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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, May 12, 2017

12 May - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:31 pm MDT

Will Trump Agree to the Pentagon's Permanent War in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?

Gareth Porter at 12 hours ago
[image: undefined] The two top national security officials in the Trump administration – Secretary of Defence James Mattis and national security adviser HR McMaster - are trying to secure long-term US ground and air combat roles in the three long-running wars in the greater Middle East – Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Proposals for each of the three countries are still being developed, and there is no consensus, even between Mattis and McMaster, on the details of the plans. They will be submitted to Trump separately, with the plan for Afghanistan coming sometime before a NATO summit ... more »

Watergate Redux or ‘Deep State’ Coup?

Robert Parry at 12 hours ago
[image: undefined] President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday reflected a growing concern inside the White House that the long-rumored scheme by “deep state” operatives to overturn the results of the 2016 election may have been more than just rumors. The fear grew that Comey and other senior officials in the US intelligence community had concluded last year that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump was a suitable future president, albeit for different reasons. I’m told that Clinton was seen as dangerously hawkish and Trump as dangerously unqualified, opinio... more »

Publisher responds to public health journal editorial board’s “grave concerns”

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A representative of Taylor & Francis has responded to concerns raised by former and current editorial board members of an occupational health journal, after the publisher took some significant actions without consulting the board. The board’s main concerns: That the publisher hired a new editor with industry ties, and withdrew a paper by the former editor […] The post Publisher responds to public health journal editorial board’s “grave concerns” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

How Long Before Trump Swears He Will Find The Real Traitor?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*-by Noah* At this point, any Trump supporter who continues to support Trump is no different than those who cried and chanted that O.J. didn't kill Nicole. Just like some said O.J. was being wrongly accused, Republicans are staunchly and stubbornly behind their man. I'm talking about you FOX "News" and you Republican viewers, voters, and pols. Watching the parade of goofballs on Tucker Carlson's show last night was insane even by FOX “standards” as, one after another, they recited the tweets of the most severely mentally ill president we've ever had to suffer as facts (alt-facts)... more »

Musical Interlude: Ken Burns, “The Civil War"; Jaqueline Schwab, “Battle Cry of Freedom”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
Ken Burns, “The Civil War"; Jaqueline Schwab, “Battle Cry of Freedom” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3IQjgjQMnE

"Are You Ready to Die?"; A Comment

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
* "Are You Ready to Die?"* by Paul Craig Roberts "In George Orwell’s 1949 dystopian novel, '1984', information that no longer is consistent with Big Brother’s explanations is chucked down the Memory Hole. In the real American dystopia in which we currently live, the information is never reported at all. On April 26 - 16 days ago - Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir, Deputy Chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, stated at the Moscow International Security Conference that the Operations Command of the Russian General Staff has concluded that Washington is prepari... more »

It’s official: the majority of the public now want a Labour government [IMAGES]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
The leaking of Labour’s draft manifesto appears to have backfired spectacularly on the right-wing press. Because it’s been revealed that, based on the party’s pledges, the majority of people now want a Labour government. But there’s a problem. Labour: winning on policies A poll conducted by ComRes for The Daily Mirror surveyed [pdf] 1,021 adults […]

Trump signs executive order the launch of commission to investigate voter fraud, puts guy in charge who sees voter fraud in his sleep.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
Hey hey, I see you voter fraud.Courtesy of the AP: *President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election. * *The White House said the president's "Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" would examine allegations of improper voting and fraudulent voter registration in states and across the nation. Vice President Mike Pence will chair the panel and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be vice... more »

Finland Is Worried That It Is Nearly As Warm As 1939!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 12 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey From the Guardian, via Yahoo: Finland, the new chair of the Arctic council, has appealed to climate change scientists to fight the threat of the US and Russia tearing up commitments to combat global warming. The Nordic country takes up the two-year chairmanship of the body, […]

The Ocean Cleanup – Amazing Technology Will Launch Within 12 Months

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 12 hours ago
*Sabrina Mueller* - This exciting project has been funded and will begin soon. The post The Ocean Cleanup – Amazing Technology Will Launch Within 12 Months appeared first on Waking Times.

A Nation of Navel Gazers - Staring into the Abyss

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*A Nation of Navel Gazers* As the rest of the world stands back and collectively scratches our head in wonderment, the United States elites continue to frantically do the backstroke in circles around the teapot tempest. No wonder Lavrov was photographed laughing so jovially in the Oval office the other day. What else can you do? Witness the silly e-mail below...that passes for presidential communication: Follow Donald J. Trump *✔* @realDonaldTrump James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! 5:26 AM - 12 May 2017... more »

The BBC didn’t tell you the whole story about the ‘expert’ it invited on to trash Corbyn’s rail plans

Tracy Keeling at The Canary - 13 hours ago
The BBC has really outdone itself this time. It didn’t tell Britain the whole story about the ‘expert’ it invited on to trash Corbyn’s rail plans. And it shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it. ‘Expert’ commentator On its News at Five programme, the BBC interviewed Michael Holden. He was summoned to discuss Labour’s proposal […]

Labour’s Barry Gardiner pins down BBC bias so efficiently, the host has a meltdown [AUDIO]

James Wright at The Canary - 13 hours ago
On Radio 4, Labour’s Barry Gardiner pinned down BBC bias so efficiently, the host was left in meltdown. The Shadow Secretary for International Trade called out the BBC for letting the billionaire, minority-scapegoating press frame the debate on its programmes: I did think your earlier report was beneath you – this ‘crash, bang, wallop’ stuff. […]

‘Hunt Tories instead,’ says fox spokesman

Ben Janaway at The Canary - 13 hours ago
There was elation in Britain’s woodlands today as a national spokesman for foxes spoke out against Conservative plans to bring back fox hunting. Nigel Farage, leader of the Fox Liberation Front and elective MP for Surrey, has cast serious shade on the move. “Hairy, bitter and prone to biting, the Tories are a bigger threat to […]

Nuclear Not Cheap, Not Clean, Not Safe

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal ran an article covering efforts to open Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste: Kris Maher. (May 11, 2017). Plan Revived for Nuclear Waste Dump in Nevada. The Wall Street Journal, A3. ... there are 121 locations in 39 ates currently storing spent fuel from civilian reactors and nuclear waste from the military's nuclear-weapons stockpile, submarines, and aircraft carriers. Today 99 nuclear power-plants provide nearly 20% of the nation's electricity.... more facilities are being mothballed as they become less competitive with plants burning cheap natur... more »

Russian Su-27 Fighter Came Within 20 Feet of U.S. Reconnaissance Plane over Black Sea

Russ Read at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Russ Read* *Security, Europe* What would have happenned next? A Russian fighter jet came within 20 feet of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane over the Black Sea Tuesday, according to a military spokesperson. A Russian Su-27 fighter approached the U.S. P-8A Poseidon as it was “conducting routine operations in international airspace,” said Capt. Pamela Kunze, a U.S. Naval Forces Europe spokeswoman. The Russian defense ministry claimed a fighter had “executed a ‘greeting’ maneuver” to the U.S. pilots, according to NBC news. Russia deployed the fighter after “an air target approachi... more »

Report: OPEC Asked U.S. To Stop Producing So Much Oil

Andrew Follett at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Andrew Follett* *Security, * New American oil production is undermining OPEC’s efforts to keep global prices between $50 and $60 per barrel, with current prices hovering around $47 a barrel. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) asked the U.S. to stop producing so much oil, according to a report Thursday. OPEC’s report blames the U.S. in particular because hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has greatly increased American oil production. The new production has led a lengthy period of very low oil prices. OPEC claims raising global oil prices will “require the ... more »

Boeing Caused And Paid For $4 Million Damage To Air Force One’s Oxygen System

Thomas Phippen at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Thomas Phippen* *Security, * “We took swift action to self-report the incident to the Air Force, and we remediated the oxygen system at no cost to the government,” Boeing spokesman Ben Davis told the Air Force Times. Airline mechanics caused $4 million in damage to an Air Force One plane in 2016, according to a Department of Defense investigation released Wednesday. Three Boeing Co. mechanics “failed to observe explicit warnings” and contaminated one VC-25A plane’s oxygen system, increasing the risk of fire, according to the report. The VC-25A model, built especially to transpo... more »

Air War: What If America's Lethal F-35 Battled Russia's Stealth PAK-FA or Su-35?

Mark Schneider at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Mark Schneider* *Security, * Who would win? The Russians are now developing new air dominance aircraft with a long-range strike capability -- the Su-35 and the Pak FA (frequently called the PAK T-50) – which will pose a significant threat to NATO Europe. The U.S. F-35, the only 5th generation aircraft in production today, is critical to countering these threats. The F-35 has recently gotten bad publicity over its dogfighting capability despite the fact the last dogfight was in 1988. Since 1988, all air-to-air kills have been by missiles, a type of warfare in which the F-35 is... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 13 hours ago
... Celtic is a football club in Glasgow, in Scotland. *Jimmy Savile with Jock Stein, manager of Celtic football club.* There is a belief that Celtic football club is linked to a powerful child abuse ring that has operated among top people in Scotland and the USA. 15-year-old *Lawrence Haggart*, a Celtic youth football player, was murdered on 16 march 1996, two days after the Dunblane school massacre. *Alleged abusers Jim McCafferty (left) and Jim Torbett (right)* *Anonymous writes:* "Lawrence Haggart's father fears that the Celtic 'kit man' *Jim McCafferty* was abusing Lawrence... more »

Cartoon of the day: Josh on Wind energy

Hifast at Climate Collections - 13 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: Matt Ridley writes in the Speccy

Our New Mantra

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago

We Are Free....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
The sheep are being herded into the corral for shearing and eventual slaughter The media does its job group think is the imperative any lambs that slip outside the cage are to be shorn first reminding others what happens to those that don't stay in line The liberals demonize Russia Bernie embraces the 'resistance' in Syria Activists defend the FBI director who heads an agency known for infiltration and destruction of 'radical' groups The CIA, long linked to drug running arms sales assassinations coups d'etat, claims purity much like the Vatican Bank Up is down War is peace In is ou... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 12, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
© Omar Sobhani / Reuters *Ciro Scotti, Fiscal Times*: *A Military Surge Would Push US War Costs in Afghanistan Over $2.16 Trillion* Faced with a resurgent Taliban, the Trump Administration is considering a ramp-up of the long-running war in Afghanistan. Elements of the strategy under review include additional U.S. ground troops, with the Pentagon determining just how many more soldiers are needed. Right now, there are about 8,400 U.S. troops in-country, and The Washington Post said 3,000 more would initially be added under the plan. Other news organizations suggested the number mi... more »

The Migrant Crisis: What to Expect in Spring 2017

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 hours ago
https://youtu.be/Zhfn2kw527o Lauren Southern isn't optimistic about Europe's future.

Mosul Campaign Day 207 May 11 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The northern and southern fronts of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have now connected in west Mosul and are heading towards east. The Hawi Kanisa neighborhood was the latest to be freed. Mesherfa was declared liberated as well after the last section was cleared on May 6. The next day fightingwas reported going on there. Islah al-Zirahi was still under attack, and Iqtisadinwas entered as well. The Iraqi command said that the 9thDivision, which initiated the northern assault was done as its armor was not suitable for the current street fights. Another army division, the 16th, is now... more »

Gloria Steinem Backs Abortion Because: “Forced Childbirth is the Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming”

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 14 hours ago
According to radical feminist Gloria Steinem, women will never be “fully equal” to men unless they have abortion rights. Oh, and the patriarchy’s to blame for climate change too. In an interview with Refinery29 writer Lindsey Stanberry, Steinem shared thoughts on feminism, and unsurprisingly, everything came back to female reproductive rights. When the writer commented … Continue reading "Gloria Steinem Backs Abortion Because: “Forced Childbirth is the Single Biggest Cause of Global Warming”"

Donald Trump puts James Comey on notice

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
[image: comey 2] This is no ordinary firing, it's a Trump firing. The post Donald Trump puts James Comey on notice appeared first on The Duran .

Democrats busted screaming “Fire James Comey” only to now call him a martyr (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 14 hours ago
[image: Democrats busted screaming “Fire James Comey” only to now call him a martyr (Video)] Caught: Democrats wanted James Comey fired up until Trump fired him. The post Democrats busted screaming “Fire James Comey” only to now call him a martyr (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Duterte is right–drug dealers should be executed

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
[image: duterte first 3] In time, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte may be seen as a global pioneer in the war against criminal drug dealers. The post Duterte is right–drug dealers should be executed appeared first on The Duran.

Trump sends warning to Comey: ‘I hope there are no “tapes” of our conversation’

Vladimir Rodzianko at The Duran - 14 hours ago
[image: 1 BREAKING_THEDURAN] President Donald Trump has tweeted an interesting message to the world, and more specifically, to former FBI Director James Comey. The post Trump sends warning to Comey: ‘I hope there are no “tapes” of our conversation’ appeared first on The Duran.

Why Frack, When You Can Nuke Them?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
Guest Post by Joe Public The test well for the Wagon Wheel project in Sublette County, 1972. Casper College Western History Center. We know anti-frackers & enviro-whingers have apoplexy at, and seismophobics are triggered by, the thought of the modern fracking process of merely squirting water and sand underground to […]

Friday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
Assorted content to end your week. - Scott Sinclair writes that there's no reason for any party to NAFTA to see itself as being stuck with the existing agreement (or worse), while also mentioning a few ways to substantially improve the rules governing North American trade: Canada should call Trump’s bluff by championing a fairer distribution of the benefits of trade — presumably the idea behind the Trudeau government’s ambitions to usher in a new generation of “progressive trade” agreements. Anxiety about trade and globalization runs deep and goes beyond Trump’s core supporters. ... more »

Is President Trump Recording His Meetings?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 *Daily Mail:* *Did Trump set up Comey? President warns ousted FBI boss there might be 'tapes' of their conversations after insisting the top Fed assured him he WASN'T being investigated over Russian links* * Trump's veiled threat comes as Comey is asked to testify before a Senate panel next week * President said Thursday that he and Comey spoke three times – including two phone calls and one dinner together * On all three... more »

A New Round Of Leaks Emerge From The Trump Administration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
President Trump greets Director of the FBI James Comey as Director of the Secret Service Joseph Clancy (L) watches during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts *The Hill:* *Trump's Comey firing sets off new round of leaks* President Trump is besieged by internal leaks as he tries to weather the fallout from his firing of FBI director James Comey. Media reports about the run-up to Trump’s decision paint him as isolated and consumed by anger and paranoia, prompting questions from Trump allies ... more »

Donald Trump threatens James Comey over possibility of taped conversations.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 Holy shit! Is this man actually threatening the man he just fired as the head of the FBI? This has to be in response to the New York Times article that claims Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty: *As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. * *... more »

Top physicist loses another paper; tally now up to 7

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A physics journal has retracted a paper from a leading physicist in India over duplication. The paper’s first and corresponding Naba K. Sahoo has had six papers retracted for the same reason — four earlier this year and two last year. The new retraction brings Sahoo’s total to seven, by our count. The duplication allegations began several years […] The post Top physicist loses another paper; tally now up to 7 appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Donald Trump Isn't in Real Trouble—Yet

Daniel McCarthy at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Daniel McCarthy* *Politics, Americas* [image: President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One. Flickr/The White House] Before any kind of parallel to Watergate can be drawn, an actual, bona fide crime will have to be found somewhere. Donald Trump is in trouble, but not nearly as much trouble as the nation’s op-ed pages suggest. He’s not reliving the last days of Richard Nixon’s White House. For all the furore over his firing of the FBI director, there is a crucial difference between Trump’s cashiering of James Comey and Nixon’s “Saturday night massacre”: the Water... more »

The U.S. Army Has a Serious Problem: It Is "Grossly Undermanned"

Wesley Dearen at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Wesley Dearen* *Security, * How do we fix it? The United States today faces a rising number of threats to national security from around the world, whether it be from North Korea, ISIS, or Russia. To deter and counter these threats requires a strong ground combat force, and it is the shared responsibility of the executive branch and Congress to adequately resource that force. The Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of Military Strength notes, “The U.S. Army is America’s primary land warfare component” whose “chief value to the nation is its ability to defeat and destroy enemy lan... more »

Syrian Democratic Forces inch closer to the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alongside with US-led coalition continue their large-scale operation against the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, or also ISIS/ISIL) in Raqqa province. On Thursday evening, SDF units backed by coalition’s airstrikes managed to capture Khirbat Al-Khan village located directly north of Raqqa. This advance allowed SDF and their […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Soldaten rücken Richtung irakische Grenze vor

Ali Tok at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (3:30 PM) – Einige Tage zuvor starteten Rebellen eine Gegenoffensive, um die vorrückenden Truppen der syrischen Armee zu stoppen und holten sich die Kontrolle über den Zaza Checkpoint und die Sabihiyah Berge zurück, die nahe der Palmyra-Bagdad-Autobahn liegen. Die Syrische Armee reagierte auf diesen Angriff mit einer Fortsetzung ihrer Offensive und griff die […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee beginnt Offensive zur Befreiung der Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Route

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 Uhr) – Die Syrisch Arabische Armee (SAA) hat ihre lang erwartete Offensive diesen Morgen begonnen, um das Gebiet entlang der Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Route zu befreien und so den Bezirk Deir Ezzor aus der Belagerung durch den Islamischen Staat (ISIS) zu lösen. Geführt von der 5. Legion und Tiger Einheiten stürmte die Syrisch […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

62-Year-Old Grandmother Graduates From College: ‘Dreams Can Still Be Realized’

cmaadmin at Diverse - 16 hours ago
A 62-year-old grandmother shared the inspirational story of how she earned her college degree on “Good Morning America” today, saying, “I hope to inspire people that their dreams can still be realized.” Elaine Jones-Scott is graduating today with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Counseling from Chicago State University. “The emotions are just overwhelming right […]

Russian Fighter Jet Comes Within 20 Feet Of U.S. Navy Plane Over The Black Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*FOX News: **Russian fighter jet comes with 20 feet of US Navy aircraft, official says* A Russian fighter jet flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in the Black Sea on Tuesday -- the incident coming a day before Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Washington. The Russian jet came as close as 20 feet to the American plane and remained that close for five minutes, a U.S. defense official told Fox News. "While this one was considered by the flight crew to be safe and professional, this sort of close encounter certainly has the possibility to... more »

Is Impeachment Looking Inevitable Yet?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
As you probably know by now, Wisconsin shit-eater Paul Ryan has rejected a call for a non-partisan, independent investigation of the Putin-Gate scandal-- just as the Turtle did. No independent commission and no special prosecutor decreed Ryan, who probably wouldn't be so arrogant if the DCCC hadn't been sabotaging every single Democrat who ever tried running against him. "I think the intelligence committees [which his and the Turtle's stooges control] are the ones that should do this, because, don’t forget that the methods and sources of our intelligence gathering are also at play ... more »

ATTENTION READERS: The Canary podcast is coming….

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Hey readers! I’ve got some great news. We have just completed recording for our first ever podcast. And it’s a corker. We have Steve Topple on to discuss two stories that signal a dangerous erosion of our democracy. We’ll be releasing the podcast within the next few days. It will be available on iTunes and all […]

Theresa May’s LBC interview was nothing short of nonsense. So we’ve corrected it for her [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 16 hours ago
On Thursday 11 May, Theresa May took part in a live phone-in on LBC. For just under half an hour, members of the public and host Nick Ferrari fired questions at the PM. And her answers largely came across as nothing short of nonsense. So we’ve broken it down. Not happy May’s appearance was the first […]

A leading doctor has called the NHS a ‘ticking time bomb’

Ben Janaway at The Canary - 16 hours ago
Senior doctors have warned that the NHS is a ‘ticking time bomb’. British Medical Association (BMA) heavyweight Dr Mark Porter, claims that the UK is going backwards on health. The BMA stresses that the troubled service is at breaking point. With an increasing burden posed by obesity, smoking, and drinking, more funds are needed. […]


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
The War on Drugs hasn't worked, so of course Jeff Sessions intends to escalate it: *Sessions moves to lengthen drug sentences* Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing one of the central elements of the Obama administration's criminal justice reform agenda: a Justice Department policy that led to prosecutors in drug cases often filing charges in a way that avoided triggering mandatory minimum sentences in federal law. Sessions is withdrawing a 2013 directive from Attorney General Eric Holder that instructed federal prosecutors not to specify the amount of drugs involved when ch... more »

Is Russia Laughing At The U.S.?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Russia must be laughing up their sleeves watching as the U.S. tears itself apart over a Democrat EXCUSE for losing the election. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2017 *WNU Editor*: Yup. They never thought they had this much power to decide a U.S. election .... especially when facing the billions that candidates spend on U.S. elections, and the massive U.S. main stream media that covers it 24/7. :) But on a more serious note .... in Russia when this topic is being discussed (and I have been a part of some of this discussion on radio), the overwhelming consensus in Mosc... more »

Russia Trolls The West

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
Come to our side – follow us on twitter on #StarWarsDay pic.twitter.com/zAuPQRFMi7 — Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) May 4, 2017 *Johnny Simon, Quartz:* *The Russian embassy in London gleefully trolls the West on Twitter* Most countries might use their embassy’s social-media accounts to blandly promote their political and economic interests. Russia is not most countries. A tweet from the official account of Moscow’s UK embassy on Thursday (May 4) aimed to get in on Star Wars fandom’s “May the Fourth.” It featured a Photoshopped image of Darth Vader taking a selfie, with th... more »

Dear Business Lawyers: Stop Trying To Get Employees To Waive Their Unemployment Benefits

Donna Ballman at Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home - 17 hours ago
Things you didn't think you had to say but apparently do. In Florida it is still illegal to try to get an employee or former employee to waive their right to apply for unemployment. It's a crime. Yet I've seen a couple of draft releases in proposed severance agreements attempting to do exactly that. And I also recently got a demand email complaining that a client had signed a release and was therefore breaching by filing for unemployment. Let's be clear. You can't ask an employee to release or waive their right to unemployment in my home state of Florida. Period. Here's what the sta... more »

In photos: Syrian Army captures several tunnels, trenches in Al-Qaboun

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.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

Сирийская армия возобновила наступление в направлении границы с Ираком

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
В начале недели поддерживаемые США и Иорданией отряды так называемой “Свободной сирийской армии” (ССА) предприняли контратаку в провинции Дамаск в попытке отбить территорию, утерянную ими на юго-востоке региона. В результате боевикам удалось отбить блокпост Заза и горы Сабихия близ участка шоссе Дамаск – Багдад. После этого части Сирийской Арабской Армии возобновили своё наступление в регионе, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video footage of Syrian Democratic Forces capturing Tabaqa Dam

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The US-supported Arab and Kurdish forces have taken the Al Tabqah dam from the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Thursday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), utilising their Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) contingent, took full control of the dam and the nearby city of the same name with […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL’s collapse continues as Syrian Army units press forward in northeast Homs

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – It has been a rough week for the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in Syria, as they have lost a large chunk of territory to both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). While the Syrian Arab Army did not liberate a large city like the Syrian Democratic […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian de-escalation zones remain stable: Russian DM

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
(TASS) Situation in the de-escalation zones in Syria has been assessed as stable, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties said in a bulletin on Friday. Over the past 24 hours, nine shellings have been reported in the provinces of Damascus, Hama and Latakia. “Most cases of indiscriminate firing from small arms have been […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Nuevo ataque contra el Gobierno por parte de ISIS en la zona de Alepo

Mariam Fakih Sen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
El Estado Islámico ha lanzado hoy un nuevo asalto en el sureste de Alepo, dirigido a la única ruta de suministros del Gobierno sirio en esta zona. Según las Fuerzas de Defensa Nacional, el grupo terrorista está intentando cortar el camino Khanasser-Ithriya, que conduce a la ciudad de al-Safirah, en el sur de Alepo. Continúan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army resumes offensive to seal Iraqi border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – Earlier this week, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) troops launched a counter-offensive to recapture the territory they lost in southeast Damascus; this operation resulted in the rebel forces recapturing the Zaza Checkpoint and Sabihiyah Mountains near the Palmyra-Baghdad Highway. Following this Free Syrian Army counter-assault, the Syrian Arab Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tribunal libanés investiga a tres sirios por posible terrorismo

Mariam Fakih Sen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
El tribunal civil libanés remitió el caso de tres sirios acusados de ser miembro del autodenominado Estado Islámico ante un tribunal militar en Beirut, así informó el jueves la Agencia Nacional de Noticias del Líbano. “El juez militar de investigación Fadi Sawwan emitió el jueves acusaciones contra los tres detenidos sirios, remitiéndolos a la Corte […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

30 happy couples tie the knot in mass wedding in Aleppo: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – Some 30 couples paraded through Aleppo garbed in white and military uniforms before making their vows on Friday, in what has been described as the city’s biggest wedding celebration in six years. Wedding guests celebrated with dancing, music and by singing the national anthem. The ceremonies were reportedly supported by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US spy jet intercepted by Russian Air Force over Black Sea

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
(TASS) Russia’s Defense Ministry confirmed on Friday that a US surveillance aircraft identified as a P-8A Poseidon was intercepted by a Russian Su-30 fighter jet over the Black Sea on May 9. At noon on May 9, Russia’s airspace control means detected an air target over the neutral waters of the Black Sea, which was […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL launches new assault on Syrian government’s only supply route to Aleppo

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:05 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a new assault in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo, today, targeting the Syrian government’s only supply route to this provincial capital in northern Syria. According to the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Islamic State is attempting to cut the Khanasser-Ithriya Road, which leads to the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army kicks off offensive to liberate Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Road

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their long-awaited offensive this morning to liberate the territory around the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Road in order to lift the siege imposed by the Islamic State (ISIL) on the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Led by the 5th Legion and Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army stormed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi forces launch important operation to capture ISIL stronghold near Syrian border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) launched an imperative operation this morning that targeted the Islamic State’s (ISIL) last bastion southwest of Tal ‘Afar in northwest Iraq. Backed by heavy airstrikes, the Popular Mobilization Units made their first push to capture the Nahiyah Al-Qeirawan area this morning, striking the Islamic […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

UN confirms 58 cases of cholera in Yemen

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
(AFP) The United Nations on Thursday confirmed 58 cases of cholera and 47 cholera-associated deaths across war-torn Yemen in the past two weeks, the second such outbreak in a year. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said laboratory testing had confirmed the highly contagious infection in 10 governorates across Yemen, where […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ВИДЕО: Сирийская армия теснит боевиков ИГ на северо-востоке провинции Хомс

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Части Сирийской Арабской Армии и союзные формирования продолжают теснить террористов “Исламского Государства” на северо-востоке провинции Хомс. Так, за вчерашний день у боевиков отбиты ещё несколько господствующих высот к востоку от горной гряды Аш-Шумария. При активной поддержке ВКС РФ с воздуха подразделения 5-го армейского корпуса САА, Сил национальной обороны и движения “Хезболла” прорвал оборону ИГ в […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army reinforcements pour into east Damascus for Iraqi border offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – A large number of reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) arrived in the eastern countryside of Damascus on Thursday, a soldier told Al-Masdar News last night. The convoy of reinforcements were comprised of both special forces and regular infantrymen that were originally deployed in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Well you knew this was coming, Democrats trying to convince Sally Yates to run for governor of Georgia in 2018.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of The Hill: *Some Democrats in Georgia, Yates’s home state, want her to run in the 2018 gubernatorial race on the grounds that her prominent clashes with Trump positions her as a concrete embodiment of the Democratic “resistance.” * *Yates, who spent 27 years working in the Justice Department before Trump fired her, has given no public indication that she’s interested in a bid. Still, some top gubernatorial hopefuls in the state are already considering how Yates could alter the race. * *“Sally Yates’s calm and strong demeanor showed me she could be a great governor of G... more »

Get Ready, Russia and China: Anti-Ship Missile Target Destroyed by U.S. Navy SeaRam System

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Why Moscow and Beijing should worry. *The firing on-board the USS LCS Jackson tested the ship's ability to track and disable high-speed maneuvering surface targets and defeat long range anti-shipping air threats.* The Navy's SeaRAM ship-based defensive missile succeeded in attacking and destroying an aerial drone designed to mirror an anti-ship missile target as part of a Littoral Combat Ship's Combat System Qualification Trials, service officials said. The test, which took place aboard the Navy's USS Jackson LCS off the coast of California, was de... more »

This Key U.S. Ally Considers the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter a Game Changer

Brendan Nicholson at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Brendan Nicholson* *Security, Asia* Stealth goes down under. Australia's RAAF’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, closely integrated with the Navy and the Army, will be a game changer for regional stability, says Air Force chief Leo Davies. In a major speech in Washington DC last night, Air Marshal Davies told the Center for Strategic and International Studies the F-35 would redefine how the ADF carried out ‘joint’ operations. The JSF was reinforcing the relationship between Australia and the US, Davies said. ‘We are technology partners whose capability brings us shared futures.’ D... more »

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman: Hezbollah Presence In Southern Syria Is A Threat To Israel

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, October 18, 2015. (photo credit:MATTY STERN/U.S. EMBASSY TEL AVIV) *Times of Israel:* *Hezbollah presence in Syria a big threat to Israel, Dunford says* During visit to Jewish state, US military chief also says countering Iran a top priority alongside fighting IS General Joseph Dunford, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said during a visit to Israel that Hezbollah’s presence in southern Syria is a major threat to Israel because it “would give Israel two fronts to deal with” should the Leban... more »

A Republic -- If They Can Keep It

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 17 hours ago
Michael Harris puts James Comey's dismissal in its larger context. Donald Trump plans to sabotage the Republic: The good news is, people don’t like it. The bad news? He’s beginning to squeeze. There is nothing wrong with President Donald J. Trump that can’t be fixed by impeachment … provided the United States is still governed by institutions and laws, not by one man. It is an open question whether Trump will destroy America through his own brand of thuggish ego coup, or if America will stop Trump in his dictatorial tracks with the constitutional powers it holds over all preside... more »

Arizona Bill to Restore Sound Money Awaits Governor's Signature

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 17 hours ago
[image: arizona-bill-to-restore-sound-money-awaits-governor-s-signature] The state senate of Arizona passed a bill that would remove the income tax liability on the purchase and sale of gold and silver. The bill now awaits the action of the governor.

So Many Americans "Unmasked" in Surveillance Reports, Spy Boss Can't Keep Track

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 17 hours ago
[image: so-many-americans-unmasked-in-surveillance-reports-spy-boss-can-t-keep-track] The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a report last year showing how many times federal officials requested the “unmasking” of the names of Americans captured in NSA surveillance for 2015. ODNI reported that 654 Americans had their names “unmasked” in NSA surveillance reports in response to requests from government officials. ODNI is now reporting that the actual number is 2,232.

Former top Bush official admits war on Iraq had nothing to do with democracy

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
[image: rice] Condoleezza Rice admits that the illegal Iraq war had nothing to do with democracy. The post Former top Bush official admits war on Iraq had nothing to do with democracy appeared first on The Duran.

Politicians from Russia and Donbass meet in Donetsk to discuss further integration

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
[image: donetsk parade] Speeding up the integration process is essential for peace and prosperity. The post Politicians from Russia and Donbass meet in Donetsk to discuss further integration appeared first on The Duran.

Here’s what Bashar al-Assad has to say about ‘de-escalation zones’ in Syria

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 18 hours ago
[image: MMABATHO, SOUTH AFRICA: South African National Congress (ANC) President Nelson Mandela gives 15 March 1994 in Mmabatho a clenched fist to supporters upon his arrival for his first election rally for 27 April general elections. (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)] Assad sounds more like Nelson Mandela than the 'dictator' the west claims that he is. The post Here’s what Bashar al-Assad has to say about ‘de-escalation zones’ in Syria appeared first on The Duran.

The Super-fuze and the U.S. Nuclear Forces

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
While the United States and Russia/Soviet Union have signed several agreements that limit the number of nuclear weapons in each nation's stockpile, recent modernization of the U.S. nuclear forces have increased the killing power of the existing American ballistic missile forces. A recent analysis by Hans Kristensen, Matthew McKinzie and Theodore Postol on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists website looks at how this new technology is undermining the concept of strategic nuclear stability between the United States and Russia. Since 2009, a device called the "super-fuze" (offi... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 18 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin "Catastrophic" East River Oil Spill Trust in Media Falls to Lowest Level in History Trump-Friendly Company Buys Rights to Deliver Local News to 70 Percent of Households North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer (Making It A Prime Target For The CIA Venezuelan Protesters Unleash 'Poop Bombs' As Currency Collapses 99.5% First Female A-10 Combat Pilot Just Made Sure Congress is Required to Use New GOP Healthcare Bill Coverage Days Before He Was Fired Comey Asked For "Significant Increase" In Funds For Russia Probe; DOJ Denies Trump Reportedly Considering Former Congress... more »

Moves and Counter Moves

LL at Virtual Mirage - 18 hours ago
*Elections Have Consequences* The Chinese must have gotten to the North Koreans because they're quietly looking for a way to back things down before they're obliterated. -or- Maybe Dennis Rodman went to Norkland and visited Un and explained to him that the present US Administration isn't made up of posers and pussies? However it went down, the rhetoric is cooling and North Korea is trying another, different approach. The *Korean Central Broadcasting Station* (KCBS) in Pyongyang reported on 11 May the results of the South Korean presidential election. “This election was held earl... more »

That Question Time audience member who said he’s terrified of Labour is actually a Tory councillor [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 18 hours ago
On the 11 May episode of BBC Question Time, an audience member gained wide attention for raising fears of returning Labour to power in the 8 June election. But it turns out the guest wasn’t a regular voter. He is sitting Conservative councillor Eric Holford. Eric Holford Scottish Conservative Eric Holford is a sitting councillor for […]

A Tory MP’s wife held the most ridiculous protest ever. And she even got her facts wrong.

Emily Apple at The Canary - 18 hours ago
The wife of a Conservative MP has held the funniest and possibly the most ridiculous protest ever seen. And what’s worse, she didn’t even get her facts right. Felicity Cornelius-Mercer, whose husband Johnny Mercer was the MP for Plymouth, staged a one woman protest outside her child’s primary school in Launceston, Cornwall. She stood outside […]

"The Sociopath Next Door"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Why does it all seem so crazy? The economic, military and social nightmares we're in seem unbelievable, simply incomprehensible at times. We’ve witnessed massive banks and corporations being "bailed out" with trillions of dollars, while the social support structure of America disintegrates more each day, and 47 million live in poverty; thousands more lose their jobs, homes and way of life, crushed by economic forces few understand. Many of us rail against the "Financial Elite", since their actions have in fact caused the majority of the economic and other woes we now face. We accuse... more »

Musical Interlude: Neil Young, “After The Gold Rush”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
Neil Young, “After The Gold Rush” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e3m_T-NMOs

"The Truth..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"You don't always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too." - Anne Lamott

Dr. Lyons-Weiler Invites Boston Herald to Retract Editorial as Hate Speech

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Note: Thank you to Dr. James Lyons-Weiler for calling out the Boston Herald's despicable editorial calling for violence against those who elect for medical freedom and vaccine choice. Find his books on Amazon here. Rachell Cohen, You don’t know me....

Donald Trump thinks he has invented a new saying.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Yep, I dood a smart thing. This is from an interview conducted by The Economist: *President Trump: That all goes into tax reduction. Tremendous savings. * *But beyond that it’s OK if the tax plan increases the deficit? * *Trump: It is OK, because it won’t increase it for long. You may have two years where you’ll…you understand the expression “prime the pump”? * *Yes. * *Trump:We have to prime the pump. * *It’s very Keynesian. * *Trump: We’re the highest-taxed nation in the world. Have you heard that expression before, for this particular type of an event? * *Priming the pump? ... more »

A laptop ban on flights from Europe possible 'within two weeks'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
If you turn Europe into Eurabia then this sort of thing will be a consequence... The EU has demanded urgent talks with the US over a possible extension of its ban on laptops in cabin bags to flights from some European airports. Major US airlines met with US Homeland Security officials yesterday to discuss the impact of extending the ban, which has applied since March to flights from 10 airports - mainly in the Middle East and north Africa - to flights from Europe. "We'll likely expand the restrictions," said a Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan, but the depart... more »

2017 Measles Hysteria

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Note: Minnesota seems to be going the way of California. Measles madness hits the otherwise logical midwest. The Boston Herald called vaccination choice a "hanging offense." Seems the blue states are seeing red when it comes to medical choice. Very...

Dallas Morning News Editorial: Bogus Quotes

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Anne Dachel Wakefield is labeled a “menace” and a lot worse. The editorial cited the bogus “quote” that Wakefield never gave to the Washington Post, ‘I don’t feel responsible at all.’ This is a vitriolic and personal attack. They...

Trump tweets: ‘Russia must be laughing watching as the U.S. tears itself apart’

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: Lavrov-putin-laughing 12.07.16 PM] Yes, Russia and the whole world is laughing at the United States. The post Trump tweets: ‘Russia must be laughing watching as the U.S. tears itself apart’ appeared first on The Duran.

The Russian photographer who snapped Trump and Lavrov speaks out

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: man with] The photographer at the centre of the fake news lies breaks his silence to tell the truth The post The Russian photographer who snapped Trump and Lavrov speaks out appeared first on The Duran.

“Crazy” Maxine Waters tells MSNBC that Hillary Clinton firing James Comey would have been acceptable (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: “Crazy” Maxine Waters tells MSNBC that Hillary Clinton firing James Comey would have been acceptable (Video)] Maxine Waters can't even keep her story straight. The post “Crazy” Maxine Waters tells MSNBC that Hillary Clinton firing James Comey would have been acceptable (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

This US Senator has a complete meltdown, warning CNN, “the Russians are coming!” (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
[image: This US Senator has a complete meltdown, warning CNN, “the Russians are coming!”] Cory Booker: "This is a Paul Revere moment, The Russians are coming!" The post This US Senator has a complete meltdown, warning CNN, “the Russians are coming!” (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

More Than Human? And science roundup!

Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
*== More than we are? ==* Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture that was founded to allow humans to keep up with the advancements made in machines. The interface is intended to work by augmenting that which makes us human: our brains. I’ve written extensively, in both science and fiction, about the quandaries of human consciousness and the murky, non-linear paths that might have brought us here. For example.

Lebanese military court to try 3 Syrians for ISIL connections

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 A.M.) – A Lebanese civil court referred the cases of three Syrians accused of being Islamic State (ISIL) members to a military court in Beirut, the National News Agency of Lebanon reported on Thursday. “Military Investigative Judge Fadi Sawwan on Thursday issued indictments against three Syrian detainees, hereby referring them to the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army ambushes jihadist group in East Ghouta

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army laid a successful ambush against a group of jihadist rebels in the East Ghouta region of Damascus, Al-Masdar’s Majd Fahd reported from the capital on Thursday night. According to Fahd, the Syrian Arab Army killed at least 5 jihadist rebels in the Balah Farms of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Next round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva scheduled for May 16th: UN envoy

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
(TASS) A new round of intra-Syrian talks will be held in Geneva from May 16 to 19, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura told a briefing on Thursday. “We are preparing intra-Syrian new round of talks next week. They will be starting on the 16th. We are aiming as a target towards the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Second batch of militants to leave Barzeh District in southeast Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The second batch of militants and their family members are scheduled to leave the Barzeh District of southeast Damascus, the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command reported on Thursday. According to the High Command, the militants and their families will leave the Barzeh District on Friday morning and should arrive in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia, Israel to strengthen military cooperation

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
(TASS) Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman held a telephone conversation to discuss bilateral military cooperation, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. “On May 11, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu held a telephone conversation with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The parties discussed Russian-Israeli military cooperation,” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army scores big advance against ISIL in northeast Homs: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) suffered more setbacks in the northeastern countryside of Homs, yesterday, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies liberated several hilltops east of the Al-Shumariyah Mountains. Backed by heavy airstrikes from their Russian allies, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Legion, alongside the National Defense Forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL, Nusra, Erdogan uphold same terrorist doctrine: Assad

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 A.M.) – The Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad told Belarus’ ONT News Agency this week that the Islamic State (ISIL), Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate), and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan all uphold the same “terrorist doctrine.” “In fact, we cannot separate all these groups. ISIL and al-Nusra have the same Wahhabi ideology […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Jihadist coalition formed in East Ghouta to fight other militant groups

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – The recent jihadist infighting in the East Ghouta region of Damascus has prompted two militant groups to join forces in order to fight their former allies. Liwaa Fajr Al-Ummah announced on Thursday that they are joining forces with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham to fight their former allies from Faylaq Al-Rahman in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

"Comey is Gone - Now INDICT Hillary Clinton"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"Comey is Gone - Now INDICT Hillary Clinton"* by Daniel John Sobieski "This is not a Third World country where leaders incarcerate their predecessors and opponents on a whim. But we are a nation of laws and Hillary Clinton has broken many of them. Indict her. Former FBI Director Comey and acting attorney general Yates were fired for essentially the same reason, namely, usurping authority they did not have. Comey assumed the judgment, authority, and prerogatives of the attorney general to address Hillary Clinton’s crimes last July, only to exonerate her. Even if he had recommended ... more »

Rodriguez: Diaz Epitomizes Education and Responsibility

cmaadmin at Diverse - 21 hours ago
How time flies. Watching Cynthia Diaz at this year's Centro Guerrero convocation at the University of Arizona brought back memories of when I first saw her.

Hine Retiring from Northwestern U. Endowed Professorship

cmaadmin at Diverse - 21 hours ago
Dr. Darlene Clark Hine — known in the academy as the dean of African-American women’s history — is retiring from her endowed professorship at Northwestern University.

The African-American College Experience and Student Loan Debt

cmaadmin at Diverse - 21 hours ago
The cost of college has spiraled beyond the reach of many families and is leaving millions of students and graduates with debts that are keeping them from realizing their financial goals.

Financial Audit at Root of Strayhorn’s Departure from Ohio State

cmaadmin at Diverse - 21 hours ago
University documents obtained by Diverse show that Ohio State University fired Dr. Terrell Strayhorn as director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise following an audit that revealed he was improperly pocketing money from speaking engagements and other appearances.

Acting FBI Director Disputes Claims Comey Sought More Resources for Russia Probe

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
What the Hell!! Hot on the heels of the news that Comey had been fired and none too soon at that considering his astonishing performance in 2016, we had this story in the New York times that has Comey recently asking for more resources to pursue the 'Russian' investigation. Now we have the one man who would have actually made that request stand up and tell us it is a lie. Without question there are powerful forces working to destroy the Trump Presidency. The whole Russian narrative has been a complete fabrication top to bottom that at best tripped up Flynn who was obviously... more »

How besieged FBI director James Comey lived like a king?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This tells us an extraordinary story. You cannot make this money as a public servant. Been a lawyer will get you in the door. Arranging solutions will get you the money and that all means trading on your contact list and particularly your government contact list. This also tells us that FBI director arose not internally to the FBI so much as because of his Rolodex. We may never know this mans true back story but we must surely find one. He is at the least a security risk simply because of all those he knows and can get his ear. Imagine this conversation. A friend calls w... more »

Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse - but the rest of the world isn’t listening

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Actually the news here is way more optimistic than the headline suggests. The world is listening but we have a two to three year conversion cycle to go through once begun. Yet it is happening because the results themselves are completely compelling. Add in my ideas regarding the natural community and the four hour work shift and all this becomes amazingly dynamic and even productive for communities. At the least we now know that all these problems can be solved long before anyone becomes a broken adult. That is huge. . *Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse - but ... more »

Kolbrin - The Book of gleanings - Chpt 4 - Deluge

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
This is our third separate report on the comet impact and what is most important is that this clearly reports that the crust itself effectively shifted. Actual cultural confirmation is completely unexpected. There is ample evidence that this actually occurred, but inference from physical data is always open to idle dispute. Knowing that we should be actually looking is much better. We also get a convincing story of the Ark that fits the time and place. It is also nicely constrained to a specific locale and is a carefully chosen survival strategy likely informed by channeled inf... more »

Diaz Epitomizes Education and Responsibilty

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 22 hours ago
by Roberto Rodriguez How time flies. Watching Cynthia Diaz at this year’s Centro Guerrero convocation at the University of Arizona brought back memories of when I first saw her. I did not actually meet her at the time. I first saw her on an “I miss my mom” poster when she was 15 and fighting in Phoenix to bring her mother back from Mexico as she had been inhumanely deported (whisked away from her home under false pretenses at the crack of dawn) by the migra that year. The next time I saw her was at UA. She told me that a mutual friend had sent her my way. This was the fall of 2013... more »

@NPR Bungles Sea Level Rise Story

Hifast at Climate Collections - 22 hours ago
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…

Jim Willie: Will Gold Save The Day?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on May 11, 2017 Will gold save the day and prevent growing geopolitical tensions from spinning out of control? – Also, what’s the future of the European Union? Centrist Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election, defeating far-right anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen. Some were saying if Le Pen would have won, that could […]

Powerful! Pat Buchanan: MSM Is The Enemy Of Trump And The Enemy Of America

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on May 11, 2017 Pat Buchanan doubles down on Trump, Nixon, and Thomas Jefferson’s claim that the press is often the enemy of the people they are supposed to inform. end

MSM Pushes More Russian Fake News

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on May 11, 2017 The mainstream media is now upset that they weren’t allowed in to the meeting between Donald Trump and Russian officials, obviously this is yet another indicator of Trump’s nefarious ties to Vladimir Putin. end

Tim Allen Exposes Leftist Hollywood Cult

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on May 11, 2017 Despite good ratings Tim Allen’s latest TV show is getting cancelled. Maybe it’s because he dared to speak out about the way Hollywood refuses to work with anyone who doesn’t share their liberal viewpoints. end

Israeli Chief Rabbis Endorse Ethnic Cleansing, Palestinian Servitude — Expel All of Them to Sinai, Egypt

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Modern Ashkenazi Khazars (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT the Jews of the Bible! Ashkenaz is not from the tribe of Shem ie. not semitic! They cannot be the descendents of Jacob/Israel who are from Shem! – Genesis 10:1-3 (New King James Version) Nations Descended from Noah 1 Now this is the genealogy of the […]

North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA (Who Controls the Drugs Trade)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA by Anti-Media News Desk , http://theantimedia.org/ (MPN) When the U.S. overthrew the Taliban in the wake of 9/11 as part of its newly launched “war on terror,” it set the stage for the explosive growth of Afghanistan’s dying opium industry. A few short […]

US Trying to Save Zionist-Wahhabi Axis in Middle East: Analyst

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on May 11, 2017 The United States is concerned about the faltering Wahhabi-Zionist alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and that’s why US President Donald Trump is going to visit Riyadh and Tel Aviv on his first foreign trip, according to an American analyst. end

Terror Lesson: Israeli Police Condemned for Violent Role-Play in Front of School Children

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on May 11, 2017 An Israeli police community day for a group of schoolchildren has been condemned – after officers performed a violent role-play where they shot a pretend terrorist. end

Dr. Ron Paul: New Global Financial System Is Inevitable

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on May 10, 2017 Jason Burack of Wall St for Main St interviewed first time guest, the former Presidential Candidate in 2008 and 2012, author, long time US Congressman and the face of the liberty movement in the US, Dr. Ron Paul. Dr. Paul is a living legend, he’s authored more than 10 books […]

Hezbollah Leader Says The Next War Will Be On Israeli Territory

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Hezbollah says future war would be on Israeli territory* Lebanese Hezbollah said on Thursday that any future conflict between the Shi'ite group and Israel could take place inside Israeli territory, as tensions rise between the arch foes. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's leader, also said in a speech televised live that the group was dismantling all its military positions along Lebanon's eastern border with Syria, and this area would now be patrolled just by the Lebanese army. Hezbollah, an ally of Tehran and Damascus, has been fighting for years in Syria's conflic... more »

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

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 23 hours ago
with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson May 11, 2017 TheRealNews on May 11, 2017 British Columbia is giving away lumber at 1/2 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 […]

What Is America's Goal in the World?

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 23 hours ago
[image: what-is-america-s-goal-in-the-world] We have lost control of our destiny. We have lost the freedom our Founding Fathers implored us to maintain — the freedom to stay out of wars of foreign counties on faraway continents.

Before Trump, Mexicans really liked the US

Jesus Velasco, Joe and Teresa Endowed Chair in Social Sciences, Tarleton State University, Tarleton State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
Donald Trump’s antagonistic rhetoric toward Mexico has caused an increase in anti-American sentiment among Mexicans. Today, many in Mexico reject Trump’s policies and fear his administration, citing it as fascist, authoritarian, populist, dictatorial, xenophobic, misogynist or simply an aberration. It wasn’t always this way. Since the mid-1980s, Mexican politicians, intellectuals, journalists and business professionals promoted a positive view of the U.S. Pro-American sentiment was handed down through generations. As a scholar of how other countries view the United States, I belie... more »

How Tim Maudlin "solved" the information loss puzzle

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 23 hours ago
I believe that I have encountered the name "Tim Maudlin" of a self-described "philosopher" before 2011 but Fall 2011 was the first season when I was first fully exposed to his staggering arrogance combined with his utter stupidity. As discussed in Tom Banks and anti-quantum zealots, Maudlin was the most combative troll in the comment section of a guest blog about the foundations of quantum mechanics written by my former PhD adviser on Sean Carroll's blog. Maudlin's name has appeared in the following years several times. But I honestly don't remember anything special about this parti... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
BREAKING: 🚨🚨 Today's #Venezuela Update (May 10th): 🇻🇪 Another Massive Protest... Retweet to spread awareness!pic.twitter.com/EuBh69bTbV — NIRP Umbrella (@NIRPUmbrella) May 10, 2017

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 5/12/2017"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 5/12/2017"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "Just like on Trump’s hit TV show, the words “you’re fired” hit FBI Director James Comey like a ton of bricks. President Donald Trump fired Comey because the White House says the Trump Administration has “lost confidence” in the FBI Director. Democrats, who asked Comey be fired because of the Clinton Email probe, are now outraged over the firing and want a special prosecutor for the so-called Russia collusion investigation. Meanwhile, you may remember that it was the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that stopped... more »

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

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 […]

Global ransomware attack reinforces message of Trump's new cybersecurity order

Sharon L. Cardash, Associate Director, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, George Washington University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Locking down the federal government. NicoElNico via shutterstock.com A cyberattack is sweeping the world, infecting thousands of computers and demanding their owners pay a ransom or risk losing all their data. The threat, which has affected the FedEx shipping company, several hospitals in the UK, a major Spanish telecommunications company, and many more, makes even more urgent the need to improve U.S. cybersecurity – both within the federal government and throughout our internet-connected society. President Trump’s new executive order on cybersecurity for federal computer networks a... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day 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 day 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 day 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

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 day 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 day 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 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

Asking a stupid question: should the US continue the make work project of murdering foreigners in their lands - to establish local proxies - when operating expenses exceed the GDP of the target shooting gallery?

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

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

EPA Swamp Life: Climategaters

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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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! - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 - 1 day 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 »

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