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*Night Lights* An AV-8B Harrier II lands on the USS Bonhomme Richard in the Philippine Sea, Feb. 8, 2017. The ship is conducting unit-level training. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Quinlan
On 8 February 2017, the satirical web site The Onion published a story poking fun at the temperament of President Donald Trump under the headline “Secret Service Adds Emotional Protection Division To Safeguard Trump’s Psyche”: The new unit’s three dozen agents, who have undergone rigorous training to prepare for their challenging role, will be charged … Continued The post Secret Service Adds ‘Emotional Protection Division’ for President Trump? appeared first on Snopes.com.
Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng) *New York Times:* *President Xi Jinping of China, Stung by Trump’s Taiwan Call, Is Said to Shun Talks* WASHINGTON — When the White House announced this week that President Trump had sent President Xi Jinping of China a letter wishing him a happy Chinese New Year, it did not disclose a major reason for the friendly gesture: Mr. Xi has not gotten on the phone with Mr. Trump. Stung by Mr. Trump’s unorthodox telephone call with the president of Taiwan and his subsequent assertion that the United States might no longer abide by the “O...more »
*Estes* With Koch Bros. Congressman Mike Pompeo now ensconced at the CIA, there's an April 11th special election to fill his KS-04 seat, a blood red (R+14) district that takes up the south-central part of the state and is centered on Sedgwick County (Wichita). In 2008, McCain won the district with 59% and 4 years later Romney won it with 62%. This past November, Trump beat Hillary in the district, 60.2% to 33.0%. And Pompeo was reelected 166,998 (60.7%) to 81,495 (29.6%), beating Democrat Dan Giroux who spent $262,986 to Pompeo's $1,447,958. For a Democrat to win this special elect...more »
One of the mysteries of the solar wind is how protons AND electrons travel in the same direction in the electric field. In the model of the atom we have a nucleus, the proton, and a cloud (how one electron … Continue reading →
“Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and r...more »
*"What Makes People Tick? * *Exploring An Alternate Universe"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Many people are very different from ourselves and coming to a place of acceptance can make the road easier. All people have their own way of being in the world. It is easiest to comprehend this basic yet profound fact when we consider that every human being on the planet occupies a distinct role in the universe. We grow up in different environments, affected by a unique range of influences. The preferences, values, and beliefs we embrace are frequently related intimately to our origins. An...more »
*"What Is Cueva de las Manos?"* by Wikipedia "Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) is a cave located in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, 163 km (101 mi) south from the town of Perito Moreno, within the borders of the Francisco P. Moreno National Park, which includes many sites of archaeological and paleontogical importance. The Cave lies in the valley of the Pinturas River, in an isolated spot in the Patagonian landscape, some 100 km (62 mi) from the main road, National Route 40. It is famous (and gets its name) for the paintings of hands, made by the indigenous ...more »
China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet in the South China Sea. Reuters *ABC News Online:* *Chinese development in Indian Ocean raising concern of possible militarisation among major players* Japan, India, Australia and the United States are closely monitoring China's infrastructure development on the Indian Ocean rim amid increasing concern about the potential for militarisation in the sea lanes which carry much of the world's oil. One former American intelligence chief is warning the only way to avoid that is to make confrontation unpalatable for China. With a...more »
The phenomenon of Beatlemania that had been spreading throughout the U.K. (and other parts of the world) in 1962 and 1963 reached a crescendo in early 1964, when the Fab Four paid their first visit to America. After landing at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on 7 February 1964 (where approximately 3,000 hooky-playing teenage fans … Continued The post Grand Theft Beatles appeared first on Snopes.com.
On 9 February 2017, a federal appeals court rejected a request by President Donald Trump’s administration to reinstate a travel restriction directed at seven predominantly-Muslim countries. The three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the government had “pointed to no evidence” that any of the countries affected by Trump’s 28 … Continued The post U.S. Appeals Court Denies Request To Reinstate President Donald Trump’s Travel Restrictions appeared first on Snopes.com.
This infographic shows the reported buildup of military infrastructure on the Paracels by China. Photo Credit: Courtesy of CSIS/AMTI *South China Morning Post*: *China ‘beefing up military’ on disputed islands in the South China Sea, says US think tank* Satellite images suggest further military build-up on the Paracel Islands, US researchers say Satellite images suggest China has upgraded its military infrastructure in the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, according to a US think tank. The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Centre for Strategic and Int...more »
by Rocket Kirchner Writer, Dandelion Salad Rocket Kirchner (blog) Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel) February 9, 2017 Rousseau said that man is a social animal. Man is also a religious animal. In the socio-religio milieu there exists a deep messianic impulse. This impulse is expressed in a variety of ways. One of them is politics. It […]
US Navy EP-3A Orion on reconnaisance mission, underside bristling with electronics aerials (above), and missile-equipped Chinese J11 Flanker interceptor. Both aircraft not depicted to true scale. InterAksyon.Com *Reuters*:* U.S., China military planes come inadvertently close over South China Sea* A U.S. Navy P-3 plane and a Chinese military aircraft came close to each other over the South China Sea in an incident the Navy believes was inadvertent, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aircraft came within 1,000 feet ...more »
The Alaska House of Representatives has approved a bill recognizing Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day. House Bill 78 was approved in a 31-7 vote Friday morning. The vote places the holiday “on the same day that indigenous people discovered Christopher Columbus,” said bill sponsor Rep. Dean Westlake, D-Kotzebue, to general laughter Friday. “It’s a great day to be indigenous,” he said. Columbus Day is a federal holiday but not a state holiday — state workers are at their jobs on the second Monday in October. HB 78 now advances to the Senate. If the measure is approved there,...more »
*-by Alice Marshall* In order for DeVos to carry out her plan to destroy public education she has to have thousands of collaborators. Therefore we must act to deprive her of collaborators. School boards and state legislatures are the first fields to be worked. (I prefer agricultural metaphors to sports and war metaphors, because agricultural metaphors emphasize the cumulative effect of grassroots political action.) We need to elect school board members who are entirely committed to public education and reject the failed model of charter schools and privatization. Unfortunately, e...more »
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Simon Enoch explains why the Sask Party's plans to inflict an austerian beating until economic morale improves is doomed to failure: It is now abundantly clear that the Saskatchewan government’s “transformational change” agenda is in reality a not-so-subtle euphemism for provincewide austerity in response to the current economic downturn. Premier Wall’s recent comments suggesting “very deep cuts” to education, health care, municipal revenue sharing and civil service salaries make it clear that the government’s plan for the economy is to “cu...more »
On 16 January 2017, the British Antarctic Survey announced that they would be shutting down their Halley VI research station between March and November 2017, due to the presence of a growing and unpredictable crack expanding through the ice shelf on which the station rests: British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has decided not to winter at … Continued The post Break in Ice Forces the Cancellation of Winter Research at Antarctic Station appeared first on Snopes.com.
A common tactic of clickbait web sites is to publish items via social media under sensationalist political headlines in order to lure readers into following their links. What readers typically find at the other end of those links, however, are articles whose substance bears little or no relationship to their melodramatic headlines. Multiple sites played … Continued The post Did President Trump Make English the U.S. Official Language? appeared first on Snopes.com.
Terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sent a letter to Obama days before the ex-President left office calling him 'the head of the snake' *Daily Mail:* *Terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sent a letter to Obama days before the ex-President left office calling him 'the head of the snake' and warning of another 9/11 * * Terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sent a letter to Barack Obama * Claimed 9/11 attacks was a direct result of American 'oppression and tyranny' * Has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2006 after being captured in Pakistan The self-proclaimed mastermind...more »
The court found Americans have interest in free flow of travel, freedom from discrimination, and no proof ban is necessary to protect national security. The post Trump Still A Big Loser: 9th Circuit Asserts Authority To Review Muslim Ban, Won’t Reinstate It appeared first on Shadowproof.
Executive orders signed by President Donald Trump set in motion an agenda for escalating the criminalization of citizens, who engage in protest. The post Trump Executive Order Sets Agenda For Police To Further Criminalize Protesters appeared first on Shadowproof.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arrives to deliver a speech in a meeting with military commanders in Tehran, Iran on February 7, 2017. Reuters *Karim Sadjadpour, The Atlantic:* *How America Could Stumble Into War With Iran* *A major conflagration, whether intentional or not, is perhaps likelier now than ever.* In Donald Trump’s first term there is a serious possibility of a military conflict, whether intentional or inadvertent, between the United States or Israel and Iran. What follows is how it could unfold, and how it might be avoided. *Read more* .... *Commentar...more »
Another dispatch from the front lines. This "gun motor carriage" has been set up to bring a crew served Browning M-2 into action on behalf of the cartels. They modified this stake bed truck with steel plate behind the wood, but they didn't include any anti-spalling material so you know that if that position is taking hits, there will be metal splinters spalling off and creating a nasty environment for those operating the machine gun. There are bullet proof glass panels set into the side of the rack. Browning M-2 - .50 caliber air cooled machine gun The cab of the truck is also ...more »
*"The Opening of Eyes"* "That day I saw beneath dark clouds The passing light over the water, And I heard the voice of the world speak out. I knew then as I have before, Life is no passing memory of what has been, Nor the remaining pages of a great book Waiting to be read. It is the opening of eyes long closed. It is the vision of far off things, Seen for the silence they hold. It is the heart after years of secret conversing Speaking out loud in the clear air. It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees Before the lit bush. It is the man throwing away his shoes As if to enter heaven ...more »
"There's a truth deeper than experience. It's beyond what we see, or even what we feel. It's an order of truth that separates the profound from the merely clever, and the reality from the perception. We're helpless, usually, in the face of it; and the cost of knowing it, like the cost of knowing love, is sometimes greater than any heart would willingly pay. It doesn't always help us to love the world, but it does prevent us from hating the world. And the only way to know that truth is to share it, from heart to heart, just as Prabhakar told it to me, just as I'm telling it to you n...more »
Here, expanding on this post about the Libs' electoral reform betrayal - and the likelihood that it will encourage future Stephen Harpers to exploit the distortions created by first-past-the-post. For further reading... - I've linked to plenty of other commentary on the Libs' broken promise here, here and here. And we can add new material from the Council of Canadians and Shawn Garbutt, along with a useful refresher from Max Fawcett. - The Government of Canada page highlighting the problems with first-past-the-post was once here - though it (along with other related content) seems to...more »
*[image: 16649208_10158108067230431_3623844059894850342_n]* *Week three …* Mavens are talking up Bill English’s Waitangi speeches 2017. Compare with the same man’s Waitangi speech 2002 – also widely ignored, also remarkable. (So, that would be *three* Waitangi speeches then …) *PM Bill English gave two speeches on Waitangi Day. Both were remarkable. Both were almost entirely ignored** – *Simon Wilson (2017), SPINOFF *The Treaty of Waitangi and New Zealand citizenship* – Bill English (2002), NZ HERALD Paul Litterick: “La cage aux pollies.” *Protests at opening of $1.5m state hou...more »
This morning Gimlet Eye had left me a message: Gimlet EyeFebruary 9, 2017 at 1:23 AM Off topic, but you'll want to see this report from Corbett, skip to 6:00 and watch for ~1min if you're short of time- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z42sClWyqhU Obviously I went to watch the video and to my surprise 6:00 minutes in, what appears? Why it's my blog!! PennyFebruary 9, 2017 at 5:53 AM Hi Gimlet Eye! Well that was a surprise.! And sort of funny to see.. Thanks for letting me know that post was included in the video- For readers James Corbett included the post below in a recent vi...more »
by Chris Hedges Featured Writer Dandelion Salad Truthdig July 30, 2009 Read this brilliant and humorous chapter from Chris Hedges’ new book and marvel as the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent makes sense of reality television. Adapted from “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle,” available from Nation Books, a member […]
Chris Gilham As predicted, a new cold record has been set in Perth. Just 10 days after Perth Metro had its 4th coldest January maximum since 1897 and Perth Airport its coldest January day since opening in 1945, the February daily record has been smashed at both stations. Perth’s forecast was 20C. Perth Metro today had a maximum of 17.4C and Perth Airport 17.1C. That’s absurdly cold and won't be repeated in our lifetimes. Courier Mail headlines yesterday were *‘Hell on Earth’ Heat Coming Our Way* and the headlines today have been about South Australia’s latest mass blackouts be...more »
by Chris Hedges Featured Writer Dandelion Salad Truthdig November 26, 2012 Humans must immediately implement a series of radical measures to halt carbon emissions or prepare for the collapse of entire ecosystems and the displacement, suffering and death of hundreds of millions of the globe’s inhabitants, according to a report commissioned by the World Bank. […]
In late October 2016 a number of tabloids and bloggers published a tale that was as harrowing as it was improbable and thinly-sourced, asserting that ISIS operatives had murdered 250 children (largely toddlers) by placing them into a dough kneader: Various versions of the story were published by multiple news outlets, but none of them … Continued The post Did ISIS Murder 250 Children with a Dough Kneader? appeared first on Snopes.com.
Newt Gingrich published an opinion piece at FoxNews.com today that's titled "Trump Should Have Belichick Spend One Day a Week at the White House. Here’s Why." Gingrich uses the success of the New England Patriots coach to gently suggest that Donald Trump is an incompetent president: President Trump and Belichick are similar in several ways. But there are a few ways Trump could benefit from spending time with his good friend Coach Belichick. Both work very hard. Both are driven by a deep determination to win. Both are comfortable having to come from behind.... However, Coach Belich...more »
*Daily Mail:** Army struggles to regain control of lawless Brazilian city where at least 100 people have been killed in just FIVE days since police went on strike* * WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT * The chaos on the streets of Espírito Santo has been compared to the film The Purge where lawlessness rules * Officers have staged a mass walkout since Saturday in a row over their working conditions and their low pay * People are running around with guns and machetes and a spate of murders have caused mass panic in Brazil * Military troops had to be deployed to restore order in city of Vitor...more »
On 5 February 2017, the web site Extra Newsfeed published an article reporting that President Trump had fired Cecil Gaines, a butler who had served presidents at the White House since the 1950s: President Fires White House Butler, Holdover From Eisenhower Era Trump says Cecil Gaines betrayed him by putting tofu in a lunch taco Cecil … Continued The post Did President Trump Fire White House Butler Cecil Gaines? appeared first on Snopes.com.
In February 2017, a December 2015 commentary that originally aired on a Georgia television newscast resurfaced under misleading headlines that President Donald Trump banned “Sharia law”. Several web sites published (sometimes without attribution) transcripts of a segment by WGCL-TV anchor Ben Swann discussing then-candidate Trump’s statement calling for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration into … Continued The post Did President Trump Ban ‘Sharia Law’? appeared first on Snopes.com.
[image: senate-confirms-jeff-sessions-as-attorney-general] The Senate confirmed the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala) as our nation’s Attorney General on the evening of February 8, by a near-party-line vote of 52 to 47.
*Foreign Policy:* *Trump Finalizes Executive Order to Put ISIS Detainees in Guantánamo* The draft directive backtracks on torture and black sites — but the shift in counterterrorism strategy carries new risks. The Trump administration is finalizing an executive order that effectively tells allies and Islamic State fighters alike: Guantánamo is open for business. The imminent directive temporarily bars the transfer of any current detainees and instructs the U.S. military to bring any new detainees — explicitly including Islamic State militants — to the detention center in Guantán...more »
*Rudaw: **A Kurdish leader of ISIS* Sharia was killed in an airstrike by the US-led coalition in ISIS-held western Mosul, Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) officials wrote in a statement. "At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Walid Sarhan al-Kurdi known as* Abu Ali al-Kurdi, an ISIS Sharia leader* from Tel-Kaif, the area [north of Mosul], was killed in Mosul's al-Zanjili neighborhood, western Mosul," according to the KRSC, adding that four assistants were also killed. *KurdIShIS *
You would not want this dog in your cricket team, or any other sport that involves catching. Lovable Husky and Malamute cross, K’eyush does not seem to have inherited the fetch gene and even appears to be clapping his hands in anticipation. Key’s owner, Jodie Barnard from Brixham, Devon, started snapping her clumsy pooch when she decided his entertaining attempts of fetch had to be shared. Graphic designer and illustrator, Jodie, 31 said: “He’s always been hit and miss with catch, more miss than hit. “I think he has bad timing, closes his mouth too soon or not soon enough and tri...more »
*Reuters:* *Exclusive: In call with Putin, Trump denounced Obama-era nuclear arms treaty - sources* In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call. When Putin raised the possibility of extending the 2010 treaty, known as New START, Trump paused to ask his aides in an aside what the treaty was, these sources said. Trump then told Putin the treaty was...more »
Trump may not be making any of America's enemies nervous, but he's certainly been making our closest friends and allies anixious, from his crackpot phone calls to the leaders of Mexico and Australia to his Putin-loving agenda in Europe. (I hope you watched the national late night TV shows that have been lampooning him ever since Holland got the ball rolling a few weeks ago.) This week, Germany's biggest weekly news magazine, *Der Spiegel*, garnered a lot of attention for an OpEd by Klaus Brinkbäumer, Trump as Nero: Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President. Trump, he...more »
Once upon a time, there was a country called Great Britain. Great Britain was ruled by a wicked pig-canoodler named David Cameron. A man who possessed the decisiveness of Goldilocks and the forward-thinking smarts of the boy who cried wolf. Pork-fondler Dave had made sure that Great Britain was as revolting as possible for the […] The post The £350m Brexit bus has turned back into a pumpkin appeared first on The Canary.
The Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom petition went viral at the end of January. In doing so, it overshadowed one of the most important petitions of the year. A petition to save our NHS from being incorporated into a US trade deal. The petition has now reached over 50,000 signatures anyway, and […] The post The government just announced its position on using the NHS in trade deals. And it’s pathetic [OPINION] appeared first on The Canary.
*Newsweeek*: *US Commander: ISIS Hubs Raqqa and Mosul Will Be Recaptured Within 6 Months* America’s top commander leading the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Iraq has estimated that Washington and allied forces will recapture its two remaining strongholds within six months, his spokesman said Wednesday. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said that within months the eastern Syrian city of Raqqa, which ISIS captured in January 2014, and the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which the group overran in June 2014, will fall. Townsend told the Associate...more »
Censored News coverage of Standing Rock Water Protectors attacked by militarized police and Morton County Sheriff. Censored Again, So What Else is New? This. By Brenda Norrell Censored News Back in September, Twitter began censoring the news links of Censored News -- all of them. This came as Censored News reported on the violent attacks on Standing Rock Water Protectors by militarized
This picture, taken from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, shows smoke rising from a Syrian army position following an Israeli attack on November 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP) *i24 News*: *No injuries after projectile lands on Israeli side of Golan Heights* IDF responds targeting Syrian regime in northern part of Golan Heights A stray projectile landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights Wednesday. The projectile caused no injuries or damages. The Israel Defense Forces responded by hitting a Syrian regime target in the northern part of the Syrian Golan Heights, according to an IDF...more »
Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday started shipping hundreds of wild bison to slaughter for disease control, as a quarantine facility on a Montana Indian reservation that could help spare many of the animals sat empty due to a political dispute. Fifteen female bison initially slated for quarantine on the Fort Peck Reservation were instead loaded onto trailers near the town of a Gardiner, Montana and sent to slaughter. Hundreds more will be shipped in coming days and weeks, park officials said. More than 400 bison, also known as buffalo, have been captured this winter attempti...more »
We're hearing a lot about fake news lately. I saw a fine example of it on page B 5 of my local paper, The Moncton Times and Transcript, for Feb. 8, "Amnesty: Up to 13,000 hanged in Syria's slaughterhouse". (nice touch of horror and Christian righteousness there. Did you notice any of that in the tone of reports on the millions murdered by the U.S.in the last fifty years or so?) The report is from The Associated Press, and it's full of loaded language - the UN was horrified by the report, it says. That's odd. When an American officer ordered the murder of some 800 civilians in Vietn...more »
In September 2016, social media users began circulating links to a web site (BoughtMilk.com) and asserting that anyone who had purchased milk after the year 2003 was eligible to participate in a class action lawsuit. As reported at the time, a settlement had been reached in an anti-trust class-action suit accusing dairy producers of artificially … Continued The post Is Everyone Who Bought Milk Since 2003 Covered Under a Class Action Settlement? appeared first on Snopes.com.
Prior to the occurrence of a penumbral lunar eclipse on 10 February 2017, a number of news outlets ran headlines suggesting that this celestial event would be even more rare because viewers would get to experience three events at the same time: A full moon, a lunar eclipse, and a comet (viewable with binoculars). The Washington … Continued The post Lunar Eclipses Happen Only During Full Moons appeared first on Snopes.com.
On 7 February 2017, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina shared a photograph via Twitter purportedly showing that his colleague, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabmaa — the nominee for the position of Attorney General in the new Trump administration — had been bestowed with a “Governmental Award of Excellence” by the NAACP in 2009: Many … Continued The post Did the NAACP Give Jeff Sessions an ‘Award of Excellence’? appeared first on Snopes.com.
On 8 February 2017, the Huffington Post published an article suggesting that newly-confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had ordered the immediate “flattening” of classroom globes, presumably due to her belief that the Earth is flat: Upon hearing of her extremely narrow Senate confirmation, newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued an order that all globes being … Continued The post Did Betsy DeVos Demand That Classroom Globes Be Flattened? appeared first on Snopes.com.
On 3 February 2017, the disreputable web site YourNewsWire posted a story with the alarming but false claim that one of the reactors damaged in the 2011 disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was on the verge of falling into the ocean: Scientists at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan have declared … Continued The post Is a Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor About to Fall Into the Ocean? appeared first on Snopes.com.
On 7 February 2017, President Trump held a roundtable discussion with county sheriffs from around the United States in which he cited a chilling crime statistic as a reason for inviting the sheriffs to the White House: … the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? … Continued The post U.S. Murder Rate Highest in 47 Years? appeared first on Snopes.com.
On 7 February 2017, the scientific journal Basic and Clinical Andrology published the test results of an experimental form of reversible male contraception, an injectable gel (Vasalgel) that acts as a barrier to sperm, which was tried out on rhesus monkeys: This concept is similar to an approach known as RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm … Continued The post Reversible, Long-Lasting Male Contraceptive Successfully Tested on Rhesus Monkeys appeared first on Snopes.com.
On 10 February 2017, sky watchers will experience a confluence of three celestial events in the same night: a penumbral lunar eclipse, a “snow moon,” and a comet. The lunar eclipse will be somewhat less spectacular than the image usually conjured up by that term: This weekend’s event is what’s known as a penumbral lunar … Continued The post Lunar Eclipse, Comet, and ‘Snow Moon’ Coming in February 2017 appeared first on Snopes.com.
A recurring refrain issuing from President Trump’s Twitter account ever since he won the 2016 election by 74 electoral votes in November holds that he was robbed of a victory in the popular vote count (which Hillary Clinton won by 2,865,075 votes) due to at least 3 million illegal ballots cast by non-citizens. The documentation offered to support this assertion has … Continued The post Did a Study Show That Hillary Clinton Received More Than 800,000 Votes from Non-Citizens in the 2016 Election? appeared first on Snopes.com.
In June 2010, the Malta Independent reported on a gruesome tale which had recently been sweeping that island: This story has been doing the rounds all over the island over the past week or so, and many people believed it but, when pressed, all they could say was that they knew someone who knew someone … Continued The post Romantic Encounter with Necrophiliac/Cannibal appeared first on Snopes.com.
[image: is-vancouver-tax-on-foreign-investors-a-lesson-for-trump] The impact of the 15-percent “foreign buyer transfer tax” levied by Vancouver, Canada, was felt almost immediately: Real estate prices started falling, builders are cancelling, workers are being laid off, and the negative ripple effect is rolling ever outward.
*Reuters*: *New Syrian jihadist alliance vows to step up attacks against army* The head of a new alliance of Syrian Islamist factions, including a former affiliate of al Qaeda, has promised to escalate attacks against the Syrian army and its Iranian-backed allies, with the goal of toppling President Bashar al-Assad. Hashem al-Sheikh, leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which was formed last month, also said in his first video speech that the new grouping sought to "liberate" all of Syria's territory. "We assure our people that we will begin our project by reactivating our military a...more »
I had a bit of a rough night -- what am I doing drinking strong tea at night?? -- but I must be running on a travel high, because we were up and out early. Yesterday, when we asked our hosts about arranging a driver and guide for us to see more local ancient sites, they advised doing that right away, and saving more urban sightseeing in Cairo for later in the week. They quoted us a price for the whole day -- three sites, including all admission fees, plus lunch, and all gratuities. And, they said, the greatest guide. And they were right! We had our lovely little breakfast on the roo...more »
with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad michael-hudson.com July 21, 2013 CapitalWatch on Jul 20, 2013 Here’s what’s in your Prime Interest today: Insolvent! That would be Detroit, which gave us the Supremes and the vehicles that fueled our happy motoring paradise for decades. Unfortunately, after years of decline, the Motor City finally filed for bankruptcy […]
President Trump is well known for not thinking much before he tweets. And yet, even by his own very low standards, Trump hit an all-new deep-sea-trench of ridiculousness on 8 February. Big increase in traffic into our country from certain areas, while our people are far more vulnerable, as we wait for what should be […] The post Trump just dropped his stupidest tweet yet, and the internet is in stitches [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
On 7 February, US President Donald Trump branded Iran “#1 in terror”. His accusation followed another by his Press Secretary Sean Spicer on 2 February that Iran had attacked a US naval vessel. Spicer’s claim was false. And Trump used partisan evidence for his own accusation. But this concerted effort from Team Trump to vilify […] The post Trump’s latest attack implies he’s taking his cues from a sick Bush-era memo from 2001 appeared first on The Canary.
Wikipedia has banned contributors from using The Daily Mail as a source in most circumstances. Wikipedia deemed the UK’s most read newspaper “generally unreliable”. But the media outlets laughing at their competitor should see what it says about them. Mainstream media Advice on the community edited encyclopedia warns contributors about the mainstream media as a […] The post Wikipedia just banned The Daily Mail. Media outlets laughing should see what it says about them appeared first on The Canary.
There is a fake news industry in the UK. The huge sum it spends is unknown, but it’s well over £23m annually. And the BBC gives it a tonne of coverage. As do other outlets in the corporate media. The shadowy industry A new annual report from Transparify, an organisation promoting transparency, calls out dark […] The post There’s a £23m fake news industry in the UK, and the BBC gives it a tonne of airtime appeared first on The Canary.
While MPs were busy preparing to vote on Article 50, the Tories U-turned in a direction that would make Donald Trump proud. The government quietly scrapped its promise to help thousands of child refugees. And then, Home Secretary Amber Rudd allegedly gave an explanation as to why the decision was justified: "UK Govt does not […] The post While MPs were distracted by Article 50, the Tories sneakily did a U-turn that would make Trump proud appeared first on The Canary.
*Chrystia Freeland on Front Page of CBC same day as* *Donbass Hero "Givi" assassinated* *by Western-backed **NeoNazis* Was it FDR or Winston Churchill who said "*Nothing ever happens by accident in politics*"? Not sure, but the saying came to mind yesterday. In the morning, Donbass Hero "Givi" was brutally assassinated in Donetsk and, later on the same afternoon...the puss of neoNazi sympathizer and Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs showed up on the CBC website. She has a smug, satisfied smile on her face. Is this a subliminal message and insult to pro-Novorossian supporters i...more »
This week I reached out to Don Ledger, a Canadian UFO researcher. My thought was to talk about the Shag Harbour UFO crash and his book *Dark Object* written with Chris Styles. He mentioned another book about Maritime UFO sightings cleverly called *Maritime UFO Files*. However, other than a brief mention here and there, the discussion centered around the Shag Harbour case. You can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/wE9-7ZZ7Ni4 There were a couple of things that surprised me. First was the suggestion that there had been two objects and according to what Ledger called “anecdotal test...more »
Time: “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Peña Nieto, according to the excerpt given to AP. “You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just … Continue reading →
by Felicity Arbuthnot Featured Writer Dandelion Salad London, England 3 November 2011 Syria: The Pretext to Wage a “Just War” “Absolutism, tempered by assassination.” (Ernst Munster, 1766-1839) Oh well, time to move on folks. Nothing to see here. Now there is an oil man, who spent many years in the United States as “interim Prime […]
By Paul Homewood http://www.platts.com/latest-news/coal/london/german-coal-gas-plant-output-at-5-year-high-in-26654502 From the energy consultants, Platts: * January average coal output at 17.3 GW, highest since Feb 2012 * Coal, gas ramped up to offset nuclear outages, low wind, demand gains * Day-ahead power average at 59-month high, spot spikes to 2008-high German coal and gas-fired power plant output […]
*"Iran Sinks U.S. Fleet"* by Brian Maher "It was July 2002. Almost a year before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. And the U.S. had just delivered terrorist-sponsoring Iran an ultimatum. Its leadership had to step down within 24 hours-or face the wrath of the new American “pre-emption doctrine.” A carrier battle group was sent into the Persian Gulf to menace Iranian shores. An amphibious assault force of combat-ready Marines steamed alongside. Some 20,000 sailors and Marines in all. But Iran wouldn’t budge. They wouldn’t surrender. But how could a middleweight power like Iran stand a chan...more »
I live out in the desert of Arizona, midway between Tucson and Phoenix. These pictures were taken at 10:30 AM my time. But, of course, there are no chemtrails, right? Over the shed... *Click images for larger size.* Photos un-retouched. 7 visible planes crisscrossing the sky. Yummy! Powdered aluminum, barium and other goodies! A Search for Chemtrails will reveal many posts here on our little blog.
Sen. McCain should not be talking about the success or failure of a mission to the media. Only emboldens the enemy! He's been losing so.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017 ...long he doesn't know how to win anymore, just look at the mess our country is in - bogged down in conflict all over the place. Our hero.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017 *Daily Mail:* *Trump goes after former POW McCain after he criticizes botched Yemen raid: 'He's been losing so long he doesn't know how to win anymore'* * Senator John McCain said the op 'cannot be...more »
As *The Wall Street Journal* reported yesterday, Donald Trump's bluster isn't preventing companies from shipping jobs to Mexico: President Donald Trump boosted the hopes of employees at Rexnord Corp.’s factory here in December when he castigated the company for “viciously firing” workers and planning to move their jobs to Mexico. Two months later, Rexnord is still planning to close the industrial-bearings factory, which employs about 350 people, despite Mr. Trump’s shaming and his earlier intervention to stop a nearby Carrier Corp. furnace factory from closing.... Executives at Peo...more »
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017Emma Brown, just one of many:* Betsy DeVos has now been confirmed. For perhaps the ten millionth time, a journalist—in this case, the Washington Post's Emma Brown—has decided to play with the grizzlies: BROWN (2/9/17): DeVos pledged in a nine-minute speech to challenge the Education Department to examine its policies and practices—and to listen to her new colleagues. “Let us set aside any preconceived notions and let’s recognize that while we may have disagreements, we can—and must—come together, find common ground and put the needs of our students first...more »
Doing research is hard. Getting statistically significant results is hard. Making sure the results you obtain reflect reality is even harder. In this week’s Science, Eric Loken at the University of Connecticut and Andrew Gelman at Columbia University debunk some common myths about the use of statistics in research — and argue that, in many […] The post Why traditional statistics are often “counterproductive to research the human sciences” appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Hoopa Valley Tribe Wins Court Case to Protect Salmon District Court action forces Federal Government to Reevaluate Flows and Take Immediate Action to Prevent Fish Kills By Hoopa Valley Tribe Censored News A U.S. District Court judge ruled today that federal agencies must take preventative and emergency measures to reduce the incidence of disease among juvenile salmon, the major
*New York Times:* *U.S. General Seeks ‘a Few Thousand’ More Troops in Afghanistan* WASHINGTON — The commander of the American-led international military force in Afghanistan told Congress on Thursday that he needed a few thousand additional troops to more effectively train and advise Afghan soldiers. “I have a shortfall of a few thousand,” Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. said in a sober assessment of the United States’ longest-running war, during testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee. President Trump has said little about Afghanistan, speaking mainly instead of the need to ...more »
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017And perhaps of our liberal tribe's own:* A few weeks ago, we suggested the time had come. The time had come! It was time to start exploring the question of Donald J. Trump's mental health. On cable and even in print, Nicholas Kristof and Carl Bernstein had tiptoed around the edges of this unusual but seminal question. In the Sunday, January 29 Washington Post, Ruth Marcus directly addressed the question. The conversation was moving that way, then Trump released his executive order. The ensuing chaos and confusion banished the question of Trump's mental ...more »
Traditional O'odham, here since time immemorial, are keeping the language and ceremonies alive, as they oppose U.S. policies LISTEN on WPKN: http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/173793/first-voices-radio-with-tiokasin-ghosthorse Radio interview by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota, First Voices Radio Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota host of First Voices
Jennifer Palmieri, former communications director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, has communicated her prescription for a revitalized Democratic Party like this: Overcome your fear of Donald Trump, all you crowds of protesters out there. But more important, don't use this mass protesting occasion to demand a few extra bucks an hour. Economic justice is simply not what Resistance, Inc. is all about. Whatever you do, don't, don't, don't move further left into Bernie Sanders territory! Overcome your incipient extremism in more pleasant ways than selfishly demanding a raise and so...more »
*Reuters:* *Fire at French nuclear power plant takes reactor off grid, operator says no associated nuclear risk* A fire caused an explosion at the Flamanville nuclear power plant in northwest France on Thursday, leading the operator EDF to take a reactor offline, but there was no risk to the reactor, EDF and a local official said on Thursday. The state-owned firm said a fire in the turbine hall caused the explosion in a "non-nuclear" part of the power station. The fire was brought under control, and reactor number 1 was disconnected from the grid, EDF said, adding that although t...more »
Seeing a Cirque Du Soleil show has long been on my "bucket list" and I am finally getting a chance. OVO is headed to Utah February 22-26, 2017 at the Maverik Center. It will be both my husband's and mine first Cirque show and we absolutely can't wait. We have been watching videos and looking at photos from OVO with our kids and they are just as excited as we are. *OVO is a headlong rush into a colourful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. * *The insects' home is a world of ...more »
[image: savings-the-socialism-antidote] With the savings rate in the United States projected to fall to 3.13 percent by year end, it's no surprise that populist rhetoric offering "free" things has captured the attention of so many Americans. Saving money is the antidote to the rise of socialism in the United States.
Monday, February 06, 2017 by: Mike Adams in NaturalNews.com I've been writing about the nuclear catastrophe that is called "Fukushima" since 2013. The latest news from Fukushima is not good. Here is the report from Mike Adams at *Natural News* [LINK ABOVE] and I will have my thoughts and comments to follow: *''Media blackout over “unimaginable” radiation levels detected at Fukushima… MOX fuel melts through reactor floor… half life of 24,000 years* ....the Fukushima nuclear accident just got a whole lot worse. Almost no media outlets in the United States even mentioned the alarm...more »
Figures leaked to the BBC indicate that January was the worst month in A&E in England since 2004. More than 780 people waited more than 12 hours to get a hospital bed, setting a new record. And the percentage of patients discharged within four hours has plunged from above the target 95% just three years ago […] The post A&E just had the worst month in 13 years, and guess what the next step will be appeared first on The Canary.
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Daily Mail:* *Pearl Harbor 2? China 'has prepared for a preemptive strike against US military bases which would cripple American forces in the region' * * An investigation of satellite imagery compares China's missile testing grounds and US military bases * The images show that the test areas have been designed to look like the military bases, according to the report * Earlier this week, a highly accurate Chinese ballistic missile capable of threatening US and Japan bases in Asia made its latest appearance * The medium-range DF-16 featured in a video...more »
*Hercule et l'Hydre de Lerne, by Gustave Moreau (source; click to enlarge — extra large version here)* *by Gaius Publius* *Scheduling note: Starting this week, my comments here will appear regularly on Monday and Thursday. * Sometimes movements are defined by just the leader. In the old-time Westerns, if you knock out (non-violently, of course) the lead guy who's been yelling "Let's lynch him," the rest of the mob goes home. But not all movements are single-headed. Some are like hydras, many-headed and hard to put down. Thus the quote of which the title is just one part: When yo...more »
After Baghdad Barbie's sales pitch on Fox "News", I suppose the final stage in this farce of a presidency is for Trump's State of the Unions to be telecast on the QVC channel, with limited commercial interruptions. Seriously, we should've signed a prenup agreement before electing this psychopath: "If we have to part ways within the next four years, We the People get half the assets of Trump International."
Women who received a health scare in the form of a false positive result from a screening mammogram were more likely to delay or even forgo the next mammogram than women who had a correct negative result. A false positive result from a screening mammogram often leads to emotional, physical, and economic stress, though false positives are an expected part of proper medical care. For this study, the authors obtained data for women who received mammography screening through a large health care organization with multiple facilities in the greater metropolitan Chicago area. Among the 741...more »
The Dead Sea scrolls used to be revered as holding some special insight, perhaps we were only now mature enough to understand it. More recently, it's clear these were errors and cast-offs that were given a proper burial, but have no real benefit. To archaeologists, it's instead just science, another way to understand the past. A new cave has been found, though scientists didn't get their first, they were clearly looted in the middle of the 20th Century, but the scholars still suggest the cave should be numbered as Cave 12, along with the 11 caves previously known to have housed hidd...more »
*"5,000 Sieverts?!"* *Fox News, Feb 8, 2017*: "Adam Housley, who reported from the area in 2011 following the catastrophic triple-meltdown, said this morning that new fuel leaks have been discovered. He said that critics, including the U.S. military in 2011, have long questioned whether Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and officials have been providing accurate information on the severity of the radiation. (They knew the truth then.- CP) He added that critics are now questioning whether the radiation has been this severe all along." (It has.- CP) *Fox News video transcript excerpt...more »
Standing Rock Chairman Dave Archambault and Actress Shailene Woodley speak at a Sundance Film Festival Special Event, Video by Earl Tulley, Dine', for Censored News Video by Earl Tulley, Dine' Article by Brenda Norrell Censored News PARK CITY, Utah, -- At Sundance Film Festival, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault shares the need for storytelling at a special event at
*THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2017Part 4—LaLi Mohamed's dissent:* Does Barry Jenkins' widely praised feature film, Moonlight, involve a type of miserablism? You're asking a very good question, involving a rarely used word! When he reviewed the film in the Boston Globe, Ty Burr said it doesn't. Burr penned the passage shown below. We reproduce it for several reasons: BURR (11/2/16): *Much of “Moonlight” is terribly sad, but it would be a mistake to dismiss the film as a work of chiding urban miserabilism.* The tragedies here are personal; the larger social disaster of being poor and blac...more »
------------------------------ *By Alison Weir* President Trump has issued an executive order suspending entry to the U.S for people from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen (the order is called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”). These same countries were the focus of the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” under President Obama. While reports on Trump’s ban emphasize that these are Muslim majority countries, analysts seem to have ignored another significant characteristic that t...more »
Yesterday we reported that Elsevier journals had pulled three papers by a computer scientist with an impressive publication record. The publisher has since informed us that it plans to pull six more, again citing duplication and manipulation of the peer-review process. Shahaboddin Shamshirband at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s record will be down […] The post Elsevier to retract six more papers by computer scientist, citing duplication and fake reviews appeared first on Retraction Watch.
[image: does-the-establishment-plan-to-defeat-trump-via-impeachment] Donald Trump faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his unlikely anti-establishment quest for the presidency. Now he may face an obstacle designed to prevent him from finishing his presidency: an effort to impeach him.
*Scott B. MacDonald, National Interest:* *Can Oil Rescue Guyana from the Brink of Calamity?* *Not if Venezuela has anything to say about it.* Guyana is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with a small population of fewer than one million people. Most of its population hugs the Atlantic coast. Despite a wealth of natural resources, Guyana’s location on the relatively remote northeast shoulder of South America, political dysfunction until the 1990s, and a longstanding border dispute with neighboring Venezuela have left the country in challenged economic straits. ...more »
The army chief of staff General Osman al-Ghani said that the attack on west Mosul would start soon. He encouraged people to return to the city and for the government to assist those still displaced. The government is continuing to push its propaganda line that the Islamic State is defeated and that taking west Mosul will be easier than east Mosul as a result. A commander from the Golden Division told the press that IS had no presence in east Mosul, and yet sleeper cells continue to be found along with infiltrations and continuous shelling and drone strikes. General Saadi Maan sta...more »
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *David Corn, Mother Jones*: *The Mysterious Disappearance of the Biggest Scandal in Washington* *Whatever happened to the Trump-Russia story?* *The biggest election-related scandal since Watergate occurred last year, and it has largely disappeared from the political-media landscape of Washington.* According to the consensus assessment of US intelligence agencies, Russian intelligence, under the orders...more »
*NBC*: *Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Own Supreme Court Pick, Calls President’s Attacks on Judiciary ‘Demoralizing’* President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court has called the president's recent criticism of the judiciary "disheartening" and "demoralizing," a spokesman for the nomination confirmation team told NBC News on Wednesday. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said Wednesday that he spoke with U.S. Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch and that Gorsuch "certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments made by President Trump a...more »
By Paul Homewood It was only last week that Jeremy Warner was announcing the death of fossil fuels at the hands of irresistable green energy! With the publication of the BP Energy Outlook, confirming that oil, coal and gas will still be playing a dominant global role in twenty years time with consumption […]
The Secretary of State for Brexit is alleged to have sexually harassed Home Secretary Diane Abbott. This incident reportedly took place in a House of Commons bar, after Wednesday night’s vote to trigger Article 50 and leave the European Union. But rather than meeting it with outrage, the media has spun the incident as a case […] The post A Tory minister sexually harassed Diane Abbott in a Commons bar last night, and the media is laughing about it appeared first on The Canary.
*an American company by veterans for veterans!* I've never been a big fan of boycotts. However, with so many companies jumping into the political fray, the possibility of avoiding a boycott is becoming harder every day. A company has a responsibility to its stockholders. When it picks a side, either left or right, the end result is a loss of business from the opposing side. If I was stock holder in some of these businesses, I'd be royally ticked off and would be thinking about dumping my stock. When Starbucks made their grand statement about hiring 10K refugees over the next 5 ...more »
CBC *Daily Mail: **92% of left-wing activists live with their parents and one in three is unemployed, study of Berlin protesters finds * * Figures were compiled by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution * Of those arrested for politically-motivated offences, 84 per cent were men * The majority, 72 per cent, were aged between 18 and 29 * Of offences against a person, four out of five cases were against police officers The vast majority of left-wing protesters arrested on suspicion of politically-fuelled offences in Berlin are young men who live with their parents...more »
*Jim Liao, Epoch Times: Communism*: *The Leading Ideological Cause of Death in the 20th Century* Of all the plagues to ravage humanity, from the Black Death to cancer, one of the deadliest has been a virulent idea that has claimed millions of souls. Except that the idea, communism, denies the existence of a soul, and its adherents normally punish those that would say otherwise. The brutal brainchild of Karl Marx, the Communist Manifesto, promised utopia on Earth. All one needed to do was overturn society and throw off the ruling class through violent revolution. The road to parad...more »
Do you feel like the current systems have lost their organizing logics and are spinning, slow-motion out of control? I find the current administrative attacks against government science (see discussion here) to be extraordinarily concerning, illustrating a nihilistic cynicism that matches the predatory and de-regulatory fervor occurring in finance (e.g., illustrated this week by efforts to throw out "the social aspects" of banking see here). It is one thing to interrogate scientific consensus. It is a practice I engage in frequently in my research and pedagogy. Science is improved ...more »
The People's Republic of China flag and the U.S. Stars and Stripes fly along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol in Washington during Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, January 18, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Hyungwon Kang *Bloomberg*: *Trump Calls World Leaders... But China's Xi Gets a Letter* * First direct communication from Trump to Xi since inauguration * Obama spoke with Chinese leader 11 days after he was sworn in Vladimir Putin, Enrique Pena Nieto and Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among the leaders who have had phone conversations with Donald Trump since he took office. ...more »
Mikhail Tolstykh, right, a leader of the Russian-backed separatist army, in 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. Mr. Tolstykh was killed on Wednesday in an explosion in his office. Credit: Capucine Granier-Deferre for The New York Times *New York Times:* *Assassins Are Killing Ukraine’s Rebel Chiefs, but on Whose Orders?* MOSCOW — All died far from the front lines in circumstances unrelated to military action. They died in elaborate ambushes, car bomb attacks and, in one case, a booby-trapped elevator. The latest died on Wednesday in an explosion in his office. The staccato of about half a...more »
Dr. Charles Drew's #blood innovation saved #soldiers during #WWII. Learn about this trailblazer: https://t.co/a4onhJZQL9 #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/cNMqsqEDoP — U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) February 9, 2017
*Ruben Kihuen and Dean Heller-- 2018 Senate opponents?* There really was only one feasible way to stop Betsy DeVos from being confirmed-- Nevada. Nevada is a swing state tilting Blue. Obama won it against McCain in 2008 (55-43%) and against Romney in 2012 (52-46%). This past November, Hillary took the state's 6 electoral votes against Triump 537,753 (47.9%) to 511,319 (45.5%). On the same day, Nevada elected Democrat Catherine Cortez Mastro over Republican Joe Heck 520,658 (47.1%) to 494,427 (44.7%) and ended the Republican hold on two of the state's 4 congressional districts by ele...more »
Ashifa Kassam reports in *The Guardian* that Sarah Palin is being considered for the post of American Ambassador to Canada. Presumably, her main qualification for the job is that, from Alaska, she can see Canada. Be that as it may, rumours of her appointment have sparked typically acerbic Canadian criticism: “Sarah Palin as ambassador?” New Democrat MP Charlie Angus asked on Twitter. “Well that would show how little Steve Bannon and his pal @realDonaldTrump think of Canada.” “Appointing Sarah Palin as the US ambassador to Canada is, like, ultimate trolling,” noted one. “If he ma...more »
“Study the world!” brayed Trump on Twitter last week, in defense of his travel ban. Dan Drezner, who studies the world for a living, shot back: “I have studied it, and I can tell you with some certainty that your words and actions have harmed US national security.” On Facebook, I’ve seen friends and colleagues with PhDs in […]
At the Huffington Post, Paul Blumenthal and J.M. Rieger make the case that Steve Bannon is anticipating an apocalypse, in part because he believes the writings of two faux-scholars: In 2009, the historian David Kaiser, then a professor at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, got a call from a guy named Steve Bannon. Bannon wanted to interview Kaiser for a documentary he was making based on the work of the generational theorists William Strauss and Neil Howe. Kaiser, an expert on Strauss and Howe, didn’t know Bannon from Adam, but he agreed to participate. He went to the W...more »
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Beth Kobliner. I think as parents we all want our children to be better than we are. Better people, have better jobs, be better with money, but it is really important for us to be setting that ground work now while they are young. With our 8-year-old just starting to earn allowance, I wanted to teach her basic principles to help her being money savvy as she got older. I picked up *Make Your Kid A Money Genius (Even If You're Not) by Beth Kobliner* and it was the perfect jumping point to help me know what I should cover and what I should leave...more »
*"Financial Crash Analysis: * *$22.6 Billion in Homeowner Relief; $7.8 TRILLION to Four Wall Street Banks"* By Pam Martens and Russ Martens "As Goldman Sachs guys prepare to take the reins of power in Washington under the Trump administration, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided a tragic reminder on Monday regarding the power of the U.S. citizen versus their Wall Street overlords. The GAO released a study showing that as of October 31, 2016, the government “had disbursed $22.6 billion (60 percent) of the $37.51 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds” tha...more »
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 10 Downing Street. Theresa May – as Home Secretary and Prime Minister – has pushed Britain way further down the […] The post Three things Theresa May has forced on Britain that make her scarier than Donald Trump [EDITORIAL] appeared first on The Canary.
On the morning of 9 February, Jeremy Corbyn appeared on BBC Breakfast. While there to establish Labour’s stance on Article 50 and plans to oppose the Conservatives, he was also questioned about the recent rumours that he was planning to quit. With presenter Charlie Stayt implying instability within the Labour Party, Corbyn had enough and slammed the BBC for reporting “fake […] The post Corbyn slams the BBC for reporting fake news, live on air [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
The cosmetics company LUSH has taken over Tobacco Dock in London for its annual two-day summit. The retailer has dedicated the space to campaign groups, charities and causes, giving them a platform to showcase the work they do. And some of the issues raised strike right at the heart of society. Impressive installations The event, billed […] The post London Docklands has been taken over, and the message couldn’t be more serious [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.
The Brexit designed by our Conservative government is a scam, and now we know exactly what it will cost us. Dressed up as a reverse gear on globalisation and austerity economics, it is actually an acceleration of the neoliberal project. By its completion, the Conservatives will have rid Britain of the public services, welfare state, […] The post The Brexit vote was a scam, and now we know exactly what it will cost us [EDITORIAL] appeared first on The Canary.
*Why the Demos Dissed DeVos* The Senate Tuesday finally cleared the way for Betsy DeVos to take over as head of the Department of Education — but just barely. Last week, DeVos' nomination fell in danger after two teacher union-supported Republicans (Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine) opted to join Democrat obstructionists. This put the Senate in a 50/50 split, leaving absolutely no room to spare, which always opens the door for backroom deals being cut over future legislation. Vice President Mike Pence cast the pivotal tie-breaker vote in the Senate. Never befor...more »
*Welcome to "green" electricity. South Australia shows the way* *It's high summer in Australia. S.A. turned off its last coal-fired station in the middle of last year. This is the fourth time since then that there has been a power outage. On this occasion the atmospheric high pressure cell that brought the heat wave also caused the wind to stop blowing, bringing the output from all the wind farms to almost nothing. So green power makes it likely that you will lose power just when you most need it. No AC! The small gas-powered Pelican point generator is privately owned and ...more »
*The Wakhan Pass* For *at least* the last 5,000 years, one of the prime the raiding routes (in both directions) between China and the Asian Subcontinent has been the Wakan Pass (now referred to as the Wakan Corridor). It's high country, well above timber line with the high point at over 16,000 feet, and it's used in clement months to travel between Afghanistan and China, avoiding the really high peaks of the Pamir Range. These are your traditional options for transit: (1) The Northern Route led up the valley of the Pamir River to Zorkul Lake, then east through the mountains to the...more »
Nick Robinson isn't happy. (I imagine the tweet being sent with a loud tut): As several people are reminding him on Twitter though, Jeremy Corbyn only make the 'fake news' point after a BBC interviewer posed a question to him framed in terms of 'fake news'. So perhaps he should be also be addressing his BBC colleague? *Charlie Stayt*: Your own personal circumstances...I'm aware of the issue of fake news at the moment. *Jeremy Corbyn*: There is a lot of it about! *Charlie Stayt*: Well, there's a story going about that you have set a date for when you are going to quit as Labour lead...more »
NOTE: Thank you to an AofA reader for preparing this document to explain California's newest attempt to usurp parental rights. SB18 was introduced by Pedia-tician [sic] Senator Richard Pan, whose SB277 removed vaccine choice rights and has kept thousands of...
I want to start with a tweet by the famous particle physicist Lisa Randall that is two days old: Cool! Fake Higgs boson news. (Or at least misleading headline.) https://t.co/RkVRwAoONB — Lisa Randall (@lirarandall) February 8, 2017 Through a digg tweet, she was referring to the article in Vice's Motherboard: Why the Higgs Boson Found at the Large Hadron Collider Could Be an ‘Impostor’ by Farnia Fekri. All three key folks in this "story" are women: Lisa Randall, Farnia Fekri, and Usha Mallik, an Iowa experimental particle physicist who is the main heroine in Fekri's article. I nee...more »
[image: minimum-wage-and-discrimination] One effect of the minimum wage is discrimination against the employment of lower-skilled workers. In some places, the minimum wage is $15 an hour. But if a lower-skilled worker could offer to work for, say, $8 an hour, you might hire him. In addition to discrimination against lower-skilled workers, the minimum wage denies them the chance of sharpening their skills and ultimately earning higher wages. The most effective form of training for most of us is on-the-job training.
Writing on the BBC blog, James Purnell, the BBC's Director of Radio & Education, says there's no need to be "despondent" about fake news. Today's media is "the greatest educational resource the world has ever seen" and he wants the BBC to become a "trusted guide" through this abundance of "information and misinformation". He doesn't, however, want it to be top-down or elitist. So there will be no canon of great works, no single-author celebrations of Western civilisation (indeed the very idea of 'civilisation' will be questioned). Instead, there'll be "empathy" and "expertis...more »
*From Jenna Orkin* Steve Bannon and the Fourth Turning He never made the movie so now it'll just have to play out on the world stage. Yemen reportedly bans US special operation ground missions after botched raid Prominent anti-Putin activist suffers 'acute poisoning by an undefined substance,' his wife says Yemeni Journalist Allegedly Poisoned After Oil Company Probe House Republicans Just Voted to Eliminate the Only Federal Agency That Makes Sure Voting Machines Can’t Be Hacked Army Preps For Urban Warfare In MegaCities: "Mass Migration, Disaster, And Inner-City Turmoil" Hou...more »
Visit Revolution4Truth.org for details on this event where Robert Kennedy, Jr, Barbara Loe Fisher, Brian Hooker and Dr. Paul Thomas will be speaking at the Capital rally. March Against Monsanto has already begun to promote the event and we are...
By Paul Homewood h/t Stewgreen http://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/sa-loses-power-in-another-wind-farm-fail/news-story/8e5db34f658a3153f7f0a8d91a077b82 It’s not long since South Australia’s wind power went AWOL during a storm, plunging most of the state into darkness. Now, as the Herald Sun reports, there’s blackouts there because there’s no wind: South Australia’s wind farms fail again, grinding out just 2 per cent […]
*Fishing boats in Donggang* J Michael Cole has the news at Taiwan Sentinel: Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesman An Fengshan told a regular press conference on Wednesday that China will hold a series of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 228 Massacre in Taiwan. That will be later this month... a previous conference was held on the 65th anniversary. In his speech, Ji Bin said the 228 uprising was a “patriotic, democratic and autonomous movement of the Taiwan compatriots against the dictatorship of the KMT authorities at that time,” and “part of the struggle of the Chines...more »
*"Breakdowns: Tending the Emotions"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Having a breakdown is often the catharsis that is needed to keep our emotional life in balance. Most of us have had the experience of holding back our emotions for such a long period of time that when they finally come out, we have something resembling a breakdown. For a certain period of time, the overwhelming flood of feelings coursing through our bodies consumes us, and we stop functioning. Often, these outbursts take us by surprise, welling up within us as we drive to or from work, watch a movie, or engage in ...more »
"Life can be long or short, it all depends on how you choose to live it. It's like forever, always changing. For any of us our forever could end in an hour, or a hundred years from now. You can never know for sure, so you'd better make every second count. What you have to decide is how you want your life to be. If your forever was ending tomorrow, is this how you'd want to have spent it?" - Sarah Dessen
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*Invitation to hear Edwin Black, Senator Roberts, Grant Goldman & others discuss Leaving the UN – Wed Feb 15th at PH Canberra 8 pm Main Committee room* Hello friends, Senator Malcolm Roberts would like to invite you to participate in a Forum on *Wed Feb 15th at Parliament House in the Main Committee room at 8pm.* The idea is to begin the conversation in the community about Leaving the United Nations and exiting the Paris “climate agreement” etc. The reasons about why and how the UN affects Farming, Industry, Israel and everyday life will be part of the discuss...more »
*The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal For America* *Ayn Rand Institute Press, 2004* *Peter Schwartz* “The premise shaping our foreign policy is that we must sacrifice ourselves for the sake of weaker nations because self-interest cannot be the standard of our actions,” says Peter Schwartz in the opening chapter of *The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest*. He is sharply critical of the American foreign policy which is modelled on the morally flawed precept of self-sacrifice. Such foreign policy emboldens the dictatorships and terrorist organizations—it leads to a rise in t...more »
Surviving Surveillance: My co-editor of the Chasing Shadows anthology - Stephen W. Potts - has written a “5 books” contribution to the Tor web site, taking you on a tour of (almost) half a dozen great science fictional portrayals of surveillance.
If we could jump 50 years into the future, what will our world look like? Flying cars? Hologram phones? Bill Nye sees two technological paths ahead – and we’re in the fork between them at this very moment.
What has not been understood and should not have been missed is that hominids kidnap children from other hominids and provided they survive, these provide a fresh source of genetic flow. We have discovered this behavior between the Sasquatch of humanity throughout the record. It is important, though unsuccessful at present in this case. That was not necessarily true in more primitive times. Thus two populations co existing will naturally share genes. That it expresses itself as five percent is about right for one such capture every generation. otherwise lower levels will rep...more »
We the People have been attempting to shut down the money power game organized in Washington for almost two generations and have merely been gamed each time as if they were total fools. This last president saw the emergence of executive decree as the mode of choice when inability and laziness stopped other methods that as more lasting. Trump is now demonstrating just waht that means in the hands of capable leadership. He has his marching orders and several major days of reckoning are in the wind. Right now it is about transition and housekeeping and settling scores with those s...more »
*[image: Chavin de Huantar, Peru.]* What part of the phrase 'large sailing ship' is it that Archaeologists fail to understand? These ships alone prove the prehistory of a ship building evolution that lasted several centuries in order to produce a ship worthy of a tomb. We know this is true anyway from alternate sources so this just adds to the evidence and provides ample detail. Otherwise I do think that the Atlas mountains are also a good prospect, but That may well be an later interpolation. what is true though is that the myth of Jason may also be best set in the road up th...more »
*[image: Main pyramid in Santa Barbara]* Built with brittle volcanic rock, these structures could easily be European Bronze Age. Better yet, the folk memory informs us of surviving the Atlantean disaster. If that is true, it is the only such report with the exception of Plato that names Atlantis. As they were closest, it makes complete sense that such a memory of the name would remain. Atlantis was likely the Azores which then had a surface area similar to England. Other names have been lost or simply not understood and that includes Lyonese which is directly west of Irelan...more »
*Leave No Human Footprint* upon this Earth... ...should be the mantra of all who (claim to) engage in the Free Planet ethos. Mankind is currently too-foreground a living organism upon this Earth. It's time for Mankind to learn some Humility and realise that this Free Planet is ours (all the living lifeforms of our delicate homeworld) to benefit from, to nurture and to protect. But protect from what? PROFIT. PATENT. The best way to say this is NO MORE LIES... we gotta start sharing the technological wealth and realise our real place in the Natural Order. Mankind already has vali...more »
*February 9, 2017 *(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - Amnesty International's 48 page report titled, "Syria: Human Slaughterhouse: Mass Hangings and Extermination at Saydnaya Prison, Syria," boasts bold claims, concluding: *...the Syrian authorities’ violations at Saydnaya amount to crimes against humanity. Amnesty International urgently calls for an independent and impartial investigation into crimes committed at Saydnaya.* However, even at a cursory glance, before even reading the full body of the report, under a section titled, "Methodology," Amnesty International admits it has no physica...more »
This article http://m.townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/02/06/the-left-hates-you-act-accordingly-n2281602 contains much of interest to anyone not infected by one of the diseases of leftism, warmism or social justicism. Here's an extract that is pretty hard to argue with: 'They hate you.Leftists don't merely disagree with you. They don't merely feel you are misguided. They don't think you are merely wrong. They hate you. They want you enslaved and obedient, if not dead. Once you get that, everything that is happening now will make sense. And you will understand what you ...more »
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38907492 on NHS A&E waiting times includes this passage: 'The Royal College of Emergency Medicine said their figures backed up those seen by the BBC. Vice-president Dr Chris Moulton said: "While increasing numbers of doctors is vital, the more pressing problem is a lack of beds. "We simply do not have any more room to put patients - we have the lowest number of acute beds per capita in Europe.' This is the closest that the BBC report gets to looking at why demand for A&E beds is so high, and thus why the number of beds related to t...more »
President Donald Trump wants to close the door on Syrian refugees, barring them indefinitely from settling in the U.S. In an executive order signed on Jan. 27, the president wrote: “I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.” USRAP stands for United States Refugee Admissions Program. In light of the...more »
Traffic in Los Angeles respres/flickr, CC BY Society pays a heavy price for traffic. It leads to lost time, more pollution and increased spending on gasoline. In metropolitan areas, road congestion in 2012 led consumers to waste 2.9 billion gallons of fuel and spend 5.5 billion hours sitting in traffic. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average commuter wastes 42 hours a year stuck in traffic – more than an entire week of full time work. Sitting in traffic is also an extremely unpleasant experience. It can cause one to arrive late to work or miss a business...more »
Protestors at the University of California, Berkeley campus oppose the appearance of Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos. AP Photo/Ben Margot Recent events at the University of California, Berkeley reflect the enormous difficulties that campuses can face when trying to ensure freedom of speech while, at the same time, meeting their duty to ensure an inclusive learning environment and to protect everyone’s safety. Many, including President Donald Trump, spoke out about these events, but with apparently little understanding of what actually occurred or all that the campus did to t...more »
A protestor burns a figure representing Trump outside the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell A war of words has erupted between the United States and Mexico over President Donald Trump’s executive order to build a wall along the border, and his insistence that Mexico foot the bill. When the proposal was first announced during the U.S. election, it prompted an expletive-laden response from former Mexican President Vicente Fox. After the order was signed, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto canceled a planned visit to Washington. My research explores how securi...more »
Much to my astonishment, being on the winning side of the climate debate is proving more difficult than I had thought. For example, take NOAAgate, after years of slogging it out against the establishment, I assumed course of events would … Continue reading →
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 »
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, 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” - https://www.youtube.com/ X22Report, “As We Approach The Economic Crisis The Government Will Start To Breakdown” - https://www.youtube.com/
*(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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
“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 »
*“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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 […]
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 »
[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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
*>>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 »
*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 »
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 »
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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 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 »
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 »
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 »
*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 »
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