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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.

Friday, February 10, 2017

10 February - Blogs I'm Following

11:39 pm MST

Who Lacks Respect for the Office of the President?

Robert Reich - 19 minutes ago
Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway charges that media coverage of Donald Trump lacks “respect for and... more »

Don't Be Mean To The Brutal Russian Dictator

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
A few days ago, the *Wall Street Journal* reported that "in 2015 a prominent Russian opposition activist named Vladimir Kara-Murza [who was also a long-time *Journal* writer] inexplicably suffered multiple organ failure and barely survived after falling into a coma for nearly a week. On Thursday it happened to him again, in much the same way. Since this happened in Moscow, we assume the explanation isn’t innocent." He was a former aide to opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who Putin had assassinated in 2015 on the eve of a demonstration in Red Square. In 2012 Kara-Murza had testifie... more »

Inside A B-2 Stealth Bomber Strike Against The Islamic State In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
The 509th Bomb Wing prepares the B-2 Spirit as part of Operation Odyssey Lightning, Jan. 17, 2017. U.S. Air Force / Senior Airman Joel Pfiester *Popular Mechanics*: *To Libya And Back: Inside A Stealth Bomber Strike Against ISIS* *During the dying days of Obama's administration, U.S. B-2 Spirit bomber crews executed a 32-hour sortie against ISIS. This is how it happened.* An MQ-9 Predator soars high above the camp, the camera in its sensor ball fixed on the Islamic State fighters below. The foot soldiers are unloading rocket-propelled grenades and artillery shells from the backs of... more »

This Popular Painkiller is Proven to Dull Human Empathy and Joy

Waking Times at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - According to the FDA, acetaminophen is safe and effective. The post This Popular Painkiller is Proven to Dull Human Empathy and Joy appeared first on Waking Times.

100,000 Russian Troops To Be Sent To Baltic Border For Military Drills

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*CBS:* *Putin planning to send 100K troops to Baltic border for drills?* Baltic nations are increasingly worried that Russian war games set for this autumn will see President Vladimir Putin send as many as 100,000 troops to Belarus’ border with Lithuania and Poland -- the very edge of the Kremlin’s sphere of influence with eastern Europe. At a recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Russia, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, said he’d met recently with Baltic ambassadors who said the planned “Zapad” exercises, set for September, could involve that many Russian troops, wh... more »

Native Americans Shut Down Wells Fargo in Downtown Denver

White Wolf at White Wolf - 3 hours ago
When Wells Fargo employees and security guards saw more than one hundred indigenous activists and allies marching down Broadway from the State Capitol to Wells Fargo’s corporate office at Broadway and 17th Avenue, they tried to seal off the building. Instead, natives burst through one of the front doors. A brief scuffle with security guards ensued, but the entrance was successfully breached; dozens of demonstrators streamed inside. “Native treaties, native rights, hey Wells Fargo, water is life!,” they shouted. For the next half hour, the main bank branch of Wells Fargo was comp... more »

“About the 97% of Climate Scientists”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“About the 97% of Climate Scientists”* by Scott Adams "One of the most famous statistics in the world of politics is the claim that 97% of climate scientists agree with the idea that humans activity is boosting CO2 to dangerous levels. Critics say the 97% is misleading, because the critics like to include in their own list the scientists that are working for energy companies. The industry-paid scientists and engineers have less credibility, say the critics of the climate science critics. Recently I retweeted a link to a climate science whistleblower. I don’t have any way to evalu... more »

Forget fake news, prepare for ‘fake peace’ as Trump’s Middle East endgame looms [OPINION]

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 4 hours ago
Power games in the Middle East are seldom about fighting terrorism or securing human rights. They’re about oil, and who controls its supply. But an endgame in the Syrian conflict may now be in sight. And that endgame is likely to leave the tyrants intact, and Daesh (Isis/Isil) bloodied but unbowed. Kurdish-led secular forces fighting against […] The post Forget fake news, prepare for ‘fake peace’ as Trump’s Middle East endgame looms [OPINION] appeared first on The Canary.

Standing Rock Activists Clear Trash as Tribes Ask Court to Halt Pipeline

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
In early February 2017, news outlets began to report on large quantities of trash left behind at protest camps by demonstrators at Standing Rock — although hundreds of people have remained in the unforgiving North Dakota winter in a nearly year-long standoff over a multi-billion dollar oil pipeline. Organizers told us much of the debris was … Continued

Report: National Security Adviser Flynn Discussed Sanctions With The Russian Ambassador A Month Before President Trump Took Office

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say* National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public assertions by Trump officials, current and former U.S. officials said. Flynn’s communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were interpreted by some senior U.S. officials as an inappropriate and potentially illegal signal to the Kremli... more »

We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*-by Bruce Mulkey* In 2003, after President George W. Bush and his henchmen led us into an ill-advised, immoral, and illegal war in Iraq, I wrote a piece about how we can each make a difference even in dark and challenging times. Merely substitute “Donald Trump” for “George Bush” and “ISIS” for “Osama bin Laden,” and my essay is highly relevant today. Around three decades ago I traveled from Tennessee to Washington, D.C. to join a protest against the war in Vietnam. My housing had been prearranged; the group I was traveling with would be staying with a family of Quakers. The weat... more »

“Mr. Cheese” Somali President; More Troops & Afghanistan Stalemate; Take Raqqa Quickly; Ukraine Rebel Assassination

Joanne Leon at Shadowproof - 4 hours ago
Somalia’s new president “Mr. Cheese,” is a Somali-American technocrat. The situation in Afghanistan is at a “stalemate,” generals want more troops. Isolation operation on Raqqa is nearly complete with an imperative to take it quickly. Another rebel commander assassinated in Ukraine. And more in our global war news roundup… The post “Mr. Cheese” Somali President; More Troops & Afghanistan Stalemate; Take Raqqa Quickly; Ukraine Rebel Assassination appeared first on Shadowproof.

Oklahoma Claims it Owns the Wind, Caves to Oil Lobby to Tax Energy from the Air

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 4 hours ago
[image: wind]Oklahoma lawmakers and Big Oil are working to tax wind energy out of existence in Oklahoma, despite or because of its success.

Tonight's Movie Is 'Escape To Athena'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: Escape to Athena is a 1979 British adventure war film (with several elements of comedy), directed and co-authored by George Pan Cosmatos and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. The international cast included many well-known actors of the 1970s, including Roger Moore, Telly Savalas and Elliott Gould.

A Crackdown On Our Right To Stand Up by Nicole Colson

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 5 hours ago
Dandelion Salad by Nicole Colson Socialist Worker February 10, 2017 Nicole Colson explains how Republican-led legislatures are trying to push through laws to criminalize dissent–in the hopes of stopping the growing fight against the right. LESS THAN three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump is clearly what George W. Bush once claimed to be: “a […]


Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 5 hours ago
By American Kabuki Some interesting videos from Clif High, on possible pending financial liquidity issues by what Clif High appropriately calls the "occupying banks". The fuel for the banking systems was cut off in December 2012, by the law filing of the One People's Public Trust. Its taken a bit for what was in the pipeline to run out, longer than anyone knew. For the past 2 years the banking system was kept alive by quantitative easing and injection of money by the banking families in the hope the Chinese would later bail them out (even while the same Dragons was busy calli... more »

About the new header...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 6 hours ago
*a formal thank you to the most creative photoshopper I know.* And that person is? Drum roll, please *Curmudgeon at Political Clown Parade* She's so creative that I think the sight of my minimalist approach (aka as boring and blank) was giving her hives when she visited. So, to save herself from a bunch of scratching, she created that wonderful header and gifted it to me. Let's hear a big round of applause for Curmudgeon!! Better yet, *head over to her place* and tell her what a genius she is. *Sponsored Links* I've been having some computer problems lately. In the course... more »

Eclipse, full moon and comet to occur at the same time and light up night sky in rare event

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
This month’s “Snow Moon” will pass through Earth’s outer shadow just after sunset, turning its face varying shades of grey. Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth is optimally placed between the sun and the moon. With an added dose of serendipity, we’re on our planet’s primo dark side with front-row seats. But probably most notable is the comet itself, which will shoot past close enough to be visible from earth. The comet is a bright emerald green, probably a result of the evaporation of diatomic carbon as it flies through space. And it is marked out by a bright purple tail – but it m... more »

"How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran" ? Elliot Abrams Nixed

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
* Does a nation ever 'stumble' into war?** Stumble- to come unexpectedly or by chance* * The Atlantic-* *"In Donald Trump’s first term there is a serious possibility of a military conflict*, whether intentional or inadvertent,* between the United States or Israel and Iran*. What follows is *how it could unfold, and how it might be avoided"* * Step 1: Provocations* You can read the provocations at the link above- Cutting to the chase the author claims Iran will provoke the US into attacking. Why would Iran do that? *Wouldn't it make more sense that the US will claim Iran is being ... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 10, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Oren Dorell , USA TODAY:* *Analysis: After Trump's sweet talk with China, conflicts remain* WASHINGTON — President Trump’s “extremely cordial” call Thursday night with Chinese President Xi Jinping creates an opportunity for the two world powers to work together, but doesn't erase major conflicts that will get in the way. In a significant overture, Trump pledged to honor the “one China” policy — recognition of the communist leadership in Beijing as the sole legitimate government — that has guided U.S.-China relations for 40 years. In doing so, he backed away from a comment before... more »

TrumpWatch: Week 3 – Trump flounders, fumbles, and rages

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 6 hours ago
In our regular TrumpWatch section, we look back at another week of Donald Trump’s America. So here’s how his third week went. 4 February – The judiciary strikes back Homeland security suspended Trump’s travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, after a federal judge halted the policy. Trump would send numerous tweets throughout the […] The post TrumpWatch: Week 3 – Trump flounders, fumbles, and rages appeared first on The Canary.

I'm Crazy for Yo-Yo Valentine with Free Printable

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 7 hours ago
Can you believe that Valentine's Day is next week?! We are preparing for our family dinner, my daughter's class party and of course her Valentine's for her class. These cute darling Yo-Yo valentines are going to be the hit of the party! For this Valentine you will need: - the printable found at the end of this post - Valentine Yo-Yos (we used ones provided by Oriental Trading) - scissors - bakers twine - a single hole punch Print out the printable at the end of the post on cardstock to give it stability. Cut out each of the valentines, there are six to a page. ... more »

Can cheating be combatted?

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 7 hours ago
As I mentioned, earlier, liberals should start practicing judo. Start by *accepting Trump’s demand for a commission to investigate electoral fraud.* A call that is now echoed in this article from Salon. Watch, as they scurry to back away from the demand. Indeed. Former Attorney General Eric Holder has signed on to lead the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a newly formed political group aimed at untangling the creatively drawn districts that have helped cement the Republican Party in power, both in Washington and many state capitals. Mind you, Gerrymandering is a crime ag... more »

Trump Travel Ban Unconstitutional? But Obama, Bush, Carter Travel Bans Constitutional?

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: trump-travel-ban-unconstitutional-but-carter-bush-obama-travel-bans-constitutional] Other presidents have suspended immigration without having their orders derailed by the courts. Why is Trump's executive order being treated differently?

Mexican Politician Calls for Suit Against U.S. at the UN

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: mexican-politician-calls-for-suit-against-us-at-the-un] Leftist Mexican politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador has called for his government to sue the Trump administration at the UN because of the planned border wall.

Elites Prep for Trumpocalypse: Buying New Zealand Land, Condos in Old Missile Silos

Bob Adelmann at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: elites-prep-for-trumpocalypse-buying-new-zealand-land-condos-in-old-missile-silos] The elites are prepping for doomsday — say WW3, a civil war, or other societal collapse — by buying land in New Zealand and condos in old missile silos, and stockpiling food and ammunition.

Texas Trying to Limit Federal Same-sex “Marriage” Ruling

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: texas-trying-to-limit-federal-same-sex-marriage-ruling] The Supreme Court’s same-sex “marriage” opinion in 2015 struck a blow against states’ powers. Now Texas is striking back, challenging the limits of that unconstitutional decision.

World News Briefs -- February 10, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*New York Times*: *In Welcoming Shinzo Abe, Trump Affirms U.S. Commitment to Defending Japan* WASHINGTON — President Trump pledged close security and economic cooperation with Japan on Friday, opening an elaborate multiday work-and-play visit with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that is intended to showcase a warm rapport with a central player in Asia. Hoping to put behind any friction remaining from his sometimes provocative statements during last year’s presidential campaign, Mr. Trump hugged Mr. Abe as he arrived at the White House, lavished praise on him and his nation, and offered... more »

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 7 hours ago
Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

cairo: markets

laura k at wmtc - 7 hours ago
This is going to sound like a bad day -- but it wasn’t a bad day. It was a crazy day, a day that we’ll probably talk about in amazement for a long time to come. Out here with the Great Pyramids across the street, we are not really staying in Cairo proper. We’re in Giza, and it’s not near or convenient to many other Cairo sights. It’s not a problem for us -- taxis are everywhere and very inexpensive. We’ve read great things about the Cairo metro, and there is a stop in Giza, so we thought we’d use it to get in and out of town. It turns out the metro stop is quite far away, but a cab ... more »

The Good Old Days

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 7 hours ago
 I’ve been reading John Tanner’s autobiography, *The Falcon*, (Download). He was born in Kentucky in 1780. At age 9, he was kidnapped by Shawnees, and adopted by an Ojibwa chief. Tanner spent 30 years living as a wild hunter-gatherer, wandering in the wilderness between the Red River of North Dakota and Lake Huron in Michigan. He once tried to return to his birth family, but white society was intolerably creepy. One day on the prairie, he met an odd fellow. The stranger brought news of a Shawnee prophet who had a vision for a great healing. Ever since the disease ridden, pa... more »

President Trump Vows A New Travel Order Next Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Trump hints at new travel order coming next week* President Trump said Friday he will take action as soon as next week to bolster national security in response to a court ruling blocking his travel ban. "We'll be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country," Trump said during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "You’ll be seeing that some time next week.” Trump declined to say what such a move would entail. White House aides would not elaborate further on Trump’s comments. His remarks came after ... more »

Is it really possible to impugn the character of So-Called Att'y Gen'l Jeff Sessions?

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Plus: The Ninth Circuit Court weighs inin the war between Trumpery and Reality* *Has there ever been anything mysterious about the motives or conduct of So-Called Att'y Gen'l Jeff Sessions?* *"Unfortunately, while this episode has all kinds of symbolic importance, and while it will and should serve as a major rallying cry for Democrats going forward, one key takeaway here must be that it constitutes a brutal reality check for Democrats about the long and difficult slog they face in the near future. . . ."Democrats are going to be shut up. They are going to be shut out. They ar... more »

New revelations show just how shockingly messed up Boris Johnson’s priorities are

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 9 hours ago
On 10 February, new revelations showed that UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had pushed for the continuation of weapons exports to Saudi Arabia even after its shocking bombing of a Yemeni funeral in October 2016. Hundreds of those killed and wounded in this attack were allegedly civilians. These revelations raise serious questions about where Johnson’s real priorities lie. Johnson’s […] The post New revelations show just how shockingly messed up Boris Johnson’s priorities are appeared first on The Canary.

Has North Korea's Missile Operations Commander Been Purged?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Kim Rak-gyom (red circle) head of North Korea's Strategic Rocket Force (Leadership and Economy of North Korea). *IBTimes:* *Did Kim Jong Un Execute Missile Operations Chief Over Musudan Failures? Speculations Arise After Kim Rak Gyom Misses Military Event* The absence of North Korea’s missile operations commander from a military event earlier this week has raised speculations that he may have been executed by Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday. The report also noted that Gen. Kim Rak Gyom’s absence could mean the country is preparing for an intercontine... more »

Does the Supreme Court Overturn 80 Percent of Ninth Circuit Court Decisions?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Following a 9 February 2017 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding an injunction that halted a temporary U.S. entry restriction enacted via an Executive Order on 27 January 2017, social media users began sharing posts holding that approximately 80 percent of the decisions handed down by that court were eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme … Continued

From Russia With Love: Did Putin Put Trump in the White House?

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: from-russia-with-love-did-putin-put-trump-in-the-white-house] Hillary Clinton and many in the media accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 election in order to get Donald Trump in the White House. What really happened?

Intelligence Community Claims on Trump

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: intelligence-community-claims-on-trump] Some members of the intelligence community have claimed that President Trump is not only in bed with the Russians, but that he may be being blackmailed. Are they credible?

Questions for Senate Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings on Judge Gorsuch

Charlie Martel at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
(Cross-posted on Just Security) Here’s a list of questions I hope will be asked of Judge Neil Gorsuch, the President’s nominee to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat, at his Senate confirmation hearing. Most of these questions are related to security, individual rights, executive authority and requirements that the President serve without conflicts of interest. […]

Too much empathy in Israel-Palestine?

Mira Sucharov at Duck of Minerva - 10 hours ago
So far, 2017 has been a tough year in Israel for its Palestinian citizen minority. From a xenophobic billboard campaign across the country to a village demolition turned violent in the Negev, the past several weeks have highlighted issues around power and inequality in a country whose democratic aspirations are weighed down by its ethno-national […]

Should The U.S. Prepare For A North Korean Nuclear Strike?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A poster depicting North Korea’s military power that is displayed in the communist state. A senior US official has said Kim Jong-un’s regime has the capability to launch a nuclear strike on US soil. Photograph: Reuters Photographer *US News and World Report*: *Should U.S. be preparing for a North Korean nuclear strike on the West Coast?* WASHINGTON: After listening to experts describe the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear arsenal, U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, paused amid a Capitol Hill hearing earlier this week and made a suggestion. “We ought to have ... more »

Happy Full Snow Moon 2017: What You Need to Know About February's Full Moon

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
A beautiful, shining comet flying through the sky is a rare thing. But this week it's not even going to be the rarest. The full moon in February is called the snow moon in the northern Hemisphere. Many times, snow cover is most expansive during February across North America. Snow cover reflects the moonlight, just adding to the brightness of the night with the full or nearly full moon. Friday night wll in fact see that comet – a green, shining light followed by a purple trail, known as 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdušáková – joined by a bright, shining full "snow moon" and a lunar eclipse, a... more »

“How to Survive an Encounter with the Police”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Rutherford Institute, “How to Survive an Encounter with the Police” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzqjjhR4EnM "As the nation’s law enforcement agencies have become more militarized and trained to view the citizenry as enemy combatants who must comply with any and all police orders, encounters between police and members of the public have become increasingly tense, the potential for aggression has escalated, and the risk of civil liberties violations has grown. In this episode of On Target, John Whitehead provides a set of guidelines to better educate the public about their righ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Bayville, New Jersey, USA. Thanks for stopping by.

Paulo Coelho, "The Water Pitcher"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Water Pitcher"* by Paulo Coelho "A legend tells of a man who used to carry water every day to his village, using two large pitchers tied on either end of a piece of wood, which he placed across his shoulders. One of the pitchers was older than the other and was full of small cracks; every time the man came back along the path to his house, half of the water was lost. For two years, the man made the same journey. The younger pitcher was always very proud of the way it did its work and was sure that it was up to the task for which it had been created, while the other pitcher wa... more »

"When We Have Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“How small a portion of our life it is that we really enjoy. In youth we are looking forward to things that are to come; in old age, we are looking backwards to things that are gone past; in manhood, although we appear indeed to be more occupied in things that are present, yet even that is too often absorbed in vague determinations to be vastly happy on some future day, when we have time.” - Charles Caleb Colton, “Lacon”

“The Life Cycle: Bud and Blossom and Beyond”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“The Life Cycle: Bud and Blossom and Beyond”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Each stage we go through has its time of fulfillment and recession, as do all living things. Flowers and leaves both begin their lives as organisms so tiny we cannot see them with the naked eye. With time, they become visible, curled in upon themselves, colorful buds slowly softening and releasing. With the proper warmth and moisture, they unfold little by little, revealing with each degree of opening a new color, shape, or dimension. Sometimes buds open seemingly all at once, unfolding the full majesty ... more »

"A Whole New Set Of Questions..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after- the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions." - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy"

The Poet: James Broughton, "Having Come This Far"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Having Come This Far"* "I've been through what my through was to be, I did what I could and couldn't. I was never sure how I would get there. I nourished an ardor for thresholds, for stepping stones and for ladders, I discovered detour and ditch. I swam in the high tides of greed, I built sandcastles to house my dreams. I survived the sunburns of love. No longer do I hunt for targets. I've climbed all the summits I need to, and I've eaten my share of lotus. Now I give praise and thanks for what could not be avoided, and for every foolhardy choice. I cherish my wounds and their cur... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
In *The New York Times,* Jason Horowitz tells us about the pro-Nazi Italian writer Steve Bannon apparently takes seriously: Those trying to divine the roots of Stephen K. Bannon’s dark and at times apocalyptic worldview have repeatedly combed over a speech that Mr. Bannon, President Trump’s ideological guru, made in 2014 to a Vatican conference.... ... a passing reference by Mr. Bannon to an esoteric Italian philosopher has gone little noticed, except perhaps by scholars and followers of the deeply taboo, Nazi-affiliated thinker, Julius Evola.... Evola, who died in 1974, ... became ... more »

Trump’s Drug War to ‘Help Police’ Only Puts More Cops in Danger, Enriches Cartels

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
Trump and the new Attorney General Jeff Sessions are embarking on a 'law and order' crusade, based on false claims of rising crime.

AEMO Refuse Blame For S Australia Blackouts

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public https://www.aemo.com.au/-/media/Files/Media_Centre/2017/2010210-AEMO-statement-on-Senate-Select-Committee-into-the-resilience-of-electricity-infrastructure.pdf The Australian Energy Market Operator, AEMO, has issued this statement, following their appearance in front of the Senate Select Committee into the Resilience of Electricity Infrastructure in a Warming World. They evidently don’t accept that they were in any way at fault for the latest […]

Did Fred Trump Run a Campaign Advertisement Called ‘Dope Man’ in 1969?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
On 11 October 2016, a video purportedly showing a 1969 campaign spot called “Dope Man” for Fred Trump, father of President Donald Trump, was posted to the “Historical Paroxysm” channel on YouTube: A test ad for Fred Trump’s aborted mayoral campaign against John Lindsay. Athough Historical Paroxysm has deleted their video, we uploaded another version … Continued

Mitch McConnell Posed in Front of Large Confederate Flag?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
On 8 February 2017, the Kentucky state Democratic party posted a picture on Twitter that appeared to show Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell receiving an award while posing in front of a large Confederate flag backdrop: The tweet followed a contentious session on the floor of the U.S. Senate floor on the eve of the … Continued

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo Rushed To Hospital After Car Accident

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Polish Prime minister Beata Szydlo © Kacper Pempel / Reuters *RT:* *Polish prime minister in hospital after car accident* Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has been taken to hospital after a car accident, according to a government spokesperson. The prime minister is undergoing routine checks, Reuters reported Friday evening, citing a statement from a government official on public television. The car accident reportedly happened near the Polish city of Krakow. The prime minister was recently involved in another car incident. While Szydlo was visiting Israel in November, vehicles in ... more »

The Microcosmic Orbit – Taoist Secret of Higher Consciousness

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Dylan Charles* - The human body is endowed with spiritual anatomy, using energy to support life and consciousness. The post The Microcosmic Orbit – Taoist Secret of Higher Consciousness appeared first on Waking Times.

An astonishing move by Theresa May is going to give us a Daily Mail government

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 11 hours ago
The Daily Mail‘s Political Editor, James Slack, has been confirmed as Theresa May’s official spokesperson. He is the second political editor from the tabloid to work for the Conservative government. The first was James Chapman, who left The Mail in 2015 to work as George Osborne’s Chief of Communications. Daily Mail political editor James Slack […] The post An astonishing move by Theresa May is going to give us a Daily Mail government appeared first on The Canary.

‘Don’t blame the PM’, LBC show host says, blame our medics for the NHS crisis instead [VIDEO]

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 11 hours ago
On 9 February, Ian Collins hosted his weekly late night radio show on LBC. This week’s section focused on the NHS and who was to blame for the ever increasing A&E waiting times. But despite the evidence pointing to the government’s mismanagement and the funding crisis, Collins decided to point the finger at another party. Our […] The post ‘Don’t blame the PM’, LBC show host says, blame our medics for the NHS crisis instead [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

The BBC turns Daily Politics into an ad campaign for doing unpaid work for the Tories [VIDEO]

James Wright at The Canary - 11 hours ago
The BBC turned Daily Politics into what felt like an ad campaign for doing unpaid work for the Conservatives on 10 February. Conservative-controlled Devon County Council has set up a scheme for constituents to do government work for free. All three of the guests on the BBC‘s flagship political show supported the unpaid labour scheme. […] The post The BBC turns Daily Politics into an ad campaign for doing unpaid work for the Tories [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Mainstream media ignores reports about a key Western ally in the Middle East coming under attack

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 11 hours ago
Some curious reports are circulating among Middle East and defence news outlets. They claim that a key Western ally in the Middle East has just come under attack. But the mainstream media has been very quiet about the events. Even though Associated Press wrote about the issue. Yemen‘s Houthi rebels reportedly struck a Saudi Arabian army base […] The post Mainstream media ignores reports about a key Western ally in the Middle East coming under attack appeared first on The Canary.

Russian President Putin Wants To Meet President Trump In Slovenia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Putin says could meet Trump in Slovenia, but choice not Moscow's alone* Slovenia would be a good place for a first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia's Vladimir Putin said on Friday, but he said the choice of venue would not be Moscow's alone. Putin made the comments after Slovenian President Borut Pahor offered Ljubljana, his country's capital, as a venue for a meeting between the Russian and U.S. leaders who have not met since Trump's inauguration last month. Trump and Putin have both said they would like to try to mend battered U.S.-Russia ties, whic... more »

Iran Celebrates The 38th Anniversary Of The Islamic Revolution

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*DW:** Iran reacts to new US administration at Islamic Revolution anniversary marches* *At the traditional demonstration celebrating the Islamic Revolution, President Rouhani called the new US administration "a problem." While some marchers trampled US flags, other held banners thanking Americans.* Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called US President Donald Trump a "newcomer" and the new US administration "a problem" at a parade celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on Friday. Rouhani criticized US policy towards Iran, saying his nation would not t... more »

Trump Must Break Judicial Power

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: trump-must-break-judicial-power] When politicians don black robes and seize powers they do not have, they should be called out for what they are — usurpers and petty tyrants. And if there is a cause upon which the populist right should unite, it is that elected representatives and executives make the laws and rule the nation. Not judges, and not justices.

MOONLIGHT AND SCRIPT: Could major reviewers see Chiron?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017Conclusion—Invisible boy and man:* Is Moonlight "a perfect film?" In our view, no—it isn't. We don't mean that as a criticism. Presumably, there are no perfect films. We ask the question because Ann Hornaday called Moonlight "a perfect film" in her Washington Post review. In our view, the comment captures the unattractive, throwback fawning visited by major critics upon Bary Jenkins' Oscar-nominated film. To our own practiced ear, that fawning recalls an earlier era—an era of major condescension in the arena of so-called "race." Before we discuss that ... more »

Syrian President Assad Has Rejected President Trump's Idea Of Creating Safe Zones

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*CNN*: *Syrian President: Trump suggestion of 'safe zones' not realistic* (CNN)Syrian President Bashar al-Assad rejected the idea advanced by US President Donald Trump of creating safe zones for refugees and displaced people in Syria. "Safe zones for the Syrians could only happen when you have stability and security, where you don't have terrorists, where you don't have flow and support of those terrorists by the neighboring countries or by Western countries... It's much more viable, much more practical and less costly to have stability than to create safe zones. It's not a realis... more »

President Donald Trump And Japanese PM Abe Begin Two Days Of Talks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Trump, Japan's Abe discuss concerns about trade, security at summit* President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe opened two days of talks on Friday looking to cement a decades-old alliance between Japan and the United States that has been under strain because of the Republican's positions on trade and security. The two leaders sat down for talks in the Oval Office, shaking hands and smiling for photographers. Abe set a hopeful tone, telling a U.S. Chamber of Commerce breakfast that he wanted to build a relationship of trust with the new U.S. leader. "I would... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 12 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin* *There's been an explosion at a major nuclear plant in the English channel* No Risk of Contamination, Experts Say US To Sell 10 Million Barrels Of Oil From Strategic Petroleum Reserve In February *Killings in Mexico climbed to new highs in 2016, and the violent rhythm may only intensify* Russia Mobilizes S-400 Missiles Systems Near Moscow To "Test Readiness Against A Possible Attack" *Wikipedia has banned the Daily Mail as an 'unreliable source'* Senate Letter Reveals Staggering Number Of Murders By Illegal Aliens With Previous Criminal Convictions Pen... more »

Russia/Turkey Friendly Fire Incident - "Miscommunication" or Gulan/USrael sabotage?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Russian War Jet* Yesterday, February 9, 2017, there was a rare Friendly Fire incident involving the Russian Air Force. Unlike the US Air Force...which used to have regular "friendly fire" incidents, including the infamous 2002 Tarnak Farm Incident in Afghanistan...and dozens of subsequent incidents, Russia had not yet had one...to my knowledge. The incident yesterday involved Russian planes bombing a building in Al Bab in Northern Syria. There were a number of Turkish troops in the building and three of them were killed...others injured. Putin immediately called Turkey's Erdog... more »

President Trump Calls Chinese President Xi Telling Him That The U.S. Will Honor 'One China' Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Trump Tells Xi Jinping U.S. Will Honor ‘One China’ Policy* WASHINGTON — President Trump told President Xi Jinping of China on Thursday evening that the United States would honor the “One China” policy, reversing his earlier expressions of doubt about the longtime diplomatic understanding and removing a major source of tension between the United States and China since shortly after he was elected. In a statement, the White House said Mr. Trump and Mr. Xi “discussed numerous topics, and President Trump agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honor our One Ch... more »

World News Briefs -- February 10, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a ceremony marking the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran February 10, 2017. President.ir/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters: **Hundreds of thousands rally in Iran against Trump, chant 'Death to America': TV* Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied on Friday to swear allegiance to their clerical leaders and reject U.S. President Donald Trump's warning that he had put the Islamic Republic "on notice", state TV reported. On the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah Mohamma... more »

Government Eliminating Test Strip Subsidy for Diabetics?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Diabetics need to stay constantly aware of the levels of glucose in their blood, and they typically do so by pricking themselves in the finger and testing a drop of blood using a glucose meter several times a day. Keeping blood sugar levels in normal ranges ensures that diabetics don’t encounter many of the serious … Continued

Did Coretta Scott King Thank Jeff Sessions in a Speech?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., became a focal point of American politics in February 2017 when Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama was nominated to serve as the Attorney General for the new Trump administration. During Sessions’ confirmation hearings, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts attempted to read to the Senate a letter … Continued

Sleep Deprivation-- What Is The Impact On An Elderly, Obese Trumpanzee?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*-by Helen Klein* Yesterday the *Independent* ran an important story that U.S. newspapers should have picked up on long ago, exploring whether Trump’s sleep deprivation impairs his diplomacy and noting that a sleep expert warns his unhealthy sleep habits-- something he frequently brags about-- "could have serious consequences." Dr. Neil Stanley, a British sleep expert, has been involved in sleep research for 34 years. "There are plenty of flash points in the world for somebody who is not acting as empathically or diplomatically as you hoped," he explained mildly. Trump wears hi... more »

"A Den of Vipers and Thieves..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my... more »

The Economy: "Ripped Off by Your Own Money"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*"Ripped Off by Your Own Money"* by Bill Bonner "In our recent meeting in Baltimore with former Fed chief Alan Greenspan, the wily old fox tossed a grenade. The discussion had arrived at the biggest topic in finance: WWDD? What would Donald do? Then the bomb exploded: ‘Tax cut? A tax hike is more like it…’ *Divided readers: *Mr Greenspan was explaining why President Trump’s program won’t work. No tax cut, no Main Street boom. Readers ask why we are suddenly writing so much about politics generally…and Donald J. Trump specifically. We’ve been writing a daily column since the Clinto... more »

Trump Could Simply Ignore Court’s Order Halting Travel Ban

Selwyn Duke at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: trump-could-simply-ignore-court-s-order-halting-travel-ban] Does our current status quo make our Constitution a suicide pact? Thomas Jefferson certainly said as much, warning that accepting judicial supremacy would make our founding document just that, a *felo de se*, as he put it in Latin.

Planner Of 9/11 Attacks Claims U.S. Foreign Policy Was Cause

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
You simply cannot tell the complete story of 9/11 without including the history of U.S. imperial transgressions in the Middle East. The post Planner Of 9/11 Attacks Claims U.S. Foreign Policy Was Cause appeared first on Shadowproof.

Fossil Fuels Still Dominate UK Electricity

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood From the “News you won’t see on the BBC” department. According to the BM Report data, coal power contributed 16% to the UK’s electricity generation last month, compared to just 9% from wind. https://www.bmreports.com/bmrs/?q=generation/fueltype/current CCGT supplied the bulk, with 45%. Altogether, the conventional sources of coal, gas […]

Cops Kill Man With Asperger’s Whose Viral Video Touched Millions — Family Sues

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: asperger's]Kayden Clarke, 24, brought tears to the internet's eyes after he posted a video of what he felt like with Asperger's — now he's dead thanks to untrained police.

Real Life Footloose: City Cancels Valentine’s Dance Because Dancing is Illegal

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: dance]Officials are showing their dedication to enforcing the law, no matter how assinine, by shutting down a dance because dancing is illegal near a church.

Hugh Sykes - ignorant or deliberately misleading?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
Today's Feedback http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08cvmh0b08cvmh0b08cvmh0 included a piece criticising a Hugh Sykes report about President Donald Trump's Executive Order temporarily restricting immigration from seven countries that have been linked with terrorism. The piece was quite amusing as Hugh Sykes is rarely criticised for being insufficiently pro Islam or immigration, so it was quite fun to hear him dancing around to try and prove his PC credentials. However what really struck me was his comment from 6:30 to 6:38 that he's heard many Muslim leaders say that these (terrori... more »

NHS performance ‘completely unacceptable’ says Hunt – promises worse soon

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 13 hours ago
Jeremy Hunt is the UK’s longest serving health secretary. And by sheer coincidence, he’s also presided over one of the health service’s longest ever periods of decline. But is it just a coincidence? Off The Perch (OTP) caught up with him to find out more. The interview OTP: Jeremy, you’ve admitted yourself that NHS performance […] The post NHS performance ‘completely unacceptable’ says Hunt – promises worse soon appeared first on The Canary.

A homelessness campaign group has itself been left homeless, at the worst time possible [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 13 hours ago
A homelessness action and campaign group is desperately seeking new premises after a council kicked it out of its former building. But the group is not taking the issue lying down. It’s still fighting for the thousands of people left destitute in the UK, in a very novel way. Solidarity not charity At the end of January, Streets […] The post A homelessness campaign group has itself been left homeless, at the worst time possible [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

A BBC host just tried to bully Ken Loach into accepting austerity, and she so lived to regret it [VIDEO]

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 13 hours ago
A BBC host just tried to bully award-winning film director Ken Loach into accepting austerity. In a discussion focused on his fierce opposition to the Conservative government’s benefit sanctions, the host suggested he might just be one of those ‘angry men’. And my, did she live to regret it! .@BBCJoannaG asks Ken Loach: Are you […] The post A BBC host just tried to bully Ken Loach into accepting austerity, and she so lived to regret it [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Authors pull virus replication paper after they cannot replicate results

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Researchers in China have retracted a 2016 paper exploring the replication behaviors of a retrovirus, after discovering that the key results could not be reproduced — possibly because their cell cultures had been contaminated. The authors also cite a disagreement with a colleague, who they say contributed to the work but does not want to […] The post Authors pull virus replication paper after they cannot replicate results appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Modern joke

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
In passing:

Back to reality

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
Katya Adler's programme last night was certainly something highly unusual for the BBC - a clear-eyed assessment of the EU's failings and the growth of 'populism', with a decent and less-predictable-than-usual range of voices. I know I'm far from being the only one to have been very pleasantly surprised by it. It was so out-of-the-ordinary that immediately following it by listening to to the latest episode of Radio 4's latest Brexit-focused series, *Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed*, was an unpleasant jolt - a depressing reminder that the BBC *isn't *turning over a new leaf qui... more »

From the BBC’s Own Correspondent

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
When I heard the trailer for Thursday’s FOOC announcing that we were to be treated to a tale from Israel by Yolande Knell I felt obliged to listen. (I promptly forgot.) However, I listened later on iPlayer. Kate Adie’s introduction was typical. In just a few words she managed to refer to the UN and the EU, and include one “Israel says” and one “bulldozed.” At first glance, it might seem to any casual listener that Yolande Knell was making an admirable attempt to give a balanced account of this tale. After all, she tells of witnessing the eviction of an Israeli settlement “illegal... more »

Unsafe Water in New York Schools

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
The NYTimes has a disturbing story on how new water tests in New York public schools now shows high levels of lead in the drinking water of many city schools. How are the new tests different from the old tests? Quite simple. In the old tests, water was allowed to run for two hours before being sampled. By doing so, most of the lead collected in the pipes was flushed out, and tests came back essentially clean. So boys and girls of New York, if you need a drink of water without lead, be sure to get a hall pass that allows you to run the fountain for two hours before drinking.

Trump loses appeal, but travel ban fight isn't over yet

Steven Mulroy, Law Professor in Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Election Law, University of Memphis at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 14 hours ago
Thursday’s appellate court opinion, which denied President Donald Trump’s appeal concerning his immigrant ban executive order, was unsurprising. It cautiously declined to upset the status quo, temporarily continuing to prevent the executive order’s enforcement nationwide. But it also allowed for further briefing and argument. As a constitutional law professor and former Justice Department litigator, I see the court’s reasoning as suggesting deep skepticism of Trump’s position and, at the same time, spotlighting the main issues for the further appeals that will inevitably follow. ... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 115, Feb 9, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Despite there being no more combat operations in Mosul for over two weeks now there is still violence in east Mosul. Two car bombs were discoveredand destroyed in two separate neighborhoods. Those were probably the work of Islamic State sleeper cells who are active in the city. The 9th and 16thDivisions ran into an IS cell in Kuba, killing four who were all wearing suicide belts. Rockets, mortars and drone strikes by IS hit three areas killing 11 and wounding another 15. The shelling has gotten so bad that clean up operations to get rubble, etc. off the streets have been halted. A... more »

Friday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Assorted content to end your week. - Bruce Campbell points out how Donald Trump's blind hatred toward any type of regulation can impose costs in Canada and elsewhere to the extent we're bound by trade deals which make "harmonization" an expected standard. And Pia Eberhardt recognizes that there's no point in locking ourselves into the CETA as a response to Trump's view of trade - though that excuse should ring particularly hollow given that the same voices pushing it were demanding exactly the same corporate privileges when Barack Obama was setting the U.S.' trade policy. - Meanwh... more »

Morning Musical Interlude: Afshin, “Prayer of Change”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Afshin, “Prayer of Change” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75SGQ65QhaU

"The Rules"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"The rules may be stupid, irritating and arbitrary, but God help you if you break them." - Unknown

Human Nature: "5 Frightening Psychological Experiments"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"5 Frightening Psychological Experiments"* Rebecca Sato "Man is a marvelous curiosity. When he is at his very, very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm. Yet he blandly and in all sincerity calls himself the 'noblest work of God.'" - Mark Twain, "Letters From the Earth" "It’s a given that Earth cannot survive indefinitely, if for no other reason than that the sun will eventually expand and roast the planet. Of course, many scientists believe that by the time that happen... more »

Carlisle Floods Due To Poor River Maintenance, Not Climate Change

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood cflagfloodreport_12monthson It is just over a year since Storm Desmond brought devastating floods to Carlisle. Soon after the Carlisle Flood Action Group was formed, and they have now published a very full and highly technical account of the floods. This is the first part of the Executive Summary: […]

Innocent Man Calls 911 to Report Police Harassment So Cops Shot Him 5 Times

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: 911] A black man shot fives times by Chicago police officers after he angered them by calling 911 sued the city for excessive force.

WATCH: CNN Says Calling Them ‘Fake News’ is the Same as Using the ‘N-Word’

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: 'fake news']Mainstream media is now comparing those who use the term 'fake news' with those who use derogatory and racial slurs like the 'n-word'.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 10, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Trump speaks with Afghan leader, U.S. commander calls for more troops* U.S. President Donald Trump and his Afghan counterpart discussed security in a phone call on Thursday, officials said, hours after the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said thousands more troops were needed to break a stalemate with the Taliban. Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also spoke about opportunities to strengthen ties, counterterrorism cooperation and economic development, the White House said in a statement. It said Trump also emphasized the continuing importance of the U.S.-Afgh... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
Politico says that Donald Trump is grumpy: Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy. In interviews, nearly two dozen people who’ve spent time with Trump in the three weeks since his inauguration said that his mood has careened between surprise and anger as he’s faced the predictable realities of governing, [including] congressional delays over his cabinet nominations and legal fights holding up his aggressive initiatives.... The ... more »

With Trump and GOP in Power, New Push to Stop FATCA Horror Show

Alex Newman at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: with-trump-and-gop-in-power-new-push-to-stop-fatca-horror-show] The Obama-era Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) horror show may be coming to an end. With President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress, critics and victims of the scheme, dubbed the “the worst law most Americans have never heard of,” are launching a fresh push for repeal. From foreign political leaders and powerful CEOs to embattled Americans overseas and domestic activists, pressure is building on Republicans to adhere to the GOP platform calling for ab... more »

Trump's Vision of Space Exploration

Charles Scaliger at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: trump-s-vision-of-space-exploration] The Trump administration is reportedly considering a push to privatize space exploration. Will the old guard in Washington go along?

A leaked memo has revealed Theresa May’s real plan for Brexit Britain [EDITORIAL]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 15 hours ago
A leaked memo has revealed Theresa May’s real plan for Brexit Britain. And it is a Brexit that will leave most people in Britain poorer, with fewer rights and worse public services. The leaked memo The memo, leaked to The Times, reveals some harsh truths about the government’s priorities. The memo lays out the priority level […] The post A leaked memo has revealed Theresa May’s real plan for Brexit Britain [EDITORIAL] appeared first on The Canary.

While The Daily Mail laps up May’s lies, European politicians deliver an urgent reality check

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 15 hours ago
Theresa May made a Brexit speech in January that played very well with the right-wing media. The Sun described it as “historic and a game changer”. The Daily Mail described it as an “emphatic ultimatum” and an “iron-willed speech”. The Express even went so far as to call it “the most important political speech in […] The post While The Daily Mail laps up May’s lies, European politicians deliver an urgent reality check appeared first on The Canary.

A Tory councillor joins a despicable, racist attack on Labour MP Diane Abbott [TWEETS]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 15 hours ago
The Conservative Party has suspended one of its officials over the racist bullying of Labour MP Diane Abbott on social media. But overall, media and politicians alike have disgraced themselves throughout the incident. The tweet about Diane Abbott Alan Pearmain is Deputy Chairman of the South Ribble Conservative Association and a parish councillor. In December 2016, […] The post A Tory... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Tory MPs have launched a coup against John Bercow for standing up to Donald Trump [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 15 hours ago
Up to 150 Conservative MPs are seeking to oust Speaker John Bercow after the former Conservative shadow cabinet minister made a stand against the “racism” and “sexism” of US President Donald Trump. The shot heard round the world John Bercow spent much of his political life on the hard right of the Conservative Party. Surprising, then, […] The post Tory MPs have launched a coup against John Bercow for standing up to Donald Trump [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

What A Broad Religious Exemption To Discrimination Laws Will Mean

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 16 hours ago
While the Trump Administration announced that it would keep in place President Obama's Executive Order protecting employees of federal contractors from LGBT discrimination, there have been reports of another proposed executive order that would provide a religious exemption from all discrimination laws. The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations, construes religious organizations so broadly that it covers “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,” and protects “religious freedom” in every... more »

Journal pulls paper with missing data, citing inquiry and legal proceedings

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
A journal has retracted a 2012 paper after the last author was unable to provide material to support the results presented in multiple figures. The lack of supporting data came out during “an internal inquiry and subsequent legal proceedings,” according to the notice, issued by Cell Cycle. The last author on the paper is Susana […] The post Journal pulls paper with missing data, citing inquiry and legal proceedings appeared first on Retraction Watch.

L'Etat C'est Donald

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
The Trump administration is only three weeks old, but already its character is easy to define. It's all Donald, all the time. Paul Krugman writes: It’s already clear that any hopes that Mr. Trump and those around him would be even slightly ennobled by the responsibilities of office were foolish. Every day brings further evidence that this is a man who completely conflates the national interest with his personal self-interest, and who has surrounded himself with people who see it the same way. And each day also brings further evidence of his lack of respect for democratic values. Y... more »

Right-wingers are a major force driving the Silicon Valley

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 16 hours ago
*And Trump is making the innovators more influential than the previous PC admins* The Guardian has published a nontrivial investigative article about the right-wingers in the Silicon Valley and their connections (hat tip: Lisa Randall) Meet the rightwing power players lurking beneath Silicon Valley's liberal facade Julia Carrie Wong reported from San Francisco. As a whole, the Bay Area is highly if not obnoxiously extremely left-wing and PC. (I've spent half a year in Santa Cruz and visited Stanford 5 times or so.) And we've heard about companies that have fired their leaders for ... more »

Adjusting the temperature to fit the theory

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
'The supposed global temperature in 1910 has been mysteriously cooling over the past eight years, while that of 2000 has been mysteriously warming — which creates a steeper curve, though still not steep enough. This is known as fake news.' More here http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/why-dont-the-eus-pensioners-in-the-lords-have-to-declare-their-interest/ and at other reliable climate change websites, but obviously not on the warmist BBC.

Why don't the EU's pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 16 hours ago
The fact that Peers such as Lord Mandleson have large EU pensions which are at risk if they oppose the EU is something that I have blogged about before. So I was interested to read Matt Ridley's piece in the Spectator http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/02/why-dont-the-eus-pensioners-in-the-lords-have-to-declare-their-interest/ '... Peers are obliged to declare any interest that 'might be thought by a reasonable member of the public' to influence the way they discharge their parliamentary duties — unless it is an EU pension. In 2007, a Lords subcommittee said that because their contrac... more »

Trump Doesn't Read Books, But You Can Learn A Lot About Who He Is If You Do

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Judging by all the hubbub over Nordstrom this week, it certainly looks like Trump is incapable of separating himself from his family business. And the congressional Republicans don't appear to have any problem with it at all. At this point, who could be surprised to see Paul Ryan mention something about how he's including an Ivanka trinket with his annual Ayn Rand book Xmas gift box? And yes, that *was* the actual Kellyanne Con-man (on Fox and on her government salary) illegally urging viewers to "Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you... I'm going to give it a free commer... more »

How to Find Your Way Out of the Simulated Matrix (Maya)

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 16 hours ago
*Christina Sarich* - We can change the computer program – our consciousness. The post How to Find Your Way Out of the Simulated Matrix (Maya) appeared first on Waking Times.

This Is How The Pentagon Is Going To Defeat The Threat From New Russian And Chinese Weapon Systems

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Russia's new Buk-M3 surface-to-air missiles are built on tank treads and have nearly twice the range—43 miles— of their predecessors. Justin Metz *Popular Mechanics:* *Threat Report 2017: New Dangers and the American Tech to Beat Them* Russia and China are introducing new weapons of war. ISIS fighters hide among civilians and attack with no regard for casualties. And somehow North Korea has managed to become even less stable than it was before. *THE (NEW) TROUBLE WITH RUSSIA* *Surface-to-air-missiles* In modern warfare, owning the sky is everything. And the cheapest way to own th... more »

Did Iran Attempt A Coup In Syria Without Telling The Russians?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad meets Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran February 18, 2007. Reuters *Tom Cooper, War Is Boring:* *Iran and Russia Are Apparently Fighting Each Other in Syria* Did Tehran attempt a coup in Damascus? Between Jan. 23 and 27, 2017, there were reports that Syrian president Bashar Al Assad had suffered a stroke and had to be hospitalized. The usually pro-Assad British newspaper The Independent claimed that the Syrian president was suffering serious psychological strain. Allegations of a president’s poor health take on extra significa... more »

The China - Iran Missile Connection

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Iran successfully completed a test-launch of a new long-range ballistic missile, Emad, reported the Iranian Ministry of Defense, Tehran, Oct. 11, 2015. (photo by FNA/Iranian Defense Ministry) *Washington Times:* *Sanctions highlight China-Iran missile connection* The Trump administration recently imposed sanctions on Iran for its missile test, and the sanctions reveal that Tehran’s missile program is backed by covert assistance from China. The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, which enforces U.S. sanctions, said last week that a “Chinese-based network” was hel... more »

The House of Lords could be ‘abolished’ if it opposes Brexit

Ben Janaway at The Canary - 17 hours ago
The Conservative government has threatened to abolish the House of Lords if it blocks Theresa May’s controversial Brexit bill. A government source told the BBC that the Lords could “face an overwhelming public call to be abolished” if peers obstruct the bill, which is set to face debate from 20 February. With several peers openly stating their discontent with […] The post The House of Lords could be ‘abolished’ if it opposes Brexit appeared first on The Canary.

"Now kiss me...Kiss me. I can tell you can't resist. Kiss me."

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Katya meeting her Tuscan "childhood sweetheart" (a dead ringer for Si King from 'The Hairy Bikers') Having read so many appreciative comments from (usually) strong critics of the BBC's pro-EU bias about last night's edition of *This World*, '*After Brexit: The Battle for Europe', *I had to watch it - and I was very glad I did. I'll join them in congratulating Katya Adler on a fine, fair piece of reporting.... ....though not everyone agrees. The essential message of the programme, as I saw it, is that the EU is in very deep trouble and might be close to unravelling - so close that ... more »

Workers injured after massive explosion sparks fire at Louisiana pipeline

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
One worker was missing and two were injured after an explosion sparked a fire at a Louisiana pipeline Thursday night, officials said. Authorities don't yet know what caused the fire on the Phillips 66 pipeline in Paradis, but a crew of six workers was cleaning it at the time, St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne said at a news conference. Two of the workers were hospitalized — one taken to a burn center— and three had minor or no injuries, the sheriff said. The remaining worker was unaccounted for, and a helicopter was being brought in to help search for him. Champagne said ... more »

Syrian President Assad: 'Some Refugees Are ‘Definitely’ Terrorists'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Yahoo News: **Exclusive: Syria’s Assad tells Yahoo News some refugees are ‘definitely’ terrorists* Weighing in on one of the most contentious issues in American politics — the danger posed to host countries by the 4.8 million people who have fled from Syria’s civil war — Syrian President Bashar Assad told Yahoo News that some of the refugees are “definitely” terrorists. In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News at a presidential office in Damascus, Assad said President Trump’s freeze on admitting refugees from his country — part of an executive order that has drawn widespread pro... more »

Grateful dog snuggles new mom who rescued him from shelter

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
College student Kayla Filoon was just sitting on the couch doing homework with her newly adopted shelter dog snuggled beside her when this beautiful photo was taken. It's the perfect illustration of true love. On a recent Wednesday, Filoon — a student at Temple University, in Philadelphia — was walking dogs at Philly's municipal animal shelter. She spotted Russ, who'd come in as a stray, sitting calmly in his kennel. The young pit bull was sick with kennel cough. He had an eye infection and itchy skin, was underweight, and his tail was bleeding. He was very still, and watching,... more »

Now in Malmo

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 18 hours ago
*Standing with Global Network board member Agneta Norberg last Saturday evening during her 80th birthday party in Stockholm. Agneta organized the space conference earlier that day that brought me to the Nordic region.* Last night Dave Webb and I spoke in Helsingborg, Sweden inside a cozy cave-like basement second-hand bookstore. Afterward our friend Andre Brochu (originally from Massachusetts and came to Sweden as a draft resister during the Vietnam War) took us on the train south to Malmo where we will be speaking tonight. I want to mention that two nights ago after our talk in... more »

Victoria Derbyshire and the art of extreme empathy

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
I saw the Victoria Derbyshire programme yesterday morning. Does anyone watch that? I saw the section described as: “my sons were targeted as radicals”. Victoria Derbyshire has taken empathy to extreme lengths, and this time it's all for the sake of “proving” that a school has committed a racist incident. A mother, appearing in silhouette, recounted a sorry tale of how her sons aged 5 and 7 were severely traumatised after being taken out of class and interviewed by the police, following what looked like a catalogue of misunderstandings by a teacher and the head of her sons’ former sc... more »

Ayn Rand’s View of Nationalism and Globalism

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 18 hours ago
Given the rise of nationalist political movements in the world’s major democracies, it is of no surprise that the Objectivist community is giving lot of attention to the topics of nationalism and globalism (internationalism). For some Objectivists, nationalism is equivalent to barbarism, racism, senseless wars, and fascist dictatorship. Other Objectivists reject this view of nationalism—they say that the contemporary nationalist movements have gained popularity because *normal* people want political change—they are exasperated by the catastrophic domestic and foreign policies of th... more »

Free Download: Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
“We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” - Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451" “Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The book's tagline explains the title: "Fahrenheit 451– the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns ..." *Freely download "Fahrenheit 451", by... more »

Support for Trump’s Vaccine Scepticism in the British Medical Journal

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By John Stone An associate editor of British Medical Journal and member of the Cochrane Collaboration, Peter Doshi of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has written an article in the journal supporting Donald Trump’s sceptical attitude to vaccines....

India Boots Out “Philanthropy” From Bill Gates

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By John Stone In a devastating blow to the reputation of Bill Gates as a philanthropist India’s National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) has severed “all financial ties” with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the Foundation’s manifold...

How Tennessee got its name

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
[image: How Tennessee got its name] This item puts you right in the middle of late eighteenth century intrigue and the accidental way Tennesee became Tennessee. It is worth recalling that settlers were then just breaking over the mountains after two whole centuries settling the Eastern seaboard and securing all that. The rest took the next century and a huge internal population boom as well. It was all so inconsequential then even to those involved. . *How Tennessee got its name* *Posted by Richard Thornton | Feb 2, 2017 | * *\ * *https://peopleofonefire.com/how-tennesse... more »

James Cameron links find of bronze-age anchors to lost city of Atlantis

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
This is an important discovery because it firmly supports serious Bronze Age or Atlantean shipping which has been down played by Archaeology to the serious detriment of our understanding of both history and archaeology. As you possibly know, our work here now envisages an Atlantean culture that at least supplied the builders of the great pyramid and initiated all other pyramid cults worldwide. This was a huge culture fueled by ingots of high quality copper from the Great Lakes. All that copper ultimately passed through the Straits of Gibraltar for over one thousan... more »

The Pathology of Reptilian Alien Abduction Bruise Patterns

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
It has been obvious for some time that non humans are working hard to collect data and wwe are seeing participation across a spectrum of alien species. I would suggest increasing case loads as well. Now we have an unusual report with Reptilians at work. These folks are Terran and have exceptional strength which predisposes toward bruising. We have had some serious disclosure emerge here on the reptilians that that should be respected. I now suspect that the article in Sci Am back in the sixties was a deliberate attempt to get their existence described. We do have earlier rep... more »

Have Scientists Discovered Proof for the Lost Continent of Lemuria?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 20 hours ago
Once again, geological time is conflicting badly with cultural time. The southern portion of india at least was likely part of a large structure extending to Madagascar. Sub sea mountain ridges attest to this possibility. I am not happy that we have any evidence of continental style plains at all though which is a problem but think that we are dealing with a sunken archipelago similar to Japan. morev evidence can changwe this. This evidence does confirm m6y own conjectures though. Recall that my 12900 BP Pleistocene conjecture sent this part of the globe north ward. alon... more »

ISIS Activities Update

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
In Kabul, the *Islamic State claimed responsibility *for the attack at the Supreme Court in Kabul. It posted a statement to the web. “Thanks to God and His favor, the martyrdom-seeking brother Abu-Bakr al-Tajiki [the Tajikistani] -- may God accept him -- set off yesterday wearing his vest of explosives toward the tyrannical Court of 'Appeal' in the city of Kabul. He detonated his vest in the middle of a gathering of judges and workers of the court. This led to the killing and wounding of approximately 60 apostates. The apostates, and at their head the tyrant judges, will understand ... more »

Trey Gowdy questions Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearings

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
I've watched this footage before, I believe that I've posted it here too. Do watch the whole video but pay great attention to Hillary Clinton's face and listen to her voice between 3:40 and 6:05 and especially between 6:05 and 7:33. https://youtu.be/XHLLlQyj4LY If Abraham Lincoln earned the nickname 'Honest Abe' what should Hillary Clinton's nickname be?

It Costs The U.S. $220,000 To Kill One Islamic State Fighter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Zero Hedge:* *Cost Of War Against ISIS Reaches $11 Billion* Since the air war against the so-called Islamic State kicked off in August 2014 ,the United States has spent just under $11 billion financing it. According to the most recent Pentagon figures, Statista'a Niall McCarthy reports that the bill for the campaign hit $10.99 billion as of December 31, 2016. On a daily basis, the cost of operations against the terrorist group averages $12.5 million. Since 2014, the cost of flying operations has reached $4.4 billion while $2.4 billion of munitions hav... more »

The exception that proves the rule (again)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
It could* only *be Andrew Neil (well, at least at the BBC): Evenin' all. Welcome to *This Week*. Let me make clear right from the start that, though we value our relationship with the United States, and whether or not Donald Trump makes a state visit to this country is way above my pay grade, I would not wish to issue an invitation for President Trump to appear on this programme. I appreciate he's expressed no interest in doing so anyway. But that won't stop me doing a bit of grandstanding and virtue signalling before the rest of the media and the wider public. I've taken this pos... more »

Jeff Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
The most racist senator in the country is now Attorney General. Congrats America. Ana Kasparian, Francis Maxwell, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss.

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/10/2017"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/10/2017"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Senator Elizabeth Warren proves that the Democrat party is totally out of ideas to help the vast majority of Americans. In Senator Jeff Session’s confirmation hearings for Attorney General in the Trump Administration, she resorted to character assassination. Warren read a 1965 letter from Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow, Coretta, saying Session obstructed blacks at the voting booth. Warren failed to mention that, years later, Coretta King was thanking Sessions on video for helping to make the Rosa Parks library a r... more »

La lente évaporation du travail

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
*Entre fantasme et réalité* Depuis le début de l’ère industrielle, l’idée du remplacement de l’homme par la machine dans le milieu du travail a fait du chemin, au point de paraître crédible aujourd’hui. En effet, les percées en intelligence artificielle lèvent une inquiétude : et si l’humain devenait obsolète.

Getting Ready For War In Space

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
X-37B, the Air Force's first unmanned re-entry spacecraft (Reuters / HO) / Reuters *Paul D. Shinkman, US News and World Report*:* The Coming War in Space* The Joint Chiefs briefed President Donald Trump on space, as officials consider how to keep it benign amid Russia and China’s ambitions. VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, California – Gen. David Goldfein, the fighter pilot who now serves as the Air Force's top officer, had an unorthodox priority on his mind when he and the rest of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sat down for their first meeting with President Donald Trump on Jan. 27 to outli... more »

Neocons Use Ukraine to Reverse Trump Plan to Thaw Relations with Putin and Wage Global War

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 22 hours ago
After three weeks as president, Donald Trump has turned out to be “same as the old boss,” definitely when it comes to US foreign policy. The short explanation is every US president merely plays a puppet figurehead role, taking his orders directly from the New World Order elite and their neocon surrogates, fast moving us towards one world government tyranny that will be the ultimate outcome of a simultaneous collapse of the global economy timed with the launch of another world war. Just as there was no difference between the same neocon interventionist aggression displayed under Ob... more »

Why Trump needs the civil servants he wants to fire: Lessons from abroad

Adnan Rasool, Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 22 hours ago
Like most Republicans, President Donald Trump has made it clear he intends to “fix” the federal government by “draining the swamp.” Traditionally, the GOP has aimed to cut the size of the federal government. The president’s freeze on hiring federal employees is a first step in that direction. And he might go a step more. The administration is showing signs that it views the bureaucracy as primarily implementers, not creators, of policy. Evidence of this shift in approach can be seen in White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s response to a letter of dissent signed by nearly 1,00... more »

African-American GIs of WWII: Fighting for democracy abroad and at home

Maria Höhn, Professor and Chair of History, Vassar College at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 22 hours ago
Two U.S. soldiers on Easter morning, 1945. NARA Until the last decade, the contributions of African-American soldiers in World War II barely registered in America’s collective memory of that war. The “tan soldiers,” as the black press affectionately called them, were also for the most part left out of the triumphant narrative of America’s “Greatest Generation.” In order to tell their story of helping defeat Nazi Germany in my 2010 book, “Breath of Freedom,” I had to conduct research in more than 40 different archives in the U.S. and Germany. When a German TV production company, tog... more »

What do gorilla suits and blowfish fallacies have to do with climate change?

John Cook, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
Pardon me while I blow this out of proportion. Blowfish image via www.shutterstock.com. A famous psychology experiment instructed participants to watch a short video, counting the number of times players in white shirts passed the ball. If you haven’t seen it before, I encourage you to give the following short video your full attention and follow the instructions: Follow the instructions in this video before reading on. At the end, participants discovered the point of the video when asked if they had observed the gorilla walking through the players. Half the participants didn’t not... more »

BBC World Service - Newsday, Thousands Hanged At Syria Prison - Amnesty - Was there really no investigation by the BBC of the claims?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
This BBC World Service programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04rcyyz has the lead in text 'A new report by Amnesty International alleges that mass hangings took place every week at Saydnaya prison between September 2011 and December 2015'. Is that true? What is the source for those figures? If you're interested in the truth, the BBC clearly aren't, then take a read of this http://newobserveronline.com/amnesty-internationals-syria-report-made-nonsense/ here's an extract: 'A close reading of the report, however, reveals that Amnesty International in fact only claims to have... more »

post about saqarra now corrected

laura k at wmtc - 23 hours ago
Yesterday's post contained a coding error that rendered five or six paragraphs invisible! Please see below; scroll down to *[update]*.

The Sorry Truth Is That the Virus of Anti-Semitism Has Infected the British Muslim Community per Mehdi Hasan in The Huffington Post

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
'It pains me to have to admit this but anti-Semitism isn't just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it's routine and commonplace. Any Muslims reading this article - if they are honest with themselves - will know instantly what I am referring to. It's our dirty little secret. You could call it the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism. I can't keep count of the number of Muslims I have come across - from close friends and relatives to perfect strangers - for whom weird and wacky anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are the default explanation for a range of national ... more »

U.S. Appeals Court Has Struck Down President Trump's Travel Order And Border Controls

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Bloomberg:* *Trump Dealt Major Setback as Appeals Court Sides With Immigrants* * President says ‘SEE YOU IN COURT’ in Twitter comment on ruling * Immigration ban case inches closer to U.S. Supreme Court A federal appeals court ruled unanimously that the U.S. will remain open to refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries, rejecting a bid by the Trump administration to reinstate a travel ban in the name of national security. The San Francisco-based appeals court on Thursday spurned the government’s request to close the doors after days of public debate over Pr... more »

Detonation, Fire, and Emergency Shutdown at French Nuclear Reactor on the English Channel Less Than a Month After Regulator Called the State of French Nuclear Installations “Worrying” (Updated)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 23 hours ago
Less than two weeks ago, the French nuclear regulator, ASN, published a press release on the English part of its … Continue reading →

X22 Report, “Something Dark Is Looming And It's Headed Our Way”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
X22 Report, “Something Dark Is Looming And It's Headed Our Way” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SEEsby5Wl4

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Nautilus”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “Nautilus” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSdaeYLCgPc

Far-right poster boy joins Trump’s cabinet, and this woman is silenced for exposing the skeletons in his closet

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 1 day ago
Far-right US Senator Jeff Sessions is now Trump’s Attorney General. But his confirmation process was so turbulent that one senator found herself silenced. Just for speaking about Sessions’ past. Exposing the skeletons in Sessions’ closet Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on 7 February for challenging Senate norms on treating colleagues with deference. Her apparent crime? […] The post Far-right poster boy joins Trump’s cabinet, and this woman is silenced for exposing the skeletons in his closet appeared first on The Canary.

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
@EasternEuropein @NBCNews poor Russia, 4000 @NATO soldiers VS circa 100 000 Russians a threat, seriously? https://t.co/9dB0AtAUiU pic.twitter.com/T0NSLzvrlR — Veiko Spolitis (@VeikoSpolitis) February 9, 2017

US Cooks Up New Syrian Atrocities Amid Syrian Talks

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 1 day ago
*February 10, 2017 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Amnesty International is inextricably compromised in its stated duty to hold nations accountable for human rights violations through its direct connections with Western political interests and their use of the organization as a tool of geopolitical influence and coercion. *Image: The closest Amnesty International got to the prison they wrote a 48 page report on is illustrated by this photo taken from outer space.*As such, reports like its most recent titled, "Syria: Human Slaughterhouse: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison... more »

Media Bias?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*WNU Editor:* The best example that I always keep of media bias is the one below (click on image to enlarge).

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Night Lights* An AV-8B Harrier II lands on the USS Bonhomme Richard in the Philippine Sea, Feb. 8, 2017. The ship is conducting unit-level training. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan

Secret Service Adds ‘Emotional Protection Division’ for President Trump?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
On 8 February 2017, the satirical web site The Onion published a story poking fun at the temperament of President Donald Trump under the headline “Secret Service Adds Emotional Protection Division To Safeguard Trump’s Psyche”: The new unit’s three dozen agents, who have undergone rigorous training to prepare for their challenging role, will be charged … Continued The post Secret Service Adds ‘Emotional Protection Division’ for President Trump? appeared first on Snopes.com.

New York Times: President Xi Jinping Of China Is Refusing To Talk To President Trump Until He Backs Down And Commits To A One China Policy

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng) *New York Times:* *President Xi Jinping of China, Stung by Trump’s Taiwan Call, Is Said to Shun Talks* WASHINGTON — When the White House announced this week that President Trump had sent President Xi Jinping of China a letter wishing him a happy Chinese New Year, it did not disclose a major reason for the friendly gesture: Mr. Xi has not gotten on the phone with Mr. Trump. Stung by Mr. Trump’s unorthodox telephone call with the president of Taiwan and his subsequent assertion that the United States might no longer abide by the “O... more »

Trump's Crazy Extremist Candidate Loses In Kansas GOP Contest For Open House Seat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*Estes* With Koch Bros. Congressman Mike Pompeo now ensconced at the CIA, there's an April 11th special election to fill his KS-04 seat, a blood red (R+14) district that takes up the south-central part of the state and is centered on Sedgwick County (Wichita). In 2008, McCain won the district with 59% and 4 years later Romney won it with 62%. This past November, Trump beat Hillary in the district, 60.2% to 33.0%. And Pompeo was reelected 166,998 (60.7%) to 81,495 (29.6%), beating Democrat Dan Giroux who spent $262,986 to Pompeo's $1,447,958. For a Democrat to win this special elect... more »

Electrons are Vortices in the Aether ?

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 1 day ago
One of the mysteries of the solar wind is how protons AND electrons travel in the same direction in the electric field. In the model of the atom we have a nucleus, the proton, and a cloud (how one electron … Continue reading →

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and r... more »

Desperate Courage..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“Desperate courage makes One a majority.” - Andrew Jackson

"What Makes People Tick? Exploring An Alternate Universe"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Makes People Tick? * *Exploring An Alternate Universe"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Many people are very different from ourselves and coming to a place of acceptance can make the road easier. All people have their own way of being in the world. It is easiest to comprehend this basic yet profound fact when we consider that every human being on the planet occupies a distinct role in the universe. We grow up in different environments, affected by a unique range of influences. The preferences, values, and beliefs we embrace are frequently related intimately to our origins. An... more »

"What Is Cueva de las Manos?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"What Is Cueva de las Manos?"* by Wikipedia "Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) is a cave located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, 163 km (101 mi) south from the town of Perito Moreno, within the borders of the Francisco P. Moreno National Park, which includes many sites of archaeological and paleontogical importance. The Cave lies in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot in the Patagonian landscape, some 100 km (62 mi) from the main road, National Route 40. It is famous (and gets its name) for the paintings of hands, made by the indigenous ... more »

China's Infrastructure Development In The Indian Ocean Is Raising National Security Concerns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet in the South China Sea. Reuters *ABC News Online:* *Chinese development in Indian Ocean raising concern of possible militarisation among major players* Japan, India, Australia and the United States are closely monitoring China's infrastructure development on the Indian Ocean rim amid increasing concern about the potential for militarisation in the sea lanes which carry much of the world's oil. One former American intelligence chief is warning the only way to avoid that is to make confrontation unpalatable for China. With a... more »

Grand Theft Beatles

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
The phenomenon of Beatlemania that had been spreading throughout the U.K. (and other parts of the world) in 1962 and 1963 reached a crescendo in early 1964, when the Fab Four paid their first visit to America. After landing at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on 7 February 1964 (where approximately 3,000 hooky-playing teenage fans … Continued The post Grand Theft Beatles appeared first on Snopes.com.

U.S. Appeals Court Denies Request to Reinstate President Trump’s Entry Restrictions

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
On 9 February 2017, a federal appeals court rejected a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to reinstate a travel restriction directed at seven predominantly-Muslim countries. The three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the government had “pointed to no evidence” that any of the countries affected by Trump’s 28 … Continued

China 'Beefing-Up' Its Military Installations In The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
This infographic shows the reported buildup of military infrastructure on the Paracels by China. Photo Credit: Courtesy of CSIS/AMTI *South China Morning Post*: *China ‘beefing up military’ on disputed islands in the South China Sea, says US think tank* Satellite images suggest further military build-up on the Paracel Islands, US researchers say Satellite images suggest China has upgraded its military ­infrastructure in the disputed ­Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, ­according to a US think tank. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Centre for Strategic and Int... more »

All Politicians Are False Messiahs by Rocket Kirchner

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
by Rocket Kirchner Writer, Dandelion Salad Rocket Kirchner (blog) Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel) February 9, 2017 Rousseau said that man is a social animal. Man is also a religious animal. In the socio-religio milieu there exists a deep messianic impulse. This impulse is expressed in a variety of ways. One of them is politics. It […]

U.S. And Chinese Military Planes Came Close To Each Other Over The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
US Navy EP-3A Orion on reconnaisance mission, underside bristling with electronics aerials (above), and missile-equipped Chinese J11 Flanker interceptor. Both aircraft not depicted to true scale. InterAksyon.Com *Reuters*:* U.S., China military planes come inadvertently close over South China Sea* A U.S. Navy P-3 plane and a Chinese military aircraft came close to each other over the South China Sea in an incident the Navy believes was inadvertent, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aircraft came within 1,000 feet ... more »

Alaska House passes bill to designate Indigenous Peoples Day

White Wolf at White Wolf - 1 day ago
The Alaska House of Representatives has approved a bill recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. House Bill 78 was approved in a 31-7 vote Friday morning. The vote places the holiday “on the same day that indigenous people discovered Christopher Columbus,” said bill sponsor Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, to general laughter Friday. “It’s a great day to be indigenous,” he said. Columbus Day is a federal holiday but not a state holiday — state workers are at their jobs on the second Monday in October. HB 78 now advances to the Senate. If the measure is approved there,... more »

Elysia, Valley of the Nude (1934)

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
Nude World - Nudism From The Past

Resisting DeVos-- The 2017-18 School-Board Elections

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Alice Marshall* In order for DeVos to carry out her plan to destroy public education she has to have thousands of collaborators. Therefore we must act to deprive her of collaborators. School boards and state legislatures are the first fields to be worked. (I prefer agricultural metaphors to sports and war metaphors, because agricultural metaphors emphasize the cumulative effect of grassroots political action.) We need to elect school board members who are entirely committed to public education and reject the failed model of charter schools and privatization. Unfortunately, e... more »

Thursday Evening Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 day ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Simon Enoch explains why the Sask Party's plans to inflict an austerian beating until economic morale improves is doomed to failure: It is now abundantly clear that the Saskatchewan government’s “transformational change” agenda is in reality a not-so-subtle euphemism for provincewide austerity in response to the current economic downturn. Premier Wall’s recent comments suggesting “very deep cuts” to education, health care, municipal revenue sharing and civil service salaries make it clear that the government’s plan for the economy is to “cu... more »

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