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"Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 7331 is often touted as an analog to our own Milky Way. About 50 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Pegasus, NGC 7331 was recognized early on as a spiral nebula and is actually one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier's famous 18th century catalog. Since the galaxy's disk is inclined to our line-of-sight, long telescopic exposures often result in an image that evokes a strong sense of depth. *Click image for larger size.* The effect is further enhanced in this well-framed view by the galaxies that lie beyon...more »
*“The Sound And Fury”* by Chet Raymo “Not so long ago, I mentioned here Himmler and Heydrich, two of Hitler's most terrible henchmen. A friend said to me: "If there's no afterlife, no heaven or hell, then those two diabolical creatures got away with it. Their fate was no different than that of any one of their victims, an innocent child perhaps." And, yes, if there is no God who dispenses final justice, then we are left with an aching feeling of irresolution, of virtue unrewarded, of vice unpunished. Heydrich was gunned down by partisan assassins, and Himmler committed suicide a fe...more »
*“The Sun Is Always Shining: Remember the Sun”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “If darkness has fallen, we know that the sun is still shining at this very moment somewhere not too far away. There are times when gloom or darkness causes us to momentarily lose sight of the light. Although it is at these times when the thought of the sun can help us. Its warm, glowing rays brighten even our thoughts, and it’s good to remember that despite appearances the sun is shining right now. We may not be able to see it at this very moment, but if clouds block our view, they are only filtering the...more »
“Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.” “The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.” - Ernest Hemingway
Will There Be ET Disclosure? The Pope, ET’s, the Brookings Report, Cydonia And Giza by Dave Hodges, http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/ The Deep State, Pizzagate, illegal wiretaps and alleged Russian hacking, my mind needs a rest. Each and every day for a year, I have championed the rise of Donald Trump and the potential demise of the globalist forces […]
U.S. airmen prepare a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone as it leaves on a mission at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. Picture taken March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Josh Smith *Wall Street Journal*: *Trump Gave CIA Power to Launch Drone Strikes* *New authority departs from Obama-era policy under which only the Pentagon conducted the operations* WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency secret new authority to conduct drone strikes against suspected terrorists, U.S. officials said, changing the Obama administration’s policy of limiting the spy a...more »
*Rope Toss* A Marine heaves a rope to sailors on the USS Green Bay during a raiding craft rehearsal off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, March 11, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Williamson
South Korean marines participate in a US-South Korea joint-landing operation drill as Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs in Pohang March 30, 2015. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which runs from March 2 to April 24. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji *Business Insider*: *SEAL Team 6 is reportedly training for a decapitation strike against North Korea's Kim regime* The annual Foal Eagle military drills between the US and South Korea will include some heavy hitters this year — the Navy SEAL team that too...more »
From *CO2 is Life * (added to a comment on this post -goo.gl/VhYrdK) One of the oddest aspects of climate “science” is that NASA, the organisation that put a man on the moon, ignores its state of the art Satellite and balloon data, and instead relies upon archaic terrestrial ground measurements. Part of the NASA climate “science” community actually ignore the infinitely more accurate data from their satellites. The reason for this bizarre irony is obvious, the satellite data shows no non-El Nino warming since its inception in 1979. The 13 month moving average in 2012 was the s...more »
An unaccompanied minor from Guatemala, in Hamilton, Ohio. AP Photo/John Minchillo The Trump administration has released a series of executive orders targeting immigration at the U.S. southern border. Central American families and children traveling alone represent nearly half of all unauthorized migrants apprehended by Customs and Border Protection. The criminalization of immigrants at the U.S. southern border disproportionately affects Central American children and youth. Nearly 153,000 unaccompanied Mexican and Central American children have been apprehended at the U.S. southern...more »
Weighing up your votes northcharleston/flickr, CC BY In the days following the 2016 presidential election, many pundits and voters alike were stunned by the disparity between the popular vote, which went for Hillary Clinton, and the Electoral College, which favored Donald Trump. If the president were elected by popular vote, every voter’s ballot would have been given equal weight, or influence, over the outcome, and Hillary Clinton would have won. But, as evidenced by Donald Trump’s victory, the Electoral College gives different weights to votes cast in different states. What are t...more »
President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov (L-R) at the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Center in Sochi, Russia, May 19, 2016. Source: Mikhail Metzel/TASS *Kathrin Hille, Financial Times*: *Dearth of young diplomatic talent in Moscow sparks concern* ‘Old boys’ network’ steers Russia through worst stand-off with west since cold war According to the law, Yuri Ushakov must step aside on Monday. That is the day Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy adviser turns 70 — the latest possible retirement age for government...more »
One Democratic Party wag noted on twitter yesterday that Trump's biggest enemy isn't Democrats or conservatives or the Deep State or President Obama... but facts. The Regime and it's congressional allies have been working vigorously it discredit the Congressional Budget Office because they know when they report what Trumpcare will cost and how many people it will throw off medical insurance, there is sure to be a public uproar. They're also hurling insults at organizations like the American Medical Association (long a GOP ally), the American Hospital Association and AARP, the coun...more »
See also: – BREXIT BEGINS: Lords PASS May’s EU divorce Bill paving way for PM to trigger Article 50 – Full Steam Ahead! Queen Set to Sign Brexit into LAW as May Prepares to Trigger Article 50 by ALISON LITTLE, DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR, http://www.express.co.uk/ THE Queen was poised to sign Britain’s Brexit into law as early as […]
Clinton Fired 93 US Attorneys in One Day, Trump Only 46. NYTimes Proves CNN Whitewashing Clinton Firings! by Kit Daniels | http://www.Infowars.com Former President Bill Clinton asked 93 politically-appointed U.S. attorneys to resign in 1993, which didn’t prompt as much media outrage as when President Trump did it. – “Attorney General Janet Reno today demanded the […]
Published on Mar 13, 2017 Israeli soldiers have killed another Palestinian man in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds. The Israeli media claimed the 25-year-old man was shot dead after he stabbed and injured two troopers with a knife near Bab al-Asbat Gate in the Old City. The identity of the Palestinian victim has not been […]
Published on Mar 13, 2017 The Cold War has long been over, but it seems, not for all. The idea of reconciling with Russia has been met by fierce resistance on Capitol Hill. Though Trump promised to repair broken relations while on the campaign trail, the new US administration has been forced into a struggle […]
Why is Japan getting involved militarily in the South China Sea where they do not have any territorial disputes with China? They have been ordered to do so by US-Pentagram. It is provocation to ignite the Greater Asia War as part of WW3. Japan is a colony, a vassal state, of the western Illuminati. – […]
Bringing Chaos to America: Obama “Running A Shadow Government” From Washington DC by Mac Slavo, http://www.SHTFplan.com There is a great deal of concern in some circles about the stealth maneuvers of state that may be in the works. Unlike other former presidents, who’ve sailed into the sunset, become mostly a fixture for autographs and nostalgia, and […]
Published on Mar 12, 2017 On November 4, 2016 Blackwater founder Erik Price told Bretibart News that the NYPD was ready to make arrests in the Anthony Weiner case and wanted to do a press conference announcing the warrants and the additional arrests they were making , but received “huge pushback” from the Justice Department. […]
*Baby papaya plants protected from the wind.* *UPDATE*: Taiwan News report in English *UPDATE*: Solidarity with English translation of UDN report Former President Ma indicted for leaking state secrets during the MaWang mess (old post). Apple Daily in Chinese. Will update as more news rolls in... _______________________ [Taiwan] Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!
Super absorbent sponge is capable of rapidly soaking up oil both underwater and on the water surface. The post Video: Super Absorbent Sponge Revolutionizes Oil Spill Cleanup appeared first on Waking Times.
*John W. Whitehead* - Our freedoms have become casualties in an all-out war on the American people. The post Rule by Thieves: One Week in the Life of the American Kleptocracy appeared first on Waking Times.
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. - Jordon Cooper rightly argues that Brad Wall's plan to slash education will only doom Saskatchewan to be further trapped in boom-and-bust resource cycles. And Toby Sanger discusses (PDF) how Saskatchewan can get back on track without imposing cruel cuts on the people who can least afford them. - Jason Warick reports on the community-based organizations who stand to see both reduced funding and increased needs as a result of the Wall government's austerity. And Sandro Contenta highlights how poorly-designed social supports can lead to ...more »
*Popular Mechanics*: *A Microwave Can't Spy on You—But Plenty of Other Appliances Can* *Eavesdropping appliances are a real threat, even if the microwave probably isn't among the culprits.* Is that Panasonic eavesdropping on you while it pops the popcorn? Trump spokesperson Kellyane Conway has been catching some flak today for saying microwaves can be used as spy cameras and that this fact is common knowledge. The quote came out as part of an interview with the Bergen Record, in part regarding President Trump's evidence-free Twitter accusations that President Obama wiretapped the...more »
*“Countdown To Crisis”, Introduction* by Brian Maher “We’ve been scratching our noggin lately over the calm- the eerie calm- that’s descended upon markets. A rate hike this Wednesday is a dead cinch. More hikes are in prospect later this year. The debt ceiling expires this Wednesday, with high odds of a budget crisis (see below). As the Daily Reckoning’s International Man, Simon Black tells us this morning the government’s cash hoard is down to just $34 billion. It’ll be out of cash by Memorial Day if the ceiling isn’t raised. To these possible head winds we add roiling tensions in...more »
*“The Burden Of Thinking”* by Chet Raymo “Let me speak for gray. Not black or white. Good or evil. Truth or falsity. Yes or no. Let me speak for maybe. Sort of. More or less. I think so. I am reluctant to speak for gray for fear of being considered wishy-washy. Indecisive. Unprincipled. But lately it seems as if we are surrounded on every side by zealots, and it's not a pretty sight. We are surrounded by people who are so certain of their Truth that they are willing to strap bombs to their chests and walk into crowded pizza parlors. Or fly airplanes into towers. Or bomb abortion cl...more »
*“You Now Have A Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish”* by Time "No longer can we boast about 12 seconds of coherent thought. The average attention span for the notoriously ill-focused goldfish is nine seconds, but according to a new study from Microsoft Corp., people now generally lose concentration after eight seconds, highlighting the affects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain. Researchers in Canada surveyed 2,000 participants and studied the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms (EEGs). Microsoft found that since the year 2000 (or about w...more »
*VOA:* *White House Moderates Wiretapping Allegations, Urges Further Investigation* WHITE HOUSE — White House spokesman Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump did not mean to imply that former President Barack Obama tapped his phone during the presidential campaign. Speaking at Monday's White House briefing, Spicer attempted to moderate statements the president has made on Twitter suggesting Obama ordered surveillance of his New York City hotel. "He doesn't really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally," Spicer said. *Read more* .... *Update #1:* Wh...more »
Diplomatic tensions are currently escalating between a number of European governments and the Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. And in the run-up to several key elections in Europe, the provocative behaviour of Turkish nationalists looks like it will give a further boost to the European far right. Perhaps nowhere more so than in the Netherlands. […] The post As diplomacy breaks down before elections, Turkish nationalists give a boost to their Dutch counterparts [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
*Flip-floppin' Darrell says he's changed his mind again on a special prosecutor* Yesterday, Adam Schiff (D-CA) was on ABC's *This Week* and John McCain (R-AZ) was on CNN’s *State of the Union* and they both were singing the same tune, namely that Trump was full of shit with his crazy claim that Obama wiretapped him. McCain said that the asshole "has to provide the American people, not just the intelligence community, but the American people, with evidence that his predecessor, former president of the Unites States was guilty of breaking the law... I have no reason to believe that t...more »
Can an algorithm explain itself? Robot decision via shutterstock.com People who apply for a loan from a bank or credit card company, and are turned down, are owed an explanation of why that happened. It’s a good idea – because it can help teach people how to repair their damaged credit – and it’s a federal law, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. Getting an answer wasn’t much of a problem in years past, when humans made those decisions. But today, as artificial intelligence systems increasingly assist or replace people making credit decisions, getting those explanations has become muc...more »
*A History of Western Philosophy: The Classical Mind (Second Edition)* *W. T. Jones* *Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1969* I became acquainted with *A History of Western Philosophy* by W. T. Jones while listening to Leonard Peikoff’s *History of Philosophy* lecture. Peikoff has good things to say about W. T. Jones’s survey of the life and works of the major Western philosophers from antiquity to modern times. *A History of Western Philosophy* is a four-volume work: Volume I—*The Classical Mind*; Volume II—*The Medieval Mind*; Volume III—*Hobbes to Hume*; Volume IV—*Kant to Wittgens...more »
*"1984 vs. 2017: It Wasn’t Meant to be an Instruction Manual!"* by Mark Angelides "There appears to be a persistent popularity among those that strive to avoid the machinations of the MSM of George Orwell’s novel "1984." It fits in well with those that distrust the “Big State” and who prize personal freedom above all else. And although it is studied in many schools across the world, the lessons and warnings that we can take from it are being largely ignored. Supposed freethinkers and “Liberals” are actively engaged in practices that have almost exact parallels with Orwell’s dystopia...more »
*VOA*: *UN Report Warns Myanmar May Try to Expel Rohingya* GENEVA — A new report presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council accuses Myanmar of “institutionalized discrimination and long-standing persecution” of its mainly Muslim Rohingya population amid appeals by a government representative to the international community to support Myanmar “in its efforts to promote democracy and human rights.” While Yanghee Lee, special investigator on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, acknowledged the new government has been in power for barely one year, she noted that there were a grea...more »
*Howard LaFranchi, CSM*: *Marines sent to Syria. Can US withstand pull of expanded military conflict?* *Whether by strategic design or not, the Trump administration appears to be pivoting away from the hands-off approach to Syria that Barack Obama pursued for years. Experts say the US deployment likely will grow.* The 400 Marines dispatched to northern Syria last week to back up US-trained rebel forces battling the so-called Islamic State were plunked down into a war of acute risk and geopolitical complexity that is entering its seventh year. Little fanfare accompanied announceme...more »
The USS Gerald Ford in Newport News, Virginia, cost nearly $13 billion to build. AP Photo/Steve Helber President Trump visited Newport News at the beginning of March to deliver a speech aboard the soon-to-be commissioned USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier. It provided a timely reminder of his campaign pledge that he would increase the size of the fleet from the current figure of 272 to 350 ships over the next three decades. This is significantly more than the Obama-era plans to increase the fleet to 308 ships. How this decision fits with any broader grand strategy is unclear. Criti...more »
As Republicans propose health care cuts, activists mobilize local communities in favor of a single-payer health care model that benefits all Americans. The post Activists Mobilize For Universal Health Care As Republicans Propose Limiting Coverage appeared first on Shadowproof.
and it's not all good. Nor is it necessarily all bad, either. Sometimes things just *are*. Boardwalk Empire, a crime drama set in Atlantic City, NJ during the prohibition era is a HBO series that started in 2010 and ran for 5 seasons. I stumbled upon it reading a blog by a quite successful lady mystery writer who mad mention of the show. One of the "benefits" of having Amazon Prime is access to TV shows and movies that someone without cable didn't even know existed. That would be me since we haven't had cable for over 20 years and rarely even rent movies. Waving a gangster type ...more »
The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad March 13, 2017 Curse the war culture! It leaves us at a loss for words, bereft of metaphors to describe our situation. Our minds become blank slates, unable to recognize dangers at the door unless they carry assault weapons or drop […]
[image: healthcare-which-fix-should-we-follow] A great healthcare debate is taking place in the United States over whether the country should fix its healthcare system by simply tweaking ObamaCare, as seems to be the case with the new GOP healthcare plan, dubbed the American Health Care Act, or whether a completely different plan needs to be tried, but first, Americans need to decide what goals they want a healthcare system to accomplish.
[image: aclu-kicks-off-people-power-protest-and-resistance-project] The ACLU staged a major event in Florida, during which Executive Director Anthony Romero kicked off the organization’s “People Power” protest and resistance project.
[image: obamacare-unraveled] The Affordable Care Act — ObamaCare — has supporters because it offers subsidies and increased access to Medicaid, but there are good reasons why even most Democrats vilify it.
[image: government-run-healthcare] Many Americans wish the United States had a government-run healthcare system similar to England’s. But we already have two of them: the VA and the Indian Health Service.
[image: free-market-healthcare-reform] With health insurance companies being the bane of Americans, it seems silly to suggest that the private sector play a role in fixing the healthcare system, but it must be done.
[image: new-york-state-to-end-literacy-test-for-aspiring-educators-claiming-it-hurts-diversity] Officials at the New York State Board of Regents believe it is more important to be politically correct than to ensure that the individuals educating New York’s students have a mastery of the English language. Associated Press reports that the Board of Regents plans to scrap a literacy test for potential teachers because too many non-whites are failing the test. Critics claim the test is making it difficult to achieve diversity within the teaching profession.
Original FoxNews.com headline in response to the Congressional Budget Office report on the Republican health care bill: Headline now: Yup -- for a few minutes, Fox told the truth: RepubliCare will "result in millions more uninsured." Now the message is that millions will *drop coverage* -- y'know, by *choice.* Very clever. You can see the old headline in the URL ( foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/13/budget-analysis-obamacare-repeal-would-result-in-millions-more-uninsured.html), although Fox has duplicated the story with the new headline and a matching URL here, so I assume the old ...more »
*Al Jazeera:* *Syria rebels agree to leave Homs' besieged al-Waer* Last opposition area held by fighters in Homs city to be evacuated after heavy bombardment in recent weeks. Syrian opposition fighters will be allowed to leave the last rebel-held neighbourhood in the city of Homs under a Russia-backed deal signed on Monday. According to Talal Barrazi - governor of Homs province where Homs city is the capital - the deal is to be carried out within six to eight weeks. It follows other agreements that were never fully implemented between the government and rebel groups in al-Waer, ...more »
Today, my local paper, a part of the Brunswick News chain, has four pages (count them, four) of Canada and World news. A page one flash is that the tiny province of Prince Edward Island is sometimes left off of maps. Next to it is another big story that New York city might get a snow storm. Then there's a big story about a local company that repairs old sewing machines. And a big, international story that a father and son are racing each other in a dog sled race in Alaska. In fact, the whole paper has no news at all. This is a newspaper whose sole purpose is to keep us ignorant of...more »
*Fortunately for those of us down here at the bottom of the South Pacific, these discussions are always about other places. But since the facts about those other places are so easily and so widely misreported – or intentionally ignored – and then used to argue for policy here, it’s important to check out the real facts.So in that vein, explains Alan Reynolds in this still topical guest post, don’t blame immigration for homegrown terrorism.* The Bastille Day slaughter of 84 people in Nice, following the 130 killed in Paris on May 13, 2015, left France the victim of two of the l...more »
By Paul Homewood https://capx.co/we-need-electricity-to-be-our-flexible-friend/ Richard Black, formerly of the BBC and now paid by the ECIU to push renewable energy, is away with the fairies again, with this article for the supposedly serious CAPX website. He actually starts by outlining the issues quite well, including the Hinkley situation: Almost all […]
President Trump has reportedly expanded the authority of military officers to approve drone strikes across the many countries where the US military is engaged. This is an escalation in the pace of US military actions overseas where the recent troop increases are an increase in scope. What is the endgame of President Trump's escalations? What will victory look like? Will this newest "surge" work where it has failed repeatedly in the past? Our view in today's Liberty Report:
*Reuters*:* Iraq forces face tough resistance in advance on Mosul's Old City* Iraqi forces battling Islamic State faced tough resistance from snipers and mortar rounds on Monday as they tried to advance on Mosul's Old City and a bridge across the Tigris river in their campaign to retake the western part of the city. Progress by Rapid Response units was slowed by heavy rain on Monday morning, but they were only 100 meters (yards) from the Iron Bridge which connects the Old City with the eastern side of Mosul, military officials said. Since starting the campaign in October, Iraqi ...more »
TRUTH is a defense to libel and slander. Just last Friday, March 10th, Darrell Issa’s $10 million defamation lawsuit against progressive Marine Colonel Doug Applegate was dismissed. The judge held that Applegate’s TV commercials in question were in fact *true*. Even better, Issa’s own poll filed with the San Diego County Superior Court and conducted 30 days post-election had Applegate beating Issa by 8%. Things never looked better for San Diego/Orange County Democrats to finally defeat Issa in 2018. But I know what you’re thinking, "How are earth could they screw this up?"... Brin...more »
The Black Leggings Warriors have a saying: “I need you and you need me.’’ “You have to have support, just like going into a battle. Members and friends of the Oklahoma City Pow Wow Club, which is Oklahoma’s oldest Native American intertribal heritage organization, gathered on the west side of the COX Center on Saturday morning in order to begin a march to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Under a heavy sky, and in a light mist, they gathered. Led by the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, an organization that recognizes the Native Americans in the military and the sacrifices the...more »
*Jared Malsin, Time*: *The U.S. Troop Presence in Syria Is at Its Highest Ever. But How Long Are They on the Ground for and Why?* The Trump Administration is intensifying America’s involvement in the ground war in Syria, having announced on March 9 that it is sending 400 more troops to join the fight against ISIS there. The new deployment of Army Rangers and a U.S. Marine artillery unit raises fresh questions about the scope and timeline of the U.S. mission in Syria, where the number of American troops is now approaching a high of around a thousand (Washington has not disclosed an...more »
There is growing evidence that, prior to his tragic death in June 2013, award-winning investigative journalist Michael Hastings had been looking into material that formed part of what WikiLeaks would eventually publish as the CIA ‘Vault 7’ documents. Other evidence indicates that Hastings may have come upon a secret hacking organisation set up by the CIA, […] The post Latest WikiLeaks release revives interest in mysterious death of US journalist appeared first on The Canary.
Schools across the country are going to trial lessons on happiness and dealing with mental health issues. Professor Richard Layard, who is a government adviser for a four-year trial of weekly mindfulness classes, says schools shouldn’t obsess about academic achievement. The wellbeing of pupils also matters. Government cuts Theresa May previously spoke about a “new approach”, needed […] The post The government has a new way to tackle the childhood mental health crisis appeared first on The Canary.
On Monday 13 March, campaigners brought one of the biggest political scandals of the 1980s to the door of the Home Office. They had the support of some big-name Labour politicians. And those campaigning for justice made sure the government knows they aren’t going away. Serious allegations The Battle of Orgreave was a major incident […] The post Dennis Skinner and Richard Burgon just did the ‘heroes and heroines’ of Orgreave proud [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans for a second independence referendum. And the Conservative government’s response makes a UK break-up almost inevitable. Little England The last Scottish independence referendum took place in 2014. Following a 55%-45% ‘No’ result, the Scottish National Party (SNP) ruled out holding another one unless there was a “significant […] The post The government’s response to Scotland’s referendum makes a break-up almost inevitable appeared first on The Canary.
We are now mere hours away from the government triggering Article 50. Which is one of the reasons why the Tory party is turning on itself like a rabid dog barking at its own arsehole. Primarily because the party still hasn’t come up with a plan. Secondly because they haven’t even planned whose job it […] The post ‘I thought you were coming up with the plan!’ screams every Tory at once appeared first on The Canary.
Metabolism, the set of processes through which we gain energy from food and produce the biomolecules we need in our body's cells, is universal to life. The biochemical pathways that underpin these processes are highly similar across all organisms and species. read more
The first day of the Neutrino Telescopes XVII conference in Venice is over, and I would like to point you to some short summaries that I published for the conference blog, at http://neutel11.wordpress.com. Specifically: - a summary of the talk on Super-Kamiokande - a summary of the talk on SNO - a summary of the talk on KamLAND - a summary of the talk on K2K and T2K - a summary of the talk on Daya Bay You might have noticed that the above experiments were recipients of the 2016 Breakthrough prize in physics. In fact, the session was specifically focusing on these experiments for tha...more »
*The house where Donald Trump's mother grew up in Tong, on the Isle of Lewis* Donald Trump's mother, Mary Anne MacLeod, was born and brought up on the island of Lewis, in Scotland. Lewis has been linked to child abuse and worse. *Reverend Iain D. Campbell and his wife Anne.* The Reverend Iain D. Campbell died in mysterious circumstances, in January 2017. The Reverend Iain D. Campbell was a top clergyman on the Isle of Lewis. The death of the Reverend Iain D. Campbell 'cast a gloom over the island of Lewis.' "Iain was a well-known figure in Evangelical circles throughout Britain...more »
*VOA:* *UNICEF: 2016 Was Worst Year Yet for Syria's Children* In Syria, last year was the worst yet for the country's rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday. There was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks and homes as the Syrian government, its opponents and the allies of both sides showed callous disregard for the laws of war. UNICEF said at least 255 children were killed in or near schools last year and 1.7 million youngsters are out of school. One of every three schools in Syria...more »
*MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017What Bernie might have said:* After posting our last award-winning post, we turned straight to this new post by Kevin Drum. It's called, A Note on the Perils of Caricature. On the one hand, we agree with every word Drum said. On the other hand, his graphic verges on what we were talking about in our own last award-winning post. Drum starts with an exchange from tonight's All In program. Chris Hayes and Bernie Sanders have taped a program in McDowell County, West Virginia. At one point, this exchange occurs: LOCAL WOMAN: I think a lot of people think we're j...more »
Photos copyright Rob Wilson Photography: Militarized police can been seen needlessly tearing open the side of this tipi structure in the Oceti Sakowin Camp on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2016 when water protectors camp was raided and destroyed by federal agents. Add caption
Alan Parsons Project, “Ammonia Avenue” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK-_2G7MMgc *"Ammonia Avenue"* “Is there no sign of light as we stand in the darkness, Watching the sun arise. Is there no sign of life as we gaze at the waters, Into the strangers eyes. And who are we to criticize or scorn the things that they do? For we shall seek and we shall find Ammonia Avenue. If we call for the proof and we questions the answers, Only the doubt will grow. Are we blind to the truth or a sign to believe in, Only the wise will know. And word by word they handed down the light that shines today, ...more »
“For this is what we do. Put one foot forward and then the other. Lift our eyes to the snarl and smile of the world once more. Think. Act. Feel. Add our little consequence to the tides of good and evil that flood and drain the world. Drag our shadowed crosses into the hope of another night. Push our brave hearts into the promise of a new day. With love: the passionate search for truth other than our own. With longing: the pure, ineffable yearning to be saved. For so long as fate keeps waiting, we live on. God help us. God forgive us. We live on.” - Gregory David Roberts, “Shantaram”...more »
Bravely not facing the impending March 15 debt ceiling crisis, our worthless cheap money whores dedicated public servants in the Congress and Senate demonstrate their deep greed compassion for themselves the American public's well being by tirelessly working together to screw us all over even more for a solution to something else. - CP
Homs, Syria (2014, Reuters) *Reuters*: *Syrian war monitor says 465,000 killed in six years of fighting* The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Monday there are so far about 465,000 people killed and missing in Syria's civil war. The war began six years ago on Wednesday with protests against President Bashar al-Assad's government. It has since dragged in global and regional powers, allowed Islamic State to grab huge tracts of territory and caused the biggest refugee crisis since the second world war. The Observatory said it had documented the...more »
[image: alex-newman-get-us-out-un-unesco]VIDEO - The U.S. government should immediately withdraw from the United Nations "dictators club" before the situation gets even worse. As The New American's Alex Newman explains in this video, the outfit was established to serve as the nucleus of a future world government. It is also constantly involved in scandals, ranging from UN troops systematically raping children to UN "peace" missions perpetrating savage war crimes to make people submit to a communist dictator. Congress should pass the American Sovereignty Restoration Act (HR 193) to G...more »
*MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017Best ways to speak to The Others:* In this morning's Washington Post. E. J. Dionne discusses the ways liberals and Democrats might approach those Trump voters who are potentially persuadable. How many such voters are there? How should they be approached? We think these remarks make sense: DIONNE (3/13/17): *Liberals who rightly condemn demeaning stereotypes of African Americans and Latinos must also oppose stereotyping Trump’s white working-class supporters.* The Trump camp was not monolithic. Many of Trump’s ballots, after all, came not from blue-collar str...more »
I wish I could say that this Steve King remark was a gaffe, or that it will hurt him and his fellow Republicans, but I doubt it: Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa who has a history of making inflammatory statements viewed by many as insensitive or outright racist, was roundly criticized on Sunday for his apparent endorsement of white nationalism. Mr. King made the remark on Twitter when he shared a story by the Voice of Europe website about the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who wants to end Muslim immigration and ban the Quran and who has called Moroccan...more »
The BBC have made a programme investigating 'fundamentalist Christianity' http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04wg7w9 'The British private schools teaching fundamentalist Christianity Jolyon Jenkins investigates the network of private Christian schools in Britain that teach that evolution is untrue, homosexuality is wrong, and that wives should submit to their husbands. These schools use the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum. The entire curriculum, including science, makes continual reference to God's plan. It promotes creationism, and the false idea that humans and ...more »
Perhaps the webcams are failing because there has been strangeness on the Fukushima webcams recently. Here is a pdf of screenshots, some of which can be viewed below: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xis4xmczrlvwoxg/March%202017%20Strangeness%20on%20the%20Webcams.pdf?dl=1 I've been remarking over the last week or so about the strange pixilation on the TEPCO 1 webcam, which is trained on reactor units 1 and 2. The pixilation is new and is relatively consistent in its pattern: March 11, 2017 3:26 The pixilation seems to be centered on unit 1 and is visible during daylight hours: March 13...more »
*Disney's Sorcerer's Apprentice* *An Analogy for the CIA in the USA* *Even the Wizard's Hat has a "C" on it* *Foretelling the Future* When I was a child, I found the above Disney video which is called " *Fantasia"* terrifying. *All those marching brooms!* Now, I see that it was an prescient allegory for what was, and now is, in store for humanity with *the growing power of the CIA in the USA.* The CIA brooms...splintered into thousands..nay, millions of robotic clones...carrying their buckets of water (information) are now literally *on the march* on the Internet...surveilling, ...more »
*"$21,714 For Every Man, Woman And Child In The World–* * This Global Debt Bomb Is Ready To Explode"* By Michael Snyder "According to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has grown to a staggering grand total of 152 trillion dollars. Other estimates put that figure closer to 200 trillion dollars, but for the purposes of this article let’s use the more conservative number. If you take 152 trillion dollars and divide it by the seven billion people living on the planet, you get $21,714, which would be the share of that debt for every man, woman and child in the world if it was ...more »
*"The US Government Now Has Less Cash Than Google"* by Simon Black "In the year 1517, one of the most important innovations in financial history was invented in Amsterdam: the government bond. It was a pretty revolutionary concept. Governments had been borrowing money for thousands of years… quite often at the point of a sword. Italian city-states like Venice and Florence had been famously demanding “forced loans” from their wealthy citizens for centuries. But the Dutch figured out how to turn government loans into an “investment”. It caught on slowly. But eventually government bo...more »
*The Guardian:* *Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon fires starting gun on referendum* First minister to seek second vote on leaving UK, saying Theresa May has failed to move an inch over Brexit negotiations Nicola Sturgeon has triggered a fresh constitutional battle over Scotland’s future after announcing plans to stage a second independence referendum within two years. Accusing Theresa May of thwarting Scotland’s desire for a special deal with Europe, the first minister confirmed she plans to hold the vote between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 unless the UK government offers s...more »
Apparently on the BBC, the Brexit Secretary can get away with pretending to have no knowledge of allegations that could lose his party its parliamentary majority. With such uncritical broadcasting, no wonder we’re in this mess. Andrew Marr failed to challenge David Davis when he claimed to “know nothing about” alleged Conservative electoral fraud. Even […] The post If the Brexit Secretary can say that to Andrew Marr, no wonder we’re in this mess [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
A Conservative MP who made “woof” noises at a female MP cannot understand why Mhairi Black wants to quit parliament. Nicholas Soames was criticised by Speaker John Bercow after using the phrase “woof woof” in response to Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP. Bercow said the phrase was: not in order… it is discourteous and that expression should not be […] The post Tory MP who makes ‘woof’ noises at woman can’t understand why Mhairi Black wants to quit parliament [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
When zoologists at the University of Oxford published findings in Science last year suggesting ducklings can learn to identify shapes and colors without training (unlike other animals), the news media was entranced. However, critics of the study have published a pair of papers questioning the findings, saying the data likely stem from chance alone. Still, […] The post Headline-grabbing Science paper questioned by critics appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Ethan Siegel has just written an article, "The Science Has Spoken: Pluto Will Never Be A Planet Again", so this is a response to it. I'll argue that far from "story over", actually we could make a discovery tomorrow that would turn the whole thing on its head and make their definition untenable. This will become particularly acute if we ever find a gas giant in the outer reaches of our solar system, too far away to clear its orbit. For consistency, we would have to call it a "Gas Giant Dwarf Planet Non Planet". read more
Republicans have been reciting their talking points like little automatons all week-- Obamacare is collapsing, premiums going up, deductibles, a third of the counties... etc. Few people people have been taken in other than those already brainwashed by Hate Talk Radio and Fox. Yesterday, though, Secretary of Health Tom Price took the campaign of lies a step further. He was on *Meet the Press*. He looked right into the camera and lied his ass off: "I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we're going through. They'll have choices that they can se...more »
*Michael Peck, National Interest*: *OPLAN 5015: The Secret Plan for Destroying North Korea (and Start World War III?)* North Korea’s unpredictable leader Kim Jong-un has many ways of making war upon his neighbors. He can unleash commandos, or cyberweapons, or threaten to utilize weapons of mass destruction unless the world complies with his wishes. Whether Kim Jong-un will live to see the results is another matter. He might be assassinated by U.S. and South Korean special forces, or buried in his bunker by a bunker-buster bomb. Other smart bombs might take out his command posts a...more »
[image: undefined] We are now moving rapidly into stage II of Levantine Madness as the US boosts its intervention in the war-torn Mideast. Five thousand US troops are back in Iraq to bolster the shattered nation’s puppet regime that is propped up by American bayonets. New Iraqi military formations have been formed, totally equipped with modern US M1 Abrams tanks, Humvees, and fleets of trucks. More US forces are on the way. These US-financed Iraqi units are euphemistically called ‘anti-terrorism forces’ and are supervised by US officers. In fact, what we see is the old British Imp...more »
[image: undefined] Last week President Trump significantly escalated the US military presence in Syria, sending some 400 Marines to the ISIS-controlled Raqqa, and several dozen Army Rangers to the contested area around Manbij. According to press reports he will also station some 2,500 more US troops in Kuwait to be used as he wishes in Iraq and Syria. Not only is it illegal under international law to send troops into another country without permission, it is also against US law for President Trump to take the country to war without a declaration. But not only is Trump’s first big ...more »
A helicopter lands on the Izumo, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force's (JMSDF) helicopter carrier, at JMSDF Yokosuka base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan, December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo *Reuters*:* Exclusive: Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea, sources say* Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fue...more »
*Axios*: *Scoop: Trump to host Xi at Mar-a-Lago* President Trump plans to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at the gold-plated Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida next month for a lowering-the-temperature summit with vast economic and security implications, Axios has learned. No golf is planned during the meeting of the globe's two superpowers — this will mostly be a working session, according to officials familiar with the planning. The tentative dates are Thursday afternoon, April 6, through Friday, April 7. *Read more* .... *WNU Editor:* I suspect this is one of the reasons why U.S....more »
*From Jenna Orkin*As Millions Of Venezuelans Try To Flee The Country They Run Into A ProblemTrump and Trudeau have formed an unlikely alliance A Japanese ad agency invented an AI creative director — and ad execs preferred its ad to a human's Exxon announces $20 billion plan for Gulf Coast projects Rio de Janeiro announces mass yellow fever vaccination Carbon dioxide rates close to breaching the 410 ppm threshold Brain Activity Continues After "Death" 'Like a block of cheese with holes in it' — How Mexican cartels will subvert and avoid Trump's border wall Trump to Sell Arms to Saud...more »
*Unhinged : Deranged, Unbalanced* *It’s seems the time has come for one of those all encompassing posts- the ones that attempt to make sense of the non-sense. It’s as if there is presently a whirl wind of activity around Turkey seemingly unrelated but in actuality- all very related. * *Target Turkey:This is becoming ever more obvious and heavy handed. Yet, many still don’t or can’t see it. Not sure which it is? I’ve long stated here that the propaganda employed to target Turkey is necessarily devious and liberally applied- Pun intended. While it may be true that Turkey is a NA...more »
[image: female-privilege-trump-would-be-more-popular-as-a-woman] “Misogyny! Many Americans just don’t want to vote for a woman!” This was heard after Election Day as one explanation for Hillary Clinton’s upset loss. But a recent experiment indicates that the Democrat presidential nominee would be even less likable as a man — and Donald Trump would be better received as a woman.
[image: dhs-to-states-election-systems-remain-critical-infrastructure] A DHS official informed state officials that the Obama administration's classification of state election systems as "critical infrastructure" remains in place under the Trump administration.
[image: australias-second-gun-buyback-likely-to-fail] Australia's new gun-buyback program is a tacit admission that the first effort 20 years ago failed, leaving the vast majority of now-illegal firearms in the hands of the country’s citizens who largely ignored the mandate.
Here’s a rather odd case: When readers raised issues about some of the images in a 2008 cancer paper, the authors issued a correction last year. But when readers asked additional questions about the corrected images, the authors decided to retract the paper entirely, along with its correction. Both the original and corrected versions were questioned on […] The post Huh? Cancer paper gets retracted because of its correction appeared first on Retraction Watch.
The Iraqi forces (ISF) were pushing inside and outside of Mosul. The Golden Division, Federal Police and Rapid Reaction Division were still attacking the Old City section along the Tigris River. Jadida and Aghawat were freed, the latter was declared liberated on March 10. Fighting was on going in Bab al-Tob as well. To the west of the city the 16th Division took another village, and so did the Hashdin the Badush district. The ISF think that the Islamic State is almost done. The Golden Division’s General Maan al-Saadi saidthat the insurgents were losing control of their forces. H...more »
*BBC:* *Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon to seek second referendum* Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she will ask for permission to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence. Ms Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year. The Scottish first minister said the move was needed to protect Scottish interests in the wake of the UK voting to leave the EU. She said she would ask the Scottish Parliament next week to request a Section 30 order from Westminster. The order would be needed to allow a fresh legally-bind...more »
*MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017Part 5—Milbank and Maddow, and the national interest:* It may be the stupidest piece of journalism the Washington Post ever published. It was published by Dana Milbank on the front page of yesterday's Outlook section. Then too, there was Friday night's twenty-minute opening segment by the ludicrous Rachel Maddow. The Stupid, how it burns! Also, of course, the self-indulgence. But mainly, the deeply dumb. Take Maddow's latest effort. We start by asking a factual question about General Michael Flynn. For the record, Flynn strikes us as a genuine full-blown n...more »
*The Maritime Executive*: *Park's Impeachment May Affect Korean Defense Policy* On Friday, South Korea's Constitutional Court upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, removing her from office and paving the way for the political opposition to take power. The upheaval brings new uncertainty about the future of the nation's maritime and defense policies. "The president's violations of the Constitution and the law amount to a betrayal of the people's trust and are grave actions that cannot be tolerated from the perspective of defending the Constitution," said acting chief ...more »
Elementary particles are mysterious and unfathomable, and it takes giant accelerators and incredibly complex devices to study them. In the last 100 years we have made great strides in the investigations of the properties of quarks, leptons, and vector bosons, but I would lie if I said we know half of what we would like to. In science, the opening of a door reveals others, closed by more complicated locks - and no clearer example of this is the investigation of subatomic matter. read more
If Donald Trump hates Big Brother, and reasonable people hate Donald Trump, then it naturally follows that reasonable people should love Big Brother: * Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, wrote on Twitter: “We are whistle-blowers, press, judges, legislators, cooks, teachers. We are #DeepState. We are the American people.”* That tongue-in-cheek message is the centerpiece of a *New York Times* "interpreter" article which solemnly tells us that although there is no such thing as the Deep State, it is getting a bad rap. The horrible stuff you're hearing about spies hac...more »
One of the most important renewed challenges facing the federal NDP in the wake of its drop to third in Canada's party standings is that of earning positive public attention. And for the candidates and the party alike, yesterday's inaugural leadership debate served primarily as an important introduction. Many viewers may have been relatively unfamiliar with the contenders. And they should have been able to develop a fairly strong idea where they're starting from in the leadership campaign. Niki Ashton was obviously the most comfortable with the format (presumably helped by her hav...more »
In *Formosa Betrayed*, George Kerr’s foundational work on the 2-28 massacre, he describes the provision of intelligence on Taiwan to the US government by the Republic of China (ROC) government in Chungking during WWII, saying: "In addition to these reports on subversion potential, and on specific communications and industrial objectives, we also received from Chungking a long report on Formosan-Chinese leaders, and on Formosans who were exiles in China."(p14) The report had been prepared by an exiled Formosan whom Kerr identifies as a notorious schemer, but this brief remark is a...more »
'I did not approach this animal, it was completely her decision to let me come into her personal space and touch her.' said cameraman We're used to dogs enjoying a stroke from their owners but it appears even rhinos appreciate a belly rub from time to time. This South African cameraman is so friendly with the animals he films that pets them at the end of the day. Footage shows Garth de Bruno Austin stroking the female who luckily left his URSA Mini 4K camera alone. He said: 'I have been lucky enough to film this rhino for quite a few years for my rhino poaching documentary 'Disun...more »
We were introduced to Cascarones the first Easter we lived on the Mexican border. When a friend bought over an entire flat of eggs for the kids to play with, I couldn't quite figure out what they were for. We always dyed eggs for Easter but these were already dyed. When she showed my daughter how to smash her first confetti egg, I have never seen a kid so happy. Who doesn't want to smash confetti on someone's head? In South Texas, you could buy Cascarones every where. When we moved back to Utah, not willing to give up our favorite tradition, I learned to make them myself. If I ha...more »
Kellyanne Conway sees a conspiracy so vast: In a wide ranging interview Sunday at her home ... Conway ... suggested that the alleged monitoring of activities at Trump’s campaign headquarters at Trump Tower in Manhattan may have involved far more than wiretapping. “What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other,” Conway said as the Trump presidency marked its 50th day in office during the weekend. “You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.” Conway went on to say that the monitoring could be done with “micr...more »
Last week, Barbara Lee introduced a new bill, H.R. 1473, "to prohibit the deployment of members of the Armed Forces to Syria for purposes of engaging in ground combat operations." Her first co-sponsor was North Carolina Republican Walter Jones. Here's the full list of co-sponsors: *•* Walter Jones (R-NC) *•* Mike Capuano (D-MA) *•* Jared Huffman (D-CA) *•* Mark Pocan (D-WI) *•* Frank Pallone (D-NJ) *•* Jim McGovern (D-MA) *•* John Lewis (D-GA) *•* Marcia Fudge (D-OH) *•* G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) *•* Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) *•* Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) *•* Karen Bass (D-CA) *•* Alcee Hast...more »
Canadians like to think that, as a nation, we value diversity. Bob Rae reminds us that we haven't always felt that way: Canada’s commitment to diversity and pluralism has become a critical feature of our identity. For many generations we were no such thing — a deputy minister of immigration in the 1930s was asked how many Jews would be admitted that year. His reply was devastatingly simple: “None is too many.” Chinese immigrants paid a head tax. Japanese and others were rounded up and lost all their property and livelihood in the Second World War. The litany of exclusion and discr...more »
*Betsy DeVos: President Trump delivers on education promises* President Trump’s first address to the joint session of Congress was clear: promises made, promises kept. The president promised to shake up the status quo in Washington, and he has. From keeping Carrier in the United States to nominating the highly qualified Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, our president continues to follow through on his word. He’s also delivering on his promises for education. The president made a point during the campaign to highlight the problems low-income families face in accessing a quality ed...more »
*THAAD, ‘decapitation’ raid add to allies’ new drills* * The Korea Herald * South Korea and the US launched their annual Key Resolve military exercise Monday, which involves scenarios for the employment of US anti-missile assets and special warfare forces tasked with removing North Korea’s leadership in a contingency. For the first time, the allies are expected to apply an operational guideline to use the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense [THAAD] battery during the initial phase of the computer-based drill to intercept incoming ballistic missiles from the North. Joining the pr...more »
The news that Jack Monroe won a libel case against Katie Hopkins just got that bit sweeter. Spoof news site Southend News Network has been crowdfunding for her court costs. And it is donating all the money raised to The Trussell Trust, which runs over 400 food banks. The libel case Monroe brought the libel case after Hopkins confused […] The post Katie Hopkins’ libel defeat just got a bit sweeter with a spoof crowdfunding campaign appeared first on The Canary.
Conservative Cabinet Minister Liam Fox can’t have noticed the screen right behind him on the Sophy Ridge On Sunday show on 12 March. The Secretary for International Trade outright denied sending out an embarrassing tweet on Britain’s colonial history. He should’ve glanced behind him: The MP for North Somerset interrupted Sky host Sophy Ridge to “clarify”: I […] The post Tory Cabinet Minister’s bullsh*t means he can’t have noticed the screen right behind him [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
*A men's fashion magazine reports on CPAC* *Under the cheery heading: "It's the Golden Age of Climate Denial", "Esquire" has a long article that actually gives a fair bit of information about what climate skeptics are saying. But they report it in a sneering tone. They start out sneering about the claim that more CO2 is good for plants. That claim seems to have really caught the attention of the writerLater we also read about the claim, however: "It's true as far as it goes, but it ignores the broader, complicated interactions that vegetation will face under a changing... more »
By Paul Homewood Serious questions are raised today over hundreds of millions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money being ‘wasted’ on climate change projects such as an Ethiopian wind farm and Kenyan solar power plant. A Telegraph investigation shows little benefit so far from a £2 billion foreign aid programme to tackle climate change […]
Every year since I started this blog, I have posted an analysis of Demographia's international viewpoint on the affordability of real estate in several of the world's developed economies. I have already posted on the decreasing affordability of some residential real estate markets in the United States and, in this posting, I want to take a look at the affordability of real estate in Canada's largest markets, particularly those in the Greater Toronto and Vancouver regions. Demographia uses a unique measure to determine the affordability of residential real estate; the median multipl...more »
*Gregory Clark, Strategic Culture Foundation:* *When Spies Are Out of Control* The U.S. spy community — those nice people who told us they were certain the Iraq of President Saddam Hussein was holding weapons of mass destruction — have now made it known they are certain the Russian ambassador to the United States is Moscow’s top spy. But these people, even if they do not know much about WMD, must know what a top spy does. They do it themselves. First, there is the messy and time-consuming job of finding information-loaded officials. Then there is the problem of maintaining contac...more »
Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, poses with Kurdish fighters in Iraq in this undated photo. (photo by Twitter/@Mojtaba_Fathi) *Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, Arab News:* *Qassem Soleimani: Iran’s Osama Bin Laden?* He is well-known as the Middle East’s deadliest and Iran’s most dangerous man. He prioritizes offensive tactics and operations over defensive ones, and rejoices in taking overconfident selfies with his troops and proxies in battlefields in many countries, including Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon. When it comes to authority, he is Iran’s second man after Supreme Leade...more »
In recent weeks, I was involved in various discussions about the education of mathematics in Czechia. One of the topics was the "playful" Hejný method (a long CZ thread) to teach mathematics to kids which may be fun and useful but it's simply not a legitimate replacement for mathematics as I define it. Yesterday, someone asked me to solve one page of undergraduate problems in mathematical statistics. Compute the averages, variances and standard deviations, medians, quantiles, draw some histograms, use computer software to do a quadratic fit. And also compute the probability that you ...more »
*Washington Times*: *Iran deploys jamming device to counter drones* Iran has deployed a new counter-drone weapon — a rifle-shaped jamming device that the regime says can electronically separate a remotely piloted aircraft from its command pilot and even reprogram it to turn on its owner. The development could be significant for the future of drone warfare. Unmanned aerial vehicles are taking on larger roles in anti-U.S. planning by Iran and other belligerents. The U.S. military routinely launches spy drones over the Persian Gulf as well as over Iraq and Syria. Iran has tested and d...more »
By John Stone The charity started by Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumper and which has Dr Offit on both its Executive Board and Scientific Advisory Board continue to attack me for allegedly misrepresenting his views on vaccination overload. The explanation...
On Sunday, February 12th our good friend Laura Hayes was part of an hour-long radio interview with Shawn Siegel on the topic of vaccinations. Fast forward to minute 14 to hear Laura and the interview. Special thanks to Joshua Coleman...
Wikipedia *Yonhap News Agency*: *U.S. to deploy unmanned attack aircraft to S. Korea: source* SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- The United States will deploy an unmanned attack aircraft to its military unit in South Korea to enhance its strike capabilities against ground targets in North Korea, a military official said Monday. The U.S. Army has begun the process to dispatch a squadron, which will operate the Grey Eagle unmanned aircraft, to a U.S. unit in Gunsan (274 kilometers south of Seoul)," the official told Yonhap News Agency asking not to be identified. *Read more *.... *Updat...more »
*“Benedicto”* “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets’ towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled ...more »
*Travel Ban* (sounds like Taliban, but it's not quite that) The smug, rude, obnoxious, churlish, corrupt, progressive, elite mainstream media never discusses the fact that President Trump's travel ban is TEMPORARY, and is not targeted specifically at Muslim people. Then again, what do you expect from those curs. Word of the day: *CUR* Definition- An aggressive dog or one that is in poor condition, especially a mongrel. synonyms: mongrel, mutt, "a mangy cur"; informal - a contemptible man *A "REAL" Texan?* Debate between Texas mayor and Crowder on transgender restrooms: *National...more »
The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) (rear) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific in Philippine Sea on June 18, 2016. Courtesy Jake Greenberg/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS *Adam Weinstein, Task & Purpose:* *US Aircraft Carriers Are Screwed In A Real Battle, According To Defense Analysts* When Dubya wanted to celebrate a “mission accomplished,” he flew in an S-3 onto a carrier hardtop. When Trump wanted to p...more »
*President Bashar al Assad's Interview with Chinese Media* Readers of the previous post below will note that there was an engaging discussion in the "comments" about the merits of this latest interview by embattled Syrian President Dr. Bashar al Assad. Reader James graciously provided a link to the video (above) and transcript: And the transcript can be read here- President al-Assad to Chinese Phoenix TV My take on this interview is that the experienced, world statesmen politicians Assad and Putin, as tightly knit as ever....are playing "good cop", "bad cop" with the new guy on th...more »
[image: Image: Japan: HPV vaccine on trial for its horrifying side effects] Three thousand is barely a blip in terms of the huge numbers involved. Yet they are a catastrophic for those involved. what is ludicrous is using such stats to obfuscate responsibility. That barely works for a single case and no way works here. The harsh reality is that a few unlucky people will be badly hurt. Thus the first thing that must be done is to award legitimate damages to these women. Then decide whether the known newly costs justifies continuance. *Japan: HPV vaccine on tri...more »
The Phoenicians emerged after the end of the Atlantean world in 1159 BC. Obviously as sucessors picking up the European end of the thousand year long trade in copper. That the script of the Levant could then dominate makes sense. Yet i do suspect that earlier script creation tool place in the preceding millennia and that this included the deliberate creation of Chinese script as a type able to retain information over many centuries. The other types lost easy access in as little as a couple of centuries because of language drift. The Greek innovation of the vowel ultimately al...more »
[image: (Ramon Carretero/Shutterstock)] \ Good item. i had not thought much about mindfulness per se. Yet we most of us operate on auto pilot, or at least i surely do. My mind is always engaged in thought much to the exlusion of my surround and i do not step out of that too willingly. Meditation demands concentration and practice. It is an active process that actually improves over time. do not quit. I also respect contemplative meditation as well which is what the active mind is often doing. that also can become organized and disciplined as well.. *What’...more »
The day of repetitive work is disappearing. And good riddance. As i have posted, we can end poverty. what i have not posted is that all of us will participate in a fruitful life way in which we all at different times in our life's journey contribute to the wealth and strength of our communities. we will be well rewarded and we will be grateful. Can anyone understand all this. Our mission in life is to Terraform Terra using robot assistance and automatic equipment. That means greening the Sahara desert to restore it to its Bronze Age Health. The whole world will soon enough...more »
*VOA:* *Asia Trip Poses Numerous Challenges for Tillerson* STATE DEPARTMENT — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, making his first trip to Japan, South Korea and China as the top United States diplomat this week, is expected to expand the effort to find new options for dealing with North Korea and the nuclear and military threat it poses to the region and to the world. Pyongyang's provocative gestures, such as firing multiple missiles into the Sea of Japan this month, have been so strident that Washington said it is “moving farther away” from considering the option of a direct ...more »
*March 13, 2017 *(Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Many both within and beyond America's borders labor under the delusion that US policy is determined by the nation's elected representatives amid a careful balancing act between the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government. In reality, the inner workings of US policy resemble nothing of the sort. In reality, an unelected deep state controls the United States, its resources, government, and people. However, the term "deep state" has been overused and intentionally abused, particularly since the election of US President Don...more »
Get a drink. Now. This refugee crisis is an American creation, a parting gift from George W. Bush. We forget what he was, we forget the aftermath of what he did, but how? Whence comes this shallow grave of memory? The corporate "news" media, for their part, are all too happy to help us forget, because in that forgetting they are absolved of any culpability for their harrowing judgment
*Rowan Callick, The Australian:** Beijing waits for Canberra to make ‘the China choice’* China is preoccupied with domestic and global issues galore. Although Australia is not at the front of Beijing’s thoughts, we are not as remote or exotic as it seemed a decade ago when the rise of a Mandarin speaker as prime minister was mind-blowing for many Chinese. The range and depth of engagement is now vast. Within Chinese universities there are 31 Australian Studies centres — almost as many as there are at Australian institutions. A conference was held at the weekend at the Foreign Stud...more »
[image: Consent] Protestors in Wellington today have “come out in force to denounce what they call rape culture,” says Newstalk ZB, demanding “the compulsory teaching of consent in all secondary schools.” They may be on to something, but perhaps not precisely in the way they think they are. Moral outrage is high, even as actual numbers of rapes have been diminishing. And not just here, but across the west. Writing at *The Undercurrent*, student journalist Josh Windham acknowledges that “rape and sexual assault are morally atrocious and profoundly evil. And the idea of a ‘rape...more »
What’s so great about astronomy? Where does Professor Alex Filippenko begin. This branch of science is important for two salient reasons: it captures the attention of children who then grow up to become scientists across all disciplines, and even the most abstract, impractical research eventually leads to spinoff technology that radically changes our lives, as Filippenko explains.
Please. We have one hope. That a civilization built by pragmatic idealists—who used fact-grounded skills to craft a nation and a gradually better society—can somehow use facts to save it. We will win this on two fronts:
Published on Mar 12, 2017 American Lookout reports, Liberals don’t even know what to do about President Donald Trump. So, they’re basically just losing brain-cells by the minute these days. While on Chris Matthews’ Hardball show on MSNBC, one liberal said global warming was the “single biggest” threat to the United States. Yes, you read […]
Published on Mar 11, 2017 Did Obama illegally spy on Trump during the Presidential campaign? Darrin McBreen talks to Dr. Jerome Corsi about the latest revelations that the CIA and Barack Obama teamed up to frame Russia and Donald Trump for rigging the U.S. election. Plus WikiLeaks gets hit by a cyber attack during a […]
Published on Mar 12, 2017 Saturday Night Live opened their show with an absurd Trump/Alex Alien skit. What they didn’t know was that their subconscious inversion of truth would be laid bare for all to see. Alex breaks down how they are struggling to flip the narrative and create their own absurd reality based on […]
Published on Mar 11, 2017 Mike Papantonio discusses the conflicts of interest between big pharma and corporate media and speaks with investigative health journalist and author, Martha Rosenberg, about the many ways pharmaceutical companies are influencing politics and academia. end
Resurrecting Dead People Using Stem Cells Given The Green Light by Donna Bellevue, http://www.itechpost.com/ Scientists are getting ethical permission from health watchdogs to resurrect dead people by using a combination of regeneration therapies. Starting this year, the groundbreaking Project Reanima will primarily use stem cells to stimulate the regrowth of neurons in clinically dead patients. Bioquark Inc., […]
Published on Mar 8, 2017 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip have held a protest rally against the Israeli regime on the eve of the International Women’s Day. The demonstrators slammed Tel Aviv’s crimes against the Palestinian people, particularly women and children. “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first […]
Marine Le Pen as President would Spell ‘Total Collapse’ of EU And Euro, US Ambassador Says by ROMINA MCGUINNESS, http://www.express.co.uk/ FRANCE’S ambassador to the United States said if Marine Le Pen became the French president it would spell the end of the European Union and the collapse of the euro. – Gérard Araud claimed it would be […]
Zionist ‘666’ Israel, the Satanic counterfeit, is a creation of the Satanic bloodlines. It is a military fiefdom of the western Illuminati. It is NOT the Israel of the Bible. Modern Ashkenazi Khazar Jews (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT semitic people. You can prove this conclusively from the Bible: – Genesis 10:1-3 (New King […]
The United Nations Admit Chemtrails Are REAL In Stunning Video Report! by http://countercurrentnews.com/ All across the world, airplanes have been flying through the skies leaving a murky white trail behing them that just doesn’t seem to dissapear. It is no doubt that almost everyone has noticed this when looking up. – These trails airplanes are […]
Hugo Salinas Price: The World Will Hyperinflate Into A Gold Standard by Dave Kranzler, http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/ “If one can only see value in paper currency terms, one cannot see value at all” – Hugo Salinas Price – website link – posted a couple of comments on Stewart Dougherty’s guest post earlier this week. I concluded that his […]
Is The Trump Administration Reversing Support For WikiLeaks? by Derrick Broze, http://www.activistpost.com/ After months of public support for WikiLeaks, President Trump’s administration is now considering punishing WikiLeaks for the release of leaked CIA documents. – “I love WikiLeaks.” That’s how presidential candidate Donald Trump described his feelings for the anti-secrecy organization at a rally in October 2016. Trump was celebrating […]
Military personnel salute as they stand on M60A3 main battle tanks displayed during the annual Han Kuang military exercise in an army base in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/Patrick Lin *Straits Times:* *Taiwan 'must rethink' war strategy to counter China's might* From cyber attacks to urban warfare, Taiwan defence experts have come up with a way for the island to defend itself against an increasingly powerful and richer Chinese military, without breaking the bank. Speaking to The Straits Times ahead of Taiwan's release of its quadrennial defence review this week, ...more »
China's President Xi Jinping arrives for the third plenary session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, March 12, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu *Reuters*: *China's Xi pushes advanced technology for military* China's military needs to promote technological innovation as the "key" to its upgrading and modernization, President Xi Jinping told military delegates to the annual meeting of parliament. Xi is overseeing a sweeping modernization of the country's armed forces, the largest in the world, including stealth jet, anti-satellite miss...more »
“Three objects stand out in this thoughtful telescopic image, a view toward the mostly stealthy constellation Lynx. The two brightest (the spiky ones) are nearby stars. The third is the remote globular star cluster NGC 2419, at distance of nearly 300,000 light-years. NGC 2419 is sometimes called "the Intergalactic Wanderer", an appropriate title considering that the distance to the Milky Way's satellite galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, is only about 160,000 light-years. *Click image for larger size.* Roughly similar to other large globular star clusters like Omega Centauri, NGC 2...more »
*“The Scattered Leaves Of All The Universe”* by Chet Raymo “Dante Alighieri, the inestimable Florentine poet, carried in his head and gave expression in verse to pretty much the entire universe known to his 13th-century European contemporaries. From the dregs of the Earth to the highest heaven he journeyed in his imagination. His was a universe made expressly for humans, and nothing was in it that was not part of the human drama of sin and salvation. When at last he has ascended through the Great Chain of Being, he looks upon the Godhead itself. "And within its depths, I saw ingath...more »
“You chose your dreams for the journeys they'd make possible, and you knew when you chose them there'd be obstacles, crises, and young souls who'd stand in your way. They exist by design. To tempt you, lure you, test you. So that you can come back, prevail, rise above, and rock on. And ultimately to convince you of your awesomeness. They're part of the plan. There've been no mistakes. All is supremely well. These are the days, mid-adventure, that will mean the most to you. And some of those young souls will forever remember the gift of your paths crossing.” “Enjoy the journey,” ...more »
*“Alone”* “Lying, thinking Last night How to find my soul a home, Where water is not thirsty And bread loaf is not stone. I came up with one thing And I don't believe I'm wrong, That nobody, But nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone, Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. There are some millionaires With money they can't use, Their wives run round like banshees, Their children sing the blues. They've got expensive doctors To cure their hearts of stone, But nobody, No, nobody Can make it out here alone. Alone, all alone, Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alon...more »
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