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*Plan for mandag 16.01.17:* våkne og drikke kaffe (på sengen - som jeg alltid får av Anders)♥stå opp, ordne meg♥skrive blogginnlegg♥dra på Blindern♥finne Sunniva, og få hennes kommentarer, pluss diskutere Jons kommentarer som jeg ikke har klart å løse på egen hånd♥gå over oppgaven fra start til slutt, og sjekk fotnoter♥lese igjennom/skriv ferdig Acknowledgements (prøv å ikke glemme noen!)♥lese over outreach-kapittelet♥finne Anders, og gå og skriv ut tre eksemplarer av avhandlingen♥ta med de innbundne utskriftene, og de to skjemaene (en "søknad" om å få levere, og en erklæring på hva...more »
*Reuters*: *World's eight richest as wealthy as half humanity, Oxfam tells Davos* Just eight individuals, all men, own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world's population, Oxfam said on Monday in a report calling for action to curtail rewards for those at the top. As decision makers and many of the super-rich gather for this week's World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, the charity's report suggests the wealth gap is wider than ever, with new data for China and India indicating that the poorest half of the world owns less than previously estimated. Oxfam, w...more »
*January 16, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The ability for technology and innovations to transform global economics and geopolitics is often underestimated, even sidelined in retrospect. However, from the technological achievements that gave the British Empire mastery over the seas, to the industrial revolution that eventually disrupted and unraveled the empire's carefully constructed global system of mercantilism, the march of technological progress literally governors the rise and fall of global centers of power and the empires built around them. *Disruptive Information Technol...more »
A board showing the currency exchange rates of the US dollar and the euro against the Turkish lira is on display at a currency exchange office in Istanbul, Jan. 11, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Murad Sezer) *Cengiz Çandar, Al-Monitor*: *Turkey faces financial disaster* Gauging the value of the Turkish lira against the US dollar has required the power of divination so far this year. Anxiety is high as Turks wait to see whether the lira will tumble more and reach the once-unimaginable level of 4 lira per $1. In the first days of 2017, the lira's value declined so rapidly that even the Tu...more »
What does Putin want? He has some very legitimate gripes with Western policy-- especially the way NATO has moved to encircle Russia. Russians are historically touchy about that-- and for good reason. "The West" killed 11 million Russian soldiers and between 7 million and 20 million civilians during World War II. (In comparison, the U.S. lost around 400,000 soldiers in that war.) Weakening the EU and destroying a hostile NATO certainly appears to be in Russia's national interest, irrespective of Putin's penchant for kleptocracy and tyranny. Putin would be remiss in his job if he we...more »
A number of my friends have posted in facebook in agreement with this article from The Economist, "To be relevant, economists need to take politics into account." so I will post to contradict it. This article or its title is misleading if not wrong because: (1) It is saying that economists writing about plain economics are not relevant, so to make them relevant, they must write about economics + politics + sociology + anthropology + history + genderology + ...? (2) Consider a simple demand-supply price equilibrium theory. A big storm damaged crops in a major food producing region t...more »
*Light BEings are strengthened as closures are finished* by ÉirePort Light BEings are strengthened as closures are finished. Handles are removed. Flares of assistance are launched. Cosmics come to the rescue for the I AM willing. Spectaculars from Volcanics surface. ÉirePort | January 15, 2017 at 10:10 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-Bi - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
An American military trainer observes Iraqi soldiers during a training exercise at the Taji base complex, which hosts Iraqi and US troops on January 7, 2015. *Kevin Baron, Defense One*:* SPECIAL REPORT: The Military Loves the Obama Doctrine. Can It Survive Trump?* Commanders say they’re already fighting ISIS the right way: “by, with, and through” local forces. ERBIL, Iraq – There’s no welcome sign at this U.S military base discreetly tucked into the corner of the Kurdistan International Airport in northern Iraq. It doesn’t even have a name. But it’s here. Thousands of troops are ...more »
I was reminded on twitter that international relations professors have trained students for generations to focus on the third and second levels of analysis and dismiss the first–that individuals and their characteristics matter much less than the constraining impact of institutions and the incentives provided by the international system. So, should we just apologize as […]
[image: pardon-snowden-campaign-delivers-over-one-million-signatures-to-obama] With less than a week left of Obama’s presidency, a coalition of organizations has collected more than a million signatures on a petition urging Obama to issue a full pardon to Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower who revealed the size and scope of the surveillance conducted by the NSA and other federal agencies. Snowden fled the country and has lived in exile in Russia since May of 2013. If pardoned, he could return to American soil a hero to many.
U.S.President-elect Donald Trump makes an appearance in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., January 13, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar *Reuters*: *Trump says NATO is obsolete but still 'very important to me'* U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said NATO was obsolete because it had not defended against terror attacks, but that the military alliance was still very important to him, The Times of London reported. “I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete," Trump told the newspaper in an interview. "It’s obsolete because it wasn’t taking care of terror. I took a lot of heat for ...more »
“South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, irradiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen. *Click image for larger size.* At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning over three full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged as Gum 56 for Au...more »
*"In the Cave"* by Chet Raymo "I have mentioned here before the ospreys that patrol our beach- or "fish hawks," as they call them here- generally in the afternoon at about the time I take my long walk to the palm point. Magnificent birds with broad wings that glide seemingly effortlessly on the wind. And here's the thing: As often as not I am startled by a bird's shadow before I see the bird itself. That wide-winged shadow, sweeping across the white sand, sometimes across me. That flicker of chill as the osprey blocks the sun. And generally when it happens I think of Plato's alleg...more »
"We are all dying, every moment that passes of every day. That is the inescapable truth of this existence. It is a truth that can paralyze us with fear, or one that can energize us with impatience, with the desire to explore and experience, with the hope- nay, the iron-will!- to find a memory in every action. To be alive, under sunshine, or starlight, in weather fair or stormy. To dance with every step, be they through gardens of flowers or through deep snows." - R.A. Salvatore
.@FoxNews "Outgoing CIA Chief, John Brennan, blasts Pres-Elect Trump on Russia threat. Does not fully understand." Oh really, couldn't do... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2017 much worse - just look at Syria (red line), Crimea, Ukraine and the build-up of Russian nukes. Not good! Was this the leaker of Fake News? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2017 *Washington Examiner:* *Trump rips CIA Director Brennan, suggests he may have leaked dossier* President-elect Trump slammed outgoing Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, saying he did ...more »
*-- from ringling.com, the company website* So what do you suppose the new administration plans to do to Save Our Circus and Make the Circus Great Again?*-- Ken* *Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to End Its 146-Year Run* By CHRISTOPHER MELE | JAN. 14, 2017 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus announced on Saturday night that after 146 years of performances, it was folding its big tent forever. In a statement on the company’s website, Kenneth Feld, the chief executive of Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling, said the circus would hold its final performance...more »
*There are 32 US military installations on Okinawa taking up 20% of the island. The people have been protesting regularly since 1952 against US bases but you'd never know that in the United States because these protests are not reported in the corporate dominated media* *Yesterday we drummed and chanted outside the Okinawan prefecture building in Naha to encourage the governor to continue opposition to the Pentagon base expansion program on the island* *We drummed and chanted outside the Naha jail yesterday honoring the three activists now under arrest for their peaceful and non-vi...more »
*Dylan Charles* - A recent interview of the editor of Waking Times by Ryan McCormick. The post The Outer Limits of Truth Radio Interviews Dylan Charles, Editor of Waking Times appeared first on Waking Times.
*Real Clear Politics:* *Feinstein: Russia Interfered And "Altered" The Outcome Of The Election* *CHUCK TODD*: Let me go to the investigation. You've seen the unclassified versions of this intel report. Do you have any doubt in your mind that Russia tried to interfere in the election? And then second, do you believe it altered the outcome? *SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN:* The answer is yes on both cases. *CHUCK TODD:* You truly -- you believe-- *SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN:* I truly -- *CHUCK TODD:* -- it altered the outcome. *SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN:* -- that's what I believe. I've had all of t...more »
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad January 15, 2017 When times are bleak and darkness deepens, ancient yearnings of humanity stir in our hearts. We long for the simple things that our ancestors always sought: safety for our families, roofs over our heads, food in our bellies, […]
*Bill Hayton, Foreign Policy*:* Is Tillerson Willing to Go to War Over the South China Sea?* The Exxon boss has shown before he can take Beijing to the limit — but as Secretary of State the stakes will be far higher. Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon chief, didn’t get where he is by being nice to China. When Beijing tried to force his company to abandon a gas exploration project in the waters off Vietnam in 2008, ExxonMobil showed it the finger. BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and several others caved to Chinese pressure. ExxonMobil is still there, drilling on a Vietnamese license in ...more »
*"Feeling Fed Up with Humanity, In the World and in Ourselves"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "We are all capable of the best and the worst that humanity has to offer and knowing this allows us to find compassion. From time to time, we may all feel fed up with humanity, whether it’s from learning about what’s going on around the world, or what’s going on next door. There are always situations that leave us feeling as if people are simply not capable of behaving in a way that is coming from a place of awareness. Often it seems as if people are actually geared to handle things in th...more »
"The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel." - H.L. Mencken
*"Will The CIA Assassinate Trump?"* by Mac Slavo "It isn’t just that Donald Trump routinely thumbs his nose at the establishment, insults media figures he sees as unfair and bucks conventional wisdom. It is that President-elect Trump is defying the will of the deep state, military industrial complex base of ultimate power in the United States. That is why he is treading dangerous waters, and risks the fate of JFK. Trump publicly dissed the intelligence community assessments on Russian hacking; they retaliated with a made up dossier about the alleged Trump-Putin ‘golden shower’ ep...more »
This is the second post I promised about Stoke-on-Trent Central, Stoke Labour, and all things Stoke. If you want to read a short, potted political biography of Tristram Hunt's time in The Potteries, here's where you need to go. There's going to be a third part too. This will address the prospects of the parties (*a la* this reflection on Copeland), and should make an appearance tomorrow evening. First things first, to pre-empt all the articles and reports due to clutter up column inches and the schedules, let's get the tropes out the way. Stoke is going to be portrayed as a proud p...more »
By American Kabuki Thank you to Denice for the transcription. *Partial Transcript of David Wilcock and Jimmy Church* *“There’s a whole world of 35 levels above the president: Cosmic Clearance. Cosmic Top secret. **The president is not given information because if there was a truth and reconciliation commission, the president would “sing””* *This section is highlights.* 21:29: DW: The context is this: we have been dealing for 100 years with a hijacked financial system in which the European elites were handed over our financial system. Value of dollar decreased by 97 percent ...more »
*The Independent*: *US troops cheered as they enter Poland – but Russia decries threat to their 'national security'* Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman speaks of his concern over the Nato deployment, saying Poland ‘is not even a European state’ American soldiers are rolling into Poland, fulfilling a dream many Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have US troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia. US army vehicles and soldiers in camouflage crossed into south-western Poland on Thursday morning from Germany and were heading for Zagan, where they ...more »
One of the most mysterious stories of a crashed UFO with alien bodies preceded the well known Roswell event by some six years. This case was first brought to investigators by Leo Stringfield in his book "UFO Crash / Retrievals: The Inner Sanctum." He opened a tantalizing account of a military controlled UFO crash retrieval which is still being researched today. The details of the case were sent to him in a letter from one Charlette Mann, who related her minister-grandfather's deathbed confession of being summoned to pray over alien crash victims outside of Cape Girardeau, Missouri...more »
[image: selective-editing-cnn-changes-trump-s-message-about-russian-hacking] In the wake of being called out by President-elect Trump as a "fake news" organization, CNN is still up to its old tricks. In a report following Trump's press conference, the liberal mainstream network went to great lengths to take Trump's words about Russian hacking out of context.
By Paul Homewood https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/tornadoes/201613 According to NOAA, the number of tornadoes has been steadily growing since the 1950s, despite a drop in numbers in the last five years. They show the above chart prominently in their Tornadoes – Annual 2016 Report. However, they know full well that it is meaningless to compare current […]
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 11* *(With UPDATE to the Update: Breaking newsfrom The Borowitz Report -- see below)* *Who says there won't be big stars at the Trump Inauguration? Why, the B Street Band will be there -- does it get bigger than that?* *by Noah* As soon as Comrade Trumpinsky won the 2016 election, speculation began as to who or what would be performing at the January 20 Inauguration ceremonies. Surely, the A-listers would come begging His Not So Excellency for a spot on the stage and a chance to wow the zombies, white supremacists, Russian diplomats, ...more »
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges and Abby Martin RT America on Jan 15, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges is joined by journalists Abby Martin and Ben Norton to discuss the declassified U.S. intelligence report on Russia’s alleged “influence campaign” on the U.S. presidential election. They explore the allegations and why […]
NBC’s Chuck Todd interviewed Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) about President-elect Donald Trump. PHOTO: NBC *WSJ*: *More Democratic Legislators Plan on Sitting Out Trump’s Swearing-In* President-elect’s Twitter rebuke of civil rights leader John Lewis increases boycott number WASHINGTON—The number of Democratic lawmakers planning to skip Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony Friday is growing, with more joining in the boycott after the president-elect took to Twitter over the weekend to rebuke civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.) for saying Mr. Trump wasn’t a “legitimate preside...more »
[image: fake-trump-dossier-collapses-under-its-own-weight] Media organizations having spent weeks attempting to validate the outrageous claims in the leaked "dossier" on Trump. Yet time and again, point by point, the “dossier” has been shown to have glaring falsehoods.
*"Election 2016 Seen As Remakes Of Great Hollywood Comedy”* by JWMJR “Before we can get into examining the comedic insanity of the left's vindictiveness, that serves no purpose but to damage the nation as a whole we have to lay out the facts, the how and why we got here. From the very beginning of this Presidential election season the Democrats had convinced themselves that the results were a forgone conclusion. Sure, there were going to some variables and deviations from what they saw as a path of inevitability, but the election itself was going to be a pro forma act. Jan. 20th 2...more »
*“Mad As Hell”* by Chris Martenson “Fair warning, my family just received a 61.5% increase in our healthcare insurance premium of 2017, on top of last year’s 24.8% increase, so I am quite annoyed at the moment. For my non-US readers, perhaps what follows will interest you as a means of understanding how and why Donald Trump came to be elected President. I am going to be channeling some of my inner crank today. If you want to understand why Trump won the recent US presidential election, you can't overlook the economic data. If you do, his victory may look mighty confusing, alarming...more »
Some of you may recall that back in the hoary old days when we had to walk 10 miles through blizzards 365 days a year to get to school, *uphill both ways*, I was on Facebook. I think I dropped out by the summer of 2011 or 2012 when I kept getting suspended for weeks at a time, presumably, for things I wasn't even doing. And in all this time, I hadn't missed the Blue Nowhere, as I'd come to call it, for a nanosecond, even though Mrs. JP swears by it and looks at Zuckerberg's theft from Harvard as an invaluable tool for staying in touch with family and friends. Yet, although...more »
Some of us might offer a lot more outrage over the histrionics in response to Justin Trudeau's statement of fact on the need to phase out fossil fuels if his own attack dogs hadn't fomented the exact same hysteria when it suited their purposes.
*NBC*:* Philippine President Duterte Threatens to Impose Martial Law* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to impose martial law on the country if he deems it necessary to continue his administration's violent crackdown against illegal drugs. "I have to protect the Filipino people. It is my duty. And I tell you now, if I have to declare martial law, I will declare it," Duterte said, in a speech before a group businessmen in his hometown of Davao on Saturday night. "I don't care about the Supreme Court. No one can stop me," he said. "The right to preserve one's life...more »
Sorry for missing yesterday. I've been up to my ears in packing for a move. I'm also puzzled about comments. I haven't had any for almost a month. I think my computer has problems - but doesn't talk much about them. __________________________________________________________________________________ First, a quick summary of what's happening in the world. Despite what our news media tell us, the U.S. wants a war. That's true of both the Democrats and the Republicans. They want a big war to c onquer the world. There's nothing surprising about that. The U.S. is a true child of Britain. Fr...more »
*Reuters*: *Iran says it will not renegotiate nuclear deal* Iran will not renegotiate its nuclear agreement with world powers, even if it faces new U.S. sanctions after Donald Trump becomes president, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday. Trump, who will take office on Friday, has threatened to either scrap the agreement, which curbs Iran's nuclear program and lifts sanctions against it, or seek a better deal. "There will be no renegotiation and the (agreement) will not be reopened," said Araqchi, Iran's top nuclear negotiator at the talks that led to the agreemen...more »
*Daily Mail:* *China warns Trump that its stance on Taiwan is 'non negotiable' after the Donald made moves towards recognizing the island nation* * Trump had floated the idea of making changes to the deal in his latest interview * China's foreign ministry hit back at the suggestion in a statement on Sunday * Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the 'one China' is policy 'non-negotiable' * Trump had earlier angered China by having a phone call with Taiwan's president China has rejected President-elect Donald Trump's suggestion he could use American policy on Taiwan as a bargaining...more »
Yes, there's no doubt that Kevin O'Leary's suggestion of selling off Senate appointments is nothing short of asinine. That's not so much because the idea is inherently unconstitutional, but because of its substantive implications. The sale of Senate seats it would involve institutionalizing the worst aspects of the Senate's historical purpose (creating a systemic on behalf of the wealthy against democratic decision-making) and practical use (to reward people based on their ability to shovel money into the political system). But it's worth noting that the reason O'Leary is in a posit...more »
On the 90th day of the Mosul campaign all of southeast Mosul was declared freed and much of the northern section as well. Starting in the south, the Federal Police and 9th Division freed Yarmja. The Rapid Reaction forces reachedthe Tigris River and said it was aiming to attack the Mosul Airport. Other units were clearingareas they had taken in the section. In doing so the entire southeastern part of Mosul was under government control. Towards the center the Golden Division liberated Sadriya, Nassir and Faisaliya. The unit also seizedseveral government buildings including the mayor ...more »
Hei søndag! Tittelen på innlegget sier egentlig kort og greit hvordan ting står til: 1. En eller annen gang denne (eller var det forrige?) uke, gikk det opp for meg at jeg har vært *arbeidsledig* siden 1. januar. Men i og med at jeg er ferdig med avhandling hvert øyeblikk så er det egentlig bare aller mest spennende; jeg tror jeg heller vil sette fokuset på at jeg er arbeidssøkende, og klar for nye, (og forhåpentligvis) spennende utfordringer 😊 (Jeg kan nevne at jeg har flere planer, og tiden med blogging er på ingen måte over - det kan forresten hende det komm...more »
*WNU Editor:* Bob Woodward makes the case ....* Bob Woodward calls Trump dossier ‘garbage’* (NYP). More here .... *Bob Woodward: ‘Trump’s Right’ — Intel Community Has Treated Him Like ‘Garbage’* (Daily Caller).
*The Hill:* *CIA director: 'Outrageous' to equate intelligence community, Nazis* CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday criticized President-elect Donald Trump for comments likening the actions of the intelligence community to those of Nazis. "What I do find outrageous is equating intelligence community with Nazi Germany," Brennan said on "Fox News Sunday." "I do take great umbrage with that and there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly." The president-elect last week blasted intelligen...more »
*The Independent**: Mosul offensive: Up to 30 civilians 'killed in US-led coalition air strike' as Iraqi forces continue push into Isis stronghold* UN warns almost half of casualties in military operation are civilians Up to 30 civilians have allegedly been killed in an air strike targeting an Isis commander in Mosul as Iraqi forces continue their advance into their city. The US-led coalition is investigating whether its planes were responsible for the reported massacre in the al-Jadida district, which came as the UN warned that almost 50 per cent of all casualties in the military...more »
A few days ago I flew back from Beijing on Air China and they had a very limited English-language movie library for the 11 hour flight. I watched Roman Polanski's award-winning 2002 film with Andien Brody, *The Pianist*, and a less well-known new movie set in Prague, *Anthropoid*. Both films dealt with the resistance to the Nazis. There was an especially chilling moment in *The Pianist* in which 3 middle-aged Jewish men are about to be loaded on a train for the Treblinka concentration camp. One says the Jews shouldn't just march to their deaths without a fight and an argument ensu...more »
We watched or combed through the transcript of every confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s cabinet picks this past week to bring you this explainer that is sure to make your knees buckle and induce nausea. This is not for the faint of liberal hearts. Here are the views of each The post Trump’s Cabinet Of Terror: Let Us Explain To You What These Foul Creatures Really Think appeared first on Shadowproof.
This and that for your Sunday reading. - David Masciotra offers a cultural case for a basic income: Reward, purpose and meaning are the abstractions meant to pacify the poor and the working class. The rich have wealth, comfort and pleasure. They also have a universal basic income. In Jacobin, Matt Bruenig recently reported that 10 percent of national income is paid to the top 1 percent of income earners as capital income. It is curious that no one worries about the mental health defects they will experience due to lack of meaning. What provides most people with the greatest satisfac...more »
*The Washington Post* has generally done a good job covering Donald Trump, but what the hell is up with this story? *Trump-Lewis feud could be harbinger of new round of hyper-partisanship* A public feud between Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) seemed to jettison any lingering hopes that the inauguration would temporarily ease partisanship in Washington.... The incident has left Democrats and Republicans bracing themselves for yet another showdown between the president and his political opponents -- one that threatens to usher in a new era of the kind of crippling hyper-part...more »
Recently, one of Japan's top environmentalists offered insight into the scale of the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis: Yutaka Shiokura. December 30, 2016, Postwar democracy changed ‘pollution pioneer’. The Asahi Shimbun, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612300004.html Miyamoto, now 86, has been keeping a watchful eye on Japanese pollution over the decades and the civil movements that try to combat it... "We need to accept Fukushima’s nuclear incident as our biggest pollution crisis ever in postwar Japan and push for environmental democracy further. That is our challenge,” said Miya...more »
*DW:* *Diplomats flock to Paris for summit on Israeli-Palestinian conflict* Envoys from over 70 countries, including the US, have gathered in Paris to discuss the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel's Netanyahu has slammed the meet as "rigged" against his country. The diplomats are expected to urge the creation of a Palestinian state at the Sunday peace conference. "A two-state solution is the only possible one," French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said while opening the meet, calling it "more indispensable than ever" to solve the decades-long dispute. "Both ...more »
Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Tehran September 22, 2007. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File Photo *Reuters:* *Iran's Revolutionary Guards position for power* Iran's Revolutionary Guards look set to entrench their power and shift the country to more hardline, isolationist policies for years to come following the death of influential powerbroker Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Former president Rafsanjani long had a contentious relationship with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is both the...more »
Pleasant Grove, Utah resident Ashleigh Holloway Best killed herself in the early hours of May 17, 2016 when she lost control of the stolen 2002 Lincoln Navigator she was driving and plowed it into a tree. The man who was pursuing the thief, Kenneth Lee Drew, was the authorized representative of the vehicle’s lawful owner. On January 11, Drew was sentenced to prisonbecause the thief foolishly killed herself. If Drew had been a government-employed law enforcement officer, rather than a private repossession agent, he would likely have received a hazardous duty commendation followi...more »
Their existing animals: lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos and llamas... will go to suitable homes. Juliette Feld says the company will continue operating the Center for Elephant Conservation. After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. Declining attendance combined with high operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups all contributed to its demise. Feld...more »
*From Jenna Orkin *Inspector General To Probe FBI, DOJ Handling Of Clinton Email Investigation State Election Systems to Get More Federal Aid for Security Security experts are tearing apart Rudy Giuliani's website after Trump picked him to be his cyber chief For $8,000 this startup will fill your veins with the blood of young people Solar is getting a lot cheaper, and it's reducing investment in solar Amazon wants government permission to run mystery wireless tests in rural Washington A new law in Turkey offers citizenship to foreign investors who buy property there A seemin...more »
If you know anyone who takes the Facebook game seriously, please share this with them so they can see how "social" media works. Or if you have ever been ostracized, lost "friends" or "followers" based on sharing a minority viewpoint or saying something you knew was true but unpopular, you might find this report interesting. Or if you think this dystopian system laid bare here is somewhere in the foggy future or in another part of the world where bad things happen, think again. *And if you are allowing your children to be hooked up to screens at school where their intellectual,...more »
I’ve been trying to keep tabs on the Cyprus talks. It’s not easy, time constraints etc., *It seems to me that Cyprus is being used to provoke Turkey. * The media here is pushing the usual “bad Turkey” meme. That’s not exactly the case. I’ll shed some light on that fact! *With one qualifier*-* I worry for the people, on that beautiful island, what lengths the UK and Greece will go to to further provoke Turkey. Frightening.* *For more background read the relinked post from earlier in the week. That tiny island has an oversized importance in the region * Israel-Turkey pipeline hangs o...more »
US Special Forces Deployment in Africa in 2016 Under the Obama Administration (thankfully passing into history) the African Theater of US Military Operations has been formed and has expanded its role. You can look at articles and press releases over the past year (if you're interested) to get a sense of the breadth of US military involvement in Africa these days. US Special Operations Command - Africa is a subset of AFRICOM, and is also a subset of US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). A large number of US forces engaged in Africa come from that command. They deployed to thi...more »
Black holes are hot. Well, thermodynamically these suckers are freaking cold, but they do attract more attention than hot supernovae. And with attention comes recognition. As announced last month, as much as 97% of the $ 6.3 mln 2016 Breakthrough Prize money for physics went to black hole research. read more
Now that the roll call votes are coming fast and furious, the freshmen are beginning to sort themselves out. The new Republicans in Congress are pretty much all cut from the same clothe-- a hopeless mess, barely worth mentioning or thinking about. But what we're seeing on the Democratic side of the aisle is that some freshmen are embracing Democratic values and principles and others are more comfortable slipping into the Republican wing of the Democratic Party. You can't make a judgement like this from one of two votes but there are already patterns emerging after just two weeks ...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/15/christopher-bookers-column-lost-childhoods-barmy-brexits-tidal/ Booker’s take on Swansea Bay: At the centre of all the excitable media puffs given to Charles Hendry’s report on Swansea Bay and tidal energy (led inevitably by the BBC), there was a crucial black hole. Not one report focused on how absurdly tiny is the amount of […]
*UC Davis cancels speeches by far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli after angry students 'throw dog feces' and clash with police* Speeches by far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos and former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli were canceled after heated protests erupted at the University of California, Davis. The school's student-run Republican group called off the talk on Friday night after large crowds gathered outside the Science Lecture Hall, shouting 'shut it down'. According to KCRA.com club leaders canceled the event after consultin...more »
*German Greenies turn German water supply brown* *Which has been very vexing. When water comes out of your faucet brown, you know something bad has happened. You expect that only in poor countries like India. I have seen it in India. The German authorities do in fact manage to bleach the water before it goes out to households but that's expensive. So why are German streams running brown anyway?It's because of the German government's hostility to industry. High electricity prices and other policies have chased a lot of German industry to saner countries and the remain...more »
Last Tuesday President Obama presented his final speech of his presidency before the incoming Twit in Chief take power this coming Friday. The focus of his speech was as he said “the state of our democracy.”, meaning the state of democracy in the U.S. which surely looks bleak given the Twits recent twittering, however many of Obamas comments are relevant to all democracy’s across the world including our own here in Canada. I make no apologies for cherry picking a few of the most relevant sections of his remarks and presenting them here for your consideration. He says it so much bett...more »
Back in the 1990's -- when Preston Manning burst on the scene -- a new kind of sign sprouted on lawns in my neck of the woods. Its message was blunt: "No more prime ministers from Quebec." The sign's unstated assumption was that French is spoken only in *la belle province*. But, when Brian Mulroney was running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Stephen Maher writes, that he liked to tell Conservatives that they had to choose a leader who could speak both languages. “There are 102 ridings in the country with a francophone population over 10 per cent,” he said. “In the la...more »
Ronan's been popping up in his siblings' dreams lately. He was in some of my recent dreams, too. Each of us have seen Ronan playing, interacting appropriately, looking genuinely happy and also talking. Since those dreams mirror our everyday hopes,...
*Wandering through Walmart*, and to a lesser extent through life, I see hideous women with children and wonder to myself, "Who mated with her? *Has he no shame?*" *Thus begins my Sunday Sermonette and my confession here on the blog that I have uncharitable thoughts toward people sometimes. * My granddaughters liked the *happy meals at McDonalds* and I used to buy those (rip-off) fast food meals for them. The people who work at McDonalds --- and I'm not speaking for all McDonalds --- are so dumb that it's a wonder that they are able to dress themselves and make it in to work. They P...more »
*Induction in Physics and Philosophy * *Leonard Peikoff * *The Logical Leap* *David Harriman* *Induction in Physics and Philosophy*, a 2002 lecture by Leonard Peikoff, is a good study of the role that inductive reasoning plays in physics and philosophy. The lecture is a precursor to David Harriman’s popular book The Logical Leap, first published in 2010. The lecture and the book are a result of a collaboration between Peikoff and Harriman. Peikoff begins his lecture with an identification of the axioms of induction and the method of establishing their objectivity. He explains the...more »
*Understand the historical argument for calendar change, and the potential for such a change to empower and transform humanity, restore our relationship with Nature and each other, and usher in a new level of creative collaboration planet-wide.* that's the logo/splashline of the Lunar Month website Calendar Truth. And this resonates perfectly with my idea of a godma/dogma-stripped Free Planet where *R*EALITY (big R) trumps RELIGION (big corporate-empire taxation machine of mind control and utter (soulless) slavery and (rampant) dog-eat-dog anti-now cash-porn). *Women all over th...more »
Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can’t get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?
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.
Canadian soldier firing a Browning 9-mm Pistol (Canadian Army) *Ottawa Citizen:* *Canadian Forces looking to replace Second World War-era pistols but it could take another 10 years* The Canadian military is looking to replace its Second World War-era handguns but it could take up to 10 years for all of the new pistols to be distributed to the troops. Replacing the 1940s-era Browning handguns has been on the Department of National Defence’s procurement list for years. But now the purchase of new guns appears to be moving ahead. Still the Canadian Forces figures if the purchase is a...more »
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.