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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

18 January - pm - Blogs I'm Following

Started at 11:04 pm - lost net and continued at 11:42 pm MST

President Obama Updates New Rules On How The CIA Conducts Citizen Surveillance

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 minutes ago
John O. Brennan, the C.I.A. director, this month. He signed new rules governing the agency’s power to gather and use information about Americans. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times *Washington Post*:* CIA reveals new rules for handling information on Americans* The Obama administration has imposed new privacy restrictions on the CIA that are designed to limit its use of information on Americans — changes that the agency made public just two days before President-elect Donald Trump is to take office. CIA officials described the changes as a comprehensive update to guidelines that ... more »

Hillary’s Plurality Under a Microscope

John F. McManus at rss - 44 minutes ago
[image: hillary-s-plurality-under-a-microscope] Supporters of Hillary Clinton’s bid to become President can’t get over the fact that she won more votes than did her opponent. Her numbers exceeded Donald Trump’s by a more than 2.8 million. “How can it be,” her followers ask, “that she can attract that many more voters and still lose?”

US Congresswoman Gabbard Makes A Secret Trip To Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 45 minutes ago
Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. CNN *AFP*: *US congresswoman Gabbard makes secret Syria trip* Washington (AFP) - A US congresswoman made a rare secret visit to Syria as part of her effort toward ending the years-long conflict in the Middle Eastern nation, her office said Wednesday. House Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, made a fact-finding mission to the capital Damascus despite continued fighting in the war-torn country in contravention of a frail ceasefire. "As an individual committed to doing all she can to promote and work for peace, she felt it was important... more »

Enraged Political Establishment Would Have Been Okay With Chelsea Manning Dying In Prison

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 54 minutes ago
The political establishment in the United States is absolutely irate at President Barack Obama’s decision to commute U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s sentence. There are also an array of journalists and professional security or military analysts, who are incensed as well. What the emerging consensus seems to be is that The post Enraged Political Establishment Would Have Been Okay With Chelsea Manning Dying In Prison appeared first on Shadowproof.

Voter Registration, The Democrats' Sleeping Giant

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*-by Alice Marshall* In 1980 The AFL-CIO's Committee On Political Education hired me to run a voter education project in Virginia's 4th Congressional District. I made my headquarters in Franklin, Virginia, a paper mill town 40 miles west of Norfolk Virginia. My job was to contact union members who were not registered to vote and persuade them to register as well as contact members who were registered to vote and persuade them to vote for the candidates the union had endorsed. I was given two computer print-outs of union members, one of union members who were registered to vote an... more »

National Guard missile launchers aimed at Standing Rock Water Protectors

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 2 hours ago
. Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News The National Guard has two missile launchers aimed at Standing Rock water protectors. One of the Avengers, which can be armed with rotating guns and surface to air missiles, is shown above. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier admitted the missile launchers were in place, but said they were not yet loaded. Within a day of being exposed by

Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936)

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 2 hours ago
Rudyard Kipling died on January 18, 1936, at the age of seventy-one. His poem “If—" was Ayn Rand's favorite. She had said that she wanted no eulogies at her funeral, only Kipling's "If—" should be read. Here's Rudyard Kipling's famous poem "If—": *If you can keep your head when all about you * * Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, * *If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,* * But make allowance for their doubting too; * *If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,* * Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,* *Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,* * ... more »

Smart Dust – The Future of Involuntary Treatment of the Public

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Pedro Aquila* - Are nanoparticles and smart dust being weaponized to use against the general public? The post Smart Dust – The Future of Involuntary Treatment of the Public appeared first on Waking Times.

Inauguration or Coup: Which Will It Be?

William F. Jasper at rss - 2 hours ago
[image: inauguration-or-coup-which-will-it-be] As Inauguration Day comes down to the wire, the moves of globalists and intel chiefs point to frightening prospects.

Bang for the Buck? Larry Summers and Global Health Funding

Jeremy Youde at Duck of Minerva - 2 hours ago
Larry Summers, I’m going to have to disagree with you. It may seem a bit of a mismatch. Summers is a provocative and influential guy: Chief Economist at the World Bank, Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council under Obama, former president of Harvard University. He helped craft US policy in […]

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Plans To Keep On Tweeting When He Takes Office On Friday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters*: *One habit Trump says he will keep as president: tweeting* U.S. President-elect Donald Trump plans to select the media representatives who are given access to the presidential press briefing room, but will not move the room out of the White House, he said in interview with Fox News broadcast on Wednesday. Trump, whose election campaign was punctuated by a stream of Twitter messages, also said he plans to keep tweeting when he takes office on Friday. "Look, I don't like tweeting. I have other things I could be doing. But I get very dishonest media, very dishonest press.... more »

The Year of the Pig: Should Workers Support Police Strikes? (must-read)+ Caleb Maupin: Low Wages, Police Terror and the Necessity of Revolution

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 3 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Originally posted Jan. 10, 2015 Workers World January 18, 2017 This updated article first appeared in the Jan. 29, 1971, issue of Workers World newspaper. The writer was a founding member and chairperson of Workers World Party. Are strikes by the police to be regarded approximately the same way as strikes by ordinary […]

You Think It Was All Putin? Meet Robert Mercer-- The Billionaire Behind Trump's Ratty Curtain

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Strange and elusive Long Island hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer was the "thread between a seemingly random cast of actors" who turned Trump's foundering campaign around-- Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, David Bossie and Cambridge Analytica. Mercer and his equally contemptible daughter, Rebekah, had been eyeing Señor Trumpanzee ever since their first choice, right-wing fanatic Ted Cruz, dropped out of the primaries. Cruz and Trump don't have much in common but the Mercer's felt they could easily mold Trump into what they wanted by surrounding him with their own people and tak... more »

Obama rejects clemency for Native American activist Peltier

White Wolf at White Wolf - 4 hours ago
More commutations are expected from President Obama on his last day in office, but one high-profile name will not be on the list The Department of Justice dashed the hopes of Peltier, his family and supporters in a terse email sent to his lawyer Wednesday afternoon. "The application for commutation of sentence of your client, Mr. Leonard Peltier, was carefully considered in this Department and the White House, and the decision was reached that favorable action is not warranted. Your client's application was therefore denied by the President on January 18, 2017," it said. "I am pre... more »

President Obama Vows To Be Vocal On The Issues After He Has Left Office

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
President Obama spoke during his final news conference in the White House briefing room on Wednesday. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times *New York Times:* *Obama Vows to Speak Out on ‘Core Values’ After Office* WASHINGTON — President Obama made clear on Wednesday that he would not go silent after leaving office this week, promising to speak out whenever he feels America’s “core values” are threatened. While he said he was looking forward to taking a break from politics, Mr. Obama said at the final news conference of his presidency that certain major issues would be importan... more »

Follow the Rainbow...

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 4 hours ago

Musical Interlude: Yanni, "Before I Go"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Yanni, "Before I Go" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mk8N2HohPKw&feature=fvwrel

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Like delicate cosmic petals, these clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula and dutifully cataloged as NGC 7023 this is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers. Still, this remarkable image shows off the Iris Nebula's range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. * Click image for larger size.* The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characte... more »

Chet Raymo, “A Sense Of Place”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“A Sense Of Place”* by Chet Raymo “It would be hard to find two writers more different than Eudora Welty and Edward Abbey. Welty was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of stories and novels who lived all her life in Jackson, Mississippi, in the house in which she was born, the beloved spinster aunt of American letters. Abbey was a hard-drinking, butt-kicking nature writer and conservationist best known for his books on the American Southwest. Both writers are favorites of mine. Both were great champions of place. I always wondered what it would have been like if they got together. As... more »

"The Whole Root Of Our Trouble..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, the only fact we have. It seems to me that one ought to rejoice in the fact of death- ought to decide, indeed, to earn one's death by confronting with passion the conundrum of life." - James Baldwin, “The Fire Next Time”

"Clinging To The Core When Our World Falls Apart"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Clinging To The Core When Our World Falls Apart"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "When external factors shift we have an opportunity to rediscover our core which is the only truly safe place to call home. There are times when our whole world seems to be falling apart around us, and we are not sure what to hold onto anymore. Sometimes our relationships crumble and sometimes it’s our physical environment. At other times, we can’t put our finger on it, but we feel as if all the walls have fallen down around us and we are standing with nothing to lean on, exposed and vulnerable. These... more »

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 5 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Updated: Jan. 17, 2012; added the movie CCProse on Jun 12, 2011 Book One: Recalled to Life – Chapter 01: The Period. Classic Literature VideoBook with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions in multiple languages. Audio courtesy of Librivox. Read by Paul Adams. Playlist for A Tale of Two Cities by Charles […]

Random Thoughts Of A Physicist In Honeymoon

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 blogs - 5 hours ago
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- Janury 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Obama’s Last News Conference: Full Transcript and Video* The following is the full transcript of a news conference that President Obama held in Washington on Wednesday, as prepared by the Federal News Service. *Read more* .... *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 18, 2017* Was Barack Obama a transformative president? -- Linda Feldmann, CSM Obama should give back his Nobel -- Scott Jennings, USA Today The American Epoch is over. It ended on Obama’s watch -- Terry Glavin, National Post How To Salvage U.S.-Russia Relations: One Expert's Take -- Luc... more »

ED ROGERS, THE GENTEEL TRUMP

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
Donald Trump, a political neophyte, is a crude man who says nasty, hateful things about people he doesn't like, particularly if they're not white or male. A good example is his ongoing feud with congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis. Ed Rogers, a veteran Republican operative, is a man who's regarded as civilized and well-mannered. Over at *The Washington Post* today, he joined Trump in the Lewis pile-on -- but *politely.* *John Lewis: A predictable partisan* I have watched the back-and-forth between President-elect Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) over the past coup... more »

Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
This had to be up before Trump's inauguration. So, finally here it is! Personally speaking here. I've never been a believer in "the Donald" as the leader of any sort of grassroots/populist movement. Nor do I buy the common presentation of the media being opposed to him*. I'm also not a fan of the whole 'deep state' is against Mr Trump. I see the psychology of influence at play*.* Link* * The response to scarcity is, like the other weapons of influence, often a shortcut which usually pays dividends. And we are prompted to react because a missed opportunity is a loss of freedom. * *D... more »

Obama Denies Peltier Request for Commutation of Prison Sentence

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago
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Obama Illegally Sends Huge Check to UN “Climate” Fund, Then Lies

Alex Newman at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: obama-illegally-sends-huge-check-to-un-climate-fund-then-lies] In flagrant violation of federal laws signed by then-presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, outgoing President Barack Obama just illegally sent another $500 million of American tax money to a dictator-controlled United Nations “Green Climate Fund” (GCF). President-elect Trump vowed on the campaign trail to “cancel” the entire UN climate regime and the billions in payments, meaning Obama was almost out of time. When contacted with questions about the violation of U.S. law, the U.S. State Department respon... more »

the look of love

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Mohawk Nation News 'Family Fight'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 6 hours ago
http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2017/01/18/family-fight

World News Briefs -- January 18, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*BBC*: *Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh faces ultimatum* Senegal has moved troops towards the Gambian border in an effort to force President Yahya Jammeh to accept electoral defeat and step down. Senegal is leading the operation, which is supported by Nigeria and other states in the region. Mr Jammeh has been told to leave office by the end of Wednesday and hand over to last month's election winner, Adama Barrow, who is currently in Senegal. Mr Jammeh has ruled The Gambia since taking power in a coup in 1994. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* U.S. officials say Siz... more »

The Whole World Is Watching: Obama Has 2 Days To Free Leonard Peltier

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
Now, with two days left in his presidency, Obama has the chance to close one of the more troubling chapters in the history of U.S. government-Native American relations By commuting Peltier's two consecutive life sentences, the president will have the final word on a case that's stained federal law enforcement for decades. "He missed so much of my life, important moments like graduations, and I had to remember he wasn’t missing these moments because he wanted to — he had no choice. My worst fear is that he will die in prison and I won’t have any real time with him." wrote Peltie... more »

Getting Caught Up with Odds & Ends

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
*New CIA disclosures reveal that Vladimir Putin used dolphins to help sneak up on the Democrat National Committee (DNC) in order to steal their secrets on behalf of Trump.* - Since getting home from Okinawa I've been as busy as a one-armed wall paper hanger. I had lots of lovely mail to get caught up with - including many gifts coming in for the Global Network as we hit our 25th year of operation. Thanks to all of you who have been donating. These donations give us confidence that our supporters appreciate our hard work and think we are heading in the right... more »

Hollywood Actresses Behind Pro-Margaret Sanger Planned Parenthood Video

Raven Clabough at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: hollywood-actresses-behind-pro-margaret-sanger-planned-parenthood-video] Only in Hollywood, where fiction is king and leftism is the prevailing ideology, would Planned Parenthood be portrayed as a leader for racial equality and freedom.

At World Economic Forum in Davos, Biden Urges Defense of “Liberal International Order”

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: at-world-economic-forum-in-davos-biden-urges-defense-of-liberal-international-order] At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Vice President Joe Biden said, “It is imperative that we act urgently to defend the liberal international order.”

How two adorable foxes got on a man's roof and surprised him

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
A pair of foxes decided a snowy roof was a great place for some rest and relaxation last weekend. Andy Carver said he woke up Sunday and saw the foxes outside of his window on top of a roof. He said it took him a few minutes to figure out what he was seeing because he was only "half awake." "I was shocked. I was like what in the heck is that because I had just opened my eyes. My wife had just opened the blinds and that was the first thing I saw. I was like how did they get up there? what is going on?" he said. Carver said Breckenridge has received about 4 feet of snow recently,... more »

A Harvard whistleblower was subjected to a forced mental exam. Here’s why.

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 7 hours ago
Last March, a PhD student at Harvard filed a misconduct allegation against his mentor, a prominent stem cell researcher. Three months later, he was taken from his home by police in the middle of the night for a forced psychiatric evaluation. How did this happen? As with any story, there are at least two sides. […] The post A Harvard whistleblower was subjected to a forced mental exam. Here’s why. appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Israel's New Anti-Ballistic Missile System Now Operational

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
An ''Arrow 3'' ballistic missile interceptor is seen during its test launch near Ashdod, Israel December 10, 2015. REUTERS/Amir Cohen *Reuters:* *Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system* Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"-like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed. The Defence Ministry said the U.S.-funded Arrow 3 system, jointly developed by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. firm Boeing Co. (BA.N), was handed over the Israeli Air Force. The Arro... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia. Thanks for stopping by!

"Do Not Ever Say..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives." - Ayn Rand

“War with China Could Break Out in the South China Sea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“War with China Could Break Out in the South China Sea”, Introduction* by Brian Maher “The World Today Looks Ominously Like It Did Before World War I.” Thus ran a po-faced headline in The Washington Post, of recent vintage. But is it true? Is the world really on the verge of a possible war? And where would it start? So we buckle on our armor… mount our steed… and prepare to confront these questions today… The Great War- re-christened World War I in honor of its sequel- slammed the hatch on what many consider the first era of globalization. The Post: "From the mid-19th century to 1... more »

Midday Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "The Royal Albert Hall Concert" ( 2010 )

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "The Royal Albert Hall Concert" ( 2010 ) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI8N2569jSg

"The Moral Responsibility..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"The precept: "Judge not, that ye be not judged" is an abdication of moral responsibility: it is a moral blank check one gives to others in exchange for a moral blank check one expects for oneself. There is no escape from the fact that men have to make choices; so long as men have to make choices, there is no escape from moral values; so long as moral values are at stake, no moral neutrality is possible. To abstain from condemning a torturer, is to become an accessory to the torture and murder of his victims. The moral principle to adopt in this issue, is: "Judge, and be prepared t... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

White House: "’Controversial Pardon On The Way.’; Obama to Explain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*White House:* * "’Controversial Pardon On The Way.’; Obama to Explain”* by Newsroom 9:15 AM EST - “The White House says there is a "controversial Presidential Pardon" on the way and that Barack Obama will "explain it" when the Pardon is made public. Is Hillary Clinton being Pardoned? Are ALL Obama officials being "Pardoned?" This could be quite a day. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Please check back for details.” - https://www.superstation95.com/ *About Presidential Pardons: *Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution states as follows: "The ... more »

The Deep State: “Neither Intelligent nor Wise, but Definitely Dangerous”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*The Deep State:* *“Neither Intelligent nor Wise, but Definitely Dangerous”* by Robert Gore If you stay up with current events and read widely enough, especially non-mainstream media, you can often detect the Deep State and its works. Precise delineation is impossible, but the Deep State is the top ranks of the intelligence agencies, military, Departments of State, Homeland Security, Defense, Treasury, and Justice, the Federal Reserve, a myriad of banks, corporations, law firms, foundations, universities, and powerful behind-the-scenes string-pullers. When SLL talks about the Deep S... more »

Is it really necessary to label "The Borowitz Report" as "satire"?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*What's wrong with this picture?* *by Ken* Let me confess that I'm the one who appended the January 15 "Borowitz Report" as an update to Part 11 of Noah's herculean *2016 In Review America Off The Rails* series: "Comrade Trump: Inauguration Entertainment Update!." It seemed an obvious call. No sooner had we put up Noah's update to his earlier post on the extraordinary difficulty the Trumpinistas have been having getting entertainers to perform at their guy's inauguration (Part 3, "The Trumpf Inauguration Committee Finds The Perfect Inauguration Entertainment At Last!"), and also g... more »

Turkey and Russia, Coordinating With Damascus, Conduct Airstrikes...

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*JapanTimes* MOSCOW – The Russian military said Wednesday it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes, coordinated with Damascus, against an Islamic State group’s stronghold in northern Syria. It is the *first acknowledgment *of Russian cooperation in support of Turkey’s offensive in the area. *Reports of Moscow and Turkey coordinating airstrikes have occurred twice previously*- but *this is the first acknowledgement of such cooperation*-* Coming after the signed agreement **mentioned here**: January 12/2016*- *Turkey, Russia sign agreement of coordinating air operatio... more »

Stoke-on-Trent Central Selection Timetable

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
The timetable for the selection of the Labour candidate for Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election has been agreed by the NEC and was posted up on Membersnet earlier on today. And what a shocker it is. Most of the time, the Labour Party is a sclerotic beast that ambles about slowly. The selection demonstrates it can move lightning fast when occasion demands. Hold on to your hats ... Applications have to be received by party headquarters by 10am Monday 23rd January. Longlisted candidates will be notified later that day and invited to an interview by the NEC shortlisting panel on Tuesda... more »

WATCH: The Only TV Anchor in America Willing to Tell the Truth About Pizzagate

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: pizzagate]No one here is saying there is a smoking gun, however, to dismiss pizzagate without knowing all the facts is wholly irresponsible.

Violence Planned for Trump Inauguration Exposed

Steve Byas at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: violence-planned-for-trump-inauguration-exposed] Two Project Veritas videos demonstrate that not all anti-Trump protesters intend to make their views known peacefully.

Russian Foreign Minister: UK, Germany, & France ‘Grossly Interfered’ In US Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov. © Iliya Pitalev/Sputnik *RT:* *UK, Germany, & France ‘grossly interfered’ in US election – Russian FM* Leaders and top officials from the UK, Germany, and France have “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. Speaking at a press conference following a meeting with Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Lavrov said Moscow “is tired" of accusations it meddled in the US election. In fact, Lavrov said, it is time to “ac... more »

You Hit the Mark Valentine - With Cricut Print and Cut

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 8 hours ago
This post is sponsored by Cricut. All ideas are my own. Valentine's Day is my absolute favorite crafting time of the year. There is something about punny valentines and red, white and pink that get my creative juices flowing. I have a sketchbook that I draw all of my ideas in and I am pretty sure my graphic designer husband groans every time I pull it out because it means I am going to be begging him to the computer side of the designing. This one I am proud to say it so easy you can make it all by yourself, no graphic designer needed. This software is so easy, here let me show you... more »

Woman Changes Mind About Becoming a Cop After Police Rape Her in Public in Search of Drugs

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: search]A police officer forces vaginal cavity search of female citizen along the side of the road to look for non-existent drugs — and we call this 'justice.'

Margolyes on Women’s Hour

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I heard Miriam Margolyes on Woman’s hour this morning. She appeared as a guest on one of those ‘chain’ interviews, where one speaker links to another (like a chain.) I’m just a little uncomfortable with her constant need to push *too much information* at us, (*“This is Radio 4!”* warned a wary Jenni Murray) but I can sort of understand why she feels compelled to recount detailed toilet related and sexual anecdotes. It’s almost defensive. Or preemptive. I can also understand why a Jewish, only-child of an overbearing mother and an unassertive father, who describes herself as “fat *a... more »

Online Now! 12 Million Pages of Declassifed CIA Documents

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
Documents "of historical value" that were more than 25 years old as of 1995 are now searchable online 930,000 documents- 12 million pages *The CIA has made more than 12 million declassified pages from 930,000 documents available on the Internet for the first time.* *The documents in question were part of Bill Clinton’s 1995 plan to declassify documents “of historical value” that were more than 25 years old; the archives of the documents were not made searchable until 2000, and they could only be accessed from four computers at the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Md., T... more »

The Most Blistering Destruction of Obama’s Imperial Legacy

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Lucas Dare* - The pen is mightier than the sword, but is it mightier than the drone? The post The Most Blistering Destruction of Obama’s Imperial Legacy appeared first on Waking Times.

New Instruments of Surveillance & Social Control: Wireless Technologies which Target the Neuronal Functioning of the Brain

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad by Dr. Kingsley Dennis Global Research, March 9, 2008 – 2008-03-07 Increasingly there are indications that the uses of wireless technologies have been developed to target an individual’s biological body, with specific focus upon the neuronal functioning of the brain. In this paper I examine how some of these uses have had detrimental […]

The Most IMPORTANT Video You’ll Ever See (Parts 5-8)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad wonderingmind42 Part 5 of Dr. Albert A. Bartlett’s presentation on “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy.” Part 6 Part 7 The stunning finale to Dr. Albert A. Bartlett’s presentation on “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy.” see The Most IMPORTANT Video You’ll Ever See (Parts 1-4) How It All Ends: Your Mission (global warming; must-see videos) How […]

BBC Ignore The Satellite Record

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 9 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Temperature data for 2016 shows it is likely to have edged ahead of 2015 as the world’s warmest year. Data from Nasa and the UK Met Office shows temperatures were about 0.07 degrees Celsius above the 2015 mark. Although the Met Office increase was within the margin of error, Nasa says […]

Irony lost on Oxfam

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 9 hours ago
*"8 people are richer than 3.6 billion, says Oxfam. So? My daughter, who has $20, is richer than 2 billion. So the problem is poverty, not inequality." *~ Johan Norberg Guest post by *Peter Kermode* Right up until last Monday I was a supporter of the charity organisation Oxfam. I supported them right up until Monday when they sent me an email entitled "8 men have the same wealth as half the planet." The email, which seemed to go out to half the planet and has since gone viral, went on to express outrage at the inequality in wealth distribution that this represents, and the obli... more »

The Battle For The Iraqi Cty Of Mosul -- News Updates January 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Iraq has retaken east Mosul from Isis, says army general* Lt Gen Talib Shaghati says government troops are in ‘full control’ of eastern part of Iraq’s second largest city Iraqi government troops say they are in “full control” of east Mosul three months into a major operation to recapture the country’s second city, despite some Islamic State fighters remaining along the Tigris river. The Iraqi army’s Lt Gen Talib Shaghati, who commands the counter-terrorism forces, hailed what he called a “big victory” and told reporters that plans were now being drawn up to retake... more »

BREAKING: Assange Will Not Turn Himself Over to US for Manning — Claims Conditions Not Met

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: assange]After 24-hours of rampant speculation, Julian Assange’s attorney has come forward to clear the air on the extradition promise of Assange.

OPEC Claims That U.S. Shale Producers Won’t Threaten Its Efforts to Raise Crude Oil Prices

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: opec-claims-that-us-shale-producers-won-t-threaten-its-efforts-to-raise-crude-oil-prices] The oil-producing world has made OPEC nearly irrelevant, but the oil minister from Saudi Arabia hasn't noticed.

Michigan schools in the age of DeVos!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017Headed for the bottom:* Yesterday, by happenstance, we experienced a rare mid-afternoon sighting. By happenstance, we happened to watch this ten-minute, mid-afternoon segment on MSNBC. During the segment, Kate Snow interviewed two guests about our public schools. Specifically, the segment was inspired by yesterday's Senate hearing involving Betsy DeVos, who will almost surely be our next secretary of education. First, Snow interviewed a conservative who spoke in praise of DeVos. Then, she interviewed Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation ... more »

International Trade Thuggery

Walter E. Williams at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: international-trade-thuggery] President-elect Donald Trump's threats against American companies looking to relocate in foreign countries have won favorable review from many quarters. Support comes from those alarmed about trade deficits, those who want a "level playing field" and those who call for "free trade but fair trade," whatever that means.

President Obama Holds His Final Press Conference (Live)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago

Russia And Turkey Join Forces For The First Time To Launch Airstrikes Against The Islamic State In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*DW: **Russia and Turkey join forces to launch airstrikes against militants in Syria* The joint attack is the latest example of Moscow co-opting a key NATO member as it tries to, again, become a superpower. Russian led peace talks are due to convene in Kazakhstan next week without the UN or the US. Russian and Turkish war planes joined forces to bomb Islamic State (IS) militant targets in a suburb of war-ravaged Aleppo. Russian Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said Wednesday that the bombing of al-Bab, a town about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Aleppo, marked the first t... more »

Suicide Bomb Attacks Kill Over 50 In Mali

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*BBC:* *Mali car bomb 'kills at least 50 people' in Gao* At least 50 people have been killed in northern Mali in a car bomb attack on a military base, officials say. A vehicle packed with explosives detonated at a camp housing soldiers and members of rival armed groups in the region's main city, Gao. Mali's northern desert region has been restive since it was captured by militant Islamists in late 2012. Despite French military intervention in 2013, the region remains tense with sporadic attacks and kidnappings. *Read more* .... *More News On Today's Suicide Bomb Attacks In Mali... more »

I will have to say people have had about enough of the libtards and their temper tantrums...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*judging by the reading I've done this morning.* We've got a whole bunch of dem politicians boycotting the inauguration. Well - good for you, sugar cookies. You're making a mockery of the political process in this country and showing the world what idiots you are. And, guess what? NO ONE IS GOING TO MISS YOU AND WE DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK!!! Ooops, sorry for shouting and flinging about all those exclamation thingys. Then we have the "protesters", who will do their best to make sure law abiding citizens of this country will have their rights abridged at the inauguration of Do... more »

Success of Las Vegas SHOT Show a Harbinger for Gun Industry Growth?

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: success-of-las-vegas-shot-show-a-harbinger-for-gun-industry-growth] The success of the Las Vegas SHOT Show may herald gun industry growth to meet increasing demand for self-protection and the relaxing of concealed carry laws.

Former FBI agents and Former US Atty ask Obama to free Native American activist Leonard Peltier

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 10 hours ago
Obama greets boy at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Cannon Ball, ND, 13 June 2014, Off. Wh. House photo by Pete … Continue reading →

More about Laura

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
A quick update on our semi-collaborative post: ”We have to talk about Laura.” *“Laura Kuenssberg report on Jeremy Corbyn breached accuracy and impartiality rules, BBC Trust finds”* The BBC breached accuracy and impartiality rules with a News At Six report by Laura Kuenssberg on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, its governing body has ruled. An item, which aired in November 2015, inaccurately represented the Labour leader’s views on a shoot-to-kill policy in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, it found. The complaint, by a member of the public rather than Mr Corbyn himself, wa... more »

At last, cancer reproducibility project releases some results — and they’re mixed

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Nearly five years ago, researchers suggested that the vast majority of preclinical cancer research wouldn’t hold up to follow-up experiments, delaying much needed treatments for patients. In a series of articles publishing tomorrow morning, eLife has released the results of the first five attempts to replicate experiments in cancer biology — and the results are decidedly mixed. […] The post At last, cancer reproducibility project releases some results — and they’re mixed appeared first on Retraction Watch.

DONALD TRUMP: OWNED BY THE MAINSTREAM GOP

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
At their new gig at Axios, ex-Politico writers Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei score an interview with Donald Trump and demonstrate that he's not always the party-smashing tough guy he plays on TV: On Twitter and in public, Donald Trump remains an uncompromising mix of bluster and bombast. Behind the scenes, he's confronting, and in some cases succumbing (slightly) to, the hard truths of governing and leading a world that hangs on his every word.... Consider: * Trump said health care is his most urgent domestic topic, telling us he spoke with President Obama again on Monday about the t... more »

RSS Confirm 2016 Is Tied With 1998 As Warmest Year

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://data.remss.com/msu/monthly_time_series/RSS_Monthly_MSU_AMSU_Channel_TLT_Anomalies_Land_and_Ocean_v03_3.txt RSS have also now released their temperature data for December, which, as with UAH, shows a big drop from the month before. Annually, RSS come to the same conclusion as UAH, that 2016 was 0.02C warmer than 1998. As Roy Spencer has pointed out, the margin of error is 0.1C, so […]

Q: Where is PC?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
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GAIA PORTAL: Friendlies are assembled as Unity arises

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 11 hours ago
*Friendlies are assembled as Unity arises* by ÉirePort Friendlies are assembled as Unity arises. Collaborations of Higher Light support the causes. Destinies of all proceed direct. Fantasies are dropped as the Real within expands. ÉirePort | January 18, 2017 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-Br - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

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Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Study reveals how salt water impacts La. wetlands ~Dan Boudreaux, HoumaToday.com*

ARIZONA MOVES TO BAN SOCIAL JUSTICE & ACADEMIC FREEDOM

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 11 hours ago
With the legitimacy of the president-elect in question, not a few people believe that the nation is on the verge of a constitutional crisis. Yet whatever people have feared about the future of the country, in Arizona we have already been living this crisis for 10 years now, especially in the realm of education. And it is about to get worse, as lawmakers have introduced legislation that would have the effect of banning social justice classes, activities and events, from K-12, to colleges and universities statewide. For rest of column, go to: http://diverseeducation.com/article/91252/

The Cherokee Nation Is Entitled to a Delegate in Congress. But Will They Finally Send One? And the Choctaw too?

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 11 hours ago
Via Yes! Magazine: “The Cherokee Nation Is Entitled to a Delegate in Congress. But Will They Finally Send One? To … Continue reading →

Fukushima Daiichi Atmoshperic Emissions Seem to be Worsening a Bit Again

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
Jan 17 23:57 January 18 00:00 notice the purple glow in the screenshot above January 18 1:15 Emissions from the unit 3 area (adjacent to where you see the red light on) seem especially bad today but some of the effect could be partly explained by atmospheric conditions because the Futbaba cam view also looked sort of pixilated, although the streets were very clearly dry.

Q: Where is PC?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
A point to anyone with the correct answer ... Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Fake News in History #2 - Climate Warming/Cooling/Change

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Russian video about Climate Change* As promised yesterday, this is the second in a trilogy of posts about *"Fake News in History".* The trilogy is in honour of the inauguration to the US Presidency of Donald Trump...which is hoped to take place this coming Friday. Friday I will be following the inauguration live and will do some quick posting in "real time" should any events justify it. *Donald Trump has finally brought the concept of "Fake News" out of the shadows*. Fake News has, in recent history, been one of the most powerful and pervasive tools of the perps...the neocon, g... more »

Jason Mamoa to play a tough Cree character in "Frontier" Netflix series

White Wolf at White Wolf - 11 hours ago
Momoa plays the Netflix series’ Declan Harp, a character so tough — the actor would have you believe — that he could make even his Game of Thrones character Khal Drogo back down. Declan lives in the wilderness with the tribes of 1700s Canada — right about the time the residents of that region to the south were about to declare it their own country. Declan’s already lost everything when he shows up all bloody from battle. He just wants to find the people who took his family and serve them frontier justice, when the politics of the fur trade get in his way. In between blockbusters, ... more »

The Sanders Conundrum

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Protesters camp out in Senator Chuck Schumer’s Capitol Hill Office, November 14, 2016 (source)* *by Gaius Publius* *co•nun•drum* (kə-nŭnˈdrəm) n. A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma: *"the conundrum, thus far unanswered, of achieving full employment without inflation” * *(Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.) * I'm writing this to pose a question, not to offer an answer, at least not for now. Consider: *1.* It's important to oppose Trump, especially now that buyer's remorse is setting in and Trump's voter base is freaking out about, among other things, Republican (no... more »

Dine' Officials Demand Halt to Chaco Fracking

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Tribal Delegates To Bureau of Land Management - Stop Chaco Sale! Chapter Presidents meet with BLM State Director, hundreds rally, and tens of thousands call to cancel oil and gas lease sale Press statement Photos by Emilia Arrasim SANTA FE, NM — While four Navajo Nation chapter Presidents, impacted community members, and one NM State Representative were inside

Media Silent as CIA Quietly Publishes Millions of Damning Govt Docs Online in Searchable Database

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: cia]The CIA dumped 13 million pages of declassified records, including US role in overthrowing foreign governments and the secret ‘Star Gate’ telepathy project.

Elderly Deaf Man Beaten by Cops for 7 Minutes for Not Responding to Their Yelling

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: deaf]Charges have been dropped against an elderly deaf man who was arrested for being beaten by incompetent cops unable to handle deaf people.

Philip L. Russell : 2016: Another bad year for Mexico’s Peña Nieto

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 12 hours ago
His presidency has been marked by corruption, social inequality, and broken promises. By Philip L. Russell | The Rag Blog | January 18, 2017 Philip Russell will join Thorne Dreyer on the syndicated Rag Radio program, Friday, January 20, 2017, … finish reading Philip L. Russell : 2016: Another bad year for Mexico’s Peña Nieto

Trump’s Challenge of NATO Riles Globalists

Steve Byas at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: trump-s-challenge-0f-nato-riles-globalists] Trump's view that NATO is "obsolete" may be concerning to globalist elites, but it is a position held for years by several notable figures.

CONWAYISM AND BABEL: Now you're insulting BuzzFeed, she said!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2017Part 3—A blizzard of crazy complaints:* Is Moscow blackmailing Donald J. Trump? Or doing something like that? To us, that seems like an obvious possibility, given Trump's endless array of puzzling statements and crazy ideas. We'd like to see a stronger push for a full-blown, serious probe. That said, sometimes a crazy idea is just a crazy idea. (We believe Freud said that.) Trump's puzzling statements and crazy ideas may come straight from the heart. In our view, CNN got out over its skis a bit when it offered a breathless report about Donald J. Trump ... more »

Raramuri Activist Assassinated in Chihuahua

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Raramuri activist assassinated south of US border in Chihuahua http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Award-Winning-Mexico-Indigenous-Environmental-Activist-Murdered-20170117-0041.html

Wednesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - The Star argues that a crackdown on tax evasion and avoidance is a crucial first step in reining in inequality. Susan Delacourt wonders when, if ever, Chrystia Freeland's apparent interest in inequality will show up in her role in government. And Vanmala Subramaniam reminds us why the cause of developing a more equal society is such a vital one: *So what?* If you’re upper middle-class or rich in Canada, that’s a question you might find yourself asking. Being rich-ish means that you will, for the most part, live a materially comfor... more »

GISS: 1998-2016 comparison suggests a trend of 2 °C per century

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
While Czechia is enjoying the best skiing season – when it comes to the snow conditions – in years (Ore Mountains and the Bohemian Forest often provide skiers with up to 150 cm of snow) and I've exploited this fact as well, The New York Times told us about a press conferences by NOAA and NASA today that finally announced the temperature data for 2016. *GISS temperature anomalies, 1880-2016, in multiples of 0.01 °C* On January 3rd, I mentioned that both satellite-based teams quantifying the global mean temperature (UAH AMSU, RSS AMSU) concluded that 2016 was 0.02 °C warmer than 199... more »

Christians and Feminists Unite Against Transgender Bathroom Policy

Michael Tennant at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: christians-and-feminists-unite-against-transgender-bathroom-policy] A Christian pro-family group and a radical feminist group have joined forces to oppose the Obama administration's transgender bathroom policy as the Supreme Court considers a challenge to it.

Govt Allows Power Company to Dump Radioactive Waste Directly Under Drinking Water Aquifer

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: waste]A nuclear power company with a known history of contamination has been granted permission to dump radioactive waste under Miami's drinking water.

U.S. Vice President Biden: 'Liberal International World Order' Is At Risk Of Collapse

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Time:* *Joe Biden Is Warning About the Collapse of the ‘World Order’ as He Says Goodbye* "This is a moment to lead boldly" Vice President Joe Biden warned Wednesday that the “liberal international world order” is at risk of collapse, using his final speech to global leaders to frame the stakes on the world stage as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office. Biden urged leaders in Europe and the U.S. to defend democracies against dangers that he said include Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden, in remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland reported b... more »

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Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *Spray this invisible, edible coating on produce and it will last five times longer * Magic. * One Country’s Oil Collapse Is Unintentionally Helping OPEC Hackers are using a devilishly clever fake email attachment scam to break into people's accounts Egyptian Court Rejects Transfer Of Two Red Sea Islands To Saudi Arabia, Setting Stage For "Iran Pivot" Justin Trudeau faces an ethics probe after staying on island owned by Aga Khan Don’t Panic: Scientists Report First Case of Bird Flu Jumping From Cat to Human Three People Shot Following MLK Parade In Miami San F... more »

Clif High on David Wilcock, Benjamin Fulford and Drake

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
*Clif High on David Wilcock, Ben Fulford and Drake* This is a fascinating interview by Red Ice with Clif High on January 16th. He discusses at length his misgivings with the information coming from David Wilcock, Benjamin Fulford and Drake. Many of the points he makes are very salient ones. Clif's take on Ben Fulford is interesting in the regard that he has a martial artist background for most of his life, he's trained in Judo, Karate, and Akido at many dojos. I had a banker compliance officer contact me a few years ago who had both martial arts and Yakuza connections tell me ... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 93, Jan 17, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Islamic State is in full collapse in east Mosul with 11 neighborhoods falling on January 17. The Golden Division freed all of them along with the Great Mosque, the Presidential Palace, and the Ninewa Hotel. In the north, the army took the Kindi military base. The entrancesto all five bridges across the Tigris River were secured as well. There was still fighting in the Ghabat area. The mayor of Mosul Hussein al-Hajem saidthere were only 4-7 areas in east Mosul still under IS control. Iraqi officials are always given to exaggeration and have claimed that almost all of the Left Co... more »

DOES DONALD TRUMP HAVE ANY MOTIVATION TO PREVENT NATIONAL SECURITY CRISES?

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
Donald Trump will be president in two days, and in the area of national security his administration is simply not ready, Politico reports: Sources close to the transition describe Trump’s national security staffing as a “black box,” leaving everyone from Obama administration officials to Trump job seekers and foreign diplomats guessing at who will land crucial positions shaping policy and managing crises. Much of the speculation focuses on the [National Security Council].... But the Trump team has also not yet announced any appointments below the Cabinet level for the departments of... more »

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Baseload Tidal Generation in the UK

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The project would see energy produced for 14 out of every 24 hours, according to TLP We are well aware of the problems of intermittency with the proposed tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay. Even the developers, TLP, admit it can only supply power for 14 hours a day. But they […]

Freeing Chelsea Manning

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 15 hours ago
Give credit where due and kudos to Barack Obama for doing the right thing by commuting whistle-blower Chelsea Manning's cruel and unusual prison sentence -- even if he did the right thing more out of political calculus than out of any sense of human empathy. Maybe some savvy reader can tell me why Chelsea Manning must be imprisoned for four more months: is it really the molasses-like military bureaucracy, or is it because Obama still wants to "send a message" that, just because a president softened up just this once doesn't mean that individuals exposing war crimes and Deep State c... more »

Gambia's President Refuses To Relinquish Power

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*NYT*: *Gambia Shudders as Defeated Leader Tightens Grip Before Inauguration* BANJUL, Gambia — President Yahya Jammeh once predicted that his rule could last a billion years. Now, the fate of his nation is hanging on one more anxiety-filled day. After acknowledging defeat in an election last month, Mr. Jammeh abruptly changed his mind, refusing to step aside for the inauguration of the new president scheduled for Thursday and threatening to drag the nation into a bloody standoff. Mr. Jammeh, who has long been criticized for human rights abuses and grandiose claims like being abl... more »

Trump’s Russian Cyber-Hack Controversy: New era of post-Civil-Military Relations?

Amanda Murdie at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
The following is a guest post by Jahara W. Matisek. Jahara “FRANKY” Matisek is a Major in the U.S. Air Force, with plenty of combat experience flying the C-17 and an instructor pilot tour in the T-6. He is an AFIT Ph.D. Student in Political Science at Northwestern University, a recent Summer Seminar participant in the […]

How to spot a “citation cartel”

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Do you know the difference between a group of researchers in the same field who cite each other’s related work, and a group of authors who purposefully cite each other in order to boost their own profiles? It’s not easy to do, say researchers in a new article about so-called “Citation cartels.” In Frontiers in […] The post How to spot a “citation cartel” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Cop’s Unpaid Storage Unit Auctioned Off — Full of Evidence from Unsolved Child Murder

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: evidence]When a man bought a storage unit at an auction, he never imagined that it would belong to a cop who's been hiding murder evidence in it for a decade.

Report: Eight Men Own As Much Wealth As Poorest Half Of The World

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 15 hours ago
A report from Oxfam International shows eight men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people in the world. Oxfam says new data from India and China suggests previous estimates of global wealth concentration credited the poorest half of the world with too much wealth. The report is The post Report: Eight Men Own As Much Wealth As Poorest Half Of The World appeared first on Shadowproof.

Loyal Dog Waits By Injured Friend’s Side For Days In Freezing Cold

White Wolf at White Wolf - 15 hours ago
In Dallas, Texas, a freezing cold dog was spotted curled up in a crate next to the road, injured and all alone. Leslie Ysuhuaylas had spotted him before, as his irresponsible owners often left him to fend for himself. Benny, as he was baptized, seemed to have given up on life that night. Leslie wrote in a Facebook post: *"His face swollen and his skin ripped from his leg almost to the bone. […] Tonight was supposed to be his last night. Poor guy was crying […] and his wound was dripping pus. You could see down the skin."* It was not long before they discovered that another dog, B... more »

chelsea manning will be free!!!!

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
This is the best news I've seen in a long, long time. Chelsea Manning, the US army soldier who became one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times when she exposed the nature of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who then went on to pay the price with a 35-year military prison sentence, is to be freed in May as a gift of outgoing president Barack Obama. In the most audacious – and contentious – commutation decision to come from Obama yet, the sitting president used his constitutional power just three days before he leaves the White House to give Manning her freedom. M... more »

HuffPo: The Sky Horse Is the Limit - A Galloping Publisher

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 16 hours ago
NOTE: Congratulations to Tony Lyons and the entire team at Skyhorse Publishing. Many years ago, my agent called me and said, "We've sold your book, Kim. The publisher is called Skyhorse." I responded, "Skywho?" Today, Skyhorse is thriving under Lyons'...

Win a Copy of Cooking With Leo by Erica Daniels from Skyhorse Publishing

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 16 hours ago
Contest time! Congratulations to Erica Daniels on the publication of her new cookbook, "Cooking with Leo," I was please to write the foreword for this terrific book. Leave a comment to enter the contest. Purchase Cooking With Leo at your...

World News Briefs -- January 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraq special forces chief says mission accomplished in east Mosul* Elite Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State fighters from all districts of eastern Mosul they were tasked with recapturing, their commanding officer said on Wednesday, bringing almost all of the city's eastern half under government control. Lieutenant-General Talib Shaghati said the Counter Terrorism Services (CTS), who have spearheaded the three-month-old offensive against Islamic State in the northern Iraqi city, had taken control of the eastern bank of the Tigris river. Regular army troops were st... more »

Schumer Gives The Green Light For Senators To Boycott The Trumpy The Clown Inauguration. And...?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
When I first met James we were both in our twenties. Now we're both in our sixties. When I met him he was getting a doctorate in urban planning. Now he's married to one of my oldest friends from high school and is considered one of the most distinguished architects in New York. He was always imbued with progressive values but I never saw him as an activist let alone a radical. Tomorrow he's going to the big Trump protest at Columbus Circle. No one talked him into it. He's doing it for America. We all must. Did you watch this yet? It's not an ordinary movie trailer: When we start... more »

Restoring Character

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
God knows, governments are imperfect and the source of great frustration. Some suggest that the antidote is to run government like a business. On Friday, Donald Trump says that he will run the United States like a business. And, starting today, Kevin O'Leary is making the same pitch. But, Mark Bulgutch writes, applying business principles to government doesn't solve the problems -- because business suffers from the same problems: Volkswagen programmed its engines to control emissions only when they were being tested in labs. Once those engines hit the road, they emitted 40 times ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Russian Paratroopers *War Is Boring*: *Russian Paratroopers Could Totally Mess Up the Baltic States* *Airborne soldiers bring the element of the surprise* In February 2016, the influential RAND Corporation — a think tank closely aligned with the U.S. Air Force — published a paper in which it warned that a Russian invasion of the Baltic States could reach the capitals of Latvia and Estonia in less than three days even with a week of warning. But that might underestimate how quickly Russia could overrun the region, were the Kremlin to send the bulk of its airborne forces and seize t... more »

"'Common Sense' - Addressed To The Inhabitants Of 2017 America"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"'Common Sense' - Addressed To The Inhabitants Of 2017 America"* by Jim Quinn “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” – John Adams "Thomas Paine was born in 1737 in Britain. His first thirty seven years of life were pretty much a series of failures and disappointments. Business fiascos, firings, the death of his first wife and child, a failed second marriage, and bankruptcy plagued his early life. He then met Benjamin Franklin in 1774 and was convinced to emigrate to America, arriving in Philadelphia in November 177... more »

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*DeVos vows to be advocate for 'great' public schools* President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education secretary Betsy DeVos was in the hot seat Tuesday evening as Senate Democrats grilled the GOP megadonor about her positions on public education and potential conflicts of interest. DeVos vowed during the three-and-a-half-hour confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee that she would be an advocate for public education while defending her support for school choice and charter schools. "The vast majority of students in this count... more »

US Ambassador To The UN Samantha Power Attacks Russia And Defends The Intel Community

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*CNN*: *Obama UN rep rips Russia, rejects attack on intel agencies* Washington (CNN)US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on Tuesday rapped President-elect Donald Trump for his defense of Moscow and delivered a stark warning about Russian efforts to undermine the international order. Power's remarks, at the Washington-based Atlantic Council, are just the latest warning by outgoing Obama administration officials of the need to be wary of Russian intentions as Trump repeatedly asserts his desire for better ties with Moscow, sometimes criticizing US intelligence services in the proc... more »

Time Off

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 17 hours ago
Taking a couple of weeks off. Wishing you the happiest of new years. See everyone in February. _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*Are there enough fossil fuels in the ground to do what Warmists predict?* *I had my suspicions about this paper but it has been around for 6 months now so if it is a hoax, I think I would have heard of it by now. The claim is that there is not enough hydrocarbons in the ground to generate the volume of CO2 that would be needed to trigger global warming. If true that is quite a body blow to Warmism. Not that Warmists would care. No facts matter to them.The authors seem to have taken more or less at face value existing estimates of fossil fuel reserves but that is nuts. New o... more »

Nebraska Bill would replace Columbus Day with day honoring Chief Standing Bear

White Wolf at White Wolf - 18 hours ago
Now a state senator from Lincoln wants to replace Columbus Day with an official state holiday honoring Standing Bear and other leaders from Nebraska’s four American Indian tribes. The bill also could bring a national conflict over Columbus — a hero to some, a villain to others — to the floor of the Nebraska Legislature. “We don’t have a day honoring our first people,” said State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks. “Truly, Standing Bear is our Martin Luther King.” The bill would make Chief Standing Bear and Indigenous Leaders’ Day the official state holiday celebrated on the second Monday of ... more »

Can The U.S. Army Be Crushed In A Devastating Land War With Russia Or China?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
US army soldiers patrol as they conduct an ambush drill as part of the Filipino-US joint military exercises inside a Philippine army camp in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, north of Manila (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco) / Reuters *Kris Osborn, National Interest:* *The U.S. Army's Biggest Fear: Getting Crushed in a Devastating Land War to Russia or China* After more than a decade of counterinsurgency warfare, the Army is now emphasizing major force-on-force mechanized warfare against Russia or Chinese weapons around the world. The global proliferation of Russian and Chinese weapons massively i... more »

Using electricity, not molecules, to switch cells on and off

Gregory Payne, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Maryland at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 19 hours ago
Will your cellphone be able to communicate with bacteria in your body? Bacteria image via www.shutterstock.com. Microelectronics has transformed our lives. Cellphones, earbuds, pacemakers, defibrillators – all these and more rely on microelectronics’ very small electronic designs and components. Microelectronics has changed the way we collect, process and transmit information. Such devices, however, rarely provide access to our biological world; there are technical gaps. We can’t simply connect our cellphones to our skin and expect to gain health information. For instance, is there ... more »

Is The Incoming Trump Administration Ready To Handle A National Security Emergency?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, during a national security roundtable meeting at Trump Tower in New York, Aug. 17, 2016. Trump, received his first classified briefing on Wednesday since becoming the Republican nominee, according to a person briefed on the meeting. (Damon Winter/The New York Times) *Michael Crowley, Politico*:* Is Trump ready for a national security crisis?* Personnel gaps across security and defense bodies has stoked concerns that the new administration could get caught flat-footed. The abrupt withdrawal of a top Trump National Security Council... more »

Maybe tariffs are not worse than taxes

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
*And all sensible "protectionist fees" in the whole economy are basically tariffs* While I sympathize with most plans of Donald Trump's – and his philosophy about many things – it's likely that the potential worsening of the international trade is something that I have the biggest trouble with. His protectionist measures may hurt those who export to the U.S. They may also lead to more or less symmetric responses so the exporters from the U.S. will be hurt, too, like all consumers. But is it so bad? Am I really scared or disturbed? Tariffs are worse than nothing, I thought – for th... more »

Iceland Jail Top Bankers For 46 Years, Europe ‘Outraged’

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
What part of this example is so hard to understand? Nothing really. it is just that the criminals elsewhere are using a little cash to stay out of jail all while still in control of the money. This money has also been spent freely to ensure useful idiots are actually elected. I stated simply in 2008 that all those whose name appears on a failed AAA bond needed to be charged with treason. No more and no less. Could i make it any clearer? Do you realize all those in the security business outside the gilded circle survived handily? They all knew better and do recall that i spe... more »

Without Uber or Lyft, Austin Experiences Skyrocketing DUI Rates

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
A not so amusing consequence of making ride acquisition difficult as per the traditional monopolies. The difference is real but perhaps overstated. It is still a difference and needs to be part of the consideration. In the end, the taxi model will disappear and survive as a limousine service for more sophisticated demands. Nothing wrong with that except the long tortuous road getting there.. *Without Uber or Lyft, Austin Experiences Skyrocketing DUI Rates * * Brittany Hunter * *Wednesday, January 04, 2017* *https://fee.org/articles/without-uber-or-lyft-austin-experience... more »

Why Americans are Getting Dumber?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
It is a profound error to think that learning has to be paced at all. In fact it has to be encouraged and made competitive in a non stressful manner. Let me put it another way. The fundamental tool available to everyone is simply reading a book and taking what you can from that book. No testing involved. Even a book about the Bobbsey twins ( Really date myself here )or its ilk teaches you words you can use elsewhere. Add in an effort to read a passage from the bible which is couched in adult language and you connect the child to our cultural history and advance his vocabulary... more »

Capitalism Is the Problem?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
The problem with capitalism has never been capitalism itself although it has provided an easy target for the ignorant proto barbarians as shown us by Marxism. *The proper problem of capitalism has been actual access to capital.* I bring this up because it allows us to understand economic history and a lot else besides. Before the creation of fiat money, our primary personal currency and capital was our labor and that naturally produces slavery. The creation of fiat money wiped out slavery but since access was limited to the king and his friends or some variation thereof, we ha... more »

Dachel Wake Up: Press, Propaganda and Progress

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
By Anne Dachel At the beginning of my book, The Big Autism, How and Why the Media is Lying to the American Public, I included these two quotes: “If you want to sell a lie, get the press to sell...

What Will Be President Trump's Policy And Strategy In Afghanistan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Martin Fleischer and Charles Elkins, The Diplomat*: *Trump and Afghanistan: The Unwelcome Obligation* When Donald Trump takes office on January 20, he will inherit an immensely problematic country and region. President-elect Donald Trump has so far been ambiguous regarding how he plans to deal with the volatile security situation in Afghanistan and the sensitive geopolitical balance in the region. In an interview in 2012, Trump argued the United States should withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and use aid dollars to rebuild the U.S. instead. Recently, mounting costs have led a... more »

Rex Tillerson, Biggest Gator in the Swamp

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*January 18, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - When US business tycoon-turned-politician Donald Trump ran for office, *"drain the swamp"* became a popular campaign cry. Trump likely was implying that he would "drain" corrupt and redundant features of Washington's establishment and distance Washington's leadership from the suffocating corruption of special interests on Wall Street. Yet since winning the election, almost overnight (and in many cases, all during his campaign even), Trump has surrounded himself with precisely the sort of flora and fauna found in the deepest, dankest swamps.... more »

President Trump Will Need To Address North Korea's Missile And Nuclear Threat Quickly

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*James Robbins, US News and World Report*: *North Korea Hasn't Gone Away* *The Trump administration needs a strategy to deal with the Hermit Kingdom, sooner rather than later.* How long can the world tolerate a country that goes out of its way to present itself as a threat? North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, welcomed the new year with a declaration that his military was on the verge of testing an intercontinental ballistic missile—one which presumably could reach anywhere in the world. The Obama administration had no particular response to the statement except to reiterate tha... more »

The Many Faces of Trump Foreign Policy

Daniel Nexon at Duck of Minerva - 21 hours ago
It won’t be too long before we start to get a better understanding of what foreign policy in a Trump Administration will actually look like. It’s useful to keep in mind that current rhetoric is no guarantee of future grand strategy. Remember when we all worried that the Bush Administration was going to be too isolationist? […]

Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
This is the time of year when people try to make sense of the preceding twelve months. It’s a fool’s errand, in one sense. A year is an arbitrary division of time. We decide what it means in retrospect, and we never get it exactly right. But the meaning we give it will guide our actions in the future, in thousands of conscious and unconscious ways.

Pentagon Is Preparing A List Of Options For President Trump To Accelerate The War Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*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 »

These Are The 9 Foreign Policy Issues That President Trump Will Have To Face

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* This is a good summary from the Washington Post .... *9 foreign policy issues the Trump administration will have to face* (Washington Post).

The Science of Bias, Empathy, and Dehumanization

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 23 hours ago
Empathy moves us, but it may move us to make an unethical decision. Conversely, says Bloom, dehumanization is not the ultimate evil we typically assume it to be.

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Check out the six functions of #Marine aviation on display at @USMC Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. #Ooorah pic.twitter.com/3gwyUHfr1s — U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) January 18, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping Defends Globalization In His First-Ever Speech At The World Economic Forum At Davos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*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 »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(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

US Air Force F-16 Spotted In A Mock Dogfight With A Russian SU-27 Fighter Above Area 51

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(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 »

Comrade Trump: Inauguration Fiasco 2017! The Latest Inauguration News!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-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 »

Is China's Air Force Just A 'Paper Tiger'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

Will a ketogenic diet increase the risk for malignant melanoma?

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 1 day ago
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.[1] But recently some U.S. researchers have provided evid... more »

Political Contributor – Developer Charles Kushner Sentenced to Max (2 yrs) in Prison for Witness Retaliation and Other Crimes (Jared Kushner’s father)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Last November the Guardian raised the following issue: “Who is Jared Kushner? Trump’s son-in-law at center of transition team drama … Continue reading →

Glenn Scott : METRO | On Saturday, January 21, women ‘to make a mighty sound’ in Austin

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
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

China's Top Generals Are Being Reshuffled Or Replaced In A Major Shakeup Of The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

Musical Interlude: Yanni, "Nostalgia"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Yanni, "Nostalgia" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWUe-iwyB2M

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Life Is”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “Life Is” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8b32fhv3jI

"A Deep Look to the Heavens"

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

"My Purpose..."

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

Chet Raymo, “The Incredible Potential of Unexpectedness”

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

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

"Human Existence: Our Story in One Minute"

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

The Poet: Joy Harjo, "Eagle Poem"

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

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Málaga, Andalucia, Spain. Thanks for stopping by!

"All Is Not Lost..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"If you can't answer a man's arguments, all is not lost; you can still call him vile names." - Elbert Hubbard

“Baby, It’s Cold Out There”

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

Psycho-Acoustic Medicine: The Science of Sound in Health & Well-Being

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Lance Schuttler* - How music and sound affect consciousness and the brain. The post Psycho-Acoustic Medicine: The Science of Sound in Health & Well-Being appeared first on Waking Times.

On Chelsea Manning’s Freedom

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
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.

China State TV Says Its Military Can Reach New Delhi In 48 Hours

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

What Is Making Trump So Unpopular So Fast-- His Demeanor? Or Is It The Dire Threat Of Republican Health Care?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
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 »

You Make My Heart Soar - Free Printable Airplane Valentine

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day ago
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 »

In Davos, Globalists Hail Leadership of Communist Chinese Tyrant

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[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 Military Simulates An Invasion From China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence (updated)

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
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 […]

Dorothy Day: Our Problems Stem From Our Acceptance of This Filthy, Rotten System by Richard Sahn

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
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, Real US Documents, In Ghana! Suspicious? You betcha!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
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 »

If you're in Los Angeles this month, three education items to consider

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
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 through 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 ... more »

Supaman - Why

Barbara Ann Levy at A Curated Green Rights Collection - 1 day ago

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 day ago
Companion cats.

Roundup Now Proven to Cause Liver Disease, and it’s in Your Food

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - When will a recall of toxic Roundup be announced? The post Roundup Now Proven to Cause Liver Disease, and it’s in Your Food appeared first on Waking Times.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Commentaries -- January 17, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

Deep State vs Trump; Dodgy Dossier; US Rolls Tanks & Artillery in Poland

Joanne Leon at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
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.

World News Briefs -- January 17, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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 »

Previewing the Stoke-on-Trent Central By-Election

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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 »

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