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Sunday, January 29, 2017

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Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 minutes ago
Today, we remember the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger, 31 years later. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/OhshQsFRfl — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2017 *WNU Editor:* For those who are too young to know .... just as everyone who was alive when President Kennedy was shot knew where they were when they first heard the news .... for my generation it is the Challenger disaster. I saw the news broadcast in my hotel room in Fujian, China .... and I could not digest for a minute on what I was seeing .... that no .... the space shuttle did not/could not blow-up .... but ... more »

Clumsy Fingers Could Pose a Greater Risk to Civilization than Malicious Agents

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 30 minutes ago
When people worry about the dark side of emerging technologies, most think of terrorists or lone psychopaths with a death wish for humanity. Some future Ted Kaczynski might acquire a masters degree in microbiology, purchase some laboratory equipment intended for biohackers, and synthesize a pathogen that spreads quickly, is incurable, and kills 90 percent of those it infects.

President Trump's Critics Still Do Not Know How To Deal With Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 33 minutes ago
CBS 60 Minutes *Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal:* *Trump Tries to Build a ‘Different Party’* *The Democrats have no playbook for dealing with a Republican who’s a populist.* More important still—the most important moment of the first week—was the meeting with union leaders. Mr. Trump gave them almost an hour and a half. “The president treated us with respect, not only our organization but our members,” said Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, by telephone. Liuna had not endorsed Trump in the campaign, but Mr. O’Sullivan saw... more »

Blogs Under Assault

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 hour ago
Fr. Michael, the Lone Star Parson *>>> ALERT <<<* Many of you have read a blog written by our mutual friend LONE STAR PARSON (LSP). It no longer exists because Google wiped it out. It wiped out his URL and all the posts that he made to the Internet. I was responding to his blog post on the Islamic reaction to President Trump's temporary travel ban from the seven nations whose citizens posed a threat to the US. These are nations where extreme vetting procedures are being formulated to determine friend from foe. Google said that his blog was violent and that was reason to remove it ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* © REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernst

Why Temperature is not important.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 hour ago
*Anthony Cox* Alarmists base their hysteria on temperature trends. Everything is getting hotter and the current temperature is hotter than it has ever been. It doesn’t matter that the temperature records which alarmists rely on are adjusted, homogenised and altered to show warming where often there is none or exaggerate warming which does occur or that whatever warming is occurring is unexceptional and natural. However, apart from fabricated temperature records, there is another reason why alarmism is wrong in its reliance on phony temperature records. The true measure of climate o... more »

Mexico's Richest Man Steps In To Help Mexico Negotiate With President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*CNBC:** Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim says a united Mexico will help the government negotiate with Trump* Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said a united country could help the government negotiate with President Donald Trump. Mexico needs to negotiate from a position of strength, Slim said in a Friday news conference. Slim, who gained a $50 billion fortune owning mobile network America Movil, argued the clash between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has brought Mexico together. Slim urged political parties in the country to unite behind Peña Nieto. While he called... more »

California Has A Leader Of The Resistance In Congress-- Meet Ted Lieu

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
In 2012 Henry Waxman had served nearly 4 decades in the House. A Republican billionaire, Bill Bloomfield, rebranded himself as an independent and ran a slash and burn campaign against Waxman, spending $7,567,080 of his own money (and another $400,000 from his wealthy friends) to pulverize the iconic progressive congressman. Waxman still won 171,860 (54%) to 146,660 (46%), but it was uncomfortably close and he was in no mood for that kind of fight again. So he didn't run in 2014. Ted Lieu, who is an even stronger and more hard-hitting champion of progressive causes than Waxman, ran ... more »

The President Donald Trump executive order on people coming to the USA from certain countries

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago
The BBC are all over President Donald Trump's Executive Order to restrict visitors to the USA. The BBC are totally against this restriction on free travel. However try as I might I can find no similar opposition to the 16 countries who ban any visitors to their counties if they hold an Israeli passport The sixteen countries that forbid admission to Israeli passport holders: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Yemen Now if only I could work out what connects these six... more »

Is This The Trump Doctrine?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump (L-R), joined by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior advisor Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Matthew Jamison, Strategic Culture Foundation:* *The Trump Doctrine* The Inauguration of the billionaire property developer and businessman Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States has ushered in a new ... more »

Impatient Gravity

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 2 hours ago
There is a distinct difference between the thinking processes of the Occidental world, or the West, and the Oriental world, the East; the Occidentals think linearly while the Orientals cyclicly. The West thinks that the Universe was uniquely created … Continue reading →

Will The Campaign For California To Secede From The U.S. Succeed?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*AFP:* *California campaign to secede gains momentum* Los Angeles (AFP) - A campaign for California to secede from the rest of the country over Donald Trump's election is gaining momentum, with supporters allowed to start collecting signatures for the measure to be put to a vote. California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla gave the green light on Thursday for proponents of "California Nationhood" -- also known as Calexit -- to start collecting the nearly 600,000 signatures needed for the measure to qualify on the November 2018 ballot. The 585,407 signatures required by July 25 r... more »

The Word “Serendipity” was Invented Today

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 2 hours ago
Horace WalpoleThe popular word “Serendipity” was coined by Horace Walpole on 28 January 1754 in a letter to another Horace, namely Horace Mann. Here’s an excerpt from Walpole’s letter to Mann: *This discovery I made by a talisman, which Mr. Chute calls the sortes Walolianae, by which I find everything I want, a pointe nomm ́ee [at the very moment], wherever I dip for it. This discovery, indeed, is almost of that kind which I call Serendipity, a very expressive word, which, as I have nothing better to tell you, I shall endeavour to explain to you: you will understand it better by t... more »

Iran Bans U.S. Visitors In Retaliation To President Trump's Immigration Restrictions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move *Reuters: **Iran says to ban U.S. visitors in retaliation to Trump move* DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it would stop U.S. citizens entering the country in retaliation to Washington's visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries announced by new U.S. President Donald Trump. "While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nat... more »

BREAKING: Federal Judge Issues Emergency Stay on Trump’s Immigration Ban

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 3 hours ago
[image: ban]A federal judge issued an emergency stay against President Donald Trump’s tectonic Executive Order imposing a ban on immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries to, at least temporarily, allow people in possession of a valid visa who have already landed in the United States to remain in the country. For now, people already in the …

The Curse of Oak Island - Hey! We Found a Bone

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 3 hours ago
Once again we’re teased with a find and then learn nothing new about it. They were using an airlift to dredge up material from the bottom of Borehole 10X. While scraping through the muck, one of them found a small bone. They put it in a bag and suggested that if it is human then it is evidence of the treasure. We learn nothing more about it. They do examine more of the material brought up including an old piece of wood that also excites them. It has saw markings on it, but not those of a modern circular saw. No, these are old saw marks that suggest the wood is much older, and this ... more »

Iranian Refugee: Trump’s Muslim Ban Stranded My Uncle, Green Card Holder, In Iran

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 4 hours ago
Sahar is an Iranian refugee and citizen of the United States. Her family immigrated from Iran in 1998 when she was 10 years-old. Her uncle and his wife joined them three years ago, and they have lived together in the U.S. ever since. But now, President Donald Trump’s executive order The post Iranian Refugee: Trump’s Muslim Ban Stranded My Uncle, Green Card Holder, In Iran appeared first on Shadowproof.

Precinct Captains, Social Media And The 2017 Elections

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Grover Cleveland is the only mayor (Buffalo) to become president. Will Eric Garcetti be the 2nd?* *-by Alice Marshall* Have you ever wondered how it's possible for such rotten Republicans to get elected? Or how it is possible to smear good progressive politicians? Lack of information. This is especially true of local elected officials. How many people could name their state legislators, even less discuss their legislative record? Very few. Social media can remedy that. The Virginia House of Delegates and the New Jersey and North Carolina legislatures are up for election this yea... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Liquid Mind IV: Unity" (Full Album)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Liquid Mind, "Liquid Mind IV: Unity" (Full Album) - https://www.youtube.com/


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 5 hours ago
Very few Republicans have denounced President Trump's Muslim ban, and the ones who have denounced it have done so with a lot of "both sides do it" language: Sasse on Refugee/Visa order: "this order is too broad. " pic.twitter.com/xCKNewrEHZ — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 28, 2017 For the most part, Republicans are saying nothing, even though a number of them -- Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence -- denounced the idea when Trump first raised it in late 2015. A lot of people on the left are responding to this the way Daily Kos's David Nir has: *Cowardly Republicans go utt... more »

Chris Hedges: It’s The Failure of the Democratic Establishment To Cope With Why They Lost + Arrest of RT America Journalist

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 5 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges goingundergroundRT on Jan 28, 2017 We talk shop with former UK business minister Vince Cable over Theresa May’s attempts at post-Brexit damage control. We speak to the Director of a new Oliver Stone-exec produced film about mainstream media parroting government lies. We ask Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Chris Hedges about why if […]

US Veterans to return to Standing Rock after Dapl decision to continue

White Wolf at White Wolf - 5 hours ago
Veteran volunteers prepare for support missions and mobilization to Standing Rock "In the past two weeks the turmoil and uncertainty at Standing Rock has increased significantly. We have continued to stay in contact with indigenous and camp leadership and have identified several areas where the Veterans Stand network can continue to serve the needs of the camp and local community." said Veterans And they have published a press release for medias and people. Read it below: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - FRIDAY, 01/27/17 media@veterans-stand.org LOS ANGELES, CA : In response to recent ag... more »

EU Leaders Vow A Firm Response To President Trump's Policies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (R) and his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel voiced "concern" about Trump at talks in Paris on January 28, 2017 (AFP Photo/GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT) *AFP:* *EU leaders vow 'firm' response to Trump* Paris (AFP) - The EU's traditional power couple France and Germany expressed mounting alarm Saturday at key decisions by US President Donald Trump in his first week in office, saying they raised many issues of concern. French President Francois Hollande vowed a "firm" response to a growing list of pronouncements by the maverick tycoon, includin... more »

The Islamic State Has Been Oddly Quiet About President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *The Islamic State has been oddly quiet about Trump* President Trump has had a lot to say about the Islamic State, vowing during his inauguration speech to eradicate the terrorist group and calling its fighters “sneaky, dirty rats” during an interview this week. But the Islamic State has been oddly quiet about Trump. The militant organization, which is known for flooding social media with elaborately produced messages and videos, has only made a few, fleeting references so far to a president whose anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies would seem to represent a propa... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"At the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, a mere 27,000 light-years away, lies a black hole with 4 million times the mass of the Sun. Fondly known as Sagittarius A* (pronounced A-star), the Milky Way's black hole is fortunately mild-mannered compared to the central black holes in distant active galaxies, much more calmly consuming material around it. From time to time it does flare-up, though. An outburst lasting several hours is captured in this series of premier X-ray images from the orbiting Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). *Click image for larger size.* Launched la... more »

Free Downloads: "The Works Of Olaf Stapledon, 'Star Maker', Etc"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* "Letters to the Future"* “In 1917 the author Olaf Stapledon published “Letters to the Future,” a series of 4 letters addressed to his great grandson in the year 1999. This post is Letter 1, excerpted. How remarkably relevant they seem today... “To my Great Grandson in early manhood. Sir, If ever you come upon this letter, forgive its preglacial dialect, and have patience to spell out its meaning. How gladly would I address you in whatever speech lives in your ears! The thoughts which follow must, I know, reach you only as dead and fragile specimens; but today they live. They fli... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands." - H. Stainback

America's Deeper Truth and Challenge

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago

President Trump Orders The Pentagon To Draft A Strategy To Defeat The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump signs a memorandum to security services directing them to defeat the Islamic State in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Jan. 28, 2017. *Washington Post*: *Trump orders Joint Chiefs to draft ISIS strategy, restructuring of security council* President Trump signed three executive orders on Saturday afternoon, including one directing the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft a plan to destroy the Islamic State and another formalizing new lobbying restrictions on administration officials. One of Trump’s directives orders the Joint Chiefs to submit ... more »

U.S. President Trump And Russian President Putin Phone Conversation -- News Round-up

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Putin and Trump agree to try to rebuild U.S.-Russia ties, cooperate in Syria* Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to try to rebuild U.S. Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday, after the two men spoke for the first time since Trump's inauguration. U.S.-Russia relations hit a post-Cold War low under the Barack Obama administration and Trump has made clear he wants a rapprochement with Moscow if he can get along with Putin, who says he is also keen to mend ties. "Both sides demonstrated a mood for active,... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Hattingen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Thanks for stopping by!

Paulo Coelho, "Time Shifting- Slow Down For a Better Life"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Time Shifting- Slow Down For a Better Life"* by Paulo Coelho "Time is not a measure: but rather a quality. When we look at the past we are not rewinding a tape but remembering a gift of our passage on Earth. Time is not measured like a road is measured, since we take gigantic leaps backwards (memories) and forwards (projects). Consider the following: Managing is not living: “time is money” is nonsense. We have to be aware of each moment and know how to take advantage of each single moment in what we are doing (with love) or in just contemplating life. A day has 24 hours and an inf... more »

The Poet: John Keats, "The Human Seasons"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Human Seasons"* "Four Seasons fill the measure of the year; There are four seasons in the mind of man: He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear Takes in all beauty with an easy span: He has his Summer, when luxuriously Spring's honied cud of youthful thought he loves To ruminate, and by such dreaming high Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings He furleth close; contented so to look On mists in idleness- to let fair things Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook. He has his Winter too of pale misfeature, Or else he would forego his mortal n... more »

Dumb and Dumber

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 6 hours ago
Armstrong Economics have published an interesting result of a scientific study of people concluding that people seem to be getting dumber and less skilled since 100 years ago. This is not surprising. As the world’s population becomes more urbanised and … Continue reading →

Two-component, 120-subunit icosahedral cage extends protein nanotechnology

Jim Lewis at the Foresight Institute - 7 hours ago
Ten designs spanning three types of icosahedral architectures produce atomically precise multi-megadalton protein cages to deliver biological cargo or serve as scaffolds for organizing various molecular functions.

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Chet Raymo, "Seeing"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Seeing"* by Chet Raymo "There was a moment yesterday evening when the elements conspired to evoke these few lines, spoken by Macbeth: "Light thickens, And the crow makes wing to the rooky woods, Good things of day begin to droop and drowse. The fading light. The crows gliding down the fields to the trees in Ballybeg: Light thickens, And the crow makes wing to the rooky woods, Good things of day begin to droop and drowse." It's all there, in those few lines- the mysterious power of poetry to infuse the world with meaning, to anoint the world w... more »

The Unapologetic Falsehoods of the Increasingly Discredited Associated Press

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 7 hours ago
It must be said that the big loser in this last election cycle has been the media itself. this really shows us why. votes are been delivered and counted that are all knowingly from no citizens. We are certainly talking tens of thousands in the described case. Yet this same media stays completely quiet. No wonder independent news providers have jumped into this horrid vacuum. This all smacks of russian practice although that has not quite happeneed yet. It was going to happen under Hilary. The bottom line is that detailed evidence has been produced and the political establ... more »

Voter Fraud?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 7 hours ago
The smug, corrupt, progressive, elite mainstream media howled with laughter when President Trump complained of massive voter fraud and ordered an investigation. The Democrats made the rounds on the cable news shows mocking President Trump and suggesting that he was insane - *and they made the point that no investigation was necessary.* What a contrast from their support for Communist/Green Party Candidate Jill Stein who demanded recounts after the election of Donald Trump. Stein who didn't carry 1 county in the USA had very little standing, but the Democrats and the corrupt, elite,... more »

The week in satire Vol. #29

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 8 hours ago
And what a week it was! A week in which Piers Morgan crawled out of Donald Trump’s arse for just long enough to disappear up his own. A week in which the government wrote ‘Brexit means Brexit’ on a bit of white paper and claimed that constitutes a plan. And a week in which lies […] The post The week in satire Vol. #29 appeared first on The Canary.

There’s a disturbing connection between social media and animal cruelty

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 8 hours ago
Tourists in Argentina have killed a baby dolphin. And it was all for the sake of taking a selfie. The same thing happened last February in Argentina. Tourists killed a La Plata dolphin on a beach in the resort town of Santa Teresita. They passed the animal around while vying for selfies. Eventually it died […] The post There’s a disturbing connection between social media and animal cruelty appeared first on The Canary.

Trump Adm. Moves to Reduce Chances for Real Estate Meltdown

Steve Byas at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: trump-moves-to-reduce-chances-for-real-estate-meltdown] The Trump administration's move to stop the cut in the FHA home mortgage insurance rate is a good one — if one understands economics.

THAAD - Missile Offense System

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
On January 20 the Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asia and the Pacific participated in the anti-Trump rally organized by the ANSWER Coalition in Washington DC Will Griffin from Veterans For Peace speaks first about 'missile defense' in the video. The Pentagon's so-called missile defense (MD) system is directed by the Redstone Arsenal based in Huntsville, Alabama. The THAAD (Theatre High Altitude Area Defense) program is built in Alabama as are many of the other US MD programs. Huntsville is often called the Pentagon of the South. The Global Network will hold... more »

Donald Trump's stupid wall and Central America

paul at Paying attention - 8 hours ago
There is no wall tall enough.Even if you can leave aside the racism and the attempt to exploit and worsen fears and prejudices, Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the Mexican border is remarkably stupid. Early in our stay in in Honduras, I started hearing about the huge number of people who went to the United States. It was an incredibly difficult, dangerous and expensive effort. People set out with almost no money to make a 3,100-kilometre journey through Guatemala and Mexico and across the already difficult U.S. border. They risked robbery, kidnapping, rape, extortion and ... more »

The Nature of U.S. War Machine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
On this week’s episode of On Contact, host Chris Hedges examines the future of the American empire under the Trump Administration with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the American military.

Looking At The Trumpanzee Amateur Hour, One Tends To Ask, "Who's In Charge Here?"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Existential evil* You probably recall that when candidate Trumpanzee was still unsure Vladimir Putin and Robert Mercer could actually deliver the election to him, he made Ohio Governor John Kasich a very attractive offer-- take the VP job and run the government. The offer came from Fredo Trump, the eldest and dumbest of the offspring. Back in late July, the *NY Times*' Robert Draper reported that "according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most p... more »

Death of a Nation

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 9 hours ago
I don't know if there's a word for nation-killing. The obvious choice would be patricide but that's already taken for the murder of one's father. Whatever the word is, Donald Trump is committing it. Slowly. And if he isn't stopped by Senate Democrats or his own insiders through the 25th Amendment, the last thing Lady Liberty will see is his perfect white teeth and bloated umber face. I remember not so long ago when Republicans were whipping themselves into a spittle-flecked frenzy over President Obama's executive orders. Executive orders are, of course, part of the job... more »

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

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 9 hours ago
When I asked you re the BBC Media Show interview with James Harding to guess what my two word response was a reaction to, I knew that Beeb Bias Craig's isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk would give a full report on that same interview. Here's that report http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.in/2017/01/one-thing-that-is-true-of-bbc-is-of.html and here's the part that elicited my reaction: ' SH: I guess is . . . I mean, this is a very cheeky question . . . JH: Hm-hmm (laughs) SH: And there's no reason why you should have a proper answer to it, in fairness . . . JH... more »

Protesters Gather at JFK Airport After Travelers Detained Due to Trump's Executive Order

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
People traveling to the United States were blocked or detained after arriving from countries singled out by the president's executive order.

Mike Pence Said Calls to Ban Muslims Are 'Offensive and Unconstitutional'?

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
In a December 2015 tweet, then-Indiana Governor Mike Pence rejected presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

Chris Hedges: The Future of the US Empire Under Donald Trump

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Jan 28, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, host Chris Hedges examines the future of the American empire under the Trump Administration with investigative journalist Allan Nairn. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the global reach of the American military. from the archives: Fascism: A […]

Dog rescued from Korean meat farm sleeps standing up 'as she knows no other way'

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Heartbreaking footage shows a dog rescued from a South Korean meat farm sleeping standing up, because she didn't know how to lay down on a bed. Harriet, a three-year-old Korean Jindo, was one of 200 dogs bound for slaughter before being saved from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea last week. The dogs were rescued and flown to animal shelters run by the Humane Society in parts of the US, Canada and UK on January 20 so they could recover. Harriet, along with 14 others, were taken in by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in Florida. The poor dog was so used to sleeping standing up ... more »

Trump's Refugee Ban is Actually Obama’s Refugee Ban....

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
*Jan.27/2017: Just the facts of the matter at hand!* *"How, though, did the Trump administration choose these seven Muslim-majority countries? The truth is it didn't: The countries were chosen during Barack Obama's presidency. * *According to the draft copy of Trump's executive order, the countries whose citizens are barred entirely from entering the United States is based on a bill that Obama signed into law in December 2015.* *Quoting from Trumps executive order* - Ban for 30 days all “immigrant and nonimmigrant” entry of individuals from countries designated in Division... more »

With a flourish of his pen

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
BBC One's main evening news bulletin struck a strongly negative note about President Trump's executive order blocking immigrants from a number of countries at the US's borders. Though supposedly an impartial broadcaster, the BBC didn't exactly hide its own view of the matter here. A transcript follows: *NEWSREADER*: As referenced in Laura's report... Lawyers in the United States have lodged a challenge to an executive order - signed by President Trump - which temporarily bans all refugees, and any traveller from seven mainly Muslim countries from entering the US. The ban includes... more »

And the moral of the tale is...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Mrs May had left Mr Trump for Mr Erdogan. The famous Laura K draws a moral from this: While marking the past, Theresa May is following her own path around the world. She can't choose her fellow leaders. Yet politicians, like the rest of us, are sometimes judged by the company they keep. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, Ankara.

Want to Investigate Electoral Fraud? Start with whistle blowers and judo!

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 10 hours ago
*== Calling all henchmen! ==* I’ve called for this since way back in the last century, illustrating it in The Transparent Society and in novels like Earth. *We must unleash whistleblowers on the world. *Envision Edward Snowden and the Panama Papers revealer, only far more extensively, with protections and rewards that lure secrets out of shadows. Basics are already in place – Whistleblower Laws that offer big commissions to tattlers in certain circumstances, for example, but these are far too limited. Expanding such protections and lures could be more important to our planet and c... more »

Catholics Ask Trump to Probe Soros-Obama-Clinton Conspiracy at Vatican

William F. Jasper at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: catholics-ask-trump-to-probe-soros-obama-clinton-conspiracy-at-vatican] Did the Obama White House, the National Security Agency (NSA), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) force conservative Pope Benedict to resign in order to get pro-Marxist Pope Francis?

Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Energized by Pro-Life Administration

Lisa Shaw at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: annual-march-for-life-in-washington-d-c-energized-by-pro-life-administration] With a new and growing energy, the annual March for Life lifted its voice in defense of the unborn once again in the nation's capital on Friday.


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
The BBC pronounces, ex cathedra: She "fails" to condemn President Trump, does she BBC? Even by the recent standards of the BBC that's blatant, isn't it?

Fukushima Update: "Gamma Radiation Report January 28, 2017"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such report will be on February 11, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific *FACT*, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The radiation's not going anywhere, folks, but we are... - CP *"Now ... more »

‘Mr President, don’t build this wall!’: Berlin’s mayor urges Trump to learn from history

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: wall] Berlin Mayor Michael Müller has just sent President Donald Trump a message about his proposed Mexican border wall.

The Costs of Coal

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 11 hours ago
A Wyoming representative, David Miller, is proposing that utilities be required to use fossil fuels and fine renewables because fossil fuels are allegedly cheaper: Mead Gruver. Wyoming proposal would require utilities to use fossil fuels, fine for renewable. Salon, January 25, 2017, http://www.salon.com/2017/01/25/wyoming-proposal-would-require-utilities-to-use-fossil-fuels/ Wyoming is the nation's top coal-mining state, but favoring coal may not be such a good policy. A group of Wyoming lawmakers is bucking the U.S. trend of stricter renewable energy requirements with a plan to ... more »

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 –Part II

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood More from the government’s UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017: This is a rather muddled piece, which tries to prove that heat related deaths could exceed reduced deaths in winter. For a start, it needs to be restated that summers have not been getting hotter in the […]

More on James O'Brien

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Last night's *Newsnight, *presented by left-wing 'shock jock' James O'Brien, was a Trump special. JO'B was as 'impartial' as ever, making an ostentatious show of presenting his anti-Trump/anti-Brexit guests as "experts" (a word he kept on using in that respect) before giving them all ample chance to showboat their anxieties/rage about Trump/Brexit with as little challenge as possible. In contrast, pro-Brexit and/or pro-Trump guests got the fully sneery JO'B treatment. It's BBC impartiality James, but not as we know it (though, alas, actually, very much as we know it). First u... more »

Three Strikes and Turkey's OUT! (Of NATO?)

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Turkey's Leader Erdogan with Russia's Leader Putin* Readers will have to be patient, along with me, today as I attempt to post while a little gremlin is infesting my Blog. This little gremlin makes posting very difficult by slowing it down, refusing to edit/correct and then publishing when I have not pressed "Publish". Every once in a while this petty annoyance happens...(as I say, "*You get what you pay for*"...and in this case...Blogger is "free") then he or she goes a way for a while...no doubt to bother some other Google Blogger. I am trying to post about a geopolitical issu... more »

And Who's Gonna Pay for the Wall?! USA! USA! USA!

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
Bill Maher offers his take on the Insane Clown President's first week in Washington:

Saturday Afternoon Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 12 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Naomi Klein writes that Donald Trump's cabinet represents a direct takeover of the U.S. government by the corporate oligarchy - and comments on what the progressive movement needs to do to fight back: Let us be clear: This is not a peaceful transition of power. It’s a corporate takeover. The interests that have long since paid off both major parties to do their bidding have decided they are tired of playing the game. Apparently, all that wining and dining of politicians, all that cajoling and legalized bribery, insulted their sense of div... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
According to the BBC News website: And that's pretty much the tone of the BBC's article as a whole. Of the 14 reactions cited, only two approve of the move. One is "Dutch anti-Islam political leader Geert Wilders", the other is "the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman" - presumably the "right-wing European politicians" referred to above... ...though Mr Zeman is actually a left-wing politician.

Bigly biased

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
I've been away for most of today but one of the BBC reporters on my Twitter feed, Quentin Somerville, quickly gave me a good flavour of the BBC's reaction to President Trump's executive order to keep out Islamic terrorists. Quentin's tweets and re-tweets have been uniformly opposed to the move. He is emphatic that the move is a terrible one - and a big win for Islamic State. ("The Islamic State wins. Bigly", he tweeted about the order. "When I spell "bigly" it autocorrects to "bigot", he quipped, referring to President Trump.) If I didn't know better I'd have assumed from readi... more »

Soros-funded Media Matters Caught Secretly Plotting with Facebook to Stop Alternative Media

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: media]Media Matters, funded by George Soros, now admits it was the organization behind the banning of several independent media organizations in 2016.

How should Donald Trump's claim be described?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017Times editors give it a shot:* How should Donald J. Trump's claim be described—his recent (unrecorded, reported) claim that 3-5 million illegal votes were cast in November's election? In this morning's featured editorial, the New York Times gives that question a try. As we'll show you below, the editors start out today referring to Trump's "false claim." Eventually, in paragraph 6, the editors get a snootful and refer to the claim as a "lie." We'll review the text of the editorial below. First, let's ponder something in Dan Barry's recent report—his re... more »

Has There Ever Been A New President So Widely Despised So Quickly By Americans?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Politico*'s Gabriel Debenedetti reported Thurdsday that national Democrats have largely "settled on a scorched-earth, not-now-not-ever model of opposition" to Señor Trumpanzee." I don't believe most of them are even capable of carrying it out or that most of them have the guts to try it but he claims that "[i]n legislative proposals, campaign promises, donor pitches and even in some Senate hearings, Democrats have opted for a hard-line, give-no-quarter posture, a reflection of a seething party base that will have it no other way." Really? Only 17 Senate Democrats opposed granting... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 102, Jan 27, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
The Islamic State continuedto make defensive preparations in west Mosul and to carry out harassing attacks. In the middle of the night IS fighters launched a river assault on two neighborhoods in east Mosul. The army and Rapid Reaction forces turned them back. The insurgents were still forcing people out of their houses along the Tigris River to use them as fighting positions. Out in the Tal Afar district to the west the militants also attacked the Hashd in Tal Ikssiba. Iraqi and U.S. officials claim that IS is a broken force, but they are still putting up a fight for now. The Ir... more »

Jan.28: Our ignoring of the United Nations

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 13 hours ago
This will probably be a little short as I face the horror of packing for a move. We are into preparations for the last, possible stage of imperialism. In recent history (the last few hundred years), the world was ruled by European powers - notably Britain, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the United States. All of them were murderous and exploitive of their colonies. Most of those empires ended after World War 2. The British empire, in particular, was brought down by the U.S. It used World War Two, for example, to put Britain deep into debt, refusing to extend to it... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
I'm sure I don't have to tell you about yesterday's Trump administration executive order blocking entry to the U.S. by immigrants, refugees, and non-citizen returnees from seven majority-Muslim countries. (Not included on the list: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Azerbaijan, countries where Donald Trump either has done business or has pursued deals.) Already, refugees who were in flight to America are being detained, and they're people on our side, or at least they have been until now: The lawyers said that one of the Iraqis detained at Kennedy Airport, Ha... more »

NODAPL 2.0 — Water Protectors Take Stand in Louisiana to Resist ‘Tail End’ of DAPL

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: DAPL]The 162-mile Bayou Bridge Pipeline would threaten the drinking water of 300,000 people while crossing 700 bodies of water and 600 acres of fragile wetlands.

‘F**k this Guy, I’m Going to Hit Him’ — Cops Kill Homeless Man on Video, Get No Charges

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: homeless]California officials ruled on Friday that cops killing a mentally ill homeless man who was running away from them is justified


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *Europe Proposes "Restrictions On Payments In Cash" Memos: CEO of Russia's state oil company offered Trump adviser, allies a cut of huge deal if sanctions were lifted Chinese military official warns that war with US under Trump is becoming a 'practical reality' * Psychologist at Johns Hopkins: Trump has "Malignant Narcissism" *Trump to sign an executive order halting refugee flows to the US, stopping all entries from some Muslim countries America's largest offshore wind farm could put up to 200 turbines off the coast of New York People in California are micr... more »

Trump's Blitzkrieg against the rogue and fake U.S. government "scientific" tweeters

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
While the stupid media discusses big questions such as the size of his inauguration crowd and the length of his tie, the new U.S. president is working hard. We're being assured that virtually all of his campaign promises were meant very seriously. Walls are getting prepared, trade deals are being abolished, immigration is being tamed, healthcare reforms are being reversed, and Trump is having a telephone call with Putin right now. Some people don't like it. Thousands of hard left scholars have signed a petition against the suspension of the Syrian refugee program and similar reducti... more »

Don't Trigger Sheriff Snowflake -- Or He May Have You Killed

William N. Grigg at Pro Libertate - 13 hours ago
Sheriff David Clarke of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County is the most fragile of precious snowflakes, and one of the most self-enraptured petty tyrants in recent American history. While settling in for a January 15 flight from Dallas to Milwaukee, Clarke – attired in Dallas Cowboys fan regalia – was asked by fellow passenger Dan Black if he was, indeed, the sheriff. When Clarke grunted in the affirmative, Black shook his head in well-earned disgust and proceeded to his seat. From behind, Black heard the truculent tax-feeder ask if he had a “problem,” to which the puzzled man shook h... more »

Tucker Carlson Grills Buzzfeed's Editor-in-Chief on Decision to Publish Dossier...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*but that is far from the most interesting part of this interview.* While the first 5 minutes or so watching Ben Smith tap dancing around Carlson's questions and trying to defend his decision to post "fake" news is fun to watch, it becomes *very* interesting when Carlson brings up a part of BuzzFeed's editorial standard which reads: We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, *there are not two sides*. (emphasis mine) *source at BuzzFeed under "activism" * What follows should give anyone with a functioning... more »

Actor John Hurt Dead at 77

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 14 hours ago
The esteemed British actor was diagnosed in 2015 with pancreatic cancer, which was thought to be in remission.

Woman Overwhelmed When Her Rescue Pit Bull Places Her 11 Newborn Puppies Into Her Lap

White Wolf at White Wolf - 14 hours ago
I woof you! Heartwarming moment an adorable rescue dog gently picks up her 11 puppies and places them one by one into her foster mom's lap A joyful rescue dog showed just how much she loves her foster mom for keeping her and her puppies safe. In an adorable video, Grayce the pit bull, expressed her gratitude to foster mom Stevoni Wells Doyle when she gently picked up her 11 puppies and placed each of them in her lap. Doyle took Grayce in while she was still pregnant. The sweet dog gave birth to 10 boys and one girl in Doyle's home. In the video, the happy dog was seen placing the... more »

‘We’re Taking Names’ of Those Who Fail to Support US, Trump’s New UN Envoy Warns

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: trump] The new US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has warned US allies that if they do not support Washington, she will be “taking names.”

It Begins: Cop Stops Innocent Woman for Walking, Demands to See Her ‘Papers’

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: police]As the xenophobic police state takes its grip on America, police are now stopping innocent citizens and demanding their papers — because terrorism.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Taking some R&R today. Blogging will return this evening.

U.S. President Donald Trump Will Speak Saturday By Telephone With Five World Leaders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*CNN:* *Trump to speak with Putin, Merkel and Abe in day of calls* (CNN)US President Donald Trump will speak Saturday by telephone with five world leaders -- most significantly Russia's Vladimir Putin and Germany's Angela Merkel -- in what may be his biggest day of diplomacy yet. Saturday's call will be Trump's first phone conversation with the Russian President since his inauguration last week, and one whose outcome will be closely studied. Both Trump and Putin have said they would like to see warmer ties between their two nations. However, relations between Trump and his team an... more »

U.S. President Trump Signs Executive Orders To Expand The Military

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Politico*: *Trump order sets military buildup in motion* President Donald Trump on Friday took the first formal step to undertake a costly military buildup, signaling what could be a major turnaround from years of relying on a smaller, more agile force and within strict spending limits mandated by Congress. In an executive memorandum he signed during his first visit to the Pentagon, Trump detailed plans to fulfill his campaign promises to invest in a bigger military — including more troops, warships and a modernized nuclear arsenal — declaring he was beginning "a great rebuilding... more »

Pentagon Will Be Testing Next Year The A-10 vs. F-35 On Close-Air-Support

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Photo:* Air Force *Kris Osborn, National Interest:* *America's Stealth F-35 Fighter vs. the A-10 Warthog: Who Wins in a Fight?* Will the F-35s current and future line up of weapons, coupled with its sensors and ISR technologies enable the aircraft to out-perform the A-10 warthog when it comes to Close Air Support Missions. Flying close to ground troops in combat in hostile and high-threat conditions requires a host of unique attributes for an aircraft -- such as flying slow and low to the ground, absorbing some degree of small arms fire and having an ability to quickly maneuver i... more »

Weekend reads: Misbehaving medical academics; are phase I trials ethical?; the “sin” of mistakes

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured revelations about what happens when researchers unwittingly use a tool without permission, and a look at why women peer review less often than men. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Medical academics like me can roll their eyes at naughty old pharma,” writes Ben Goldacre. “But there’s a problem. The […] The post Weekend reads: Misbehaving medical academics; are phase I trials ethical?; the “sin” of mistakes appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Lamar Alexander, Another Lame Duck

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 15 hours ago
*I don't know why we, over time, don't** make every public school a charter school...**.You could not do it overnight, but **you could do it over 20,** 25 years." *--Lamar Alexander, 2013 Even if the former "Education Governor" of Tennessee has not decided on whether or not to run again in 2020 when his current term in the U. S. Senate is up, the people of Tennessee have enough evidence to know if Alexander if fit for another term. His tyrannical control of the Senate committee considering Billionaire Betsy for Sec. of Ed., and his decision to turn off his phones to his consti... more »

Actor John Hurt Dead at 77

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 15 hours ago
The esteemed British actor was diagnosed in 2015 with pancreatic cancer, which was thought to be in remission.

Will This U.S. Sailor Be President Trump's First Pardon?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Trump may PARDON sailor jailed in 'very unfair' case for photographing nuclear sub's classified areas – after his leniency plea cited Hillary Clinton's non-prosecution* * U.S. Navy sailor Kristian Saucier was sentenced to a year in prison in August * He admitted to taking six photos of classified areas in a nuclear submarine despite knowing it wasn't allowed * His lawyers argued that his crime was no worse than Hillary Clinton's use of an unsecured homebrew email server to store classified information * President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast Thursday ni... more »

Russia Is Happy That This U.S. State Department Official Has Resigned As The Trump Team Moves In

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
© AFP 2016/ VANO SHLAMOV *Sputnik:* *Victoria 'F*ck the EU' Nuland Leaves Her Post at the US State Department* US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland has resigned from her post. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Russian political scientist Alexander Konkov said that her departure is highly symbolic, and could presage important changes in the Trump State Department's attitude toward US-sponsored regime change operations. Nuland had her last day at the State Department on Wednesday; her name was just one among a long list of senior Obama-era diplo... more »

When You Deal With Caligula

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
This week the world got an object lesson in how Donald Trump deals with his trading partners. He will build a wall between the United States and Mexico and lie about who will pay for it. Trump doesn't know much. If he knew any history, he would remember the Maginot Line -- a wall which France built after World War I along its German border to keep German troops out. When World War II began, the Germans simply flew over the wall. The Mexicans will find a way over or under the wall. It's a 14th Century solution to a 21st Century problem. Justin Trudeau assumes that Donald Trump li... more »

CFP for Beyond Humanism Conference

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 16 hours ago
Via the following link you can manage to access the CFP’s of the 9th Beyond Humanism Conference which will take place from the 19th until the 22nd of July 2017 at John Cabot University in Rome. It is a meeting of scholars from all parts of the world who are interested in and excited about dealing with the challenges related to emerging technologies. This year’s event will be dedicated to the topic “Posthuman Studies”. During the conference, the newly established “Journal of Posthuman Studies” which is being edited by IEET Fellow Stefan Lorenz Sorgner and the director of IEET James ... more »

Will The 2018 Midterms Put A Quick End To Trumpism?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Blue America's operating plan for 2017-18 is based on 2 simple premises-- first that Trump will be the worst and most destructive and hated president in history, and second, that Ryan, McConnell and the Republican Congress will drastically overreach, cement themselves to him, and make themselves vulnerable to a massive backlash in the 2018 midterms. I spend a significant part of my days-- every day-- on the phone with perspective candidates, mostly for Congress, from around the country. I was even doing it when I was on vacation in Thailand last month. Sometimes its downright depr... more »

UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-climate-change-risk-assessment-2017 The government has now published its latest UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017, something it is obliged to do every five years by the Climate Change Act 2008. The assessment looks to be wholly based on the report of the same name, published last July by the Committee on […]

Māori Tangata Whenua share Hongi (Breath of Life) with Standing Rock Water Protectors

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
Maori from Aotearoa sharing time and Hongi (Breath of Life) with Shailene Woodley. Through the exchange of this physical greeting, one is no longer considered manuhiri (visitor) but rather tangata whenua, one of the people of the land. For the remainder of one's stay one is obliged to share in all the duties and responsibilities of the home people. Māori are the tangata whenua (indigenous people of the land) of Aotearoa. Maori people define themselves by their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe), maunga (mountain) and awa (river). A hongi is a traditional Māori greeting in New Zealand... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 18 hours ago
*US attorney investigates Brookline private school over allegations it barred disabled child* *Why should parents be allowed to push their problems onto someone else? And why does a private school not have discretion over whom it admits?* At their home in Brookline, Dawn Oates cuddled with her daughter Harper, who born with a spinal cord injury that left her a quadriplegic. Harper, 5, was denied a spot last year at the Park School. The US attorney's office is investigating the Park School, a prestigious private academy in Brookline, after a family alleged their child was denied ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*The Hockey Stick Collapses (2017)* A collection of 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in 2016 were displayed here last month in an article entitled, “The Hockey Stick Collapses: 60 New (2016) Scientific Papers Affirm Today’s Warming Isn’t Global, Unprecedented, Or Remarkable“. Each paper from the 2016 collection cast doubt on claims of an especially unusual global-scale warming during modern times. Yes, some regions of the Earth have been warming in recent decades (i.e., the Arctic since the 1990s), or at some point in the last 100 years. Some regions have been coolin... more »

Cows See A Turtle In Their Field And Have The Funniest Reaction

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
This herd of cows didn’t know what to make of a turtle that found its way into their field. The large herbivores seem scared but curious. It’s the calf who ends up being the most curious and brave. The youngster goes right up to the turtle and gives it a sniff only to freak out the entire herd with his reaction! Who knew turtles could be so scary? Just like humans get used to their homes, cows probably get comfortable in their pastures. All creatures are used to certain things being in their places, and when something is out of place or is a new addition, it can throw us off-track... more »

Zee's Nutshell Trilogy

Johannes Koelman at Science 2.0 blogs - 19 hours ago
Today I took delivery of my copy of Tony Zee’s third contribution to the Princeton University Press *In a Nutshell *series: “

That racist Donald Trump building a wall on the U.S./Mexico Border

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Have you heard that Donald Trump is building a wall on the US/Mexican border, what a racist act. Meanwhile in the real world, here's a photo of part of the the wall that already exists between the USA and Mexico... http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/indiana-receives-245-children-crossed-usmexico-border-69884/

Energy 90, On having mandatory RES for contestable electricity consumers

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 19 hours ago
I found this news report a twist -- the PCCI, Ateneo, San Beda, RDC question the retail competition and open access (RCOA) provision of EPIRA. I thought people hate monopolies, like Meralco and the roughly 120 other electric cooperatives nationwide. RCOA gives people and large consumers the choice to opt out of those area franchise monopolies. *"The RCOA makes it mandatory for big power consumers to source their electricity supply from licensed RES. Resolution No. 10 adopts the revised rules on what is a “contestable customer” or those who are required to source power from a RES."* ... more »

The Final Wrap

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Mark Blaxill Dan Olmsted’s “Weekly Wrap,” his regular Saturday column, was one of my favorite weekend pleasures. Dan’s death last weekend makes his January 21st version his last. So in his honor, I spent much of this week connecting...

BWorld 107, Top 10 myths for oil tax hike

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 20 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last January 17, 2017. An excise tax is defined by the Department of Finance (DoF) as “a tax on products that have a negative effect on health or the environment... on nonessentials and luxury items.” With this definition, the DoF therefore, should abolish the tax on oil products, not increase it. Here also are the 10 myths and alibi why the DoF and other sectors tend to demonize oil and are proposing oil tax to be as high as possible. *MYTH 1* *OIL IS BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.* Truth: Transportation of people and goods via cars, jeepneys, buses,... more »

Houses of Cards

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
The film “Denial” is being/has been released on Holocaust Memorial Day, to mixed reviews. The cynic in me wonders if the timing was purely mercenary or a fortuitous coincidence. Either way, it has sparked off quite a bit of interest. The Today programme tackled the subject. At the time of the original ten week trial on which the film was based (David Irving had sued Deborah Lipstadt), the BBC’s Sanchia Berg had gone to interview David Irving at his Mayfair flat. The interview took place during the pause before the verdict was delivered. Irving was quite confident that the judge wou... more »

The Fire Rooster

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
I have no idea whether the portents are good for me, but the Year of the Fire Rooster (cooked chicken?) is upon us. It should be a good year for KFC no matter how things work out for the rest of us. New Years celebrations in Asia are different than they are in the West because they are also the rough comparative of the "day of the dead" as practiced in other parts of the world. The Year of the Fire Monkey (2016) was a good year for me and I don't know if it had anything to do with a fire monkey or not. I'm not all that superstitious. Never the less, I wish all of you who need an... more »

New TV series on indigenous resistance feature Standing Rock

White Wolf at White Wolf - 21 hours ago
It's one of the many powerful moments in the series, which debuted three of its episodes at the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. Hosted by Anishinaabekwe dancer Carson-Fox and directed by Métis/Algonquin Toronto filmmaker Michelle Latimer — both activists — the Viceland-produced series takes us to the front lines of global Indigenous resistance at a moment when that fight could not feel more crucial. "They're not just Native issues — they affect everybody," she says. "Our water's not for sale; our land is not for sale. We were the original stewards of that land, and we ha... more »

Climate Tricks 59, Alarmism by the socialists and global ecological central planners

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 21 hours ago
Socialists and trying-hard anti-capitalism ideologues in facebook, youtube, etc. who also severely enjoy facebook capitalism, youtube capitalism, keep harping about "man-made" warming/climate change (CC) and thus, demand more government and UN ecological + energy central planning. Like this report posted by Arcy Garcia. As usual, *palusot pero hindi lusot*. Why? 1. No charts of temperature anomaly, only sketches and drawings. 2. Title is 4.5 B years, fine, but the sketches start only in past 20,000 years. 3. "Earth's warming at unprecented levels", no chart or table to show; unpreced... more »

MONTREAL 'Open the Borders' Protest Trump and Far-Right

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 21 hours ago
Emergency Demonstration against Donald Trump and the Far-RightOpen the Borders! Support Indigenous Sovereignty! No One Is Illegal!SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 12PMBethune Square, Guy De Maisonneuve West (métro Guy-Concordia) Media Contact (including interviews):Solidarity Across Borderscourriel: solidaritesansfrontieres@gmail.com The following callout has been shared with the Montreal-area

Count YOUR Blessings...

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
"Homeless man called a bum, this will change your perspective." - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhsGSYAdUs4 Count YOUR Blessings... How many of you, of us, are one or two paychecks, if that, away from this?

Trump vs. the CIA

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
We have every reason to suspect that the CIA has been complicit in the assassination of JFK, MLK, and Bobby. We suspect that they are complicit in the heroin trade to produce black funds. All this was part of day to day business as usual as applied elsewhere. More recently they were also complicit in 9/11 and many other major events of a similar nature. If not where were they then? The simple solution is to shut it all down and turn over all such duties to military intelligence which should have done all this in the first place. Core training is the same and they are way more ... more »

Here's Why America's Drug War Has Been An Epic Failure

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is of course nothing that i have not been saying for a decade. However we now have reached a crisis point in which things can actually be changes. 1 The whole system is morally and ethically bankrupt. No one truly supports is unless they are paid to do so. 2 Successful protocols have now been demonstrated elsewhere. 3 The States are now running away with the revenue stream and making it work at least for Marijuana. 4 Trump has a clean slate to impose common sense and he will be well informed on this issue. He avoided the issue up to now because it could do him no go... more »

Solar Warden

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
As my readerrs know, we have pulled together specific evidence for mastery of gravity control going back to the fifties. Natural progression ensures us that test vessels would have been built in the fifties and that large Earth Orbit vessels around 1980. Such a Space Bombardment Fleet exists today and remains secret. Both obvious staffing problems and financing problems have been defined here and their solution uncovered. This is the BIG Secret of the USA military and its allies. It is called Space Warden and it is also constrained by alien treaty. What i... more »

Royal Court of Kusa With Richard Thornton

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: A Creek architect in the royal court of Kusa] Kuso had 3000 homes or 3000 familes or approxomately 12000 to 15000 inhabitants when Desoto came through. Add in a matching number of farm families along the valley sides and this suggests a population of as much as 50,000 in this valley complex. Add in the nearby valley that dominated them and we have another 50,000. Throw in smallr tributary valleys and we can hope to house populations reaching 250,000. These are educated guesses but that looks about right for this particular polity. It should have been eas... more »

The Reality Principle

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
Amongst the criticisms often directed at transhumanist ideas, one of the most common is the prediction that access to the technologies on which it depends will mostly be limited to a small affluent minority. This veritable “apartheid by technology” would create a divide into the commonality of the human race, and produce two or more human classes moving at different speeds, which would be the source of inequality and new forms of exploitation.

Japan and China courting the Philippines

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 22 hours ago
Here's a news report from forbes last January 14, 2017. I think both will win. Both will have greater access to the PH's (a) big, young population as consumers or needed migrant labor, (b) SE Asia's fastest growing big economy since about 2009, (c) nice tropical tourism destination for their people, (d) both have quarrel over a small island that's obviously closer to Japan than China, so both have issues over international rule of law, (e) both have ageing population, so both would need an infusion of young migrant labor from the PH, today or tomorrow. While many support the state-... more »

Andy Zee Talks RefuseFascism With John Iadarola On The Young Turks

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 23 hours ago
John Iadarola of The Young Turks interviews Andy Zee. Andy is the spokesman for New York City’s Revolution Books, the bookstore that proudly claims to serve as the “political, intellectual and cultural center” of a movement for an actual revolution.

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The Russian Lada. The only car that can deflect a tank shell. pic.twitter.com/bvl4VWSW27 — Only In Russia (@CrazyinRussia) January 27, 2017 *WNU Editor:* Being one who use to be an an owner of a Lada .... accidents, driving of the road, kicking it when I am frustrated, heat from the vents in summer, air conditioner in winter, wipers never working right, scores of fender benders, etc. etc. etc. .... I can vouch on its indestructibility.

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

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Radiation Free Lakeland: There is a consultation going on for three new reactors in Suffolk. These would be next…

President Obama To Cash In On His Memoir

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

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

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day 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 »

US EPA Hid Details of Huge Radiation Increase for Drinking Water in a Nuclear Accident; Increase Violates Safe Drinking Water Act – Arguably Illegal

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
PEER had to sue to get this document. And, yet, the list of radionuclides is still incomplete. There are less … Continue reading →

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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day ago

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

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 Muslim Ban: Executive Order Is Grotesque Product Of Fear And Prejudice

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day 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 were convicted or implicated in “terrorist-related crimes” since the September 11 attacks, which is The post Trump’s Muslim Ban: Executive Order Is Grotesque Product Of Fear And Prejudice appeared first on Shadowproof.

Sir John Hurt R. I. P.

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 […]

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