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*BBC*: *Japan recalls Korean envoy over 'comfort women' statue* Japan has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador to South Korea, amid an escalating row over a statue representing wartime sex slaves. The statue was installed by activists outside the Japanese consulate in the South Korean city of Busan last month. South Korea has long called for reparations for "comfort women", who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two. Japan says the statue violates a previous agreement on the issue. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: The war ended 75 years ago .... but ...more »
I’ve been observing cabinet appointments in the incoming Trump administration and the Theresa May government with horror in the past few months. As someone who originally did a PhD with the intent to become a career diplomat (and yes, I realize there’s a foreign civil service pathway to achieve precisely that goal), to me expertise […]
Just a small handful of members of Congress objected to the certification of Putin’s puppet as president: Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Bobby Scott (D-VA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), John Conyers (D-MI), James McGovern (D-MA), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and two of the freshmen Blue America backed this past cycle, Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD). Biden, always the corporate asshole, presided over the joint session of Congress, and refused to accept the objections. No Senators— not Bernie, not Elizabeth Warren— joined them, an omission that makes Putin’s success...more »
It appears that Trump plans on shrinking the CIA and the office of the Director of National Intelligence: Damian Paletta and Julian E. Barnes (Jan. 4, 2017). Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency. The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.com/articles/lawmakers-officials-frown-on-donald-trumps-dismissal-of-u-s-intelligence-1483554450 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 wit...more »
Furrion Robotics Division introduced a giant mechanized exosuit intended to be used in a new form of sport that uses technologically augmented athleticism. This could be the dawning of a new era in sports where technology meets real life gameplay. The post It’s Big, it’s Robotic, and it’s Pretty Cool—Check Out This Giant Mechanized Exoskeleton appeared first on Futurism.
*Daily Mail: **EXCLUSIVE: At least 18 MORE Guantanamo detainees to be freed within days as Obama starts mass transfer of fanatics who have threatened to bomb and behead Americans* * DailyMail.com has learned that at least 22 of the 59 Guantanamo Bay detainees should be transferred before January 20; four were moved on Thursday * Move would mean more than a third of the detainees leaving U.S. custody before Donald Trump takes office * Trump has already warned President Obama against moving any of those there saying they are 'dangerous' * DailyMail.com lists every detainee still he...more »
“Cosmic clouds seem to form fantastic shapes in the central regions of emission nebula IC 1805. Of course, the clouds are sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula's newborn star cluster, Melotte 15. About 1.5 million years young, the cluster stars are near the center of this colorful skyscape, along with dark dust clouds in silhouette. *Click image for larger size.* Dominated by emission from atomic hydrogen, the telescopic view spans about 30 light-years. But wider field images reveal that IC 1805's simpler, overall outline suggests its popular na...more »
“We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours, and do not think of the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more, and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try...more »
*“Take My Arm”* by Chet Raymo “I'm sure I have referenced here before the poems of Grace Schulman, she who in inhabits that sweet melancholy place between "the necessity and impossibility of belief." Between, too, the necessity and impossibility of love. Belief and love. They have so much in common, yet are as distinct as self and other. How strange that two people can hitch their lives together, on a whim, say, or wild intuition, knowing little if nothing about the other's hiddenness, about things that even the other does not fully understand and couldn’t articulate even if he d...more »
*“The Psychological Mistakes People Make That Lead to Misery”* By Jonathan Rottenberg “The puzzling reality is that human depression is increasing in an era when environmental conditions are relatively benign. The average citizen in Western society now lives longer, is less likely to starve, and enjoys considerably greater wealth than his sixteenth-century counterpart. Presumably these objective conditions for survival and reproduction would cause depression rates to fall, not rise to nearly one in five citizens. This environment-depression disconnect seems less strange when we app...more »
A much-anticipated report from U.S. "intelligence community" contains no additional concrete proof that Vladimir Putin ordered hacking to influence the election. The post Intelligence Report On Alleged Russian Interference In Election Lacks Proof appeared first on Shadowproof.
*Next Big Future*:* Cost of US wars from 2001 to 2016 is about $4.79 trillion* As of August 2016, the US has already appropriated, spent, or taken on obligations to spend more than $3.6 trillion in current dollars on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria and on Homeland Security (2001 through fiscal year 2016). To this total should be added the approximately $65 billion in dedicated war spending the Department of Defense and State Department have requested for the next fiscal year, 2017, along with an additional nearly $32 billion requested for the Department of Homela...more »
*David Graham, The Atlantic*:* Intel Agencies: Russia Sought to Hurt Clinton, Help Trump* An unclassified report on alleged interference in the presidential election strongly concludes it was intended to aid President-elect Trump, but is unlikely to persuade skeptics. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its most detailed report on alleged Russian hacking aimed at interfering with the presidential election on Friday. The 25-page report states that the CIA, FBI, and NSA have concluded that Russia was behind a series of attacks, as well as disinformation di...more »
by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy January 6, 2017 A young man was tortured in Chicago this week. It wasn’t an act of the Chicago police. It was live streamed on Facebook. And the President of the United States declared it an horrific hate crime. The President did not advise “looking forward” […]
*by Ken* Okay, I'm gonna shut up in just a moment, because while it takes a heckuva lot to render me speechless, this has just about done it. Let's just first make sure that everyone actually still knows who/what Deep Throat is/was. A show of hands? You can put your hand down, Woodward; we *know* you know. And you too, Bernstein. Though I guess it's nice to know that you guys haven't forgotten. I mean, after all, the guy gave you two *careers*. But . . . but . . . but . . . Just to be clear, there are no live links in the artwork above or below; these are just copies of the grap...more »
“Liberty, if I understand it at all, is a general principle, and the clear right of the subjects within the realm, or of none,” declaredBritish statesman Edmund Burke in an April 3, 1777 message to the Sheriffs of Bristol. “Partial freedom seems to me a most invidious mode of slavery. But, unfortunately, it is the kind of slavery the most easily admitted in times of civil discord: for parties are but too apt to forget their own future safety in their desire of sacrificing their enemies.” The tyrannical measures that had provoked the American rebellion, wrote Burke, threatened li...more »
*Sterilizations of negative embodiments commence in full* by ÉirePort Sterilizations of negative embodiments commence in full. Salacious hu-beings cancel appointments. Strays are collected and returned to Light. Florescents Illuminate the dark corners. Marks of Inner Light are emplaced. ÉirePort | January 5, 2017 at 09:09 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-Bh
From *Wikipedia:* Decision Before Dawn is a 1951 American war film directed by Anatole Litvak, starring Richard Basehart, Oskar Werner, and Hans Christian Blech. It tells the story of the American Army using potentially unreliable German prisoners of war to gather intelligence in the closing days of World War II. The film was adapted by Jack Rollens (uncredited) and Peter Viertel from the novel Call It Treason by George Howe. It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Picture. The cities of Wurzburg, Nuremberg, and Mannheim where some of the picture was sho...more »
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg*:* To Deal With Putin, First Know His Goals* Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a roll. The catalog of his alarming moves is well-known: Aggression in Ukraine, interference in Syria on the side of President Bashar al-Assad, stepped-up intelligence efforts that may include a hybrid operation to discredit Hillary Clinton, a slick, prolific propaganda machine, support for nationa...more »
"Fat Cat Wednesday 2017" by the High Pay Centre Welcome back to work. FTSE100 bosses will have already clocked up an average annual UK salary just two-and-a-half days into the working year Top bosses will already have made more money by the first Wednesday of 2017 than the typical UK worker will earn all year The average pay ratio between FTSE100 CEOs and the average total pay of
I read the unclassified version of the report released by the Directorate of National Intelligence (on behalf of CIA, FBI and NSA) in regard the effort by Russia to undermine confidence in the democratic electoral process. As I've stated before, I don't have access to the data and can't say whether it's slanted or not. FBI and CIA (more political and pro-Obama) have high confidence that the information is correct. NSA, which deals with cyber security, has moderate confidence that the information is correct. To put this whole thing into context, we screw with the Russians in the sam...more »
Assorted content to end your week. - Colin Busby and Ramya Muthukumaran offer some suggestions as to how to ensure there's an adequate social safety net to support people stuck with precarious work: Federal and provincial governments, acting in concert or independently, should reduce the uncertainties of a volatile labour market for newcomers and incumbents. They could start by: 1) Ensuring appropriate access to Employment Insurance benefits for the most vulnerable workers, including part-time and temporary non-seasonal workers, many of whom don’t qualify because of hours-worked e...more »
[image: trump-criticizes-media-and-says-mexico-will-pay-back-u-s-for-border-wall] President-elect Trump criticized the media for saying that his plan to pay for the border wall first and then recoup the cost form Mexico violates his campaign promises.
[image: bill-to-get-u-s-out-of-un-introduced-in-new-congress] Amid growing outrage on both sides of the aisle surrounding the United Nations, legislation to get the U.S. government out of the UN and evict the scandal-plagued global body from the United States has been re-introduced in the new Congress. If approved, H.R.193, better known as the “American Sovereignty Restoration Act,” would end U.S. participation in and funding of the widely ridiculed “dictators club” while protecting American sovereignty under the Constitution. Support for the effort is spreading like wildfire.
[image: when-politics-trumps-national-security-was-russia-behind-the-dnc-clinton-hacks] President Obama's claim that “Russia’s actions” were planned and executed to “interfere with the U.S. election process” was based on a Joint Analysis Report (JAR) by DHS and the FBI released the day before Obama’s sanctions of Russia. But is that report correct?
New York Times: *Trump Nods to D.N.C. Hack but Says It Had ‘No Effect’ on Election* ■ President-elect Donald J. Trump declared that the hacking of “the Democrat National Committee” had “absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election” after the nation’s intelligence chiefs briefed him at Trump Tower. ■ Mr. Trump called for an investigation into leaked information about Russia’s efforts to help him win the presidency. ■ The president-elect acknowledged that Mexico will not be paying for that wall, at least not for now. Trump: Hacking had ‘absolutely no effect’ on election Emer...more »
We have a good idea what "physical" Corbynism is: it's a movement. Since Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party, it has swollen in size to accommodate hundreds of thousands of new members. These huge numbers cannot be laid at the door of the "usual suspect" activist community, let alone the thinning ranks of British Trotskyism. As I've argued many times previously, the party has transformed because the most forward-looking chunk of, for want of a better phrase, new, networked workers have come on board. And so when last year's leadership election came around, the stakes we...more »
*I'm going to go out a limb here based on an alleged picture of the perp.* According to reports this is Esteban Santiago who lived spitting distance from the only Mosque in Alaska, making the ISIS sign, and wearing a suspicious rag around his neck. But, don't worry peeps - he'll be called a "mentally disturbed lone wolf" who had nothing to do with Islam. Make of it what you will. Let the spin begin.
[image: ig-report-on-social-security-dead-people-still-reporting-wages] It's one thing to continue to work well past retirement age, but reporting income to the Social Security Administration after dying is ridiculous.
*BBC*: *Mosul battle: Iraqi troops 'take key district' from IS* Iraqi forces have made fresh progress in the battle against so-called Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, reportedly taking a key district in the city's east. Elite troops captured al-Muthana following night-time fighting, an army spokesman said, putting them in a position to take higher ground nearby. It comes days after Iraqi forces began the second phase of a push to conquer the last major IS stronghold in Iraq. About two-thirds of east Mosul has been retaken since October, officials say. The army said its troops had ra...more »
*Liz Black Lung Cheney (R-WY)* The Republicans passed, 237-187, the REINS Act— Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017— Thursday night. The bill requires Congress to approve every major executive regulation, which sounds like a good idea when you think about Trump but stopping Trump wasn’t what the Republicans had in mind when they came top with it several years ago. The bill targets environmental, public health, and consumer safety laws and, as we reported over the years. It first passed on December 7, 2011, every Republican plus 4 right-wing Blue Dogs voting...more »
[image: new-year-s-in-islamizing-europe-arson-sexual-assault-attacks-on-police] A prominent Islamic cleric has said that most of his fellow clerics forbid their followers from celebrating New Year’s. But this didn’t stop some Muslims from marking and marring the occasion with acts of mayhem.
AMERICAN THUGGERY Please post & distribute. MNN. Jan. 4, 2017. To stop the pipelines, the head of the serpent/corporation must be destroyed so its body will die. The US is a thug with a gun that tries to scare everybody. CORPORATION: REMEMBER CHIEF, I OWN YOU! Their ruling racketeers control the amoral government, businessmen and politicians. A king thug thinks he is the only “smart” one
If anonymous officials are right and WikiLeaks knows the Kremlin used them to undermine a U.S. election, then the government and press bear some responsibility. The post WikiLeaks Is What It Is Today Because Of U.S. Government And Media appeared first on Shadowproof.
*Reuters:* *U.S. Congress certifies Trump's Electoral College victory* The U.S. Congress on Friday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Republican Donald Trump his victory in the contentious 2016 presidential election after a raucous half-hour joint session punctuated by Democratic challenges. The Republican businessman, whose presidential campaign was his first bid for public office, garnered 304 electoral votes, compared with 227 won by his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, according to the vote tally read by Vice President Joe Biden. The electoral votes were op...more »
[image: trump-names-indiana-senator-dan-coats-as-director-of-national-intelligence] Trump's choice of Senator Dan Coats to head the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is another imperfect pick, and completes Trump's top national security posts.
Congratulations to Kirsten! zmerz......@gmail.com. You have won the tickets to Monster Jam! Didn't win? Get your tickets below! Monster Jam is one of our absolute favorite events of the ear. My girls are still watching the short videos we took at last year's events! This year is the first time we are taking the two-year-old and she CAN'T WAIT! I wasn't sure my girl were going to like Monster Jam, but there is something about car doing awesome tricks that everyone loves. Make sure to bring headphones. It is LOUD! We can't wait to go again! *Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Rings ...more »
*Daily Mail:* *Gunman kills at least five people and wounds nine at Florida airport: Shooter in a Star Wars shirt opened fire in Fort Lauderdale baggage claim aiming for victims' heads - and more shooters are reported* * The Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida is in a state of emergency after a shooting Friday afternoon * Sources tell DailyMail.com that five have been killed and another six injured * Shots rang out in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2 around 1pm * Witnesses described a silent shooter wearing a Star Wars shirt firing at random * More than an hour later,...more »
I was randomly clicking around, and for absolutely no reason, clicked on Blogger's spam comment folder. And in that folder, I found a bunch of spam comments -- and several real comments from wmtc readers! There were comments from M@, James, deang, and Amy. This was quite a surprise. I put all the comments through. They are all on very old threads. Strangely, I have not received them by email, as I normally do. Weird. The lost comments have now been recovered. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Donald Trump spoke to Michael Shear of *The New York Times* this morning about Russia's sabotage of the presidential election. Let's watch how nimbly Trump dances around the relevant facts. Trump says we shouldn't focus on Russia because other countries hack: “China, relatively recently, hacked 20 million government names,” he said, referring to the breach of computers at the Office of Personnel Management in late 2014 and early 2015. “How come nobody even talks about that? This is a political witch hunt.” He says inadequate attention has been paid to other political hacks: On the ...more »
Mining company Rio Tinto has deployed a fleet of 73 self-driving trucks that reportedly haul payloads at a cost 15 percent less than those operated by human drivers. Mining is just one of many industries seeing humans replaced by automated systems, a trend that will likely lead to widespread unemployment in the future. The post Mining Companies Turning to Automation to Boost Efficiency appeared first on Futurism.
AVATAR is a robot kiosk equipped with eye-detection software and motion and pressure sensors designed to identify signs of lying and discomfort in travelers. AVATAR could be used for law enforcement, job interviews, and other human resources applications as well, adding to the increased number of jobs being replaced by automation. The post New Lie-Detecting Robot Security Agent Could Help Secure Borders appeared first on Futurism.
https://youtu.be/8M7KGe2UnmE A hard hitting video, one that should be compulsory viewing for the sisterhood. I'm a proud male feminist, of the old school, but many of the followers of new feminism aren't so much feminists as man misandrists.
A Shar-Pei named Murphy who looks more like a lion than a dog thanks to his incredible mane is stealing hearts at a Norfolk rescue centre. The ancient Chinese breed is typically known for having short fur, a blue tongue and plenty of wrinkles. But Murphy is a rarer bear coat and, as a result of this, his adorable appearance is more like Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia than a typical Shar-Pei. The gentle three-year old was recently taken in by the Dogs Trust in Snetterton, Norfolk, after his owner could no longer keep him. Staff at the rescue centre have fallen in love with th...more »
I’ll say in advance that this post is not for everyone. Who is it for? Mainly for readers of Rand and/or of Austrian economics who either wonder what the former thought about the latter, or who have been seriously misinformed about the substance of ‘Austrianism’ itself. Readers of Ayn Rand who know Austrian economics only by glissandi on the interwebs performed by otherwise ill-educated Rand readers & writers (yes, they exist), or written by Rand herself in her *Marginalia* (opinions written in public not intended to be made public outside their context), may come away with ma...more »
As the inauguration gets closer, the new Trump Administration is making lots of promises about what they intend to do. Apparently number one on the list is undoing as many of the Obama Administration's Regulations and Executive Orders as they can. I already talked about some Executive Orders that benefit employees of federal contractors that are at risk. So what else may disappear or change soon? Here are some employment-related regulations to keep an eye on: - *OSHA retaliation procedures*: OSHA has issued new procedures for handling retaliation complaints under various laws...more »
Sources: Estimate based upon Combined Forces Air Component Commander 2011-2016 Airpower Statistics; CJTF-Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs Office strike release, December 31, 2016; New America Foundation (NAF); Long War Journal (LWJ); The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ); Department of Defense press release; and U.S. Africa Command press release. *Our data is based on OIR totals between January 10, 2016 and December 31, 2016 *Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations*: *How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2016?* As President Obama enters the final weeks o...more »
I am asking the chairs of the House and Senate committees to investigate top secret intelligence shared with NBC prior to me seeing it. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017 How did NBC get "an exclusive look into the top secret report he (Obama) was presented?" Who gave them this report and why? Politics! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017 *New York Times*: *Trump Says Focus on Russian Hacking Is a 'Political Witch Hunt' * WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump said in an interview Friday morning that the storm surrounding Russian hacking d...more »
When we started pulling everything together for my daughter's Harry Potter party, I knew that we wanted a pinata, but I wasn't sure what kind to make. I kind of hate when I watch little kids beating a favorite character to death, so I decided I wanted to make one out of a bad guy. This Dementor Piñata is so easy to make and it was incredibly easy to pull together the supplies I needed. You will need: - a paper grocery sack - black fabric - a hanger - lots of packing tape - Piñata filler (provided by Oriental Trading) - Styrofoam ball - rope (to hang the pina...more »
*"Trump Aims To Cut The Neocon Deep State Off At The Knees"* The Neocon-Neoliberals must be fired and put out to pasture before they do any more harm. by Charles Hugh-Smith "I have long held that America's Deep State- the unelected National Security State often referred to as the Shadow Government- is not a unified monolith but a deeply divided ecosystem in which the dominant Neocon-Neoliberal Oligarchy is being challenged by elements which view the Neocon-Neoliberal agenda as a threat to national security and the interests of the United States. I call these anti-Neocon-Neoliberal ...more »
*Source: FacebookDate: 01/06/2017* *Puerto Rico: Strange Creature Photographed in Guayama, Puerto Rico* *By José Pérez* This photo was sent to our electronic mailbox without further information. The same was taken on Monday December 25, 2016 at 10:31 p.m., in the Villodas sector of the town of Guayama, Puerto Rico, the same place where in 2013 were reported mysterious mutilations of animals. In it can be seen what appears to be the dark figure, a hairy creature in front of a drying clothesline. The figure seems to be large. In the photo above the following comment appears. "I ju...more »
"There's no way out of this, it's stark: live or die. Every given moment a bubble that bursts. Step on, from one to the next, ever onwards, a rainbow of stepping stones, each bursting softly as your foot touches and passes on. Till one step finds only empty air. Till that step, live." - Carol Birch
*The donkey in the room (illustration by Lalo Alcaraz; source)* *by Gaius Publius* Sam Seder once wisely said that during the Bush era, almost every Democrat and Democratic supporter looked like a solid progressive. It's only when Obama becomes president that you can see the difference between the Ezra Kleins of the world and the Elizabeth Warrens (my paraphrase). But the recent Democratic primary widened those rifts — between the austerity-loving corporate enablers and the actual populists — and they may not close this time under the next Republican president. After all, in the f...more »
*Link- Windsor Star* The headline making the rounds today about this woman from Ontario and her facebooks posts being the reason for her arrest, just didn’t pass muster. I was suspicious. Of course. *So I read through a few varying news articles and an entirely different picture emerged.* * Cavorting with PKK.* *A recognized terrorist organization. Wreaking havoc all over the place!* Ece Heper is shown in a handout photo provided by Emrah Bayram * But hey let’s pretend this is about freedom of speech and bad Erdogan rather then oh let’s say links to terrorists and terrorism* *Just...more »
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017Rachel sells you the car:* Last night, Rachel Maddow made it official. Greta Van Susteren is coming over to join the MSNBC team. Full disclosure—we know Greta the very tiniest tad. We've done several shows with her in the past. We'd call her a very nice person. We've also puzzled, many times, over her performances for Fox. She left the network a few months ago after fourteen years of service. With respect to her move to MSNBC, it's a tale of two reactions. Two days ago, when the move was being rumored, John Whitehouse offered these thoughts at Media Matter...more »
To be clear, the latest news is “intra-civilian” but is likely to cross over given the stakes. Remember the old days where the “smart” Bolsheviks left the personnel and other boring issues to Stalin? Yeah, so Stalin staffed the new Soviet government with his guys, and the theorists, well, they did not end up this […]
Deep within his weasel-worded testimony before a Senate committee about alleged Russian cyber-threats, NSA Director James Clapper called for a new "USIA on steroids" -- not once, but twice. He was referring to the defunct United States Information Agency, the Cold War-era propaganda department whose reputed purpose was to battle the godless Soviet scourge. It was the Clinton administration, ironically enough, which finally abolished the agency in 1999 as capitalism replaced communism as Russia's go-to ideology. Bill Clinton welcomed with open arms the emerging Russian oligarchy and ...more »
Yes, it's me... photo copyright by Kevin Randle. For this week’s show, I did provided what I think of as my mission statement, something of a retrospective on what has transpired over the last few months, some thoughts on where we might go in the next year, and then some comments on *Roswell in the 21st Century*. You can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/YmUKGK_evu8 *1. Mission Statement –* This was a talk about a search for the truth, whatever that truth might be as opposed to what I wish to believe or others might wish to believe. It was about how some of the old, classic UFO...more »
I think that Lidl is the best supermarket chain in Czechia although my view may be biased due to my getting used to a nearby new Lidl. But I've been to other supermarkets very many times and the reasons to think that Lidl does a better job are too obvious and numerous. Low prices, weekly themes with special products, fast cashiers supported by effective systems to add or remove employees etc. Well, some flame wars have erupted in which I am not quite on Lidl's side. Well, the story is simple. In the weekly flyer for this week (an XXL week at Lidl), a black model has appeared twice, ...more »
A satellite photo of Syrias Latakia airbase, which Israeli company ImageSat says shows two Russian Iskander missile launchers. (Courtesy ImageSat International) *Times of Israel*: *Israeli satellite spots launchers for Russian nuclear-capable missiles in Syria* ImageSat photos show advanced ‘Iskander’ launchers, which can carry missiles up to 500 kms., at Latakia airbase Russia has placed advanced surface-to-surface ballistic missiles in Syria, according to an Israelli satellite imaging company, which published satellite photos of the missile-launchers on Friday. ImageSat Interna...more »
Researchers in Japan have issued their fourth retraction, noting that the same figures were used to depict different experimental conditions. The group lost two papers in 2015 for the same reason, following a misconduct investigation at Oita University in Japan. Last year, the same group notched another retraction, and pegged the responsibility for the problematic […] The post Japan group earns 4th retraction following investigation appeared first on Retraction Watch.
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38391034 Roger Harrabin’s Trump Card broadcast the other day included an account of his recent visit to India, which included a visit to the Kamuthi solar plant, said to be the largest in the world. His visit was reported on 3rd January, per the above. A few comments, […]
The Tesla Model Y, the crossover SUV version of the Model 3, is not yet available on the company's website, but has already been the focus of many rumors. The Model Y is expected to be fully autonomous – the full self-driving system will cost $8,000 at the time of purchase and include all of the Enhanced Autopilot features. The post Here’s What You Can Expect From Tesla’s Secretive “Model Y” appeared first on Futurism.
*FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2017Part 4—Journalistic/professorial fail:* Time magazine made a big mistake about film-maker Michael Moore. Back in 2005, the list-making magazine honored Moore as one of the world's 100 most influential people. Two years later, the gentleman made a great film, and we all got to see that Time had been very wrong. The film in question was Sicko, a humorous but highly pertinent look at the various health care systems of the developed nations. The film could have launched a great discussion, but we don't do discussion here—especially about the type of topic Moore...more »
*RT:* *Russia scales down military presence in Syria, Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier to leave first* The Russian Navy is returning the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and its group from the Mediterranean Sea back to Russia, the defense ministry reports. The move comes as Russia begins reducing its military presence in Syria. The Kuznetsov group will return to its home base in Severomorsk, the chair of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov, announced on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial pullout of military forces from Syria after ne...more »
A *New York Times* story coauthored by right-wing hack Amy Chozick takes seriously a rumor with a dubious provenance: From political circles in New York City to cocktail parties on Capitol Hill, on right-of-center Facebook pages and among left-of-center donors, two of the biggest untethered threads in New York politics are being drawn together around a single question. Would Hillary Clinton run for mayor? ... A run for mayor of New York this year would pit Mrs. Clinton against Mayor Bill de Blasio, a fellow Democrat who managed her Senate campaign in 2000.... The suggestion that M...more »
*Al Jazeera*: *Soldiers launch mutinies in three Ivory Coast cities* *West African nation's defence minister says the mutineers are demanding salary increases and payment of bonuses.* Demobilised soldiers in the Ivory Coast have launched mutinies in three cities, bringing the threat of unrest back to Africa's fastest-growing economy. While the ex-soldiers have not yet stated their specific demands, the West African nation's defence minister, Alain-Richard Donwahi, said on Friday they were demanding salary increases and the payment of bonuses. The unrest began in Bouake, the cou...more »
*Robert Redford: Stay Inspired and Stay Peaceful on Standing Rock. The Standing Rock movement needs all of our support now more than ever. Written by Robert Redford* I’ve been looking back on the year that was 2016, and thinking about gratitude. One of the remarkable things that happened this year about which I’m supremely grateful is the movement at Standing Rock. Thousands of brave Americans in North Dakota faced brutal weather and unnecessary police force to stop a pipeline from being driven through the heart of America and potentially ruin their source of clean water. This was...more »
The Wahda district in southeast Mosul was still contested. January 4 the 9th Division and Federal Police called the neighborhood freed in the morning. At the end of the day fighting was still going on, and the Salam Hospital in the district had not been taken. January 5 the Joint Operations Command saidparts of Wahda had been liberated, but continued advances were being held up by snipers. The Federal Police were still 700 meters away from the hospital as well. Salam Hospital was originally taken by the 9th Division on December 6, but that was a trap set by the Islamic State and th...more »
[image: ny-times-aids-communist-socialist-feminist-lgbt-anarchist-plans-for-inauguration-day-mayhem] The* New York Times*, along with the *Washington Pos*t, CNN, NBC, and the rest of the Big Media echo chamber, are stoking the “protest” fires, hoping, apparently, for real fire and riots.
*From Jenna Orkin *House Republicans revive obscure rule that allows them to slash the pay of individual federal workers to $1 * Kennedys and King New website by Jim DiEugenio *The pressure is on Obama to grant last-minute clemencies – here's how 4 high-profile cases are likely to pan out Amazon is opening a new bookstore in New York City — here's what it's like to shop in one House Passes Bill To Undo Months Of Obama Regulations With Just One Vote In Massive Blow To California Unions, A Second Court Rules That Pension Benefits Can Be Reduced "Incredibly Aggressive" China Cr...more »
by Alison McDowell: Published on Jan 5, 2017. This is a summary for the one-hour talk "Ed Reform 2.0-Personalized Learning in Orwellian Times" available for viewing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0quQS.... For additional information visit Wrench in the Gears at https://wordpress.com/stats/day/wrenc....
*Reuters*: *U.S. intel report identifies Russians who gave emails to WikiLeaks -officials* The CIA has identified Russian officials who fed material hacked from the Democratic National Committee and party leaders to WikiLeaks at the direction of Russian President Vladimir Putin through third parties, according to a new U.S. intelligence report, senior U.S. officials said on Thursday. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Central Intelligence Agency and others have concluded that the Russian government escalated its efforts from discrediting the U.S. electio...more »
*“Chilean Navy Declassifies Inexplicable UFO Footage After 2yr Investigation”* by RT "The report from an alleged UFO sighting by the Chilean military over two years ago has just been declassified and the internet is abuzz with speculation– this is one mystery that has experts completely stumped. The Chilean government agency which investigates UFOs, the CEFAA, reports that a naval helicopter was carrying out a routine daylight coastal patrol in November 2014 when the camera operator noticed an unidentified flying object ahead. It was flying horizontally and at a steady speed simila...more »
A journal has followed through on its promise to retract all articles by an education researcher, after an investigation raised questions about the validity of the data in some of his work with children with special needs. The latest notice — which includes a list of 11 papers — brings the total number of retractions for Noel […] The post Journal retracts all papers by education researcher, bringing his total to 21 appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The age of solar energy is upon us. Last year alone, we witnessed solar energy prices drop lower than that of coal. As we move along into 2017, how might this ever-expanding industry continue moving along its own current of change. http://ieet.org/archive/solar-papar-charger-slim-600x456.jpg
[image: obama-sets-record-for-federal-land-and-water-seizures] Under an unconstitutional 1906 law, President Obama has set a new record for federal land and water seizures, claiming acreage equivalent to more than triple the size of Texas.
Kellie Leitch is in a tight spot. Her campaign manager, Nick Kouvalis, has admitted manufacturing falsehoods. Michael Harris writes: Kouvalis has admitted that he posted a pack of lies about Justin Trudeau for the express purpose of getting a rise out of the Left. He trumpeted on Twitter that Trudeau has wasted “billions” of taxpayers’ dollars on dubious foreign aid, including $351 million to the designated terrorist group Hamas. His bogus claim was almost immediately outed as false and cringeworthy, first by Jason Markusoff of Maclean’s, then by others. At least Kouvalis didn’t...more »
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the Masikryong ski competition-2016 in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) December 20, 2016. KCNA via REUTERS *Reuters*: *Nuclear, missile tests show 'qualitative' improvement in North Korea capabilities: U.S.* The United States said on Thursday North Korea had demonstrated a "qualitative" improvement in its nuclear and missile capabilities after an unprecedented level of tests last year, showing the needed to sustain pressure on Pyongyang to bring it back to disarmament negotiations. U.S. Deputy S...more »
Not that it’s more bizarre than other Trump decisions— even if they’re really Mike Pence, the de facto president, decisions, but “Trump’s” announcement yesterday that he’s appointing 73 year old Dan Coats director of national intelligence, succeeding James Clapper. Coats was always a satellite of Indiana laughingstock Dan Quayle, first as a staffer in Quayle’s congressional office, then as Quayle’s replacement when Quayle ascended to the Senate and then as the appointed Senate replacement when Quayle was picked by George H.W. Bush as a running mate. In 1998 Coats retired from the ...more »
*January 6, 2017* (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - President-elect Donald Trump's "accidental" phone conversation with Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen was neither a gaff nor a decision Trump and his advisers unilaterally made. It is merely the latest evolution of US foreign policy in Asia Pacific amid the collapsing "Pivot to Asia" policy pursued under the previous administration of President Barack Obama. Looking from an even wider perspective, both Trump and Obama's policies are merely the latest iterations of US policy over the last century aimed at encircling, containing and dominating ...more »
“See through the fog that tells others nothing matters, nothing is happening, and it does no good. They realize not, that every second of history... was optional. Oh, the glory, the sublime glory” “Burning down the house,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com
*Probably want to throw that stuff back....* Taiwan News #7: Taiwan has a banner year in Tourism, with many to come The wonderful thing about this steady growth, in addition to making a mockery of Beijing's churlish tourism policies, is that Taiwan still possesses tremendous untapped potential for various forms of adventure tourism: paragliding, diving, surfing, cycling, climbing and hiking. At present all of these sports are still in their infancy. In many cases there are informal networks or small firms that bring people over. While many local communities are attempting to tap in...more »
The sloppiness of the alleged DNC hack by itself proves it was not organized by a nation state, and the “utter nonsense” presented as proof of Moscow’s involvement is rather evidence of intelligence agencies being “ignorant and naïve,” John McAfee told RT. Cybersecurity legend McAfee is one of the modern computer tech pioneers and the developer of the first commercial antivirus program, who has been in the business for the past 50 years. He is also the CEO of MGT Capital Investments, and a former presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, left, at the Sept. 11 memorial event in New York last month. PHOTO: REUTERS *Daily Mail*: *Could Hillary Clinton run for New York mayor and beat unpopular ultra-liberal incumbent? * * The website Newsmax is floating the idea that Hillary Clinton is 'talking about' running for New York City mayor * Clinton is reportedly feeling pressure from donors and Democratic Party leaders who are less-than-pleased with current Mayor Bill de Blasio * While it's highly unlike...more »
*The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has denied the renewal of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline lease through their reservation.* The 64-year old-pipeline used to be called the Lakehead Pipeline. The tribal council says it is also calling for the decommissioning, and environmentally safe removal of the pipeline from all Bad River lands and watershed. The tribal chairman says even a minor spill could prove disastrous for the 7,000 Bad River tribal members. The Bad River Reservation covers 124,000 acres within Ashland and Iron Counties. Enbridge spokespeople say Line 5...more »
*New York Times*: *In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day* WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods. The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens...more »
By Anne Dachel January 3, 2016, Los Angeles Times: It's not just politics: 2016 was an epidemic year for fake news in science, too By Michael Hiltzik One of the watchwords of politics in 2016 was the epidemic of “fake...
*Scout Warrior*: *Pentagon to Accelerate Rail Gun Projectile Weapon - Fires From Army Howitzer* The Navy is accelerating developmental testing of its high-tech, long-range Electro-Magnetic Rail Gun Hyper Velocity Projectile -- such that it can fire from existing weapons platforms such as an Army Howitzer. An Army Howitzer is now firing a super high-speed, high-tech, electromagnetic Hyper Velocity Projectile, initially developed as a Navy weapon, an effort to fast-track increasing lethal and effective weapons to warzones and key strategic locations, Pentagon officials said. Overa...more »
You've probably seen this report on Facebook. If not, prepare to lose your last meal. A group in Chicago kidnapped and tortured a man with special needs live on Facebook. The video is in the link below. I can't post...
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public On Wednesday, we learnt the Advertising Standards Authority had found that Friends of the Earth had been spreading lies to the effect that fracking could cause cancer, contaminate water supplies, increase asthma rates and send house prices plummeting. Following the ASA judgment, FOE agreed not to repeat […]
*Question: What will the signature beverage at the White Wolf Mine be?* We will also pour a cold glass of pure, ice cold, water, fresh from the inside of the mountain to the tap. And while if you live in a city, that may not be familiar to you, it's a wonderful thing. *Aspiration:* *Clarifying the Situation:*
*Christian Times*: *Over 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith in 2016, according to new study* Christians are considered as the most persecuted religious group in the world, with over 90,000 adherents killed in 2016, which is equivalent to one being killed every six minutes, according to a research by Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). In an interview with Vatican Radio, CESNUR Director Massimo Introvigne said that the number actually decreased from 2015, which saw 105,000 Christians killed for their faith. He cited the statistics compiled by the Center for St...more »
In space, no one can hear you order pizza. Getting to Mars involves overcoming many challenges, not the least of which is figuring out what food to bring. It has to be nutritional, take up as little room as possible and preferably not have a negative impact on crew morale. Learn how NASA is developing the space food of the future!
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 1/6/2017”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "The Senate held hearings with top intelligence chiefs, and there is still no proof that Russia had an influence on the 2016 Presidential Election. Now, the story changes again, and the charge is a third party gave DNC emails to Wiki Leaks. James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, says they do have evidence. The problem with Clapper is credibility. He committed perjury and lied to Congress about NSA spying back in 2013. Meanwhile, the founder of Wiki Leaks, Julian Assange, said in a fresh interview th...more »
Donald Trump a promis de ramener ses emplois à l’Amérique profonde. Mais qui les a vraiment “volé” ? Et si c’était en fait un faux problème ? Published on 15 November 2016 on Technoprog http://ieet.org/archive/Des-millions-demplois-menace%CC%81s-par-la-robotisation-dici-2025.jpeg
This tales seems so unlikely that it gives pause, What are we actually seeing? I think that all this is in the stratosphere to start with. That is important because problems of scale make seeing impossible otherwise while light reacting objects in the upper atmosphere are at a plausible range and also contained with a narrow band. The second issue is that the assumption of a war between aliens using technology is implausible on its own, particularly running continuously for years. War is not like that and where is the debris? What the High Sierras provide us is ideal viewing...more »
This is actually important as it traces the centrality of the Green Man in the genesis of spiritual development of humanity. I totally did not expect this even though i had become aware of the green Man. My awareness came about because the green man presented to a sensitive i know well and both of us went in search of explanation. Obviously all forms of spiritual investigation can lead to an introduction to the Green Man when he comes unbidden to an adept and presents as new information. That a mythology had arisen makes sound sense as well and we are surely looking at the dri...more »
It is within the capacity of a politician to earn the trust of the voters. This trust can then be leveraged to exercise power and to execute that individual's core ideas. In Hitler we had a mish mash of populism and crummy science at work that blew up boisterously. In others we usually have a palette of long accepted maxims however ill founded. Electability remains the key element. Trump in particular turned out to be electable. His ideas are actually quite normal and he is hesitant to adopt extreme's although he revels in surrounding himself with extremists the more to fright...more »
So long as we are stuck with heat engines and that does look to be for a long time, ZT matters hugely. So this work is big news and may well pay of with superior hardware. We often forget just how much human effort went into inventing the engines and refrigerators we now use. In fact it is a cautionary for all new tech. Again this is promising and suggests that superior solutions are not too far along for mass consumption. Sadly we will barely notice when it lands as what we do use is heavily optimized already and new tech means a new cycle of integration and optimization....more »
*RT:* *Russian MoD releases video of its naval battle group in action near Syria* The Russian Ministry of Defense has posted on YouTube a video of its naval group in the Mediterranean, headed by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier. It made headlines in 2016 when it was deployed to fight jihadists in the Middle East. In the clip released by the military, Russian fighter jets can be seen taking off from the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov to carry out strikes against terrorists in Syria. *Read more* .... WNU Editor: Not as good as the *Chinese military videos* .... but the Russi...more »
'The Spanish government could designate major Muslim feasts as public holidays, a senior diplomat has said. Javier Herrera-García Canturri, a career diplomat who currently advises the country's Ministry of Justice on inter-faith relations, said the government was "considering" the move when it unveils a package of labour reforms later this year.' More here at Breitbart http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/05/spanish-government-considers-making-islamic-feasts-public-holidays/ but not on the BBC where the Islamistion of Europe is not considered an issue.
*after being forced to make a statement about the horrific attack by 4 black people on a white mentally challenged young man while they screamed fu*k white people, fu*k Donald Trump.* *And then the four blacks, with a combined IQ lower than room temperature, played it live on Facecrap. * *I wasn't going to comment on this, but after a horrific day of thinking about it to the point where I have become physically ill, I feel I must. I was mugged once as many of you know. My mugging didn't last for 24 or 48 hours and didn't involve torture. But I will never forget the way my heart ...more »
Members of the visit, board, search, and seizure team for the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez operate a rigid-hull inflatable boat in the Gulf of Aden, April 26, 2016. The Gonzalez was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th Fleet area of operations.Air Force Maj. Steve Briones and 1st Lt. Andrew Kim fly a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft over Turkey, January 6, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve.Soldiers offload equipment and supplies from a CH-47F Chin...more »
“Separated by about 14 degrees (28 Full Moons) in planet Earth's sky, spiral galaxies M31 at left, and M33 are both large members of the Local Group, along with our own Milky Way galaxy. This narrow- and wide-angle, multi-camera composite finds details of spiral structure in both, while the massive neighboring galaxies seem to be balanced in starry fields either side of bright Mirach, beta star in the constellation Andromeda. Mirach is just 200 light-years from the Sun. But M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, is really 2.5 million light-years distant and M33, the Triangulum Galaxy, is also a...more »
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” - Mother Teresa
*“The Best Line Ever From ‘The Magnificent Seven’”* by David Smith “Perhaps you've seen a 1960 western– now available in stunning Blu-ray format– titled ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ Starring Yul Brunner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, and Steve McQueen, it chronicles a group of hired gringo gunslingers employed in a Mexican village. They work for little pay in order to rid the town of a band of outlaws who periodically swoop down from the hills, robbing the unfortunates of most of their food and meager finances. In an immortal line that so poignantly speaks to the coming events for many ...more »
*Business Insider*: *As Mexico's president defends gas price hikes, nationwide protests descend into looting and violence* Five days after a reviled fuel price increase went into effect, Mexicans are still in the streets protesting against the measure. Demonstrations spread throughout Mexico during the first days of the year, reportedly occurring in 28 of the country's 32 states, with Mexicans from political parties, labor unions, and other groups mounting sit-ins, roadblocks, and other protests. In recent days, popular outrage has curdled into violent displays as looters strike ...more »
Immigrant communities and their advocates are gearing up to challenge President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals for immigration policy. The U.S. federal system structure of government may be their best defense. Trump has said he will deport two to three million immigrants with criminal records. To find, apprehend, legally process, incarcerate and return that many people to their home countries would require the cooperation of local law enforcement. Only 5,700 immigration enforcement agents work the entire geographical U.S. By contrast, there are more than 20,000 border patrol age...more »
*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 »
*Updated 1/6/17* Added sketches of Talawanzc under ice city in Antarctica... *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 Antarc...more »
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 * *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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
*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 »
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. 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 »
*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 »
[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.
*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 »
*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 »
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.
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 »
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 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.
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 »
*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 »
*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 »
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” * 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 »
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?
Dandelion Salad Updated: Jan. 6, 2017 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 […]
[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 »
[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.”
* "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 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”* 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 »
[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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
*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 »
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 »
*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 »
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.
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 »
*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 »
[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.”
*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 »
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 »
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 »
*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 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.
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
*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 »
*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 »
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.
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.
*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 »
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 »
*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 »
*"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 »
I've been 'around' for a few years now, pursuing the shifting goal of a sharable home-made surfers resource site focused on ease of use and variety of mostly adult ( whoa : I didn't say prurient ) content.