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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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

28 May - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

12:07 am MDT  May 29

Is Selling The Saudi Dictator $110 Billion Worth Of Very Deadly Advanced Weaponry A Good Idea?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
Señor Trumpanzee is already bragging about how historic and profitable his failed and embarrassing trip abroad was. For me the lasting image will be the fast food-eating, exercise-free, out of shape 71 year old (June 14) slob in Golf Cart One, following behind all the international leaders out for a nice invigorating stroll through Taormina. What a clown! He wants to think his trip generated millions of jobs. He's just catering to the easily-duped morons who still support him. Presumably the "millions of jobs" will come, in part, from selling even more advanced weapons-- $110 bill... more »

The Origins of ‘Taps’

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Was the melody known as 'Taps' found in the pocket of a dying boy on a Civil War battlefield?

Muslim Man Sues Little Caesars Over Pizza Labeled ‘Halal’

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
A Muslim man who says Little Caesars served him a pizza with pepperoni made with pork has filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million.

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Nick Saul reminds us of the need for strong and consistent public pressure to end poverty. And the Economist points out how punitive criminal justice policies coupled with a lack of rehabilitation strand people in poverty rather than allowing for a path toward contributing to society. - Thomas Walkom comments on Ontario's relatively unambitious workplace review - and worries that even its modest suggestions won't end up becoming (or being enforced as) law. And Angella MacEwen examines the state of federally-regulated workplaces and finds ple... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 223 May 27 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
The last assaulton Mosul finally began. The Army’s 9th, 15th, and 16thDivisions attacked the Shifa neighborhood. The Federal Police and Rapid Reaction Division went into Zinjali, while the Golden Division attacked the first Saha district. The Third Bridge across the Tigris River was reached, and the Mosul Hotel and Tamuz 17 were both taken. This was the fourth time the latter was declared freed. A brigade and a regimental commander in the 16th Division were killedin the day’s fighting. General Abdul Ghani al-Asadi of the Golden Division appeared on television statingthat the Islami... more »

While other world leaders walk toward location for group photo, Donald Trump is taken by golf cart.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Leaders of England, Italy, France, Germany, Japan & Canada walking in Taormina. Trump in a golf cart pic.twitter.com/jJ9B2wIQIE — RiotWomenn (@riotwomennn) May 27, 2017 Courtesy of The Hill: *President Trump chose to ride in a golf cart while his foreign counterparts took a walk through Taormina, Sicily on Saturday during the Group of 7 (G7) summit. * *The Times of London reported the six other world leaders - from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - walked 700 yards to take a group photo at a piazza in a hilltop town. The U.S. leader decided to wait until he co... more »

On changing opposition

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
While there will be plenty more to discuss about how the Conservatives' choice of Andrew Scheer as their new leader, I'll offer a few preliminary thoughts now - starting with a warning about knee-jerk reactions. We shouldn't presume that Scheer's apparent lack of current definition will last long: the Libs are obviously wasting no time in trying to define him, while the fruits of the Cons' fund-raising machine will surely kick in quickly in response. But nor should we presume that his being young means that he'll have multiple election campaigns to grow into the position. While the... more »

Slumlords, Spies, and Subterfuge

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 13 hours ago
Jared Kushner, jack of all White House trades and master of none, is the latest topic of the official narrative conversation. He "is said to" have established back-channel communications with those damned Russians during the transition period. According to experts on such things, this might not have been totally illegal, but it was certainly unethical and outside the norms of how corruption gets done in official Washington. Don't get me wrong - I think that Jared is a perfectly loathsome human being. It's just too bad, and actually kind of silly, that the FBI's investigation is not... more »

Michael Fallon’s shocking interview on ITV’s Peston shows the Tory campaign is unravelling fast [VIDEO]

Sophia Akram at The Canary - 13 hours ago
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was humiliated on national TV again after his refusal to admit the truth even managed to exasperate ITV host Robert Peston. It shows the wheels on the Conservative’s Party’s election campaign are fast falling off. It hasn’t been a good few days for Fallon. On Friday 26 May he was left […] The post Michael Fallon’s shocking interview on ITV’s Peston shows the Tory campaign is unravelling fast [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

The band taking a Top 40 chart by storm says it would be ‘rude not to’ call Theresa May a liar [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 13 hours ago
The group behind one of the songs currently in a Top 40 chart has told The Canary that it came about because the band were “horrified” by the Tories. And it has no shame in calling Theresa May a “liar”. In fact, the band said that it “would be rude not to”. Who’s a liar? […] The post The band taking a Top 40 chart by storm says it would be ‘rude not to’ call Theresa May a liar [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Crisis Actors Uncovered?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Social media rumors claim the same girl, a "crisis actor," was seen crying at tragedies in Boston, Aurora, Oregon, Sandy Hook, and Manchester.

Video Shows South African Police Pelting Men with Apples

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Video captures a group of officers in blue uniforms grabbing apples out of the back of a vehicle and hurling them at four men who are lined up at a roadside cliff.

To Many Americans, Memorial Day Has Lost Its Meaning

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday that honors more than 1 million people who died serving their country would command more respect.

The renewal of the British left

Milos Kovic at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Will Britain ever apologise for its bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999? The post The renewal of the British left appeared first on The Duran.

X22 Report, “The Hard Reality Is That The Economy Is Deteriorating At An Accelerating Pace”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Hard Reality Is That The Economy Is Deteriorating At An Accelerating Pace” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLiJFJNLtco

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Above the Clouds” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgdjnK6I2u0

"Isochronic Tones: Cognition Enhancer For Clearer and Faster Thinking"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Isochronic Tones: * *Cognition Enhancer For Clearer and Faster Thinking"* by Jason Lewis “HEADPHONES REQUIRED - Note: As this session stimulates each ear with different frequencies, you will need to use headphones to experience the full effect. Alternative background sounds available on Mp3 here: Orchestral, Hybrid, World Music, Rain, Brown Noise. *What does this track do? *This session stimulates Beta, SMR and Alpha, alternating in 2 minute increments to help keep the user relaxed and engaged. Note: SMR (sensorimotor rhythm) relates to the frequency range between 12 - 15Hz. It'... more »

Ray Esquivel, "The Wisdom of Tecumseh"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*Click image for larger size.* Original graphic by Ray Esquivel. "Chief Tecumseh" - http://www.indigenouspeople.net/tecumseh.htm Hat tip and thanks to Ray Esquivel for this material.

"Fukushima Update: 14,557.65 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow"

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

Douglas Murray and Sara Khan on 'The Sunday Politics'

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Today's *The Sunday Politics *included a discussion between Douglas Murray and Sara Khan. It was so interesting and important that a full transcript seemed appropriate. For the 'BBC bias' angle, please look at Jo Coburn's rather heavy-handed and one-sided contributions and then weigh them against the programme editor's decision to stage this vital discussion *with these particular guests* in the first place. *Jo Coburn*: The revelation that the Manchester suicide bomber, 22-year-old Salman Abedi, was born in this country has raised fresh concerns about the effectiveness of the U... more »

Wolf-like golden jackal discovered in northern Germany

White Wolf at White Wolf - 15 hours ago
*Golden jackals, similar to small grey wolves, have been making their way across Europe into new territory.* For the first time, golden jackals have been detected in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, which borders Denmark, authorities announced this week. The animals are originally native to the Balkans, but have slowly spread to areas they never previously settled, such as northern Italy, eastern Austria and Hungary. After three sheep were attacked by an animal in the region of Dithmarschen on the North Sea coast this month, authorities first suspected a wolf. A D... more »

Naval Deathmatch: America's Zumwalt Stealth Destroyer vs. China's New Type 55 Warship

David Axe at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*David Axe* *Security, * Who wins? *Zumwalt, on the other hand, pushes the boundaries of warship-design and could potentially open up new operational concepts. Not since the age of the battleship have navies deployed large warships close to enemy shores for the purposes of bombarding targets on land. Radars and guided missiles made the mission too dangerous for today’s flimsy, easy-to-detect surface combatants.* *The Type 055 will probably do for China what the Aegis cruisers and destroyers — nearly 100 of them — are already doing for the United States. That is, protecting the... more »

America's Aircraft Carriers Might Be Obsolete (And the F-35 Will Only Make the Problem Worse)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Time for more submarines? *Indeed, if the U.S. Navy is adamant that its carriers will no longer play a role on the first day of war against a near-peer threat, then there is no justification for the cost of the $13 billion Ford-class carrier, Hendrix said. One potential alternative would be to scrap new the Ford-class design and return to the much less costly Nimitz-class design—the last and most expensive of which—USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)—cost about half as much as the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), Hendrix suggested. Another alternative ... more »

The Next Global Financial Crisis: A Chinese Sovereign Debt Default?

Yiping Huang at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Yiping Huang* *Economics, Asia* Moody’s latest downgrading could turn out to be more a warning of past problems than a prediction of future risks. Moody’s recent downgrading of China’s sovereign debt rating triggered waves of reaction in both financial markets and policy circles. But like many other rating adjustments it looks more like a lagging, rather than a leading, indicator of an existing risk factor. China does have a major debt problem. But given its recent policy action, China’s sovereign debt risks will in fact likely fall going forward, although debt risks in other ar... more »

This Is How Donald Trump Is Pushing Back Against China

Dean Cheng at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Dean Cheng* *Security, Asia* And all we have to do is look at the South China Sea, for starters. Two developments in the past few weeks suggest that America’s China policy is on a cusp. The more publicly discussed event involves the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey, which conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Mischief Reef in the Spratlys island group. This is the first freedom of navigation action conducted by the Trump administration. It is the first true freedom of navigation conducted since at least 2012. By contrast, the Obama administration had underta... more »

Why Russia and China Fear America's P-8 Poseidon Submarine Killer

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * And America’s allies are lining up to buy them. There is a decent chance you have already flown on one of the U.S. Navy’s key new aircraft—or rather, the 737 airliner it is based on. The P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol plane may not be as sexy as an F-35 stealth fighter, but in some ways it is far closer to the forefront of international flashpoints in the Pacific Ocean. Maritime patrol planes are essential for tracking the movement of ships and especially submarines across vast oceanic waters—and potentially sinking them in the event of hostilities... more »

Why China's 'Three Warfares' Could Provide Beijing with Big Gains (Thanks to Donald Trump)

Elsa Kania at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Elsa Kania* *Security, Asia* Today’s geopolitical turbulence, especially in the aftermath of the latest U.S. election, may represent an opportunity for China to assert greater influence in reshaping the international system. Under Xi Jinping, China has intensified its focus on “seizing discursive power” (话语权) and “propagating China’s voice” at the global level. Indeed, the recent One Belt, One Road summit in Beijing has highlighted China’s ambitions to exert its influence upon the international order—and adjust it to its own advantage. For China, this concept of discursive power... more »

Nazi Germany's Biggest D-Day Mistakes

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* While D-Day was not a perfect, German mistakes decisively turned the tide of the operation in favor of the Allies. *The son of a World War II veteran, Flint Whitlock is a former U.S. Army officer who served in West Germany and Vietnam and has been the editor of *WWII Quarterly *since 2010. He brings to his role over 30 years as a military historian and author, with scores of magazine articles and 13 books to his credit; many of his books have won regional and national awards. Besides lecturing around the country, Flint has appeared on T... more »

‘I Can’t Breathe’: Video Shows Cops Beat Father, Ignore Cries for Help Until He Dies

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: jail]The family of a man who was killed by officers has filed a lawsuit to get justice for their father who was in jail for a verbal argument.

White House Petition to Investigate Seth Rich Murder Goes Viral as Reward Tops $345K

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: rich]A White House petition has been generated calling on President Trump to open an official investigation into the mysterious death of DNC data manager Seth Rich.

Farmer Charged, Fined $2.8 Million, for Plowing His Own Property in the ‘Land of the Free’

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: farmer]For failing to bribe the correct state official via permit, a California farmer has been his with a fine of nearly $3 million.

Man Prevents a Murder by Disarming Attacker, Police Show Up and Kill Him

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: police]After a man disarmed a would-be murderer, police showed up to the scene, gave him no chance to drop the weapon and killed him.

Cat rescues fox: Curious cat finds fox cub 'lodging' under Welney sofa

White Wolf at White Wolf - 15 hours ago
*A fox cub was rescued after a curious cat found it underneath a sofa.* It is thought the six-week-old cub had been "lodging" in the house in Welney, on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border for several days after getting through a hole where a cat flap used to be. The homeowner had noticed "a smell" and when her cat began "standing guard" by the sofa, she decided to investigate. The wily intruder is being looked after by Fenland Animal Rescue until it can be released. "It wasn't until she looked under the furniture and noticed two little eyes staring back at her, that she realised ... more »

Stop the Wars

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 15 hours ago

Sean Hannity has gone "underground" while contemplating his future at Fox News.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of IJR: *Hannity has gone “underground” and is actively considering whether or not he will return to Fox News on Tuesday, a source close to Hannity told Independent Journal Review. It's a stunning development at the network, which has seemingly remained in a constant state of turmoil since the ouster of the late Roger Ailes. * *Speculation ran wild earlier this week when the network announced Hannity would be taking a mid-week vacation amid controversy over the host’s promotion of unverified reports suggesting a link between murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and his alleged... more »

الملك الأردني يطالب بفصل قطر من الجامعة العربية لدعمها الإرهاب

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
طالب الملك الأردني عبدالله الثاني اليوم بفصل قطر أو تجميد عضويتها من جامعة الدول العربية لدعمها وتمويلها للإرهاب في المنطقة. و نقلت وكالة الأنباء الأردنية (بترا) عن الملك الأردني قوله “يجب فصل قطر من الجامعة العربية أو تجميد عضويتها لكونها تدعم الإرهاب وجماعة الإخوان وحماس وتقبل إبقاء زعماء جماعة الإخوان على أراضيها”. يذكر أن الملك […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Egyptian Air Force smashes ISIS bases in Libya in retaliation for latest terrorist attack (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – Egypt’s Ministry of Defense has published a video footage that shows Egyptian Air Force destroying camps and various facilities of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in Libya. Massive air raid took place on Friday evening, May 26. Powerful airstrikes came in revenge for the latest terrorist attack on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ВКС РФ и ВВС Сирии ведут массированную бомбардировку позиций ИГ на востоке провинции Хама

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Более 20 авиаударов за последние сутки нанесли ВКС РФ и ВВС САР по бастиону террористической группировки “Исламское государство” на востоке провинции Хама, городу Акербат. Интенсивная бомбардировка ведётся на фоне приготовлений Сирийской Арабской Армии к началу масштабной боевой операции по разгрому боевиков ИГ на востоке Хамы. Несколько дней назад агентство Al-Masdar News уже сообщало о том, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rus helikopterleri IŞİD’e ait tankları imha ediyor (Video)

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEYRUT, LÜBNAN(12:50) – Rus Hava Kuvvetleri, Humus’un güneydoğu kesimlerinde IŞİD’e birçok hava saldırısı gerçekleştirerek yakın zamanda IŞİD’den büyük miktarlarda toprak özgürleştiren Suriye Ordusu’na destek oluyor. Rus Hava Kuvvetleri, çoğunlukla saldırı helikopterleri kullanılarak gerçekleştirilen saldırılarla IŞİD’in savunma mevzilerine büyük zarar verdi ve terörist örgütün Humus’taki güçlerini takviye etmesini önledi. Rus Hava Kuvvetleri’ne ait Ka-52 saldırı helikopteriyle […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ВИДЕО: Российские вертолёты Ка-52 уничтожают бронетехнику ИГ в провинции Хомс

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
За последнее время Воздушно-космические силы РФ нанесли большое количество авиаударов на юго-востоке провинции Хомс, позволив войскам Сирийской Арабской Армии зачистить от боевиков террористической группировки “Исламское государство” значительную территорию в этот регионе. Используя преимущественно штурмовые вертолёты, ВКС РФ нанесли серьёзный ущерб оборонительным порядкам ИГ и лишили джихадистов возможности перебрасывать на критически важные участки фронта подкрепления. 27 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Текущая карта продвижения сирийской армии у шоссе Дамаск – Пальмира

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Сирийская Арабская Армия продолжает методичное продвижение в провинции Дамаск, отбивая всё новые и новые территории как у террористической группировки “Исламское государство”, так и у “Свободной сирийской армии” (ССА). В субботу возглавляемые частями 5-го армейского корпуса правительственные войска продолжили наступление на востоке провинции, атаковав позиции боевиков ССА у деревни Аль-Ульяния. Через два часа после начала атаки […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Filipino forces attempt to regain city from ISIL group

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:15 P.M.) – The Islamic State affiliated “Maute Group” launched a powerful attack on the large city of Marawi earlier this week, seizing most of the government-controlled territory by May 24th. On Sunday morning, the Filipino security forces renewed their counter-offensive against hte Maute Group in order to retake the points they lost […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Interview With Peter Van Buren: Moral Injury In A State Of Endless War

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 15 hours ago
On this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure,” former State Department employee Peter Van Buren joins the show to discuss his new book, “Hooper’s War.” Van Buren blew the whistle on malfeasance and corruption related to reconstruction efforts in Iraq. He is also the author of “Ghosts of Tom Joad,” and, “We Meant The post Interview With Peter Van Buren: Moral Injury In A State Of Endless War appeared first on Shadowproof.

in which we answer the burning question: "what kind of dog is that?"

laura k at wmtc - 16 hours ago
At the beach! Diego's favourite place.*What kind of dog is that?* People ask this all the time. All our dogs have been rescues, but most had recognizable breed markers. We could answer "white Shepherd-Husky cross" or "Lab-Shepherd mix" or "Jack Russell-Fox Terrier cross". Of course those dogs probably had many other breeds in the mix. When you think about it, unless a dog is actually the product of two purebreds, it's likely to be the product of dozens of different breeds. A mixed breed mates with another mixed breed, and their puppies mate with other mixed breeds, and so on. But p... more »

Sea Level Sophistry; Junk Science Masquerading as the Basis for UnSound Public Policy

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 16 hours ago
The more scientifically illiterate you are, the more convincing the Climate Alarmists’ arguments become. Climate Alarmists know that and that is why they usually only provide half the story at best, and as we all know, “half the truth is often twice the lie.” No matter if it is Coral Reefs, Sea Ice, Global Temperatures or other … Continue reading "Sea Level Sophistry; Junk Science Masquerading as the Basis for UnSound Public Policy"

US President Trump pushed Montenegro Prime Minister, but Bill Clinton bombed Montenegro (Video

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 17 hours ago
NATO destroyed Montenegro killing thousands under Bill Clinton. The post US President Trump pushed Montenegro Prime Minister, but Bill Clinton bombed Montenegro (Video appeared first on The Duran.

Egypt’s intervention in Libya is legal–here’s why

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Egypt's Foreign Minister has conceded that Libya is a failed state. The post Egypt’s intervention in Libya is legal–here’s why appeared first on The Duran.

America has pushed Turkey straight into Russia’s arms

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
American incompetence and Russian pragmatism has drawn Erdogan to a Russia he often disagrees with but trusts, rather than a west he often acts in accord with but increasingly despises. The post America has pushed Turkey straight into Russia’s arms appeared first on The Duran.

Was It Bannon Who Blew The Whistle On Kushner-in-Law?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
While monkey man was in Europe whining to the EU leaders how hard it is for him to set up golf courses in their countries-- at least he wasn't lobbying them to allow him to open Trump Unibersities (as far as we know)-- his Regime was collapsing around his ears back home. Secretary of Everything Kushner-in-law appears to be guilty of treason. ""I don’t want to overstate this because obviously there is a lot we don’t know," said former CIA Director John McLaughlan on MSNBC's *The Last Word* Friday evening. "We don’t know the exact content of the conversation. We don’t know the objec... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*Teacher under fire for awarding seventh-graders 'Most Likely To Blend In With White People'* *This may have been intended as a jocular comment on the pupils' achievements in schoolwork* A second middle school student has spoken out about a crass school award she received, as it emerges that the teacher said to be responsible for the ceremony is a former cheerleader for the Houston Texas. Sydney Caesar, 13, has revealed the cringe-worthy 'Most Likely To Blend In With White People' she said she received in a mock awards ceremony at Anthony Aguirre Junior High School in Houston, Te... more »

Russia Outs YPG/PKK Kurds Usual Dealin' With ISIS- Free Pass from Raqqa

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 17 hours ago
*Of course the Kurds deny the deal. And they are lying. * *They have made deal after deal with their symbiotic partners, ISIS, time and time again!* *Of course, we can't forget that the US is giving ISIS a free pass also!* *But Russia isn't! SANA- * *Moscow, SANA- At least 120 ISIS terrorists were killed in the Russian Aerospace Forces’ airstrikes on an ISIS queue of vehicles which was heading from Raqqa to Palmyra.* *Russian Defense Ministry source said Saturday that the Russian aircrafts shelled last Thursday an ISIS convoy consisted of 39 pickup trucks loaded with weapons which w... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*An ignorant Australian Greenie* I put up yesterday some arrogant, elitist comments from an Australian Greenie. The Greenie, Dayne Pratzky, also uttered some ignorant Leftist stereotypes about the USA. Because it is rich and powerful, all Leftists hate the USA. Even American Leftists do. A conservative American reader was rightly incensed at the unbalanced comments. And has replied to them. First the comments then the reply: *“I’m a custodian of society, we all are. If you don’t want to live in a gun-filled and drug-filled society like America, you’ve got to fight to keep A... more »

Telegraph Peddle “Hottest May day” Lie

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Quite the most ridiculous article in the Telegraph, which was originally published on Friday: Northern England and Scotland will be hotter than Morocco and Mexico City today as Britain roasts on the record hottest May day for 176 years. Grahame Madge from the Met Office said: "It is very, very clear today. […]

The River Teifi’s “Toxic Tsunami Of Sludge”

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 17 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Philip Bratby David Rose updates the story of the anaerobic digester spill on the River Teifi last December: You would struggle to find a lovelier view anywhere than that from Pencefn, a hilltop farm near Tregaron in mid-Wales. Lush meadows with sheep grazing peacefully roll down towards the valley of the […]


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 17 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin 'This is serious': Jared Kushner reportedly tried to set up a secret Trump-Russia back channel US On Track To Kill More Syrian Civilians Than Russia For 5th Straight Month Did The Trump Administration Benefit From Venezuela's Illegal Syrian Oil Sales? Sergey Brin's secret blimp will be a luxury 'air yacht' and be used to deliver humanitarian aid, report says Kinda like the Red Cross? Any other assignments en route? Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson talks about math, nuclear rockets, and astounding things about the universe Well if you can get past his enthusiasm... more »

The Simpsons wade into the Trump/Comey controversy.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
I swear I am not sure we have needed humor in our lives more since the Great Depression.

A Critical Lesson from the NASA Earth Energy Budget

Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D. at An Objectivist Individualist - 18 hours ago
The essence of the argument that an increase in the concentration of carbon dioxide, an infrared-active or greenhouse gas, causes the Earth's surface to become warmer lies in a radiation-dominant viewpoint in the transport of energy between the surface and the atmosphere. This viewpoint is depicted in the NASA energy budget shown below: If the Earth's surface is simply viewed as a black body radiator at temperature T as though it were isolated in space with no other energy loss mechanisms, then the rate of energy loss by means of radiation would be P = 398.2 W/m2 = σ T4 = (5.6697 x... more »

The Single-Payer Mantra

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 18 hours ago
Keep repeating it - we want single-payer - Medicare for all!

Scheer Stupidity?

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
So it's Andrew Scheer. The Conservatives dodged a bullet when they narrowly rejected Maxime Bernier's full blown libertarianism. They now claim that they have chosen Stephen Harper with a smile. Throughout the campaign, they kept saying that the problem wasn't their policies, it was their failure to sell them. Scheer's acceptance speech was full of standard Conservative boilerplate. So the party is still not where the majority of Canadians are. But Scheer has another problem. Susan Delacourt writes: If Scheer thought keeping order in the Commons was no walk in the park during his... more »

Honduras: Drones or Saucers?

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 19 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and Tiempo Digital http://tiempo.hn/platillos-voladores-en-valle/Date: 05.24.17* *Honduras: Drones or Saucers?* In recent hours, residents of Valle in southern Honduras claimed seeing objects similar to flying saucers. Commotion gripped the southerners, as this is the first time they have seen such a large object flying over the area. According to local residents, the alleged saucer flew as though "monitoring" the area. The unusual event occurred between 8:00 and 9:00 in the evening in southern Honduras on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Information from Aeronáutica C... more »

Breaking: Diane Abbott's hair has just confirmed that it never met the IRA

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
(h/t to joke in title) Andrew Marr really got his teeth stuck into the security issue this morning, asking nearly all of his questions from a non-liberal standpoint. It was a fascinating, unexpected programme raising lots of important points. His interviews with Leanne Wood and Caroline Lucas were short but rigorous and his interview with Amber Rudd quietly persistent. The standout interview, however, was with Diane Abbott. Andrew really sank his teeth into her, using her past voting record and past extreme statements against her in an especially rigorous way. Diane Abbott int... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 19 hours ago

Argentina: The Hernandarias Event - UFO Teleportation or Abduction?

Inexplicata (IHU) at Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology - 19 hours ago
*Source: Planeta UFO and CN DigitalDate: 05.24.2017* *Argentina: The Hernandarias Event - UFO Teleportation or Abduction?* *By Gustavo Fernández* Last Monday night, a 13-year-old was somewhere in his home. He suddenly vanished when his father went after him. As hours elapsed, he was found elsewhere, a kilometer and a half away from his house. This paranormal event is currently under investigation. The incident occurred on Monday, 22 May, around 22:30 hours in the small and pleasant town of Hernandarias, Province of Entre Rios, Argentina. The situation: a family gathered together ... more »

KMT Chair Wu Den-yih Wisely Flop-flips on Gay Marriage

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 19 hours ago
*My students are awesome* You know you've been a political commentator in Taiwan too long when a Taiwanese gay couple you've long known have you over for drinks to ask you to explain the Court's ruling to them... Wu Den-yih, the newly elected Chairman of the KMT, showed this week why he is widely regarded as pragmatic, flipping his position on gay marriage, and denying he ever held any other position... *Former vice president Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) yesterday denied having made a U-turn in his stance on legalizing homosexual marriage, saying that he has always supported it*. Wu, who was... more »

What the three top cable news outlets were reporting the night we learned that Jared Kushner wanted a back channel to communicate with Moscow.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Apparently these were captured at almost the exact same time from all three networks. Is it any wonder the conservatives are not all up in arms over this Russia collusion thing? They don't even know about it yet!

[Graphic 18+] Six Saudi soldiers killed by Houthi forces in Najran

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – At least six Saudi soldiers were killed by the Houthi forces in the Najran region of Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Hezbollah’s Military Media reported. According to Hezbollah’s media wing, the six Saudi soldiers were killed when Houthi fighters carried out a surprise operation near a Saudi military sight in the Najran […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian, Syrian airforces pound Eastern Hama in preparation for coming offensive

Renato Velez at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 P.M.) – In the past 24 hours, more than twenty airstrikes by the Russian Airspace Forces (RuAF) and Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) targeted the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of ‘Uqayrbat in the eastern countryside of the Hama governorate The relentless airstrikes come as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian choppers obliterate ISIL tanks in southeast Homs: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – The Russian Air Force has carried out a large number of airstrikes over the southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate recently, propelling the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops to liberate a significant amount of territory in this region controlled by the Islamic State (ISIL). Using mostly attack helicopters, the Russian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suudi Arabistan ile arası açılan Katar: İran ile ikili ilişkileri geliştirmek istiyoruz

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
İran Cumhurbaşkanı ve Katar Emiri gerçekleştirdikleri telefon görüşmesinde bölgesel konuları değerlendirdiler. Tesnim Haber Ajansı’nın haberine göre; İran Cumhurbaşkanı Hasan Ruhani, Katar Emiri Şeyh Temim bin Hamad Al Sani ile gerçekleştirdiği telefon görüşmesinde ikili ilişkilerin geliştirilmesi ve bölgede istikrarın korunmasına işaret edilirken içinde bulunduğumuz Ramazan ayının Müslümanlar arasındaki dostluğu ve kardeşliği artırdığı belirtildi. Hasan Ruhani, İran’ın […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi regime to execute disabled man

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
(RT) Saudi Arabia has upheld a death sentence for a disabled man, arrested in 2012 on suspicion of taking part in protests and then tortured until he signed a “false confession,” according to a rights group. The decision leaves the man with one last appeal before King Salman makes his execution official. Munir Adam, 23, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi forces advance on key area west of Mosul

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 A.M.) – The Iraqi Armed Forces continued their advance in the Al-Qahtaniyah area of west Mosul, today, the official media of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) reported this morning. The Popular Mobilization Units attacked the Islamic State’s (ISIL) defenses from two axes near Al-Qahtaniyah, inflicting heavy damage on the terrorist […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL’s new assault in Deir Ezzor ends in failure

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:15 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) renewed their assault in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, Saturday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (ISIL) positions near the 137th Artillery Brigade Base. ISIL began the assault by storming the key hilltop of Tal Brouk, resulting in a series of intense firefights that lasted for most of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Mothers of hunger strikers rejoice as Palestinian prisoners suspend action: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 A.M.) – Locals in Bethlehem celebrated, Saturday, after Palestinians jailed in Israeli prisons agreed to suspend a forty day mass hunger strike after reaching a deal with Israeli authorities. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

James Landale, Twitter and fake news

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
The BBC's diplomatic correspondent James Landale sent out a tweet yesterday that 'went viral', going on to received over 18,000 re-tweets and even more 'likes': The thread beneath his tweet began well for him, with *The Media Show *presenter Andrea Catherwood, among many others, joining in disapproval and mockery of the US president: Unfortunately, many others - some avowedly *not *Trump supporters - began pointing out that Trump almost certainly* was *wearing a translation device and later produced the photographic evidence to prove it. Andrea Catherwood at first refused to be... more »

Why Not Autism Prevention?

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
Note: Ben Franklin would be shocked to find out that a diagnosis as life altering as autism is denied not only prevention, but cure too. Maybe it's all about the Benjamins? By Cathy Jameson We shared the cover of a...

Free Download: "Black Elk Speaks, As Told to John G. Neihardt"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
*"Black Elk Speaks, As Told to John G. Neihardt"* by Nicholas Black Elk "In the summer of 1930, as part of his research into the Native American perspective on the Ghost Dance movement, Neihardt contacted an Oglala holy man named Black Elk, who had been present as a young man at the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn and the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. As Neihardt tells the story, Black Elk gave him the gift of his life's narrative, including the visions he had had and some of the Oglala rituals he had performed. The two men developed a close friendship. The book Black Elk Speaks, ... more »

Musical Interlude: David Nevue, “Greensleeves”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
David Nevue, “Greensleeves” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ItNxpwChE

"We Are Mortals All..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"We are mortals all, human and nonhuman, bound in one fellowship of love and travail. No one escapes the fate of death. But we can, with caring, make our good-byes less tormented. If we broaden the circle of our compassion, life can be less cruel." - Gary Kowalski

Lee Ming-che Charged

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
*Irrigation canal* Lee Ming-che, detained for 70 days in China, was formally charged on Friday: Beijing late on Friday announced that Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲) is being held for suspected subversion of state power. ..... Lee has been detained in Hunan Province since March 19, An said, adding that he and “his partners in crime have directly confessed that they carried out activities that threaten our national security.” An said that an investigation found that Lee had since 2012 frequently traveled to China, and worked with Chinese to develop plans and establ... more »

ISIS Touches Down in the Philippines

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 20 hours ago
*May 24, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Mayhem broke out across the southern Philippine city of Marawi where militants besieged it and hoisted flags of the so-called "Islamic State." Located on the southern island of Mindanao, the city is only slightly removed from Al Qaeda affiliate Abu Sayaff's primary area of operation on nearby Jolo and Basilan islands. The UK Independent in an article titled, "Isis-linked militants take priest and churchgoers hostage in Philippines," would report: *President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in the south because of the militants' siege on ... more »


LL at Virtual Mirage - 21 hours ago
*Memorial Day* *And Remembrance * A lot of beef (steaks and burgers mostly) is consumed on this weekend of BBQ's when we celebrate the arrival of summer & while we also recall those who made it possible for us to celebrate. The honored dead are remembered with flags on the breeze and red-white-and blue bunting. We who survived carry the guilt of living while others did not. It's there no matter what anyone says. One takes a bullet and the other walks out without a scratch. That my friends are the fortunes of war. Then there are the soldiers who do not wear uniforms and fight in c... more »

The Economy: "...And Now For The Bad News"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"...And Now For The Bad News"* by Simon Black "In the late 1760s and early 1770s, the government of France was in a deep panic. They had recently suffered a disastrous and costly defeat in the Seven Years War, and the national budget was a complete mess. France had spent most of the previous century as the world’s dominant superpower, and the government budget reflected that status. From public hospitals to shiny monuments and museums, social programs and public works projects, overseas colonies and a huge military, France had created an enormous cost structure for itself. Eventu... more »

"America’s Top Scientists Confirm: U.S. Goal Now Is to Conquer Russia. “Disarming Enemies with a Surprise Nuclear First Strike”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 21 hours ago
*"America’s Top Scientists Confirm: U.S. Goal Now Is to Conquer Russia. * *“Disarming Enemies with a Surprise Nuclear First Strike”* By Eric Zuesse "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published a study, on 1 March 2017, which opened as follows: “The US nuclear forces modernization program has been portrayed to the public as an effort to ensure the reliability and safety of warheads in the US nuclear arsenal, rather than to enhance their military capabilities. In reality, however, that program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting c... more »

5 things you should know about the Libyan crisis

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 21 hours ago
Libya's chaotic civil war and status as a failed state threatens world peace. The post 5 things you should know about the Libyan crisis appeared first on The Duran.

The BBC’s Andrew Neil dropped an absolute clanger about the Tories when interviewing Corbyn [VIDEO]

Tracy Keeling at The Canary - 23 hours ago
The BBC‘s Andrew Neil interviewed Jeremy Corbyn on 26 May. In the interview Neil challenged Corbyn on his spending plans. But Neil dropped an absolute clanger about the Tories while doing so. Because he exposed the Conservative Party’s real record on economic matters and blew a gaping hole through its main argument for re-election. Spending […] The post The BBC’s Andrew Neil dropped an absolute clanger about the Tories when interviewing Corbyn [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Latest map update shows Syrian Army advances near Damascus-Palmyra Highway

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been on a roll in the eastern countryside of the Rif Dimashq Governorte lately, capturing a significant portion of territory from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic State (ISIL). Led by the 5th Corps, the Syrian Arab Army resumed their offensive operations in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Putin, Erdogan discuss permanent settlement in Syria

Presidents of Russia and Turkey discussed during a telephone conversation on Saturday the need to increase efforts to establish a permanent settlement in Syria “During the discussion of the Syrian crisis, they stressed the importance of soonest accord on practical aspects for implementation of the Memorandum on the de-escalation zones in the Syrian Arab Republic,” […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

"Two Paths..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The Greeks took for granted a warrior-ethic ("aristeia," the virtues, values, culture and competence of "aristoi") not just between man and nature, and one city and another, and in the competitive contests (agones) between one person or point of view and another, but most especially between the individual mind striving for illumination and the vast surrounding obscure chaos of all that we do not know or understand or, as yet, have the resources to master. Humans from the earliest days of their lives have already planted their feet on one of two paths, one leading toward self-illum... more »

"The Human Condition"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"The Human Condition"* by Meanings of Life "Man remains largely unknown of himself. What are we, in our innermost recesses, behind our names and our conventional opinions? What are we behind the things we do in our lives, behind what we see in others and what others see in us, or even behind things science says we are? Is man the crazy being about whom Carl Gustav Jung spoke ironically, when he demanded a man to treat? Is man the Dr. Jerkyll that contains in himself a criminal Mister Hyde, and more than a personality, and contradictory feelings? Are we the result of our dreams, as... more »

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Clinton by Benghazi Families

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of two Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

Nostalgie de la boue: Donald Trump, Harry S. Truman, and the curious case of the eight-ulcer music critic

The New York Crank at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
“Nostalgie de la boue” is one of those oddball idioms whose precise definition can distract an otherwise unoccupied mind longer than an aimless wallow through Facebook. It translates from the French as “nostalgia for the mud,” and usually refers, according to Webster, to an “attraction to what is crude, depraved or degrading.” Or according to the author Thomas Wolfe as…well, it’s a long story. Regardless of the lexicographer you choose to swing with, the phrase is clearly applicable to Donald Trump. Examples: -Donald grabbing the genitalia of strange, or perhaps not-so-strange ... more »

If 2.6 Billion People Go To War: India vs. China

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* It would be epic—and maybe nuclear. A hypothetical war between India and China would be one of the largest and most destructive conflicts in Asia. A war between the two powers would rock the Indo-Pacific region, cause thousands of casualties on both sides and take a significant toll on the global economy. Geography and demographics would play a unique role, limiting the war’s scope and ultimately the conditions of victory. India and China border one another in two distinct locations: Aksai Chin in India’s north, and Arunachal Pradesh in the count... more »

Hitler's Greatest World War II Mistake: Not Crushing the British at Dunkirk

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Europe* Had Britain capitulated to Hitler, or signed a compromise peace that left the Nazis in control of Europe, many Americans would have been dismayed—but not surprised. War movies tend to depict the battles a nation wins—not the ones it loses. So with a blockbuster Hollywood movie on Dunkirk hitting the silver screen this July, one would think that Dunkirk was a British victory. In fact, Dunkirk was the climactic moment of one of the greatest military disasters in history. From May 26 to June 4, 1940, an army of more than three hundred thousand Brit... more »

The Simple Way China and America Can Avoid a Naval War

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Asia* Communication is the key--and its happenning. Even as China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy grows in strength and capability, there are opportunities for some level of cooperation between it and the United States Navy. While disagreements are a fact of life, the two navies are not destined to have a mutually antagonistic relationship. “Particularly with our relationship with China, my relationship with my counterpart in China, very clear to say, ‘hey, we’ve got a lot of common interests even between our two navies.’” Adm. John Richardson, chief o... more »

What Vietnam Can Offer America

Alexander Vuving at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Alexander Vuving* *Security, Asia* [image: Fishermen on Hai Hoa beach in Vietnam. Pixabay/Public domain] U.S. policy must achieve a U.S.-Vietnam alliance that can neutralize Chinese primacy in Southeast Asia. When Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travels to the United States later this month, he will be the first national leader from Southeast Asia and the third from an Asian—but not Middle Eastern—country after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese president Xi Jinping were hosted by President Donald Trump. Although this does not mean that Vietnam is the thir... more »

How America Can Get Its Fiscal House in Order

Romina Boccia at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Romina Boccia* *Politics, Americas* [image: Uncut $500 bills. Pixabay/Public domain] Addressing the nation’s fiscal challenges requires swift, bold action. The United States is on a dangerous spending path. Congress and the Trump administration must work together to put the budget on a path to balance and restore economic growth and opportunity for Americans. Reconciliation is a powerful tool, enabling Congress to pursue fiscally responsible, pro-growth tax and spending reform, beginning with the congressional budget resolution this year. Now that President Trump has submitted ... more »

Shermans vs Tigers: Tank Wars at the Battle of the Bulge

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* As their British and Canadian allies had already learned, the Americans soon came to respect the resolute fighting qualities of their enemy. When American soldiers landed in France in June 1944 as part of the great Allied crusade to liberate Europe, they were well trained, fully equipped, and brimming with confidence. But, like their fathers two and a half decades earlier, they were in for a rude awakening at the hands of the seasoned, ruthless German Army. The GIs believed that, man for man, they were better soldiers than their foes a... more »

Editor's Note

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
It is the GF's birthday this Sunday. And as the BF .... I have a full day ahead of me. Blogging will be sporadic from now to Sunday evening. Darn!!!! I am in good blogging mood right now (my version of being in the zone) .... but I must go to bed. *Update Sunday 6:45 EST*: Full day ahead for me .... GF's birthday and all. Blogging will return late tonight.

What Is President Trump's Strategy For Afghanistan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 24, 2017. DoD Photo *Ehsan M. Ahrari, Small Wars Journal:* *Trump’s Imaginary “Strategy” for Afghanistan* Everyone was waiting for President Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan. But the announcement of that strategy came as a repeat of President Barack Obama’s original version of that strategy. It stated that Trump is likely to send as many as 5000 additional US troops to Afghanistan. Like almost all policies in the realm of domestic and foreign policy, Trump liked nothing about his predecessor’s way of condu... more »

Globalist Zbigniew Brzezinski Dead at 89

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 1 day ago
[image: globalist-zbigniew-brzezinski-dead-at-89] Zbigniew Brzezinski died Friday at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 89 years old. Celebrated in life and death as a brilliant foreign policy thinker, Brzezinski was an advocate and active participant in the drive toward global government and the New World Order.

Kushner-Flynn-Blackwater Founder Erik Prince-Bannon Reported as Working to Set-Up Russia Back-Channel Communications; UAE Reportedly Tried to Help

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
“Kushner Reportedly Proposed Russia Set Up Secret Communications With Trump” May 27, 2017 02:32 GMT, RFE/RL https://www.rferl.org/a/trump-son-in-law-kushner-proposed-russian-embassy-set-up-secret-communications-channel-trump-team/28511845.html “Erik Prince in … Continue reading →

The Story About Three U.S. Marine Officers And What Happened When They Lost A Bogota Pub Crawl

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Marine Brig. Gen. Kevin M. Iiams, left, ordered the investigation, and handed off the report to Maj. Gen. David G. Bellon, right, who took command of the Southern Command subsidiary U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South in Doral on May 22, 2017. SGT. JACOB SMITH U.S. MARINE CORPS *Miami Herald*: *Marine officers are drugged, robbed after Bogotá pub crawl and could face charges* Three married U.S. Marine officers have found themselves under investigation for a night in February that went off the rails in Bogotá, involving allegations they went drinking with some local women, were slipped... more »

U.S. To Deploy A 3rd Aircraft Carrier Strike Group To Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
(Asahi Shimbun) *VOA*: *Sources: 3rd US Naval Strike Force Deployed to Deter North Korea* The United States is sending a third aircraft carrier strike force to the western Pacific region in an apparent warning to North Korea to deter its ballistic missile and nuclear programs, two sources have told VOA. The USS Nimitz, one of the world’s largest warships, will join two other supercarriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan, in the western Pacific, the sources told VOA's Steve Herman. *Read more *.... *Update #1*: U.S. to deploy 3rd carrier group to deter North Korea (A... more »

Jeremy Corbyn Is Catching Up To The Vile Right Wing Party Screwing British Working People

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Remember back in April when Theresa May was leading Jeremy Corbyn 50-25%? Corbyn has been slowly gaining ground over the last few weeks and a new poll out Friday from YouGov shows the gap closing further: 43-38%. A few days before those numbers came out, *The Independent* did some extremely interesting reporting on why Labour is surging, primarily because the media is finally giving Corbyn impartial coverage. Forget for a moment that Labor's establishment "Blue Dogs" and "New Dems"-- the Conservative wing of the Labour Party-- has been undercutting and sabotaging Corbyn relentlessl... more »

Musical Interlude: Neil H, “From Start to Finish”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Neil H, “From Start to Finish” - https://www.youtube.com/

"Don't Worry..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Don't worry; you'll understand eventually. Well, actually, no you won't, but in time you'll learn to fake it better." - Lester the Dragon Lizard, on life in general.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“It's the bubble versus the cloud. NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula, is being pushed out by the stellar wind of massive central star BD+602522. Next door, though, lives a giant molecular cloud, visible to the right. At this place in space, an irresistible force meets an immovable object in an interesting way. *Click image for larger size.* The cloud is able to contain the expansion of the bubble gas, but gets blasted by the hot radiation from the bubble's central star. The radiation heats up dense regions of the molecular cloud causing it to glow. The Bubble Nebula, pictured above in sci... more »

The Poet: John O’Donohue, “For The Time Of Necessary Decision”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“For The Time Of Necessary Decision”* “The mind of time is hard to read. We can never predict what it will bring, Nor even from all that is already gone Can we say what form it finally takes; For time gathers its moments secretly. Often we only know it’s time to change When a force has built inside the heart That leaves us uneasy as we are. Perhaps the work we do has lost its soul Or the love where we once belonged Calls nothing alive in us anymore. We drift through this gray, increasing nowhere Until we stand before a threshold we know We have to cross to come alive once more. May we ... more »

"It Really Does Seem..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"All of us have our wires crossed and crisscrossed so many times it's impossible to untangle the mess. It really does seem like the entire human race might as well be conversing with hand gestures and grunts, for all the success we're having." - Jody Gehrman

Intelligence agencies admit 23.000 jihadists active in UK

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (02:20 P.M.) – Five days after a suicide bomber killed 22 and injured 59 at a concert in Manchester, members of government circles let the public know, that 23.000 more potential attackers do live in the UK. According to The Sunday Times Whitehall sources told them, that intelligence agencies have identified 23.000 individuals […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Palestinian prisoners end mass hunger strike after securing concessions

(IBTimes) Hundreds of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners ended their 40-day fast on Saturday (27 May) after reaching a compromise with Israel for additional family visits, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. Roughly 1,100 inmates had initially taken part in the strike – the biggest of its kind – after Palestinians demanded better conditions, more visits and an […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Leaders of Russia and Iran discuss Syria, stress importance of coordination

(TASS) Russia’s President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Iran’s leader Hassan Rouhani, greeted him with the new presidential term and discussed the situation in Syria, the Kremlin’s press service said on Saturday. “The Russian leader congratulated Hassan Rouhani with the new term and wished him success,” the press service said. The parties confirmed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi Army storms last Mosul districts remaining under ISIS control (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 A.M.) – On Saturday morning, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) started a powerful assault on the last areas in West Mosul remaining under control of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS). According to Iraqi journalist Haidar Sumeri, government forces are simultaneously storming Al-Shafaa and Zanjili districts. Map below shows the exact location […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sudanese commander reportedly killed in Yemen

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (1:00 A.M.) – The Yemeni Houthi group (Ansar Allah movement) claimed Saturday that its forces had killed a commander of Sudanese Army unit participating in Saudi-led intervention in Yemen. The incident reportedly took place in Midi district in Hajjah province, northwestern Yemen. Citing a military source, Yemen’s state news agency, Saba, wrote, “The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Husi direnişçiler, Suudi askerleri pusuya düşürdü (Şiddet içeren fotoğraflar!)

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(00:10 ) – Cumartesi günü, Husi güçler Suudi Arabistan kontrülündeki Asir’de pusu kurarak biri yüksek rütbeli olmak üzere üç Suudi askeri öldürdü. Suudilere ait pikap Yemenli direnişçilerin Riyad’ın Yemen’e yönelik hava saldırılarına cevap olarak işgal ettiği üç bölgeden biri olan dağlık Rakabih Aleb’de ilerlerken hedef alındı. Başarılı pusunun ardından çekilen fotoğraflar: Suudi Kraliyeti Kara […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sleight of hand, Slate?

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 1 day ago
by Wrench in the Gears May 27, 2017 Over the past few days, my social media feed has been buzzing about Slate’s “The Big Shortcut.” The eight-part series, developed in coordination with Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s *The Teacher Project*, explores “the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes.” Many of us have been working hard to sound the alarm about online education undermining teaching as an inherently human, relationship-driven endeavor and to draw attention to negative impacts of digital curriculum on student... more »

Trump Is No Realist

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Foreign Policy Presidency, United States* In his speech in Riyadh, President Trump said his administration was adopting “Principled Realism”—capitalized in the official White House version of the speech, as if to make a statement that there is a distinct doctrine being followed, one worthy of the term *realism*. Some commentaries seem to have taken him at his word, with the main reference point being a contrast with the two previous U.S. administrations, which, in very different ways, placed greater importance than Trump does on the extent to which liberal demo... more »

Is President Trump Powerless To Stop Leaks?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC* *Washington Post*: T*rump seems powerless to stop leaks* A few weeks after Inauguration Day, White House policy adviser Stephen Miller declared on national television that “the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.” Three months later, it is increasingly clear that the powers of the president to stop leaks are rather unsubstantial and will be questioned almost daily. The Washington Post reported Friday — based on information from U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports — that President Trump’s senior adviser a... more »

The Manchester-Libya Connection in Five Minutes

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 1 day ago
By Pepe Escobar Let’s focus on Ramadan, father of the Manchester “martyr” Salman Obeidi; now that’s a nasty piece of work. He hails from the al-Obeidi tribe, from al Gubbah in eastern Libya. Under Gaddafi he was a Sgt. Major, very pious and Islamist-connected. He left Libya in 1991 and settled down in the Saudi Wahhabi paradise where – crucially – he trained mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan against the Najibullah government, after the Soviet retreat. In 1992 the mujahideen enter Kabul, as in bomb it to death, including the recently “normalized” Hekmatyar. Ramadan goes to Londo... more »

The Nation States Refuse To Dissolve!

C. B. Thorington at A Divided World - 1 day ago
Painting of “The Ratification of the Treaty of Münster”. This is one of the treaties leading to the Peace of Westphalia, in which the concept of the modern nation state was defined. Wikimedia Commons / Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) Today, I read a very thoughtful essay by a Wall Street Journal editorial writer, Sohrab Ahmari, based […]

“How The Internet Affects Your Brain”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“How The Internet Affects Your Brain”* by sherweb "Like most things, the Internet has its good and its dark side. And, considering the pervasiveness of the Internet in society, it is certainly having an effect on our brains. After all, everything we do affects our brain. Though up until the 1980’s, it was universally believed that the steam engine was the foremost invention of the Industrial Revolution, technology and science historian, Lewis Mumford, had long before proposed that that clock was in fact the key machine of the modern Industrial age. And, just as people began operat... more »

Nipping a legal problem in the bud

Paul Driessen at CFACT - 1 day ago
CFACT Senior Policy Advisor Paul Driessen urges EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to revise the review process for threatened and endangered species to include broad-based Extending the review beyond the litigants and the agencies to include all parties impacted by the designation to have a voice. Only then can the review incorporate all the topics addressed by experts and affected parties -- people who can help evaluate the science and policy implications for the affected species, as well as for farming, construction, jobs, families, and other species... more »

Donald Trump abruptly cancels campaign rally in Iowa. Gee, I can't imagine why?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of The Hill: *President Trump has canceled a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa that was previously scheduled to be held next week. * *“Due to an unfortunate change in President Trump’s schedule, we will need to unfortunately postpone the previously schedule rally in Cedar Rapids,” a statement from the Trump campaign read. “President Trump will see you in Iowa very soon.” * *Trump’s campaign previously announced the rally last week, which was set to follow Trump’s first trip abroad as president. * "An unfortunate change" in Trump's schedule? Do they mean like an rampin... more »

Putin calls Rouhani, reaffirms importance of Russia-Iran ties

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
Russian President Putin uses call congratulating Iranian President Rouhani on his re-election to re-emphasise importance of Iran's bilateral ties with Russia. The post Putin calls Rouhani, reaffirms importance of Russia-Iran ties appeared first on The Duran.

Philippines army gaining upper hand over ISIS in Marawi

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
Philippines winning battle to liberate Marawi from ISIS, but long war against Jihadi terror group beckons. The post Philippines army gaining upper hand over ISIS in Marawi appeared first on The Duran.

James Comey used fake Russian intelligence to make decisions about Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of CNN: *Then-FBI Director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email was fake -- created by Russian intelligence -- but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe and the Justice Department itself, according to multiple officials with knowledge of the process. * *As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over -- without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely car... more »

Chaos - and disturbances - in the Oval Office

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
The good news? Donald Trump is behaving so incoherently, unable to parse sentences, claiming to have coined phrases like “pump-priming” and announcing to the nation that “no one knew” that Abraham Lincoln had been a Republican, and changing his story about firing the FBI director within hours. You know I could go on and on with examples… any one of which which have put DT’s supporters in a tizzy, if they saw it done by a Democrat. Putting that hypocrisy aside, there *is* a silver lining to this behavior. It means our protectors – the grownups – are fully warned. The adult men and w... more »

Protests Erupt In Kashmir After Rebel Leader Is Killed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
BBC *L.A. Times:* *Violent protests erupt in Kashmir after Indian forces kill 8 suspected militants* Stone-throwing protesters clashed with security forces across the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir on Saturday after Indian soldiers killed eight suspected militants as part of a months-long crackdown in the disputed Himalayan territory. At least one civilian was killed as police forces tried to subdue the protesters, and dozens of others were injured, according to medical officials. Anti-Indian protests in Kashmir have grown in size and intensity in the year since the Indian... more »

Manchester Terror Attack | Theresa May Calls For Clamp Down On Internet Freedom

Ceribalius at OYE Alternative News - 1 day ago
Following the recent terror attack in Manchester, Theresa May is urging G7 Leaders to tackle Online extremism. The question is, what is deemed extremism? The Daily Mail reports: The G7 backed Mrs May’s call for more pressure to be put on internet companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to target extremist messages online. This will … The post Manchester Terror Attack | Theresa May Calls For Clamp Down On Internet Freedom appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Narva, Ida-Virumaa, Estonia. Thanks for stopping by!

“Rescreening Dr. Strangelove”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Rescreening Dr. Strangelove”* By Hugh Iglarsh "A friend of mine saw Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” when it first opened in Paris in 1964. He and his American army friends were rolling on the floor throughout. The French audience, however, sat in stony silence. It wasn’t a comedy to them; it was a documentary. What is it now? In general, Hollywood is America dreaming - but Strangelove is something different, a “nightmare comedy,” in Kubrick’s words. It is prophecy disguised as farce - the finest dramatic analysis we have of... more »

Does UKIP Have a Future?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Another night, another poll. The latest for *The Telegraph* puts the Tories on 44% and Labour on 38%. A gap of six points, which follows last week's YouGov effort reporting a five per cent gap. I'm trying not to hope, so that excitable little beastie is getting packed away as we look at what's going on at the bottom of the polling. There's still no sign of the LibDem revival, and as we've talked about them recently it's time UKIP had their turn. For poll after poll has them tanking badly. Four per cent in this ORB poll, *two per cent* in YouGov. To think this ex-party, this brittle ... more »

"We Tend To Fantasize..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"We tend to fantasize about eliminating uncertainty so that the world can be safe… the first thing to note about uncertainty – or insecurity, the uncomfortable feeling it produces – is that it is intrinsic to a dynamic existence… insecurity is inescapable." - Tim Lott

Anita Anand and Tom with the velvety voice.

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 1 day ago
The Any Questions from Crickhowell High School was a lively affair. Somehow the audience was entirely made up of shouty Corbynites who heckled and whooped loudly whenever anyone said something unCorbynist, so that once again Jonathan Dimbleby felt obliged to plead that the composition of the audience was Nothing To Do With The BBC. (“NTDWTBBC” ) The Shadow Defence Secretary Nia Griffith didn’t seem to agree with her leader on the matter of the link between terrorism and ‘our participation in conflict’. Of course there is a link between terrorism and “our foreign policy” in as muc... more »

Rus ordusunun hava ve kara desteğini alan Suriye ordusu, IŞİD’e bütün cephelerde saldırıyor(Fotoğraflar)

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
(Russia Insider) Suriye Arap Ordusu, IŞİD’e karşı kuzey güney ve merkez olmak üzere bütün cephelerde ilerliyor. Suriye ordusunun elit Kaplan Kuvvetleri doğu Halep’i hızla özgürleştiriyor.Buna paralel olarak Palmira’nın güneyi de IŞİD militanlarından tamamen temizleniyor. Kuşkusuz en önemli cephe Deyrezzor özgürleştirmek için açılan Palmira cephesi.Şimdiye kadar ordu Arak gaz sahasını özgürleştirerek Palmira-Sukna yolunu yarıladı. Russia Insider’a (RI) bir […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic pictures: Houthi ambush assassinates three Saudi Arabian soldiers

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:10 A.M.) – On Saturday, the Houthi-led Popular Committees setup a cunning ambush in the Saudi province of Asir, leading to the death of a high-ranking Saudi officer and two of his bodyguards. The Saudi pickup truck was attacked while traveling on a road in the mountainous Raqabeh Auleb area, ideal terrain for […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

EILMELDUNG: Syrische Elitedivision wird große Offensive in Daraa starten

Benjamin T. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (17:00) – Truppen der 4. Panzerdivision der syrischen Armee werden in die südliche Provinz Daraa verlegt, da eine großangelegte Offensive gegen die Oppositionskräfte in den Startlöchern steht. Die hochqualifizierte und ausgestattete Armee-Formation, zusammen mit der Republikanischen Garde, war eine entscheidende Kraft in der Rückeroberung des von Rebellen besetzten Stadtteils Kaboun in Damaskus am Anfang […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

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