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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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Bang-Jensen: The Forgotten Story of a Heroic UN Officer’s Murder

Alex Newman at rss - 1 minute ago
[image: bang-jensen-the-forgotten-story-of-a-heroic-un-officer-s-murder] After a UN official blew the whistle on a UN coverup of Soviet atrocities in Hungary, he was fired, persecuted, and eventually died in a suspicious “suicide.” Here is his story.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 minutes ago
The Moskva River and the Kremlin Embankment on a freezing cold day (the temperature has fallen to minus 27°С). The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is seen on the left. The Moscow Kremlin's Vodovzvodnaya Tower, right, and Bolshoi Kamenny Bridge, center. © SPUTNIK/ EVGENIY BIYATOV *WNU Editor*: For the past two weeks Moscow has been breaking it cold records. A photo gallery on the latest cold snap in Moscow* is here.*

Self-Proclaimed Iran Expert Continues to Get Iran Election Predictions Wrong

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 29 minutes ago
Meir Javedanfar (Image: RT) There's an apocryphal saying, sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, that goes, "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." There's another one, not attributed to Twain, that goes, "The only predictable thing about Iranian politics is that it's unpredictable." Nevertheless, despite these phony aphorisms,

North American Bumble Bee Officially Added to Endangered Species List

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 34 minutes ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - This is the first bumble bee to be protected under the endangered species act. The post North American Bumble Bee Officially Added to Endangered Species List appeared first on Waking Times.

Allen Young : My trip to the Rag Reunion

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 37 minutes ago
Tapping my ‘nest egg,’ I traveled from rural Massachusetts to trendy Austin… and into the past. By Allen Young | The Rag Blog | January 11, 2017 Allen Young, our dear friend and colleague from the good old days, came … finish reading Allen Young : My trip to the Rag Reunion

Epic Troll — 4Chan Users Claim CIA & Media Fell For Trump “Golden Shower” Fake News

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 40 minutes ago
[image: pepe-cia-thumb]After BuzzFeed reported a suspiciously frail report painting President-elect Donald Trump as having close ties to Russia, subsequent evidence amusingly suggests the information was an old 4Chan prank.

China's Aircraft Carrier Is On The Move Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 49 minutes ago
China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea, in this undated photo taken December, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer/File photo *Reuters: **Taiwan scrambles jets, navy as China aircraft carrier enters Taiwan Strait* Taiwan scrambled jets and navy ships on Wednesday as a group of Chinese warships led by China's sole aircraft carrier sailed north through the Taiwan Strait, the latest sign of heightened tensions between Beijing and the self-ruled Taiwan. The Soviet-built Liaoning aircraft carrier, returning from exercises in the Sout... more »

How Foreign Leaders-- Like, Say China-- Think They Can Use Trump's Greed and Stupidity To Take Advantage Of America

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 49 minutes ago
I'm pretty certain Elizabeth Warren's bill to force Trump to avoid conflicts of interest isn't going anywhere. The bill would force Trump (and Pence)-- and their spouses and dependent children-- to divest any financial assets that pose a conflict of interest and place the money into a blind trust. If it were to pass and be signed into law, it would make Trump immediately impeachable, defining his stance on his conflicts as a "high crime or misdemeanor." Meanwhile, last night, el Presidente-elect met with Jack Ma. Jack's a billionaire, founder of Alibaba, China's Amazon (plus)-- in... more »

BWorld 103, How to improve the RORO system

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 hour ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last December 28, 2016. The Roll-on, Roll-off (RoRo) boat system of transporting trucks, buses, and cars from one island to another is among the best inventions for archipelagic countries like the Philippines. Vehicles go inside the boat, passengers come onboard, and the boat travels to another island where it docks, unloading passengers and their cars on the way to their destinations. My first RoRo experience was in the late 1990s when I took the bus from Cubao to Iloilo City. It was an adventure to see for the first time Oriental Mindoro outs... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Nuvole Bianche”

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

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“From Sagittarius to Carina, the Milky Way Galaxy shines in this dark night sky above planet Earth's lush island paradise of Mangaia. Familiar to denizens of the southern hemisphere, the gorgeous skyscape includes the bulging galactic center at the upper left and bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri just right of center. About 10 kilometers wide, volcanic Mangaia is the southernmost of the Cook Islands. Geologists estimate that at 18 million years old it is the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean. * Click image for larger size.* Of course, the Milky Way is somewhat older, with the gala... more »

Chet Raymo, “All Night, In The Dark”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“All Night, In The Dark”* by Chet Raymo “Why do we so admire the poetry of Mary Oliver? She is not the most technically proficient poet around, and there is a disquieting sameness to her work. But we come back to her again and again. My volumes of Oliver's collected poems are the most dog-eared of any on my shelf. I think it is something about the way Oliver is able to get out of her body and into the skin of a hummingbird, a swan, a snake, or a black bear. She is a shape-shifter, a shaman. When she describes a grasshopper moving its jaws this way and that, we almost feel it is Ol... more »

"All That Is Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*Click image for larger size.* "You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems and suffer and understand, for all that is life." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The Myth Of Authority... ‘But There'd Be No Roads!’"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“The Myth Of Authority... ‘But There'd Be No Roads!’"* by Eric Peters "Along with the Myth of Authority– the idea that being ordered about by other people is legitimate so long as those people have given themselves titles or wear uniforms– there is this idea that, absent government, we’d never have things like roads. Much less plowed roads. It snowed hard over the weekend and I got to thinking about it as I watched the government plow trucks do their thing. They do it very expensively. It seems “free,” of course. The trucks rumble by and you aren’t sent a bill... for that. But you... more »

Market failure vs. Government failure, Part 6

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 hour ago
An article today in BWorld says, *"A market failure, in the parlance of economics, means a situation in which free markets produce wasteful outcomes."* The above statement is wrong on 2 counts: (1) Market failure is literal, demand is there but supply is low or zero, or vice versa. So failure of the market to adjust supply and demand. (2) Market failure is often a parlance of politics and government, less of economics. It is a good justification for endless government intervention and expansion for people who have no or little concept of "government failure." Anybody can create ... more »

Global warming hits Asia, Part 5

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 1 hour ago
Some news reports in the first week of 2017, last week, except the report from Vietnam, mid-December 2016. When I drove from Iloilo to Manila last week January 01, it was a wet New Year in Panay island (4 provinces of Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, Aklan), also in Oriental Mindoro on January 02. Arrived Batangas then Metro Manila in the afternoon, a bit cloudy but dry. Cloudy whole day yesterday in M.Manila and surrounding provinces, rains from noon to evening. Today another cloudy day but no rains. Meanwhile, here are some photos during the "Habagat" or moonsoon rains of August 2013, ne... more »

President-Elect Trump Responds To The Report That He Was "Cultivated, Supported And Assisted" By Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017 *Previous Post*: U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Told President-Elect Trump That Russia Is Attempting to Compromise Him *WNU Editor: *My guess is that President-Elect Trump is specifically reacting to this ....* Russia has evidence of 'perverted acts' committed by Donald Trump: unconfirmed reports *(Sydney Morning Herald). But in a sign on how bizarre this story is becoming .... some are now admitting that this entire story is made-up .... *Did 4Chan Troll The CIA?* (Christine Rousselle, Town... more »


Gforce at Zionist Made2Happen Disasters - 2 hours ago
by Brandon Smith Yes, the narrative of the “new normal” has been around for so long now that many people have simply grown used to it. The assumption is that the fiscal “new normal” has become the fiscal “normal,” and though the fundamentals continue to strain under the weight of poor global demand and historic debt levitated by extraneous fiat stimulus, the masses feel far less fear than is warranted. Hey, why should they? We’ve managed around eight years skating on thin ice, why shouldn’t we expect eight more years of the same? The banking elites have done the job they set out to d... more »

This Is How Iran Bosses Around The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Iran's fast-attack craft, the type repeatedly used to harass US Navy ships. Fars News Agency Photo via USNI News *Alex Lockie, Business Insider*:* How Iran made the US look weak with a tiny, outdated navy and some old ballistic missiles* The news came out Monday that Iranian fast-attack craft had once again harassed US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf with unsafe and unprofessional behavior, forcing the USS Mahan to fire warning shots. The incident, the first of its type reported this year, follows a significant increase in Iran's navy harassing US ships in 2016, the US Navy has tol... more »

FFWN breaks down the false flags in Istanbul, Berlin, and elsewhere

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 3 hours ago
For more about this show, click HERE for links to the stories, and read my article: Will cyber-false flag, blamed on Russia, kill internet freedom?

Bonus quote of the Day: Mises on “the fateful efforts of the mathematical treatment of economic problems”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
Ludwig Von Mises dismisses “the fateful efforts of the mathematical treatment of economic problems”: The mathematical economist attempts to ignore the difference between physical phenomena, on the one hand, the emergence and consummation of which man is unable to see the operation of any final causes — and which can be studied scientifically only because there prevails a perceptible regularity in their concatenation and succession — and praxeological phenomena, on the other hand [i.e, the phenomena of human action], that lack such a regularity but are conceivable to the human m... more »

Nelson Report on China/Taiwan/US in wake of Tsai's visit to Houston

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 3 hours ago
*Couple selfies at the broken railroad viaduct in Miaoli* The Nelson Report with some of the debate over what Trump means for Tsai and Taiwan. Some of these commentators, like Bob Manning, appear to be getting their Taiwan information from China/KMT sources and are wrong about Tsai but dead right on the way many of us see the coming series of hegemonic wars in Asia as inevitable Others are quite sharp... like Richard Bush's and Mike Fonte's and Michael Swaine. Click on READ MORE to read.... I've removed non-Taiwan/China stuff and newspaper articles. +++++++++++++++++ IS TAIWAN ... more »

Trump Pick Tillerson’s Exxon-Mobil: Too Many Tax Haven Subsidiaries to Count

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
Offshore tax havens are the perfect way to avoid taxation and evade sanctions, as has been recently pointed out in … Continue reading →

Tillerson “Ethics” Document Allows 90 Days to Divest Stocks; Many are Related to Military; Many are Foreign; Plus Legal Loopholes

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
For regular stock, whether Exxon or other, such as French State owned EDF, Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, many related to … Continue reading →

President Obama’s Farewell Address (Live)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*More News On President Obama's Farewell Speech* Obama, in final speech, to declare faith in power of change (AP) With some nostalgia, Obama to give farewell address to America -- Reuters President Obama to give farewell speech in hometown Chicago tonight -- UPI Obama will call for a 'more perfect union' -- The Hill President Obama to Cap Long Goodbye With Farewell Speech -- NBC The final farewell: Obama lands in Chicago with Michelle and Malia for his last chance to address the country before Donald Trump takes power -- Daily Mail President Obama Bids Farewell to Nation Tonight in Chi... more »

Trump -- The Art And Acts Of The Emboldened: The Rise In Hate Crimes Under The Influence Of Comrade T

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 8* [*Click to enlarge.*] *by Noah* There have always been hate crimes, but now, since Comrade Trump's incessant hateful spew has become a daily segment of news coverage, according to the FBI there has been a 67% uptick in hate crimes just against Muslims. The uptick corresponds particularly well with Trump statements such as a call for a "complete ban on all Muslims." But, of course, Muslims are not the only target of the President-elect. He directs his words (doesn't he have "the best words"?) at minorities in general. The tacit, and ... more »

UN Demands More Globalist Propaganda in School Textbooks

Alex Newman at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: un-demands-more-globalist-propaganda-in-school-textbooks] Under the direction of a known Communist Party operative from Bulgaria dogged by corruption charges, the scandal-plagued United Nations “education” agency released a new report demanding broad changes to school textbooks around the world. It is the latest shot across the bow aimed at parental rights, local control of education, and national sovereignty. The goal of the “Global Education Monitoring Report” by UNESCO is fairly transparent: accelerate the indoctrination of impressionable children worldwide with propagand... more »

Chris Hedges: The Primary Purpose of the Declassified Report is to Discredit Donald Trump + John Kiriakou: Hillary Clinton Stole the Primary Election From Bernie Sanders

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 4 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Jan 10, 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and “On Contact” host Chris Hedges gives RT America’s Simone Del Rosario his analysis of the latest attacks on independent journalism from the recent US intelligence report on Russian “interference” in the 2016 election as well as groundless allegations from Washington […]

If RFK Jr. Wasn't Good Enough For Pres. Obama, He Shouldn't Be Good Enough For Trump

Hank Campbell at Science 2.0 Blogs - 4 hours ago
Earlier today, President-Elect Donald Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and, at least according to RFK, Jr., wants the prominent Democratic anti-vaccine activist to head a commission on vaccine safety. read more

Sessions At Confirmation Hearing: David Horowitz Is A ‘Most Brilliant Individual’

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 4 hours ago
Far-right activist David Horowitz said of Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing for Attorney General, “You will see a witch-hunt worse than anything McCarthy did directed by Democrats against Jeff Sessions.” Hardly, but the first day of the hearing featured effusive praise for Horowitz himself. Horowitz is a quite repugnant individual. The post Sessions At Confirmation Hearing: David Horowitz Is A ‘Most Brilliant Individual’ appeared first on Shadowproof.

The Daily "Near You?"

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

“OCD and Creativity”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* *“OCD and Creativity”* by Scott Adams “The other day I was wondering about the relationship between OCD and creativity. People with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) have thoughts that they can’t get out of their heads. But creativity is the opposite of obsessing over a single idea, at least the way I experience it. For me, creativity is a process by which I rapidly FORGET the thought that is currently in my head so a new one will fill the space. Your brain isn’t good at thinking of nothing, so when you eject your current thought, another rushes in... more »

"Wastebook 2017: Feds Spend Tax Dollars To Discover Frat Brothers Like Alcohol, Girls Like Dolls, And Sharks Are Scary"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Wastebook 2017:* *Feds Spend Tax Dollars To Discover Frat Brothers Like Alcohol,* * Girls Like Dolls, And Sharks Are Scary"* by Luke Rosiak "Federal grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) bankrolled studies to discover that fraternity brothers like to drink, that “Jaws” is a scary movie, that little girls like Barbie dolls and that most people generally fear pain at the dentist. These and other taxpayer-funded academic studies were highlighted Tuesday in Sen. Jeff Flake’s newly-released "Wastebook 2017", which said “the studies highlighted here are not finding s... more »

Obama's loooooooooong goodbye....

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 4 hours ago
*tonight he makes his farewell speech in Chicago where last year 4,379 people were shot, and 714 were shot and killed. I'm sure it's Russia's fault.* I won't be wasting my time watching Odumbo tell us how wonderful he is and how deplorable Trump is. I'm sure if there is anything noteworthy I'll hear about it tomorrow. Are you watching? Tomorrow will be 9 days until he can go on his next vacation. Buh bye.

U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Told President-Elect Trump That Russia Is Attempting to Compromise Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Our report just now: https://t.co/S8UDLSCU0Z — Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2017 *CNN:** Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him* (CNN)Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 e... more »

Cold weather kills

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
Nature is not naturally benevolent. We have to work to make it so, for us. The point of human production – the reason we get up in the morning and go to work, if we can – is to make our lives better. If human life is our standard, then making human lives better and the natural environment more humane is a good thing. So when you see dozens killed by Europe's coldest weather in years you may realise that cold weather kills – kills vastly more than warmer weather does – and that human production that makes the human environment warmer may not be a totally bad thing. And, therefo... more »

Around The Empire – Episode 4: The Destruction Of Yemen Feat. Ben Norton

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 5 hours ago
On this episode of Around The Empire, Dan and Joanne interview journalist Benjamin Norton on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Ben has been closely monitoring the situation in Yemen for years writing previously in Salon and now for Alternet’s Grayzone Project. The discussion focuses on the overall dynamics of The post Around The Empire – Episode 4: The Destruction Of Yemen Feat. Ben Norton appeared first on Shadowproof.

Costa Rica ran almost entirely on renewable energy in 2016

White Wolf at White Wolf - 5 hours ago
The Central American nation ran entirely on renewable energy for more than 250 days last year, the country's power operator announced. Renewables supplied about 98.1 percent of Costa Rica's electricity for the year, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) said in mid-December. Fossil fuels provided the remaining 1.9 percent. The country of 4.9 million people gets most of its electricity from large hydropower facilities, which are fed by multiple rivers and heavy seasonal rains. Geothermal plants and wind turbines are also prominent sources of power, while biomass and solar p... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 10, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
(L-R) FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on “Russia’s intelligence activities' on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts *George Friedman, Geopolitical Futures:* *The CIA, Russia and the American Election* The CIA’s report on the Russian attempt to influence the American presidential election has been issued. The report asserts that the Russians stole emails belonging to... more »

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 5 hours ago
Surrounded cats.

My Response to Jane Fonda

Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 6 hours ago
James Cameron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Neil Young....its seems that there is no shortage of celebrities lined up to bash our community and our industry. And now, we can add Jane Fonda to the list. Fonda is in town today ostensibly to "inform" herself about our region. Fonda claimed to a local resident that she is not against [us] but given the economic turmoil we currently face, to say nothing of the forest fire that devastated our community last May, I really have to wonder. Let's be honest: Fonda is a professional activist. She has made a career of supporting all sorts of causes a... more »

The Minister of Silly Excuses

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
Yes, Justin Trudeau has set up his predictable excuse for breaking his promise of electoral reform by putting a new minister in charge of the file during a crucial period. But let's see what Karina Gould has had to say about a more fair democratic system in communicating with her constituents (PDF): Participants focused on the importance between direct and proportional representation. It was expressed that being able to vote directly for someone to represent constituents was important. Some felt that the Mixed Member Proportional system provides this ability. However, participants ... more »

Cause and Effect (a sincere solicitation)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 6 hours ago
*Brother, can you Spare a Dime? * It may mean moving back to Mom's basement for many of the Obama staffers and Democratic Party parasites. They'll all go on unemployment but they may be reaching out to you for a crust of bread to keep them going. Many will find teaching jobs in academia where their liberal credentials will be welcomed, but unfortunately few of them are suited for careers that require them to do an honest day's work, thus they won't find much of a welcome from American business. Their access as lobbyists is zero. In other times they might find a career as a function... more »

Spain: Local Residents Phoned Air Base About “Something Weird in the Sky” (1968)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 6 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and El Norte de Castilla http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/valladolid/201701/07/esto-dice-expediente-ovni-20170101194521.htmlDate: 01.10.2017Article by Víctor Vela (Valladolid) * *Spain: Local Residents Phoned Air Base About “Something Weird in the Sky” (1968)* The phones at the Villanubla air force base were ringing off the hook that Saturday in 1968. I’ve seen something strange, there’s something weird, it’s not an airplane, the lights are orange, it looks like it’s rising into the sky, it vanished suddenly…it was over in three minutes. There were several ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 6 hours ago
This is horrifying: President-elect Donald Trump asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a proponent of a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, to chair a new commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, Kennedy said Tuesday. The stunning move ... comes after Trump -- who has long been critical of vaccines -- met at Trump Tower with Kennedy, who has spearheaded efforts to roll back child vaccination laws.... Kennedy has been a notable proponent of nonmedical exemptions for parents who seek to prevent their children from being vaccinated, which is mandatory in most st... more »

BREAKING: Outspoken Vaccine Skeptic, RFK Jr. to Head Federal ‘Vaccine Commission’

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 6 hours ago
[image: Kennedy]Robert Kennedy, Jr. — a vaccine skeptic — will chair a presidential commission tasked with fully investigating the safety of vaccines.

World News Briefs -- January 10, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Obama heads home to Chicago to say farewell to the nation* CHICAGO — President Obama has referred to his home in the Hyde Park neighborhood here as “a time capsule,” a mostly uninhabited place full of old bills and news clippings dating back to a time before he took office. Nearby, in Jackson Park, is the site of his future presidential center, a place that currently carries a stronger imprint of the 1893 World’s Fair held there than the expansive, modern presidential center that will open in a few years. For Obama, this city remains a potent mix of his past a... more »


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Does this animation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’ (set to Smetana’s ‘Moldau’) ever get old? No, I don’t think it does. Fallingwater from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.


Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
Does this animation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Fallingwater’ (set to Smetana’s ‘Moldau’) ever get old? No, I don’t think it does. Fallingwater from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo. . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Top U.S. Intel Chiefs Are Testifying For The Second Time This Week At A U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee On Russian Hacking

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Report on Russian hacking relied on human sources, technical collection: U.S. spy chief* Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Tuesday the U.S. intelligence community's report concluding that Russia orchestrated hacks during the 2016 presidential campaign was based on a mix of human sources, collection of technical data and open-source information. Clapper, speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said much of the report is classified due to a need to protect sensitive sources and methods. In an assessment released last week, U.S. intellige... more »

New World Order Pushing Cashless Agenda in India and Around the World

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - 2017 is the year when the world will hurtle headlong into a mandatorily digital money world – unless we put an end to the cashless agenda. The post New World Order Pushing Cashless Agenda in India and Around the World appeared first on Waking Times.

Socialism: Creating a World to Change Our Lives by Sam Friedman

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 7 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Republished with permission from Solidarity and Against The Current by Sam Friedman Solidarity and Against The Current, January-February 2017, #186 January 10, 2017 THERE IS A growing suspicion among many people involved in movements against war, for social justice, and for an ecologically sustainable society that capitalism can only create a world of […]

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

The Value Alignment Problem’s Problem

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
Having recently attended a workshop and conference on beneficial artificial intelligence (AI), one of the overriding concerns is how to design beneficial AI. To do this, the AI needs to be aligned with human values, and as such is known, pace Stuart Russell, as the “Value Alignment Problem.” It is a “problem” in the sense […]

Jeremy Corbyn's Populist Turn

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
I love me some ironies, and one is doing the rounds about Jeremy Corbyn. Whether you're a fully paid up admirer or critic of his leadership, we can all agree on one thing: *we know where he stands*. It was his simple anti-austerity message that powered him into Labour's top job and saw it confirmed amid one of the biggest shit storms ever seen in British politics. And yet on a number of pressing problems and Westminster hobby horses, there is uncertainty about his positions. Everyone knows where Jeremy stands, but no one knows where Jeremy stands - a political quantum state worthy ... more »

Will The Democrats Repeat The Same Mistakes That Burdened Us With Trump And A Right-Wing Congress?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
Kim Moody took a deep dive into Trumpland in terms of who voted for him.She doesn’t see the same “huge defection of angry, white, blue-collar workers in the Rust Belt from their traditional Democratic voting patterns” having handed the White House over to Trump, although he certainly won Rust Belt states— the traditionally red one, Indiana, plus 3 traditionally blue ones— Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan— and the big swing state— Ohio. Clinton’s roadmap to victory included Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Moody’s research, though, shows it was wealthier voters that gave Tr... more »

Autonomous Cars Are Coming, But Not For Your Job

Grayson Brulte at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
Instead of eliminating jobs, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence will actually create new businesses which – in turn – will create new jobs. One expert asserts we are getting close to the hybrid years – a time period when both driver vehicles and autonomous vehicles are traveling on public roadways. The post Autonomous Cars Are Coming, But Not For Your Job appeared first on Futurism.

The veins of America: Stunning map shows every river basin in the US

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
A stunning new map shows the complex network of rivers and streams in the contiguous United States. Created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej, a geographer and GIS analyst with a ‘lifelong passion for beautiful maps,’ it highlights the massive expanse of river basins across the country – in particular, those which feed the Mississippi River. The map visualizes Strahler Stream Order Classification, the creator explains, with higher stream orders indicated as thicker lines. It was created using the open-source QGIS software, and the high resolution prints are available on Etsy. There are... more »

Hearings Begin on Nomination of Sessions as Attorney General

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: hearings-begin-on-nomination-of-sessions-as-attorney-general] The Senate Judiciary Committee has begun hearings to consider President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general.

Ethics at the Oscars

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
I generally don’t care what modern film actors say, either in or out of their movies. But as long as others so unfathomably do, this (from screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, just after Vanessa Redgrave received hers) would be my own attitude towards their awards ceremonies: [Hat tip James Valliant] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

More Misleading Reporting on the Iran Deal and 'Heavy Water'

Nima Shirazi at Wide Asleep in America - 8 hours ago
It's not hard to learn what heavy water is, folks. Just look it up. Nuclear technology is complicated. Explaining the minutiae of enrichment levels, dual-use material, and the legal frameworks of international law and supervision is hard to do. So is good journalism. Deadlines, reader accessibility and editorial demands put a lot of pressure on reporters who cover a range of topics to use

Quote of the Day: Rand on the “bourgeois spirit”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
*“It is not the ‘bourgeois spirit’ that creates civilisation, but the rational spirit. It is not trade that is primary here, but production. And the base of production is thought. And the base of productive action is the pursuit of rational values. Before there could be any ‘bourgeois’ there had to be all the enormous philosophical thinking that led to individualism and private property.”* ~ Ayn Rand, commenting on *Human Action*, as published in her *Marginalia* [emphasis in the original] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attri...more »

The Reunification of Syria- PKK/YPG not Invited to Astana

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*Hoping you listened to the brief interview posted earlier today?**Here it is again Bashar Al Assad Interview January 2017* *If you haven't yet you probably should* An oped from Gwynne Dyer: A first or maybe a second for the blog. Gwynne Dyer is much like Robert Fisk- Except he's Canadian. Not to be relied on, but, occasionally useful. *Japan Times * *LONDON – "So far the end game in Syria has played out in an entirely predictable way. All of Aleppo is back in the Syrian government’s hands, that decisive victory for President Bashar Assad and his Russian backers has been followe... more »

Will President Trump Change The Rules Of Engagement When U.S. Navy Ships Are Confronted By Iranian Attack Boats?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Examiner*: *How Trump's Navy could mix it up with Iranian attack boats* If Iranian boats harassed a U.S. destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz on Jan. 28 like they did on Jan. 8, one expert says it's unlikely the president-elect would take it lying down. On Sunday, the destroyer USS Mahan was forced to fire warning shots at Iranian fast boats speeding toward it with their weapons manned after audio warnings failed to stop them. The Pentagon deemed the move "unsafe and unprofessional," and the boats broke off after the shots were fired. Once President-elect Trump takes off... more »

Harry Targ : Foreign policy: The elephant in the room

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
An undercurrent in the 2016 election was growing opposition to an activist United States economic/political/military role in the world. By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | January 10, 2017 An empire in decline United States global hegemony is coming … finish reading Harry Targ : Foreign policy: The elephant in the room

At Confirmation Hearing, Sessions Opposes Protections For Reporters Who Publish Leaks

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
Republican Senator Jeff Sessions opposed protections for reporters, who have viewpoints and publish contents from national security leaks, during his confirmation hearing for the position of Attorney General. Asked by Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar about upholding rules adopted by the Justice Department and avoiding the jailing of journalists who do The post At Confirmation Hearing, Sessions Opposes Protections For Reporters Who Publish Leaks appeared first on Shadowproof.

U.S. Congressional Democrats Have Called For A 9/11-Style Special Commission To Investigate Russia's Role in The U.S. Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A rainy, gray sky tops the U.S. Capitol dome on the first day of the new session of Congress in Washington, U.S. January 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Reuters:** Democrats want 9/11-style special commission to probe Russia* Democratic members of the U.S. Congress called on Monday for the creation of an independent commission to investigate Russia's attempts to intervene in the 2016 election, similar to the Sept. 11 panel that probed the 2001 attacks on the United States. Their "Protecting our Democracy Act" would create a 12-member, bipartisan independent panel to interview wit... more »

President Elect Trump Appoints Robert Kennedy Jr Chair Commission on Vaccine Safety

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 9 hours ago
AP Reports: Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a vocal vaccination skeptic, says President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety. Trump has also voiced doubts about vaccinations, tweeting in the past that he knew a child...

Cyprus Leaders Resume Peace And Unity Talks In Geneva

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Cyprus leaders seek deal in 'historic opportunity' for peace* The leaders of both sides of ethnically divided Cyprus began new unification talks on Monday but sought to temper hopes of a swift breakthrough, though its U.N. envoy said a deal to resolve one of Europe's most enduring conflicts was within reach. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, launched a week of consultations in Geneva to tackle dozens of disagreements stemming from the 1974 division of the Mediterranean island. The talks will focus initially on how to ... more »

Lessons From Continued Jewish Exodus From France

Steve Byas at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: lessons-from-continued-jewish-exodus-from-france] The accelerating exodus of Jews from France in the face of the Islamic terrorism targeting them provides lessons for Americans.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 9 hours ago
So this is happening: Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is set to testify against Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions Wednesday in an unprecedented move during his attorney general confirmation. This would be the first time in Senate history that a sitting senator will testify against another sitting senator for a Cabinet post during a confirmation. And the right is flipping out. Gateway Pundit: RedState: *The Left Has Lost Its Mind: Cory Booker To Testify Against Sessions* *National Review,* in concern-troll mode, says Booker is "throwing himself onto the tracks of an oncoming train of an... more »

Monica Crowley, Serial Plagiarizer

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
Conservative talking head, Monica Crowley, has been outed for multiple acts of deliberate plagiarism that go back to her doctoral dissertation and forward to her 2012 book (page not found at Amazon), which includes at least 50 separate examples of stolen material. Her book has pulled from the shelves by Harper-Collins. If Monica Crowley were an applicant for anyone else, she would be dropped like a hot potato. For the Trumpists, however, stealing others' work appears to earn her a badge of respect and guaranteed immunity from criticism by Trumpists. Columbia University might n... more »

US-Funded White Helmets Exposed in Al-Qaeda Plot that Poisoned Water of 5 Million Syrians

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: white]Making no attempt to conceal their involvement in a deadly plot, the US funded white helmets signed on to a blackmail plan involving poison water.

Romney calls Bay State schools number one!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017Fails to list one basic reason:* In Sunday's Washington Post, Mitt Romney offered a ringing endorsement of Betsy DeVos, Donald J. Trump's multi-billionaire nominee for secretary of education. DeVos is a strong proponent of those policies which have long been described as "education reform." Just for the record, people who gain control of the language will often find success in the political wars. Proponents of "education reform" also tend to control the narratives, and the supply of facts. The things you're allowed to read in mainstream newspapers will te... more »

Pick of Exxon CEO as US Secretary of State Unveils Trump’s True Agenda: Condi Rice “Chicken Kiev” Redux with Poutine on the Side

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 10 hours ago
Tillerson CEO of ExxonMobil had a total compensation of approximately $27.2 million for 2015. His base salary for 2016 was … Continue reading →

December Rainfall Trends In The UK

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood There are many climate myths, one of which is that winter rainfall is becoming more extreme in the UK. We’ve now got the December data from the Met Office for the long running England & Wales Precipitation Series, so we can look at the latest trends: December 2016 was […]

WaPost to Retire ‘Fake News’ Term Because They’re Failing Miserably as it Keeps Exposing Their Lies

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: wapost-fake-news]After initiating and waging a war against Fake News — which backfire — the Washington Post is now calling on people to stop using the term Fake News.

Myanmar's War Against The Rohingya Is Intensifying

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times:* *‘There Are No Homes Left’: Rohingya Tell of Rape, Fire and Death in Myanmar* KUTUPALONG CAMP, Bangladesh — When the Myanmar military closed in on the village of Pwint Phyu Chaung, everyone had a few seconds to make a choice. Noor Ankis, 25, chose to remain in her house, where she was told to kneel to be beaten, she said, until soldiers led her to the place where women were raped. Rashida Begum, 22, chose to plunge with her three children into a deep, swift-running creek, only to watch as her baby daughter slipped from her grasp. Sufayat Ullah, 20, also chose the... more »

BWorld 102, Top 10 news of 2016

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last December 27, 2016. Since government by nature consists of force and coercion, legislation and regulation, mandatory contribution and taxation, it naturally creates division among people anywhere in the world. Those who benefit from welfarism are happy while those who are affected by endless regulations and taxation express the opposite sentiment. Below is my list of top 10 news around the world in 2016, five international and five national/regional. *INTERNATIONAL* *1 “Brexit.”* British voters opted last June to exit from the European Un... more »

Trump Names Son-in-law as Advisor; Media Raises Nepotism Issues

Bob Adelmann at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: trump-names-son-in-law-as-advisor-media-raises-nepotism-issues] Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, is the un-sung hero behind Trump's victory in November. He will now be a key advisor to the new president. By Bob Adelmann

President Xi Jinping To Be The First Chinese Leader To Attend The Davos World Economic Forum

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Xi to be first Chinese leader to attend Davos World Economic Forum* President Xi Jinping this month will become the first Chinese head of state to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, which this year will dwell on the rising public anger with globalization and the coming U.S. presidency of Donald Trump. Xi will take centre stage at the Jan. 17-20 forum with China presenting itself as a champion of globalization. The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed Xi's widely expected attendance at the annual gathering of global political leaders, CEOs and ce... more »

A Modern Dust Bowl Would Be Just as Devastating as the Original One

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Not sure why I'm featuring Obama's climate failure here? Maybe you can figure it out. (If the video **above **doesn't play, click here.)* *by Gaius Publius* I'm presenting this for a different reason than the obvious one. It's not actually a shock-people-into-climate-awareness piece. That's just the set-up. What's my actual point? Read on. A recent study at the University of Chicago took a look at the drought (actually droughts) during the legendary and destructive Dust Bowl of the 1930s and applied those conditions to U.S. agriculture today. They expected to find U.S. farming ... more »

Tesla Is Pushing a New Version of Enhanced Autopilot

June Javelosa at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 11 hours ago
Tesla has pushed an updated version of its recently released Enhanced Autopilot software, now available in active mode for 1,000 vehicles and shadow mode for the rest of the fleet. If all goes well, the update will switch to active mode for all vehicles by the end of this week, putting Tesla one step closer to its 2017 goal of vehicles capable of fully autonomous driving. The post Tesla Is Pushing a New Version of Enhanced Autopilot appeared first on Futurism.

State Crafts Radical Bill to Free Pot Users from Jail After Vote for Legal Weed — Cops are Furious

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: jail]In spite of the overwhelming majority of citizens voting not to jail pot users, cops are still fighting to keep it illegal as it's their cash cow.

Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley Asks the World for Assistance to Save His Garden

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - Can you help save the headquarters of the Ron Finley Project? The post Gangsta Gardener Ron Finley Asks the World for Assistance to Save His Garden appeared first on Waking Times.

Twin Suicide Blasts Near The Afghan Parliament Killed 38 And Wounded 72

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*USA Today*: *Dozens killed, injured in Kabul terror attack* Twin suicide blasts near the Afghan parliament during Tuesday's afternoon rush hour killed dozens of people and wounded dozens more, authorities in Kabul said. "Taliban terrorist group carried out two suicide attacks today in KBL targeting a bus carrying civilians, many lost their lives," Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said on Twitter. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the militant Afghan Taliban movement, said on social media that his group orchestrated the attack, targeting a busload of security officials. ... more »

Journal retracts surgery study with data “not intended for use in research”

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A journal has retracted a surgery study by researchers at Brown University after noticing it included data that was not intended for research purposes. Ingrid Philbert, managing editor of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education — which published the paper — told Retraction Watch that senior staff at the publisher alerted the journal that they […] The post Journal retracts surgery study with data “not intended for use in research” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Challenges Facing the New President

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago
You can watch the AEA session I chaired by clicking here.

Chinese Warplanes Cross Into The Korea Strait Prompting A Major Response From South Korea And Japan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*South China Morning Post:* *Japan, South Korea scramble fighter jets after eight Chinese warplanes fly over Korea Strait* Move by Chinese aircraft, including bombers, signals Beijing’s determination to step up routine presence in waters in which China has interests, experts say. At least eight Chinese warplanes were spotted flying over the Korea Strait close to Japanese islands on Monday, prompting Japanese and South Korean air forces to scramble fighter jets. The move signalled Beijing’s determination to step up its routine presence in any waters in which China had an interest,... more »

UPDATED: Le Dauphin (aka Justin Trudeau) steps in it big time with Foreign Affairs Appointment

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*BEYOND REASON: Chrystia Freeland will be named* *minister of Foreign Affairs in a **cabinet shuffle* *to take place today. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)* What a dope! Justin Trudeau just blew any chance for a belated rapprochement with Russia. It does not bode well for Canada, folks. In a hastily arranged cabinet shuffle...just prior to Donald Trump taking office in the US next week, *Trudeau has appointed a Putin hater to the foreign affairs portfolio.* This individual, who I didn't even know existed until a few moments ago...has been lurking in the government for a year or more now... more »

Lamar Alexander Assures Diane Supporters about DeVos

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
When Diane Ravitch wanted her flock to be herded into supporting the federal charter school expansion legislation known as ESSA, she called upon Lamar Alexander's office to offer a nine-part spin session (see below) designed to mislead, obfuscate, and soothe any remaining skeptics. After all, Diane's support prior to ESSA passage was seminal in neutralizing early resistance to the new blueprint for Ed Reform 2.0. The least that Alexander could do, as the Bill's co-sponsor, was to offer up his propaganda chief to help baffle any remaining ESSA doubters with tons of regulatory bullsh... more »

Cop Arrested for Using Police PC to Post ‘Bestiality’ Video Of Himself Raping Small Dog

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: dog]A Houston cop has been fired and charged after he allegedly used a department computer to post videos of himself online having sex with a dog.

World News Briefs -- January 10, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Taliban attack near Afghan parliament kills more than 30* A Taliban suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday killed more than 30 people and wounded some 70 others, as twin blasts hit a crowded area of the city during the afternoon rush hour. Saleem Rasouli, a senior public health official, said 33 people had been killed and more than 70 wounded on the Darul Aman road, near an annexe to the new Indian-financed parliament building. Most of the victims were parliamentary staff members. The Islamist militant Afghan Taliban movement, which immediately claimed ... more »

Assertive China

LL at Virtual Mirage - 13 hours ago
China reacted predictably to Republic of China President Tsai’s transit through Houston to Central America. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang fielded a question from the press on 9 January. “Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the Taiwan region, met with US Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott during her "transit" in the United States on Sunday morning. What is your comment on that?’ Lu replied, “I have taken note of the relevant report. I would like to reiterate that the Chinese side resolutely opposes the leader of the Taiwan region taking advantage of so-called "tran... more »

The Economy: “It’s Not ‘Morning in America’”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*“It’s Not ‘Morning in America’”* by Bill Bonner “So far, so good. 2017 is shaping up nicely…at least from the point of view of an amused cynic. Rarely have so many people believed so much that isn’t true. *Dangerous delusions:* Telling companies where to put their factories will not really protect or create jobs… Ramping up the stock market won’t make US companies more profitable… Reducing the trade deficit will not really boost US economic growth… Putting Wall Street billionaires and military-industrial cronies in positions of power in Washington will not reduce the influence of th... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Hillary for Prison: Jason Chaffetz Promises to Continue * *and Expand His Investigation into Her Email Scandal"* by The_Real_Fly Trump ran on the promise to 'lock her up,' regarding Hillary's activities with her insecure email server and subsequent activities in destroying evidence that might've paved the way for her landing on her head in prison. No one could say for sure, since upwards of 30,000 emails were destroyed by the Clinton camp- in a feverish ploy to evade investigation. Rep. Chaffetz, along with Trey Gowdy, have been leading the way in Congress in pursuit of the truth,... more »

DHS Says Election Systems “Critical Infrastructure,” Making Federal Takeover Possible

Michael Tennant at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: dhs-says-election-systems-critical-infrastructure-making-federal-takeover-possible] The Department of Homeland Security has declared the nation’s electoral systems “critical infrastructure,” potentially giving the federal government control over the electoral process.

INTRODUCING THE GRETA: Initial sales pitch debunked by staff!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017Part 2—The case of the four extra hands:* Last evening, at 6 PM Eastern, the bosses at The One True Liberal Channel rolled out their exciting new high-end model. They rolled The Greta into the showroom. As advertised, Greta Van Susteren began her new show with a pair of (stultifying) interviews with leading Republican figures. First McCain was slapped with wet noodles, then it was Priebus' turn. By 6:15, the analysts were fighting to stay awake. It doesn't seem likely that Greta Van Susteren will be able to lure Donald J. Trump onto MSNBC's air. But who... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 85, Jan 9, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
The Islamic State’s defenses finally appeared to be breaking in east Mosul. The Federal and Rapid Reaction police freedDumiz and Palestine in the southeast, while the Golden Division also took Baladiyat in the northeast. The latter was seizingthe ground around the Mosul University next door for an eventual assault. Sukar to the north of that neighborhood has been declared liberated three times, but was still being fought over. Furqanand Atibaa, which were freed on January 7, are now being cleared. A member of the Ninewa Council claimedthat 85% of the eastern half of the city was no... more »

CBS Caught Twisting Reality in Fake News Broadcast to Stoke Racial Tensions

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: fake]CBS entered the booming business of Fake News, with a deceitful report suggesting the Chicago attackers were white.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 10, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
© Massoud Hossaini / AFP *Daily Mail*: *France is trying to use Brexit to take over our key role at NATO military alliance * * Military think tank Rusi says there's 'some discussion' in Nato over Britain's role * France understood to want to exploit Brexit by replacing Britain as No 1 in Nato * Argues that deputy leadership should go to a country within the European Union France could replace Britain as the leading European power in Nato after Brexit, it emerged today. A briefing paper by the military think tank the Royal United Services Institute said there is 'some discussion'... more »

U.S. Navy Admiral: 'Chinese Navy Ships Can't Fight Their Way Out Of A Wet Paper Bag'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
According to Rowden, a US destroyer will "rock anything it comes up against." Pictured here is the USS Lassen in the South China Sea. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr. *Business Insider:** Commander of US Naval forces implies that Chinese navy ships can't 'fight their way out of a wet paper bag'* In a brief but illuminating interview, US Navy Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, the commander of the US Navy's Surface forces, told Defense News' Christopher P. Cavas a key difference between the ships of the US and Chinese navies. Cavas asked Rowden abo... more »

“Trans” Woman Sues Catholic Hospital for Denying Hysterectomy

Selwyn Duke at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: trans-woman-sues-catholic-hospital-for-denying-hysterectomy] In New Jersey, a woman is suing a Catholic hospital for adhering to sound medical science and refusing to perform part of her “sex-reassignment surgery.”

Nature paper with massive correction can’t be reproduced, says independent group

Megan Scudellari at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
In 2011, authors of a Nature letter caught some flak for issuing a lengthy correction to a neuroscience paper that had raised eyebrows within days of publication — including some suggestions it should be retracted. The correction notice, published months after the original letter, cited errors in image choice and labeling, but asserted the conclusions remained valid. Now, those […] The post Nature paper with massive correction can’t be reproduced, says independent group appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Former FBI agent asks Obama for clemency of Peltier for his final years at home

White Wolf at White Wolf - 14 hours ago
NEW YORK – In a letter sent to President Obama, a former FBI Special Agent called for the president to grant clemency to Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Former Agent John C. “Jack” Ryan wrote in the letter “In my opinion…the circumstances surrounding the case in combination with the passage of 4 decades of time served support his request to live his final years at home.” Peltier was convicted in 1975, and has remained behind bars despite concerns about political bias and injustice that have clouded his case. Now the 72 year-old’s health is failing, he has exhausted all a... more »

UN Speaks Out Against School Textbooks in America

Alex Newman at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: un-meddles-in-u-s-school-district-s-textbook-selections] After the United Nations was exposed last year indoctrinating vulnerable Arab children at UN schools to wage jihad on Jews, the scandal-plagued global body is now meddling in the selection of textbooks for students in Connecticut's Norwalk school district. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

How Much Will President-Elect Trump's Plan For A Bigger Navy Cost?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) transits the Pacific Ocean with ships assigned to Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2010 combined task force as part of a photo exercise north of Hawaii. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord *Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times:* *Here's how much Trump's plan for a bigger Navy will cost* President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to maintain a naval fleet of 350 ships as part of a historic buildup of the U.S. military, but his ambitions come with a stiff price tag. “Our Navy is the smallest it's been since World War ... more »

Police Horse Dies After Cop Leaves Him Tied in Stall with No Food or Water — Cop Gets Another Horse

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: horse]A Denver PD officer left his horse tied up for 16 hours overnight with no food and water. The officer wasn't charged and only docked a single vacation day.

“Trans” Woman Sues Catholic Hospital for Denying Hysterectomy

Selwyn Duke at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: mansquerading-woman-sues-catholic-hospital-for-denying-hysterectomy] In New Jersey, a woman is suing a Catholic hospital for adhering to sound medical science and refusing to perform part of her “sex-reassignment surgery.”

Bashar Al Assad Interview January 2017

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
* About 11 minutes- Questions in French. Bashar Assad answers in English*

An Explanation On Why The F-22 Program Was Terminated

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Lockheed Martin *Kyle Mizokami, National Interest:* *Why Did America Stop Building the Best Fighter Jet Ever?* In the late 1990s, the United States was at a post–Cold War apex as an aviation juggernaut. Not only did it have the largest fleet of combat aircraft in the world, it was also producing the only fifth-generation fighter in existence: the F-22 Raptor. By 2009, the U.S. government had turned against the fighter, and only 187 were produced. What happened to the F-22 program, and why? There’s little doubt the F-22 Raptor is the greatest air superiority fighter of its time. T... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* US To Sell 8 Million Barrels Of Oil From The Strategic Petroleum Reserve * Trump Just Dismissed the People in Charge of Maintaining our Nuclear Arsenal *California’s historic 'drive-through' tree has fallen dow One of Europe's largest supermarkets will sell burgers and meatballs made from mealworms GOLDMAN SACHS: The 'great rotation' that everyone is talking about is 'fake news' Turkish Lira Plunges Over 2% To New Record Low, Yields Rise On Moody's Warning FBI Arrests Volkswagen Exec Charged With Conspiracy To Defraud The US Venezuela's embattled government ... more »

The Pentagon Will Continue To Tap Some Of Science And Technology's Greatest Minds To Help Innovate U.S. Military Capabilities And Culture,

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson interacts with Pepper, a social humanoid robot, during the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York, Sept. 28, 2015. *VOA:* *Top Scientists, Tech Experts to Innovate Military Under Trump Administration* THE PENTAGON — The Pentagon has tapped some of science and technology's greatest minds to help innovate U.S. military capabilities and culture, and members of the panel say they will continue serving in the Trump administration if asked. Eric Schmidt, the chairman of the board and chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, said ... more »

Tuesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - Jesse Ferreras reports that Canada's supposed job growth has included almost nothing but part-time and precarious work. And Louis-Philippe Rochon points out how the influence of the financial sector has led to economic choices which serve nobody else's interests: What makes governments hesitate to pursue policies they have been told would benefit the economy and the working class? I am forced to conclude that these choices do not depend on economic factors, but rather on political ones, and in particular, the over-influence of finance and f... more »

Who is Cambridge Education?

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
by Defend Public Education January 10, 2017 On September 15, 2016, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission approved a $200,000 contract with Cambridge Education for investigation of the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District that stated: RESOLVED, that the School Reform Commission authorizes the School District of Philadelphia, through its Superintendent or his designee, to execute, deliver and perform a contract with Cambridge Education, to develop, manage, and execute a comprehensive School Quality Review process, to gather data and develop qualitative reports on schoo... more »

Happy Birthday, Jared Kushner-In-Law

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
The Susanne Craig piece in the *NY Times* over the weekend, , Jared Kushner, a Trump In-Law and Adviser, Chases a Chinese Deal, wasn’t really important because it was about a Chinese deal. It was important because Trump leans so heavily on Kushner and Kushner, like his jailbird father (and long-time Trump crony) is corrupt to his core. “Since the election,” reported Craig, “intense scrutiny has been trained on Mr. Trump’s company and the potential conflicts of interest he will face. But with Mr. Kushner laying the groundwork for his own White House role, the meeting at the Waldorf... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Deutsche Bank lavishes praise on Trumponomics: *Trump's plans could double US GDP growth by 2018, Deutsche Bank says* President-elect Donald Trump's policies have the potential to trigger a new age in U.S. economic growth that could serve as a global template, according to a Deutsche Bank forecast. Gross domestic product growth would be double its current level under an agenda that cuts regulations across a broad swath of critical sectors, enacts tax reform that slashes personal and corporate taxes, and calls for at least $1 trillion in improvements for bridges, roads and other publ... more »

Why The 100 Year Anniversary Of The Russian Revolution Will Be A Muted Affair In Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Bolshevik forces marching on the Red Square. *Owen Matthews, The Spectator*: *Why Putin’s Russia will be keeping quiet about 1917* *The autocratic president reveres the USSR, but abhors the kind of popular uprising that created it.* How to celebrate the centenary of the Russian revolutions of 1917? Modern Russians are deeply divided over the legacy of that tumultuous year. Russia’s few remaining liberals remember that the overthrow of the tsar in February 1917 ushered in a flowering of the artistic avant-garde, a brief period of feminism, liberal values and democracy. Putin suppo... more »

Russia Prepares For The Day When The U.S. Leaves Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin meets with President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. Shanghai Cooperation Organization *Tom Hussain, South China Morning Post*: P*utin might be hoping for 'another Syria' in Afghanistan* A Russia-led initiative involving China and Pakistan that seeks a political settlement to Afghanistan’s civil war has the makings of a diplomatic alliance that could supplant the United States as the leading power in Central Asia. The grouping was unveiled after a third meeting in Moscow late last month and may be ex... more »

Is The World On The Verge Of A Major Cyber War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Ido Kilovaty, Jerusalem Post:* *The World Is On The Verge Of A Major Cyber War* Predicting possible conflicts with a great degree of precision is somewhat difficult. Yet certain indications point to a possible escalation in the realm of cyberspace. A Combination of geopolitical and strategic circumstances is leading to an inevitable war. It’s not the type of war we traditionally envision – which includes kinetic weapons, physical destruction and most importantly, casualties. It’s a war that will undermine information systems, expose secret political, military and diplomatic docu... more »

Standing Rock's untold heroes: Students help camps in every way possible

White Wolf at White Wolf - 16 hours ago
14 Stanford students and one alumnus braved a 36-hour journey to support water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The group also included two students from other California universities. The students were at the Standing Rock camp from Sunday through Thursday after facing bad weather and car troubles on its journey. Robbins recalls renting an 11-passenger van alongside a personal car and a pickup truck for all 17 travelers. “There was some difficulty with the rental cars,” she said. “The drive ended up being a large portion of the trip. We had to stop over the Sierras to ... more »

Think before you post!

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
An employee who tweeted her boss was a racist got fired; that firing was (probably) legally justified. As between an employer and employer there are two central obligations: • trust and confidence; and • good faith. If something comes up at work – say a racist comment by your boss -- you have an obligation to try to resolve it directly with your employer. Going online and complaining is not acting in good faith. Even if what you say is true that may not be enough to save your job. The obligations of trust and confidence (probably) gives an employer grounds to ...more »

Conservatives Need To Be Progressive

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
That's the message Hugh Segal delivers to his fellow Conservatives in today' s *Globe and Mail.* He begins with a review of recent history: John Diefenbaker’s surprise defeat of Louis St. Laurent in 1957 reflected Progressive Conservative equilibrium on preserving the role of Parliament, opposing closure and championing of low-income seniors’ real needs. The 1958 Tory sweep was the largest majority in Canadian history and emerged largely because of the arrogance of the Liberals, who moved a non-confidence motion to bring down the Diefenbaker minority government. The Liberals belie... more »

Man Cold vs Mom Cold...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 16 hours ago
*this is seriously so true.* With great thanks to my buddy, Odie, over at The Woodsterman.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus* "Today on American college campuses, there is only one group of students that you are allowed to attack and you can attack at will, and those are Jews," states the narrator in the new film Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus. This latest production from Americans for Peace & Tolerance, the makers of the J Street Challenge, engagingly examines how demonization of Israel's Jewish state is reviving anti-Semitism in American academia. Hate Spaces extensively documents what has become a nationwide campus "hostile e... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus* "Today on American college campuses, there is only one group of students that you are allowed to attack and you can attack at will, and those are Jews," states the narrator in the new film Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus. This latest production from Americans for Peace & Tolerance, the makers of the J Street Challenge, engagingly examines how demonization of Israel's Jewish state is reviving anti-Semitism in American academia. Hate Spaces extensively documents what has become a nationwide campus "hostile e... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*When researchers won't release their raw data, they are covering up fraud* *It's a breach of scientific ethics to start with so you should immediately discount the claimed findings. Refusal to release data is common among warmists and when Michael Mann's hockeystick data was inadvertently released we saw why. We saw that he was "hiding the decline" in C20 tree ring records. Below is another instance outside Warmism where researchers fought tooth and nail to hide their data. When forced to release it, the result was as expected.The journal article was "Comparison of adaptive ... more »

Immanuel Kant’s Aesthetic and Analytic

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 18 hours ago
*Kant’s Analytic* *Jonathan Bennett* *Kant’s Analytic* and *Kant’s Dialectic* are the part one and part two respectively of the two-volume work that Professor Jonathan Bennett has written on the doctrines and arguments that Immanuel Kant has proposed in the *Critique of Pure Reason*. *Kant’s Dialectic* dwells on the dialectic ideas in the *Critique’s* second half (The Transcendental Doctrine of Method). In the present article I am describing *Kant’s Analytic* in which Bennett deals with both analytic and aesthetic ideas that Kant has presented in the *Critique’s* first half (The T... more »

Question Any Component of Vaccines? Immediately Branded Anti-Vaccine.

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
By Anne Dachel "Time to deal with 'anti-vaccine' doctors" Jan 8, 2017, Vox.com: A Cleveland Clinic doctor spread anti-vaccine views. He's not alone among MDs By Julia Belluz The medical community needs to figure out how to deal with its...


LL at Virtual Mirage - 19 hours ago
This isn't the best of maps but it makes a point. This takes it to 2000. Let's look at election tampering and regime change since then: Iraq - Bush Iran - Bush Afghanistan - Bush Egypt - Obama Libya - Obama Tunisia - Obama Israel - Obama Syria - Obama Afghanistan - Obama Somalia - Obama Yemen - Obama The US outrage at Russian mischief may be justified, however, we don't have very clean hands when discussing this topic. In the past, we declared Russian diplomats persona non grata (PNG) and threw them out. They did the same thing to us. In the present, Obama PNG'd 35. Putin didn't re... more »

CMS: a small Higgs to \(\mu\mu\tau\tau\) decay hint of a \(19\GeV\) boson

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Statistics hasn't ceased to hold in 2017, even though the latter is a prime integer. So excesses keep on appearing in the LHC experiment, including the newly published CMS preprint about an analysis based on 20 inverse femtobarns of the 2012, i.e. center-of-mass energy \(8\TeV\) data: Search for light bosons in decays of the \(125\GeV\) Higgs boson in proton-proton collisions at \(\sqrt{s} = 8\TeV\) (by Aaallah and 2000+ co-authors) They only look at events in which the Higgs boson discovered in 2012 is produced – the number of collisions of this type (which were not known at all b... more »

One People Show, 1/9/17:Antarctica, Nazis, UFO's and the number 8

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 20 hours ago
Last night's One People Round Table Discussion was a long one- close to 3 hours. The discussion ranged from Dani's headlong fall down the Russian side of the Rabbit hole, dealing with Antarctica and the Nazi's, Thule, and the search for esoteric knowledge, religious artifacts and occult magical rituals. And of course, UFOs. ...What the fuck is really going on in Antarctica? Lisa and Donna and Laine recorded a discussion a few days ago about the number 8 & 88 and the Stars (video below), and the UnFuckers joined in on a conversation last night about the Dreams that are again appea... more »

Will Trump Be Impeached?

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Yesterday’s post, “Yes, America Is Descending Into Totalitarianism,” elicited a thoughtful response from Chris Crawford. I will publish his reply in two parts. http://ieet.org/archive/donald-trump-1276068_960_720.jpg

The Science of Political Judgment and Empathy

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Empathy has come into its own of late, held on a pedestal as one of the most glorified emotional skills – but Bloom argues that at times it can cloud our judgement. When it comes to political debates, typically the debate isn’t all over whether or not to empathize, it’s over who to empathize with, he says.

Principles of Hyper-Space Flight

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: galaxy merkahba] Recall that i now have a clear grasp of what gravity is on a theoretical basis or at least a working conjecture. What i then look for is confirmation in the fine details reported in this article. Reading all this we see a fixation with the assumption of electron flow among other things and we are attempting to make sense out of fields. I wonder if all this works better if we instead work on the basis of rotational energy driving gravity carrying Dark Matter out of the device itself. This must affect field effects in parallel with thei... more »

Teaching kids Philosophy makes them Smarter in Math and English

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
i totally agree with this as it is so important to explore logic and also natural morality through the application of logic. My own children got an excellent exposure by way of a grade ten religion class in which rather Jesuit ideas were explored. At the same age i was put through Euclid which again introduces logical thinking. Once established all the related demands go that much easier. My own work has allowed me through rigorous understanding of the elements of logic to arrive at a rigorous understanding of GOD. An eye opener to be sure. It does not have to be a massiv... more »

Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells Repair Damaged Spine in Humans

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is very good news and hopefully heralds a working protocol that can be applied to every case of massive nerve dam,age. Even cases of long standing will also have a chance as that infers scar tissue renmoval and some form of reattachment. That i believe was shown possible some time back. all good. *Oligodendrocyte progenitor cells repair damaged spine in humans in clinical trial in a breakthrough for regenerative medicine* *December 26, 2016* *http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/12/oligodendrocyte-progenitor-cells-repair.html* *Asterias Biotherapeutics (NYSE: AST) recently ... more »

Russia seeks to Create Comprehensive Economic Partnership across Eurasia

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Yes, it should of course. It is the only country in position to actually do something about it. Add in China's enthusiasm for railway building throghout all this and we have ample reason to get on with it now. Russia is now emerging into a position of nascent strength after completely recovering their natural culture and establishing a viable local economic basis. The old Russia is back and wants to make up for lost time. This does mean addressing truly important border issues through an international border commission. All this opens up the need for open trade with all n... more »

Why The U.S. Will Win Any Trade War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Zero Hedge*: *Fiat CEO Warns May Shut All Mexico Production If Trump Tariff Too High* Agree with his proposed policies or not, it's difficult to argue that Trump is delivering on his promises to the autoworkers of the Midwest who single-handedly voted him into the White House. Before even taking office, the mere threat of import tariffs has caused Ford to cancel the construction of a $1.6 billion new facility in Mexico, and has automotive CEO's from Toyota to Chrysler walking on eggshells as they carefully try to flaunt all of the capital investments they're making in U.S.-based ... more »

UK in 'front seat' for US trade deal, top Republican says per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
The BBC have to report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38565192 through gritted teeth that the UK is in the 'front seat' for US trade deal. They aren't happy as it's hard to spin this as bad news or as a downside to Brexit. So it's a quick, straight report, one that's doomed to disappear as soon as the BBC can source some bad news about Brexit to replace it. In the meantime: 'Britain will be in the "front seat" to negotiate a new trade deal with the incoming Trump administration, a top Republican in the US Senate has said. A US-UK trade deal would be a priority, Senate Foreign Relat... more »

X22Report, “The Russian Hacking Propaganda Is A Setup For Something Much Larger”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
X22Report, “The Russian Hacking Propaganda Is A Setup For Something Much Larger” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m10cbiVvFzI

"Always Stand Up For What You Believe In..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
"Always stand up for what you believe in… even if it means standing alone." - Kim Hanks "Standing up for what you believe in comes at a price, but backing down exacts a toll that your soul never stops paying." - Lee Goldberg "Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your de... more »

Senior President-Elect Trump Aide Hints That Trump May Reconsider Sanctions On Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*USA Today:* *Conway dismisses need for independent hack probe, says Trump may reconsider sanctions on Russia* NEW YORK — Kellyanne Conway, one of Donald Trump's top advisers, on Monday questioned whether additional investigations are needed into reports of Russian hacking during the campaign and indicated the incoming president may reconsider some of the punitive actions President Obama had ordered in response. "I predict that President Trump will want to make sure that our actions are proportionate to what occurred, based on what we know," she told Capital Download. She said th... more »

Thorne Dreyer : RAG RADIO PODCASTS | Dr. Neal Evans & Dr. Cecilia Colomé; Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree & Richard Croxdale; Pedro Gatos; Ed Ward; Bob ‘Daddy-O’ Wade & Jason Mellard; Jonathan Tilove & Glenn Smith

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 23 hours ago
We search for extraterrestrials, ‘Celebrate The Rag’ at BookPeople, remember Fidel Castro, visit with a monumental sculptor, and discuss the ‘Resistible Rise of Donald J. Trump.’ Interviews by Thorne Dreyer | The Rag Blog | January 10, 2017 The following … finish reading Thorne Dreyer : *RAG RADIO PODCASTS* | Dr. Neal Evans & Dr. Cecilia Colomé; Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree & Richard Croxdale; Pedro Gatos; Ed Ward; Bob ‘Daddy-O’ Wade & Jason Mellard; Jonathan Tilove & Glenn Smith

The Simple Physics Explaining the Earth's Average Surface Temperature

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 23 hours ago
According to NASA the Earth's Energy Budget is given by the following diagram here and here. This energy budget is shown in Figure 1. Fig. 1. This NASA Earth Energy Budget is based on data over 10 years of observations as of 2009. As of the time of this writing, it is still the Earth Energy Budget on NASA websites. NASA says that the Earth emits 239.9 W/m2 of longwave infra-red radiation into space. This implies an effective Earth system radiative temperature of P = 239.9 W/m2 = σ T4 = (5.6697 x 10-8 W/m2K4) T4, so T = 255.0K, by application of the Stefan-Boltzmann equation. ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
David Bowie died a year ago today. Back in 1999 he made this incredible prediction about how the internet would change our lives forever pic.twitter.com/ITF9Wv6jlC — BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) January 10, 2017

LNG, A Bridge Fuel Too Far

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 23 hours ago
LNG - A Bridge Fuel Too Far with Grant G - Broadcast in Politics - Wednesday at 6:00 pm Reminder [image: canadianglen] canadianglen follow Call in to speak with the host (929) 477-3894 h:711695 s:9737507 upcoming Play - - - - - - - - - - bcpoli - bcelxn - LNG - propaganda - spin - BCLibs - Grant G - The Straight Goods *We are back on the BC Series with Grant G (@Realmediavoices) returning with more of The Straight Goods. The fantasy world of LNG being the saviour of British Columbia, and the Clark government,... more »

Five Americans Who Benefited From Welfare Share Their Fears About Trump

Roqayah Chamseddine at Shadowproof - 23 hours ago
President-elect Donald Trump, business tycoon and bureaucratic snake oil merchant, is no stranger to anti-poverty rhetoric. Bootstrap mythology makes up the very backbone of his political ideology. In his book “Time To Get Tough”, published in 2011, Trump described Bill Clinton’s abominable Welfare Reform Act of 1996 as a success, The post Five Americans Who Benefited From Welfare Share Their Fears About Trump appeared first on Shadowproof.

Here Are 6 Major Problems With The U.S. Intelligence report On Russia Trying To Influence The U.S. Presidential election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg*: *6 Problems With U.S. Intel on the Russian Hacks* America's intelligence-gathering bodies all agree that Russia interfered with last year's U.S. election by various means. But the public account of what happened is strikingly defective. The danger is that erroneous policy responses could result. As talk of retaliation escalates, getting the story right is critical -- both for the incoming Trump administration and also since Europe is now on high alert that Moscow may meddle in this year's key elections. It's hard for someone who follows Russia and ... more »

Mark McKim : METRO | Protesta la toma de posesión de Trump en Austin

Cecilia Colome at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Únete a la marcha y manifestación de la Resistencia Unida, viernes 20 de enero, desde Auditorium Shores hasta el Capitolio. Por Mark McKim | The Rag Blog | 9 de enero, 2017 Traducido del inglés por Cecilia Colomé Leer este … finish reading Mark McKim : *METRO* | Protesta la toma de posesión de Trump en Austin

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iraqi rapid response forces fire mortar shells towards Islamic State positions in Wahda district of eastern Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjan *WNU Editor:* Reuters has an impressive photo gallery on the battle for Mosul. The link* is here.*

Rule by the lowest common denominator? It's baked into democracy's design

Firmin DeBrabander, Professor of Philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
'AP' The Trump victory, and the general disaster for Democrats this year, was the victory of ignorance, critics moan. Writing in Foreign Policy, Georgetown’s Jason Brennan called it “the dance of the dunces” and wrote that “Trump owes his victory to the uninformed.” New York Times columnist Neil Irwin noted the unprecedented list of inexperts and political novices filling out Trump’s administration. These include Chicago Cubs owner Todd Ricketts as deputy secretary of the Commerce Department. Irwin observes that “the Trump transition’s news release announcing the appointment cit... more »

Winning over Congress' key members would spell legislative victory for President Trump

Patrick T. Hickey, Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Will a Republican Congress grant President Donald Trump a path to easily confirming his nominees and turning his campaign promises into law? Not necessarily. The history of congressional-presidential relations suggests that Trump may have difficulty enacting his ambitious agenda into law. Unified government does not always mean smooth sailing for presidents. And during divided governments, Congress and the president have often worked together to pass major legislation. In 2009, Democrats enjoyed larger majorities in both the House and the Senate than Republicans do now. As a resu... more »

The ULTIMATE Harry Potter Party

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
When my daughter asked for a Harry Potter party, I may have freaked out. I have thrown her Angry Bird parties, a Guardians of the Galaxy party and she finally asked me for a party that I was passionate about when I had the time and energy to devote to it. It got out of control from the very first steps of planning, but the kids had an absolute blast and it was worth every moment. I am really lucky that my husband is a graphic designer, so he was able to make some awesome things for the party that you can download to! Just follow links below to download each thing. The Great Ha... more »

Disposing of an Embarrassing Situation

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
On 6 January, General Gerasimov. Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, announced the decision by President Putin to reduce the size of the Russian expeditionary forces in Syria. The first phase of the drawdown will involve the withdrawal of the aircraft carrier *Admiral Kuznetsov* and its escorts. Colonel General Kartapolov, the commander of Russian forces in Syria said that all combat tasks assigned to the aircraft carrier group have been accomplished. President Putin made the decision on the timing of the force reduction on 29 December. However, last summer, wh... more »

Russia Is Developing Their Own Railgun

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Sputnik:* *Future Weapon and More: What Russia's Railgun Can Really Do* A team of Russian scientists has successfully tested the country's first railgun, which relies on electromagnetic forces rather than explosives or propellant. According to experts at the Institute of High Temperatures’ branch in Shatura, just outside Moscow, the railgun can fire shells at an incredibly fast speed of 3 kilometers per second, which is well enough to cut through any type of armor existing today. During the latest test, a 15 gram plastic cylinder fired by the railgun went through an aluminum plat... more »

Traveling Abroad In The Age Of Trump? Wear Dark Clothes

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Roland and I just got back from 3 weeks in Thailand. People there aren’t obsessing over Trump. Thailand, which I started visiting first for holidays, then for business and now for holidays again, is a profoundly pro-American country. But pro-American culturally, not necessarily politically. Without exception, people who mentioned Trump to me, did it humorously— which is pretty much how people I met last summer in Russia also referred to him. (It was different in Azerbaijan, where he is best known for his business relationship with a notorious criminal clan, his partners in the now... more »

Did Former Gen. James Mattis, The President-Elect's Choice For Secretary Of Defense, Threaten To Quit?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump stands with retired Marine Gen. James Mattis following their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar *CNN*: *Mattis, Trump team clashed over Pentagon appointment* Washington (CNN)The Trump transition team clashed with former Gen. James Mattis, the President-elect's choice for secretary of defense, over the transition selecting a secretary of the Army without his input, several sources told CNN. Mattis was angry and threatened to quit if the transition tried to ... more »

Ebrahim Raisi Is The Front Runner To Be Iran's Next 'Supreme Leader'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Ebrahim Raisi has managed to steer clear of Iran’s many factional entanglements and his political standing with Khamenei’s regime is high. Photograph: raisi.org *The Guardian:* *Ebrahim Raisi: the Iranian cleric emerging as a frontrunner for supreme leader* Many believe the custodian of the Islamic Republic’s holiest shrine is being groomed by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s inner circle A 56-year-old conservative cleric relatively unknown to the outside world is quietly emerging as a frontrunner to be Iran’s next supreme leader. Ebrahim Raisi is the custodian of Astan Quds Razavi, the w... more »

Dept. of State has Duty to Protect Citizens Abroad; Exxon and Boy Scouts Have Failed to Protect People – Tillerson Wrong “Corporate Culture” for Sec. of State

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
One of the roles of the Dept. of State is “Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, … Continue reading →

“Russia & Exxon Need Each Other” and “Trump is their Matchmaker” says Norwegian NGO

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
1989 Exxon Valdez Spill As Charles Digges of Norwegian NGO Bellona explains, in 2011 US Secretary of State nominee Rex … Continue reading →

Third Annual March to Oak Flat 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago

Pakistan Successfully Test-Fires Its First Nuclear-Capable Submarine Missile

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
With the successful launch of Babur missile, Pakistan completed its nuclear triad. NDTV *Daily Mail:** Pakistan fires its first submarine-launched nuclear missile and boasts it now has a 'credible second strike capability' * * Pakistani missile is named Babur (Urdu for Tiger) and has range of 280 miles * It can carry a nuclear warhead and would allow them to strike back at India * Tension between Pakistan and India has been rising after clashes in Kashmir Pakistan has test-fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and the country's m... more »

Perceptive and myopic views of our transparent future. Especially police cameras.

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
Let's veer from either science fiction or politics into our politically science-fictional new world of light. Starting with a reminder that my new anthology (with Stephen Potts) Chasing Shadows, is released this week by Tor Books, featuring contributions by William Gibson, James Gunn, Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge and many others, offering stories and insights into a future when light flows almost everywhere. Prepare yourself! This might be a good start. Steve and I will be signing copies, along with Scott Sigler, at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego, on January 27! *== Flo... more »

Covert Mind Control Programs and Mass Shootings

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Danny Quest* - The government has a history of programming people to kill. The post Covert Mind Control Programs and Mass Shootings appeared first on Waking Times.

Republican Of The Year Nominee #3: Governors' Edition

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 7* *You bet, Maine's Paulie No-Brains is a contender!* *by Noah* It’s not easy to pick the primo nominees for Republican Of The Year. For this installment of *America Off The Rails*, I’ve decided to narrow the field to just republican governors. Still, so many choices, so little time! It’s daunting. Where does one start? How does one judge? Do we go by racism? No. Too easy and too all-encompassing. It’s difficult to get far enough to be a republican candidate for anything if you haven’t at least exhibited some sort of racism to polish y... more »

Alan Waldman : TELEVISION | ‘A Place to Call Home’ is good, soapy Aussie drama series

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Upper-class matriarch has prejudices that create conflict for her whole family in small-town ‘50s Oz. By Alan Waldman | The Rag Blog | January 9, 2017 [In his Rag Blog column, Alan Waldman reviews some of his favorite films and … finish reading Alan Waldman : *TELEVISION* | ‘A Place to Call Home’ is good, soapy Aussie drama series

Obama’s Legacy: No Justice For Torture

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
A key part of President Barack Obama's legacy includes the administration's refusal to prosecute any officials from President George W. Bush's administration for torture. The post Obama’s Legacy: No Justice For Torture appeared first on Shadowproof.

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Society of Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Society of Dreams” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-pFW2Php5g

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“A mere 46 million light-years distant, spiral galaxy NGC 2841 can be found in the northern constellation of Ursa Major. This sharp view of the gorgeous island universe shows off a striking yellow nucleus and galactic disk. Dust lanes, small, pink star-forming regions, and young blue star clusters are embedded in the patchy, tightly wound spiral arms. In contrast, many other spirals exhibit grand, sweeping arms with large star-forming regions. *Click image for larger size.* NGC 2841 has a diameter of over 150,000 light-years, even larger than our own Milky Way, but this close-up Hubb... more »

"I Am That"

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

Joe Bageant, "The Ants of Gaia"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Ants of Gaia" by Joe Bageant "The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation. They are the precursors in the great army of destruction, and often finish the dreadful work themselves. But should they fail in this war of extermination, sickly seasons, epidemics, pestilence, and plague advance in terrific array, and sweep off their thousands and tens of thousands. Should success be still incompl... more »

Chet Raymo, "The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Universe Becomes Conscious of Itself" by Chet Raymo "By now most of us will have seen this spectacular photograph of a dusty star-birthing region of the Carina Nebula, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. I offer a slightly different cropping from what you may have seen in the media or on APOD. Let me add some context. The image shows an area of the sky that you could cover with the intersection of two crossed sewing pins held at arms length. Think about that for a minute. Hold two imaginary crossed pins up against the sky and think of the area covere... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Thanks for stopping by!

On Way to Okinawa

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
I am at the airport in Taipei now waiting for my flight to Naha, Okinawa where I will meet a large delegation of monks and nuns (and supporters) from the Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist order. Together we will do peace walks and vigils at various US military bases in Okinawa during the coming week. I've had connection with this Buddhist order since 1987 when the monks came to a major protest I organized at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Over the years I've organized 10 peace walks (five in Florida and five in Maine) and monks and nuns from Nipponzan Myohoji have led all of them. So it wa... more »

Former FBI agent asks Obama to free Leonard Peltier

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
MEDIA ADVISORY January 09, 2017 Contact: Peter Clark, Co-Director, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, (505) 217-3612 or contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info Former FBI agent asks Obama to free Native American activist Leonard Peltier In a letter dated January 3, former agent and charter member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association (FBIAA) John C.

U.S. Special Forces Carry Out Syrian Raid Deep Inside Islamic State Territory. Multiple ISIS Fighters Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Members of the U.S. Army Special Forces provide training for Iraqi fighters from Hashid Shaabi at Makhmur camp in Iraq, Dec. 11, 2016. *Washington Post*: *U.S. troops carry out ground raid against ISIS in Syria* BEIRUT — U.S. Special Operations troops carried out a ground operation in eastern Syria aimed at capturing an Islamic State militant, U.S. officials said Monday. The raid took place Sunday near a small town along the Euphrates River valley, in the vicinity of the city of Deir al-Zour and deep in the heart of Islamic State territory, according to the officials and Syrian act... more »

Ed Felien : Rethinking our revolution: A proposal for a rural strategy

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Tuition-free education, universal healthcare, and legalized pot are pieces of the puzzle. By Ed Felien | The Rag Blog | January 9, 2017 MINNEAPOLIS — What happened? Clinton lost Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She almost lost Minnesota. Why? When … finish reading Ed Felien : Rethinking our revolution: A proposal for a rural strategy

James McEnteer : Why Ecuador is choosing to sabotage its top universities

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Above all, it is a move by Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa to consolidate his power. By James McEnteer | The Rag Blog | January 9, 2017 QUITO, Ecuador — On December 13, Ecuador’s National Assembly passed a law compromising the … finish reading James McEnteer : Why Ecuador is choosing to sabotage its top universities

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