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Thomas Paine

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Monday, May 15, 2017

15 May - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:30 pm MDT

Further reading

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
As we (especially me!) have the occasional habit (through no fault of our own, he adds!) of abruptly vanishing off the face of the earth from time to time, blogging-wise, you will probably be interested in reading David Keighley's daily blog about the BBC's election coverage as well. (I certainly am). Today's piece, for example, looks at the BBC website's election coverage.

Carving out “Kurdistan” is the US’ new end game in Syria

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 12 hours ago
[image: syria kurd] As one regional war ends, another conflict may begin. The post Carving out “Kurdistan” is the US’ new end game in Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Venezuelans Are Now Flooding Into Colombia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Pedestrian bridges that connect the Venezuelan towns of San Antonio and Ureña with the Colombian city of Cúcuta are busier than ever. The traffic is circular, as it has been for years, with large numbers crossing in both directions — but those headed into Colombia are greater in number. VICE News Tonight *David Noriega, VICE News:* *“People Are Moving Around On Top Of This Powder Keg”* *Venezuelans are flooding into Colombia — and it's starting to feel like a refugee crisis* CUCUTA, Colombia — A half-hour before dawn, the pedestrian bridges that connect the Venezuelan towns of Sa... more »

Theresa May thinks she’s got rid of millions of voters. But there’s a week to send her a massive fuck you

Emily Apple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
Young people could make all the difference in the next general election. But figures released by the Electoral Reform Society warn of a “ticking time-bomb” due to Conservative Party changes to the way people register to vote. And with a week to go before the registration deadline, it’s a timely warning to ensure you and […]

Facebook had a nasty surprise for Theresa May when she decided to lie repeatedly live on air [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 12 hours ago
On Monday 15 May Theresa May took part in her first ever ITV Leaders Live Facebook question and answer session. And, judging by the public’s reaction on the social media platform, people weren’t best impressed. Because not only did she repeatedly lie throughout the interview, but a surprise visitor gatecrashed her appearance. Angry face For […]

The New York Times warms to climate change skepticism

Larry Bell at CFACT - 12 hours ago
To the consternation of alarmists, New York Times op ed writer Bret Stephens openly questioned the "consensus" that has demanded uniform acceptance without question of the global warming/climate change orthodoxy. As CFACT policy analyst Larry Bell reports, Stephens asserts that ordinary citizens have a right to be skeptical of an "overweening scientism." He wisely warns us to remember that "history is littered with the human wreckage of scientific errors married to political power."

Brent Staples Leads NY Times Editorial Thought Disorders

Jim Horn at Schools Matter - 12 hours ago
In a New York Times editorial entitled "Confronting Segregation in New York Schools," education non-expert Brent Staples begins well enough by talking about efforts to desegregate NYC's segregated schools. Such an editorial is among other recent ones at the Times that attempt to distinguish the Editorial Board's corporate education plan from the same one embraced by the Trump Administration. Near the end of the editorial, however, Staples cannot help but to veer back to the same old rutted road that he has traveled so many times before. It is not enough for those fighting segr... more »

Supreme Court Just Condoned the Arrest and Jailing of a Child — for Burping in Class

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: burping]SCOTUS on Monday declined to revive a civil rights lawsuit against a New Mexico police officer for arresting a 13-year-old boy for burping in class.

To Protect Religious Freedom, NJ Governor Guarantees Old Men Can Marry Children

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: marriage]Chris Christie just vetoed a bill which would have banned child marriage in New Jersey — but his state is not the only one green-lighting youth to wed.

President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ War Escalation Plans In the Trash

Ron Paul at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: president-trump-toss-your-generals-war-escalation-plans-in-the-trash] There is no way another “surge” in Afghanistan and Iraq (plus a new one in Syria) puts America first. There is no way doing the same thing over again will succeed any better than it did the last time.

North Dakota Oil Production Jumps as Access Pipeline Nears Completion

Bob Adelmann at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: north-dakota-oil-production-jumps-as-access-pipeline-nears-completion] Hello, Bakken. Goodbye, OPEC. The latest report from North Dakota’s state oil and gas division showed that crude oil production for March is back up over a million barrels a day, an increase of nearly nine percent since December and almost double what the state produced five years ago, dooming OPEC's clout in the oil industry.

Despite "Freedom Act," NSA Collected 151 Million Phone Records in 2016

Dave Bohon at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: despite-freedom-act-nsa-collected-151-million-phone-records-in-2016] The NSA collected over 151 million phone records from Americans in 2016, despite a federal law supposedly intended to protect them from government surveillance.

​Wilkerson on Impeachment, Pence, Destabilizing the State, and War with Iran

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*by Gaius Publius* We've written recently about the destabilization of the State under the pressure of the current situation (see "A Nation in Crisis, Again"). Lawrence Wilkerson, retired U.S. Army colonel, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, and frequent commenter on U.S. foreign policy, adds more. In the wake of Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, Wilkerson gave a fascinating interview to Paul Jay at The Real News Network (click the video above to listen). I want to present a few comments and send you to the video, or over to the transcript, for the rest. (I'v... more »

Inside Hillary Clinton's Hotel Room on Election Night 2016

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 hours ago
https://youtu.be/ljkg-cRGfZo Oddly I listened to that penultimate anecdote without feeling any sympathy at all for Hillary Clinton.

Pesky facts

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
The latest News-watch study, examining in detail a week's worth of the *Today *programme, is now out and well worth reading. Its specific focus is that programme's coverage of the triggering of Article 50 at the end of March. It found that: ....only eight (6.5%) of the 124 speakers who appeared over the six editions were given the space to make substantive arguments that the future for the UK outside the EU would yield significant benefits. It also lays out considerable evidence that the programme's presenters and reporters exacerbated the bias - specifically the mood of Brexit-r... more »

Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates May 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Reuters: **Roads blocked round Venezuela as anti-Maduro protests persist* Manning barricades, sitting in deck chairs and sharing food, opposition supporters blocked roads in various parts of Venezuela on Monday to try to keep pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Demonstrators have been on the streets daily since early April to demand elections, freedom for jailed activists, foreign humanitarian aid to offset Venezuela's economic crisis, and autonomy for the opposition-controlled legislature. Maduro accuses them of seeking a violent coup. Protesters have used constantl... more »

On Meet the Press Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all but reveals himself to be a Russian operative.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
Okay take a look at this from the MTP transcripts: *CHUCK TODD: * *Can you get on a better footing with them if you don't address this issue of the Russian interference? I mean your counterpart, the Russian foreign minister, Mr. Lavrov, said that you guys didn't even talk about this issue of Russian interference in our election because, as he put it, President Trump himself says it's fake news, so it's not an issue. Why haven't you brought it up with them? * *SECRETARY REX TILLERSON: * *Well, Chuck, I think we have such a broad range of important issues that have to be addressed... more »

Here and There (Geopolitical Commentary)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 13 hours ago
*China: One Belt - One Road* We've discussed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor before on this blog. The Chinese concept of "all roads lead to China" is not a new one. It stretches back into antiquity. During the Bronze Age (The period is divided into three phases: Early Bronze Age(2000–1500 BC), Middle Bronze Age (1500–1200 BC), and Late Bronze Age (1200 – c. 500 BC), most of the tin used in the production of bronze was imported to the Mediterranean region from Afghanistan. It was the beginning of the Silk Road. Modern China wants to recreate this to bring new wealth to China. O... more »

North Korea’s Got a Brand New Ballistic Missile (And We Have the Video to Prove It)

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* Could it hit U.S. bases in Asia or Guam? North Korea tested a new ballistic missile — the Hwasong-12 — early Sunday morning. The missile, which Pyongyang praised as “a perfect weapon system,” is a medium long-range missile, according to North Korean media. It appears to be the longest range missile the North has tested to date. The missile’s range is somewhere between the unreliable Musudan (Hwasong-10) and the intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea is developing but has yet to test. Choson TV released a video of its new weapon, which c... more »

Journal: Here’s why we didn’t retract this duplicated paper

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
Here’s something we don’t see every day: A journal explains in an erratum notice why it chose not to retract a paper that contains data published elsewhere. According to the Journal of Business and Psychology, the authors violated the journal’s transparency policy by failing to disclose that they’d used the same data in their 2014 in […] The post Journal: Here’s why we didn’t retract this duplicated paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Donald Trump may not be bluffing about a recording of his discussion with James Comey, because he has a history of recording such conversations.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Donald Trump and James Comey.Courtesy of WaPo: *Throughout Donald Trump’s business career, some executives who came to work for him were taken aside by colleagues and warned to assume that their discussions with the boss were being recorded. * *“There was never any sense with Donald of the phone being used for private conversation,” said John O’Donnell, who was president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in the 1980s. * *For O’Donnell and others who have had regular dealings with Trump through the years, there was something viscerally real about the threat implied by the presid... more »

Chelsea Manning To Remain On Active Duty, Receive Health Care After Her Prison Release This Wednesday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Chelsea Manning will continue to receive health care and other benefits from the military after her release from prison, the US Army says* * Chelsea Manning has served seven years of a 35-year sentence in a men's prison * The 29-year-old is scheduled to be released from Kansas prison on Wednesday * Before leaving office, ex-President Barack Obama commuted her sentence * Bradley Manning was arrested for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks * Manning will continue to receive benefits as an unpaid, active duty soldier Chelsea Manning will continue to receive heal... more »

Theresa May finally met a real voter and it didn’t go at all well

Emily Apple at The Canary - 13 hours ago
Theresa May met a real voter today who wasn’t happy with the Prime Minister’s record on disability rights. And it shows why May is so reluctant to meet real people. A real person May was campaigning in Abingdon when she was asked what she would do to help people with learning and mental health disabilities. But […]

Theresa May is offering a new contract to UK workers, but there’s a bombshell buried in the small print [IMAGES]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 13 hours ago
Most UK newspapers are heralding the Conservatives’ election pledges to working people as a kind of revolution. But the data crunchers outside of parliament have looked at the numbers, and they’ve found the bombshell buried in the small print. First, the plans have no funding. Second, the Conservative government’s performance on jobs and pay is […]

Was a Whale Spotted Under the Mackinac Bridge?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
A photograph purportedly showing a "freshwater sturgeon whale" between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan is fake.

Was ‘Conservative Icon’ Clint Eastwood Found Dead In His Brentwood Home?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
A death hoax targeted Clint Eastwood in May 2017, but the actor is alive and well.

"Mao and the Middle Class: What's the Source of Political Power?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Mao and the Middle Class: What's the Source of Political Power?"* Force is not the same as power. If force fails to persuade, power evaporates. by Charles Hugh Smith "The decline of middle class wealth and income is not just an economic trend - it translates directly to a decline in political power. Chairman Mao famously noted that "Political power grows out of the barrel of gun,", but this is only true in specific circumstances, for reasons elucidated by author Edward Luttwak in his book "The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire." Luttwak delineated the difference between force and... more »

These canaries in the coal mine are being punished for telling the truth

Sam Woolfe at The Canary - 14 hours ago
Canaries were used in coal mines to alert miners of toxic levels of gas. This is why, on 21 April, activists showed up at Ffos-y-Fran coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, dressed as dead canaries. It was to protest against the polluting fossil fuel. But for standing up for the environment – and in turn, all of us […]

Give voters more control of property taxes

Content Multimedia - 14 hours ago
By James Quintero, Vance Ginn These data reinforce what everyone already knows — that Texas’ property tax system is broken and needs an overhaul lest more people lose their homes, businesses, and futures.

German Chancellor Merkel: Germany Will Move Its Soldiers If Turkey Refuses Lawmaker Visit

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*DW:* T*urkey refuses German parliamentarians access to Incirlik air base* Turkey has refused to allow a delegation of German lawmakers to visit Bundeswehr soldiers at the Incirlik air base. The incident puts a further strain on already fraught ties between the two countries. Turkish authorities have once again refused to allow a group of German politicians to visit Bundeswehr soldiers stationed at Incirlik air base, German news agency dpa reported on Monday. Germany currently has several Tornado surveillance aircraft and a refueling plane deployed at the base that are assisting an... more »

Tennessee Takes Another Step Toward Restoring Gun Rights

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: tennessee-takes-another-step-toward-restoring-gun-rights] Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed into law a bill decriminalizing the manufacture and owning of firearm suppressors.

Texas Bill Creates Committee to Identify, Nullify Unconstitutional Federal Acts

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: texas-bill-creates-committee-to-identify-nullify-unconstitutional-federal-acts] The Texas Sovereignty Act would create a committee to review federal acts in order to identify those that are unconstitutional.

What Makes the AK-47 and the M16 Such Different Weapons

Fritz W. Ermarth at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Fritz W. Ermarth* *Security, Americas* The Kalashnikov is built for fighting dirty. Recently, Blake Franko of the *National Interest* published an article about the ubiquity of the Kalashnikov AK-47 and its variants. He focused on how its popularity is the result of its reliability in the hands of all kinds of shooters, in the toughest and dirtiest environments. This reliability made the AK-47 a formidable adversary and a valuable acquisition for American troops in Vietnam, when their M16s were jamming from shooting and local conditions. But there is more to the story that is w... more »

These Two Former Intelligence Chiefs Differ Sharply on Russia and Trump

Paul J. Saunders at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Paul J. Saunders* *Politics, Americas* [image: Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates shakes hands with Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper. DVIDSHUB/Public domain] America needs more Robert Gates and less James Clapper. In extended interviews, two former U.S. intelligence chiefs have provided dramatically different assessments of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath. Comparing their statements raises some important questions about the media controversies swirling about the Trump administration, including President Donald Trump’s fi... more »

How the U.S. Navy Plans to Kill Submarines from Russia, China and North Korea

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * The Fire Scout drone gets a big upgrade. The Navy's helicopter-like Fire Scout drone will soon operate an advanced sensor giving it increased ability to detect and destroy enemy mines and submarines from a Littoral Combat Ship, service officials said. The new sensor, designed for combat and surveillance missions in littoral waters, is called the Coastal Battlefield Reconnaissance and Analysis, or COBRA. "COBRA is currently in Initial Operational Test and Evaluation on the MQ-8B and is projected to reach Initial Operational Capability this year," Capt.... more »

Is the U.S. Military Preparing for War?

Dan Goure at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Dan Goure* *Security, Asia* The first signs of a national mobilization for war are appearing. An interesting concatenation of parallel efforts to pull the U.S. military up by its proverbial bootstraps is beginning to show signs of purposeful strategic direction. There are calls from many quarters to increase the sizes of the Navy, Army, Air Force, , Marine Corps. Add to these the proposals to accelerate near-term Army land force modernization, ramp up the production rates of our most modern military systems such as Virginia-class submarines, the F-35 fighter, late model Army Bla... more »

THAAD Won't Save Asia (or America) from North Korea

Eric Gomez at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Eric Gomez* *Security, Asia* But it could make things worse. Last week U.S. officials confirmed that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense battery deployed on a South Korean golf course reached initial operating capability. As tensions grow on the Korean peninsula, THAAD’s deployment is supposed to improve deterrence by bolstering the ability of the United States and South Korea to defend against North Korean ballistic missiles. While THAAD does reduce the chances of a successful North Korean missile attack against important U.S. military bases and so... more »

Welcome to Ukraine

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago
A friend of mine has a son in the US Army Special Forces. He is currently stationed at a base in western Ukraine (the stronghold of Bandera Nazi supporters) where the US Army is training these Nazis (in the newly formed National Guard) and then sending them to eastern Ukraine to shell hospitals, schools, day care centers, churches, rail stations, airports, civilian homes, and apartment blocks killing their fellow citizens whose only crime is that they speak Russian as they live near the Russian border. These actions by the US backed Ukrainian forces are war crimes. The goal is t... more »

Solar Plus Batteries Will At Least Double The Cost For Electricity

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 14 hours ago
Solar power is all the rage, at least for government officials who don't understand physics but do spend a lot of time with environmental (and solar panel) lobbyists. Even in a small country like Belgium, solar can't even meet half of energy needs. In order for it to meet energy needs would require batteries, and that means doubling the cost for the public. If it were implemented in a large country like America, the cost would be astronomical, and that's without adding new transmission lines equivalent to every paved road in the U.S. read more

Mosul Campaign Day 210 May 14 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Comparison of West Ninewa maps from 5/6/17 vs 5/14/17 shows the quick advance the Iraqi forces have made since they attacked the northwest sector (Ninewa Media Cell) The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are closing the noose on the last areas of west Mosul held by the Islamic State. The Iqtisadinneighborhood was freed, Ureibiwas attacked, and there was on going fighting in Bab al-Tob, Farouq, Bab al-Jadid, Tamuz 17, and Zinjali. A general from the Golden Division said that the insurgents were spent and exhausted, while the Federal Police commander General Shakir Jawadat estimated that ... more »

Police Chief Starts Paradigm Shift, Quits Job After 16 Years to Grow Marijuana

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: marijuana]A Maryland cop is making the switch from busting people for marijuana to the cultivation side of marijuana — highlighting a major paradigm shift.

Süryani güçler, Deyrezzor operasyonu için Suriye ordusuna desteğe geldi

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Süryanilerden oluşan Gozarto Koruma Güçleri, yakında başlaması beklenen Deyrezzor operasyonuna katılmak için bölgeye ulaştı. Haseke ve Kamışlı’da konuşlu olan, iyi eğitimli bu birlikler daha önce de Karyateyn ve Sadad çatışmalarında IŞİD’e karşı savaşmıştı.Diğer çatışmalara da kısmen katılan bu birliklerin, çöl savaşlarında tecrübeli oldukları biliniyor. İlerleyen günlerde, Deyrezzor’da bulunan ordu birliklerinin mezarlıklar bölgesi üzerinden bir […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Graphic aftermath of failed ISIS assault on Aleppo supply line

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – Late last night, Islamic State insurgents spearheaded an attack on the Al-Azib valley near the Ithriya-Khanasser road in a bid to cutoff the only highway connecting Aleppo with the government mainland of central Syria. According to Al-Masdar News field correspondent Ibrahim Joudeh, clashes erupted at 2 a.m. and continued until […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Intense firefights erupt overnight at jihadist enclave west of Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:25 P.M.) – Last night, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) engaged each other with ferocity around the Beit Jinn pocket southwest of Damascus on the provincial border with Quneitra. Deploying mortar guns and various types of weaponry, HTS claimed to have not only repelled the SAA’s latest assault […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Eastern Ghouta infighting resumes as Syrian Army expands control around the capital

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 20 P.M.) – The largest rebel group in the Eastern Ghouta, Jaish al-Islam, continues to crack down on its rival factions in a bid to dominate the insurgent enclave outside the capital. Backed by tanks and armored vehicles, the Saudi-funded fighters broke into several positions and bases for Falyal al-Rahman and Hay’at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tenth batch of militants leave Al-Wa’er District in Homs

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The tenth batch of militants and their families departed from the Al-Wa’er District of Homs City, Al-Masdar’s Ibrahim Jouden reported this morning. The militants and their families were transported this morning via a bus provided by the Syrian government; they are en route to the rebel-held Idlib Governorate. At least […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Elite Syrian Army unit redeploys to Golan Heights border for upcoming offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division is redeploying from the Al-Qaboun District to the Beit Jinn pocket near the Golan Heights border, an officer from this unit told Al-Masdar this afternoon. Also known as the “Ghiath Forces,” the 42nd Brigade is a battle-hardened […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks kick-off tomorrow

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(TASS) The sixth round of the Intra-Syrian negotiations begins in Geneva; although, the discussions officially start on May 16, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Secretary General for Syria Staffan de Mistura intends to give an orientation press conference on May 15 at 13:00 Moscow time. The delegations of the Syrian government, the opposition, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Американские и британские военные вторглись на юг Сирии совместно с боевиками (ВИДЕО)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
В воскресенье во второй половине дня на территорию южной Сирии через пограничный переход Танф вошли американские и британские военные. Об этом сообщило агентство SMART News. Согласно репортажу, приблизительно 150 военнослужащих США и Великобритании вместе с боевиками группировки “Армия стражей революции” (связана с так называемой “Свободной сирийской армией”) вошли на территорию Сирии, направляясь к подконтрольному террористам […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Second batch of militants prepare to leave Al-Qaboun, Tishreen

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:15 P.M.) – Minutes ago, the second batch of militants and their families began to gather for their departure from the Al-Qaboun and Tishreen districts of Damascus, a local journalist inside the capital city told Al-Masdar News. The militants and their families will begin loading the buses provided by the government shortly, the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army eyes Jobar in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has shifted their attention from the Al-Qaboun and Tishreen districts to the Jobar suburb in Damascus’ eastern sector, a military source told Al-Masdar this morning. Troops from the Syrian Arab Army’s 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard began their short trip south from Al-Qaboun to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

В Дейр-эз-Зор прибыли подкрепления из состава ассирийских формирований

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
В конце прошлой недели в провинцию Дейр-эз-Зор прибыли подразделения Сил самообороны “Гозарто” (GPF) в преддверии предстоящей операции правительственной армии Сирии против террористической группировки “Исламское государство”. Сформированные из бойцов ассирийского происхождения из города Камышлы в провинции Хасака, отряды GPF ранее уже принимали участие в нескольких боевых операциях сирийской армии – в частности, в обороне города Садад […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US launches several airstrikes in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:40 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition launched several airstrikes in the Deir Ezzor countryside on Monday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions at the border-town of Albukamal. According to the Islamic State’s official media wing, Al-Amaq, the U.S. Coalition attacked a residential area in Albukamal, killing at least 25 civilians and wounding more […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

‘Kurdish factor is the real factor in the situation in Syria’ – Putin

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said the “Kurdish factor is the real factor in the situation in Syria,” during a speech at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, in Beijing, Monday. “Kurdish forces participate in the military operation against the so-called Islamic State, and they are one of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Canada excludes Syrian Al-Qaeda branch from terror list

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(CBC) The Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, currently calling itself Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), has succeeded in getting itself off Canada’s list of designated terrorist entities following its latest identity shift. That complicates the task of prosecuting Canadians who travel to join the group, send it money or propagandize on its behalf. It also illustrates the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Michelle Obama: "Why is someone okay with your kids eating crap"...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*"here's the secret. If someone is doing that they don't care about your kid."* *"And we need to demand that everyone care deeply about our kids."* In her best ghetto shuck and jive last Friday, Michelle Obama speaking at the Partnership for a Healthier America conference in Washington, D.C., took a backhanded swing at President Trump's administration for easing the restrictions on federally subsidized school lunches. Why is the federal government feeding school kids? If these kids qualify for free breakfast and lunch, no doubt their mom, who is probably single, is already recei... more »

Here’s what you should know about Iran’s Presidential election

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
[image: In this Monday, June 17, 2013 photo, Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani places his hand on his heart as a sign of respect after speaking at a news conference, in Tehran, Iran. (AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)] Western mainstream media has totally Iran's democratic process. The post Here’s what you should know about Iran’s Presidential election appeared first on The Duran.

Will Emmanuel Macron break up the EU by accident?

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
[image: Unfinished European Union Flag puzzle] Marine Le Pen wanted to restructure Europe on a democratic and sovereigntist basis. The current French President may have something even more earth shaking in mind. The post Will Emmanuel Macron break up the EU by accident? appeared first on The Duran.

Schulz bombs, Merkel set for re-election, Macron doomed

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 15 hours ago
[image: angela-merkel-jpg] Merkel's victory in the state election in North Rhine Westphalia crushes the challenge from the SPD's Martin Schulz and dooms the hopes of reform of Emmanuel Macron. The post Schulz bombs, Merkel set for re-election, Macron doomed appeared first on The Duran.

President Trump Getting Ready To Meet Turkish President Erdogan On Tuesday

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*NBC: **Trump Set to Welcome Turkey’s Leader Erdogan to White House* It was never going to be the easiest encounter, but President Donald Trump's planned meeting with Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week has gotten even more awkward. The pair will sit down at the White House on Tuesday to discuss how to "deepen our cooperation to confront terrorism in all its forms," according to a Trump administration statement announcing the event. That promises to be a tough challenge after Trump gave the Pentagon authorization to arm Kurdish militias in Syria to help drive ISIS out... more »

VILLAINS AND US: Under every bed!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017Part 1—An eternally popular story:* Bill O'Reilly is gone from Fox. In the world of profit-based cable news, we liberals are suddenly hot. Appropriately, the Hollywood Reporter announced the news of the latest big ratings bump. "Huge wins," last Friday's headlines said, in a bit of an embellishment: O'CONNELL (5/12/17): *TV Ratings: MSNBC, Maddow Scoring Huge Wins With Comey Coverage/* MSNBC dominates its third night of primetime since Trump's FBI ouster as 'The Five' proves more of a draw than Tucker Carlson for Fox News. *The incredibly eventful couple of ... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
1976 OUTBREAK IN ROUGHLY THE SAME REMOTE AREA IN THE CONGO AS OUTBREAK NOW The first ever outbreak of Ebola in the world, in Congo in 1976 was caused by injections administered in a remote mission hospital, according to a report on the outbreak written by an international commission. The report “Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Zaire, […]

Nigeria steps up airport screening for Ebola

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Ifeanyi Onuba and Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja Additional personnel, thermal scanners and sanitisers have been deployed in Nigeria’s two major international airports by the Federal Government as part of measures to forestall another round of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria. It was learnt that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, […]

WHO confirms second Ebola case in Congo outbreak, not clear how first victim got disease. GAVI Pushes for massive vaccination campaign

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Reuters The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Sunday a second case of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo after an outbreak this week of 17 other suspected cases. Health officials are trying to trace 125 people thought to be linked to the cases identified in the remote northeastern province of Bas-Uele province in northeastern […]

Controversial researcher loses 12th paper that’s “literally copied;” authors object

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
A physics journal has retracted a 2011 paper by a group of scientists based in Italy, noting it’s “literally copied” from a paper by the same authors. This is the 12th retraction for the paper’s first author Alberto Carpinteri, who is known in the engineering community for championing some controversial ideas, such as that the Shroud […] The post Controversial researcher loses 12th paper that’s “literally copied;” authors object appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Corbyn: Retire Before 68

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 15 hours ago
'Jeremy Corbyn has hinted that Labour's revised manifesto will include a commitment to reducing the retirement age – Jez says 68 is "too late" to retire. He is 68 next week…' From Guido Fawkes https://order-order.com/2017/05/15/corbyn-retire-before-68/ Beyond parody...

Theresa May’s Government of Chaos holds the nation’s health to ransom; it makes you wanna cry

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 15 hours ago
Britain’s National Health Service is under sustained attack from years of under funding. Now inaction by Theresa May’s Government of Chaos has seen the NHS come under further attack by a ransomware virus, so delaying treatment for thousands of patients. And now there is a warning that a second version of the ransomware is about […]

The Scottish Tory leader has made an epic balls up in just 23 words [TWEETS]

Tracy Keeling at The Canary - 15 hours ago
Scottish Conservatives leader Ruth Davidson tried to damage Jeremy Corbyn on 14 May. But instead she ended up defiling the memory of her party’s hero, Margaret Thatcher. And she managed to insult all those we send to war in the process. That’s quite the balls up in just 23 words. Damaging Corbyn Newspapers over the […]

A Long Time Coming

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
Donald Trump, Chris Hedges writes, is the culmination of a forty year decline: Our descent into despotism began with the pardoning of Richard Nixon, all of whose impeachable crimes are now legal, and the extrajudicial assault, including targeted assassinations and imprisonment, carried out on dissidents and radicals, especially black radicals. It began with the creation of corporate-funded foundations and organizations that took control of the press, the courts, the universities, scientific research and the two major political parties. It began with empowering militarized police ... more »

"US Debt of $20 Trillion Visualized in Stacks of Physical Cash"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"US Debt of $20 Trillion Visualized in Stacks of Physical Cash" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqUwr-Nkq9g

"It's Almost Too Easy..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"I suppose in the end it's almost too easy to look back and say what you should have done, how you might have changed things. What's harder - what's much, much harder - is to accept what you actually did do." - Peter Hook

World News Briefs -- May 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*BBC:* *Cyber-attacks from WannaCry ransomware slow but fears remain* A computer malware that has spread across 150 countries appears to be slowing down, with few reports of fresh attacks in Asia and Europe on Monday. However staff beginning the working week have been told to be careful. The WannaCry ransomware started taking over users' files on Friday, demanding $300 (£230) to restore access. Hundreds of thousands of computers have been affected so far. Computer giant Microsoft said the attack should serve as a wake-up call. *Read more *.... *MIDDLE EAST* Iraqi forces close i... more »

The Republican Party Is About To Amp Up Its War Against The Poor In A Really Big Way

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
As *NY Times* columnist Frank Bruni noted yesterday, there isn't a core of shrewdness beneath Señor Trumpanzee's antics nor a method to his madness. "Mostly, there’s a raging, pouting child... The House passed health care legislation that blatantly contradicted his incessant promises of terrific, inexpensive coverage and betrayed the hard-luck Americans whose champion he purported to be. The Senate made clear that it was going nowhere anyway. He’s not coming to anyone’s rescue, just giving the Trump-Kushner clan a loftier status and more leverage for enriching themselves. He’s not ... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
Jennifer Steinhauer of *The New York Times* tells us that Republican senators are beginning to reject the president: Senate Republicans, increasingly unnerved by President Trump’s volatility and unpopularity, are starting to show signs of breaking away from him as they try to forge a more traditional Republican agenda and protect their political fortunes. Her evidence? Several Republicans have openly questioned Mr. Trump’s decision to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and even lawmakers who supported the move have complained privately that it was poorly timed and disruptive... more »

Aronofsky's Mother - Jennifer Lawrence - Javier Bardem

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 16 hours ago
*...mother!* I mean, what the heaven-mess is Darren Aronofsky's new film Mother! (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) promising with a psycho-horror Gaia-sacrificial poster like this?


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Segregation at Harvard* Two days before Courtney Woods dresses in a cap and gown for Harvard’s traditional commencement, she will don a stole made of African kente cloth and address the crowd at a somewhat different event: a graduation ceremony for black students. Student organizers said the event, called Black Commencement 2017, is the first universitywide ceremony for black students at Harvard and is designed to celebrate their unique struggles and achievements at an elite institution that has been grappling with its historic ties to slavery. More than 170 students and 530 ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Obama Kicks Off First Foreign Speech With An Astonishingly False Statement On Global Warming* Former President Barack Obama told those gathered at an agricultural conference that man-made global warming was already impacting agriculture on a global scale, shrinking crop yields and raising food prices. “Our changing climate is already making it more difficult to produce food,” Obama said at the Seeds & Chips conference in Milan, Italy Tuesday, according to The New York Times. “We’ve already seen shrinking yields and rising food prices,” the former president said in his first speec... more »

Sweden - From Eden to Mujaheeden - A Documentary

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 16 hours ago
*Youtube link: * * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVHPcfK_z-w* *Published on August 16, 2016* UPDATE 4 March 2017: Brilliant interview with the above film-maker here (English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5IMT... twitter: follow me at @palmebook facebook: follow us at @tworavenfilms Make no mistake. Sweden is becoming another country. Muslim, Middle Eastern, different. Buy my book on Sweden's immigration crisis: http://amzn.to/2bkQB4i Fully subtitled version (both of Swedish and English dialogue) of same film available here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulk4L... It will ... more »


alicia hamberg at the ethereal kiosk - 16 hours ago
I watched with fascination these two documentary movies. Each around an hour and a half long, one chronicles the first three years of a German waldorf school, the other the three following years. They follow a class, and its teacher. A third and last film is coming out soon. I should say right away that … Continue reading 2017.05.15 →

Vladimir Putin clarifies Russia’s Kurdish policy in Syria

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
[image: kurds 1] Russia may be able to bring order to America's chaos. The post Vladimir Putin clarifies Russia’s Kurdish policy in Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Vladimir Putin condemns North Korea’s missile launch–warns against ‘intimidation’

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
[image: mouth] Russia and China have consistent and moderate policies on the North Korean issue. The post Vladimir Putin condemns North Korea’s missile launch–warns against ‘intimidation’ appeared first on The Duran.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 15, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Reuters*: *North Korea's latest missile launch suggests progress toward ICBM: experts* North Korea's successful missile test-launch signals major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, such as mastery of re-entry technology and better engine performance key to targeting the United States, experts say. The isolated country has been developing a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland United States mounted with a nuclear warhead. That would require a flight of 8,000 km (4,800 miles) or more and technology to ensure a warhead's stable re-entry... more »

Dutch documentary reveals the connections between Donald Trump and Russian mobsters.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of Alternet: *Donald Trump's business partners have included Russian oligarchs and convicted mobsters, which could make the president guilty of criminal racketeering charges. * *That's one of the eyebrow-raising takeaways from a 45-minute Dutch documentary that aired last week, titled The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump, Part 1: The Russians. The first installment of the investigative reporting series, produced by Zembla, does what no American TV network has yet dared to do—take a deep look at the organized crime links and corrupt international business strategies used b... more »

Free Range Kids: Most Parents Won't Let Kids Swim In Their Backyard Without Supervision

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 17 hours ago
A new national poll says that parents are in a panic about things like swimming pools. Least likely to think their kids can swim; black parents. A slight majority of white parents are fine with kids swimming sans parental hovering. Almost all parents think a natural lake (84 percent) or ocean (87 percent) , lacking concrete and a diving board, is too dangerous to be allowed. Only 63 percent would even allow kids to swim in their backyard. Granted, pools can be dangerous, with some 5,000 child and teen injuries a year and around 1,000 drowning deaths occurring, but it shows we are b... more »

Don't give up the day job

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
For our Russian readers : Не отказывайся от дневной работы

China's Dong Feng 26 - The Guam Killer

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 17 hours ago
As most people are aware, the United States is the global leader when it comes to its fleet of aircraft carriers. According to Global Firepower, here is a graphic showing the number of aircraft carriers owned by nations around the world: Note that China has one aircraft carrier to the nineteen currently in service for the United States, showing how important aircraft carriers are to American forces battle planning. Aircraft carriers provide a substantial advantage to military forces by enabling them to extend the operational range of aircraft and associated personnel, acting as... more »

It only took Nicola Sturgeon 44 seconds to demolish Theresa May on national television [VIDEO]

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 17 hours ago
Nicola Sturgeon’s appearance on ITV’s Peston on Sunday show explains why Theresa May is refusing to participate in leadership debates ahead of the general election. The Scottish First Minister demolished May in 44 seconds. The 44 seconds Sturgeon told Peston that she believes May is refusing the debates out of fear. While Sturgeon and other party leaders […]

Major Developments Strongly Suggest the End of Unipolar World Order

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 17 hours ago
Will the western Illuminati agree/allow their global hegemony to end? I don’t think so. This is the reason for the WW3 drums. They will attempt to ignite WW3 to destroy challengers to their dominion ie. mainly Russia and China. After which, they will introduce their Luciferian New World Order, World Government led by the Anti-Christ, […]

The Blockchain: A Gold and Silver Launchpad?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 17 hours ago
Blockchain technology, the underpinnings of Crypto-currencies, make banks obsolete. You can transfer funds using BitCoin or any Crypto-currency, to anyone or company, without a bank as intermediary. Quite obviously it is a threat to the Illuminist global banking cartel. (Think about it: you can buy/sell using Cryptos totally bypassing governments and banks.) – My understanding […]

China's New Fighter Planes Are Incorporating Stolen U.S. Technology

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
US military experts have alleged that the designs of China's fifth-generation jet fighter J-31 were stolen from its F-35.Reuters *Dave Majumdar, Scout Warrior:* *US F-35 & F-22 vs. China's J-30 & J-31* *Examples of advanced Chinese weapons that incorporate stolen American know-how include the Chengdu J-20 and Shenyang J-31 stealth fighters and electromagnetic catapult launch systems.* Russia and China will likely use their cyber-warfare and cyber-espionage capabilities to challenge the United States into the foreseeable future. Both nations possess highly capable forces that can st... more »

"New Private Terminal at LAX Allows Oligarchs to Mock Debt Serfs Hauling Luggage Via Telescreen"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"New Private Terminal at LAX Allows Oligarchs to * *Mock Debt Serfs Hauling Luggage Via Telescreen"* by Michael Krieger "If there was ever an article that perfectly summed up the times we live in, it’d have to be the one published yesterday at The Guardian titled, "At LA Airport’s New Private Terminal, the Rich Can Watch Normal People Suffer." Here are a few excerpts: "The guiltiest pleasure at Los Angeles international airport’s (LAX) new private terminal for the mega-rich is not the plush, hushed privacy, or the beds with comforters, or the massages, or the coriander-scented soa... more »

17 Quotes From Post-9/11 Generals That All Leaders Should Know By Heart

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Task & Purpose:* *17 Indispensable Leadership Quotes From Post-9/11 Generals* When it comes to building a successful life in the United States of America, there is no shortage of advice for aspiring leaders. Those that hope to one day command a team, launch a business, or run for political office can turn to the internet, books, or classes to learn tools of management, or they can look to military leaders. Generals and admirals bring a unique perspective to the dialogue about how to galvanize the people around you to action. Those who served after the September 11, 2001 terror a... more »

Why America Should Fear Russia's Very Own 'Tomahawk' Cruise Missile

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Asia* How Moscow would strike. *Though Russia still produces other types of naval cruise missiles, the Kalibr nonetheless appears set to remain the mainstay of Russian long-range naval strike capabilities for years to come. The land-attack version, in theory, offers similar performance to the U.S. Tomahawk, while the antiship variant’s terminal supersonic sprint may make it a deadlier weapon at sea. Though the Russian Navy lags far behind the U.S. Navy in regards to numbers of ships, its ability to deploy effective long-range weapons on low-displac... more »

The North Korea Military Threat Everyone Is Forgetting About

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* Think chemical weapons. In recent years, North Korea’s chemical weapons have taken a backseat to her nuclear weapons. They are, however, no less dangerous. The deterioration of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) makes them more essential to victory than ever before. For both practical and doctrinal reasons, North Korea will almost certainly use chemical weapons in wartime, from riot control to lethal nerve gases. Chemical weapons will be used to create a local, tactical advantage on the front lines and neutralize some advantages, such as air power. ... more »

How This Maryland Police Department Is Combating the MS-13 Gang

Josh Siegel at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Josh Siegel* *Security, * The Trump administration repeatedly has invoked the threat of MS-13, making the gang a central focus of its effort to enforce immigration laws aggressively. Two years ago, a suburban Maryland county began to see a dramatic rise in killings attributed to MS-13, an international gang with ties to Central America. In response, the Montgomery County Police Department assigned Capt. Paul Liquorie, a 23-year veteran of the police force, to lead a centralized street gang unit dedicated to stomping out the violence. In an interview with The Daily Signal, Liqu... more »

Al Gore Despair as Global Warming Scam Fails

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 18 hours ago
*Andrew Bolt* presents *The Bolt Report* on the 8th November 2015 Al Gore has a meltdown and despairs as his climate change alarmism fails with the general public in Australia. His worst fears are now being realized as he fails to become the planet's first climate Billionaire. Andrew presents a CSIRO report on Australian attitudes to the climate change con. Even though CSIRO is funded by the government to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars every year to do climate 'research' and so has a vested interest in prolonging the scare, it cannot hide the facts that are revealed ... more »

Here’s the moment Corbyn met a veteran that The Daily Mail would rather you didn’t see

Emily Apple at The Canary - 18 hours ago
The Daily Mail made much mileage out of Jeremy Corbyn allegedly snubbing a military vetran. But there’s footage of him meeting a veteran that the paper would much rather you didn’t see. A star The Labour leader met the veteran while campaigning in Angela Rayner’s constituency of Ashton-under-Lyne. And it shows him taking time out to have […]

Inside the National Grid’s epic challenge to keep the lights on

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/05/13/inside-national-grids-epic-challenge-keep-lights/ The Telegraph has an article by Jillian Ambrose, little Emily’s successor, which is ostensibly about the challenges faced by the National Grid. The beginning summarises the situation quite well: Before the Nineties we had a very clear-cut industry,” says Richard Smith, head of National Grid’s networks business. […]

Syrian Army renews offensive in eastern Palmyra

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in the Palmyra countryside this morning, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions east of the Talilah Crossroad. Led by the 5th Legion and 18th Tank Division, the Syrian Arab Army attacked an Islamic State outpost along the main road to the strategic […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi forces capture large hilltop southwest of Al-Qaiwaran

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) captured the large hilltop of Tal Al-Sheikh near the Al-Qaiwaran area in the Nineveh Governorate, the PMU’s official media wing reported this morning. With Al-Qaiwaran captured, the Popular Mobilization Units will now push further east towards the Al-Qaiwaran area, as they look to expel […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Putin, Erdogan hold brief discussion

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
(TASS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a brief talk with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the One Belt, One Road international forum, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday. Putin’s spokesman declined to specify what the talk was about. “No, this can’t be done [to specify the theme of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS versucht einzige Versorgungsroute der syrischen Regierung nach Aleppo abzutrennen

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (08:10) – Der Islamische Staat (ISIS) hat Sonntag Nacht hindurch versucht, die einzige Versorgungslinie der syrischen Regierung zum Regierungsbezirk Aleppo abzutrennen und die Stellungen der Syrischen Arabischen Armee (SAA) im Tal Al-Azib attackiert. ISIS begann den Angriff der Kontrollpunkte der Syrisch Arabischen Armee im Al-Azib; es kam zu einem heftigen Gefecht, das mehrere […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS Hunters: ‘Trump, no puedes enfrentarte a nosotros de hombre a hombre’

Al-Masdar News at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
Los ISIS Hunters -en español Cazadores de ISIS-, cuerpo de élite del Ejército siro entrenado por Rusia, publicó ayer un vídeo en el que se comprometen a liberar cada centímetro de Siria de los grupos terroristas. “Vamos a continuar logrando victorias hasta que liberemos el último trozo de la República Árabe Siria,” afirma Ameer Ahmad Ahmad, miembro de […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL attempts to cutoff Syrian government’s only supply route to Aleppo

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:10 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) attempted to cutoff the Syrian government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate on Sunday night, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the Al-Azib Valley near the Ithriya-Khanasser Road. ISIL began the assault by storming the Syrian Arab Army checkpoints in the Al-Azib Valley; […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Here’s why Albania is a failed state

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
[image: failed state] Albania's hyper-corruption threatens regional peace and stability. The post Here’s why Albania is a failed state appeared first on The Duran.

Can America control its Kurdish proxies?

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
[image: us crime] There is a real chance that America has lost control over its Kurdish proxies and its Turkish allies. The post Can America control its Kurdish proxies? appeared first on The Duran.

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to NATO: ‘Problems we have with Russia will be solved by diplomats and no other way’

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
[image: ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to NATO: ‘Problems we have with Russia will be solved by diplomats and no other way’] Bad news for NATO warmongers? The post ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to NATO: ‘Problems we have with Russia will be solved by diplomats and no other way’ appeared first on The Duran.

A young Barack Obama dreamed of becoming as successful as Donald Trump

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
[image: Obama community organizer] For a young Obama, Trump was the embodiment of the American dream. The post A young Barack Obama dreamed of becoming as successful as Donald Trump appeared first on The Duran.

Chaos after full draft of Conservative manifesto found in bin

Kerry-anne Mendoza at The Canary - 19 hours ago
Residents of historic Cumbrian market town Kirkby Lonsdale received a shock on Monday 15 May, when a full draft of the Conservative party’s election manifesto was found crumpled in a bin. The normally sleepy town now finds itself at the centre of a political scandal. A big day for Kirkby Lonsdale At around 7:30am, street cleaner […]

Russia Got The Tech Behind France's Mistral Amphibious Assault Ships For Nothing

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
© AFP 2017/ GEORGES GOBET *Sputnik:* *He Who Laughs Last, Laughs Best: Russia Ended Up Getting Mistral Tech for Free* The Russian-Egyptian deal on the sale of Ka-52K attack helicopters has reportedly reached the final stretch. Talks on the price of the choppers, to be used aboard Egypt's Mistral amphibious assault ships, are expected to begin later this month. Military expert Alexander Sitnikov explains how Russia ended up winning on the Mistral deal after all. Analysts consider the Ka-52K Katran naval attack helicopters to be the optimal choice for Egypt's Mistrals because they w... more »

Religious Freedom Under Attack by Church Leaders

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Cathy Jameson Thanks to Patrick Flynn for the title for this piece. Some of our readers may have heard about Patrick before. Polly Tommey caught up with him while the Vaxxed bus was in north Florida last month. Fast...

Autism, Vaccination and Immigrants - Yet another Clear Correlation An Update

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Edward Yazbak MD A recent measles outbreak has recently been reported in Minnesota. According to the MN State Department of Health, there have been 51 confirmed measles cases (48 children and 3 adults) as of May 10, 2017. Forty...

The Resistance lives!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
200 members of Indivisible San Pedro form the word RESIST! Sat. at Trump National Golf Course, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. #standindivisible pic.twitter.com/QoRDWsdrkT — Indivisible SanPedro (@indivisible_sp) May 13, 2017 Trump better just learn to live with this, because this is his life now.

Ralph Ellis - Queen of Sheba - King Solomon...

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 19 hours ago
another classy reinterpretation of Ancient Ancestors by self-published author Ralph Ellis where he tries to find the historical figures among the tangled lies that are delivered up as religious myth... Relevant points of interest: 1) The Palestinians were (Paleset) Greeks kicked out by invading arabs 2) The Israelites refuse to admit their (Hyksos) Egyptian heritage 3) Iraq was pretty-much (Babylonian) Jewish until 1947 Damned interesting stuff, if you ask me...

Islamic State Commanders Are Deserting To Join The Free Syrian Army

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Arutz Sheva*: *ISIS commanders join Free Syrian Army* *Two ISIS commanders on Friday joined forces with the Free Syrian Army stationed on the border between Syria's Homs and Deir Ezzor provinces.* ISIS commander Mahmoud al-Faraj, together with Ghassan al-Sankeh, arrived in Badia in central Syria, leaving their troops behind. Al-Faraj is one of the highest ranking ISIS commanders in ISIS' new capital of Al-Mayadin *Read more* .... *Update:* ISIS Commanders Join "Moderate" Syrian Rebels (Zero Hedge) *WNU editor*: Why am I not surprised.


Anon at Aangirfan - 20 hours ago
*Clare Sheridan and her son, Dick, at the Charlie Chaplin Studios, 1921. Dick died in 1937.* Clare Sheridan was a convent school girl. In 1920, Clare Sheridan, a sculptor, travelled from London to Moscow to produce busts of Trotsky, Lenin and other Soviet leaders. Clare's mother was Clarita Jerome (Jacobson), who was the sister of Jennie Jerome (Jacobson), who married Winston Churchill. Clare's father was "Leonard Jerome (formerly Jacobson) business partner of August Belmont (nee Shoenberg), who was Rothschild's main American representative." Winston Churchill Clare Sheridan and... more »

This and That

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
Monday Sermonette: There are lots of memes out there. This is one of my favorites (left). Life produces only two things - time and the choice of how to spend it. There are lots of people with other ideas, but it comes down to that. Wise use of that time requires that you be true to yourself. Loving and being loved without condition is the key to happiness and friendship. Thus ends the sermonette. My son-in-law took a photo of my oldest daughter and his three boys/my grandsons for Mother's Day. She's a professional photographer and he's taking credit for having pulled off a mirac... more »

Solving problems: Energy, Climate and Remaking the Planet

Ethical Technology - 20 hours ago
Here is another science posting, with lots of amazing news. But nowadays, it is impossible to do this without politics foaming over the rim. And so, to start off—

If Today's Media Reported the Battle of Midway

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
*Midway Island Demolished. Yorktown, destroyer sunk.* *Many US planes lost* *June 7, 1942* The United States Navy suffered another blow in its attempt to stem the Japanese juggernaut ravaging the Pacific Ocean. Midway Island, perhaps the most vital U.S. outpost, was pummeled by Japanese Naval aviators. The defending U.S. forces, consisting primarily of antique Buffalo fighters, were competely wiped out while the Japanese attackers suffered few, if any, losses. In a nearby naval confrontation, the Japanese successfully attacked the Yorktown which was later sunk by a Japanese subma... more »

Wormhole Created in Lab

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Certainly what we know about wormholes does suggest that they can be generated with magnetic fields. One curious report has coins actually tossed through one such formed with powerful magnetic fields so perhaps we should take this approach more seriously and make the work all magnetic field centric. Recall that moving matter from one point to another is even more useful that moving a magnetic field. What is also interesting is that this can plausibly allow us to send an object to another point in time. This all requires devices larger and more powerful. It also requires ex... more »

26,000-Year-Old Child Footprints Found Alongside Paw Prints Reveal Oldest Evidence of Human-Canine Relationship

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Considering the recent evidence from the Amazon, the first best friends emerged the moment humanity began living in mobile secure hunting camps that stayed in one locale for any length of time.. Let us not look for complications. The dog saw an opportunity to attach himself to a new type of hunting band that actually needed him as well. The dog enhanced camp security and the camp provided secutirty against larger carnivores. As it turns out, other animals make the same calculation and are able to fit into this unusual niche. In the event this is real proof that takes us back ... more »

Scientist Finally Discover Why Eating Red Meat Causes Cancer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: red meat and cancer] Add in cardiovascular disease as well. The take home is that all read meat consumption needs to be carefully rationed at the least in order to allow the allergic reaction to fully dissipate. This includes milk as well. Fully fermented cheeses should be fine but no one has done rigorous testing. We do not know what is a safe time period for meat either. So far we seem to be safe with fish and chicken and presumably hard cheeses. .. . *Scientist Finally Discover Why Eating Red Meat Causes Cancer * *April 19, 2017 by admin* * http://thehealtheducati... more »

Kolbrin - The Book of gleanings - Chpt 6 - Companionship ofYodol

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
We now get a hero tale similar to Gilgamish and his friend Enkidu and this also has rings of Heracles as well. This is tentative evidence of Mesopotamia but that could also be an artifact of our own prejudices. More surely this is evidence of an Egyptian providence as they would have collected such tales from Mesopotamia in particular. One aspect of all this needs to be pointed out and that is the lack of any form of hegemonic power which is typical of the Bronze Age. Everywhere we see a big man or king at best and no mention of horses or even chariots which came earliest. Th... more »

I wondered how Have I Got News for You would cover the Diane Abbott faux pas on police numbers

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
https://youtu.be/KbsspcfDdes I wondered how Have I Got News for You would cover the Diane Abbott faux pas on police numbers. The answer, by shifting the laugh on to the pro Brexit campaign. Because on the BBC it's important to make fun of the right people, pun intended.

Peter Hitchens on the lack of BBC impartiality

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
https://youtu.be/sUAJzhGKKXU A rather good set of points including one about Andrew Marr's journalistic past that I have not heard expressed so clearly before and one about the BBC's part in getting David Cameron elected as Conservative party leader that I have suggested as fact previously. As for the argument of the last speaker, I won't dignify them with a response.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Power Shake

Debra Hawkins at Housewife Eclectic - 22 hours ago
“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and ProYo, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ProYoHighProteinIceCream http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” I never imagined my kids would be athletes. Yet, here I am sitting on the sidelines cheering my hardest for my soccer player. She has been playing soccer since she was three and she loves absolutely every second of it. It has made such a big impact on our family, that our second daughter starts soccer this fall too and she can hardly wait. I used to watch my mom make protein shakes... more »

Some Humor To Start The Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
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(Intimidation Watch?)  Fibrillating in Fear and Bankrupting By False Security  (How the U.S. Electorate Has Been Denied Its True Voice for Over 40 Years)  John Dean Sees Trouble?  (The Real New Climate)  Self-Interest or Values Voting?  (Violence Our Most Important Product)  Lee Camp on No More Net Neutrality  (Max and Stacy on Fake Health Care Tax-Payer Insurance Scam and Education Freight Train of Fraud)  Comey Cooped?

Bullshit works. And I'm quoting Fareed Zakaria (believe it or not): They're calling it "impeachment watch," but it seems more like bare-knuckled intimidation. Trump Threatens Comey With Secretly Recorded “Tapes” of Their Conversations Trump’s attempt to intimidate Comey appeared to be in response to reports from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News that the former director had let it

Riesige Explosion erschüttert Rebellenstützpunkt in Syrien

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (19:55) – Eine mächtige Explosion erschütterte am Sonntag Morgen einen Stützpunkt der Rebellen in der Stadt Azaz im Norden Syriens und führte zu zahlreichen Toten und Verletzten. Laut Quellen aus Kreisen der Rebellen wurde die Explosion durch eine nicht identifizierte Boden-Boden-Rakete ausgelöst und zerstörte ein Waffenlager der Liwa Al-Fateh genannten Rebellengruppe. Azaz wurde […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian government, Iraqi reinforcements reach southeast Damascus for upcoming offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:55 A.M.) – Reinforcements from the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) and their Iraqi paramilitary allies arrived in the southeastern countryside of Damascus last night to partake in the offensive to capture the Badiya area near the Iraqi border-crossing. The National Defense Forces were comprised of fighters from local contingents in the Damascus […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS Hunters vow to liberate all Syrian lands: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – The Russian-trained ISIS Hunters released a video on Sunday, vowing to liberate every inch of Syria from groups they refer to as terrorists. “We will continue with such achievements until we liberate every the very last piece of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Ameer Ahmad Ahmad of the ISIS Hunters stated […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

115 Dead as Yemen Cholera Outbreak Spreads: ICRC

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
(AFP) A cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen has killed 115 people and left 8,500 ill as hospitals struggle to cope with an influx of patients, the International Committee of the Red Cross said Sunday. “We now are facing a serious outbreak of cholera,” said ICRC director of operations Dominik Stillhart at a news conference in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fuerzas leales asirias llegan a Deir Ezzor con miras a una ofensiva

Renato Velez at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LÍBANO (6:30 AM) – Las Fuerzas de Protección Gozarto (FPG) llegaron la semana pasada a la gobernación de Deir Ezzor para participar en la próxima ofensiva del gobierno contra la organización terrorista Estado Islámico (ISIS). Formadas por combatientes asirios de la ciudad de Al-Qamishli en gobernación de Al-Hasake, las Fuerzas de Protección Gozarto han […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pro-government Assyrian forces arrive in Deir Ezzor for offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The Gozarto Protection Forces (GPF) arrived in the Deir Ezzor Governorate last week to partake in the government’s upcoming offensive against the Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization. Made up of Assyrian fighters from the Al-Hasakah Governorate city of Al-Qamishli, the Gozarto Protection Forces have participated in several battles against the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL’s last stand begins as Iraqi forces attack last positions in Mosul

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) is in serious trouble inside their de-facto Iraqi capital, as the government forces close-in on the terrorist group’s last positions in Mosul City. On Sunday, the Iraqi Armed Forces managed to capture the Rifa’i and Aribi districts after a short battle with the depleted Islamic State […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

As The North Korean Nuclear Crisis Grows, There Are Still No U.S. Ambassadors In China, South Korea, Or Japan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) *CNBC:* *There's an Asia nuclear crisis going on, and the US still doesn't have ambassadors in China, South Korea or Japan* * North Korea's nuclear threat is a priority for the Trump administration. * But the U.S. has not filled key diplomatic positions in the region, including allied nations. * Analysts say the lack of personnel makes it impossible for the U.S. to act. The United States has failed to put in place enough senior diplomats to tackle the North Korean nuclear threat and trade issues i... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
North Korea says Sunday missile launch was new type of rocket https://t.co/pchJPthUlZ pic.twitter.com/wsbhVrnYTg — AFP news agency (@AFP) May 14, 2017

Chu Ke-liang has passed

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
Famed comedian Chu Ke-liang dead at 70, of cancer. My friend Drew nailed it in a Facebook comment: On one end he was the affirmation of the KMT colonialist stereotype of Taiwanese as vulgar, low class, silly, impish and absurd. He was the validation of Waisheng class supremacy, not unlike the way African Americans have been depicted as caricatures to reinforce White supremacy in classic American film--the minstrel. Zhu Ge-liang was the caricature of Taiwaneseness to satisfy the desires of a Waisheng elite. On the other end, Zhu was loved by Taiwanese audiences for creating Taiwa... more »

North Korea Is Claiming That The Missile It Tested On Sunday Can Carry A Nuclear Warhead To The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency/REUTERS *CNN:* *North Korea says missile could carry nuclear warhead* (CNN)North Korea said Sunday's test-fire of a ground-to-ground ballistic missile proved the missile is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, state news agency KCNA said in a report Monday. The country's leader, Kim Jong Un, supervised the ... more »

Is JPMorgan Preparing to REVALUE SILVER? | Jim Willie

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on May 14, 2017 Jim Willie says the petrodollar is history… In this interview, Jim Willie answers the following viewers’ questions about the COMEX, JPMorgan, Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy, and the petrodollar! – – psionin, “Jim Willie mentioned a few times that buying a large amount of gold necessitates the paying of high premiums over […]

German Officer Probed for Planning Terrorist Attack, Bomb Manual Found

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Probably working for western Illuminist intelligence agencies preparing for false flag attacks. – Published on May 14, 2017 Investigators probing the case of a German officer who is suspected of plotting a hate crime have discovered a handbook on making IEDs. end

President Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
President Trump Did Not Obstruct Justice by Alan M. Dershowitz, https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/ A dangerous argument is now being put forward by some Democratic ideologues: namely that President Trump should be indicted for the crime of obstructing justice because he fired FBI Director James Comey. Whatever one may think of the President’s decision to fire Comey as a matter […]

Israeli Troops Filmed Watching Idly as Settlers Throw Stones at Palestinians (VIDEO)

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day 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 […]

The Real Reasons Why Unannounced Kissinger Visited Trump: Pedogate and Venezuela Intervention

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Real Reasons Why Unannounced Kissinger Visited Trump: Pedogate and Venezuela Intervention by Dave Hodges, http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/ This meeting had nothing to do with Kissinger helping Trump to avoid impeachment as being reported in the mainstream media. This MSM lie is totally devoid of logic. Does it even make sense that Kissinger, unannounced, would visit the White […]

BBC Has “Evidence” of Syrian Chemical Weapons But There’s One Major Problem

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
BBC Has “Evidence” of Syrian Chemical Weapons But There’s One Major Problem by Darius Shahtahmasebi, http://theantimedia.org/ (ANTIMEDIA) The BBC reportedly has exclusive proof that the Syrian government is continuing to produce chemical weapons in violation of a deal reached in 2013. Pursuant to that deal, the Syrian government was supposed to remove its entire stockpile, which the U.N. […]

Evidence for Bible’s Tower of Babel Discovered On Stone Tablet

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on May 13, 2017 The Smithsonian Channel shows in the first episode of its documentary series “Secrets” the emergence of new “very compelling” evidence that the Tower of Babel, as mentioned in the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, actually existed. Read more at: – http://www.christianpost.com/news/evi… end

Complete Hypocrites: Democrats Hated Comey

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on May 12, 2017 Apparently the entire mainstream media and liberal establishment has completely forgotten how just weeks ago, James Comey was their sworn enemy and was the sole reason Hillary Clinton lost the election. end

Our Dead Democracy Heading into WW 3 | Mike Rivero

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on May 13, 2017 What Really Happened radio show host Mike Rivero says, after Trump’s recent interventionist moves, Americans can now see elections are meaningless. American democracy is dead. The people with the money control American politics, and this elite class is leading us into another worldwide conflict. end

Russian Hack Story Collapsing: Tech Company Hired by DNC, Forced to Retract Statements after Wrongfully Blaming Russians for Hacking

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Russian Hack Story Collapsing: Tech Company Hired by DNC, Forced to Retract Statements after Wrongfully Blaming Russians for Hacking by Onan Coca, March 29, 2017, http://constitution.com/ Can you remember back to the presidential campaign? I know it seems like a long time ago, but please try. Do you remember how, after the DNC emails began leaking, Democrats […]

FBI Probe into Russian Hacker Prompted Offer of Cash, Citizenship for Confession, If He Admitted to Interfering in the 2016 Presidential Election on Behalf of Putin — Russian Hacker Claims

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
FBI Probe into Russian Hacker Prompted Offer of Cash, Citizenship for Confession, If He Admitted to Interfering in the 2016 Presidential Election on Behalf of Putin — Russian Hacker Claims by TOM O’CONNOR, http://www.newsweek.com/ A Russian citizen accused of being a hacker by both Russia and the U.S. has claimed U.S. officials offered to cut him a […]

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU Editor:* 200,000 victims so far and climbing.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Sees A Pattern Of Putin Critics And Their Untimely Deaths

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Hill:* *Clapper notes 'curious pattern' of Russian deaths* Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there is a “curious pattern” of deaths of opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin who have questioned or challenged his role. “Well, this obviously has been a curious pattern,” Clapper told host Jake Tapper Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Clapper said intelligence officials have not been able to gather enough evidence to prove the claim by many critics that Putin has opponents killed. “We have had difficulty, though, in actually generating an e... more »

Barents Sea Grows Ice in May

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 1 day ago
Something surprising is happening with Arctic ice. It is May and ice should be melting, but instead it is growing and in the unlikely place of Barents Sea. The images above show the ice positions since April, and you can see on the left how ice refused to leave Newfoundland, and on the right […]

Is Impeachment Realistic?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
NBC News and the *Wall Street Journal* released a new poll this morning. If Trump really was angry at his team *before*, he must be ready to have them all lined up against a wall and shot now. With Trump's overall approval rating dipping further-- to 39%-- public backing for his firing of James Comey is at just 29%. And 52% of the country holds a negative view of Trump, while just 38% of the country-- his base-- has a positive view of how he's doing his job. Perhaps scariest of all for Señor Trumpanzee is that an overwhelming 78% of the country supports an independent commission o... more »

Personalized Learning Poised to Take Center Stage

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
from Wrench in the Gears May 14, 2017 As new state education plans are unveiled, the ed-tech sector is positioning itself to take full advantage of the ESSA’s ample provisions for innovation / entrepreneurial experimentation on public school children. Language in Title lV-21st Century Schools Part F, Subpart 1 of the Every Student Succeeds Act allocates $200 million+ annually in fiscal years 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 to “create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale *entrepreneurial*, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainme... more »

Seizure of Kansas Student Newspapers Shone Light on Dispute

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
WICHITA, Kan. — A federal mediator is expected to hear arguments next month over a grievance stemming from a fray between administrators at Hutchinson Community College and student journalists and their suspended professor. The dispute resulted in administrators cancelling media classes near the semester’s end and briefly seizing an edition of The Hutchinson Collegian. The […]

Missouri S&T’s First Female Chancellor Wraps Up Duties

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
ROLLA, Mo. — The first woman to lead the Missouri University of Science and Technology has worked to improve diversity at the Rolla school, although the student body remains male dominated as she prepares to leave. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that S&T Chancellor Cheryl Schrader is wrapping up her duties this month at the […]

Tennessee Legislature Passes Free Tuition Program

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee’s new plan to allow older adults without a college degree or certificate to attend community college free of charge will serve as a model as more states consider similar policies, experts and school administrators said Friday. The state General Assembly passed the bill pushed by Gov. Bill Haslam, who is expected […]

University of New Hampshire Hit by Racism Claims

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
DURHAM, N.H. — Some University of New Hampshire students say the school has failed to address currents of racism on campus and are demanding that it double the number of students and faculty of color, offer diversity training for all staff and amend the student conduct code to expel students who post “racially insensitive” content. […]

37 employees, 5 Programs Get Axed at University of Wyoming

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
LARAMIE, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming will lay off 37 employees next week as the state’s only public, four-year university cuts costs to account for reduced state aid. The jobs to be cut are all non-faculty staff positions. They come after the university has already cut 332 jobs almost entirely by eliminating vacant positions […]

Trustees Could Decide This Week on Jackson State President

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi College Board trustees are still considering a new president for Jackson State University. Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce said Friday that trustees could take action in a closed session after their monthly meeting Thursday. Boyce says all three unnamed finalists discussed in a closed meeting Monday are still in the running. […]

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 […]

Two HBCU Presidents, Two Different Decisions

Jamal Watson at Diverse - 1 day ago
The leadership of two historically Black colleges and universities in Florida was on full display this past week, providing us with a glimpse of how important it is that college leaders listen carefully to their primary stakeholders: the students.

Guillermo: Trump Uses Liberty Commencement to Justify Trump

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
After one of the worst weeks of his truth-challenged presidency, Donald Trump was fortunate to have a “just what the doctor ordered” platform: a commencement speech, and at Liberty University, at that.

Diverse Docket: Path Cleared for Bias Suit

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
A federal judge ruled that an alum who earned a master’s degree at the Tampa campus of a Puerto Rico-based university can pursue her discrimination suit accusing the school of targeting low-income Latinos for its “sham” programs.

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