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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Friday, May 26, 2017

26 May - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:30 pm MDT

Did Jared Kushner Want A Secret Communications Channel With The Kremlin?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 minutes ago
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and President Donald Trump at the White House last week. Photo Credit: @RusEmbUSA *Washington Post:* *Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin* Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence re... more »

The framing of a fraud: Turning Science on its head.

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 22 minutes ago
*Turning Science on its head.* The steps of the Scientific Method: - Hypothesis. Propose a hypothesis. ... - Experiment. Design and perform an experiment to test your hypothesis. ... - Data/Analysis. Record observations and analyze what the data means. ... - Conclusion. Conclude whether to accept or reject your hypothesis. However, although temperature increases before CO2 in every single record, the UNFCCC/IPCC started out with the hypothesis that human CO2 was driving temperatures upward. *How did this come about?* In 1972, Club of Rome issued a report: Limits t... more »

Growing Seas and Migration

Louis Hissink at Growing Seas and Migration – Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 36 minutes ago
Tim Cullen has posted some ideas about the meaning of a couple of ancient maps of the Mediterranean region attributed to Eratosthenes and Ptolemy here. Growing seas to me suggests sea-level rises as a first pass hypothesis to explain the ancient maps, so I loaded up the 2014 global bathymetry in Radian and zoomed into the … Continue reading Growing Seas and Migration

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 42 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* An opposition demonstrator argues with a National Guard riot policeman during protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 22. © AFP 2017/ JUAN BARETTO

These Are The Three Men Who Are Responsible For North Korea's Missile Program

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
FILE PHOTO : North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) test launch with Ri Pyong Chol (2nd L), Kim Jong Sik (C) and Jang Chang Ha (2nd R). in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017. KCNA via REUTERS/File Photo *Reuters:* *Exclusive: Kim's rocket stars - The trio behind North Korea's missile program* After successful missile launches, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un often exchanges smiles and hugs with the same three men and shares a celebratory smoke with them... more »

U.S. Air Force: We Need 165 New B-21 Stealth Bombers

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * But will it happen? The United States Air Force will need more than the 100 Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range stealth bombers that it is currently planning to buy. One hundred aircraft is the floor for the service’s requirements to meet its worldwide responsibilities. That is a departure from previous years when the Air Force would only say that it needed between 80 and 100 B-21s to meet its requirements. “It’s not just a hundred to go do missions,” Lt. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air For... more »

How Argentina Tried to Build a Nazi Jet Fighter

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Americas* Hitler’s dream to Peron’s reality? After World War II, Argentina gained a reputation for taking in characters with checkered pasts. Not only was it a haven for Nazis fleeing justice, but it turns out that Argentina turned to Reich scientists and French traitors to build a jet fighter in the 1940s based on a design originally intended for Hitler’s Luftwaffe. The story begins in the last days of the Third Reich in 1945, when from the sinking Nazi ship of state emerged a stream of German war criminals and European collaborators fleeing a deserve... more »

Russia is Bringing Back Its World War II 'Shock Armies'

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * Moscow is merely using the glories and heroism of the Red Army of the Great Patriotic War to motivate its soldiers of today. During World War II, one of the weapons that the Soviet Union employed to destroy Nazi Germany was the “Shock Army.” These were reinforced army-sized formations used to tear holes in the German lines for Soviet tanks to exploit. Now Russia plans to bring back Shock units. Yet lest anyone fear this is a prelude to a Russian blitz of Ukraine or the Baltic states, the title “Shock” will be an honorific reward for units that perform... more »

Trump's Budget Grasps What Congress Doesn't: America's Global Leadership Doesn't Come Free

Brett D. Schaefer at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Brett D. Schaefer* *Security, Americas* [image: Capitol at sunset. Flickr/Creative Commons/Dustin Gaffke] Congress should use Trump's budget to reform the State Department and foreign-assistance programs. President Donald Trump released his detailed budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 this week. As expected, it includes significant cuts to the International Affairs Budget that funds the State Department, foreign assistance and international organizations such as the United Nations. Reactions have been predictably dire. While budget reductions of this size will inevitably cause... more »

If Europe Really Worried About Russia, It Would Get Serious About Defense Spending

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Europe* Ignore what they say. Look at what they do. NATO leaders got acquainted with President Donald Trump this week. One can only imagine what they thought of the Donald. Their main objective was to reinforce the efforts of his aides to turn him into a traditional American cheerleader for European dependence. For those seeking to revive an alliance created almost seventy years ago, in a vastly different time, Russia has resumed its role as the “necessary” enemy. The organization faded in relevance—indeed, lost its raison d’être—but recently reasserted ... more »

We Now Have Clear Proof Why the F-22 Raptor Would Dominate over Russia (or Anyone)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * And why cancelling the F-22’s production run after only 187 production aircraft were built will continue to haunt the Air Force well into the future. The United States Air Force’s fleet of stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fifth-generation air superiority fighters is proving to be invaluable over the skies of Iraq and Syria. While the powerful twin-engine stealth fighter does not have to worry about dealing with an ISIS air force, the aircraft does offer the USAF the ability to operate inside potentially dangerous areas protected by advanced Russ... more »

These Are the Worst Military Leaders of the Civil War

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, * During the American Civil War, hundreds of officers were appointed to become generals. Not all were cut for command. *Worst Confederate Generals* *Confederate Maj. Gen. Gideon Pillow.* After gaining ground trying to cut an escape path for the Confederates during the February 1862 siege of Fort Donelson by Union forces led Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, Pillow pulled the troops back to the fort to resupply them. As a result, he relinquished ground paid for with his soldiers’ blood. Fearful of capture, he turned over command to Brig. Gen. Simon ... more »

Lessons From Montana’s Special Election Of May 25

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
1. Republicans cannot coast to re-election even in districts where they have had big majorities. 2. Republicans have a lot of money to spend, and are being forced to spend it in those districts. 3. The pressure of unexpected competition, and unwelcome questions about taking healthcare away from low income people, tend to provoke displays of Republicans' dark side. 4. The Democratic establishment’s small and late funding of progressive nominees slows and reduces the pressure on Republicans. 5. Montana Democratic nominee Rob Quist deserves our thanks ... more »

U.S. Economy and Stock Markets, May 2017

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 1 hour ago
Alas! Real GDP growth is still trending downwards. Data and Image credit: St. Louis Federal Reserve District Bank / FRED It is now time to take our periodic look at how the U.S. economy fairs. My last survey was last February, with my tardiness in making a new one due to a hope that the […]

U.S. To Attempt First-Ever ICBM Intercept Test Over The Pacific Next Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
Flight Test 06b Ground-Based Interceptor launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. © US Missile Defense Agency / Flickr *The Hill:* *US to attempt first ICBM intercept test* The Pentagon will attempt to shoot down an intercontinental missile for the first time in a test next week, with the goal of preparing for such a strike from North Korea, ABC News reported. The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday will shoot an interceptor from the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system — a network meant to protect the country against a limited nuclear attack — at a custom-made mis... more »

Experts: Nuclear Industry Pressured USNRC into Low-Balling Consequences of Nuclear Accident

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 2 hours ago
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Overlay Indian Point Nuclear Power Station – Greenpeace OpenStreet Map Trump Tower 5th Ave NY http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/nuclear/nomorechernobyls/exclusion-zone-comparison-map/ Trump’s … Continue reading →

Letter Opposing Burial of Nuclear Waste Equivalent to 700 Nuclear Warheads on US Beachfront – Petition

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 2 hours ago
This letter may be signed in the form of a petition and/or letters sent directly. Petition link at page bottom. … Continue reading →

RUSSIA: FSB Agents Raid Jehovah’s Witnesses Service In Central Russia; Danish Man Arrested

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 2 hours ago
The Nazis and Stalin went after Jehovah’s Witnesses too because they do not believe in submission to repressive authoritarian regimes … Continue reading →

flower of love

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 2 hours ago

Heavy Fighting Between Rival Factions Reported In The Libyan City Of Tripoli

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Smoke rises Friday after an explosion inTripoli, Libya. (Lorenzo Tugnoli /For The Washington Post) *Al Jazeera*: *Rival factions clash in Libya's Tripoli* Explosions and artillery fire shatter period of relative calm in the capital amid signs of a split in pro-Haftar forces. Heavy clashes marked by loud explosions and heavy artillery fire have erupted between rival factions in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The fighting on Friday was concentrated in the Abu Salim, Salahedeen and Qasr Bin Ghashir districts. Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising above the city's skyline. Shootin... more »

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 3 hours ago
Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts - I'm Shattered

Israel’s War on Palestinian Children

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on Sep 23, 2015 In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges sits down with author and activist Laila el-Haddad to discuss the psychological repression of Gaza’s youth by Israeli state violence and occupation. Watch more on teleSUR http://www.telesurtv.net/english/inde… Modern Ashkenazi Khazars (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT the Jews of the […]

Trump’s Son-in-Law Promoting US Armament Industry: Analyst

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 24, 2017 US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is promoting the country’s armament industry, according to Myles Hoenig, an American political analyst and activist. end

ISIS-Daesh Takfiris Claims Responsibility for Twin Bomb Attacks in Indonesian Capital of Jakarta

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 26, 2017 The Daesh Takfiri terror group claims responsibility for Wednesday’s deadly attacks on a bus station in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. end

Free Money: Mark Zuckerberg Suggests That All Americans Should Get A ‘Universal Basic Income’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Want free money from the GMan? Get microchipped with RFID ‘666’. Free Money: Mark Zuckerberg Suggests That All Americans Should Get A ‘Universal Basic Income’ by Michael Snyder, http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/ Should everyone in America receive a “basic income” directly from the federal government? Considering the fact that we are already 20 trillion dollars in debt, such a […]

The Push Is On, Free Money For Everyone As The System Breaks Down

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 26, 2017 UMich confidence, expectations and what is really happening in the economy are all headed in different directions. San Francisco housing declines as more people decide to leave the area. Core durable goods decline. The revisions are in for the Q1 GDP, they have now been pushed up to 1.2%. Arizona […]

Two Chinese Fighter Jets Attempted “Intercept” Of US Surveillance Plane

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Two Chinese Fighter Jets Attempted “Intercept” Of US Surveillance Plane by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com A day after China confronted a US warship that came within 12 miles of one of China’s artificial reefs in the South China Sea, Reuters is reporting that Beijing decided to respond by sending two Chinese fighter jets to intercept a […]

Too Far? L.A. Times Publishes Op-Ed About Putting a ‘Binding Curse’ on President Trump

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Too Far? L.A. Times Publishes Op-Ed About Putting a ‘Binding Curse’ on President Trump by BOB ESCHLIMAN, http://www.charismanews.com/ Diane Wagman is an author who frequently writes op-eds for The Los Angeles Times newspaper. In her latest, however, she brags about doing something particularly vile against President Donald Trump. The column’s title: “I Put a Spell on You, […]

Shari’ah-Compliant Crypto Gold: Could Islam Be Preparing for a New World Reserve Currency?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Shari’ah-Compliant Crypto Gold: Could Islam Be Preparing for a New World Reserve Currency? by Shannara Johnson, http://www.hardassetsalliance.com/ It all started pretty harmlessly: in December 2016, after about 12 months of deliberations, the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) and the World Gold Council announced a new “Shari’ah Standard on Gold.” – The new standard […]

Estonia Expels 2 Russian Diplomats, Moscow Vows to Retaliate

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 26, 2017 Two senior Russian diplomats have been ordered to leave Estonia, the Russian embassy and Estonian Foreign Ministry have confirmed to RT, adding that they cannot give any further comment. end

NATO Conducts Drills in Poland

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 26, 2017 The international NATO combat group finished the ‘Puma 17’ drills in Orzysz, northeastern Poland, on Friday. The squads of NATO soldiers performed drills with ground and air military technicians, including Polish PT-91 tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, US models of Stryker armored personnel carriers and Mi-24 military helicopters. end

Coptic Christian Children Killed In Egypt By ISIS

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 26, 2017 An ISIS attack in Egypt has left dozens killed and dozens injured as they targeted two buses carrying Coptic Christians. end

Philippines: ISIS Takes Town, Beheads Police Chief

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 26, 2017 As phone calls between President Trump & President Duterte are leaked to criticize Trump for congratulating Duterte on his extra-judicial killings in the name of a War on Drugs, it’s clear the US surveillance state wants both Presidents gone. Duterte has said he wants the US military out of the […]

Infowars Nightly News – The Next Syria? ISIS Takes Philippine Town

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
You see what happens when Duterte pissed off the US government.

Truth Tellers Unite To Fight Globalist Liberal Culture Of Pedophilia

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 3 hours ago
Published on May 26, 2017 Craig Sawyer joins Alex Jones live via Skype to discuss the possible tactical approaches to taking down the pervasive pedophile networks across America and the world. end

Americans Growing More Liberal, Gallup Survey Finds

Dave Bohon at rss - 3 hours ago
[image: americans-growing-more-liberal-gallup-survey-finds] A recent survey by Gallup shows that Americans are becoming increasingly liberal in their moral values.

NATO is a Terrorist Organization

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Going Underground talks to the award-winning author and filmmaker John Pilger about Manchester concert attack and NATO.

When Trump met NATO: Blunt talk and meaningful silences

Simon Reich, Professor in The Division of Global Affairs and The Department of Political Science, Rutgers University Newark at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 3 hours ago
World leaders met in Brussels for the NATO Summit 2017. AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Poo Donald Trump’s electoral campaign was notable for his abrasive statements and blunt assessments about a variety of issues. Among his more unforgettable claims was his suggestion that NATO was “obsolete.” This comment was largely founded, it seems, on a lack of understanding about what NATO does or how it functions. Since 1949, NATO has been a bedrock of American foreign policy, first in Europe against the Soviet Union and its allies, and then in Afghanistan. Trump’s desire to build bridges with the Ru... more »

Manipulating the Mass Mind & Attention

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 4 hours ago
*Fred Dodson* - Attention is the currency of the 21st century. The post Manipulating the Mass Mind & Attention appeared first on Waking Times.

Trump’s Unpopularity and What It Means for NATO

Steve Saideman at Duck of Minerva - 4 hours ago
In the aftermath of Trump’s visit to Brussels one dynamic has been overlooked. It starts with a basic reality of NATO: when there is a mission, countries are not obligated to hand over military units for the effort. Instead, what happens is this (see chapter two of Dave and Steve’s book), as one officer told […]

Egypt Launches Air Strikes Against Libyan Militant Bases After Today's Massacre Of Christians In Central Egypt

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*DW*: *Egypt hits Libya training bases with airstrikes after attack on Christian Coptics* *After a bus carrying Christians to a monastery was attacked by masked gunmen, Egypt has launched airstrikes against militant bases in Libya. Pope Francis called the attack on the Christians a senseless act of hatred.* Egyptian air force planes have carried out six strikes directed at camps near Derna in Libya where Cairo believes militants responsible for a deadly attack on Christians earlier in the day were trained, Egyptian military sources said on Friday. The report came minutes after Pr... more »

BWorld 132, Global commodity prices, trade and growth

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld yesterday. One of the beauties of free trade and global economic integration is that countries can benefit from low commodity prices as improvement in technology and processes in other countries result in bigger output for the same land area and other inputs. The downside of course is that when commodity prices go up, economies that are more dependent on imported products would tend to wobble. The period from 2008 to 2014 was characterized by generally high food and commodity prices. For instance, price of corn was only $98/ton in 2005 but it ... more »

HB 3287: More Trouble Is Brewing the Texas Beer Market

Content Multimedia - 4 hours ago
By Carine Martinez-Gouhier, Kent Cho

"This Is A Gangster Family"-- The FBI's Person Of Interest

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
The quote in the subject line was something reporter Michelle Goldberg said to Chris Hayes last night, about Prince Jared or, as we know him, Kushner-in-law. Her point was that the Kushners-- like the Trumps-- may be able to afford to clean up nicely but that they are nothing but vicious, merciless predators. And now the law is catching up with them (again). As more than one Twitter wag remarked this morning, "Gangsters don't hire family members because they're qualified. Gangsters hire family members because they're less likely to talk to the FBI." The FBI is looking into Kushner... more »

PDu30 Martial Law in Mindanao

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 4 hours ago
This week, President Duterte who was in Russia when there was a big fight between the Armed Forces of the PH (AFP) and the Maute group of local terrorists, declared Martial Law for the entire Mindanao. I think PDu30 acted with paranoia here as he is too focused on anti-drugs de tokhang war vs ordinary civilians, or China-Russia-love ya affair. When faced with real war, his first instinct is to declare Martial Law. The PH National Police (PNP) too has become too focused on drugs de tokhang that their intelligence gathering on the real organized, armed criminals has suffered. Below, I... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 4 hours ago
I have weekend plans that will take me away from blogging, but there'll be posts here from the relief crew, so stop by. See you Tuesday.

Syrian government forces resume military operation in rural Damascus (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:20 A.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) restarted its military operations in East Ghouta region in Damascus countryside after a brief hiatus. On Friday afternoon, units of 105th brigade of the Republican Guard alongside with Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) launched a powerful attack on islamist-held positions in Beit […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

(Graphic 18+) ISIS commander explodes himself inside a Lebanese Army vehicle

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 A.M.) – One of the leaders of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in Lebanon was killed on Friday as a result of counter-terrorist operation of Lebanese Army in Arsal. As paradoxic as it might sound, death of Bilal Al-Baridi, the aforementioned IS commander, comes as a failure of the raid, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Syrian Army shoots down armed Israeli drone which killed 3 soldiers

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:15 A.M.) – Around midnight, anti-aircraft units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) shot down an armed Israeli drone which had conducted numerous sorties in Quneitra province, leading to the death of three SAA soldiers on Friday evening. The SAA troops were hit by the hostile drone while advancing behind enemy lines near […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian Air Force wipes out high-ranking Chechen ISIS warlord in eastern Homs

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 A.M.) – On Friday evening, Al-Masdar News was informed that the Islamic State had lost one its top military commanders in Syria due to a pinpoint Russian airstrike in eastern Homs. Abu Ayoub Al-Shishani, not to be confused with the late Abu Omar Al-Shishani, was killed by a Russian Sukhoi Su-34 bomber […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army drives ISIS out of strategic military installation in Homs province (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:20 A.M.) – On Friday afternoon, units of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) imposed full control over the Abandoned Missile Base 10 kilometres northwest of Zaza checkpoint in Homs countryside after intense clashes with the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS). A video footage taken by RUPTLY correspondents on site shows Syrian Army’s squads […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Islamist recruits sign up to join the Free Syrian Army in northern Homs

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:50 A.M.) – Jaish Al-Izza has proved to become one of the most powerful Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions across Syria as the armed group has expanded into northern Homs and made its presence felt against government forces on the rural Hama frontier last month. On Friday, some 50 conscripts in the northern […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Philippine Army runs for cover in Marawi after coming under fire from ISIS sniper

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:45 P.M.) – Footage emerged on Friday showing soldiers of the Philippine Armed Forces retreating after being targeted by an ISIS sniper in Marawi, a city in the southern Philippines which has been largely overrun by Maute and Abu Sayyaf, two jihadist groups that have sworn allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Donald Trump apparently wandered off in a daze right in the middle of a press conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
Reports say that Trump became confused and didn't know where he was in Israel, and in the middle of Press conference "wandered off." pic.twitter.com/8cH2uZVU79 — Pesach 'Pace' Lattin (@pacelattin) May 26, 2017 Check out the look on his face. He looks completely out of it. When prodded by his handlers Trump wandered back to shake Netanyahu's hand. Second time's a charm! Trump shakes hands with Netanyahu after failed first attempt https://t.co/8OTYRB6J7Y pic.twitter.com/TmizosZ64H — Ruptly (@Ruptly) May 22, 2017 Yep, still out of it. So much for that doctor's assertion that Trump ... more »

How would engineers build the Golden Gate Bridge today?

Maria Martinez de Lahidalga de Lorenzo, Graduate Research Assistant, West Virginia University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
What could be better? Uladzik Kryhin via Shutterstock.com. Ever since the Golden Gate Bridge opened to traffic on May 27, 1937, it’s been an iconic symbol on the American landscape. By 1870, people had realized the necessity of building a bridge spanning the Golden Gate Strait to connect the city of San Francisco with Marin County. However, it was another half-century before structural engineer Joseph Strauss submitted his bridge proposal. The plans evolved, and the final project was approved as a suspension bridge that ended up taking over four years to build. When the Golden Gat... more »

“No Exit”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“No Exit”* by Jim Kunstler “A most curious feature in the current low state of American politics is the delusional thinking at both ends of the political spectrum. Both factions have gone off the rails mentally, and the parties they represent race toward oblivion like Thelma and Louise in their beater car. More ominously, there are no new factions with a grip on reality even beginning to form anywhere in the background - as in the 1850s when the Whigs foundered and the party of Lincoln segued into power. To see the Democrats go on about “Russian collusion” you would think we were... more »

X22 Report, “The Push Is On, Free Money For Everyone As The System Breaks Down”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Push Is On, Free Money For Everyone As The System Breaks Down” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9SxMJ_XcJQ

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Return to Freedom”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
2002, “Return to Freedom” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYVHVHniU80

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
"Big, beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6744 is nearly 175,000 light-years across, larger than our own Milky Way. It lies some 30 million light-years distant in the southern constellation Pavo appearing as a faint, extended object in small telescopes. We see the disk of the nearby island universe tilted towards our line of sight. *Click image for larger size.* This remarkably distinct and detailed galaxy portrait covers an area about the angular size of the full moon. In it, the giant galaxy's yellowish core is dominated by the light from old, cool stars. Beyond the core, spiral arms fill... more »

Chet Raymo, "As Time Goes By"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
* "As Time Goes By"* by Chet Raymo "Is time something that is defined by the ticking of a cosmic clock, God's wristwatch say? Time doesn't exist except for the current tick. The past is irretrievably gone. The future does not yet exist. Consciousness is awareness of a moment. Or is time a dimension like space? We move through time as we move through space. The past is still there; we're just not there anymore. The future exists; we'll get there. We experience time as we experience space, say, by looking out the window of a moving train. Or is time… Physicists and philosophers have... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Napoleon'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago


Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of TPM: *A Republican political operative in Florida asked the alleged Russian hacker who broke into Democratic Party organizations’ servers at the height of the 2016 campaign to pass him stolen documents, according to a report Thursday by the Wall Street Journal. * *In return, that operative received valuable Democratic voter-turnout analyses, which the newspaper found at least one GOP campaign consultant took advantage of the information. The hacker went on to flag that same data to Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of Donald Trump’s who briefly advised his presidential... more »

Nuclear Zen by Keibo Oiwa

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 5 hours ago
Excellent video: Nuclear Zen (hat tip: Thanks John!) Keibo Oiwa is a cultural anthropologist, bestselling author, environmental activist and public speaker. Since 1992, he has taught at Meiji Gakuin University in Yokohama. Relevance of Fukushima crisis for US: Experts: US Still 'Needlessly Vulnerable' to Fukushima-Style Disaster Published on Friday, May 26, 2017 Common Dreams https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/26/experts-us-still-needlessly-vulnerable-fukushima-style-disaster

Did Jared Kushner Want A Secret Communications Channel With The Kremlin?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and President Donald Trump at the White House last week. Photo Credit: @RusEmbUSA *Washington Post:* *Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin* Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence re... more »

Jeremy Corbyn got a birthday present on Friday from the most unlikely of sources

Steve Topple at The Canary - 6 hours ago
It was Jeremy Corbyn’s birthday on Friday 26 May. The Labour leader was 68 years young. But aside from well-wishers on social media, Corbyn got another birthday present. And this one was from the most unlikely of sources: UKIP. Wait, what…? Labour’s Mary Creagh is defending her seat of Wakefield in West Yorkshire. But in […] The post Jeremy Corbyn got a birthday present on Friday from the most unlikely of sources appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May must be absolutely furious after this senior Tory fell apart live on the BBC [AUDIO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 6 hours ago
Theresa May’s week ended sourly, as one of her former MPs (now a general election candidate) fell apart live on the BBC. And Tory candidate James Cleverly was left gobsmacked by the host’s repeated skewering of him. So far, not so good… Cleverly was being interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live‘s Live Daily show. Host […] The post Theresa May must be absolutely furious after this senior Tory fell apart live on the BBC [AUDIO] appeared first on The Canary.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 26, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
US President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington January 28, 2017. Reuters *Eli Lake, Bloomberg*: *Trump's Allies, Convicted of High Crimes Without a Trial* *Maybe Flynn committed treason. But so far no one has presented any evidence, just innuendo. That's not justice.* Heard any good Mike Flynn jokes lately? How about this one from "Morning Joe," this week? "When it comes to legal issues, he's like Charmin. You just keep squeezing." Maybe you've seen Stephen Colbert's segment from February about... more »

May 26: ----- just disgust.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 6 hours ago
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/business/monsanto-roundup-safety-lawsuit.html?_r=0 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/topic/monsanto http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/15/health/roundup-herbicide-cancer-allegations/ Don't waste your time on Brunswick News. It will never carry this story - though it has been an issue in this province. Norbert Cunningham has a Churchillian column on the Manchester bombing. He dwells on the evils of bombing innocent people, and talks of how we shall overcome. Norbert, where were your words when the U.S. and its friends (like us) were killing innocent people - a... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"You often say, "I would give, but only to the deserving." The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. Surely he who is worthy to receive his days and nights is worthy of all else from you. And he who has deserved to drink from the ocean of life deserves to fill his cup from your little stream. See first that you yourself deserve to be a giver, and an instrument of giving. For in truth it is life that gives unto life - while you, who deem yourself a giver, are but a witness." - Kahlil Gibran "I guess I so desperately want to see us put this planet right. It... more »

Scott Adams, "Thought Experiment: Going After the Families of Terrorists”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“*Going After the Families of Terrorists”* by Scott Adams “During the presidential campaign, President Trump famously suggested going after the families of terrorists. That would be strong persuasion. The downside is that it is also a war crime. So Trump backed off on “going after the families.” Or did he? On his overseas trip, Trump demanded that the Palestinians stop paying the families of dead terrorists. The president is literally “going after the families” without firing a shot. President Trump is also “going after the families” by branding ISIS as Evil Losers. You might be pr... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Leaving the Earth a Better Place: A Legacy of Love"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Leaving the Earth a Better Place: A Legacy of Love"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "It is a great act of love to leave the earth a better place when we leave than which we found her. We inherit this great planet from our parents and from the generations that came before. Then, in concert with the surrounding culture, our elders teach us how to care for the land and the sea, ourselves and each other. They model ways of being in relationship with every other expression of life on earth. But whether they act with care or carelessness, compassion or cruelty, generosity or greed, we h... more »

"We Would Rather..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"We would rather be ruined than changed; we would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die." ~ W.H. Auden

140-year-old pics show Native Americans before and after "Forced assimilation"

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
Backed by the US federal government, the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania wrenched children from their families and banned them from speaking their own language The photos show young men and women in traditional clothing next to comparison snaps taken just three years later showing them in smart suits and dresses with western-style haircuts. The images were taken at Carlisle Indian School, Pennsylvania, US, which focused on rapid assimilation of Native Americans to western culture Founded in 1879 by Captain Henry Pratt under the authority of the US federal government, Carl... more »

World News Briefs -- May 26, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*BBC:* *Egypt hits 'jihadist camps' after attack on Coptic Christians* Egyptian forces have struck "terrorist training camps" in retaliation for an attack on Coptic Christians, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has said. State media say six strikes hit the town of Derna in neighbouring Libya. Gunmen earlier attacked a bus carrying worshippers in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others. President Sisi said he would "not hesitate to strike terrorist camps anywhere". Announcing the strike in a TV speech late on Friday, he promised to "protect our people from th... more »

Red Line Republicans

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 7 hours ago
The more I study the latter-day Republican Party, the more I'm convinced red is the perfect color for it. Red, as in red zones, is the universal color for danger, which Republicans are constantly reminding us we're in then make their apocalyptic scenarios, for different reasons, self-fulfilling prophecies. Red is also symbolic of the old Soviet Union, which Republicans used to revile until the rise of Trump. Now, as far as US-Russo relations are concerned, the Democrats and Republicans have completely switched sides like drunks in a madcap game of Musical Chairs. Red ... more »

Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 26, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*New York Times*:* Iraqi Forces in Mosul Plan ISIS Assault, but Fight Could Be Long* LONDON — Although the Iraqi military on Friday began leafleting areas of western Mosul still controlled by the Islamic State, warning people to evacuate because an offensive was imminent, the American military is not predicting a speedy resolution to the battle for the city. Speaking at a news conference in London, Col. Ryan S. Dillon, the American coalition spokesman for Iraq and Syria, would not predict a timeline for the Iraqi military, supported by American advisers and air power, to finally ... more »

“Manipulating the Mass Mind & Attention”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*“Manipulating the Mass Mind & Attention”* by Fred Dodson “In my 30 years as a self-improvement coach, the most important insight is that where you put your attention is where your energy goes. If you find that hard to believe, try this: Walk through a crowd. Put your attention on the people. Then walk through the same crowd again and put your attention on the gaps between the people. More of them will now make way. Try it. It never fails. Here’s another experiment: Stand at the corner of any city street and look upwards for a while. You will notice people around you also look upwa... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago

Water Protectors in Appeals Court: Militarized Police, Water Hoses, Dangerous Munitions

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 7 hours ago
Water Protectors Case in Appeals Court: Militarized Police, Water Hoses, Dangerous Munitions Water Protectors File Arguments in the 8th Circuit on Militarized Policing By Water Protector Legal Collective Censored News Dundon et al. v. Kirchmeier, 8th Circuit Case No 17-1306 Water Protector Legal Collective attorneys filed legal arguments today asking the 8th Circuit Court of

Trump: NATO Member Nations Need to Pay Up; No Mention of Withdrawal

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: trump-nato-member-nations-need-to-pay-up-no-mention-of-withdrawal] In his speech at the NATO headquarters in Brussels Thursday, President Donald Trump seized the opportunity to publicly call out the member nations that are “not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense.” But rather than dunning NATO members for what they owe, the president should be talking about the United States resigning from the club altogether.

'American Society Disintegrating'

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 8 hours ago
Footage of Alger Hiss being interviewed in 1970 intercut with older footage from the 1950s when he was accused of being a Communist spy. Hiss denied being either a spy or a Communist. His first trial resulted in a hung jury and the government tried him a second time and got a guity verdict. Although he had been sentenced to five years' imprisonment, Hiss served only three years and eight months in Lewisburg Federal Prison. He was released from prison on November 27, 1954. While in prison, Hiss acted as a voluntary attorney, adviser, and tutor for many of his fellow inmates. Hiss... more »

Egypt Launches Airstrikes Against Libya- Manchester Pretext?

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 8 hours ago
The justification being the attack on the coptic Christians? But are the two really related? Or is Egypt simply fulfilling it's NATO role, increasing attacks on Libya, that looked nearly inevitable after the false flag in Manchester - American Officials Leak Name of Manchester Suicide Bomber *"Interesting? So with ISIS taking responsibility do we now have a network connection that takes us back to Libya?"* *Egypt launches airstrikes- hit's alleged training base?* *Egyptian air force planes have carried out six strikes directed at camps near Derna in Libya *where Cairo *believes ... more »

Homeless vets with families: An untold part of veterans' struggles

Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 8 hours ago
A homeless Vietnam vet begs for money on a Boston street in 2012. Joseph Sohm/Shutterstcok.com In 2010, the Obama administration announced the ambitious goal of ending homelessness among veterans. Over the last year, the number of veterans who are homeless dropped 30 percent in Los Angeles County. Nationwide, veteran homelessness fell by almost 50 percent since 2009. Yet statistics are only part of the story. What is missing from federal and state statistics, the media and the minds of many Americans, is the story of homeless veteran families. Through my work as a researcher and p... more »

Diplomat in chief: How did Trump do on his first Middle East visit?

Jeremy Pressman, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 8 hours ago
President Donald Trump received both pageantry and a warm reception on his first trip to the Middle East. Whether bowing his head to receive the King Abdulaziz al Saud Collar from Saudi Arabian King Salman, gathering around the “glowing orb” at the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh or standing at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Trump played the leader of a superpower. His hosts went along. King Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wanted a warm, public interaction with the U.S. president, something neither had with former U.S. President Bara... more »

Cable host reports mystery solved!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 8 hours ago
*FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017News orgs succumbed to "Telephone," cable host declares:* It started with this dramatic tease midway through last night's program: MADDOW (5/25/17): On top of that, though, *there is one mystery about James Comey's firing and the question of whether or not that was the president trying to obstruct justice* in the Trump-Russia investigation. *There's one piece of that that we think we've solved tonight.* We've got that exclusive, next, right after this break. The Maddow Show had solved a mystery concerning James Comey's firing! Maddow was going to have that e... more »

Patrick Murphy-- Not Finished Destroying The Democratic Party Brand Yet?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Is there a contest at the DCCC recruiting committee-- headed by multimillionaire New Dem Denny Heck (WA) and Rahm Emanuel disciple Blue Dog Cheri Bustos-- to see who could come up with the worst possible candidate of the cycle, one that would guarantee the loss of a deep blue seat that almost *can't* be lost? Bustos generally comes up with more losers than anyone else and has the worst recruitment record of anyone in history. But no one is taking credit for the still secret loser-of-the-cycle, Patrick Murphy. Murphy, a brainless, spoiled drunken party boy whose daddy bought him a ... more »

Embattled and Fighting Back: Trump Had a Week That Was True to Form

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Politics, Europe* [image: President Donald Trump speaks during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise. Wikimedia Commons/Public domain] In Europe as in Washington, this administration is facing down its challenges. It was probably inevitable that there would be a few eruptions on Donald Trump’s first foray abroad as president. After a serene visit to Saudi Arabia, he jetted off to Israel, apparently the first person to fly directly from the desert kingdom to Jerusalem, where he accomplished another first in visiting the Wailing Wall. But then came ... more »

Pleistocene Hunting in Europe

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
 Humankind is confronted with an enormous and perplexing riddle. We’ve developed a way of life that is ecologically super-idiotic (but look at our awesome phones!), and pounding the vitality of the natural world (and soon we’ll have self-driving cars!). The great riddle is how did we get into this mess? Can we get out of it? Who are we? Where did we come from? Many books reveal important clues. Bonobodescribed our closest living relatives, a species that has remained sustainable for millions of years. The Art of Tracking revealed our ancient roots as bipedal hunters and sc... more »

Statement on Appropriations Bills Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 2

Content Multimedia - 8 hours ago
Today, the Conservative Texas Budget Coalition made the following statement on the release of the Conference Report for Senate Bill 1 and the pending supplemental budget, House Bill 2.

33 Circus Lions Finally Return Home To Africa After A Lifetime Of Misery

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
The lions have been able to make the longest journey back all thanks to the heroic rescue efforts of Animal Defenders International (ADI). Thirty-three former circus lions are finally able to feel grass and dirt under their paws, and the warm African sun on their backs after a lifetime of pain and misery bestowed upon them by travelling circuses in Peru and Colombia. Tim Phillips, Animal Defenders International co-founder told ‘eyewitness news’ that they had faced incredible challenges in tracking down and rescuing the lions from illegal circuses in Peru and Colombia. ADI have w... more »

Is This ‘Monster Bullfrog’ Real?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A photograph of a "monster bullfrog" is real, but forced perspective makes it look larger than it actually is.

Man Pricked by Hypodermic Needle While Using Gas Pump

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A real incident in which a California man was cut by a hypodermic needle while pumping gas resembled an old email hoax.

Egyptian Air Force smashes six ISIS camps in eastern Libya

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20 P.M.) – On Friday evening, the Egyptian Air Force conducted six sorties in eastern Libya, targeting a desert area where ISIS militants have set up camp after being expelled from Derna in 2016. The airstrikes were done in support of the Libyan National Army (LNA), spearheaded by Khalifa Belqasim Haftar. Notably, the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Первый экскурсионный тур по Алеппо после освобождения города (RUPTLY)

Nikita Chugunov at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
В эту пятницу впервые за долгое время был проведен экскурсионный тур по основным достопримечательностям Алеппо с гидом. Это стало возможным после освобождения восточной части города от различных исламистских группировок. Данное событие ознаменовало начало туристического сезона. Около 300 студентов со всей страны, а также местные жители фотографировали мечеть Омейядов и цитадель Алеппо, серьезно пострадавшую за 5 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Mapa: El Ejército sirio reduce la distancia al último bastión de ISIS en Alepo

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Sólo quedan 3 kilómetros entre las posiciones de primera línea de la división de las Fuerzas del Tigre del Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) y el último baluarte del autodenominado Estado Islámico (IS, antes ISIL / ISIS) en la provincia de Alepo, tras el último avance de las fuerzas del gobierno en la región. Hace media […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Masdar exklusiv: Syrische Armee und Russische Marineinfanterie auf dem Weg nach Ost-Hama für kommende Offensive

Benjamin T. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (7:30) – Eine Eliteeinheit der syrischen Armee (SAA) hat die mühsame Reise von Damaskus in den östlichen Teil der Provinz Hama gemacht. Eine militärische Quelle hat am heutigen Donnerstag Al-Masdar News mitgeteilt, dass die syrische Armee und ihre Verbündeten eine massive Operation gegen die Terroristen des islamischen Staat (ISIS) in dieser Region vorbereiten. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

IŞİD her cephede çöküyor: Irak Ordusu, Suriye sınırı yakınlarındaki 5 köyü kontrol altına aldı

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
Irak Halk Seferberlik Birlikleri(Haşdi Şabi), Ninova’nın batısında IŞİD’e karşı başlattığı taarruzda ilerlemeyi sürdürüyor. Musul hattından Suriye’ye doğru süren bu operasyonda, Iraklı güçlerin ilerleyişini durduramayan terör örgütü IŞİD; son 24 saat içerisinde 5 köyü daha kaybetti. Haydar el Amiri’nin komutanlığındaki Irak Halk Seferberlik Birlikleri; Suriye sınırı yakınlarındaki Tel Giza,Hatimiye,Kabusiya,Kuzey ve Güney Kabisa köylerini kontrol altına almayı başardı. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Бои в Триполи продолжаются: 23 убитых, 29 раненых

Nikita Chugunov at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
В ливийской столице продолжаются боестолкновения между отрядами, подчиняющимися правительству национального единства под председательством Фаеза ас-Сарраджа, и военизированными формированиями правительства национального спасения Халифы аль-Гувейля, которым оказывают поддержку отряды из Мисураты Салеха Бади. По некоторым сведениям, в результате стычек 23 человек погибли, 29 – получили ранения различной степени тяжести. Боевые действия с применением тяжелой техники и артиллерии […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

First guided tour of Aleppo’s historic sites since city’s liberation (VIDEO)

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
(RUPTLY) A guided walking-tour of Aleppo’s major historic attractions took place on Friday, for the first time since the war-torn city was liberated from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS). The tour marked the opening of the tourist season. Around 300 students from across the country alongside local citizens were spotted taking pictures at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Obama Administration Transferred MS-13 Gang Members to Placement Centers Across the Country

Warren Mass at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: obama-administration-transferred-m-16-gang-members-to-placement-centers-across-the-country] Senator Ron Johnson stated that during the Obama years, at least 16 MS-13 gang members were transferred out of federal custody into insecure community placement centers.

Trump's Budget to Preserve the Swamp?

Veronique de Rugy at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: trump-s-budget-to-preserve-the-swamp] President Donald Trump's first budget proposal is finally out, and it boldly promises to deliver a "new foundation for American greatness." I guess that grandiose language is supposed to resonate with those voters who don't understand how the budget process actually works. The sad reality is that this budget would accomplish no such thing, for several reasons.

What Does Trump Think of America’s Space Launch Industry?

Dan Goure at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Dan Goure* *Security, * As a former real estate developer, President Trump understands what happens when one compounds the risks associated with any large-scale project. President Trump tends to react to issues in one of two ways, and sometimes both. One way can be characterized as emotional, even visceral. Take for example his response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons on civilians. There was no deep strategy informing his decision to strike Syria. He responded, I would argue, in a measured way to what was clearly a war crime but from his perspective, a moral outrage. He tend... more »

U.S. Soldier Killed In Syria After A Vehicle Rollover Incident

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq says a U.S. service member has died in northern Syria. (Pictured: a US military vehicle travels in the town of Amuda, northern Syria April 29) *Task & Purpose:* *US Service Member Dies In Syria After A Vehicle Rollover Incident* An unnamed service member died May 26 in Syria after a vehicle rollover accident, the Department of Defense announced. It also has yet to release his service branch. A spokesman from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said in a statement, that the service member “di... more »

Tony Blair has been eerily silent on the Manchester bombing. For one very good reason.

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 9 hours ago
After the devastating bombing on 22 May, past and present British leaders have sent condolences and made statements on the country’s national security resolve. But former Prime Minister Tony Blair – one of the founding instigators of the ‘war on terror’ – has remained eerily silent, as The Intercept‘s Jon Schwarz has pointed out. The apparent reason? Intelligence sources warned […] The post Tony Blair has been eerily silent on the Manchester bombing. For one very good reason. appeared first on The Canary.

School Cop Grabs Gun, Tries to Arrest Straight-A Student — for Violating Dress Code

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: school]For showing a little too much collar bone the principal had the school cop arrest this straight-A student. But she is no pushover.

Sean Hannity goes on "vacation" as advertisers flee his show likes rats on a sinking ship.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW. Destroy Trump/Conservative media breathless coverage starts! Did Hannity do last show? — Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) May 25, 2017 Now if that seems familiar you may remember that Bill O'Reilly also claimed that he was on vacation, while in fact Fox was busy cleaning out his desk. Now that does not mean for certain that Hannity is toast, but then again yes it pretty much does just that even though Fox is claiming he is coming back. He may indeed return from vacation on Tuesday, but the writing in on the wall. Courtesy of the... more »

Donald Trump’s unhappy NATO visit as US and Europe drift apart

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 9 hours ago
European leaders annoyed by Trump's calls to increase defence spending, making NATO look too obviously like a protection racket. The post Donald Trump’s unhappy NATO visit as US and Europe drift apart appeared first on The Duran.

Ukrainian parliamentarian recommends beating students AND teachers with sticks for speaking Russian

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
Are these European values? The post Ukrainian parliamentarian recommends beating students AND teachers with sticks for speaking Russian appeared first on The Duran.

Jared Kushner is the latest target in the Russiagate probe

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 9 hours ago
Drawing a blank with Manafort, Page, Stone and Flynn, the Russiagate investigators now come after Kushner. The post Jared Kushner is the latest target in the Russiagate probe appeared first on The Duran.

what i'm reading: leaving lucy pear

laura k at wmtc - 10 hours ago
The year is 1917. A teenage girl from a wealthy family is pregnant, the result of rape -- by a man who her mother pushed her to pursue for marriage. Now the girl is being forced to surrender her baby to an orphanage. She has met the person who runs the orphanage, and she cannot bear the thought. The girl devises a plan, a way she can leave her infant daughter to be found by a large family who will, she hopes, raise her as their own. Ten years later, the lives of the woman who left the child and the woman who found the child intersect. But only one of them knows of their connection... more »

After the Confederates, Who's Next?

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: after-the-confederates-who-s-next] Today, the men we were taught to revere as the great captains, explorers, missionaries and nation-builders are seen by many as part of a racist, imperialist, genocidal enterprise, wicked men who betrayed and eradicated the peace-loving natives who had welcomed them.

China’s Surveillance State Now Monitors Foreign Companies, as Well as Citizens

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: china-s-surveillance-state-now-monitors-foreign-companies] As China's perverse use of digital technology grows, freedom shrinks.

Local Council By-Elections May 2017

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 10 hours ago
Here's what's been happening in the local authority by-election scene this last month. Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Apr +/- May 16 Average/ Contest +/- Seats Conservative 113 86,701 41.0% +1.8% +11.3% 767 +11 Labour 90 58,504 27.7% -2.9% -9.8% 650 -8 LibDem 88 40,269 19.1% +2.9% +9.6% 458 0 UKIP 48 8,338 3.9% +1.4% -5.9% 174 -2 Green 55 8,573 4.1% -1.2% -1.8% 156 +1 SNP* 0 0 PC** ... more »

Report: U.S. Led Coalition Air Strikes Kill 106 Civilians' In Al Mayadeen, Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Air strikes in east Syria kill more than 100: Observatory* Air strikes since Thursday evening have killed more than 100 people including children and other family members of Islamic State fighters in al-Mayadin, a town held by the jihadists near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, a war monitor reported. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raids were carried out by U.S.-led coalition warplanes. A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State told Reuters that its forces had conducted strikes near al-Mayadin on May 25 and 26 and were a... more »

New ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Laws Raise Concerns Among Activists

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
More than a dozen states this year have passed “Blue Lives Matter” laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers.

Former Texas Nurse Accused of Killing Dozens of Kids in ’80s

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Authorities say Texas nurse Genene Jones may have killed up to 60 young children in the 1980s.

Ariana Grande Planning Benefit Concert in Manchester

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Pop singer Ariana Grande released a statement promising to return to Manchester for a benefit concert.

“There is an injustice in this article”

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 10 hours ago
The editors of a plant biology journal have retracted a 2007 paper because of “an injustice.” According to the notice, the editors of Cytologia found evidence of “apparent figure manipulation,” and decided to retract the paper. This marks the 10th retraction for plant biologist Dibyendu Talukdar. Talukdar, who is first and corresponding author on the 2007 paper and listed at the University of […] The post “There is an injustice in this article” appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Did President Trump ‘Reinstate’ a Memorial Day for Police Officers, Cancelled by Obama?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Hyperpartisan web sites published the false claim that Barack Obama had cancelled Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Painting of Tamir Rice Shooting Withdrawn from Art Festival

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A painting depicting the shooting of Tamir Rice was withdrawn from a Pittsburgh arts festival after it provoked 'intense reactions.'

KISS Concert in Manchester Canceled after Terrorist Attacks

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
KISS canceled a scheduled 30 May 2017 concert after a terrorist attack left 22 people dead at the venue earlier that month.

Fake Celebrity Skin Care Ads Dupe Consumers with ‘Free Trial’ Offers

David Emery at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Dubious web sites hawking anti-aging face creams and supplements lure consumers with fake celebrity endorsements.

The Latest: Manchester Chief Notes Rise in Hate Crimes

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Manchester's chief of police says there has been an increase in reported hate crimes since a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande Concert in May 2017.

From now on...

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 11 hours ago
.....when I hear that Mark Twain quote, "There is no distinctly American criminal class - except Congress," I'll think of Greg Gianforte. Because Gianforte just became the first man in US history to win a seat in Congress while having an assault charge hanging over him. Of course, one could say that the only reason Gianforte won is because roughly half of Montana's 700,000 registered voters mailed in their ballots long before Gianforte choked, body-slammed and punched *Guardian* reporter Ben Jacobs the day before election day. More on this later.

Lack of information on antibiotic use on animals is a major problem, say experts

Madlen Davies at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - 11 hours ago
A Bureau event brought together leading figures to discuss superbugs, which have become a global public health emergency.

A new documentary brings lacrosse back to its original owners: the Iroquois

White Wolf at White Wolf - 11 hours ago
*Its focus is on spiritual matters as well as the physical because it deals with a game its adherents believe is just about as old as time.* A new documentary, Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation, dives deep into the Iroquois’ “medicine game,” as it’s known to them, and into how politics and culture collide at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship, far removed from the Exeters and Deerfield Academies of the westernized world. The story centers on Iroqouis coach Chief Oren Lyons and his efforts to promote the team and the sports’ indigenous history. When the World Indoor Lacrosse Champi... more »

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly: 'The Terror Threat Is Worse Than Most Realize'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*The Hill:* *DHS chief: If you knew what I knew about terror, you’d ‘never leave the house’* Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Friday said the terror threat is worse than most realize, saying some people would "never leave the house" if they knew the truth. “I was telling [Fox host] Steve [Doocy] on the way in here, if he knew what I knew about terrorism, he’d never leave the house in the morning,” Kelly said on “Fox & Friends.” He noted there were four major terror attacks in the last week — in England, Egypt, the Philippines and Indonesia — "by generally the same group... more »

U.S. Diplomats: China Is Tightening Its Borders With North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A North Korean soldier stands on guard at the Yalu River in Sinuiju, North Korea © Aly Song / Reuters *FOX News*: *China tightened border controls with North Korea, US diplomat says* Chinese officials understand the urgency of pressuring North Korea and said they have taken measures to tighten security at its border as part of the U.N. sanctions aimed at halting Pyongyang's nuclear and missile activities, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said. Acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton told reporters in Beijing on Friday that Chinese officials said they've tightened bor... more »

Theresa May’s biggest supporters are freaking out about her election chances

Bex Sumner at The Canary - 11 hours ago
Labour has been steadily climbing in the polls, slashing the Conservatives’ 24-point lead to just 5 points in a matter of weeks. And with two weeks still to go until the election, some of Theresa May’s closest allies have started freaking out about her election chances. The Spectator is a staunchly Conservative magazine. Foreign Secretary Boris […] The post Theresa May’s biggest supporters are freaking out about her election chances appeared first on The Canary.

This song annihilates Theresa May. And the BBC may soon be forced to play it to the whole country [VIDEO]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 11 hours ago
Today, anti-austerity group Captain SKA has released a song that could be very embarrassing for Theresa May. The track is trending on Twitter, and has already made it into the Top 60. If it keeps up this momentum, there’s a very real chance that even the BBC may have to play it. And to the whole country, no […] The post This song annihilates Theresa May. And the BBC may soon be forced to play it to the whole country [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Watch an award-winning journalist explain how the attacks on Corbyn could be crushed for good [VIDEO]

Tracy Keeling at The Canary - 11 hours ago
In the wake of the Manchester bombing, Jeremy Corbyn has highlighted that UK foreign policy affects the country’s threat level. And many in media and political circles are giving him hell for it. But two award-winning US journalists spoke to Democracy Now on 25 May. They suggested a fundamental change to the way the media […] The post Watch an award-winning journalist explain how the attacks on Corbyn could be crushed for good [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Panicking Tories were too late smearing Corbyn, as his speech on Manchester took Britain by storm [VIDEO]

James Wright at The Canary - 11 hours ago
The Conservatives were too late smearing Jeremy Corbyn on 26 May. His landmark speech on terrorism had already taken Britain by storm: How can anyone say that this man is not a leader? This is the country I want for my children & their children #StandTogether #CorbynSpeech — Lee Barrett (@A_New_Narrative) May 26, 2017 There […] The post Panicking Tories were too late smearing Corbyn, as his speech on Manchester took Britain by storm [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Prolific the Rapper 'Not Guilty' for Piloting Drone at Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
Prolific the Rapper found not guilty May 25, 2017 Prolific the Rapper after 'not guilty' verdict Below: A Tribe Called Red Music Video by Prolific The Rapper 'Black Snakes' Prolific the Rapper Found Not Guilty By Water Protector Legal Collective Censored News Aaron Sean Turgeon, also known as ‘Prolific the Rapper,’ faced three charges today regarding piloting a drone at

Trump's Message to NATO Was the Right One to Deliver

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Europe* Despite his usual style, it was right to critcize allies for free riding for far too long. President Donald Trump's very first conference with NATO heads-of-state, coming after so many months of NATO bashing during last year's campaign, can't be described as anything but awkward and uncomfortable. These kinds of meetings are designed to be rehearsed, with every single speech by a leader heavily scripted and prepared weeks in advance and every handshake and hug between presidents and prime ministers perfectly choreographed. Of course, Trump... more »

S-500: Is this Russia's Plan to Make Stealth Obsolete?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * And can it work? *The fielding of an effective antiballistic S-500 would complicate Putin’s objections to the U.S. deployment of THAADS systems near its territory. However, Moscow will doubtlessly maintain that operating the S-500 on its domestic territory is not equivalent to Washington deploying THAAD on the territory of an allied state, such as Poland or South Korea.* *The S-500 is intended to replace the S-300 missile in Russia’s multilayered air-defense system and complement the S-400, which would handle more routine antiaircraft duties and ... more »

Mischief and FON in the South China Sea

Hannah Suh at The National Interest - 11 hours ago
*Hannah Suh* *Security, Asia* The restrained yet unequivocal nature of the FONOP hopefully signals that the Trump administration is starting to grasp the importance of policy, not just bluster. The U.S. Navy has conducted its first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) under the Trump administration. Conducted near Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, the FONOP is one of the first concrete, proactive policy actions the White House has taken in the Asia-Pacific theater. While attaching too much meaning to a single FONOP is unwise, this hopefully signals that the Trump administ... more »

Chinese Fighters Intercept U.S. Navy Surveillance Plane Over The South China Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
A Pair of Chinese SU-30 Fighter Jets (Photo: CNN) *Reuters:* *Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: U.S. officials* Two Chinese fighter jets carried out an intercept of a U.S. military surveillance plane near Hong Kong on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the U.S. P-3 surveillance plane was 150 miles South East of Hong Kong in international air space when the aircraft carried out an unsafe intercept of the plane. One Chine... more »

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