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*New York Times*: *Mike Pompeo Is Confirmed to Lead C.I.A., as Rex Tillerson Advances* WASHINGTON — President Trump’s cabinet continued to take shape on Monday, as Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas earned approval to lead the Central Intelligence Agency and Rex W. Tillerson, the secretary of state nominee, cleared a key Senate hurdle to all but assure his own confirmation. Despite some shaky appearances from his nominees on Capitol Hill and often blistering Democratic opposition, Mr. Trump has thus far faced few meaningful obstacles in installing the team of his choice — aided ...more »
*CNN*: *Senate committee approves Tillerson for secretary of state* (CNN)Former ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson won the backing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday to be secretary of state when it voted 11-10 to send his nomination to the full Senate. Sen. Marco Rubio was a long hold-out and potential "no" vote after he raised concerns about Tillerson's views toward Russia and human rights. But the Florida Republican announced earlier Monday that he would support the nomination. If Rubio had voted no, it could have stalled Tillerson, although GOP leaders plan...more »
Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities and on bad days makes even the rustling of bed sheets unbearable. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she’s encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don’t fully understand, as well as her mission to document through film the lives of patients that medicine struggles to treat.
I had not known the Jewish religion rejects the process of cremation. This is not unusual but for adherents of a religious faith that bans cremation, I would not expect, Jews in this case, to be wise in the ways of crematoria procedures; cremation is, I have discovered, a fairly technical process requiring constant observation […]
A panel from Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup That Remade the Middle East (Verso Books) In the sweltering late summer heat of 1953, a fifteen-year-old boy who would, a few decades and thousands of miles later, become my father, walked to his older brother’s shop near the center of Tehran, Iran. The streets of the densely-populated capital city were eerily empty. It was a Wednesday.
“The Sleeping Beauty galaxy may appear peaceful at first sight but it is actually tossing and turning. In an unexpected twist, recent observations have shown that the gas in the outer regions of this photogenic spiral is rotating in the opposite direction from all of the stars! Collisions between gas in the inner and outer regions are creating many hot blue stars and pink emission nebula. *Click image for larger size.* The above image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2001 and released in 2004. The fascinating internal motions of M64, also cataloged as NGC 4826, are thought...more »
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” - Louise Erdrich
Dandelion Salad with Abby Martin teleSUR English on Jan 23, 2017 The increased aggression towards Russia from US politicians and media is made more clear when taking into account the real history of the post-Soviet period. The hidden story of Boris Yeltsin’s presidency explains how deeply the US government, along with Western capitalist institutions, cheered, […]
*Professor Tim Ball* Tim Ball addresses a meeting at Australian Parliament House 8/11/2016 The arrogance of the main stream, and even too much of the medium stream media, believe they have a divine right. It is the same. They are panicking because the internet and Trumps’s use of Twitter has and is bypassing them completely. They accelerated their own demise by not accepting the responsibility that comes with being the Fifth Estate. It is sad and pathetic to see even Fox trying to defend people like the New York Times journalist who claimed the MLK bust was removed. They mumbled ...more »
*White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is on the job.* *by Noah* That the Trump White House has become a home for crazy people shouldn't come as a surprise to any sane observer of the events of recent years. Face it: We've seen the Republican Party cross over the edge of sanity since the dawn of the Tea Party. That was the point where it became apparent that the Republican Party had *fully* become the Crackpot Party. I don't need to recount the Bizarro World antics of the likes of Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, Louie "The Bestiality Guy" Gohmert, Paul LePage, et al. Their number...more »
*The Washington Post*'s Robert Costa is describing the new hire at the White House as an enemy of Paul Ryan: When House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s redbrick Georgian revival in Janesville, Wis., was surrounded last July by women whose children were murdered by undocumented immigrants, conservative writer Julia Hahn published a scathing report and a blurry snapshot of Ryan’s departing SUV. The headline: “Paul Ryan flees grieving moms trying to show him photos of their children killed by his open borders agenda.” Three months later, Hahn wrote a 2,800-word story alleging that Ryan was th...more »
"That is life, isn't it? Fate. Luck. Chance. A long series of what-if's that lead from one moment to the next, time never pausing for you to catch your breath, to make sense of the cards that have been handed to you. And all you can do is play your cards and hope for the best, because in the end, it all comes back to those three basics. Fate. Luck. Chance." - Kelseyleigh Reber "Unless, of course, there's no such thing as chance... in which case, we should either- optimistically- get up and cheer, because if everything is planned in advance, then we all have a meaning and are spared ...more »
*“Beauty Exists Not In Sameness”* by Paulo Coelho “Beauty exists not in sameness but in difference. Who could imagine a giraffe without its long neck or a cactus without its spines? The irregularity of the mountain peaks that surround us is what makes them so imposing. If we tried to make them all the same, they would no longer command our respect. It is the imperfect that astonishes and attracts us. When we look at a cedar tree, we don’t think: ‘The branches should be all the same length.’ We think: ‘How strong it is.’ When we see a snake, we never say: ‘He is crawling along the ...more »
*"Lines Written in Early Spring"* "I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sat reclined; In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind. To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much it grieved my heart to think, What man has made of man. Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, The periwinkle trailed its wreaths; And ’tis my faith that every flower Enjoys the air it breathes. The birds around me hopped and played, Their thoughts I cannot measure, But the least motion which they made It seemed a thrill of pleas...more »
It is hard to believe that it is a year since we lost Prof Bob Carter. Robert Merlin Carter: 9 March 1942 – 19 January 2016 It is equally hard to realise that it will be a year, tomorrow, since Bob's funeral. Bob was one of the world's greats in fighting the inaccuracies of the global man-made climate change hoax. As a tribute to Bob, Australian Climate Sceptics re-publishes some of one of the last works in which he was involved. *Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming* The NIPCC Report on the Scientific Consensus [image: why_scientists_-_front_cover-260] By *Craig D. Idso, R...more »
*Please do click for larger size.** *○* *"Lines Written in Early Spring"* "I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sat reclined; In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind. To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much it grieved my heart to think, What man has made of man. Through primrose tufts, in that green bower, The periwinkle trailed its wreaths; And ’tis my faith that every flower Enjoys the air it breathes. The birds around me hopped and played, Their thoughts I cannot measure, But the least motion wh...more »
In *The Art of Nonfiction*, Ayn Rand says that “it is important to know when to continue using a word despite its being corrupted, and when to drop such a word.” She says that she did not use the words “Liberal,” “Conservative,” and “Libertarian,” because their meanings are not clear. Here’s the excerpt: “Take the word “liberal.” In the nineteenth century, this was a proper term which stood for one who defended rights and limited government—except that it never represented a fully consistent political philosophy. So historically, what started as nineteenth-century liberalism gradua...more »
"Why say "yes"? "Yes" means opportunity. "Yes" makes the dots in your life appear. And if you're willing and open, you can connect these dots. You don't know where these dots are going to lead, and if you don't invest yourself fully, the dots won't connect. The lives you make with those dots always lead to interesting places. "No" closes doors. "Yes" kicks them wide open. As long as you're able to say "yes", the opportunities keep coming, and with them, the adventures. Say "no" to fear and complacency. Keep saying "yes" and the journey will continue." - William Shatner "The worst t...more »
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. - Rahul Kalvapalle reports on the latest Ipsos poll showing how younger Canadians expect to lead a worse life than the generations who went before them. - PressProgress examines how inequality has been burgeoning under Christy Clark's B.C. Lib government. And Maimuna Majumder notes that the toxic effects of higher inequality include an increased number of hate crimes. - Jacqueline Sullivan reports on a UC Berkeley study showing that a $15 minimum wage in Fresno substantially improved wages without any net effect on employment. - C...more »
*Michael Knigge, DW:* *Trump only trusts his family, says biographer* Trump family biographer, Gwenda Blair, talks to DW about the new president’s views on family, and explains the very different roles his wives and children play. *DW:* Family plays a very important role for President Donald Trump. What kind of first family can we expect in the Trumps? *Gwenda Blair:* As we have seen, he is holding on close to that family. This is how he is going to continue what he has always done, which is to focus on maximizing his own advantage. He always had a very sharp eye for how to get a...more »
Saturday, as *millions* of women and their allies, not just in the U.S., but around the world, marched against Trump, one DC wag asked "where was all that energy during the election?" My response-- "at Bernie Sanders rallies-- drew hysterical anger from thin-skinned Clinton die-hards. It took some cheating, but Clinton managed to win the Iowa caucuses against the then largely unknown Democratic socialist, Bernie Sanders, 49.9% to 49.6%. Most counties were pretty 50/50 but the biggest disapritiy between them came in Jefferson County where Bernie won 72.7% of the votes to her 27.3%....more »
*When nine-year-old Joshua Wedzin of Behchoko, N.W.T., isn't watching TV, playing with his brother or at school, he is at work in his artist father's studio, painting the stars.* His father, James Wedzin, is a well known Tlicho artist who taught himself and then trained at art school in Victoria. He draws inspiration from the landscape around Behchoko. James said his son began watching him create artwork a few years ago. James said he would get up at 4 a.m. and head over to his studio to work on a carving or painting, and an hour later his son would get himself out of bed just to...more »
*Written by Grant G* I can see a political party paying their leader a stipend if.....if their leader is not already elected to public office, if said leader is spending all his or her time campaigning a party platform to the people, occupied day in day out trying to move their political party forward....however, once elected to office(if successful) any and all stipends must end... There can be simple exceptions to the stipend rule(s), or what should be a rule, if a political party has a private function and their chosen leader expends money to attend, the party is within its r...more »
CNN President Jeff Zucker arrived at Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 21 for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters) *CNN:* *CNN’s president has fired a warning shot at Donald Trump* Don't mess with CNN. That's the unvarnished version of a message that the network's president, Jeff Zucker, delivered to President-elect Donald Trump in an interview published on Thursday by New York magazine. "One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul,...more »
Over the weekend, the Trump Administration had some interesting discussions with and about the press. First, talking at CIA headquarters on Saturday, President Trump remarked that he is in a “war” with reporters, who are the “most dishonest human beings on Earth.” Later that same day, his Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, accused the media of […]
[image: anti-trump-women-s-march-celebrity-profanity-media-duplicity] Hateful, incendiary rants from Madonna, Ashley Judd; Media cover up communist parties, radical groups sponsoring-promoting-organizing the event.
A network of conservative websites has spread malicious attacks intended to demonize one of the co-chairs of the Women’s March, which mobilized millions of Americans to resist President Donald Trump’s administration. Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist. She is a mother of three children The post Emboldened By Countersubversive President, Network Of Sites Demonize Women’s March Organizer appeared first on Shadowproof.
U.S. President Donald Trump signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Anthony Cowden, RCD*: *Trump’s Theory of Foreign Relations* President Donald Trump has so far confounded those looking for a theoretical underpinning to his worldview and approach to foreign policy. His statements so far have provided too little information to pigeonhole his approach in any of the existing models of grand strategy (Primacy, Liberal Internationalism, Balance of Power, or Strategic Restraint), although it is now clear from the ...more »
*TRUMP’S INFRASTRUCTURE SCAM* Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich. 1. *It’s a giant public subsidy to developers and investors*. Rather than taxing the wealthy and then using the money to fix our dangerously outdated roads, bridges, airports, water systems, Trump wants to give rich developers and Wall Street investors tax credits to encourage them to do it That means that for every dollar they put into a project, they’d actually pay only 18 cents and we would...more »
*"Why Coffee Protects Against Diabetes"* by ScienceDaily "Coffee, that morning elixir, may give us an early jump-start to the day, but numerous studies have shown that it also may be protective against type 2 diabetes. Yet no one has really understood why. Now, researchers at UCLA have discovered a possible molecular mechanism behind coffee's protective effect. A protein called sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) regulates the biological activity of the body's sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen, which have long been thought to play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes....more »
In a few days, students from five high schools in Venice will be lectured on particle physics, the Higgs boson, the giant detectors of today's colliders, and will be treated with pictures and graphs aimed at stimulating their artistic vein. read more
Sacred Stone camp founder LaDonna Allard does not plan to close down her camp. She was not present at the council meeting. LaDonna Tamakawestewin Allard, founder of the original encampment, the Sacred Stone camp, was in Park City, Utah for the release of the documentary series RISE at the Sundance Film Festival, which features the struggle at Standing Rock. In a brief telephone interview, she said the encampment on her private land would stay intact. Sacred Stone Camp founder LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said Sacred Stone has formed a 501c3 and has plans to build a permanent “green...more »
Atomically precise chevron-shaped graphene nanoribbons were purified after solution synthesis, cleanly placed by dry contact transfer on a hydrogen-passivated Si surface, imaged and manipulated by scanning tunneling microscopy, and covalently bonded to depassivated surface positions.
. Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault being honored at a special NO DAPL event at Sundance Film Festival. NO Dakota Access Pipeline at Sundance Film Festival Photos by Earl Tulley, Dine' Censored News
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein) *My one ambition is to get all Americans to realize that they are, and must continue to be, the greatest Race on the face of this old Earth, and second, to realize that whatever apparent differences there may be among us, in wealth, knowledge, skill, ancestry or strength–though, of course, all this does not apply to people who are racially different from us–we are all brothers, bound together in the great and wonderful bond of National Unity, for which we should all be very glad.* - Senator Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, *...more »
*"Pushing Buttons: Untended Pain"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When somebody continues to open our old wounds on purpose, they must be told that their behavior is no longer welcome. We've all had our buttons pushed to the point where we feel we can't take it any more, and chances are, we've all pushed somebody else's buttons, with or without knowing it. The button pusher may not be conscious of what they're doing, but in the end the buttons belong to us, and we are the ones who must deal with what comes up. The more we take responsibility for our own feelings and reactions, the...more »
"Life's funny, chucklehead. You only get one and you don't want to throw it away. But you can't really live it at all unless you're willing to give it up for the things you love. If you're not at least willing to die for something- something that really matters- in the end you die for nothing." - Andrew Klavan
"They are not long, the weeping and the laughter, Love and desire and hate: I think they have no portion in us after We pass the gate. They are not long, the days of wine and roses; Out of a misty dream Our path emerges for a while, then closes Within a dream." Ernest Dowson, "Vitae Summa Brevis" • “Vitae Summa Brevis Spem Nos Vetat Incohare Longam” is a quotation from Horace’s “First Book of Odes”: “The shortness of life prevents us from entertaining far-off hopes.”
*Major expansion of surveillance cameras in French Quarter, 20 hot spots plus new 3 a.m. rule for bars ~Jeff Adelson, N.O. Advocate * *Louisiana police chief pushes ‘Blue Lives Matter’ law to make resisting arrest a felony ‘hate crime’ ~Erin Corbett, Raw Story* *To Fight Coastal Damage, Louisiana Parishes Pushed To Sue Energy Industry ~Tegan Wendland, WWNO* *Coyote wanders onto Frenchmen Street, seeks refuge at Dat Dog ~Wilborn P. Nobles III*
*Washington Post:* *President Trump signs order to withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership* President Trump began recasting America’s role in the global economy Monday, canceling an agreement for a sweeping trade deal with Asia that he once called a “potential disaster.” Trump signed the executive order formally ending the United States’ participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the Oval Office after discussing American manufacturing with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room. The order was largely symbolic — the deal was already essentially dead in Congress — but served...more »
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges truthdig on Jan 22, 2017 Truthdig correspondent Donald Kaufman met up with columnist Chris Hedges on Saturday at the Women’s March on Washington and discussed the significance of the event and the challenge of creating meaningful dialogue between supporters and opponents of President Trump. Drawing in part on his experience […]
Donald Trump and his supporters were never going to be big fans of the Women’s March on 21 January. And some duly called protesters “sore losers”, and their protests “unfair“. But there was immense hypocrisy at the heart of this critique. Trump’s hypocrisy After the march in Washington, which crowd scientists say attracted three times as many people as Trump’s […] The post No, Trump. People will not just shut up and go away once elections are over [VIDEO, TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
[image: in-blow-to-globalism-trump-kills-monster-tpp-trade-regime] In a major victory for American national sovereignty and self-government, President Donald Trump on Monday fulfilled his campaign pledge to withdraw the U.S. government from the “free trade” regime known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Despite strong support from Obama, most congressional Republicans, and the establishment wing of both parties, the secretly negotiated “trade” scheme was unconstitutional, dangerous, and extraordinarily unpopular across the political spectrum. But with a simple executive action...more »
Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi in New York, Sept. 19, 2016. (Photo: Reuters) *The Hill*: *Egypt's leader, Trump speak* President Trump spoke by phone Monday morning with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, according to the White House. The phone call is among Trump’s first to a foreign leader as president. It comes after a weekend conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The talks come as Trump is considering whether to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Such a move would please...more »
We are heartbroken to announce that our dear friend, our brilliant colleague, journalist par excellence, dedicated book co-author, the heart, soul and leader of our "rebel alliance," Dan Olmsted, passed away this weekend. Age of Autism has been a family...
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: 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,…
[image: study-obama-trump-and-the-divided-states-of-america] Divided we stand (temporarily)? This appears the attitude of many Americans, with a recent survey showing that a record number of us consider our country more divided than ever before.
Originally posted on Bob Tisdale - Climate Observations: …When Sea Levels Were Roughly 20 to 30 Feet Higher than Today Science recently published Hoffman, et al. (2017) Regional and global sea-surface temperatures during the last interglaciation. Not too surprisingly, the study has been ignored by the mainstream media. Why? As Science writes in their summary…
*Remember, Trump is a venal, vindictive prick* Today, Trump withdrew the U.S. from the TPP, an executive order far more pleasing to progressives-- especially to Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Sherrod Brown-- than to the Republican Establishment represented by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. The move is upsetting many in the Republican-controlled Congress, not the least, the two Republican senators from Arizona. Jeff Flake says he expects a Trump-backed primary from neo-fascist Republican politician and key Trump ally Jeff DeWit in 2018. Pre-empting the threat of reprisal, Mr....more »
An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron takes off at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group, Dec. 29, 2016. The 134th EFS is flying combat missions for Operation Inherent Resolve to support and enable Iraqi Security Forces’ efforts with capabilities provided by the fighter squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) *DoD Buzz*: *Cost of Air War Against ISIS Climbs to $11 Billion: Pentagon* The cost of the U.S.-led air war against the Islamic State has climbed to nearly $11 billion since its inception, the latest figures show. By the...more »
*MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017The Smithsonian meets the press pool:* Last Saturday morning, the Washington Post reported a horrible set of groaners. The groaners appear in a $50 picture book about Donald J. Trump. At the time, the book was on sale at the Museum of Natural History, a branch of the Smithsonian. Oops. According to the Post's Ian Shapira, the photograph-laden book contains a supply of "false assertions," or howlers: SHAPIRA (1/21/17): The Trump book, which is heavy on photos and pullout memorabilia and bears the words "Make America Great Again" on its cover, contains a se...more »
Police? *"How We Got Here"* by Eric Peters "America is in trouble because Americans got lazy. Not so much physically but morally. They began to care more about some passing thing than about the things that truly matter; the things that made America unlike other places. *Better* than other places. Things like principles; the plain meaning of words. The Fourth and Fifth Amendments, especially. Which were (past tense deliberate) laws written to articulate and protect principles that matter. It gradually became more important to– as Thomas More’s character in the play, "A Man For All S...more »
[image: trump-reinstates-mexico-city-policy-to-halt-u-s-support-of-abortion-in-foreign-countries] President Trump has reinstated a policy against taxpayer funds going to promote abortion in foreign countries. The policy was first crafted by President Reagan in 1984, but was overturned by President Obama in 2009.
[image: philadelphia-teachers-kick-off-blm-week-of-action-despite-backlash] Despite the controversial agenda and violent nature of the Black Lives Matter movement, teachers in Philadelphia are participating in a BLM week for their students, provoking backlash from teachers and critics.
The only known video footage al-Baghdadi is from a sermon he gave in 2014 *Daily Mail: **ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'critically injured in air strikes in northern Iraq'* * ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said to have been critically injured in airstrike * Comes amid reports a fanatic in charge of executing women has been killed * Abu Abdel Rahman killed by unknown gunman in Mosul, security source claims * Source claims he was assassinated by gunmen who killed him 'right on the spot' ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been 'critically injured' in air strikes in northern Ir...more »
*Al Jazeera*: *Iraq army denies taking east Mosul from ISIL* Army retracts earlier announcement that its troops have retaken all of eastern Mosul from ISIL rebels. The Iraqi defence ministry has issued a statement retracting an earlier claim in which it announced the "liberation of the eastern part of Mosul" from ISIL, calling it a "mistake". On its website on Monday, the army said that the armed forces succeeded in liberating the left bank of the city completely, "after inflicting heavy losses in lives and equipment to the enemy". However, in a later statement on Monday the defe...more »
Originally posted on wryheat: The Earth experienced two super El Ninos recently: 1997/1998 and 2015/2016. It was expected that 2016 would be the hottest year in the satellite record which begins in 1979. It was, but by only 0.02°C over 1998. That is not statistically significant according to Dr. Roy Spencer, keeper of the UAH…
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood https://polarbearscience.com/2017/01/22/polar-bear-habitat-update-as-much-sea-ice-in-2017-as-2006-at-18-january/ Susan Crockford writes: 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…
The Mongolian wolf is also known as the Tibetan wolf or as the subspecies of the Gray Wolf - Canis Lupus Chanco. It is a smaller wolf than it's cousin the Gray wolf and usually only weighs about 45 kg. It also goes by the nickname of the Woolly Wolf because of it's dense undercoat. It is native to Central Asia and ranges from Turkestan, throughout Tibet to Mongolia, northern China, the western Himalayas in Kashmir and even as far as the Korean peninsula. Currently there are about 70,000 Mongolian wolves in the area. Normally these wolves do not form large packs but tend to travel in...more »
*Washington Post:* *Gambia’s defeated president finally gave up power — and took luxury cars and millions of dollars with him* NAIROBI — As the plane carrying Gambia's disgraced former president prepared to depart the small West African country on Saturday, onlookers caught a last glimpse of Yahya Jammeh's face through the window. He had been forced from the country that he ruled for more than two decades. But, bizarrely, Jammeh was smiling. According to Gambian officials, he had one big reason to be happy. Before leaving the country he had managed to steal millions of dollars fro...more »
Russian bomber carries out an airstrike against Isis and Nusra Front in Aleppo, Syria in August 2016. Donald Trump’s press secretary suggested that US could work with Russia on future airstrikes. Photograph: Tass *The Guardian*: *US military is 'not coordinating airstrikes with Russia in Syria', Pentagon says* *Defense department denied Russian government claim that US-led coalition planes aided Isis mission, but Trump administration open to future joint strikes* The Pentagon has flatly denied a Russian government claim that both nations’ warplanes conducted a joint combat missio...more »
This BBC report and video http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/video_and_audio/headlines/38723929#video-38723929 will hopefully show that leftists can no longer get away with expressing their prejudices as they wish. Unfortunately that's unlikely...
[image: report-us-military-contractor-persecuted-for-not-bowing-to-sharia] In perhaps another example of the U.S. government bowing to Sharia law, an American contractor in Afghanistan has been expelled by the U.S. military on an “insult to Islam” charge, according to a report.
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? According to Prince Charles, we now get more electricity from solar power than we do coal. ? Unfortunately the sun is not shining tonight, and there has not been much wind either today. The result is that coal power is currently…
The Guardian had much of little to say about Trump. This difficulty may continue for a time because Trump has no political philosophy. EVen before he got elected, he was backing off from some of this promises. Will he move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? Don't bet on it. He's already changing his mind. What does he think the average American needs? Well, it could be whatever the average American wants at the time Trump is speaking. He'll give people a reality TV show - because that's what he knows how to do. The only human need he understands is getting a job. The U.S. ha...more »
*The Fight to Stop U.S. THAAD Deployment in South Korea* *Webinar/Teach-in open to the public:* *Featured Speakers - JJ Suh and Ray McGovern* Monday, February 13, 2017, 8 pm EST, 5 pm PST **RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for log-in info On July 7, 2016, the U.S. and South Korean governments announced a joint decision to deploy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system in South Korea. The two governments assert, without serious evidence and contrary to expert opinion, that the THAAD system will protect South Korea from the threat of North Korean missiles. The ...more »
By Paul Homewood According to Prince Charles, we now get more electricity from solar power than we do coal. Unfortunately the sun is not shining tonight, and there has not been much wind either today. The result is that coal power is currently providing 10589MW, out of a total demand of 50040MW. In […]
By Paul Homewood https://polarbearscience.com/2017/01/22/polar-bear-habitat-update-as-much-sea-ice-in-2017-as-2006-at-18-january/ Susan Crockford writes: 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 […]
*who, after enduring pain and death on the cross to bring us salvation, is being wounded by His creatures.* These past few days have exhausted me. The unrelenting mocking of Christians and celebration of sin, is a sign of the devil in all his "wickedness and snares" being hard at work. When Christians are mocked, so too is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit mocked. These events we are witnessing, not just here, but in the entire world, are *not* the deeds of people who are merely confused. This is the work of Satan. Imagine God having to see His creatures, made in His imag...more »
Here is the latest update on news about Fukushima children's thyroid cancer rate and cancer among workers at the plant: 10 more thyroid cancer cases diagnosed in Fukushima. The Mainichi, December 28, 2016 (Mainichi Japan) http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20161228/p2a/00m/0na/008000c FUKUSHIMA -- Ten more people were diagnosed with thyroid cancer as of late September this year in the second round of a health survey of Fukushima Prefecture residents, which began in April 2014, a committee overseeing the survey disclosed on Dec. 27. The number of people confirmed to have cancer d...more »
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Jan 23, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges looks back on President Barack Obama’s legacy with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report. They examine Obama’s role in boosting the war industry, serving corporate interests and depleting the privacy rights of […]
CBS is reporting that President Trump brought his own cheering section to CIA headquarters on Saturday: U.S. government sources tell CBS News that there is a sense of unease in the intelligence community after President Trump’s visit to CIA headquarters on Saturday. An official said the visit “made relations with the intelligence community worse” and described the visit as “uncomfortable.” Authorities are also pushing back against the perception that the CIA workforce was cheering for the president. They say the first three rows in front of the president were largely made up of su...more »
Two extreme, very polarized paradigms have emerged as President Donald Trump takes command of the White House. After the shattered hopes and fraud perpetrated by America’s first black hope-exploiting president, Trump supporters naively believe they’ve elected their “great white hope” of a president who will “make America great again,” taking at face value his “America comes first” rhetoric. Many see Trump as a modern day George Washington figure, leading Americans in their second revolution*,* fighting to take back their country from the globalists. But Trump’s legions of suppor...more »
Details about the long list for Stoke-on-Trent Central's Labour candidacy started to emerge in dribs and drabs at tea time this evening. The applicants who've made it this far have received an invitation to attend a shortlisting interview with a panel of Labour's National Executive Committee in London tomorrow. In all, the NEC received 41 applications for the vacancy. Without further ado, the long listed are ... Cllr Sam Corcoran Allison Gardner Cllr Olwen Hamer Cllr Dr Stephen Hitchin Sonia Klein Trudie McGuinness Mark Meredith Cllr Michael Payne Cllr Gareth Snell Cllr Mike Stubbs D...more »
Leading scholar on US-Russia relations addresses the claim being trumpeted by politicians and media on both sides of the political spectrum that Russia is now the "number one" threat to the United States. Given the proxy wars in Syria and Ukraine, Dr. Cohen tells host Abby Martin that the real alarming danger today is "a new, multi-front Cuban missile crisis." Dr. Stephen Cohen is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and New York University where he taught Russian Studies. He has been a noted author and commentator on US-Russia policy for decades.
*"Foreigners Are Dumping U.S. Debt At A Record Pace* * And Our $20 Trillion National Debt Is Poised To Become A Major Crisis"* By Michael Snyder "While most of the country has been focused on the inauguration of Donald Trump, a very real crisis has been brewing behind the scenes. Foreigners are dumping U.S. debt at a faster rate than we have ever seen before, and U.S. Treasury yields have been rising. This is potentially a massive problem, because our entire debt-fueled standard of living is dependent on foreigners lending us gigantic mountains of money at ultra-low interest rates. ...more »
A researcher who claimed image problems in a retracted paper were the result of a software glitch, and not intentional, has lost three more papers — all for image manipulation. In two notices, the Journal of Biological Chemistry specifies that duplicated images were used to represent different experimental conditions; one notice simply says the paper was […] The post Surgery chair who blamed image issues on software logs three more retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.
You can read the whole story here at the Rebel Media and watch the quite incredible video too. Sometimes the left just disgust me. Here a female reporter is assaulted by a male at a women’s march against violence and the feminists protect the male and help him escape.
[image: apple-supplier-foxconn-negotiating-7-billion-plant-in-pennsylvania] The ripple effect of business investment in the United States, thanks to the friendly face in the White House, is likely to accelerate.
*CawRANT Events #40* Good Morning, Everybody! It is a bright and sparkling day on the West Coast...just a degree or so above freezing and hardly a chemtrail in the sky. It feels so great to be finally getting back into some kind of routine after all the excitement and dishevelment of the past few months. With Christmas, the election and other family matters...it has been one challenge after another and most of all...lack of time to do what I like best...blogging for truth. Reviewing the events in the headlines this morning, there are so many topics I would like to cover in this ...more »
HiLASE, a $50 million center near Prague employing numerous Japanese, Indian, and Italian folks, among others, has launched the new 1,000-watt laser DiPOLE 100 (Google Images), a fully diode pumped solid state laser (DPSSL) designed and constructed at STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the U.K. and transferred to Czechia in two big trucks in late 2015. For half a year, the laser will only be used by local employees. Companies will be able to exploit the device from July 2017. The idea is that the laser should be used to manipulate surfaces, te...more »
*More than 300 union plumbers from all over Michigan flooded Flint to install free filters for residents, this past weekend.* According to ABC12, not all the faucets in Flint can fit a filter, which each resident of the city desperately needs in order to get rid of lead in their drinking water. Some of the faucets are older and oddly shaped, making the installation of a filter nearly impossible. Local plumbers with United Association Local 370 in Flint have been going door-to-door making sure that faucets are filter ready, reports Michigan Radio. And last weekend, they got a boost ...more »
Theresa May is facing mounting pressure to spill the beans over last year’s massive missile balls-up. The government has refused to confirm or deny the most obvious explanation – namely that this was an attempt to kill Donald Trump. In June 2016, Trump had emerged as the likely Republican candidate for the US presidency. He […] The post UK government urged to ‘come clean’ over botched Trump assassination appeared first on The Canary.
The government has buried a disturbing report on climate change. The UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Report [pdf] includes warnings about the doubling of deaths caused by heatwaves, a “significant risk” to food supplies, and severe flooding. But the report, published on 18 January, received little publicity. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said nothing about it. The Department for […] The post If you thought the government was serious about climate change, think again appeared first on The Canary.
While the world watched Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, the Tories quietly sneaked out another crony appointment. One role of the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority is “publicly challenging the misuse of statistics”. Something the Conservative government has an appalling track record on. And the person the Conservatives have given this job to? Margaret Thatcher’s former Private […] The post The Tories have just put Thatcher’s closest aide in charge of holding them to account appeared first on The Canary.
Journalist and broadcaster Angela Epstein has said women have a “level of personal responsibility” for being raped on ITV‘s This Morning. Social media users, and other people on the show, swiftly blew the regular commentator for The Daily Mail to pieces: A woman should not get ready for a night out and take into consideration that her […] The post Journalist blames women in short skirts for being raped. Gets blown to pieces [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
Richard Spencer is a leader of America’s white supremacist ‘alt-right’ movement. (That’s Nazis to you and me.) During protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President, a masked activist punched Spencer in the face. And there’s perhaps only one appropriate reaction to witnessing this: turn it into an internet meme and remix to music. […] The post The only appropriate reaction to seeing neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer get punched in the face [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
On 21 January, thousands of women around the world marched to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. At the same time, the UK government quietly announced a decision that would punish some of the most vulnerable among them. The government confirmed on 20 January that the controversial ‘rape clause’ would be going ahead. It means that women whose third child is a result of […] The post While women marched for their rights, the Tories quietly sneaked out a ‘wicked’ plan to punish them appeared first on The Canary.
*Slide 5 from the "NOAA/NASA Annual Global Analysis for 2016" (pdf here; click to enlarge image). As you'll read below, global temperature in 1910 is a good proxy for "pre-Industrial global temperature." Thus, converting °F in the chart to °C, global warming has reached **nearly **+1.5°C already. More than +0.2°F (+0.1°C) or that rise came in just the last two years.* *by Gaius Publius* I wrote recently about Trump, climate change and the upward march of global temperature: "Trump Takes Office Following the Three Hottest Years in Recorded History." Now I'd like to extend that idea...more »
*RT*: *Russian long-range bombers hit ISIS targets near Deir ez-Zor, Syria* Six long-range bombers have flown all the way from Russia to the Syrian governorate of Deir ez-Zor to attack Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) targets, the Russian Defense Ministry reported. A similar raid was conducted on Saturday. The Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers flew through Iranian and Iraqi airspace on Monday and conducted airstrikes on the terrorist group’s command centers and weapons stockpiles, the ministry said in a statement. The Russian military said all targets were successfully destroyed. *Re...more »
At the risk of annoying a few and because it seems that some people have absolutely no reading comprehension, I thought I would address, once and for all, this notion that I have recanted on Roswell. I believe it came about because some people are incapable of understanding a simple title of three words. They seem to understand the first two, but not the third. And, I thought that since there have been many commentators on this, but none of those with two exceptions bothered to communicate with me I would clear the air. In the time of “fake news” it is easy to understand how this ha...more »
President Donald Trump reportedly signed executive orders that will remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and start a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It increases the possibility that the Trump administration will deliver a fatal blow to neoliberal globalization. That such actions came The post Setback For Neoliberalism: Trump Dumps TPP, Will Renegotiate NAFTA appeared first on Shadowproof.
*Bloomberg*: *Russia’s Syria Peace Effort With Iran, Turkey Hits Obstacles* * Rebels won’t meet directly with Assad officials in Kazakhstan * Meeting seeks to cement truce, encourage dialogue, Russia says The joint initiative by Russia, Turkey and Iran to end the six-year war in Syria suffered a setback when opposition groups rejected face-to-face meetings with government representatives at peace talks in Kazakhstan. “There will be no direct negotiations,” Osama Abu Zaid, a member of the opposition delegation, said after the meeting began Monday in the Kazakh capital, Astana. The r...more »
*Note: I haven't posted one of these in a long while! This one is interesting in that it mentions Antarctica and also the fact the Rothschilds work hand in hand with the Chinese Dragons, something we have said for a long time. The whole story line the Chinese were "taking down the cabal" was a storyline they wanted you to believe. And this is actually the most important shift I see in Ben's reporting.I have no data to indicate the Galactics (what most call ETs) are in fact in control of Antarctica. My data is the Galactics are still on the New Complete Earth. They are very s...more »
Writing in *The Evening Standard*, Emily Maitlis talks about the Orwellian language used by President Trump's press secretary ("George Orwell’s Minitrue could not have put it better"). And she too calls the statements he defended "lies". She then makes the same point that James Cook and Nick Robinson made earlier: But maybe the real question now is how those of us listening to the lies respond. So much centres around the question of “balance”. So weaponised, so overused. Thrown in our faces when we strive to say anything that reaches past a seesaw of “yes and no”. Of course the...more »
*MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2017Part 4—Yesterday's efforts by Todd:* To appearances, Conwayism, which leads us to Babel, can almost look like a form of mental illness. Chuck Todd confronted the strange condition on yesterday's Meet the Press. For the full transcript, click here. Back in October, Todd had weirdly punched through a journalistic fourth wall. In decidedly non-journalistic fashion, he'd weirdly vouched for Kellyanne Conway, weirdly declaring that she "is a very good person." For background, just click here. Yesterday, that "very good person" was accusing Todd, again and ag...more »
Reporters walk in the media center set for Syria peace talks, in Astana, Kazakhstan, January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov *Reuters:* *Expectations low as Syria's warring sides meet* Syria's warring sides met for talks for the first time in nine months on Monday, with frosty initial exchanges suggesting chances of a significant breakthrough were slim as the country's six-year-old conflict ground on. They sat opposite each other at a round table in a hotel conference room before a day of negotiations - sponsored by Russia, Turkey and Iran in Kazakhstan's capital Astana - go...more »
*BBC:** Theresa May was told about Trident missile test* Theresa May was told about a recent Trident test happening when she became prime minister, Downing Street has said, following reports a missile went off course. Labour and the SNP are urging the government to explain whether a test firing from HMS Vengeance went wrong. The incident reportedly happened a few weeks before MPs voted to renew the UK's nuclear weapons system. *Read more* .... *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 23, 2017* UK's Theresa May Was Briefed on Nuclear Missile System Test -- New York Time...more »
[image: trump-gets-early-start-with-executive-actions-to-counter-obama] President Barack Obama changed federal government policy via executive actions when Congress did not enact certain laws he was demanding. Likewise, the new president, Donald Trump, is expected to use the same method to overturn some of those actions — in areas such as immigration and climate change.
[image: va-legislature-declares-day-of-tears-on-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade] In an unprecedented move, the state of Virginia took a bold stand acknowledging the sanctity of life. With a vote of 57-36, the Virginia House of Delegates adopted a resolution last Wednesday to remember the millions of lives lost to abortion.
The following transcription captures the words but not the tone. When I first heard it this morning Sarah Montague sounded more spittle-flecked than she sounded after replaying it for the umpteenth time, which I’m afraid I had to do in order to get it down in writing. However, there are a bunch of serious misconceptions within Sarah’s questioning that need challenging. I’m not going to extend the length of this post by going into them in detail here and now; I’ll leave that to others, whom I hope will do so in due course. When the BBC confines its most hostile and adversarial Midd...more »
*Vic Bishop* - Now more than ever we need a pioneering effort in the production of renewable energy. The post Iceland Drilling World’s Deepest Geothermal Well in Race for Renewable Energy appeared first on Waking Times.
*From Jenna Orkin *Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening Syrian rebels meet in Kazakhstan ahead of peace talks Here's what happened to sea levels the last time Earth was this warm Tesla to Power Gigafactory with World’s Largest Solar Rooftop Installation Making AI Systems That See The World As Humans Do Homeschooling is more popular than ever but still widely ignored Iceland is drilling the world’s deepest geothermal well 'Catastrophe' declared as wildfires rage in central Chile British Police Tasered Their Own Race Relations A...more »
Trump is not a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or even a wolf in wolf’s clothing. Trump is a wolf in no clothing. His campaign, transition, and inaugural weekend lay naked the two driving forces of his presidency. The first is an authoritarian disregard for the truth—what we used to call “lying” in the good old […]
This World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism (WPTPN) guest post is written by Seçkin Köstem, an assistant professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara, and managing editor of the Review of International Political Economy. Various sub-fields of International Relations, including IPE and security studies, have explored dynamics of cooperation and conflict in […]
The Iraqi Forces (ISF) were still fighting over the last remaining sections of northeast Mosul on January 22. All of the Arabi district was declared freed on January 21, but there was still fightingreportedly going on there the next day. The road from Mosul to Dhouk was secured, along with Malayeenfor the third time. Rashidiya is the last major district left under Islamic State control. The ISF already took a town there yesterday and is shellingthe rest of it. After it is liberated, the Iraqi forces will move on to the western section of the city. Preparations for assaulting the ...more »
[image: trump-s-foreign-policy-an-unwise-inconsistency] Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions have been anything but consistent. One day we heard that NATO was obsolete and the US needs to pursue better relations with Russia. But the next time he spoke, these sensible positions were abandoned or an opposite position was taken. Trump’s inconsistent rhetoric left us wondering exactly what kind of foreign policy he would pursue if elected.
[image: venezuela-s-dictator-fires-head-of-central-bank-inflation-at-1-600-percent] Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Nicolas Maduro fired Nelson Merentes, head of the central bank. Maduro refuses to place the blame for Venezuela's collapse on his own socialist policies.
[image: alec-united-van-lines-study-people-moving-to-lower-tax-states] The latest *Rich States, Poor States* study from the American Legislative Exchange Council and United Van Lines confirms both logic and history: people move to lower-tax, business-friendly states.
*This is a book that want's you to believe this type of manipulation is all in the past.* *To say it’s in the past is yet more media obfuscation. * It's not in the past at all! The CIA manipulates your perception via the media. All forms of it. And there are more venues for manipulation now then ever! Books, Magazines, Tell a vision. Radio. Facebook. Twitter. Etc., * Manipulation via the media- all forms of it has never ended*. Including in book reviews, such as this one- where the book reviewer desperately employs the guilt by association logical fallacy to involve Russia. This ...more »
The former president of the Joslin Diabetes Center has withdrawn a second article within a month of his first, and issued extensive corrections to another paper in the same journal, all due to figure errors. In November, we reported that Carl Ronald Kahn — also affiliated with Harvard Medical School — had pulled a highly cited 2005 […] The post Prominent Harvard researcher issues second retraction, again citing duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The UK’s unofficial ambassador to the forces of darkness, Nigel Farage, has returned from the hell mouth with news. Namely that Donald Trump’s new slogan, America First, will mean exactly what you think. Any trade deal we manage to cobble together will see Britain getting the short end of the stick. Or indeed something which […] The post ‘America First’ means ‘Britain Second’, confirms Nigel Farage appeared first on The Canary.
A doorman stands as people walk past the Trump Tower in New York, U.S., May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri *WNU Editor:* A disturbing analysis from the AP .... *Trump properties face global terror risk with presidency* (AP).
*New York Times*: *Renewed Fighting and Drone Strikes in Yemen Kill About 75* SANA, Yemen — Renewed fighting in the Yemen conflict killed about 75 people on Saturday and Sunday, some of them in the first drone strikes launched during the new administration of President Trump, according to Yemeni news reports. Two drone strikes in the central Yemeni province of Bayda on Saturday killed 10 militants with Al Qaeda, three of them hit while riding on a motorcycle and the other seven killed in a vehicle in a separate drone attack in the same area, the reports said. The United States d...more »
An MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) sits in a shelter at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, after a mission on November 10, 2008. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the Reaper can carry up to 3,750 pounds of laser-guided bombs and missiles. *Peter Bergen and David Sterman, CNN:* *Will President Trump restart the drone war in Pakistan?* (CNN)The American drone war in Pakistan effectively ended nearly eight months ago when the US conducted its last drone strike, killing the Taliban's leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour. After using CIA drones regularly for 7 years in Pakistan --...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4143592/We-act-late-says-PRINCE-WALES.html Someone at the Mail must be after a gong! Not only do they devote a whole page for Prince Charles’ article on global warming, but they also tack on a slavishly sycophantic piece by their political editor, which fails to question any of his contentious assertions. Charles’ piece […]
Fagot missile launcher. Wikipedia *Al Arabiya*: *Ukraine seizes Iran-bound plane ‘carrying missiles’* Ukraine has announced that it has seized an airplane destined for Iran loaded with arms at Kiev’s Zhulyany Airport. The plane was reported on Sunday carrying Russian-made anti-tank guided missiles. The Russian agency Interfax confirmed that the weapons were discovered by Ukraine’s border police in Kiev’s airport following a search of 17 containers that were not registered in the flight’s cargo manifesto. A spokesman said that three containers were found to be storing the missiles...more »
After a months long hiatus, Transpicuous News is Back! and oh what a week! d Edited to add: the www.obama.org site is now back up and running again..... It was down for 6 hours this morning (Central European time)..... Interesting d Links for this Episode of TN: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38663522 https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/search/site/Operation%20highjump https://www.rt.com/uk/374399-cia-argentina-falklands-war/ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-22/billion-year-gambian-president-was-installed-cia http://www.investors.com/politics/edi...more »
Eric Bauman is the chairman of the L.A. County Democratic Party and the state Democratic Party's Vice Chairman. Late yesterday, he caused the California party go haywire by publicly requesting that Party Chair John Burton call a special meeting to consider a state party endorsement for DNC chairman. In the incredible well-crafted letter below, Bauman laid out all his reasons for backing Keith Ellison. This comes right on top of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's ill-timed endorsement, just after dinner with Obama in Palm Springs, of the establishment pick: former Labor Secretary Tom Perez...more »
Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting at the UN's European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse *Bloomberg*: *Braced for Trump Challenge, China Signals It Would Cooperate* * Xinhua offers congratulations, hopes for ‘win-win’ cooperation * Policy changes to improve access may help fend off criticism Confronted by the challenge of a Donald Trump-led White House, China is signaling it’s ready to work with the new administration and has already taken a handful of policy steps that may help fend off criticism over access to its markets. The offi...more »
I admit it's way too early to use the phrase "the failed Trump presidency." He's been in office only since Friday. I just like the headline. I hope someone in the Trump White House sees it. I hope Trump sees it. In *The New York Times,* we have this, under the headline "Rocky First Weekend for Trump Troubles Even His Top Aides": To the extent that there was a plan to take advantage of the first days of his administration, when a president is usually at his maximum leverage, Mr. Trump threw it aside with a decision to lash out about crowd sizes at his swearing in and to rewrite the h...more »
.@BritishArmy moving tanks through Channel Tunnel in long-planned test tonight – means we can move kit by rail as well as sea & air. pic.twitter.com/cjj4LMsq7x — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) January 17, 2017 *NBC:* *British Tanks Roll on Channel Tunnel Test Run Amid Trump, Russia Fears* LONDON — Tourists know the Channel Tunnel as the undersea railroad that allows cheap and easy trips from Britain to mainland Europe. But in the dead of night this week, Britain's military sent five tanks down the 30-mile "Chunnel" to test whether it would be an effective route for forces if d...more »
When it comes to Mexican food, a tortilla is an important ingredient. After all, it's used in so many dishes, including tacos, enchiladas, burritos, taquitos, and more. Thanks to the Americanized version of Mexican food, most people are only familiar with flour tortillas. And while flour tortillas have their place, you may be missing out on new flavor opportunities by not branching out and embracing corn tortillas. So here's where I come down on the flour tortillas vs corn tortillas battle... If you're unfamiliar with corn tortillas, they are much smaller and denser than their fl...more »
*Daily Mail*: *Revealed: CIA's secret plan to give the Falklands to Argentina and ship the islanders off to SCOTLAND * * US planned to step in and hand the islands to Argentina following the invasion * CIA thought the British may have 'underestimated' the Argentinian military * Top secret papers reveal that security bosses prepared to offer islanders the choice of relocating to Scotland or to stay and become Argentinian citizens The population of the Falklands Islands could have been relocated to Scotland under a secret CIA plan, it has been revealed. The US planned to step in an...more »
On Sunday 22 January, Andrew Marr interviewed Theresa May about Trident. He pressed her on whether she knew about a failed missile launch which occurred just before parliament voted to renew the nuclear weapons system in July. Now, Business Secretary Greg Clark has also evaded questions about that failed test. The failed test The Sunday Times revealed [paywall] the […] The post Watch another government minister dodge Trident questions, in a car crash interview on Sky [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
*Why do liberals need days off of school and safe spaces with coloring books and puppies when they lose elections while conservatives manage without them?* *Chris Bast gives a big part of the explanation below* A conservative writer (whose name I don't recall) once made an observation about the left that I think explains this phenomenon. He said (rough quote) “Progressives have rejected religion as the basis of their morality and replaced it with politics.” Now of course this is a generalization. There are (probably) some progressives out there who are sincerely religious, but th...more »
On Saturday, Donald Trump went to C.I.A. headquarters and gave a speech, in which he claimed there was no feud between him and the intelligence community. It was fake news perpetrated by the media. And, when three times as many people showed up to protest his inauguration than those who showed up for it, he sent his press secretary out to claim that a million and a half spectators were there to cheer for the Donald. Michael Harris writes: President Trump’s new press secretary, Sean Spicer, went on to set a record for most lies told in a maiden press briefing. Amongst other whoppers...more »
*Proprietor of far-left Australian webzine "New Matilda" echoes Trump* *Chris Graham is proprietor of a far-left Australian webzine called "new Matilda" with rather shaky finances but he seems to be far more rational than most Leftists. He defends coal below and hints that nuclear power may be the best of all. Beat that! He seems to be on the same page as Trump when it comes to the electricity supply so it's a wonder he can stand the embarrassment. His main concerns in fact seem to be Aboriginal welfare and Palestinians. He publishes some pretty one-eyed stuff on those topi...more »
[image: Peoples-Savings-Bank] Architect Louis Henri Sullivan was Frank Lloyd Wright’s mentor, the father of the skyscraper, and one of the “godfathers” of modern architecture, In the last phase of his career, Sullivan built several exquisite wee banks in the American midwest that he called “jewel boxes,” stunningly crafted small buildings celebrating the primary symbol of capitalism in each of these prosperous small towns. [image: 857faccfe8ccb75fd8d208c42ecee141] The People’s Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was probably the least of these small jewels, but has enjoyed per...more »
By John Stone Elizabeth Hart has provided me with a transcript of newsreel footage by the New York Times full of lies and distortions, and using old footage Seth Mnookin and Andrew Wakefield (tinted to make him look scary). To...
Post Inauguration, the memes have been flying on social media. This one dedicated to unity caught my eye. I edited it a bit at the bottom. What do you think? Please share far and wide. Let's see the response. Thanks....
What does it tell us when leading Democrats are more upset about alleged Russian election-rigging than they are about proven Republican election-rigging? After all, American oligarchs like the Koch Brothers have no more right to undermine our democracy than Russian oligarchs do.
*Spinoff, off-topic:* a new spinoff of *The Big Bang Theory* is being prepared. A twelve-year-old Sheldon Cooper will be educated by his evangelical mother and others in Texas. I guess that the lead actor will be earning less than Sheldon's, Leonard's, and Penny's $1 million per episode. ;-) On Saturday, Trump supporter Scott Koteskey and his fellow passengers released and combined this video footage: On a flight from Baltimore to Seattle, his female neighbor asked him whether he was for Trump or against Trump. Her name isn't known so the Internet only refers to her descriptive...more »
Curiously this is a rather important piece of evidence. we know that the moon - earth - sun system is not accidental. A detailed study on all that can be found on this blog. Thus there will be a preferred calendar. That preferred calendar surely was operative until the end of the Bronze Age on a global basis. Then error crept in, likely for reasons of new beliefs. My key point however is that a thirteen times four weeks provided us with a nicely consistent system without exceptions except for an end of year corrective leap day as needed. I had drawn this conclusion a long ti...more »
This item is very important, not least because it is not put out by a medical journal but a science journal of serious standing trying to be balanced. I personally do not think that smoking is a good idea and am more than pleased to know that i do not have to. These conclusions are similar to those i have developed here in my blog. It is all that obvious and the sooner we get this all legalized and part of the medical pharmacopoeia the better. . *National Academy of Sciences Issues Landmark Statement on Medical Cannabis* *Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer* *http://www.wakingtimes....more »
This tale is disgusting along with the stupid attempt to cover up the facts themselves. The actual procedure was surely reckless. If this is attempt often then we have a problem. wiorse was the child's immediatred reaction. That said something was wrong. Think snakebite when this happens and perhaps you may solve the problem before it kills. There may be an excellent case for certain specific vaccines, but it has now been extended into a whole array of risks and has itself become a serious risk. . *Six Month-Old Baby Dies Just Five Days After Receiving 13 Vaccines* *Im...more »
More and more alien evidence is been located of this nature. What i find troublesome is the ongoing lack of scientific curiosity. My reason for this is that an alien genome can act as a Rosetta stone to help understand our own Terran genome. We now have this and we have the Starchild skull as well. That happens to be a pretty good start. then we have the large collection of enlarged skulls also proving out to be non human. We now have an increasing mass of hard evidence available for detailed DNA work. It is long overdue for a major DNA program worth seve...more »
*INTERNATIONAL BASES IN ANTARCTICA AS OF 2000* *CLICK TO ENLARGE*PDF of this MAP IS HERE: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP80R01443R000400100003-5.pdf An apparently suppressed article in National Geographic about the bases: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP80R01731R000400300002-7.pdf
Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, at the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Photo: lucas jackson/Reuters *Wall Street Journal:* *U.S. Eyes Michael Flynn’s Links to Russia* Counterintelligence agents have investigated communications by President Trump’s national security adviser, including phone calls to Russian ambassador in late December WASHINGTON—U.S. counterintelligence agents have investigated communications that President Donald Trump’s national security adviser had with Russian officials, according to people familiar with the ...more »
Bottom image is a photoshop depiction for illustrative purposes of what i saw before the snows set in. The warehouse building would sit about where the men are. *1/23/16: UPDATED WITH DATA ON THE SAPPHIRE PYRAMID* Terran to Denice: I feel Loie nearby Denice: ☺ Terran: Hi Loie! Loie: Hello, Bill. I am here, love. Loie: Sending you a frequency. Ready? Terran: Yes Terran: You are coming thru clearly tonite it seems Loie: Sending, love. Loie: Feel me? Terran: Yes very much so Loie: Perfect, dear! *SCENE 1* Terran: Seeing black people (Africa) with bowls out looks like someone ...more »
China's President Xi Jinping at the podium at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. AP Photo/Michel Euler Chinese President Xi Jinping’s appearance at last week’s World Economic Forum shows global leadership is shifting, not drifting, toward Beijing. The most vigorous defense of globalization and multilateral cooperation was mounted not by an American statesman, but by the president of the People’s Republic of China. “The problems troubling the world are not caused by globalization,” Xi declared. “Countries should view their own interest in the broader context and refrai...more »
As Donald Trump was sworn into office, Barack Obama watched. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were also nearby, in more ways than one. I regularly teach a course on the American presidency. My students join a generation of Americans who have come of age with a particular vision of the presidency established by Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. These three presidents shared so much in common that, to many Americans, the presidency now has become both the qualities of those presidents and the circumstances of their administrations. Trump’s election has sent people scramb...more »
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 »
[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 »
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 »
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.