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Thomas Paine

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

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Labour's Daft Advertising Whinge per Guido Fawkes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 12 minutes ago
Guido Fawkes https://order-order.com/2017/05/04/labours-daft-advertising-whinge/ reports on some typical Labour hypocrisy: 'Labour are accusing the Tories of trying to "buy this election" by paying for front page adverts in local newspapers today. Ben Bradshaw iscrying that "the Tories are spending thousands of pounds all over the country in newspaper advertisements to buy this election because they don't have the foot soldiers on the ground". Eh? Just a few weeks ago during the Copeland by-election Labour paid for front page local newspaper adverts accusing the Tories of killing... more »

Projects, Day 6: Remuera bungalow

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 22 minutes ago
*So some of you were asking why blogging has been so light here recently – and it’s not just that politics has been so dire, it’s that the workload on my current projects has been so heavy.* *So among the projects that have been keeping me away from the writing keyboard is this one, untangling an existing Remuera bungalow, and better connecting its occupants to sun, to views, and to its difficult site.* *[image: Bungalow-Remuera002]* *[image: Bungalow-Remuera001].* Content is copyright PC.BlogSpot.Com © Permission to republish is granted, with attribution.

Former US President Barack Obama Endorses French Presidential Candidate Macron

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 29 minutes ago
*CNN*: *Obama endorses French presidential candidate Macron* Washington (CNN)Former US President Barack Obama is wading into the closely watched French presidential election to endorse Emmanuel Macron, the centrist politician widely backed by the establishment in his run against far-right leader Marine Le Pen. "I have admired the campaign that Emmanuel Macron has run," Obama says in a video, which Macron shared Thursday. "He has stood up for liberal values, he put forward a vision for the important role that France plays in Europe and around the world. And he is committed to a bet... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 59 minutes ago
Project 667BDR ballistic missile submarines K-433 Svyatoy Georgiy Pobedonosets and K-223 Podolsk at Vilyuchinsk, Kamchatka. © PHOTO: SERGEI KONOVALOV/RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTRY

North Korea Warns China of ‘Grave Consequences’

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 4, 2017 North Korea has leveled unprecedented accusations against its ardent supporter China, warning Beijing not to try its patience or face its grave consequences. The official Korean Central News Agency has described Beijing’s call on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear and missile tests as reckless remarks. The KCNA says nothing could […]

‘Massacre and Genocide’ of Palestinians by Israel: Son of Israeli General Seeking Peace in Palestine

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 26, 2016 Afshin Rattansi goes underground with the General’s Son. From surviving grenade attacks to the killing of a relative. We discover how, Miko Peled the Son of a prominent Israeli general become a peace activist in Palestine. Plus what will happen to the government after Netanyahu has appointed a Defence Minister […]

CERN ‘666’ Awakens, Quantum Computing, Mass Mind Control, Occult Rituals, True Quantum Entanglement & Time SOLVED!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Revelation 17:8 New King James Version (NKJV) 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when […]

Gut Punch Le Pen: France Will Be Led By A Woman Merkel Or Me

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on May 4, 2017 Marine Le Pen came out and said it, either she or Angela Merkel will be in control of France. Everyone knows Macron is nothing but a puppet. end

Professor Wright: Ancient ‘Spacefaring Aliens’ May Have Lived in Our Solar System Billions of Years Before Humans

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
‘Major deception of the last days… the (Satanic) priest told us … Master’s (Satan) Grand Plan for harvesting the nations/multitudes of the earth into his cause … Just before the close of the great controversy of the forces of good and evil … It is going to be done in a unique manner … people […]

NASA Tells US Congress: NASA Close to Most ‘Profound’ ALIEN LIFE Discovery Ever

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
The expectation of the Illuminati is that monotheistic religions ie. mainly Islam and Christianity will receive a tremendous shock upon the revelation of “Aliens”. It will lead to their destruction according to the Illuminist plan. There will be a great falling away from Christianity. – These “Aliens” which are coming are NOT Aliens but are […]

Al-Qaeda Leader Just Admitted to Being Aligned with the United States

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Did Syria attack America or threaten American interests? Clearly NO! So why is America supporting terrorists to overthrow Assad? The people behind this are Illuminist-Satanists. “For years we have been supplying anti-tank missiles and all sorts of weapons to the terrorists, to Al Nusra, sometimes to ISIS.. the entire array … Jaysh al-Islam …” – […]

Axiom: “Red Flags” Suggest China Credit Event Is “Closer Than It Appears”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Axiom: “Red Flags” Suggest China Credit Event Is “Closer Than It Appears” by Gordon Johnson of Axiom Capital, via http://www.zerohedge.com/ While we, as well as the few bearish peers we have, have warned of a pending “credit event” in China for some time now – admittedly incorrectly (China has proved much more resilient than expected) – the […]

Kyle Bass Warns “All Hell Is About To Break Loose” In China

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Kyle Bass Warns “All Hell Is About To Break Loose” In China by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com China’s credit system expanded “too recklessly and too quickly,” and “it’s beginning to unravel,” warns Hayman Capital’s Kyle Bass. – Crucially, Bass notes that ballooning assets in Chinese wealth management products are another sign of a looming credit crisis […]

Former Blackwatger Founder Erik Prince -- Full Address and Q&A At The Oxford Union

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*WNU Editor:* I was surprised by this video. A must see. *Hat tip **Persil.*

Irak güçleri, Musul’un batı yakasında yeni adımlar atıyor

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
Irak güçlerinin, Musul kentinin batı yakasında devam eden savaşta kuzey cephesini açtığı duyuruldu. IŞİD’e karşı savaşı koordine eden Ortak Özel Harekat Komutanlığı, federal polis ve ordudan gelen destek güçlerinin, ”batı yakasını kuzeyden aşmaya başladığı” açıklamasında bulundu. Irak güçlerinin mevcut hedefinin Musul kentinin kuzeybatı semtleri olan El-Muşrife, Kanise ve El-Haramat olduğu belirtildi. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye’deki Özbek cihatçı grup, suikaste uğrayan liderinin yerine yenisini seçti

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
Taliban’a bağlı olduğu bilinen, çoğunluğu Özbekistan uyruklu militanlardan oluşan ve Suriye’de İdlib, Hama ve Lazkiye bölgelerinde etkin ”İmam Buhari Tugayı” isimli grup, geçtiğimiz hafta İdlib’de suikaste uğrayan liderlerinin yerine Tacikistan uyruklu ”Ebu Yusuf”un seçildiğini duyurdu. İmam Buhari Tugayı’nın önceki lideri Ekmel Curabayev (lakabıyla Şeyh Selahaddin) geçtiğimiz hafta İdlib’de kimliği bilinmeyen silahlı bir grup tarafından suikaste […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

هآرتس: علاج المسلحين السوريين يسبب أزمة مالية للكيان الإسرائيلي

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
كشفت صحيفة “هآرتس” أن المستشفيات في كيان الاحتلال تعاني من أزمة مالية كبيرة بسبب تكاليف علاج جرحى المسلحين السوريين، مؤكدة أن حكومة الاحتلال توفر العلاج والطبابة المجانية لكل من يقاتل الجيش السوري بغض النظر عن مستوى تطرفه. وبحسب الصحيفة فان المستشفيات في الكيان، وعلى رأسها مستشفى نهاريا، تعمل في السنوات الأخيرة كما لو أنها مناطق […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 1 hour ago
Though she's doubtless being singled out by the papers for special *un*favourable attention at the moment (especially given that lots of other MPs will also have received pots of money from the BBC over the years), the *Daily Mail*'s investigation into Diane Abbott's monetary dealings with the BBC is still quite eye-opening. (The *Express* and the *Sun* later 'lifted' the *Mail*'s scoop). It gives us another insight into how things work between the BBC and politicians. Until becoming shadow home secretary (when the BBC stopped paying her), the car-crash-prone Labour MP received ... more »

After The US Army 'Junked' Its Scout Helicopter, They Now Realise That They Need One

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
OH-58D Kiowa Warriors with the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, conduct their final flight on April 15th, 2016. US Army *Tyler Rogoway, The Drive*: *US Army Says It Badly Needs A Scout Helicopter After Junking The Ones It Had* Just as predicted, the hole left by the humble OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is gaping, and now the Army wants to fill it as soon as it can. The US Army has executed its grand rotary-wing aviation restructuring plan that saw the ousting of hundreds of Bell JetRanger derivatives from service—653 airframes in total. These included the... more »

You Can Blame Congress For Flying Torture Chambers-- The U.S. Airline Industry

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Tuesday, one of Congress' most overtly corrupt members, Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (for whom the airline industry famously procured a mistress), convened his committee to make believe they were holding out-of-control airlines accountable. Shuster and the others crooks on his committee take immense bribes from the airlines and never hold anyone accountable for anything. The airlines have paid out $31,108,250 in bribes, to both parties, though mostly to Republicans, since 1990. The biggest all-time airline industry bribe-taker is, of course, Bill Shuster-- $329,5... more »

President Trump's First Foreign Trip Will Be To Saudi Arabia, Israel, Vatican, NATO In Brussels, Ending With The G7 In Sicily

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Politico*: *Trump to visit the Vatican on first foreign trip as president* Trump’s tour will conclude with his stops at a NATO meeting in Brussels on May 25 and at the G7 summit in Sicily the following day. President Donald Trump will travel to Saudi Arabia, followed by Israel and the Vatican, in his first foreign trip later this month. The Vatican visit will include a meeting with the Pope, according to a senior administration official. Trump cast the trip as “historic” and a way to promote religious tolerance in remarks at an executive-order signing in the White House Rose Gard... more »

Colleges are Hotbeds for Inappropriate Behavior

James B. Ewers Jr. at Diverse - 1 hour ago
It appears that racism has no boundaries. It rears its distasteful head in too many places and spaces that we hold dear to us.

Diverse Conversations: Diversity Should Be More Than a Buzzword

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
Diversity is often spoken of as a goal of leadership in some of the country’s most prominent higher education institutions. However, paying lip service to the concept does not always translate into action.

Marc Lamont Hill Leaving Morehouse College for Temple U.

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill — one of the nation’s most visible and prolific Black intellectuals — is leaving Morehouse College to begin an endowed professorship at Temple University.

The Black Male Blueprint of Educational Advancement

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
The key to reaching Black males lies in the willingness of parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, and community stakeholders to invest the time in understanding these young men individually and not collectively.

Two Community College Presidents Shattering Stereotypes

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
Rowena Tomaneng and Thuy Thi Nguyen are both new presidents of community colleges who are leading their institutions into greatness.

What are the Odds? 2 Caught Trying to Steal Statistics Exam

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Call it a statistical error: Police say two University of Kentucky students crawled through an air duct to steal a statistics exam from their professor’s office but were caught because he was working late. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports university police cited Henry Lynch II and Troy Kiphuth, both 21, for third-degree burglary […]

Oakland University Chooses Doctor as Next President

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — A doctor who has worked at Eli Lilly and Co. and the University of Michigan will be the next president of Oakland University in suburban Detroit. The school on Thursday announced that its board of trustees unanimously chose Ora Hirsch Pescovitz for the job after a search involving more than 60 […]

Indiana Professors Against Purdue’s Kaplan Deal

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s plan to acquire the for-profit Kaplan University in an effort to boost online education has drawn opposition from college professors across Indiana. The Journal and Courier reports the Indiana Conference of American Association of University Professors released a statement Tuesday saying it “objects strenuously” to the deal. The group […]

Georgia Governor Approves Carrying Concealed Guns on Campus

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
ATLANTA — Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Thursday allowing people with permits to carry concealed handguns on Georgia’s public college campuses, despite the objections of state university leaders and his own veto of a campus-carry measure last year. Deal shocked fellow Republicans with the tone of last year’s veto message, which referenced opposition to guns […]

Black Members of Congress Demand Probe of Nooses at American University

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 hour ago
WASHINGTON — The hanging of bananas from nooses with hateful messages at American University in Washington, apparently targeting the first Black woman to serve as the student body president, prompted members of Congress to call for federal civil rights investigations on Thursday. At least five bananas with nooses were found hanging from trees and lampposts […]

Should President Trump Declassify Data On The NSA's Unmasking Of Americans?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
FOX News Video *Circa News*: *Hey Mr. President, tear down the veil of secrecy surrounding unmasked NSA intercepts* Circa has formally requested that the Trump administration declassify records showing how often government officials have searched National Security Agency intercepts for intelligence on U.S. presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, federal judges and doctors and how often such Americans had their identities unmasked by the intelligence community after Barack Obama made it easier to do so in 2011. The request follows anexclusive Ci... more »

Pushing War with Russia - More than Crazy

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
One more contemporary version of Dr. Stangelove. Listen to General Curtis Scaparrotti, Commander of US European Command, beg Congress for even more *$$$* for endless war making - this time targeting Russia. Currently the US spends 34% of the world total of military spending. Add the NATO members to the US total and you get over 50%. What does Russia spend? Imagine 4% of the global total. That's right and please tell me just how in hell Russia could be a threat to the world at 4%? These people know they have to have an enemy in order to sell the American people and NATO on th... more »

VIDEO: What It’s Like to Train with the U.S. Air Force

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * One of the many reasons that simulators—while they are useful tools—can never replicate or take the place of being in a real cockpit with real air under your behind. While many laypeople might imagine that a typical training flight during a combat exercise like Atlantic Trident 17 means a lot of excitement, reality is somewhat different. There are the many routine aspects of flying and navigating that a flight of aircraft has to take care off no matter what—even if they were involved in a full-up combat mission. The nature of flying any aircraft—rang... more »

France Is Learning How to Join Forces and Wage War with the F-22 and F-35

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * I should know, I was there. France’s Armée de l'Air deployed six multirole Dassault Rafale fighters to the Atlantic Trident 17 exercises at Joint Base Langley Eustis in Virginia. The idea was for France’s best combat aircraft to train alongside the United States Air Force’s F-22 Raptors and F-35A Joint Strike Fighters as well as the British Royal Air Force’s Eurofighter Typhoons. While the Armée de l'Air only brought six Rafales—three single seat models and three two-seat jets—to the exercise, elements of two fighter groups consisting of personnel f... more »

Forget North Korea: If This Nation Went 'Nuclear' History Would Have Been Changed Forever

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Asia* Japan, that is. *Japanese nukes would have created similar alarm across the region. While Seoul, deeply dependent on the United States for security guarantees, would likely have adopted a “grin and bear it” attitude in the short run, it likely would have pursued its own program over the long term. Similarly, Japanese proliferation would have made it far more difficult for the United States to restrain Taiwan’s nuclear ambitions. Not wanting to be left behind, India would have pursued its own program with greater vigor and less political reticenc... more »

The One Fighter Plane America's Military Doesn't Want to Fight

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Russia's Su-35. *The maneuverability of the Su-35 makes it an unsurpassed dogfighter. However, future aerial clashes using the latest missiles (R-77s, Meteors, AIM-120s) could potentially take place over enormous ranges, while even short-range combat may involve all-aspect missiles like the AIM-9X and R-74 that don’t require pointing the aircraft at the target. Nonetheless, the Su-35’s speed (which contributes to a missile’s velocity) and large load-carrying abilities mean it can hold its own in beyond-visual-range combat. Meanwhile, the Flanker-... more »

How One Tiny Swedish Submarine 'Sunk' a U.S. Aircraft Carrier

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * Does this mean carriers are obsolete? You make the call. *The fact that one could build or acquire three or four diesel submarines costing $500 to $800 million each for the price of a single nuclear submarine gives them undeniable appeal. Proponents argue that the United States could forward deploy diesel subs to bases in allied nations, without facing the political constraints posed by nuclear submarines. Furthermore, advanced diesel submarines might serve as a good counter to an adversary’s stealthy sub fleet.* *However, the U.S. Navy is more i... more »

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 3 hours ago
Here, on the growing list of similarities between Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party and Christy Clark's B.C. Libs - and why voters in both provinces should demand far more attention than their government is willing to offer. For further reading... - Gary Mason describes the background to British Columbia's #IAmLinda campaign theme. And PressProgress follows up on Clark's utter refusal to apologize or admit any wrongdoing, while Bill Tieleman views the incident as an example of Clark's mask slipping when it matters most. - Meanwhile, Cindy Harnett tells Roderick MacIsaac's story as just o... more »

Did Alabama ‘Just Bring Back’ School Segregation?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 3 hours ago
A federal judge in Alabama agreed to allow a predominantly white community to form their own school district if they can meet requirements aimed at desegregation, but the ruling is being challenged in court.

What Is Cinco de Mayo?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
The Cinco de Mayo holiday is not a celebration of Mexico's achieving independence from Spain, nor is it a major holiday in Mexico.

What the North Korean 'Crisis' Is Really About

4 hours ago
[image: undefined] The North Korean “crisis” is a Washington orchestration. North Korea was last at war 1950-53. North Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in 64 years. North Korea lacks the military strength to attack any country, such as South Korea and Japan, that is protected by the US. Moreover, China would not permit North Korea to start a war. So what is the demonization of North Korea by the presstitutes and Trump administration about? It is about the same thing that the demonization of Iran was about. The “Iranian threat” was an orchestration that was used as cover to... more »

German Soldier Busted Posing as Refugee to Stage False Flag Terror – #NewWorldNextWeek

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on May 4, 2017 Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week’s episode: – Story #1: Russia’s Mir Payment Cards To Give Visa, MasterCard a Run For Their Money http://bit.ly/2p8aMFa […]

Russia, Iran, Turkey Adopt Memorandum on Creation of 4 De-Escalation Zones in Syria

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on May 4, 2017 Read more: https://on.rt.com/8aox Idlib, Latakia and Homs are included in the safe zones, as well as parts of Aleppo, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Under the memorandum, any fighting between government forces and armed opposition will cease within the safe zones. end

TRUMP: Nationalist or Globalist?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
Published on Apr 29, 2017 Is Donald Trump the hardcore nationalist he portrayed himself to be during his campaign, or is he really a globalist who is ready to flip flop on most of the promises that got him elected? Well, in Trump’s own words, he’s both a nationalist AND a globalist. That’s what he […]

FBI Director Comey And NSA Director Brief Congress On Russian Hacking

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Adm. Michael Rogers *The Hill: **Comey, NSA chief brief House panel amid Russia probe* House Intelligence Committee members emerged tight-lipped from a closed-door briefing with FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency head Adm. Michael Rogers on Thursday. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who is leading the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the election, appeared briefly alongside the committee's ranking member, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) at the close of the meeting to characterize the meeting as ... more »

Feinstein Says There is No Evidence of Collusion Between Trump Associates and Russia

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 4 hours ago
After Visit To CIA Headquarters, Feinstein Admits There’s No Russia Trump Collusion Evidence by Rick Wells, http://rickwells.us/ Wolf Blitzer appeared to ambush Senator Dianne Feinstein during an interview on his program on CNN Fake News, with a question she wasn’t expecting. It was one in which a truthful answer would contradict the ongoing months-long lie, the Democrat […]

This Is What The GOP Was Willing To Do For Tax Cuts For Billionaires-- 3 Dozen GOP Seats In Jeopardy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
In Elizabeth Warren's words, "TrumpCare isn't a health care bill. A bill that destroys health care for millions to shovel cash to the rich isn't a health care bill. This is the same cruel bill that House Republicans tried to pass weeks ago. It still strips coverage from millions. Still guts Medicaid. Still strips funds away from states like Massachusetts that are battling the opioid crisis. The only thing that's changed about TrumpCare in recent weeks is that they made the original plan even more brutal. This isn't football. It's not about scoring points. TrumpCare will devastate ... more »

Water and Yunlin

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 4 hours ago
*An expat band rocks a local charity gig.* Underneath its placid agricultural surface Yunlin County is heavily stressed, says *Personal Water Footprint in Taiwan: A Case Study of Yunlin County* by Yung-Jaan Lee, Chuan-Ming Tung, Piin-Rong Lee, and Shih-Chien Lin (Sustainability 2016, 8(11), 1112;). *In relation to Taiwan’s water resources and related issues, Yunlin County faces more water resource-related difficulties than any other county in Taiwan. *Yunlin County is a very important county for agriculture. However, 13 out of 20 townships in this county are located on areas of lan... more »

4 reasons the Astana ‘safe zone’ Memorandum is good for Russia and Syria

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 4 hours ago
[image: syria in russia] Russia's master chess move has made things better for Syria and worse for Syria's enemies. The post 4 reasons the Astana ‘safe zone’ Memorandum is good for Russia and Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Barack Obama weighs in on France presidential election, backs Emmanuel Macron.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of The Guardian: *Barack Obama has made a last-minute intervention in the French presidential election in support of Emmanuel Macron, saying “the success of France matters to the entire world”. * *Macron, a centrist, faces Marine Le Pen of the far-right Front National in a runoff vote on Sunday. Polls put him 20 points ahead. * *The former US president said he had chosen to declare his support, in a video tweeted by Macron on Thursday afternoon, because of the importance of the election.* *“I’m not planning to get involved in many elections now that I don’t have to run f... more »


Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: by Dr David Whitehouse, GWPF Science Editor A new paper has been published in the Analysis section of Nature called Reconciling controversies about the ‘global warming hiatus.’ It confirms that the ‘hiatus’ or ‘pause’ is real. It is also rather revealing. It attempts to explain the ‘Pause’ by…

North Korea Is Building Artificial Islands In The Yellow Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* North Korea may be attempting to copy China by creating artificial islands to use as military bases, it has been claimed *Daily Mail:* *North Korea 'is copying China and creating artificial islands to use as military bases'* * Satellite images show how islands have been transformed off North Korea coast * Barriers connect islands to the mainland, not far from the Sohae missile test site * Tree-covered rocks in Yellow Sea have been developed with roads, warehouses * State media has previously claimed the work is part of land reclamation project North K... more »

تونسيات من بينهن جامعيات التحقن طواعية بتنظيم داعش

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
كشفت رئيسة الهيئة الوطنية التونسية لمكافحة الاتجار بالبشر أن تونسيات من بينهن جامعيات التحقن بتنظيم داعش المتطرف طواعية، مشيرة إلى أنهن يشغلن مناصب قيادية في التنظيم. وقالت في تصريحاتها “هناك حالات التحاق جماعية لعائلات تونسية لصفوف داعش، لكن أيضاً هناك حالات انضمت فيها المرأة عن طواعية، وتقلدت مناصب في التنظيم بحسب مستواها التعليمي ومؤهلاتها”. وأفادت رئيسة […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Dera’da cihatçılar arasında iç çatışma: ÖSO’nun üst düzey sorumlularından biri öldü

Emre Köse at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
Geçtiğimiz gün, Suriye’nin güneyinde yer alan Dera vilayetinin batı kırsalında, Özgür Suriye Ordusu’na (ÖSO) bağlı iki grup arasında müşterek kontrol noktaları ve mühimmat paylaşımı konusundaki anlaşmazlıklar üzerine çatışma başladı. ”El-Mutaz Billah” ve ”Ebu Musa Tarşan” isimleriyle bilinen bu iki ÖSO grubu, El-Yedude kasabasında karşılıklı silahlı çatışmaların neticesinde bir dizi kayıp verdi. Ölenler arasında ÖSO’nun, Dera kentinin güneyinde […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS successfully thwarts Free Syrian Army assault in Dara’a province

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DARA’A, SYRIA (2:50 A.M.) – On Thursday afternoon, militants of Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched an attack on Jaleen town in western Dara’a countryside controlled by Jaish Khalid Bin Al-Walid jihadist group, which is, in fact, an affiliate of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS). Apparently, the assault went wrong, since FSA […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army keeps gradually grinding ISIS forces in Deir Ezzor, advancing in city outskirts

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA (2:10 A.M.) – On Thursday night, units of 104th brigade of Syrian Republican Guard alongside with National Defense Forces (NDF) conducted a successful minor operation on Deir Ezzor city cemetery axis advancing towards Republican Guard Regiment base. This military installation is located south of Ummal district which is controlled by the so-called […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Intense clashes in east Homs countryside as Syrian Army continues its steady advance (VIDEO)

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
HOMS, SYRIA (0:45 A.M.) – On Thursday afternoon, units of Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps alongside National Defense Forces (NDF) continued their military operations against so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) in east Homs countryside. Following heavy clashes that broke out in the morning, government forces penetrated ISIS defenses and consequently captured point […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Islamist rebels test homemade mine-clearing vehicle in northern Aleppo

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 A.M.) – Rebel engineers have been working overtime in rural Aleppo to produce a vehicle that can clear mines in the Jarabulus enclave, home to many booby traps left behind by ISIS that abandoned the region last year. In a video released by Jabhat al-Shamiyah, sometimes called the Levant Front, their fighters […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Jazeera habría escenificado un vídeo culpando al Ejército sirio de usar ‘nuevas armas químicas’

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
La cadena de televisión Al-Jazeera diseñó hace poco un vídeo de un supuestamente nuevo uso de armas químicas por parte del Ejército sirio, dijo una fuente de los círculos militares y diplomáticos a TASS este jueves. “De acuerdo con la información confirmada a través de varios canales, un vídeo hecho por un grupo de corresponsales […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebel infighting erupts in Daraa, senior Free Syrian Army commander shot dead

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:30 P.M.) – On Thursday, two factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) began clashing with one another in the western countryside of Daraa following disputes over joint checkpoints and sharing of ammunition. The two FSA factions, known as Al-Moetaz Billah and Abu Mousa Tarshan, opened fire against each other in the town […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Immigrants In Georgia Detention Centers Put In Solitary For Hunger Strikes, Demanding Medical Treatment

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 5 hours ago
Georgia immigrant detention centers frequently put asylum seekers and other migrants into solitary confinement as punishment for going on hunger strike. The post Immigrants In Georgia Detention Centers Put In Solitary For Hunger Strikes, Demanding Medical Treatment appeared first on Shadowproof.

Pennsylvania Prison Officials Censored Workers World Publication For May Day Coverage

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 5 hours ago
The Pennsylvania DOC rejected multiple issues of Workers World because of passages advocating for labor strikes and solidarity among oppressed people. The post Pennsylvania Prison Officials Censored Workers World Publication For May Day Coverage appeared first on Shadowproof.

Death is like sex

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 5 hours ago
Death is like sex, we all find it in our own way.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, The Guardian*: *For once, Putin is doing the right thing for Syria* *The Russian president is partly responsible for the carnage in Syria. But after six years of civil war, humanitarian safe zones would be a step forward* Once again it appears Vladimir Putin has seized the strategic high ground and initiative in Syria, as he declared yesterday that he has broad agreement for humanitarian safe zones across Syria after discussions with Donald Trump, Turkey and Iran. He claims he can enable the ceasefire brokered in Astana some weeks ago, which currently ... more »

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Cocoon” And Playlist

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
2002, “Cocoon” and Playlist - https://www.youtube.com/

Horace, “Ode I. 11”; "Time"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
*“Ode I. 11”* “Leucon, no one’s allowed to know his fate, Not you, not me: don’t ask, don’t hunt for answers In tea leaves or palms. Be patient with whatever comes. This could be our last winter, it could be many More, pounding the Tuscan Sea on these rocks: Do what you must, be wise, cut your vines And forget about hope. Time goes running, even As we talk. Take the present, the future’s no one’s affair.” - Horace (65-8 B.C.E.)

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 5 hours ago
Umm Al Fahm, Haifa, Israel. Thanks for stopping by!

How Sisi Could Wreck the Egyptian Economy

Ari Heistein at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Ari Heistein* *Economics, Middle East* [image: Protesters in Tahrir Square, 2011. Flickr/Creative Commons/Ahmad Hammoud] President Sisi has clearly demonstrated that he favors the Egyptian Armed Forces over the private sector. Since the era of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyptian state had harnessed itself with expectations that it would provide beyond its abilities in exchange for quietist political attitudes. As a result of declining revenue due to political instability, which compounded the effects of a global economic downturn, Egypt is now in need of cautious though effective ... more »

Does Donald Trump Know He's Helping Saudi Arabia Ruin Yemen?

Robert G. Rabil at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Robert G. Rabil* *Security, Middle East* [image: An F-15E Strike Eagle. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Air Force] Why Trump needs to rethink his decision to support Saudi Arabia's role in the Middle East. The euphoria over reinvigorating the Riyadh-Washington alliance has reached dizzying diplomatic heights. Both capitals are rejoicing over rejuvenating the decades-old alliance, which had become abrasive during the Obama administration. Assertively, the Trump administration has underscored the strategic value of a strong Riyadh as the pivot to strengthening the relationship. This Ameri... more »

Why Armenia Needs the Iskander System

Areg Galstyan at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Areg Galstyan* *Security, Eurasia* [image: Iskander-M SRBM system. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Vitaly V. Kuzmin] Azerbaijan’s actions in Nagorno-Karabakh are reason enough for Armenia to seek protection. On April 17, the *Washington Times* published an article by Lloyd Green, in which the author describes the Karabakh-Azerbaijani conflict, and its consequences for the whole region and international community. Many theses of my colleague are distorted and, therefore, readers may get the wrong understanding of both the real causes of the conflict and the current geopolitic... more »

Why Nobody Wins in a War over North Korea

Edward Chang at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Edward Chang* *Security, Asia* [image: American and Korean F-16s at Seosan Air Base, South Korea. U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Taylor Curry] No matter if the international relationship with Pyongyang results in war or diplomacy, all roads forward lead to the abyss. As the 2017 Korean crisis shows no signs of de-escalating, fears of the Korean War resuming continue to grow. On April 28, North Korea conducted a failed missile test only a day after President Donald Trump warned about the possibility of a “major, major conflict” on the peninsula over the North’s nuclear progr... more »

Bashar al-Assad Could Launch Another Chemical-Weapons Attack

Daniel R. DePetris at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Daniel R. DePetris* *Security, Middle East* There was always a high likelihood that Assad would keep a small inventory of chemical weapons tucked away in some military base. Last month, standing next to Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said something that should have been abundantly obvious from the very beginning: the Assad regime has been less than truthful about his chemical weapons stockpile. “There can be no doubt in the international community’s mind that Syria has retained chemical weapons in violation of its agreement, and it’s sta... more »

Russia’s Military Robots Are on the Move

Samuel Bendett at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Samuel Bendett* *Security, * The recent Kubinka conference was a major step in the right direction Russian military and the nation's defense industrial concept are continuing to seek out ways to increase the use of what Moscow called "robotisized"- automated, autonomous and robotic - systems in the country's armed forces. Over the past several years, and especially with the advent of Russia's involvement in Ukraine and Syria, the nation's forces have been successfully using domestic and imported unmanned technologies such as surveillance and recon drones and unmanned mine cleari... more »

Behind closed doors: What the Piltdown Man hoax from 1912 can teach science today

Samuel Redman, Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
When new discoveries are jealously guarded under lock and key, science suffers. Andy Wright, CC BY In 1912, Charles Dawson, an amateur archaeologist in England, claimed he’d made one of the most important fossil discoveries ever. Ultimately, however, his “Piltdown Man” proved to be a hoax. By cleverly pairing a human skull with an orangutan’s jaw – stained to match and give the appearance of age – a mysterious forger duped the scientific world. In the decades between the find’s unearthing and the revelation it was fraudulent, people in the United States and around the world learned ... more »

What makes Kim Jong Un tick?

Stephen Benedict Dyson, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
Kim Jong Un is a “smart cookie,” President Donald Trump said recently of North Korea’s leader. “He’s 27 years old,” Trump mused. “His father dies, [he] took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy.” Kim, who has assassinated his internal rivals using anti-aircraft guns and chemical weapons, seeks to develop a nuclear missile that can reach the United States. These actions may provoke a “major, major conflict” with the U.S., Trump has said: “I hope he’s rational.” In my research on political leaders, I’ve found that different people have different definitions of r... more »

BWorld 125, On the retail competition and open access (RCOA) and EPIRA

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld on April 19, 2017. Electricity distribution, unlike generation, is defined as a “public utility” and hence, is granted as a monopoly right via congressional franchise. There are more than 120 distribution utilities (DUs) such as Meralco and electric cooperatives. To dilute this monopoly, the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) which was passed in 2001 came with Section 31, Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) that “shall be implemented not later than three (3) years upon the effectivity of this Act,” and Section 29, Supply Sector, “... more »

Welfarism 33, Janitor turned lawyer, self-reliance vs welfare-dependence

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 5 hours ago
There is a nice and somehow sensational story this week about a former janitor at the Commission on Elections (Comelec), pursued law studies as a working student, and passed the Bar Exams, results were released last Tuesday. My lawyer-friend from UP, Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia posted this in his fb wall last Wednesday: *Thank you for the inspiring visit Compañero Ramil Comendador. May there be more of you in this world. It was in this office, then occupied by Comm. Rene Sarmiento, where he started working for Comelec.* *Allow me please to incorporate in this post, Comm. R... more »

Pilot Comparative Study on the Health of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated 6-12 Year Old US Children

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 6 hours ago
Important note from the editors. The vax/unvax study is now-officially published in a peer reviewed journal. The full text is available on line HERE at the Journal of Translational Science. The .pdf is HERE: Mawson et al 2017 vax-unvax Jnl...

GOP House Keeps Much of ObamaCare in “Repeal and Replace” Bill

Alex Newman at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: gop-house-keeps-much-of-obamacare-in-repeal-and-replace-bill] Despite virtually every Republican at the federal level running on a platform of repealing ObamaCare, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives just voted to retain the bulk of it under the guise of “repeal and replace.” Now, in addition to keeping in place a dizzying array of unconstitutional and destructive federal meddling in healthcare, Republicans have ensured that they will get the blame as costs continue to surge and care becomes increasingly difficult to access. Everyday Americans and constitutional gove... more »

Catholic Archdiocese Nixes Girl Scouts and Says No to Cookie Sales

Selwyn Duke at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: catholic-archdiocese-nixes-girl-scouts-and-says-no-to-cookie-sales] The Girl Scouts are un-Christian. This essentially is the conclusion of the Archdiocese of Kansas City (AKC), Kansas, which announced Monday that it’s finally severing ties with the increasingly secular, left-wing group.

World News Briefs -- May 4, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to present the U.S. Air Force Academy football team with the Commander-in-Chief trophy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 2, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts *Reuters*: *Trump to wade into Middle East politics on first foreign trip* U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month, kicking off his first foreign trip, where he will work to reinvigorate traditional alliances in the region. Trump said he would also visit the Vatican along with his swing through the Middle East ... more »

Did Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Flip the Bird’ at a Photographer?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
A photograph appearing to show the civil rights leader eloquently gesturing at a camera is a hoax.

U.S. Army Releases Combat Photographer’s Last Shot — of the Blast That Killed Her

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
The "haunting" image was captured by Spc. Hilda Clayton of an explosion that claimed her life in Afghanistan.

Indian Running

What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 6 hours ago
 For at least four million years, our ancestors have been bipedal, they moved around on two legs. This ability evolved on the African savannah, tropical grassland. Being upright exposed less of their bodies to hot sunbeams, and their bushy head hair provided extra protection. Their nearly furless bodies, combined with three million sweat glands, allowed them to shed body heat better than other savannah mammals. Being bipedal prohibited lightning fast bursts of speed, but it enabled steady long distance running in roasting temperatures. Other mammals could make quick getaways,... more »

The 26-year-old from Bristol who fought against terrorism, but is now being treated like a criminal

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 7 hours ago
Bristolian Josh Walker went out to northern Syria to fight against Daesh (Isis/Isil) in 2016. He stayed there for six months, living and fighting alongside some of the most effective ground forces in the battle against Daesh terror. But upon his return to Britain, he didn’t receive the hero’s welcome he might’ve expected. Instead, he […] The post The 26-year-old from Bristol who fought against terrorism, but is now being treated like a criminal appeared first on The Canary.

In her ‘megaphone’ speech against the EU, Theresa May admits Brexit disaster looms

Tom Coburg at The Canary - 7 hours ago
Immediately after visiting Buckingham Palace to formally seek the dissolution of parliament, Theresa May took to a podium outside of 10 Downing Street. She appeared angry, and launched straight into a speech. But in doing so, she let slip how Brexit is likely to be a disaster. And that slip could cost her the election. […] The post In her ‘megaphone’ speech against the EU, Theresa May admits Brexit disaster looms appeared first on The Canary.

TPPF Statement on Passage of House Healthcare Bill

Content Multimedia - 7 hours ago
By Chip Roy Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Chip Roy, Director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Action, issued the following statement on passage of the American Health Care Act by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Are Dallas Taxpayers About to Bail-Out the DPFPS?

Content Multimedia - 7 hours ago
By James Quintero, Taylor Zavala

Let States Have Their Own Healthcare Systems

Content Multimedia - 7 hours ago
By Deane Waldman Instead of imposing a one-size-fits-all solution, the 114thCongress could become our national hero. Simply listen to the people and let them have the healthcare they want.

The Case for a Texas Water Market

Content Multimedia - 7 hours ago
By Kathleen Hartnett White, Carlos Rubinstein, Herman Settemeyer, Megan Ingram

BWorld 124, On Grab, Uber, traffic and LTFRB

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 7 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld on April 11, 2017. The sharing economy is among the wonderful new inventions as humanity innovates with more modern technology. Technology companies (not transport firms or hotels) now allow private motorists to transport passengers and private homeowners can take guests and visitors for a fee via Airbnb. There are two major advantages of tech companies in land transportation like Uber, Grab, and Lyft. First, transparency between the driver and passenger/s. Since both drivers and passengers have accounts with these tech companies officially ca... more »

Scientists warn arctic people: Diseases from millions of years ago are awakening because of melting ice

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
Climate change is melting permafrost soils that have been frozen for thousands of years, and as the soils melt they are releasing ancient viruses and bacteria that, having lain dormant, are springing back to life. As the Earth warms, more permafrost will melt. Under normal circumstances, superficial permafrost layers about 50cm deep melt every summer. But now global warming is gradually exposing older permafrost layers. Frozen permafrost soil is the perfect place for bacteria to remain alive for very long periods of time, perhaps as long as a million years. That means melting ice co... more »

Pentagon To Give Its Afghan Plan To The White House Next Week

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
U.S. Army General John Nicholson (L), commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst *Reuters:* *U.S. military to pitch revised Afghan war plan to Trump in next week* The U.S. military said on Thursday it will offer recommendations on the war in Afghanistan to President Donald Trump within the next week, amid expectations of a request for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with Taliban insurgents. Theresa Whelan, acting... more »

U.S. And Turkey On Collision Course Over Kurdish Forces In Syria

Dan Wright at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
A top adviser for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ilnur Cevik, warned on May 3 that United States troops and equipment risk being destroyed due to their proximity to Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. Turkey claims those fighters are aligned with the Kurdish militant group the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), The post U.S. And Turkey On Collision Course Over Kurdish Forces In Syria appeared first on Shadowproof.

House Republicans finally manage to pass Republican "health care" bill with 217 votes.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 8 hours ago
Paul Ryan showing how the GOP members of the House will offer free breast exams to help alleviate health care costs for women. Courtesy of ABC News: *House Republicans have passed their ambitious plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, after several fits and starts, sending the measure to the Senate, where it is expected to be significantly revised. * *The bill passed the House in a narrow 217-213 vote. All Democrats opposed the bill. * *Democrats warned that the changes will leave Americans worse off. * *“Make no mistake, many people will die as a result of this bill,” Rep. Debbie... more »

The Universe

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"The truth is you live in an infinitely kind and unspeakably wise Universe that you are a part of, not apart from; where you, yourself, are a creator. And of your countless creations, your life is one. You chose to be here. And infinitely benign and intelligent yourself, your choice was impeccable. In this greatest adventure of all adventures, whatever you wish for is my command. I am your most faithful servant and constant companion. Whatever you once dreamed of for yourself, can still come to pass. It's never too late to come from behind, and things can literally change for the be... more »

"Courage, It Would Seem..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there is always tomorrow." - Dorothy Thompson

"The Marine Corps, 1966: Not Too Many Snowflakes"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"The Marine Corps, 1966: Not Too Many Snowflakes"* by Fred Reed "This is criminally long. It will probably leave no space on the internet for anything else. It was published in the magazine of Army Times in 1979. It describes a Parris Island that no longer exists. In fact it describes a world that no longer exists. The thought of some effeminate Sanowflake telling a Marine DI that he needed a Safe Space so he wouldn’t feel uncomfortable, poor darling–well, it just charms me. He would develop a whole new understanding of “uncomfortable.” Anyway, the piece will resonate with a few... more »

Obama Team Distributed Thousands of NSA Data Reports Showing Names of U.S. Residents in 2016

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: obama-team-distributed-thousands-of-nsa-data-reports-showing-names-of-u-s-residents-in-2016] The Obama administration distributed thousands of intelligence reports with NSA intercept data containing the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the 2016 election.

Facebook Researching Ways to Target Vulnerable Young People

Dave Bohon at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: facebook-researching-ways-to-target-vulnerable-young-people] A report from Australia says that Facebook researched how it could target vulnerable teens and young people with predatory advertising practices.

President Trump Issues Executive Order Expanding Religious Freedom

Bob Adelmann at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: president-trump-issues-executive-order-expanding-religious-freedom] President Donald Trump unveiled his much-anticipated executive order expanding religious freedom in the Rose Garden on Thursday, the nation’s National Day of Prayer.

Madison Was Right About War

Jacob G. Hornberger at 8 hours ago
[image: undefined] Given that so many Americans continue to express gratitude to the troops for their forever service in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and elsewhere, it would be worthwhile to revisit the immortal words of James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution: Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination... more »

The Short Straw Gambit: facing down madness with cleverness

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 8 hours ago
I've suggested this before. Donald Trump is about personality disorders, not ideology! Indeed, the "worst American" George F. Will has reached the same conclusion about the man occupying the Oval Office. This overlap of diagnosis does *not* persuade me to cozy up to Will the Traitor. Still, by all means read the man's dissection. Viewing the problem as psychological, instead of fundamentally ideological, opens up an interesting possibility. For example, last month Trump declared war on the GOP's Freedom Caucus -- the 30+ Republican Tea Party radicals who torched Paul Ryan's "Obama... more »

7 Key Principles to Attaining Inner Peace

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 8 hours ago
*Brandon West* - Inner peace is within you, and it is realized by looking within. The post 7 Key Principles to Attaining Inner Peace appeared first on Waking Times.

Grandma With Terminal Cancer Jailed for LEGAL THC in Her Blood, Forced to Miss Chemo

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: thc]For taking her legally prescribed cancer medication, an innocent grandmother was charged with DUI and thrown in a cage.

Are Trump Voters Going To Turn Out To Keep Ryan In The Speaker's Chair In 2018?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Yesterday, *Cook*'s Amy Walter mused aloud whether or not big Republican support for Trump "is going to translate into turn-out and support for the GOP in 2018. You don’t have to go too far back in history to find an example of a president who came to office with backing from a new, enthusiastic group of voters, only to find that those voters failed to consistently show up for the party. The so-called Obama coalition never soured on Obama, but they also didn’t show up to vote for his party in 2010, 2014 or 2016-- i.e., the years he wasn’t on the ballot." Here’s what all the st... more »

Who's Running the Best Election Campaign?

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Who is running the best general election campaign? Well, it's obvious, innit. Jeremy Corbyn is. The Labour campaign is dynamic, there's a new policy every day, the leader is ubiquitous, and he's received rare praise from the media for being accessible and helpful. Contrast that to the shambles of Theresa May and the control freak effort Tory central office are running. She hides from the public, will not take questions on camera, is more awful than New Labour at its sound bitey worst, and indulges witless provocations. Compare the two and they're miles apart. If only polls reflecte... more »

Michael Hudson: The Capitalist Way: Cheat, Lie and Steal

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 8 hours ago
with Michael Hudson Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Hudson May 4, 2017 The Laura Flanders Show on Mar 28, 2017 We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author […]

Did Astronauts Remove Their Helmets on the ‘Moon’?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A photograph showing astronauts without their helmets is real, but it was taken during a training exercise.

Babysitter Transported to Hospital After Inserting a Baby in Her Vagina?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
The story is another fake scoop from the always-unreliable World News Daily Report.

Native Americans Shot Down an Airplane with Arrows?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A photograph showing an airplane pierced with dozens of wooden arrows is frequently circulated with fabricated backstories.

It Will Take 5 Years And Billions To Rebuild Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Five years, billions of dollars needed to rebuild Mosul: officials* Mosul's wrecked roads, bridges and broader economy will take at least five years to repair and need billions of dollars of development that Iraq's government will struggle to afford, officials returning to the battle-scarred city said. The airport, railway station and university were all destroyed in the long fight to dislodge Islamic State militants from their main Iraqi stronghold. Iraqi government forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition have now retaken the eastern half of the city - letting regional... more »

Internal Investigators Fired For Reporting Wild Behaviour By U.S. Contractors On An Iraqi Air Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Vodka-soaked gummy bears and militias: Report details how a U.S. contractor might have broken the law in Iraq* An American contracting company that was paid millions by the U.S. government to secure an Iraqi air base ignored reports of theft, sex trafficking, alcohol smuggling and repeated security breaches before firing the internal investigators that were looking into the violations, according to a report by the Associated Press on Wednesday. The AP’s story is based on more than 100 documents, interviews with multiple company employees and the two fired inves... more »

Who was funding Michael Flynn's work?

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017A cable star's alternate stories:* Who was paying Michael Flynn for the work for which he enrolled as a "foreign agent?" We ask the question for an obvious reason—we watch the Maddow Show. The program's host has been alternating two different stories over the past two weeks. Ever since last fall, Maddow has tended to say that Flynn was "on the payroll of the Turkish government" when he did the lobbying for which he belatedly registered as a "foreign agent." As far as we know, no other news org has made this claim—and as far as we know, there never was any act... more »

Why Do Women Die At Higher Rates After Being Discharged With Heart Arrhythmias?

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 9 hours ago
Atrial fibrillation and flutter (also known as AFF) is associated with serious health problems and is a significant contributor to death rates. Knowing that, why would there be different death rates for male and female patients who presented with AFF to emergency departments and then discharged? Even 30 and 90 days after discharge. AFF is an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that is associated with blood clots to the brain (e.g., stroke) and other organs, heart failure, and sometimes death. It affects approximately 2.66 million Americans. read more

Why The Fall Of Raqqa And Mosul Will Not Spell The End For The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
A police officer searches a man at a checkpoint in central Baghdad. (Photo: REUTERS - Saad Shalash) *Patrick Cockburn, The Independent*:* Fall of Raqqa and Mosul will not spell the end for Isis - only a new beginning* *The desperate state of both Syria and Iraq's armies means there is no realistic prospect of either country defeating their extremist insurgencies for good.* When Lionel Messi scored a last minute winning goal for Barcelona against Real Madrid on 23 April, football fans in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous who had been watching the game on television rushed into the... more »

U.S. In Talks With Iraq To Keep U.S. Troops In The Country After The Islamic State Has Been Defeated

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
U.S. soldiers gather at a military base north of Mosul, Iraq © Stephen Kalin / Reuters *VOA: Report:* *Iraq, US in Talks to Keep American Troops After IS Fight* Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is reported to be in talks with the Trump administration to keep American troops in Iraq after the fight against Islamic State in the country is over. Citing U.S. and Iraqi officials, The Associated Press reports that talks are ongoing, but the agreement could conclude that, in contrast to the U.S. withdrawal in 2011, a longer-term presence of U.S. troops is needed to ensure security in... more »

Best of friends: Boobah the owl and Hazel the German shepherd are inseparable

White Wolf at White Wolf - 9 hours ago
It is an unlikely friendship - one that has amazed their owners and animal experts alike. Yet, somehow, this baby owl has chosen a dog as his best friend. Boobah the owl and Hazel the German shepherd have become inseparable, with the bird regularly perching on the dog's head or back for a ride. Their owners, Stuart and Caroline Ward, bought Boobah three weeks ago, just before two-year-old Hazel gave birth to two pups. They feared the dog might be over-protective of her litter and suspicious of the new arrival. Instead, she welcomed her new feathered friend into the fold. Boobah e... more »

Macron calls Le Pen supporters the ‘enemies’ of France

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
[image: loser] Did the French Presidential front-runner just have a 'basket of deplorables' moment? The post Macron calls Le Pen supporters the ‘enemies’ of France appeared first on The Duran.

In pictures: Syrian Army troops celebrate vital advance in east Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is moving ever closer to restoring its capital under government control amid ongoing counter-insurgency operations in eastern Damascus. On Thursday, Al-Masdar News obtained 14 photos from a soldier in the 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard deployed in the Al-Qaboun suburb, showing high morale in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Uzbek jihadist group in Syria appoints new commander after previous leader’s assassination

Ivan Yakovlev at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:40 P.M.) – Uzbek jihadist group ‘Imam Al-Bukhari Battalion’ (IBB) announced appointment of new commander, a Tadjikistani citizen known as ‘Abu Yussouf’. This comes in a week after previous leader of the group, Akmal Jurabaev (known as ‘Sheikh Salaheddine’), was assassinated in Idlib province. According to Uzbekistani opposition media, Ozodlik Radiosi (Uzbek branch […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Doğu Guta’da cihatçılar arasındaki iç savaşta ölü sayısı 130’a çıktı

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Geçtiğimiz hafta Doğu Guta’da Ceyşül İslam ile diğer gruplar arasında başlayan iç savaşta ölü sayısının 130’a çıktığı bildirildi. Cihatçılara yakınlığıyla bilinen gazeteci Musa el Ömer; yaklaşık 1 haftadır devam eden çatışmalarda, içerisinde sivillerin de bulunduğu 130’kişinin öldüğünü ve 500’den fazla kişinin yaralandığını bildirdi. Bu bilgilerden bağımsız olarak, şuana kadar yapılan resmi açıklamalarda en az […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi Arabia troubled as rival groups battle it out in Aden city

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
SANAA, YEMEN (9:30 P.M.) – On Thursday, violent firefights erupted in the port city of Aden as Saudi-backed Hadi loyalists and separatists of the South Yemen Movement clashed with one another. Militants of the South Yemen Movement reportedly stormed the headquarters of the 39th Armored Division in the Khormaksar district, prompting Yemeni troops to return […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Kurdish militants offer injured ISIS fighter treatment and cigarettes

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:00 P.M.) – An amateur video emerged on Thursday, showing units of the newly arrived Manbij Military Council (MMC) treating a captured Islamic State militant who had been injured during firefights in the Tabqa region, west of Raqqa. Cutting his jumper open with a scissor to access his flesh wounds, the ISIS fighter […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS establishes secret training camp in Southeast Asia

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:25 P.M.) – Twelve somewhat worrisome images were released by Amaq Agency on Thursday, showcasing a jihadist training camp at an undisclosed in Southeast Asia. Wielding state-of-the-art armaments, the Islamic State insurgents are depicted undergoing extensive training in an open field, likely in the Philippines: Amaq Agency did not specify in which Southeast […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Yemeni Houthi attacks in Marib province leave at least 15 pro-Saudi fighters dead

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (7:45 P.M.) – On Thursday, Yemeni Army’s missile forces, loyal to Supreme Political Council (SPC) in Sana’a, launched series of missile strikes in western areas of Marib province in northern Yemen targeting gatherings of Saudi-backed mercenaries in Al-Khaneq area of Harib Nihm district. According to a military source, “Grad” MLRS (multiple launch rocket […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

SDF command denies any agreement with ISIL in west Raqqa

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:25 P.M.) – Earlier today, rumors surfaced via Twitter and Facebook that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had reached an agreement with the Islamic State (ISIL) in Tabaqa to surrender the city and Euphrates for passage to Raqqa City. However, the official media wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces denied any such agreement […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Unconfirmed reports of 250 US military personnel entering Syria’s Al-Hasakah

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 P.M.) Over 250 U.S. military personnel and 48 armored vehicles entered Syrian territory, today, from the Iraqi border, Kurdish activists claimed this evening. Entering the Al-Hasakah Governorate from Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate, the U.S. military personnel reached the town of Al-Malkiyah in northwestern Syria. Most of the Al-Hasakah Governorate is under PYD governance, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Czech government crisis is tense, fun to watch

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 9 hours ago
Two days ago, the Czech prime minister Sobotka announced his intent to resign – and, according to the traditions, this includes the removal of the whole government. The move was unexpected for almost everybody including myself (we assumed that he could only say "it's OK" or "fire Babiš only"). People have lots of opinions about the usefulness or legitimacy of the step. I think that my opinion that it was a potentially ingenious chess move is a rare one but some other pundits, like the former ideologue of center-right ODS Vlastimil Tlustý, seem to agree with my view. It's rather likel... more »

Music to Rite to

Russell Duffy at GlobaLove Think Tank - 9 hours ago

Here Are The 20 Republicans Who Voted Against the House Health Care Bill

Phillip Stucky at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Phillip Stucky* *Politics, * But will it pass the Senate? Twenty House Republicans voted against the American Healthcare Act Thursday, breaking with their party and President Donald Trump to oppose the Obamacare replacement bill. The AHCA passed with 217 votes in what is being billed as a big victory for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, after their first attempt to pass a replacement bill failed in March. Here are the 20 Republicans who joined Democrats to vote against the bill: Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Iliana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Thomas Massie o... more »

The House Just Passed an Obamacare Replacement Bill 217 to 213

Geoffrey Ingersoll at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Geoffrey Ingersoll* *Politics, * So what happens next? The House passed an Obamacare replacement bill 217 to 213 Thursday, in a successful second attempt to deal with the health care law. The bill’s passage comes after weeks of negotiations. Republicans floundered in their first attempt to pass an overhaul bill in March, after a lack of consensus among members of the different factions of the conference derailed the legislation. Vice President Mike Pence played a pivotal role in its success the second time around in the House, having helped lead the renewed negotiation efforts... more »

How Obama Really Feels About Watching Donald Trump in the White House

Phillip Stucky at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Phillip Stucky* *Politics, * Trump and Obama haven’t held a single conversation since the inauguration. Former president Barack Obama is sad and frustrated over President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in the White House, according to a Thursday report from Politico. People who spoke with Obama told Politico the former president’s personal feelings about Trump range from stoicism, to fear, to frustration. And although his personal reaction to Trump’s wiretapping accusation was basically an “eye-roll,” sources told Politico he was directly involved in the response, and told his ... more »

Susan Rice refuses to serve as a pinata for the Republicans anymore.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of Politico: *Former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday declined a request to testify next week before a Senate subcommittee, citing separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches and the fact that the invitation was not bipartisan. * *Rice’s decision to decline the invitation to testify on Russia’s election meddling came in a letter from her lawyer, Kathryn Ruemmler, to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).* *The letter, fi... more »

John Lott: Half of All U.S. Murders Happen in Just Two Percent of Counties

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: john-lott-half-of-all-us-murders-happen-in-just-2-percent-of-us-counties] In 2014, the latest year for which sufficient data is available, half of all murders in the United States took place in just 63 U.S. counties — two percent of the 3,144 counties in the country.

How the UN Covers up Atrocities by Persecuting Whistleblowers

TNA Video at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: alex-newman-un-persecutes-whistleblowers]VIDEO - The United Nations has become a cesspool of crime and even atrocities, including the systematic rape of children by UN "peace" troops, The New American's Foreign Correspondent Alex Newman explains in this video. We know this because of brave whistleblowers such as Anders Kompass, Emma Reilly, Rasna Warah, Peter Gallo, Miranda Brown, and Povl Bang-Jensen, among others, who have put their careers and sometimes even their lives on the line to blow the whistle. And yet, instead of rewarding these brave truth tellers, the UN has a ... more »

Syria Safe Zones Declared: Will The Killing Finally End?

Daniel McAdams at 10 hours ago
This morning an agreement was reached at the Syria talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, to set up four "de-escalation" or "safe" zones inside Syria, where moderate rebels would be tolerated but extremists like al-Qaeda and ISIS and their various offshoots would not be tolerated. The Syrian and Russian governments would not conduct military action in such zones. The aim is to reduce the fighting and allow the delivery of humanitarian aid. Will the "moderates" really be able to separate from the extremists and terrorists? That remains to be seen. What will be the US reaction, especially from ... more »

Horrifying Video Shows Multiple Cops Kick, Taser, Crush Mentally Ill Man Until He Died

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: deputies]A terrifying video of deputies brutally attempting to book a mentally ill man into jail shines a much-needed light on the need for police training.

Bodies of 23 Dead Kids Allegedly Stolen for Use in Film of False Flag Chemical Attack in Syria

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: attack]A new report says a chemical weapons attack false flag in Syria is coming soon — as Al Jazeera allegedly filmed the White Helmets in a staged event.

"Self Worth"

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

2020–The Climate Turning Point

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood h/t Robin Guenier http://www.mission2020.global/M2020%20press%20release.pdf Christiana Figueres has not been twiddling her fingers since stepping down from the UNFCCC. Instead, she is at the forefront of the campaign group, Mission 2020. They have recently issued this press release: http://www.mission2020.global/M2020%20press%20release.pdf The report on which these recommendations are based […]

Richard Lindzen–Part III

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood More from Richard Lindzen: The extreme weather meme: Every line weather forecaster knows that extreme events occur someplace virtually every day. The present temptation to attribute these normally occurring events to climate change is patently dishonest. Roger Pielke, Jr. actually wrote a book detailing the fact that there is no […]

Ben Goldsmith’s Letter To The Telegraph

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood The Telegraph have printed this letter from the billionaire Ben Goldsmith today: SIR – Charles Moore couldn’t have got it more wrong in writing that climate change fears are elitist and limited to those in metropolitan areas. MPs up and down the country report increasing numbers of constituents […]

Did Mike Pence Say Americans Need More ‘Jesus Care,’ Not Health Care?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A quote attributed to the Vice President of the United States claiming that churches heal more people than doctors is a fabrication.

‘Repeal and Replace’ Bill Passes House

Brooke Binkowski at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
The American Health Care Act bill now goes to the Senate.

Canada Recalls Gin with Double Alcohol Content

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Some cases of Bombay Sapphire gin were found to have 77 percent alcohol content due to improper dilution.

Was Angela Merkel’s Hair Censored on Saudi Arabia State Television?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
An image purporting to be a screenshot of a news story showing Germany's leader with pixelated hair is a hoax.

Did a Student with a Concealed Handgun Stop a Mass Stabbing at Texas College?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Reports that a student with a handgun stopped a stabbing attack were based on incomplete information.

Did Raleigh Restaurant Employees Sing an Offensive Song at a Group of Police Officers?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Surveillance video disproved the story, but the restaurant's reputation has not yet recovered.

A lawyer stands up to Theresa May, challenging one of her key election pledges [VIDEO]

Ed Sykes at The Canary - 11 hours ago
One of Theresa May’s main pledges in the 2017 general election is that her party will ‘defend’ Britain – something she claims her opponent Jeremy Corbyn will not do. But it’s not a claim that stands up to much scrutiny. And with this in mind, one lawyer decided to take May to task on the issue. May […] The post A lawyer stands up to Theresa May, challenging one of her key election pledges [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

Theresa May has now given the country a £56m reason to show her the door

Tracy Keeling at The Canary - 11 hours ago
Theresa May has now given voters in the country a £50m reason to boot her out of Downing Street. Her party regularly talks about Labour’s supposedly “irresponsible” spending plans. But she has now pledged to spend at least £50m of taxpayers’ money on one particular endeavour. And it’s one that will no doubt satisfy US […] The post Theresa May has now given the country a £56m reason to show her the door appeared first on The Canary.

Students just blew the general election wide open with one hell of a shock for Theresa May

James Wright at The Canary - 11 hours ago
Front-runner Theresa May could be in for one hell of a shock. Students have blown the general election wide open as 93% say they are registered to vote on 8 June. And the majority of that 93% plan to use their vote either for Labour or to tactically remove the Conservatives from power. Stepping back […] The post Students just blew the general election wide open with one hell of a shock for Theresa May appeared first on The Canary.

The man who knows best has explained exactly how the EU will frustrate Brexit negotiations

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 11 hours ago
Yanis Varoufakis has perhaps more experience of dealing with an aggressive EU than anyone. He was Greece’s Finance Minister when the country was trying lessen the burden of the austerity that was being imposed on them. And he’s encountered the many ways in which the EU can stall, block, and reverse the efforts of a […] The post The man who knows best has explained exactly how the EU will frustrate Brexit negotiations appeared first on The Canary.

Labour Party policy in six words at 5:05 in this interview with Diane Abbott

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
https://youtu.be/MpcOcBj1FIE "Money is neither here nor there..." That seems to be Labour's motto.

Boycott call after DWP wrongly claims DPOs helped devise punitive work scheme

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Disabled activists have called on disability charities to boycott any further co-operation with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), after it wrongly claimed that disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) had helped draw up its punitive new work scheme. DWP claimed that DPOs “co-designed” plans to force new claimants of out-of-work disability benefits to take part [...]

EHRC confusion after minister appears to scrap disability commissioner role

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
The government appears to have secretly scrapped the post of disability commissioner at the equality and human rights watchdog, but is refusing to confirm that it has done so. The decision only emerged following the government appointment of the disabled Tory peer Lord [Kevin] Shinkwin to the board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission [...]

Election forces MPs to abandon PIP inquiry, but evidence backs up dishonesty claims

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Statements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of the prime minister’s decision to call a general election. Despite its inquiry into the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process having to be scrapped, the [...]

DPAC issues tactical voting plea to save country from five more years of Tory rule

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Anti-cuts activists have called for disabled people to vote tactically at the general election, in a bid to remove the Conservative party from power. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) launched a campaign this week to “unseat” the Tory government, with a protest outside the party’s election headquarters in Westminster (pictured). Although they failed to achieve [...]

Remploy refused to give disabled experts support workers for care inspections

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Disabled people helping to deliver a vital part of the care watchdog’s inspection programme were refused support workers, while one was bullied into resigning, documents obtained by Disability News Service (DNS) have revealed. The internal reports – finally released following a freedom of information request submitted last June – show the scale of concern at [...]

Benefit claimants take to social media to describe DWP ‘hell’ and ‘abuse’

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Disabled people have described how the “terrifying” and “abusive” benefit assessments delivered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have seriously damaged their health, and how its failings will affect how they vote in next month’s general election. The discussion on the social media platform Twitter was the first major event organised by the [...]

Snap election puts co-production of Labour social security policies at risk

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Labour has refused to say what impact the snap election will have on its lengthy efforts to ensure that disabled people’s views are at the heart of its new social security policies. Although it says the results of its Disability Equality Roadshow will still feed into the party’s development of its manifesto, it has refused [...]

Activists protest at eight stations hit by access delays

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Disabled activists have protested at rail stations across the capital over the government’s decision to postpone £50 million of funding that had been set aside for major access improvements across England and Wales. Supporters of the user-led Transport for All (TfA) campaign protested about the decision by the Department for Transport (DfT) at the eight [...]

TODAY: TPPF's Brandon Logan to Testify on Foster Care Issues

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Brandon J. Logan Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Brandon Logan, director of the Center for Families and Children, will tesify against House Bill 596 and in support of House Bill 3297. Mr. Logan will testify on both bills before the Texas House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee TODAY, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. CDT or upon final House adjournment in room E2.016 of the Texas State Capitol.

TPPF Applauds House Passage of Bill to Ban Local Linkage Fees

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Bryan Mathew Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Bryan Mathew, policy analyst for the Center for Local Governance, issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1449. The bill prohibits municipalities from imposing linkage fees on new construction.

TODAY: TPPF's Dr. Deane Waldman to Testify on Improving Access to Dental Care

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Deane Waldman Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Dr. Deane Waldman, director of the Center for Health Care Policy, will testify in support of House Bill 1201, relating to the regulation of dental hygienists. Dr. Waldman will testify before the Texas House Public Health Committee TODAY, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CDT in room E2.012 of the Texas State Capitol.

TPPF Releases Paper Showing Benefits of Raising Juvenile Court Age

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Derek M. Cohen, Haley Holik The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) today released a paper, "Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction in Texas," illustrating the benefits of prosecuting 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system.

TPPF Releases Updated Comparison of GOP Healthcare Bill to Obamacare

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Chip Roy The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released an analysis of the latest revisions to the American Health Care Act as well as an updated side-by-side chart comparing the bill’s current iteration to both its initial draft and Obamacare. The memo, addressed to the Texas Congressional delegation, shows that despite the good faith efforts made by some to improve the bill, there remains myriad policy shortcomings, including retention of Obamacare’s costly regulations and mandates as the default federal law.

TPPF Applauds House Passage of Bill Phasing Out Franchise Tax

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By Vance Ginn Texas Public Policy Foundation's (TPPF) Talmadge Heflin, director of the Center for Fiscal Policy, and Economist Dr. Vance Ginn issued the following statements on House Bill 28. The bill, which passed the Texas House last night, would put the business franchise tax, commonly called the margins tax, on a path to elimination.

TPPF's James Quintero on School District Transparency

Content Multimedia - 11 hours ago
By James Quintero Texas Public Policy Foundation’s James Quintero, director of the Center for Local Governance, testified before the Senate Committee on Education in support of Senate Bill 1605, a bill to improve school district financial transparency and accountability.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
Republicans in the House are trying to pass a new health care law, but -- in a near-echo of René Magritte -- what they and other Obamacare-repeal advocates, (especially) White House officials, are saying about the potential law is: *This is not a law.* Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) ... pushed the idea that Republicans just need to pull the trigger on this bill because it will change. “This thing is going to go to the United States Senate. It’s going to change in my view,” he said on NPR. ... White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday it is "literally impossible" to judge the... more »

North Korea threatens China in latest outburst

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 11 hours ago
[image: china n k] China reacts with calm to a hysterical statement from Pyongyang. The post North Korea threatens China in latest outburst appeared first on The Duran.

Russia calls the bluff of Turkey and so-called Syrian opposition and wins

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 11 hours ago
[image: MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend an opening ceremony for the newly restored Moscow Cathedral Mosque on September 23, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)] Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to form safe zones. The militants who would supposedly benefit from them storm out of the peace talks. The post Russia calls the bluff of Turkey and so-called Syrian opposition and wins appeared first on The Duran.

Iraqi Army Opens A New Front In The Battle For Mosul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*BBC*:* Mosul battle: Iraqis open up new front to retake city from IS* Iraqi security forces say they have opened a new front in the operation against so-called Islamic State (IS) militants in western Mosul. Units from the army's 9th Division and interior ministry's Rapid Response Force are moving on the Kanisa, Haramat and Mushairfa districts from the north. They will join troops who are pushing into the Old City from the south. The troops launched a major offensive to recapture Mosul - the last major IS urban stronghold in Iraq - in October. *Read more* .... *More News On Th... more »

Is Donald Trump Giving Up on the South China Sea?

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* How will China take it? The Trump administration is reportedly giving China a pass on its questionable activities in the South China Sea. U.S. Pacific Command requested permission a few weeks ago to conduct a freedom-of-navigation operation within 12 nautical miles of the disputed Scarborough Shoal, territory claimed by both Manila and Beijing. The Pentagon turned down the request, just as it did to earlier Navy requests in February, reports the New York Times. The requests were denied before they ever reached the White House. Throughout much o... more »

Boeing Harpoon Exits Navy LCS, Frigate Over-the-Horizon Missile Competition

Mike Fabey at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Mike Fabey* *Security, * Why? Boeing is pulling itself out of the competition for the Navy’s new over-the-horizon (OTH) missile slated for the service’s littoral combat ships (LCS) and future frigates (FF), industry developers said. “Boeing will not submit a bid to the U.S. Navy’s over-the-horizon weapon system request for proposal, as the solicitation excludes existing and future capabilities Boeing can offer,” Troy Rutherford, company missile systems director said. “We will continue to advance and support Boeing missile technologies in partnership with the Navy to stay ahea... more »

U.S. Navy Delays Buying More Frigates Until They Know How To Build Them

Thomas Phippen at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Thomas Phippen* *Security, * Smart idea? The Navy will delay purchasing new frigates by at least a year to “ensure designs are mature” before spending billions on ships with untested capabilities, the service announced Wednesday. The Navy intends to award the initial contract for the new frigates in fiscal year 2020, a year later than initially planned, Rear Admiral John Neagley, the littoral program executive officer, Rear Admiral Ron Boxall, the Navy’s surface warfare chief, said in a hearing of the House Committee on Armed Services’ Subcommittee on Seapower Wednesday. The ... more »

North Korea Offers To ‘Teach’ Trump ‘A Lesson’

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, Asia* In response to U.S. deployments of strategic assets, North Korea has repeatedly warned of war. Pyongyang said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s understanding of North Korea is equivalent to that of an “elementary school” student. Trump “better learn more” about North Korea, a commentary in the state-run Minju Choson suggested, according to NK News. “Let us be very clear to the Trump administration, whose level of knowledge about the opponent (the North Korean government) is only at the elementary student level,” the article explained, North ... more »

The Marine Corps, 1966: Not Too Many Snowflakes

Fred Reed at 12 hours ago
This is criminally long. It will probably leave no space on the internet for anything else. It was published in the magazine of Army Times in 1979. It describes a Parris Island that no longer exists. In fact it describes a world that … Continue reading →

After researcher is convicted of sexual assault, journal retracts her co-author’s paper

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 12 hours ago
A disability journal has retracted a paper supposedly penned by a man with severe disabilities, citing duplication. Although the reason for the retraction may sound run-of-the-mill, this situation is far from ordinary. The author, known as DMan Johnson — or simply “D.J.” — has cerebral palsy, and was communicating using a controversial technique called “facilitated communication” with Anna […] The post After researcher is convicted of sexual assault, journal retracts her co-author’s paper appeared first on Retraction Watch.

Honeymoon of the Generals in the Age of Trump: Wolfowitz on McMaster, Mattis

Gaius Publius at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
*“Cry Havoc! and let slip the dogs of war" (image source).* *by Gaius Publius* *“What I do is I authorize my military. We have given them total authorization..."* —Donald Trump, April 2017 *The war strain is strong in both parties.* —Yours truly Short and impossibly bitter. In all the talk of the multiple domestic disasters that the Age of Trump will usher in — health care destruction, assaults on immigrants, a new surge in death-by-lying-cop, a breaking broken climate, and all the rest — Americans have conveniently forgotten one of the worst, the loosing of our generals and thei... more »

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