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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Monday, January 30, 2017

30 January - Blogs I'm Following

11:34 pm MST

Utopia Now!

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 2 minutes ago
Given all the chaos and pessimism lately and in light of the fact that with the inauguration of Trump we will be walking into very dangerous times, it’s perhaps a good moment for a little bit of hope, though the progressive rallies over the last few days certainly make me feel hopeful.

Labor Union Membership, Right to Work, and Education

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 8 minutes ago
Labor unions have been having a tough time competing in the private sector for a long time and now are even shrinking as a percentage of government workers. In 2015, union workers were 11.1% of the work force. This fell to 10.7% in 2016 with a loss of 240,000 union members. Only 6.4% of private sector workers are now union members. The mainstay of the unions is in the government sector with 29.6% of state government employees being union members and 40.3% of local government employees being members. The local government union membership is much inflated by the many teachers who ... more »

Gene Editing Breakthrough In Leukemia Treatment

Roxanne Porozinski at Science 2.0 blogs - 15 minutes ago
The story of the two English infants treated for leukemia circulated quickly on the internet. But the stories left a few questions unanswered. What exactly were these revolutionary genetic therapies? read more

Prague: coldest January since 1940

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 32 minutes ago
In 2008, Barack Obama said that he was certain that in many years, people would see that his tenure was the time when the rise of the oceans began to slow. Sadly for him, we already have the hindsight and the data from his presidency and the sea level continued to increase by the same rate 2-3 millimeters per year, according to methodology, and some Obama voter even see an acceleration that no one else does. Donald Trump is different. He promised to stop the global warming hoax and the Earth will pay for it. And the plan already has results, at least in Central Europe. *Via Osel.... more »

US biologist’s defense of flawed polar bear predictions is an embarrassment to science

Hifast at Climate Collections - 41 minutes ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: A few days ago in a radio interview, a senior US Fish & Wildlife biologist repeated the tall tale that Southern Beaufort Sea polar bear numbers declined in recent years due to loss of summer sea ice. But restating this egregious misinformation does not make it true. The Southern Beaufort population…

The new (and very old) political responsibility of data scientists

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 hour ago
We still have a responsibility to prevent the ethical misuse of new technologies, as well as helping make their impact on human welfare a positive one. But we now have a more fundamental challenge: to help defend the very concept and practice of the measurement and analysis of quantitative fact.

Did a NASA Study Conclude That Burning Fossil Fuels Cools the Planet?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 1 hour ago
This claim is rooted in the willfully negligent reading of a NASA press release by a U.K. tabloid’s “science and paranormal correspondent”.

Would You Work For A Fascist Regime?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
According to Gallup, Trump's disapproval numbers continue to tick upwards every day. Yesterday it was at the unprecedented-- for a new president-- high of 50%. Today it's at 51%. It took Bush 3 years to turn over half the country against him; it took Trump a week. In England, in just a few hours, nearly a million people signed a petition demanding the government cancel his state visit to their country. That's a *lot* more people than went to his failed inauguration. The petitioners' demands will now be debated in Parliament. They aren't calling for Trump to be barred from the coun... more »

What's gone wrong in the seven countries Trump included in his ban? Essential reads

Danielle Douez, Associate Editor, Politics + Society, The Conversation at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
Syrian children in eastern Aleppo, Syria. AP Photo/Hassan Ammar *Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia.* Last week, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning citizens from seven countries from entering the U.S. and indefinitely banning Syrian refugees. The stated aim of the order is to ensure the U.S. doesn’t allow terrorists into the country. Why did the Trump administration single out these seven countries? As many commentators have pointed out, they are all majority Muslim.... more »

Manufactured Terrorism-Dog Whistle Politics-"Old Stock Canadians"

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 2 hours ago
Law, without legitimate laws controlling a Nation's police desperate governments run amok, create fake narratives to drive agendas(Grant G).. The below letter was written by a Canadian man who cares, a man who doesn't scare, a man who shouts from the rafters......Robin Mathews *_______________________* * Robin Mathews* *Greetings to all. I mailed this letter (Canada Post) on January 30 to the people addressed and to Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety. If the letter interests you, you might send it on to any member of the provincial or federal legislatures … and to any... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Thanks for stopping by!

BREAKING: Trump Fires Acting Attorney General For Refusing to Enforce ‘Extreme Vetting’ Order

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 2 hours ago
[image: trump]President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, making Dana Boente, the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia the new acting attorney general.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 3 hours ago
Sally Yates has been fired: President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates Monday night, after Yates ordered Justice Department lawyers Monday not to defend his immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world.... Earlier on Monday, Yates ordered Justice Department not to defend President Trump’s immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, declaring in a memo that sh... more »

How Florida is helping train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals

Sri Sridharan, Managing Director, Florida Center for Cybersecurity, University of South Florida at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
Students via shutterstock.com Our increasingly connected and digital world is vulnerable to attack and needs more skilled professionals who know how to defend it. As connected devices proliferate, particularly smart devices creating what has been called the “Internet of Things,” the problem is getting worse. In 2016, there were 6.4 billion connected devices in use in homes and businesses across the country. By 2020, that number is expected to more than triple. Each of these connections – whether from a laptop, a smartwatch, a television or even an insulin pump – offers a potential ... more »

Auckland Liberty on the Rocks: The Brazilian Journey to Liberty

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
[image: e71aac5385706795022181ee8083d0e0] One of the most successful libertarian movements in world presently hails from Brazil. If you want to hear why, then join us at the regular Auckland Liberty on the Rocks tomorrow night, Wednesday, to hear why: *Liberty on the Rocks* is a happy hour for liberty-minded folks looking to meet others, build their knowledge and friendships over beers, food and great conversation. *Join us anytime between 6-9 PM at De Poste in Mount Eden*. Everyone is welcome! This is a very informal happy hour although we do bring in speakers for about 30... more »

Builder to Registrar: “I find it appalling that my means of earning a livelihood is at the mercy of answering to you”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
One reason the cost of doing building business is so high is that builders and designers in New Zealand no longer have a right to work. The Licensed Building Practitioner regime brought in a few years ago by this National Government took away that right, instead just granting builders and designer bi-annual *permission* to ply their trade, *if and only if* that permission is kindly granted by whatever the Building Industry Authority currently chooses to call itself. One Auckland builder at least has had enough of begging permission from the grey ones, penning this letter back t... more »

President Donald Trump Fires Acting U.S. Attorney General

brooke@proper.io (Brooke Binkowski) at New Urban Legends - 3 hours ago
The move came the same day that Sally Q. Yates refused to defend a controversial executive order limiting immigration and banning some refugees.

Was Donald Trump’s Mother an Illegal Immigrant?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 3 hours ago
Though her citizenship status was incorrectly documented in the 1940 United States census, there is no evidence to suggest that she was ever in violation of any immigration laws prior to her naturalization in 1942.

Did KellyAnne Conway Say Being Labeled Racist is 'a Small Price to Pay' for Making America Great Again?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 3 hours ago
A purported quote from a White House senior adviser came from a web site that blends factual stories with satire, and is a hoax.

In A Show Of Defiance, Acting Attorney General And Obama Nominee Declares Justice Department Will Not Defend Trump’s Immigration Order

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Acting Attorney General declares Justice Department won’t defend Trump’s immigration order* Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend challenges to President Trump’s immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, declaring in a memo Monday she is not convinced the order is lawful. Yates wrote that, as the leader of the Justice Department, she must ensure the department’s position is both “legally defensible” and ... more »

"The Deep State's Doomsday Bug"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Deep State's Doomsday Bug"* by Bill Bonner "My contact- a former CIA Director- died mysteriously, just after revealing a powerful network of insiders who pull America’s strings. This is my attempt to expose what they’ve done… and why It cannot be stopped. On May 6, 1996, a body was found floating face down in the shallow water of the Chesapeake Bay. It was the body of a former CIA director, a man who used to consult for me. The Charles County, Maryland police department logged it as an accidental drowning. But many of us suspect otherwise. The surprising truth behind this mys... more »

McCain: "Every American Should Be Alarmed By Russia's Attacks On Our Nation"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Trump must have been fuming when he launched his latest crazed, Adderall-fueled Twitter attack. It was against two senior Republicans though, not the millions of people protesting his unconstitutional Muslim ban over the weekend. Whether Putin hacked the electronic machines in Macomb County, Michigan, just stole and released embarrassing e-mails from Democrats or just wished Trump well, his stake in the 2016 election was primarily centered on two premises-- to weaken NATO and get them to stop threatening Russia and to end the painful economic and financial sanctions enacted when R... more »

Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated

Hifast at Climate Collections - 4 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account. It is widely known that the terrestrial biosphere (the collective term…

The Anti-Trump Protests: Don’t Ask: Where Were You For The Last 8 Years? by Bill Dores

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 4 hours ago
Dandelion Salad by Bill Dores Workers World January 30, 2017 Since the election of Trump, spontaneous protests have erupted as well as the massive counter-inaugural marches on Jan. 20 and worldwide women’s marches on Jan. 21. Some leftists and anti-war people on social media have had nothing but criticism for the protests and skepticism regarding […]

Terror Attack In Quebec City -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*CBC News: **Quebec City mosque attack suspect Alexandre Bissonnette charged with 6 counts of 1st-degree murder* *Facebook group described Bissonnette as having 'pro-Le Pen and anti-feminist positions'* Alexandre Bissonnette, the man police believe opened fire on a Quebec City mosque, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder while using a restricted firearm. Bissonnette appeared in Quebec City court on Monday around 6 p.m. ET. His next court appearance is set for Feb. 21. According to his Facebook page, which has since been taken... more »

Kellie Leitch and friends, unplugged, on the Quebec Mosque Shooting

Alison at Creekside - 5 hours ago
Ms Leitch on Facebook, 10 hours ago : "Last night people in Quebec City were murdered as they prayed. This outrageous act of violence is an attack not just on those gathered in a house of worship but on the very fabric of Canadian society, on the values of freedom and tolerance. There is no excuse and no justification for this terrorist attack. I condemn the act, the people who carried it out, and any who might try to justify, rationalize, or support it unreservedly and in the harshest possible terms." And the responses to that post from her Friends : *Shane St-Croix *Justin Trud... more »

Teacher Forced Out for Using Confederate Flag in Civil War History Lesson

Steve Byas at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: teacher-forced-out-for-using-confederate-flag-in-civil-war-history-lesson] A teacher in California is forced to retire for using a Confederate battle flag, along with a period Union flag, during a history lesson on the Civil War to middle school students. The district said he might have made student feel "unsafe."

Party Trumped Policy in 2016

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 5 hours ago
This is a guest post by Christopher Gelpi and Elias Assaf. Christopher Gelpi is Chair of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies and Professor of Political Science and Elias Assaf is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at The Ohio State University, both at The Ohio State University […]

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 30, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
© REUTERS/ Rick Wilking *Paul Mulshine, NJ.com*: *Drilling down on a crazy government: Trump can't be any nuttier than Bush and Obama* Maybe it was the Novocaine, but last week I had an epiphany: This country has been run by insane people for this entire century. We started out the 2000s with no deficits and no wars. We ended up with more debt than we can count and more wars than we can count. I gleaned this knowledge as I was having a couple of crowns installed by my dentist. He's got a TV set up by the chair and the patient can pick the channel. *Read more* .... *Commentaries... more »

World News Briefs -- January 30, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Suspect In Quebec Mosque Shooting Charged With 6 Counts of Murder* QUEBEC — Alexandre Bissonnette, the alleged gunman who killed six and wounded eight at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday, was charged with six counts of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder at the Quebec City Courthouse late on Monday afternoon, handcuffed and wearing a white jumpsuit but leaving a country wondering why. The shooting on Sunday, the first time someone had been killed in a mosque in Canada and, at least recently, a rare event outside the Muslim world, shocked a nat... more »

“The Persuasion Filter Looks at Torture. Does it Work?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Persuasion Filter Looks at Torture. Does it Work?”* by Scott Adams "If I ever get captured and threatened with torture it will take about five seconds for me to give up every secret I have. That’s because I know I would break eventually, so why put up with unnecessary torture? I assume the same is true for the lightly-trained ISIS fighters. Some are just teenagers. Once the bravery-inducing drugs in their system wear off, I have to assume that at least some of them– if not most– would become quite flexible under the threat of torture, not to mention the torture itself. But wo... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

The Economy: "Why Our System Is Broken: Cheap Credit Is King"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Why Our System Is Broken: Cheap Credit Is King"* by Charles Hugh-Smith "You want to fix the economic system, reduce political bribery and reduce rising income inequality? Shut off the cheap unlimited credit spigot to banks, financiers and corporations. Cheap credit- newly issued money that can be borrowed at low rates of interest- is presented as the savior of our economic system, but in reality, it's why our system is broken. The conventional economic pitch goes like this: cheap credit enables consumers to buy more goods and services (and since the system needs growth or it imp... more »

Bill Heightens Penalties For Rioting Against Oil Pipeline

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
A North Dakota lawmaker urged colleagues on Monday to slap tighter penalties on people involved in riots against pipelines. Under the proposal, those convicted of participating in a riot involving more than 100 people could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine — double the current penalties for a lower-end felony. Participation in smaller-sized riots, currently a misdemeanor, would be upgraded to a felony carrying up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. State Rep. Todd Porter, a Mandan Republican who is the measure's sponsor, told the House Judiciary... more »

A3 Newsletter: Reflections on Freedom (includes new Albert Woodfox video interview: A Voice for the Voiceless)

angola3news at Angola 3 News - 6 hours ago
*(PHOTO: Albert Woodfox and Robert King at an event hosted by The Guardian in London, England during the recent European Tour.)* *A3 Newsletter, January 30, 2017: Reflections on Freedom* It's been a few months since we've sent out a newsletter - taking a bit of a break in December after the wild and wonderful year that unfolded after Albert's release in February, almost one year ago! 2016 was a busy year and 2017 looks like it will be eventful as Albert and Robert actively continue campaigning for the human rights of all prisoners. During the successful European tour last Octobe... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 30, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Russian servicemen of the Northern Fleet's Arctic mechanised infantry brigade participate in a military drill on riding reindeer and dog sleds near the settlement of Lovozero outside Murmansk, Russia January 23, 2017. Picture taken January 23, 2017. Lev Fedoseyev/Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*: *Putin's Russia in biggest Arctic military push since Soviet fall* The nuclear icebreaker Lenin, the pride and joy of the Soviet Union's Arctic great game, lies at perpetual anchor in the frigid water here. A relic of the Cold War, it is now a mu... more »

As Americans Debate Immigration, China Says War With US is Now ‘Reality’

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: war]Amid rapidly increasing tensions with the U.S., China is preparing as if 'war breaking out tonight' is no longer just a 'slogan.'

Mirrors and Mazes: A new guide to the climate debate.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 7 hours ago
Dr Howard Brady. Dr Howard Brady is an Australian, who worked as an Antarctic scientist. He was on four expeditions to Antarctica with the US Office of Polar Programs. • Member of the Explorers Club of New York • Member of the Australian Microscope and Microanalysis Society • Member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences He has published scientific articles in periodicals such as: • Journal of Glaciology • Nature Magazine • Science Magazine He was a contributor to Antarctic Geoscience, a book released by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Science in 1982. Special Award In... more »

Is the #Calexit Campaign Supported by Russia?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 7 hours ago
There are ties between the Yes California campaign and an "anti-globalist" Russian group that has received funding from the Kremlin.

Did Donald Trump's Campaign Unveil a Swastika-Like Logo?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 7 hours ago
Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign did not use or propose a logo that resembles a swastika.

Judge Grants Stay to Bar Trump DHS From Deporting Aliens From Seven Nations of Concern

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: judge-grants-stay-to-bar-trump-dhs-from-deporting-aliens-from-7-nations-of-concern] A judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the removal of individuals detained under President Trump’s order suspending immigration from seven “nations of concern.”

Trump’s Regulatory Executive Order: One In, Two Out

Bob Adelmann at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: trumps-regulatory-executive-order-one-in-two-out] White House officials told Reuters that President Donald Trump’s Executive Order Reducing Federal Government Regulations is referred to as Trump’s “one in, two out” plan: For every regulation promulgated by a federal agency, that agency must “identify” two existing regulations to be targeted for extinction.

The Tories and the Special Relationship

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Stoke-on-Trent might be the centre of the political universe, but that isn't to say tumultuous events don't take place outwith the gilded city limits. And while by-election fever and an altogether unpleasant illness have gripped me, Donald Trump marked his first week in the Oval Office by unleashing a hurricane-level shit storm. His "temporary" travel ban on people born in seven Muslim countries where Trump happens to have no business interests drew near unanimous condemnation. And yet he found backing from Boris Johnson in the Commons this afternoon. The foreign secretary said thi... more »


Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
"Rather than continuing to seek the truth, simply let go of your views."

Did the Obama Administration Select the Countries Affected by President Trump's Immigration Order?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 8 hours ago
President Trump's defenders maintained his January 2017 executive action on immigration and asylum targeted countries named by the Obama administration in 2015.

Critics Go Apoplectic On President Trump's Decision To Install His Top Political Adviser On The National Security Council Principal's Committee (Updated)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*CNN*: *Bannon role on National Security Council under fire* (CNN)President Donald Trump further reorganized the National Security Council on Monday after he came under sharp criticism for ousting the country's most senior intelligence and military officials as regular members of the Principals Committee -- and installing one of his top political advisers on the key panel. On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer announced that Trump will reinstate the director of the CIA as a regular Principals Committee member. But the President will keep his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon... more »

Are You Going To Remember Who Tried To Help The Refugees In November, 2018?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
The last time I drank a Coke (or Pepsi) I was barely 20; it was in 1970. There was no social media then (aside from postcards) and international telephone calls were way too expensive for someone like me. So, while I was making my way by land across the world I depended on letters from home for news. If you read the comments here at *DWT*, you've no doubt run across someone calling herself "Hone." She was a friend of mine in college and she sent me a letter-- to poste restante (I think in Kabul) which came to me months after the massacre at Kent State. Although she doesn't remember... more »

From de novo protein design to molecular machine systems

Jim Lewis at the Foresight Institute - 8 hours ago
A review from the group leading recent rapid progress in *de novo* protein design describes the successes, identifies the remaining challenges, and heralds the advance "from the Stone Age to the Iron Age" in protein design.

Trump Protests and More......

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
*Protests against Muslim ban yesterday at Copley Square in Boston (Photo by Marian Stanton)* It's good to see the protests around the nation at airports and other places opposing Trump's Muslim travel ban. Interesting how seven Muslim countries are on the' bad list' but not ones that have Trump hotels/investments. I can't help but wonder though where all these masses of Americans were when Obama for the last eight years was bombing Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria that ultimately created this refugee crisis. It would be nice if we had some evidence that ... more »

Trump’s (partial) Muslim ban: Neither evidence-based, nor just

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
The only serious news this long weekend seemed to be the ill-conceived and poorly administered blanket ban on immigrants and refugees from seven selected countries. Portland-based British Olympian Sir Mo Farah, newly knighted, was fearful he may not be able to rejoin his children. Iranians freeing their country’s regime were returned. A British vet was unable to fly home from holidaying in Costa Rica, told her dual nationality was a problem. Green Card holders were sent back. A Yale professor’s family were barred from re-entry. A British MP had to change travel plans, his own ... more »

Court Rules That Those Carrying Concealed Are Presumed to Be Dangerous

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: court-rules-that-those-carrying-concealed-are-presumed-to-be-dangerous] Under a recent convoluted ruling, those who carry concealed become second-class citizens without the protection of constitutional rights.

Pentagon Rushes To Make Exemptions For Iraqi Translators From The White House's Immigration Rules

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
A masked translator for the U.S. soldiers distributes peace pamphlets as they inspect a road repair project in Baghdad January 27, 2007. REUTERS/Erik de Castro *The Cable/Foreign Policy:* *Pentagon Scrambles to Make Exception for Iraqi Translators* Blindsided by Friday’s order from the White House that temporarily slammed the door on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the Department of Defense is scrambling to put together a list of Iraqi nationals who helped U.S. forces over the past 15 years that might be in line for a waiver. The list would consist of “thos... more »

Senior Chinese Military Official Muses On Why A War Against The U.S. May Become A 'Practical Reality'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Jon Woo/Reuters *The Independent*: *China military official says war with US under Donald Trump 'becoming practical reality'* *Sino-US relations are becoming more tense under America's new administration * War with the US under Donald Trump is “not just a slogan” and becoming a “practical reality”, a senior Chinese military official has said. The remarks were published on the People’s Liberation Army website, apparently in response to the aggressive rhetoric towards China from America's new administration. They communicated a view from inside the Central Military Commission, whic... more »

Herd of fawns rush to drink from bottles of milk at Wildlife sanctuary

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Just like drinkers celebrating the impending end of dry January, these adorable fawns have been filmed guzzling milk like there's no tomorrow. As a volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary arrives with bottles of milk, the eight young deer practically pounce on the teets and begin drinking furiously. One fawn, who drinks from a bottle held the man, has to be helped to manoeuvre his legs so he can reach the milk. Founded in 2011, Nora's Ark responds to the rehabilitation needs of those animals that are sick, injured, or orphaned and release healthy wildlife back into their natural habitat... more »

STANDING ROCK: New papers filed in case of excessive force at Backwater Bridge

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Photo copyright Rob Wilson Riot Police using OC Spray on Water Protectors without justification on the front line. New Papers Filed in Dundon v. Kirchmeier Document Excessive Force at Backwater Bridge Posted on January 23, 2017 By Water Protector Legal Cooperative Censored News WPLC cooperating attorneys filed new papers in our excessive force lawsuit today. Dundon v.

Emergence: Revolution Within and Without

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad January 30, 2017 A self-organizing movement like the Dandelion Insurrection relies on the collective and individual capacity of our participants. We are only as strong as the synergistic sum of our parts. The weaknesses of each person affect the effectiveness of […]

Green Mythology: adding different types of renewables smooths output

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
From Energy Matters: Green Mythology: adding different types of renewables smooths output Posted on January 30, 2017 by Euan Mearns A favourite assertion of renewables enthusiasts is that intermittent supply can be smoothed by simply adding different types of renewable resource. How often have you heard “If it’s not windy then we can use tidal […]

This is How Climate Works – Part 3

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Mike Jonas /Continued from Part 2 6. The Awful Process 6.1 Paradigm Shift In Part 1, I referred to the truly awful process by which science currently operates. Science is supposed to be self-correcting, and Karl Popper described the process by which this should be…

Indigenous Women to Bank of North Dakota: Stop Loan to Militarize Police at Standing Rock

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Militarized police pointing out journalists at Standing Rock. Photo copyright Rob Wilson Press statement Censored News STANDING ROCK, North Dakota -- On Tuesday, January 31, a delegation of women who have been camping in Standing Rock, in peaceful protest against a water threatening pipeline, will deliver a letter to the president of the Bank of North Dakota asking him to stop a loan that

Starbucks Pledges to Hire 10,000 Refugees

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
CEO Howard Schultz reaffirmed the company's commitment 'to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination.'

The U.S. Congress Wants To Know If The Russian And Chinese Government Can Survive A Preemptive Nuclear Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A Trident II, or D-5 missile, is launched from an Ohio-class submarine © Reuters *Bloomberg:* *U.S. Reviews Nuclear Strike Survival for Russia and China* * Intelligence agency, Pentagon study resiliency of governments * Report mandated by Congress in bill predating Trump presidency U.S. intelligence agencies and the Pentagon’s Strategic Command are working on a new evaluation of whether the Russian and Chinese leadership could survive a nuclear strike and keep operating, even as President Donald Trump seeks to reshape relations with both nations. The new study, ordered by Congress ... more »

Rubber Ducky Valentine

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 9 hours ago
Are you ready for Valentine's Day yet? If not this easy printable Valentine will get you ready in a snap! Rubber Duckie, you're the one! You make bath time lots of fun! This darling rubber duck valentine references everyone's favorite bathtime song and includes a darling Valentine's Day themed rubber duck. For this Valentine you will need: - the printable found at the end of this post - Valentines Rubber Duckies (we used these provided by Oriental Trading) - scissors - bakers twine - a single hole punch Print and cut out the paper valentine. Have you child address... more »

The Canadian Prime Minister just showed Trump how to respond to a terrorist attack

James Wright at The Canary - 9 hours ago
The Canadian Prime Minister has shown Donald Trump how to respond to terrorism – by calling it out whoever does it. In a shooting at a mosque in Québec City on 29 January, six people were killed and eight seriously injured. The suspect appears to be a far-right extremist. His Facebook profile reportedly shows that he […] The post The Canadian Prime Minister just showed Trump how to respond to a terrorist attack appeared first on The Canary.

President Obama Calls For Protests Against President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Washington Post*:* Obama rejects comparison between Trump’s immigration policy and his own, encourages protests* Former president Barack Obama rejected the idea Monday that President Trump based his immigration executive order on a policy adopted by his own administration, and he endorsed the protests that have been taking place across the country in response to the new restrictions. Trump has said that his move to ban the entry of migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States, and to suspend temporarily the admission of refugees, was based in part on a dec... more »

VIDEO: Cop Tases Man BEFORE Saying He’s Under Arrest — Taxpayers Held Liable

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: taser]The taxpayers of Blytheville, Arkansas are footing the bill after a cop, without reason, tasered a man before he even informed him of a potential arrest.

The Man From the North: Liberty and Strategy for All by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad November 3, 2013 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: The Government Ain’t Your Daddy by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad November 10, 2013 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: The War On Terror is a Typo by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad November 17, 2013 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From The North: How to Fight a Tyrant by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad December 8, 2013 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: Wisdom: A Force Unstoppable by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad December 15, 2013 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: Impossible Courage by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad December 22, 2013 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: Send Me Your Blessings, Oh Angels of People! by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad December 29, 2013 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From The North: Baking the Bread of Revolution by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad January 5, 2014 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: The Open Hand by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad January 12, 2014 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From The North: Blowing Up The Armory by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad January 26, 2014 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: What Are We Waiting For? by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad February 2, 2014 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From the North: Police State Blues by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad February 16, 2014 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

The Man From The North: The Sabotage of Division by Rivera Sun

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 10 hours ago
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad February 23, 2014 The Man From the North is a fictional writer in Rivera Sun’s novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. The novel takes place in the near future, in “a time that looms around the corner of today”, when a rising police […]

Native Americans march with sacred chants against pipeline at the Sundance Film Festival

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
At the close of the Sundance Film Festival, those standing in solidarity with water protectors of the Dakota Access Pipeline met in Park City. Dave John, a Tewa Navajo Indian explained he was there with others gathered “fighting for water mostly,” and they wanted to bring awareness to the issue. Those marching held signs that said “Water is Life,” “Water is Sacred,” “People Over Profits,” “When You Poison Water the Little Babies Die, and “I Stand With Standing Rock.” The organizers of the event, (P.A.N.D.O.S., an acroynm for Peaceful Advocates for Native Dialogue and Organizing Sup... more »

Safe Zones? Trump Executive Orders; US Special Forces Raid in Yemen.

Joanne Leon at Shadowproof - 10 hours ago
President Donald Trump’s new executive orders result in protests and questions about safe zones. A SEAL Team 6 raid in Yemen leaves many civilians dead and a crashed MV-22 Osprey. And more in our global war news roundup… SOCOM Yemen: SEAL Team 6 Raid on AQAP Headquarters in Central The post Safe Zones? Trump Executive Orders; US Special Forces Raid in Yemen. appeared first on Shadowproof.

Lucy Wyatt - the Civilisers of the Indo Europeans - Druid Cities and The Lost Tribe

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 10 hours ago
this presentation *Alchemy, Shamen & the Secrets of Pharaohs* (*filmed at WCCSG Circles of Knowledge Conference, August 2011, Wiltshire, by Hugh Newman & Jonathan Adams of the Megalithomania UK website*) given by Lucy Wyatt seems to parallel a number of the LOST ATLANTEAN CIVILISATION theories extolled by alternative researchers like Graham Hancock et al. "*Food is medicine*," my favourite quote from the following video... Regular readers of this blog will remember that these tall-headed Civilisers a.k.a. homo capensis, eventually made their way to the western edge of South Ame... more »

Did a Study Determine 25 Million Fraudulent Votes Were Cast for Hillary Clinton?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 10 hours ago
No study proved that 25 million fraudulent votes were counted or cast for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Award-winning program posted on line!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 29, 2017Hooray for Hollywood:* It has snowed about an eighth of an inch. For that reason, and because it's cheap ticket Monday at The Senator, we've declared a snow day and we're headed off to see Moonrise. Meanwhile, this morning'a award-wining radio program has been posted on line. To share in all the excitement, you can just click here. The Marc Steiner Show comes to you live and direct from Morgan State. As you may recall, The Nation picked it as the nation's Most Valuable Radio Show just a few years back. The program lists its own top attributes here. We'd ha... more »

‘Like Being Arrested in Iran’ — BBC Journalist Detained, Interrogated at US Airport

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: journalist]A British citizen and BBC journalist who hadn't been allowed in Iran since 2009 was detained at a Chicago airport and interrogated for over two hours — because he was Iranian.

Creators Of ‘Paul Ryan: The Magazine’ Discuss Their Satirical Project

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 11 hours ago
Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is both a media darling, who positions himself as a leader that can temper President Donald Trump’s extremism, and an embodiment of much of Ayn Rand’s most destructive ideology, who is eager to carry out the agenda of the Koch Brothers. He is The post Creators Of ‘Paul Ryan: The Magazine’ Discuss Their Satirical Project appeared first on Shadowproof.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Joe Scarborough says he spent much of the weekend talking to President Trump and members of his administration. He's now blaming West Wing bomb-thrower Stephen Miller for the inept rollout of the Muslim ban. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on Monday singled out Stephen Miller, saying President Trump's senior adviser had gone on a "power trip." "Why did Stephen Miller fight so hard to put out this order on Friday without talking to any of the other agencies?" Scarborough asked Monday during MSNBC's "Morning Joe," referring to the president's immigration executive order. "It was Stephen Mill... more »

Meeting of Amigos de Bolivia in New York

Carlos at Viva Bolivia - 11 hours ago
Amigos de Bolivia is in its 9th year, which started off with a new member, Greg Purdy, a young political activist in Washington Heights. He likes the energy of Evo Morales, and wants to visit Bolivia soon. At present Greg is working on a weekend in the Dominican Republic, lots of Dominicanos here in the hood want him to see their island paradise, where he could practice his Spanish. Naturally, a topic of conversation was the new Trump era in the US, and how the new State Department under Rex Tillerson will deal with Bolivia. We look forward to improved relations, and will compose a l... more »

Tillerson Supporter Henry Kissinger Undermined US Congressional Sanctions as Secretary of State – Should Serve as a Warning, especially as Tillerson has Undermined US Sanctions and possibly violated the law as Exxon Mobil CEO

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 11 hours ago
“The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer“, said then US Sec. of State, and now Putin … Continue reading →

International Survey Reveals 85% of the World Lives Under Political Corruption

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Isaac Davis* - Planet earth is infested with those who abuse the power of government. The post International Survey Reveals 85% of the World Lives Under Political Corruption appeared first on Waking Times.

Obama Killed an American Teen in Yemen — Trump Just Killed His 8-Year-Old Sister

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: Yemen]Following in the extrajudicially murderous footsteps of his predecessor, Trump just killed the 8-year-old sister of Obama's victim in Yemen.

Quebec Shooting: "White Privilege" Identity Politics & Dylann Roof Replay

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
I ended the earlier post asking which suspect was going to get the frame and blame? *- Mass Shooting In Quebec City- PM Trudeau calls this “Terror attack Against Muslims”* *Was it going to be Muslim vs Muslim? Or was it going to be the "privileged white boy" filled with hate- like Donald Trump- as the perp* *If you picked the privileged white boy as the one framed you'd have been correct- He was my first choice... So three shooters- one calmly shooting- becomes one 'white racist' mass shooter* *Alexandre Bissonnette:* Bissonnette *Alexandre Bissonnette is eerily reminiscent of Dyl... more »

Opposition Grows to Federal Elections Takeover

Kurt Hyde at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: opposition-grows-to-federal-elections-takeover] The Obama administration’s DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on January 6 that he had determined that U.S. elections need to be protected by the federal government because they are "critical infrastructure."

How Should the International Studies Association Protect Its International Members?

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
I have been waiting the for the past few days to see how the International Studies Association would respond to news of Trump’s Executive order banning entry into the US has for many travelers, including those from a number of Muslim countries – since this ban obviously affects numerous of our colleagues who are, like many of […]

The BBC’s latest appointment shows it’s moved from bias into pure propaganda [TWEETS]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
On Monday 30 January, the BBC announced that Sarah Sands will be taking over from Jamie Angus as editor of Radio 4‘s flagship news and current affairs programme – Today. Sands has worked as Editor of The London Evening Standard for nearly five years, during which time the paper came out in support of Goldsmith’s mayoral bid. Zac Goldsmith is what…? Under Sands, […] The post The BBC’s latest appointment shows it’s moved from bias into pure propaganda [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May refuses to condemn King Scar for killing Mufasa during state visit

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The PM has been touring the globe over the last few days. Primarily to show the EU that post-Brexit, we can still make new friends. Or at least that we can become bumbling sidekicks to psychotic super-villains anyway: This is what it looks like when people don't know how to hold hands correctly, or one […] The post Theresa May refuses to condemn King Scar for killing Mufasa during state visit appeared first on The Canary.

The UK rallies against Trump, all the while missing one of the most important petitions [OPINION]

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom petition has gone viral. It’s been plastered across every media outlet, shared on every Facebook feed, and talked about across the country. And it’s now been signed by well over a million people and become the second most popular petition to parliament of all time. […] The post The UK rallies against Trump, all the while missing one of the most important petitions [OPINION] appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May responds to the million signature petition to cancel Trump’s state visit, and it’s not good

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 12 hours ago
Theresa May has responded to the million-plus-signature-strong petition against the planned state visit of President Trump. The state visit is happening The Prime Minister says she remains “very happy” to host Donald Trump. Number 10 confirmed the visit would still go ahead, insisting: we look forward to hosting the President later this year. The source […] The post Theresa May responds to the million signature petition to cancel Trump’s state visit, and it’s not good appeared first on The Canary.

A Twitter feed highlights everything wrong with Trump’s travel ban

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 12 hours ago
Thousands have joined protests against Trump’s travel ban. Trump’s executive order bans entry from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – for 90 days. And it shuts down refugee entry for 120 days. A Twitter feed brings into focus the callousness of this crackdown on refugees. Fleeing persecution @Stl_Manifest remembers the […] The post A Twitter feed highlights everything wrong with Trump’s travel ban appeared first on The Canary.

Marcus questions Trump's "mental health!"

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017Post scribe gets it right:* Should we the people be concerned about Donald J. Trump's mental health? In our view, the answer is obvious—yes. We think Trump's behavior and thinking are notably strange. If we plan to have a serious national discourse, we think it's time to take note of this disturbing fact. As we noted last Thursday and also last Friday, it was our impression last week that Nicholas Kristof and Carl Bernstein were inching in the direction of some such declaration. In Sunday morning's Washington Post, Ruth Marcus dispensed with the winks and ... more »

Study of child with rare cancer retracted due to lack of parental consent

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
Researchers in Ireland have retracted a case study about a rare type of cancer in a child because – contrary to what they claimed in the paper – they had not obtained the necessary permission from the parents. In the June 2016 article, the authors stated they had received “written informed consent” from the parents […] The post Study of child with rare cancer retracted due to lack of parental consent appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Mike Philbin art - 2017 re-paintings - An Art Exorcism

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 12 hours ago
*90 cm x 60 cm, emulsion on canvas* The thing that surprised me the most was that I had all this grungy, dark, ugly inside of me. The quality of the photos is suitably grim, too. It's like I couldn't convince the camera to focus on them properly. *90 cm x 60 cm, emulsion on canvas* I kinda like how the frenetic fingerings of the first (red) painting reduces as the red is systematically removed through the purple painting to the final blue one, which is 'almost' calm. *90 cm x 60 cm, emulsion on canvas*

Climate Change in the Age of Trump: A Profit-First Energy Plan

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Getting rich on "black gold" and moving into the mansion. It really is just about the money, isn't it, plus the expectation of dying before the consequences show up. Unlike these fictional folks, most in Big Oil will see those consequences themselves.* *by Gaius Publius* As you've noticed, we've turned our attention back to climate here at *La Maison*, and to the wreckage of the planet we may see manifest in the coming decade (singular). The climate fight in the U.S. has entered a new phase. It's moved from dealing with a political party that tried to seem to care about the clim... more »

Here is another story from behind the Iron Curtain. No, I don't mean Stalin's Iron Curtain to prevent the Russian people from finding that life was better in the west. No, I'm talking about Washington's Iron Curtain to keep increasingly poor Americans from finding out that life is not only better in Russia, but that Russia is now saving Syria from destruction by muslim terrorists armed and aided by the US and its European vassals. If you can't believe that, please take it from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabarrd ...who just returned from Syria behind Washington's Iron Curtain, designed to obscure the truth!

David L Griscom at Cherchez la Verite - 12 hours ago
------------------------------ From *Tulsi Gabbard* *Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Returns From Syria with Renewed Calls: End Regime Change War in Syria* January 25, 2017 Press Release *Washington, DC*—Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) returned to Washington, DC after a week-long visit to Damascus, Aleppo, and Beirut to see and hear firsthand the impact of the war in Syria directly from the Syrian people. She heard stories of suffering, pain, courage and hope from people all across the country. She met with refugees, Syrian opposition leaders who led protests in 2011, widow... more »

Did President Trump Order the Building of 'Concentration Camps'?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 12 hours ago
An order calling for the construction of more immigrant detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border was equated with the establishment of "concentration camps."

Cop Arrested for Pulling Woman Over, Kidnapping, then Raping Her

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: raped]A routine traffic stop turned into a nightmare for a Florida woman after a cop took her to a vacant lot and raped her.

Stereotypical False Flag in Quebec? Canada being Set up as Political Opposition to TrumpAmerica?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
Photo from the CBC *NOTE TO READERS*: Fellow Canadian Truth Blogger Penny for your thoughts has an excellent post on this topic this morning with more details, analysis and updates. 6 dead, 8 injured in terrorist attack at Quebec City mosque In what looks at first blush to be yet another of the dozens and dozens of false flags committed all over the globe, there was a mass shooting at a Quebec mosque yesterday in which the main$tream media is telling us that 6 people were killed and several injured. The story is morphing dramatically as I type but the gist is captured in the links... more »

Confusion and misinformation about Quebec shooters

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
*A weird multicultural couple brings terror to Canada* My condolences to the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting. It's really ugly when someone is being killed during the prayer. Most of us were interested in the names, citizenship, ethnicity, beliefs, and motives of the shooters since the beginning. We were fed various speculations that weren't always accurate and some of them were hoaxes. For example, one of the proposed pair of names – David Aurine & Mathieu Fornier – was invented by a fake Reuters Twitter account. The widely spread reports that the shooters were Syrian im... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Helping a friend of my brother's whose wife is stuck in Montreal because of the confusion over restrictions on U.S. immigration. She is Iranian .... her American husband lives in San Francisco and they are both visiting Montreal for the annual car show. I should be in front of my computer in the next few hours to resume blogging. *Update 15:29 EST*: Problem solved .... their problem had nothing to do with U.S. immigration restrictions .... it was a misunderstanding with U.S. customs that was quickly resolved .... they are flying out tonight. But it was still an interesting and educ... more »

Fake News

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
The BBC is leading with “Fake News”. Today Programme, defining ‘fake’, differentiates outright fakery from bias. ‘Fake’ news, for example, means saying someone has died, when clearly they’re still alive. Oddly enough, the examples given happen to be from ‘far right’ sources. The BBC wants us to beware of Fake News. (Only the likes of the BBC are trustworthy.) JH: There has always been a load of rubbish in the papers - and on the BBC for that matter - we do our best to get it right and we don’t always succeed, but there is a world of difference between journalists getting it wrong... more »

10 things you can do to fight trump-era nazism

laura k at wmtc - 13 hours ago
Like all good people, I am horrified by recent developments in the US, and like everyone who has being attention, not surprised. I take hope from the immediate and powerful resistance that has been set in motion. But also at the resistance, I am angry, too. What took you so long? Let's hope it's not too late. Here are a few things you can do to fight back. *1. Donate to the American Civil Liberties Union.* For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been fighting for the civil rights of people marginalized or targeted by the dominant culture. These are the people best equipped to fight back... more »

Iowa Pipeline Ruptures, Leaks Nearly 140,000 Gallons of Diesel

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
A pipeline leak in Iowa has been contained after nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled, but the cause of the incident remains unknown.

Did Sean Spicer Retweet a Satirical Onion Video About Himself?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer retweeted The Onion's satirical video about him, leaving some social media users confused.

A Three-Point Tax Reform

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 13 hours ago
Consider the following tax reform: 1. Impose a retail sales tax on consumer goods and services, both domestic and imported. 2. Use some of the proceeds from the tax to repeal the corporate income tax. 3. Use the rest of the proceeds from the tax to significantly cut the payroll tax. Before moving on, ask yourself: Do you like this plan? As I understand it, this plan is, *in effect*, what the Republicans in Congress are proposing. Note the words "in effect." There are a few differences, which are more important administratively than in their economic effect. One is that the consump... more »

Trump’s Travel Ban Plainly Excludes Countries Tied to 93% of All US Terrorism

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: list]Not a single country on Trump's travel ban list has ever carried out a terror attack in the US that has killed an American.

The Global Awakening and How You are Part of the Solution

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Paul A. Philips* - You are not at all insignificant. The post The Global Awakening and How You are Part of the Solution appeared first on Waking Times.

Trump, Nieto Agree to Dial Down Rhetoric Over Border Wall

Bob Adelmann at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: trump-nieto-agree-to-dial-down-rhetoric-over-border-wall] President Trump and Mexican President Peña Nieto had a nice long chat by phone on Friday. Following that call the White House said it would reschedule "in the near future" a face-to-face meeting between the two.

Did Pope Francis Condemn President Trump for Issuing a Travel Ban?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
Pope Francis said it was hypocritical to "call yourself a Christian and chase away a refugee," but the pontiff made that comment before Donald Trump was elected president.

Causes of Quebec mosque terrorism

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 14 hours ago
By Denis G. Rancourt, PhD My blame list for the Quebec mosque terrorism, in order of importance: The increasingly unjust and authoritarian enforced class hierarchy in Canada, which attacks all in all of us: our very minds, families, communities, cultures, personalities, freedoms of expression, privacy, independence... using all the state institutions of education, media, law,

Watch SJW "protesters" in Portland knock out Trump supporter while chanting for peace...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*why are these people not in jail?* From InfoWars: The incident took place during demonstrations against Trump’s travel ban on individuals from terror-linked countries The clip shows anti-Trump protesters pushing and shoving their way into the airport aggressively as they yell “peace! peace!” A confrontation then quickly arises before one of the anti-Trump radicals punches a man from behind, knocking him out cold. The footage appears to show *two* anti-Trump protesters taking a swing at the same victim. While some of the anti-Trump protesters appear shocked at the violence and ... more »

Identity Politics: Who is the Bigger Victim?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 14 hours ago
I recommend this incisive analysis on the behavior surrounding the left's hysterical reaction to the election of President Trump. I'll quote a bit for you, but it's worth your effort to read the entire article. *"These groups just end up competing to see who is more oppressed because it is the mechanism through which they attempt to solve problems."* The problem arises when you have a discourse fully detached from reality. It’s beyond satirical and grotesque in how much stupidity is exhibited. A typical comment on my social feed might state something to the following effect, “I’m a... more »

Thousands Protest Travel Ban at LAX Airport

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 14 hours ago
Immigration advocates said they don't know how many people were being detained by immigration agents.

Women's March Speaker Donna Hylton Served Time for Murdering a Man

staff-writer@snopes.com (snopes.com staff) at New Urban Legends - 14 hours ago
Donna Hylton, one of the speakers at the 2017 Women's March on Washington, served time for the torture-murder of a man in 1985.

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? – No Longer the Question

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 14 hours ago
*Julian Rose* - What we now have all the proof we need in vaccines scandals. The post To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? – No Longer the Question appeared first on Waking Times.

Mass Shooting In Quebec City- PM Trudeau calls this “Terror attack Against Muslims”

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
*A few points that bother me:* *- How could this incident be immediately labelled as a terror attack?- Why not some shooter/s on psychiatric meds run amok? Temporary insanity? How about just calling it a crime?- So the quickness the ‘terror act” label was used is suspicious- The claim this is "against Muslims"- Is of course, identity politics and was chosen specifically for this presentation- Why not "against Canada"? Against "recent immigrants"?* *-Instead we are getting "against Muslims" This suggests to me a specific card is going to be played very soon- it's called the 'shame ... more »

Tension on Oura Bay in Okinawa

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
While recently in Okinawa with a delegation of Buddhist monks and nuns and their supporters, several in our group spent the day on boats joining a protest on pristine Oura Bay. This video shows the massive amount of Japanese military forces in the bay daily keeping the peace activists in kayaks and small boats from interfering with runway building operations. The US government has forced the Japanese government to begin the process of building two runways on top of Oura Bay. The airfields will host US warplanes descending on the Asia-Pacific as part of the US 'pivot' of 60% o... more »

How one refugee’s daring flight to freedom has exposed government criminality

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 14 hours ago
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order banning refugees for four months and bringing in massive visa restrictions. On the other side of the world, in response, one young refugee took remarkable direct action to secure his freedom. Action that could see the Australian government prosecuted for multiple crimes. Renditioned and held […] The post How one refugee’s daring flight to freedom has exposed government criminality appeared first on The Canary.

Woman who can’t read, write, walk or talk ‘declared fit for work’ by DWP

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 14 hours ago
A 26-year-old woman with a severe disability recently had her benefit payments stopped. Her name is Georgina Ball. And she is unable to walk, talk, read or write. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claims her payments stopped because she missed an appointment. An appointment which would have assessed Georgina’s ability to work. The […] The post Woman who can’t read, write, walk or talk ‘declared fit for work’ by DWP appeared first on The Canary.

President Trump Reorganises The National Security Council. Adds His Chief Strategist To The Council

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Steve Bannon attends as Trump signs executive orders in the Oval Office on Saturday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters *NPR:* *With National Security Council Shakeup, Steve Bannon Gets A Seat At The Table* President Trump has reorganized the National Security Council by elevating his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and demoting the director of National Intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bannon will join the NSC's principals committee, the top interagency group for discussing national security. The National Security Council is the staff inside the White Ho... more »

Are Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham 'Looking To Start WWIII'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong - they are sadly weak on immigration. The two... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017 ...Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017 *Politico:* *Trump: McCain and Graham 'looking to start WWIII'* President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham for publicly second-guessing his executive... more »

U.S. President Trump and South Korean Acting President Hwangg Kyo-ahn Vow To Strengthen Defenses Against North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Trump, South Korea's Hwang agree to strengthen defenses against North Korea: White House* U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn agreed to take steps to strengthen joint defense capabilities to defend against North Korea's nuclear threat, the White House said on Sunday after a telephone call between the two leaders. "President Trump reiterated our ironclad commitment to defend (South Korea), including through the provision of extended deterrence, using the full range of military capabilities," the White House said in a statement. I... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 104, Jan 29, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Iraqi Forces (ISF) and Hashd were both preparing for the next phase of the Mosul campaign. The Joint Operations Command announced that Federal Police units were moving into central Mosul to prepare to cross the Tigris and attack the west. The Diyala battalion of the Golden Division arrivedin the city, and the 9th Division was setting up its heavy weapons. The Hashd continuedto talk about how important the 6th phase of their operations will be, which includes participating in the new assault on Mosul. The Al Abbas Division of the Hashd is supposed to take part, but it’s not clea... more »

Devolved leaders call for Brexit role at Cardiff talks per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
The BBC happily press this claim http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38793370 whilst trying to ignore the Supreme Court's decision which they mention only at the end of the report. 'Mrs May has already highlighted that the Supreme Court had set out "beyond doubt" that relations with the EU would be decided by the UK government. "We will not agree on everything, but that doesn't mean we will shy away from the necessary conversations and I hope we will have further constructive discussions today," she said. "We have also had the Supreme Court judgment which made clear beyond doubt ... more »

Plant biologist loses three papers that made up a duplication ring

Shannon Palus at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A biologist in India has lost three papers that appear to have been part of a network of duplications. One paper published in 2012 was retracted — at the researcher’s request — for copying from a 2010 paper of his. In turn, both papers were duplicated in a paper that was published in 2016, and retracted […] The post Plant biologist loses three papers that made up a duplication ring appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Justin Trudeau Waters a Tree in the Rain?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 15 hours ago
A photograph shows two politicians watering a tree in the rain, but neither of them is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Do Tom Bihn Bags Carry a Hidden Message About the President?

webmail@snopes.com (David Mikkelson) at New Urban Legends - 15 hours ago
Washing instruction tags on Tom Bihn bags once carried a hidden message in French disparaging a president, but that was long before the Trump administration.

Tupac Sends a Message from the Grave About Trump in Lost 1992 Interview

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: tupac]In one 1992 interview that was recently released by MTV, Tupac shared his revolutionary views on society, politics, racism, poverty, and Trump.

Disposable Veterans and Radioactive Legacies

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 15 hours ago
The New York Times has a poignant article about the plight of US service men who were required to clean up Enewetak atoll, part of the Marshall Islands, site of extensive radioactive contamination from nuclear testing: Dave Phillips. January 28, 2017. Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care. The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/28/us/troops-radioactive-islands-medical-care.html?emc=edit_th_20170129&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=32962000 …Roughly 4,000 troops helped clean up the [Enewetak] atoll between 1977 and 1980. Like Mr. Snider, most did not e... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*One liberal's view about education* I have ZERO sympathy for people who run up huge college debts. As in "none". College -get this!- isn't that expensive if you humble yourself and go the community college route for the first two years (all states have them) and then the university partnership for the remaining two, I bet you could've saved like 75%. But Americans are hyper-entitled and everybody thinks they're the one entitled to a super-expensive private education because, "Like all my friends are going there and stuff." I especially have no sympathy for people who study progra... more »

North Korea Has Restarted Its Plutonium Reactor

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*CNN*: *As Secretary Mattis prepares for Asia visit, North Korea starts reactor* Hong Kong (CNN)North Korea appears to be restarting a plutonium reactor just as US Secretary of Defense James Mattis prepares to visit neighboring South Korea and Japan. An analysis of new satellite imagery from 38 North, a North Korea tracking project associated with the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, concludes that country is preparing to restart the reactor at the Yongbyon nuclear facility. The images show that most of a river near the reactor is frozen over,... more »

New Video on Hybrid/Blended Learning

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 16 hours ago
If you think you know all you need to know about this efficiency scam now coming to a classroom near you, have a look at this. There's lots of valuable info packed into this 9 minute video from Wrench in the Gearsl:

Fake News From The New Yorker

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public http://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/a-witness-to-irans-intensifying-struggle-with-climate-change Fake news from the New Yorker: Ako Salemi took the first photographs of his career when he was a teen-ager, growing up in northern Iran. His earliest subject, a river near his family’s home, is now mostly dirt. In Salemi’s native country, as in […]

Mitochondrial Dysfunction - The Genetic Disease That Gets Little Funding Or Coverage

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 16 hours ago
Mitochondrial dysfunction, which leads to rare genetic disorders in children, some forms of heart disease, and most likely some cases of Parkinson’s disease, is bewildering in the variety and complexity of problems it can cause. Mitochondria are, after all, the energy factories contained inside most of our cells, they convert the diverse food we consume into a common energy type. No energy, no life. read more

Chez Vous

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Hatred is a virulent disease. Last night it broke out in Quebec City. Apparently, the two suspects are in custody. The justice system will deal with them. Premier Phillipe Couillard's message was unadorned and straight forward. "Nous sommes avec vous," he told the Muslim community. "Vous- etes chez vous." It's a message which needs to be repeated -- in many languages -- across the country. Image: You Tube

USING OUR WORDS: The chaos moves on!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 16 hours ago
*MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2017Preview—An incomparable plan for the week:* We're heading off to do a radio program. For that reason, our first real post today will appear this afternoon. Over the weekend, the chaos and confusion have spread. We've moved from the issue of President Trump's falsehoods, misstatements and/or lies to the question of his new executive order. That said, strange claims by President Trump will surely continue. For that reason, we plan to spend the week considering the best ways to describe these peculiar claims. Will we liberals, and will mainstream journalists... more »

My 2017 Predictions: It Won't Be Pretty

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
We've now seen one week of the new Administration, and so we know Mr. Trump was not kidding about his extreme promises. This will not be a good year for employees. The only thing I'm sure of is that we really have no idea what will happen this year. But I'll do my best to predict the unpredictable: *Executive orders*: Okay, this wasn't a hard one since it's already started. We'll see lots of executive orders curtailing employee rights, LGBT rights and women's rights. I've already made some predictions about what regulations Trump will scrub, and the reversal of protections for emp... more »

Theresa May is being asked to resign, after disgracing Britain in front of the entire world [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Theresa May is facing calls for her resignation as Prime Minister. As leaders of the EU and the world joined in condemnation of President Trump’s dangerous policies, the UK Prime Minister was quite literally holding his hand. In doing so, she disgraced Britain in front of the entire world, and she has no place in […] The post Theresa May is being asked to resign, after disgracing Britain in front of the entire world [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May thinks she’ll get away with Trump’s state visit, but she’s in for a nasty surprise

Emily Apple at The Canary - 16 hours ago
The government has rejected calls to withdraw its invitation to Donald Trump to come to the UK on a state visit. But with a petition against his visit passing the million mark and widespread protests planned, the British public may have other ideas. The petition The petition, which now has over a million signatures and is growing by […] The post Theresa May thinks she’ll get away with Trump’s state visit, but she’s in for a nasty surprise appeared first on The Canary.

A shocking attack in the heart of London sums up why Trump is so dangerous [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 16 hours ago
THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS CONTENT THE READER MAY FIND OFFENSIVE On Saturday 28 January, alleged Nazi fascists carried out an unprovoked attack on a group of people in central London. The incident occurred in broad daylight right near a packed Victoria station. And it highlights how dangerous the rhetoric and politics of people like Donald Trump […] The post A shocking attack in the heart of... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Do You Agree That When Injustice Becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Deceitful, dissimulating Republicans, led by Paul Ryan ("this is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion") are insisting that we're not really seeing the Muslim ban that we see unfolding at America's airports, but egomaniac, Rudy "Loose-lips" Giuliani admitted to a Fox News "judge" that Trump had tasked him with coming up with a way to ban Muslims "legally" and that the nationality ploy was the result. In the first day of implementation 4 federal judges struck it down as unconstitutional. The judge in Boston didn't just strike down removal but also dete... more »

Trump executive order: Million sign petition to stop UK visit per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
The BBC who have done their best to stir up anti President Trump sentiment in the UK report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38795998 approvingly on a petition that says: "Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen." Oddly I don't remember the BBC being as exercised by the Saudis having a State Visit. Saudi Arabia being a state that all but enslaves some workers from the Indian subcontinent, denies equal rights to ... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin*Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms From the What-could-possibly-go-wrong? Department DEPORTATIONS TEMPORARILY BLOCKED Protests against Trump's immigration order have erupted across the country — here's what they are like 'An open affront against the Muslim world': Iran says it will ban Americans in response to Trump's refugee order First GMO apples will hit US shelves next month Muslim Refugees Still Have A Chance To Enter The US, Here’s How To Help Them Jill GoldenzielStriking New York Cabbies Join Airport Protest Against... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
Over the weekend, *The New York Times* published a good story by Caitlin Dickerson about how the right-wing media makes its audience angry and hateful. *Anxiety About Muslim Refugees Is Stoked Online by the Far-Right Media* Type the word refugees into Facebook and some alarming “news” will appear about a refugee rape crisis, a refugee flesh-eating disease epidemic and a refugee-related risk of female genital mutilation -- none of it true. For the months leading up to the presidential election, and in the days since President Trump took office, ultraconservative websites like Breitb... more »

Scientists For Donald Trump Not “Scientists” Against Donald Trump

Sascha Vongehr at Science 2.0 blogs - 17 hours ago
Yes of course it is damn scary when once read more

House Bill would ban Water Protectors from using face masks

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
A member of legislative leadership, in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, is aiming to ban protectors from wearing masks. House Bill 1304 prime sponsor Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, said the purpose of bills such as his are to give law enforcement clear direction on handling of protests. “That’s not a peaceful protest,” Carlson said of protesters wearing masks during demonstrations. “It might be legal in Baghdad but not in Bismarck.” HB1304 would bar people from wearing a mask or hood that covers part or all of the face when in a public area, such as a road or highway. I... more »

Story of Antarctica Interview

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 17 hours ago
I had the opportunity to talk about the Antarctic mysteries with Ohio Exopolitics host Mark Snider. I expounded on recent discoveries and anomalies of what appear to be enormous ancient pyramids, potential saucer shaped spacecraft lodged under the ice, the parade of recent VIP powerbrokers that have made trips to the icy continent, Nazi expeditions dating back to 1938-39 to allegedly build military bases in underground caverns and with assistance from extraterrestrials, and Admiral Richard Byrd's failed naval expedition Operation Highjump in 1947 where his 13 ship armada was repell... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 18 hours ago
*The Climate Wars - No Time for Resting* Viv Forbes *Disarm and Defund the Green Globalists NOW* Napoleon’s Grand Army was defeated in the Battle of the Nations in 1813. The Emperor abdicated and was banished to Elba. But his army was not disarmed and destroyed by the victors – they rested. Just 2 years later, Napoleon escaped and quickly re-mobilised his army. Only Wellington blocked his path to Brussels, at Waterloo. After a fierce day of battle, a weary line of redcoats still held the ridge at Waterloo. But Napoleon’s Old Guard had been held in reserve for this decisive mome... more »

Greg Hunter, “Fed Will Be Forced to Print & Kill Dollar- John Williams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“Fed Will Be Forced to Print & Kill Dollar- John Williams”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Economist John Williams warned last year the U.S. economy never really recovered, and it was going to turn down again. That downturn happened Friday when the latest GDP figures came in below 2% growth in the fourth quarter of 2016. Williams says the economy “contracted,” and he contends it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better. Williams explains, “I think there is reason for optimism in terms of the economy down the road. The problem is irrespective of who is president. When yo... more »

The Economy: "How to Make America Great Again"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"How to Make America Great Again"* by Bill Bonner "How do we know if new programs will make the economy better…or worse? Here’s a simple formula: *W = rv (w-w – w-l)* That is, wealth is equal to the real value of win-win exchanges minus the loss from win-lose exchanges. Yes, dear reader, it’s as simple as that. Like a whittler working on a piece of wood, we’ve shaved so much off that there is nothing left of it, except the essential heartwood. And now we can use it to see how Trump’s changes will affect the economy. We’re down here in the southern tip of Florida showing a group of ... more »

A New Approach to Objectivist Epistemology

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 18 hours ago
*Concepts And Their Role In Knowledge* *Edited by Allan Gotthelf and James G. Lennox* With fourteen chapters contributed by ten authors, *Concepts And Their Role In Knowledge* is a creative anthology of essays on Objectivist epistemology. I received the book yesterday and I have finished reading the Preface and the first essay “Ayn Rand’s Theory of Concepts,” which is by Allan Gotthelf. In this chapter Gotthelf has, among other things, provided a good explanation of Rand’s theory of measurement omission which explains how concepts are formed by a process of abstraction and integrati... more »

Paradox: Triple Or Bust

Johannes Koelman at Science 2.0 blogs - 18 hours ago
Today I have a decision problem for you. read more

UK ‘need not fear electricity blackouts’ says ex-National Grid boss–But it will cost you £3bn

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38791572 Roger Harrabin, who is apparently now an energy analyst as well as an environmental one, writes: The UK has enough energy capacity to meet demand – even on the coldest days when demand is highest, says Steve Holliday, the man who ran National Grid for a decade. He […]

My Tribute To Dan Olmsted – Natalie Palumbo

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Natalie Palumbo I will never forget the very first time I spoke on the phone with Dan Olmsted. It was spring of 2013, and I was 19 years old. I was already writing for Age of Autism as their...

Media Coverage and Vaccine Science

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Anne Dachel Members of the press, please DON’T tell us about “THE SCIENCE ON VACCINES SAFETY”—There isn’t any! As someone who’s waded through daily news stories on autism and on the controversial link to vaccines for well over ten...

Dan-ecdotes: Readers' Memories of Dan Olmsted

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: Thank you to all of you who have expressed sorry and shock - and offered to help in so many ways. Please send your Dan-ecdotes to me a KimStagliano@gmail.com with DAN in the subject line. This first note stopped...

Monday Update

LL at Virtual Mirage - 19 hours ago
*LSP Update* There is no Melania Monday post from Lone Star Parson because Blogger obliterated his blog for insulting the prophet Mohammed and Islam. In fact, LSP is on an airplane bound for the UK today and for that reason as well, he's out of pocket for a couple of weeks. However while he's doing that, Juliette's son, Harrison. will be building lonestarparson.com and he will return with all of our favorite blog posts as time moves forward. He's in good spirits and is on a well deserved vacation. *Tradesmen* ME- "What time is it? You said you'd be here two hours ago to work on th... more »

A Parting Shot at Personal Freedom

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The ugly truth is that all electronic communication is essentially freely available to any government agency that wishes to go on a fishing expedition. No one intended that but agents have assumed and gone out and got those rights by legalese of the worst kind. All this information has been rendered useless in terms of legal action because no such court order exists. I am actually ambivalent about this whole issue. I simply do not think that we can or necessarily want such data gathering to be made impossible. what we want is that it simply cannot be used. That alone is valu... more »

A New Hope With Mike Adams

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
These are serious issues that need the full unfreindly gaze of the American govermnent. We all have seen how easily science can be corrupted in pursit of comerocal and illegal agendas. That must be tackled agressively. It is one thing for myself to point out targets of interest. That costs little. Real investigation costs money. You really have to do the work never done or hidden deep. I am presently optimistic. Trump understands the climate racket for what it has always been and has [personal reason to understand the vaccine game. He will not accept a phony dog and pony ... more »

'Rewilding' Movement Aims to Restore Land to the Way It Was 11,000 Years Ago

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is actually the BIG project for all humanity that as we enter our true futures, that we all will be engaged in setting up and seeing through. The challenge though is to establish secure Refugio on continental lands. Evgery island represnts a rat removal project before you try anything. Most certainly introduction of the passenger pigeon needs rat protection. So it will not be quick but it will be ineviotable as we master the necessary husbandry. The wild is always in need of husbandry to avoid excessive dead zones. Think blow downs to see things halted for decades. *'... more »

I Knew Chelsea Manning in Basic Combat Training.

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This person did not thrive in basic and should never have been trusted in any form of sensitive position. How did the psych workup fail here? If this story happens to be true, then cook first class should be as good as it got. Someone screwed up hugely. I cannot imagine how someone could even think like this, let alone not be identified and carefully channeled. This narcissist set out to cause serious hurt to those who relied on her/him. It was a rational choice and it was never based on any form of moral ambivalence at all. Instead it was all about her/him self.. *. * *I Kne... more »

If President Donald Trump is a vile racist, so was Jimmy dhimmi Carter

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
'... "Trump is a monster, a madman and a vile racist. He's just like Hitler. Or Jimmy Carter. During the Iranian hostage crisis, Carter issued a number of orders to put pressure on Iran. Among these, Iranians were banned from entering the United States unless they oppose the Shiite Islamist regime or had a medical emergency." He cites two specific actions. One was an order for Iranian students to report to immigration offices in order to determine if they had violated the terms of their visa; if they had, they would be deported. The second was an order to end all future visas fo... more »

Seven Inconvenient Facts About Trump's Refugee Actions per Breitbart

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
Are you tired of the anti President Donald Trump temporary refugee restrictions coverage on the BBC and elsewhere? This Breitbart article http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/29/trumps-immigration-pause-sober-defenses-vs-hysterical-criticism/ should give you some more sober analysis. Here's one example: 'The order is based on security reviews conducted by President Barack Obama's deputies. As White House counselor Kellyanne Conway pointed out on "Fox News Sunday," the seven nations named in Trump's executive order are drawn from the Terrorist Prevention Act of 2015. Th... more »

WPTPN: The Rise of Embedded Nationalism

Kindred Winecoff at Duck of Minerva - 22 hours ago
This World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism (WPTPN) guest post is written by Moonhawk Kim, who was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2007 to 2016. His research focused on the politics of international trade institutions. This post first appeared on his blog To Be Analyzed. Ruggie’s […]

Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
In this episode IEET Affiliate Scholar John Danaher talks to Professor Steve Fuller about his sometimes controversial views on transhumanism, religion, science and technology, enhancement and evolution. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published with Palgrave Macmillan: Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future (2011), Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0 (2012) and (with Veronika Lipinska) The Proactionary Imperati... more »

6 dead, 2 arrested after shooting at Quebec City mosque per CBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
The BBC report on the Montreal mosque shooting misses a piece of information that I found on CBC http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/montreal/quebec-city-mosque-gun-shots-1.3957686 'A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, told CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada that two masked individuals entered the mosque. "It seemed to me that they had a Québécois accent. They started to fire, and as they shot they yelled, 'Allahu akbar!' ' So maybe not the Islamophobic attack that the BBC are praying it was. The CBC report may be incorrect of course but it's always fascinating to se... more »

It's pedal to the metal for driverless cars

William Messner, John R. Beaver Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
An NVIDIA-powered Audi needs no driver. AP Photo/John Locher When a May 2016 crash killed the person operating a Tesla Model S driving in Autopilot mode, advocates of autonomous vehicles feared a slowdown in development of self-driving cars. Instead the opposite has occurred. In August, Ford publicly committed to field self-driving cars by 2021. In September, Uber began picking up passengers with self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, albeit with safety drivers ready to take over. October saw Tesla itself undeterred by the fatality. The company began producing cars it said had all the ha... more »

Trump's immigration order is bad foreign policy

David Cook Martín, Professor of Sociology and Assistant Vice President of Global Education, Grinnell College at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
A rally against President Donald Trump's order that restricts travel to the U.S. AP Photo/Steven Senne President Donald Trump banned the entry of people from seven majority Muslim countries last week. Leaders as far apart ideologically as former Vice President Dick Cheney and Sen. Bernie Sanders warned the ban could become a recruitment tool for terrorists. In addition, the U.S. risks straining or losing important diplomatic ties and fragile relationships. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and even Theresa May have warned about the geopolitical effects of a ban on immigrants and ref... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth and Nightbook”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Lady Labyrinth and Nightbook” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw6kv8nlPbE

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“What makes this spiral galaxy so long? Measuring over 700,000 light years across from top to bottom, NGC 6872, also known as the Condor galaxy, is one of the most elongated barred spiral galaxies known. *Click image for larger size.* The galaxy's protracted shape likely results from its continuing collision with the smaller galaxy IC 4970, visible just above center. Of particular interest is NGC 6872's spiral arm on the upper left, as pictured here, which exhibits an unusually high amount of blue star forming regions. The light we see today left these colliding giants before the day... more »

Chet Raymo, “Spooked”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Spooked”* by Chet Raymo “The word everyone uses is "spooky." What they are talking about is entanglement, the spooky heart of quantum mechanics. You create a pair of subatomic particles, photons say, and send them on their separate ways. The particles seem to know what is happening to each other on their separate journeys. An activity performed on one particle can instantaneously change the properties of the other particle, no matter how far apart. And- this is the kicker- apparently instantaneously. Their fates are "entangled." In the latest test of entanglement, physicists enta... more »

The Poet: Linda Pastan, "The Almanac of Last Things"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Almanac of Last Things" "From the almanac of last things I choose the spider lily for the grace of its brief blossom, though I myself fear brevity, but I choose The Song of Songs because the flesh of those pomegranates has survived all the frost of dogma. I choose January with its chill lessons of patience and despair- and August, too sun-struck for lessons. I choose a thimbleful of red wine to make my heart race, then another to help me sleep. From the almanac of last things I choose you, as I have done before. And I choose evening because the light clinging to the window is at its... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Truth Is Always Stranger..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees. Reminding us, that the universe does not exist to fulfill our expectations. Because we are imperfect beings who are self-blinded to the truth of the world's stunning complexity, we shave reality to paper thin theories and ideologies that we can easily grasp– and we call them truths. But the truth of a sea in all it's immensity cannot be embodied in one tidewashed pebble." - Dean Koontz

Sec. of State Nominee Tillerson Personal Donations to Senate Republicans – Senate Republicans Should Recuse Themselves From Voting!

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has not yet been approved as Secretary of State, though his nomination could pass … Continue reading →

How a Mormon Kid Recognized He Was a Transhumanist

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 1 day ago
Implicitly, I’ve been a Transhumanist since childhood. My Mormon parents taught me, from before my earliest memories, that we are all children of God with potential to be God. And not just any kind of god. Not the kind that would raise itself above others in hubris. But rather the kind of God that would raise each other together. We all, they taught me, have potential to be like Jesus. We all have potential to be Christ, a unified community of compassionate creators. Faith in God, then, signified trust in human potential as much as trust in grace that affords such potential.

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War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
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Attack At Quebec City Mosque Leaves 5 Dead

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*AFP*: *At least five dead in shooting at Quebec City mosque: media* Quebec City (AFP) - At least five people were killed and several people wounded after gunmen opened fire at a mosque in Quebec City, media reported. A Quebec police spokesman confirmed that there were people killed, but did not say how many. Two suspects in the shooting were arrested, he said. Police did not rule out the possibility of a third suspect who had fled the scene. The motive of the attack was not immediately clear. Police set up a perimeter around the mosque. A few dozen people were inside the Islami... more »

In November, GA-06 Nearly Went For Clinton-- Are They Ready To Replace Tom Price With Progressive Democrat Jon Ossoff?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
The psychopath in the video above-- oh, watch this-- is Donald Bolena, Jr., one of the Republicans running for the GA-06 suburban Atlanta congressional seat that Tom Price is giving up if he's confirmed to be Trump's Secretary of Health. He was a big Trump advocate and his is what the American conservative mind has devolved into after years of Hate Talk Radio and Fox News. He calls himself Donnie. I hope he wins the GOP primary in this district just north of Atlanta. It sounds prohibitive fo

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