was gruesomely destroyed before their eyes by a giant mechanical cruncher. Jalopnik reports: The video, posted to YouTube by Jesse Yao, says in its description that the government of Taiwan tore the supercar apart because the owner had the the wrong license plate on his vehicle. That license plate, according to Focus Taiwan ... more »

Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 15 hours ago
After four years behind bars, journalist and activist Barrett Brown was released from federal prison on the morning of November 29, 2016, and ordered to report to a halfway house in Dallas, Texas. “I was picked up by my parents and Alex Winter and his camera crew,” Brown told Shadowproof. “They The post Out Of Prison, Barrett Brown Recommits Himself To Agitating Against Existing Order appeared first on Shadowproof.

The Resistance-- California

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
Yesterday when I woke up, I saw a tweet from Ice-T about how he ignored a call asking him to play the Inauguration. And artist after my own heart! Gabe Ortiz did an essay for America's Voice this week about how faith leaders have vowed to protect undocumented immigrants, an overwhelmingly popular sentiment in southern California. In Los Angeles, the Episcopal Diocese-- more than 140 congregations-- has adopted a resolution calling for "holy resistance" to Trump’s deportation proposals and declaring itself a "sanctuary diocese." You may have seen the *L.A. Times* report Friday, Cal... more »

Solar Power Is Cheapest–Well, At Least In The Atacama Desert!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/solar-power-worlds-cheapest-electricity-production-energy-wind-farms-a7477096.html The failed Independent reports: Solar power is becoming the cheapest way to generate electricity, according to leading analysts. Data produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) showed the cost of solar in 58 lower-income countries – including China, Brazil and India – had fallen to about a third […]

Five Years Of GISS Cheating

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood I looked at the latest batch of GISS temperature adjustments the other day. As I mentioned, in themselves they are relatively insignificant. But cumulatively, they do add up. We can see this by comparing the 2011 version of global land temperatures with the current version. First, this is what […]

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Are these radicals teaching your kids?* Everyday I hear stories about professors who attack and target conservatives, promote liberal propaganda, and use their position of power to advance liberal agendas in their classroom. Turning Point USA is saying enough is enough. It's time we expose these professors. Today, Turning Point USA is proud to announce the launch of ProfessorWatchList.org, a website dedicated to documenting and exposing professors who discriminate against conservative students and promote anti-American, left wing propaganda in the classroom. Meet some of the p... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Greenies never give up: "attribution analyses" used to tie global warming to extreme weather* *We see below that the latest toy of the Warmists is attribution analysis, a technique originally devised to analyse movements in share prices on the stock exchange. And we all know how well modelling predicted the big financial crash of 2008, don't we? They were caught with their algebraical pants down and a lot of smarties got badly burnt. I construct my share portfolio according to very simple rules and it survived largely unscathed.And once again it is modelling crap below. ... more »

A Companion to Aristotle

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 18 hours ago
*A Companion to Aristotle* *Edited by Georgios Anagnostopoulos* *A Companion to Aristotle* is a good presentation of Aristotle’s life, methods, and ideas. The book of 650-pages is divided into five parts and has articles from 37 professors of philosophy from major universities. According to the book’s editor Georgios Anagnostopoulos, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, the book's aim is to treat some central topics of Aristotle’s philosophy in as much depth as is possible within the space of a short chapter. In the book’s first part titled “Aristotle’s Life a... more »

US Army Deployed To Europe As War With Russia Looms

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
The U.S. army has deployed tanks and military personnel to Europe amid mounting fears of a war with Russia following accusations that they influenced the U.S. election. Following Obama’s announcement that he would take “action” against Russia for interfering in the election, the U.S. army were ordered to send tanks to a Cold War site in the Netherlands in preparation for a potential conflict. Theantimedia.org reports: The U.S. and Dutch military reopened the Eygelshoven site on Thursday. It will contain “strategically prepositioned critical war stock” including M1 Abrams Tanks an... more »

Comey: FBI Conclude Putin Helped Trump Win

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
FBI director James Comey has announced his support for the CIA’s conclusion that Russia intervened in the U.S. election to help Donald Trump get elected. The announcement makes a drastic u-turn from the FBI’s previous announcement that Russia had nothing to do with hacking the election. Thehill.com reports: “Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” CIA Director John Brennan wrote in a message to staff, accor... more »

Anonymous: Indigo Children Will Defeat New World Order

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Hacktivist group Anonymous has released a video calling upon ‘Indigo children’ around the world to help usher in a new era of peace and enlightenment. According to Anonymous, Indigo kids have the innate ability to resist the coming New World Order by challenging the tyrannical regimes that have plagued the world for so long. Transcript: Attention Indigo, crystal, and rainbow children of the world. Greetings from anonymous. We are contacting you today as there are those who say you and those like you are here to usher in the new era. An era of peace and enlightenment. It has been s... more »

Study: Unvaccinated Children Healthier Than The Rest

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
A new peer-reviewed study comparing the health of vaccinated vs unvaccinated children has concluded that kids who do not receive vaccinations are significantly healthier . The study, published in the journal of public health, confirmed that completely unvaccinated children tend to have less chronic disease and have a lower risk of getting autism than vaccinated kids. Healthimpactnews.com reports: The researchers collected health information on over 660 children from a survey conducted in 2012 of mothers of children between six and twelve years old in four states (Florida, Louisian... more »

Russia: Revolutionary Technology Can Turn Lead Into Gold

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 19 hours ago
Russian scientists have discovered a revolutionary new technology that allows them to turn lead into gold biochemically – without the use of nuclear reactors, cyclotrons, and without using enriched Uranium and heavy water. Scientists Tamara Sakhno and Viktor Kurashov were trying to figure out how to fuel a spacecraft using any element found in space, and accidentally stumbled upon a method of turning lead into gold – without harming the environment. Anonhq.com reports: Their technology and results are confirmed by the Russian Patent Office (Rospatent). Sakhno and Kurashov’s cost-... more »

Strategic Saturday

LL at Virtual Mirage - 19 hours ago
*Those Lovable Norks* *Commentary: *Since the United States is out of the practical range of land-based missile platforms, the Norks have been studiously working on building a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that they can sail in the people's submarine to a position within range and launch it. It's their new strategy. The DPRK thought is that if the Norks can even get it within range, they can blackmail the US to do their bidding, or launch the missile and the US will be too timid to respond. Barack, maybe, Trump -- maybe a different problem for Dear Leader. Japanese m... more »

How Trump, Grifter for the Elite, Grabbed Government for the 0.01 Percent

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 20 hours ago
Our country’s privileged few used to exert their control through political surrogates. Now, thanks to Donald Trump, they’re taking a more hands-on approach. http://ieet.org/archive/donald-trump-1276068_960_720.jpg

A Terrifying Superbug Just Showed Up on a US Farm for the First Time

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
the only food security that is possible is through biodiversity. That is what our research should focus on. Any form of mono culture is a natural sitting duck waiting for the shoe to drop. Yet it is highly sustainable using organic practices that also uses supportive biodiversity. We have spent fifty years making agriculture highly productive but eliminating holistic thinking. What possibly could go wrong? Right now a single bacterial mutation makes the whole industry tremble. Throw in true biodiversity and no one would care. The bacteria itself would lack support and re... more »

World War II and the Origins of American Unease

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Donald Trump and the end of poverty are the two things that will produce a sense of optimism. The Donald is capable of promoting optimism but never of sustaining it. The End of Poverty is what will sustain it as no future leader can be seen as a risk to that. Unease arises simply because we can see real poverty and the implied wasted human potential. We do not need this and we can fix it easily yet we do not. . *World War II and the Origins of American Unease* * May 12, 2015 | 08:00 GMT * *Sailors watch as the USS Shaw explodes at the Naval Air Station, Ford Island, during... more »

Coconut: The Earth’s Most Widespread Medicinal Fruit Plant

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This aspect of the coconut is unexpected and needs more work. It is also clear that a lot of work needs to be done with this plant in order to fully make use of it. Traditional methods have made a good start but it is way more promising.. Other work suggests that the coconut was globally distributed during the Bronze Age. This item assumes a much later distribution which is simply wrong. Pizarro met a sea going raft outweighing his ship and packing a load of coconuts. In fact it appears natural sea distribution happened first. This was then likely followed during the Bronze ... more »

The Extreme Danger to Women, who are Driving Alone at Night

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Without question, the technology exists. It also likely exists as a military grade cannon. Yet we see no evidence of it out there commercially. I do not think that a garage expert will be able to cobble enough together with what is available to do this trick either. Yet it is now reported that a rash of similar EMP conforming attacks have taken place. This is not supposed to be happening and it may be isolated to the SE. Be aware though as it looks like these toys are out there illegally or not. EMP technology is not complicated and a simple flash circuit from a camera ca... more »

Severe inaccuracies in media stories about Verlinde's speculations

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
Last month, Erik Verlinde released another speculative paper that he intended to sell as a breakthrough to the media. It's his version of what I coined as the holographic MOND paradigm. Dark matter doesn't really exist. Instead, the effects attributed to it result from some modification of the usual laws of gravity that is guaranteed by "fundamental physics" in combination with dark energy (or cosmological constant). One consequence is that the parameters controlling the observations displaying "dark matter" and those displaying "dark energy" aren't independent. Verlinde uses diffe... more »

Einstein Refused To Accept The Disordered Universe

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Einstein believed his greatest blunder to have been the retraction of one of his equations but, as writer David Bodanis tells, the great scientist’s misstep actually happened immediately after.

Final words for straw-clutchers... just hang in there

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 23 hours ago
"Reality has one advantage over fiction -- it does not have to be plausible." -- Joe Carroll *== Clutching at straws for the Electoral Vote ==* Legitimately fearful, many thousands have bent their efforts to frantic *petition drives*, pleading with members of the Electoral College to cancel the calamity. Last time, I offered a slew of different Electoral College Gambits… and the (very low) odds for each of ten scenarios. Not one of which seems likely at all. Among those that I left out? *The Pence-Trump flip! *GOP electors who can't stomach 'Ivan' Trump, the Siberian ... more »

Master of Tai Chi Demonstrates the Surprising Power of Qi Energy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

Energy 85, Trump transition team questions for US DOE

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 ... - 1 day 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 (middle 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 mo... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
Alexey Leonov, March 18, 1965

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago
San Bernardino, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Certainties..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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