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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 3, 2017

3 February - Blogs I'm Following

11:05 pm MST

I HEART Malaysia

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 7 minutes ago
[image: DSC04018] Another year, another enjoyable bike trip to Malaysia, this time to the Peninsula. Click on Read more below for the parade of pictures... [image: DSC03916] It began at the Kuala Lumpur airport, of course. Arrived on the 4:20 flight and rode out of the airport on a bike. Don't do that! The road system is insane. Had to walk the bike over a couple of median strips to get where I wanted to go, at night, across highways. Just take a taxi out. That was my introduction to Malaysia's roads, which are poorly marked and easy to get lost on. [image: DSC03927] The road to M... more »

The White House Has A Serious Problem With Leaks

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 minutes ago
*Politico:* *Trump’s Enemies Within* *The president has awakened the slumbering beast that felled presidents before him: the federal bureaucracy.* How on earth is all this stuff getting in the newspapers? Bob Haldeman told Richard Nixon that he had uncovered the culprit: Mark Felt, a top official at the FBI. “Now why the hell would he do that?” asked Nixon, who was secretly recording the exchange. Cracking down on Felt directly was out of the question, the two men agreed. “If we move on him, then he’ll go out and unload everything,” Haldeman said, of the man later revealed as De... more »

President Trump Tells Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Tymoshenko That He Will Not Lift Russia Sanctions

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 minutes ago
Yulia Tymoshenko *Kenneth P. Vogel, David Stern and Michael Crowley, Politico*: *Trump tells Ukrainian politician he won't lift Russia sanctions* The president appears to take a harsher stance on Russia in an unusual private meeting. During an unusual private meeting on the sidelines of Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump promised a Ukrainian opposition leader that the United States won’t lift sanctions on Russia until it pulls out of Ukraine, according to three people briefed on the meeting. Within hours of meeting with both Trump and Vice President Mike ... more »

Dave Zirin : SPORT | In the city known as ‘The Big Heart’: Resistance at Super Bowl LI

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 33 minutes ago
This will be a Super Bowl with political action outside the stadium and political symbolism all over the field. By Dave Zirin | The Rag Blog | February 4, 2017 HOUSTON — The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons … finish reading Dave Zirin : *SPORT* | In the city known as ‘The Big Heart’: Resistance at Super Bowl LI

Sea Level Rise At Norfolk, Va

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood http://www.voanews.com/a/president-trump-military-split-on-climate-change/3702979.html From Voice of America News: NORFOLK, VA — A nondescript metal box at the end of an unremarkable pier in Norfolk, Va. is one key to why the U.S. Navy is concerned about climate change. For nine decades,…

Conflating the climate problem with the solution

Originally posted on Climate Etc.: “one of the real tragedies that totally distorted the debate over climate change was that it got tied into the solution in a way that if you accepted the first you had to accept the second. And I think that was profoundly wrong.” – Newt Gingrich At the annual meeting…

US Senators Ask Trump to Show Who Is Buying Access to the “Winter White House” (Winter Palace?)

“At $200,000, the Mar-a-Lago membership fee is financially out of reach for all but the wealthiest Americans and international elites,… These aren’t the hardworking Americans you’ve long said have been ‘forgotten’ and need to be heard once again in Washington. Mar-a-Lago members are the same class of ultra-rich that you’ve nominated to your Cabinet and […]

Experiment Shows What Moderate Alcohol Consumption Does to Your Health

Waking Times at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Anna Hunt* - Is moderate drinking much worse for the body than many of us think? The post Experiment Shows What Moderate Alcohol Consumption Does to Your Health appeared first on Waking Times.

Republicans-- And The Democrats Who Love Them-- Defend The Mentally Handicapped-- At Least When It Comes To Buying Guns And Ammo

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Paul Ryan and his House Republicans gave the American public a huge middle finger Thursday-- and a big wet kiss to the NRA. Polling has consistently shown, the vast majority of Americans approve of measures to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. 91% of Americans favor preventing certain people, such as convicted felons or people with mental illness, from owning guns. The NRA doesn't agree and the Republican Party does whatever the gun lobbyists tell them to do. So a House resolution by Texas crackpot Sam Johnson that would make it easier for the mentally impaired to buy... more »

Singing could get you 15 years in jail, if you live in a country the UK is selling fighter jets to

Emily Apple at The Canary - 1 hour ago
12 men are facing 15 years in jail for singing. In a country with which the UK recently agreed a £100m fighter jet deal. In August 2016, the men were arrested in a park in Istanbul, Turkey. They were singing in Kurdish. And they have been in prison ever since. They are charged with using ” propaganda on […] The post Singing could get you 15 years in jail, if you live in a country the UK is selling fighter jets to appeared first on The Canary.

The Integrity of the Vote

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 1 hour ago
It is illegal for non-citizens to vote in the U.S. except in a few localities of Maryland. It is illegal for the dead to vote, thankfully everywhere in the U.S. It is illegal to vote in more than one state in an election. It is illegal for a person to vote while impersonating another person. It is illegal to vote as a fictitious person. In 38 states it is illegal to vote while serving time in prison as a felon, while in other states it is illegal for a period of time after the completion of serving time or until the felon has petitioned the state for the return of the right to ... more »

Start planning the revolution! In real life and in sci fi

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 hour ago
First items you all have probably heard by now - news that Donald Trump's senior staff all use the same RNC email server that mysteriously disappeared 22 million messages during George W. Bush's administration and one that U.S. intelligence services believe was compromised by the Russians at the same time as the DNC's. The Trump campaign hammered Hillary Clinton for her using a private email server, during her tenure as Secretary of State. *Also*five members of DT’s staff turn out to have been registered to vote in more than one state. Ah, consistency. But onward… For all of the ... more »

Was a “Lost Continent” Found?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 2 hours ago
The discovery of ancient crystals trapped in the rocks of the island of Mauritius hint at the existence of an old fragment of continental crust below the surface.

One Week After Trump Signed Muslim Ban, Multiple Restraining Orders Are In Effect

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 2 hours ago
One week after President Trump banned refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, multiple federal courts have issued restraining orders. The post One Week After Trump Signed Muslim Ban, Multiple Restraining Orders Are In Effect appeared first on Shadowproof.

UN and CFR Seek to Impose UN Regime on South Sudan

Alex Newman at rss - 3 hours ago
[image: un-and-cfr-seek-to-impose-un-regime-on-south-sudan] Amid an ongoing conflict in South Sudan between the national government and an opposition group, the United Nations, the African Union, and the global governance-promoting Council on Foreign Relations have touted a plot to impose a UN-created regime on the sovereign African nation. In short, the nation would be put under what is being termed a “UN trusteeship,” without its consent. While most of the world's media outlets have expressed little interest in the Sudanese crisis, the proposed globalist “solution” has far-reachin... more »

Trump travel ban: Seattle judge issues nationwide block versus Egyptian national tried to carry out a terrorist attack in Paris - the BBC can't connect the two

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 3 hours ago
The BBC are exultant that President Donald Trump has had his restrictions on entry into the USA from seven countries put in doubt by a Federal Judge. Yet they also report that: 'French authorities say they believe the man who tried to attack the Louvre museum in the capital Paris on Friday was a 29-year-old Egyptian man.Prosecutor Francois Molins said he is thought to have travelled to Paris from Dubai on a tourist visa last month.' Have the BBC considered that Europeans and indeed Americans might be safer from Islamist terror attack if people from countries that harbour or create... more »

An Enquiry Concerning the Objectivist Movement During the 1950s and 1960s

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 3 hours ago
With the aim of gaining an understanding of the role that Nathaniel Branden played in the early history of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist movement, I have procured three books: *The Passion of Ayn Rand by Barbara Branden * *The Passion of Ayn Rand’s Critics by James S. Valliant* *My Years With Ayn Rand by Nathaniel Branden (Kindle edition)* Earlier I had read Anne C. Heller’s *Ayn Rand And The World She Made*—but I didn’t like the book because Heller has drawn all kinds of inferences without providing any valid reason. The biographical essays on Rand that I have read are mostly lacking in a... more »

Friday Evening Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 3 hours ago
Assorted content for your Friday reading. - Aditya Chakrabortty writes about the devastating combination of an urgent need for collective action on the key issues we face, and a deeply-entrenched political aversion to anything of the sort. And Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett highlight how the UK Cons are going out of their way to exacerbate the crisis of inequality while pointing out the only means to combat it: Inequality is not driven by forces beyond our control but by politics and policy choices. The Resolution Foundation report says that the cuts in benefits to working-age ... more »

Would America’s First Populists Even Recognize Trump’s Brand Of Populism? by Caleb Maupin

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 3 hours ago
by Caleb Maupin Writer, Dandelion Salad Caleb Maupin (website) Caleb Maupin (Facebook Page) February 3, 2017 Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump frequently appealed to ‘the people’ and vowed to help them take back their power. But how has populism moved so far from its roots in the left as to be useful as a strategy […]

Is Russia America's Number One Security Threat?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Reuters *Nicholas Borroz, National Interest*:* Is Russia Really America's Top Security Threat?* *Too much focus on Moscow could have deadly results.* Donald Trump just received his latest orders from Vladimir Putin—one could be forgiven for thinking this is what happened after last Saturday’s phone call, given some of the recent headlines: “The Budding Resemblance Between Putin and Trump,” “Trump’s Putin Bromance Is Making Americans Pro-Russian,” and “How Much Does Trump Love Putin?” The politicization of Russian... more »

Bannon's A Fascist-- But What Does That Make America?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Time: "People who have studied one of Donald Trump's favorite books, The Art of the Deal, are aware that he sees grandstanding, trash-talking, boasting and conflict as useful ingredients in the quest for success. 'My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward,' he declares in his opus. 'I aim very high, and then I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.'... Bannon's background at Breitbart taught him the same lessons."* Concern is building nationally over the rise of neo-Nazi Trump advisor Steve Bannon. As we mentioned Wednesday, the law says ... more »

Are Abortions Linked to an Increased Risk of Breast Cancer?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 4 hours ago
Despite early uncertainty, the weight of scientific evidence and medical consensus is that abortions do not lead to an increased risk of breast cancer.

A Yinnopoulos, Bannon, Trump Plot to Control American Universities?

Robert Reich - 4 hours ago
The events at Berkeley Wednesday night have been a boon to Milos Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart News,... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'The Tuskegee Airmen'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that fought in World War II. The film was directed by Robert Markowitz and stars Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Lithgow, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. *WNU Editor*: A great movie. Surprised to see it on YouTube.

Are John Tyler's Grandchildren Still Alive?

webmail@snopes.com (David Mikkelson) at New Urban Legends - 5 hours ago
Two grandchildren of John Tyler, who became U.S. President in 1841, are still with us.

Trump: "We Expect to be Cutting a Lot out of Dodd-Frank"

Warren Mass at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: trump-we-expect-to-be-cutting-a-lot-out-of-dodd-frank] President Trump signed two executive orders, one to review the Dodd-Frank Act and the other to delay the implementation of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule.

Michael Savage Is Wrong on Abortion

Selwyn Duke at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: michael-savage-is-wrong-on-abortion] What if a family doesn’t “have the money for that second or third child?” asked radio host Michael Savage recently. “Is that not a justifiable situation for an abortion?”

"How It Really Is"

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

"Trump’s Deals: Win-Win or Win-Lose?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Trump’s Deals: Win-Win or Win-Lose?"* by Bill Bonner "The Fed did nothing yesterday. The stock market didn’t do anything, either. Even Donald J Trump was remarkably quiet. He was distracted from his usual whirl by a visit to honor the body of a Navy SEAL, Chief Petty Officer William ‘Ryan’ Owen, who got killed in a raid in Yemen. On the campaign trail, candidate Trump threatened to exterminate the families of suspected terrorists as well as the terrorists themselves. Is this another promise fulfilled? Dad- a US citizen- was ‘droned’ in 2011. His 16-year-old son was offed two week... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 3, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Alan Cullison, WSJ*: *Renewed Fighting in Eastern Ukraine Presents Challenge for Trump’s Plans With Russia* U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley’s condemnation of Russian aggression in Ukraine contrasts with President Trump’s overtures towards Vladimir Putin for warmer relations KIEV, Ukraine—A reprise in deadly fighting between Moscow-backed separatists and government troops in eastern Ukraine may provide the first major test for President Donald Trump’s plans to warm relations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Artillery fire from separatist strongholds has killed at least 13 Ukrainian sol... more »

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 5 hours ago
Three Drives - Greece 2000

Black Hoop Camp -- Traditional Camp NODAPL!

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago

Once-endangered bald eagles now soaring in Colorado

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
Bald eagles, once grounded by pesticide and habitat loss, are soaring to impressive heights in Colorado, and February is prime time to see them in the Fort Collins area. It’s a success story that feels especially relevant as some lawmakers prepare efforts to roll back the Endangered Species Act, which by some accounts helped America’s national symbol return to glory. Colorado Parks and Wildlife estimated in 2015 there were upwards of 125 nesting pairs in Colorado, more than double the 2009 population. Nationwide, the bald eagle population has increased by about 12 percent each yea... more »

Did Steve Bannon Describe Himself as a 'Leninist' Who Wants to Destroy the State?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 6 hours ago
After reports about the quote emerged, President Donald Trump's chief strategist told reporters that he did not recall the conversation.

World News Briefs -- February 3, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Trump administration tightens Iran sanctions, Tehran hits back* The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on Iran, which it said were just "initial steps" and said Washington would no longer turn a "blind eye" to Iran's hostile actions. The sanctions on 25 individuals and entities were the opening salvo by President Donald Trump who has vowed a more aggressive policy against Tehran and came two days after the administration had put Iran 'on notice' following a ballistic missile test. "The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations that ... more »

House Moves to Encourage Drilling in National Parks

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
An Arizona Republican Representative has tabled a resolution in Congress that would reduce restrictions on oil and gas drilling in national parks. There are more than 40 national parks where the federal government does not own the mineral rights below the surface, including Cuyahoga Valley NP in Ohio, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. The 9B rules are updates to rules established in 1978 setting reasonable safeguards for national parks from private oil and gas development. If Congress repeals these rules, drilling could occ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 7 hours ago
The violence in Berkeley had the inevitable result, as the Trumpist blog Zero Hedge tauntingly notes: *Berkeley Blowback: Milo Book Sales Soar 12,740% Overnight* Sales of Milo's book have increased 12,740% overnight sending it rocketing from 642nd to 5th ranked best-seller on Amazon. Pretty impressive considering the book is not even released until March 14th 2017. That was posted early this morning. And as I type this, the book has moved up from #5: Look, I'm not going to get into debates about the morality of violent protest, Nazi-punching, or anything related. But get this ... more »

The Coming Clash With Iran

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: the-coming-clash-with-iran] When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that "we are officially putting Iran on notice," he drew a red line for President Trump. In tweeting the threat, Trump agreed.

Congress Can't Count on the Other Branches to Protect Digital Privacy Rights

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: congress-can-t-count-on-the-other-branches-to-protect-digital-privacy-rights] The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently shot down the latest effort by the Justice Department to compel Microsoft to hand over the data of a foreigner stored overseas. Amazingly, the government asserted that a U.S. search warrant should carry jurisdiction over the data of an Irish citizen being stored on a server in Ireland simply because it is owned by Microsoft, an American corporation.

Ukraine’s “Creeping Offensive”; Houthi Missile Attack; Trump Threatens Iran, Sends USS Cole; Oil Goes Up

Joanne Leon at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
Ukraine’s “creeping offensive” brought flare ups on front lines. Houthi missile hit Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen. Saudis claimed suicide boats, like the AQ attack on USS Cole. Trump blamed Iran, sent Cole to Aden. And more in our global news roundup… SOUTHCOM Venezuela: Maduro Empowers His Vice President _ Venezuelan The post Ukraine’s “Creeping Offensive”; Houthi Missile Attack; Trump Threatens Iran, Sends USS Cole; Oil Goes Up appeared first on Shadowproof.

Scientists Will March on Washington on April, 22. International Relations Scholars Should Join Them.

Charli Carpenter at Duck of Minerva - 7 hours ago
As became clear earlier this week in the discussion around how academic associations should respond to Trump’s travel ban in organizing their annual meetings, President Trump’s policy does not only affect national and religious minorities; it does not only affect scientists from Muslim-majority countries. In the case of the travel ban, it is also an existential attack […]

War Returns To Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *‘Everything is destroyed’: A deadly surge of violence strikes eastern Ukraine* AVDIIVKA, Ukraine — From the center of this beleaguered eastern Ukrainian town, air bursts from exploding shells could be seen just a few hundred yards away Friday, and the sound of intense outgoing and incoming rounds echoed from several directions. “This is the worst fighting we’ve seen in Ukraine since 2014 and early 2015,” said a visibly upset Alexander Hug, head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s monitoring mission in Ukraine, who was standing near a m... more »

Contrasting views of the life process: (1) It's never too late. (2) It's almost always too late.

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Without a single mention (or almost)of a certain orange-headed person* *by Ken* It wasn't till the order arrived that the full preposterousness -- or at least a fuller version of the preposterousness -- of the whole thing hit home. It was an extravagant expenditure at a time (a time, for one thing, of unemployment) when the extravagance is a really big deal, regardless of how much money I had saved. Still and all, come on, it was an 80-percent-off deal, and it was all stuff that really interested me -- some interests that have been life-long, others that are more recent but pos... more »

Woman Calls 911 for Help, Serial Rapist Cop Shows Up, Violently Raped Her

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: raped]Milwaukee’s failure to remove a rapist from its police force will cost the city $2.5 million in a civil settlement, according to a letter from the city attorney.

The Trumps: Neoliberalism's Perfect Distraction

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 8 hours ago
Stop the presses. Donald Trump had the unprecedented gall this week to hang up on the Australian prime minister, right after rudely reneging on Barack Obama's noble promise to accept a token number of people who fled U.S. invasions and bombings only to find themselves imprisoned in a privatized Down Under gulag. To hear the ruling establishment whine about this Major Incident in the Oval Office, the refugee prisoners might as well not even exist. The big hang-up is all about a shocking breach of etiquette at the heretofore pristine pinnacle of world power. And so begins the daunting... more »

The New York Times examines the pushback!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017Best ways to dress for a fight:* Twenty-five years too late, the liberal and mainstream worlds have begun pushing back hard against the forces of Trumpistry. Professor's Wang's percentages are very much yesterday by now. As of today, it's all about the fight. Luckily, the New York Times has kept us abreast of the best ways to dress for the struggle. We'll link you to a quartet of recent primers. On January 23, Joanna Nikas, writing in Thursday Styles, produced us an important feature. "LIFE AS A RUNWAY," the headline said. "What 11 Protesters Wore to the ... more »

Polls Numbers Look Bad For German Chancellor Angela Merkel When Voters Go To The Polls Later This Year

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*DW:* *Schulz overtakes Merkel in opinion poll as favorite for German chancellor* SPD candidate Martin Schulz would receive 16 percent more votes than current CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel, a survey showed. The SPD has benefited since Schulz was nominated as the party's candidate for the Chancellery. German voters would elect the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate Martin Schulz as chancellor if the country were to hold direct elections today, an opinion poll conducted for the German broadcaster ARD revealed on Thursday. Schulz would receive 50 percent of votes cast while Ang... more »

Markus Schulz feat. Delacey - Destiny

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
A bit of a grower this.

1,300 bison roaming Yellowstone National Park are to be slaughtered this winter

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Hundreds of wild Yellowstone National Park bison are set to be slaughtered this winter to curb their migration. The Associated Press obtained details on the deal between Montana, the park and the U.S. Department of Agriculture prior to its public disclosure. It resulted from two weeks of intensive negotiations and removes a political obstacle for the park after Montana Gov. Steve Bullock on *January 19 temporarily *blocked Yellowstone's plan to kill up to 1,300 of Yellowstone's 5,500 bison this winter. Bullock lifted the slaughter ban in a Thursday letter to Yellowstone Wildlife... more »

U.S. Navy Deploys A Destroyer To Patrol Off Yemen After Iran-Backed Rebel Attack On Saudi Ship

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. sends Navy destroyer to patrol off Yemen amid Iran tensions: officials* The United States has sent a Navy destroyer to patrol off the coast of Yemen to protect waterways from Houthi militia aligned with Iran, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, amid heightened tension between Washington and Tehran. The USS Cole arrived in the vicinity of the Bab al-Mandab Strait off southwestern Yemen where it will carry out patrols, including escorting vessels, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. In 2000, the USS Cole was attacked when al Qaeda bombers... more »

Jobs Report: Across-the-board Growth, Except for Government

Bob Adelmann at rss - 9 hours ago
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Is 'The Rock' Running for President?

arturo@snopes.com (Arturo Garcia) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
A pop culture web site posted a fake announcement by the film and WWE star, touted as 'the only way' to escape the current political situation.

Does President Trump's White House Dress Code Mandate Dresses for Female Staffers?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
Aggregations akin to a game of 'telephone' led to rumors that President Trump's White House dress code mandated female staffers exclusively wear dresses.

Was a Large Disc-Shaped UFO Spotted in Malaysia?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
Video of a supposed UFO sighting in Malaysia in 2016 was actually taken from a CGI creation posted to YouTube in 2007.

Did White House Staff Disable Recording of a Call Between Presidents Trump and Putin?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 9 hours ago
The source for claims that the White House disabled recording of a phone call between Presidents Trump and Putin said he wasn't sure the call was unrecorded.

“This is the last time you’ll hear my voice”, pleads refugee deported to notorious offshore gulag

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Loghman Sawari is a young refugee who fled Iran after his cousin was executed by the regime and his brothers imprisoned. After being illegally renditioned by Australia to its offshore gulag on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Sawari suffered isolation and beatings. He also attempted suicide. He spectacularly fled to Fiji from PNG, where he […] The post “This is the last time you’ll hear my voice”, pleads refugee deported to notorious offshore gulag appeared first on The Canary.

Germany isn’t f*cking around with this message to Donald Trump [IMAGE]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Few nations on Earth know the dangers of falling for extremism wrapped in anti-establishment clothing as well as Germany does. And the country’s leading magazine Der Spiegel is not messing around with its response to the fascist rhetoric of US President Donald Trump. No further words are necessary. This front cover speaks for itself. Get Involved! […] The post Germany isn’t f*cking around with this message to Donald Trump [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.

The media won’t be pointing out the worst part about this Trump aide’s made-up massacre [VIDEO, TWEETS]

James Wright at The Canary - 10 hours ago
The media won’t be telling you the worst part about the latest howler from Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. Donald Trump’s ‘Counselor’ literally made up a massacre and blamed it on refugees. And it has backfired immensely. People are now ridiculing Conway all over social media. Finding these Bowling Green Massacre jokes to be a little too […] The post The media won’t be pointing out the worst part about this Trump aide’s made-up massacre [VIDEO, TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

Team Trump just repeated one of history’s biggest mistakes, and it could be fatal

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Donald Trump’s Press Secretary Sean Spicer just repeated one of history’s most fatal mistakes. Speaking at a press briefing, he accused Iran of attacking a US naval vessel off the coast of Yemen. An attack on a US ship is an act of war. But Spicer had made a mistake. And a journalist immediately pointed out […] The post Team Trump just repeated one of history’s biggest mistakes, and it could be fatal appeared first on The Canary.

‘I won’t be as kind as Obama’ — Trump Starts Off Day With Sinister Threat to Iran

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: iran]US President Donald Trump has tweeted that "Iran is playing with fire," and warned Tehran that he won’t be as “kind” as former President Barack Obama.

The Independent’s Renewable Energy Deception

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey https://uk.news.yahoo.com/uk-ranked-24th-28-eu-144208798.html Fake news often appears as stories that only include half of the facts, and thus totally mislead. This report which originated in the Independent is a classic example: UK ranked 24th out of 28 EU member states for renewable energy Ian Johnston […]


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
I'm not going to get too excited yet, but this could be good news: President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico is facing a major problem: A wall of resistance from his own party. ... Interviews with more than a dozen GOP lawmakers across the ideological spectrum suggest Trump could have a difficult time getting funding for his plan approved by Congress. Many bluntly told CNN they'd likely vote against any Trump plan that is not fully offset with spending cuts, while others questioned whether Trump's vision would adequately resolve the problems at the bord... more »

Facebook is Toxic for Children, Teenagers and other living things

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 10 hours ago
*Jolynn Winter, 12, left, and Chantel Fox, 12, centre, from the community of Wapekeka First Nation in Ontario, died by suicide in January. Chantel is survived by her twin sister, Chanel, pictured far right. (Supplied by the Winter and Fox families/CBC News)* Regular readers will already know the opinion I have of popular communications silos like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (whatever that is) etc. I despise all of them. It is so obvious that they are controlled by the same perps that are behind all the gatekeeping and social herding of the sheeple that then allow the cabal to pe... more »

US And South Korea Have Agreed To Deploy THAAD

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Nikkei Asian Review*: *US and South Korea agree to deploy THAAD this year* *Mattis warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response to nuclear use.* SEOUL/TOKYO -- Closing out his two-day visit to South Korea, the first overseas tour by a senior Trump administration official, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea that any use of nuclear weapons would be met with an "overwhelming" response. Heading into a meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Han Min-koo, on Friday, Mattis told reporters: "North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons prog... more »

Coalition Air Raids Have Cut Water Supplies For The Islamic State Stronghold Of Raqqa

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
The damage shown to one of Raqqa's bridge after an air strike *DW:* *Airstrikes cut water supplies in Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa* To the south of the city of Raqqa, bombs have destroyed two key bridges across the Euphrates River. The bombings likely had a military benefit, but critics say civilians will be the ones hardest hit. US-led coalition aircraft reportedly destroyed the main water pipeline feeding the Syrian city of Raqqa before dawn on Friday, the so-called "Islamic State's" (IS) de facto capital located in northern Syria. Two bridges linking the city's southern fla... more »

FreedomProject Academy: Accomplishments, Ambitions, and Opportunities

Dr. Duke Pesta at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: freedomproject-academy-accomplishments-ambitions-and-opportunities] At FreedomProject Academy, we have one abiding mission: to change culture and restore the nation through classical education, to impart Judeo-Christian values to our students, and to prepare the next generation of patriot leaders who are equipped to promote, defend, and advance the causes of liberty and civic responsibility across America.

North Korea’s Head Of Secret Police Has Been Purged

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters:* *North Korea sacks head of secret police amid signs of 'crack in elite'* North Korea has dismissed its minister of state security, a key aide to the reclusive state's young leader, Kim Jong Un, South Korea said on Friday, in what a high-profile defector said would be another sign of a "crack in the elite" in Pyongyang if true. Kim Won Hong was removed from office as head of the feared "bowibu", or secret police, in mid-January apparently on charges of corruption, abuse of power and human rights abuses, Jeong Joon-hee, South Korea's Unification Ministry spokesman, said,... more »

Terror Attack At The Louvre (News Round-up)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Louvre 'attacker' was Egyptian: Machete-wielding man shot five times after attacking French soldiers outside Paris museum 'had been in the country for just over a week'* * A man armed with a machete was shot five times in the stomach after attempting to storm the museum * Police source said the attacker was shouting 'Allahu Akbar' before being gunned down * Streets around the Louvre have been evacuated and France's interior ministry branded the incident 'serious' * French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has described the attack as 'terrorist in nature' * A second p... more »

Democrat-Supported CIA Chief Hires a Torturer of Muslims as Deputy

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*" Bold anti-Trumpist" Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) confronted by "Resist Hate RI" constituents for his Yes vote for pro-torture CIA Director Mike Pompeo. (I've queued the clip to start when Whitehouse speaks. Feel free to start from the beginning.)* *by Gaius Publius* *A pro-torture vote is a vote for torturing Muslims, at least so far.* As regular readers know, I've been looking at the group of mainstream Democrats relative to the "resistance" they presume to be leading (and occasionally are). In a great many cases, though, they're falling on their faces, or have been force... more »

Bannon’s Incoherent Vision of Disruption

Heather Roff at Duck of Minerva - 12 hours ago
In 2013, Bannon is reported to have told Ron Radosh of the Daily Beast that he was a Leninist. He is quoted as saying “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Yet this is such an odd thing […]

Robbie Powell: how a grieving father has nowhere left to turn over the death of his 10-year-old son [PART TWO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The death of a 10-year-old boy more than 26 years ago is once again being investigated, amid claims of a cover-up by medical professionals. These claims by the boy’s father also imply the NHS, police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Welsh Office, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the General Medical Council (GMC) and other […] The post Robbie Powell: how a grieving father has nowhere left to turn over the death of his 10-year-old son [PART TWO] appeared first on The Canary.

Robbie Powell: how a grieving father has nowhere left to turn over the death of his 10-year-old son [PART ONE]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The death of a 10-year-old boy more than 26 years ago is once again being investigated, amid claims of a cover-up by medical professionals. These claims by the boy’s father also imply the NHS, police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Welsh Office, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the General Medical Council (GMC) and other […] The post Robbie Powell: how a grieving father has nowhere left to turn over the death of his 10-year-old son [PART ONE] appeared first on The Canary.

A British NHS doctor is stopped from boarding a flight to the US after being told ‘the rules have changed’

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 12 hours ago
On 28 January, Donald Trump announced a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US. The ban affected those with green cards and even US residents returning home from foreign holidays. It caused outrage across the world and resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being denied entry. And on 3 February, US federal judge Andre Birotte issued a temporary halt on the […] The post A British NHS doctor is stopped from boarding a flight to the US after being told ‘the rules have changed’ appeared first on The Canary.

Lindblad equation can't solve any "problems" of quantum mechanics

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 12 hours ago
Backreaction has basically praised an October 2016 paper by Weinberg, Lindblad Decoherence in Atomic Clocks, as an example of research that makes the American research of quantum mechanics great again because it brings "a little less talk, a little more action". Last March, I already discussed Weinberg's efforts to incorporate the Lindblad equation into the discussions about foundations of quantum mechanics. When it comes to the technical content, Weinberg shows how a particular modification of the equations of quantum mechanics, the Lindblad equation (whose extra terms cause some d... more »

U.S. Imposes New Sanctions On Iran Over Missile Tests And Sponsorship Of Terror Groups

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*NBC: **U.S. Hits Iran With New Sanctions for Ballistic Missile Test, Terrorism Sponsorship* The Trump administration hit Iran with new sanctions Friday following the test-firing of a medium-range ballistic missile, an action the White House says is in defiance of a U.N. resolution. "Iran's continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States," said John E. Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:... more »

Homeless Build Drug-Free Camp to Help Others Get Sober, Cops Promptly Tear it Down

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: homeless]A group of caring homeless individuals sought to help their fellow human out by creating a sanctuary to get them back on their feet, but cops tore it down.

‘Not on Our Watch’ — Veterans Promise ‘Boots on the Ground’ to Stop DAPL

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: veterns]A group of veterans has vowed to defend the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, saying DAPL will never be completed, 'not on our watch.'

As Laundry Pod Popularity Increased, So Did Eye Injuries In Kids - But Don't Panic

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 12 hours ago
Between 2012 and 2015, the number of chemical burns to the eye associated with laundry detergent pods increased more than 30-fold among preschool-aged children in the US, according to a new analysis, but don't fall prey to the scaremongering that will be done by CNN and PBS. Detergent pods are dissolvable pouches containing enough laundry detergent for a single use - they lead to less waste because the amount used is precise. That's good for the environment. But harried parents are being given one more thing to be terrified about, and academics are blaming "candy-like appearance." ... more »

Google, Facebook, Who's Leading In Orwellian Dystopias Of The 21st Century?

The Conversation at Science 2.0 blogs - 12 hours ago
Fictional metaphors matter, and in the battle to safeguard our civil liberties few metaphors matter more than George Orwell’s 1984. Although first published almost 70 years ago, the lasting salience of this most archetypal dystopia is undeniable. read more

Green Levies Hitting Home As Npower Hike Prices

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood From the Telegraph: Npower will hike the standard cost of gas and electricity by almost 10pc from next month, adding £109 to the dual fuel bill of 1.4 million energy customers. The big six supplier blamed rising cost pressures for the hike, which was branded "shocking" by the company’s […]

World News Briefs -- February 3, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*NBC*: *Paris Shooting: Soldier Fires on Attacker Near Louvre Museum* A soldier opened fire on a man armed with a machete in an underground mall close to the world-famous Louvre museum in Paris, police said Friday. Michel Cadot, the head of the French capital's police force, said the man shouted "Allahu akbar" — Arabic for "God is great" — during the incident. A confrontation ensued around 10:00 a.m local time (04:00 ET) after a four-man patrol of soldiers told the man he could not proceed into the mall with his bags, officials said. "That's when he got the knife out and that's wh... more »

USING OUR WORDS: Donald J. Trump and our "Muslim ban" talk!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017Part 4—Concerning the role of Power:* Has American president Donald J. Trump imposed a "Muslim ban?" It certainly feels good to say so! Unfortunately, this feel-good claim is also amazingly easy to bat away. Can we talk? The vast majority of the world's Muslims weren't affected by Donald J. Trump's executive order last week. In what sense, then, can that order be described as a "Muslim ban?" (Warning! People like Us will never tire of the task of finding answers to that question. We love to use our harshest words in pursuit of those we dislike. Owing to ... more »

Researchers submit two similar papers 8 days apart; one is retracted

Alexandra Ossola at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
After a research group submitted two similar papers only days apart to different journals, one journal has retracted the paper — and told the other it should do the same. The papers, by a group of authors based in Romania, describe a new polymer to stop the formation of biofilms. After a reader flagged the […] The post Researchers submit two similar papers 8 days apart; one is retracted appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Columbia University probe prompts retraction of cardiovascular paper

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A journal has retracted a 2011 study at the request of Columbia University. According to Jeanine D’Armiento, the study’s last author, the newly retracted paper in Clinical Science contained a figure from a Journal of Hypertension paper published by the same authors earlier that year. First and corresponding author Joseph George told Retraction Watch the error was unintentional. […] The post Columbia University probe prompts retraction of cardiovascular paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

The funniest thing I've read today, or not...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
'The BBC is required to deliver duly impartial news by the Royal Charter and Agreement, and impartiality has for the first time been enshrined in the BBC's mission in the new Charter. The government agrees that it is vitally important that accurate and impartial news is at the centre of the BBC's output.' Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha The above would be absolutely bloody hysterical were the BBC's relentless bias not so obvious and so detrimental to the in... more »

Kellyanne Conway References Non-Existent 'Bowling Green Massacre' as Reason for Entry Restrictions

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 13 hours ago
Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway pointed to the 'Bowling Green Massacre' as a reason to restrict immigration, but no such event occurred.

President Supports Congressional Efforts to Free Pulpit Political Speech

Steve Byas at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: president-supports-congressional-efforts-to-free-pulpit-political-speech] Trump and the Republican Congress appear poised to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which restricts the free-speech rights of American churches.

Kansas District Court Judge Throws Out State’s Second Amendment Protection Act

Bob Adelmann at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: kansas-district-court-judge-throws-out-state-s-second-amendment-protection-act] Could this tiny, insignificant, unheralded gun control decision in Kansas lead to a challenge of the notorious National Firearms Act of 1934?

The Unholy Trifecta of the Dark Minds on the Left...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 13 hours ago
*abortion, contraception, and sodomy.* It's what behind their collective angst of the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch, in his book, *The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,* wrote: “All human beings are intrinsically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.” Now those are real scary words for a woman who becomes "inconveniently" pregnant just before a long awaited vacation to a paradise island. Not only is the pregnancy inconvenient, but the money she spends for an abortion will somewhat c... more »

Securing Mosul Interview With Niqash’s Mustafa Habib

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
As the Iraqi forces prepare to assault western Mosul the issue of whether they have enough units to hold the eastern half of the city has been brought up. Mustafa Habib, a reporter for Niqash recently wroteabout this topic. Here is an interview with Habib about his thoughts on securing east Mosul. He can be followed on Twitter @Mustafa_Habib33. *1. What Iraqi units are currently in east Mosul, what areas are they in, and do they have enough to hold it, while attacking the west?* There are now almost 20-25 thousand Iraqi fighters, three brigades of the anti-terrorism forces (deplo... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 108, Feb 2, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Iraqi Forces (ISF) were paused for the ninth day in Mosul, but preparing for the up coming battle to free the other half of the city. For the second time, the Iraqi air force dropped millions of flyersover west Mosul. Those included news of the government’s victories in east Mosul, how life was returning there, and how civilians should act during military operations to avoid casualties. General Najim Jabouri toldthe press that west Mosul would be cleared in two months. He was one of the few Iraqis to talk about how it would be a difficult fight with the narrow streets and larg... more »

US announces new sanctions against Iran and President Donald Trump hits the nail on the head

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
"Iran is playing with fire - they don't appreciate how 'kind' President Obama was to them. Not me!" said President Donald Trump. So why was Barack Hussein Obama so 'kind' to the Islamic State of Iran?

Announcement: Online Achievement in International Studies Reception and Winners of the Duckies

Amanda Murdie at Duck of Minerva - 14 hours ago
On behalf of the Online Media Caucus of ISA, I’m happy to announce the following shortlist (in no particular order) for this year’s Online Achievement in International Studies Awards (The Duckies): Best Blog (Group) in International Studies Progress in Political Economy (PPe) Political Violence at a Glance Best Blog (Individual) in International Studies Peter […]


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin *Donald Trump's closest advisor Steve Bannon thinks there will be war with China in the next few years House Kills Requirement For Energy Companies To Disclose Payments To Foreign Governments * Why Earth’s magnetic poles could be about to swap places — and how it could affect usWhite House Suppressing Call to Putin *Astronomers found evidence the Milky Way is being pushed through space by a hidden void A prominent Russian opposition activist has been hospitalized after a sudden illness — and people are worried he was poisoned If Trump wants his jobs plan to ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 3, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*David French, NRO*: *Don’t Believe Claims that Trump ‘Botched’ the Yemen Raid* On Twitter, many journalists are rapidly reaching the point of maximum credulity — they’ll immediately believe virtually anything negative about Donald Trump, not matter how thinly-sourced or implausible. Take the kerfuffle that erupted last night in response to this Reuters report where unnamed defense officials blamed the losses in last weekend’s Yemen raid on, you guessed it, Trump: *U.S. military officials told Reuters that Trump approved his first covert counterterrorism operation without suff... more »

An emotive artist is tackling the subject of the human condition in a stunning new exhibition [IMAGES]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 14 hours ago
An exhibition of abstract art in the centre of London is tackling what it’s like to be human, head-on. Condition is a collection of work by the artist and charity founder Michelle Baharier. And it doesn’t shy away from dealing with political and social conventions and issues. Audacious substance from a young age Baharier is […] The post An emotive artist is tackling the subject of the human condition in a stunning new exhibition [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.

Cop Photographed Displaying Nazi Tattoo, Dept Says Nothing’s Wrong With It

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: nazi]An internal affairs investigation into a Philly cop determined that there is nothing wrong with him tattooing Nazi propaganda on himself.

140 character assassination

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
I do see the point of Twitter but I don’t have an account. Looking through the Question Time timeline (if that’s the right term) makes me think I’ve made the right choice. The absolute absurdity and inanity of most the Tweets is compounded by the fact that they’re accompanied by selfies. It’s as if they’re *proud *of themselves: ”This is a portrait of the idiot who just made that 140 character testimony to it his/her/its own stupidity.” Mainly, but not entirely, the reaction to Laura Perrins's appearance on the panel went something like: - “Who *is *she? - “I’ve never hear... more »

No 'Trump Flags' On U.S. Military Vehicles

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Military investigates SEAL convoy driving on Kentucky highway with an 'unauthorized' Trump flag * * First vehicle of military convoy was spotted with large Trump flag attached to it * A driver on the highway outside Louisville, Kentucky, filmed convoy as it passed * Navy spokesperson confirmed it belonged to Naval Special Warfare unit * She said the flag was 'inappropriate' and 'unauthorized'; investigation is ongoing A SEAL convoy was spotted waving a large, 'unauthorized' Trump flag, the Navy has confirmed. Videos of the flag emerged on social media after four mil... more »

Lies, Damned Lies And Kellyanne Conway

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Kellyanne Conway justifies Donald Trump's travel ban by referring to what she calls the "Bowling Greene Massacre." It's true that there's a city in Kentucky called Bowling Green. But there never was any massacre. Claire Phipps explains: Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, has come in for criticism and ridicule after blaming two Iraqi refugees for a massacre that never happened. Conway, the US president’s former campaign manager who has frequently faced the press to defend his controversial moves, cited the fictional “Bowling Green massacre” in an interview in wh... more »

Stopping Trump By Winning Back The House In 2018-- One Of The Possible Paths

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
*How many suburban congressman besides Issa will live to regret backing Trump?* I have a part-time job-- congressional recruiting. It's voluntary and it's GRUELING. In between the time I wrote "congressional" and "recruiting" in the last sentence, I had a 30 minute conversation with a top recruit for a swing district. He's run before. He hates the DCCC. Everyone I talk to hates the DCCC. The DCCC screwed him over. He's already a pretty high-ranking state-level elected official and who didn't enjoy being consistently lied to and rat-fucked by Steve Israel and Kelly Ward and treated ... more »

pupdate and soon off to egypt

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
Things are considerably calmer around here now. The three giant issues we were dealing with have all settled down. One, as much as I hate it, we've adjusted to Tala's absence. Two, we got our insurance settlement and bought a new (to us) car. And three, Diego's health has greatly improved. The "new" wmtc mobile: a 2006 Kia Spectra with "only" 155,000 kms.Our big boy is not 100% yet, and it's disconcerting to leave him at Dogtopia before we reach that. But short of cancelling the trip, we really have no choice -- and he's not in a state one would cancel a trip for. (Trying to not do t... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Let's dispel the notion that the Trump administration doesn't know what it's doing. The Trump administration knows exactly what it's doing, or thinks it does: Kellyanne Conway ... defended the White House's refugee ban with an assertion that appears to be factually indefensible: She made up a "massacre." Appearing on MSNBC's *Hardball* TV program on Thursday night, Conway referred to the "Bowling Green massacre" as part of her attempt to justify Trump's temporary restrictions on refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. "I bet it’s brand new information to peopl... more »

The Wall Street Presidency

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 16 hours ago
I don't have time to elaborate but current efforts to unravel financial regulations - including the requirement that financial advisors act in the best interest of their clients - signal REGULATORY CAPTURE of the worst form: Ben Protess. January 30, 2017. Republicans’ Paths to Unraveling the Dodd-Frank Act. The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/business/dealbook/republicans-unravel-dodd-frank-act.html?_r=0 President Trump took aim at financial regulations and other federal rules on Monday, signing an executive order to trim back the federal regulatory thicket and... more »

Arapahoe Tribe: The pipeline is a problem for all American, not just Natives.

White Wolf at White Wolf - 16 hours ago
“If this Dakota access pipeline gets built and it’s all set in stone and everybody is on board we’re going to feel the effects of that, we’re downstream, not only us but other communities that are native and non-native alike.” Norman Iron Cloud, Northern Arapahoe Tribal Member told News 13, “People think it’s just protest this, protest that, but it’s about protecting the water they’re standing in front of the people trying to destroy it, you know with that pipeline all it has to take is one break.” Another member of the Northern Arapahoe Tribe, Randee Iron Cloud shared, “We’re sp... more »

Sea Level Rise At Norfolk, Va

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.voanews.com/a/president-trump-military-split-on-climate-change/3702979.html From Voice of America News: NORFOLK, VA — A nondescript metal box at the end of an unremarkable pier in Norfolk, Va. is one key to why the U.S. Navy is concerned about climate change. For nine decades, the Sewells Point tide gauge or its ancestors have been […]

Labour just won a delicious election victory against UKIP and it shows Corbyn’s Brexit stance may be paying off

Steve Topple at The Canary - 17 hours ago
On Thursday 2 February, Labour snatched a seat from UKIP in a council by-election, increasing its share of the vote. And the result may indicate that Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on voting for the government’s Article 50 bill was popular, as the election win was in an area that overwhelmingly voted to leave the EU. Kippered Labour gained the […] The post Labour just won a delicious election victory against UKIP and it shows Corbyn’s Brexit stance may be paying off appeared first on The Canary.

European cities are finally tackling the problem of air pollution at its root

Ignacio Amigo at The Canary - 17 hours ago
The latest European Environment Agency report indicates that air pollution is responsible for over 500,000 premature deaths [pdf, p9] in Europe every year. The problem is especially serious in cities, where concentrations of air pollutants are persistently high. Among the causes, the use of fossil fuels for transportation ranks high in the list. To tackle the problem, European […] The post... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.

Precautionary approach vs fat tails: flawed politics vs solid facts

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
We had an exchange with AngularMan in the Greene vs Taleb thread. He basically said that it's risky to talk about the fat tails because this discussion encourages the precautionary principle and the ban of nuclear energy and fossil fuels. Well, the "fat tails" and "precautionary principle" are sometimes conflated. The most sophisticated part of the defenders of the "precautionary principle" knows something about "fat tails" which is why they may use fat tails as an argument in favor of the precautionary principle. And this justification may *sometimes* be legitimate. But in the ful... more »

Did Diane Abbott have 'Brexit flu'? Per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
Imagine that a senior Conservative politician had ducked out of a House of Commons vote, claiming to be sick. Imagine that Guido Fawkes and others had video of her in action not long before the vote. How much attention would the BBC have paid to this? How much deep investigation of this Conservative politician would Today, Newsnight etc have conducted? Now see what happens when probably the third most senior Labour Party politician, Diane Abbott does just that? Here's about the only BBC report that I can find http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38840352 Pathetic but why should ... more »

Kuwait imposes visa ban on five Muslim-majority nations including Pakistan not you'd know this if you relied upon the pro Islamist and hideously anti President Donald Trump BBC

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
The BBC are up in arms about President Donald Trump instituting a temporary ban on entering the USA for citizens of seven countries that have links to terrorism. Oddly the BBC have not reported that Kuwait has instituted a similar policy re Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Details here http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail-NA/Mjk4MDg0/kuwait-imposes-visa-ban-on-five-muslim-majority-nations-including-pak.html

Former President Obama State Department Adviser Lists 4 Ways To Get Rid Of President Trump Before 2020

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the swearing-in ceremony for the new U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (not pictured) at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files *Rosa Brooks, Foreign Policy*: *3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020* Why you need to read the 25th Amendment now. Are we really stuck with this guy? It’s the question being asked around the globe, because Donald Trump’s first week as president has made it all too clear: Yes, he is as crazy as everyone feared. Remember those opti... more »

“Irreversible Damage- The U.S. Economy Cannot Be Repaired”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*“Irreversible Damage- The U.S. Economy Cannot Be Repaired”* by Brandon Smith “As I outlined in my article 'The False Economic Narrative Will Die In 2017', the mainstream media has been carefully crafting the propaganda meme that the Trump administration is inheriting a global economy in “ascension,” when in fact, the opposite is true. Trump enters office at a time of longstanding decline and will likely witness severe and accelerated decline over the course of the next year. The signs are already present, and this fits exactly with the basis for my prediction of the Trump election ... more »

President Trump Names Gina Haspel To Be The CIA's New Deputy Director

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in Langley, Virginia, U.S. on August 14, 2008. REUTERS/Larry Downing *Reuters*: *Trump names former 'black site' prison operator CIA deputy chief* A veteran CIA clandestine service officer who ran one of the agency's "black site" prisons set up after the 9/11 attacks was named deputy director of the U.S. spy agency on Thursday by U.S. President Donald Trump. Gina Haspel, who will serve under new Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo, was the first woman spy to reach the CIA's second-highest position, and her selection won appla... more »

Attack Vaxxed's Polly Tommey? We Don't Think So.

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
Note: Take a moment to imagine stupid things. Ridiculous things. Channel Alice and imagine six impossible things before breakfast. Now, imagine the idiocy of attacking Polly Tommey - autism Mum and advocacy powerhouse - because (insert "dah dah daaaaah" music...

Tune In! Laura Hayes Talks "Vaccination An Issue of Trust"

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
On Sunday, February 12th, at 12:15 Pacific, 3:00pm Eastern, our good friend Laura Hayes will be part of an hour-long radio interview with Shawn Siegel on the topic of vaccinations. You can tune in by going to the link below,...

Another Evening With Donnie Wahlberg & Special Guests to Benefit Generation Rescue

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 18 hours ago
OK, if we start NOW, maybe be can find enough sitters to watch the kids and go!!! What a way to support Generation Rescue! Kim Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:00 PM - Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:00 AM...

Theresa May presses EU leaders on defence spending per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38849868 includes this comment: 'Nato estimates for 2016 show that only five alliance members - the US, UK, Greece, Poland and Estonia - will spend a minimum of 2% of national output (GDP) on defence, which is the target.' Reading on it is odd that the BBC aren't at all exercised by countries not meeting their NATO defence spending targets but really really angry at any suggestion that the UK not meet its International Development budget. I suppose that for the internationalist, no Borders, BBC, defence of the realm is less i... more »

Traditional Repubs Blanche  (Rasputin Palace Intrigue:  Unhinged or Just Incompetent?)  Lee Atwater's Faustian Bargain Takes Hold  (The Next Generation of Fighters Takes the Field?)  Get Ready for the First Shocks of Trump’s Disaster Capitalism (Rich/Corporations/Racists = Bourgeois Story Line = Deplorables?)  Non Sequitur Cover Up  (Where Were the Liberals Last?)  So, Elections Don't Matter

How do the traditional Republicans like Trump's first moves? Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said in an interview published Tuesday that it is "entirely inappropriate" for President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon to be a member of the National Security Council principals' committee. "I am very surprised, disappointed and very much disagree with the president's decision to

Shooting incident at Louvre in Paris per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
Apparently http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38853841 'A French soldier on guard at the Louvre in Paris has opened fire on a suspected attacker, media reports say. A man shouting "Allahu Akbar" is reported to have tried to attack the soldier with a knife and was seriously injured when the soldier responded. The attacker is said to have been trying to enter the museum's underground shop. A big security operation is under way and the interior ministry has described the situation as "serious". The Louvre has been evacuated. Details of the incident are still emerging. A French... more »

The White House Is Going To Get A Bigger, Stronger And Sharper Fence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
National Park Service/Secret Service *Washington Business Journal:* *White House to get a bigger, stronger and sharper fence — but not because of its new resident* The White House is getting an upgrade: a higher and stronger perimeter fence. The National Capital Planning Commission on Thursday approved the National Park Service’s and U.S. Secret Service’s design guidelines for the new fence. The proposal has been in the works for months and has nothing to do with its new resident, President Donald Trump, NCPC said. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor*: At least it is not a wall.

Dachel Wake Up: Senators Reject President Trumps Vax Safety Panel

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
January 18, 2017, StatNews.com: Senators on key panel reject Trump's skepticism about vaccine Most members of a key Senate committee are rejecting President-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism about the safety of vaccines, which suggests Trump could face significant backlash in Congress...

Thoughts on Collectivists and Progressive Elitists from Notes to a Friend

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 20 hours ago
In the reaction to President Trump's efforts to reduce the scope of government, some key characteristics of the collectivists, socialists, and Progressive Elitists are more openly clear than usual. The socialists are going berserk. Hysteria is a key component of socialism. The madness of crowds, the imagined evils of business, the fears for the environment, the dislike for mankind and man's need to control his environment, the dislike for unequal accomplishment and award, fear of uncertainty, and the fear of being independent or of having to think independently. Hysteria, alarmis... more »

A View of Palestine

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
The area currently referred to as Palestine includes the territories of present day Israel and Jordan (refer to map). Between 1517 to 1917 most of this area remained under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. Ottoman Empire was dissolved at the end the First World War. Its successor, modern Republic of Turkey, transferred Palestine to British Empire control under the Treaty of Lausanne when conquered territory was divided up. In 1917 Great Britain issued the Balfour Declaration for "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people". In 1922 Britain allocated nearl... more »

Electric Universe - connected universe - forgotten plasma energy

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 20 hours ago
maybe... and I'm not even sure you want to hear this... we were only recently (in the last 10,000 years) more intimately connected i.e. electrically connected, through our proto-Saturnian brown-dwarf star MORE CONNECTED TO THE UNIVERSE than we are today. When I meditate, I realise that I am only a single leaf on a single branch of a single tree... maybe in the past, because of our more-electrical connectivity to the Electrical Plasma Grid of the Electric Uni verse, we were more aware of this than we are today. Maybe there was more of an opportunity to lift ourselves from our so-... more »

U.S. Secretary Of Defense Mattis Leads By Example Starting With His Luggage

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Carrying his own bags, DefSec James Mattis boarded E-4B Airborne Command Post for his first foreign trip: 18½ hours to South Korea. pic.twitter.com/pXwRTlfk9e — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 1, 2017 *Independent Journal Review*: *This One Thing Secretary Mattis Does Separates Him from the Rest of Washington's Powerful* In his new position as secretary of defense, General James Mattis has assumed control of the world's largest and most powerful military. Mattis is now in command of a military made up of nearly one-and-a-half-million people spread across the entire globe. Th... more »

Einstein’s Persistence, Not Genius, Is the Reason We Know His Name

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
In 1905, Albert Einstein’s mother thought he was a genius, his sister thought he was a genius, his father thought he was a genius – but that was about it, says author David Bodanis.

Does a Vintage Advertisement Show Boy Eating a Stick of Butter?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 21 hours ago
An image purportedly showing a vintage advertisement for butter was created as a joke.

CIA scientist convinced by Uri Geller's psychic powers

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Was Geller recruited as a 'psychic spy'?] This is completely unexpected and shows us in fine detail the beginnings of the so called Star Gate program itself. What is telling is that it actually started in the early seventies and may have run parallel to much earlier programs related to hypnosis. We have seen reports from later participants and can presume this remains ongoing. Geller's career made little sense but CIA support explains all that away. . *'There was no way I could explain it': the CIA scientist convinced by Uri Geller's psychic powers * * An ex-CIA... more »

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Reincarnation

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Before you dive into this my own investigation conforms to all this but i can add a significant addition. 1 New souls emerge from the sea of life as multi aspect spirit bodies that also adopt the highest form we understand as humanoid.. The God of the dandelions can experience life through millions of dandelions over many seasons. The Green Man can experience life as the spirit body for a large grove of oak trees. 2 A natural transition is into the form of the spirit of the wolves or of the bison. From this we inevitably evolve into a human spirit. Yet this human spirit ente... more »

Muslims Deported as Switzerland Ban Islamic Immigration

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is inevitable. It is just that the global consensus is not there yet. So long as any member of any religion thinks they have a right to impose their law and system on a 'non believer' there is only one answer and it is outright exclusion or at least tight control. The rest who do naturally follow such thinking are all constrained by the need for persuasion which tempers all. I do think that Europe generally will simply cough up all such who do not 'naturalize' which means conversion to western secularism at least and a passive regard for Islam. This is not the first time ... more »

DNA scientists claim that Cherokees are from the Middle East

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We have been tracking this topic for some time via the work of Robert Thornton. What becomes more and more clear is that there is scant evidence of an original peoples going back five thousand years. Overlaying immigration has absorbed all that. The known influx, just in the past two thousand years include a large movement from the Maya, the Andes even and from the Shepardic Jews coming out of Spain. Add in a severe coastal collapse caused by a tsunami around 500 AD and the picture is muddy. Now we have serious work begun aimed at sorting all this out. Just loudly confirming... more »

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis Warns North Korea Of 'Overwhelming' Response If They Launch A Nuclear Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
James Mattis met with South Korean acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn. (Reuters: Song Kyung-Seok) *Reuters*: *U.S. warns North Korea of 'overwhelming' response if nuclear arms used* U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an "effective and overwhelming" response if Pyongyang chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured Seoul of steadfast U.S. support at the end of a two-day visit. "Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelmi... more »

Fast Company - the Silver Lining of Anti-Globalism Might be the Creation of a True Digital Economy

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
The folks at Davos this week are trying to behave as if everything is normal. Sure, England is Brexiting from Europe and the United States appears to be retreating from the global stage altogether. But somehow the word from Switzerland is that a mix of the right interest rates, investment strategies, and business optimism will keep free trade and globalization on course and safe from this boorish surge of populism.

Greg Hunter, “Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/3/2017”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Weekly News Wrap-Up 2/3/2017”* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com “From the day Donald Trump was sworn into office, the mainstream media started their false narrative and lies. They want you to believe that Trump did not win by a landslide and that most people do not agree with him. It’s one false story, nasty headline and one outright lie after another delivered by a desperate and dying MSM which represents a desperate and dying Democrat Party. Do NOT believe any of it for even a moment. What the MSM is doing is an act of war on common Americans by an act of gross propaganda. Do... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Sea of Dreams”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
2002, “Sea of Dreams” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JllFeTxxZ_Y

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Large spiral galaxy NGC 4945 is seen edge-on near the center of this cosmic galaxy portrait. In fact, NGC 4945 is almost the size of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Its own dusty disk, young blue star clusters, and pink star forming regions standout in the sharp, colorful telescopic image. *Click image for larger size.* About 13 million light-years distant toward the expansive southern constellation Centaurus, NGC 4945 is only about six times farther away than Andromeda, the nearest large spiral galaxy to the Milky Way. Though the galaxy's central region is largely hidden from view for op... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Believe me, I know all about it. I know the stress. I know the frustration. I know the temptations of time and space. We worked this out ahead of time. They're part of the plan. We knew this stuff might happen. Actually, you insisted they be triggered whenever you were ready to begin thinking thoughts you've never thought before. New thinking is always the answer.” “Good on you,” The Universe “Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!” - www.tut.com

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. Thanks for stopping by!

Chet Raymo, “A Momentary Stay”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“A Momentary Stay”* by Chet Raymo “This from a review of Paul Muldoon's new book of poetry, "Maggot", by Nick Laird, in the "New York Review of Books". It seems Muldoon was heckled by an audience member who claimed that what he was reading wasn't poetry. Muldoon replied: "It doesn't come naturally to me to defend these things as poems. As a concept, I see it like this: the word "poetry," as you know, means "making," so these are constructs in the world…One is trying to construct something that will help us to make sense of things, and a construct, or building even, let's say a spa... more »

"Litany Against Fear"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*"Litany Against Fear"* "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Frank Herbert, "Dune"

"I Don't Pretend..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.” - Arthur C. Clarke

What Are President Trump's Peak Tweeting Hours

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Zero Hedge*: *What Are Donald Trump's Peak Tweeting Hours* With political journalists, traders, analysts - and virtually everyone else according to Arnold Schwarzenegger - losing sleep over the unpredictability of Trump's next decree by Twitter, many of which move markets, or result in diplomatic scandals, sleep cycles across America, and the globe, have been decimated. To provide some clarity on what has emerged as the most erratic pattern driving capital politics, markets and socioeconomics, Citigroup has compiled a chart showing how often in any 24 hour period, Trump tweets. R... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Philippines' President Duterte vows to use military and kill more traffickers and addicts in drug war https://t.co/HDfH87ti98 pic.twitter.com/WS2X3Z50Sy — AFP news agency (@AFP) February 2, 2017

A straight proof of a curious cubic identity

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
Steve McIntyre retweeted a fun tweet by a statistics professor with three surprising identities:\[ \begin{align} 1^3 + 5^3 + 3^3 &= 153\\ 16^3 + 50^3 + 33^3 &= 16\,50\,33\\ 166^3 + 500^3 + 333^3 &= 166,500,333\\ \end{align} \] Yes, you may verify them and check that they work. If you add an arbitrary number of the digits \(6,0,3\) to the appropriate places, the identities will keep on working. Why is it so? If you Google search for \(166,500,333\) and "identity", you will quickly find out that the identity was discussed in a 2007 paper "A curious cubic identity and self-similar sum ... more »

Why Did President Trump And National Security Flynn Feel The Need To Threaten Iran Now?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017 *Pat Buchanan, WND:* *The coming clash with Iran* *Why did Trump and Flynn feel the need to threaten Tehran now?* When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that “we are officially putting Iran on notice,” he drew a red line for President Trump. In tweeting the threat, Trump agreed. His credibility is now on the line. And what triggered this virtual ulti... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Advanced Hawkeyes* Navy E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes, using the world's most advanced airborne radar, land at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Feb. 2, 2017. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Farbo

News you won't find on the BBC - Palestinian Woman Injures Three Israelis in Car-Ramming Attack Near Jerusalem

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
Whilst the institutionally anti Israel BBC continue their campaign to delegitimise and vilify Israel, there's yet another biased report on Jewish settlements online today, other news won't be reported at all. Breitbart report http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2017/02/02/palestinian-woman-injures-three-israelis-car-ramming-attack-near-jerusalem/ on another attack in Israel where the attacker injured three civilians who have been evacuated to a hospital to receive medical treatment. This sort of attack is of little interest to the BBC for whom injured or dead Jewish Israelis are ... more »

Is This Man The Second Most Powerful Person In The World?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*David Von Drehle, Time*:* Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World?* Most modern Presidents chart their opening moves with the help of a friendly think tank or a set of long-held beliefs. Donald Trump's first steps had the feel of a documentary film made by his chief strategist and alter ego Stephen K. Bannon, a director who deploys ravenous sharks, shrieking tornadoes and mushroom clouds as reliably as John Ford shot Monument Valley. Act I of the Trump presidency has been filled with disruption, as promised by Trump and programmed by Bannon, with plenty of res... more »

Turkey Bans Footage of Terror Attacks and the Phrase 'Breaking News' from TV per Breitbart

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
If you cannot stop the terrorism then stop the reporting. Breitbart reports http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/02/02/turkey-limits-tv-broadcasts-terrorism-news/ that: 'Turkey's broadcasting oversight agency has enacted a new set of regulations that prohibit news outlets from broadcasting footage of terrorist attacks, including images of police and emergency vehicles, and bans the phrase "breaking news" and other "agitating" content. The newspaper Hurriyet has translated into English many of these new measures, which follow a renewed push by Turkish authorities to pr... more »

Terence McKenna’s Explanation of Why Our Culture is Killing Itself

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Dylan Charles* - 25 years ago, McKenna understood how our society would self-destruct. The post Terence McKenna’s Explanation of Why Our Culture is Killing Itself appeared first on Waking Times.

Turning The Supreme Court Into A Bastion Of Fascism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
PPP released new polling this morning. A *majority* of Americans wish Obama was still president. And where last week, everyone was stunned that 35% of the country were already hoping Trump would be impeached, in just 7 days, that number has already increased to 40%! Only 43% of Americans are glad Trump is president. (The polling didn't ask about it but evidence is that Trump's strongest support comes from the counties with the heaviest prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction. It could be a coincidence... sure it could.) Why so much unhappiness with Trump? Voters think basic... more »

Did President Trump Sign an Executive Order Naming Himself the Popular Vote Winner?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
A story claiming that the president ordered that he be deemed the winner of the popular vote was satire.

Freedom of Speech is NOT a fringe Issue

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
On the 1st February, the Australian's Editorial contained the following: A new Galaxy survey reported in our pages yesterday indicates almost half of voters want the words “insult” and “offend” removed, echoing an idea gaining ground among a group of Coalition backbenchers seeking compromise. ......... Fewer than 40 percent in the survey said they would oppose such a change. The IPA's Simon Breheny issued a media release: New opinion poll research shows that 95% of Australians think free speech is important to them with over 57% saying it is "very important". "Much to the surpri... more »

President Trump's Top Strategist Believes The U.S. Will Be Fighting A War In The South China Sea And In The Middle East In The Next 10 Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Trump strategist Stephen Bannon outside Trump Tower in New York in November. Reuters/Carlo Allegri *The Guardian:* *Steve Bannon: 'We're going to war in the South China Sea ... no doubt'* Only months ago Donald Trump’s chief strategist predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East. Those are the views – nine months ago at lea... more »

UN Whistleblower: UN Gave Names of Dissidents to Communist China

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: un-whistleblower-un-gave-names-of-dissidents-to-communist-china] The United Nations “human rights” apparatus is being accused of, among other abuses, handing to the Communist Chinese dictatorship the names of activists who were set to expose the regime's crimes at a UN review of China's record. One of the dissidents in question ultimately died in detention. At least several other Chinese dissidents whose identities were reportedly provided to the regime by UN officials were also detained ahead of their trips to Geneva, according to reports. And then, making matters worse, th... more »

Keep Calm and... Olbermann On?

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 1 day ago
(By *American Zen*'s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari Goldstein) “If we could wipe it off of the history books, we would. But we can’t.” - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, on the Holocaust. *T*here's a still impotent if growing strain of alarm that Trump's about to bring back the horrors of the Third Reich and, while those who say this are not necessarily wrong, they do so without workable context that only a reading of the historical first draft at the time (its journalists and diarists) could properly provide. Perhaps to a primitive people, one's prediction of a solar ec... more »

Defining dual-use research: When scientific advances can both help and hurt humanity

Aerin Commins, Ph.D. Student, Global Studies Program, University of Massachusetts Lowell at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
It's not always obvious where a new technology will end up. NIH Image Gallery, CC BY-NC Scientific research can change our lives for the better, but it also presents risks – either through deliberate misuse or accident. Think about studying deadly pathogens; that’s how we can learn how to successfully ward them off, but it can be a safety issue too, as when CDC workers were exposed to anthrax in 2014 after an incomplete laboratory procedure left spores of the bacterium alive. For the last decade, scholars, scientists and government officials have worked to figure out regulations t... more »

Trump moves to remove the US from the UN

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Trump is not letting the grass grow under his feet.. H.R.193 - American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017 To end membership of the United States in the United Nations. Read text of the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/193/text H/t HD

Why Japan is planning to build 45 new coal fired power stations

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
Isogo coal power plant Image: www.worldcoal.org"Our" ABC reported that the Japanese government (is) planning to build 45 new coal-fired power stations. The Japanese government is moving ahead with its plans to build up to 45 new coal fired power stations. The power plants will utilise high energy, low emissions (HELE) technology that use high-quality black coal. Japan is the largest overseas market for *Australian coal producers*, taking more than a third of all exports. (bold added) Tom O'Sullivan, a Tokyo-based energy consultant with Mathyos Global Advisory, said the move to m... more »

The White House Spent 7 Months Developing A Plan To Seize Raqqa, The Incoming Trump Team Regarded It As Inadequate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*:* Obama’s White House worked for months on a plan to seize Raqqa. Trump’s team took a brief look and decided not to pull the trigger.* Planning for the final assault on Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State’s caliphate, had been grinding on for more than seven months. There had been dozens of meetings of President Barack Obama’s top national security team, scores of draft battle plans and hundreds of hours of anguished, late-night debates. There were no good options, but Obama’s top foreign policy advisers were convinced that they had finally settled on an app... more »

Was Al Qaeda Tipped Off On The U.S. Raid Against Their Base In Yemen?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC:* *What Went Wrong? Inside the Yemen SEAL Raid* It might have been a barking dog, or a crashed drone, or overheard chatter on walkie talkies. But multiple military and intelligence sources told NBC News that something tipped off the terrorist targets of an early morning raid by the U.S. and its allies in Yemen on Sunday, and all hell broke loose. A well-rehearsed mission that was supposed to extract computers and other intelligence from an al Qaeda camp near a mountain village turned into a massive firefight involving Harrier jets, helicopter gunships and gun-wielding jihadi... more »

Protecting American Children From Trump And Bannon

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
When Blue America first endorsed Pramila Jayapal, becoming the first group outside of Seattle to do so, we talked about her record in the state legislature of working across the aisle. not by sucking up to Republicans and signing on to their toxic agenda the way the New Dems and Blue Dogs do, but by bringing mainstream Republicans along to work on issues where American values outweigh crazy right-wing partisanship and ideology. So... it should come as no surprise that she and another Washington state Congressmember, Republican Dave Reichert, have co-sponsored a bill to protect chi... more »

President Trump: The Final Assault on Cooperation and the Environment by Graham Peebles

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England February 2, 2017 A silver lining of action and fury is bubbling inside the prevailing gloom that is the election of Donald Trump. His presidency may prove to be the final straw in the decades long assault on brotherhood, human kindness, cooperation and society inculcated during the […]

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago

Two Major U.S. Attacks Against Al Qaeda In One Week. Does U.S. Intelligence Have Information Of A Planned Major Al Qaeda Attack?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon*:* Al Qaeda resurgence* U.S. intelligence agencies recently uncovered new information indicating the al Qaeda terrorist group continues to plan for conducting terrorist attacks around the world. Until recently al Qaeda has been overshadowed by its more violent offshoot, the Islamic State, in conducting and inspiring deadly terrorist strikes around the world. However, new intelligence obtained over the past several months revealed that al Qaeda had stepped up terror planning using the chaos of Syria as a new base of operations. Al Qaeda operativ... more »

"How It Really Is"

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

The Economy: "Predictive Linguistics, Andy Hoffman Interview"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." - Marie Curie Predictive Linguistics: Clif High, “Banks Will Be Wiped Out, USA Economy, Ban On Cash” (#ClifHigh #USAEconomy) Andy Hoffman, “Expect Money Printing & A Financial Collapse in 2017” (#Gold #USAEconomy) "I didn't say it would be easy. I just said it would be the truth." - Morpheus

The Economy: “Markets Are Experiencing Cognitive Dissonance”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Markets Are Experiencing Cognitive Dissonance,”* *Introduction* by Brian Maher "America’s divided into warring camps- pro-Trump, anti-Trump. The market’s divided into the same warring camps… The pro-Trump faction howls, “His lower taxes, higher infrastructure spending and less regulation will Make America Great Again.” The anti-Trump forces holler, “He’s starting a trade war. And another currency war- both races to nowhere. Plus, lower immigration saps growth.” Who wins? That is the great unknown. So today, we fare forth on the pinions of uncertainty... in search of light… hoping... more »

Did Neil Gorsuch Push for the 'Separation of the White and Black Races'?

arturo@snopes.com (Arturo Garcia) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
A Twitter account falsely attributed an ex-Ku Klux Klan leader's remarks to the Supreme Court nominee.

Did President Trump Ease Sanctions Against Russia's Intelligence Agency As a 'Gift' to Putin?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
The U.S. Treasury department updated President Obama's sanctions against the FSB to allow U.S. companies to continue selling consumer technology to Russian citizens.

The Amery Zig-Zags

Patrick Lockerby at Science 2.0 - Earth Sciences - 1 day ago
*The Amery Zig-Zags* Cracks in the Amery Ice Shelf show a prominent zig-zag form. This is a type of crack which forms in a laminated material which is deformed under pressure. As the laminate is forced into a curve it tends to crack in a series of radial and lateral failures. The Amery Ice Shelf is the largest of the East Antarctic ice shelves. Its location is shown in the map below. *Antarctica ice shelves* image courtesy NSIDC. read more

Berlin: Ukraine’s Last Ally Standing?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*EU Council on Foreign Relations-* Notice that the *Oligarch Kolomoisky got a bit of “come uppance”*.* Undoubtedly not enough of one, but it’s at least something. I’ll bold it in red.*If you are unfamiliar with Kolomoisky, I’ll relink some previous posts regarding this thug! *And put a picture of the Jewish Oligarch wearing his Nazi Tshirt?!* "Russian advance and US withdrawal could see* Ukraine ever more dependent on continued German support.* Since 2014, Berlin has become the most frequently visited capital for Ukrainian politicians. President Petro Poroshenko, prime ministers Arse... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 2, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *David Tweed, Bloomberg*: *Trump Twitter Bursts Throw Decades-Old Alliances Into Chaos* * Abe, Turnbull, Merkel all forced to defend against Trump barbs * New Pentagon chief Mattis is in East Asia reassuring on ties For the first time in decades, America’s oldest allies are questioning where Washington’s heart is. This week, President Donald Trump and his deputies hit out at some of America’s closest f... more »

President Trump Eased Sanctions Against Russia's Intelligence Agency As a 'Present' to Putin?

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
The U.S. Treasury department updated President Obama's sanctions against the FSB to allow U.S. companies to continue selling consumer technology to Russian citizens.

Did Mitch McConnell Say One of His Proudest Moments Was Telling Obama 'You Will Not Fill This Supreme Court Vacancy'?

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
A viral image macro contrasts disparate statements by GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on the Senate's duty to confirm Supreme Court nominees.

Did President Trump Remove White Supremacists from the Terror Watch Program?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
Although President Trump may change the scope of one government program to focus on Islamic Terrorism, there is more than one government 'Terror Watch' program.

Did Neil Gorsuch Found a High School 'Fascism Forever' Club?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
Tabloid claims that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had founded a "Fascism Forever" club in high school are unverified.

Kazakhstan Confirms New Astana Meeting February 6/17

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 1 day ago
*TASS* MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. A technical meeting on the Syrian crisis will be held in *Astana on February 6, Kazakhstan’s* Foreign Ministry Spokesman Anuar Zhainakov said on Thursday adding that delegations from Russia, Turkey and Iran as well as a UN representative would take part in the meeting. According to Zhainakov, the meeting’s participants will discuss issues related to the Syrian ceasefire, the Kazinform news agency reported. "*We have indeed received a request for assistance in arranging an international technical meeting on the Syrian crisis between Russia, Turkey ... more »

World News Briefs -- February 2, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CNN:* *US planning additional sanctions on Iran* The White House is expected to impose additional sanctions on Iranian entities under existing executive orders that predate President Donald Trump, according to sources familiar with the move. The additional designations are in response to Iran's ballistic missile test Sunday and were first reported by Reuters. The additional sanctions are similar to actions taken by former President Barack Obama after Iran's previous ballistic missile tests. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* U.S. to issue new Iran sanctions, *leading edge of get-to... more »

New CIA Deputy Director Briefly Ran Black Site In Thailand Where Detainees Were Waterboarded

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
Gina Haspel, who once ran a CIA secret prison in Thailand where at least two detainees were waterboarded, was selected to be the agency's deputy director. The post New CIA Deputy Director Briefly Ran Black Site In Thailand Where Detainees Were Waterboarded appeared first on Shadowproof.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Story at *The Hill* right now: An aide to President Trump says Stephen Bannon's experiences at Breitbart News will be an asset for the president's chief strategist in his new role on the National Security Council (NSC). Sebastian Gorka, a Trump foreign policy aide, said that in an interview with NPR's Audie Cornish that aired on *All Things Considered* on Tuesday. Emphasis added below: CORNISH: Before I let you go, I want to ask you one other question because you work with the National Security Council, and you've worked with Steve Bannon in the past of Breitbart News. What's the r... more »

Australian Climate Sceptics blog BRAG!

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
This blog should reach 2,000,000 pageviews in the next month.

Day 2: Zumwalt 12 Trial Testimony

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
*The Zumwalt 'stealth' destroyer now made at Bath Iron Works in Maine* My name is Bruce Gagnon and I work for the Global Network Against Weaspons & Nuclear Power in Space - this is our 25th year of operation. I specialize on space technology and the missiles that are used by the military today. Every thing the Pentagon does today is directed by space technology. Most of the destroyers built at BIW carry advanced SM-3 interceptor missiles (Standard Missile -3) that are key elements in Pentagon first-strike attack planning. Living in Bath I’ve felt a special responsibility to lear... more »

U.S. Senator McCain Wants To Ship Lethal Weapons To Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Hill*: *McCain to Trump: Send weapons to Ukraine* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is calling on President Trump to send lethal aid to Ukraine after attacks this week were blamed on Russia-backed rebels. “In the first of what will be many tests for your new administration, Russia and its proxy forces launched attacks against Ukrainian forces this week, killing at least seven Ukrainian soldiers and wounding dozens more,” McCain wrote in a letter to Trump released Thursday. “That this surge of attacks began the day after he talked with you by phone is a clear indication that [Russian... more »

Leftists Shut Down Conservative Speech at UC-Berkeley; Trump Threatens to Cut Funding

Raven Clabough at rss - 1 day ago
[image: leftists-shut-down-conservative-speech-at-uc-berkeley-trump-threatens-to-cut-funding] UC-Berkeley students staged violent protests in anticipation of a speech by right-wing gay provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, forcing the speech to be cancelled. President Trump responded that if the campus did not respect the First Amendment, it could lose its federal funding.

Texas: Gov. Abbott Bans Funds for Sanctuary Cities; Senate Bill to Demand Compliance with ICE

Warren Mass at rss - 1 day ago
[image: texas-gov-abbott-bans-funds-for-sanctuary-cities-senate-bill-to-demand-compliance-with-ice] Texas Governor Greg Abbott encouraged the state legislature to pass a bill that would deny state funding for cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration officials.

Friday Morning Ramble: End of Week Two, and (still) a Birthday!

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours.”* ~ AYN RAND [image: 16406873_10155127261611614_3572293098830762195_n] *Ayn Rand says: “**Have a Selfish Randsday!**”* Ben Thomas: “The Labour of the Future Is the Alliance of 1999-2002.” *Willie Jackson dumps the Maori Party for ... more »

Russian President Putin Blames Ukraine For The Current Fighting in Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Sputnik*: *Putin Explains Reasons Behind Ukraine Crisis Aggravation* Russian President Vladimir Putin explained three reasons behind the aggravation of the Ukrainian crisis. He said that first of all Kiev needs financial assistance and attempts to present itself as a "victim," especially in the eyes of the European Union. *"The first reason is that the Ukrainian leadership needs money. And it is better to ask the EU, European states, the US and international institutes for money presenting itself as a victim of aggression," Putin explained.* Putin also said that while Ukraine sup... more »

Does Melania Trump's NYC Security Cost Twice the NEA's Budget?

arturo@snopes.com (Arturo Garcia) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
One report claimed the cost of protecting the First Lady while she lives in New York City would be around $300 million pear year.

Did President Trump Rename 'Black History Month' to 'African-American History Month'?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
Rumors claimed President Trump changed the name of 'Black History Month,' but he wasn't the first president to refer to February as "African-American History Month.'

Did a Pizza Hut Manager Disparage U.S. Servicemembers?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 1 day ago
Pizza Hut confirmed that a man named 'Caleb Lee' fabricated a story about a rude store manager's decrying servicemen and first responders.

Tulsi's Road To Damascus Runs Through... Cleveland?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Cleveland restaurateur Tony George, who has long been a lonely voice in support of brutal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, now has some powerful company in his crusade in Washington. To the dismay of many in Ohio’s close-knit Syrian-American community, including some of his own relatives, George last year hosted a successful fundraiser and rally for Donald Trump after discovering they were kindred spirits. By all accounts, George and Trump bonded at the event. George, a Christian activist opposed to refugees, helped Trump win Ohio and hence the presidency. After the election, Geo... more »

Many Storms Gathering: Reflections on Trump

Fred Reed at 1 day ago
I bow (in case you were wondering) to no one in my loathing for the Clintons, the Establishment, the Beltway Insulates, political correctness, BLM, radical feminists, the controlled media, Obama, Wall Street, neocons, Social-Justice Look-at-Mes, and the New York Oligarchs. … Continue reading →

Confronted by Activist Moms, Monsanto CEO Lies to Shareholders

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Christina Sarich* - CEO Hugh Grant refuses to admit what many studies have proven. The post Confronted by Activist Moms, Monsanto CEO Lies to Shareholders appeared first on Waking Times.

Brexit and Democracy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Taking a sneaky from things Stoke-related, it's time to cast an eye over last night's Commons vote giving the government permission to trigger Article 50. Annoyingly, it is not the Tories who find themselves poisoned and split over Europe, like the Lexiters promised. It's Labour. As the government won by 494 to 114, 47 Labour MPs joined the SNP and Ken Clarke in voting against. Like John McDonnell, I have some sympathy for the rebels' position. Some MPs hail from constituencies in which majorities voted for Remain, other believe leaving the EU is a catastrophic act of self-harm. Th... more »

Ukrainian President Poroschenko Wants To Call A Referendum On Joining NATO

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Politico*:* Ukraine mulls referendum on NATO membership* Polls show more than half of Ukrainians would favor joining the transatlantic alliance. Ukrainian President Petro Poroschenko plans to put NATO membership to a referendum after polls showed 54 percent of the country favored joining the alliance, German media reported Thursday. “Four years ago, only 16 percent [of the Ukrainian people] favored Ukraine’s entry into NATO. Now it’s 54 percent,” Funke Mediengruppe quoted Poroshenko as saying in an interview. “As president, I am guided by the views of my people, and I will hold ... more »

Backlash prompts prominent nutrition researcher to reanalyze multiple papers

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 1 day ago
To Brian Wansink of Cornell University, a blog post he wrote in November, 2016, was a meant as a lesson in productivity: A graduate student who was willing to embrace every research opportunity submitted five papers within six months of arriving to his lab, while a postdoc who declined two chances to analyze a data set […] The post Backlash prompts prominent nutrition researcher to reanalyze multiple papers appeared first on Retraction Watch.

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