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Gene Cernan, last astronaut on the moon, dies at 82. https://t.co/zvwl9R2K1h — The Associated Press (@AP) January 16, 2017 *WNU Editor:* There are only 9 surviving astronauts of that time ....* 9 prominent early astronauts carrying on US space history *(AP)
Inside Donald Trump's office on the 26th floor of the Trump Tower with panoramic views of Central Park and walls packed with memorabilia. *Daily Mail: **Inside The Donald's man cave: President-elect's bullet-proof office in Trump Tower has a musket, his face on cover of Playboy and a photo of his father who gave him millions * * The billionaire tycoon's office is on the 26th floor of the Trump Tower and encased in bulletproof glass * Walls are adorned with awards, trophies and even a copy of the billionaire on the cover of Playboy magazine * His desk is also packed with reminders o...more »
Astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, mission commander, walking toward the Lunar Roving Vehicle during extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow landing site of NASA's sixth and final Apollo lunar landing mission in 1972 (AFP Photo/Harrison H. SCHMITT)
In a display of startling intellectual dishonesty-- even for someone as laughably dishonest as Hate Talk Radio host Laura Ingraham, she has certainly changed her tune on Russia since Trump crawled out from underneath his reality TV celebrity. And she's now considering a run against Tim Kaine for his Virginia U.S. Senate seat. How serious is this? Her nascent campaign has already bought ingrahamsenate.net, ingrahamsenate.com, ingrahamforvirginia.com and ingraham2018.com. FascistsforIngraham.net is still available. Trump did much better in Virginia than anyone expected-- 1,731,156 (...more »
*BBC:* *Serbia-Kosovo train row escalates to military threat* Serbia has warned it will defend "every inch" of what it claims as its territory in neighbouring Kosovo. President Tomislav Nikolic accused Kosovo of seeking a war, after a train painted in Serbian colours and the words "Kosovo is Serbia" was prevented from crossing the Kosovan border. Kosovo saw the train as a deliberate provocation. As tensions grew, Mr Nikolic said that he would be willing to send the army to defend Serbs in Kosovo, if necessary. Kosovo, historically a province of Serbia, declared independence in 200...more »
*DW:* *Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed* China has long campaigned against the deployment of the military system and some Korean politicians say it is not worth the trouble. It is a heated political issue in a country gripped by political instability. The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul's defense ministry said on Monday. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was due to be built on a golf course owned by the Lotte Group conglomerate ...more »
“The Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky. Its more familiar outlines are seen in the brighter central region of the nebula in this impressive wide-angle view. But the composite image combines many short and long exposures to also reveal an extremely faint outer halo. At an estimated distance of 3,000 light-years, the faint outer halo is over 5 light-years across. *Click image for larger size.* Planetary nebulae have long been appreciated as a final phase in the life of a sun-like star. More recently, some planetary nebulae are found to ha...more »
*“Caught In The Middle”* by Chet Raymo "It doesn't take a genius to recognize that human males have a propensity for intergroup violence, and that the killing is often accompanied by rape. One need only read the newspapers. The only question is to what extent these tendencies are innate or culturally inculcated. Nature or nurture? Or both? A new book, "Sex and War: How Biology Explains Warfare and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World," by population biologist Malcolm Potts and science writer Thomas Hayden, dishes up a bit of both. The violence is in our (male) genes, they ma...more »
* "Flare, Part 12"* "When loneliness comes stalking, go into the fields, consider the orderliness of the world. Notice something you have never noticed before, like the tambourine sound of the snow-cricket whose pale green body is no longer than your thumb. Stare hard at the hummingbird, in the summer rain, shaking the water-sparks from its wings. Let grief be your sister, she will whether or no. Rise up from the stump of sorrow, and be green also, like the diligent leaves. A lifetime isn't long enough for the beauty of this world and the responsibilities of your life. Scatter you...more »
"You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings, Learn to use them, and fly." "What in your life is calling you, When all the noise is silenced, The meetings adjourned... The lists laid aside, And the Wild Iris blooms By itself in the dark forest... What still pulls on your soul?" - Rumi (1207 - 1273) • "Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi was a 13th century Afghan poet and philosopher who heavily influenced both eastern and...more »
"Nature has been to man not a mother, but a step-mother, sending him into the world naked, frail, and infirm, toiling under a burden of care, fearful, slothful, and given over to lust, but not without a spark of divine reason.” - Pierre Bayle (1647-1706)
*Second Treatise on Civil Government* *John Locke* *John Locke's Political Philosophy* *Harry Binswanger* Harry Binswanger has conducted a good survey of Locke’s philosophy in his lecture titled *John Locke's Political Philosophy*. The focus of the lecture is on the political ideas that Locke has proposed in his extremely influential work the *Second Treatise of Government*. I read the *Second Treatise of Government* a few years ago, but after listening to Binswanger’s inspiring lecture, I was compelled to read this great book once again. In the Chapter One, Locke describes the ro...more »
*Reuters: **Kremlin says too early to react to Trump nuclear cuts offer* The Kremlin said on Monday it was too early to comment on a proposal by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to do a deal with Moscow on nuclear arms cuts in exchange for Washington lifting sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. Trump told The Times of London in an interview published online on Sunday that he would propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia for its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin spokesman Dmi...more »
Be sure to read this long New Yorker article reporting on Albert's recent travels and life experiences, as well as examining the months leading up to his release, nearly one year ago. An excerpt is featured below. *Read the full article** here*. *By summer, Woodfox felt that he was getting his “street legs,” as he called them. A sly sense of humor surfaced. But he was also increasingly exhausted. He spoke at panels about prisoners’ rights in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Baton Rouge. “I feel an obligation, because when I was in the position of the guys in prison I...more »
You read that right - the United States Marines have just landed in the historic city of Trondheim, the former capital during the wild and crazy Viking era. photo credit, Ned Alley, NTB Norway For the first time since Hitler assaulted much of Europe in World War II, the American military is setting up a "rotational" base in the Scandinavian nation as a sign of chest-thumping strength against an allegedly threatening Russia. Not even during the Communist era of Cold War expansionism did Norway, always a fiercely independent social democratic country, ever invite any foreign militar...more »
*-by Dorothy Reik* Adrian came to see me about two weeks ago. He was 39 years old but a life of physical labor outdoors made him look older. He came with our mutual friend, Carlos, who was also his employer, and with his beautiful son. Adrian had been a rancher in Mexico but he needed equipment to produce enough to get by, so like many he came to the U.S. to earn some money, planning to return to "my country" as soon as he had saved enough. But he married, had three citizen children and got a good job with my friend so dreams of "my country" started to fade. You could see that Ad...more »
[image: trump-meets-scientist-who-touts-benefits-of-co2-global-warming] President-elect Donald Trump met late last week with leading climate realist Dr. William Happer, a prominent professor of physics at Princeton University who says the planet will benefit from more carbon dioxide and that any global warming would be a positive development for humanity. Details of the January 13 meeting at Trump Tower were not released to the public, but analysts speculated that Trump may be considering the respected expert for a post in the incoming administration.
*BBC:* *Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured* The main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul has been arrested in the Turkish city. Abdulkadir Masharipov is believed to have mounted the assault on the Reina club which left 39 people dead. The Uzbek national is said to have been caught in Istanbul's Esenyurt district. Citizens of Israel, France, Tunisia, Lebanon, India, Belgium, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were among the victims, and dozens of people were injured. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: This is a disturbing twist to the story ....more »
*Noah Barkin, Reuters*: *Davos elites struggle for answers as Trump era dawns* DAVOS, Switzerland - The global economy is in better shape than it's been in years. Stock markets are booming, oil prices are on the rise again and the risks of a rapid economic slowdown in China, a major source of concern a year ago, have eased. And yet, as political leaders, CEOs and top bankers make their annual trek up the Swiss Alps to the World Economic Forum in Davos, the mood is anything but celebratory. Beneath the veneer of optimism over the economic outlook lurks acute anxiety about an incr...more »
“People don’t want their lives fixed. Nobody wants their problems solved. Their dramas. Their distractions. Their stories resolved. Their messes cleaned up. Because what would they have left? Just the big scary unknown.” - Chuck Palahniuk
*"Welcome To One of The Most Pivotal Weeks In Modern American History"* By Michael Snyder "Many are anticipating that a wonderful new era of peace and prosperity is just a few days away, but others are using terms such as “civil unrest” and “civil war” for what they believe is about to happen in America. Without a doubt, Donald Trump is one of the most electrifying politicians in modern American history, but he is also one of the most polarizing. So will the next four years bring us together as a nation, or will anger, frustration, strife and discord tear us much farther apart? It ...more »
President-elect Donald Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are no plans to cut Social Security or Medicare. This was Trump’s position throughout the Republican primaries and general election. But Priebus was less blunt on whether the expansion of Medicaid brought by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would The post Trump’s Chief Of Staff Promises To Keep Entitlements But Obamacare Plan Unknown appeared first on Shadowproof.
[image: in-cold-war-2-0-can-the-american-people-trust-the-intelligence-community] As America stands at the brink of Cold War 2.0, the intelligence community continues to demonstrate that it cannot be trusted — even when it may be needed more than ever.
As my husband would say... *"It looks like he fell down" * *The publication of this image is yet another message- To whoever's killer this is. And it ain't ISIS!* *And yes it looks to be the same man that made the video in Taksim Square- I'll repost the image below.* *Daily Sabah* Reina nightclub attacker Abdulgadir Masharipov, who killed 39 people in a nightclub attack in Istanbul on New Year's Eve, was captured by Turkish security forces late Monday. The* Uzbek *attacker was *caught in a Daesh terror cell *in* Esenyurt district of Istanbul* after a weeks-long intense hunt conduct...more »
*Reuters*: *Trump's offer to Russia: an end to sanctions for nuclear arms cut - London Times* .S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. Criticizing previous U.S. foreign policy in an interview published on Monday, he described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 as possibly the gravest error in the history of the United States and akin to "throwing rocks into a beehive". But Trump, who will be inaugurated on Friday a...more »
Three minutes ago you were in a traffic jam, one of dozens of drivers impatiently waiting for their cars to reboot and shake off whatever piece of malware had infected them through the city network. Now you’re moving.
Dandelion Salad with John Pilger RT on Jan 16, 2017 Renowned journalist, film-maker and author John Pilger gives RT his view on the future of US-Russia relations. from the archives: Chris Hedges and Abby Martin: What Is The Purpose Of The Intelligence Report? Chris Hedges: We Have To Grow Up + David Swanson: Anti-Russian US Establishment […]
Since arriving at Standing Rock, Jay Lovewater has provided over 70,000 gallons of filtered water to the camps. Every day, you can catch him making multiple water fill runs to and from Oceti Sakowin, providing 600 gallons of pure water to camp every single day. Running every drop of that water through 20 filters, Jay has been an integral part of movement. Lovewater has literally provided the camps with some of the purest water available on planet earth. The Love Water Truck has been working diligently in Standing Rock to provide the Water Protectors with clean drinking water since...more »
[image: uw-river-falls-releases-guide-of-offensive-words-and-phrases-for-students-to-avoid] The PC movement continues to barrel through college campuses across the country with extraordinary steam as exemplified by a new campaign against so-called offensive language at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, in which students are asked to avoid innocuous words and phrases like “you guys” and “crazy.” The school published a guide for its “Check Yourself Educational Campaign” in which it lists a set of terms and words that are said to be offensive.
[image: trumps-says-his-healthcare-plan-will-provide-insurance-for-everybody] President-elect Donald Trump’s healthcare plan is nearly complete, and he has promised that it will offer “insurance for everybody.”
*New York Times*: *10 More Detainees Are Transferred From Guantánamo Prison* WASHINGTON — With days left in the Obama administration, the United States has sent 10 more lower-level detainees from the wartime prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to Oman, and lawyers for two more who are on a list of those recommended for transfer are urgently asking a court to send them home as well. The government of Oman announced early on Monday that it had resettled the 10 men. They were from a list of those approved for transfer, many after about 15 years of detention without trial, but remained st...more »
By Paul Homewood https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/prince-charles-writes-book-on-climate-change/ We await with gleeful anticipation what dreadful nonsense Prince Charles will include in his new book for the Ladybird series. But if the front cover is the best example of the perils of climate change he can come up with, he might as well not have wasted his time! […]
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 12* *by Noah* As the first day of the end of America approaches, many of us are wondering about Donald "The J Is for Jackass" Trump's inauguration speech. Questions abound. Will it be a single tweet? Has it been left to his wife to write it, or crib it? Perhaps Billy Bush is writing it for him right now? Or perhaps David Duke? Or some Russkie in the basement of the Kremlin? Hell, it might even be a room full of monkeys with typewriters. *cartoon by Bruce Plante*Maybe, just maybe, Comrade Trump will simply regale his crowd of hypnotized...more »
[image: liberals-in-control-of-academia-is-dangerous] During the past year, it would have been close to suicidal for a student to let his professor know he or she was unwilling to support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders — even worse if that stand included an open preference for Donald Trump.
http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/ gregorija1 | May 29, 2009 MLK Jr. on The Mike Douglas Show Martin Luther King Jr Interview (Part 1 of 3) (1967) Martin Luther King Jr Interview (Part 2 of 3) (1967) Martin Luther King Jr Interview (Part 3 of 3) (1967) see Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.: The Three Evils of Society: Racism, […]
*Reuters: **Iraqi forces battle Islamic State near Tigris river in Mosul* Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants in districts near the Tigris river in Mosul on Monday as they sought to bring more of the east of the city back under government control. The latest clashes occurred in the neighboring Shurta and Andalus districts. At least three Islamic State suicide car bombs targeted Iraqi forces in Andalus. There was no immediate word on any casualties. In an online post, Islamic State said it had carried out a "martyrdom operation" in the area. Iraq's elite Counter T...more »
92-year-old veteran Annabelle Weiss and her service dog Joe are simply inseparable. “He changed my life, he really did,” Weiss told Today. “Without him I would be at the house a lot. Now people call me and I’m never home!” At the age of 20, Weiss enlisted in the US Marines. She served there for two years as a driver and plane engine inspector. The woman was discharged in 1946 and started working as a nurse. Eventually, she got a thyroid cancer, but managed to win the battle against the disease. In 2013, Weiss felt like she has seen it all, but then life presented her with a furr...more »
*“Why There’s Never Enough Time”* by David Cain “I have this dream, and maybe you do too, of one day having enough time. It always feels like I’m in a particularly time-squeezed period of the year, or of my life. The state of having enough time seems like a real place but we but never seem to be there. Once I finish this project, once Christmas is over, once the move is done, I’ll have time. But right now, there’s not enough time to do everything. Quite a bit gets done, but something is always falling behind: emails, bookkeeping, self-improvement promises, things I said I’d do. Am ...more »
*Bloomberg view* It’s an interesting read, so, do read it all at the link above. While the *Russians may wish to maintain the status quo, *concerning Cyprus, it is* not likely*, in my opinion, *they want open warfare in Cyprus*. This would not serve their interests*. I can understand where the status quo suits them just fine.* This is tied to Egypt, Turkey, NATO, the EU and more. Of course, share some thoughts *What has been billed as the last chance for Greek and Turkish Cypriots to reunite the island nation appears to be tantalizingly within reach -- but it might not get there wit...more »
More notes that have come in about Thule Air Base in Greenland: "Thule is the home of the Air Space Command. My dad was stationed there in the 60s. Dad only shared a few things about Thule: he was there for one year. The officers were given the opportunity to escort home the enlisted men who "Went Crazy" during their assignments. He was one of several dozen officers and he got to escort two separate fellows home in that year. On a cargo plane to Jersey. The boys had to wear straightjackets. He was a dentist and he was only allowed in the officers club, the barracks a...more »
[image: andy-ramirez-changes-coming-department-homeland-security]VIDEO - With the upcoming Presidential Inauguration, Department of Homeland Security expert Andy Ramirez discusses the problems and fixes that appointed Secretary John F. Kelly will have his work cut out for.
https://youtu.be/LXBgqa-xQwY This should be required viewing for the useful idiots that infest the BBC and most Western governments. Sura 2:106 regarding the Koranic principle of abrogation needs to be mentioned every time an Islamist or dhimmi describes Islam as a religion of peace.
*Energy & Environmental* *Newsletter - 16/1/17* AWED Friends: The next edition of the *Energy and Environmental Newsletter* is available. Some of the more informative energy articles in this issue are: Green Energy is a Charter for Crooks and Liars NC Legislative Leaders Ask Homeland Security to Review Wind Project *Watch for an update of this national story in the Wall Street Journal!* Excellent short video: The “F” Word Short video: How the energy transition is destroying our environment Wind Energy – A Runaway Failure for Nearly 4 Decades (Part 1 of 3) Industrial Wind ...more »
*VOA*: *Syrian Rebels Say They Support Upcoming Peace Talks in Kazakhstan* Syrian rebel negotiators announced Saturday their support of Russia-Turkey brokered talks aimed at finding a political solution to the nearly six-year-long conflict in Syria, but they say a planned meeting this month in Kazakhstan should be seen only as a first step toward the resumption of the long-stalled U.N.-backed Geneva peace process. The Syrian opposition's High Negotiations Committee, which has been shut out of the Russian-Turkish talks process, said in a statement that it backed a military delegati...more »
While many still wonder how they may ever afford even a dogbox in residential land, writer Alan Duff is wondering how the nation might ever acquire good taste in residential buildings. “House design, like life, can be a fuller experience,” he says. “Kiwis should try it.” *You (should) want balance, cohesion, clever use of space; natural light is as important as artificial lighting. Everywhere you look (from inside) should reveal a different surprise each day ….* Instead, he bemoans, the only thing you can say for most of our house designs is their overall lack of taste in hous...more »
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the establishment (and their media) like to celebrate MLK’s love of imperial America and centrist economic doctrine. The symbol celebrated bares little resemblance to the actual man and his ideas. There is a reason the FBI orchestrated a well-resourced campaign to destroy King that The post The Revolutionary Socialism Of Martin Luther King Jr. appeared first on Shadowproof.
By Paul Homewood http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/global-clean-energy-spending-drops-18-per-cent-environment-populist-brexit-donald-trump-climate-a7525386.html It is not clear why Trump, only elected in November, or Brexit, which has not happened yet or had any impact at all on UK energy policies, have had any effect on global investment in renewable. But it is the failed Independent that we are talking about here! […]
*crappy people being crappy. * *There's just no reason to be a crappy person. None.* Lately, we've been blessed to witness numerous people being crappy. We have members of congress refusing to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump. Some of them, like John Lewis, are calling him an "illegitimate" president. And there are thousands, who are threatening to disrupt the inauguration, including the possibility of causing riots. We even have literal crappy behavior when it is reported someone threw dog poo in the face of Martin Shkreli, the pharma dude who raised to cost of a cancer ...more »
*John Brennan said on Fox News Sunday that* *Donald Trump's **'talking and tweeting'* *is not in the nation's interest* *and the president-elect lacks* *a full understanding* *of the threat Russia poses* *Leaker of Fake News?* Checking the headlines and news this morning made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. For a truth blogger...that's a clear indication of posting material. * The heated exchange between President-elect Donald Trump and outgoing Head of the CIA, John Brennan is absolutely extraordinary and unheard of in politics. * To have a head of the CIA lecturing th...more »
[image: will-trump-continue-the-bush-obama-legacy] [Last] week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. Most so-called “fiscal conservatives" voted for this big-spending budget because it allows Congress to repeal some parts of Obamacare via “reconciliation." As important as it is to repeal Obamacare, it does not justify increasing spending and debt.
A Boeing 747 with some 300 U.S. Marines, who are to attend a six-month training to learn about winter warfare, lands in Stjordal, Norway January 16, 2017. NTB Scanpix/Ned Alley/via REUTERS *Reuters:* *Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia* Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia. Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the ...more »
President Barack Obama appears on the January 15, 2017 episode of 60 minutes in a segment titled, "Barack Obama: Eight Years in the White House". (CBS NEWS) *Politico:* *Obama warns Trump must improve relations with intel community* President-elect Donald Trump will have to make at least two big changes to his modus operandi once he’s in office, President Barack Obama warned in an interview broadcast Sunday night. Trump will need to alter his improvisational style and develop a better relationship with the intelligence community, Obama told CBS’s "60 Minutes." “You're not going to...more »
I have noticed over the years that headline writers often try to make stories more sensational than they really are. This one at *Yahoo News *and* Time*, however, got me chuckling. The story tells us: The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, including Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people. That fact is not really surprising, as many people live hand-to-mouth with hardly any accumulated wealth at all. But the headline makes a stronger claim: *Half of ...more »
'There's not enough money that can buy what's on this land because it's simply priceless,' Mr Bermudez told the Herald. 'How can you put a price on the history of humanity? It has none.' A scrap of property near the heart of Miami is valued at nearly $2 million, but the owner refuses to sell to protect the archaeological treasures uncovered on the lot. Bermudez, 64, wants to keep his property out of the reach of developers. He claims it sits on a site of importance to the Tequesta people, one of the first Indian groups that the Spanish encountered when they arrived in North Ameri...more »
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal, in Vienna January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *The Hill*: *Obama marks one-year anniversary of Iran nuclear deal implementation* President Obama on Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal's implementation, saying the challenges the U.S. faces today would be much worse without it. Obama said in a statement that the Joint Comprehensive Plan ...more »
*“Does the Deep State Have It in for Trump?”* by Bill Bonner "Two things. One we understand. The other we don’t. First, you gotta hand it to Wall Street. The financial elite were 1,000% behind Hillary. Then, when Donald Trump won the White House, within minutes, they were in his cabinet. During the campaign, not only were they loading Hillary up with millions of dollars in funding, but they also regularly predicted doom if ‘The Donald’ were to win. Then, apparently within seconds, in the middle of the night, they saw a great dollar sign in the sky… ‘By this sign will you conquer’ w...more »
*You can see the trend. Hospital "consolidation" — a polite term for monopoly formation — in the hospital industry (source: Federal Reserve of Minneapolis)* *by Gaius Publius* I'm on Alan Grayson's email list, and this recently came through. As usual with Grayson's work, it's well (and entertainingly) written. But it's also a shocker. As a result of a fall playing basketball last year, Grayson found himself in need of a replacement hip, and so had the surgery. For Grayson, things went fine. For the hospital, things went even better. The bill he received for his three-day hospital...more »
It's interesting to see what is "news" and what isn't. Bill Clinton in a hotel room with a dead Russian hooker is not news. Readers might say, "oh, another one?" That's all the traction that you'd get. Progs are contemptible and nothing that they do surprises anyone. Speaking of news. *If any of you wanted to give money to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), you'd better hurry.* I've heard that Bill and Hillary will be dead broke unless you do. (The Blaze) The Clinton Global Initiative will shutter operations at their main office in New York City for good on Tax Day, April 15, 201...more »
Florian Neuhof is a freelance journalist who has written for The National, The Daily Beast, Middle East Eye, and other publications. He has covered the Mosul campaign since it started in October, and embedded with the Peshmerga and Golden Division. Here are some of his observations about the fight. He can followed on Twitter @FlorianNeuhof *1. The original Mosul plan was for the Iraqi army, police and Golden Division to all converge on the city at the same time. The northern and southern fronts stalled however, and the Golden Division got to the city first and was told to push on ...more »
The Iraqi forces (ISF) continued to plow through northeast Mosul. The 15th and 16th Divisions took Kafat 2 in the north. The Golden Division took Andalusnext to the Mosul University. It was also clearing Nassir and Faisaliya nearby, and the schoolitself, as well as areas in the southeast along with the Federal Police. The Mosul Airport in the south was now in range of the ISF, and being shelled before it is attacked. A spokesman for the Joint Operations Command claimed that the government was now in control of 90% of the eastern half of the city, but it’s more like 75%. General Ab...more »
George Orwell's newspeak is here, as illustrated by an Arizona representative's efforts to pass two new acts of state legislation that dictate what can and cannot be said in university classrooms: Bob Christie. 2017, . Arizona Legislation Targets Lawbreaking Universities, Proposes Ethnic Studies Ban. NBC, Available, http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Arizona-Lawmaker-Targets-Lawbreaking-Universities-and-Colleges-410679135.html A new proposal would penalize colleges and universities that violate state law will be penalized with the loss of 10 percent of state fund...more »
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attend a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich *The Guardian:* *On final Ukraine trip, Biden urges Trump administration to keep Russia sanctions* Comments while meeting with Ukraine’s president came after Trump indicated he could end Crimea-related sanctions in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal Vice-president Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, met Ukraine’s president on Monday and called on the incoming Donald Trump administration to retain U...more »
Much as I dread it, I feel it is my duty to follow up and complete last week's piece on President Obama's regrets over his faulty propaganda skills. So here's my analysis of the rest of the* 60 Minutes* puff piece interview which aired on Sunday night. (As a testament to the ever more fascistic job description of our nation's chief executive, the title of the show refers to him not as the president, but as the militaristic commander-in-chief.) The program starts out with all the heart-rending pathos that a corporate media powerhouse can muster: a nine-year-old clip of adorable litt...more »
Dandelion Salad Previously published Jan. 17, 2016 “What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Address Delivered at the National Conference on New Politics, August 31, 1967 John Horse on Jan 3, 2015 Transcript from the archives: Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break […]
I’m getting fed up. I can’t be bothered to write about many things that have been in the news recently, such as the ‘fake sheikh’ type sting, crafted by Al Jazeera to look like an Israeli government plot to sabotage UK parliament . Even the Guardian’s Michael White, famous for announcing: “In Israel they murder each other a great deal” Tweeted that it looked to him like a cheap entrapment job, (With a Twitter timeline like that how does he find time to do anything else?) which, amusingly, led to a few fanatical Israel bashers accusing him of being a Zionist. I can’t even bring myse...more »
*MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017Part 1—Twelve angry claims which were false:* She wasn't named for Conway Twitty. And she didn't marry Tim Conway. Despite these disadvantages, Kellyanne Conway has become a powerful force within the world of Donald J. Trump. The president-elect's rhetorical style is often referred to as Trumpism. If we lived in a different kind of world, competent intellectuals would be working to define the elements of that style. We don't live in that kind of world. We do live in a world whose public debate is increasingly being shaped by Conwayism. This fact became mo...more »
...let's remember the meaning of the word "humility", a characteristic that's conspicuously lacking in today's public officials, especially with the incoming Oaf of Office. Back in 1973-4, my father took my mother and me on summer vacations to Washington, DC. This was easy enough to do since my father was stationed on Ft. Meade, Maryland at the time. Among the many monuments, memorials, shrines and buildings we'd visited were the graves of Martin Luther King, Jr and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Both men had been assassinated just five or six years previous, so the memories of t...more »
Researchers in China have retracted two 2016 papers about the possible use of a cholesterol-lowering agent to treat bleeding on the brain. One of the retracted papers in the Journal of Neurosurgery (JNS) had multiple problems that were “too extensive to revise,” according to the lengthy retraction notice, relating to issues with authorship, data analyses, […] The post Authors retract two statin papers, one with problems “too extensive to revise” appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The nightmare of black life in the United States, particularly how police can kill black people and get away with murder, is vividly presented on this song in the form of a “Twilight Zone” episode. With sirens and sound motifs from the classic television show, Killer Mike and El-P open The post Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Thieves (Screamed The Ghost)’ By Run The Jewels appeared first on Shadowproof.
Marketplace, which has a time slot on most public radio stations, had a piece last week on the replacement of a high-performing community public elementary school in Baltimore by a "no excuses" KIPP school. Most often these community wrecking ball school replacements are justified by low test scores within the targeted school, but the destruction of Langston Hughes Elementary School in Park Heights required other reasons. Langston Hughes was a high performing community anchor, where parents knew their children would be taught by professional and caring teachers in small classes with...more »
[image: call-them-suppressors-please-not-silencers-bill-to-end-their-restrictions-proposed] The walk back to full enjoyment of the Second Amendment is a long one, taken one step at a time. This bill, if passed, would lower hurdles to buying a suppressor and be one of those steps.
Happy Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King! In his honor here is his favorite singer, the majestic Mahalia Jackson, singing the theme song for the civil rights movement–“We Shall Overcome.” After that I’ve posted Dr. King’s soul shaking spoken word reflection on that song. All together they’re five minutes long and well worth a listen. […]
Nå føles det som jeg er i en sånn drøm der du prøver å løpe, men så er det helt umulig fordi du sitter fast i noe sirupsliknende. Jeg prøver å si at "Nå er jeg ferdig", men så bare går det ikke allikevel... *Oppdatert 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♥dra hjem fra Blindern♥sove Det jeg gruer meg mest til er å igjen måtte svare "nei" når Alexandra entusiast...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.thegwpf.com/green-energy-plant-blamed-after-1000-fish-die-at-one-of-britains-best-loved-salmon-and-trout-rivers/ From GWPF: A supposedly ‘green’ power plant has been blamed for killing more than 1,000 fish on one of Britain’s best-loved salmon and trout rivers. Officials are investigating if a fault caused hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic waste to be discharged from an anaerobic digester and […]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel during news conference at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch *Washington Post*: *European leaders shocked as Trump slams NATO and E.U., raising fears of transatlantic split* BRUSSELS — European leaders said Monday that they may have to stand alone without the United States once Donald Trump comes to office, raising the prospect of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations following Trump’s comments that the European Union is bound for breakup and NATO is obsolete. Trump said in a weekend interview ...more »
[image: nra-mourns-death-of-conservative-civil-rights-activist-roy-innis] Last week, the National Rifle Association mourned the death of civil rights activist, NRA life member, and former NRA board member Roy Innis.
Two days ago, I wanted to discuss Black Lives Matter and DisruptJ20, a terrorist organization that plans to disrupt the inauguration on Friday (not to mention the traffic in D.C.), maybe ignite a new U.S. civil war, and that instructs its member terrorists how to deal with cops, courts, and prisons. But at the end, I think that these radical loons will stay irrelevant and the following topic is more important. Donald Trump has given an interview to *Bild*, I don't know how long my trust in Putin will survive (paywall), which was fortunately summarized in a tendentious (but that do...more »
[image: Officer-Fires-Tear-Gas-Canister-Directly-into-Inmate's-Chest,-Stays-on-the-Job-in-Same-Unit]A brave cop who exposed another cop for shooting an inmate in the chest with a tear gas canister is feeling the pain of crossing the blue line.
Miscellaneous material to start your week. - Tom Parkin points out that neither austerity nor isolationism offers any real solution to improve Canada's fiscal and economic standing. And Rob Carrick highlights what should be the most worrisome form of debt - being the increased consumer debt taken on to allow people to keep spending in the absence of wage increases: “If wage growth slows, so does your purchasing power and so does the economy,” said Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This is our strange economic reality today – people a...more »
If you are a reluctant teacher or parent now being inundated with reasons you should embrace more computer screen time for school kids, there are good reasons for your skepticism. Here's one: Most people are shocked to hear that a video game can actually be more potent than morphine. While this is a phenomenal advance in pain management medicine and for use with burn victims, it begs the question: Just what effect is this digital drug—a digital drug that’s more powerful than morphine—having on the brains and nervous systems of seven-year-olds who are ingesting very similar digital...more »
*DW:* *Europe reacts to Trump interview with 'astonishment'* *Top politicians in Germany and Brussels have expressed alarm at comments made by US President-elect Donald Trump on the EU and NATO. Alliance chief Stoltenberg says he's "confident" in Trump's incoming administration.* On Monday, the chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the German parliament, Norbert Röttgen, told public radio that Trump's thinking was a "dangerous novelty for Europe and the world." "Perhaps one could say that in reality in his thinking the West does not exist," said Röttgen. "Whether the Europe...more »
*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 two days. And then they started saying Trump is right." Trump added that many NATO members were not paying their fair share for U.S. pr...more »
Human rights violations are taking place throughout the world all the time. Some of these occur very frequently. Here are the most human rights violations occurrences around the world. 1. Right to freedom of conscience, thought and religion This right gives a human being the freedom to change his or her religion or belief and […]
For centuries people have been fighting for human rights. There are some heroes who have worked relentlessly to establish human rights in the society. Here are the top five heroes of human rights. 1. Chief Joseph (1840–1904) He was born at a time when there were many disputes over land treaties. This led to years […]
Movements about gay marriage have been going on for years now. The number of gay couples is increasing. Many countries don’t approve of gay marriage. But here are some convincing reasons to support gay marriage. Married couples live longer According to different studies, married couples live longer than the singles. Marriage affects about both physical […]
American stock markets have skyrocketed since the election of Donald Trump. The president-elect and giddy investors think they're on the cusp of Reagan 2.0. But, Ruchir Sharma writes, they can't go back to 1981: The forces that underlie economic growth have weakened significantly since the Reagan years, worldwide. No nation, no matter how exceptional, can try to grow faster than economic forces allow without the risk of provoking a volatile boom-bust cycle. The potential growth rate of an economy is roughly determined — and limited — by the sum of two factors: population and produ...more »
Dandelion Salad Note: replaced video Sept. 28, 2014 TheArjan1982 on Oct 20, 2011 Patent For A Pig: The Big Business of Genetics: The American biotechnology firm, Monsanto, has applied for a patent for pig breeding in 160 countries. The patent is for specific parts of the genetic material of pigs which Monsantos genetic researchers have […]
Last week, in a report about the U.S. sinking into banana republic status, *The Intercept* reported that Jared Kushner "seems to be a Trump Mini-Me-- like his father-in-law born to real estate wealth and not particularly talented at anything, but with a family taste for power and personal vengeance... Just like Trump himself, Kushner has been a horrendous landlord, harassing rent-stabilized tenants so he could force them out and jack up the rent on their apartments." When Trump flunked out of Fordham, his father bought him into a "special real estate program" at Wharton, which is ...more »
*Kimberly Dozier, Daily Beast:* *Donald Trump Attacks U.S. Spies, Will They Strike Back?* *Ex-intelligence officials say the president-elect calling the CIA "Nazi Germany" is close to a declaration of war.* President Richard Nixon didn’t trust the CIA on the Vietnam War. President George W. Bush didn’t much like what the CIA had to say about the war in Iraq. But until Donald Trump, no future commander in chief has compared America’s spies to Nazis. “I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fa...more »
*From Jenna Orkin* Explosive memos suggest that a Trump-Russia tit-for-tat was at the heart of the GOP's dramatic shift on Ukraine Terror Suspects Could be Forced to Wear Electronic Tags Under Radical Proposal from German Justice Minister ‘Shadow Brokers’ Selling NSA Cyberweapons Targeting Windows Taiwan Scrambles Jets, Navy as China Aircraft Carrier Enters Taiwan Strait "They Are The Opposition Party" - Trump May Evict Press From The White House 'No one can stop me': Philippine's Duterte says he may impose martial law amid nation's brutal war on drugs Is This The Coup In A...more »
This has a lot of naive people intrigued: President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in Medicare and Medicaid. Trump declined to reveal specifics in the telephone interview late Saturday with The Washington Post.... In addition to his replacement plan for the ACA, also known as Obamacare, Trump said he will target pharmaceutical companies ...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38627650 And it’s not even a spoof! From the BBC: Prince Charles has co-authored a Ladybird book on the challenges and possible solutions to climate change. It is part of a series for adults written in the style of the well-known children’s books that aims to clearly explain complicated […]
*Canada: School board allows Muslim sermons in schools* Despite the foundations and long tradition of Christianity in Canada, any accommodation of it — even at Christmas time — is largely rejected in the public school system, which supposedly adheres to secularism. But there is a single exception to the rule, as one religion seems to stand supreme: Muslim students in the province of Ontario are entitled to hold weekly prayer meetings, held on Friday. These “Jumm’ah” prayer and sermon sessions have been the focus of intense criticism as the provincial public school system is not s...more »
*Vatican Invites ‘Population Bomb’ Hoaxer Paul Ehrlich to Address Biodiversity Conference* The Vatican has invited the most notorious population alarmist in recent history to speak at an upcoming Vatican-run conference titled ‘Biological Extinction.” The conference, sponsored jointly by the Pontifical Academy of Science and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, will address issues of biodiversity, “great extinctions” of history, population and demographics. Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich—who has defended mass sterilization, sex-selective abortion and infanticide—will speak on “Causes a...more »
*I don't think so, markets with lots of motivated traders are equally fast and more accurate* Here's another thought about the currencies, especially the Czech crown. As I approximately predicted, the December 2016 reading for the year-on-year inflation rate was 2.0%, in precise agreement with the Czech National Bank inflation target, which leads to fundamental reasons to exit the intervention regime. Inflation rates are rising in Germany, the Eurozone, the U.S. – across the world where bankers were (unjustifiably) scared of deflation. The anomalous era of deflation and especially ...more »
From Lawrence Solomon at FinancialPost.com. With repealing Obamacare, building a wall, cutting corporate taxes and keeping jobs at home all high on Donald Trump’s agenda, the announcement Tuesday that he asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to consider chairing a commission...
Lovely Lisa Long Leg and Heil Hitler Screaming Nazi once again visit the Stupid Donald Trump Follower’s office in the mathematics department: *Lovely Liberal Lisa:* Heil Trump! *Stupid Donald Trump Follower:* Well, that’s better than what we had before, but I am still not convinced such does anybody any favors. read more
Richmond soon will be home to one of the largest festivals for American Indian film on the East Coast. Organizers clinched the deal for the American Indian Film Festival of Virginia after an “idea meeting” on the last day of the 24th annual French Film Festival last year. Already, the festival has attracted support from the Virginia Film Office and legendary “Godfather” film director, Francis Ford Coppola, who is tentatively planning to attend the inaugural event at the Byrd Theatre, scheduled for Nov. 17-19. “This will be the event on the East Coast for Native American film, a ...more »
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Colby Cosh, National Post*: *Barack Obama, the Drone President, is stuck with his troubling legacy. We all are.* If you dislike Barack Obama, the most convenient stick with which to whack his foreign policy has always been his use of military drones to kill American enemies in chronically anarchic parts of the Mideast and Somalia. A president who came into office hoping to put a friendlier face on American empire has made significant use of a glob...more »
China is beating the war drums. Russia is angry that a US armored brigade is training in Poland. Muslims don't want America great again. Mexicans don't want to pay for the wall, though they know they will. Afro-American legislators who want to shake down their constituents for more money are scaring them with Trump. The inauguration is at the end of the week. *and* I'm headed for the mine, even though the place is covered by snow. The one nice thing about being self employed is that you can ask for time off whenever you want to - even though the boss is a jerk. I have a meeting wi...more »
*Noah Rothman, Commentary*: *Will Allies Keep Trump in the Dark?* “If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset; not a liability,” Donald Trump averred. Many Americans with only hazy memories of the Cold War might agree. What, they may ask, are the practical concerns that could arise from having a president who enjoys the respect of an increasingly adversarial regime in the Kremlin? The answers to that question are manifold, but they are also theoretical. Rarely are American voters moved by abstract or potential threats to U.S. allies or interests abroad. The presumed rul...more »
Nature is wonderfully abundant, diverse and mysterious — but biological research today tends to focus on only seven species, including rats, chickens, fruit flies and us. We’re studying an astonishingly narrow sliver of life, says biologist Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, and hoping it’ll be enough to solve the oldest, most challenging problems in science, like cancer. In this visually captivating talk, Alvarado calls on us to interrogate the unknown and shows us the remarkable discoveries that surface when we do.
“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.” Try not to think too much about the story that led to this comment from the President-Elect of the United States. It’s not easy, I know. We’re only human, after all, and that story is so ... so out there. It’s hard to turn away.
This actually makes it completely cut and dried. She acted to send secrets to an unsecured system with no protection and worse than that that recipient was hacked and the data flowed to Russia and Israel. This actually represents reckless disregard for her duty to preserve secrecy. The correct procedure is to have an officer responsible for all secure communication and to ask that officer to send the data and let him solve it and to never take it upon yourself to be so responsible. This by the by is Common Sense 101. Yet this level of pure folly has been shown over and over a...more »
Not sure how all this works but we appear to have room temperature super conductance but also no clear pathway as yet to viable technology. I do think that alternate power will provide the general equivalent in terms of practical usage. We are likely just wasting ourselves with all this. . * Researchers at Japan Tokai University found a room temperature Superconductor with critical temperature near the melting point of Tin* *ShowingDecember 20, 2016* *http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2016/12/researchers-at-japan-tokai-university.html* *Researchers at Tokai Universiity have created m...more »
First off we have through our own work come to understand that all chemical 'life' is stage managed by what can be discerned as computers constructed geometrically out of so called Dark Matter or what i refer to as second tier matter. To give you some sense of all this try to imagine a gem like object formed of electron scaled pairs that are neutral from our relative position. These gems store information with photon ribbons that look like a Mobius strip. This is something that the mind can imagine. These gems can then send photons to other electrons in order to direct a chemic...more »
*Anna Chennault, 1969.*. Yes he did act, but fairly late in the day. We can never know if it had real bearing on the war and its outcome. I suspect that it did not simply because the South could make the same calculations and hoped for a better friend than Johnson. At the time both sides were hanging on having mauled each other through the Tet offensive. The Tet offensive while providing a dramatic propaganda victory to the North had actually destroyed the bulk of long husbanded military assets in the south and these were never ever replaced. This forced the North to adopt a st...more »
The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38631832 through gritted teeth that: 'Mr Trump promised a quick trade deal between the US and the UK after he takes office on Friday.' Any sensible person would see this as good news but the BBC?
YouTube Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic: *How State-Sponsored Blackmail Works in Russia* The art of kompromat. In January 1999, Prosecutor General Yury Skuratov was summoned to the Kremlin by then-President Boris Yeltsin’s chief of staff, who showed him a videotape of “a man who looked like” Skuratov frolicking in bed with two prostitutes. Then he asked Skuratov to resign, even though the prosecutor was in the middle of investigating Yeltsin’s administration for taking bribes from a Swiss firm trying to secure lucrative contracts for Kremlin renovations. It was a grainy tape and Skurato...more »
Trump and Putin. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Reuters: **Trump aides deny summit with Putin planned* Two top aides to President-elect Donald Trump denied a published report on Saturday that he is planning to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin weeks after taking office. The Sunday Times of London reported that Trump had told British officials that such a summit was being planned, possibly to be staged in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik. "The story is a fantasy," one Trump aide told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. Another said the report was not true. Tr...more »
Via shutterstock.com As the shock of Donald Trump’s election victory is giving way to analysis about how his presidency will affect Americans’ lives, our digital freedom of speech deserves special consideration. The ability to express ourselves freely is a fundamental right guaranteed to us all. There are three major elements that determine how free we are in our online expression: The press must be free to publish anything newsworthy about public officials without fear of serious reprisals. Online communications must be able to reach broad audiences without discrimination by inter...more »
What impact can Donald Trump have on the U.S. military? A great deal, as I learned while observing combat operations up close in Afghanistan. In March 2009, I stood in a U.S. military command center at Bagram Airfield and watched what appeared to be the last moments of an Afghan farmer’s life. U.S. soldiers had targeted a Taliban position for an airstrike, and moments after the bomb’s release, an unlucky farmer wandered into the video screen to pause at the site. The room went silent: Soldiers watched with horror, knowing that the U.S. bomb was seconds away from killing an innoce...more »
*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 […]
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