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Thomas Paine

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

31 May - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

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What Would A Future Battleship Look Like

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 minutes ago
The USS Iowa fires a full broadside. Photo credit: U.S. Navy *Dr. Robert Farley, FoxTrot Alpha*: *What A 21st Century Battleship Could Look Like* President Donald Trump seems to like big, “bold” ideas. Throw nukes around? Sure. Rip up the deck of an aircraft carrier to install the “goddamned steam?” Okay, fine. But what if we brought back one of the biggest military statements America has ever had—what if we brought back the battleship? It’s not that the current American capital ship, the aircraft carrier, is obsolete. But the the Gerald R. Ford-class of aircraft carriers are rema... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
The crew of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hampton posted a sign reading "North Pole," made by the crew, after surfacing in the polar-ice-cap region. US Navy/Chief Journalist Kevin Elliott *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo gallery .... *19 photos that prove the US military has the best views from its offices *(Business Insider).

The Japanese Navy Still Dominates Asia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 28 minutes ago
Name game ... It’s a “helicopter destroyer”, not an aircraft carrier or amphibious assault ship. Japan remains sensitive about its growing military might. Source: USNSource:Supplied *Kyle Mizokami, National Interest:* *All the Reasons Japan's Mighty Navy Dominates Asia (And Not China)* Japan’s submarine force is another major component of the MSDF. Japan is building up to a force of twenty-two submarines to provide great numbers against a growing Chinese Navy. The fleet will consist of two classes of submarines, the older Oyashio class, and the newer, deadlier Soryu class. At 4,10... more »

Wednesday Evening Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 1 hour ago
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. - Diane Cardwell points out how carbon politics are threatening renewable energy just at the point where it would win a fair fight against fossil fuels. And J. David Hughes finds that any case for Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline falls apart in the face of realistic assumptions about oil prices. - Meanwhile, Emma Gilchrist digs into the many environmental positives of the B.C. governance agreement signed between the NDP and the Greens. - Laurie Monsebraaten reports on the sale of a large chain of child care centres to a fore... more »

Is The U.S. Government Spying On Reporters To Find Leakers?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*New York Post:* *The government is spying on journalists to find leakers* There was a big ruckus four years ago when the Associated Press announced that telephone records for 20 of its reporters had been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. The government was apparently looking for CIA leaks about an operation in Yemen. Well, a Washington source of mine tells me it’s happening again. The Justice Department has gotten a warrant from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — also known as the FISA court — to conduct electronic surveillance on a group of journalists who’ve b... more »

Dennis Prager-- Still Crazy After All These Years

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
*Robert Mueller by Nancy Ohanian* Right-wing propagandist Dennis Prager and I were born a few months apart and we lived near each other in Brooklyn. I went to James Madison High School; he went to the nearby Yeshiva of Flatbush on Avenue J., as did a number of other crackpots like Meir Kahane and Abraham Foxman (as well as non-crackpot, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi), Like me, he washed up in L.A. where he worked as a radio presenter, first doing programs about Judaism and eventually just standard Republican Hate Talk Radio, albeit from a Jewish perspective. His bigotry and racism ... more »

Trump Announcement on US Role in the Paris Climate Non-treaty “Treaty”

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 1 hour ago
Reuters reported this evening that President Trump will announce his decision on the US role in the Paris climate non-treaty “Treaty” at 3 pm EDT on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Cox Appointed to Alabama A&M Board of Trustees

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
Dr. William E. Cox, president & CEO of Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, has been appointed to the board of trustees of his alma mater, Alabama A&M University.

Pogue Retires from Cheyney University, Ready for Next Challenge

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
A successful veteran higher-education executive who has been characterized by peers as among a group of “presidents-for-rent” has retired for the fifth time, saying he already has plans to continue working in higher ed.

NCORE Kicks Off with Call to Activism

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
The proliferation of racist incidents on college campuses, as well as the spate of police shootings of unarmed Black men and efforts by some states to engage in voter suppression were cited as reasons why NCORE still needs to exist.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“The dust sculptures of the Eagle Nebula are evaporating. As powerful starlight whittles away these cool cosmic mountains, the statuesque pillars that remain might be imagined as mythical beasts. Pictured above is one of several striking dust pillars of the Eagle Nebula that might be described as a gigantic alien fairy. This fairy, however, is ten light years tall and spews radiation much hotter than common fire. * Click image for larger size.* The greater Eagle Nebula, M16, is actually a giant evaporating shell of gas and dust inside of which is a growing cavity filled with a spec... more »

"A Grindstone..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Life is a grindstone. Whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us." - L. Thomas Holdcraft

“Powerball, Part One”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“Powerball, Part One”* by Robert Gore “What makes Donald Trump tick? Why has he done the things he has done? Analytically, it’s advisable to set aside partisanship and other emotions when attempting to answer those questions. Thus, the following analysis is Machiavellian, in the sense that it is stripped of moral considerations, condemnation, or approbation. It is an attempt to ask the right questions and construct from the available data the most plausible hypotheses. Only time will tell if the emergent hypotheses are correct. Machiavelli’s touchstone was power—getting and keepin... more »

UN Climate Exit Poster

admin at The Carbon Sense Coalition - 2 hours ago
The “Colderside” Web site has produced a one page poster for distribution. See: http://www.colderside.com/Colderside/ClimateExitPoster.html

The demographics of the #resistance

Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 2 hours ago
Ninety percent of the protesters at the Women's March on Washington voted for Hillary Clinton. Liz Lemon/Flickr Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of people have marched on Washington, D.C. – sometimes, repeatedly. Two more big protests are scheduled for June: the March for Truth and the National Pride March. The election of Trump has been a veritable shot in the arm to democracy in America. People are no longer bowling alone. They are marching and yelling together. What’s more, we have done new research that suggests these large-scale events are part ... more »

Private defense companies are here to stay – what does that mean for national security?

Charles Mahoney, Professor of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 2 hours ago
Share prices of many military and intelligence contractors have risen sharply since President Donald Trump’s election. Investors are betting that an increase in defense spending will provide a windfall for these firms. For instance, General Dynamics, a large contractor that develops combat vehicles and weapons systems for the U.S. military, saw its stock price jump by more than 30 percent in the months after the election. Likewise, Kratos Defense and Security Services, a smaller firm that builds drones for the U.S. Air Force, saw its shares soar more than 75 percent between Novem... more »

Hillary Clinton Unloads And Lists The Reasons Why She Lost The Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Hillary launches astonishing conspiracy claim that Trump won the election because he 'colluded' with 1,000 Russian agents who filled Facebook with 'lies' and Twitter with 'bots'* * Defeated Democrat is back on the speaking circuit, telling a Silicon Valley get-together about her election loss * Clinton says her defeat isn't her fault as she claims Russians and 'forces in this country' were out to defeat her * She claims 1,000 Russian agents were filling Facebook with 'lies' and the 'majority' of news on it was 'fake' * Clinton said she was certain someone had 'collude... more »

Islamic State in Asia: Saudi-Funding and Naive Policymakers Endanger Region

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 2 hours ago
*June 1, 2017* (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Recently, terrorist attacks have unfolded across Indonesia, a militant network disrupted along the Thai-Malaysian border and full-scale military operations including aerial bombing deployed as Philippine troops fought to take back Marawi City on the southern island of Mindanao, all linked or affiliated with the Islamic State. A dangerously deceptive narrative is being crafted by US and European media organisations, the same sort of narrative that was used to conceal the true source of the Islamic State's fighting capacity across the Middle Eas... more »

Today's Laff

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 2 hours ago
*When you name your wedding decoration company after a woman who killed herself rather than get married...* This gem of insight from 1985 was actually published as a peer-reviewed paper. Seriously? The Taiwan Independence Movement (TIM) developed out of the circumstances that followed the restoration of Taiwan to the sovereign jurisdiction of the Republic of China in 1945. Tensions betwen mainland‐born Chinese and the local‐born Chinese produced a revolutionary “national liberation movement” that has become increasingly “Maoist” in orientation. Originally following an orthodox “Ma... more »

Pro-Turkish militants clash with Kurdish YPG in northwestern Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
(ARA News) Syrian Islamist fighters of the Ahrar al-Sham group on Wednesday launched an offensive on the Kurdish town of Iska in Afrin district, northwest of Aleppo province, causing casualties among civilians. “Supported by Turkey’s military, Ahrar al-Sham militants attacked Iska town in the Shirawa sub-district in Afrin with mortar shells,” local media activist Hember Kusa told […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurdish troops try to cutoff last ISIS supply line to Raqqa city amid latest advances

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 A.M.) – After liberating a bunch of sites in the morning hours, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) followed up on their blitz Euphrates Wrath offensive by capturing three more villages southwest of Raqqa on Wednesday afternoon. In a pincer advance which encircled the ISIS-held town of Al-Mansurah on the M4-highway, YPG-led forward […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian Air Force unleashes massive bomb strikes on ISIS in East Hama

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 A.M.) – Russian Air Force made this night sleepless for militants of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in eastern Hama countryside launching intensive airstrikes on their positions in the region. Among the targets of heavy bombardment are villages of Suha, Al-Barghouthiyah, Abu Hananyah, Abu Habibat and Hamad Omar. All of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Military helicopter crashes in Turkey, 13 people dead

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – A military helicopter belonging to Turkish Air Force crashed in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday, Al-Masdar Turkce correspondent reported. The incident happened in the border province of Sirnak, after the helicopter collided with a high-voltage line and fell on the ground. The aircraft was carrying high-ranking Turkish military officials all of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fierce clashes around Aden airport kill two

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (2:22 A.M.) – Two soldiers were killed and 2 others wounded in clashes between rivaling factions around Aden international airport. The opponents traded gunfire and rocket strikes throughout Tuesday night until the early hours of Wednesday. The fight followed the escalation of a dispute between the airport’s security director and his deputy. The […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Two Syrian soldiers turn themselves in to ISIS commanders on Palmyra frontier

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 2 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:00 A.M.) – On Wednesday, two alleged soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) surrendered themselves to ISIS on the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra in eastern Homs according to Amaq Agency. Speaking on camera in a small white room, one rather elderly SAA soldier explained his name was Naeem Khalaf […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

France to Effectively Decriminalize Cannabis by Ending Prison Terms

Waking Times at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Anna Hunt* - A government spokesperson revealed that by the end of 2017, France will end all prison terms for cannabis users. The post France to Effectively Decriminalize Cannabis by Ending Prison Terms appeared first on Waking Times.

there is no spoon

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

Russia Probe: House Intel Committee Issues Subpoenas For Interviews-Documents From Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen, Trump Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, & Related Businesses

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 3 hours ago
Wednesday, May 31st: “Adam Schiff ‪@RepAdamSchiff‬ .‪@ConawayTX11‬ & I approved subpoenas for interviews/documents from Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen & related … Continue reading →

Are Media Leaks An Act of Treason?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Newspaper fronts reporting on the documents released by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks are seen in New York, on Nov. 29, 2010 Shannon Stapleton/Reuters *Rasmussen*:* 53% Say Media Leaks Are Act of Treason* *When politics is the name of the game, one man’s treason is another man’s service to the nation.* The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just over half (53%) of all Likely U.S. Voters still consider the leaking of classified information to the media to be an act of treason. Thirty percent (30%) disagree, while 18% are undecided. (To s... more »

"A Japanese Proverb"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance." - Japanese Proverb

The Poet: Thomas Centolella, "Splendor"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Splendor"* "One day it's the clouds, one day the mountains. One day the latest bloom of roses- the pure monochromes, the dazzling hybrids- inspiration for the cathedral's round windows. Every now and then there's the splendor of thought: the singular idea and its brilliant retinue- words, cadence, point of view, little gold arrows flitting between the lines. And too the splendor of no thought at all: hands lying calmly in the lap, or swinging a six iron with effortless tempo. More often than not splendor is the star we orbit without a second thought, especially as it arrives and d... more »

Paulo Coelho, “The Mystery of Discovery”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“The Mystery of Discovery”* by Paulo Coelho “Tonight, before leaving, I’m going to spend time sorting through the pile of things I never had the patience to put in order. And I will find that a little of my history is there. All the letters, the notes, cuttings and receipts will take on their own life and have strange stories to tell me – about the past and about the future. All the different things in the world, all the roads travelled, all the entrances and exits of my life. I am going to put on a shirt I often wear and, for the first time, I am going to notice how it was made. ... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Brunswick, Georgia, United States. Thanks for stopping by!

X22 Report, “This Is Why The Dollar Empire Is About To Fall”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X22 Report, “This Is Why The Dollar Empire Is About To Fall” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjFTv1tB8_Q

“This Map Of America's Most Commonly Misspelled Words Is Highly Disturbing”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“This Map Of America's Most Commonly Misspelled Words Is Highly Disturbing”* by Jon Tayler "The English language can be a complicated one for even the best native speakers, littered as it is with bizarre conjugations and spellings. Take silent letters like the "B" in plumber, for instance, or our use of double consonants. There's no reason for most of those to exist, yet there they are, constantly tripping us up as we try our best to write out "psoriasis" or "embarrassment." Every year, though, we get a reminder that for some, spelling is easy - absurdly, terrifyingly easy. The S... more »

"Be Happy..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Be happy. Decide to be happy. If you want to be happy, be happy! No one cares if you're happy or not, so why wait for permission? And did it really matter if you had been deeply unhappy in your past? Who but you remembered that?" - Amity Gaige "We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same." - Carlos Castaneda

Let’s All Send This Simple Poll Back To Trump! It’s The Patriotic Thing To Do!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*-by Noah* Filling out this official Republican Party poll will only take 3 minutes of your time and you will have the satisfaction of having thrown a little jab at a Republican today. Just think of whatever goon in the White House who gets the results and has to share them with the new communications director or whomever. The poll came in my email today. I get all sorts of things from Repugs in my email: things that just make you shake you’re head. Quite some time ago, I deliberately put myself on a few Republican mailing lists in order to see what kind of emails the kooks get. ... more »

Could America Really Destroy an ICBM in a War?

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Yes, the latest missile defense test was a success. But what happens in wartime conditions when all is not perfect? The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) demonstrated the ability to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) using Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptors for the first time during a live test on May 30. According to the MDA, the test looks likely to have been a success—though the agency will have to analyze the data to be sure. During the test, a roughly five-foot long Raytheon-built exo-atmospheric kill ve... more »

Raytheon Is Readying a Massive Upgrade to the Patriot Missile Defense System

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The addition of the new radar will afford the Patriot a capability that it has never had before—360-degree scanning. Raytheon is bragging that its new 360-degree gallium nitride-based (GaN) Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for the Patriot air and missile defense system has passed 1000 hours of operation in little over a year. That means that the Raytheon test program is moving roughly twice as fast as a typical radar test effort according to the company. "We achieved this milestone so quickly because of our successful experience dev... more »

How America Can Thwart North Korea's Nuclear Threat

John Deutch, Gary Samore at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*John Deutch, Gary Samore* *Security, Asia* The United States needs to change its strategy of coercive diplomacy if it is to have any chance of achieving its highest-priority goals in North Korea. The highest priority foreign-policy objective of the United States is permanent removal of all nuclear weapons and bomb-capable materials from North Korea. The current strategy of coercive diplomacy, combining negotiation and sanctions, has failed. North Korea resolutely maintains that the development and deployment of nuclear weapons and delivery vehicles that threaten the region and,... more »

What Did America Gain from Trump's World Tour?

Aaron David Miller, Richard Sokolsky at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Aaron David Miller, Richard Sokolsky* *Politics, Middle East* [image: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Riyadh. Wikimedia Commons/Public domain] Many of the accomplishments he touted remain works in progress. The White House has hailed the president’s maiden voyage overseas as a triumph of historic proportions. But what did Donald Trump actually accomplish on his first foreign-policy adventure? There were ample doses of high-sounding presidential rhetoric; a fair amount of presidential strutting (and pushing too); evocative photo ops; pageantry; and ... more »

Why the Military Needs a Technology Revolution

Jason M. Brown at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Jason M. Brown* *Security, Americas* In the future, winning or losing will depend on how fast young military minds can develop software and leverage artificial intelligence. If you want to see one of the fundamental ways warfare has changed, you should visit our airmen who work in warehouse-sized, windowless buildings scattered around the world. They operate something that we call the Distributed Common Ground System, which is military parlance for a vast network that feeds data to Air Force intelligence analysts in real time. The analysts work around the clock staying in consta... more »

America's Afghan Mission Is No Longer Serving Its Purpose

Daniel L. Davis at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Daniel L. Davis* *Security, Asia* Sending thousands of American military personnel overseas has not made the nation safer. On Wednesday morning in the Afghan capital, a terrorist detonated a massive truck bomb near Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, killing at least eighty and wounding more than 350 others. A NATO statement on the bombing emphasized that “attacks such as these only serve to strengthen our commitment to our Afghan partners as they seek a peaceful, stable future for their country.” Yet even as Kabul and NATO hunt down those responsible, there are bigger questions for U.... more »

America's Transatlantic Relationship Is Overrated

Christopher A. Preble at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Christopher A. Preble* *Security, Europe* A notable elite-public divide has emerged over U.S. alliance commitments. The collective freak-out over President Trump’s first foreign trip and its aftermath continues. The president was typically upbeat: “Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!” he tweeted to his followers on Sunday morning. But the foreign-policy “blob” begs to differ. Leave aside the bizarre spectacle of sword dances and glowing orbs in the medieval kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Ignore the hugs and handshakes in Israel and Vatican City. What truly... more »

Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement Is Immoral And Irrational

Gwynne Taraska at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Gwynne Taraska* *Global Governance, Americas* [image: Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility in Lubbock, Texas. Flickr/Sandia National Labs] Ditching the climate agreement would run counter to the economic and security interests of the American people. The Paris Agreement is a historic pact to curb climate change and build global resilience to its effects. A decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the agreement would be a moral violation—and an attack on the interests of the American people. *The Significance of the Paris Agreement* The Paris Agreement is a ... more »

Donald Trump rushes to defend Carter Page who claims that he can prove James Comey and John Brennan lied under oath.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don't want him to testify. He blows away their.... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017 ...case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing "the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan..." Witch Hunt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017 Courtesy of Salon: *Citing a letter Page wrote to the House Intelligence Committee on Monday, Trump announced to the country that Page could prove that former FBI Director James Comey and former CIA Directo... more »

Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf - Original Factualized Trusts

Obi-Wan Kabuki at AMERICAN KABUKI - 4 hours ago
*Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf Original Factualized Trust Email * *Subject:* *Original now visible...and the universal "financial system" that has* * always all ways been..."Original"...and paperless :)* ...bear with me...i have to refine the website, but i posted the pdf attachments there (on the "home" page lol)... as is my usual protocol... www.unidynomics.info Original "financial system"...Original "systems"...."Original"....and paperless, except for this moment that has been requested and requires complete context. The website refinements will include all ... more »

Did a Texas Man Discover a Hired Escort Was His Wife?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
A hoax article appeared to report that a man from Katy, Texas hired a prostitute and was subsequently shocked to learn the woman was his wife.

Did a Valedictorian Drop Out Just Before Graduating to Become a CEO?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
Gio Managadze wrote a viral Facebook post claiming he was valedictorian at the University of Maryland, but dropped out just before graduating to pursue his dreams.

Is the Trump Administration Selling Subscription ‘Big League Boxes’?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 5 hours ago
E-mail screenshots touting boxes of Trump campaign merchandise were presumed by some readers to be either hoax or satire — but they're real.

Politicians don’t lie.

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 5 hours ago
In this article I present a radical case: that politicians almost never lie in public. That is not to say they do not mislead, instead I make the argument, that whilst it can be argued it is a necessary part … Continue reading →

Should President Trump Share His Cell Phone Number With Other World Leaders?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*The Hill: **Trump asks world leaders to call him on his cell: report* President Trump reportedly asked world leaders to contact him directly on his cellphone, raising questions about security, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. The request, which poses a risk of having the conversations of the U.S. president intercepted, breaks with diplomatic protocol. Trump urged Canadian and Mexican leaders to call his cellphone, former and current U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the practice told the the news wire, adding that only Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has utili... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 31, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Sami Yousafzai, Daily Beast*: *Who Set Off the Enormous Bomb in Kabul? ‘Not Us,’ Say Taliban. Don’t Believe It.* *A former Afghan member of ISIS and a Taliban commander say claims of credit for such an atrocity are almost irrelevant, as long as the U.S.-backed regime is discredited.* The Ramadan morning began with an enormous explosion in Kabul, right at rush hour near the Afghan capital’s embassy row. The boulevard in Wazir Akbar Khan district is one of the busiest in the city, filled with pedestrian traffic as well as cars coming and going to the offices of diplomats, the Amer... more »

World News Briefs -- May 31, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*New York Times*: *Deadly Bombing in Kabul Is One of the Afghan War’s Worst Strikes* KABUL, Afghanistan — In one of the deadliest single strikes of the long Afghan war, a truck bomb on Wednesday devastated a central area of Kabul near the presidential palace and foreign embassies, serving as a horrible reminder that the capital city itself has become a hazardous battlefield. In one moment, more than 80 lives ended, hundreds of people were wounded and many more were traumatized, in the heart of a city defined by constant checkpoints and the densest concentration of Afghan and inter... more »

The Art of the Putin-Trump Deal

Robert Reich - 5 hours ago
Say you’re Vladimir Putin, and you did a deal with Trump last year. I’m not suggesting there was any... more »

Gravity Update

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 6 hours ago
One of life’s little joys is sorting out one’s digital file archives collected over the years and I chanced on a backup of a thumb drive I used when I was working in 2009 for Brumby Resources NL and supervising … Continue reading →

"Trump Is Launching 1-800 VA Complaint Hotline Tomorrow”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Trump Is Launching 1-800 VA Complaint Hotline Tomorrow”* by John Falkenberg "When it comes to our veterans, there’s never enough that can be done to say “thank you.” That’s why ensuring respectful and excellent treatment of veterans within the Department of Veterans Affairs is so important. To that end, the Trump administration will “soft launch” a hotline for veterans to express concerns or voice complaints about the VA, according to a statement by Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. Preparations for a fully functional hotline can’t come too soon. *Whistleblowers claimed t... more »

A Scholarly Advocate

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
Dr. Dwight A. McBride, whose groundbreaking scholarship on LGBTQ issues has made him an expert in the field, has been appointed the new Provost at Emory University.

The U.S. Wants A Long-Range Guided Artillery Shell For Hitting Moving Targets

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Joseph Trvevithick, The Drive*: *U.S. Navy Wants Long-Range Guided Artillery Shell For Hitting Moving Targets* *The planned 155mm artillery round will use a combination of guidance systems, but is entirely "GPS-Free."* The U.S. Navy is leading developing a new 155mm artillery round capable of destroying moving targets on land or at sea that could end up in use across three services, including the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. More importantly, the precision munitions will not use GPS, making them useful even in GPS denied environments. The Office of ... more »

ISIS jihadists refuse to retreat from East Aleppo, put up a fight instead (PHOTOS)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – Contrary to the reports emerged earlier about so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) jihadists retreating from Maskanah town in eastern Aleppo countryside, violent clashes between designated terrorist group and Syrian government forces are still raging in the region. IS militants put up fierce resistance to Syrian Arab Army (SAA) units […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS forces Christians to convert in Marawi as Philippine Army seizes jihadist guns

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – Disturbing photos emerged on Wednesday showing alleged forced conversions of Christian residents in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines, much like earlier ISIS procedures in Iraq. Although around 90% of Marawi’s previous 200,000 civilians have fled, some people – including a few dozen Christians – have […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Cofundador del aparato mediático de ISIS eliminado en un ataque aéreo en la provincia de Deir Ezor

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
Uno de los cofundadores de la agencia Amaq, el aparato mediático del grupo terrorista “Estado Islámico” (IS, antes ISIL/ISIS), había sido eliminado el miércoles después de que la Coalición Internacional liderada por Estados Unidos llevara a cabo un ataque aéreo en al-Mayadeen, ciudad en la provincia de Deir Ezor, en el este de Siria. Rayan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rakka:Suriye Demokratik Güçleri şehrin kapısına ulaştı, 4000 IŞİD militanı kenti savunmak için hazır bekliyor

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(00:40) – Kürtlerin öncülüğündeki Suriye Demokratik Güçleri’nin (SDG) dün 6 kasabayı özgürleştirmesinin ardından,bugün de SDG Rakka’da IŞİD’e karşı ilerlemeye devam ediyor. Güneybatı Rakka’daki çatışmalar sırasında Kürt güçler Huneydi kasabasını ele geçirmeyi başardı ve cihatçıların ikmal için kullandığı Halep’e giden M-6 otoyolunun bir kısmında ateş üstünlüğü sağlamayı başardı. Buna ek olarak, SDG Et-Tadiya kasabasında da […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Germany blocks NATO summit in Turkey

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (0:31 P.M.) – According to the German news outlet Die Welt Germany blocked Turkey from holding the next NATO summit in 2018. Germany is supported by 10 out of 28 NATO member states in this topic. The official decision on the location of the next summit will be made in the coming days […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian government and islamists reach a new deal concerning besieged towns in Idlib

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:25 A.M.) – Syrian authorities and the leadership of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS, Syrian Al-Qaeda branch) have settled a new deal which concerns two predominately Shia Muslim towns in Idlib province, Al-Foua’a and Kefrayya, besieged by jihadists. In accordance with the agreement, four severely sick persons along with 12 members of their families […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Elitne snage Sirijske Arapske Armije na putu u provinciju Dara’a (FOTO)

Petar Marković at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASK, SIRIJA (19:50) – Treći konvoj pojačanja Sirijske Arapske Armije (SAA) pristigao je u glavni grad južne provincije Dara’a u sredu. Ovoga puta, radi se o jedinicama koje se svrstavaju u najiskusnijie u SAA. To je 42. brigada i 4. mehanizovana divizija SAA. 42. brigada, koju vodi pukovnik Ghyath Dalla, učestvovala je doslovno u svakoj […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Halep:Suriye Ordusu Meskene’yi tamamen kuşatmak üzere

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(20:30 ) – IŞİD’in doğu Halep’teki son kalesi Meskene şehri Suriye Ordusu tarafından kuzey batı ve doğu olmak üzere üç taraftan sarılmış durumda. Suriye Ordusu’nun elit Kaplan Kuvvetleri Meskene’nin güneybatısında bulunan Kirbet Elfar kasabasını saatler süren çatışmanın ardından çarşamba günü IŞİD’den özgürleştirdi. Bu kazanımla birlikte Suriye Ordusu Tabka-Rakka yolunda son kalan IŞİD kalesi Meskene’ye bakan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ABD destekli militanlar Irak yakınında Suriye Ordusu’na saldırdı.

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(19:10) – “Kosud Alşarkiya” ve “Ahmed Abdo Tugayı” adlı ÖSO’ya bağlı gruplar Suriye’nin çöllerden oluşan Badiya el-Şam bölgesinde Suriye Arap Ordusu’na karşı saldırılarda bulundu. Militanları destekleyen medya gruplarının aktardığına göre ABD destekli militanlar Zaza kavşağına ve Sab Biar bölgesine kadar ilerlemeyi başardılar. Al-Masdar’ın Suriye Ordusu’ndaki kaynaklarından aldığı bilgelere göreyse ÖSO’nun saldırısı birkaç füze atışından öteye […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Prominent pro-government unit to participate in East Hama offensive against ISIS (PHOTOS)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 A.M.) – New batch of reinforcements for Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has arrived in eastern Hama countryside, as government forces began their long-awaited offensive to liberate Uqayr’bat city, the main stronghold of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in the region. Military source told Al-Masdar News that well-known Qalamoun Shield Brigade […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Veliki korak ka potpunom opkoljavanju poslednjeg uporišta džihadista ISISa u istočnom Alepu

Petar Marković at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASK, SIRIJA (20:30) – Grad Maskanah, poslednje uporište takozvane “Islamske države” (IS, prethodno ISIL/ISIS) u istočnom Alepu, opkoljeno je sa tri strane: severne, zapadne i istočne. Elitne “Tigar” jedinice Sirijske Arapske Armije (SAA) izvele su napad na selo Khirbet Al-Far na jugoistoku Maskanah i zauzele ga nakon višečasovnih borbi u sredu. Ovo napredovanje omogućava vatrenu […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Co-founder of ISIS media wing killed in U.S. airstrike in Deir Ezzor province

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:35 P.M.) – One of the co-founders of Amaq agency, the media wing of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS), had been killed on Wednesday after US-led international coalition conducted an airstrike on IS-controlled Al-Mayadeen city in Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria. Rayan Mash’al (also known as Muhammad Bara’a Qadek) worked as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Aboriginal leaders bless bison at Elk Island National Park bound for Banff

White Wolf at White Wolf - 6 hours ago
Aboriginal songs, drumming and prayers honoured a herd of Elk Island National Park bison Sunday being shipped to Banff to reintroduce the long-missing species back into the mountains. "We're handing them off ceremonially, and those blessings will go with them," said Samson Cree Nation Chief Kurt Buffalo, who took part in the event at the park 50 kilometres east of Edmonton. "Mother Earth hasn't heard those buffalo footsteps in Banff for a long time. It's about restoring a balance." Plains bison roamed along the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies for thousands of years until they were e... more »

Unrest In Venezuela -- News Updates May 31, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Demonstrators clash with riot security forces while rallying against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins *Reuters:** Anti-Maduro protests rage as OAS meets on Venezuela crisis* Venezuelan security forces used water cannons and teargas to disperse tens of thousands of opposition protesters heading toward the foreign ministry on Wednesday as the Organization of American States held another meeting on the crisis. Two months of protests against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government have convulsed the South A... more »

Will The U.S. And Iran Go To War Against Each Other In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *Henry Meyer and Nafeesa Syeed, Bloomberg*: *If Trump Wants to Fight Iran, He’ll Soon Get the Chance in Syria* * Forces backed by U.S., Iran in race to take Islamic State land * ‘This is the most complicated battlespace anyone’s ever known’ Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in eastern Syria is surrounded by some of the world’s strongest military powers. Their forces are advancing on several fronts. The battlefield odds aren’t even close. That’s why the commanders of those armies -- in Washington, Moscow and Tehran, as well as Damascus and Ankara ... more »

Judge Dismisses Mother's Lawsuit Over Her Son's Transition to a "Girl"

Raven Clabough at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: judge-dismisses-mother-s-lawsuit-over-her-son-s-transition-to-a-girl] A federal judge in Minnesota dealt a devastating blow to parental rights last week. Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson dismissed a lawsuit brought by a mother who accused school officials, healthcare providers, and doctors of violating her parental rights by assisting her son with gender transition without the mother’s consent.

Super Bowl Champ Patriots to Sponsor Homosexual Football Tournament

Dave Bohon at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: super-bowl-champ-patriots-to-sponsor-homosexual-football-tournament] The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are gearing up to sponsor this fall’s “Gay Bowl” — a flag football tournament exclusively for homosexuals.

Kabul Bomb Blast Could Be Used to Justify Increase in U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

Warren Mass at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: kabul-bomb-blast-could-be-used-to-justify-increase-in-u-s-troops-in-afghanistan] A bomb hidden inside a truck exploded near several embassies in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 31, killing at least 80 people and wounding hundreds, which may prompt further U.S. intervention.

Anonymous Sources Have Taken Every Parking Space Used By Washington Post For Secret Meetings

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Onion:* *‘Washington Post’ Reporter Frustrated Every Space In Parking Garage Taken Up By Anonymous Source* WASHINGTON—Circling every level multiple times with no luck whatsoever, Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker was frustrated Tuesday that every space in the parking garage was taken up by an anonymous source. “I’ve gone around and around, but I can’t find a single spot that isn’t already filled by an unidentified White House leaker,” said an exasperated Rucker, who recalled how easy it was to nab a prime parking place to clandestinely receive privileged information only a... more »

Drano Bottle Bombs

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Alert warns about neighborhood residents finding unexploded 'bottle bombs' in their yards.

If Trump Exits Paris, Will It Make The Slightest Difference To Climate?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 7 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Word is coming out of Washington that President Trump has finally made the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. There have already been various stories about the apocalypse waiting around the corner if that happens, not least from so-called scientists who should know better, eg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-30/climate-danger-zone-seen-if-trump-pulls-u-s-out-of-paris-deal But just […]

That time Jared Kushner assured a coworker that Trump did not believe that birther nonsense but that "Republicans are stupid and they’ll buy it."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
He doesn't really believe this, he doesn't really believe this, he doesn't really believe this.Courtesy of The Independent: *During Mr Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and throughout his presidency, multiple theories emerged falsely claiming he was not a natural-born American US citizen and it was therefore unconstitutional for him to become US President. Mr Trump was among those who pushed the “birther” conspiracy theory and consistently questioned former President Obama’s birthplace of Hawaii. * *The former New York Observer editor has now claimed that Mr Kushner, the former p... more »

US & Allies Readying Battle Against SAA & Allies- Russian Jets..

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 7 hours ago
* ....Advance on Desert Outpost- Second News Item* *1-Link* *"Syrian militias fighting in support of the Bashar al-Assad regime are reportedly amassing near a small base manned by coalition forces in southeast Syria, raising concerns of a looming confrontation between ground forces technically not at war with each other, according to Military Times."* *The news seems to signal that tensions between the coalition and the Assad regime are escalating in southeast Syria, where U.S. bombs struck a convoy of pro-government militants on May 18. * *Over the weekend, U.S. aircraft dro... more »

Daughter of Woman Central to South Korea Scandal Returns to Seoul

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
SEOUL, South Korea — She is probably the most loathed 20-year-old in South Korea, the privileged daughter of the woman at the center of a political scandal that brought down a president. After several months in detention in Denmark, Chung Yoo-ra returned to her home country in a hoodie and handcuffs Wednesday to be questioned […]

State Committee Signs Off on U. of Wisconsin Free Speech Bill

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
MADISON, Wis. — Assembly Republicans moved closer to creating tougher penalties for University of Wisconsin student protesters Tuesday, advancing a bill that would suspend or expel students who disrupt speakers. The Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities approved the bill on an 8-6 vote. The sends the bill to the Assembly floor, which hopes to […]

Bynum Named Jackson State President Despite Opposition

cmaadmin at Diverse - 7 hours ago
JACKSON, Miss. — College Board trustees are naming William Bynum as the next president of Jackson State University despite opposition from some students and alumni. The board had already named Bynum, now president of Mississippi Valley State University, as its preferred candidate last week. Bynum says he can lead Jackson State out of financial difficulties, […]

On the BBC Election Debate

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
The very moment Jeremy Corbyn confirmed he would be attending this evening's *BBC Election Debate* in Cambridge, Theresa May lost the night. Whether the last day of May will, um, prove to be the end of May remains to be seen. Yet to hide from a debate and sending a subordinate to do it for you is a catastrophic mistake, especially as your pitch is all about your super-duper leadership. I hope it will erode her strong and stable branding among those kippers, normally-Labour-but people, and soft Tories set on giving "her team" a punt. And so, straight away, without Amber Rudd utterin... more »

Avid Drug Warrior Cop Caught in Facebook Live Video Drunk in a Car, Bragging About Weed

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: video]A Mission Texas police officer has been suspended following the release of a video on social media showing the officer hotboxing a car with the driver in possession of what appears to be marijuana.

Gender-inclusive Locker Room Planned for UC Berkeley

cmaadmin at Diverse - 8 hours ago
BERKELEY, Calif. — The University of California, Berkeley plans to build a gender-inclusive locker room at its campus gym. When the locker room opens next year it will include private changing rooms, showers, lockers and bathrooms stalls. It will also serve as a gender-neutral access point to the campus swim facility. Campus officials say men, […]

7 Reasons Why Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut is Completely NutsDonald...

Robert Reich - 8 hours ago
*7 Reasons Why Trump’s Corporate Tax Cut is Completely Nuts* Donald Trump wants to cut the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, in order to “make the United States more competitive.” This is nonsense, for 7 reasons: 1.* Profitable U.S. corporations already pay on average of only 14% according to the Government Accountability Office*. That’s less than a lot of middle-class families pay. (And that’s less than half the official 35% corporate tax rate.) What’s more, some giant corporations pay little (if any) U.S. taxes because of loopholes or because they shift th... more »

Profile In Cowardice: Rodney Frelinghuysen

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*Frelinghuysen doesn't do town halls... he goes to pancake breakfasts* When the deranged body slammer won the Montana special election, Wall Street-owned former bankster Steve Stivers (R-OH), the head of the NRCC-- the GOP's version of the DCCC-- said, "Nancy Pelosi and liberals in Washington were rejected again" but that "the best way for Greg to thank them would be to apologize for his actions, and I am glad he has done so." Jessica Wehrman, writing for the biggest newspaper in Stivers' district, the *Columbus Dispatch*, asserted yesterday that "Stivers knew that his job protectin... more »

Photos TigerSwan, Mercenaries, Hired by Dakota Access Pipeline

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. . Water Protectors had their own Intel at Standing Rock Article by Censored News TigerSwan mercenaries and other security hired by Dakota Access Pipeline were photographed by water protectors at Standing Rock. The role of TigerSwan -- U.S. mercenaries in Afghanistan hired by Dakota Access Pipeline to oversee its private security in

Trump reportedly exiting Paris!

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 8 hours ago
Leaving the Climate Agreement means a cleaner Earth

Britain’s Wizard of Oz moment as PM Theresa May ducks TV debate

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 8 hours ago
British Prime Minister Theresa May ducks out of party leaders' TV debate, once again exposing her weakness as Prime Minister. The post Britain’s Wizard of Oz moment as PM Theresa May ducks TV debate appeared first on The Duran.

Crowdfunding for Portland Stabbing Victims Tops $1 Million

David Emery at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Campaigns on GoFundMe and other crowdfunding sites have raised more than $1 million on behalf of victims of the attack and their families.

Children Now Face Fines & Arrest If They Don’t Get a Permit to Mow Grass for Money

Jay Syrmopoulos at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: grass]In the Land of the Free, it is now illegal to mow grass from extra money during the summer time, unless you pay the right state official for the privilege.

Did a New York Mosque Burn an American Flag to Protest President Trump?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Incendiary claims that appear to be calculated to create hostility were created from whole cloth and illustrated with old photographs unrelated to the Trump administration.

BBC election debate audience shocker

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
This little owl didn't watch it either I'm not watching tonight's election debate on BBC One. I'm watching *Springwatch *instead, with one eye on Twitter. The eye that's on Twitter is finding something of a consensus out there: namely that I made the right decision! The commonest view is that it's been a ghastly, tedious shambles with a terrible format (and even worse politicians). Its end couldn't come soon enough for most people. One tweet I read said, *Twitter before a debate: "There must be a debate, leaders must face public scrutiny!" Twitter during a debate: "This is totally ... more »

Trump pulling out of Paris Climate treaty

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 9 hours ago
Every so often history shows that humanity goes crazy. That happened at the Millennium when climate became a pseudo religion and academia was exposed by the internet as barking up the wrong tree on climate and additionally having no moral … Continue reading →

Post's Ron Charles spots President Lear!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017Dangerously, this is apt:* Ron Charles is the editor of the Washington Post's Book World. In Monday morning's paper, he said that he had spotted our own version of Lear: CHARLES (5/29/17): *By now it should be clear that the Trump administration is nothing like the ruling power of Orwell's Oceania or—another common claim—like Margaret Atwood's Gilead in "The Handmaid's Tale."* The repressive governments of those imagined hellscapes are marked, primarily, not by their vast deception but by their absolute order. Flawless message control and meticulous image ... more »

Media Ignores Ongoing Socialist Disaster Unfolding in Venezuela

Bob Adelmann at rss - 9 hours ago
[image: media-ignores-ongoing-socialist-disaster-unfolding-in-venezuela] When the mainstream media cover Donald Trump, it's "fake news." With Venezuela, it's "no news."

Did President Trump’s Twitter Account Gain Five Million New Bot Followers in Three Days?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
According to archived images of Trump's Twitter page, rumors of a surge in followers were greatly exaggerated.

Did Cory Booker ‘Defend’ Jared Kushner After Receiving Donations From Him?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
Some commentators have drawn a link between Kushner's contributions and the New Jersey Senator's stance on removing Kushner's security clearance.

CNN Has Cut Ties with Kathy Griffin After Video Depicting Her Holding President Donald Trump’s Severed Head

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
CNN has ended its relationship with comedian Kathy Griffin due to controversy involving video depicting her holding President Donald Trump's severed head.

Flashback 2009: Doctor Admits Israeli Pathologists Harvested Organs Without Consent! Jews Caught Murdering and Harvesting Palestinian Organs

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 9 hours ago
Modern Ashkenazi Khazars (90+% of modern Jewry) are NOT the Jews of the Bible! Ashkenaz is not from the tribe of Shem ie. not semitic! They cannot be the descendents of Jacob/Israel who are from Shem! – Genesis 10:1-3 (New King James Version) Nations Descended from Noah 1 Now this is the genealogy of the […]

Kathy Griffin Holds Donald Trumps Bloodied Head In ISIS Like Video

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 9 hours ago
Published on May 30, 2017 Kathy Griffin tries to revive her career by going full ISIS Mode on what appears too be a bloodied head of President Trump. She brags about wanting his head bloodied and detached from his body. This is the truly disturbing attitude and actions we are seeing from the so called […]

Syria's Displaced Arabs Join Forces To Retake Lands from PKK/YPG

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 9 hours ago
*Not blowback. Rather, the inevitable response to the US annexing of Syrian territory- No one can be surprised to read the news that will be posted below.* *Haid Haid from the Atlantic Council didn't need a crystal ball to know there was going to be an attempt to take back that which was stolen by the US backed PKK/YPG* *From yesterday's post: YPG/PKK to Move on Raqqa- Tribulation for Civilians to Follow* *regarding Manbij **"efforts to include Arabs - have been superficial and do not amount to a meaningful share in governance having no real authority, while the ultimate power o... more »

Speculation v. information!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017In search of Jared's motives:* Why did Jared Kushner propose that secret secure and private Russkie back channel? Assuming he actually did. Like you, we'd like to know. Then too, there's also this: This morning, at TPM, we saw Josh's latest post. It carried an allegedly eye-popping headline, which we include below. Along the way, the founder confessed to being declarative: MARSHALL (5/31/17): *Sorry. On Kushner, There’s No Innocent Explanation* The title of this post is, I confess, rather dramatic and declarative. *I’ve written elsewhere about possible ‘in... more »

Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Sean Hannity showed up for work last night, and immediately started obfuscating for Donald Trump.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
If you did not get through that entire fourteen plus minutes I don;t blame you, I did not make it through last night myself. Thankfully TPM offers the low points: *“I have to start tonight on a personal note of something that happened last week. Now, I was asked by the family of the DNC staffer that was killed in July to pull back covering the story of the death because their son and their family was hurting,” he said on his show. “Now out of respect for the family’s wishes, well, I decided for the time being not to discuss it unless there were further developments.” * *“But I als... more »

The next Ukraine? Here’s how Moldova’s expulsion of Russia’s diplomats reflects its own deepening crisis

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
The expulsion of Russian diplomats by the Moldovan government reflects a bitter internal power struggle within Moldova between the country's pro-Russian President and its pro-EU government, in the midst of a government crisis caused by the collapse of the pro-EU coalition which has governed the country since 2009. The post The next Ukraine? Here’s how Moldova’s expulsion of Russia’s diplomats reflects its own deepening crisis appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: CNN fires Kathy Griffin

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 10 hours ago
CNN to Kathy Griffin: YOU'RE FIRED! The post BREAKING: CNN fires Kathy Griffin appeared first on The Duran.

Social Media Giant Facebook Apologizes for Banning Tribute to Tiananmen Massacre

Eric Lieberman at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Eric Lieberman* *Security, Asia* After the artistic feature was ultimately approved, Fung said that more than 1,000 people had updated their Facebook profile pictures with the now-approved frame. Facebook recently apologized for “mistakenly” censoring content that paid tribute to the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, according to a Tuesday report from the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP). The social media platform offers users a picture frame to accompany their profile photos, often in support of a particular cause. Fung Ka-keung, the chief executive of Hong Kong Professional Teachers... more »

Telecom Company Linked To China's Military Has Been Providing Gear To The Pentagon

Jonah Bennett at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Jonah Bennett* *Security, Asia* This could be a big deal. A major Chinese telecom company with links to Chinese military and intelligence services has been indirectly selling equipment to the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security. In order to bypass attempts to block the use of Chinese telecom gear, ZTE Corporation has partnered with a U.S. equipment contractor that sells to the Pentagon, rather than attempting to sell equipment directly, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with the Free Beacon. While subcontracting through a U.S. company is not illegal, U.S. secu... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago

Ukrainian Government Policies Are Leading To A Further Fracturing Of The Country

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. Wikipedia *Nicolai N. Petro & Josh Cohen, National Interest*: *Ukraine's Government Is Failing to Unite Ukrainians* *The current course of denigrating those deemed insufficiently Ukrainian will only lead to a fracturing of the country.* Last month Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko dramatically expanded his country’s sanctions against Russia by imposing multiyear sanctions on a number of IT companies. Once they are fully implemented these sanctions will impact some twenty-five million Ukrainians, or nearly every Ukrainian internet user. These... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Old New World Order'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
OLD NEW WORLD ORDER Posted on May 29, 2017 Please post & distribute. MNN. May 29, 2017. Toronto‘s Ryerson School of Journalism was founded by evil rotten scoundrel, Eggerton Ryerson. He was part of the Family Compact and Chateau Clique that created the current version of the colony called “Canada”. Ryerson helped design residential schools death camps to totally exterminate us. POW

Mohawk Nation News 'Flushing the Toilet'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 11 hours ago
FLUSHING THE TOILET Posted on May 31, 2017 Mohawk Nation News http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2017/05/31/flushing-the-toilet/ Please post and distribute. MNN. May 31, 2017. The band/tribal council is a cesspool of filth, fraud, dishonesty and malfeasance. These revolting turds revel in their artificial power over us, backed by the military. Dictatorship is their only power. As

Toxic Relations: Stop Colluding With Monsanto And The Agrochemical Industry!

Colin Todhunter at EAST BY NORTHWEST - 11 hours ago
CounterPunch, Countercurrents, Global Research, RINF Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the UK’s Policy Advisor Nigel Chadwick at the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of Health and Safety Executive (HSE). She also sent Chadwick a 19-page document ( Monsanto_has_committed_slow_poisoning_of_the_people_of_Wales) in which she asserts that Monsanto has engaged in the slow poisoning of the people of Wales with PCBs and Roundup. This, she says, is with the help of the British government, the Expert Committee on Pesticides, the Health and Safety Executive, Defra,... more »

Rus jetleri, ABD ve Ürdün destekli militanları vurdu

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
ABD ve Ürdün tarafından eğitilen ve Şam çöllerinde sahaya sürülen ÖSO güçleri, dün gece Suriye ordusu mevzilerine saldırı başlattı. ÖSO’ya yakın ajanslar, Zaza kontrol noktası yakınlarındaki birkaç noktayı ele geçirdiklerini iddia etse de bu haber güvenilir kaynaklar tarafından yalanlandı. Al Masdar’a bilgi veren bölgedeki askeri kaynak; bu grupların sadece etkisiz topçu ve füze atışlarıyla bölgeyi […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS jihadists almost encircled in their last bastion in East Aleppo

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – Maskanah town, the last stronghold of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in eastern Aleppo countryside is now encircled by Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from three flanks: north, west and east. On Wednesday, SAA’s elite Tiger Forces division conducted fresh assault southwest of Maskanah striking IS positions in Khirbet […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Lavrov: IŞİD’in Kürtlerle anlaştığına dair güvenilir veriler var

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Rusya Dışişleri Bakanı Sergey Lavrov, Rusya Savunma Bakanlığı’ndan yapılan ‘IŞİD’in Rakka’dan çıkmak içinDemokratik Suriye Güçleri (DSG) ile anlaştığına’ dair açıklamanın güvenilir verilere dayandığını söyledi. Sputnik’in haberine göre; Lavrov, “Duyduğum kadarıyla DSG, Savunma Bakanlığı’nın ‘DSG’nin, IŞİD militanlarının Rakka’dan Palmira’ya yönüne doğru geçmesi için bir koridor temin edilmesi konusunda IŞİD ile anlaşma yaptığı’ yönündeki açıklamasını reddetti. Ancak […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army’s elite brigade heading towards Daraa (PHOTOS)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:50 P.M.) – On Wednesday, the third convoy of Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) reinforcements arrived in the provincial capital of Dara’a province. This time, one of the most battle hardened SAA unit has been deployed to the southern region, namely the 42nd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized division. The brigade led by Colonel […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Теракт в Кабуле: 83 убитых, 451 раненый

Nikita Chugunov at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Сегодня в районе Вазир Акбар Хан города Кабул произошел мощный взрыв, который привел к большому количеству убитых и раненых. Теракт был совершен утром, когда наблюдалось оживленное движение у целого ряда посольств, расположенных в подвергшемся нападению районе. Именно в это время террорист-смертник подорвал начиненный взрывчаткой автомобиль. В результате взрыва 83 человека были убиты, еще около 450 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US-backed militants launch a counterattack against government forces in Syrian Desert

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:10 P.M.) – On Wednesday, islamist groups “Ousoud Al-Sharqiyah” and “Ahmad Abdo Brigade” affiliated with the so-called “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) began a counterattack against Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in Badiyah Al-Sham (Syrian Desert). According to opposition media, US-backed militants allegedly made some advances and reached Zaza checkpoint and Sab’ […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Сирийская Армия пытается прорваться к Укейрабату на востоке провинции Хама

Nikita Chugunov at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Подразделения Сирийской Арабской Армии возобновили боевые действия на востоке провинции Хама, намереваясь выбить из примыкающих к Ас-Саламии районов террористов «Исламского Государства»*. Правительственные войска ведут наступление сразу на двух направлениях. Предполагаемой конечной целью данной операции является овладение Укейрабатом – основным опорным пунктом джихадистов в восточной Хаме. По данным военных источников, наступающие формирования смогли занять несколько районов, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

“Хейят Тахрир аш-Шам” берет под контроль сельское хозяйство Идлиба

Nikita Chugunov at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 11 hours ago
Ранее новостное агентство Al-Masdar News сообщило о решении «Гражданской администрации социальных услуг» (связанная с «Хейят Тахрир аш-Шам»* структура) скупить весь урожай пшеницы и ячменя на подконтрольных антиправительственным силам территориях провинций Идлиб, Латакия, Хама и Алеппо по цене в 103-110 сирийских фунтов, что существенно ниже закупочных цен, устанавливаемых правительством Сирийской Арабской Республики. Руководство данной организации опубликовало […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Five Songs Of Resistance: Nina Simone

Liz Pelly at Shadowproof - 11 hours ago
“Give me my equality,” sang the genius Nina Simone in 1963, looking racist America straight in the eye. Singer, songwriter, pianist, and activist, Simone’s work was radical and revolutionary. Musically, Simone was brilliantly innovative, drawing from her classical piano training, her experiences working in jazz clubs, as well as blues, The post Five Songs Of Resistance: Nina Simone appeared first on Shadowproof .

OPEN LETTER: to Andrew Scheer - Leader of the Official Opposition - Canadian Parliament

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 11 hours ago
*Andrew Scheer announces first act as leader will be to Google who he is* *Who is Andrew Scheer?* Dear Andrew Scheer: Yes, you--and all Canadians--have been busily googling your name since *your surprise election last weekend to the position of Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian Federal Parliament in Ottawa.* I was initially pleasantly surprised to read about your victory...even though, prior to last Sunday, I had never heard your name. It was refreshing, to say the least, to hear that there would be a new face in the ... more »

Kathy Griffin Is Sorry for Her Video, But Still Taking Heat

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Griffin's video, in which she was holding what was meant to look like President Donald Trump's severed head, has resulted in a lost endorsement deal and at least one club engagement for the comedian

Did Donald Trump Claim Global Warming Is a Hoax?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Donald Trump and his campaign refused to acknowledge instances of his referring to global warming/climate change as a "hoax." What does the public record show?

Trump Wants Executive Order Abolishing Impeachment?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A satirical web site used the claim to poke fun at Trump's executive orders.

Overpopulation Hoax

Walter E. Williams at rss - 11 hours ago
[image: overpopulation-hoax] The entire premise behind population control is based on the faulty logic that humans are not valuable resources. The fact of business is that humans are what the late Julian L. Simon called the ultimate resource.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Here's something Rush Limbaugh said on his show yesterday: I don’t understand how people don’t get that it’s not just the Democrats in Washington that are roadblocking Trump.... Mitch McConnell says he can’t see a way to getting 50 votes for the House Obamacare repeal bill? Now, stop and think here, folks.... I saw a Wall Street Journal story about how the Republicans in the House, they just can’t! It’s just impossible. They’re pulling their hair out. They don’t know what to do. They just can’t find a way to cut any taxes. Because every time they cut a tax over here, they have to fi... more »

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