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*Politico:* *Trump taps private security director for White House job* President-elect Donald Trump has tapped his private security director, Keith Schiller, to be deputy assistant to the president and his director of Oval Office operations, confirming that he’ll bring at least one member of his personal security detail with him to the White House. Schiller has worked with Trump since 1999, when the real estate mogul hired him as a part-time bodyguard. He now leads his private security force, a group that recently drew some scrutiny when POLITICO reported that Trump had opted to c...more »
*Time*: *The U.S. Army Just Made It Easier for Religious Troops to Wear Beards, Turbans and Hijabs* Hair braids, cornrows, twists and locks are also allowed under the new rules U.S. service men and women who wish to wear a turban, beard or hijab for religious reasons will be able to gain approval thanks to revised uniform regulations that aim to better accommodate religious minorities serving in the military. The revisions — outlined in a memorandum signed by U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning earlier this week — allow brigade-level commanders to approve religious accommodations, R...more »
April 9, 2016: A pair of U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, taxi after landing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (Reuters/Air Force) *Defense News*: *Air Force Secretary: Catastrophic Engine Failure Likely to Blame for Minot B-52 Mishap* MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — A catastrophic engine failure is the likely cause of a Jan. 4 incident in which a B-52 lost one of its eight engines, top Air Force leaders confirmed to Defense News on Thursday. A Boeing B-52 Stratofortress assigned to Minot Air Force Base’s 5th Bomb Wing was conducting a ...more »
*Unloading a giant water tank as fields are burnt off in the background.* This week, with pro-China gangsters and thugs attacking Joshua Wong and other Hong Kong democracy activists arriving in Taiwan, a former Vice Chair of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) was being interviewed in a Chinese paper. saying that the chaos in the KMT was destabilizing cross-strait relations... (Taipei Times): Regarding Taiwanese politics, Wang said there no longer exists a force within Taiwan that could counterbalance the pro-Taiwan independence faction, *adding that the only such force now lay in ...more »
If Democrats are to retake the House in 2018, they will need to start work now, in elections of 2017. In spite of gerrymandering, in spite of voter suppression, Democrats can make major gains in local elections that will set them up for success in 2018. And if Democrats are not interested in the job, that creates the opportunity for emergent parties to step forward and fill the vacuum. I encourage progressives to take a look at the record of Virginia's Attorney General, Mark Herring. Herring is best known outside of Virginia for changing Virginia's ban on same sex marriage; but he...more »
Having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. Only "stupid" people, or fools, would think that it is bad! We..... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017 have enough problems around the world without yet another one. When I am President, Russia will respect us far more than they do now and.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017 both countries will, perhaps, work together to solve some of the many great and pressing problems and issues of the WORLD! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2017 *Bloomberg: **Trump Sa...more »
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. takes his seat to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States" on Capitol Hill, Jan. 5, 2017. Credit: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters *WNU Editor*: Is Russia pursuing cyber intelligence operations against the U.S. (and other countries) .... of course they are. So are the Americans, Chinese, the Israelis, and probably everyone else. Did the Kremlin favour Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton .... this blog gave many examples where Russian officials gave their opinions on who they pref...more »
*Pre-wedding ceremony at Emily's grandfathers house to get blessings of the passed on relatives.* *The parents of the bride and groom on stage for a toast* Two days ago we took a 90-minute high-speed rail ride from Taipei to the southern Taiwanese coastal city of Kaohsiung were Emily is from. Her parents picked us up at the rail station and took us to her grandfather's home where the elders blessing ceremony was held. After a huge traditional lunch we made our way to the Grand Hotel in Kaohsiung were we stayed for two nights. The wedding was also held at this beautiful place. ...more »
*Ruben Kihuen and Pramila Payapal passed the first congressional courageousness test* Orange County right-wing nut Ed Royce offered a resolution Thursday objecting to the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2334, the one condemning Israeli expropriation of Palestinian land for settlements in the occupied territories. It has no force of law and is just an expression of wing nut ideology but it passed overwhelmingly, 342-80. There’s not much to learned from it, but it’s worth looking at how the freshmen voted. (The Democratic freshmen; obviously all the newly-elected Republicans are brai...more »
"NGC 6188 is an interstellar carnival of young blue stars, hot red gas, and cool dark dust. Located 4,000 light years away in the disk of our Galaxy, NGC 6188 is home to the Ara OB1 association, a group of bright young stars whose nucleus forms the open cluster NGC 6193. These stars are so bright that some of their blue light reflects off of interstellar dust forming the diffuse blue glow surrounding the stars in the above photograph. *Click image for larger size.* Open cluster NGC 6193 formed about three million years ago from the surrounding gas, and appears unusually rich in close...more »
*“In The Morning Of The World” * by Chet Raymo “We knew the morning was special when we saw the blue meadow. Oh, yes, we knew- Bailey, Greg and I- that the grass in the meadow beyond the trees was green, but on that particular morning, with sunlight streaming aslant through honey-colored leaves, the meadow was indisputably, undeniably, stop-in-your-tracks-and-take-a-deep-breath blue. And in some corner of our minds- as happens to all who attend the world and write- we scribbled mental notes: morning light, honey dew, blue meadow. I've introduced Greg and Bailey on this site before,...more »
"Go without a coat when it's cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it's all about. The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you're made of and what you're capable of. If you're never tested, you'll never define your character." - Henry Rollins
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people ...more »
*"Hall of Mirrors: The Psychology of False Flags"* By Richard Hugus "Have you ever met someone in a narrow passage and found it difficult to get around them because they kept moving the same way as you? Did you ever see a bird attacking his reflection in a window, thinking it was another bird? What about the foretelling of an experience in déjà vu? These are instances of the uncanny. They involve the phenomenon of mirroring. There is something about mirrors that undermines human rationality. We are presented with a logical impossibility – something is apparent to our senses, but it...more »
*Global Warming/ "Human Forced" of course- Oh wait a minute it's freakin' freezing!* "Human Forced" Just taking note of yet another rebrand... as *Ontario begins the new year with a big fat carbon tax- Driving up costs across the board- And further impoverishing Ontarians.* *Ontario being the biggest have not province in Canada- 3rd world like is the best way to describe it!* * The latest tax grab from the junta in Ontario* *>* * Unfortunately the small hydro rebates Premier Kathleen Wynne is doling out, as she finds herself at 13 per cent in the polls largely because her green ...more »
"Never Alone is an amazing testament to our elders who embraced the game because they saw that it could help young people connect to the stories and the culture," said Hope. Alaska's indigenous Inupiat people have long used oral and written storytelling to pass down life lessons and values. Their stories, rooted in folklore and mythology, include tales of overcoming obstacles faced by the community, located in the northern most region of Alaska. Winter is brutal and sunlight disappears from mid-November until the end of January. But as much as storytelling is integral to Inupiat ...more »
[image: let-s-stop-with-the-carbon-con-already] The side that defines the vocabulary of a debate, wins the debate. So we could ask: as we fight the global-warming scam, why are we using the language of the scammers?
This excerpted from a conversation with Loie on 1/5/17 in which she showed me what it felt like to be formless, since that discussion doesn't translate well into a blog post (being largely felt and experienced) I thought I'd post this portion which concerns the history of gender. When we enter the Complete Earth, or what some called "ascension" many limitations depart and indeed are departing now. It will be possible for one to change one's gender to the one that is preferred. Also a number of things will change with female reproduction become a much less burdensome than it i...more »
It’s now 2017, and we get to soon face what a United States run by a sympathizer to Vladimir Putin will look like. And it’s not looking good. I’m not going to comment on the national politics here though. You can read about that elsewhere. Just remember that Trump always lies, even when the declassified […]
*by Ken* What you see above is one example provided by *New Yorker* cartoon editor Bob Mankoff of the process of a Reverse Caption Contest. Of course in the standard weekly *New Yorker* Caption Contest, one of the magazine's formidable roster of cartoonists provides a drawing minus a caption, and readers are invited to submit their best efforts. In the "reverse caption" process, cartoonists are provided with a caption for which, as Bob puts it, they have to "come up with an unusual image that makes it into a punch line." As, for example, the line "No wonder we could get tickets." ...more »
Dozens of self-described water protectors flooded a construction site in Far West Texas this morning, shutting down construction on a high-pressure natural gas pipeline for more than two hours. Members of the Society of Native Nations and Big Bend Defense Coalition, two of several groups fighting the construction of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline, chained themselves beneath an excavator while others ran deeper into the easement and occupied sections of the disjointed pipeline itself. The Trans-Pecos Pipeline is a Texas intrastate pipeline designed to transport 1.4 billion cubic feet per ...more »
Kathleen Parker's latest column is titled "If Obama Is a Muslim, Is Trump a Russian Spy?" She starts with that glib premise -- hey, if conservatives could call Barack Obama a Kenyan-born Muslim all those years, shouldn't liberals return the favor and make the equally absurd charge that Donald Trump a spy for the Russkies? -- but as the column progresses, she expresses increasing alarm at the fact that Trump really does seem to be acting in Russia's best interest rather than America's: Obviously, Trump wants to preserve the narrative that he won fair and square. And, clearly, claims ...more »
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Jan 7, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges discusses strategies of resistance with Michael Gecan, author of “Going Public: An Organizer’s Guide to Citizen Action”. RT Correspondent reports on the godfather of community organizing, Saul Alinsky. from the archives: What Would Happen If […]
*"War With Who?"* by JWMJR "The Democrats have quite insanely been trying to stir up a war with Russia for quite some time now. Thankfully they have been unsuccessful so far. If we are concerned about a war, realistically we had best look south rather than east. Former Mexican President Vincente Fox bitching about who is going to pay for "The Wall" was a pretty clear signal. Not that he is concerned about who pays but rather that he and the rest of Mexico's political establishment is undoubtedly coming under huge pressures from the country's criminal cartels. The long standing co...more »
Before discussing dark dystopias, here’s something more uplifting... The perfect, thought-provoking pre-order! Chasing Shadows is an anthology edited by David Brin and Stephen Potts -- in partnership with the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination -- with stories and essays by William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Cat Rambo, Vernor Vinge, Ramez Naam, Scott Sigler, Neal Stephenson, Aliette de Bodard, John Perry Barlow, Robert J. Sawyer and other science fiction luminaries—available January 10th from Tor Books ( pre-order now). Already posted at Tor’s site is the book’s Introductio...more »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/global-warming-hiatus-never-happened-say-climate-scientists-1.3922378 The story above is rather an important one. Climate change is happening; and the results will be quite terrible for all life on earth. But the above story was not important enough to make the pages of the newspapers in this province. Those papers are all owned by an oil billionaire. Coincidence. _________________________________________________________________________________ This one was sent by a reader. It raises serious doubts about the official story that Putin interfered with ...more »
I'm getting sick of this. The Ft Lauderdale shooting was either a HOAX or a FALSE FLAG. First off, you can tell by the manufactured pictures in the "news" (FAKE NEWS). The pictures of the shooter and the scenes surrounding the shooting look like they are STAGED photos. The picture of the shooter is obviously staged, can you tell? It almost looks like his head is floating in front of everything else in the picture, just like the San Bernardino false flag/hoax shooters. It looks unrealistic. Keep staring at it, it looks like his head is floating in front of everything else, staring in...more »
I have been waiting for something to happen on *Curse of Oak Island* before I made comments about it. There seemed to be great promise this season. They had millions to spend on the Money Pit (reaffirming the idea that the term referred to throwing money into a pit rather than taking money out of it). They hinted of things to come, have found some coins that seem to have been minted by the Oak IslandEnglish, a hint that part of that stone allegedly found 90 feet down with strange symbols on it had been recovered, and that the shiny, glittering thing found so far beneath the surface...more »
okay, here's an image of ancient Brythonic (British) carving on the megalithic lintel of a door opening. It's not in Wales or Briton, it's in Etruria ... the language though is ancient Khumric and can be translated into auld-Welsh. What is going on? Gary Biltcliffe *featured before on free planet* has lots and lots and lots of interesting info to share...
Jan 7, 2017: Henry Red Cloud knelt down on the snow-packed ground at the Standing Rock Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. He didn’t seem to mind the frigid cold as he used his bare hands to secure an outlet to a solar air heater, one of 11 he installed one December day at the Oceti Sakowin Camp to help protectors there stay warm as temperatures dipped below zero. “They’re outside all day,” Red Cloud, 57, later told ABC News in an interview. “And we still have 120 days of winter left here in the Northern Plains.” Many have left since the Army’s announcement, but hundreds s...more »
By Paul Homewood I looked at snowfall trends at Woburn last week, using the Snow Survey of Great Britain, which gave data from 1947 to 1992. It showed the number of days when snow was lying. I asked the Met Office if there was more recent data, and they sent me data up […]
Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, thinks the human species is headed for an evolutionary transformation. The evolution of life has slowly unfolded over 3.5 billion years; but its pace has rapidly increased in recent years. Diamandis believes this heralds the next, exciting stages of human evolution. The post Peter Diamandis Thinks We’re Evolving Toward “Meta-Intelligence” appeared first on Futurism.
*“Massive Food Riots, Shoot-Outs Erupt In Mexico"* by Newroom "The country of Mexico appears nearing social collapse. Food Riots are hitting Mexico City because the value of the currency (the Peso) has fallen so dramatically, everything has become too expensive to buy. The solution for locals is simply to STEAL anything they need. The video above, from Tlahuac, Mexico, on the south side of Mexico City, shows the chaos. Shoppers rampantly looting a Walmart, then numerous gunshots ringing out as things get much uglier." - https://www.superstation95.com/ ◆ *Related:* • "No Food, No Medi...more »
"We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity." - Paulo Coelho, "The Alchemist"
*"35 Pieces of Wisdom That Take Sixty Years to Learn"* by The Hearty Soul "When we’re young, we think we know it all. I have it all figured out, you think. It’s extremely sobering to understand that you, in fact, don’t have all the answers. Time and again, the people who have lived full lives and can look back on those life experiences will acknowledge that they knew very little in their earlier years. With that wisdom, here are some quotes so that we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to put them into action. *35 Snippets of Wisdom to Reflect and Act Upon* *Live by Exa...more »
*and if you support any of these people that makes you part of the problem.* The only reason these people have any claim to celebrityhood is because people pour money into their coffers. Is it really that hard to say "no" to their movies and "music?" I haven't got time to list some of the attendees. They're available at Daily Mail. Pictures inside the bash were forbidden, but the photos of arrivals and departures was enough to know that the White House was trashed. The Odumbo family couldn't wait to have a party in their new rented home - you know, the one where workers are busy ...more »
Backbone Campaign’s artful activism is bold, principled, powerful and invigorates social movements striving for equity and justice. And Bill Moyer is their Executive Director. Below is a guest post by Bill exploring a simple concept— that our "No!" is only as powerful as our "Yes!" is compelling. *Backbone Campaign’s Resistance And Resilience StrategyBy Bill Moyer* Fundamentally, I'd say that we are for a world/paradigm in which things of ultimate importance are simply not for sale. Our co-authorship in life's journey, conviviality of community, well being of the natural world th...more »
We just got back from Monster Jam and it was an absolute blast! It was the first time we brought the two year old with us and she had the best time! There is still another one tonight so hurry and get tickets, bring ear protection and have a blast! We always do! Monster Mutt, My girls favorite driver of the night. *Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Rings in the New Year Full Throttle with Three Action-Packed Salt Lake Events on January 6th & 7th* **Ultimate Showdown of Eight Extreme Monster Jam Teams Going Head-to-Head in Seven Endurance Competitions Driving Three Different Vehi...more »
*SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 2017The New York Times tries to report on the Russkies and on the wall:* At the top of this morning's front page, the New York Times tries to describe the new report about that Russian misconduct. Shear and Sanger did the report. Below, you see the way it begins, hard-copy headline included. This all appears on the Times front page. Why on earth would a major newspaper offer that weird fifth paragraph? SHEAR AND SANGER (1/7/17): *Putin Led Scheme to Aid Trump, Report Says* President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia directed a vast cyberattack aimed at denying Hil...more »
The Iraqi forces (ISF) shifted their focus to northeast Mosul on January 6. The 16th Division seized Mazareneighborhood, while the Golden Division took neighboring Muthanna. That effort began with a surprise night attack into Muthanna that was quickly surrounded. Army brigades also moved into the Hadbaa housing district, which is farther north. In the southeast the Federal Police finally took the Salam Hospital in Wahda. Next to it the Jund al-Khalifah headquarters of the Islamic State was also seized. The ISF had been targeting the facility since the start of December. Hopefully...more »
Physicist and spy Klaus Fuchs has expressed the opinion that Born's rule (squared complex amplitudes are interpreted as probabilities or probability densities) could be derived from something deeper. I think that this wishful thinking is demonstrably impossible. Why? We just don't have any method or theorem in mathematics or physics that could allow us not to assume any statement of the sort the probability is \(f(\theta)\) and deduce the conclusion of the form the probability is \(f(\theta)\) For example, think about an electron whose spin is prepared to be aligned "up" with res...more »
1. Trump said that the Intelligence Report showed the Russian interference had no effect on the election results. The Report, in fact, did not ask that question in its investigations, nor did the assessments by the three agencies attempt to answer whether or not the Russian interference affected the presidential election outcome. 2. Trump said that Republican computers were not hacked by Russians when, in fact, the Report clearly indicates they were--but the Russians did not share any juicy details about what the RNC was doing. Why? Because, as the ...more »
Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. - Owen Jones highlights the need for social democratic parties to present a real popular alternative to neoliberal government, and offers his suggestions as to how UK Labour can accomplish that: Political leadership means saying, here’s what’s wrong with society, here’s what our vision of what society is instead, here’s how we get there. It means hammering at key messages ad infinitum, backed up with policies that are indicative of where the party is coming from. It means speaking in an everyday language that resonates beyond politico...more »
By Paul Homewood http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b087vjh4/yellowstone-wildest-winter-to-blazing-summer-3-the-blazing-summer Kate Humble and the BBC have been at it again. Hotfoot from their polar bear deception, they have now been up to their necks in global warming propaganda in Yellowstone Park. The series ostensibly looks at how wildlife copes with the enormous extremes between winter and summer there. However, […]
One of Scotland's funniest performers, alongside Susan Calman *The Times *(h/t Sue) published a piece today called Who are you laughing at? The funniest faces of 2017, featuring a selection of comedians telling us what they are going to be joking about this year. Nearly all of the featured comedians are BBC regulars and they intend to joke about Trump and Brexit. Susan Calman sums the comedic consensus up: I have approached 2017 with some alacrity, as it’s doubtful that the new year could suck the hope from my soul in the way that 2016 did. In saying that, it’s entirely plausi...more »
A man opened fire at the airport in Fort Lauderdale yesterday, killing five and wounding eight others before surrendering to police. The suspect, Esteban Santiago, was born in New Jersey, grew up in Puerto Rico, and served in the National Guard before moving to Anchorage, Alaska. Given his name and background, right-wingers eager to blame the shooting on the usual targets of conservative hate didn't seem to have much to work with. However: NEW: In Nov. 2016, FLL suspect walked into FBI office in Anchorage, claiming he was being forced to fight for ISIS, sources tell CBS News. — CBS ...more »
*From Jenna Orkin*NATO and Russia are locked in a game of cat and mouse in the Baltic skies The CIA has identified Russian officials who fed stolen DNC documents to WikiLeaks London exceeded its annual air pollution limit in just 5 days France is trying to gas 800,000 ducks to death to prevent bird flu from spreading At least 33 more Brazilian prisoners have died — just days after 60 were killed in rebellions Macy's is closing 68 stores — here's where they will shut down Former CIA director James Woolsey has split with Trump, 'effective immediately' In Obama's Final Jobs repo...more »
Not only is this one incredibly rare, but they believe he might just be the only one who exists! Tal'ngai Dha'run - a very unique Grey Headed Flying Fox in care with Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre. Tal’ngai Dha’run would be hard to forget as he is so incredibly breathtaking. It’s believed this little one has leucism, a condition that causes partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Not only is he rare, but they believe he might just be the only one who e...more »
Ukranian Boudicea?this is a quickie, because I can't find any reliable biographical details for Boudicca and I'm too lazy to go looking all over the internet all day, I'm going to delve into historical mythology and speculation involving the Trojan army helped by the Ukranian 'amazon' female warriors. This also refers to the legend of Dungi king of Ur who married his daughters into various territories over which they ruled. My suspicion is that Boudica (spell it however you want) was one of these AMAZON-like Ukranian warrior women sold by any number of easter-European kings to an...more »
The other thing the BBC is in the news for is a row over impartiality. It concerns every Corbynista's least favourite BBC journalist, Laura Kuenssberg. A draft BBC Trust ruling on a Laura K reports on BBC One's *News at Six *about Jeremy Corbyn was leaked to *The Herald *newspaper and the draft ruling found: There was a significant difference between what Mr Corbyn said and what the report inferred. This led to a failure of due accuracy. Trustees considered that the effect of the failures to observe due accuracy had, on this occasion, also resulted in a failure of impartiality...more »
The BBC itself is in the news at the moment. Theresa May has snubbed the BBC by giving her first TV interview of the year to Sky News. It's apparently been a 'convention' that the BBC, in the shape of *The Andrew Marr Show*, gets the first bite of the prime ministerial cherry every year (so to speak). But not this year. The papers quote a government spokesman saying: The BBC have such a sense of entitlement that they couldn’t believe the PM would want to sit down with anyone else for the start of the year interview. This will be a good lesson for them. According to *The Specta...more »
Progressives are pretty pessimistic these days. That's because, Murray Dobbins writes, they've forgotten the importance of community. Margaret Thatcher famously said, "There's no such thing as society, only individuals." That notion -- with a misguided push from Ayn Rand -- became the prime directive behind neo-liberalism. Dobbins believes that renewal does not begin with a search for individual leaders but with a search for community: Peter Block in his insightful 2008 book, *Community: The Structure of Belonging*, dissects the preoccupation of citizens with leaders and leadersh...more »
We miss Tala a lot. Of course. Need it even be said. Somehow I have gone from abject grief to poignant acceptance quicker than I expected. I have no idea why this is. With each dog we have said goodbye to, eventually I get to a place where, thinking of them, I feel sad but at peace -- fortunate to have had their love, assured that we did everything we could for them, and a kind of happy-sadness at their memories. My heart still aches for Tala, but somehow I'm at peace with it. Everyone is asking about Diego. He is doing really well. He seemed "off" for a couple of days -- he seemed ...more »
The week at Retraction Watch featured the heartfelt response of a researcher when she found out a paper she’d reviewed had been retracted, and a new member of our leaderboard. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: “Recent years have seen the appearance of journals from mainstream publishers that are based entirely on pseudoscience.” Steven Salzberg, Forbes) Romain […] The post Weekend reads: Pseudoscience in the literature; a world without journals; “invisible and abandoned” trials appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Whether Putin placed him in the White House or not, Trump— or Pence— is the president. And Schumer’s brilliant strategy of nominating unelectable corporate shills backed by Wall Street to ride into Senate seats on Hillary’s coattails in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Florida and Ohio means the GOP will control the Senate for *at the very least* 4 more years. That leaves one task to put the breaks on Trump— the 2018 House elections. Blue America is busy finding good candidates but reality of winning back the House is at least partially dependent on two other factors: Trump failing as miserably...more »
Today is Russian Orthodox Christmas. This is a big day for my 90 year old mother .... and for the Russian community in Montreal (and elsewhere). Since I am the one who is responsible for cleaning the house, getting the food, cooking and preparing the food .... and then cleaning the carnage left behind .... blogging will be on hiatus until later this evening. :)
By Paul Homewood A cracking piece from Dellers: When is the rest of the Western world going to catch up with Donald Trump and point out that the green emperor is wearing no clothes? I ask as a concerned UK taxpayer absolutely sick to death of the vast sums of money that continue […]
Source: Planeta UFO, CEFAA and www.tl13.com Date: 01.07.2017 *Chile: Chilean Navy Chopper Records UFO* A nine-minute long video shows a strange object whose behavior has been hitherto impossible to explain. The case was studied by an agency affiliated to the DGAC. The *Centro de Estudios de Fenómenos Aéreos Anormales* (CEFAA) and agency attached to the *Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil* (DGAC) released a video taken by the Chilean Navy showing what has been catalogued as a *FANI* (*Fenomeno Aereo No Identificado* - UAP, in English), also known as a UFO. The recording was ma...more »
*Affirmative action for blacks plus affirmative INaction for Asians?* *Leftist racism is never far beneath the surface* An international relations professor is suing the University of Illinois at Chicago alleging that he was racially discriminated against for being Korean. Seung-Whan Choi, 52, says he is being forced to teach a Korean politics class despite having no specialist knowledge of the subject and has also had to teach statistics because 'Asians' are good at math, according to legal papers. Choi filed the lawsuit last Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Chicago cla...more »
*The unfortunate Keith Kloor @keithkloor* Keith Kloor has taken huge criticism for his brave stand that "frankenfoods" (GMOs) are safe and beneficial. He has a long article outlining that here. It is far too long for me to reproduce on this blog. Suffice it to to say that he thought his credentials as an established environmentalist would protect him from criticism and cause his arguments and information to be heard. It did not. He was demonized with all sorts of false allegations and his erstwhile friends on the Green/Left deserted him. The only friends he ended up with were p...more »
By Dan Olmsted Last week I said adieu to old acquaintances and was touched by the comments I got both on- and offline. This week it’s time to move forward into what promises to be a big year for AOA...
*Source: Alex Sender (ASTROUFO) and Planeta UFODate: January 7, 2017Blog entry by Alex Sender* *Perú: Unidentified Flying Object at Pampa Galeras* This photograph was taken last August (2016) by my friend Victor Velasquez, a respected biologist and anomalies investigator, at Pampa Galeras, a wildlife preserve in the heights of Ayacucho, 4000 meters above sea level, on the road linking the cities of Puquio and Nazca (Ica). Víctpr was engaged in field work that evening, taking advantage of the location's conditions to take photos of the night sky. He would be greatly surprised la...more »
Crowd outside Moscow McDonald's on Jan 30, 1990The Soviet Union’s first McDonald’s restaurant opened in Moscow’s Pushkin Square on January 30, 1990. More than 30,000 customers were served at the restaurant on the first day. The Pushkin Square McDonald’s served an average of 20,000 customers daily for several days after the opening day. The wait time for the customers was many hours. I think the average Russian customer made a political statement by flocking to McDonald’s, the notorious symbol of capitalism. They sent a clear message that they were fed-up of Marxism and economic de...more »
Everyone trusts polls. So here's a poll, courtesy of YouGov and published in *The Times *just under a month ago. The question put is a good one. (Wish we'd thought of it!). 702 people took part. Stephan Shakespeare of YouGov's *Times *article is headlined: ...though that* could *have read: *46 per cent say BBC 'biased'* The BBC* might* take comfort from the 'complaints from both sides' argument but given that *nearly half *of respondents think the BBC is biased can hardly be much comfort for them! As I may have said before... More and more people are angry at the BBC - from t...more »
If we know anything about human nature it is that sexual drive will rear its head and bite you. Religious orders usually live in a culture of simple denial and demand discipline which obviously wears thin. This then morphs into something less savory as all such orders are now discovering and admitting. I do think that such orders need to recruit a mature class who can demonstrate serious control or a subdued drive at least. That means no youth at all. In fact i think that a celibate priesthood needs to aged fifty or so just for this reason. There are ample numbers of widows...more »
This at least provides a inkling of the scope of the problem itself and that the church historically failed to ever addesss the issue which was evident in plain sight and protected by a culture both internal and external of denial. We also discover that not all pedophiles zeroed in on the Church and that they have also infected the highest ranks of governance itself where it is possibly even more pernicious. I think it is time to set aside our dear desire to shove blame onto the institutional victims who are in fact victims as well. No Church or Boy Scout troop...more »
Drug combinations have been one of our better protocols for a number of problems. This ties together two somewhat effective drugs to produce a much better outcome. This one should now be the first treatment level for the indicated cancers. I suspect much of the success of many alternative solutions happen to be caused by such unexpected combinations. After all an recognized simple deficiency can suppress the body's normal response to a given threat. Thus any appropriate nutrient enhancement can only help or alternately do nothing at all safely enough. I recall eating a miner...more »
Threats to alternate health providers along with a large number of untimely deaths beg explanation. The only common link has been their general success in dealing with cancers. There is nothing except circumstansial evidence to establish cause and effect and publicity may welll have already shut it all down. This is very troubling when you understand that the science case for chemo is effectively zero. What it is, is an effective money making protocol that damages the victim while stressing the cancer causing it to adapt to a more potent form. Dare we state that i...more »
for those of you who've regularly read this blog over the last ten years or so, my fascination with this Electric Universe Age of Myth & Legend i.e. the blue-tinged Gods and Designs of the Ancient Plasma Sky, will be come as no surpries. To the new(er) readers of this blog, I'm going to repost this excellent video from David Talbott called "Symbols of an Alien Sky" so that we can all start to ponder the imponderable 'what if our sky isn't the sky our ancestors saw?' Also, it's about time the Thunderbolts of the Gods organisation tasked some professional post-production company w...more »
Here's a list/summary of the latest stand-alone *Reality Check* articles on the BBC News website (back to the start of November). Each entry details the person/organisation who is in the BBC Reality Check 'dock' and gives their position towards the question *and *a general overview of where they stand/where their latest comments stand. And below that is the BBC's verdict, which I've summarised into a one-word answer, wherever possible. (You can, of course, check them all for yourselves as links are provided to each piece). *4 Jan 17*: Would leaving customs union create 400,000...more »
https://youtu.be/3huwInxW0i8 Contrary to the anti Trump line being followed by the BBC and most other pro Hillary Clinton news agencies, Julian Assange has declared that Russia was not the source of the Wikileaks leaked information from the DNC and John Podesta.
*Sacred Stone Camp founder LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said Sacred Stone has formed a 501c3 and has plans to build a permanent “green energy” camp.* She said their are plans to put a tower in place for cell and Internet service. There are buildings for a dormitory, dining and to store equipment. The camp has a tractor and plow for moving snow. It has also purchased 40 yurts, 40 teepees and three greenhouses for organic farming. She said these are all services to be shared with the community. LaDonna Brave Bull Allard's land is home to water protectors at Standing Rock The Sacred ...more »
Cognitive Easing is the aim of much of our endeavor, whether explicit or implicit. We have never wavered from trying to create a life of ease, enjoyment, and fulfillment. The definition of Cognitive Easing is spending less mental effort to achieve a result. http://ieet.org/archive/neurons-1773922_960_720.jpg
Speaking to Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman just a few weeks after the Presidential election, Bernie Sanders warned of the dangers that the corporate-controlled media poses to our democracy. The Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
*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.
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