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Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Michael Hudson: Why are British Columbians Voting Liberal, Against Their Own Interest?

with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson May 11, 2017 TheRealNews on May 11, 2017 British Columbia is giving away lumber at .50 cents an acre and the Green Party holds the balance of power at a tipping point on energy policy says Michael Hudson. Transcript available later Michael Hudson is President of The Institute … Continue reading Michael Hudson: Why are British Columbians Voting Liberal, Against Their Own Interest?

The U.S. Is Not Ready For A New Arms Race

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 minutes ago
Top to bottom: USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) alongside Nimitz class carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) & USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). Pinterest *Sandra Erwin, National Interest:* *Pentagon Unprepared for a New Arms Race* The globalization of technology has set off an entirely new arms race for which the Pentagon is not prepared. The question that should haunt U.S. defense officials is how long before China and other rising powers will militarize commercially available off-the-shelf technology (COTS). Generals and admirals at the Pentagon fret about China’s ambitious military modernizati... more »

Texas Senate Votes to Bar College ‘Free Speech Zones’

cmaadmin at Diverse - 31 minutes ago
AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to barring universities from establishing so-called “free speech zones” which are sometimes used to confine demonstrations to certain areas of campus. Supporters of the ban say using the free speech zones actually prohibits speech by implying free expression is not allowed across the rest of […]

Report: Minnesota Athletics Official Broke Harassment Policy

cmaadmin at Diverse - 31 minutes ago
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents has launched an investigation into a leak of confidential information regarding the latest in a long line of sexual harassment allegations to be leveled against the school’s athletic department. Regent Chairman Dean Johnson said a closed-door meeting was held on Thursday, one day after a television […]

Civil Rights Should be Part of UNC’s Mission, Speakers Say

cmaadmin at Diverse - 31 minutes ago
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A campus that protects a statue honoring White supremacy in the Civil War should balance that support by continuing to train law students who will fight social injustice, the head of the school’s Center for Civil Rights told a panel Thursday. Ted Shaw, director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights, […]

Groups, Students at Odds Over University Free Speech Bill

cmaadmin at Diverse - 31 minutes ago
MADISON, Wis. — A Republican plan to punish students who disrupt free speech on college campuses ran into opposition Thursday at its first public airing in the Legislature, with critics saying it impedes the very thing it seeks to protect. The Assembly’s higher education committee held a hearing on the proposal backed by Rep. Jesse […]

University of Illinois Plans $60M Faculty Recruiting Effort

cmaadmin at Diverse - 31 minutes ago
URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois System has launched a three-year, $60 million initiative to recruit top faculty to its universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. University President Tim Killeen announced the effort Thursday, The News-Gazette reported. Killeen says the objective is to bring in tenured, high-achieving faculty in a broad range of academic […]

New executive order on cybersecurity highlights need for deterrence, protection of key industries

Sharon L. Cardash, Associate Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 51 minutes ago
Locking down the federal government. NicoElNico via shutterstock.com President Trump’s new executive order on cybersecurity for federal computer networks and key elements of the country’s infrastructure – such as the electricity grid and core communications networks – builds meaningfully on the work of the Obama administration. It focuses on matters of common and bipartisan concern, meaning it is likely to avoid the disquiet and disorganization generated by other recent executive orders. Cybersecurity is ultimately an exercise in risk management. Given the range of possible threats ... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 53 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* A member of Iraqi forces prepares to fire a mortar during clashes with Islamic State militants in western Mosul on May 11.

With No Fear Of Being Targeted By U.S. Or Afghan Airstrikes, The Taliban Parade A Large Convoy In An Afghan Province

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Long War Journal:* *Taliban parades large convoy in Sangin* The Taliban paraded a large convoy of fighters into the district center of Sangin in Helmand province just one month after Resolute Support denied Afghan forces were defeated there. The Taliban force operated openly in the daylight without fear of being targeted by US or Afghan airstrikes. The Taliban video, simply entitled “Sangin,” was released on Voice of Jihad on May 6. An English-speaking Taliban member narrated the video. When shown, his face is blotted out. According to the Taliban, the video “contains information... more »

Anti-Choice Democrat Heath Mello Lost His Race For Omaha Mayor

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Tuesday, Jean Stothert was reelected mayor of Omaha 51,413 (53%) to 44,977 (47%) over Heath Mello. I don't doubt that Mello would have made a better mayor than Jean Stothert has been. And-- most important for some shallow imbeciles-- he would have been against Trump. What more could anyone want? Plenty. Let's start with the elephant in the room-- Mello is anti-Choice. If that's someone's perspective, that's someone's perspective and if he wants to call himself a Democrat, there's nothing to stop him. But anti-Choicers should not be Democratic Party candidates any more than racists... more »

US delivers military equipment to Kurds in Syria despite Turkish objections: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 A.M.) – US military hardware arrived for fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near Al Tabqa Dam, Thursday, after US President Donald Trump gave the go ahead for increased military supplies to be delivered to Kurdish forces. “It is a positive step, and we wish that the support will be […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Masdar exclusive: Syrian Army destroys several rebel tunnels, trenches in Al-Qaboun

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been rolling in the eastern districts of Damascus recently, capturing several sites from the remaining jihadist rebels in this sector of the city. With the 42nd Brigade’s successful operation to seal the eastern corridor of Al-Qaboun, the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Al-Qaeda branch says it has killed 850 Syrian soldiers since rebranding 100 days ago

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:40 A.M.) – 100 days after Jabhat Al-Nusra merged with aligned groups, the newly formed Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) boasted a series of military achievements against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) since its inception. In a brief ideographic video, HTS showed how many SAA armored vehicles it had destroyed. It also stressed that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US Military Has Entered Southern Syria to Train “Moderate” Rebels

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
US Military Has Entered Southern Syria to Train “Moderate” Rebels by Leith Fadel, Al Masdar News, via http://www.globalresearch.ca/ U.S. military personnel entered southern Syria at the Tanf Border-Crossing and has begun training units from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in this desert area, the opposition media page Hammurabi’s Justice News reported today. – According to this opposition page, […]

Thermodynamic Effects of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Revisited

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 2 hours ago
Varieties of interactions between air and sea Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory Apparently, I did not not explain my thoughts clearly enough in my post Thermodynamic Interactions of the Oceans With the Atmosphere, not to at least one reader anyway. What that essay attempted to do was to demonstrate it was energetically impossible for CO2 […]

Should More U.S. And NATO Troops Be Deployed To Afghanistan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*VOA: **Will Sending More US Troops to Afghanistan Turn Back Taliban?* As Washington considers sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, analysts are skeptical whether the move would help quell a resurgent Taliban or push the insurgent group to the negotiating table. U.S President Donald Trump is expected to announce his Afghan policy later this month and his advisers are reportedly recommending adding up to 5,000 additional American troops. Security analysts say a troop surge would not make a difference unless additional steps are taken including reforms within the Afghan govern... more »

The Soul in the Sea: Re-Uniting with the Dolphins

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Frank Joseph* - Can you imagine an Earth entirely restored to its original, pristine condition? The post The Soul in the Sea: Re-Uniting with the Dolphins appeared first on Waking Times.

Senate Hearing Summary: Everything You Thought You Knew About Russia/Comey (Through the Fake Mainstream Media) Just Got Destroyed

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Senate Hearing Summary: Everything You Thought You Knew About Russia/Comey Just Got Destroyed by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com Pretty much no one emerged a ‘winner’ from today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing other than perhaps Andrew McCabe. From the mainstream media to Trump to Congressional Democrats, pretty much all of the narratives surrounding the FBI’s Russia investigation […]

Energy 95, Al Gore's $15-T carbon tax racket

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 2 hours ago
According to the bible of Al Gore, the UN and other groups/individuals, we should be guilty that we are riding cars, jeepneys, buses, motorcycles, airplanes, boats, other machines that use fossil fuels. We should be riding only cows, horses, bicycles, skateboards other things that do not use fossil fuel. We should be guilty that we have 24/7 electricity mainly from base load coal and natgas power plants. Thus, we should send them more money via carbon tax so that they can "save the planet." Nice but not-so-brilliant global robbery scheme. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/a-fools-err... more »

Why the UN Climate Models Are Inherently Unreliable, and Should Be Abandoned in Favor of More Top-Down Approaches

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 2 hours ago
Those who have examined the Wallace, Christy, and d’Aleo (WCD) 2016 and 2017 reports discussed in recent months on this blog may be understandably confused as to how they relate to the numerous climate models used by the UN IPCC and the USEPA over many years in support of their climate alarmism. The methodologies used […]

Today's Entire U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing On Worldwide Threats (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* The one who made the most news from today's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing was .... without question .... acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe ....* Senate Hearing Summary: Everything You Thought You Knew About Russia/Comey Just Got Destroyed* (Zero Hedge).

The Telegraph overlooked one very embarrassing detail with its ‘back to the 1970s’ threat

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 3 hours ago
The Daily Telegraph completely lost the plot on 10 May over the leaked draft of Labour’s manifesto which, it said, threatened to “take Britain back to [the] 1970s”. But as the paper went into freak-out mode, it overlooked one very embarrassing detail. Awkward The paper was seemingly attempting to bring fear into the hearts of its readers by saying Labour […]

Pentagon Intelligence Chief: Security Situation In Afghanistan Is Deteriorating

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*VOA*: *US Intel Chief: Situation in Afghanistan Will 'Almost Certainly Deteriorate'* The United States’ top intelligence official believes the military conflict in Afghanistan will likely deteriorate in the coming years, even if the U.S. commits more troops to the 16 year-old fight. Speaking Thursday during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on global threats, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said the Taliban is likely to make gains in rural regions while the government is being undermined by the country’s “dire economic situation.” “Intelligence community assess... more »

Can Syria Ever Be Repaired Once The Civil War Is Over?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A man at a site recently hit by what activists said was a Scud missile in Aleppo’s Ard al-Hamra neighborhood, February 23, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman *Robert Fisk, The Independent:* *Can Syria ever be repaired when its long civil war finally comes to an end?* *Syria’s conflict will end with many more casualties and many more missing than the Lebanese civil war. Vast areas of towns and cities are razed to the ground.* After its titanic civil war, can Syria remain a united state? And if it does – if Syria can be put back together again – how do you repair its people? These are ... more »

@NPR Bungles Sea Level Rise Story

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Supposed threats to coastal military installations ignore science By Bob Endlich “Data from CO2 measuring stations and from the Sewell’s Point and all other tide gages may clearly refute these assertions, but NPR and its colleagues will not change their minds.” “The Sewell’s Point tide gage shows that…

EPA Swamp Life: Climategaters

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 3 hours ago
An update on the power struggle inside the EPA is provided by Ronald Bailey’s May. 9, 2017 article EPA Bureaucracy Strikes Back: The Case of the Board of Scientific Counselors How will the struggle between the permanent bureaucracy and the EPA’s new leadership play out? Excerpts below. The efforts of the permanent bureaucracy at the Environmental […]

Saudis Plan $40 Billion US Investment To 'Cement Ties With Trump'

Tyler Durden at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 3 hours ago
[image: undefined] Having gone all-in on a Hillary Clinton victory ahead of the elections, Saudi Arabia has quickly pivoted in its "appreciation" of the Trump administration, and having realized that the fastest way to Trump's heart is through the US Treasury's bank account, it is preparing to invest an "unprecedented" amount of money in the US. According to Bloomberg, the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund will announce plans to "deploy as much as $40 billion into U.S. infrastructure." The investment will likely be unveiled as early as next week when Trump is scheduled to visit the ki... more »

Saudis Plan $40 Billion US Investment To 'Cement Ties With Trump'

Tyler Durden at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 3 hours ago
[image: undefined] Having gone all-in on a Hillary Clinton victory ahead of the elections, Saudi Arabia has quickly pivoted in its "appreciation" of the Trump administration, and having realized that the fastest way to Trump's heart is through the US Treasury's bank account, it is preparing to invest an "unprecedented" amount of money in the US. According to Bloomberg, the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund will announce plans to "deploy as much as $40 billion into U.S. infrastructure." The investment will likely be unveiled as early as next week when Trump is scheduled to visit the ki... more »

Saudis Plan $40 Billion US Investment To 'Cement Ties With Trump'

Tyler Durden at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 3 hours ago
[image: undefined] Having gone all-in on a Hillary Clinton victory ahead of the elections, Saudi Arabia has quickly pivoted in its "appreciation" of the Trump administration, and having realized that the fastest way to Trump's heart is through the US Treasury's bank account, it is preparing to invest an "unprecedented" amount of money in the US. According to Bloomberg, the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund will announce plans to "deploy as much as $40 billion into U.S. infrastructure." The investment will likely be unveiled as early as next week when Trump is scheduled to visit the ki... more »

Saudis Plan $40 Billion US Investment To 'Cement Ties With Trump'

Tyler Durden at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 3 hours ago
[image: undefined] Having gone all-in on a Hillary Clinton victory ahead of the elections, Saudi Arabia has quickly pivoted in its "appreciation" of the Trump administration, and having realized that the fastest way to Trump's heart is through the US Treasury's bank account, it is preparing to invest an "unprecedented" amount of money in the US. According to Bloomberg, the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund will announce plans to "deploy as much as $40 billion into U.S. infrastructure." The investment will likely be unveiled as early as next week when Trump is scheduled to visit the ki... more »

Fukushima Daiichi Common Spent Fuel Pool Building Looking Steamy Yesterday

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 3 hours ago
Yesterday I noticed that the Fukushima Daiichi common spent fuel pool building was looking very steamy and the "emissions" were yellow-tinged: Today the emissions are invisible: Not sure what is going on but Netc.com's animated radiation readings for Japan show elevated levels May 10, 2017. Those levels could be from the fires though, rather than the plant: Fire in Miyagi forces nearly 400 residents to evacuate. May 7, 2017. The Mainichi https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20170508/p2g/00m/0dm/088000c


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 3 hours ago
Here's another wild Trump story, this one from *The New York Times*: Only seven days after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as president, James B. Comey has told associates, the F.B.I. director was summoned to the White House for a one-on-one dinner with the new commander in chief. ... The president ... turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not “reliable” in the conventional political sense.... more »

The forgotten origins of the modern gay rights movement in WWI

Laurie Marhoefer, Assistant Professor of History, University of Washington at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
German infantrymen aim machine guns from a trench near the Vistula River in 1916. AP-Photo One of the World War I’s most enduring legacies is largely forgotten: It sparked the modern gay rights movement. Gay soldiers who survived the bloodletting returned home convinced their governments owed them something – full citizenship. Especially in Germany, where gay rights already had a tenuous footing, they formed new organizations to advocate in public for their rights. Though the movement that called itself “homosexual emancipation” began in the 19th century, my research and that of hi... more »

New York Bakery Workers Resist Management’s Collusion With DHS Immigrant Crackdown

Roqayah Chamseddine at Shadowproof - 4 hours ago
Tom Cat Bakery workers in New York resist management’s collusion with immigration officials from the Department of Homeland Security The post New York Bakery Workers Resist Management’s Collusion With DHS Immigrant Crackdown appeared first on Shadowproof.

BWorld 129, Open pit mines and the DENR Secretary

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld on May 02, 2017. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary, Ms. Gina Lopez, created a stir with the issuance of DENR AO (Administrative Order) No. 2017-10, banning all prospective “open-pit method of mining for copper, gold, silver, and complex ores.” To be excluded in her AO are existing open-pit mining (OPM) of metals, existing quarries, and prospective quarries for non-metallic products like granite, marbles, and limestone. The reason for the new order is that OPM by large metallic firms is destructive to the envir... more »

There Are 5,000 Chinese Militants Fighting In Syria's Civil War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) holds talks with Syrian deputy prime minister and foreign minister Walid al-Moallem in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 24, 2015 (Xinhua/Ding Haitao) *Ryan Pickrell, National Interest*: *Why are 5,000 Chinese Fighting in Syria's Civil War?* *An estimated 5,000 Chinese militants are fighting alongside various insurgency groups in Syria, according to the Syrian ambassador to China.* “Our estimated numbers, because of the numbers we fight against, we kill, we capture, we wound, would be around 4-5,000 Xinjiang jihadists,” Imad Moustapha, the Syria... more »

X22 Report, “Next Phase Of The Plan Will Be Chaotic On Purpose”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X22 Report, “Next Phase Of The Plan Will Be Chaotic On Purpose” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0itnnZ5A4kg

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "Walk"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "Walk" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-ca1ocriv0

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"What's happening to this spiral galaxy? Although details remain uncertain, it surely has to do with an ongoing battle with its smaller galactic neighbor. The featured galaxy is labelled UGC 1810 by itself, but together with its collisional partner is known as Arp 273. *Click image for larger size.* The overall shape of the UGC 1810 - in particular its blue outer ring - is likely a result of wild and violent gravitational interactions. This ring's blue color is caused by massive stars that are blue hot and have formed only in the past few million years. The inner galaxy appears older... more »

“Loving Each Other”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* “Loving Each Other”* by Leo Buscaglia “Emotional detachment, maintaining our distance from others, is being prescribed as a solution for avoiding pain. Neglect and abuse of children and the aged is a growing problem. Social and religious institutions, which in the past helped to set standards of behavior and brought people together in companionship, are actively downgraded. Individualism, independence, and personal freedom are valued above love, commitment, and cooperation. Examining the complex nature involved in loving each other (the dynamic and everchanging nature of two or m... more »

"The Paradox of Our Time"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Dr. Bob Moorehead, "The Paradox of Our Time" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181B7yainqY

"Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens"* by Claudia Dreifus "In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us - youngsters, teenagers, adults - are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted. Dr. Alter, 36, is an associate professor at the Stern School of Business at New York University who researches psychology and marketing. We spoke for two hours last week at the offices of The New York Times. Our conversation has been edited and co... more »

China Is Flunking Its Most Important Geopolitical Test

Shirley Kan at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Shirley Kan* *Security, Asia* [image: Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kremlin.ru] China cannot keep dangling the bait of “cooperation” on North Korea’s threat and expect the world to bite. Past presidents have sought Beijing’s cooperation to deal with Pyongyang, but among a myriad of other U.S.-China topics with a sense of “business as usual.” Under President Donald Trump, the United States is leading overdue, intense pressure against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) by placing its threat as the top priority in dealing with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Tr... more »

Is Tillerson Signaling a Change in U.S. Iran Policy?

Emily B. Landau, Shimon Stein at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Emily B. Landau, Shimon Stein* *Politics, Middle East* [image: Iranian flags. Flickr/Creative Commons/@yeowatzup] The Trump administration has assessed that the JCPOA is not a good deal. Following President Trump’s inauguration, there was uncertainty regarding the administration’s position on Iran, especially as far as the P5+1 Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) was concerned. But Trump’s strong campaign-trail statements about ripping up the “worst deal ever negotiated” have receded to the background. What currently remains at the forefront is no doubt acute dissatisfaction with the nucl... more »

How Russia Could Help Solve the North Korea Crisis

Lyle J. Goldstein at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Lyle J. Goldstein* *Security, Asia* [image: Evening in Wonsan, North Korea. Flickr/Creative Commons/Clay Gilliland] At this point, Pyongyang might trust Moscow more than it trusts Beijing. In 2016, significant disputes broke out between the White House and the Pentagon regarding how much to prioritize cooperation with China on North Korea versus confrontation regarding developments in the South China Sea. Now the Trump administration appears to have settled this argument, at least for now, favoring cooperating with China in order to encourage Beijing to help keep Pyongyang’s nu... more »

Trump Should Access Hollywood to Gain Leverage over China

Benjamin Domenech at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Benjamin Domenech* *Economics, Asia* [image: IFC Palace, Central, Hong Kong. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/@Mudasodi] America should welcome China’s arrival in the moviemaking business, but not with unequal access to U.S. marketplaces. When it comes to negotiating with China, President Donald J. Trump and his team have the opportunity to use an underappreciated leverage point: the desire of Chinese audiences for American films. If you’ve wondered why blockbuster films in recent years have featured international casts shot in scenes increasingly filled with effects, explosi... more »

Nukes, Subs and Missiles: How Russia Plans to Challenge America's Military Dominance

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Moscow has America's "third offset" in its crosshairs. *Russia has modernized its tactical nuclear forces—which include short-range ballistic missiles, gravity bombs, cruise missiles and even nuclear-tipped surface-to-air missiles. “In short, Russia’s programmes focusing on rearmament of the nuclear forces are progressing into advanced stages,” the authors wrote. “Russia already has a significant advantage over the U.S. in terms of the quality and variety of its delivery systems, and can reasonably ensure the strategic effectiveness of its nuclear f... more »

Chemical Weapons Are Here to Stay. Got a Gas Mask?

Asher Orkaby at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Asher Orkaby* *Security, Middle East* [image: Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Flickr/Department of Defense] The tenuous legal and moral taboo against chemical weapons is a figment of public imagination. “Yesterday morning, we awoke to pictures, to children foaming at the mouth, suffering convulsions, being carried in the arms of desperate parents.” Nikki Haley’s recent call for UN collective action against Syria’s use of chemical weapons echoes a century-old refrain dating back to the World War I battle... more »

Can Macron Govern France Without a Base?

Simon Serfaty at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Simon Serfaty* *Politics, Europe* [image: French flag flying at night, Paris 2010. Flickr/Creative Commons/Joshua Veitch-Michaelis] Macron doesn't have a political base or a clear agenda, so gaining a majority that he can call his own will not be an easy task. “France,” it has been said, “is what the French make of it, but the French are what we make of them.” Choosing Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen helped the French preserve the idea they have of their country—democratic, inclusive and European. But the magnitude of the vote should not be exaggerated. While Macron received... more »

MS-13: Everything You Need to Know

Josh Siegel at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Josh Siegel* *Security, * Trump has vowed to eradicate MS-13. What you need to know about the gang. In describing its effort to enforce immigration laws aggressively, the Trump administration repeatedly has invoked the threat of MS-13, a violent international gang with ties to Central America. Responding to a recent surge of violence linked to MS-13 on Long Island, New York—punctuated by the April 13 discovery of four men killed near a public park—U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited with local law enforcement late last month, and vowed to eradicate the gang by cracking ... more »

North Korea: The “Highest Priority” of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* “American interests are held at risk today,” Pompeo said, referring to U.S. allies and American military assets in the region. North Korea is making less headlines these days, but that doesn’t mean the threat has vanished, according to U.S. intelligence officials. “I don’t see anything that should make us feel any better about this threat,” Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo said during a U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing. In mid-April, expectations of a sixth North Korean nuclear test coupled with reports ... more »

At The Intersection Of Stiglitz And Art

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*-by Skip Kaltenheuser* Recently, an audience of political art fans were treated to a lively combination of Joe Stiglitz speaking off the cuff and two thought-provoking artists. Made the senses quiver. The Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art Gallery, snagged Nobel Laureate Stiglitz who was doing a DC drive-by for the World Bank. One of the artists, sculptress Kathleen Ramich, bases some of her creations on Stiglitz perspectives on state capture and the wealth gap. Ramich and caricaturist Nancy Ohanian are both wizards at satire, one with clever sculpture and one with gatling gun in... more »


Way Way Up at Fort McMurray Adventures - 4 hours ago
I spent a large chunk of yesterday bird-watching but today I thought I'd stick a bit closer to home. There's a trail that parallels the river that I hadn't been to in some time so today seemed as good as any to go exploring. While the Birchwood Trail system (where I was yesterday) took a bit of damage, the destruction here is abundantly evident. The picture below is but a 10 minute walk from my neighbourhood in Thickwood. While I've walked the area countless times, I had a hard time even recognizing where I was at times. I wasn't lost (the trail essentially parallels the top o... more »

New Quinnipiac poll shows that the flushing sound you hear are Donald Trump's approval numbers.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
Courtesy of Quinnipiac: *The president is losing support among independent voters and groups which are important parts of his base. Approval ratings are: * - *Negative 29 - 63 percent among independent voters, down from a negative 38 - 56 percent April 19; * - *A split among white voters with no college degree, as 47 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove, compared to a 57 - 38 percent approval April 19; * - *White men go from a 53 - 41 percent approval April 19 to a split today with 48 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving. * *American voters' opin... more »

How 16 Russian Special Forces Took Out 300 Syrian Rebel Fighters In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*The video shows the Russian Special Operation Forces' actions in Syria.* *Sputnik*:* Tactical Superiority: How 16 Russian Special Forces Took Out 300 Terrorists* A group of officers from the Russian Defense Ministry's Special Operations Forces was decorated with medals for showing unprecedented courage in the fight against terrorists in Syria; the decree to this effect was earlier issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin. May 10 saw four officers from the Russian Defense Ministry's Special Operations Forces awarded medals for showing extraordinary courage combatting terrorists ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Thanks for stopping by!

"A Perpetual Illusion..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Human life is thus only a perpetual illusion; men deceive and flatter each other. No one speaks of us in our presence as he does of us in our absence. Human society is founded on mutual deceit; few friendships would endure if each knew what his friend said of him in his absence, although he then spoke in sincerity and without passion. Man is then only disguise, falsehood, and hypocrisy, both in himself and in regard to others. He does not wish any one to tell him the truth; he avoids telling it to others, and all these dispositions, so removed from justice and reason, have a natura... more »

"Angels and Demons"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Angels and Demons"* by The Zman "What can we know? What are we all? Poor silly half-brained things peering out at the infinite, with the aspirations of angels and the instincts of beasts." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle "The general consensus among physical anthropologists is that religion co-evolved with language. By religion, they mean belief, not the highly complex and abstract stuff we now think of as religion. Early humans probably started with supernatural ideas about the forces controlling the parts of the natural world they could see. Then maybe more abstract ideas about what ha... more »

The Poet: Mary Oliver, "Lead"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Lead"* "Here is a story to break your heart. Are you willing? This winter the loons came to our harbor and died, one by one, of nothing we could see. A friend told me of one on the shore that lifted its head and opened the elegant beak and cried out in the long, sweet savoring of its life which, if you have heard it, you know is a sacred thing, and for which, if you have not heard it, you had better hurry to where they still sing. And, believe me, tell no one just where that is. The next morning this loon, speckled and iridescent and with a plan to fly home to some hidden lake, was dea... more »

Did a Muslim Man Rape a 13-Year-Old Girl and Get Beaten by Trump Supporters?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
A fake news web site stole an image from a 2013 incident in Egypt, then used it to claim that it showed a Muslim man who had raped a girl in Ohio.

Clinton Foundation Cargo Ship Raided at Port of Baltimore Reveals ‘Sick Secret’?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Articles alleging that a cargo ship owned by the Clinton Foundation was found to contain foreign refugees and illegal substances are fake news.

Is Country Duo ‘Florida Georgia Line’ to Marry?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Reports that Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard from the band Florida Georgia Line were getting married come from a hoax news web site.

Syrian War News Updates -- May 11, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Drive: **US Gives Syrian Kurds Combat Vehicles, Mortars, Anti-Tank Weapons, and More* *The Pentagon is pushing ahead with a plan to arm Kurdish groups ahead of a major offensive against ISIS, in spite of Turkish objections.* Within 24 hours of President Donald Trump’s administration announcing America’s plans to arm Kurdish groups in Syria, deliveries of weapons and other equipment have begun arriving into the country’s northern region. The move is likely to further inflame tensions between the United States and its ally Turkey, which is just one facet of an increasingly comp... more »

Fake News: NYT - Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 5 hours ago
New York Times reports: Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs. (LINK) However, this only shows that Solar Power is the least efficient energy source. This is easily shown by comparing Megawatt Hours per worker. Coal 7745 Natural Gas 3812 Wind 836 Solar 98 In other words, producing the same amount of electricity requires one coal worker, two natural gas workers – 12 wind industry employees or 79 solar workers. H/t CFact

The BBC tries to ambush Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. But it goes terribly wrong [VIDEO]

James Wright at The Canary - 5 hours ago
On 10 May, Labour’s draft manifesto was leaked to the press. So the following day, the BBC tried to ambush Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. But it went badly wrong. McDonnell, who was walking to catch a bus, ended up swatting the smears away like flies: If you look at the energy proposals, they’re what a lot […]

Destroyer 'Christening' Protest – A Veteran’s Perspective

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 5 hours ago
*Former Navy pilot and now peacenik Bob Dale from Brunswick, Maine* By Bob Dale Times Record (Brunswick, Maine) April Fool’s day this year, a snowy, icy one, found me soothed by the warmth of our wood stove, so it took something extreme to get me to leave its comfort. That something was the realization that the President’s recent budget request to Congress was for $54,000,000,000 MORE for the US military at a time when we outspend the next five major countries combined for our defense! Today, when over half of our tax dollars, yours and mine, go toward military expenditures, I’m le... more »

Turkish Army considers Idlib invasion as Syrian Al-Qaeda franchise stiffens its defenses

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – In the near future, a huge internal war may erupt once again in Idlib province as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) fighters reinforced their presence along the border to prevent the Turkish Armed Forces from entering the governorate. On Thursday, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group deployed masked fighters with heavy weaponry at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, Islamist rebels exchange prisoners in southern Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – On Thursday, Jaish Al-Islam and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) struck a prisoner exchange deal with one another in the Yarmouk pocket of southern Damascus. The Syrian Government released 6 people, two of whom were Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters and four women accused of spying for the armed Syrian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US confirms Kurdish forces made a deal with Islamic State over Tabqa surrender

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:05 A.M.) – Remarkably, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were caught red-handed lying about an evacuation deal reached with ISIS, allowing jihadist safe departure from the Tabqa pocket in return for not destroying vital infrastructure such as the Tabqa Dam. Last week, Al-Masdar News reported that the SDF had given jihadist militants safe […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Over 100 Kurdish troops killed in one day by coordinated ISIS raids across Raqqa

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:15 P.M.) – On Thursday, ISIS launched its biggest counter-offensive against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since the beginning of the US-backed Euphrates Wrath campaign, resulting in the alleged death of over 100 Kurdish troops. According to Amaq Agency, Islamic State forces began their general offensive across the entire rural Raqqa frontline, deploying […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército sirio domina la mayor parte del este de al-Qaboun

Mariam Fakih Sen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
El Ejército Árabe Sirio, reanudó la ofensiva en al-Qaboum el miércoles después de que las fuerzas rebeldes se negaran a entregar sus posiciones finales al gobierno. Dirigido por la 42º Brigada de la 4º División Mecanizada, el Ejército Árabe Sirio logró ayer, capturar 27 edificios de los rebeldes en al-Qaboum, allanando el camino para su […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Al-Qaeda unleashes dozens of missiles on village in southern Aleppo

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:30 P.M.) – Observing the entire ordeal through a drone, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) fired 40 rockets on an unidentified village in southern Aleppo earlier today, claiming it to be fortification held by pro-government forces. Despite a safe zone covering the region, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group has not agreed to the Astana talks […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

France’s Top Vineyards Suffer Biggest Loss in Decades- Ice, Ice, Baby!

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
*I'm still not feeling the warmth here in Southern Ontario, Canada- Official gardening date just two weeks away- Can't even get the tomatoes to "harden off "- Smaller then usual thanks to the lack of sun and heat..... Wind direction from the north east = colder then normal* *Lake Erie levels, still high, above average- No heat- No sun for evaporation.* *Also noticing a complete lack of spring bird babies- I should be seeing ducklings and goslings. And fierce Geese parents keeping everyone well away from their precious babies- But I'm not.* *At one of the local parks, (St Johns- look... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 11, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
A member of the Iraqi rapid response forces points at an airstrike during clashes with Islamic State fighters at a front line in northwest Mosul, Iraq, May 9, 2017. (photo by REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui) *Shelly Kittleson, Al-Monitor:* *Why liberating Mosul won't lead to the end of IS* BAGHDAD — Although Islamic State (IS) fighters in western Mosul are cornered within a steadily shrinking area that is expected to be retaken soon, analysts warn that the fight against the group in the country is far from over. Hisham al-Hashimi, one of Iraq’s most widely respected security and terroris... more »


Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 6 hours ago
HEMISPHERIC INDIGENOUS CONSCIOUSNESS SUMMER CLASS: University of Arizona graduate students can enroll themselves in the class. For everyone else, anyone in the country can take classes at the UA so as long as you apply to become a non-degree seeking student. You would need to apply for that (quick application), then once accepted you can enroll in classes. For more info, please contact Indira Arce at UA-Mexican American Studies: iarce@email.arizona.edu or (520) 626-8103 Please share/post, forward, etc. to any prospective graduate student who may be interested.

New Orleans Removes Jefferson Davis Monument; Gens. Beauregard, Lee Next

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: new-orleans-removes-jefferson-davis-monument-gens-beauregard-lee-next] New Orleans city workers removed a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on May 11 and monuments to Generals Lee and Beauregard will soon receive a similar fate.

Maxine Waters: Firing Comey Was Wrong for Trump, But Right for Hillary

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: maxine-waters-firing-comey-was-wrong-for-trump-but-right-for-hillary] Representative Maxine Waters told MSNBC’s Peter Alexander that while she does not support President Trump firing Comey, she believes that if Hillary Clinton had won, she should have fired him.

No Evidence of Russian Intrusion in US Political System

RT at 7 hours ago
[image: undefined] I think this is good progress between the US and Russia, but there will be plenty of individuals in this country who complain about it because it just seems like they are very content to keep the aggravation going, Ron Paul told RT. The focus of a meeting between Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday was the de-escalation of the Syrian conflict. Despite the positive overtones, the American media preferred to take a different angle focusing on the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections and... more »

Arming The Kurds - A Dangerous Idea

Daniel McAdams at 7 hours ago
The Turks are not at all happy about President Trump's plan to provide heavy weapons to the Kurds fighting as US proxies against ISIS in Syria. The Turks bombed some 20 Kurdish fighters in Syria just weeks ago but with US advanced weapons in Kurdish hands, future such missions may be risky. Would the Kurds use American weapons to attack the Turks? And why does President Trump believe that digging up President Obama's already-failed strategy for eastern Syria will work this time? We take a look in today's Liberty Report:

Donald Trump completely undermines the official White House story by admitting that he was going to fire James Comey "regardless of recommendation."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
BREAKING: I was going to fire Comey anyway, Pres. Trump tells @LesterHoltNBC in exclusive interview at White House https://t.co/MAmo1PE1RL — NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 11, 2017 Did you hear that? The official White House story was that Trump was only responding to recommendations from Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. And that was repeated by various White House personnel, including Sean Spicer and VP Mike Pence. As you might imagine this caused a virtual explosion on the internet. Trump just took the White House's official ... more »

Trump Signs Executive Order on Cybersecurity

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Critics say the order threatens to lead to a "haphazard patchwork of fixes" regarding how to deter online attacks.

Was the Horse’s Head in ‘The Godfather’ Real?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
The "horse's head" scene in epic film "The Godfather" is one of Hollywood's most memorable, but was the item merely a prop or the real thing?

Did Bill Clinton Fire His FBI Director One Day Before Vince Foster Died?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Conspiracy theorists find the timing of President Clinton's firing of William Sessions in 1993 "suspicious."

Dakota Access pipeline has first leak before it's fully operational

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
*Leak raises fresh concerns about hazards to waterways and outrages indigenous groups, who have long warned of threat to environment* The Dakota Access pipeline has suffered its first leak, outraging indigenous groups who have long warned that the project poses a threat to the environment. The $3.8bn oil pipeline, which sparked international protests last year and is not yet fully operational, spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, according to government regulators. Although state officials said the 6 April leak was contained and quickly cleaned, critics... more »

World News Briefs -- May 11, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP news agency in Damascus, Syria in this handout picture provided by SANA on April 13, 2017. SANA/Handout via REUTERS *Reuters*:* Assad says de-escalation zones chance for rebels to 'reconcile'* Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that de-escalation zones proposed by his ally Russia were a chance for rebels to "reconcile" with Damascus and drive out Islamist militants, but vowed to fight on calling U.N.-led peace talks fruitless. Assad pledged, in an interview with Belarusian TV Channel ONT aired on Thursday, to... more »

This is why Jeremy Corbyn’s leaked manifesto pledge to protect workers is so important [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 7 hours ago
Amid the storm surrounding the leaking of a draft of Labour’s general election manifesto, one important area that Jeremy Corbyn has outlined is increasing the protection of workers’ rights. And for one group of employees, this couldn’t come soon enough. Had enough Members of the United Voices of the World (UVW) union are staging three one-day […]

In an attempt to discredit ‘fake news’, Theresa May has opened herself up to ridicule

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 7 hours ago
On 4 May, Theresa May visited Eastbourne in Sussex. While there, she gave her backing to a campaign organised by the local press industry to fight ‘fake news’. But her backing has left her and her party open to ridicule. The fight against ‘fake news’ The campaign, coordinated by Local Media Works — the local marketing arm of […]

Here’s the moment from yesterday’s Newsnight the BBC conveniently edited out [VIDEO]

Tracy Keeling at The Canary - 7 hours ago
The BBC‘s Newsnight programme featured an interview with Noam Chomsky on 10 May. But the BBC didn’t air the entire chat between Chomsky and its presenter Evan Davis. And what it left out speaks volumes. Chomsky backs Corbyn Chomsky gave Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn a striking endorsement in the broadcast interview. Davis asked if the renowned […]

Assessing Lavrov’s visit to Washington

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 7 hours ago
[image: lavrov] Sergey Lavrov's trip to Washington confirms progress in reconstructing relations between the US and Russia after the damage done by the Obama administration The post Assessing Lavrov’s visit to Washington appeared first on The Duran.

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

"There Are Three Positions Possible..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"The image that comes to mind is a boxing ring. There are times when...you just want that bell to ring, but you're the one who's losing. The one who's winning doesn't have that feeling. Do you have the energy and strength to face life? Life can ask more of you than you are willing to give. And then you say, 'Life is not something that should have been. I'm not going to play the game. I'm going to meditate. I'm going to call "out".' There are three positions possible. One is the up-to-it, and facing the game and playing through. The second is saying, 'Absolutely not. I don't want to ... more »

"Student Loans Just Got A Lot More Expensive For Our Snowflakes"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Student Loans Just Got A Lot More Expensive For Our Snowflakes"* by Tyler Durden "Snowflakes looking to take out massive student loans for next year to fund the $50,000 price tag of their liberal bastion of choice, and maybe the occasional binge-drinking trip to Cancun for Spring Break, are about to get a little price hike. But, don't worry, you won't have to start paying on those loans for at least 4 years. Beginning in July, interest rates on new federal student loans are set to rise by 0.69%, per data published by the Treasury, which would drive the interest cost of new underg... more »

“The Biggest Political Scandal The Media is Missing”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“The Biggest Political Scandal The Media is Missing”* by sundance "Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top." - Edward Abbey "Everyone is so caught up with their discussion of President Trump around the firing of FBI Director James Comey that they are completely overlooking the most explosive scandal in the history of congress. This scandal, if exposed, should remove, or at least censure: Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Richard Burr, Devin Nunes, Adam Schiff and Mark War... more »

Will we continue an Enlightenment Civilization... or return to Feudalism?

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 8 hours ago
Seventy years of Pax Americana and a rising enlightenment civilization, based on science and fact and at least somewhat-mature argument, were never easy to maintain. Another seventy and we'd likely stabilize into something truly amazing and grownup -- perhaps able to solve the Fermi Paradox, by heading out into the galaxy. But behind us lie 6000 years of feudalism in which secretive cheaters and thugs and razzle-dazzle artists wrecked every glimmering renaissance. And before that, 200,000 years of caveman scratching in the dirt. The feudalist oligarchs know this is their last chan... more »

20 US State Attorneys General Call for Immediate Appointment of Independent Special Counsel to Investigate Russian Interference in US Presidential Election

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 8 hours ago
The Attorneys General from the States of Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New … Continue reading →

Trump's War against the DC Establishment Isn't Going Away

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Politics, Americas* [image: The White House lit in blue. Flickr/The White House] In the wake of the Comey firing, the president has doubled down on attacks. The testimony by acting FBI director Andrew G. McCabe today before the Senate Intelligence committee contained no bombshells. He mildly disputed the notion that former director James Comey did not enjoy much support within the FBI. But otherwise it was a fairly anodyne hearing. The excitement came from President Trump himself, who performed something of a U-turn on the issue of who bears responsibility for ... more »

Scandal and Foreign Policy: Keep Them Separate, but Don't Ignore Either

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Russia Presidency, United States* Among Washington’s biggest walking-while-chewing-gum challenges are those that involve trying to make policy soberly and carefully amid headline-grabbing scandal. We have such a situation today, with the firing of the FBI director being the latest turn in the story of possible connections to Russia of Donald Trump, his entourage, and his election victory. The problems include not only first-order ones of the media, members of Congress, and administration officials being highly distracted, and how the distraction can distort po... more »

Here’s the Justice Department memo that led to Comey being sacked (full text and analysis)

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 8 hours ago
[image: 170306_POL_Rod-Rosenstein_jpg_CROP_promo-xlarge2] Rod Rosenstein memo hints that FBI Director Comey acted without authorization in order to block prosecution of Hillary Clinton over her missing emails. The post Here’s the Justice Department memo that led to Comey being sacked (full text and analysis) appeared first on The Duran.

New Study: FDA – Approved Drugs are Dangerous

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - The new study confirms only a small part of the overall problem. The post New Study: FDA – Approved Drugs are Dangerous appeared first on Waking Times.

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 11, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*BBC*: *Mosul battle will be finished within days - Iraqi army chief* Iraqi security forces are only days away from completing the operation to recapture Mosul from so-called Islamic State, the army's chief of staff says. Lt Gen Othman al-Ghanimi told the BBC he hoped the jihadist group would be defeated in the city before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins on 26 May. Recent gains in the north meant the remaining militants were being squeezed into an ever smaller area, he added. Mosul fell to IS in 2014 and is its last major urban stronghold in Iraq. *Read more* .... *B... more »

Paul Ryan And Virginia Foxx Are Lying About What TrumpCare Will Do To Folks In North Carolina

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Among the standard GOP lies about TrumpCare-- promulgated by Ryan's office-- is that the process was not rushed or chaotic. When Ryan was on *This Week* with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, he responded to a question about the disorderly process by claiming such assertions are "a bogus attack from the left." Many Republicans have admitted they never read the bill; I suspect the majority hasn't read it and that the decisions most made to support it was a political calculation, not a decision based on policy considerations. One Republican who showed Ryan up as a liar was princ... more »

Taco Bell Is Closing on June 1?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A prank news article generator tricked many social media users into believing the Taco Bell chain was closing their doors forever.

It's time for a convention of states to rein in the federal government

Content Multimedia - 8 hours ago
By Katie Kerschner Texas has spoken, and we encourage other states to join with us in saying that we are not going to settle for the status quo. After all, what we have is a republic … if we can keep it.

A Global Warming Surprise

A Global Warming Surprise By S. Fred Singer May 11, 2017 (from The American Thinker) Exploring some of the intricacies of GW [Global Warming] science can lead to surprising results that have major consequences. In a recent invited talk at the Heartland Institute’s ICCC-12 [Twelfth International Conference on Climate Change], I investigated three important topics: […]

Obama Lies Again

Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/10/obama-kicks-off-first-foreign-speech-with-an-astonishingly-false-statement-on-global-warming/ ? Leaving office has not stopped Obama’s habit of telling porkies, as the Daily Caller reports: ? Former President Barack Obama told those gathered at an agricultural conference that man-made global warming was already impacting agriculture on a global scale,…

Sally Cone Hits the Dating Scene: Kind of Weird, but Maybe….

Fred Reed at 8 hours ago
Oh Lord, where is my Haldol? Recently I saw online a documentary on sex robots. The reporteress, a short-haired woman seething with quiet indignation, Viewed With Alarm the very idea. Progress is rapid on these love assistants, she said. They move. Some … Continue reading →

The Losing Warfare State by Ralph Nader

Dandelion Salad by Ralph Nader The Nader Page May 11, 2017 The USA is still bogged down in Afghanistan (the 16 year-old occupation is the longest in American history) and in Iraq (since the unconstitutional, illegal invasion of the country 14 years ago). With about 30,000 poorly equipped fighters, the Taliban has held down a […]

Slap that Jelly on my Roll man.

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

Adorable baby moose plays in the sprinkler of a family's yard in Alaska

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
The baby girl was caught on camera running and playing with a garden sprinkler - just like a child would - and could not stop coming back for more. At least that was the case for a baby moose who wandered onto the yard of Cory and Kristen Williams. The couple decided to turn on the sprinkler for the moose to play with and after a few minutes the curious animal began slipping and sliding around the wet surface. Cory Williams says he 'couldn't help himself' but start filming when he saw a family of moose hanging out in his backyard in Eagle River, a community in Anchorage. The cur... more »

The Climate Water Wheel

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 9 hours ago
Updates 1 and 2 at bottom. I recently came across this comment: “During the height of the day at the equator, 1361 joules/m2/second (less 30% Albedo) is coming in from the Sun but the surface temperature only increases as if 0.0017 joules/m2/second is absorbed (or impacts the temperature at 2 meters). The extra 959.9983 joules/m2/second … Continue reading The Climate Water Wheel

On the Attainment of Universal Consciousness

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 9 hours ago
*Rene’ Descartes* - You take everything much more seriously, and not seriously at all. The post On the Attainment of Universal Consciousness appeared first on Waking Times.

Washington Post: Did The Russians Bug The Oval Office After Yesterday's Trump-Lavrov Meeting?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
Russian Embassy on Flickr *Washington Post:* *Here’s how the Russians might have snuck a recording device into the Oval Office* It shows President Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, with a coterie of other officials — including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak — in attendance. Although the meeting wasn’t unexpected, the photograph was, taken by a photographer who was accompanying Lavrov and was subsequently pushed out by Russia’s state news agency. As The Washington Post reported, the White House wasn’t aware that the photo would be released ... more »

President Trump: I Would Have Fired The FBI Director Regardless Of Recommendations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*NBC:* *Trump Interview With Lester Holt: President Asked Comey If He Was Under Investigation* President Donald Trump, in an exclusive interview Thursday with NBC News' Lester Holt, called ousted FBI chief James Comey a "showboat" and revealed he asked Comey whether he was under investigation for alleged ties to Russia. "I actually asked him" if I were under investigation, Trump said, noting that he spoke with Comey once over dinner and twice by phone. "I said, if it's possible would you let me know, 'Am I under investigation?' He said, 'You are not under investigation.'" "I kno... more »

Trump Agrees To Arm Kurds In Syria Despite Turkey’s Opposition

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
The United States took this long to commit to arming SDF, despite its stated objective of destroying ISIS, because of concerns from the Turkish government. The post Trump Agrees To Arm Kurds In Syria Despite Turkey’s Opposition appeared first on Shadowproof.

DWP declared a ‘leading’ Disability Confident employer, despite UN rights violations

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been declared a gold-standard employer of disabled people under its own much-criticised scheme, despite being found guilty of “grave or systematic violations” of the UN disability convention. DWP documents obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) through a freedom of information request show how it was “validated” as [...]

General Election 2017: Tory mental health plans greeted with accusations of ‘hypocrisy’

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
Two user-led groups have accused the Conservative party of “hypocrisy” after it promised to end the “burning injustices” facing mental health service-users. Both groups pointed out that Conservative social security policies, including the coercion and bullying of benefit claimants, had created and worsened mental distress. And they said the party had been responsible for years [...]

Scrapping EHRC disability commissioner role ‘risks sidelining disability’

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
The “rash” decision to scrap the role of disability commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will make it harder for the watchdog to stand up to attacks on disabled people’s rights, according to two former commissioners. Both Baroness [Jane] Campbell and Sir Bert Massie criticised the apparent decision not to appoint a [...]

General Election 2017: Lib Dems promise £6 billion more a year for care

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
The Liberal Democrats have promised to raise £6 billion a year extra to spend on the NHS and social care, by increasing all rates of income tax by 1p. Although there was no mention in the announcement of working-age disabled people, the Liberal Democrats said they would spent at least £2 billion of the money [...]

Lower benefit cap sees income slashed for more than 10,000 disabled people

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
More than 10,000 disabled people have had their benefits slashed in just one month, after the government introduced a new, lower cap on the total benefits that any non-working household can receive. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures are the first to be published since the level of the benefit cap was cut [...]

Disabled people ‘denied access to justice by failure of judges on reasonable adjustments’

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
Disabled people are being denied access to justice because of judges’ failure to make the reasonable adjustments that would make the court process accessible to them, according to a disabled human rights barrister. John Horan said the legal profession was failing to address the discrimination faced by disabled people who rely on family and commercial [...]

General Election 2017: Disabled actor says national party role has given her a voice

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
A critically-praised disabled writer and performer says her election as a national spokesperson for the Women’s Equality Party has allowed her to feel “equal” for the first time in her life. Athena Stevens is one of six national spokespeople elected by Women’s Equality Party members at its conference last November, and is speaking for the [...]

Disabled mother-of-five launches lobby group after 20 years of family court injustice

John Pring at Disability News Service - 9 hours ago
A disabled mother-of-five has described how having to fight the courts repeatedly for nearly two decades for the right to keep her children has led her to set up a pressure group for disabled parents. Joanna* had her four oldest children taken away by the courts and handed to their father because of what she [...]

Gwich'in Begin Arctic Refuge Tour in Tucson, May 18, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Protecting Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Caribou from Big Oil -- Gwich'in Begin Southwest Tour in Tucson, May 18, 2017 May 18, 2017, 7:30 pm The Screening Room 127 E Congress St. Tucson, Arizona Gwich'in Steering Committee Censored News TUCSON -- Members of the Gwich'in Nation, who have relied on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for survival for millennia, are

"To serve the governed, not the governors."

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 9 hours ago
A reporter in West Virginia last Tuesday night was arrested just for doing his job. Let that sink in for a moment. Dan Heyman was primarily at the West Virginia State Capitol building to cover the protesters in attendance because of HHS Secretary Tom Price's appearance as part of his "listening tour". The 30 year veteran of print and radio journalism knew the routine- Those who aren't bold enough to get as close as possible to the source and raise their voices to make their questions heard walk away empty-handed. That's how the job is done. The West Virginia Capit... more »

Labour manifesto fails to say who will take the bins out

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 9 hours ago
The Tory Party hasn’t given the media much to go on in terms of backing them. Which is why they’ve had to fall on their weakest tactic yet when attacking the Labour manifesto: But who will put the bins out? Rubbish If you’re unsure what that means, it relates to Theresa May’s husband saying that […]

Comic relief from the glorious Times!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017Reporters spot toilet-bowl shaped UFO in the Washington suburbs:* Did James B. Comey get fired because he requested more money for the FBI's Russia probe? Did Comey even *make* this request? After reading the New York Times this morning, we had no freaking idea. (Also after reading the Washington Post.) We did experience a moment of comic relief—and it wasn't even in the "noteworthy facts" from the Times' page A3. Near the end of a muddy discussion of Comey's alleged request, Rosenberg and Apuzzo baffled us with the highlighted statement: ROSENBERG AND APU... more »

Donald Trump feigns ignorance in allowing photographer from Russian news service access to the White House, while former intelligence officials warn it was a potential breach of security.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Ambassador Kislyak and President Trump / Посол С.Кисляк и Президент Д.Трамп pic.twitter.com/Ckkx2YL9KX — Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) May 10, 2017 Courtesy of WaPo: *A photographer for a Russian state-owned news agency was allowed into the Oval Office on Wednesday during President Trump’s meeting with Russian diplomats, a level of access that was criticized by former U.S. intelligence officials as a potential security breach. * *The officials cited the danger that a listening device or other surveillance equipment could have been brought into the Oval Office while hidden in ca... more »

Will A New FBI Director Re-Open The Hillary Clinton Email Case?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
© Kevin Lamarque / Reuters *FOX News: **Comey firing could spur new review of Clinton case, immunity deals, ex-agent says* President Trump’s decision to fire James Comey touched off widespread speculation in Washington over what will happen to the FBI’s Russia meddling probe – but the prospect of new leadership at the bureau also could hold implications for the ‘closed’ Hillary Clinton email case. Brian Weidner, a veteran former FBI agent, suggested both the case and the immunity deals struck during that investigation could be revisited. "I would be surprised if they did not revie... more »

Massive Verluste für ISIS im ländlichen Rakka – Gegenoffensive endet im Desaster

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (16:50 Uhr) – Nach dem Verlust von Tabqa und drei Dörfern in Nord-Rakka, begann der Islamische Staat eine lokale Gegenoffensive gegen die US-unterstützen Syrisch Demokratischen Kräfte (SDF) am Mittwoch Abend. Im Ziel auf das kurdisch kontrollierte Gebiet in West-Rakka, attackierten ISIS Konvois die Dörfer Ayed Al-Kabeer, Ibad und Al-Mashirfa wo Stellungen der SDF […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Beşşar Esad: Erdoğan ile IŞİD ve Nusra Cephesi’nin ideolojileri arasında fark yoktur

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Suriye Cumhurbaşkanı Beşşar el Esad, Belarus merkezli ONT kanalı ile bir röportaj gerçekleştirdi. SANA’nın bir kısmını Türkçe’ye çevirdiği röportajda Esad; İhvancı ve vahhabi ideolojiye sahip Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Al Suud ve Al Tani rejimleri ile IŞİD ve Nusra Cephesi arasında ideolojik açıdan hiçbir fark olmadığını söyledi. Terör Aracılığı ile Devletleri Hegemonya Altına Almaya Çalışıyorlar Terör tehlikesinden söz […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Österreich: Lebenslange Haft für Asylsuchenden wegen Kriegsverbrechen in Syrien

Eduard Schreder at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (1:10 P.M.) – Ein ehemaliger Rebellenkämpfer der “Freien Syrischen Armee”, der jetzt als Asylsuchender in Österreich lebt, wurde nun in Innsbruck zu lebenslanger Haft verurteilt. Das Landesgericht sah es als erwiesen an, dass der Mann 20 Kriegsgefangene der Syrischen Armee hingerichtet hat. Der 27-jährige Syrer war aufgeflogen nachdem er in seiner Flüchtlingsunterkunft mit […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Islamistische Rebellen im nördlichen Hama unter Beschuss – Lataminah strauchelt

Ali Tok at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (8:45 P.M.) – Die Syrische Armee startete heute eine Reihe von Artellerieangriffen auf Lataminah und Morek, bei denen etliche Truppen und Ziele der islamistischen Rebellen getroffen wurden. Boden-Luft Raketen und schweres Geschütz kam dabei durch die 39. Brigade der vierten mechanischen Division zum Einsatz . Ansammlungen von Rebellen in diesen Städten waren das […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Nato schließt Kampfeinsätze in Syrien und Irak aus: Stoltenberg

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (19:40 Uhr) – Die NATO wird in den sechs Jahre andauernden Syrien Konflikt nicht in militärischer Funktion eintreten, sagte Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg in Gesprächen mit Deutschlands Kanzlerin Angela Merkel am Donnerstag. “Wenn die NATO der Koalition beitritt, ändert das nicht die Rolle der NATO. Wir werden weiterhin Unterstützung leisten und wir werden die […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army dominates most of eastern Al-Qaboun

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their Al-Qaboun offensive on Wednesday after the jihadist rebel forces inside the district refused to surrender their final positions to the government. Led by the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division, the Syrian Arab Army managed to capture 27 buildings from the jihadist […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army troops strike jihadist gatherings in northern Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a series of attacks in the northern countryside of Hama on Thursday, targeting jihadist gatherings near the towns of Al-Lataminah and Morek. Using surface-to-surface missiles and heavy artillery fire, the Syrian Arab Army’s 39th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division managed to pick-off a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Interne Kämpfe der Rebellen flammen in Ost-Ghouta wieder auf

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (15:35 Uhr) – Kämpfe sind zwischen zwei rivalisierende Rebellengruppen ausgebrochen, während immer mehr der Militanten ihre Hochburg im Norden der Haupstadt verlassen. Laut lokalen Aktivisten ist Faylaq Al-Rahman in das Hauptquartier der Gurppierung Ahrar Al-Sham im Ort Abrin eingedrungen, nachdem letztere ihre Auflösung und Eingliederung in Faylaq verweigert hatte. Heftige Feuergefechte brachen zwischen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

NATO rules out combat operations in Syria, Iraq: Stoltenberg

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 P.M.) – NATO will not enter the six year long Syrian conflict in any military capacity, the Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated during talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday. “If NATO joins the coalition, it will not change the role of NATO. We will continue to provide support, we will continue […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In Bildern: Panzer der Syrischen Armee steckt direkten Treffer durch ISIS Drohne in Aleppo ein

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (11:45 Uhr) – Der Islamische Staat verwendet vermehrt bewaffnete Drohnen für seine Machenschaften und entsandte einige davon, um die wieder aufgenommenen Angriffe der Syrischen Armee im ländlichen Aleppo abzuwehren. Eine ferngesteuerte ISIS Drohne, die eine Stellung der Tiger Einheiten nahe dem Ort Al-Mahdoum anvisiert hatte, warf eine Artillerie Granate auf einen T-72 Panzer […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pro-Saudi forces suffer heavy casualties in a Houthi ambush in western Yemen

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (7:20 P.M.) – On Thursday, a large contingent of Saudi-backed militants was ambushed after entering a huge minefield near Mocha port in Taiz province, on the western coast of Yemen. Speaking to Al-Masdar News, military sources explained that a paramilitary group led by Jouabel Al-Barakany entered the minefield under observation by a Yemeni […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hizbullah birlikleri, Deyrezzor operasyonu için Humus doğusunda toplanıyor

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Bu sabah saatlerinde Hizbullah’a ait bir konvoy, Güney Halep’ten yola çıkarak Humus doğusuna ulaştı. Humus cephesine nakledilen Hizbullah savaşçılarının, Deyrezzor operasyonunun başlangıcı sayılan Doğu Humus taarruzuna katılması bekleniyor. Hizbullah ile birlikte; Iraklı askerlerden oluşan Nuceba Hareketi ve Fatimiyyun Tugayı’nı da operasyon için hazırlıklarını sürdürüyor Müttefik kuvvetlerin desteğiyle başlaması beklenen taarruza; 5. Fırtına Kolordusu, 11. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi Arabia is just ‘defending itself’ when it bombs Yemen, claims UK defense decretary

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
(RT) UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has claimed Saudi Arabia is just defending itself by bombing famine-threatened Yemen, arguing the Gulf state is entitled to ask its allies for help. Fallon had been asked if the Conservatives would consider suspending arms sales to the Saudis, given the serious concerns raised by international observers about the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Julian Assange invites FBI director to work with WikiLeaks

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Hours after James Comey, the former director of CIA, was removed from his office by Donald Trump, Julian Assange invited him to work with WikiLeaks. Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks, the controversial website which releases classified information. This is while Edward Snowden called Trump’s order a “political interference” by Trump. The NSA whistleblower tweeted […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video Shows Sheriff Run from Cops After Flashing His Genitals at People in the Park

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: sheriff]Before the video was released, the Sheriff claimed that this was all a misunderstanding and vowed to clear his name.

Robot Tractors!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
Guest Post by Dave Ward Many readers of this blog will be familiar with the Eastern Daily Press, one of the Archant publishing group’s longest serving titles. It proudly claims to be the country’s largest circulation regional daily newspaper. However, I was told many years ago that it also happens to be the […]

Trump: All Future U.S. Navy Carriers Will Use "Goddamned Steam" Catapults

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The president is explicit in his directive—all future U.S. Navy carriers will revert to steam catapults. President Donald Trump has weighed in on the future configuration of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet. Trump is insisting that the service return to installing steam catapults in place of the state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) that were developed for the Gerald R. Ford–class super carriers. The president is explicit in his directive—all future U.S. Navy carriers will revert to steam catapults. “You know the ca... more »

N. Korea Vows To ‘Ransack The Earth’ To Find Assassins Targeting Kim Jong-un

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *National Security, North Korea* Pyongyang furious over alleged U.S. plan to kill its dictator. North Korea continues to assert that the U.S. and South Korea tried to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Pyongyang accused the Central Intelligence Agency and South Korea’s National Intelligence Service May 5 of hiring a North Korean lumberjack working in Russia to detonate a “radioactive” and “nano-poisonous” bomb at a military parade to eliminate the young dictator. “The [Korean People’s Army] is fully determined to wipe out the throng of rats sneaking a... more »

DAYS OF SCANDAL AND EXCITEMENT: Hewitt says the corps ran wild!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017Cooper goes 7 on 1:* "These are the days of miracle and wonder," Paul Simon once alleged. He advanced his claim in 1986. Times have changed since then. At the dinner hour this past Tuesday night, Donald J. Trump directed James Comey to spend more time with his family. With that one act, we entered these current days—these days of excitement and scandal. How vast was the excitement that night? So vast that conservative talker Hugh Hewitt may even have made a decent point in today's Washington Post. Hewitt is in his early days as a columnist at the Post. He is... more »

Comey’s sacking was NOT an obstruction of justice

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
[image: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey attends a conference on "Todays Terrorism: Todays Counterterrorism" in New York on November 3, 2014. US faces an increasing number of homegrown violent extremists radicalized online and inspired by jihadists in Syria to carry out acts of violence, Comey warned during the conference. Comey said the danger was witnessed "in a very real way" by attacks that killed two soldiers in Canada in recent weeks. In a speech in New York, Comey said tracking down those inspired by the so-called Islamic State group in Syria was "ex... more »

The conspiracy theories around the Lavrov-Trump meeting are ridiculous

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
[image: trump lavrov] Suggestions that Donald Trump and Sergey Lavrov engaged in some sort of plotting during their meeting in the Oval Office are impossible and absurd. The post The conspiracy theories around the Lavrov-Trump meeting are ridiculous appeared first on The Duran.

KU Professor Quits Over Concealed Carry in his Classroom

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: ku-professor-quits-over-concealed-carry-in-his-classroom] Somehow Professor Dorman neglected to mention that he failed once again to be promoted to full professor after 10 years on KU's faculty as an associate professor. Just a coincidence?

NIH Using Taxpayer Dollars to Fund Transgender Study Led by LGBTQ Activist

Raven Clabough at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: nih-using-taxpayer-dollars-to-fund-transgender-study-led-by-lgbtq-activist] The National Institutes of Health has developed a reputation for its controversial use of taxpayer dollars and for allowing contemporary politics to influence its research initiatives. The agency's decision to award a $43,000 grant to research the “health status of gender minorities” in a study conducted by an anti-Trump political activist who believes that gender and biological sex are separate is not likely to quell those criticisms.

The BBC granted BuzzFeed an unopposed platform to debunk our story on Tory Dirty Money. They failed. [EDITORIAL]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 10 hours ago
The BBC has granted BuzzFeed an unopposed platform to make false claims about the Tory Dirty Money scandal. Neither the original researchers, the senior MPs who escalated it, nor any of the media outlets which reported the story were invited to provide a response. The claims made by BuzzFeed and repeated on the BBC are false, and […]

Labour’s leaked manifesto contains a brilliant surprise for anyone who voted Brexit

James Wright at The Canary - 10 hours ago
Labour’s leaked draft manifesto contains a brilliant surprise for anyone who voted Brexit. At Labour’s official campaign launch, Jeremy Corbyn clarified: This election isn’t about Brexit itself. That issue has been settled. The question now is what sort of Brexit do we want – and what sort of country do we want Britain to be […]

Chelsea Manning Will Be Released Next Week And Finally Get A First Chance At Life

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 10 hours ago
Chelsea Manning will finally get a chance to be herself without having to conform to the rigid guidelines or expectations of the United States Army. The post Chelsea Manning Will Be Released Next Week And Finally Get A First Chance At Life appeared first on Shadowproof.

Beyond Prisons – Episode 5: Shut Down Rikers Island Feat. Akeem Browder

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 10 hours ago
Brian and Kim speak with Akeem Browder, founder of the campaign to Shut Down Rikers Island and the Kalief Browder Foundation. The post Beyond Prisons – Episode 5: Shut Down Rikers Island Feat. Akeem Browder appeared first on Shadowproof.


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*James Comey* Did Trump fire the FBI boss James Comey in order to please the Kosher Nostra? As a prosecutor in the 1970s and 1980s, James Comey led the hunt for Marc Rich and his partner Pincus Green. Comey. Marc Rich has been linked to THE JEWISH MAFIA. Marc Rich helped the Mossad. Comey. *Mark Rich 1934-2013* Marcell Reich, who called himself Marc Rich, was born into a Jewish family in Belgium. Allegedly, Marc Rich was an asset of the CIA, Mossad and the Russian Jewish Mafia. According to Newsmax, Saturday, March 31, 2001: "Mark Rich was a key figure in the .... creation ... more »

Huge Victory: Blackfeet Nation to control its own water after 35 years battle

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
*A majority of tribal members approved the Blackfeet Water Compact and Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act with Montana and the federal government, by a vote of 1,894 to 631.* Harry Barnes, Chairman of the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council, called it a “historic day for the Blackfeet people,” and well worth the time that Blackfeet staff and leaders had put into the effort the past four decades. “My faith in the wisdom of the people’s vote has come to reality,” he said in a statement. The history of the struggle between the tribes in Montana, and the State of Montana, over water ... more »

Did Former FBI Director Comey Ask For Additional Money And Resources For Russia Probe?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Washington Times*: *DOJ denies report that Comey asked for more resources for Russia investigation* A Justice Department spokeswoman said it is “totally false” that FBI Director James B. Comey had asked the deputy attorney general for additional resources for the Russia investigation in the days before he was fired. The New York Times, citing three anonymous sources, reported Wednesday that Mr. Comey had met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and asked for an increase in personnel and funding for the bureau’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the November p... more »

Bill Clinton Fired the FBI Director the Day Before Vince Foster Was Found Dead

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: foster]The very next day after Bill Clinton fired the FBI director, Vince Foster, one of the most infamous deaths tied to the Clintons, was found dead in a park.

North Korea to Test a Nuclear Missile That Could Strike America This Year

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * “They could flight test anytime.” The U.S. Intelligence Community believes that North Korea will test a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) this year in an attempt to prove that Kim Jong-un has the capability to strike directly at the American homeland. The North Korean regime has been preparing its new missile for the past several years and has developed miniaturized nuclear warhead designs to fit atop such a weapon. “North Korea is poised to conduct its first ICBM flight test in 2017 based on public comments that preparations to do... more »

China Sent A 'Monster' Ship To Roam The South China Sea

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* The 12,000-ton China Coast Guard 3901 cutter is nearly twice the size of the U.S. Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile destroyers China recently sent the world’s largest coast guard cutter into the South China Sea, according to Chinese government reports. The 12,000-ton China Coast Guard 3901 cutter, called “the monster” by some analysts, is nearly twice the size of the U.S. Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile destroyers and larger than the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. Unlike most other coast guard ships, this vessel runs ... more »

The New Way Helicopters 'Know' When Missiles Are Coming—And Shoot Them Down

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Americas* BAE is engineering and testing a 3-Dimensional Advanced Warning System, or 3DAWS, to discern whether an approaching object is, in fact, an enemy threat. BAE Systems is working to address an Army need by testing an emerging helicopter protection technology able to detect, distinguish and destroy approaching enemy fire in a more effective and integrated fashion than existing systems can, industry developers explained. As a way to respond to and anticipate evolving Army requirements, BAE is engineering and testing a 3-Dimensional Advanced Warning ... more »

Why Does Trump Think Imported Steel Threatens U.S. National Security?

James Hasik at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*James Hasik* *Security, Americas* It hasn’t been, it isn’t now, and it probably won’t be in the future. Last month, President Donald Trump promulgated a memorandum on “Steel Imports and Threats to National Security,” directing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider whether “steel is being imported into the United States in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security.” Prices are too low, he wrote, because the world is awash in excess capacity. The memo notes that Ross has already initiated an investigation under Section 232 of t... more »

Tokyo's Ex-Governor Claims Obama Targeted Him for CIA Assassination

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Politics, Asia* “I mean, they killed Gaddafi and Bin laden … Assassinations are their specialty” The former governor of Tokyo reportedly made a shocking accusation in a recent interview. Speaking to the Shukan Post, a Japanese tabloid, Shintaro Ishihara claimed that former President Barack Obama ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to assassinate him, the Tokyo Reporter wrote Wednesday. Ishihara is said to have claimed that the U.S. should off North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un the way the Obama administration tried to off him. “Why doesn’t America just... more »

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