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Saturday, May 20, 2017

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Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 52 minutes ago
Over 200,000 take to streets of Venezuela in protest against Maduro government and over food, medicine shortages https://t.co/U1IWJZ1qVU pic.twitter.com/SgQFrcclkG — AFP news agency (@AFP) May 21, 2017

How Can You Have “Certainty” When So Many Factors are “Unknown?”

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 2 hours ago
Dr. Curry has an interesting post today regarding the “UnCertainty Monster.” Climate Alarmists speak of levels of “certainty” that are simply unsustainable in uncontrolled experiments and “sciences” that are unsupported by experimentation. Weather forecasters can’t predict the weather 5 days out with any accuracy, yet climate “scientists” speak in terms of 95%+ certainty about changes … Continue reading "How Can You Have “Certainty” When So Many Factors are “Unknown?”"

Last militants leave Al-Wa’er District in Homs: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – Some 300 anti-government fighters and their families rejecting the reconciliation agreement boarded buses in Homs’ al-Waer neighbourhood, bound for Idlib and Jarablus, Saturday, in the final phase of a transfer deal, aimed at reducing fighting in the area. Militants carrying their weapons and personal belonging were seen approaching the buses […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Iraqi units open fire on hostile US jets operating inside Syrian desert

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 A.M.) – Footage emerged on Saturday of Iraqi pro-government fighters using anti-aircraft weaponry to shoot at US coalition jets near the Al-Tanf border crossing in eastern Homs. The amateur video was published by a fighter of the Badr Movement, an Iraqi contingent which operates alongside the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Syrian Social […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: US Army convoy transports weapons, vehicles to Kurdish forces in rural Raqqa

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:45 A.M.) – On Saturday, a new batch of armaments and military vehicles traveled through Kurdish-held northern Syria en route to the Raqqa frontier where Kurdish forward units are just four kilometers from the Islamic State capital. The convoy was spearheaded by US Humvees and traveled from Iraq through the city of Qamishli […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Islamist rebel group joins Al-Qaeda franchise in Syria

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 A.M.) – On Saturday, the renown Abu Omarah Regiment announced it would merge with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), an Al-Qaeda affiliated group known to be the largest insurgent faction in Syria. The Abu Omarah Regiment – a prominent faction in the Fatah Halab operations room – rose to fame in the battle […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army soldier defects to ISIS in Deir Ezzor

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 A.M.) – On Sunday, a conscript of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) decided to turn himself in to ISIS officials in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, Amaq Agency claimed. The ISIS-linked outlet did not specify whether the soldier surrendered himself for ideological reasons or due to a dire situation around Deir […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates May 20, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*The Guardian:* *Venezuela: 50th day of protests brings central Caracas to a standstill* *Venezuelans take to the streets, furious about shortages, rocketing inflation and human rights crackdowns, demanding President Maduro hold elections* Masses of protesters with white shirts, homemade gas masks and flags draped around their shoulders shut down a main road in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in a continuation of near-daily street protests. Soldiers closed access to the centre of the city and officials closed at least 10 metro stations in anticipation of Saturday’s protest, whic... more »

If You See The Word "Laughingstock" In A Headline, Do You Immediately Know Who The Story Is About?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 2 hours ago
Four months into his term and just 34% of Americans say Señor Trumpanzee has the judgement to be president. Before taking him on his trip abroad, his aides staged an intervention in the hope of getting him to behave well-- at least on twitter. They told El Señor he's painting himself into a corner legally and politically with his psychotic stream of consciousness tweet storms. He's supposedly promising to restrain himself and act like an adult. Meanwhile, for his meeting with NATO officials next Thursday it has been decided to keep all presentations very simple and short with plent... more »

And The Winner Of The 2017 Pulitzer Prize For Journalism Goes To...

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*Hat tip:* Zero Hedge. *WNU Editor:* I cannot resist .... but here is another one from Zero Hedge .... *Journalists Drink Too Much, Are Dumber Than Average, Study Finds* (Zero Hedge). Over the years I have gotten to know a journalist or two .... and it is true .... we always ended up talking in a bar .... and I was the one who got stuck with the bill. Hmmmm .... getting stuck with the bill .... maybe journalists are not that dumb. :)

Important National Conference in Virginia

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
I plan on attending this event in June that will be held in Richmond. UNAC conferences bring together many elements of the peace and social justice movements that rarely are found together. Great speakers and movement leaders. Check it out *here*

CNN Anonymous Source: Former FBI Director Comey Now Believes President Trump Was Trying To Influence Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*CNN:* *First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says* Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. "You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense," the source said, adding that "intent is hard to prove." Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel's... more »

Editor's Note To All Readers. If Someone Uses A VIP's Name Falsely In The Comments Thread .... It Will Be Deleted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: Here is an edited version of a comment that I posted about an hour ago .... I am always careful on what I post .... but I never worry about what I post. The reason why is simple. I have no interest in stirring up people's emotions .... I post what I find interesting in the news, I treat the news and people's opinions with respect and consideration .... and when I disagree with what I am reading .... I also make that very clear .... and I do so in a very professional matter. As long time readers of this blog .... I have never used foul language nor have I ever insulted ... more »

German Anti-Nuclear Activist Jailed for Blocking Train Carrying Radioactive Waste Through Densely Populated Areas

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 4 hours ago
“Without informing the local population, similar trains full of radioactive material are secretly passing through densely inhabited areas every four … Continue reading →

Could D-Day Have Happened One Year Earlier?

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* For decades historians have debated whether the Allies could have mounted a successful invasion of Western Europe in 1943. On June 6, 1944, the Allies unleashed on land, air, and sea the largest invasion force in world history in an enormous effort to liberate Europe from Nazi tyranny. Code-named Operation Overlord, the invasion consisted of five divisions, more than 7,000 ships and landing craft, and 195,000 naval personnel from eight countries. The massive invasion of the European continent included 133,000 troops from the United Stat... more »

Why America Shouldn't Buy North Korea's Empty Threats

Robert E Kelly at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Robert E Kelly* *Security, Asia* [image: A Republic of Korea Airman during ROK/U.S. Combined Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Field Training Exercise. Flickr/Department of Defense] Firing short- and medium-range rockets into the Sea of Japan is hardly evidence Pyongyang can strike the Western Hemisphere. North Korea claimed to test an intercontinental ballistic missile this week, and Western alarmism over the rogue state kicked into overdrive once again. It is true that North Korea is marching toward an intercontinental ballistic missile. The North Koreans have h... more »

The Fighter Plane That Terrorized Great Britain During the Falklands War Is Back

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Americas* The naval attack plane may have flown its last mission for France, but it looks set to serve many more years in the South American country where it made its reputation. Just one year after France retired its last Super Étendard carrier-based strike planes from service, it was announced this week that Argentina would purchase six of the retired warplanes. The Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard has always been more distinguished by its armaments and technical capabilities than by its performance specifications. While it ably served France in si... more »

India vs. Pakistan: Which Army Would Win?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* And would it go nuclear? The Indian subcontinent is home to two of the largest armies on Earth. Not only are the armies of India and Pakistan both larger in personnel than the U.S. Army, but they have stood at alert facing one another since the dissolution of the British Indian Army in 1947. The two armies have clashed four times in the past seventy years, and may yet do so again in the future. The Indian army is the primary land force of the Indian armed forces. The army numbers 1.2 million active duty personnel and 990,000 reservists, for a tot... more »

Graf Zeppelin: Nazi Germany's Forgotten Aircraft Carrier

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Europe* Could it have turned the tide? From the first days of his ascension to power, Adolf Hitler planned to rebuild the Kriegsmarine into a world-class navy. Most of the world’s other major fleets included aircraft carriers, and so German naval authorities soon determined that the Reich would also require carriers. Germany laid down its first carrier in December 1936, and launched the *Graf Zeppelin* two years later. It would never enter service, however: disputes between the Kriegsmarine and the Luftwaffe would delay the development of an air group,... more »

X 22 Report, “Harley Schlanger: Trump's Secret Plan For America & Why The Deep State Is Trying To Stop It”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X 22 Report, “Harley Schlanger: Trump's Secret Plan For America & Why The Deep State Is Trying To Stop It” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQlZNkPRbcU&t=25s

Musical Interlude: Alan Parsons Project, "Ammonia Avenue"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Alan Parsons Project, "Ammonia Avenue" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76fRSEfA2I4

Paulo Coelho, “Accepting The Fight”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Accepting The Fight”* by Paulo Coelho “If someone confronts you over ideas or ideals, step up and accept the fight, because conflict is present in every moment of our lives and sometimes it needs to show itself in the broad light of day. But do not fight in order to prove that you are right or to impose your ideas or ideals on someone else. Only accept the fight as a way of keeping your spirit clean and your will spotless. When the fight is over, both sides will emerge as winners, because they tested their limitations and their abilities. Since both respect the courage and determ... more »

North Korea Does Not Need Nuclear Weapons To Unleash Massive Damage

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
North Korea tests a strategic submarine ballistic missile. KCNA/File Photo via Reuters *ABC News Online:* *How much damage could North Korea unleash even without nuclear weapons?* There's been a lot of focus on North Korea's nuclear ambitions, and specifically, its hopes of developing a missile that could deliver a nuclear strike on the United States. But what can be lost in the discussion of the country's recent missile tests is the vast military capabilities the country already has. This morning, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said any military solution to the North Korea cris... more »

Was Dana Rohrabacher Outed As A Russian Spy? Well, Not Exactly But...

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 5 hours ago
Dana Rohrabacher's Orange County district is the reddest in what is now purple Orange County. It stretches along the coast from Seal Beach, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach through Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. Romney had beaten Obama handily there-- 54.7% to 43.0%-- but last year Hillary edged Trump-- 47.9% to 46.2%. That's a pretty narrow margin to hang too many hopes on for a seat flip. It's it's not the only hope Democrats are counting. The other is Rohrabacher himself. He's a crackpot and it'd finally catching up with him. *... more »

Donald Trump travels to Saudi Arabia, makes huge arms deal, and tries to forget that he may be impeached when he gets back to the US.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
President Trump, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson swayed along with traditional dancers in Saudi Arabia pic.twitter.com/HAf6RroaDe — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 20, 2017 Old white men dancing without any rhythm, no wonder they hate us in the Middle East. Courtesy of WaPo: *President Trump made a splashy debut on the world stage here Saturday, ushering in a new era in U.S.-Saudi Arabian relations by signing a joint “strategic vision” that includes $110 billion in American arms sales and other new investments that the administration sa... more »

Leadership 2017 Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 5 hours ago
The latest from the federal NDP's leadership campaign... - I'll start by specifically pointing out NDPLeaderVote as an excellent resource for news as it develops. Because it's largely tracking what's happening in the media and on candidates' announcements, I won't be using these links posts to do the same to the same extent for the duration of the campaign. - The big news is obviously Jagmeet Singh's public announcement that he's joining the race - with a launch that included what seems to be the largest show of support for any candidate so far. And the media also seems to be payin... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
“Drifting through the one-horned constellation Monoceros, these dusty streamers and new born stars are part of the active Monoceros R2 star-forming region, embedded in a giant molecular cloud. The cosmic scene was recorded by the VISTA survey telescope in near-infrared light. Visible light images show dusty NGC 2170, seen here just right of center, as a complex of bluish reflection nebulae. *Click image for larger size.* But this penetrating near-infrared view reveals telltale signs of ongoing star formation and massive young stars otherwise hidden by the dust. Energetic winds and r... more »

"Don't Give Up..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago

"Willingness to Feel: Opening to Understanding"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*"Willingness to Feel: Opening to Understanding"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we are resisting something based on a limited understanding, we must then open ourselves to willingness. There are times when we may find ourselves struggling or even fighting with our thoughts and emotions. We may feel that something must be done in a certain way or not at all, or there may be some other situation that feels absolutely black and white. But life is not this way - it’s the way we are looking at our experiences that is causing the turmoil within us. When we become aware that the st... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Schifferstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Thanks for stopping by!

China Crippled CIA Operations By Killing Or Imprisoning 20 Spies

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*New York Times: **Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations* WASHINGTON — The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over t... more »

Suriye ordusu, doğu Halep kırsalında ilerlemeye devam ediyor (Harita)

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Suriye ordusu, Halep’in doğu kırsalında yer alan Meskene düzlüklerinde Irak-Şam İslam Devleti (IŞİD)’e ait savunma hatlarını hedef alan operasyonlarına devam ediyor. Kaplan Güçleri öncülüğündeki ordu birlikleri, Meskene düzlüklerinin kuzey kısmına yönelik başlattığı operasyonlar çerçevesinde Tel Hasan tren istasyonundaki IŞİD mevzilerine bir dizi saldırı gerçekleştirdi. Operasyonlar başladıktan saatler sonra ordu birlikleri, şeker fabrikasını çevreleyen tarım arazilerinde kontrolü […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Saudi troops set alight by Houthi ambush on convoy inside Saudi Arabia

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – Nearly a dozen Saudi military vehicles were obliterated by a coordinated ambush conducted by Yemeni insurgents on Saturday. Drone footage shows the exact moment the Saudi convoy was blown up by the Houthi-led Popular Committees whom used remotely detonated bombs to devastating effect on a road in the southwestern Saudi […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Trump signs 350 billion dollar weapons deal with Saudi Arabia

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
(RUSSIA TODAY) In his first overseas trip as president, Donald Trump sealed an arms deal with Saudi Arabia worth $350 billion over 10 years, with nearly $110 billion to take effect immediately. The agreement is said to bolster security “in the face of Iranian threats.” “This package of defense equipment and services supports the long-term […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

IŞİD, çocuklardan oluşan birlikler kurdu

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Suriye ve Irak’ta nihai yenilgiyle karşı karşıya olan terör örgütü IŞİD, ”Halifeliğin Yavruları” adlı yeni bir propaganda videosu yayınladı. Yayınlanan propaganda videosunda; gönüllü alım merkezleri, eğitim kamplarının yanı sıra çocuklardan oluşan bir birlikte yer alıyor.Kafası yıkanan çocukların şeker, para, eğlenceli oyunlar ve diğer eğlencelerle silahlı birer cihatçı haline getirildiği görülüyor. Savaş boyunca tecrübeli militanlarının […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army advances deeper into ISIL’s east Aleppo heartland: map

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive operations in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, Saturday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) defenses around the Maskanah Plain. Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army launched a new attack inside the northern part of the Maskanah Plain, striking the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkish vetted forces capture and beat up three Syrian soldiers in northern Aleppo

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 P.M.) – On Saturday evening, Turkmen fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured three Syrian government troops on the southern outskirts of Al-Bab in rural Aleppo. In a photo uploaded online by a Turkish-backed FSA group, the soldiers were visible bruised after being taken captive. The rebel faction did not specify […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

"However Improbable..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"When you've eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "Sherlock Holmes"

Sitka woman makes dress from 20,000 salmon bones

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
“Salmon connect us all. They are in our waters, on the beach, in our forests, in our freezers. Salmon are a part of who we are,” Gibson said. With patience and confidence, Gibson slowly built a dress from 20,000 salmon bones. “I’ve always been fascinated with the natural world,” Gibson said. On her belly as a child, she would examine the delicate joints on blades of grass — dismantling them, weaving them, inspecting them. In nature, she discovered her passion for art and sought inspiration there. “There’s so much outside that is used in regular art today, and we don’t always recog... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 20, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during a reception ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 20, 2017.Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS *Tobin Harshaw, Bloomberg:* *Trump Hits the Road. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?* A Q-and-A with former national security aide Loren DeJonge Schulman, who went on lots of bumpy adventures with Barack Obama. President Donald Trump is off to the Middle East, Brussels and Sicily -- not to mention a quick chat with Pope Francis. Especially for man who has made p... more »

The Doomsday Vault is NOT Flooded - AGW Cult Glossolalia

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
*This is getting ridiculous- The constant overwrought dramatics. The claim of the flooded doomsday vault is more glossolalia , always accompanied by hysteria, that leaves the sane questioning, coherent thinker wanting something tangible. Something factual. Something understandable!* *First from the Guardian - Arctic Stronghold of Worlds Seeds Flood after Permafrost Melts* *OMG the Doomsday Vault is DOOMED- Hysterical enough for you?* *This type of spin follows a very predictable pattern of screaming headlines then later quiet clarifications-** You can see this type of manipulatio... more »

The Russian Obsession Goes Back Decades

Jacob G. Hornberger at 7 hours ago
[image: undefined] Just consider the accusations that have been leveled at the president: 1. He has betrayed the Constitution, which he swore to uphold. 2. He has committed treason by befriending Russia and other enemies of America. 3. He has subjugated America’s interests to Moscow. 4. He has been caught in fantastic lies to the American people, including personal ones, like his previous marriage and divorce. President Donald Trump? No, President John F. Kennedy. What lots of Americans don’t realize, because it was kept secret from them for so long, is that wh... more »

What is the Dementia Tax?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
On page 67 of the Conservative Party manifesto (analysis here), Theresa May's "team" announces a significant shift in the way elderly care is going to be paid for. Their plans have generated a great deal of controversy which, combined with means testing for winter fuel payments and ending the triple lock on pensions, moves the Tories away from protecting pensioners from the squeeze they unnecessarily put on public finances to one where they're going to have to also pay. It has proven hugely controversial. Some Conservatives are very unhappy with it, and you can bet this view is shar... more »

James Comey now believes that Donald Trump was trying to influence his investigation into collusion with Russia.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 8 hours ago
Courtesy of CNN: *Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. * *"You have to have intent in order to obstruct justice in the criminal sense," the source said, adding that "intent is hard to prove." * *Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel's leaders announced Friday. * *The central question at that blockb... more »

World News Briefs -- May 20, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
The Guardian: *Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’* *Saudi officials claim US president’s visit, which was accompanied by military deals worth $110bn, eases tensions between two nations* Donald Trump received a glittering welcome from leaders in Saudi Arabia on the first day of his first international tour, as the two countries agreed a series of military deals worth nearly $110bn (£85bn). The US president’s decision to make the Saudi capital his first foreign call was seized on by senior Saudi officials as a symbol that Washington aimed to be once again a ... more »

Photo of the Week: Caspian Tern With Fishhook In Wing

Bird-Rescue at International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters - 8 hours ago
Check out this beautiful Caspian Tern, photographed by Alex Viduetsky from the oceanic jetty in Playa Del Rey, California. Now look closer and you’ll see what Alex also saw: “Unexpectedly, a Caspian Tern with a fishhook in its right wing flew above my head. It made me think how many birds are getting hooked and how […]

Rare and awesome footage of a Canada lynx vocalizing in the wild

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
*Forget what the Fox Says – the real mystery of the forest is what the lynx says.* In a trail cam video captured by Swan Valley Connections, a conservation and education organization based in Montana, a rare lynx walked into view and stood for a moment. Then the beautiful creature made a noise that we can’t say we’ve ever heard before… This footage was captured this winter as Swan Valley Connections, the Blackfoot Challenge, and the Forest Service work together to monitor rare carnivores for the Southwestern Crown Collaborative. Social System and Communication: Solitary, except ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- May 20, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
North Korea tested a longer-range missile last weekend, which experts say was a significant advance for its weapons programme [Reuters] *Al Jazeera*:* North Korea vows to strengthen nuclear-strike ability* Pyongyang deputy ambassador to the UN says his country will strengthen and develop nuclear capability despite sanctions. North Korea had vowed to rapidly strengthen its nuclear-strike capability as long as it faces a "hostile" US policy. At the United Nations, North Korea's deputy ambassador, Kim In Ryong, said Pyongyang would never abandon its "nuclear deterrence for self-defens... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
◆ I know, you scream in disbelief, "Murder?! They'd never do that!" Decide for yourself... *Related:* •“Another Mysterious Death: Activist and Sanders Supporter Who Served Papers to DNC on Fraud Case Found Dead” •“Chilling Similarities Between Seth Rich Murder And 'Clinton Body Count' Victims” •“'Clinton Death List': 33 Spine-Tingling Cases” •Hillary Clinton Body Count Documentary: A trail of dead and mysterious deaths surround the Clinton’s and 114 and more deaths in this film that they are directly connected to.” •“The Clinton Body-Count”

"The Way You Reacted..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
"For many people, life is full of pain, suffering. It doesn't consist of clear blue skies or fresh green grass that's always greener on the other side. It's filled with hardships, grief, betrayal, and death.These things define the human condition. They define the sort of person an individual grows up to be, once those tribulations have, for the most part, ended. But what truly defines you isn't the fact that you have seen death, known the feeling of betrayal by someone you trust, or watched as something you loved was ripped out of your hands. What truly defines you is the way you r... more »

"The Short Attention Span President”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"The Short Attention Span President”* by Scott Adams When I am listening to advice from others, 99% of the time I exhibit a short attention span. The other 1% of the time the advice is worthy of a listen. In that rare case, I can listen all day. Given the situation I just described, would you say I have a short attention span? Suppose you give me a briefing book with thousands of facts and I only seem to care about three of those facts. And then I succeed at whatever I’m trying to do with my three facts. Given that set of circumstances, would you say I am incompetent? Part of the... more »

Time To Stop Talking About Getting Money Out Of Politics And Do It!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 9 hours ago
This weekend the California Democratic Party may feel the Bern. The Party's convention is in Sacramento and late this afternoon, the resolution committee will be working on getting the undo influence of money out of the political system. The video above explains what they're trying to accomplish. Below is the resolution as it now stands: *Resolution: Denounce the influence of money in politics, and act in accordance with the California Democratic Party (CDP) platform* WHEREAS the 2016 CDP platform states “…a healthy democracy is based on public financing of political campaigns ... more »

Donald Trump’s boring predictability tour

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
He came, he saw....and nothing much happened. The post Donald Trump’s boring predictability tour appeared first on The Duran.

Trump comes to Riyadh as Saudi Arabia bankrupts itself

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 9 hours ago
US President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia at a time when Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - the country's de facto ruler - has launched it on a runaway spending programme which is bound to end in national bankruptcy. The post Trump comes to Riyadh as Saudi Arabia bankrupts itself appeared first on The Duran.

U.S. Air Force Releases An Image On What Their Future Drones May Look Like

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *The Drive:* *USAF Research Lab Has Released This Image Of Its Low-Cost Stealthy Drone* The rendering appears to depict a more advanced version of the Low Cost Attritable Strike prototype currently in development. We have followed the Air Force Research Lab's (AFRL) Low Cost Attritable Strike (LCAS) program closely for some time, and now the "bleeding-edge" weapons development arm of the Air Force has released a rendering of what appears to be its vision for concept under the Low Cost Attritable Aicraft Technology (LCAAT) banner, and it looks pretty ... more »

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Nick Redfern, The Roswell UFO Conspiracy

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 10 hours ago
Nick Redfern. Photo by Kevin Randle. This week I talked with Nick Redfern about his new book *The Roswell UFO Conspiracy: Exposing a Shocking and Sinister Secret*because it would let people know about his new book, open up a discussion about an alternative explanation for the Roswell crash and it would give me a chance to promote my book, *Roswell in the 21stCentury*. Although I had suggested that his book was an update of his *Body Snatchers in the Desert*, it is actually more than just that, and it provides more information about some aspects of American history that are, for the ... more »

The Assault on Trump

Paul Craig Roberts at 10 hours ago
[image: undefined] We are witnessing an assault by the national security state and its liberal media on a President of the United States that is unprecedented. Wild and unsupported accusations of treasonous or illegal Russian connections have been the mainstay of the news since Trump’s campaign for president. These accusations have reached the point that there is an impeachment movement driven by the national security state and its liberal media and endorsed by Democrats, the American leftwing which has turned against the working class as “Trump deplorables,” and luminaries such a... more »

Irak ordusu Musul’da IŞİD’den Suudi Arabistan menşeli silahlar ele geçirdi (Video)

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Irak terörle mücadele güçleri, bu hafta Musul’un batı yakasında süren operasyonlar neticesinde IŞİD’e ait büyük bir cephanelik ele geçirdi. Musul’un batı yakasında IŞİD’den kurtarılan bir semtte ele geçirilen cephanelikte Irak güçlerinin gerçekleştirdiği arama tarama faaliyetleri neticesinde Suudi Arabistan menşeli çok sayıda silah bulundu. IMPORTANT#Iraq Counter Terrorism captured a HUGE #ISIS weapons storage in west #Mosul, all […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Al-Qaeda branch releases video showing its elite snipers in action (+18 graphic)

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) published a video dubbed “face to face” showcasing its best snipers in action against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) across the country, claiming it to be the first episode of a wider series. In characteristic Al-Qaeda style, an Arabic narrator could be heard praising […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército noruego entra al sur de Siria para ayudar a los rebeldes en el cruce fronterizo

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
El sábado, el comandante militar iraquí Shakir Abid dijo que una unidad de fuerzas especiales noruegas habría sido autorizada a entrar a Siria desde el paso fronterizo de al-Waleed, en el oeste de Anbar. La unidad noruega llegó a la región de al-Tanf, en el lado sirio de la frontera, ocupada por el Ejército Libre […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Tens of thousands take to the streets in Sanaa to protest Saudi, US war on Yemen

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, tens of thousands of people gathered in downtown Sanaa hours after Donald Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia for his first overseas tour to Riyadh. In the morning hours, mosques across the capital called on civilians to join the protests, Yemeni correspondent Naseh Shaker told Al-Masdar News. Subsequently, people […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Vídeo: Ejército iraquí confisca a ISIS grandes cantidades de armas fabricadas en Arabia Saudí

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Las fuerzas antiterroristas iraquíes incautaron una gran cantidad de armas de un depósito del grupo terrorista Estado Islámico (ISIS) en el oeste de Mosul esta semana. Varias cajas de armas de Arabia Saudí fueron descubiertas por las fuerzas antiterroristas iraquíes, mientras inspeccionaban este depósito en las partes recientemente liberadas del oeste de Mosul. Las secuencias […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Präsidentschaftswahlen im Iran: Rouhani mit großer Mehrheit wiedergewählt

Ali Tok at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Innenminister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli gab am frühen Samstag den deutlichen Sieg des amtierenden Präsidenten Hassan Rouhani bekannt. Über 23 Millionen Stimmen und somit ca. 57%, bekam Rouhani bei einer Wahlbeteiligung von ca. 73%. Sein größter Herausforderer , der ehemalige Staatsanwalt Embrahim Raisi, erhielt 38.5% der Stimmen. Die anderen beiden Kandidaten brachten es auf weniger als 2%. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Desperate 25-min propaganda video: ISIS recruits children to combat Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M.) – ISIS has released a new propaganda video featured its so-called Caliphate Cubs, thousands of whom have join Islamic State ranks to serve as cannon fodder in Deir Ezzor. The footage features enlistment centers, training camps, recruitment posters and fliers along with elements of battles with Syrian, Iraqi and Kurdish beilligerents. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

İran’da seçimlerin galibi yeniden Ruhani oldu

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
İran’da reformist kampın temsilcisi ve vatandaşların dış dünyayla ”verimli bir şekilde” etkileşime girmesini destekleyen söylemleriyle bilinen Cumhurbaşkanı Hasan Ruhani, yeniden seçimlerin galibi oldu. İran İçişleri Bakanı Abdurreza Rahmani Fazli, geçtiğimiz gün düzenlenen seçimlerde muhafazakar aday İbrahim Reisi’yi alt eden Ruhani’nin %57 oranında oy aldığını söyledi. Ruhani, dört yıl daha görev yapacak. İran İçişleri Bakanlığı Seçim Komitesi başkanına […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Halep’te hayat normale dönüyor: İlk kalp ameliyatı gerçekleştirildi (Video)

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
2016 yılının Aralık ayında cihatçı gruplardan tamamen kurtarılan Halep’te hayat normale dönüyor. Halep’in sağlık kurumlarına kurulan yeni ekipmanlar, sağlık personellerinin 4 yıllık uzun bir aradan sonra kalp ameliyatı yapabilmesine olanak sağladı. Doktorlar şimdi kaybettikleri zamanı telafi etmeye çalışıyor. Şehrin en iyi kardiyoloji merkezlerinden biri olan El-Basil Hastanesi, kalp ameliyatlarına yeniden başlayan kurumlardan. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Norveç ordusu, ‘muhaliflere’ destek için Suriye’nin güneyine girdi

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
Iraklı saha kaynaklarından edinilen bilgiye göre Norveç ordusuna bağlı bir özel birliğin, Anbar eyaletinin batısındaki El-Velid sınır kapısı yoluyla Suriye’nin güneyine giriş yaptığı öğrenildi. Suriye ordusu, Şam-Bağdat karayolu üzerinde ABD destekli Özgür Suriye Ordusu (ÖSO)’na bağlı ”devrim Komandoları Ordusu’na karşı ilerleyişini sürdürürken Norveç ordusuna bağlı bir özel birliğin de Tanaf sınır geçişine ulaştığı bildirildi. Irak […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

During debate prep Hillary Clinton actually prepared for the unwanted Trump handshake or hug.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice... A favorite moment from debate prep (9/24/16): pic.twitter.com/JAAHaqKFoa — Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) May 19, 2017 Courtesy of TPM: *Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines on Friday shared a video of himself almost violently hugging his boss, showing how Clinton’s campaign had prepared the then-presidential candidate for Donald Trump’s notoriously forceful handshakes.* *Reines, who stood in for Trump in the Clinton campaign’s debate prep sessions, seemingly shared the video of prep for wh... more »

May 20: Fomat?

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 10 hours ago
Many years ago when the world and I were young, I was an elementary school teacher. I was with my school principal, who had devoted his life to looking dignified and holding his hands behind his back. (He was the son of a clergyman.) We were listening to the daily news of bank-hold-ups, rapes, human trafficking, and mass murder by bombing. The principal sighed, "Wouldn't this be a better world', he said, "if people were just nice to each other?" This came back to me as I read the commentary page in today's Brunswick News. There was a column by a lawyer who is a master of saying not... more »

Did Yemen's Houthi Rebels Send A Message To President Trump By Firing A Missile At The Saudi Capital Of Riyadh Hours Before He Was To Arrive?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Wikipedia *DW:* *Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi rebel missile fired towards Riyadh* *Saudi officials have said they shot down a ballistic missile fired by Yemen's rebel Houthi movement towards Riyadh. The missile launch came just a day ahead of US President Donald Trump's arrival in the Saudi capital.* Saudi Arabia's air defense unit said on Friday that it had shot down a Houthi ballistic missile around 200km (120 miles) southwest of the capital, Riyadh. The Saudi-led coalition said in a statement that it had "intercepted a ballistic missile that was launched by Houthi militias ov... more »

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
Deuter, “Black Velvet Flirt” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWFCocIfXI&list=RD9qWFCocIfXI

"Truth Is Always Stranger..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees. Reminding us, that the universe does not exist to fulfill our expectations. Because we are imperfect beings who are self-blinded to the truth of the world's stunning complexity, we shave reality to paper thin theories and ideologies that we can easily grasp – and we call them truths. But the truth of a sea in all it's immensity cannot be embodied in one tidewashed pebble." - Dean Koontz

"The Sharp Tang And Savor Of Existence..."; Free Downloads, The Works of Olaf Stapledon

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Sharp Tang And Savor Of Existence..."* "The thought of the disaster which almost certainly lay in wait for the Other Men threw me into a horror of doubt about the universe in which such a thing could happen. That a whole world of intelligent beings could be destroyed was not an unfamiliar idea to me; but there is a great difference between an abstract possibility and a concrete and inescapable danger. On my native planet, whenever I had been dismayed by the suffering and the futility of individuals, I had taken comfort in the thought that at least the massed effect of all our... more »

CNN finds “anonymous source” that says James Comey now thinks Trump tried to influence him

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 11 hours ago
Anonymous Source: James Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him. The post CNN finds “anonymous source” that says James Comey now thinks Trump tried to influence him appeared first on The Duran.

President Trump Signs Massive $350 Billion Arms Deal With The Saudi King

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
US President Donald Trump (L) and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Riyadh May 20, 2017. © Mandel Ngan / AFP *CNBC:* *US-Saudi Arabia seal weapons deal worth nearly $110 billion immediately, $350 billion over 10 years* The United States has sealed an arms deal to Saudi Arabia, the White House announced on Saturday, a move that solidifies its decades-long alliance with the world's largest energy producer just as President Donald Trump begins an official visit to the country. The agreement, which is worth $350 billion over 10 years and $110 billion that will take eff... more »

Disturbing Video Shows Cops Attack 76yo Grandma for Not Standing Up Fast Enough

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: deputies]Infuriating video shows cops forcefully removing a 76-year-old woman from a seat in Union Station after they refused to giver her a cane to help her stand.

Donald Trump Said Saudi Arabia was Behind 9/11, Now He’s Bowing Down to Them

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 12 hours ago
[image: saudi]Trump just proved his loyalty to terrorists by signing the "largest single arms deal in US history" with the terrorist nation of Saudi Arabia.

Canada Prime Minister to ask the Vatican to apologize over residential schools

White Wolf at White Wolf - 12 hours ago
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to ask Pope Francis to issue a formal apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system. Trudeau is expected to raise the issue during a one-on-one meeting with the Pope when he visits Vatican City on May 29, during his trip to Europe for the NATO and G7 summits. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission included a demand for a formal apology from the Pope to residential school survivors among the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark chapter in Canadian history. The report said the apology should be delive... more »

President Trump Arrives In Saudi Arabia -- News Updates May 20, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Trumps on tour: Donald and Melania (plus Ivanka) are greeted by the Saudi king as they land in Riyadh for his crucial first test abroad* * President touched down in Saudi Arabia after flying overnight on Air Force One to Middle Eastern state * Saudi King presented Trump with the kingdom's top civilian honor, the gold King Abdulaziz medal * After two days of meetings in Riyadh, during which he is set to call for Arab nations to help in the fight against ISIS, Trump will travel to Israel * He will then have an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday * Tru... more »

It only took a nine-year-old 35 seconds to rumble Theresa May [VIDEO]

James Wright at The Canary - 13 hours ago
It looks like even nine-year-olds can see through Theresa May. On ITV News, Hasnain Nawaz questioned the sitting Prime Minister’s ‘strong and stable’ sloganeering and called on her to “actually do something”: Weak and wobbly? Nawaz specified that he is not “following” May. In a display of raw, childhood common sense, he pointed out that […]

Peer-reviewed journal publishes hoax attributing climate change to penises

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 13 hours ago
“‘The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct’ should not have been published on its merits because it was actively written to avoid having any merits whatsoever,” the authors concluded. “The paper is academically worthless nonsense. The question that now needs to be answered is, ‘How can we restore the reliability of the peer-review process?’

Why Solar Power Is So Cheap!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public We keep hearing how cheap solar power is becoming. I’ve found out why! https://www.energyjobline.com/job/218755/solar-engineer/ They must have got Diane Abbott to work out the costings.

Latest Telegraph Puff For Electric Cars

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Patsy Lacey The Telegraph seem to be running puff pieces for electric cars nearly everyday now: The cost of owning an electric car will fall to the same level as petrol-powered vehicles next year, according to bold new analysis from UBS which will send shockwaves through the automobile […]

Winning In 2018-- CA-25

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Even the worst Democrats in Congress-- and the most unpalatable DCCC recruits-- have caught on to the fact that railing against Trump is profitable. A case can be made that it is Debbie Wasserman Schultz who is responsible, at least as much as Putin or Comey, for installing Trump in the White House. And now she sends e-mails several times a week begging for money by robotically denigrating Trump. Being anti-Trump doesn't mean a politician backs a progressive agenda. Wasserman Schultz, who opposes John Conyers' Medicare-For-All Act, for example, and is still the poster gal for DC c... more »

Russian officials bragged that they had such control over Michael Flynn they could get him to influence Donald Trump's decisions.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
First on CNN: Russian officials bragged they could use Michael Flynn to influence Donald Trump, sources say https://t.co/xZKpbwDxMU — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 20, 2017 Courtesy of CNN: *Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN. * *The conversations deeply concerned US intelligence officials, some of whom acted on their own to limit how much sensitive in... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
Jon Klein, the former head of CNN's U.S. division, argues in *The Washington Post* that the Internet didn't divide the American media into warring tribal fiefdoms -- it was Roger Ailes: When the network launched in 1996, few realized that Ailes had hatched the prototype news organization of the 21st century: information with attitude; facts yoked to a point of view, the more provocative the better; a tribal vibe, outsiders unwelcome and openly scorned. The Internet did not, as is so often alleged, usher in the siloed media environment in which we find ourselves today and likely fore... more »

Russian Foreign Minister Refutes New York Times Story That President Trump Discussed FBI Director Comey's Firing With Him

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
© Photo: RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY *Sputnik: **Russian FM Lavrov Refutes Claims That He Discussed Comey's Dismissal With Trump* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has refuted the claims that he had ostensibly discussed the dismissal of the former FBI director Comey with US President Donald Trump during the minister's meeting with the US President on May 10. Earlier this week, mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post, New York Times published articles claiming that Trump had told Lavrov that firing Comey ameliorated "great pressure." "We did not touch on that topic at ... more »

Theresa May’s attempt at social media is going down like a lead balloon filled with facepalm

Emily Apple at The Canary - 13 hours ago
Theresa May is not a particularly prolific social media user. Although since calling the election, she has been using Twitter to share images of the stage-managed events that she’s been helicoptered between. A tweet she sent on 20 May broke from the formula, however. And it’s gone about as well as every other time she’s […] The post Theresa May’s attempt at social media is going down like a lead balloon filled with facepalm appeared first on The Canary.

Saudi Arabia’s military is the world’s biggest waste of money

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Donald Trump just sold Saudi Arabia $350 billion worth of weapons that it can barely use. The post Saudi Arabia’s military is the world’s biggest waste of money appeared first on The Duran.

Lavrov denies discussing Comey with Trump? Accept Putin’s offer and publish the transcript to establish the truth

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 13 hours ago
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov's denial of the New York Times story that he discussed Comey's dismissal with US President Trump makes it even more essential to accept President Putin's offer for the transcript of the meeting to be published to establish the truth. The post Lavrov denies discussing Comey with Trump? Accept Putin’s offer and publish the transcript to establish the truth appeared first on The Duran.

Aerosmith’s Memory Problems

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Legends describe some hilarious mishaps about a band who supposedly couldn't remember what they were supposed to be doing.

WATCH: Cop Punches Innocent Man in the Face for Questioning His Authority

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: cop]For filming an aggressive cop, an innocent man was punched in the face by a peace officer, and the entire assault was captured on video.

Saturday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 14 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Dalia Marin argues that in order to avoid corporate dominance over citizens and workers around the globe, we should be developing international competition policies and systems to combat the concentration of wealth: Two forces in today’s digital economy are driving the global decline in labor’s share of total income. The first is digital technology itself, which is generally biased toward capital. Advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning have accelerated the rate at which automation is displacing workers. The... more »

Fukushima Update: "Your Radiation This Week, May 20, 2017"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”* - Shiva *Publishing Note: *Due to Bob Nichol's other commitments the city-specific radiation reporting will now be published every 2 weeks until further notice. The next such full report will be on June 3, 2017. I will update the weekly Hiroshima bomb equivalents information. This is to keep you as aware and informed as possible, not alarm you, though you should be alarmed, and is scientific *FACT*, not sensationalistic nonsense. Everything here is active-linked for your own verification, or not; I encourage you to do so. The radi... more »

Weekend reads: A hoax involving a “conceptual penis;” fake reagents; plagiarism irony

Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The week at Retraction Watch featured a survey of researchers in China with an alarming result, and asked whether philosophy has a plagiarism problem. Here’s what was happening elsewhere: There’s a new paper hoax in town, this one involving the “conceptual penis as a social construct.” The authors, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay, explain. (Skeptic) […] The post Weekend reads: A hoax involving a “conceptual penis;” fake reagents; plagiarism irony appeared first on Retraction Watch.

VIDEO: Jaish Al-Islam conducts raid on ISIS base behind enemy lines in south Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:25 P.M.) – The media wing of Jaish Al-Islam published a video on Saturday backing up a report by Al-Masdar News yesterday detailing a raid on two ISIS-held buildings in the Yarmouk pocket, an insurgent hotbed in southern Damascus. The footage depicted Jaish Al-Islam shock troops gearing up for the attack, rushing through […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Largest group of rebels exit Barzeh District in Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – The third batch of Barzeh rebels and their families have exited this large district in Damascus, today, Al-Masdar’s Ibrahim Joudeh reported from the capital city today. According to Joudeh, at least 30 buses consisting of 2,672 people, including 1,076 rebels, departed from the Barzeh District of Damascus for the Idlib […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Norwegian Army enters southern Syria to aid endangered rebels at border crossing

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (17:35 P.M.) – On Saturday, Iraqi military commander Shakir Abid said a unit of Norwegian special forces had been allowed to enter Syria through the Al-Waleed border crossing in western Anbar. The Norwegian unit arrived at the Al-Tanf region on the Syrian side of the border, home to US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia welcomes the election of Iran’s Rouhani

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(TASS) Chairman of the Russian Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Committee for Foreign Affairs Konstantin Kosachev considers the re-election of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to be positive both for the country, for the whole world, and particularly for Russia. “I think this is a good sign both for the country and for the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL weapons from Saudi Arabia seized by Iraqi forces in Mosul: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – Iraqi counter-terrorism forces seized a large cache of weapons inside an Islamic State (ISIL) depot in western Mosul this week. Several boxes of weapons from Saudi Arabia were discovered by the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces while they were combing through this depot in the recently liberated parts of western Mosul. Video […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Full map of Syrian Conflict after recent army push to Iraqi border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their pro-government allies have launched several attacks in Syria’s southern countryside recently, pushing deep into rebel-held lands near the Iraqi border-crossing, despite the U.S. military’s presence in the region. Backed by Hezbollah and Iraqi paramilitaries, the Syrian Armed Forces have managed to seize more […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi Army closes in on complete Mosul victory as ISIS clings on to last three districts

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:50 P.M.) – Intensified counter-insurgency efforts are bearing fruit in Mosul as the Iraqi Armed Forces liberated two more ISIS-held neighborhoods on Saturday. Amid the last stage of the Mosul battle, the Iraqi Army was able to wrestle control of the Iqtisadiyeen district and highly fortified ’17th Tammuz’ district; the latter holds symbolic […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian deputy PM says flights to Egypt to resume after experts confirm security

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(TASS) Russia’s government will make a decision to resume air service with Egypt only after experts confirm that the country’s airports have reached an appropriate security level, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told TASS. “This is a question for our experts. If our aviation security services do not confirm that everything is fine, we won’t […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sandstorm envelopes Raqqa as ISIS counter-offensive ends up losing more territory

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – Beginning at dusk, ISIS began a localized counter-attack in rural Raqqa to retake turf captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the past week. Spearheaded by a couple of suicide bombers, Islamic State forces deployed the bulk of their military power east of Raqqa on Saturday and managed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army resumes offensive in southern Palmyra

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), resumed their wide-scale offensive in the southern countryside of Palmyra, Saturday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions near Mount ‘Abtar. Led by their 5th Corps and 18th Tank Division, the Syrian Arab Army attempted to push southwest of Mount […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US airstrike against Syrian forces was ‘self defense’: Mattis

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 P.M.) – US Secretary of Defence James Mattis stated that the US’ airstrike reportedly against an Iranian backed militia in al-Tanf, Syria, was in “self defence,” during a press conference in Washington DC, Friday. “It was necessitated, sir, by offensive movement with offensive capability of what we believe were Iranian-directed — I […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi Arabia: Trump greeted by King Salman on first trip abroad as POTUS

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – US President Donald Trump arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, for his first overseas visit in the position of US Commander-in-Chief. King Salman Abdullah bin Abdulaziz greeted Trump at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi city. Both the daughter of the president Ivanka Trump and her husband, a senior […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS blows up two communication towers in raid on Iraqi border post

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – ISIS insurgents have captured several kilometers of border territory between Iraq and Syria, a new batch of pictures released by Amaq Agency reveals. The jihadist belligerents overran Iraqi-held positions near the Al-Tanf border crossing and planted bombs at two communication towers which they claimed were used by the Iraqi Army. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye ordusu, Suveyda’nın doğusunda ABD ve Ürdün destekli gruplara karşı hızlı bir şekilde ilerliyor

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Geçtiğimiz günlerde, Ürdün sınırı yakınlarında ABD destekli gruplara karşı büyük bir taarruz başlatan Suriye ordusu hızlı bir şekilde ilerliyor. Askeri kaynağın Al Masdar’a verdiği bilgilere göre, önceki gün yaklaşık 30 kilometre ilerleyerek Zalfah bölgesine ulaşan birlikler; bölgedeki 60 kilometrekareden fazla bir alanı da kontrol altına almayı başardı. Bölgede tam kontrolün sağlanması ile birlikte; Ürdün sınırı büyük […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

President Rouhani wins re-election in Iran

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(CNN) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani handily won re-election in what is a victory for the Shiite nation’s reformist camp and a sign that citizens favor fruitful engagement with the outside world. Rouhani, who defeated his conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi in the Friday elections, garnered 57% of the vote, said Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. He’ll […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye ordusu ve Hizbullah, Irak sınırına doğru büyük bir ilerleme kaydetti

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Hizbullah ve Ulusal Savunma Güçleri tarafından desteklenen Suriye ordusuna bağlı birlikler; Şam’ın doğusunda büyük bir taarruz başlatarak büyük bir alanı kontrol altına aldı. Al Masdar muhabiri İbrahim Jodueh’in verdiği bilgilere göre; Şam’ın doğusunda bulunan Tişrin elektrik santrali yakınlarında taarruza geçen Suriye ordusu ve müttefikleri, Dakva bölgesinde büyük ilerleme kaydetti. Saha muhabiri Joudeh, Humus’un güneydoğusunda […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS deploys suicide bomber to devastating effect against Tiger Forces in Aleppo

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:15 P.M.) – On Friday afternoon, an Islamic State suicide bomber dodged government gunfire and detonated tons of explosives meters from a Tiger Forces unit, likely causing heavy casualties in the process. The SVBIED blew up in the newly liberated town of Zuwyinah south of Jirah Airbase in the far eastern Aleppo countryside. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز


Anon at Aangirfan - 14 hours ago
*AA Gill in Lebanon.* From 1990 to 1995, the writer *Adrian Anthony Gill* was married to Amber Rudd. *Amber Rudd at Auschwitz.* *Amber Rudd* is currently the UK Home Secretary, the government minister responsible for MI5. Amber Rudd's mother became the Marchioness Conyngham when she married Frederick Conyngham, 7th Marquess Conyngham.[3] AA Gill's father was the BBC television producer and director Michael Gill and his mother the was actress Yvonne Gilan. Michael Gill served in the RAF in Intelligence during World war II. *AA Gill (right) at school* In the 1980s, AA Gill, the... more »

It happens during newspapers wars!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017And when a chase is on:* It's a fascinating time to be a press corps watcher. Also, a time of frustration. A great deal of conduct is occurring all at once. We'll return to full services at the start of the week. Today, we'll note a few trends: *1) A chase is on:* Within the mainstream press, there's hasn't been such a uniform chase since the two years of Campaign 2000. At that time, the mainstream press was chasing the vile Candidate Gore. Today, they're chasing Donald J. Trump. In terms of the press corps' selection of targets, we note a slight imbalan... more »

Canada Threatens To Cancel U.S. Super Hornet Jet Buy If Boeing Continues It's Anti-Dumping Probe Into Canadian Jet Manufacturer Bombardier

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Canada had planned to buy 18 Boeing-made Super Hornet jets, like the one shown here, as temporary replacements for its aging fleet of CF-18s. (Mark Wilson/Reuters) *Reuters:* *Ottawa to review Boeing military bids in Canada after battle with Bombardier* The federal government hinted Thursday that Boeing should not take future military contracts with Canada for granted, a veiled threat that coincided with a spat between the aerospace giant and rival Bombardier. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland's comment that it's "reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boe... more »

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