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Thomas Paine

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

20 December am - Blogs I'm Following

2:34 am MST

Kim Kardashian To Divorce Kanye For Supporting Trump

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 8 minutes ago
Kim Kardashian is planning to divorce husband Kanye West following the recent announcement that he supports Donald Trump. Kim was spotted without a wedding ring on her finger last night, as photographers snapped a picture of the 36-year-old riding in a car with her three-year-old daughter North and one-year-old son Saint – without the usual ring on her wedding finger. Reports of an imminent divorce began circulating immediately after Kanye announced his support for Trump at a concert in California last November. The rapper told fans that if he had voted in this year’s election, “I... more »

Prostate cancer laser treatment 'truly transformative' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 minutes ago
This cancer treatment story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38304076 on the BBC has a fact hidden right at the end of piece. 'The technology was developed at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel alongside Steba Biotech.' How inconvenient for the institutionally anti Israel BBC, another life saving invention coming out of the world's only majority Jewish state - Israel. What a contrast to the murders by Islamists of people in Berlin and Turkey yesterday.

Eliezer Yudkowsky on Politics – Part 1

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 25 minutes ago
In our previous post we examined how prospect theory helps explain why so many American voters were willing to risk voting for such a manifestly unqualified candidate for President as Donald Trump. Of course what citizens who are willing to take these risks fail to understand, as the artificial intelligence and decision theory expert Eliezer Yudkowsky writes on his Facebook page, is “how there’s a level of politics that’s theater and a level of politics that’s deadly serious.” For example, it’s deadly serious when a President talks about scrapping the NATO alliance or using nuclea... more »

It Doesn’t Cost Much To Have A Decent Society

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 hour ago
A breakdown of how the taxes of a person making 50,000 a year is spent proves how little money actually goes to help people and how much goes to corporations.

Climate Shenanigans at the Ends of the Earth

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 hour ago
The curve you see there reflects the fact that the north failed this year to freeze up on schedule and any freezing now is been offset by the southern thaw. Anomalous yes but still the combination of two curves suddenly out of sync. And it was a warm year as well that provided odd weather facilitating all this. Again though, the Arctic has been slowly thawing out. This surely reflects the proper end of our recovery from the little Ice Age whose cause remains obscure. Prior to this era we had the Medieval Warm period in which the north appears fully navigable ... more »

The Dark Triad – How Pedophiles and Psychopaths are Created

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 hour ago
[image: psychopaths-1] This is an attempt to understand. I am not so sure that it succeeds. what is sure is that the problem is larger than anyone wants to imagine and continuously self generating. That is why unconnected rogues do show up in the background noise. There is a supply of new offenders constantly arising. The USA reports around 60,000 child sex offenses per year. That at least suggests around 60,000 perps at least that we can be sure of. That is still one person to worry about in a population of 5,000. Thus it is rare enough but also not rare at all ...more »

Ben Carson: Preparing HUD for Surgery

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 hour ago
Very Good to see. It is also so easily fixable as they already use a voucher system which only needs to become highly mobile. Everyone forgets that urban renewal means rebuilding. That means encouraging market forces to change out an area that has become exhausted. Any form of regulatory oversight is naturally counterproductive and merely slows the process. Here we have a czar of inner city revitalization. Build, baby build.. *Ben Carson: Preparing HUD for Surgery * *politics | Dec 6, 2016 | By Star Parker* *http://www.speroforum.com/a/ZJIOZBCUBC38/79502-Ben-Carson-Preparing... more »

Catholic Church enters uncharted territory on marriage

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 hour ago
Cultural conditions have radically changed making the issues surrounding marriage and divorce far more fraught. The developed world is engaged on a huge experiment in terms of marriage and family that is actually not going so wonderfully. The original dispensation had many similar flaws but those were at least contained. An early bad decision became a lifetime sentence. Yet a third of our population forgo community support that should be a natural basis of the marriage bond. There is no evidence that this is a good idea. i think that the wisest course is the one we have of le... more »

Longer lasting superconducting qubits created

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 hour ago
An international team of scientists has succeeded in making further improvements to the lifetime of superconducting quantum circuits. An important prerequisite for the realization of high-performance quantum computers is that the stored data should remain intact for as long as possible. The researchers, including Jülich physicist Dr. Gianluigi Catelani, have developed and tested a technique that removes unpaired electrons from the circuits. These are known to shorten the qubit lifetime. Quantum computers could one day achieve significantly higher computing speeds than conventional d... more »

Grid of nitrogen vacancies created in diamond using femtosecond lasers and grid can make quantum computers or magnetic sensors for imaging magnetic fields

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 hour ago
Femtosecond laser writing of vacancies into diamond can be used to produce optically coherentNV−color centers at desired locations. The submicrometer positioning accuracy achieved is sufficient for placing NV−centers in optical structures such as multimode waveguides and whispering gallery resonators or under solid immersion lenses. The demonstrated accuracy is limited by the diffusion of the vacancies during annealing, and further improvements may be achieved using a higher nitrogen concentration in the starting material and an adjusted annealing recipe. In particular, high-precisi... more »

Russian Ambassador Assassinated: Retaliation, But by Whom?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 hour ago
*December 20, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Just days after the liberation of Syria's northern city of Aleppo, Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was gunned down while giving a talk at an art gallery in Turkey's capital of Ankara. The gunman, identified as a former Turkish police officer, flashed the familiar one finger gesture used by terrorist organizations operating in neighboring Syria including by Jabhat Al Nusra and the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" - while shouting, according to the Guardian: *Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secu... more »

President Obama Has Approved The Transfer Of 18 Guantanamo Detainees Before He Leaves Office

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
A guard tower of Camp Delta is seen at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba September 4, 2007. Reuters/Joe Skipper *New York Times*: *Obama Administration Intends to Transfer 17 or 18 Guantánamo Detainees* WASHINGTON — When Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy visited the White House in October for a state dinner, he made a commitment to President Obama: Italy, which resettled a Yemeni detainee from Guantánamo Bay last summer, would take one more person on the transfer list. But before the deal was completed, Mr. Renzi resigned. So a day after his successor, Pa... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Marine Sentinels* Two Marines stand guard at the casket of John Glenn at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Dec. 16, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Paul Ochoa

Russian President Putin Wants The Syrian COnflict Resolved Soon

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin. © Dmitry Rogulin/ITAR-TASS *Reuters*: *Putin tells Rouhani he wants Syria conflict resolved soon: Kremlin* Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in a phone call on Monday he hoped the two could work together to get a resolution for the Syria crisis as soon as possible, the Kremlin said in a statement. The call, which the Kremlin said was at Iran's initiative, came on the eve of a meeting in Moscow of the foreign and defence ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey on Syria. ... more »

DARPA aims for personal mobile ultra low frequency radio for transmitting devices to communicate through water and soil instead of 2000 acre transmission complexes using megawatts of power

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 2 hours ago
A DARPA project could enable radio to be transmitted through water and rock. Radio frequency signals hit veritable and literal walls when they encounter materials like water, soil, and stone, which can block or otherwise ruin those radio signals. This is why scuba buddies rely on sign language and there are radio-dead zones inside tunnels and caves. With his newly announced A Mechanically Based Antenna (AMEBA) effort, program manager Troy Olsson of DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office is betting on a little-exploited aspect of electromagnetic physics that could expand wireless com... more »

24 Cities in northern China have issued air pollution red alerts and low visibility is causing flight cancellations

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 2 hours ago
Heavy smog has engulfed large parts of northern China for a fourth straight day, with the environment ministry warning that some firms in the region were continuing to flout emergency restrictions and dozens of flights out of Beijing cancelled. Some power plants and chemical producers in the region had not scaled back operations in line with regulations, and drivers in Beijing had also been ignoring traffic restrictions, according to China Environmental News, the official publication of the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The paper said as many as 24 cities in northern China h... more »

Change is coming but is it going to be too late?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
Re the Berlin terror attack, Donald Trump has blamed "Islamist terrorists" for the "slaughter" of Christians in the German capital. "Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany - and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!" Indeed it must change its thinking but the BBC and the establishment will fight any concrete policies as hard as they can. For them political correctness and Islamophilia are more important than the lives of innocent kuffar.

Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash 'probably terror attack' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38375555 possibly the least surprising news about the Berlin Christmas market murderous attack: 'German police are investigating a "probable terrorist attack" after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48. The driver is an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker, according to security sources cited by DPA news agency. He reportedly arrived in Germany in February as a refugee.' A Muslim 'refugee', not from Syria but from Pakistan or Afghanistan, commits mass murder in t... more »

FBI To Release Evidence On Clinton Child Sex Scandal

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
A judge has ordered the FBI to publish evidence relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton and a child sex ring in Washington. Last November, a State Department official confirmed that the FBI were investigating Hillary Clinton’s connection to an elite Washington pedophile ring According to sources, files found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop showed evidence of a political pedophile ring operating within Washington, implicating Washington’s elite as well as Clinton and her aides. As a result of a recent Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice by Los A... more »

Fukushima: Radioactive Salmon Discovered In Canada

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Radioactive salmon due to Fukushima contamination has been discovered in British Columbia, Canada, by a team of research scientists from the University of Victoria. Seaborne Cesium 123, which is thought to be an indicator of nuclear contamination from Fukushima, was detected on the West coast of the US this month. Environews.tv reports: WHOI is a crowd-funded science seawater sampling project, that has been monitoring the radioactive plume making its way across the Pacific to America’s west coast, from the demolished Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in eastern Japan. The se... more »

Michigan: High Levels Of Lead In Children’s Blood, Emergency Declared

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Flint, Michigan has declared a state of emergency after officials discovered that children had dangerous levels of lead in their blood. Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared that state of emergency on Monday night, saying “the City of Flint has experienced a Manmade disaster.” Washingtonpost.com reports: The mayor — elected after her predecessor, Dayne Walling, experienced fallout from his administration’s handling of the water problems — said in the statement that she was seeking support from the federal government to deal with the “irreversible” effects of lead exposure on the city... more »

Putin: New World Order Behind Ambassador Assassination In Turkey

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 3 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the New World Order’s attempts at destabilizing the Syrian peace process by assassinating a Russian ambassador in Turkey. Putin slammed NATO after the fatal attack on the Russian ambassador, saying that the attack was “clearly a provocation,” designed to undermine Russia’s diplomatic relations with Turkey and stoking the Syrian crisis. “This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, ... more »

Bladerunner 2049 teaser trailer

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 3 hours ago
The original Bladerunner was one of my favorite movies and it had a very interesting vision of the future. Now there is the sequel coming Oct 6, 2017. Read more »

@ hours of blogtalk radio..Kinder Morgan..Site C..LNG..Political corruption

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 4 hours ago
http://blogtalk.vo.llnwd.net/o23/show/9/639/show_9639419_2016_12_01_05_05_05.mp3 Christmas post coming soon.. The Straight Goods Cheers Eyes Wide Open

Musical Interlude: George Winston, "Night: Snow/Midnight/Minstrels"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
George Winston, "Night: Snow/Midnight/Minstrels" - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a full moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. *Click image for larger size.* Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star... more »

CIA Agent: US Government Lied About Saddam Hussein

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
A CIA agent who captured and questioned Saddam Hussein ten years ago has revealed that everything the US told the public about the former Iraqi leader was a lie. CIA analyst John Nixon was tasked with questioning Saddam Hussein on December 13, 2003. In his first public statement about the ordeal, Nixon says that Saddam ended up turning all of his assumptions “upside down.” Simplecapacity.com reports: I had been up for 27 hours and was flat-out exhausted, but the news sent jolts of adrenaline through me like I’d never experienced before. A Special Forces team hunting the man we cal... more »

Vatican: Ancient ‘Blood Miracle’ Fails, Bringing Certain Doom For 2017

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 4 hours ago
The Vatican has announced that 2017 is likely to be year of ‘catastrophe’ and ‘doom’ after a yearly blood ritual failed. The dried blood of Saint Januarius failed to liquify in a ceremony in Italy on Saturday, which the Vatican say usually signals an omen of ‘disastrous events’ to come. Businessinsider.com reports: The ceremony of the blood of Saint Januarius, or San Gennaro, is performed several times a year. The blood is kept in special ampules and liquifies during the ceremony. The miracle has been regularly recorded since 1389. San Gennaro was bishop of Naples in the third ce... more »

Señor Trumpanzee Has Jewish Grandchildren And He Probably Doesn't Want To Encourage Anti-Semitism... Probably

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
There are 4 Jews among the House freshmen, Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Brad Schneider (D-IL) and two who left, Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Steve Israel (D-NY). That means the 115th Congress will have 21 Jews in the House (20 Democrats and one Republican) and, with Barbara Boxer's retirement, 9 in the Senate. The most Jewish district in America (37.6% of the population) is NY-10 which takes in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn and is represented by Jerry Nadler. Over the weekend, Nadler spoke out about Trump's bizarre nomination of right-wing extremis... more »

Time Travel, Taiwan Style

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*If only the banks were as advanced as this.* Want to travel in Taiwan? You don't need expensive equipment or new theories of time and space. You just have to go to your local bank, where it is still 1961. Went into the bank today to deposit (note: not cash) a US$1000 check from my mother. We've deposited checks from overseas with them many times during our nearly 15 years with that bank. I sign the check and then we fill out the onerous and unnecessary paperwork. A waste of time, but like all Taiwan procedures, if all the proper papers are filed, eventually you get what you want.... more »

Congo On The Brink Of A New Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*IBTimes:* *New War In Congo? Protests, Violence Raise Fears Of Fresh Conflict In Sub-Saharan Africa's Largest Country* Demonstrations erupted Monday in cities across the Democratic Republic of Congo as authorities attempted to contain public resistance toward President Joseph Kabila's refusal to step down from office after his term expires at midnight. Security forces reportedly responded by deploying in large numbers, arresting scores of activists and suspending the country's internet service. Protests struck the eastern city of Guma and the capital, where authorities faced off... more »

Chet Raymo, “Desert Places”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Desert Places”* by Chet Raymo “If there is a cognitive disconnect in contemporary culture it is between cosmic space and time and human space and time. Those folks who can seriously grasp the scale and age of the universe, with its tens of billions of observable galaxies and billions of years of evolutionary time, and still believe the universe (or its Maker) attends to them personally- well, they are more daring thinkers than me. Or more credulous. Which is why, I suppose that nearly half of Americans believe the universe is less than ten thousand years old- which is to say, tha... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
I want to talk about this, even thought it's not exactly the most important story of the day: While visiting with KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson on Friday to talk about his upcoming performance in Seattle, comedian Tom Arnold revealed a bombshell: He has the infamous unreleased outtakes of Donald Trump using inflammatory language on “The Apprentice.” “I have the outtakes to ‘The Apprentice’ where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever,” Arnold said. “I have that.” Here's Arnold's description of the tape: It was sort of a Christmas video they put together. He was... more »

Pharma Execs Arrested in Conspiracy to Create Opioid Addicts for Profit

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Isaac Davis* - They've been bribing doctors to overprescribe deadly and addictive pills. The post Pharma Execs Arrested in Conspiracy to Create Opioid Addicts for Profit appeared first on Waking Times.

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"True life mastery is more a function of knowing what to want, than knowing how to get what you want. Anyone can get stuff, but it usually takes an old soul to choose their stuff wisely." "What?" The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com

"What You Choose..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you choose to do with them is up to you." - Richard Bach

David Whyte, "Sweet Darkness"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Sweet Darkness" "When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your womb tonight. The night will give you a horizon further than you can see. You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you al... more »

U.N. Chief Warns That Genocide Is About To Begin In South Sudan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*The Guardian*:* Action needed now to prevent South Sudan genocide, says UN chief* Ban Ki-moon issues plea to security council to impose arms embargo on African country, amid fears of escalating violence The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, has said he fears genocide could start in South Sudan unless immediate action is taken, renewing his plea for the security council to impose an arms embargo on the country. “If we fail to act, South Sudan will be on a trajectory towards mass atrocities,” Ban told the security council. Noting that the UN’s special adviser on the ... more »

My Denver talk on "Recent False Flags" (including Orlando)

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 6 hours ago
Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror. Here he discusses his latest work questioning recent terror attacks including the Paris attacks, the Pulse nightclub attack and others.

Phone And Email Restrictions End For Prison Strike Advocate In Ohio

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
A 60-day restriction on email and telephone privileges ended for Imam Siddique Abdullah Hasan on December 5, 2016. Hasan, who is incarcerated at the Ohio State Penitentiary, was punished in October for participating in a live radio interview with NPR about the September 9 strike against prison slavery. Prison officials twice prevented Hasan The post Phone And Email Restrictions End For Prison Strike Advocate In Ohio appeared first on Shadowproof.

This Robot Does What Its Pilot Does

stephaniesummar at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
This Avatar-inspired robot walks by mimicking its human pilot. The post This Robot Does What Its Pilot Does appeared first on Futurism.

The Battle To Re-Take Mosul From The Islamic State Is Not Going Well

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Hungry, Thirsty and Bloodied in Battle to Retake Mosul From ISIS* ISTANBUL — After two months, the battle to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State has settled into a grinding war of attrition. The front lines have barely budged in weeks. Casualties of Iraqi security forces are so high that American commanders heading the United States-led air campaign worry that they are unsustainable. Civilians are being killed or injured by Islamic State snipers and growing numbers of suicide bombers. As the world watches the horrors unfolding in Aleppo, Syria,... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Blaise Pascal

Who, Exactly Is Mick Mulvaney, Trump's Nominee To Head The Office Of Management And Budget?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Paul Ryan and the House Freedom Caucus may be his biggest boosters but it should surprise no one that the definitive source of information on Mick Mulvaney is in South Carolina. You want to know who Mulvaney is, you go to MickMulvaney.com-- especially now that Mulvaney has disappeared his official Facebook page, his campaign Facebook page and one of his two Twitter feeds. Presumably that's all part of the nondisclosure agreement prospective employees sign with Trump, Inc to get a job. Mulvaney is more than just the Tea Party crackpot who forced the 2013 government shutdown. The au... more »

“Quantum Experiment Shows How The Present Can Change The Past, And That’s Not All”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Quantum Experiment Shows How The Present Can Change The Past,* * And That’s Not All” * by Arjun Walia “We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality, it contains the only mystery.” Richard Feynman, a Nobel laureate of the twentieth century (Radin, Dean. "Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences In A Quantum Reality." New York, Paraview Pocket Books, 2006) "The concept of “time” is a weird one, and the world of quantum physics is even weirder. There is ... more »

Introducing Around The Empire – Episode 1

Shadowproof at Shadowproof - 8 hours ago
Dan and Joanne discuss the rebels in Syria that the mainstream media has been promoting as freedom fighters and the powers waging proxy wars in Syria. The post Introducing Around The Empire – Episode 1 appeared first on Shadowproof.

Will President-Elect Trump End The Presidential Daily Briefing?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
President Barack Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing from Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration, in the Oval Office, Jan. 31, 2012. Part of the briefing was done using a tablet computer. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) *Washington Post*: *Washington’s most exclusive meeting may lose its luster under Trump* For eight years, it has been the most exclusive, and arguably most important, daily meeting in Washington. Each morning, President Obama gathers his inner circle for the Presidential Daily Briefing, a run-thro... more »

Pieces of Truth Forged Into Daggers of Deception + ‘Fake News’ Covers Up Domestic Propaganda Law

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 8 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad December 19, 2016 When truth and reality are shattered into a thousand shards of deception, skewed and slanted into vicious weapons for power and control, how can we in the Dandelion Insurrection move forward? Cautiously. Gandhi said, “We all have a […]

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Brags About Murder

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 8 hours ago
Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, says he personally murdered suspected criminals while cruising on his motorbike looking to deliver death to troublemakers. Duterte publicly brags about personally murdering suspected criminals as if it is an OK and noble thing to do against fellow creatures. The president says he personally murdered suspects in the past when he was a mayor to show his timid police force how to do it and is willing to kill millions more. Latest.com reports: CNN says Duterte bragged about killing people while riding his motorcycle at the Wallace Business Forum... more »

Cern uses lasers to analyze antimatter

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 8 hours ago
Scientists at Cern have found a new way to unlock the secrets of antimatter. In a major technological advance, physicists shone a laser on trapped anti-atoms to detect whether they behaved any differently to atoms. The work could shed light on one of the enduring mysteries about antimatter. Although the Big Bang produced matter and antimatter in equal amounts, today, the Universe overwhelmingly consists of matter - and current theories cannot explain why. Antimatter is incredibly difficult to produce and then capture and hold on to - not least because it gets annihilated on contact w... more »

“Watching the Climate Science Bubbles from the Outside”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“Watching the Climate Science Bubbles from the Outside”* by Scott Adams “I often hear from people who are on one side or the other on the topic of climate change. And I think I spotted a new cognitive phenomenon that might not have a name.* I’ll call it cognitive blindness, defined as the inability to see the strong form of the other side of a debate. The setup for cognitive blindness looks like this: *1.* An issue has the public divided into two sides. *2.* You read an article that agrees with your side and provides solid evidence to support it. That article mentions the argument ... more »

"How We Wish It Could Be"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

"Donald Trump Seals Electoral College Victory, Officially Becomes 45th US President"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Donald Trump Seals Electoral College Victory, * *Officially Becomes 45th US President"* by Tyler Durden "It's finally over: Donald Trump has secured 304 Electoral Votes following the Texas vote (with 2 faithless electors), officially securing the presidency of the United States. Of course, the now official President-Elect Trump took to twitter to confirm the victory: And now, sweet, precious, oh-so-delicate snowflakes, and others so emotionally devastated, it's time to grow up, enough of this stuff... Dana Kamide, "Whining Crying Rioting Hillary Millennial Theme Song"

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 19, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol in Washington during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, January 18, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Hyungwon Kang *Peter Ford, CSM*: *How underwater drone could set tone for Trump's new relationship with China * *The seizing by Chinese sailors of a US underwater surveillance drone in the South China Sea speaks to the kind of challenge President-elect Trump is likely to face early in his administration.* It is not customary to steal an item from someone and then give... more »

First Official Electoral College Defector Dumps Hillary For Bernie

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 9 hours ago
The 2016 US election still has some surprises in store. Amid a push from Democratic loyalists urging the Electoral College to defect from Donald Trump, the first official “faithless elector” has just outed himself. In a surprise turn of events, the elector defected from Hillary Clinton and cast his vote for Bernie Sanders instead. Wait, What? An Anti Media report: According to The Hill, Minnesota elector “Muhammad Abdurrahman, a former Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, attempted to vote for a presidential ticket of Sanders — an Independent senator from ... more »

World News Briefs -- December 19, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Horror as Russian ambassador to Turkey is shot dead in art exhibition in Ankara by well-dressed gunman screaming: 'Allahu Akbar... We die in Aleppo, you die here' * * GRAPHIC CONTENT * Andrei Karlov, 62, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, was shot dead tonight at a gallery in Ankara * Gunman Mevlüt Mert Altintas, 22, was a member of the Ankara special forces police department * The killer shouted: 'Allahu Akbar (God is Great). We die in Aleppo, you die here!' as he brandished the gun * The assassination follows days of protests in Turkey over Russia's role in the bo... more »

Leader of Free World Responds to Latest Terrorist Assassination

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Leader of the Free World, President Putin of Russia* *Responds to the Assassination of * *Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey* President Putin vows to investigate the murder and identify those who "gave the orders". Most sentient beings on the planet understand that this assassination was not only an attack on Russia but it was an attack on all peaceful and civilized people who wish to live under the rule of law. *NOTE*: There may also be a subliminal message for President-elect Trump in this assassination--which took place on the very day he won the electoral college vote. It... more »


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 10 hours ago
*New Orleans agrees to pay $13.3 million for police post-Katrina killings ~Jon Herskovitz, Reuters*

Christmas In Hell by Rocket Kirchner

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
by Rocket Kirchner Writer, Dandelion Salad Rocket Kirchner (blog) Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel) Originally published December 18, 2012 December 19, 2016 It is a known fact that there are more suicides and more people depressed during the holidays than in any other time of the year. Many of these people are just alone in society. […]

Donald Trump Wins Electoral College Vote

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
The President-elect Donald Trump has surpassed the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College. Trump cruised to victory in the Electoral College despite thousands of protesters who converged on state capitols across the country. The Electoral College results will be officially certified on January 6 during a joint session of Congress. RT reportsL Protesters called for electors to “vote your conscience” outside various state houses where each state’s November election results were being authenticated. Around 5:30 p.m. EST on Monday, Trump reached his 270th Electoral College vote, ... more »

Boeing gets $90 million contract to develop laser pods for fighter jets through 2021

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 10 hours ago
Boeing has been awarded an estimated $90 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the development and delivery of an experimental laser pod. The contractor will provide research and development of high energy laser technologies through the next five years. The laser pod referred to in this award is likely to be the Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD). In August Northrop Grumman was selected to develop the laser beam director turret for this high energy laser weapons system designed to protect tactical fighter planes from incoming missiles... more »

BREAKING: US Warned Citizens of Possible Terror Attacks on Markets Like Berlin’s, Just 4 Weeks Ago

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: attacks]Only 28 days ago, the State Department warned American travelers of the very kind of attacks that just took place in Berlin.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Assassinated In Ankara Art Gallery

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
A 22-year-old Islamic fanatic Turkish police officer has shot and killed the Russian ambassador to Turkey at an Ankara art gallery. The Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Andrey Karlov died during an armed terrorist assault while attending a photo exhibition in Ankara on Monday. RT.com reports: “This is a tragic day in the history of Russian diplomacy. Today, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov died after being shot at during a public event in Ankara,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Monday evening. The assault on the Russian ambassado... more »

Saudi Arabia Admits Using British Made Cluster Bombs In Yemen

Carol Adl at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
Saudi Arabia has admitted using banned cluster bombs during its airstrikes against Yemen. The Saudi’s have finally admitted that they used British-manufactured cluster bombs against Houthi rebels in Yemen, increasing pressure on the UK government which has repeatedly refused to curb arms sales to Riyadh. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have on several occasions reported the use of illegal cluster bombs by the kingdom in Yemen. Spokesman for the Saudi forces fighting in Yemen, Ahmed al-Asiri said: “It has become apparent that there was limited use by the coalition of ... more »

NATO Spy Behind Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 10 hours ago
In order to identify the likely motives of the 22 years old Turkish police officer who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, we must keep in mind the backdrop that the Turkish and Iranian foreign ministers are en route to Russia to find a solution to the five years old Syrian conflict for the first time without the participation of the US. Although the mainstream media is trumpeting that Mert Altintas, the assassin of the Russian ambassador, had shouted Islamist slogans in broken Arabic with a Turkish accent at the scene of the murder, therefore he must eit... more »

London Fog of 1952 that killed 12000 and had an especially deadly combination of larger sulfate particles and nitrogen dioxide

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 10 hours ago
The Great Smog, which blanketed London for five days in December 1952, is estimated by some experts to have killed more than 12,000 people and hospitalized 150,000. Thousands of animals also died. “People have known that sulfate was a big contributor to the fog, and sulfuric acid particles were formed from sulfur dioxide released by coal burning for residential use and power plants, and other means,” lead author Renyi Zhang, a scientist at Texas A&M University, said in a statement. “But how sulfur dioxide was turned into sulfuric acid was unclear. Our results showed that this proces... more »

December 19, 2017 - White Hats Report #58 – Fake news, continued exposure, a look back at the election and wannabe thieves in the night.

The White Hat Reporters at The White Hats Report - 10 hours ago
Being so deep down the rabbit hole is sometimes a benefit and a curse. In determining the information to release in our reports, it’s difficult to unknow what we already know so that we can present information in a clear, cogent and understandable format. This report will attempt to offer additional information in the hopes that dots can be connected so that the readers can have an outline of what is happening and what to expect in the next few months but first, we’ll take a look back… *The Election* Elections of any significance occur every two years (mid terms) and every four yea... more »

Soccer Parents, Rejoice! This New Minivan Drives Itself

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 11 hours ago
Google's self-driving car initiative, now a separate company named Waymo, has added 100 autonomous Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans to its fleet of test vehicles. With an estimated 95 percent of all traffic fatalities the result of human error, widespread adoption of autonomous cars could save millions of lives. The post Soccer Parents, Rejoice! This New Minivan Drives Itself appeared first on Futurism.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 19, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *China’s Drone Seizure Sows Concern That U.S. Secrets Were Stolen* * President-elect said in tweet China had stolen unmanned vessel * China’s foreign ministry: Militaries in touch to handle case A top U.S. lawmaker said China may be poring over a seized underwater drone to unearth secret information about Navy technology, hours after President-elect Donald Trump suggested Beijing should “keep it.” “The Chinese are able to do a thing called reverse-engineering, where they are able to -- while they hold this drone, able to find out all of the technical information. And ... more »

Caption This

LL at Virtual Mirage - 11 hours ago

Revolutionary engine maker Liquid Piston seeks commercialization partners after landing $2.5 million DARPA funding for 40HP engine that will be 30 lbs instead of conventional 2700 lbs for diesel

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 11 hours ago
LiquidPiston says it is currently in negotiations with potential partners to bring its small engines to market. Shkolnik also said the engines could be used as range-extenders for mass market electric vehicles. "The engine would produce less CO2 than plugging the car into the U.S. power grid," Shkolnik said. In the future, the company believes it can build larger engines that compete with those currently in cars and trucks, military aircraft and large boats, targeting a market it estimates is worth $460 billion. LiquidPiston is looking to raise $5 million to 7 million in a Series A ...more »

Dec.19: the end of patience.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 11 hours ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUCwCgthp_E https://southfront.org/new-data-more-than-100-us-uk-israeli-french-turkish-advisers-were-allowed-to-leave-aleppo/ Two readers sent me the items above - and I thank them because I would certainly never have found these in our mainline news media. We'll start with the second one. As the Syrian army closed in on Aleppo, it took large numbers of prisoners who were American, British, French, israeli, Saudi.... They had been working on the side of the jihadist occupiers of the city, the ones our news media usually call terrorists. They had been ... more »

Conservatives Hate Women Because They Fear Them

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
When it comes to the mishmash of groups that make up the Democratic Party coalition, what's called "women's groups" tend to be one of the most salient-- and for good reason: conservatives tend to target women with particular vehemence, almost as much as racial minorities. Saturday night we ran a short documentary about the neo-Nazi wing of the Trump movement. One of the most popular "alt-right" (a polite way to say "Nazi" or "fascist") leaders, a Scottish clown who goes by the *nom de guerre* "Millennial Woes," after making reference to "the Jewish question; there are *problems* w... more »

Fighting words in the New York Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016John Nixon goes to Iraq:* We can't evaluate the content. But this morning's New York Times featured a fascinating book review by James Risen. We'll call it "Nixon goes to Iraq." Risen reviews a new book by John Nixon, "the first C.I.A. officer to interrogate [Saddam] Hussein after his capture in December 2003." This is a tale of Saddam Hussein the heavily disengaged novelist. It's also a tale of a CIA which is compared, in the end, to— Well, we think we'll let you read it yourself. According to Risen, Nixon flays the basic competence of the modern CIA. F... more »

Berlin Breitscheidplatz: Lorry kills nine at Christmas market per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
According to the BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38373867 on the Berlin attack: '"We are investigating whether it was a terror attack but do not yet know what was behind it," a police spokesman told AFP news agency.' I think we all know, don't we...

Truck Plows Into Crowded Berlin Christmas Market killing 9

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 11 hours ago
An 18 wheeler truck has plowed into a crowd of people at a Christmas market in the German capital Berlin on Monday, killing nine and injuring over 50, German media reports. The truck driver has fled the scene sparking fears of a terrorist act. The Jerusalem Post reports: #BREAKING: one dead, multiple others injured after a Truck plows into the Christmas market in #Berlin pic.twitter.com/zj427xegaQ — Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) 19 December 2016 Local media, citing police at the scene, said first indications pointed to an attack on the market, situated near the fashionable Kurfue... more »

The #ChristmasMyths, #1: The Myth of the Miraculous Birth

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
TIME FOR A SHORT STORY. A story about the Christian Christmas stories, A story about where that some of that stuff of legend and mythology came from – what the myths really mean, why early Christian authors wanted to borrow them, and why in some form or other they are told and retold. So … *Q: What’s mythology?A: Someone else’s religion* *Q: What’s the Christian Christmas story based on?A: Someone else’s stories.* The Christian Christmas story is based on Mythology borrowed from elsewhere. I’m going to look at the pagan origin of each of these myths and legends one day at a... more »

U.S.-Backed ‘Moderate Rebels’ Caught on Video Firebombing Humanitarian Evacuation Buses in Aleppo

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: buses]As the US continues to blame the Syrian army for violence, new video alleges US-backed rebels burning humanitarian buses to evacuate citizens.

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Area Steamy Today

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago

Multiple Deaths Reported In Berlin After Truck Ploughs Into Christmas Shoppers. Police Are Reporting That It Was A Deliberate Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Police work at the site of an accident at a Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz square in Berlin Monday. Photo: fabrizio bensch/Reuters *Daily Mail*: *BREAKING NEWS: Berlin terror attack: Lorry ploughs into crowd of shoppers killing nine, trapping others and leaving 50 injured at Christmas market - with killer driver now on the run * * A lorry has ploughed through a busy Christmas market, killing several shoppers and injuring dozens more * At least 50 injured after the truck sped through a crowd of shoppers at the market on Breitscheidplatz Square * German police at the scene indi... more »

Sputnik 1

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 13 hours ago
Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957. It was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennae to broadcast radio pulses. It was visible all around the Earth and its radio pulses were detectable. First Satellite in Space

New Photos of the $50 million Russian T-50 stealth fighter which Russia claims is superior to the US F-35

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 13 hours ago
New photos of Russia's newest stealth fighter jet were posted on the manufacturer's website. Most of the photos show the twin-engine Sukhoi T-50 jet operating from runways on a snow-covered airfield, although a location was not given in a report on RT.com, which surfaced the pictures on Sunday. Russia media has claimed that the T-50 has superior maneuverability compared to the F-35 and it travels at a 30% higher speed with a range over 2,000 miles farther. The T-50 is expected to go into mass production in 2017 with a squadron to be bought by the Russian military in 2018 Read mor... more »

Researchers retract two well-cited papers for misconduct

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A scientist in Germany has lost two papers that were collectively cited more than 500 times, after an investigation at her former university found her guilty of scientific misconduct. The probe into Tina Wenz by the University of Cologne in Germany, her former employer, recommended that six of her papers — which have induced some chatter on […] The post Researchers retract two well-cited papers for misconduct appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The U.S. And Saudi Arabia Are Playing Down Reports That U.S. Military Aid Is Being 'Curbed"

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Saudi King Salman (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 18, 2016. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS Reuters: *Saudi Arabia, U.S. play down reports of curbs on military support* Saudi Arabia and the United States on Sunday played down media reports that Washington had decided to limit military support, including planned arms sales to the kingdom, over its war in Yemen. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Riyadh had not been officially informed of such decisions, which he described as contradicting the reality, while visi... more »

Peace in Space Conference Building Support

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
I am back home now after my weekend trip to Huntsville, Alabama to do advance work for our Global Network 25th annual space organizing conference and protest. The event will be held on April 7-9, 2017. I was in the 'rocket city' to look for a conference meeting site and think we've found a good one. Details still to be worked out. I also needed to find a suitable hotel and to begin working on leads to get home hospitality for folks who can't afford a hotel or would rather spend quality time with local Huntsville activists. So all that is heading in the right direction. While i... more »

"The Deep State Blues"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"The Deep State Blues"* by Jim Kunstler "Lest you wonder, not only did I not vote for Mr. Trump (or Hillary), but I relished heaping opprobrium on him during the election campaign. Just so you know, I’m not advocating for him, but I’m alarmed that the Deep State (the White House + the Intel Agency gang) now appears to be trying to hack the electoral college vote against him. The headline deployed everywhere last week, “Russia Hacks Election,” was designed by the Deep State players to deviously lead the broadly dim public to think that Russia somehow interfered with the balloting p... more »

Michelle Cook's Photos: Standing Rock Camp 'The Big Chill'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Michelle Cook, Dine', founding member of Water Protector Legal CollectiveStanding Rock CampPhotos by Michelle CookMichelle Cook, Dine', shares a look inside the Dine' hogan at the Southwest Camp at Oceti Sakowin Camp, Standing Rock, when the winds brought a -- 50 degrees with chill factor over the past few days.

Russian Ambassador Assassinated In Ankara Turkey: What We Have So Far, And I Smell The Mossad Again In This One!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 13 hours ago
I was hoping to spend a semi quiet day and not have to put up any other articles today, when news came out via the alternative media and even the liars in the Jew spew media, of the assassination of the Russian Federation's Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, just after a speaking engagement at an Art Gallery exhibit in Ankara, Turkey earlier today.... The reports have been coming out pointing fingers everywhere... The 'assassin', Mevlut Mert Altintas, supposedly was shot by the Ambassador's security service personnel on site.. But not after the gunman supposedly screamed out "Ala... more »

Here I step aside and allow Michael Nevradakis to interview Paul Craig Roberts on the subject of Donald Trump and what he might due as President vis-a-vis US oligarchs, fake news, and Russia

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 13 hours ago
------------------------------ * - MintPress News - https://www.mintpressnews.com - * Former Reagan Secretary Paul Craig Roberts: Oligarchs Are True Purveyors Of Fake News Posted By Michael Nevradakis On December 19, 2016 @ 7:42 am In Inside Stories,National,Top Story | 10 Comments *ATHENS, Greece — *The post-election climate in the United States has been nothing short of bizarre. Recount efforts in several states are being championed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, accusations have repeatedly been made that the “Russian menace” influenced the presidential ... more »

The Criminal Duplicity of the Mainstream Journalist

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Julian Rose* - Real journalism can now only be found on discerning alternative media sites. The post The Criminal Duplicity of the Mainstream Journalist appeared first on Waking Times.

Saudi Arabia Admits Using Cluster Bombs In Yemen

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Amnesty claims it found these UK-made cluster bombs in Yemen. BBC/Amnesty International The Guardian: *Saudi Arabia admits it used UK-made cluster bombs in Yemen* *Confirmation by Saudi-led coalition raises pressure on UK government which has refused to curb arms sales to Riyadh.* Saudi Arabia has finally admitted that it used UK-manufactured cluster bombs against Houthi rebels in Yemen, increasing pressure on the British government which has repeatedly refused to curb arms sales to Riyadh. Saudi Arabia said it would cease to use UK-manufactured cluster bombs and that it had infor... more »

The True Coin of Science

Patrick Lockerby at Science 2.0 Blogs - 13 hours ago
*The True Coin of Science* There is a way of 'doing science' which has long stood the test of time. It doesn't matter how many people support a theory, or how eminent they may be. Nullius in verba - take nobody's word as truth. Nor is experimental 'proof' to be trusted, since the search for proof predisposes one to seek verification and validation of one's own biased view. Experimental disproof is the key. It takes only one well-conducted experiment to prove that a long held belief is false. Robert Boyle explained this idea of experimental disproof in terms of coins, which in h...more »

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: The Truth About Aleppo - 10 Massive Fake News Stories Western Media Has Been Feeding You On Aleppo!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I am a most disgusted NTS today... As I stated several articles ago, I asked some colleagues that usually get together with me at least once a week over coffee, to look closely as the evidence presented here at this blog and elsewhere concerning the REAL truths about the situation in Aleppo, Syria.... But instead of them even bothering to say that I and others have been correct, some of them attacked me and my stance saying that "I did not know what I was talking about.." and "The Russians and Syrians are KILLING (!) the people of Aleppo".... I of course was astonished and asked th... more »

Electricity bills set to rise by £30 a year and power rationed amid shortage fears, MPs warn

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Philip Bratby http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/19/electricity-bills-set-rise-30-year-power-rationed-amid-shortage/ From the Telegraph: Electricity bills could go up by £30 each year by 2020 and power "rationed" due to “mismanagement" of the UK’s electricity networks and the increasing cost of emergency supplies, MPs have warned. The British Infrastructure Group, led by former Conservative minister […]

Response To Mark Shorrock’s Letter

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Last week, the Sunday Telegraph printed this letter from Mark Shorrock, Chief Exec of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, in reponse to Booker’s piece the week before: SIR – We can at least agree with Christopher Booker on one point: the non-negotiable need to act on climate change has led […]

VIDEO: California Man Detained by Police, Ticketed — Because He Was Juggling

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: juggling]In Santa Cruz, it is illegal to throw things in the air, including footballs, beach balls, hacky sacks, and according to one cop, juggling.

Kremlin: No Contact With The Trump Team

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir PutinReuters/Amanda Macias/Business Insider *The Hill: *Kremlin says it is not in contact with Trump team Russian officials say they are not in contact with President-elect Donald Trump's team, according to a report in Reuters. Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said the Kremlin is not speaking to the Trump transition team, according to the report, which cited Russian news agencies. Peskov's statements contradict those from a Russian diplomat last month. The diplomat was quoted by one of the country’s new... more »

Bill Clinton Is Still Bitter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Hillary Clinton gave a speech to her supporters at The Plaza Hotel on Thursday night *Politico*: *Bill Clinton: Trump knows how to get 'angry, white men to vote for him'* President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t know much,” former President Bill Clinton told a local newspaper earlier this month, but “one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.” Clinton spoke to a reporter from The Record-Review, a weekly newspaper serving the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge, New York, not far from the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York. The former president held court o... more »

Trump Follows Hillary & Neocons, Calls For Syria ‘Safe Zones’

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 14 hours ago
US President-elect Donald Trump has done a U-turn on his campaign promise to stay out of unnecessary costly wars in the Middle East that destroy countries and remove leaders and is now following Hillary Clinton and advice from neocons to create ‘safe zones’ in Syria. Safe zones in Syria means that the neocons are risking a nuclear confrontation between East and West and are hoping to cut a deal with Russia to control the Middle East while they focus on Iran and China. The only hope for stopping a nuclear confrontation between Russia and the U.S. is for President Putin to be up to ... more »

Breaking Part 2: Russian Ambassador Shot Dead Updates

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*Find all of Part 1 contained in previous post* - *Breaking: Russian Ambassador to Turkey Shot Dead in Ankara * *As news broke approximately 11:45 am est and continued...* *Mevlut Mert Altintas* 1:45 EST first news: TASS: Killer of Russia ambassador fired from police after July's abortive putsch — media MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. The man who assassinated the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, on Monday night is *identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas*, a *former office of the Turkish police* who was *fired from the forces of law and order in the course of investigation of t... more »

The public editor wallops the Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016We nitpick the public editor:* How many people of different "races" and ethnicities should a newspaper employ? We don't know the answer to that. Beyond that, as a general matter, we tend to be a bit chary concerning arguments from hypocrisy. That said, public editor Liz Spayd came out swinging yesterday morning at the New York Times. As she started, she blasted the Times 1) for displaying too little diversity and 2) for exhibiting too much hypocrisy: SPAYD (12/18/16): *Only two of the 20-plus reporters who covered the presidential campaign for The New Yor... more »

Standing Rock 10 Trial Granted Continuance until January, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 14 hours ago
. Courtroom sketches by Michelle Cook, Dine' Malia Hulleman outside court today Photo and court sketches by Michelle Cook, Dine' In Morton County Court today, in Mandan, North Dakota, the motion for continuance was granted for ten water protectors scheduled to go on trial today. A new trial scheduled for Jan. 31, 2017. Media and photography were not allowed in the courtroom.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Has Been Assassinated In Ankara

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*RT*: Russian ambassador to Turkey dies after gun attack in Ankara – Foreign Ministry The Russian ambassador to Turkey has died after being shot by a gunman in Ankara, where he was attending a photo exhibition, the Russian Foreign Ministry has confirmed. The assault on the Russian ambassador in Turkey is an “act of terrorism,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Monday evening. “An unknown person opened fire during a public event in Ankara. As a result, the Russian ambassador to Turkey received a gunshot wound,” Zakharova told journalists earlier. The ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
In *The Washington Post,* Anthony Faiola describes what's happening in Poland, and strongly suggests that America under Donald Trump could be very similar: In the land of [the] Law and Justice [Party], anti-intellectualism is king. Polish scientists are aghast at proposed curriculum changes in a new education bill that would downplay evolution theory and climate change and add hours for “patriotic” history lessons. In a Facebook chat, a top equal rights official mused that Polish hotels should not be forced to provide service to black or gay customers. After the official stepped dow... more »

Too many political events for a pre-Christmas Monday

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Many of us spend hours by buying some additional gifts but the political events do not stop because of that. First of all, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in Ankara, a second before he was expected to begin to speak at an art exhibition, "Russian Through Turkish Eyes". The video of the murder of Andrey Karlov (the scenery just like the Mafia I game's grand finale), a career diplomat who has survived a job in North Korea, is rather dramatic. The assassin is a fanatical terrorist savage enjoying the religion of peace and yelling things like "Allahu Akbar" and "it is a r... more »

Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 15 hours ago
I have been sharing the ornaments from my Harry Potter Christmas tree all season long and now I am finally ready to share the whole tree. I started with a small Christmas tree this year because I thought it would take me several years to fill the tree up, but I already need a bigger tree. The tree is a good mix of handmade and store bought ornaments. Keep reading to below to find all of the tutorials and buying information. Some of my favorite ornaments on this tree are the ones directly from the book itself. You can find how to make all four different kinds of book page orname... more »

Who Leaked the Podesta and DNC Emails? A Look at the Other Side

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* *"I know who leaked them [the DNC emails to WikiLeaks]. I've met the person who leaked, and they are certainly not Russian and it's an insider. It's a leak, not a hack; the two are different things."* —Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan There's a full-court press in the press to tag the Russians in general and Putin in particular with ... some say "interfering with," some say "hacking" ... the recent U.S. presidential election. The push to tag Russia is so aggressive, including accusations from President Obama, that it makes one suspicious. A... more »

Grail satellite analysis indicates lava tubes on the moon could be up to 1000 to 5000 meters wide which would be ideal sites for massive moon colonies

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 15 hours ago
Slight variations in the moon’s gravitational tug have hinted that kilometers-wide caverns lurk beneath the lunar surface. Like the lava tubes of Hawaii and Iceland, these structures probably formed when underground rivers of molten rock ran dry, leaving behind a cylindrical channel. On Earth, such structures max out at around 30 meters across, but the gravitational data suggest that the moon’s tubes are vastly wider. Other satellites had found the openings of large lunar lava tubes and caves - The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has now imaged over 200 pits that show the signat... more »

The gift no one wanted–how digital learning came to MA & Fair Test finally woke up.

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
from Wrench in the Gears December 15, 2016 The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced yesterday, the creation of a new statewide personalized-learning initiative called MAPLE (Massachusetts Personalized Learning EdTech) Consortium. It is important to note that educational technology is specifically called out in the name. This public-private partnership is being funded by the Barr Foundation and the Nellie Mae Foundation, one of the primary advocates for Competency Based Education in New England. There are currently twelve pilot districts, but the ... more »

Six Generic Drug Makers Caught In Price-Fixing Conspiracy

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 15 hours ago
Attorneys general in 20 states sued six generic drug makers for conspiring to increase prices on generic medications to boost profits. The post Six Generic Drug Makers Caught In Price-Fixing Conspiracy appeared first on Shadowproof.

Usual Suspects Assassinate Russian Ambassador in Turkey

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 15 hours ago
*Latest Usual Suspect Patsy* *conveniently dies immediately * *after shooting* Faster than a speeding bullet....the world analyses* and solves* the latest False Flag Hoax. This time, according to the reliably unreliable BBC "Voice of Satan" the Manchurian patsy shouted "Alahu Akbar" and slogans about "Remember Aleppo" as he shot the Russian Ambassador at an art gallery exhibition (about Russia) in Turkey. According to the respectfully gleeful report in "Voice of the Perps", New York Times...the Russian Ambassador was shot from behind (It's what they doooooooooo). Conveniently kil... more »


jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 15 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) *T*oday is the day when the 538 electors across the country cast in their respective states what used to be a largely ceremonial vote. They represent all 435 congressional districts plus the 100 seats in the Senate plus three more for Washington DC. It usually flies under the radar because our 538 electors, largely party activists, remain faithful to the balloting on Election Day. It generally attracts as much attention as American soccer league drafts because it's largely a formality. In fact, the last time more than one elect... more »

Carnival of Nuclear Energy 338

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 15 hours ago
1. Forbes James Conca - Oops! - Rick Perry Chosen To Head Energy Department The former Texas Governor is President-elect Donald Trump's choice to become the next Secretary for the Department of Energy (DOE). This is amazing given that Governor Perry wanted to kill the Department completely. Everyone seems fixated on shifting DOE away from renewable energy and toward oil and the other fossil fuels, but DOE doesn’t have a whole lot to do with energy. It’s all about nuclear weapons and nuclear waste. 2. Neutron Bytes - Dan Yurman - Nuclear Energy Development Groups Refresh their Vision... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Corporate Sadism'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 15 hours ago
Post navigation ← Previous CORPORATE SADISM Posted on December 19, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. DEC. 19, 2016. The Sadistic Corporation Theatre Company continues to perform it’s torture saga of the onkwe’hon:weh, the original people, for the world audience. They can do anything they want! Watch ’em injuns suffer using the weapons and training they give to the corpo band and

Today we Officially Elect Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*Merry Christmas.* I have no doubt, despite the electors being harassed and even receiving death threats, that they will do their job today and cast electoral votes for Donald Trump. The libtards, people who hold their tolerant creds up like armor, have done everything sneaky and underhanded possible to make sure this doesn't happen. Bill Clinton, spotted in a bookstore yesterday (reportedly) had this to say when asked whether Trump was smart, "He doesn't know much. One thing he does know is how to get angry white men to vote for him." Bill, have you learned nothing? Your wife ... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 63, Dec 18, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 16 hours ago
On December 18 the Iraqi forces (ISF) were still trying to capturethe Wahda area of east Mosul. Since December 14 elements of the 9thand Golden Division along with police units have been attempting to recapture the Salam Hospital in the Wahda neighborhood. Overall operations in the city have slowed in preparation for a second phase. Islamic State resistance, dealing with the civilian population caught in the middle of the fighting, and heavy losses have also hindered the pace of the campaign. Part of the new push will be reinforcements to the eastern section of the city known as t... more »

BREAKING: Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey During Speech

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: turkey]The Russian envoy to Turkey was wounded after a gunman stormed into a building where the official was attending a Russian photo exhibition.

VIDEO: Cops Abuse Paraplegic During Arrest, Hold His Walker Out of Reach as He Begs for Help

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: walker]A video of a disabled man being tormented by police has surfaced and has caused quite the controversy online as police refuse him his walker.

Bone researcher with lifetime funding ban earns third retraction

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
A researcher who received a lifetime funding ban for misconduct from a Canadian agency has logged her third retraction, after a re-analysis of her work unveiled “serious inconsistencies.” In July, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) released a report about Sophie Jamal, following an investigation by her former employer, The Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. […] The post Bone researcher with lifetime funding ban earns third retraction appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Breaking: Russian Ambassador to Turkey Shot Dead in Ankara

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 16 hours ago
*Very Early Reporting* *CNN Turk *- Twitter *Russian Ambassador Shot In Turkish Capital Of Ankara, Media Report* The Russian ambassador to Ankara was seriously wounded in a gun attack at a art gallery in the Turkish capital on Monday and was taken to hospital, NTV and other broadcasters reported. Hurriyet newspaper’s English website said Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot while making a speech and that Turkish special forces had surronded the building. NTV said three other people were wounded. CNN Turk television said shooting was continuing in the building. Russia and Turkey have b... more »

TODAY Water Protectors Head to Court: Ten Face Trial, Gross Constitutional Violations

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 17 hours ago
. Photo copyright Rob Wilson Water Protectors Headed to Court Continue to Assert Indigenous Sovereignty. Ten Defendants face first trial in spite of gross Constitutional violations. Water Protector Legal CollectiveContact: Angela BibensDec. 19, 2016www.waterprotectorlegal.org MANDAN, North Dakota: The first trial of those charged in the resistance to construction of the Dakota Access

YEAR(S) IN REVIEW: In the beginning was the end!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 17 hours ago
*MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016Part 1—These Macedonian teens today:* "In the beginning was the end." We believe T.S. Eliot said that. (Actually, he only said something *like* that. He said it in East Coker, one of the Four Quartets, after saying similar things in the preceding quartet, Burnt Norton. For today, let's agree not to quibble. You can fact-check here.) "In the beginning was the end?" As we review this past crushing year, we're forced to reach a bone-crushing conclusion: Eliot got it right! November's election has sent our liberal world reeling. But as we review the press c... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Stuck in meetings this morning and afternoon. Blogging will return after 14:00 EST. Military and Intelligence News Briefs and World News Briefs will be posted later today.

Cop Pulls Gun on Cashier and Customers in McDonald’s Because Food Took Too Long

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: Mcdonald's]Because the officer's McDonald's food took too long, he assaulted the cashier and customers with a deadly weapon -- but it's okay, he's a cop.

The Head Of The IMF Christine Lagarde Has Been Found Guilty Of Criminal Charges

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Is Found Guilty of Negligence* PARIS — Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, was found guilty on Monday of criminal charges linked to the misuse of public funds during her time as France’s finance minister, a verdict that could force her out of her post. The judge hearing the case declined, however, to impose a fine or any jail time on Ms. Lagarde, who began her second five-year term at the I.M.F. in February. The scandal has overshadowed her work at the fund, to which she was appointed in ... more »

Is Northrop's New Combat Drone A Winner?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
TERN AT TAKEOFF. IMAGE SOURCE: DARPA. *Motley Fool:* *Northrop's New Combat Drone Could Outclass Boeing F/A-18, Lockheed F-35* In at least one respect, Northrop Grumman appears to have the edge. Northrop Grumman's TERN drone for the Navy could be an even bigger deal than we initially thought. One year ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tapped Northrop Grumman to build it a TERN prototype, capable of launching from and landing on small naval warships. Just six months later, before TERN had even conducted its first test flight, DARPA decided it liked the new ... more »

Russia Prepares To Mark The 100th Anniversary Of The 1917 Revolutions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Russian servicemen dressed in second world war uniforms mark Revolution Day on 7 November by helping turn it into a historical parade. Photograph: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS *The Guardian*: *Tragedy or triumph? Russians agonise over how to mark 1917 revolutions* The February uprising sparked a brief period of democratic rule before the Bolsheviks seized power – and the legacy of 1917 still divides the country. On a recent evening at Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery, Vladimir Lenin paced back and forth, debating the finer points of Marxist theory, Vladimir Mayakovsky thundered stac... more »

International News (Update)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 18 hours ago
While the focus of US news outlets continues to be "progressive" outrage at having lost the election in November, and the insult of people saying the politically incorrect words "Merry Christmas", there are other things going on around the world. Here is a perspective on some of what happened over the weekend. Since readers of this blog seem to be interested in these sorts of things, I distill news here for your reading edification. *THE PEOPLE'S LIBERATION ARMY's NAVY* (That's what the PRC calls its navy) On 16 December, the aircraft carrier *Liaoning* and its escorts conducted th... more »

"Donald Trump Will Never Be President of the United States of America"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/KTOgqEY_BJs The Electoral College vote today...

VIDEO: Cop Shoves Handcuffed Boy Through Window, Nearly Killing Him — Loses Only 5 Days Vacation

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 18 hours ago
[image: glass]Another officer in the same department lost 8 vacation days for criticizing the mayor, while this cop gets only 5 for almost killing a boy with glass.

US Press Silent as Syria Presents Evidence of US-Backed Rebels Using Mustard Gas on Civilians

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 18 hours ago
[image: chemical]Syrian authorities handed over samples and documents evidencing the use of mustard gas on civilians by US-backed, anti-government rebels in Syria.

Oops: Supposedly untreated cancer patients had surgery, after all

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 18 hours ago
The first author of a 2016 paper has retracted it after realizing that all the lung cancer patients that were supposed to have been untreated did, in fact, have surgery to remove their tumors. Zhao Kai, the study’s first author from the Qilu Hospital of Shandong University and Zibo Central Hospital (both in China), took […] The post Oops: Supposedly untreated cancer patients had surgery, after all appeared first on Retraction Watch.

China List Demands Before Handing Over Seized U.S. Drone

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*South China Morning Post:* *Chinese demands ‘to come with handover of seized US drone’* *Beijing may insist US roll back surveillance in disputed waters amid fears of more tension during transition in Washington, analysts say.* Beijing is expected to demand the United States scale down its ­surveillance in the South China Sea when it hands back a seized US underwater drone, observers said on Sunday. It was also expected to seek an expansion in the code for unplanned military encounters in the disputed waters to cover drones like the one seized by a Chinese warship off the Philip... more »

Matching Supply and Demand In A Low Carbon World

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood There is one very interesting chart I have come across in the working papers for the CCC’s Fifth Carbon Budget: https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/sectoral-scenarios-for-the-fifth-carbon-budget-technical-report/ The CCC notes explain it: Figure 3.4 shows hourly demand data in hypothetical 2030 scenario reaching 100 gCO2/kWh sorted high to low against nuclear, wind and solar […]

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Animated map shows the 15 safest cities in the world https://t.co/Tvtu3dgJf0 pic.twitter.com/7qDKygti8v — BI Video (@BI_Video) December 18, 2016

Picture Of The Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Rafale Formation* French navy Rafale marine aircraft from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle fly in formation above the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Mediterranean Sea, Dec. 8, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher A. Michaels

Today It Becomes Official

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 19 hours ago
Donald Trump has just about filled his cabinet. And, Henry Giroux writes, it's clear that White Nationalism will be firmly ensconced in the White House. Consider two prominent Trump picks -- Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon: Sessions has a long history of racist rhetoric, insults and practices, including opposing the Voting Rights Act and addressing a Black lawyer as "boy." He was denied a federal judgeship in the 1980s because his colleagues claimed that he made racist remarks on a number of occasions. Sessions has also called organizations, such as the ACLU, NAACP and the National... more »

Do You Want The Democratic Party To Be As Ruthless And Brazen As The Republican Party?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 19 hours ago
"President Obama," Michael Moore told Chris Hayes on Friday, "wants to be the nice guy." Neo-Nazis-- I mean Republicans-- on social media sites now routinely taunt Democrats as "snowflakes." Are they up to leading the resistance against Trump? Ted Lieu, a Congressman from the stretch of southern California coastline from Malibu through Santa Monica, Venice and Manhattan Beach to Rancho Palos Verdes, is also an Air Force colonel. Saturday morning he told us that "It is possible that Donald Trump-- who lost the popular vote-- will have some ideas that benefit my constituents, Calif... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 19 hours ago
I think it might have been a strategic mistake for so many opponents of Donald Trump to mount a high-profile campaign to keep him out of the White House by means of "faithless electors" in the Electoral College, if only for one reason: There’s no evidence of a widespread number of Republican defections -- just one Republican elector from Texas has gone public with plans to break from Trump.... Democratic electors are the ones beating the drums for the revolt, yet they’re largely powerless to change the outcome. A handful of electors are already planning on uniting around a Republi... more »

(Desperate in NC)  Surrender, Dorothy!  (RexTillersonExxonOilHoustonMoscowBahamasTaxHavener Strikes!)  Christmas Giving? Taking? Russians On Board? CIA? Soros?  (Digital Watergate Propaganda Campaign) More XMAS Joy? (Wag the Dog & Aleppo Arrests) ACC Fines Teams Cheating (Max Keiser & Lee Camp Do Chapel Hill)

The Republicans’ Desperate Apartheid CalculusIt would seem strange to call the Republican Party desperate, given that they will soon hold more power at the federal level than at any time since 1928, plus control of a majority of the states. But despite the good fortune of the GOP in their unexpected slim victories in the Rust Belt, Republicans remain in a precarious position. Their party


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 20 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* Trump calls Paul Krugman 'demented' for suggesting he has an 'incentive' to benefit from a 9/11-style attack Russia had a secret, Cold War-era space station equipped with cannons Brrrr. Be afrrrrraaaaid. The polar vortex is shifting – and it’s bad news for the East Coast this winte U.S. cities are using this crazy device that blocks drivers' vision until they pay their fines World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That’s Cheaper Than Wind 150 Filmmakers Ask Nikon and Canon to Sell Encrypted Cameras AUSTRALIA COULD SCRAP THE $100 NOTE The dominoes are fallin... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 20 hours ago
*Obama’s Education Secretary: ‘We Should Welcome Good Public Charter Schools’* During one of his final weeks on the job, President Barack Obama’s secretary of education called for education leaders to unite around support for charter schools. “If we believe that public schools will always be the bedrock of American democracy and opportunity—as I do—we should welcome good public charter schools as laboratories for innovation that can benefit all of education,” Secretary of Education John King said at an event Wednesday hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 21 hours ago
*Graham Readfearn is very shouty in his latest climate peroration* *Graham lives in Australia and makes part of his living by writing articles in support of global warming. So he is not an impartial commentator. He is well-funded for his puerile efforts. But he has clearly run out of ideas. What he writes below is just a shouting match -- a stream of abuse. It's totally "ad hominem", which is the antithesis of science. He mentions not a single climate statistic. No mention, for instance, that after all the El Nino excitement, the global temperature has returned to its 2... more »

Why Investors Are So Reluctant To Build New CCGT Capacity

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 22 hours ago
By Paul Homewood RWE npower’s Pembroke Power Station in Wales There are three very good reasons why the energy industry is so reluctant to build new CCGT power stations. The first has been well discussed and concerns the problems of competing with subsidised renewables. But there are two other factors, which have […]

Taiwan's Threatened Leopard Cat

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 22 hours ago
*The area between Tainan and Yenshui is filled with traditional old housing complexes like this one.* The association between Leopard Cats and humans goes way back. Wiki observes of the Leopard Cat: Archeological and morphometric studies have indicated that the first cat species to become a human commensal or domesticate in Neolithic China was the leopard cat, beginning at least 5000 years ago. However, these cats were ultimately replaced over time with cats descended from *Felis sylvestris lybica* from the Middle East Leopard cats are widely spread across Asia. Historically they ... more »

Top 100 Tweeting Politics Commentators 2016

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 23 hours ago
If you're one of the thousands of people who pop by once a year to check out this list, welcome back. Have we got an interesting list for you. But before we go there, let's recap the rules. This list is not a best of. *This list is not a best of*. Quality doesn't matter. The content of opinion doesn't matter. It is, as always, a simple compilation of 100 commentators on UK politics with the most followers on Twitter. This doesn't include professional politicians nor people who exclusively use Twitter as their outlet of choice, but it does include activists, campaign groups and thi... more »

Grief Counseling

LL at Virtual Mirage - 23 hours ago
If you take progs at their word, they all have therapists that help get them through the day. I'm not going to take a shot at therapy, but my generation found release in other ways. Frankly, it sounds a little 'pink'. Never the less, here are some obligations on what the progs are going through. The five stages of grief are in full swing among progs this holiday season. The five stages are, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. *1* The first stage manifest on election night with news commentators openly weeping as they announced that Clinton lost to Trump and that ... more »

Electric Universe - Younger Dryas - Gobekli Tepe

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 23 hours ago
Okay, I'm going to try to keep this short and simple. 11,000 BC or so, after a period of relative warming since the last major Ice Age, there was a mini ice age event known as the Younger Dryas which is associated with mass extinctions across northern latitudes. At about the same time in Turkey, the Gobekli Tepe temple complex was being built/buried. Many of the stone monoliths that make up the various stone circles seem to refer to plasma columns of electrical discharge like one might see in the sky if Mars was approaching Earth whilst host-star prto-Saturn was transitioning fr... more »

The Latest from the Information War: Western Crime Cabal and MSM “Fake News” vs. Truth from Alternative News

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 23 hours ago
Virtually every current headline unequivocally shows how US Empire and its Ministry of Propaganda are lying to the American people. Those in power have been so exposed by alt-media in 2016 that they are growing more desperate by the day. Right now their biggest lie is blaming Putin and Russia for being behind everything gone wrong in the world according to the Obama-Clinton-Bush-CIA-Rothschild crime cabal. The latest claims assert that Putin’s hackers overturned the presidential election results in favor of Donald Trump and this whopper is currently being pushed as the flimsiest, ... more »

Obama Becomes First Nobel Peace Prize Winner To Bomb 7 Countries

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Barack Obama, the president who promised change, actually provided more of the same. As the 44th President of the United States prepares to exist stage left, he can congratulate himself on becoming the first Nobel Peace Prize winner to bomb seven different countries back to the Stone Age. The president who preached hope also kept the military-industrial complex in fine fettle, selling a record $115 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia, the world’s most repressive regime, and destabilized entire regions, creating vacuums for terrorists to thrive. As the United States renews a bombing ... more »

War Reporter: There Is No Genocide In Syria, MSM Are Lying

Baxter Dmitry at Your News Wire - 23 hours ago
Brave independent journalist Eva Bartlett, one of the few reporters to actually set foot on Syrian soil during the bloody war, has returned to North America and declared that “Whatever you hear in the corporate media is completely opposite to reality.” Western mainstream media has been relying on government propaganda as their sole source of news for the Syrian conflict, rather than sending reporters into the war zone to find out the facts and provide unbiased reports. However Canadian independent journalist Eva Bartlett has visited Syria four times since April 2014 and what she h... more »

WPTPN: The Anti-Corruption Racket: How Demonetization Cements Modi’s Mantle

Kindred Winecoff at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
This World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism (WPTPN) guest post is written by Nikhil Kalyanpur, a PhD student in Government at Georgetown University. He researches business-government relations and the relationship between security and finance. While Donald Trump has naturally dominated headlines across the world this past month, his chauvinistic brother-in-arms Narenda Modi has […]

The Passing of a Global Health Giant

Jeremy Youde at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
Halfdan Mahler, the Danish physician who served three five-year terms as Director-General of the World Health Organization, died last week in Geneva. Mahler may not be a household name, but he helped to fundamentally transform our collective notions of what global health is and should be. In this moment where WHO is undergoing its own […]

Thiel Fellowships, Singularity University, and the value of good old-fashioned universities

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
This Business Insider article on the outcome so far of the Thiel Fellowship experiment is interesting, though not surprising.. http://ieet.org/archive/knowledge-1052014_960_720.jpg

Chupacapra is REAL

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
We have had tentative observations but this is the first well lit eye ball that got an excellent impression. What we have is a gargoyle. We also know that it can fly, but this sighting tells us quite a lot. It is not likely capable of a jump into flight type movement. Instead it ran on confrontation into cover. There was no high roof available for it to jump onto. Instead of normal flight it augments gliding by flapping. From the sculptures produced in Medieval times we can see strong arms not directly attached to the wings along with no obvious musculature there. That sug... more »

The Mind Blowing Alignment Between Ancient Sites

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
This actually could be important for a couple of pieces of information. The easy one is the perfect alignment of the great Pyramid which essentially confirms that it was built recently or around 4500 BP. Yet the site also appears to be important long before which is why it was then used again. The more interesting observation is the Alaska Axis. We have already understood that Earth absorbed a comet impact onto the Northern ice cap around 12900 BP. Poorly understood yet is that this was done deliberately to induce a crustal shift of about thirty degrees. I had ... more »

Massive Voter Fraud Uncovered by Election Recount

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
What we appear to be uncovering is vote stuffing in known Democrat polls *. * Very likely they calculated that the poll held say two thousand voters but that only a thousand would show up. Thus they had room to add in a few hundred more electronically.This would easily juice up the popular vote as has actually been shown in terms of where the surplus all came from. Again we are likely talking about five million votes here. Any pre election calculation would have indicated that this was ample and that knowledge of this could also be suppressed after the election.We have excellent ... more »

From Violence to Reason: An Insider's Account of the Arab Spring

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 1 day ago
A worthy piece and a reminder of the importance of reason in tempering Christianity. Ant doctrine can be converted into a dogmatic system of oppression regardless of the actual content. You just ignore the stuff that should give you pause. For that reason the Koran is famously best described as bipolar and that is why the two channels are equally supported. It is not so easy with the new testament, but that never stopped anyone. After all the whole mythology of hell fire has scant revelation in the bible, although it was certainly accepted then as part of the local Pagan cult... more »

How the Trump Election and Social Media Externalized America’s Dormant Hate

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
If hate is a virus, the U.S. has got it bad. Oliver Luckett presents a fascinating perspective on how the 2016 election divided America, how social media mimics biology, and how the U.S. can start to rebuild.

More migrants returning to cleared Calais 'Jungle' camp per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38359934 that: 'An increasing number of migrants are returning to Calais, two months after the "Jungle" camp was cleared by French authorities, aid workers have told the BBC. Gavin Lee spoke to the charity Care for Calais, which says several hundred migrants are still hiding out in the region, with the aim of stowing away illegally to the UK.' It's odd that these 'migrants' won't settle for France where they are now or any more of the previous safe countries that they've crossed since entering Europe. Why do they so want to ge... more »

Carnival of Space 488

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
1. Universe Today - SpaceX and NASA Confirm Delay of First Crewed Dragon Flight to 2018 2. Universe Today - Martian Mineral Points Toward Past Habitability 3. Universe Today - The Car Alan Stern Drove to Pluto Read more »

Zsa Zsa and Me. (Should be Zsa Zsa and I?)

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
I was slightly disturbed to learn that the once beautiful Zsa Zsa Gabor died just shy of her 100th birthday. I bumped into her once in a Kings Cross hotel, the Sebel Townhouse. I was carrying my musical instruments into the Townhouse to play music for the Launch of a book by the Reverend Ted Noffs and was walking around a pillar. She came around the other side of the same pillar, and we met, can I say, chest to chest? What do you say when you meet a legend, chest to chest? Whooops? Sorrrrry? EEarppp? I said: "Nice to meet you." What can I say? She was gracious. Stepped asid... more »

"Russia Hacking DNC: Lies, Damned Lies, and Outrageous Lies"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Russia Hacking DNC: Lies and Damned, and Outrageous Lies-* *by the Folks Who Brought You WMD's In Iraq"* Compiled by CP *"Reality Check: 5 Problems with CIA Claim That Russia Hacked DNC/Podesta emails"* *"RT Crosstalk 16 Dec Playing the Russia Card"* *"The Hacking Evidence Against Russia Is Extremely Weak"* -http://www.washingtonsblog.com/ *"How a Neoconservative ‘News’ Site Lies"* http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/12/neoconservative-news-site-lies.html *“How to Really Punish Russia for Hacking:* * We must respond to Russia’s hacking—but any response risks escalation.”* http://www... more »

Saudi Arabia Wants To `Gut`The 9/11 Law

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) talks to Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir as they arrive for a family picture during a meeting of the Quartet on the situation in Yemen, on December 18, 2016 in Riyadh (AFP Photo/FAYEZ NURELDINE) *AFP:* Saudi Arabia lobbies US over 9/11 law Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has been lobbying US legislators to change a law allowing victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue the kingdom, he said on Sunday. Adel al-Jubeir told reporters he has just returned from an extended stay in the United States, which was pa... more »

Do Arab Diplomats Prefer A President Trump Over A President Obama?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters *Kimberley Dozier, Daily Beast:* *Mideast Diplomats: Trump is Better Than Obama* At a high-level conference in Morocco, Arab diplomats say they would rather have a U.S. administration that spouts anti-Muslim rhetoric to get elected than one that makes deals with Iran. MARRAKECH, Morroco—Disappointed by the Obama administration that promised warmer relations with the Arab world, Mideast diplomats say they are looking forward to dealing with a more pragmatic—and direct—President Donald Trump, no matter what he might have said about Muslims to get elected. “No, no, it doesn... more »

Will President-Elect Trump's Foreign Policy Be Inspired By Henry Kissinger?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Niall Ferguson, American Interest*:* Donald Trump’s New World Order* *What a Kissinger-inspired strategy might look like.* Ten days after the election of Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States, there is a more or less complete lack of certainty as to which direction his foreign policy will take, but a great deal of speculation—much of it alarmist—based on things Mr. Trump has said in speeches and interviews. Yet few if any Presidents base their foreign policy strictly on campaign rhetoric. Few if any break entirely with the policies of their predecessors. A... more »

No, Montana Is NOT Irretrievably Lost To Democrats-- Not By A Long Shot

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*There was more blue in this gubernatorial map than in the presidential map* As we mentioned last night, flabby neo-Nazi Richard Spencer, is thinking about running for Congress-- the at-large seat Ryan Zinke will give up when the Senate confirms him as Donald Trump, Jr's Interior Secretary and animal-shooting pardner. Montana was one of the biggest of all the Trump states or, more likely, anti-Hillary states. He took 279,240 votes (56.5%) to her 177,709 (35.7%), The only states she did worse in were Wyoming (21.9%), West Virginia (26.5%), North Dakota (27.2%), Idaho (27.5%), Utah (2... more »

Henry Kissinger On President-Elect Donald Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Hill:* *Kissinger calls Trump a 'phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen'* Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said in an interview Sunday that President-elect Donald Trump could go down in history as a "very considerable president." "Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven't seen," Kissinger said on CBS's "Face The Nation." "So it is a shocking experience to them that he came in to office. At the same time, extraordinary opportunity." Kissinger said every country now has to consider two things. "One, their perception that the previous preside... more »

NATO - Russia Set To Meet On Monday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *NATO seeks to allay concerns at meeting with Russia* NATO will seek to reassure Russia on Monday that its troop deployments to the Baltics and Poland next year are purely defensive, in a rare meeting of the alliance's envoys with those of the Kremlin that is unlikely to resolve long-standing grievances. The NATO-Russia Council, the forum bringing together North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ambassadors and Russia's top diplomat dealing with the U.S.-led alliance, will convene for only the third time this year with the crisis in Ukraine still the top concern for Brussels ... more »

Rania Khalek: Aleppo And Western Media’s Whitewashing Of Rebel Groups

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
The following is from this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast. One of the show’s hosts, Rania Khalek, recently returned from a trip to Lebanon. She traveled to Syria twice and spent time producing journalism on the crisis and war in Syria. In response to events in Aleppo over the past days, The post Rania Khalek: Aleppo And Western Media’s Whitewashing Of Rebel Groups appeared first on Shadowproof.

Quote of the Day: On wages and the irrelevance of worker need and employer greed

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“An important truth is that employers compete against other employers, and employees against other employees-not employees against employers, as folklore says. It is the availability of higher-valued alternatives, not the ability to bargain collectively, that increases bargaining power.”* ~ Armen Alchian and William Allen, from their classic textbook *University Economics* *RELATED READING*: - Wages and the Irrelevance of Worker Need and Employer Greed – GEORGE REISMAN’S BLOG [Hat tip Jim Rose] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is grante... more »

Planned Ignorance: U.S. Kids Rank 31st of 35 Developed Nations in Math

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - The powers which are now being exposed don’t want questioning, awake children. The post Planned Ignorance: U.S. Kids Rank 31st of 35 Developed Nations in Math appeared first on Waking Times.

10 Killed, 29 Injured In Shooting Attack In Jordan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Jordan declares end of castle siege, says four gunmen killed* Jordanian security forces said they killed four "terrorist outlaws" after flushing them out of a castle in the southern city of Karak where they had holed up after a shoot-out that killed nine people. An official statement said the four assailants, who shot at police targets in the town before heading to the Crusader-era castle, carried automatic weapons. Large quantities of explosives, weapons and suicide belts were seized in a hideout, the statement said. It made no mention of their identity or whether the...more »

The Ukraine War Grinds On

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Radio Free Europe:* *Ukraine: Five Troops Killed In Clashes With Separatists* Ukraine says five of its troops have been killed in clashes with pro-Russian separatists, in some of the worst fighting to hit the eastern Donbas region in months. The headquarters for the country's Anti-Terrorism Operations said six soldiers were wounded in the battle near Svitlodarsk, which appeared to be aimed at controlling the strategic town of Debaltseve. In a post to its Facebook page, the agency's press center said around 20 insurgent fighters had been killed in the clashes, which erupted befor... more »

Fascism and Liberalism

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
This is an excerpt concerning the rise of totalitarianism within (neo)liberal societies published in my 2008/2011 book, Governmentality, Biopower, and Everyday Life: Totalitarianism and fascism take hold when populations organized around common articulations of national or racialized identity are mobilized by fear and anxiety. Yet, even while liberal rights are stripped, the liberal imagination cannot readily come to terms with creeping totalitarianism. The banality of many domestic sovereign technologies, as illustrated by computerized surveillance, mystifies the consolidation o... more »

Ukraine Nationalises Country's Largest Bank In A Effort To Avoid A Total Collapse Of The Banking System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Ukrainian government's move to nationalize PrivatBank, the nation's largest lender, followed months of rumors that the bank was troubled by bad debts. *Radio Free Europe:* *Ukraine Nationalizes Country's Largest Bank* The Ukrainian government says it will nationalize the country's largest bank in an effort to avoid a financial collapse in the former Soviet republic that is locked in a military and political standoff with neighboring Russia. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's cabinet said in a statement late on December 18 that the government had decided to take 100-percent... more »

Skeptics vs Mogul

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 1 day ago
The other day, when I had Robert Sheaffer on the program, I had asked him some questions about skeptics that always bugged me. It seemed, from my perspective, that skeptics would accept any anti-UFO document as authentic without question and reject any pro-UFO document regardless of the provenance.* I had thought the true skeptic would be, well, skeptical of everything until the evidence was in hand, which might mean the acceptance of a document or point of view as logical once the investigation was completed even if that might not reinforce the skeptical beliefs. As an example of ... more »

Raw Food Roots: Researchers Say First Europeans Were Raw Foodies

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - Did the use of fire bring about an evolutionary leap in humans? The post Raw Food Roots: Researchers Say First Europeans Were Raw Foodies appeared first on Waking Times.

Ayn Rand’s Criticism of Orwell’s Animal Farm

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 1 day ago
George Orwell is often regarded as a right-wing writer, but he was a lifelong socialist. In his writings he has criticized totalitarianism but he never said anything in favor of capitalism. His famous book *Animal Farm* is a satire on Soviet Union—every event in the book mirrors an event in the Soviet Union, from the Bolshevik Revolution to Stalin’s purges and personality cult. But *Animal Farm* is not a critique of socialism and communism, just Stalin’s regime. Orwell did not regard Stalin’s Soviet Union as a socialist country. He thought that Stalin had corrupted the socialist id... more »

Are The Demands Of Tribal Loyalty-- Even Over Sanity-- Destroying American Governance?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Over the course of the presidential election many non-Wisconsinites got to know conservative Milwaukee talk show host, Charlie Sykes because of all the national media attention he got for his powerful analysis of the Trump phenomenon from the right. His radio broadcasts opposing Trump are widely credited with Trump's notable primary loss in Wisconsin. Trump only won 6 of the state's 42 delegates, all the rest going to Sykes' favorite candidate, Ted Cruz, who beat Trump 531,129 (48.2%) to 386,370 (35.1%) with 155,200 votes (14.1%) going to Kasich. In fact, Trump did even worse in th... more »

US-backed Rebels Caught Using Mustard Gas On Syrians

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Syrian authorities have urged the international community to intervene after US-backed rebels were caught illegally using mustard gas on civilians. According to the government in Syria, a batch of documents proving that chemical weapons were used against Syrian citizens was handed over to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on December 12. Authorities also delivered samples from the shell containing mustard gas to The Hague. RT.com reports: “We have provided all the documents to the mission, they were vetted and accepted. The mission will come to Syria ... more »

The Simpsons Predicted Pizzagate 16 Years Ago

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Simpsons appear to have predicted the future yet again, with an unearthed 1991 episode depicting a situation very similar to the “Pizzagate” scandal. On November 21, 1991, an episode entitled “Flaming Moe’s” aired on Fox, and featured a pizzeria named “Zip Zap” and “Za Pizza Arcade”. Distract101.com reports: Predictive programming is a term used to describe a method used [mostly] in mass media. A short explanation of this, (and one to help one better understand the context of this article) would be a Television program that is set in a future date or time, and shows an event o... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "In The Stillness (Exoplanets)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, "In The Stillness (Exoplanets)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahc16ZFXrTo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"To some, it looks like the wheel of a cart. In fact, because of its outward oval appearance, the presence of a central galaxy, and their connection with what looks like the spokes of a wheel, the galaxy on the right is known as the Cartwheel Galaxy. To others, however, it looks like a complicated interaction between galaxies awaiting explanation. *Click image for larger size.* Along with the two galaxies on the left, the Cartwheel is part of a group of galaxies about 400 million light years away in the constellation Sculptor. The large galaxy's rim spans over 100,000 light years and ... more »

Free Download: Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for the stupid and crazy, Devote your income and labor to others... And your very flesh shall be a great poem." ~ Walt Whitman • Freely download "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman here: - http://manybooks.net/titles/whitmanwetext98lvgrs10.html

Meltdown! Reporter Says Twitter Gave Him A Seizure

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Kurt Eichenwald had a very bizarre public meltdown on Twitter on Friday, telling users that a tweet sent by a conservative gave him an epileptic seizure. The senior Newsweek writer threatened legal action against all conservatives who sent him animated GIF’s on the social media platform, claiming that he intended to take time away from Twitter in order to consult with law enforcement agencies and lawyers. “Last night, for the second time, a deplorable aware I have epilepsy tweeted a strobe at me with the message “you deserve a seizure’ on it,” Kurt blasted to stunned Twitter foll... more »

Illuminati Insider Reveals Deadly Experience Trying To Escape

Sean Adl-Tabatabai at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
An insider who says he was a member of the illuminati, claims to be on the run from the secretive organisation after having managed to escape. According to the insider, the illuminati have a ‘Departure Ritual’ for anybody who wants to leave. However, unbeknown to lower ranking members, the ritual is designed to kill anybody who wants to leave in the most gruesome way. Here’s his story: You are brought before the Supreme Council and you must officially declare your desire to leave the organization. Then, the organization rounds up all of your living family members and kills them w... more »

Chet Raymo, “The Dark Night”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Dark Night”* by Chet Raymo “I first read Soren Kierkegaard's “Fear and Trembling” at about the same age as Kierkegaard was when he wrote it - thirty. The young philosopher was wrestling with his dark demons, including the death of his father, a sternly religious man who demanded absolute obedience from his son. He was torn between the opposing demands of faith and reason, certainity and doubt. In the opening pages of the book, he takes us with Abraham and Isaac on that terrible journey to Mount Moriah where God puts Abraham to a terrifying test of his faith. What gives meani... more »

Musical Interlude: The Who, “Love Reign O’er Me”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
The Who, “Love Reign O’er Me” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDbAtWpoA6k

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Saint-pol-sur-mer, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France Thanks for stopping by!

"Just Remember..."

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

"No Ways Tired in A Sea of Lies" (Adapted)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"No Ways Tired in A Sea of Lies" (Adapted) by Chris Floyd "I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies. One of the hardest things to accept is that the reality of our world is buried under so many layers of official deception and well-cultivated public ignorance about our history and our political system. Even if you break through somehow, momentarily, and hold up a fragment of the truth, most people have no context for dealing with it. It's like a bolt from the blue, they can't process t...more »

If you’re going to drink up this Christmas, do it properly

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: IPA_Glasses] My Christmas present to myself this year (thank you, readers) is these IPA glasses. While a stubby holder, a pilfered pub tumbler and the occasional stemmed pilsner glass have been my main beer holders over the years, it's now time to up my game. So if you have beer and nothing to put it in, you can look at The Spiegelau Store. Fine people. Quick delivery. And they have wine glasses for those unfortunate enough not to drink beer – and cocktail glasses for those astute enough to need them. Fill your boots up. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com ©... more »

"A State Of Almost Savage Torpor..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor." - William Wordsworth, 1770-1850 Mission accomplished...

Breaking! : U.N. Reaches Deal on Aleppo Monitoring- Voting Monday

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Will the US/UK veto? Russia/China/France will not veto, obviously.* *Draft resolution amended by Russia calls on U.N. teams to ensure safe passage for evacuees and immediate access to aid * Syria's permanent representative to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, center left, and others paused shortly before consultations ended at the Security Council on Sunday Personally speaking... UN observers- untrustworthy- anytime. All this concern for the fighters- for the mercenaries- not for the ordinary people The fighters who, by the way, have just set fire to buses sent to evacuate sta... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Nuggets From The Net"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Nuggets From The Net"* Mitch Kapor said, "Getting information off the internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant." Too true, Information overload in the extreme. From the deluge, here are a couple "nuggets" for your perusal, with my highest recommendation. - CP ◆ *"Brain Pickings"* *"About:* Hey there. My name is Maria Popova and I’m a reader, writer, interestingness hunter-gatherer, and curious mind at large. I’ve previously written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab, among others, and am an MIT Futures of Entertainment F... more »

“The Baloney Detection Kit”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Baloney Detection Kit”* by Maria Popova "The “Baloney Detection Kit” from the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and Skeptic Magazine editor Michael Shermer is a 10-point checklist for assessing the believability of a claim, covering everything from telling the difference between science (e.g., SETI) and pseudoscience (e.g., UFOlogy) to detecting personal agendas. "You want to have a mind that’s open enough to accept radical new ideas, but not so open that your brains fall out.” The above sentiment in particular echoes this beautiful definition of science as “... more »

Rapacious Consumerism is the Life-blood of Capitalism by Graham Peebles

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England December 18, 2016 Commercialisation has poisoned all areas of contemporary life, and together with its partner in crime, consumerism, is the principle cause of man-made climate change. Operating under the suffocating shadow of neo-liberalism, the market forces of commercialisation act blindly and indiscriminately. The presiding deity is […]

North Korea Has Better Military Than Expected

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
Military experts are warning that North Korea has recently improved its weapons and military capabilities across the board and is far more dangerous than previously thought. Sputnik reports: Last week, it was reported that the country had developed an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear payload to the US mainland. Only a crucial insulation issue remained to be solved to make the device truly threatening. Now, a South Korean official has repeated the warning about the North’s missile capabilities, a Korean think tank is reporting that their neighbor’s... more »

Serious about putting out the absolute minimum effort? Again, Dilbert's Wally is our inspiration

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*DILBERT by Scott Adams* -- December 18, 2016 *by Ken* I've never shied away from the embarrassing reality that *Dilbert*'s Wally is my guy. Not so much a role model, perhaps -- who has the courage to carry slacking to that extent as a life principle? -- as perhaps an inspiration, a dream soulmate. So I confess to mild surprise that in this saga Wally has been so slipshod as to present his doctor's note in what is recognizable even to the Pointy-Haired Boss as his own handwriting. But then, I guess in Wally's World, where the governing principle is to put out the absolute ... more »

Another Terrorist Attack In Turkey- With Friends like These.... Coup 2.0 & More

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Yup, I'm a day late with this post. But, I managed to round up some interesting little tidbits. Including some very enlightening quotes that I found to be under reported- Or out of context so their full meaning cannot be grasped.... Headlines screamed '*erdogan blames the kurds'* but he didn't exactly blame the kurds as you will see and read. And the Deputy Prime Minister offered up some insights too. *We're going to get to that and more so have no worries.......* sputnik*Link* The blast in the central Anatolian city of Kayseri happened at around 8:45 a.m. local time and* targe... more »

The best & worst gifts measured

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
If you’re buying an economist a gift this Christmas … don’t. Or at least don’t before examining why you maybe shouldn’t – because economists reckons what you spend on gifts is generally valued much less that what you paid for them. *A 1993 paper, “The Deadweight Loss of Christmas,” gave the notion its first real academic ballast. The author, Joel Waldfogel, then at Yale University, calculated yuletide waste by asking 86 students to estimate the cost of presents they received. Average answer: $438. He asked how much they would have been willing to pay for the same gifts. A... more »

Nick Smith: The new minister for grammatical redundancy [updated]

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
So I checked my dictionary this morning to discover that the words "building" and "construction" are essentially synonyms for each other. *building* *noun* the action or trade of constructing something. "the building of motorways" *synonyms: *construction, erection, putting up, raising, establishment, fabrication, production, assembly "a moratorium on the building of new power stations" *construction* *noun*the action of building something, typically a large structure. "there was a skyscraper *under construction*" synonyms: building, erection, putting up, setting up...more »

The most dangerous enemy is the one we choose not to see

Knowledge Is Power at Knowledge Is Power - 1 day ago
2 years ago I was trapped in the city. House prices had fallen to the point where I could not afford to move. The area I lived in used to be a decent enough place, but over the years it has become infested with rapists, drug dealers, child rapists and all manner of assorted scum. Things were so bad that I took the plunge and left the area, leaving behind a life that I had become so accustomed to, I could hardly contemplate a better one. I opted for poverty and debt to get free of an urban life in a globalised decadent sewer - and it was the best decision that I have made. Econo... more »

These Are The 5 Places In The World That Could Start World War III In 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Robert Farley, National Interest*:* 5 Places World War III Could Start in 2017* The Trump administration enters office in an unsettled time. For a variety of reasons (some directly connected to Trump’s rhetoric), the great powers face more uncertainty than at any time in recent memory. In the first few months of Trump’s presidency (indeed, perhaps even before his presidency begins) the United States will have to navigate several extremely dangerous flashpoints that could ignite, then escalate, conflict between the US, Russia, and China. Reportedly, President Obama suggested to Pr... more »

WATCH: Honest News Anchor Destroys CIA Russia Hack Claims in Under 5 Minutes

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: hacked]There are five serious problems with the CIA's claim Russians hacked the US election, and Ben Swann explains what.

BWorld 96, Free trade means more investments and people mobility

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last December 15, 2016. Free trade means giving people and private enterprises the freedom to produce more commodities that consumers demand at certain prices. These producers then leave sectors and areas where expected returns and other gains are lower if not dwindling. This may sound “heartless” for losing sectors but whether one supports free trade or protectionism, there will always be winners and losers. It is just that there are more “net gains” from trade while there are more “net losses” from protectionism. In a paper “Goods trade libe... more »

President Elect Donald J. Trump has shown more class and dignity than we've seen in 8 years...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*and he's not even officially elected yet.* While Mooch and Odumbo are flinging about insults and patting themselves on the back for being so great, Donald Trump is out thanking the American people for electing him. In response to Mooch's statement in the Oprah interview, "We feel the difference now. See, now, we're feeling what not having hope feels like", Trump said, "I honestly believe she meant that statement in a different way than it came out." Oh, no she didn't Donald, but thanks for being classy. The grifters who have been occupying the White House for 8 years are about t... more »

President Duterte and hyperbole

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
Reposting this long analysis by a friend, Bernard Ong, last December 15, 2016. The images below I got from the web, not part of the original posting by Bernard. A hyperbole is exaggerated statement/s or claims not meant to be taken literally. ----------- "TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN HYPERBOLE An idiot’s guide to make sense of what he said and what he really meant. Hyperbole: I will stop drugs in 3 to 6 months. Truth: I ruled Davao City for 30 years and it is still drug-infested. 3 months have lapsed & 6 months are coming up. The drug trade is still active. Hyperbole: I will stop crime... more »

"Fake News" Is Old Hat in My World

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 1 day ago
So much about "fake news" in the regular news lately. For example, today a poll was published revealing that 52% of Republicans "incorrectly" believe that Trump won the popular vote. (ICYMI, they're still counting but Clinton is 2.8 million votes ahead at the moment.) As a long-time blogger about matters reproductive and, perforce, follower of Big Fetus™, I've been chuckling over the outrage some are expressing over the insane shit people will believe. Big Fetus™ was the original fake news peddler. Abortion causes breast cancer. Abortion causes post-abortion syndrome. Abortion cau... more »

Obama Plans Retaliatory Strike On Russia Before Leaving Office

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
The Obama administration has been threatening a retaliatory strike on Russia for the US election hacking and leaking scandal that gave Donald Trump the White House instead of establishment favourite Hillary Clinton. US President Barack Obama is planning a massive cyberattack against the Russian Federation before leaving office that could put the United States and Russia in a state of virtual war. The evolving warm relationship developing between President-elect Donald Trump and his friend and Russian President Vladimir Putin may be put on ice while the two countries consider locki... more »

German Parliament Source Behind WikiLeaks Dump, Not Russia

Edmondo Burr at Your News Wire - 1 day ago
A source in the German parliament is responsible for the recent WikiLeaks release of secret data on German-US intelligence cooperation and mass surveillance practices and not Russia, Der Spiegel reported Saturday. RT.com reports: The respective German officials are “confident” that the documents published by WikiLeaks were not obtained through a cyberattack last year on the Parliament (Bundestag), allegedly committed by Russian hackers. “Contrary to various media reports, there is absolutely no indication that the documents were stolen during a cyberattack on the Bundestag in the ... more »

Rise Up America, Rise Up! by Mohammed Mesbahi

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
Dandelion Salad by Mohammed Mesbahi Share the World’s Resources October 30, 2014 A letter to an American activist The time has come when America must rapidly transform its values through a more inclusive and spiritual vision, based upon a just sharing of the world’s resources. It is up to you, the youth of America, to […]

Measuring poverty: currency devaluation or poor using smoke signals?

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 day ago
A friend posted this in my fb wall and I quickly commented that it is lousy analysis to suggest or say that "Poverty in the Philippines" today is worse than the 1930s. A devalued or depreciated peso, yen, won, dong, ringgit, rupiah, dollar, etc. is NOT a strong indicator of poverty worsening today than decades ago. Take access to information. Even the super rich in the 1930s did not have a computer, no internet, no fb, etc. The poor now have smart phones, can do fb, enjoy youtube, etc. Or access to modern transportation, even the super rich in the 30s did not or could not ride c... more »

U.S. Navy Grounds Super Hornets And Growlers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
F-18A Super Hornet. Boeing *Navy Times*: *All Navy F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets, Growlers grounded after incident injuring aircrew* The Navy temporarily grounded all F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers Friday after an aircrew was injured and a Growler damaged in an undisclosed incident Friday at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Navy officials said. The aircrew of an E/A-18G jet assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 132 was injured in an "on-deck emergency" about 11 a.m. Friday, according to a statement from Naval Air Forces. Naval Air Forces has temporarily suspended fl... more »

Environmentalist Insurance Policies by Paul Driessen

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 1 day ago
*Environmentalist insurance policies * Intellectual ammo for holiday party responses to claims that you need meteorite insurance Paul Driessen Many liberals went into denial, outrage and riot mode after November 8. Now they’re having meltdown over President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees with climate and environmental responsibilities: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry at Energy, Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt for EPA, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson at State, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke at Interior. As Department of Agricultur... more »

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