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Sunday, May 7, 2017

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Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
I was cited in “Bataille De Mossoul: La Police Et L’Armee Irakienne Progressent Difficilement Dans La Vieille Ville” by France Soir.

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Branko Milanovic reviews Mike Lofgren's *The Deep State*, and highlights how entrenched wealth and power have hijacked our public institutions for their own benefit: The deep state includes the old-fashioned military-industrial complex, top of Wall Street and Silicon valley, think tanks and foundations, and the mainstream media, most of them (with the obvious exceptions of Silicon valley and Hollywood) located in Washington, DC and New York. These are people who often seamlessly move between government, its legislative and executive branches... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 202, May 6, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Families taking boats across the Tigris from west to east Mosul. Flooding has taken down the one pontoon bridge across the river in the city (Reuters) The new northern thrust into west Mosul paid more dividends. The last section of the Mesherfa neighborhood was freed, along with Kanisaand Harmat 1. There were reports of fighting going on in some of the recently liberated areas. That is normal as the Islamic State often retreats and then re-infiltrates into a sector of the city. On April 28, the chief of staff of the army General Osman al-Ghanami said that the battle for Mosul woul... more »

Theresa May’s government has just been caught breaking the law. And millions will be affected

Steve Topple at The Canary - 13 hours ago
On Sunday 7 May the Conservative government quietly breached its own legislation. Its excuse for flouting the law? The general election. But its actions will affect millions of people who have a right to know about this policy before voting on 8 June. Quietly does it The government had been due to release [paywall] the […] The post Theresa May’s government has just been caught breaking the law. And millions will be affected appeared first on The Canary.

Discussing Climate Change Policy isn’t “Hate Speech.”

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 13 hours ago
A disturbing trend has developed in this country where some, including many in the press, are arguing against the 1st Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom of speech. Mark Steyn has termed the phrase “ideological cleansing” to describe the phenomenon where the political left is attempting to eliminate any opinions other than their own from the public … Continue reading "Discussing Climate Change Policy isn’t “Hate Speech.”"

Cracks are Beginning to Form in the Green Wall; We’re all victims of the great green swindle

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 13 hours ago
When I was three my parents moved next to one of the busiest roundabouts in Europe. Hogarth roundabout in west London leads to the M3 and M4 and the smell of car fumes was only overpowered by the aroma of hops from the brewery on the corner. It was the perfect place to grow up. … Continue reading "Cracks are Beginning to Form in the Green Wall; We’re all victims of the great green swindle"

Hate to Say I Told You So, But I Told You So

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 13 hours ago
I’m not a climate scientist, and I view that as a huge positive when analyzing the climate change data and theory. I don’t have a dog in this fight, my funding and income aren’t dependent upon CO2 being the cause of anything. I haven’t taken endless classes telling me that there is a 98% certainty … Continue reading "Hate to Say I Told You So, But I Told You So"

The election in satire week #2

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 14 hours ago
And what a week it was! A week in which Kim Jong-May alerted us to a sinister to EU plot to carry on reporting how clueless she is! A week in which Jeremy Hunt claimed the biggest threat to the NHS is actually something other than him! And a week in which UKIP lost more […] The post The election in satire week #2 appeared first on The Canary.

A lawyer-turned campaigner’s viral video blows apart the smears about Corbyn’s policies [VIDEO]

Steve Topple at The Canary - 14 hours ago
A lawyer-turned-campaigner has released a video about Labour’s policies for the general election. And its no-nonsense approach has perfectly debunked any notion that there’s nothing to like about what Jeremy Corbyn’s party would do, if it won on 8 June. BOOM Peter Stefanovic is becoming well known on social media. He is getting a reputation […] The post A lawyer-turned campaigner’s viral video blows apart the smears about Corbyn’s policies [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

"Cognitive Dissonance & the Human Mind"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Cognitive Dissonance & the Human Mind" by Dan Eden "When “Robbie” the robot was told to shoot a weapon at a man in the movie Forbidden Planet, his electronic brain sparked and short-circuited. His creator had programmed him to never harm a human and so the conflicting ideas paralyzed him. Human beings often are presented with opposing thoughts also, but our brains have developed a way of resolving these conflicts through a process call cognitive dissonance. We are taught, like “Robbie,” that killing is prohibited - but what about war? And many anti-abortionists support the death p... more »

Musical Interlude: Giovanni Allevi, “Back To Life”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
Giovanni Allevi, “Back To Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFIBFd3gKHE

Trump Purchases Ex-Rockefeller Estate?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Reports about President Trump's purchasing a former Rockefeller estate in Maine for use as a "summer White House" originated with a "prank news" site.

Bonus Track

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 14 hours ago

4 Americans detained in North Korea in less than 24 months

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
[image: arrest] Donald Trump has not yet reacted to the most recent arrest. The post 4 Americans detained in North Korea in less than 24 months appeared first on The Duran.

Fascist Ukrainian regime bans Victory Day and Immortal Regiment

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
[image: immor] Attacks on ageing veterans are now a regular occurrence in post-coup Ukraine. The post Fascist Ukrainian regime bans Victory Day and Immortal Regiment appeared first on The Duran.

Fake News Put Out By Police Caused Innocent People to be Harassed by Racists

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: restaurant]Workers at Smithfield's Chicken and Barbeque restaurant were harassed and threatened after a slanderous lie was propagated by the Raleigh Police Protective Association.

Police Kill 15yo Boy in School Parking Lot for Brandishing BB Gun

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: gun]Body camera footage of police killing the teen for holding a BB Gun exists, but has been impounded as evidence.

US Foreign Policy is About to Kill 500,000 Children in Yemen — Media Silent

Annabelle Bamforth at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: yemen]Despite the deaths of thousands of Yemeni civilians and the risk of death for millions of children in the region, the United States shows no signs of slowing down assistance to Saudi Arabia, the country responsible for much of Yemen's suffering through intense military action.

13yo Boy Sentenced to 90 Days for Not Wanting to Be With His Mom

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: boy]A thirteen-year-old Oregon boy was sentenced to 90 days for not wanting to associate or communicate with his abusive mother


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
I have to collect all the evidence, get translations done and be at the court tomorrow at 10 am to president the facts to the investigating judge to avoid criminal defamation charges brought by Simos Samaras, who seems to be the surrogate of George Soros, Alexis Tsipras and the corrupt Larisa judges, and who is […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
An aid of Micheal Flynn requested the CIA biographical profile on Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak for his boss. Marshall Billingslea, a former Pentagon and NATO official, asked for classified information on Kislyak for Michael Flynn, who had been tapped by Trump to serve as White House national security adviser. Flynn may have been ordered by […]

Kushner family flogs US visas to Chinese in return for investments in real estate

Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
BEIJING — The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big — and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you. That was the message delivered Saturday by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s sister Nicole Kushner Meyer to a ballroom full of wealthy Chinese investors in […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Alexis Tsipras has let a Russian oligarch, who is a close friend of Vladimir Putin, and who sat as an MP for Putin in the Duma, off a large fine in apparent sign of warming relationship between Tsipras and Putin. Ivan Savvidis, one of the 30 wealthiest Russian oligarchs, was allowed to skip payment of […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Ebola vaccines for Guinea and the world: photos May 2017 More than 11 000 people in Guinea participated in a WHO-led trial to develop the world’s first vaccine against Ebola virus disease. The ground-breaking trial, which ended in January 2016, resulted in a vaccine that is highly protective against the deadly virus. Dr Margaret Chan, […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Celeste McGovern joins Rob Dew and Owen Shroyer to discuss the first ever study comparing the health levels of vaccinated and unvaccinated children. https://www.infowars.com/bombshell-study-proves-unvaccinated-children-are-healthier/ The study Preterm birth, vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders: a cross-sectional study of 6- to 12-year-old vaccinated and unvaccinated children The Authos Anthony R Mawson Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School […]

Islamic State magazine instructs potential terrorists to simply visit gun shows in America for all of their death dealing needs.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of the Washington Post: *In August, a former Islamic State recruit caused a stir when he described how the terrorist organization sought to exploit America’s lax gun laws. * *“They say the Americans are dumb — they have open gun policies” the recruit told the New York Times from a German prison. “They say we can radicalize them easily, and if they have no prior record, they can buy guns, so we don’t need to have a contact man who has to provide guns for them.”* Yep, our 2nd Amendment makes access to guns both easy and affordable. You know, for freedom. *In the most rece... more »

Pandering to Arab nations

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
The BBC hardly reports any genuine news these days. It’s more interested in stories about itself, such as who’s lined up as the next Dr. Who, or assorted gossip about various BBC productions. Of course it reported John McDonnell’s comments about whether or not he is an actual Marxist, but as such revelations often emerge directly from interviews with BBC staff, this still loosely qualifies as insularity. Andrew Marr does an interview, then bits of it are revisited on The Sunday Politics (when they did dig up a 4 year-old clip of John McDonnell stating unequivocally that he *is* a Ma... more »

The Flim Flam Man

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 15 hours ago
Donald Trump has done one thing more than anything else -- sign executive orders. Those signings -- done with great fanfare -- tell you a great deal about the man. Neal Gabler writes: Make no mistake. Some of these executive orders have done real damage, especially those affecting the environment and workers’ rights. But many of them, according to an Associated Press report, are little more than grandiose press releases, which takes us straight to the empty heart of this administration. Trump could care less about the substance of his executive orders. The pompous flourish with wh... more »

Blind Squirrels & Stopped Clocks

Tom Hilton at No More Mister Nice Blog - 15 hours ago
In a time when political events veer drunkenly between the impossible and the unthinkable, one of the more surprising developments is that Mr. McArdle has written something that actually makes sense: It’s unclear what health policy problem this bill would solve. Even for an opponent of Obamacare, it is difficult to understand why House Republicans chose this path to revamping the nation’s health care system. It’s difficult to understand, that is, if you think they were passing a health care bill. It makes more sense when you realize that isn’t what they were doing at all. They were ... more »

BREAKING: Battles suspended outside Damascus as evacuation deal underway

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS: 4: 42 P.M.) – The Syrian Army has ceased its military operations in the northeastern neighborhood of al-Qaboun as rebels agreed to surrender and negotiate an evacuation deal. The government troops are making significant advance inside the rebel heartland, forcing the insurgent to re-consider a deal they have refused months ago. According to the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Systematische Zerstörung des IS läuft in ganz Syrien an

Daniel Holzer at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (13:20) – Die jüngste Implementation von vier Schutzzonen in Syrien erlaubt es der Syrischen Armee (SAA) ihren Fokus auf Landesteile zu verschieben, die von der Terrororganisation Islamischer Staat (IS) kontrolliert werden. Mit der Verlegung von tausenden Soldaten an die Fronten von Palmyra und Ost-Aleppo bereitet die Syrische Armee zahlreiche Vorstöße in das Kerngebiet […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army begins important operation to prevent US-Jordanian troops from entering Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an important operation on Sunday to halt the advance of the Jordanian-backed rebel forces in the Damascus countryside. Led by their 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army kicked-off the powerful assault from their positions at the Al-Seen Airbase in east Damascus, striking the Jordanian-backed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Air Force strikes jihadist strongholds in northern Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SYAAF) carried out several airstrikes over the northern countryside of Hama, today, targeting several jihadist strongholds near the Idlib Governorate axis. Syrian jets flying from the Shay’rat Airbase began the day by striking the jihadist rebels inside the towns of Al-Lataminah, Kafr Zita, and Morek. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Bahraini regime postpones popular religious figure’s trial

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The trial of the popular Shiite cleric, Sheikh ‘Issa Qassem, has been postponed by the Bahraini regime, Al-Manar reported today. According to Al-Manar, today’s postponement of Sheikh Qassem’s trial is a victory for the protesters that have been demonstrating against the regime’s persecution of this religious scholar. On Sunday, the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Şam: Suriye ordusu, Kabun’da sona yaklaşırken cihatçılar tahliye anlaşması istiyor

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Suriye ordusu, cihatçıların savunma hattının dağılmasıyla beraber Kabun ve Barzeh bölgesindeki ilerleyişlerini sürdürüyor. Son 24 saat içerisinde bölgedeki 50’den fazla binayı kontrol altına alan 4. Zırhlı Tümeni’ne bağlı birlikler; radikal dinci grupların bölgedeki mevziilerini birbirine bağlayan en büyük tünellerden birisini bulmayı başardı. Askeri kaynak; tünel içerisinde bulunan cihatçıların teslim olmayı reddettiğini, bunun üzerine tünelin […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Cihatçıların Hama kuzeyindeki saldırısı püskürtüldü: +20 ölü

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Önceki gün Zilakiyat köyüne ikinci kez taarruz başlatan Suriye ordusu ve müttefikleri, bölgede bulunan son cihatçı mevzilerini hedef almıştı. Bu taarruza karşı koyamayan radikal dinci gruplar; Zilakiyat köyünden bölgedeki tepelere doğru çekilmiş ve ilerleyen ordu birliklerinehavan atışlarına başlamıştı. Havan ve topçu atışları sırasında kayıp vermek istemeyen birlikler; gece saatlerinde Zilakiyat’tan tekrar geri çekilse de, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Complete map of Syrian War – May 2017

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The month of April saw big changes around the Syrian battlefront, as several parties in this conflict capitalized on the Islamic State’s (ISIL) poorly defended territory in the rural parts of the country. In particular, the Jordanian and US backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces in southeastern Syria managed to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army captures new hilltop in northeast Homs

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF), imposed full control over another hilltop in the northeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate this weekend. Led by the 5th Legion, the Syrian Arab Army attacked the Islamic State’s (ISIL) defenses at the large hilltop of Tal Mudrajah […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

jihadi rebels near Damascus push for evacuation deal amid Army advance [+ Pictures]

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Army resumes its military operations in the northeastern neighborhood of al-Qaboun amid massive collapse in the jihadi groups. This morning, the Army troops uncovered and destroyed one of the largest tunnels connecting different parts of the insurgent-controlled district, thus curbing the rebels’ capabilities on underground movement. According to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army overwhelms jihadists in northern Hama, 20+ militants killed

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched their second attack at the village of Zalaqiyat, yesterday, targeting the remaining points under jihadist rebel control in the area. Unable to hold the village, the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-‘Izza were forced to withdraw to a nearby hilltop in order to regroup and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Systematic destruction of ISIL begins across Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – The recent implementation of four safe-zones around Syria has paved the way for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to shift their focus on the parts of the country controlled by the Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization. With the recent deployment of thousands of soldiers to the Palmyra and east Aleppo […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL raids US military base in Iraq: Al-Amaq

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State raided a U.S. military base in northwestern Iraq, today, the terrorist group’s official media wing claimed this morning. According to Al-‘Amaq News Agency, five suicide bombers managed to sneak past security outposts at the Kiwan Airbase, west of Karkouk, before attacking the installation during the wee hours on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: The destruction of ISIS by the Syrian Army in Aleppo province to resume

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:07 P.M.) – After a month-long pause in Syrian Arab Army (SAA) operations against ISIS in Aleppo province, pro-government forces – led by the elite Tiger Forces – are set to resume the offensive. Military sources have confirmed that offensive units of the SAA, namely the Tiger Forces, backed up by various pro-government […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ÚLTIMA HORA: El sur de Damasco estará libre de rebeldes en cuestión de semanas, incluyendo el campamento de Yarmouk

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Los rebeldes yihadistas de Hayat Tahrir al-Sham y sus familias han iniciado su largo viaje desde el distrito del campamento de Yarmouk, en el sur de Damasco, hasta la gobernación de Idlib, informó este viernes Ibrahim Joudeh, corresponsal de Al-Masdar en Siria. Según Joudeh, miles y miles de militantes y sus familiares abandonarán el campo […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL conducts desperate offensive in Deir Ezzor before SAA troops attack

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched a desperate offensive in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, yesterday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions around the provincial capital. With the Syrian Arab Army preparing for a major operation to lift the siege on Deir Ezzor, the Islamic State attempted to alleviate the pressure […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tahrir Al-Sham Rebellen starten Überraschungsangriff in Hama

Eduard Schreder at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (12:25 P.M.) – Jihadisten des Al-Qaeda-nahen Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Bündnisses überraschten Regierungstruppen heute mit einem nächtlichen Angriff auf Checkpoints im ländlichen Südosten von Hama, nahe der Stadt Salamiya. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham überrumpelten Kämpfer der Nationalen Verteidigungskräfte (NDF) mit einem heftigen Angriff kurz nach Mitternacht. Nach kurzem aber heftigen Kampf zogen sich die regierungstreuen Einheiten […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

A U.S. Bombing Run in North Korea Wiped Out Mao Zedong's Dynasty

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *History, Asia* Mao Anying remains honored in North Korea to this day. However, though some Chinese commemorate his sacrifice in battle, many are likely grateful he represents the path not followed. War has brought a premature end to countless promising young lives in absurd and horrifying ways. This is the tale of how the death of one man accorded high honor by North Korea may have changed the fate of China. Gen. Yang Di thought there was something strange about Gen. Peng Dehuai’s new secretary. The junior officer—in fact, merely a Russian translator—kept on ... more »

Fact: U.S. and Nazi Soldiers Fought as Allies Once During World War II

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Europe* A strange Second World War tale. In 1943, Heinrich Himmler, leader of the SS and an all-around monster, decided it would be a good idea to take the top members of France’s political and cultural elite and imprison them in a medieval castle in Austria. That sentence alone should tell you that the Nazis’ predilection for acts of Hollywood villainy was deep-seated and incurable. But real events soon became stranger than fiction. A small American recon platoon managed to liberate the captives during the closing days of the war, and fought a desp... more »

This Is How the Japanese Navy's Blitzkrieg Across the Pacific Was Stopped

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 16 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Asia* Welcome to the Battle of the Coral Sea. Many history books say the turning point of the Pacific War was the Battle of Midway in June 1942. But a month before Midway, in a patch of ocean 3,500 miles away near the coast of Australia, there occurred another battle that could also be termed the turning point of the Pacific. The Battle of the Coral Sea (May 4–8, 1942) has always been portrayed as the prologue to Midway—a sort of Midway-lite. Like Midway, it was a battle sparked by deciphered Japanese codes. And like Midway, it was an air-sea battle w... more »

"The Courage To Continue..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago

"The Summit"; "Benedicto"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"The summit is believed to be the object of the climb. But its true object - the joy of living - is not in the peak itself, but in the adversities encountered on the way up. There are valleys, cliffs, streams, precipices, and slides, and as he walks these steep paths, the climber may think he cannot go any farther, or even that dying would be better than going on. But then he resumes fighting the difficulties directly in front of him, and when he is finally able to turn and look back at what he has overcome, he finds he has truly experienced the joy of living while on life's very ro... more »

“4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*“4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience”* by Robby Berman "For everyone, there are times when a dark cloud just seems to be following you around. You may not even even know why. While we don’t mean to minimize the value of medication for those who experience this on a daily basis, UCLA neuroscientist Alex Korb, author of "The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time," has some insights that might just get you back on the sunny side. It’s all got to do with neuroscience. *Getting Your Brain’s Attention:* Y... more »

Scott Walker Gives Away The Radical Right's Healthcare Game... Oops

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Congressional Republicans don't know quite how to respond to reporters' and constituents' questions about the TrumpCare legislation they just voted for. Some are following Trump's hubristic, bombastic approach of just flat-out lying and claiming more people will be covered for less money and get better healthcare-- just unsubstantiated nonsense that has been widely debunked. Buffalo-area New York Trumpist Chris Collins just flat out admitted he didn't read the bill and wasn't even aware that his vote cuts a program called Essential Plan that provides low-cost health insurance to lo... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Jesuit boys' school in trouble -- or is it?* *Jesuits these days are just far-Leftists -- so that should not be a problem in Massachusetts* Boston College High School has experienced a sharp decline in applications, prompting trustees to explore ways to reverse the trend and raising fears among many alumni and parents that the historically all-boys school might allow girls to attend. Over the past decade, the Jesuit Catholic school — a premier destination for college-bound boys for generations — has seen applications tumble from 1,063 in 2008 to 637 this year, according to an A... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Splashy ideas get the money -- even if they are wrong* *The article below is about medical research but similar results are found in other disciplines -- such as psychology. But global warming is probably the most spectacular example of what the article discusses -- that scientists are most likely to get funded if they have an exciting idea to present -- but almost all such ideas are eventually found to be wrong. And saving the planet is a REALLY big idea that yields a golden shower of research grants onto anybody who promotes Warmism. The data is already in which shows that W... more »

France Goes To The Polls To Elect A New President

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Macron favorite as France votes for new president, early turnout low* French voters choose on Sunday whether a pro-European Union centrist or a eurosceptic, anti-immigration far-rightist will lead them for the next five years, with early figures indicating turnout could be low, but above most recent forecasts. Opinion polls predict that after 8 p.m. (1800 GMT) Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old ex-economy minister who wants to bridge the left-right divide, will be named as president, seeing off the challenge from National Front leader Marine Le Pen. A Macron victory woul... more »

This is the truth about Emmanuel Macron (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 17 hours ago
[image: This is the truth about Emmanuel Macron (Video)] Macron may look like a complete wimp, but he's a nasty little globalist. The post This is the truth about Emmanuel Macron (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

A new film satirises the absolute state of UK politics. And it’s hilarious. [VIDEO]

John Shafthauer at The Canary - 17 hours ago
A hilarious new film by Bonnie Prince Bob looks back at the last quarter century of British politics and satirises what went wrong. Only much like Armando Iannucci’s Time Trumpet, it does so from the future. A future in which Jeremy Corbyn became PM and replaced Buckingham Palace with some prime location allotments. Far-flung You […] The post A new film satirises the absolute state of UK politics. And it’s hilarious. [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canary.

There is now a website which will mail your ashes to the Republicans if Trumpcare kills you.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of HuffPo: *Washington, D.C., college student Zoey Salsbury has insurance today, thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows children to stay on their parents’ health care plan up to age 26. * *She said she watched in horror Thursday as House Republicans passed an Obamacare repeal bill called the American Health Care Act, either unaware their legislation would kill people, or simply unsympathetic enough to care. * *So, Salsbury set out to make GOP politicians face the consequences of their vote, launching mailmetothegop.com, a website that pledges to sen... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 17 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin What we know about the massive computer hack on French presidential candidate Macron Trump is planning to kill the office that has traditionally spearheaded the 'War on Drugs A French MP died after collapsing on stage during a campaign rally for Macron One-Third Of Americans Are On Government Healthcare Theresa May's bizarre EU conspiracy theory has made an extreme Brexit more likely A New Street Drug Can Kill You By Touching Your Skin: What You Need To Know Stephen Hawking: 100 Years Left For Humans To Escape Earth Bill to Permanently Fix Medical Insurance Cli... more »

Urban Heat Island could account for up to 80% of the recorded warming."

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 17 hours ago
Paper by Quereda *et al*. (2016) (link) Source: Abstract (link)This investigation completes the line of work on the thermal evolution of the Mediterranean region (Murcia and Valencia regions) in the National Plan on Climate Change. The study was undertaken to analyse the active regional thermal series over the 1950–1999 period, rigorously treated by the SNHT (Standard Normal Homogeneity Test) method. In this context, fifteen years later, it was considered judicious to verify the validity of the trends and conclusions that the regional climate offered at the end of the 20th century.... more »

"Only Barbarians..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
“Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.” - Isaiah Berlin

Cast of ‘Friends’ to Reunite for a New Season?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 18 hours ago
A rumor that the actors from the hit '90s sitcom 'Friends' are reuniting to shoot another season of the series is a hoax.

The U.S. Is Not Ready For A Pandemic

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*U.S. News And World Report*: *If a Pandemic Hits, the U.S. Isn’t Ready* *The federal government hasn’t adequately implemented what was learned from the recent Ebola outbreak, a former Air Force Chief of Staff says*. The threat of a global pandemic is growing at a time when the U.S. government is not adequately prepared to respond to one, according to a recent study. Misinformation about vaccines, the absence of a clear plan for coordination among federal agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Defense Department, and a need to improve public awarene... more »

Fake News: Asia's "Autocrats" Vs Asia's Autocrats

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 19 hours ago
*May 7, 2017* (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Mounting evidence suggests media outlets across the United States and Europe are selectively labelling leaders from around the world as "autocrats," "despots" and "dictators" based not on their actual human rights records, policies or actions, but rather on where they fall along the spectrum of obedience to and complicity with the ambitions of Wall Street, Washington, London and Brussels. No clearer example of this can be seen than the media's treatment of current Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-O-Cha. In an AFP article titled, "Thai junta ch... more »

Best of: Moms Know Best

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
We're pleased to share this Best from Cathy, who has the weekend off. Even Mom needs a break from time to time! Enjoy. By Cathy Jameson Moms, Take time to read. Ask the questions you need to ask. Learn what...

Confirmed by OPCW: Terrorists used illegal chemical weapons in Aleppo–organisation refuses to investigate alleged false flag attack in Idlib

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
[image: Supporters of the Al Nusra Front take part in a protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the international coalition in Aleppo on September 26, 2014. The US struck a little-known group called "Khorasan" on September 24, but experts and activists argue it actually struck Al-Qaeda's affiliate Al-Nusra Front, which fights alongside Syrian rebels. AFP PHOTO/ Fadi al-Halabi (Photo credit should read Fadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)] Russia blasted the international community's refusal to investigate the apparent false flag chemical attack said to have happened on 4 Ap... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 19 hours ago
*Out from Kirkcubright. **Many thanks to the people whose photos we have used.* Take the road from Kirkcudbright to Ross Bay. This is like exploring a new part of France. *Solway View* *Solway View Holidays* provides holidays involving caravans, wigwams and camping "This campsite is one of our best finds ever in Dumfries and Galloway." *Solway View* "The friendly helpful owners and spacious pitches make this site very welcoming. Every pitch has a picnic table and a fire pit..." Excellent discovery *Solway View* At Solway View Holidays, "the facilities are excellent clean... more »

Cockatoo Adopted By A Group of Crows

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
A bright white sulphur-crested cockatoo that may have escaped its cage has found a new family in Carlsbad: a large flock of crows. Residents in a central Carlsbad neighborhood off Tamarack Avenue have spotted the striking exotic bird amid a sea of jet-black crows that stops in the area during daily flights between the coast and some inland overnight roost. “I thought my eyes were getting worse than they already had,” said Craig Correll, who said he saw the strange traveling companions last week. “There was this white bird in the middle of a bunch of crows.” Correll snapped a phot... more »

Breaking: Southern Damascus to be rebel-free within weeks, including Yarmouk Camp

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and their families have begun their long journey from the Yarmouk Camp District of southern Damascus to the Idlib Governorate, Al-Masdar’s Ibrahim Joudeh reported from the capital city this afternoon. According to Joudeh, as many 1,000 militants and their families have departed from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launches new offensive in southeast Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham launched a new offensive in the southeastern countryside of Hama last night, targeting the western axis of the strategic city of Al-Salamiyah. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham surprised the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) with a powerful attack at midnight; this resulted in a fierce […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Residents praise ‘safe-zone’ deal in Harasta suburb of Damascus: video

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:20 P.M.) – Residents of the Harasta suburb of Damascus praised the safe zones agreement on Saturday, while also doubting that the rebel forces would respect its implementation. One resident, Naser Ahmed, said, “We hope it will be a good omen to prevent the bloodshed of people. The government used to take care […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee droht Rebellenenklave in Damaskus in zwei Teile zu teilen – Bilder

Eduard Schreder at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (2:40 A.M.) – Nach heftigen Kämpfen erzielt die Syrische Armee weitere Erfolge in Qaboun und erobert eine große Zahl von Wohnungsblöcken. Der von Rebellen gehaltene Außenbezirk von Damaskus wir seit Jahren belagert. Seit einigen Wochen kommt es vermehrt zu heftigen Kämpfen zwischen Regierungstruppen und verschanzten Rebellen. Im südlichen Teil des Bezirk erkämpfte die 105. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Trotz Waffenstillstand – Schwere Gefechte zwischen Rebellen und Regierungstruppen

Eduard Schreder at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Am ersten Tages des neuen Waffenstillstandes kam es zu gegenseitiger Bombardierung von Rebellen und Regierungstruppen im Norden der Stadt Hama. Russland, Iran und die Türkei hatten sich zuvor auf sogenannte Sicherheitszonen geeinigt. Extremisten der Miliz Tahrir Al-Sham, die vom Waffenstillstand ausgenommen sind, feuerten mehrere Raketen in Richtung der von regierungsloyalen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

FSA Truppen erobern weitere Wüstengebiete

Eduard Schreder at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (5:05 P.M.) – Die der Freien Syrischen Armee (FSA) zugeordnete Rebellengruppe “Jaysh Maghawar Al-Thurah” gelang es die Terrororganisation “Islamischer Staat” aus weiteren Gebieten in der Wüstenregion der Provinz Homs zu vertreiben. Damit stehen die von den Vereinigten Staate unterstützten Rebellenkämpfer jetzt 70 Kilometer südlich der von Regierungstruppen gehaltenen Wüstenstadt Palmyra. Unter anderem wurden […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tote und Verletzte nach Anschlag auf Kurdische Kämpfer

Eduard Schreder at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (11:00 P.M.) – Ein Selbstmordattentäter des Islamischen Staates hat sich in der Nähe eines Konvois Kurdischer Kämpfer im Norden von Rakka in die Luft gesprengt und dabei hohe Verluste verursacht. Nach Angaben der dem Islamischen Staat nahestehenden Nachrichtenagentur Amaq wurden dabei 20 Kurdische Kämpfer der Syrischen Demokratischen Kräfte (SDF) getötet und zehn weitere verletzt. Ein mit Sprengstoff beladenes Auto […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The U.S. Will Not Buy Any More Frigates Until They Know How To Build Them

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Creative Commons. *Thomas Phippen, National Interest:* *U.S. Navy Delays Buying More Frigates Until They Know How To Build Them* 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 hearin... more »

Booker & The Arctic Ice Panic

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 20 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/06/another-arctic-ice-panic-world-temperatures-plummet/ Booker on the latest Arctic scare: Inevitably, when even satellite temperatures were showing 2016 as “the hottest year on record”, we were going to be told last winter that the Arctic ice was at its lowest extent ever. Sure enough, before Christmas, a report from the US National […]

Sick Care vs Health Care - A Choice To Be Made

Stranger in a Strange Land at Stranger in a Strange Land - 20 hours ago
*Left hand of picture would better read as, maintain sickness and shorten your lifespan.* *Right hand would read as, prevent illness and build a strong immune defense for better health.*

Nigel Farage says it like it is

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
https://youtu.be/Nbvec6e6WME Nigel Farage says it like it is, to the displeasure of some.

Every Blade of Grass (Sunday Sermonette)

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
Welcome to your *Sunday Sermonette* ...There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass. "Should hostilities once break out between Japan and the United States, it is not enough that we take Guam and the Philippines, nor even Hawaii and San Francisco. To make victory certain, we would have to march into Washington and dictate the terms of peace in the White House. I wonder if our politicians, among whom armchair arguments about war are being glibly bandied about in the name of state politics, have confidence as to the final outcome and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices... more »

Why World War III in Europe During the Cold War Would Have Killed Millions

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 20 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Europe* Thank god it never happenned. Last year in the* National Interest* we discussed NATO’s plan for World War III in Europe. The scenario, set in the late 1980s, assumed that the forces of the Soviet Union and the rest of the Warsaw Pact—namely East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary—steamrollered West Germany to defeat NATO. The plan assumed the western alliance would defend as far forward as possible while avoiding the use of tactical nuclear weapons. But what about the Warsaw Pact? After the Cold War ended, the Polish government made p... more »

The U.S. Navy's New Torpedo Could Be Big Trouble for Russia and China

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 20 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, Asia* Although many details of the new prototype torpedo are secret, senior Navy officials do say modifications include giving the weapon a longer range and a more varied, high-tech warhead. *Lockheed will deliver about 250 torpedoes over the next five years. The Mk 48, which is a heavy weapon launched under the surface, is quite different than surface launched, lightweight Mk 54 torpoes fired from helicopters, aircraft and surface ships.* *The Navy’s Mk 48 torpedo is also in service with Australia, Canada, Brazil and The Netherlands, Jarbeau said.* *A ... more »

China Showcases Its New Ground-Attack Plane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
L-15 This L-15, based on the L-15Z export variant developed for Zambia, displayed at the Zhuhai 2016 Airshow. Xinhua News Agency *Popular Science*: *China's air force has a new ground-attack plane* *Meet the L-15B.* The L-15B prototype attack jet made its grand debut in a ceremony last week. Fanfare—including giant red banners and uniformed PLAAF officers—suggest the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) and Hongdu Aviation Industry Group have high hopes for this multi-role light fighter. If HAIG's L-15 advanced jet trainer is any indication, the attack version of the L-15B h... more »

Death of Facts

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 21 hours ago
Idly flicking through the ridiculous abundance of TV channels yesterday and landing, serially, on a seemingly solid wall of adverts, I realised once again the importance of the BBC. We do need an ad-free broadcaster. No, really we do. We need to be informed educated and entertained without being browbeaten or brainwashed. James Delingpole explains why it matters that the BBC fails to live up to its charter obligations “to produce output that is rigorously fair and balanced.” Part of the problem is that the BBC believes that it is already fair and balanced. Talk about a divided nat... more »

There’s a crucial fact missing from the local election coverage that could spell disaster for Theresa May

Emily Apple at The Canary - 21 hours ago
The Conservative Party won hundreds of seats in the local elections. And this is obviously bad news for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn supporters. But media coverage of the results has ignored one crucial factor: none of the people who’ve registered to vote in the recent registration surge were eligible to vote in the local elections. Furthermore, the […] The post There’s a crucial fact missing from the local election coverage that could spell disaster for Theresa May appeared first on The Canary.

The language used pertaining to hacks

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
If a piece of hacking, or similar, has a detrimental effect on a right of centre politician or a cause that is antithetical to the left, then words with a positive or adding legitimacy spin, such as leak will be used to describe the method used. If a piece of hacking, or similar, has a detrimental effect on a left of centre politician or a cause that is dear to the left, then words with a negative or denying legitimacy spin, such as theft, steal, hack, illegal will be used to describe the method used. That's the penalty we pay for having a media that is predominantly left of ce... more »

Confirmed: Syrian safe zones will not be jihadist havens. The war against terrorism continues

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 21 hours ago
[image: zones] The safe zones will not be safe for terrorists who refuse to disarm. The fight against al-Nusra and ISIS will continue to expand. The post Confirmed: Syrian safe zones will not be jihadist havens. The war against terrorism continues appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: Macron emails lead to allegations of drug use, homosexual adventurism and Rothschild money

The Duran at The Duran - 21 hours ago
[image: PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 17: French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron gestures as he delivers a speech during a campaign rally at Bercy Arena on April 17, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images)] The information in leaked emails which Wikileaks now claims are authentic, is damning. The post BREAKING: Macron emails lead to allegations of drug use, homosexual adventurism and Rothschild money appeared first on The Duran.

Tax “reform” or not?

Ethical Technology - 21 hours ago
In Edinburgh I just posed for pictures next to one statue of Hume and then in front of Adam Smith, the founder of liberal economics.

Pope Francis: 'Mother' Should Not Be Used To Describe A Bomb

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
*The Independent*: *Pope criticises US military for using word 'mother' to describe MOAB bomb* *He says that anything that takes life away shouldn't be associated with motherhood* Pope Francis has criticised the United States military and the talking heads who discuss the military for calling a bomb a “mother.” The pontiff’s comments — referencing the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), the largest bomb in the American arsenal — came during a speech he gave to an audience of students, and just weeks before he is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump. “I was ashamed w... more »

Why I endorse John Horgan and His New Democratic Party and Denounce the Vancouver Sun and Province

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 22 hours ago
Written By Grant G Thursday and Friday, May 5th and May 6th.....On May 5th/2017 the Globe and Mail endorsed Christy Clark and her BC Liberal gang for reelection ...on May 6th our beleaguered Vancouver Sun followed suit with an endorsement for Christy Clark . Globe and Mail endorsement came with a provision, "*hold your nose and vote Liberal*" before I pass comment on the Globe n Mail endorsement of Clark...in 2015 Postmedia, president of Post Media Paul Godfrey ordered every newspaper in his Canadian chain to endorse Stephen Harper, and they did, including Globe n Mail....Glo... more »

Ukraine Wants To Jail A Soviet Veteran Who Was Involved In Rounding Up Nazi Collaborators After The War

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Boris Steckler at a Victory Day celebration was in Rivne, Ukraine, in 2013. The Soviet army veteran is being investigated for the killing, in 1952, of the Ukrainian nationalist Nil Khasevych. Photograph: YouTube *The Guardian:* *Ukraine investigates 94-year-old Jewish veteran over nationalist's death in 1952* Soviet army veteran Boris Steckler faces murder inquiry over his role in death of Ukrainian insurgent and could be jailed Ukraine’s prosecutor general has opened a murder investigation against a 94-year-old Jewish Red Army veteran over the 1952 killing of a nationalist insurg... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Russia’s Donbas army is potent fighting force https://t.co/0oewzcW6sd pic.twitter.com/YnixZF6xzN — Kyiv Post (@KyivPost) May 5, 2017

A Cartoon-Humor Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Here’s how EOD technicians prank each other. (We Are The Might)

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Members of Iraqi Army fire mortars shells during clashes with Islamic State fighters, in north west of Mosul, Iraq, May 5, 2017. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Look At The U.S. Military Mission In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A United States service member was killed Thursday in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab; Gen. William 'Kip' Ward, then-Commander of the US Africa Command, is shown here with Sailors during the establishment of a US military harbor security force at the Port de Djibouti in August 2008 *ABC News:* *Inside the US military's mission in Somalia* The death of a U.S. Navy SEAL in Somalia this week highlights the little-known mission that U.S. military advisers have been carrying out in that country: to advise the Somali military in its fight against the al ... more »

The U.S. Air Force Fears This Russian Fighter Plane

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Highlights at 1:30, 3:43, 4:07 and 5:15.* *National Interest*: *The One Fighter Plane America's Military Doesn't Want to Fight* 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 me... more »

Free Download: Nevil Shute, “On The Beach”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“On The Beach”* by Nevil Shute “Nevil Shute’s 1959 novel “On the Beach” is set in what was then the near future (1963, approximately a year following World War III). The conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing all animal life. While the nuclear bombs were confined to the northern hemisphere, global air currents are slowly carrying the fallout to the southern hemisphere. The only part of the planet still habitable is the far south of the globe, specifically Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, and the southern p... more »

"How Our Neocon Overlords Think They Can Win A Limited Nuclear War With Russia And China"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Sauron Rules in Washington: How Our Neocon Overlords* * Think They Can Win A Limited Nuclear War With Russia And China"* by Paul Craig Roberts “The problem is that the world has listened to Americans for far too bloody long.” - Dr. Julian Osborne, from the 2000 film version of Nevil Shute’s 1957 book, “On the Beach.” A reader asked why neoconservatives push toward nuclear war when there can be no winners. If all die, what is the point? The answer is that the neoconservatives believe that the US can win at minimum and perhaps zero damage. Their insane plan is as follows: Washingto... more »

Trump Family Grifters-- No Apples Fall Far From The Orange

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Back in 2014, Peter Elkins and Marty Jones, presaged many a scandal with a piece in *Fortune*, The dark, disturbing world of the visa-for-sale program. Scamming money out of this one was once the domain of two bit GOP governors; now it's front and center in the White House. Welcome to Trumpland-- Home of The Grifters. The EB-5 visa program is described as "one of the least explored of the many dark corners in America’s deeply troubled immigration process. Scientists and engineers highly coveted by technology companies may be getting thrown out of the country but rich businessmen--... more »

Can America's F-22 Fleet Defeat The Best Fighters From China And Russia?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
F-22 *Dave Majumdar, National Interest*: *Why America's F-22 Raptor Would Destroy Russia or China's Best Fighters* In many ways, the Raptor is the U.S. Air Force’s insurance policy. While the rest of the Air Force has been preparing for and fighting low-intensity warfare scenarios, as an elite vanguard force, the Raptor fleet has focused almost exclusively on defeating the highest-end threats. “We’ve been focused on the high-end threat all along,” Fesler said. “In fact, the departure from standard for us is the times we go over to OIR [Operation Inherent Resolve—the counter ISIS ca... more »

Disturbing the Universe: Holocaust Denial, Revisionism, Religion, Censorship and War By Gary Corseri

dandelionsalad at Dandelion Salad - 1 day ago
By Gary Corseri Featured Writer Dandelion Salad July 23, 2009 “They will take evil and call it good. They will take the lie and call it truth.” –Isaiah “The unexamined life is not worth living.” –Socrates “War is always finally about betrayal.” –Chris Hedges “A static universe isn’t physically self-consistent. The sun can’t shine forever.” … Continue reading Disturbing the Universe: Holocaust Denial, Revisionism, Religion, Censorship and War By Gary Corseri

Diplomatic exchanges suggest deal between Trump and Putin about Syria

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
[image: calls] Intense diplomatic activity between US and Russia suggest an understanding has been reached between the Trump administration and the Kremlin over Syria with the US supporting the Russian initiative on 'de-escalation areas' and Russia switching the deconfliction hotline with the US military back on. The post Diplomatic exchanges suggest deal between Trump and Putin about Syria appeared first on The Duran.

Taipei Times needs your submissions

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 1 day ago
A TT translator sent this around: Due to a temporary staff shortage, the Taipei Times is short of translated material for the opinion page. That means that letters or longer submissions in English are particularly welcome. Come on, don't be shy. Send you wise thoughts, rants and witticisms to "letters at taipeitimes dot com" Best if it's about Taiwan, but it doesn't have to be! Also, I have heard that if you have a real issue with Taipei Times coverage, or suggestions to make the paper better, a thoughtful and polite letter will get read by top execs. _______________________ [Taiwa... more »

F-22s Were Used To Intercept Russian Su-35s Near Alaska For the First Time

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Drive*:* F-22 Raptors Have Intercepted Russian Su-35s Near Alaska For the First Time* As tensions with the United States persist, Russia sends its most advanced fighter jets to join long-range patrols near Alaska. Unnderscoring ongoing tensions between the two countries, American F-22 Raptor stealth fighters have intercepted Russian Su-35S Flanker-E fighter jets as they escorted heavy bombers on mission near American air space. For reportedly the first time ever, Russia has added these advanced fighter jets to long-range bomber patrols near Alaska. On the night of May 3rd, 2... more »

Bill Maher has a message for liberal purists, "Go f**k yourself!"

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of Raw Story: *“That begins learning the difference between an imperfect friend and a deadly enemy,” Maher said. He went on to quote Jill Stein, who famously said both candidates were like being murdered just in different ways. “Well, I’m sure with Trump in charge and a racist attorney general there will be a lot more of both.” * *Before the election, Edward Snowden tweeted “2016: The difference between Donald Trump and Goldman Sachs.” Maher noted that Trump has actually hired Goldman Sachs executives and former staffers to work for him. “The only people he hasn’t hired ... more »

Another Climate Whistleblower is Ignored by the MainStream Media

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 1 day ago
Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the … Continue reading "Another Climate Whistleblower is Ignored by the MainStream Media"

The Perils of Obamacare

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 1 day ago
Pearl White in an installment of *The Perils of Paulline* (1914), via The Hooded Utilitarian.If you're counting how many lives or near-death experiences the Affordable Care Act has, like a cat's, I think you can say the current one is over, judging from the response of our distinguished Senators, like Jerry Moran of Kansas: “What I would say is it doesn’t matter that much in the Senate, because we’re going to start from scratch,” Moran, a Kansas Republican, said Friday after he briefed University of Kansas Medical Center researchers on National Institutes of Health funding increase... more »

"Are There Any Questions?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"Are There Any Questions?" by Robert Fulghum "Are there any questions?" An offer that comes at the end of college lectures and long meetings. Said when an audience is not only overdosed with information, but when there is no time left anyhow. At times like that you sure do have questions. Like, "Can we leave now?" and "What the hell was this meeting for?" and "Where can I get a drink?" The gesture is supposed to indicate openness on the part of the speaker, I suppose, but if in fact you do ask a question, both the speaker and the audience will give you drop-dead looks. And some foo... more »

Japan's Conquest of the Philippines: America's Worst Military Disaster?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Asia* “I will return,” MacArthur vowed. And he did—on October 20, 1944, and in the presence of photographers. “Tell Joe, wherever he is, to give ’em hell for us,” said the radio signal. “My love to you all. God bless you and keep you. Sign my name, and tell mother how you heard from me. Stand by.” And then there was silence. On the morning of May 6, 1942, U.S. Army Sgt. Irving Strobing sent the last message—to America, his family and his brother Joe—from the fortress of Corregidor, an island at the mouth of Manila Bay. A few hours later, under the came... more »

All of the Nasty Ways Millions Could Die if America and North Korea Go to War

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* Lots of ways for lots of people to die. North Korea, though a relatively poor, impoverished state, has amassed an impressive arsenal of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Pyongyang has both nuclear and chemical weapons, and thanks to its industrious missile program can deliver them against both South Korea and Japan. A nuclear attack would likely trigger in-kind retaliation by the United States, with the resulting exchange creating unimaginable devastation across East Asia. By far the most dangerous WMD in a second Korean War would be nuclear we... more »

The Me-262: The Nazi Super Jet That Hitler Hoped Could Save Germany

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Europe* The Luftwaffe sent these jet fighters in a vain effort to challenge Allied air superiority. The Germans knew the bombers were coming, and they prepared even as the U.S. 457th Bomber Group first assembled in the early morning sunlight over faraway London. That March 18, 1945, raid on Berlin included more than 1,220 Allied bombers and scores of North American P-51 Mustang fighters contending with heavy German flak and tangling with fast-flying German Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighters employing air-to-air rockets operationally for the fir... more »

America, Turkey and Iran Could Be Headed Toward a Showdown

Raymond Tanter, Edward Stafford at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Raymond Tanter, Edward Stafford* *Security, Middle East* [image: U.S. Soldiers fire an M777 A2 Howitzer in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at Platoon Assembly Area 14, Iraq. DVIDSHUB/Public domain] The three-way competition between Ankara, Tehran and Washington reveal the difficulties of combating the Islamic State. Interests of Washington, Ankara and Tehran are on trajectories suggesting accelerating clashes within and among the three states. President Trump made a congratulatory call to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after a controversial vote on a referendum th... more »

The U.S. Military Is Targeting The Islamic State 's Online Operators

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A screen grab of Rachid Kassim taken from an Islamic State group propaganda video dating back to July 2016. Welayat Nineveh, AFP *L.A. Times:* *The U.S. military is targeting Islamic State's virtual caliphate by hunting & killing its online operatives one-by-one* The months-long manhunt for French-born Rachid Kassim ended one chilly morning early this year when a drone-launched missile destroyed his battered white pickup truck as it motored through the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul. The 29-year-old former rapper had cast a grim shadow in international counter-terrorism circles. He ... more »

Russiagate’s Trump Dossier: ex-spy admits some contents ‘unverified’ and ‘possibly wrong’

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
[image: Christopher Steele, former British intelligence officer in London Tuesday March 7, 2017 where he has spoken to the media for the first time . Steele who compiled an explosive and unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities in Russia has returned to work. Christopher Steele said Tuesday he is “really pleased” to be back at work in London after a prolonged period out of public view. He went into hiding in January. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)] Christopher Steele, compiler of the sensational Trump Dossier at the heart of the Russiagate scandal, admits in leg... more »

Russiagate unravels: Dianne Feinstein “no evidence of Trump/Russia collusion”

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
[image: Feinstein] Following CIA briefing Senator Dianne Feinstein of Senate Intelligence Committee admits no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia The post Russiagate unravels: Dianne Feinstein “no evidence of Trump/Russia collusion” appeared first on The Duran.

In pictures: Syrian Army inches closer to Damascus victory after almost splitting rebel pocket

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the roll in the Syrian capital, capturing a large batch of buildings from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in an embattled east Damascus suburb. Advancing in the southern sector of the Al-Qaboun neighborhood once again, the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee erzielt wichtige Fortschritte in östlichem Außenbezirk von Damaskus

Eduard Schreder at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (2:25 P.M.) – Der Syrische Armee (SAA) gelang am Samstag ein Vorstoß im strategisch wichtigen Bezirk Qaboun im Nordosten der Hauptstadt. Das berichtet der Al-Masdar-Korrespondent Ibrahim Joudeh aus Damaskus. Unterstützt wurden die vorrückenden Einheiten der Armee dabei von Kämpfern der Arabischen Nationalgarde und den Nationalen Verteidigungskräften (NDF). Angeführt von der 42. Brigade der 4. Panzerdivision und […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee erobert neues Dorf in Nord-Hama

Daniel Holzer at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (18:35) – Die Syrisch-Arabische Armee (SAA), zusammen mit den Nationalen Verteidigungskräften (NDF), startete gestern einen kraftvollen Angriff auf das von Jihadisten gehaltene Dorf Zalaqiyat in der Nähe von Halfaya im ländlichen Gebiet nördlich der Stadt Hama. Geführt von der 39. und 41. Brigade der 4. Panzerdivision und der 5. Legion, schaffte es die […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian artillery units respond to rebel attack in eastern Daraa countryside

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – Despite a safe zone guaranteeing the cessation of hostilities across Daraa, clashes erupted between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and a faction of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the southern province. On Saturday morning, insurgents lined up fields guns and unleashed dozens of shells on the government-held town of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Why Tom Marino Really Turned Down Trump's Offer To Make Him Drug Czar

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Wednesday Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) withdrew his name from consideration as drug czar for Señor Trumpanzee's crackpot Regime. Marino cited his mother's heart problems and dementia as the reason. Were it not for his mother's condition, Marino said he would have accepted Trump's offer to head the drug policy office. "I can't live in D.C. Monday through Friday" as he would have to as drug czar, he said. "I have to be here for my mother." The family has been told she has six months to a year to live, he said. "Due to a critical illness in my family, I have, with regret and the utmost res... more »

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates May 6, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Reuters*:* Flooding forces Mosul residents to flee war in rickety boats* The Iraqi man laid the body of his wife, wrapped in a black shroud, gently on the bow of a small wooden boat and held onto it as a second man rowed slowly to pick up the man's three children standing a few meters away. The two teenage girls and young boy climbed in, careful not to disturb the balance, for the crossing taking their mother, killed in an air strike this week, to the east bank of the Tigris River. This crossing is no ancient rite, however. It is an extra hardship heaped on the family by the floo... more »

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 1 day ago
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FCC may go after Stephen Colbert for suggesting that Donald Trump's mouth was Putin's "c**k holster."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Courtesy of The Hill: *Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert’s controversial joke about President Trump drew the attention of the Federal Communications Commission. The agency received “a number” of complaints about Colbert’s commentary earlier in the week, according to the FCC’s chief. * *FCC Chairman Ajit Pai promised to “take the appropriate action” following a comprehensive investigation of Colbert’s remarks. * *The FCC's response will depend on whether Colbert’s remarks are considered “obscene.” * *“We are going to take the facts that we find and we are going to apply th... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, “Night Light”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Liquid Mind, “Night Light” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5VzYAPBVJc

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"No, hamburgers are not this big. What is pictured is a sharp telescopic view of a magnificent edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 3628, a puffy galactic disk divided by dark dust lanes. Of course, this deep galactic portrait puts some astronomers in mind of its popular moniker, The Hamburger Galaxy. *Click image for larger size.* The tantalizing island universe is about 100,000 light-years across and 35 million light-years away in the northern springtime constellation Leo. NGC 3628 shares its neighborhood in the local Universe with two other large spirals M65 and M66 in a grouping otherwise k... more »

"The Ways We Miss Our Lives..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"A sad fact, of course, about adult life is that you see the very things you'll never adapt to coming toward you on the horizon. You see them as the problems they are, you worry like hell about them, you make provisions, take precautions, fashion adjustments; you tell yourself you'll have to change your way of doing things. Only you don't. You can't. Somehow it's already too late. And maybe it's even worse than that: maybe the thing you see coming from far away is not the real thing, the thing that scares you, but its aftermath. And what you've feared will happen has already taken ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Try To Remember…”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Try To Remember…”* by Chet Raymo “In a sleepless hour of the night, I was trying to remember the last name of a person I have known well for more than forty years. When my spouse stirred in her sleep, I asked her. She couldn't remember either. One again I started mentally through the alphabet. "I think it starts with B," I said. Ten minutes later she rolled over and said, "The next letter is R." Bingo! The name popped into my head. Or I should say, "popped out of my head." Because it was in there somewhere, recorded in a tangle of neurons as materially as if it were written on a ... more »

“Taking A Break From What You Are Doing”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Taking A Break From What You Are Doing”* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM “Sometimes finding the answer is as easy as taking a break and stepping back from the situation. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our thoughts that we wind up going round in round in circles, finding it difficult to concentrate on things and, because we are so distracted, not really accomplishing much. There may be signals - mental, emotional, and physical - that tell us we need to slow down and relax. Since we are so involved in things that are external to us, however, we may easily overlook what is rea... more »

WikiLeaks Exposes CIA's "Archimedes" Hacking Weapon

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 1 day ago
[image: wikileaks-exposes-cia-s-archimedes-hacking-weapon] The latest release from WikiLeaks on the CIA’s hacking program — published Friday — reveals a tool CIA hackers use to attack a computer that is part of a Local Area Network (LAN). LANs are usually used to tie all of the computers in an office into a single network for the purposes of sharing resources including those used for security. This newly revealed CIA tool — codenamed Archimedes — turns the strength of a LAN against itself by leveraging any compromised computers against all others on the network.

Desperate Note From Chinese Prisoner Found in Item Purchased at Walmart

Dave Bohon at rss - 1 day ago
[image: desperate-note-from-chinese-prisoner-found-in-item-purchased-at-walmart] A woman shopping at a Walmart in Arizona found a desperate note apparently written by a prison laborer in China pleading for help.

Is The White House Taking Its Eyes Off The Ball In Afghanistan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Reuters *Michael Kugelman, Foreign Policy*: *The Mother of All Terrorist Groups Isn’t the Islamic State* *The Trump administration is taking its eyes off the ball in Afghanistan. The real threat is still al Qaeda.* On April 13, the U.S. military dropped a huge bomb on caves and tunnels used by Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan. The resulting blast reverberated several miles away, reportedly killed dozens of terrorists, and exposed the poverty of U.S. policy in Afghanistan. The “mother of all bombs” was devastating — but it was used against the wrong target, for the wr... more »

The Far Left and the 2017 General Election

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 1 day ago
Tradition has it to write a preview of far left challenges at general election time. Seldom-issued press releases are rifled through, hyperbolic statements of intent are scanned and, ultimately, declaration of polls are descried for that important nugget of information. Two years ago, 215 candidates entered the fray on self-described class struggle platforms. That was also something of a record - certainly the largest (disparate) collective effort Britain's tankies, Trots, and others had mounted this century. Possibly even bigger than rosters of candidates ever fielded by the offic... more »

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