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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

8 February - Blogs I'm Following

11:47 pm MST

GM Mustard Case Returns to Court in India: Bt Cotton Failure And Economic Distress Spun As A 'Success' In Pitch For GMOs

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 11 minutes ago
Countercurrents, CounterPunch, Global Research, RINF *This week, India's Supreme Court will hear the next instalment of the case brought by Aruna Rodrigues to stop the commercial release of genetically modified mustard. * The Government of India is attempting to push through the commercial cultivation of genetically modified (GM) food crops. In an attempt to spearhead the drive by making GM mustard the first such crop in the country, the government has apparently allowed regulatory delinquency, non-transparent procedures and fraudulent science. Aruna Rodrigues argues what is happeni... more »

U.S. Senators Want To Limit President Trump's Outreach To Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 minutes ago
The U.S. Capitol Building is lit at sunset in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts *Reuters*: *U.S. senators want say on any Trump Russia sanctions action* Senior U.S. senators called on Wednesday for the right to review any move the White House might make to ease sanctions on Russia, amid mounting concern in Congress - and among U.S. allies - that President Donald Trump will be too conciliatory toward Moscow. The lawmakers, led by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democrat Ben Cardin, introduced "The Russia Sanctions Relief Act of 2017," modeled on a 20... more »

Allison Davis: Forgotten black scholar studied – and faced – structural racism in 1940s America

David Varel, Postdoctoral Fellow in African-American Studies, Case Western Reserve University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 19 minutes ago
Allison Davis, circa 1965. Courtesy of the Davis family. When black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926 (expanded to Black History Month in 1976), the prevailing sentiment was that black people had no history. They were little more than the hewers of wood and the drawers of water who, in their insistence upon even basic political rights, comprised an alarming “Negro problem.” To combat such ignorance and prejudice, Woodson worked relentlessly to compile the rich history of black people. He especially liked to emphasize the role of exceptional African-Ameri... more »

X22Report, “The Economic Crisis Is Going To Be A Lot Worse Than Originally Thought”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 25 minutes ago
X22Report, “The Economic Crisis Is Going To Be A Lot Worse Than Originally Thought” - https://www.youtube.com/ X22Report, “As We Approach The Economic Crisis The Government Will Start To Breakdown” - https://www.youtube.com/

Tense Times Between NATO And Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 42 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* A map showing Nato's military buildup in Eastern Europe Statista *The Independent*: *The map that shows how many Nato troops are deployed along Russia’s border* British troops are deployed in Estonia and Poland. Thousands of Nato troops have amassed close to the border with Russia as part of the largest build-up of Western troops neighbouring Moscow’s sphere of influence since the Cold War. The Baltic states, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria are hosting soldiers from across Nato’s 28 member states, with more than 7,000 troops deployed in countries borderi... more »

Tensions Are Rising Between Russia And Belarus

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Mikhail Metzel / TASS *David Marples, Moscow Times:* *The Week Moscow Fell Out With Minsk * Tensions are rising between authoritarian allies Lukashenko and Putin, as Russia introduces border controls, and Belarus calls foul. On Jan. 26, the head of the Russian FSB, Aleksandr Bortnikov, ordered the establishment of border zone controls with Belarus in Bryansk, Smolensk, and Pskov regions. He instructed border guards to monitor persons and vehicles, and to set up warning signs at approaches to the border zones. The order came into effect on Feb. 5. Minsk responded with surprise and ... more »

Are You On Bernie's Mailing List? Do You Want To Be On Chuck Schumer's?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Blue America had never even seriously considered endorsing a presidential candidate. Until Bernie came along-- and we started a Draft Bernie campaign long before he announced he would run-- all the presidential candidates seemed too horrible to ask people to spend their hard-earned money supporting. So we never did. But Bernie is our kind of candidate-- for ordinary working families and against the self-serving Establishment. Who could want anything more. But now Tim Murphy is reporting in *Mother Jones* that the self-serving Establishment wants Bernie's 2.8 million donor mailing ... more »

Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 1 hour ago
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Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “In A Time Lapse” (Full album)

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “In A Time Lapse” (Full album) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naFUCCBEOXs&t=1456s “In A Time Lapse”, Studio Album By Ludovico Einaudi Released In 2013 Genre : Modern Classical, Classical Crossover, Ambient “In A Time Lapse's” Track List: 01 Corale : 00:00 02 Time Lapse : 02:05 03 Life : 07:38 04 Walk : 12:00 05 Discovery At Night : 15:28 06 Run : 19:54 07 Brothers : 25:27 08 Orbits : 30:18 09 Two Trees : 33:16 10 Newton's Cradle : 39:42 11 Waterways : 47:35 12 Experience : 51:52 13 Underwood : 57:08 14 Burning : 01:01:22 15 Bever : 01:06:22 16 The Dark Bank Of Clouds ... more »

Musical Interlude: Constance Demby

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
Constance Demby, "Ocean Without Shores" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl1Pn-KrvGA&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
“Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 do look like an odd couple in this sharp cosmic portrait from the Hubble Space Telescope. But they are found in a region of space where galaxies tend to gather, on the eastern side of the nearby Virgo Galaxy Cluster. * Click image for larger size.* About 54 million light-years distant, bright M60's simpler egg-like shape is created by its randomly swarming older stars, while NGC 4647's young blue stars, gas and dust are organized into winding arms rotating in a flattened disk. Spiral NGC 4647 is estimated to be more distant than... more »

"No Remedy..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
"Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings." - Author Unknown

Chet Raymo, “A Fear of Freedom?”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 2 hours ago
*“A Fear of Freedom?”* by Chet Raymo “It is almost a cliché to say that Western civilization was created by the Greeks. Our government, law, art, music, architecture, literature, drama, historiography, science, and mathematics are largely Greek inventions. The sublime refinement and sophistication of the Parthenon have been widely taken as reflecting qualities of the Athenians citizens who built the temple and adorned it with sculptures. No doubt something remarkable happened in the Greek world of the 6th to 3rd centuries B.C.E., with its epicenter first at Athens, then at Alexandr... more »

White Male Protestant Elites Can No Afford Democratic Values

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 2 hours ago
I have believed for some years that the American Republic would be safe only so long as white, male Protestant elites continued to believe they had enough influence and support to win elections. During the 2016 presidential campaign, authoritarian intellectual, Michael Anton concluded in a widely-read essay that immigration policy, changing demographics, and majority American values have made it clear that white conservatives can no longer afford to lose an election. From *New York Magazine*: The most intellectually important essay of the 2016 election cycle, and possibly of the... more »

11 Signs War with Iran is Imminent

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Makia Freeman* - The writing is already on the wall. The post 11 Signs War with Iran is Imminent appeared first on Waking Times.

The New World Order Manifesto

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Sylvain Lamoureux* - If you were in control how would you maintain it? The post The New World Order Manifesto appeared first on Waking Times.

Nevada Bill replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day passes committee

White Wolf at White Wolf - 3 hours ago
A bill that would replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day passed through a state Senate committee on Wednesday as more than a dozen supporters lined up to speak in favor of the change. The proposed change mirrors legislation in other states removing the day honoring 15th Century Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in favor of a day celebrating native peoples. State Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, introduced Senate Bill 105, which would request the governor name the second Monday in October – currently Columbus Day – as Indigenous People’s Day. The bill passed committe... more »

LET'S SEE HOW GOOD THEY ARE AT MANUFACTURING CONSENT

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 3 hours ago
I wandered over to Breitbart just now and discovered this: Conservative grassroots leaders are planning a series of massive pro-President Donald Trump rallies nationwide, Breitbart News has learned exclusively. On Feb. 27 and March 4, the rallies -- dubbed the Spirit of America Rallies -- will spring up nationwide in cities and towns across America. “These rallies are inclusive, non-partisan, and open to anyone supporting President Trump in his efforts to bring back manufacturing jobs to America, put the security of our nation ahead of political correctness, improve our infrastruct... more »

Parent to DAPL and Bayou Bridge Pipeline: 69 Accidents in 2 Years; Drinking Water Polluted (Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Subsidiaries)

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
Atchafalaya Basin Endangered. CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, Kelcy Warren, gave over $100,000 to Trump’s campaign. News Release from: “350 … Continue reading →

Senate, House Natural Resource Leaders Blast Arbitrary and Capricious Dakota Access Pipeline Decision in Letter to Trump; Stand up for Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
If Energy Access Partners CEO Kelcy Warren was able to buy this executive order from Trump for a little over … Continue reading →

The Path Ahead on Climate Change

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 3 hours ago
Click here to read an article in today's *NY Times* that I coauthored with Martin Feldstein and Ted Halstead.

All Governments Lie–Film Review

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 4 hours ago
Dandelion Salad teleSUR English on Feb 8, 2017 In this film review of the documentary “All Governments Lie”, we hear from Director, Fred Peabody, and Producer, Peter Raymont, about how the mainstream corporate media are not holding governments accountable in the way that they should, and looks at the independent, investigative journalists who are. from […]

America's Secret War Against Al-Shabaab

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Al-Shabaab militants in a passing-out parade in 2011. Photograph: Feisal Omar/Reuters *Margot Kiser, Big Game:* *U.S. Soldiers’ Secret Hunt for Jihadists in a Kenyan Forest* The United States is waging secret warfare around the world. The operations in and around Kenya’s Boni National Reserve on the Somali border are some of the most mysterious. *A short, bloody raid by U.S. Special Operations Forces on an al Qaeda base in Yemen in the second week of Donald Trump’s presidency was a fleeting reminder to the world that Americans are engaged in secret and not-so-secret wars around t... more »

Bill Shutting U.S. Education Department Introduced in Congress

Alex Newman at rss - 4 hours ago
[image: bill-shutting-u-s-education-department-introduced-in-congress] Legislation to shut down the controversial and unconstitutional U.S. Department of Education was introduced in Congress this week by Representative Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), a leading constitutional conservative. The bill, H.R. 899, would help President Donald Trump follow through on his campaign statements suggesting a desire to abolish the department as well as the Obama-backed “Common Core” school standards. The legislation was introduced on the same day U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the S... more »

"As Far As We Can Discern..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being." - C. G. Jung

The Essence Of A Closet Case Is The Learned Ability To Lie Without Effort-- Miss McConnell And Neil Gorsuch

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Arguably the most hypocritical man to have ever served as Senate Majority Leader in our lifetimes is Kentucky closet queen Mitch ("Miss") McConnell, the architect of the dogged Republican decision to prevent-- for a full year-- the appointment of President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court from being even considered. On the very day Obama announced the nomination of Merrick Garland, *DWT*'s response was one of profound disappointment. But no one around here is a president entitled to make nominations and McConnell's role in blackballing him was reprehensible. Yesterday-- behind ... more »

Does President Trump Have A Grand War Strategy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump, seated at his desk with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and senior advisor Steve Bannon, right, on the phone in the Oval Office at the White House, Jan. 28, 2017. *Jamie Dettmer, VOA:* *Analysis: New Tactics or Grand Strategy for Trump’s War Plan?* LONDON — On the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump demurred when asked to outline his war plan to defeat the so-called Islamic State terror group, arguing he wasn’t going to tip his hand to America’s foes by revealing his intentions. Last Friday, though, President Trump turned to his generals ... more »

GOP Falsifies Government Scientist’s Claims To Renew Witch Hunt Against Climate Research

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 5 hours ago
Led by Rep. Lamar Smith, the GOP falsely claims to have uncovered a whistleblower, who can prove the government fabricated and politicized climate science. The post GOP Falsifies Government Scientist’s Claims To Renew Witch Hunt Against Climate Research appeared first on Shadowproof.

Obama's Comrade Pants Act

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 5 hours ago
I was recently commenting on the repeal of ObamaCare in response to an article on-line at the Foundation for Economic Education and said that ObamaCare was a sad case of one-size-fits all. An anonymous pest named D G then called me stupid for not knowing that there are three plan levels in ObamaCare. Of course, I did know that there are four plan levels, but one could say that I did somewhat exaggerate in the one-size-fits all. But, really only a little bit as will be apparent in my discussion of how Obama, Reid, and Pelosi had planned to pass the Comrade Pants Act, but they lost ... more »

Dispatches from the Front (Today in Mexico)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 5 hours ago
*>>WARNING - GRAPHIC VIOLENCE<<* Some of you who follow this blog have expressed an interest in what is going on with the cartel wars in Mexico. The situation is such that they often become explosive, triggered by this or that event. Cartel A meets Cartel B and you have a kinetic situation. In this case today, the Mexican Marines became involved and suffered six casualties with more wounded. There were a number of head-shots today as the Marines took on two cartels who were going at each other in Sinaloa State. *It gets worse as you scroll down.* *Only do this if you are not squ... more »

Alexei Navalny: Western NGO/Russian Opposition found Guilty of Embezzlement

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 6 hours ago
*Since Navalny had zero chance of winning an election against Putin.. His being found guilty is most probably due to the fact he is actually guilty of embezzlement.* I’ve written two previous posts regarding Mr Yale graduate. Hand picked and groomed as some kind of an alleged *crusader for justice* leader.* Imagine me rolling my eyes here folks?* *Even CNN labels Navalny a Kremlin critic- Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny found guilty in retrial* Alexey Navalny, was found guilty Wednesday of embezzlement following a retrial in a Russian court. Judge Alexey Vtyurin handed Navalny a fiv... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 8, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Women walk past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa, Yemen on February 6, 2017. Khaled Abdullah / Reuters *Andrwe J. Bacevich, The Atlantic*: *What Are U.S. Forces Doing in Yemen in the First Place?* *Last week’s raid was an embarrassing and costly failure—in the context of a much larger one.* Several days ago, press reports revealed that U.S. special-operations troops had conducted a raid in Yemen. Impoverished, violent, and bitterly divided, Yemen has hitherto had a place on the roster of countries that the United States periodical... more »

What Is the U.S. Military Doing in Yemen? Is It Worth the Cost?

Warren Mass at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: what-is-the-u-s-military-doing-in-yemen-is-it-worth-the-cost] The commando raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Yemen on January 29 reportedly killed 14 al-Qaeda operatives. But at least 15 civilians including an eight-year-old girl were also killed, as was one Navy Seal.

Intel’s Announcement of New Arizona Plant Negates Trade Deficit Concerns

Bob Adelmann at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: intel-s-announcement-of-new-arizona-plant-negates-trade-deficit-concerns] Brian Krzanich, head of Intel, probably didn’t know he was making the case for free trade, despite the fact that trade deficits happen, when he announced from the White House on Wednesday morning his company’s plans to build a new plant in Chandler, Arizona.

Trump Supports Civil Asset Forfeiture Even Without Conviction

Steve Byas at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: trump-supports-civil-asset-forfeiture-even-without-conviction] At a White House meeting with sheriffs from across the country, President Trump appeared to support Civil Asset Forfeiture without conviction of a crime.

The Beginning of the End of "Net Neutrality"?

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: the-beginning-of-the-end-of-net-neutrality] As the political winds that propelled Internet regulation under the misnamed scheme of "Net Neutrality" have shifted, that scheme may soon come completely undone.

The Daily "Near You?"

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

“The Last Six Seconds”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*“The Last Six Seconds”* by Mike McDaniel “We’re going to stay on the topic of duty today. Yesterday, in speaking of the Queen’s accession to the throne, we spoke of her in the context of doing her duty, always. Today we will speak of two young US Marines, who did as well. The story comes to us from Mike McDaniels, who explains: After serving the Marine Corps for 45 years, General John Kelly is now serving America as Secretary of Homeland Security. These days, General Kelly, and every other Trump nominee for an important position, is the target of vitriol by people not qualified to... more »

Stop the "War on Wolves Act", a new Congressional bill to eradicate America's wolves

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
Just days after the newly constituted Congress commenced its work in the new year, some legislators from the West and the Great Lakes region showed that they have their fangs out for wolves and other animals. They are threatening not just to enable a massive kill of the ecologically and economically beneficial native carnivores, but also to open the floodgates for a host of bills and riders to target other endangered species in the crosshairs of special interests. These legislators have introduced two bills, H.R. 424 and S. 164, dubbed the “War on Wolves Act,” designed to remove f... more »

Excellent Article on Effects of Vouchers and Education Choice

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 7 hours ago
James Agresti, a rare Brown University graduate who appears to have thwarted Brown's concerted efforts to mold all of its graduates into Progressive Elitist tribalists, has written an excellent article on the effects of vouchers and education choice. The article is published on the Foundation for Economic Education website and called DeVos Confirmed: Everything they said about her is false. Reforming our government-run and controlled education system is one of the most important requirements for developing a civil society with a properly limited government, a broad respect for and ... more »

U.S. Murder Rate Highest in 47 Years?

david.emery@snopes.com (David Emery) at New Urban Legends - 7 hours ago
President Trump incorrectly told a group of county sheriffs in February 2017 that the U.S. murder rate was the highest it had been in 47 years.

EXCLUSIVE: Abby Martin Exposes Fake News and the Oligarchy Behind It

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: martin]After she was named as a reason Hillary Clinton lost the election, the Free Thought Project interviewed Abby Martin to set the record straight.

World News Briefs -- February 8, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*AFP: **Fierce fighting 20km from IS bastion in Syria: AFP reporter* Fierce fighting took place on Wednesday between jihadist militants and US-backed Syrian rebels just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital of Raqa, an AFP reporter saw. On Saturday, the rebels -- a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -- announced a new phase in a bid to capture Raqa, and mounted an attack from north and northeast. An AFP reporter at Bir Fawaz, 20 km north of Raqa, heard machine-gun fire all day Wednesday as SDF atta... more »

Giveaway: The Original Learning Tower from Little Partners

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 7 hours ago
This last week I was sitting down and writing out my children must haves for a post, when I realized that our Little Partners learning tower is on the very top of the list. We literally use it every day. It allows my daughter to stand at our tall counter safely whenever we are in the kitchen together. She can be independent and safe all at the same time. Unlike traditional step stools, it has sides rails to keep her safe. It is strong and sturdy and doesn't slide around like most step stools. The tower is sturdy but built to stay flush against my counter saving space in my small ki... more »

2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
Although the nationwide prison strike has fallen from headlines in recent months, incarcerated individuals continue to resist abuse and mistreatment while supporters on the outside rally to their defense. Prisoners in Delaware made international headlines when they took hostages and held Building C at the Vaughn Correctional Center for nearly 24 hours. They demanded The post 2017 Has Already Seen Several Prison Rebellions appeared first on Shadowproof.

Surrey, They Haven't a Clue

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
Local government finance isn't the sexiest subject in politics, but it should be right up there. Councils provide the services and maintain the infrastructure all our communities, whether heavily urbanised or scattered across the countryside, depend on. And the demented cuts the government have foisted on councils have stripped services to the bone, and most noticeably precipitated an adult social care crisis that has seen the displacement of vulnerable people who should be managed by social services into hospital wards reeling under the impact of staffing and resource shortages. ... more »

5G Network Being Pushed on the Public with Zero Concern for Safety

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Pedro Aquila* - 5G is being presented as the next stage of evolution in communications technology. The post 5G Network Being Pushed on the Public with Zero Concern for Safety appeared first on Waking Times.

This viral Game of Thrones parody of Trump’s America made us laugh, and then cry [VIDEO]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 8 hours ago
A year-old viral video unfortunately has even more relevance now that Donald Trump is US President. The Game of Thrones parody, posted by The Independent, inserts Trump quotes into scenes from the fantasy TV drama. And the result is both funny and worrying. Millions of people have already viewed the video. But now, amid the fallout […] The post This viral Game of Thrones parody of Trump’s America made us laugh, and then cry [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 8 hours ago
*Over 5,000 homes have tornado damage, EF3 strongest ever in Orleans Parish ~WGNO*

Top Ukraine Rebel- Commander Givi Assassinated In Eastern Ukraine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*RFE*:* Separatist Commander 'Givi' Killed In Eastern Ukraine* KYIV -- A separatist commander in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk has been assassinated, the Russia-backed separatists say. Mikhail Tolstykh, better known by his nom de guerre Givi, died after a bomb exploded in his office in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk just after 6 a.m. local time on February 8, de facto separatist authorities and a source with ties to its military told RFE/RL by phone. The separatists announced two days of mourning. Donetsk separatist leaders called the killing a "terrorist" attack ... more »

Jackson and Labour deserve other

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 8 hours ago
I sometimes quip that the National Party is just Labour without the identity politics – and now that National has taken Labour’s soul and turned it into a three-term Government and the Greens have been outflanking it over on the hard left, it now looks like it is embracing this misbegotten mire of identity politics simply because it is all the political territory it has left. Leader Andrew Little has begun his election year, the most important year of his political life, by courting open revolt in his party. Not to rush through important policy; nor to take a controversial sta... more »

Did the NAACP Give Jeff Sessions an 'Award of Excellence'?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 8 hours ago
Senator Jeff Sessions was apparently given a "Governmental Award of Excellence" in 2009 by a local Alabama chapter of the NAACP.

Lunar Eclipse, Comet, and 'Snow Moon' Coming in February 2017

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 8 hours ago
An unusual celestial trifecta of a penumbral lunar eclipse, a snow moon, and a comet will occur on 10 February 2017.

Stefan Molyneux expains President Trump's "Muslim" ban...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 8 hours ago
*including some insights and facts that I didn't know about. * *Amazon Deals in Grocery*

At last, something to celebrate: Tomorrow (Feb. 9) is National Pizza Day!

KenInNY at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*If you'd like to celebrate the big day with Slow-Cooker Pizza-Stuffed Peppers, you'll find the recipe here.* *by Ken* Yes, of course, the news lately, ricocheting between bad and worse, has been grim, and we know that, looking into the future, the worst is surely yet to come. Now you probably thought, when you first laid eyes on the start of the above post title, "At last, something to celebrate," that I meant to subject to you to yet more harassment and propagandizing on behalf of that fake holiday Valentine's Day. You know, the day set aside for the candy and flower lobbies to... more »

Supreme Hypocrisy: Schumer’s Newly Discovered Reverence for the Constitution

William F. Jasper at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: supreme-hypocrisy-schumers-newly-discovered-reverence-for-the-constitution] Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggests he’ll obstruct confirmation of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch because (he says) it’s his duty to uphold the Constitution and the separation of powers.

Police Defend Lack of Intervention in Violent Protest at UC Berkeley

Raven Clabough at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: police-defend-lack-of-intervention-in-violent-protest-at-uc-berkeley] There has been much criticism surrounding the decision by campus police at the University of California, Berkeley not to intervene in the violent protests that successfully shut down a scheduled speech by right-wing gay provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos. While eyewitnesses contend that the lack of police intervention allowed the protests to escalate, police are defending the decision to allow the protests to progress, stating that they believed officer intervention would only have served to inflame tensions.

Progressives’ Violence Moving From Streets to Congressional Offices

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: progressives-violence-moving-from-streets-to-congressional-offices] Now that violent "progressive" protesters have even began attacking congressional officies, the question has become, "Just how far will the progressive thugs go?"

A bald eagle is recovering after being rescued from a wolf trap

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Edgewood, B.C. photographer Tasha Hall was out snowmobiling with family, looking for moose to photograph, when they came across the large bird. The eagle was found in a trapper's snare, likely set for a larger animal like a wolf, she said. Hall's family members were able to free the eagle from the trap, in a rescue caught on camera. The video shows two men who'd been with the photographer putting what appears to be a jacket over the eagle as the bird tries to nip one of their gloved hands. The men examine its wing and then picking it up off the ground where it was lying. They tho... more »

Innocent Mom Jailed, Children Kidnapped by Police, for Homeschooling

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: homeschool]An intelligent and well-educated mother, who's never been in trouble with police, had her children stolen from her and was jailed for homeschooling.

Trump Threatens to ‘Destroy’ Senator for Bill Making it Harder for Cops to Steal From You

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: caf]Texas sheriffs have a friend in Trump, who issued a dire warning to lawmakers who dare seek to prevent cops from robbing innocent people with CAF.

U.S. President Trump Vows To 'Investigate The Nature Of Separatist Forces In Ukraine'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Newsweek*: *Trump Vows To 'Find Out' Nature of Separatist Forces in Ukraine* U.S. President Donald Trump has promised to “find out” the nature of the pro-Russian forces fighting the Ukrainian government, casting doubt over whether they are controlled by Russia. Russia has vehemently denied that the separatist insurgency in Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, bordering Russia is armed and reinforced by the Russian military. After a three year conflict—during which the anti-government forces have kept one of the largest European militaries at bay—Western governments have unifor... more »

Botched Raid Frays US-Yemen Relations As Slaughter In North Continues

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
Yemen has withdrawn permission for the United States to run ground missions against alleged terrorist groups in the country. The post Botched Raid Frays US-Yemen Relations As Slaughter In North Continues appeared first on Shadowproof.

Native Nations Plan Emergency Actions Across the Country Against Approval of Dakota Access

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Around the country, water protectors and their allies have planned emergency actions today (February 8) in response to the Army Corps of Engineers’ announcement yesterday that the Dakota Access Pipeline will be moving forward. Organizers within #NoDAPL have set up an online hub that lists actions throughout the month. "Help us fill every single day of this calendar with a #NoDAPL action,” it reads. While other days in February have anywhere from one to 13 actions, today lists 36, as of publication. From Lawrence, Kansas to Seattle, organizers have planned actions to make one last... more »

cairo, day two

laura k at wmtc - 9 hours ago
I was very pleased to have slept a full night last night. The time difference is so much easier going east. We hear the Muslim call to prayer very loudly, but I went back to sleep afterwards. Each room in this hotel is equipped with earplugs! We had breakfast on the rooftop patio; all the seats face the pyramids the way Parisian cafes face the sidewalk. Breakfast consisted of breads, some herbed white cheese, a few hardboiled eggs, some fig pastries, plain yoghurt (really creamy and delicious) and bananas. Two highlights were halawa, a sweet made of sesame (my grandmother used to br... more »

The new US Education Secretary has a very dangerous and potentially unconstitutional agenda

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 9 hours ago
Wealthy Republican donor Betsy DeVos has been confirmed as US Education Secretary. She has no experience in public education, and is now in charge of nearly 100,000 schools. But it’s not just her lack of relevant experience that should worry the American people. It’s her political and religious agenda. Politically, DeVos is a proponent of vouchers […] The post The new US Education Secretary has a very dangerous and potentially unconstitutional agenda appeared first on The Canary.

Labour tells the media that the ‘Corbyn’s quitting’ rumours are ‘sh*t-stirring bol**cks’ [TWEETS]

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 9 hours ago
A rumour emerged on 7 February that another Labour leadership challenge against Jeremy Corbyn was coming. Later in the day, the rumour was that Corbyn would voluntarily step down. The rumour was picked up on 8 February by outlets like The Express and The Daily Mail. It has since been denied by one Labour source who […] The post Labour tells the media that the ‘Corbyn’s quitting’ rumours are ‘sh*t-stirring bol**cks’ [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

White House Considering Labelling The Muslim Brotherhood And Iran’s Revolutionary Guard As Terror Groups

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Members of the Iranian revolutionary guard march during a parade to commemorate the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran, Iran, September 22, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo *Reuters*: *White House weighs designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group* U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The officials said several U.S. government agencies... more »

Did a Trump Supporter Kick a Pregnant Muslim Woman in the Stomach?

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 10 hours ago
A man was charged for kicking a Muslim woman in the stomach and killing her unborn twins, but he was not identified by police as a "Trump supporter."

What have they done with the real Kevin Drum?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017Childish scribe does it again:* What have they done with the real Kevin Drum? You know? The one who used to be bright? We asked the important question last week and actually got a reply. In our view, the answer was so childish and so silly that we haven't been able to bring ourselves to comment upon it. According to Drum, the real Kevin Drum died on November 8. A new Kevin Drum has taken his place. This self-serving answer is morally gross in an array of ways. Can we talk? Kevin Drum *sat out the several decades of war which led to November 8.* One day... more »

THEY'VE GOT A LITTLE LIST* (*ACTUALLY, IT'S NOT LITTLE AT ALL -- IT'S FREAKING ENORMOUS)

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
BuzzFeed's Tarini Parti quotes an unnamed GOP operative who says that Mitch McConnell was playing eleventy-gazillion-dimensional chess last night when he prevented Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the Senate floor: ... those who are familiar with McConnell insist the Republican leader didn’t make a political miscalculation by invoking an arcane Senate rule. In fact, things went as he planned, they say. The thinking is that the elevation of Warren ... works in the party’s favor. “I think everybody inside and outside the Senate knows that McConnell doesn’t do anything without a plan,... more »

US President Donald Trump And Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Agree To Work Together Against The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Independent:* *US and Turkey to 'work together' to fight Isis in Syria* Two leaders discuss future strategies in the complex Syrian civil war, including safe zones for civilians, in late night phone call Turkish presidential sources say US President Donald Trump and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have agreed to work together to retake the Syrian towns of Al Bab and Raqqa from Isis. The two leaders discussed the fight against terror and Syria's crisis, including Mr Trump's plan to create safe zones for displaced civilians, in a phone call late on Tuesday evening. ... more »

Syrian War News Updates -- February 8, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*:* Turkish-led forces advance into outskirts of Syrian city* Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish government and rebel sources said on Wednesday. The advance threatens an important IS stronghold, whose fall would deepen Turkish influence in an area of northern Syria where it has created a de facto buffer zone. Syrian government forces have also advanced on al-Bab from the south, bringing them into close proximity with their Turkish and rebel enemies in one of the m... more »

"Courage..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow." - Dorothy Thompson

"Never Despair"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Never Despair" by Sam Smith "Empires and cultures are not permanent and while thinking about the possibility that ours is collapsing may seem a dismal exercise it is far less so than enduring the frustrations, failures, damage and human casualties involved in constantly butting up against reality like a boozer who insists he is not drunk attempting to drive home. Peter Ustinov in 'Romanoff and Juliet' says at one point: "I'm an optimist: I know how bad the world is. You're a pessimist: you're always finding out." Or as GK Chesterton put it, "We must learn to love life without ever ... more »

"A Courageous Few..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"The human spirit is not indestructible; but a courageous few discover that, when in hell, they are granted a glimpse of heaven." - Anthony Storr "For all the loss and tragedy I have known, my life has taught me that the human spirit, like the lifted hands of the blind, will rise above chaos and destruction, as wings in flight." - Vaddey Ratner

Quote of the Day: On overusing acronyms

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 10 hours ago
*“Acronyms and abbreviations are powerful medicine, and should be used in limited doses--always remembering what you are using. It doesn't kill many more pixels to spell out terms.”* ~ Timothy Taylor, ‘When Authors Forget What their Own Abbreviations Stand For’ *RELATED POST*: - *It's death by acronym* – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

DeVos Family Campaign Contributions

dan@snopes.com (Dan Evon) at New Urban Legends - 10 hours ago
A chart purportedly shows how much money Betsy DeVos and her family contributed to Republican senators.

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New Orleans Ladder at New Orleans Ladder - 11 hours ago
*Black Indians announce practice schedule ~Big Red Cotton, Gambit *

Climate Porn From The Climate Coalition

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 11 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Andrew http://climate.leeds.ac.uk/news/extreme-weather-linked-to-climate-change-is-damaging-britains-favourite-places/ A group called The Climate Coalition have published a particularly pernicious piece of climate porn, “Weather Warning: Britain’s Special Places Under Threat”. The Climate Coalition consists of over 130 charities, including the RSPB, Woodland Trust, National Trust, Christian Aid, WWF, Oxfam and the Women’s Institute (I […]

Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen

Namir Shabibi, Nasser al Sane at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 11 hours ago
Working with a journalist who visited the targeted village of al Yakla five days after the raid and talked to nine of the survivors, we have collected the names and ages of all 25 civilians killed as reported by those who live there. Nine children under the age of 13 were among the victims. The post Nine young children killed: The full details of botched US raid in Yemen appeared first on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 11 hours ago

Donald Trump from 1987 Why Are We Protecting Saudi Arabia?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
https://youtu.be/6zt_Qhkovo0 So President Donald Trump has had at least some of his views for almost 30 years.

Top U.S. Commander In Iraq: 'Mosul And Raqqa Should Be Retaken In 6 Months'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Lt. Gen. Steve Townsend, commander of Operation Inherent Resolve. (D. Myles Cullen/Department of Defense photo) *Reuters:* *US commander expects recapture soon of Islamic State strongholds: spokesman* The top American commander in Iraq believes U.S.-backed forces will recapture Islamic State's two major strongholds - the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq - within the next six months, his spokesman said on Wednesday. The spokesman, Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, confirmed reported remarks by U.S. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend. Townsend was quoted as telling th... more »

UN Report: Yemen Facing Famine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *UN News Centre:* *Yemen: UN, partners seek $2.1 billion to stave off famine in 2017* The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 12 million people in Yemen in 2017 – the largest-ever humanitarian response plan for the war-torn country. “Two years of war have devastated Yemen… Without international support, they may face the threat of famine in the course of 2017 and I urge donors to sustain and increase their support to our collective response,” said UN Eme... more »

U.S. And Yemen Deny Reports That Yemen Requested A Stop To U.S. Ground Operations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Yemen reviews deadly U.S. raid on al-Qaeda, but stops short of issuing ban* Yemen’s top diplomat said the country has called for a “reassessment” of a Jan. 28 raid that left multiple civilians and a U.S. service member dead, but Yemen did not issue an outright ban on future American-led missions, a report said Wednesday. The statement by Yemen’s foreign minister, Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi, according to the Associated Press, followed a report in the New York Times that Yemen had revoked permissions for the United States to continue ground counterterrorism operati... more »

RBS accused of shocking levels of theft that left customers in ‘gut-wrenching destitution’

Steve Topple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been caught out allegedly paying its own solicitors’ costs with money ‘stolen’ from customers. The bank took at least £38,000, unauthorised, from one customer’s account while he was in a dispute with it. But the most shocking part of the story is how RBS used the customer’s money: […] The post RBS accused of shocking levels of theft that left customers in ‘gut-wrenching destitution’ appeared first on The Canary.

‘Paid protesters’ to hold rally demanding Living Wage

John Ranson at The Canary - 12 hours ago
At Off The Perch we’ve had to put up with an irritating right-wing intern, Frank Lee-Bull, due to a little-known government directive aimed at achieving “balance” in lefty satirical websites. Thankfully he went away to the US for a 15-week-long ‘Trump Party’, which began before the election and continued long after the inauguration. But now […] The post ‘Paid protesters’ to hold rally demanding Living Wage appeared first on The Canary.

Only The Telegraph could dream up this bonkers ‘benefit’ of leaving the EU [OPINION]

Emily Apple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The Telegraph has outdone itself with an article on Brexit. Apparently, there’s a whole new benefit of leaving the EU that even the likes of Nigel Farage hadn’t foreseen. Unbeknown to all of us, “Brexit is an opportunity to reverse the tragic decline of marriage in Britain”. Although, given Farage’s recent marital strifes, he may not be the […] The post Only The Telegraph could dream up this bonkers ‘benefit’ of leaving the EU [OPINION] appeared first on The Canary.

Corbyn just ambushed May with leaked messages, turning the entire media against the PM [VIDEO, TWEETS]

James Wright at The Canary - 12 hours ago
Jeremy Corbyn turned the entire media against Theresa May with his performance at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on 8 February. The Labour leader ambushed the Prime Minister with leaked messages suggesting that the government placated the Conservative-controlled Surrey Council with a special deal for adult social care. Corbyn noted that both Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt […] The post Corbyn just ambushed May with leaked messages, turning the entire media against the PM [VIDEO, TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

The sick, racist ‘joke’ told by the man helping UKIP leader Paul Nuttall win a seat in parliament [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 12 hours ago
UKIP leader Paul Nuttall’s campaign in the Stoke by-election is already beset by allegations of electoral fraud. We now know that the former UKIP councillor helping Nuttall win the seat is coated in scandal himself. The sick, racist joke In August 2015, the decomposing corpses of 71 refugees were found in a refrigerated lorry in Austria. They included 59 men, […] The post The sick, racist ‘joke’ told by the man helping UKIP leader Paul Nuttall win a seat in parliament [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Did NOAA Scientists Manipulate Climate Change Data?

alex.kasprak@gmail.com (Alex Kasprak) at New Urban Legends - 12 hours ago
A tabloid used testimony from a single scientist to paint an excruciatingly technical matter as a worldwide conspiracy.

Netflix's 'The OA' Returning for Season Two?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 12 hours ago
The sleeper Netflix hit 'The OA' appears to have been renewed for a second season.

Malignant Narcissism

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*-by Helen Klein* The term Malignant Narcissism is finding widespread usage in reference to Trump. It has been noted in recent articles in U.S. News and World Report and the Huffington Post. This term is certainly worthy of further discussion. Basically, it is an extreme mix of Narcissistic Personality Disorder with aspects such as paranoia, aggression and antisocial personality. Other symptoms may include an absence of conscience, the psychological need for power and a sense of importance (grandiosity). As an adjective, malignant means disposed to cause harm, suffering or distres... more »

Corrupt Cop Has Ex-Wife Jailed For Complaining About Him in a Facebook Post

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: facebook]A Georgia mother and her friend were jailed after a Facebook rant was critical of her police officer ex-husband.

#NoDAPL Last Stand: Final Construction Could Begin Today As Army Corp Grants Easement

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: construction]Construction could resume on the Dakota Access Pipeline as soon as today, after the Army Corps of Engineers announced intent to grant the necessary easement for its completion was issued Tuesday.

Cops Mistake 81yo Grandma in Her Backyard for a ‘Suspect’ Have K9 Maul Her

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: k9]Cops mistook an innocent 81-year-old grandma in her own backyard as a suspect and unleashed their K9 on her — causing serious injury.

Students withdraw report of private stem cell retreat

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Master’s students have retracted a review of an internal meeting of stem cell researchers because it contained confidential information. According to the Managing Director of the society, Stem Cell Network North Rhine Westphalia (NRW), the event was not open to the public, and the authors had not contacted either the society or the scientists they cited […] The post Students withdraw report of private stem cell retreat appeared first on Retraction Watch.

UPDATED: Legendary Donbass Leader "Givi" Slain by Western-Backed NeoNazis

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*Mikhail “Givi” Tolstykh interviewed in recent days.* *Legendary Donbass Commander “Givi” Slain in Donetsk.* *"Only the good die young".* That's the phrase that came to mind immediately upon reading the above shocking headline this morning. "Givi" was the surviving half of the always inspirational and sometimes comical [see video below]Donetsk leadership Duo of "Givi and Motorola". Motorola was assassinated last year by way of a bomb cowardly placed in his apartment building. This morning, we hear that Givi was assassinated by a bomb placed in his office. You know what I thin... more »

MOONLIGHT AND SCRIPT: Do the critics care about kids like Chiron?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017Part 3—The answer may be not so much:* The New York Times employs three film critics. In their year-end musings on the best films of 2016, each praised Moonlight to the skies. One employed a bit of upper-end argot. Manohla Dargis was perhaps most comical of the three amigos. Naming the film the year's third best, she praised its "lapidary visuals" as part of a very brief capsule. Offering his own capsule of Moonlight, A.O. Scott extended his puzzling (and gruesome) formal review, a review we'll discuss tomorrow. Naming Moonlight the year's best film, ... more »

World News Briefs -- February 8, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Smoke rises from the northern Syrian town of al-Bab. Islamic State militants are now effectively surrounded by Syrian government forces from the south and Turkish-backed rebels from the north, as Damascus and Ankara race to capture the largest Islamic State stronghold in Aleppo province. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi *Reuters:* *Turkish-led forces advance into outskirts of Syrian city* Syrian rebels backed by the Turkish military have captured the outskirts of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in northern Syria, the Turkish government and rebel sources said on Wednesday. The advance t... more »

An unlikely enemy just set about destroying The Daily Mail

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 14 hours ago
First Lady Melania Trump and The Daily Mail are not the most obvious enemies. Both are married to, in one form or another, a right-wing zealotry. Yet a surprising battle has broken out between them. Melania has re-filed a lawsuit against The Mail Online‘s publisher over an article put out in August 2016. The article […] The post An unlikely enemy just set about destroying The Daily Mail appeared first on The Canary.

What will wannabe dictator Donald Trump do next? We know, because Theresa May already did it

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 14 hours ago
The increasingly belligerent and authoritarian actions of the Trump White House are (rightly) spreading concern across the world. But if we want to know where the wannabe dictator is looking for tips, look no further than Number 10 Downing Street. Theresa May – as Home Secretary and Prime Minister – has pushed Britain way further down […] The post What will wannabe dictator Donald Trump do next? We know, because Theresa May already did it appeared first on The Canary.

Did Amazon's Alexa Order Unwanted Dollhouses for a Little Girl and TV Viewers?

kim@snopes.com (Kim LaCapria) at New Urban Legends - 14 hours ago
Claims that Amazon's digital assistant went rogue, ordering dollhouses for a little girl and hundreds of TV viewers, are questionable.

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Clampdown’ by The Clash

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 14 hours ago
Today, several radio stations celebrated International Clash Day. KEXP Morning Show host John Richards was largely responsible for the idea of a day for the seminal punk rock band, The Clash. “The message of The Clash, so influenced by the international sounds they grew up with, is both powerful and The post Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Clampdown’ by The Clash appeared first on Shadowproof.

Making Amerika Grate Again

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 14 hours ago
Donald Trump doesn't read, and he is such a lousy speller that he can't even get through 146 Twitter characters without attaking (sic) the inteligence (sic) of the average person. So it should come as no surprise that he would want everyone else in the country to rise to the level of his own incompetence. In his militantly capitalistic crusade to make Amerika grate again and hate again, he aims to turn the federal Department of Education into the Bureau of Planned Ignorance. He has thus chosen a more incompetent (though much richer) person than himself to implement the transformati... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- February 8, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Russian Topol inter-continental ballistic missiles are pictured during a rehearsal for the nation's annual May 9 Victory Day parade (file photo) *DW*: *Poland wants nuclear weapons for Europe* *In a newspaper interview, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), has called for a European nuclear superpower. Is this a debate we really need to have?* The strongman of Poland’s ruling national-conservative party has stoked a debate that was previously held in only a very limited capacity. In an interview with the daily "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung," ... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 113, Feb 7, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The World Health Organization provided new numbersof casualties from the Mosul campaign. From January 8-31 there were 108 trauma cases at three hospitals in Irbil and Bartella. There were another 390 trauma patients at those facilities. During this time period the Iraqi Forces (ISF) were finishing the liberation of east Mosul with the last neighborhood taken on January 23. The figures amplify the fact that civilians have suffered the most from the fighting. With no combat operations in Mosul the ISF are now focusing on hunting down sleeper cells and Islamic State fighters who sl... more »

Wednesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - Louis-Philippe Rochon writes that while American voters had to know what they'd get in casting their most recent ballots, far too many Canadians may have believed the Libs' promises of something else: On this side of the 49th parallel, however, when Canadians elected Trudeau a little over 15 months ago, on Oct. 19, 2015, we were led to believe he was some sort of a progressive politician with respect to social and economic issues, which essentially is what got him elected. What a difference a year makes. In recent months Trudeau h... more »

When We Didn't Have Enough CO2 And Oxygen, Snowball Earth

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 14 hours ago
We think we know the perfect balance of gases in the atmosphere, and it involves a time before there was any industry, when the human population was tiny, when almost all of the planet was covered in plants. Basically, the dream of environmental groups today (with their members being the few allowed to live, of course.) But we don't really know. There have been times when the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 10X what it is today, but we were only slightly warmed, and there were times when it was lower than today, and we were covered in ice. What we do know is that things are pre... more »

Hillary the Hater "The Future is Female"?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 15 hours ago
*Last night I had the misfortune of seeing this clip on Tell- A- Vision. I was appalled. Horrified and Disgusted. This is meme promotion of the most destructive kind*. *It excludes an entire segment of the population. I understood immediately what was occurring with this bought and paid for perception management minute- brought to you by yet another special interest group/organization that plays identity politics for a living. As has been repeatedly explained here identity politics is just more divide and conquer- Divide to Conquer. Divide. Divide. Divide. * Immediately after ... more »

CBS Poll: 66% of Democrats Consider Christianity as Violent as Islam

Selwyn Duke at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: cbs-poll-66-of-democrats-consider-christianity-as-violent-as-islam] Why is President Trump’s order to temporarily halt immigration from seven primarily Muslim countries so controversial? A shocking new CBS poll offers insight: Fully two-thirds of Democrats believe Islam breeds no more violence than any other faith.

Cruz and Sanders Debate ObamaCare Repeal on CNN

Steve Byas at rss - 15 hours ago
[image: cruz-and-sanders-debate-obamacare-repeal-on-cnn] In a debate on the provision of healthcare in the United States, the starkly different views of Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders provided for a lively and informative 90-minute debate on CNN.

Computer scientist loses at least three papers, two for faked reviews

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A computer scientist in Malaysia has lost two papers for faked peer reviews, and another for duplication. A fourth paper on which he is a co-author appears to have simply disappeared. One retraction lays the blame for the fake reviewer on corresponding author Shahaboddin Shamshirband at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to […] The post Computer scientist loses at least three papers, two for faked reviews appeared first on Retraction Watch.

National Day of Action for a Democracy

Alison at Creekside - 15 hours ago
NATIONAL : https://www.facebook.com/events/885031191552272/ ANTIGONISH : https://www.facebook.com/events/977908325676436/ *CALGARY: https://www.facebook.com/events/1646785405622746/ *EDMONTON: https://www.facebook.com/events/1195527620565628/ *GUELPH: https://www.facebook.com/events/590534384481465/ KINGSTON: https://www.facebook.com/events/252491181828723/ MONTRÉAL : https://www.facebook.com/events/1022111041266543/ NELSON: https://tinyurl.com/Nelson-Rally ORILLIA: https://www.facebook.com/events/361765157513349/ OTTAWA: https://www.facebook.com/events/... more »

Public School System Exposed for Reporting Parents to CPS for Homeschooling

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: CPS]Homeschooling parents in NYC are fighting back as they are almost automatically the subject of scrutiny and CPS investigations, due to thick bureaucracy.

Climate Change Stops Play!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Nunn/Dave Ward https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?paged=2 The BBC gave up any pretence of accuracy or objectivity in its reporting of climate change many years ago. But this grossly dishonest piece of propaganda is breathtaking even by their standards. Storms in December 2015 linked to climate change caused more than […]

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jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 15 hours ago
*Ceding to demands, Pepperdine will remove Christopher Columbus statue* Pepperdine University will remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from its main campus after students at the Southern California Christian school made multiple demands to take it down. Currently located above the university’s amphitheater, the statue will be relocated to Pepperdine’s campus in Florence, Italy, President Andrew Benton told the university’s liberal arts undergraduates in a Monday email. Relocation will take time but the process has already started, Benton wrote. In an email to The College Fix, ... more »

Welcome to Alabama

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's State of the State address tonight: "If Alabamians can put man on the moon, we can build new prisons." pic.twitter.com/6Lh6kz7qtl — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 8, 2017 Be sure to listen to this short one from Alabama's governor..... Join us in Huntsville, Alabama on April 7-9 for the 25th annual Global Network's 25th annual space organizing conference. Get more details *here*

The Canadian Government Sets Up A 'War Room' To Monitor President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau *The Hill Times*: *PMO’s new Canada-U.S. relations ‘war room’ unit seen as ‘smart,’ considered unprecedented* 'They’ve done exactly what they should do. They’ve set up a war room to deal with Donald Trump problems,' says Warren Kinsella. The PMO’s unprecedented new Canada-U.S. relations “war room” led by Brian Clow is being lauded by observers as a smart move, created to help coordinate the Trudeau government’s quick response and strategy to U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpredictable new administration. “There’s not been a unit like this set... more »

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JR at GREENIE WATCH - 15 hours ago
*Big foot-shoot: New baseline shows SLOWER warming* *The galoots behind the study below seemed to have been unhappy that 19th century steam trains might have affected the baseline against which global warming was measured. They argued that temperatures in the period 1720-1800 would be a better criterion for what the temperature was before industrial influences cut in.So they did the work of getting their new baseline temperature. But what did they find? They found that the temperature in this pre-industrial period was "likely 0.55–0.80°C cooler than 1986-2005". That... more »

Why should I settle?

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 16 hours ago
Suppose you lent money to someone for an investment. It was money that you had saved up over the years and you expected to have a decent rate of return that would help you in living your life. But then the person didn't pay the interest you agreed to and what's more, the person won't even give you the amount you lent back. What should you do? The obvious thing to do, if you have asked for the money and been ignored or told the person won't pay, is to take them to Court and ask a judge to order they give you the money. The trouble is going to Court is slow and expensive and the pers... more »

The Poet: James Kavanaugh, "Searchers"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Searchers"* "Some people do not have to search- they find their niche early in life and rest there, seemingly contented and resigned. They do not seem to ask much of life, sometimes they do not seem to take it seriously. At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them- seldom do they understand me. I am one of the searchers. There are, I believe, millions of us. We are not unhappy, but neither are we really content. We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret. We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand. We like to walk along ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

"The Deep State, Trump, and JFK"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"The Deep State, Trump, and JFK"* by Nelson Hultberg "Donald Trump is a revolutionary, and government establishments loathe revolutionaries. This has been so since human societies began. Those who threaten any society’s prevailing power blocs with a diminishment of their prestige and influence are always targeted by those power blocs as an enemy to be undercut, smeared, and even exterminated if necessary. This is a law of politics that is as assured as the flow of tides and the paths of the planets. What is the Deep State? It is the vast array of bureaucracies and unseen private ... more »

Free Download: John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"The Grapes of Wrath" (Excerpts) by John Steinbeck "The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it." "It ain't that big. The whole United States ain't that big. It ain't that big. It ain't big enough. There ain't room enough for you an' me, for your kind an' my kind, for rich and poor together all in one country, for thieves and honest men. For hunger and fat." "And the great owners, who must lose their land in an upheaval, the great owners with access to history, with eyes to read history and to know the great fact: when ... more »

"Carnage of the Middle Class"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Carnage of the Middle Class"* Michael Pento "In President Donald J. Trump's inaugural address he promised, "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now." And immediately liberals and the MSM took umbrage to his use of the word carnage, which means the slaughter of a large number of people, claiming it was just too dark a description for America. Maybe so. However, in a recent Bloomberg commentary, Justin Fox cites some sobering statistics that support Trump's statement. While the overall murder rate for the nation should end up increasing about 8% year-over-year, ... more »

Countering Iran A Cover-Up for 'Western-Zionist Death Grip' on Region

Kevin Barrett at truthjihad.com blog - 16 hours ago
Tasnim News Agency interview with Kevin Barrett * 1. Following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has been the only country in the Middle East standing against the US and pursuing independence. What’s your view on such Iranian paradigm of countering the US hegemony? Has the Islamic Republic of Iran succeeded in promoting that model and enlightening the international community about Washington’s policy of interference?* The 1979 Islamic Revolution succeeded in freeing Iran from the US empire. Its success has been largely due to the genius of Imam Khomeini, who found a way to bring I... more »

DIY Harry Potter Shirts - Uploading your Own Images with a Cricut

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 16 hours ago
One of the first things people ask me when they are thinking about getting a Cricut is, "How easy is it to upload my own images?" The answer? Amazingly easy! I love this machine because you can create a completely customized project from start to finish in just a few minutes. I am going to walk you through just how easy it is to use your own images from start to finish. Uploading your own images First hit the big Upload Images button on the left hand menu in Cricut Design Space. The next image will pop up. Hit the Upload Image button on the left. After you hit upload image, the... more »

A ‘major whitewash’ has landed Theresa May’s government in court [OPINION]

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 16 hours ago
A landmark case has commenced in the High Court that will determine the future of the UK’s defence relationship with Saudi Arabia. It comes after a year-long battle by Theresa May’s government to hide exactly how abusive that relationship is. Following a High Court decision in June 2016, the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) have started […] The post A ‘major whitewash’ has landed Theresa May’s government in court [OPINION] appeared first on The Canary.

The BBC just tried to call out WikiLeaks. It did not end well.

Carlyn Harvey at The Canary - 16 hours ago
On 6 February, the BBC World Service broadcast its latest episode of The Inquiry. The segment was titled “Can You Believe What You Read on WikiLeaks?”. Since its airing, the BBC has faced criticism. Not only because it could easily ask the same question about itself. But also because it spends the entire episode indulging […] The post The BBC just tried to call out WikiLeaks. It did not end well. appeared first on The Canary.

Another Global Recession?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
North American stock markets are booming. The conventional wisdom is that -- economically -- happy days are here again. But Joseph Ingram isn't so optimistic. The election of Donald Trump and the rise of European authoritarians cast dark shadows: Both Trump’s election and the June Brexit vote in Britain are fueling the growth of European populist movements. Combined with his skepticism as to the European Union’s desirability — a sentiment he apparently shares with Russian President Vladimir Putin — these movements constitute an existential threat to its existence, the break-up of ... more »

Two More Trump Nightmares Ready For Confirmation-- Pruitt And Price

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
The confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education last night was a real blow to the Resistance. She's venal and unqualified and she has a toxic agenda that seeks to destroy public education. But Trump has even worse nominees still waiting to be confirmed. After just one Democrat, Joe Manchin, broke ranks and voted with every fucking Republican for cloture, Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is a *fait accompli*. Labor Secretary-designee Puzder is so mired in corruption that he may never even make it to a full hearing and one gets the feeling he may wish Trump would let him ... more »

WARREN RALLIES HER PARTY'S BASE -- AND THE GOP DOES ITSELF NO HARM WITH THE REST OF THE ELECTORATE

Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 17 hours ago
I'm sure you know what happened last night, but if not, here's the story: Senate Republicans passed a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator’s character. In an extraordinarily rare move, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) interrupted Warren’s speech ... and said that she had breached Senate rules by reading past statements against Sessions from figures such as the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the late Coretta Scott K... more »

Standing Rock Toxic Sludge and Elizabeth Warren...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 17 hours ago
*sort of similar.* The environmental SJW's in North Dakota left behind a pile of waste that may even contain dead bodies. Are you kidding me? Following is Elizabeth Warren calling Jeff Sessions names in her quivery old ladies "voice of outrage™" which got her bounced from the chamber and no longer allowed to speak at his confirmation hearings. I think she should go home and practice making cookies - or something. I'm not sure which video is more disgusting. *Prime Early Access Deals at Amazon* *Great Deals in Automotive and Motorcycle *

Tiny Survey Claims Vaping Will Cause People To Start Smoking

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 17 hours ago
If you sip a beer when you are a teenager, are you going to become a raging alcoholic? You are according to the logic of anti-smoking activists who won the war on cigarettes and need a one place to use their army - and their funding. Cigarette smoking has plummeted, which is what we have all wanted, and part of the reason for that is smoking cessation tools, like gums, patches, smokeless tobacco and things like e-cigarettes. Those are also used for harm reduction; smoking is as uncool as can be these days, so from a health point of view every cigarette not smoked is a win. They work... more »

No Hummingbird Collapse; They're In A Boom

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 17 hours ago
Its not a great idea to use surveys, but sometimes those are all we have. After environmental groups drummed up publicity about a colony collapse disorder in honeybees, for example, concerned amateurs began taking up beekeeping. Since nature is not a perfect system, and the new folks didn't know what they were doing, these amateurs killed off a lot of bees, but there is no checkbox on the survey for that, so they blamed pesticides. Declaring things endangered, even species that were only just discovered, is good for business, and a species of hummingbird has been added to conservati... more »

Public Accounts Committee Criticise Lack Of Control Of Levy Control Framework

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Philip Bratby http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/news-parliament-2015/energy-policy-levy-control-framework-report-published-16-17/ A damning report by the Public Accounts Committee on green energy schemes: Forecasting Framework costs "poor" The recommendation comes in a report examining the Levy Control Framework, which is intended to help control the costs of three government schemes to support low-carbon generation. The […]

Colombia Begins Peace Talks With The ELN Rebel Group

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Colombia begins peace talks with ELN rebels to end 52-year war* Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels began official peace talks with the government on Tuesday in a bid to end their part in a five-decade conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, damaged the economy and left millions displaced. The National Liberation Army (ELN), the nation's second-biggest rebel group, hopes to clinch an agreement similar to that negotiated last year with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which allows the rebels to form a political party in exchange for laying ... more »

Untitled

Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 19 hours ago
*From Jenna Orkin Hacker Took Down One Fifth Dark Web Warren Barred from Speaking During Rest of Sessions Debate * A report sees the US slipping below India and China in a ranking of the world's most powerful economies Facebook just lost a $500 million lawsuit — here's what's going on Ex-French President Sarkozy will stand trial over campaign funding REPORTS: Trump's pick for labor secretary admits to employing an illegal immigrant as a house cleaner The Philippines just cut off half of its mining sector A US court has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside of the ... more »

The U.S. Wants To Deploy The Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt To South Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*IBTimes:* *US Offers To Deploy Stealth Destroyer To Korean Peninsula* The U.S. could soon deploy a new $4 billion dollar warship to the Korean peninsula as part of an effort to deter North Korean aggression, authorities in Seoul revealed Monday. Adm. Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, recently discussed the possibility of sending the USS Zumwalt to a South Korea naval base during a meeting with South Korean lawmakers, the Korean Herald reported Monday. The discussions did not result in any official agreements but occurred in response to South Korean requests for more... more »

Katie Wright: Public No Longer Invited to Speak at IACC Autism Meetings

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Katie Wright No matter who you voted for in the last last election the take away message was unambiguous. Americans literally do not feel heard by our government. So guess what the new IACC Director just decided to do?...

Pat Condell- Why if you have an ounce of humanity you should support Israel

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
https://youtu.be/B6Cm8LKcl4E This video is for the anti Semitic scum that used to infect my Twitter account and the anti Semitic scum I encounter on the web every day. It's also for the so called journalists at the institutionally anti Israel BBC, The Guardian newspaper and the The Independent (formerly a newspaper).

20 Benefits of Walking

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

NATO War Games Coming to Sweden

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 20 hours ago
Dave Webb and I arrived in Gothenbourg, Sweden (along the North Sea) after flying here yesterday from Helsinki which sits on the Baltic Sea. Both these bodies of water are currently being militarized by the US-NATO war alliance. We where met at the airport by one of our local hosts and taken to a high point overlooking the port city. Gothenbourg as it turns out is an industrial city where Volvo is headquartered (inside the airport we saw many Volvo displays). But for an industrial city it is quite clean and remarkably attractive. We are staying in a very quiet and well kept ho... more »

Is A Nuclear Armed Japan China's Worst Nightmare?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami, National Interest*: *China and North Korea's Greatest Fear: Japan Armed with Lots of Nuclear Weapons* Japan could invest in a small arsenal of land-based missiles, each carrying one or more nuclear warheads. The missiles could be stationed in hardened silos, like the American Minuteman III, or on mobile launchers like the Russian RS-24 Yars. A Japanese ICBM would be smaller, not needing the range and fuel to reach North America. The ability to reach all of China, European Russia and the Middle East would be sufficient. It is perhaps China’s greatest nightmare: a nuc... more »

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
Boeing 787 Aero Mexico's fleet of commercial aircraft (sometimes referred to as "the great piñatas in the sky") are not all that bad and first class service on their fleet of 737's is on par with other airlines flying similar distances with similar aircraft. Stumbling through life as I usually do, I accidentally found that they have a Boeing 787 that flies between Tijuana and Mexico City in a mid-morning flight schedule. Let me share with you that there is a world of difference in comfort between the venerable 737 and the lie-flat capable seats in the first class compartment on a ... more »

Rational Suckers

Johannes Koelman at Science 2.0 blogs - 20 hours ago
Why do people skip queues, cause traffic jams, and create delays for everyone? Who are these misbehaving creatures lacking basic cooperation skills? Are they really all that different from you? Are you perhaps one of them? read more

Marc Morano talks sense on Climate Change Alarmists

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
https://youtu.be/7zO9zEfqWDA

Svalbard polar bears thrive in part due to ringed seal pups in the spring pack ice

Hifast at Climate Collections - 21 hours ago
Originally posted on polarbearscience: Few people know that Arctic ringed seals (Phoca hispida, aka Pusa hispida) give birth and breed in the offshore pack ice in the spring, as it is seldom mentioned by either seal or polar bear specialists. While it is true that some ringed seals give birth in stable shorefast ice close…

Standing Rock Sioux Denounce Army Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline, Vows Court Challenge

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
“Standing Rock denounces Army easement announcement, vows court challenge Posted on February 7, 2017. Filed to: News, Press Releases Cannon … Continue reading →

Black African Super Race - Out of Africa - The Africans Who Never Fled

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
okay, we hear all the time of 'the mother of mankind' or Mitochondrial Eve i.e. the woman whose genetic origin formed the foundation of the House of Modern Man. Now, I'm not a super-huge fan of this, because 'life doesn't start in one place' like that. Life is many tentacled, many limbed, many origin'd. Another thing, this Out of Africa model has ONE RACE pouring out of Africa 120,000 years ago to populate the whole of the world, via genetic mutation and inter-breeding and cross-breeding. And in several waves, separated by thousands of years, one might add. And this might have happ... more »

Is China About To Change Its Nuclear Weapons Policy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*The Conversation:** China’s nuclear weapons policy could be about to radically change* There has long been a gap between China’s nuclear weapons capabilities and the aspirations of its defence strategists, some of whom are keen to align Beijing’s nuclear posture with the offensive, dominant stance of its conventional military forces. They may be getting their way: there are signs that China could start to move towards a “war-fighting” nuclear stance and dramatically change the way it uses its nuclear weapons for strategic purposes. This would be a huge change. For the last two d... more »

Why Truth Matters

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
“It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care about how you got your money as long as you have got it.” ~ Edmund Way Teale

Why Trump and Obama’s Travel Bans Are Not The Same

director@ieet.org (IEET) at Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
Trump says that people be so upset with his Muslim ban because Obama did the same thing in 2011. Is that true? Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

Pizzagate Is Much Bigger Than Anyone Knows and It Is About to Explode

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
We are slowly seeing more and more come out. The scale of the operation is far larger than i suspected and it is scary. These rings are simply cells of a clandestine network that has been in operation for decades at least. As posted before they provide the basis for a truly airtight natural conspiracy that nothing else will. Obviously once in you are in for life. You can be called upon to commit any crime. Right now they are fighting back as well they can. After all, it is no accident that a fully briefed Trump has openly promised the death penalty. You might ask, why now a... more »

Who needs asteroids? Earth makes its own water deep within the mantle

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
An accreting planet can naturally produce water with this reaction and i suspect copious amounts. i my alternate planet formation conjecture were to hold true then this would be a primary method. In the event it will be an important early contributor. It is also somewhat unexpected and we truly needed a better explanation than bombardment which is simply not good enough. Quite an amazing insight. *Who needs asteroids? Earth makes its own water deep within the mantle * *Our planet could be self-sufficient.* *PETER DOCKRILL * * 30 JAN 2017 * * http://www.sciencea... more »

Ancient Dowth, Ireland one of the World’s Oldest Structures

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Obviously from our investigations of the European Bronze Age, Ireland was an important cultural center on the great copper route from Bimini to Lewis and down through the Irish sea, Grand Manan in Wales and Cornwall as well. This was good dairy land and grain came early as well. It mythological world would have been part of the Atlantean world which we have presumed to be informed by the Greek gods in particular. Much of it is of a whole diverse yet united pantheon that needs to be better integrated. . *Ancient Dowth, Ireland one of the World’s Oldest Structures* *http://nat... more »

15 Years Later, Physics Journal Concludes: All 3 WTC Towers Collapsed Due to Controlled Demolition

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
[image: journal] I have unwillingly accepted that this was plausible for only a short time. The ramifications are just too frightening to contemplate. It is very bad news and confirms Deep State direction and a program that is led by essentially stupid people rather than our best and brightest. When money and power play puppeteer, the outcome will be bad and that is mostly because we are no longer in a linear world but one in which change has become universal and makes all traditional methods obsolete. That is why we presently have a full blown revolution unde... more »

Does Israel Need Nuclear Weapons?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*Robert Farley, National Interest*: *The Worst-Kept Military Secret Ever: Israel Has Nuclear Weapons (But Does It Need Them?)* This isn’t to say that Israel was wrong to embark on a nuclear program, or that it should unilaterally give up its nukes now. The political developments of the 1970s and 1980s, including the defanging of Egypt, the cauldron of the Iran-Iraq conflict, and the end of the Cold War, were difficult to foresee from the vantage point of the mid-1960s. Perhaps most importantly, the ironclad relationship between Israel and the United States did not exist when the I... more »

Entanglement tests with star-powered pseudorandom generators are childish

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 22 hours ago
Quanta Magazine's Natalie Wolchover has described an experiment performed with the help of many scientists, including some very famous ones, and published in the prestigious PRL Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness (Quanta Mag.) ------------------------------ Cosmic Bell Test: Measurement Settings from Milky Way Stars (PRL, PDF full). As far as I can say, the people who really need to perform *similar tests* of the laws of Nature – because they're not sure about the outcome – deserve a nice bed in a psychiatric asylum, not pages in the PRL. Gentlemen, this is just stupid beyond ima... more »

Trump Policy Continues Purposefully Fueling Terrorism

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 22 hours ago
*February 8, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - In the American cartoon show G.I. Joe, no matter how badly the heroes of G.I. Joe battered the villains of the Cobra organization the previous week, they would return with even more men, weapons, and vehicles. No explanation was ever given as to where Cobra drew these vast resources from, and no explanation was needed - because it was just a children's cartoon. In real life, however, a similar scenario is unfolding, and a similarly childish narrative is being foisted upon the public to conceal where real villains are drawing their vast ... more »

One Thousand Years of Summer Temperatures in Northeastern Canada

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 23 hours ago
*Figure 1. Reconstructed summer (JJA) maximum temperatures for Lake L20. * *Red line is a 21-year moving average. Adapted from Naulier et al. (2015).* A paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal *Climate of the Past* A millennial summer temperature reconstruction for northeastern Canada using oxygen isotopes in subfossil trees M. Naulier, M. M. Savard, C. Bégin, F. Gennaretti, D. Arseneault, J. Marion, A. Nicault, and Y. Bégin. Abstract. Climatic reconstructions for northeastern Canada are scarce such that this area is under-represented in global temperature reconstructions. To ... more »

Iran's Uranium Stockpile Has Increased 60% Since It's 2015 Nuclear Agreement

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Times of Israel: **Iran: Uranium shipment will give us 60% more than pre-deal* Size of stockpile significant should Tehran keep it in storage until terms of agreement expire. Iran’s nuclear chief said it would have 60 percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to its landmark 2015 agreement with world powers after a shipment expected later this week. Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday as saying that Iran would receive a final batch of 149 tons of natural uranium by Tuesday, in addition to 210 tons already delivered since early 2016... more »

Former NOAA Scientist Confirms Colleagues Manipulated Climate Records per Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
The manipulation of data to arrive at desired conclusions is not science. However don't expect the warmists at the BBC to report on this inconvenient truth. 'In the summer of 2015, NOAA scientists published the Karl study, which retroactively altered historical climate change data and resulted in the elimination of a well-known climate phenomenon known as the "climate change hiatus." The hiatus was a period between 1998 and 2013 during which the rate of global temperature growth slowed. This fact has always been a thorn in the side of climate change alarmists, as it became diff... more »

GOP Official Apologizes After Saying Berkeley Protests Required 'Another Kent State'

arturo@snopes.com (Arturo Garcia) at New Urban Legends - 23 hours ago
Dan Adamini was criticized by both Michigan Republicans and Democrats after comments he later called "stupid."

Republican Introduces Bill That Would Abolish the Department of Education

bethania@snopes.com (Bethania Palma) at New Urban Legends - 23 hours ago
U.S. Representative Thomas Massie announced a bill that, if passed, would eliminate the federal Education Department as of 2018.

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BREAKING VIDEO: Insane footage of the New Orleans tornado earlier today. pic.twitter.com/AtZxiYMfr0 — Breaking News Feed (@pzf) February 7, 2017 *WNU Editor:* I would be driving away from the tornado.

Are President Trump's Business Interests A National-Security Conflict Of Interest?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Defense One: **Tracking Trump’s National-Security Conflicts of Interest* *A global business empire raises the question: will the next president’s foreign policy serve America’s interests or his own?* From close neighbors in Latin America to European allies in the fight against the Islamic State, Donald Trump has international entanglements like no previous commander in chief. Each of the president-elect’s business endeavors, critics say, offers an opportunity for foreign leaders and other actors to unduly influence U.S. policy through emoluments — or potentially, even extortion. ... more »

What Facebook Live means for journalism

Nicole Smith Dahmen, Assistant Professor of Visual Communication, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Facebook Live streaming after the police shooting death of Philando Castile. Tony Webster, CC BY-SA Every week seems to bring another devastating Facebook Live video posted online. A Florida teenager killed herself live on the internet in January. A woman in Sweden was reportedly raped while her three attackers broadcast it for hundreds to see. And video of a 12-year-old girl’s suicide was broadcast on social media. Meanwhile, other live-video incidents – such as police shootings and the torture of a Chicago man – have become key pieces of evidence and controversy in public debates... more »

#NOAAgate: NOAA agrees to review scientist’s claim that data manipulated to discredit warming ‘pause’

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 1 day ago
The latest is a news article in the Washington Times: NOAA agrees to review scientist’s claim that data manipulated to discredit warming ‘pause’ The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that it would review a whistleblower’s allegations that the … Continue reading →

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Land of Forever”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “Land of Forever” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8PEVbVkYio

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. *Click image for larger size.* The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud, a small silhouette notched against the long red glow at the lower left. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion's belt and is seen as the brightest star to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic... more »

"The Most Beautiful Sentence in the English Language?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Most Beautiful Sentence in the English Language?" by William Crawley "Some time ago, I tweeted a link to the 100 Most Beautiful Words in the English Language (as chosen by Dr. Goodword). This prompted some twittering from my esteemed followers. Steve Goddard, over at Ship of Fools, has been in touch with news that he's been encouraging his readers to construct a sentence using those same beautiful words. Money quote: "Demurely, I gambolled in my bucolic bungalow, brooding on a dalliance with an eloquent, evanescent palimpsest which would be the cynosure of all, evocative of ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Sailor Signals* A sailor uses hand signals during flight operations on the flight deck aboard the USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 30, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano

Where Is President Obama?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:** Barack Obam-AIR! New photos show former president kite-surfing and horsing around with billionaire buddy Richard Branson* * New photos show Barack Obama and Richard Branson going kite-surfing during the former president's recent visit to the billionaire's private island * The two had a competition on Obama's last day to see who could stay up the longest on their kite-surfing boards and Obama won * The former president and his wife Michelle are now back in Washington, DC after spending more than a week relaxing on Branson's private island Former President Barack Oba... more »

Lindsay Perigo on Philosophical Fakery

Anoop Verma at For The New Intellectual - 1 day ago
In his controversial article,“Philosophical Fakery,” Lindsay Perigo accuses Yaron Brook, the CEO of Ayn Rand Institute, of ditching Ayn Rand and siding with the leftists. It is difficult to believe that Brook, a world-renowned promoter of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, can have any association with leftist ideas. But Perigo insists that Brook and a few other scholars at the ARI are suffering from some kind of “Trump Derangement Syndrome,” which makes them vulnerable to leftist politics. According to Perigo, Brook and his colleagues at ARI have allowed Objectivism to be highja... more »

Current Events

LL at Virtual Mirage - 1 day ago
the main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing. How!

We All Want To Beat Trump-- Here Are Some How To Guides For Patriotic Resistance

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Yesterday David Frum spoke from his own experience as a Bush Regimist about what he feels works and does't work when it comes to Resitance. He's a smart guy but he has a conservative mind and doesn't understand how normal people think. His ideas, though, are valuable if you want to know how conservatives think. Trump's mind, obviously is neither normal nor conservative. He's fully insane and operates on a baser, primal level. From is correct when he says our Resistance demonstrations "are exercises in catharsis, the release of emotions." What he doesn't seem to get is their value ... more »

How Obama's presidential campaign changed how Americans view black candidates

Evelyn M. Simien, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, University of Connecticut at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. at a campaign stop, in Sioux City, IA, 2007. AP Photo/Nati Harnik The relationship between black presidential candidates and potential voters is more complex than it is for their white opponents. My research on historic “firsts” shows that white voters tend to ascribe characteristics to black candidates that place them at a disadvantage. That’s why Barack Obama’s presidency became synonymous with an end goal of the civil rights movement and a source of pride for so many Americans. His campaign experience, like that of predecessors Shirley Chisholm and Jesse... more »

The F-35 Scored A 15:1 Kill Ratio At The Red Flag War Games

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Lockheed Martin *Popular Mechanics*: *F-35 Scores Impressive 15:1 Kill Ratio at Red Flag War Games* *Pilots credit the Lighting II with making older legacy fighters more lethal.* Exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada is considered one of the most realistic and challenging aviation warfare exercises, and pilots from this year's event say the Air Force's F-35A exceeded expectations by dominating the air space and improving the lethality of other legacy aircraft. It's stellar performance is a major victory for a war plane that's been criticized for its high costs and ... more »

Bonus Quote of the Day: The blather about ‘white privilege’

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 1 day ago
*“The blather about ‘white privilege’ is an attempt to destroy individual rights, by claiming that they are mere revocable ‘privileges.’ The historical violation of the rights of blacks does not degrade the rights of whites into privileges. Individual rights are not privileges. They are held by virtue of being a human being. They can neither be given nor taken away.”* ~ George Reisman . Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "The Summer Day"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Summer Day"* "Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean– the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down, who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes. Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face. Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away. I don’t know exactly what a prayer is. I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, ho... more »

"The World Sucks- It's Great To Be Alive!”

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The World Sucks- It's Great To Be Alive!**”* by Robert Jensen "Put simply: We're in trouble, on all fronts, and the trouble is wider and deeper than most of us have been willing to acknowledge. We should struggle to build a road on which we can walk through those troubles- if such a road is possible- but I doubt it's going to look like any path we had previously envisioned, nor is it likely to lead anywhere close to where most of us thought we were going. I have been talking about multiple crises without naming them in detail. As I have been speaking, I suspect you all have been ... more »

"Life, Eh?"

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We said together, wistfully, 'Life, eh?' It says everything without having to say anything: that we all experience moments of joyful or painful reflection, sometimes alone, sometimes sharing laughs and tears with others; that we all know and appreciate that however wonderful and precious life is, it can equally be a terribly confusing and mysterious beast. 'Life, eh?" - Miranda Hart

"It's Better..."

noreply@blogger.com (CoyotePrime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Sometimes this human stuff is slimy and pathetic... but better to feel it and talk about it and walk through it than to spend a lifetime being silently poisoned." - Anne Lamott "It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life." - Elizabeth Kenny

A-10s Were Responsible For Half Of All Close Air Support Missions In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
An A-10 Warthog fires its 30-millimeter cannon during an exercise in Germany in 2014. U.S. Army photo *Robert Beckhusen, War Is Boring*: *The Explosive Rise in A-10 Warthog Strikes, Visualized* U.S. troops in Afghanistan came to depend heavily on Hogs. The A-10 Warthog, a muscular and armored ground attack plane, is an odd vehicle because it was originally designed to attack Soviet tanks in Europe in the event of a third world war. Thankfully, that conflict never occurred. Instead, the Warthog flew in the Persian Gulf War, the Balkans and has spent years taking on lightly-armed i... more »

The Late John Trudell Explains Why We Need Hemp Now

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day ago
*Vic Bishop* - One of America's greatest activists breaks down the need for hemp. The post The Late John Trudell Explains Why We Need Hemp Now appeared first on Waking Times.

Congress Targets Federal Reserve's Globalist Scheming

Alex Newman at rss - 1 day ago
[image: congress-targets-federal-reserve-s-globalist-scheming] A senior Republican lawmaker is putting Federal Reserve System boss Janet Yellen on notice: There's a new sheriff in town, so America and American interests had better come first from now on. Citing the victory of President Donald Trump, Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), the vice chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee, sent a letter to Yellen demanding an end to secretive negotiations with unaccountable foreign entities plotting to impose ever more burdensome regulations on Americans. In the lett... more »

North Korea Continues To Build Up Its Missile Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 23, 2016 shows a test launch of the surface-to-surface medium long-range strategic ballistic missile Hwasong-10 at an undisclosed location in North Korea. KCNA *CNBC:* *New images show how North Korea is expanding its missile research* *The nuclear threat from North Korea looks greater than ever.* Even as the new U.S. defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an "effective and overwhelming" response if the rogue state uses nuclear weapons, images indicate that Pyongyang cont... more »

Justice Department Attorney Blunders Through Appeals Court Hearing On Muslim Ban

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 day ago
Pressed by judges for evidence on why the Trump administration needed to reinstate a ban on immigrants and refugees, a DOJ lawyer could not come up with specifics. The post Justice Department Attorney Blunders Through Appeals Court Hearing On Muslim Ban appeared first on Shadowproof.

Melania In The News Again-- And Then There's Jim O'Neill: Sex And Drugs, No Rock'n'Roll

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Trump's lawyers threatened to sue *DWT* if we didn't take down our Melania-was-a-hooker post-- so we did. Oddly enough, the Russian version of *DWT* still has it up, something we don't understand, although, as that O'Reilly character on Fox said-- and Trump tacitly acknowledged-- "Putin is a killer." In any case, this week all the papers were reporting that Melania is suing UK newspaper, the *Daily Mail* again. It's her third suit against them for the prostitution accusations. This one though, has a distinctly Trumpian twist. The New York *Daily News* report starts with a paragrap... more »

Feb. 7: Still lost in the middle of moving.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 1 day ago
Well, my household move is (almost) complete. So here's a try at a blog. The news media are still coming down hard on Trump. I've no doubt he deserve it. But in coming down on Trump, they have vastly overestimated his role in all this, and they have lost any sense of what really is happening. Trump did not create this mess. He did not plant military and missile basess right on the Russian and Chinese borders. He did not sponsor an overthrow legal and democratric Ukraine government out of power. He did not invade 70 countries. He did not kill millions of Vietnamese, Afghanis, Iraqi... more »

The Problem is Civil Obedience by Howard Zinn

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
by Howard Zinn Writer, Dandelion Salad Previously published on November 25, 2013 Originally published on www.thirdworldtraveler.com 1970, from the Zinn Reader, Seven Stories Press February 7, 2017 [By the latter part of May, 1970, feelings about the war in Vietnam had become almost unbearably intense. In Boston, about a hundred of us decided to sit down […]

Are Islamic State Fighters Losing The Will To Fight?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*FOX News:* *Fair-weather fighters: ISIS jihadists claim headaches, bad backs to get out of battle, documents show* Headaches, bad backs and general malaise are plaguing the ranks of ISIS, with jihadists calling out sick from the fight to save their caliphate, according to a report. Foreign fighters in particular seem to be going soft in the face of an offensive led by the Iraqi national military, Kurdish fighters and international forces. Documents discovered in recently liberated sections of Mosul show how the fair-weather jihadists go to great lengths to get out of combat. Th... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- February 7, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Protesters loyal to the Shi'ite al-Houthi rebel group burn an effigy of a U.S. aircraft during a demonstration to protest against what they say is U.S. interference in Yemen, including drone strikes, after their weekly Friday prayers in the Old Sanaa city April 12, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/File Photo *Noah Browning, Reuters*: *Trump risks deeper entanglement in Yemen's murky war* Yemen is emerging as a test ground for U.S. President Donald Trump's forceful approach to al Qaeda and Iran, but his first actions there risk drawing his administration further into its convoluted tw... more »

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