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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

29 December - Blogs I'm Following

Cooling by radiating heat into space

Avant-guarde human diet : Nestle chairman

A group formed to attribute 'climate change' to human causes attributes climate change to human causes - and calls it 'scientific.' Nothing to see here folks.

11:16 pm MST

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 27 minutes ago
*WNU Editor*: That's one very hungry helicopter!

Observational evidence for a nonlinear night time cooling mechanism

micro6500 at micro6500blog - 39 minutes ago
An analysis of nightly cooling has identified non-linearity in cooling rates under clear sky no wind conditions that is not due to equilibrium with the with the radiative temperature of the sky. This non-linearity regulates surface temperature cooling at night, and is temperature and dew point dependent, not co2, and in fact any additional warming […]

Measuring Surface Climate Sensitivity

micro6500 at micro6500blog - 39 minutes ago
By calculating the daily rate of change in the extra-tropics as the length of day changes throughout the year, it is possible to use this data when added to the clear sky daily solar input for that location to generate an actual measured climate sensitivity. I started with the day to day change in both […]

Evidence against warming from Carbon Dioxide

micro6500 at micro6500blog - 39 minutes ago
Day to Day Temperature Difference Surface data from NCDC’s Global Summary of Days data, this is ~72 million daily readings, from all of the stations with >360 daily samples per year. Data source: ftp://ftp.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/gsod/ Code and reports (chart source data): http://sourceforge.net/projects/gsod-rpts/ y = -0.0001x + 0.001 R² = 0.0572 This is a chart of the […]

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials On The U.S. Imposing Sanctions On Russia Over Election Hacking Allegations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 58 minutes ago
*David A. Andelman, USA Today:* *Obama's lame-duck spy caper: David Andelman* It is not 'time to move on,' but we should avoid escalation. The tweet from the Russian Embassy in London put it concisely: “President Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in Cold Ward déjà vu,” followed by an image of a “lame duck” waddling across the page. And truly the American actions by the unquestionably lame duck Obama administration — those announced on Thursday and those deep cover cyber operations that may never be disclosed — had the smell, taste and feel of a Cold War era spy caper. But this ti... more »

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “Adiemus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Adiemus, “Adiemus” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aL8kZ-iVk90

Would Trump Cut Coke With Rat Poison To Make A Nickel If He Was A Drug Dealer? Oh Yes

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
I’m not kosher; I’ve never tasted vodka and there was never a time in my life that I would have bought something branded “Trump.” The very idea is— and has always been— disgusting. I do eat organic food, however, and I know well about the scam-artists who claim something is organic, usually more attractive to discerning customers (as well as more expensive), when it isn’t organic at all. That;’s illegal. Shady merchants do it anyway… shady merchants like Trump. Only he doesn’t do it with stuff he claims is organic. The self-professed “great friend of Israel” does it with stuff he ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Falling Through Time”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
2002, “Falling Through Time” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7nsclNsW5Y "We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other's opposite and complement." - Hermann Hesse, "Narcissus and Goldmund"

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“What happened to this ship? It was carried aground by a giant storm that struck the coast of Argentina in 2002. The pictured abandoned boat, dubbed Naufragio del Chubasco, wrecked near the nearly abandoned town of Cabo Raso (population: 1). The rusting ship provides a picturesque but perhaps creepy foreground for the beautiful sky above. This sky is crowned by the grand arch of our Milky Way and features galaxies including the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, stars including Canopus and Altair, planets including Mars and Neptune, and nebulas including the Lagoon, Carina, and the C... more »

Chet Raymo, “Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Universal Constants, Universal Consensus”* by Chet Raymo “I received a book in the mail, as I sometimes do, for potential review on this blog, James Stein's “Cosmic Numbers: The Numbers That Define Our Universe”. I often write here about books I read, but I don't review. I did glance at Stein's book, however. It has an audience, but it's not for me; been there, done that. The subtitle is provocative, however. The idea that a dozen or so numbers "define the universe." *That's* a mind-blowing concept. The gravitational constant. The speed of light. Absolute zero. Planck's constant.... more »

The Poet: Charles Dickens, “Things That Never Die”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Things That Never Die” * "The pure, the bright, the beautiful that stirred our hearts in youth, The impulses to wordless prayer, The streams of love and truth, The longing after something lost, The spirit's longing cry, The striving after better hopes- These things can never die. The timid hand stretched forth to aid A brother in his need; A kindly word in grief's dark hour That proves a friend indeed; The plea for mercy softly breathed, When justice threatens high, The sorrow of a contrite heart- These things shall never die. Let nothing pass, for every hand Must fin... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Wellington, New Zealand. Thanks for stopping by!

“The War Hypothesis Is Strengthening”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The War Hypothesis Is Strengthening”* by Jim Rickards "At my research service, "Intelligence Triggers," we use a unique method to forecast and invest in markets. We call it the Kissinger Cross. And it’s backed by the same method used at the CIA to forecast terrorist attacks, war and other geopolitical events. It gives you an advantage over everyone else. Here’s what I mean… War has existed as long as civilization (perhaps longer) and shows no signs of disappearing soon. Veterans and affected populations know the horrors of war firsthand. Even the casual student of history is acqu... more »

Is North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'The World's Most Dangerous Man'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*CNN:* *North Korea: Is Kim Jong Un 'the world's most dangerous man'?* (CNN)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heads into 2017 with two things that loom ominous for the rest of the world -- he's tested a nuclear weapon, and no one really knows how willing he'd be to use one in anger. North Korea conducted two nuclear tests in 2016, one in January and another, its most powerful ever, in September. Add that to a string of missile tests, both land- and sea-launched, and the world has plenty of reason for worry. "Combining nuclear warheads with ballistic missile technology in the hands ... more »

A Look At The 45-Acre Russian Compound In Maryland

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
NBC *Washington Post*: *The luxurious, 45-acre compound in Maryland being shut down for alleged Russian espionage* On Thursday afternoon, the Obama administration announced its long-awaited retaliation for what has been characterized as Russian interference in November's presidential election. Among the wide-ranging measures, the White House announced that the State Department would be closing two Russian-owned compounds — one in Maryland and one in New York — that it says were used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes. It is also declaring 35 Russians “persona ... more »

President-Elect Trump On President Obama Imposing Sanctions On Russia: 'It’s Time To Move On To Bigger And Better Things'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *After Obama sanctions Russia, Trump says it’s time ‘to move on to bigger and better things’* President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday played down the ramifications of any Russian interference in the U.S. election, saying it is “time for the country to move on to bigger and better things” in a statement issued just hours after President Obama announced sweeping sanctions against Moscow. Trump, who has for weeks voiced skepticism about Russia’s role in the hacking of Democratic email accounts and other hostile actions, said he would seek to learn more about the s... more »

The Trumpf Inauguration Committee Finds The Perfect Inauguration Entertainment At Last!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 3* *by Noah* There have been a lot of stories lately about the difficulties Herr Trumpf's troops have had finding people who want to perform at his inauguration. His entertainment committee can't even find a local or regional high school marching band that's willing to participate. Such bands *always* participate; not this time. The stench is strong with this one. Naturally, the media points out that many music artists, being lefties, aren't about to avail themselves of the dubious opportunity and the soiling exposure it would provide... more »

Quote of the Day: On Aristotle’s ancient city

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
[image: School-of-Athens-720-330] *“[Alexandria] was the first modern city. It stood at the confluence of three ancient cultures: Greece, Egypt & the Middle East, including Babylon. People of of every colour and religion from Syria, Asia Minor, Iberia, Phoenicia, Nubia, the Arabian Peninsula, Persia & India swarmed its streets, did business in its shops, and unloaded their goods in its warehouses… [Until the arrival of Christianity centuries later, p]eople were too busy making money to fight over religious or ethnic differences. “No other ancient city demonstrated so power... more »

Chris Hedges: They Seek To Subjugate Us All

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 4 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Originally published January 27, 2013 NashvillePress on Jan 25, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges speaks at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center banquet Jan. 19, 2013. Hedges and others have sued President Obama and the Department of Defense to squash the National Defense Authorization Act, which permits the government […]

Russian Reaction To New U.S. Sanctions And Expulsions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) From right: Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov. © Michael Klimentyev / Sputnik *RT*:* Kremlin: New sanctions underline Obama admin’s ‘unpredictable & aggressive’ foreign policy* The new US sanctions against Russia are another manifestation of the unpredictable and aggressive foreign policy by the Obama administration, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin press-secretary, said. “In our point of view such actions of the US current administration are a manifestation of an unpredictabl... more »

A New Map

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Kingsley L. Dennis* - We are desperately in need of a new understanding that allows us to recognize the greater truth. The post A New Map appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- December 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks on Middle East peace at the Department of State in Washington December 28, 2016. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan *Scott Peterson, CSM*: *For a Mideast roiling with conflict and change, 2017 promises more of same* The conflict with ISIS and even older war in Syria will continue to radiate ferment across a region that will also witness an as-yet unknown Trump effect. Already in turmoil, the Middle East is set to further transform in 2017, with critical changes likely in many countries throughout the region. Even as politics and confli... more »

BWorld 99, China insecurity and belligerence

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
* This is my article in BWEconomicForum last December 14, 2016. ON OCCASION, a fraternity gets big enough such that its members begin to establish cliques of their own, causing disunity in the organization. This, in turn, prompts the officers to initiate a “rumble” with another fraternity. As a result, cliques are set aside and the frat moves as one in protecting their brods or beating up members of the other fraternity. This same logic may apply to China. One of my dormitory roommates, a member of a fraternity, told me that anecdote while we were both students at the University o... more »

A World Disconnected From Imagination

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 5 hours ago
*Tim Bryant* - How will we go about changing the world for the better? The post A World Disconnected From Imagination appeared first on Waking Times.

World News Briefs -- December 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. evicts Russians for spying, imposes sanctions after election hacks* President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvement in hacking U.S. political groups in the 2016 presidential election. The measures, taken during the last days of Obama's presidency, mark a new post-Cold War low in U.S.-Russian ties, which have deteriorated over differences about Syria and Ukraine. Allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin pe... more »

David T. Lange, Au Revoir

gail zawacki at Wit's End - 6 hours ago
David T. Lange was one of my earliest readers, and a staunch supporter of the conclusion that pollution from ozone derived from fossil fuels and excess reactive nitrogen is killing trees - as well as people and other life forms on our planet. He had his own blog on the subject, WindSpiritKeeper, where he posted wonderful photographs, and gritty videos, documenting the damage - so obvious to us and yet so invisible to almost everyone else. Aspen ~ DT Lange I never had the fortune to meet David in real life, but we corresponded via email, and comments on each other's sites. I follo... more »

Russia and Turkey Broker Ceasefire in Syria

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: russia-and-turkey-broker-ceasefire-in-syria] The Russian and Turkish governments have brokered a ceasefire agreement in Syria to end fighting between the forces of Bashar al-Assad and the anti-Assad rebel coalition.

X-Zone Boradcast Network - Noe Torres

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 7 hours ago
Noe Torres This week I chatted with Noe Torres who has published a number of UFO books and by published I mean published as opposed to having written. Make no mistake, he has written books as well and he, with his partner,Ruben Uriarte, have collaborated on other books that can be found at www.RoswellBooks.com. During the radio interview, we talked at length about a reported UFO crash in Mexico in which a number of Mexican soldiers died when they attempted to recover the disk-shaped craft. Intervention by American soldiers sometime later, cleaned up and covered up the mess, and br... more »

"Fake News"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*Fake News* Once a year I touch bases with my two years older brother who lives on the other side of the continent. We were close as youngsters due to our birth order...but upon reaching adulthood...we drifted apart both emotionally, geographically and, particularly, politically. He is far right (but thinks Trump is even further right) while I am "left of Lenin" as I always like to say. Over the holidays, we had our traditional phone call with Seasons Greetings and brief up-date on family and other news. We touched on the US election. His daughter is married to a writer for a ... more »

"Bombshell: Court Rules Trump ‘Required By Law’ To Pursue Clinton"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Bombshell: Court Rules Trump ‘Required By Law’ To Pursue Clinton"* "Law ‘strictly limits circumstances under which records can be removed from federal custody.’" by Baxter Dmitry "A federal appeals court has ruled that Donald Trump’s U.S. attorney general, which will be Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., will be required by law to intervene in the case of Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured, private computer server in her home for classified information. The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia states clearly that the law requires it, rejecting the Obam... more »

Anti-Trump Discrimination: Good. Christians Against Homosexual “Weddings”? Bigotry!

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: anti-trump-discrimination-good-christians-against-homosexual-weddings-bigotry] If you’re a Christian businessman who doesn’t want to service a faux wedding, you may be destroyed by your government. But if you’re a restaurateur who doesn’t want to serve Trump voters, well, hey, you’re just exercising your rights.

Obama Gives Parting Shots To Israel, Russia On Way Out The Door

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 8 hours ago
The lame duck period is rarely a productive time for a president, and through the course of four to eight years they undoubtedly make some enemies they would like to payback. The post Obama Gives Parting Shots To Israel, Russia On Way Out The Door appeared first on Shadowproof.

The FBI And DHS Report On Russian Hacking Has Been Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Hill:** FBI, DHS release report on Russia hacking* The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday released a joint report detailing how federal investigators linked the Russian government to hacks of Democratic Party organizations. The document makes clear reference to the hacks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, though it does not mention either by name. The 13-page report provides technical details regarding tools and infrastructure used by Russian civilian and military intelligence services to... more »

Will President Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy Be Remembered As One Big Mess?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Reuters *WNU Editor: *In all of my years of covering diplomacy and international relations .... I have never seen U.S. diplomacy and its relations with many of its allies and adversaries this low. Today's *U.S. sanctions on Russia* has destroyed diplomatic relations between the two countries for the foreseeable future .... even with President-elect Trump entering the White House. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's speech yesterday has destroyed the White House's relations with the current Israeli government .... *Relations between Obama, Netanyahu camps hit rock bottom* (AP). U.S. rel... more »

Hopi Squash Blossom: The story behind Princess Leia's hairstyle

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
After news of Carrie Fisher's untimely death spread, fans took to social media to pay tribute to the film star. Amidst the outpouring of grief, one image was repeated again and again: little girls, their hair in two perfect "cinnamon buns", smiling for the camera. Fisher was, of course, much more than the role she won aged 19, yet Princess Leia - and an iconic hairstyle - have come to symbolise the actress, author and script doctor. Fisher took it in her stride, telling Time Out in 2014: "I am Leia and Leia is me. We've overlapped each other because my life has been so cartoony o... more »

"Hugo" (at NYC's MoMI tomorrow) may be not just Martin Scorsese's best film but possibly the greatest movie ever made

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*The trailer for Hugo doesn't give much hint of the movie's brilliance, but then, it may be that nothing except the movie itself could do that. Which is kind of the point.* *by Ken* *SHORT VERSION*: If you’re available and within range of the Museum of the Moving in Image Friday afternoon, and you haven’t seen Martin Scorsese’s *Hugo* (2011), or for that matter *if you have*, what you need to know is that there’s a repeat screening scheduled at 3pm, concluding the initial installment of the museum’s planned Scorsese retrospective, *Martin Scorsese in the 21st Century*. *You'd be n... more »

BREAKING: Without Providing Proof, US Retaliates Against Russia for ‘Election Hacking’ — Russia Responds

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: sanctions]With no proof, the US has given 25 Russian diplomats 72 hours to leave the country, closed two Russian compounds, and issued a myriad of sanctions.

Trump Sec. of State Pick ExxonMobil CEO Tillerson Threatens Critically Endangered Whales in Russia, Along with Undermining Sanctions

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 8 hours ago
ExxonMobil CEO, Trump Secretary of State Pick Rex Tillerson April 2016, https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/34088/000119312516539460/d14941ddef14a.htm Exxon Neftegas Limited, a Bahamas based subsidiary of … Continue reading →

Asian stockmarkets and governments

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 8 hours ago
One more day and it's Goodbye 2016, thanks for the blessings, lessons from whatever misery. Meanwhile, when I posted my paper on the stockmarket in my fb wall, some anarchists and Duterte supporters came attacking it. Among their whines and complaints: 1. Less than 1% of the PH population invest on it or are even aware of it, the average person doesn't understand it nor does he feel the economic gains. 2. Stock market is a hit and run investment. It is a poker game. The health of poker game does not represent the overall health of economy. 3. The stock market is dominated by oliga... more »

Shadowproof’s Favorite Things In 2016

Shadowproof at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
We asked our contributors to share some of their favorite things they read, saw, and heard in 2016. The post Shadowproof’s Favorite Things In 2016 appeared first on Shadowproof .

Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is Live!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is LIVE! Listen between 11 am to 2 pm daily, depending on the sun. Solar powered radio station, Indigenous Rising Media, is broadcasting live from Oceti Sakowin Camp! Weathering the blizzards, bitter cold and snow, Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio is live! Thanks to Govinda of Earthcycles will beginning

Former Iraqi Leader Saddam Hussein Was Executed Ten Years Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
This screen grab taken from Iraqi national television station Al-iraqia shows the moments leading up to the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on December 30, 2006. *CNN: **'I was shocked': Iraqis remember day Saddam Hussein was hanged* (CNN)On the morning of the start of Eid al-Adha on December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was hanged to death for committing crimes against humanity. It's a day that will forever be entrenched in the memory of Iraqis who watched their ruthless leader walk towards the gallows and have a noose tightened around his neck. Hussein, who ruled I... more »

White House To Release Report To Congress On Alleged Russian Hacking

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The seats for the Russian delegation are seen unoccupied during the session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. © Mike Segar / Reuters *Sputnik*: *Obama Set To Release Report To Congress On Alleged Russian Hacking* President Barack Obama said his administration will provide lawmakers a detailed analysis regarding allegations of Russian "efforts to interfere in our election" in addition to accusations of "malicious cyberactivity." Congress is not currently in session and lawmakers will not return to Washington DC until after January 1, but ... more »

World Rarest Bat: Meet Very Unique Rescued Grey Headed Flying Fox

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Stunning photos of Tal'ngai Dha'run - a very unique Grey Headed Flying Fox in care with Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre. He is truly photogenic. Some people might view bats as terrifying creatures but in reality, that’s not the case. We know that many animals are unfortunately given bad reputations because of our misconceptions about them, and bats are one example of this. Most bats pose little or no threat to humans and are actually quite beneficial to us. For instance, one brown bat – about the size of a human thumb – can consume about 600 mosquitoes and other unw... more »

En flaske rosa Champagne

Sunniva at SunnivaRose - 9 hours ago
God romjul alle fine ❤ Nå er det en måned siden forrige innlegg (#dårligsamvittighet), og forklaringen er nå som før: jeg er i PhD-innspurtsboblen, og her er det så å si kun jeg som eksisterer (og de få andre tingene jeg faktisk MÅ gjøre, som feks feire jul med Alexandra). Nå er det veeelidg kort tid til denne avhandlingen skal leveres, og med tre dager helt fri (lille julaften, julaften og første juledag) er stresset ikke akkurat mindre enn det var. Heldigvis var jeg på Blindern og møtte veileder-Sunniva i går, så nå er den siste artikkelen min endelig i ganske god shape igjen. Det ... more »

Texas Parents Told They Will Be Charged & Arrested if They Walk Their Children to School

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: school]Walking your child to and from school in Magnolia, Texas can now end in your extortion through fines and even jail time thanks to a new policy.

Mohawk Nation News 'Plain Speak'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
PLAIN SPEAK Posted on December 29, 2016 Mohawk Nation News Please post & distribute. MNN. Dec. 27, 2016. A tyrant doesn’t suddenly take power. The people hand it over, out of fear and a desire for safety. At Standing Rock the army is attacking and trying to kill us” for our own safety”! FAKE NEWS IS PROPAGANDA! Steps to fascism. War is tyrannical power based on lies, to get the

SEIU to Cut Its Budget by Nearly a Third

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: seiu-to-cut-its-budget-by-nearly-a-third] The Service Employees International Union is cutting its budget by $100 million — nearly a third of the union’s operating budget — along with severe cuts in staff starting the first of the year.

BWorld 98, Asian stock markets and the Duterte administration

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
* This is my article in BWEconomicForum last December 14, 2016. The stock market is one of several indicators that show how an economy or a country is doing because it represents the inflow and outflow of investments, which are mainly driven by outlooks over the short and medium terms. It is also an indicator of how the rule of law is respected or trampled by a government in power. During the BusinessWorld-PAL ASEAN Regional Forum last Nov. 24 held at Conrad Hotel, SM MOA Complex, among the sessions tackled was “Unity in Diversity: A Political-Economic Outlook.” The speakers were De... more »

U.S. Expels 35 Russian Diplomats. Imposes More Sanctions On Russia Over Election Hacking Claims

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times:* *U.S. Punishes Russia for Election Hacking, Ejecting Operative* WASHINGTON — The Obama administration struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services, including four top officers of the military intelligence unit the White House believes ordered the attacks on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations. In a sweeping set of announcements, the United States was also expect... more »

White House Under Pressure To Release Evidence Confirming Russian Interference In The Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Hill: **Obama under pressure to prove Russian interference in election* The Obama administration is under intense pressure to release evidence confirming Russian interference in the presidential election before leaving office. The administration up until now has provided little documentation to back up its official October assessment that the Russian government was attempting to interfere in the U.S. election. Nor has it corroborated subsequent leaks from anonymous officials contending that the CIA believes the campaign was an attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to ... more »

The National Trust’s Climate Myths

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/matthew-oates-weather-and-wildlife-in-2016 From the “How to confuse weather with climate” department: From the National Trust: Ten years ago the National Trust began conducting annual reviews of the impact of the year’s weather on our wildlife. Although every year has been unique, bringing different wildlife winners and losers, some patterns […]

#TopTen | No. 9: Hobson’s Pledge: Racism?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
*This year so far I’ve written and posted 797 posts. (This is the 798th)* *Of those, this from September 30th was the ninth most popular, wondering how it can be racist to demand the law be colour-blind – and how those making those charges make them stick. Or not …* ------------------------------ *Hobson’s Pledge: Racism?* [image: 102758642] The commentariat is all aflame this week attacking the new “Hobson’s Pledge” movement, launched this week by Don Brash. Their vision for New Zealand, they say, “is a society in which all citizens are equal before the law, irrespective ... more »

Peace Work in the 'Solid South'

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
*Rocket park in Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville will be the site of the Global Network's 25th annual space organizing conference and protest on April 7-9, 2017.* - I've been working for the last couple of days to wrap up our April 7-9, 2017 space conference promo brochure. Our layout person Nancy Randolph (who also does a fabulous job on our newsletter Space Alert!) did a quick turn-around on this one as I am anxious to get it done and to the printer before Mary Beth and I head to Taiwan for my son's wedding there next week. - Even though we are still worki... more »

Energy 86, Germany's RE on a wild ride

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 10 hours ago
I am reposting two articles from NTZ below. (1) *‘Manager Magazin’ Reports How Renewable Electricity Is TakingGermany On A Wild Ride, *28 December 2016 It’s the paradox of the German Energiewende (transition to green energy): power exchange market prices are lower than ever before, yet consumers are paying the highest prices ever – with no stop in the increases in sight. Moreover, the more green electricity that is fed into the grid, the more coal that gets burned… Today German Manager Magazin here brings us up to date on the country’s “greening” power grid — taking a look at the c... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 73, Dec 28, 2016

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 10 hours ago
The Mosul campaign is back in action, which meant there was more heavy fighting. The Iraqi forces (ISF) attackedthe Rafaq and Baladiyat neighborhoods in the northeast section of the city. The Islamic State on the other hand was counter attacking throughout Mosul and in four townsto the westandnorth. Inside the city it attacked the Hadbaa, Sumer, Zaytoun, Salam, and Police Academy with 6 car bombs and 5 suicide bombers. Noor was hit with mortars, and it blew up two of its police headquarters and the Salam Hospital in Wahda in the southeast. Three civilians were also killed by IS sn... more »

Apple Opens Up: Read the Company’s First Paper on Artificial Intelligence

June Javelosa at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 11 hours ago
Apple researchers have released their first AI paper focusing on computer vision technology titled “Learning from Simulated and Unsupervised Images through Adversarial Training.” The paper describes how their program can identify and understand digital images by training computer vision algorithms to recognize synthetic images. The post Apple Opens Up: Read the Company’s First Paper on Artificial Intelligence appeared first on Futurism.

UberFreight is Taking on the Trucking Industry

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 11 hours ago
UberFreight—the love child begotten by Uber's acquisition of the self-driving truck startup Otto—has just unveiled a new website. Details are sparse, but it could mean autonomous freight delivery is not far off. Details about the new service are sparse, but it's likely the plan is to use test runs of the technology to gather real-life data that will "educate" the self-driving algorithms. If that's true, it may not be very long now before we see whole fleets of autonomous trucks cruising the highways. The post UberFreight is Taking on the Trucking Industry appeared first on Futuri... more »

Cancer researcher in Germany loses multiple papers after misconduct finding

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A pathology journal is retracting two papers after an investigation at the last author’s institution in Germany found evidence of scientific misconduct. The notice for both papers cites an investigation involving Regine Schneider-Stock, who studies cancer biology at the Friedrich Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU). Meanwhile, another 2005 paper that lists Schneider-Stock as the first author was retracted […] The post Cancer researcher in Germany loses multiple papers after misconduct finding appeared first on Retraction Watch.

2 Soldiers Killed In Apache Helicopter Crash In Galveston Bay, Texas

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An AH-64 Apache helicopter © Paul Hanna / Reuters *CNN*: *2 soldiers dead in Texas helicopter crash* Two soldiers died when their helicopter crashed into Galveston Bay on Wednesday, according to Texas Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Glen Webb. The two service members had been participating in what Webb described as "a routine training flight." The AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed into the water near the Bayport Cruise Terminal in the city of Pasadena, around 3:50 p.m. (4:50 p.m. ET), Webb said. Both soldiers were from the Texas Army National Guard's 1st of the 149th Atta... more »

The U.S. Congress Will Not Put Forward A New War Authorisation Act Against The Islamic State In The Coming Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Donald Trump, chairman and CEO of the Trump Organization, tours the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima during Fleet Week New York City 2009. Approximately 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman will participate in the 22nd Commemoration of Fleet Week New York. The event will provide the citizens of New York City and surrounding tri-state area an opportunity to meet service members and also see the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Danals *Austin Wright, Politico*: *Congress leaves Trump with u... more »

The Tax-Deductible Resistance Movement

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 11 hours ago
If you act right now and heed the call of any number of liberal veal pens vying with post-Christmas merchants for your ever-dwindling dollars, you will automatically become part of the elite Donald Trump resistance movement. But time is running out! If you don't fork over your cash by midnight on December 31st, you will lose the golden opportunity to deduct your gift from your state and federal income taxes. Your failure to contribute to the Doomsday fund drive by the deadline might even make you an enabler of the Apocalypse. Resistance is futile to the Democratic Party's insane m... more »

Righteous! Fetal Gore Gang LOSES Lawsuit!

noreply@blogger.com (fern hill) at DAMMIT JANET! - 11 hours ago
The Fetal Gore Gang believes it has the right to force its misleading anti-choice messages and gory images on everyone. And to threaten people who resist with lawsuits. And of course their central demand is that people with uteruses be denied basic human rights and forced to continue unwanted pregnancies. Force, threats, demands, and coercion. It's all bullies got. So isn't it grand when bullies get their asses handed to them? Just before xmas, the Fetal Gore Gang got pwned. By the City of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Here's some background. The bullies wanted to run this ad on cit... more »

The Future's So Breitbart, He's Gotta Wear Shades

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 11 hours ago
I don't know what it is with the publishing business. Ever since a generation ago, when they began refusing to do their jobs and relying on literary agencies to go through the "slush pile", as they derisively refer to half-forgotten authors' work, they've troweled out one turkey after another (largely due to their rigid insistence on buying at least 80% of their properties from said brain-dead literary agents who fail to place 90-95% of the adult properties they rep). The publishing poobahs also seem especially ingratiating toward right wing nut jobs, even to the point of ... more »

World News Briefs -- December 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraqi forces launch second phase of Mosul offensive against Islamic State* Iraqi security forces on Thursday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month. U.S.-backed forces have retaken a quarter of the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq in the biggest ground operation there since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein. More than 5,000 soldiers and federal police troops, redeployed from Mosul's souther... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 29, 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition are seen with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016. AZAD LASHKARI/REUTERS *Military Times*:* New in 2017: Big decisions for the wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan* With a new administration preparing to take charge, there is growing uncertainty about the role of U.S. troops in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. When Donald Trump assumes office in mid-January, there will be 15,000 American personnel deployed to those theaters. He has sent mixed signals regarding the wars, vowing on the one hand to crush extremists d... more »

Bullpen Roundup for Thursday, December 29, 2016

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
Featured _ The economy recovery is mostly a myth for the 99%. President Obama said in 2013 that economic inequality was “the defining issue of our time.” If so, Obama largely failed to do anything meaningful to address this issue. _ Both German Deutsche Bank and Swiss Credit Suisse are The post Bullpen Roundup for Thursday, December 29, 2016 appeared first on Shadowproof.

We removed a post temporarily. It’s back. Here’s why.

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
On December 15, we removed a post from view as a result of a law that some have misused to have content removed from the web. Today, we have reinstated that post. Here’s what the post about, if you’re curious: The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has sanctioned Kaushik Deb, a former post-doc at the University of […] The post We removed a post temporarily. It’s back. Here’s why. appeared first on Retraction Watch.

If You Think Trump Will Protect Social Security And Medicare From Paul Ryan, Don't Bother To Read This

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Our friends at Social Security Works aren’t beating around the bush. They have a very direct, very stark message about the American social safety net. “President-elect Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan,” they wrote their members this week, “are getting their ducks in a row – preparing to destroy Medicare and Social Security in Trump’s first 100 days in office. Even though Trump ran on a promise to protect Medicare and Social Security, he is appointing people who believe just the opposite – and they’re not shy about saying so.” Donald Trump’s new pick for Director of... more »

New Year's Resolution Wish List

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: new-year-s-resolution-wish-list] The new year is a time to make resolutions to improve your life over the next 12 months. This time around, there's a new boss in the White House and the Republicans have control of Congress. So though I usually don't feel I can realistically add big sweeping changes to my list — a tactic often likelier to yield failure and frustration than success — I am going to dream a little and call for boldness on top of no-brainer reforms.

EXCLUSIVE: After Big Pharma Failed, Parents Risked All to Save Daughter’s Life with Cannabis — It Worked!

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: cannabis]5-year-old Nova went from having 100 seizures a day to none. Her mother tells the amazing story of cannabis healing after moving to Colorado.

Roswell Recanted?

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 12 hours ago
Well, here is something that is interesting. It seems that an off-hand comment I made about the lack of skepticism in some avenues of UFO research has blown up into a debate on what I said about the Roswell case. It began with Robert Sheaffer making a few comments on his blog, *Bad UFOs*, which was based on the very nice review that Jerome Clark had published in *Fortean Times* about my book *Roswell in the 21stCentury.* From that interview, Robert extrapolated a point of view that might not be exactly what I had do say… though the headline in the *Fortean Times* suggests a recantin... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

"Let Me Get This Straight..."

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

“This Day In History: U.S. Army Massacres Indians at Wounded Knee”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“This Day In History: * *U.S. Army Massacres Indians at Wounded Knee”* by History.com “On this day in 1890, in the final chapter of America’s long Indian wars, the U.S. Cavalry kills 146 Sioux at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Throughout 1890, the U.S. government worried about the increasing influence at Pine Ridge of the Ghost Dance spiritual movement, which taught that Indians had been defeated and confined to reservations because they had angered the gods by abandoning their traditional customs. Many Sioux believed that if they practiced the Ghost D... more »

Putin Announces Syrian Ceasefire To Begin At Midnight And The Start Of Peace Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*RT:* *Agreement reached on ceasefire in Syria & readiness to start peace talks - Putin* Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed agreement has been reached on a ceasefire in Syria and the start of peace talks. *“This agreement we’ve reached is very fragile, as we all understand. They require special attention and patience, professional attitude, and constant contact with our partners,” *Putin said at a meeting with Russian foreign and defense ministers. The agreement, which was previously announced by Turkey, is detailed in three documents, Putin said. *Read more* .... ... more »

Hundreds of Drug Convictions Overturned After Corrupt Cops Caught Framing Innocent People

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: drug]Over 450 convictions have been overturned after a gang of drug cops were caught dealing, selling, stealing, and planting drugs on innocent people.

"Is Europe Doomed?"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
https://youtu.be/VyxF0dXPTHA I'm afraid that I agree, I believe that Europe is doomed.

INFN Gives 73 Permanent Positions To Young Researchers In Physics

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 14 hours ago
Today I am actually quite proud of my research institute, the "Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, INFN, which leads Italian research in fundamental physics. In fact a selection to hire 73 new researchers with permanent positions has reached its successful conclusion. Rather than giving you my personal opinions (very positive!) I think it is better to let speak the INFN president Fernando Ferroni, and the numbers themselves. read more

Exposing Donald Drumpf: Great Article From Cartier McCloud - Jew Ball-Lickers

Northerntruthseeker at Northerntruthseeker - 14 hours ago
I have said it many times that I am NO fan of Donald Drumpf, period... Yes, he did win the Presidency of the United States, but that was simply because the American people were forced to choose between two evils.. One being of course the most diabolical murderous foul creature on planet Earth, Hillary "Killary" Clinton, and the other one being Donald Drumpf.... With NO viable alternative but to have to choose between these two Jewish butt kissing freaks, the choice came down to whether they wanted the United States into World War III by the beginning of February 2017, which of course... more »

I'm pulling this blog. I don't have time to delete vulgarity....which is what you will find

Amid Massive Backlash, DA Drops DUI Charges Against Man Who Tested Positive for Caffeine

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: dui]All DUI charges have been dropped against Joseph Schwab who was arrested and charged with DUI in spite of police only finding caffeine in his blood.

After The Battle To Retake Mosul Has been Completed, Will Iraq’s Shiite Militias Head Into Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Members of the Shi'ite Badr Organization fighters riding in a military vehicle during a battle with Islamic State militants west of Mosul, Iraq, on Nov. 20. PHOTO: KHALID AL-MOUSILY/REUTERS *Wall Street Journal: **After Mosul, Will Iraq’s Shiite Militias Head to Syria Next?* Will the militias stop at the border--or cross the line and risk new sectarian strife? Now that the collapse of Islamic State is within sight in Iraq, a lot rides on whether the Iraqi Shiite militias taking part in that campaign will stop at the international border or will cross into Syria in coming months an... more »

After A Two Week Lull Iraqi Forces Resume Mosul Offensive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Al Jazeera*: *Iraq resumes Mosul operation after a two-week lull* Iraqi forces launch the "second phase" of the battle to retake eastern Mosul from ISIL. Iraqi troops backed by US-led air strikes have pushed deeper into eastern Mosul after a two-week lull in the operation to retake the city held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. Staff Lieutenant General Abdulghani al-Assadi, a senior officer in Iraq's counterterrorism service, said the second phase of the operation, now in its third month, began on Thursday. He told the AFP news agency... more »

The Tax-

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago

Dog paddling in the Rubicon

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
Image via tenor.Thomas P. Friedman, better known as Thomas L. Friedman, Mystax Cabalisticus, is so adorable sometimes. He really is the reasonable, kind-hearted liberal Zionist he'd like everybody else to be, as when he generously characterizes the Israeli prime minister: Netanyahu is a leader who is forever dog paddling in the middle of the Rubicon, never ready to cross it. He is unwilling to make any big, hard decision to advance or preserve a two-state solution if that decision in any way risks his leadership of Israel’s right-wing coalition or forces him to confront the Jewish ... more »

JAMA article on zinc for the common cold retracted

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Authors have retracted a JAMA article summarizing the evidence behind the benefits of a supplement, after the systemic review upon which it was based was withdrawn. The 2014 paper, “Oral Zinc for the Common Cold,” drew from a 2013 Cochrane Review, considered the gold standard for rigorous analyses of clinical treatments. That Cochrane review was […] The post JAMA article on zinc for the common cold retracted appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Is The U.S. Becoming The World's Policeman For Financial Crimes?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*AFP:* *US acting as global policeman for financial crimes* Washington (AFP) - Handing out multibillion-dollar fines right and left to domestic and foreign financial giants, the United States has taken on the role of the unforgiving global cop of the business world. In stark contrast to the relative inertia of white-collar law enforcement in Europe, Washington most recently brought the hammer down on Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse, which sold junk-filled, mortgage-backed securities ahead of the 2008 financial meltdown. Deutsche Bank has agreed to a payout of $7.2 billion, while Cr... more »

Take My Course

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
I'll be teaching a course at Cambridge College in the Spring that is open to non-matriculated students, as well as students currently enrolled in CC programs. Parents, students, policymakers, and teachers are welcome. The course, *Reconceptualization of Schools . . .*, will be offered on Saturdays from 9-5 on these dates: February 4, March 4, March 18, April 1, and April 15. Registration form may be downloaded here. Here are the readings that we will be using during the class discussion: *The mismeasure of education. * Author(s): Horn and Wilburn Copyright: 2013 Publisher: Inf... more »

The Return of Dave

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 15 hours ago
He's been gone five minutes, and already he's poised for a comeback. According to *The Indy*, David Cameron is Theresa May's nomination for the next NATO general secretary. This, according to Michael Fallon, is part of a move that would deepen Britain's commitment to the alliance to make up for Brexit. Presumably that would involve an extra spending commitment. After all, ways have to be found for blowing that phantom Leave dividend. A Briton has held the secretary generalship on three occasions. The last was George Robertson who, according to rumour, was placed there by His Blairn... more »

Lame Duck Obama Grabs More Land and Power

Steve Byas at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: lame-duck-obama-grabs-more-land-and-power] In Obama's last month in office, it appears he'll finish by implementing as many progressive policies as he can get away with.

WATCH: CBS News Anchor Accused of ‘Fake News’ for Reporting Truth About Syria — Destroys His Critics

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: syria]Ben Swann reports that al-Qaeda and ISIS now form the ranks of U.S.-backed "moderate rebels" in Syria, but this truth is too much for MSM to handle.

Is the NHS going to break in 2017? Per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
Can you guess what factor gets no mention in this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38323184 on the problems facing the NHS? Yes, immigration is apparently not a factor that should be acknowledged.

"Are We Doomed to Keep Making the Same Mistakes, Or Will We Learn from History?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Are We Doomed to Keep Making the Same Mistakes, * *Or Will We Learn from History?"* by WashingtonsBlog "We Should Have Known … We’ve known for 5,000 years that mass spying on one’s own people is usually aimed at grabbing power and crushing dissent, not protecting us from bad guys. We’ve known for 4,000 years that debts need to be periodically written down, or the entire economy will collapse. And see this. We’ve known for 2,500 years that prolonged war bankrupts an economy. We’ve known for 2,000 years that wars are based on lies. We’ve known for 1,900 years that runaway inequali... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *California's largest separatist movement just opened its first 'embassy'— in Moscow Germany is taking its gold back faster than expected 'Stances have shifted': Russia, Turkey, Iran are discussing chopping Syria into zones of influence A new Missouri law could make school bullying a felony and that's a problem Unhappy Holidays: Houston Police Force Homeless People To Throw Away Food California Man Arrested, Charged With Driving Under The Influence Of Caffeine Europe Proposes Confiscating Gold In Crackdown On "Terrorist Financing" More than one-third of schoolchi... more »


laura k at wmtc - 15 hours ago
We must say goodbye to our sweet Tala today. At the vet yesterday, we got the worst possible news, and we know we must do this right away. I'm grateful that it's a clear decision. Tala, Tala Bobala, Talabo, T-bo, T. Skinny Face. Princess Tala. My Little Girl. She started life in a puppy mill in Tennessee. She was rescued to Ohio, then to Husky Savers in Western New York State. Then finally to Canada -- on the underground railroad to freedom. We fell in love with her on Petfinder and have been that way ever since, now one month shy of 10 years. Talabo. Spinning wildly in circles, a ... more »

Failed Globalization And Austerity Agendas Led Directly To The Rise Of Trumpism— A Guest Post From George Soros

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Over the last year or so, billionaire George Soros has given over $20,000,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and to associated groups supporting her and the Democrats. As we saw last night 73% of Trump voters are convinced that George Soros has been paying protesters to demonstrate against their Dear Leader. He isn’t. Recently, though, he decided to warn his friends about his fears of a Trump regime. *Open Society Needs Defending-by George Soros* Open societies are in crisis, and various forms of closed societies – from fascist dictatorships to mafia states – are on the rise. Beca... more »

Why Did the West Help ISIS Spread Hysteria Post-Berlin Attack?

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 16 hours ago
*December 29, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Washington Post - among others - hit the ground running in the wake of an apparent terrorist attack in Germany's capital of Berlin before evidence was forthcoming and even before German police arrested a suspect. A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring many more in what resembled an attack in Nice, France where a truck likewise plowed into a crowd killing 86 and injuring hundreds more. *Spreading ISIS Propaganda* The Washington Post's article and others like it followed the self-proclaimed "Islamic S... more »

Is President-Elect Trump Responsible For The Russian Stock Market Boom?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
RIA Novosti/Sergey Kuznecov / RIA Novosti *CNBC:* *How Trump is affecting Russian stocks* For Russian traders, the election of Donald Trump has been greeted as a mixed bag — it's been great news for stock prices and for the ruble currency, but it could spell harm for Russia's economic prospects over the longer term. The outspoken Republican's victory has led many in the United States to assume that, based on Trump's warm comments about President Vladimir Putin during the campaign, relations between the two nations will improve. The theory goes that with Trump in the White House, s... more »

President-Elect Trump On Russian Sanctions: 'We Ought To Get On With Our Lives'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Asked about Russia sanctions, Trump says 'we ought to get on with our lives'* U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested that the United States and Russia lay to rest the controversy over Moscow's computer hacking of Democratic Party computers, saying, "We ought to get on with our lives." Trump has cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian hackers took information from Democratic Party computers and individuals and posted it online to help Trump win the election. The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series ... more »

Utterly Dysfunctional

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
For two decades, Joe Stiglitz has argued that the prevailing economic orthodoxy is pure folly. In this week's *Vanity* *Fair, *he dissects Trumponomics and concludes that it -- like the man himself -- it's a fraud. Consider Trump's plan to build infrastructure. It will be privately financed and supported by tax cuts. One of the major sources of capital will be hedge funds: America has a major infrastructure deficit. Both *Hillary Clinton* and Trump recognized this. Trump’s plans for $1 trillion in infrastructure investment seem grandiose, but as with so much of Trump’s program, ... more »

Don’t Forget The Biomass, Saiful!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b086yr10/royal-institution-christmas-lectures-2016-supercharged-fuelling-the-future-3-fully-charged Every year, the BBC run the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Each series is themed around a scientific topic, and is aimed at youngsters. (Not that I have not found them very watchable at times!) This year, the subject is batteries, and it has been presented […]

Investment In Onshore Wind & Solar Power Dries Up

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood How often have we been told that wind and solar power can now compete on equal terms with fossil fuel? Of course, this did not stop renewable lobbyists from whingeing when the government announced last year that subsidies for onshore wind and solar power would be phased out this […]

The Poet: David Whyte, “The Opening of Eyes”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“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 f... more »

"My Task..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
“My task, which I am trying to achieve, is by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel; it is, before all, to make you see. That and no more, and it is everything. If I succeed, you shall find there, according to your deserts, encouragement, consolation, fear, charm, all you demand- and, perhaps, also that glimpse of truth for which you have forgotten to ask." - Joseph Conrad


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Thousands sign petition demanding university fire professor whose husband berated Ivanka Trump* A PETITION calling for the sacking of the university professor whose husband heckled Ivanka Trump on a flight is swiftly building momentum. Thousands of people had signed the Change.org petition as of Wednesday morning to have urban studies and planning professor Matt Lasner removed from his position at Hunter College in New York City after last week’s headline-grabbing run-in. The petition was created by the group Right Wing Millennials and is seeking Mr Lasner’s removal from the adm... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*2016: Historic Year for Climate (?)* *Jeffrey Berardelli, the writer below, says he has a degree and career expertise in Atmospheric Sciences. He heads his post with the graph below, which is correct in saying that CO2 levels have increased greatly in recent yearsBut that is actually an embarrassment. He knows perfectly well that the effect of that rise is supposed to be a leap in global temperature. If there is no such accompanying leap, the entire Warming theory is wrong. But there has been no such leap. Now that the effect of El Nino has faded, temperatures have...more »

Three Documents Signed- Syrian Ceasefire Begins at Midnight

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*Necessary Background:* - *December 20, 2016:* *Russia,Iran,Turkey: Guarantors of the Moscow Declaration* - *December 26/2016* *A Ceasefire In Syria? - Not if the US & co Have Their Way!* - *December 28/2016: **Turkey, Russia & Iran Build Anticipation In Advance of Ceasefire * *Breaking news the last hour or so..* MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. Agreements have been achieved on a ceasefire in Syria and the readiness to start peace talks, according to *Vladimir Putin.* *"Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we all have l... more »

"One German describes daily life during Merkel’s Muslim migrant mayhem"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago

What I've Been Reading Recently

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 18 hours ago
Here's a round up of the books I've read since last time. Knock yourselves out. *Seven Pillars of Wisdom* by TE Lawrence *A Place I've Never Been* by David Leavitt *The Long Cosmos* by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter *The Hard Road to Renewal* by Stuart Hall *In a Glass Darkly* by Sheridan La Fanu *Dubliners* by James Joyce *How the Light Gets In* by MJ Hyland *Individualism and Inequality* by Ralph Fevre *The Candidate* by Alex Nunns *A Prayer for Owen Meany* by John Irving *The Reordering of British Politics* by Dennis Kavanagh *A Widow for One Year* by John Irving *Thatcher and That... more »

Violeta Autumn’s home

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 19 hours ago
[image: Sausalito2] A 100 square metre house cuddling up to a Sausalito cliff with a view out to the sea, designed in 1959 by architect Violeta Autumn for herself. [image: Sausalito4] It’s a small jewel James Bond could have lived in. Or visited. [image: Sausalito1] [image: HouseSketch] [image: HOuseSection] [image: HousePlan] [image: HousePic1] [image: Sausalito5] [Hat tip and more discussion at Wright Chat. Pics from Wright Chat, SF Gate,* Progressive Architect*] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

The Atlantic Magazine on Hiring Adults with Autism

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: Employment issues will loom larger than school issues as kids grow into adulthood and the autism epidemic "ages out." Not all people with autism are as severely affected as many of our children, including my three daughters. Many will...

Imperialist China

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
Historically, China has been an expansionist power, an imperialist power. "Imperialist" was a dirty word during Mao's long march in the 1950's where hundreds of thousands were executed. The Great Leap Forward caused starvation of millions and the Cultural Revolution insured a backward and xenophobic China. But all that is changing as China builds a blue water navy and works to become Asia's hegemon. Imperialism is the word of the day in China. As 2016 ends and as we embark on a new year, it's not a bad time to take a look at China's ambitions, which area always backed by the People'... more »

Major Ideas in Henry Giroux’s “Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge into Authoritar

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 20 hours ago
“Orwell, Huxley and America’s Plunge into Authoritarianism,” Counterpunch, June 19, 2015, by Henry Giroux, the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest in the English and Cultural Studies Department and a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Ryerson University. http://ieet.org/archive/Screen_Shot_2016-12-20_at_4.32.17_PM.png

Anders Sandberg on the Ethics of Time Compression in Computing

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
In this episode IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher talks to Anders Sandberg about the ethical implications of time compression - or the speeding up of computational tasks to quantum levels. Anders is research associate to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. He asks Anders about his latest research on time compression in computing, and about the effects this might have on human values and society. [Listen]

Earth’s Magnetic Fields Carry Biologically Relevant Information That ‘Connects All Living Systems’

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
*[image: magnetics]* It is part of the whole but the core reality is that our bodies are operated by cellular astral bodies all networked and responsive to our general intention. Magnetic fields are a gross part of all this. Our spirit bodies working in sync nicely explains the observed phenomena. The sheer implied density of the information associated with our spirit bodies is staggering. that it is naturally ordered is more so.. . *Earth’s Magnetic Fields Carry Biologically Relevant Information That ‘Connects All Living Systems’* * by Arjun Walia* *http://nexusilluminat... more »

You Are On a Mission.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
It is quite hard to accept that you will have guides to assist you in your choices in life. It is even harder to accept that you actually plan your life before you enter it.Yet that is what we are been told and once understood it is readily confirmed by anyone to at least that person's satisfaction. Proving it to someone else is a forlorn hope as you must overcome denial. Once you learn to listen, you discovers that it works. Been utterly independent in spirit, i have asked rarely for selfish needs, yet have also tested it many times. Particularly in order to discover an impo... more »

Should we change the reasonable doubt standard for convictions of rape?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is a very difficult issue and has proven difficult to deal with. Both parties have sexual needs that must be actively managed. Our culture has developed a protocol of consent without violence. It has failed to provide a protocol of service that ensures continuous resolution of sexual needs thus obviating risk of any form of non consensual sexuality. Such a protocol has quite commonly existed in primitive cultures but has failed to make a transition into more complex cultures. The most serious issue is that costs of non consent are now mostly criminal which is simply not... more »

Sun Solution Rises as Solar Fast Becoming World's Cheapest Electricity Source

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Yes, it has finally happened, solar has become cheap and that makes it first choice wherever it is practical. We have waited now for about fifty years to see this potential achieved. It has been a long difficult technical development. Other energy sources are coming as well, not least the simple tapping of static electrons to flood circuits with usable power which we have mastered. Global energy is about to become dirt cheap everywhere. Be cautious in investing because that will alter all economic models. . *Sun Solution Rises as Solar Fast Becoming World's Cheapest Electricity ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Chinese Year of the Rooster marked with huge Trump sculpture https://t.co/X241GFT8iL — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 29, 2016

President Barack Obama Phoned His Successor Donald Trump After Twitter Complaint On White House 'Roadblocks'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo *Bloomberg:* *Obama Calls Trump After Twitter Complaint About ‘Roadblocks’* * Detente strained between the outgoing and incoming presidents * Republican angered by UN resolution on Israel, election remark U.S. President Barack Obama phoned his successor, Donald Trump, after the Republican accused Obama of hobbling the transition to his administration in a tweet that alleged unspecified “inflammatory” statements a... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “City of Peace”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “City of Peace” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpS9SV54UUo

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“An alluring sight in southern skies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is seen here through narrowband filters. The filters are designed to transmit only light emitted by ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. Ionized by energetic starlight, the atoms emit their characteristic light as electrons are recaptured and the atom transitions to a lower energy state. As a result, this false color image of the LMC seems covered with shell-shaped clouds of ionized gas surrounding massive, young stars. *Click image for larger size.* Sculpted by the strong stellar winds and ultraviolet radi... more »

The Economy: X22Report, “We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
X22Report, “We Might See Multiple Events In The Month Of January 2017” - https://www.youtube.com/

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*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

Is The Media Still In Denial?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(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.

French Police Officers Accidentally Ship Out On USS Dwight D. Eisenhower As It Left Marseille, France

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

There Are Currently No U.S. Aircraft Carriers In The Middle East

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

We're Entering The New Year With The Worst President Ever-- What Do Americans Think About That?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
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 »

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 1 day ago
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 »

The Cuba fantasy

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
Come on, you’ve all heard it said since old Busywhiskers died: “Sure, Fidel Castro was a dictator, but he also gave Cuba literacy, low infant mortality and world class health care” So didn’t socialism worked in that regard at least? Nope. Johan Norberg explains why those numbers don’t add up. Not just wrong, but dead wrong. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Is The International Order Unravelling?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »


Lisa Gaufman at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
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 […]

Twitter As An Art Form In A Post-Truth World: Constructing A Free-Form Twitter Poem From Tweets

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*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 »

Congress Planning to Defund UN as Critics Seek Full Withdrawal

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[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 »

The Power Principle: Empire – Propaganda – Apocalypse (must-see)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
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 […]

Iran Begins Military Drills. Issues Warning For Everyone To Stay Away

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iran's domestically-produced Saegheh fighter jets. © Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters *FOX News*: *Iran conducts 'war-game' exercises, threatens to shoot down trespassing aircraft* Iran has kicked off a five-day large scale military exercise in the country’s southern region warning that civilian and military aircraft risk being shot down if they stray into Iranian airspace occupied by the drill. The exercises, codenamed Modafe'an-e Aseman-e Velayat 7 or Defenders of Velayat Skies 7, include air defense drills and various missile, artillery and radar equipment as well as cyber and elect... more »

Mass Graves Found in Aleppo; Mosul Pause; Retaliation for Alleged Russian Hacks

Joanne Leon at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
Syrian coalition forces found evidence of mass executions and torture and stockpiles of weapons and supplies, and more in our global news round-up. The post Mass Graves Found in Aleppo; Mosul Pause; Retaliation for Alleged Russian Hacks appeared first on Shadowproof.

Come Teach with Me and Be My Clone

Susan O at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
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 »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Marysville, Washington, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

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