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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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

15 May - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

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I just gave up on Energy For Humanity

Engineer-Poet at The Ergosphere - 7 minutes ago
I went through their website. (I had it on my personal blog list for a while.) When I came across things that bothered me, I dug for contact information... and THERE ISN'T ANY. These people neither expect nor want feedback. Not even on their site design (why the HELL wouldn't they put timestamps on their main-page items, so you can see what's new and what's not?). If they refuse to interact

The Debate On Sending U.S. Troops To Afghanistan Intensifies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
*Stephen Biddle, Julia Macdonald and Ryan Baker, Washington Post*: *The Trump administration wants to send more military advisers to Afghanistan. Good luck with that.* Senior Trump administration officials have proposed sending 3,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Their mission? Advise and assist Afghan security forces. The Obama administration’s plan was much the same. So is the U.S. strategy for Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mauritania and many other locations around the world. In all these places, U.S. strategy relies on Securit... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
A displaced Iraqi carries his daughter while they cross the Tigris River, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, in western Mosul. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem *WNU Editor: *The above picture is from this photo gallery ....* Endgame in Mosul *(Reuters).

Report: President Trump Shared Classified Intelligence About Islamic State Threats With The Russians

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
*L.A. Times*: *Trump shared highly classified intelligence about Islamic State with Russians, reports say* The White House lurched into a new crisis Monday over reports that President Trump had shared highly classified intelligence last week with visiting Russian officials in the Oval Office. In the meeting with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States, Trump discussed threats from Islamic State involving laptops taken aboard airliners, intelligence that had been provided by a U.S. ally on the condition that it not be shared, the Washington Post reported. ... more »

Working Holiday in Taiwan! MOFA has the website...

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 34 minutes ago
http://www.youthtaiwan.net/WorkingHolidayen/Default.aspx will take you to the MOFA website for working holidays in Taiwan.... n order to encourage international engagement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has actively promoted the signing of working holiday agreements with other countries. The program, in which 220,000 youth have participated since its launch in 2004, has helped young people broaden their international perspectives and increase their global competitiveness through cross-cultural experiences, as well as through development of risk ... more »

Bethune-Cookman Graduates Chose Which Way They Wanted to Go

Marcus Bright at Diverse - 54 minutes ago
The decision by the students to show resistance was solidified. They could not straddle the fence. The Trump administration is quickly forcing people to choose sides.

House Democrats to Seek Increase in Pell Grant

cmaadmin at Diverse - 54 minutes ago
House Democrats on Monday said they plan to seek an increase in the Pell Grant to make college more affordable but conceded the increase would only be by a couple hundred dollars.

Protesting Students in Puerto Rico Committed to Saving Higher Ed Access

cmaadmin at Diverse - 54 minutes ago
Students on strike in the University of Puerto Rico system have settled in for the long haul as the island struggles to come to a resolution regarding its massive debt crisis.

Tuition Discounts not Paying Off for Private Colleges

cmaadmin at Diverse - 54 minutes ago
A survey shows that private nonprofit colleges are providing students a record level of tuition discounts but those efforts have not been enough to stave off a steady decline in enrollment.

New Data Points To Continuing Warming Pause

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 59 minutes ago
Cosmic ray intensities from March 2015 to May 2017. Image and Data from Spaceweather.com Today marks the sixth straight day for which there were absolutely no sunspots on the Sun. So far this year, out of the 135 days that have passed by, 36 days have been without sunspots, 26.7% of the total. Last year, […]

Electrically stimulating your brain can boost memory – but here's one reason it doesn't always work

Shelly Fan, Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
Is electrical pulse to the brain your favorite memory enhancer? U.S. Air Force photo by J.M. Eddins Jr., CC BY-NC The first time I heard that shooting electrical currents across your brain can boost learning, I thought it was a joke. But evidence is mounting. According to a handful of studies, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), the poster child of brain stimulation, is a bona fide cognitive booster: By directly tinkering with the brain’s electrical field, some research has found that tDCS enhances creativity, bolsters spatial and math learning and even language aquisiti... more »

UN Agency Exposed Helping North Korea with Patent Application for Banned Nerve Gas

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 15, 2017 For more than a year, a United Nations agency in Geneva has been helping North Korea prepare an international patent application for production of sodium cyanide — a chemical used to make the nerve gas Tabun — which has been on a list of materials banned from shipment to that […]

McMaster Responds To WaPo: “I Was In The Room, It Didn’t Happen. The Story Is False”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
McMaster Responds To Wapo: “I Was In The Room, It Didn’t Happen. The Story Is False” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com Following the latest provocative story from the Washington Post earlier suggesting that Trump shared “highly classified information” with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their White House meeting last week, National […]

Tim Allen Fired by ABC for Exposing Hollywood’s Liberal Insanity

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 15, 2017 Comedian Tim Allen’s show ‘Last Man Standing’ has been canceled by ABC, despite being one of the network’s most watched shows. Recently Tim denounced Hollywood’s treatment of Conservatives, and his character was a Patriot who held traditional family values, something many see as being contrary to the message ABC wants […]

China’s Belt & Road Will Push The Petrodollar To It’s Doom

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 15, 2017 Empire fed plunges into contraction and as the economy declines. Business investment continues to decline. Trump’s trade rep get sworn in which will allow the NAFTA negotiations to begin. Citis surprise index has plummeted and Morgan Stanley’s indicators are imploded signalling a major problem headed our way. Paul Krugman warns […]

Nakba Day: Over 700,000 Palestinians Forced to Leave Palestine in 1948 Ethnic Cleansing by Zionists

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 15, 2017 It’s called the Nakba day, and it’s the 69th anniversary of Palestinians’ forced removal from their homes during the creation of Israel in 1948. In this edition of the debate, we’ll discuss how Israel has taken away Palestinian and has violated Palestinians to such a degree that occupied Palestine is […]

The Great American Eclipse (21 Aug 2017): A Once-in-a-Lifetime Event

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 15, 2017 In 100 days, a highly anticipated solar eclipse will encompass American skies. It will be visible to millions of people from Oregon to South Carolina. This hasn’t happened since 1918. RT America’s Brigida Santos has the story. end

Why is North Korea an American Problem? – Former Diplomat

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 15, 2017 After a series of failed launches, North Korea recently carried out its most advanced missile test to date, shocking and unnerving the world. While it suggests Pyongyang may be capable of far longer-range missiles than was previously believed, it is unclear whether it will be able to effectively weaponize them. […]

A Whiff Of Fascism? Dan Rather: "Someone In Their Is Not Thinking Very Well And It All Begins With The President"

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Chris Wallace is a Fox guy, so how good could he be, right? Still, hold off comparing him to Chris Hayes and try comparing him to the fascist automatons on *Fox & Friends* instead. Take a look at the clip directly under this paragraph. The *Fox & Friends* clowns are just such horrifying jokes posing as "journalists!" And it's more than just "a very selective view of history." I don't think Wallace will be able to teach any of these proudly ignorant, over-paid propagandists anything about what journalism is. Notice how the bimbo in the middle (Abby, I think I heard someone call her... more »

United States Attorney In D.C. Clears Trevor FitzGibbon Of Sexual Misconduct Charges

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 1 hour ago
A U.S. Attorney has declined to prosecute Trevor FitzGibbon for lack of evidence following three criminal complaints in federal court. The post United States Attorney In D.C. Clears Trevor FitzGibbon Of Sexual Misconduct Charges appeared first on Shadowproof.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattiss Private Cellphone Number Revealed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Sec. Defense James Mattis's outgoing phone message.https://t.co/MGeRwcMbgR — Andrew Joyce (@AndrewPaulJoyce) May 15, 2017 obtained via: https://t.co/5igy1Sr8nu — Andrew Joyce (@AndrewPaulJoyce) May 15, 2017 *Washington Post:* *When President Trump’s bodyguard revealed Jim Mattis’s private cellphone number* This Is Not Normal. It’s a mantra among politics-watchers, an attempt to force ourselves to see clearly through the toxic levels of absurdity caking Washington these days. The poker-faced way the news is generally reported, it’s feared, will normalize (for example) that the pre... more »

ISIS on its last legs in Mosul as Iraqi Army liberates four suburbs – Map update

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:10 A.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces have proven highly productive over the past 48 hours, liberating four neighborhoods in Mosul city and placing ISIS with its back against the wall on the Tigris River. Pushing ever quicker through the Islamic State pocket with overwhelming numbers, the Iraqi Army imposed full control over […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Syrian tank hit by ISIS missile as jihadists put up stiff resistance east of Palmyra

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 A.M.) – Although the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated the Talilah Entrance and adjacent junction earlier this week, the Islamic State still has hundreds of militants deployed on the eastern Palmyra axis where government forces are within striking distance of Arak town and the T3 Airbase. A batch of new pictures published […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic pictures: ISIS chops off heads as rebel offensive in rural Daraa goes horribly wrong

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 A.M.) – On Monday, rebel forces united under the ‘Southern Front’ rebel coalition began a new round of attacks at a jihadist pocket in western Daraa where the ISIS-linked group Jaish Khalid ibn al-Walid is present on the border with Israel. Using technicals, machineguns, mortar fire and rocket launchers, Islamic State insurgents […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Two Competing Narratives on Carbon Dioxide

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Is carbon dioxide our friend or our foe? Guest essay by Iain Aitken Here is a dossier of key facts about carbon dioxide (and its role in global warming): · It is an incombustible, colourless, odourless, tasteless and non-toxic gas · It is a plant nutrient and, as…

Top NSA Whistleblower: Ransomware Hack Due to “Swindle of the Taxpayers” by Intelligence Agencies

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Who is in charge of the Beast ‘666’ Network, Global Surveillance Militarized-Police State? No Such Agency! – Top NSA Whistleblower: Ransomware Hack Due to “Swindle of the Taxpayers” by Intelligence Agencies by WashingtonsBlog What should we make of the global ransomware attacks which happened today? We’ve documented that the intelligence services intentionally create digital vulnerabilities, then […]

Hillary & Obama Backed ISIS, Killed And Harvested Children’s Organs

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Published on May 14, 2017 There are videos of them killing people and harvesting organs and taken kidneys. Turkish refugee camps, if ISIS fighters are wounded they take advantage. Two hours this morning and it disgust me to see the fact that they are cutting people up and killings. end

Germany and NATO: Preparing for a Fascist Repression in Europe?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Germany and NATO – Preparing for a Fascist Repression in Europe? by Peter Koenig, http://www.thesaker.is/ While Washington is in turmoil, Trump’s firing of FBI’s Director Comey being hailed by some, condemned by others and questioned with innuendo by yet another group of critics, it looks like the U-turn The Donald has supposedly made a few weeks ago, […]

Report: U.S., British Forces Enter Southern Syria Alongside Terrorists; Is A Bigger Battle Shaping Up?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Report: U.S., British Forces Enter Southern Syria Alongside Terrorists; Is A Bigger Battle Shaping Up? by Brandon Turbeville, http://www.activistpost.com/ Days after reports that Damascus was on high alert due to increased U.S. troop levels on the Jordanian border and an apparent preparation for an invasion from the south and southeast, the United States and Britain have indeed […]

Top 20 CNN News Fails

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago

Watch CNN Accidentally Explain How They’re Fake News!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Published on Nov 4, 2016 Watch Lee explain why Brian Stelter of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” is wrong in his claim that Facebook is dividing our country. Lee gives examples of the many ways in which mainstream media outlets like CNN are much more damaging to the country than social media. What does the mainstream news […]

Top 4 Reasons CNN Gets Called “Fake News”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Published on Feb 14, 2017 Jay Fayza of TheRebel.media looks at the things CNN does all the time that have led viewers to distrust the once-mighty news network. MORE: http://www.therebel.media/top_5_reaso… end

‘Russian Meddling’: Democrat Senator Falls for Fake News Story on US Elections

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Published on May 15, 2017 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says there’s no question that Russia interfered in last year’s US presidential election, despite the lack of any published evidence. His statement directly contradicts comments made by the Russian Foreign Minister, during his visit to Washington last week. After Sergei Lavrov met Donald Trump […]

End of The Empire — Bill Holter

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 2 hours ago
Published on May 14, 2017 Bill Holter from JS Mineset returns to SGT Report to discuss the current state of the failing US empire. And Bill warns that despite popular opinion that the DOW, S&P and Nasdaq can only go up, the END could come in a flash, and when that happens, many people who […]

China Has No Desire To Deliver On North Korea (For Now)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*J. Michael Cole, National Interest:* *Why China Will Never Put America First* *The Trump administration will eventually awaken to the fact that Beijing cannot, and has no desire to, deliver on North Korea.* Supporters of Taiwan have experienced both elation and dejection in recent months as President Donald Trump first seemed prepared to embrace the democratic island-nation only to turn around and instead engage in a romance with Chinese president Xi Jinping. The initial optimism resulted in large part from Trump’s campaign rhetoric, which promised a much more rigid line on Chin... more »

Musical Interlude: Oxygene, “The Ocean”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
Oxygene, “The Ocean” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI3yNckfSvU&html5=1

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, radiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen. * Click image for larger size.* At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning an area equivalent to four full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged a... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, "One Day"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*"One Day"* "One day I will say the gift I once had has been taken. The place I have made for myself belongs to another. The words I have sung are being sung by the ones I would want. Then I will be ready for that voice and the still silence in which it arrives. And if my faith is good then we'll meet again on the road, and we'll be thirsty, and stop and laugh and drink together again from the deep well of things as they are." - David Whyte "Where Many Rivers Meet" "The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see - ... more »

Chet Raymo, “A Fear of Freedom?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
*“A Fear of Freedom?”* by Chet Raymo “It is almost a cliché to say that Western civilization was created by the Greeks. Our government, law, art, music, architecture, literature, drama, historiography, science, and mathematics are largely Greek inventions. The sublime refinement and sophistication of the Parthenon have been widely taken as reflecting qualities of the Athenians citizens who built the temple and adorned it with sculptures. No doubt something remarkable happened in the Greek world of the 6th to 3rd centuries B.C.E., with its epicenter first at Athens, then at Alexandr... more »

"What You Think Of Me..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
“What you think of me is none of my business.” - Terry Cole-Whittaker

X22 Report: “The Central Banker, Deep State Secret Weapon, The 'Kill Switch'”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 3 hours ago
X22 Report: “The Central Banker, Deep State Secret Weapon, The 'Kill Switch'” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJffv8x1SqE

US Revives Discredited Syria "Slaughterhouse" Story

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 3 hours ago
*May 16, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - In February 2017, the US would attempt to leverage an Amnesty International report claiming to detail unfolding atrocities at Sednaya prison in Syria. While painting a picture of torture, neglect, and even mass executions, Amnesty forgot to include any actual evidence to corroborate its claims. The only actual evidence included in a report that otherwise consisted only of alleged interviews and 3D models of the prison made in London, was a picture taken from outer space by an imaging satellite. The satellite image itself revealed nothing bes... more »

The FBI: With great power comes great scandal

Douglas M. Charles, Associate Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
Drama at the FBI is nothing new. Given its 109-year history, the FBI has seen many scandals and numerous directors come and go. Its directors, in fact, have always been the face and driving force of the FBI. Most have retired or moved on to other work, four were forced to offer resignations, but only two, including most recently James Comey, have been fired outright. While FBI directors always served at the pleasure of presidents, they differed in their closeness to the chief executive. Most notably, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (1924-1972) worked to satisfy the political interes... more »

Securing America’s energy advantage

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 3 hours ago
America's energy revolution can be the key to its competitiveness. This has OPEC and Europe worried.

China's New 'Silk Road' Is Based on Its National-Security Agenda

James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, Asia* [image: Dragon at Chinese New Year celebrations in London. Flickr/Creative Commons/Paolo Camera] Chinese influencers are popping up across the European landscape. Trump’s trip to Europe has several stops. Still, his travels might be light on substance. That’s all right. He’ll be back. In fact, there is likely to be a significant uptick in the transatlantic dialogue. And there is likely going to be another item added to the agenda: China. *Modest Major Dialogue* The president’s first foreign-policy excursion (after visiting the Middle East) ... more »

Why the Federal Reserve Should Focus on America's Wage Problem

Samuel Rines at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Samuel Rines* *Economics, Americas* [image: U.S. banknotes. Pixabay/Public domain] If the U.S. economy is going to accelerate on a sustainable basis, then wages will need to do so as well. Following the recession in 2001–02, the U.S. recovery saw few jobs gains, earning it the moniker “the jobless recovery.” Certainly, the U.S. economy created jobs, but the number was mediocre. The economy grew, but the employment figures never seemed to keep pace. All recoveries have their disappointments. Unfortunately, the present recovery will be remembered in a similar vein—the wageless re... more »

The U.S.-South Korea Alliance Is Now Asia's Oddest Couple

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Asia* Moon Jae-in’s presidency threatens to undercut Donald Trump’s objectives. The Trump administration has placed North Korea at the top of its priority list. Despite threatening war on the Korean Peninsula, however, the president so far has paid little attention to Seoul’s perspective. President Donald Trump consulted with both Chinese president Xi Jinping and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, but made no similar call to South Korean leaders. That in part reflects the fact that the Republic of Korea only last week ended a lengthy political crisis. P... more »

How Macron Could Destroy the European Union

Amitai Etzioni at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Amitai Etzioni* *Politics, Europe* [image: Celebration of Emmanuel Macron’s victory at the Louvre. Flickr/Creative Commons/Lorie Shaull] Emmanuel Macron's banking skills can't save the European Union from itself. Emmanuel Macron is calling for concentrating more power in the hands of “Brussels,” that is, in the hands of the European Commission. This is despite the fact that Britain is leaving the European Union because of popular rebellion against violations of national sovereignty by Brussels. One cannot have ever more economic and administrative integration on the EU level as... more »

The 5 Best Aircraft Carriers Ever

James Holmes at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*James Holmes* *Security, * Simply the best of the best. *If Midway deserves a place mainly for technical reasons, the Essex-class carrier Franklin earns laurels for the resiliency of her hull and fortitude of her crew in battle. She was damaged in heavy fighting at Leyte Gulf in 1944. After refitting at Puget Sound Navy Yard, the flattop returned to the Western Pacific combat theater. In March 1945, having ventured closer to the Japanese home islands than any carrier to date, she fell under surprise assault by a single enemy dive bomber. Two semi-armor-piercing bombs penetrate... more »

How America's F-15 Fighter Almost Joined the U.S. Navy (On an Aircraft Carrier)

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * There almost was a "Sea Eagle". *Was the Sea Eagle a viable concept? The problem is the one that we are seeing with today's F-35: an aircraft that must serve more than one master inevitably sacrifices performance in some area (in fact, the F-14 was born after the Pentagon's abortive attempt to make the ill-fated F-111 a joint Air Force and navy fighter). To turn the F-15 into a carrier-based interceptor like the F-14 would have required so many design changes that the hybrid beast would probably have been inferior to either the F-15 or F-14.* *Which... more »

New Deal Allows U.S. To Sell Tons Of Natural Gas To China

Andrew Follett at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Andrew Follett* *Security, Asia* “It is a win win for everyone and a reason for America and China to find common ground on strategic issues that divide them.” The U.S. and China recently agreed to a major liquid natural gas (LNG) trade deal, which could generate $26 billion annually for America. The Department of Commerce announced a 100-day action plan to allow Chinese companies to negotiate long-term contracts from American suppliers. The energy firm Wood Mackenzie estimates this deal could pump $26 billion into the U.S. economy each year by 2030. “This is good news for US en... more »

The Real North Korea Missile Threat

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* Latest missile launch reveals limits of intelligence on North Korean weapons. North Korea is launching new missiles at an accelerated pace as it advances its weapons programs, making it difficult to identify North Korean missiles. North Korea tested a Hwasong-12 medium long-range ballistic missile Sunday. Analysts suspect the missile may have a range of approximately 2,800 miles, putting the U.S. base in Guam within striking distance. Pyongyang released information and related images just a short while after defense officials identified the miss... more »

Mizzou Sees Effect of Declining Enrollment in Columbia

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri in Columbia is seeing the negative effects of budget cuts and declining enrollment. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the university is expecting its smallest incoming freshman class in nearly two decades this fall, with as much as a 6 percent decline compared to last year. Local landlords are […]

Auburn Pays $29,000 to End Suit Over White Nationalist

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Auburn University’s failed, one-day fight to prevent a white nationalist from speaking on campus will cost nearly $30,000 in legal fees under an agreement approved by a federal judge. School officials said they agreed to pay $29,000 in legal fees “to avoid more costly litigation costs” stemming from the university’s attempt to […]

Family: Pledge Who Died at Penn State Treated Like ‘Roadkill’

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
NEW YORK — A fraternity pledge who was ordered to guzzle alcohol during a hazing ritual and twice fell down a flight of stairs before his death was treated like “roadkill,” his father said Monday, days after criminal charges were filed against 18 of his son’s Penn State fraternity brothers. Jim Piazza, the father of […]

4 Plead Guilty in Baruch College Student’s Hazing Death

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
STROUDSBURG, Pa. — Four men charged in a brutal fraternity hazing ritual that resulted in the 2013 death of a New York City college student have pleaded guilty in a Pennsylvania court to voluntary manslaughter. Fraternity members at Pi Delta Psi physically abused Chun “Michael” Deng, a Baruch College student. They then tried to cover […]

The Conflict In Kasai Province DR Congo

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Violence in Kasai was sparked by the killing of tribal chief Kamwina Nsapu *AFP*: *DRCongo unrest killed 390 fighters, 124 troops since end March* Spiralling violence in DR Congo's central Kasai region has killed 390 tribal militia fighters and 124 government troops since the end of March, the army said Monday. "DRC's armed forces have been waging operations to back up the police since end March in Kasai," the army's (FARDC) Brigadier General Leon-Richard Kasonga told a news conference. The death toll from the fighting has amounted to 390 militia fighters, 39 FARDC troops and 85 p... more »

Will The DC Dems Blow Their Chance-- And Consign Us To The Clutches Of Trump And Ryan And Their Enablers?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Wasserman Schultz gave us Trump* Earlier today we explained why Blue America is somewhat reticent about jumping into Senate primaries in red states, even when as good a candidate as Paula Jean Swearengin is running against as bad an incumbent as Joe Manchin (D-WV). We also explained why we feel absolutely fine supporting progressives like Tim Canova, Marie Newman and Talia Fuentes in their runs against corrupt reactionary incumbents Debbie Wasserman Schultz (New Dem-FL), Dan Lipinski (Blue Dog-IL) and Kyrsten Sinema (Blue Dog-AZ). Short version: if Tim Canova, for instance, defeats... more »

Prominent Mexican Journalist Shot and Killed in Daylight Attack

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Javier Valdez Cárdenas won international honors and accolades for his extensive coverage of Mexico's drug trade.

Man Holding Human Head Stabs Store Clerk; Mother Found Dead

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Suspect Joshua Lee Webb was apparently "depressed" before the Mother's Day incident.

Did ‘No Whites Allowed’ Signs Exist in the Segregated South?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
The existence of "colored only" businesses under Jim Crow laws in the southern United States comes as a shock to those unfamiliar with the history.

alien unit

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 4 hours ago
It Has Begun

Ivory Coast Soldiers Continue Their Mutiny -- News Updates May 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*NPR:* *After Surprise Announcement, Gunfire Erupts Once More In Ivory Coast* Major cities across Ivory Coast awoke to the clatter of gunfire Monday. In the country's commercial center and in several cocoa-producing hubs, disgruntled soldiers broke out weapons and blocked thoroughfares to protest stalled bonus payments and what they view as broken promises from President Alassane Ouattara. It marks the fourth day of renewed tensions in a dispute that had appeared to be tentatively resolved months ago between the government and more than a third of its soldiers. Now, the country t... more »

Why installing software updates makes us WannaCry

Elissa Redmiles, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science, University of Maryland at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
People don't want to be interrupted to update their software. irin73bal via Shutterstock.com The global ransomware attack called “WannaCry,” which began last week and continues today, could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people (and companies) kept their computer software up to date. The attack’s spread demonstrates how hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries are running outdated software that leaves them vulnerable. The victims include Britain’s National Health Service, logistics giant FedEx, Spanish telecom powerhouse Telefonica and... more »

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russian foreign minister and ambassador during White House visit.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. * *The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said. * *The partner had not gi... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Joseph Collins, The Hill*: *To defeat ISIS for good, US needs to take the war beyond the battlefield* We are about to score tremendous tactical victories against ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria. The ISIS, or as the Arabs say, Daesh, strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa are about to fall, with much thanks to Iraqi forces, American advisers and miscellaneous militia units. But this is the beginning of a victory, not its final act. *Read more* .... *Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 15, 2017* ISIL is losing Mosul, but it is far from done -- National Editorial Is Iraq prepa... more »

Has a ‘Sealed Indictment’ Been Issued Against President Trump?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
The sourcing of a story reporting a sealed indictment has been issued against the president is too vague to corroborate.

Was a Veteran’s Body Displayed Without a Coffin?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
A Georgia funeral home said that was true, but that they were following the deceased's wishes and had nothing to do with money, as family members contend.

Would Breaking a Vaccine Vial Necessitate Evacuating a Building?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
This claim, made by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is a solid illustration of why scale and context matter when making health-related statements.

Did J.D. Salinger Write in the Nude?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
A photograph purportedly showing the famously reclusive author wearing nothing but a pair of sandals actually shows a different writer, Jayson Loam.

"Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: The Top 25 U.S. Banks Have 222 Trillion Dollars Of Exposure To Derivatives"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Financial Weapons Of Mass Destruction: * *The Top 25 U.S. Banks Have 222 Trillion Dollars Of Exposure To Derivatives"* by Michael Snyder "The recklessness of the “too big to fail” banks almost doomed them the last time around, but apparently they still haven’t learned from their past mistakes. Today, the top 25 U.S. banks have $222 trillion dollars of exposure to derivatives. In other words, the exposure that these banks have to derivatives contracts is approximately equivalent to the gross domestic product of the United States times twelve. As long as stock prices continue to ri... more »

Projects, Day 7: Howick renovation

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 5 hours ago
*[image: ConceptSketch]* *So some of you have been asking why blogging here has been so light, recently. There’s a simple answer: i**t’s not just that politics is so dire, it’s that the workload of my current projects has been so heavy.* *Among the (too) many projects is this one, another renovation project for a ‘mid-century modern’ in Howick which, like every good renovation project, involves a bit of untangling …* [image: LayoutConcept] [image: ConceptSection] Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Will the 85th Texas Legislature Limit Government?

Content Multimedia - 6 hours ago
By Vance Ginn, Talmadge Heflin

"The Biggest Cyberattack in History Just Happened"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Biggest Cyberattack in History Just Happened"* by Jim Rickards "Governments and corporations are grappling today with a massive cyberattack that started Friday and rapidly spread to thousands of computers around the world. The unprecedented attack initially infected over 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries. One Chinese cybersecurity firm said that 29,372 institutions had been infected, including government offices, transportation networks, universities, ATMs and hospitals. The virus struck later in the day on Friday, when businesses were shutting down for the weekend... more »

Post # 40,000: "For My Part..." "You and Me"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” - Vincent van Gogh 9 years on August 14; 40,000 posts; 2,071,015 unique visitors from everywhere on Earth; 5,464,518 page views... "We done good, kid..." *Thank you all for stopping by!* Moody Blues, "You and Me" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7UZ5oVYmb8

Freely Download: Omar Khayyam, "The Rubaiyat"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"We are no other than a moving row Of Magic Shadow-shapes that come and go Round with the Sun-illumin'd Lantern held In Midnight by the Master of the Show; But helpless Pieces of the Game He plays Upon this Checker-board of Nights and Days; Hither and thither moves, and checks, and slays, And one by one back in the Closet lays. The Ball no question makes of Ayes and Noes, But Here or There as strikes the Player goes; And He that toss'd you down into the Field, He knows about it all- HE knows- HE knows! The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall ... more »

"Ever Have One Of Those Days?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"The Federal Reserve Must Go"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Federal Reserve Must Go"* By Michael Snyder "As the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, there have been times when I have been criticized for focusing too much on our economic problems and not enough on the solutions. But I believe that in order to be willing to accept the solutions that are necessary, people need to have a full understanding of the true severity of our problems. It isn’t by accident that we ended up 20 trillion dollars in debt. In 1913, a bill was rushed through Congress right before Christmas that was based on a plan that had been secretly developed by... more »

Over 150 Jaish al-Islam fighters arrive in Eastern Ghouta after devastating Qaboun defeat

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:36 A.M.) – Some 150 Islamist insurgents affiliated to the Saudi-backed Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) have made their way to Douma following their harrowing loss in the Damascene districts of Qaboun and Tishrin where they failed to withstand the incessant assaults from the powerful 4th Mechanized Division. The radical rebels made it […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kanada, El Kaide bağlantılı Nusra Cephesi’ni terör listesine almadı

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Kanada, El Kaide’nin Suriye kolu Nusra Cephesi’nin yeni oluşumu sayılan Hay’at Tahrir’eş Şam’ı “terör örgütü” olarak görmüyor. Hay’at Tahrir’eş Şam, listeye alınmadığı için, El Kaide bağlantılı örgütün propagandasını yapan, örgüte para gönderen ve katılanlara ceza verilmiyor. Sol Haber Portalı’nın, CBC‘ye dayandırdığı habere göre; grup ABD tarafından da “terör örgütü” listesine alınmazken, Kanada’nın ABD ile benzer […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS targets rebel heartland in east Damascus near Jordanian borders: Pictures

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:45 A.M.) – Over 10 were killed and 20 were injured when an ISIS car bomb targeted a rebel vehicle belonging to the Jordanian-backed Jaish Ahrar al-Asha’ir patrolling the Rukban Refugee Camp a few kilometers from the Syrian-Jordanian borders. Many civilians were killed and injured in the attack as they went about their […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Eliteeinheiten der syrischen Armee verlegen Truppen an die Grenze der Golanhöhen für die kommende Offensive

BEIRUT, LIBANON (14:30) – Die 42. Brigade der 4. Mechanisierten Division der syrischen Armee (SAA) verlegt ihre Truppen vom Al-Kabun Distrikt zur Beit Jinn-Enklave in der Nähe der Grenze der Golanhöhen. Auch bekannt unter dem Namen „Giath Truppen“, die 42. Brigade ist eine kampferprobte Einheit der syrischen Armee, die in diesem sechsjährigen Konflikt noch nie eine Schlacht […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

السلطات السعودية تهدم المنازل وتقتل المواطنين في العوامية بالقطيف

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
تتعرض بلدة العوامية في محافظة القطيف السعودية إلى حصار شديد من قوات الجيش السعودي الذي أغلق كل مداخلها بالخرسانات أو الدوريات ، بعد استقدامه أعدادا كبيرة جداً من المدرعات والعربات لتنفيذ الحصار واقتحام البلدة التي منعت السلطات سيارات الإسعاف والطواقم الطبية ووسائل الإعلام من الدخول إليها . واقتحمت القوات السعودية في ساعات الفجر الأولى من […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The extraordinary moment in Corbyn’s campaign that even the BBC couldn’t ignore [VIDEO]

Tracy Keeling at The Canary - 6 hours ago
There was an extraordinary moment in Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign on 15 May. And even the BBC couldn’t help but report it. Standing ovation On 15 May, Corbyn spoke at the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) annual congress. This was televised on BBC Parliament. During the speech, Corbyn said the NHS is being “dismantled by stealth”, and vowed […]

At Liberty University, Trump Invokes God as Source of Freedom

Alex Newman at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: at-liberty-university-trump-invokes-god-as-source-of-freedom] President Donald Trump gave a powerful commencement speech to graduating students at Liberty University this weekend highlighting, among other important topics, America's Christian heritage and the God-given rights of the American people. Blasting Big Government, insiders, the “broken system,” and the establishment behind it all, along with the establishment's efforts to lord over the lives of Americans using the coercive power of the state, Trump urged the sea of Christian graduates to fight back as they go out i... more »

Hawaii Seeks a Ban on Chemical Sunscreens in Effort to Save Coral Reefs

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 7 hours ago
*Vic Bishop* - Can a bill to ban certain sunscreens save coral reefs in Hawaii? The post Hawaii Seeks a Ban on Chemical Sunscreens in Effort to Save Coral Reefs appeared first on Waking Times.

US Govt Finally Admits Medical Cannabis Destroys the Opioid Epidemic

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: cannabis]An update on the government website on drug abuse indicates a massive change to cannabis prohibition — in order to combat the opioid epidemic — may be on the horizon.

World News Briefs -- May 15, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Global cyber attack slows; search on for hackers, motive* The global WannaCry "ransomware" cyber attack slowed on Monday, with no major infections reported, as global law enforcement agencies shifted their attention to finding the hackers who unleashed it. The attack infected 300,000 machines in 150 countries, said Tom Bossert, U.S. President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser. That would make it one of the fastest-spreading campaigns in history. Stocks of cyber security companies surged as investors bet on governments and corporations spending to upgrade their d... more »

Kellyanne Conway used to say she needed a shower after defending Donald Trump.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of Think Progress: *The co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, claimed on Monday that senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway used to say she needed a shower after defending Donald Trump on air. * *“This is a woman, by the way, who came on our show during the campaign and would shill for Trump in extensive fashion,” Brzezinski said. “And then she would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off and she would say, ‘Blech, I need to take a shower,’ because she disliked her candidate so much.” * *... more »

There’s a quiet revolution brewing in rural England. And Theresa May should be very worried.

Emily Apple at The Canary - 7 hours ago
Much has been made of the potential landslide Theresa May is predicted to gain on 8 June. But a new poll reveals that it’s far from a done deal. In fact, if the figures are right, the Conservative Party could be almost wiped out in a whole county. Cornwall turned blue in the 2015 general election. […]


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 7 hours ago
Amateur hour at the White House again: President Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. The information Trump relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said. The partne... more »

Claims that the US and UK invaded Syria through Jordan are totally unsubstantiated and should not be taken as fact

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 7 hours ago
[image: Claims that the US and UK invaded Syria through Jordan are totally unsubstantiated and should not be taken as fact] The recent claims have not be confirmed by any government and the 'supporting evidence' is highly dubious. The post Claims that the US and UK invaded Syria through Jordan are totally unsubstantiated and should not be taken as fact appeared first on The Duran.

Vladimir Putin: US ultimately to blame for North Korea’s nuclear weapons

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 7 hours ago
[image: russia-vladimir-putin] In comments in Beijing Russian President Putin blames US regime change policies for provoking North Korea into acquiring nuclear weapons. Says that dialogue between the US and North Korea not threats is the way to defuse the crisis. The post Vladimir Putin: US ultimately to blame for North Korea’s nuclear weapons appeared first on The Duran.

Philippines President Duterte survives impeachment attempt

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 7 hours ago
[image: duterte first 3] The allegations were unanimously rejected. The post Philippines President Duterte survives impeachment attempt appeared first on The Duran.


Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 7 hours ago

Even BBC reporters were left stunned by yesterday’s pro-Corbyn crowds in West Yorkshire [VIDEO]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 7 hours ago
The crowds that turned out for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in West Yorkshire on 15 May were so big that they even left the BBC stunned. Massive turnout in Leeds On the last day before Labour’s official manifesto launch, local BBC reporters were clearly impressed by the number of people who came out to show their support […]

Is Al Qaeda's Syrian Affiliate Off The U.S. And Canadian Terror List?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
A picture taken on October 25, 2013 shows members of jihadist group al-Nusra Front taking part in a parade calling for the establishment of an Islamic state in Syria. The group has morphed several times after absorbing other jihadi groups and is now calling itself Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham. (Al Nusra/HTS) *CBC:* *Syria's al-Qaeda affiliate escapes from Canada's terror list* *Failure to list group keeps Canada in line with U.S., but complicates potential prosecutions* The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, currently calling itself Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), has succeeded in getting itself of... more »

Is This President Trump at the Golf Course?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
An unflattering image that sparked discussion over Trump's relative health and fitness was digitally manipulated.

New EPA leadership holds Arkansas’s electricity future in its hands

Bonner Cohen, Ph. D. at CFACT - 7 hours ago
Despite pleas from state and local government, the Obama EPA demanded Arkansas spend billions it cannot afford or lose its coal plants. The Trump EPA has an opportunity to do better.

How to Protect Yourself From a Ransomware Attack

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: how-to-protect-yourself-from-a-ransomware-attack] With the recent ransomware attack taking its toll on nearly a quarter of a million computers and affecting millions of users and their customers around the world, the question in the minds of many right now is, “How do I protect myself from something like this?” Fortunately, the solutions are simple, even if some of the biggest names in business around the globe missed them or were unable to use them.

North Korea Tests Ballistic Missile Capable of Reaching U.S. Base on Guam

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: north-korea-tests-ballistic-missile-capable-of-reaching-us-base-on-guam] North Korea has fired a new ballistic missile named Hwasong-12, which climbed 1,312 miles and traveled 489 miles before landing off the eastern coast of Russia.

Why Washington Took al-Qaeda in Syria off the Terrorist List

Daniel McAdams at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] It might come as a surprise to many Americans that their government does not classify al-Qaeda in Syria as a terrorist organization. The reason it refuses to make the determination would shock them even more. The Syrian franchise of the organization involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington has long gone by the name Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), and was sent into Syria by the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi went on to launch the rival breakaway group ISIS, while Nusra maintained its status as al-Qaeda's boots on the ground ... more »

Why Washington Took al-Qaeda in Syria off the Terrorist List

Daniel McAdams at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] It might come as a surprise to many Americans that their government does not classify al-Qaeda in Syria as a terrorist organization. The reason it refuses to make the determination would shock them even more. The Syrian franchise of the organization involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington has long gone by the name Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), and was sent into Syria by the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi went on to launch the rival breakaway group ISIS, while Nusra maintained its status as al-Qaeda's boots on the ground ... more »

Why Washington Took al-Qaeda in Syria off the Terrorist List

Daniel McAdams at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] It might come as a surprise to many Americans that their government does not classify al-Qaeda in Syria as a terrorist organization. The reason it refuses to make the determination would shock them even more. The Syrian franchise of the organization involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington has long gone by the name Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), and was sent into Syria by the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi went on to launch the rival breakaway group ISIS, while Nusra maintained its status as al-Qaeda's boots on the ground ... more »

Why Washington Took al-Qaeda in Syria off the Terrorist List

Daniel McAdams at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] It might come as a surprise to many Americans that their government does not classify al-Qaeda in Syria as a terrorist organization. The reason it refuses to make the determination would shock them even more. The Syrian franchise of the organization involved in the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington has long gone by the name Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front), and was sent into Syria by the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Baghdadi went on to launch the rival breakaway group ISIS, while Nusra maintained its status as al-Qaeda's boots on the ground ... more »

Hunters of the Recent Past

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
 When I hear the word “hunter,” I immediately conjure an image of a man with a gun. Other images follow — bows and arrows, mounted hunters, cavemen with spears, and so on. *Hunters of the Recent Past* provided me with much new information on how the ancestors lived, prior to horses, guns, and other industrial gizmos. The book is a collection of 19 scholarly papers that describe modes of low-tech communal hunting that were common during the last 8,000 years or so. Evolution fine-tuned our species for life on tropical savannahs. In a hot climate, meat spoils quickly, so hunti... more »

Two Major Credit Reporting Agencies Have Been Deceiving Us – Is Your Credit Score a Scam?

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Isaac Davis* - These major credit reporting agencies were fined for lying to you. The post Two Major Credit Reporting Agencies Have Been Deceiving Us – Is Your Credit Score a Scam? appeared first on Waking Times.

US Congressman Green Explains Grounds for Trump Impeachment; Calls for Impeachment

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 8 hours ago
Watergate-era button badge modified Not all members of Congress are lawyers. However, Congressman Green “earned his Juris Doctor degree in … Continue reading →

Paula Jean Swearengin Seems Like A Pretty Ideal Senate Candidate, Right?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
There's a fantastic candidate running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia: Berniecrat Paula Jean Swearengin. And she's running against the worst Democrat in the Senate, Joe Manchin. Under normal circumstances, we'd be urging everyone to get on board the Swearengin train immediately. Normal circumstances? Remember them? That was before we wound up with that mentally-ill, orange-hued baboon in the White House. First a little something about Paula Jean and then I'll come back to our dilemma. Her father, her step-father, her uncles and her grandfather were all coal miners, not coal m... more »

Torch-Bearing White Supremacists Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
The crowd gathered to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

Tattoo Removal Cream Leaves Woman with Scar

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Graphic images showing a woman's infection and subsequent scarring illustrate a known risk with tattoo removal creams.

Science Acceptance: Don’t Underestimate The Power Of A Good Cartoon

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 8 hours ago
Though photos are considered more credible, if you are evangelizing a controversial energy type like wind, a cartoon may appear more persuasive. In a recent study, participants were shown one of two versions of the same set of brochures. Each set was designed to debunk a myth about wind energy, the intent being to give readers desired information about wind energy and assuage their concerns. Each pair of brochures was identical in design, text, color, size, etc. The only difference was that the originally designed brochures featured a beautiful, professional photograph of wind tur... more »

Assad's (Hitler) Crematorium Claims the US

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*If at first you don't succeed? Lie, lie again. * *We're getting into Holocaust™ territory with this claim* *Reinforcing well known, well worn mind viruses.* * New York Times * The Sednaya Prison complex outside Damascus, Syria *Is this the Sednaya Prison Complex? Could this be something other then a prison? I don't know. And I've no intention of taking the US word on this!* *The State Department released satellite images on Monday that officials (CLAIM) said showed that President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has built a crematory at a military prison outside Damascus to hide a large n... more »

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Iraqi forces push for Mosul victory before Ramadan* Iraqi forces battled to retake districts of western Mosul still under Islamic State control on Monday, in an attempt to seize victory before the holy month of Ramadan. After seven months of fighting, militants have been dislodged from all but a few areas of Mosul. Islamic State is expected to make a last stand around the Old City's Grand al-Nuri Mosque, where the Islamist group's black flag has been flying since June 2014. Backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes and advisers, Iraqi forces have made rapid gains since... more »

"On The Meridian Of Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"On the meridian of time there is no injustice: there is only the poetry of motion creating the illusion of truth and drama. If at any moment anywhere one comes face to face with the absolute, that great sympathy which makes men like Gautama and Jesus seem divine freezes away; the monstrous thing is not that men have created roses out of this dung heap, but that, for some reason or other, they should want roses. For some reason or other man looks for the miracle, and to accomplish it he will wade through blood. He will debauch himself with ideas, he will reduce himself to a shadow i... more »

"1,746 American Adults Were Asked To Point Out North Korea On A Map: This Was The Result"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"1,746 American Adults Were Asked To Point Out North Korea On A Map:* * This Was The Result"* by Tyler Durden "In April 2014, just as the Ukraine conflict (and proxy civil war) was hitting its climax, in the process undermining US-Russian relations for years, some 2,066 Americans were asked to show where the Ukraine was on a map. The result, while leaving something to be desired, was not terrible. *Click image for larger size.* Fast forward to this weekend, when the NYT repeated the same exercise with the latest geopolitical hotspot: North Korea. In an experiment led by Kyle Dropp o... more »

Zapatistas 'Organized Coffee Against the Wall'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Zapatistas aren't selling their coffee to Trump Organized Coffee Against the Wall Words by Subcomandante Insurgente Moisés, Thursday, April 13, 2017 . Good afternoon or good morning to those who are listening to us around the world. What I’m going to talk about, compañeros, compañeras, brothers and sisters who are present here and those who watch us from elsewhere… what I’m going to

Eurasia is coming

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 9 hours ago
The regime-change empire has only one plan: To bully and exploit. It is headed for turbulence. Meanwhile there is the steady and unstoppable emergence of Eurasia. USA needs to find far better disruption tactics soon. It needs ISIS, murder and destruction to stay on top and to feed its operatives. Soon it will either come to the good side or be isolated and dry up. Can't wait for the

Poetry Please

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
I remember reading a James Delingpole piece recently (though I can't find it again now) where he actually, in passing, praised a Radio 4 programme. (Yes, really!) That sole, shining star was *Poetry Please*. I also remember James writing a *Spectator *piece recently on the rewards of trying to learn poetry by heart, so I imagine he'll have liked the latest edition of *Poetry Please *as it focused on that very subject. Learning poetry by heart is something I've tried to do too, but I find it hard - except for *very* short poems. (I still remember that Stevie Smith poem I learned... more »

Far Left Candidates at the 2017 General Election

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 9 hours ago
As predicted, a few left groups would find enough in the fighting fund to splash out on deposits for a clutch of general election challenges. These aren't your lily-livered SWP, SP/TUSC, CPB, or SSP. These are proper revolutionaries determined to pay no mind to wider politics. Who are these brave, some may say foolhardy, souls? *Communist League* Islington North - Andres Mendoza (2015: SPGB 112 (0.2%)) Manchester Gorton - Peter Clifford (2015: TUSC 264 (0.6%)) *People Before Profit Alliance* West Belfast - Gerry Carroll (2015: WP 597 (1.7%), PBPA 6,798 (19.2%)) *Socialist Labour Par... more »

Former jail is now an animal shelter where prisoners look after rescued animals

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
Now it’s home to Tiger, a pit bull terrier rescued from a dog fighting ring, and a bunch of other dogs who need some extra love and care. MASH runs a program that allows inmates at a prison to care for dogs rescued from abuse, providing them with the comfort they need to learn to trust people again. It’s a great program for the dogs, obviously, who’ve been moved from awful conditions to the shelter, but for the inmates, too, who get the joy of time spent with a bunch of pups. Six days a week women at the prison are moved to the shelter as part of the 30 day program. Since 2000, t... more »

Was a Pastor Eaten by Crocodiles While Trying to Walk on Water?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Multiple tabloids repeated an unsubstantiated claim that a pastor was eaten by crocodiles in an attempt to demonstrate how Jesus walked on water.

The U.S. Air Force's OA-X Light Attack Aircraft Competition Is Heating Up

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * A new player is in the mix. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its Brazilian partner Embraer Defense & Security have been invited to participate in the U.S. Air Force’s OA-X light attack aircraft demonstration this summer. The two companies will submit the A-29 Super Tucano counter-insurgency aircraft—which the Air Force had previously selected for its Light Air Support program in 2013 to equip the Afghan Air Force—for the demonstration effort. The OA-X Capability Assessment of Non-Developmental Light Attack Platforms will begin this July at Hollom... more »

Despite 60% of Americans Wanting War in N. Korea, Only 30% Can Find It On a Map

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: korea]With US-North Korea relations at their lowest point, you’d expect Americans would know a thing or two about the nation — they do not.

WATCH: Crazed Cop Takes Cuffs Off 100lb Man, Challenges Him to a Fight

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: cop]A Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputy was caught on film challenging a frail young man to a dual — while his fellow cops tried to stop the man filming.

More gossip

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
The *Grauniad* has an update, for all you gossip-lovers, about the bickering among the *Today *team. The angle for the *Garudian* is, naturally, sexism. But in the *Naidurag* piece we also learn that one of two *Today *presenters who complained to senior management about the 'sharp-elbowed' "uncollegiate" Nick Robinson was Sarah Montague. Who needs *Eastenders*? (If only popcorn wasn't so fattening!)

May 12: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 9 hours ago
Here's a Canadian news source I have neglected. So I have chosen a story in it that the Irving-owned newspapers of New Brunswick have neglected. http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/06/20/news/playing-hardball-jd-irving-way It brought my attention to the headline story in today's Irving papers. The province has hired a lawyer to chat with key figures in the Trump government about protecting the interests of Canadian big business (mostly Irving) in New Brunswick. (We'll pass lightly over the obvious corruption of governments that you can buy chats with - if you're very rich.) The ... more »

Doctors are praising a whistleblower whose legacy will be a safer NHS

Ben Janaway at The Canary - 9 hours ago
A landmark legal case has made an unlikely hero, and doctors are celebrating. Dr Chris Day has been battling against Health Education England (HEE) for years. On 5 May, Day struck a blow to HEE that will protect patients and doctors, and save lives. By proving that HEE is subject to employment law, ‘whistleblowers’ can no […]

The "dark ads" election: How are political parties targeting you on Facebook?

Maeve McClenaghan at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 9 hours ago
The Bureau has been given access to the first ever dataset collected on tailored messaging being targeted at specific audiences by British political parties on social media.

Russia, Saudi Arabia agree to extend oil production cut

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
[image: FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016 file photo, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, left, and Khalid Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia attend a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria. OPEC and key non-OPEC oil producers are near their target of taking 1.8 million barrels of crude a day off global markets less than two months after agreeing to do so in efforts to push up the price of crude, Russia's energy minister said Sunday... more »

Macron picks insider Edouard Philippe for France’s Prime Minister

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
[image: edouard-philippe] Macron's choice of the establishment figure Edouard Philippe as French Prime Minister is yet more evidence that his claim to be an 'outsider' is bogus. The post Macron picks insider Edouard Philippe for France’s Prime Minister appeared first on The Duran.

Donald Trump believes that exercising uses up the body's finite energy. Well that explains a lot. Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *President Trump reportedly eschews exercise because he believes it drains the body’s “finite” energy resources, but experts say this argument is flawed because the human body actually becomes stronger with exercise. * *Trump’s views on exercise were mentioned in a New Yorker article this month and in “Trump Revealed,” The Washington Post’s 2016 biography of the president, which noted that Trump mostly gave up athletics after college because he “believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted.”* Okay well ... more »

It's Time To Tone It Down On Health Care

Content Multimedia - 10 hours ago
By Deane Waldman If the Senators are forced to approach health care defensively due to *ad hominem *attacks, constrained by party dicta, and consumed with tactical concerns over midterm elections, they will be unable to craft a bill that puts health care in its proper perspective: access to timely care first and foremost, with everything else secondary: cost, coverage, national spending, and lastly, politics.

TPPF Releases Major Paper on the Future of the Texas Water Market

Content Multimedia - 10 hours ago
By Kathleen Hartnett White, Megan Ingram The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) released a paper on water development in Texas. The paper, “The Case for a Texas Water Market,” examines state regulations that have inhibited needed water development and illustrates the value of water markets as an effective driver of increasing water supply and water conservation.

Syrian War News Updates -- May 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
US troops stationed in Syria. Reuters *The Telegraph*: *Syrian troops advancing towards US and British special forces* Bashar al-Assad’s troops are on a collision course with Western special forces, after advancing towards their training base in eastern Syria over the weekend. Pro-government soldiers are now within 15 miles of al-Tanf - a heavily fortified hub for American and British special forces training Syrian rebel groups, which are fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) near the Iraqi border. The assault is being led by Iranian forces, which are commanding Sy... more »

Jeff Sessions' Authoritarian Drug Crackdown Won't Work

Daniel McAdams at 10 hours ago
Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to Federal Prosecutors on Friday to reverse his predecessor's directive to, when appropriate, seek less severe sentences for some drug offenses. This return to much more robust prosecution of drug offenses will lead to many more and much longer prison sentences. We already spend some $40 billion per year to prosecute and house the approximately 300,000 drug offenders in the US, many of whom non-violent. The one trillion dollar, nearly half-century war on drugs has bee an utter failure and a return to harsher penalties will do nothing to sol... more »

NEW MEXICO Shareholders to join rally outside PNM annual meeing

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Four Corners Power Plant on Navajo Nation May 15, 2017 Charlotte Levinson, PNM shareholder Andy Davis, PNM shareholder Mariel Nanasi, mariel@seedsbeneaththesnow.com Mona Blaber, Sierra Club Rio Grande, monablaber@gmail.com Shareholders to join rally outside PNM annual meeting in support of resolutions Shareholders of Public Service Co. of New Mexico will speak at a rally

Le Pen's Views — Elites Consider National Sovereignty “Far Right?”

Steve Byas at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: la-pen-s-views-elites-consider-national-sovereignty-far-right] Holding the view that nations should exist is considered extreme — and derided as "far right" — by the globalist elites who are fighting for a new world order.

Reviewing the Changes in Leadership at DHS

TNA Video at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: andy-ramirez-changes-leadesrhip-dhs]VIDEO - Since President Trump’s inauguration earlier this year, there has been a rotation of musical chairs within several federal agencies. Leadership roles have changed multiple times with this still fresh administration. Department of Homeland Security expert Andy Ramirez tries to make sense of all of these changes and offers whether these moves are a positive or negative for border security.

Cyberweapon Used in Ransomware Attack Was Created By NSA

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: cyberweapon-used-in-ransomware-attack-was-created-by-nsa] A massive cyberattack on computers around the world on Friday could — and should — have been prevented. The blame for the cyberattack — a “ransomware” attack — rests on the NSA and Microsoft.

Russia, Saudi Arabia Release Trial Balloon: Extend Production Cut by a Year

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: russia-saudi-arabia-release-trial-balloon-extend-production-cut-by-a-year] In a joint statement released on Monday, oil ministers from Russia and Saudi Arabia said the present crude oil production reduction agreement reached last November — put in place to raise crude prices — should be extended for another year, even though it is unlikely to work.

Great Moments in Fascist Stoogery, Part One

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 10 hours ago
It was a heart-warming moment from a bygone America, a slight, 10 minute-long reprise of the good ole days of driveins, doctors who made house calls, mail delivery twice a day, the Good Humor Man and lynchings. Yes, professional peckerhead and part-time punching bag Dick Spenser was at it again last Saturday with yet another stunt described by some of the participants as a "candlelight vigil." Really, *really* big candles that could easily be mistaken for torches in the hands of an angry mob. All that were missing were the requisite pitchforks (I guess they couldn't get a ... more »

President Obama: 'Not Bombing Syria Required The Most Political Courage'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Former President Barack Obama was presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on May 7, 2017. Credit: Steven Senne *Politico*: *Obama: Not bombing Syria 'required the most political courage'* Barack Obama defended his decision not to bomb Syria as president in an interview published Monday, casting his controversial decision as an act that “required the most political courage.” Obama spoke with Jack Schlossberg last week before accepting a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award. Schlossberg, K... more »

Starting the fire

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen has begun a new five-part series on Radio 4 called *Our Man in the Middle East. * It's been trailed as a "personal" history, and the website blurb backs that up by noting that he's "paid a personal price, coming under fire and losing a colleague in the course of reporting - on the worst day, he says, in his life." (And, as we know, he blames the Israelis for that). Looking at the episode previews, two of the five are specifically focused on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (as you'd expect from Jeremy). That said though, having listened t... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
Jeff Jacoby, a right-wing op-ed columnist for *The Boston Globe* is appalled by the language of Trumpcare opponents: Listen to some what passes for political discourse these days. “Donald Trump and Republicans just celebrated voting to let thousands of Americans die so that billionaires get tax breaks.” Those are the words of a prominent US senator. “They” — Republican House members who voted for the AHCA — “should be lined up and shot. That’s not hyperbole; blood is on their hands.” So fumes a professor at the Art Institute of Washington. “I hope every GOPer who voted for Trumpca... more »

Syrian Army prepares to seize the Jordanian and Iraqi borders

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMACUS, SYRIA (10:58 P.M.) – Reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army, the National Defense Forces, and Iraqi PMU-affiliated militias continue to pour from all across Syria to east Suweida and Eastern Qalamoun ahead of an anticipated massive offensive aimed at recapturing the Tanf Border Crossing which lies a 100 km from the recently-captured Zaza Checkpoint […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

الأسد: تشكيل مجلس قومي لحزب البعث يعكس قدرته على تلبية متغيرات العصر

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
أكد الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد أن تشكيل مجلس قومي يعكس ديناميكية فكر البعث الذي كان ولا يزال قادراً على التكيف حسب الظروف المحيطة به دون التخلي عن مبادئه معتبراً أن هذا التحول الجذري بالصيغة التنظيمية عبر هذا المجلس يعكس قدرة البعث على تلبية متغيرات العصر وبالوقت نفسه يكرس أهمية الفكر القومي ودور البعث في صد […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Unearthed militant tunnel in Damascus suburb (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:40 P.M.) – On Saturday, Al-Masdar News reported a tunnel had been discovered by Syrian Arab Army (SAA) inside eastern suburd of Damascus, Al-Qaboun, which was recently cleared of jihadists. Today Hezbollah’s military media channel published a video footage from inside the tunnel: As of Monday afternoon, Al-Qaboun district is completely under government […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

North Korea demonstrates brand new medium-range ballistic missile (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:05 P.M.) – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted a test launch of what is believed to be a new medium-range ballistic missile which, according to Pyongyang, is able to carry a nuclear warhead. Moment of the launch, performed on Sunday, was broadcast on country’s state television. Pyongyang claimed the new surface-to-surface […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VÍDEO | Rama de al-Qaeda en Siria galardona a los Cascos Blancos

Al-Masdar News at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
En mayo de 2017 tuvo lugar una gala patrocinada y dirigida por Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (antiguamente el Frente al-Nusra y rama siria del grupo terrorista al-Qaeda) para otorgar una serie de premios a distintas personas y organizaciones que trabajan en la gobernación de Idlib. La ceremonia fue dirigida por el yihadista de origen saudí Muhaysini, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Forward Together....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 10 hours ago
Ex-Marine Matt Hoh speaks at a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina at the 11th Annual Moral March on the capital opposing the state's right-wing policies.

Labour’s new pledge for Northern Ireland could bring hope to thousands

Jessica Gay at The Canary - 10 hours ago
According to the Labour Party manifesto, it would extend abortion rights to women in Northern Ireland if they got into power. This could bring hope to thousands of women suffering under current laws. But not everyone’s happy. Abortion in Northern Ireland Abortion in Northern Ireland is an extremely sensitive subject. While in England, Scotland and […]

Walking and Running across Kansas, Long Walk 5 Photos by Bad Bear

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
. Long Walkers crossing America on Long Walk 5 received a warm welcome at Haskell Indian Nations University and Prairie Band of Potawatomie in Kansas. Thank you Western Shoshone Long Walker Carl Bad Bear Sampson for sharing your photos with Censored News. Long Walk 5 is carrying the message of 'NO! to domestic violence and drug abuse.' More: Long Walk 5 at Haskell

Can North Korea Attack Guam with a Nuclear Weapon?

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* What the latest North Korea missile test might reveal. North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test offered valuable insight into its weapons program, hinting that the North is moving rapidly toward something bigger. A Hwasong-12, a new medium long-range surface-to-surface missile, was launched from Kusong early Sunday morning. The missile flew roughly 430 miles, but the weapon was intentionally lofted. Analysts suspect the missile could potentially hit targets 2,800 miles away if fired along a standard trajectory. The North “appears to have not... more »

Why America's Mighty Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carriers Are Almost Unstoppable

Loren B. Thompson at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Loren B. Thompson* *Security, * And nearly unsinkable. *U.S. aircraft carriers are equipped with extensive active and passive defenses for defeating threats such as low-flying cruise missiles and hostile submarines. These include an array of high-performance sensors, radar-guided missiles and 20 mm Gatling guns that shoot 50 rounds per second. The carrier air wing of 60+ aircraft includes a squadron of early-warning radar planes that can detect approaching threats (including radar periscopes) over vast distances and helicopters equipped for anti-submarine, anti-surface and c... more »

Rod Rosenstein and Iraqi WMD

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Presidency Iraq, United States* Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein came into his present job with bipartisan support and a positive reputation as an apolitical prosecutor who had served ably as a U.S. attorney under both the previous two administrations. Now many are asking how someone like that could allow himself to become a tool of Donald Trump in one of the messiest and most controversial firings ever of a senior official. Much of the dysfunction, ruthlessness, and ineptitude associated with the sacking of James Comey as FBI director is specific to Tru... more »

One Way to Step Back from the Brink on North Korea

Ron Huisken at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Ron Huisken* *Security, Asia* China could have a bigger role. The Korean peninsula’s deservedly been labelled a ‘flashpoint’ for well over a half a century but flare-ups in tension appear to be happening more frequently. Under the Trump administration, Washington’s seemingly more inclined to allow matters to come to a head, hoping to then put the issue on a new trajectory. And certainly, the sensible way to think about the peninsula is in terms of a change in the trend of developments, rather than an abrupt and decisive transformation. Even today, a reliable North Korean mis... more »

New York Times says we should take deep breaths!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017Gray lady helps us be mindful:* We swore we were going to stop citing the New York Times' reimagined pages, A2 and A3. Our resistance was broken by today's Here to Help feature. The heading looks like this: *Here to Help* *HOW TO BE MINDFUL AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE* Most features on A2 and A3 can't be accessed on-line. The bulk of this feature *can* be accessed, by visiting nytimes.com/mindful. There actually is such a site! The bulk of today's Here to Help introductory essay is available there. So are the eight "steps" for staying mindful which we're eventuall... more »

U.S. Accuses Syria Of Mass Executions And Using A Crematorium Inside To Dispose Of Thousands of Prisoners

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Sednaya military prison *Washington Post:* *U.S. accuses Syria of mass executions and burning bodies* The Syrian government has constructed and is using a crematorium inside its notorious Sednaya military prison outside Damascus to clandestinely dispose of thousands of prisoners it continues to execute inside the facility. At least 50 prisoners a day are executed in the prison, some in mass hangings, said Stuart Jones, the acting assistant secretary of state for the Middle East. A recent Amnesty International report called Sednaya a “human slaughterhouse” and said that thousands o... more »

‘Sick relative? Win a year’s unpaid leave!’ says Theresa May

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 11 hours ago
Those of us with sick relatives know that social care is bad and getting worse. Not because of the people working in the industry – who have to speed between far-too-short appointments with barely a second to spare – but because the government doesn’t fund it properly. But now the Tories have a solution! Because […]

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Choros”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Choros” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3R1kISgcoo

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

Cable news ratings early in Trump!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017As the resistance began:* We don't plan to construct a history of primetime "cable news" ratings. But here's the way those numbers looked on a Wednesday night early in Trump: *Total viewers, Wednesday primetime, February 8, 2017* Bill O'Reilly: 4.251 million Tucker Carlson: 3.326 million Sean Hannity: 3.018 million Rachel Maddow: 2.013 million Lawrence O'Donnell: 1.678 million Chris Hayes: 1.437 million Anderson Cooper: 1.309 million Don Lemon: 1.100 million As far as we know, we aren't cherry-picking. Here you see the numbers for the very first Wednesday in Tru... more »

Theresa May’s pledges on ‘workers’ rights’ just completely fell apart live on the BBC [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 11 hours ago
On Monday 15 May Theresa May laid out the Conservative Party’s proposals on workers’ rights for the general election. But in a matter of hours her pledges were lying in tatters. A senior Tory fell apart live on the BBC and admitted all the party’s plans were uncosted. The wheels on the bus… completely fall off […]

Extensive Study Shows People Who Swear a Lot are More Honest than Those Who Don’t

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: swear]A recent two-part study found swearing, a lot, indicates that a person is more honest than their self-censoring tame-mouthed peers.

This is not fine.

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 11 hours ago
The perhaps apocryphal story is that in the wake of 2016 election, submissions to top journals in political science declined by 15% or more. While this sabbatical year has been productive in many respects, I have not made as much progress on a book project as I would have liked. I wonder why? Last week’s […]

Shape Shifters Get together at the White House

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Trump and Erdogan to meet at White House* *on Tuesday, May 16, 2017* The biggest mystery on the planet this grey and rainy Monday Morning is Why the leaders of these two congenital Shape Shifting Nations are even bothering to get-together? Which of their many diabolical faces will they show each other on Tuesday? The main thing that USrael and Turkey have in common is that neither can be trusted. Neither has any sense of loyalty or commitment. Both are opportunists. Both will stab you in the back at a moment's notice. Both will sacrifice their own mothers for a fleeting strat... more »

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