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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

19 January - Blogs I'm Following

11:30 pm MST

Soon To Be President Trump And Lincoln

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 seconds ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge) * President-elect Donald Trump salutes the statue of Abraham Lincoln as he and his wife Melania take part in a Make America Great Again welcome concert in Washington. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *WNU Editor:* The photo gallery* begins here*.

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/20/2017"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 33 minutes ago
* "Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/20/2017"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "250,000 protesters, many of them paid and bussed in, are going to Washington D.C. to try to disrupt or stop Donald Trump from being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. The police and military are ready for them as tens of thousands of armed officers and soldiers are on hand to make sure the inauguration goes ahead as planned. Outgoing Vice-President Joe Biden was in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum and sounded the alarm about the populist movement sweeping the globe. Biden warned t... more »

Picture Of The Day (The Last Day At The White House)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 40 minutes ago

Here Are Official White House Photographer Pete Souza's Favorite 55 Photos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
© Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Twisted Sifter:* *The White House’s Pete Souza Has Shot Nearly 2M Photos of Obama, Here are 55 of His Favorites* For the last 8 years, Pete Souza has been the Official White House Photographer. Over the course of President Obama’s two terms, Souza estimates he will have taken nearly 2 million photographs. You can find over 6,600 on the White House’s official Flickr account. Souza has captured some incredibly powerful, heartfelt and poignant moments of the President over the last 8 years and a gallery of 16 photos has recently gone viral,... more »

"Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent"* By Melanie Curtin "Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves. So here's a science-backed one: make a playlist of the 10 songs found to be the most relaxing on earth. Sound therapies have long been popular as a way of relaxing and restoring one's health. For centuries, indigenous cultures have used music to enhance well-being and improve health c... more »

What Color Will Señor Trumpanzee Be Mañana?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
We love the Dublin-based European betting house Paddy Power. Even though I'm not a betting man myself, they always offer fascinating opportunities to bet on current events. In a press release today, "Deep Saffron Is The New Black-- Paddy Power Open Betting On Inauguration Specials-- Including Trump's Skin Colour," they're calling attention to the odds they're offering on several important aspects of tomorrow's biggest day for fascism since Germany expanded employment by 1- preventing Jews from working, which opened up thousands of jobs for members of the master race and 2- banning ... more »

Musical Interlude: Amethystium, “Tinuviel”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Amethystium, “Tinuviel” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnLImUVeNFM

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“This colorful skyscape features the dusty, reddish glow of Sharpless catalog emission region Sh2-155, the Cave Nebula. About 2,400 light-years away, the scene lies along the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus. *Click image for larger size.* Astronomical explorations of the region reveal that it has formed at the boundary of the massive Cepheus B molecular cloud and the hot, young, blue stars of the Cepheus OB 3 association. The bright rim of ionized hydrogen gas is energized by the radiation from the hot stars, dominated by the bright... more »

Chet Raymo, “What Makes The Desert So Beautiful Is That Somewhere It Hides A Well...”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“What Makes The Desert So Beautiful Is That Somewhere It Hides A Well...”* by Chet Raymo "Good morning," said the little prince. "Good morning," said the merchant. This was a merchant who sold pills that had been invented to quench thirst. You need only swallow one pill a week, and you would feel no need of anything to drink. "Why are you selling those?" asked the little prince. "Because they save a tremendous amount of time," said the merchant. "Computations have been made by experts. With these pills, you save fifty-three minutes in every week." "And what do I do with those fifty... more »

Fukushima Daiichi: (Nitrogen?) Device Screenshots

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 hour ago
I'm assuming this very large device is what injects nitrogen into the reactors to prevent the buildup of explosive gasses. I've seen the device many times before and it usually is placed in service when atmospheric emissions start to thicken, as illustrated by this screenshot from earlier today: Jan 20 00:33 It is huge, as illustrated here when the crane pulls it out of the building and drops it in the foreground of the building (reactor1) where it had been embedded:

"Don't Wonder..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Don't wonder why people go crazy. Wonder why they don't. In the face of what we can lose in a day, in an instant, wonder what the hell it is that makes us hold it together." - "Grey's Anatomy"

"Who Is Delusional? The Answer Is: We All Are"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Who Is Delusional? The Answer Is: We All Are"* by Noel Hunter "Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you" - Carl Jung "Within the mental health profession, clinicians and researchers who value a system of categorical illnesses and individual defects too often proclaim that the major feature delineating "real psychosis" from other "disorders" is the presence of delusions. Two articles in the New York Times exemplified for me how skewed this assertion is. It also led to a greater awareness, more specifically, of how problematic it is to view so-called delusions as meaningles... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"You Are Not Crazy: Taking a Time Out"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"You Are Not Crazy: Taking a Time Out"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Sometimes as adults, we just need a time out to refocus and gather ourselves before starting out again. Most of us feel a little crazy from time to time. Periods of high stress can make us feel like we’re losing it, as can being surrounded by people whose values are very different from our own. Losing a significant relationship and moving into a new life situation are other events that can cause us to feel off kilter. Circumstances like these recur in our lives, and they naturally affect our mental stability. ... more »

The Poet: Eugene O'Neill, "Free"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
* "Free"* "Weary am I of the tumult, sick of the staring crowd, Pining for wild sea places where the soul may think aloud. Fled is the glamour of cities, dead as the ghost of a dream, While I pine anew for the tint of blue on the breast of the old Gulf Stream. I have had my dance with Folly, nor do I shirk the blame; I have sipped the so-called Wine of Life and paid the price of shame; But I know that I shall find surcease, the rest my spirit craves, Where the rainbows play in the flying spray, 'Mid the keen salt kiss of the waves. Then it's ho! for the plunging deck of a bark, the hoar... more »

On His First Day In Office President Trump Will Visit CIA Headquarters

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Trump Will Visit Headquarters of CIA He Criticized Over Leaks* * President-elect accused U.S. spies of releasing damaging file * Visit is timed for swearing in of his nominee to lead agency President-elect Donald Trump will visit CIA headquarters in Virginia on Saturday on his first full day in office, traveling to the nerve center of a U.S. spy apparatus he criticized over intelligence reports Russia worked to assist his election, said a person familiar with the plans. Trump’s visit is timed for the expected swearing-in of his nominee for Central Intelligence Agency ... more »

Clinton Democrats In No Position To Call Themselves ‘The Resistance’

Roqayah Chamseddine at Shadowproof - 2 hours ago
While Democrats marinated in the unverifiable news of President-elect Donald Trump’s “golden shower” dossier, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders put forward an amendment, which called for the establishment of a “deficit-neutral reserve fund” to “lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada,” was rejected, 52 to The post Clinton Democrats In No Position To Call Themselves ‘The Resistance’ appeared first on Shadowproof.

Rural America matters to all Americans

Jennifer Zwagerman, Associate Director of the Agricultural Law Center; Director of Career Development, Drake University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture. Many Americans may feel like this particular Cabinet nomination doesn’t impact their everyday lives, but that is a misconception. USDA is responsible for areas beyond agriculture, including food, nutrition and rural development. Rural America is important to all Americans because it is a primary source for inexpensive and safe food, affordable energy, clean drinking water and accessible outdoor recreation. Almost three-quarters of the United States is considered rur... more »

Are third-party candidates spoilers? What voting data reveal

Judd Thornton, Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
Green Party candidate Jill Stein does not see herself as a spoiler in the 2016 presidential race. Her voters, Stein claims, would not have come to the polls had she not been in the race. But what if Stein were wrong and she didn’t bring new voters to the polls? The number of votes Stein got in Michigan and Wisconsin exceeded the gap between Clinton and Trump in those states. If you assume that Stein voters were more liberal than conservative and therefore more likely to support Clinton than Trump, Stein could have been a spoiler in those two states. Of course, winning Michigan ... more »

One way Trump is different from European nationalists

Brian Porter-Szücs, Professor of History, University of Michigan at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
When comparing Europe and America, we frequently overlook differences that hide inside similarities. There is no doubt that President-elect Donald Trump is surfing the same wave as European authoritarian nationalists like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, France’s Marine Le Pen, Turkey’s Recep Erdoğan, Austria’s Norbert Hofer or Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński. The parallels are many. Yet, during this apparent moment of political convergence, the U.S. is diverging from Europe in one fundamental aspect. While Trump might resemble these European nationalists, he has tie... more »

An Honest Analysis On Why The U.S. Democrats Are Going To Be In The 'Wilderness' For A Long Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Edward-Isaac Dovere, Politico*: *Democrats in the Wilderness* *Inside a decimated party’s not-so-certain revival strategy.* Standing with some 30,000 people in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia the night before the election watching Hillary Clinton speak, exhausted aides were already worrying about what would come next. They expected her to win, of course, but they knew President Clinton was going to get thrashed in the 2018 midterms—the races were tilted in Republicans’ favor, and that’s when they thought the backlash would really hit. Many ... more »

Former Newspaper Editor Who Exposed CIA Found Dead

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
YourNewsWire.com Dr Udo Ulfkotte, the former German newspaper editor whose bestselling book exposed how the CIA controls German media, has been found dead. He was 56. Ulfkotte was an editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of the largest newspapers in Germany, when he published Bought Journalists, the bestselling book that cost him his job and perhaps his life. German media, who were banned from reporting on his work in recent years, are reporting he died of “heart failure”. Acknowledging that his life was under threat, Ulfkotte explained that he was in a better position t... more »

Veterans Opposing Trump Nominee Tillerson Try to Meet with Senator McCain; McCain Staffers have then Arrested; #VetsRejectRex

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
Senator McCain claims he wants to impose stronger sanctions against Russia. And, yet, he is apparently still sitting on the … Continue reading →

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 3 hours ago
Here, on the options available to the Wall government in responding to a budget deficit other than to renew its attacks on Saskatchewan's public servants - and why we shouldn't trust a premier whose answer to the failure of his anti-worker economics is to amplify the pain. For further reading... - In case we need a reminder of the Saskatchewan Party's systematic austerity no matter how much money is flowing into provincial coffers, here are just a few of the examples from 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. - Kent Peterson nicely sums up what Brad Wall's position seems to be on his own fisca... more »

If Planet Nine Is Out There, It Tilts Our Solar System

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 3 hours ago
Looking at this simulation, i do suspect we are looking at a brown star even. At least we are now developing an orbit to monitor. Do look at the video. It is noteworthy that the perpendicular orbits are also predicted and are also filled. We really need to get remote telescopes up into space and placed on long baseline able to develop a large block of local space for objects. The Lagrange points work for this. The baselines themselves could act as a gravity sensing system able to pick up far objects. Then we really do need to do the same thing for Jupiter. All challenging. ... more »

Ayn Rand’s Letters to John Hospers

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 4 hours ago
Ayn Rand’s thoughtful and detailed letters to John Hospers, published in *Letters of Ayn Rand*, are a source of information on her views on a wide range of philosophical issues. Only the letters written by Rand are included in the book. From Hospers there is a half-page comment in which he indicates his displeasure at his side of the correspondence not being included. He says: “The reader who read what Ayn wrote to me, and not what I wrote to her, would gather that I was a bloody fool.” Perhaps he is right because Rand’s letters often create the impression that she is finding it to... more »

Mexican Drug Lord Known Joaquín Guzmán Extradited To The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*New York Times*: *El Chapo, Mexican Drug Kingpin, Extradited to the U.S.* MEXICO CITY — Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the notorious drug lord known as El Chapo, who twice slipped out of high-security Mexican prisons and into criminal legend, was being extradited to the United States on Thursday night, officials said, drawing to a close a decades-long effort to successfully prosecute the head of one of the world’s largest narcotics organizations. A federal court in Mexico denied an appeal by Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers to block the extradition, clearing the way for his transfer to the American ... more »

Thursday Evening Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 4 hours ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Peter Goodman observes that any meaningful action to build a more equal economy needs to involve bolstering wages and workers' rights - meaning that the elites-only musings in Davos miss the point entirely: Davos is — at least rhetorically — consumed with worries about the shortcomings of globalization. About the deepening anxieties of the middle class in many developed economies. About the threat of trade protectionism and its attendant hit to economic growth. About the fear that robots are on the verge of sowing mass unemployment. It is ... more »

Can Anything Prevent The Trump Take-Over Tomorrow?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*This is what Trump has done to the Lincoln Memorial (the jumbo-tron is not photoshopped)* Tomorrow, America will see the inauguration of a deranged and narcissistic fascist with shady ties to brutal Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. According to a CBS poll released Wednesday, Trump's approval rating is just 32%. In contrast, other recent presidents of both parties have had sky-high transition approval ratings. George H.W. Bush's was 82%, Bill Clinton's was 81%, Obama's was 80% and even George W. Bush's, which wasn't nearly as high (72%), was still way over double Trump's. And yet...... more »


DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago

After War on Whistleblowers, Obama Commutes Manning's Sentence

Alex Newman at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: after-waging-war-on-whistleblowers-obama-pardons-manning] After eight years of waging relentless war against whistleblowers and transparency at home and abroad, President Obama is suddenly being portrayed as a merciful defender of those who blow the whistle. On January 17, Obama commuted the sentence of Bradley Manning, a former U.S. Army intelligence analyst and self-styled “transgender” now going by the name Chelsea, who pleaded guilty under the Espionage Act of leaking hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic and military cables to pro-transparency site WikiLeaks. Reactio... more »

President Obama's Final Call As President Went To German Chancellor Merkel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Obama and Merkel have often phoned over the years *DW:* *Merkel receives Obama's final call to a foreign leader* Outgoing US President Barack Obama has phoned the German chancellor to thank her for her steady leadership. He said it was "fitting" that his final call to a foreign leader should be to her. US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, on Thursday to thank them for their friendship and support during Obama's eight years in office, the White House said. It was the final call... more »

Live Feed: The DeploraBall in DC...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 5 hours ago
*16 Hours!*

Anomaly! Book Of The Week At Times Higher Education

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 5 hours ago
I am pleased to report that the book I wrote on the CDF experiment and on collider physics at the Tevatron, "Anomaly!", has been declared this week's "book of the week" by the Times Higher Education site. There, you will be able to read Tara Shears' very nice review of my book, along with some additional considerations and biographical notes on yours truly by Karen Shook. read more

Spectacular Fireworks Show Follows Donald Trump Speech At The Lincoln Memorial...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 5 hours ago
this is what a president sounds like!

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

Man spends last day alive at a Jobcentre being told he’s ‘fit to work’. He dies on the way home

James Wright at The Canary - 5 hours ago
A man collapsed and died in the street on the way home from the Jobcentre on 12 December. He had been declared ‘fit for work’. Lawrence Bond suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after leaving the Kentish town Jobcentre, reports The Camden New Journal. The 56-year-old had longstanding health problems such as difficulty with mobility […] The post Man spends last day alive at a... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 19, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
© Official White House Photo by Pete Souza *Bloomberg editorial*: *The Enduring Dignity of Barack Obama* Posterity will pass fuller and fairer judgment on the presidency of Barack Obama than is possible today, but on one issue the verdict is already clear: personal integrity. In an especially hostile political environment, Obama was civil and decent, and he served with honor and dignity. Partisanship should not prevent Republicans from acknowledging these truths. Like his predecessor, George W. Bush, Obama leaves the White House untarred by scandal. His administration was almost en... more »

“Sidestepping the Military Leviathan: Make Money, Not War”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Sidestepping the Military Leviathan: Make Money, Not War”* by Fred Reed "Mock-up of planned Russian-Chinese airliner to compete with Boeing and Airbus. To enter service by 2025. Ambitious? Oh yes. Remember when we laughed at Toyota, Airbus, and Trump? Is Washington really going to start a trade war with China, or is it just huffing and puffing for position? I don’t know. Mr. Trump has inexplicably failed to brief me. A point worth bearing in mind: The United States cannot compete commercially with a developed Asia, or China. America has nowhere to go. It is a fully developed econo... more »

The Economy: “Is China About to Drop a Bombshell?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Is China About to Drop a Bombshell?”, Introduction* *by Brian Maher* “There’s never been a presidential transition like the one we’re about to go through,” warned Jim Rickards. “This transition could turn the world upside down." Donald John Trump gets sworn in as the 45the president of these United States this Friday, high noon. And that’s when the world could start going head-over-heels… On day one, huffs Trump, “China will be labelled a currency manipulator.” That’s no mere gust of rhetoric. Jim says that will begin a formal process that could end with the U.S. imposing harsh t... more »

A Brief Look Back in Time

LL at Virtual Mirage - 5 hours ago

World News Briefs -- January 19, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*BBC:* *Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman extradited from Mexico to US* Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is being extradited to the US, the Mexican government confirmed on Thursday. Mexican media reported he was at Ciudad Juarez airport Mr Guzman is wanted in the US on charges of smuggling vast amounts of drugs into the country. The leader of the Sinaloa cartel was facing two extradition requests - one from California and another from Texas, where he could face the death penalty. A Mexican government source told Reuters he was being taken to New York. Last... more »

"Empty Shelves & Madness (In America): A Minor Winter Storm Drove People Into 'Panic Buying Of Food And Basics'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Empty Shelves & Madness (In America): * *A Minor Winter Storm Drove People Into 'Panic Buying Of Food And Basics'"* by Mac Slavo "Can you picture empty store shelves? A couple of weeks ago, in early January, there was a relatively minor storm in the South and Southeast U.S. Cold weather, threat of the power going out, snow and ice and empty store shelves. This wasn’t the big one. And yet it was enough to bring things to a panic. If this is how people react to an extreme cold spell, then what happens when something major hits? With about two months of winter to go, it is the kind ... more »

Obama’s Legacy: Refining System Of Secrecy, Cracking Down On Leaks

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
President Barack Obama’s administration will hand President-elect Donald Trump’s administration a system for secrecy, especially when it comes to concealing military and national security programs and policies, that is stronger than ever. Eight years were spent by the Most Transparent Administration Ever™ refining this system. It succeeded marvelously because administration The post Obama’s Legacy: Refining System Of Secrecy, Cracking Down On Leaks appeared first on Shadowproof.

Will Republicans Acquiesce to Liberal Tax Principles?

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: will-republicans-acquiesce-to-liberal-tax-principles] Republicans need to remember that the left's goal is not fairness but higher taxes. Treating carried interest as ordinary income for tax purposes would simply be the first step toward higher taxes on capital in general.

Unforgiveable Blackness

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago
The Great White Hope

British Drug Rationing a Bitter Pill to Swallow

Michael Tennant at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: british-drug-rationing-a-bitter-pill-to-swallow] Under pressure to cut costs, Britain's National Health Service will begin rationing new drugs it deems "too expensive."

Illegal Alien Sues San Francisco for Violating Sanctuary City Law

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: illegal-alien-sues-san-francisco-for-violating-sanctuary-city-law] An illegal alien has filed a lawsuit against San Francisco law-enforcement officers for violating San Francisco’s sanctuary city law by arresting and detaining him.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 7 hours ago
The Daily Beast's Ben Collins reports: News anchor Ben Swann aired a six-minute “investigation” into Pizzagate in America’s ninth-largest TV market on Tuesday night. “Media is telling you the entire story is a hoax or fake news, but what does that even mean?” Swann asked on the 11 p.m. newscast of Atlanta’s CBS affiliate. He was referring to the debunked conspiracy theory spread by 4chan and InfoWars that Clinton campaign chief John Podesta is connected to a child sex ring in the basement of a pizza shop that has no basement. This isn't the first dubious report Swann has done for... more »

Hundreds of Schoolboys Perform Emotional Haka for Beloved Teacher

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
Hundreds of students in New Zealand honor a beloved teacher on his retirement by performing the traditional Maori 'haka' war dance. A spokesman for the school told that Mr Adams had been a physics teacher at the school for about 20 years, before swapping to guidance counselling. He worked in the position for 10 years before deciding to retire in April, when the video was filmed. The spokesman described him as a 'beloved' figure at the school, who is sorely missed by students and staff. While the school official said the boys were asked to do the haka, the spirit with which they p... more »

the best day of your life

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

BREAKING: In a Last Act as President, Obama Commutes Hundreds of Drug Sentences

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: obama]In his last 24 hours in office, Barack Obama just commuted the sentences of hundreds of non-violent drug 'offenders.'

Obama Frees Communist Terrorist, Sparking Outrage

Alex Newman at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: obama-frees-communist-terrorist-sparking-outrage] In a fresh insult to victims of terrorism everywhere, outgoing President Barack Obama decided to commute the 70-year sentence of communist terror leader Oscar Lopez Rivera, whose terrorist group unleashed a wave of savage violence that included more than 120 bombings across the United States. The brutal Fidel Castro-backed Marxist-Leninist terror group, known as the “Armed Forces of National Liberation” (FALN), murdered six and injured dozens of Americans amid its campaign to enslave Puerto Rico under communist rule. Critics ... more »

Colleges Offer Radical Religion Classes, Push Gender Neutral References to God

Raven Clabough at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: colleges-offer-radical-religion-classes-push-gender-neutral-references-to-god] U.S. college campuses are treating references to God as an offense, unless of course they are blasphemous, heavily politicized with a Marxist skew, or simply within the criteria of the PC police.

The Disgrace of Andrew Dobson

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
On my way into town this morning, I received a text message. "Have you seen today's *Sentinel*!" The exclamation mark indicated urgency. What could it be? Had Paul Nuttall finally declared for Stoke Central? Had egregious backroom shenanigans made the paper? Has *another* local MP announced their resignation? It was something much more shocking. When I got to see a copy, the headline read: "University professor's online sex chats with underage girls". That doesn't properly convey the seriousness of the crime: said man was found in possession of some of the most disgusting and abusiv... more »

Remembering When The Main Stream Media Called Donald Trump's 'Running For President Announcement' As A Joke

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: The above video is from News Busters .... *Flashback: Journalists Mocked Trump’s Announcement as a Joke *(NewsBusters). What's my take on the entire thing .... the joke is on the news media. Instead of asking the hard questions .... tax returns, conflict of interests, his policy objectives and how he will implement them, the people he will surround himself with if he should become President, his war policy, etc. .... the media focused on Donald Trump as being a joke, irrelevant, or worse. They doubled down when he won the Republican nomination .... continuing the na... more »

Virtually Everything Out Of Trump's Mouth Is Fake News

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Like I've been saying for months, we'll never really know-- not definitively-- the extent of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. It's a given-- at least for me that none of the interested parties-- not the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, not the FSB and certainly not Putin, Wasserman Schultz or Trumpanzee, has any kind of an operative relationship with Truth. But yesterday McClathchy's Washington Bureau reported that 6 American law enforcement agencies are still trying to get to the bottom of the collaboration between the Trump campaign and the Russian dictator to make sure Trump ... more »

Michael Flatley tricked into doing Russian squat-dance at Trump inauguration

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 8 hours ago
Everyone knows that Trump has been struggling to find first-rate performers to play at his inauguration. The incoming President having so far been turned down by: The Wombles. PJ and Duncan. Chico. Chas and Dave. The Vengaboys. Charles Manson. Everyone else. Yet he has managed to find someone to perform for him. Someone who looked […] The post Michael Flatley tricked into doing Russian... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Cat’s face torn apart by hunting dog, and the constituency’s pro-hunting Tory MP couldn’t care less

Emily Apple at The Canary - 8 hours ago
The news of an attack on a pet dog on a beach by hunting hounds has given another woman courage to come forward to speak about a horrific attack on her cat. And both incidents happened in the constituency of a Tory MP who wants to repeal the Hunting Act. The attack Tash Tozer-Martin claims that her […] The post Cat’s face torn apart by hunting dog, and the constituency’s... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

What Happens At The White House On Moving Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Moving van outside the White House on January 20, 1993. (Clinton Presidential Library, National Archives). *CBS:* *The "organized chaos" of White House moving day* While Americans are watching President-elect Donald Trump get sworn in at the Capitol, the White House staff will be engrossed in a lightning-fast moving operation. President Obama will begin Inauguration Day with his last visit to the Oval Office, the West Wing and the White House grounds. He and first lady Michelle Obama will also host coffee for Mr. Trump and his wife, incoming first lady Melania Trump. Mr. Trump and... more »

Sanders the Socialist

John F. McManus at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: sanders-the-socialist] While chatting recently with a friendly technician who was repairing my copy machine, I got a taste of a very big problem facing our country. The man knew everything about the bulky machine. But he displayed a woeful lack of awareness about our nation’s fundamental principles. And he volunteered a political preference I fear is shared by millions.

Fake News in History #3 - Humanity has to stop drinking the "Fake News" Kool Aid

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Jim Jones...the Jonestown Massacre* *and the CIA Connection **covered up* *with a fanciful tale of cult religious fanaticism* This is the third and final post of a trilogy dedicated to President-elect Donald Trump on the occasion of his inauguration to the US presidency, which will hopefully take place tomorrow. The subject, "Fake News in History" is appropriate given Trump's declaration of war on "Fake News" subsequent to the "Fake Dossier of Sexual Innuendo" the Deep State/CIA tried to take him down with just last week. I submit *a list of 10 Fake News Stories that have dominate... more »

The Russian Threat and the Poverty of “Post-Truth”

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 9 hours ago
The following is a guest post by Sidra Hamidi, a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University, specializing in global nuclear politics and state identity. She has published previously in the Washington Post and E-International Relations. In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election to the highest office in the United States, many observers have […]

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 19th Jan)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 9 hours ago
World's largest fund manager demands cuts to executive pay and bonuses BlackRock is demanding cuts to director pension entitlements and an end to huge pay rises as UK companies prepare to put their latest pay deals to shareholders. In a letter to the bosses of more than 300 UK companies, the US fund manager said it would only approve salary rises for top executives if firms increase workers’

Document -- North Dakota Supreme Court Provision for Outside Attorneys for Water Protectors

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Photo copyright Rob Wilson Photo copyright Rob Wilson Photos copyright Rob Wilson Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News The North Dakota Supreme Court on Tuesday, ruled to allow outside attorneys to serve Standing Rock water protectors on a provisional basis, as associate attorneys. Previously, those arrested experienced hardships because of the lack of pro bono attorneys licensed

The Trumps Arrive In Washington DC For The Inauguration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* That is a great salute from the future Commander in Chief.

The Worst American shares his pain with us.

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 9 hours ago
I'll begin this final, pre-inauguration political post by revisiting a fellow whose current agony is supremely well-deserved. The monstrous supreme liar of the right, and treasonous *worst man in America,* is not some screeching troll or white supremacist, or richly-paid Mudochian TV-shill, nor even one of the conniving oligarchs who - obeying dullard, gene-programmed reflex - scheme (against their true self-interest) to restore 6000 years of insipid feudalism. Obeying unsapient, inherited drives, they at least have the excuse of delusion. No, the worst American is a genteel-soundi... more »

In 2016, Solar Employed More People in Electricity Generation Than Gas, Coal, & Oil COMBINED

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: energy]Market forces are driving a rapid transition toward clean energy, making this sector far more promising for new jobs than declining fossil fuels.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Musings all her own, though with the BBC's brand name plastered all over them...(courtesy of the ever-watchful DB):

Standing Rock Water Protectors -- Court Victories, Police Brutality on Backwater Bridge Jan. 18, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Screen Capture by Censored News. Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvKRWTOY6Ok Article by Sacred Stones Camp Censored News UPDATE: At least 22 water protectors were snatched by law enforcement last night, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Some were taken to a hospital. Today saw four significant legal developments in the Dakota Access Pipeline campaign. This afternoon, US

Alexander Soros, Scion of Billionaire George Soros, Being Groomed to Take Control

Bob Adelmann at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: alexander-soros-scion-of-billionaire-george-soros-being-groomed-to-take-control] Alexander Soros, in giving $4.5 million to various progressive Democrat Party groups, programs and campaigns in 2016, is just getting started. Wait until he gains full control of his father’s fortune.

How Much Of A War Will Deep State Wage Against Trump?

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
The Washington Post reported incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn was in contact with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak. It was a clear attempt to damage President-elect Donald Trump and Flynn. Neoconservative columnist David Ignatius reported, “According to a senior U.S. government official, Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador The post How Much Of A War Will Deep State Wage Against Trump? appeared first on Shadowproof.

Offence Notice Can Be Varied Before Filing

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 9 hours ago
When a police officer stops a motorist for a minor traffic offence, typically the officer will fill out the relevant information on a form called the "certificate of offence". Underneath the certificate is a carbon copy called the "offence notice". The officer gives the offence notice (commonly called a "ticket") to the motorist, and then files the certificate of offence with the court, which has the effect of commencing proceedings against the motorist. Is the officer entitled to change the information on the certificate of offence after giving the offence notice to the motorist, b... more »

Abby Martin: Stephen Cohen Debunks US Claim “Russia #1 Threat”

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Abby Martin teleSUR English on Jan 19, 2017 Leading scholar on US-Russia relations addresses the claim being trumpeted by politicians and media on both sides of the political spectrum that Russia is now the “number one” threat to the United States. Given the proxy wars in Syria and Ukraine, Dr. Cohen tells […]

Reports: Senegal Has Invaded Gambia To Force President Yahya Jammeh To Step Down

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Senegalese troops enter Gambia to force longtime leader to step down, reports say* NAIROBI — Senegalese troops entered Gambia on Thursday in a bid to force the West African country’s longtime leader to step down after an election loss, news services reported, and the successor chosen by voters last month took the oath of office in exile. “We have entered Gambia,” Senegalese army Col. Abdou Ndiaye wrote in a text message to the Reuters news agency. There were no other immediate details of the reported incursion. Earlier Thursday, Gambia, a tiny country known for... more »

Meet the Irish Wolfhound with the World's Longest Tail

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
Keon wiggles his splendid tail all the way into the latest Guinness World Records book. Yes, there are some very goofy Guinness World Records on the books, including ones involving birthday candles and the number of functional gadgets on a cosplay suit. Guinness recently turned its attention to the fuzzier side of world records by recognizing an Irish wolfhound for having the world's longest dog tail. The adorable anatomical freak of nature is named Keon. Guinness posted a video about the impressive pooch on Tuesday. His tail stretches out to 30.2 inches (76.8 centimeters) in leng... more »

Kukes: Russian Oil Magnate with Ties to Putin and Cheney Gave Almost $300,000 to Trump

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 10 hours ago
Who is this Simon Kukes who donated $275,700 to Trump’s Campaign? What does he want? http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml People need to ask … Continue reading →

We Cannot Wait for History to Judge: We Need the Truth About Trump and Russia Now (and ExxonMobil and Robert Mercer)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 10 hours ago
“Either way — whether any of these allegations are true or false — the entire matter must be investigated thoroughly … Continue reading →

A monstrously symmetric cousin of our heterotic Universe

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
Natalie M. Paquette, Daniel Persson, and Roberto Volpato (Stanford, Sweden, Italy) published a mathematically pretty preprint based on the utterly physical construction of the heterotic string. BPS Algebras, Genus Zero, and the Heterotic Monster Well, this paper elaborates upon their previous PPV1 paper which is exactly 1 year old now but I am sure that you will forgive me a 1-year delay in the reporting. It's just remarkable that something so mathematically exceptional – by its symmetries – may be considered "another solution" to the same spacetime equations that also admit our Un... more »

Where is PC?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
Another clue: so who knows where this is (same place as Wednesday)? [image: Posted with Blogsy]Posted with Blogsy Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

It's Been Another Record Year For Agriculture - When Do Climate Change Forecasts Come True?

News Staff at Science 2.0 - Earth Sciences - 10 hours ago
In 2006, former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore predicted that we only had 10 years to stave off our carbon dioxide doom, with plummeting yields in Africa, the Himalayas melting and other doomsday scenarios happening by 2016. read more

President Trump And The Nuclear Football

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A White House military aide and member of the US Navy carries a briefcase known as the "football," containing emergency nuclear weapon codes (AFP Photo/SAUL LOEB) *AFP:* *Trump to take charge of nuclear 'football'* Washington (AFP) - It's a plain, bulging leather satchel, but inside it has the ominous power to unleash a nuclear armageddon. And on Friday it falls into Donald Trump's control. When he is sworn in as president, Trump inherits control of the "football," the briefcase that carries the procedures and communications equipment that allow the US leader to launch nuclear mis... more »

The Curse of Oak Island - Another Bust

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 10 hours ago
Last week they dug another deep pit, this one wide enough for a diver (though Borehole 10X is barely wide enough, the new one is positively spacious), into what they thought of as a chamber or vault that might contain treasure. This chamber was apparently discovered in the late nineteenth century by one of the many other companies and individuals who searched for treasure on Oak Island. With the hole completed, with a metal casing that nearly penetrated that “vault,” they dug out the last few feet of soil, and were ready for a diver. They found two who would make the descent into w... more »

350,000 Protesters Are Expected At Tomorrow's U.S. Presidential Inauguration In Washington DC

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*New York Times*: *For Inauguration Day, Plans for Heavy Security and Big Protests* WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials are in the final stages of sealing off a heavily fortified security zone encompassing the Capitol and the historic National Mall here as they prepare for the inauguration on Friday and the substantial protests it is expected to attract. In addition to the usual range of threats, officials from federal, state and local agencies are preparing this year for what they say could be large-scale protests aimed at disrupting the ceremony and registering disapproval o... more »

Climate Tricks 58, Trump's climate advisor to reverse US government alarmism

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 11 hours ago
Mr. Trump has a foul mouth but in terms of climate and energy policies, he is a realist, not alarmist. Now the world should begin to realize that climate change is mainly nature-made, not man-made. Below are some fb updates from world famous climatologist, Dr. Roy Spencer of UAH last *January 15, 2017*: *"good news, looks like my friend Will Happer is one step closer to being Trump's Science Advisor."* *"I've helped Will come up to speed on climate issues over the years...* *Will is familiar with government service and the press, he will play by the rules. Definitely not a loose can... more »

Trump Is On Everyone's Mind At Davos

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Politico: **Trump fear and loathing in Davos* The ‘globalists’ gathered in the Swiss Alps don’t know whether to cry, panic or laugh about the incoming American president. DAVOS, Switzerland — At a closed-door session at the World Economic Forum, one of the panelists asked the self-styled global elite in the audience a question: How many of you think Donald Trump won’t even finish one term in the White House? About half the hands shot up. “There’s a lot of wishful thinking about Trump here,” deadpanned Moisés Naím, the former editor of Foreign Policy magazine, who posed the quest... more »

This story went viral, yet the German Chancellor’s office confirms The Express fabricated the whole thing [EXCLUSIVE]

Alex McNamara at The Canary - 11 hours ago
On 13 January, The Daily Express ran a headline entitled UK and USA are WEAK: Angela Merkel calls for German-led EU ARMY to defend Europe. The headline is nothing short of incitement to xenophobia. It is worded to stir nationalism and anti-European sentiment within the UK. But it’s also entirely made up. Angela Merkel said no such thing. Regarding either the […] The post This story... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Theresa May just sh*t all over Maggie Thatcher’s legacy [VIDEO]

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 11 hours ago
On 19 January, Theresa May delivered a speech to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. In that speech, the UK Prime Minister crapped all over ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s most renowned legacy. But May also revealed the economic hand she intends to play in the years to come. Which is not so far […] The post Theresa May just sh*t all over Maggie... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

We just found out exactly how much mainstream media journalists care about ‘fake news’ [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 11 hours ago
The traditional media has been beside itself with alarm at the declared rise of ‘fake news’, with every Fleet Street columnist queueing up to declare moral panic. But reaction to this week’s revelations of misreporting by BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg casts doubt on their commitment to honest journalism. It appears this community of journalists is happy […] The... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Angela Rayner explains just how out of touch the Tories are, and it’s got us in absolute stitches

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 11 hours ago
For many, Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner represents the working class spirit in British politics. And her background makes her one of the few politicians who understand the reality of poverty. In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, she recalls some anecdotes. And one in particular is priceless. The interview Unlike so many […] The post Angela Rayner explains... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Trump is sworn in tomorrow, and this is what worries those who’ve studied him

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 11 hours ago
The inauguration of the 45th US President, Donald Trump, is on Friday 20 January (5pm GMT). This is the date when Trump goes from being the ‘President-elect’ to the President in actuality. To question what may come next, Politico interviewed three of the people who have maybe studied Trump the most. Namely his biographers, Gwenda […] The post Trump is sworn in tomorrow, and... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Country Singer Goes on SNL, Exposes Afghan Heroin Trade and No One Even Noticed

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: sturgill]Country music singer Sturgill Simpson went on SNL last Saturday and exposed the military industrial complex — and nobody noticed.

Jan 19: lots and lots of stuff that wasn't in your news

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 11 hours ago
Readers outside New Brunswick won't understand the pain of this. In today's Irving press, among the front page stories are 1. a man driving his truck through the ice crashed into shallow water. 2. A local man who gave teen age girls gifts and cash for sex served 20 months. That page is continued on page 2. On page 3, a man got jail time for assaulting a girl in her early teens. And a man has been arrested for alleged threats to our premier. then there's even more stories from the court. Then there's a whole page of pictures of young men on a curling rink. I have no idea why. This is... more »

French Pesidential Race Heating Up

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Marine Le Pen (Reuters / Charles Platiau) / Reuters *Bloomberg:* *Le Pen Moves Into Lead in French Race, Le Monde Poll Shows* * Republican candidate Fillon slips since December survey * Former Hollande minister Macron in third place, climbing Marine Le Pen is gaining support in France and has taken the lead in a major survey of voters’ intentions for the first round of the presidential election. The populist leader of the National Front had between 25 percent and 26 percent support compared with 23 percent to 25 percent for Republican candidate Francois Fillon, according to an Ipso... more »

Shocking Details Emerge On President-Elect Trump's Agenda As President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Commerce: **Trump team prepares dramatic cuts* Donald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending. Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned. The changes they propose are dramatic. The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Just... more »

Questions Arise as Second Floating City Seen Over China in Last Two Years

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Buck Rogers* - Is it a natural phenomenon, a hoax, or a government program? The post Questions Arise as Second Floating City Seen Over China in Last Two Years appeared first on Waking Times.

Why So Many Celebrities? They Are the Masks that Humanize Corporations

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*The Coca-Cola organization without the smiling celebrity mask (source)* *by Gaius Publius* On this side of the Atlantic, George Monbiot is an underappreciated writer. The piece I'm about to quote makes just two main points, but they are stunning. The subject under consideration: Why is the modern world awash in celebrities, from actors who've "done something" to people like the Kardashians, who appear to have done nothing at all but "be famous." We've even just elected our second celebrity president, a man known more as a "brand" than as person, the first being Reagan. Why did we ... more »

Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi Wants A Full Investigation And Disclosure On Why The U.S. Invaded In 2003

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi addresses the media in Ankara December 25, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Umit Bektas *AMN*: *Iraqi PM calls for a “thorough investigation” on why the US invaded his country* Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has called for on Tuesday during a press conference for a full investigation into the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. He said he wants to see a "thorough investigation" on why the US decided its troops needed to be "occupying" Iraq. “The US invasion of Iraq removed [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein]'s regime, but on the other hand it led to... more »

No 'Missile Offense' in Korea!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
*Seongju and Gimcheon Residents Occupy The Minjoo Headquarters to Stop THAAD Deployment* Residents of Seongju and Gimcheon [South Korea] as well as Won Buddhists have pitched tents outside the Minjoo Party headquarters in Seoul and vow to stay until the main opposition party agrees to oppose the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile [defense] system. They have been there since January 11 to demand the party officially adopt opposition to the THAAD deployment as its party platform. They also demand the formation of a special committee in the Na... more »

Undisclosed conflicts of interest usually lead to corrections – but for some journals, that’s not enough

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
When authors are faced with filling out a journal’s conflict of interest form, deciding what qualifies as a relevant conflict can be tricky. When such omissions come to light, only rarely do they result in retractions – and certainly not author bans. But there are exceptions. In October, the journal Chest retracted a 2015 review […] The post Undisclosed conflicts of interest usually lead to corrections – but for some journals, that’s not enough appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Graphic Video Shows Cops Corner Mentally Ill, Legally Blind Man and ‘Execute’ Him

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: store]"This was an execution" — Graphic store surveillance video released by the family of a slain mentally ill man shows cops lied about what really happened.

Newt Gingrich: "Representatives boycotting inauguration are childish and silly"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*allow me to add that they are not doing the job they were elected to do.* Correct me if I'm wrong, but I highly doubt I am. It makes no difference if a representative is democrat or republican. Once they are voted into office, they are to represent *all* the people of their district, not just those who voted for them. No doubt, some of the people they represent voted for Trump. Do these people not deserve to be represented at the inauguration? Granted, there is nothing specific in their "employment contract" requiring them to attend the inauguration. Some things are just under... more »

How U.S. Advisers Are Playing A Critical Role In The War Against The Islamic State In Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
American army personnel gather at the University of Mosul during a battle with Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq, January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo *Reuters*:* Iraq counts on U.S. advisers, mostly out of sight, in war on Islamic State* When Iraqi forces faced a fierce Islamic State counter-attack last month at a hospital in Mosul they had stormed without enough troops to hold it, U.S. advisers behind the front lines shepherded them to safety. And as they punched through the city's northern limits a few weeks later, it was again the Americans who counseled th... more »

Como hacer un Dios... Or the Making of a God.

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 13 hours ago
By Roberto Rodriguez Como hacer un Dios... Or the Making of a God. That is where we find ourselves today, on a divine path to the White House. While this may sound hyperbolic; it is not. Somewhat metaphorical perhaps, but an exaggeration it is not. This is much more ominous than simply giving a con artist, with a juvenile delinquent mentality, the keys to the White House. The nation is on the verge of installing its next president, not simply a mentally unstable and narcissistic charlatan – who is not simply a failed and vindictive businessman, with lots of unresolved con... more »

Sidestepping the Military Leviathan: Make Money, Not War

Fred Reed at 13 hours ago
Mock-up of planned Russian-Chinese airliner to compete with Boeing and Airbus. To enter service by 2025. Ambitious? Oh yes. Remember when we laughed at Toyota, Airbus, and Trump? Is Washington really going to start a trade war with China, or … Continue reading →


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
I just received an email from the Irish online bookmaker Paddy Power: History will be made tomorrow, as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Mischievous bookmaker Paddy Power have priced up a variety of specials for the Washington event -- including what colour the new President will be at his inauguration. The bookie makes lighter tones Tiger’s Eye and Deep Saffron its 6/1 favourites with Mango Tango leading the chasing pack at 7/1. Further down in the betting is Vivid Tangelo and Cool Copper at 8/1 while Mahogany props up the betting at 18/1. P... more »

BWorld 105, Top 10 energy news of 2016

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last January 6, 2017. Here is my list of 5 international and 5 national or Philippine important energy issues last year. *INTERNATIONAL* *1. Donald Trump and his energy policies.* US president-elect Donald Trump’s energy policies are summarized in his major campaign platform, “Seven actions to protect American workers” and these include: “FIFTH, I will lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal... SEVENTH, cancel billions i... more »

World News Briefs -- January 19, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New York Times:* *U.S. Bombs ISIS Camps in Libya* WASHINGTON — Two United States Air Force B-2 bombers attacked Islamic State training camps outside of Surt, Libya, overnight, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Military analysts were assessing the impact of the strikes, but officials said it was possible that dozens of Islamic State fighters may have been killed. The Pentagon’s Africa Command announced on Dec. 19 the official end of air operations against the Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL, in Surt, the group’s coastal stronghold, after conducting 495 strikes... more »

Exonerate Ethel Rosenberg

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
What with the Russian flu raging within corporate journalistic circles, you probably haven't heard too much lately about the movement to clear Ethel Rosenberg's name. Ethel and her husband Julius were executed by the United States government on June 19, 1953, three years after their conviction for conspiracy to commit espionage. Contrary to myth, they were neither charged nor convicted of treason or even actual espionage; conspiracy was considered easier to prove by zealous prosecutors. Although Julius did pass on certain documents to the Soviets (not, as legend also still has it,... more »

What's Really Behind US Claims of "Russian Hacking?"

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 13 hours ago
*January 19, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Despite great effort recently put into bolstering the credibility of the "American intelligence community" in the wake of their assessment regarding alleged "Russian hacking," it should be remembered that this same "community" intentionally and maliciously fabricated a myriad of lies surrounding so-called weapons of mass destruction in Iraq which led to a destructive war that claimed upward to a million lives - including over 4,000 US troops. A community responsible for verified, self-serving lies, has no credibility. Nor do the media or... more »

Transport Econ 20, On traffic and road sharing

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
My former teacher at UP Diliman, Prof. Segundo "Doy" Romero posted one hour+ ago about road sharing. Part of his post, *"...As a people we should resolve to now be moving people, but we are moving private vehicles instead. Emergency powers are being readied to deal with the traffic crisis. Meantime, it's everyman and everywoman for himself. The answer to the mobiity crisis? Buy another car! This is to dodge the number coding restrictions.* *This is where political will is supposed to be needed. It is time for radical solutions, like Tony Oposa's idea of road sharing -- half of all ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- Jaunuary 19, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *DW*:* North Korea may test new missiles - reports* Pyongyang may be about to test an upgraded intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korean media has reported, quoting officials. Experts on the country's nuclear program believe the claims to be creditable. South Korea's "Chosun Ilbo" newspaper reported Thursday that intelligence agencies had observed missile parts, believed to be the lower-half of an ICBM, being mobilized in the North, raising fears of an imminent missile test. The South's Yonhap news agency then reported that two missiles,... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin*They're determined to reappear': As its caliphate crumbles, ISIS finds other ways to spread terror 'An attack on one is an attack on all': Biden issues a 'call to action' to the US and Europe in his final major speech In other words, a call to arms. Mankind is facing an apocalyptic moral test, says evolutionary psychologist Carlos Slim Launching US TV Channel "By Mexicans, For Mexicans "CIA Releases 13 Million Pages Of Declassified Documents: Include Psychic Experiments, UFO Research Man Sets Himself On Fire Outside Trump D.C. Hotel In Protest Of Inauguration C... more »

"Farewell, Welfare State"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Farewell, Welfare State"* by Bill Bonner "The tweet was never sent and never received… ‘Lying Otto von Bismarck set us up for bankruptcy! What was he thinking? Sad!!’ Instead, Mr Trump said last weekend that, far from trying to curb the promises and cut the costs of the welfare state, he was nearly ready to unveil a plan to replace Obamacare with something better: a plan that would provide ‘insurance for everybody’. *Impossible bills: *The liberal and illiberal elites are still trying to figure it out: Isn’t that what Hillary was planning? The Obama team — like the Bushes and Cl... more »

Centralization of Wealth and Power Increases Disposability of "the Rest"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Several decades of neoliberal globalization and de-regulation have further polarized wealth among the few: Study: 8 people have same wealth as world's poorest half Kim Hjelmgaard (January 16, 2017). Study: Wealth of 8 Equals Poorest Half. USA TODAY - The Arizona Republic, 3B. Online version available http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/01/15/global-inequality-oxfam-report/96545438/ [From print version} "Eight men now own the same amount of wealth as the poorest half of the world. A top corporate CEO earns as much in a year as 10,000 garment factor workers in Bangladesh. ... more »

Levering av doktorgradsavhandlingen - dagen derpå derpå

Sunniva at SunnivaRose - 14 hours ago
Forrige gang jeg var innom her var jeg omtrent så langt nede som jeg har vært i løpet av hele denne doktorgradstiden, og jeg følte virkelig at jeg aldri ble ferdig. Da jeg kom hjem fra Blindern den dagen hikstegråt jeg, og måtte bare legge meg ned under dynen. Fine Anders visste ikke hva han skulle gjøre for meg, men dro ut og kjøpte take away thai (rød curry *nam*), cola, og en stor bukett med rosa roser, og det ble *litt * bedre etter det. Men så kom tirsdagen, og selv om jeg raskt fikk den samme følelsen da jeg møtte Sunniva (veileder) på morgenen, om at dette bare kom til å bli ... more »

What turned a cancer researcher into a literature watchdog?

trevorlstokes at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
Sometime in the middle of 2015, Jennifer Byrne, professor of molecular oncology at the University of Sydney, began her journey from cancer researcher to a scientific literature sleuth, seeking out potentially problematic papers. The first step was when she noticed several papers that contained a mistake in a DNA construct which, she believed, meant the […] The post What turned a cancer researcher into a literature watchdog? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

U.S. B-52 Bombers Strike Islamic State Camps In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN*: *First on CNN: US bombs ISIS camps in Libya, dozens killed* (CNN)US B-2 bombers struck and destroyed two ISIS camps in Libya overnight, with initial estimates that over 80 militants were killed, US officials told CNN Thursday. The mission, which was confirmed in a later Pentagon statement and is expected to be the last, short-notice military operation ordered by President Barack Obama, was approved several days ago by the President, according to sources. "They (the ISIS fighters) posed a security threat to Libya, the region, and US national interests," Pentagon spokesman P... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 94, Jan 18, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Iraqi Forces (ISF) made more dramatic advances in east Mosul on January 18. The Golden Division freedeight neighborhoods, the archaeological site in the center of the city, and attacked the Presidential Palace, declared cleared yesterday. The army freed Qadiyain the north, and attacked Arabi. The Hashd in the west tooktwo towns as well. The biggest news of the day was the announcement that east Mosul was freed. This was partially misinterpreted by the press and exploited by the government for propaganda. General Talib Shaghati of the Golden Division saidthat east Mosul had be... more »

As a Labour council tries to kick people out of their homes, a Tory minister comes to the rescue [TWEETS]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 14 hours ago
A Labour-run local authority has won the first phase of a court battle over the ‘regeneration’ of one of Europe’s largest council estates. Southwark Council has been trying to kick out council house leaseholders from the Aylesbury Estate in south London. The council claims it’s going to improve the estate. But campaigners say it’s just […] The post As a Labour... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

2017 set to top 2016 in pure, unadulterated wrongness

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 14 hours ago
Now that 2017’s here, just between us… 2016 was pretty awful, right? A turbulent 12 months in which “surreal” narrowly beat “fascism” as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. And a period full of stress and nastiness which the American Dialect Society summed up with the phrase “dumpster fire”. The biggest dumpster fire of all was probably Donald... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Journalist Who Blew the Whistle on CIA Media Control Drops Dead at 56

Baran Hines at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: Ulfkotte]The man who exposed CIA manipulation of mainstream media by exposing his role in it, Udo Ulfkotte, was found dead at the age of 56.

WATCH: Texas Officer Takes Off Belt to Beat a Teen — for Filming in Public

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: belt]Citizen journalist exercises his freedom to photograph in public and is threatened with a corporal punishment by, via a belt, by a Texas officer.

Trump, Obama and the future of targeted killing

Jack Serle and Abigail Fielding-Smith at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 14 hours ago
Obama placed limitations on the drone war aimed at reducing the number of civilian casualties. But will those rules survive Donald Trump? The post Trump, Obama and the future of targeted killing appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Is Asia About To Experience An Aircraft Carrier Arms Race?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Richard A. Bitzinger, National Interest*: *Coming Soon: Asia's Great Aircraft Carrier Arms Race?* Aircraft carriers, it seems, are all the rage nowadays in Asia. Long written off by some as bulky, oversized “cruise missile magnets,” the flattop appears to be enjoying a new lease-of-life as of late. Until quite recently, only two nations in the Asia-Pacific operated fixed-wing carriers: India with a 50-year-old-plus ex-British carrier; and Thailand with its “pocket carrier,” the Chakri Nareubet. Both vessels could only operate aging Harrier jump jets, and most of these aircraft we... more »

BBCexit: Should the BBC leave the UK?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Let me tell you that not everyone who appears to be vacantly staring into space is ‘doing nothing’. Some of us are merely lost in thought. Not all such thoughts amount to zero; some are fruitful and multiply. While idly browsing Brexit-related blogs the other day I came across one by John Redwood where the btl comments were so hostile to the BBC that it suddenly occurred to me that the BBC would be better off if it joined the Bremoaners and the SNPs and unilaterally divested itself from the UK. Bye now! This inner rant was distinctly Philomena Cunk, but when (if) you read on, don... more »

Mr. Wonderful?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Kevin O'Leary is in. But Brent Rathgeber isn't impressed by either O'Leary or his prospects: The first few times I saw Kevin O’Leary harshly criticize a contestant, I thought it was so over the top that it had to be contrived. His affected viciousness repelled me; predictably, it also earned him a seat on the American copycat program *Shark Tank*. The American entertainment industry has a history of embracing the obnoxious. There are those in the Conservative Party that are trying on Trump Lite for size: We’ve already seen some of the worst aspects of the excruciating 2016 Amer... more »

China Tests And Showcases Its New Aircraft Carrier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Popular Mechanics/AP:* *China Shows Off Its New Aircraft Carrier* *Analysts point out major limitations in both the carrier's design and the Chinese navy's ability to utilize its full capabilities.* China's sole aircraft carrier has returned home following a far-ranging three-week training mission during which its combat capabilities were closely scrutinized and speculation soared over what future role the flat-top will play amid China's growing military ambitions. The Defense Ministry said the 60,000-ton Liaoning sailed in to the eastern port of Qingdao on Friday along with its ... more »

In Latest F-35 Purchase Lockheed Has Agreed To Cut F-35 Price Below $100 Million

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Three F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (rear to front) AF-2, AF-3 and AF-4, can be seen flying over Edwards Air Force Base in this December 10, 2011 handout photo provided by Lockheed Martin. REUTERS/Lockheed Martin/Darin Russell/Handout *Reuters*:* Exclusive: Pentagon, Lockheed near deal on $9 billion F-35 contract - sources* The U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) are close to deal for a contract worth almost $9 billion as negotiations are poised to bring the price per F-35 below $100 million for the first time, people familiar with the talks said Wednesday. T... more »

Lefty thinking

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
It is odd that for lefty types, including the BBC, Hillary Clinton winning 2.1% more of the popular vote than Donald Trump is proof that she should be the next US President. However the same people happily also believe that Brexit winning 4% more of the popular vote than the Remain side is proof that the British public doesn't really know what it wants and so we should call the whole thing off. It must be interesting being on the left of politics.

Brno, Czechia joins plans to build Hyperloop

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
Ten months ago, I mentioned that our Slovak brothers – with the unmatched support from the Slovak government – decided to seriously work on plans to build Hyperloop between Bratislava, the Slovak capital, and nearby cities like Budapest and Vienna. *Brno [pronounce: burn-naw] is well-known for the Masaryk racing circuit/automotodrom, some industrial exhibitions, Brno's giant penis statues (it's actually Jobst of Moravia and Luxembourg on a female horse), as the golden ship filled with pretty girls (orig.), crooked spire on their city hall saying something about the justice over th... more »

The annual schoolwide spelling bee!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017A fascinating post about health care:* We're off on a mission of national import. We're headed south, by Amtrak no less, for the annual schoolwide bee. Two years ago, when a certain unnamed relative was a mere third grader, we attended the bee for the first time. As we reported in real time, we were very much impressed by the greatness of the event. Last year, we got blizzarded out. Tomorrow, as other ceremonies occur, we'll be in the public school auditorium, awaiting the word which was under review when we called the young scholar's home last evening: ... more »

Media Raises Fears On The Possibility of A Drone Attack During The U.S. Presidential Inauguration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Washington Examiner:* *Media warns of Inauguration drone bombing, not 'safe'* The media is raising concerns about a drone bombing at the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Friday. On Thursday's Today show, a report indicated that U.S. Secret Service has put in place several anti-drone efforts out of concern that an ISIS-inspired "flying IED" will smash into the crowd, or worse. The report quoted an official from a drone countermeasure firm saying that the Inauguration "is not something I would feel safe at." *Read more *.... *WNU Editor*: I have been saying the same thing for th... more »

Who Becomes U.S. President If Everyone Is 'Wiped Out' In A Disaster In Washington During The Inauguration (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: On Friday this person would be the Under Secretary For Political Affairs, and an Obama appointee, Tom Shannon. *Update:* This CNN report is causing a storm of protest.

Can The Senate Democrats Derail Tom Price?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
How do Ryan and the congressional Republicans get away with all the twisted lies and deceptions about healthcare? Watch the Jimmy Kimmel video up top-- and remember, that's in *Los Angeles*! People are morons? I'm afraid so. Otherwise Friday would be a day we'd either be pissed off that another corporate Democrat was being inaugurated or we'd be rejoicing that Debbie Wasserman Schultz failed and we'd be inaugurating the first president dedicated to working families since FDR. Did you watch the Price Senate hearings yesterday? How foolish and wasteful! Price said, with a straight ... more »

The soft bigotry of low expectations

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
A joint @AJEnglish @guardian #SpyCables team meet w @ewenmacaskill @SeumasMilne @willjordan @JPGREES #coffee #laptop pic.twitter.com/dqaaToBt2S — Clayton Swisher (@claytonswisher) February 25, 2015 As if it wasn’t dispiriting enough to witness the ease with which Al Jazeera persuaded the British media that there was a dreadful Israeli plot to bring down the UK government, we now learn that it wasn’t just the Qatari channel that orchestrated the whole thing. H/T to ‘Lucy Lips’ on Harry’s Place for spotting this group photo on Clayton Swisher’s Twitter feed. (Clayton Swisher was th... more »

BREAKING: First RT is blocked by Facebook, now other sites are blocking it too

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Facebook has blocked news channel RT from posting video or news content on its page. The ban will remain in place until after the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President. Soon after, RT reported it is also denied access to Dataminr, the Twitter-based news-breaking service that supports news agencies around the world. Details of the ban Facebook […] The post BREAKING: First RT is blocked by Facebook, now other sites are blocking it too appeared first on The Canary.

BREAKING: Facebook has blocked news channel RT [IMAGES]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Facebook has blocked news channel RT from posting video or news content on its page. The ban will remain in place until after the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President. Details of the ban Facebook placed the ban on RT during coverage of President Obama’s final press conference. RT confirmed the ban: Ivor Crotty, Head of […] The post BREAKING: Facebook has blocked news channel RT [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.

Roy Spencer On Satellite v Surface Data

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/from:1998/to:2017/every/plot/rss/from:1998/to:2017/trend/plot/gistemp/from:1998/plot/gistemp/from:1998/trend With the continuing divergence of surface and satellite temperature records, it is worth revisiting what Roy Spencer had to say on the issue in 2014: Much is being made of the “global” surface thermometer data, which three-quarters the way through 2014 is now suggesting the global average […]

Mosher Confirms The Pause

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Mr Mosher – the gift that keeps giving! http://woodfortrees.org/plot/uah6/from:1998/to:2017/every/plot/uah6/from:1998/to:2017/trend Perturbed that satellites show that last year was no warmer than 1998, Steven Mosher wanted to remind us that temperatures really are still rising, and provided the above graph from Woodfortrees. I actually don’t know any half competent […]

Saudi in 10 GW renewables plan but oil and gas ‘needed for decades’

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2017/01/saudi-in-10-gw-renewables-plan-but-oil-and-gas-needed-for-decades.html?cmpid=enl_pei_peidigest_2016-01-19 The Saudis inject a bit of honesty into the debate: PEI report: Saudi Arabia’s first round of renewable energy tenders are expected to deliver up $50bn by 2032 to bankroll 10 GW of clean energy, the country’s energy minister announced yesterday. However, Khaled Al-Falih also used the stage […]

Examining RFK Jr.'s claim that the CDC “Owns over 20 vaccine patents.”

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 17 hours ago
NOTE: Thanks to Ginger Taylor for writing this informative piece, published on GreenMedInfo. Read the full post here. Mr. Kennedy is in very safe territory by reporting that the CDC has over 20 patents that create vast, undisclosed conflicts of...


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
On Inauguration Day 2009, Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance as president and first lady was to Beyonce singing the Etta James classic "At Last." *"At last my love has coming around...."* It's a heartfelt love song. I'm not sure what song George and Laura Bush chose for their first dance after Bush's inauguration -- you can hear it staring at 1:09 in the video below -- but it sounds like a sentimental old love song. And BuzzFeed says, ... in 1993, the soft rock band Ambrosia performed “Biggest Part of Me” for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Cheesy 1980s soft-... more »

Setting Up for War with Russia

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
Generals from US and NATO discuss at a news conference how they are war gaming in eastern Europe along the Russian border including Poland, Estonia, Romania and Bulgaria. So it is really a triple-edged strategy at work here. At the least the US-NATO are putting a loaded gun to Moscow's head saying get on your knees and submit to the west or else. Secondly this is a major influx of profit for the military industrial complex. Lastly, and most likely, the US-NATO are determined to take down Russia while they believe they still can before the growing Russia-China alliance (economic ... more »

Roy Spencer On Satellite v Surface Data

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://woodfortrees.org/plot/rss/from:1998/to:2017/every/plot/rss/from:1998/to:2017/trend/plot/gistemp/from:1998/plot/gistemp/from:1998/trend With the continuing divergence of surface and satellite temperature records, it is worth revisiting what Roy Spencer had to say on the issue in 2014: Much is being made of the “global” surface thermometer data, which three-quarters the way through 2014 is now suggesting the global average […]


New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 17 hours ago
*Battle Against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Threatens to Become the Standing Rock of Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin ~Julie Dermansky*


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Education Secretary Nominee: Let Localities and States Decide About Guns in Schools* “Do you think that guns have any place in and around schools?” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asked Betsy DeVos at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday evening. “I think that’s best left to locales and states to decide,” she said. “If the underlying question is--” “You can’t say definitively today that guns shouldn’t be in schools?” an incredulous Murphy interrupted. Murphy made gun control one of his priorities following the Dec. 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, where 20 c... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*Media worldwide report another "hottest year"* *The report below is from a major Australian news source. Once again we have an example of how to lie with statistics. It appears to be true that ON AVERAGE, 2016 was unusually warm. But my favourite graph below shows that the warm months were all at the beginning of the year during the El Nino weather phenomenon. By the end of the year and the end of El Nino, temperatures had slumped, with December 2016 COOLER than December 2015 -- with an anomaly of 81 compared to 111 -- According to the NASA raw data hereAnd how sad ... more »

American Rennissaince

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
I'm optimistic about America's future both at home and abroad. The inauguration of President Trump will change the malaise that hung over the nation for a long time. Despite what Barack would have you believe, the American economy has been stagnant and depressing during his watch. It worked out well for those living in the beltway or who were the recipients of $10 trillion in deficit spending during his term in office, but most of America has felt deflated. That was reflected in the election of President Trump. Things have gone wrong and they need to be changed in so many ways. ... more »

Latest Analysis of Official Temperatures Suggest Increase Since 1900 Only from “Natural Drivers” or Errors by Official Agencies

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 20 hours ago
*Des MooreInstitute of Private Enterprise* As we watch our TV news showing well below freezing temperatures in parts of Europe, even in Greece, and North America, we are also told by official meteorological agencies that 2016 was one of the warmest years on record. For example, in its report on 2016, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology claims that year was *“* *Australia's fourth-warmest year on record (the national observational dataset commences in 1910), with Australia’s area-averaged mean temperature for 2016 being 0.87 °C above the 1961–1990 average. * It also claims that... more »

Dems Introduce Bill to Make White People Pay Reparations for Slavery

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: Slavery] This is an extremely bad idea that needs to go away. We have seen a little of all that but mostly to small affected communitys in recent history. Slavery ended legally 150 years ago. That is not recent but it is certainly entitlement seeking. Worse is that the history is insulting and racist. The white race did not enslave the black race. What happened is that a group of landholder families representing something like the Saudi Royal Family and their ten thousand cousins operated cash crop plantations. This demanded indentured servitude and was la... more »

Not Acting Is a Decision: The Obama Legacy's Empty Spaces

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
*[image: President Barack Obama delivers remarks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 6, 2016. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)]* We got what i had sadly expected when he got elected. the academic world does not test and nurture mature leaders at all. It honors those who follow the rules. ^You come to believe it is all good simply because it works for you. There is profound evil afoot in this world. A blind innocent can never see or comprehend it. We now have an effective leader who understands this perfectly and will soon close for the kill. Yet even he must... more »

Gobekli Tepe - older than we think - covered by Nature?

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
Is it plausible that (the many times repaired/reinforced with rock walls) Gobekli Tepe multi-stone-ring site in Turkey, said to be 10,000 years old, was many thousands of years older? After all, it's only deposits in the fill that date it to 10,000 years... And about that fill, is it also plausible that the fill that covers the Gobekli Tepe site was Natural i.e. from the sky? Also, like Mars (which was involved in the proto-Saturn electric-equation) one of Saturn's planets Titan is a) covered with a nitrogen-rich atmosphere, like Earth and b) covered with large rocks, like Mars.... more »

The State of the World

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 21 hours ago
I was interviewed earlier this week by my Seattle friend Don Grahn on his All-Ways Pursuing the Truth weekly TV broadcast. I cover lots of current and ongoing topics, world developments and issues ranging from an indictment of Obama's reign of terror based on last week's Farewell Address to deep state's latest nefarious activities that always include withholding the truth from us citizens of the world. In short what's addressed in this program is what Donald Trump will be up against starting on Friday as President of the United States. Recognizing that the US presidency is just a fi... more »

Is Trump A Legitimate President?

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
In his blog Erasmatazz, Chris Crawford recently published the thoughtful piece: “The Crisis of Legitimacy.” His main thesis is that the legitimacy of Trump’s forthcoming presidency is very much in question. First of all, Clinton received almost 3 million more votes than Trump so it is “reasonable to conclude that Mr. Trump won on a legal technicality …” In addition the legitimacy of the election itself is questionable, inasmuch as it was affected by Trump’s mendacity, fake news stories, FBI intervention, Russian influence, voter suppression targeting minority voters, flawed vote c... more »

Bomb teams sent to schools 600 times in chemical alert per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
There's something odd about this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-38596153 Why is it on the front page of the BBC news? What is the BBC trying to achieve here?

The Science of Productivity and Motivation

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 23 hours ago
Feeling motivated at work feels good, and it’s good for business. But employees and managers don’t always see eye-to-eye on this very important topic, as behavioral economist Dan Ariely explains.

BBC Impartiality to Be Monitored 'Scientifically', Says Chairman

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
'Sir David said he would ensure "impartiality, independence and accuracy" would be top of the BBC's agenda in its coverage of Brexit, amid accusations the corporation had a pro-Remain bias during and after the referendum campaign. He said he would ask for "scientific" research to monitor this impartiality, although did not go into details as to exactly what he meant.' More here http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/18/bbc-impartiality-monitored-scientifically-says-new-chairman/ My comment? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Russia and the US have the most nuclear weapons of any nation in the world by far, with France in a distant third pic.twitter.com/lPhl7nhCrD — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 18, 2017

Amazing Grace-An Unprecedented President

Charlie Martel at Duck of Minerva - 1 day ago
One of the most poignant moments of Barack Obama’s presidency was his eulogy for those murdered in the massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. In the pulpit of that historic black church that served as a civil rights era sanctuary, and where a white racist extremist murdered nine African American parishioners who had […]

Ka-52, Mi-35, Mi-25 In Action Around Homs (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Hat Tip: *Alert 5

Picture Of The Day

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

The End Of An Era

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Joshua Roberts / Reuters *WNU Editor:* The party is over .... *Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House *(AP).

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

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

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao has come up with the worst solution to the drug war raging in the Philippines

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 1 day ago
Former boxing star Manny Pacquiao, now a senator in the Philippines, just gave a speech on how to tackle the illegal drug trade. As part of the Philippines’ war on drugs, Pacquiao believes that reintroducing the death penalty would be an effective strategy. He said: One of the most heinous crimes recognized today is the problem on […] The post Boxing star Manny Pacquiao has come up with the worst solution to the drug war raging in the Philippines appeared first on The Canary.

Musical Interlude: Yanni, "Before I Go"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 […]

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- Janury 18, 2017

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


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 Illegally Sends Huge Check to UN “Climate” Fund, Then Lies

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

Mohawk Nation News 'Family Fight'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 day ago
FAMILY FIGHT Posted on January 18, 2017 Please post & distribute. MNN. Jan. 18, 2017. In a house on shifting sands there are bound to be problems. Right now the greedy family that invaded ono’ware:keh, great turtle island, are screaming like vultures to get their chance to clean the bones.Their family fight is not ours. YOU NEED TO GO HOME. YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE. For 500

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

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

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