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As humanity modernizes further, complexity and diversity among people increases. Forcing a big number of people into a centrally-planned design to achieve social coherence will only mean more bureaucratism if not dictatorship. Here's one proof. *Mathematicians Prove Society is Way Too Complex to Have A President* November 18, 2016 at 11:18 am Written by Alice Salles http://theantimedia.org/mathematicians-society-complex-president/ *“[T]he concept of civilization as a complex organism,” mathematicians concluded, “is qualitatively different th...more »
An aerial view of the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland, U.S. January 29, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing/File Photo *Reuters*: *NSA risks talent exodus amid morale slump, Trump fears* The National Security Agency risks a brain-drain of hackers and cyber spies due to a tumultuous reorganization and worries about the acrimonious relationship between the intelligence community and President Donald Trump, according to current and former NSA officials and cybersecurity industry sources. Half-a-dozen cybersecurity executives told Reuters they had witnessed a...more »
*Somebody who would do this to a child should be horsewhipped, at the very least. * Integral to the American concept of liberty is the right to hold the state at bay, which is why children are never too young to be taught to regard government employees with suspicion and defensive hostility. Some conscientious parents in Northampton, Massachusetts acted on that principle by demanding an end to a program intended to habituate public school inmates to the presence of police officers. The local police department, acting on an initiative that originated with the International Associa...more »
Leonardo DiCaprio uses his movie downtime to campaign for the falsified man-made global warming fraud (AGW). (link) Leonardo DiCaprio took time out from his usual movie-making duties to front a powerful film about climate change called *Before The Flood*. Poor deluded Leo *travelled the world*, from Greenland to India, to produce his doco. As your blogger is one who knows that the #agwHoax is a fraud, I believe that his jetting around the world is creating more carbon dioxide (note Carbon dioxide, *not carbon as all the deceivers say*) which is greening the planet. (link) (link) (...more »
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last February 08, 2017. Almost everything we do now requires energy and if we stay in non-mobile structures like buildings and houses, everything requires electricity. Energy precedes development so unstable and expensive energy means unstable and poor economy. Given the technological revolution the world has experienced in recent decades, it remains a tragedy that many countries still have low electrification rates and very low electricity consumption per capita. Unfortunately, the Philippines is among those countries with still not-so-high ...more »
I watched US President Donald Trump's Joint Address in the US Congress today. There were lots of applause and frequent standing ovations, mostly from the Republican legislators. I know that many people, many friends included, hate this leader but he seems to deliver powerful messages that get through the hearts of many Americans. He is stoking American nationalism to a high level. Whether this implies trade protectionism or not is a matter of debate, but he seems to be effectively stoking that #Americanspirit. Am not American nor do I live in the US so I cannot fathom these things ...more »
*New York Times*: *Obamas Make Book Deal With Penguin Random House* Penguin Random House will publish coming books by former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama, the publishing company announced Tuesday night, concluding a heated auction among multiple publishers. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but publishing industry executives with knowledge of the bidding process said it probably stretched well into eight figures. Robert B. Barnett and Deneen C. Howell of Williams & Connolly represented the Obamas. Penguin Random House acquired world...more »
You may have come to expect cowardly conservative careerists in the Senate like Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to cross the aisle and rubber-stamp virtually all of Trump's horrendous nominees for high public office. But the vote Monday on billionaire Trump crony and murderer Wilbur Ross didn't follow the regular pattern. Ross was confirmed as Secretary of Commerce-- no one really questioning him on the Sago Mining disaster or on his financial connections to Putin's kleptocracy-- 72-27. Every Republican, of course, voted y...more »
*Trump’s 10 Steps for Turning Lies into Half-Truths* Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief insisted that the Wall Street Journal wouldn’t label Trump’s false statements as “lies.” Lying, said the editor, requires a deliberate intention to mislead, which couldn’t be proven in Trump’s case. But Donald Trump is the most lying president we’ve ever had, and he seems to get away with it. Here’s his 10-step plan for turning lies into near truths: *Step 1*: He lies. *Step 2*: Experts contradict him, saying his claim is baseless and false. The media report that the...more »
AWED Friends: The newest edition of the *Energy and Environmental Newsletter* is now online. Some of the more informative energy articles in this issue are: Liberal Agenda: Immigration Rights *or* Health & Property Rights of Citizens? NYS is paying eleven wind & solar power projects 2X more in subsidies than electricity generated Duke Energy Says Solar Power Will Cost N.C. Customers $1 Billion Too Much The Secret, Silent Wind Turbine Peril Environmental Group Leader Dubious of Wind Energy Proponent Bird Claims Wind Turbines — A Threat To Military Operations Dream of O...more »
We frequently see a contrast drawn between what is “natural” and what is “chemical.” Sometimes products are described as “chemical-free” even though every physical object is made of chemicals. As much as this suggests a problem with our science education, it speaks to a missed opportunity for wonder. Nature is not some sort of cosmic mother figure; on the contrary, nature is composed of diverse biological and physical processes, including some pretty amazing examples of chemistry continually taking place. read more
Please. We have one hope. That a civilization built by pragmatic idealists -- who used fact-grounded skills to craft a nation and a gradually better society -- can somehow *use facts* to save it. We will win this on two fronts: (1) by steadily peeling away from the rabid confederacy more adult Americans, one by one... and (2) by showing die-hard confeds that their self-interest does not lie with the plantation lords. That eventually happened in 1864, as desertions from Lee's army doomed that wretched "cause." Neither of these things will be accomplished by yelling and marching......more »
For the past days, those who follow my journalism may have noticed exchanges between Oz Katerji, a freelance writer and journalist, and me. I confronted and berated Katerji for attacking a colleague, Rania Khalek, and playing a role in getting her speaking event at the University of North Carolina canceled. The post Statement On Oz Katerji’s Request To Be Given A Platform After ‘No-Platforming’ Rania Khalek appeared first on Shadowproof.
*Washington Post:* *Trump lays out his vision for America in speech to Congress* President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, laying out the agenda for his presidency and, in broad terms, his vision for the country. Pulling from his campaign speeches and others since taking office, the president ran off a list of accomplishments since taking office and issued promises for the year ahead. Trump highlighted new lobbying restrictions, and executive orders he put in place to reduce regulations, restart halted oil and gas pipelines, and cra...more »
Mikhail Tolstykh(Givi). YouTube *Maxim Rust, New Eastern Europe:* *When a revolution devours its own children* The conflict in Eastern Ukraine, which has been going on for the past three years, led to not only the creation of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, but above all to the development of a small group of political and military elite in the region. As a result of the ongoing war, permanent crisis and confusion, people came to power who would not have done so during peacetime. Some of them became popular heroes among the local population, and some c...more »
Achievement unlocked: Rewritable paper. Yadong Yin, CC BY-ND Since its invention around 100 B.C. in China, paper as a material for spreading information has greatly contributed to the development and spread of civilization. Even in today’s information age, with electronic media omnipresent in homes, offices and even our pockets, paper still plays a critical role. Our brains process information differently on paper and on screen. Information presented on paper involves more emotional processing and produces more brain responses connected with internal feelings. That can make printed ...more »
Originally posted on Science Matters: Drift ice in Okhotsk Sea at sunrise. As reported previously, Arctic ice extents are solid in most seas, but continue to fluctuate at the margins. In the latter part of February 2017 there was a great leap upward for nine days, nearly reaching average and surpassing 2016, before falling back…
*BBC*: *Ukraine blockade tensions rise in rebel-held east* Ukrainian war veterans and their supporters say they will step up a trade blockade of rebel-held regions of industrial eastern Ukraine. For a month about 100 activists have blocked railway lines to stop Ukraine trading with pro-Russian rebels. The Donetsk region is a key supplier of coal to Ukrainian power stations and heavy industry. The "blockade headquarters" made the new threat on Facebook, and halted talks with Ukraine's prime minister. The Ukrainian government has warned that the blockade could lead to power cuts ...more »
At President Donald Trump’s request, a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson now hangs in the Oval Office. Commentators have cast Trump’s populist appeal and inaugural address as “Jacksonian,” while others have tried to emphasize their major differences. One writer lauded Jackson as “the president who, more than any other, secured the future of democracy in America.” However, these comparisons overlook experiences of marginalized people while defining history in terms of the ideologies of progress and American exceptionalism. Jackson’s intolerant attitudes and harsh treatme...more »
by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy February 28, 2017 Trump proposes to increase U.S. military spending by $54 billion, and to take that $54 billion out of the other portions of the above budget, including in particular, he says, foreign aid. If you can’t find foreign aid on the chart above, that’s […]
You remember when Darrell Issa was on Bill Maher's show last Friday? We covered it here, ran a video of the segment that shows how Maher and his audience pressured the gutless Issa into agreeing that any real investigation into Trump's relations with Putin requires a special prosecutor rather than a Republican white wash effort led by Richard Burr or Devin Nunes. Issa told the audience that "You’re going to need to use the special prosecutor’s statute and office to take, not just to recuse. You can’t just give it to your deputy. That’s another political appointee." People who hav...more »
American soldiers were seen at an outpost in Fatisah alongside Kurdish soldiers, with some even seen wearing the badges (right shoulder of left soldier) of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit. *Bonnie Kristian, RCD*: *Ground War in Syria Would Be a Huge Mistake* As his spitballing press conference reminded us ad nauseam, President Trump is not ready to let the bygones of the election be bygones—and where U.S. policy toward Syria is concerned, that might not be such a bad thing. Perhaps the president’s most cogent attack on Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state during thei...more »
*ABC News:* *Donald Trump set to make his 'biggest speech yet' in joint address to Congress* President Donald Trump is set to make what his team is billing as "his biggest speech yet" when he gives a joint address to Congress on Tuesday night. Few details about the speech have been released. Trump is set to deliver it from the House chamber at 9 p.m. Eastern time. A list of talking points about the speech was provided to ABC News by someone who received it from the White House, giving some insight into the topics he may touch on tonight. Tax and regulatory reform, improvements t...more »
The NSA whistleblower claimed that getting snatched by the CIA was a 'possibility'. Reuters *IBTimes: **Snowden talks about life in Russia and state of security under Trump administration* Snowden and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg spoke to a live audience in San Francisco. Edward Snowden made an appearance via video before a live audience in San Francisco on Sunday (26 February) to talk about the state of security and privacy under the Trump administration and to highlight the important role whistleblowers play in a democracy. Snowden was joined by former US milit...more »
Bald Eagles over Poughkeepsie, NY. 02-24-17. These fearsome raptors may not seem like the romantic type, but they also partner up for life. According to studies on their behavior, they court and reinforce their bond through elaborate displays that involve locking their talons in mid-air before free falling through the sky. Thanks to raptor cams, we’ve also been able to see these giant birds delicately caring for their young. Humans like to think of themselves as a faithful species, but when it comes to true fidelity, many other animals offer better examples of how to keep a relatio...more »
*The Passion of Ayn Rand* *Barbara Branden* Was Ayn Rand an Objectivist? I ask this question because after reading Barbara Branden’s *The Passion of Ayn Rand* I am constrained to believe that at times Rand took decisions that were philosophically unsound. “Check your premises,” was her favorite injunction, but there are instances where she failed to check her own premises. Branden writes with the flair of a gifted fiction writer—*The Passion of Ayn Rand* is like a magic carpet that transports you to an earlier instance, to the world of Ayn Rand where the absorbing drama of her life...more »
“Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the region. * Click image for larger size.* Fantastic ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. At the estimated distance of the Small Magellanic Clo...more »
*“The Dark Night”* by Chet Raymo “I first read Soren Kierkegaard's “Fear and Trembling”* at about the same age as Kierkegaard was when he wrote it- thirty. The young philosopher was wrestling with his dark demons, including the death of his father, a sternly religious man who demanded absolute obedience from his son. He was torn between the opposing demands of faith and reason, certainty and doubt. In the opening pages of the book, he takes us with Abraham and Isaac on that terrible journey to Mount Moriah where God puts Abraham to a terrifying test of his faith. What gives meanin...more »
"Sweet Darkness" "When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your womb tonight. The night will give you a horizon further than you can see. You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you a...more »
*Wall Street Journal:* *As Donald Trump Heads to Congress, a New Polarization Is Hardening* *An inability to find common ground could test the president’s agenda.* It was possible, not so long ago, to imagine Donald Trump to be such an unconventional figure that he could bust apart traditional partisan alliances and use his populist approach to create new kinds of political coalitions. As President Trump gets set to appear before a joint session of Congress for the first time Tuesday night, that possibility seems a long way off. Instead, just over a month into his term, Mr. Trump...more »
[image: mccain-made-secret-trip-to-syria-to-meet-u-s-military-anti-assad-rebels] Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. military forces and Kurdish fighters and to discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State (ISIS), his office said on February 22.
[image: another-way-to-fund-trump-s-wall-interdict-drug-cartels-cash-flowing-into-mexico] This is how America would ultimately pay for Trump's promised wall on the border with Mexico: by interdicting bundles of drug money moving south into Mexico.
If the reporting is true this is quite a big change in Trump's policy.. And promises The Telegraph:Donald Trump 'suggests he could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants in major policy shift' Donald Trump signing an executive order *Donald Trump has suggested he could grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants who have not committed serious crimes in what would be a major policy shift. * Throughout his campaign and first five weeks in office, Mr Trump had been unwavering in his hardline stance on illegal immigrants. However, he reportedly said o...more »
* 3 R's: Rounding Up Related Reports* * I'll relink previous posts regarding the border wall construction below this latest news report* *DW: Turkey's wall more then half done * *Turkey has erected 290 kilometers (180 miles) of a planned 511-kilometer (317 miles) "security wall" along its border with war-torn Syria, local media reported on Sunday, quoting the head of the body building the structure. * *The wall is made from portable concrete blocks each weighing seven tons. The blocks are 2-meters thick (6.5-foot) at the base and 3-meters (10-foot) high, topped by a meter of razo...more »
“It’s been a pleasure to meet you, Ms Fox,” said the American immigration officer. As for Ms Fox herself: “I was close to collapse, very close to fainting, and this nearly broke me – it was the creepiest thing of all…. It couldn’t have been a pleasure for him to treat me like that, unless he was a psychopath.” This is how Australian author Mem Fox describes how she was treated at the American border en route to delivering an opening keynote at a literacy conference for which she was receiving an honorarium, and because of which she was detained for questioning. *So **I was ta...more »
The Guardian‘s week has gone from bad to worse. Its editorial praising ex-US President George W Bush met with complete condemnation. And while still reeling from that, the outlet is having to face up to yet another error in judgment. It essentially painted an ex-Tory MP as a “well-sourced investigative journalist”. And it did so just […] The post The Guardian hoped its week would get better after its Bush blunder. That didn’t happen. [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
*"Rethinking Complaining: Tearing Down to Rebuild"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we spend all of our time complaining, we are in essence in constant destroy mode rather than building mode. We all know someone who has elevated the process of complaining to a high art. Sometimes funny, sometimes exhausting, these people have the ability to find a problem just about anywhere. In its more evolved form, complaining is simply the ability to see what's not working, in one's own life or in the external world, and it can be quite useful if followed to its natural conclusion-finding a...more »
"Life passes like a flash of lightning, whose blaze barely lasts long enough to see. While the earth and sky stand still forever, how swiftly changing time flies across man's face. O you who sit over your full cup and do not drink, tell me- for whom are you still waiting?" - Hermann Hesse
*WNU Editor*: For those who may not know .... I have been involved in a web project for the past 15 years (it has nothing to do with politics/wars/diplomacy/etc.). This afternoon we had a lot of problems that required my attention, and it was because of this ....* It’s not just you: Massive internet outage is sweeping the East Coast* (BGR). More here .... *No, you're not crazy. Part of the internet broke* (CNET). War News Updates has not been impacted .... it is on Google's "Blogger" platform .... but my other web site was. Everything seems to be back to normal .... and if there are...more »
Since the U.S. election Iranian-American relations have gone into a rapid tailspin, with Iran reacting to the triumphalist tenor of the Trump campaign and the improvised response of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn that sought to “put Iran on notice.” The arrival of his replacement in General H.R. McMaster offers the U.S. a fresh […]
[image: 2017-oscars-president-trump-steals-the-show] The most prominent figure at this year’s Oscar Awards Sunday night was not even there and was not nominated for anything. The consistent center of attention — all of it negative — at the awards ceremony was President Donald Trump. But considering the animosity the liberal establishment in Hollywood has shown for the president, that is not surprising. In fact, the 2017 Oscars could best be desribed as a Trump roast that was occasioanlly interupted by actors, producers, and directors receiving awards.
[image: harvard-s-new-endowment-manager-shakes-things-up-after-dismal-performance] Harvard's new endowment manager, Narv Narvakar, has shaken things up after a dismal performancee, but he is repeating the mistakes of the old manager.
*-by Jeffrey Hearn* *I finished writing the following post when there was about a week left in the 2016 Democratic primary campaign in Maryland’s Eighth congressional district. I was then working for Jamie Raskin, the progressive front-runner for the nomination whose chief rival throughout the primary had been Beltway insider Kathleen Matthews. But the race had become more complicated when billionaire businessman David Trone entered late and spent over $13 million during the final ninety days of the primary. Some of that money was spent on an ad that aggressively, and many wou...more »
Individually, some are great. I'd even count one of them as a friend. But as a party I cannot stand the bloody Liberal Democrats, and the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election reminded me why. The LibDems will be quite pleased with their performance last Thursday. As the spotlight was on the other parties, their vote quietly put on five percentage points, the deposit was saved, and they recaptured some of the support lost since 2015. The Wheatsheaf Hotel was their base in Stoke, which was perhaps a little too from the beaten track for many London journos to find. And, by the sounds of...more »
*"Six Reasons Why Centralization Is Bad"* by Paul Rosenberg "The other day a friend contacted me, looking for an article that explained why centralization is bad. At first I was sure there had to be many, but I came up dry. Hence today's article. The odd thing about centralization is that people expect its bad aspects to be external things, like economic issues. But those aren’t the most important things. If the internal effects of centralization were recognized, and if we did something about them, the outer problems would vanish with them. But since everyone expects economic reaso...more »
*"What Are the Odds On An 80% Stock Market Correction?* by Vern Gowdie "Another night, another high for the Dow Jones. Are you excited, nervous or mystified by the US stock market’s seemingly relentless march higher? If you take the investor and adviser sentiment polls at face value, it’s ‘game on’. Bullish sentiment is reaching record levels. Institutional money-managers are holding the least amount of cash in their portfolios…it’s ‘all in’. The Volatility Index (VIX) is showing the heart rate of traders is far from elevated. It’s flat-lining around the same level it was in early ...more »
*"It’s Stock Market Crash Awareness Week"* by Bill Bonner "Here’s an opportunity for you, dear reader… A Los Angeles spec house is on the market. It has seven bedrooms and 20,000 square feet of living space. It comes with a gold Lamborghini Aventador and a gold Rolls-Royce Dawn. You also get a wine cellar, a pool, and the usual claptrap amenities to which rich people are easy prey. The price? A hundred million dollars. Oh, and it comes with some of Damien Hirst’s oeuvres, considered by some to be ‘art’. The builder says he has another one under construction in Bel-Air that he plans...more »
*John W. Whitehead* - There is something being concocted in the dens of power, far beyond the public eye. The post The Illusion of Freedom – The Police State Is Alive and Well appeared first on Waking Times.
*Just as the concept "power" is the dangerous conflation of two totally different and opposing propositions -- economic power and political power, i.e, the dollar and the gun, which should be totally separated in practice and never combined -- so too the concept of "globalisation" mistakenly mashes together two totally different things, explains Thorstein Polleit in this guest post: economic globalisation and political globalisation.The former is what makes us all wealthier and the world better; the latter makes making wealth harder and freedom less prevalent. Yet it is the lat...more »
These fearsome raptors may not seem like the romantic type, but they also partner up for life. According to studies on their behavior, they court and reinforce their bond through elaborate displays that involve locking their talons in mid-air before free falling through the sky. Thanks to raptor cams, we’ve also been able to see these giant birds delicately caring for their young. Humans like to think of themselves as a faithful species, but when it comes to true fidelity, many other animals offer better examples of how to keep a relationship together. Although monogamy and lifelon...more »
We felt a profound sadness last Wednesday when the protests camps at Standing Rock were fully evacuated and destroyed. Like many of you, we had visited, prayed, rallied, and spoken out in support of the rights of indigenous peoples to defend their sacred territory and water. But the Standing Rock struggle, and the movement of indigenous peoples across the continent to defend their land and the environment, is nowhere near over. It continues in the courts and in bank lobbies, but above all – and this part is so important – Standing Rock was an awakening. It brought together indigen...more »
*so far it's registering -5 on most people's care-o-meter.* And for good reason. Since before Trump's inauguration we've been bombarded with a never ending parade of protests from the leftists. For those who are not being directly affected by the marches and protests it warrants no more than a shrug - if they're even aware of it at all. It brings to mind the memory of all the Tea Party folks marching, rioting, breaking windows, tipping over cars, screeching out foul language, and wearing funny hats. Oh, wait - that didn't happen, did it? I think the majority of us have had quite...more »
By Paul Homewood http://psc.apl.uw.edu/research/projects/arctic-sea-ice-volume-anomaly/ For years, discussion of Arctic sea ice has revolved around extent. Indeed NSIDC’s regular monthly Arctic Sea Ice News talks about little else, particularly when there is an unusually low figure. However, when extents are not so unusually low, the Arctic obsessives switch the goal posts to thickness/volume. There […]
UKIP has had a tough old month. It began when its leader and third in line to the throne, Lieutenant Paul “Thunder Guns” Nuttall, failed to become an MP. And things (somehow!) only spiralled downwards from there. Primarily because: The party’s chief donor, Arron Banks, said that if the current clowns in charge didn’t make […] The post UKIP changes Facebook status from ‘in politics’ to ‘it’s complicated’ appeared first on The Canary.
A report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against teenagers smoking cannabis. Co-author Dr Seth Ammerman says: “we would rather not mess around with the developing brain”. This influential group of doctors argues that cannabis legalisation and lax attitudes about the drug are putting adolescents at risk of hindering proper brain development. But there are some key […] The post Doctors warn against teenagers using cannabis, except their findings don’t stack up appeared first on The Canary.
Several people have claimed that Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) assessors have asked people ‘why haven’t they killed themselves yet?’ The claims suggest this has generally been asked of people who have issues with or a history of mental illness. It should be pointed out that these assessors work for Atos, which is a […] The post People claim DWP assessors asked them why they hadn’t killed themselves yet appeared first on The Canary.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell recently warned the public about a “soft coup” against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. If you’re wondering whether there’s such a coup, look no further. The latest ‘scoop’ came from Sky News: "I've given you a very, very clear answer": @jeremycorbyn tells @lewis_goodall he will be #Labour leader for the 2020 general […] The post Wondering if there’s a soft coup against Corbyn? Look no further than this media ‘scoop’ [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
Back in 1992 Mattel put out a Barbie Doll called Teen Talk Barbie. Pull the string in her back and Barbie would utter any of 270 phrases. Most of them were fairly innocuous, such as “I’ll always be here to help you,” and “Do you have a crush on anyone?” But one line rightfully sent The American Association of University Women and feminists everywhere into paroxysms of outrage. Frequently misquoted these days as “Math is hard,” what Barbie actually said was, “Math class is tough.” The misquote doesn’t matter. It’s the stereotype behind the statement that created the brouhaha. Wome...more »
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017Times trio keeps losing votes:* Stephanie Merry got it right in today's Washington Post. Like quite a few others, she noted the dignified, decent way members of the Moonlight and La La Land camps handled Sunday's Oscar snafu. In Merry's telling of the tale, La La Land's Jason Horowitz comes off as the star of the show. As we pick up, Horowitz is calling Moonlight up on stage to accept the award he'd been mistakenly given: MERRY (2/28/17): “I’m going to be really thrilled to hand this [Oscar] to my friends from ‘Moonlight,’ ” he said. *Horowitz wasn’t j...more »
*CBN*:* Atrocities Continue against Christians in Egypt's Northern Sinai* ISIS jihadists continue targeting Christians in Egypt's volatile Northern Sinai region, resulting in brutal murders. Two men who were abducted by the group have been found dead. Egyptian officials said one of the slain men had his eyes plucked out and was set on fire before being shot to death. Christian families are fleeing the region in droves. At least 100 families left last Friday after ISIS released a video saying they "will kill every infidel" and that Christians are their "favorite" target. Women are...more »
As Trump calls for a $54 billion increase in the gargantuan defense budget, the real winner of the 2016 election may be the military-industrial complex. The post Trump Calls For $54 Billion More In Defense Spending, Cuts Elsewhere appeared first on Shadowproof.
The United Nations Educational, Scientic, and Cultural Organization -- better known as UNESCO -- has created a list of natural and human-made sites that "are of outstanding universal value" and meet a selection criteria. UNESCO: Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. The list helps identify sites that are at risk because of war, environmental degradation, neglect, or tourism. I love the very idea of this list -- that all the pe...more »
Water Protectors at Backwater Bridge being hit with water cannon Federal Subpoena Dropped Against Grand Jury Resister Steve Martinez Political Targeting of Water Protectors Continues By Water Protector Legal Collective Censored NewsFebruary 28, 2017 BISMARCK, North Dakota -- A federal grand jury subpoena issued to Water Protector Steve Martinez was withdrawn yesterday, without warning or
The A-listers helped honor Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council Chairman David Archambault II at Global Green's pre-Oscar party. While the annual Global Green Gala has always had its finger on the pulse of environmental issues, the recent political climate has heightened the importance of a pre-Oscars fete raising awareness for global warming and matters that contribute to the demise of our planet. This sentiment was shared by Hollywood greats like Jane Fonda, Orlando Bloom, Jeff Bridges and Oliver Stone, who all took the stage at the brand new TAO Hollywood to present awards to thos...more »
*FOX News:* *Trump: No plans to fill 'unnecessary' appointed positions* President Trump agrees the government glass is half empty. He just doesn’t necessarily mind it. Trump, in an exclusive interview Tuesday with “Fox & Friends,” suggested his lack of political appointees is less about a difficulty in finding eager candidates and more about a desire for a leaner government operation. “When I see a story about ‘Donald Trump didn’t fill hundreds and hundreds of jobs,’ it’s because, in many cases, we don’t want to fill those jobs,” Trump said. *Read more *.... *WNU Editor*: I hope...more »
. Photo John Benally, Big MountainPhoto by Brenda Norrell Sheepherders Requested, Elders Travel to California, NGS Closing MARCH 2017 "We are all still out here. We will always be here! And so, thank you to all that remember us!" –Resister, John Benally “Yes, we are here, and Big Mountain Dineh resistance continues to stand with the Standing Rock fight against
Microbiologist Elies Bik is well-known for applying a close eye to studies, and has spent years anonymously submitting reports on plagiarism and image duplication to journal editors. Last year, she published an analysis of work, with troubling results – that 1 in 25 biomedical papers contains inappropriate duplications in images. She’s never stopped reading papers […] The post When does animal research become unnecessary and cruel? A paper’s methods give a biologist pause appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Lynda Willams (on left) and Lindis Percy held an 'updated' American flag during Global Network conference and protest in Yorkshire, England in 2001* Our long time goal at the Global Network has been to expand the international consciousness about the pure insanity of moving the already evil Earth-bound war machine into the heavens. We have tried to educate the public and link activists from around the globe who are working to oppose some local manifestation of the US initiated 'Master of Space' program. Often local communities have a production site for the war machine as we do ...more »
*Zero Hedge:** Deep State War? Russian Officials Keep Dying Unexpectedly* *Six Russian diplomats have died in the last 60 days. As Axios notes, all but one died on foreign soil. Some were shot, while other causes of death are unknown. Note that a few deaths have been labeled "heart attacks" or "brief illnesses."* 1. You probably remember Russia's Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov — he was assassinated by a police officer at a photo exhibit in Ankara on December 19. 2. On the same day, another diplomat, Peter Polshikov, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment. The gun was found un...more »
The United Nations Security Council votes on a resolution to ban the supply of helicopters to the Syrian government and to blacklist Syrian military commanders over accusations of toxic gas attacks at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar *Reuters*: *Russia, China block U.N. sanctions on Syria over gas attacks* Russia on Tuesday cast its seventh veto to protect the Syrian government from United Nations Security Council action, blocking a bid by Western powers to impose sanctions over accusations of chemical weapons attacks during the six-ye... more »
. Photo above screenshot by Censored News. (Photo of Sacred Stone Camp screenshot by Censored News from Johnny Dangers video.) Sacred Stone Camp Feb. 28, 2017"These are the last hours of Sacred Stone Camp as we know it."Eviction was expected at noon. Trucks and trailers continue to transport out yurts and belongings now. Live video coverage below. ========================= Watch on
The video above was recorded one decade ago at the Teatro del Silenzio, in Lajatico, Tuscany, Andrea Bocelli's hometown. Pelosi had just become Speaker of the House here in America. That was an angry and horrific comment Sunday under the post about how the clueless and dysfunctional DCCC-- and Pelosi in particular-- are mucking up Doug Applegate's race to defeat Darrell Issa in a district he nearly one in 2016. It was a real slam on Pelosi: "2 years ago I was on a Capital tour when the group was asked to 'make a hole' so that Pelosi could get from one side to the other... She was...more »
Posted 2/28/2017 by Barbara Loe Fisher *To activate and view hyperlinked references, please click here once and then click any superscripted number below to access a hyperlinked reference, or scroll down to the bottom of the article to view all hyperlinked references.* Like a lot of people, in January when I suddenly developed a high fever (101 F), body aches, fatigue, nasal congestion and cough, I thought for sure it was influenza, which I had not experienced for decades. Turns out, according to a recently released CDC report, in the 2016-2017 flu season the odds are only abou...more »
*Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming introduced the “War on Wolves Act,” a companion bill to legislation introduced in the House that would strip federal protections.* Endangered Species Coalition, along with Wolfwatcher, Nature 365, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife, among others, have launched a year long campaign in the Western Great Lakes to help demonstrate that wolves are a public asset, beloved by the citizens who live here. The majority of citizens, including those living amongst wolves, representing all walks of life including hunters, hikers, naturalists ...more »
*CNN:* *Israeli report criticizes Netanyahu, military leadership over 2014 Gaza war* Jerusalem (CNN)Israel's politicians took aim at one another Tuesday following the release of a state report which criticizes the country's preparation and handling of the 2014 Gaza war. The report, prepared by the State Comptroller, offered a strong indictment of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, claiming it had no strategic goals when the 50-day war started in early July 2014. The strategic goals should have come first "as required in a proper decision making process," said the rep...more »
The Guardian just ran an editorial on former US President George W Bush which seemed so absurd that it must have been satire. The problem is, it wasn’t. The editorial Published on 27 February, the editorial called the re-emergence of Bush as a voice in US politics “a welcome return”. While his presidency marked the beginning of […] The post We honestly thought that bizarre Guardian editorial was satire too. It wasn’t. appeared first on The Canary.
UKIP appears to be imploding since its leader lost the Stoke Central by-election on 23 February. Nigel Farage has now openly called for UKIP to boot its only MP, Douglas Carswell, out of the party. UKIP’s millionaire bankroller Arron Banks sided with Farage, lashing out at Carswell over the electoral defeat. Extraordinarily, Banks announced he […] The post As the party collapses around him, UKIP’s only MP is trolling the sh*t out of Nigel Farage [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.
[image: vaxxed]While "Vaxxed" is no stranger to fierce controversy, The Huffington Post's recent removal of two articles about the film hint at the mainstream media's resistance to discussion of the film's content.
*according to the libtards.* Who, I might add, were okay with a slew of staged photos of their hero Barack Obama with his big ugly feet all over the Resolute desk which is a valuable antique. Kellyanne's offense? Kneeling on the Oval office couch to snap a picture. Photo composite: H/T Director Blue *At least Kellyanne looks cute and it appears many of the dean's of colleges in attendance agree. *
[image: european-parliament-votes-to-censor-politically-incorrect-speech] Worried by the rise of nationalist parties that threaten the European Union’s very existence, the European Parliament has quietly amended its internal rules to enable the silencing of “racist” speech within its hallowed halls.
[image: libel-against-thomas-jefferson-continues] Despite a lack of evidence, sloppy journalists and even some irresponsible historians persist in perpetuating the ugly charge that Thomas Jefferson fathered children by his slave Sally Hemings.
*CNN*: *Iraqi commander: ISIS leaders 'running away' from Mosul* Irbil, Iraq (CNN)The commander of Iraq's federal police has said ISIS militants in western Mosul are looking to cut and run from their defense of the group's last remaining stronghold in the country. Cmdr. Ra'ed Shaker Jawdat said ISIS militants were increasingly cut off from each other, and that its leaders were fleeing the remaining pockets of militant control. "The terrorist organization Da'esh are living in a state of shock (and) confusion and defeat and its fighters are fighting in isolated groups," Jawdat said,...more »
After our second ridiculous breakfast, we took a taxi to a public bus. Tourists are "supposed to" book a tour or a taxi to the sights outside of Amman, but when we travel, we usually just take the local bus. Egypt was the exception to this, because it really wasn't possible there. We went 30-40 minutes south of Amman, to a town called Madaba, which has many Byzantine-era mosaics. The big draw, which we were keen to see, is on the floor of a Greek Orthodox church -- a mosaic map of the region, dating from the 6th Century. It is really interesting, depicting some biblical locations, ...more »
Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making." I disagree with Wilkerson's excitement for new technology war fighting systems that will be robotic and unmanned. He uses these 'cheaper and smaller' programs to make his case cut Pentagon cut...more »
*Reuters*: *Trump seeks 'historic' U.S. military spending boost, domestic cuts* President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a "historic" increase in defense spending, but ran into immediate opposition from Republicans in Congress who must approve his plan and said it was not enough to meet the military's needs. The proposed rise in the Pentagon budget to $603 billion comes as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world's strongest military power. The plan came under fire from Democratic lawmakers, who said cuts being proposed to...more »
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov looks on at the start of two days of closed-door nuclear talks at the United Nations offices in Geneva October 15, 2013. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool *RT:* *Russia-US relations are at their worst since Cold War – Moscow* Relations between Russia and the United States are at their worst since the Cold War, a Russian Foreign Ministry official has said, placing the blame on the Obama administration. “The current state of relations between Russia and the United States, as we all know, to put it mildly, leaves much to be desired. It is no ...more »
You can’t open your email these days without several messages jumping out, all promising to help you live forever. Celebrity tips, the latest fad diet, new ways of making smoothies, how to do breakfast like Gwyneth Paltrow. It’s all rubbish, obviously. But lucrative rubbish. A handy earner on the side for various fading celebs and […] The post The Queen reveals her long life diet secrets... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
On 27 February, The Daily Mail published its latest ‘dirt’ on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Or, at least, it’s what The Daily Mail considers ‘dirt’ when it’s digging around at the very bottom of its smear barrel. Apparently, Corbyn (wait for it) sleeps. That’s right. He sleeps on trains. In a seat. Just like everyone […] The post Finally, The Daily Mail got some real dirt on Jeremy Corbyn appeared first on The Canary.
It has been announced that Cornwall will only receive £17m in Growth Deal funding – a small percentage of the £127m applied for. But instead of sympathising with one of the poorest places in the UK, many are choosing to gloat – because Cornwall voted for Brexit and the Conservatives. EU funding Cornwall receives the […] The post One of the UK’s poorest places is about to be plunged deeper into poverty – so why are people gloating? [OPINION] appeared first on The Canary .
Iraqi forces are fighting over the Mosul neighborhoods just north of the Ghazlani Camp and Mosul Airport The Iraqi forces continued to fight over south Mosul. Hawl al-Josaqnorth of the Mosul Airport and Tal Ruman on the northwest perimeter of the city were declared freed by the police forces and the 9th Division respectively. Those two neighborhoods were said to have been liberated on February 24. Dandannext to Hawl al-Josaq along the Tigris River was still contested after the Iraqi Forces (ISF) said they took it on February 25. After capturing Mosul Airport the Federal Police and...more »
*TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017Part 1—Nicholas Kristof's advice:* Now that we're several decades too late, what should We Liberals do? In yesterday morning's New York Times, Paul Krugman offered his advice. On the whole, we'd call his advice rather bad, remarkably unintelligent. Headline included, this is the way he began: KRUGMAN (2/27/17): *The Uses of OutrageAre you angry about the white nationalist takeover of the U.S. government? If so, you are definitely not alone.* The first few weeks of the Trump administration have been marked by huge protests, furious crowds at congression...more »
Willis Eschenbach was provoked by the following 9-minute discussion between Bill Nye and Tucker Carlson, a Fox News host: About one-half of the TRF readers live outside the U.S. and some of those may be unaware of the existence of Bill Nye. He's an American "socialite" (an occupation that makes many people rich enough in the U.S.), basically a male counterpart of Kim Kardashian. Whenever one of them oils his or her butt, the tabloid media don't write about anything else for a week. Kim Kardashian's and Bill Nye's incomes depend on being seen. In particular, Bill Nye was a contesta...more »
Expressions of concern, as regular Retraction Watch readers will know, are rare but important signals in the scientific record. Neither retractions nor corrections, they alert readers that there may be an issue with a paper, but that the full story is not yet clear. But what ultimately happens to papers flagged by these editorial notices? […] The post Stuck in limbo: What happens to papers flagged by journals as potentially problematic? appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: key-player-in-clinton-betrayal-of-us-tells-all-in-secret-video] A key figure in former President Bill Clinton's betrayal of the United States to the Communist Chinese military in exchange for illegal campaign funds, part of a scandal known as “Chinagate” widely described as treasonous, recorded a secret “life insurance” video exposing it all. In the film, made because he was scared of being assassinated, convicted illegal Clinton fundraiser Johnny Chung explained how Democrats tried to silence him through intimidation. And now, part of the explosive video — dubbed by Chung's...more »
[image: homeschool-mom-arrested-children-seized-by-cps-for-educational-neglect] A single mother homeschooling her children was arrested and her property was impounded by the Child Protective Services (CPS) agency in Buffalo, New York, which claimed she was inflicting "educational neglect" on her children by teaching them at home.
[image: sticker-shock-cost-of-un-climate-pact-100-trillion] Danish environmentalist/statistician Bjørn Lomborg says the UN Paris Climate Agreement would cost an astronomical $100 trillion — while only producing a 0.3 degree temperature reduction by 2100.
This is a guest post by Idean Salehyan. Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas “Why did you become an academic?” is a question that I’m frequently asked. For me, my path into this profession is pretty clear. I was about fourteen and a freshman in high school in the early 1990s. A few of […]
This is part IV in a series on bridging the gap between policy and academia. In part I, I wrote about principles of engagement. In part II, I wrote about short-form writing and in part III long-form writing. In this post, I turn to teaching and speakers’ series. You may also be able to organize […]
*From Jenna Orkin *Georgia just won visa-free EU travel for citizens London Stock Exchange: EU will probably kill our blockbuster merger with Deutsche Boerse Theresa May could end freedom of movement for EU citizens next month New Declassified CIA Memo Presents Blueprint for Syrian Regime Collapse "Welcome To The Next Awakening" - Author Of Steve Bannon's Worldview Explains The Path Ahead GOP lawmakers introduce bills to curb protests in 18 states Taliban terror leader turns toward environmental protection Citizen Militia Experiences Explosive Growth Following The Last Election...more »
Conway takes a group photo in the Oval Office on Monday. Brendan Smialowski / AFP Kellyanne Conway checks her phone while kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office CREDIT: AFP Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway sits as President Trump welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically black colleges and universities in the Oval Office. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *WNU Editor: *The Oval Office is a sacred place .... senior advisor Kellyanne Conway should have known better that with the White House Press photographer inside .... her picture will be taken .... and having her curled up on a couch w...more »
An undated picture provided on 09 March 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (C), talking with scientists and technicians involved in research of nuclear weapons, at an undisclosed location, North Korea. Korean Central News Agency *National Post/New York Times*: *What one photo reveals about North Korea’s nuclear program — more than Kim Jong Un intended* Some images might look silly, but they can be rich with insights into the country’s military and politics. By using high-tech forensics and traditional detective work, analysts and intelligence agencies can use photos to tra...more »
As I have been reporting before, no holds barred independent German science journalist Leonid Schneider, who runs the blog *For Better Science* to expose and call out science fraud*,* ethics breaches and general scientific hype and institutional corruption, particularly in the life and medical sciences, has recently been hit by civil lawsuits to silence his reporting. Besides the couple of Thorsten and Heike Walles, another exposed former Paolo Macchiarini associate and likely co-fraudster and ethics villain, Philipp Jungebluth, is now also suing Schneider for libel. In both cases,...more »
At North Korea's embassy in Beijing, photos of missiles are proudly displayed in a glass case for all to see. The country's nuclear- and chemical-weapons activities have led to a ban on coal imports into China — an expensive sanction. (Saša Petricic/CBC) *Reuters:* *Senior North Korea envoy visits Beijing after China coal ban* A senior North Korean diplomat arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks, China said, the first such high-level visit since June, after the Asian giant halted coal imports from its impoverished neighbour this month under U.N. sanctions. North Korea's main dipl...more »
When I was planning our my daughter's crazy Harry Potter party at the end of last year, I knew I wanted the kids to be able to play Quidditch. I designed several different versions of Quidditch for the kids to play. This Cornhole version was one of my very favorites, with a mini Cornhole board it is compact and a lot of fun! I ended up building an entire Quidditch Pitch for the party, but I knew I eventually wanted to make Cornhole Quidditch too! I love that this version is just something we keep in the game closet and the kids can play it whenever they want. You will need: ...more »
North Korean Anti-Aircraft Gin (Jalopnik) *FOX News/WSJ*: *North Korea reportedly kills 5 senior officials with antiaircraft guns* North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed at least five senior officials in the country's Ministry of State Security using antiaircraft guns, the head of South Korea's intelligence services told lawmakers on Monday. The execution, which was punishment for unspecified "false reports" that were made to Mr. Kim, according to the intelligence report, came amid fresh allegations from Seoul that the Pyongyang government had ordered and coordinated the killing...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/fashion/leonardo-dicaprio-eyebrow-artist-oscars-tobey-maguire-flight-la-a7601731.html Even the failed Independent sees the hypocrisy! How much effort do you put into the appearance of your eyebrows? Tinting? Threading? Pencilling in? Plucking the strays? Or perhaps nothing at all? Well if you’re an A-lister with the eyes of the world watching, […]
Last week Kaiser Health released their latest polling data on where Americans stand on healthcare. They found that "attitudes towards the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have shifted with a larger share reporting a favorable opinion towards the law (48 percent) than reporting an unfavorable opinion (42 percent). This is the highest level of favorability of the ACA measured in more than 60 Kaiser Health Tracking Polls since 2010 and is largely driven by a change in the views of independents, among which 50 percent now view the law favorably... The vast majority of Americans say it is eit...more »
For decades, Henry Mintzberg has taught enlightened business management at McGill. Yesterday, in the *Globe and Mail, *he turned his attention to the management of the world. The major office holders, he wrote, are not enlightened. The problem we all face is how to survive these bullies: We are in an era of bullies – Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte and the rest – unless people concerned about this planet and our progeny do something. What can we do? Since the usual is not working, how about the impossible – at least seemingly so? Af...more »
*NBC:* *Yemen SEAL Raid Has Yielded No Significant Intelligence: Officials* Last month's deadly commando raid in Yemen, which cost the lives of a U.S. Navy SEAL and a number of children, has so far yielded no significant intelligence, U.S. officials told NBC News. Although Pentagon officials have said the raid produced "actionable intelligence," senior officials who spoke to NBC News said they were unaware of any, even as the father of the dead SEAL questioned the premise of the raid in an interview with the Miami Herald published Sunday. *Read more* .... *Update #1:* Yemen SEAL ...more »
Time for a little talk about UKIP. Oh not, *not another one*. Yah, I'm afraid so. I want to talk about their campaign in Stoke-on-Trent, the character of its vote and their relationship to the Tories and, more significantly, Tory voters. What Stoke definitively showed was UKIP is something less than a political party. As a 30,000-strong army of Nigel Farage groupies, re-orienting themselves as a "proper" force without a domineering personality to cling to was always a big ask. Such formations tend not to attract strong people. It's a club for careerist losers, lickspittles, and hu...more »
On Monday 27 February, the Treasury quietly ordered government departments to find new ways to cut up to 6% off their budgets. The result will be more cuts to public services. And the axe may well fall on people already suffering at the hands of the Tories’ austerity agenda. ‘Savings’ Conservative ministers David Gauke and Ben Gummer said that […] The post While we were all watching Labour, the government quietly snuck out plans for NEW spending cuts appeared first on The Canary.
The BBC has published a highly misleading story about the NHS, which has been amplified by its peers across mainstream media. The problem is, the story is fake. While BBC headlines and those of follow-ups elsewhere are placing the blame for an emerging scandal on the NHS, it is actually a private company that is responsible. The […] The post The BBC created a fake news story about the NHS, and the rest of the media is eating it up [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
... *Transgender people in Sousse in Tunisia, before the CIA and its friends toppled the president and put the Islamists into power.* In Tunisia, in June 2015, a Gladio-style attack murdered 38 people on the beach. Tunisia beach attack: 30 Britons were unlawfully killed, coroner rules UK tourists complain that travel agents had told them that Sousse was 100% safe and that there was no danger of an INSIDE JOB, FALSE FLAG carried out by the CIA and its friends. The 'Gladio team' killed 30 British people who had booked their holidays through Tui (Thomson Holidays and First Choice.) T...more »
*Multiculturalism Run Amuck at Georgetown: What’s Wrong with Slavery and Rape?* Two weeks ago, a professor from Georgetown University publicly rose to the defense of slavery and rape, and not a single major media outlet—with the exception of a blogger on the Washington Post website and a brief posting on FoxNews—has said a word about it. The absence of outrage is not hard to figure out: Jonathan Brown's defense was limited to Islam. Brown, a convert to Islam, holds an endowed chair in Islamic studies at Georgetown. The Jesuit-run institution has a wealthy benefactor in Saudi Ar...more »
Do you think this person is white? If you are from Europe or North America, you might have said yes. If you are from Russia, you might have described this person as black. Most IR peeps are familiar with the fluid perceptions of whiteness and blackness that exist in the word: Sandor Gilman wrote, for […]
*Bill Nye now thinks he is a psychologist* *In fact he's not a scientist of any kind. He's just an entertainer. And his account of cognitive dissonance is exactly ass-about. Cognitive dissonance arises when your prophecies fail. He is the one suffering from cognitive dissonance. When has a Greenie prophecy ever got anything right? He's not even capable of Googling or he would not have made such a howler * Bill Nye said Monday that climate change skeptics suffer from a psychological problem preventing them from understanding how so-called man-made global warming affects their ...more »
As state and tribal officials try to transition people home from the protest camps, a South Dakota tribe may open a new camp for water protectors. Bald Eagle said the new camp would be a safe space for water protectors. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier supports members who want to continue protesting the pipeline, Bald Eagle said. He said the camp could be for members coming or going to the camp, members who cannot get home maybe due to car trouble or weather or members who don't feel safe at the other camps. The Cheyenne River Indian Reservation is direct...more »
The day began with a “Four Directions Walk” led by participants holding Medicine items and American Indian Movement flags to the mass grave-site at Wounded Knee. Despite wintry temperatures, under a brilliant blue sky, Wounded Knee 1973 veterans with a younger generation of American Indian Movement grassroots members—many of whom were not yet born—to remember the takeover 41 years ago of Wounded Knee. February 27th is known in Indian country as Liberation Day because it was on that date in 1973 the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied the Pine Ridge Reservation near Wounded Kn...more »
By Paul Homewood https://theconversation.com/germanys-plan-for-100-electric-cars-may-actually-increase-carbon-emissions-72997? There’s an interesting article in The Conversation: Germany has ambitious plans for both electric cars and renewable energy. But it can’t deliver both. As things stand, Germany’s well-meaning but contradictory ambitions would actually boost emissions by an amount comparable with the present-day emissions of the entire country of […]
By James Grundvig There has been a lot of excitement and anger in the wake of my article on the leaked pilot Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Study (“Study”), by Dr. Anthony Mawson. To publish or not to publish was indeed the...
*“Obama Has Tied Trump’s Hands”* by James Rickards "America is going broke. That’s not an opinion or scare tactic- it’s a fact based on simple arithmetic. President Trump could be forced to face this fact as early as March 15, the date the latest U.S. debt ceiling suspension ends. Government debt is growing faster than the economy. If you extend that trend, and that’s exactly what official government projections do, you reach a point where higher taxes cannot cover interest expense, investors lose confidence in the bond market, and a death spiral of higher deficits, higher interest...more »
Published on Feb 27, 2017 US President Donald Trump has promised a historic rise in the military budget for the next fiscal year beginning in October. Trump’s comments came as White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the military spending will surge by 54 billion dollars. That would be an almost 10-percent increase compared to […]
*UK children were trafficked to Australia, where they were sexually abused. Australia.* The UK's national child abuse inquiry is hearing testimony from people shipped as children to Australia. Some children sent to former colonies between the 1920s and 1970s faced servitude, hard labour and sexual abuse. Vulnerable British children shipped to the colonies after WWII "In the 1920s, in the UK, it was common practice for people who fell on hard times to put their children into *Barnardos* childrens home until they could reclaim them. "All too often those children were told their pa...more »
It seriously appears as if the CIA is desperately attempting to induce Russia to rise to the bait and actually start a hot war. This is very much in concert with the Saudi - Israeli intervention in Syria and a projected threat to induce a war with Iran. It is all part of the same scheme that is simply getting further and further off track. The new Trump administration is now surely dealing with a completely insubordinate CIA, a compromised FBI and a thoroughly compromised Federal government. Yet the CIA cannot have Hillary actually trigger a war with Russia anymore either. It ...more »
[image: Image: Study: Up to 2.1 Million Hispanics May Have Voted Illegally] This number is about what i personally think is plausible. Recall that the real perpetrator happens to be the Democratic party operating at ground level and as enablers to natural blunders such as unions and surely employers who depend on illegal workers. This has produced leakage that says as much. After all after a job well done folks do brag. That two million votes certainly juiced the popular vote just the way you would expect in illegal rich areas. Unsurprisingly recount efforts in ...more »
Interesting development. This is unexpected and obviously welcome. We need such a protocol. Obviously research has taken off and we will see many other applications indicated and confirmed. all good . . *Latest Research on CBD Oil Offers New Hope for Healing Leaky Gut Syndrome and Autoimmune Disorders* *By Carolanne Wright* *Contributing writer for Wake Up World* * http://wakeup-world.com/2017/02/10/latest-research-on-cbd-oil-offers-new-hope-for-healing-leaky-gut-syndrome-and-autoimmune-disorders/?* *For years, leaky gut syndrome (LGS) was thought to be nothing more than a my...more »
Another team is seriously at it. That makes at least three. Time frames are at best optimistic, but there is a clear path forward and we also see a solid rational for all this. It would allow the African elephant to be moved into the boreal forest and tundra as well. They do need trees knocked down there. All good and added to other agricultural possibilities for the boreal forest we get an additional resource. . *Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal * *Scientist leading ‘de-extinction’ effort says Harvard team could create hybrid mammoth-elephant emb...more »
Here are a few bits and pieces that you won't hear about in the *New York Times* on CNN or MSNBC because it doesn't fit their narrative. *ObamaCare Follies* (Washington Examiner) A majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who are "paid to post," according to a digital expert. "Sixty percent of all the posts were made from 100 profiles, posting between the hours of 9 and 5 Pacific Time," said Michael Brown. "*They were paid to post*." Click the link above for more details. And this link below underscores what I count as wisdom to have made the ...more »
*Artificial Slaves* has just been published in a relatively inexpensive paperback edition. It won a 2014 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Prize, and has been well-reviewed in a number of journals (see below). The attached coupon gives an additional 20% discount. For more information, please visit the RoutledgePress website: https://www.routledge.com/Androids-and-Intelligent-Networks-in-Early-Modern-Literature-and-Culture/LaGrandeur/p/book/9780415631211
Can’t the U.S. be a little more like Scandinavia in its ethos? Fixing inequality in America will take more than economic reform, it will also need a cultural shift. From a human rights and decency standard, everybody in a society should be able to meet their basic needs, says economist and Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs – but he questions whether a popular proposal known as Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the way to achieve a better standard of living in the U.S.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with health insurance company CEOs at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque *Boston Globe:* *Why some ‘secrets’ leaked while Trump’s tax returns haven’t* President Trump frequently complains about Washington leaks. But what he is really concerned about is that these leaks are not random. He believes that they are being deployed to harm his administration. (Of course, he had no problem with WikiLeaks’ leak of e-mails from the Democratic National Committee during the campaign. “I love WikiL... more »
It was an interesting weekend. For a lot of people, the last 72 hours has been a pretty interesting experience. From physical purging of crap, to emotional shedding of old history, to falling sideways, to feeling, seeing, hearing through to something new..... Yes a very shifting weekend! d Videos shown during the show: Video thanks to Jayling! *Lyrics: Time Warp* (Riff Raff) It's astounding Time is fleeting Madness takes its toll... (Magenta) Ahh... (Riff Raff) But listen closely... (Magenta) Not for very much longer... (Riff Raff) I've got to keep control. I remember...more »
Thank you to the great presidents of our #HBCUs for their commitment to higher education. Read more here: https://t.co/m2Adyvvu6a pic.twitter.com/zjXWSX9cdE — President Trump (@POTUS) February 28, 2017 *WNU Editor:* I am surprised that they can pack that many people in the Oval Office.
*Washington Post:* *House Intelligence chairman says he hasn’t found evidence of Trump team’s ties to Russia* Congressional Republicans are divided over how aggressively to pursue the allegations that President Trump’s associates had contact with Russia, with some lawmakers calling for a full-scale look at the former national security adviser’s communication with Russia while others say there is no evidence of such contacts. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) made clear that he was more interested in nefarious reports published in the news media than in ...more »
The basic American Principle is the understanding that the individual is sovereign, individual rights are broad and should be inviolate, and that the only legitimate purpose of government is to protect the exercise of every individual's right. Unfortunately, few Americans understand this. Many fewer understand this in most countries of the world. What is more, not only do they recognize few if any individual rights in many countries, but even compared to most Americans of an authoritarian bent, they believe in much more brutal suppression of individual rights. In some countries, ...more »
Genetic variants linked to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) contribute to enhanced cognition and are therefore positively selected in spite of the problems they also bring along – new evidence has just been published in PLOS Genetics . The problems these genes bring along are the price to pay for relatively rapid evolutionary advancements. It needs a much longer time for further natural selection to smooth the bugs out – this is all obvious, simple science. Another example is the genetic predisposition of Ashkenazim Jews to diseases such as Tai-Sachs, which comes along with their ...more »
World War II poster. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration President Trump’s executive order to sharply restrict immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries has been decried by many as reckless, punitive and even unconstitutional. Nearly half the electorate, however, applaud the president for suspending immigration even if it means turning back refugees, many of whom are innocent victims of the political violence besetting the Middle East. None of this is unprecedented. American presidents have periodically curtailed the entry of individuals or groups in the ...more »
Will voters of the future swing left or right? Cropped from joebeone/flickr, CC BY In 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama outperformed his predecessors John Kerry and Al Gore with virtually every single demographic group, handily defeating his Republican rival John McCain. This success spread to down-ballot races as well. Democrats expanded control over the House and the Senate, and they controlled most governorships and state legislatures nationwide. Many progressives came to believe these results were not a fluke. Obama’s coalition seemed to herald an emerging De...more »
Intel Committee Head: No Evidence Of Contact Between Trump Campaign, Russia by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com In what will likely be a setback to the ongoing press campaign to portray the Trump administration and campaign as a Kremlin puppet, on Monday the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives intelligence committee said he has seen no […]
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