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*CNN:* *Pentagon readies aggressive ISIS proposals for Trump* Washington (CNN)The Defense Department is prepared to provide the new administration with military options to accelerate the war against ISIS in Syria that could send additional US troops into direct combat, CNN has learned. These options would inherently increase the risk for US troops compared to what President Barack Obama was willing to accept. The options will be ready for President-elect Donald Trump to consider as soon as he takes office and would be presented by James Mattis as the new defense secretary and Gen...more »
*Reuters*: *In Davos, Xi makes case for Chinese leadership role* Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a vigorous defense of free trade at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday in a speech that underscored Beijing's desire to play a greater global role as the United States turns inward. In the first appearance by a Chinese leader at the annual meeting of political leaders, CEOs and bankers in the Swiss Alps, Xi also cautioned other countries against blindly pursuing their national interests, in an apparent reference to the "America first" policies of Donald Trump. *Read mor...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Huge billboard in Tehran commemorates the capture of the US sailors over a year ago. h/t @potkazar *WNU Editor*: This is not going to help in fostering better U.S. - Iranian ties. *Hat Tip*: Zero Hedge
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* This is the moment a US Air Force F-16 was photographed involved in a mock dogfight with a Russian SU-27 fighter *Daily Mail:* *Is this proof America is preparing for war with Russia? US plane is spotted in a mock dogfight with a Russian jet above the top secret Area 51 base * * EXCLUSIVE: The US Air Force conducted a mock dogfight using a Russian fighter jet above Area 51 in Nevada * The 'enemy' jet was a single-seat Sukhoi SU-27P, which is used by the Russian and Chinese air forces * The Sukhoi was intercepted by an F-16 fighter operating out of the ...more »
*-by Noah* Folks, it is with deep orange sadness, that I tell you the following facts about President Trump’s Inauguration Fiasco 2016. These are real facts, not the kind that pour out of the mouth of Kellyanne Konartist or the man who wears an orange rat on his head. Here’s the latest, as of Tuesday evening, January 17th: *1. The B Street Band Says "No Deal!"* Remember when I postulated that even Chris Christie putting his weight behind convincing Bruce Springsteen to play the Trump inauguration failed, resulting in Comrade Trump being forced to book the "world renowned" B Str...more »
A J-31 stealth fighter (background) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force lands on a runway after a flying performance at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, Nov 11, 2014. The president of China's top aircraft maker said on Tuesday that China's new stealth fighter could certainly "take down" its opponent in the sky, referring to its US-made counterpart. Reuters *Kris Osborn, National Interest*: *China's Air Force: Just a Paper Tiger (Or Ready for War with America)?* China Unveiled its New 5th-Generation J-31 Stea...more »
It's well-known that ketogenic diets reduce the growth of some cancer types in humans. These are early days for learning which cancer types are most vulnerable, which diet is best, and what the mechanisms are; Warburg had a clue, but the Warburg effect is far from the whole story. On the other hand, there are cancer types that may not respond to a ketogenic diet. Prostate cancers seemed a likely candidate, because there is an inverse correlation with type 2 diabetes, but in animal models a ketogenic diet improves survival. But recently some U.S. researchers have provided evid...more »
As many as 25,000 are expected for a Women’s march and rally at the Texas State Capitol. By Glenn Scott | The Rag Blog | January 17, 2017 AUSTIN — Leaders of the Women’s March on Austin (#MarchOnAustin) predict that, … finish reading Glenn Scott : *METRO* | On Saturday, January 21, women ‘to make a mighty sound’ in Austin
Chinese President Xi Jinping (C front) greets military officers at a meeting in Beijing, Jan. 29, 2015. Xinhua *South China Morning Post:** China’s veteran generals fading out in massive PLA reshuffle* *Changes to come ahead of 19th National Congress as President Xi Jinping consolidates his power.* China’s military is stepping up the pace of a massive reshuffle among its leadership ahead of a Communist Party congress later this year as President Xi Jinping consolidates his power within the armed forces, according to sources familiar with the matter. Nearly 50 senior officers are ...more »
"These are galaxies of the Hercules Cluster, an archipelago of island universes a mere 500 million light-years away. Also known as Abell 2151, this cluster is loaded with gas and dust rich, star-forming spiral galaxies but has relatively few elliptical galaxies, which lack gas and dust and the associated newborn stars. The colors in this remarkably deep composite image clearly show the star forming galaxies with a blue tint and galaxies with older stellar populations with a yellowish cast. *Click image for larger size.* The sharp picture spans about 3/4 degree across the cluster cent...more »
“The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars...” ~ from “Ulysses,” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
*“The Incredible Potential of Unexpectedness”* by Chet Raymo “The Jesuit scientist/mystic Teilhard de Chardin imagined what he called a "noosphere" (from the Greek word for "mind") as the next stage of terrestrial evolution- an envelope of pure human thought embracing the planet. This would be the inevitable result of human progress on a spherical Earth of finite surface area. We rub up against each other. We are stimulated by proximity. Railroads and airplanes extend the range of our interaction. Better still (he wrote), "thanks to the prodigious biological event represented by t...more »
*"The Legend of the Starfish"* Author Unknown "A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walking slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, “I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize ...more »
“Could you tell the story of human existence in a minute? This thrilling video culls together multiple teasing snippets in an attempt to do just that. And sets it to music. Briefly depicted, from start to finish, is an artistic animation of the Big Bang, a trip across the early universe, the formation of the Earth and Moon, the emergence of multi-celled life and plants, the rise of reptiles and dinosaurs, a devastating meteor strike, the rise of mammals and humans, and finally the rise of modern civilization. The minute movie ends with a flyover of the modern skyscraper and a human...more »
*"Eagle Poem" * "To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings. We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care And kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing We are truly blessed bec...more »
*“Baby, It’s Cold Out There”* by Martin Armstrong "Scientists in both Russia and China are warning of an Ice Age. The real scientists in Europe and America are yelling this too, but the press preaches about global warming because the government uses it for taxes. Too much money at stake to say, “Sorry, we got this one wrong!”Temperatures in Russia have plummeted, dropping to even -80 degrees Fahrenheit. This is very serious. The winters will keep getting colder and this is not good for economic growth. We are overdue for the flipping of the poles. The poles reverse on the Sun ever...more »
A grassroots effort led by committed activists, which was bolstered by human rights campaigners and prominent individuals, pushed President Barack Obama’s administration to free Chelsea Manning. The United States Army whistleblower was sentenced to military prison for 35 years. She was convicted of offenses stemming from her decision to provide The post On Chelsea Manning’s Freedom appeared first on Shadowproof.
The Chinese and Indian armies ended their joint anti-terrorism training with a live fire drill on November 13, 2013, in southwest China's Sichuan province. (Chinanews.com/An Yuan) *Sameeksha Khare, The Quint:* *Can China’s Army Really Reach Delhi in 2 Days? Nope, Say Experts* “It would take China's motorised troops 48 hours and its paratroops 10 hours to reach India's capital if war broke out,” a Chinese State television channel boldly proclaimed. This is not the first time China has tried to use rhetoric as a deterrence strategy but it comes as probably the first one that is so s...more »
Polls that came out this morning from CNN and the *Washington Post* both show that buyers' remorse over Trump is already rampant. CNN's showed that when Trump is inaugurated Friday-- it won't just be ticket scalpers who are suffering. His approval is 40%-- the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below Obama's." Trump, wounded, flipped out this morning and claimed the polls are rigged against him. CNN reports that "approval ratings for Trump's handling of the transition are more than 20 points below those for any of his three most recent predecessors. Obama took the oath in...more »
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I absolutely can't wait! I never loved Valentine's Day before I had children, but now I can't get enough of the red, pink and white. I love cutting out red construction paper hearts with my daughters and covering them with glitter for their dad and I love designing the valentines my girls will give to their friends. Every year I pull together a handful of different options, they are just so much fun to make. This airplane valentines is perfect to pair with a fun little paper glider. Kids love them and they are affordable! For this ...more »
[image: in-davos-globalists-hail-leadership-of-communist-chinese-tyrant] In a bizarre spectacle that took many low-level establishment-minded analysts by surprise, brutal Communist Chinese dictator Xi Jinping was crowned the king of globalism this week by embattled Western globalists at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Blasting “excessive pursuit of profits,” Xi offered a “vigorous defense” of globalism and pseudo-“free trade” schemes in his keynote speech at the event. He also suggested that his brutal regime was ready to step in to a leadership role in the emerging new wor...more »
Taiwan holds military exercises simulating an attack by China as relations with Beijing deteriorate (AFP Photo/SAM YEH) *AFP*: *Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises* Taipei (AFP) - Taiwan began two days of military drills Tuesday simulating an attack by China as the government sought to reassure the public in the face of deteriorating relations with Beijing. The island's armed forces gathered in central Taiwan for annual drills that saw troops practise combat skills with tanks, attack helicopters and artillery. "The military has active measures to deal with the situatio...more »
Dandelion Salad Chelsea Manning Support Network January 17, 2017 President Obama has commuted all but four months of the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former US Army Intelligence Analyst serving 35-years for releasing classified information. Chelsea’s attorney Nancy Hollander, who spoke with President Obama’s counsel earlier today, confirms that “Chelsea will walk out […]
by Richard Sahn Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad First published at The Contrary Perspective Originally posted March 24, 2015 January 17, 2017 In 1933 Dorothy Day, a progressive journalist and Catholic convert, and Peter Maurin, a French peasant and philosopher, founded an anarchist-pacifist movement and newspaper they called the “Catholic Worker.” The paper was meant to […]
Fake US embassy in Ghana *shut down after 10 years issuing visas * Almost forgot to* hattip* anonymous commenter for tipping me off to this news from a month ago- but relevant for sure!- thank you! 1. Anonymous*January 17, 2017 at 6:47 AM* *http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/01/12/indonesia-investigates-countrys-passports-found-in-turkeys-nightclub-attack/ Passports* 2. Anonymous*January 17, 2017 at 6:57 AM* *Turkish and dutch? Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 10 years issuing visas. Turkish citizens who spoke English and Dutch posed as consular offi...more »
These events and announcements are worthy of your consideration. Especially the event featuring *Schools Matter*'s very own Dr. Stephen Krashen. I would love to attend all of these, but… law school. ------------------------------ *Student Empowerment - Culture and Language* Tuesday, January 31 at 4 PM - 8 PM UTLA 3303 Wilshire Blvd Fl 10, Los Angeles, California 90010 Ethnic Studies, Dual and Mulitilingual Education. With the passage of Prop 58 the Multilingual Education Act and AB2016 Ethnic Studies we have a historic opportunity to advance issues and more. Join the UTLA Raza Ed. and ...more »
Ria Novosti / Kremlin / Alexei Druzhinin / Reuters *Mark Galeotti, The Atlantic:* *The Spies Who Love Putin* *How the FSB's loyalty to Russia's president made it the country's most powerful intelligence agency* It’s tempting to look to the playbooks and historical traditions of the late Soviet Union to explain the audacity of today’s Russian intelligence activity, from its meddling in U.S. elections, to apparently killing Kremlin opponents abroad. But these activities are not just products of old ways or new geopolitics. They also stem from a shift in the activities of Russia’s po...more »
US troops, tanks, and artillery arrived in Poland. More Marines will deploy to Afghanistan. JSOC conducted a raid in Deir Ezzor and ISIS launched a major offensive. MSM unleashed a “dodgy dossier” of #FakeNews on Trump who is at war with the Deep State. And more in our global war news The post Deep State vs Trump; Dodgy Dossier; US Rolls Tanks & Artillery in Poland appeared first on Shadowproof.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova attend a news conference in Moscow, Russia, January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin *Reuters*:* Russia says ready to talk to Trump about nuclear arms, Syria* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to talk to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's new administration about nuclear weapons and Syria, saying the two countries could together solve many of the world's problems. Lavrov, speaking days before Trump's inauguration, used an annual news conference ...more »
Finally, here's the third installment on the Stoke-on-Trent politics special. We've spoken about Tristram Hunt's career in The Potteries, and we've turned our attention to the local scene. Now it's time to go all Mystic Meg and break out the politics astrology charts. For which party do the stars align? Labour have got to be the favourites. Stoke-on-Trent Central was born a Labour seat, and the party will be stretching every sinew to ensure it stays that way until the Boundary Commission kills it. Labour has some very strong cards to play. Firstly, the membership. All the Stoke-on-...more »
What Chomsky said nearly four years ago is absolutely correct but I'd like to put a finer point on it- The reason why the cost of presidential elections and all down ballot races is skyrocketing is *because* of our diminishing attention, trust of politicians and perennially low voter turnout that struggles above 40% and, in some years, not even that. And *that's* how we cede power to the 1%. This is the cost of not being a politically engaged nation. For all the screaming we hear on both sides of the Great Ideological Divide, as I call it, in every election cycle, it accounts ...more »
There's a long *Politico Magazine* story on the alt-right that's well worth your time. I say that even though it risks normalizing the movement's participants by making them seem like just another group of wannabe D.C. power players: Disdaining the traditional Washington think tanks as passé, they’re taking aim straight at America’s sense of its own identity, with plans for “culture tanks” to produce movies that make anti-immigrant conservatism look cool, and advocacy arms that resemble BuzzFeed more than The Heritage Foundation. They talk elliptically about internet memes replacing...more »
Over the weekend, Donald Trump gave an interview with Michael Gove of The Times of London and a former editor of the German newspaper Bild. (The interview is behind a paywall, but you can register for free for access to two articles a week from The Times.) There has been ample coverage in the press […]
[image: obama-s-rush-to-leave-a-legacy-leaves-a-mess-instead] Obama's legacy might be likened to that of Augeas, whose piled up excrement needs immediate cleaning despite the seemingly daunting size of the job.
Freeman, host of a six-part documentary series airing on the National Geographic Channel, visited Chief Arvol Looking Horse to ask poignant questions about The Creator. Morgan Freeman goes in search of the chosen people walking the earth today. His series, “The Story of God,” explores religions around the globe in a journey that seeks to “shed light on the questions that have puzzled, terrified and inspired mankind,” Nat Geo said in a statement. In his series, Freeman attempts to uncover the meaning of life, the origin of deities and similarities among the different faiths. “Ov...more »
Dandelion Salad Orrin Pratt on Oct 31, 2011 Jesus Radicals Conference 2011. Mark Van Steenwyk and Sarah Lynne Taylor give a primer on Christianity and Anarchism Christianity & Anarchism part I – Jesus Radicals Conference 2011 * Christianity & Anarchism part II – Jesus Radicals Conference 2011 see Exclusive: What is Christian Anarchism, and is […]
Jeffrey Beall, the University of Colorado, Denver, librarian who has since 2008 chronicled “potential, possible, or probable” predatory publishers, has — at least for now — pulled the plug on his influential, and at times controversial, site. The decision to take down the site — and Beall’s faculty page at the Auraria Library, where he […] The post Why did Beall’s List of potential predatory publishers go dark? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*January 18, 2017 *(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Headlines are announcing the early release of US Army whistle-blower Private Manning from a jail sentence that began in 2013 and was to last 35 years. Manning is accused of passing US government documents to information clearing house Wikileaks before being arrested and charged for "espionage" in 2010. Manning's release indicates an admission by the US of unjust imprisonment. However, the US has so far failed to acknowledge this fact publicly, assign blame, or hold responsible those who played a direct role in Manning's arrest, trial, con...more »
*ABC News:* *President Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning's 35-Year Sentence* President Obama granted a commutation to Chelsea Manning, a transgender soldier who was convicted of Espionage Act violations and other charges for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 and she will now be released in May, according to her lawyer. The documents that were leaked, about the U.S. military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, sparked a firestorm. She was one of 209 individuals granted commutations and 64 indiv...more »
*The Guardian:* *Islamic State surrounds military airport in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria* *Isis breaks through government lines and takes control of area where World Food Programme’s airdrops land* Islamic State fighters have broken through government defensive lines in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, surrounding a military airport and cutting off food supplies for roughly a quarter of a million civilians in what could become a major humanitarian disaster. Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria is divided between the militants and the government of Bashar al-Assad. The areas controlled by t...more »
[image: abortions-and-abortion-rate-have-fallen-to-decades-long-low] The number of abortions performed in the United States fell to under one million for the first time since the mid-1970s, and the abortion rate fell to its lowest level since the 1973* Roe v. Wade *Supreme Court decision.
*Oink* As you know by now, we started an Act Blue page to thank congressional resisters to Trumpism-- the courageous men and women who are refusing to attend his inauguration. Please visit to see the updated list. When we started there were only 6... now there are over 3 dozen! And we've raised them over $5,000 from Blue America members who are grateful for their leadership. There's a long way to go. After all, 80 Members of Congress boycotted Nixon's second inauguration in 1973. I'd think today's Congress would do a lot better, wouldn't you? I asked several members to consider joi...more »
'US President Barack Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks' Because some Wikileaks leaks are OK by Barack Hussein Obama. More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38659068
*Reuters:* *Iraqi forces push Islamic State further back in Mosul: military* Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Islamic State-held districts in eastern Mosul and army units fought the insurgents inside a military base in the city's north, officials said during the day on Tuesday. On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the military had begun "movement" against Islamic State in the west of Mosul without specifying what action was being taken there. Three months after the start of the U.S.-backed campaign, Islamic State has been driven out of about three quarter...more »
------------------------------ *Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how the CIA controls German media, has been found dead. He was 56.* Ulfkotte was an editor at *Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung*, one of the largest newspapers in Germany, when he published *Bought Journalists*, the bestselling book that cost him his job and perhaps his life. German media, who were banned from reporting on his work in recent years, are reporting he died of “heart failure”. Acknowledging that his life was under threat, Ulfko...more »
*"The Two Ways to Move Through Life" * by David Cain "Whether we’re aware of it or not, we basically move through life in one of two ways, and each of us has a favorite. We’re either moving towards what we want, or we’re moving away from what we don’t want. It might seem like moving away from what you don’t want accomplishes the same thing as moving towards what you do want. If you’re successfully moving away from pain, dullness and disappointment, what could you be moving towards, other than pleasure, excitement and fulfillment? It should be a simple matter to decide which way to g...more »
*"Back to the Crime Scene"* by Paul Rosenberg "Now that the Great Distraction of 2016/2017 (“The Russians hacked the election!” “Fake news!”) may be winding down, we should return to the things that the news media, politicians, and the entire deep state wanted us to forget. In other words, we need to get back to the crime scene and take a good look at it. The WikiLeaks emails were our peek behind the curtain to see what’s really going on in the overlord class. They stripped away the fake reality of Big Media, Hollywood, and Washington. These emails let us see what is real, not what...more »
*== Boundaries, borders* and political miscellany *==* One of the hottest issues in the U.S. presidential campaign was Donald Trump’s pledge to build a wall with Mexico. Writing from Mexico City, Homero Aridjis and James Ramey offer a highly innovative proposal: Instead of Trump’s wall, they want to build a border of solar panels. “It would have a civilizing effect in a dangerous area,” they contend. “Since solar plants use security measures to keep intruders out, the solar border would serve as a de facto virtual fence, reducing porousness of the border while producing major econom...more »
*ABC News*: *More Than 50 Democratic Congress Members Planning to Skip the Inauguration* More than 50 Democratic members of Congress have announced they will skip Donald Trump's Friday inauguration. While some of the 53 made their decision in previous weeks, several more have come forward in recent days, citing the president-elect's perceived insult of Rep. John Lewis as the final straw. Trump lashed out at the civil rights icon Saturday morning after Lewis said in a Friday interview he didn't view Trump as "a legitimate president." Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who protested alongsi...more »
China, and by that, I mean the mandarins in the politburo who pull the levers in the government, almost always reacts with an underpinning emotion that is difficult to see unless you have met some of these folks in person. They are not Americans. Not even close. They have a difficult time understanding Americans. To his credit, President Trump nominated Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the next U.S. ambassador to China, choosing a longstanding friend of Beijing. His choice of Rex Tillarson as Secretary of State is a choice of a reasonable, intelligent, tough but fair man who has a ke...more »
This World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism (WPTPN) guest post is written by Malliga Och and Jennifer M. Piscopo. Dr. Och (on Twitter @malligao) is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Languages Department at Idaho State University. Her research focus on women’s political representation in conservative parties and she is the co-editor with Shauna Shames of The Right Women. Republican Activists, Candidates, […]
Trial of the Zumwalt 12 is scheduled to begin February 1st at 9:00 a.m. in Sagadahoc Superior Court in Bath (752 High Street) and is expected to last 2 days. Members of the group were arrested on June 18th of last year for blocking the road in front of Bath Iron Works during the ‘christening’ of the USS Michael Mansour, a $4 billion ‘stealth’ destroyer. They are charged with “obstructing a public way”, a class E. misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of $2000 fine and 6 months in county jail. Arrested and charged were: Bruce Gagnon (Bath); Cynthia Howard (Biddeford); Dud Hend...more »
Last year, Pfizer fired one of its scientists following an investigation that ended with requests for retraction of five of her studies. Now, two of the five papers, which were first flagged on PubPeer, have been retracted. One notice cites the Pfizer investigation, which found that cancer researcher Min-Jean Yin had included duplicated images in all five […] The post Breast cancer studies by fired Pfizer employee retracted appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Man on the Moon by Astronaut Alan Bean* *Fake News: Historical Examples reconsidered* Say what you want about US President-elect Donald Trump...but he has already made history. In calling out the main$tream media on their compulsive, pathological and criminal habit of publishing "Fake News" and calling it fact. Trump has broken the mold and created what is hopefully the first of many changes long needed in Western society. Bravo to Trump! In honour of his ascension to the presidency this coming Friday and in honour of his first steps towards killing "Fake News", *I am going to...more »
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017You live in a world without facts:* Why does Rep. John Lewis think Donald Trump isn't legitimate? It's hard to say! You see, Lewis made his much-discussed statement on Meet the Press, and there his statement just sat. Below, you see the text of Lewis' original statement, along with Chuck Todd's questions: TODD (1/15/17): You have forged relationships with many presidents. Do you plan on trying to forge a relationship with Donald Trump? LEWIS: You know, I believe in forgiveness. I believe in trying to work with people. It will be hard. It's going to be ver...more »
*Washington Post*:* Nigerian military ‘mistake’ kills at least 50 in attack on safe haven camp* BAMAKO, Mali — The Nigerian military bombed a crowded camp for people fleeing Islamist militants Tuesday, killing more than 50 people in what was described as a mistake by air force pilots targeting Boko Haram fighters. The bombardment occurred in the city of Rann, near the Cameroon border, one of places where more than 1 million victims of Boko Haram have fled in recent years as part of one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. More than 100 people were injured, and humanitarian w...more »
*RT*: *Russia seeks invitation for US to Syria peace talks in Astana, Iran ‘against’* Iran says it rejects any participation by US representatives at the scheduled Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan. Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he believes US and UN representatives should be invited to the meeting. “We are opposed to a US presence [in Astana],” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency. “We have not invited them [US], and we are against their presence,” the official added. *Read more* .... *Update #...more »
*DW:* *Lavrov expresses readiness to meet US President-elect Trump once in office* In his annual press conference, the Russian foreign minister has invited the Trump administration to attend Syrian peace talks. But Lavrov also claimed US diplomats engaged in espionage against Russia. On Tuesday morning in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov signaled willingness to work with the incoming Trump administration on a variety of issues from Syria peace talks to international terrorism. Over the course of two and a half hours, Lavrov took stock of the past year and indicated ...more »
I don't agree with this headline from James Hohmann's Daily 202 column in *The Washington Post*: *Monica Crowley losing White House job shows that the rules of politics still apply for Donald Trump* Here's Hohmann's argument: Donald Trump and his team believe that the rules and norms of Washington do not apply to them. They are wrong, and yesterday brought a significant proof point. Washington veterans marvel at how much Trump has been able to get away with because he just doesn’t seem to care what anyone else thinks.... For the past 10 days, the poster child for this phenomenon h...more »
The twitter war between Trump and everyone is so cyperpunk I am breaking news here that William Gibson is actually the author if Trumps trumps The deep state overplayed its Sadam proven hand will the last line of attack by the men in black restore equilibirum for how or whatever feed on metritoriuom lets see what happens but it the first rays of sunshine since Nov 22, 1963
"“The quantity of employment in the country must depend, not only on the quantity of capital, but upon its advantageous distribution [among alternative productive uses], and above all, on the conviction of each capitalist that he will be allowed to enjoy unmolested the fruits of his capital, his skill, and his enterprise. “To take away from him this conviction is at once to annihilate half the productive industry of the country, and would be more fatal to the poor labourer than to the rich capitalist himself. This is so self-evident, that men very little advanced beyond the l...more »
[image: gm-walmart-amazon-announce-new-jobs-ahead-of-trump-s-inauguration] Most of the announcements by large U.S. corporations that they intend to soon hire Americans in large numbers appear to be more political than economic.
[image: protectors]National Guard troops and Morton County Sheriff's Department-led police fired rubber bullets and pepper spray into a crowd of water protectors after they performed a prayer ceremony to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
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 a large portion of the report is dedicated to RT America’s programming. RT correspondent Anya Parampil details the charges made in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence report.
*TASS*:* Putin accuses outgoing US administration of attempting to undermine Trump’s legitimacy* Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama thanked each other for their joint work at their latest bilateral meeting in Peru in November and there are no other meetings in plans, according to the Kremlin MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the outgoing US administration of trying to undermine the legitimacy of US President-elect Donald Trump. "What we see is the continuing sharp domestic political struggle although the presidential elections are over and they...more »
*The Hill:* *Putin doesn't believe Trump met with prostitutes* Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't think President-elect Donald Trump met with prostitutes in Russia, according to Bloomberg News. The Russian president on Tuesday called unverified claims against the president-elect "obvious fabrications." “People who order fakes of the type now circulating against the U.S. president-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don’t have any moral boundaries at all,” Putin told reporters Tuesday, according to Bloomb...more »
Computational recombination of small elements of structure from known protein structures generates a vast library of designs that balance protein stability with the potential for new functions and novel interactions.
Since Donald Trump's idea of "insurance for everybody" doesn't entail a true government-sponsored single payer health care system, we're racking our brains trying to figure out what he could really mean. The racking is probably futile. Because whenever you're promised that the "final strokes" are being put on a fantastic mystery product to be unveiled any day now, you should pretty much assume you're about to be scammed, if not whipped. And since Donald Trump's whole life has been one big exercise in hucksterism, you should pretty much also leave out the pretty much. Still, masochis...more »
*"Schools Offer ‘Safe Spaces’ to Combat ‘Toxic Masculinity’"* by Anthony Gockowski “Several universities are taking advantage of the new year to renew their efforts against “toxic masculinity,” with some schools hosting events that will “construct new futures for masculinities.” At Oregon State University, for instance, students are invited to attend a “healthy masculinities conference” where they will “engage in collective imagining to construct new futures for masculinities, unrestricted by power, privilege, and oppression.” An advertisement for the conference lists several other...more »
*Reuters: **Britain will leave EU single market as May sets aim for 'hard Brexit'* LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will quit the European Union's single market when it exits the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that quashed speculation she would seek a compromise deal to stay inside the world's biggest trading bloc. Setting out a vision that could chart Britain's future for generations, May answered criticism that she has been coy about her plans with a direct pitch for a clean break, widely known in Britain as a "hard Brexit". May promised to see...more »
. I shall try to avoid mentioning Donald Trump as much as I can. It's going to be tough. The news media all over the world are obsessed with him. But the reality is that Donald Trump is not the issue. Yes, he's an egoist. Yes, he makes big promises, then changes his mind. Yes, what he stands for is vague. Yes, much of what he says will not work. And, yes, he has a funny wig. But he doesn't matter. Donald Trump doesn't matter. The problems of the U.S. are profound. There is high unemployment - and taxing cars from Mexico will not make much of a dent in that. There is a high rate of p...more »
Amidst all the political drama this week, one could be forgiven for not noting the 25th anniversary of the Chapultepec Peace Agreement. Chapultepec was the agreement that brought a negotiated end to El Salvador’s civil war, a 12-year conflict between a repressive military government and leftist rebels united under the banner of the Farabundo Martí […]
*So, we see a time when all men will unite for the common good. This time is one in which men will actively choose and decide upon the course of mankind. The vision begins today and in time grows un-til the day when men realize that they are the masters of their world and take responsibility for all that occurs within human community. We see a day of true concern for the Earth and for the health and general welfare of all inhabitants of your Earthly realm. When you see this, then the vision will begin to take physical form. We ask that you honestly seek a way to make this vision a ...more »
What did you think of Theresa May’s speech, then? Of the ‘early responders’, one of the first off the blocks was Guido. When I quickly looked on his website there were but a few dozen comments from the below-the-line reception class .They were mostly enthusiastic. Peter Walker in the Guardian said: “The more vehement Brexiteers are, as you might expect, generally very happy with May’s speech”. (therefore Guardian / BBC probably not) The pundits kept referring to the ‘meat’ and ‘flesh’ in the speech, but I’m afraid I can’t for the life of me see anything particularly new or une...more »
A 2016 study was retracted from a Frontiers journal after editors realized the authors had omitted experiments that didn’t support the hypothesis. Gearóid Ó Faoleán, ethics and integrity manager at Frontiers, which publishes Frontiers in Plant Science, told us: In accordance with our complaints protocol, the Field Chief Editor led the investigation that resulted in the decision […] The post “Crucial experiments” missing from retracted plant study appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Obama embraced the US drone programme, overseeing more strikes in his first year than Bush carried out during his entire presidency. The use of drones aligned with Obama's ambition to keep up the war against al Qaeda while extricating the US military from intractable ground wars, but the targeted killing programme has drawn much criticism. The post Obama’s covert drone war in numbers: ten times more strikes than Bush appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
By Paul Homewood More rain on the horizon as climate change affects Australia, study finds Australians will need to batten down the hatches with more intense rain storms predicted as a result of higher humidity driven by a rise in global temperatures. New findings from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, […]
*The Guardian*: *'Europe's fate is in our hands': Angela Merkel's defiant reply to Trump* *Chancellor joined by French president in making curt comments about the US president-elect’s remarks about Germany, EU and Nato* Angela Merkel and François Hollande have responded curtly but defiantly after Donald Trump cast further doubt on his commitment to Nato and gave strong hints that he would not support EU cohesion once in office. “We Europeans have our fate in our own hands,” the German chancellor said after the publication of the US president-elect’s interviews with the Times and ...more »
Ahmad Mousa is an Iraqi video journalist working for Agence France-Presse. In the last few months he has been working in Ninewa covering the battle for Mosul. Here are a few of his thoughts on how the campaign has progressed and what it has meant for the city and people. Mousa can be followed on Twitter @AhmadMousaQ Smoke from a car bomb going off in eastern Mosul (Ahmad Mousa) *1. Mosul has been shelled and hit by air strikes plus all the street fighting for months now. What does the city itself look like?* Unlike some previous battles against IS, such as in Ramadi, where infras...more »
The Iraqi Forces (ISF) made more advances in central and northeast Mosul on January 16. In the north, the 15th and 16thDivisions freed Arabi, Qairawan and Kindi. In central and northern Mosul the Golden, 15th and 16th Divisions tookthe Nabi Younis shrine and Taqafa. In the center and south the Golden Division seizedJammasa and Majmoaa. Finally, in the southeast the Golden Division, Rapid Reaction forces and elements of the 9th division freedShurta, while the army and Federal Police were also clearingareas taken in the last few days. The ISF founda large group of IS fighters in And...more »
[image: who-is-john-lewis-the-rep-who-calls-trump-illegitimate] President-elect Trump is being criticized for his response to Representative John Lewis, who said that Trump is not a "legitimate" president. But does Lewis' status as an icon of the Civil Rights movement entitle him to say whatever he wants without being challenged?
*TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017Part 2—The essence of Conwayism:* What actually happened the day before Kellyane Conway's tiff with Anderson Cooper? Conway's absurd performance during that tiff created an instant Babel. Her performance showcased the essence of Conwayism, an offshoot of the better-known rhetorical form, Trumpism. What actually happened on Tuesday, January 10, triggering this giant tiff? Thank you for asking: First, CNN aired a breathless report about Donald J. Trump's intelligence briefing the week before. Then, BuzzFeed published a 35-page document—a document full of ...more »
On this episode of Around The Empire, Dan and Joanne interview journalist David Chibo about his recent article on the deep state in the United States for Unz Review. Chibo offers a comprehensive and holistic perspective for understanding the hidden forces influencing the U.S. government by synthesizing theories from seven The post Around The Empire—Episode 5: The Deep State And Donald Trump Feat. David Chibo appeared first on Shadowproof.
*BBC*: *Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May* Theresa May has said the UK "cannot possibly" remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean "not leaving the EU at all". But the prime minister promised to push for the "freest possible trade" with European countries and to sign new deals with others around the world. She also announced Parliament would get to vote on the final deal agreed between the UK and the EU. But Labour warned of "enormous dangers" in the prime minister's plans. Mrs May used her much-anticipated speech to announce the UK's ...more »
Donald Trump is the new LBJ. That's Richard Cohen's conclusion in this morning's *Washington Post*. And, like Lyndon Johnson, his presidency is doomed: But Trump ought to pay attention to [John] Lewis and what he represents. The president-elect will take the oath with a minority of the popular vote — a substantial deficit of almost 3 million votes. He enters the Oval Office with historically dismal poll numbers, lower now than right after he won the election. He has done nothing to woo the majority of Americans who rejected his candidacy and has, instead, adhered to his schoolyard...more »
How many times have you heard your friends say something like, "Maybe he won't turn out that bad; after all he was a liberal Democrat his whole life. He's on record supporting Choice, supporting single payer, protecting Social Security and Medicare?" Forget it. Just forget it. He didn't let Pence talk him into appointing Georgia anti-Medicare fanatic Tom Price Secretary of Health and Human Services to do anything but destroy the health care social safety net. Trump doesn't *believe* in anything but winning-- at all costs... and not winning for a team, winning for Trump. You proba...more »
Omigod -- Republicans are going through a crack-up! President-elect Donald Trump criticized a cornerstone of House Republicans’ corporate-tax plan, which they had pitched as an alternative to his proposed import tariffs, creating another point of contention between the incoming president and congressional allies. The measure, known as border adjustment, would tax imports and exempt exports as part of a broader plan to encourage companies to locate jobs and production in the U.S. But Mr. Trump, in his first comments on the subject, called it “too complicated.” “Anytime I hear border...more »
By Paul Homewood http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2017/01/earth-hour-3d-dim-dark-dopey/ Tony Thomas has an excellent essay over at Quadrant about the upcoming Earth Hour: World Wide Fund for Nature (Australia) is gearing up for its tenth idiotic Earth Hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 25. Once again it will be urging people to turn off lights (but not […]
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38640413 There is said to be five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It appears as if climate scientists have now got to stage three. From the BBC: Donald Trump and his cabinet accept far more of the research on climate change than many of […]
By Paul Homewood https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/01/16/aussie-climate-scientist-predicts-rainfall-will-change/comment-page-1/#comment-2399081 Eric Worrall at WUWT brings us the latest piece of junk science, this time from Steve Sherwood. Sherwood after much taxpayer funded study concludes that Australia may see more rainfall in the future, less rainfall in the future, or a combination of the two. More rain on the […]
*people who are acting crappy need to be laughed at and shunned.* Yesterday's post highlighting *the ultimate in people acting crappy *made me consider the manner in which we should respond to the aforementioned crappy people™ How about not responding at all? How about treat them like the vermin they are? I'm not the only one fed up and not willing to take it anymore. *Rush Limbaugh: * RUSH: No, I do want to cross the aisle and get along with these people. Like I’ve always said: I want them defeated. I want payback. I want these people to have to eat it, folks! They have been...more »
*Finland's forested classrooms * *There is no mention below of the national character of Finns. Finns are in fact quite emphatic that they have a national character -- which they call "sisu". It means endurance, resilience, tenacity. Finns have an ability to face adversity and always overcome. That it might help in their educational achievements would seem obvious. The ideas below may be helpful but they don't seem to be too different from the "progressive" (low discipline) schools of Britain and America -- e.g. A.S. Neill's "Summerhill" and Bertrand Russell's awful experi...more »
*Greenie climate models fail on a regional scale too* Are General Circulation Models Ready for Operational Streamflow Forecasting for Water Management in the Ganges and Brahmaputra River Basins? Safat Sikder, et al. Abstract This study asks the question of whether GCMs are ready to be operationalized for streamflow forecasting in South Asian river basins, and if so, at what temporal scales and for which water management decisions are they likely to be relevant? The authors focused on the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna basins for which there is a gridded hydrologic model calibrat...more »
'Parliament will get vote on final Brexit deal The UK prime minister says that European laws and directives - the so-callec acquis - will be adopted into British law as part of the Brexit process. And she confirms that the UK Parliament will have a vote on the final Brexit settlement when it is agreed.' So no Brexit? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-38635035
"English Life in the 1500's" by David Hassocks "The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn’t just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about England in the 1500s: Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of t...more »
*From Jenna Orkin*The world's 8 richest people have the same wealth as half of humanity combined In Stunning Pair Of Interviews, Trump Slams NATO And EU, Threatens BMW With Tax; Prepared To "Cut Ties" With Merkel New drilling technology will create an explosion of oil *Do away with regulation and we're off to the races. The price, of course, will be borne by the environment.*South Korea Seeks Arrest Of Samsung Chief For Bribery, Embezzlement And Perjury BBC partners with Facebook to take on threat of fake news stories Investments in global clean energy projects drops 18 percent ...more »
*Image:* The disputed region is two-third of Guyana's national territory. (Venezuela Analysis) *Washington Post:* *Rex Tillerson got burned in Venezuela. Then he got revenge.* Rex Tillerson hadn't been CEO of ExxonMobil very long when the late president Hugo Chavez made foreign oil companies in Venezuela an offer they couldn't refuse. Give the government a bigger cut, or else. Most of the companies took the deal. Tillerson refused. Chavez responded by nationalizing ExxonMobil's considerable assets in the country, which the company valued at $10 billion. The losses were a big blow...more »
This is fascinating because it's really a replay of what the media did with Kennedy's book BEFORE it was published. Pharma's minions in the press have to discredit President-elect Trump's Vaccine Safety panel BEFORE they ever get started. They have...
The International Monetary Fund has warned that inflation in Venezuela will reach 1,600% this year *BBC:* *Venezuela's new high value banknotes enter circulation* Venezuela has issued new larger denomination banknotes in response to the country's soaring rate of inflation. The three notes, ranging from 500 to 20,000-bolivars, have entered circulation with the aim of making paying for essentials easier. The recent withdrawal of the 100-bolivar note caused panic with people queuing for days to exchange bills. Inflation in Venezuela is forecast to reach 1,600% this year. Until now, ...more »
By Anne Dachel Jan 15, 2017, St. Louis Post Dispatch (editorial board): Trump is flirting with disaster with choice to head vaccines panel Asking Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to lead a panel on the safety and scientific integrity of vaccines...
Blogging from the road, things come to mind and I'll try to put a few out there for your comments. Meanwhile, life is slower outside of the Los Angeles basin and there is a sense of sanity that pervades the nation in fly-over country. *Opportunity?* There may be hope for conservative bloggers to apply for White House press credentials to cover press conferences as the corrupt, elite media unwillingly gives up their treasured 49 seats. (Reuters) President Donald Trump's team could move the White House press briefing room from the West Wing to another location that accommodates mo...more »
*January 17, 2017 *(Tony Cartlaucci - LocalOrg) - Did you know nearly 100,000 people in Flint Michigan are still drinking poisoned water? That should be no surprise. The government and institutions charged and trusted to ensure the residents of this Michigan city had safe drinking water already demonstrated criminal levels of negligence and corruption, causing the problem to begin with. Expecting these same people and the system they represent to solve the problem lingers somewhere between the unreasonable and the absurd. US President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in F...more »
This graphic reveals how the Exacto bullet tracks its target and changes directions. The sniper additionally has to take into account wind, distance and even the curvature of the Earth, before pulling the trigger. DARPA has not released precise details of how its bullet moves in mid-air, but this is one way in which the technology could work. *Daily Mail*: *US Navy developing smart 'mini missiles' that can be fired from warships to take out swarms of enemy drones* * Will be designed to destroy approaching 'swarms' of drones and boats * Ammunition will be able to change its course mi...more »
*“The Deep State- Hiding in Plain Sight”* by Jesse “Mike Lofgren, a congressional staff member for 28 years, joins Bill Moyers to talk about what he calls Washington's "Deep State," in which elected and unelected figures collude to protect and serve powerful vested interests. "It is how we had deregulation, financialization of the economy, the Wall Street bust, the erosion or our civil liberties and perpetual war," Lofgren tells Moyers. "There is another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private ...more »
It is a noticeable feature of intellectual life that many people research the same topics, but do so using different conceptual and disciplinary baggage, and consequently fail to appreciate how the conclusions they reach echo or complement the conclusions reached by others.
An interesting question. Is our mind which shares so much with us, our physical mind? The amount of nonsense strongly supports just that. After all our subconscious has massive resources and real knowledge to draw from. We identify two components here. Add in the contribution of our protective spirit and any other enemy spirit and the mind must qualify who is talking and be careful. Meditation helps to tame this dangerous noise and so does developed rational thinking. Thus reaching inner peace is a challenge that must be undertaken by all in the face of internal distraction....more »
Our understanding of the medical applications of cannabis and its components has been increasing rapidly over the past five years and we have noted many discoveries and their like. The good news is excellent. However, it must be said that usage must be carefully managed. That stoner consumed far too much and produced real damage. Smoking is also the worst way of actually using this drug and the alternative methods are easy enough to set up. The commercial crowd is slowly adapting and juices and oils are now available. This will only improve. What is clearly indicated is t...more »
[image: scientific-proof-that-your-consciousness-exists-after-death] What my work has arrived at is the clear understanding that our spiritual self just happens to be physically real and is engineered from the second tier of matter that our physics remains still largely unable to detect or measure. In practice, every living cell has a computer tasked with operating the cellular machinery. We can stop hand waving. Better the information density is orders of magnitude greater that possible with chemistry. All that provides a completely recognizable host for...more »
Something of interest. It shows us how old these lineages happen to be. most arose long before Gondwanaland broke up. i am also reminded just how limited the lineages are in temperate climes. All this expresses time lines that are orders of magnitude greater than that of complex animal life generally.. . * South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought * * January 5, 2017 * * The new fossil groundcherry Physalis infinemundi from Laguna del Hunco in Patagonia, Argentina, 52 million years old. In this specimen, the former papery and lobed ...more »
(AFP Photo/Saul Loeb) *Christopher A. Preble, National Interest:* *The Real Culprit in Defense Spending: Strategic Hubris* Fighting waste, fraud and abuse, while popular, distracts from the real debate: U.S. grand strategy. There is a wide and growing gap between what officials in Washington demand of the military and the resources made available to execute its missions. Fixing this problem is arguably the most important challenge facing the incoming Trump administration. Last month, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work estimated that the current shortfall could be as much as ...more »
According to this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38644030 John Kerry commented negatively on President Elect Donald Trump's recent musings on Angela Merkel's opening of the EU to a flood of immigration. 'US State Secretary John Kerry questioned Mr Trump's remark. "I thought, frankly, it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," he told CNN.' Oddly I don't recall John Kerry or the BBC being quite so shocked when Barack Hussein Obama threatened that the UK would ...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Bloomberg*: *These Are the World’s Cheapest Places to Buy Drugs, Alcohol and Cigarettes* Indulging in a weekly habit of drugs, booze and cigarettes can cost you as little as $41.40 in Laos and a whopping $1,441.50 in Japan, according to the Bloomberg Vice Index. Bloomberg compared the price of a basket of goods — tobacco, alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and opioids — in more than 100 countries relative to the U.S., where your fix of the vices adds up to almost $400, or about a third of the weekly income. In terms of absolute costs, the cheap...more »
I am relieved that Theresa May may actually be looking at Brexit not some sort of Brexit light. Guido Fawkes has what he says are pre briefed excerpts from today's speech. This would seem to be the key passage: 'We seek a new and equal partnership – between an independent, self-governing, Global Britain and our friends and allies in the EU. Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of mem...more »
Those who advocate the retention of ObamaCare are claiming highly exaggerated losses of coverage due to its repeal. They assume that no new coverage will come into play upon its repeal. HHS Secretary Burwell cited a claim that 30 million Americans will lose their coverage. Many others are claiming that 20 million will lose their coverage. These exaggerations are exactly as I predicted here. First, as I noted here, only 11.1 million people were covered for the year in 2016, though 12.7 million signed up for coverage on ObamaCare health insurance websites. They are very trusting ...more »
For Prager U, Bjørn Lomborg explains the Paris climate agreement. For an example, when the committee asked the head of the US Environmental agency: Exactly how much will this treaty reduce global temperatures? she could not, or would not say. As Bjørn says: The agreement will cost a fortune, but do little to reduce global warming. The Paris Climate Agreement will cost at least $1 trillion per year, and climate activists say it will save the planet. The truth? It won't do anything for the planet, but it will make everyone poorer--except politicians and environmentalists. Bjø...more »
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 »
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