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Thomas Paine

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Friday, December 15, 2017

14 December - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

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QoTD: How behavioural economics misbehaves

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 13 hours ago
*"McKenzie explained behavioural economics thus 'The moral of my sequence of classroom experiments is simple: You can easily prove that people are irrational if you tightly constrain the choice environment, barring choosers from knowing what others are doing, preventing choosers from correcting errant decisions, and ensuring that 'bad' choices do not have economic (and monetary) consequences, with subsequent effects on people’s incentives to learn from and act on their own and others’ errant choices. In such environments, drawing out irrational decisions is like shooting fish in a... more »

SPCA Hypocrites Now Using Robots to Scare Away Homeless People

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Truthstream Media Activist Post Editor’s Note: The lack of compassion displayed by the government toward the homeless is already on the rise. But it... more »

Committee To Protect Journalists: Number Of Jailed Journalists Hits Historic High

Aaron at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Aaron Kesel The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has declared the number of journalists imprisoned worldwide has hit a new record at a total... more »

"Text Proves Anti Trump Conspiracy Within the FBI..."

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Bill Still has a great spot in this video, not that you'd know anything about this if you rely upon the anti President Donald Trump BBC for your news. https://youtu.be/Dm-nI04_dsU

The minnow and the whale

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 13 hours ago
One of the more amusing aspects of flying is the discrepancy in size between many aircraft. Here's a fun meetup on the runway: a Bombardier Dash 8 commuter airliner (capacity usually about 35-75 depending on fuselage length, maximum takeoff weight up to 30-odd metric tons) takes off immediately ahead of an Airbus A340-600, at one time the longest commercial airliner in the world (capacity up to 375 [comparable to Boeing's biggest 777's or its 747], maximum takeoff weight up to 330 metric tons). The contrast is eye-catching. Like I said: the minnow and the whale! Peter

One of the guys behind "pizza-gate" tries to accuse Senator Chuck Schumer of sexual misconduct using a forged document.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Wait, what did they day I did?Courtesy of he Daily Beast: *A forged document accusing the top Democrat in the Senate of sexual harassment copied language verbatim from a real sexual-harassment complaint filed against Rep. John Conyers. * *On Tuesday afternoon, right-wing social media personalities Charles Johnson and Mike Cernovich boasted of obtaining a document that would put a senator out of a job. * *“Michael Cernovich & I are going to end the career of a U.S. Senator,” Johnson posted on Facebook on Monday. * *The senator was Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York, Axio... more »

Campaigning On A Guaranteed Jobs Program Makes Sense-- And More Candidates Are Catching On, Although The DCCC Has Never Heard Of The Idea

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
The Guaranteed Income (UBI) proposals floating around, courtesy of the Silicon Valley aristocracy, is a dangerous trap, fraught with right-wing austerity dangers. Progressives who have put any time into it are far more interested in the Job Guarantee models, as we discussed here on Tuesday. In fact, if you missed Pavlina Tcherneva's explanatory video of JG, I've posted it again (just above). Progressive candidates need to shut down the Pavlovian impulse to repeat Peterson’s talking points because, let's face it, there is no progressive agenda in a deficit-neutral world-- and, eve... more »

Sheriff: Facebook Post Led Search for Lawmaker

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
An ominous Facebook post from a Kentucky lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations is part of what prompted family to report him missing to authorities.

Fertility Doctor Faces Judge for Lying About Using Own Sperm

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Dr. Donald Cline, a retired fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his sperm, is set to plead guilty to charges he lied to investigators.

Trump Announces U.S. Return to the Moon—Need LaRouche's Four Laws to Get There

David at LaRouchePAC Feed - 13 hours ago
World Land-Bridge Space New International Economic Order Video of agG9LGHXreE Join Helga Zepp-LaRouche in her weekly international webcast. On December 11, President Donald Trump signed a new space directive, opening the door for an expanded vision for U.S. manned space exploration. In announcing this, he said, "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint. We will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond." It is the fear among the imperial proponents of a unipolar world, that this kind of initiative by th... more »

"It Has Been Well Said..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.” - Charles Mackay They'll recover a lot faster once the bills for all this arrive...

“The Christmas Letter I'd Like To See”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“The Christmas Letter I'd Like To See”* by Charles Hugh Smith "Whenever I get a cheery form Christmas letter from family and friends, recounting a variety of glorious travel and career exploits, my first instinct is to begin composing a parody of the genre. My wife observed this would reveal my true psychological profile (yikes!), but since you have (mostly) tolerated my various inanities over the past year, I decided to share the results anyway. {parody initiating... launch parody} Dear Friends and Family: I hope this holiday season finds you well and in good cheer. Things ar... more »

"Don't Worry..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Don't worry; you'll understand eventually. Well, actually, no you won't, but in time you'll learn to fake it better." - Lester the Dragon Lizard, on life in general.

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
○ "Do You Know What Is In The Tax Bill That Congress Is About To Pass?"

Musical Interlude: Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Awesome one man blues band Juzzie Smith, “Bluesberry Jam” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vikmUQZpGQ

Free Download: George Orwell, "1984"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"1984"* "From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. If the machine were used deliberately for that end, hunger, overwork, dirt, illiteracy and disease could be eliminated within a few generations. But it was also clear that an all-round increase in wealth threatened the destruction - indeed, in some sense was the destruction - of a hierarchical society. The most obvious and perhaps the most important form of inequality would a... more »

"Power Is Not A Means; It Is An End..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perha... more »

Doctors Without Borders: 6700 Rohingya Killed In First Month Of Myanmar Army Crackdown

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*VOA: Report:* *Nearly 7,000 Rohingya Muslims Killed in First Month of Army Crackdown* *Doctors Without Borders says at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a brutal army crackdown on Rohingya rebels.* The Geneva-based international aid group, commonly known by its French acronym MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières), says Thursday it came up with its estimate after conducting a survey of several Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The group says its estimated death toll includes at least 730 children younger than 5. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: There are ... more »

Russian President Vladimir Putin: U.S. Now Gripped By 'Spymania' Over Russian Collusion With Donald Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters: **Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump* MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump’s opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day. Putin, who said he was on first name terms with Trump, also praised the U.S. president for what he said were his achievements. “I‘m not the one to evaluate the president’s work. That needs to be done by the voters, the American people,” Putin told his annual news c... more »

Russian President Vladimir Putin Holds His Annual Press Conference -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*TASS:* *Vladimir Putin's annual news conference* Russia's head of state is holding his annual news conference in Moscow *On Russia's economy and upcoming elections * Vladimir Putin believes that Russia must be a 21st century country with a hi-tech powered economy. "Our GDP grew by 75% since 2000, while industrial production surged 70%, the processing industry grew at an accelerated pace," the president pointed out. Putin added that taxes have tripled since 2000, and the country's reserves have increased 30-fold. “Russia must keep its eyes fixed on the future. It must be up-to-d... more »

SHOCK VIDEO: Masked Cops Take Handcuffed Man Into an Alley to Beat & Taser Him

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: masked]A video is going viral that shows masked officers leading a handcuffed man around the side of a building where they hit and Taser him away from the public.

Freelance Journalists: Open Call For Submissions In January

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 14 hours ago
Shadowproof is seeking pitches from freelance writers for publication on our website in January. The post Freelance Journalists: Open Call For Submissions In January appeared first on Shadowproof.

Threatened US Naval blockade of North Korea represents the illegal starvation of a nation

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
A proposed US Naval blockade of North Korea is an admission that sanctions do not work and puts the world on a course for millions of innocent deaths in both Asia and North America. More The post Threatened US Naval blockade of North Korea represents the illegal starvation of a nation appeared first on The Duran.

China threatens a state of war with the US over “Taiwan”

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Donald Trump has just signed a piece of legislation which sanctions US military drills in Chinese Taipei. More The post China threatens a state of war with the US over “Taiwan” appeared first on The Duran.

Fusion GPS admits that it hired wife of DOJ official to investigate then-candidate Trump

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Fusion GPS admits DOJ official’s wife was hired to investigate Trump. More The post Fusion GPS admits that it hired wife of DOJ official to investigate then-candidate Trump appeared first on The Duran.

9 things you need to know from Vladimir Putin’s end-of-year Q&A session

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
The Russian President took questions for nearly 4 hours. More The post 9 things you need to know from Vladimir Putin’s end-of-year Q&A session appeared first on The Duran.

Vaping Is More Popular Than Opioids Among Young People - And That's A Public Health Win

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 14 hours ago
Too much caffeine is bad for you. It's very risk to buy powdered caffeine for that reason. But it's addictive and people do it. Likewise, too much nicotine is bad for you and you can't shouldn't buy undiluted optically pure nicotine and start inhaling it. But young people will do risky things. Some may smoke marijuana or cigarettes, some may get addicted to alcohol or drugs. Young people who take up vaping rather than opioids today are a lot better off than a generation ago. read more

Issues in UCI investigation into Froome’s use of asthma drug

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
Cycling’s governing body was clear: Chris Froome returned an “adverse” finding — failing a drugs test. The five-time Tour de France champion insists it “was not a positive test.” But the UCI wants to know why a urine sample provided … Continue reading →

Baby’s heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 14 hours ago
British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived three surgeries to place her heart inside her chest. Glenfield Hospital in Leicester said Wednesday that baby Vanellope Hope was born in late November with her heart … Continue reading →

Mainstream Media Now Urging Parents to Give 3-Year-Old Kids Dangerous Drugs for Depression

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: depression]The mainstream media is now warning parents that their children as young as 3 years old, could develop depression and should be checked by doctors.

Diagnosing Omarosa!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017What these nitwits are like:* Omarosa Manigault is one of our less significant persons. That said, the children love to gossip and talk about her. In the end, this is what these corporate nitwits are actually like. This morning, Morning Joe opened with several embarrassing minutes in which Mika snarked, smirked, gossiped, clowned and side-eyed about Omarosa. Joe wasn't in his seat yet. Eventually, we may be able to offer a transcript of this embarrassing mess. That transcript may help you see what these nitwits are actually like, though sighs and eye-r... more »

Forged Documents Alleging Schumer Sexual Harassment Spark Police Investigation

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Far-right trolls who boasted about having documents that could end a senator's career ended up backpedaling after journalists discovered that the complaint was faked.

Air Travel Cronyism Falls Short in Senate

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: air-travel-cronyism-falls-short-in-senate] It's that time of year again, when millions of Americans travel to visit friends and family for the holidays. The experience will be a headache for many, thanks in part to the government's security theater, though also due to unfriendly airline practices. But believe it or not, it can get worse.

China's Mao Zedong "Seemed to Welcome a Nuclear Holocaust"

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* And you were afraid of Kim Jong-un. *Even more troubling, he seemed to welcome a nuclear holocaust as a means of promoting communism worldwide. At one point, Mao confided to Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru: “If the worst came to the worst and half of mankind died, the other half would remain while imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist; in a number of years there would be 2,700 million people again and definitely more.” This was not the only time Mao made such an argument. Little wonder, then, t... more »

Report: Trump's Military Buildup Will Cost Additional $295 Billion over Next 4 Years

Frederico Bartels at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Frederico Bartels* *Security, * We need to start rebuilding our military in 2018. Delaying will only make the price tag higher. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that it will cost an additional $295 billion over the next four years to execute President Donald Trump’s plans to rebuild the military. Its calculation was done by comparing the current Budget Control Act defense caps with the Trump budget outline. Those budget caps, established in 2011, limit how much Congress may appropriate for defense and nondefense discretionary spending through 2021, regardless of need o... more »

Forget Stealth Fighters: This Is the Plane China Needs to Take on America

Asia Times at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Asia Times* *Security, Asia* The Y-20 is what Beijing needs--for lots of reasons. China is looking to increase its air tanker fleet after its fighter jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft conducted an “island encirclement patrol” of Taiwan earlier this week. As the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) extends exercises in the Western Pacific, refueling will become a problem for its strike aircraft. The People’s Daily has already confirmed that the PLA’s Northern Theater Command will organize war-games to prepare pilots for more aerial refueling missions. But to do this... more »

Mathematician protests retraction, alleging “manhunt”

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
A math journal has retracted a 2015 paper after three outside experts informed the editors that “the paper contains errors which invalidate its main results.” According to the retraction notice, published in the July 2017 issue of Manuscripta Mathematica, the author Ilya Karzhemanov “has not admitted to the alleged errors and disagrees with the retraction.” […] The post Mathematician protests retraction, alleging “manhunt” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Caught Our Notice: A retraction that is “useful for investigators”

Alison Abritis at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Title: Yeast CAF-1 assembles histone (H3-H4) 2 tetramers prior to DNA deposition What Caught Our Attention: Informative retraction notices can be infrequent, but rarer still are notices that fulfill an oft-ignored function: To be a source of learning for others in the field. Here, the authors offer a nearly 800-word “detailed description of the issues” […] The post Caught Our Notice: A retraction that is “useful for investigators” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Why America’s Law Enforcement Empire Resembles Secret Police in a Dictatorship

Philip Giraldi at - 14 hours ago
[image: undefined] Secret police are characteristic of dictatorships, or so goes the conventional thinking on the subject. Police in democracies operate for the most part transparently and within a set of rules and guidelines that limits their ability to gratuitously punish citizens who have done nothing wrong. If a policeman operating under rule-of-law steps out of line, he can be held accountable. That is also conventional thinking. But what happens when an ostensibly “democratic” police force becomes corrupted and starts doing things that are outside its zone of responsibility, ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin For 1st time, a high court rules against nuclear plant operations Bitcoin price reaches another high and closes in on $18,000 Chicken 'language' being studied with AI Major airlines set to ban ‘smart luggage’ This is how we transform the media – by rewiring your mind by Nafeez Ahmed | Bitcoin Bears Unleashed? Interactive Brokers Folds, Will Allow Clients To Short Futures All Of A Sudden, Fascists Are Everywhere In Italy Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco Attempted Port Authority suicide bomber has no apparent t... more »

ANTHROPOLOGY NOW: "Fictitious times!"

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017Part 1—The mental styles of a species:* Long ago and far away, a certain famous fellow named Moore made his greatest statement. "We live in fictitious times," the famous fellow said. We aren't referring to Roy Moore, the craziest candidate yet. We aren't even referring to Roger Moore, of 007 fame. We aren't referring to *either* Wes Moore. We're referring to filmmaker Michael Moore, who made his insightful statement during his unruly speech at the 2003 Oscars. Moore's film, Bowling for Columbine, won for Best Documentary. We thought of his statement t... more »

Disney Buying Large Part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B Deal

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal announced on 14 December 2017.

World News Briefs -- December 14, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters:* *China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula* BEIJING (Reuters) - War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of “sleepwalking” into conflict. Xi made his comments to visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in just days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions. But the White House said on Wednesday that no negot... more »

This Day In Iraqi History - Dec 14

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
1927 Agreement made over new Anglo-Iraq Treaty Wasn’t signed due to Iraqi complaints 1983 State Dept memo said that major setback for Iraq would be strategic defeat for West 2002 Iraqi opposition meeting in London Came up with 65 member committee but marked by general disunity 2002 Pentagon report on postwar Iraq warned that US could win the war and lose the peace 2002 Pentagon report warned there would be no Iraqi govt after invasion so there would be chaos in country 2002 Pentagon report warned that U.S. was only planning ... more »

"Disinformation: How It Works"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Disinformation: How It Works"* by Brandon Smith "There was a time, not too long ago (relatively speaking), that governments and the groups of elites that controlled them did not find it necessary to conscript themselves into wars of disinformation. Propaganda was relatively straightforward. The lies were much simpler. The control of information flow was easily directed. Rules were enforced with the threat of property confiscation and execution for anyone who strayed from the rigid socio-political structure. Those who had theological, metaphysical or scientific information outside... more »

“How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse”* by TDB The real story of online deception isn’t about the Russians. Sure, the Russians certainly have their own programs to disrupt and steer online discourse. But how quickly the public has forgotten about the U.S. government’s own internet troll program. Edward Snowden leaked documents used by the “Five Eyes” alliance of governments. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia–basically Oceania from 1984–get together to spy on each other’s citizens. That’s how they cleverly get around laws ... more »

How Russia expedited Syria’s victory

ORIENTAL REVIEW at OrientalReview.org - 15 hours ago
A huge role in the resolution of the Syrian crisis was played by the Russian diplomats who set in motion the negotiations in Astana, while Russian planes and warships bashed terrorists on the ground. The post How Russia expedited Syria’s victory appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

Jerusalem Debacle Q&A, Another Pedo Interview and an Important Holiday Message

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 15 hours ago
Recently did another Q&A with Balkan Post over the calamitous Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israel capital that further polarizes the world, destroys any chance of peace in the Middle East and derails any chance of an independent Palestinian state. Trump only shows that he's a Zionist bent on starting yet more war that may well lead to the so called Armageddon that the evangelist Christians have been wanting all along. Prepare for more bloodshed as US Empire continues to fight Greater Israel Project's expansionist wars. We live in an insane world that's only growing m...more »

Researchers find 512 years old shark in wild - then kill it in the name of science

White Wolf at White Wolf - 15 hours ago
The shark that was found to be 512 years old was one of 28 Greenland sharks to be analyzed by the scientists. Researchers have found an ancient shark in North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world. While the animal was discovered a few months ago, its potential age was revealed in a study in the Science journal. Marine biologist Julius Nielsen found that an 18-foot Greenland shark his team had been studying was at least 272 years older and possibly as much as 512 years old. Earlier this year professor Kim Praebel, from the... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 14, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
YouTube *South China Morning Post:* *Chinese navy starts live-fire drill off North Korean waters as tensions over nuclear programme escalate* *PLA Navy carrying out four-day operation as the United States and its allies conduct similar exercises in the region* China is conducting a live-fire exercise off the North Korean peninsula as concerns over the security situation on the peninsula rise. The drill in the Bohai Sea was due to start on Thursday afternoon and will last until 4pm next Monday, according to a notice issued by the Liaoning Maritime Safety Administration. The admini... more »

Kentucky state representative commits suicide after denying allegations that he sexually molested a 17 year old girl.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
Courtesy of WDRB: *Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, who was under investigation for alleged sexual molestation, died of a "probable suicide," the Bullitt County coroner said Wednesday night. * *Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said Johnson drove onto the bridge over the Salt River on Greenwell Ford Road in Mt. Washington, parked on the north side of it and shot himself in front of his car. His body was found on the bank of the river, just past the bridge. * *Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson posted the following message on his Facebook page: * *"The accusations from NPR... more »

UN “Investigating” Poverty ... in America

Alex Newman at rss - 16 hours ago
[image: un-investigating-poverty-in-america] The UN has dispatched a bureaucrat to the United States of America, supposedly to “investigate” the alleged “extreme poverty” that afflicts Americans.

Rebels fail to infiltrate Damascus as Syrian forces thwart terrorist attack

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – Another attempt by the Syrian rebels to sneak into Damascus was repelled this morning as the country approaches its 7th Christmas amid a deadly civil war. Early this morning, the security forces suspected a vehicle approaching the Kafr Souseh neighborhood and ordered the driver to stop. Once refused to abide, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian air force in Syria to be reduced to almost nothing

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:05 P.M.) – The Russian air group in Syria is to be reduced to a single squadron of battle-ready warplanes, at least for a brief period of time until new aircraft with fresh crews arrive. According to sources (many of them pro-opposition sources who, interestingly enough, claim to have heard the information from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fast friends: Israel invites Saudi crown prince to visit

Brecht Jonkers at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (02:40) – Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz has invited Saudi crown prince and strongman Muhammad bin Salman to come visit them, and become the new official mediator in future peace talks between the Israeli regime and Palestine. The news was confirmed as the minister’s spokesman told independent newspaper Elaph that Katz had indeed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

A Plan To Defeat A Coup, And Join A New Paradigm Of Economic Progress

adam at LaRouchePAC Feed - 16 hours ago
PDF: [image: PDF icon] 20171214-defeat-a-coup.pdf The LaRouche Political Action Committee is issuing two mass-circulation documents during December, to defeat the coup against President Trump, and to realize — and go beyond — the economic policies Americans thought he stood for during last year's campaign. Today the second mass printing of the dossier, "Robert Mueller Is an Amoral Legal Assassin: He'll Do His Job If You Let Him" began to go out; it will hit Washington, D.C. and the whole country by Friday. The first mass issue of that dossier has succeeded in turning the spotlight... more »

Interest Rate Reversals - A Warning from History

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 16 hours ago
There is no doubt that we live in "interesting times" when it comes to global interest rates. For most of us, the post-Great Recession period of near zero interest rates has been unprecedented and the recent experiments with negative interest rates are a new reality for investors. While all of this may appear to be a brand new phenomenon, in fact, things are even more interesting when one looks at real interest rates, rates that are corrected for inflation as shown here: A recent posting by Paul Schmelzing on the Bank of England's "Bankunderground" blog looks at the really long... more »

Judges to Examine if Drug Stash-House Stings Racially Biased

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 16 hours ago
A question about whether federal agents stage phony stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of landmark hearings in Chicago.

North Korean TV Footage Shows What Appears The Country's First Ever Atomic Bombs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
A picture caught in the background of state propaganda appears to show late leader Kim Jong-il inspecting what could be a nuclear bomb *BBC:* *North Korean TV appears to show early 'A-bomb photo'* North Korean TV footage of an arms and munitions industry conference appears to show the country's former leader Kim Jong-il inspecting one of the country's first ever atomic bombs. A 30-minute bulletin showing the 12 December conference in the capital Pyongyang has North Korea watchers agog at the picture's appearance in the conference hall. The photograph, never before seen in the West... more »

UnPacked shorts – the new pint-sized podcast

Charlotte Pickles at Blog Posts – Page Array – UnHerd - 16 hours ago
The post UnPacked shorts – the new pint-sized podcast appeared first on UnHerd.

Fewer people believe the nativity story is true

Geoff Heath-Taylor at Blog Posts – Page Array – UnHerd - 16 hours ago
The post Fewer people believe the nativity story is true appeared first on UnHerd.

Reports: North Korea's Second Most Powerful Man Has Been Executed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Hwang Pyong-so(right)stands with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. Yonhap *Daily Mail*: *Has Kim executed another top aide? Former confidante vanishes after reports he was punished for his 'impudence' towards North Korean leader* * Hwang Pyong-So vanished in a purge of senior North Korean military figures * Dictator Kim Jong-un's former confidante was punished for his 'impudence' * South Korean media say it is not clear whether Hwang is even still alive One of Kim Jong-un's top aides has not been seen for months and may even have been executed after being accused of 'impudence', it has... more »

Here Are Some Global Threats To Watch In 2018

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides a target-striking contest of the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army (KPA) to occupy islands in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on August 25, 2017.KCNA via Reuters *Ben Brimelow, Business Insider:* *The 8 biggest global threats to watch in 2018* 2017 saw a number of predictions on global security become reality. Now, with 2017 coming to a close, many people are wondering what 2018's biggest global threats will be. The Council on Foreign Relations recently released their list of the top global threats to wa... more »

Can A Progressive Former Marine Colonel Disloge Republican Crook Darrell Issa?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
The slimiest of California's "Democratic" political consultants, slate vendor and ping-pong player Parke Skelton, is being paid a great deal of money to undermine Doug Applegate, in effect, guaranteeing that Darrell Issa retains his seat. I don't know exactly who's paying him but first, let's look at a little background. Issa, a former car thief and the richest member of Congress, was first elected in 2000. Currently his district spans northern San Diego County and coastal southern Orange County, from a thin strip of coastline in the northern reaches of La Jolla up through most of... more »

The Kremlin perceives Donald Trump's tweets as official statements.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Dmitry PeskovCourtesy of Reuters: *Tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump are viewed in Moscow as his official position and read by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.* *Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday it was not his place to comment on Trump’s actions, but added: ”In any case, everything which is published from his authorised Twitter account is perceived by Moscow as his official statement. * *“Naturally, it is reported to Putin along with other information about official statements by politicians,” Peskov said, adding that Putin ... more »

Iceland - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 17 hours ago
*Iceland, a hard place* *And a place that brings to life* *Balance and power* *© 2017 M.N. Hopkins* Note: * The inspiration for this came to me while watching a show about Iceland and old and fond memories can back to me about the high energy of the place and the closeness to Earth's power and how that it is a place where Heaven and Earth can meet and balance can be born. I wrote this poem in the haiku sytle & published this poem today, the 14th of December on my blog.*

Iran’s Cyber Warfare Program Is Now A Major Threat To The United States

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Center for Human Rights in Iran *Dorothy Denning, The Conversaton*:* Following the developing Iranian cyberthreat* Iran is one of the leading cyberspace adversaries of the United States. It emerged as a cyberthreat a few years later than Russia and China and has so far demonstrated less skill. Nevertheless, it has conducted several highly damaging cyberattacks and become a major threat that will only get worse. Like Russia and China, the history of Iran’s cyberspace operations begins with its hackers. But unlike these other countries, Iran openly encourages its hackers to launch c...more »

Bears Ears National Monument Undermines Unofficial Nuclear Waste Dump-Uranium Mining: Owner Energy Fuels Lobbied Trump Admin Against Bears Ears

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 17 hours ago
Canadian Company Energy Fuels’ interest in stopping Bears Ears National Monument may not be the front end of the nuclear … Continue reading →

Russia Continues To Deny That It Is Source Of The Radioactive Ruthenium Cloud In Europe, But Seeks Contractor To Clean Up Part Of The Mayak Nuclear Site

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 17 hours ago
Charles Digges of Bellona points out that “Moscow issues suspiciously repetitive denials about radioactive leak“, in a December 11th article. … Continue reading →

The Reckoning Is Underway

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
The Republicans claim they have a deal on their tax bill. And they're rushing to get it done -- before Doug Jones takes his seat. Why? Paul Krugman thinks that the main reason for their behaviour is that they've been living in a bubble: Today’s Republicans are apparatchiks, who have spent their whole lives inside an intellectual bubble in which cutting taxes on corporations and the rich is always objective #1. Their party used to know that it won elections despite its economic program, not because of it – that the whole game was to win by playing on social issues, national securit... more »

Iran's Snipers Have a .50-Caliber Rifle That Can Kill 1,600 Meters Away

Robert Beckhusen at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Robert Beckhusen* *Security, * But the rifle doesn’t look very comfortable. Iran regularly over-hypes its military technology, and in some cases, shows off bogus equipment for propaganda purposes. Iran’s military industry is also resourceful and produces interesting weapons which the Islamic republic then proliferates into very real conflicts. As a latter example, Iran in April 2017 revealed the .50-caliber, semi-automatic Heidar sniper rifle to coincide with the annual Iran Army Day, an event for showcasing new hardware. The odd-looking weapon is an anti-material rifle primar... more »

Get Ready, Russia: Did the Army and Marine Corps Just Test Multi-Domain Battle?

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Expanding threats such as near peer surface and aerial combat platforms, coupled with emerging cyber, space and electronic warfare threats, are driving the Pentagon to accelerate multi-domain warfare tactics. *Air-ground target tracking identification, along with data-link enabled information exchanges across multiple nodes in a system, is of particular significance at the moment given the Pentagon’s fast-growing emphasis upon multi-domain battle. Quickly expanding threats such as near peer surface and aerial combat platforms, coupled with emerging cyb... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
Conventional wisdom says that Steve Bannon will have a hard time recovering from his Roy Moore humiliation -- but Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, and the Federalist are working hard to ensure that rank-and-file conservatives blame the Alabama Senate loss on Mitch McConnell, rather than on Bannon and his candidate. Here's Hannity: During an election night panel segment on Alabama, Sean Hannity blamed Mitch McConnell for what he did during the primary. “I think Mitch McConnell has a lot of culpability in all of this,” he said. “I was a Mo Brooks supporter from day one... I thought he wou... more »

US Army Will Soon Send Teams Of Cyber Warriors To The Battlefield

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
"The right team members will not always come out of traditional recruiting and commission programs," Gen. Raymond Thomas said. (U.S. Army) *AFP:* *US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield* Washington (AFP) - The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks. While the Army's mission is generally to "attack and destroy," the cyber troops have a slightly different goal, said Colonel Robert Ryan, who commands a Hawaii-based combat team. ... more »

Photos from yesterday Camp Schwab blockades

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
Photos by Ellen Davidson - see more *here*

Vladimir Putin: Russiagate “invented by those aiming to de-legitimize Trump”

Vladimir Rodzianko at The Duran - 18 hours ago
Originally appeared at RussiaFeed.com The first question of the annual presser came from foreign media. ABC News asks about the US probe into alleged collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia: ABC: “How would you explain the number of contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia… and how would you asses the Trump presidency?” Putin: “It’s […] More The post Vladimir Putin: Russiagate “invented by those aiming to de-legitimize Trump” appeared first on The Duran.

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 18 hours ago
Here, on how Quebec's latest poverty plan falls far short of the "basic income" title it's received in some national coverage - and on how we should insist on political leadership toward the genuine article. For further reading... - CBC has reported on the new plan and the response it's received, as well as the draconian requirements Quebec has previously placed on recipients of social assistance. - Andre Picard asks whether the new plan provides assistance to the right people, while noting how the system remains downright punitive toward some. - And Nicholas Keung reports on the Ont... more »

WATCH: Compliant Man Begs for His Life as Cops Try to Beat Him To Death

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 18 hours ago
[image: police]After savagely beating and tasering a compliant and arguably innocent man on video, police investigated themselves and issued a slap on the wrist.

Intelligent People Choose To Be Alone More Than Others – Here’s Why

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
Intelligent People Choose To Be Alone More Than Others – Here’s Why http://ewao.com/2017/12/13/intelligent-people-choose-to-be-alone-more-than-others-heres-why/ Advertisements

Religion has been dividing human society for 2,000 years, say scientists. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
Religion has been dividing human society for 2,000 years, say scientists – Telegraph http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/12064796/Religion-has-been-dividing-human-society-for-2000-years-say-scientists.html

Medical marijuana has no public health risks, WHO declares. 

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 18 hours ago
Medical marijuana has no public health risks, WHO declares | Daily Mail Online http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5175825/Medical-marijuana-NO-public-health-risks-declares.html?ito=social-facebook

'Russia-Brexit Collusion' Narrative Collapses After UK Authorities Reveal Moscow-Allied Org Spent Just 73p on Ads. Not a word about this on the institutionally pro EU BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
' advertisement 'Russia-Brexit Collusion' Narrative Collapses After UK Authorities Reveal Moscow-Allied Org Spent Just 73p on Ads The Russia conspiracy narrative pushed by EU loyalists has been dealt a heavy blow in Britain, after social media giant Facebook revealed that an alleged Kremlin "troll farm" spent just 73 pence on referendum ads. The embarrassing reveal follows aninvestigation by the Electoral Commission, the supposedly independent elections regulator criticised as "unfit" by Leave campaigners for its links to the European Union and partisan political entities. ... ... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 18 hours ago
*How Affirmative Action Hurts Asian-Americans in College Admissions* Michael Wang stared at the letter in dismay. It marked the sixth Ivy League university he had been rejected by, out of the seven he had applied to. In addition to his perfect ACT score and grade-point average, he was ranked third nationally in piano, sang at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, and had received accolades in many debate competitions. When Wang realized that people with lesser qualifications than his were getting accepted by the Ivies, he suspected that something else was afoot: It wasn’t his qu... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*New paper questions Paris Agreement’s dubious temperature limits* *It turns out that the temperature target of the agreement was never properly defined,/i>* The Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 during the COP21 climate conference stipulates that the increase in the global average temperature is to be kept well below 2°C above “pre-industrial levels” and that efforts are pursued to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above “pre-industrial levels.” Closer inspection of the treaty text, however, reveals that the term “pre-industrial levels” is nowhere defined in this ep... more »

The nightmare world

Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man - 19 hours ago
I've written more than once about child sexual abuse, particularly in the context of the Catholic Church's clergy crisis. (For my personal experience of how that played out, see here. To see all my articles on that subject, in reverse chronological order, click here.) I also had not inconsiderable contact with child molesters and abusers as a prison chaplain. I wrote about some cases in my memoir of prison ministry. However, nothing can capture the agony of child abuse, mental, spiritual and physical, like the recollections of an abused child. Moira Greyland is one such person... more »

ArcelorMittal Temirtau Filed Suit Against Striking Coal Miners In Kazakhstan; ArcelorMittal Wants Court To Rule That Strike And Miners’ Union Illegal

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 19 hours ago
From RFERL: https://www.rferl.org/a/kazakhstan-arcelormittal-sues-striking-miners-qaraghandy/28917675.html “Kazakh Mine Owner Sues Hundreds Of Striking Workers Remaining Underground December 14, 2017 08:10 GMT, RFE/RL’s Kazakh … Continue reading →

UK: Even The Coal Authority Oppose Cumbria Coal Mine Plan – Why Don’t We Know About It?

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 19 hours ago
Originally posted on Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole: Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole Even The Coal Authority oppose the coal mine planned under…

Anishinaabe of bear clan woman announces candidacy for Minnesota House Seat

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
As a woman of color, as an Anishinaabe woman, I believe I am the best candidate for this position. My lived experiences, both challenging and beautiful, have shaped who I am and what I am passionate about today. Leech Lake Band Member Korina Barry has recently announced that she will be seeking the District 62B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Current incumbent, Susan Allen (Rosebud Sioux) decided last week she would not seek reelection in the 2018 election cycle. Korina shared the following message in a press release sent out this weekend: Boozhoo, mino-gigizheb. ... more »

Grist for the Mill for the Turning of Backs: When Family Defects from the Defective

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
Teresa Elliot, “Deliverance” Part 1 By Adriana Gamondes F*ckyoulujah The last words Age of Autism editor and founder Dan Olmsted communicated to me shortly before he died were on January 11th, 2017. We were discussing a few editing issues with...

The 12 Days of Skyhorse Publishing Day 9 The Autism Job Club

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
We'd like to express our gratitude to Tony Lyons, Publisher at Skyhorse Publishing in New York City. Skyhorse is one of the fastest growing independent publishers in America and one of the few to tackle the toughest, most controversial topics...

Bill Lost His Memory

ActivistPost at Activist Post - 20 hours ago
By Benny Wills “Bill Lost His Memory” is a poem about political and spiritual awakening. Written and performed by Benny Wills of The Joy Camp.... more »

Monsanto Is Paying Farmers To Use Its Controversial Pesticide

Aaron at Activist Post - 20 hours ago
By Aaron Kesel Corporate pesticide maker Monsanto, which has faced several recent lawsuits against its products, is paying farmers to use its controversial weedkiller XtendiMax with...more »

Could Central Banks Dump Gold in Favor of Bitcoin?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 20 hours ago
By Charles Hugh Smith All of which brings us to the “crazy” idea of backing fiat currencies with cryptocurrencies, an idea I first floated back... more »

Anchorage broke another record. A really bad one.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 20 hours ago
Courtesy of the ADN: *The death of a man whose body was found in Butte is now being investigated as a homicide in Anchorage, Alaska State Troopers said Monday. That would bring the city to a record number of homicides in a calendar year. * *The body of Anchorage man Weston Gladney, 36, was found in the Jim Creek recreation area of Butte, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, on Dec. 2. * *"Investigation by troopers has determined that the homicide occurred in Anchorage," Alaska State Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain said. "At this time there is no additional information available for re... more »

New ISIS video claims Russian troops helped suicide bombers infiltrate Deir Ezzor Airbase

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 A.M.) – Not long ago, a four-man ISIS team dressed up as Russian soldiers struck deep behind Syrian Arab Army (SAA) lines and managed to infiltrate the main airfield in Deir Ezzor under suspicious circumstances. The incident took place on November 13 and initially saw a Chechen ISIS militant gain access to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS insurgents bombard Iraqi Army border checkpoint

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:05 A.M.) – Despite withdrawing all its forces across the border into Syria last week, the Islamic State is yet to stop harassing the Iraqi Armed Forces and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU). A series of photos released by Amaq Agency on Wednesday shows ISIS members based in a forrested area of southeastern Hasakah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian military operation in Syria reached end goal – Kremlin

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
Russia’s air campaign in Syria has largely reached the final goal of freeing the land from Islamist militants, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia’s Rossiya 24 television channel that Russia’s operation in Syria has largely reached the final goal, with the land now freed from Islamist militants. “This years-long […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian jets hammer southern Idlib as Syrian forces push towards key airbase

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:50 A.M.) – The Russian Aerospace Forces have launched several airstrikes over the Idlib and Hama governorates this morning, targeting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions near the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport. Russian fighter jets flying out of the Hmaymim Military Airport repeatedly hammered the jihadist held towns of Abu Dali, Musharifah, Umm Miyal, and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tucker Carlson: Peter Strzok messages makes FBI agent look like a “drunk guy on Facebook” (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Why did Robert Mueller hire partisan Democrats in Russia probe? More The post Tucker Carlson: Peter Strzok messages makes FBI agent look like a “drunk guy on Facebook” (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

EXPOSED: FBI agents plotting an “insurance policy” should Trump win election

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Trey Gowdy: "Really bad facts" are emerging about the DOJ and the FBI. More The post EXPOSED: FBI agents plotting an “insurance policy” should Trump win election appeared first on The Duran.

EPIC: Trey Gowdy destroys corrupt DOJ, FBI Trump-Russia collusion investigation (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein is dismantled by Trey Gowdy. More The post EPIC: Trey Gowdy destroys corrupt DOJ, FBI Trump-Russia collusion investigation (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Can India see in Gujarat what US witnessed in Alabama?

Shubham Ghosh at The Duran - 20 hours ago
In a momentous turnaround in Alabama where a Republican lost after decades of sustained victories, America saw where the power of democracy lies. Can something similar happen in Gujarat, the state of Indian PM Narendra Modi on December 18? More The post Can India see in Gujarat what US witnessed in Alabama? appeared first on The Duran.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called a "liar" by heckler at Jewish Labour Movement Chanukah party per The Jewish Chronicle

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
News that you won't find reported on the BBC. 'Jeremy Corbyn was called a "liar" during his speech at the Jewish Labour Movement's Chanukah party tonight in which he said there was "zero tolerance" of antisemitism within the Labour Party. Mr Corbyn told a crowded room at the party's headquarters in central London: "I'm here because I want the party to be strong in all areas, I want the Jewish Labour Movement to be absolutely part of and involved with the party at all levels." Prior to Mr Corbyn's speech, a plea had been made for the all those in the room to treat each other in a... more »

Walmart workers can use an app to access their wages before payday – other businesses should follow suit

Charlotte Pickles at Blog Posts – Page Array – UnHerd - 21 hours ago
The post Walmart workers can use an app to access their wages before payday – other businesses should follow suit appeared first on UnHerd.

Holistic dr quits job, family moves to 20 sq meter tiny cabin off the grid

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 22 hours ago
We think this is a beautiful story. I like how the mum says it’s easier having a baby in a tiny house because she can always keep an eye on their child. This husband and wife and babe sounds much happier out here in the woods when he quit his job in KatiKati. Good for

“Fed Begins Its March to Doom”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Fed Begins Its March to Doom”* by Bill Bonner "This is a big day in Washington. First, the pols will welcome the new senator from the great state of Alabama. As every sentient being on the planet now knows, Roy Moore lost. Too bad his opponent couldn’t lose, too. Second, and more pregnant with mischief, Fed chief Janet Yellen will appear before Congress. She will say the economy is doing well and that America’s central bank, in its wisdom, can continue its program of ‘normalisation’. That is, the Fed will try to undo the damage it has done by walking back gently from some of the ... more »

XIV: gnomes

alicia hamberg at XIV: gnomes – the ethereal kiosk - 22 hours ago
You all know the gnomes, of course. But you may not know the swedish tomte as well as you know the gnomes. A tomte resembles a gnome in many respects, but there are also significant differences. They’re probably related to each other, but so far, science has ignored undertaking any serious exploration of this important … Continue reading XIV: gnomes

Ayn Rand: The Philosopher Who Came In From The Soviet Union

Anoop Verma at The Verma Report - 22 hours ago
Ayn Rand was a 21-year-old college graduate in 1926 when she left Russia for the United States. I find it hard to believe that she could have written books like *We The Living*, *The Fountainhead* and *Atlas Shrugged* if she were born and educated in the USA. Her thinking was markedly influenced by her experiences in communist Russia and the formal education that she had there. Her individualist mind was forged in the collectivist hellfire of communism. The best book that I have read on Rand’s Russian education is Chris Matthew Sciabarra’s *Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical*. Sciabarr... more »

Bitcoin is not a Bubble

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
*Bitcoin is not a Bubble* For the past three decades, i struggled to understand how we were going to resolve the looming difficulties brought on by the steady and persistent decline in interest rates. You must first though understand that the value of all money is based on human demand for two things. One of those happens to be ease of exchange and simple portability. Cash does that admirably and back in the day bits of metal as well. Thus the mythical adoration of gold. Yet all this is based on human need. Without it we are economically crippled. The second need is as a co... more »

New Study Sheds Light On How Earliest Forms Of Life Evolved On Earth

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
No question that an active volcanic event interacting with the surface provides the massive laboratory for the fabrication of a replicating chemistry able to change the general environment. I also observe that volcanic ash is often containing solid crystalline acids which provides an immobile anvil for chemistry as well. Thus acidic or alkaline pores act as natural test tubes. Hydrogen peroxide is very small. Thus it brings maximum mobility and reaction speed. . *New Study Sheds Light On How Earliest Forms Of Life Evolved On Earth* *11/10/2017 02:00:00 PM* *A new study led b... more »

The Plague that brought down mighty empires is thousands of years older than thought

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: St Macarius of Ghent Giving Aid to the Plague Victims, 1673 painting by Jacob van Oost] That it was pervasive far back in time is a conformation that it needs ample travel opportunities in oreder to launch a pandemic. Its actual elimination is mostly about sanitation. That is why it has mostly disappeared. Driving it to extinction will beyond our ability. This still reminds us of our core vulnerability and that is travel from cocoon to cocoon. Yet rigorous attention to sanitation makes it almost possible to see most disease off. * The Plague that brought down ... more »

New study: Massive Aluminum levels in Autism brains, is this the smoking gun for vaccines?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Here it is folks. we always had the indicative meta statistics that showed a correlation between rising rates of autism and the application of vaccination. We missed an understanding of the biological pathways. Science was looking into the obvious though and we have hit pay dirt. We now know exactly how this all works. Add in our rising concerns regarding the validity of the whole vaccination meme as applied now for a century and the public health aspect is now a serious concern. Recall that the alternate explanation for global disease suppression has been the ... more »

For The First Time In A Decade U.S. Marines Are Practicing A Full-Scale Air, Sea And Ground Assault

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Marines with Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 remove ordnance from an AV-8B Harrier II at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Nov. 29. Marines prepared several Harriers to support Winter Fury 18, which spans several locations including Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar and MCAS Yuma, Ariz. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Nadia J. Stark/Released) *Orange County Register:* *Marines practicing full-scale air, sea and ground assault on Southern California bases * CAMP PENDELTON — A war game exercise that... more »

Midnight Meme Of The Day!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 23 hours ago
*-by Noah* Well, now that the horrid Alabama Senate race is over (more or less), and the Republican Party won't have its chosen wunderkind to swear in, it will be back to scary, sicko business as usual for the still Republican-controlled, McConnell-run Senate. The above cartoon got the election result wrong but it sure nailed everything else. And, now that Missy McConnell has announced that Doug Jones won't be sworn in just yet and the state of Alabama will drag its heals on certifying the election, that means that it will still be Republican incumbent Luther Strange casting a vo... more »

THE 15:17 TO PARIS - Official Trailer

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* The trailer looks impressive. A celebration of real heroes. More *here.*

Beauty & Its Relationship To Kindness - The Wisdom of Omraam Mikheal Aivanhov

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 23 hours ago
*Beauty - its relationship to kindness* *"Sometimes, while in the mountains, we see on the edge of a precipice a tree whose trunk and branches are oddly twisted. This tree has had to withstand high winds, bad weather, even lightning, but it resisted and its struggle against the elements is reflected in its trunk and branches. In the same way, in life we meet people whose faces are tortured and asymmetrical, but what gifts, what talents! This proves that they too have had to endure very difficult conditions. And to overcome them, they have often developed their mind and will to ... more »

Unidentified Flying Voters

Willis Eschenbach at Skating Under The Ice - 1 day ago
My walk through town today was as productive as ever. Today, I found out that the Solomon Islands are much further behind in these politically correct times than I thought. They clearly haven’t gotten the 21st-century news flash from the American Social Justice Warriors. Here’s the poster I saw that brought this to mind: For…

F-35 vs. A-10 In A Ground War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo:* Air Force *Kris Osborne, National Interest/Scout Warrior:* *F-35 vs. A-10 Warthog: Which Plane Would You Want in a Ground War? * As a multi-role fighter, the F-35 is also engineered to function as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform designed to apprehend and process video, data and information from long distances. Some F-35 developers have gone so far as to say the F-35 has ISR technologies comparable to many drones in service today that are able to beam a “soda straw” video view of tactically relevant combat locations in real time. Built-in ISR is a... more »

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
UPDATE: State Department says Secretary Tillerson was not making new policy with recent comments on North Korea, U.S. is willing to have talks with North Korea 'when the time is right' but now is not the time https://t.co/4neFh2TnOo — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 13, 2017 #Taliban’s ‘Umari Martyrdom Battalion’ practices an assault on Afghan position. Note: the “Taliban roll” is full of fail. Just low crawl. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/EXhD9O6RJM — Long War Journal (@LongWarJournal) December 13, 2017 Norway completed its transition to digital radio https://t.co/QaaVNPAc96... more »

Israel puts Gaza border on lockdown over security concerns

Israel will close two border crossings with the Gaza Strip on Thursday over security concerns, the Israeli military said Wednesday. The Israeli military announced on Wednesday that two Israeli border crossings with the Gaza Strip will be closed on Thursday over security concerns. “Due to security-related incidents and after analyzing the current situation, the Kerem […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Syrian security forces foil terrorist attack in Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The Syrian security forces managed to foil a potential terrorist attack that was set to take place inside a large neighborhood in Damascus city this morning. According to a security source, the Syrian forces dismantled a car bomb that was planted inside the Kafr Souseh neighborhood of Damascus. The vehicle […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israeli minister threatens to destroy Lebanon

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:35 A.M.) – The Israeli Intelligence Minister, Yisrael Katz, told a Saudi-owned news site on Wednesday that if Hezbollah starts another war with Israel, the latter will destroy Lebanon. “This time all of Lebanon will be a target,” Katz told Elaph News. “What happened in 2006 would be a picnic compared to what […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, IRGC ready forces for big counter-offensive against ISIS in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 A.M.) – A large number of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) were sent to the Deir Ezzor Governorate city of Al-Mayadeen, Wednesday, to help in the ongoing battle against the Islamic State (ISIS) in this rural region of eastern Syria. The reinforcements arrived just in time, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

King Salman condemns US decision on Jerusalem

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 A.M.) – King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “because of its great bias against the historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem” at a Shoura Council meeting in Riyadh on Wednesday. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia’s MiG-29SMT aircraft welcomed back to Astrakhan from Syria – video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 A.M.) – Russian MiG-29SMT aircraft returned to the airfield of their permanent deployment in the Astrakhan Region on Wednesday, after finishing the mission in Syria. The fighters were supposed to arrive on December 12, however, bad weather did not allow the pilots to depart from Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Families of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ATI Commits to Enroll and Support High-Achieving, Low- and Moderate-Income Students

Tiffany Pennamon at Diverse - 1 day ago
Since its launch in December 2016, the American Talent Initiative (ATI), a Bloomberg Philanthropies effort led by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, has grown from 30 to 86 member institutions

What Makes an African-American Novel a Classic?

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Dr. Henry Louis Gates begins the anthology, The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, by offering insights into what makes an African-American classic.

Two US Navy Destroyers Involved In Deadly Collisions This Year Had Lengthy Training Lapses

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© REUTERS/ Ahmad Masood *CNN: **Navy ships in deadly collisions had lengthy training lapses* Washington (CNN)Two US Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions this year -- the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald -- had lengthy records of expired training certifications and some requirements had lapsed for more than two years, according to a new report obtained by CNN. New data submitted by the Government Accountability Office in response to questions from Rep. Joe Courtney, a Connecticut Democrat, confirmed CNN's previous reporting that both the McCain and Fitzgerald failed to... more »

China Regulators Complete Final ‘Drill’ In Preparation For Petro-Yuan Futures Trading

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
China Regulators Complete Final ‘Drill’ In Preparation For Petro-Yuan Futures Trading by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/ Amid all the chatter of Venezuela and Russia potentially creating oil-backed cryptocurrencies, the “huge news” of China’s launch of the Petro-Yuan has fallen off the front page… until now. – This week saw the Shanghai Futures Exchange complete its fifth yuan-back oil futures […]

Journalists Caught Covering Up Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Democrats

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Dec 12, 2017 Mike Cernovich exposes how leftist journalists are helping to cover up sexual harassment allegations against democrats and attacking himself and Roger Stone for addressing their crimes. end

Catherine Austin Fitts: 21 Trillion Missing From Pentagon / DOD Announces Audit Under Trump

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Dec 13, 2017 Catherine Austin Fitts joins Alex Jones live via Skype to break down how there is 21 trillion dollars missing from the Pentagon, and an audit of the Department of Defense has been ordered under Trump. end

Former CIA Director Speaks Out Against Russia-Gate Conspiracy

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT America Published on Dec 12, 2017 Former CIA Director Michael Morell said in an interview that he thought if there was evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, special prosecutor Robert Mueller would have found it already and that the evidence would’ve been leaked by now. RT America’s Anya Parampil has more. end

Israeli Atrocities: A 2014 Video of How Israeli Soldiers Treat Palestinian Kids

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Palestinian Boys, 14 and 15, Say They Were Taken by Israeli Forces to a Settlement and Tortured by Kate, http://mondoweiss.net/ Palestinian children beaten, tortured under Israeli interrogation IMEMC/Agencies 14 Oct — Several Palestinian child prisoners in Ofer prison revealed their experiences with torture and mistreatment to Palestinian lawyer Wael Awakah, including beatings and threats by Israeli occupation soldiers […]

Meet The Most Powerful Islamic Network In The World, Controlled By The CIA

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Alex Jones Channel Published on Dec 11, 2017 Sibel Edmonds joins Alex Jones live in studio to identify The Gulen Movement, headed by Fethullah Gülen, which is the most powerful, well-funded Islamic Network in the world, controlled by the CIA. The Muslim Brotherhood is a geo-political organization of the Illuminati. It is a creation of […]

Analyst: 2018 US Defense(ie. War) Budget Actually Over $1 Trillion

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Analyst: 2018 US Defense Budget Actually Over $1 Trillion by https://sputniknews.com/ The US Congress has passed and President Donald Trump has signed the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which features a record high defense budget of $700 billion for fiscal year 2018. – Brian Becker and John Kiriakou of Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear were joined […]

CrossTalk: Mainstream Media Humiliated, Caught Reporting Fake News

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
RT Published on Dec 13, 2017 Trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low. But no one should be surprised and the media has itself to blame. This sad state of affairs is a self-inflicted wound and actually a conscious business model. The media no longer has an interest in reporting news – media […]

Dollar’s Days as World’s Most Important Currency are Numbered – Berkeley Economics Professor

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Dollar’s Days as World’s Most Important Currency are Numbered – Berkeley Economics Professor by https://www.rt.com/ Currencies will soon coexist on a more ‘equal footing’ in international markets, and the US dollar will be forced to share prominence with the Chinese yuan and the EU’s euro, according to global currency systems expert Barry Eichengreen. – In his […]

CNN & MSNBC Attempt Coverup of Bogus Story They Started

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
CNN & MSNBC Attempt Coverup of Bogus Story They Started by Mike Mish Shedlock, https://www.themaven.net/mishtalk CNN & MSNBC refuse to provide any transparency on how they blew a major anti-trump story. – The headline image is from the BBC story Russia-Trump: Who’s who in the drama to end all dramas? The BBC names the key players, but it missed […]

Ex Spy Chief Admits War With Trump

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Still Report Published on Dec 12, 2017 Good evening, I’m still reporting on: Ex Spy Chief Admits War With Trump 1938 Synopsis: Mike Morell, the former DCI – Director, Central Intelligence – in an interview in Politico is in essence waving a white flag of surrender to President Trump and begging for mercy for all […]

The Deep State Would ‘Nuke A US City’ To Murder Trump And Blame North Korea

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Deep State Would ‘Nuke A US City’ To Murder Trump And Blame North Korea by Mac Slavo, December 12th, 2017, SHTFplan.com There isn’t anything the deep state wouldn’t do to eliminate Donald Trump should he get in their way too much. It’s now becoming clear to some that they would even nuke a city in the United […]

Warning From The World’s Biggest Shipping Line On Outlook for World Trade

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Warning From The World’s Biggest Shipping Line On Outlook for World Trade by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/ The optimism on world trade didn’t last very long. It was only late September when the WTO issued a “strong upward revision” to their estimate for 2017 world trade. WTO economists raised their forecast to 3.6% from 2.4%, which was at the […]

This Is How Chinese Money Corrupts Western Politics

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of their meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Wu Hong/Pool *Terry Glavin, National Post:* *As Chinese money corrupts western politics, Trudeau's Liberals keep cashing in* We don’t know how much Chinese money came into the country for the purposes of influencing the last election...” Linda Frum said. “How much is going to come in in 2019?” As Australia continues to reel from lurid revelations about the extent of Beijing’s influence-peddlin... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Party and nation citations are presented to scientists, technicians and workers who contributed to the successful launch of Intercontinental ballistic rockets, December 2017. KCNA/via REUTERS *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo-gallery ....* North Korea's nuclear celebrations* (Reuters).

A parent's guide to ending sexual harassment and assault

Merle H. Weiner, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, University of Oregon at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Teaching your kids core principles about sexuality and consent early can help them navigate the gray areas of adulthood.

Alabama and #MeToo's disruptive force

Ashwini Tambe, Editorial Director, Feminist Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Women's Studies, University of Maryland at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
The word disruption describes an upheaval of institutionalized ways of doing things.

Canada's Embrace Of China Is Not Returned

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Aadil Brar, Diplomat:* *Canada's Pivot to China Hits a Snag* *Justin Trudeau’s call for a progressive trade deal falls flat in China.* Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a special trip to Beijing last week to initiate trade discussions with China, which is Canada’s second-largest trading partner. His trip to China received unprecedented attention and aroused interest among experts because it was expected to open the first free trade negotiations between China and a leader from a G7 country, Canada. The United States’ departure from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and... more »

'Tis a Fearful Thing To Love What Death Can Touch

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Judah Halevi-- first name also spelled Yehuda and second named sometimes spelled ha-Levi-- was an 12th Century Jewish philosopher and poet living in Spain. Among those who keep track of such things, he's considered one of the greatest Hebrew poets. There's even a statue of "him," in Toledo, although I suspect that was put up relatively recently. That's the statue next to the poem *'Tis A Fearful Thing*. ‘Tis a fearful thing to love what death can touch. A fearful thing to love, to hope, to dream, to be-- to be, And oh, to lose. A thing for fools, this, And a holy thing, a ho... more »

81st doctor found dead called out Clinton foundation corruption In Haiti

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 1 day ago
(Editor’s note: You can read about all 81 doctors found dead in my unintended series here.) UPDATE: We broke the news of the tragic death of a great doctor hours after he died. Dr Lorich, world-renowned surgeon to celebrities like Bono of U2, was found dead Sunday about 1 pm EST. He was found in his

Food for Thought: Slimming Down Incentive Edition, continued…

nonnie9999 at HYSTERICAL RAISINS - 1 day ago
Yesterday, we looked to Lindseypoo Graham to inspire us to lose all that weight we gained from eating all that good stuff over the last week. I thought we’d look at Lindseypoo over the years to see how he got to be where he is now. Lindseypoo has always been a fashion-plate, even when he … Continue reading Food for Thought: Slimming Down Incentive Edition, continued…

Will Lopez Obrador Be Mexico's Next President?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party, delivers a speech to supporters, in Mexico City, Mexico June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Ginnette Riquelme *Kate Linthicum, L.A. Times:* *He's been running for president in Mexico for more than a decade. He's floated amnesty for drug criminals. Could he win?* One of Mexico's most controversial and resilient political figures formalized his bid for the presidency Tuesday, vowing if elected to wean Mexico off U.S. agricultural imports, increase aid for students and the elderly and consider amnesty for... more »

Which Stent for Your Older Patient with Coronary Artery Disease?

zedie at Someone Somewhere - 1 day ago
Which Stent for Your Older Patient with Coronary Artery Disease? https://www.jwatch.org/na45404/2017/12/12/which-stent-your-older-patient-with-coronary-artery?ijkey=ByHIgk0bz Advertisements


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*SARAH-JANE LESLIE* has been appointed dean of Princeton University’s Graduate School. Leslie joined the faculty at Princeton University in 2006 and was promoted to full professor in 2013. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Rutgers University, where she majored in philosophy, mathematics and cognitive science. She earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton University.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*GARNETT S. STOKES* has been named president of the University of New Mexico, effective March 2018. She is currently provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri. Stokes earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*DAPHNE A. BASCOM* has been appointed professor of biomedical and health informatics at the University of Missouri– Kansas City School of Medicine. She is also senior vice president of community integrated health for the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Bascom earned an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in England.

Kentucky State Lawmaker Facing Assault Allegations Kills Himself

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Rep. Dan Johnson had repeatedly denied that he assaulted a teenaged girl in his home.

Iraqi Army roots out ISIS cells in major operation in Tikrit

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – Iraqi Security Forces, with the support of the local PMU forces Brigades 51, 56, and 88, have launched a major security operation aimed at cleansing Mutaybjiya region located east of Tikrit. Units led by Faisal Asadi within Brigade 56 killed at least 3 ISIS militants during the ongoing operations as clashes continue […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebels disrupt UN humanitarian operation in Syria – reconciliation center

Russia is concerned by U.S. plans “to stay behind” in Syria, as this proves Washington will not give up the idea of supplanting the government in Damascus, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday. “The U.S. got into Syria without an invitation from the country’s legitimate government and without any mandate from the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: US Coalition massacres 20+ civilians in east Deir Ezzor

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition bombed a town in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor tonight, killing over 20 civilians in the process, pro-opposition activists reported. According to the reports, the U.S. Coalition massacred the civilians inside the town of Al-Jurzi, which was controlled by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). No further […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army fights back against ISIS in Damascus: Video

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:03 A.M.) – Intense video footage was released showing the Syrian Army’s counter-offensive in south Damascus’s Tadamon district. ISIS had managed to capture 10 building blocks in the strategic district before Syrian forces led by the 4th Division and local NDF fought back against the ISIS terrorists managing to recapture all lost buildings. Over ten terrorists were neutralized in the fierce clashes that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Intense rebel footage reveals heavy Russian aerial presence all over Idlib

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 A.M.) – Three videos released by rebel media outlets today documented the escalating aerial presence of the Russian Air Force over the skies of Idlib’s countryside. Several Su-25 and Su-24 Russian bombers as well as multiple reconnaissance drones have been spotted as they bombarded Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham’s positions all over Idlib and especially in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video: Syrian Army unleashes hells on rebel positions in northern Hama

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30) – Video footage revealed heavy artillery and missile shelling by Syrian Army units on rebel positions in Hama’s northeastern countryside. The powerful strikes targeted the strategic Syriatel hill before shock troops from the SAA stormed the aforementioned hilltop thereby capturing it. The massive operation to uproot Al-Qaeda in northwest Syria is expected to pick up […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Father of Hezbollah leader reported dead

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:08 A.M.) – Father of famous Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniya was found dead in his residence earlier today. Fayez Mughniya likely died of natural causes after living to an old ripe age. His son Imad Mughniya was Hezbollah’s chancellor before an Israeli strike murdered him over a decade ago. He led the Lebanese […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Qaeda suffers devastating losses in south Aleppo amidst heavy Syrian Army attacks

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:49 A.M.) – Over 20 militants belonging to the al Qaeda-linked Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) extremist group were killed when Syrian Army missile strikes targeted them in Tal Ahmar located west of Khanasser in Aleppo’s southeastern countryside. Amongst the neutralized terrorists was the prominent field commander Abu Omirah al-Masri whose nickname implies his […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Christmas Carols For Those Fighting the Evil Patriarchy

Diogenes Sarcastica™ at Diogenes' Middle Finger - 1 day ago
*DT *- There will always be those holiday haters who are as bubbly as a cup of sour eggnog. And there is already a stocking full of anti-Trump holiday songs to satisfy the grumpy Grinches of the USA, even a *Chipmunks impeachment Christmas* song if you can believe that. For those who are fighting the evil patriarchy and have enlisted as the elves of the feminist #MeToo movement their bells will be jing, jing, jingling to the following gender politics holiday songs because the left’s war on Christmas can be waged at the same time as the mythical war on women. Bitter Women Rejoice... more »

Russia's New Su-57 Stealth Fighter Has A Big Problem That Won't Be Fixed Until 2025

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * It won't have a premier engine fully tested until then--and that spells trouble. Russia has started testing its new Sukhoi Su-57 PAK-FA fifth-generation fighter with its new next-generation Saturn *izdeliye* 30 engines. The flight-testing with the new engines will run for several years. In the meantime, the Russians will build a dozen Su-57s equipped with interim Saturn AL-41F1 afterburning turbofans producing 32,500lbs thrust each for operational testing. “They [the trials] have just begun. They will, of course, last several years," Yuri Slyusar, ... more »

America's F-35s, F/A-18s and F-15s are Getting New Bombs to Kill Enemy Armies

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The weapon should be operational onboard the F-15E by 2019. It will next be introduced onboard the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F fleet in 2020 and subsequent will be integrated on the F-35 in 2022. Raytheon has completed production of an initial batch of 250lbs Small Diameter Bomb IIs, which are set to become the Pentagon’s primary air-to-ground weapon for the close air support role. The glide-bomb, which is designed to attack ground targets such as tanks and armored personnel carriers, will eventually be integrated for use onboard the Lockheed Martin F-35 J... more »

The True Danger of Repealing Net Neutrality

David Pring-Mill at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*David Pring-Mill* *Security, Americas* [image: Supporter of Net Neutrality Lance Brown Eyes protests the FCC's recent decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/ Kyle Grillot] The Trump administration’s desire to reclassify the internet from its common-carrier status is a departure from its more generalized pro-business ideology. In 2011, as Americans became increasingly angry at Wall Street, many Republican politicians felt the need to defend capitalism overall while condemning its corrupted elements. They invoked the phrase “crony ca... more »
(  Is this a sign that many U.S. sources will be uncompetitive/inefficient and should be replaced when one lives outside the U.S.? )

Putin Declared 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria. What's Next?

Nikolas K. Gvosdev at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Nikolas K. Gvosdev* *Security, Middle East* [image: Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses servicemen as he visits the Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province, Syria December 11, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik via REUTERS] Victory is all in how you define it. Vladimir Putin had his own “Mission Accomplished” moment for Syria. In a surprise visit to Hmeimim Air Base in Latakia Province, the Russian president declared that the two-year mission of “assistance” had enabled the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to stabilize itself and regain control of a good portion of th... more »

America Can't Turn Back the Clock on Iran

Haisam Hassanein, Wesam Hassanein at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Haisam Hassanein, Wesam Hassanein* *Security, Middle East* [image: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/File Photo] Tehran has been the primary source of instability in the region since 1979. Supporting Saudi Arabia and Israel will help to counterbalance Iran. The Obama administration pursued a regional policy that sought to reintegrate Iran into the regional and international systems in the hope of stabilizing the Middle East. This policy... more »

LISTEN Dine' CARE on KTNN Forestry, Fracking and the Water

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
https://nmtribune.com/news/radio-forum-focuses-on-environmental-issues/ Wednesday December 13, 2017

Russia Sharply Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Rusian President Vladimir Putin speaking at the ceremony of opening the ARMY-2015 international forum in the military park Patriot, in the town of Kubinka, Moscow Region, June 16, 2015. (RIA Novosti/Alexei Druzhinin) / RIA Novosti *Washington Times: **Russia Sharply Expanding Nuclear Arsenal, Upgrading Underground Facilities* Pentagon to boost U.S. weapons under nuclear posture review Russia is aggressively building up its nuclear forces and is expected to deploy a total force of 8,000 warheads by 2026 along with modernizing deep underground bunkers, according to Pentagon officia... more »

Why Russian President Putin Does Not Trust The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin © /Mikhail Klimentyev / Reuters *Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg*: *The Story Behind Putin's Mistrust of the West* A collection of declassified documents regarding a broken NATO promise explains a cornerstone of Putin's worldview. In many ways, Russia's current defiant geopolitical stance can be traced to a decisive moment in recent history: the belief that the West broke its promises not to expand the North Atlantic Treaty Organization eastwards. But experts argue over what exactly was promised, NATO itself calls the story of the broken promise a "... more »

Guess Who 2017's Liar Of The Year Is

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Trumpanzee so, so, *so* wanted to be *Time*'s Man of the Year. But he wasn't. Instead he was, in effect, PolitiFact's Liar of the Year. Or, to be more precise, he *told*-- over and over and over-- the lie of the year. A mountain of evidence points to a single fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those actions included the cyber-theft of private data, the placement of propaganda against particular ca... more »

In the Culture of Hungry Ghosts

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Dylan Charles* - It must be a spiritual illness which plagues society. The post In the Culture of Hungry Ghosts appeared first on Waking Times.

Young Turks Reporter Fired Over Sexual Allegations Sues Huffington Post For Defamation

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
Former Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton sued Huffington Post for defamation over an article with sexual allegations against him that was later taken down. The post Young Turks Reporter Fired Over Sexual Allegations Sues Huffington Post For Defamation appeared first on Shadowproof.

Let's end our day with a spoonful of Joe Biden, just to make us all feel a little better.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
In emotional moment on @TheView, Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain, whose father was diagnosed with same cancer Biden's late son Beau had. "There is hope. And if anybody can make it, your dad [can]." pic.twitter.com/tQUy11X5sV — ABC News (@ABC) December 13, 2017 I am by no means a big fan of Meghan McCain, but she is a human being, and she is suffering. Joe Biden demonstrates such abundant humanity in how he interacts with her, and his ability to even make her laugh while she is falling apart on national televisions speaks highly of the kind of heart our former Vice President poss... more »


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*ANGELA AMAR* has been named dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, effective January 1. She is currently associate dean for undergraduate studies and chief diversity officer of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Amar earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*JANE E. MILLEY* has been named interim president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg. She previously served as interim senior vice president for academic affairs at the university. Milley earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, a master’s degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in New York.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*RENÃ A. S. ROBINSON* has been named associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University. She previously served in the chemistry department at the University of Pittsburgh. Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. from Indiana University.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*DEREK DOUGHTY* has been named assistant ombuds at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He previously served as case manager and liaison to athletics at the university. Doughty earned a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and will complete his Ph.D. in 2018.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*JESSICA MANN* has been named director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University, effective December 1. She previously served as associate dean for student engagement and deputy Title IX coordinator at Seton Hill University. Mann holds a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Duquesne and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
*MILTON OVERTON* has been named director of athletics at Kennesaw State University. He previously served as director of athletics at Florida A&M University. Overton earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma.