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Thomas Paine

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Friday, May 19, 2017

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"Chelsea Manning, Trump and the Left’s hypocrisy"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 minute ago
https://youtu.be/nBZBQYMz1SA The left are hypocrites? No Shit Sherlock

New list of extreme weather mortality events shows events of the past were worse than today

Hifast at Climate Collections - 6 minutes ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Measuring the human impact of weather WMO issues new records of weather impacts in terms of lives lost ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced today world records for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms. It marks the…

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell - "slippery characters"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 14 minutes ago
Whilst I don't agree with all of the characterisation of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell in this video, there is much that is true and rather damning. The refusal of Jeremy Corbyn to condemn the IRA from 4:30 and John McDonnell's best of our movement remarks near the end of the video should be enough to chill the hearts of any democrats. https://youtu.be/bVvca2SEvqo Video extracts that the institutionally pro Labour Party BBC will do their best not to show in the run-up to the general election.


Anon at Aangirfan - 19 minutes ago
*Deported Christian Indonesian Arino Massie* In May 2017, the Trump regime deported a group of Christian Indonesians who came to the USA seeking asylum from persecution around 20 years ago. Christian Indonesians who sought asylum in US for persecution Friends of the CIA and Mossad are suspected of being behind a string of bombings at churches across Indonesia on Christmas Eve 2000. Bombs went off in 11 cities which left 19 people dead (it would have been more if not for the sacrifice of one brave young Muslim man guarding one of the churches). *The Indonesian military and its f... more »

KASSAM: Brexit Voters Cannot Afford to Give Theresa May a Massive Majority as She Plans Compromise on Free Movement

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 45 minutes ago
Raymond Kassam at Breitbart http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/05/17/kassam-theresa-may-preparing-screw-brexit-voters-hard-youre-still-voting/ has a worrying article that is in accordance with some of my thoughts on the matter. Here's an extract: 'I don't know how much this will mean to you, but I know enough people close to Prime Minister May and her team. The consensus, they tell me, is clear: she intends to cave on free movement of people after the General Election, offering a "soft" Brexit, safe in the knowledge there's nothing the public or Parliament can do, especially if ... more »

Congressional Republican Leaders Are Worried That Someone Taped Their Private Conversations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
The U.S. Capitol dome and U.S. Senate (R) in Washington, August 2, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Axios: **House leaders worry more meetings secretly recorded* House Republican leadership is agitated after the Washington Post published a transcript from a secret recording of one of the inner-sanctum conversations in the office of Speaker Paul Ryan. The transcript shows House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy joking with his colleagues that then-candidate Trump and California Republican Dana Rohrabacher were both on the payroll of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The unknown is frust... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 1 hour ago
... *Natalie Crayton* makes *'Hebridean Sea Salt'*. The agency called *Food Standards Scotland* has been investigating Natalie Crayton's *'hand harvested sea salt, produced on the Island of Lewis'*, in Scotland. *Food Standards Scotland* claims that *most of Natalie Crayton's salt is 'imported table salt from Israel'.* *Food Standards Scotland* began its inquiry after an ex-employee alleged that the product was 'bulked out' with salt from Israel. Hebridean Sea Salt received assistance from the Prince's Trust and the Scottish Edge entrepreneurial fund, plus £180,000 from private i... more »

Greg Hunter, "Weekly News Wrap-Up 5/19/2017"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Weekly News Wrap-Up 5/19/2017"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com "You would not think the Associated Press and the New York Times would do a negative story against President Trump with an anonymous source and a document read to them over the phone, but that is exactly what they both did when they published a story on an alleged Jim Comey memo after he was fired as FBI Director. The Comey memo has yet to be seen by anyone in the media and Congress. The so-called news organizations imply obstruction of justice by President Trump at a White House meeting with Comey in February. Here... more »

Is Theresa May trying to not win the election with a large majority?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 hour ago
Theresa May's tactics during this general election seem odd. Alienating pensioners seems to be an especially odd tactic as they are more likely to vote than other age groups, and more likely to vote Conservative. So the various policies in the Conservative Party manifesto that are detrimental to many seems odd. Unless that is if Theresa May really is a Remainer and wants to be re-elected Prime Minister with a reduced majority or even at the head of a weak coalition government. That way Brexit could be derailed. It's not beyond the realms of possibility and might also explain her... more »

More Claims That Russia Is Providing Military Support To The Afghan Taliban

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*FOX News*: *Evidence of Russian military support for Afghan Taliban is growing* KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan villagers caught in Taliban territory in the northern province of Kunduz, by the border of Tajikistan, recently began reporting unmarked helicopters at night landing and leaving quickly from known Taliban hideouts, or at least areas outside of government control. Others spoke of smugglers bringing in shipments of small boats across the quiet river, called Panj on the Tajikistan side and Amu on the Afghanistan, between the two countries. It didn't take long before su... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
This reveals Erdogan ordered his goons to attack protestors. Guard talks to him then to another guard then it begins pic.twitter.com/h3qu93WEg1 — Gilgo (@agirecudi) May 18, 2017 *WNU Editor: *As if the Turkish government cares what the U.S. may say .... *US summoned Turkish ambassador after protester violence *(CNN).

China Showcases Their Newest Attack Helicopter

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Chinese-developed attack helicopter Z-19E is pictured during its maiden flight in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China May 18, 2017. China Daily/via REUTERS *Reuters: **New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight* China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernization program. China has rattled nerves around the region with its plan to reform its military, the world's largest, focusing on quality over quantity and replacing old equipment and tactics dating back decades, underpinned b... more »

Spacetimes as thick (objects and) amplifiers of information

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 2 hours ago
There are a whopping 23 new hep-th papers today, not counting the cross-listed ones, and some of them are very interesting. For example, Kachru and Tripathy find some cute number theory inside the engine of \(K3\times T^2\) compactifications of type II string theory. Max Guillen shows the equivalence of the 11-dimensional pure spinor formalism to an older one. Dvali studies the chiral symmetry breaking, a physicist named Wu presents a theory of everything based on "gauge theory in a hyperspacetime". Some paper answers whether patience is a virtue by references to cosmic censorship L... more »

Ex ExxonMobil CEO, Secretary of State Tillerson stands solidly on the side of climate change.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 2 hours ago
All Realists have heard the big Lie: (link) Sceptics Funded by Big Oil -no, the Alarmists are. And most often in the liars' disinformation, BigOil is represented by ExxonMobil. Meanwhile, we all have heard POTUS Trump's promise to tear up the Paris Treaty: eg: Donald Trump Pledges to Rip Up Paris Climate Agreement. Gee, then POTUS Trump appointed Rex Tillerson (ex-CEO ExxonMobil) as Secretary of State. Image Credit: All-len-All Now we find that, presumably against Donald Trump's wishes, Tillerson stands solidly on the side of the [man-made] climate change fraud. (link) U.S. Secr... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Opposition supporters clash with riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 10, 2017. Marco Bello / Reuters *WNU Editor: *The above picture is from this photo gallery .... *Venezuela's Crisis Deepens, Protests Escalate* (Adam Taylor, The Atlantic). *Update:* Here is a riveting photo essay from Venezuela .... *Venezuela Rises Up* (David Papadopoulos, Bloomberg).

President Trump Is Saying That Former Senator Joe Lieberman Is His Choice To Be The Next FBI Director

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*New York Times:* *Lieberman Is a Finalist for F.B.I. Director, Trump Says* President Trump, 24 hours from his self-imposed deadline for picking a new F.B.I. director, told reporters on Thursday that he was “very close” to choosing a successor to James B. Comey, and he named Joseph I. Lieberman, the former Democratic senator and vice-presidential nominee, as a finalist. But members of Mr. Trump’s staff — alarmed by his rapid embrace of Mr. Lieberman, a charming 75-year-old political operator with no federal law enforcement experience — have quietly urged him to take more time to ... more »

Who's Watching Trump To Make Sure He Doesn't Do Anything Dangerous?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 3 hours ago
Last night Trump's *Art of the Deal* ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, told CNN viewers on Anderson Coope’s *360* that Señor Trumpanzee is having a "significant meltdown. He’s in pure defensive mode. I think that he’s being run by the part of his brain that’s reactive and impulsive, not capable of reflection... The sense of siege that he feels because his sense of self-worth is so, so vulnerable that the series of things that have happened are overwhelming to him." This morning he took to twitter to whine about how unfair life is to him. Katie Glueck, writing for McClatchy: "Pangs of... more »

American MSM Worse Than Old Soviet Media

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on May 18, 2017 Alex Jones explains how the mainstream media’s manipulation of facts, quotes, and political events is more damaging to the American people than propaganda pushed by the old Soviet media. end

Red Cross Raises Alarm Over Gaza Electricity Crisis

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on May 18, 2017 The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned of a looming humanitarian crisis due to prolonged power outages in the Gaza Strip. As Press TV’s correspondent Ashraf Shannon reports, power cuts of over 20 hours a day have been taking a heavy toll on the besieged coastal territory in […]

Green Light for Controversial EU Military HQ

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on May 18, 2017 A controversial plan to establish an EU military headquarters in Brussels has been approved by the bloc’s foreign and defense ministers. Critics see the move as a major step towards the establishment of an EU army which could potentially undermine the role of NATO. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini […]

Brazil: This Motorbike Runs on WATER!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on Jul 20, 2015 A motorcycle able to travel up to 500 kilometres (310 miles) on a litre of water was trumpeted by creator Ricardo Azevedo in Sao Paulo, Monday. Called the ‘T Power H20,’ the design features a combination of water and a single, external car battery used to produce electricity and separate […]

‘Trump Surrounded by Hostile Staff’ – Ex Pentagon Official

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on May 18, 2017 Leaks from within the government and especially within the intelligence community have plagued the Trump administration since the start of his presidency. A recent count has revealed that as much as 60 percent of the National Security Council is composed of holdovers from the Obama administration. Some in Trump’s circle […]

‘Alien Megastructures’ Orbiting 64 Nearby Stars May Be VISIBLE from Earth, Astronomer Says

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
No end to the ‘Alien’ meme, psyop. ‘Alien Megastructures’ Orbiting 64 Nearby Stars May Be VISIBLE from Earth, Astronomer Says by NICOLE STINSON, http://www.express.co.uk/ ALIEN megastructures orbiting 64 nearby stars could be visible from Earth with today’s technology, a leading physicist has claimed. – Two years ago astronomers discovered a star, known as KIC 8462852 or Tabby’s […]

LGBTQ Group at Fordham Says No to Chick-fil-A

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
Fordham University — one of America’s oldest Jesuit institutions — has rejected a proposal to build a Chick-fil-A on its campus in protest of comments made by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy about same-sex marriage.

Experts See Early STEM Exposure as Key to Fortifying Cybersecurity

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
If students were exposed to STEM earlier in life, the nation’s cybersecurity could be improved, a U.S. Congresswoman said Thursday at a forum called “Defending The Web.”

Hartle: Trump Education Budget an ‘Assault on College Affordability’

cmaadmin at Diverse - 4 hours ago
If a news report on a preliminary draft of the Trump administration’s proposed education budget is accurate, the budget represents a “historic assault on college affordability,” says a senior executive for the American Council on Education.

Fake temperatures?

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 4 hours ago
Global warming is based on global statistics that have little credibility.

Iraqi Journalist's Life Is saved When His GoPro Deflects A Sniper's Bullet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Task & Purpose*: *Watch An Iraqi Journalist’s GoPro Deflect An ISIS Sniper’s Bullet In Mosul* When Iraqi journalist Ammar Alwaely decided to cover the U.S.-led coalition’s bloody siege of ISIS-occupied Mosul, he surely knew the risks. But Alwaely probably didn’t know how close he’d come to death — or that his camera would save his life. On May 13, Alwaely was filming on the streets of Mosul when an ISIS sniper reportedly took a shot at him. Instead of killing him, the round deflected off of the compact GoPro camera affixed to his flak jacket, according to The Sun. The whole in... more »

Progressives Incite Hatred and Violence

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 4 hours ago
Riot by progressive students at the University of California, Berkeley against right-winger, Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos Screen shot of ABC news report The Democratic hysteria and that of their mainstream media allies only grows with time to the amazement of all those who are not progressive. Over the last eight years of Obama’s administration, most of the […]

Despite Multiple Lawsuits, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Says He’ll Take DHS Position

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Complaints about inmate deaths and harassment are among lawsuits in which Clarke is named as a defendant.

Should spies use secret software vulnerabilities?

Nir Kshetri, Professor of Management, University of North Carolina – Greensboro at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 4 hours ago
When is it okay for the government to keep a secret? sharpshutter via shutterstock.com The recent WannaCry ransomware attack infected about 300,000 computers in 150 countries, and cost computer users thousands of dollars in ransom money and billions in lost productivity. The attack took advantage of a vulnerability in the Windows operating system that the federal government had been aware of for years but had chosen not to tell Microsoft about until just months before the WannaCry attack began. That history and the potential for more releases in the coming weeks have intensified t... more »

Working-class hero Angela Rayner absolutely kills it on Question Time [VIDEO]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 4 hours ago
On the 18 May installment of BBC Question Time, Labour’s Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner absolutely stole the show – exposing three big Tory flaws with style and simplicity. 1) Debt First, an audience member asked Rayner about how Labour would plan to reduce Britain’s debt if it’s so against spending cuts. And she answered: That’s a really fair point […]

Leonard Peltier Day Oglala Commemoration 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 5 hours ago

X22 Report, “The Coup d'état Has Begun Which Will Divide America”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Coup d'état Has Begun Which Will Divide America” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8o4VRjstGLI

"After A Time..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true.” - Mr. Spock, “Star Trek”, "Amok Time"

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, “Experience”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, “Experience” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91sFlP6aa5Q

Prof. Walter E. Williams Explains What Our Trade Deficit with China Really Means

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 5 hours ago
*Trade Ignorance and Demagoguery* When we discuss international trade and balance of payments, there are two types of accounts. There is the current account, which includes goods and services imported and exported and receives the most political attention. In 2016, the American people imported $479 billion worth of goods and services from Chinese producers, and we sold $170 billion worth of goods and services to Chinese customers. That made for a $309 billion current account deficit. In other words, we purchase more goods and services from Chinese producers than Chinese consume... more »

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Soldiers from Iraq's elite Emergency Response Division fill ammunition clips in a house on the frontline in west Mosul. The troops have been issued with gas masks in response to a string of ISIL poison gas attacks. Florian Neuhof for The National *The National*: *ISIL resorts to using poison gas to slow Iraq troops in Mosul* MOSUL // Cornered and on the brink of defeat, ISIL has resorted to the widespread use of poison gas to slow the advance of Iraqi troops in Mosul. Iraqi special forces fighting in Mosul and the Federal Police units deployed in support have been the target of su... more »

Sanctuary Communities And The Fallacy Of ‘Good Immigrants’ Vs. ‘Bad Immigrants’

Roqayah Chamseddine at Shadowproof - 5 hours ago
There are four sanctuary states in the United States, and over 200 sanctuary cities and counties, as of March 20. President Donald Trump’s administration has actively targeted sanctuary communities, and threatened to cut federal funding, but the administration’s pursuit of legal avenues in order to curb sanctuary cities has, so The post Sanctuary Communities And The Fallacy Of ‘Good Immigrants’ Vs. ‘Bad Immigrants’ appeared first on Shadowproof.

Secret Space Program Update: TR-3B Patent is Now in the Public Domain

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Secret Space Program Update: TR-3B Patent is Now in the Public Domain by http://www.ascensionwithearth.com/ Corey Goode has recently tweeted this video from YouTube which points out a discovery of a patent that shows the infamous Triangular Spacecraft known in the UFO community as the TR-3B. Research shows that the inventor, John St. Clair, has also developed […]

Elite Prep For Doomsday As They Plot Trump Assassination

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Published on May 17, 2017 As the global elite push for Trump’s impeachment, their intentions are made clear by extravagant construction projects on their private homes, outfitting them for civil unrest and possible nuclear war. end

‘Macron will DESTROY the EU’ Top Expert Says Federalist Drive will Push Bloc Over the Edge

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
‘Macron will DESTROY the EU’ Top Expert Says Federalist Drive will Push Bloc Over the Edge by NICK GUTTERIDGE, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, http://www.express.co.uk/ EMMANUEL Macron’s victory in the French election will one day be seen as the final nail in the EU’s coffin with his openly federalist agenda set to guide the bloc to destruction, a leading academic […]

DEBATE: Are These the Final Days of Trump’s Presidency?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Published on May 17, 2017 President Donald Trump’s base is only going to support him for so long – has the political hourglass flipped? Is Washington, DC stuck with Trump, or are any of his less popular policies and actions – particularly the firing of FBI Director James Comey amid “Russiagate” – grounds for impeachment? […]

Deutsche Bank Sued For Running An “International Criminal Organization” In Italian Court

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Deutsche Bank Sued For Running An “International Criminal Organization” In Italian Court by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com/ Having been accused, and found guilty, of rigging and manipulating virtually every possible asset class, perhaps it was inevitable that Deutsche Bank, currently on trial in Milan for helping Banca Monte dei Paschi conceal losses (as first reported last October in […]

‘Russian Threat’ US Senators Want End of Treaties, Push for Military Buildup

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Published on May 18, 2017 The Helsinki Commission has gotten creative on the notorious “Russian threat,” pinning the blame for the death of an OSCE observer in Ukraine on Moscow and claiming it threatened to use “tactical nuclear weapons” – all while calling for more arms and troops on the Russian border. end

Comey Admits Under Oath That Obstructions To Investigations “Never Happened”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 5 hours ago
Comey Admits Under Oath That Obstructions To Investigations “Never Happened” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com … As we detailed earlier, next week’s James Comey hearing is certainly setting up as a ‘grab yr popcorn’ moment with Democrats lining up for their 5 minutes of fame to ask the question that ‘proves’ Trump deserves impeachment. However, it appears […]

Tory candidate shuns constituents to attend Theresa May’s manifesto launch, but lives to regret it [TWEETS]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 6 hours ago
The Conservative Party launched its manifesto in Halifax on 18 May. But one local Tory MP reportedly used the opportunity to skip an open debate with his opponent. And local people were not happy. Not the best way to get re-elected Tory candidate for Calder Valley Craig Whittaker originally defeated Labour in 2010. And he won again […]

My Favorite Cab Driver

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
The Artist Taxi Driver says that the British media is sick. They are demonizing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the run up to the next election because he wants the rich to share a bit of their wealth in order that the poor and working class can have a better life. But the greedy rich inside the ruling Tories (just like the rich here in the US) always 'want more'. They never can have enough. The rich must be restrained otherwise if left to their own devices they will barrel over all of us and create a global slave class. That is always the tension between good and evil - t... more »

Coriolis Conundrums

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 6 hours ago
One of the problems thinking with one or two ideas, or just one idea, in the physical sciences, that of the omnipotentence of gravity, is that a rather limited number of explanations become possible and which can then be miltiplied … Continue reading →


Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 6 hours ago
Running Windows on a Mac platform creates all sorts of problems, especially of the hardware type when starting Windows on a virtual PC freezes the Mac, so I spat the dummy and purged the Mac of Windows software etc.; unintended … Continue reading →

In pictures: Syrian Army reinforcements pour into the Syrian desert despite US airstrikes

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:15 A.M.) – On Thursday evening, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent over a dozen technicals to the Damascus-Baghdad highway to reinforce contingents bombed by the United States Air Force earlier in the day. The newly arrived SAA reinforcements will spearhead a drive towards the Al-Tanf border crossing with Iraq alongside the National […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi Army breaks apart tiny ISIS pocket in Mosul as battle enters final stage

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:45 A.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces are moving ever closer to complete victory in the country’s second largest city after government troops spearheaded new key advancements on the western bank of the Tigris River on Thursday. After liberating four neighborhoods earlier in the week, the Iraqi Army continued its blitz offensive by […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS tanks, heavy weaponry deployed against the Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 A.M.) – With looming defeats in Mosul and Raqqa, the Islamic State appears to have turned its attention on Deir Ezzor in a bid to defeat the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) garrison in the besieged eastern city. Targeting weak points in the SAA’s line of defense, ISIS launched a localized offensive at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Civilians evacuate from Mosul as Iraqi Army intensifies pressure on remaining ISIS pocket (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:50 A.M.) – On Thursday, Iraqi Army continued its large-scale operation in Mosul city striking the positions of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in Sabat Ashar Tammuz neighbourhood. In the meantime, government forces continue evacuation of civilian population from the aforementioned district. Video footage below shows Iraqi soldiers helping civilians get […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ИГИЛ изгнан из двух деревень, пока курдские подразделения прибывают на порог Ракки

Ilyas Stefoglo at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
ДАМАСКУС, СИРИЯ (1:30 вечера) – В четверг утром Сирийские демократические силы (СДС) последовали за захватом 8 деревень в начале этой недели, изгнав подразделения исламского государства из еще двух деревень в сельской местности Ракка. Продвигаясь к северо-западу от города Ракка на четвертой фазе наступления на Евфрат-Грен, поддерживаемые США истребители смогли навести полный контроль над деревней Мазраат-эль-Андалус […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Powerful explosion rocks FSA headquarters in Daraa coyntryside: ISIS involvement suspected

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:20 A.M.) – Powerful explosion ripped through a building in Nawa city in Dara’a province on Thursday afternoon. According to sources, a suicide bomber affiliated with the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) managed to enter the headquarters of Qassem Abu Al-Zen, leader of the military council of Nawa. The latter is connected […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Erdogan personally orders Turkish security guards to beat up protesters on US soil

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 A.M.) – On Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan unleashed his henchmen on around 50 anti-government protesters, injuring eleven people outside the residence of the Turkish ambassador in Washington according to official sources. American demonstrators protested against Ankara’s policies in Iraq and Syria amid a meeting between Donald Trump and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian Army gears up to take control of Homs suburb after new batch leaves

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:50 A.M.) – Some 300 rebel militants left the Al-Waer suburb in green buses on Thursday, thus almost concluding a deal negotiated between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and several Islamist factions. The stubborn insurgents left the isolated neighborhood, located on the northwestern outskirts of the provincial capital, for the northern Homs countryside. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Las fuerzas huzíes eliminan al menos a 10 combatientes de la Resistencia Sureña en Taiz

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Las fuerzas huzíes lanzaron ayer una gran operación en el suroeste de Yemen, golpeando a varias unidades de la Resistencia Sureña, respaldadas por los EAU, dentro de la gobernación de Taiz. Con el respaldo de la Guardia Republicana yemení, las fuerzas huzíes infligieron grandes daños a las defensas de la Resistencia sureña cerca de la […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The Growing Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates May 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Mayhem rages in west Venezuela; Capriles blocked from U.N. trip* Mobs looted shops and fought security forces overnight in Venezuela's restive western region, where three soldiers were being charged on Thursday with the fatal shooting of a man who was buying diapers for his baby, witnesses said. Six weeks of anti-government unrest have resulted in at least 44 deaths, as well as hundreds of injuries and arrests in the worst turmoil of President Nicolas Maduro's four-year rule of the South American OPEC-member country. Protesters are demanding elections to kick out the s... more »

postscript: some clarifications and addenda to my recent post on cultural appropriation

laura k at wmtc - 6 hours ago
Many people have been discussing my recent post about cultural appropriation on Facebook. I'm not surprised that many people disagree (that's why I wrote it, to put my countering opinion out there), but I have been surprised by how many progressive people do agree. From the negative comments, I can see that I wasn't clear on a few important points. 1. The entire post refers to *white*, first-world people calling out other first-worlders with accusations of cultural appropriation -- *not* aboriginal people. I would not pass judgment or venture an opinion about a native person's judg... more »

Trump's global gag order: 5 questions answered

Maureen Miller, Professor, Columbia University Medical Center at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 6 hours ago
Community health workers like these visit patients’ homes in Malawi to help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi/Chris Cox, CC BY-ND *Editor’s note: President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order that media reports say could obstruct nearly US$8.8 billion the U.S. spends annually to fight deadly diseases abroad. Here, Maureen Miller, a Columbia University Medical Center professor and infectious disease epidemiologist with training in medical anthropology, answers five questions about this move, including what... more »

Meet Ebrahim Raisi, the cleric challenging incumbent Rouhani for president of Iran

Emily L. Blout, Faculty Fellow, Internet Governance Lab, American University School of International Service at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 6 hours ago
Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi is an important newcomer to electoral politics. Last year, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Raisi custodian of the shrine of Imam Reza and chairman of the foundation that manages its extensive complex. This is no minor post. The foundation nets the regime billions of dollars. The shrine of Imam Ali Reza in Mashhad, Iran. Iahsan, CC BY-SA Before this year, Raisi had never campaigned for public office or debated in the national political spotlight. His inexperience has shown. In the three live nationally televised debates... more »

The War China's Military Is Completely Obsessed With (Losing)

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * The First Gulf War. *While the Gulf War did not demonstrate that deep strike could decisively win modern wars, it undoubtedly did show that long-range precision strike could help disrupt enemy operations, and even seriously attrite fielded enemy forces. The PLA immediately began to develop its capability in this area. The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) grew in importance relative to the ground forces of the PLA (although, this has as much to do with the disappearance of the Soviet threat and t... more »

Fact: America's Military Might Peaked in the 1990s (And Its Not Coming Back)

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * And the reasons are simple. *A wise man once pointed out that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Relative to the 1970s and 1980s, the United States is almost incomparably powerful and secure, enjoying presumptive military advantage over any opponent or plausible coalition of opponents. We sometimes forget, for example, that there is some history to the idea of Russian troops freely operating in Ukraine.* *And the point is not that the United States deserves some kind of comeuppance for its arrogance. Geopolitics ... more »

It Might Not Be Iron Man or Halo, but Lockheed Martin Is Slowly Making Exoskeletons a Reality

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * From science fiction to reality. Soldiers wearing exoskeletons have long been the purview of science fiction, but in recent years, the technology has slowly started to move from the realm of videogames to reality. One new product that helps further that trend is Lockheed Martin’s new FORTIS Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD). While it’s not quite the MJOLNIR combat exoskeleton system worn by the character “Master Chief” from Microsoft’s HALO series of X-box games, the FORTIS K-SRD is a step in that direction. "For any mission that combines heavy ma... more »

This Is How the U.S. Navy Plans to Crush China and Russia's Air Defenses

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The new Raytheon-built AN/ALQ-249 jammer will be an essential tool for the Navy’s Boeing EA-18G Growler fleet to counter the growing threat from advanced Russian and Chinese-built air defenses. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has completed a critical design review for the first increment of the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ). The new Raytheon-built AN/ALQ-249 jammer will be an essential tool for the Navy’s Boeing EA-18G Growler fleet to counter the growing threat from advanced Russian and Chinese-built air defenses such as the S-400 and HQ-9. Th... more »

How Iran's Hard-Liners Are Challenging Rouhani (From the Left)

Payam Mohseni at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Payam Mohseni* *Politics, Middle East* [image: Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in April 2017. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Hamed Malekpour] The vocabulary of Occupy Wall Street is being used against the Iranian incumbent. As Iran prepares to vote in its twelfth presidential election, Hassan Rouhani, the current incumbent, is facing decisive opposition to his reelection bid. With Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf pulling out of the race in favor of Ebrahim Raisi, conservatives are effectively moving towards unity and throwing their weight behind a single candidate—a feat they failed... more »

The Dealmaker-in-Chief Goes to Jerusalem

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Politics, Middle East* Trump should be ambitious, but he can’t badger Netanyahu and Abbas into making a deal. President Donald Trump and his top national-security aides could use a nice vacation overseas for a couple of days. The last week in the Washington scrum has been downright brutal for the administration, and the president hasn’t made things any easier on himself or his press shop with the sudden firing of the FBI director. You know you need to get out of town for a breather when some lawmakers are already talking about impeachment. Fortunately, Trum... more »

What Happens When China Excludes Taiwan from the World Stage

Dennis P. Halpin at The National Interest - 6 hours ago
*Dennis P. Halpin* *Politics, Asia* [image: Ebola safety suits in Sierra Leone. Flickr/Creative Commons/UK Department for International Development] Beijing’s strategy to push Taipei out of any global forum could have wide-ranging consequences. Taiwan, after participating for eight straight years in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, has suddenly been left out this year with no invitation to attend. The reason is glaringly obvious: Beijing is playing politics in order to marginalize Taiwan through limiting its international space. China has used its clout as a Perm... more »

Did a 1977 ‘Time’ Story Offer Tips on ‘How to Survive the Coming Ice Age’?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
While a number of media outlets reported on some briefly-lived scientific fears over global cooling in the 1970s, viral images purporting to show a cover story on the topic are doctored.

Have Your Kids Asked You If Trump Is Going To Prison Yet? Have Them Ask Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 6 hours ago
No one ever accused House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of being brilliant but, according to a report from the *Washington Post* yesterday there's a tape of him telling fellow Republicans that Putin was paying Trump and Dana Rohrabacher, the Orange County GOP crackpot long known as "Putin's favorite congressman." McCarthy's office at first denied he ever said it and, after being told there's tape, change the story to claim he had only been joking. But he hadn't been joking and, in fact, he had said "Swear to God" when other Republicans asked if it was really true that Putin was ac... more »

Brazil's President Refuses To Resign Over Bribery Allegations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Brazil's Temer refuses to resign in face of investigation* Brazil's President Michel Temer on Thursday defiantly said he would not resign from office despite a Supreme Court decision authorizing an investigation into allegations he condoned bribery of a potential witness in a major corruption probe. In a terse five-minute speech broadcast nationwide, Temer said he had done nothing wrong, that his presidency was helping turn around Brazil's stalled economy and that he welcomed an investigation so that he could prove his innocence. "I did not buy the silence of anyone,"... more »

Advocates: Utah Sexual Assault Bill Could Harm Victims

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
SALT LAKE CITY — A Republican state representative is proposing legislation to require that Utah colleges give immunity to sexual assault victims for conduct code violations related to alcohol and drugs and allow school officials to report serious assaults to police. But a sexual assault survivor and an advocacy group are pushing back against […]

People Magazine reveals what former President Barack Obama really thinks of Donald Trump.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of People Magazine: *“He’s nothing but a bullsh–ter,” Obama told two friends early last November, describing an election night phone call with Trump, in which the businessman suddenly professed his “respect” and “admiration” for Obama—after years of hectoring. * *Speaking to PEOPLE for its new cover story on Obama and his wife Michelle adjusting to life outside the White House, the two friends quoted Obama’s blunt assessment of President-elect Trump. And how has Obama’s opinion changed since Trump been in office? “Well,” said one of the sources, “it hasn’t gotten any bet... more »

Unsuspecting Walmart Customer Takes Down Startled Deer

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
A confused white-tailed deer that wandered into a Walmart store in Minnesota ran into a startled customer who tackled the animal to the ground.

Harvard Student Submits Rap Album as His Senior Thesis

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Obasi Shaw, an English major, is the university's first student to submit his final thesis in the form of a rap album.

X22 Report, “Central Bank/Deep State Have Setup The Economy To Crash Under Trump”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
X22 Report, “Central Bank/Deep State Have Setup The Economy To Crash Under Trump” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSklNadQLkk

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Why are there faint rings around this spiral galaxy? Possibly because the galaxy, NGC 4911, is being pulled at by its neighbors as it falls into the enormous Coma Cluster of Galaxies. If NGC 4911 ends up like most of the galaxies in the central Coma cluster, it will become a yellowish elliptical galaxy, losing not only its outer layers, but dust, gas, and its cadre of surrounding satellite galaxies as well. Currently, however, this process is just beginning. * Click image for larger sizes.* Visible in the above deep image from the Hubble Space Telescope are NGC 4911's bright nucleu... more »

Chet Raymo, “Telling Stories”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Telling Stories”* by Chet Raymo "When the pulse of the first day carried it to the rim of night, First Woman said to First Man, "The people need to know the laws. To help them we must write the laws for all to see" And so she began, slowly, first one and then the next, placing her jewels across the dome of night, carefully designing her pattern so all could read it. But Coyote grew bored watching First Woman carefully arranging the stars in the sky: Impatiently he gathered two corners of First Woman's blanket, and before she could stop him he flung the remaining stars out into th... more »

"Hard As It May Be..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
“You observe your children or your children’s children, making the same absurd mistakes, heart-rending mistakes often, which you made at their age. And there is nothing you can say or do to prevent it. It’s by observing the young, indeed, that you eventually understand the sort of idiot you yourself were once upon a time- and perhaps still are.” “One can fight evil but against stupidity one is helpless… I have accepted the fact, hard as it may be, that human beings are inclined to behave in ways that would make animals blush. The ironic, the tragic thing is that we often behave in ... more »

“How Your Brain Reacts To Watching TV”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“How Your Brain Reacts To Watching TV”* by Benjamin Plackett “I’m showing you slices of the brain,” Joy Hirsch, the Director of fMRI Research at Columbia University Medical Center tells me. More specifically, she’s talking about some images of an fMRI brain scan she took while her subject was watching a video sequence. “Every possible visual area is just going nuts,” she adds. What does this mean? It shows that the human brain is anything but inactive when it’s watching television. Instead, a multitude of different cortexes and lobes are lighting up and working with each other to ... more »

The Poet: May Sarton, "Unison Benediction"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Unison Benediction" * "Return to the most human, nothing less will nourish the torn spirit, the bewildered heart, the angry mind: and from the ultimate duress, pierced with the breath of anguish, speak of love. Return, return to the deep sources, nothing less will teach the stiff hands a new way to serve, to carve into our lives the forms of tenderness and still that ancient necessary pain preserve. Return to the most human, nothing less will teach the angry spirit, the bewildered heart; the torn mind, to accept the whole of its duress, and pierced with anguish… at last, act for love.... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Wimberley, Texas, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

Brain magic | Keith Barry

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

Trump Didn’t Just Want the FBI to Stop Investigating Mike Flynn; He Reportedly Wanted the FBI to Arrest Journalists.

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 8 hours ago
By OtherWords.org: “In OtherWords: May 17, 2017 The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike … Continue reading →

2017/05/17 Japanese Nuclear Reactor Restarts Despite Unresolved Safety Issues

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 8 hours ago
It is mind-boggling that there would be any nuclear restarts in Japan even as the Fukushima nuclear disaster is ongoing. … Continue reading →

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Joel Greenberg, CSM: *More than they bargained for? Israeli leaders gird for Trump visit.* *A SHIFT IN THOUGHT Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signaled that Trump is someone he can work with. But the president's unpredictability and recent enthusiasm for the Mideast peace process could put Israel's right-wing coalition in a tough spot.* A recent cartoon in the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu breaking a sweat as he greeted a friend bearing gifts: President Trump with a package containing an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Mr. Ne... more »

Religious leaders invoked blessings and prayers for wolves

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
The event was organized by the Southwest Environmental Center, a conservation group that works to protect endangered species and their habitat. Kevin Bixby, the group’s executive director, said the blessing ceremony was intended to call attention to the plight of the Mexican gray wolf. Two wolf hybrids received blessings from four different religious leaders in front of Santa Fe’s Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. While federal officials are trying to increase the genetic diversity of the fewer than 100 gray wolves living in the wild by introducing populations into their native ... more »

US Led Coalition Confirms Strike on SAA and Allies

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
*Outrageous! Trump the peacemaker? Never!* *RT * * The US forces in Syria have bombed a militia group fighting alongside the Syrian government forces *in southern Syria on Thursday, the US-led coalition has confirmed. The coalition said in a statement that the Syrian forces "*posed a threat*" to US and partner troops at Tanf base near the Syria-Iraq-Jordan border. May 18 #Coalition struck #Syrian pro-regime forces advancing in a de-confliction zone near At Tanf posing a threat to #US partner forces1/3 — Inherent Resolve (@CJTFOIR) May 18, 2017 *"This action was taken after apparent... more »

I apologize for being honest and direct

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago
[image: Image result for imagavis of old school] Its just my old school nature

Fruit and Diabetes - some evidence

George Henderson at The High-fat Hep C Diet - 9 hours ago
It's a commonly discussed paradox of sorts - how can fruit have a negative association with diabetes in epidemiology when it's full of sugar? Two recent papers from China go some way towards clearing this up in my opinion. One is a prospective study of Type 2 Diabetes risk, in which a difference is seen between different classes of fruit; apples are good, tropical fruits - pineapples, mangos, and bananas are not, but the effect is staggered by gender.[1] Results: In 494,741 person-years of follow-up, 5207 participants developed T2DM. After adjustment for lifestyle and dietary risk fa... more »

May 18: Hey. Give me a break. I've had a couple of busy days.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 9 hours ago
Sorry! This is a disorderly blog. I had nothinig but interruptions in trying to write it yesterday. And today, I felt a need to write the long intro below. Our very own Brunswick News carries on with hits tradition of trivia, of avoiding major issues, and treathing its readers as morons. There is, for example, one story it often carries - but always without saying anything. Two beaches, important to our tourist trade, have een dangerously polluted for at least ten years - largely, it seems likely. due to tourist trailer parks and campgrounds. People in government have known about it... more »

Fake News, ABC and the Bermuda Triangle

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
I have to wonder about ABC News. When I heard that an airplane had vanished on a flight from Puerto Rico to Miami, I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone had to mention it was another mysterious disappearance in the Bermuda Triangle. A solution for that mystery has been available for decades and some of the planes listed as having vanished, in fact, did not. Wreckage has been found. I mentioned much of this a long time ago on this blog, and have, of course, promoted the book, *The Bermuda Triangle Mystery – Solved* by Lawrence Kusche a number of times. For those earlier posts see:... more »

World News Briefs -- May 18, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*BBC:* *Syria war: US-led coalition 'strikes pro-Assad convoy'* US-led coalition aircraft have bombed a convoy of pro-Syrian government forces in a remote area near the border with Jordan, US and rebel officials say. Syrian and Iranian-backed militiamen were reportedly moving towards the Tanf base, which is used by rebel fighters and Western special forces personnel. The US-backed Maghaweer al-Thawra rebel faction said the convoy was 27km (17 miles) away and contained four tanks. There was no immediate comment from the government or its allies *Read more* .... *MIDDLE EAST* US... more »

Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Megan Alpert at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Amid an ongoing political crisis, President Trump affirmed the partnership between the United States and Colombia.

Yale Dean Placed on Leave Over Offensive Yelp Reviews

cmaadmin at Diverse - 9 hours ago
HARTFORD, Conn. — A Yale University dean has been placed on leave over offensive reviews she made on Yelp, including one in which she refers to customers of a local restaurant as “white trash.” Pierson College Dean June Chu issued a public apology Saturday after reviews from her personal Yelp account began circulating at […]

Some Notre Dame Students Plan to Walk Out During Pence Speech

cmaadmin at Diverse - 9 hours ago
OUTH BEND, Ind. — A University of Notre Dame student says he and some others plan to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s Sunday commencement address at the school by walking out on the speech. Protest organizer Bryan Ricketts tells the South Bend Tribune he expects 50 to 100 fellow graduating students to silently leave just […]

Israeli University Department Criticized for Nixing Anthem

cmaadmin at Diverse - 9 hours ago
JERUSALEM — An Israeli university department’s decision not to play the national anthem at a graduation ceremony on Thursday has sparked outrage from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. A Hebrew University of Jerusalem spokesman confirmed an Army Radio report that the Humanities Faculty will not play the anthem at the event “out of consideration” for […]

UC Regents Commit to Audit Recommendations, Praise Napolitano

cmaadmin at Diverse - 9 hours ago
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California Board of Regents vowed to implement audit recommendations to improve the budgeting practices of the president’s office following a stinging state audit, but took pains to praise President Janet Napolitano and even question the report’s findings. State Auditor Elaine Howle briefed the UC Board of Regents Thursday on […]

Search for New Jackson State President Continues

cmaadmin at Diverse - 9 hours ago
JACKSON, Miss. — Trustees are still looking for a new president for Jackson State University. After hours of closed debate Thursday, College Board President C.D. Smith said trustees haven’t reached a consensus, and are now broadening their search beyond the three unnamed finalists they have been considering. Smith says it’s wrong to say the search […]

West Virginia U. Researchers Patent Method to Strengthen Buildings

cmaadmin at Diverse - 9 hours ago
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University researchers have patented technology for reinforcing the T-shaped joints of concrete beams in buildings to better withstand shocks like earthquakes without breaking. Doctoral engineering student Praveen Majjigapu and his adviser, Professor Hota GangaRao, are co-inventors and share the two patents. At a demonstration Thursday for potential partners in an […]

ABC Bias

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 9 hours ago
ABC Bias: no reporting on skeptical science; only alarmist articles published *Anthony Cox* A recent post by a commentator at Catallaxy illustrates the systemic bias, against their own charter, of the ABC on the important topic of climate change. The poster had sent an FOI request to the ABC *FOI Request* FOI Contact Officer, Corporate Affairs, Australian Broadcasting Corporation foi.abc@abc.net.au Written FOI request and ‘sufficient information’ This written request is an application for the purposes of the FOI Act. The document I seek is a list of links to articles related to “glob... more »


Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
[image: Image result for images of the 12 m] The answer is easy given the question and the intelligence of the current civilization Our civilization may be failing or maybe its global hysteria someone should be able to give a definitive answer to the question are we Kardashians or Sagans We can not find 11 honest men and one intellect to challenge the finding monogamist our 7 Billion citizens the answer is there its clear and involutoable

Did Fox News Just Hire ‘Filthy, Lying Liberal’ Whoopi Goldberg?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A fake news web site leveraged shakeups at Fox News to push a falsehood about the network hiring the actress and talk show host.

In news conference Trump denies telling James Comey to back off Russia investigation.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Asked if he urged James Comey to end the investigation into Michael Flynn, @realDonaldTrump says: "No. No. Next question." pic.twitter.com/yRjUujXCEE — POLITICO (@politico) May 18, 2017 Courtesy of WaPo: *President Trump on Thursday denied ever asking FBI Director James B. Comey to back off his agency’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and the role played by former national security adviser Michael Flynn. * *Asked whether he urged Comey to ease up on the Flynn investigation, Trump said at a news conference, “No, no," before ordering the... more »

Mark Dice, “James Comey Admits Trump Admin Didn’t Obstruct Investigation”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
Mark Dice, “James Comey Admits Trump Admin Didn’t Obstruct Investigation” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gleewHxt7k


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"Sometimes we find ourselves walking through life blindfolded, and we try to deny that we're the ones who securely tied the knot." - Jodi Picoult

Sending Toby Keith to Saudi Arabia Is a Genius Move

Ivan Plis at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Ivan Plis* *Politics, Middle East* [image: Toby Keith performs for service members at the Camp Liberty Post Exchange Stage . Wikimedia Commons/Public domain] This is a side of America that foreign audiences don’t usually get to see. During the Cold War, the U.S. government sent “jazz ambassadors” around the world to burnish America’s reputation with foreign audiences. Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department implemented “hip hop diplomacy” programs in the Arab world. Now, in the age of Donald Trump, the American likeliest to heal strained ties with the Kingdom of Saudi A... more »

How the U.S. Military Is Trying to Mask Its Readiness Crisis

Maggie Ybarra at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Maggie Ybarra* *Security, Americas* [image: An FA-18E flies over the East China Sea. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Navy] Senior Pentagon officials are classifying data on important readiness issues. Is that a good idea? The Defense Department has quietly embarked on a multilayered approach to masking the difficulties its officials have been experiencing acquiring new military equipment while ensuring that old equipment is repaired and battle ready. In early March, two directives on information sharing began circulating in the Pentagon. The first, dated March 1 and signed by Chief of N... more »

What a Middle Eastern NATO Could Accomplish For Trump

James Jay Carafano at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*James Jay Carafano* *Security, Middle East* A treaty organization might make sense as a mere suggestion to help shock the region into believing that the U.S. really is back as a balancing force to help quell the currently spiraling chaos in the region. With the Middle East experiencing renewed levels of tumult, it begs consideration: Does the region need its own version of NATO? This idea appeared in the Washington Post just this week. Josh Rogin reported that during the president’s stop in Saudi Arabia, he might lay out a proposal for a regional security alliance of Arab states... more »

Special Counsel Appointed to Investigate Alleged Trump-Putin Connection

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: special-counsel-appointed-to-investigate-alleged-trump-putin-connection] Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed a special counsel Wednesday to investigate alleged connections between Trump and Russia. The special counsel — former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III — will have free range to investigate both those alleged connections and whether Russia attempted to interfere in recent U.S. elections.

House Majority Leader joked (?) that Vladimir Putin pays Donald Trump after learning that the Russians hacked the DNC computers.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Oh damn, did I say something stupid again? Courtesy of WaPo: *A month before Donald Trump clinched the Republican nomination, one of his closest allies in Congress — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy — made a politically explosive assertion in a private conversation on Capitol Hill with his fellow GOP leaders: that Trump could be the beneficiary of payments from Russian President Vladimir Putin. * *“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of the June 15, 2016, exchange, which was listened to and verified b... more »

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going to disappoint the Democrats and the media. Here’s why.

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
[image: FILE -- FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, May 16, 2013. The Justice Department has appointed Mueller to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced on May 17, 2017. (Christopher Gregory/The New York Times)] Far from being a threat to President Trump the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to be intended to draw a line under the Russiagate affair. The post Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going to d... more »

Theresa May's Blairite Manifesto

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
Chatting to Alex Nunns on the Twitter earlier, he suggested the Conservative (and Unionist) Manifesto was a Blairite document. And he's entirely right. Not because of the substance of the politics, but because what Theresa May and "her team" are trying to do with it. Looking at the manifesto, if Labour's was the best manifesto I've seen then, arguably, the Tory document is probably their *least worst*. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot that is deeply discomfiting here. Yet at the same time it's a patrician (matrician?) work invoking the spirit of manor-house-knows-best Toryism of ... more »

Graphic 40-min propaganda video depicts battle of Mosul shown from ISIS’ perspective

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:10 A.M.) – The latest lengthy Islamic State propaganda video shows the battle for Mosul and the extensive use of suicide bombers, drones and booby traps in urban clashes said to be comparable only to World War II. The video features foreign fighters, homemade rockets, ammunition factories, snipers, collapsed buildings, civilian casualties, dead […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US-amerikanische Luftwaffe greift Konvoi der syrischen Armee an – Erste Details

Ali Tok at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Damaskus, Syrien (9:00) – Die USA griffen heute einen Konvoi der syrischen Armee an, der im südöstlichen Teil der Provinz Homs auf einer Straße unterwegs war. Das Pentagon behauptet der Konvoi sei durch Warnschüsse gewarnt worden sich nicht weiter den amerikanischen Truppen zu nähern, ehe er von Flugzeugen bombardiert wurde. Al Masdar sprach direkt mit […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS ambushes government supply line to Aleppo city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 P.M.) – On Thursday afternoon, ISIS units carried out a series of hit-and-run attacks along the vulnerable government-held supply road linking Aleppo to the government mainland of central Syria. Amaq Agency published pictures revealing jihadist fighters had deployed light weaponry and anti-tank missiles to target vehicles traveling on the section of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

‘Caliphate’ in agony: ISIS mines houses in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
(IBT) Militants of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) are reported to be planting bombs near residents’ front doors in Mosul to prevent them from leaving their homes, as Iraqi forces make their final push against the jihadists after seven months of fighting. Trapped in a shrinking area of control in the city, the militants are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Details of US attack on Syrian military in southern Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition attacked a Syrian military convoy traveling through the southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, today, the Pentagon reported. The Pentagon claimed a Syrian military convoy was heading towards their positions, when they decided to issue a warning; this was ignored, so the Coalition attacked the convoy. Al-Masdar […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

27 Syrian soldiers killed by Islamic State attack in eastern Homs: Amaq

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:20 P.M.) – According to the ISIS-linked Amaq Agency, a jihadist suicide bomber named Abu Othman Al-Tai drove a car bomb headlong into a gathering of Syrian troops in eastern Homs on Thursday. Minutes after the SVBIED detonated its explosives, dozens of Islamic State insurgents reportedly overran several unidentified SAA-held positions in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

İddia: ABD, Suveyda’nın doğusunda Suriye ordusunu vurdu

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Pentagon’un iddiasına göre ABD öncülüğündeki uluslararası ”IŞİD karşıtı” koalisyon, Suveyda’nın doğusundaki Suriye ordusu mevziilerine bir dizi hava saldırısı gerekleştirdi. Şam’daki bir askeri kaynağa göre koalisyon Suriye ordusunun, ”muhaliflerin” kontrolündeki topraklarda ilerlemesini engellemek amacıyla “uyarı” gerçekleştirdi. Aynı kaynak, saldırıyı gerçekleştiren uçağın Ürdün’a ait olduğunu iddia etti. Suriye Genelkurmay’ından olayla ilgili henüz bir açıklama yapılmadı. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Kurdish unit defects to Iraqi Army ranks in Nineveh province

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:50 P.M.) – Following tensions between the Peshmerga and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Sinjar region, a Kurdish commander decided to defect to the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and bring with him the entire unit under his command along with their US-supplied weaponry. The rare incident took place on Thursday […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Coalición liderada por Estados Unidos bombardeó al ejército sirio en Sweida

Felipe Ramírez at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Aviones de combate de la coalición internacional liderada por Estados Unidos bombardeó posiciones de fuerzas aliadas al Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) en el este de al-Sweida hoy, aseguró el Pentagono esta mañana. El ataque se habría llevado a cabo en posiciones del gobierno en las cercanías del pozo Rasi’i luego de que el EAS avanzara 35 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Is The World More Stable Than The News Suggest?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *The Economist:** The world is more stable than the news suggests* *But fragility increased in some unexpected places last year according to a new index* 2016 was a dismal year for liberal internationalism. Britain voted to leave the European Union; Donald Trump was elected as America’s president and the grip of authoritarians tightened in China, Russia and Turkey. Despite all efforts to dissuade it, North Korea continued its march towards nuclear-power status; bloody wars continued in South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It might seem obvious, then, that it... more »

PIP suicide woman’s sister blames ‘barbaric’ system for her death

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
The sister of a disabled woman who she believes was driven to kill herself by the anxiety caused by re-applying for the government’s new disability benefit has called for reform of the “barbaric” system. Diane Hullah, from east Kent, took her own life on 21 April, and her sister is convinced that she was overwhelmed [...]

Disabled people ‘forced into dangerous workfare that breaches health and safety laws’

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
Disabled people are being subjected to dangerous violations of health and safety laws after being forced to take part in government workfare programmes, according to new research published this week. The analysis of first-hand accounts of benefit claimants forced into unpaid work by the Department for Work and Pensions is one of 24 short essays [...]

Election 2017: Labour’s rights pledges suggest vindication for Abrahams

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
Labour’s general election manifesto includes a string of policies aimed at improving the rights of disabled people, including a commitment to incorporate the UN disability convention into UK law for the first time. The manifesto appears to be a vindication of the efforts of shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams (pictured), who headed a [...]

Election 2017: Lib Dems would scrap all sanctions, benefit cap and PIP 20-metre rule

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
A Liberal Democrat government would scrap all benefit sanctions, end the benefit cap and reverse the controversial personal independence payment (PIP) “20-metre rule” that has led to tens of thousands of disabled people losing their Motability vehicles. Although the three policies are not included in the party’s manifesto, which was published yesterday (Wednesday), the Liberal [...]

DWP pilot failure on WCA ‘calls into question willingness to learn from suicides’

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to have gone back on its promise to a tribunal to address a fatal flaw in its “fitness for work” test that has led to the deaths of multiple benefit claimants with mental health conditions. More than two years after ministers promised the upper tribunal that it [...]

Election 2017: Plaid Cymru call for social security powers… so they can sack Maximus

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
Plaid Cymru have called in their election manifesto for the Welsh government to be given responsibility for running the social security system in Wales, which would allow it to ban private companies from carrying out disability benefit assessments. The policy mirrors what has happened with some benefits in Scotland, with the Scottish government announcing last [...]

Election 2017: Tories snub opportunity to address disability pay gap

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
The Conservative party has refused to explain why it is doing nothing to address the disability pay gap, despite announcing measures it says will tackle the injustice of black and minority ethnic (BAME) employees being paid less for doing the same job as white staff. Prime minister Theresa May (pictured) announced this week that her [...]

Police force launches review of hate crime procedures, after activist’s complaint

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
Police have been forced to launch a major review after refusing to treat online attacks against a leading disabled activist as disability hate crimes. And a second police force has upheld a series of complaints made by the activist, Doug Paulley, relating to the same disability hate offences. Paulley’s email hosting provider – which is [...]

Access to Work cap hits prominent Deaf campaigner as he starts new job

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
The newly-appointed Deaf chief executive of a leading disabled people’s organisation has been told the government will only provide him with enough support to pay for interpreters three days every week. David Buxton, a British Sign Language-user, began his full-time job as chief executive of Action on Disability in London last week, but has immediately [...]

DRILL hands out another £1 million in funding for disabled-led research

John Pring at Disability News Service - 10 hours ago
A two-year scheme to set up a pan-disability product review website is one of 11 disabled-led research projects that have been awarded a total of £1 million in funding. The Rate It! project will be co-produced by three disabled led organisations, Research Institute for Consumer Affairs, Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCiL) and Enabled by [...]

Will MSNBC Implode Before The 2018 Midterms? I Bet The GOP Would Love That!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 10 hours ago
My go-to place for TV news and political commentary is Chris Hayes' MSNBC show. He's smart, insightful and careful to present a news show well beyond the standards of today's garbage cable news programming. Out here in L.A., we watch Hayes' show at 5 PM. I often keep the TV on for Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell afterwards. They're not as good but better than what you will find on CNN or anyone else pretending to offer mainstream news. But MSNBC has been scaring me off lately by bringing on a lot of right-wing hosts and contributors. As if Chris Matthews and Joe Scarborough we... more »

The Is The U.S. Plan To Survive A Nuclear War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Raven Rock, a hollowed out mountain near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border, is reportedly one of the undisclosed locations Dick Cheney worked from after 9/11. (Bing/About Site R) *Washington Post:* *Inside the U.S. government’s plans to survive a nuclear war* In 2011, a staffer at Washingtonian found a government ID in a Metro parking garage and gave it to Garrett M. Graff (the magazine’s editor-in-chief at the time) to track down its owner. “Since I reported about that world, he figured I’d know what to do with it,” Graff says. Graff immediately noticed something strange. “The ba... more »

US-Led Coalition Strikes Pro-Syrian Government Militia Convoy That Was Approaching U.S. Backed Forces In Southern Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:* *U.S. strikes Syria militia threatening U.S.-backed forces: officials* The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country's south, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. One of the U.S. officials said the strikes near the town of At Tanf destroyed at least one tank and a bulldozer, and another said it followed warning shots by U.S. aircraft meant to dissuade the fighters from advancing further. A member of the U.S.-backed Syrian rebel forces told Reute... more »

Did Richard Nixon Write a Letter Predicting Donald Trump’s Success in Politics?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A 1987 missive from the former president said his wife, Pat, had seen Trump on television and predicted he would be a "winner" if he decided to run for office.

Bruce Lee and Elvis Presley in a Dojo?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A photograph purportedly showing the martial artist and singer together is actually a composite of at least two different images.

Tim Allen Show ‘Last Man Standing’ Cancelled for Political Reasons?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A May 2017 petition called for a boycott of the network until the show is renewed.

Does the FBI Have Evidence That 62 Million Trump Voters Are Russian Agents?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A fake, satirical story originally published by a white supremacist web site has been republished several times as fact.

Syria's Final Fight for Survival as a Nation - is a warning to ALL, small, vulnerable nations (like Canada)

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*US Jets Flying Over Syria* Syria is, at this very moment, fighting for its life as a nation. If it cannot send it's soldiers anywhere in its sovereign territory, it is no longer a nation--but merely a piece of geographic meat...to be cut up and divided amongst competing carnivores. What insouciant citizens of Canada and other small, vulnerable Western nations don't or won't accept is that--a threat to Syria is a threat to Canada. Period. Small, militarily vulnerable countries don't count on nukes for self-preservation, like North Korea, Russia, US, China and Israel...we count ... more »

Everything You Need to Know about North Korea's Nuclear and Missile Programs

Todd Crowell at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Todd Crowell* *Security, Asia* Here’s an overview of North Korea’s atomic archipelago. If the United States ever seriously considered a pre-emptive strike against North Korea’s nuclear center and missile bases, it would have plenty of targets to choose from. Maybe too many. Times have changed since former president Bill Clinton contemplated a strike against the Yongbyon nuclear complex to put the reactor out of commission. At the time it was Pyongyang’s only source for plutonium. That might have crippled the nuclear program, but now the North has nearly a dozen nuclear weapon/b... more »

A Look At What A North Korean Refugee Crisis Will Look

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
Keeping a close eye on the border with China. (Reuters/Aly Song) *Steve Mollman, Quartz:* *It’s time to start considering what a North Korean refugee crisis would look like* There’s an undeveloped strip of land on the Korean peninsula where nature thrives, but wild animals occasionally explode. Walking across it would be a bad idea. Known as the demilitarized zone (DMZ), it divides South Korea and North Korea, nations that technically have been at war since the 1950s. Running 240 km (150 miles) across the Korean peninsula, and measuring about 4 km (2.5 miles) wide, it is heavily g... more »

North Korea Prepares Its Defenses Ahead of A Possible U.S. Missile Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
KCNA/Reuters *Daily Mail:* *Kim Jong-un prepares defences ahead of possible US missile strike as American troops in South Korea rehearse destroying Pyongyang's nuclear weapons* * Dictator has ordered his army to strengthen key military locations in North Korea * Issued order after America launched a surprise missile strike on a Syrian airbase * Comes as it emerged US troops have carried out a military drill in South Korea * Exercise was aimed at rehearsing rapid destruction of North's nuclear weapons Kim Jong-un is preparing for a possible US missile strike by bolstering defence... more »

Crow can't stop looking at its reflection in shop window

White Wolf at White Wolf - 12 hours ago
This crow clearly liked what he saw - spending fifteen minutes preening himself to perfection in a mirrored shop window. The self-obsessed bird was oblivious to the amused reactions of passers-by as it ensured there wasn't a feather out of place by grooming itself roadside in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The hilarious pictures were taken by London photographer Paul Brown while the 51-year-old was on holiday. He said: 'The streets of Shinjuku in Tokyo were vibrant with the sights and sounds of the city. 'It was the last place I expected to see a crow perched on a window ledge ignoring the pe... more »

Putin: Russia-China versus the West; stability versus chaos

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 12 hours ago
[image: putin-xjp-stage] Whilst attending key economic summit in Beijing Russian President Putin contrasted the calm purposefulness of the Chinese-Russian partnership with the political chaos and instability of the West. The post Putin: Russia-China versus the West; stability versus chaos appeared first on The Duran.

US rejects Putin’s offer of transcript of Trump-Lavrov meeting

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 12 hours ago
[image: Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow December 18, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev] US rejects and ridicules unprecedented Russian offer though it offers the one opportunity of ascertaining beyond all doubt what actually happened at the meeting between Trump and Lavrov. The post US rejects Putin’s offer of transcript of Trump-Lavrov meeting appeared first on The Duran.

Confirmed: America attacks Syrian Arab Army and its allies–a crime and blunder

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 12 hours ago
[image: map] This is the second time America has attacked Syrian forces since Donald Trump became POTUS. The post Confirmed: America attacks Syrian Arab Army and its allies–a crime and blunder appeared first on The Duran.

Cops Found Guilty of Arresting People for Pot, Then Stealing Their Pot and Selling It

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: marijuana]Deputies with the LA County Sheriff were ruining people's lives by busting them for selling pot only to turn around and sell the pot themselves.

Illegal-alien Arrests Up Nearly 40 Percent Under Trump

Warren Mass at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: illegal-alien-arrests-up-nearly-40-percent-under-trump] Since President Trump signed his executive orders on immigration enforcement, ICE agents have arrested more than 41,000 illegal aliens — up 37.6 percent over last year.

Trump Didn't Cause Stock Market Decline

Bob Adelmann at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: trump-didnt-cause-stock-market-decline] According to nearly every major news outlet, Wednesday’s 372-point decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average was Trump’s fault.

ABC Faces Backlash for Cancelling Conservative Family Comedy Despite Its Good Ratings

Raven Clabough at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: abc-faces-backlash-for-cancelling-conservative-family-comedy-despite-its-good-ratings] It goes without saying that most television networks are interested in making money. That is why television shows that do not garner enough viewership are cancelled. Presumably then, if a television show did, in fact, achieve good ratings, it would be considered an asset by the network and renewed season after season. Such was not the case with Tim Allen’s television sitcom *Last Man Standing*, a show that features a conservative, Christian father with traditional family values who has no ... more »

Is the Swamp Draining Trump?

Alex Newman at rss - 12 hours ago
[image: is-the-swamp-draining-trump] President Donald Trump began his term in office with a flurry of activity, keeping campaign promises. But in recent days he has reneged, backing globalists, war, and cronyism.

“The China-US Arms Race: If One Arm is Right, the Other Will Be Left, No?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 12 hours ago
*“The China-US Arms Race:* * If One Arm is Right, the Other Will Be Left, No?”* by Fred Reed "This worthy and public-spirited column seldom dives into the thickets of military hardware, which it regards as excessively technical. However, the arms race between China and Washington is of enough gravity that its more exotic armaments may be of interest. Herewith, the truly dangerous weaponry of the contending sides. C-919 A Chinese narrow-body intended to compete with the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737. Designed and built in China by Comarc. Not quite up to Boeing’s standards, not as f... more »

The Federal Government Is Trying To Imprison These Six Water Protectors

Will Parrish at Shadowproof - 12 hours ago
The cases likely mark the first time that U.S. authorities have pursued felonies against people involved in demonstrations against fossil fuel infrastructure. The post The Federal Government Is Trying To Imprison These Six Water Protectors appeared first on Shadowproof.

Flynn's "underlying conduct" defined!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017Yates' meaning seems to come clear:* What the heck did Sally Yates mean when she spoke to that Senate subcommittee? Back on May 8, she told the committee that her DOJ team believed Michael Flynn might be subject to blackmail due to the administration's false statements about his conversations with Ambassador Kislyak. In those false statements, various people denied that Flynn had spoken to Kislyak about the Obama Administration's sanctions on the Russkies. When she appeared before the committee, Yates also said the Justice Department had been concerned abo... more »

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