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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 25 minutes ago
An Iraqi soldier takes a selfie with the body of Islamic State militant during a battle with Islamic State militants, north of Mosul, Iraq, December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Khalid al Mousily *WNU Editor*: Reuters has an impressive photo gallery on the battle for Mosul. The link *is here. *

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 56 minutes ago
*Wall Street Journal*:* Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency* *President-elect works on restructuring Office of the Director of National Intelligence, tweets again his doubts that Russia hacked Democrats* WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, people familiar with the planning said. The move is prompted by his belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become bloated and politicized, these peop... more »

The Republican Wing Of The Democratic Party Shows Its Hand

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

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

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

Attackers can make it impossible to dial 911

Yuval Elovici, Professor of Information Systems Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 2 hours ago
When calling these people, you want to be able to get through. Fairfax County, Virginia It’s not often that any one of us needs to dial 911, but we know how important it is for it to work when one needs it. It is critical that 911 services always be available – both for the practicality of responding to emergencies, and to give people peace of mind. But a new type of attack has emerged that can knock out 911 access – our research explains how these attacks occur as a result of the system’s vulnerablities. We show these attacks can create extremely serious repercussions for public sa... more »

Turkey Is Threatening To Close Incirlik Base To US Air Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Washington Examiner:* *Turkey weighs booting US from Incirlik air base* Now that Washington and Ankara are at odds over military operations in northern Syria, Turkey is questioning why it continues to allow the U.S. to use its strategically important Incirlik air base in the fight against the Islamic State. The veiled threat comes as Turkish military forces have been supporting Syrian rebels in the north to liberate the Syrian town of al-Bab from Islamic State control. The Turkish operation dubbed "Euphrates Shield" is ostensibly intended to clear "terrorists" from the area of S... more »

U.S. Soldiers Are Operating Inside Of Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*NBC*: *American Troops Have Operated Inside of Mosul, Coalition Confirms* American troops have been operating alongside Iraqi forces inside of ISIS-held Mosul, a coalition spokesperson acknowledged for the first time Wednesday. "They have been in the city at different times," Col. John Dorrian said during a teleconference briefing Wednesday morning. The American and coalition troops have been operating as advisers to the Iraqi troops, who are at the forefront of the fighting, and have stayed "behind the forward line of troops," Dorrian said. In the past couple of weeks, the numb... more »

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

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
2*016 In Review: America Off The Rails, Part 5* *"Donald Trump and I agree that it's time to make America cook again." How did Comrade Trump miss him?* *by Noah* Jesus was a carpenter, and since Trump and his hypnotized followers think he’s the new Messiah, the new Jesus, it follows that Comrade Trump could build us some very nice cabinets, no? Well, not if you had any regard for whatever you put in them. Your dishes in the kitchen? *Crash!* Same with the United States of America: It’s not just the Trump cabinet nominations, it’s all of his appointments to "his" administration. I ... more »

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

Kristin Houser at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 4 hours ago
Toyota's new concept car features an AI agent that learns about the driver, monitoring everything from their schedule and driving patterns to their responsiveness and emotions. With ridesharing and autonomy disrupting the auto industry, manufacturers like Toyota will need to continue to think outside the box if they want to ensure future car ownership. The post Toyota’s Futuristic Concept Car Comes With Wings and a Built-In AI appeared first on Futurism.

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

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

Assange on Fox News

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Normally Fox News would vilify Julian Assange but in this case they gave him a chance to explain that Russia did not 'hack' the US election. I can't blame Fox News for wanting to protect their chosen candidate Trump as he has repeatedly said that he does not believe Russia did any hacking of the US election. CNN and MSNBC protect the Democrats all the time. Turn about is fair play. It's obvious to me that the Democrats are trying to pass blame onto Russia for their own disastrous loss to Trump in the election. In addition, the neo-cons, who basically control the Dem party, were... more »

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

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 5 hours ago
The Diplomat was kind enough to run a piece by me: Taiwan's Anno Horribilis in The Diplomat The constant use of terms like “lucrative” or “suffering” to describe the effects of Chinese tourism in Taiwan highlights their key political role: Chinese tourists are aimed squarely at local Taiwan politics and at the international media. By sending in flows of tourists Beijing builds local patronage networks. They also offer Beijing a way to generate and then manage foreign media reporting through “goodwill” or “tensions” as needed, which costs Beijing nothing (outbound tourism is an imp... more »

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

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 5 hours ago
There are laws against bribery, but some think they are above the law. A law is generally indicative of a … Continue reading →

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

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
[image: TrumpFailure] Jeremy Warner at *The Telegraph* reckons The economists have had another terrible year. It's time for a complete re-think *As a discipline, the dismal science has quite simply lost the plot. All over the shop, economics seems incapable of answering the great questions of our time. Are we heading for deflation or inflation? Are we locked in secular stagnation or have we finally put the financial crisis behind us? The conceit of modern economics is that it sees itself as an evidence-based science, yet if it could ever be such a thing, it is today no... more »

Turkey: Pity the Nation That is Fooled Twice

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
My intention was to get back to the Istanbul shooting today.. Sadly it's not working out for me. Getting sidetracked with other topics. I'll get back to that tomorrow. Instead I'm featuring an oped from Daily Sabah. The author is addressing an absurd recent Robert Fisk piece. Fisk get's paid and he clearly kowtowed to his pay masters- I'm not a fan of his, at the best of time. I'm unsure how many readers here caught the piece of trash written by Robert Fisk? I know that Ally did because we exchanged comments regarding the piece. Ally*January 3, 2017 at 9:43 AM* *Have you seen Robe... more »

Audit the Fed Re-Introduced, With Best Prospects Ever

Alex Newman at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: audit-the-fed-re-introduced-with-best-prospects-ever] Facing its best chance of passage ever under the new GOP-controlled Congress and the incoming Trump administration, wildly popular legislation to open up the Federal Reserve's books, known as “Audit the Fed,” was just re-introduced in the 115th Congress. The bill, sponsored by hundreds of lawmakers in the House and the Senate, would force the obsessively secretive and increasingly controversial central bank to submit to a full government audit. But the Fed and its apologists do not plan to allow a real audit without a tou... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Aki Peritz, Politico:* *Why Is Trump Siding With Assange Over the CIA?* *As a former CIA analyst, I never thought I’d see a U.S. president link arms with a man whose mission is to steal America’s hard-won secrets.* We are through the looking glass now. The next president of the United States is siding with Julian Assange, a man who wears his anti-Americanism proudly and acts like the textbook definition of a Russian asset, over the U.S. intelligence community – thousands of smart, patriotic people who work long hours for middling pay, some risking their lives to keep the rest of ... more »

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

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 6 hours ago
By Paul Homewood https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/04/renewables-investment-uk-fall-95-percent-three-years-study-subsidy-cuts-emissions-targets Two connected news stories today. First, from the Guardian: Investment in windfarms will fall off a “cliff edge” over the next three years and put the UK’s greenhouse gas reduction targets at risk, a thinktank has found. More than £1bn of future investment in renewable energy projects […]

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

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Al monitor* *Link 2* Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu renewed calls today for Washington to sever ties with the Syrian Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the top ally of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, and to provide air support to Turkish forces fighting to dislodge the jihadists from the Syrian town of al-Bab. US reticence,* Cavuosglu charged*, was leading the Turkish people to ask*, “Why are you letting these people [the Americans] remain in Incirlik?” *Defense Minister Fikri Isik echoed his comments, remarking, “*The absence of coalition as... more »

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

William F. Jasper at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: nazi-collaborator-soros-continues-multi-pronged-war-on-trump-calls-him-would-be-dictator] A long-suppressed CBS interview of unrepentant George Soros admitting he was a Holocaust helper further demolishes his credibility to pose as the “conscience of the world” and a champion of democracy and “open societies.”

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*ABC News Online:* *Syria conflict: Damascus residents limit water use after attack on rebel-held river* Damascus residents are scrambling for clean water after the Syrian Government attacked rebels holding the city's main source in a nearby valley, producing an outage that has stretched for nearly two weeks. The cut-off is a major challenge to the Government's effort throughout the nearly six-year-old civil war to keep the capital as insulated as possible from the effects of the conflict tearing apart much of the country. The Government has advertised its efforts to keep electric... more »

Mining Corporations Want Rules Changed in Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
Update on Maine's metallic mining rules by Hendrik Gideonse at Alliance for the Common Good rally in Augusta yesterday.

How to Win the War: Rules for Lefties

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
I'm not going to bother with a point-by-point rebuttal of Jimmy Delingpole's latest Breitbart nonsense. I will note, however, that any commentator with the compulsion to tell themselves and their audience how clever and morally superior they are has some interesting inferiority issues going on. Nevertheless, his "Rules for Righties" is the usual boilerplate with the familiar all-powerful enemies: feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, the liberal establishment. So far, so yawnsome. But what is interesting is how Jimmy falls into the same conceit as the liberals he affects to desp... more »

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

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 7 hours ago
Today I will offer a proposal that would be a sensible act of healing for any newly elected president, whether winning by a landslide, a squeaker, or on technicalities. But first... *== This started with a banishing of facts ==* And so it begins. As the GOP-led House of Representatives votes to gut the Congressional Ethics Office. Yes, they backed off, under a tsunami of harsh reaction. But it was a clear shot over our bow. Moreover, this was *not* the beginning. Look up the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), whose scientific and technical staff advised Congress since the Trum... more »

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

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: video]A video uploaded to Facebook shows a disturbing scene as 2 cops hold down a non-violent man while a third cop smashes in his face.

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

Steve Byas at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: trump-pence-support-assange-s-remarks-on-alleged-russian-hacking] WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he did not get the hacked e-mails from the Russians, and Trump has angered Obama administration intelligence leaders by backing him up.

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

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 7 hours ago
Dandelion Salad ConspiracyScope on Jan 3, 2017 WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange interviewed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, on whether or not Russia provided WikiLeaks the hacked Democratic emails. *** Election-hacking malware had ‘no apparent relationship with Russian intelligence’ RT America on Jan 3, 2017 While the mainstream media mantra that “Russia hacked our election” continues to […]

This Robot May Be the Key to Houses Powered by Intelligence

Robert Sanders at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 7 hours ago
With a 1080p camera, an array of four microphones, dual speakers, wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, and spatial sensors, the Kuri robot is designed to fit right into smart homes. Kuri is one of several domestic robots hitting the market, potentially helping usher in a future in which everyone has a robot companion helping them through their daily lives. The post This Robot May Be the Key to Houses Powered by Intelligence appeared first on Futurism.

Quote of the Day: On betraying your self

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 7 hours ago
*"It’s what I couldn’t understand about people for a long time. They have no self. They live within others. They live second-hand. Look at Peter Keating. . . . I’ve looked at him—at what’s left of him—and it’s helped me to understand. He’s paying the price and wondering for what sin and telling himself that he’s been too selfish. In what act or thought of his has there ever been a self? What was his aim in life? Greatness—in other people’s eyes. Fame, admiration, envy—all that which comes from others. Others dictated his convictions, which he did not hold, but he was satisfied ... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump delivered brief remarks to reporters at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Reuters:* *Trump to meet with CIA, FBI and DNI chiefs on Friday: spokesman* Donald Trump planned to meet with the heads of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Friday, a spokesman for the U.S. Republican president-elect said. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Sean Spicer said CIA Director John Brennan, FBI Director James Comey... more »

Unveiling the Antarctic Mysteries and Exposing the Cover-up

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 8 hours ago
The great visionary Edgar Cayce once said, “The unseen forces are greater than the seen.” That esoteric statement extends to the cosmology of our physical universe as well, since scientists believe it’s comprised of 96% dark matter and dark energy, leaving just 4% of the universe seeable. And among the earth’s seven continents, no greater land mass has been more unseen, uninhabited and less known about than the mysterious frozen terrain that lies underneath the 2-4 mile deep polar ice shelf covering the Antarctic continent, a massive 5.4 million square mile (14 square million kil... more »

Chet Raymo, “At Home In An Infinite Universe”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“At Home In An Infinite Universe”* by Chet Raymo “They are questions that bedeviled thinkers for thousands of years: Is the universe infinite or finite, eternal or of a finite age? It is certainly hard to imagine a universe that extends without limit in every direction, or a universe without a beginning or end. It is equally difficult to imagine a finite universe; what is beyond the edge? Or a beginning or end in time; how can something come from nothing? how can what is cease to be? The problems are so intractable philosophically that their resolution has generally been left to ...more »

"When We Have Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy. In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age, we are looking backwards to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day, when we have time.” - Charles Caleb Colton, “Lacon”

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Bolton, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by.

"Things Fall Apart" - Israeli wet dream for Middle East Hegemony under threat in the Trump Era?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 8 hours ago
*The USA, aka The falcon* "....The falcon cannot hear the falconer;..."Last December 23rd, 2016, for the first time ever, Israel was left twisting in the wind at the United Nations Security Council as the United States abstained from a vote which passed--and condemned the rampant building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian Land: ...the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334, which demands an immediate end to “all Israeli settlement activities” in the occupied Palestinian territories" For the first time, as Yeats said, "The falcon cannot hear the falconer;..." This is how... more »

Bernie Won? Maybe So... On Free College Tuition At State Universities

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
A couple of days ago New York’s corrupt governor, Andrew Cuomo, was being derided for vetoing a bill to make sure indigent suspects had legal representation. But yesterday his praises were being sung by both Hillary Clinton and, especially, Bernie Sanders for his free tuition proposal. Under it, the state of New York will pay tuition for hundreds of thousands of middle- and low-income New Yorkers (kids whose families are making less than $125,000/year) at state colleges and at community colleges. This would be a pilot program for the whole country. I have some first hand experienc... more »

National Debt Increases by $1,054,647,941,626.91 in 2016

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: national-debt-increases-by-1-054-647-941-626-91-in-2016] Data posted on the Treasury Department’s website indicates that the federal government’s total public debt outstanding increased by $1,054,647,941,626.9 during 2016.

Amid False Fears Stoked by Fake News, Obama Quietly Deployed Special Forces Along Russian Border

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: troops]Amid hysteria over nonexistent Russian aggression, President Obama has quietly deployed dozens of special forces to the Lithuanian border with Russia.

WikiLeaks Issues Ultimatum to CNN — Air 1-hour Exposé on Plot to Defame Assange — Or Be Sued

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: assange]WikiLeaks has issued an ultimatum to CNN for labeling Julian Assange a pedophile -- air a one-hour exposé on the matter or face our lawyers.

Will Trump Go Along With Paul Ryan’s Plan To Destroy Medicare?

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 8 hours ago
Given President-elect Trump's commitments and the popularity of Social Security and Medicare, will he go along with Paul Ryan's plan to destroy the programs? The post Will Trump Go Along With Paul Ryan’s Plan To Destroy Medicare? appeared first on Shadowproof.

CIA Director On Russian Hacking Allegations Tells Sceptics 'Wait And See'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*PBS*: *CIA chief addresses ‘doubters’ of Russian hacking report* Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday that those who doubt the connection between Russia and the hacking of Democratic Party email accounts, leading up to November’s election, should take a look at the forthcoming intelligence report “before they make those judgments.” President-elect Donald Trump, among others, has questioned the assessment that Russia is behind the hacking, citing past intelligence community mistakes, including the finding of no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. “In the aftermath of t... more »

Kellyanne Conway: This is what a real feminist looks like...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*and yet the women libtards ignore her.* The day after Donald J. Trump is elected the 45th president of the United States, enraged feminist type women will descend on DC to march around and demand their rights. I'm not sure which one of their rights are being infringed, and I'm quite certain they don't know either. Anyone who dares ask them that question on the Facecrap page for the Women's March on Washington never receives an answer and instead is bombarded with an endless stream of insults and name calling. * Because that's what libtards do. * Here we have a woman, Kellyanne ... more »

The things we read in the New York Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017Gravitational waves and clothing:* In our previous post, we mentioned the New York Times' list of "The Most-Read Stories of 2016." In perfect Times fashion, the report was premature; it appeared on December 19. It only covers clicks (or so we assume) through November 30! In perfect Times fashion, the paper doesn't explain how the list was compiled. It doesn't state the number of times each item was read. It refers to its reports as "stories," just as a 5-year-old would. Yesterday, Kevin Drum correctly sang the blues about the second most-read report o... more »

How did the malpractice get this far?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017Pierce, Drum and Krugman explain and fail to explain:* In his latest column, Paul Krugman made several charges about the press corps' behavior. "America is rapidly turning into a [banana republic]," Krugman wrote. "This debacle didn’t come out of nowhere," he further alleged. Krugman said this state of affairs has been developing for decades. He fingered "the supine news media" as a major player: KRUGMAN (1/2/17): How could this happen in a nation that has long prided itself as a role model for democracies everywhere? In a direct sense, Mr. Trump’s ele... more »

Can President Trump Trust China?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 9 hours ago
The Chinese would ask how they could possibly trust the USA when our policies and politics change so radically over a decade. To wit: - *Barack Obama Apology Tour - 2008* Barack traveled to China (and everywhere else) and apologized for the United States, bowing, scraping and behaved generally as a pot licking mutt. China saw immediate weakness and has screwed us three ways from Sunday as a result. They built up their military and expanded into Africa, Pakistan, Thailand and took "ownership" of the South China Sea and a portion of the East China Sea. - *Barack O... more »

"Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Slams Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Site; Spent Fuel Pools Further Damaged!"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Slams Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Site;* * Spent Fuel Pools Further Damaged!"* by Newsroom "A Magnitude 5.6 earthquake has struck in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster site. The quake significantly shook the already-damaged Spent Fuel Pools, causing additional instability and increased leakage of cooling water. Over 100 tons of spent nuclear fuel remains in the fuel pools. That fuel must be constantly cooled by flowing water. If the water drains because the fuel pools are cracked (from the M9.2 earthquake of M... more »

Groundbreaking Study Shows Prescription Painkillers Prolong Chronic Pain

Waking Times at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - More evidence emerges that pharmaceuticals can cause more harm than good. The post Groundbreaking Study Shows Prescription Painkillers Prolong Chronic Pain appeared first on Waking Times.

This Is Russia's Exit Strategy In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
The Russian deployment in Syria is one of the factors that have led the US to see the Russian military as ‘the greatest array of threats to US interests’. Photograph: Handout/Reuters *Stratfor:* *Russia Looks for an Exit in Syria - Analysis* *Forecast* * Despite the shared cause of supporting Damascus, Moscow and Tehran will continue to differ in their commitment to the conflict. * As Russia concocts an exit strategy, its relations with Iran will steadily sour. * The divergences between the countries will exacerbate the differences among Syria's loyalist forces. *Analysis* With t... more »

Liberal Struggle Against Reality

Walter E. Williams at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: liberal-struggle-against-reality] We will never understand liberals and progressives until we recognize that they often see reality as a social construct subject to being challenged and changed.

Trump Names Jay Clayton, Quintessential Wall Street Lawyer and Goldman Sachs Advisor, to Head SEC

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: trump-names-jay-clayton-quintessential-wall-street-lawyer-and-goldman-sachs-advisor-to-head-sec] President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, provokes the question, "Is there such a thing as too much Wall Street experience, and too close ties to Goldman Sachs?" By Bob Adelmann

Leaked Sec Kerry Audio that CNN & NY Times Tried to Hide — Confirms US Role in Rise of ISIS

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: audio]Here is the leaked audio which confirms the US intentions to facilitate the rise of ISIS -- no wonder CNN and the NY Times hid it.

Delete Your Account — Episode 31: One Democratic State

Roqayah Chamseddine at Shadowproof - 10 hours ago
Kumars and Roqayah speak with Ali Abunimah about the Obama administration's Israel-Palestine legacy and the movement for Palestinian human rights. The post Delete Your Account — Episode 31: One Democratic State appeared first on Shadowproof.

Top Prosecutor: Clemency for Leonard Peltier 'in best interest of justice'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
. Top Prosecutor: Clemency for Leonard Peltier 'in best interest of justice' January 3, 2017 Kari Ann Boushee, Family Contact and Co-Director, International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info Last month, a letter in support of clemency for federal prisoner Leonard Peltier was sent to President Obama by former United States Attorney James H.

#TopTen | No. 4: Greenpeace & the Greens have a problem with the truth

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
*Last year at EnZed’s fourth-most read political blog this was the fourth most popular post asking … if the Greens & Greenpeace have truth on their side, why do they need to lie so much?* ------------------------------ If you have the facts on your side, there’s no need to lie. So when you discover activists who regularly make things up out of whole cloth, you have to ask why. Take Greenpeace and their campaign against Golden Rice, a technology promising to liberate millions from disease. From publishing staged photos and video to faking studies, distributing false and mislea... more »

‘Asbestos of the Sky’ – The Aviation Industry’s Darkest Coverup

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 10 hours ago
*Sayer Ji* - The airlines are poisoning passengers and crew due to deeply flawed aircraft design. The post ‘Asbestos of the Sky’ – The Aviation Industry’s Darkest Coverup appeared first on Waking Times.

This ‘Flying Car’ Could Revolutionize Warfare

Patrick Caughill at Robot Intelligence – Futurism - 10 hours ago
The Israeli 'Air Mule' is a flying car capable of carrying 500kg (1,102 lbs) at speeds up to 185 km/h (115 mph). The military vehilce uses internal rotors, as opposed to helicopter-like blades, making it easier to maneuver in an urban setting. The post This ‘Flying Car’ Could Revolutionize Warfare appeared first on Futurism.

What Will Iran Do Next In Syria?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Hamidreza Azizi, Al-Monitor:* *How Iran sees Russian-Turkish deal on Syria* After the Dec. 29 announcement that Russia and Turkey had reached an agreement on a nationwide cease-fire in Syria, the United Nations Security Council on Dec. 31 unanimously approved a resolution welcoming the new effort to help resolve the Syrian crisis. Such unanimous international support, together with the overall effective implementation of the cease-fire by the concerned parties on the ground since Dec. 30, raises suggestions that this initiative is different from previous failed peace efforts. As... more »

The Next Generation of Corporate Miseducation

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 11 hours ago
Great work by Alison McDowell. This was shared yesterday in Philadelphia. Ed Reform 2.0: Personalized Learning in Orwellian Times This video requires two browser windows: one for the video, one for the slide show. The slide show is at http://tinyurl.com/zko83q4

Dogs Jump Into Ambulance And Refuse To Leave In Order To Comfort Their Owner

White Wolf at White Wolf - 11 hours ago
*When this man injured his head on a street in Chimbote, Peru, his two dogs jumped in an ambulance with him so they could be with their owner.* Even when emergency doctors started doing their job on the wounded patient, the loyal canines refused to be parted and stayed by their human’s side. The best bit is that everyone was so touched by the level of devotion the doggies showed towards their owner, the pets were allowed to stay at the hospital. Later that day Joha Morillas Zapata, an intern who works at that same hospital, posted a picture of the man with a head injury sitting ... more »

Summers vs Trump on the economy

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 11 hours ago
You know, I've met Larry Summers several times, talked to him during the dinners in the Society of Fellows that he was formally heading, and had to admire him for his seemingly penetrating, hard-science-like thinking and relatively honest attitudes towards the feminists and similar junk, attitudes that gradually turned into a frustrating surrender. (I remember a party for new junior faculty in his house in late 2004 or early 2005, days before he gave the famous speech about women in science. On that party, I started to apologize to him for some anti-feminist blog post that created ... more »

"Three Quran Verses Every Jew Should Know (by David Wood)"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
https://youtu.be/KbbAQoc5-B4 A fascinating video.

Syria War News Updates -- January 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*The Guardian*: *Syria: Turkey takes fight to Isis in assault on western base of al-Bab* *Erdoğan and Free Syria Army claim assault on Isis stronghold, thought to be where Istanbul nightclub attack was planned, will end in days* Turkey has said the operation to retake from Islamic State the Syrian town of al-Bab, the terror group’s westernmost stronghold, will be “finished soon” after launching the most intensive bombardment of the four-month campaign in the days after the Istanbul nightclub attack. Using jets and artillery, Turkish officials claimed to have killed scores of Isis... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 12 hours ago
So I'm supposed to see this CNN story as evidence that Republicans might not be quite as unified in their drive to repeal Obamacare as they'd like us to believe: Republicans are just getting started on their years-long dream of repealing Obamacare, and already, there are fears that things are moving too fast.... Sen. John McCain told reporters Tuesday that he supports taking a slower approach to repealing the law, saying he is "always worried about something that took a long time in the making and we've got to concentrate our efforts to making sure that we do it right so that nobody... more »

Ford Cancels Plans for Mexico Plant, Shifts 700 jobs to United States

Bob Adelmann at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: ford-cancels-plans-for-mexico-plant-shifts-700-jobs-to-us] When Ford Motor Company announced a cancellation of plans to move some car production to Mexico, CNN was just sure that Ford's decision was crony capitalism at its worst.

Starving Trolls

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Pottersville - 12 hours ago
The hope of New Year's, especially in this convoluted day and age, tends to be like Charlie Brown in his existential quest to kick the football. Naturally, Lucy snatches it from him and Charlie winds up flat on his back, wondering for the umpteenth time why he'd fallen for Lucy's ever more complex assurances that she would not snatch the football away. Well, our hopes for a better year here at Casa del Pottersville lasted less than 24 hours when our new year started going to shit on January 1st. I won't tell you what that was but let's just say that, just over 100 hours in... more »

How Obama Traded Away His Legacy

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* I'm about to say the obvious, but with so many dots getting connected in this post-election, pre-Trump interregnum, I want to connect just these two and let the obvious sink in. *Obama's push for TPP not only cost Clinton the election (among other factors, of course), it very likely cost Obama his legacy — all of it.* Barack Obama has a number of what his supporters call "legacy achievements" — meant positively (I would add a number of inverse-legacy achievements as well) — but chief among them, first in the list, is always the ACA, "Obamacare." Whatever its de... more »

Prosecutor Who Locked Away Leonard Peltier Now Calls On Obama To Release Him

White Wolf at White Wolf - 12 hours ago
The U.S. Attorney whose office prosecuted Native American activist Leonard Peltier 40 years ago wrote to President Obama just before Christmas to support the aging prisoner’s bid for clemency. James Reynolds, the former U.S. Attorney in Iowa, contacted the White House and the Department of Justice in a Dec. 21 letter asking that Peltier — now 71 and in failing health — be given a compassionate release. “I think it’s time,” Reynolds, 77, told the Daily News from his Florida home. “Forty years is enough,” the former U.S. attorney said. He also admitted he’s not convinced of Pelti... more »

TODAY! Water Protectors Resist Federal Grand Jury -- Steve Martinez Refuses to Cooperate

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Riot Police using OC Spray on Water Protectors without justification on the front line. Photo by Rob Wilson Photography

Indonesia Suspends Military Cooperation With Australia Over Pamphlets That Were Deemed Offensive

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
FILE PHOTO: Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class Two Stephen Wurst (R) briefs Indonesian Army personnel during 2014 Wira Jaya Exercise at RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia, September 18, 2014. Australian Defence Force/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo *ABC News Online*: *Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia after training material insult* Indonesia has suspended all military cooperation with Australia, allegedly over insulting training material on display at an Australian Special Forces base in Perth. Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia had be... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Perfect Stupidity'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
PERFECT STUPIDITY Posted on January 3, 2017 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. Jan 3, 2017. The tribal and band council system promotes, trains and rewards stupidity and their help in carrying out the genocide. The corporation/government uses carefully selected trained provocateurs who have no conscience to destroy the cohesion of our people and our adherence to the

International Fact-Checking Network: New Worldwide Ministry of Truth?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - The new network will try to make themselves the owners of truth. The post International Fact-Checking Network: New Worldwide Ministry of Truth? appeared first on Waking Times.

Authors use same images in two studies — one is retracted, the other flagged by journal

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
After researchers in China included the same images in two papers published online one month apart, one paper has been retracted, and the other flagged with an expression of concern. According to the retraction notice in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine (IJMM), the authors intended that the two different papers offered “different research perspectives.” […] The post Authors use same images in two studies — one is retracted, the other flagged by journal appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Is President-elect Trump Siding With Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Over U.S. Intelligence Agencies On Russian Hack Allegations?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017 *New York Times:* *Trump Appears to Side With Assange Over Intelligence Agencies’ Conclusions* ■ President-elect Donald J. Trump appears to side with the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over United States intelligence agencies. ■ Mr. Trump finds something “very strange” about his intelligence briefing on Friday — even though the White House says it was always planned for Friday. ■ Mr. Trump will... more »

NATO Builds-Up its Forces On The Russian Border

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Reservists called up for exercises in early December on the training grounds of the Estonian Defense Forces in Mä​nniku, Estonia. PHOTO: ROOMET ILD/ESTONIAN DEFENSE FORCES Wall Street Journal: *NATO’s Jittery Baltic Members Move to Beef Up Own Defense* *Volunteer forces grow amid Russia’s aggressive posture, worries about U.S. commitment* TALLINN, Estonia—Marion Ots, an advertising agent and mother of two, was at a birthday party last month when she realized that hers was the only family there without someone in the local volunteer militia. So she joined. “Basically, I am ready t... more »

From Agriculture To Demonetisation: Not ‘Make In India’ But Made In Washington

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 13 hours ago
Countercurrents, CounterPunch, RINF, Global Research *A version of the following piece was originally published in June 2016**. However, since then, India’s PM Narendra Modi has embarked on a ‘demonetisation’ policy, which saw around 85 percent of India’s bank notes becoming invalid overnight.* Emerging evidence indicates that demonetisation was not done to curb corruption, ‘black money’ or terrorism, the reasons originally given. That was a smokescreen. Modi was acting on behalf of powerful Wall Street financial interests. Demonetisation has caused massive hardship, inconvenience... more »

WikiLeaks Just Offered $20K Reward to Prevent Obama Govt ‘Destroying US History’

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: wikileaks]WikiLeaks is offering a $20,000 reward for information relating to any destruction of records by a member of the Obama administration.

US Cops Killed 230 Times More People than their British Counterparts in 2016

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: US-Police-Kill-More-in-Days-than-Other-Countries-do-in-Decades]America has a killing problem and the statistics showing how many citizens are killed by police this year prove it.

“German” Writer: Trump is Like Hitler — Despises Refugees, Women, Non-Christians

Selwyn Duke at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: german-writer-trump-is-like-hitler-despises-refugees-women-non-christians] With all the focus today on eliminating “hate,” we should ask: Is it at all possible that labeling others “haters” could be motivated by hate?

Mosul Campaign Day 79, Jan 3, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Iraqi forces (ISF) continued to move forward in east Mosul. The Golden Division freed the industrial area next to Karama in the east. A car bomb was destroyedin the process. The Rapid Reaction forces, Federal Police and army freed Mithaq, Sumer, Morez, and Majma in the southeast. The Federal Police Chief Raed Shaker Jawdat told the press that the Islamic State’s Jund al-Khalifa, Soldiers of the Caliphate, headquarters was destroyedwhile going through Mithaq. Fighting continued in Dumiz, Shaimaa, Salam, Palestine, Wahda, and Sanah as well in the southeast to east. Karamain the ... more »

Take 2: Alexander Mercouris-Enshrinement of Russian/Turkish Ceasefire at UN ?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
As mentioned in yesterday’s post I’d left 2 comments at Saker’s regarding a specific claim made by Alexander Mercouris in his latest article- *Yesterday's post: Alexander Mercouris-Enshrinement of Russian/Turkish Ceasefire at UN ?* The claim made by Mercouris boils down to this: The Russian/Turkish ceasefire enshrined at the UN. The fact that the ceasefire accord was neither endorsed, nor recognized, guarantees it was not enshrined (made sacred) at the UN. *The first response to my comment came from Veritas **(I'm unfamiliar with this moniker and am bolding the relevent text)* ... more »

THE PROBLEM INCLUDES US: Professor Lilla and one other person!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2017Part 2—Should he care about her:* Did Professor Lilla actually mean what he seemed to say? Back in mid-December, he spoke with Sean Illing for Vox. As we noted yesterday, we thought the remarks shown below were strange, but familiar and perhaps instructive. Within the context of the full discussion, "these people" were, quite plainly, the white working class. For full transcript, click here: LILLA (12/16/16): *The bottom line is that we can't win [elections] without these people...So if we care about the people we say we care about—African Americans, w... more »

Civil Liberties: “What Is Rule 41?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*“What Is Rule 41?”* by Andrew Pontbriand "Just when you thought the tyranny unleashed on America over the last decade couldn’t get any worse, it just did. With the NSA spying that never stopped, warrantless wiretapping, the Patriot Act, the NDAA which allows for indefinite detention, and the Anti Propaganda and Disinformation Act all already in full anti-freedom mode, the Supreme Court took things further, It’s called Rule 41. This comes under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure TITLE VIII. SUPPLEMENTARY AND SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS: "See below Committee Notes on Rules—2016 Amendme... more »

The Times Are Changing: Assange Goes on FOX News and Destroys the Russia Hack Conspiracy Theory

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: assange]Wikileaks founder Julian Assange made his first video appearance in months, emerging in an interview with Sean Hannity to state, again, unequivocally, leaked documents did not come from Russian hackers.

Legal Weed is Killing Cartels and Corporate Media Is Trying to Say that’s a Bad Thing

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: drug]Mexican drug cartels abandoning their marijuana trade as legal weed destroys them, but corporate media is saying this is a bad thing.

SESSIONS, Jefferson Beauregard III (Jeff), (1946 - )

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
In the coming days, Congress will decide if a states rights segregationist from Alabama will be the next Attorney General of the United States. Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions III has a long history of working to fortify the commitment to white supremacy in his state, and if Donald Trump gets his way, Sessions will bring his racist reading of the law to the national stage. If you have not seen this piece on Sessions' role in maintaining separate and unequal schools in Alabama, please take a moment to read it in order to understand why the Sessions appointment must be stopped. Dur... more »

Incredible Journey of a Dog who Walked 50 Miles in Almost 2 Months to Find his Owners

White Wolf at White Wolf - 15 hours ago
*A missing dog has undergone an incredible two month 60-mile journey to be reunited with his owner after she left him with friends as she moved home.* In a tale reminiscent of the film Incredible Journey, border collie Casey disappeared from Spilsby in Lincolnshire, where he was being cared for by a friend while his owner Carole Fossett moved house. But after weeks of Casey being missing the family had given up hope of finding him until they launched a Facebook campaign to track him down. The 58-year-old, who has had Casey since he was a puppy, said she received three calls from a... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago

World News Briefs -- January 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Police special forces patrol outisde the Reina nightclub which was attacked by a gunman, in Istanbul, Turkey, January 3, 2017. REUTERS/Osman Orsal *Reuters:* *Turkey says Istanbul attacker's identity established, manhunt goes on* Turkey has established the identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, its foreign minister said on Wednesday, as police rounded up more suspected accomplices. In an interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency, Mevlut Cavusoglu gave no further details about the gunman, whom Turkish officials have not named.... more »

"Why Can't It?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago

“Are You Prepared for ‘Unencumbered’ Interest Rate Policy?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“Are You Prepared for ‘Unencumbered’ Interest Rate Policy?”, Introduction* by Brian Maher “It’s a new year. And the war on cash opens on a new front… India launched a major offensive in November when it banned the most widely used bank notes. Chaos was the result. And now. Greece is launching its latest offensive against cash. This offensive amounts to a “soft” ban on cash. Greece may not seem important. But beware, this “soft” cash ban could be a model for the advanced economies. The Greek news site, Keep Talking Greece, reports that as of Jan. 1, Greek taxpayers will be required... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 15 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* Russia Sells $11 Billion Stake in Rosneft to Glencore, Qatar A group of remote Scottish islands is exploring independence from the mainland after Brexit In "Mysterious" Bond Sale, Venezuela Issues $5 Billion In Debt To Itself With China As Underwriter A surprising factor in the extinction of the dinosaurs may have been how long their eggs took to hatch These doomsday shelters for the 1% make up the largest private bunker community on earth Kunstler: 2017 Is When The Wheels Finally Come Off Mysterious Marijuana-Related Illness Popping Up In Emergency Rooms Ir... more »

Prominent researcher in Taiwan loses another paper for image duplication

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
In November, a vice president at an institution in Taiwan retracted a hotly debated cancer paper from Nature Cell Biology, citing image problems including duplications. Now, the Journal of Biological Chemistry has done the same, again citing image duplications. There are a few things to note about the latest retraction: One, the last author is again Kuo […] The post Prominent researcher in Taiwan loses another paper for image duplication appeared first on Retraction Watch.

"Derivative War Could Bring Down Global Economy"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*"Derivative War Could Bring Down Global Economy"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Financial expert Lior Gantz says there is good news and bad news for the economy with the election of Donald Trump. Gantz explains, “If he changes the equation, it could cause a lot of inflation in the U.S. U.S. banks are so liquid and have so much excess cash because of TARP programs and QE programs that this could prompt them to start lending, and lend to the wrong people. It could prompt the government to start issuing increased food stamps, universal unemployment checks and all kinds of stuff th... more »

Wednesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - Jared Bernstein highlights how a generation of public policy has systematically transferred risk from the wealthy who claim to bear it, to the general public which can't afford to do so: Back in the late 2000s, two authors — the economics journalist Peter Gosselin and the political scientist Jacob Hacker — wrote books documenting what they both called “the risk shift.” The idea was that policy and social norms had changed in ways that shifted economic risk — invoked by retirement, illness, job stability and loss of income — from go... more »

Homemade Gluten-Free Spanish Rice (Rice a Roni Copycat)

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
As strange as it may sound, one of the most difficult things to give up when I had to go gluten free was Spanish Rice. Yes, the Rice a Roni variety. It has always been such a go-to side for many of my favorite Mexican food dishes. So naturally I found a way to make a homemade gluten-free version so I could still enjoy it. Turns out, I like this version better than the box. Sure, it's a little more work (though not much more), but it tastes better and my kids devour it! INGREDIENTS2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Cup white rice (uncooked) 1/2 green bell pepper, diced 1 garlic clove, minced 2 cup... more »

It's Getting Shorter

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
We've known for at least twenty-five years that the time we have to reverse global warming is limited. David Suzuki writes: We can't say we weren't warned. In 1992, a majority of living Nobel prize-winners and more than 1,700 leading scientists worldwide signed a remarkable document called "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity." It begins, "Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the fu... more »

What Are The Boundaries Of GOP Disunity?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Last night we saw how the public, the media and a united Democratic opposition was able to force a confused Republican majority, pulled in different directions and further discombobulated by contrary indication from a disjointed and incompetent Trump team, to back down on their plans to gut ethics enforcement. I suspect we’re going to see a lot of this kind of anomie over the next couple of years while Ryan and the Republicans are still running the House. The Ayn Randian agenda programmed into Ryan’s tiny zombie brain isn’t necessarily the identical agenda of the rest of the Repub... more »

"New Study of Elitists Reveals How Out-of-Touch They Are"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"New Study of Elitists Reveals How Out-of-Touch They Are"* by Editorial Board "You know, I've been around the ruling class all my life, and I've been quite aware of their total contempt for the people of the country." - Gore Vidal "The anger against the ruling elites that fueled the election of Donald Trump was not understood by them for good reason: they genuinely are isolated from the realities of life as experienced by most Americans. A fascinating survey has created a data-based measure of the social isolation of the urban elites, the people who run the country that have no co... more »

Free Your Minds........ A Quotation From M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Free your minds from this concentration upon the pains and sufferings of your past and direct your thoughts upon a future that is free from this pain of your own personal making.* *© M.N. Hopkins*

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Sebastien A. Roblin, War Is Boring*: *Baghdad Doesn’t Want You to Know How Many of Its Soldiers Are Dying* Urban warfare exacts a terrible toll On Dec. 1, 2016, the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq reported that 1,959 Iraqi Security Forces troops had died in combat during the month of November, including army, police on combat operations, Kurdish Peshmerga and other allied militias. The casualty report came six weeks after Iraq launched an operation aimed at liberating Mosul from Islamic State. On Dec. 2, the Iraqi Joints Operations Command angrily refuted the United N... more »

UK Taxpayers Face £1 Billion Bill over Green Energy Scandal

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/01/03/uk-taxpayers-face-1-billion-bill-green-energy-scandal/ Breitbart report on the latest green energy scandal in Northern Ireland: A green energy scandal that is saw people heating empty buildings just to collect government grants could cost British taxpayers more than £1 billion. The UK Treasury faces a huge bill after spending on Northern Ireland’s Renewable […]


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
On Monday night, House Republicans voted to end the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. By yesterday morning there was already a tremendous amount of pressure on them to abandon this effort, as Carl Hulse of *The New York Times* acknowledges. Donald Trump then weighed in, and objected only to the timing of the change, not the substance, as Hulse also notes: Deluged by angry phone calls and bad headlines, chagrined Republican officials say they were well on their way to abandoning the ethics revisions adopted Monday night in a closed-door party meeting before Mr. Tr... more »

German Macchiarini-linked researchers Thorsten and Heike Walles bully blogger with libel threats to surpress information about their apparently irregular experimental transplant surgery

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 16 hours ago
As you may imagine, the research ethical and misconduct scandal around Paolo Macchiarini's surgical experiments at the Karolinska Institutet (a radio summary is here, text ones are here and here) has been a big deal for anyone engaged in bio- and research ethics in Sweden the past year. But not only here, as Macchiarini has had many international links and seemingly hopped between employers and affiliations all over the place for many years, where he has inspired others to work with similar techniques as himself. Now, some of these people and institutions apparently do all they can... more »

CROSSPOST: Untangling forgotten tracheal transplants of Heike and Thorsten Walles, who set a lawyer upon me

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 16 hours ago
This is a crosspost of the original, uncensored version of a post relating facts and developments related to past surgical human experiments by the German researchers Thorsten Walles and Heike Walles, linked to scandal surgeon Paolo Macchiarini, from the *For Better Science* blog. The crosspost has been prompted by legal threats having forced Leonid Schneider to remove relevant details regarding the German researcher team from another post, making it likely that such claims will be extended also to the article here crossposted. More details and background on how I view this devel... more »

CROSSPOST: Professor Macchiarini, because Medical University of Hannover wants it so

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 16 hours ago
This is a crosspost of the original, uncensured version of a post relating facts and developments related to the research ethical and scientific misconduct scandal surrounding Paolo Macchiarini from the *For Better Science* blog. The crosspost has been prompted by legal threats having forced Leonid Schneider to remove relevant details regarding the German researcher team Thorsten Walles and Heike Walles from the post. More details and background on how I view this development can be found here. A similar crosspost of a *For Better Science* post on the specific Macchiarini-linked hi... more »

New Report Exposes Rockefeller Dynasty's Role in “Climate” Scam

Alex Newman at rss - 16 hours ago
[image: new-report-exposes-rockefeller-dynasty-s-role-in-climate-scam] An unfathomably wealthy banking and oil dynasty has been hijacking governments, media organs, universities, non-profits, and other power centers to expand its control over the economy and the energy sector in particular, according to a recently released investigation by a watchdog group. That dynasty, of course, is the Rockefeller family. In essence, they have largely created, bankrolled, and weaponized the “green” movement “as a means to expand their empire over the past three decades,” the report found.

Exxon Energy Outlook

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/energy/energy-outlook OK, it’s only Exxon I know, but their latest energy outlook confirms others from BP and the IEA that have forecasted fossil fuels will remain the predominant source of energy up to 2040. These are the basic findings: […]

Sphere Alliance Message #229 Is there an Angelic Realm?

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 17 hours ago
Stan X, excluding the Archangels *[which was covered in many posts]*, is there an Angelic realm? Or is that another false belief? *DEAR ONE/TERRAN. THERE IS NO SINGLE ANGELIC REALM. BEINGS THAT ARE "PERCEIVED" AS ANGELS ORIGINATE IN MANY REALMS. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. END.* Are they Galactics? Are they what Heather calls Universals? Does the SA ever interact with these beings. What do you call them? *DEAR ONE/TERRAN. MANY BEINGS ARE "PERCEIVED" AS BEING ANGELS. SOME ARE UNIVERSALS. BUT THEY ARE MOSTLY GALACTICS. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. END.* Is Nabrac a universal? *DEAR ONE/... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Mass. schools look overseas for competition* Natick High School has long taken pride in its English, math, and science programs and had the MCAS scores to prove it, ranking in the upper tier of schools in a state with the strongest academic performance in the nation. But in an increasingly global economy, Natick High wasn’t satisfied with comparing itself only with its neighbors. Four years ago, the school started giving a new international exam through a trial program to see how its students stack up against peers around the world. The results proved impressive. The high school t... more »

Morning Musical Interlude: Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells Finale”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
Mike Oldfield, “Tubular Bells Finale” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAi_3NdMIMQ

The 10 Biggest Global Risks In 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Reuters/KCNA/Files *Elena Holodny, Business Insider*: *The 10 biggest risks the world faces in 2017* 2016 saw a repositioning of the pieces on the geopolitical board, with shocks such as the rise of populism and rejection of globalism, Britons voting to leave the EU, the failed coup in Turkey, Russia's military intervention in Syria, the end of America's pivot to Asia, and so on. But perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the November election of Donald Trump, whose "Make America Great Again" slogan could suggest a world with no global leader. "The triumph of 'America first' as ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Al Gore eat your heart out: Another example of a sea-level FALL* *Moreton Bay borders Brisbane. A Brisbane reader emailed me as follows:* I thought you might be interested in this photo of our old family home site at Cleveland Point, Moreton Bay. That old jetty is one I helped build in 1946. And in the years from '46 to '53 the fine weather king tides [~ normal BP] just covered the decking on that jetty [decking now missing but 30 mm higher than remaining bearers]. This photo was taken at the top of the highest king tide of this summer [15/12/16] and as you can see this tide i... more »

Let's Not Get Too Excited By China's Determination To Build A Few Aircraft Carriers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Eric Gomez, The Diplomat*: *Keeping China’s Aircraft Carriers in Perspective* China’s investment in aircraft carriers will take a great deal of time and money to reach its full potential. The Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, recently completed its first live-fire exercises before sailing from the Bohai Sea to Hainan Island. Additionally, its first indigenous aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is under construction at Dalian shipyard and should be completed in the first half of 2017. In 2015, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense reported that a third aircraft carrier is b... more »

(Deteriorating Democracy)  How Desperate Are U.S. Taxpayers for Job Creation?  (Apple, MS, Google, Amazon Plan on Not Paying U.S. Taxes)  Apple Gets Promises for No Real Tax Bite from "Owners" of the USA! USA! USA! (Paulism Gladiating)  Globalism Looting

The great Greek philosopher, Plato, more than 2000 years ago argued that a democracy will eventually deteriorate into an oligarchy (or plutocracy) which, in time, will further degenerate into a dictatorship where society is ruled by a man exhibiting only the basest of emotions. Today, there is nothing stopping the American republic, which has already devolved into a plutocracy and is

US air strike killed Afghan police being held in Taliban prison

Abigail Fielding-Smith and Ruhullah Khapalwak at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 18 hours ago
Experts say rising civilian casualties are the result of an anomalous situation where the US is pursuing a conventional aerial campaign against the Taliban with virtually no troops on the ground to provide reliable intelligence to guide it. The post US air strike killed Afghan police being held in Taliban prison appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Sean Hannity: Interview with Julian Assange 1/3/2017...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 18 hours ago
*it's not Russia!* I believe this is only the first part of the interview. I consider this a must watch. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy.

Defense Secretary Nominee James Mattis Gets Ready For His Confirmation Process

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*Military Times*:* New in 2017: Gen. James Mattis goes back to Capitol Hill* Defense secretary nominee James Mattis is well-liked by most members of Congress, but that doesn’t mean his confirmation process will be easy. The retired Marine Corps general’s path to the top of the Defense Department marks an early test for President-elect Donald Trump, and his ability to work with Congress as he sets and pursues his agenda. Mattis retired in 2013, so he’ll need a waiver from Congress to get around federal rules mandating seven years between military service and assuming the top Pent... more »

Time for Scotland’s Politicians to Ask the Awkward Questions: What’s Happening to its Children?

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
by John Stone Scotland is one of the first nations that will have to confront the meltdown of its services because of the tsunami of neurological problems engulfing its children. No amount of public relations whimsy can cover up the...

Texas Roundup Showdown: Cotton Versus Wine Growers

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Thank you to Laura Hayes for sharing these stories. Pesticides rear their poisonous heads again. Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill have written about the insidious interaction of pesticides and mercury and viruses as part of the autism and polio epidemics....

Friends of the Earth admits false fracking claims

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public From the Times: A green campaign group has agreed not to repeat misleading claims about the health and environmental impacts of fracking after complaints to the advertising watchdog. Friends of the Earth spent more than a year trying to defend its claims, which were made […]

Book Review: 'iWar: War And Peace In The Information Age'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon: **Chinese Information Warfare: The Panda That Eats, Shoots, and Leaves* Chinese hackers stole Google search engine secrets Bill Gertz, senior editor of the Washington Free Beacon, describes the growing threat posed by information warfare in his new book, “iWar: War and Peace in the Information Age,” (Threshold Editions). The following is an excerpt from the book, out this week. The year is 2028. It is August and the weather is hot. People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Col. Sun Kangzhou and three highly trained special operations commandos from the Ch... more »

Dachel Wake Up: NYT Bashing Vaccine Choice

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
Dec 28, 2016, New York Times: Your Sister Won’t Vaccinate Her Son. Can You Help Him? By Kwame Anthony Appiah But the anti-vaccination movement is not, alas, a bastion of rationality. So, assuming his parents don’t have a change of...

Two Russian Navy Ships Arrive In The Philippines For A Joint Military Exercise

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
A Russian anti-submarine ship docks at the south harbour port area in Manila. (Reuters: Romeo Ranoco) *ABC News Online:* *Russian Navy ships arrive in the Philippines as Duturte moves to bolster Moscow ties* Two Russian Navy ships have arrived in Manila for a goodwill visit as President Rodrigo Duterte tries to bolster ties with Moscow, including a possible weapons deal. Rear Admiral Eduard Mikhailov, deputy commander of Russia's Pacific Fleet, said a wide range of equipment was brought on the anti-submarine ship Admiral Tributs and the sea tanker Boris Butomato to demonstrate to ... more »

Plantoids: The Birth of a Block-Chain-Based Lifeform

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
In the age of robotics, the question of life continues to be a puzzling matter of debate. As creatures of biological code, are we more alive than those made up of digital code? Questions like this are debated more so today than at any other time in history. http://ieet.org/archive/Blockchain-e1451302311129.jpg


LL at Virtual Mirage - 21 hours ago
Nobody is quite as noble or tolerant as a progressive person. Those of us who have enjoyed their company for short bursts of time tell the tales of the "big tent" where all are welcomed. Above all, they hate God and guns - and the people who hold both dear to their hearts. *TODAY* there is one thing that they hate worse than God or guns and that's President Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America. There are also some RINOs who still are keeping up the refrain about how bad President Trump will be. Any who make common cause with the progs are just as bad as... more »

Turkey's Prime Minister Blasts The White House For Arming The Kurds In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, November 8, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas *Sputnik*: *Turkish PM Blasts Obama Administration for Arming Kurdish Militia in Syria* The Turkish prime minister expressed hope that Donald Trump will stop US aid to Kurdish militia groups in Syria. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim criticized on Tuesday outgoing US President Barack Obama's administration for providing assistance to People's Protection Uni... more »

Staring Into Space

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
In 2018, the Hubble telescope will get a new best friend: the James Webb Space Telescope. This near-infrared telescope will allow us to look further into the universe than ever before.

Understanding Cannabis Oil

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is very helpful. for the moment, sourcing hemp oil from Europe seems to be our best option. Then start with a small dose, increasing it incrementally until positive effects can be observed. Until better approaches are constructed, that is pretty fool proof. Considering that the only apparent alternative is the addictive opiod systems when it comes to pain and that so many ailments are profoundly changed by all this with few alternatives, this natural drug needs to be declared a principle healing moduality and applied first along with aspirin. There are few such and many w... more »

The Last Roundup

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: This Could Be The Article That Stops You Eating Non-Organic Wheat] What this spells out is that roundup protocols are endemic in wheat for thirty years using a maximal methodology. By spraying immediately before harvest, it is impossible for the grain to not be carrying a significant load of glyphosate into actual processing and human consumption. We may need to simply measure each incoming crop and grade it for content. If would certainly determine my buying strategy as a miller. In fact i would immediately pass this information on to consumers because it provides me wit... more »

Saddam Hussein’s CIA Interrogator: He Tried to Warn Us, but We Didn’t Listen

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
There never was a good case for going after Saddam and that has now been amply proven. Any competent observer knew he was a typical bluff monkey who would back down at the last minute. annoying but just that. Yet we had a war industry hungering for those big contracts and we also had the deep state needing to hide huge funding as well. That is lots of motive, lots of paid lobbyists called Neocons, and cooperative operatives already used to not telling the president anything that he did not need to know. What it did not include is competent State re builders as the British would... more »

My Name Is Anneke Lucas and I Was a Sex Slave to Europe's Elite at Age 6

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
The story is disgusting but a pattern also emerges here. Most victims are likely acquired from folks already in the sex trade itself ensuring no complainants. The money would be good but then look at who is recruited as customers. All have a massive blackmail liability. It is also obvious that escape for the victims is unusual as this case shows. However the advent of skilled hypnotic memory erasure is also available and it remains possible that many other victims have been released into society. This case is very much an exception that was able to overcome memory repression... more »

How Do Russians Think

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Daily life on Tretyakovskiy Proezd Street, Moscow, February 2016. Arthur Bondar *Justin Lifflander, American Foreign Service Association:* *Four Centuries and Three Decades of Russian Thinking* *Conversations in Moscow with Russians of different social strata paint a vivid picture of a country grappling with the meaning of the past quarter-century's upheavals.* At first it seemed to me as if he was wearing X-ray glasses. Having purchased a fur hat from Sasha, the teenage fartsovchik (black marketeer) working the Oktyabrskaya subway station in Moscow that day in 1986, I earned the... more »

Made it to China

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 23 hours ago
MB and I made it to Beijing at about 9:00 pm last night after a 14-hour flight from Boston. Usually I'd watch 4-5 movies during that long of a trip but I was so engrossed in the book called The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia that I read the book during the flight. After arriving we took a six-minute ride on a hotel shuttle from the airport and this is what Beijing looked like to us - maybe the air pollution was even worse than pictured above. We went to bed and woke up around 3:00 am and never got back to sleep. At 6:00 am we left the hotel headin... more »

B.C. Liberals Rich Coleman and Christy Clark-When they look in the mirror they see a 19th century reflection

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 23 hours ago
*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig4x2uoBwO8&t=7899s&index=1&list=PLJHvqwajMNjXfPkQENrYqD8kRt6VDAwhR* *LNG...not a bridge fuel, a short term energy ponzi scheme run amok.* For the last three months every Postmedia story on BC LNG features but one person blathering.. Rich Coleman has literally pulled every media card out of his stacked deck in an attempt, as feeble as his attempt is...in an attempt to keep the BC delusional LNG fantasy alive..it isn't alive, it's on life support... LNG will not happen in B.C. in 2017 or 2020....big energy is not interested in expensive BC green... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
McDonald's restaurant opens next to Vatican pic.twitter.com/3FXhvyRnTJ — AFP news agency (@AFP) January 3, 2017

Henry Thornton Post 3 Jan 2017

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 23 hours ago
Just published here.

Kelloggs Cornflakes

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 23 hours ago
In 1969 I worked as a mineral sampler/field assistant on an offshore heavy mineral exploration project at Tweed Heads, NSW; I was billeted in the local motel whose owner also had a piggery. Breakfast was delivered each morning on a … Continue reading →

How the Berlin Christmas market terror attack affects Chancellor Merkel and Europe

Johanna Schuster-Craig, Assistant Professor of German and Global Studies, Michigan State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
Italian police at a press conference after Berlin attacker was killed in Italy. AP Photo/Luca Bruno Germany is recovering from one of the most deadly terrorist attacks since the 1980 bombing at Munich’s Oktoberfest. On Dec. 19, 12 people were killed when Anis Amri, a Tunisian citizen who had claimed allegiance to the Islamic State, killed a Polish truck driver and then drove his truck into a Christmas market in Berlin. Three days later, Italian police discovered Amri during a routine police search. When he was asked for identification he opened fire, and was killed by police. In ... more »

Trump's immigration policies will pick up where Obama's left off

Kevin Johnson, Dean and Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Davis at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
In 2017, the Trump administration will likely continue and expand the Obama administration’s focus on removing immigrants convicted of crimes. Whether Trump will break ground for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico is far less certain. Ramping up immigration enforcement by focusing on the criminal justice pipeline for removals has proven to be an efficient strategy. Immigrants in jail are not hard to find. And, removing criminals raises far fewer civil rights concerns than, for example, locating and removing laborers through the use of workplace raids. Immigrants with crimi... more »

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