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Saturday, February 11, 2017

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Denouncing DeVos: Democrats Are Again Blocking Schoolhouse Doors

Selwyn Duke at rss - 23 minutes ago
[image: denouncing-devos-democrats-are-again-blocking-schoolhouse-doors] Democrat Alabama governor George Wallace blocked “schoolhouse” doors in 1963 to protest the entry of two black students. Now Democrats are again blocking schoolhouse doors, this time in an effort to impede the Trump administration's effort to govern.

How Deep Will The Trumpist Take Over Of The GOP Go? Who Plays The Von Papen Role?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
There was a flurry of reports that Republicans would stand up to Trump, rein him in, keep him under control, direct and guide him, etc. German conservatives-- from the industrialists and media moguls to politicians like Franz von Papen-- were supposed to do the same thing with Hitler once he became chancellor. Hitler’s thirst for power couldn’t have been more grossly underestimated. The nine conservative ministers in the so-called "Cabinet of National Concentration" clearly carried more weight than the three National Socialists. But Hitler also made sure that two key ministries ... more »

Why you should date your best friend

Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Chair and Professor of Psychology, Monmouth University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
Bestie + Lover = Relationship Nirvana? Aspa, CC BY One person fills two roles. Being someone’s BFF is a big deal – you don’t hand over the other half of your “Best Friends” necklace to just anyone. Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect. With your BFF as your romantic partner, you get the best of both worlds, someone with whom you can laugh, share your life and cuddle. When you look at seemingly happy celebrity couples like Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, or Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, not only do they appear to be in love, but they also s... more »

U.S. Special Forces Were Deployed To 138 Nations In 2016

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Burning Platform:* *U.S. Special Forces Deployed To 70% Of The World In 2016* U.S. Special Operations Command launched a raid in Yemen’s Baida Province on Jan 29, targeting Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The first high-profile special forces operation of Trump’s presidency, the raid resulted in the deaths of at least 14 Al Qaeda fighters, 20 civilians and Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. Three other Americans were reportedly wounded and an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft was destroyed by U.S. forces after it was heavily damaged in a forced landing. Ov... more »

Major U.S. Arms Sales To Be Approved By The Trump Administration For Saudi Arabia And Bahrain

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
© Sputnik/ Alexander Kovalev *Washington Times:* *Trump to approve weapons packages to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain blocked by Obama* The Trump administration is poised to move quickly to approve major weapons packages for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain that President Obama blocked during his final months in office over human rights concerns in both nations, U.S. officials and congressional sources say. While the White House declined to discuss its plans, one U.S. official directly involved in the transfers told The Washington Times that a roughly $300 million precision-guided missile technolo... more »

CIA Gives Medal To Saudi Crown Prince For His Role In Fighting Terrorism

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The medal, named after George Tenet, was handed to him by CIA Director Micheal Pompeo after the Crown Prince received him in Riyadh. (SPA) *Al Arabiya:* *CIA honors Saudi Crown Prince for efforts against terrorism* The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, received a medal on Friday from the CIA for his distinct intelligence-related counter-terrorism work and his contributions to ensure international peace and security. The medal, named after George Tenet, was handed to him by CIA Director Micheal Pompeo after t... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“We’re all gonna die. We don’t get much say on how or when, but we do get to decide how we are gonna live. So do it, decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breathe in… Breathe out… and decide.” ~ "Grey’s Anatomy"

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Rays of Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
2002, “Rays of Light” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEvb6uQPIIQ

Have Migrants From President Trump's 7 Country Ban Been Convicted Of Terrorism?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
CNN *Washington Examiner:** Report: 72 convicted of terrorism from 'Trump 7' mostly Muslim countries* Since 9/11, 72 individuals from the seven mostly Muslim countries covered by President Trump's "extreme vetting" executive order have been convicted of terrorism, bolstering the administration's immigration ban. According to a report out Saturday, at least 17 claimed to be refugees from those nations, three came in as "students," and 25 eventually became U.S. citizens. The Center for Immigration Studies calculated the numbers of convicted terrorists from the Trump Seven: *Read m... more »

The Rag Blog : METRO EVENT | The Rag makes history!

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 3 hours ago
We ‘Celebrate The Rag’ & it’s lasting impact on our city at the Austin History Center, Sunday, Feb. 19. Event: ‘Celebrating the Rag’ What: Discussion, film screening, book signing Who: Editors Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Richard Croxdale, and film … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* | The Rag makes history!

Anti-Government Protests Erupt In Baghdad. Green Zone Hit By Rockets After Deadly Clashes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*BBC*: *Baghdad's Green Zone hit by rockets after deadly clashes* Several rockets have hit the high security Green Zone in Iraq's capital, Baghdad, hours after clashes at a protest left at least five dead. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the Green Zone, which houses government buildings and foreign embassies in Baghdad. Earlier on Saturday, thousands of protesters, demanding electoral reform, tried to storm the area. Police fired tear gas. At least 200 people are reported to be hurt. The protesters, mostly supporters of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, want chang... more »

X22Report, “New Report Projects The West Will Become The New 'Third World'”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X22Report, “New Report Projects The West Will Become The New 'Third World'” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRkXSo5lt_c

Ayn Rand on the Right and Wrong Kinds of Nationalism

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 4 hours ago
In *Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A*, Ayn Rand says that there can be more than one kind of nationalism depending on how the term is interpreted. She says this in response to the question: *What is the value of nationalism?* This is how Rand describes a wrong kind of nationalism: “Nationalism as a primary—that is, the attitude of “my country, right or wrong,” without any judgement—is chauvinism: a blind, collectivist, racist feeling for your own country, merely because you were born there. In that sense, nationalism is very wrong.” Here’s her description of the right kind ... more »

Trump, Flynn, Putin, The Golden Showers-- Why Members of Congress Are Demanding Trump Fire Flynn

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Friday, two progressive Democrats who served in the military and are especially concerned about National Security issues, Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), demanded Trump fire his scandal-plagued National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn. They pointed out in a joint statement that "Flynn sought to undermine the foreign policy of a sitting American President. And then he lied-- repeatedly and egregiously-- about his actions. Donald Trump should fire Michael Flynn immediately. Flynn communicated with high-ranking Russian officials both before and after a presidential electio... more »

North Korea Has Conducted A Ballistic Missile Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters*: *North Korea test-fires ballistic missile into sea: South Korea military* North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast early on Sunday, South Korea's military said, the first time the isolated state has tested such a device since U.S. President Donald Trump took office. The missile was launched from an area named Panghyon in North Korea's western region just before 8 a.m. (2300 GMT Saturday) and flew about 500 kilometers (300 miles), the South's Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in statements. "Our assessment is that it is part of a show... more »

Hitchhiker Killed by Muslims?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
On 19 February 2016, the web site Yes I’m Right shared a story about a woman who had been raped and murdered while hitchhiking in the Middle East: This Facebook post (and blatantly clickbaiting headline) linked to an article (riddled with inconsistencies, bad information, and misspellings) about the death of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, better known as Pippa Bacca, a performing artist who … Continued

U.S. President Trump Warns Iranian President Rouhani To Be Careful On What He Says

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Trump to Iran's Rouhani: Better be careful* U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Iran President Hassan Rouhani "better be careful" after Rouhani was quoted as saying that anyone who speaks to Iranians with threats would regret it. Trump was asked in a brief appearance in the press cabin aboard Air Force One about Rouhani's reported remarks to a rally in Tehran to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. Rouhani was quoted in media reports as saying Iran had shown in the 38 years since the revolution that "it will make anyone who speaks to Iranian... more »

Canada Is Becoming A Destination Of Choice For Migrants

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Roxham Rd. in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Que., which once connected Canada and the United States, is now one of the busiest holes in the lengthy border for illegal immigrants. (MARTIN TREMBLAY / LA PRESSE) *CTV:* *Canada-U.S. treaty has hundreds of asylum seekers crossing Quebec border illegally* Through back roads and in taxis, hundreds of immigrants are making their way across the border between Quebec and the United States illegally, according to Canadian Border Services Agency statistics. The numbers show an explosion in the amount of asylum claims being made at CBSA land bord... more »

Were Anti-Immigrant Demonstrations in Poland Ignored by News Media?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Global debate about the 2015 Syrian refugee crisis escalated sharply following the 13 November 2015 Paris attacks; one manner by which misinformation consistently spread both before and after that event involved barriers of language and media between Europe and the United States. Sortly after the Paris attacks, American social media users began spreading the image reproduced above, claiming … Continued

Meet The Billionaire CEO Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
"They just want to stop fossil fuels." Another time, he compared the tactics of some anti-pipeline activists to "terrorism." Kelcy Warren. Warren is a co-founder and CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the conglomerate whose security contractors have deployed pepper spray and snarling dogs against the Native Americans protesting its Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota. *He's laying another contested pipeline, the Trans-Pecos*, near Big Bend National Park—hallowed ground to many Texans. He's spent millions of dollars supporting right-wing politicians. He gave $700,000 to Texa... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Following an ancient galaxy-galaxy collision 200 million light-years from Earth, debris from a gas-rich galaxy, NGC 5291, was flung far into intergalactic space. NGC 5291 and the likely interloper, also known as the "Seashell" galaxy, are captured near the center of this spectacular scene. The sharp, ground-based telescopic image looks toward the galaxy cluster Abell 3574 in the southern constellation Centaurus. *Click image for larger size.* Stretched along the 100,000 light-year long tidal tails, are clumps resembling dwarf galaxies, but lacking old stars, apparently dominated by ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Thinking Like A Tortoise”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Thinking Like A Tortoise”* by Chet Raymo “The average lifespan in a hunter-gatherer society is 32 years. If you think you'd like the simplicity and ecological integrity of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, be sure to take your mobile phone and not wander too far away from a hospital. Culture, medical and biological science in particular, changed things dramatically. A century-and-a-half ago life expectancy at birth was 50 years, with child mortality being the most significant limiting factor. By the time I was born, life expectancy at birth was pushing 70 years, with the age-range 14-... more »

"This Is Your Brain On Fatty Acids"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"This Is Your Brain On Fatty Acids" by Maryalice Yakutchik "Saturated fats have a deservedly bad reputation, but Johns Hopkins scientists have discovered that a sticky lipid occurring naturally at high levels in the brain may help us memorize grandma's recipe for cinnamon buns, as well as recall how, decades ago, she served them up steaming from the oven. The Hopkins team, reporting in "Neuron," reveals how palmitate, a fatty acid, marks certain brain proteins– NMDA receptors– that need to be activated for long-term memory and learning to take place. The fatty substance directs th... more »

"Junk Food as 'Addictive as Drugs'"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Junk Food as 'Addictive as Drugs'" by "Telegraph" Staff "Junk food is almost as addictive as heroin, scientists have found. A diet of burgers, chips, sausages and cake will program your brain into craving even more foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat, according to new research. Over the years these junk foods can become a substitute for happiness and will lead bingers to become addicted. Dr Paul Kenny, a neuroscientist, carried out the research which shows how dangerous high fat and high sugar foods can be to our health. "You lose control. It's the hallmark of addiction,"... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“The odd thing about the often long and lonely path of life is that when you get to the end of it and look back, you'll find that it was neither of these. Stranger still, by and large, no matter where it's taken you, its memories will be so sweet, they'll usher forth the happiest of tears.” "Swoosh," The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

“Let It Flow: Tears”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“Let It Flow: Tears”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm “Tears are as natural to us as breathing and there is beauty in allowing yourself to be open to the pain of tears. How wonderful it feels to give in and let tears flow when we are overwhelmed with emotions, whether we are happy or sad. Tears come from the soul, from our well of feelings rising from deep down. When we give in to the prickling behind our eyes and the lump in our throat to let teardrops fall from our eyes, we allow our feelings to surface so they can be set free. Proud parents shed tears of pride in a child’s accom... more »


noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Sooner or later, fate puts us together with all the people, one by one, who show us what we could, and shouldn’t, let ourselves become. Sooner or later we meet the drunkard, the waster, the betrayer, the ruthless mind, and the hate-filled heart. But fate loads the dice, of course, because we usually find ourselves loving or pitying almost all of those people. And it’s impossible to despise someone you honestly pity, and to shun someone you truly love.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”

"Hundreds of Ancient Earthworks Resembling Stonehenge Found in Amazon Rainforest"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Hundreds of Ancient Earthworks Resembling * *Stonehenge Found in Amazon Rainforest"* by Sarah Knapton "Hundreds of ancient earthworks resembling those at Stonehenge were built in the Amazon rainforest, scientists have discovered after flying drones over the area. The findings prove for the first time that prehistoric settlers in Brazil cleared large wooded areas to create huge enclosures meaning that the 'pristine' rainforest celebrated by ecologists is actually relatively new. The ditched enclosures, in Acre state in the western Brazilian Amazon, have been concealed for centuri... more »

Greece's Debt Crisis Returns

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:** Greece says bailout deal close, Juncker says it's on shaky ground* Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned international lenders on Saturday not to heap new burdens on his country but said he believed the drawn-out bailout review with them would end well. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, however, said the deal was "on shaky ground" because the International Monetary Fund had not decided what role it would play. The comments came a day after Greece and its international lenders made clear progress towards bridging differences over Athens's fiscal p... more »

STAR TREK - Ptolemy Wept

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago

Reggie, the Adopted Lab

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
Those who serve with the U.S. armed forces often face difficult choices when they receive orders deploying them overseas. Not only do they have to be prepared to be parted from their loved ones and make arrangements regarding the storage of personal possessions, but they may also face the problem of finding proper caretakers for … Continued

Investigation Exposes UN Agents Inciting Terrorism, Hate

Alex Newman at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: investigation-exposes-un-agents-inciting-terrorism-hate] The United Nations Relief and Works Agency is under fire yet again over employees who publicly promote terrorism, praise National Socialist mass-murderer Adolf Hitler, support violent jihad, and foment hatred of Jews. The latest accusations, documented in a 130-page report provided to U.S. lawmakers, come from an investigation by the non-profit watchdog group UN Watch. Dozens of UN agents and employees were implicated, including many with access to children.

Is It Illegal to Be Fat in Japan?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
In January 2008, Japan passed the “Metabo Law” in an effort to curb obesity in that country. While the law does require men and women between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines examined once a year and potentially seek medical treatment if their measurements fall outside established ranges, it did not … Continued

Mega-lo-Mania for the MegaDrive/Genesis

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
God games. Oddly, there were a few knocking around for Sega's all-singing, all-dancing arcade conversion monster. *Mega-lo-Mania* started out life as a title from Sensible Software on the 16-bit home computing formats of the early 90s (Atari ST, Amiga), proved a bit of a hit (as well as scoring rave reviews) and made its way over to the consoles. For reasons unknown, the publishers decided to change the name for its North American Genesis release to *Tyrants Fight Through Time*, presumably as they believed it was beyond the ken of yanks to reach for a dictionary. Even weirder, for t... more »

Corrupt Congressional Conservatives Are Making Their Move To Unleash Wall Street Predators On Society Again

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Are you stunned to see Trump's sinking poll numbers? You should be. A newly elected president has never had a reaction from the country like his. His first week in office and 35% of Americans already thought he should be impeached. That rose to 40% last week and then 46% this week! Rachel Maddow suggested on her show that the way she reads the data, Trump's impeachment number would be even higher except for the fact that so many people worry that Mike Pence would be even worse president than Trump! PPP's new national poll finds that Donald Trump's popularity as President has decl... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Man ‘couldn't watch America's symbol die,’ risks life to save bald eagle from gator’s jaws

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
A Florida resident says he “couldn't watch America's symbol die” as he witnessed an epic battle between an alligator and a bald eagle. When things started to go the alligator’s way, the man intervened and ripped the eagle from the gator’s jaws. As the battle unfolded in his backyard with the bald eagle losing, David Anderson of Parrish, Florida decided to take matters into his own hands by jumping into the water to try and prize the eagle from the jaws of death, he told Fox News. Once he had successfully fought off the gator, he contacted local wildlife rescuer Justin Matthews to ... more »

Saturday Afternoon Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 8 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson comment on the moral and practical harm done by continued inequality: Inequality matters because, as a robust and growing body of evidence shows, the populations of societies with bigger income differences tend to have poorer physical and mental health, more illicit drug use, and more obesity. More unequal societies are marked by more violence, weaker community life, and less trust. Inequality also damages children’s wellbeing, reducing educational attainment and social mobility. ... You might think that... more »

New Punishment for Reading the Bible in Saudi Arabia?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
On 13 December 2015, a Facebook user published the above image with a claim that the injuries depicted were inflicted as part of a “new punishment for reading the Bible in Saudi Arabia.” Even taken solely as a rumor, the “new punishment” was not all that new; earlier versions of the claim appeared on anti-Islam blogs … Continued

World Finally Waking up to Bus Beheader Victor Li "Justice/Legal" Scandal in Canada

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 9 hours ago
*Greyhound Bus* I have been writing, commenting on forums and peacefully fuming about this long simmering Canadian Legal Scandal for years now. Right after the atrocity took place, I began to pound the keyboard, writing dozens of posts on the CBC news forums with *BIG* questions about this disgusting travesty of humanity and justice. Now, it appears that the entire world is waking up. There was a report on the New York Times yesterday and today there's a report in Russia Today. Simply put, Victor Li, an adult, male Chinese immigrant to Canada was riding on a Greyhound Bus acros... more »

A veteran Guardian writer tried to joke about Diane Abbott getting sexually harassed. It didn’t end well for him [TWEETS]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 9 hours ago
Now retired Guardian writer Michael White should have known better than to use the sexual harassment of Diane Abbott for laughs. Instead, it was left to Twitter users to put him right. And they did. @michaelwhite do you really see this incident as being more about da voting intentions than Davis's unwanted advances? Shame on […] The post A veteran Guardian writer tried to joke about... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Cradle of Humankind

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 9 hours ago
 East Africa is called the Cradle of Humankind because it’s where our ancestors originated. As noted in an earlier post, two to four million years ago, the region became cooler and dryer. Forests shrank. The ancestors of baboons and humans moved out of the forest and adapted to savannah ecosystems (grasslands with scattered trees). In this new habitat, male baboons evolved large canine teeth, to better deflect predator attacks. All baboons retained the physique for scampering up trees. Baboons still live sustainably, as they have for millions of years, because they continue ... more »

WATCH: CNN Cuts Off Bernie Sanders on LIVE TV for Calling CNN Fake News

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: cnn]CNN did it again — pulling the plug on Bernie Sanders after he jokingly called the network 'fake news.'

BREAKING: As Construction Begins, Vets Return to Standing Rock — Form Human Shield

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: veterans]U.S. military veterans are once again descending on Standing Rock to form a human shield between water protectors and violent police.

On the Doors in Stoke Central

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
Hoping for another sunny, balmy Saturday was too much to ask for. As Labour's canvassing teams went door-to-door in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election last week, it was under clear skies and dry weather. Those same teams today went out in biting cold and a snow so desultory it couldn't be arsed to leave even a light sprinkling. Still, neither work as meteorological metaphors for the reception we found on the doors. Understandably, a lot of people want to know how it's going. The bookies more or less have Labour and UKIP level pegging, and despite almost two years of UKIP decli... more »

Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi: Insane Clown President

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 9 hours ago
Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Feb 11, 2017 On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges examines the spectacle of the 2016 presidential election and the system that created President Donald Trump with Matt Taibbi, author of “Insane Clown President”. RT Correspondent Anya Parampil highlights some of the more absurd moments […]

Sunday School: Explaining Christianity

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
[image: PC_Small_400x400] [Hat tip Atheist Republic] . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

HOT CHINESE MONEY: ZEROHEDGE -> There Are 66,719 Empty Mansions In Vancouver

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 10 hours ago
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-11/there-are-66719-empty-mansions-vancouver *There Are 66,719 Empty Mansions In Vancouver* by Tyler Durden Feb 11, 2017 2:57 PM One year ago, when we first started discussing the Vancouver housing bubble, which as we first speculated - and was later confirmed - was the result of Chinese oligarch money-launderers parking "hot cash" in this offshore housing market (at least until a 15% property tax on foreign purchases made Seattle the new Vancouver), we said that Vancouver houses had become the de facto new Swiss bank account, and because of th... more »

cairo: islamic and coptic cairo

laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
We had an awesome day of sightseeing today; I have much to report. We had planned to ask our hosts if they could connect us with a guide for Cairo sightseeing for Sunday. The plan was to do the Egyptian Museum today and sightsee with a guide tomorrow. While we were having breakfast, Abdul, our guide extraordinaire, appeared. Yes, he does urban tours, and yes, he’s free, let’s go today. He quoted us an extremely reasonable price, and asked us not to tell the Pyramids View guys. Fine with us. The one who does the work should reap the reward. On the way into town, Abdul told us about m... more »

Did Bruce Springsteen Pen a Letter Apologizing for Letting Trump Win the Presidency?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
On 8 February 2017, The Observer published an open letter ostensibly from musician Bruce Springsteen concerning the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, titled “A Letter of Apology from Bruce Springsteen for Letting Trump Win”: My name is Bruce Springsteen, and one day soon, when the windows of your mosques are smashed … Continued

Li-ar, li-ar. Pants on fi-re.....

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 10 hours ago
The Moncton Times and Transcript of Feb. 10 has a superb journalistic example of lying proganda. And it's right up front on page 1. It all began several days ago when the government announced it was handing over hospital food services to a private company. On that same day, the editor and Norbert Cunningham both almost wet their pants with joy, writing columns in praise of this decision. (I think it's a very safe guess that neither the editor nor Cunningham knows anything about the subect.) On Feb. 10s first page, there's a big story with the headline that the premier has dismis... more »

"Checking Out"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“America has been a land of dreams. A land where the aspirations of people from countries cluttered with rich, cumbersome, aristocratic, ideological pasts can reach for what once seemed unattainable. Here they have tried to make dreams come true. Yet now... we are threatened by a new and particularly American menace. It is not the menace of class war, of ideology, of poverty, of disease, of illiteracy, or demagoguery, or of tyranny, though these now plague most of the world. It is the menace of unreality.” - Daniel J. Boorstin

"Fukushima Update: Your Radiation This Week, 2/11/2017"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva *Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such report will be on February 25, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific *FACT*, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The rad... more »

The Babel of Facts

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 11 hours ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein) *I*n a 19th century edition of *Specimens of the Table Talk of Samuel Taylor Coleridge*, one of the phrases in the preface that was filled with otherwise overwrought and turgid prose was, "the Babel of Facts." It struck me as perfectly applicable and relevant to the Arabian bazaar of ideas and alternative facts to which we've been subjected since this traveling psychological roadshow known as the Trump campaign finally pounded stakes in the Rose Garden of the White House. In case you haven't realized it (and, admit... more »

Damning Questions About Oroville

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/02/10/damaged-lake-orovilledam-spillway-being-sacrificed-with-high-releases-now-about-4-feet-to-top/ WUWT carries the story of the Oroville Dam emergency spillway in California. In short, the spillway has been damaged at the same time as the dam itself is close to overflowing, following recent heavy rain. There will doubtless be many questions asked about the […]

Citizens Fight Back, Move to Impeach Judge For Letting Pedophile Cop Off Easy

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: pedophile]A former Pennsylvania police officer, and admitted pedophile, was sentenced to just 3 months for molesting an 8-year-old girl.

The week in satire Vol. #31

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 11 hours ago
And what a week it was! A week in which Trump did something brazen and unbelievable which will ultimately be drowned out in the sea of many other brazen and unbelievable things that he’s done. A week in which Labour succssfully managed to force the Conservatives into getting exactly what Theresa May wanted. And a […] The post The week in satire Vol. #31 appeared first on The Canary. Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Fukushima Daiichi: Current Conditions and Past Accounts

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
Fukushima emissions up again February 12, 2017 2:43: Dry streets at the Futaba Intersection I was looking back through my materials on unit 2, given its been featured so prominently in the news media recently, and I found this article, which is interesting to read retrospectively (please note that the link is no longer active): Crisis continues at Fukushima nuclear plant as fuel rods exposed again. TOKYO, March 15, Kyodo http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/03/77943.html A crisis continued Tuesday at the troubled No. 2 reactor at the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power pl... more »

Small-minded tribe in the big culture war!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2017Moonlight meets little Laura:* We've written all week about Moonlight, a striking film which generated fascinating reviews. Around us swirls a political war our team won't be able to win. Our rank and file isn't bright enough. Much more significantly, our leadership barely exists. How pitiful is our liberal team at this difficult hour? On the front page of today's Washington Post, four reporters capture some members of our team explaining what democracy looks like: SNELL ET AL. (2/11/17): Organizers searched through a sea of at least 200 people, many ... more »

The 2018 Congressional Races Are Starting To Take Shape: Oklahoma City

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Will Tom Guild Be Our Revolution's First Big Red State Congressional Win?* Good news and bad news to start the day. Let's get the bad news over with first. Congressional voting patterns are starting to indicate trends. When you examine the crucial vote scores for the 115th Congress so far, there aren't many surprises. Seeing members like Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ruben Kihuen (D-NV), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Luis Guttierrez (D-IL) with 100% scores should come as n... more »

Violence In Iraq, Feb. 1-7, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
Ninewa and Baghdad were the two main drivers of violence during the first week of February 2017. Those two had the most incidents. There were a total of 123 reported in Iraq with 50 in Ninewa, 31 in Baghdad, 17 in Diyala, 9 in Anbar, 7 in Salahaddin, 4 in Kirkuk, 2 each in Babil and Basra, and 1 in Irbil. Those led to 388 dead and 176 wounded. The former consisted of 1 Iranian Revolutionary Guards adviser, 1 Peshmerga, 2 Hashd, 21 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and 363 civilians, with another 15 Hashd, 39 ISF, and 122 civilians injured. By province 183 died in Nine... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 116, Feb 10, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 12 hours ago
For weeks now Iraqi officials have been pushing the line that the Islamic State is a defeated force. Prime Minister Haider Abadi was the latest to add to the fray when he tolda meeting of Iraq’s governors that the majority of IS’s foreign fighters had left Mosul. This follows the government’s release of captured IS documents that showed foreign members trying to get out of fighting in Ninewa. The papers were first reported in the Iraqi press, and then got wider coverage when they were featured in the Washington Post. The reports just came from one battalion however. In Mosul itse... more »

After Years of Research, Big Pharma Finally Shows Evidence Cannabis Kills Cancer

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: cannabis]While most pharma companies are fighting against cannabis legalization, one is embracing the power of this miraculous plant.

JK Rowling is absolutely destroying Piers Morgan right now, in public [TWEETS]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 13 hours ago
JK Rowling is absolutely destroying Piers Morgan on Twitter right now. In front of millions of people. Piers Morgan met his match during a live appearance on Bill Maher’s show this week. In the shape of comedian Jim Jeffries. As Morgan attempted to whitewash the sexism, racism and authoritarian acts of President Donald Trump – […] The post JK Rowling is absolutely destroying... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Watch Piers Morgan get told to fuck off. It’s extremely satisfying [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 13 hours ago
Piers Morgan met his match during a live appearance on Bill Maher’s show this week. In the shape of comedian Jim Jeffries. As Morgan attempted to whitewash the sexism, racism and authoritarian acts of President Donald Trump – Jeffries got very real, very fast. In fact, he told Piers Morgan to fuck off – literally. […] The post Watch Piers Morgan get told to fuck off.... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Disturbing Video Surfaces Showing Cop Smoking Cigar Kneeling Over Lifeless Body

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: nypd]A disturbing video has surfaced which shows an NYPD cop kneeling over a man's lifeless body while puffing on a cigar.

NYPD Arrest Man for Filming — Delete His Video, But This Footage Survived

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: filming]A member of a police accountability activist group was arrested for filming cops in Times Square and the cop deleted the footage.

FDA Helps Drug Company Increase Price of Live Saving Medicine 7,000 Percent

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: drug]The Food and Drug Administration has once again proven its loyalty to Big Pharma by granting a monopoly on an old drug -- driving the price up 7,000%.

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Skiing today. The GF's version of R&R with her BF. Blogging will return later this evening.

President Trump Is Spoiling Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
First Lady Melania Trump joined the group after spending the week in New York City and joining her husband this morning *Daily Mail:* *The Supper Bowl! The Trumps, the Japanese prime minister and his wife are joined by New England Patriots owner for dinner at Mar-a-Lago after the First Family fly to Florida on Air Force One* * President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed for Mar-a-Lago for a weekend of golf and meetings * President was reunited with Melania Trump, who sported large sunglasses as she boarded Air Force One * Daughter Ivanka Trump and husband Jared K... more »

Is The U.S. - Russian Honeymoon Over?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*DW*: *US-Russian honeymoon over?* *Fiona Clark wonders if recent statements by US President Donald Trump could mean that US-Russian relations may not be as rosy as many Russians would have hoped.* Russians had their hearts set on Donald Trump. He was the hope for a better future - the man who would re-set relations between the US and Russia - a task they believe Hillary Clinton could never achieve. But less than three weeks into the Trump era, and the Kremlin may be wishing it had kept its fingers out of the pie. Already the Russian media has gone from "All hail President Trump"... more »

Weekend reads: Sugar paper tussle at a reunion; “Sex, lies, and video-taped experiments;” p-value harm?

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured the retraction of a psychology paper because of manipulation by an unnamed graduate student, and a tale about the cost of being a whistleblower, even when you’re successful. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: Andrew Larkin has a Harvard Medical School reunion coming up. So does NEJM editor Jeffrey Drazen. Sparks […] The post Weekend reads: Sugar paper tussle at a reunion; “Sex, lies, and video-taped experiments;” p-value harm? appeared first on Retraction Watch.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
Donald Trump is backing down from his defense of the travel ban executive order. Except maybe he isn't backing down. So there! President Trump vowed on Friday to order new security measures by next week intended to stop terrorists from entering the United States, even as aides debated whether to ask the Supreme Court to reinstate his original travel ban that has now been blocked by lower courts. A day after a three-judge panel rebuffed him, Mr. Trump said he might sign “a brand new order” as early as Monday that would be aimed at accomplishing the same purpose but, presumably, with ... more »

Hugh Pym says the BBC got it about right

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
For fans of transcripts everywhere *and* an interesting, bias-related discussion on this week's *Newswatch*.... *SAMIRA AHMED*: Hello, and welcome to *Newswatch* with me, Samira Ahmed. Vital insight or just demoralising coverage? The BBC's special NHS reporting is in the spotlight....Reports about the National Health Service have been especially frequent on television news bulletins over the last few weeks of winter, but this week more so than ever. The BBC was running a week of special programmes and reports, which they branded as Health Check, about the state of the NHS, inclu... more »

FL KIPP Gets Its Own State Appropriations Bill

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 14 hours ago
KIPP Jacksonville has remained at the bottom of the testing performance barrel since opening at a donated kennel club in 2010. Despite a brutal "no excuses" regimen with 10-hour days and a medium security penal discipline system that grinds up both teachers and students, KIPP Jacksonville earned another "D" this year in the state assessment system. If this KIPP were a public school in Florida with the same performance history, it would have a target on its back for charter conversion. But since KIPP has already reached the permanent safe harbor protection of the corporate welfar... more »

Myopic concentration

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
John Sweeney reflected on his encounters with Geert Wilders on today's *From Our Own Correspondent*. He described him as "the Dark Lord of Dutch politics". He said he was "smooth, polished, extremely articulate and very, very troubling". He called Mr Wilders's loss of personal freedom since 2004 (due to death threats) "astonishing and grim". And he talked of Freedom Party leader's "myopic concentration" on "one big problem" - Islam.

Report: Russia Considering Deporting NSA Leaker Edward Snowden To The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*NBC:* *Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S. to ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump: Official* U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a "spy" and a "traitor" who deserves to be executed. That's according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to "curry favor" with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community co... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Su-33 and MiG-29K fighters aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. The naval group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier returned to its home port of Severomorsk on February 8, 2017, following a two-month-long deployment to the eastern Mediterranean where it took part in Russia’s anti-Daesh operations. © SPUTNIK/ PRESS SERVICE OF THE NORTHERN FLEET/ANDREY LUZIK

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Hundreds more whales have been stranded in New Zealand as attempts to rescue them continue https://t.co/hpFSp1exm1 pic.twitter.com/PPS4WAs8bz — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 11, 2017

Mr. Trudeau Goes To Washington

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Justin Trudeau has been consulting with other world leaders before he takes his trip to Washington on Monday. Presumably, when he deals with Trump, he doesn't want to deal with him alone. That's a good idea. But, Andrew Coyne writes, it's not a new idea: For forty-odd years after World War II, the policy of the free world towards the Soviet Union was one of containment: a strategy of collective resistance, rather than (on the one hand) appeasement or (on the other) open conflict. We now face the sad reality that, for the next four years at least, some version of containment will h... more »

Shaken 'Em Up...

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Japan's right-wing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (grandson of a member of the imperial Japanese war cabinet) got more than he asked for - watch his facial expression at the end..... more »

Why Diane Black Has Far More To Fear From Her Constituents In Tennessee Than Justin Amash Does From Michigan Voters

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Justin Amash isn't hiding from his constituents and he's not hiding the media coverage of his raucous downhill meetings. He welcomes them and wants Michiganders to know about them. Amash's Grand Rapids-based seat is in a swing district (PVI is R+4); most of the voters coming from Kent (Grand Rapids) and Calhoun (Battle Creek) counties. Obama won it 50-49% in 2008, lost it 53-46% in 2012 and Hillary lost to Trump 51.6% to 42.2%. 3 months ago, Amash did considerably better than Trump-- winning reelection with 203,069 votes (59.6%) to 128,159 (37.5%). He won all 5 counties in the di... more »

An Ever-Darker Future Imminent

Harry Dale Huffman at The Earth and Man: Setting the Stage - 16 hours ago
The Jo Nova site has a post on South Australia's energy infrastructure woes, and the comments put blame on all the usual suspects. The following is my response, as a competent scientist: *Underlying the lazy (still too well fed and entertained), politically polarized public, and their representatives, and the larger tyrannous agenda of the Insane Left, is the fundamental crisis:* *A general scientific incompetence–not among the public, but among the “experts” themselves, across all specialties that intersect with the climate or atmosphere, and thus among all those who should have nip... more »

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us/To see oursels as others see us!

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
In other bias-related news, a survey for *The Herald *shows that 36% of Scots think the BBC is biased against independence. I can't say* that *comes as particularly surprising news, but the other figures - 23% disagreeing and 41% neither agreeing or disagreeing - are still striking. *Less than a quarter* of Scots were prepared to give the BBC the thumbs-up in this survey. That's not good for the BBC, is it?


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Donald Trump (according to Yasmin Alibhai Brown) This week's *Dateline London *was one of those queasily consensual affairs (for the most part) where all four guests (Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Abdul Bari Atwan, Stephanie Baker and Vincent Magombe) were anti-Trump. Given the guest list, overripe diatribes were guaranteed.

Lessons from the North

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago
*Inside the cave-like used bookstore in Helsingborg for our talk two nights ago* While visiting Stockholm, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Helsingborg, and Malmo we’ve learned much about the drastic changes now underway in Scandinavia. The US and NATO cultural and military colonization of this part of the world has been a constant theme in our discussions with local activists. One woman in Malmo told us, “Our Swedish culture is being erased.” She reported that about 80% of Swedish TV is American programming. I can attest to that fact as the one time I turned on a TV and surfed the availab... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*DeVos Critics' Hypocrisy on Public Schools* *This was written before the DeVos confirmation but is still an excellent example of the empty space in Leftist brains where principles should be. They are ethical cripples* Today's U.S. Senate vote on Betsy DeVos should be a nail-biter. Every Democrat and two stray Republicans - Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - plan to oppose DeVos's nomination for secretary of education. This probably will trigger a 50-50 tie, with Vice President Mike Pence splitting the difference and confirming DeVos. If only one more Republic... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Trump's election and the impact on New England's energy industry* President Trump promises to bring big changes to how and where we get our energy, driven in part by his fossil fuel fandom and a self-professed skepticism about man-made climate change. But figuring out the long-term impact on New England's energy industries is complicated, especially with Trump's team still being assembled. He has picked leaders for several key agencies. Most notably, former Exxon Mobil chief executive Rex Tillerson is now secretary of state, and former Texas governor Rick Perry has been chosen to... more »

David Dimbleby mounts his high horse

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
The times they are a changin'. This week's *Question Time* saw Billy Bragg and Owen Smith get roundly booed by the audience and Ann Widdecombe was the hero of the hour. And David Dimbleby got cross. Owen Smith and Claire Perry were squabbling over which party (Conservative or Labour) had spent more on the NHS when DD's patience snapped and mounted his very high horse, and spake: Don't just keep talking! That is what happens every time we talk about the NHS. Tories say 'We spend more', Labour say 'You're not spending more'. It's a pain in the bum quite frankly, because the truth i... more »

Medical Board Water Boards Vax Injured Child

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
NOTE: You might think that headline is all wet. But think about it as you read this intense post by Ginger Taylor. She decided to take her pediatrician to the medical board for failure to evaluate him for vaccine injury....

Best of Weekly Wrap: Do MMR + Hg + SSPE = ASD?

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Best of from September 2012. By Dan Olmsted "I wonder whether autistic enterocolitis isn’t a kind of SSPE with a weakened (vaccine) virus," Kathy Blanco wrote in an e-mail this week, with a link to a blog post HERE that...

Logic and Experience

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 18 hours ago
“Man’s knowledge is not acquired by logic apart from experience or by experience apart from logic, but by the application of logic to experience. All truths are the product of a logical identification of the facts of experience.” ~ Leonard Peikoff (Source: *Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology*; Chapter: "The Analytic-Synthetic Dichotomy" by Leonard Peikoff)

Not looking on the bright side

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
That left-leaning discussion on European populism on last night's *Newsnight *was followed by more of the usual negative stuff about Brexit, this time trying to show up the Leave campaign's claims about German motor manufacturers. Emily Maitlis got the ball rolling: "Don't worry, if Britain leaves the European Union then German car manufacturers will make Angela Merkel give us a good deal". That claim was made time and time again during last year's EU referendum. The Leave campaign was very confident that Europe's most powerful political leader would listen to her most important... more »

"Three out of three"

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
John Sweeney's report was followed by a discussion about "the talk of a populist revolution in Europe" with two left-of-centre commentators and an election expert for the BBC (not that they were introduced as such!): *Times* columnist David Aaronovitch, Sara Hobolt, professor of European politics at LSE and Yascha Mounk, the Harvard political theorist. This also attracted adverse comment: *Update*: Rod Liddle at the *Spectator* (like his missus) wasn't impressed either: Incidentally, the debate was between four people who hate the new populism, natch. There was no alternative vo... more »

Some answers there...of a kind.

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
John Sweeney went roaring after Geert Wilders on last night's *Newsnight*, getting not one but two interviews with him (and yet still making it mostly about John Sweeney). Unusually, Mr Wilders didn't want out on the BBC man. The piece ended with John saying, lugubriously: Many Dutch find his views not just repellents, but dangerous. So will Geert Wilders take power on March the 15th? Probably not, as the mainstream parties will do their best to block him. But there's no doubting this man is changing what was once the most liberal country in Europe into something quite different... more »

Spain: Police Look Into Alleged UFO sighting at Santuari de Misericordia (Reus)

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 18 hours ago
*Source: Diari de Tarragona.comDate: 02.08.2017* *Spain: Police Look Into Alleged UFO sighting at Santuari de Misericordia (Reus)* Local residence notified the Guardia Urbana to the presence of an unidentified flying object that gave gave off lights and bursts of color. Police officers have not dismissed any hypotheses out of hand, but are almost entirely sure it was a star. "It looked like a large donut-shaped circle that gave off flashes of light. One was white, while the other, smaller one was orange." This was the eyewitness report provided by Vicenta Quillez, one of the res... more »

Hugh on trial

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
*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.* (Not a Sheep, re this week's *Feedback*) I heard a Hugh Sykes report on Radio 4's *PM *the other day on how US Muslims feel about Donald Trump's travel ban. Much of it was as you'd expect from a BBC report on that subject, but I was genuinely surprised when Hugh said: *Well, it is true that almost all terrorism is carried out by people who describe themselves as M... more »

A Danish reporter tries to interview ANTIFA, so the left shows its true values

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
https://youtu.be/osqx2MyfdnQ Lefty types chasing a Jew down the streets of Norrebro whilst screaming "Nazi Jew"! That's partially the result of much of the media, including the institutionally anti Israel BBC, calling Israelis (and by extension Jews) Nazis, it's given an excuse to anti Semitic lefty types.

Transpicuous News: Zombie Virus from Space

D ... Breaking The Silence at Removing The Shackles - 19 hours ago
Welcome to another wacky edition of Transpicuous News, where the Insanity never ceases to amaze!! d Transpicuous New, Feb 11, 2017 News Links: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/centre-shuts-gate-on-bill-melinda-gates-foundation/articleshow/57028697.cms?from=mdr https://www.rt.com/usa/377033-fda-approves-drug-emflaza/ https://www.rt.com/usa/377028-spacex-sending-superbug-iss/ https://www.rt.com/viral/377030-illinois-zombie-preparedness-month/ http://removingtheshackles.blogspot.com.mt/2014/10/transpicuous-news-ep2-zombie-apocalypse.html https://blo... more »

How to Smoke out Islamists among Refugees and Immigrants

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
As stated many times, the problem is not so much Islam so much as that the teachings can be selected to nicely support barbarism. This particular feature can be even read as a direct insertion engineered by the Anti Christ. Take out those insertions and the writings fit securely into the many spiritual scriptures we have available. What has remained disconcerting has been the failure of Muslims generally to denounce such material throughout history. We should demand just that for acceptance to citizenship. That will not be a hard as it sounds once you actually read the errant... more »

An inside story on replacing the United Nations with the Covenant of Democratic Nations

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
As did the League of Nations, so too the UN. It has finally signed its obituary. Replacing it with a Covenant of Democratic Nations also makes excellent sense. It happens to be the natural evolution and it broadly counters the Fascist NWO been drummed. If we can then bring ourselves to assign real powers and budgets to it as well as a democratic decision making body, it may also become a model for the EU as well which suffers a serious democratic deficit now causing severe damage*.* They never learn. Fear of democracy has hampered political evolution continuously and it is ... more »

Parents: What You’re Not Being Told About Autism & What Causes It

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
Exposure to chemicals is not a good plan. Exposure to a lot of them is a worse plan. Now we also discover that meta stats has determined that roundup impacts Autism as well. Add in the added joy that we are injecting stuff into the blood stream without the natural pass through the stomach and we must be crazy. It explains the magical rise of peanut allergies. Peanut oil directly into the bloodstream is a stupid idea. All this tells us that we need a complete shut down and rethinking of what we are doing. I will go further. both pesticides and vaccines must be limited to e... more »

Trump Inherits Immigration Turmoil

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 19 hours ago
*[image: Immigrants stand for the national anthem during a naturalization ceremony in the Great Hall of Ellis Island in New York on Sept. 16, 2016. Nationwide, more than 730,000 people gained U.S. citizenship in 2015, which is just below the average number for the last 10 years. (John Moore/Getty Images)]* What a mess. Worse than that it has degenerated into defacto immigration that supersedes normal immigration. and once they are here, providing they are law abiding, they are almost impossible to locate. The solution of course is that they all become registered as landed immig... more »

A Weekend Sermonette (The End is Near)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
H/T to J. D. for uncovering this insightful YouTube video from the enlightened, progressive left (your betters). If the progs are correct and all life on Earth will be extinct in nine years, I need to advance my bucket list to insure that I can cross everything off before global warming consumes me. It's a fitting topic for a Sermonette. Since it's Saturday, Mooselims too can enjoy the sermon. It's the new progressive me, emerging - since we'll all be poached like a salmon before you know it. Just when you thought that you plumbed the depths of the progressive movement, a gem, suc... more »

We Are Here To......Author Unknown

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago

Elizabeth Warren On Why Republicans Attempted To Silence Her

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
Elizabeth Warren spoke with TYT’s Ryan Grim outside of the capitol. Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola, and Jayar Jackson, the hosts of The Young Turks, discuss what she said.

Want to Investigate Electoral Fraud? Start with whistle blowers and judo!

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
*== Calling all henchmen! ==* I’ve called for this since way back in the last century, illustrating it in The Transparent Society and in novels like Earth. We must unleash whistleblowers on the world. Envision Edward Snowden and the Panama Papers revealer, only far more extensively, with protections and rewards that lure secrets out of shadows.

How feminism helped to poison and politicize symplectic geometry

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
*An appropriate topic for February 11th, the "Women in Science Day"* *Perhaps a more important interpretation of the date: Exactly one year ago, the first gravitational wave detected by LIGO was officially announced* Kevin Hartnett wrote the article A Fight to Fix Geometry’s Foundations. He did some good work and it wasn't a waste of time for me to read it. But the bias that penetrates the article, starting from the title, is something I simply cannot accept. Like in so many other cases, the journalist has simply decided who is "right" in a confrontation and we're sort of not surpr... more »

His Primary Rules: Never Allow the Public to Cool Off; Repeat a Big Lie Frequently Enough and People Sooner or Later Believe It

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 22 hours ago
“…fascism, in Italy and Germany alike, has been subsidized above all by the magnates of heavy industry (iron and steel, … Continue reading →

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Liquid Mind, “Night Light” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5VzYAPBVJc

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“Jets of streaming plasma expelled by the central black hole of a massive spiral galaxy light up this composite image of Centaurus A. The jets emanating from Cen A are over a million light years long. *Click image for larger size.* Exactly how the central black hole expels infalling matter is still unknown. After clearing the galaxy, however, the jets inflate large radio bubbles that likely glow for millions of years. If excited by a passing front, radio bubbles can even light up again after a billion years. X-ray light is depicted in the above composite image in blue, while microwav... more »

"Time Passes..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"Time passes in moments. Moments which, rushing past, define the path of a life, just as surely as they lead towards its end. How rarely do we stop to examine that path, to see the reasons why all things happen? To consider whether the path we take in life is our own making, or simply one into which we drift with eyes closed? But what if we could stop, pause to take stock of each precious moment before it passes? Might we then see the endless forks in the road that have shaped a life? And, seeing those choices, choose another path?" - Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully, "The X-Files"

Chet Raymo, “The Wild Silence And The Wild Dark”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“The Wild Silence And The Wild Dark”* by Chet Raymo "It is probably obvious by now that I have been reading Yeats. So let me share one more poem, "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven": “Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” There is a wonderfully sexy scene in “Frankie Starlight” where Anne Parillau... more »

Who Lacks Respect for the Office of the President?

Robert Reich - 1 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

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

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

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

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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?

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