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*Eagle Over Iraq* An F-15E Strike Eagle prepares to receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender over Iraq, Dec. 25, 2016. F-15s are providing close air support during Operation Inherent Resolve, a multinational effort to weaken and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant in the Middle East region and around the world. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyler Woodward
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU Editor*: Watched a lot of TV news in the past few days (both U.S. and Canadian) .... and much of the media still does not understand why Donald Trump won the election.
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Dec. 15, 2016. US Navy Photo *USNI News*: *Trio of Curious French Police Officers Accidentally Ship Out on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower* Three curious French police officers are facing disciplinary measures after accidentally shipping out on carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) when it left after a port visit to Marseilles on Tuesday. The municipal police officers – who did not speak English– came aboard the carrier right before the ship left Marseille, France, a Navy official told USNI News on Thursday. The officers were providing security fo...more »
Star Trek: Discovery is an upcoming American television series created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman for CBS All Access. It is the first series developed specifically for that service, and the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, separate from the timeline of the concurrent feature films, Discovery explores a previously mentioned event from the history of Star Trek while following the crew of the USS Discovery. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts serve as showrunners on the ...more »
USS Dwight D. Eisenhower anchors off the coast of Naples, Italy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado *Defense News*: *No US Carrier Now In The Mideast* WASHINGTON – The Dwight D. Eisenhower carrier strike group chopped out of the European theater of operations Dec. 26, headed home to Norfolk after months of operating in the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean, where the strike jets of Carrier Air Wing 3 flew hundreds of missions against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. The homecoming is set for Dec. 30 – two days shy of the Navy’s stated go...more »
Now Trump is whining/tweeting that Obama isn’t helping make it as smooth a transition as he expected. In the early 1930s German Chancellor Heinrich Brüning's agenda was typical austerity claptrap— and, predictably— it wasn’t working… except for Hitler, whose Nazi party rose in popularity by opposing it. The transition from the moderate mainstream parties’ government to Hitler’s Nazi government was fairly smooth… and then came the Reichstag fire, followed by the Enabling Act giving the divisive Hitler, whose Nazis didn’t have a majority in Parliament, the ability to pass extra-cons...more »
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s *The Gulag Archipelago* was published today in 1973 in Paris. The novel describes the torture and murder of tens of millions of Soviet citizens by the communist regime in the Soviet Union (mostly during the rule of Josef Stalin from 1929 to 1953). The word "Gulag" refers to the far-flung system of forced labor camps run by the Soviet secret police and its institutions. The prisoner population in these camps grew from a relatively small number after the revolution of 1917 to more than 15 million during the peak of Stalinist terror. Solzhenitsyn has relied on...more »
Wikipedia *Mark Urban, BBC:* *What lies in store for the world in 2017?* What lies in store for the world next year? Some telling recent events suggest it could be very difficult for Western countries. While at the end of 2015 I looked at the way nationalistic populism would make the job of diplomats harder in 2016, now there are signs that the West's ability even to set the rules of the international game is beginning to unravel. "The post-Cold War era of Western-led globalisation, US predominance and the comfortable ascendancy of liberal international values is over," says Sir ...more »
Putin’s annual press conference is a chance for regular citizens to spend 3 hours in a great and rich Russia, where everything is in order and Putin is capable of installing presidents in foreign countries (according to one journalist). In general, the press conference strived to paint a picture of a great power facing some […]
*by Noah* No one has weaponized twitter or used it for unintended comedy stylings more than Herr Trumpf. At the same time, the tweets of the Twit-in-Chief, in total, are horrifying. The unintended consequence of twitter is that it can give the reader a good look at the character (or lack of). the intelligence (or lack of), and, maybe most important of all, the mental health status of the user. Herr Trumpf’s use of “the twitters,” as George W. Bush would probably call them, is somehow darkly inspiring. It has inspired me to wonder what kind of tweets might have been sent by variou...more »
[image: congress-planning-to-defund-un-as-critics-seek-full-withdrawal] U.S. lawmakers and pro-Israel activists are calling for an end to American taxpayer funding of the United Nations after a controversial UN Security Council vote declared some Israeli settlements to be illegal. Congress is already planning to cut the UN's funding in response to the UN scheme. The growing outrage also came from President-elect Donald Trump, who vowed that the UN situation would change once he is in the Oval Office. But other critics of the UN said defunding the “dictators club” would not be enough,...more »
Dandelion Salad Originally published May 27, 2012 Warning This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience. “A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of […]
Next Cold War Roundup 12/28/16: Evacuation of rebels from East Aleppo is complete. Syrian coalition forces found evidence of mass executions and torture and stockpiles of weapons and supplies. The Obama administration signed the “Global Magnitsky” and will publicly announce actions to “punish the Russians” for alleged election hacks. Public The post Mass Graves Found in Aleppo; Mosul Pause; Retaliation for Alleged Russian Hacks appeared first on Shadowproof.
With apologies to Christopher Marlowe By Susan Ohanian Come teach with me and be my Clone And we will make Common Core our own. Let corporate precepts rule our field, And make sure all stubborn students yield. There will we stand with methods right Pushing Global Economy skills airtight, Eschew those fiction texts with calls Of melodious birds singing madrigals. Now will I give thee Danielson rubrics And a thousand checkmarks therapeutic. The warning of *Needs Improvement * Squashes well any labor movement. The plan must follow the Bill Gates dollar Which teachers all wear as ...more »
Dandelion Salad In case you missed this documentary. Be inspired! Originally posted April 6, 2009 Lebanese Nostalgia on Dec 20, 2011 Description from: http://thetake.org/index.cfm?page_nam… In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed auto-parts workers walk into their idle factory, roll out sleeping mats and refuse to leave. All they want is to re-start the silent machines. But […]
Dandelion Salad stimulator This week: 1. Bossnapping 2. Factory Occupations 3. G20 Meltdown 4. N.ot A.ll T.hat O.rganized 5. La Rage 6. The effectiveness of protests 7. GBFMYC watch via http://submedia.tv/stimulator/2009/04… *** replaced video Jun 21, 2014 The Take (2004) Lebanese Nostalgia on Dec 20, 2011 Description from: http://thetake.org/index.cfm?page_nam… In suburban Buenos Aires, thirty unemployed […]
Interesting the news of the choir singing from the same hymnal yesterday. Even though the dis/misinfo (*that website never proved what it claimed*) msm /alt media chose to only focus on Erdogan’s ISIS statement.. In order to *manipulate their audiences with some ridicule or other ad hominem type statement*. Me? *I see things just a bit differently. Erdogan's statement cut a much wider swathe then just a mention of US support to ISIS. His statement was coordinated with statements coming out of Russia and Iran on the very same day. Yesterday*. *All three nations making statements po...more »
*Following up on: "Before the Flood" or "Mosul Dam: Bigger Problem Then ISIS" the New Yorker* *Fish in a barrel/Sitting Ducks * Mosul residents said on Wednesday that* an airstrike had disabled the city’s last functioning bridge *across the Tigris River, forcing residents to cross the waterway in boats The residents said the airstrike happened at dawn on Monday. Iraqi and officials from the US-led coalition battling ISIL were not available to comment. Activists from inside Mosul published pictures on Tuesday night of the metal bridge, known as the Old Bridge, showing its twisted ...more »
*This year I wrote and posted 794 posts. (This is the 796th)* *Of those, this from November the 3rd was the tenth most popular, which with this week’s shameful work at the UN gains an added relevance…* ------------------------------ *McCully Dances* [image: McCully-sheep-in-wolfs-clothing] Murray McCully is a strategically astute forward-thinking Foreign Minister who always knows how to get things done. Actually, no, he’s not. As the Saudi sheep-to-sand deal has always suggested, he’s either incompetent or he’s corrupt. And as the just-released 18-months-in-the-preparation AG ...more »
*“Commanding women to be equal to men, when they are not designed to be equal, has not and cannot result in equality. Anyone sending a woman on a journey to be “equal” to men is sending her on a damning journey. Men and women are different, and this is not something to be ashamed of. The male body is better suited for some things and the female body for others. The completion of an adult, morally achieved woman is not an eternal struggle to be like a man. Women are not deformed males: the female form is complete in and of itself, able to achieve moral completion in its own right...more »
*Alan Dershowitz, FOX News*: *John Kerry's meaningless speech and tragic missed opportunity* What if the Secretary of State gave a policy speech and no one listened? Because Secretary Kerry’s speech Wednesday came after the U.S.'s abstention on the Security Council vote, nobody in Israel will pay any attention to anything he said. Had the speech come before the abstention, there would have been some possibility of it influencing the debate within Israel. But following the U.S. abstention, Kerry has lost all credibility with Israelis across the political spectrum. This is why his s...more »
*CNN*: *Obama administration prepares sanctions, retaliation for Russian election meddling* (CNN)The Obama administration is preparing to announce, as soon as Thursday, a series of retaliation measures against Russia for meddling in the US election, according to American officials briefed on the plans. The actions are expected to include expanded sanctions and diplomatic measures, the officials said, in what the administration deems a proportional response to a Russian operation that went beyond cyber hacking activities common among nations. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* In pa...more »
Dandelion Salad Originally published May 27, 2012 Warning This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience. “A gripping, deeply informative account of the plunder, hypocrisy, and mass violence of plutocracy and empire; insightful, historically grounded and highly relevant to the events of […]
[image: california-governor-jerry-brown-vows-to-resist-trump-climate-policies] California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has declared that he will take California in a different direction if the incoming Trump administration relaxes environmental regulations or measures to fight against so-called “climate change.”
The Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Dave Archambault II, sends a message of thanks and recognition to the water protectors involved in the fight to stop the Dakota Access pipeline. Dear Water Protectors: Today, I want to take time to thank each and everyone of you who stood with us over the course of the past year. We face a long struggle ahead, but let that not overshadow the tremendous victory we have achieved here. I want to take today to recognize that this would not have happened without you. To the thousands that came to the camps and put their hearts, minds, and ...more »
[image: facebook-s-snopes-fact-checkers-a-prostitute-a-dominatrix-an-accused-embezzler] Facebook "fact-checker" Snopes employs people who enthusiastically indulge vice — and it’s risky to assume that amidst a pattern of vice a person would exhibit the virtue of honesty.
Every year on December 15th people gather at Sitting Bull Camp, near Bullhead, South Dakota, to ride horseback nearly three hundred miles to the site of the Wounded Knee. The ride is called the Oomaka Tokatakiya (Future Generations) Ride and the majority of the riders come from three Lakota (Sioux) reservations: Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, and Pine Ridge. In two weeks they travel across rivers and farms, cross a major interstate, and arrive at Wounded Knee on the anniversary of the massacre that took more than 300 lives in 1890. The Future Generations Ride is an offshoot of t...more »
*Gone, but not missed: The former Bunker Hill, Indiana Police Department.* Bunker Hill, Indiana, is a village of 900 people. It has not been consumed by the maelstrom of criminal violence that – we are told – would descend on any community even briefly deprived of the divine protection offered by a police department. The village obviously didn’t need the department it had until December 12, when the Town Marshal and his four reserve deputies walked off the job to protestdecisions by the town board. “We have had issues with the town board, and there are some activities there wher...more »
*Dylan Charles* - What will it take for us to reignite our passion for peace and humanity? The post [Photos] Before & After in Aleppo and Why We Need an Antiwar Movement appeared first on Waking Times.
*"The Coming War Between the U.S. and (Insert Country Here)"* by Addison Wiggin "War between the U.S. and China- an unpleasant thought, for sure… unless you happen to be a defense contractor. The threat of war could be sufficient to power the defense industry’s profit growth for many years. We would not be tackling this grim topic- nor engaging in the financial market version of grave-dancing- if the suits and uniforms in Washington understood that China has merely been implementing its own version of the Monroe Doctrine. China’s Monroe Doctrine aims to keep the United States from ...more »
Experts have stated that waves of up to 45ft would be unleashed if the dam breaks *Daily Mail:* *'It would be worse than a nuclear bomb': Allied troops and ISIS battle for collapsing Mosul Dam that would send 45-foot tidal wave hundreds of miles and kill 1.5MILLION people if it breaches* * The Mosul Dam is holding back a massive 11trillion litres of water from the city * The dam was built on an unstable foundation that continuously erodes * Weakened when ISIS seized it briefly in 2014 prompting maintenance lapse * Fears collapse cold unleash 45ft waves devastating Mosul and floodin...more »
*Washington Post*: *As fight in Mosul slows, last bridge in the city is hit by an airstrike* As the battle for Mosul enters its fourth month, the U.S.-led coalition has destroyed the last remaining bridge connecting the western and eastern parts of Iraq’s second-largest city. Held by the Islamic State since June 2014 and besieged by advancing Iraqi and allied militias since mid-October, Mosul is bisected by the Tigris River. Five bridges spanned the waterway, all of which have now been destroyed in an effort to cripple Islamic State resupply efforts aimed at relieving their milit...more »
*Did NYS Sen.-elect Marisol Alcantara just forget tomention that she's alied with hated Sen. Jeff Klein?* *"Marisol Alcantara won a highly contested campaign against these two failed candidates, because the voters trusted her to do everything in her power to change the way Albany works. She will fulfill the commitment she made during her campaign to be an agent for change on behalf of the people of this state."* *-- Alcantara spokesperson Lis Smith, in a statement to DNAinfo NY* *by Ken* The above statement was issued in response to a letter to Senator-elect Alcantara from Septem...more »
*CNN*: *Obama administration prepares sanctions, retaliation for Russian election meddling* (CNN)The Obama administration is preparing to announce, as soon as Thursday, a series of retaliation measures against Russia for meddling in the US election, according to American officials briefed on the plans. The actions are expected to include expanded sanctions and diplomatic measures, the officials said, in what the administration deems a proportional response to a Russian operation that went beyond cyber hacking activities common among nations. Russia will respond to any "hostile st...more »
Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a commander in the Libyan National Army, leaves after a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Nov. 29, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov) *Bloomberg:* *Russia Urges Libya Leadership Role for UN-Defying Military Chief* * Top Russian diplomat says Haftar is ‘leading political figure’ * UN envoy ignoring influential players in Libya, Gatilov says Russia threw its weight behind a powerful Libyan army commander, Khalifa Haftar, who’s in conflict with the UN-backed government there, saying he must have a role in the leadership of the cri...more »
[image: thomas-sowell-s-classic-wealth-poverty-and-politics] Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of his classic *Wealth, Poverty and Politics*. At the very beginning, he quotes Alexander Hamilton, who said, "The wealth of nations depends upon an infinite variety of causes." The book's 16 chapters apply Hamilton's notion to domestic, as well as international, differences in wealth. In both academic and popular literature, it is implicitly assumed that economic equality is natural, automatic and common. Thus, people see wealth inequality as a mystery that m...more »
*Kung Fu*, or *Kung Fu Master* as it's better known here in Blighty is one of my very favourite video games. Not just because it comes with a dollop of nostalgia - I spent many a happy afternoon round my mate's place with his Amstrad 6128 in the mid-80s - but because it is a simple, compulsive game. So when I spotted it going cheap for the NES earlier this year, one simply had to have it. And I am very pleased to say, this iteration is easily as good as I remember it being. What's the deal? *Kung Fu* casts you as Thomas, and you're on a mission to save your girlfriend Sylvia from t...more »
Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016 *Washington Post*: *Trump accuses Obama of putting up ‘roadblocks’ to a smooth transition* After having repeatedly praised President Obama’s efforts to ensure a smooth transition, President-elect Donald Trump reversed course on Wednesday, accusing the current occupant of the Oval Office of putting “roadblocks” in his way. Trump took to Twitter shortly after 9 a.m., saying he was “doing m...more »
*Reuters*: *Kerry says settlements endanger peace, Israel hits back* U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Wednesday that Israel's building of settlements was endangering Middle East peace, expressing unusually frank frustration with the long-time American ally. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot back at Kerry and accused him of showing bias against the Jewish state. In a 70-minute speech just weeks before the Obama administration hands over to President-elect Donald Trump, Kerry said Israel "will never have true peace" with the Arab world if it does not reach a...more »
The famous United States stock index known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or simply the Dow) flirted with approaching a historic high of 20,000. The index, which shows how the largest 30 companies publicly traded in the U.S. are performing, is considered a key indicator of how well U.S. The post Economic Recovery Is Mostly A Myth For The 99 Percent appeared first on Shadowproof.
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-problem-george-monbiot This isn't the usual blog. I hate writing this. I've been staring at my computer to decide how to tackle it. It's about the greatest crisis of our time. It's partly what Trump is about - though it predates him in western economies. It's about the destructiveness of unlimited greed. It's about the compulsive mass murder that arises from that greed. It's about indifference to human suffering and human need. And it's all done by the very best sort of people. It's about the website that appears ab...more »
[image: audi-ad-advances-gender-neutral-agenda] The Left believes that a person’s sex is fluid and is not based on biologiy despite either common sense or scientific evidence to the contrary. As such, it has been advancing an agenda to eliminate any and all vestiges of “gender stereotyping” and is now targeting children’s toys for the same purpose.
For many American senior citizens, this could be the big meal of the day, if the New York Times and the Trump Administration have their way. I should have come across this sooner. Perhaps it was the Ghost of Christmas Past, trying to postpone my un-holiday-like outrage for a while, that caused me to overlook it. I refer to a piece by the Times Editorial Board offering to bargain away part of the Social Security benefits that seniors currently receive. The Times began by pretending to oppose benefits cuts that Republicans are proposing to “save” Social Security. Never mind that the ...more »
Dashcam video shows Tesla's new autopilot radar system correctly predicting a crash involving other cars—with only seconds to spare. The video is a dramatic proof that driverless technology is rapidly advancing, and that Level 5 autonomy is quickly approaching. Still, completely hands-free driving is not yet practical; driver attention is still needed, as tech and automotive companies work through the kinks of autonomous technology. The post Watch Tesla’s Autopilot Avoid a Major Accident With Just Seconds to Spare appeared first on Futurism.
*Reuters*: *Russia, Turkey, Iran eye dicing Syria into zones of influence* Syria would be divided into informal zones of regional power influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for at least a few years under an outline deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran, sources say. Such a deal, which would allow regional autonomy within a federal structure controlled by Assad's Alawite sect, is in its infancy, subject to change and would need the buy-in of Assad and the rebels and, eventually, the Gulf states and the United States, sources familiar with Russia's thinking say. "Ther...more »
*Some Radio 4 comedy is both funny, clever and surprising. It's not all predictable anti-Brexit jokes and political correctness. * *Unless you're one of those people who can't stand Stephen Fry under any circumstances, I bet most of you would very much enjoy Some Hay in Manager (broadcast on Boxing Day and yesterday) for example. There wasn't a Trump joke in sight, and there were distant shades of CS Lewis's Screwtape too. It was charming. * *I heard the final episode of that festive delight last night and then went straight on to a Christmas edition of John Finnemore's Souvenir P...more »
US: Eisenhower described and warned against the rise of an interlocking complex of private contractors and government “defense” organizations that threaten democracy with consolidated power and control over research, national policy, and public opinion: Eisenhower’s Farewell Address. Reading copy of the speech [DDE’s Papers as President, Speech Series, Box 38, Final TV Talk (1); NAID #594599]. Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Presidential Home, Abilene Kansas. Accessed October 6, 2015. Available: http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_documents/far...more »
I'm not the only one to have spotted this biased piece of BBC reporting: The use of "outburst" is particularly bad (*"Since when was it the BBC’s job to decide a President elect’s comments are outbursts?", **asked Roland Deschain at *Biased BBC*. "They really hate that he’s doing all his communication on Twitter and bypassing the leugenpresse, don’t they?"*). though 'complained' isn't exactly an impartial choice of word either. (Surely "he said" would have been better?) Someone at the BBC must have realised how bad it looked and the article has now been edited to remove this less...more »
I hope that you have enjoyed the holinights or other holidays. If you feel somewhat socially exhausted, you are not the only one. There have also been lots of events that had to be cut and won't be discussed by us, the TRF community. But there's a random event that might be. An hour ago, I received an e-mail alert and watched John Kerry's speech about Israel and Palestine. He tried to provide the audiences with a boringly longish, 72-minute-long sequence of repetitive excuses for the Obama administration's betrayal of Israel in a U.N. vote. A hopefully symbolic resolution drafted by...more »
Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have discovered a way to use diamondoids – the smallest possible bits of diamond – to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires, just three atoms wide. By grabbing various types of atoms and putting them together LEGO-style, the new technique could potentially be used to build tiny wires for a wide range of applications, including fabrics that generate electricity, optoelectronic devices that employ both electricity and light, and superconducting materials that cond...more »
Physicists have achieved record levels of temperature reduction using the process of radiative cooling, by which heat is beamed from Earth’s surface into outer space. Zhen Chen and his colleagues at Stanford University lowered the temperature of a thermal emitter – a device designed to give out more heat than it takes in – to 42.2 °C below that of the surrounding air “To achieve high-performance cooling, the key is to couple whatever object you want to cool with outer space and to decouple it from the ambient environment,” says Chen. The researchers placed the emitter in a vacuum c...more »
China's ambitious and fast-growing space program is targeting a landing on the dark side of the moon by 2018, and reaching Mars before the end of the decade. China's space agency held a press conference on Tuesday to mark the release of a policy paper, and outlined the government's goals for exploring deep space. Wu Yanhua, deputy chief of the National Space Administration, said Beijing aims to launch its first Mars probe around 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving exploration, followed by a second mission that would include collection of surface samples from the red planet. Chin...more »
*Daily Mail*: *Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan claims to have concrete documentary proof that the West is backing ISIS* * Erdogan claims to have photo and video evidence West supports terror groups * Comes as he called for the US to extradite his political nemesis Fethullah Gulen * Erdogan has blamed Gulen and his supporters for a failed military coup in July * Critics say he is using coup to eliminate opposition, with 41,000 under arrest Turkish President Erdogan has claimed he has evidence the West is supporting ISIS as he intensifies the political crackdown against rivals fo...more »
In November, China launched the world's first spacecraft with a deep space x-ray navigation system. The X-ray Pulsar Navigation 1 (XPNAV 1) satellite, which the country launched on Nov. 10 aboard a solid-fueled Long March 11 rocket from the Jiuquan Space Launch Center in the Gobi Desert, is the world's first x-ray navigation system to go in orbit, beating out NASA's Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology (SEXTANT), which is scheduled to be installed on the ISS next year. Millisecond pulsars generate x-ray pulses at such short intervals, that by measuring the tim...more »
*what the hell does that even mean?* Complete quote in order to not be accused of cherry picking: *Today, there are a similar number of Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea. They have a choice. They can choose to live together in one state or they can separate into two states. But here is a fundamental reality. If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic. It cannot be both. And it won't ever really be at peace. source* First of all, Kerry - they're not Palestinians, they're Arabs. They also happen to be Muslims. ...more »
American and Iraqi commanders were still talking about the next phase of the Mosul campaign when it already started. December 24 the Iraqi forces (ISF) began operations began. That day the Golden Division attacked Sukar and freed Falah in Mosul, while the army’s 71st and 76th Brigades took Zaytoun, and the town of Qaryat Tawilah. December 25 the Golden, 9th and 16 thDivisions entered Quds, Sumer, and Dumiz in east Mosul. Then on December 26 U.S. forces shelled five neighborhoods in the city for the first time. Finally, on December 27 Quds was taken. Sukar, Falah, and Quds have been...more »
"Back when I taught at UCLA, I was constantly amazed at how little so many students knew. Finally, I could no longer restrain myself from asking a student the question that had long puzzled me: "What were you doing for the last 12 years before you got here?" - Thomas Sowell
Yesterday comedian Steve Weinstein joked on twitter that he “never thought Repubs would take away my Medicare and Medicaid. I just thought they were nice white people who'd put that bitch in jail.” A few weeks after Putin managed to place his puppet into the winner’s circle, we started bearing witness to Trump’s and the GOP’s betrayal of the voters who were tricked into supporting them. NPR took a good look at the same set of facts early on as well— particularly inside the South's diabetes and stroke belt, which voted heavily for Trump, depends on Obamacare for health insurance an...more »
*Standbys are engaged as trumpets sound * by ÉirePort Standbys are engaged as trumpets sound. Night shades are raised. Decisions commence leading into the forward areas. Light swords are raised upright as the parties connect. ÉirePort | December 28, 2016 at 08:08 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-B9
“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” - Carl Sagan
Journals published by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) have retracted a handful of figures in two papers with the same last and first authors. After some figures in the 2005 and 2007 papers were flagged on PubPeer and the authors couldn’t provide the original data, the journals decided to retract parts of the papers, […] The post EMBO journals retract figures in two papers missing source data appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Standing Rock Water Protectors, Censored News 2016 By Brenda Norrell Censored News Today we begin our countdown into the New Year, with a look back, and thank you, to all of you who made Censored News a reality for the past decade. We did it together, with no advertising, grants, revenues or salaries! We begin our celebration with the news that Censored News jumped from 5 million page views
*"Trump Inherits Political and Economic Titanic- Warren Pollock"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Analyst and financial expert Warren Pollock says Donald Trump has been dealt a horrendous hand when it comes to the political environment and the economy. Pollock explains, “Trump inherited the Titanic or a nuclear reactor that is about to explode. As he tries to fix this giant mess, he’s bound to upset the apple cart. The economy is fragile. The society is fragile. If he touches anything, something is liable to break somewhere. People want Obama Care removed immediately. They want ...more »
By Paul Homewood We have all heard the “snow is a thing of the past” nonsense. But was the past really as snowy as we are told? Even in the last week or so, I have come across two stories of how it does not snow as much anymore. For instance, the […]
Mainer Regis Tremblay recently visited Russia to film for his upcoming documentary, "Thirty Seconds to Midnight". He decided to make an off-shoot short doc from the film taken there. This 39 minute documentary, "Je Suis Russia," is a counter-narrative to the U.S. and western media lies and propaganda about Russia and President Putin. He interviewed ordinary Russians, educators, former military officers, activists, students, and even members of the Communist Party.
[image: kasich-veto-draws-cheers-from-environmentalists] Ohio's liberal Republican governor, John Kasich, has betrayed conservatives once again, this time by earning the praise of radical environmentalists.
*This is not a "real" TRF blog post.* A phablet with the 5.8-inch display or so. A USB-C port at the bottom. The bottom is seemingly divided to three segments. Four corners are not rounded at all. The display will be 2560 x 1440 pixels. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 will power it but will run all x86-based Windows app in a 64-bit mode, although maybe only when connected through a dock. The Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens will make it a supercamera smartphone. Some detail of the camera is here: I am not really thrilled by the brick-like, box contours but maybe one gets used to i...more »
Paladino is such a perfect psychopathic match for the Trumpster. From HuffPo: The New York co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign made racist and sexist comments about first lady Michelle Obama in a recent interview, suggesting that she was really a man and should live in Africa. In an interview with ArtVoice published Friday, Carl Paladino said that in 2017 the thing he would most like to see go away was Michelle Obama. “I’d like her to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortably in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla,” he s...more »
[image: biggest-fake-news-story-global-warming-and-phony-consensus] The discredited Big Media are doubling down against Trump to save the UN pact that would transfer trillions of dollars to socialist regimes and favored “green” corporations.
The BBC don't even care about appearing unbaised now. This BBC report starts thus: 'US President-elect Donald Trump has urged Israel to "stay strong" until he assumes office next month. In comments referring to last week's UN Security Council vote which criticised Israeli settlement building on occupied land, he complained Israel had been treated with "disdain and disrespect". The comments came in his latest outburst on Twitter.' Do the BBC ever describe Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or any of their other favourites as having 'outbursts' or is just one of the 'deplorables'.
Image from an article of last June in Pulpit&Pen, "NAR Prophet, Steve Cioccolanti: Donald Trump is the 'Last Trump' Before The Rapture".Something in that Salena Zito article, from back in late September, kept sticking in my craw: The best way [to prevent inner-city "explosions", says Trump], is to provide good education and good jobs in these areas. “Fifty-eight percent of black youth cannot get a job, cannot work,” he says. “*Fifty-eight *percent. If you are not going to bring jobs back, it is just going to continue to get worse and worse.” That's pretty insightful there; if it d...more »
*From Jenna Orkin* WashPost Makes History: First Paper to Call for Prosecution of Its Own Source (After Accepting Pulitzer) Chinese carrier heading toward Hainan amid renewed tension over Taiwan Romania's Secretary of State warned polio could make a comeback in Europe Pre-Christmas gas shortages in Mexico hint at a bigger weakness in the county’s oil industry Chinese cities are undergoing an insane housing boom with prices up as much as 43% in a year Le Pen Presidential Campaign Threatened By Russian Bank Failure Refugee Admissions Surge 86% YoY As Obama Rushes Arrivals Ahead Of T...more »
yeah, yeah, yeah, as you can see from the very cover of this blog, I wrote some books called Free Planet and War World. They're twin-fictional warring-trilogies. They're narratives I made up, mostly on the fly. But mostly they're personal reactions to my own polemic contention that mankind is only free once he's tasted prison. The six short novels of the 'free planet vs war world' thesis are my devil's advocate, if you will. *Why did I write them?* I don't really know. I discovered early on (whilst writing the first few entries of this free planet blog) that NOBODY KNEW WHAT A FRE...more »
The election of Donald Trump was not what Justin Trudeau expected or hoped for. Nonetheless, Bob Rae writes, when it comes to dealing with our neighbour, The Great Orange Twitterer is the man Justin will have to talk to. The Conservatives have decided that the sincerest form of flattery is imitation: Conservatives are rushing to mimic his style and rhetoric, in the unlikely persona of Kelly Leitch and Kevin O’Leary. Conrad Black and Brian Mulroney have gone out of their way to reassure Canadians that we have nothing to fear from Trump and that he will be a good president for Canad...more »
Article and Photos by Olivia Bias Censored News Olivia Bias reports on the militarized police and Dakota Access Pipeline security attack on water protectors on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. The report said there were 15-20 with shields, 6-8 armored vehicles, a bunch of vans, a sound cannon and water cannons that rolled out again, this time around Turtle Island sacred site and
[image: author-of-clinton-cash-lauds-trump-for-decision-to-dissolve-foundation] When *Clinton Cash* author Peter Schweizer learned of Trump’s intention to dissolve his foundation to avoid any conflicts of interest, he said: “I’ve got to tell you, this is what leadership looks like.”
*Reuters*: *Turkey and Russia have ceasefire plan for Syria, says Ankara* Turkey and Russia have prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding Ankara would not budge on its opposition to President Bashar al-Assad staying on as leader. The comments from Mevlut Cavusoglu appeared to signal tentative progress in talks aimed at reaching a truce. While the insistence on Assad's departure could complicate negotiations with his biggest backer Russia, another Turkish official did not rule out a transitional role for the Syrian presiden...more »
*Bloomberg*: *Obama’s Options on Russian Hacks Range From Covert to Military* * Menu includes deleting bitcoin accounts and hacking companies * U.S. response will consider ‘proportionality,’ retaliation President Barack Obama has vowed that the U.S. will respond to Russian hacking undertaken during the U.S. presidential campaign. Yet the public may never hear about it. During his presidency, Obama favored a policy of deterrence when it came to responding to cyber attacks, in what U.S. officials call “naming and shaming." He’s indicted Iranian and Chinese hackers and signed an exec...more »
The authors of a highly cited 2015 paper in Nature Materials have retracted it, after being unable to reproduce some of the key findings. The move prompted the journal to also retract an associated News & Views article. Here’s the retraction notice for “Fast and long-range triplet exciton diffusion in metal–organic frameworks for photon upconversion at ultralow […] The post Lack of reproducibility triggers retractions of Nature Materials articles appeared first on Retraction Watch.
OK, After a week of looking over so much material, especially from the alternative media outlets, I am calling the Berlin "truck attack" for what it is: A massive fraud and hoax..... I said in a previous article that the one thing that raised a red flag initially for me was how the fraud known as "ISIS" was claiming responsibility for this "attack"... That and further evidence that has come forward has finally convinced me that we are dealing with another fraud for the purpose of scaring the crap out of (this time) the German people so that they will blindly and obediently want their...more »
*"Big Surprise: Media Betting Obama Will Pardon* * Hillary Clinton Before He Leaves the White House"* by Melissa Dykes "A lot of us figured this was coming, but now the mainstream media is predicting the obvious in print. In a piece by contributor David Weisberg over at The Hill, he declares that Obama will make sure to pardon Hillary Clinton “for any violations of federal law she might have committed while she was secretary of state.” Weisberg writes: "We should first note that the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton would not bind the Trump administratio...more »
Another great piece that conveys the severity of our situation is “America, The Disgraced Super-power: The America we have known and imagined is ended. It never will return,” The Huffington Post, November 16, 2016, by Michael Brenner, Senior Fellow, the Center for Transatlantic Relations; Professor of International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. Brenner’s thesis is that, although America has always been a seriously flawed nation, the USA has taken a cataclysmic turn, and it is slowly becoming a failed state. Here are a few excerpts: http://ieet.org/archive/n-MUSSOLINI-628x314.jpg
...back in 2015, I wrote about Stephen Oppenheimer's intriguing genetic research suggesting that the Brits might have actually been a Basque-refuge-remnant from the Great Neolithic Atlantic Trade Route age. What did these ancient people speak? Were they fascinating boat-builders or roaming beach-combers. What was their writing like? Were they Celts? Were they Druids? This Christmas, while holidaying in Europe, I read Oppenheimer's 2006 book "The Origins of the British" which goes into much greater detail, hence this updated post. But first, let's remember that Alan Wilson and Baram ...more »
Yesterday, *NY Times* reporters Jeremy Peters and David Kuhn were busy defending Trump voters by insisting they’re not all racists. OK, they’re not *all* racists and let's forget that Carl Paladino was a Trump campaign co-chair. Did anyone ever say they *all* were? Some are and some aren’t. But they were all willing to overlook racism, xenophobia, homophobia and right-wing extremist, that’s for damn sure. But don’t dare upset the poor widdle snowflakes by calling them out for it. Fascists need a hug too, amirite? What about the anti-Semitism? Are we allowed to talk about that… yet...more »
*Wall Street Journal*: *Xi’s Power Play Foreshadows Historic Transformation of How China Is Ruled* Party insiders say president wants to remain in office after his second term, breaking succession conventions. BEIJING—China’s Communist Party elite was craving a firm hand on the tiller when it chose Xi Jinping for the nation’s top job in 2012. Over the previous decade, President Hu Jintao’s power-sharing approach had led to policy drift, factional strife and corruption. The party’s power brokers got what they wanted—and then some. Four years on, Mr. Xi has taken personal charge of...more »
. Click arrow below to watch video. Censored News CANNON BALL RIVER, North Dakota -- Water Protectors gathered for prayer, and climbed to the top of Turtle Island, yesterday, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. There were at least four arrests reported, with projectiles fired at water protectors by police. Johnny Dangers reports as the struggle to protect the Missouri and Cannon Ball Rivers, and
Palestinian Authority lead negotiator Saeb Erekat, right, and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Ramallah, West Bank, on January 4, 2013. (State Department) *Haaretz: **Leaked Document: U.S. Colluded With Palestinians 10 Days Before UN Settlements Vote* If authentic, the document, leaked to an Egyptian website, confirms some of the claims voiced in Israel against Obama since the UN vote against the settlements last week. United States Secretary of State John Kerry and White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice told a Palestinian delegation in Washington 10 days before the ...more »
*They Grew Up in a Poor Neighborhood. How School Choice Changed These Brothers’ Lives* Carlos and Calvin Battle grew up in the poorest neighborhood of Washington, D.C., where nearly two-thirds of children are living in poverty. In 2016, only 42 percent of students attending the local public high school graduated. In an attempt to get her sons a better education, their mother, Pam Battle, enrolled Calvin and Carlos in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The program provides low-income families vouchers to send their children to private schools, and has shown a promising abili...more »
*Arctic heatwave could break records* *Warmists love the Arctic because it is the only place where florid heating episodes sometimes occur (mainly due to subsurface vulcanism). But that is in fact a problem. What are we to make of a warming Arctic when the overall global temperature has been falling -- as it has for all of this year? Which tells us of global temperature trends? The Arctic or the rest of the world? Can a warming Arctic be a function of global warming when the globe is not warming? Warmists are incapable of elementary logic. When I write about Warmist cl...more »
"How, then, shall we face the future? When the sailor is out on the ocean, when everything is changing all around him, when the waves are born and die, he does not stare down into the waves, because they are changing. He looks up at the stars. Why? Because they are faithful..." - Soren Kierkegaard
*“The Opening of Eyes”* “That day I saw beneath dark clouds the passing light over the water and I heard the voice of the world speak out, I knew then, as I had before life is no passing memory of what has been nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read. It is the opening of eyes long closed. It is the vision of far off things seen for the silence they hold. It is the heart after years of secret conversing speaking out loud in the clear air. It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees before the lit bush. It is the man throwing away his shoes as if to enter heaven and fi...more »
Great interview by Richard Sacks with three men you likely know, all of whom are Skyhorse Publishing authors. From the Lost Arts Radio YouTube channel description of the program: What do James Grundvig, investigative journalist and author of the CDC...
* (Click on Image to Enlarge)* An F-16 pilot over Iraq can been seen wearing a Santa hat during a Christmas Day operation, December 25, 2016. US Defense Department photo. *We Are The Mighty*: *US Air Force pilots donned Santa hats during Christmas Day airstrike on ISIS* The US-led coalition air campaign against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria has dragged on for months, but the US airmen mounting the raids haven’t lost track of time. During Christmas Day airstrikes against the terrorist group, some US pilot donned Santa hats, photos of which were shared by the US Air Force, as fir...more »
A new year is coming and *I hope that 2017 brings you joy.* 2016 turned out to be a good year for me, and Donald Trump's election portends positive change in our declining nation. It will be a year of change for me, and while that always brings some trepidation, I'm looking forward to it with great anticipation. A friend asked what I thought of life in general today and I replied as I always do: *Every meal's a banquet, every paycheck a fortune, every formation is a parade -- and every day above ground is better than a mouth full of dirt!!* Here is my PARTIAL prescription for the na...more »
New York Times *Washington Times:* *Obama already set to spend $20B a year to update U.S. nukes* *Trump tweets that nation must ‘expand its nuclear capability’* President-elect Donald Trump has stirred up fears of a new arms race in a Twitter message on improving “nuclear capability,” but President Obama already has committed to spending as much as $20 billion a year to update the nation’s ability to conduct a nuclear war. During his two terms, Mr. Obama has blessed the go-ahead for their new major weapon systems: a strategic bomber, a ground-based intercontinental ballistic miss...more »
Avis d’un juriste sur la question. Hadrien Pourbahman est étudiant en droit et membre de l’Association Française Transhumaniste. En début d’année, il avait effectué un stage avec Didier Coeurnelle sur le thème « Vers une reconnaissance d’un droit à la longévité », dont vous pouvez lire le résumé ici. http://ieet.org/archive/justic_head.jpg
*[image: yucatan-seacraft1]* The South East was clearly a magnet for migrating peoples coming from south America, Central America and also Europe and the Mediterranean at least. Africa is not so obvious but not impossibly so.. Population collapse extinguished much of their contributions and make it hard to now piece it all together. That a serious effort is needed is the least we need. The work done here is very much in preparation for that recovery of interest. . *First Contact! Where did the first Maya immigrants live in North America?Posted by Richard Thornton | Dec ...more »
*[image: The Lost Cycle of Time - Walter Cruttenden]* This is actually an important question spoken to throughout the ancient records whose outlines i could perceive but never take too seriously. However the case of intervention has become vastly more compelling although we have had to invent our own future ourselves. That intervention comes to us through a mathematica that was zero free. That appears to be our own unique invention that took off less than four centuries ago. However it is also clear that all antique civilizations naturally waxed and waned for any number of re...more »
[image: schoch2] This is a reminder of just how easy it is to get something completely wrong. I came to understand the existence of a catastrophic impact onto the ice cap 12,9000 years ago through completely different lines of evidence. That it also caused a serious movement in the Earth's crust has yet to be fully understood by present scholarship is a secondary issue. What my own work did over a decade ago is predict the existence of an impact layer and that the related carbon content was actually comet dust. That comet dust is carbon is something else that i...more »
As i have posted literally years ago, the Amazon was home to huge organized populations, likely in the tens of millions. Terra preta allowed them to operate large gardens in particular and also fields using corn and cassava in particular. The corn provided taxable revenue stream and ample source material for bio char.. Terra preta secures all nutrients against leaching from the daily heavy rainfall. Its rediscovery recently is slowly revolutionizing global agriculture and will anchor organic farming for a global population in the tens of billions.. . *A ‘Stonehenge,’ and ...more »
China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, in Beijing, China, November 3, 2016.REUTERS/Jason Lee *Stratfor:* These are Stratfor's chilling predictions for a tumultuous 2017 The convulsions to come in 2017 are the political manifestations of much deeper forces in play. In much of the developed world, the trend of aging demographics and declining productivity is layered with technological innovation and the labor displacement that comes with it. China's economic slowdown and its ongoing evolution compound t...more »
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) says that 10nm is on schedule, countering news media reports that the yields of TSMC and Samsung at the industry’s most advanced technology node are lagging expectations. TSMC’s 10nm process is “totally on track” and will contribute to sales revenue for the first time in the first quarter of 2017, according to Elizabeth Sun, senior director, TSMC's Corporate Communications, refuting a report by Taiwan’s Digitimes website that was picked up by other news media. The company’s 10nm process will account for less than one percent of TSMC’s ov...more »
*The Hill:** Intelligence agencies sued for records on Russian election interference* A lawsuit has been filed against the CIA, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence seeking records pertaining to Russia’s interference in the presidential election. Journalist Jason Leopold and Ryan Shapiro, a Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday asserting that the agencies have failed to comply with their request for docume...more »
A 13-foot tall 1.5-ton “Method-2,” mech is the brainchild of South Korean robotics company Hankook Mirae Technology *"Our robot is the world's first manned bipedal robot and is built to work in extreme hazardous areas where humans cannot go (unprotected)," said company chairman Yang Jin-Ho.While its enormous size has grabbed media attention, the creators of Method-2 say the project's core achievement is the technology they developed and enhanced along the way."Everything we have been learning so far on this robot can be applied to solve real-world problems," said designer Vitaly...more »
"Two nations that were once the bitterest of adversaries can become the closest of allies"-@Rhodes44. https://t.co/734FRPOJEx — WH National Security (@NSC44) December 28, 2016 21 Photos Of Carrie Fisher That Will Make You Miss Her Even More https://t.co/0RuVuWFgBd pic.twitter.com/OpyX6A9axZ — 9GAG (@9GAG) December 28, 2016
REUTERS/Eliana Aponte *Daily Mail*: *The Israeli soldiers with hot weaponry: Meet the young women who have chosen a career in the military and are not afraid to reveal their assets * * The Hot Israeli Army Girls page already has more than 34,500 followers * All Jewish Israeli citizens are required to complete national service at 18 * Most of the women pictured on the account are in their late teens or early 20s * The page features pictures of more than 2,000 different stunning soldiers An Instagram account where beautiful Israeli soldiers show off their sexy snaps has attracted ...more »
Ever and always alert to new and inventive ways to turn innocent people into fodder for the State’s carceral apparatus, the Missouri state legislature enacted a measure that will treat teenage altercations as felonies if they occur either on school grounds or between public school inmates in transit to or from their local mind laundry. The Hazelwood School District, in a dispatchto the parents who surrender their children into their daily custody, explained that “if two students are fighting and one child is injured, the student who caused the injury may be charged with a felon...more »
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Barack Obama (L) participate in a wreath-laying ceremony aboard the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, U.S., December 27, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
*Steven L. Hall, Washington Post*: *Why the CIA won’t want to go public with evidence of Russia’s hacking* Revealing intelligence without revealing sources and methods isn't easy. “If I can’t use this information, then what good is it to have it?! Why even collect it in the first place?!” It’s a cry of frustration, an angry rhetorical exclamation I heard many times during my 30-year career as an operations officer at the CIA. Usually it comes from ambassadors or senior members of the national security apparatus in Washington, and occasionally even from analysts in the intelligenc...more »
[image: barack-backhands-bibi] By abstaining on that Security Council resolution declaring Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem illegal and invalid, raged Bibi Netanyahu, President Obama "failed to protect Israel in this gang-up at the UN, and colluded with it."
At the end of every year I love to look back on what did the best on Housewife Eclectic that year. Here are the top 10 recipe posts and 10 ten craft and lifestyle posts in 2016. 10 Ten Recipes Posts 10. Skinny Key Lime Pie Smoothie 9. Creamy Tortellini Pasta 8. Homemade Italian Cream Sodas 7. Skinny Copycat Wendy's Frosty 6. Cinnamon Vanilla Crepes 5. Lemon Bundt Cake 4. Decadent Mint Brownies 3. Skinny Shamrock Shake 2. Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce 1. White Chocolate Bundt Cake Top 10 Crafts and Lifestyle Posts 10. Being Married to Sheldon: ...more »
This evening, a backpack— which turned out to be filled with toys— was found at Trump Tower and a near panic ensued as people were ordered out of the building by the New York Police Department. (And you thought eviction king Steven Mnuchin was good at getting people out of their homes!) I don’t know what that evacuation cost the NYPD and the NYFD, but I bet it was a lot more than New York taxpayers want to pay. And Trump’s not even *in NY*; he’s at his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida. Trump lost New York State badly— 4,547,218 (59.0%) to 2,814,346 (36.5%)— and he lost Manhattan by an...more »
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS *Washington Post:* *Obama administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for election interference* The Obama administration is close to announcing a series of measures to punish Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election, including economic sanctions and diplomatic censure, according to U.S. officials. The administration is finalizing the details, which...more »
“What is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy? Andromeda. In fact, our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. *Click image for larger size.* Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is s...more »
“Today is mine. It is unique. Nobody in the world has one exactly like it. It holds the sum of all my past experiences and all my future potential. I can fill it with joyous moments or ruin it with fruitless worry. If painful recollections of the past come into my mind, or frightening thoughts of the future, I can put them away. They cannot spoil today for me.” - Alcoholics Anonymous
Kirill Vselensky perches on a cornice in Moscow as Dima Balashov gets the shot. The 24-year-olds, risktakers known as rooftoppers, celebrate their feats on Instagram: @kirbase and @balashovenator. *National Geographic: **Why Many Young Russians See a Hero in Putin* Twenty-five years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, they crave the stability that the nationalist president represents. He doesn’t know where to take me when I meet him at the hotel by the train station, so we just start to walk down the dusty summer streets of Nizhniy Tagil, a sputtering industrial city on the east...more »
"If a bandit holds up the owner of a motor car at the point of a gun, takes the car, and rides off in it, and then obtains gas, repairs, and whatever else he requires by the same means, what kind of an economy is he running on? If a sufficient number of bandits should seize the whole economy in the same manner, but "legalize" it by compulsion of the courts and legislatures; and if they should also "pay" for what they take in paper currency, in whatever sums they chose, what kind of an economy would it be?” ~ Isabel Paterson in *The God Of The Machine*
*"The Relentless Invasion of Our Minds"* by Zen Gardner "I can’t pound away enough about this subject, and I hope you are sounding off too. People would find it hard to believe how many types of technologies are being used on human minds today. We all know we’re “steered” and “walled off” to some degree by influences around us, not the least of which is the media and the onslaught of its corporofascist disinformation and advertising arm. Deeper influences include so-called modern education and the socially engineered dumbing-down of society for decades. Just look around you for how...more »
*“Study: People Are Terrible At Sitting Alone With Their Thoughts. * *How About You?”* by Science Friday In 1654, scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Now, there's some science behind that statement. *A recent study in the journal Science found that many people choose to self-administer an electrical shock rather than sit quietly in a room alone with their thoughts.* Erin Westgate, a PhD student in psychology at the University of Virginia, says she hadn’t seen Pascal’s quote before she a...more »
*"Avoiding the Center: Hovering Around the Sun"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Quiet time each day is so important, but many are so out of practice that it's almost unnerving to be in stillness. It's funny to imagine our lives as something we spend a lot of time avoiding, because it seems like that would be impossible to do. Our lives consist of everything we engage in, from showering to sleeping, but also a lot of busy work that distracts us and keeps us from looking at our lives. Experiencing our life from the inside means taking time each day to simply be alone and quiet in the...more »
*BBC*: *Argentina ex-leader Cristina Fernandez charged in corruption case* Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been charged over corruption allegations. A federal judge approved charges of illicit association and fraudulent administration against Ms Fernandez. Judge Julian Ercolini also ordered the freezing of $633m (£516m) of Ms Fernandez's assets. She has previously denied any wrongdoing. It is alleged that her government steered public contracts to a businessman close to her family. Ms Fernandez has said the case is politically motivated and accused c...more »
*The Brookings Institution's Russell Wheeler points out that when it comes to judicial nominations, "The president doesn't always get exactly who he wants." I guess that should make us feel better.* *by Ken* My attention was grabbed by the story hawked in yesterday's washingtonpost.com "Post Most" which began: *Trump to inherit more than 100 court vacancies, plans to reshape judiciary* By Philip Rucker and Robert Barnes Donald Trump is set to inherit an uncommon number of vacancies in the federal courts in addition to the open Supreme Court seat, giving the president-elect a mon...more »
*Daily Mail:* *'We must resist the urge to turn inward. We must resist the urge to demonize those who are different,' Obama says during historic visit to Pearl Harbor with Japan's Abe 75 years after sneak attack on US base* * Abe is paying his respects to the soldiers who died in his country's unexpected attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base 75 years ago * The Japanese leader did not say he was sorry for the military action * Mirrors a visit Obama made to Hiroshima, the Japanese city the U.S. obliterated at the end of the fight, in May; he didn't apologize either * Closes the loop on...more »
*Alex Pietrowski* - A survey of the top drugs of 2016 is a clue that we are being fed poison. The post The Top 10 Prescribed Pharmaceuticals of 2016 Are a Sign That Food is Killing Us appeared first on Waking Times.
DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program envisions flight operations with reduced onboard aircrew while improving mission performance and flight safety—all through a tailorable, drop-in, removable kit that would provide advanced automation to existing aircraft. In two important steps toward that goal, DARPA has recently completed Phase 2 of this development effort and has decided to partner on Phase 3 of ALIAS with Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company (Stratford, Conn.). ALIAS’ Phase 2 accomplishments included: - Successful flight demonstrations of ALIAS...more »
"To show mercy is not naïve. To hold out against the end of hope is not stupidity or madness. It is fundamentally human. Of course... we are all doomed; we are all poisoned from our birth by the rot of stars. That does not mean we should succumb to the seductive fallacy of despair, the dark tide that would drown us. You may think I'm stupid, you may call me a madman and a fool, but at least I stand upright in a fallen world." - Rick Yancey "I wish I could protect you from the world. It's a cold, dark place. It has very little light, where it used to abound in it, but alas, I am one ...more »
*Howard Lafranchi, CSM*: *At center of Obama-Abe Pearl Harbor meeting: the power of reconciliation* *Though Japan and the US have been solid allies for decades, they remained divided about the tragedies of the beginning and the end of World War II. * When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he would become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, meeting President Obama in Hawaii Tuesday, it was noteworthy that both leaders characterized the visit as an opportunity for reconciliation. The United States and Japan, after all, would seem to have reconciled long ...more »
*"2016: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year"* By John W. Whitehead “What’s past is prologue.” - Willliam Shakepeare, “The Tempest” "What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year this has been. Endless wars. Toxic politics. Violence. Hunger. Police shootings. Mass shootings. Economic downturns. Political circuses. Senseless tragedies. Loss. Heartache. Intolerance. Prejudice. Hatred. Apathy. Meanness. Cruelty. Poverty. Inhumanity. Greed. Here’s just a small sampling of what we’ve suffered through in 2016. *After three years of increasingly toxic politics, the ruling o...more »
* Very last sentence from the New Yorker, first:* *This article appears in other versions of the January 2, 2017, issue, with the headline “Before the Flood.”* *hattip karin and my responses:* rouge kDecember 27, 2016 at 2:40 PM Pen, A bigger problem than ISIS ? Mosul Dam is failing (New Yorker mag online) http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/02/a-bigger-problem-than-isis 1. PennyDecember 27, 2016 at 3:32 PM thank you karin as you know I've written extensively about that.. and i've never, never given up on the possibility that the US would resort t...more »
*New York Times:* *Japanese Leader Offers Condolences in Visit to Pearl Harbor* PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Seventy-five years after Imperial Japanese warplanes destroyed the Pacific fleet here and drew the United States into World War II, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on Tuesday stood next to President Obama at the site of the attack and offered repentance but did not apologize. “I offer my sincere and everlasting condolences to the souls of those who lost their lives here, as well as to the spirits of all the brave men and women whose lives were taken by a war that commenced in...more »
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