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Thomas Paine

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Monday, May 1, 2017

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9/11:  A Nuclear Event: As Heinz Pommer says...it was a "Nuclear Field Experiment"

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 52 seconds ago
*9/11: A Nuclear Event* *"A Nuclear Field Experiment"* *h/t "Windows On The World"* Sixteen years have passed since the events of September 11, 2001. The truth about what happened on that day has come out in bursts, like the squips of nanothermite that took the WTC towers down. Over the years it has been "boom, boom boom"....an explosion of truth...then a few years for it to be absorbed by those with the capacity for critical thinking....then silence...then another boom. I would call the video above a very loud boom in this sequence. Heinz Pommer, with his appropriately "Strang... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 55 seconds ago
On #MayDay, workers of the world unite - and protest https://t.co/4H2vHFvfIN pic.twitter.com/AcjXtFpKCH — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 1, 2017

Iraqi women take up arms to protect village from ISIL

Al-Masdar News at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 A.M.) – Women living in Haji Ali, a village in northern Iraq located 60 kilometres (37,2 miles) south from Mosul, have taken up arms to protect the area from self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) militants, as seen in footage filmed on Monday. Since the IS controlled-villages are only two kilometres (1.24 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army on the verge of splitting Qaboun pocket in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:25 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham are in serious trouble, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies continue to advance inside the eastern pocket of Damascus. Led by the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division and 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia is ready to cooperate with US on Syria: Lavrov

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – Moscow is ready to cooperate with Washington on Syria, Russian Foreign Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday at a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Al-Safadi. “We have many times heard His Majesty King of Jordan Abdullah II say that interaction between Russia and the United States was vital for ensuring […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Scores of ISIL terrorists killed in failed northeast Homs offensive: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 A.M.) – A large number of Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists were killed on Monday, following their failed offensive to recapture the Shumariyah Mountains in northeast Homs. ISIL began their offensive by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the northern axis of the Shumariyah Mountains; this would result in a fierce battle […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

U.S. - China Tensions Are Not Going To Lead To War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 minutes ago
National flags of U.S. and China wave in front of an international hotel in Beijing February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Lee *Timothy R. Heath & William R. Thompson, National Interest:* *U.S.-China Tensions Are Unlikely to Lead to War* *Washington and Beijing are wary competitors, but neither country regards the other as its principal enemy.* Graham Allison's April 12 article, “How America and China Could Stumble to War,” explores how misperceptions and bureaucratic dysfunction could accelerate a militarized crisis involving the United States and China into an unwanted war. However, th... more »

Trump’s Banksters and the Rollback of Dodd-FrankDonald Trump has...

Robert Reich - 20 minutes ago
*Trump’s Banksters and the Rollback of Dodd-Frank* Donald Trump has ordered a rollback of regulations over Wall Street, including the Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010 to prevent another too-big-to-fail banking crisis. Perhaps Trump thinks that we’ve forgotten what happened when Wall Street turned the economy into a giant casino, and then – when its bets went sour in 2008 – needed a giant taxpayer funded bailout. Maybe Trump thinks Americans forget losing their jobs, homes, and savings in the fallout. Many people who voted for Trump got shafted. I hope they haven’t forgotten that ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 45 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* May day parade on Red Square. May 1, 2017. © Sputnik/ Maksim Blinov *WNU Editor:* A photo gallery of May Day protests can be seen here .... *On May Day, workers of the world unite - and protest* (Reuters).

French voters are just as divided as American ones

Joshua Conrad Jackson, Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
Marine Le Pen. AP Photo/Michel Euler On May 7, France will choose its next president. In the first round of voting on April 23, voters rejected candidates from the country’s established parties, lifting former investment banker Emmanuel Macron and nationalist Marine Le Pen to the runoff. The vote capped a swift rise for Le Pen’s National Front party, whose anti-immigrant views had long interfered with its general success. The fringe seems to have become the mainstream. A political radical has become a possible president. Yet Le Pen’s popularity is hardly an outlier. Events like B... more »

way for a few days

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago

Alarmists Gone Wild: Greenland losing 400 cubic km ice cubes per year!!!

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton […] The thaw is happening far faster than once expected. Over the past three decades the area of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen by more than half and its volume has plummeted by three-quarters (see map). SWIPA estimates that the Arctic…

Climate Chaos

Originally posted on Science Matters: ? Foucault’s pendulum in the Panthéon, Paris h/t tom0mason for inspiring this post, including his comment below The Pendulum is Settled Science I attended North Phoenix High School (Go Mustangs!) where students took their required physics class from a wild and crazy guy. Decades later alumni who don’t remember his…

Is The North Korean Army Falling Apart?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Bryan Harris & Robin Harding, Financial Times*: *North Korea’s Nuclear Push Masks Army Coming Apart at Seams* When North Korea deployed hundreds of artillery units, submarines and soldiers to take part in its largest live-fire drill, it was intended as a chilling display of the reclusive regime’s military might. The country boasts the world’s fourth-largest standing army, with more than 1m troops as well as 7m reserves, and last week’s military exercise came as US President Donald Trump ramped up the pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes. But officials a... more »

Colorado Climate March Postponed Due to Heavy Snow

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Breitbart – The People’s Climate March rally in Colorado Springs, scheduled for April 29th, was postponed due to heavy snowfall and treacherous conditions. Winter Blast Putting Climate Protests On Ice In Colorado … Organized by groups seeking to ban the production of…

Macron Might Not Be Any Good-- But There Is NO Excuse To Allow Putin To Enthrone Le Pen

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Papa threatened a Jewish opponent with a gas chamber, but Marine isn't as bad as THAT* Once or twice a year I get a craving for matzoh brei and I go down to Canter's on Fairfax and get one. And when I visit some off-the-beaten-path foreign place-- like Yangon or Cochin or even St. Petersburg, for example, I go visit a synagogue. That's about as Jewish as I've been since the 1960s. That said, anti-semitism infuriates me, the same way any kind of racism does. And that brings us to Ross Douthat's clueless OpEd in yesterday's *NY Times*, Is There A Case For Le Pen? Being a right-wing ... more »

Deep thought

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 hour ago
Some people are concerned about the Senate's self-definition as a council of owls seeking to keep less-privileged citizens from governing in their own interests. But have they considered this might be a perfectly fair description?

How to boil down a pile of diverse research papers into one cohesive picture

Mohammad S. Jalali, Research Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 2 hours ago
Can an algorithmic method for analyzing published research help zero in on reality? Sergei25/Shutterstock.com From social to natural and applied sciences, overall scientific output has been growing worldwide – it doubles every nine years. Traditionally, researchers solve a problem by conducting new experiments. With the ever-growing body of scientific literature, though, it is becoming more common to make a discovery based on the vast number of already-published journal articles. Researchers synthesize the findings from previous studies to develop a more complete understanding of a ... more »

Today's Media Reaction To Trump's Comment On Meeting Kim Jong Un Contrasts To Their Reaction When Obama Made His 'Blanket Pledge' In 2008

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Dave Boyer, Washington Times*: *Trump comment on N. Korea prompts more media alarm than Obama’s blanket pledge* In 2007, presidential candidate Barack Obama said he’d meet with the leaders of North Korea or Iran without preconditions, and the media largely gave him a pass or even defended him. On Monday, President Trump said he’d meet with North Korea’s leader “under the right circumstances,” prompting a widespread tone of alarm in the press. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Mr. Trump said of Kim Jong-un Monday... more »

Christy Clark the Liar, Not Qualified to be Premier(covered in thermal coal dust)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 2 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* If John Horgan unilaterally proposed an ill conceived retaliation trade policy on the fly during the heat of an election our mainstream media would label John Horgan as a hothead, not able to control his temper, not fit for BC's top spot....*not fit for the job of Premier*... Last week when our American neighbours imposed a 20% duty on Canadian softwood lumber Christy Clark(again) opened up her big mouth and started flapping her lips, clucking before thinking, speaking word-salad, speaking gibberish, talking like a scorned teenage girl....cluck cluck cluckin... more »

Attacker Kills 1, Wounds 3 in Stabbings at University of Texas

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
AUSTIN, Texas — An attacker with a machete-like knife fatally stabbed one person and wounded at least three others Monday on the University of Texas campus, and authorities said a suspect was in custody. Travis County Emergency Medical Services tweeted that one person died at the scene near a gym. The others were taken to […]

Controversy Commences at Bethune-Cookman

G.E. Branch III at Diverse - 2 hours ago
Bethune-Cookman University rocketed to the forefront of conversation about commencement speakers this spring with the announcement Monday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would headline its event in Daytona Beach, Fla., next week. “Much like Dr. Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University, Secretary DeVos deems the importance of opportunity and hope for students to receive an exceptional […]

Knight Commission Tackles White, Male Problem in College Sports

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
As the student-athlete pool becomes more diverse, the divide in racial and gender representation between student-athletes and the professionals who lead teams both on the field and off is all the more stark.

Trump’s ‘Mixed Bag’ Budget Spares Some Programs, Cuts Others

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
The 2017 budget bill expected to be sent to President Donald J. Trump this week is a mixed bag when it comes to college access and affordability.

‘He Should Be In Prison’: Tony Blair’s Plan to Return to Politics Denounced by Protesters

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Published on May 1, 2017 Controversial former UK Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that he is going to return to UK politics, motivated by Brexit and willing to change the situation amid the debates on the terms of the exit from the EU. end

“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea? by Prof Michel Chossudovsky, http://www.globalresearch.ca/ This article was first published on July 8, 2016 America’s pre-emptive nuclear doctrine was firmly entrenched prior to Donald Trump’s accession to the White House. The use of nukes against […]

Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat From the East. Payments in Gold Across Asia

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Petrodollar Faces Growing Threat From the East. Payments in Gold Across Asia by Andrew Brennan, Asia Times, via http://www.globalresearch.ca/ While the recent raft of Sino-Saudi trade agreements benefited Chinese soft power in protecting Xinjiang, and the Saudis by diversifying their economy, China’s slow intertwining with Saudi Arabia complements the Sino-Russian alliance. Primarily, its benefits could lead to a realistic […]

The Real Reason for Attacking North Korea

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
The Real Reason for Attacking North Korea by Dave Hodges, http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/ In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can’t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.” – Michael Fallon, British Defense Minister BBC Today April 25, 2017 – The political whores are speaking. They are willing […]

Korea Times: “China Bracing For Emergency Situation Involving North Korea”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Korea Times: “China Bracing For Emergency Situation Involving North Korea” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com With the North Korean situation tense after Friday’s latest failed missile attempt, the South Korea’s Korea Times reports that a Chinese town near the border with North Korea is “urgently” recruiting Korean-Chinese interpreters, “stirring speculation that China is bracing for an […]

The Trump Deception: Planned Collapse and World War III w/ Jeff Berwick on Caravan to Midnight

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Published on Apr 29, 2017 Jeff is interviewed by John B Wells for the Caravan to Midnight radio show. Topics include: the real fake news, Anarchapulco, Trump a carefully selected Trojan war horse, expanding and deepening the swamp, the suppression of facts to control the voting population, is the USA evil? propaganda and fear, EMP […]

MIT atmospheric science professor Richard Lindzen suggests that many claims regarding climate change are exaggerated and unnecessarily alarmist

by Richard Lindzen, 25 April 2017 from: http://merionwest.com/2017/04/25/richard-lindzen-thoughts-on-the-public-discourse-over-climate-change/ MIT atmospheric science professor Richard Lindzen suggests that many claims regarding climate change are exaggerated and unnecessarily alarmist. Introduction: For over 30 years, I have been giving talks on the science of climate change. When, however, I speak to a non-expert audience, and attempt to explain such matters […]

Bruce Goff, architect

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 3 hours ago
While I was visiting Canberra recently (as my more astute readers spotted), I met up with inspirational practitioner of organic achitecture Laurie Virr — to the delight of both of us. Bruce Goff has been an architectural hero for us both over many years, but never having heard him speak, I was delighted to find that Laurie had a video of Goff talking about and visiting many of the homes he’d designed: homes as unique as the characters he’d designed them for. The video quality is poor, but I find every minute thrilling! Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republi... more »

Hoping to escape Competency-Based Education? Looks like Wyoming is your only option.

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 3 hours ago
from Wrench in the Gears May 2, 2017 Last week Susan Patrick of iNACOL (International Association of K12 Online Learning) and Chris Sturgis of CompetencyWorks presented “An Overview of K12 Competency-Based Education for Education Leaders and Teachers.” The webinar and slides can be accessed here. Compare the slides below and consider the gravity of our situation. The first (above) shows the reach of Competency-Based Education policies today. Only Wyoming remains untouched. The second shows the reach of those policies in 2012. The Carnegie Corporation has signed on as a sponsor of... more »

Growing Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates May 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Venezuela security forces fight protesters amid May Day rallies* Security forces fired tear gas at youths throwing stones and petrol bombs on Monday as Venezuela's opposition began a second month of protests against socialist President Nicolas Maduro. With hundreds of thousands on the streets of Caracas for rival May Day marches, red-shirted supporters of Maduro also gathered downtown vowing to defend the socialists' 18-year rule of the South American oil producer. Twenty nine people have been killed and hundreds injured in unrest that began in early April against Madu... more »

Trump Has a Shot at Arab-Israeli Peace

Shai Feldman at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Shai Feldman* *Politics, Middle East* [image: Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Pixabay/Public domain] Donald Trump has what it takes to throw out the failed decades-old playbook. The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is heading to Washington, DC this week for talks with President Donald Trump. Incredibly, despite escalating crises in the Korean Peninsula and in U.S.-Russian relations over Syria, as well as huge obstacles confronting the president’s attempts to implement his agenda on health care, immigration, the tax code and the construction of a wall along t... more »

I Saw Up-Close Why Britain Will Love the F-35 Stealth Fighter

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * My observations from the Atlantic Trident 17 trilateral exercises. The United States Air Force’s Atlantic Trident 17 trilateral exercises in April helped to provide the British Royal Air Force (RAF) an early preview of what to expect when it starts to field operational Lockheed Martin F-35B Joint Strike Fighters. The Atlantic Trident 17 war games, which took place at Joint Base Langley Eustis in Virginia—the home of the USAF’s elite 1st Fighter Wing—included not only the F-35A, but also the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, the French Dassault Rafale an... more »

The U.S. Army Has Big Plans If a War with Russia or China Ever Went Down

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Advanced adversaries with carriers, stealth, hypersonic weapons, drones, long-range sensors and precision targeting technology presents the US military with a need to adjust doctrine to properly respond to a fast-changing threat landscape. The Army is now crafting new combat “operations” doctrine designed to better position the service for the prospect of large-scale, mechanized, force-on-force warfare against technologically advanced near-peer rivals – such as Russia or China - able to substantially challenge US military technological superiority. Ri... more »

Investors Shouldn't Fear the Fed's Quantitative Easing

Samuel Rines at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Samuel Rines* *Economics, Americas* [image: Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. Flickr/Creative Commons/Tyler Merbler] Why the banking community needs to get used to the Federal Reserve's "unconventional" solutions. If the Federal Reserve’s recent rhetoric is to be believed, we are in the twilight of its Great Recession intervention. In the midst of the crisis, the Fed bought up assets in what was called an “unconventional” monetary policy maneuver. These purchases eventually exceeded $4 trillion, which is roughly a quarter of the United States’ economic output. To maint... more »

Ron Paul: Save Liberty, Shut Down the Government

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Save Liberty, Shut Down the Government by ron paul, http://ronpaulinstitute.org/ Congress ended the week by passing a continuing resolution keeping the government funded for one more week. This stopgap funding bill is designed to give Congress and the White House more time to negotiate a long-term spending bill. Passage of a long-term spending bill has been delayed […]

Hamas Revises Its Founding Charter Accepting A Palestine Based On 1967 Borders

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Hamas to soften stance on Israel, Muslim Brotherhood: Arab sources* The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will drop its longstanding call for Israel's destruction as well as its association with the Muslim Brotherhood, in a policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said. Hamas's move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and mending a rift with the main Palestinian faction headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. It comes two days before Abbas is due in Washington, and days ... more »

Veterans March on Washington DC - May 29-30

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 4 hours ago
Brothers and Sisters, The Trump administration recently fired 59 Tomahawk missiles into Syria, in violation of international and U.S. law. After that, the largest non-nuclear bomb was dropped on Afghanistan, an impoverished country that has suffered enough already. Trump has been making threats towards North Korea that could initiate a nuclear war – WWIII. He says, he will not tell anyone ahead of time what he will do. It looks as if Donald Trump and company are hell-bent on destroying this planet with utter disregard for our children and grandchildren. Veterans cannot be silent ... more »

Largest Shia mosque in Sweden set ablaze by molotov cocktails

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
(Russia Today) Sweden’s largest Shiite mosque, which has thousands of members, has been badly damaged by a raging fire in the northern Stockholm suburb of JakobsFerg, in what police suspect was an arson attack. The fire at the Imam Ali Islamic Center appears to have started in the building’s facade Monday overnight. The blaze was […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic pictures: ISIS fighters slaughter Syrian Army troops in failed east Palmyra offensive

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:20 A.M.) – Amaq Agency released a images of highly graphic photos showing the aftermath of a failed offensive conducted by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) at the Talilah crossroad, east of Palmyra. The pictures confirm previous Amaq Agency claims of an alleged SAA death toll following the attack, totalling 6 deaths and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS dirige sus esfuerzos en hacer retroceder al Ejército sirio en su empuje desde Palmira a Deir Ezor

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
El lunes, los contingentes del Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) renovaron su asalto en el cruce de Talilah en un intento de expulsar a los militantes del Estado Islámico de la desembocadura del desierto clave situado al este de la ciudad de Palmira. Según el aparato mediático del grupo terrorista ISIS, la Agencia Amaq, seis soldados […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Russian special forces infiltrate Al-Qaeda strong point in northern Hama

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 A.M.) – A rare video has emerged showing the Russia Army’s elite “Turan batalion” storming an outpost controlled by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, a Syrian jihadist group loosely linked to Al-Qaeda. The counter-insurgency operation was conducted on the outskirts of Mhardeh, a Christian city in northern Hama which recently witnessed the deployment of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fanfare for the Common Man

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago

Bee-keeping: Playing the odds against catastrophic collapse

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 4 hours ago
Last year I was given a beehive and some bees for a birthday present. This year I’ve realised that there’s a lot more to keeping bees than I thought: the biggest problem facing me being one of simple statistics: The … Continue reading →

There Is No Way To Clean Up The Disgusting Mess That Is Trump Other Than At The Ballot Box In 2018

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Nick Kristof's column in the *Times* this weekend, Lessons From 100 Days Of President Trump, reminded us that "Trump distinguishes himself in one area: incompetence" and that "Trump remains a bully and a charlatan." Kristof wrote that over his entire career he's "never known a national politician as mendacious, ill informed, bombastic and dangerous as Trump." And it gets worse as he lists a dozen grievances against Trump. Then yesterday, on CNN's *Reliable Sources*, Carl Bernstein accused Señor Trumpanzee of having "lied as no president of the United States in my lifetime has, da... more »

On NAFTA, Trump's True Intentions Remain Unclear

Alex Newman at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: on-nafta-trump-s-true-intentions-remain-unclear] The “Trans-Pacific Partnership” (TPP) fell almost immediately. But now, everybody is wondering what will happen next on one of the most disastrous “free-trade” schemes to be imposed on America. On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump's opposition to the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the globalist ideology underpinning it were made crystal clear. Among other criticism, Trump blasted NAFTA as the “worst trade deal in the history of the world.” He vowed to “rip up” the deal, too. But aft... more »

Pushing granny off the cliff, again

Content Multimedia - 5 hours ago
By Deane Waldman, Alexander Morrissette

Patients of the Week: Hooded Mergansers

Bird-Rescue at International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters - 5 hours ago
Behold the four stooges! These adorable little troublemakers arrived at our San Francisco Bay wildlife center this week. They are diving ducks called Hooded Mergansers (affectionately known as “Hoodies”). As cavity nesters, the babies instinctually look upward and have already caused shenanigans at the center, having literally leaped up at the sheet covering their pen […]

Donald Trump gets visibly angry and ends interview after being asked for proof that Obama okayed illegal surveillance directed at him.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of Raw Story: *President Donald Trump grew visibly angry and walked away from an interview with CBS News reporter John Dickerson after Dickerson pressed him for proof that former President Barack Obama had illegally wiretapped Trump Tower.* *“He was very nice to me, but after that, we’ve had some difficulties,” said Trump. “So it doesn’t matter. You know, words are less important to me than deeds, and you saw what happened with surveillance.” * *Dickerson then asked Trump for evidence that Obama had illegally wiretapped him, but Trump wouldn’t offer any — while insisting... more »

May Day Riots Rock Paris

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Telegraph:* *Riot in Paris as protesters clash with police and Front National supporters at May Day workers' march* Three riot police officers have been injured in clashes between masked protesters on the fringes of May Day marches in Paris. Scores of hooded youth threw Molotov cocktails at security forces who fired back with tear gas during the otherwise peaceful march on Monday. Police responded by firing tear gas, making four arrests of individuals for "carrying prohibited weapons". "Three officers have been injured, including one seriously due to burns from Molotov cockt... more »

Executive order ends Monumental land grabs

Larry Bell at CFACT - 5 hours ago
As the environmental movement unfolded, Presidents courting green votes have increasingly used the Antiquities Act of 1906 to sequester large swaths of land -- and water -- from future public and private use -- all too often without the advice and consent of elected officials and citizen groups. These seizures have cost states and private citizens the use of these properties, and the revenue and enjoyment that come from such uses. President Trump's executive order is step 1 in putting a stop to these unpopular land grabs and hopefully to reopening noncritical acreage to a variety of... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Douglas Birkey, FOX News*:* The North Korean threat is not theoretical, it is reality* North Korea is surging to the brink. Advancements in their missile technology and nuclear weapons program will soon put the United States in the crosshairs. As Senator John McCain recently remarked: “A North Korean missile tipped with a nuclear warhead, capable of reaching our homeland is no longer a distant hypothetical, but an imminent danger.” A policy built around angry diplomatic statements and passive observation is no longer viable. The United States must seriously anticipate the use ... more »

A Bunnies’ Tale by Walter and Rosemary Brasch

by Walter and Rosemary Brasch Featured Writers Dandelion Salad www.walterbrasch.com Aug 25, 2009 Forget everything you learned about Bre’er Rabbit, the brightest, most cunning of all animals in West African folklore and Joel Chandler Harris stories. Disregard what you saw Bugs Bunny, the Brooklyn–born wise-cracking Br’er Rabbit spinoff, do to mentally-lame hunter Elmer Fudd and […]

What I eat 2017

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 7 hours ago
Another in the ever-popular genre of blog posts about what people eat. No photos though. I wake up and have an instant coffee with cream and 1/4 spoonful of dark brown sugar. Maybe I'll have another before breakfast. If I'm out I'll have a long black with cream without sugar, followed by a glass of cold water. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it decides if and what you'll be eating before dinner. Usually after 10 AM. My favourite breakfast is 4-5 eggs (depending on size) cooked in a mix of ghee and bacon fat. So I'm eating all the eggs whole, no yolk-only me... more »

Big Brother Is Still Watching You: Don’t Fall for the NSA’s Latest Ploy

John W. Whitehead at 7 hours ago
[image: undefined] “You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”—George Orwell, *1984* Supposedly the National Security Administration is going to stop collecting certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. Privacy advocates are hailing it as a major victory for Americans whose communications have been caught in the NSA’s dragnet. If this is a victory, it’s a hollow victory. Here’s why. Since its creation in 1952, whe... more »

Sessions Hints He Won’t Crack Down on Marijuana in States Where It’s Legal

Michael Tennant at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: sessions-hints-he-won-t-crack-down-on-marijuana-in-states-where-it-s-legal] Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated recently that despite some earlier tough talk, he has no plans to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal.

Annual May Day Marches Take on Anti-Trump Theme in the U.S. This Year

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: annual-may-day-marches-take-on-anti-trump-theme-in-the-u-s-this-year] Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are participating in marches across the United States on May 1, with many abandoning the traditional “International Worker’s Day” themes in favor of protests for “immigrant rights” and “LGBT rights.”

Did the Trump Administration ‘Veto’ Argentina’s Decision to Honor Jimmy Carter?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
A chain of blog posts advanced a rumor that President Trump forced Argentina not to honor President Jimmy Carter in April 2017.

Fox News co-president, and Roger Ailes former right hand man, told to pack up his desk and get out. Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of CNN: *Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out at the network, the latest casualty in the scandal that has plagued Fox News and its parent company 21st Century Fox since last summer. * *Shine's departure was announced Monday. The network said he resigned.* *No one has accused Shine of harassing behavior -- but some ex-employees have accused him of covering up the alleged wrongdoings of others. * *Shine has been named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network.* Shine has been with the network si... more »

World News Briefs -- May 1, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters:** North Korea would have to clear many conditions before Trump meeting possible: White House* North Korea would need to clear many conditions before a meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be contemplated, the White House said on Monday. After Trump told Bloom... more »

Native Actor Rick Mora Explains How Reconnecting to His Roots Saved Him

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
"So many of the world's troubles can be solved by connecting to culture, by holding on to tradition." Rick Mora My mother had me when she was 15. A child having a child. And we were Poor. I grew up in a shack with no bathroom, a wood burning fire. No neighbours for 20 miles. Crescent City was on the border of California and Oregan and we lived off the land (and there wasn't a lot to live on). I never knew my father. His name was on my birth certificate, and that was pretty much all I knew about him. My mother said he was a hard-working man, which is a contradiction for me. He aband... more »

Global temperatures plunge in April – “the pause” returns

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Global temperatures have dropped 0.5° Celsius in April according to Dr. Ryan Maue. In the Northern Hemisphere they plunged a massive 1°C . As the record 2015/16 El Nino levels off, the global warming hiatus aka “the pause” is back with a vengeance. He writes: Some good news to end April, global temperature…

'Tax Cuts for the Rich'?

Thomas Sowell at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: tax-cuts-for-the-rich] One of the painful realities of our times is how long a political lie can survive, even after having been disproved years ago, or even generations ago. A classic example is the phrase "tax cuts for the rich."

Schumer, Pelosi Celebrate Stop-gap Government Spending Bill

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: schumer-pelosi-celebrate-stop-gap-government-spending-bill] Has President Trump been assimilated by the Powers That Be, willing now to see his campaign promises broken?

President Trump: Will Meet With Kim Jong Un Under The Right Circumstances

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Bloomberg:** Trump Says He’d Meet With Kim Jong Un Under Right Circumstances* * ‘I would be honored to do it’ under the right circumstances * North Korea has become Trump’s top foreign policy challenge President Donald Trump said he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un amid heightened tensions over his country’s nuclear weapons program if the circumstances were right. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg News. “If it’s under the, again, under the right c... more »

In Pictures: Syrian Army inches closer to recapture key rebel stronghold in northeastern Damascus

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 A.M.) – The government troops continue to advance in the northeastern neighborhood of al-Qaboun as infighting engulfs the rebel forces in Eastern Ghouta region. Taking advantage of the current state of turbulence among rival rebel groups in the Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Army intensified its military operation in the insurgent-controlled neighborhood, recapturing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Deyr ez Zor: IŞİD’in üst düzey komutanı Suriye ordusu tarafından öldürüldü

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
IŞİD’in üst düzey saha komutanlarından Ebu Enes El Ensari, Deyr ez Zor çevresinde yaşanan çatışmalar sırasında Suriye ordusu tarafından öldürüldü. Deyr ez Zor bölgesinde yeni bir büyük saldırı başlatan IŞİD, herhangi bir kazanım elde edemezken birçok kayıp vermişti.Saatler süren çatışmalarda, IŞİD’in saldırıyı yöneten komutanı Ebu Enes el Ensari ve beraberindeki onlarca terörist de öldürüldü. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

90 insurgents killed as Jaish Al-Islam storms rival Islamist stronghold in rural Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:25 P.M.) – Amid increased tensions in the East Ghouta, Jaish Al-Islam stormed and entered Zamalka to dislodge Failaq Al-Rahman (FSA) militants from the town, located on the eastern fringes of the Syrian capital. Utilizing heavy weaponry and tanks, Jaish Al-Islam entered the northeastern part of the FSA stronghold and engaged Failaq Al-Rahman […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS beats back Syrian Army assault east of Palmyra en route to Deir Ezzor

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 P.M.) – On Monday, contingents of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) renewed their assault on the Talilah crossroad in a bid to expel Islamic State militants from the key desert junction east of Palmyra city. According to Amaq Agency, 6 SAA soldiers were wounded and 15 injured as the offensive did not […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Top ISIS commander killed by Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M.) – A high-ranking field commander of the self-proclaimed Islamic State was killed today along with scored others in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor during clashes with the Syrian Army. The terror group has staged a massive assault to take over the government-held airbase but failed to achieve any significant advance. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ceyşül İslam’ın Türkiye sınırında bulunan mühimmat deposu patlatıldı!

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Bugün öğle saatlerinde, Türkiye sınırında bulunan İdlib’in Babsekka kasabasında Ceyşül İslam ve Ahrar Şam’ın ortak olarak kullandığı mühimmat deposu infilak etti. Bölgede bulunan bazı yerel kaynaklar, deponun Tahrir Şam(Eski adıyla Nusra Cephesi) militanları tarafından patlatıldığını ileri sürerken, henüz resmi bir açıklama yapılmadı. Geçtiğimiz ayın başında Rus savaş uçakları, sınıra sıfır noktasında bulunan Babsekka’da hava saldırıları […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hamas no longer calls for destruction of Israel

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
(REUTERS) The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas will drop its longstanding call for Israel’s destruction as well as its association with the Muslim Brotherhood in a new policy document to be issued on Monday, Gulf Arab sources said. Hamas’s move appears aimed at improving relations with Gulf Arab states and Egypt, which label the Brotherhood as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Islamist leader placed under house arrest by Pakistan following Mumbai terror attack

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
(REUTERS) Pakistan has extended by three months the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, accused by the United States of masterminding the 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people, a Pakistani official said on Monday. Saeed was placed under house arrest in January after years of living free in Pakistan, a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Taliban suicide bomber kills 6 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M.) – According to a statement released by the Taliban moments ago, a jihadist militant killed six US servicemen in a suicide bombing in Nangarhar province. The bulletin claimed a Taliban suicide bomber blasted a US convoy in the embattled eastern province, setting alight a Humvee and burning alive all soldiers alive […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

How Many Corrupt Democrats Will Back Jeb Hensarling's And The GOP's Plans To Legitimize Crooked Payday Lenders?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Congress has written the bribery laws in such a way as to exclude their own habitual behavior of taking corporate bribes. There are many examples but one that always stands out is how members of congress relate to the predatory payday lenders whose business model is ripping off the public Congress is supposed to be protecting. Instead, the biggest recipients of payday lender bribes-- especially Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Pete Sessions (R-TX), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Steve Stivers (R-OH), Grefgory Meeks (New Dem-NY), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Debbie #DebtTra... more »

The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Dandelion Salad Originally published May 1, 2015 Republished with permission from IWW by Eric Chase IWW, 1993 May 1, 2017 Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like […]

Where Is Your Loyalty?

The Essays of The Man From the North by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad May 1, 2017 For all the avowed patriots who demand my Pledge of Allegiance and salutes on Loyalty Day, Fourth of July, and other patriotic, militarized holidays, I fling this question to your hearts: how deep and far does your loyalty […]

BREAKING: Trump says he’d be ‘honoured’ to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
[image: un] Such a meeting is unprecedented. The post BREAKING: Trump says he’d be ‘honoured’ to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un appeared first on The Duran.

Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson to meet next week. Is reconciliation back on the table?

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
[image: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin - RTX35ALN] There are some subtle signs that the Russia-US relations are very slowly beginning to thaw. The post Sergey Lavrov and Rex Tillerson to meet next week. Is reconciliation back on the table? appeared first on The Duran.

Tax "reform" or not?

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 9 hours ago
In Edinburgh I just posed for pictures next to one statue of Hume and then in front of Adam Smith, the founder of liberal economics. (Oh the handsome scotsman posing with me? Edinburgh science fiction legend Ken MacLeod. Look up his fine novels, such as The Corporation Wars.) Back to Adam Smith; it’s clear where he would be writing, were he alive today -- at the website that mentions his name most-often. Evonomics is the fast-rising site where liberals and moderates in the commercial and academic worlds of economics offer spirited resistance to fanaticism. While the far-left and t... more »

Our team is gigantically less than sharp!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017Sean McElwee edition:* As it has finally turned out, we the people just aren't sharp enough to conduct our own affairs. It isn't just Them, the ones Over There. It's also Us, the ones Over Here! As it turns out, we the fiery liberals tend to be tremendously hapless too. The examples have come thick and fast in the past several days. For today, let's pile on Sean McElwee. Over at the new Salon, McElwee was fighting mad yesterday morning. Because our team knows only one play, his piece ran beneath these long, fiery headlines: MCELWEE (4/30/17): *Donald Trump’s f... more »

Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Resigns

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
The troubled network's interim CEO, Rupert Murdoch, confirmed his resignation in an email sent to staffers.

Clouds Over Mount Fuji

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A spectacular video purportedly showing clouds rolling over Japan's Mount Fuji was digitally created from a still photograph.

Did Clint Eastwood Get ‘Terribly Tragic News’ Over His Latest Movie?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A dubious web site claimed that the director received 'heavy insults" over the film, but failed to provide any evidence.

The Brief Origins of May Day by Eric Chase

Dandelion Salad Originally published May 1, 2015 Republished with permission from IWW by Eric Chase IWW, 1993 May 1, 2017 Most people living in the United States know little about the International Workers’ Day of May Day. For many others there is an assumption that it is a holiday celebrated in state communist countries like […]

Family Of Man Suffering From Traumatic Brain Injury Sues ICE After Violent Raid

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
The family of a Chicago resident with a traumatic brain injury and paralysis has sued ICE and the city of Chicago after he was detained on March 27. The post Family Of Man Suffering From Traumatic Brain Injury Sues ICE After Violent Raid appeared first on Shadowproof.

Jonah Raskin: The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution

Dandelion Salad talkingsticktv Interview with Jonah Raskin, Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at Sonoma State University, about his book “The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution”. from the archives: The Iron Heel (1908) by Jack London

Japan Deploys Its Newest And Largest Helicopter Carrier To Protect A U.S. Supply Ship

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*The Drive:* *Japan's Biggest Helicopter Carrier To Provide Escort For US Supply Ship* *The Izumo will bring its potent anti-submarine capabilities to protect the US supply vessel.* Japan is deploying its newest and largest helicopter carrier, the Izumo, to escort a US supply vessel from the waters off Tokyo south, and possibly into the Sea of Japan. There it is supposedly tasked to rendezvous with vessels associated with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. At that time it is highly possible that the Izumo will also join the growing armada of vessels exercising off the Korean... more »

Time for Donald Trump to Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Kim Jong-un

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Politics, Asia* [image: President Donald Trump walks into the Diplomatic Receiving Room of the White House. Flickr/The White House] Forget Duterte: this is the Asian dictator Trump should be welcoming. Donald Trump is inviting the wrong Asian dictator to meet him in Washington. Instead of focusing on Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte, he should extend an invitation to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. His comments today that under the “right circumstances” he would be “honored” to meet with Kim were welcome ones, but he should go even further. Trump needs to display ... more »

Donald Trump Says He "Would Be Honored" To Meet North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* Could it happen? President Donald Trump says that he is willing to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg News, adding that it such a meeting could only occur under “the right circumstances.” *(This first appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation’s site here.) * “Most political people would never say that,” Trump said, “but I’m telling you under the right circumstances I would meet with... more »

THAAD Is Ready for War with North Korea

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile shield in South Korea has “initial operating capability to defend against North Korean missiles,” U.S. officials told Reuters Monday The anti-missile system the U.S. deployed to South Korea is reportedly operational. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile shield in South Korea has “initial operating capability to defend against North Korean missiles,” U.S. officials told Reuters Monday. (This first appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation’s site here.) The U.S. and Sout... more »

Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation, Wildfire Burns in Fukushima “No-Go Zone”; Forests Contaminated by Fukushima and Chernobyl “are Ticking Time Bombs”

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 9 hours ago
From Common Dreams: “Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation, Wildfire Burns in Fukushima ‘No-Go Zone’ Contaminated forests such as those outside … Continue reading →

American Ancestry 101 for Donald Trump and Other Recent Arrivals to the USA

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 9 hours ago
Donald Trump, whose mother immigrated to America from the UK in 1930, hundreds of years after US Senator Elizabeth Warren’s … Continue reading →

The Washington Post reports on the roots of the alliance between American conservatives and Russia.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *On issues including gun rights, terrorism and same-sex marriage, many leading advocates on the right who grew frustrated with their country’s leftward tilt under President Barack Obama have forged ties with well-connected Russians and come to see that country’s authoritarian leader, Vladimir Putin, as a potential ally. * *The attitude adjustment among many conservative activists helps explain one of the most curious aspects of the 2016 presidential race: a softening among many conservatives of their historically hard-line views of Russia. To the alarm of some i... more »

A few May Day observations...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 10 hours ago
*before I head out to the Silver Valley of beautiful North Idaho to stock up on tomato and pepper plants.* *For all my non-Catholic friends:* Some woman is *celebrating her ordination to the priesthood of the Catholic Church.* Quickly: - She is *not* Catholic - in fact, she has excommunicated herself. - She is *not* a priest - Donning the dress of the KKK could be considered cultural appropriation - She is more than slightly nuts. In honor of May Day Kurt Schlichter has this to say about the "resistance" [...] Really, that #TheResistance could throw at *us*, because... more »

Why we choose terrible passwords, and how to fix them

Megan Squire, Professor of Computing Sciences, Elon University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 10 hours ago
How secure are you? Rawpixel.com via shutterstock.com The first Thursday in May is World Password Day, but don’t buy a cake or send cards. Computer chip maker Intel created the event as an annual reminder that, for most of us, our password habits are nothing to celebrate. Instead, they – and computer professionals like me – hope we will use this day to say our final goodbyes to “qwerty” and “123456,” which are still the most popular passwords. The problem with short, predictable passwords The purpose of a password is to limit access to information. Having a very common or simple on... more »

More fun

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
And there was a third sighting of Mark Steel on Radio 4 within the last 24 hours. He also appeared on tonight's *The Unbelievable Truth*. The funniest (non-Mark Steel bit) was Holly Walsh accidentally misreading her script and calling Kim Jong-Il (dad of Fatboy Kim) "Kim Jong the Second"...which, actually, *could *have been buzzed as 'a truth' (thus making the Young'Un 'King Jong the Third'). #fact. *P.S. *The series, as ever, has made the odd passing political joke. The *Daily Mail, *Donald Trump, Brexit and Nigel Farage have been its main targets. (Please pass the smelling sal... more »

North Korea Warns That A Nuclear Test May Happen At Any Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *DW:* *North Korea hints new nuclear test could happen 'at any time'* North Korea has suggested that it will continue its nuclear weapons tests in response to what it calls US aggression. Japan has also sent out a destroyer to escort US warships as Tokyo seeks to boost its military role. Pyongyang warned on Monday that it would conduct a nuclear test at any time determined by its leadership, in the latest comments to fuel already heightened tensions in the region. Both North Korea and Washington have been trading off shows of force over the past few w... more »

Rock and a hard place

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
Contrary to what you might think, we at ITBB don’t take everything we read on websites at face value. Even the ones we generally respect and agree with. There’s always another side to an argument if you seek it out, and there’s always someone with another take on any issue. I often link to articles on Gatestone Institute, and I’m going to do so again now. This interesting piece harshly criticises Emmanuel Macron, and given that the BBC is at this very moment delightedly reporting some violent demonstrations in France against “far right Marine Le Pen”, I’m linking to it ‘for balanc... more »

Save Liberty, Shut Down the Government

Ron Paul at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: save-liberty-shut-down-the-government] The root of the current crisis is neither political nor economic but philosophical. Too many have bought into the lie that government can protect us from life’s misfortunes and stamp out evil around the world without endangering our liberty, our safety, and our prosperity. Convincing a critical mass of people to reject big government is key to our success.

Pro-life Leader Charmaine Yoest Named to HHS Post

Dave Bohon at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: pro-life-leader-charmaine-yoest-named-to-hhs-post] Vocal pro-life leader Charmaine Yoest has been named by the Trump administration to serve as assistant secretary for public affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Trump signals retreat on North Korea, relations with China

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 11 hours ago
[image: trump-north-korea] Interview with CBS Face the Nation suggests President Trump has heeded warnings from China and is backing away from threats of military action against North Korea. The post Trump signals retreat on North Korea, relations with China appeared first on The Duran.

Big Oil Now Has Authority to Arrest You for Protesting a Pipeline on Your OWN Property

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: pipeline]A court went beyond eminent domain so that Sunoco can build its pipeline — and any landowners who protest will now be arrested.

Hundreds Suffer as City Shuts Down Church for Helping the Homeless

Annabelle Bamforth at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: church]A church focused on providing services to the homeless is fighting against the closure of its outreach center and questioning its legality.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
So, as you probably know, this happened: President Trump during an interview that airs Monday questioned why the country had a Civil War and suggested former President Andrew Jackson could have prevented it had he served later. "I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn't have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart," Trump said during an interview with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito. "He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, 'There's no reason for this.'" Jackson, the nation's... more »

As Expected, A 'Bipartisan' Budget...More Spending!

Daniel McAdams at 11 hours ago
No, the government is not going to close down. It's all a ruse. The budget "crisis" was solved by agreeing on a 1,600 page bill that spends more on the military and more on government programs at home. There's something in it for politicians of almost every stripe. The Russian "threat"? Don't worry! There's $100 million for a fun to counter "Russian propaganda" in Europe. Terrorism? There's a $15 billion appropriation to fight terrorism. Don't worry that Washington's interventionist foreign policy is the primary cause of terrorism. Just spend! More in today's Liberty Report:

BREAKING NEWS: April 25th, 2017 TeleSUR Interview with Syrian President Bashar al Assad now available

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Syrian President Bashar al Assad is* *interviewed by TeleSUR on April 25, 2017* This is the interview where apparently Assad took off the gloves and went after the United States and Israel in a frank and direct incrimination for their war crimes against Syria. The translation is in Spanish with English subtitles. Having now watched and listened to the video I can say that the reviews were accurate. Assad pulls no punches in identifying and attacking the despots [US and Israel] who seek to destroy his country. But he also has a philosophical approach and talks about the historic... more »

Afghan Forces Have Suffered Massive Casualties In The Past Few Months

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Coffins containing the bodies of Afghan national army soldiers killed in an April 21 attack on a military base in Mazar-i-Sharif, northern Afghanistan, April 22, 2017. VOA/Reuters *Al Jazeera*: *'Shockingly high' losses for Afghan forces over winter* *Levels of violence generally dip in winter months, but this year Taliban carried out several major attacks, says report.* Afghan security forces were killed at a "shockingly high" rate during what has historically been a winter lull in fighting against the Taliban, according to a report by a US watchdog. The US government's Special I... more »

Long-Time Cartoonist Fired for Daring to Speak the Truth About Monsanto Profits

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 11 hours ago
*Isaac Davis* - This is how corporate censorship works. The post Long-Time Cartoonist Fired for Daring to Speak the Truth About Monsanto Profits appeared first on Waking Times.

America Can Only Deter North Korea by Ratcheting Up the Pressure

Wallace C. Gregson at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Wallace C. Gregson* *Security, Asia* Washington needs to reinforce its alliances in order to thwart Pyongyang's interest in missile capabilities and emergent nuclear weapons. Lately, the news has centered around how the U.S. may exercise its military options in response to North Korea’s provocations. But other than objections to North Korea’s imminent attainment of nuclear-weapons capability, little has been said about U.S. objectives. Posing the usual questions such as “What if?” and “What happens next?” about different options only leads to frustration. To quote Victor Cha’s ... more »

It's Almost Easter

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Following Craig’s Bank Holiday Fun, I hope I’m not putting too much of a damper on Mark Steel’s amusing take on TFTD with another “It’s almost Easter” TFTD. (18-4-17) John Bell of the Iona Community frequently contributes to TFTD, unintentionally invoking Ivor Cutler. However, the BBC’s attachment to John Bell is not much of a laughing matter. Is Iona Community Sabotaging Itself by Embracing Kairos? by Denis MacEoin “There is a role for idealists in limited situations. But problems arise when such do-gooders do not properly understand what lies behind mutual hatred, enduring an... more »

Syrian War News Updates -- May 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*ABC News Online*: *Syrian war: At least 11 killed in barrel bomb attack following weekend of rebel infighting* At least 11 people have been killed by barrel bombs dropped by Syrian Government helicopters following a weekend of violence and protests across the country, human rights monitors say. The Syrian Network for Human rights said four children died in Sunday's bombing near Daraa in the country's south, while video purporting to be of the aftermath of the attack showed the bodies of small children strewn across the ground. On Saturday, eight members of the Syrian civil defen... more »

Senator Ted Cruz Introduces Bill to Have Drug Lord El Chapo Pay for the Wall

Bob Adelmann at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: senator-ted-cruz-introduces-bill-to-have-drug-lord-el-chapo-pay-for-the-wall] When Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced his bill — the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act — on Tuesday, he said the $14 billion seized from the Mexican drug lord would help build President Trump’s wall.

15 Powerful images from the Climate Protectors March in Washington, DC

White Wolf at White Wolf - 12 hours ago
*More than 300,000 people in Washington DC and across the country joined together in a powerful demonstration of unity for jobs, justice, and climate action.* On April 29th, students, workers, faith communities, Indigenous Nations, community organizations, and environmental groups joined together to make it clear that this resistance will defend our communities, now and forever. The march was a beautiful, hopeful moment. The Peoples Climate March on April 29, 2017 was a huge success, with over 300,000 people participating in Washington, D.C., and tens of thousands more taking part... more »

If "Sarin Bomb" Exploded Where WH Claims, Casualties Would Have Occurred Directly Across the Street

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*Accounting for wind direction at the time of the so-called "sarin bombing," the red oval indicates where large numbers of casualties would have been found — including immediately across the road from the site the White House intelligence report identifies as the bomb site. (See report below for more information. Click to enlarge all images.) * *by Gaius Publius* Earlier we reported on Dr. Theodore Postol's work examining the alleged 2017 "sarin bombing" in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria — see "New Evidence that Syrian Gas Story Was Fabricated by the White House" and "Theodore Postol: Khan... more »

ИГ контратакует на востоке провинции Хомс (фото)

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
После недавнего наступления частей Сирийской Арабской Армии в районе горной гряды Аш-Шаер, которое привело к освобождению комплекса местного нефтеперерабатывающего завода, а также к зачистке около 80% территории гряды и расположенных на ней нефтяных и газовых скважин, террористическая группировка “Исламское государство” прекратила отступать и попыталась перейти в контратаку. Как сообщил военный источник, боевики ИГ предприняли по […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US soldier killed by ISIS in Mosul identified as infantry officer

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
(REUTERS) A U.S. service member who died when an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol outside the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was identified on Sunday as 1st Lieutenant Weston Lee. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, Georgia, was an infantry officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Huge explosion rocks militant-held town in Idlib province near Turkish border

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 P.M.) – On Monday, series of powerful explosions rocked islamist-held Babsqa town near the Turkish border in north Idlib countryside. According to local sources, the incident occurred in the area controlled by “Fastaqim Union”, an armed group which is a part of “Ahrar Al-Sham” islamist coalition. The series of explosions, which lasted […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Erdogan threatens more strikes against US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M.) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said that Turkey could again bomb positions of the Syrian Kurdish forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG) any time it wanted, ARA News reported on Monday. “We can come unexpectedly in the night… We are not going to tip off the terror groups and the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In Motion: Free Syrian Army narrowly misses fuel tanker with anti-tank missile

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:00 P.M.) – Fierce battles continue to rip through the northern countryside of Hama as government forces snatch more land from the rebel groups. With the government forces reaching the southern administrative borders of the jihadists-controlled Idlib province, several towns and villages which have for long served as rebel bastions have fallen to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS counter-attacks in east Homs countryside

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – After a very recent advance by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of the al-Sha’er complex, which resulted in the liberation of the al-Sha’er refinery as well as the recapture of around 80 percent of the Jabal Sha’er mountain chain and its outlying oil and gas wells (which […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Huge jihadist convoy attacks Iraqi Army outposts as ISIS drones drop bombs

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:35 P.M.) – ISIS insurgents continue to wreck havoc in the western part of Anbar province, continuously targeting the Iraqi Armed Forces in the region. On Sunday, a large convoy of ISIS technicals raided government outposts and trenches north of Rutbah, a key junction town in the desert governorate: Armed ISIS drones, dropping […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian Army defeats ISIS in Deir Ezzor

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 12 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:10 P.M.) – Russia 24 TV Channel released combat footage showing part of the fierce battles recently fought between the government forces and Islamic State in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. The terror group has launched a massive attack on the city’s airbase which serves as the Army’s last enclave in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Living with Climate Change Denial

LL at Virtual Mirage - 13 hours ago
Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new evidence of how Europe's winter weather and climate patterns fluctuated during the last 10,000 years, known as the Holocene period. The cores provide insights into how the region's climate has changed over time. The researchers' results, published this week in the journal *Scientific Reports*, could help reveal how the climate of the North Atlantic region, which includes the U.S., varies on long time scales. Aurel Perșoiu, Bogdan P. Onac, Jonathan G. Wynn, Maarten Blaauw, Monica Ionita, Margareta Hansson. Holocen... more »

Donald Trump actually buys ad time to convince you that his first 100 days were awesome. No, I am NOT kidding.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
I actually woke up to this thing today and had to stop and wonder if it was not an SNL skit that I missed or something. "America has rarely seen such success." "America investing in American jobs again.," "America becoming more energy independent." "The biggest tax cut plan in history." None of that, not one word of that, is actually true. It is all a complete fabrication. And Trump covers for that by adding this: "You wouldn't know it from watching the news ("Fake News" banner prominently placed at this point.), America is winning and president Trump is making America great aga... more »

“Remarkable” it was ever accepted, says report: Science to retract study on fish and microplastics

Dalmeet Singh Chawla at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Science is retracting a paper about how human pollution is harming fish, after months of questions about the validity of the data. The move, first reported by the news side of Science on Friday, follows a new report from a review board in Sweden that concluded the authors were guilty of “scientific dishonesty,” and the paper should be […] The post “Remarkable” it was ever accepted, says report: Science to retract study on fish and microplastics appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Iceland’s Approach to Teen Substance Abuse is Something America Needs Now

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 13 hours ago
*Alex Pietrowski* - With the opioid crisis taking so many lives, we need a new paradigm. The post Iceland’s Approach to Teen Substance Abuse is Something America Needs Now appeared first on Waking Times.

Records Show Girl Begged for Her Life as Officers Dehydrated Her to Death

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: death]She had committed no crime in which there was a victim, but was brought to jail as a result of her addiction to opioids — where she'd die.

Trump Declares Today ‘Loyalty Day’: to Remind Americans to Never Question Govt

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: loyalty]President Trump declared May 1 Loyalty Day — and although he isn't the first to do so, this forced patriotism comes during ominous times.

Theresa May “in another galaxy” on Brexit

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 13 hours ago
[image: LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, greets European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, as he arrives at 10 Downing Street on April 26, 2017 in London, England. Prime Minister May is to hold her first major talks with E.U leaders since calling a general election in a bid to strengthen her position in forthcoming Brexit negotiations. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)] Meeting between British Prime Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker exposes British government's lack of a Bre

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