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The Guantánamo, Cuba, prison where the American government holds dozens of terrorism suspects. Credit Bryan Denton for The New York Times *DW*: *Guantanamo at 15: Doomed or resurrected?* President Bush opened it amid global protest, President Obama vowed to close it. After 15 years the Guantanamo Bay prison camp does not just remain open, it could even experience a revival under President Trump. What began on January 11, 2002, with the transfer of 20 prisoners suspected of belonging to the Taliban and al Qaeda terrorist groups from Kandahar in Afghanistan to the US detention facili...more »
China's President Xi Jinping looks on before meeting with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (not pictured) at the Great Halll of the People in Beijing, China December 2, 2016. REUTERS/Nicolas Asouri *Reuters*: *China's Xi to promote globalization at Davos, not 'war and poverty'* China's President Xi Jinping will promote "inclusive globalization" at this month's World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos and will warn that populist approaches can lead to "war and poverty", Chinese officials said on Wednesday. This year's forum, from Jan. 17-20, is expected to be dominated by ...more »
*Oh, look who led us astray... again* California Senator Kamala Harris could set a good example for Republican senators-- maybe even shame them-- by recusing herself from voting on Trump's Treasury Secretary nominee, Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin, who 2016 saw giving $10,000 pops to a very specific group of state Republican parties-- Mississippi, West Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina and Arkansas-- as well as over $300,000 to the RNC, only donated directly to one U.S, Senate candidate, corporate Democrat Kamala Harris ($2,000 on February 10, 2016). Many people feel...more »
Thomas Paine published his famous pamphlet *Common Sense* on January 9, 1776. In context of the 18th century, *Common Sense* was the superb articulation of liberty oriented ideas of the Age of Enlightenment. In just 48-pages, Paine made a “commonsensical” political argument for liberty; he proposed that people have the right to choose their own government, and to revolt against it. The pamphlet was widely read and galvanized support for armed rebellion against the monarchy. Here’s a quote from the pamphlet: “*O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but ...more »
MIKE SEGAR / REUTERS *Kimberley Dozier, Daily Beast*: *U.S. Spies See a World of Trumps Ahead* The popular rage that propelled Donald Trump to the White House is only getting started, American intelligence analysts say. Rising need, fewer resources, fewer jobs—and more campaigns like Donald Trump’s. That’s the world ahead, according to America’s intelligence agencies. Analysts from U.S. spy services predict a darker world to come over the next five years, with rising populations, falling incomes, and ever more technology to spread anger at the speed of a tweet—all trends that help...more »
Newly opened office of a KMT politician in Fengyuan. But... where is the familiar KMT logo? Yup. Buried at the bottom of the sign. And of course the big characters at the top above "Forward Together" say "Taiwan". Next to the KMT logo is his title "Legislator" and name. But nothing on the sign except the blue color and the tiny non-standard KMT logo signal his party affiliation. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and for...more »
[image: the-black-community-and-crime] Today's level of lawlessness and insecurity in many black communities is a relatively new phenomenon. In the 1930s, '40s and '50s, people didn't bar their windows. Doors were often left unlocked. People didn't go to bed with the sounds of gunshots.
[image: DSC03836] *Farms in Tainan* I found *The Political Ecology of Land Subsidence: A Case Study of the Solar Energy-Farming Scheme, Pingtung County, Taiwan *by Shew-Jiuan Su, which is Chapter 7 in the book Geomorphology and Society (Eds. Meadows and.Lin, Springer, 2016). In 2009 typhoon Morakot absolutely wrecked southern Taiwan, flooding low-lying areas and sweeping away infrastructure. The governments both central and local put in place new policies to address some of the water issues, though the basic understanding that the construction-industrial state could wreck Taiwan co...more »
*Daily Mail**: Trump conducts his own sting operation to ensnare intelligence briefers – and says he caught them leaking * * President-elect Donald Trump described a sting operation he says he conducted after growing frustrated at a series of leaks about his own classified briefings * He says he decided to tell no one about a particular briefing, shielding even his longtime scheduling aide, Rhoda, to rule out the possibility leaks were coming from his staff * When word got out anyway, Trump concluded it was the intelligence community who was putting out information * He described t...more »
[image: iran-nuclear-deal-alive-or-dead] Though every Republican in Congress voted against the Iran nuclear deal, "Tearing it up ... is not going to happen," says Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
Glenn Greenwald warns us that the greatest force for evil on the planet has been unleashed, thanks to the folly of the mainstream media and liberals: IN JANUARY, 1961, Dwight Eisenhower delivered his farewell address after serving two terms as U.S. president; the five-star general chose to warn Americans of this specific threat to democracy: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” Th...more »
“The beautiful Andromeda Galaxy is often imaged by planet Earth-based astronomers. Also known as M31, the nearest large spiral galaxy is a familiar sight with dark dust lanes, bright yellowish core, and spiral arms traced by blue starlight. A mosaic of well-exposed broad and narrow-band image data, this colorful, premier portrait of our neighboring island universe offers strikingly unfamiliar features though, faint reddish clouds of glowing ionized hydrogen gas in the same wide field of view. Click image for larger size. Still, the ionized hydrogen clouds likely lie in the foreground ...more »
*“Experiences We Don’t Understand: Hidden Gems”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “All of the events in our lives lead to other events, they are all connected. Sometimes we have an experience that we don’t understand, but if we look deeply, or wait long enough, a reason for that experience will usually reveal itself. All the events in our lives lead to other events, and all that we have manifested in this present moment is the result of past events and experiences. We cannot easily tease apart the many threads that have been woven together to create our current reality. Experiences t...more »
*“Roofs”* by Chet Raymo "It would be well, perhaps, if we were to spend more of our days and nights without any obstruction between us and the celestial bodies, if the poet did not speak so much from under a roof, or the saint dwell there so long." Good advice, Mr. Thoreau. I came here to this island for its unobstructed sky. Built a house called Starlight House. I'm no poet or saint, but I settled in to nurse what slender gifts I have. The sky has not disappointed. Except occasionally. We have just come off a rare four-day string of cloudy days, and the celestial bodies have been...more »
*"The Mind-blowing AI Announcement From Google That You Probably Missed"* by Gil Fewster Disclaimer: I’m not an expert in neural networks or machine learning. Since originally writing this article, many people with far more expertise in these fields than myself have indicated that, while impressive, what Google have achieved is evolutionary, not revolutionary. In the very least, it’s fair to say that I’m guilty of anthropomorphising in parts of the text. I’ve left the article’s content unchanged, because I think it’s interesting to compare the gut reaction I had with the subsequent ...more »
The two truthful expression that the Alarmists hate are - There has been a twenty-year plateau in global warming; and - Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Twenty-Year Plateau in Global Warming Roy Spencer, PhD, points out on his UAH blog that *Global Satellites: 2016 not Statistically Warmer than 1998 * Strong December Cooling Leads to 2016 Being Statistically Indistinguishable from 1998 The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for December 2016 was +0.24 deg. C, down substantially from the November value of +0.45 deg. C (click for full ...more »
A coalition, including CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, demanded President Barack Obama declassify and release the full report on CIA torture produced by the Senate intelligence committee in 2013. In 2014, only a summary of the torture report was released. Obama remains opposed to releasing the full 6,300-page report. Kiriakou told The post CIA Whistleblower: Obama Must Declassify Torture Report For Future Generations appeared first on Shadowproof.
Today, I am joining Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings to discuss our favorite books of the year! You can find hers here and join us tomorrow on FB for a live discussion of them. *How many books did you read in 2016?* About 50, I forgot to mark them all on my Goodreads this year. I need to update it! What were the top 5 books you read?In no particular order *Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton- * *Kids of Appetite by David Arnold*- Two deaths set Mad and Vic on a path. The death of Vic's father leads to a mission to scatter his ashes in all the places that were important to his father...more »
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 9* *Um, Rudy, near the end there, do you realize what you're saying?* *by Noah* Before I get to the winner of my little Republican Of The Year contest (in tomorrow's installment), I thought it would be downright mean of me to leave out some other participants. I call them not just deplorables but also *Dishonorable Mentions*. I also want to mention that I am not one who believes in that every-participant-gets-a-trophy nonsense. But I *do* want to give my No. 4 pairing below an award. I did, after all, declare Michigan's own Lex Luthor,...more »
*Daily Mail:* *NAMED: The former British spy behind 'dirty Kremlin dossier' that claimed Trump was in bed both with Putin - AND pervert prostitutes. Hunt on for former UK ambassador who handed report to US politician* * Christopher Steele is alleged to be ex-MI6 agent behind 'Fake' dossier * 35-page salacious file featured claims about Mr Trump's links with Russia * It also includes gossip about a 'golden shower' sex game in a Moscow hotel * Dossier has been widely discredited and is littered with spelling mistakes * Mr Steele, 52, runs private security and investigations firm in Lond...more »
By Paul Homewood https://twitter.com/BillNye/status/818942013743710213?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw According to Bill Nye, floods in California have never happened before, and must be due to global warming. Of course, it is not that long since we were told that California was in a permanent state of drought! Most of California’s rain tends to come during winter months, […]
*David Graham, The Atlantic*: *Donald Trump Meets, and Assails, the Press* In his first formal press conference since July, the president-elect blamed Russia for hacks, offered a plan to resolve conflicts of interest, and scolded the media for its reporting on him. In his first press conference since July 2016, President-elect Donald Trump took only a few questions but made news on several fronts, saying he accepted the conclusion that Russia conducted hacks on top Democrats, bashing the press, and refusing once again to release his tax returns. Trump also refused to answer questi...more »
. President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: Please grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier! Leonard Peltier is a 71 year old elder who was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for aiding and abetting in the deaths of two FBI agents. Leonard has maintained his innocence
*"For The Time Of Necessary Decision"* "The mind of time is hard to read. We can never predict what it will bring, Nor even from all that is already gone Can we say what form it finally takes; For time gathers its moments secretly. Often we only know it’s time to change When a force has built inside the heart That leaves us uneasy as we are. Perhaps the work we do has lost its soul, Or the love where we once belonged Calls nothing alive in us anymore. We drift through this gray, increasing nowhere Until we stand before a threshold we know We have to cross to come alive once more. May we h...more »
*“Ignorance Is Bliss”* by Michael Brenner “Factual information is out of fashion. American society now devalues it. Subjective attitude and opinion are considered to be as worthy as accurate renderings of reality. Many wear their ignorance as a badge of honor. The ultimate freedom for them is to avoid needless bother in knowing the truth and distinguishing it from falsity. Some of this behavior is calculated and intentional; much of it is blind indulgence of convenience and prejudice. These behaviors are commonplace among our officials, politicians, commentariat, and the citizenry...more »
*“69% of Americans Have $1,000 or Less in Bank”* Here’s Why U.S. Economy Could Enter into Recession in 2017 By Moe Zulfiqar "The U.S. economy is performing poorly. Truth be told, a recession seems a very likely scenario in 2017 for the U.S. economy, instead of robust growth. If you are just paying attention to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)- currently standing near the 20,000 level- and other indices like the NASDAQ Composite index at their all-time highs as an indicator of the U.S. economy, you could be making a big mistake. Pay attention to how consumers in the U.S. econo...more »
*“The Man Who Could Have Stopped the Bubble”* by Bill Bonner "Again, the Dow was scheduled to go over the psychologically important 20,000-point mark yesterday. And again, it backed off. We are studying the life and times of former Fed chief Alan Greenspan. Not that we expect to discover anything new. We were more or less awake and alert during his entire public career; there is little that isn’t known about the man and his times already. ‘The best-known public official since Pontius Pilate’ is how we described him in one of our books. But it’s helpful to go back over the story, th...more »
[image: henrymorgan-e1481508131473] *One of these men is correct …* I CONFESS THAT THE ABOVE HEADLINE IS not totally accurate. Sam Morgan’s dad actually went full retard a long time ago. The latest manifestation of his retardness (and mind you it’s not even lunchtime yet, so there may be further incidents) is his response to Paul Henry’s confrontational interview with him and Jamie Whyte’s on-the-button critique of Morgan’s hoped-for tax grab from home-owners. (Good advice may be not to feed the troll, since he’s only enjoying the attention. But since his sins are so egregious, ...more »
*JP* *A behind the scenes peek into some wranglings over resource control. Share some thoughts?* *The greatest beneficiary of a failure in Geneva would be Russia and its efforts to further expand its widening strategic footprint in the Eastern Mediterranean. * "Israel hopes to market its natural gas to Turkey, and via Turkey to the EU, but this aim may hang on the outcome of the potentially historic Cypriot peace negotiations currently underway in Geneva. Since an undersea gas pipeline from Israel’s Leviathan natural gas field to Turkey requires crossing Cyprus’s economic exclusio...more »
AND THE EARTH TREMBLED! A REPORT FROM THE EPICENTER… AND THE EARTH TREMBLED! A REPORT FROM THE EPICENTER… To the Originary Peoples of Mexico: To Civil Society of Mexico and the World: To the National and International Sixth: To the Free Media: Brothers and Sisters: This is the time of the originary peoples, the time for us to replant and rebuild ourselves. It is time to go on the
Donald Trump's first presser in almost six months was everything as advertised: Lots of sound and fury, signifying nothing. All that was missing were for the table to his right to be conspicuously loaded with Trump water, Trump steaks and plastered on the flags behind him fake degrees from Trump University. And I'm just taking a stab in the dark here but I suspect more than one Trump voter is getting this uneasy feeling with which one would see a toddler next door picking up his father's loaded handgun. You know it'll wind up badly for someone but you're confident it won't...more »
*Daily Mail*: *Donald Trump says he was NEVER briefed on fake dirty dossier and NEVER shown it by intelligence chiefs and ridicules its claim he was taped with Moscow hookers by confessing he's a 'germophobe' * * President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference in 167 days on Wednesday – the first since his electoral win * Spoke after the release of report that top intelligence officials were presented with information that Russia may have gained compromising information on him * Went on offense immediately and called report fake - and slammed those who published it fir...more »
*TASS* ASTANA, January 11. /TASS/. Kazakhstan confirms its readiness to host the talks on the Syrian settlement in Astana, the country’s Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said during the open debate in the UN Security Council on Tuesday. "Once again the Kazakh leadership’s readiness was confirmed to provide a venue for talks in Astana on establishing peace in Syria," the country’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. During the debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace, the Kazakh side drew the attention of participants to "the importance of joint efforts of preventive...more »
I was sorry to hear leading social theorist Zygmunt Bauman passed away on Sunday. For a generation of sociologists who came of age between the late 80s and, well, now, Bauman was a permanent presence in the specialist journals and book catalogues. From around his important *Modernity and the Holocaust* in 1989, Bauman churned out one or two books a year and came to be regarded as one of Britain's A-list thinkers. As a Polish exile and a Jew, he came to be reviled among the nationalist right back home - for a reactionary politics premised on nostalgia and essential national characte...more »
*Psst! Wanna Buy Some Truth?* In case anyone has missed my many articles on the topic of global warming-induced climate change: I am totally convinced that humans have been causing global warming to an ever-increasing extent since we discovered the use of fire*1*. I am also totally convinced that global warming has caused the global climate to change from the average conditions prevailing over thousands of years. A change from the average is bad because it is making seasonal weather conditions less predictable for farming, fishing and food production generally. read more
*FOX News*: *Afghanistan's 'ghost soldiers' take scary toll on US taxpayers, says watchdog* The U.S. government is paying the salaries of “tens of thousands” of non-existent Afghan soldiers, police, teachers and civil servants, a top Pentagon official said Wednesday in reporting on the scale and variety of misspent U.S. money. John Sopko, special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), said the salaries of “ghost soldiers” is just one of many ways Americans' money is wasted in Afghanistan – all for rather modest gains. His comments summarize a SIGAR report that ...more »
[image: video-reveals-uscis-complacency-regarding-fake-passports-for-syrians] A video recorded at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office revealed that officials are willing to admit illegal aliens with fake passports to the United States.
[image: did-the-us-intelligence-community-fall-for-an-internet-prank] Last week, the intelligence community presented President Obama and President-elect Trump with a two-page synopsis that was appended to the intelligence report titled “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections.” The appended synopsis alleges that Russian agents have compromising information on Trump which that be used to blackmail him. The claims of the report would be damning indeed. There is just one problem: anonymous 4Chan users claim to have created the story out of thin air.
[image: john-larabell-christian-gomez-freedom-index] VIDEO - With the release of the newest Freedom Index, John Larabell and Christian Gomez cover the votes that were tabluated as well as highlight results of particular interest.
[image: states-consider-transgender-bathroom-laws-despite-north-carolina-controversy] Despite the uproar by LGTBQ groups and their sympathizers in North Carolina over the state’s controversial transgender bathroom bill, three other states are considering similar bills. Legislators in Texas, Virginia, and Kentucky have introduced bills that would require individuals in government-owned buildings to use bathrooms based on the gender with which they were born.
This past weekend, California Democrats turned out for the grassrootsiest of elections. The task was-- more or less-- to elect 14 party delegates (7 men and 7 women) for each of the state's 80 Assembly districts. As RL Miller, chair of the state's environmental caucus, described it, California Democrats engaged in "the most retail of all politics, i.e., rounding up 5 of your friends to vote for you and 13 of your friends in a library community room in an election receiving no publicity whatsoever. The winners get the right to travel to Sacramento on their own dime, participate in ...more »
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017The absence of the profs:* We know, we know! On Monday, we said we were going to examine the skill levels put on display when some journalists recently tried to answer this basic question: Should a journalist call a lie a lie? Our view? As a general matter, the answer is no! But let's return to that tomorrow. For today, let's consider the recent death of Derek Parfit. Very few people have ever heard of Parfit. In the New York Times, the obituary, by William Grimes, started off like this: GRIMES (1/5/17): Derek Parfit, a British philosopher whose writing...more »
Don't Frack Chaco Event info: On January 25th the BLM is slated to auction off online 843 more acres of public land in Greater Chaco for fracking. These parcels have been already been deferred three times. Meanwhile, BLM still hasn't finished the amendment to the Resource Management Plan to finally study fracking impacts in the area; the current comment period ends on Feb 20th. On
Dandelion Salad by John Catalinotto Workers World January 11, 2017 As the inauguration of the president-elect approaches, the popular movement that has arisen to oppose his reactionary program is facing a vital political decision. The most important first step for this movement is to reject the attempt to focus the criticism of the new president […]
*Al Jazeera:* *Syria's war: Astana peace talks 'set for January 23'* Russia reportedly confirms date for upcoming Syria negotiations in Kazakhstan's capital amid concerns over participants. Russia has reportedly confirmed talks between the Syrian government and the opposition are due to take place in Kazakhstan capital, Ashtana, on January 23. The negotiations, brokered by Russia and Turkey, intend to build on the current ceasefire, which has been in effect since late December. The truce, which does not include the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS),...more »
Of course, the main story on tonight's BBC One *News at Six* concerned Donald Trump, those lurid allegations and the President-elect's press conference. It dominated the early stages of the bulletin. Having been at work today I've missed most of the action on this story but have gathered, from quickly reading around, that many news organisations chose* not* to take the golden opportunity provided by Buzzfeed to spray the gory details of the unverified story all over their news-sheets and that Mr Trump, at his news conference, paid tribute to much of the media for behaving so 'res...more »
*and does her usual fabulous job. * I have no idea who the smarmy ignorant Seth Meyers is and I'm grateful. It's definitely the upside of not having cable. Who watches this crap? Question: How much of the laughter and jeering we're hearing is real and how much is a laugh track? What is interesting about this "interview" is it happened the day before today's presser. Will anyone remember what Seth Meyers said and how many people will remember what President-Elect Donald J. Trump said at today's presser? Feel free to shout out your answer fellow swamp creatures. While the "lad...more »
[image: pew-blm-making-cops-reluctant-to-enforce-the-law] Three out of four police officers polled say Black Lives Matter has increased tensions between police and blacks in their communities, and 86 percent say BLM protests make police work more difficult.
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017Ask two questions, you won't:* We haven't seen Donald J. Trump's full press conference yet. That said, upon returning to our campus from a mission of national import, we found a complaint from Josh Marshall about Trump's refusal to answer: MARSHALL (1/11/17): There's such an avalanche of stuff coming out of this press conference, this may have been missed. *When asked to state categorically that no one tied to his campaign was in contact with the Russian government during the campaign, Trump ignored the question.* Indeed, he ended the press conference ...more »
Ford plans to release a Level 4 autonomous vehicle by 2021, according to the company's CEO, Mark Fields. The car won't have a gas pedal or steering wheel, excusing the driver-turned-passenger from taking control "in a predefined area." The post Ford to Release a Car Without a Steering Wheel or Pedals appeared first on Futurism.
President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech and lamented inequality, saying, “For all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class.” Obama continued, “But stark inequality The post Day After Obama’s Farewell Speech, Trump Gives A Press Conference appeared first on Shadowproof.
Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi (C) and members of Iraqi Counter Terrorism Forces hold an Islamic State flag which they pulled down during a battle with Islamic State militants, east of Mosul, Iraq, January 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad *Reuters*: *Iraqi forces push further into northeast Mosul* Iraqi forces made new advances against Islamic State in eastern Mosul and fought the militants in areas near the Tigris river on Wednesday, military officials said, keeping up the momentum of a renewed offensive in the jihadists' last major Iraqi stronghold. Elite troops have pushed ...more »
That gushing tribute to President Obama from Nick Bryant on tonight's *News at Six* was given precisely *3 minutes* of prime airtime on BBC One. In contrast, Mark Carney's remarkable turnabout on Brexit (downgrading its "dangers" and upgrading optimism about the economy) received just less than *9 seconds*. Given the BBC *News at Six*'s extensive and uncritical coverage of Mr Carney's every dire warning about the "dangers" of Brexit in the run-up to the vote and in its immediate aftermath, this skimming-over of the Bank governor's turnabout surely speaks volumes about the BBC's...more »
True to form, BBC One's *News at Six *tonight marked Barack Obama's farewell speech with some purple prose from Nick Bryant: - He's *one of the most gifted speakers ever to occupy the White House* - *the poet laureate of his own presidency*. *- Seldom has there been such a photogenic presidency*. *It had the look of a black Camelot*. And the thank you to his wife Michelle left him struggling to contain his emotions, *the Great Wordsmith *rendered speechless, expressing himself with tears. - It was presidency that began with *the mountain top experience *of becoming the first blac...more »
Donald Trump spoke for nearly an hour at today's press conference, but even though he talked about (or evaded) a wide range of subjects, the only moment the deplorables are going to remember -- and boy, are they going to remember it -- is this: Donald Trump refuses to take a question from CNN's Senior White House Correspondent @Acosta https://t.co/SYIPLekALG https://t.co/Im5Dlc38B4 — CNN (@CNN) January 11, 2017 During President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference today, Trump ... ended up getting into an argument with a CNN reporter, who he also called out during the presser ove...more »
During his confirmation hearing, former Exxon Mobil CEO and nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, refused to answer questions about what the fossil fuel corporation knew about climate change. He also refused to talk about Exxon Mobil’s funding of outside organizations in order to create doubt about climate science. The post Oil Baron Rex Tillerson Refuses To Answer Questions About Exxon Mobil’s Climate Change Denial appeared first on Shadowproof.
*Did Ludwig von Mises create today's ‘crony capitalism’? The Guardian’s favourite environmentalist seems to think so. Which is odd, because if anyone argued against cronyism more eloquently than Mises they would be part of a very small group indeed. But perhaps Monbiot just has no idea what he’s talking about, suggest Hunter Lewis in this guest post …* [image: Mises] George Monbiot of Britain’s *Guardian* newspaper seems to think that Mises is indeed the progenitor of today's crony capitalism and more. It is not Mises alone, however, who by this account is the cause of just a...more »
*CNBC: **Top five global risks for 2017: WEF* The World Economic Forum's (WEF) flagship annual report surveyed 750 experts to identify the most significant global concerns. Here are the top five: *Read more* .... *Update:* Zero Hedge has a good summary .... *These Are The Top Global Risks For 2017 According To The World Economic Forum* (Zero Hedge). *WNU Editor:* The World Economic Forum's report *is here*.
Statement from CNN: pic.twitter.com/WttyOCxQxp — CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 11, 2017 *WNU Editor*: I always have supper around 5:00 PM, and I always have the TV on in our kitchen where I watch either CTV/CBC/or CNN. I had flipped from the CBC (where they were discussing the Canadian government's cabinet changes) to CNN where I found them discussing the story that has created this firestorm. CNN's claim that they were professional when making this report does not hold any water. It was obviously to me within a minute that they could not contain themselves last night on rep...more »
An Indigenous woman will be a candidate for president in Mexico for the first time in history. If their candidate wins, they’ll be the country’s first female president, but not the first indigenous person to hold the office. Ryan Mallett-Outtrim reports. Few details of the possible candidate have been released, though the EZLN and CNI have confirmed the individual will be indigenous, and a woman. However, in a joint statement, the two organizations argued that their presidential bid won’t be an ordinary campaign. Instead, they said they will use the office of president to dismant...more »
[image: fiat-chrysler-announces-1-billion-investment-in-us-creating-2000-jobs] Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced on Sunday that it was investing $1 billion in expanding its plants in Warren, Michigan, and Toledo, Ohio — a move which would result in 2,000 new jobs by 2020
*RFK Jr. to head Inquiry into Vaccines/Autism Connection* *First of all...*it's wonderful to have a photo of a Kennedy male featuring in the news again...see the photo of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. above. Note the heavily lidded eyes reminiscent of his father and uncle. He is the picture of what they might have looked like in their older years...something we were all denied when the CIA had them killed when they were middle aged. John F. Kennedy Jr. was also murdered by the CIA/Deep State and we will never know HIS potential. The Kennedy's could claim they experienced a familial hol...more »
Mr. President, if you grant only one act of clemency as you exit the White House, please: free Chelsea Manning. You alone can save her life. — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) January 11, 2017 *NBC:* *Army Leaker Chelsea Manning on Obama's 'Short List' for Commutation* President Obama has put Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified material, on his short list for a possible commutation, a Justice Department source told NBC News. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, who has tried to commit suicide twice th...more »
...no, he's not dead. Richard Melbourne, the man who dug up the (above) electrum cross inscribed PRO ANIMA ARTORIUS at St. Peter's Church at Caer Caradoc above Llanharan, Glamorgan, Wales, is not dead. He was on the 1990 excavation team, and he's still alive to tell exactly how and where he found the cross attributed to King Arthur II from just before the Dark Ages.
*it's about damn time someone stood up to these purveyors of lies.* When I first heard about the so-called scandalous report of Trump hiring prostitutes to pee on a bed, I didn't spend a bunch of time doing my due diligence. Why? The reason given was Obama had slept in that very bed. Seriously? My first funny thought was if Trump wanted to defile the bed, he would have done it himself. I already knew that Trump was a bit of clean freak. As he himself said in the presser that he just held, "I'm a germaphobe." *Full Presser: * Opening remarks by Sean Spicer and Mike Pence...more »
Who do you believe America? — John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 6, 2017 *Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:* *U.S. Intelligence Agencies Have No Clothes* At this point, pretty much everyone in America has seen the results of Hillary Clinton media pet, John Harwood’s recent Twitter poll. (see above tweet) The significance of the above cannot be overstated. U.S. intelligence agencies, like so many other national institutions, have lost nearly all credibility in the eyes of the American public. The list is long, but includes economists, politicians, the mainstream media, centr...more »
*(Source, and a good read on its own)* *by Gaius Publius* *"Nothing is sadder than a man who disclaims his power to preserve his reputation."* I've been writing a lot lately about outgoing President Barack Obama's legacy, especially on climate issues (example here). This is another piece in that series. I want to quote something from David Dayen's recent response to Ta-Nehisi Coates' widely read "My President Was Black." Coates praises Obama. Dayen adds, in short, "Yes...but." Here's Dayen. After recounting a conversation he had with a person named Andy who was going through the...more »
The commentary pages are for informed discussion of important issues. But this is rarely the case in the irving press. What we more commonly get is uninformed rant, propaganda, pointless little stories on topics like how the columnist enjoyed ice cream as a child. courthouse trivia, the pretentious, pointless and trivial wit of Rod Allen.... Even the good ones - like the seniors' column - should not be on the commentary page. The senior's column is advice, not commentary. The commentary should deal with something in the news, and should express an opinion (an intelligent one) abou...more »
There are Presidential-Elect and Presidential news conferences .... but this one was special. The media is totally out of control, and they have no idea on how to handle someone like President-Elect Trump. And add more salt to the wound .... it is clear that President-Elect Trump is revelling in it, and this in turn is driving the main stream press even more crazy. I will post the news links and make my comment later. Interestingly .... not one question was given to President-Elect Trump on President Obama .... not one reference was made by the press about or on President Obama. It i...more »
*January 11, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - LocalOrg) - The years between 2010 and 2020 may likely be remembered as the decade of gene therapy, and perhaps, the end of cancer, heart disease, blindness, deafness, and even aging - if this revolutionary technology is properly implemented and integrated into our healthcare infrastructure. But it will not happen without effort, or even without a fight - for gene therapy threatens to undermine and overturn some of the largest and most influential corporate monopolies on Earth. *Gene Therapy is Already a Working "Miracle Cure" * In 2012, at t...more »
*This guy is supposed to have died 16 years ago, allegedly. * *But like Bin Laden and Baghdadi he will live again.*. Because,* the media chooses to make him real*.* Catapulting the propaganda- To keep specific themes alive * *This non news story aka fake news is making the rounds globally today. * *As it did just a few years ago. As covered here in 2013!* *I’m counting 11 reports in the past 8 hours.* *Link* *Link-BBC* *Link* *Link* *Link-Reuters* *Link-dailymail* *Link- Times of Israel* *Link* *Digital Journal* *Link* *Link * As already mentioned the media also decided t...more »
Researchers have agreed to pull a 2015 study exploring whether a plant extract can safeguard tanners from ultraviolet exposure after not obtaining formal approval from an ethics committee. According to the first author, the problem lay in a misunderstanding – when they originally applied for approval six years ago, the researchers believed they didn’t need […] The post Authors retract tanning-UV radiation study for lacking approval appeared first on Retraction Watch.
eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman have backed a new $27 million fund that aims to promote research into artificial intelligence in the public interest. The new fund is being called the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund, and aims to support a “cross-section of AI ethics and governance projects and activities." The post Industry Giants Are Devoting Millions to Make a Moral AI appeared first on Futurism.
Comanche water protectors are having an all-day music and informational festival to raise awareness and celebrate the environment. Comanches on the Move is hosting "Rock'n In Solidarity" from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday at Watchetaker Hall at the Comanche Nation Tribal Complex, 9 miles north of Lawton. The morning program will begin with keynote speakers on environmental issues having major impacts in Oklahoma and Texas, and other pipelines across the country, including the Dakota Access Pipe Line (DAPL), said Gen Hadley, group spokesperson. *"Our goal is to unite Southwest Oklahom...more »
On Dec. 12, 2016, as 73-year-old Francisco Serna stepped outside of his house and walked across the street toward seven armed Bakersfield, Calif., police officers, he was felled by 7 bullets, fired by one of them. While police thought that Serna had a gun in his pocket, they never saw a gun, nor did he have one. For rest of column, go to: ...http://diverseeducation.com/article/91022/
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017Part 3—As the worm turned:* A letter in today's New York Times describes a serious problem. It helps explain how we've achieved the current ludicrous state of our ludicrous public discourse. The writer refers to this guide, in which a pair of liberals explain how we liberals should react to Trump. That said, we were struck by the letter writer's description of one part of our ongoing cultural mess: LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES (1/11/17): It’s nice that the Op-Ed writers have created “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda” for pe...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey Developers hoping to build a series of tidal energy lagoons around Britain are facing a major challenge from the RSPB which is demanding years of delay between projects to assess whether the first lagoon disturbs wildlife and kills fish. Tidal Lagoon Power wants to build a world-first […]
Russia just said the unverified report paid for by political opponents is "A COMPLETE AND TOTAL FABRICATION, UTTER NONSENSE." Very unfair! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017 Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017 I win an election easily, a great "movement" is verified, and crooked opponents try to belittle our victory with FAKE NEWS. A sorry state! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017 Intelligence agencies should ne...more »
The Iraqi Forces (ISF) continued their march through eastern Mosul. Dhubbat in the south, Sukar in the north, and Masjid al-Saegh were all freedduring the day. This was the fourth time Sukar was said to be liberated, the most recent being January 8. Several government buildings were seizedas well neighboring Dhubbat. There was still fightingfor Sumer, Salam, and Hadbaa. The next big move is to takethe Mosul University in the north. The Golden Division is trying to surround the area in preparation for laying siege to it. There are reports of IS fighters giving up their positions and...more »
[image: assange-obama-administration-destroying-documents-in-final-days] The Obama administration, in its waning days, is busily destroying public records to protect its image, charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Distressed Coral Reefs: Photo Journal: Sad state of the sea. The Mainichi, January 11, 2016, http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170111/p2a/00m/0na/002000c Coral that has turned brown because it is covered with algae after it was bleached and died is seen in Sekiseishoko, Japan's largest coral reef situated between Ishigaki Island and Iriomote Island, Okinawa Prefecture, in this Nov. 30, 2016 photo. The Environment Ministry announced that 70.1 percent of coral on the reef has died after being bleached, based on a survey that its Naha Nature Conservation Office conducted on 35 l...more »
*good for him.* Nine days until one of the most lawless and damaging administrations in the history of this country will be gone. Pray for Trump. He has a rough road ahead. From Breitbart: “I want to spend a little bit of time highlighting an aspect of your record, which is your involvement in the prosecution of Henry Hays, a member of the Ku Klux Klan,” Cruz told Sessions during the hearing. “Because I suspect it’s something very few people watching this hearing have ever heard of, and it is striking. And I think highly revealing, so I’d just like to walk through some of the ...more »
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump listens to questions from reporters in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar *Reuters: **Trump given unverified reports that Russia had damaging details about him* Classified documents that the heads of four U.S. intelligence agencies presented last week to President-elect Donald Trump included claims that Russian intelligence operatives have compromising information about him, two U.S. officials said Tuesday evening. They told Reuters the claims, which one called "unsubstantiated," were contained in a tw...more »
*Washington Post:* *Intelligence chiefs briefed Trump and Obama on unconfirmed claims Russia has compromising information on president-elect* A classified report delivered to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump last week included a section summarizing allegations that Russian intelligence services have compromising material and information on Trump’s personal life and finances, U.S. officials said. The officials said that U.S. intelligence agencies have not corroborated those allegations but believed that the sources involved in the reporting were credible enough to w...more »
[image: trump-picks-surveillance-hawks-to-head-intel-posts] President-elect Donald Trump has named former Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Before retiring from Congress last year, Coats served on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He is also an unapologetic surveillance hawk who wrote an op-ed piece for the *Wall Street Journal* condemning Ed Snowden and defending the surveillance state.
Enforcers of drug prohibition can be perversely ingenious in devising methods to subvert due process guarantees. One tactic widely employed by police officers looking for a way to circumvent the Fourth Amendment is to intimidate a subject into giving the officers permission to invade the rights of others – such as residents of an apartment building, or passengers in an automobile. That ruse has been rebuffed in two recent state Supreme Court rulings. Police officers in Berlin, Connecticut who conducted a warrantless search of an apartment complex using a drug-detecting dog viola...more »
In his last address to the nation, Dwight Eisenhower warned Americans of the threat posed by what he called the "military-industrial complex." Last night, Barack Obama told his fellow citizens that they would have to work hard to protect their democracy from the threat of global Right Wing Populism. There have been several reasons for the rise of the Right Wing: A shrinking world, growing inequality; demographic change and the spectre of terrorism – these forces haven’t just tested our security and prosperity, but our democracy as well. And how we meet these challenges to our demo...more »
That’s the question posed by Armin Günther at the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information in Germany in a recent presentation. There is some evidence to suggest that psychology overall has a problem — the number of retractions has increased four-fold since 1989, and some believe the literature is plagued with errors. Social psychologist Diederik Stapel is number three […] The post Does social psychology really have a retraction problem? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
John Podesta, satanist and Hillary Clinton campaign manager. Was Seth Rich, former DNC staffer the source of information to Wikileaks? Somebody should ask Hillary Clinton or John Podesta. I'm sure that they know the answer. I don't know how long Podesta would last on a water board but my hunch is 'not that long'. He never served in the military and never went to SERE and hasn't been trained to resist 'enhanced interrogation'. If it was Rich who tipped off Wikileaks and sent them John Podesta's incriminating e-mail that illuminated some of the corruption within the Clinton Campaign...more »
Before I get to this Trump/Russia story, let's look at the *New York Times* front page from October 29: Now let's look at today's front page: On October 29, every above-the-fold story was about Clinton and the emails. Today, the Trump/Russia story is barely above the fold. So here's what we know: A classified report delivered to President Obama and President-elect Donald Trump last week included a section summarizing allegations that Russian intelligence services have compromising material and information on Trump’s personal life and finances, U.S. officials said. The officia...more »
Remember when the Wisconsin state Senate ground to a halt to put a break on Scott Walker's anti-union jihad? The architect and leader of that was Chris Larson, who just reminded his supporters the other day that with Trump about to be installed in the White House-- and with a Republican Congress and majorities in legislatures across America-- including his own state-- "each and every victory the progressive movement has logged is about to be on the menu for repeal. It's on us to step up and fight like never before so our children don't have to struggle to get a fair shot at the Ame...more »
*Dataset*: the US air war in Afghanistan continues under its third commander in chief. The post Get the data: A list of US air and drone strikes, Afghanistan 2017 appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba (not pictured) during a meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Fred Dufour/Pool *South China Morning Post:* *China in touch with Donald Trump’s team and open to meeting at Davos, says senior official* *Deputy foreign affairs minister says Beijing willing to arrange for meetings at World Economic Forum later this month* China and US president-elect Donald Trump’s team enjoy a “smooth” communication channel and Beijing is open to a meeting between the two sides at ...more »
*Australian Senator attacks credentialism -- to gasps of disbelief* *The constant march towards more and more schooling for just about everything is mostly pointless. The jobs concerned are not being performed noticeably better but uncritical people don't ask about that. Teaching, for instance, was once just an on-the-job apprenticeship. Now it requires a 4-year college course. So have educational standards improved? Quite the contrary. Education standards were MUCH higher in the past.The one certain thing from it is higher costs to get anything done. The Lion's Helm ( Sena...more »
*Forget suing VW. We should all be claiming millions for other 'green' lunacies that literally cost the Earth* Oh, how I wish I’d kept hold of my Skoda Yeti. If only I hadn’t just sold it, I might have stood to make a cool £3,000 in compensation from the class action being brought by motorists against Volkswagen and its sister brands (Audi, Skoda, Seat) as a result of the Dieselgate emissions scandal. Like many duped motorists, I acquired my diesel car in the naive belief that it would not only be more efficient and cost-effective than a petrol one, but also that it was better for...more »
*BBC:* *Clare Hollingworth: British war correspondent dies aged 105* Clare Hollingworth, the veteran British war correspondent who broke the news of the Nazi invasion of Poland, has died in Hong Kong at the age of 105. Hollingworth, who was born in Leicester in 1911, was the first to report on the invasion that triggered the outbreak of World War Two. She went on to report from Vietnam, Algeria and the Middle East. Hollingworth was a rookie reporter for the Daily Telegraph when she fell upon "the scoop of the century". *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* Yup .... her scoop on the sta...more »
*From Jenna Orkin *Trump Asks Anti-Vaccine Activist Robert Kennedy Jr. to Lead Panel on Vaccine Safety An asteroid just flew by Earth about 50% closer than the moon, and we barely saw it coming At least 21 people killed in twin Taliban attacks near Afghan parliament Jared Kushner takes top White House job Someone is trying to take down the Drudge Report, and it's a mystery who's behind it Democrats Call For Sept 11-Style Commission To Probe Russia * Ha! *FBI Quietly Releases 300 Documents Pertaining To Hillary Clinton Investigation Thousands Of US Troops Arrive In Europe In "...more »
By Louis Conte and Wayne Rohde “OH MY GOD. I CANNOT BELIEVE WE DID WHAT WE DID. BUT WE DID. DR. WILLIAM THOMPSON, CDC SENIOR SCIENTIST & WHISTLEBLOWER Much has been said about what Dr. William Thompson disclosed to Dr....
NOTE: How did so many media outlets across the country get out such a similar response to the Trump Kennedy Vaccine Safety announcement yesterday afternoon? And why are they so horrified by a government committee on product safety? (Rhetorical) Could...
*Next Big Future:* *Future US Military aircraft development needs to emulate the speed and flexibility of Spacex and Tesla* The US military needs to completely rework the design and development of military aircraft and other military systems. The problems with military aircraft is particularly large because it is often not possible to retrofit advances into military jets. A jet built for stealth or hypersonic speed has to have those capabilities designed from the start. The F35 is the poster child for bad procurement with many years of delays and cost overruns and design flaws. ...more »
*Washington Post*: *Watch the Pentagon’s new hive-mind-controlled drone swarm in action* In what will probably be considered a step forward for autonomous military technology, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday that it had successfully demonstrated “one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms” over China Lake, Calif., in October. The exercise, put on by Naval Air Systems Command and the Pentagon’s five-year-old Strategic Capabilities Office, involved three F/A-18 multi-role fighters dropping 103 of the tiny remote-controlled aircraft — known as Perdix micro-drones — from s...more »
*"For the editors, the left-wing cult is a higher priority than science"* Yesterday, Willie Soon sent me a weirdly placed article in the Science magazine, The irreversible momentum of clean energy (full, abstract) signed by one author named Barack Obama. The author's e-mail is email@example.com – so you could also say that the author is a press department – and in 10 days, the new e-mail will be firstname.lastname@example.org – so the people will be recycled to the former president's 44th office. It's not bad for a redundant person like that to have 44 offices. Some naive media admire ...more »
Like a shuttle, X-37B is blasted into orbit by a rocket. However, it lands using a runway like a normal aircraft. The X-37B is too small to carry people onboard, but does have a cargo bay similar to that of a pickup truck, which is just large enough to carry a small satellite *Daily Mail:* *US Air Force's X-37B space plane reaches 600 days in orbit - and its mission STILL remains a mystery* * X-37B drone blasted off on a mysterious mission on May 20, 2015 * Theories range from it being a space bomber to destroying satellites * The flight is testing a system that makes satellites easy...more »
IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller has just published ‘Transhumanism and the Dialectics of Progressivism’ on The Sociological Review website, which considers transhumanism as a struggle between ‘Liberalism 2.0’ and ‘Socialism 2.0’ for the soul of progressive politics.
The age of solar energy is upon us. Last year alone, we witnessed solar energy prices drop lower than that of coal. As we move along into 2017, how might this ever-expanding industry continue moving along its own current of change. http://ieet.org/archive/solar-papar-charger-slim-600x456.jpg
The latest heard off the street is not to be surprised if Trump isn't inaugurated (so to speak). You didn't think the public silence from the in-crowd was because they had given up, did you? Don’t Count On Trump Being Inaugurated Also we have: Keeping Up With the…Kushners, Bannon Hit Squad, Trump Transition Team Here’s Why Russia Wasn’t Behind the WikiLeaks Emails Leak U.S. Quietly Drops
Many people think that Maslow’s hierarchy of needs stopped with self-actualization. And that’s not actually true. He had another piece that was on top of self-actualization and that was self-transcendence.
The operation is called 'Atlantic Resolve' and will see the deployment of American soldiers and tanks. However, ships carrying the first batch of troops were greeted at a German port by signs reading ‘Army Go Home.’ RT got reaction from former US State Department official Matthew Hoh.
I have understood this for a long time and my own approach to my own work is to simply disclose it now right here on the blog. That way a time stamped record really exists and no one can easily take your idea and claim authorship without risking it been dismissed in a court. Seems obtuse but we face a protocol for establishing such rights in common law that actually limits all such rights and makes commercial exploitation even more difficult. What this all does do is ensure all patents and knowledge will be shared sooner or later by creators just to establish intellectual pr...more »
*.* I see personality as a set of communication tools built up through a lifetime that can be readily directed by the mind in order to deal wi8th other personalities. It is itself a tool. Thus once you begin to pay attention to your internal life, this tool box is easily set aside and will not itself interfere at all. You may become more introspective in terms of applying this tool box. That curiously is how you evolve int been a salesman of some sort so all this is hardly unusual. Just been conscious of the artificial nature of personality and that it is like a comfortable sui...more »
[image: The Florida Connection . . . a forgotten world around Lake Okeechobee] . What is apparent is that a sustained occupation arose connected by sea with two separate areas along the gulf coast and a center based on the post Olmec Veracruz. It may well have been a defensive response. all shared earthen mound building in particular which is noteworthy when competing stone systems also existed nearby and speaks highly to cultural continuity. This is all a late development that followed the disaster of 550 which inundated Georgia but certainly caused massive damage in the...more »
I do find conforming evidence to support an ongoing soul based advent taking place. It is both possible and also plausible as our global culture matures over the next thirty or so years. This happens to be a pretty spooky concept to get your mind around. For example, look at the massive compression brought on by the Second world War. A whole wave of souls got the opportunity to jump back in and to work shoulder to shoulder to accelerate modernity. Was that what it really was all about?How about Israel emerging just after millions died as per prophetic expectations? You se...more »
An SH-60R assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 flies near USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) as the ship travels to its new home port of San Diego, California. US Navy/Liz Wolter *Scout Warrior*: *New Stealthy Navy Destroyer Starts Combat System Activation* Engineering problems may have stalled the guided-missile destroyer (DDG) 1000 USS Zumwalt’s transit to the ship’s homeport of San Diego late last year but Raytheon was still able to get the desired head start on testing the vessel’s combat system. Engineering problems may have stalled the guided-missile destroyer (DDG) 100...more »
*Reuters:* *U.S. says might not shoot down North Korean ICBM, eying intel* The U.S. military might monitor a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test and gather intelligence rather than destroy it, as long as the launch did not pose a threat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday. North Korea declared on Sunday it could test-launch an ICBM at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un, saying a hostile U.S. policy was to blame for its arms development. "If the missile is threatening, it will be intercepted. If it's not threatening, we won't necessarily...more »
Leaving aside why the BBC should aim to be the world's number one online TV service, there was one key declaration of intent in this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38579168 '... the BBC will put a stronger emphasis on "slow news" - meaning more in-depth analysis of topics and issues to run alongside the "fast" breaking news and day to day events.' So that's even more propaganda for the BBC's pet causes and against those with whom the BBC takes issue.
*January 11, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - US commander of US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) General John Nicholson's December 2016 briefing was paradoxical and perhaps indicative of the bankrupted foreign policy that defines America's occupation in Afghanistan. The US Department of Defense published General Nicholson's full briefing titled, "Department of Defense Press Briefing by General Nicholson in the Pentagon Briefing Room." In it, three truths in particular emerged. *1. "Stronger Afghan Military" Still Requires Years More of US Hand-Holding* The briefing paradoxically claimed t...more »
U.S. soldiers gather in the town of Gwer, northern Iraq August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari /File Photo *Military Times*: *U.S. troops will be needed in Iraq after Mosul falls, Pentagon chief says* The United States could leave a residual military force in Iraq after the Islamic State is pushed out of its last stronghold there, Defense Secretary Ash Carter indicated Tuesday, saying militants loyal to the terror group will continue to pose a significant threat throughout the region well into the future. Speaking at what's expected to be his final Pentagon press briefing, Carter...more »
Republicans are rushing to begin confirmation hearings for Cabinet appointments even before the FBI has finished its background checks. For President-elect Donald Trump’s opponents, this makes uncovering flaws in his nominees all the more challenging. As a scholar of U.S. history, I have studied the many cases in which presidential nominees, particularly judges, have failed to gain Senate confirmation. However, according to the Senate Historical Office, there were four cases since 1970 in which a Senate controlled by the president’s party did not confirm the president’s nominees. ...more »
[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.
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,
*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.
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
[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 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 »
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 »
* 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 »
“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 »
*“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 »
*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!’"* 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
*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 »
*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 »
*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 »
[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 »
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 […]
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.
*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"* 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 »
*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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
(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 »
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 »
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 »
*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 »
*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 »
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 »
*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 »
*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 »
*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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 »
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 »
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.
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