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Thomas Paine

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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11:41 pm MDT

Wally Pipp’s Career-Ending ‘Headache’

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 14 minutes ago
Contrary to baseball folklore, Lou Gehrig's famous consecutive game streak did not begin when the Yankees' first baseman Wally Pipp sat out a game with a headache.

China Does Not Want This Exiled Chinese Businessman To Talk

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
*Washington Free Beacon:* *China Intervenes to Block Businessman From Revealing Spying Secrets on VOA* Guo Wengui details PRC intel operations, a potential intelligence windfall for FBI, CIA An exiled Chinese businessman with close ties to the government has begun revealing secrets about Beijing's intelligence operations after China pressured the official Voice of America radio to curtail a lengthy interview with him. Four VOA employees were suspended last month after more than an hour of the radio's exclusive interview with billionaire businessman Guo Wengui exceeded a time lim... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Iraqi rapid response forces gather during a battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul. REUTERS/Ari Jalal *WNU Editor: *The above picture is from this photo gallery .... *Endgame in Mosul* (Reuters).

North Korean Defector Claims Norht Korea Has 300 To 400 Drones That Can Launch A Biological And Chemical Attack On Seoul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
North Korean drones, according to South Korean intelligence estimates. © PHOTO: SPUTNIK, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, PRC DEFENSE MINISTRY, ROK DEFENSE MINISTRY, YOUTUBE/MBCNEWS *Washington Times*: *North Korea attack drones carrying biological, chemical weapons can strike Seoul within 1 hour* North Korea’s military has 300 to 400 attack drones capable of carrying biological and chemical weapons that could reach the South Korean capital of Seoul within one hour, according to a high-level defector from the isolated regime ruling Pyongyang. The claim from a 42-year-old former third secretary ... more »

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against North Carolina GOP Racists Who Control The State Legislature

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
The Republican-dominated North Carolina legislature has given Governor Roy Cooper every reason in the world for him to want to do them some harm. The House has 74 Republicans, 45 Democrats and an independent and the Senate has 35 Republicans and 16 Democrats. Yesterday, after the 5-3 U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that the Republicans in the legislature are a pack of racist animals who should immediately lined up against a wall and shot-- not blindfolds and no cigarettes-- Cooper pointed out that "for the second time in two weeks, the Supreme Court ruled that Republican leg... more »

Embarrassed Enough Yet? It Was a Good Plan  (Calling Roger Stone!)  Please, Drink the Koolaid (Really. It's Not Soma)  There Is No Such Thing As Cyber Security  (Pig Poop Fills the Sinuses)

First off, in self defense, seriously consider this: Truth Has Become Un-American That peace with Russia and China would undermine the justification of the $1,000 billion military/security budget, and that the military/security complex is the American government, is too much truth for most writers to state. Truth is the most rare element in the Western world, and we will not be permitted to

EKG Evidence that Smart Meters Negatively Affect the Human Heart

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 2 hours ago
*Nathaniel Mauka* - how would you imagine smart meters might be affecting your neuro-psycho-biology? The post EKG Evidence that Smart Meters Negatively Affect the Human Heart appeared first on Waking Times.

Bethune-Cookman and Notre Dame’s Common Denominator

James B. Ewers Jr. at Diverse - 2 hours ago
In my opinion, both universities made the wrong choices in commencement speakers.

Diverse Conversations: Affordability Key to Higher Ed Access

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
What does it actually take to make higher education accessible to a larger portion of the population? Affordability.

Tennessee Delivers on its Promise

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
Tennessee may be known for its legendary singers and musicians. Today, however, the state has drawn national attention for a different kind of ‘hit.’ It’s drawing high praise for its ambitious state-wide initiative to boost college enrollment.

Inbound Recruitment Creates More Inclusive Workplaces

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
Universities have something all companies want: future employees. Students are essentially the “product” that businesses demand so that they can stay competitive and grow.

Experts: Trump Budget a Crushing Blow to Low-income Students

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
Higher education experts were reeling amid the release of President Donald Trump’s newly released budget titled, A New Foundation For American Greatness.

UMaine System Appoints President of Presque Isle Campus

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has unanimously approved Raymond Rice as the president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Rice joined the university’s faculty 20 years ago and began serving as interim president and provost last July. The university system says he will continue to serve […]

Lincoln University Plans to Cut 48 Jobs, Reduce Salaries

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lincoln University in Jefferson City plans to cut 48 jobs and reduce salaries as it tries to respond to a budget deficit. The school, which is facing a $3.8 million deficit in its fiscal 2018 budget, announced Monday that 32.5 staff and 15.5 faculty positions will be cut. KRCG reports a […]

U.S. Renews Call for Hungary to Engage with Besieged University

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
BUDAPEST, Hungary — The Hungarian government should “engage directly” with a university founded by billionaire George Soros which may have to leave Budapest because of recent amendments to the law on higher education, the United States said Tuesday. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. government urges Hungary to suspend the implementation of the […]

MBA for Mom Who Went to All Classes with Quadriplegic Son

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
ORANGE, Calif. — A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration. Judy O’Connor, a retired elementary school teacher, pushed her son Marty in his wheelchair for him to […]

CU President to Review Ex-coach’s Domestic Assault Handling

cmaadmin at Diverse - 2 hours ago
BOULDER, Colo. — University of Colorado President Bruce Benson will have the final say on how to handle university officials’ failure to report claims of domestic violence against a former assistant football coach. The Daily Camera reports the university’s Board of Regents had decided the president should make the decision on Monday after a seven-hour […]

Sudan Accuses Egypt Of Supplying Weapons To Rebel Forces In Darfur Who Are At War With Khartoum

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Sudan Tribune:** Sudan’s Bashir accuses Egypt of supporting Darfur rebel attack* May 23, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir Tuesday has accused Egypt of supporting the armed movements that recently entered Darfur from Libya and South Sudan. On Friday, fierce clashes erupted in North and East Darfur between government forces and the Sudan Liberation Movement - Minni Minnawi (SLM-MM) and the SLM-Transitional Council, a splinter group from the SLM-Abdel Wahid. The government says the rebels entered into the region from Libya and South Sudan where Khartoum claim... more »

The Islamic State group has weaponized children

Mia Bloom, Professor of Communication, Georgia State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
In claiming responsibility for the attack in Manchester at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, the Islamic State group has sunk to a new low. We have seen terrorists target venues where young people congregate before – shopping malls, discos and schools. If IS was indeed involved, they have now deliberately targeted young children, tweens and teens and their parents in a horrific attack that has killed 22 as of this writing and wounded 59. The attacker used a nail bomb to maximize the carnage. Through my research I have gained access to the Islamic State’s encrypted online propaga... more »

How social ties make us resilient to trauma

Daniel P. Aldrich, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director, Security and Resilience Program, Northeastern University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
Manchester, England, May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth The May 22 suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester, England has claimed at least 22 lives. Once again we find ourselves mourning the loss of innocents and wondering how our societies can find normalcy in a world of suicide attacks, car rammings and mass shootings. Many pundits have already called for the United Kingdom and other societies to increase their levels of security, add more police officers and install security personnel, ... more »

In pictures: Iraqi troops capture Islamic State stronghold in daring overnight raid

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – Last night, the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) liberated the small city of Qayrawan in a swift overnight operation against the Islamic State. The sound military plan was masterminded by PMU commander-in-chief Hadi Al-Amari. Prior to its capture, Qayrawan was surrounded on three flanks but the PMU left open a small […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army on verge of kicking ISIS out of Aleppo province: Map Update

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:17 A.M.) – Soon after the capture of the strategic Jirah Airbase in Aleppo’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces would proceed to capture dozens of villages and hilltops from the wavering ISIS terrorists of the so-called Wilayat Halab. In the past few hours, the Tiger Forces captured the Al-Ajouziyah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US commandos capture 12 Al-Qaeda members alive in northeast Yemen

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (2:30 A.M.) – Russian news agency, Sputnik Arabic, has revealed details of the attack conducted by US Navy Seals in Marib province in northeastern Yemen. “The operation targeted 12 members of Al-Qaeda (AQ), most of them Saudis, who had just arrived hours ago on two vehicles to the area of Khuthla, north of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurdish forces on the verge of capturing Baath dam amid new gains in rural Raqqa

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – On Tuesday evening, the predominately Kurdish ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) captured an important village in an isolated Islamic State pocket at northern bank of the Euphrates River. Advancing in the western Raqqa countryside once again, YPG units captured Yamamah village and established fire control over the Baath dam. A photo […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye ordusunun Ürdün sınırındaki ilerleyişi sonrasında Suriye genelinde son durum (Harita)

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 3 hours ago
Suriye ordusu, yaklaşık üç yılın ardından Suriye’nin güneyindeki kırsal bölgesinde büyük bir ilerleme kaydetti. 5. Kolordu öncülüğündeki Suriye ordusu, Suriye’nin güneyinde yer alan Suveyda eyaletinin batısındaki Zulfa barajı ve çevresinde kontrolü ele geçirerek Humus eyalet sınırında yaklaşık 100 kilometrekarelik bir alanı IŞİD’den kurtardı. Palmira antik kentinin güneyinde yer alan Abtar dağları çevresinde de bir dizi […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US Senate Intel Committee To “Vigorously Pursue” Former Trump National Security Advisor Flynn Pertinent Materials and Testimony; Question Use of Fifth Related to Documents; Issue Subpoenas to Flynn Companies

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
See video here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?428980-1/senate-intel-chair-place-offer-general-flynn-immunity (Based on video interview) Summary of actions in response to Flynn lawyers – Question use of … Continue reading →

This Is Why the United States Is No Longer a Military "Hyperpower"

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Thanks, Russia and China. The United States is no longer the “hyperpower” it once was in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Where once Washington held a position of complete dominance, the United States is now faced with competing powers—some of which can field peer-level capabilities. “The military environment has shifted away from the existence of the United States as the single ‘hyperpower’ to a situation in which foreign militaries are emerging with near-peer and, in some areas, peer capabilities,” U.S... more »

Why Do Russia, China, Iran and Cuba All Have in Common? Intelligence Services Gunning for America

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * And new technology is helping their efforts. Foreign intelligence services such as Russia’s SVR and GRU are amongst the most dangerous threats facing the United States according to senior U.S. intelligence officials. While Russia and China are the two most dangerous and potent threats, even intelligence services from smaller nations like Cuba and Iran can pose a significant danger. “Foreign intelligence services present a grave threat to DoD’s [Department of Defense] ability to plan and execute strategic operations across the globe,” U.S. Marine Cor... more »

Russia Fears NATO (And These 5 Weapons Are a Big Reason Why)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Europe* Weapons Moscow won't want to face in a showdown. *The Boeing AH-64A Apache helicopter gunship was first introduced in 1986 as a weapon to blunt an anticipated Soviet armored spearhead punching through the Fulda Gap in what is now central Germany. The Apache proved itself an able tank killer during the 1991 Gulf War, decimating Iraq’s beleaguered forces.* *Since then, the Apache has undergone many modernizations—adding ever improving sensors and weapons. But like its predecessors, the newest Apache models can carry sixteen Hellfire anti-attack ... more »

Is North Korea Using China's Satellites to Guide Its Missiles?

Peter J. Brown at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Peter J. Brown* *Security, Asia* Is this possible? As North Korea fires more missiles in its drive to build and test rockets to reach the US mainland, one issue largely overlooked is that satellites are among methods used to guide such weapons to their targets. Pyongyang doesn’t have a satellite navigation network, raising speculation that if it is using such a guidance system then is it tapping into China’s? While information on military programs in the North is difficult to verify, reports going back to 2014 show that North Korean engineers were in China for technology train... more »

China Isn't Rising—It's Merely Outlasting Other Nations

David C. Kang at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*David C. Kang* *Politics, Asia* [image: Soldier in Tiananmen Square. Flickr/Creative Commons/Richard Fisher] China has been a hegemon and source of civilization for at least twenty centuries; its rise is not new. Does China’s imperial past predict its future? Does Europe’s past predict Asia’s future? These are the wrong questions to be asking. Asia is much more than simply China, and Asia itself is much more than simply a reflection of Europe. The question is not whether there are any lessons to be drawn from Europe’s bloody past; nor is the question whether there is anything e... more »

Do Values or Interests Guide U.S. Policy? With China and North Korea, It's Hard to Tell.

Joseph A. Bosco at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Joseph A. Bosco* *Security, Asia* [image: Opening ceremony of the Russia-China Naval Interaction 2014 joint exercises. Kremlin.ru] Once, trade outweighed human rights. Now, it’s outweighing security too. When Hillary Clinton made her first visit to China as secretary of state in 2009, she stressed the need for economic cooperation. But then she startled human-rights advocates by declaring that “our pressing on those issues can’t interfere with the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis, and the security crisis.” I joined in the criticism: “Trade trumps human r... more »

NATO Allies Should Not Be Judged on Defense Spending Alone

Rachel Rizzo, Jim Townsend at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Rachel Rizzo, Jim Townsend* *Security, Europe* [image: Field training exercise at NATO’s exercise Saber Strike 2014. Flickr/U.S. Army Europe] It is not only how much a nation spends on defense that matters, but what that nation spends it on and its willingness to use it. Last week, President Donald Trump embarked on his first big wave of foreign travel since his January inauguration. For Europe-watchers, the most anticipated event during this trip will be Trump’s first meeting with NATO heads of state and government in Brussels on May 25. On the docket for the day will be a tou... more »

Trump’s budget eliminates funding for UN global warming programs

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 3 hours ago
The Trump administration has proposed eliminating nearly $1.6 billion in international programs aimed at promoting green energy and fighting global warming.

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Is A U.S. Attack On North Korea Imminent?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Sailors aboard the US Navy Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the western Pacific Ocean. Reuters/ U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Handout *Business Insider/Mauldin Economics:* *GEORGE FRIEDMAN: A US attack on North Korea is imminent* The US is preparing to attack North Korea, according to Geopolitical Futures founder George Friedman — setting the stage for a difficult, messy war with potentially catastrophic consequences. Speaking Monday to a rapt audience at the 2017 Strategic Investment Conference in Orlando, Friedman said that ... more »

More Revelations On How The NSA Routinely Violated Privacy Protections During The Obama Administration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*John Solomon and Sara Carter, Circa*: *Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years* The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community. More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 ... more »

120 Years Of Climate Scares – 70s Ice age scare

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 3 hours ago
1845 – The whole of Sir John Franklin’s expedition to find the NW Passage died and their ships were crushed by the ice near Baffin Island 1909-1910 – Amundsen sailed an ice free NW Passage 1922 – The Arctic is warming and fishermen are catching species that have never been seen there before. 1970 – … Continue reading "120 Years Of Climate Scares – 70s Ice age scare"

BREAKING: Authenticated Transcripts Show Trump Praised Genocidal Dictator For Mass Murder

Justin Gardner at The Free Thought Project - 4 hours ago
The 'leader of the free world' heaped praise on Philippines President Duterte for systematically exterminating drug users and sellers.

Tuesday Night Cat Blogging

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 4 hours ago
Sun-soaked cats.

Neuromechanics of flamingos' amazing feats of balance

Young-Hui Chang, Professor of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 4 hours ago
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all? Carlos Bustamante Restrepo, CC BY-NC-ND If you’ve watched flamingos at the zoo – or if you’re lucky, in the wild – you’ve likely wondered how flamingos manage to sleep standing on one leg. Of course, as humans, we think standing on one leg is hard because it’s difficult for us. Tree pose in yoga becomes increasingly difficult as you lift your leg higher, reach your arms up and tilt your head. It becomes almost impossible if you close your eyes. Most of us wobble and sway, then put a foot down, and shake out the leg we were ... more »

Surtsey Island Sedimentology Conundrums

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 4 hours ago
From Wikipedia: Surtsey (“Surtr‘s island” in Icelandic, pronounced /ˈsʏr̥tsei/) is a volcanic island located in the Vestmannaeyjararchipelago off the southern coast of Iceland. At 63.303°N 20.605°WCoordinates: 63.303°N 20.605°W, Surtsey is the southernmost point of Iceland. It was formed in a … Continue reading →

A Transcript Of President Trump's Private Call With Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Has Been Leaked

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*Jeremy Scahill, Alex Emmons & Ryan Grim, The Intercept*:* Trump called Rodrigo Duterte to congratulate him on his murderous drug war: "You Are Doing An Amazing Job"* *Part 1* *It was enormously controversial that President Trump placed a friendly call to Philippine strongman Duterte on April 29. Now, we can read what they said.* IN A PHONE CALL from the White House late last month, U.S. President Donald Trump heaped praise on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, one of the world’s most murderous heads of state, for doing what Trump called an “unbelievable job” in his war on dr... more »

X22 Report, “We Are Now Witnessing The Total Break Down Of The System”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X22 Report, “We Are Now Witnessing The Total Break Down Of The System” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fHyz9dhqfY You'd be well advised to listen to this entire report...

Musical Interlude: Neil H, "At Peace With The Forest"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Neil H, "At Peace With The Forest" - https://www.youtube.com/

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“What is causing the picturesque ripples of supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5? The ripples, as well as the greater nebula, were imaged in unprecedented detail by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2006 and again late last year. The red color was recoded by a Hubble filter that left only the light emitted by energetic hydrogen. The precise reason for the ripples remains unknown, with two considered origin hypotheses relating them to relatively dense portions of either ejected or impacted gas. *Click image for larger size.* The reason for the broader red glowing ring is more clear, with expa... more »

Chet Raymo, “Retreat From Reason”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
* “Retreat From Reason” * by Chet Raymo “Is there a flight from reason in the United States? Everywhere we look, science is under attack. In government. In the schools. In the churches. We are offered faith-based substitutes. The “Left Behind” series of apocalyptic novels outsells everything else on the shelves. People are more interested in astrology than astronomy. Intelligent design is championed at the highest levels of government. Alternative medicine - faith healing, homeopathy, energy therapies, New Age healing, and the like - is more popular than ever. Scripture and revelat... more »

Who Has Bad Judgment?-- Wall Street Version

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Zach Carter is one of *Huff Po*'s most perceptive reporters and yesterday he warned his readers that while we were all distracted by the clown show Trump had finally delivered one on big campaign promise-- not for his voters, of course, but for his Wall Street donors-- he pretty much gutted Dodd-Frank. "Trump," he reminded us, "campaigned on conflicting promises about big banks. One minute, he was going to stick it to the corrupt financial insiders who had wrecked the middle class. The next, he’d vow to liberate our benevolent princes of capital from crushing regulations Obama had... more »

Adorable panda cub enjoys an extremely fun bath time

White Wolf at White Wolf - 4 hours ago
After some time enjoying the water, the animal then jumps out of the pool and climbs a tree. The panda can be seen lying on its back and moving its feet and arms around. At one point the animal shakes its entire body as if its trying to get up. Finally, it gets out of the pool of water. It shakes itself off to get rid of the water and climbs a tree. The panda then rolls around on the grass. In an excited mood, the animal climbs the tree again. For a long time, scientists weren’t sure if giant pandas were bears or perhaps more closely related to raccoons. Now we know that giant p... more »

The Atlantic explains why Trump scandals are good for Vladimir Putin.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Sort of obvious that Putin has reaped exactly what he set out to sow in the first place. He has dramatically undermined American democracy and demonstrated his own power at the same time. And his success is currently being supported and defended by the very Republicans who spoke out so harshly against the Soviet Union back during the Reagan Administration. They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, I wonder if anybody has taken the temperature inside the White House lately?

Is There a New, Rare Tick That Burrows Under Your Skin Undetected?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
A viral Facebook post with pictures stolen from various sources doesn't provide any specifics about a supposed new type of tick.

Physicist Warns That Fidget Spinners Could Affect Earth’s Center of Gravity?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Reports that "one of the nation’s most respected physicists" has warned that fidget spinners could have a harmful effect on the Earth’s center of gravity are fake news.

NYPD Sued For Refusing To Confirm Or Deny Existence Of Counterintelligence Activities Against Activists

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 5 hours ago
The NYCLU and Millions March NYC sued the NYPD after the department refused to confirm or deny the existence of records on Black Lives Matter activists. The post NYPD Sued For Refusing To Confirm Or Deny Existence Of Counterintelligence Activities Against Activists appeared first on Shadowproof.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 23, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Peter Apps, Reuters*: *Europe's rising tide of attacks show diminishing political effect* It shouldn’t be a surprise that Islamic State was quick to claim responsibility for Monday’s suicide attack in Manchester that killed 22 people. As its last territory in Iraq’s second city of Mosul falls to U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and its Syrian capital Raqqa is encircled, the group is increasingly desperate for legitimacy. Attacks on the West are one of its few remaining options. Although IS claimed the attack as revenge against "Crusaders", neither U.S. nor U.K. authorities have attribut... more »

"Live A Good Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. I am not afraid." - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"Lucid Dreams: Silent Lucidity"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Lucid Dreams: Silent Lucidity" by Jason Bellows "There was a time that I could fly. I jutted my right fist into the air, and launched into the sky. My stomach dropped with the sensation of breaking gravity’s bond, and the summer air cooled as I reached higher. When the roads were so far below as to be an indistinct ashen blur, I halted and curled my legs under me as I was pelted by icy crystals of clouds, and surveyed all below. There was a moment of idle indecision, but in the end it mattered not at all. I picked a direction and dove. The experience was one of my many brushes wit... more »

"Sticks And Stones..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts.” - Robert Fulghum

The Daily "Near You?"

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

Manchester bombing singer: “I hate Americans. I hate America”

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 6 hours ago
Was ISIS trying to make a sick, cryptic political statement about Grande's widely known views? The post Manchester bombing singer: “I hate Americans. I hate America” appeared first on The Duran.

The Political Economy of the Moral Lobotomy

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
It's a truism that the worst in humanity brings out the best in humanity. Yet amid the solidarity and support shown folks caught up in last night's suicide attack in Manchester, there were those for another concern came to mind: themselves. It takes a real decency bypass to think about how the murder of 22 people can raise one's profile, or score petty points, but the laws of probability indicates such people are bound to exist. A coincidence then that exhibitors of amoral psychopathy are clustered in our leading news media organisations? Out front was, of course, the execrable Kat... more »

Syrian Army opens a 100 km front against ISIS in new surprise offensive: Video

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:47 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by allied paramilitaries launched a mass-scale offensive against Islamic State terrorists in the region spanning between Eastern Qalamoun in Damascus province an Palmyra in Homs’s eastern countryside- a front that well exceeds a 100 kilometers. Over 1200 sq kilometers were captured as a result […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic video: ISIS kills 14 Syrian soldiers, Palestinian fighters in raid near Palmyra Silos

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – Amaq Agency released a highly graphic video on Tuesday showing the aftermath of an Islamic State attack in the oil-rich desert of eastern Homs. The raid took place at a mountainous checkpoint north of the Palmyra Silos. Subsequently, footage showed dead soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) alongside Palestinian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Irak Ordusunun Saldırısı IŞİD’e Anbar Çölü’nde Ağır Kayıplar Verdirdi

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE (21:00) – Salı günü Al-Masdar’a konuşan bir kaynağa göre Irak Silahlı Kuvvetleri Batı Anbar’da 43 IŞİD’liyi etkisiz hale getirdi.Öldürülen IŞİD’lilerin bir çoğu intihar bombacısıydı. Irak Ordusu’nun 7. bölüğünün öncülük ettiği 48 saat süren operasyona Irak Hava Kuvvetleri de kendilerine verilen IŞİD üyelerinin bulunduğu koordinatları vurarak destek verdi. IŞİD’in Bağdat sorumlusu da dahil […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army continues blitz offensive to besiege US-backed rebels in Syrian Badiyah

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:56 A.M.) – Backed by allied paramilitary forces like the Arab Tawhid Party and the Iraqi Imam Ali Brigades and Nujaba’ Movement, the Syrian Arab Army continued its unprecedented wide-scale advance in the heart of the Levantine Badiyah. Six kilometers to the south of the recently-captured Scientific Research Battalion, the Syrian Armed Forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

En imágenes: ISIS se hace con el control de su primera ciudad en Filipinas

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
Durante la noche, intensos enfrentamientos estallaron en la ciudad predominantemente sunita de Marawi, en el sur de Filipinas, después de que las fuerzas de seguridad y las células durmientes del grupo terrorista ISIS lucharon durante varias horas. 2 soldados y 1 oficial de policía murieron en los combates, aunque ningún civil fue herido por un […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS executes three of its own fighters on high treason charges over deserting Raqqa

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:10 A.M.) – The Islamic State leadership is cracking down on fighters trying to desert the caliphate after Kurdish troops have reached the doorstep of Raqqa city. On Monday, ISIS reportedly ordered the immediate execution of three of its own members for trying to escape the battlefield in northern Raqqa by abandoning their […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

مقتل خمسة بحرينيين برصاص السلطات البحرينية بعد اقتحامها منزل الشيخ قاسم

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
بعد تصدي المواطنين البحرينيين العزّل بأجسادهم لاقتحام الدراز غرب المنامة من قبل قوات مدججة وسقوط عشرات الإصابات وأحد الشهداء، تقدمت قوات الأمن حيث قامت باقتحام منزل آية الله الشيخ عيسى قاسم في الدراز واعتقال كل من في داخل المنزل بحسب ما أكدت مصادر بحرينية. ومن جهتها أعلنت الداخلية البحرينية فيما بعد انه تم اعتقال 50 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

الوفاق: العالم يتحمل مسؤولية المجزرة بحق الشعب الأعزل في البحرين

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
أطلقت جمعية الوفاق الوطني البحرينية نداءً عاجلاً إلى كل العالم والمجتمع الدولي وكل المؤسسات والقوى والشخصيات لضرورة التحرك لوقف المجزرة التي تحصل في البحرين. وجاء نداء الوفاق، بالتزامن مع اقتحام قوات النظام البحريني بأعداد كبيرة منطقة الدراز مستخدمة كل الأسلحة المحرمة ضد المدنيين العزل، ما أدى إلى سقوط شهيد وأكثر من 100 جريح بينهم حالات […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

طهران  تدين الحكم على الشيخ قاسم في البحرين وتحذر من المس به

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
أدان المتحدث باسم وزارة الخارجية الإيرانية بهرام قاسمي الحكم الصادر من النظام البحريني على رجل الدين الشيخ عيسى قاسم معبرا عن قلق إيران الشديد تجاه ذلك. وقال قاسمي في تصريح اليوم: إن”السلطات البحرينية اتخذت المقاربة الطائفية من اجل توجيه تهم كاذبة للشيخ قاسم واثنين من المقربين إليه” مطالبا إياها بالالتفات إلى التعامل واقامة العلاقات مع […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Yemen’de ABD’den El-Kaide’ye kara harekatı

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
ABD ordusunun, Yemen’n kuzeyinde Arap Yarımadası El-Kaide’sine karşı kara harekatı düzenlediği bildirildi. ABD ordusunun El-Kaide militanlarına ait toplanma alanı ve sığınakları hedef aldığı belirtilirken Pentagon’un bugün yayınladığı açıklamaya göre komandoların Yemen’in kuzeyindeki Marib eyaletinde, El-Kaide militanlarını hedef alan saldırılarında en az 7 militan etkisiz hale getirildi. Bunun yanı sıra ABD güçlerinin, Marib eyaletinde yer alan Sirwah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ABD’nin Suriye’deki hava saldırılarının 1 aylık bilançosu: 225 sivil öldürüldü

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
Suriye Muhalif İnsan Hakları Gözlemevi (SOHR), bugün ABD öncülüğündeki koalisyon güçlerinin, Suriye’de geçtiğimiz 1 ay içerisinde düzenlediği hava saldırıları neticesinde toplam 225 sivilin öldüğünü ve yüzlercesinin de yaralandığını açıkladı. Bu, ABD öncülüğündeki ”IŞİD karşıtı” askeri kampanyanın başlamasından bu yana en ağır bilanço olmasıyla dikkat çekiyor. SOHR, ölenlerin 44’ünün çocuk, 36’sının da kadın olduğunu öne sürerken şimdiye […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee eröffnet neue Front gegen ISIS in einer Überraschungsoffensive

Benjamin T. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (11:46) – Quellen in der 60. und 67. Brigade der 11. Panzerdivision haben mitgeteilt, dass die syrische Armee einen zügigen Vorstoß in den frühen Morgenstunden des heutigen Dienstags machte, als sie die gesamte östliche Seite der Qaryatayn-Hügel eroberte. Die oben genannten Hügel werden bezeichnet als Syriatel Hügel, Shuhada Hügel (Märtyrer Hügel) und Al-Mashtal. Die Operationen sind im vollen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian opposition faction leader warns Geneva talks may break down

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 7 hours ago
(TASS) The UN-hosted talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition in Geneva may collapse, which would severely stonewall the peace process in the war-torn country and exacerbate security issues in the region and around the world, head of the Syrian opposition’s Moscow group, Qadri Jamil, said on Tuesday. “The Geneva process is a crucial mechanism […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The Republic Has Fallen: The Deep State’s Plot to Take Over America Has Succeeded

John W. Whitehead at 7 hours ago
[image: undefined] “You have such a fervent, passionate, evangelical faith in this country…why in the name of God don’t you have any faith in the system of government you’re so hell-bent to protect? You want to defend the United States of America, then defend it with the tools it supplies you with—its Constitution. You ask for a mandate, General, from a ballot box. You don’t steal it after midnight, when the country has its back turned.”—*Seven Days in May* (1964) No doubt about it. The coup d’etat has been successful. The Deep State—a.k.a. the police state a.k.a. the military ind... more »

Manchester Tragedy: Understanding The Big Picture

Daniel McAdams at 7 hours ago
Yesterday's tragedy at a Manchester, UK music concert reminds us that the threat of terrorism remains with us. ISIS claimed responsibility and governments will no doubt respond. But will their response make future attacks more or less likely? Also, we must look at the attack in the context of the emerging larger US/UK/allied war on Iran, Syria, and ultimately Russia. That is precisely what we do...in today's Liberty Report.

It’s Official: State Deals Massive Blow to Fed: Gold & Silver Now Treated as Money in AZ

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 7 hours ago
[image: federal]A major victory against the Federal Reserve comes out of Arizona this week officially allowing Arizona residents to use precious metals as currency.

In the wake of Donald Trump's election the military is seeing increased targeting of non-Fundamentalist Christians so severe that it is being considered a "national security threat."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of Newsweek: *Donald Trump’s election has led to such a steep rise in fundamentalist Christian evangelizing and religious bigotry in the U.S. armed forces that the matter is reaching the level of a “national security threat,” according to information shared exclusively with Newsweek by an organization that represents and advocates for secular and minority religious views in the military.* *The number of complaints from servicemen and -women in the Army, Air Force, Marines and other service branches to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) has doubled in number... more »

Trump's Saudi Arabia speech confirms massive shift in US foreign policy

Dennis Jett, Professor of International Relations, Pennsylvania State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 7 hours ago
President Donald Trump studiously avoided the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” in his speech at the Arab Islamic American Summit in Saudi Arabia on May 21. He instead accentuated the positive, calling the meeting a “historic and unprecedented gathering of leaders – unique in the history of nations” and stressing mutual respect and a desire to “form closer bonds of friendship, security, culture and commerce.” He went on to say: “America is a sovereign nation and our first priority is always the safety and security of our citizens. We are not here to lecture – we are not here to... more »

What is terrorism? What do terrorists want?

Frederic Lemieux, Professor of the Practice and Faculty Director of the Master's in Applied Intelligence, Georgetown University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 7 hours ago
*Editor’s note: The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack at the Manchester Arena that claimed at least 22 lives and hospitalized 59 more people. One victim was just eight years old. The mayor of Manchester called the attack “an evil act.”* *Because the media often sensationalizes terrorism and authorities tend to oversimplify it, demystifying common misconceptions about why individuals carry out political violence is important. We asked a professor at Georgetown University to answer three common questions about terrorism and political violence.* 1. What is terror... more »

Congress’s Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and Procedure

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 7 hours ago
Note the recent date: May 12, 2017 “Congress’s Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and … Continue reading →

World News Briefs -- May 23, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*BBC*: *Manchester attack: UK threat level raised to highest* The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level of "critical", meaning further attacks may be imminent, Theresa May has said. The move came after investigators were unable to rule out whether Manchester bombing suspect Salman Abedi acted alone, the prime minister said. Military personnel will now be deployed to protect key sites. Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured when a suicide bomber attacked concert-goers at Manchester Arena. The prime minister also confirmed the government had triggered "O... more »

Manchester Terror Attack: Europe’s Refugee Crisis Remains a Terrorism Crisis

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: manchester-terror-attack-europe-s-refugee-crisis-remains-a-terrorism-crisis] A May 22 bomb attack following a performance by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, England, left at least 22 people dead and around 59 others injured, according to police. It is but the latest example of terrorist violence perpetrated by “refugees” or the sons of “refugees” in Europe over the past few years. It it should also cause Brits and others to consider whether importing the Middle East and its problems to the West is sound policy, as well as what has ignited the tragic refugee crisis t... more »

Texas House Passes Transgender Bathroom Bill

Raven Clabough at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: texas-house-passes-transgender-bathroom-bill-expected-to-easily-clear-senate] Texas lawmakers in the House of Representatives have passed a bill that will require transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond to their biological sex, which differs from the North Carolina law that has sparked so much controversy in that its scope is limited to schools. Previous efforts to pass a measure similar to North Carolina’s law have been stalled in the Texas House, compelling lawmakers to take a different approach.

Filmmaker Discusses Communist Infiltration in the United States

TNA Video at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: christian-gomez-trevor-loudon-filmmaker-discusses-communism-short]VIDEO - Could your congressman pass an FBI security check? Author Trevor Loudon asks this question in his new film based on his book “The Enemies Within.” Christian Gomez, who reviewed Loudon’s latest film, asks him about a variety of topics, stemming from the origins of his investigating Communism, to Russia’s latest involvement in the political and world landscape.

Venezuela Entering Final Stages

Bob Adelmann at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: venezuela-entering-final-stages] The violence in Venezuela is ramping up as it heads toward erupting into a conflagration.

Presidential Commission on Election Integrity Being Formed — But Will It Succeed?

Kurt Hyde at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: presidential-commission-on-election-integrity-being-formed-but-will-it-succeed] On May 11, President Trump signed an executive order creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to file a report to the president detailing which aspects of federal elections are enhancing voter confidence and those aspects of elections that are not. It will be looking for election fraud.

Greg Hunter, "Patriot Trump Must Go On Offensive"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Patriot Trump Must Go On Offensive"* By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com Financial and geopolitical analyst Warren Pollock says that President Donald Trump has done one very big thing since he’s been in office, and that is he “exposed a gigantic ball of criminal corruption” in Washington. Pollock explains, “I think Trump did the American people a tremendous service. First of all, he blocked the Republican criminals from taking the Presidency. Look at Paul Ryan. He had seven years to work on healthcare, and he’s obviously not interested in doing anything for the American people. The ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong." - Ayn Rand

"Quality or Quantity?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"Quality or Quantity?"* By Francis Marion "This will be a short post. It is a thought for discussion. There are times when I feel and sense in others a growing dissatisfaction with the way things are. The people I can feel it coming from the most are usually those closest to me. My kids for example. My son has been an honors student since elementary school and is now enrolled in the honors program in his high school. But I sense in him a deep unrest with the program. The volume of homework he brings home is astounding. My university workload was less, though not considerably. His ... more »

There Goes Crazy Maxine Again.....

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Rep. Maxine Waters, Democrat from Los Angeles, has gone off the deep end again. This time she is alleging that Putin gave Trump the talking points in his recent election campaign. These desperate Democrats, looking for a distraction to justify their terrible job in the national election, are on a drunken binge trying to tie everything possible to Moscow. If it wasn't so ridiculously serious it would almost be funny. This is about the third time I've seen Rep. Waters make really crazy allegations against Russia - she appears to have signed on as the #1 attack dog for the Democra... more »

Fred Rogers — ‘Look for the Helpers’

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Television's children host Mr. Rogers said his mother responded to scary news by telling him, 'Look for the helpers.'

Does Sheriff David Clarke Wear ‘Fake’ Military Medals?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
It's not "stolen valor" — the notorious Milwaukee sheriff never claimed to have served in the military and says he wears a number of pins that have personal significance to him.

The U.S. Coalition Has Dropped 14,192 Bombs On The Islamic State In The First Four Months Of 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Smoke rises from an airstrike during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani *USA Today*: *U.S.-led coalition increases airstrikes by 50% against Islamic State* The U.S.-led coalition has increased the number of bombs dropped on the Islamic State by about 50% this year, reflecting the progress U.S.-backed ground forces have had in pushing militants out of key strongholds in Iraq and Syria. A total of 14,192 rockets, bombs and other munitions were dropped in the first four months of this year, up from 9,442 during the same... more »

Putin to Paris to meet Macron

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Russian President Putin travels to Paris to meet new French President Macron as Russia assesses future of Russian-French relations. The post Putin to Paris to meet Macron appeared first on The Duran.

Former CIA chief Brennan ‘knows of no collusion’ between Trump campaign and Russia

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Former CIA Director John Brennan admits to House Intelligence Committee that he knows of no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, highlighting the fact that the Russiagate investigation is founded on nothing more than speculation and gossip. The post Former CIA chief Brennan ‘knows of no collusion’ between Trump campaign and Russia appeared first on The Duran.

Paul Joseph Watson thinks the Manchester ISIS bomber did not act alone

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 8 hours ago
It is a claim that must be taken seriously. The post Paul Joseph Watson thinks the Manchester ISIS bomber did not act alone appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: ISIS launches large operations in Philippines

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 8 hours ago
President Duterte has cut short his visit to Moscow to deal with ISIS. The post BREAKING: ISIS launches large operations in Philippines appeared first on The Duran.

Fox News Web Site Retracts Debunked Reporting on DNC Staffer Seth Rich

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
However, the network has continued to devote airtime to propagating the claim that Rich was connected to Wikileaks.

In Which Country Will Trump Make The Biggest Fool Of Himself?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Everyone knows how Roger Stone said watching Trump bowing and scraping-- actually curtsying-- to the Saudi dictator made him want to puke. And we all know how clueless doofus (and murderer)Wilbur Ross slept thru Trump's speech after his strenuous sword dance and that he then went on CNBC to say that "There was not a single hint of a protester" in Saudi Arabia during Trump's visit, apparently unaware that protesters are beheaded in Saudi Arabia. By the next morning, Secretary of State T-Rex was calling Tel-Aviv, the most secular city in Israel, the home of Judaism. Wingnutia back h... more »

Kim Dotcom Disappoints: Offers Full Seth Rich Testimony But Only To Special Counsel Mueller

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: dotcom]As promised over the weekend, Kim Dotcom has delivered his official 'statement' on the Seth Rich murder. But it's a major disappointment.

All you need is love

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 8 hours ago
“Not allowing terrorism to dictate the way we live our lives.” Justin Webb and the Bishop of Manchester the Right Rev David Walker. “It’s important we don’t let a kind of suspicion divide us. The key to Manchester’s success over centuries has been it’s a vibrant city where people have learned to come and trust each other and live together and we mustn’t let the terrorists dictate the way that we live our lives.”[..]“We’ll particularly reach out to those who might be vilified asa result of last night.” In what sense? “Well I think inevitably there’s always, after an event like ... more »

Normalizing Perpetual War

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Norman Solomon joins Paul Jay on The Real News discussing the Trump/Russia affair and plans to isolate and perhaps attack Iran.

Manchester unites to show that love is stronger than hate [TWEETS]

Ben Janaway at The Canary - 8 hours ago
The 22 May terrorist attack was a tragedy. But if the response both locally and internationally proves one thing, it’s that you can’t beat the human spirit. Solidarity Even as the chaos was unfolding, people responded with compassion, solidarity and giving. Within minutes, locals were pledging support to emergency services. Both the Greater Manchester Police and the NHS received […] The post Manchester unites to show that love is stronger than hate [TWEETS] appeared first on The Canary.

Did the ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault Flood Due to Global Warming?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Although melting permafrost did cause flooding in the access tunnel to the vault, the vault itself was not breached and the seeds were not threatened or harmed.

Global Warming: 1922

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A newspaper article warning that climate change was melting Arctic ice and disrupting wildlife was published nearly a century ago.

Philippine President Duterte Has Declared Martial Law On The Southern Island Of Mindanao

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Philippine leader halts Russia trip, imposes martial law on restive island* Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cut short a visit to Russia and imposed martial law on the island of Mindanao on Tuesday after a fierce bout of fighting erupted during a raid by security forces at a hideout of Islamic State-linked militants. Two soldiers and a policeman were killed and 12 wounded amid chaos in Marawi, a predominantly Muslim city of about 200,000 people, where members of the Maute militant group took control of buildings and set fire to a school, a church and a detention f... more »

David P. Hamilton : How Emmanuel Macron won and how he will govern

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Macron is a centrist neoliberal who favors unregulated capitalism. By David P. Hamilton | The Rag Blog | May 23, 2017 PARIS — Emmanuel Macron is a clever guy, as befits his history of being an outstanding student at all … finish reading David P. Hamilton : How Emmanuel Macron won and how he will govern

POSTSCRIPT: Did Andrew McCabe sell out to Trump?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017The Post's peculiar reporting:* On Wednesday evening, May 10, Rachel Maddow made an angry allegation about acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, her program's latest villain. Back in February, Maddow angrily said, McCabe became part of "the Trump disinformation campaign!" We discussed this topic all last week. Did McCabe really do that? If so, someone should tell Dianne Feinstein! On Sunday's Face the Nation, she recommended that McCabe become the FBI's permanent director. Apparently, Feinstein hasn't been watching the Maddow Show! Full disclosure! In our view,... more »

Trump’s Cruel and Deviant Budget

Robert Reich - 9 hours ago
For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by... more »

Director Of U.S. National Intelligence Dan Coats Testifies Before The Senate Armed Services Committee

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*FOX News*: *DNI Coats blasts leaks, mum on report Trump sought help disputing collusion claim* The nation’s top intelligence official testified Tuesday that government leaks are hurting national security, while remaining mum on the latest leak-driven report – that President Trump asked him and another top official to swat down claims of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia. The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump looked to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers to push back against the FBI’s Russia ... more »

Info Wars now has White House press credentials. Sorry, this is NOT fake news.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Jerome Corsi, Washington Bureau Chief, https://t.co/8yxnbeoqQC. We have WH PRESS CREDENTIALS. I'm in WH May 22, 2017 pic.twitter.com/ln9aE6nNOB — Jerome Corsi (@jerome_corsi) May 22, 2017 Courtesy of Business Insider: *Far-right website InfoWars was granted temporary White House press credentials on Monday. * *Jerome Corsi, the Washington, DC bureau chief for the site that's known for its propagation of conspiracy theories about the September 11 terrorist attacks and the Sandy Hook shooting, tweeted a picture of himself inside the White House press briefing room.* This was only a... more »

007 Agent Rodger Moore RIP

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago
[image: Image result for images of 007] Sean Connery will always be Bond to me. Rodger Moore playing the Saint filled in a decade of worry free living. He was a gift to our time RIP Rodger Moore

More coverage doesn't necessarily translate into better patient care

Content Multimedia - 10 hours ago
By Deane Waldman Between Medicaid, Medicare, and other public programs, the federal government is by far the largest single U.S. insurer, covering 120 million Americans. The federal government has given them the expectation of care when and where they need it. But coverage does not lead to that happy result. In fact, as coverage has increased, care has gone down—the seesaw effect.

Former CIA Director John Brennan's Testifies On Trump-Russia Ties

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*New York Times: **Former C.I.A. Chief Tells of Concern Over Possible Russia Ties to Trump Campaign* • John O. Brennan, the former director of the C.I.A., said publicly for the first time Tuesday that he was concerned about possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. • President Trump asked two top intelligence officials to deny the existence of any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia, former officials said. Both of the intelligence officials are testifying before lawmakers on Tuesday. *The former C.I.A. chief speaks publicly about his worries.* Mr. Br... more »

U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director: North Korea Is On The Path Of Developing The Capability To Launch A Nuclear Strike Against The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*VOA:* *Top US Intel Official: North Korea on Trajectory to Nuclear-armed Missile* A top American intelligence official has warned that North Korea is on the path of developing the capability of carrying out a nuclear strike against the United States. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart told lawmakers Tuesday on Capitol Hill that although "shortfalls remain," North Korea continues to learn from the missile and nuclear tests it has conducted in recent years. "If left on its current trajectory, the regime will ultimately succeed in fielding a nu... more »

Democrats & Communists: A Review of the Documentary "The Enemies Within"

Christian Gomez at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: democrats-communists-a-review-of-the-documentary-the-enemies-within] Researcher, author, and now filmmaker Trevor Loudon shows how intertwined the Democratic Party is with avowed communists and Islamic extremists.

Trump’s Budget: a Mixture of Magic, Hope, Pixie Dust, and Gimmicks

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: trump-s-budget-a-mixture-of-magic-hope-pixie-dust-and-gimmicks] As expected, Trump's budget for Fiscal Year 2018 is what skeptics expected: Growth plus lower taxes is said to balance the budget by 2027 — though much of it is based on hope and gimmicks.

Getting US Out of the UN for Good!

Alex Newman at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: getting-us-out-of-the-un-for-good] With United Nations entities and personnel repeatedly demonstrating bad judgment, illegality, and corruption, now is the time for the United States to exit the UN.

Evidence offered to prove that murdered Democrat insider was WikiLeaks source [VIDEO]

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 10 hours ago
It has been claimed that murdered US Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich was the source of sensitive documents leaked to WikiLeaks. But this claim is not from WikiLeaks, which has a long-held policy of never divulging its sources. Instead, it comes from New Zealand-based cyber entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. And on 23 May, Dotcom […] The post Evidence offered to prove that murdered Democrat insider was WikiLeaks source [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Reuters removes story on gender confirmation surgery because firm mistakenly released data

Andrew P. Han at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
Reuters has removed a story about gender confirmation surgery, saying it included problematic data. The public relations firm representing the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) — which generated the data in the report — took responsibility, saying it supplied Reuters with data the ASPS did not want released. Yesterday, Reuters pulled its version of a widely-reported story about […] The post Reuters removes story on gender confirmation surgery because firm mistakenly released data appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Chuck Schumer Resigns ‘in Disgrace’?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A satirical web site published an entirely fabricated story about the Senate Minority Leader.

Was Nelly Arrested on Drug Charges in April 2017?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A 2015 news story about the musician's being detained was repackaged and recirculated as current years later.

Manchester Police Name Bomber, Hunt for Accomplices

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Investigators are hunting for possible accomplices of the suicide bomber who attacked an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, killing 22 people and sparking a stampede of young concertgoers.

Did Marilyn Monroe Have an IQ of 168?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Claims that Marilyn Monroe had an extremely high intelligence quotient are frequently offered up without any proof.

National Guard Troops ‘Turn Their Backs’ on a Protest in Baltimore?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A viral video from 2015 shows soldiers turning away as a protester steps on an American flag.

We spoke to the NHS staff blasting the Conservatives with a viral message [VIDEO]

Ben Janaway at The Canary - 10 hours ago
NHS staff have lashed out at the Conservative Party and people are taking note. In a video posted on Facebook, NHS front line staff have slammed the government’s handling of the NHS. As the NHS is a key issue in the upcoming election, their voice may prove a vote winner. And with over seven million views of […] The post We spoke to the NHS staff blasting the Conservatives with a viral message [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Is America Really Ready for a Cyber War?

Emma Schroeder at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Emma Schroeder* *Security, Americas* A defensive cyber strategy cannot rely on the ability to guarantee defense. The United States faces new types of military threats that challenge traditional organization and strategy, including those emanating from the cyber domain. This challenge, however, can be made more solvable by using a well-known theory of warfare to provide a model upon which theorists of today can build an understanding of modern warfare. The most widespread framework with which cyber conflict is modeled is that of deterrence. As different as these two may seem, bot... more »

Everything We Don't Know about the Terror Attack in Manchester

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Europe* This reminds us that it’s virtually impossible to eliminate every source of vulnerability to terrorist attacks. There are still plenty of questions that remain unanswered about last night’s horrific suicide bombing at a concert in Manchester last night. Was this yet another case of a single individual who watched too many ISIS videos and eventually became self-radicalized? Or did the bomber have logistical and bomb-making support in the Manchester area? How was the bomber able to get so close to the arena without arising suspicion? Was the ... more »

WATCH: Dept Retrained How NOT to Kill and It’s Working — Cops Kill No One Since 2015

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: de-escalation]A once very deadly department has not killed anyone in the line of duty since 2015 because they retrained their officers in the de-escalation of force.

U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director: No Evidence Russia Is Transferring Weapons Or Money To The Taliban

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Members of the Taliban. © Reuters *Reuters:* *U.S. official: No physical evidence Russia gave weapons to Taliban* The director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday that while there were indications that Russia had offered some support to Taliban militants in Afghanistan, he had not seen physical evidence of a transfer of weapons or money. "We have seen indication that they offered some level of support but I have not seen real physical evidence of weapons or money being transferred," Marine Lieutenant General Vincent Stewart said at a Senate hearing. Last month... more »

Florida Democratic Party Continues To Aim Low, Enabling GOP Dominance

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 11 hours ago
Looking at the cluelessness, the incompetence (and, yes, the corruption) of the DCCC, we often worry if they will, once again, wreck the chances of Democrats to take back the House. Between Trump's unpopularity and Ryan's draconian anti-working family agenda, it should be hard for Republicans to hold onto their House majority in 2018. But if there's anything that will make it possible for them, it's Pelosi's ever-putrid DCCC. Here in California, where Ted lieu was elected DCCC regional vice chair, recruitment and candidate support are actually working the way they should. No matte... more »

Following Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Iran has no option but to look to China and Russia

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 11 hours ago
The extraordinary hostility towards Iran from the US and Saudi Arabia, creating the possibility of an attack on Iran and ending all question of the imminent lifting of sanctions, shows that Iran has no alternative other than to forge close links with China and Russia and the Eurasian institutions if its to ensure its security and its economic future. The post Following Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel, Iran has no option but to look to China and Russia appeared first on The Duran.

Science Fiction in the news: Nebulas, flicks and real-life Skynet!

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 11 hours ago
Congratulations to the winners of SFWA's Nebula Award for best in science fiction and fantasy for 2016. Charlie Jane Anders won Best Novel for All the Birds in the Sky, Seanan McGuire won Best Novella for Every Heart a Doorway, William Ledbetter won for Novelette, and Amal El-Mohtar for Short Story. It's Space Opera Week! "Explore the Cosmos in 10 Classic Space Opera Universes!" On the Tor site, Alan Brown takes you on a tour of his favorites. Good stuff! (Okay I am biased, but they're all good! ;-) A recent TV interview, Resolving 21st Century Challenges - on Future Talk TV in t... more »

Heavy casualties for ISIS as the Iraqi Army attacks jihadist positions in the desert of Anbar

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 P.M.) – 43 ISIS fighers have been neutralized by the Iraqi Armed Forces through coordinated government attacks in western Anbar, a source told Al-Masdar News on Tuesday. Many of the deceased ISIS members were said to be suicide bombers. The military campaign was led armored elements of the Iraqi Army’s 7th Division […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – Overnight, heavy clashes erupted in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines after security forces and ISIS sleeper cells battled it out for hours on end. 2 soldiers and 1 police officer were killed in the skirmishes although no civilians were injured by crossfire, a military source […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US military conduct deadly ground raid against Al-Qaeda in north Yemen

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (8:05 P.M.) – US Armed Forces conducted a blitz raid in north Yemen today targeting gatherings and hideouts of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) jihadists. According to Pentagon’s official statement issued on Tuesday, US military commandos carried out an attack against AQAP militants in Mareb province neutralizing at least 7 members of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Martial art lessons amidst rubble: Aleppo orphans enjoy peaceful life as city slowly rebuilds (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:00 P.M.) – Aleppine children are busy getting back to sport classes as their home city continues its long way to restoration of normal life. On Tuesday, correspondents of Ruptly agency visited one of the local martial arts school where orphans take lessons. Video footage taken on site can be seen below: Salah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Full map of Syrian Conflict after government’s large advance near Jordanian border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) recent advances in the southern countryside of Syria has led them to recover a large portion of territory that has been out of their control for over three years. Led by their 5th Corps, the Syrian Arab Army has seized the strategic Zulfa Dam in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Massive explosion rocks Palestinian camp in southern Lebanon

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A powerful bombing rocked the ‘Ayn Al-Hulwe Refugee Camp in the Lebanese coastal city of Saida, Tuesday, striking panic through this Palestinian area. According to Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA), the explosion took place when an unknown male threw a bomb in the Arab Ghweir Street of the ‘Ayn Al-Hulwe […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Battle of Raqqa to begin shortly after Kurdish troops seize four more ISIS-held villages

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:00 P.M.) – A massive urban battle for Raqqa city is expected to unfold this summer after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced rapidly on the Islamic State capital from three flanks in recent months. On Tuesday, SDF contingents were able to wrestle control of the villages of Al-Khatuniyah, Ker Ali, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Map: Syrian Army juggernaut annihilates ISIS defenses in eastern Aleppo countryside

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:41 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces continue to expunge the presence of the ISIS terrorist group in the eastern Aleppo countryside as their offensive, thus far unstoppable, hones in on the strategic town of Maskanah – the last Daesh stronghold in Aleppo Province. The objectives achieved for today […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army battles US-backed rebels along Jordanian border: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
BEIRUT< LEBANON (5:15 P.M.) - Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces continued their offensive against militants in the desert of Al-Sweida along the Jordanian border, Monday, some 25 kilometres (15,5 miles) north from Zuluf dam in the Syrian Badia region. Backed by Hezbollah and Iraqi paramilitaries (Kataeb Imam Al-'Ali & Kataeb Hezbollah), the Syrian Arab Army's […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Seguridad de Baréin reprime protestas contra el régimen

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Los enfrentamientos comenzaron después de que los manifestantes, ocultando su rostro, intentaron impedir que las fuerzas de seguridad entraran al vecindario. La policía lanzó gas lacrimógeno a los manifestantes. Los enfrentamientos se reanudaron entre las fuerzas del régimen de Barén y los ciudadanos a pie e calle en medio de informes de heridos e incluso […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Силовики атаковали протестующих против режима Бахрейна

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Столкновения разразились после того, как протестующие, которые были одеты в саван в знак непоколебимости их боевого духа и бесстрашия перед смертью, попытались помешать силовикам режима проникнуть в окрестности. Полиция разгоняла протестующих при помощи слезоточивого газа. Согласно сообщениям, череда столкновений между силами бахрейнского режима повлекла большое число жертв. Силовики режима Бахрейна силой арестовали большое число мирных […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

India Launches Attacks On Pakistani Army Posts In Kashmir

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir in full and have fought two wars over it (AFP Photo/TAUSEEF MUSTAFA) *Reuters*:* India says it attacked Pakistan army posts in divided Kashmir* India said on Tuesday it had attacked and damaged Pakistani army posts in Kashmir as it sought to prevent militants infiltrating from the Pakistani side of the disputed region, but Pakistan denied the assertion. The Indian army said its troops had attacked positions in the Nowshera area, but it did not say when or how it had inflicted the damage. Reuters was unable to verify footage circulated on Indian... more »

Terror Attack In Manchester -- News Roundup May 23, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Daily Mail*:* Concert suicide bomber is named as 'Manchester-born British-Libyan' jihadist Salman Abedi whose 22 victims include girl aged just EIGHT* * At least 22 people killed after an explosion rang out at the end of an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester Arena * A teenage fan and an eight-year-old primary schoolgirl are among the dead, as well as a 26-year-old man * Video footage showed thousands fleeing in tears from the venue, many covered in blood, when gig ended * Horrifying video footage showed petrified children leaping over chairs and barriers as they tried to escape * Po... more »

Donald Trump seeks to end the area of ‘weapons grant’ freeloaders

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 11 hours ago
A leaked memo suggests that Donald Trump wants to sell weapons on credit rather than effectively give them away as Obama did. The post Donald Trump seeks to end the area of ‘weapons grant’ freeloaders appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: Kim Dotcom’s official statement on Seth Rich delivers mixed reactions

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 11 hours ago
Kim Dotcom is ready to provide evidence to Special Counsel Mueller. The post BREAKING: Kim Dotcom’s official statement on Seth Rich delivers mixed reactions appeared first on The Duran.

Kim Dotcom confirms working with Seth Rich to get leaked emails to WikiLeaks

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 11 hours ago
"Podesta is deeply concerned." The post Kim Dotcom confirms working with Seth Rich to get leaked emails to WikiLeaks appeared first on The Duran.

US Officials Leak Name of Bomber Salman Abedi per Guido Fawkes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
Guido Fawkes reports https://order-order.com/2017/05/23/manchester-terrorist-named-salman-abedi/ the name of the Manchester Arena terrorist bomber, Salman Abedi. Why does the type of name not surprise me?

Arizona Court to Decide What We Can Learn

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 11 hours ago
by Roberto Rodriguez Not sure that most people know that as a result of draconian legislation, it has been in effect “illegal” to teach ethnic studies in Arizona since 2010. It is one of the twin laws that we in Arizona will never recognize as laws, regardless of what anyone says or however the courts rule. However, in about a month (June 26-30 and July 17-21), the constitutionality of the anti-ethnic studies HB 2281 legislation will be put to a test. At that time, the long-anticipated trial will be held to determine whether there were racial motivations in terminating Tucson Unif... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Margaret Sullivan, *The Washington Post*'s media columnist, is right to upset about these developments: Infowars, that cesspool of destructive conspiracy theories, on Monday received a temporary credential to attend White House press briefings.... In the past, please recall, what constituted “news” at Infowars included the following: that 9/11 was planned and executed by the U.S. government; that President Obama was not an American citizen; and that the massacre of small children at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax carried out by actors. Infowars’ inclusion (ev... more »

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