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In the social media I am noticing an alarming rise in incidences of trolling and bad behaviour by certain people who pretend that they are the "only true-followers" of Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. But they have very little knowledge of philosophy, and they are incapable of holding a logical discussion. Their method of argumentation consists of badgering their adversary into silence. To expose and denounce such disorderly and unethical conduct, I made this post on my Facebook page. I reproduce it here: *Ayn Rand’s philosophy is the philosophy of reason and individualism, but...more »
*DW:* *Russian opposition politician Navalny links PM Medvedev to billion euro property empire* Navalny alleges Medvedev took bribes from key Russian oligarchs under the guise of donations to charities. In a 49-minute expose Navalny even flies drones over lavish properties he alleges were bought with corrupt money. Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny accused Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of massive corruption in a report accompanied by a Youtube video he posted on Thursday. The anti-corruption activist alleged Medvedev controls a property empire including mansions, yach...more »
A woman injured in a mortar attack is treated by medics in a field clinic as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul, Iraq March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra *WNU Editor:* For more photos go here ....* Triage in a Mosul field hospital* (Reuters).
Upper teeth of a Neanderthal who lived about 40,000 years ago. Debbie Guatelli-Steinberg, CC BY-NC “Show me your teeth and I’ll tell you who you are.” These words, attributed to 19th-century naturalist George Cuvier, couldn’t be more correct. The pearly whites we use every day over and over and over again are clues not just to our own individual lives but also to our evolutionary history. Teeth lock into their physical structure remarkable detail about the creatures whose mouths they’re in, whether our own or those of our ancient ancestors. Fossil teeth are tiny time capsules that p...more »
*Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg*: *What the IMF Doesn't Know About Ukraine* The conflict between Ukraine and Russia entered a new phase on Wednesday. The separatist, pro-Russian "people's republics" of eastern Ukraine announced they were taking over Ukrainian oligarchs' assets on their territory. Few people outside Ukraine know that throughout the three-year hostilities, these factories and mines paid Ukrainian taxes, and their output was counted toward Ukraine's gross domestic product. If the takeover stands, Ukraine won't see the predicted economic growth. Unlike the military acti...more »
With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I love whipping up these fun rainbow cereal treats for my kids to enjoy! You will need: - half a stick of butter - 1 bag of marshmallows (10 or 16 OZ) - 1 box of Trix (If you use a 16 OZ bag of marshmallows, you might want a box and a little extra) - a pinch of salt - 1 teaspoon vanilla - non-stick cooking spray Melt the butter in the bottom of a large bowl. Pour the marshmallows on top. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the marshmallows are just melted. It is possible to scorch marshmallows so watc...more »
Look, I like a good harira and a sumptuous tagine as much as anyone. But I haven't been to Morocco more than a dozen times because of either. I first visited Morocco early in 1969; it was my first trip to a "non-Western" country. I loved everything about it, but it was the generosity and welcoming nature of the Moroccan people that blew my mind. That's not just why I keep returning but it was in part why I immediately embarked on a 2 year journey that took me through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, all Muslim-majority countries (as well as India which has over 170 million ...more »
A detention center in Eloy, Arizona. AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo Should we run the government like a business? Donald Trump seems to think so. During his campaign for president, Trump returned again and again to his supposed success as a businessman and promised government programs “under budget and ahead of schedule.” His hotel in Washington would be “a metaphor for what we can accomplish for this country.” The qualities Trump sees in himself are what he seems have been looking for in his Cabinet. His nominees for the State, Treasury and Commerce departments are successful business...more »
*Daily Mail*:* Video shows Russian fighter jets buzzing USS Porter in early February - months after Moscow vowed to 'retaliate' for ship's entry into Black Sea* * On February 10, Russian fighter jets 'buzzed' the USS Porter in the Black Sea * The US says four planes flew dangerously close to the naval destroyer * In June, the Porter sailed into the Black Sea, angering the Russians * US-Russia ties have grown more tense since Syria and Ukraine crises Video has surfaced of Russian fighter jets dramatically 'buzzing' an American naval ship in the Black Sea last month. The incident ca...more »
Modern Ashkenazi Khazars (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT the Jews of the Bible! Ashkenaz is not from the tribe of Shem ie. not semitic! They cannot be the descendents of Jacob/Israel who are from Shem! – Genesis 10:1-3 (New King James Version) Nations Descended from Noah 1 Now this is the genealogy of the […]
The Ides of March (15 March) is the next critical date to watch because: – * FedRes meets and will very likely raise interest rates. Market probability of interest rate increase has hit 90%. * The US debt ceiling ‘holiday’ will expire on 15 March. Thereafter, if the ceiling is not raise, the US Govt […]
Published on Mar 1, 2017 When Ambassador Nikki Haley said Russia is neither friend nor foe and “we are willing to call them out,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded that Russia is “waiting for some kind of actions” in order to understand US intentions. So, is the Trump Administration shifting its initially cordial tone toward […]
Published on Mar 2, 2017 Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains under fire for his alleged Russian connections, following leaks within the Department of Justice. While President Donald Trump has said he has “total confidence” in the attorney general. While he has recused himself from investigations of suspected past and present Russian connections in Trump’s administration, […]
Published on Mar 2, 2017 Some 3,000 soldiers of Russia’s Southern Military District took part in snap drills in the North Caucasus and Crimea. Footage captured the soldiers carrying out tactical maneuvers and holding live-fire exercises from tanks at an undisclosed location in the Chechen Republic. end
It’s Official: Intelligence Chief Confirms Russia Did Not Hack Election by Sean Adl-Tabatabai, http://yournewswire.com/ House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has categorically confirmed that Russia did not hack the U.S. election and had no relationship with the Trump administration. – As dubious media outlets have aggressively pursued the lie that Trump won the election by seeking help […]
‘There Are No Moderate Rebels’: Tulsi Gabbard Destroys the Deep State’s Syria Narrative by Michael Krieger, https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/ Tulsi Gabbard has continued to impress ever since she came on the national scene last year with her courageous and very public support for Bernie Sanders in the rigged Democratic primary. – Most recently, she continued to demonstrate her knowledge of geopolitics […]
Chinese and U.S. navies hold first-ever joint exercise in the Atlantic, on the southeast region of Mayport in Florida, United States, November 7, 2015. [Photo: Chinanews.com] *Lyle J. Goldstein, National Interest*: *Beijing at Sea: Is China Crafting an Atlantic Maritime Strategy?* *Chinese strategists suggest that the country's focus on the Atlantic has been insufficient.* One of the unintended consequences of pushing hard against Chinese claims in the South China Sea and the East China Sea (including Taiwan) is that these contested zones have given major impetus to China’s growin...more »
If you ever wondered why NASA should have employed Hansen, who was such an eco-activist that I understand he was arrested six times, this incredibly revealing document, from NASA’s “Societal Impact of Spaceflight” (2007) explains why. In part NASA used … Continue reading →
“Seen as a seagull and a duck, these nebulae are not the only cosmic clouds to evoke images of flight. But both are winging their way across this broad celestial landscape, spanning almost 7 degrees across planet Earth's night sky toward the constellation Canis Major. *Click image for larger size.* The expansive Seagull (upper left) is itself composed of two major cataloged emission nebulae. Brighter NGC 2327 forms the head with the more diffuse IC 2177 as the wings and body. Impressively, the Seagull's wingspan would correspond to about 250 light-years at an estimated distance of 3...more »
* “Squaring The Circle”* by Chet Raymo "Here is a little story about the best and worst of Western civilization. It can be summarized in one word: square. Yep, that's right. Square. The ninety degree corner, the plumb-bobbed line. Forget the squiggle, the wiggle, the curlicue, the arc. We're talking orthogonality here. We're talking perpendicularity. I was flying across the country the other day at 37,000 feet. From the Mississippi to the Rockies, for a thousand miles, as far as the eye could see, the land was ruled into one-mile squares, as neat as the tiles on your kitchen floor....more »
"The rule among the human race– a rule that naturally admits of exceptions– is that the reputedly hard are the weak whom nobody wanted, and that the strong- caring little whether they are wanted or not- have alone that gentleness which the vulgar herd mistakes for weakness." - Marcel Proust
Here, on the first few steps of the federal NDP's leadership race. For further reading... - CBC News reported on Peter Julian's campaign launch, while Alex Ballingall covered Charlie Angus' and Aaron Wherry wrote about Guy Caron's. And Mia Rabson reports that Niki Ashton will officially announce her candidacy next week. - So far Peter Julian looks to be the only candidate with an active leadership website, which is worth a visit particularly for its forum for policy discussion. - John Paul Tasker also took a general look at the campaign. Chantal Hebert discussed the importance of a f...more »
*Reuters:* *Uighur IS fighters vow blood will 'flow in rivers' in China* Vowing to plant their flag in China and that blood will "flow in rivers", a video released this week purportedly by the Islamic State group shows ethnic Uighur fighters training in Iraq, underscoring what Beijing sees as a serious threat. China is worried that Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people from western China's Xinjiang region, have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight for militant groups there, having traveled illegally via Southeast Asia and Turkey. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the killing of a Chin...more »
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Olivia Loveridge-Greene comments on new research showing how many workers may be forced to keep working into their 70s or beyond in order to be able to stay afloat. And Don Pittis explains why tax-free savings accounts and other giveaways to the wealthy won't do anything to help the people who most need an opportunity to save for retirement: (S)ince the late Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty adopted Kesselman's idea and introduced the tax-free savings account in 2009, research shows that neither it nor RRSPs are doing what economis...more »
A second environmental group has given formal notice that it will sue the owner of an underwater pipeline spewing natural gas into Alaska's Cook Inlet. The inlet is home to endangered beluga whales, salmon and other fish. Gas since at least Feb. 7 has bubbled from an 20-centimetre pipeline owned by Hilcorp Alaska LLC. The pipeline moves processed natural gas from onshore to four drilling platforms. The company in a statement said its modeling consultants conclude that only tiny amounts of natural gas likely are dissolving into the water and that there likely is minimal effect on m...more »
The third-ranking Republican in the House, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is responsible for running a team that counts votes for Ryan and McCarthy. When Ryan releases a trial balloon-- like, say, the Obamacare replacement plan he "leaked" last week-- it's up to Scalise to find out if there are enough votes inside the Republican conference for them to introduce it without having to go make deals with pesky New Dems and Blue Dogs. The largest group of right-wing Republicans in the conference-- 170 members-- is the Republican Study Committee and this week their chairman, Mark Wa...more »
Moore v. Sweet, 2017 ONCA 182:  This Court has made it clear on a number of occasions that lawsuits are to be decided within the boundaries of the pleadings (i.e., the documents framing the issues), and based on findings and conclusions that are "anchored in the pleadings, evidence, positions or submissions of any of the parties". Otherwise, they are "inherently unreliable" and "procedurally unfair, or contrary to natural justice". When a judge steps outside of the case as it was "developed by the parties" to decide a given issue, the parties are deprived of the opportun...more »
Dandelion Salad by Tyler James Socialist Worker March 2, 2017 WHAT DOES it mean to be a revolutionary? Ultimately, it means you believe that capitalism can’t be fixed, and that we need a qualitatively different kind of system that prioritizes freedom, democracy and human need rather than profit and power for the few. What does […]
*"The Illusion Of Progress"* by Charles Hugh-Smith "This is precisely what you'd expect of a self-serving elite that was desperate to cloak the unhappy reality that the relative few are benefiting immensely at the expense of the many. The core narrative of politics everywhere is progress, i.e. "moving forward." If progress isn't being made, politicos and the system are failing. In the past, "progressive" movements sought to advance both social and economic opportunities for marginalized groups. For a variety of reasons, social progress has been decoupled from economic progress. I...more »
*Lengthy but worth reading.. Or it wouldn't be here* *Inspired by the vileness of Votel and far too many evil psychopaths:* *Syria safe zones ‘a viable concept’ top US military commander says* *Washington Post Feb 23/17* *Yu-Ming Liou (@YuMingLiou) is a PhD Candidate in international relations at Georgetown University.* *Megan A. Stewart** (@Megan_A_Stewart) is an Assistant Professor of International Security at American University’s School of International Service and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Virginia.* *Trump’s plan for Syria safe zones could ...more »
Jeju Island, South Korea is one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, also known as The Island of Stone, as Peace Island and also as Woman’s Island – is an island of beauty and wonder, with more UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites than any single geographic location on planet earth. But, there is trouble in this paradise. It has been transformed – militarized. Its fragile ecology is currently being devastated by the construction of a naval base that is a globally dangerous provocation that imperils the island’s future. The “spirit” guide of the film, the main “driver” of the film, is Dohee L...more »
*Reuters*: *Iraqi forces in Mosul fight Islamic State counter-attack* Islamic State fighters launched a counter-attack against advancing U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in western Mosul during an overnight rain storm, as the battle for control of the militants' last major urban stronghold in Iraq intensified. Explosions and gun fire rang out across the city's southwestern districts in the early hours of Thursday. The fighting eased in the late morning, although a Reuters correspondent saw an air strike and rebel mortar fire. A senior Iraqi officer said Islamic State staged its attack o...more »
*Peter Grier, CSM*:* The Trump administration’s deepening Russia problem* *Ongoing revelations about the Trump team’s communications with Russian officials are causing Democrats and even some Republicans to call for a more intensive investigation.* Russia is becoming the scandal the Trump administration just can’t shake. A steady drip of revelations regarding the Trump team’s communications with Russian officials is dismaying congressional Republicans as well as Democrats, leading to calls for a more intensive investigation into the circumstances and substance of these connections...more »
"There's an old proverb that says you can't choose your family. You take what the fates hand you. And like them or not, love them or not, understand them or not, you cope. Then there's the school of thought that says the family you're born into is simply a starting point. They feed you, and clothe you, and take care of you until you're ready to go out into the world and find your tribe." - "Grey’s Anatomy" We all share the same Mother Earth, breathe the same air, drink the same water, have the same hopes and dreams... Together, we are all One Tribe. The Human Tribe. "We are the one...more »
"A Gathering of the Tribe" by Charles Eisenstein "Once upon a time a great tribe of people lived in a world far away from ours. Whether far away in space, or in time, or even outside of time, we do not know. They lived in a state of enchantment and joy that few of us today dare to believe could exist, except in those exceptional peak experiences when we glimpse the true potential of life and mind. One day the shaman of the tribe called a meeting. They gathered around him, and he spoke very solemnly. "My friends," he said, "there is a world that needs our help. It is called Earth,...more »
*"Come Together, No Need to Wait"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM In our world, there is always someone in need of our best efforts to rally a group of helpers and healers. We humans have a knack for coming together and rising up to our potential in the face of a tragedy. Natural disasters and acts of violence bring us out of our small selves and into the world, ready to lend a hand to those in need. This experience is often life-changing for those who are willing to step into the position of helper. We feel as if we are finally doing something really important, and this leads us t...more »
After years of seeing eye to eye on Syria, the disagreements between the US and Turkey are reaching fever pitch. And this could derail the fight against Daesh (Isis/Isil). There are currently immense tensions between Turkey and the US. Reuters describes how the two NATO members are on a “collision course” over their strategies in […] The post US and Turkey clash over Syria... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
The 25 February - 3 March 2017 issue of the Economist has a cover story entitled "Clean energy's dirty secret." There is a lead off editorial to the issue that states that "the renewables revolution is wrecking the world's electricity markets." This is because clean energy generation by wind and solar is erratic and requires expensive standby generation capacity from fossil fuels. The solution, at least in large part, that the Economist suggests is to use meter technology, batteries, and frequent updates on the rapidly fluctuating cost of energy as wind and solar output fluctuates...more »
[image: interventionist-george-w-bush-warns-of-isolationist-tendency-in-u-s] Former President George W. Bush, speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, warned against what he called an “isolationist tendency” toward U.S. foreign policy.
*New York Times:* *Touring Warship, Trump Pushes Plan to Expand Military* NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — President Trump on Thursday used the country’s most advanced, 100,000-ton aircraft carrier as the action-movie-like backdrop for his push to rebuild America’s armed forces with a $54 billion increase in military spending. Speaking in the hangar bay of the nuclear-powered Gerald R. Ford, which this year will become the nation’s largest and most powerful warship, Mr. Trump said the Navy — and other military services — must grow and modernize. “We will make it easier for the Navy to plan for...more »
A loyal dog managed to reunite his homeless owner with his family this week after he hit headlines in Brazil. Marrom the canine became an internet star after he sat outside a hospital in Limeira, in the south-eastern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, for eight days. He had arrived at the hospital with his owner, a man identified only as Sandro, in an ambulance. Sadly, the dog was not allowed in the hospital and so he waited by the door waiting for Sandro to return. It soon became apparent that Sandro’s hospital stay, caused by pneumonia, looked set to be an extended one. And Marro...more »
No, not New Labour MPs, as in Blairites, but Labour MPs that, um, happen to be new. Or will be new, soon. Like that there Gareth Snell recently returned from Stoke-on-Trent Central. Except not him, because he knows this stuff already. Here's some advice about the small p politics of being an honourable member from someone who has never been a MP and doesn't work in politics, *but has opinions*. First, before you get there. If you're applying for a seat, *especially* if it's a by-election make sure your social media is thoroughly cleaned up before you've announced you're in the runn...more »
*Bloomberg:* *Sessions Removes Himself From Russia Probes Over Envoy* * Move comes amid uproar over meetings with Russian ambassador * Trump said he still has ‘total’ confidence in Sessions Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed himself from investigations into Russian interference in American politics and contacts with associates of President Donald Trump, after the Justice Department acknowledged he had contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 campaign. “I have decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations of any matters related in any way to the...more »
*"The Primordial Reason People Need to Party"* By Drake Baer "If your Instagram has been blowing up lately with selfies from Glastonbury, Panorama, or the zillion other music festivals happening across the world, you’ve got some contemporary evidence of the importance of partying. While it might be true that music festivals, concerts, and their kin are hotbeds of disease, the people who go to them are more satisfied with life. There are some ancient reasons why. Evolutionary psychologists speculate that moving rhythmically together was a way for early humans to bond and communicate...more »
*"These 19 Retailers Are On The Brink of Bankruptcy-* * 13,216 Stores to Close?* by Thomas Dishaw "Moody’s recently released a Sector In-Depth report titled “Retail and Apparel– US: Distressed Retail and Apparel Companies Are on the Rise. Who’s Next?” and its findings show that the retail bubble could soon be taking another major blow….Bankruptcy. We all know that retail is a very volatile market. This factor causes many companies to turn to “financial sponsors” and hedge funds that, in return for the quick cash, offer highly leveraged funds causing many retailers to end up struggl...more »
Every day it seems we hear more about the advancements of artificial intelligence (AI), the amazing progress in robotics, and the need for greater technological improvements in defense to “offset” potential adversaries. When all three of these arguments get put together, there appears to be some sort of magic alchemy that results in widely fallacious, […]
*USA Today:* *China eyes global economic leadership as U.S. turns inward* This year, a 300-mile railway will begin slicing through Kenya, cutting travel time between the capital, Nairobi, and one of East Africa’s largest ports, Mombasa, from 12 to four hours and breeding hopes of an economic and tourism revival in the region. The country’s most significant transportation project since its independence in 1963 is being built courtesy of China. China Road and Bridge, a state-owned enterprise, leads construction of the $13.8 billion project, which is financed nearly 100% by the Expor...more »
From Eclectablog: Gary Naeraert is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP). GLEP was founded and largely funded by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to influence policy and law in Michigan with the aim of promoting charter schools and the elimination of traditional public schools. The group consists of a PAC, a foundation, a 501(c)(3) group, and a 501(c)(4) group. While giving testimony before a Senate Education Committee meeting yesterday, Naeyaert revealed that he likes to “shake” indecisive women, including his wife. It was an astonishing moment:
I was a close friend of Harvey Milk's when he was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with Dianne Feinstein. He was very progressive and she was very conservative. His intense dislike for her in our conversations in the back of his Castro Street camera shop colored my own feelings towards her. Harvey was assassinated by a crackpot Republican who had just resigned from the Board and Mayor George Moscone was killed the same day but the same GOP maniac. When Feinstein ran in the special election to win the mayoralty, I supported Jello Biafra. That was in 1978 and I'm pr...more »
[image: did-sessions-lie-under-oath-about-communications-with-the-russians] Attorney General Jeff Sessions had two conversations with Russia's ambassador to the United States last year. Now, lawmakers on Capitol Hill — Democrat and Republican alike — are demanding that he recuse himself from an investigation into whether there was contact between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Some are even calling for him to resign.
[image: federal-insurance-agency-backing-union-pensions-facing-crisis-itself] With union pension plans on the route to going broke and unions looking to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, it should be asked, "And just who backs up the PBGC?"
In this file photo, ships and submarines participating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet-coordinated Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise sail in formation in the waters around the Hawaiian islands, July 27, 2012. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Devinney) *San Diego Union Tribune*: *Navy's Third Fleet splashes through the South China Sea* When the Navy’s supercarrier Carl Vinson slipped out of San Diego nearly two months ago and steamed toward Hawaii, it marked the first time since World War II that the Third Fleet prowled the Pacific Ocean under its own command....more »
*CNN*: *US tries to ID hundreds of al Qaeda contacts thanks to Yemen raid* Washington (CNN)Several US officials told CNN Thursday that the US is now taking action to locate and monitor hundreds of people or "contacts" found as part the intelligence retrieved during the deadly raid last month in Yemen targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Some of these people are believed to be in the West, but not in the United States. The government is taking action to find and monitor these AQAP-linked individuals because of the threat they may pose to Europe, the officials added. The fa...more »
The BBC are exultant http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39148114 'US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has removed himself from an FBI investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election. Calls for his recusal mounted after revelations that he met Russia's envoy during the election, apparently contradicting his earlier statements.' The BBC and other left of centre media have tasted blood, they will want more...
"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after- the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions." - "Meredith", "Grey's Anatomy"
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/01/northern-hemisphere-sees-in-early-spring-due-global-warming?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco More fake news from the Guardian: Spring is arriving ever earlier in the northern hemisphere. One sedge species in Greenland is springing to growth 26 days earlier than it did a decade ago. And in the US, spring arrived 22 days early this […]
Donald Trump appears to be excited about recent developments in the Democratic Party. Feeling strengthened by an apparent defeat for the left wing of the party, Trump seems to be calling out to supporters of Bernie Sanders. But Team Bernie has other ideas. The White House tries to court Sanders supporters On 25 February, Tom Perez (a […] The post The White House tries to court Sanders... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
*Washington Post*: *Trump tours a hulking aircraft carrier to promote hike in military spending* NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — President Trump choppered onto a hulking, gleaming aircraft carrier here Thursday to rally momentum for his ambitious call for a major hike in military spending. Speaking aboard the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford — the Navy’s newest nuclear-powered warship, which Trump celebrated as “a monument of American might” — the president vowed to reinvest billions of dollars in new vessels, fighter jets and other weapons of war to modernize what he has long decried as a depleted def...more »
Obama is being aided in his political crusade by his longtime consigliere Jarrett, who has moved into the 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million Kaloroma mansion *Daily Mail*:* EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama's close confidante Valerie Jarrett has moved into his new DC home, which is now the nerve center for their plan to mastermind the insurgency against President Trump* * Obama's goal is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment, a family friend tells DailyMail.com * Jarrett has moved into the 8,200-square-foot, $5.3-million Kaloroma mansion...more »
Charles R. Venator-Santiago, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Institute for Latino Studies, University of ConnecticutatPolitics + Society – The Conversation - 9 hours ago
Pro-statehood supporters at the seaside Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico. AP Photo/Danica Coto In a recent poll, 41 percent of respondents said they did not believe that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens, and 15 percent were not sure. Only 43 percent answered that Puerto Ricans were U.S. citizens. Today, being born in Puerto Rico is tantamount to being born in the United States. But it wasn’t always that way, and a lot of ambiguity still remains. Contrary to what many people believe, the Jones Act, which Congress passed 100 years ago, was neither the first nor last citizenship statut...more »
Yellowstone and Montana are close to reaching their goal of killing 1,300 of America’s last wild bison. Nearly seven hundred bison have been captured this winter, with close to five hundred having already been sent to slaughter. Additionally, over 400 buffalo have been shot and killed by hunters along Yellowstone’s boundaries. Yesterday, due to pressure from a public access law suit filed last year by the Animal Legal Defense Fund on behalf of BFC’s media coordinator, Yellowstone National Park held one of two escorted media tours of their Stephens Creek buffalo trap, where this y...more »
Sergey Kislyak (L), Russian ambassador to the United States, arrives with Dmitry Medvedev, prime minister of Russia, for the G8 Summit in Chantilly, Virginia, May 18, 2012. Photo: Reuters *Michael Weiss, Daily Beast:* *Did Sessions Meet With a Spymaster? * Questions Swirl Around Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. Some reports say Sergei Kislyak is a top Russian intel recruiter. But many say he’s just a top diplomat. Either way, Sessions is in trouble. On March 20, 2014, Kyle Parker, a Russia specialist at the U.S. Helsinki Commission, received an email from a sender called “Lost So...more »
*Washington Post*: *Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose* Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Justice Department officials said, encounters he did not disclose when asked about possible contacts between members of President Trump’s campaign and representatives of Moscow during Sessions’s confirmation hearing to become attorney general. One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak that took place in September in...more »
The Japanese philosophy called *Wabi-Sabi* is about noticing beauty in the 'naturally imperfect world'. For the Zen Buddhists, "wabi" is something that is simple and humble, and "sabi" means something that is not perfect. Wabi translates to 'less is more'. Wabi-Sabi means appreciating a quiet rainy day and the impermanence of all things. In the 'perfect' game of golf you get a 'hole in one' at every hole? That could get boring. The advantage of adopting Wabi-Sabi is that it might make us less stressed. "A wabi sabi relationship is one in which you deliberately accept each ...more »
*THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017Leahy's pathetic play:* Way back when, the Chicago police couldn't get Al Capone for his actual crimes, including the Saint Valentine's Day massacre. So the feds nailed him on a tax evasion rap! To this day, it's a famous play. In our view, the modern-day Democratic Party is involved in similar conduct. We've increasingly shown that we can't win elections or convince the public concerning our basic beliefs. So we pray instead for the chance to get our rivals locked up. We pray for scandal, for more Watergates, for Republicans to be caught in sex scandals ...more »
Barry Greenwood Barry Greenwood was the guest on this week’s program. Barry is one of the UFO field’s historians, preserving the documentation that has been accumulated over the years, including the periodicals that were professionally produced (magazines) and the newsletters and other printed material from the civilian UFO organizations. You can find the interview here: http://differentperspective.rnn.libsynpro.com/ (A side note … this is the American Talk Network rather than the YouTube site… all the programs are stored here in chronological order so that you can access the old...more »
This is a valid question: When do Republicans decide it's not worth defending Trump and Co. and see it worth PR hit to move to Pence, one of their own? — Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 2, 2017 Of course, the answer is obvious: not anytime soon, given GOP voters' solid support for Donald Trump. Abandon Trump and expect a primary challenge. In fact, express even mild disapproval of any member of the Trump administration and you're probably putting yourself at risk. The lead article at Fox Nation right now is taken from Laura Ingraham's LifeZette, where it carries this headline...more »
*Reuters:* *Syrian army says it has recaptured Palmyra from Islamic State* The Syrian army said it recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State on Thursday with help from allied forces and Russian air strikes. The army and allied forces advanced inside Palmyra on Thursday after Islamic State pulled its fighters out of the city, a war monitoring group said. *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* Syrian army re-enters *town of Palmyra as IS defenses crumble.* Syria accuses main opposition of* taking peace talks 'hostage'.* Turkey sets up military bases* in Syrian cities of a...more »
Transphobia hjas been fingered as a huge hate crime problem in the West at the moment, cheer lead by the priests of political correctness - the BBC. Objecting to men who identify as women using the ladies at a public facility is a hate crime and the BBC will report every infraction BUT this sort of story is of no interest to the BBC because it hapened in a Muslim majority land. Apparently: 'Two transgender Pakistanis were reportedly packed into sacks and thrashed to death with sticks by police in Saudi Arabia. The pair from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, were arrested in ...more »
Press TV *Daily Mail*:* Iran will purchase warships, submarines and missiles as soon as its UN resolution deal expires, U.S. intelligence chiefs warn* * A UN resolution banning Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons expires in 2020 * A report from the Office of Naval Intelligence suggest they will start buying warships, submarines and missiles immediately after the deal expires * The report describes Iran's current military strategy as 'ballistic missiles, naval forces, and proxies in the region' * When the ban expires, 'Iran may look to foreign acquisitions of ships and submarines wi...more »
Graffiti in Sana, Yemen, denouncing the United States’ military operations in the country. Credit Khaled Abdullah/Reuters *New York Times*: *Devices Seized in Yemen Raid Offer Some Clues to Qaeda Tactics* WASHINGTON — Computers and cellphones seized during a deadly Special Operations raid in Yemen in January offer clues about attacks Al Qaeda could carry out in the future, including insights into new types of hidden explosives the group is making and new training tactics for militants, according to American officials. But it is still unclear how much the information advances the m...more »
*NBC*: *U.S. Launches Air Strikes in Yemen* The U.S. has conducted a series of air strikes in Yemen against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Pentagon announced. More than 20 strikes launched Thursday targeted AQAP militants, equipment and infrastructure in the Yemeni governorates of Abyan, Al Bayda and Shabwah, according to a statement by Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis. A Pentagon official said the strikes were conducted by both drones and manned aircraft, and were not the direct result of information from January's SEAL raid, which also took place in Al Bayda. The offi...more »
The Obama Administration began a concerted effort to shovel raw intelligence files about Team Trump's connections with Russia throughout the government. The post Obama Administration Worked To Fuel Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory appeared first on Shadowproof.
The way forward isn't campaigns drawing on cases of immigrants serving the needs of Americans, but a strategy that demands we recognize people as they come. The post Immigrant Solidarity Requires Valuing Life Above Labor appeared first on Shadowproof.
Today I read on Tallblokes blog: “Why are “giant fountains of lava” suddenly pouring out of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet, and why are so many long dormant volcanoes suddenly roaring back to life? ” … Continue reading →
The Tories are now so blasé about ripping off those on low incomes, they’re advertising actual proof of it. The government released new figures [xls] on affordable housing in England on 2 March. And its findings prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Tories are succeeding in creating a country in which only the rich […] The post The Tories are now so blasé about shafting poor... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
As part of its continuing mission to achieve ‘balance’, the BBC has announced a new quota. Namely to ensure that all of its output is 50% Nigel Farage by 2019. Because, as we all know, every single event must be filtered through the brain of a politician who has serially failed to become an MP, because… …err… …why […] The post BBC to be 50% Nigel Farage by 2019 appeared first on The Canary. Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Theresa May is facing further rebellion from her own party over slashing disability benefits for 160,000 people. And with even Conservative MPs telling her she’s gone too far, the smug look she adopted after winning in Copeland might be wiped from her face. Emergency legislation As previously reported at The Canary, the government announced emergency legislation to deny […] The post... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Britain First has seen little success as a political organisation and much humiliation. Despite that, it still has the largest Facebook following of any British political party. And it also has a history of using various cons to trick money out of its followers. But one online activism group has made it much harder for Britain First to […] The post Facebook users have found a way to shut... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
*"So far, so good," though I think they forgot that the ball is going to get larger.* *by Gaius Publius* *Scheduling note: My comments appear regularly here on Monday and Thursday.* Quick and dirty (very dirty). I've written many times that things are happening on the climate front much more quickly than anyone anticipates. (Just one example: "The Greenland Ice Sheet Is Melting 600% Faster Than Any Model Predicted," but there are dozens of others pieces that could be cited.) I've called this tendency to under-anticipate the pace of climate change "being wrong to the slow side." W...more »
*Shining the Light on Climate Science* On Monday, Bill Nye, sitting alongside fellow climate alarmist Bernie Sanders, chided “extreme skeptics”, lecturing them “to think about what is called cognitive dissonance.” He asserted, “Instead of accepting that the climate is changing, deniers are denying the evidence and dismissing the authorities.” The problem, as elucidated in an Investor’s Business Daily editorial, is “we’re often told by advocates of climate change that the ‘science is settled.’ But in fact, ‘science’ itself is in a deep crisis over making claims it can’t back up, e...more »
The road to Manbij city from the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, Syria. (March 1, 2017) *Bloomberg*: *Turkey Asks U.S. to Force Kurd Fighters to Quit Syrian Town* * Foreign Minister Cavusoglu says Manbij next after Al Bab win * Minister says Syrian Kurdish militants should leave Manbij now Turkey vowed to capture a Syrian town if the U.S. doesn’t clear out the Kurdish fighters who control it, signaling its patience has worn thin over Washington’s backing of the militia -- a partner in the campaign against Islamic State. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara tha...more »
*President Donald J. Trump * *First State of the Union Address* I watched the entire Trump State of the Union Address over the past couple of days with the idea of providing an analysis in my next post. As often happens in US geopolitics...events have overtaken that plan. There is breaking news lockstep throughout the Main$tream media this morning that "pressure" (I.e. from the Deep State) is being put on newly appointed US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign his post. There are persistent allegations that, contrary to his sworn testimony before Congress...he DID have cont...more »
To say the least, *Marine Le Pen* is one of the three top (bold face) candidates in the April-and-May presidential elections in France. All the other candidates are elementary particles: *Fillon*, Proton, *Macron*, Neutron, Hamon, Meson, Mélenchon, and Positron. It's an eye-catching sign of the lack of diversity that all of the men who run have names that end with an "-on" given the fact that none of the men in the list Bidault, Blum, Auriol, Coty, De Gaulle, Poher, d'Estaing, Mitterrand, Chirac, Sarkozy, and Hollande did. You may be forced to go back to Napoleon to find the most re...more »
*RT*: *Syrian Army recaptures Palmyra, aided by Russian Air Force – Kremlin* The Syrian military, backed by the Russian Air Force, has completed its operation to liberate the key city of Palmyra from militants, Kremlin has announced. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported to the commander-in-chief, President Vladimir Putin, that the historic city in Syria’s Homs province has been liberated, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. *Read more *.... *More News On The Syrian Army Backed By The Russia Air Force Recapturing Palmyra From The Islamic State* Syrian army...more »
My Mumbai-Bangkok flight (Jet Airways) was delayed last February 12 due to some mechanical problems, delayed by about 3+ hours, it landed at Suvarnabhumi/Bangkok airport evening already. My co-participant at the Asia Liberty Forum (ALF) in Mumbai, Mai Tansakun from Thailand, was with me in that flight, I asked her to take photos of Thailand as our plane was descending because my cp was low-batt that time. Mai took good photos of the areas around the airport, her camera phone is also more modern than my old Samsung phone. Thanks for these pics, Mai. I am always fascinated by bright...more »
A brain journal has retracted four papers by a researcher due to image duplications that the university uncovered during an investigation into his work. According to the retraction notice, Wayne State University found that Christian Kreipke had used several images in these articles “to represent different results in grant proposals and/or poster presentations,” and that the data were unreliable. […] The post Researcher who lost whistleblower lawsuit logs 4 more retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.
*Preschool Teacher Fired Over 'Kill Some Jews' Tweet* A Texas preschool teacher who posted a message on social media encouraging someone to “kill some Jews” has been fired. Nancy Salem had been employed by The Children’s Courtyard in Arlington. “This person no longer works for our company,” a spokesperson told me in a prepared statement. Salem had also retweeted, “How many Jews died in the Holocaust? Not enough!” How such a vile and disgusting person could be allowed to work around children is beyond me, but I’m glad The Children’s Courtyard investigated the incident and did the r...more »
*CNN*: *Venezuela is down to its last $10 billion* *Caracas is running out of cash.* Venezuela only has $10.5 billion in foreign reserves left, according to its most recent central bank data. For rest of the year, Venezuela owes roughly $7.2 billion in outstanding debt payments. In 2011, Venezuela had roughly $30 billion in reserves. In 2015, it had $20 billion. The trend can't persist much longer, but it's hard to know exactly when Venezuela will run completely out of cash. *Read more* .... *Update #1:* Venezuela running out of cash (RT) *Update #2:* Venezuela Is Down To Its La...more »
*Al Jazeera*: *North Korea warns of 'merciless' response amid drills* Pyongyang says any territorial violations during annual US-South Korea military exercises will be met with force. North Korea has warned of a "merciless" response if its territorial boundaries are violated during large-scale military drills involving US and South Korean forces. Pyongyang on Thursday reacted to the start of the annual war games with its typical fiery rhetoric, but recent missile and nuclear tests by the North give the usual threats an added weight. The military drills between Seoul and Washingt...more »
*FOX News/WSJ:* *White House explores options, including use of military force, to counter North Korean threat* An internal White House review of strategy on North Korea includes the possibility of military force or regime change to blunt the country’s nuclear-weapons threat, people familiar with the process said, a prospect that has some U.S. allies in the region on edge. While President Donald Trump has taken steps to reassure allies that he won’t abandon agreements that have underpinned decades of U.S. policy on Asia, his pledge that Pyongyang would be stopped from ever testing...more »
Researchers at Columbia University have retracted a 2013 paper in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, after uncovering abnormalities in the stem cell lines that undermined the conclusions in the paper. Last year, corresponding author Dieter Egli discovered he could not reproduce key data in the 2013 paper because almost all the cell lines first author Haiqing Hua used […] The post Unexplained abnormalities in stem cells prompt Columbia researchers to pull diabetes paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.
Following Mr. Trump’s kaleidosopically shifting policies isn’t easy. He was going to declare China a currency manipulator on day one, but didn’t, going to impose a forty-five percent tariff on Chinese goods but apparently won’t, was going to shift the … Continue reading →
As I grow older, my patience for violence, especially state-sponsored or state-inspired murders, goes down to zero. Many state bureaucrats and officials are lousy at enforcing the rule of law even for minor offenses, so how can they be trusted to enforce death penalty to all, rich and poor convicts? The death penalty bill has passed on 2nd reading at the PH House of Representatives the other day. From the CNN: *“The entire process moved very fast — taking only 30 seconds from the closure of the period of amendments to the passage on second reading.* *After pro-death penalty cong...more »
*THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017Part 3—Learning to loathe all the way:* We humans! We've always loved to loathe The Others. It's one of our greatest joys. It lies at the heart of our many long wars. Once we've learned to loathe Those People, it only makes sense to kill them. Within the modern political context, we the liberals are quite sure that only The Others behave this way. Only The Others loathe The Others! We're much too high-minded for that. Do we liberals loathe The Others too? Actually yes, we do. And our love of loathing was quite clear in last Friday's New York Times. We refe...more »
"The will to truth is enshrined in the mind. It is undeniable, inescapable, mutable only if one's humanity itself is rejected, itself muted. Yet the form of this truth, whether it be elaborate, simple, exclusive and regulatory or comprehensive and positive… this is a matter of aesthetics, taste. It is all inherently meaningless, the puzzle just as much as the pieces themselves, ephemeral. Yet more than this it is concrete, eternal, heavy and inescapable, a preponderous amalgam of things small and large, the actuality of which is imminent, the meaning of which is too great to acknow...more »
In Israel, a TV host’s critique of Israeli society has just gone viral on social media. And the video of Asaf Harel, from the comedy show Good Night With Asaf Harel, acts as a wake-up call for Israeli society. Apartheid and extremism Harel says: Ever since the right wing took power, more and more voices […] The post Israeli TV host breaks ranks, telling the truth about the apartheid... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Eagle-eyed BBC viewers got in touch with The Canary this week because they had spotted what they believed to be a subtle political message to the government during regular programming. Given the curiosity the image triggered, we’ve sought to get to the bottom of it. The BBC The alleged message came in the final moments of BBC […] The post The BBC denies sending a subtle ‘F*ck You’ to the government on air this week [IMAGES] appeared first on The Canary.
For the last few days I've been unable to access this webcam, which is focused on unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi: The other webcam, focused on units 1 and 2, is up and running, as illustrated in this screenshot from this morning: There was a 5.6 earthquake reported in north east Japan on Feb 28, 2017: Eastern Japan shaken by 5.6 magnitude quake, no tsunami warning. Reuters, February 28, 2017, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-quake-idUSKBN1670RM A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook a wide swathe of eastern and northeastern Japan on Tuesday, including the capital Tokyo where buil...more »
[image: scientists-to-trump-nix-un-climate-treaty] Climate scientists around the world have petitioned President Trump to withdraw from a 25-year-old climate treaty that they say erroneously targets carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
With the Mosul campaign back underway casualties remained very high in Iraq. There were a total of 1,832 deaths and 2,458 wounded recorded during the month based upon daily research into over 40 media outlets, mostly Iraqi. An American General added that 500 members of the Iraqi forces (ISF) were killed and 5,000 wounded in the fight for east Mosul. When compared to previous reports that would add an additional 399 dead and 1,634 injured to the total. In January the figures were higher as the battle for east Mosul was still underway with 1,871 killed and 4,302 injured. The effect...more »
March 1 was another day of consolidation and hard fighting in southern Mosul. An apartment complex in Mamun was freedby the Golden Division after the district was declared liberated on February 23 and 26. That same unit was still trying to secureWadi Hajar, Mansour and Shuhada. Wadi Hajar was unofficiallysaid to be cleared yesterday. The Iraqi engineers completedthe pontoon bridge across the Tigris in southern Mosul. The Islamic State also carried out a surprise attackon Hawi al-Josaq. Its fighters had shaved their beards and were dressed in army uniforms catching the Iraqi forces ...more »
*Phillip Schneider* - A free and independent media is one of the most essential aspects of maintaining democracy. The post Attacks on Independent Media in Unprecedented Wave of Censorship appeared first on Waking Times.
Schools in England 'to see first real-terms funding cuts in 20 years' Spending per pupil is to fall 6.5% by 2019-20, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), although it added that school funding had been well protected over the past two decades. Sixth-formers have been facing a continuing squeeze on budgets, with spending per further education (FE) student falling by 6.7% between
This is the final post in my series on bridging the policy-academic divide.In my first post, I laid out some principles for academic-policy engagement. In the second, I talked about short-form writing, and in the third, Iong-form writing. In the fourth, I discussed policy-relevant courses and speakers’ series. In my fifth, I wrote about grants […]
On March 1 about 400 people gathered and marched in Seongju, South Korea to protest against the land swap between the government and the Lotte corporation. Lotte turned over a golf course that will be used as the deployment site for the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system that will be aimed at China and Russia. Already a fence is being erected around the former golf course as the South Korean government readies the land for the US military to take over. The people of Seongju (once largely right-wing party members and supporters of the current co...more »
*Credit:* Courtesy Jocko Willink *Charles Thorp, Men's Journal*: *Why the World's Fittest Navy SEAL Does Jiu Jitsu* Jocko Willink, retired commander of the Navy SEAL Team Three Task Unit Bruiser, decorated Iraq War veteran, and all-around brutal dude, remembers the first time he encountered Jiu Jitsu back in 1992. He got the snot knocked out of him. A SEAL master chief introduced Willink to the rear naked choke, a staple of the Jiu Jitsu repertoire, by taking him and a handful of other strapping young men to the dirt like it was nothing. That day launched Willink's love for the s...more »
Saudi king on first visit to Indonesia in almost 50 years arrives with entourage of 1,000 and 460 tons of gear https://t.co/XbA4l1cGUY pic.twitter.com/N9NvKJKEDV — AFP news agency (@AFP) March 1, 2017 *WNU Editor*: An entourage of 1,000 ?!?!?!?!
*“On The Beach”* by Nevil Shute “Nevil Shute’s 1959 novel “On the Beach” is set in what was then the near future (1963, approximately a year following World War III). The conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing all animal life. While the nuclear bombs were confined to the northern hemisphere, global air currents are slowly carrying the fallout to the southern hemisphere. The only part of the planet still habitable is the far south of the globe, specifically Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, and the southern ...more »
A prominent MP has accused the campaign to leave the EU supported by Nigel Farage of unlawful behaviour. The politician says the Leave.EU campaign has not declared that it used the services of Donald Trump’s billionaire social media guru. And it raises serious questions about the entire result. Robot wars Labour MP Stephen Kinnock has […] The post BREAKING: Nigel Farage’s... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
If you were following a number of UK media outlets on Facebook yesterday, you may have noticed something a little off. But you weren’t imagining it. They lost their collective mind a bit. Everybody panic Over the course of an hour, there were a series of food stories that generated something of a moral panic. […] The post You didn’t imagine it. A section of the UK media lost... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
The great thing I’ve discovered with shredding old files is that because they get bulked up in the shredder, it looks like you’ve done a lot more work than you have. The highlight was shredding the whole Scottish executive (a … Continue reading →
Kevin O'Leary skipped the last Conservative leadership debate. Instead, he held his own event at a near by hotel. Brent Rathgeber writes that, more than anything else, O'Leary's no show shows that O'Leary is profoundly ignorant about how politics work: O’Leary claims he boycotted the debate because the format, with all the candidates on stage at once, was unproductive and boring. The people I talked to in Edmonton weren’t buying it; they said O’Leary stayed away because it was a bilingual event and he didn’t want more exposure for his lousy French. (He needn’t have worried; apart ...more »
[image: trump-should-expand-audits-of-programs-that-waste-taxpayers-funds] Cutting regulations is great, but it's just one small part of the battle. The large number of improper payments by government agencies is another area that could use the president's attention, with the worst culprit being the Medicare fee-for-service system.
Yesterday the *Maine Beacon* reported that 8 *Democrats*-- 2 in the state Senate and 6 in the House-- signed on to Paul LePage's plan to roll back a just-passed minimum wage increase. And by "signed on," I mean co-sponsoring a bill that would target restaurant workers. What LePage, his GOP allies and those 8 Democrats want to do is overturn the voter-approved ballot measure, which won in November 417,132 (55.5%) to 334,774 (44.5%). How big a deal are those numbers? Hillary won the state with 357,735, beating Trump's 335,593. Measure 4-- the minimum wage increase-- beat both candid...more »
*A home factory in Taichung* News came out early this week of a dried tofu factory that had held two migrant workers for 14 years... Kaohsiung police raided a dried tofu factory and rescued four migrant workers who had been locked inside on the second floor of the factory for up to 14 years and forced to work 15 hours every day. The factory was fined a massive $1.2 million NT, or about $40,000, for stealing nearly 30 years from two people. Outrageous. Nobody is going to do any jail time despite the gross violation of the law. The government vowed to step up inspections. Yeah, righ...more »
Then-senator and Trump surrogate Jeff Sessions met twice with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the presidential campaign, then lied about this under oath during his confirmation hearings before becoming attorney general, *The Washington Post* reports. This seems really bad for Sessions, but the right assures us it's all innocent. Yes, Sessions flatly denied any contact with Russian officials, which means he dishonestly answered the question he was asked in a Senate hearing, but we're told he *honestly* answered the question *he thought* he was being asked, so it's cool. Her...more »
https://www.c-span.org/video/?420932-7/attorney-general-confirmation-hearing-day-1-part-4&start=0 If Jeff Sessions really flipped since March 2015 from his anti-Russia stance and became pro-Russia there is no apparent … Continue reading →
Hans Zimmer, “Time” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuAGGZNfUkU “Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, that reminds us to cherish every moment because they’ll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we live it. After all, Number One, we’re only mortal.” - “Jean-Luc Picard”
US-backed Kurdish forces agree to hand over key area to Syrian government *I do not believe the PKK/YPG made this deal to protect civilians. It’s far more likely the airstrikes that occured on Monday and the casualties they took fighting were the impetus for the deal.. Perhaps the Kurdish terror clan isn’t such an effective fighting force when the US hasn’t dropped a pile of bombs (softening) on the locale first?* * I also question the claims of the Kurds flying the flags ONLY as a ruse entirely- It is well known US, British special forces operate amongst the PKK/YPG. Along with m...more »
Here are some surprising facts about humans’ effect on planet Earth. We have made enough concrete to create an exact replica of Earth 2mm thick. We have produced enough plastic to wrap Earth in clingfilm. We are creating “ technofossils”, a new term for congealed human-made materials – plastics and concretes – that will be around for tens of millions of years. But it is the scale that humans have altered Earth’s life support system that is the most concerning. read more
*"Trump’s Speech: No Cliché Left Behind"* by Bill Bonner "Yesterday was ‘Rare Disease Day’. No kidding. That’s what President Trump said in his big speech to Congress. It was an extraordinary show. *Nation of miracles: *‘Our children will grow up in a nation of miracles,’ he said. He went on to say that we needed more education. More military spending. More holidays for moms and pops. More welfare. And more warfare, too. There was practically nothing that the US government couldn’t do, ‘The Donald’ implied. ‘Every American child should be able to grow up in a safe community,’ he s...more »
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public https://twitter.com/greenpeace/status/837005520313679872 Today’s fake news story comes from Greenpeace. The supposed record comes from Esperanza. As Jim Steele at WUWT points out, Esperanza is at the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, at a latitude of 63.4S, just about as far outside the Antarctic Circle as you […]
By Paul Homewood h/t Dave Ward We have already been told we should not eat meat, as this contributes to global warming. Now according to the EDP, we can’t eat bread either! I wonder what they expect us to eat then. Cake?
Thought that this was quite an arresting passage in *Ideology and Utopia*. Sounds very now: ... where the decline of ideology represents a crisis only for certain strata, and the objectivity which comes from unmasking ideologies always takes the form of self-calrification for society as a whole, the complete disappearance of the utopian element from human thought and action would mean human nature and human development would take on a totally new character. The disappearance of utopia brings about a static state of affairs in which man himself becomes no more than a thing. We could ...more »
. *Donald Trump (above) has written: "In the second grade I actually gave a teacher a black eye - I punched my music teacher because I didn't think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled". **Most disruptive - Donald Trump.* In the 2006-07 school year, in the USA, there were 63 violent deaths on school campuses. There is evidence that the increase in disruptive behaviour in schools ( disruption) is in part related to increasing levels of child abuse. *Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that an important learning process is impaired in adolescent...more »
A BBC journalist has been forced to issue a half-hearted correction after literally ‘making up’ a quote from an SNP MP. And the politician in question told The Canary that the journalist’s actions are completely “unethical”. An awful blether On 22 February, East Dunbartonshire MP John Nicolson spoke to BBC Scotland Editor Sarah Smith. They were […] The post... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
In an era of state snooping by GCHQ and its ‘five eyes’ partners, more people want to improve their online security. Concerns include avoiding identity theft and online monitoring by consumer organisations. Journalists also want protection, especially as the Law Commission recommends they be jailed for up to 14 years for publishing state secrets. Which […] The post How to... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Published on Feb 27, 2017 The Palestinian Minister of Islamic endowment and Religious Affairs has warned the al-Aqsa mosque is in danger of destruction due to Israel’s excavations under the compound. Sheikh Yousif Ideis said in a statement the excavations could lead to a religious war in the region, which he says the Israeli regime […]
*Ayn Rand's Marginalia: Her Critical Comments on the Writings of over 20 Authors* *Edited by Robert Mayhew* *Ayn Rand’s Marginalia* has a collection of the comments that Ayn Rand made on the margins of several books and articles. These comments are a treasure trove of information on her method of judging the texts that she read. Majority of Rand’s comments are negative but she has left a few positive comments also—for instance, in case of Barry Goldwater’s *The Conscience of a Conservative*, she writes terms like “good,” and “these are good statements.” But in reference to another ...more »
Storebrand, a sustainable investment manager in Norway, hopes pulling shares from three groups will ‘make some sort of impact’ amid Defund DAPL movement Norway’s largest private investor is divesting from three companies tied to the Dakota Access pipeline, a small victory for the Standing Rock movement one week after the eviction of the main protest encampment. Storebrand, a sustainable investment manager with $68bn in assets, sold off $34.8m worth of shares in Phillips 66, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, and Enbridge, the company announced Wednesday. The three companies are partial...more »
By John Stone This article first appeared in 2010, but has recently become the subject of a take-down by Joel A Harrison on the Every Child by Two website , Dr Offit being on the board and advisory board of...
*From Jenna Orkin * Newly-Declassified Documents Show that CIA Worked Closely with Owners and Journalists with Many of the Largest Media Outlets NY Teamsters Pension Becomes First To Run Out Of Money As Expert Warns "Pension Tsunami" Is Coming "'There Are No Moderate Rebels' – Tulsi Gabbard Destroys The Deep State's Syria Narrative Massive East Coast Internet Outage Pinned On Amazon Cloud Failure Police Sharpshooter Accidentally Opens Fire At President Hollande Speech, Two Injured The 2 women charged with the murder of Kim Jong Un's half brother are heading to court Earth may h...more »
I have been seeing bits and pieces of this, but this puts it all together, or more accurately fully confirms what i had considered the most likely scenario. The role of Mossad was unknown though but that now changes. Expect to see a rising of the parents in order to protect their children as this becomes more openly acknowledged. I want to say that this is the main event and it can lead to open armed revolt of the American people fully supported by the USA military. The NWO will be likely uncovered as a pedophile construct and be rooted out globally. The Mossad is doing Isra...more »
The disease arrived about one generation after the conquest of Mexico and was then followed by a repeat one generation later. That is more than enough to generate two rounds of ninety percent casualties and give us this demographic effect. Add in the need for labor in the mines and we have a stalled demographic recovery as well. The disease was spread easily enough through poor sanitation which is completely common. This is also a reminder of just how vulnerable shanty towns are. A variation of this bug would easily cause a massive die off among the global poor today, by sudd...more »
There really not enough eyeballs in Alaska. Way more important is that this creature is adapted to Alaska. The other report makes note of a brown covering which may be either feathers or even fur. either way it is insulated against minus forty and high elevation flying.. The first sighting was in Fairbanks which is a long way from the sea but close enough to plenty of rivers and open lakes in summer. Yet this creature will be quite up to grabbing any deer it wishes. Otherwise i expect this creature to be adept at nocturnal underwater fishing to make its...more »
What is emerging is elite pedophilia and it is huge and is now been progressively unmasked. We can presume that police action is underway everywhere on this crime and that we have only seen the beginning. The reason i said that is that immediately after Trump took charge, we had a massive wave of arrests take place in the USA. These would all be investigations stalled for even years by the previous administration(s). Right now I suspect that this cancer goes back to GW Bush at least and is certainly interwoven with the CIA in particular. GW would have been knowledgeable ...more »
it's been a while since Free Planet was openly (or knowingly) Political, but this two-hour discussion of cynical global trans-atlantic corporate-gov cointel-pro activities is well worth your time and effort. *In the first hour we’re joined by special guest and 21WIRE contributor, Jay Dyer, author of the new book, Esoteric Hollywood, to discuss the ‘Social Justice Warrior’ propaganda in Hollywood’s new Star Trek blockbuster release, and a deeper look at Tragedy and Hope, as well as the history and present-day manifestations of COINTEL PRO and controlled opposition in both US and Euro...more »
*March 2, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The so-called "Iran Deal" was never meant to serve as a starting point for rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, but rather as a pretext for greater confrontation. US President Donald Trump's administration capitalized on developments in Saudi Arabia's losing war in Yemen, as well as a missile test conducted by the Iranian government, to portray Iran as ungrateful for a diplomatic deal the administration's now resigned National Security Adviser Michael Flynn suggested should never have been made in the first place. The Guardian's ar...more »
[image: trump-should-expand-audits-of-programs-that-waste-taxpayers-funds] Cutting regulations is great, but it's just one small part of the battle. The large number of improper payments by government agencies is another area that could use the president's attention, with the worst culprit being the Medicare fee-for-service system.
Published on Feb 28, 2017 Google reinstates Natural News. New report showing that CIA creates the stories for the corporate media.EU parliament stripped Marine Le Pen immunity. CIA might have been responsible for Vitaly Churkins death. SK protesters do not want the THAAD system in their country. SK says NK is ready to use their […]
Published on Mar 1, 2017 Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii held press-conference to bring attention to her bill ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’, which, according to her office, will ‘stop CIA of other Federal government agencies from using U.S. funds to provide arms, funds, intelligence and other support directly and indirectly to armed militants allied with […]
Newly-Declassified Documents Show that a Senior CIA Agent and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Intelligence Worked Closely with Owners and Journalists with Many of the Largest Media Outlets by WashingtonsBlog Newly-declassified documents show that a senior CIA agent and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Intelligence worked closely with the owners and journalists of many […]
Published on Feb 27, 2017 Israeli warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes against the besieged Gaza Strip. At least four Palestinians have been injured in the attacks. Our correspondent Ashraf Shannon has given us more on the incident from Gaza. “In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study […]
Euro Breakup Contagion Risk Is Exploding by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com With existential elections looming, Sentix Euro Break-up Contagion Index – a market measure of the contagion risk from one or more countries leaving the euro area within the next 12 months period – has hit its post-2012 record recently… – As Sentix notes, the Eurocrisis […]
The FedRes Has Now Set The Stage For An ‘Ides Of March’ Moment by https://markstcyr.com/ Whether or not one agrees that the Federal Reserve is preparing to raise rates again at its upcoming meeting this March, one thing is certain: The Fed. has done everything shy of setting its hair-on-fire to leave little doubt that they […]
Libor Spikes Most In 15 Months To 8 Year Highs by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com The cost of funding for your average joe, average corporation, and average swaps trader, surged overnight. 3M Libor rose by the most since Dec 2015 (Fed rate hike) to the highest level since April 2009. Biggest jump since the fed rate hike […]
Published on Feb 21, 2017 The Market is making parabolic moves and is up a straight 11% since Donald Trump won. With a Fed meeting imminent indicators point to a sick plot by the banksters and Janet Yellen to kill Trump’s plans to “Make America Great Again.” Bob Kudla joins Gary Franchi to breakdown what […]
Japan: HPV Vaccine on Trial for Its Horrifying Side Effects by Ethan Huff, http://www.naturalnews.com/ (Natural News) Since last July, a total of 119 young girls and women in Japan have filed lawsuits against both the Japanese government and the two manufacturers of vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. According […]
From "Taiwanese in China and their Multiple Identities, 1895-1945", Chap. 4 in *Multicultural Challenges and Redefining Identity in East Asia* by Nam-Kook Kim (Google Books). In the initial years, the Chinese called the Taiwanese "scoundrels" and viewed them as rogues and criminals... But who were these people? "Taiwan-registered" people in China were largely not from Taiwan. Most of them were Chinese who had acquired Taiwan registration and legal immunity. The various Chinese governments, including the governments of Amoy and Fujian, made repeated protests to the Japanese governm...more »
*Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson-- feh!* Three purity-related positions of Democratic establishment’s supporters: *•* Loud labelling of Lefties for "purity" *•* Louder and very purist labelling of Israeli policies’ critics as "anti-Semitic" and "dis-qualifying" *•* Much less-loud hostility towards critics of donor cash to party, and party cash to consultants. Lefties are justifiably annoyed by the (1) vs. (2) contrast, but the (2) vs. (3) contrast is very revealing. What else do we know? The cash flow, which is dependent on (3), is fundamental to most participants’ careers and stat...more »
Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder use 400 percent more emergency room services than peers without it, which puts more strain on an over-burdened health care system and may mean that they need better access to primary care. read more
Russian author Boris Zhitkov wrote the 1931 short story Microhands, in which the narrator creates miniature hands to carry out intricate surgeries. And while that was nearly 100 years ago, the tale illustrates the real fundamentals of the nanoscience researchers are working on today. read more
Some people have an extreme fear of spiders or other objects while others have breathing difficulties and accelerated heart beat in small rooms or large gatherings of people. Some anxiety attacks occur for no apparent cause. Some patients suffer from the detrimental impacts on their everyday lives, they have problems at work and withdraw from social contacts. read more
A new observational study claims that cheese increases breast cancer risk, while yogurt can lower it. Since both are dairy, that means they would be suggesting a dairy process causes or prevents cancer. The case control study has numerous confounders that will not be noticed by most journalists so media outlets looking for context beware. read more
Trolling can spread from person to person. Cropped from Ayana T. Miller/flickr, CC BY-ND “Fail at life. Go bomb yourself.” Comments like this one, found on a CNN article about how women perceive themselves, are prevalent today across the internet, whether it’s Facebook, Reddit or a news website. Such behavior can range from profanity and name-calling to personal attacks, sexual harassment or hate speech. A recent Pew Internet Survey found that four out of 10 people online have been harassed online, with far more having witnessed such behavior. Trolling has become so rampant that se...more »
Ronald W. Pies, Professor of Psychiatry, Lecturer on Bioethics & Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University; and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts UniversityatScience + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Does your nose grow if it's a falsehood, not a lie? Thomas Hawk, CC BY-NC The phrase “alternative facts” has recently made the news in a political context, but psychiatrists like me are already intimately acquainted with the concept – indeed, we hear various forms of alternate reality expressed almost every day. All of us need to parse perceived from actual reality every day, in nearly every aspect of our lives. So how can we sort out claims and beliefs that strike most people as odd, unfounded, fantastical or just plain delusional? Untruths aren’t always lies First, we need to ma...more »
Scott Pruitt Image: WikipediaA new EPA approach for Pruitt Climate science must be subjected to fair and open debate *Opinion by Tom Harris* Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy wanted the United States to set an example for the world on climate change. For instance, while admitting that the Clean Power Plan (CPP) would have no measurable impact on climate, it was still worthwhile, she maintained, because we need “to lead the world in our global climate fight.” Testifying before the 2013 hearing of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Ms. ...more »
Gay pride – but not everywhere. bensonkua/flickr, CC BY-SA With Trump’s removal of federal protections for transgender students, debate over LGBTQ rights rage again across the U.S. Despite these disagreements, Americans are relatively liberal compared to countries across the world, where the consequences for gay or transgender citizens are far more dire. In Europe and here in the Americas, only a minority of people believe that homosexuality is never justified. The percentage increases in places like Russia, India and China. In Africa, the Middle East and parts of Southeast Asia, ...more »
This episode, similar to the police responses to Black Lives Matters, shows the true face of America. To the rest of the world - don't follow the U.S. and its military arm NATO. Don't give them your money - they will turn this military machine against you. Reject the U.S. fear and war mongering. Reject U.S. leadership which claims to be about democracy and freedom. It is all a lie. See how the U.S. government treats unarmed, peaceful, prayerful people.
*“A Potpourri of Platitudes, Pandering and Profligacy,” Introduction* by Brian Maher "Trump’s speech Monday night sure set the river ablaze... Tax cuts, deregulation, infrastructure spending, defense spending- American Greatness on a dozen fronts- and something for everyone! But hard schooling has conditioned us to meet good news with mild alarm. Matching H.L. Mencken’s definition of a cynic, when we smell flowers... we start looking around for a coffin. Today’s the first of March, two weeks from March 15... the ides of March… Beware the ides of March, the soothsayer Spurinna alleg...more »
Life is a blur because I am so busy. I hate this level of bizzy-ness, but bow to its pressures. It is such a strange time that I wish I had more time to explore it. What is happening? Truth has lost all mooring in the era of fake news and scandal politics. Are we witnessing the birth of fascism or the revolt against it? I cannot tell. My students are talking about demonstrations and their confusion. I love those millennials because they are the most tolerant among us. But teaching them is, frankly, a pain in the ass because their attention is so hard to maintain. But they are cu...more »
*"Didion saw her era more clearly than anyone else, which is another way of saying that she was able to see the future. . . . How could the hidebound South, in its perpetual disintegration and defiant decadence, at the same time represent the future? Didion admits the idea seems oxymoronic, but she is onto something. . . ."An unquestioned premise among those who live in American cities with international airports has been, for more than half a century now, that Enlightenment values would in time become conventional wisdom. . . . Two decades into the new millennium, however, a plu...more »
Statins Increase Artery Calcification by Tony Isaacs, http://www.tbyil.com/ (The Best Years in Life) In yet another blow to the claimed benefits of statin drugs, researchers have found that statin drug use leads to accelerated coronary artery and aortic artery calcification, both of which greatly contribute to cardiovascular disease and mortality. The researchers study comes on top […]
I have penciled in 15 March 2017 as the next ‘Big Day’ to watch. The FedRes meets that day and the market is pricing a 80% probability of interest rate increase. It is also on 15 March 2017 when the debt ceiling ‘holiday’ expires. Either the Congress extends the ‘holiday’ or increase the debt ceiling […]
Paul Craig Roberts: The Resurrection of Armageddon by http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/ “The U.S. intelligence community’s extraordinary campaign of leaks claiming improper ties between President Trump’s team and Russia seeks to ensure a lucrative New Cold War by blocking detente.” — Gareth Porter – It only required 24 days for the Deep State to castrate President Donald Trump and […]
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