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Saturday, December 24, 2016

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Arctic heatwave could break records per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 minute ago
The BBC joyously propagandise http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38417198 that the Arctic is experiencing a heatwave. This helps them push the lie of man made climate change. They find no space to report that it has snowed in the Sahara desert.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 1 hour ago
*The good ol' Green/Left double standard again* Dr. Susan Crockford (email: scrock@uvic.ca) has written a well-informed and approachable book about polar bears. She has no time for the usual Warmist scare about the bears being "endangered". The book has only just been released but the Warmists are already on the case. A review by someone called "Eli" on Amazon reads: "Caveat emptor: the author's vague self-description as "a professional zoologist who has studied polar bear ecology and evolution for more than 20 years" appears intended to mask the facts that her PhD and professio... more »

A Political Fad vs National Security; A US story

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 hour ago
*Posted here to show the AGW madness is world-wide.* *John Droz Jr* *says* Get some hot chocolate and a few nutritious cookies. Now sit by the fire in your favorite chair, and mull over this Enchanting tale. The fundamental questions we need accurate answers for are: 1. How does our national energy policy come about? 2. Is the way we’re generating it now, really in our best interest? The answers to those critical questions are: 1) Science is all about assisting us solving technical problems. Since our national energy policy is a highly technical matter, it should be so... more »

Musical Interlude: Placido Domingo, “La Virgen Lava Panales”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Placido Domingo, “La Virgen Lava Panales” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t6zBVoBV38

Who Remembers When We Were In A Nuclear Arms Race?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Merry Christmas, the crackpot who somehow slipped into the presidency, wants to reverse the trend away from the nuclear arms race. How do we know? He tweeted about it: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” And no spelling errors… so someone must have been helping him. He and Putin appear to see eye to eye on junking decades of slow but steady reducing nuclear arsenals. Just before the Trump tweet, Putin had publicly told his war chiefs that “We need to strengthen the military ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Lady of the Moon”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
2002, “Lady of the Moon” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lm8safHurM

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Do you see it? This common question frequently precedes the rediscovery of one of the most commonly recognized configurations of stars on the northern sky: the Big Dipper. This grouping of stars is one of the few things that has likely been seen, and will be seen, by every generation. *Click image for larger size.* The Big Dipper is not by itself a constellation. Although part of the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major), the Big Dipper is an asterism that has been known by different names to different societies. Five of the Big Dipper stars are actually near each other in sp... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 4 hours ago
Expect to see a lot of this sort of thing in the next few years: Anthea Butler thought she’d heard it all before. A religious studies professor at the University of Pennsylvania, a black woman who teaches a class about the religious right in America and has a fiery liberal persona on social media, Butler’s been ridiculed in recent years on primetime TV by the right’s Sean Hannity and called out on AM radio by Rush Limbaugh.... But when a fellow professor contacted her a few weeks ago and told her she’d been placed on a brand new nationwide “professor watch list” intended to help co... more »

"A Truth Deeper Than Experience..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"There's a truth deeper than experience. It's beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It's an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We're helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, from heart to heart, just as Prabhakar told it to me, just as I'm telling it to you n...more »

“Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods?” by Dan Eden . "Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones wei... more »

"A Blessing"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"A Blessing"* “May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence. May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses. May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon. May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path. May the flame of anger free you from falsity. May warmth of heart keep your presence aflame and may anxiety never linger about you. May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of soul. May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention. May you be conso... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany. Thanks for stopping by!

A Cherokee Proverb: "The Two Wolves"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, generosity, empathy, truth, compassion and faith.” The grandson thought about this for a minute and then asked the grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, ... more »

"Humans Crave Violence Like They Do Sex, Food Or Drugs"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Humans Crave Violence Like They Do Sex, Food Or Drugs"* by LiveScience "Research on mice shows the brain processes aggressive behavior as it does other rewards. Mice sought violence, in fact, picking fights for no apparent reason other than the rewarding feeling. The mouse brain is thought to be analogous to the human brain in this study, which could shed light on our fascination with brutal sports as well as our own penchant for the classic bar brawl. In fact, the researcher say, humans seem to crave violence just like they do sex, food or drugs. Scientists have known that mice ... more »

Profiles In Cowardice: The Electoral College

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 1* [*Click to enlarge*] *by Noah* America has always been very resilient. Its success and ability to persevere in the face of adversity has been secured by a spirited belief in American ideals and by the political infrastructure laid out by the Founding Fathers and the Constitution that was meant to encourage those ideals. The eternal question in American political history is: Do we have the smarts and the courage to stick with the principles laid out for us? Some of us do, and now, apparently, some of us do not. When building the infr... more »

Where Are The Socialists From?

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 5 hours ago
A Supermassive Black HoleMen are from Mars. Women are from Venus. Socialists are from a Black Hole from which not even a ray of light can escape.

"2016 Year In Review: A Clockwork Orange"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"2016 Year In Review: A Clockwork Orange"* "And then things really got weird..." by David Collum "Every year, friend-of-the-site David Collum writes a detailed “Year in Review” synopsis full of keen perspective and plenty of wit. This year’s is no exception. As with past years, he has graciously selected PeakProsperity.com as the site where it will be published in full. It’s quite longer than our usual posts, but worth the time to read in full. A downloadable pdf of the full article is available *here*, for those who prefer to do their power-reading offline." — cheers, Adam" I" ne...more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." - George Bernard Shaw

"The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Dream of a Ridiculous Man"* by Fyodor Dostoevsky "For I have seen the truth; I have seen and I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing the power of living on earth. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind. And it is just this faith of mine that they laugh at. But how can I help believing it? I have seen the truth- it is not as though I had invented it with my mind, I have seen it, seen it, and the living image of it has filled my soul for ever. I have seen it in such full perfection that I cannot believe that it is impos... more »

The Poet: Amelia Peart Macdonald, "Upward Reaching"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Upward Reaching"* "The soul of man, to what end is it striving? What is the destiny, what is the goal? This constant upward reaching of the soul– What force behind it does the ceaseless driving? Upward reaching but implies a quest Unending, for the things we deem the best, For that which goes to make the perfect whole– Insatiable striving for a better role. With what speed, then, is man’s success arriving? Endowed with instincts meant to goad him on Toward the infinite, from dawn to dawn, From his struggle, how much good deriving? Man’s speed, or progress, toward that holier sphere, Is ... more »

Lack of wild fish in 2100 would be like lack of wild cows and buffalo today since fish farming will replace wild catch

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 6 hours ago
The world’s fishing fleet will catch an estimated 25 billion fewer fish a year by the end of the century if global warming continues on its current path, scientists have said. If countries live up to their current pledges to reduce greenhouse gases, the planet’s average temperature is set to rise by about 3.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100 – well beyond the point at which climate change produces significantly more dangerous weather conditions. After considering the effects on 892 different species eaten by humans, they concluded that each degree of warming cou... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 67, Dec 22, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 6 hours ago
Almost all the combat news on December 22 from the Mosul campaign originated with the Islamic State. Three suicide car bombs hit a market in Gogjali, an east Mosul suburb, which left 30 dead and 60 wounded. Mortarfire also killed 11 in east Mosul, including four aid workers. The Golden Division was involved in heavy clashes in the Tamimneighborhood, which has been cleared twice before. The Federal Police continued its shelling of the Ghazlani camp in south Mosul. Finally, the insurgents attemptedto break the encirclement of Tal Afar to the west, but the Hashd turned it back. The M... more »

"The Hell Of It Is..."; "For This Is What We do..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“You go up to a man, and you say, "How are things going, Joe?" and he says, "Oh fine, fine- couldn't be better." And you look into his eyes, and you see things really couldn't be much worse. When you get right down to it, everybody's having a perfectly lousy time of it, and I mean everybody. And the hell of it is, nothing seems to help much.” - Kurt Vonnegut “For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the... more »

Nine month old article from Nextbigfuture is basis of Futurism article that tops Reddit Futurology today

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 6 hours ago
Nextbigfuture article from March 31, 2016 is the basis of a futurism article that is now the number one article on Reddit Futurology. The Futurism article is here China is proposing a $50+ trillion global energy grid. Global Energy Interconnection (GEI), a vision of a world power grid, was outlined by the State Grid Corporation of China ("State Grid") It would be based upon a global network of Ultra High Voltage power lines connecting global power generation including massive wind farm at the North Pole and solar power from equatorial areas to energy users around the world. If re... more »

NATO Auditor Investigating Terrorism Funding Found Dead, Family Disputes It Was Suicide

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: NATO]The NATO Auditor General was found dead of a gunshot to the head, which authorities are calling suicide — but the man's family bitterly disputes the claim.

Star Wars Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher in critical condition after major heart attack

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 7 hours ago
Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was in critical condition Friday after suffering a “cardiac episode” during a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to airline and emergency officials. Fisher, 60, was rushed to UCLA Medical Center by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics shortly after noon, after her 11-hour flight touched down at LAX. Fisher, who rose to stardom as Princess Leia, recently published an autobiography titled the “Princess Diarist,” her eighth book. She is the daughter of famous Hollywood couple Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Carrie Fisher, who has written... more »


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago
baby got an atom bomb

The ultimate answer to “government is useless”

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 8 hours ago
The following ran as a special report in the January 2016 newsletter of Mark Anderson’s Strategic News Service. I post it now, as the right's hate-all-government narrative hits hysteric-histrionic levels. *Rep. Mick Mulvaney, recently selected as Trump's director of the Office of Management and Budget, posted “Do we really need government-funded research at all?” Which makes this an existential threat to your lives, and mine. * *Does government-funded science play a role in stimulating innovation?* By David Brin The hypnotic incantation that *all-government-is-evil-all-the-time*wou... more »

Explaining the Obvious in the Age of Trump

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
The President-Elect has called for expanding the US nuclear arsenal, not just modernizing it (old warheads may not be good warheads). And when asked about whether this might lead to an arms race, he said woot! Who wins arms races? Arms manufacturers and their stockholders Maybe Ken Waltz (who is already dead) Yeah, that’s about […]

Cannabinoids Heal the Body

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Wes Annac* - Cannabis appears to have been created for the purpose of healing the human body. The post Cannabinoids Heal the Body appeared first on Waking Times.

David Swanson: How Will Trump Wield Obama’s Modernized Nukes?

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
with David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad December 23, 2016 TheRealNews on Dec 23, 2016 The President-elect’s off-the-cuff, ignorant and inconsistent remarks suggests he’s either a cynical war profiteer or a true believer in the American myth that more militarism leads to fewer wars, says Noble Prize nominee David Swanson. David Swanson is an author, activist, […]

Lunar Xprize landings are targeted for 2017

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 9 hours ago
The Google Lunar XPrize challenges privately funded teams to be the first to land on the moon, travel 500 meters, and send back pictures, for a $20 million jackpot. Although science was never the primary driver for the prize, the organizers encourage it through a number of bonus prizes. But some of the teams in contention are planning to do some science on their own initiative—or by carrying a paid-for payload. As the prize reaches a major milestone this month—narrowing down from 16 contenders to the handful that have booked a launch before the end of 2017 Read more »

Chips for Deep learning continue to leapfrog in capabilities and efficiency

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 9 hours ago
Deep learning has continued to drive the computing industry’s agenda in 2016. But come 2017, experts say the Artificial Intelligence community will intensify its demand for higher performance and more power efficient “inference” engines for deep neural networks. The current deep learning system leverages advances in large computation power to define network, big data sets for training, and access to the large computing system to accomplish its goal. Unfortunately, the efficient execution of this learning is not so easy on embedded systems (i.e. cars, drones and Internet of Things de... more »

How The Two Dutch Mainstream Parties Set The Table For Holland's Trump

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
One of the earliest and predictably most enthusiastic foreign Trump supporters was Dutch Islamaphobe and neo-fascist leader Geert Wilders, whose assault on the Dutch political system we've been covering for years. Less than 2 weeks ago, we warned that Wilders is certainly another destructive right-wing nationalist being helped into power by Putin, who sees the end of NATO and the EU dangling before his eyes now. I asked an old friend and journalist, David de Jong-- who you may remember from his writing for Bloomberg and his guest posts here at *DWT*-- to give us a quick assessment... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Blogging is going to be light for this Christmas weekend. Regular blogging will return on Monday, December 26, 2016.

Abby Martin: 2016: LGBTQ Rights, Police Brutality, Sanders, Trump, Standing Rock and More

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Abby Martin TheRealNews on Dec 21, 2016 Paul Jay and Abby Martin discuss the critical events of the year, including Trump’s victory, the Sanders breakthrough, and the worsening prospects for federal action on climate change. Transcript From the archives: It’s The End of the World, But … Rapacious Consumerism is the Life-blood of […]

U.S. Refuses To Veto U.N. Security Council Vote That Condemns Israeli Settlements

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times*: *U.S. Abstains as U.N. Security Council Votes to Condemn Israeli Settlements* UNITED NATIONS — Defying extraordinary pressure from President-elect Donald J. Trump and furious lobbying by Israel, the Obama administration on Friday allowed the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that condemned Israeli settlement construction. The administration’s decision not to veto the measure broke a longstanding American policy of serving as Israel’s sturdiest diplomatic shield at the United Nations. While the measure will have no practical impact on the grou... more »

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Chris Rutkowski

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 10 hours ago
Chris Rutkowski Chris Rutkowski showed up for the latest edition of the A Different Perspective on the radio. We talked, briefly about the number of UFO sightings in Canada and his annual survey of the sightings that had been reported. For the rest of the program we talked about cases from 1967, of which there were three he thought to be important. We spent the most time on Shag Harbour because there was a lot of Canadian government documentation about the case. You can listen to the program here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36QkUP8IwrQ Next week: Noe Torres Topic: His UFO inv... more »

Who Has The Strongest Military: Russia Or The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An American soldier takes a selfie at the U.S. army base in Qayyara, south of Mosul October 25, 2016. © Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters *RT*: *Ours is waaay better: US reacts after Putin praises Russian military* The US State Department disagreed with a statement that Russia has the world’s best military, which was erroneously attributed to the Russian president. The department spokesman said he believed that American military was the best history has ever seen. “America has every right to be proud of the men and women that are wearing the uniform and protecting their interests around th... more »

Jeffrey M. Harp

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

Nov. 23. Merry Christmas. Anyway.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 11 hours ago
It was a cold day about noon, and the snow was driving hard as I walked, head down against the wind, along the sidewalk. Then I noticed a man. He was sitting in the snow, his back against a wall, and his head drooping. Beside him was a sack, probably full of everything he owned. He was, I think, about seventy. And he was asleep. On the other side of me, I could see the construction of a huge events centre the province is building at cost of over a hundred million dollars. It will, we are assured, make piles of money. But we can be certain that none of that hundred million will be... more »

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 11 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Merry Christmas! An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. https://archive.org/details/FilmeAFelicidadeNoSeCompra-ItsAWonderfulLife1946

Mohawk Nation News 'Songs'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
SONGS Posted on December 21, 2016 Please post & distribute. MNN. Dec. 21, 2016. Our ancestors explained to us that as long as our music lives, we live. Our mother has a tone, which is the basis of the way we see creation. Standing Rock has awakened our memory of the deepest feelings, thoughts and tones of our ancestors through what we have in common, music. Music tells us more than

Russian scientists claim breakthrough in nuclear fuel research

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 11 hours ago
Physicists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and the Joint Institute for High Temperatures (JIHT) of the Russian Academy of Sciences have described the mobility of line defects, or dislocations, in uranium dioxide. This, they announced this week, will enable future predictions of nuclear fuel behaviour under operating conditions. Their research findings have been published in the International Journal of Plasticity and they are looking for international collaboration to speed up the potential application of their work in the commercial and regulatory nuclear... more »

Russian President Putin's End Of Year News Conference

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Highlights: Russian President Putin's end-of-year news conference* The following are highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference. *ON U.S. POLITICS* "The party that is called the Democrats has clearly forgotten the original meaning of that name." "The use of administrative resources (by the Democrats) is absolutely shameless." "Outstanding figures in American history from the ranks of the Democratic Party would likely be turning in their graves. Roosevelt certainly would be." "They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts a... more »

U.S. gov’t physicist sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A physicist formerly based at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for faking data. According to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California, after receiving millions in government funding between 2008 and 2012, Sean Darin Kinion submitted faked data and reports to […] The post U.S. gov’t physicist sentenced to 18 months in prison for fraud appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Water Protectors and the American Justice System

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Photo copyright Rob Wilson Water Protectors and the American Justice System Steve MelendezPaiute Reno-Sparks Indian ColonyPresident, American Indian Genocide Museum Censored News As the Water Protectors are in court this week, Assistant State’s Attorney Ladd Erikson asked the Morton County District Court to enter an order to prevent any mention of the treaties, “There is no relevance to


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 12 hours ago
Carl Paladino, who was the Republican candidate for governor of New York in 2010 and a co-chair of Donald Trump's campaign in the state this year, is at it again: The Buffalo real estate developer who served as New York co-chair for Donald Trump’s campaign said his greatest hopes for 2017 are that President Barack Obama “dies” and that his wife Michelle is “set loose in the outback of Zimbabwe.” ... Paladino’s original comments to Artvoice are posted below: *Artvoice:* *What would you most like to happen in 2017?* *Paladino:* *Obama catches mad cow disease after being caught havin... more »

President-Elect Trump Releases (And Praises) Russian President Putin's Christmas Letter To Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
So Vladimir Putin sent Donald Trump a letter of Christmas greetings. Trump has published it (and his response) pic.twitter.com/zGWEMwFBF2 — Bryan MacDonald (@27khv) December 23, 2016 *TASS:* *Trump says Putin’s thoughts on Russian-US relations are 'so correct'* *Putin has sent a letter to Trump in which he has urged US president-elect to restore ties with Russia* WASHINGTON, December 23. /TASS/. US President-Elect Donald Trump has commented on Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s letter saying that Putin’s thoughts on bilateral relations were "correct". "Serious global and regional c... more »

Sidney Drell: 1926-2016

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Stanford News and The New York Times brought us sad news yesterday. Sidney Drell died at home in Palo Alto (the town around Stanford) on Wednesday, December 21st, at age of 90.3. The information was confirmed by his daughter Persis Drell, also a particle physicist and recently the director of SLAC (Sidney Drell has only been a deputy director of SLAC in his life). One more daughter and one son survived him, along with three grandkids. I am old enough to remember his name primarily for the Bjorken-Drell textbook of quantum field theory. They wrote *Relativistic Quantum Mechanics* ... more »

Futurist: By 2030, Autonomous Cars Will Destroy a Host of Jobs

Cecille De Jesus at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 12 hours ago
Futurist Thomas Frey listed 128 things, from jobs like valets and couriers to things like road rage and stoplights, he believes the driverless car era will reduce or render obsolete by 2030. Though the transition to this autonomous car era won't be smooth, it will bring with it fewer accidents and fatalities due to human error behind the wheel. The post Futurist: By 2030, Autonomous Cars Will Destroy a Host of Jobs appeared first on Futurism.

Tesla’s Autopilot Update Ensures Drivers Can No Longer Speed

June Javelosa at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 12 hours ago
Prior to Tesla's newest update, drivers were able to set the Autopilot up to eight km/h (five mph) over the speed limit on roads and non-divided highways. The new update makes this impossible, and also offers a more aggressive alert system to remind drivers when they should take the wheel. The post Tesla’s Autopilot Update Ensures Drivers Can No Longer Speed appeared first on Futurism.

Exactly how Trump can end the F35 and save $15 billion or more per year for 30-50 years while improving US military capability

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 13 hours ago
More than any other president, Trump appears to want to take a direct role in federal contracting, a technical, complex part of the government that is run by tens of thousands of career civil servants. It is normally a stodgy, rule-bound job, governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation book, which has more than 50 parts and is nearly 2,000 pages long. Politico David Vinik detailed the process and federal powers in ending contracts. *Unlike traditional contracts, most federal contracts include a “get-out-of-jail” free clause that allows the government to break a contrac...more »

YEAR(S) IN REVIEW: Visited, possibly in a dream!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2016Interlude—The Ghost of Losses Past:* Early this morning, we were visited by The Ghost of Progressive Losses Past, possibly in a dream. As the chain-clanking spirit appeared in our chamber, we activated the taping device built into the mirrored ceiling above our quilt-festooned bed. For that reason, we're able to quote the specter directly. Here's the first thing she or he said: "You liberals! You just managed to lose an election to the craziest candidate in history! "And yet you *still* insist that the problem can't possibly lie with you! By definiti... more »

Russian President Putin Calls U.S. Democrats Sore Losers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Slate*: *Putin Has a Message for Democrats: Don’t Be Sore Losers* Russian President Vladimir Putin gave himself a nice pat on the back on Friday, saying he was one of the few who believed Donald Trump would win the U.S. presidency. Trump has his “finger on the pulse of the mood of society,” Putin said at his annual end-of-year marathon news conference. “He went all the way, even though no one believed that he would win, apart from you and me.” When asked whether Moscow had anything to do with Trump’s election, Putin scoffed at the suggestion. Democrats “are losing on all fronts a... more »

EXPOSED: Internal Documents Uncover Facebook’s Actual Guidelines for Censorship

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: facebook]Newly revealed documents finally show the bizarre and complex guidelines Facebook uses to censor content and remove posts.

North Pole 50 Degrees Warmer Than Normal in December

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
*Temperatures over the Arctic ocean are as much as 50 degrees F (30 Celsius) above normal. It's above freezing in places that are normally 20 below zero in degrees F. Arctic sea ice collapse on the Atlantic side has allowed warm storms to penetrate the central Arctic. This extreme heat is destabilizing the northern hemisphere's atmospheric circulation all the way up to the top of the stratosphere. (Full-size image here.)* *by Gaius Publius* No, this is not a Season of Merry and Bright post, despite the phrase "North Pole" in the headline. It's a climate post, to keep you up on the ... more »

Russian President Putin Comments On Worries Of Another Nuclear Arms Race

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*RT:* *If we are in arms race, US started it by pulling out of ABM treaty – Putin * If Russia and the US are engaged in another nuclear arms race now, then it is the fault of George W. Bush, who started it by withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. “The prerequisites for a new arms race were created after the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty. This is obvious,” he said on Friday during his annual Q&A session with the media. Putin was referring to a key international agreement reached in 1972, under which the US ... more »

President-Elect Trump: 'Let There Be A Nuclear Arms Race'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*NBC*: *Trump on Nukes: 'Let It Be an Arms Race'* President-elect Donald Trump suggested Friday that he is willing to engage in "an arms race," insisting that the United States will surpass its rivals and "outlast them all" in a push for global weapons dominance. "Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all," Trump said in a statement to "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC. Trump's assertion comes the day after he tweeted that the United States "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world co... more »

Kicking It

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 14 hours ago
It's fitting that the first moments of the Trump administration will involve not only the subversion of a union but also forcing women to do something with their bodies they don't want to do. The AGVA, the union that represents the Rockettes, said in a letter that any dancer that doesn't wish to perform at Trump's inaugural will be immediately fired, a strange position for a union to take. It seems Trump is having a hell of a time getting A list cedlebrities to perform at his inaugural. In fact, the problem is so bad that Agent Orange is now going all Aesop and publicly pr... more »

VIDEO: Step Inside a Real SWAT Team Pot Raid — See if You Can Tell Who the ‘Bad Guys’ Are

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: swat]A riveting 6-minute clip shows a SWAT raid from the inside out -- watch for yourself to figure out who the bad guys are.

Quarter Four Local By-Election Results 2016

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 14 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Q3 Average/ contest +/- Q3 +/- Seats Conservative 78 38,215 30.8% +2.8% 490 +66 -3 Labour 74 30,962 24.9% -4.0% 418 -74 -8 LibDem 66 22,874 18.4% +0.4% 347 +3 +7 UKIP 47 7,250 5.8% -3.5% 154 -68 -1 Green 34 3,965 3.2% -0.5% 117 -23 -1 SNP* 7 8,297 6.7% +2.8% 1,185 -18 -1 PC** 5 1,819 1.5% +0.4% 364 +249 +2 TUSC 0 0 Ind*** 28 8,499 6.8% +2.0% 304 +105 +5 Other**** 11 ... more »

Public scholarship and the challenge of academics’ public engagement in a new global order

Raul Pacheco-Vega at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
I’ll confess that post-November 8th, 2016, I spent a large amount of time in despair and unable to write anything coherent on the topics I am most interested in contributing here at the Duck of Minerva. It was hard for me to imagine what the global order would look like with someone like He Who […]

Police Related Death Toll Nearly DOUBLES as Feds Finally Make an Effort to Count Them

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: deaths]According to the latest federal statistics, an astounding 1900 individuals were killed by police in Arrest Related Deaths in 2015-2016.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your President-elect

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 15 hours ago
Because it wouldn't quite be the holidays without Donald Trump ogling a 10 year-old child.

Dr. Strangelove Revisited

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
Trump on nuclear weapons tweet: 'Let it be an arms race' - MSNBC. Reuters, December 23, 2016, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-nuclear-idUSKBN14B1ZZ U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, asked to clarify his comments about expanding U.S. nuclear weapons capability, said, "Let it be an arms race," and that the United States would win it, MSNBC reported on Friday. Trump had alarmed non-proliferation experts on Thursday with a Twitter post that said the United States "must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses re... more »

Libya Malta Hijackers In Custody: Standoff in Malta Ends

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*BBC*:* Libya Malta hijack: Hijackers arrested* The hijackers of a Libyan jet have been arrested following a stand-off at Malta International Airport. The domestic flight with 118 people on board was hijacked in the morning after taking off from Sabha, bound for the Libyan capital Tripoli. They surrendered to Maltese authorities after most of the people had been released from the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320. It remains unclear exactly how many hijackers were involved. However, it appears they may be supporters of the late former leader, Muammar Gaddafi. *Read more *.... *More... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* NYPD names suspect shown on camera stealing $1.6 million worth of gold flakes Goldman Sachs to pay $120 million to settle 'jacked' rates case How free college transformed this Rust Belt town in Michigan Las Vegas just became the largest US city to run on 100% renewable energy Maine just became the eighth state to legalize recreational marijuana Suspect in 'Vote Trump' vandalism and burning of black Mississippi church reportedly a member of the congregation Paul Craig Roberts Warns "As the Coup Against Trump Fails, the Threat Against His Life Rises" Not i... more »

UFC Fighter-Turned-Cop Fired For Reporting Fellow Cop for Rape

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: UFC]A UFC fighter and MENSA member-turned-cop is feeling the wrath of the thin blue line after he tried to expose corruption within his department.

DARPA project willl advance metal 3D printing by improving speed, cost and repeatability

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 16 hours ago
The third and final phase of the DARPA Open Manufacturing program is slated to begin before year’s end, and will continue through to mid-2018. The DARPA OM program seeks to develop an Integrated Computational Material Engineering framework that can accurately predict the properties of 3D printed metal components. DARPA indicates that uncertainties in materials and component manufacturing processes are a primary cause of cost escalation and delay during the development, testing and early production of defense systems.” Despite extensive testing, DARPA reports that fielded military pl... more »

2017 Is Not Shaping Out To Be A Good Year For German Chancellor Angela Merkel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
(R-L) German Pres. Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Norbert Lammert, Pres. of Germany's lower house of parliament Bundestag attend a service at Berlin's Memorial church to commemorate the 12 killed victims of a truck that ploughed into a crowded Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, Berlin, Dec. 20, 2016. *Nile Gardiner, CNN*: *Angela Merkel may be the biggest loser of 2017* (CNN) She once strode across the European stage like a colossus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel used to be the de facto leader of mainland Europe, the guardian of the continent's liberal ideals, cha... more »

Berlin Market Attack Suspect Anis Amri Killed In Police Shootout In Italy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *World's most wanted man is dead: Rookie Italian policeman guns down fugitive Berlin killer screaming 'Allahu Akbar' after he shoots his fellow officer when they confront him in Milan as the Tunisian's ISIS suicide video is revealed* * WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Berlin truck killer Anis Amri is pictured lying dead after gun battle in Milan * Europe-wide manhunt was launched for Amri, 24, after he drove a truck through market killing 12 in Berlin * Four-day hunt came to an end when he was shot dead after a gunfight with two patrol officers in Milan, Italy * Amri shot one... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Friday Morning Briefing: Berlin, banks and bombs. Get your global headlines: https://t.co/xY4JWFA2X6 pic.twitter.com/1kaFaMMLhN — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 23, 2016

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A serviceman patrols on the Grand-Place (Groote Markt) on the sidelines of the "winter wonders" Christmas market, in Brussels. European cities tightened security measures after a deadly truck attack at a Christmas market in Berlin. © AFP 2016/ Hatim Kaghat

The Syrian War To Free Itself From The Evil US/Israel/NATO Criminal Cabal: It is NOW Official - Aleppo Is Finally Free Of US/Israeli Operatives And Fraud Terrorists!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 16 hours ago
Over the last week since the announcement that the last remaining "terrorists" and "rebels" would evacuate eastern Aleppo, we have been watching how the US/Israel/NATO scoundrels were trying everything possible to somehow change the outcome including taking shots and bombing the buses that were evacuating the scum and operatives out of the city.... We have even watched the liars and scoundrels in the Jew spew media continue their LIES that the Syrian government forces were "massacring" civilians in eastern Aleppo... But in spite of all those troubles the evacuation and final conquer... more »

Large-Scale Study Shows Traffic Fatalities Significantly Lower in States with Legal Weed

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: legal]"Both medical marijuana laws and dispensaries were associated with reductions in traffic fatalities, especially among those aged 25 to 44 years."

Almost 40 Percent of ASD Teachers Lack Basic Qualifications

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
When Walton Foundation shill, Dr. Gary Henry, was asked about the fact that almost 40 percent of ASD teachers lacked basic teaching qualifications, his response included this gem: "It’s a relatively low bar for traditional schools to meet, but it’s probably not a meaningful statistic for parents to focus on when they’re thinking about choosing a school for their child." Dr. Gary Henry may know statistics, which is one of his specialties--the other being political science--but he is not an educator, nor is he an education professor. Nor does he know anything about what should be i... more »

Mass Customized Learning Comes to Central Pennsylvania

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 17 hours ago
This post was originally written this past fall as a FB note, but I am posting it here now so that it can be more widely available. “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning” is a book and an educational program developed by education theorists Charles Schwahn and Bea McGarvey. Is is one of a number of “personalized” digital education programs popping up in schools across the country. The program, implemented in several communities in Maine, has been widely criticized and resulted in large numbers of teachers leaving those districts. Concerns included the fact that there are no tradit... more »

Yahoo Caught Working With Secret Govt Court in Plot to Overthrow 4th Amendment

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: yahoo]Intelligence agencies, in cooperation with Yahoo and other platforms, have been wholesale spying on ALL Americans and call it legal.

Researcher logs three retractions for image duplications — two of which with familiar co-authors

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 17 hours ago
A researcher in Brazil is taking responsibility for accidentally mixing up images in three papers in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. The corresponding author on the three papers told us the mistake happened because the studies were conducted simultaneously, and relied on one computer. There’s a side note to these retractions: The co-author list on […] The post Researcher logs three retractions for image duplications — two of which with familiar co-authors appeared first on Retraction Watch.

World’s Largest Hedge Fund is Completely Automating Management (and Humans)

Patrick Caughill at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 17 hours ago
The founder of the world's largest and most profitable hedge fund has developed the Principles Operating System software. The ultimate goal for the system is to be able to predict meeting outcomes, autonomously mediate employee disagreement, and dictate every move of an employee's day. The post World’s Largest Hedge Fund is Completely Automating Management (and Humans) appeared first on Futurism.

Ask Mitt Romney

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
These days, everyone is talking about the rising tide of populism. But, Paul Krugman writes, when it comes to Donald Trump, it's all a scam -- a classic bait and switch. The giveaway is his cabinet appointments: Both his pick as budget director and his choice to head Health and Human Services want to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and privatize Medicare. His choice as labor secretary is a fast-food tycoon who has been a vociferous opponent both of Obamacare and of minimum wage hikes. And House Republicans have already submitted plans for drastic cuts in Social Security, includi... more »

WPTPN: The Collapse of Embedded Liberalism in a Time of Populist Nationalism?

Kindred Winecoff at Duck of Minerva - 17 hours ago
This World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism (WPTPN) guest post is written by Sean D. Ehrlich, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida State University who researches international and comparative political economy, trade policy, and democratic institutions. His first book, Access Points, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011 and he is currently […]

Sam Husseini Corrects Schumer Fudging What Medicare Privatization Would Mean and He Pretends He Was Being Honest All Along

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
*-by Sam Husseini* The new Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer began his remarks at the recent "Hands Off Medicare" event [video below] by noting that he and Bernie Sanders-- another speaker at the event-- both went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn. Said Schumer: "Bernie was on the track team and they won the city championship. I was on the basketball team. We weren't that good our motto was 'we may be small-- but we're slow.'" The quip turned out to be rather apt. At the event, Schumer went on about about how privatization of Medicare would mean that doctors could ch... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 18 hours ago
Are we all going to die in a nuclear exchange between the U.S. and Russia? I don't think so, alarming as this seems: President-elect Donald Trump signaled Thursday that he will look to "strengthen and expand" the US's nuclear capability hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to enhance his country's nuclear forces.... Trump weighed in with a tweet just hours after Putin spoke following a meeting with his military advisers to review the activity of the past year. "The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world co... more »

France unveils the world’s first (and probably last) solar panel road

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 20 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2016/12/22/france-unveils-the-worlds-first-solar-panel-road/#more-30102 Tallbloke has this story about a solar panel road, which had me reaching for the calendar to check it was not April 1st! Five million Euros to power a few street lights sounds expensive. What effect traffic has on the panels remains to be seen, but dirt […]

"Story Time: Bill Reads a Hillary Clinton Children's Book!"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago

Postmortem (8 year retrospective)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 21 hours ago
Now knows what "no hope" feels like. Wakes up every morning in a house built by slaves. -- well not for long. Various news outlets and the Child of Hope/Son of Promise himself have said that the last eight years in the Obama Whitehouse have been scandal free. Progs, never known for being all that bright, have very convenient memories. - The ACORN Scandal - Appointing "czars" to go around Congressionally approved cabinet secretaries. - Operation Fast and Furious Scandal - Mass executive orders instead of going through the process of having Congress make appropriate l... more »

Local Council By-Elections December 2016

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 22 hours ago
Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Nov Average/ contest +/- Nov +/- Seats Conservative 21 7,895 29.2% -9.1% 376 -331 -6 Labour 18 4,657 17.2% -9.4% 259 -231 0 LibDem 15 5,525 20.4% +3.0% 368 +18 +4 UKIP 12 1,961 7.2% +2.6% 163 +21 -1 Green 5 412 1.5% -0.9% 82 -20 0 SNP* 2 2,534 9.4% +3.2% 1,267 +309 -1 PC** 0 0 TUSC 0 0 Ind*** 8 4,034 14.9% +13.8% 504 +329 ... more »

Earth Bombarded by Mysterious Galactic High Energy Waves: An Increased Risk of Coming Earthquakes?

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 22 hours ago
The role of a journalist is to report “the truth” based on available verifiable evidence of unfolding events and developments in this world. Because undisputable empirical facts confirm that the current crime cabal dominating this earth has chosen war over peace, exploitation and greed over cooperation and sharing, fake news and propaganda lies over honesty and truth, and death over life, as an alternative news journalist I’ve felt compelled to focus on exposing the existing crime cabal’s latest evildoing, ensuring that a wealth of hyperlinked source documentation is included to bac... more »

Tomorrow’s Problem of Good and Evil: The Challenges of Trans- and Post- Humanism

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
A conception of evil that carries over from the Abrahamic religions into secular modernity is that of the ‘disorganization of the soul’. The idea here is that evil isn’t something separate from good but something that arises from the malformation or malfunctioning of good parts. Thus, Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost is God’s best angel gone rogue, the template for the villains faced by comic book superheroes. Many if not most mental illnesses, from neurosis to autism, are defined as some sort of ‘disorder’. In a similar but grander vein, cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener regarded ... more »

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/23/2016”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/23/2016”* By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com “Terrorists have stuck again by using a truck to mow down Christmas shoppers. The latest attack was committed by an Islamic terrorist who is aligned with ISIS. This is one of the many reasons the status quo will be voted out of office in the 2017 elections in places like France and Germany. People have had enough with the PC culture, while people are slaughtered by terrorists on a regular basis. Donald Trump has picked his cabinet and looks like he is going to war with the oligarchs. He has former Marine generals p... more »

More highly educated and healthier people have smaller families so world population would have lower increases if poor in Africa and Asia were educated

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 23 hours ago
Today, the future of world population growth looks more uncertain than it did a decade ago because of a controversial recent stalling of fertility decline in a number of African countries and a controversy over how low below replacement level fertility will fall, particularly in China. Probabilistic population projections try to quantify these uncertainties based on statistical extrapolation, expert judgement, or a blend of both. Although such projections published in 2008 gave a 95% prediction interval ranging from 5.2 to 12.7 billion for the global population in the year 2100, pro...more »

Kellyanne Conway explains her new job...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 23 hours ago
*I must admit she has really grown on me.* For one thing, she doesn't flap her hands around like so many women do. For another, I can't wait to see how all the libtard womyn are going to react to Trump giving this important position to a real woman.

Fairy ‘just delighted’ about tree up fanny

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
Spare a thought this Christmas for the fairy on top of your Christmas tree. 'A CHRISTMAS tree fairy would rather not have a needle-covered branch right up her skirt, it has emerged. Fairy Eleanor Shaw, who has spent the last 12 months in an attic, just hopes that the Norway spruce branch in her most delicate parts is increasing the gaiety of Yuletide. She continued: "Does nobody else find the 'tree up fairy fanny' thing a bit weird? It's like some disturbing Japanese comic. "I could just be tied to the tree with a bit of string around my waist. That would work perfectly well and n... more »

Real Life ‘Pizzagate’ Authorities Arrest 51 In Child Sex Ring, Lawmakers Included

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
Excuse me, we now have two apparent highly connected pedophile rings exposed and been taken down in two countries, been N1orway and England. Simple extension powerfully suggests we have much larger numbers to confront in North America. Add in the huge amount of clear circumstantial evidence around Pizzagate and you know you have a problem. Add in the disturbing fact that this drives a natural conspiracy that must get access to power to protect its members at the least and that it must also use government tools to procure. How better to get victims that through an orphanage or ... more »

Nine Powerful Life Lessons From Studying with a Monk

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
This is all good and there is plenty of advice and tools out there to assist you in successfully meditating. Recently i learned from Dyer something that is very practical. It is simply to take a favored prayer or mantra or whatever and to first focus of the first word by repeating it several times. Then do the same for the second, Then step back between the two words into the silence. Your mind should be quelled and simple practice will allow you to advance quickly. This is both simple and fast and it bypasses many sources of potential confusion. You will be meditating. Once... more »

Anti-Vaccinators and their Brave Fight Since the Smallpox Vaccine

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
What has evolved today happens to be bizarre. The original concept certainly had merit and still does. It is the go to strategy when an infectious pathogen gets loose. Now we batch preventative agents with no way of telling if it is all going to be effective. That means dumping foreign biological directly into our blood stream and hoping we have no issue. The more serious problem has been the carriers. These have been seriously implicated for a range of problems that in a more positive environment would be followed up on. Instead we have an epidemic of autism and pea... more »

Holocaust . . . a fresh look at the collapse of the indigenous population in the Southeastern United States

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 23 hours ago
This also supports another reasonable conjecture. It is that European ships before Columbus were seaworthy enough to be blown across the Atlantic often. however once here, no one knew how to get back until Columbus showed them. At the same time their ships would be seriously the worse for wear as well so that exploring for a route back was likely out of the question. All this meant that we had one way trips from time to time and the natives then knew of our existence yet lacked the shipping to explore. Thus the Bubonic plague surely hit the Americas sometime after 1350 Ad al... more »

ContentoNowTV Hosts Tsvi Bisk

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 23 hours ago

Amnesty International Attacks Democracies, Forgives Islamist Tyrannies

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
'In 2005, Irene Khan, then secretary general of Amnesty, described the American detention center in Guantanamo Bay as "the Gulag of our time." She compared the Soviet forced-labor camps, where three million people died of hunger, cold and executions, to a US military base where no prisoner has died, and which has prevented countless innocent civilians from being blown up. It seems that Amnesty International abandoned the battle of human rights in favor of a grotesque anti-Western bias. This shift is why the British weekly, The Economist, accused Amnesty International of "reserving... more »

Comparing BBC reporting on human shields in Gaza and Iraq - BBC Watch

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
This BBC Watch report https://bbcwatch.org/2016/11/29/comparing-bbc-reporting-on-human-shields-in-gaza-and-iraq/ should be a must read for anyone who doubts that the BBC is institutionally anti Israel. Do read it all but here's the conclusion: 'So as we see, within less than a month since the launch of the military operation against ISIS in the Mosul region, BBC audiences were alerted to the terror group's use of civilians as human shields on at least four occasions. The majority of those reports were based on information provided by outside sources and – in contrast to the 2014 r... more »

How many British Muslims are being taught to hate Jews?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
'Kasim Hafeez, who was raised as a devout Muslim – not in Syria or Iran, but in England – explains why he was taught to hate Jews and why that anti-Semitism seemed justified and even righteous.' Watch the video here https://unitedwithisrael.org/watch-born-to-hate-jews but not on YouTube who seem not to want the truth to be told.

What Germany allowed Anis Amri is stunning

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 day ago
Now, at 10:36 am, I learned that the attacker was finally shot dead at 3 am in Sesto San Giovanni in Greater Milan, Italy (840 km away from Berlin), after a shootout and an obligatory "Allah Akbar". After he was asked to show his documents, he replied with the Islamic expletive, so the Italian cops reasonably concluded that it was a wrong answer and shot him dead before he seriously injured one cop (shoulder). A photo, a slide show, Street View (all such things are from my research). Anis Amri who was born in Tataouine (now a Daesh stronghold in the desert), Tunisia, on December 22n... more »

Egypt delays UN resolution on Israel as Trump raises concerns and BBC News hate Donald Trump even more now

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Donald Trump isn't President of the United States yet but the BBC are learning that he's not going to fall into the politically correct ways of 'thinking' that they'd like: 'Egypt has suddenly delayed a vote on its UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank as Donald Trump made his opposition clear.A US official told the BBC that it had been considering an abstention, which would have allowed the motion to pass.Israel then contacted Donald Trump's transition team to intervene, an Israeli official told Reuters.' You can read more about this here http://www.bbc.c... more »

Melbourne Christmas Day 'terror attack' foiled, say Australia police per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Go on, guess what sort of people the suspects are. Even the BBC have to admit that: 'Four of the suspects were Australian-born men in their 20s of a Lebanese background, while the fifth was an Australian of Egyptian origin, Mr Ashton said. He claimed they were "self-radicalised" but inspired by propaganda of the so-called Islamic State.' Might that make them all Muslims? More desperate obfuscation here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-38411935

President Obama Used ‘Red Phone’ To Warn Russia Not To Meddle In US Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Telegraph*: *Barack Obama used nuclear 'red phone' to warn Putin about Russian hacking of US election* President Barack Obama used the "red phone" system set up to avert nuclear war to issue a stark warning to Vladimir Putin over Russian hacking of the US election. Mr Obama delivered the message to the Russian president in October stating that further cyber attacks would be considered in the same way as "armed conflict," NBC News reported. The US president had already confronted Mr Putin personally when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China in September. *Rea... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning (Void of the Stellar Winds)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Velvet Morning (Void of the Stellar Winds)” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYBSoYdJ8yw

President-Elect Trump Upstages And Contradicts White House On Key Foreign Policy Issues

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*: *In a day of tweets, Trump suggests major change on national security issues* Before lunchtime Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump said he would expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal, upending a reduction course set by presidents of both parties over the past four decades, and called for the United States to veto a pending U.N. resolution that criticized Israel’s settlements policy. The policy prescriptions, communicated in morning tweets, followed calls since last month’s election to reconsider the arms-length U.S. relationship with Taiwan and to let China keep a... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Long before Stonehenge was built, well before the Dead Sea Scrolls were written, ancient artists painted life-sized figures on canyon walls in Utah, USA - but why? Nobody is sure. The entire panel of figures, which dates back about 7,000 years, is called the Great Gallery and was found on the walls of Horseshoe Canyon in Canyonlands National Park. The humans who painted them likely hunted Mammoths. *Click image for larger size.* The unusual fuzziness of the largest figure led to this mural section's informal designation as the Holy Ghost Panel, although the intended attribution and... more »

"Kind Words..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Kind words do not cost much. They never blister the tongue or lips. They make other people good-natured. They also produce their own image on men's souls, and a beautiful image it is.” - Blaise Pascal

Wendell Berry, “Do Not Be Ashamed”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Do Not Be Ashamed”* “You will be walking some night in the comfortable dark of your yard And suddenly a great light will shine round about you, and behind you will be a wall you never saw before. It will be clear to you suddenly that you were about to escape, And that you are guilty: you misread The complex instructions, you are not a member, you lost your card or never had one. And you will know that they have been there all along, Their eyes on your letters and books, their hands in your pockets, their ears wired to your bed. Though you have done nothing shameful. They will want you t... more »

Pentagon Insists That Iran Is Not Using The Money That Has Been Given To Them By The U.S. For Arms

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Free Beacon:* *Pentagon: Iran Seeking New Missiles, War Equipment* *Says American cash has not fueled Tehran's buildup* Pentagon officials are downplaying declarations by Iran that it is spending some $1.7 billion provided by the United States on new advanced weapons systems, while also acknowledging that the Islamic Republic continues to build its military arsenal at an increasing rate, according to a Defense Department assessment obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, informed Congress in an unclassified co... more »

Bernie's Revolution Is Winning-- Let's Not Let It she Derailed By Idiots

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Jimmy Gomez* California elected 5 new freshmen this year— all Democrats replacing Democrats: Ro Khanna, who won a primary against Mike Honda, Jimmy Panetta, who took the seat Sam Farr retired from, Salud Carbajal, who took the seat Lois Capps retired from, Nanette Barragan, who took the seat Janice Hahn retired from and Lou Correa, who took the seat Loretta Sanchez gave top when she ran, unsuccessfully, for the Senate. Politically all the freshmen are pretty much like their predecessors. Lou Correa is, by far the most conservative, and like Sanchez, he’s part of the Blue Dog caucus... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Grays, Thurrock, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"The Illusion of Truth"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "The Illusion of Truth"* by PsyBlog "We see ads for the same products over and over again. Politicians repeat the same messages endlessly (even when it has nothing to do with the question they've been asked). Journalists repeat the same opinions day after day. Can all this repetition really be persuasive? It seems too simplistic that just repeating a persuasive message should increase its effect, but that's exactly what psychological research finds (again and again). Repetition is one of the easiest and most widespread methods of persuasion. In fact it's so obvious that we someti... more »

"The Greatest Clues..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Maybe it's all utterly meaningless. Maybe it's all unutterably meaningful. If you want to know which, pay attention to what it means to be truly human in a world that half the time we're in love with and half the time scares the hell out of us. Any fiction that helps us pay attention to that is religious fiction. The unexpected sound of your name on somebody's lips. The good dream. The strange coincidence. The moment that brings tears to your eyes. The person who brings life to your life. Even the smallest events hold the greatest clues." - Frederick Buechner

Be Honest-- Would You Stay At A Trump-Branded Hotel? What If It Was Raining And You Had No Umbrella?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I travel a lot-- always have. When I was a kid I would crash wherever I could. I hitch-hiked out to San Francisco for what the media later dubbed "the Summer of Love" and wound up sleeping on a step on a staircase in an old Haight-Ashbury Victorian. Years later I spent several years living in a VW camper can as I drove from London to India. Still later I wound up as president of a large company and stayed in the major luxury class hotels like the Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Principe Di Savoia in Milan, the New Otani in Tokyo, the Prk Tower in Buenos Aires, Four Seasons and Ritz Ca... more »

Retaliation Promised: Russian Ambassador's Murder Justified, Even Praised Across the West

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*December 23, 2016* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - In the week leading up to the brazen, cold-blooded murder of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara, Turkey, the United States repeatedly and publicly threatened "retaliation" against Russia for allegedly "hacking" the 2016 US presidential elections. During the same week, Syrian forces backed by Russian airpower and Iranian ground support, finally ended the occupation of the northern city of Aleppo by armed militants who invaded in 2012. The inevitable liberation of Aleppo was accompanied by apoplectic hysteria across Western political,... more »

On Currency-Money Dichotomy

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 1 day ago
The idea of currency-money dichotomy is analogous to the theory of body-soul dichotomy. *Currency* consists of the banknotes and coins issued by the central bank that are in circulation. When the central bank issues currency, it is issuing credit. A transaction through currency is a transfer of debt from one party to another. In a currency based transaction the debt is not extinguished; it is merely transferred. *Money* stands for something like gold, silver, or any other commodity that has an objective value of its own. Economist Keith Weiner points out that money is the most... more »

“The Christmas Truce of 1914”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Christmas Truce of 1914”* by Simon Rees “You are standing up to your knees in the slime of a waterlogged trench. It is the evening of 24 December 1914 and you are on the dreaded Western Front. Stooped over, you wade across to the firing step and take over the watch. Having exchanged pleasantries, your bleary-eyed and mud-spattered colleague shuffles off towards his dug out. Despite the horrors and the hardships, your morale is high and you believe that in the New Year the nation's army march towards a glorious victory. But for now you stamp your feet in a vain attempt to keep... more »

BREAKING VIDEO: Police Taser 91yo Alzheimer’s Patient for Not Going to the Doctor

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: alzheimer's]A disturbing video was released today showing a police officer deploy a taser on a 91-year-old Alzheimer's patient for refusing to go to the doctor.

Some Gift Ideas Of Noah's Christmas Past (Plus Hanukkah Ideas, And Ideas For Trumpf Voters)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Yes, we even have Hanukkah suggestions -- see Nos. 3 and 4.* *by Noah* *A couple of weeks ago, I presented this year’s installment of my annual gift suggestions for the holiday season ("The Year Of The Trumpocalypse: Noah’s Annual Holiday Gift Suggestions, For 2016 And Beyond; If There Is a Beyond!"). But why stop there? I always try, dear readers, to find things that might have previously escaped your notice. There have been many fine options presented here in past years, which are still available, until they are banned by fascist decree, that is. Here’s a selection of some of my... more »

This Robot Reaches a Staggering 20 Meters and Weighs Almost Nothing

Robert Sanders at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 1 day ago
A new robot out of Tokyo can extend up to 20 meters but still only weighs less than 1.2 kilograms and can easily fit in the trunk of a car. While the bot does have some limitations, like high winds, there are still plenty of applications, such as search and inspection. The post This Robot Reaches a Staggering 20 Meters and Weighs Almost Nothing appeared first on Futurism.

The Incoming Trump Administration Signals A Tough Trade Policy Against China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Voice of America:* *China Fears Trump's Choice for Trade Post May Cause Serious Friction * BEIJING — President-elect Donald Trump's selection of China critic Peter Navarro as the head of a new White House position focusing on trade is being seen by many in China as confirmation that the Republican leader is determined to implement his election promises to impose trade restrictions on Chinese goods. Navarro is a business professor at the University of California-Irvine who has been a fierce critic of China's trade and economic policies through books such as "Death by China: Confr... more »

"How It Really Should Be"

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

"Revolution 2.0"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Revolution 2.0"* by Ryan Lawlor “200,000 years of evolution- and Homo sapiens' most advanced societies are on the brink of nuclear war and anthropogenic climate disruption, both of which threaten to destroy most life on Earth. Sol is a fourth-generation star, 4.6 billion years old in a universe 13.8 billion years old in a galaxy of 100 billion stars in a known universe of one to two trillion galaxies, very probably only one dimension of countless other dimensions and galaxies. Our universe is still very young, in its heyday of star formation, beginning from virtually nothing (a s... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 22, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *Nicholas Blanford, CSM*: *Assad's move: After Aleppo, could Idlib be next? * *The war in Syria is far from over, and the anti-Assad rebels have vowed to fight on. Many are congregated in Idlib province. But before the Syrian president elects to go after them, he has other options to consider.* The restoration of Aleppo, Syria’s second city, to state control has given President Bashar al-Assad his greatest victory in nearly six years of bitter civil war and left rebel forces reeling and mulling their next steps. Still, the war that has ravaged the country, left more than 300,0... more »

"Generation Snowflake"; "Save The Snowflakes!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Generation Snowflake: Percentage Of Young Adults Living * *With Their Parents Hasn’t Been This High Since 1940"* By Michael Snyder "Have we failed this generation of young adults by not equipping them to be able to handle the harsh realities of the real world? According to the Wall Street Journal, the percentage of Americans in the 18 to 34-year-old age bracket that are currently living with their parents hasn’t been this high in 75 years. At this point nearly 40 percent of our young adults in that age range are living at home, and many are concerned that this could have some ala... more »

Trump asks Boeing to price out Advanced Super Hornet F-18 with conformal fuel tanks to put negotiation pressure on Lockheed and the F-35

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
In response to a series of cost overruns and other development issues for the F-35 fighter jet, President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday he has asked Boeing to "price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet." Trump's request — announced via tweet — came a day after meeting separately with the CEOs from Lockheed Martin and Boeing to discuss bringing the "costs down" on the F-35 fifth-generation stealth jet and the next fleet of presidential aircraft. On December 12, Trump said the cost for Lockheed Martin's fifth-generation stealth F-35 Lightning II jet was also "out of control." The... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Another key Trump appointment, another victory for Reince Priebus: President-elect Donald Trump named Republican National Committee official Sean Spicer as White House press secretary.... Spicer, the RNC’s communications director since 2011 and chief strategist since 2015, has become an increasingly visible presence on Trump’s team since the GOP nominee won the election on Nov. 8. Noted for his combative television interviews, he helps to lead daily transition news media calls and has a close relationship with RNC chairman Reince Priebus, Trump’s incoming chief of staff. I said ear... more »

When will Physics be Done?

David LePoire at Science 2.0 Blogs - 1 day ago
Many people have predicted the end of fundamental physics. Often these are at the end of great progress such as the late 19th century when classical physics was quite well understood, or in the midst of such a flurry of action when it seems like all the pieces are coming together such as in the 1920’s and 1930’s in nuclear and quantum physics. Clearly, there are many mysteries and surprises yet to uncover in fundamental physics but is there a pattern in its historical progress that might indicate where we are in its completion. This type of analysis (also called logistic analysi... more »

‘None Of Us Are Disposable’: Vigil At Rahm Emanuel’s House Marks Lives Of 770 Killed By Violence

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
Community organizations, faith leaders, and families gathered for a vigil outside Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's house to mark the 770 people killed by violence in 2016. The post ‘None Of Us Are Disposable’: Vigil At Rahm Emanuel’s House Marks Lives Of 770 Killed By Violence appeared first on Shadowproof.

World News Briefs -- December 22, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters:* *Syrian army announces victory in Aleppo in boost for Assad* The Syrian army said it had retaken complete control of Aleppo on Thursday after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the battered city, handing President Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory of the nearly six-year-old war. The military said it had brought "the return of safety and security to the city of Aleppo", ending four years of rebel resistance in the northern Syrian city. "This victory constitutes an important turning point," an army statement said. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* Syrian gover...more »

John Pilger: The Empire Feels Shocked and Threatened with Trump’s Victory, Parts 1 & 2

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
Dandelion Salad with John Pilger teleSUR English on Dec 16, 2016 Tariq Ali talks to the award winning Journalist and Filmmaker John Pilger about the state of the world. Part 2 teleSUR English on Dec 22 , 2016 Tariq Ali talks to the award winning Journalist and Filmmaker John Pilger about the state of the […]

U.S. Taxpayers Subsidizing Vile Treatment of Palestinians

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Israeli Occupiers spraying disgusting waste water at Palestinian homes and civilians in Kafr Qaddum Town in the Occupied West Bank. In the next 10 years US taxpayers will hand $38 billion in military aid to the corrupt and brutal Israeli government. This is a moral and ethical crime because most of the money will be used to continue stealing land from the Palestinian people and to keep them caged inside refugee camps and behind walls. Wake up America. Our soul is rotting. Bruce

Abby Martin: 2016: LGBTQ Rights, Police Brutality, Sanders, Trump, Standing Rock and More

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
Dandelion Salad with Abby Martin TheRealNews on Dec 21, 2016 Paul Jay and Abby Martin discuss the critical events of the year, including Trump’s victory, the Sanders breakthrough, and the worsening prospects for federal action on climate change. Transcript From the archives: It’s The End of the World, But … Rapacious Consumerism is the Life-blood of […]

Red Cross Says Aleppo Evacuation Complete- Syria's Army Takes Complete Control

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
Hopefully the door hit them on the way out! I'm not waving Bana at you all- See below? That's most of what left Aleppo. A convoy, evacuating civilians and opposition group members who left east Aleppo *GENEVA: A week-long operation to evacuate tens of thousands of people from east Aleppo as well as two Shi’ite villages in Syria’s Idlib province is complete, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.* *“All civilians who wished to be evacuated have been, as well as wounded and fighters,” ICRC spokeswoman Krista Armstrong said. The aid agency led the compl... more »

VIDEO: Cop Assaults & Arrests Mom and Children Who Called 911 on Man Who Assaulted Her 7yo Son

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: child]Fort Worth, TX — A video posted to Facebook Wednesday evening has quickly gone viral showing a Fort Worth cop involved in a violent arrest of a mother and her two teen daughters. The incident began when Jacqueline Craig called police alleging that her neighbor assaulted her 7-year-old son. Craig told police that the neighbor …

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 22, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges. YouTube *BBC*: *Russia used Syria as live-fire training - US general* The US army's commander in Europe has accused Russia of using its military campaign in Syria as a "live-fire training opportunity". Lt Gen Ben Hodges said Russia's "disregard for civilian casualties... is not the conduct of a nation that wants to be treated like a superpower". Russia's defence minister said on Thursday that its air force had killed 35,000 fighters in Syria. But Russia has been accused of using heavy weapons in civilian areas. It has consistently denied targeting ci... more »

Will The Real Tulsi Gabbard Please Stand Up... Please Stand Up

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Long before her sudden transformation into a Berniecrat, Tulsi Gabbard called me to ask for a Blue America endorsement. She didn't really try to paint herself as a progressive and she came across as a garden variety careerist Democrat, not especially bad and not especially good. At the end of the interview, I asked her about the process by which she had come to change her position on LGBT equality. She immediately said she'd call back and then hung up abruptly and... never called back. She's extremely popular in Hawaii, where people have largely bought into her self-promoting bran... more »

White House Releases a Solution to Automation-Caused Job Loss

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 1 day ago
In a new report, the current White House administration addresses the subject of unemployment due to automation, which is estimated to eliminate up to 47 percent of jobs. Whether the solution is education and research, like the report suggests, or universal basic income, the issue is one that the Trump administration will need to address. The post White House Releases a Solution to Automation-Caused Job Loss appeared first on Futurism.

Sorry, This Mech Suit Designed for Humanity Might Just Be A Hoax

June Javelosa at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 1 day ago
Some scientists have spoken up with skepticism about Method-1, a massive four-meter tall mech suit controlled by a pilot inside a glass cockpit via arm controls. If real, Method-1 may be the biggest machine intended to aid humans to date, but it’s certainly not alone in its quest to provide mechanical assistance. The post Sorry, This Mech Suit Designed for Humanity Might Just Be A Hoax appeared first on Futurism.

Peter Gabriel: The Veil

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 1 day ago
*Peter Gabriel* [Intro] Do solemnly swear Do solemnly swear That I will support and defend That I will support and defend The constitution of the United States The constitution of the United States Against all enemies Against all enemies Foreign and domestic Foreign and domestic [Verse 1] Underneath the sky where the cold winds cross There is an ocean where data flows One man in a boat out on the sea A sea of little bits of you and me [Chorus] Let it all go, set it all free You let the whole wide world see Exactly what is going on Exactly who is looking on [Verse 2] Stories ... more »

Syrian Government Now In Complete Control Of Aleppo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NYT*: *Assad in Complete Control of Aleppo as Evacuation of Rebel Districts Ends* BEIRUT, Lebanon — The evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held part of Aleppo concluded on Thursday after long delays because of frigid weather, putting all of Syria’s industrial capital back in the hands of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for the first time since 2012. The last buses carrying residents from eastern Aleppo left the city late Thursday night, according to the Syrian state news agency. Tens of thousands of people have been removed from eastern Aleppo since Dec.... more »

Secrecy and Mysteries Challenge the Official History of Antarctica

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Jordan Sather* - What is really taking place in Antarctica? The post Secrecy and Mysteries Challenge the Official History of Antarctica appeared first on Waking Times.

Three of the world's most wonderful places!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016You're only told about two:* Propaganda is often about the things you *aren't* allowed to know. With that in mind, let's return to Amanda Ripley's recent report in the New York Times about last year's Pisa. Public school students in the world's developed nations take part in two different sets of international tests—the Pisa and the Timss. Ripley disappears the Timss, only mentions the Pisa. In her recent report for the Times, she followed the standard "ed reform" line. In this passage, she mentioned a wonderful "handful of places" which help put the ... more »

Siberia Sizzles At 58C Below

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey https://uk.news.yahoo.com/earths-temperature-dip-still-sizzle-2017-151655070.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma Meanwhile back in the real world: 20 Dec 2016 – Heavy snowfall in Saudi Arabia – Such snow not seen for many years. Temperature below zero. https://www.iceagenow.info/camels-standing-snow-several-videos/#more-19496 19 Dec 2016 – Snow in the Sahara for the first time since 1979 […]

Congo Implodes As AFRICOM Expands

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
While US officials shuttle in and out of Kinshasa amid protests, US military are creeping further and further into the politics of the continent. The post Congo Implodes As AFRICOM Expands appeared first on Shadowproof.

President-Elect Trump: United States Must Greatly Strengthen And Expand Its Nuclear Capability

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016 *Washington Post*:* Donald Trump says he wants to ‘greatly strengthen and expand’ U.S. nuclear capability, a radical break from U.S. foreign policy* President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called for the United States to expand its nuclear arsenal, after Russian President Vladi­mir Putin said his country’s nuclear potential needs fortifying, in what would reverse decades of efforts to re... more »

Passenger Upset That Ivanka Trump And Her Children Were Flying With Him Aboard A JetBlue Flight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Out of line: A passenger on a JetBlue flight accosted Ivanka Trump on Thursday morning *Daily Mail*: *Screaming Brooklyn lawyer chases down Ivanka Trump and yells at her as she sits with her kids on flight - and his Hillary supporter husband BOASTS about the verbal attack before they're kicked off* * A passenger on a JetBlue flight accosted Ivanka Trump on Thursday morning * 'Your father is ruining the country,' said Dan Goldstein, a lawyer from Brooklyn, who had a child in his arms * He then began demanding to know why Ivanka was on the flight and not travelling on a private plane... more »

Electrical device signals the spleen reducing blood loss by 50-70% and could save over 80,000 lives each year from childbirth blood loss

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
A neural tourniquet reduces bleeding without a rope or physical compression of the blood vessel. doctors press a handheld device against the skin to stimulate the vagus nerve, which transmits information between the brain and the major organs. The nerve stimulation conveys a signal to the spleen, where the platelet blood cells that form clots receive their instructions. This signal “primes” the platelets, prepping them to form clots if they encounter a wound anywhere in the body. “This grabs control of the mechanism the brain uses,” Czura says. “The body has this natural physiologic... more »

Reporting the new indictments in Flint!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 1 day ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2016In search of explanations and facts:* New indictments were announced this week in Flint. On Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow devoted more than half her program to the general topic. (Huge chunks of time were burned.) On Wednesday morning, the new indictments were reported in the New York Times. The reports were instructive and not so instructive. Let's start with the Times. Below, you see the start of Monica Davey's news report, which got prominent placement in the hard-copy Times. So far, we'd call this instructive and not so instructive. Hard-copy banne... more »

BREAKING: Snowden Goes Off on Twitter, Exposes How US Govt Report ‘Exonerates’ Him

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: snowden]Edward Snowden just went on an epic Twitter rant, utterly destroying an error-filled congressional report about him that constituted a vapid hit piece.

New drug possible breakthrough against progressive multiple sclerosis

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
As many as 400,000 Americans are believed to suffer from multiple sclerosis -- a debilitating disease of the central nervous system. A new drug may provide relief from the most devastating form of MS. Many MS patients can manage their disease through the use of several helpful medications, but about 10 to 15 percent have progressive MS, which has no approved treatment and continuously gets worse. Three years ago, a new intravenous drug called Ocrelizumab began clinical trials. It targets an immune system cell which, in MS, is felt to mistakenly attack the nervous system. In the ... more »

Are You Proud To Be A Canadian?: Criminal Trudeau Regime Admits Weapons Sold To Saudi Regime May (Definitely) Have Been Used In Yemen!

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 1 day ago
I came across a report today that made me disgusted to be called a Canadian.... I and others living up here in the "Great White North" remember the reports of earlier this year where the Trudeau regime in Ottawa was all for the sale of some 15 BILLION dollars of very deadly and very sophisticated weaponry to the criminal Saudi regime... I had a very gnawing thought at the time that these weapons would be used by these criminals against the innocent people of Yemen.... I had hoped I was wrong about that, but once again I found this report proving that my suspicions were correct.. Ri... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Politico reports this, which sounds good to me: Senate Democrats are approaching the January confirmation battle over Donald Trump’s Cabinet as a chance to launch their political comeback and expose the president-elect as a fraud. ... The goal, according to lawmakers and aides: to depict Trump’s chosen inner circle of billionaires and conservative hard-liners as directly at odds with the working-class Americans he vowed to help. ... Democrats believe they have a target-rich environment ... whether it’s Rex Tillerson’s ties to big oil and Russia, Steven Mnuchin’s Wall Street career,... more »

Tesla is trying to prevent speeding while using autopilot but there are complaints this is less safe because of speed of traffic

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
Owners of Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot have, up until now, been able to set the speed of the Autopilot’s ‘Traffic-Aware Cruise Control’ feature to up to 5 mph over the speed limit on roads and non-divided highways. Tesla's 8.1 software, with its UI update and Autopilot tweaks, is still unreleased. But to bring owners some more incremental updates, it's pushing 8.0.2 out to users as this is being written. The biggest addition to 8.0.2 is a reported limitation to Autosteer on cars that have the system enabled. When Autosteer is engaged on roads and non-divided highways, it ... more »

Canada will spend C$750 million to provide all Canadians minimum internet broadband 50 Mbps download / 10 Mbps upload, currently 82% have such access

noreply@blogger.com (brian wang) at Next Big Future - 1 day ago
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) toda declared that broadband access Internet service is now considered a basic telecommunications service for all Canadians. The CRTC is also setting ambitious new speed targets and creating a new fund that will invest up to $750 million over and above existing government programs. Currently, about 18 percent of Canadians, representing 2 million households, don't have access to 50Mbps/10Mbps service. "The CRTC's goal is to reduce that to 10 per cent by 2021 and down to zero in the next 10 to 15 years, The CRTC h... more »

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