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*“A Man Who Wins The Dog Lottery Is A Lucky Man”* by Brad Zellar "Four years ago today a sickly, seven-month-old stray who had already spent three stints in his short life as a ward of the Humane Society took a chance on me. He was severely malnourished, underweight, riddled with parasites, and missing a tooth. He was not an ideal candidate for adoption, I was told; he had been labeled a loud and destructive dog, an habitual runaway, and virtually untrainable. I was blind to these accusations. I had been making regular trips to the shelter in the hopes of finding another Siberian H...more »
Originally posted on polarbearscience: Oddly, activist organization Polar Bears International recently updated their website and now suggest there is still time to save polar bears and sea ice – even though the IUCN Red List documented more polar bears alive in 2015 than at any time in the last 50 years, despite the recent decline…
Australian Climate Sceptic co-founder Leon Ashby with Cory Bernardi at a No-Carbon Tax Rally On the Liberal Party’s website (link) we learn why Robert Gordon Menzies formed the Liberal Party of Australia: *Robert Menzies had already served as Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41), but he believed that the non-Labor parties should unite to present a strong alternative government to the Australian people. * *Eighty men and women from 18 non-Labor political parties and organisations attended the first Canberra conference. * *They shared a common belief that Australians should have grea...more »
With the availability of Arctic Apples around the corner, there are a lot of questions swirling about how the browning is suppressed when the apple is exposed to air. The browning process has great implications for the value of fruits and fruit products. This natural discoloration leads to less consumption of fruit, as well as substantial economic loss and food waste. read more
Sunday the California Democratic Party Endorsement Caucus met in El Sereno to determine whether or not to endorse one of the dozen or so candidates running to replace Xavier Becerra in the Los Angeles district that includes Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Mount Washington, City Terrace, Boyle Heights, Glassell Park, Downtown L.A. (including the Arts District), Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, Little Bangladesh, Westlake, etc. Becerra was appointed Attorney General to replace newly-elected Senator Kamala Harris. CA-34 is a deep blue district with a PVI of D+30. In 2012, Romney only go...more »
When scientists stand up, do they lose standing? Liz Lemon Have you heard that scientists are planning a march on Washington? The move is not being billed as a protest, but rather as a “celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community,” although it comes as a direct response to recent policy changes and statements by the Trump administration. Not everyone thinks the nonprotest protest is a good thing. It’s “a terrible idea,” wrote Robert Young, a geologist at Western Carolina University, in The New York Times. The march, Young said,...more »
Larry Bell for Newsmax (link) looks back on "the good old days." Remember that "other" climate change catastrophe . . . the one where we were warned (even before SUVs) about how we were prematurely bringing on the next Ice Age? Yeah, even back in the chilly 1900s that was our fault also. Scientists worried that deforestation was increasing Earth’s reflectivity, causing too much sunlight to reflect back into space rather than warm the surface as it was "supposed to." The Age, Tuesday, January 16, 1979The alarmists want to forget that they had predicted doom and gloom. AND not on...more »
Protests after death of a 36-year-old woman in custody at immigration detention facility in Arizona. AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File President Donald Trump has followed through on his promise to ramp up immigrant detention as part of immigration enforcement. His Executive Order on border security and immigration describes a “new normal” that will include the detention of immigrants while they await removal hearings and removal. Trump’s order expressly announces the end of “catch and release” of undocumented immigrants after their apprehension, which allowed them to post a bond and ...more »
Convicts leased to harvest timber in Florida around 1915 The U.S. criminal justice system is riven by racial disparity. The Obama administration pursued a plan to reform it. An entire news organization, The Marshall Project, was launched in late 2014 to cover it. Organizations like Black Lives Matter and The Sentencing Project are dedicated to unmaking a system that unjustly targets people of color. But how did we get this system in the first place? Our ongoing historical research project investigates the relationship between the press and convict labor. While that story is still ...more »
“Barred spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is truly a majestic island universe some 200,000 light-years across. Located a mere 60 million light-years away toward the chemical constellation Fornax, NGC 1365 is a dominant member of the well-studied Fornax galaxy cluster. *Click image for larger size.* This sharp color image shows intense star forming regions at the ends of the bar and along the spiral arms, and details of dust lanes cutting across the galaxy's bright core. At the core lies a supermassive black hole. Astronomers think NGC 1365's prominent bar plays a crucial role in the galaxy's e...more »
*“Sanctus”* by Chet Raymo “Early in Claire Messud's novel, “The Woman Upstairs”, the narrator asks herself and others whether they would rather be able to fly or be invisible. I suspect most who visit this blog would prefer to fly. Me too. Until lately. More on that later. For now I want to ask a less frivolous question, one more likely to split down the middle: Do you prefer, as a matter of personal taste, Romanesque or Gothic? Gothic aspires, Romanesque inspires. Gothic soars. Romanesque hunkers. Gothic seeks to let go of the earth. Romanesque grips like a barnacle. Gothic favor...more »
*"When They Sleep"* "All people are children when they sleep. There's no war in them then. They open their hands and breathe in that quiet rhythm heaven has given them. They pucker their lips like small children and open their hands halfway, soldiers and statesmen, servants and masters. The stars stand guard and a haze veils the sky, a few hours when no one will do anybody harm. If only we could speak to one another then when our hearts are half-open flowers. Words like golden bees would drift in. God, teach me the language of sleep." - Rolf Jacobsen, "The Roads Have Come to an End Now"
Let’s take a little journey behind the scenes of *The Curse of Oak Island* and by behind the scenes, I merely mean what is in the public record about the production. This will give us a little look into how much money is being spent and who seems to be profiting by it. There is nothing nefarious here, just television production and cities and provinces making some money on the deals associated with the Money Pit. It seems that the “Edward Peill” Group, which includes Tell Tale Entertainment Inc., Lunenburg Films Inc., Tell Tale International Inc., Horse Sense Films Inc., and Body La...more »
I’m not sure why this has become such an issue here but I think I have been able to deduce what has happened. I had decided that I would address this in a comment rather than a new post so not to annoy those of you who couldn’t care less and to avoid another long and drawn out but rather pointless fight over the statistics but there is too much information here. So it becomes a regular post. The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D. C. Photo copyright by Kevin Randle. First, a note about sources. Although it was said that no reputable site had posted the extreme figures on phonies claimi...more »
In *Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge*, Gregory Salmieri has interesting arguments to explain why the limits of perception cannot be described as errors. Here’s an excerpt from the chapter, "Forms of Awareness And 'Three-Factor' Theories," by Salmieri: “Since any sense faculty will be limited in its acuity, regarding these limits as obscuring the world from us amounts to taking as one’s standard of awareness the sort of omniscience that Moore, Bertrand Russell, and others thought that we had of sense-data. But it is impossible to live up to this (supernatural) standard, and so ...more »
Former Bush speechwriter is drawn to protests against Donald Trump, but he has cartoonish ideas for what citizens should do to resist Trump. The post David Frum Is Definitely Not The Right Person To Give Advice On ‘Effective Protest’ appeared first on Shadowproof.
In *Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge*, Gregory Salmieri has interesting arguments to explain why the limits of perception cannot be described as errors. Here’s an excerpt from the chapter, "Forms of Awareness And 'Three-Factor' Theories," by Salmieri: “Since any sense faculty will be limited in its acuity, regarding these limits as obscuring the world from us amounts to taking as one’s standard of awareness the sort of omniscience that Moore, Bertrand Russell, and others thought that we had of sense-data. But it is impossible to live up to this (supernatural) standard, and so i...more »
Tomorrow's the day. The full Senate will vote on Trump's nominee to destroy the American education system, crackpot Republican billionaire Betsy DeVos. Frequent *DWT* commenter, Hone, a retired school psychologist, told me she spent Friday at a teachers' union headquarters in upstate New York calling Republican Senate offices about DeVos. I told her that the only possible Republican who could be swayed was Nevada's Dean Heller, who lives in a swing state and is up for reelection in 2018. Hone, though, spent most of her time calling Thom Tillis' various offices trying to communicat...more »
Theresa May met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 6 February. But back home in Israel, things remained far from diplomatic. Undermining a two-state solution The meeting between the two leaders was apparently for talks on trade. But Netanyahu also took the opportunity to urge May to renew sanctions on Iran. Some, however, encouraged May […] The post By cosying up to yet another warmonger, Theresa May is pushing peace even further away [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
[image: dakota-access-protesters-pollute-the-environment-they-claim-to-cherish] The mounds of trash, food, equipment, human excrement, and dozens of automobiles left behind by the thousands of Dakota Pipeline protesters are polluting the environment they say they cherish.
*Isaac Webb, Foreign Policy:* *Kiev Is Fueling the War in Eastern Ukraine, Too* A muted White House isn't just emboldening the Kremlin -- it's inciting the politics of war throughout Ukraine. KIEV, Ukraine — Less than two weeks after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, full-blown war returned to eastern Ukraine. Beginning Jan. 29, rockets rained down on residential and military positions along the front line, killing civilians and soldiers alike. One 60-year-old woman was killed in separatist shelling as she walked from her home to a nearby market; a 24-year-old medic was kill...more »
With chants, poetry and traditional dress, the Indigenous Sami people of Europe's Arctic, formerly nomadic reindeer herders in Lapland, celebrated their national day Monday with hundreds of events. The Sami settled with their reindeer herds in Arctic Europe 9,000 years ago and now number 70,000 people spread across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Monday's start to the weeklong festivities — attended by Norwegian King Harald and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Norway, and Finland's president, Sauli Niinisto, in Finnish Lapland — marked the centenary of the Sami people'...more »
AWED Friends: The newest edition of the *Energy and Environmental Newsletter* is now online. A special section - *Renewable Energy*, the *Military*, and *National Security*: *Wall Street Journal* Editorial: The Winds of Green War (or a transcription if you can’t access that). *Forbes*: The Purpose Of The Military Is To Defend The Homeland, Not Promote Wind Turbines *Daily Caller*: Will Trump Save This Critical Military Radar From Wind Turbines? New federal legislation (HR 649): Wind Turbines from Military = 50 miles. (Also S.201.) Biofuel Blunder: Navy Should Priorit...more »
SOAS sent this around.... Dear All, Greetings from SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies! We would like to take the opportunity to inform you our latest event schedule and would appreciate highly if you could help invite people you know who may be able to attend these wonderful events. For the last few years the Centre of Taiwan Studies has held its popular Taiwan Film Weeks during the term 2 Reading Week. This year for the first time we will host a Taiwan Film and Book Week between February 8 and 17. There will be a total of ten public events, including film screenings, talks by authors...more »
*Inna Sidorkova, RBTH/GAZETA.RU:* *Battle with the Islamic State is a brutal and bitter experience* Peshmerga, the Iraqi Kurdistan military units, have played an essential role in liberating Mosul from the Islamic State. Maj. Kawa Hussein, a Kurd battalion commander who came to Moscow for eye surgery, told Gazeta.ru about the brutal battle to free the city, where the jihadists are using child suicide bombers. *Read more* .... *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 6, 2017* The rising Islamic State threat in Central Asia -- Chicago Tribune A Tale of Two Cities in Mo...more »
Sometimes it take a tabloid. Tabloid newspapers were front and centre in exposing the Climategate emails that showed scientists manipulated climate data and attempted to suppress critics. And now, over the weekend, the UK’s* Daily Mail* has published news from whistleblower-scientist John Bates who was formerly responsible for the climate archive of America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – the source of official global surface temperature records are derived -- *that [this] organisation that is the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publ...more »
The news headlines concerning Fukushima Daiichi over the last week have been rather confusing because some seem to imply that radiation levels have risen, as illustrated in this article by The Guardian: Justin McCurry. February 3, 2017. Fukushima nuclear reactor radiation at highest level since 2011 meltdown. The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/03/fukushima-daiichi-radiation-levels-highest-since-2011-meltdown Radiation levels inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station are at their highest since the plant suffered a triple melt...more »
Ministers have admitted that they do not investigate whether Saudi Arabia has violated international humanitarian laws (IHL) before selling weapons to the country. The government comes up with an “overall judgement” that arms won’t be used in such violations. The problem is that ministers reach this conclusion without addressing violations in particular instances. Why? Ministers say […] The post Government ‘buries its head in the sand’ over its disgraceful involvement with the war in Yemen appeared first on The Canary.
A young girl separated from her family for six years was finally reunited with them when a federal judge halted Trump’s so-called ‘Muslim ban‘. And it’s a happy ending to a particularly difficult story. Stranded travellers from the seven countries affected by the ban welcomed the ruling on Friday 3 February, which halted the measure which had left their […] The post Trump’s latest humiliation just made one little girl very, very happy appeared first on The Canary.
Imagine buying a new home, signing all the papers, moving in, and then learning you owe thousands of pounds to an investment firm you’ve never heard of. It’s a legal loophole in leasehold property contracts that enables third party firms to buy your freehold lease and then charge you extortionate rates to buy it back. And billionaire tycoons are profiting big time. Property […] The post New home buyer told she owes thousands to a billionaire tycoon’s investment firm, and she’s not alone appeared first on The Canary.
Dandelion Salad by Ed Childs Workers World, Feb. 3, 2017 February 6, 2017 Part 1: Advance preparation The 750 striking Harvard University Dining Service workers — cooks, dishwashers, servers and cashiers — brought multibillion-dollar Harvard University to its knees on Oct. 25, 2016. After a three-week strike, the university bosses caved, giving the members of […]
[image: retired-noaa-scientist-disputes-agency-s-study-denying-global-warming-hiatus] John Bates, a retired NOAA scientist, says NOAA published a flawed climate-change report to discredit the notion of a global-warming hiatus and to influence world leaders.
[image: soros-funded-group-behind-violent-uc-berkeley-protests] Last week, radical Marxist protesters at the University of California, Berkeley managed to shut down a scheduled speech by right-wing gay provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. Reports now indicate that the protests were funded by leftist billionaire globalist George Soros, the city of Tucson, several large corporations, and a major labor union.
*Reuters*: *U.S. 'deeply troubled' by U.N. report of Myanmar atrocities against Muslims* The United States is "deeply troubled" by the findings of a United Nations report that said soldiers in Myanmar's Rakhine State had committed atrocities against minority Muslims, the State Department said on Monday. Washington was still studying the report, but urged the Myanmar government "to take its findings seriously and redouble efforts to protect the local population," a spokeswoman for the department, Katina Adams, said. "We are deeply troubled by the findings," Adams said, referring to...more »
*The New Yorker*'s Andrew Marantz tells us that Steve Bannon has a new deputy named Julia Hahn who, according to #NeverTrumper Bill Kristol, will “be Bannon’s Bannon and will make Bannon look moderate.” Now, Bannon may be a Goldman Sachs alum, but we've been told in no uncertain terms that he's totally in touch with his working-class roots. Recall the passage I quoted from the *Time* magazine cover story on Bannon: To understand Steve Bannon, you have to understand what happened to his father. "I come from a blue collar, Irish-Catholic, pro-Kennedy, pro-union family of Democrats," h...more »
the end of history is not nigh in fact the rebels have really strongly fought back using methods and sources totally medieval the masters of the universe appear to have won the world that was once considered a safe place The masters of universe live a life of debauchery and think the moral high ground is a place for idiots to die on a hill of their own mind control making and you should hear them laugh every time another progressive leader falls into a centuries old well developed totally flawless human nature understanding trap The Bosss sang it simply and his voice is true no need ...more »
“We want to stress that we are cleaning the camps, not clearing them. We do not support or endorse any ‘raids,’” the tribe clarified. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is set to press on in its legal battle against the Dakota Access pipeline Monday after leaders issued statements over the weekend condemning recent violence against demonstrators and clarifying that they don’t want to see activists forcibly removed from the prayer site. They also have called on allies to join the tribe in demanding a fair legal review of the multi-billion dollar project that U.S. President Donald Trump ...more »
Palestinians run for cover as smoke rises following an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip on February 6, 2017 (AFP Photo/MOHAMMED ABED) *Times of Israel:** Israeli jets strike 3 Hamas posts in response to rocket fire* A few hours after army shelled terror group position, aircraft target additional sites; no reports of injuries on either side. Israeli aircraft targeted three Hamas sites in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday afternoon, hours after tanks shelled one of the terrorist group’s positions in the coastal enclave in response to a rocket attack ear...more »
A joint resolution headed for President Trump’s signature would repeal a law that limited mining companies’ ability to dump earthen mining waste into streams, but this resolution actually represents a return to a status that has been in effect, intermittently, since 1983.
Western Shoshone Mary and Carrie Dann Why Tribal Councils Will Turn On Their Own People By Steve Melendez, Paiute President, American Indian Genocide Museum Censored News When everyone from our president on down believes that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, you have to wonder why we went to war in the first place. We also know now that there was never any evidence
Housing is a major sticking point for the Tories. They know it, we know it, and the public know it too. On their watch, first with their LibDem friends and now alone with a majority thinner than a major donor's tax return, the bottom fell out of the house building figures. Cash strapped councils made poorer by a deliberate attempt to destroy local government services had no readies to produce social housing. The Tories curbed housing association building plans by announcing the extension of right to buy to their tenants (plans now quietly dropped). They left towns and cities across ...more »
California's 4th Congressional district is a sprawling, mostly empty area east of Sacramento. Most of the people live in a tiny corner of the district in the suburbs north of Sacramento, a triangle encompassed by Roseville, Placerville and Auburn. There are 10 counties but almost 90% of the voters live in suburban Placer and El Dorado counties. The largely rural district includes Yosemite Valley, most of Lake Tahoe and lots of national forests, national wildernesses, national parks and more senior citizens than most California districts. It's one of the most Republican districts ...more »
By Brenda Norrell Censored News A BIA police officer beat an unarmed woman on a dirt road near Sacred Stone Camp on Feb. 4, as documented in video released from the scene. "How dare the BIA attack this water protector, who is peacefully walking away from him? The video is shaky, but you can clearly see him raising his baton and swinging full force at her legs and beating her until she
*"Donald Trump With Boondoggles for the Swamp Critters"* by Bill Bonner "‘Man’s greatest good fortune is to chase and defeat his enemy, seize his total possessions, leave his married women weeping and wailing, ride his gelding, use the bodies of his women as a nightshirt and support, gazing upon and kissing their rosy breasts, sucking their lips which are sweet as the berries of their breasts.’" - Genghis Khan, on the benefits of win-lose deals. "Investors seem to be holding their breath, like a man hiding a cigarette from his wife. It’s just a feeling…and it’s not the first time w...more »
*BBC:** Syria conflict: Army cuts IS supply route into al-Bab* Syrian government forces have advanced towards so-called Islamic State's last major stronghold in Aleppo province, cutting off the main supply route into al-Bab, a monitoring group reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops had captured Tal Uwayshiya, a hill 9km (6 miles) to the south-east. It overlooks a key road linking al-Bab to the IS-controlled city of Raqqa, in a neighbouring province. Al-Bab is now almost surrounded by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels. The rebels are laying siege from the north, e...more »
*MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017With Kevin Drum on deck:* Early this morning, a cheer went up from the team of youthful analysts who had been assigned to read the Washington Post. Ashley Parker had gotten it right! Our years of hard work had finally begun to pay off! At that start of January, Parker moved from the New York Times over to the Post. She'd spent her whole career at the Times, starting as "research assistant to Maureen Dowd," whatever that could possibly have meant. How bad have things been along the way? As recently as November 2011, Parker co-wrote a front-page profile for...more »
Without U.S. and E.U. support, Kiev is going to have a difficult time maintaining an offensive. The post Kiev Violates Minsk Agreement Causing Fighting To Resume In Ukraine appeared first on Shadowproof.
*of the past few days.* * Of course, we'll have to start with the Super Bowl. I actually turned on my big TV and watched it. I did miss the halftime show, but I understand Lady Gaga didn't get all in-your-face political, and may have actually entertained the hoards. Good for her. Since football is not really on my radar, I had no pigskin in that fight. I thought it was a fun game. And really, that's all it is; a game. The ads were either boring or downright ludicrous and ham-handed. Equal pay, Audi? Not to be missed (and I'm sure no one did) were all the pretty little Muslim...more »
[image: coffee-wars-vet-owned-coffee-company-targets-politically-correct-starbucks] When Starbucks isn’t peddling four-dollar cups of coffee, they’re peddling leftist policy. Now a veteran-owned rival is taking aim at the caffeinated neo-communists with what they say is better java — and better principles.
[image: trump-s-eu-ambassador-trump-will-only-make-trade-deals-with-nations-not-the-eu] Trump the Disrupter is about to name another maverick to his administration: Ted Malloch as his ambassador to the EU. By Bob Adelmann
In Insectivorous Plants, Sir Charles Darwin pondered carnivorous plants. They live in habitats poor in nutrients, mostly on nitrogen and phosphorous, and have compensated this lack with the ability to digest animals such as insects and other arthropods. Adapting and surviving with a carnivorous diet in nutrient-poor soils is an evolutionary process that some evolutionary unrelated species have been going through, repeatedly and independently, from the same set of genes and proteins, according to a new study in *Nature Ecology&Evolution*. read more
Jeremy Scahill speaks at the Anti-Inauguration event sponsored by Jacobin, Haymarket Books, and Verso Books. Recorded from The Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC. Just to be clear, a moment before speaking about Trump's Administration, Jeremy destroyed Obama's Legacy. He is not one sided, and as you can hear at the end of the talk, he calls of the dismantling of the two-party system. Jeremy is a founding editor of the online news publication The Intercept, and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, which won the George Polk Book Award. The Inte...more »
*VOA*: *Trump Visits CENTCOM* President Donald Trump is visiting the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Trump will receive briefings and deliver a speech at CENTCOM where he will also have lunch with enlisted personnel, his first major public visit with the troops since he took office in January. CENTCOM directs and enables military operations and activities with allies and partners to increase regional security in the Middle East and Central Asia. It oversaw a recent raid by U.S. forces on an al-Qaida compound in Ye...more »
*Reuters*: *Iraqi forces wage psychological war with jihadist corpses* The flyblown corpses of Islamic State militants have been rotting along a main street in north Mosul for two weeks, a health risk for passersby. Suicide bombers' belts beside the fighters can still explode, killing anyone nearby. But the Iraqi army has no intention of burying the jihadists and hopes as many people as possible will get a good look at their blackened bodies, torn apart by bombs and bullets. As Iraqi forces prepare to expand their offensive against Islamic State from east to west Mosul, they want...more »
On 3 February, Theresa May offered to be “a bridge” between the EU and President Trump. The EU did not accept this offer. And its leaders were mocking in their response. As the Lithuanian President told the BBC: I don’t think there is a necessity for a bridge – we communicate with the Americans on Twitter. […] The post PM’s plan to bridge the US and EU just took another humilating blow appeared first on The Canary.
Since their political evisceration in the 2015 general election, it can be easy to forget what Britain learned about the Liberal Democrats while they were in a Coalition government for the previous five years. Namely, that what Liberal Democrats propose while out of power and what they do when in power are almost polar opposites. And […] The post Tim Farron just provided the perfect reminder of everything that’s wrong with the Liberal Democrats appeared first on The Canary.
The Conservative Chair of the Health Select Committee called out the fresh bullsh*t coming from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 6 February. Sarah Wollaston MP said that stories dominating the press about health tourism are a “distraction” from critical levels of NHS underfunding. She said any progress tackling health tourism “won’t close the huge funding gap”. […] The post The Conservative’s own Health Chair just called out the fresh bullsh*t coming from Jeremy Hunt appeared first on The Canary.
Theresa May’s government is overhauling the 100-year-old Official Secrets Act. Last updated in 1989, the Official Secrets Act determines what punishment is given to people who leak sensitive government information. In 2015, the UK government tasked the Law Commission with reviewing the act. On 2 February, the commission published its findings and its alarming ideas […] The post May’s government is overhauling a 100-year-old law, and it could kill off our last sliver of democracy appeared first on The Canary.
CounterPunch, Countercurrents, Global Research, Rinf Monsanto is preparing a fresh effort to promote genetically modified (GM) crops to the UK public, according to a piece in The Scottish Farmer. The article notes the company recently appointed former World Bank communications strategist Vance Crowe as its ‘Director of Millenial Engagement’, a job that involves convincing the public about the benefits of GM. In March, Vance will be in the UK to give a series of talks, including one in Glasgow as a guest of Glasgow Skeptics, an organisation committed to “promoting science and cri...more »
R. v. Mikijuk, 2017 NUCJ 02:  One of these important cases is called the Queen v. Gladue [Gladue] . It is called that because in Canada all criminal prosecutions are done in the name of Her Majesty the Queen. Gladue was the name of the offender in that case. Gladue is a very important case. From the highest court in Canada, the Supreme Court. In fact, the Nunavut Court of Justice is a Gladue court. We serve all Nunavummiut. To make a long explanation short, our court must account for the unique circumstances of the Inuit people, their history, and society. And, importantly today...more »
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton Models often get a bad rap among skeptics, largely because climate models have demonstrated an epic failure in predictive skill. However, models are extremely valuable scientific tools, particularly when used heuristically. Models are learning tools. Generally speaking models fall into two general categories:…
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Judith Curry Not surprisingly, John Bates’ blog post and David Rose’s article in the Mail on Sunday have been receiving some substantial attention. Most journalists and people outside of the community of establishment climate scientists ‘get it’ that this is about the process of establishing credibility for climate data…
*RT:* *‘Unacceptable & insulting’: Kremlin expects apology from Fox News for calling Putin ‘killer’* Moscow expects an apology from Fox News after host Bill O’Reilly called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer.” The controversial term was used to question Donald Trump’s intention to work more closely with Russia. *“We consider the words of the Fox News host unacceptable and insulting,”* Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. *“We would prefer to receive an apology to the Russian president from a respected TV station like that.”* O’Reilly labeled Putin “a killer” du...more »
Chris Cillizza of *The Washington Post* goes to that *New York Times* story about Trump administration dysfunction and applies laser focus to the least important revelation: There's a remarkably telling paragraph in Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush's tour de force in the New York Times documenting President Trump's first two weeks in office. Here it is: Usually around 6:30 p.m., Mr. Trump retires upstairs to the residence to recharge, vent and intermittently use Twitter. With his wife, Melania, and young son, Barron, staying in New York, he is almost always by himself, sometimes in...more »
By Paul Homewood This is the letter I have just sent to the Sunday Telegraph in response to Dorothy Thompson’s yesterday: Dorothy Thompson (Letters, 5th Feb) claims that Drax’s biomass plant makes carbon savings of 80%, compared with coal. However, this is based on EU accounting rules, which classify burning wood as […]
*CawRANT Events #41* *Weather with Photos* Good Morning Everybody! Snowmageddon has come to the Pacific North West! Record amounts of snow have fallen since this past December and, this past weekend, we had another huge dump. Temperatures at the moment are slightly below freezing. Although it is sunny at the moment, more snow is expected later today. What's going to happen to all this snow when it starts to rain later on in the west is a common concern. If it melts too fast, there could be flooding. In the meantime, there is a certain enjoyment to looking out the window at...more »
A member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards checks a missile inside an underground depot in an undisclosed location, Iran, in this handout photo released by the official website of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on March 8, 2016. REUTERS/sepahnews.com/Handout via Reuters *Reuters*:* Iran's missile test 'not a message' to Trump* Iran said on Monday a recent missile trial launch was not intended to send a message to new U.S. President Donald Trump and to test him, since after a series of policy statements Iranian officials already "know him quite well". Iran test-fired a n...more »
[image: but-is-healthcare-really-a-right] With President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare now a priority in the GOP-led Congress, it’s worth asking why ObamaCare — as well as other government-sponsored healthcare initiatives, including Medicare and Medicaid — should be such a contentious topic.
Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Mike Mullen published an op-ed in today’s New York Times calling for the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council Principals Committee, a position he apparently obtained without Trump being fully briefed. According to Mullen: “Having Mr. Bannon as a voting member of the Principals Committee will have a negative […]
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Reuters*: *Islamic State, air strikes help drive spike in Afghan civilian casualties: U.N.* Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose to new highs in 2016, driven by more Islamic State attacks, the most deaths and injuries from air strikes since 2009 and a rising toll of child victims of unexploded ordnance, the United Nations said. A total of 3,498 civilians were killed in the conflict and 7,920 were wounded in 2016, a combined increase of 3 percent over the previous year, U.N. investigators said in an annual summary issued on Monday. "Against a back...more »
*Source:* Planeta UFO and El Tiempo de San Juan *http://www.tiempodesanjuan.com/sanjuan/2017/1/26/falla-camara-ovni-zonda-mira-fotos-opina-163846.htmlDate: January 26, 2017* *Argentina: Camera Error or a UFO over Zonda? * One of the newspapers readers submitted photos of what could be a "sighting" or an error in the cellphone with which she took the photo. At the risk of upsetting our more skeptical readers with a supernatural subject, we are sharing a series of "suspicious" photos submitted to our newspaper's WhatsApp line. According to the woman who took the photos, they were t...more »
A journal has retracted six papers by a cancer researcher at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, bringing his total to 10. The retractions cite an investigation by the university, and detail problems ranging from duplicated images, to tweaking an image to conceal particular bands, to including unreliable data. Three of the papers had already been flagged […] The post Cancer researcher logs 6 retractions, bringing total to 10 appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The Guardian *The Guardian: **Islands on the frontline of a new global flashpoint: China v Japan* While the South China Sea has drawn attention, the Senkaku Islands have become the site of renewed tension The Chinese flotilla arrived at the start of August, more than 300 fishing boats escorted by 15 vast coastguard ships, some of them armed. They circled the Senkaku Islands for a week, drifting into and out of Japanese territorial waters as Tokyo’s own coastguard played cat and mouse with the intruders. Then they were gone, but the message they left behind was clear. China had u...more »
*Reuters*:* Frontline town in Ukraine gets breathing space after worst shelling in months* A week-long surge in violence in and around the government-held town of Avdiyivka in eastern Ukraine appeared to be winding down on Monday, as schools reopened and power and water supplies resumed following the worst clashes in months. Last week aid agencies warned of a looming humanitarian crisis after heavy shelling between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia separatists cut off power and water supplies to tens of thousands on both sides of the front line. A decrease in fighting around Avdiyi...more »
*Not the Uber ride to the future we were expecting...* *by Gaius Publius* *But at my back I always hear* *Time's wingéd chariot hurrying near* –Andrew Marvell Almost everyone I know is complacent about global warming. That is, they almost all know that it's a problem, that it's coming, and that it will be a big problem "sometime in the future." But that time in the future is about as distant as the time when a new-to-smoking teenager thinks she will come down with lung cancer. It's far enough in the future to equate to "never," or its closest approximation in emotional terms. I've...more »
On Friday 3 February, as the public was distracted by a shortage of vegetables from Spain, Jeremy Hunt was busy breaking bread with private healthcare companies in the US. The Health Secretary was on a trip to “discuss the close links between the US and the UK health sectors”. But was he really there to […] The post Jeremy Hunt caught on a secretive trip to the US and it looks like bad news for our NHS [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
Europe is probably facing its most serious crisis since the 1930s and the outbreak of World War Two. Through populist nationalism, the far right are in resurgence, gaining credibility across the continent. But to see their true nature, we only need look to Greece. The Trump effect After hiding in the shadows in recent years, the […] The post Neo-Nazi nationalists on the rise across Europe, and one country knows this only too well appeared first on The Canary.
Travel industry giant Airbnb used its spot during the Super Bowl on 5 February to stream an advert promoting multiculturalism and acceptance. The company displayed an ad with a poignant message for both the US and its new President. The short advert appeared on the stadium’s giant screens during the interval of the American Football finale. It showed […] The post A beautiful ad just stuck two massive fingers up at Donald Trump, on prime-time TV [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
This morning, I'm not a political blogger. For today, I'm not a liberal or a novelist or even a native New Yorker. Today, I'm a proud member at the epicenter of Patriots Nation. And I imagine that all over Massachusetts, and across New England, what's usually the dreariest day of the week, Dreaded Monday, is lit up at water coolers and loading docks with the smiles of those who'd watched last night's Super Bowl LI. Sports has a talismanic way of healing a nation's wounds after trying times and this is especially true in America. We could forget for a bit about the baleful ...more »
The tabloids are whipping up a frenzy over charging foreign patients for NHS treatment. But a new campaign is fighting back against this increasingly xenophobic climate. Convenient scapegoats “Health tourists”, or people who just happen to get sick while in the UK, are increasingly targeted by the mainstream media. And as NHS cuts continue, Health Secretary Jeremy […] The post A new campaign is a brilliant f**k you to Jeremy Hunt and the latest xenophobic tabloid frenzy appeared first on The Canary.
*"Unimaginable Disaster: Japan Declares Crisis As Fukushima Reactor **Begins Falling* * Into The Pacific Ocean And Radiation Soars To The Highest Levels Ever Seen*." by UniversalTrek "The latest developments at Japan's Fukushima reactor have been described as "unimaginable"and "unprecedented". Officials state that damages at the reactor are "far worse than previously thought". Melted fuel has come in contact with underground water and the melted core (*3* melted-through cores, which burned through the containment vessels within 12 hours. They've known this all along, and kept it fr...more »
"For many great deeds are accomplished in times of squalid struggle. There is a kind of stubborn, unrecognized courage which in the lowest depths tenaciously resists the pressures of necessity and ill-doing; there are noble and obscure triumphs observed by no one, unacclaimed by any fanfare. Hardship, loneliness, and penury are a battlefield which has its own heroes, sometimes greater than those lauded in history. Strong and rare characters are thus created; poverty nearly always a foster-mother, may become a true mother, distress may be the nursemaid of pride, and misfortune the m...more »
As I posted below about DA's solar irrigation proposal for P20 B next year, one faceless stranger named Federico Reyes debated me in my wall. First he posted the media release of DA Sec. Pinol, then a youtube clip about "solar deep water pumping in the PH", to which I commented that it's nice water from a small hose, good initiative. And this is expected to irrigate rice fields that require thousands of cu.m. of water, good luck. Then he posted this PR from RTVM/Malacanang about irrigation for rice farms. Serious or joking, the background is a sugarcane plantation, and behind Sec. ...more »
The conflict as a whole killed and injured more than 11,000 civilians in total last year, of which 3,512 were children. The post Afghan airstrikes killed and injured record number of civilians in 2016 appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
It’s been a long and winding road for a whistleblower at Indiana University, South Bend. After Mark Fox, a professor of management and entrepreneurship accused two business professors of plagiarism in 2012, a university investigation found one of the two men — Douglas Agbetsiafa, the former chair of the economics department — guilty of plagiarism, and […] The post Whistleblower gets court backing in defamation case — but at a cost appeared first on Retraction Watch.
There was news from within and without Mosul. Shafaaq News reported on the food and fuel shortages in west Mosul. Officials are worried of a humanitarian crisis. The Iraqi forces (ISF) were shellingwest Mosul and the Islamic State fired mortars onto two neighborhoods in the east. There were no casualties reported, but countless people have been killed and wounded as a result of the constant artillery, mortar and rocket fire. In the east the Golden Division was dismantlingIEDs and arresting Islamic State members. There is a large fear of sleeper cells causing violence in liberat...more »
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last January 24, 2017. Cheaper electricity and stable energy supply are among the important components to have fast and sustainable economic growth. On Jan. 17, the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) sent a press release saying that “effective settlement spot prices (ESSPs) in the wholesale electricity spot market (WESM) plunged to P2.28/kWH for the December 2016 billing period which is the lowest since January 2011. ESSPs refer to the average prices paid by wholesale customers for energy purchased from the spot market.” That is good ne...more »
The battle lines have been drawn. Donald Trump says he wants to "make America great again." Chris Hedges says he wants to "make America ungovernable." He warns his readers that the Trump Crew worship the god of Ignorance. Their motto is "Burn It Down!" “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too,” [Steve] Bannon told writer Ronald Radosh in 2013. “I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” The Trump regime’s demented project of social engineering, which will come wrapped in a Christianized fascism, can be implemented only if...more »
*“U.S. Consumer Bankruptcies Debt Apocalypse Beckons”* By Michael Snyder "When debt grows much faster than GDP for an extended period of time, it is inevitable that a good portion of that debt will start to go bad at some point. We witnessed a perfect example of this in 2008, and now it is starting to happen again. Commercial bankruptcies have been rising on a year-over-year basis since late 2015, and this is something that I have written about previously, but now consumer bankruptcies are also increasing. In fact, we have just witnessed U.S. consumer bankruptcies do something that...more »
"I'd been in hairier situations than this one. Actually, it's sort of depressing, thinking how many times I'd been in them. But if experience had taught me anything, it was this: No matter how screwed up things are, they can get a whole lot worse." - Jim Butcher Dig your way out, they said...
"The human race is a herd. Here we are, unique, eternal aspects of consciousness with an infinity of potential, and we have allowed ourselves to become an unthinking, unquestioning blob of conformity and uniformity. A herd. Once we concede to the herd mentality, we can be controlled and directed by a tiny few. And we are." - David Icke
*"The Leftwing Has Placed Itself In The Trash Can Of History"* by Paul Craig Roberts "At a time when the Western world desperately needs alternative voices to the neoliberals, the neoconservatives, the presstitutes and the Trump de-regulationists, there are none. The Western leftwing has gone insane. The voices being raised against Trump, who does need voices raised against him, are so hypocritical as to reflect less on Trump than on those with raised voices. Sharon Kelly McBride, speaking for Human Rights First, sent me an email saying that Trump stands on the wrong side of “Ameri...more »
Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski was too late deleting a post on Twitter, revealing a secret at the heart of his party. The secret The Conservatives are prudent with national finance, while Labour spends way too much… Right? Well that’s what Kawczynski himself seemed to believe when he tweeted this graph showing the national debt since […] The post A Tory MP was too late deleting this online post, revealing a secret at the heart of his party [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.
After Jeremy Corbyn ordered Labour MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50, the resignations began. And while chaos arose in camp Corbyn, it provided the Conservatives the perfect opportunity to admit they had broken yet another promise to the people. This time, it was down to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. Despite grand promises and ambitions, […] The post While everyone focused on Labour’s front bench exodus, the government bailed on another major promise appeared first on The Canary.
In one instance she lifted from ALEC, which is entirely fitting, since ALEC will now be writing Rules and Regs at ED. Below is a clip from Dr. Roxani Marachi's blog: . . . .Senator Murray asks, *“If you claim to support accountability and transparency, why do the model voucher policies from the American Federation for Children that you chaired fail to require students in private schools receiving vouchers to take the same assessments and report the same data as those in public schools?”* DeVos answers: *“The model voucher policies include strong accountability provisions. I’ve i...more »
*MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017Part 1—Abandonment and abuse:* Is the widely-acclaimed (but little seen) feature film Moonlight depressing? On Saturday afternoon, we saw the Oscar-nominated film for the second time. We pose our question for two reasons, stemming from the experience we had the first time we saw the film. We saw Moonlight for the first time one week ago. In was a low ticket price Monday matinee. Few people were in attendance at the slightly weird old Senator, John Waters' current home court. (Remind us to tell you about the time we opened for John Waters!) Before the movi...more »
Recently, two armies were pitted against each other, with harpoon-like appendages covered in poison. They went two war, stabbing each other and rupturing victims like water balloons. It was all mathematically predictable, at least over time. In a one-off scenario, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, though in over 90 other instances where a team in the playoffs was down by 19 after three quarters, they lost. Knowing the math could lead to new, targeted therapies to fight infections. But dueling bacteria would not be the infectors in that scenario; they'd be ...more »
This news report today caught my attention. It smells like a huge racket and waste. On average, it takes 1.5 to 2 hectares of land to install 1 MW (or 1,000 kW) solar capacity, of which only around 180 kW of actual electricity output because of low capacity factor, only 18%. So DA plans to convert some rice land into solar farms to generate very little solar power? Lousy. And P20 B of taxpayers money for solar? Very similar to $500 M ADB loan (nearly P20 B) for 100,000 e-tricycles nationwide, which new DOE Sec. Cusi later has junked and saved future taxpayers of another source of ...more »
The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Suez Canal, Egypt towards the Mediterranean Sea in a photo released by the US Navy June 2, 2016. U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Anthony Flynn/Handout via REUTERS *Defense News*: *Grounded: Nearly two-thirds of US Navy’s strike fighters can’t fly* Washington – The US Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet strike fighters are the tip of the spear, embodying most of the fierce striking power of the aircraft carrier strike group. But nearly two-thirds of the fleet’s strike fighters can’t fly – grounded bec...more »
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SnappleRollback #Walmart I don't know about you, but I seem to hit a wall every afternoon. It's the time of day where I can't seem to work faster than a snail's pace. I've found the best thing for me to do when I hit this wall is to take a break and do something creative. It gets me moving and my mind working again. I especially love when I can make something useful. For months I have wanted a tumbler to keep at my desk to fill with my favorite drinks (like Snapple®), and worki...more »
There are a lot of Republicans wishing Trump hadn't gone on O'Reilly's show and created the impression of moral equivalency between Putin's fascist regime in Russia and our own country.Like many vulnerable Rep[ublican members of Congress, Wisconsin freshman Mike Gallagher panicked and immediately tried distancing himself from Trump. Yesterday Mitch McConnell was on CNN's *State of the Union* where he tried distancing himself-- and thereby Senate Republicans-- from Trump's statement about Putin and Russia. He told Jake Tapper that Putin "is a former KGB agent, a thug, not elected ...more »
A *New York Times* story reports that the president of the United States watches TV day and night ... For a sense of what is happening outside, he watches cable, both at night and during the day -- too much in the eyes of some aides -- often offering a bitter play-by-play of critics like CNN’s Don Lemon. ... gives tours of the White House when he should be getting up to speed on important issues ... To pass the time between meetings, Mr. Trump gives quick tours to visitors, highlighting little tweaks he has made after initially expecting he would have to pay for them himself. ... ...more »
Bill Hayton, the expert who has doggedly been showing that China has zero historical claim to anything in the South China Sea, tweeted the above image with the following discussion today: Bill Hayton @bill_hayton The first time modern China took interest in the #SouthChinaSea islands - when US Secretary of War Taft asked them (HK Daily Press 7Dec1907) ...the point being that the Chinese government didn't know a Japanese merchant was occupying Pratas (Dongsha) until the Americans told them This was in 1907, and the actual occupant of Pratas Island was a Japanese businessmen who w...more »
China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier conducts a drill in the South China Sea. State media has warned of conflict if the US attempts to block access to islands there. Photograph: China Stringer Network/Reuters *The Guardian:* *US-China war would be a disaster for the world, says Communist party* Editorial says two countries should strive to avoid conflict in first statement since Donald Trump’s election win. A military conflict between the US and China would spell disaster for the world, the Communist party’s official mouthpiece has warned, in its first pronouncement on ties between t...more »
*Little lost kitties.* Reverberating into local politics: Taiwan businesses in China are getting out as the China economy continues to slide. This will undercut the KMT argument, constantly made, that Taiwan needs to tie itself economically to China in order to survive. As each year passes, it is more and more clear that the golden age was under the Chen Administration, and the Ma Administration deeply impaired Taiwan's ability to engage China on Taiwan's terms. "After the Lunar New Year holiday, we will likely see a large-scale shutdown of small to mid-sized businesses in China,...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Quartz: **Donald Trump hasn’t spoken with Chinese president Xi Jinping since taking office* Two weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has spoken with 18 foreign heads-of-state, either by phone or in person. Xi Jinping’s name is conspicuously missing. Over the weekend, Trump called Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and New Zealand prime minister Bill English. Those phone calls came after he had already spoken to 16 foreign leaders since he took office—with an emphasis on “his priority of American national security”—according to a White House sta...more »
National flags of U.S. and China wave in front of an international hotel in Beijing February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee *South China Morning Post*:* China protests over US sanctions on Chinese firms ‘linked to Iran’* *Foreign Ministry says measures will have adverse impact on Chinese companies and will not help resolve problems with Tehran* China has formally complained to the authorities in Washington over newly-imposed US sanctions against Iran which it says will severely affect Chinese businesses. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily press briefing on Mon...more »
Miscellaneous material to start your week. - Sarah-Taïssir Bencharif discusses her experience facing prejudice against Muslims in Canada. But Ashifa Kassam reports on the growing public response to violence, as communities across the country formed "rings of peace" around mosques during their prayers on Friday. - Meanwhile, Maher Arar points out how Canada's security state has been built around Islamophobia. And Manisha Krishnan argues that any real security threat comes from the radical right. - But then, Kyle Curlew makes the point that we should be more skeptical of the basis f...more »
[image: cut-don-t-reform-taxes] Many Americans who have wrestled with a 1040 form, or who have paid someone to prepare their taxes, no doubt cheered the news that Congress will soon resume working on tax reform. However taxpayers should temper their enthusiasm because, even in the unlikely event tax collection is simplified, tax reform will not reduce the American people’s tax burden.
*How Trump's refugee order targets educational injustice* Public schools beleaguered by waves of refugees will get a breather thanks to President Trump's executive order suspending refugee entry for 120 days. And under Trump's new policy, when the US reopens its doors to refugees, local communities will be consulted. That beats the Obama administration's dictatorial approach, which has overwhelmed many school districts. Until now, refugee children have been placed in districts with little or no advance notice. Arriving from countries like Congo, Burma, Somalia and Syria, they spea...more »
President Donald Trump is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., January 20, 2017. (REUTERS/J. Scott Applewhite/Pool) *Washington Post*: *The Trump administration has sprung a leak. Many of them, in fact.* Every presidential administration leaks. So far, the Trump White House has gushed. Unauthorized transcripts of phone conversations between President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia went public last week. So did detai...more »
*Peer reviewed article in academic journal rejects Warmism* *The authors are "slayers" -- scientists who reject any temperature effect of CO2 at all. Most skeptics allow some influence of CO2 but on both theoretical and empirical grounds believe the effect to be trivial or negligible. As the article is a comprehensive review of the evidence, it must carry some weight.* Role of atmospheric carbon dioxide in climate change By Martin Hertzberg, Hans Schreuder Abstract The authors evaluate the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) consensus that the incre...more »
Modern science is pre-occupied with the job of measuring gravity waves. Measurement explicitly means collecting data in the time domain. Gravity however, is instantaneous. It cannot be described or measured in a time domain. There are thus no gravity waves. … Continue reading →
*From Jenna Orkin *Media Silent as a Record 250,000 Romanians March to End Govt Corruption How The IRS Can Empty Your Bank Account Without Warning South Carolina elected its first openly gay lawmaker from a historically deep-red district Meet The Awan Brothers - The (Not-Russian) IT Staff Who Allegedly Hacked Congress' Computer Systems The Honeymoon Is Over: Goldman Slams Trump's Economic Plan, No Longer Expects A Border Tax Teacher Suspended After Rescinding College Letter For Student Who Made Swastika Beached Whale Found With 30 Plastic Bags Crammed In Its Belly The Washingt...more »
OK, millions who will tune in to Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons this Sunday, we know Wolf Bowl isn't the only big game — but it’ll definitely be the cutest. Atka is a captive-born Arctic gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC), a 501c3 non-profit organization, in South Salem, NY. When Atka isn't busy deflating footballs, he serves as an ambassador wolf at the WCC to help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment. The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest l...more »
NOTE: I'd like to thank Dr. Amaral for responding to Anne Dachel last week. We're going to move the ball forward (Superbowl analogy) by conversation. He did not have to make that effort and I am asking readers to respond...
Here is an excerpt of a fine tribute to Dan Olmsted by Melissa Merli. Read the full article in the The News Gazette. In the late 1970s, the post-Watergate era, daily newspapers ruled the media landscape. Their staffs were robust,...
*“If You Do Nothing, Do It On Purpose” * by David Cain “Well here we are, folks. For the last two weeks, whenever I go through my social media feeds I see more and more people wondering aloud why so many of their peers are remaining apolitical, while half the world wakes up and goes to bed in a state of horror about what the US president has just done or will do next. This is not a current events-related blog, and it will stay that way. But it would feel strange not to acknowledge what is presently unfolding in the government of the world’s most powerful nation. I presume people co...more »
*Patriots* I watched the Boston vs Atlanta Super Bowl game and it was historic, legendary, remarkable in all aspects and has seated Tom Brady as the very best quarterback of all time - the best - with an exceptional team that helped him to reach that mark. Those of you who didn't watch the game missed an epic contest - with a lot of Super Bowl firsts. I think that the halftime show featuring Lady Gaga was also exceptionally well done. *Changing Styles* h/t J. D.The world has changed and took a leap from the "greatest generation" to the present generation. Being the dinosaur that I...more »
Whilst the allegations of data tampering at NOAA are themselves reason for a full scale fraud investigation, what many commentators are missing is that we now know the reason why NOAA refused to comply with the Subpoena from NOAA’s Senate … Continue reading →
Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A Scottish independent scientist & blogger from Glasgow has found evidence that a massive increase in volcanic activity at the end of the ice-age triggered runaway global warming turning the earth from a frozen wasteland … Continue reading →
WASHINGTON – U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology members today responded to reports about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2015 climate change study (‘the Karl study’). According to Dr. John Bates, the recently retired … Continue reading →
Add-Beginum: This #noaagate or perhaps #climategate2 is turning out to be bigger than I thought. Like #climategate it is starting with the blogs, and the establishment media is taking it’s time. But given the speed with which all climate blogs … Continue reading →
- Dave Webb (UK Chair of Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) and I arrived in Helsinki, Finland at 10:00 am this morning after an all night ferry ride from Stockholm. The seas were fairly calm so the ride was quite nice. - Two members of the Finnish Peace Committee escorted us on the journey. We speak early this evening in Helsinki and then move back to Sweden tomorrow for talks in Gothenburg, Helsingborg, Malmo and then Copenhagen, Denmark before heading home on Feb. 13. - I had my DNA tested some months ago and learned that I am 1% Finnish so it ...more »
https://youtu.be/D2c230df9C4 You want to know why Donald Trump won the US Presidential Election, it was interviews like this one. The American people had had enough of the two coast elites telling them what was the 'compassionate' thing to do. The majority of Americans want to live safely and Hillary Clinton's immigration policy was not going to lead to that.
https://youtu.be/aWl4VWaVND0 Sebastian Gorka doesn't expect that sort of question from the BBC? Really? Sebastian Gorka should realise that the BBC specialise in straw man arguments, ad hominem attacks and blatant propagandising on behalf of their left wing beliefs. The question that he was asked is precisely the sort of question that he should have expected to be asked by the BBC.
On 5 February, millions of people around the world watched the nail-biting finale of the 2016 American Football season. But just two weeks after the inauguration of Donald Trump as US President, it was difficult to separate politics from sporting spectacle. And one Super Bowl winner in particular didn’t hold back. New England Patriots player Martellus […] The post After the first Super Bowl under Trump, this star player makes one simple demand [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
Emeritus professor of philosophy at Princeton Harry Frankfurt‘s book, On Bullshit, was a surprise best seller a few years ago. Given the public musings of our recently installed President, I thought it time to revisit the main idea of the book.
Police unions didn’t like the reforms President Obama implemented, so now they want Trump to do away with them. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you what the reforms do.
*"Seeing Through The Apocalypse:* *The Biggest Secret"* by Zen Gardner “And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” - Mark 4:9 “It has been said that wisdom is not in seeing things, but in seeing through things.” - Manly P. Hall "They don't own the earth. They don't own you and me. They don't own all their stupid secret symbols. They don't own the present, they don't own the future. They don't even own themselves. They're usurpers, in every sense of the word. And absolutely nothing to fear. That these invading power freaks striving to control the world should ...more »
Here's some climate change news that you won't find reported by the warmists at the BBC. 'The Mail on Sunday today reveals astonishing evidence that the organisation that is the world's leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed...more »
Gravitational accretion is considered an axiom of cosmology by which planets are formed. There’s a slight problem – it’s wrong. Below is a diagram showing why. Case 1 is what Newton observed and correctly described the motion between M1 and … Continue reading →
Two excellent daylight encounters. The first allowed the observer to note a number of characteristics. The second was almost a glimpse but the feature actually noted were the large feet. i have actually been looking for a better report on the feet and these are good enough. The feet are large and long because they are three toed and designed to grip a large limb to allow movement in trees and between trees. As posted many times this creature is the giant Sloth and it is extremely dangerous and will stalk and kill lone humans although one report suggested ...more »
Anger is a natural response to a clear provocation. It really does take two to tangle. That it happens to be an honest emotion is the surprise here. Yet here is the right of it. No one gets truly angry if they are lying and get called unless they are great actors. It is the opposite that evokes anger. A good item here but it also shows us that there is still much to understand and clarify. It is worthy of deep study. we may be surprised. I have experienced wrath that i could also channel and that was surprising. I have expereinced anger that was reactive and defensive as...more »
[image: R.W Ekman: Väinämöinen.] This needed to be elucidated. what i find interesting is that the central source was a nineteenth century creation which explains why it did not appear in the work of Grimm as it could well have. There is a rich Nordic mythology out there largely missing and mostly written down before Christianization. I would include Irish material in that as well. Yet that tradition was oral and old enough. At the same time i know excellent arguments that put the Iliad and the Greek Pantheon in the Baltic at the end of the Bronze Age. . *Väinämöinen: The ...more »
What's north would become south. NASA , CC BY The Earth is blanketed by a magnetic field. It’s what makes compasses point north, and protects our atmosphere from continual bombardment from space by charged particles such as protons. Without a magnetic field, our atmosphere would slowly be stripped away by harmful radiation, and life would almost certainly not exist as it does today. You might imagine the magnetic field is a timeless, constant aspect of life on Earth, and to some extent you would be right. But Earth’s magnetic field actually does change. Every so often – on the order...more »
Little Rock protest, 1959 Wikimedia/John T. Bledsoe Donald Trump proclaimed during his inaugural address, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” Opening our hearts to patriotism will not solve the problem of racist ideas. Some of the nation’s proudest patriots have also been the nation’s most virulent racists. The organizing principle of the Ku Klux Klan has always been allegiance to the red, white and blue flag. Lacking patriotism is not the root of racist ideas. But neither is ignorance and hate, as Americans are taught so often during Black His...more »
"A gorgeous spiral galaxy some 100 million light-years distant, NGC 1309 lies on the banks of the constellation of the River (Eridanus). NGC 1309 spans about 30,000 light-years, making it about one third the size of our larger Milky Way galaxy. Bluish clusters of young stars and dust lanes are seen to trace out NGC 1309's spiral arms as they wind around an older yellowish star population at its core. *Click image for larger size.* Not just another pretty face-on spiral galaxy, observations of NGC 1309's recent supernova and Cepheid variable stars contribute to the calibration of the...more »
* “10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Your Age”* by Marc “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” –Mae West “Over the years my dad has contributed some truly inspiring content to our blog. His two posts, “18 Things My Dad Was Right About” and “10 Timeless Lessons from a Life Well Lived”, were well received by the majority of you, and he absolutely loved reading the comments and emails you all sent to us in response to each post. Today I’m happy to report that your kindness has paid off. My dad was so inspired by your positive feedback that he surprised me this ...more »
*"Eagle Poem" * "To pray you open your whole self To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon To one whole voice that is you. And know there is more That you can't see, can't hear Can't know except in moments Steadily growing, and in languages That aren't always sound but other Circles of motion. Like eagle that Sunday morning Over Salt River. Circles in blue sky In wind, swept our hearts clean With sacred wings. We see you, see ourselves and know That we must take the utmost care And kindness in all things. Breathe in, knowing we are made of All this, and breathe, knowing We are truly blessed bec...more »
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium. Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports *WNU Editor:* A photo gallery of the game* is here.*
I live in Los Feliz, which is part of an overwhelmingly blue congressional district in Los Angeles, CA-28. The PVI is D+20 and the GOP doesn't bother running candidates here. Obama beat Romney 187,441 (70.3%) to 70,757 (26.5%) and Hillary beat Trump by an even stronger margin-- 72.1% to 22.3%. You would think a district like this would have a bold progressive champion, someone like our neighbors, Ted Lieu, Xavier Becerra, or Judy Chu. But, our congressman, Adam Schiff, is a relatively conservative member of Congress for this blue a district. ProgressivePunch rates him a "D," not ...more »
*Popular Mechanics:* *John McCain's Plan Calls for More Mini-Aircraft Carriers. Here's What He's Talking About.* *We already have them.* In his blueprint for increased defense spending released last week, Senator John McCain, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, recommends building what he calls a high/low mix of aircraft carriers. The high end we already have. These are the Nimitz and now Ford-class of supercarriers. But what is the low end of the mix, and what would it look like? It would look like ships we have now. Last week, Senator McCain released "Restoring America...more »
*"The Supreme Paradox"* by Robert Ardrey ․ "Man is a fraction of the animal world… We are not so unique as we should like to believe. The problem of man’s original nature imposes itself upon any human solution. Amity – as Darwin guessed but did not explore – is as much a product of evolutionary forces as contest and enmity. In the evolution of any social species including the human, natural selection places as heavy a penalty on failure in peace as failure in battle. ․ A certain justification has existed until now, in my opinion, for submission of the insurgent specialists to the cen...more »
Mike Haseler, also known as blogger the Scottish Sceptic, has issued a Press Release claiming that he has found evidence that a massive increase in volcanic activity at the end of the ice-age triggered runaway global warming turning the earth from a frozen wasteland in the flourishing interglacial landscape we see today. This volcanic activity he claims was caused by a runaway chain of events. First, a small change in earth’s orbit caused warming of the earth’s surface and crust. The crust then expanded forcing huge volumes of carbon containing rock to be forced down into the hot m...more »
Gun advocates believe that they have the right to carry firearms pretty much anywhere -- and one pro-gun legislator in Florida believes this so much that he wants to infringe on Floridians' right *not* to have guns at the businesses they run. At *National Review,* gun blogger Andrew Branca explains: A new proposal would hold store owners responsible for the mayhem that results when they decide to ban guns on their premises.... SB 610 provides that a “gun-free zone” store “assumes absolute custodial responsibility ... for the safety and defense” of any person who disarms in complian...more »
Here's an excerpt from the letter that Ayn Rand wrote to Rose Wilder Lane on November 3, 1946: About “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” You are right that one of the troubles here lies in the world “love.” It’s certainly the wrong word, with no exact meaning in this particular slogan. That is the first reason why the slogan should be dropped. Any inexact statement of what purports to be a principle, creates nothing but harm. But whatever meaning we attempt to attach to this slogan—it still remains a tenet of collectivism. If “love” here means self-preservation, as you say, or the pro...more »
*Uproxx: **The Navy Is Launching Trucks Off An Aircraft Carrier And It Should Be An Olympic Sport* What do you do when you need to test the jet launching mechanism on an aircraft carrier, but don’t want to put multi-million dollar planes at risk? Simple, you launch trucks into the ocean and accidentally create an incredibly awesome new sport. Truck launching absolutely belongs in the Olympics. Each country brings an aircraft carrier and tries to fling large vehicles into the ocean. What could possibly go wrong? Think of it as a sort of military track and field event. Like the shot...more »
The monster you elected is a fascist. You keep claiming that we don’t know what that word means yet almost none of you have bothered to read Mussolini’s own words on the topic. But let’s go further. Here is how a professional historian, Umberto Eco, who studied Mussolini and Hitler both extensively, described the key […]
*Engadget:* *US Navy decommissions the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier* *The USS Enterprise made history both through its service and its technology.* It's the end of an era for the US sea power, in more ways than one: the Navy has decommissioned the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The vessel launched in 1961 and is mainly known for playing a pivotal role in several major incidents and conflicts, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and the 2003 Iraq War. However, it also served as the quintessential showcase for ...more »
*Bloomberg:* *Australian Voters Snubbing Turnbull After Leader’s Spat With Trump* * Newspoll shows support hits lowest since Turnbull took power * Turnbull seeks traction with lawmakers as parliament resumes While Malcolm Turnbull’s spat with U.S. President Donald Trump has thrust him into the international spotlight, a new poll shows the Australian prime minister’s biggest challenge may be turning around his own government’s performance. Primary support for Turnbull’s Liberal-National coalition has slumped 4 percentage points to 35 percent, the lowest since he seized the leadersh...more »
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? ? The Telegraph have printed this letter today in response to Christopher Booker’s piece last Sunday om renewable energy: ? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2017/02/05/lettersthe-folly-splurging-hs2-expense-existing-low-cost-lines/ ? It contains a number of misleading statements: ? ? 1) Far from producing more CO2 emissions, as Mr Booker…
U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to travel to Palm Beach, Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Washington Post*: *Trump wants to push back against Iran, but Iran is now more powerful than ever* BEIRUT — President Trump’s tough talk on Iran is winning him friends in the Arab world, but it also carries a significant risk of conflict with a U.S. rival that is now more powerful than at any point since the creation of the Islamic republic nearly 40 years ago. With its warning last week that Iran is “on notice,” the Tr...more »
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet a marching band as they arrive at Trump International Golf club to watch the Super Bowl LI between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Reuters*: *Trump agrees to meet NATO leaders in Europe in May* President Donald Trump agreed to meet alliance leaders in Europe in May in a phone call on Sunday with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg that also touched on the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, the White House said. Trump was elect...more »
*Washington Post*: *A deadly U.S. raid in Yemen reveals strength of al-Qaeda affiliate* CAIRO — A U.S. commando raid in Yemen that set off a fierce firefight revealed the growing strength of an al-Qaeda affiliate that has targeted both the United States and Europe in recent years. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, as the branch is known, had collected enough intelligence to anticipate the raid last weekend, Yemeni officials and analysts said. The militants also had the firepower to counterattack from their bastion, which was surrounded by land mines and other traps. By ...more »
[image: trump-s-travel-ban-halted-for-now-could-go-to-supreme-court] The immediate issue is whether the administration will be able to enforce Trump’s travel ban while it is is still being challenged in the federal judiciary.
Saturday, Trumpanzee woke up, chopped up and then snorted a couple of Adderalls and started with the morning ritual-- his nasty, childish, mastabatory tweeting. One claimed that the *NYTimes* is fake news and that it had apologized to His Trumpiness. The fake news-- or in the Regime's own terms, #AltFacts-- is that it ever apologized to him for anything. Interestingly, the latest poll from PPP asked people who had more credibility, *The Times* or the Trumpanzee. 51% of people chose *The Times*; 42% chose the orange-hued orangutang. In fact, among self-identified "moderates," that ...more »
*"Sam Harris Induces Cognitive Dissonance in Ben Affleck"* by Scott Adams "Ignoring the politics of it for the moment, check out this video of Sam Harris debating Ben Affleck on Bill Maher’s Real Time show. I’ll teach you how to spot cognitive dissonance in the clip. Watch for the moment Ben has to hallucinate Sam’s opinion from the reasonable position that many Muslims worldwide have non-liberal views to an hallucination about “All Muslims are bad.” Sam and Bill both clarify their viewpoints, with data, but Ben is struck deaf to it. All he can hear is the absurd absolute “all.” He ...more »
Absurd, impractical sustainability precepts are actually a prescription for government control As President Trump downgrades the relevance of Obama era climate change and anti-fossil fuel policies, many environmentalists are directing attention to “sustainable development.” Like “dangerous manmade climate change,” sustainability reflects poor understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction and manufacturing principles – and a tendency to emphasize tautologies and theoretical models as an alternative to readily observable evidence in the Real World. It also involves well...more »
VIDEO: New footage emerges of suicide boat hitting Royal Saudi Navy vessel off the coast of Yemen.https://t.co/Hcaq1ZfVdH pic.twitter.com/1wY1heVbov — Conflict News (@Conflicts) February 5, 2017 *WNU Editor*: That suicide boat came in fast.
*The Daily Wire*: *LIST: 24 Pieces of MSM Fake News in 5 Days* The original plan was to compile a list of the national media's Fake News only as needed -- but no more often than once a week. Unfortunately, our MSM has done so much lying in the last 5 days, I started to worry that I could lose track. Simply put, the last few days have been a fire hose of Fake News. Read everything below, and then try to make an argument that Steve Bannon isn't 100% correct about the national media being the opposition party. *Read more* .... *Update*: The Press Eunuchs Rattling Their Cups (Clarice...more »
*"The Fourth Turning And * *The Consequences Of Deliberate Miseducation"* by JWMJR "The left has become so deluded and so completely obsessed with Donald Trump that they actually think that fomenting a military coup d'etat to remove him would have some sort of good consequences for them and the nation. First we heard from egotistical moonbat Rosie O'Donnell calling for martial law. Now we've got alleged comedian Sarah Silverman and others openly calling for a coup. Before we get into the dangers of what they are trying to accomplish we have to first get past the absurdity of an Ame...more »
The violence shamefully on full display several nights ago at the UC Berkeley campus is an alarming reminder of just how far Americans have now gone astray in allowing the ruling elite to divide us. The repeated scenes of rioters viciously acting out their rampage determined to shut down free speech in America and deliver violent civil unrest to foment a national crisis in this divided nation is bent on undermining the Trump presidency. Unfortunately this political violence is becoming increasingly common. Is America on the brink of a second civil war? This presentation explores th...more »
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on their armoured vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft artillery roll to Tiananmen Square during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj *The Independent:* *US would go into any war with China with 'unparalleled violence', warn experts* *Observers agree all-out conflict equals global disaster, even if nuclear weapons are not used* China has accused Donald Trump's administration of putting regional stability in East Asia at risk following ...more »
*Can we say US crimes against humanity......???With the help of the Kurdish besties of course.* *DW* *& NG* *& Almasdar* *SANA, SOHR and ISIS have all corroborated this attack.* T*he US most certainly did undertake this despicable attack. The US did the same thing in Mosul- Dividing a city and making life miserable for the civilians.* December 28/2016: Mosul's Last Bridge Destroyed By Coalition Airstrikes- From 5 to None *Until recently, Mosul had five bridges spanning the Tigris River, which runs through the centre of the northern city. One was disabled in the weeks before th...more »
February 5, 2017: Thousands converged on downtown Los Angeles to demonstrate the proposed Dakota Access pipeline, which threatens the water supply and sacred sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. Organizers, gathering at Pershing Square, say this is the first anti-pipeline gathering in Los Angeles since President Trump signed executive orders to fast-track construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. “I haven’t seen this kind of thing before and I’ve been involved in protests since the ‘70s,” said Karen Pomer of Labor for Standing Rock, one of the ...more »
*Following up on 2 previous posts:* - *Ukraine's Flare Up Not Just About Putin: Poroshenko's Gambit* - - *Berlin: Ukraine’s Last Ally Standing?* * Sputnik:* On the same very day, representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) published a report saying that they had spotted Ukrainian tanks in Avdiivka (Avdeevka), which is a violation of the Minsk peace agreements, to which Kiev is a signatory. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) noted "four tanks (T-64) parked behind a building in Avdiivka" which comes in "violation of the respecti...more »
We say Merry Christmas; we wish a Happy New Year; we might even wish our friends “a great long weekend.” I’ve heard friends say things like “Happy Australia Day!” and “Happy 4th of July!” So how come nobody ever says “Happy Waitangi Day”? You’d think we would. There are many worse places on the planet to to wake up, and few better. And the symbol this day commemorates, the only day we actually do celebrate the birth of this great little country, played some part in its creation. It ended slavery and cannibalism. It put a stop (for a time) to never-ending inter-tribal warfare. ...more »
Type 45 destroyers HMS Dragon (left) and HMS Diamond docked in Portsmouth. PA *The Independent:* *British warships are ‘so noisy’ Russian submarines can hear them 100 miles away* ‘Noise suppression has been the biggest dirty secret since the end of the Cold War that people have been cheerfully ignoring,’ says Admiral Poor equipment and botched procurement deals could hinder Britain’s ability to defend itself in the face of a serious military attack, an investigation has found. Among the flaws found in the nation’s defences were warships that reportedly make so much noise Russian ...more »
*For shame, Mr. Trudeau! Really now, talk about shameless pandering! Some people will do anything to sell a book!* *by Ken* I'm afraid I haven't been doing due Doonesbury diligence these last couple of years, since the strip stopped appearing, as if by magic, in my e-mailbox every day. But then, you know the Internet -- the magic disappears as easily as it appears. No, make that *easier*! What's more, for ages now while Mr. Trudeau has been, er, otherwise occupied, the daily *Doonesbury* strip has been in reruns. Glorious reruns, mind you, for strips both fondly and un-rememem...more »
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Claudia Chwalisz points out that in addition to relying on a distortionary electoral system, the Trudeau Libs' majority was built on a bubble which now seems likely to pop. Michael Harris wagers that Canadians will remember the broken core promise when they go to the polls in 2019. John Ivison highlights how Trudeau's personal choice to nix electoral reform feeds into exactly the cynicism which he claimed to want to end, while Aaron Wherry traces the shift from promising better to delivering the same old betrayal of the public trust. Alison d...more »
By Paul Homewood The Telegraph have printed this letter today in response to Christopher Booker’s piece last Sunday om renewable energy: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2017/02/05/lettersthe-folly-splurging-hs2-expense-existing-low-cost-lines/ It contains a number of misleading statements: 1) Far from producing more CO2 emissions, as Mr Booker claims, we actually make carbon savings of more than 80 […]
*ABC News Online*: *Analysis: Mosul: A frontline dispatch from the war against Islamic State* Mosul is in shock… a sort of state of suspended animation. The Islamic State (IS) group still controls the west of the city, but Government forces control the east. Over the last month, Iraqi Government forces have routed the so-called IS and seized control over all of the eastern half of Mosul. It's an important victory against the most feared terror group in the world. It shows the security forces are up to the task, after they were rebuilt and retrained with the aid of foreign adviser...more »
MLRS combat firing practice, Republic of Korea Army. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Republic of Korea Armed Forces *Michael Peck, National Interest*: *This Insane U.S. Army Missile Will Spew Clusters of Deadly Quadcopter Drones* In a cloud of smoke and flame, the salvo of rockets streaks skyward from the battery of U.S. Army multiple rocket launchers. But as the projectiles arc through the air and descend toward the enemy positions below, each rocket spews a cloud of armed quadcopter drones. As the quadcopters unfold their rotors and begin their descent, their sensors lock on t...more »
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *National Interest*: *The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency Test-Fired its New, Larger SM-3IIA Interceptor Missile in Space* The SM-3 IIA can hit bigger targets, such as incoming enemy ballistic missiles, at longer distances than previous SM-3 interceptor missiles. The Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon fired a new SM-3 missile variant into space and destroy an approaching enemy missile target - as a way to develop a new interceptor better able to detect and attack ballistic missile threats approaching the earth’s atmosphere from space. For the first...more »
*Charter schools are not the issue here.* --Senator Al Franken at Betsy DeVos hearing Indeed, charter schools are not the issue, since Democrats have long supported the billions of federal dollars that Team Obama gave to vastly increase the number of charter schools over the past 8 years. During the failed Clinton campaign of 2016, NPE, NEA, and AFT were on the hot seat for their candidate's staunch support for even more charters. Now they have launched campaigns against the nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. DeVos supports privatization of schools, and she doe...more »
*"Help me, Steve, I'm in Over My Head and Losing my Mandate "* *President Trump and top advisor Steve Bannon confer as Trump's credibility rightfully crumbles and the Trump circus faces an i**nevitable * *foreclosure.* *"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage." H. L. Mencken* *Stop wishful thinking ~ we are in the midst of a right wing coup. The principle architect is Steve Bannon and Trump is his willing disciple. As I said last week, it will most certainly get worse ~ chaos is Bannon's aim and out of it will come a right ...more »
*Photo*: Sections of the Pakistani media have been reporting that China has been imposing pressure on Islamabad to act against Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed (in the picture) and Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar. REUTERS *Analysis*: *Here’s Why Pakistan Finally Arrested Hafiz Saeed* RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Pakistan's decision this week to finally detain the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks signals a broader shift in the country's treatment of extremists. Placing Hafiz Saeed under house arrest was driven in part by President Donald Trump's arrival on the...more »
"We'll use these philanthropic funds to continue our tradition of preparing for the next seven generations and to protect this treasure for all Americans to enjoy," Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Movie star and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio's foundation joined other philanthropic groups to cut a check for $1.5 million to establish the Bears Ears Community Engagement Fund. The fund, announced Thursday, will enhance local community efforts aimed at conservation of natural resources and assist Native American tribes at the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument in...more »
*Fake Reason being presented by Fake News* *for Trudeau's Dive in the Polls* You will never read the truth in the CBC (aka "Fake News North") but it's shocking how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (le dauphin) is tanking in the Public Opinion Polls. The Deep State Puppetmasters to the south are wringing their hands in perplexity at how this matinee idol-handsome handpuppet...that they thought had a 'best before' shelf life of at least a decade...is suddenly beginning to show mold and putrification...and might need to be removed prior even to the next (s)election three years hence. Wh...more »
Photo Credit: Sgt. Alexander K. Neely/Army *Army Times*: *Army drone goes missing in Arizona* An unmanned aircraft launched Tuesday from Fort Huachuca, Arizona, lost connectivity and hasn't been found, Army officials said Friday. Soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion -- which is part of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division -- visiting from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, launched the RQ-7Bv2 Shadow on Tuesday evening, the release said. The aircraft took off from the Hubbard Landing Zone on Fort Huachuca's East Range before losing communication. ...more »
I’ve got something to add to some of Craig’s recent posts, and rather than gatecrashing them all, I’ll put them together in a cluster. The first one concerns Hugh Sykes. Hugh is a favourite of ITBB. He has 49 dedicated tags in our sidebar. As Craig points out, people can be wrong about some things and right about others, and we shouldn’t let our feelings about *some *things affect our judgment about *every*thing. By that token, I have to admit finding Jeremy Hardy funny occasionally, although I laugh through gritted teeth. Something in Hugh’s conversation with Sarah Walker made me ...more »
As you know, millions of ordinary Americans in every part of this country-- red states, blue states-- are resisting the authoritarian, even fascist, impulses of the new Trump-Bannon-Pence regime. And, so far, that resistance has scored some remarkable victories. Everyday American citizens-- along with intrepid members of the media and more than a few elected officials-- forced the Trump Regime to reverse the announced federal hiring freeze for the Veteran Administration. In the last few days several federal judges halted the Trump/Bannon unconstitutional travel ban aimed at Muslims...more »
When government forces attacked Mosul in October 2016 the Islamic State reduced its operations across the country. That was until January 2017 when the insurgents once again began picking up their attacks. *Violence In Iraq By Month 2016-2017* *Month* *Incidents* *Dead* *Wounded* Jan 723 2,418 1,986 Feb 657 1,685 1,724 Mar 683 1,685 2,095 *1st Qtr Daily* *Avg/91* *22.6* *63.6* *63.7* Apr 630 1,840 1,904 May 675 1,644 2,484 Jun 631 2,111 6,455 *2nd Qtr Daily* *Avg/91* *21.2* *61.4* *119.1* Jul 531 1,329 1,708 Aug 574 1,263 1,376 Sep 573 1,203 1,602 *3rd Qtr Daily* *Avg/92* *18.2* *41.2...more »
The Iraqi forces (ISF) have constantly talked about a frontal assault on west Mosul across the Tigris River, but now it might be done on two fronts. The Joint Operations Command announced that all preparations for west Mosul were completed. It said engineers would construct bridges to bring vehicles into west Mosul. Now new reports are emerging of another attack, which would not require coming under direct fire while crossing the Tigris. A general from the Golden Division saidthat his men would be moving into east Mosul from the south. Federal Police reinforcementsalso just arrived...more »
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (Reuters) *Paul Sperry, New York Post*:* Flynn’s plan to beat radical Islam starts with schools and social media* President Trump’s national security adviser wants to fight not just Islamic terrorists but the “radical ideology of Islam,” and he plans to do it from the grass roots up, starting with our children at schools while also using social media. Dealing with the global Islamist threat on a tactical level through drone strikes and arrests hasn’t worked, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn argues, according to his largely overlooked 2016 book...more »
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4192182/World-leaders-duped-manipulated-global-warming-data.html#reader-comments? ? To those of us who have been following the story of Thomas Karl’s pausebuster paper two years ago, this will come as no surprise. However, David Rose has now brought it to the public’s attention. Just as significantly, one…
Demonstrators block Interstate 94 during a protest for slain black motorist Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., in July. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) *Washington Post*: *How far can protesters go before the government steps in?* The protests of 2016, against pipelines and police shootings and a presidential candidate, have sparked lawmakers in eight states to consider bills boosting penalties for unlawful demonstrations. They include one that would protect drivers who “unintentionally” run over activists blocking roads and another aimed at forcing protesters to pay ...more »
Why does Donald Trump hate America? On Sunday, Bill O'Reilly will have a special Super Bowl pre-game interview with President Trump.... In a special preview, Trump revealed his plans for dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin. O'Reilly asked Trump whether he "respects" the former KGB agent: "I do respect him, but I respect a lot of people," Trump said, "That doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him." Trump said he would appreciate any assistance from Russia in the fight against ISIS terrorists, adding that he would rather get along with the former Cold War-era foe than ...more »
Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola are joined by Jamil Dakwar, the director of the ACLU’s Human Rights Program. Dakwar addresses how the Muslim ban signed by President Donald Trump has been applied. He highlights the issues involved in arguing the executive order is discriminatory and unconstitutional. He also outlines The post Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Test Of What System Will Normalize: Interview With Jamil Dakwar appeared first on Shadowproof.
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