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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

1 February - Blogs I'm Following

11:29 pm MST

U.S. And Mexican Governments Blast AP's Report That President Trump Threatened To Send U.S. Troops Into Mexico

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 minutes ago
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference at the Los Pinos residence in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero *Washington Times*: *Mexico, U.S. both say Associated Press misreported Trump-Nieto phone call* White House says wire service wrongly claimed new president had threatened to invade Mexico. Mexico said Wednesday that the Associated Press’ account of a call Friday between President Trump and his Mexican counterpart is inaccurate. “The assertions that you make about said conve... more »

U.S. President Trump And Australian PM Turnbull Have Testy Phone Call On Refugees

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 35 minutes ago
*Washington Post:* *No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags* It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a triumphant week. Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hou... more »

Same Old Rhetoric Cannot Justify Banning Refugees from Australia (View on Refugees which Australia wants to send to the US while taking Central Americans in their stead)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 hour ago
From “The Conversation”: Same old rhetoric cannot justify banning refugees from Australia Alex Reilly, University of Adelaide The federal government … Continue reading →

The (continuing) animus against Peter Thiel

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 hour ago
Sorry, I don’t see what the problem is with Peter Thiel choosing to take out NZ citizenship, or why the aggressive opposition to it is still continuing – but the flavour of that opposition makes it abundantly clear that the nastier part of the New Zealand character is coming out: Envy. Here’s what I wrote last week, when you would have thought (hoped!) the animus had peaked: It’s been reported that the enormously successful tech-entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel has become a New Zealand citizen and bought property at Lake Wanaka. True or not, since journalist Matt Nippert s... more »

Samantha Bee: "Paul Ryan's New Intern Has Such A Pure Voice"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Certainly the biggest-- and most hilarious-- news out of Sunday's prestigious Screen Actors Guild award show came when Julia Louis-Dreyfus got up to accept her award (best actress in a comedy-- for *Veep* ). She eviscerated Señor el Presidente Trumpanzee. "My father fled religious persecution in Nazi-occupied France," she said. "I’m an American patriot, and I love this country. Because I love this country, I am horrified by its blemishes, and this immigrant ban is a blemish and it's un-American." The audience loved it. I doubt Samantha Bee needed to see that kind of a reaction to... more »

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “I Giorni”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “I Giorni” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmj3iU36Mmw

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Why isn't this ant a big sphere? Planetary nebula Mz3 is being cast off by a star similar to our Sun that is, surely, round. Why then would the gas that is streaming away create an ant-shaped nebula that is distinctly not round? *Click image for larger size.* Clues might include the high 1000-kilometer per second speed of the expelled gas, the light-year long length of the structure, and the magnetism of the star visible above at the nebula's center. One possible answer is that Mz3 is hiding a second, dimmer star that orbits close in to the bright star. A competing hypothesis holds... more »

Chet Raymo, “Out Of The Silence”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“Out Of The Silence”* by Chet Raymo "A few words about Douglas Christe's “The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology”, the title of which is drawn from the 4th-century monastic writer Evagrius of Pontus: "When the mind has put off the old self and shall put on the one born of grace, then it will see its own state in the time of prayer resembling sapphire or the color of heaven." It is a beautiful image, although I am not at all sure what it means. We are separated from Evagrius by centuries, by a Scientific Revolution, by the Enlightenment. I am not suggestin... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
San Luis Obispo, California, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

The Poet: Rainier Maria Rilke, "The Swan"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*"The Swan"* “This laboring through what is still undone, as though, legs bound, we hobbled along the way, is like the awkward walking of the swan. And dying- to let go, no longer feel the solid ground we stand on every day- is like his anxious letting himself fall into the water, which receives him gently and which, as though with reverence and joy, draws back past him in streams on either side; while, infinitely silent and aware, in his full majesty and ever more indifferent, he condescends to glide.” - Rainier Maria Rilke

Nigel Farage points out EU Parliament hypocrisy on Donald Trump

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 2 hours ago

House Hearing On Whistleblower Protection Highlights Trump’s Illegal Gag Orders

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 3 hours ago
Members of Congress called attention to Trump administration directives that create chilling effect against whistleblowers. The post House Hearing On Whistleblower Protection Highlights Trump’s Illegal Gag Orders appeared first on Shadowproof.

Philippine Communist Rebels To End Their Ceasefire On February 10

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Philippines communist rebels end ceasefire but still support peace talks* The Maoist-led rebel group in the Philippines said on Wednesday it was terminating a unilateral ceasefire it declared five months ago and resuming a protracted guerrilla warfare that has killed tens of thousands of people. The New People's Army said in a statement that the ceasefire agreed to last August would expire on Feb. 10, but added the rebels would still support peace talks with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. "In our experience and in the experience of other peoples, it is po... more »

Allan Gotthelf on Ayn Rand’s Theory of Concepts

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 3 hours ago
To celebrate Ayn Rand’s birthday (2 February 1905) here’s a good quote from Allan Gotthelf on Ayn Rand’s unique achievement, her theory of concepts: The nature and formation of a concept depends in part on *reality* (for instance, mind-independent commensurability and causal relationships) and in part on *the requirements of a conceptual consciousness* (for instance, the need to integrate via measurement-omission and the need of unit-economy). Concepts, then, are neither products of subjective conscious choices, as nominalism claims, nor intuitive grasps of *intrinsic* universals o... more »

New revelations show the FBI still poses serious threats to civil liberties

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 4 hours ago
A document obtained by The Intercept reveals how the FBI can use loopholes to secretly infiltrate political and religious organisations. And many civil liberties groups worry about the implications. Going undercover Civil liberties group Muslim Advocates filed a lawsuit, resulting in the FBI’s Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) being made public in redacted form. The redacted marks […] The post New revelations show the FBI still poses serious threats to civil liberties appeared first on The Canary.

Growing Tensions Between Greece And Turkey

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Turkish Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar on a visit to the area of the Aegean Sea that includes the Kardak islets. Posted Jan. 29, 2016. (photo by Twitter/@metesohtaoglu) *Reuters:* *Greece reports mass Turkish air incursions as tensions simmer* Greece reported mass incursions by Turkish military aircraft on Wednesday, amid tensions over Athens' failure to hand over Turkish soldiers Ankara accuses of involvement in a coup attempt. Defense ministry officials said they had recorded 138 violations of Greek airspace over islands in the central and southern Aegean, an unusually high ... more »

Did President Donald Trump Sign an Executive Order on Climate Change?

arturo@snopes.com (Arturo Garcia) at New Urban Legends - 4 hours ago
A story appearing to report that Trump planned a 20 percent cut in U.S. carbon emissions by 2022 was completely fabricated.

Eight Months to Mars

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

The Economy: “Peril in the Casino”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Peril in the Casino”* by David Stockman "Donald Trump was out in full force two nights ago, pugnaciously performing his appointed historical function. That is, firing the acting heads of the Justice Department and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on behalf of "safe borders," thereby fueling a fractious debate that will soon paralyze the Imperial City. Indeed, Trump's whole "safe borders" agenda strikes an opening mortal blow against the White House's still incoherent plans for economic stimulus. That's because this campaign will generate the kind of crisis atmosphere and... more »

Musical Interlude: Simon & Garfunkel, “A Hazy Shade Of Winter”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Simon & Garfunkel, “A Hazy Shade Of Winter” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnZdlhUDEJo

How to fall in love with traffic jams

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 4 hours ago
A few traditional Auckland traffic jams didn’t disturb last night’s Auckland Liberty on the Rocks in Mt Eden, where we enjoyed a fascinating discussion led by Adriano Melo talking about Brazil’s journey into political darkness -- and also his own personal journey from Brazil to New Zealand, and from Marxism to discovering Ayn Rand. His observation last night that I enjoyed most was of how his own personal disposition changed as he dispensed with his Marxism, and read more of Rand. As a committed Marxist, one who actively recruited for the cause (so many souls recruited into dar... more »

Pentagon's Inspector General: White House Did Not Manipulate Islamic State Intelligence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Pentagon watchdog: No evidence Obama admin manipulated ISIS intel* An internal investigation by the Defense Department has found that senior military officials at U.S. Central Command did not falsify, manipulate or distort intelligence to provide an unrealistically rosy picture of the United States’ fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. An inspector general’s report, released Wednesday morning, reached the opposite conclusion of a House Republican task force, which last year determined that final intelligence assessments out of the Pentagon differed from... more »

Quebec Shooting: Questions About the Meetings between Debrois & Bissonnette?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
* This incident has a bunch of red flags- Some have been mentioned previously and some have been brought to my attention from others. I've listed them. Share some thoughts..* *Quebec Mosque Shooting Breaking News- Listen to what eye witnesses are telling local media* hattip: Anonymous*January 31, 2017 at 11:12 PM* *hattip Gallier2 * gallier2January 31, 2017 at 11:53 PM *Here an interesting article in a Canadian francophone paper * *http://www.lapresse.ca/le-soleil/justice-et-faits-divers/201701/30/01-5064535-bissonnette-setait-replie-sur-lui-meme.php* *interesting points in that ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

“Does Trump’s Travel Ban Make Sense?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Does Trump’s Travel Ban Make Sense?”* by Bill Bonner "Thank God for the travel ban! Since the 1950s, roughly 1,000,000 people have been murdered in the US, including 2,996 killed on 9/11 by terrorists. We don’t need any more killers in the US; we’ve got plenty already. But wait… You say that native-born Americans are five times more likely to be killers than refugee immigrants? You say the travel ban did not cover the countries- most notably Saudi Arabia- that supplied the 9/11 terrorists? (Note that Mr. Bonner said "supplied"; he doesn't mention the actual "doers", or the traito... more »

The Economy: "The Ice-Nine Lockdown"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"The Ice-Nine Lockdown"* by Jim Rickards "I am often asked, ‘Does Ice-Nine put gold at risk of lockdown or confiscation?’ First, Ice-Nine is a phrase borrowed from author Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut wrote a book in the early 1960s called "Cat’s Cradle," and it’s a doomsday scenario. In "Cat’s Cradle," a doomsday machine is created. Scientists discovered a molecule called Ice-Nine, very similar to water (H2O), with two differences. Number one, it has a melting point of 45 degrees Celsius, which means it’s frozen at room temperature. The other characteristic is that if a molecule of Ice... more »

“Hypnotists Flips Pro-Choicers to Pro-Life in Seconds (I Explain How)”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Hypnotists Flips Pro-Choicers to Pro-Life in Seconds (I Explain How)”* by Scott Adams "Here’s a provocative (and disturbing) short video of a hypnotist (my word) flipping pro-choicers to pro-life in minutes. I judge it to be real because the persuasion technique is solid gold. I’ll tell you how he did it after you watch. I’ll explain the steps he used. These are not necessarily in order. *Step One: Choose your subjects carefully: *Notice that the subjects were on the young side. Young people are easier to flip because they haven’t had as long to harden their opinions and to make... more »

"We Might Just As Well..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” - Earl Nightingale

“The Next Economic Trend Has Hit the US: Stagflation”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“The Next Economic Trend Has Hit the US: Stagflation”* by Graham Summers, Phoenix Capital Research "While the mainstream media is losing its mind about Trump policies, the US economy just flashed yet another major warning sign of recession. Scratch that, this was worse than recession; this was a recession with inflation or stagflation. • Yesterday, the Chicago PMI scored a reading of 50.3. • A 50= stagnation or the beginning of a recession. • PMI in of itself is bad news. But the new orders component (the component that shows growth) came in at 49.1. This is WELL into recession ter... more »

8-Year-Old Girl Becomes First U.S. Citizen Killed in Trump's Drone War

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: 8-year-old-girl-becomes-first-u-s-citizen-killed-in-trumps-drone-war] The eight-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki was killed during an early morning raid in Yemen carried out by Navy SEALs and Reaper drones. She becomes the first U.S. citizen killed during an unconstitutional combat operation ordered by the new president.

‘Trump’s climate sceptic’ talks to UK press gallery

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
A fascinating British press conference with climate sceptic and Trump advisor Myron Ebell, from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who has played (say the media working hard to demonise him) “a central part in Mr Trump’s commitment to remove climate protections.” Here he is with some of the British parliamentary press gallery after visiting Downing Street, with some especially interesting exchanges at 6:00 min, 9:10min, 23.30min, 29:50min-36:50min, 55:30min: [Hat tip Julian D.] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. Marine Corps, Cpl Andre Dakis *Daniel Benaim & Hardin Lang, RCD*: *President Trump Needs to Reverse Course on Iraq – and Fast.* Last week, President Trump ordered his national security team to undertake a 30-day review of the nation’s strategy to combat ISIS. However, in just the 11 days since he took office, Trump has already jeopardized the hard-earned gains of the last two years against ISIS in what has been the central theater of the campaign: Iraq. Last week, the new Commander-in-Chief doubled down on his campaign riff that America should have “taken Iraq’s oil” – this ... more »

Photos from Today's Protest Prior to Start of Zumwalt 12 Trial in Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
Photos by Regis Tremblay Prior to the start of our Zumwalt 12 trial today in Bath, Maine supporters from all over the state gathered at 8:00 am with defendants outside the Sagadahoc County Courthouse. At the start of trial more than 60 supporters were in the courtroom - with more having to wait outside in the hall because there were not enough seats inside. After opening statements by many of the defendants the state brought a string of policemen to the stand to point out each of us who were arrested at Bath Iron Works on June 18 when we protested at the 'christening' of a ... more »

Did a Study Show That Hillary Clinton Received More Than 800,000 Votes from Non-Citizens in the 2016 Election?

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 6 hours ago
Trump supporters claim an academic study showed that more than 800,000 non-citizens voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.

President Trump Filed for Re-Election Early to Stop Political Speech of Nonprofits?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 6 hours ago
Legal experts don't believe President Trump's filing for re-election early will have a noticeable affect on the activities of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.

Dinosaur Proteins Recovered From 80 and (Potentially) 195 Million Year Old Fossils

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 6 hours ago
Collagen, uh, finds a way... more »

Was Neil Gorsuch Unanimously Confirmed in 2006?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 6 hours ago
According to rumors, the Supreme Court pick was unanimously confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 — by some of the very people criticizing his nomination to the Supreme Court in 2017.

BREAKING: Police Raids for Removal of Water Protectors at Standing Rock Begin

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 6 hours ago
[image: camps]Heavily militarized law enforcement and National Guard troops have now raided one of the remaining camps at Standing Rock, arresting around 50 people — and it appears this is just the first of many to come.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 6 hours ago
Earlier today I had a conversation with someone whose opinions I really respect. She said more or less what James Hohmann says here. I'll explain why I disagree below. *With the benefit of hindsight, we can now say more firmly that Barack Obama blew it by picking Merrick Garland last year. *The former president naively tried to make Republicans an offer they couldn’t refuse by picking a milquetoast, pro-business, moderate, middle-aged white guy who he thought they’d accept, rather than risk Hillary Clinton choosing someone far more progressive. Clinton, to her detriment, was always ... more »

San Francisco Sues Trump to Stop Executive Order About Sanctuary Cities

Warren Mass at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: san-francisco-sues-trump-to-stop-exec-order-about-sanctuary-cities] The city attorney from San Francisco has filed a suit in federal court to stop President Trump’s executive order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities.


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

On the Stoke Central By-Election Candidates

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 6 hours ago
And so the finalised list of Stoke Central by-election candidates is out, and 10 folks fancy their chances. And it's a circus, albeit one not likely to produce much merriment. Who then are the lions and acrobats? Which of them is the clown? Naturally, Gareth Snell has roared into action. Labour were all over the constituency from the very moment Tristram Hunt declared Trexit and, as I've observed before, the party has a formidable machine and a real weight in the constituency that will be tough for its opponents to crack. People from outside the constituency who can't find Stoke wi... more »

Tariq Ali: The Basis For Trump’s Victory Was Laid By Obama’s Policies

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 7 hours ago
Dandelion Salad teleSUR English on Feb 1, 2017 Tariq Ali discusses the first few days of Trump’s presidency and provides an analysis of the state of politics in countries around the world. from the archives: From Travel Ban Protests To A Global Movement Against Global Injustices by David Swanson The Anti-Trump Protests: Don’t Ask: Where Were […]

Massive Child Sex Ring Busted in CA — 474 Arrested, 28 Children Saved

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: children]In a massive statewide operation targeting human traffickers, hundreds of people were arrested and dozens of sexually-exploited children were saved.

Coverage of First Day of Zumwalt 12 Trial in Maine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago
*Protesters arrested last June at Bath Iron Works' christening of the stealth destroyer USS Zumwalt march into Sagadahoc County Superior Court to stand trial Wednesday morning.* By Beth Brogan, Bangor Daily News Staff BATH, Maine — Protesters arrested outside Bath Iron Works during the christening of a Zumwalt-class destroyer in June 2016 told a jury on Wednesday that while they did block the main street to the shipyard during the event, their actions were not unreasonable as required by the law they’re accused of violating. Ten of the 12 people charged with misdemeanor obstructi... more »

On false change

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 7 hours ago
The Libs have made it official that they're breaking their promise of electoral reform with no reason other than their own blinkered refusal to acknowledge the consensus in support of a more proportional system. But particularly in light of Justin Trudeau's past claims that all anybody really wanted was a change in government, let's remember exactly what it is that made a change in government and a change in electoral systems seem so tightly tied together - and what Trudeau is ultimately endorsing. After all, the Harper majority which came before Trudeau was built on a systematic ap... more »

World News Briefs -- February 1, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*BBC: **Brexit: MPs overwhelmingly back Article 50 bill* MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. They backed the government's European Union Bill, supported by the Labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114. But the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats opposed the bill, while 47 Labour MPs and Tory ex-chancellor Ken Clarke rebelled. The bill now faces further scrutiny in the Commons and the House of Lords before it can become law. The prime minister has set a deadline of 31 March for invoking Article 50 of t... more »

Pamela Ellen Ferguson : METRO | Showing solidarity at the border

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 7 hours ago
Our Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera delegation visited Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña. By Pamela Ellen Ferguson | The Rag Blog | February 1, 2017 AUSTIN — Nine of us associated with Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera (ATCF) … finish reading Pamela Ellen Ferguson : *METRO* | Showing solidarity at the border

Trump’s shocking form of ‘Bully Diplomacy’ claims its first victim

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 7 hours ago
According to new revelations, Donald Trump’s ‘Bully Diplomacy’ claimed its first victim on Friday 27 January. The US President allegedly “humiliated” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in a “very offensive” phone call. Details of the phone call On 1 February, renowned Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui spoke [Spanish] to US-based reporter Dolia Estévez, who claimed to have “obtained confidential information” […] The post Trump’s shocking form of ‘Bully Diplomacy’ claims its first victim appeared first on The Canary.

Barack on Gorsuch

LL at Virtual Mirage - 7 hours ago
Maybe Barack wasn't speaking about Judge Neil Gorsuch in this YouTube clip, but the hypocrite needs to have this played over and over as he opposes President Trump, the US Congress, and the will of the people as expressed by their votes. The progs, which include the entire corrupt, elite, smug, mainstream media, need to understand that Donald Trump won for a reason. And it wasn't because we weren't blasted with their invective against him day and night.

Seattle City Council to divest $3 billion investment from Wells Fargo over DAPL

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
Seattle is on track to end ties with Wells Fargo over the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline. The Seattle City Council Finance Committee voted 8-0 on Wednesday to divest $3 billion in City of Seattle money out of Wells Fargo over the bank's role as lender for the Dakota Access Pipeline and seek a more socially responsible bank to manage the city's money. A full vote by the Seattle City Council is scheduled for Monday. The bill, co-sponsored by council members Kshama Sawant and Tim Burgess, will be heard at 9 a.m. before the Affordable Housing, Neighborhoods and Finance Committee. Anti-pi... more »

Econ Theory Summer Camp

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 8 hours ago
Graduate students with an interest in economic theory may be interested in considering this opportunity.

Good News at Harvard College

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 8 hours ago
*The Crimson* reports: Economics 10b: “Principles of Economics” is the most popular course in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for the fourth consecutive spring, beating out the second-largest class—Life Sciences 1b: “An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution”—by a hefty margin of about 150 students.

Did Ayn Rand really want us to be selfish?

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
[image: image] *An intelligent non-Objectivist raises a big Happy Birthday to one of Ayn Rand’s most powerful and most misunderstood ideas. “No, Ayn Rand Did Not Want Us to Be Selfish,” says Gary Galles in this guest post. Except, she sort of did …* February 2 marks the birth of one of the most praised and criticised thinkers of the past century – Ayn Rand. [Yay! – *Ed.*] Rand sold more than 30 million books. *Atlas Shrugged* has been ranked behind only the Bible as an influence on readers’ lives. She has also been stridently attacked for issues such as her militant atheism... more »

US Betrays Iran Deal as Predicted - Edges Closer to War

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 hours ago
*February 2, 2016* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - As the world remains mesmerized by the antics of US President Donald Trump, his national security adviser Michael Flynn brazenly linked Iran to Yemeni fighters who attacked a Saudi warship, as well as cited an Iranian missile test as grounds to reverse course on US rapprochement with Tehran, concluding that Iran was "put on notice." Flynn would state: *In these and other similar activities, Iran continues to threaten US friends and allies in the region.* Flynn, who was head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) when a memo was pub... more »

U.S. Senate Confirms Rex Tillerson As U.S. Secretary Of State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*New York Times:* *White House Puts Iran ‘On Notice’ for Ballistic Missile Test* WASHINGTON — Rex W. Tillerson, the former chairman and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday in a 56 to 43 vote to become the nation’s 69th secretary of state just as serious strains have emerged with important international allies. The many votes against Mr. Tillerson’s confirmation made his selection among the most contentious for a secretary of state in recent history, and he takes his post just as many traditional American allies are questioning the policies of ... more »

"Where the Second Avenue subway went wrong" (James Surowiecki)

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*New Yorkers once had train service all up and down Second Avenue. Here we see the old Second Avenue El (torn down in 1940-42) at 34th Street. [Click to enlarge.]* *"The pool of dollars available for something like public transit is limited. The result of extravagant spending on subways and the like is that we end up with fewer of them than other cities. For the price of what New York spent on Calatrava’s PATH station alone, Stockholm is building nineteen kilometres of subway track and a six-kilometre commuter-rail tunnel. Worse, cost overruns fuel public skepticism toward governme... more »

President Bannon Vs IQ Clusters... And, Yes, He Does Need Senate Confirmation

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
A *NY Times* editorial last night was entitled President Bannon and just *blasted* Trump's top advisor, neo-Nazi Steve Bannon. "[W]e’ve never witnessed a political aide move as brazenly to consolidate power as Stephen Bannon," they wrote-- "nor have we seen one do quite so much damage so quickly to his putative boss’s popular standing or pretenses of competence." And it's probably going to get much, much worse. Unless... well, according to section (a)(6) of federal statute 50 U.S. Code 3021, a civilian like Bannon actually does need to go through Senate confirmation in order to se... more »

Did the President Sign an Order Prohibiting Emergency Room Visits for Colds?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 8 hours ago
President Trump signed a large number of executive orders during the first weeks of his administration — but not this one.

Did President Trump Replace Washington Portrait with Vigo the Carpathian?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 8 hours ago
Reports that the president was swapping out portraits on the White House walls with images of "Ghostbusters II" characters come from a relatively obscure purveyor of satire and hoax news.

The Genetics Of Human Height Revealed

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 8 hours ago
[image: Daily Mail]A large-scale international study involving 700,000 participants has revealed 83 genetic variations controlling human height. read more

We were stunned by this morning's Washington Post!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017In volume, the Post gets it right:* We were stunned by the wealth of reporting and analysis in this morning's Washington Post. Don't get us wrong! Twenty-five years of progressive, liberal and mainstream press failure has given us our President Trump. For decades, our hapless tribes all slept in the woods. At this point, nothing can fix the disaster our incompetence and lethargy have given us. That said, today's Washington Post was stuffed to the gills with reporting, opinion and analysis. Some of the analysis was less than perfect, and Dana Milbank's ... more »

White House Puts Iran ‘On Notice’ For Ballistic Missile Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Politico*: *National Security Adviser Flynn: 'We are officially putting Iran on notice'* National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said Wednesday that the U.S. government under the leadership of President Donald Trump is “officially putting Iran on notice.” Flynn addressed reporters at the top of the daily White House press briefing, delivering a brief statement admonishing the Iranian government over a missile test conducted on Monday and the activities of Iran-backed militants, who attacked a Saudi naval vessel earlier this week. *Read more* .... *More News On White House Puts ... more »

Beauty of an Arctic Wolf Captured in Just Two Minutes

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
This video of the Wolf Conservation Center has a lot to say about the beauty, character, and value of these iconic animals. "To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see your own soul - hope you like what you see" - Aldo Leopold Beyond being beautiful, wolves are critical keystone species. By regulating prey populations, wolves enable many other species of plants and animals to flourish. Without predators, such as wolves, an ecosystem fails to support a natural level of biodiversity, and may cease to exist altogether. Mammal. The Arctic wolf is a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lu... more »

Atlantic Hurricane Numbers Decreasing Despite Increases In Atmospheric CO2

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? http://www.thegwpf.com/atlantic-hurricane-numbers-decreasing-despite-increases-in-atmospheric-co2/ ? From GWPF: ? Study of historical hurricane occurrences in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, during the period 1749 to 2012, reveals that “the hurricane number is actually decreasing in time.” ? Paper Reviewed Rojo-Garibaldi, B., Salas-de-León,…

Earth’s magnetic poles may be poised to flip

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Article by Phil Livermore, Associate Professor of geophysics, University of Leeds and Jon Mound, Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of Leeds Schematic illustration of the invisible magnetic field lines generated by the Earth, represented as a dipole magnet field. In actuality, our magnetic shield is squeezed in closer to…

Still far more worrisome than global warming: solar coronal mass ejections

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Dr. Leif Svalgaard writes advising me of this new paper published Jan. 17. After reading it, I’ll have to say that it isn’t a matter of “if” – it’s a matter of when we’ll get another CME like the Carrington Event in 1859 – which had it occurred…

Support MASIE Arctic Ice Dataset

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: MASIE: “high-resolution, accurate charts of ice conditions” Walt Meier, NSIDC, October 2015 article in Annals of Glaciology. The home page for MASIE (here) invites visitors to show their interest in the dataset and analysis tools since continued funding is not assured. The page says: NSIDC has received support to develop…

A “New” Theory About the Formation of the Antarctic Ice Sheet

Hifast at Climate Collections - 9 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton One of the big mysteries in the scientific world is how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed so rapidly about 34 million years ago, at the boundary between the Eocene and Oligocene epochs. There are 2 competing theories: The first explanation is based…

These Are The Weapons That Russia Can Use To Crush The Ukraine Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Image Credit: Creative Commons. *Robert Farley, National Interest*: *There Are the 5 Killer Weapons Russia Could Use to Crush Ukraine* Because of Western reticence about transferring lethal arms to Kiev, as well as Ukraine’s dire economic situation, there is no obvious path to overcoming Russia’s military advantages along the border. As long as Russia persists in committing men and weapons to Donetsk and Luhansk, Kiev will struggle to restore order, and recapture its territory. And now with Moscow seemingly pressing Kiev once again with fierce fighting once again taking place, th... more »

Where Is U.S. President Trump?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: From the AP .... *President Trump has left the White House on Marine One on an unannounced trip, White House has not disclosed destination* (AP). *Update: *Trump makes unannounced visit to Dover AFB for return of service member's remains (CNN).

Lower Conduct Standards for Liberals

Walter E. Williams at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: lower-conduct-standards-for-liberals] One can only imagine the widespread media, political and intellectual condemnation of Republicans and conservatives if, after the inauguration of Barack Obama, they had gone on a violent and vicious tear all over the nation as did Democrats and liberals after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Kansas Bill to Make Campuses Permanent “Gun-free Zones" Fails

Bob Adelmann at rss - 9 hours ago
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California Advances Bills to Become Sanctuary State

Raven Clabough at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: california-advances-bills-to-become-sanctuary-state] One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to issue an executive order that targets sanctuary cities by directing local and state agencies to enforce existing immigration laws or face losing federal funds. In response, San Francisco is suing the Trump administration, claiming that the orders violate states’ rights provisions. And in flagrant disregard of Trump’s order, the state of California is attempting to become the first-ever sanctuary state.

Pregnant Dog Saved From Korean Meat Farm

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
A dog rescued from a Korean meat farm and brought to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay was terrified and huddled in the corner, but when she finally allowed rescuers to come close, they saw why: She is pregnant and due any minute. "Rosa" was completely shut down and beyond frightened, the Humane Society said. "Her body language in the photos shows that she is trying to disappear into the wall," the organization posted on social media. After noticing her belly, a trainer was able to get near her and touch her to confirm her pregnancy. Rosa has been moved to a quiet kennel where she c... more »

Why Two Scientists Developed an Extraordinary Way to Extend DMT Trips

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Jesse Jarnow* - The exploration of inner space is imperative to our evolution. The post Why Two Scientists Developed an Extraordinary Way to Extend DMT Trips appeared first on Waking Times.

Was a Small Child Handcuffed at Dulles Airport Due to Entry Restrictions?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
A photograph from a separate viral outrage was recaptioned with the false claim it depicted a small child in handcuffs at Dulles Airport in January 2017.

Is Facebook Forwarding Standing Rock Protester Profiles to DHS, FBI?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
According to rumors, a Facebook popup window is warning Standing Rock protesters that their account histories are being intercepted by the federal government.

Seattle Council Votes to Divest Billions From Wells Fargo Over DAPL Support

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: seattle]A committee of the Seattle City Council voted in favor of divesting billions from Wells Fargo over the bank's support of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Two men just tried to destroy a fighter plane destined for Saudi Arabia

Emily Apple at The Canary - 9 hours ago
On Sunday 29 January, two people apparently attempted to disarm a fighter jet destined for Saudi Arabia. The plane forms part of £6.8bn of arms deals the UK government has licensed to Saudi Arabia since David Cameron became Prime Minister. And the action has highlighted and publicised these deals. Police confirmed that they had arrested two people on suspicion of […] The post Two men just tried to destroy a fighter plane destined for Saudi Arabia appeared first on The Canary.

Ukraine Fighting Intensifies -- News Roundup February 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*South China Morning Post/AFP:* *Global alarm over Ukraine fighting as death toll rises* Government forces and Russian-backed separatists exchanged mortar and rocket fire for a fourth day around the flashpoint eastern town of Avdiivka he death toll from the latest escalation in fighting in Ukraine rose to 19 on Wednesday as international alarm rang out over the spike in bloodshed in the European Union’s back yard. Government forces and Russian-backed separatists exchanged mortar and rocket fire for a fourth day around the flashpoint eastern town of Avdiivka just north of the rebel... more »

Boy Scouts Embrace Trans-Gender Zeitgeist

Michael Tennant at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: boy-scouts-embrace-trans-gender-zeitgeist] It started with demands for gay scouts and leaders. Then it was a call for the admission of girls who think they’re boys. And now that they have it, even that isn’t good enough for the pressure groups. Now they want to push for a more formal policy.

Army Corps to Issue Approval to Complete Dakota Access Pipeline

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: army-corps-to-issue-approval-to-complete-dakota-access-pipeline] Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced that the Army Corps of Engineers will allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to be completed.

Long Time Border Patrol Veteran Discusses DHS Problems

TNA Video at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: andy-ramirez-tom-crosby-border-patrol-veteran-discusses-dhs-problems]VIDEO - Tom Crosby, Border Patrol veteran of 26 years, talks about the problems that have occurred within the Department of Homeland Security over the years. Among the problems are apprehensions. Crosby specifically gets into the reasons as to why the numbers have been as low as they have been - he also sheds light onto how DHS defines the term "apprehension."

Greene vs Taleb on risk and immigration

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 10 hours ago
A few days ago, two men didn't quite agree with one another on Twitter. That's probably not so exceptional. But I found the disagreement a bit more interesting than most others. One of those men was Brian Greene (Wikipedia) whom I know rather well, met a few times, and I have also translated two of his books to Czech etc. He's a brilliant and nice guy. And a leftist, too. The other man was Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Wikipedia), a former trader and a risk analyst. His 2007 book "The Black Swan" became quite famous, has some 6,000 citations, and was praised as the most important post-war b... more »

Ukraine Claims Military Transport Plane Was Shot At From A Russian-Held Gas Rig

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Vitaliy Ankov *Washington Free Beacon*: *Ukraine Says Military Plane Shot at From Russian-Occupied Oil Rig* A Ukrainian official said Wednesday that a military cargo plane belonging to Kiev was shot at from a Russian-occupied oil rig in the Black Sea, an accusation that was denied by Moscow. Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak wrote on Facebook that the plane was damaged but the crew unharmed, according to Reuters. He said that the aircraft was able to land safely after coming under fire. A spokesman for the headquarters of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, meanwhile, a... more »

Anti-Islamic State Forces Close In On The ISIS Stronghold At Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters:** Syrian opposition figure to deploy all-Arab force in Raqqa offensive* A Syrian opposition figure who says he controls 3,000 Arab fighters has told Reuters they are training with U.S.-led coalition forces in preparation to help drive Islamic State from its de facto capital in the city of Raqqa. Ahmad Jarba commands the Syrian Elite Forces, described by the U.S. military as a significant component of the coalition assembled against Islamic State. Its involvement in the battle for Raqqa, alongside the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), is welcomed by Wash... more »

NeoNazi backed Kiev Junta is cynically escalating fighting in Donbass

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
Reporter Patrick Lancaster Reporting on latest Kiev Junta attack on Donetsk In a callow, cynical and evil attempt to drive a wedge between the neophyte Trump Administration and the Russian Federation, the illegal Kiev Junta regime of Ukraine, driven by their neocon Deep State puppetmasters now hiding out in the CIA and Pentagon, are resuming shelling of civilian neighbourhoods of the Ethnic Russian and Russian Speaking cities of the Donbass in eastern Ukraine. There is a peace treaty in force--which these neo-Nazi terrorists are breaking in this effort to undermine Trump and Puti... more »

Worthwhile Canadian Initiative

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 10 hours ago
My friend Joshua Gans alerts me to the following: The Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto is offering to help scholars and students impacted on by the new US immigration restrictions. We would like to hear from anyone who: - Can no longer return to the US to continue their academic position or studies in a business, economics or related areas - Students who have missed application deadlines for University of Toronto degree programs in business, economics or related areas but are concerned they will not be able to undertake studies in the US anymore - Students and ... more »

Donald Trump Remembered Some Black People For Black History Month

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 10 hours ago
Read President Donald Trump's remarks at a Black History Month event with African Americans. The post Donald Trump Remembered Some Black People For Black History Month appeared first on Shadowproof.

Cop’s Fmr Police Dog Let Loose, Mauls Woman & Kills a Man — No Charges

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: dog]A cop's retired K-9s were allowed to run loose, attacked an elderly woman and killed a senior citizen who came to her rescue — officer gets paid vacation.

British Anti-ISIS Fighter Ryan Lock 'Committed Suicide' To Avoid Capture By The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Ryan Lock, from Chichester, who has been killed in northern Syria. © Family handout *BBC*: *Briton Ryan Lock 'killed himself' to avoid IS capture* A Briton fighting in Syria "turned the gun on himself" to avoid being taken prisoner by so-called Islamic State, Kurdish sources have told the BBC. Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester in West Sussex, died on 21 December during a battle for the IS group's stronghold of Raqqa. He was fighting as a volunteer with the Kurdish armed fighting forces, the YPG. The YPG told the BBC that "trace of a gunshot wound was found under the chin", suggestin... more »

No CfD For Isle of Wight Tidal Power

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Reader Patsy Lacey has been closely following the Perpetuus Energy Tidal Centre (PTEC) project on the Isle of Wight where she lives. It is a tiny tidal power project which has yet to get off the ground, and has been beset by financial problems and scandal. She has written to Greg […]


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Even if you're paying attention to the race for Democratic National Committee chair, you may not have heard of one candidate who's now out of the race and won't be missed: The Democratic National Committee is kicking a candidate out of the chairmanship race after he told The Hill that Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) should not be the party’s next leader because he is a Muslim. In a Jan. 5 email to The Hill, Vincent Tolliver, a former House candidate in Arkansas, said that Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, should not be chairman because of Islamic positions on homosexuality... more »

STANDING ROCK -- Mass Arrests at New Camp -- Feb. 1, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
. Breaking News -- Mass Arrest of Water Protectors by Militarized Police at New Camp Today Chase Iron Eyes among 76 arrested today, as water protectors assert rights on private land. . http://www.kfyrtv.com/content/news/Law-enforcement-makes-arrests-after-DAPL-protesters-attempt-to-set-up-new-camp-on-private-land-412490153.html . . New NO DAPL Camp Goes Up! North

National Popular Vote Compact Threatens Republic

Christian Gomez at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: national-popular-vote-compact-threatens-republic] State lawmakers, apparently in a bid to make presidential elections more “fair,” are trying to undermine the Electoral College in favor of a more pure democracy.

The Demise of the CEA?

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 11 hours ago
This is not good news: *CEA DOA?…* MM hears there’s a chance Trump will simply pass on filling the CEA Chair job that at one point appeared to be going to Larry Kudlow. Trump could decide to just stick with Gary Cohn and the National Economic Council and skip over the more academically-inclined CEA. Not a done deal at all but the chatter is out there. Let's hope the rumor is unfounded.

1 Contractor Killed, 1 Airman Injured In U.S. Airforce Training Accident

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
An F-16 Fighting Falcon takes off for a night mission at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevade. (U.S. Air Force/ Val Gempis) *Air Force Times*: *Air Force: 1 contractor killed, 1 airman injured in Holloman training accident* ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A civilian contractor was killed and an airman was injured in a training accident at a military range near Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico Tuesday. Capt. Bryant Davis, chief of public affairs for the 49th Wing at Holloman, said the two were part of a ground control party that was helping coordinate a live-fire training exercise at ... more »

French Presidential Election Rocked By Scandal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Police raid French parliament in François Fillon investigation* Search carried out as part of ‘Penelopegate’ inquiry into allegation that presidential candidate paid wife for work she did not do French police have raided the lower house of parliament in an investigation into whether the wife of the presidential candidate François Fillon was paid for an allegedly non-existent job. The unusual step, requiring authorisation of the speaker of the lower house, was carried out as part of an inquiry into the “Penelopegate” scandal. It was not immediately clear whether F... more »

US veterans group says Dakota Access pipeline 'will not get completed. Not on our watch'

White Wolf at White Wolf - 11 hours ago
A group of U.S. military veterans has vowed to block completion of the hotly disputed Dakota Access pipeline, despite the secretary of the Army giving the project the green light. "We are committed to the people of Standing Rock, we are committed to nonviolence, and we will do everything within our power to ensure that the environment and human life are respected. That pipeline will not get completed. Not on our watch," said Anthony Diggs, a spokesman for Veterans Stand. Diggs added that the group hopes to raise enough funds "to have a larger, solid boots-on-the-ground presence." ... more »

OKLAHOMA: Pipeline Protest and Camp 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Advocacy groups met Monday at the Oklahoma Capitol to protest the Dakota and Keystone XL pipelines and to discuss the planned protest of the Diamond Pipeline. (Click arrow above to watch news coverage.)

According to Minneapolis StarTrib "protesters" are wearing out their welcome...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 12 hours ago
*even in lefty land.* A whole gaggle of people protesting the "Muslim ban" (which is not a "Muslim" ban), gathered together in downtown Minneapolis led by (lesbian) mayor Betsy Hodges. They blocked streets, delayed buses and light rail service and generally created havoc. The lefty newspaper Minneapolis StarTrib article about this had over 400 comments. I took the time to read about 100 of the aforementioned comments. All but one was soundly against the protests. Many brought up the fact that Odumbo did exactly the same thing and no one complained. Delayed buses and light rail?... more »

While Trump steals the headlines, the media sweeps one crisis swiftly under the carpet

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The debate on climate change can be pretty polarised at times with the sceptics and environmentalists dominating the two main camps. So it’s probably the media’s job to maintain the balance. But Media Lens (ML), a critic of the mainstream media, argues that there is no balance in either the portrayal of the crisis or its solutions. Let’s […] The post While Trump steals the headlines, the media sweeps one crisis swiftly under the carpet appeared first on The Canary.

A family of Trump voters just got a very nasty surprise

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 12 hours ago
A Syrian-American family – which actually voted for Donald Trump – has now faced the sharp end of one of the US President’s most controversial executive orders. The couple, who’ve lived in the US for 20 years, are now witnessing their relatives being sent back to Syria. Sarmad and Ghassan Assali live in Pennsylvania. Still with […] The post A family of Trump voters... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

‘We will vote through this horrible mess we object to’, Labour MPs assure Brexit voters

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 12 hours ago
Labour MPs have been very clear in making two points known over the past few days: Brexit is the most wrong-headed, backwards-looking, catastrophic, bullet-in-the-foot, hair-brained scheme in history. They’re going to vote for it anyway. I will vote for Brexit bill tho I fear the consequences will be catastrophic – Margaret Beckett — norman smith […] The post ‘We will vote through this horrible mess we object to’, Labour MPs assure Brexit voters appeared first on The Canary.

The Daily Mail’s appalling ode to Donald Trump puts it on the wrong side of history yet again

Emily Apple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
According to The Daily Mail, the left is “hysterical” over Trump. And his critics all need to “calm down”. Despite mass protests across the UK and US, and widespread condemnation of his policies, The Daily Mail believes everybody should just shut up. And all because Trump supports Brexit. Trade deals before rights While The Mail does find some of Trump’s […] The post The Daily Mail’s appalling ode to Donald Trump puts it on the wrong side of history yet again appeared first on The Canary.

May says protesting against Trump is an ‘insult’. Corbyn tells the PM where to shove it [VIDEO, TWEETS]

James Wright at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The Prime Minister said that protesting against Trump’s policies is an “insult” to our “most trusted ally” at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on 1 February. Corbyn had asked: President Trump has torn up international agreements on refugees; he’s threatened to dump international agreements on climate change; he’s praised the use of torture; he’s incited hatred […] The post May says protesting against Trump is an ‘insult’. Corbyn tells the PM where to shove it [VIDEO, TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

Caroline Lucas slams Theresa The Appeaser for failing to stand up to fascism [VIDEO]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 12 hours ago
On 30 January, the UK parliament stood up to condemn Donald Trump’s ban on people from a number of Muslim-majority countries. Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas was one MP who made her stance very clear. And in doing so, she denounced Prime Minister Theresa May’s “inexcusable” silence. Standing up to bigotry On 31 January, Lucas penned an article […] The post Caroline Lucas slams Theresa The Appeaser for failing to stand up to fascism [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Standing Rock to Secwepemcul’ecw – Pipeline Resistance North and South of the Medicine Line

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
Honoring the legacy of Arthur Manuel Standing Rock to Secwepemcul’ecw –Pipeline resistance North and South of the Medicine Line.A panel of Indigenous Land & Water ProtectorsJoin us in a powerful panel to hear about ongoing frontline struggles by Indigenous nations to protect our sacred lands and waters. From the black snake Dakota Access and Kinder Morgan pipelines to the dirty extraction

Mohawk Nation News 'Your Dying Bed'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 12 hours ago
YOUR DYING BED Posted on January 31, 2017 Please post & distribute. MNN. JAN. 31, 2017. Anyone who votes in the US and Canadian corporate elections are voting for war. They have to stop supporting it if they want to remain here. US CEO Trump has banned immigration.They are leaving one dictatorship for another created by the Anglo American Vatican access. Canada Inc.’s Trudeau says

Tennessee Bill Prohibits Federal and International Gun Regs

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: tennessee-bill-prohibits-federal-and-international-gun-regs] A bill recently introduced into the Tennessee State Senate would enforce previously passed legislation prohibiting the state from participating in the execution of any federal or international infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.

Should Progressives Let Corporate Democrats Lead and Be the Face Of the Resistance?

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*"Reckoning with Obama’s legacy won’t be easy for Democrats. But it has to be done." Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency; source)* *by Gaius Publius* *"Nothing in this country will fundamentally change until we get corporations out of our politics, until we stop allowing legalized bribery, and until we shatter the two-party system that gives us a choice between a corporate Democrat and a fascist minus the little mustache."* –Jeremy Scahill *Corporate Democrats are all for unity, so long as they're in charge. * –Yours truly *As of this writing, 13 Democratic senators plus A... more »

5 Tips for Decorating on a Budget with CORT Clearance Centers

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 12 hours ago
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Right before my husband and I got married, we walked into a large furniture store. As we walked around my heart sank. We couldn't afford anything in the store. We headed to the place with cheap furniture across the street and bought what we needed. Within a year or two everything we bought there was broken. I wish I had known about CORT Clearance Centers then. The furniture at CORT is more than discount furniture it is affordable but is high quality and built well. The furniture is up to 70... more »

Pleading in Defamation

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 12 hours ago
Catalyst Capital Group Inc. v. Veritas Investment Research Corporation, 2017 ONCA 85: [22] An additional dimension to these principles arises in defamation cases because pleadings in such actions have traditionally been held to a higher standard than is the case with other types of actions, in terms of the precision with which the material facts must be pleaded. West Face relies on this higher standard – as did the motion judge – for the proposition that para. 25 of the Statement of Claim fails to disclose a cause of action. Modern authorities have adopted a somewhat mor... more »

Exposing The True Impact Of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
Donate to fund Roqayah Chamseddine's profiles of refugees, dual citizens, U.S. residents, and citizens impacted by Trump's Muslim Ban. The post Exposing The True Impact Of Trump’s Muslim Ban appeared first on Shadowproof.

Did Neil Gorsuch Quote Henry Kissinger in His Yearbook Entry?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 12 hours ago
Some viewers were skeptical about a purported Columbia University yearbook entry for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, but the image is genuine.

Top Ten Barack Obama Fact Checks

staff-writer@snopes.com (snopes.com staff) at New Urban Legends - 12 hours ago
Here are the top ten most popular snopes.com fact checks about Barack Obama, who served as the 44th President of the United States (2009 to 2017).

Having Your Trump and Eating It Too

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 12 hours ago
Tired of seeing Donald Trump's mug and the mugs of hysterical pundits screaming that Donald Trump is making the sky fall with his every Tweet, I finally called my cable company to cut the cord. I told the person on the other end of the line that I only wanted to get rid of the TV portion of my Triple Play Package, whose monthly rate had gradually doubled since I first signed up for it more years ago than I can remember. I was immediately transferred to the special agent in charge of getting subscribers to change their minds. She asked why I no longer wished to avail myself. "Two ... more »

Ron Paul: Trump’s Wall Won’t Fix Illegal Immigration, Ending the Drug War Will

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: drug]In a remarkable display of logic and reason, Ron Paul shows how to prevent the overwhelming majority of illegal immigration by ending the drug war.

FBI Quietly Investigated White Supremacists Infiltrating Police Depts, Said Nothing

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: white]An FBI investigation, carried out quietly, into white supremacy infiltration of US law enforcement has been revealed by the Intercept.

Hemostylic Dylactic Unit

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 13 hours ago
I had a dream that was quite intense, what stuck out were three words... HEMOSTYLIC DYLATIC UNIT, I woke put them into my iphone notes and fell back to sleep. I didn't know what it was once I woke but I rarely get words in the dream state I remember. I post this in case this is some piece of data someone else needs, or I need for myself later. Terran to Denice: *Got these words in a dream the other night. I found no Google hit on them. Does Stan X know what this is? * *"HEMOSTYLIC DYLACTIC UNIT"*? *I have no idea what this device is!* Stan X: *DEAR ONE/TERRAN. THE DEVICE IS A... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
Chief @NRA gun lobbyist Wayne LaPierre sits next to Donald Trump as they discuss Neil Gorsuch SCOTUS strategy. What else do we need to know? pic.twitter.com/NSM43tHZ6I — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 1, 2017 **** *UPDATE:* Today, Sean Spicer provided a list of the groups that were represented in that meeting with the president. It's quite a rogues' galley: Karoli Kuns at Crooks & Liars explains who these folks are. They're not our friends.

8-Year-Old Girl Becomes First U.S. Citizen Killed in Trump's Drone War

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: 8-year-old-girl-becomes-first-u-s-citizen-assassinated-by-pres-trump] The eight-year-old daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki was killed during an early morning raid in Yemen carried out by Navy SEALs and Reaper drones. She becomes the first U.S. citizen killed during an unconstitutional combat operation ordered by the new president.

McCain and Graham Seek to Undermine Trump’s Immigration Order

Clinton Alexander at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: mccain-and-graham-seek-to-undermine-trumps-immigration-order] Scarcely two days after President Trump signed an executive order which would in part review immigration policy between the United States and select countries, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham are already seeking to undermine the president and his executive order.

Journals pull two papers after blogger shares plagiarism suspicions

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Journals have retracted two papers after they were flagged by a pseudonymous blogger, who suspected all had copied text from other sources. What’s more, a third paper seems to have simply disappeared from the journal’s website, after the blogger, Neuroskeptic, alerted the journal to the text overlap. Neuroskeptic became suspicious about the three unrelated papers – […] The post Journals pull two papers after blogger shares plagiarism suspicions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

There's an interesting nugget of information in this BBC report on the NHS overseas patient's £330,000 unpaid bill - yes a Nigerian maternity patient

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Did you realise this? 'Some patients, such as refugees and those applying for asylum, are exempt from charges.' Why? More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38809530

Top Ten Barack Obama Fact Checks

staff-writer@snopes.com (snopes.com staff) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
Here are the top ten most popular snopes.com fact checks about Barack Obama, who served as the 44th President of the United States (2009 to 2017).

No Deadly Terrorist Attacks by People from Countries Included in Foreign Entry Restriction?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
A chart purportedly documents that no foreign national from any of seven countries included in a January 2017 executive order has killed any American citizens in the U.S. since 1975.

Did History Professor Heather Richardson Posit the Immigration Ban Was a 'Shock Event'?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
A viral Facebook post holding that President Trump's controversial immigration ban was a "shock event" was an editorial item by a Boston College history professor.

Can the Queen Legally Kill President Trump with a Sword?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
A report about Elizabeth II's claiming she could legally dispatch President Trump with a sword in Buckingham Palace was just satire.

Don’t Focus on Gorsuch, Focus on Trump

Robert Reich - 13 hours ago
Don’t get caught up in the predictable brawl over Neil Gorsuch’s credentials or his ideology. That... more »

As Iran Dumps Dollar, Congress Quietly Slips in Bill for ‘Use of Force Against Iran’

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: iran]Iran says it will no longer use the Dollar as an indicator. If history is any indicator they may very well be the US Military's next target.


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 14 hours ago
Photo Credit: Bigstock (Yastremska) http://drkellyflanagan.com/2017/01/31/dear-little-one-release-your-shame-a-letter-from-a-father-to-a-child/ *DEAR LITTLE ONE, RELEASE YOUR SHAME (A LETTER FROM A FATHER TO A CHILD)* By Dr Kellly Flannigan Dear Little One, *You have not been perfect. Far from it.* Do you remember the time you crept downstairs while everyone was sleeping and snuck the Kool-Aid from the refrigerator? Do you remember how, when you got caught, you lied and said you didn’t do it? You’ve punished yourself for that transgression for long enough. You are forgiven. Relea... more »

Wednesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - Peter Martin reports on the Australia Institute's recent study showing that corporate tax levels have little to do with foreign investment: New research ridicules the Prime Minister's claim that cutting the company tax rate will boost foreign investment, pointing out that almost all of Australia's foreign investment applications already come from countries with much lower tax rates. The analysis by the Australia Institute finds that 97 per cent of the applications to Australia's foreign investment review board come from countries ... more »

Convenient Acccounts of Fukushima Radiation Exposure Ignore Glaring Issue

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 14 hours ago
Every time I read something about the Fukushima disaster my blood pressure rises. For example, recent efforts to represent (hypothesized) remnants of melted fuel rods in unit 2 as evidence of containment is revealed as misleading when one considers the size of the reactor (larger than a bus) and the amount of fuel contained within unit 2's: Justin McCurry January 30, 2017, Possible nuclear fuel find raises hopes of Fukushima plant breakthrough. The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jan/31/possible-nuclear-fuel-find-fukushima-plant Operator says it has seen wh... more »

Send Us Your Top Gil Scott-Heron Songs For February

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 14 hours ago
The post Send Us Your Top Gil Scott-Heron Songs For February appeared first on Shadowproof.

USING OUR WORDS: Why do we have so many words?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017Part 2—Corn semi-redefines:* Back in 1997, we started calling David Corn "the most polite person in Washington." Our jest was tied to Corn's reaction to an award-winning piece about "educational standards" in the Baltimore Sunday Sun. In our experience, David Corn is a very good guy, just as he appears to be on your TV machine. A few years later, in 2004, Corn made a decision we would regard as unwise. He decided to semi-reinvent a well-known term, perhaps in service to political warfare. The well-known term in question was the well-known and famous ter... more »

G4S lobbied the BBC to drop a damning documentary and it worked, says film-maker [VIDEO]

Tilly Grove at The Canary - 14 hours ago
The producer of a new short film that uses first-hand accounts of shockingly poor conditions in accommodation provided to asylum seekers by security firm G4S claims that the BBC chose not to use his clips because it wanted to prioritise G4S’s testimony. The Asylum Market features first-hand testimonies from asylum seekers who have been housed in G4S […] The post G4S lobbied the BBC to drop a damning documentary and it worked, says film-maker [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Today’s right-wing front pages send a disgraceful message to MPs debating hard Brexit [IMAGES]

James Wright at The Canary - 14 hours ago
The front pages of the UK’s right-wing outlets have sent a disgraceful message to MPs debating hard Brexit. The Supreme Court forced the debate after Theresa May attempted to bypass constitutional parliamentary sovereignty to impose her version of Brexit. On 1 February, the clearest message came from the UKIP-supporting press. As we can see, The Express claims […] The post Today’s right-wing front pages send a disgraceful message to MPs debating hard Brexit [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.

Mosul Campaign Day 106, Jan 31, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Iraqi military is still pushing the narrativethat the Islamic State is a defeated force. The Defense Ministry released a statement that the Iraqi forces (ISF) have inflicted heavy losses on IS and drained its forces. Commanders continue to say that will mean west Mosul will be easier than the east. This has been the government’s line since the ISF reached Mosul. There are constant stories of IS fleeing the city to Syria, Iraqi and foreign fighters clashing with each other, etc. It’s still impossible to tell how the actual battle will go down. The Hashd is pushing its own prop... more »

CRISPR Plus SCNT Leads To Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows In China

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 14 hours ago
CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology, a way to generate very precise gene knock-out kits, has now been used to produce cows with resistance to bovine tuberculosis. Bovine TB, caused by* Mycobacterium bovis*, can be transmitted from livestock to humans, primarily if raw milk is consumed (just one reason to embrace post-1860 science about food, namely pasteurization), and even other animals. read more


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *Big Data, Trump and Cambridge Analytica Mystery death of ex-KGB chief linked to MI6 spy's dossier on Donald Trump The FBI's Secret Rules Trump just ousted the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement People in red states protest Trump's immigration ban Deutsche Bank is paying $628 million in fines over its $10 billion Russian 'mirror trade' scandal Say Hello To China's ICBMs Ron Paul Suggests A Better Solution Than Trump's Border Wall Chicago Police Suicides Soar As Impact Of City's "War Zone" Takes Its Toll Quebec Mosque Shooter Reportedly A Racis... more »

Is Vancouver the Jalisco Cartel's 'drug portal to the Pacific'?

paul at Paying attention - 15 hours ago
Vancouver is making its mark as a major export centre in at least one area — international drug trafficking. ‘Drug Portal to the Pacific,’ an InSight Crime report on the rise of the Jalisco Cartel called the city. Cartel's 2015 ambush that killed 15 police officers “The key to their rapid expansion has been the strategic presence of operations on the southeast border of the United States, next to Tijuana, and the northeast border, next to Vancouver, Canada,” the report said. The role of Mexican Cartels in Canada isn’t new. In 2015 the Vancouver Sun’s Kim Bolan wrote about the cart... more »

PMQs. Just what more does Jeremy Corbyn have to do?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
From the man who calls Hamas and Hezbollah his friends……….. “President Trump has torn up international agreements on refugees, threatened to dump international agreements on climate change. He’s praised the use of torture. He’s incited hatred against Muslims, he’s directly attacked women’s rights.Just what more does the President Trump have to do before the PM will listen to the 1.8m people who’ve already called for the state visit invitation to be withdrawn.” ………………and invited hate preacher Raed Salah to tea at the HoC. "What more does President Trump have to do before the PM w... more »

World News Briefs -- February 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Wall Street Journal*: *Mattis Heads to Asia on Trump Administration’s First Overseas Trip* *New defense chief to face questions over what to expect from new president; jitters among allies* WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is headed to Asia this week as the first member of the Trump cabinet to venture abroad amid the administration’s tumultuous start. Mr. Mattis will have the daunting task of representing a government that has upended a longstanding alliance with Mexico and antagonized much of the Middle East with new blocks on immigration, and must reassure jittery alli... more »

Morning Musical Interlude: Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lin-a2lTelg

How did a book chapter end up with two authors who didn’t contribute to it?

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
An erratum for a book chapter about water pollution has removed two out of the three original authors. What’s more, the notice specifies that “any mistakes or omissions are the sole responsibility” of the remaining author, Michael Yodzis of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. This isn’t something we see every day, but one […] The post How did a book chapter end up with two authors who didn’t contribute to it? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 31, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*FOX News*: *EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon believes attack on Saudi frigate meant for US warship* The Iranian-backed suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials told Fox News. The incident in question occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded. At first the ship was thought to have been struck by a missile. *Read more* .... *Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- January 31, 2017* Pentagon identi... more »

Is The Trump Administration About To Change U.S. Rules Of Engagement In The War Against Extremists?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
US Special Troops Battalion (Reuters / Peter Andrews) *The Hill*: *White House walks back assertion military won't target US citizens overseas* The White House on Tuesday walked back its assertion that the military will never target U.S. citizens in overseas operations. White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters earlier in the day that “no American citizen will ever be targeted” when asked whether the Trump administration would deliberately go after U.S.-born people with ties to extremists. The statement represented a break with policy set under the Obama administra... more »

Are China And Russia Afraid Of America's New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Navy *Kyle Mizokami, National Interest:* *Why China and Russia Fear America's New Ford-Class Aircraft Carriers* In 2009, the U.S. Navy finally began construction of the first new type of aircraft carrier in nearly thirty-five years. Named after former president and naval aviator Gerald R. Ford, the USS Ford fully takes the nuclear supercarrier into the twenty-first century. The technological innovations built into the new ship, while causing the inevitable delays involved in building a first-in-class vessel, will... more »

A Look At China's Aircraft Carrier Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
© AFP 2016/ STR *Defense News:* *Analysis: Chinese Aircraft Carrier Program Progressing Substantially Into the New Year* MELBOURNE, Australia — China continues to make strides in its aircraft carrier program, with a number of milestones achieved in 2016 and looks set to make more in 2017. The country’s sole carrier, the refurbished Soviet-era Kuznetsov-class ship, now renamed the Liaoning, was declared “combat ready” in November by Senior Capt. Li Dongyou, the political commissar onboard the ship as it departed for a training cruise that included a stopover at the purpose-built p... more »


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 15 hours ago
When I teach the history of Mexican people at the University of Arizona, going back to the era of Spanish colonialism in the Americas, I teach two concepts that seem to be applicable to the United States of America today. One of them is called “primary process” and the other “principio...” For the rest of the column, go to: http://diverseeducation.com/article/92007/

Cop Charged with Beating Fellow Officer, Locking Her in Dog Kennel — Not Fired

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: dog kennel]In spite of being arrested for kidnapping, beating, choking, and locking a fellow officer in a dog kennel, a Kansas cop is scot free — and still a cop.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
I'm not going to argue that Neil Gorsuch is a moderate -- as *The Washington Post* puts it, President Trump's chloice of Gorsuch for the vacant Supreme Court "won extravagant praise from Republicans and conservatives, something that has been rare in the Trump administration’s combustible start." They're happy at Gateway Pundit. Sean Hannity is delighted. Ted Cruz is over the moon. If Gorsuch were as much of a moderate conservative as Merrick Garland is a moderate liberal, there'd be many more expressions of disappointment on the right. I know of only one: Phyllis Andy Schlafly, son ... more »

Pelosi on Gorsuch

LL at Virtual Mirage - 16 hours ago
Rep. Nancy (Nasty) Pelosi (D-CA) voted to place Judge Neil Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals a decade ago. Today she characterizes him in a different way. On CNN she said that Judge Gorsuch is the corrupt pawn of corporate America and the rich; that he has come out against “clean air, clean water, food safety, safety in medicine, sides with felons on issues of gun safety and is hostile toward children with autism.” I find it odd that she didn't accuse him of being a racist, a misogynist, a xenophobe or an Islamophobe. It must mean that she still thinks that he'd be a go... more »

U.S. Navy Cruiser Runs Aground Near Japan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
USS Antietam (CG-54) underway on March 6, 2016. US Navy Photo *USNI News*: *Cruiser USS Antietam Runs Aground in Tokyo Bay, Spills Oil* The Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Antietam (CG-54) ran aground on Tuesday in Tokyo Bay resulting in an oil spill, two Navy officials confirmed USNI News. The ship – part of the Navy’s forward deployed forces – was in the process of anchoring in the bay when it ran aground and damaged its props. Antietam was unable to maneuver on its own and was brought back to into port with tugs. “There were no injuries to U.S. or Japanese personnel. The incident... more »

Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Neil Gorsuch: An “Originalist”

Steve Byas at rss - 16 hours ago
[image: trump-s-supreme-court-pick-neil-gorsuch-an-originalist] In one of the most important actions any president can make, President Donald Trump has nominated Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Can Democratic Senators Keep Price And Mnuchin From Being Confirmed?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
For the whole span of his political career, Tom Price, a mealy-mouthed hypocrite and slick, practised liar, has used his office to enrich himself. Yesterday, writing for the *Wall Street Journal*, James Grimaldi dug a little deeper into the sweetheart deals that make Price look like one of the worst of Trump's swampy cabinet picks. He has consistently attempted top cover up his unethical and criminal behavior and is entirely unfit for office. Rep. Tom Price got a privileged offer to buy a biomedical stock at a discount, the company’s officials said, contrary to his congressional ... more »

Wait, did they actually write that?

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 16 hours ago
This (backup archive link) is what passes for analysis among "green" energy bloggers: The option of an oversized, intermittent renewable-energy-sources system to feed the storage is also ineffective. This is because, in this case, energy can be taken directly from the large intermittent supply, making storage superfluous. Let that sink in for a minute. The staff of Solar Daily wrote, in all

On the Consequences of Too-Long Nurtured Dogmas

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 16 hours ago
I submitted the following comment on American Thinker, in response to other comments that were speculating about the "real evil" confronting the American people and the world now (on American Thinker, the common answer is "Democrats and the Left", and they are right, right now--but not necessarily for long): *I am an independent scientist, who has made a uniquely great--literally unprecedented in history--discovery that has allowed me to see the hardening and escalating confrontations of dogmatic thoughts and divisions of this time, the early 21st century, in a larger light than, ba... more »

The Real President?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
If you want to know what is really going on in Donald Trump's White House, Lawrence Douglas suggests that you take a good, hard look at Steve Bannon: As we now know, the drafting and rollout of the travel ban was largely the work of Steve Bannon, the president’s chief political strategist. It was Bannon who reportedly overruled the proposal to exempt green card holders from the ban. And it was Bannon who pushed the order through without consulting experts at the Department of Homeland Security or at the state department. The Nacht und Nebel quality of the ban’s announcement makes ... more »

Theresa May is about to smash a record that’s remained unbroken since the darkest days of the Thatcher era [IMAGE]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Theresa May is about to smash a record that has remained unbroken since the dark days of Margaret Thatcher. Without a reversal of policy, Britain is set to be the most unequal country it has been since the Iron Lady was at Number 10. Theresa May and inequality The numbers were crunched by the Resolution […] The post Theresa May is about to smash a record that’s remained unbroken since the darkest days of the Thatcher era [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Ethical dilemmas in the Trump era* The student made the swastika out of tape on a piece of paper and propped it against a recycling bin in a Stoughton High School classroom just before Thanksgiving. What happened next underscores the difficult terrain educators face as they confront the increase in racist and anti-Semitic incidents since the November election. Three teachers, frustrated by a lack of clear guidelines for dealing with such a sensitive issue, responded in sharply different ways. One talked about the swastika in class. Another spoke to a student about it. And a ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Action is needed to make stagnant CO2 emissions fall. Why?* *I have been pointing out for over a year that CO2 levels have stopped rising and admissions of that are starting to appear in the literature. The figures from Mauna Loa and Cape Grim are too plain even for Warmists to deny and they haven't got around to fudging them yet.But the article below says that static levels are not enough. Levels have to decline. But why? We live in perfect comfort with the current levels. So where is the need to reduce them? The article below does not say. It just asserts such a need... more »

Atlantic Hurricane Numbers Decreasing Despite Increases In Atmospheric CO2

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.thegwpf.com/atlantic-hurricane-numbers-decreasing-despite-increases-in-atmospheric-co2/ From GWPF: Study of historical hurricane occurrences in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, during the period 1749 to 2012, reveals that “the hurricane number is actually decreasing in time.” Paper Reviewed Rojo-Garibaldi, B., Salas-de-León, D.A., Sánchez, N.L. and Monreal-Gómez, M.A. 2016. Hurricanes in the […]

"Sheeple: Watch How People Blindly Follow Orders From An 'Authority' Figure"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Sheeple: Watch How People Blindly * *Follow Orders From An 'Authority' Figure"* by Mac Slavo "The always entertaining and insightful Mark Dice performs a Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures. People are told that a bench they are sitting on at the beach is not meant for sitting because it is for “decoration only.” Watch how quickly they will respond to a perceived authority figure with a clipboard, even if he is dressed in camo shorts." "Here’s a video where Dice gives people a choice between a $150 bar of pure silver or a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Guess which one is... more »

"Here In Your Mind..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"Here in your mind you have complete privacy. Here there's no difference between what is and what could be." - Chuck Palahniuk

“A Dog’s Prayer”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." - Will Rogers *"'A Dog’s Prayer" Will Leave You In Tears"* By Paul Morris "Dogs are perfect angels who have been put on Earth in order to show us that there really is such a thing as goodness in this beautiful world. With all of the wars, and hatred, it’s our lovable best friends who will always be around to kiss us and love us whenever we’re feeling down. A dog doesn’t judge you based on how much money you have, or what kind of car you drive, or what clothes you wear; a dog loves you unconditionally.... more »

GAIA PORTAL: First steps of the New Gaia creation are taken

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 18 hours ago
*First steps of the New Gaia creation are taken* by ÉirePort First steps of the New Gaia creation are taken. Moon seekers are disappointed. hu-beings recognize Sol as the leader of all. Fares of compliance to the High Energetics are increased. ÉirePort | February 1, 2017 at 12:21 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2sFUY-Bz - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Now Has Come A Time Of A Great Awakening.....A Discourse by M.N. Hopkins

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 18 hours ago
*Now, has come a time of a great awakening. No longer will Mankind be deceived by false statistics and information. Now, citizens will use their own God given talents to discern and see what is true and what is false.* *No longer can the easy path of irresponsibility continue. It is time for every human to take responsibility not just for the quality of their own existence here in our world, but it is also time to see to the quality and continuation of human communities.* *You can no longer look to a few, for this is why you have come to this dangerous intersection in human e... more »

Levi Quackenboss on World Health Org's "How to Deal with Vaccine Deniers" Primer

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Thanks to Levi Quackenboss for another kickass post. Read the full post here. Hello, is this thing on? I’ve been on something of a little brain break. Yes, I got your 1,000 messages telling me to write about RFK Jr....

What Dan Olmsted Meant to Me

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Julie Obradovic Note: This post originally ran on my Facebook page the day after learning about Dan’s passing. It currently has over 41 shares and hundreds of collective comments, so I wanted to immortalize it here. As the days...

Greg Hunter, "Trump Fights to Take Down Bad Guys- Bix Weir"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Trump Fights to Take Down Bad Guys- Bix Weir"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "According to precious metals and financial expert Bix Weir, what’s going on in Washington now is simply a struggle for control between good and evil. Weir explains, “The left is going nuts. They say they are not violent, but they are causing all these riots and protests everywhere. I am convinced that this takedown of the bad guys is going to get a lot uglier. It will get uglier because the left leaning Obama people have been given so many rights that are not in the Constitution and are not anywhere ... more »

Theresa May has humiliated herself and Britain with a fresh act of capitulation to Donald Trump

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 19 hours ago
Theresa May has already humiliated Britain on the international stage. At a time when other world leaders are spurning the renegade US President, May’s fawning visit was an undignified spectacle. But after news came that Trump’s team had issued a bizarre threat to the Royal family, May has once again failed to stand up for […] The post Theresa May has humiliated herself and Britain with a fresh act of capitulation to Donald Trump appeared first on The Canary.

Laying Pipe

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
*Dakota Access Pipeline* The Dakota access pipeline, which does not cross Sioux land, has been a touchstone for "hippies" who showed up to join the Indians in protesting. President Donald Trump on Jan. 24 — just four days after he took office — signed an executive action telling the Corps to quickly reconsider the Dec. 4 decision. Many of the protesters have gone because of bitter cold winter weather. The protesters who showed up treated the event more as a party and as an opportunity to engage in the same style of protests as those in the 1960's that they missed.The Acting Secretar... more »

A Slow-Motion Particle Collision In Anomaly!

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 blogs - 20 hours ago
Lubos Motl published the other day in his crazily active blog a very nice new review of "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab". The review is authored by Tristan du Pree, a colleague of mine who has worked in CMS until very recently - now he moved to a new job and changed to ATLAS! (BTW thanks Lubos, and thanks Tristan!) I liked a lot Tristan's commentary of my work, and since he mentions with quite appreciative terms the slow-motion description of a peculiar collision I offer in my book, I figured I'd paste that below. read more

Where is cybercrime really coming from?

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits last year, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. Security expert Caleb Barlow calls out the insufficiency of our current strategies to protect our data. His solution? We need to respond to cybercrime with the same collective effort as we apply to a health care crisis, sharing timely information on who is infected and how the disease is spreading. If we’re not sharing, he says, then we’re part of the problem.

Five Most Popular Posts in January

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 21 hours ago
The five most read posts in January were: 1. The Left Unity Masturbation at Work Debate 2. Goodbye to Tristram 3. A Political Guide to Stoke-on-Trent Central 4. Paul Nuttall in Stoke 5. Stoke-on-Trent Central Labour Long List It's basically been Stoke month on the blog since Tristram Hunt announced his resignation from Parliament. As I've been saying since this blog's inception, Stoke-on-Trent is the city around which the nation's politics revolve. And now I have the audience to back up this truism. January 2017 weighed in at 133,000 page views, an average of over 4,000 per day. Or,... more »

Global Fascist Insurrection ala George Soros

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I hesitate to write this, because i do not think that anyone will accept the conjecture been argued. it is that we are been subjected to a steadily escalating Fascist insurrection led by paid and trained agitators similar to Hitler's Brown Shirts. I use the word Fascist because the Nazis were a socialist party using the same ideas as other socialist parties but grabbing authoritarian power the moment they could. The idea of working within a democratic framework is a recent conceit adopted in the face of USA power in particular. The continuing outbreaks of violence and mob act... more »

Letter from Reader about an Underground Base

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Somewhere in those mountains, a camouflaged hanger door exists. Inside a short runway is available to handle a Hercules which is designed for short runways. This allows resupply while hiding other access points which can be miles away by a simple tunnel not easily handling heavy volume. We have already posted on the plausibility of extensive underground facilities. They represent the easiest and best level of defense against a nuclear war. It is also an excellent use of paid for manpower as well. Armies can do this and do it easily even in the Twenties. Thus we have additi... more »

McCarthyism Was Wrong—and Right

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This happens to be thorny question. The core existential threat facing the demos is any attempt to use political action in order to overthrow the Demos and replace it with an authoritarian regime however disguised. We saw it happen under Fascism and multiple times under Marxism. In addition it is the central threat in Islam where almost no effort is made to convert but huge efforts are made to take control of governance from which position force and coersion is applied. In the USA, Marxist professors have steadily marketed a disguised version of Marxism in spite of the fact it c... more »

Comparison of Bronze Age Petroglyphs in Ireland and the Georgia Mountains

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
*[image: Comparison of Bronze Age petroglyphs in Ireland and the Georgia Mountains]* Without question these symbol systems are shared across the Atlantic. Using them to describe the night sky is possible but not obvious either. The idea of a star gate is modern and so far I know of no historical reference . Add in the extensive work by Barry Fell in the North East and we have plenty of evidence of pre modern communication at least. Actual colonies are harder to prove, but that is happening as well. It is reasonable that substantive European populations existed along the seaboa... more »

Is the BBC biased?: Dreams destroyed

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
Sometimes I wonder why I bother blogging! I've been mulling for quite a while writing a post about the BBC'a relentless anti President Donald Trump output. But before I can write it, I find that the wonderful isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk have done the analysis and transcription. So just go here... http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.in/2017/01/dreams-destroyed.html Maybe I should give up blogging and just post a link to isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk here instead!

Is the BBC biased? Tim Marshall may not be!

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
A fascinating revelation at the wonderful isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk here http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.in/2017/01/from-another-planet-to-bbc.html There may be a senior British newsman who actually sees through the left and it's anti Trump bile. He's also not scared to tell the truth. Tim Marshall take a bow. How long before pressure is applied to you?

CNN - Trump as A Job Creator - Hope or Hoax?

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
The power of the tweet is in full force. Corporations give the appearance of buckling under pressure from Donald Trump to create more jobs in America. GM just announced it will be investing $1 billion more in US factories, and hiring as many as 7,000 workers over the next two years. Walmart claims it will add 10,000.

Trump Still Considering Swapping Central American Refugees (in Costa Rica) to Australia in Exchange for Middle Easterners Detained by Australia! Not a Joke!

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 23 hours ago
A Trump spokesperson said on Tuesday, as reported by Reuters, that it will still take the over 1,000 Middle Eastern … Continue reading →

I Would Appreciate Your Comment On A Recently Published Study....

Alison Van Eenennaam at Science 2.0 blogs - 23 hours ago
The email was simple enough. It was a request from a member of the press asking “I would appreciate your reaction/comments to the recently published study on GMO corn for an article I am putting together on it. Deadline: Wednesday 4 January.” read more

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
A little fog won't stop this crew. A @usairforce weapons crew loads a live guided laser bomb into an F-35A @TeamEglin, #Fla. pic.twitter.com/GAkvQwYfKa — U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) February 1, 2017

A Remarkable Story On U.S. And German Soldiers Joining Forces Near The End Of The Second World War To Battle Against An SS Division

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
‘The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe’ By Stephen Harding. 256 pages. Da Capo. $25.99. *Andrew Roberts, Daily Beast: **World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together* Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie. The most extraordinary things a... more »

Donald Trump's tweets are now presidential records

Shontavia Johnson, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Drake University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
By many accounts, Donald Trump’s bold use of Twitter helped him get the attention and votes necessary to win a presidential race few initially thought he could. Given Trump’s affinity for the social media platform, it was unsurprising that tweets began streaming from his @realDonaldTrump account before noon on Inauguration Day. Trump’s first tweets as president included snippets of his inauguration speech, simple thank yous to supporters and a short clip of the Freedom Ball dance he shared with his wife. Within 24 hours, however, the new president stumbled up against complicated ... more »

Widow of San Bernardino Terror Attack Victim Criticizes Trump Immigration Ban

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
Renee Wetzel, whose husband was killed by radical Islamic terrorists in 2015, said Trump's executive order 'is against everything this country stands for.'

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Other than in China, the Chinese New Year is also celebrated in countries with significant Chinese populations like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. © Sputnik/ Janna Manukyan *WNU Editor:* Sputnik has a photo gallery on this year's Chinese new Year. The link *is here.*

European Council President Donald Tusk: 'President Trump Is A Threat To Europe'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*DW*: *EC President Tusk lists US administration as one of EU's 'external threats'* The Trump administration has joined Russia, China and radical Islam as a geopolitical challenge for the European Union, EC President Donald Tusk said in a letter. Tusk also called on EU member states to stand together. In a letter to the European Union's (EU) national leaders, European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk said Tuesday that the bloc's current challenges "are more dangerous than ever before in the time since the signature of the Treaty of Rome 60 years ago." Tusk highlighted an "asser... more »

Why Bill Belichick cast down his tablet

John Carrier, Senior Lecturer of System Dynamics, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
As the New England Patriots’ 10th appearance in a Super Bowl approaches, sports fans are eager to see the legendary pairing of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick take on the Atlanta Falcons. Whatever the Patriots accomplish, though, won’t be thanks to all that fancy new technology assisting the Falcons and other NFL teams. Since early October, Belichick has been limiting his use of his NFL-issued Microsoft Surface tablet and its related technological systems. On Oct. 2, Belichick was caught on national television tossing his tablet in frustration. The move came a... more »

The Roving Ambassador To European Fascism Is An Iowa Congressman, Popular With His Ignorant Constituents

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*American fascist scum* Are there any full-on, real-life fascists in the House? Iowa just reelected one 61.4-38.6%. The biggest and least densely populated district in the state, IA-04 (Sioux City, Mason City, Ames and lots of farmland in between) gave Trump 60.9% of it's vote to Trump. They were even more enthusiastic about their longtime congressman-- since 2002-- Steve King, widely considered the most outspoken hate monger and bigot in Congress. In 2010, we asked our readers to pick the worst member of Congress. Unsurprisingly, Steve King was one of the finalists. King has been a... more »

Musical Interlude: David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
David Gates, “Suite, Clouds & Rain” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUwUKi9ouEc&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by ... more »

The Poet: Wendell Berry, “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”* “I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it. I have planted by the stars in defiance of the experts, and tilled somewhat by incantation and by singing, and reaped, as I knew, by luck and Heaven's favor, in spite of the best advice. If I have been caught so often laughing at funerals, that was because I knew the dead were already slipping away, preparing a comeback, and can I help it? And if at weddings I have gritted and gnashed... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence." - Lin Yutang (1895-1976)

“So Where Are We?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“So Where Are We?”* by Zen Gardner "We’re in the thick of it. My biggest concern? So many have been warned and so few have heeded. You can’t even count how many seriously weird things are going down, practically all of them carefully designed, and an intoxicated world dutifully falls into line robotically. That’s the weirdest thing of all. The engineers we’re up against are in a very powerful position and are not afraid to use it. Besides the other idiocies transpiring in full frontal view, the MSM now joins the asteroid meme saying, “Get canned food, the asteroid is approachin... more »

"Manifest Your Potential"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Come find a purpose in life... what you are good at and learn how to become a master or expert at it. This site is full of ideas, insights, and tools to help individuals, life coaches, career counselors, and job coaches. You can go on a journey of self discovery to learn about what you were born to do, with a recipe for defining your life purpose and area of mastery and life purpose statement examples to help you be inspired. Or you can explore ideas about what makes you unique, and then how to turn those ideas into an awesome work portfolio and master resume. I also provide my pe... more »

Is Russian Intelligence Funding The Anti-Fracking Movment In The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
People walk away from a protest against fracking and neighborhood oil drilling in Los Angeles, California, May 14. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters *Drew Johnson, Newsweek*: *Intelligence: Putin Is Funding the Anti-Fracking Campaign* Recent intelligence reports show that Russia is interested in influencing more than just America's elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies have taken aim at undermining the U.S. energy industry, as well. Buried within the U.S. intelligence community's report on Russian activities in the presidential election is clear evidence that the Kremli... more »

Steve Bannon and the National Security Council

brooke@proper.io (Brooke Binkowski) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
While it is not the first time a civilian has been part of the NSC, his role there is unprecedented.

Is Israel The Most Technologically Advanced Military On The Planet?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Israel is one of the world's top weapons exporters with $6.5 billion in annual arms sales. IDF *Yaakov Katz, New York Post*: *Why Israel has the most technologically advanced military on Earth* In 1950, just two years after the state of Israel was founded, the country’s first commercial delegation set off for South America. Israel desperately needed trading partners. Unlike its Arab adversaries, Israel did not have natural resources to fund its economy. There was no oil or minerals. Nothing. The delegation held a couple of meetings but was mostly met with laughs. The Israelis wer... more »

Is President Trump's Attempt To Develop A Detente With Russia Upsetting The Balance Of Power?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg*: *UN Braces as Trump’s Detente With Russia Upsets Balance of Power* * Historic alliance between U.S., U.K. and France seen at risk * Foreign diplomats are said to be ‘flying blind’ with Trump President Donald Trump’s outreach to Russia is reverberating through the United Nations, where U.S. allies worry that a partnership between Washington and Moscow could undermine a historic balance of power dating to the early days of the Cold War. For decades, the five veto-wielding members of the 15-nation Security Council have fallen into two camps -- France, th... more »

U.S. President Donald Trump Has Nominated Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*: *Trump picks conservative judge Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court* President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated Neil Gorsuch for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, picking the 49-year-old federal appeals court judge to restore the court's conservative majority and help shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights. The Colorado native faces a potentially contentious confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate after Republicans last year refused to consider Democratic President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vaca... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"How We Go Through Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dullness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome." - Joseph Conrad, "Lord Jim"

Psychology: "The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Rewards of Doing 'Something'"* by Divya Menon, Association for Psychological Science “People don't really care what they're doing- just as long as they are doing something. That's one of the findings summarized in an article published in “Current Directions in Psychological Science”, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. When psychologists think about why people do what they do, they tend to look for specific goals, attitudes, and motivations. But they may be missing something more general- people like to be doing somethi... more »

"We're All Waiting..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We're all sinking in the same boat here. We're all bored and desperate and waiting for something to happen. Waiting for life to get better. Waiting for things to change. Waiting for that one person to finally notice us. We're all waiting. But we also need to realize that we all have the power to make those changes for ourselves." - Susane Colasanti

The Economy: “30 Charts Proving We’re In The Mother of All Financial Bubbles”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“30 Charts Proving We’re In The Mother of All Financial Bubbles”* by Craig Wilson “Sentiment about the U.S economy continues to rise, but the looming threat of financial bubbles and economic crisis on a global scale could not be higher. “The ‘big, fat, ugly bubble’ that Trump as a presidential candidate identified in the stock market is real and is currently being allowed to fester. Financial bubbles have multiple facets (China, property market, etc) and could very well be expanded beyond this list. But selected below you will find 30 charts from government, private sector and inde... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago

"Legend Has It: Winston Churchill vs. Nancy Astor"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Winston Churchill vs. Nancy Astor" * by Madame dePique "Once upon a time in the British Parliament, more precisely in the House of Commons, the juiciest gossip topic apart the outbreak of a new World War and the perpetual conflicts with Berlin was the enmity between prominent politician Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965), then occupying the privileged position of Prime Minister, and the audacious Viscountess Nancy Astor (1879–1964 ), known to be the first woman sitting as a Member of the Parliament, who, from some reason or another, could not at all live in mutual tolerance. Th... more »

Musical Interlude: Little River Band, "Help Is On It's Way"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Little River Band, "Help Is On It's Way" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAfVoWuQdw0

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Terrorist?’ By Lowkey

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban by claiming only a very small percentage of innocent people were treated as terrorists while traveling so the outrage was overblown. He also justified the detention of a five year-old child, saying it would be wrong to assume The post Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Terrorist?’ By Lowkey appeared first on Shadowproof.

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 day ago
Benched cats.

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