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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

5 January - Blogs I'm Following

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The Office of Congressional Ethics Caught Duncan Hunter Stealing— So He Voted To Shut Them Down

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 minutes ago
*Spoiled dirtbag Duncan Hunter getting high at a committee meeting* After the Republicans were exposed sneaking around in the dead of night to back an amendment by accused Virginia pedophile Robert Goodlatte that would have shuttered the Office of Congressional Ethics so that all ethics charges would go to the wheelin’ and dealin’ House Ethics Committee— where pedophiles like Goodlatte routinely get a little *pach-in-tukas* and told to be more discreet— you could barely find anyone who would admit being one of the 172 Republicans who voted for it. But Duncan Hunter (R-CA) couldn’t d... more »

3 Different sets of Activities Ongoing at Antarctica in this NOW

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 37 minutes ago
*A Number of recent data points regarding Antartica, there appears to be 3 issues occuring simultaneously which is causing some confusion, and some conflation of what is going on. For simplicity I have outlined the 3 below with the 3rd one being the one that is attracting my attention at this moment because it concerns a stasis form I have down there, and my involvement in the creation of those cities under the ice.* 1. *Ark of Gabriel moved from Saudi Arabia to Russian Federation Base in Antarctica. * 2. *Political leaders suddenly visiting a secret "last resort" base... more »

India's New Army Chief: The Country Is 'Prepared For Two-Front War' Against Pakistan And China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 55 minutes ago
The Agni-IV test comes just a week after a similar demonstration with the Agni-V. Pictured, the Agni-IV. DRDO photo *IBTimes*: *India 'prepared for two-front war' with Pakistan and China, says new army chief* General Bipin Rawat alleged that terrorists are getting support from Pakistani forces. India's newly appointed army chief has said the military is "prepared for a two-front war" with Pakistan and China if a conflict breaks out with both the countries simultaneously. General Bipin Rawat said the armed forces will not hesitate to use force in any form whenever it is deemed nece... more »

History of Philosophy by Leonard Peikoff

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 1 hour ago
*History of Philosophy * *Leonard Peikoff* Today I finished the 50-lecture course on *History of Philosophy *by Leonard Peikoff. I found the course interesting and informative, and I would highly recommend it. Peikoff is an excellent raconteur and he makes a “supposedly” dull subject like philosophy seem quite entertaining. However, these lectures are not for those who are experts in history of philosophy, and it is also not suitable for those who do not have any basic knowledge of the subject. But if you have already done some study of the key philosophers then with this course y... more »

Is Google's eagerness to answer questions promoting more falsehood online?

Thomas Maher, Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociology, University of Arizona at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
Ready to serve. Google search page via shutterstock.com When people have questions, they often ask Google. They expect high-quality, accurate answers. Late last year, it emerged that the top answer Google gave to “Did the Holocaust happen?” linked to a neo-Nazi, white supremacist, Holocaust-denying website. The ensuing outcry included people buying Google ads for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum so that it would appear near the top of the results as well. After initial resistance, Google tweaked its algorithm – but only enough to push the false, prejudiced information somewhat far... more »

Static electricity's tiny sparks

Sebastian Deffner, Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
Static electricity can cause more than just a bad hair day. Ken Bosma, CC BY Static electricity is a ubiquitous part of everyday life. It’s all around us, sometimes funny and obvious, as when it makes your hair stand on end, sometimes hidden and useful, as when harnessed by the electronics in your cellphone. The dry winter months are high season for an annoying downside of static electricity – electric discharges like tiny lightning zaps whenever you touch door knobs or warm blankets fresh from the clothes dryer. Static electricity is one of the oldest scientific phenomena people ob... more »

U.S. Intelligence Has Identified The Headquarters For A Chinese Military Hacking Unit Inside Two Beijing Hotels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
American military intelligence has identified a hotel complex that is serving as an ersatz headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit. China is basically hiding its operations cyberattack units in plain sight. *Washington Times*: *PLA’s hacking hotel* U.S. military intelligence has identified a headquarters for a Chinese military hacking unit — inside two Beijing hotels. According to an open-source intelligence report produced by the Army’s Asian Studies Detachment, “the Headquarters/Jintang and Seasons Hotel appear to be located in the same or at least adjacent buildings, bo... more »

US nuclear arms industry depends on worst strategists

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 2 hours ago
Watch the video at Press TVThe US nuclear arms industry, which President-elect Donald Trump is seeking to greatly expand, is dependent on the “very worst and craziest” neoconservative strategists who advocate building more weapons of mass destruction, an American scholar says. Unlike Iran, which has forbidden the use of weapons of mass destruction from a religious stance, the US lacks religious elements that would prevent the proliferation and use of nuclear weapons, said Kevin Barrett, an author and political commentator in Madison, Wisconsin. “Unfortunately, here in the United S... more »

Row Row Row Your Boat

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 2 hours ago

A Video Trumpists Won't See

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
Karim Sulayman - I trust you from Meredith Kaufman Younger on Vimeo.

The U.S. Navy's F-35 Version Has A Serious Design Flaw That May Need A Redesign To The Plane, As Well As To The Carriers!

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
US Navy Photo *Business Insider*: *The most expensive F-35 variant has hit another major snag that could take years to fix* The Pentagon has established a "red team" to address considerable shortcomings with the F-35C, the carrier-based naval variant of the most expensive weapons project in history. The F-35, subject to cost overruns and delays throughout its production, reached an initial state of military readiness with its Air Force and Marine variants in 2016, but the Navy's variant lags behind in part due to an issue with its nose gear during catapult-assisted takeoffs from a... more »

Comrade Trump: The World’s Worst Cabinet Maker, Believe Me -- Meet The New Russian Oligarchs! (2)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
*2016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 6* *A man with a plan* *by Noah* Yesterday we began our look at the great Americans who have been named by President-elect Trump to the highest ranks of the Executive Branch. It's not exactly the band of swamp-draining populist fighters-for-the-people one might have expected from his campaign rhetoric. In fact, it is so heavily weighted with pillars of our elites, not to mention pillars of prosperity, that I dubbed them Comrade Trump's New Russian Oligarchs. Tonight let's complete our survey of the team he has assembled to help him Make... more »

Ralph Nader: The Corporate Lies Behind Tort Reform

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 3 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Ralph Nader RT America on Jan 4, 2017 On this episode of America’s Lawyer, attorney Mike Papantonio exposes Santander Bank for defrauding investors in Puerto Rico through a massive municipal bond scheme. Mike then speaks with attorney, Peter Mougey, about how Santander was able to pull off this scam and why no […]

U.S. Intelligence Officials Are Saying That Russian Officials Celebrated When Trump Won

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
U.S. Defense Under secretary for Intelligence Marcel Lettre (L), Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency Director U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Rogers testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyber threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Washington Post:* *U.S. intercepts capture senior Russian officials celebrating Trump win* Senior officials in the Russian government celebrated Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton as a geopolitical win for Moscow, according to U.S. of... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 5, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Ian Duncan, Baltimore Sun*:* Intelligence officials: U.S. needs to rethink how to respond to hacks* WASHINGTON — Top American intelligence officials told Congress on Thursday that the nation needs to become more effective in responding to cyberattacks, saying that foreign governments are ever more capable and willing to break into American computer networks. Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, told a Senate committee that China could mount a Russian-style meddling campaign if it wanted, and that Iran, North Korea and even terrorist groups pose a thr... more »

BREAKING: Rogue Tribal Council Votes to Evict NoDAPL Camp, Use Donated Funds to Pay Off Debt

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 4 hours ago
[image: standing]In a shocking and abrupt move, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council voted to shut down Sacred Stone Camp — the original encampment set up to oppose DAPL.

EU Boss: Citizens Should Not Get to Vote on Important Issues

Alex Newman at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: eu-boss-citizens-should-not-get-to-vote-on-important-issues] On his way out of office, Robert Fico, the rotating head of the European Union Council, called on EU leaders to stop letting citizens vote on important issues that could threaten the increasingly controversial super-state. Citing recent anti-establishment votes in Britain and Italy, the EU Council boss blasted the “adventures” of letting citizens decide the fate of their own nations in referenda. The EU boss drew a quick rebuke from advocates of self-government.

Will Putin Renew Plans to Drill the US Gulf of Mexico if Tillerson is Appointed Secretary of State? And, West Texas? And, the Arctic?

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 4 hours ago
In 2013, less than a year prior to sanctions imposed against Russia: “Vladimir Putin is encouraging Exxon and Rosneft to … Continue reading →

Erdogan And The Geopolitical Box Of Pandora

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 4 hours ago
*Via Southfront: I found this interesting * *Written by Boyan Chukov; Originally appeared at A-specto, translated by Valentina Tzoneva exclusively for SouthFront* Famous French experts on Turkey, in analysis* compared Recep Erdogan with Charles de Gaulle some 4-5 years ago*. Incredible! Yes, that is how it was then! But* certain events that took place led not only the French analysts but most of their Western colleagues to begin calling the Turkish President “Islamist”, a “Sultan” and a “dictator”*. *The Western press and the press in our country began to talk about the “regime of ... more »

Rare images show endangered Pallas's wildcat making adorable facial expressions

White Wolf at White Wolf - 4 hours ago
*Native to remote regions of southern Siberia, as well as Central Asia and China, they are seldom seen, and known for their reclusive and solitary lives.* 'They are secretive and do not like to be seen, making these images rather special,' reported The Siberian Times. This cat was caught on camera a whisker away from an animal camera trap as it surveyed the scene in the Altai Nature Reserve in mountainous southern Siberia. The short-clawed, cave-dwelling wildcat is listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation and the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Na... more »

Water Protector Who Confronted Armed DAPL Contractor Bailed Out After Turning Himself Into Authorities

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 5 hours ago
A Standing Rock water protector was bailed out of jail hours after turning himself into the Morton County Sheriff's Department. The post Water Protector Who Confronted Armed DAPL Contractor Bailed Out After Turning Himself Into Authorities appeared first on Shadowproof.

Real Housewives of ISIS? (Neither satire nor slur, just mildly revolting.)

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 5 hours ago
Did anyone out there watch BBC 2’s “Revolting” ? I did, and by God I want my money back. I was going to say ‘sorry Sarah AB, but I was surprised you thought it was worthy of a whole thread’ but I didn’t, because obviously Sarah AB wasn’t the only person who thought so. Like, the Real Jihadi Brides sketch is all over the media and that. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/2017/01/04/real-housewives-isis-bbc-criticised-online-insensitive-new-show/ http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/04/real-housewives-of-isis-screens-on-bbc2-and-its-upset-a-lot-of-people-6361391/ http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/en... more »

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 5 hours ago
Here, starting from the justified criticism of corporate-friendly "privatize the gains, socialize the losses" economic policy by noting that some genuinely socialized risks would represent a substantial improvement in equity. For further reading... - Again, Jared Bernstein discusses the shift in overall risks toward the people who can least handle them here. - And Timothy Martin wrote here about the shift from generally-available pensions toward individual retirement accounts - which has been matched in Canada not only in the area of retirement planning, but also in education, disab... more »

Tesla Rolling out Upgraded Autopilot Features

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 5 hours ago
Tesla has pushed its enhanced autopilot system to the first 1,000 cars in its fleet, equipping them with traffic aware cruise control, forward collision warning, and an autosteer beta. The update is another step on the path to vehicles capable of fully autonomous driving, though experts predict we still have some time to wait until those hit our roads. The post Tesla Rolling out Upgraded Autopilot Features appeared first on Futurism.

Thursday Evening Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 5 hours ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Anis Chowdhury refutes the theory that top-heavy tax cuts have anything to do with economic development: Cross-country research has found no relationship between changes in top marginal tax rates and growth between 1960 and 2010. For example, during this period, the US cut its top rate by over 40 percentage points and grew just over 2 percent annually. Germany and Denmark, which barely changed their top rates at all, experienced about the same growth rate. Thus, tax cuts will not magically improve economic growth. Instead, the government s... more »

World News Briefs -- January 5, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:** U.S. spy chief 'resolute' on Russia cyber attack, differs with Trump* The top U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday he was "even more resolute" in his belief that Russia staged cyber attacks on Democrats during the 2016 election campaign, rebuking persistent skepticism from Republican President-elect Donald Trump about whether Moscow was involved. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he had a very high level of confidence that Russia hacked Democratic Party institutions and campaign staff email, and disseminated propaganda and fake news aimed at ... more »

Canadian Terror Patsies Trial Not Over - journalist

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 6 hours ago
*Exonerated British Columbia Terror Patsies * *Amanda Korody and John Nuttall* Below, is the text of an editorial recently published in the Vancouver Sun. It was written by *Ian Mulgrew,* who covered the entire courtroom saga of the vulnerable ex addict couple who were preyed upon by CSIS and the RCMP. In a Shocking Judicial Decision, the trial judge set aside the conviction and in a stinging rebuke of CSIS and the RCMP, she based her acquittal on "police entrapment". Please read the entire editorial and I will have my thoughts and analysis in comments to follow: *Published on: ... more »

Comrade Harrabin’s Trump Card

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b086s95f Roger Harrabin’s programme on Radio 4 this week, Climate Change: The Trump Card, was an exercise in delusional groupthink, stunning even by BBC standards. It spent the first half in a sob fest about how the wicked Trump was going to ruin the world’s climate single handed. It […]

“Chronic Stress: The Hidden Health Risks”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Chronic Stress: The Hidden Health Risks” * By Meryl Davids Landau “According to a recent American Psychological Association poll, nearly a quarter of Americans confessed to currently feeling under "extreme stress." Respondents especially blamed money, work, and the economy—a feeling 50-year-old Sue Wasserman knows all too well. In February, the public relations manager left Atlanta after her job was eliminated by a corporate restructuring and took a new post in Asheville, N.C. When that proved a bad fit, she struck out on her own as a freelance writer and publicist. Though Wasser... more »

Four charged with hate crime for Chicago Facebook Live attack but the BBC News know the real story

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 6 hours ago
The BBC just can't help but show their true colours. This report on a hate crime in the USA - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38429496 - ends rather oddly thus: 'The incident has provoked a strong reaction on Twitter, especially among the alt-right - the fringe group that celebrated US President-elect Trump's election win with Nazi salutes.' What sort of people are they at the BBC?

Glenn Greenwald: Mainstream U.S. Media is Culpable for Disseminating Fake and Deceitful News on Russia

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 6 hours ago
Dandelion Salad Glenn Greenwald on “Dearth of Evidence” Linking Russia to WikiLeaks Release of DNC Emails Democracy Now! on Jan 5, 2017 https://democracynow.org – We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Glenn Greenwald as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on alleged Russian cyber-attacks and top intelligence officials are briefing President Obama on a review […]

The 2300-year-old duel

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 6 hours ago
[image: Sanzio_01_Plato_Aristotle] It’s said that “for two millennia, Western history has been the expression of a philosophic duel. The duellists are Plato and Aristotle” – the former, in Raphael’s famous painting, pointing to the heavens for insight; the other insisting that knowledge is derived from this earth, from *reality*. Raphael’s choice of posture was impeccable. So too is their reading matter. Plato clutches his *Timaeus, *a long and unfeasibly influential monologue on mysticism and divine creationism. Aristotle holds his* Ethics*, a guide to living in reality. Thi... more »

New Sheriff Who Defeated Arpaio (With Help of Soros) Calls Illegal Aliens “Guests”

Warren Mass at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: new-sheriff-who-defeated-arpaio-with-help-of-soros-calls-illegal-aliens-guests] Newly sworn-in Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Penzone, who benefited in his campaign from a PAC financed by George Soros, has referred to illegal aliens as “guests.”

The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "I Love The Dark Hours"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
* "I Love The Dark Hours"* "I love the dark hours of my being. My mind deepens into them. There I can find, as in old letters, the days of my life, already lived, and held like a legend, and understood. Then the knowing comes: I can open to another life that's wide and timeless. So I am sometimes like a tree rustling over a gravesite and making real the dream of the one its living roots embrace: a dream once lost among sorrows and songs." - Rainer Maria Rilke

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Bank Of Time"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Bank Of Time"* "Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank. It's name is TIME. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. E... more »

Satire: “Trump to Build Death Camps for Trans-gendered People of Color, Will Deport All Women”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*SATIRE!* *“Trump to Build Death Camps for Trans-gendered * *People of Color, Will Deport All Women”* by Fred Reed “I love it. Of all the things about Trump that our silly-ass Aunt Polly media might have considered–policy toward China, relations with Iran, reform of taxes–they seemed most agitated about…his sex life. Yes. Sure, he is a misogynist, homophobe, Islamophobe, fascist, Nazi, anti-Semite, and probably kicks his dog. Maybe a cannibal. But the truly horrid discovery was… that he thinks dirty thoughts about girls (as we all do–unless we are girls, and think dirty thoughts ab... more »

Massachusetts AG Busy Defending Her Unconstitutional “Enforcement Notice” on “Copycat” Assault Weapons

Bob Adelmann at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: massachusetts-ag-busy-defending-her-unconstitutional-enforcement-notice-on-copycat-assault-weapons] Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's imperious overreach in her unilateral expansion of an 18-year-old law to ban anything that looks like an “assault weapon" is being challenged, just as she expected it would.

A Recipe for Economic Growth in the New Year

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: a-recipe-for-economic-growth-in-the-new-year] With the beginning of a new year comes the hope for change. There is so much we could wish for — peace, the end of poverty or social tensions, and fulfillment for all. The thing is that the best way to get many of these goals is through a tired but so true refrain: Create economic growth.

How Corrections Officers Control Supply And Demand For Contraband Phones In Prisons

Jaqil Ali at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
Corrections departments conduct searches and introduce policies to diminish contraband, but such efforts arguably play a role in preserving the market. The post How Corrections Officers Control Supply And Demand For Contraband Phones In Prisons appeared first on Shadowproof.

Faraday Future Has Unveiled Their New Electric Car, And It’s Beautiful

Sam Farahzad at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
Does Tesla have a new worthy competitor? The post Faraday Future Has Unveiled Their New Electric Car, And It’s Beautiful appeared first on Futurism.

Life Insurance Company is Replacing Human Employees With AI

Dom Galeon at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
Japanese life insurance company Fukoku Mutual is replacing 34 employees with AI derived from IBM's Watson. Automation is securing its place now even outside of the manufacturing sector. While not all jobs are at risk of machine replacement, that list seems to be growing smaller. The post Life Insurance Company is Replacing Human Employees With AI appeared first on Futurism.

Upgraded Legos Let Kids Code and Bring Designs to Life

Patrick Caughill at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
Lego's new sub-brand Boost contains tech that allows kids to code movement, lights, and sensors into their Lego creations using a companion app. The icon-based app can be used by children who can't yet read, granting them very early access to robotics and automation, two fields sure to expand in the coming years. The post Upgraded Legos Let Kids Code and Bring Designs to Life appeared first on Futurism.

Why Do Jihadists Have Trouble Resisting Resist Social Media

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
YouTube *Austin Bodetti, Daily Beast*: *Fatal Attraction: ISIS Just Can’t Resist Social Media* From the Taliban to the so-called Islamic State, computers, cellphones, and social media are used as vital weapons—and offer critical vulnerabilities. “No computer is safe,” Donald Trump told us over the weekend. And nobody knows that better than the world’s terrorists. But at the end of the day, just like the rest of us, they still stay online—and in many cases, fortunately, that costs them. As ISIS overtook much of Iraq and Syria in 2014, the terrorist organization ran a parallel camp... more »

Tom Perriello Is A Progressive? Who Says So? And Why?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 7 hours ago
*Character matters-- more than labels* Nationally at least, I think it was Jonathan Martin who broke the story about Tom Perriello running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Virginia, “disrupting Democrats’ well-laid plans in what promises to be the most-watched election in the country this year.” The Democratic establishment had already picked their candidate, moderate-to-conservative Lt. Governor Ralph Northam. Perriello, according to the media, is the progressive interloper, “hindering McAuliffe’s effort to avert a contentious primary.” A run by Mr. Perriello will ex... more »

Intel Chief: Truthful Reporting on US Corruption is Part of Russian Conspiracy — Hints at ‘Act of War’

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: intelligence]In senate testimony, US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper condemned those who report the truth on US corruption.

DA Drops Charges After Video Shows Man Acted in Self-Defense Against Violent Cop

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: defense]After being punched and choked by a cop, a man who had a broken arm and was chained to a bench reacted in self-defense, and the DA saw it that way too.

Trump Plans Changes for Intelligence Agencies

Steve Byas at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: trump-plans-changes-for-intelligence-agencies] The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies appear to be preparing for battle — against the incoming president, Donald Trump.

What Are America’s Possible Tech Options To Stop An Impeding North Korean Nuclear Missile Strike.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
North Korea is banned from nuclear tests and activities that use ballistic missile technology under UN sanctions dating to 2006 and most recently adopted in March [Reuters] *Patrick Tucker, Defense One*: *The Technology Race to Build — or Stop — North Korea’s Nuclear Missiles* As Pyongyang warns of an upcoming ICBM test, and Trump threatens to stop it, the Pentagon has few good options. North Korean officials recently announced that the country was on the verge of testing a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, that could reach the United States. President-el... more »

Did Obama and Kerry commit an act of evil against Israel?...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*pray for Israel.* The biggest, and least talked about problem in the Middle East, is Islam - the "religion of peace" that wishes to kill every Jew and infidel on the face of the earth. You need not take my word for it - in fact, don't. Do your own research. I suggest you start with the Bible and work your way forward. *Why Obama, Kerry are evil, not just wrongJoseph Farah* I understand there are people reading this who will be put off by that headline. I get it. You don’t really think people who are not serial killers or genocidal maniacs are evil. You would rather just a... more »

How Two Constraints Made Obamacare A Political Disaster

Jon Walker at Shadowproof - 8 hours ago
To understand how the Affordable Care Act never became popular, we need to understand two artificial constraints imposed by Obama that doomed it. The post How Two Constraints Made Obamacare A Political Disaster appeared first on Shadowproof.

Pentagon Approves Purchase of 12 New Nuclear Armed Submarines For A Cost Of $128 Billion

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
An undated artist’s rendering of the planned Columbia-class submarine. Naval Sea Systems Command Image *Bloomberg:* *Fleet of 12 Nuclear Submarines in Line for Pentagon Approval* * Departing weapons buyer approves advanced development * General Dynamics in talks with Navy on $128 billion project The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer has approved advanced development for a fleet of 12 new nuclear-armed submarines, a potential $128 billion project that the Navy calls its top priority. Frank Kendall, the undersecretary for acquisition, signed the decision memo that officially moves the pro... more »

Former Indiana Senator Dan Coats Will Be President-Elect Trump's Pick For Director Of National Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Former Indiana senator Dan Coats is Trump’s pick for director of national intelligence* President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce his choice of Dan Coats as soon as today, according to a transition official. The announcement comes as Trump's relationship with the intelligence community has grown tense over its assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election. Coats, a Republican, decided not to run for reelection in 2016 after being elected to a second stint in the Senate in 2010. He had previously served from 1989 until 1999. In between, ... more »

National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill in 115th Congress

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: national-concealed-carry-reciprocity-bill-is-first-bill-in-115th-congress] House member Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) introduced the first bill in the 115th Congress on Wednesday, the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.”

Milbank decided to challenge the Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017Who writes copy like this:* In this morning's Washington Post, Dana Milbank decided to give the New York Times a run for its money. The Post can be weirdly incompetent too. What possesses a professional journalist to write a statement like this? MILBANK (1/5/17): *Before the election, President Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton by reciting the many achievements of his administration:* economic recovery, rebuilt auto industry, 15 million new jobs, less foreign oil, cheap gas, more clean energy, fewer troops overseas, Osama bin Laden dead, agreements on... more »

BREAKING NEWS: Russian President Putin Releases Identity Of Russian Spies Who Influenced The Presidential Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *I found this on the Wikileaks Twitter page .... could not resist posting it. Now onto the real news .... wars, conflicts, defense buildup, and international political/economic disputes.

Is The U.S. Intelligence Changing Their Story On How Wikileaks Got Their Hacked Material?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Reuters: Anon US officials admit that WikiLeaks "source" is not Russia. Now shifts goal posts to source's source. https://t.co/Z9LISQXtOB — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 5, 2017 *Reuters:* *U.S. obtained evidence after election that Russia leaked emails: officials* U.S. intelligence agencies obtained what they considered to be conclusive evidence after the November election that Russia provided hacked material from the Democratic National Committee to WikiLeaks through a third party, three U.S. officials said on Wednesday. U.S. officials had concluded months earlier that Russian... more »

Is President-Elect Trump And The U.S. Intelligence Community Headed For A Showdown?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange - wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017 to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against "Intelligence" when in fact I am a big fan! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017 *NPR:* *Are Trump And U.S. Intelligence Community Headed For A Showdown?* There's a new narrative solidifying in Washington: President-elect Donald Trump distrusts the U.S. intelligence community because... more »

Times bungles Trump birtherism again!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017Least competent news org around:* Back in 2011, Donald J. Trump told the world who he was through his birther depredations. From that to this this, the New York Times has had a hard time discussing what Trump said and did. How strange is the work of the glorious Times? Consider Jonathan Mahler's piece in last Sunday's New York Times magazine. Ironically, Mahler's piece was an essay about what the headline described as our "Post-Truth Era." Pitifully, it didn't take long for Mahler himself to go all post-truth on us. These were his fourth and fifth paragr... more »

United States Re-Packaged Al Qaeda As ‘Khorasan Group’ To Sell Attack

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
United States officials misled the public about a Syrian terrorist group, the Khorasan Group, in the run up to air strikes in the country in 2014. The post United States Re-Packaged Al Qaeda As ‘Khorasan Group’ To Sell Attack appeared first on Shadowproof.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 9 hours ago
Republicans talk a lot about the evils of the big central government in Washington, D.C. They tell us that it's much better when things are controlled at the local level. But apparently they prefer it if control doesn't become *too* local: After consolidating power in Washington, D.C., and state capitals under President-elect Donald Trump, Republicans are moving to prevent large cities dominated by Democrats from enacting sweeping liberal agendas. Republican state legislatures are planning so-called preemption laws, which prevent cities and counties from passing new measures governi... more »

BUSTED: FBI Never Even Examined the DNC Servers Over Allegations of Russian Hacking

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: fbi]A new report says the FBI never performed its own examination of the alleged hack of the DNC.

Autistic Teen, Raided, Strip Searched, & Jailed for Drawing a Superhero with a Flaming Hand in Class

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: student]For more than two years, a New Jersey high school has tried to fend off allegations that it overreacted to the doodle drawn by an autistic student.

Jan. 5 blog - a mixed bag.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 9 hours ago
Today's blog will deal less with news than with my reactions to it - and with some very frank talk. A good deal of it will be local news - but also a bit on the meaning of a Trump presidency. A selection of items from other news papers will appear at the end. First, a brief look at what makes the irving press such a stinker. The editorial page columnist, Norbert Cunningham, doesn't know what the word politics means. It does not mean irrelevant or sleazy. If can, of course be both of those. Just about anything can be irrelevant or sleazy - including journalism. But that is not what... more »

I only come here when I got something worth telling to say

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
I am reluctant to share unless I think it may have global love impact thats why you do not see me here everyday but I do try out a lot of stuff at home in other words things I say that would be attacked by Tony Blair and though I am not into cruel behavior at all there are certian people that if any people should die horribly fit in one class Yep dont like the Royals and if you do go to the store and buy a sheeple lic plate cause your pathetic I dont know if somewhere there is a Disney Royal family but in England or great Britian the history is not pleasant and in the future we should... more »

President Obama Has Received The Completed Intelligence Report On Russian Hacking

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama listens as he participates in his last news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria *FOX News:* *What's inside? Obama gets report on Russia hacking, as Republicans spar on claims* President Obama has received a much-anticipated classified report on alleged Russian and other foreign meddling in American elections, heightening interest in what evidence the file contains as Republicans spar over the cyberattack claims – and wait for their chance to see the findings themselves. The Associated ... more »

Top U.S. Intel Chief Expresses His Concernas That President-elect Donald Trump Is Disparaging The US Intelligence Community

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*CNN:* *Clapper: 'Disparagement' of intel agents cause for worry* Washington (CNN)The leading US intelligence official said Thursday that his foreign counterparts have expressed concern that President-elect Donald Trump is disparaging the US intelligence community, potentially damaging public confidence. "I do think public trust and confidence in the Intelligence Community is crucial" both in the US and in other countries that rely on US intelligence, James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "I've received many expressions of ... more »

Standing Rock 2017: The Fight is Not Over

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - The No DAPL conflict is nowhere near completion. The post Standing Rock 2017: The Fight is Not Over appeared first on Waking Times.

Jeff Bridges Accepts National Board of Review Award in Honor of Standing Rock

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
*At the National Board of Review Awards on Wednesday, actor Jeff Bridges accepted his best supporting actor award in honor of water protectors at Standing Rock.* "I also want to thank all those folks at Standing Rock, and all those people supporting them. The movie deals with the consequences of looking out only for your own self-interest, what that costs not just to you, but everybody." "And those folks at Standing Rock, they're looking out not only for their own interests, but for all of our interests, making sure we live on a healthy planet. I support them, I applaud them, and... more »

Google AI Secretly Uploaded to the Internet, Where it Wreaked Havoc on Gamers

Patrick Caughill at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 10 hours ago
As a means of testing some upgrades to AlphaGo, DeepMind secretly unleashed the AI on some unwitting Go players. AlphaGo completely dominated the competition – more than 50 games were played and AlphaGo won every single one. The post Google AI Secretly Uploaded to the Internet, Where it Wreaked Havoc on Gamers appeared first on Futurism.

New AI To Take On World’s Best Poker Players

Patrick Caughill at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 10 hours ago
The Libratus AI system will take on some of the greatest human players in a game of Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold’em poker. Researchers believe similar automated systems could participate in complex negotiations, go toe to toe with nefarious hackers, and even fight disease. The post New AI To Take On World’s Best Poker Players appeared first on Futurism.

Desperado Perps continue drum beat for WWIII

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*James Clapper (right) said Russia's* *President Vladimir Putin's **"motivation" * * will be revealed in a report next week* From today's BBC (Voice of Satan) we have the latest desperate salvo over the CIA wall of lies....in an effort to start WWIII in the dying days of the Obomination's presidency. Please read the following "report" [emphasis added by moi] and I will have my thoughts and analysis in comments to follow: *The US intelligence chief has promised to explain why Russia allegedly meddled in the US presidential election*. Director of National... more »

How Much Longer - Incirlik?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 10 hours ago
I'm back to reading tea leaves and they haven't been helpful. Maybe I should consult the I-Ching? There is an apparent shelf life to the US remaining at the Turkish Air Force Base at Incerlik - but how long is that shelf life? *Context* Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu was critical of the US in an Anadolunews agency report that came out yesterday. He said that the US failed to provide air support to Turkey-backed opposition forces taking part in Operation Euphrates Shield against Daesh (DA'ISH, the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL). The ministe... more »

10 Basic Forms of Fake News Used by Major Media

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - The secrets of professional grade fake news. The post 10 Basic Forms of Fake News Used by Major Media appeared first on Waking Times.

What Democrats Failed to Do on January 3

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
*Yes. I, for one, think of this daily.* *by Gaius Publius* It's widely understood, even in Republican circles, that a Supreme Court nomination that should have fallen to a Democratic president was stolen from him by Senate Republicans and will be handed instead to a Republican president, Donald Trump. (In Republican circles, it's not just understood, it's celebrated.) Democratic Party leadership have four ways they can respond — Not at all, Weakly, Strongly, or Very strongly. "Responding not at all" is not an option, since Senate Democrats (and frankly, institutional Democrats in ... more »

Media Silent as Obama Signs ‘US Ministry of Truth’ Law to Fund Propaganda Aimed at Americans

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: propaganda]Not surprisingly, the corporate media is choosing to remain silent on Obama signing into law a virtual Ministry of Truth to push US propaganda.

"How It Really Will Be"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

"The Only Prediction That Really Matters for 2017: The Global Debt Collapse Begins, Followed by The Rise of Fascist, Totalitarian Government”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"The Only Prediction That Really Matters for 2017: * *The Global Debt Collapse Begins, Followed by The Rise of Fascist, Totalitarian Government”* by Mike Adams "As Natural News readers know very well, we are one of the very few news publishers in the world that accurately predicted the Donald Trump election victory as well as the left-wing chaos and resistance that followed. While the entire fakestream media was arrogantly reporting that Hillary Clinton had already won well before election day, I knew that was a lie. I knew everything was rigged and even wrote a popular article lis... more »

Trump to Build Death Camps for Trans-gendered People of Color: Will Deport All Woman

Fred Reed at 11 hours ago
I love it. Of all the things about Trump that our silly-ass Aunt Polly media might have considered–policy toward China, relations with Iran, reform of taxes–they seemed most agitated about…his sex life. Yes. Sure, he is a misogynist, homophobe, Islamophobe, fascist, … Continue reading →

Plant journal flags fungus paper amid investigation

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 11 hours ago
A journal has issued an expression of concern (EOC) for a recently published study after a probe identified “problems with the figure presentation.” According to the EOC notice in New Phytologist, two figures in the paper contained “some anomalies,” and the corresponding author has acknowledged that there are problems with the images. Here’s the EOC […] The post Plant journal flags fungus paper amid investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.

#TopTen | #3: A can-kicking ex-PM

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 11 hours ago
*Today, last year’s third-most popular post here at EnZed’s fourth-most read political blog asking … for all his tremendous popularity, is John Key the almost unique example of a Prime Minister without a legacy?* ------------------------------ [image: John_Key_Cartoon-McGrail] In years to come, I suspect, John Key’s long-term legacy will be seen as being the PM who kicked the can down the road. He was a man who without question understood many of the issues a new government urgently needed to address, and even clearly articulated before his first electoral victory what that g... more »

A Look At How The U.S. Would Launch A Military Strike Against North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Deadly convoy: Dozens of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons demonstrate an 'Elephant Walk' as they taxi down a runway during an exercise at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, to practise for a wartime mission. This picture is among a gallery of images chosen to showcase a year in the life of the U.S. Air force in 2012 *Stratfor:* *What the U.S. Would Use to Strike North Korea* *Summary* *Editor's Note:** This is the third installment of a five-part series that originally ran in May 2016 examining the measures that could be taken to inhibit North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The p... more »

World News Briefs -- January 5, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyber threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 5, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Reuters: **Russia cyber attacks are 'major threat,' Congress probe hears* Russian cyber attacks pose a "major threat" to the United States, top U.S. intelligence officials told a congressional hearing on Thursday despite skepticism from President-elect Donald Trump about findings that Moscow orchestrated hacking of the 2016 election. Although Trump called himself a "big fan"... more »

"The Only Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
“The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.” - Oscar Wilde

“What if Climate Change Causes More CO2?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“What if Climate Change Causes More CO2?”* by Scott Adams “Let me start this post by restating that I agree with the scientific consensus on climate change. I’m not a scientist and I have no tools to evaluate the credibility of those who are. As far as I can tell, the arguments on both sides are totally credible. I can’t tell them apart. So I default to agreeing with the experts, not so much because I believe experts are likely to be right in this case, but because there are extreme social and economic penalties for being a climate “denier.” So I’m not one. I’m just a non-scientis... more »

"Something To Think About"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

Introducing Beyond Satire

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 11 hours ago
I am pleased to announce the launch of Shadowproof’s “Beyond Satire” section. Shadowproof launched as an independent press organization that aspires to support a range of work from freelance journalists, but I always knew at some point there would be expansions to complement our journalistic work and give the organization The post Introducing Beyond Satire appeared first on Shadowproof.

Trump’s Lawyers Had Part Of A Book Cut Because It Detailed His Encounters With Women

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 11 hours ago
President Donald Trump’s legal team threatened to make life unbearable for the authors if they included these incredibly shocking revelations. The post Trump’s Lawyers Had Part Of A Book Cut Because It Detailed His Encounters With Women appeared first on Shadowproof.

RSS Confirm 2016 Is Tied With 1998 As Warmest Year

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://data.remss.com/msu/monthly_time_series/RSS_Monthly_MSU_AMSU_Channel_TLT_Anomalies_Land_and_Ocean_v03_3.txt RSS have also now released their temperature data for December, which, as with UAH, shows a big drop from the month before. Annually, RSS co9me to the same conclusion as UAH, that 2016 was 0.02C warmer than 1998. As Roy Spencer has pointed out, the […]

Iceland’s Volcanic Heat–The Next White Elephant

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/01/05/icelands-volcanic-heat-may-perfect-solution-britains-energy/ Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is back on his hobby horse again: Iceland is the answer to our prayers. The country has a surfeit of cheap electricity from volcanoes and melting glaciers that is either sold for a pittance, or goes to waste. The Icelanders would dearly love to sell this […]

Detroit Cop Takes to Facebook to Call Citizens ‘Garbage’ & Brag About Beating ‘Kids’

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: garbage]A veteran Detroit Police Officer is being investigated for calling residents of the city ‘garbage‘ and for boasting about using physical violence against children.

Senator Rand Paul Just Reintroduced Corruption-Killing Legislation to ‘Audit the Fed’

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: paul]Rand Paul strikes the root of the problem in the United States government and calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 5, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter jets (foreground) are pictured at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas *NBC:* *Turks Turn Down U.S. Military Help in Syria, Accept Russian Aid Instead* Two defense officials say that Russia has conducted "several" airstrikes in support of the Turkish military fighting in Al Bab, Syria. And, while the Turks have accepted air power help from the Russians, they continue to decline military help from the U.S. The Turks are fighting to expel ISIS from al Bab and they are in the midst o... more »

"Wanting More (Never Enough)"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Wanting More (Never Enough)"* by Hoboken411 "We’ve written in the past about contentment– but is it a human condition… the desire of always wanting more? That “enough is never enough?” Think about it. Money. Power/conquest. Material possessions. Status/attention. Is it possible the feeling of always wanting more can never, ever go away? What if you had “everything?” Money (billions). What happens when you can pretty much buy or acquire anything you want? Say you had billions of dollars? The biggest home. The largest collection of luxury cars. Swaths of private property. How long... more »

How to spot fake news...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*"All news is fake news until proven otherwise" Adrienne* *Ten basic forms of fake news used by major media*by Jon Rappoport January 5, 2017 *The basic purpose of these ten forms is the presentation of a false picture of reality.* You could find more forms, or divide these ten into sub-categories. The ten basic forms are: * Direct lying about matters of fact. * Leaving out vital information. * Limited hangout. (This is an admission of a crime or a mistake, which only partially reveals the whole truth. The idea is that by admitting a fraction of what really happened and burying th... more »

THE PROBLEM INCLUDES US: The mother of all data sets!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2017Part 3—Sadly, we liberals don't care:* Should Professor Lilla, 60 years old, care about Name Withheld? We're going to say that he should! That said, his recent rhetoric, which may have been misleading, gave the impression that he doesn't—and that he doesn't think liberals *should* care about people like her. Quickly, let's visit Name Withheld one more time. For background on what Lilla said, see yesterday's report. Name Withheld lives in Corbin, Kentucky. Her situation was described by Sarah Kliff in a recent report for Vox. Name Withheld, who's 59, can'... more »

Trump Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer Is Free Trade Skeptic

Steve Byas at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: trump-trade-rep-robert-lighthizer-is-free-trade-skeptic] Trump's pick for U.S. trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, is an indication that the recent Republican and conservative dogma of "free trade" will be directly challenged.

This Is One Of The Messiest White House Transitions In My Lifetime

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump (L) to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Wall Street Journal:* *Transition From Barack Obama to Donald Trump Turns Tense* *After warm start, White House changeover gets messy as agendas collide* President Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump are making moves that tread on each other’s turf and complicate the other’s agenda, creating one of the messiest White House transitions in recent years. Since Election Day, Mr. Obama ... more »

Rip-off News round-up. Our pick of the last week's media (Thu 5th Jan)

Hari at Ripped-off Britons - 13 hours ago
Row over 'affordable' starter homes that will cost up to £450,000 Housing minister Gavin Barwell pledged that 2017 would see the first wave of the discounted homes built on brownfield sites in 30 local authority areas around England. But Labour and the housing charity Shelter said it was a nonsense to describe them as “affordable” when they would cost up to £450,000 each. Furthermore, Mr

Mosul Campaign Day 80, Jan 4, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
The two pronged thrust from the east and southeast in Mosul continued. The 9 th Division and Federal police freed Wahdain the southeast. There was one report however that they had not taken the Salam Hospital, which is inside the neighborhood, and another at the end of the day that there was still fighting going on there. The Federal Police also claimed to have cleared Adenand Moalimin, but again there was another statement by the Iraqi forces (ISF) that they were still trying to take the latter. The former had been liberated once before, and Aden, four times. The Golden Division to... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
On her show last night, Rachel Maddow devoted nearly a half hour of airtime to multiple segments about anti-Trump movements, particularly those inspired by the online pamphlet *Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda,* which was written by former congressional staffers. Three of *Indivisible*'s authors also had an op-ed in *The New York Times* on Tuesday, in which they explained their thinking: The Tea Party’s ideas were wrong, and their often racist rhetoric and physical threats were unacceptable. But they understood how to wield political power and made two c... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 13 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* Here’s the key to understanding blockchain * How long before it too gets hacked? *Thousands of people are returning to Aleppo despite freezing weather and destruction 'beyond imagination' Russia says it's ready to offer sophisticated weapons and be a 'close friend' to the Philippines Myanmar faces growing danger from ISIS supporters as persecution of Rohingya Muslims continues A gunman reportedly killed himself after a rare shooting rampage in China Over 100 armed men linked to a Muslim rebel group attacked a Philippines jail and freed prisoners 'It's a bad idea'... more »

UK Reclassifies CBD Oil as Medicine Just as America Puts It in Class With Heroin

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: cbd]Unlike the US, where it will soon be considered as dangerous as heroin, CBD is now classified as a medicine in the UK.

For this fake editorial, “merit of artistic writing” was enough for publication

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
While we are often among the first to chuckle at a good sting of a predatory publisher, there have probably been enough of them by now to have made the point. And even Ottawa Citizen reporter Tom Spears — whose stings have been among the most hilarious — seems to agree. He didn’t want to […] The post For this fake editorial, “merit of artistic writing” was enough for publication appeared first on Retraction Watch.

U.S. Senate Hearing - Top US Intelligence Officials Testify On Russian Hacking & Donald Trump (Live Feed)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Update: *Congress begins Russia hacking probe, Trump defends comments on U.S. intelligence (Reuters).

Did U.S. Senator Schumer Just Threaten President-Elect Trump?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Examiner: **Schumer warns Trump: Intel officials 'have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you'* The new leader of Democrats in the Senate says Donald Trump is being "really dumb" for picking a fight with intelligence officials, suggesting they have ways to strike back, after the president-elect speculated Tuesday that his "so-called" briefing about Russian cyberattacks had been delayed in order to build a case. "Let me tell you: You take on the intelligence community — they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schum... more »

Failed Transparency and Accountability

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
The details of the Fukushima disaster will remain hidden from public view: Court denies disclosure of Tepco officials’ testimony about Fukushima disaster. JIJI Dec 27, 2016 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/27/national/court-denies-disclosure-tepco-officials-testimony-fukushima-crisis/#.WGlFCX2s6YQ The Tokyo District Court has dismissed an appeal by Tepco shareholders calling for disclosure of a government panel’s records of questioning of executives over the March 2011 crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. “The decision accepted all of what the government cla... more »

Unique Community Prison Resurrects Debate Team — Beats Boston College in Sensational Debut

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: debate]The Norfolk Prison Colony -- established as a place for rehabilitation through learning and engagement -- is showing its colors once again -- in debate.

WSJ: "SEC Pick is Attuned to Needs of Wall Street"

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Dave Michaels and Liz Hofman (2017, January 5). SEC Pick Is Attuned to Needs of Wall Street. The Wall Street Journal, B1 Donald Trump's nomination of veteran Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to end the streak of aggressive regulators and litigators overseeing the country's top market cop. Clayton, whose clients have included Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Barclays PLC, adds another figure with deep industry ties to President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.... I've posted previously about the sheer volume of Wal... more »

Anomaly! At 35% Discount For Ten More Days

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 14 hours ago
I thought it would be good to let you readers of this column know that in case you wish to order the book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab" (or any other title published by World Scientific, for that matter) you have 10 more days to benefit of a 35% discount off the cover price. Just visit the World Scientific site of the book and use the discount code WS16XMAS35). read more

Elor Azaria Guilty and other Israel-related controversies.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Please excuse recent dereliction of duty blogwise (due to obligatory seasonal spike in Domestic Goddessness) Shame, just when so much has been happening, too. John Kerry’s rambling speech rationalising Barack Obama’s vengeful decision *not *to veto a UNSC resolution that was so badly constructed that it shunted the prospect of peace even further into oblivion. Then our own government shamefully emerging as co-architect of that very resolution, the one John Kerry was attempting to defend, making both Theresa May’s pro-Israel speech at CFI *and* her public denunciation of John Kerry... more »

Evil In America

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*FOX News:* *4 in custody after mentally disabled man tied up, tortured on Facebook Live* FOX 32 NEWS - Chicago investigators are questioning four African-Americans after a Facebook Live video shows a group of people torturing a white mentally disabled man while someone yelled "F*** Trump!" and "F*** white people!" Chicago police were made aware of the video Tuesday afternoon. A young African American woman streamed the video live on Facebook showing at least four people holding the young white man hostage. "The video is reprehensible," said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. *... more »

The Moving Trucks Are At The White House

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
It's that time... pic.twitter.com/pRFqPGMMvU — Michelle Kosinski (@MKosinskiCNN) January 4, 2017 *Washington Examiner*: *Moving truck spotted outside White House* A moving truck was seen on Wednesday parked outside the White House, where President Obama will live and work for just two more weeks. The truck was parked on West Executive Avenue, a street inside the White House gates and situated in-between the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the West Wing. A photo of the truck was tweeted by CNN White House reporter Michelle Kosinski. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* It's h... more »

How Will U.S. - Mexico Ties Be Impacted By A Trump Administration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Donald Trump had this message for the car industry earlier this week *BBC:* *Mexico and Mr Trump: What will happen to trade ties?* Mexico is being blamed by President-elect Donald Trump for taking jobs from the US. He's been putting pressure on US companies not to move jobs south, and this week Ford announced it was investing in its factory in Michigan rather than building a new plant in Mexico. During his election campaign, Mr Trump threatened to rip up Nafta, the free trade agreement between Canada, the US and Mexico, which has been in place for 23 years. But what impact has Na... more »

Only Public Outrage

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 14 hours ago
At the beginning of the week, House Republicans voted to gut the Congressional Ethics Office. The next day they voted to reverse their decision after being scolded by their leader on Twitter. Some claim that Mr. Trump showed his leadership skills. But Frank Bruni wasn't fooled. He wrote in *New York Times*: Is it any wonder that House Republicans felt O.K. about trying to slip free of some of their own ethical shackles, no matter how ugly the optics? The story here isn’t what, specifically, they attempted to do. Nor is it their abandonment of the plan once the media gasped and the... more »

New Report Lists Gray Wolf Among Top Ten Imperiled Species

White Wolf at White Wolf - 15 hours ago
*Endangered Species Coalition has just released its top 10 list of imperiled species. The advocacy group wants the next administration to take steps to slow the rates of extinction.* On the list is the gray wolf, which has become very familiar to Wisconsin residents. Melissa Smith of Madison, a field representative for the Endangered Species Coalition, says there are many misconceptions about the gray wolf. "They're a very highly politicized animal," she states. "In fact, many of the animals in our top 10 report, I'd almost say that the politics are threatening the gray wolf in Wis... more »

What We Learned From The Passage Of The GOP's Odious Rules Package-- The New Congress' 4 Worst Democrats Show Their Hand

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 15 hours ago
After the Republicans were forced— not by a Trumpanzee tweet, but by mighty roar from the media and, more important, from the public— to remove an amendment by accused pedophile Robert Goodlatte attempting to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics, the Republican Rules package, the package of rules sponsored by the most ethics-free member of Congress, car thief Darrell Issa, came to the floor late Wednesday. H.R. 21 was supported by every single Republican and passed 238-184. Isaa was only able to round up one Democratic co-sponsor, far right Blue Dog Collin Peterson (MN). First t... more »

How Would China Respond To A Trade War Against The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNBC:* *China likely to restrict access to market, disrupt supply chains in a trade war: Economist* China is unlikely to take trade diktats from President-elect Donald Trump and instead use ample tools from multilateral trade rules to financial resources to fight back, a leading economist said. "We will see some sort of action and the risk is that even small actions—given that the China may push back very hard—could very quickly escalate into a tit-for-tat battle that erupts into a trade war," Cornell University economist Eswar Prasad told CNBC. Already a verbal sparring war has... more »

Is President-elect Trump Playing Global Favorites On Twitter?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Nicole Gaouette, CNN*: *Why Trump's tweets favor Russia over China* Washington (CNN)President-elect Donald Trump has been playing global favorites on Twitter. He has showered praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him "very smart!," and dismissed charges that Moscow tried to hack the election process -- even as he's bashed China for currency manipulation, skewing trade and failing to rein in North Korea. It's unusual enough for a president-elect to try to sway foreign policy before he's in office, let alone in 140-character bursts. While Trump aides have said some o... more »

US Concerns Over "Election Interference" May Backfire

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 15 hours ago
*January 5, 2017* (Joseph Thomas -NEO) - The United States has recently claimed the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats from US territory as well as additional sanctions against the Russian state are in retaliation for what the Washington Post claims is *"2016 election interference."* In the Post's article, "Obama administration announces measures to punish Russia for 2016 election interference," it's stated that: *The response, unveiled just weeks before President Obama leaves office, culminates months of internal debate over how to react to Russia’s election-year provocations. In r... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Bible students are warned...you may find the crucifixion too upsetting!* *Religious snowflakes?* Theology students are being warned in advance that they may see distressing images while studying the crucifixion of Jesus, giving them a chance to leave if they fear being upset. It is part of a trend at a number of universities for ‘trigger warnings’ issued by tutors to let students know about course content that might prove disturbing. Advocates say it helps to protect the mental health of vulnerable students. But critics say it is creating a generation of ‘snowflake’ students un... more »

Aaron Lee Ward House

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 16 hours ago
[image: Ward1] Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Aaron Lee Ward designed this house for himself, north of San Francisco, almost fifty years ago. A nice place to be. [image: Ward2] [image: Ward3] Yours for just US$2.25 million. [image: Ward4] Story by Curbed. Photos by Sotheby’s International Realty, where for a short time only you can take a virtual tour. (Try it – see how many things you can find that would be illegal today!) . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*There was NO "hiatus" in global warming -- but only if you include El Nino* *Practically everybody, from Warmists to skeptics, accepts that global temperatures plateaued in C21. There was a "pause" or "hiatus" in global warming. Yet in the latest study we have powerful proof that there was NO plateau, no "hiatus' no "pause". A big upset. But is it?The guys behind the new study have no shame. They have done careful work but made a most convenient and demonstrably false assumption. It does sounds like they have used a meticulously validated data set. And they ... more »

French nuclear probe could impact on Hinkley Point

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2017/01/french-nuclear-probe-could-impact-on-hinkley-point.html?cmpid=enl_PEI_PEIDigest_2016-01-05&email_address=PHOMEWOODUK@YAHOO.CO.UK&eid=296412419&bid=1626578 More problems looming for Hinkley. PEI report: The French regulator, Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) is planning a more thorough investigation into the Areva nuclear power company as concerns about part quality and documentation remain. There is a particular focus on whether a practice of falsifying documents, or […]

Attend our summer school on the Ethics of Family in Health- and Social Care!

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 16 hours ago
One of my commitments is as active member and member of the steering group of an international network on family ethics research, headed by Marian Verkerk, Professor Ethics of Care of the University Medical Centre Groningen. The network has a forthcoming volume (to which I contribute two sections), edited by Marian, Hilde Lindemann and Janice McLaughlin, on Oxford University Press, with the preliminary title *Where Families and Health Care Meet*. Another output is *a new summer school*, organised by the UMCG, on the broad topic of ethical complications and issues in health and soci... more »

Remembering Derek Parfit

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 16 hours ago
Unexpectedly, Derek Parfit died on new year's day 2017, an event sending shock-waves throughout the global philosophy community, as he was no more than 74 years old. For you who don't know who he was, it can be summed up in terms of the most important moral philosopher of the 20th and, so far, the 21th century. With his book *Reasons and Persons* (Oxford UP, 1984), he single-handedly redrew the intellectual maps of normative ethics, philosophy of action and rationality, value theory and existential philosophy, partly by making intriguing revelations of how they interconnect, and ... more »

Read This Book!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
*If the United States in 1945 had been able to ...shed some of its illusions about China, to understand what was happening in that country, and to adopt a realistic policy in America's own interests, Korea and Vietnam would probably never have happened....We would not still be confronted with an unsolvable Taiwan problem....And Mao's China, having come to power in a different way and not thrust into isolation by a hostile West, might be quite a different place.* Those words by US State Department Foreign Service Officer John Service sum up the essence of this very important book. ... more »

Kid & Allergy Friendly Recipes! Cooking With Leo By Erica Daniels From Skyhorse Publishing

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Purchase Cooking With Leo at your favorite retailer here! By Dara Berger As a mom of two children with food allergies and one with autism you would think I have read it all when it comes to food. I actually...

Dachel Wake Up: Ben Swann on US Propaganda

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
By Anne Dachel January 3, 2017 CBS 46 Atlanta Reality Check: President Obama Quietly Signs New Law To Allow U.S. Gov. to Fund Propaganda For U.S. Citizens By Ben Swann (View Ben Swann's report on Facebook here.) Ben Swann: “After...

Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 18 hours ago
*Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics* *Stephen Hicks* This interesting essay by Stephen Hicks is aimed at recasting the current business ethics which holds that business is, in principle, amoral or immoral, and defending the idea that business depends on egoism and is moral. The fundamental elements of business are production and trade. Production is the consequence of people taking responsibility for their own lives and making rational decisions to achieve their goals. Trade is the consequence of people voluntarily cooperating and entering into transactions. Hicks points ou... more »

Sci-Fi Book Series Review

LL at Virtual Mirage - 19 hours ago
*The Expanse Series* *Leviathan Wakes* *Caliban's War* *Abaddon's Gate* *Cibola Burn* *Nemesis Games* *Babylon's Ashes* Over the Christmas break, I've been reading this series. Hollywood based a television science fiction series on *The Expanse* (Syfy Channel), and I frankly had a difficult time following it. The second season is due to hit the air on February 1. The books series is much better than Hollywood's treatment of the series. If you were to ask me what I liked best about the series, I would tell you that the writing is very good. *I didn't want to like the series, becau... more »

Argentina: Family Claims Seeing UFO at El Chocón

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 19 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO, ORBITA CERO and www.lmneuquén.comDate: 01.04.2017* *Argentina: Family Claims Seeing UFO at El Chocón* ****Campers see a light that moved and changed shapes**** A family camping at El Chocón on the evening of Saturday, December 31 (2016) claims having seen a UFO floating over the lake. The video they recorded shows a round light that moves and changes shape. Dario Carrizo, one of the people at the site, said that his wife and a friend recorded a light in the sky for 25 minutes. It moved quickly and changed sizes. They believe it was an unidentified flying obj... more »

Weinberg's trouble with quantum mechanics is not even wrong

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 19 hours ago
Bill Zajc and Luke Lea have simultaneously sent me a link to a new (or future) article by Steven Weinberg in *The New York Review of Books*, The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics Weinberg's subjective dissatisfaction with quantum mechanics was growing in recent years, along with our fears about Weinberg's exceptional intellect. Many things in this article are similar distortions that have been discussed repeatedly but we may look at his thoughts again and emphasize those that look slightly new. Well, the first new thing is the title, apparently a variation of the title of a notorious ... more »

For 40 Years Johnson & Johnson Hid Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Connection

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is somewhat surprising because talc has long been a desiccant of choice, long before J & J picked up on it. That it might be a bad idea was never tested out back in the day. Once a market was established we discover the usual corporate myopia. I had observed that J & J was replacing talc with simple corn starch several years ago and then wondered why? As it turns out, i found the corn starch superior for my needs and also took note. By now i am sure that talc has simply disappeared frrom the market. Obviously no one has a special license to sell corn starch and that likely... more »

Anneke Lucas - Liberation Prison Yoga

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: Prisoner in Cell Praying] The central purpose of yoga is to train your mind in the art of what is called mindfulness. We are able to separate several components of our mind and consciousness as unique rather than one and the same which our science attempts to do. Thus training must address these aspects uniquely as well. Just identifying this is a breakthrough. Thus the practice of meditation must first deal with simple mind chatter. With that out of the way it becomes possible to access your conspicuousness or the independent consciousness of your spirit b... more »

Popular American Foods Contaminated with Monsanto’s Glyphosate Weedkiller at Alarming Levels

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The application of roundup is a run away thanks to the idiocy of wheat desiccation. That it is now persuasive in our processed food supply then is no surprise. The body of independent scientific evidence is slowly crushing the corporate narrative which was always a pure lie. That it has taken fifty years demonstrates just now effective the sell and lie tactic happens to be for the corporate operator. It appears that no corporate sponsor can ever be trusted with the science. A vetry unsettling thought... . *Popular American Foods Contaminated with Monsanto’s Glyphosate Weedki... more »

How to Heal ADHD — Without Resorting to Pharmaceutical Grade Amphetamines

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
The take home here is that a med from Europe counteracts this problem and it is derived from a french maritime pine bark. It shoukld be easy enough to get. In the meantime, the American industry merely uses this diagnosis to flog inappropriate meds from their own roster and this typically includes serious side effects and real risk of abuse. My own efforts has actually shown us that we can develop a useful collection of organics able to assist us and to be properly optimized as to effect. Strangely, it is not necessarily a long list and includes hemp products among the most suc... more »

How to Ethically Analyze Reproductive Technologies

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Harvard bioethicist Glenn Cohen knows in his gut that sex and sexual reproduction are areas of human life that involve moral dilemmas. But when it comes to resolving those dilemmas and taking action, he recognizes the need to “go beyond the gut.”

American Authoritarianism, Coming 2017

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. Power is not a means; it is an end … The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power”~ George Orwell http://ieet.org/archive/mussolini-balcony-palazzo-venezia.jpg

No War in Korea!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 21 hours ago
*Talk grows in U.S. of possibility of military strikes on N. Korea * By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- Talk is growing in the United States of the possibility of using military strikes to take out North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities after the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, threatened he's close to testing a long-range missile apparently capable of hitting the U.S. Kim said in his New Year's Day address that the communist nation has reached the final stage of preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. The remark was seen as a thinly ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Natural disasters caused $175 billion of damage in 2016, says reinsurance giant Munich Re, the most since 2012 https://t.co/6Ka3yB5Lw6 pic.twitter.com/01jmlnwEmq — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 4, 2017

Musical Interlude: 2002, “A Year And A Day”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
2002, “A Year And A Day” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL7b_avTk38

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Point your telescope toward the high flying constellation Pegasus and you can find this expanse of Milky Way stars and distant galaxies. Centered on NGC 7814, the pretty field of view would almost be covered by a full moon. NGC 7814 is sometimes called the Little Sombrero for its resemblance to the brighter more famous M104, the Sombrero Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* Both Sombrero and Little Sombrero are spiral galaxies seen edge-on, and both have extensive central bulges cut by a thinner disk with dust lanes in silhouette. In fact, NGC 7814 is some 40 million light-year... more »

XENON100 rejects DAMA/LIBRA dark matter modulation at 5.7 sigma

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
DAMA/LIBRA is an Italian dark matter experiment that most colleagues apparently don't take too seriously. In recent years, it has claimed to detect some clear signatures of dark matter, especially through the dark matter seasonal modulation. Some effects are different in the summer and in the winter, and so on. This is what you would expect from a dark matter counterpart of the "aether wind", if I dare to borrow to a debunked concept. ;-) *DAMA/LIBRA is some microwave oven with some sensitive pieces within 1 meter of concrete in all directions. A theorist must have a similar idea ... more »

China Tells President-elect Trump To 'Lay-Off'Twitter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 their country (the U.S. doesn't tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don't think so! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016 China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters - rips it out of water and takes it to China in unprecedented act. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2016 We shou... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
An Iraqi soldier takes a selfie with the body of Islamic State militant during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul, Iraq, December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily *WNU Editor*: Reuters has an impressive photo gallery on the battle for Mosul. The link *is here. *

Is President-Elect Trump About To Completely Restructure The Top U.S. Spy Agency As Well As The CIA?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*:* Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency* *President-elect works on restructuring Office of the Director of National Intelligence, tweets again his doubts that Russia hacked Democrats* WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, people familiar with the planning said. The move is prompted by his belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become bloated and politicized, these peop... more »

The Republican Wing Of The Democratic Party Shows Its Hand

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
I hate to say it but House Democrats desperately need their own progressive version of Newt Gingrich to give Pelosi, Hoyer, Clyburn, Crowley a boot up their asses. Beltway Democrats, who have settled comfortably into being the loser party— the way Robert Michel’s Republicans had before Newt Gingrich stuck sticks of dynamite up their tired asses in 1993— seem certain that the way forward is to look backward and keep repeating all the old mistakes that have devastated the party while protecting the pitiful perpetual minority in their positions of secondary grandeur. Josh Krasushaar s... more »

Should We Start Another Cold War Because John Podesta Fell For A Phishing Scam?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Glenn Harlan Reynolds, USA Today:* *Russians! Under my bed!: Glenn Reynolds* John Podesta fell for a phishing scam. Let's not start another Cold War over that. If there’s any single statement that President Obama probably wishes he could undo, it was his mockery of Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential debates. Referring to Romney’s characterization of Russia as America’s greatest geopolitical foe, Obama said the 1980s are calling and they want their foreign policy back. Now of course, Democrats are up in arms about the Russians, sounding like madcap John Birchers from the 1... more »

Attackers can make it impossible to dial 911

Yuval Elovici, Professor of Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
When calling these people, you want to be able to get through. Fairfax County, Virginia It’s not often that any one of us needs to dial 911, but we know how important it is for it to work when one needs it. It is critical that 911 services always be available – both for the practicality of responding to emergencies, and to give people peace of mind. But a new type of attack has emerged that can knock out 911 access – our research explains how these attacks occur as a result of the system’s vulnerablities. We show these attacks can create extremely serious repercussions for public sa... more »

Turkey Is Threatening To Close Incirlik Base To US Air Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Examiner:* *Turkey weighs booting US from Incirlik air base* Now that Washington and Ankara are at odds over military operations in northern Syria, Turkey is questioning why it continues to allow the U.S. to use its strategically important Incirlik air base in the fight against the Islamic State. The veiled threat comes as Turkish military forces have been supporting Syrian rebels in the north to liberate the Syrian town of al-Bab from Islamic State control. The Turkish operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" is ostensibly intended to clear "terrorists" from the area of S... more »

U.S. Soldiers Are Operating Inside Of Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC*: *American Troops Have Operated Inside of Mosul, Coalition Confirms* American troops have been operating alongside Iraqi forces inside of ISIS-held Mosul, a coalition spokesperson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday. "They have been in the city at different times," Col. John Dorrian said during a teleconference briefing Wednesday morning. The American and coalition troops have been operating as advisers to the Iraqi troops, who are at the forefront of the fighting, and have stayed "behind the forward line of troops," Dorrian said. In the past couple of weeks, the numb... more »

Comrade Trump: The World’s Worst Cabinet Maker, Believe Me -- Meet The New Russian Oligarchs! (1)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
2*016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 5* *"Donald Trump and I agree that it's time to make America cook again." How did Comrade Trump miss him?* *by Noah* Jesus was a carpenter, and since Trump and his hypnotized followers think he’s the new Messiah, the new Jesus, it follows that Comrade Trump could build us some very nice cabinets, no? Well, not if you had any regard for whatever you put in them. Your dishes in the kitchen? *Crash!* Same with the United States of America: It’s not just the Trump cabinet nominations, it’s all of his appointments to "his" administration. I ... more »

Toyota’s Futuristic Concept Car Comes With Wings and a Built-In AI

Kristin Houser at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 1 day ago
Toyota's new concept car features an AI agent that learns about the driver, monitoring everything from their schedule and driving patterns to their responsiveness and emotions. With ridesharing and autonomy disrupting the auto industry, manufacturers like Toyota will need to continue to think outside the box if they want to ensure future car ownership. The post Toyota’s Futuristic Concept Car Comes With Wings and a Built-In AI appeared first on Futurism.

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates January 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
More than 2,000 Iraqis a day are fleeing Mosul as U.S.-led coalition forces advance: https://t.co/DM9SuAEdbO pic.twitter.com/IoDEXW24YX — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) January 4, 2017 *Reuters: More than 2,000 Iraqis a day flee Mosul as military advances* More than 2,000 Iraqis a day are fleeing Mosul, several hundred more each day than before U.S.-led coalition forces began a new phase of their battle to retake the city from Islamic State, the United Nations said on Wednesday. After quick initial advances, the operation stalled for several weeks but last Thursday Iraqi forces renew... more »

Assange on Fox News

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Normally Fox News would vilify Julian Assange but in this case they gave him a chance to explain that Russia did not 'hack' the US election. I can't blame Fox News for wanting to protect their chosen candidate Trump as he has repeatedly said that he does not believe Russia did any hacking of the US election. CNN and MSNBC protect the Democrats all the time. Turn about is fair play. It's obvious to me that the Democrats are trying to pass blame onto Russia for their own disastrous loss to Trump in the election. In addition, the neo-cons, who basically control the Dem party, were... more »

Me in the Diplomat: Taiwan's Terrible Tourism Year and Other Media Fables

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
The Diplomat was kind enough to run a piece by me: Taiwan's Anno Horribilis in The Diplomat The constant use of terms like “lucrative” or “suffering” to describe the effects of Chinese tourism in Taiwan highlights their key political role: Chinese tourists are aimed squarely at local Taiwan politics and at the international media. By sending in flows of tourists Beijing builds local patronage networks. They also offer Beijing a way to generate and then manage foreign media reporting through “goodwill” or “tensions” as needed, which costs Beijing nothing (outbound tourism is an imp... more »

Swiss Drug-maker Novartis Office Raided in Greece in Bribery Probe; Novartis Accused of Bribery in Turkey; Novartis US Fraud Settlement for Drug Kickback Scheme

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
There are laws against bribery, but some think they are above the law. A law is generally indicative of a … Continue reading →

“As a discipline, the dismal science has quite simply lost the plot.”

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
[image: TrumpFailure] Jeremy Warner at *The Telegraph* reckons The economists have had another terrible year. It's time for a complete re-think *As a discipline, the dismal science has quite simply lost the plot. All over the shop, economics seems incapable of answering the great questions of our time. Are we heading for deflation or inflation? Are we locked in secular stagnation or have we finally put the financial crisis behind us? The conceit of modern economics is that it sees itself as an evidence-based science, yet if it could ever be such a thing, it is today no... more »

Turkey: Pity the Nation That is Fooled Twice

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
My intention was to get back to the Istanbul shooting today.. Sadly it's not working out for me. Getting sidetracked with other topics. I'll get back to that tomorrow. Instead I'm featuring an oped from Daily Sabah. The author is addressing an absurd recent Robert Fisk piece. Fisk get's paid and he clearly kowtowed to his pay masters- I'm not a fan of his, at the best of time. I'm unsure how many readers here caught the piece of trash written by Robert Fisk? I know that Ally did because we exchanged comments regarding the piece. Ally*January 3, 2017 at 9:43 AM* *Have you seen Robe... more »

Audit the Fed Re-Introduced, With Best Prospects Ever

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: audit-the-fed-re-introduced-with-best-prospects-ever] Facing its best chance of passage ever under the new GOP-controlled Congress and the incoming Trump administration, wildly popular legislation to open up the Federal Reserve's books, known as “Audit the Fed,” was just re-introduced in the 115th Congress. The bill, sponsored by hundreds of lawmakers in the House and the Senate, would force the obsessively secretive and increasingly controversial central bank to submit to a full government audit. But the Fed and its apologists do not plan to allow a real audit without a tou... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- January 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Aki Peritz, Politico:* *Why Is Trump Siding With Assange Over the CIA?* *As a former CIA analyst, I never thought I’d see a U.S. president link arms with a man whose mission is to steal America’s hard-won secrets.* We are through the looking glass now. The next president of the United States is siding with Julian Assange, a man who wears his anti-Americanism proudly and acts like the textbook definition of a Russian asset, over the U.S. intelligence community – thousands of smart, patriotic people who work long hours for middling pay, some risking their lives to keep the rest of ... more »

Wife, Family & Solar Farm To Support–Please Give Generously

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 1 day ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/04/renewables-investment-uk-fall-95-percent-three-years-study-subsidy-cuts-emissions-targets Two connected news stories today. First, from the Guardian: Investment in windfarms will fall off a “cliff edge” over the next three years and put the UK’s greenhouse gas reduction targets at risk, a thinktank has found. More than £1bn of future investment in renewable energy projects […]

Turkey Questioning NATO’s Use of Incirlik- Sever Ties With YPG/PKK

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*Al monitor* *Link 2* Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu renewed calls today for Washington to sever ties with the Syrian Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the top ally of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, and to provide air support to Turkish forces fighting to dislodge the jihadists from the Syrian town of al-Bab. US reticence,* Cavuosglu charged*, was leading the Turkish people to ask*, “Why are you letting these people [the Americans] remain in Incirlik?” *Defense Minister Fikri Isik echoed his comments, remarking, “*The absence of coalition as... more »

Nazi Collaborator Soros Continues Multi-pronged War on Trump, Calls Him “Would-be Dictator”

William F. Jasper at rss - 1 day ago
[image: nazi-collaborator-soros-continues-multi-pronged-war-on-trump-calls-him-would-be-dictator] A long-suppressed CBS interview of unrepentant George Soros admitting he was a Holocaust helper further demolishes his credibility to pose as the “conscience of the world” and a champion of democracy and “open societies.”

World News Briefs -- January 4, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*ABC News Online:* *Syria conflict: Damascus residents limit water use after attack on rebel-held river* Damascus residents are scrambling for clean water after the Syrian Government attacked rebels holding the city's main source in a nearby valley, producing an outage that has stretched for nearly two weeks. The cut-off is a major challenge to the Government's effort throughout the nearly six-year-old civil war to keep the capital as insulated as possible from the effects of the conflict tearing apart much of the country. The Government has advertised its efforts to keep electric... more »

Mining Corporations Want Rules Changed in Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
Update on Maine's metallic mining rules by Hendrik Gideonse at Alliance for the Common Good rally in Augusta yesterday.

How to Win the War: Rules for Lefties

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
I'm not going to bother with a point-by-point fisk of Jimmy Delingpole's latest Breitbart nonsense. I will note, however, that any commentator with the compulsion to tell themselves and their audience how clever and morally superior they are has some interesting inferiority issues going on. Nevertheless, his "Rules for Righties" is the usual boilerplate with the familiar all-powerful enemies: feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, the liberal establishment. So far, so yawnsome. But what is interesting is how Jimmy falls into the same conceit as the liberals he affects to despise. ... more »

Honoring the losing majority (redux). And what each of us can do.

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
Today I will offer a proposal that would be a sensible act of healing for any newly elected president, whether winning by a landslide, a squeaker, or on technicalities. But first... *== This started with a banishing of facts ==* And so it begins. As the GOP-led House of Representatives votes to gut the Congressional Ethics Office. Yes, they backed off, under a tsunami of harsh reaction. But it was a clear shot over our bow. Moreover, this was *not* the beginning. Look up the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), whose scientific and technical staff advised Congress since the Trum... more »

‘His Hands Were Already Tied’ Video Shows Cops Hold Down Man as Fellow Cop Smashes in His Head

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 1 day ago
[image: video]A video uploaded to Facebook shows a disturbing scene as 2 cops hold down a non-violent man while a third cop smashes in his face.

Trump, Pence Support Assange's Remarks on Alleged Russian Hacking

Steve Byas at rss - 1 day ago
[image: trump-pence-support-assange-s-remarks-on-alleged-russian-hacking] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he did not get the hacked e-mails from the Russians, and Trump has angered Obama administration intelligence leaders by backing him up.

Julian Assange: Russia Was Not the Source of the Leaked Podesta Emails

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
Dandelion Salad ConspiracyScope on Jan 3, 2017 WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange interviewed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, on whether or not Russia provided WikiLeaks the hacked Democratic emails. *** Election-hacking malware had ‘no apparent relationship with Russian intelligence’ RT America on Jan 3, 2017 While the mainstream media mantra that “Russia hacked our election” continues to […]

This Robot May Be the Key to Houses Powered by Intelligence

Robert Sanders at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 1 day ago
With a 1080p camera, an array of four microphones, dual speakers, wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, and spatial sensors, the Kuri robot is designed to fit right into smart homes. Kuri is one of several domestic robots hitting the market, potentially helping usher in a future in which everyone has a robot companion helping them through their daily lives. The post This Robot May Be the Key to Houses Powered by Intelligence appeared first on Futurism.

Quote of the Day: On betraying your self

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*"It’s what I couldn’t understand about people for a long time. They have no self. They live within others. They live second-hand. Look at Peter Keating. . . . I’ve looked at him—at what’s left of him—and it’s helped me to understand. He’s paying the price and wondering for what sin and telling himself that he’s been too selfish. In what act or thought of his has there ever been a self? What was his aim in life? Greatness—in other people’s eyes. Fame, admiration, envy—all that which comes from others. Others dictated his convictions, which he did not hold, but he was satisfied ... more »

FBI Director Comey, CIA Director Brennan and Director of National Intelligence Clapper To Brief Trump On Friday Over Russian Hacking

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump delivered brief remarks to reporters at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Reuters:* *Trump to meet with CIA, FBI and DNI chiefs on Friday: spokesman* Donald Trump planned to meet with the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday, a spokesman for the U.S. Republican president-elect said. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Sean Spicer said CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey... more »

Unveiling the Antarctic Mysteries and Exposing the Cover-up

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 1 day ago
The great visionary Edgar Cayce once said, “The unseen forces are greater than the seen.” That esoteric statement extends to the cosmology of our physical universe as well, since scientists believe it’s comprised of 96% dark matter and dark energy, leaving just 4% of the universe seeable. And among the earth’s seven continents, no greater land mass has been more unseen, uninhabited and less known about than the mysterious frozen terrain that lies underneath the 2-4 mile deep polar ice shelf covering the Antarctic continent, a massive 5.4 million square mile (14 million square kil... more »

Chet Raymo, “At Home In An Infinite Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“At Home In An Infinite Universe”* by Chet Raymo “They are questions that bedeviled thinkers for thousands of years: Is the universe infinite or finite, eternal or of a finite age? It is certainly hard to imagine a universe that extends without limit in every direction, or a universe without a beginning or end. It is equally difficult to imagine a finite universe; what is beyond the edge? Or a beginning or end in time; how can something come from nothing? how can what is cease to be? The problems are so intractable philosophically that their resolution has generally been left to ... more »

"When We Have Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy. In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age, we are looking backwards to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day, when we have time.” - Charles Caleb Colton, “Lacon”

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Bolton, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

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