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Yes friends, the bad news for all those living anywhere between Pokeno and Wellsford (or wanting to) is that the Auckland housing market is now the fourth-most unaffordable in all the places in the world that are measured by the study out this morning. Which is a lot. And Tauranga – Tauranga, with ample land around it on which to spread! -- is not far behind. Frightening! What the new study by Demographia confirms is that (as measured by comparing the median house price in a city to the median salary enjoyed by that city’s residents), Aucklanders have the fourth-most expensive ...more »
A-12 Avenger (YouTube) *Robert Farley, National Interest:* *Stealth Bombers Flying from Aircraft Carriers: 5 Killer Weapons the U.S. Military Never Built* Weapons die for all kinds of different reasons. Sometimes they happen at the wrong time, either in the midst of defense austerity, or with the wrong constellation of personnel. Sometimes they fall victim to the byzantine bureaucracy of the Pentagon, or to turf fights between the services. And sometimes they die because they were a bad idea in the first place. For the same reasons, bad defense systems can often survive the most in...more »
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[image: trump-s-first-100-days] Prior to entering the White House, Donald Trump pledged an energetic “100-day action plan to Make America Great Again.” How much will he be able to accomplish, and how will his accomplishments compare to his promises? To shed light on these questions, we survey President Trump’s executive orders and other actions as president in the following chronology, updated daily.
First everyone was mocking the size of his small... hands. Now they're mocking the size of the small turnout for his bleak inauguration. And this morning, on day two of the Age of Trump, *Meet The Press* viewers sat around pondering the relationship between "alternative facts" and lies. Trump and his sad-sack paid propagandists can claim there were a million or a million and a half people at his inauguration all they want but that won't make the pictures go away. Glaslighting generally doesn't work as well on people with 3 digit IQs as it does on Trump voters. And, as David Frum ...more »
Marines cheer on a fellow Marine during a relay as part of the "Super Squadron" competition at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2017. The Marines are assigned to Marine Air Control Squadron 1. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. George Melendez *Washington Times*: *Manpower shortage threatens Trump’s hopes to rebuild military* Manpower, not money, may prove a bigger challenge to President Trump’s hopes to rebuild what he calls a “hollowed-out” U.S. military. While much of the debate over how the administration will pay for its ambitious defense buildup, an equally large...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *EW:* *Trump inauguration ratings second biggest in 36 years* Donald Trump’s inauguration ratings were the second-highest in 36 years, according to Nielsen. The swearing-in of the 45th president was seen by 30.6 million viewers across 12 networks. The only inauguration over the last three decades that tops Trump’s number in the linear ratings? Barack Obama’s first inauguration back in 2009, which had a record-setting 37.8 million viewers. So Trump was down from the last new president to take office. But before that, to get an Inauguration Day number ...more »
The Women’s March on Washington—and the nearly 700 sister marches across the country born in solidarity—took place on January 21, the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. In eight of the largest cities in the United States, at least 2.6 million people marched and rallied. There were countless The post Women’s March Transcends Elite Feminism To Make Resounding Statement appeared first on Shadowproof.
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last January 12, 2017. Taking off from the paper by a friend and fellow columnist Romy Bernardo’s “Wishes for the economy in 2017” last Monday, this paper will make some raw projections of GDP size until 2026. The base document is the IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO), October 2016 database. In the table below, GDP size is based on purchasing power parity (PPP) values, not nominal or current values. Actual data for 2006, 2016, and 2021 are IMF projections. Now this paper will take a longer but very raw view by projecting potential GDP size by...more »
These are some news reports and my brief notes last January 11-12, 2017, posted in my fb wall. *"if the Trump administration follows through on a pledge to cut the corporate income-tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, and slash individual rates..."* https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-10/trump-s-tax-cuts-could-jumpstart-global-economy-world-bank-says That's huge. Tax competition, not tax harmonization, is the way towards higher global growth. *"The first Trump tax cut will be the repeal of most or even all of the nearly 20 tax increases that funded Obamacare, which...more »
German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks in the Lower house of parliament Bundestag before a ceremony to commemorate victims of the Berlin truck attack in Berlin, Germany, January 19, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke *Reuters:* *Merkel vows compromise with U.S. on trade, military spending* German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Saturday to seek compromises on issues like trade and military spending with U.S. President Donald Trump, adding she would work on preserving the important relationship between Europe and the United States. "He made his convictions clear in his inauguration sp...more »
Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), a vice-president of Iran, and key architect of deal U.S. President Donald Trump wants to tear up, says he'll 'wait and see' on what the new administration actually does. (Stephanie Jenzer/CBC) *CBC News:** If Trump nixes nuclear deal, 'we are prepared,' says country's atomic chief* *Atomic energy chief is a key architect of nuclear deal Trump wants to tear up* Iran says it is reserving judgment on new U.S. President Donald Trump. But if he does, as he's vowed, "tear up" the international deal Tehran reached ...more »
In the words of Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler from Donald Trump’s favorite television show, “Really!?!” Shortly after noon Eastern time in Washington, Donald Trump gave his inaugural address. In it, he proclaimed his desire “to free the Earth from the miseries of disease.” That’s not a bad sentiment. Health is important, the US has […]
“Delicate in appearance, these filaments of shocked, glowing gas, draped in planet Earth's sky toward the constellation of Cygnus, make up the Veil Nebula. The nebula is a large supernova remnant, an expanding cloud born of the death explosion of a massive star. Light from the original supernova explosion likely reached Earth over 5,000 years ago. * Click image for larger size.* Also known as the Cygnus Loop, the Veil Nebula now spans nearly 3 degrees or about 6 times the diameter of the full Moon. That translates to over 70 light-years at its estimated distance of 1,500 light-years....more »
A U.S. Army transport truck (pictured) slid off a snowy road in Poland on Saturday, spilling tank ammunition and injuring two soldiers *Daily Mail:* *Army truck slides off the road in Poland, spilling tank ammunition and injuring two U.S. soldiers* * Transport truck carrying M-1 Abrams tank ammunition slid off road on Saturday * Investigation says truck was traveling too fast on snowy road after dark * Two soldiers were injured, with one hospitalized after the crash * Armored brigade present as part of first continuous U.S. deployment to Poland since the fall of communism; Kremlin ha...more »
*“Nuclear Landscapes” * by Chet Raymo "I was thinking recently about August 7, 1945. I was almost nine years old, growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The previous day an atomic bomb had exploded over the heart of Hiroshima. As I recall, all of us, adults and children, struggled to understand this extraordinary event, so remote from common knowledge and experience. It was clear that humanity had crossed a threshold, but to what? Within eight days, the war would be over. One mystery was solved: We now knew what was going on up Highway 11 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, previously a source ...more »
Originally posted on Sierra Foothill Commentary: Listening to Joe Bastardi’s Weekly summary at WeatherBell this morning, his assessment was that the current weak La Niña would become an El Niño in the tropical Pacific by summer. National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Ochs: “if you have warmer sea surface temperatures over a larger area of the…
*Reuters*: *Trump to begin renegotiating NAFTA pact soon with Mexico, Canada* U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he plans talks soon with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. "We will be starting negotiations having to do with NAFTA," Trump said at a swearing-in ceremony for his top White House advisers. "We are going to start renegotiating on NAFTA, on immigration and on security at the border." Trump pledged during his presidential campaign that if elected he would renegotiate the NAFTA trade pact to provide mo...more »
Originally posted on polarbearscience: Sea ice charts for 18 January from NSIDC Masie show exactly as much sea ice in 2017 as there was back in 2006 – 13.4 mkm2. Masie image below from 2006 (enlarged and cropped from archived version and label re-inserted) shows the distribution of ice was slightly different than this year…
Yesterday, Señor Trumpanzee took the circus to Langley, where he made a fool out of himself addressing 400 CIA employees-- and a cheering squad of his own that he brought along to applaud for him, which the CIA employees sat looking uncomfortable. Did you know that "there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump? There's nobody, nobody." He told them "you're going to get so much backing... maybe you're going to say, 'please don't give us so much backing. Mr. President, please, we don't need that much backing.'" He quickly return...more »
with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson January 22, 2017 TheRealNews on Jan 20, 2017 The newly inaugurated president says his plan will benefit all Americans, but the 99% are likely to pay for it while the 1% profit, says economist Michael Hudson. Transcript Michael Hudson is President of The Institute for the Study of […]
"We may know that the work we continue to put off doing will be bad. Worse, however, is the work we never do. A work that's finished is at least finished. It may be poor, but it exists, like the miserable plant in the lone flowerpot of my neighbor who's crippled. That plant is her happiness, and sometimes it's even mine. What I write, bad as it is, may provide some hurt or sad soul a few moments of distraction from something worse. That's enough for me, or it isn't enough, but it serves some purpose, and so it is with all of life." - Fernando Pessoa
*"Emotional Attacks: Choosing Not to Be a Target"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "It is important to remember that if you are being attacked emotionally, it is more than likely not about you at all. Hurtful confrontations often leave us feeling drained and confused. When someone attacks us emotionally, we may wonder what we did to rouse their anger, and we take their actions personally. We may ask ourselves what we could have done to compel them to behave or speak that way toward us. It’s important to remember that there are no real targets in an emotional attack and that it is usu...more »
"I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
*"Morning Poem"* "Every morning the world is created. Under the orange sticks of the sun the heaped ashes of the night turn into leaves again and fasten themselves to the high branches- and the ponds appear like black cloth on which are painted islands of summer lilies. If it is your nature to be happy you will swim away along the soft trails for hours, your imagination alighting everywhere. And if your spirit carries within it the thorn that is heavier than lead- if it's all you can do to keep on trudging- there is still somewhere deep within you a beast shouting that the earth is ...more »
*New York Times*: *Theresa May Is Grilled Over U.K. Missile Test Failure* LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain refused to comment on Sunday about the reported failure of an unarmed British Trident missile that was test-fired from a submarine off the coast of Florida last June. Mrs. May said she had “absolute faith in our Trident missiles” in a television interview with the BBC, but she would not say whether she had known about the failure or whether, as The Sunday Times of London reported, it had been covered up by Downing Street under her predecessor, David Cameron, sho...more »
Activists leave the site of a limousine which was set ablaze during a protest against Trump. Someone wrote on the side of the burning limo: 'We the People' *Daily Mail:* *Majority of 230 protesters arrested on Inauguration Day will face 10 years in prison and $25k fine as US attorney says they will be charged with felony rioting* * 230 people have been arrested and six police officers injured in the D.C.protests against President Trump * Many any of those arrested will reportedly face up to a 10 year prison sentence and $25,000 fine * A violent rampage started two blocks from the ...more »
*Yesterday RebelMedia Alberta bureau chief, Sheila Gunn Reid, was hit in the face by an NDP thug, right on the steps of the Alberta Legislature.*Sheila had gone there to report on a left-wing “#WomensMarch”. It was basically an NDP rally against Donald Trump. So: the usual professional protesters from the left. Of course, the event was dominated by NDP men. One of them saw Sheila and recognized her from The Rebel. He started arguing with her; then swearing at her; then he said he’d hit her — and then he did. *All while Sheila’s camera was rolling.* http://www.FindTheThug.com
*“Not only cathedrals, but every great engineering work is an expression of motivation and of purpose which cannot be divorced from religious implications. This truth provides the engineer with what many would assert to be the ultimate existential pleasure. “I do not want to get carried away with this point. The age of cathedral building is long past. And, as I have already said, less than one quarter of today’s engineers are engaged in construction activities of any sort. But every man-made structure, no matter how mundane has a little bit of cathedral in it, since man cann...more »
So, a tumultuous weekend, wasn’t it. And that was only the weather! And while the wind was howling over here, over in the Land of the Formerly Free the new president and his team were basking the glow of taking on the media over the crucial issue of who can count best up to 1.5 million. And the world’s women (or at least 1.5 million of them) were out there in Washington and around the world howling *against* Trump and *for* “women’s rights.” Except, since the march was organised by a practicing Muslim, whose religion routinely practices the subordination of women – about which ...more »
U.S. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Youtube *RT:* *‘Months, not weeks’ before a Trump-Putin meeting can be organized – Kremlin* It would take months rather than weeks to organize a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “It won’t happens in a matter of weeks,” Peskov said of a possible meeting between the two leaders, in an interview with the BBC as cited by Russian news agencies. “Let’s hope that it can happen in months to come.” Peskov added that no negotiations between ...more »
*Washington Post*: *Trump speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu* President Trump spoke Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a brief conversation that Trump described as “very nice,” and Netanyahu called “very warm.” Netanyahu, in a statement issued by his office, said Trump had invited him to visit the White House in February, although a final date was not yet set. They discussed the Iran nuclear deal, the “peace process with the Palestinians,” and other issues,” the Israeli leader said, adding that he had “expressed his desire to work closely . ...more »
Moscow, Jan 22, IRNA – Iran, Russia and Turkey started tripartite meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Sunday to hold consultations and coordinate their stances prior to the Syria peace talks. The meeting follows the second meeting of the Iranian and Turkish delegations.Seven delegations, including those of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey, will attend two-day talks for diplomatic settlement of the Syria crisis. Kazakh foreign ministry announced that two delegates representing the Syrian government and the opposition as well as the UN Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura...more »
*Recessional *- Rudyard Kipling God of our fathers, known of old, Lord of our far-flung battle-line, Beneath whose awful Hand we hold Dominion over palm and pine— Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget—lest we forget! The tumult and the shouting dies; The Captains and the Kings depart: Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, An humble and a contrite heart. Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget—lest we forget! Far-called, our navies melt away; On dune and headland sinks the fire: Lo, all our pomp of yesterday Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! Judge of th...more »
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad January 22, 2017 The challenges that confront us loom imminent, yet still unknown. Like dangers in the dark, we can sense but not clearly see them. Our government is preparing new assaults upon our rights and maneuvering more regressive unjust legislation […]
A scene replaying itself night after night in drinking establishments across the land. A man, in late middle age, sat alone nursing a pint. He wears a creased suit and a defeated expression, and staring into the drink his mind races with what might have been. This was the London Road Ale House on Friday evening, and the gentleman concerned was Mick Harold, the chair of the local UKIP branch. When Tristram Hunt announced his resignation, Harold must surely have thought he was in with a shout of taking the seat. His party, *he* came second in 2015 after years of hard work and financia...more »
*Or, when is what looks like a cake not a cake?* *WaPo caption*: *President Trump, left, and Vice President Pence are helped by Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Babot as they cut a cake at the armed services ball.* *A slightly more accurate caption*: *This poor petty officer has been suckered into pretending to help cut a cake that isn't a cake, for the greater glory of a pair of raging sociopaths who may never in their entire miserable existences have told the truth about anything.* *by Ken* This is such a grubby story that you know it must have to do with the brand-n...more »
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38711701 manages not to explain why the Eastern part of Jerusalem is mostly Arab. *Which is because Jews were ethnically cleansed from it by Jordan during the only period in over three thousand years that Jerusalem was split, that being during the occupation by Jordan that lasted from the end of the first war that Israel's launched against the world's only Jewish majority state, in an attempt to destroy it, and their second attempt in 1967.
*A personal indulgence- Perception management, memes and catapulting propaganda* * Hats figure large in NGO backed feminist movements. Bright coloured, eye catching hats as props. * *Pussy Riot “rocked” the Balaclava- Allegedly* *Should we expect the return of “Pussy Riot” Will Pussy Riot wear Pussy Hats in a rebranded/relaunch/ reappearance?* *Because surely these girl power skanks will be back to "fight" the Donald! I suspect the Pussy hat was chosen to replant the propaganda..* *Women complain about being objectified, but then they objectify themselves?* *Willingly employ o...more »
Black holes are hot. Well, thermodynamically these suckers are freaking cold, but they do attract more attention than hot supernovae. And with attention comes recognition. As announced last month, as much as 97% of the $ 6.3 mln 2016 Breakthrough Prize money for physics went to black hole research. read more
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Bessma Momani writes that Donald Trump's plan to leave the U.S. at the mercy of unregulated financial markets figures to cause another crisis comparable to - or worse than - that of 2008: Nearly 10 years ago, the U.S. financial industry was exposed as a glorified Ponzi scheme that bundled toxic assets and failing mortgages into seemingly respectable pension plans and investment schemes that were sold across the world. The Obama administration spent its first term, with global support of the G20 and other countries focused on tighter internati...more »
After a stray puppy got hit by a car, she lay paralyzed in the snow for 12 hours. The puppy was hurt in a northern community of Alberta, Canada, and had broken her pelvis. Unable to move and with temperatures below freezing, she didn’t have much hope of surviving. Fortunately, she was spotted by some teenagers and the animal rescue AB Task Force was notified, who in turn called Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). “She spent over 12 hours lying there alone and cold before rescuers found and rushed her to SAVEvet,” wrote AARCS. The snow had melted around her because of her...more »
Countercurrents, CounterPunch, Global Research, RINF, The 4th Media The push to commercialise the growing of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is currently held up in court due to a lawsuit by Aruna Rodrigues. The next hearing is due in February. Rodrigues has indicated at length that, to date, procedures and tests have been corrupted by fraudulent practices, conflicts of interests and gross regulatory delinquency. Dr Deepak Pental, lead researcher into the crop at Delhi University, has now conceded that the GM mustard in question has not even been tested against varieties...more »
"We marched for Standing Rock fighting to protect our water, traditions and sovereignty over sacred land." In Seattle, Washington, native American women singers and drummers lead a women's march of thousands as it arrives at the Seattle Center, on January 21, 2017. Women across the Pacific Northwest marched in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington and to send a message in support of women's rights and other causes. "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 ...more »
Mere Mortals of the World, Unite! For all you citizen-consumers already waxing nostalgic for the enlightened Obama years, please don't despair. Because even before landing in Palm Springs for a well-deserved time of peace and quiet after his eight non-stop years of war, soaring high above all the vicious carnage-stopping unleashed by Donald Trump, Barack sent out an email blast to his most loyal constituents. It was his very First Contact as a Private Citizen! He wants them to define their priorities -- and of course, to send a generous donation to *Ob*ama.*Org.* The stellar produ...more »
A new photo app that has been popular in China is now making global waves. And not just for its ability to create the ‘perfect selfie’. Security experts believe the app, called Meitu, is collecting much more data than it reasonably needs and it could have dark consequences. A perfect selfie In today’s selfie-obsessed world we […] The post This free app may give you the... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
LumenARRT! Celebrates MLK Day from Geoffrey Leighton on Vimeo. On January 16, 2017, LumenARRT! created a large-scale video projection in downtown Portland, Maine to celebrate the NAACP's annual Martin Luther King Day event. See more of their projections at lumenarrt.org
*and fail miserably.* I remember people using the term pussy whipped to laugh at a man who was ordered about by his wife or girlfriend. It wasn't a compliment. pussy whipped pus·sy-whipped adjective The definition of pussy whipped refers to being completely under the control of a woman and doing everything that person says, usually to refer to men who do everything their wives or girlfriends say. I hope this is the last time I will ever have to speak about these women who celebrate the killing of babies in their wombs. From the foul language by Hollywood has-beens,...more »
I joined the women's march yesterday in Brunswick, Maine where several hundred in this relatively small community turned out. That was in addition to 10,000 in nearby Portland and around 10,000 in Augusta. Those were excellent numbers for Maine which only has 1.3 million people across our large state - we have alot more trees than people. I felt good about the overall national (and international) day of protests. The photos from these events are fun to look at - see some *here* A friend sent around pictures from the Augusta, Maine event and I noticed photos of some Democratic p...more »
Thanks to the basic map of seats up and to the gross and venal incompetence of Chuck Schumer, the Senate is a lost cause until, at least, 2020. Democrats will be playing defense-- not just trying to reelect progressives like Bernie Sanders (VT), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Mazie Hirono (HI) Sherrod Brown (OH) and Tammy Baldwin (WI), but also defending the seats of undeserving conservative collaborators like Joe Donnelly (IN), Joe Manchin (WV), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Jon Tester (MT), Claire McCaskill (MO) and Tim Kaine (VA). The only plausible Democratic pickup opportunity is in Nevada, ...more »
I was amazed at the size and energy of the anti-Trump outpouring yesterday. However, I've seen movements before that were big, energetic, and global, but struggled to attain their goals. We don't even have to go back to the prolonged battle to stop the Vietnam War -- we didn't prevent the Iraq War (although I think we eventually turned much of America against it, as well as one of our major parties), and in the 1980s the nuclear freeze movement didn't succeed at all. Reagan-era protest is an interesting comparison because the president then, as now, styled himself as a radical, yet ...more »
*"Why Are World Leaders Visiting Antarctica?"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "In the last few months, the world’s political and religious leaders have been making trips to the continent at the bottom of the world- Antarctica. Author of “Empire Beneath the Ice” (second edition December 2016). Steve Quayle says people should take notice. Quayle explains, “What really is going on down there? Here is the billion dollar question, and probably the trillion dollar question: Why are the world’s religious leaders and the world’s most powerful leaders going to Antarctica? I don’t think the...more »
A pedestrian walks past the store 'Army of Russia', located opposite the U.S. embassy, with an image of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump seen on the advertising board, in Moscow, Russia, January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin *Steven Metz, WPR*: *Which of America’s Adversaries Will Test Trump First?* America’s adversaries are almost certain to challenge U.S. President Donald Trump early on, testing his inexperience in national security affairs and his propensity to personalize political interactions. How he and his team respond will show the mettle of the new administration an...more »
*Reuters:* *West African troops near Gambia's capital after Jammeh flees* West African troops were seen approaching Gambia's capital, Banjul, on Sunday, several witnesses said, as they sought to secure the country and allow new President Adama Barrow to take office after its former ruler fled overnight. Yahya Jammeh, who led Gambia for 22 years but refused to accept defeat in a December election, flew out of Banjul late on Saturday en route to Equatorial Guinea as the regional force was poised to remove him. Several witnesses in Barra, a town on the opposite bank of the Gambia Riv...more »
The Los Angeles Times did a feature on me. I was also quoted in "Kurds call for Trump's support 'to crush ISIS" in ARA News. Finally, my interview with Reuters' Stephen Kalin on the battle for Mosul was reprinted by EA Worldview.
The Iraqi army is completing the last phase of the operations in east Mosul. The 16th Division freedthe last part of Arabi a two-part neighborhood in the northeast. The Iraqi Forces (ISF) originally attacked the area on January 16 and had been declaring it liberated everyday since. There are two parts to Arabi and the reports were not distinguishing one from the other. The army is also taking on Rashidiyathe last district of east Mosul still under Islamic State control. The Division took Qawsiyata town in Rashdiya. It is a rather large area, so it may take a few days to completely ...more »
Diego at the beachThree weeks after losing Tala, Diego became violently ill. The usual home approaches didn't work, but when the trip to the vet didn't work, I was really worried. Seeing this dog -- normally the picture of happiness, with a voracious appetite -- so quiet and sad, and unable to eat, was very scary. He ended up staying at the vet clinic for two nights, on intravenous medications and fluids. I have been feeling very put-upon. Just before the Christmas holiday, Allan was in a car accident. He wasn't hurt, but the insurance company declared our car a total loss. Then Ta...more »
Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade in Pyongyang ( Reuters) *Daniel R. DePetris, The National Interest*: *Is North Korea's Military the Ultimate Paper Tiger (That Could Still Kill Millions)?* Iran’s regional aggression. Budget turmoil at home. Domestic politics. An establishment in Washington resistant to reform. Ongoing wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. President-elect Donald Trump will have all of this to focus on and more, including the possibility of a Republican Party—a party that, let’s be honest, wasn’t especially happy that Trump won the GOP nominatio...more »
*From Jenna Orkin* Inside Bill Gates' New Strategy For Battling Epidemics Tucker Exposes Hoax Group Claiming to Pay Protesters at Trump Inauguration Mystery as NATO Auditor General is found shot dead in suspicious ... German Press: "That Was No Presidential Speech; That Was A Declaration Of War" Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, has said he doesn't believe that smoking kills Buffett Says "America Will Work Fine Under Trump", "Overwhelmingly" Supports Trump's Cabinet Picks Obama Makes Stunning Admission About WikiLeaks In Final Press Conference Brazilians Stunned B...more »
*Washington Post*: *Trump administration not sending a delegation to Syria peace talks* The Trump administration will not send a delegation to next week’s Syrian peace talks, sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran, because of the “immediate demands of the transition,” the State Department said Saturday. Russia’s ambassador to the United States had personally invited President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, to the meeting, scheduled to begin Monday in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana. The Obama administration was not invited. “The United States is committed to a p...more »
*The Guardian:* * Millions displaced and 500,000 dead – will new peace talks end Syria’s agony?* *The latest attempt to end the six-year conflict has been organised by Russia and Turkey and begins in the Kazakh capital.* Key parties in Syria’s brutal civil war, now stretching towards the end of its sixth year, will meet in the Kazakh capital of Astana this week for a new round of peace talks. Organised by Russia and Turkey, and backed by Iran, these are the latest in many attempts to shift Syria’s conflict from battlefield to negotiating table. The conflict has already claimed u...more »
Meanwhile, over on Radio 4's *Feedback*: Reading what I do, I know that lots of people in this neck of the internet and elsewhere were appalled at the idea of the BBC expanding its Reality Check function to police and pronounced judgement on social media, so I wondered if Feedback would reflect those concerns. Not a bit of it. To summarise what actually happened: (1) Roger Bolton's introduction described 'fake news' and 'dodgy statistics' (including mention of the £350 million for the NHS figure). (2) Then two 'concerned' listeners were featured. The first asked for the BBC t...more »
While millions of people were gathering to protest his presidency yesterday, Donald Trump went to CIA headquarters and delivered remarks that would be considered bizarre and rambling if they weren't just like every campaign speech he gave that didn't involve a Teleprompter. What Trump delivered Saturday was a campaign-style, stream-of-consciousness airing of grievances -- at the Senate for delaying confirmation of his nominees; at critics for questioning whether he is smart and vigorous; and at journalists, whom he called “the most dishonest human beings on earth” and accused of lyi...more »
Vice President Mike Pence (right) swears in retired Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis as defense secretary in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters *David Priess, War On The Rocks*: *The Intel Importance of Being Pence: The Vice President’s National Security Role* The CIA briefer started her day in the late 1990s like she had before on so many other working mornings: taking a highly sensitive intelligence document from Langley into downtown Washington and hand-delivering it to the man for whom it had been personally crafted. Its top secret updates covered a wide rang...more »
Michelle Obama was a fantastic first lady and was only full of positive messing gin. Her practical words for the people will be sourly missed and we should celebrate that her message changed millions of lives for the better.
Dr Strangelove returns to Washington to advise our BANE Dear Henry and his ilk see the world as a chess board where they are always two moves ahead and we dont have Utopia cause God gave them all these useless pawns and no matter how many they kill they are always in his grill. What is your purpose Dear Henry where are you taking us and why?
'John McDonnell, who answered Andrew Marr's suggestion that he was hearing talk of a Labour collapse in the north of England by replying, "I think you're talking to the wrong people. I was out on the streets in Brighton yesterday where we had hundreds of people marching to protect the NHS".' Thanks to http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/musings-on-marr.html for the spot.
*Andrew Marr *had an under-par Mrs May on today. Some people are attacking her for avoiding answering Andrew Marr's repeated tries (four goes) to get her to answer the 'Did you know about the errant Trident missile?' question. Others, like Stephen Pollard, contend that it's "a truly bonkers row". ("How can it be sensible for a PM to say 'Oh, just to confirm, our nuclear defence didn't work'?). There was also John McDonnell, who answered Andrew Marr's suggestion that he was hearing talk of a Labour collapse in the north of England by replying, "I think you’re talking to the wrong...more »
Hours before Trump's sparsely-attended inauguration, Fox News-- which Señor Trumpanzee doesn't call Fake News (but which usually is) released a new poll showing that 37% of Americans approve of the new president, while 54% do not. It's not likely the bleak inaugural address neo-Nazi Steve Bannon wrote for Trump to read, bolstered those numbers. The speech wasn't just dark and-- sorry Kellyanne-- inelegant; it was filled with distortions and outright lies. It was, predictably, more Trump gaslighting. PolitiFact bore witness to Trump/Bannon's serial lies in real time and Glenn Kessl...more »
*January 22, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - Following rhetoric regarding Europe's refugee crisis, one might assume the refugees, through no fault of Europe's governments, suddenly began appearing by the thousands at Europe's borders. However, this simply is not true. Before the 2011 wave of US-European engineered uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) transformed into Western military interventions, geopolitical analysts warned that overthrowing the governments in nations like Libya and Syria, and Western interventions in nations like Mali and the Ivory Coast, would...more »
Diane Abbott was on *The Sunday Politics *again today. Andrew Neil, alas, *didn't* take the opportunity to introduce her by saying: Hello, and welcome to *The Sunday Politics. *On the show this week: a hamster who controls people's minds through telekinesis; an aspidistra which has the power of speech; ...and DIANE ABBOTT!?!? Naturally, it was a car-crash interview. It always is.
*Instead of actively joining in a world where the inhabitants love and care for each other, you have chosen to remain isolated not only from each other, but from yourSelves.* *You have chosen a bitter fruit rather than the sweetness of Life.* *It's no wonder there is a rise in sickness and poverty. We each feed each other and this helps us maintain and encourage greater emotional and mental health through our positive interactions. Instead, we have chosen to fight each other and project negativity upon each other which has resulted in a world of war, disease, and financial cris...more »
For anyone who's interested, here's a transcription of an interview on this week's *Newswatch *with Katy Searle, Editor of BBC Political News. Many of you will already know about it and, according to the *Daily Express, *it was highly "cringe-worthy": *She was left to repeat herself over and over again in a desperate attempt to defend BBC reporting during the embarassing* [sic]* car-crash interview.* Regular readers may remember Katy for her astonishing, repeated apologies on behalf of the BBC (on *Feedback* last year) where, very unusually for a BBC editor, she said three times ...more »
*Context and Precedence* Some of you who read this blog have commented that you are interested in current events in Mexico. Because of that, I'm giving you a brief update from my perspective. There will be riots and demonstrations again in Mexico today. It will be bad in Tijuana. It's been bad enough lately that the USGOV has shut down the border crossing points from time to time. There is talk about the people taking over city hall in Tijuana today and I expect that you'll see that happen. The mainstream media is focused on who designed Melania Trump's dress and how the designer...more »
*UK: Secondary school league tables 2016: Grammar school [charter school] children excel while comprehensives fall behind, figures show* Grammar schools allow children to achieve their potential, new Government figures reveal, while the brightest 150,000 state school children do not excel at comprehensives. Official data released by the Department for Education (DfE) shows that 94 per cent of children at grammar schools have made good progress by the time they are 16, compared to less than half (49 per cent) of students at non-selective schools. The figures will come as a boost f...more »
*The first fruits* *With midnight regulation, Obama Energy Department just outlawed your three-way bulb* In the last full day of the Obama administration, the Department of Energy just issued a final rule that will outlaw even more light bulbs. The 2007 light bulb ban in effect outlawed most incandescent light bulbs by imposing efficiency standards on ordinary light bulbs. Congress exempted a few types of light bulbs, including bug lights, three-way bulbs, "rough service lamps," and some decorative bulbs, such as globe-shaped bulbs. But that law gave DOE the right to expand...more »
*Exodus* *Leon Uris* *Exodus*, in my view, is one of the most entertaining novels ever written—this book is comparable to Margaret Mitchell’s *Gone With The Wind* or Leo Tolstoy’s *War and Peace*. Many years ago when I read *Exodus*, I was mesmerized by Leon Uris’s account of the founding of modern Israel. The novel's characters are unforgettable. The broad historical sweep of its story is exceptional. A reader can’t do without identifying with the Jews, many of whom have escaped Hitler narrowly, and are now struggling against tremendous odds to establish a homeland. The novel is...more »
*The next time ya'll are at Starbucks*, and they ask for your name. Tell them it's Trump and make them call "TRUMP - TRUMP!" Yes, it's a trigger word and they may run, crying from the Starbucks, looking for a place to cower as they put on their onesie and suck their thumb. But wouldn't it be fun to watch?
Yesterday an estimated half million joined*The Women's March on Washington* which was supported by *hundreds of thousands more *gathering in various cities, not only in the U.S. but across the world. Described as “a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations and backgrounds in our nation's capital to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.” it clearly shows the deep concern that many citizens feel about the new U.S. Administration, a concern that is shared across the...more »
Andrew Cohen has left Ottawa and moved to Washington, where -- for the time being -- he is a Fulbright Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He was, therefore, well placed to observe Donald Trump's inauguration and speech -- which, he writes, was an "endless tweet:" Mr. Trump’s address defines the difference between his America and Mr. Obama’s America. The world according to Donald Trump is gloomy, cold and joyless. Factories are “rusted-out” and strewn like “tombstones” across the land; schools “deprive” students of knowledge; crime and drugs have “stolen lives and...more »
By Cathy Jameson I can’t remember which news story it was that I was listening to, but the line “…vaccines don’t cause autism…” was said. As if that wasn’t enough, the speaker made sure to add that the measles (MMR)...
Readers of this blog will surely want to know about a new website: econofact.org, a "non-partisan publication designed to bring key facts and incisive analysis to the national debate on economic and social policies. It is written by leading academic economists from across the country who belong to the EconoFact Network, and published by the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School at Tufts University." Check it out.
https://youtu.be/9fDn0MvcHQ4 Remoaners are given a free hand by the pro EU BBC to claim that the British public weren't told that leaving the EU would mean leaving the Single Market. This is demonstrably untrue as the video above here shows. Surely an unbiased BBC would point this out to any Remoaner who tries to tell this lie in the future.
According to the *Radio Times*, the new series of *Call the Midwife *will tackle female genital mutilation (FGM). The *RT*'s interview with series creator Heidi Thomas makes it clear, however, that the BBC will *not *take a "moral" view on it and that FGM will be dealt with "as a fascinating medical aberration, not a grim abuse". The *RT *interviewer also notes that Ms Thomas refuses, during the interview, to use the term FGM, saying that she "chooses to refer to [it] in less charged terminology" (e.g. 'female circumcision').
The top news report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38707722 on the BBC is yet another angle on the more people attended Barack Hussein Obama's inauguration than attended Donald Trump's. The BBC are obsessed by this piece of pretty irrelevant news. Oddly I don't recall the BBC comparing the enormous crowds that were attending Donald Trump's rallies during the US Presidential Election campaign with the poor attendances at Hillary Clinton's rallies.
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Earlier in the week the *Times *reported that the newly-appointed BBC chairman Sir David Clementi will be asking for "scientific" monitoring of BBC impartiality. including into the corporation's post-EU referendum coverage. I suspect the phrase 'scientific research' will have rung loud alarm bells with senior BBC editors. They've vigorously rejected *that* idea for years now, often being at pains to tell MPs or *Newswatch* viewers that such a thing isn't suitable for the BBC - eg. the BBC’s chief political adviser Ric Bailey: *I’m a really strong believer that you don’t achieve ...more »
In two days, American readers will be provided with an English translation of *Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity* by Carlo Rovelli. Rovelli is tightly connected to the Italian (and French, I believe) inkspillers' community which is the main reason – I believe – why the book became a bestseller in Italy in 2014 and has sold something like 1 million copies in the world so far. Just to be sure, his book *Seven Brief Lessons on Physics* was published after the *Reality...* in Italy but the English translation emerged *before* the *Reality...*. A majority o...more »
Originally posted on Skating Under The Ice: A “progressive” tax is one where the wealthier you are the higher percentage of tax you pay. On the other hand, I’ve said before that a tax on energy, the so-called “carbon tax”, is one of the most regressive taxes available. It is the reverse of progressive, it…
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…
Assume for a moment, as the press with triumphant glee is reporting, that 2016 was the hottest year evah! Believe the claim for the sake of argument. Swallow the idea, for at least the next minute, that the media and… Source: The Hottest Yeah Evah! Really? | The Stream
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton AT 10 AM the Saturday before inauguration day, on the sixth floor of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania, roughly 60 hackers, scientists, archivists, and librarians were hunched over laptops, drawing flow charts on whiteboards, and shouting opinions on computer…
Originally posted on Science Matters: ? Ocean temperature measurements come from a global array of 3,500 Argo floats and other ocean sensors. Credits: Argo Program, Germany/Ifremer We are seeing lots of claims about the temperature records for 2016 and 2015 proving dangerous man made warming. At least one senator stated that in a confirmation hearing.…
Originally posted on Science Matters: The confirmation hearings with questions from global warming zealots reminded me of Bertrand Russell’s teapot analogy. The notion of global warming/climate change resembles closely that mythical teapot. People like Lewandowsky and Oreskes psychoanalyze unbelievers. And public hearings are conducted to uncover unseemly heresy inside political appointees. At least when religion…
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton Trump Nominees Distance Themselves From His Climate Rhetoric By Bill Murray January 20, 2017 Rick Perry, questioned by senators Thursday vetting him as a potential energy secretary, was the fourth of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees to repudiate some of the president-elect’s most controversial…
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 »
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