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Friday, January 27, 2017

27 January - Blogs I'm Following

11:32 pm MST

President Obama To Cash In On His Memoir

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 minutes ago
*Daily Mail:* *Obama is set to cash in on presidency with a reported $20MILLION advance for his memoirs * * Obama's memoir would 'go for more than any president's memoir has ever gone' * He went into the White House as a bestselling author for his book Dreams of My Father, which was published in 1995 * The only other presidents to enter office as bestselling authors are Dwight D Eisenhower and Donald Trump * After leaving office, George W Bush got $7million for 2010's Decision Points * When Bill Clinton left office, he received $15million for his 2001 memoir, My Life * Historians b... more »

Rep. John Lewis Under a Microscope

John F. McManus at rss - 26 minutes ago
[image: rep-john-lewis-under-a-microscope] Lewis is one of the most liberal members of the entire House and unquestionably one of most consistently Democratic congressmen in the Deep South.

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 53 minutes ago
Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser passes through the English Channel on its way back to northern Russia. The carrier was escorted all the way through by British Armed Forces (Royal Air Force and Royal Navy) on January 25, 2017. © PHOTO: MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (UNITED KINGDOM)


LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 hour ago
Bill Whittle weighs in on the President's decision on January 27, 2017 to deny federal funding to Sanctuary Cities. He does well in his analysis. I have nothing more to add.

World Corruption Index Has Been Released

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Forbes:* *Where Corruption Is Rampant Worldwide [Infographic]* No country on earth is deemed totally free of corruption, according to Transparency International. Earlier this week, the Berlin-based lobbying group reported that 69 percent of the 176 countries on its latest Corruption Perceptions Index scored below 50 on a scale between 0 (perceived as highly corrupt) and 100 (perceived as very clean). It called on governments to urgently introduce deep-rooted systemic reforms to eliminate corruption and address the growing imbalance of power and wealth. Somalia, South Sudan and No... more »

UK: STOP Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station – consultation ends on 3rd Feb -please write

Originally posted on Radiation Free Lakeland: There is a consultation going on for three new reactors in Suffolk. These would be next to the already dangerous situation at Sizewell. There is a letter below from Radiation Free Lakeland – please feel free to use this for ideas to write your own objection. Email your comments…

Trump-- Already Making America Less Safe With His Adderall-Fueled Twitter Feuds

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Wednesday, Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto, announced he was thinking about canceling his meeting with Señor el Presidente Trumpanzee in Washington next week, as a matter of Mexican national pride. Within hours, Thursday morning, he tweeted that he canceled the meeting with the deranged, Adderall-addicted orange orangoutang. Trumpanzee, a pathological liar unable to control himself even at this high a level, claims the idea to cancel the meeting was his own since Peña Nieto was once again refusing to pay for Trump's foolish and absurd wall. Today's *Wall Street Journal* ... more »

Male And Female U.S. Marines Will Now Share The Same Tents And Fighting Positions During Field Exercises

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S. Marine Corps recruits practice sighting in on the range at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island last year *Marine Times:* *Male and female infantry Marines to share tents in the field* The first female infantry Marines will share fighting holes and tents with male Marines during field exercises. “We’re not changing any of our tactical posture or breaking unit cohesion or adjusting anything to accommodate mixed genders while we’re operating in a field environment replicating tactical conditions,” said Maj. Charles Anklam III, executive officer for 1st Battalion, 8th Mari... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWFCocIfXI&list=RD9qWFCocIfXI

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"What surrounds the florid Rosette nebula? To better picture this area of the sky, the famous flowery emission nebula on the far right has been captured recently in a deep and dramatic wide field image that features several other sky highlights. Designated NGC 2237, the center of the Rosette nebula is populated by the bright blue stars of open cluster NGC 2244, whose winds and energetic light are evacuating the nebula's center. Below the famous flower, a symbol of Valentine's Day, is a column of dust and gas that appears like a rose's stem but extends hundreds of light years. *Click... more »

"The Moment..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago

Banafsheh Madaninejad : METRO EVENT | Be a ‘peaceful protector’ at Muslim Capitol Day

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 2 hours ago
Action: Peacefully Protecting Muslim Capitol Day Attendees When: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 9 a.m.-Noon Where: South Steps of the Texas Capitol Address: 603 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX 78703 Phone: 512-472-5050 Cost: Free and open to the public By Banafsheh … finish reading Banafsheh Madaninejad : *METRO EVENT* | Be a ‘peaceful protector’ at Muslim Capitol Day

Emperor Trump given alt-clothes in exchange for trade deal

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 2 hours ago
People feared the worst from Theresa May’s trip to visit Emperor Trump. The UK finds itself in a historic moment of weakness. A point at which we’d basically have to accept any deal that was offered to us. Which is great for Trump, as he’s at a point of wanting to force sh*tty trade deals […] The post Emperor Trump given alt-clothes in exchange for trade deal appeared first on The Canary.

Chet Raymo, "Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Soul" by Chet Raymo "There is a moment early in Stefan Zweig's "The Post Office Girl" when the eponymous heroine has a moment of illumination: "In this instant, shaken to her very depths, this ecstatic human being has a first inkling that the soul is made of stuff so mysteriously elastic that a single event can make it big enough to contain the infinite." Two interesting thoughts here. First, that the soul is elastic. This is a rather different notion of the human soul than the one I was raised with. We were taught that the soul- the essential self- is created fully formed at the... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Lytham, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "When Death Comes"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"When Death Comes"* "When death comes like the hungry bear in autumn, when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse to buy me, and snaps his purse shut; when death comes like the measle-pox; when death comes like an iceberg between the shoulder blades, I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering; what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness? And therefore I look upon everything as a brotherhood and a sisterhood, and I look upon time as no more than an idea, and I consider eternity as another possibility, and I think of each life as a flower, as... more »

"After A Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“After a time, you may find that *having* is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.” - Mr. Spock, “Star Trek”, "Amok Time"

"March To The Sea, And Make Salt"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"March To The Sea, And Make Salt"* by Dan W "Satya is the Sanskrit word for “truth”; agraha means "great enthusiasm and interest". The two words combined may be rendered as "the firmness of truth.” The term was popularized during the Indian Independence Movement, and is used in many Indian languages including Hindi. It can also mean"the force of truth." On March 12, 1930, Gandhi and 78 male satyagrahis set out on foot for the coastal village of Dandi, Gujarat, 390 kilometres (240 mi) from their starting point at Sabarmati Ashram. At Aslali, and the other villages that the march pa... more »

President Donald Trump has signed an 'extreme vetting' order to limit immigration and more, including that 'all immigration programmes should include questions to "evaluate the applicant's likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society."'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
President Donald Trump has kept yet another election promise. He's suspended the the US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days There's several key parts to this decision, but here's one that in a sane world would be uncontroversial: All immigration programmes should include questions to "evaluate the applicant's likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society." Who could possibly disagree with that? The decision also means: A ban on refugees from Syria until "significant changes" are made A 90-day suspension on arrivals from Iraq, Syria, and countries desi... more »

Trump’s Latest Executive Order Lays Strong Foundation For Muslim Ban

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 3 hours ago
President Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively lays a strong foundation for instituting a ban against Muslims, as he pledged to do during his presidential campaign. The executive order asserts hundreds of foreign-born individuals convicted or implicated in “terrorist-related crimes” since the September 11 attacks, which is a The post Trump’s Latest Executive Order Lays Strong Foundation For Muslim Ban appeared first on Shadowproof.

Sir John Hurt R. I. P.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
The Elephant Man, Quentin Crisp, Winston Smith in the best version of 1984, The War Doctor and the star of THAT scene in Alien has died. John Hurt R I.P

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis Has Ordered A Review Of Both The F-35 And Air Force One Programs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Bloomberg*: *Trump’s Pentagon Chief Orders F-35 Jet, Air Force One Review* * Defense Secretary Mattis mandates reviews to begin immediately * Order in response to Trump saying costs are ‘out of control’ U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered reviews of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and plans for Boeing Co. to build new Air Force One presidential aircraft, two high-profile contracting programs that President Donald Trump has singled out for criticism. Mattis issued the reviews in order to “inform programmatic and budgetary decisions, recognizing the cri... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
"Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why." - Kurt Vonnegut

Dan Rather Ends Retirement to 'Topple' Donald Trump?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 4 hours ago
We can't say Rather ever "retired," as he has continued to work since leaving CBS News in 2004, and he has not said that his goal is to bring down Trump.

Trump to Omran: Die, Kid

Charlie Martel at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
Just facts, no opinions. Brutal facts. Today, the President of the United States issued an order that stops our country from admitting this boy as a refugee. This is Omran Daqneesh, a five year old Syrian boy who was almost killed last summer when Syrian warplanes bombed his house in Aleppo. This picture was taken […]

Trump Justifies Torture, Saying "It Works"

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: trump-torture-works] On Wednesday, President Donald Trump echoed a statement he made while on the campaign trail. In an interview with ABC News, he said that where terrorism is concerned, America needs to “fight fire with fire” and that he wants to bring back torture because it “works.”

President Trump: U.S. Defense Secretarty Mattis's View On Torture Will 'Override'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Trump says ‘torture’ works, but he’ll defer on decision over tactics to his defense secretary* President Trump said Friday that he continues to believe torture methods can be effective to combat terrorism, but he pledged to defer over whether to implement such tactics to Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, who has opposed them. “He will override,” Trump said in a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the White House. “I’m giving him that power.” During his campaign, Trump had expressed support for enhanced interrogation techniques, in... more »

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 4 hours ago
Iris - Guide On Raging Stars

Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*The final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, written by series co-creators and masterminds James L. Brooks and Allan Burns and core collaborators Ed. Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd, and Bob Ellison and directed by (who else?) the great Jay Sandrich, first aired March 19, 1977.* *Picking up at 20:40, as* LOU GRANT* (Ed Asner),* MARY RICHARDS* (Mary Tyler Moore), *MURRAY SLAUGHTER* (Gavin MacLeod),* SUE ANN NIVENS* (Betty White), and *TED *and* GEORGETTE BAXTER* (Ted Knight and Georgia Engel) are gathered for their last moments together in the WJM-TV newsroom, with* MARY ... more »

We need to stop saying that everything causes cancer

Ignacio Amigo at The Canary - 4 hours ago
Last Monday the Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a campaign called “Go for Gold”. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the risks of acrylamide, a substance produced when starchy foods are overcooked. According to the FSA, “the scientific consensus is that acrylamide has the potential of causing cancer”. But many experts have […] The post We need to stop saying that everything causes cancer appeared first on The Canary.

A remarkable new book nails what it’s like to be drowning in addiction

Steve Topple at The Canary - 4 hours ago
As ‘Dry January’ draws to a close, a new book is offering ways to help those dealing with addiction. And while it offers practical support in the form of mindfulness techniques, its real strengths are in the author’s deep understanding of the challenges facing alcoholics. Alcoholics like me. The Canary does not endorse any of […] The post A remarkable new book nails what it’s like to be drowning in addiction appeared first on The Canary.

"How It Really Is"

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

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe aims to lease land for Water Protectors

White Wolf at White Wolf - 5 hours ago
As state and tribal officials try to transition people home from the protest camps, a South Dakota tribe may open a new camp for their members. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is negotiating a lease for land on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation where 50 to 60 members still residing at the Oceti Sakowin camp could move during the flooding season, according to Remi Bald Eagle, intergovernmental affairs coordinator for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Bald Eagle said the new camp would be a "safe space for our tribal members and anyone authorized by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe." ... more »

Frank Herbert's Dune

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago

Tonight's Movie Is 'Five For Hell' (1969)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
From *Wikipedia:* John Garko is a fun-loving leader of a bunch of oddball G.I.s whose mission is to steal the German's secret attack plans from a villa behind enemy lines, where they run into a brutal Nazi commander.

New U.S. Ambassador to United Nations: "We Are Taking Names"

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
The New York Times reports today: The American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley [former Governor of South Carolina], issued a stark warning on Friday to allies and rivals abroad, saying in her first remarks at the headquarters of the world body that the Trump administration would hold to account those who do not back the United States. “You’re going to see a change in the way we do business,” Ms. Haley said. “Our goal with the administration is to show value at the U.N., and the way we’ll show value is to show our strength, show our voice, have the backs of our al... more »

Greece Refuses Turkey's Extradition Request of Coup Plotters

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
* In my opinion, the Greeks that needed to know were aware, had advance knowledge, of the plot to overthrow the Turkish government. Additionally it was not a coincidence or a one off that the coup plotters headed to Greece in the stolen helicopter, escorted by the Greek military. I see a contingency plan in action*: *a provision for an unforeseen event or circumstance.* *Flashback:* *Turkey’s Thwarted Coup: No Popular Support for Coup. Dead Erdogan desired? Did Russia Provide Intelligence? * *A Turkish military helicopter has landed in northern Greece where its crew has requested ... more »

"Are We Getting Generationally Dumber?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Are We Getting Generationally Dumber?"* by Martin Armstrong “Recent studies are discovering that each generation is becoming increasingly stupid. A study from Iceland has highlighted a downward spiral in human intelligence. The genetics firm in Reykjavik found that groups of genes that predispose people to spend more years in education became a little rarer in the country from 1910 to 1975. The sample size was more than 100,000 Icelanders. They found a slight decline over the 65-year period: "The cumulative effect over time means this is going to have a dramatic effect on the ge... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Outrage Dilution”* by Scott Adams “I’m having a fun time watching President Trump flood the news cycle with so many stories and outrages that no one can keep up. Here’s how the math of persuasion works in this situation: 1 outrage out of 3 headlines in a week: Bad Persuasion 25 outrages out of 25 headlines in a week: Excellent Persuasion At the moment there are so many outrages, executive orders, protests, and controversies that none of them can get enough oxygen in our brains. I can’t obsess about problem X because the rest of the alphabet is coming at me at the same time. Whe... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 27. 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Michael Grunwald, Politico:* *Trump’s Yuge Week One* What really mattered, and what didn’t. President Donald Trump’s first seven days in office were historic, chaotic, often astonishing and sometimes unsettling. With a flurry of provocative executive orders, surreal events, unapologetic falsehoods and did-he-really-say-that tweets, Trump continued to obliterate political norms, serving notice that the gaze of history won’t change who he is. He made so much news and did so many unorthodox things that it was hard to keep track of everything that was changing in Washington. The ques... more »

If We Don’t Solve The Problem Of Economic Polarization, We’re Going To Go Into Another Dark Age by Michael Hudson

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 6 hours ago
by Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson January 27, 2017 Speech to Kairos group, Union, Columbia [Edited version for clarification, January 23, 2017] The focus of my talk today will be Jesus’ first sermon and the long background behind it that helps explain what he was talking about and what he sought to bring […]

Obama's daughter Malia joins rally against DAPL, stands with Standing Rock Sioux

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
The former First Daughter was spotted at a Standing Rock solidarity and anti-DAPL event on festival grounds, and Shailene Woodley was there too. "It was amazing to see Malia, " Woodley told Democracy Now on Wednesday. "I saw her last night when we did the event with Chairman Dave Archambault. And it was incredible to see her there." Woodley commended the 18-year-old for finding her own identity and supporting the cause. “To witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willi... more »

"The Paradoxical Commandments”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Paradoxical Commandments”* • “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. • If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. • If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. • The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. • Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. • The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway. • People favor underdog... more »

Are Trump and His Staff Using Unsecured Devices?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 6 hours ago
According to media reports, President Donald Trump's Android phone is unsecured, and chief advisers are using the RNC e-mail system.

Senate Voted 51-48 to Repeal the Affordable Care Act?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 6 hours ago
Rumors about a repeal of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, were alarming to many but mostly inaccurate.

Inside Stoke Central's Selection Meeting

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Equality House, the base for North Staffordshire's Racial Equality Council is not an easy place to find. Tucked away down Raymond Street on the outskirts of Hanley, it's a road unknown to Stoke taxi drivers and SatNav alike. And yet 129 voting members managed to track it down on a cold Wednesday night for Stoke Central Labour Party's selection meeting, following in the footsteps of 71 people who made the same journey seven years before. CLP chair Terry Crowe and Regional Director George Sinnott outlined the process for the meeting. Each of the three shortlisted candidates would gi... more »

World News Briefs -- January 27, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*USA Today:* *Trump, UK prime minister emphasize 'special relationship' at White House* WASHINGTON — President Trump put the "special relationship" with the United Kingdom on full display Friday, hosting Prime Minister Theresa May for cordial meetings at the White House while highlighting a partnership built from their converging political fortunes. May's visit began something of a foreign policy weekend for Trump, as he pivots from issues of trade and immigration in North America to similar issues in Europe and the Middle East. Trump is lining up Saturday phone calls with German... more »

American Muslims Stop More Terror Attacks Than The NSA

Paul Gottinger at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
Trump's "extreme vetting" order will be seen by American Muslims as discriminatory and may undermine a major counterterror asset: Muslims themselves. The post American Muslims Stop More Terror Attacks Than The NSA appeared first on Shadowproof.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 7 hours ago
A report by *The Washington Post*'s Mike deBonis suggests that the pressure (after seven years) to actually produce an alternative to Obamacare is freaking Republicans out: Republican lawmakers aired sharp concerns about their party’s quick push to repeal the Affordable Care Act inside a closed-door meeting Thursday, according to a recording of the session obtained by The Washington Post.... Senators and House members expressed a range of concerns about the task ahead: how to prepare a replacement plan that can be ready to launch at the time of repeal; how to avoid deep damage to th... more »

'Can You Hear Me?' Scam Warning

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 7 hours ago
Dozens of news outlets reported on a purported scam wherein fraudsters supposedly falsify charges by randomly calling people and asking 'Can you hear me?'

Three cheers for the irving press!

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 8 hours ago
On Jan. 26, it included a column on the editorial page by Gwynne Dyer. I met Gwynne many, many years ago when we were both commentators on a CBC radio show. It was obvious that he was one of the best in the business of analyzing military and foreign affairs. And based on the column I just read, he still is. And he's recognized all over the world for the quality of his journalism. Naturally, that means most Canadian newspapers have dropped him - and the irving press dropped him over a year ago. But there he was on yesterday's editorial page. And I hope this is a sign of a permanent... more »

Despite Higher Bonds, Chicago Gun Violence Suspects Are Bonding Out Faster

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: despite-higher-bonds-chicago-gun-violence-suspects-are-bonding-out-faster] Is not the ACLU complicit in the ghastly increase in violent crime in Chicago because of demands it has made upon officers?

China Prepares For A Possible Military Conflict With The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Military vehicles carry DF-16 ballistic missiles in Tiananmen Square last September. Photo: Imaginechina *South China Morning Post:* *China ‘steps up preparedness for possible military conflict with US’* Donald Trump’s election as US president has increased the risk of hostilities breaking out, according to Chinese state media and analysts. China is stepping up preparedness for a possible military conflict with the US as the Donald Trump presidency has increased the risk of hostilities breaking out, state media and military observers said. Beijing is bracing itself for a possible ... more »

Is Trump A Pawn In Psychotic Billionaire Robert Mercer's Plot To Take Over The World-- The End Of Privacy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
This is a translation from the German language Swiss Magazine *Das Magazin*, something like the *New Yorker*, based in Zurich, that goes beyond another report on the campaign and victory of a fascist and would-be dictator in the U.S. The German version, by Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus was published on December 3, under the title "*Ich habe nur gezeigt, dass es die Bombe gibt*" ("I just showed that the bomb was there"). Keep in mind when you read it that Robert Mercer controls Cambridge Analytica and, to a great extent the media has not yet understood, the Trump Regime. P... more »

What Would Socialism Be Like? by Leela Yellesetty

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 8 hours ago
http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/ by Leela Yellesetty SocialistWorker.org July 20, 2010 Part 1: A crying need for change At the Socialism 2010 conference in Oakland, Calif., SocialistWorker.org contributor Leela Yellesetty spoke on “What Would Socialism Be Like?” This three-part article is based on her talk. In the first part, she answers the time-worn charge that socialism wouldn’t work […]

March for Life: Mia Love's powerful speech...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*you may need a Kleenex or two.*

Holocaust Survivor: Leftists Calling Trump “Hitler” Are “Crazy”

Selwyn Duke at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: holocaust-survivor-leftists-calling-trump-hitler-are-crazy] “He’s a Nazi!” is the cry. It’s now an all-too-common accusation, hurled at anyone threatening leftist power — and Donald Trump is no exception. But to this a Holocaust survivor takes exception, calling this smear of the president “crazy.”

Your Right Wing Assclown O' the Day

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 9 hours ago
I saw this story out of Nebraska on Facebook yesterday and originally, I was just going to move on to the next outrage. And, for a short time, I succeeded. Then I saw another post about right wing victimization and I commented on that then some asshat snidely claimed that victimization is a liberal trait. I retorted as you would expect, posted a link to this story then blocked the moron. But just revisiting this news article made me madder and madder the more I thought about it. So I decided I had to write about it in perhaps a vain attempt at some catharsis (and in the Da... more »


LL at Virtual Mirage - 9 hours ago
President Trump's Agenda This Week: *Easing Regulatory Burdens* Shortly after being sworn in, President Trump ordered federal agencies to ease the "regulatory burdens" of ObamaCare. Agencies are ordered to "waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement" of Obamacare in hopes that this order will lower the burden on individuals, families and patients as the President and the Congress work on a permanent solution to Obamacare. *Withdrawing from TPP* The President wasted no time in ending the United States support of the disastrous TP... more »

Why Is Russia Challenging The U.S. In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Challenging the U.S., Moscow Pushes Into Afghanistan* *Russian inroads complicate U.S. efforts to strengthen the government, stamp out the Taliban and end America’s longest war* KABUL—Russia is making fresh inroads into Afghanistan that could complicate U.S. efforts to strengthen the fragile Kabul government, stamp out the resilient Taliban insurgency and end America’s longest war. Moscow last month disclosed details of contacts with the Taliban, saying that it is sharing information and cooperating with the radical movement on strategy to fight the local ... more »

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Nick Redfern

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
Nick Redfern This week I chatted with Nick Redfern about his upcoming book, *Secret Societies: The Complete Guide to Histories, Rites, and Rituals*, which will appear in March, 2017. As we talked about Hitler and if he survived the fall of Berlin, if there were FEMA camps built and ready to house dissidents, and a couple of other things, I realized that we were dwelling on the negative. The book isn’t actually that negative, it was that these items had caught my attention. There was a lot that was positive in the book, and we did touch on some of that. You can listen to the program ... more »

Is Socialism Worse Than Communism?

John F. McManus at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: is-socialism-worse-than-communism] Six years ago in a speech exposing the scourge of neoconservatism, I startled some of the audience by claiming that socialism is more dangerous than communism.

Hero Congresswoman Exposes Truth on CNN After Secret Visit to Syria, ‘There Are No Moderate Rebels’

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: rebels]Rep Tulsi Gabbard went on a secret mission to Syria and bravely went on to CNN to tell Americans what she found, 'there are no moderate rebels.'

Paw-fect rescue: Two stray Bulgarian cats get bionic legs

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Two stray cats who lost their hind legs in accidents are back on the prowl after they were given bionic paws. One-year-old Pooh and eight-month-old Steven are on the mend after being hit by a car or a train in Bulgaria. They air are now chasing mice around their vet's office, but the pitter-patter of paws on the floor has been replaced by the ticking and tocking of the plastic legs. Veterinary surgeon Vladislav Zlatinov performed the operations - the first of their kind in Europe outside of the UK. One-year-old Pooh, whose name means 'fluff' in Bulgarian, is thought to have been... more »

This is How War Begins

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Charles Eisenstein* - Dehumanization is a predecessor of war. The post This is How War Begins appeared first on Waking Times.

CDC Knowingly Lied About Mercury In Vaccines: Proof Has Surfaced

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Catherine J Frompovich* - A true crime against humanity and nothing short of federal agency child abuse. The post CDC Knowingly Lied About Mercury In Vaccines: Proof Has Surfaced appeared first on Waking Times.

Trump Photoshopped His Hands to Look Bigger in White House Photograph?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 10 hours ago
Despite some convincing photographs on the internet, Donald Trump did not doctor a White House photograph to make his hands look bigger.

'Mannix' Star Mike Connors Dead at 91

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 10 hours ago
The star of the long-running '60s and '70s detective show 'Mannix' had been diagnosed with leukemia.

Entropy, freedom, life's purpose, animals' desires, consciousness, and vitalism

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
*First, a real advance in biology. A large team in Japan has developed the Manbearpig, a half-man, half-bear, half-pig (OK, so far without the bear) from pluripotent stem cells. They were obviously not satisfied with the fact that the human himself is already a half-chimp, half-pig. It may be a good source of human organs – but this usage will correspond to morally problematic half-murders or half-abortions, too.* Yesterday I was amused by the article How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder by Philip Ball in the Quanta Magazine. My understanding is that Ball is a British science ... more »

Trump Proclaims “National School Choice Week”

Alex Newman at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: trump-proclaims-national-school-choice-week] Just days into his administration, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation in honor of “National School Choice Week,” touching on an important theme of his non-traditional campaign for the White House. In addition to honoring teachers across the educational landscape — public schools, private schools, and more — Trump also touted homeschooling. So, for advocates of real education and educational liberty, experts say there is much to be pleased with in the proclamation. In the document, though, Trump also calls on state and fe... more »

Russian Foreign Minister: Syrian Peace Talks In Geneva Have Been Postponed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*DW:* *UN declines to confirm delay in Syrian peace talks as it calls for improved aid access* Russia's foreign minister, however, has said the talks in Geneva will be pushed back until the end of next month. Could a delay give Russian and US presidents time to line up their views on the country's future? "There is no confirmation that the February talks are postponed," Yara Sharif, a spokesperson for Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, said Friday. "We're going to be sure when the special envoy is back" from talks next week with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, she added.... more »

Tori Cress 'Don't You Mean, Why I Still Have to March'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Don’t You Mean, Why I Still Have to March By Tori Cress/Negonzit Kwe Anishinaabe Nation Censored News Last Saturday during my participation in the Women’s March on Washington: Toronto I was asked many times “Why do you march?” My answer was the same every time, “First Nations women in so-called Canada do not have the same representation, rights, liberties and freedoms that Canadian women

Two takes

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Two very takes on the same story. First, the BBC's take: Second, the *Daily Telegraph*'s take: The BBC website's article sounds quite Soviet after reading that *Telegraph *article, doesn't it?

DWP-approved assessors are accused of lying to stop disabled people from getting the support they need

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 10 hours ago
On 19 January, The Canary reported on the tragic story of Lawrence Bond — the man who died on the way home from the Jobcentre. Despite longstanding health problems, he was declared ‘fit for work’. He was subsequently stripped of his care allowance by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). But unfortunately, his case is not an isolated […] The post DWP-approved assessors are accused of lying to stop disabled people from getting the support they need appeared first on The Canary.

Primary school admits racism after calling the police to interview two small children about a toy gun

Emily Apple at The Canary - 10 hours ago
A council has admitted that it ethnically discriminated against two primary school children. A teacher at the school in Bedfordshire called the police after one of the boys said he’d received a toy gun as a present. And the local educational authority has now admitted it both discriminated against the boys and breached their human […] The post Primary school admits racism after calling the police to interview two small children about a toy gun appeared first on The Canary.

In just 15 words, Corbyn ripped May’s newfound anti-war doctrine to shreds

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 10 hours ago
On 26 January, Theresa May addressed members of the US Republican Party. In her speech, she vowed that Britain’s days of “intervening in sovereign countries” was over. So, according to the Prime Minister, never again will the UK invade and bomb sovereign countries, like it did in Iraq and Libya. But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn […] The post In just 15 words, Corbyn ripped May’s newfound anti-war doctrine to shreds appeared first on The Canary.

Remember that £350m for the NHS? Well, it looks like US health giants will be having most of that

James Wright at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Remember that pledge by Conservative Brexiteers that we would get an extra £350m a week for the NHS post-Brexit? Well, now it looks like private US healthcare corporations may be the ones benefiting. At the expense of the NHS and the UK public. Enthusiastic Theresa May is in the US to discuss a post-Brexit trade […] The post Remember that £350m for the NHS? Well, it looks like US health giants will be having most of that appeared first on The Canary.

Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to support the government on Article 50 is a colossal mistake [EDITORIAL]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will order his MPs to back the government when parliament votes on triggering Article 50, which begins the process of Britain leaving the EU. In doing so without firm guarantees against a hard Tory Brexit, Corbyn has made a colossal mistake. And it may well sink him. A Tory Brexit Voting to leave […] The post Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to support the government on Article 50 is a colossal mistake [EDITORIAL] appeared first on The Canary.

Nobel Peace Prize winning doctors group blasts Trump for putting millions of women and girls at risk

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 10 hours ago
US President Donald Trump has had a busy week overturning eight years of Obama rule. Not to be lost among them is a presidential memorandum concerning the ‘global gag rule’ on 23 January, which opposes women’s access to health and family planning services related to abortion. Now, a leading Nobel Peace Prize-winning humanitarian agency has condemned the directive, […] The post Nobel Peace Prize winning doctors group blasts Trump for putting millions of women and girls at risk appeared first on The Canary.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
It's easy to take Steve Bannon's "The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut" hissyfit at face value -- i.e., as a dominance challenge on behalf of his boss -- but this bit of shameless flackery by Mike Allen at Axios suggests that something else is going on: White House and Hill GOP leaders are astonished by the unambiguous, far-reaching power of Steve Bannon and policy guru Stephen Miller over, well, just about everything. * They wrote the Inaugural speech and set in fast motion a series of moves to cement Trump as an America-first Nationalist. *They... more »

March for Life: Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway speeches...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*Mike Pence speaks for President Donald J. Trump.* The crowds are amazing. Such a beautiful sight. Young people standing up for life. God bless them. *I am a mother, a wife, and a Catholic!*

Foundations: Cutting Off the Toxic Funding Flow

William F. Jasper at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: cutting-off-the-toxic-funding-flow] If the deadly schemes of the giant tax-exempt foundations are to be stopped — and they must be — we must learn from the failed attempts of the past to bring them to account.

US Politician Breaks Mold...Tells Truth. CNN calls it a "Story"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Speaks* *to Globalist Mouthpiece CNN's Jake Tapper* I enjoyed watching the above recent video interview between CNN talking head Jake Tapper and US Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard this morning, seeing it is an allegory of the typical discourse that has...in the era of "Fake News" passed for "news". Gabbard has just returned from a fact-finding mission to Syria...where she met with average Syrians on the streets of Damascus and Aleppo, with Syrian multi-faith religious leaders and with President Dr. Bashar al Assad himself. Kudos to Gabbard as she con... more »

Is Trump some version of mentally ill?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017Carl Bernstein walks the line:* Remind us to tell you about the time we opened for Johnny Cash. First, though, let's take a look at the things Carl Bernstein has said in the last four nights. We'd say that he, like Nicholas Kristof, has perhaps been walking a line. Mental illness is a terrible thing. It robs people of their ability to do good things in the world. Is it possible that our new president is some species of mentally ill? Monday night, speaking with Anderson Cooper, Bernstein started by offering this: BERNSTEIN (1/23/17): *We are having too ma... more »

Report: Suppression Of Palestine Advocacy Intensified Starkly In 2016

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 11 hours ago
Palestine Legal recorded an increase in false accusations of anti-Semitism and terrorism in 2016 "based solely on speech critical of Israeli policies." The post Report: Suppression Of Palestine Advocacy Intensified Starkly In 2016 appeared first on Shadowproof.

War on Cash ALERT — EU Now Pushing “Restrictions on Payments in Cash”

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: cash]In an astonishing move toward a cashless society and the advancement of the Surveillance State, the EU has now proposed restrictions on cash transactions.

President Trump And President Enrique Peña Nieto Spoke By Phone Friday Morning

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *President Trump and Mexican president speak by phone amid crisis in relations* MEXICO CITY — Amid one of the worst crises in U.S.-Mexico relations in years, President Trump and President Enrique Peña Nieto spoke by phone Friday morning, according to an official in the Mexican president’s office. A White House official confirmed the conversation, saying the call took place about 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. The call came a day after Peña Nieto canceled a planned trip to Washington, following Trump’s insistence that Mexico pay for a U.S. wall across the border. The o... more »

Here's Laura!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
For anyone not watching the Theresa May-Donald Trump press conference, here's a flavour of what you've been missing... *Theresa May*: Laura? *Laura Kuenssberg*: Thank you very much, Prime Minister. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News. Prime Minister, you have talked about where you agree, but you have also said you would be frank where you disagree with the President. Can you tell us where in our talks you did disagree, and do you think the President listened to what you have to say? And Mr President, you have said before that torture works. You have praised Russia. You have said you wan... more »

Dallas Art Teacher Suspended for Shooting a Water Gun at Image of President Trump

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 11 hours ago
Payal Modi was suspended after footage of her purportedly shooting a water gun at a screen displaying Trump went viral.

Is Trump Planning on Killing PBS and NPR?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 11 hours ago
As both PBS and NPR receive only a fraction of their budget from the federal government, President Trump does not have the ability to wholly abolish either entity — but he can pull that portion of their funding.

Miami-Dade County First to End Sanctuary Status

Bob Adelmann at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: miami-dade-county-first-to-end-sanctuary-status] Trump's new DHS secretary and attorney general are going to have their hands full enforcing his executive order ending sanctuary cities.

Feds Reinvestigating Syrian Refugees Not Thoroughly Vetted

Warren Mass at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: feds-reinvestigating-syrian-refugees-not-thoroughly-vetted] Federal agents are reinvestigating dozens of Syrian refugees who were admitted into the United States without being thoroughly vetted, including one who was in contact with ISIS.

Highway of Tears: Native children's powerful poem becomes internet sensation

White Wolf at White Wolf - 12 hours ago
"Within the studios’ residency, original songs are created containing messages that focus on cultural identity, language, struggle, love and self acceptance," reads the program's website. The video that accompanies the ballad shows a girl who hitchhikes on Highway 16 — nicknamed the "Highway of Tears," for the high number of women that have disappeared along the route over the past 50 years — while the teens sing about resilience and their community's strength. "I'm bothered by how my nation has been bullied and controlled, living here has been so hard and there's a road that leads... more »

GMO apples that never brown could hit stores soon- Mmmmm rotten fruit

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 12 hours ago
*But hey they’ll look good- and that’s all that matters, right?😲 * *Yup, bruised, sliced, degraded, old, lacking nutrition apples- but you’ll never know.* *Cause they’ll be as white as the arctic snow - Which is why they are called “Arctic Apples”* *Vote with your dollar and don’t buy them!* A small amount of Arctic brand sliced and packaged Golden Delicious apples, produced by Okanagan Specialty Fruits in British Columbia, Canada, will hit the shelves of 10 stores in the Midwest in February and March, Neal Carter, the company’s founder and president, told the agricultural news webs... more »

Isolated Incident? Half of ENTIRE Police Dept Fired, Quit Amid Corruption Probe

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: department]An investigation into an Illinois police department has revealed a massive amount of corruption costing the jobs of half of the entire force.

FALSEHOODS, MISSTATEMENTS AND LIES: Why did the New York Times call it a lie?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017Part 4—Sometimes you just have to laugh:* Should the New York Times have reported that Donald J. Trump told a lie? The Times didn't just *make* that exciting report. On Tuesday, the paper made that exciting report in a hard-copy, front-page headline. The headline appeared above the fold on the front page of Tuesday's Times. Excitement spread throughout the land. Here's what the headline said: "Meeting With Top Lawmakers, Trump Repeats an Election Lie" That sat atop a news report which *didn't* say that Trump had lied. For some reason which went unexplaine... more »

U.S.Involvement in Yeltsin’s Russia: From "America’s Colony" to "Number One Threat"

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Veteran Moscow reporter Mark Ames discusses American encouragement and complicity in what I call the oligarch's "rape of Russia" under Boris Yeltzin, and how that led to the rise of Putin* *by Gaius Publius* I'm going to keep the reading part of this piece short and encourage you to listen to the above interview, with veteran reporter Mark Ames. His main point and mine — the U.S. is responsible for what I call "the rape of Russia" (or "extreme privatization," a classic Bill Clinton goal) by Boris Yeltzin and the newly created oligarchs because it suited U.S. policy and ideology. ... more »

The Trump-Media Circus and Continuity of Agenda

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 12 hours ago
*January 12, 2017* (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - As the US media expertly divides the American public into pro and anti-Trump camps over cartoonish, unfounded personal accusations aimed at President-elect Donald Trump, Trump's nominee for US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson confirmed before the US Congress that hostilities and agitation toward both Moscow and Beijing will only expand over the next 4-8 years. The Business Insider in an article titled, "CNN distances itself from BuzzFeed, says Trump is using the website 'to deflect from CNN's reporting'," outlined the recent rash of accusa... more »

The Winter Of 1947

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2017/01/26/winter-1947-brought-a-freeze-to-post-war-britain/ This month marks the 70th anniversary of probably Britain’s snowiest winter since the mid 19thC. The Met Office has this fascinating account: Seventy years ago, from late January until mid March, easterly winds drove a succession of snowstorms across the UK resulting in what was believed to have […]

Geoscience paper pulled over apparent lack of company consent

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A 2016 paper has been retracted at the request of a company that provides geoscience solutions because the authors—who are employees of the company—included proprietary information and didn’t obtain proper permission. Often in extenuating circumstances such as publishing something without permission, the article is taken offline. But this article, which according to the retraction notice […] The post Geoscience paper pulled over apparent lack of company consent appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Is The Military More Important Than A Balanced Budget?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*NBC:* *President Trump Says Military More Important Than Balanced Budget* President Donald Trump said Thursday night that he is willing to subordinate balancing the federal budget in favor of strengthening the military, possibly putting him on a path to clashing with his own pick for budget director. "Our military is more important to me than a balanced budget," the president declared in an interview with commentator Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel. Prioritizing the military over balancing the budget isn't at odds with positions Trump expressed during the campaign. While he sai... more »

President Trump To Order The Pentagon To Devise Plans To More Aggressively Strike The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Trump Will Call for a Pentagon Plan to Hit ISIS Harder, Officials Say* WASHINGTON — The White House is drafting a presidential directive that calls on Defense Secretary James N. Mattis to devise plans to more aggressively strike the Islamic State, which could include American artillery on the ground in Syria and Army attack helicopters to support an assault on the group’s capital, Raqqa, officials said. President Trump, who is to make his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief on Friday, will demand that the new options be presented to him within 30 ... more »

Medical Fake News is the Mt. Everest of Fake News

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - Real reporting on the health industry is not wanted. The post Medical Fake News is the Mt. Everest of Fake News appeared first on Waking Times.

Largest Diesel Pipeline Spill in Years Floods Iowa Farmland with Toxic Slush

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: pipeline]As Trump gave the green light to complete Keystone XL and DAPL, more than 138,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a pipeline in Iowa.

LIve: 44th Annual March for Life Washington, DC...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*featured speakers Vice President Mike Pence and Kellyanne Conway.* *A real family friendly event. * *God bless them. * Live at *C-Span* *OMGosh - people are praying in public. * *More:* OnePeter5: *It’s Time To Demand Intellectual Honesty About Abortion* Sarah Johnson: *Why My Children Are Marching For Life* American Thinker: *Feminists Have Nothing Left but the Roar*

GAIA PORTAL: Harmonics amplify in Presence of all with ears of Higher Perception

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
*Harmonics amplify in Presence of all with ears of Higher Perception* by ÉirePort Harmonics amplify in Presence of all with ears of Higher Perception. Stepwise introductions present as needed. Stereotypes are ignored and dissolve with rapidity. Clearances are given to the Higher Mind Hue-Beings. Stars rise from the depths. ÉirePort | January 27, 2017 at 10:10 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-Bt - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

The British Government Has Colluded With Monsanto And Should Be Held Accountable In The International Criminal Court

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 13 hours ago
Countercurrents, CounterPunch, Global Research, RINF “The British Government has colluded with Monsanto and should be held accountable in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity and ecocide.” Dr Rosemary Mason. The British public and the environment are being poisoned with a deadly cocktail of 320 pesticides. Moreover, Wales has become a storage dump for Monsanto's most toxic chemicals. These are the messages conveyed by Dr Rosemary Mason in her recent open letter to Councillor Rob Stewart, the leader of Swansea City and County Council. Dr Mason adds... more »

Is Chili's Donating 15 Percent of Every Sale to Planned Parenthood?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 14 hours ago
A screenshot with partial information created the inaccurate impression the Chili's restaurant chain is donating 15 percent of all their sales to Planned Parenthood.Parenthood.

Did Rachel Maddow Tweet That Donald Trump Needs to be 'Taken Out?'

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 14 hours ago
An image purportedly showing a threatening tweet from MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow is fake.

President Donald Trump And Russian President Vladimir Putin To Speak By Phone This Saturday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*ABC News*: *US, Russian Officials: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to Speak by Phone on Saturday* President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a telephone conversation this weekend, according to both a senior administration official and the Kremlin. The call will take place on Saturday, both the U.S. official and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed on Friday. "As it usually happens during such contacts, the sides will naturally exchange opinions on key parameters of the current state of bilateral affairs," Peskov told reporters Friday. "One can har... more »

Metallic Hydrogen: Science Or Fake News?

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 14 hours ago
[image: Holy grail -again]After being only theorized for 80 years, Harvard scientists claim they have succeeded in creating the rarest - and potentially one of the most valuable - materials on the planet. read more


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin*Donald Trump wants to 'close up' the Internet Seymour Hersh Blasts Media for Uncritically Accepting Russian Hacking Story Head Of Investigations At Russia's Biggest Cybersecurity Firm Arrested For Treason Alchemy: Hydrogen Into Metal The Dutch government accidentally published a list of George Soros's short bets Trump's executive order on immigration includes a plan to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by 'aliens' This 20-second NASA video shows how Earth temperatures have changed since 1880 America's Water Wars - Conflict Is Coming FULL TEXT: The ... more »

Cop Who Gave Homeless Man a Sh*t Sandwich, Fired AGAIN for 2nd Poop Prank

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: sandwich]The fired cop who gave a homeless man a sh*t sandwich has a track record of poop pranks — and getting in trouble for them.

Mosul Campaign Day 102, Jan 26, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
January 26 was the second day of the pause in operations between taking east Mosul and attacking the west. That didn’t mean the Iraqi Forces (ISF) were out of action. The 9th Division announced it took Shreikhan. This is a town north of the city, which was first declared freed on January 24. Inside the city the Federal Police were clearing areas of explosives. The ISF were also lookingfor potential suicide bombers. U.S. Colonel John Dorrian warned of Islamic State sleeper cells hiding amongst the population that could later carry out attacks. Just last week a suicide bomber was gu... more »

Violence In Iraq, Jan 1-21, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
In the first three weeks of January the Mosul campaign was the main driver of violence and casualties in Iraq. From January 1-21 there were 488 incidents reported in the press. Of those, 236 were in Ninewa, or 48% of the total. Those incidents led to 1,398 deaths and 3,654 wounded. 950 of the fatalities, 67%, and 2,919 of the injured, 79%, were from the Battle for Mosul. Baghdad used to be the center of attacks in the country, but those have been cut in half since Mosul started. In September 2016 there were an average of 10.8 incidents per day, which dropped to 4.7 by December. Tha... more »

It’s official: the Tories are so ‘cosy’ with the super-rich, they may as well write their own tax bills

Steve Topple at The Canary - 14 hours ago
The government has been slammed for allowing the super-rich to get even richer since the 2008 financial crash. Amid claims of being too “close” to the wealthiest people in the UK, the extent of the tax dodging allowed by the Conservative government has been revealed. And it shows the cosy relationship between the government and the […] The post It’s official: the Tories are so ‘cosy’ with the super-rich, they may as well write their own tax bills appeared first on The Canary.

While May schmoozes with Trump in the US, her government sneaks through devastating cuts back home

Steve Topple at The Canary - 14 hours ago
While Theresa May schmoozes with new US President Donald Trump, her government is rolling out a controversial scheme across the UK. Piloted in Scotland last year, it entails cutting vital services in some of the most deprived areas of the country. Predictions coming true As The Canary reported in December 2016, Glasgow was used as […] The post While May schmoozes with Trump in the US, her government sneaks through devastating cuts back home appeared first on The Canary.

A video has gone insanely viral, and it sums up President Trump’s first day perfectly

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 14 hours ago
There has been much dispute over Donald Trump’s inauguration proceedings. His team asserts that his ceremony drew the largest audience ever, and has demanded the Park Service hand over photos to prove it. But most of the media, based on pictures and metrics already available, claim the crowd was smaller than Trump’s team suggested. A video […] The post A video has gone insanely viral, and it sums up President Trump’s first day perfectly appeared first on The Canary.

Al-Shabaab Is Claiming To Have Killed Dozens Of Kenyan Soldiers In Their Army Base In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Al-Shabaab claims to have killed dozens of Kenyan troops in Somalia* Islamic militant group says it has killed 57 soldiers in takeover of peacekeeping base near border Islamic militants in Somalia claim to have killed dozens of Kenyan troops after their fighters overran a remote military base in the country. A spokesman for al-Shabaab, which has been fighting an insurgency in Somalia for more than a decade, said its fighters had killed at least 57 Kenyans deployed with a regional peacekeeping mission at the base in Kulbiyow, near the Kenyan border. Sheikh Abdias... more »

Right Angle: The Secret to Trump's Power...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
* make it your secret, too.* Published on Jan 26, 2017 Donald Trump delivered one of the most remarkable Inauguration Speeches of all time. The left said it was “dark.” We think it kicked ass! *If you have a Food Saver and hate to make bags, may I recommend these pre-made bags?* *FoodVacBags 100 Quart Size 8X12 Vacuum Sealer Storage Bags, BPA Free, Commercial Grade, Easy to use -presealed on 3 sides, Better inch-per-inch value than rolls Only $19.99 + free shipping* *I purchase them and couldn't be happier. The bags are of top notch quality and waaaaaaay cheaper than Food S... more »

Here beginneth the lesson

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Now,* you *may think that Sean Spicer might *not* have been lying when he said that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, *both in person and around the globe*" or that Kellyanne Conway was using the term "alternative facts" to mean 'true facts that are an alternative to the supposed facts put out by others' rather than meaning ' *our* facts, that are an alternative to true facts' but* you*, alas, don't have the bully pulpit of a BBC salary and a guaranteed BBC microphone.... ....unlike Jonny Dymond of the BBC. *He *disagrees with what you think, an... more »

World News Briefs -- January 27, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *NATO, Russia and trade top the agenda for Trump talks with Britain's May* U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who share an unusual bond as the products of anti-establishment uprisings, will sit down on Friday for what could be a difficult search for unity on NATO, Russia and trade. The meeting will mark Trump’s first with a foreign leader since taking power a week ago, and it could go a long way toward determining how crucial Trump considers the traditional “special relationship” between the two countries. Trump rode an anti-Washington... more »

Nuclear fuel container material isn’t as novel as it appeared in now-retracted paper

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A paper describing the construction of a material that could be used in nuclear fuel containers has been retracted after the authors left out key details. According to the editor, the omission made the authors’ method seem more novel than it was. The material is described in “Structure and Mechanical Properties of Thick Copper Coating Made […] The post Nuclear fuel container material isn’t as novel as it appeared in now-retracted paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Ron Paul: Economic Collapse Imminent — Trump will Get the Blame Instead of the FED

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: collapse]According to Ron Paul, a financial collapse is inevitable and just like the establishment blamed Obama, they will now Blame Trump — NOT the FED.

Scotland’s Energy Vision Ignores The Needs Of Industry

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Philip Bratby file:///C:/Users/phome/AppData/Local/Packages/microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe/LocalState/Files/S0/398/Scotland%20energy[536].pdf There is a commentary piece in the magazine, Engineering and Technology by David Watson, a chartered electrical engineer. It is a powerful indictment of energy policy in Scotland, and by implication the wider UK: file:///C:/Users/phome/AppData/Local/Packages/microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_8wekyb3d8bbwe/LocalState/Files/S0/398/Scotland%20energy[536].pdf

Greece, Israel (Stars Aligned?), Italy, Cyprus to Discuss East Mediterranean Pipeline

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*We've talked about the pipeline previously here at the blog. Most recently (I'm certain there are more posts then the two below)..* *Jan 11/2017:* *Israel-Turkey pipeline hangs on Cyprus peace talks- A Fail Benefits Russia* *Jan 16/2017: Why Russia Might Want the Cyprus Talks to Fail?* *Later today I hope to get to the reports of Greece's refusal to send Turkish Coup Plotters back to Turkey.. All of this is interconnected.* *Natural Gas World * *Government representatives from Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Israel plan to meet in February to discuss a natural gas pipeline from the... more »

Watching Major Media Commit Suicide by Jon Rappoport

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 15 hours ago
Watching Major Media Commit Suicide by Jon Rappoport Green Med Info, 23 January 2017 *Notes on the end of the news business as we know it. It's personal.* This article goes to many places. I think you'll find a place that works for you. I've been investigating and reporting on deep medical fraud for 29 years. I've been around the block a few hundred times. I've spoken with scientists who work for the government and universities, and the media operatives who support them. I know the game. If Robert F Kennedy Jr is, indeed, given the green light by President Trump to investigate v... more »

WPTPN: What an “America First” Trade Strategy Gets Wrong

Kindred Winecoff at Duck of Minerva - 15 hours ago
This World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism (WPTPN) guest post is written by Layna Mosley, Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She researches the political economy of multinational production, labor rights, and sovereign debt and can be found on Twitter @thwillow. President Trump’s first days in office […]

We just discovered an uncomfortable truth about the man trying to oust one of Corbyn’s closest allies

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 15 hours ago
There is currently a leadership contest taking place within Unite, which is Britain’s biggest trade union. The first challenger is Len McCluskey, a man who has been supportive of Jeremy Corbyn’s vision for Britain. McCluskey resigned as leader of Unite, so that he could apply for a new term. This would ensure he was still in […] The post We just discovered an uncomfortable truth about the man trying to oust one of Corbyn’s closest allies appeared first on The Canary.

A total cock-up at the White House means Theresa May is confused with a porn star [IMAGES]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 15 hours ago
The White House guidance which details President Trump’s actions for the day has been issued. And it misspells the name of UK Prime Minister Theresa May no fewer than three times. Unfortunately, ‘Teresa May’ happens to be the name of the female porn star who features in the pop video for Prodigy’s Smack my b*tch […] The post A total cock-up at the White House means... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 27, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis greeted President Trump at the reviewing stand during the inaugural parade on Friday. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times *New York Times*: *Trump Will Call for a Pentagon Plan to Hit ISIS Harder, Officials Say* WASHINGTON — The White House is drafting a presidential directive that calls on Defense Secretary James N. Mattis to devise plans to more aggressively strike the Islamic State, which could include American artillery on the ground in Syria and Army attack helicopters to support an assault on the group’s capital, Raqqa, officials said.... more »

Republican Determination To Get Rid Of Ethics Rules, Knows No Bounds

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
The very first thing the House Republicans did in the new session was to try to pass an amendment by Virginia alleged sexual predator Bob Goodlatte neutering the Office of Congressional Ethics. A public uproar forced them to postpone the vote. In the last few days, many Americans have been aghast to read that the scandal-ridden South Dakota state legislature, completely controlled by a depraved Republican Party, has prevented prosecution of its own members who have been raping interns and pages *and* is declaring a state of emergency to override a voter initiative on ethics! This ... more »

O'Leary -- Again

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Kevin O'Leary and Arlene Dickinson are having a public disagreement. He wants to be prime minister. She doesn't think it's a good idea. And she pulls no punches: My first objection to Kevin’s candidacy is that the man I know is relentlessly self-interested and only pursues opportunities that further his fame, power or wealth. This concern has since been confirmed when he was asked if he would leave the American show *Shark Tank* if he won the leadership. He said he wouldn’t, electing to commit half his energy to an American reality show. In other words, instead of committing 100... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Jennifer Steinhauer of *The New York Times* sustains the myth that Donald Trump is a radical break from GOP orthodoxy in a report from the GOP's Philadelphia retreat published under the headline "Republicans Now Marching With Trump on Ideas They Had Opposed": From the time Donald J. Trump became their candidate until he took the oath of office, congressional Republicans treated his policy pronouncements -- largely out of step with Republican dogma -- as essentially a distraction. He would talk. They would drive the policies. But now, the question of whether congressional Republicans... more »

Friday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
Assorted content to end your week. - The Canadian Labour Congress offers its suggestions as to how international trade agreements can be reworked to ensure a more fair global economy. But Bill Curry reports that we're first more likely to see public interest regulation undermined from within Canada as the provinces sign away their authority to prioritize anything but corporate profits. - Norm Farrell points out how Christy Clark's B.C. Libs have poured hundreds of millions of public dollars into the pockets of their donors to buy power which was never needed. And Murray Mandryk argu... more »

Tense moment between Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Water Protector

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
Small groups of Water Protectors scattered throughout the crowd of about 1,200 people held up anti-pipeline signs and shouted, ‘Keep it in the ground.’ Another protector, seated directly behind the prime minister, held up a sign that read “Water is sacred.” As a handful of demonstrators challenged him, Trudeau asked for permission to continue and answer people’s questions. “I know you have a voice. I’ve just heard it,” he said. “I’m asking you can I have permission to continue in my town hall with Canadians who came out to meet with their prime minister?” Most in the crowd applau... more »

What Trump's Wall Says to the World

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 17 hours ago
[image: what-trump-s-wall-says-to-the-world] The idea of a permanent barrier between our countries goes to the heart of the divide between our two Americas on the most fundamental of questions. Who are we? What is a nation? What does America stand for?

Transpicuous News: 15 Days of Darkness.... NOT!

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 18 hours ago
Run AWAY!!! Be Afraid!!!! It's all over! The world is coming to an END!!!!! NASA say there will be *15 Days of Darkness* in February 2017..... ..... NOT!!!! Do you know the difference between "Data mining", Deliberate DisInformation, and Downright RIDICULOUS BULLSHIT?! You too can be free from the bullshit. All you have to do is dial: 555-RESEARCH !!! ...But you better get it done today, because tomorrow is..... *...The Zombie Apocalypse * ...And you know as soon as that happens you'll start hearing from the Zombie Rights Activists and then we'll be stuck using politica... more »

Transpicuous News: Alternative Truths & Fake Media

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
Transpicuous News January 27th, 2017.... is all about that brand new expression "Alternative Truths" and the latest attacks against the Alternative Media..... oh and science experiments that could really go way bad, way fast!! d *“We wanted to see if we could find a ‘vaccine’ by pre-emptively exposing people to a small amount of the type of misinformation they might experience. A warning that helps preserve the facts,”* van der Linden went on. https://www.rt.com/news/374799-study-fake-news-vaccine/ Links for this episode: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/2... more »

"One thing that is true of the BBC is of course, you leave all your personal opinions at the door"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
This week's *The Media Show *featured a remarkable pair of interviews about BBC bias - especially regarding BBC bias against Donald Trump. The first interview featured Charles Moore of the *Spectator*, laying into the BBC's 'groupthink' and the corporation's lack of even-handedness when it comes to disputing/believing 'facts' (i.e. questioning figures from the Trump side whilst simply taking on trust figures from the anti-Trump side), plus making the contrast between how the BBC greeted the election of Barack Obama with how it's greeted the election of Donald Trump. The second i... more »

Did Russia Bust A U.S. Spy Ring That Provided Information On Russian Hacking?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
The FSB's headquarters in Moscow *RFE:* *Reports: Second FSB Agent Arrested; Possible Links To U.S. Election Hacking* Russian media have reported that another Federal Security Service (FSB) officer has been arrested on treason charges in a case that may be linked to cyberattacks targeting the U.S. presidential election campaign. The reports by Rambler News Service on January 26 come a day after the Kommersant newspaper reported that a senior officer of the cyberintelligence department of the FSB -- Russia’s lead security agency -- had been arrested. Kommersant said Sergei Mikhail... more »

Thank You For Your Messages

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
As we mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague Dan Olmsted, we take comfort in the outpouring of messages from so many of you. Thank you.

Dachel Wake Up: San Diego Jewish World Questions for Tom Price

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
By Anne Dachel Jan 17, 2017, San Diego Jewish World: 6 questions for Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s nominee to lead HHS By Sheila Kaplan It's called a "courtesy hearing," but Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of...

U.S. Navy To Test 150-kW Laser Systems Within A Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
While the 30 kilowatt laser proved successful, the US Navy was faced with challenges due to the low power of the weapon. The US Navy has released this graphic of the main components of its latest laser weapon *Daily Mail: **US Navy ships to fire SUPER LASERS capable of dazzling and destroying the enemy within the next year* * A US Navy official said that testing of a 150-kW laser weapon could happen soon * The US Navy has been using a 30-kW laser weapon on a ship in the Persian gulf * The weapon can use optical 'dazzling' and disabling, and lethal destruction * The new laser would... more »

Student visas don't guarantee permanent residence

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
*The self-confidence of illegal immigrants and visa holders is sometimes over the edge* Trump is changing the U.S. immigration policies which the victorious half of the voters considered too dangerous for the American safety and its job market. Trump has stopped issuing new visas for the citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen at least for a month but maybe much longer than that. It will be investigated whether the system may be reformed to be appropriately improved. Also, he wants to build a 10-meter precast [concrete] wall on the Mexican border within "mon... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
It looks as if #DespiteBrexit might be about to be displaced by #SoFar. This tweet from the BBC's Norman Smith, for example, comes from deep inside the #SoFar camp: As did Kamal Ahmed's report on last night's BBC One *News at Ten*. Yes, the economic news has been good and the experts confounded *but* there's still what Kamal called "the shadow of Brexit". And, spoken with a dying fall, his report ended with these ominous words: The nation of shoppers forges on. Britain's growth last year was the highest of any of the major Western economies. Are we still waiting for the full Br... more »

Israel And The U.S. Successfully Test The David's Sling Weapon System

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*FOX News:* *Israel, US complete David's Sling Weapon System testing* The fifth series of tests -- and the most complicated -- of the David's Sling Weapon System went off without a hitch Wednesday in southern Israel, as the defense measure successfully intercepted and destroyed a threat target over the Mediterranean Sea. According to a statement by the Ministry of Defense, the test examined the capabilities and performance of the entire system. "This test campaign is a critical step in ensuring Israel has the capability to defense itself from a very real and growing threat," said ... more »

Trump To Launch "Major Investigation Into Voter Fraud"

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Hello suckers!! It took the media mere minutes to rise to Trump's bait. Notice he did not just issue an executive order here. He stated the basic claim regarding voter fraud which was well reported and even bragged about by democrats during the election. Thus the media gets to raise the controversy as if there is no problem and then tries to blame Trump for getting it wrong. This immediately allows Trump to announce a major investigation and the inevitable cleaning house and tightened laws. Just to clear the air folks. Not my doing at all. The bad news is in all the in... more »

Prothèses et augmentations corporelles

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Dans quelle mesure les prothèses peuvent-elles nous augmenter ? Cet article fait partie d’un projet de livre sur le transhumanisme. Pour en savoir plus, cliquez ici. Published on 27 November 2016 on Technoprog http://ieet.org/archive/prosthetic-arm-768x511.jpg

China Is Testing New Missiles That Could Put US Air Superiority At Risk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Image shows the unnamed Chinese long range missile that could be a big problem for the US. dafeng cao via Twitter *China Daily:* *PLA may have new air-to-air missile* An image released online by the Chinese Air Force has led to speculation that the military is testing a beyond-visual-range, air-to-air missile in combat drills. The photo, recently uploaded to the People's Liberation Army website, shows a J-11B twin-engine fighter jet carrying a large missile - it stretches about one-fourth of the length of the 22-meter-long aircraft - during Red Sword 2016, an aerial warfare exerci... more »

A Horrific Crime Runs Rampant in Cambodia. Is Foreign Aid to Blame?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
A perverse exercise in losing sight of the objective by going along to preserve what appears as positive cash flow. There must also be a serious lack of internal cultural rejection as well. Solving this does mean disturbing the present situation and finding a way to bridge the real transition. It should be obvious that universal education and factory building will turn it all around and rather quickly as well. Right now the nation is been shunned instead. .. . *A Horrific Crime Runs Rampant in Cambodia. Is Foreign Aid to Blame?* * Pradyot Sharma * * Tuesday, January 17,... more »

Labor Flexibility Beats Unemployment

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is well worth reading and its adds wonderfully to my own thought experiments regarding the creation of a natural bid point for the labor market that would integrate well with the system described here. Having a standby bid for labor consisting of a four hour shift of light duty paying sufficient to allow bed and board as a given community standard would massively improve overall economic efficiency as idle hands are no longer wasted. Otherwise this set of protocols are far closer to a superior system than any other i have seen. . *Labor Flexibility Beats Unemployment: A Cl... more »

How David Ricardo Became Wealthy and Wise

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is an excellent item that captures the early historic emergence of fiat currency and controversy surrounding it. Yet that innovation allowed Britain to underwrite the whole conflict for thirty plus years. This also naturally inspired an industrial expansion as well. Nothing like a seriously profitable cost plus war contract. With that the lesson was learned and we still struggle to master the tool.. *How David Ricardo Became Wealthy and Wise* *Richard M. Ebeling * *Monday, January 16, 2017* * https://fee.org/articles/how-david-ricardo-became-wealthy-and-wise/* *Dav... more »

IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller published at the London School of Economics

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
IEET affiliate scholar Steve Fuller has just published at the London School of Economics European Politics and Policy website on the ‘meaning of life’ in a transhumanised capitalist order. The article can be found here.

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/27/2017"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/27/2017"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Donald Trump had a very busy first week in office. He started work on the day he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. First thing he did was sign an Executive Order to take away some tax burdens for people who have to pay a penalty for not having health insurance. He also pushed ahead on the long stalled XL Pipeline, clamped down on immigration and took the first steps to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump also made the claim that “three to five million” illegal votes were cast in t... more »

SmallSat revolution: Tiny satellites poised to make big contributions to essential science

J. Vanderlei Martins, Professor of Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
Tiny CubeSats are ready to be our eyes in the skies. Earth Background: NASA; HARP Spacecraft: SDL; Montage: Martins, UMBC, CC BY-ND Tiny satellites, some smaller than a shoe box, are currently orbiting around 200 miles above Earth, collecting data about our planet and the universe. It’s not just their small stature but also their accompanying smaller cost that sets them apart from the bigger commercial satellites that beam phone calls and GPS signals around the world, for instance. These SmallSats are poised to change the way we do science from space. Their cheaper price tag means w... more »

China Bans Military-Type Exports To North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Flags of China and North Korea are seen outside the closed Ryugyong Korean Restaurant in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China, in this April 12, 2016 file photo. © 2016 Reuters *Global Times:* *Chinese ministries ban military-type exports to N.Korea* China has released a list of goods that are banned for export to North Korea on Wednesday, including items and technologies that can be used to build weapons of mass destruction, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) website. Expert said that it shows China's resolution to comply with the UN sanctions and serves as a warning to Nort... more »

Bernie Has Some Questions For Trump’s Education Pick…

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 23 hours ago
Betsy DeVos is planning to gut education and use the money for tax cuts for her billionaire friends. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

Warmest Ten Years on Record (Now Includes all December Data)

Hifast at Climate Collections - 23 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest Post by Werner Brozek, Edited by Just The Facts The table below ranks the warmest ten years according to the five data sets I cover. For each of these ten years, the year is given followed by the average anomaly for that year. In all cases, 2016…

Arctic Ice Takes Revenge

Hifast at Climate Collections - 23 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: Vessels Kapitan Dranitsyn and Admiral Makarov ‘marooned’ in east for the rest of winter after getting trapped off Chukotka. Russian Convoy Takes Advantage of Reduced Arctic Ice Extent In the first such crossing since Soviet times, the convoy had earlier delivered supplies for the world’s first floating heat and power…

‘Warming’ and ‘The Pause’ Explained By Wind, Upwelling And Mixing

Hifast at Climate Collections - 23 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Cooling and warming the surface of the Earth without energy loss or energy gain: a natural mechanism Guest Post by Wim Röst Abstract Upwelling is a massive force, well visible on world maps. Data provide evidence that the last century ‘Warming period(s)’ just may be caused by ‘less…

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
The symbolic Doomsday Clock is now at its closest to midnight since the H-bomb tests of 1953 https://t.co/OkloAidehu pic.twitter.com/TPMgrqfDhj — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 26, 2017

This is Why China Deployed Nuclear Missiles Near The Russian Border (Hint: To Target The U.S.)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Stratfor*: *How Far China's Nuclear Capabilities Stretch* China has had a nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States since the early 1980s, the Dongfeng-5, but it has issues that have recently limited its effectiveness as a deterrent. Its liquid fuel propellant means that it must undergo a lengthy fueling process before it can be launched, and its lack of mobility renders its silos vulnerable to strikes by increasingly accurate munitions. Those threats to its survivability reduce its value as a minimum credible deterrence. China needed to upgrade to a more survivable ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Seahawk Boarding* Sailors and Marines prepare to board an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter aboard the USS Bataan in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 23, 2017. The Bataan is conducting a composite training unit exercise to prepare for an upcoming deployment. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Julie R. Matyascik

China Wants An Efficient Military Industrial Complex

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo: World Affairs Board *South China Morning Post:* *Can Xi Jinping’s arms production shake-up create China’s version of Lockheed or Boeing?* *Group headed by President Xi Jinping aims to overhaul nation’s antiquated weapons production system and increase ties between military and industry, say analysts* China’s creation of a commission headed by President Xi Jinping to increase integration between the nation’s military and industry shows Beijing’s determination to shake up the country’s bureaucratic and antiquated weapons production system, analysts said. Military observers b... more »

Trump takes on federal workforce of 2.8 million that's showing signs of stress

David E. Lewis, William R Kenan, Jr Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science; Co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions., Vanderbilt University atPolitics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
President Donald Trump signs an executive order implementing a federal government hiring freeze. AP Photo/Evan Vucci On Jan. 20, President Trump became the head of a sprawling federal bureaucracy. His first major actions as manager were to freeze federal hiring, curb the public statements of federal scientists and reportedly ask the senior management team at the State Department to leave. These actions are unsettling to a troubled federal workforce whose work will ultimately determine the success of his presidency. The United States government has a US$4 trillion budget and employs... more »

Kellyanne Conway Memes: Crazy Lady Now Roams The Halls Of The White House, America’s Newest Insane Asylum

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*by Noah* *Please take a trip with me to a time in the future to see what becomes of the crazy lady.* Many years from now, or maybe sooner, an old bag lady may be walking along Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue -- or maybe sitting cackling on the edge of the Dupont Circle fountain. She’ll be dressed in what looks to be a ragged old toy-soldier uniform, with some ragged old Nordstrom bags. In the bags, this sad, forlorn old woman, with hair like matted silver straw, will have some worn but autographed paperback copies of *The Art of ohe Deal*, some dried-up presidential pens, a few... more »

The Greatest Debt Producer That God Ever Created?

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 1 day ago
[image: the-greatest-debt-producer-that-god-ever-created] Libertarians and conservatives are skeptical of the government's ability to do anything well. But there's one thing the government excels at producing: debt.

Rogue Scientists

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 1 day ago
Censorship begets a backlash: Steve Gorman. U.S. government scientists go 'rogue' in defiance of Trump. Reuters, January 26, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-resist-idUSKBN15A0DI

The Economist: The U.S. Is No Longer A 'Full Democracy'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Stephanie Keith / Reuters *Washington Post:* *The U.S. is no longer a ‘full democracy,’ a new study warns* The government of the United States got a downgrade this week: We're no longer a “full democracy,” according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Democracy Index. For the first time, we were bumped down to “flawed,” thanks to an “erosion of public trust in political institutions.” According to the report's authors, a flawed democracy has free elections but “weak governance, an underdeveloped political culture and low levels of political participation.” Other countrie... more »

Next on Trump's List: Rein in the UN Dictators Club

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: next-on-trump-s-list-rein-in-the-un-dictators-club] Establishment globalists were right to be concerned about the fate of their schemes. After a fast-paced first week of putting “America First” by targeting pseudo-“free trade” regimes and rogue regulatory agencies, President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to take on the United Nations. Its swarms of agencies, programs, bureaucracies, conventions, and associated schemes are also in the crosshairs. According to a January 25 report in the anti-Trump *New York Times*, which claimed to have seen a set of draft orders being ... more »

Did Trump Hang a Photograph of the Women's March at the White House?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
A photograph of Donald Trump's inauguration featuring the wrong date was hung at the White House, but the image did not show the Women's March on Washington

Who Are The Controllers?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Mees Baaijen* - We’ve all been spoon fed the idea that we are free citizens of sovereign countries. The post Who Are The Controllers? appeared first on Waking Times.

Fascism: A False Revolution by Michael Parenti

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
Originally published Sept. 27, 2007 by Michael Parenti Writer, Dandelion Salad michaelparenti.org, 1996 January 26, 2017 Fascism is a false revolution. It makes a revolutionary appeal without making an actual revolution. It propagates the widely proclaimed New Order while serving the same old moneyed interests. Before World War I, Benito Mussolini was a socialist, but […]

Russia And China Wants The U.S. To Join Them To Split Up The World

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Photo: pixabay *Sputnik:* *Lavrov Calls for Russia, China, US Developing Ties Together* Moscow supports building open and honest relations between the United States, China and Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Lavrov called for creating such a "triangle," adding that it would not be directed against any state. *"We would like to see Russia, the US and China to develop relations together. This triangle should not be closed and directed to projects that will alert other states," Lavrov told lower house of parliament lawmakers.* *Rea... more »

What drones may come: The future of unmanned flight approaches

Brandon Stark, Director of the University of California Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety, University of California, Merced at Science + Technology – The Conversation1 day ago
Drone via shutterstock.com The once-small community of drone hobbyists has transformed into a worldwide phenomenon. In 2016 especially, significant technology improvements and regulatory clarity have paved the way for even more dramatic changes in the coming years. Among the biggest adopters of drones, and experimenters with them, have been universities. As the director of the University of California system’s Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety – effectively the drone headquarters of our whole 10-campus system – I have an excellent view of the drone industry’s... more »

Russian Foreign Minister: Russia Has No Illusions On Quickly Restoring Ties With The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a State Duma plenary meeting.© Vladimir Fedorenko / Sputnik *RT:* *Moscow has ‘no naive expectations’ about resetting ties with US – Lavrov* Russia does not have any “illusions” or “naive expectations” regarding a reset in the relationship with Washington under the new US administration, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The minister provided his views on bilateral ties while talking to Russian lawmakers on Wednesday. "We have no illusions that there will be a new ‘reset’ with the United States, we have no naive expectations," Lavrov sa... more »

The Process of Creative Destruction

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 1 day ago
*Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy* *Joseph A Shumpeter* In *Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy*, Joseph A Shumpeter uses the term “Creative Destruction” to refer to the endless cycle of product and process innovation through which new production units replace the outdated ones. According to Shumpeter, the entrepreneurs have a disruptive effect on the economy—when they establish new production units they take the marketshare away from the businesses with outdated production units. A vibrant capitalist economy is characterized by new systems being created and the obsolete product... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Velvet Morning"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, "Velvet Morning" Liquid Mind ® is the name used by Los Angeles composer and producer Chuck Wild of the best-selling Liquid Mind relaxation music albums. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp3BuiupOrc&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Colorful NGC 1579 resembles the better known Trifid Nebula, but lies much farther north in planet Earth's sky, in the heroic constellation Perseus. About 2,100 light-years away and 3 light-years across, NGC 1579 is, like the Trifid, a study in contrasting blue and red colors, with dark dust lanes prominent in the nebula's central regions. In both, dust reflects starlight to produce beautiful blue reflection nebulae. But unlike the Trifid, in NGC 1579 the reddish glow is not emission from clouds of glowing hydrogen gas excited by ultraviolet light from a nearby hot star. Instead, the... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, “The Sea”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Sea”* “The pull is so strong we will not believe the drawing tide is meant for us, I mean the gift, the sea, the place where all the rivers meet. Easy to forget, how the great receiving depth untamed by what we need needs only what will flow its way. Easy to feel so far away and the body so old it might not even stand the touch. But what would that be like feeling the tide rise out of the numbness inside toward the place to which we go washing over our worries of money, the illusion of being ahead, the grief of being behind, our limbs young rising from such a depth? What would tha... more »

The French Presidential Election-- Guest Post From Alan Grayson

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*En campagne aux États-Unis, Benoît Hamon rencontre Bernie Sanders* *In France They Kiss On Main Street-by Alan Grayson* The Socialists in France are conducting a Presidential Primary this week. The first round was held last Sunday. Remarkably, the candidate who espoused the policies that people believed would improve their lives actually won that first round. Imagine that. Notably absent was any discussion of the grabbing of private parts, or the use of private e-mail servers. There was, however, a robust discussion of the right to privacy (or as it is called in Europe, “the ... more »

"Broken Light: Work, for the Night is Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
* "Broken Light: Work, for the Night is Coming"* by Chris Floyd *"Black milk of daybreak, we drink it at evening..."* – Paul Celan, "Deathfugue" "The children were walking to school. The young people were going out to a dance. The children stepped on a booby trap planted by a soldier. The young people were shredded by the nails of a suicide bomb. They were all blown up, destroyed. One moment, the force of life animated their biological matter, their brains seethed with billions of electrical impulses, the matrix of consciousness brought the entire universe into being, within them,... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Musical Interlude: Renaissance, "Song of Scheherazade"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*Renaissance, "Song of Scheherazade"* Be kind to yourself, turn down the lights, close your eyes, relax and take the time to savor this extraordinary performance, highlighted by the incredible talent of Annie Haslam, whose astonishing 5 octave voice is on full display here. The high note she hits at the end- start at 22:15- is like nothing you have ever heard, or likely ever will, hear again. - CP

The Changing Face of Earth -- and back to the sea?

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
There may be a silver lining to what's happened; the War on Science is now explicit. And defections to the side of science will turn into a flood. Stay tuned for info about the Scientists' March on DC. Organized by 314action.org. Meanwhile, get informed. Starting with the biggest picture: *Why Most Planets Will Either Be Lush or Dead: The Gaia hypothesis implies that once alien life takes hold, it will flourish.* In this excerpt from his new book Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future, David Grinspoon offers an insightful and – at times – inspiringly poetical view of the ... more »

Drone Warfare Will Be A Part Of President Obama's Military Legacy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The President in a counter-terrorism threat briefing at the National Counterterrorism Center in December 2015 (White House/Pete Souza) *Isabella McKinley Corbo, VICE News*: *Obama's military legacy: fewer troops, but a record number of drone strikes* While President Obama did reduce troops by 76 percent in Afghanistan and 97 percent in Iraq, he also sent 500 soldiers into Syria and is leaving office as the only president to serve two complete terms during wartime. And even while soldiers were coming home, the brand of warfare was shifting, from boots on the ground to stealth machin... more »

2017 isn't '1984' – it's stranger than Orwell imagined

John Broich, Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on Amazon.com. The hearts of a thousand English teachers must be warmed as people flock to a novel published in 1949 for ways to think about their present moment. Orwell set his story in Oceania, one of three blocs or mega-states fighting over the globe in 1984. There has been a nuclear exchange, and the blocs seem to have agreed to perpetual conventional war, probably because constant warfare serves their shared interests in domestic control. Oceania demands total subservience. I... more »

Epic Rescue of a Horse Trapped on a Mountain at 7,600 Feet!

White Wolf at White Wolf - 1 day ago
While enjoying the backcountry winter playground of Boulder Mountain, Idaho, Chuck Whitesell, Ryan Miller, and a few other friends saw a horse that was trapped on the mountainside. The backcountry is great if you have a snowmobile, but this horse was unprepared for the harsh winter conditions and found himself stuck in deep snow. The friends immediately turned around to fetch supplies and orchestrate a rescue. Ryan Miller posted this on Facebook “Found the lost horses on side of Boulder Mountain at about 7600 ft. Not a good spot to call winter range. Gonna try to haul him some fe... more »

"We WERE There..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Someday stars will wind down or blow up. Someday death will cover us all like the water of a lake and perhaps nothing will ever come to the surface to show that we were ever there. But we WERE there, and during the time we lived, we were alive. That's the truth- what is, what was, what will be- not what could be, what should have been, what never can be." - Orson Scott Card "Now the voices and the sound of movement were gone, and the stream could be heard running quietly under its banks. The air was full of the scent of water and of flowers. She walked, quiet, while the house began... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 26, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Alexia Fernandez Campbell, The Atlantic*: *Is NAFTA Over?* *The presidents of Mexico and the United States are negotiating their new economic relationship in an oddly public way.* It only took a matter of days for the economic ties between the United States and Mexico to begin to unravel. Both presidents had been laying out their cards in the days leading up to their meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday, when they were expected to start renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. On Tuesday, Enrique Peña Nieto told the Mexican press that he was prepared for Mexico... more »

Donald Trump and Mike Pence speeches at GOP retreat Jan. 26th...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 1 day ago
*something to watch during cocktail hour.* And............................Mike Pence will be the headline speaker at the *March for Life* tomorrow. Kellanne Conway will be speaking tomorrow, too. And............................C-Span will be *covering the march. * *If you've never seen a March for Life, be aware that it will be a true palette cleanser after the vagina wearing "ladies who march"™* *Here's what you won't see at the March for Life:* - *foul language* - *nasty signs* - *angry women* - *speakers telling people to get f*ucked* - *speakers talking about ... more »

Women Carry Anti-Baby Signs at the Women's March on Washington?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago

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