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“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception” - Aldous Huxley Freely download "The Doors of Perception", by Aldous Huxley, here: - http://www.maps.org/
Originally posted on sunshine hours: Polar Bears are fine. Except for the ones shot by hunters and turned into pelts for rich Chinese. … there are about 15,000 p 2olar bears across Canada’s Arctic. “That’s likely the highest [population level] there has ever been.” There’s much at stake in the debate. Population figures are used to…
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: By Andy May The financial risk is too great. Updated post (2/21/2017) In any discussion of the future of energy, nuclear power generation is brought up. Once a nuclear power plant is built and operating, it can produce cheap electricity reliably for decades. Further, in terms of human…
This morning, David Brooks seemed genuinely surprised-- even shocked-- that the Trump Regime is turning into a standard Republican class warfare operation against working families. And he blamed it on the loss of clout that has befallen poor Steve Bannon. Did Brooks actually *believe* all the hollow Trump promises to turn things around for the unwashed (white) masses-- let alone the inner cities-- during the campaign? I had dinner the other other night with a close friend who's tight with Bannon. He told me Trump and Bannon plan to rebuild the inner cities entirely and thereby win ...more »
"The most distant object easily visible to the eye is M31, the great Andromeda Galaxy some two and a half million light-years away. But without a telescope, even this immense spiral galaxy - spanning over 200,000 light years - appears as a faint, nebulous cloud in the constellation Andromeda. In contrast, details of a bright yellow nucleus and dark winding dust lanes, are revealed in this digital telescopic image. *Click image for very large size.* Narrow band image data recording emission from hydrogen atoms, shows off the reddish star-forming regions dotting gorgeous blue spiral ar...more »
*"On Saying 'I Don't Know'"* by Chet Raymo “Johannes Kepler is best known for figuring out the laws of planetary motion. In 1610, he published a little book called “The Six-Cornered Snowflake” that asked an even more fundamental question: How do visible forms arise? He wrote: "There must be some definite reason why, whenever snow begins to fall, its initial formation is invariably in the shape of a six-pointed starlet. For if it happens by chance, why do they not fall just as well with five corners or with seven?" All around him Kepler saw beautiful shapes in nature: six-pointed s...more »
Who is lying: Trump or his opponents? DOJ Delivers Trump Wiretap Documents To Congress, Statement Due Shortly by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com The DoJ just delivered documents to congressional committees responding to their request for information that could shed light on President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama ordered U.S. agencies to spy on […]
Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, is pushing this non story about Trump’s tax returns. Did Trump commit a crime? NO! Was an impropriety committed? NO! Is this news? Obviously NOT! It is BS, innuendos … propaganda of wrong doing. FAKE NEWS! NOT News. – Published on Mar 16, 2017 Rachel Maddow went on the Tonight Show with […]
Published on Mar 17, 2017 A total of four Israeli jets breached Syrian airspace on Friday morning and hit “a military target” near Palmyra, according to the Syrian army. While Syrian forces say they shot down one of the jets and damaged another, Israel claims that none were harmed. Investigative journalist Rania Khalek joins RT […]
Published on Mar 17, 2017 Not long ago if you mentioned the Deep State many would call you a conspiracy theorist. Now we are discussing how strong it is and its loyalties. And most importantly, does it respect the will of the people? CrossTalking with Matthew Sheffield, William Craddick, and Charles Shoebridge. end
The Democrats’ Trump-Russia Conspiracy Campaign Collapses by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com Is sanity finally returning? After weeks of ranting and raving about Russian “interference” and Putin-Trump conspiracies, so-called ‘intelligence’ agencies and high-ranking Democrats are quietly walking back their rhetoric and managing their base’s expectations – simply put: there’s no ‘there’, there. – ‘Moon of Alabama’ reminds […]
Smells like Samuel Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations, Illuminist psyop, leading the sheeple towards WW3. This is: Christian West vs Muslim World. Does the Turkish foreign minister know something that we don’t? – Turkish Foreign Minister: “Religious Wars Will Start Soon In Europe” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com Turkey’s arch-nemesis – well, one of many – Dutch politician […]
Why is Zionist ‘666’ Israel, the Satanic counterfeit, attacking Syria? Syria did not attack Israel, so why are they attacking Syria? Who is the aggressor here? Zionist ‘666’ Israel. – Syrian Army Claims It Shot Down Israeli Jet After Raid Near Palmyra by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com The Syrian Army said Israeli warplanes targeted Syrian army […]
The Debt Ceiling Deadline Has Passed, And Now The Biggest Test Of Donald Trump’s Presidency Begins… by Michael Snyder, http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/ On Wednesday, the temporary suspension of the debt ceiling ended, and so now the federal government is not going to be able to go into any more debt until the debt ceiling is raised. For the moment, […]
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2011 One version says that the CFR is an organization sister to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Britain), both founded in 1921 right after World War I when the League of Nations idea failed. The sole purpose of such organizations is to condition the public to accept a Global Governance […]
YouTube has an optional mode called ‘Restricted Mode’ that enables people to filter out ‘potentially objectionable content’. But LGBTQ+ content creators are complaining that it restricts their videos. And in particular, they’re complaining that videos are being filtered in which the only thing that could be called objectionable is the reference to the fact that […] The post We looked into why YouTube is restricting LGBTQ+ content appeared first on The Canary.
Seventeen Standing Rock Sioux tribal members will receive posthumous Congressional Gold Medals today for their service as code talkers during World War One. The men’s native language was critical in shielding sensitive information from the enemy. Standing Rock Sioux Veterans Service Officer Manaja Hill says the tribe’s World War One code talkers served to defend their people and ancestral lands. “So, their commitment and their willingness to fight for...truly…our way of life and our land, their families, their relatives,” explains Hill. “Truly that’s what it was. Because there w...more »
Assorted content to end your week. - Linda McQuaig discusses the need to fight fake news about Canada's health care system (and the corporate raiders trying to amplify it): (I)t was with some pleasure last week that I watched as a Republican congressman tried to insist that Canadians routinely flock to the U.S. for health care, only to have MSNBC host Ali Velshi stop him dead in his tracks. “Sir, I grew up in Canada,” Velshi declared. “I live in Canada. My entire family is in Canada. Nobody I know ever came to the United States for health care. I am sure you have a handful of stor...more »
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” - Mother Teresa
*"Here’s How WW III Could Start"* by Brian Maher "The date: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 The place: Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, three miles west of Cheyenne. Home of the Air Force’s 90th Missile Wing - and its 150 nuclear Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles. Launch crews stood vigil at their posts that routine Saturday in October. They always do, each and every hour of the 24, 12 months of the calendar… awaiting the signal. The doomsday signal to unleash their Armageddon fires. But that one October Saturday something went wrong. Dangerously wrong. Suddenly, no warning,...more »
*New York Times:* *Trump Offers No Apology for Claim on British Spying* WASHINGTON — President Trump refused to back down on Friday after his White House aired an unverified claim that Britain’s spy agency secretly monitored him during last year’s campaign at the behest of President Barack Obama. Although his aides in private conversations since Thursday night had tried to calm British officials who were livid over the claim, Mr. Trump made clear that he felt the White House had nothing to retract or apologize for. He said his spokesman was simply repeating an assertion made by a ...more »
Holland was smart. They chucked their electronic voting system this week and everyone voted using paper ballots after Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear were caught trying to hack into electronic voting equipment the way they did in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida and Ohio, putting Trump over the top. Instead Putin's candidate in Holland, neo-Nazi Geert Wilders, did significantly worse than polls had predicted, winning just 20 seats in the House of Representatives, where he and his racist thugs will just be a noisy opposition party in the 150 seat chamber. The U.S. should go back ...more »
From *Wikipedia:* The Lighthorsemen is a 1987 Australian feature film about the men of a World War I light horse unit involved in Sinai and Palestine Campaign's 1917 Battle of Beersheeba. The film is based on a true story and most of the characters in the film were based on real people. It follows in the wake of other Australian New Wave war films such as Breaker Morant (1980), Gallipoli (1981), and the 5-part TV series Anzacs (1985). Recurring themes of these films include the Australian identity, such as mateship and larrikinism, the loss of innocence in war, and also the contin...more »
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Dr. Antero Ollila The highest ranked scientific journal Nature published on the 28th of July 2016 an article based on the survey for 1,576 researchers. More than 70 % of the researchers were not able to reproduce the results of another scientist’s experiments. Are there…
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by David Hagen Should California plan for permanent drought or climate persistence? After six years of drought, California was deluged in 2017 by sequential “atmospheric rivers” causing the highest January/February rainfall on recent record. California’s Oroville Dam experienced failures of both its primary and emergency spillways. The accumulated debris even…
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: By Andy May Key question: Can renewables ever replace fossil fuels and nuclear? Understanding the value of renewables, vis-à-vis fossil fuels and nuclear power, requires that we consider that all energy is not equal in value. In fact, the quantity we call energy can be misleading and many…
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4309966/HALF-Arctic-ice-loss-driven-natural-swings.html ? Shock news! Scientists discover natural climate cycles. From the Mail: ? The Arctic icecap is shrinking – but it’s not all our fault, a major study of the polar region has found. At least half of the disappearance is…
By Paul Homewood http://www.thegwpf.com/green-energy-costs-to-double-committee-on-climate-change-reveals/ From GWPF: They announced, just as five of the big six energy providers raised prices by between 7-10%, that ‘Britain’s low carbon energy revolution is actually saving money for households’. Nothing could be further from the truth. Tucked away at the bottom of a technical annex was a […]
By Paul Homewood http://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-germany-climatechange-idUSKBN16O1S1 There have been suggestions of this coming this week. From Reuters: Opposition from the United States, Saudi Arabia and others has forced Germany to drop a reference to financing programs to combat climate change from the draft communique at a G20 finance and central bankers meeting. A G20 […]
A sculpture of nine eagle feathers commemorates the time in 1847, during the Great Hunger, when the Native American Choctaw People donated a substantial amount of money to the Irish famine relief. In 2015, a statue was commissioned to be built in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland, to honor the kindness of the Choctaws. But the story begins in 1831, when the Choctaw people were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands in Mississippi. A few years later, Choctaws learned of people starving in Ireland. Only sixteen years had passed since the Choctaws had faced hunger and death on the...more »
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) speaks as South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se looks on during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea March 17, 2017. REUTERS/JUNG Yeon-Je *Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times*: *Tillerson’s Asia Trip Could Signal the End US Soft Diplomacy* It was clear as soon as Rex Tillerson arrived in Tokyo late Wednesday that the new secretary of state’s first trip to Asia could turn out to be a mission impossible. In a six-day tour of three nations, the unproven diplomat is tasked with persuading Japan, South Korea, and China to support a tough, milit...more »
A footballer who served seven years in prison for having his former partner killed and her body fed to his dogs is now a free man. And he has already been signed by a major club to continue his top flight football career. The killing of Eliza Samudio Eliza Samudio was separated from Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes when […] The post The footballer who ordered his girlfriend killed and fed to his dogs just got signed to play for a major club [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
The co-leader of the Green Party has spoken exclusively to The Canary about his recent trip to Calais. And Jonathan Bartley says he witnessed first-hand a child refugee crisis that has all but been forgotten by politicians and the public. Back to the jungle As The Canary previously reported, the so-called ‘Calais Jungle’ was demolished […] The post The Green Party co-leader gives a heartbreaking plea for the children of Europe’s forgotten crisis appeared first on The Canary.
[image: warning-judges-creating-affirmative-right-to-immigrate] In the name of stopping Donald Trump, the courts are not only endangering Americans but could be ushering in “the end of the United States in any meaningful sense.” They’re doing this by creating, out of thin air, an “affirmative right to immigrate,” says senior *Conservative Review* editor Daniel Horowitz.
[image: bills-in-new-york-state-legislature-target-free-speech] A bill in the New York legislature would fine website operators for not removing online material deemed to be “inaccurate,” “irrelevant,” “inadequate,” or “excessive.” Three other bills already passed by the New York State Senate would also attack free speech.
[image: venezuela-s-marxist-dictator-orders-arrest-of-bakers-making-croissants] Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro inherited an incredible bread machine, and has done everything in his power to demolish it.
A big story here in Canada's east end is that our residents want immigrants to be tested to ensure they have Canadian values. What are Canadian values? Actually, nobody knows since nobody has ever made a list of them. So here's a start. 1. Canadians value their native peoples, and want to clear up all the problems we have created for them. (Actually, we can't be sure yet that's a value because we've never made any attempt to do it.) 2. Canadians believe in equality for women. And that raises the issue of deporting all Roman Catholics since women are not equal to men in the Catholi...more »
*Reuters*:* Syrian rebels say U.S.-led coalition attacks mosque, Pentagon denies it* Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Friday that the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State attacked a mosque near Syria's Aleppo, in a strike that a war monitor said killed dozens of people. The Pentagon denied the accusations and, in a rare move, showed an aerial image to illustrate the mosque was intact and the building destroyed was across the street. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said jets hit around a mosque in al-Jina village near Atarib in the western part of Aleppo provin...more »
*greencrow - Notice to Readers* Just letting my readers know I'll be stepping away from my computer for a few days. Even a crow needs a little bit of "down" time. Will be checking into the blog sporadically to do regular maintenance and shoo the trolls away ; ). If circumstances/geostrategic events warrant...I may even do a post. In my absence, readers are invited to go into the archives at the bottom right of this page to access and read previous of the *754 posts* I've placed on this blog. Many of them have been updated with more recent links. I also encourage you to visit ...more »
by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England March 17, 2017 Poverty blights the lives of billions of people throughout the world: in developing countries, where it is acute, and industrialised nations, where it’s hidden but growing. It rises out of social injustice, makes exploitation and abuse inevitable, brings death and disease, robs people of […]
Are we really surprised by this? *Paul Ryan says he fantasized about cutting health care for the poor at his college keggers* ... In a conversation with the National Review’s Rich Lowry on Friday, Ryan bragged about how conservatives now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to take health coverage away from the most vulnerable Americans. “So Medicaid,” Ryan told Lowry, “sending it back to the states, capping its growth rate. We’ve been dreaming of this since I’ve been around — since you and I were drinking at a keg. . . . I’ve been thinking about this stuff for a long time. We’r...more »
*New York Post:* *Trump doesn’t shake hands with Merkel during photo op* President Trump did not extend his hand to shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s in a Friday Oval Office photo op, a courtesy he usually extends to foreign leaders visiting the white House. Trump sat next to Merkel in front of a fireplace for the brief photo-op. “Very good,” Trump said to assembled reporters when asked about what the two leaders discussed. “Lots of things.” “Very good, thanks,” Merkel said in German. But Trump hardly looked at Merkel and, when the photo op ended, didn’t move in for a hands...more »
By Drew White And to add insult to injury, the House bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, provides a bucket of hard earned taxpayer money to shore up insurance companies as they try to navigate a continued top-down federal regulatory regime.
The Sami parliament, representing indigenous people also known as Lapps, has convinced Norway’s second largest pension fund to ditch the oil pipeline project In an act of international solidarity between indigenous peoples, the Sami parliament in Norway has persuaded the country’s second largest pension fund to withdraw its money from companies linked to a controversial oil project backed by Donald Trump. This week, after lobbying by the Sami parliament, Norway’s local authority pension fund KLP announced it would sell of shares worth $58m in companies building the pipeline. Vib...more »
*Senator Shortey with his amigo, Freddo Trump* Just over a week ago we attempted to tell the sad saga of another Republican closet case-turned-child molester, an all too familiar theme of conservative politics. Wednesday, former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva, the viciously homophobic Republican, who probably shot a 13 year old and definitely lured young boys to let him film them playing strip poker in his bedroom while boozing them up, finally got his million dollar bail reduced to $350,000 and got out of the hoosegow. (As part of his release deal, he agreed to wear a monitoring devi...more »
R.A v. S.K. and D.K. 2017 NUCJ 5:  In Nunavut there are two ways of adopting a child. One way is in accordance with Inuit custom. This does not involve the Courts or any government agencies. If a child has been adopted in accordance with Inuit custom, an adoptive parent may apply for a certificate recognizing the adoption. This is done pursuant to the ACARA, by providing certain information to a Custom Adoption Commissioner and requesting a Certificate. The Commissioner reviews the information and if he or she is satisfied that the child was adopted in accordance with Inuit ...more »
*Reuters*: *Trump praises Merkel on Germany's spending on defense, NATO* U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States would respect historic institutions but that other countries must pay their fair share to support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Trump, speaking at a news conference following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said he thanked her "for the German government's commitment to increase defense spending and work toward contributing at least 2 percent of GDP" for NATO. *Read more* .... *Update #1:* Trump welcomes Germany's Merkel ...more »
*"An Old Irish Blessing"* "May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!"
"We who have been hunted through the rapids of life, torn from our former roots, always driven to the end and obliged to begin again, victims and yet also the willing servants of unknown mysterious powers, we for whom comfort has become an old legend and security, a childish dream, have felt tension from pole to pole of our being, the terror of something always new in every fibre. Every hour of our years was linked to the fate of the world. In sorrow and in joy we have lived through time and history far beyond our own small lives, while they knew nothing beyond themselves. Every one...more »
*"The Three Faces of Evil"* by Jeff Nielson "Once upon a time, Western societies boasted prosperity, broad civil liberties, and general adherence to the Rule of Law. This prosperity was not confined to a small minority within these populations (as it is today), but rather was distributed throughout the vast majority. It is not a coincidence that general prosperity existed simultaneously along side the Rule of Law, rather it is an imperative. Historically, the only time that human societies have exhibited general prosperity is when there is justice. In just societies, economic oppor...more »
Interesting? And, I believe a first? Follow up to this earlier post: *No Fly/Safe Zone Pretext? Israeli/ US Airstrikes etc.,* *Times of Israel * Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) during their meeting in Moscow on March 9, 2017 *Russia summoned the Israeli Ambassador to Moscow Gary Koren to provide clarifications Friday, less than 24 hours after Israel struck targets in Syria nation, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement explaining the reasoning behind the operation. * *Syria sent two letters to the UN * ...more »
*FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017Answering Kevin Drum's question:* Yesterday, Kevin Drum asked some largely sensible questions. He wanted to know what Donald J. Trump was talking about in his most recent comments about the wiretap charge, his comments to Tucker Carlson. More specifically, here's what Drum asked. We're editing out Drum's account of a failed search at the New York Times web site: DRUM (3/16/17): *Last night I read Donald Trump's comment that he had read the word "wiretap" in the New York Times on January 20,* so he figured that made it OK on March 4 to accuse President Obama ...more »
In a daily White House post on 17 March, the Trump Administration really messed up. It appears to have confused a piece of anti-Trump satire with a pro-Trump news article. And the mistake couldn’t have been more hilarious. The daily post Just in case the White House realised its error, The Canary took this screenshot from the […] The post You’re not imagining it. The White House really did just share fake news [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.
Boris Johnson has come in cheering for George Osborne’s new job as Editor of The London Evening Standard. Brilliant appointment for Evening Standard and good for London hooray! — Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) March 17, 2017 But Twitter swiftly sent the former London Mayor home: @BorisJohnson You wouldn't recognise a conflict of interest if it had […] The post Boris Johnson probably regrets sending that tweet about George Osborne’s new job [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.
On Thursday 16 March, an airstrike on a mosque in Syria’s Aleppo province reportedly killed at least 42 civilians. But contrary to early reports, it was not a Russian or Syrian government attack. It was carried out by the US-led coalition. “Targeting rebels” US military chiefs claim the attack was targeting al-Qaeda rebels in nearby […] The post US forced to admit it wasn’t Russia that carried out the latest Syrian atrocity [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.
While I was busy reporting the talks at the "Neutrino Telescope" conference in Venice, LHCb released a startling new result, which I have not much time to describe in much detail this evening (it's Friday evening here in Italy and I'm going to call the week off), and yet wish to share with you as soon as possible. The spectroscopy of low- and intermediate-mass hadrons (whatever this means) is a complex topic which either enthuses particle physicists or bores them to death. There are two reasons for this dycothomic behaviour. read more
By Paul Homewood http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4309966/HALF-Arctic-ice-loss-driven-natural-swings.html Shock news! Scientists discover natural climate cycles. From the Mail: The Arctic icecap is shrinking – but it’s not all our fault, a major study of the polar region has found. At least half of the disappearance is down to natural processes, and not the fault of man […]
*Claire Bernish* - The iconic white-picket fence is a pipe dream when the economy is managed by criminals. The post Federal Reserve Just Declared the American Dream is Dead for Most Americans appeared first on Waking Times.
*BBC: **Yemen migrant boat attack kills at least 42* Forty-two people have been killed when a boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen was fired at from a helicopter, the International Organisation for Migration says. Women and children were among those killed when the vessel was hit near the Bab al-Mandeb strait, the IOM said. Images from the scene showed a boat strewn with bodies. In a separate incident on Friday, at least 22 people died in an attack on a mosque inside a military base in Yemen. Two missiles were fired at the mosque, in the Kofal military camp west o...more »
As I was doing research for another project, I had occasion to look up information on the Glassboro, UFO landing, and that lead me to David Halperin. He was the guest on *A Different Perspective*, the radio show. You can listen to it here: http://differentperspective.rnn.libsynpro.com/a-different-perspective-with-kevin-randle-ep-0032-guest-david-halperin We talked about the Glassboro landing, which he had investigated at the time, though as a teenager interested in UFOs rather than an adult with a predetermined bias. His investigation suggested to him that it was real, but events ov...more »
*When you put it like that*: Should I fall back on an old career? More here. You can look at young LL there to the right, working for the Anaheim (California) Police Department. I worked there before they switched to blue uniforms and oval badges, which doesn't mean much to you if you're not in the biz. I wasn't there long, but still maintain contact from friends I made. Back to the point, and to my question. Should I see if I could go back into harness again, pin a shield on and round up illegal aliens? The question is fairly put to the readers of this blog. Customs and Border En...more »
*Washington Post*: *Mounting claims of civilian deaths after U.S. targets al-Qaeda in Syria* BEIRUT — The United States said Friday that an airstrike targeted al-Qaeda militants in Syria, but residents charged that the powerful attack killed scores of civilians in a nearby mosque. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the United States believes that the strike late Thursday killed “dozens” of members of the terrorist group. Separately, a U.S. official insisted the raid was based on verified human intelligence, targeting al-Qaeda groups gathered to discuss future opera...more »
An ''Arrow 3'' ballistic missile interceptor is seen during a 2015 test launch near Ashdod. REUTERS/Amir Cohen *Reuters: **Israel intercepts missile fired at its air force in Syria* The Israeli military said it shot down one of numerous anti-aircraft missiles launched on Friday at its air force which was operating in Syria, in a rare such incident that spilled over into neighboring countries. The Syrian army said it had shot down an Israeli jet during the operation. Israel denied this, saying that all its aircraft had returned unscathed. "At no point was the safety of Israeli civil...more »
According to certain members of the commentariat, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump are helpless innocents who love the working man but are being dragooned into mainstream conservatism. Here's David Brooks on Bannon: I continue to worry about Steve Bannon. I see him in the White House photos, but he never has that sprightly Prince of Darkness gleam in his eye anymore. His governing philosophy is being completely gutted by the mice around him. He seems to have a big influence on Trump speeches but zero influence on recent Trump policies.... He was the guy with a coherent governing philo...more »
[image: ag-sessions-strong-support-of-local-police-misses-key-point] U.S. Attorney General Sessions needs to learn the real reason behind the jump in violent crime in 27 of our cities. Only then can he do something about it.
*Alex Pietrowski* - What is it about the human experience that calls so many of us into the abyss? The post Leading Addiction Specialist Explains What is Needed to Stop the Opioid Crisis appeared first on Waking Times.
*The Guardian*: *Israeli fighter jets fired upon during Syria mission in clash with pro-Assad forces* *Israeli fighter jets targeting sites inside Syria came under anti-aircraft missile fire but returned unharmed, says military* Israeli and pro-Assad forces have had their most serious clash since the beginning of the civil war in Syria after Israeli military jets on an operation over Syria were targeted by anti-aircraft missiles. Israeli said none of the aircraft was hit, but one of the missiles was intercepted north of Jerusalem by an Israeli missile defence system. The first i... more »
North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been "playing" the United States for years. China has done little to help! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2017 *South China Morning Post: **N Korea behaving badly, China not helping, Trump tweets* US president’s remarks come as his top envoy, Rex Tillerson, prepares to visit China US President Donald Trump tweeted criticism of North Korea, saying the nation was “behaving badly” and blamed China for doing little to help, just a day before US State Secretary Rex Tillerson is due to arrive in Beijing. “North Korea is beh...more »
*Washington Post*: *Tillerson says ‘all options are on the table’ when it comes to North Korea* TOKYO — The Trump administration gave its clearest signal yet that it would consider taking military action against North Korea, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that “all options are on the table” to deter the threat from Pyongyang. Tensions are running high in Northeast Asia, with North Korea making observable progress toward its goal of building a missile that could reach the U.S. mainland and China incensed over South Korea’s decision to deploy an American antimissi...more »
The dense layout of the Old City in west Mosul along with poor weather has severely slowed down the progress of the Iraqi forces (ISF). The Iraqis are declaring specific buildings and streets freed such as Ninewa Hospital to document their advances. The ISF were still pushing on the Great Mosque, which was where Islamic State head Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi announced the caliphate in 2014. Yesterday, the Bab al-Tob neighborhood was officially declared freed, but on March 16 the Iraqi air forces was still bombing targets in the neighborhood to try to root out Islamic State snipers. Final...more »
*"A Bad Week and Getting Badder Bigly Fast"* by Jim Kunstler "Well, of course they bugged Trump Tower. Why wouldn’t they? Trump’s big blunder du jour is that he tweeted “wiretapped,” like some hapless sap out of a 1950s” I Was a Spy for the FBI” movie. (I know people who still say “ice box,” too.) So he left himself- or rather poor Sean Spicer- open for a week of legalistic pettifogging by reporters acting as litigators for the Deep State’s intel corps. Anyway, Wikileaks “Vault 7” document release earlier in the month made it clear that US intel has the ability to cover and confuse...more »
George Osborne’s new job as editor of The Evening Standard has been hitting the headlines. But there’s another important Osborne story that should be front-page news. After refusing to vote against a major Conservative policy issue for the past 25 years, the former Chancellor has finally spoken out against the government, showing just how abhorrent the Conservative government’s policy […] The post One George Osborne story won’t be hitting the front pages tomorrow, but it really should appeared first on The Canary.
US President Donald Trump released his first budget proposal on 16 March. And it was terrible. But as Bernie Sanders tore it to pieces, at least the American public got another insight into just how much establishment politicians have totally lost the plot. Sanders responds to the budget Vice summed up the budget with the headline Trump […] The post Sanders destroys Trump’s first budget, showing why establishment politicians have totally lost it appeared first on The Canary.
After a terrible week for Theresa May’s government, legendary MP Dennis Skinner finished the job. The UK’s oldest MP said government proposals for super fast broadband are “wonderful”, just not quite for the reason the Conservatives would like: Under parliamentary release from risk of being sued, the MP for Bolsover said: Does he think this […] The post After a terrible week for Theresa May, Dennis Skinner finishes the job [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
*CNN*: *Trump, Merkel meet at White House* Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday for a news conference simmering with diplomatic and domestic political intrigue. Under normal circumstances, the President could expect to face a grilling over embarrassing revelations that his White House apologized to Britain for citing reports the Obama administration used the UK to tap Trump's phones while he was a candidate. The President also stands isolated in Washington as leaders of the top Capitol Hill intelligence committees reject his unproven...more »
After bashing her personally and gratuitously all during the campaign last year-- benefactor Comrade Putin hates her-- Señor Trumpanzee welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House today. And that was the *best* part of American foreign relations this week. Less susceptible to a smiley face was what happened with Trump trying to worm his way out from under his Adderall-fueled tweet about Obama tapping his wires... by blaming the British. That wasn't appreciated in London and, although the report from *The Telegraph* about "a formal apology" was, let's say, not compl...more »
[image: undefined] What in the name of all that’s holy is going on in North Korea? This question is always hard to answer because they don’t call it the Hermit Kingdom for nothing. Very little comes out of the notoriously reclusive – and repressive – Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, and not that much gets in. But occasionally there is a burst of activity that, like the eruption of a volcano, is hard to miss – the recent launching of four ballistic missiles being one of them. The missiles landed in the Sea of Japan, about 190 miles off the Japanese coast, sending shockwaves thr...more »
[image: undefined] United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has worried many advocates for legal medical and recreational marijuana because of his comments, before and since becoming attorney general, critical of both marijuana and its legalization for any purpose. However, in questions and answers with reporters Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia, Sessions indicated that the Trump administration will continue following the Obama administration policy of refraining from many prosecutions of individuals for US marijuana law violations if they are complying with state marijuana laws....more »
Researchers from China have retracted a physics paper after realizing an error led them to report results that were nearly 100 times too large. What’s more, the authors omitted key findings that would enable others to reproduce their experiments. According to the notice, the authors used a value to calculate a feature of electrons—called mobility—that […] The post Physics paper’s results off by factor of 100 appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*US News and World Report*:* Trump Budget Blames Obama By Name for Military Woes* *Harsh rhetoric in what is supposed to be an optimistic document appears to break from prior White House protocol.* President Donald Trump called out his predecessor by name in a budget "blueprint" released Thursday, saying Barack Obama's treatment of the U.S. military has yielded the greatest obstacle the current commander in chief faces. "The military's depletion under President Obama is our foremost challenge," the budget document states. *Read more* .... *Military And Intelligence News Briefs ...more »
The time of year for standardized state testing has arrived and if you have school-age children, there’s no way to avoid this topic. Everyone has strong opinions when it comes to the issue of “opting out,” so how do you decide what’s best for your child? To help you make the best decision for your child, let me debunk some common parental concerns when it comes to opting out: *Will opting out spoil my child or teach them to avoid responsibility?* read more
President Trump says he came to Washington to “drain the swamp,” and now his administration is looking for wasteful programs to cut. A great start would be pulling the plug on numerous federal “research” programs that, frankly, have been captured by Washington special interests. In fact, much of taxpayer-funded research serves ideological agendas—especially environmental activism—at the expensive of legitimate scientific inquiry. Consider a few examples. read more
[image: bill-would-let-floridians-challenge-inappropriate-school-material] Groundbreaking legislation being considered in the Florida legislature would create a formal process allowing parents and taxpayers to challenge the use of inaccurate or biased instructional materials such as textbooks in public schools.
[image: tennessee-stands-on-tenth-amendment-to-challenge-federal-refugee-policy] The Tennessee General Assembly has filed a lawsuit claiming the federal refugee settlement program violates the 10th Amendment.
The political earthquakes during the last few days have been too numerous to mention. Philip Hammond’s screeching U-turn, for which Norman Smith provided the sound-effects, Nicola Sturgeon’s annoyingly ill-timed second referendum announcement, eagle-eyed Laura Kuenssberg’s percipient warning of the Tories’ broken manifesto pledge, which propelled e*veryone’s* NICs into a twist. We don’t automatically take a negative view of everything we see on the BBC, and I thought the item on Victoria Derbyshire’s morning show about Alexander Blackman’s conviction for murder being reduced to ma...more »
*FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017Part 4—The single-paragraph project:* Has any group ever been disappeared more completely than the USA 9400? The important group continues to languish in almost complete obscurity. You don't read about them in the New York Times or the Washington Post. Rachel Maddow would rather stop talking about herself than discuss this key group's existence. In yesterday's report, we posted the simple, easily-memorized numbers which define this key group. Just for the record, let's gaze on those digits again: *Per capita spending, health care, 2015* United States: $9451...more »
The city became the fifth in the U.S. to divest from companies and banks that are involved in the oil project. San Francisco became the latest U.S. city to divest from companies and banks involved in the Dakota Access pipeline, selling US$1.2 billion in investments as Native American tribes push for a divestment campaign against the controversial oil project. The move was approved unanimously Tuesday by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer introduced a resolution calling for divestment from all the banks that have lent money to the Dakota Access...more »
*"The Whole POINT of the Internet of Things Is So Big Brother Can Spy On You”* by George Washington "*No one wants the Internet of Things (IoT).* The Washington Post noted in 2014: "No one really wants a “smart” washing machine. If you're wondering who would want to buy an Internet-enabled washing machine, you're not alone. Even Whirlpool's not so sure. "We’re a little bit of a hammer looking for a nail right now," Chris Quatrochi, Whirlpool's global director of user experience and connectivity, said last week at a conference hosted by tech blog Gigaom. The buyers of web-connecte...more »
I have regularly seen stuff online or in academic publications complaining about professionalization and what it has meant for Political Science. The basic idea is that things were great before people became focused on stuff like citation counts, which has led to all kinds of perverse incentives. The main complaint, it seems, is that scholars […]
The SNP spring conference kicked off in Aberdeen on Friday 17 March. And the party’s leader in the House of Commons, Angus Robertson MP, gave a barnstorming speech to a packed hall. His target? Naturally, it was Theresa May. Naughty, naughty… After a week which had seen the Prime Minister rebuff Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s […] The post Angus Robertson’s take-down of Theresa May is the best thing you’ll have seen all week [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
People are furious after a cash-strapped Croydon NHS group has been forced to cut vital fertility treatment. The treatment can cost ‘thousands’ a year. Assistant chair Dr. Agnelo Fernandes said it was ‘poor value for money’. 77% of the public called on the group to maintain the service. And a local MP said the decision […] The post Residents ‘heartbroken’ after London fertility... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
In case you missed it, George Osborne has been made the editor of The London Evening Standard. Presumably for his tireless services to truth and accuracy. Which seems like a perfectly logical reward, right? Much like when I was made the senior manager of the RSPB because I ran over some birds. On purpose. Repeatedly. […] The post Osborne promises to eliminate The London Evening Standard’s readership in 5 years appeared first on The Canary.
Former Chancellor George Osborne is to become the new editor of The Evening Standard. The MP, who hasn’t voted against the Conservatives on a major policy in 25 years, is now in charge of a newspaper with a daily readership of nearly two million. And he’s not resigning. He is keeping his job as MP. As well as, […] The post George Osborne is now Editor of The Evening Standard. Corbyn’s response is perfect. appeared first on The Canary.
Theresa May has written a column [paywall] for The Times in which she rails against a second independence referendum in Scotland. But canny readers spotted a problem in the column which, once noticed, can’t really be unseen. A message from May The Prime Minister (PM) lays out her argument against Scotland holding an independence referendum. And […] The post No one can quite believe Theresa May’s column in The Times today. Is she just trolling us now? [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.
Theresa May gave an interview to discuss her party receiving a record-breaking fine over the Tory election fraud scandal. The Fact Check team went through her answers, and found three lies in just 90 seconds of footage: We cooperated fully… May starts by stating that her party “complied fully with the Electoral Commission” (the election […] The post Channel 4 News fact-checks an interview with Theresa May, and catches a lie every 30 seconds [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
R. *v.* Paterson, 2017 SCC 15: The confessions rule should not be expanded to apply to statements tendered in the context of a *voir dire* under the *Charter *. The Crown must prove the voluntariness of an accused's statement before it can rely upon that statement at trial as supporting a finding of guilt. The purpose of the judicial inquiry in a *Charter voir dire *is distinct from the purpose of a criminal trial. A criminal trial is concerned with determining whether the accused is guilty of an offence. In a *Charter voir dire*, however, the focus is not on the accused's guilt, ...more »
*My thoughts are this is all related to the desired no fly/safe zone...* Trump To "Supersize President Obama's Strategy to Defeat Islamic State" -The first phase of a series of multiphase campaigns should prioritize seizing and* securing a base of operations in southeastern Syria to create a de facto safe zone in the region. * -Subsequent phases will require* establishing a no-fly zone in southern Syria * *Also mentioned last night: Syrian Kurdish Safe Zones Could Thwart Iranian Threat to Israel* *Because ISIS has an airforce, called the IDF, doncha know?* *The best no fly zone w...more »
[image: experts-again-say-high-fat-diet-can-be-beneficial] Trimming the fat in government is great, but you may want to think twice before cutting it out of your diet. For an increasing body of research indicates that a more traditional menu — replete with foods such as butter and whole milk — is more healthful than the lean fare prescribed during the last few decades.
Susana Gonzalez, a rising star in stem cell research, has had a rough year. In addition to being fired from her former research institute (which she is now appealing), one of her grants (totaling nearly 2 million Euros) was suspended. Most recently, she has received two new retractions in Nature Communications over figure duplications and […] The post Two more retractions for stem cell researcher appealing her dismissal appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*A vendor in a market in Pingtung city.* Aaron Wytze, whom you should be following if you follow things Taiwan, tweeted around the latest plan of the Tsai Administration to put a tramway between Nangang in Taipei and Keelung. PTT was alive with speculation, according to Aaron. The demographic changes in the north continue. Both Taoyuan and Keelung are bedroom communities for Taipei. Taoyuan has already turned to the DPP, and by all accounts the Mayor is doing a solid job. Keelung there is some hope of change, since the DPP has been on the upswing there. There already is a very con...more »
Homeowners 'earn' up to £4k MORE a month from their properties than going to work: Ten places where property inflation makes more than your job The average rise in house prices is outstripping post-tax earnings in a third of local authority districts, according to the report by Halifax, which highlights the gulf between wages and property inflation that is triggering a property crisis. The
Budgets are about making choices and setting priorities. Thursday morning OMB Director Mick Mulvaney called Trump's first budget proposal "an America First budget." In reality, it's a Trump first budget that doesn't make America great but would make America second rate. Contrast this: the budgets for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the National Endowment for the Humanities was $148 million a year. The cost of security for Trump Tower is $183 million a year. By the end of this weekend, Trump will have spent $12 million of taxpayer money on the festivities at Mar A Lago....more »
My abstract paintings, for the last 12 months have been exclusively (unvarnished (or ungel'd)) emulsion on canvas. "*Mike, why emulsion,*" why not gloss them up or add a gel'y covering to make them pop... I don't want them to 'pop', "*Art should remain in the background,*" art should be understated, mute, know its fucking place. Until this last week or so, when I just tried it out, I bought these pots of metallic paint, larger than I normally choose, and was able to explore three paintings with the new medium. Silver and gold. I think (by the last image of three) I'm just about get...more »
The numerous nutrition guidelines promoted by the U.S. federal government are obeyed by just 2 percent of Americans. If only 2 percent of any population can obey your guidelines, they are a nutritional wishlist created by groups of experts promoting their diet fads, not evidence-based information. However, one group is constantly criticized by everyone else - pregnant mothers - and a new study shows that no pregnant women in any demographic are able to achieve the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Which means those guidelines are irrelevant, not that expectant moms need even more c...more »
*Miami Herald:* *Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem.* BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments. In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration accused bakers of being part of a broad “economic war” aimed at destabilizing the country. *Rea...more »
I’m not sure if the BBC deliberately assigns anything to do with the Middle East to Mishal Husain, and if so, whether it’s despite or *because of* her infamous “Homemade contraptions / How many Israelis” interview. (I know Sarah Montague sometimes tackles this topic too.) How many Israelis have died? It’s obvious that very few people in the mainstream media are experts on the Israeli / Palestinian situation, but it’s quite clear that they take a view on it nevertheless. “I don’t know much about art but I know what I like” is a much mocked sentiment made about the naive by the inte...more »
By Paul Homewood http://theenergyst.com/ofgem-mulls-how-to-regulate-internet-of-things-what-to-do-if-people-dont-engage-with-smart-meters/ From The Energyst: What if consumers don’t want to engage in smart energy system? Ofgem has outlined the exponential challenge of regulating a smart energy market over which it would currently have limited jurisdiction. In a new position paper, the energy regulator floats concerns around lack […]
"Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality. An error of knowledge is not a moral flaw, provided you are willing to correct it; only a mystic would judge human beings by the standard of an impossible, automatic omniscience. But a breach of morality is the conscious choice of an action you know to be evil, or a willful evasion of knowledge, a suspension of sight and of thought. That which you do not know, is not a moral charge against you; but that which you refuse to know, is an account of infamy growing in your soul. Make every allowan...more »
“*Life, Explained To You”* Author Unknown "On the first day God created the dog. God said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. I will give you a life span of twenty years." The dog said, "That's too long to be barking. Give me ten years and I'll give you back the other ten." So God agreed. On the second day God created the monkey. God said, "Entertain people, do monkey tricks and make them laugh. I'll give you a twenty-year life span." The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? I don't think so. Dog gave you back ten, so th...more »
*The New York Times* has a story about President Trump's budget headlined "Trump Takes a Gamble in Cutting Programs His Base Relies On." We're told: The approach is a risky gamble for Mr. Trump, whose victory in November came in part by assembling a coalition that included low-income workers who rely on many of the programs that he now proposes to slash. So will Trump's voters blame him if programs they rely on are significantly cut? Before you answer, read this *Washington Post* story: NASHVILLE — Soon after Charla McComic’s son lost his job, his health-insurance premium dropped fr...more »
Meet Tek, the K9 officer who is one proud pooch after helping his partner rescue three abandoned puppies. Three puppies have been given a second chance at life, thanks to a Georgia State Patrol trooper and his K9 partner. TFC1 Ennis was in southwest Atlanta Monday, driving in an abandoned subdivision in a "known stolen car dumping ground," when he came across three puppies. The dogs had been dumped in a briar patch, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS). Trooper Ennis said he knew no one was coming for the pups, so he and his K9 partner brought them to GA D...more »
A recent research report by Bruce W. Bennett at the RAND Corporation looks at the possibility of a collapse of the North Korean government. With North Korea making the news cycle on a regular basis, thanks in large part to their ballistic missile program and the assassination of the current Supreme Leader's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia, the conclusions drawn in this research report are particularly pertinent, especially given these recent comments from U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, when commenting on North Korea: "*Let me be very clear: the policy of strategic...more »
Ralph Shortey, a Republican state senator, was an early supporter of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Ralph Shortey studied at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City. *Shortey with Donald trump Jr.* Oklahoma prosecutors have filed child prostitution charges against Ralph Shortey, Police found him in a hotel room with a teenage boy. Shortey surrendered to authorities on 16 March 2017 on charges of engaging in child prostitution and transporting a minor for prostitution. Ralph Shortey has a wife and three young daughters. Shortey routinely voted with his Repu...more »
There was a collective sigh of relief when Geert Wilders did not come out on top in the Netherlands election. But Tom Walkom warns that all is not sweetness and light: Wilder’s Freedom Party still did well. It came a strong second, winning five additional seats in the 150-person legislature, for a total of 20. More important, other parties felt compelled to ape Wilders, at least in part. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy ran on a platform of economic liberalism and cultural nationalism, warning immigrants to adopt Dutch values or leave. If ther...more »
Meet Tek, the K9 officer who is one proud pooch after helping his partner rescue three abandoned puppies. Three puppies have been given a second chance at life, thanks to a Georgia State Patrol trooper and his K9 partner. TFC1 Ennis was in southwest Atlanta Monday, driving in an abandoned subdivision in a "known stolen car dumping ground," when he came across three puppies. The dogs had been dumped in a briar patch, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS). Trooper Ennis said he knew no one was coming for the pups, so he and his K9 partner brought them to GA D...more »
BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg has had quite a week. Controversy after controversy has dogged the journalist. So it’s of little surprise that a video calling her out on her apparent bias and misreporting has blown the internet up. BOOM! Peter Stefanovic is a lawyer and prominent campaigner. His Facebook page has nearly 40,000 likes and […] The post A lawyer’s take-down of Laura Kuenssberg’s bias is going viral. Because it’s perfect [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.
After months of confusion following the UK’s Brexit vote, the government released its ‘Plan for Britain’ website on 16 March. And it almost immediately crashed, leaving users with an error message where they should have Britain’s plan for Brexit. The plan for Britain There was feverish excitement over the government’s shiny new website, and hopes […] The post The government finally released its plan for Britain after Brexit. There was a slight hitch. [IMAGE] appeared first on The Canary.
*Only a few months from my next Lanyu trip...* Another long analysis saying *Donald Trump is No Friend of Taiwan* of the Trump calls and "everything is negotiable" comments from Trump, this one from longtime Taiwan expert Shelly Rigger. She reviews the history of The Call, and then the Trump Administration's appointments, and discusses Trump's trolling... In less than 200 words, Trump managed to shake the foundations of U.S.-China relations and cast Taiwan’s future into doubt. Even for a devotee of short-form writing like master-tweeter Donald Trump, this was an achievement. The...more »
*Mortar Might* Soldiers fire a 120mm Mortar during exercise Real Thaw in Santa Margarida, Portugal, March 10, 2017. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Philip Steiner *Defense Web:* *US Army developing laser-guided precision mortar* The US Army has closed its initial solicitation phase for designs to create a next generation precision mortar that will allow Soldiers to put their rounds on target with extreme accuracy. The 120mm high explosive guided mortar, or HEGM program, is intended to replace the current precision-guided HE mortar, the accelerated precision mortar initiative or APMI, the...more »
From Jenna Orkin Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion DUTCH ELECTIONS: Prime Minister Mark Rutte set to win big victory over far-right leader Geert Wilders Trump's budget plan proposes cuts of up to 28% in key agencies ‘Airpocalypse’ smog events in China linked to melting ice cap, research reveals America's bizarre, dangerous winter showcased the extreme weather climate scientists have been warning us about A reminder that climate change is not linear; it's marked by volatility. The government just declassified a huge archive ...more »
*The east coast near Chenggong in Taitung. Heading out there for the Apr 1-4th holiday. Welcome to join, should be easy riding.* I wrote my latest Taiwan News piece in reply to J Michael Cole's piece over at the National Interest, and also in response to the many remarks at the pointless statistic that all three of Taiwan's elected presidents have been indicted. Hey no shit, because two of the presidents supported Taiwan independence, and were caught up in a general campaign during the Ma Administration. This time it is different. Cole's piece worried me. He said: Worryingly, the ...more »
*The China Post tweet writer can definitely marry my son. Or my daughter. Or both. In fact, I will throw in a couple of our cats if it gets all of them out of my house...* And hilarity ensued (ChinaPost).... Chiu said that the unredeemed bonds issued in 1947 were *payable to the Republic of China government* and were evidence that the party had contributed to helping the country through hard times by buying the bonds. The party said it used its own gold to pay a number of U.S.-issued bonds and had not requested that the state pay off the debt immediately. *The gold bonds were late...more »
A rendering showing what Lockheed Martin’s 60-killowatt laser might look like when deployed on one of the Army’s Family of Military Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) trucks. A Lockheed Martin spokesman said the laser beam would not actually be red and would not be visible when deployed. The red coloring was added for effect. (Lockheed Martin) *Washington Post*:* Lockheed Martin says it’s ready to hand over laser weapon to Army for testing* Lockheed Martin said Thursday it has finished a 60-kilowatt laser system for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and is preparing to hand it...more »
NOTE: This is just the type of post that would have earned me an email from Dan Olmsted, "Kimbo, you add the right touch at the right time, thank you..." or something kind and reassuring like that. Goodness I miss...
NOTE: Can you think of a product more fraught with injury? From the poisoning scandal decades ago, to heavy metal pieces found in the product, to the actual usage causing a cascade of chemical changes linked to autism. One day,...
*Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse*: *12 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve May Have Just Made The Biggest Economic Mistake Since The Last Financial Crisis* Has the Federal Reserve gone completely insane? On Wednesday, the Fed raised interest rates for the second time in three months, and it signaled that more rate hikes are coming in the months ahead. When the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates, it becomes less expensive to borrow money and that tends to stimulate more economic activity. But when the Federal Reserve raises rates , that makes it more expensive to borrow money ...more »
"When the birds sing, do they call to the flowers in the fields, or are they speaking to the trees, or are they echoing the murmur of the brooks? For Man with his understanding cannot know what the bird is saying, nor what the brook is murmuring, nor what the waves whisper when they touch the beaches slowly and gently. Man with his understanding cannot know what the rain is saying when it falls upon the leaves of the trees or when it taps at the window panes. He cannot know what the breeze is saying to the flowers in the fields. But the Heart of Man can feel and grasp the meaning of...more »
Tracey Chattaway, “Nightsky” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DSeZji2x-Y *"Give Me the Stars... Life Wants to Live!"* by Rick Tumlinson “Why do I care about opening the space frontier more than any other issue? Because in the grand sweep of space and time, little matters or will be seen through the eyes of those to come as having mattered beside what we do right now, in this time, not just to save this precious planet but to expand its life to worlds now dead. Because this one cause encompasses all causes worth being causes. Be it freedom, resources, the economy, the environment,...more »
As it turns out, negative science was suppressed. We have posted on this some years ago and I certainly agree that the danger is real, but fortunately low. It is to be hoped that manufacturers have found ways to lower direct exposure. It is also noteworthy that it takes a decade of exposure before the problem is likely to express itself. I am aware of two phone jockeys who succumbed. Others more sensibly wire up today to avoid high exposure. That is the real take home. normal usage is hardly a risk but habitual use such as is inevitable in a sales business does put ...more »
I reported here quite extensively on the Bakkan as it really was the leading edge of drilling technology in particular. It was quite marvelous to watch the massive deployment of capital to exploit a well known deposit with that new technology. My real concern was that everyone was mum on the real decline data. They probably did not know but they also had ample reason to be optimistic as traditional numbers would overstate things. That is never a good combination and the formula for postponing write downs until the capital is all spent. .That is even a worse idea. The take ...more »
I have spent most of my efforts fpcused on the past several hundred years, simply because we had data. Thus this result happens to be completely unexpected. looking at the chart though completely supports my most important conjecture. It is that the primary cause of the increasing chill in the northern hemisphere is caused by human driven desertification of the Sahara and the Middle East. Otherwise we see erratics likely caused by geologic events or a cyclic oceanic effect which is not particularly obvious provided this chart is highly accurate. Over laying all that is th...more »
This item informs as to the actual depth of philosophic argument in both Islam and Christianity and elsewhere as well through all history. We have allowed specific commentators to simply dismiss much material without proper review. Way too easy and this needs to be redressed. The intersection of Aristotelian philosophy and Theology has been immeasurably fruitful and this needs to be actively encouraged. Yet not to the rejection of revealed truth as that is a specific body of though that self isolates. Rigor defines boundaries and reveals insight not apparent. There remains...more »
NOTE: Merck, accustomed to causing injury to babies via MMR, then teens via Gardasil, has set its sights on the elderly population! By Anne Dachel March 14, 2017, Zostavax patients sue Merck, claiming shingles shot caused injuries and death Merck...
I have a Sentri Pass, which means that I can zip across the US/Mexico Border. However yesterday, my colleague's car broke down and he had to take one that is not listed on Sentri. There are rules that require that the driver be connected with the car by CBP. So on the way back to the USA, we both had to sit in a three hour line to cross even though we both have Sentri passes. Yes, a ten minute crossing was extended to three hours. I could get upset or I could amuse myself. I chose amusement and what better to do than to share the crossing experience (in part) without the smells wi...more »
Coulomb’s law means instantaneous electrical forces. This is not observed; probably because of Newton’s prior thoughts. Electrical forces exist in the time domain since they are perceived via motion. We really do need to understand the process of thinking more … Continue reading →
Religious minds are those which submit totally to an authority what ever that authority might be, whether some or other god, holy book, ideology or theory. Irreligious minds don’t. Questioning authority is thus blasphemy, whether theological, scientific or ideological. Scientific? … Continue reading →
*"Having Come This Far"* "I've been through what my through was to be, I did what I could and couldn't. I was never sure how I would get there. I nourished an ardor for thresholds, for stepping stones and for ladders, I discovered detour and ditch. I swam in the high tides of greed, I built sandcastles to house my dreams. I survived the sunburns of love. No longer do I hunt for targets. I've climbed all the summits I need to, and I've eaten my share of lotus. Now I give praise and thanks for what could not be avoided, and for every foolhardy choice. I cherish my wounds and their cures, ...more »
*Washington Free Beacon:* *Suspected Hack Attack Snagging Cell Phone Data Across D.C.* *Malicious entity could be tracking phones of domestic, foreign officials.* An unusual amount of highly suspicious cellphone activity in the Washington, D.C., region is fueling concerns that a rogue entity is surveying the communications of numerous individuals, likely including U.S. government officials and foreign diplomats, according to documents viewed by the Washington Free Beacon and conversations with security insiders. A large spike in suspicious activity on a major U.S. cellular carrier ...more »
I thought that feminism was about equality between the sexes, it seems that I may have been mistaken. This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39291178 seems to be approving of this book and its premise: '"She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body." That's a line from Naomi Alderman's book The Power, the only novel to appear on this year's longlist for the Orwell Book Prize for political writing. It imagines a world in which almost every woman suddenly develops the ability to electrocute ...more »
*New York Times: **Ukraine Cuts Off All Trade With Separatist Regions* MOSCOW — The Ukrainian authorities halted all trade with two Russian-controlled separatist enclaves in the country’s east on Wednesday, using an economic weapon to strike at what has been a long-festering military problem. The decision to block all but humanitarian trade dealt another blow to the much-beleaguered Minsk peace process and raised tensions not just with the separatists but with their patrons in Moscow, who could be called upon to provide aid and markets to the breakaway regions. President Petro ...more »
For more than a decade, I've been urging the responsible people to stop their support and especially government funding for the climate hysteria, a political movement that pretends to be all about science even though it brutally violates even the basic principles of the scientific method and threatens the integrity of the institutionalized science, prosperity of whole countries, and the freedom of their citizens. There have been partial victories that have made us smile at one moment or another. But up to 2007, it seemed clear that the movement was growing and after 2007-2009, whate...more »
Images circulating today of SOF boot prints in Yemen may seem trivial, but just show how easy it is to be compromised in these situations. pic.twitter.com/zd0E2F07ua — Thomas Gibbons-Neff (@Tmgneff) March 3, 2017
Special forces soldiers in the field (Shutterstock.com) *The Intercept:* *SEAL Team 6 Attempted a Second Yemen Raid One Month After Botched Operation* Navy SEALs attempted to conduct another raid inside Yemen earlier this month but aborted the mission at the last minute, according to a senior U.S. military official. Members of SEAL Team 6 deployed to Yemen in early March for a ground assault targeting suspected members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a group U.S. officials view as the most dangerous branch of the terrorist organization. The aborted mission followed a botched...more »
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 3/17/2017"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Somebody is lying about spying on Donald Trump. The Senate says they see “no evidence,” and yet the New York Times runs a story about revealing information that came from “wiretapping Trump aides.” Respected judge Andrew Napolitano says British Intelligence did the spying because it has 24/7 access to NSA records. The British Spy agency denies this charged. Bottom line, The Trump Administration is overtly and covertly under attack, and that is clear. Expect a counter attack and soon from the Trump camp. The Federa...more »
This is a guest post from Matthew Hoffmann, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto The environmental policy pronouncements and orders emanating from the Trump administration are tracking the worst fears and expectations of those concerned by the scorched earth, anti-environmental rhetoric of the Trump campaign. The list of egregious (e.g. defunding […]
The U.S. flew two supersonic, B-1B strategic bombers over South Korea on Wednesday as part of ongoing military exercises between the two countries. *Yonhap News*: *US Deploys B-1B Bombers* SEOUL, March 16 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday condemned South Korea and the United States for "escalating nuclear attack threats," citing the participation of U.S. strategic bombers and the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson in joint military drills in South Korea. North Korea's official news agency, KCNA, said a fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers from the Andersen air base on Guam made a stealth fl...more »
*2 of the banksters most profitable investments in Congress-- Emanuel and Himes* If you think Trump has gone overboard in draining the swamp and what DC needs is *more* banksters in public office, good news: banksters and lobbyists are launching an effort to train banksters who want to run for state or federal office. I'll get into it in a moment but first let's take a quick look at the fount of congressional corruption-- the House Financial Services Committee, the single most corrupt committee in Congress, the one the banksters count on to do their bidding... and spend millions of ...more »
REPORT: 12 UFOs Shut Down Flights to Airport in Lima, Peru for Hours by http://www.thedailysheeple.com/ Although there are no mainstream reports about it, Disclose.TV and others are reporting that as many as 12 unidentified objects caused flights to be suspended at the Jorge Chávez Airport in Lima, Peru in February. – The image above was taken […]
Israel: Where Vision And Reality Violently Diverge by Jonathan Cook, http://www.thenational.ae/ Dustin Pfundheller, 30, an American dentist living in Singapore, was set to become the youngest person to visit every country in the world while in a full-time job. His globetrotting has taken him to 192 of the 193 recognised states, bringing his medical skills to the […]
Published on Mar 16, 2017 The Chinese Foreign Ministry has warned Japan that Beijing will give a firm response should Tokyo interfere in the South China Sea. Hua Chunying made the remarks after media reports suggested that Japan is planning to dispatch its largest warship to the South China Sea. She also called on Tokyo […]
Published on Mar 16, 2017 First, Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) claimed that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky)was “working for Vladimir Putin” because he opposed the expansion of NATO. Then, Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the US should never trust Russia. Do these and other anti-Russian remarks hurt our prospects for world peace? Libertarian […]
Published on Mar 16, 2017 Conservative talk radio show host and author Michael Savage joins Larry King with his prediction for the GOP healthcare bill. Savage also explains why he believes House Speaker Paul Ryan and neoconservatives are the greatest threat to Donald Trump’s presidency, and why, he says, Steve Bannon ‘misled’ the president. end
In the Next Few Hours, the Deep State Will Launch Its Revenge on Trump by Nick Giambruno, Senior Editor, http://www.internationalman.com/ The Deep State is set to prick the largest bubble in human history today… The Deep State is the permanently entrenched “national security” bureaucracy—the top tier of the military, the CIA, FBI, NSA, etc. It also includes […]
Are Patients Dying from Chemo And Not Cancer Itself? by Vicki Batts, http://www.naturalnews.com/ (Natural News) New research has revealed that cancer isn’t the only thing killing cancer patients. Many times, the treatment itself is what turns out to be the cause of death. – For the first time ever, a team of researchers decided to look at […]
Published on Mar 16, 2017 The leader of India withdrew the most popular bank notes from India, and many industry insiders believe the motive was to stifle Indian gold demand since much of the gold trade in India is conducted in cash. But the plan backfired: Indian gold demand has gone through the roof! – […]
‘Of Course, the Deep State Exists’ in America, Gingrich Says by http://www.presstv.ir/ Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the US House of Representatives has accused the “deep state” – a shadowy network of powerful entrenched federal and military interests – of attempting to destabilize the administration of President Donald Trump. – “Of course, the deep state exists. […]
E-Day is FINALLY Here! History is Made as Queen Gives Royal Assent to the Brexit Bill Paving the Way for Theresa May to Trigger Article 50 within Weeks by JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR MAILONLINE, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ * The Queen has formally given Royal Assent to the European Union Bill * The historic move clears the way for […]
Streamed live on Mar 15, 2017 Rick Wiles, Jim Willie: Has the Trump Revolution Been Derailed? Has the Trump Revolution been derailed by the perpetual war, sleaze, corruption, and pedophilia party, or has it only hit a bump in the road? Today on TRUNEWS, Rick Wiles is joined by economic analyst Jim Willie to ponder […]
Video: On June 1st The Deep State Will Move To Overthrow Trump: “There Is A Secret Agenda To Allow A Crisis… And Get Rid Of The President” by Mac Slavo, http://www.SHTFplan.com On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 the U.S. government once again hit its debt ceiling. In short, this means that until Congress raises the ceiling, the […]
Donald Trump’s Treasury Dept is filled with Goldman Sucks swamp monsters, starting with Mnuchin. The Government Sucks Illuminist bank still has total control over the finances of America. It does not mean that Trump doesn’t want to MAGA. It simply means, even with his best intentions, the Illuminati still have their Goldman Sucks octopus round […]
*Washington Post*: *Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has ‘failed’; Pyongyang warns of war* TOKYO — The Trump administration made a clear break Thursday with diplomatic efforts to talk North Korea out of a nuclear confrontation, bringing the United States and its Asian allies closer to a military response than at any point in more than a decade. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that 20 years of trying to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program had failed and that he was visiting Asia “to exchange views on a new approach.” Soon after Tillerson’s remarks, i...more »
“Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble - maybe Macbeth should have consulted the Witch Head Nebula. This suggestively shaped reflection nebula is associated with the bright star Rigel in the constellation Orion. More formally known as IC 2118, the Witch Head Nebula glows primarily by light reflected from bright star Rigel, located just below the lower edge of the below image. *Click image for larger size.* Fine dust in the nebula reflects the light. The blue color is caused not only by Rigel's blue color but because the dust grains reflect blue light more e...more »
*"What We Want"* "What we want is never simple. We move among the things we thought we wanted: a face, a room, an open book and these things bear our names- now they want us. But what we want appears in dreams, wearing disguises. We fall past, holding out our arms and in the morning our arms ache. We don't remember the dream, but the dream remembers us. It is there all day as an animal is there under the table, as the stars are there even in full sun." - Linda Pastan
“You think you will never forget any of this, you will remember it always just the way it was. But you can't remember it the way it was. To know it, you have to be living in the presence of it right as it is happening. It can return only by surprise. Speaking of these things tells you that there are no words for them that are equal to them or that can restore them to your mind. And so you have a life that you are living only now, now and now and now, gone before you can speak of it, and you must be thankful for living day by day, moment by moment, in this presence. But you have a li...more »
The divide is in the data. American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015 5 year estimates, Table S1810, CC BY *Editor’s note: We’ve all heard of the great divide between life in rural and urban America. But what are the factors that contribute to these differences? We asked sociologists, economists, geographers and historians to describe the divide from different angles. The data paint a richer and sometimes surprising picture of the U.S. today.* 1. Poverty is higher in rural areas Discussions of poverty in the United States often mistakenly focus on urban areas. While urban poverty i...more »
President Ronald Reagan on stage with his wife Nancy, 1984. AP Photo/Reed Saxon When Ronald Reagan called the United States a “city on a hill,” in 1974, it encapsulated an expansive, optimistic vision of America. The phrase comes from a Puritan sermon by John Winthrop called “A Model of Christian Charity.” But no one knew Winthrop’s sermon existed until 1838, when it was discovered in the New-York Historical Society and printed by the Massachusetts Historical Society. The New-York Historical Society had nearly closed in 1825, but New York Gov. Dewitt Clinton urged the state to save...more »
I’m not going to lie. When I heard that the Trump Administration was going to release its budget blueprint, I didn’t have high hopes for global health. The new administration’s commitment to global health has been ambiguous at best, and early word was that medical and scientific research was in for some massive cuts. So […]
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Omar Mawji, Eurasia Review*: *Disengagement From Syrian Civil War Won’t Come Cheap For Russia – Analysis* Many analysts have been critical of the US military strategy to eliminate Daesh and establish a stable Syrian government. On the other hand, Russia has been praised, often by the same critics of the U.S., as a significant presence in Syria that has made tremendous strides in fighting Daesh and propping up President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Many are very quick to compliment Russia on its Syrian policy, even suggesting that Russia was re-estab...more »
*“I've Learned”* by Omer B. Washington "This text, which I found on the Internet, is attributed to me. I did not write it, but I think worth reproducing here." - Paulo Coelho • "I’ve learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them; • I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back; • I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it. • I’ve learned that you can get by on charm, for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something; • I’ve...more »
*SKY News*: *Sky crew survives IS bomb explosion in Mosul* A Sky News crew has narrowly avoided a suicide bomb blast on the front line of the Iraqi offensive against Islamic State in Mosul. Sky News Chief Correspondent Stuart Ramsay is at the front of the offensive along with cameraman Nathan Hale and security adviser Mike Mawhinney. On Wednesday, they were forced to shelter inside a vehicle as a huge explosion rocked the nearby area and then run across open ground covered by IS snipers when their position came under heavy fire. It is thought that a nearby digger saved them from t...more »
In 1939, the infamous ship *St. Louis* limped around the Atlantic and Caribbean with over 900 German Jews on board. Arm-twisted by the Nazis, but also shamefully, the United States and Cuba both refused sanctuary to the refugees. Eventually the ship returned to Germany and most of the passengers on board were eventually killed during the Holocaust. Bard College professor an director of the Hannah Arendt Center, Roger Berkowitz talks about a luckier refugee, Hanna Arendt: In 1943, Arendt wrote a poignant essay 'We Refugees': *"The stateless person, without the right to residence and ...more »
How can investigators get into digital files? Sherlock Holmes and computer via shutterstock.com The discussion about how law enforcement or government intelligence agencies might rapidly decode information someone else wants to keep secret is – or should be – shifting. One commonly proposed approach, introducing what is called a “backdoor” to the encryption algorithm itself, is now widely recognized as too risky to be worth pursuing any further. The scholarly and research community, the technology industry and Congress appear to be in agreement that weakening the encryption that in ...more »
*Executive Vice President sounds so much better than "lobbyist sleaze bag"* At the very end of February, we ran an exhaustive piece on the dangers of electing Kathleen Matthews, Chris Matthews lobbyist wife, chair of the state Democratic Party. Short version: the Democratic Party needs fewer vile millionaire elitists running the party, not more. A few days later the vile millionaire elitist was selected to be interim party chair. She's already running for a full 4 year term, which will be voted on in a couple of months. She admits that party bosses Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen and ...more »
By Denis G. Rancourt SUMMARY: The Supreme Court of Canada today refused to clarify and fix the Canadian common law of affidavits needed to remedy an absence of transcripts in administrative tribunal hearings. I was fired under a false pretext in 2009, at the University of Ottawa where I was a tenured Full Professor of Physics.  Following a lengthy legal process, in 2014 a labour
*Reuters:* *Iraqi forces besiege Islamic State around Mosul Old City* Iraqi government forces besieged Islamic State militants around Mosul's Old City on Thursday, edging closer to the historic mosque from where the group's leader declared a caliphate nearly three years ago. The militants, holed up in houses and darting through alleyways, resisted with sniper fire, suicide attacks and car bombs. Though heavy rain hampered the advance, Federal Police and rapid response unit troops reached points about 500 m (yards) from the centuries-old al-Nuri Mosque by Thursday morning. The b...more »
Donald Trump is giving a top boss at defence manufacturer Boeing his dream job at the White House. And though it is a brazen move, at least we can now prepare for the horrors ahead. Number Two On 16 March, the White House announced that Trump wants senior vice president of Supply Chain and Operations […] The post Trump’s latest move is brazen. But the world can at least now prepare for the horrors ahead appeared first on The Canary.
*America In Divisive Distress And Courting Disaster!* Ameri~ka The Brutish Rule? By Alfred Lehmberg This essay is about UFOs only in as much as current political behavior must inspire a reasonable trepidation in a UFO's conjectured occupants. We earn, and decisively, our conjectured quarantine... ...Buckle in. To start, the wife is a wee bit upset with me as it stands, I say true! She won't avoid being *more* non-plussed upon finding out about the present controversy I'd engage, or otherwise whack with an outraged literary stick. ...But hey, as you'll come to see, I really do love...more »
Here, on the Saskatchewan Party's determination to make work more precarious - and pay and benefits harder to come by - in the public and private sectors alike. For further reading... - The history of the Skip the Dishes saga includes the government's plan for millions of dollars in handouts; the decision of the company not to bother following through on the deal, resulting in the cancellation of a cheque already sent out; the sale of the business to a British buyer; and most recently the uproar over an applicant being told that her questions about pay and benefits made her unfit f...more »
[image: undefined] The Kagan family, America’s neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton and from its loss of official power at the start of the Trump presidency. Back pontificating on prominent op-ed pages, the Family Kagan now is pushing for an expanded U.S. military invasion of Syria and baiting Republicans for not joining more enthusiastically in the anti-Russian witch hunt over Moscow’s alleged help in electing Donald Trump. In a Washington Post op-ed on March 7, Rob...more »
Legislation in Georgia would expand definition of “domestic terrorism” and make it possible to further criminalize boycotts, sit-ins, and other protests. The post Georgia ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Bill Would Likely Fuel Criminalization Of Muslim And Immigrant Rights Protesters appeared first on Shadowproof.
The US Army has announced the availability of the updated Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) ' missile defense' system Permanent Stationing in Guam, Environmental Assessment (EA), including the Draft Findings of *No Significant Impact. * The EA assesses the potential impacts associated with the current expeditionary (temporary) placement and operation of a THAAD ballistic missile defense battery at Anderson Air Force Base in Guam [since 2013], and from the proposed permanent stationing of the THAAD battery at the current location on Northwest Field. The EA was previousl...more »
There will not be one reader here that will be shocked or even mildly surprised by the Israeli plan, my bad, I mean discussion. ;) *Link* In an exclusive interview with Jerusalem Online, Middle East experts David Keleti and Jerry Gordon stated that in last month’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, the two discussed ways of managing Iranian belligerency. The two Middle East scholars noted that* establishing a Syrian Kurdish safe zone *dominated by the democratic Kurdish National Assembly of Syria (KURDNAS), an umbrella organiz...more »
*Adam Chandler, The Atlantic*:* What Did the Dutch Election Really Prove?* *One vote and the perils of over-interpretation* In January, as Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, campaigned to stave off a challenge from Geert Wilders and the anti-Muslim, far-right Party for Freedom, he wrote an open letter that ran as full-page ads in several newspapers. In it, Rutte rang up mentions of “the silent majority” and castigated immigrants who “abuse our freedom.” He later added, “If you reject our country so fundamentally, I’d prefer you leave. … Act normal or leave.” On We...more »
This is an update to my article: How A "Dwarf Planet" Gas Giant Could Challenge IAU Definition - Pluto, Ceres, Haumea Etc Can All Be Planets. That article pointed out that we could discover a gas giant in our own solar system that satisfies the IAU definition of a "dwarf planet" as it wouldn't clear its orbit if it was far enough away. First, I should have pointed out there that the WISE search has not ruled out gas giants in the remote parts of our solar system. read more
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: New paper explains inherent flaws of computer models predicting future climate change London, 21 February: Claims that the planet is threatened by man-made global warming are based on science that is based on inadequate computer modelling. That is the conclusion of a new briefing paper published today by…
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by John Mauer One aspect of the science of global warming is the measurement of temperature on a local basis. This is followed by placing the data on a worldwide grid and extrapolating to areas that don’t have data. The local measurement site in the northwest corner…
Originally posted on Science Matters: ? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/5c/The_Scientific_Method_as_an_Ongoing_Process.svg/850px-The_Scientific_Method_as_an_Ongoing_Process.svg.png This blog is dedicated to science as a process of discovery, rather than a catechism of truths to be embraced. This article in the Washington Times discussed that issue in relation to a recent Time Magazine essay that comes down on the catechism side. Time’s Misreading of Science,…
It was not immediately clear if the hijackers were fishermen or professional pirates. MOHAMED DEEQ - SBC *BBC:* *Somalia ship hijack: 'Pirates' release vessel without ransom* Somali pirates who hijacked an oil tanker have released it without condition, according to officials. The announcement came hours after the pirates and naval forces exchanged gunfire over a boat believed to be carrying supplies to the hijackers. The tanker, which was en route from Djibouti to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, was seized on Monday with eight Sri Lankan crew members on board. It is the first hijac...more »
This set of hilarious photographs capture the moment a black drongo circles short-toed snake eagle and then lands on its head. Judging by the pictures, it is quite clear the bird of prey is not too pleased with its unwanted guest crashing down onto it over and over again. The encounter was spotted by Greaves Henriksen in Tamilnadu, India. The 52-year-old amateur photographer believes the eagle was sitting close to a nest, which the bird was trying to defend. Greaves, a manager at a tea gardens, said: 'I just couldn't stop taking photos of this truly rare sight. 'The short-toed s...more »
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas has launched a scathing attack on the Conservative government. And she didn’t mince her words, as she tore them to shreds over their failure to attend a major UN summit on nuclear disarmament. Ban the bomb? We couldn’t possibly… In October 2016, UN member states voted to begin negotiations on a […] The post Caroline Lucas demolishes the Tories over their ‘reckless and irresponsible’ behaviour appeared first on The Canary.
A police officer has been charged over the alleged smashing of a car windscreen. PC Savage faces allegations of assault, threatening behaviour, criminal damage, and possession of a bladed article. In September 2016, footage emerged of a police officer apparently smashing a windscreen during a stop-and-search. Police complaint A complaint made after the incident was investigated by the Independent... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Some people have long accused Israel of policies, laws and practices which make it an apartheid regime. But now, for the first time, a UN report has also used this terminology. And this act has led to both praise and outrage. The report A report from two specialists in the region concludes that: Israel has established an […] The post UK stands idly by as a UN report labels Israel an... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Dandelion Salad Updated: March 17, 2017, added two video reports by Ralph Nader The Nader Page, Mar. 13, 2017 March 16, 2017 Donald J. Trump was a builder of casinos and high-priced hotels and golf courses. Now he is a builder of a tower of contradictions for the American people that is making “America Great” […]
U.N. Secretary general Antonio Guterres addresses a news conference after his meeting with Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed in Somalia's capital Mogadishu March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar *Reuters:* *U.N. chief warns against abrupt U.S. funding cuts to world body* United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday against an abrupt cut to U.S. funding for the world body, and France's U.N. envoy said a retreat by Washington from global affairs could lead to more instability. "Abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will under...more »
J.D. Vance, author of the much-discussed book *Hillbilly Elegy,* tells us in *The New York Times* today that he's moving back to Ohio, the state where he grew up: COLUMBUS, Ohio — In recent months, I’ve frequently found myself in places hit hard by manufacturing job losses, speaking to people affected in various ways. Sometimes, the conversation turns to the conflict people feel between the love of their home and the desire to leave in search of better work. It’s a conflict I know well: I left my home state, Ohio, for the Marine Corps when I was 19. And while I’ve returned home for...more »
The solution to our broken media is to offer a strong platform for a wider range of voices, especially those disinterested in serving elite interests. The post Sick Of Media Groupthink? Support Independent Media appeared first on Shadowproof.
[image: federal-judges-again-block-trump-travel-ban-from-nations-with-terrorist-ties] Two federal judges have issued rulings blocking President Trump’s latest executive order banning foreign nationals from six countries identified as havens for terrorists.
[image: trumps-blueprint-budget-is-a-policy-statement-real-budget-to-follow] President Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued “America First — A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” on Wednesday, noting that the real budget will be released in May.
*UPDATE: March 17, 2017* US Hellfire Missile strikes Syrian Mosque - dozens of civilian casualties. The Crusade is on. *The Crusades During the Medieval Era* Following up on my previous post below, I was thinking about the Trump Administration's alleged "reset" of the USrael Middle East Policy. This re-set involves putting "US boots on the ground" and attempting to gather up the support of the "locals" in achieving their various "regime change" goals in Yemen, Syria, Iran, etc. There was something about this plan that was at the same time vaguely familiar and vaguely disturbin...more »
Kim Weaver is the chairman of the O'Brien County Democratic Party in the northwest corner of Iowa, close to where Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska abut her state. In 2016 she took on the thankless tasking of running against her notoriously bigoted congressman, Steve King. And she's working towards a re-match for 2018. Trump won the district last November-- 60.9% to 33.5%. In 2012 it was the only Iowa district Obama didn't win. Romney took it 53.4% to 45.3%. In November Trump won all the Iowa districts, even the blue-leaning ones. There was a real red tide in Iowa last year. At...more »
Former CIA deputy director Mike Morell was on Face the Nation *MSNBC:* *Clinton Ally Says Smoke, But No Fire: No Russia-Trump Collusion* Former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and called Donald Trump a dupe of Russia, cast doubt Wednesday night on allegations that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Morell, who was in line to become CIA director if Clinton won, said he had seen no evidence that Trump associates cooperated with Russians. He also raised questions about the dossier written by a former British intelligence officer, whic...more »
*Reuters*: *Senate panel leaders: no evidence to Trump claim of Obama wiretap* The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday they saw no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016," Republican Chairman Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner, the...more »
Second in annoyance only to Donald Trump's Tweets are the persistent stories about how Chelsea Clinton is being "groomed" for public office. Every time I read one of these ubiquitous pieces, I can't help but wonder: who, exactly, is doing all this mysterious grooming? Mom? Dad? The DNC? MSNBC? The Hamilton Project? The Center for American Progress? The articles never say, exactly. So I have no choice but to let my imagination run wild. What immediately comes to mind, totally unbidden of course, are the libertines of De Sade's* 120 Days of Sodom. *These depraved characters have the...more »
*New York Post*: *Trump seems to confirm the CIA docs released by WikiLeaks* President Trump appeared to confirm the authenticity of a trove of CIA documents recently published by WikiLeaks — breaking from US government policy never to confirm the docs were legitimate. “By the way, with the CIA, I just want people to know, the CIA was hacked, and a lot of things taken,” Trump said in an interview that aired Wednesday night on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “That was during the Obama years,” Trump said, alluding to the timing of when the documents were stolen, not when they we...more »
*FOX News:* *Trump says he will submit evidence of wiretapping to House committee 'very soon'* President Trump discussed his tweeted accusation that President Obama ordered "wires" at Trump Tower tapped during last year's presidential campaign in an exclusive interview with Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday. Trump told host Tucker Carlson that the administration "will be submitting things" to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence "very soon." The president added that he "will be, perhaps speaking about this next week" and predicted that "you’re going to ...more »
A new paper claims the size and shape of your nose evolved in response to local climate conditions. The nose is one of our distinctive facial features. It conditions the air we breathe so it is warm and moist when it reaches the lungs, which helps prevent infections. And that may be why people whose ancestors lived in hot, humid places tend to have wider nostrils than people whose ancestors came from cold and dry environments. read more
*Reuters:* *U.S. authorities charge Russian spies, hackers in huge Yahoo hack* WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday charged two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers with masterminding the 2014 theft of 500 million Yahoo accounts, the first time the U.S. government has criminally charged Russian spies for cyber offences. The charges came amid a swirl of controversies relating to alleged Kremlin-backed hacking of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible links between Russian figures and associates of U.S. President Donald Trump. This has given rise t...more »
What does Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen's decision to raise the interest rates .25 percent mean for the US economy? The budget? What about debt versus GDP growth? We take a look at the continuing disaster of creating money out of thin air in today's Liberty Report:
After 160 years of negotiation, Māori tribe wins recognition for Whanganui river, meaning it must be treated as a living entity A river in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. The New Zealand parliament passed the bill recognising the Whanganui River, in North Island, as a living entity. Long revered by New Zealand's Maori people, the river's interests will now be represented by two people. The Maori had been fighting for over 160 years to get this recognition for their river, a minister said. "I know the initial inclination ...more »