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Mattis Arrival Defense Secretary James Mattis greets Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during his first day at the Pentagon as secretary, Jan. 21, 2017. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen Defense Secretary James Mattis meets with Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work; Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Pentagon.
Trump waves as he leaves the CIA headquarters on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, Trump and his family attended a national prayer service traditionally held for the new president. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) *Politico:* *U.S. spies fear allies will stop sharing intel under Russia-friendly Trump* Trump's overtures to Russia have stoked concerns that long-cherished ties with European intelligence counterparts could become strained. Now that Donald Trump is officially its commander-in-chief, America’s foreign allies are being forced to grapple with a highly sensitive question: Is ...more »
“What's happening to this spiral galaxy? Just a few hundred million years ago, NGC 2936, the upper of the two large galaxies shown, was likely a normal spiral galaxy- spinning, creating stars- and minding its own business. But then it got too close to the massive elliptical galaxy NGC 2937 below and took a dive. Dubbed the Porpoise Galaxy for its iconic shape, NGC 2936 is not only being deflected but also being distorted by the close gravitational interaction. A burst of young blue stars forms the nose of the porpoise toward the left of the upper galaxy, while the center of the spir...more »
Former president's (pictured in center) entourage included a handful of secret service agents *Daily Mail:* *Some things never change! Obama heads out back on the golf course for a round on ultra-exclusive estate owned by billionaire Larry Ellison on his first day as a regular citizen * * The 44th president was up at 9am Pacific time for a trip to a country club's gym * It was near the Rancho Mirage, CA, home where he and Michelle are staying with friends for a two-week vacation. * He was pictured in a Secret Service SUV leaving the private community of Thunderbird Heights and head...more »
I haven't really kept up with the music business since retiring from Reprise. But I'm still a music fan and I was excited, about a month before the election, to hear the new Green Day album, *Revolution Radio*. The first single was the anti-gun nut song, Bang Bang and when they performed it at the American Music Awards a couple weeks after Trump won the election, Billie Joe inserted the lyric/chant, "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA." The response was electric and downloads went crazy immediately. It's a funny thing about downloads... after the first single on an album comes out,...more »
"Memory, Meanings, Moments and Madness: Wanderers In No Man's Land" by Chris Floyd "Zachary Mason's remarkable novel, "The Lost Books of the Odyssey," is based on a grain of fact. Before the stories of the Iliad and the Odyssey were crystallized and canonized in the books of Homer sometime in the 8th century B.C., various (and often conflicting) tales of the Trojan War and its heroes had floated around in various forms for hundreds of years. Some of these variants survive in fragments of other ancient works, like ghostly echoes of alternative universes. Mason's intriguing fictional c...more »
*Anthony Cox* *So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents. Destroy their beds. Embitter their lives for them and busy them with themselves. If you can kill a disbelieving American or European — especially the spiteful and filthy French — or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalitio...more »
Trident II missile. Wikipedia The Australian/The Times: *No 10 ‘covered up Trident missile fiasco’* A serious malfunction in Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons deterrent was covered up by Downing Street just weeks before the crucial House of Commons vote on the future of the missile system. The Sunday Times has revealed that a Trident II D5 missile — which can kill millions when armed with nuclear warheads — experienced an alarming failure after being launched from a British submarine off the coast of Florida in June last year. It was the only firing test of a British nuclear missi...more »
President Donald Trump delivers his speech at the inauguration ceremonies as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking *New York Post*: *Check out this amazing parody Trump inaugural address from 1999* Donald Trump’s first speech as president is actually his second — if you count a 1999 parody inaugural address presciently penned by political satirist Christopher Buckley. “My fellow Americans,” the parody begins, sensibly enough. But Buckley’s faux speech quickly careens off the well-be...more »
WATCHING OVER HIM: President Donald Trump has reinstalled a bust of Winston Churchill inside the Oval Office. The sculpture was removed after President Obama took office in 2009. Trump has also rearranged and removed furniture from the Oval Office - adding gold curtains and changing up the chair behind the Resolute Desk *ABC News:* *Donald Trump Brings Gold Curtains, Winston Churchill Bust to the Oval Office* he Trump administration's interior design changes to the Oval Office came into view for the first time Friday when the newly inaugurated president invited the press in as he ...more »
Reuters *The Guardian*: *How the world reacted to Trump's inauguration as US president* Caution in China, sorrow and anger in Mexico, cork-popping in Moscow – here are some of the global responses to Friday’s power handover *Germany* Germany will need a new economic strategy geared toward Asia should the new US administration start a trade war with China, vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, warning of a “rough ride” hours after Donald Trump was sworn in. “What we heard today were high nationalistic tones,” Gabriel said in an interview with the public broadcaster ZDF, in the fir...more »
*January 22, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - According to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), German security and intelligence agencies were particularly familiar with the Berlin attacker, Anis Amri, long before he plowed a large truck into a Christmas market, killing 12 and injuring many more. In an article titled, "All the cracks that Berlin suspect Amri slipped through," a now familiar litany of excuses are peddled before audiences in a bid to explain why the suspect wasn't stopped, weeks, months, even years before he carried out his attack, as soon as it became apparent he ...more »
The Oval Office (when it is empty). New York Daily News. *Jonathan Bernstein, Bloomberg*: *The Empty Trump Administration* We're two days away from having a new president. But we're apparently a lot longer than that from having a Trump administration with even a minimally functional ability to govern. Politico's Michael Crowley has a nice piece explaining the missing National Security Council staffers, and the dangers that could cause if there's an early crisis. Hundreds of briefing papers have been created by Obama's NSC and sent to Team Trump, but the New York Times reports that ...more »
Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) testifies before a Senate Intelligence hearing on his nomination to head the CIA on Capitol Hill in Washington January 12, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria *McClatchy News:* *Democrats block Pompeo CIA confirmation vote amid Trump’s feud with intel* WASHINGTON: An objection from three Democratic senators will delay the U.S. Senate’s vote to confirm Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said on Friday that they opp...more »
NEWS ALERT: Defense Secretary Mattis starts first day on the job. pic.twitter.com/WckvVIkn3I — Fox News (@FoxNews) January 21, 2017 *Daily Mail:** Marines take charge: 'Mad Dog' Mattis arrives at the Pentagon - and is saluted by Joint Chiefs Chairman 'Fighting Joe' Dunford who served under him in Iraq* * Retired Marine General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis arrived at the Pentagon to take up his role as President Trump's defense secretary * He was greeted as he arrived by Marine General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Fighting Joe' served under 'Mad Dog' in Iraq i...more »
This isn't going to surprise any Richard Florida followers but Brookings' Mark Muro observed, soon after the election, that "[t]he less-than-500 counties that Hillary Clinton carried nationwide encompassed a massive 64 percent of America’s economic activity as measured by total output in 2015. By contrast, the more-than-2,600 counties that Donald Trump won generated just 36 percent of the country’s output-- just a little more than one-third of the nation’s economic activity." It's also completely unprecedented for a losing presidential candidate to have won so large a share of th...more »
*New York Times*: *Senate Confirms Mattis at Defense and Kelly for Homeland Security* WASHINGTON — Just hours after President Trump was sworn into office, the Senate on Friday confirmed two nominees for critical national security positions, approving James N. Mattis as defense secretary and John F. Kelly as homeland security secretary. Republicans had hoped to approve far more than two nominees on Mr. Trump’s first day in office, but that process has been delayed in part because several of the nominees have been slow in filing ethics disclosures, prompting protests by Senate Demo...more »
"The Seven Selves" by Kahlil Gibran "In the stillest hour of the night, as I lay half asleep, my seven selves sat together and thus conversed in whisper: First Self: Here, in this madman, I have dwelt all these years, with naught to do but renew his pain by day and recreate his sorrow by night. I can bear my fate no longer, and now I rebel. Second Self: Yours is a better lot than mine, brother, for it is given to me to be this madman's joyous self. I laugh his laughter and sing his happy hours, and with thrice winged feet I dance his brighter thoughts. It is I that would rebel aga...more »
. "I only ask of God That the pain is not indifferent to me, That the dried death does not encounter me Empty and alone without having done enough." -- Leon Gieco TO THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE AMERICAS TO THE MEDIA TO THE YOUTH Let us commence, and joyfully inaugurate on this day our continued fight for freedom,
*Washington Post*: *Trump visits CIA headquarters after sharply criticizing the intelligence community* President Trump visited CIA's headquarters in Northern Virginia on Saturday afternoon, making a gesture of goodwill after he harshly criticized the intelligence community in the run-up to his inauguration. “There is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump,” said Trump. Trump thanked the intelligence officers for their service. This was be the first in what aides say will be a series of visits the president will make to federal d...more »
- Irving Berlin, “Let's Face The Music And Dance”, Sung by Nat King Cole *“Let's Face The Music And Dance”* “There may be trouble ahead, But while there's moonlight and music and love and romance, Let's face the music and dance. Before the fiddlers have fled, Before they ask us to pay the bill, And while we still have the chance, Let's face the music and dance. Soon, we'll be without the moon, Humming a different tune, And then, there may be tear drops to shed. So while there's moonlight and music and love and romance, Let's face the music and dance. Let's face the music and dance. So...more »
*"Music and Moonlight"* "We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams, Wandering by lone seabreakers, And sitting by desolate streams; World-losers and world-forsakers, On whom the pale moon gleams: Yet we are the movers and shakers Of the world forever, it seems… We, in the ages lying In the buried past of the earth, Built Ninevah with our sighing, And Babel itself in our mirth; And o’erthrew them with prophesying To the old of the new world’s worth; For each age is a dream that is dying, Or one that is coming to birth." - Arthur O’Shaughnessy, "Music and Moonlight" (1874)
*"Searchers"* "Some people do not have to search- they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them- seldom do they understand me. I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along ...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Ashley Judd and Madonna go low at women's march: Singer says she wants to BLOW UP the White House in F-word-filled speech as actress says 'Hitler' Trump has 'wet dreams' about Ivanka * * More than 500,000 people participated in the Women's March on Washington in DC on Saturday * The march route was completely filled with people, making it physically impossible to actually march * There are also 600 sister marches planned throughout the country and even across the world * Pink p***yhats - knitted beanies with cat ears - became the accessory of the march in referenc...more »
* == Nazi-obsessed nincompoops ==* There are dozens of reasons why men and women of the ‘Greatest Generation’ – those who endured a Depression, crushed Hitler, contained communism, built a spectacular economy, went to the Moon, then started overcoming 6000 years of bad habits like racism, sexism and all that… all while taxing the rich, with strong unions and admiring Franklin Roosevelt -- would deem “patriotic” Republicans as anything but. Certainly not the sense of seeking the long-term benefit of a healthy and revolutionary republic. It isn’t just the ceaseless whining, or the ...more »
I demonstrated today against the Trump presidency, but not because I think Russians stole the election on his behalf. I don't believe the Russians stole the election. Rather, I think Trump was the Archie Bunker candidate for many Americans. His populist promises resonated with white, middle-America, but I think its clear from his political appointments that Trump's allegiances are to Wall Street, especially Goldman Sachs. Trump's political appointments are one of the reasons I demonstrated today. See my discussion here http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/united-states-of-goldma...more »
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Linda McQuaig discusses the hollow promise of "populist" billionaires who ultimately serve only to enrich themselves and their class. And Lana Payne writes about the growing protest movement which culminated in massive rallies around the world this weekend - as well as the causes of its emergence: Over a million women were expected to march today, Saturday, in more than 600 locations across the globe, including right here at home, for human rights, for equality, for justice and in solidarity for a better world. They march to push back ag...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38417198 You might recall apocalyptic claims last month about record breaking heatwaves in the Arctic. As I suggested at the time, such claims were nonsensical, and were based on no more than isolated incursions of mild air from lower latitudes, certainly not unprecedented events. We now have the full satellite […]
*One of the last remaining nomadic groups of reindeer herders has been tracked down and captured on camera in northern Mongolia* Japanese photographer, Madoka Ikegami, visited the East Taiga region of the Khovsgol province last year in order to gain her amazing images of the Tsaatan family. She said: “The Tsaatan people live in either East or West Taiga, and I only visited East Taiga. “There were five families at the time of my visit as, unexpectedly, the rest of the community - mostly young ones - had moved to a further remote area just a few days before my arrival.” The Tsaa...more »
*“[T]o the steadfast eye of one standing on the shore of things … the heart is ever gladdened by the beauty, the exquisite spontaneity, with which life seeks and takes on is forms in an accord perfectly responsive to its needs. It seems ever as though the life and the form were absolutely one and inseparable, so adequate is the sense of fulfilment. “Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight or the open apple blossom, the toiling work horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever fol...more »
Of course, there is one exception (that proves the rule). This exchange just in.... *SKY NEWS NEWSDESK*: A White House official has confirmed Prime Minister Theresa May will meet President Donald Trump this week. *JOHN PRESCOTT*: So on the same day that thousands of women marched against Trump, it's announced Theresa May is running to meet him. Sad. *ANDREW NEIL*: You really think the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom should not meet the President of the United States? Seriously?
*Churchill * (Fox News) President Trump has returned a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the Oval Office, which had been removed by Barack Hussein Obama in 2009. Reporters first noticed that the bust had been placed back in the room on Friday, just as Trump was signing a series of executive orders at the Resolute desk. Obama had moved the bust to the White House residence during his first few days in office and later installed a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. in its place. A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed last week that T...more »
"As protectors and defenders of our communities, rights, and Mother Earth we descend upon Washington DC to express our unified vision of resistance, love and movement." "It's important through this march that we understand the role women have played throughout history: To be part of this march, is to carry on their legacy; Bertha Cáceres, the indigenous woman who fought for water and was murdered. All of our moms, grandmothers and sisters," said Angela Adrar, 41, the executive director of Climate Justice Alliance in Washington D.C. "This march is a visual representation of our powe...more »
The horrible campaign to install a grossly incompetent and severely narcissistic Putin puppet in the White House-- and replacing American democracy with a form of kakistocracy-cum-kleptocracy-- by animating the stupidest and most ignorant people in the country, all began back on June 16, 2015. Señor Trumpanzee, with his mail order bride from Slovenia or Slovakia at his side, came riding down the escalator of Trumpanzee Tower to puke out his hateful demagoguery to an audience of paid actors. The day before his inauguration, the FEC dismissed the complaint and law suit, noting that ...more »
Dandelion Salad by John Pilger John Pilger, Jan. 17, 2017 January 21, 2017 On the day President Trump is inaugurated, thousands of writers in the United States will express their indignation. “In order for us to heal and move forward…”, say Writers Resist, “we wish to bypass direct political discourse, in favour of an inspired […]
Just going back to Twitter again... One of the most blatantly biased of all the BBC Twitter feeds I'd ever read, a couple of years or so back, belonged to Damien McGuinness ("BBC correspondent. Berliner. Migrant. Presenter of DW Focus on Europe"). I wrote a post about it at the time. And looking at his Twitter feed again now, it hasn't got any more impartial - especially over Brexit. If you are on Twitter, just keep scrolling down and then search for 'Brexit' and you'll read a deluge of tweets including the word. (I get 224 mentions). They are relentlessly - and I* do *mean 'rel...more »
Ruben Uriarte Ruben Uriarte was this week’s guest. He is a member of MUFON, has held and does hold various positions with that organization. He had been investigating UFOs and other paranormal phenomena for decades. We talked about his interest in those topics and about cryptozoology, which is the study of undescribed animal species that includes Bigfoot and other such beasts. We did go into some detail on the topic of cryptozoology, something that we haven’t explored on the program. Ruben provided some insight to his investigations. You can listen to the whole interview here: http...more »
[Interview starts at 1 min 46 sec ] Link: http://youtu.be/Fhy5RJi35QQ Part I is here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/a-classic-state-capitalist-how-donald-trump-profited-from-public-subsidies-political-favors/ Interview (Part II) by Democracy … Continue reading →
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein) *F*or those of you who were too busy bolstering the market share of the liquor industry yesterday, we have a new President. His name is Donald J. Trump but some would call him Bane. In fact, in case you hadn't noted the masthead, the proprietor of this blog had decided to change the name of it for reasons I'll delve into in a minute. In fact, in October last year, he'd tried to warn you of the rise of this Batman villain but, as usual, no one listened. I was forced to listen to the whole thing because that's my jo...more »
There was no need to. Some years ago, I saw a video of Hitler's inauguration. Why repeat myself? Is it an exaggeration to compare Trump to Hitler? No. Hitler rose to power on fear and anger, and he focussed it on Jews, Gypsies, gays. There's nothing new in Trump except for his willingness to talk to Russia. But I suspect the kind of talk he has in mind won't help in the long run. American business has very little time to establish the world dominance it has been seeking for over a century. But fighting both Russia and China at the same time is not really a very practical idea. Ente...more »
*"Does A Rogue Deep State Have Trump's Back?"* by Charles Hugh Smith "This question has come up often: If Trump is a political Outsider, then why has he stuffed his staff with Insiders- Goldman Sachs alumni, generals, etc.? The question follows an understandable logic: Wouldn't an Outsider appoint other Outsiders? The doubt expressed also follows a reasonable logic: If Insiders are running the Trump administration, won't it be just another case of "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"? I think there is another dynamic in play: Outsiders can be effective in meeting their policy ...more »
Winters get chilly in Northern India, so volunteers at the the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center decided to knit giant sweaters for its rescued elephants. It takes around 4 weeks to make one sweater, and it does not come as a surprise knowing that elephants are the largest land mammals on the planet. Still, the volunteers make sure that the knits are not only warm and cozy, they are also colorful , and even fashionable. “It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme winter, as they are weak and vulnerable having suffered ...more »
Stephen Kalin has been covering the Battle for Mosul for Reuters since its start in October 2016. For the last several weeks he has been reporting from inside the city covering both the frontlines and the human impact as well. Here are some of his thoughts on how the campaign has progressed. He can be followed on Twitter @stephenkalin *1. What changes were made to allow the Iraqi forces to make such dramatic progress across east Mosul since the campaign was restarted at the end of December?* According to my military sources, during a pause to refit and resupply in December, senio...more »
The Iraqi Forces (ISF) are trying to clear the last neighborhoods in northeast Mosul. Arabi was official declared freed on January 20. Hurra was also liberated along with a pharmaceutical factory. Rashidiya, the last major area held by IS was assaulted. That is a large district with manyresidential neighborhoods. (Institute for the Study of War) The ISF are already planning to attack west Mosul. The American supplied pontoon bridges arrived in the city. It appears the Iraqi commanders want to launch the assault as soon as possible so they may just focus upon a river crossing. T...more »
Of course, I might have been unfair to *Woman's Hour *earlier in noting that their reaction to the Trump inauguration was to discuss something so inherently 'BBC' as this: To be fair, they did have other angles this week: I know they are impartial, what with being a BBC programme and all that, but, if I'm honest, I've got to admit to a sneaking suspicion that they really* don't *like Donald Trump. Still, they did have a nice Democratic presidential wife and her fashionable clothes to discuss too: Impartiality-wise, *Woman's Hour *has got away with murder for years.
Talking about Twitter and DB... DB has been catching all manner of moaning BBC types, all tweeting away as 'impartially' as ever. Here are just a few examples: There's BBC Tech Correspondent Richard Taylor (who you may or may not recall from *BBC Click*), who didn't exactly hold back when tweeting: He first blocked DB on Twitter for having the temerity to call him out of that tweet and then, in the usual way, discreetly deleted it. Meanwhile Hillary Clinton's most faithful BBC sycophant, Kim Ghattas clearly *hasn't* been taking the ascent of Trump at all went. She has been very ...more »
*Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such report will be on January 28, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific *FACT*, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The radiation's not going anywhere, folks, but we are... - CP *"**Your...more »
Just an update on this post from a couple of days ago... Alice has now deleted her tearful Twitter tribute to Barack 'What a guy!' Obama. She's clearly taken DB's point and realised just how clearly such tweets compromise her 'BBC impartiality'.
*On Wednesday, January 18th, 1934 at 830 AM, I arrived on this planet accompanied by my late beloved twin, Bobby. Unloved and unwanted by my mother but treasured by my Grandfather, I surrendered during the birth process, was born and slowly began my struggle and quest to sort out why I was here on this strange planet. Sensing it had something to do with surrendering to, understanding and sharing an all-encompassing love and joy that existed beyond time and space but also deepest within myself, I fully experienced it at 4 years old as well as experienced a glimpse of my or...more »
One of the most striking things, for those of us who go on Twitter, is the sheer extent to which BBC types have been reflecting their biased reporting of matters Trump-related in their biased tweets. I can barely remember all of the ones I've seen, but *Newsnight *editor Ian Katz's inauguration tweets stand out and left very little doubt about where he stands... ....though his notoriously unsuccessful *Guardian *campaign to stop George W Bush being reelected in 2004 through a *Guardian *readers write-in campaign to voters in Ohio was probably already a pretty big clue!. His conc...more »
The tone of last night's *Newsnight *wasn't out of the blue, of course. The previous night's edition had been little better. Its blurb on the *Newsnight *website reads: The most striking aspect of its coverage was the very sharp contrast between the way Emily Maitlis treated her two two-Trump guests and her anti-Trump guests. (No prizes for guessing which side came off worst). Though supposedly discussing general matters, the first - *Breitbart*'s Joel Pollack - was repeatedly 'put in the dock' by Emily over the wickedness of *Breitbart. *The second - following on from a very ge...more »
On 21 January, hundreds of thousands of people joined the Women’s March on Washington. Around 600 other rallies happened elsewhere in the world, from the UK to Antarctica. The aim? To send a strong message to Donald Trump on his first full day in office as President of the United States. Organisers of the Women’s […] The post Today’s #WomensMarch was impressive, and its message was crystal clear [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
And what a week it was! A week in which DONALD TRUMP BECAME THE ACTUAL PRESIDENT OF AMERICA. *SHUDDERS* But what else happened? Did anything else happen? Where am I? I feel disorientated. Anyway: Theresa May’s entire Brexit strategy found crumpled in a bin… in Kirkby Lonsdale by Kerry-Anne Mendoza Residents of historic Cumbrian market […] The post The week in satire Vol. #28 appeared first on The Canary.
Thursday night-- in a bizarre Adderall-fueled rant-- Señor Trumpanzee falsely claimed his inaugural concert was the biggest success in history. Unprecedented. People wondered if he was drunk. There were about 10,000 people. Obama's inaugural concert had drawn 400,000. Trump's a compulsive liar. PolitiFact has fact checked 358 controversial statements of his. Only 15 (4%) were rated true, although another 40 (11%) were rated "mostly true." Everything else-- basically 85% of what he's said to the public is a lie. On Inauguration Day, *Politico* ran a piece dedicated to his uncon...more »
Last night's *Newsnight *was probably my personal lowlight of yesterday's Trump inauguration coverage. Even Katty Kay's often snide and biased presentation of the Inauguration coverage and Nick Bryant's loaded reports betrayed BBC bias less than this edition of *Newsnight*. Yes, it interviewed two Trump supporters (Michelle Malkin and Walid Phares) but... (a) they were outnumbered by his critics - Danielle Allen, Ben Smith, Susan Glasser (with Michael Wolff as an ostentatiously 'non-aligned' guest) - who (together) got much more airtime. (b) Emily Maitlis's joint interview wi...more »
*are trying to prove a negative - or something.* Here's, to the best of my discernment, is what they want: - Free and low cost abortion - That we must all celebrate women who have sex with other women (I'm assuming men are included) - We all can chose our very own God So far, all the speakers have been black or lesbians, and the drones stand there and cheer. They call what they're doing "radical." Here's something radical for you. Homosexual sex has nothing whatsoever to do with love. It is, at it's core, selfish. They're demanding we "leave them alone", while at the ...more »
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: New analysis and graphing tools for sea-level data at SeaLevel.info Guest essay by David Burton http://www.SeaLevel.info now has interactive regression analysis (line/curve fitting) and visualization (graphing) tools available for mean sea level (MSL) measurements from over 1200 tide gauges, plus spreadsheets which combine various subsets of that data.…
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Monte Naylor A comparison of NOAA-computed temperature trends with the “raw” historical temperature data. The global historical surface temperature record is presented as the fundamental evidence for global warming. The climate divisions of many official agencies such as NOAA and NASA say that the global surface temperature has increased about…
Originally posted on Skating Under The Ice: The unscientific enterprise called the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) is a thinly disguised political attempt to justify some kind of a “carbon tax”. Of course calling it a “carbon tax” or the “social cost of carbon” is doublespeak, or perhaps triplespeak. It is doublespeak because the issue…
*Portals of determination clarify to all* by ÉirePort Portals of determination clarify to all. Inner Visions guide the Heralds. Deft parables are released. The blind lead the blind, as the cliff approaches. Eyes that see, share their views. ÉirePort | January 21, 2017 at 10:01 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-Bs - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone
I'm planning a 'Men's March' to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who's with me?— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 21, 2017 Please join Piers Morgan in his "Men's March" if: You believe women standing up for equality threatens men. You believe women should earn less money than men. You believe women should not have the vote. You believe women belong
The week at Retraction Watch featured the harrowing story of a would-be whistleblower subjected to a forced mental exam (part of our partnership with the news team at Science), and Jeffrey Beall’s site about predatory publishers going dark. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “Calling Bullshit:” Two professors at the University of Washington propose a course to give […] The post Weekend reads: A course on calling bullshit?; What closure of Beall’s list means; More preprint debate appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Meanwhile, Radio 4's *Woman's Hour *was dealing with the incoming Trump presidency *not *by looking at the leading women in the Trump administration or at the remarkable success of Kellyanne Conway in leading the Trump campaign to electoral success, but by asking instead this *extremely '*BBC Radio 4 *Woman's Hour*' question: Here's a tweet that came in response: Though opinion polls repeatedly show that the majority of women (by a large margin) say they are "definitely not" feminists and even the Fawcett Society recently finding that only 9% of UK women identify as feminists, *W...more »
First, off-topic. Google Maps have finally adopted the short name "Czechia" as the primary country name on their maps. The frequency of usage of "Czechia" has tripled since early 2016 but it's still a factor of 50 below the "Czech Republic". I am not dreaming about the *eradication* of the term "The Czech Republic". I just want many people with common sense to understand that it's so much meaningful to use a standardized official short name when it makes sense – e.g. on the maps where the room is often insufficient. But back to the main topic. Many of us watched most of the inaugu...more »
James Hohmann of *The Washington Post* is still telling us that Donald Trump is not really a Republican or a conservative: *THE BIG IDEA: President Trump completed his hostile takeover of the Republican Party last July, and on Friday he completed his hostile, if temporary, takeover of Washington.* In some significant ways, Trump is more like a corporate raider of the 1980s, when he came of age, than a typical politician of 2017. ... the guy who ended the Bush dynasty and then vanquished the Clinton machine, in a period of 17 months, put “the establishment” of both parties on notic...more »
Among the instances of BBC bias that I've heard for myself over the past week, a pair of special Trump-related Radio 4 daily programmes stand out for being entirely typical of that BBC radio station and its failings when it comes to impartiality. Alan at *Biased BBC *was worried about both of them, suggesting that the omens weren't good (impartiality-wise) - and he was *not* wrong. *Trump: The Presidential Precedents* (daily at 1.45 pm) was the less egregious. Given that its presenter, historian Adam Smith, is very strongly anti-Trump on Twitter, it could have been worse. A lot...more »
The BBC's Trump coverage this week reached an absolute crescendo of bias and other related blogs have posted such fine, details, excoriating critiques of this astonishing outpouring of overwhelmingly one-sided bile. Not a John Sweeney fan Over at *The Conservative Woman *David Keighley wrote that last Monday's *Panorama -Trump: The Kremlin Candidate?* marked the final "descent to the pits" of that once-proud BBC flapship, reducing it to scaremongering and further disseminating fake news: *So bad was this malicious offering that it does not deserve to be even remotely classed as j...more »
*From Jenna Orkin*Trump reportedly wanted tanks and missile launchers at his inaugural parade — but the military shot down the idea A Chinese tech firm is threatening employees with push-ups if they don't walk 10,000 steps a day Congress just made it easier to sell off federal land, including national parks 25 animals that scientists want to bring back from extinction The US just put China on notice with F-35s in the Pacific — but China may be ready with a counter punch Nobel Prize Winner Tells Davos' Elite, US Should "Get Rid Of Currency" Assange "Stands By" Extradition Offer; P...more »
The inauguration is over. And what did it tell us? Not much that we didn't already know. One Note Donald gave the same speech he gave at the Republican convention and throughout the whole campaign. Michael Harris writes: The Trump message? America is surrounded on all sides by threats. Mexican rapists, Muslim immigrants, slick Canadian trade negotiators, wily Chinese currency manipulators, corrupt Wall Street brokers, scumbag journalists and, of course, Crooked Hillary. And did I mention the CIA? Only Super Donald could save the day. For one thing, he knifed not only the politi...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t ATHELSTAN http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-26321596 We no doubt remember when Ed Davey announced three years ago that two carbon capture projects, Peterhead and the White Rose scheme at Drax, had won the £1bn competition to develop the technology. Last year, the government took the decision to cancel funding for the […]
By Paul Homewood http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/19/2016s-record-warmth-brought-record-crop-yields-fewer-storms/ From the Daily Caller: Climate scientists declared 2016 the warmest year on record, sending shockwaves through the media, which immediately began attributing the warming to fossil fuel use. Earth is “heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and […]
While watching the BBC News Channel this morning I heard Gavin Esler reading the news about the upcoming Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election and describing its ex-MP Tristram Hunt, without verbal quotation marks, as a Labour "moderate" - an interesting label for the BBC to apply, given that it naturally implies that the Jeremy Corbyn wing of the Labour Party is* not *moderate - i.e. extreme... ...something it's fine for *us* to say, but surely *not* for the BBC to suggest?
Even as he was assembling and deploying an American kakistocracy and calling it his administration, there were people of goodwill urging everyone to just wait and be open-minded and see if Trump didn't turn out to be an OK president. "After all," one of that tribe told me several times, "he was a liberal Democrat most of his life." Nah... he was a Trumpist *all* of his life and the appointments-- from the neo-Nazi Steve Bannon to Pence cabinet picks like Betsy DeVos and Tom Price, it became clearer with each passing day that Trump will be the worst president in American history. ...more »
George W Bush (off camera) makes Barack Obama laugh. Jimmy Carter enjoys the moment. Over on the BBC World Service, James Naughtie has been giving his valedictory assessment of President Barack Obama. He's also been airing his suspicions about Trump supporters. Here's how his piece ended: The Obama Effect will last. His presidency wasn't an aberration but a break with America's past. For that reason it disturbed many people. Those who ran with Trump, driven by hatred of all that liberals believed or are said to have done, are the evidence for that. They want done with a distant es...more »
*University Gives Kids Juice Boxes, Legos to Deal With Inauguration* *How about diapers too?* Most millennial snowflakes have already evacuated the nation’s capital well in advance of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. But for those young people were were unable to escape reality, hope is not lost. GUPride, an LGBTQ student organization at Georgetown University, is setting up a safe space to help young people deal with the aftermath of making America great again. “Join GUPride for a night of self-care after a long week. We will have Legos, juice boxes and more,” the Fac...more »
*2016 Global Temperature: The Pause Never Went Away* *Interesting to see that someone in the climate establishment has at long last put a number on the influence of the recent El Nino. And the Met figure of two tenths of a degree is substantial in the context of the very small changes in the climate record. Even so, the figure is far too low in the context of the accompanying CO2 stasis, making it difficult to see the figure as anything but a guess. But David Whitehouse below takes it as read and shows that subtracting those two tenths leaves us with the familiar "hiatus" --...more »
A new documentary, “Ohero:kon – Under the Husk,” follows the journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S./Canada border. They both take part in a four-year adolescent passage rites ceremony called oheró:kon “under the husk” that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they becom...more »
An NHS director’s personal story challenging mental health stigma is going viral. Entitled From NHS director to mental health inpatient in 10 days, the post is a moving reminder of how so many of us suffer from mental health problems and how quickly things can deteriorate. And it comes against a backdrop of more cuts to mental […] The post A mental health director’s moving story is a stark warning of the recklessness of Tory cuts appeared first on The Canary.
*yeah, this is how good the game looks, in realtime* Star Citizen, the most ambitious KickStarter project ever, looks amazing; it looks gorgeous, it looks beautiful. Star Engine (aka CryEngine (aka LumberYard)) is a really gorgeous realtime renderer for such a concept. Not much of a netcode engine thus far, that's for sure given various ping-time server-threads, but that's on its way. That'll be fixed... or the game's got no future. It's obvious that the various 'game modes' like Racer, Marine and Arena etc... while advertised as helpful player-training grounds and 'fun play areas...more »
By Dan Olmsted Bernard Rimland, Bobby Kennedy Jr., Andy Wakefield and now Donald Trump -- yes he does! -- represent a kind of mainstream thread of vaccine safety advocacy. The first three put themselves forward and paid a price –...
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi The hireling progs who go out and destroy and loot are trying to follow Alinsky's tenth rule for radicals: *The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.* However the rioting and lawlessness during the primary and the general election that was focused on Donald Trump and paid...more »
When it comes to Cabinet-level appointments, Donald Trump hasn’t lost his ability to astonish and dismay. At this point his staffing process has pretty much turned into an extended exercise in trolling, a test to see how much humiliation the American people will endure.
*[image: Image: Trump takes aim at vaccines, names Robert F. Kennedy Jr. head of new commission to expose dangers of mercury preservative (Thimerosal)]* Recall that trump is a practiced rational thinker and this battle is important to him now. Putting a leading Democrat into this saddle wins for him all the way around and costs him no political capital either.Pharma will now need to strictly prove that their lies are not lies. It is not going to happen and the upshot will be a strictly regulated vaccine industry in which mercury in particular must be phased out. The ongoing scam ...more »
We still do not know just what caused the little Ice Age. The event also appears cyclical on a long time frame as well although our own short time line is hopelessly insufficient to prove anything. what we do have is a shift of the polar air mass over Siberia and it hurts. It just as easily could have come over the American Midwest. All this made for a long late season worm spell for the pole itself. It is so far just an odd weather year and we are watching too closely. * Pravda: “Scientists Now Warn Of A New Ice Age” As Temperature Plummets to – 80°F In Russia!* *Some impre...more »
Obama has a pipe dream and Hillary has chosen wisely to not participate. Both have also to deal with blow-back from their many actions. An easy pass into retirement for either is not clear yet and could well be seriously troubled. They actually need to see a cause emerge before such action is justified for either. In the meantime you must let passions cool as well. You lost badly remember? I find it more curious that Obama thinks that he has an active role ahead of him when that is most likely an idle burst of enthusiasm. Again he really needs perspective and a creditable ca...more »
In the end i am optimistic about the human race itself and that is because this generation will collapse two thousand years of progress into one generation in every community.I say this because everyone already has access to a smart phone and all our collective knowledge. everyone can spend 100 hours in order to be come literate. it is that easy.The only thing now that can try to slow all this down is government and that is also failing quickly where it did not exist in the first place. * Reasons I’m Optimistic About Africa* *By Bill Gates * *| January 9, 2017 * * https://www...more »
Former President Obama famously suggested in a 2016 interview that he questioned a set of orthodox assumptions about American foreign policy that he labeled “the Washington Playbook.” That orthodoxy, widely accepted among American political elites since 1945, includes an unending national commitment to employ America’s financial resources and military forces in opposition to any challenges to global peace and stability. The dominant assumption has been that America’s broader, enlightened self-interest is best served by a system where peace rules and free trade flourishes. Obama ...more »
With the new administration beginning, many people might want to know how to resist it. The inauguration week includes many protests against Donald Trump’s values – from the Women’s March on Washington to the #J20 Art Strike. What should we aim for as we head into protests? As a reflective citizen and a practitioner of philosophy, I am hopeful about the power of protest. I see our time as challenging us to ensure that protests take democratic form. When we do, protest rejuvenates democracy. A ‘hollowing out’ On the face of it, our democratic values are in trouble. In new work on ...more »
Family is important to Donald Trump. The president-elect has appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior White House adviser. For the duration of the presidency, the real estate mogul has handed over the reins of his company to two of his sons Donald and Eric (and the CFO Allen Weisselberg). His children have played important roles in the election campaign; in transition reviews of new appointments; and have even participated in meetings with foreign visitors. By many accounts, the next generation of Trumps and in-laws are impressive. Friends of mine at the General Service...more »
Based on his erratic behavior during the campaign, many fear what Donald Trump will do in office. Some believe that his strong personality could lead to disastrous policies that could negatively affect health care, nuclear warfare and other aspects of our lives. As a scholar of presidential power, I’d suggest such concerns are likely overblown. Despite his distinct individuality, Trump faces the same institutional constraints as any other president. In the end, he may be a more predictable president than many would believe. From individual to the institutional Political scienti...more »
*The "Black Widow of Bonneville County": Silvia Canido, seen here in Bolivia.* Facing the prospect of life in prison – and the plausible threat of execution – Idaho Falls resident Michael Whiteley had every conceivable reason to plead guilty to a charge of second-degree kidnapping, save one: He didn’t commit the crime. “I have to plead not guilty, Your Honor,” Whiteley toldBonneville County District Judge Marvin Smith just minutes after being offered a plea bargainthrough which he would have avoided prison altogether. “I had originally intended to plead the other way, but no...more »
*-by Noah* Well, it’s done. Don “the Con” Trumpinsky, the blabbermouth, the one man Crime Of The Century, is President. The looting of the United States Treasury will now accelerate to something approaching the speed of light. In the Kremlin tonight, Vladimir Putin and his KGB and Russian mob cronies are laughing hysterically. The vodka is flowing like rivers and the words “Mission Accomplished” are being shouted from the rooftops all over Moscow. Has Russia won the Cold War without firing a shot? That’s the modern world for you. So much is done by computer. Hell, you barely even...more »
I watched Donald Trump's inaugural speech today with three other housemates and none of us were impressed. He's living in another age - I see Trump trying to hang on to the long passed time of American military supremacy and economic domination. One last gasp before the US empire crashes under the weight of its own hypocrisy and contradictions. He said a few things that were decent but one must question them as pure political rhetoric as just a quick review of his cabinet appointments (full of corporate operatives) strongly undercuts his claims that he will return the power to t...more »
“This shock wave plows through space at over 500,000 kilometers per hour. Moving toward to bottom of this beautifully detailed color composite, the thin, braided filaments are actually long ripples in a sheet of glowing gas seen almost edge on. Cataloged as NGC 2736, its narrow appearance suggests its popular name, the Pencil Nebula. *Click image for larger size.* About 5 light-years long and a mere 800 light-years away, the Pencil Nebula is only a small part of the Vela supernova remnant. The Vela remnant itself is around 100 light-years in diameter and is the expanding debris cloud...more »
*“Holy Ignorance” * by Chet Raymo “At a press conference in 2002, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously explained foreign policy: “There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." The same can be said of science. The textbooks are full of known knowns. We are quite confident affirming the circulation of the blood, the distance to the Sun, the common descent of animals and plants. I sit h...more »
I have submitted the following comment to the Not Even Wrong site, to a post on "Fake Physics": *I haven't looked up any of the links above; they are not worth my time, because I know from long experience that the fakers are, just like virtually all scientists today, 1) operating within their own mental straitjacket, i.e., on their own favored beliefs, their own unquestioned dogmas, including about what is and is not "settled" science, and 2) they are trying too hard to answer what is to them the ultimate question--"ultimate" only in the sense that they think they know so much, "al...more »
International Indigenous Youth Council leads Resistance March in DC today. The Indigenous Environmental Network | PO Box 485 | Bemidji, MN 56619 | http://www.ienearth.org/ Subscribe • Preferences • Send to a Friend • Unsubscribe • Report Spam
*“Here Come the Big Spenders- * *Fiscal Bloodbath Dead Ahead”, Introduction* by Brian Maher "And so the Trump era begins... Despite all the odds… and all of hell’s angels... Donald J. Trump was crowned 45th president of the United States at noon today. We extend the new commander in chief our heartiest congratulations. All the pomp and pageantry fitting the occasion was on full display. The plumage, the trumpets... the dignitaries... the platitudes... “Jan. 20, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again,” said the president. Trump promised...more »
Take the Money and Run -- Tribe and non-profits made millions off the blood of the water protectors By Brenda Norrell Censored News Photo by Sarah Sunshine Manning The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe voted unanimously on Friday, Jan. 20, for everyone in the camps to leave. It voted in support of Cannonball District's resolution and cancelled plans for a new winter camp. The tribe's resolution
Heading into the elections in November, the Democrats held 8 of the 35 seats in the South Dakota state Senate. On November 8, they held 6 seats (and none of the 6 had been contested by the GOP). And of the 70 members of the state House, only 10 are Democrats. Every statewide elected official is a Republican and the 3 members of South Dakota's congressional delegation are also Republicans. Trump beat Hillary 227,721 (61.5%) to 117,458 (31.7%). In 2012 Romney won the state, but Obama did far better than Clinton, having taken 144,988 votes (40%). Of the state's 66 counties, Obama wo...more »
R. v. Marini, 2017 ONCA 46 is an interesting example of how not to use a criminal record:  Essentially, the trial judge reasoned that, if the appellant were truly innocent and was in fact in the wrong place at the wrong time, his decision to remain was undermined by his "criminal past and life experiences" (*i.e.*, his criminal record). In other words, if innocent, someone with the appellant's criminal record ought to have fled the scene.  As acknowledged by the trial judge in his reasons, the appellant's criminal record could not be used as evidence of the ...more »
Under an agreement between the park and the states surrounding Yellowstone - Montana, Wyoming and Idaho - hundreds of straying bison can be killed each year through slaughter and regulated hunting. The practice has inflamed bison advocates like the Buffalo Field Campaign and some members of tribes in Montana and the Pacific Northwest. In a sign of tribal dissent surrounding the issue, other members of the same tribes annually exercise treaty rights to hunt bison that migrate to Montana from Yellowstone. St. Goddard's position on bison was not formally sanctioned by the Blackfeet Na...more »
Via shutterstock.com The military’s most prolific leaker of digital documents has ushered in an age of even more increased surveillance over government workers. The legacy of Chelsea Manning’s actions is under discussion in the wake of the announcement that the former Army private will be released from military prison in May. In one of his last official acts, President Obama commuted her sentence for violations of the Espionage Act and copying and disseminating classified information. The commutation reduced her sentence from 35 years to the seven years she has already served, plus...more »
Victorian mores influenced ideas not just about men and women but animals too. Joseph Christian Leyendecker, CC BY That males are naturally promiscuous while females are coy and choosy is a widely held belief. Even many scientists – including some biologists, psychologists and anthropologists – tout this notion when interviewed by the media about almost any aspect of male-female differences, including in human beings. In fact, certain human behaviors such as rape, marital infidelity and some forms of domestic abuse have been portrayed as adaptive traits that evolved because males ar...more »
[image: president-trump-unveils-plans-to-undo-much-of-obama-s-damage] After quoting the Bible in a call for national unity, acknowledging God the Creator, blasting the establishment, and vowing to put “America First” in his inaugural address, President Donald Trump is reportedly ready to unleash a torrent of executive orders and actions. At the top of the agenda, administration officials say, is reversing some of the damage inflicted by former President Barack Obama with his infamous “pen and phone.” Among the first targets are Obama's illegal “climate” schemes and his radical power...more »
Houston Texas Water Protector Locks Down at Trans Pecos Pipeline Site Two Miles North of Marfa Lights Viewing Center By Society of Native Nations Censored News PRESIDIO COUNTY, Tex. -- This morning, water protectors halted construction at an Energy Transfer Partners work site near the Marfa lights viewing station. Approximately a dozen people chanted and held banners that read “
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