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Thomas Paine

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

1 June - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:42 pm MDT

US Missile Defense System Successfully Intercepts ICBM (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 minutes ago
*Defense Tech:* *Watch US Shoot Down Dummy ICBM in the Pacific* The U.S. Defense Department on Wednesday released photos and video of its successful intercept the previous day of a ballistic missile target in the Pacific Ocean. The minute-long video shows the launching of a Ground-based Midcourse Defense, or GMD, interceptor missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and the firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile-class target from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll. The final seconds depict the coolest part: the actual intercept. *Read more* .... more »

Theresa May's Tory Magic Money Tree

Anon at Aangirfan - 26 minutes ago

Trump's Not Draining Any Swamps-- Any Chance Congress Will? Two Congressman Are Going To Try

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 41 minutes ago
*Ro Khanna (l), Mike Gallagher (r)* You're not going to find many congressional freshmen working together who are as fundamentally different-- politically-- as dedicated progressive champion Ro Khanna (D-CA) and crackpot right-wing loon Mike Gallagher (R-WI). But the two of them did an OpEd this morning for *USA Today* that makes the point that the way to increase bipartisanship in Congress is to reduce the role of the wealthy special interests that call the shots for both political parties. It's a simple and very do-able 3-step plan. The bipartisanship around it though, I'm afraid,... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 46 minutes ago
*Thunderbolt Flight* An Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II flies in an undisclosed location after receiving fuel from a KC-10 Extender. The A-10 is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, May 31, 2017. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles

Tuskegee Turns Again to Morris as Interim President

cmaadmin at Diverse - 46 minutes ago
The Tuskegee University Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Charlotte P. Morris to serve as the interim president of the institution beginning July.

63 Years after Brown, Segregated Schools Fight Takes Interesting Turn

cmaadmin at Diverse - 46 minutes ago
Brown vs Board of Education removed the barrier of denying people of color their right to an education, but 63 years later the fight to ensure that students attend a “good school” continues.

Remembering Samuel DuBois Cook

cmaadmin at Diverse - 46 minutes ago
Higher education stalwart Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook, a political scientist and human rights activist, died Monday in Atlanta at age 88.

Survey: Second-guessing Often Accompanies Degrees

cmaadmin at Diverse - 46 minutes ago
More than half of adults in the U.S. would change at least one aspect of their higher education experience, according to a new survey. Common regrets were choice of institution and major or field of study.

Inclusion as a Process for Embracing Diversity Toward Better Learning

Janine Janosky at Diverse - 46 minutes ago
Fully two-thirds of the current U.S. population have not completed a four-year college degree.

Carnegie Mellon President Stepping Down After 4 Years

cmaadmin at Diverse - 46 minutes ago
PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University’s president is stepping down after a little more than four years on the job. Subra Suresh says he’s resigning his post as of June 30. In an open letter to the campus community, he wrote that he and his wife had “reflected on the long-term commitment” required to implement the […]

Should we put juveniles away for life? Meet the teen who sparked a debate

Dan Birman, Professor of Professional Practice, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
Cyntoia after guilty verdict Birman Productions, CC BY Inside the Juvenile Justice Center in Nashville, Tennessee is a steel door fitted with a high-security system. Push a button and the door unlocks, revealing another steel door with a slot for IDs. When that door buzzes, I walk through with video gear. I’m searched, as is the gear. An hour later, I hear the sound of shackles from down the hall, and a 16-year-old girl in an orange jumpsuit appears. That meeting 14 years ago began an odyssey that eventually found me on the periphery of a political battle in Tennessee, one of the na... more »

The end of America's global leadership?

Simon Reich, Professor in The Division of Global Affairs and The Department of Political Science, Rutgers University Newark at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 hour ago
American presidents in recent decades have spent a great deal of time proclaiming U.S. leadership of the global system. The decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement undermines much of what they have said. For any student of global politics, it represents a watershed moment when it comes to debating America’s role in the world. Becoming a global leader In practice, global leadership can take two forms. The first version confers leadership because a country is the most powerful. It has the strongest military, the biggest economy, the most innovative technology. But be... more »

Has The U.S. Been Fighting The Islamic State With The Wrong Bombs And Tactics?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
An full load of GBU-38/Bs under the wing of a B-52 bomber. USAF *Joseph Trevithick, The Drive*: *USAF Fought ISIS With the Wrong Bombs and Tactics For Months* The service quickly found that what had worked for years in Afghanistan meant failed strikes in Iraq and Syria. No matter how well prepared a military is, it’s never easy to shift direction rapidly to respond to new threats. One U.S. Air Force briefing suggests Pentagon’s rush to counter ISIS in Iraq and Syria sent the service scrambling to find the right mix of tactics and weapons, with nearly 20 percent of its bombs failin... more »

Three Cheers for President Trump’s Action Today

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 1 hour ago
I have to hand it to President Trump. He has now done what he said he would do by removing the US from the Paris climate non-treaty “Treaty.” The climate alarmists have predictably gone bonkers even though there is no objective basis for their concerns. Mr. Trump based his decision on the disproportionate cost of […]

Trump Administration Moves to Slaughter America’s Mustangs: Tell Congress No!

Originally posted on "OUR WORLD": https://act.americanwildhorsecampaign.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=24909

Musical Interlude: Neil H, “The Parting”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Neil H, “The Parting” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSUyg6Gj_ko

BBC Silent On the Biggest Animal Rights March in Recent History

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Anna Hunt* - This animal rights march will make history as the largest public protest during the general election campaign. The post BBC Silent On the Biggest Animal Rights March in Recent History appeared first on Waking Times.

Using the Vibration of Sound to Heal the Physical and Spiritual Self

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Christina Sarich* - Ancient science and modern studies concur, you can heal your body with sound. The post Using the Vibration of Sound to Heal the Physical and Spiritual Self appeared first on Waking Times.

Did Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions And Jared Kushner Have An Undisclosed Meeting With Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and President Donald Trump at the White House last week. Photo Credit: @RusEmbUSA *NBC*: *Did Trump, Kushner, Sessions Have An Undisclosed Meeting With Russian?* The FBI and Congress are examining a campaign event last spring during which Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and Jared Kushner were in a small gathering with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and other diplomats at Washington's Mayflower Hotel, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News. Five current and former U.S. officials said they are aware of classified intelligence suggesting t... more »

ISIS in big trouble as Iraqi troops liberate more sites on the border with Syria

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 A.M.) – The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) are taking a heavy toll on the Islamic State after bringing their desert warfare expertise, commanded by Haider Al-Ameri, to deadly effect in western Nineveh. Targeting an ISIS-held area south of Al-Ba’aj, the PMU were able to wrestle control over the village of Al-Khibra on […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

American Mayors Vow To Fight Climate Change Despite Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 2 hours ago
Cities are mulling over their own paths forward after the United States' withdrawal from the landmark climate deal.

President Trump’s full remarks on exiting the UN’s Paris Climate Agreement

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 2 hours ago
Watch and read everything President Trump and Secretary Pruitt had to say as the U.S. prepares to break with the UN on climate.

All the Ways America Would Try to Sink China's Aircraft Carriers in a War

James Holmes at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*James Holmes* *Security, * Yes, America has its very own "carrier-killers." *How the navy deploys new weaponry as it enters service is nearly as important as fielding the weapons themselves. Under a concept dubbed “distributed lethality,” naval officialdom wants to disperse firepower throughout the fleet while retaining the capacity to concentrate firepower on target. What that means in practical terms is arming more ships with antiship missiles, supplemented by gee-whiz technologies like electromagnetic railguns and shipboard lasers should they fulfill their promise.* *The U... more »

The U.S. Navy's Ford-Class Carrier: America's Ultimate Naval Weapon of War?

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * The Ford follows in the steps of the highly successful Nimitz-class carriers. *The carrier air wing will form the carrier’s primary means of deploying both offensive and defensive firepower. The Ford class will embark two squadrons of ten to twelve F-35C Joint Strike Fighters, two squadrons of ten to twelve F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, five EA-18G Growler electronic attack jets, four E-2D Hawkeye airborne early-warning and control aircraft, and two C-2 Greyhound carrier onboard delivery (COD) planes. It will also carry eight MH-60S Seahawk helicopters. D... more »

The U.S. Navy's Super Simple Plan to Grow to a 355-Ship Fleet

The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Security, * Keep ships in service longer. In a world where resources are constrained but where the U.S. Navy has to upgrade and grow its fleet quickly, the service will have to refurbish older warships while also developing new vessels that are designed from the outset to last longer than their predecessors. No longer can the Navy afford to design and build cruisers and destroyers that have a 25-year lifespan. Future surface combatants will likely have to be designed with the space, weight and power allowances—and a robust enough hull—to last as long as 50 years, just like the... more »

Liberal MPs who voted NO to electoral reform May 31 2017

Alison at Creekside - 3 hours ago
h/t Anita Nickerson for above graphic It was a bid by NDP Nathan Cullen to put pressure on Trudeau to put electoral reform back on the table. All Liberals but two, and the ones listed below who didn't vote, voted NO to accepting the final ERRE report, including the Liberal MPs on the ERRE committee. The NDP, Bloc, CPC, and Green voted in favour. Two Liberals who kept their promise, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith @beynate and Sean Casey @SeanCaseyLPC , deserve our thanks. Vote details : "That the Third Report of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform, presented on Thursday, Decembe... more »

Hillary Clinton Continues To Criticise President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Asa Mathat. Recode *FOX News*: *Hillary Clinton claims Trump unleashed 'dangerous' levels of hate* NEW YORK – Hillary Clinton warned Thursday that President Donald Trump has unleashed a level of hate and vitriol that is "incredibly dangerous." The former Democratic presidential nominee lashed out at the Republican president as she reflected on the 2016 campaign during an appearance at book industry conference in New York City. Clinton said Trump encouraged his supporters to express their anger verbally and physically during the campaign, a reference to multiple incidents of viole... more »

Princeton Professor Cancels Lectures After Speech Leads to Threats

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
TRENTON, N.J. — A Princeton University professor says she canceled lectures this week after receiving death threats following a commencement address in which she called President Donald Trump “a racist and sexist megalomaniac.” Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, an assistant professor of African American Studies at the Ivy League school in New Jersey, spoke to graduates at Hampshire […]

Threat Closes Evergreen State College After Protests Over Race

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A small college in Washington state closed abruptly Thursday in response to a threat following a recent series of protests that have drawn national attention to student allegations of racism on the progressive campus. It comes as many defenders of the First Amendment say they see signs that free speech is losing […]

Muslim Activist Critical of Israel is Cheered at Graduation

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
NEW YORK — A Muslim-American activist whose role as a commencement speaker had come under protest from critics opposing her stance on Israel was given a standing ovation by graduating students Thursday after she told them they must commit to demanding change. “We in this room together must commit to never being bystanders to poverty, […]

Universities: Trump Climate Decision Creates Uncertainty

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
BOULDER, Colo. — A consortium of U.S. universities that manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research says President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the nation out of an international agreement on climate creates new uncertainties. In a statement Thursday, Antonio Busalacchi, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, stopped short of explicitly criticizing the […]

My Mistake

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Today I posted a video of my talk at the White House on Tuesday at the Veterans for Peace finale event. Near the end I pointed to the White House and said we should change its name to the "evil, dark, black" house. As soon as the words came out of my mouth I knew I had made a big mistake. There is no doubt in my mind that the White House and its foreign and domestic policy is evil and represents the greedy corporate interests. Where I went wrong though was using the words dark and black. As we see in the video above with basketball star Lebron James America has serious problem... more »

The Individual Beyond the Collective Culture

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 3 hours ago
*Jon Rappoport* - Many people are slaves of pattern. They believe if they do A, they must then do B, and then C. The post The Individual Beyond the Collective Culture appeared first on Waking Times.

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
“You wake up in the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, Africa. You go outside your tent, set up your camera, and take long exposures of the land and sky. What might you see? Besides a lot of blowing dust and the occasional acacia tree, you might catch many sky wonders. *Click image for larger size.* Pictured in 2015 September, sky highlights include the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, the Pleiades Star Cluster, Barnard's Loop, and both the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, to name just a few. Although most of these faded in the morning light, they were quickly replaced by a partial ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Salt And Nerves”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Salt And Nerves”* by Chet Raymo “I like to think that every day offers at least one unique revelation, some one thing seen or experienced that has not been seen or experienced before, at least not in the same emotional state, in the same context, in the same slant of light. So I walk wary, as the poet Sylvia Plath says, "ignorant/ Of whatever angel may choose to flare/ Suddenly at my elbow." Nature seldom disappoints. Let me introduce you to another poet, my colleague here at the college, Anna Ross. In the particular poem I want to share she is walking with a companion and comes... more »

"Tears, Let It Flow"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Tears, Let It Flow"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Tears are as natural to us as breathing and there is beauty in allowing yourself to be open to the pain of tears. How wonderful it feels to give in and let tears flow when we are overwhelmed with emotions, whether we are happy or sad. Tears come from the soul, from our well of feelings rising from deep down. When we give in to the prickling behind our eyes and the lump in our throat to let teardrops fall from our eyes, we allow our feelings to surface so they can be set free. Proud parents shed tears of pride in a child's accom... more »

"Give A Little Chuckle..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
"Enjoy life, even in the most chaotic, hectic moments. Take time to breathe. Take time to consider what is important versus what is rubbish. Those are the times where slowing down is healthiest. Those are the times where it really counts. And, if you come across an impossible situation, crying will not help. Open your mouth, but instead of sobs and wails, give out a little chuckle. It'll make all the difference in your attitude and therefore, in your situation." - Leigh Hershkovich

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Lewis Center, Ohio, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

X22 Report, “The Economy Is Imploding So Quickly That It's Time To Think About Preparing”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Economy Is Imploding So Quickly That It's Time To Think About Preparing” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCIo4b9sf2o *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The Main Agenda Of The Bilderberg Secret Meeting, Trump” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LebK1uMUbNA

"Geographically Illiterate Americans Dream of Bombing North Korea - But First They Must Find It”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"Geographically Illiterate Americans Dream of Bombing * *North Korea - But First They Must Find It”* by RI Staff "Back in April, when many people on the Internet earnestly believed that nuclear war with North Korea was only days - if not hours - away, we calmed readers by reminding them that America would first have to find North Korea on a map before bombing it. Apparently the New York Times reads Russia Insider every day, because a few weeks later, the Gray Lady commissioned a study which asked Americans to locate North Korea on a map - and then weigh in on how the US should "de... more »

"5 Things You're Missing While The Internet Obsesses Over 'Covfefe' And Kathy Griffin"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"5 Things You're Missing While The Internet * *Obsesses Over 'Covfefe' And Kathy Griffin"* by Carey Wedler "Between last week’s bombing in Manchester, the patriotic three-day weekend in the United States, comedian Kathy Griffin’s mock beheading of President Trump on Tuesday, and the president’s recent ‘covfefe’ tweet, the media and public have been busy. But as the mainstream media and left-wing faction of the country obsess over what covfefe means, and right-wing snowflakes clutch their pearls at Griffin’s politically incorrect, if not ill-advised and distasteful stunt, stories t... more »

The U.S. Has Withdrawn From The Paris Climate Accord

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
*RFE:* *Trump Announces That U.S. Will Withdraw From Paris Climate Accord* President Donald Trump says the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, saying the accord is detrimental to the U.S. economy and that he will open negotiations to seek a new deal. Trump on June 1 said in the Rose Garden of the White House that he was fulfilling his "solemn duty to protect America and its citizens” and restoring U.S. “sovereignty” by “getting out” of the climate agreement signed by 194 other countries. "The bottom line is the Paris accord is very unfair, at the hig... more »

Make America Great Again!!! President Trump Exits Paris Accord

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 4 hours ago
President Trump did exactly what we have been promoting on this blog. He totally avoided the science and made the compelling economic arguments. Keep it simple, the benefits of fighting climate change simply aren’t worth the costs. Nothing more needs to be said. Related Posts: Climate Debate Should Focus on Public Policy and Priorities, Not … Continue reading "Make America Great Again!!! President Trump Exits Paris Accord"

Even Hillary Agrees-- Bad Democrats Like Wasserman Schultz Are A Disaster For The Democratic Party

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
A friend of mine who worked at the DNC while Wasserman Schultz was chair and he had always told me that every single thing she did was about advancing her career. "She did nothing for the Democratic Party or for anyone but herself," he reminded me today. "She's all about herself; that's why almost everyone hated her... She's the definition of a careerist hack." The only thing she ever seemed to care about was growing her own personal fundraising list. Washerman Schultz is a dirtbag and there are no Republicans, no matter how bad, who have done as much harm to the Democratic Party.... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 4 hours ago
Here's an excerpt from President Trump's speech on the Paris climate accords: Compliance with the terms of the Paris accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the United States could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025, according to the National Economic Research Associates. This includes 440,000 fewer manufacturing jobs -- not what we need. Believe me, this is not what we need -- including automobile jobs and the further decimation of vital American industries on which countless communities rely -- they rely for so much, and we would be giving t... more »

Twitter’s Alts and Rogues

Brooke Binkowski at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Twitter is full of "alt-gov", or alternate government, accounts — but without verification, it's difficult to know whom to trust.

As predicted Donald Trump pulls out of the Paris accord. Today was the day that America stopped being a leader in fighting climate change.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Courtesy of NBC News: *The United States will pull out of a landmark global coalition meant to curb emissions that cause climate change, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. * *"The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," Trump said to applause from the crowd gathered in the White House Rose Garden. * *He added that the U.S. will begin negotiations to re-enter either the Paris accord or a new treaty on terms that are better for American businesses and taxpayers.* *"So we're getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a dea... more »


Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 5 hours ago
For reasons I have yet to work out, but the WordPress editing app has problems with numbered list formatting, specifically turning it off and on. Turning on is a no brainer. Turning it off is another matter entirely.

Paris Climate Disagreement

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 5 hours ago
So the free have disagreed with the enslaved over the climate. ‘I represent the people of Pittsburgh NOT Paris’: Trump pulls U.S. out of climate accord saying it is a foreign attempt to seize American jobs and American wealth – … Continue reading →

What Does America Consider Success in Afghanistan?

Luke Coffey at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Luke Coffey* *Security, Asia* [image: U.S. Army soldiers in Kharwar District, Afghanistan. Flickr/U.S. Central Command] America must start measuring success in Afghanistan by achievements on the ground and not by unrealistic expectations. Wednesday’s terror attack in Kabul is a stark reminder of how brutal the war in Afghanistan still is. A suicide truck bomber drove near the German Embassy in Wazir Akbar Khan, the diplomatic heart of Kabul, and then detonated his bomb amid the morning rush-hour traffic. The blast killed at least ninety civilians and wounded another four hundred... more »

China's Campaign to Shove Taiwan Off the World Stage

Gordon G. Chang at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Gordon G. Chang* *Politics, Asia* [image: 2017 New Year flag-raising ceremony in front of Taipei’s Presidential Office Building. Flickr/Taiwan Presidential Office] As long as Trump goes easy on China, China will go hard on Taiwan. For the first time since 2008, Taiwan is not participating in the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization’s decisionmaking forum. The WHA wrapped up in Geneva on Wednesday. The exclusion is another example of Beijing’s progressively hard-line—and increasingly counterproductive—diplomacy toward peoples it thinks it has a right to rule. Fr... more »

Is America Fueling an Arab-Israeli Arms Race?

Shimon Arad at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Shimon Arad* *Security, Middle East* [image: Israel receives its first two fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Flickr/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv] Israel’s qualitative military edge is already eroding. Following the announcement of a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, President Trump is reported to have “underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including to the maintenance of Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge” during his May 22 meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also reported to hav... more »

Britain Must Ramp Up Its Fight Against Islamic Extremists

Tom Wilson at The National Interest - 5 hours ago
*Tom Wilson* *Security, Europe* [image: Big Ben at night. Pixabay/Public domain] Britain's aim must not just be to foil plots, but to reduce the number of plots being formed in the first place. Last week, the United Kingdom’s terror-threat level was deemed critical and armed forces were deployed on British streets. It is difficult to see what further security measures the government could put in place beyond those it has already taken. Though London hasn’t instituted a state of emergency akin to that in place in France, it is moving in the same direction. It should be noted that... more »

Crisis In Venezuela -- News Updates June 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*L.A. Times:* *U.S., region's foreign ministers debate Venezuela* The United States and foreign ministers from across the hemisphere met in Washington on Wednesday to attempt to force Venezuela's leftist government and its angry opposition into talks. Hunger and violence have pushed Venezuela to the brink of humanitarian disaster, diplomats say. But Wednesday's meeting of the Organization of American States faced unlikely prospects for success: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro does not trust the organization and has said his nation will withdraw its membership. Some OAS natio... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Bethan McKernan, The Independent*:* Kabul bombing: Who was responsible for the attack that killed 90 people?* Taliban denies carrying out massive suicide truck bombin The people of Kabul are losing patience with the weak and divided government of President Ashraf Ghani after a suicide truck bomb ripped through the city’s diplomatic quarter, killing 90 people and wounding more than 400. Wednesday’s grisly attack - the latest in a series of grim extremist incidents carried out by the Taliban and Isis across Afghanistan since the withdrawal of international troops in 2014 - occurre... more »

In pictures: Syrian Army’s most elite brigade heads from Damascus to Daraa city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:30 A.M.) – Relocated from the Syrian capital, a large convoy of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reinforcements arrived in the provincical capital of Daraa on Thursday, representing the third batch of troops from the 4th Mechachanized Division to arrive in the southern city over the week. The 42nd Brigade – also known as […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

First official ISIS video emerges from Marawi, shows heavy clashes with Philippine Army

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 A.M.) – Al-Masdar News has obtained the first official Islamic State video from Marawi, an embattled city in the southern Philippines which witnessed a large-scale ISIS uprising last week, prompting Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte to initiate a 60-day state of emergency in the province of Lanao. Amaq Agency released footage showing insurgents […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ratna karta Sirije na dan 1. jun 2017

Petar Marković at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEJRUT, LIBAN (16:40) – U poslednja dva meseca rata u Siriji mnogo toga se promenilo u raspodeli terena na ratnoj karti. Islamska država (IS) i džihadistički pobunjenici pretrpeli su velike gubitke na terenu u korist Sirijske Arapske Armije i Sirijskih Demokratskih Snaga predvodjenih pre svega kurdskim borcima (SDF). Nakon ofanzive, koju je SAA pokrenula i […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Latest ISIS propaganda video shows deadly battles with Syrian Army in Homs (+18 graphic)

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:45 A.M.) – ISIS has released a brand new propaganda video covering its military activities in the central province of Homs where heavy battles have been fought with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) since 2014. The showed an ISIS narrator praising their martyrs and combat-ready fighters while Sheikhs were depicted giving moral-boosting religious […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Presidente sirio Assad y la primera dama reciben a soldados y civiles liberados de su cautiverio

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
El Presidente sirio Bashar al Assad y su esposa Asma al Assad recibieron a 29 civiles y soldados, liberados por el Ejército Árabe Sirio en el distrito de Barzeh, Damasco. Las 29 personas estuvieron secuestradas durante años por los grupos militantes y se encontraban en cárceles clandestinas del distrito de Barzeh. Tras la evacuación a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army opens new front to crush ISIS in Aleppo once and for all

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 A.M.) – On Thursday evening, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began targeting ISIS outposts and forward positions along the entire frontier east of the Aleppo supply road. Following massive gains by the Tiger Forces in the Maskanah Plains, elements of the newly reorganized 30th Division of the Republican Guard headed from the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Nova ofanziva Sirijske Arapske Armije uz podršku ruskih saveznika južno od Palmire

Petar Marković at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEJRUT, LIBAN (17:30) – Sirijska Arapska Armija (SAA) nastavila je u četvrtak vojne operacije južno od Palmire uprkos jučerašnjem neuspešnom pokušaju prodora u rejonu Al-Abassiyah. 5. korpus SAA danas je napao Al-Abassiyah uz podršku ruskih saveznika, što je rezultiralo tuškim sukobima sa pripadnicima IS (ISIS) u prostranoj pustinjskoj zoni Palmire. Izveštaji pristižu o velikim gubicima […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

EILMELDUNG: Berichte über starke Explosionen, Schießerei in Manila, Philippinen

Benjamin T. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
(RT) SWAT-Teams und Feuerwehren haben das große Resort “World Manila Komplex” umstellt, das sich neben dem internationalen Flughafen der philippinischen Hauptstadt befindet, nach dem es Berichte von Schüssen und Explosionen im Inneren des Komplexes gab. Augenzeugen haben Videos auf Twitter veröffentlicht, in denen anscheinend Schüsse aus dem größten Freizeitzentrum des Landes, das ein Einkaufszentrum, ein Kino […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Whistle-blower says ISIS war is opposition plot to oust Duterte

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 6 hours ago
The shocking claims would mean that the war against Philippines is not an act of insurgency but of treason. The post Whistle-blower says ISIS war is opposition plot to oust Duterte appeared first on The Duran.

Was ‘Covfefe’ A Secret Nuclear Code?

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
The confusion surrounding President Donald Trump's infamous tweet was fodder for a satirical news site.

Gunfire, Blasts Hit Philippine Casino; Terror Ties Doubted

Brooke Binkowski at Snopes.com - 6 hours ago
The violence unfolded as Muslim militants aligned with the Islamic State group fended off government forces in the southern city of Marawi.

With Nod to Sovereignty, Trump Dumps UN “Climate” Regime

Alex Newman at rss - 6 hours ago
[image: with-nod-to-sovereignty-trump-dumps-un-climate-regime] After months of keeping the world in suspense about his intentions, President Donald Trump formally announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the United Nations “Paris Agreement” on alleged man-made global warming. Blasting the non-binding UN scheme as a counterproductive effort to disadvantage America and redistribute U.S. wealth rather than fix the “climate,” Trump portrayed the decision as one that puts “America First.” He also chastised foreign powers and their lobbyists for demanding that the United... more »

Trump Daily Diary Humans have no part of Human extinction day

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
Trump pulled the plug on the swap that is humanity today not that the Paris accords were going to save the day but they held the hope of ' delay that could be mitigated successfully now we are going to see great geo engineering projects that will have unforeseen consequences that will make nuclear energy look like a LED light. We always have time we are humans but filtering down the options is not biz like

Statements by President Trump and EPA Administrator Pruitt on the Paris Climate Accord

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 6 hours ago
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 1, 2017 STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD Rose Garden 3:32 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. I would like to begin by addressing the terrorist attack in Manila. We’re closely monitoring the situation, and […]

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
Here, on how several other provinces are setting new (and necessary standards) for worker protections while Saskatchewan falls further behind. For further reading... - Ontario's Changing Workplaces Review is here (in full), and here (in summary form). CBC reports on Kathleen Wynne's subsequent minimum wage announcement, while Sheila Block crunches the numbers on how it will reduce inequality. And Thomas Walkom points out how even Ontario's plan falls short of the mark in protecting people stuck in precarious work and allowing for labour to organize. - Alberta's summary of its planned... more »

Gravity and Isostasy

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 6 hours ago
One of the more interesting scientific theories is Isostasy, the theory to explain the existence of mountain ranges, or for that matter, topographic highs. It came about during the 18th century and afterwards when topographic surveyors noticed that plumb bobs used to level theodolites did not deflect as expected when used next to a mountain … Continue reading Gravity and Isostasy

"How It Really Is"

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

"The Left Freaks Out As Everything It Tries Makes It Look Stupider”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"The Left Freaks Out As Everything It Tries Makes It Look Stupider”* by Kurt Schlichter "Name one normal person who has watched the leftist freak out and said, “Yeah, I’m convinced. That severed Trump head Kathy Griffin is hauling around? Really makes you think.” It sure does – normal people think, “Thank you, Lord, for helping America dodge that drunken, malignant bullet the liberals fired at us.” But then nothing the liberals have done since last November’s humiliation has sought to expand the Democrats’ constricted base to include us normals. Instead, everything they have done ... more »

World News Briefs -- June 1, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Trump says U.S. to quit Paris climate pact; allies voice dismay* President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, spurning pleas from U.S. allies and corporate leaders in an action that fulfilled a major campaign pledge. Supporters of the accord condemned Trump's move as an abdication of American leadership, an international disgrace and a monumental foreign policy blunder. His predecessor, Barack Obama, expressed regret over the pullout from a deal he was instrumental in brokeri... more »

Donald Trump exempts entire senior staff from ethics rules.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
We laugh in the fact of your ethic rules. Courtesy of The Daily Beast: *President Donald Trump has exempted his entire senior staff from provisions of his own ethics rules to allow them to work with political and advocacy groups that support the administration. * *Staffers given a pass on those rules include White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who has the green light to communicate and meet with “political, advocacy, trade, or non-profit organizations” that formerly employed her consulting firm, despite ethics rules that would otherwise bar work with former clients. * *Chief W... more »

How the U.S. Superpower Experience Wrecked the Paris Climate Agreement

Heather Hurlburt at The National Interest - 7 hours ago
*Heather Hurlburt* *Politics, Americas* [image: Wind turbine. Pixabay/Public domain] The power struggle over climate change has less to do with the environment and more to do with populism and politics. As so often with the Trump administration, the public dithering about whether to stay in or leave the Paris Climate accords was at once a sideshow and deeply revealing. When the withdrawal was announced, we didn’t learn anything new about the fate of the planet. Thanks to the actions of Trump’s appointees at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State Department and elsewhere... more »

Nooses Showing Up More in Hate Incidents Around Country

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Secretary David Skorton said in a statement that a noose was found on 31 May 2017 at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History.

Was a Singaporean Woman Injured While Photocopying Her Breasts?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
A dubious new web site published a fabricated story that lacked proper sourcing.

Weather Channel Co-Founder Denies Climate Change

Snopes Staff at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Comments by Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman supposedly refute global warming. Are his remarks an accurate analysis of climate change?

Nigel Farage Reportedly ‘Person of Interest’ in FBI’s Russia Investigation

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
A British newspaper has reported that the United Kingdom Independence Party leader is under scrutiny.

22 Dead Bodies Discovered in Flint River Found to Be the Source of Water Contamination?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 7 hours ago
Reports that the source of Michigan's water pollution problems was the presence of numerous dead bodies in the Flint River were fake news.

Torrejonia: Early Primates Were Tree Dwellers

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 7 hours ago
The oldest-known primate skeleton, 62-million-years-old, dwelled in treetops, not on the ground, according to a new analysis. The study shows that Torrejonia, a small mammal from an extinct group of primates called plesiadapiforms, had skeletal features adapted to living in trees, such as flexible joints for climbing and clinging to branches. Previously, researchers had proposed that plesiadapiforms in Palaechthonidae, the family to which Torrejonia belongs, were terrestrial based on details from cranial and dental fossils consistent with animals that nose about on the ground for in... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 7 hours ago
*TRUMPED!* I can't stop laughing. I am so pleased at President Trump's repudiation of the Paris climate agreement. The is the end of all that bullshit. The whole fraud will die on the vine now. A paragraph in his speech that I particularly like is below: “The Paris climate agreement is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers — who I love — and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminish... more »

Map Of The Operation To Liberate Mosul - 31.10.16 to 24.05.17 (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: It`s been a long 7 months .... and now the endgame .... which will probably be the most destructive .... is in sight.

Duck Forum on Paris Withdrawal

Josh Busby at Duck of Minerva - 8 hours ago
With the news that the Trump Administration has signaled its intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, I reached out to a number of leading experts on global climate governance and U.S. climate policy for advanced comment. Contributors include Jessica Green, Jennifer Hadden, Thomas Hale, Matthew Hoffmann, Joanna Lewis, Johannes Urpelainen, and Stacy VanDeveer. […]

States Are Taking Action to Register Animal Abusers Just Like Criminals

White Wolf at White Wolf - 8 hours ago
A number of United States jurisdictions have enacted an animal offenders registry due to a growing popularity. The registry will publically reveal the names of known animal abusers in a particular area, similar to how criminals are registered. As of right now, Tennessee is the only state to have an animal offenders registry, but Suffolk County, New York and Cook County, Illinois have the registry at a local level. How does such a registry work? The Tennessee Registry is monitored by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and can be accessed at the TBI or any other local country offi... more »

N.Y. Post: Trump Administration Spying on Journalists to Find Leakers

Raven Clabough at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: ny-post-trump-administration-spying-on-journalists-to-find-leakers] President John Adams once observed, “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.” Sadly, modern presidential administrations have not appeared to harbor the same belief, instead believing that freedom of speech is secondary to national security interests. Just six months into the Trump administration, it seems that President Trump subscribes to the same belief. The *New York Post* reports that Trump’s Justice Department has obtained a warrant to conduct electronic surveillance on a gro... more »

In Test That Will Send Message to N. Korea, U.S. Successfully Intercepts ICBM

Warren Mass at rss - 8 hours ago
[image: in-test-that-will-send-message-to-n-korea-u-s-successfully-intercepts-icbm] The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has successfully destroyed an ICBM fired from the Marshall Islands with another interceptor missile fired from California.

The Battle For The Iraqi City Of Mosul -- News Updates June 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*The Independent:* *The scene is set for Isis’s last stand in Mosul* *Remaining militants hole up in symbolic fight for city’s Grand Mosque, from which leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the establishment of the so-called caliphate in 2014 * Iraqis trapped inside the last tiny Isis-controlled pocket of Mosul have reported that militants have been shoring up defences outside the city’s Grand al-Nuri mosque, a symbolic move ahead of their final showdown with coalition forces. In the last two days all roads leading to the beautiful medieval building on the west bank of the Tigris... more »

The Woman Who Would Destroy Britain

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 8 hours ago
Brexit is calamitous and regressive. But do you know what would be even worse? Ignoring a democratic vote and staying in the EU. That is why Labour were absolutely right to ignore the siren calls of the hard remainers, and why it will oversee Brexit if we're able to pull off the biggest political upset since 1945. However, the polls are against us still so I want to concentrate on the imminent danger: Theresa May's approach to Brexit. Not because she won't get a better deal than Labour. It's far more likely that she *won't get a deal* at all and crash us out of the EU. A disaster t... more »

WATCH: Cops Hold Down Non-Violent Man as Crazed Cop Smashes in His Face

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: garland]Garland police officers were caught on camera holding a compliant man down for no reason so their fellow cop could unleash his fury.

Subpoenas Have Been Issued In The Trump's Putin-Gate Scandal

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
The House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas yesterday, including one for Russian spy Mike Flynn and one for Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, another likely Russian spy, often described as the guy who Trump replaced gangster Roy Cohn with, except without Roy Cohen's charm. The Republicans on the committee would only agree to subpoenas for the spies if the Democrats agreed to let them subpoena the NSA, FBI, CIA so they can pretend the hearings are about wrong-doing under the Obama administration instead about Trump and his lackeys colluding with the Kremlin. Flynn and Co... more »

Indiana Man Charged with Molesting and Impregnating a 10-Year-Old Girl

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Nicholas Deon Thrash, who was living in Marion Indiana, faces 10 counts of molesting a child.

Walmart Testing Store Employee Delivery of U.S. Online Orders

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
Walmart is testing a delivery service using its own store employees, who will deliver packages ordered online while driving home from their regular work shifts.

Letter Exchange Between Law Firm and Cleveland Browns

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 8 hours ago
A lawyer received a caustic response after complaining to the Cleveland Browns about fans' throwing paper airplanes during the team's home NFL games.

Weightless worms confronted Great Satan!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 9 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017The Times continues to help:* On its reimagined page A3, the New York Times continues to help. This morning's Here to Help feature (hard copy only) appears beneath this heading: *Here to Help* *HOW TO SET UP A CHARCOAL GRILL* At least they didn't try to tell us how to be mindful while grilling. Today's Spotlight feature (ADDITIONAL REPORTAGE AND REPARTEE FROM OUR JOURNALISTS) does a masterful job misconstruing some informative work (by Nate Cohn) on last year's presidential polling. Meanwhile, in the Of Interest feature, this is one of this morning's "NOT... more »

BREAKING NEWS: Armed Gunmen Are Attacking A Hotel Popular With Western Tourists In Manila --

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Tourists shot in ISIS hotel attack: Terrified guests jump from second-floor windows and dozens are injured as Islamists storm Philippines resort popular with Westerners* * Dozens of tourists are feared injured after an 'ISIS gunman' stormed Resorts World Manila, a resort hotel * Shooting started at about midnight local time and witnesses described a 'two hour' onslaught of gunfire * A masked gunman reportedly stormed second floor of one of the complex's four hotels and opened fire * Footage, posted on social media, shows guests running for their lives as explosion... more »

"Revenge of the Macedonians: 'Guys in Macedonia' Cost me the Election Squeals Crazy Eyes Hillary"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 9 hours ago
*"Revenge of the Macedonians:* * 'Guys in Macedonia' Cost me the Election Squeals Crazy Eyes Hillary"* by RI Staff "Hillary Clinton lost because of misogyny, "thousands" of Russian agents, Macedonians, and because she had a big lead. She didn't lose because she deemed the common man deplorable, cheered on coal miner joblessness, and is an insufferable, entitled charisma-free toady of Goldman Sachs who overstayed her welcome on American TV screens about 20 years ago. Nope, it was that damn "general assumption she was going to win". As we all know the most difficult time to win an el... more »

4 Reasons President Trump Was Right to Pull Out of the Paris Agreement

Nicolas Loris at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Nicolas Loris* *Politics, * In terms of climate benefits produced by Paris, there are practically none. President Donald Trump has fulfilled a key campaign pledge, announcing that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The Paris Agreement, which committed the U.S. to drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, was a truly bad deal—bad for American taxpayers, American energy companies, and every single American who depends on affordable, reliable energy. It was also bad for the countries that remain in the agreement. Here are four reasons Trump was right to ... more »

Rodrigo Duterte's Path to Dictatorship in the Philippines?

Richard Javad Heydarian at The National Interest - 9 hours ago
*Richard Javad Heydarian* *Security, Asia* The Filipino president has again raised the specter of forging a full-blown dictatorship, sparking fears he could veer the country back towards the iron fisted, rights abusing rule seen under former autocrat Ferdinand Marcos. “Until the armed forces and the police say that the Philippines is safe, this martial law will continue,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said during a crisis management visit to Mindanao, suddenly the epicenter of terror group Islamic State’s thrust into Southeast Asia. “I will not listen to anyone else, be i... more »

Conference: No Need for Nuclear

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 9 hours ago
Ian Fairlie and CND have organised a Conference: 'No Need for Nuclear', 17.6.17, London, with key speakers on critical topics: http://cnduk.org/component/k2/item/2712-no-need-for-nuclear

Did a Bombing Take Place in Vatican City?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A fear-mongering article falsely claiming a bombing had taken place in Vatican City used images of smoke caused by a junkyard fire.

’22 Missionaries’ Prayer Request

Snopes Staff at Snopes.com - 9 hours ago
A prayer request for 22 missionaries about to be executed in Afghanistan is spurious and outdated.

5 reasons ISIS targeted Duterte’s Philippines

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
ISIS have just carried out their first attack on a non-Muslim area of Philippines. In many ways, such an atrocity was inevitable. The post 5 reasons ISIS targeted Duterte’s Philippines appeared first on The Duran.

Definitive list of 25 excuses Hillary Clinton blames her election loss on

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 9 hours ago
Hillary Clinton is unable and incapable of letting go of her election loss. The post Definitive list of 25 excuses Hillary Clinton blames her election loss on appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: ISIS clams responsibility for terrorist attack near Manila airport

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
This is the first ever ISIS attack in northern Philippines. The post BREAKING: ISIS clams responsibility for terrorist attack near Manila airport appeared first on The Duran.

FAKE NEWS New York Time publishes false headline about Putin

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 9 hours ago
It's Putin, Trump and the French cyber-security authorities versus the failing New York Times. The post FAKE NEWS New York Time publishes false headline about Putin appeared first on The Duran.

Hillary Clinton comes right out and says that the Russians needed American help to impact election, points to Trump campaign.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Courtesy of NPR: *Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton argued Wednesday that Russian meddling in the 2016 election in large part cost her the White House, and said she was "leaning" toward believing that President Trump's campaign did, indeed, collude with the Russians. * *During an interview at Recode's Code Conference, Clinton argued that the Russians "could not have known how best to weaponize" damaging information about her campaign and fake news stories perpetrated on social media unless they had been "guided" by Americans.* *At the conference, Clinton said ... more »

Memorial Day and the Rising Gorge: More than I Can Take

Fred Reed at 9 hours ago
Apparently I have missed Memorial Day by being on the road in Guanajuato. I gather I should have thanked Our Boys for their service to the exceptional nation. I will pass. My tolerance for nauseating twaddle has diminished with the … Continue reading →

Massive explosion rocks Shiite city in Saudi Arabia

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:50 P.M.) – A massive explosion rocked the predominately Shiite city of Qatif, Thursday, after a car bomb was detonated along a crowded street. The explosion was reportedly very powerful; however, it was not clear whether or not there were any casualties as a result of the blast. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hezbollah commander killed fighting ISIS in Iraq

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
A senior commander from the Lebanese Hezbollah was killed while fighting the Islamic State in northern Iraq. Abdulhamid Sharri died today after sustaining serious injuries from battles against ISIS in Qayrawan area in west Nineveh governorate. The Iraqi security forces, in cooperation with the Popular Mobilization Forces, have launched a wide-scale offensive to expel the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Palestinian woman shot after stabbing Israeli soldier

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – A Palestinian woman was critically wounded, Thursday, after she was shot by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) at the Mevo Dotan settlement. The unnamed Palestinian woman was shot after stabbing an IDF soldier at the Mevo Dotan settlement near the densely populated city of Jenin. The soldier was taken to hospital […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Two Syrian women arrested in southern Lebanon for links to ISIL

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:15 P.M.) – Lebanese military intelligence personnel arrested two Syrian women in the Nabatiyeh Governorate of southern Lebanon, Thursday, for alleged links to the Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization, the National News Agency (NNA) reported. “Following close and thorough monitoring by the Lebanese army intelligence, the two women were arrested after being tasked […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Powerful explosions, gunfire reported in Filipino capital

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
(RT) SWAT teams and fire brigades have surrounded the large Resorts World Manila complex, located next to the Philippine capital’s international airport, after reports of gunfire and explosions inside. Eyewitnesses posted videos on Twitter in which apparent gunshots could be heard emanating from the country’s biggest leisure center, which includes a mall, cinema and casino, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army’s east Aleppo offensive sees big territorial changes: maps

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) east Aleppo offensive has been incredibly successful these past six months, as their forces have managed to recover much of the territory occupied by the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorists in the province. January 2017: The Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces kicked off their military operations in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Putin: Rusia está preocupada por el futuro de las fronteras de Siria

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
(TASS) Moscú sigue preocupado por el potencial peligro del desmembramiento de Siria y espera que las zonas de desaceleración no sirvan de modelo para ninguna nueva frontera, dijo el presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin, durante una reunión con los jefes de medios de comunicación del mundo. “¿El posible desmembramiento de Siria suscita preocupación? Ciertamente lo hace”, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Trump shuns Israel by opting not to move embassy to Jerusalem

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 P.M.) – U.S. President Donald Trump reneged on his campaign pledge to move the his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to the historical city of Jerusalem. According to a statement released by the White House, Trump chose to keep the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv in order to ease tensions with the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia concerned over Syria’s future borders: Putin

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
(TASS) Moscow remains apprehensive about the potential danger of Syria’s dismemberment and hopes that the de-escalation zones will not serve as a blueprint for any new borders, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with the world’s mass media bosses. “Does the possible dismemberment of Syria arouse concern? It certainly does,” the Russian leader […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army makes significant progress near last ISIS stronghold in East Aleppo (map update)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:40 P.M.) – Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces division made significant gains in eastern Aleppo countryside today capturing several sites from the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS). Striking IS positions west of their last stronghold in the region, Maskanah town, government forces managed to seize Grain Silos area. After that, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Alaska’s North Slope Oil Reserves Are “Open for Business”

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: alaskas-north-slope-oil-reserves-are-open-for-business] Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Wednesday opening up the immense National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) from consideration for energy development.

DOJ Sued Over FBI/Geek Squad Computer Searches

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: doj-sued-over-fbi-geek-squad-computer-searches] In the wake of revelations that the FBI recruited Best Buy’s Geek Squad employees to search computers for child pornography without a search warrant, an Internet privacy group is suing the Justice Department. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and seeks information related to the training and payment of those employees by the FBI.

Michael Tomasky and Ed Kilgore!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 10 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017Can't anyone here play this game:* For what it's worth, we're inclined to agree with Michael Tomasky, who we met once or twice a long time ago and the cut of whose jib we like. These headlines sit atop his New Republic piece. We're inclined to agree with this: *Elitism Is Liberalism’s Biggest Problem* There are plenty of non-deplorables in middle America. The Democrats need to learn how to embrace them. Is "elitism" really our *biggest* problem? At present, we'd put it up there with the current excesses of so-called "identity politics," which recently had b... more »

Hillary Clinton’s Post-Truth Claims About Why She Lost To Trump

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 10 hours ago
Donald Trump is often described as a "post-truth" president. Yet, Hillary Clinton has crafted her own alternative reality about why she lost the 2016 election. The post Hillary Clinton’s Post-Truth Claims About Why She Lost To Trump appeared first on Shadowproof.

Ohio Sets Major Precedent, Sues Big Pharma for Deliberately ‘Fueling Opioid Epidemic’

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: opioid]Ohio joins a host of states in filing a lawsuit against five major pharmaceutical companies for knowingly fueling the opioid epidemic in the interest of raking in profits.

Media Blackout as US Senators Meet in Secret with Global Elite Only Miles from White House

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: bilderberg]As dozens of the world's top manipulators openly meet in secret at Bilderberg, just miles from the White House, corporate media remains silent.

William F. Buckley Would Love Donald Trump

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Politics, Americas* [image: President Donald J. Trump on Memorial Day 2017. Wikimedia Commons/Arlington National Cemetery<] Trump has consistently pursued, or at least catered to, a number of conservative objectives. George F. Will is manifestly irritated by Donald Trump. Today, in a column in the *Washington Post*, Will amplifies upon his disdain for Trump and his supporters by declaring that the solution to conservatism’s woes is to produce another William F. Buckley, Jr. According to Will, Buckley’s great accomplishment was to infuse “conservatism with brio... more »

Russian ‘Patriotic’ Hackers May Have Launched Cyber Attacks Against West

Will Racke at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Will Racke* *Security, Europe* Say what? Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that Moscow has engaged in hacking to affect the results of Western elections, but conceded that eager individuals might have launched cyber attacks amid rising tensions between the Russia and the West. It is “theoretically possible” that “patriotic” Russians decided to take matters into their own hands in response to negative reporting on Russia by the U.S. media and other foreign outlets, Putin said Thursday in a meeting with senior editors of leading international news agencies. “Hackers are f... more »

China and Russia Hate America's Missile Defense Systems for a Very Simple Reason

Ryan Pickrell at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Ryan Pickrell* *Security, * and a nuclear arms race could start becuase of it. China and Russia are both criticizing U.S. efforts to defend itself against an intercontinental ballistic missile strike. The U.S. military conducted an ICBM intercept test Tuesday, successfully eliminating a mock ICBM fired from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific with an interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Russia and China, two U.S. rivals, are now criticizing U.S. defense moves. China’s People’s Daily, a state-run media out... more »

Would NATO Could Go to War over a Cyber Attack?

Russ Read at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Russ Read* *Security, Europe* What happens if Russia strikes? The North Atlantic Treaty Organization would consider a large enough cyber attack against one member an attack on them all, according to NATO officials. A persistent and devastating attack could trigger what is known as Article 5, NATO’s collective defense measure, the officials told delegates at the International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon) in Estonia Wednesday, according to Defense News. The invocation of Article 5 could theoretically cause the alliance to go to war in defense of a member state. “Althoug... more »

U.S. Navy Has Taken Delivery of the Super Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * A big milestone--and more of these super carriers are coming. The United States Navy has formally taken delivery of the aircraft carrier *Gerald R. Ford *(CVN-78). Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding handed the massive 100,000-ton ship over to the Navy on May 31 following her successful completion of acceptance trials on May 26. *Gerald R. Ford* is the Navy’s first new carrier design since USS *Nimitz* (CVN-68)—which was the first of her kind—was accepted into service in 1975. "Congratulations to everyone who has helped bring CVN-78 to this... more »

Washington Needs to Understand the Costs of Its Actions

Jacob Heilbrunn, Harry J. Kazianis, Daniel L. Davis at The National Interest - 10 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn, Harry J. Kazianis, Daniel L. Davis* *Security, * From Afghanistan to Cuba, American foreign policy is not done without a cost. *Editor's Note**: In our latest Facebook Live interview (please like our **Facebook page** to see more of these events) **Jacob Heilbrunn**, editor of the National Interest, **Harry* *Kazianis**, Director of Defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, and Lt. Col. **Daniel L. Davis** (Ret.), a senior fellow at Defense Priorities, discussed the costs of America’s foreign policy.* *Daniel Davis recently wrote an article on th... more »

Researchers uncover a natural cause for early 20th century Arctic warming

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: Arctic Ocean Scientists have surprised themselves by noticing multi-decadal natural variability in the Arctic, and discovering some of its effects, as Phys.org reports. More than a hint of cyclical warming and cooling is implied, although they try to downplay it. Is a warmer Arctic a canary of global warming?…

Good news: Africa has become greener in the last 20 years – CO2 listed as a cause

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the “blame CO2” department: Despite climate change and a growing population, Africa has become greener over the past 20 years, shows new study. By: Kristian Sjøgren -ScienceNordic In Africa, a fight is happening. On one side natural forces are making the continent greener, and on the other, people…

Climate projections don’t include volcanic eruptions.

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: In today’s climate models, volcanic eruptions are thought to be a major negative forcing (they have to be, to counteract the over-egged positive forcing attributed to CO2), but the ‘projections’, ‘forecasts’, ‘scenarios’ (anything but predictions!) don’t include any volcanic eruptions. That being the case, why would we take any…

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

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood Word is coming out of Washington that President Trump has finally made the decision to exit the Paris Agreement. There have already been various stories about the apocalypse waiting around the corner if that happens, not least from so-called scientists…

Solar Cycle Oh Dear…

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Source: Solar Cycle Oh Dear…

In one graph, why the #ParisAgreement is useless

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Activists think the world will be uninhabitable for our children if the U.S. pulls out of the Paris Climate Accord. For example, via Vox Quitting the Paris climate agreement would be a moral disgrace President Trump is selling out our kids to give false hope to coal workers.…

Rather Than Following the Money… “Follow the Ideology”!

Hifast at Climate Collections - 10 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton Dr. Alex Berezow, founding editor of Real Clear Science, posted a great essay on the American Council on Science and Health website: Ideological Conflicts Of Interest Are Worse Than Financial Ones By Alex Berezow — May 31, 2017 “Follow the money!” activists shout. The money…

Hillary Clinton Found Dead?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A distasteful prank article spreads misinformation about the former Secretary of State.

But the Labour Party will happily forego Jewish votes in return for vastly more Muslim votes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
The Labour Party is playing a very dangerous game and the institutionally pro Labour Party BBC will run cover for them.

Vatican fire fears as thick black smoke is seen billowing over Pope's home amid unverified reports of an 'explosion'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
'Vatican fire fears as thick black smoke is seen billowing over Pope's home amid unverified reports of an 'explosion' The smoke is said to be coming from the Battistini district of Rome, which borders the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.' More here https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3701491/vatican-fire-explosion-smoke-rome-latest-updates/

A New Global Oil Order?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/Pool/File Photo *Reuters:* *'Axis of love': Saudi-Russia detente heralds new oil order* A meeting between the two men who run Russia and Saudi Arabia's oil empires spoke volumes about the new relationship between the energy superpowers. It was the first time that Rosneft boss Igor Sechin and Saudi Aramco chief Amin Nasser had held a formal, scheduled meeting - going beyond the numerous times they had si... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 11 hours ago
In response to the Kathy Griffin story, John Podhoretz harrumphs: *In her bubble, Kathy Griffin thought nothing was out of bounds in mocking Trump* Imagine living in a bubble so impermeable, it didn’t occur to you that retailing a photograph of a decapitated president’s head would be a horrendous career move — a bubble in which you don’t know anyone who doesn’t think the world would be a better place once Donald Trump had had his head cut off. That is the world Kathy Griffin lives in. Tell us more about this impermeable bubble, John. In the bubble in which she lives, in the world ... more »

Did a Pigeon Salute Vladimir Putin?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A video of a pigeon that appears to salute Vladimir Putin is fake.

Painting Break Results in Town’s Greeting Visitors with ‘Sex’

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Thanks to an ill-timed painting break, a water tower emblazoned with the word "sex" is greeting drivers as they pass through a southeast Wisconsin town.

Did President Trump’s USDA Pick Say Scientists Are ‘Dumb’ for Believing Dinosaurs Existed?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Although Sam Clovis is believed to be in line for a Department of Agriculture appointment, he did not say that scientists are "stupid" and that dinosaurs are "a hoax".

Does Donald Trump Sit Through Meetings of World Leaders Without Notes?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
A meme cherry-picked one snapshot from a longer meeting where the United States president did use notes.

Important Bail Case from Supreme Court of Canada

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 11 hours ago
*R. v. Antic* (June 1), 2017 SCC 27 (S.C.C.) 67 Therefore, the following principles and guidelines should be adhered to when applying the bail provisions in a contested hearing: (a) Accused persons are constitutionally presumed innocent, and the corollary to the presumption of innocence is the constitutional right to bail. (b) Section 11(*e*) guarantees both the right not to be denied bail without just cause and the right to bail on reasonable terms. (c) Save for exceptions, an unconditional release on an undertaking is the default position when granting release: s. 515(1... more »

Election 2017: Mordaunt dodges questions over ‘misleading’ WCA pledge

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
The Conservatives have refused to comment on an apparently misleading public pledge by the minister for disabled people that another Tory government would “dismantle” the work capability assessment. Penny Mordaunt was speaking at a disability hustings event in Westminster that was organised by the Disability Charities Consortium, the Disability Benefits Consortium and the Care and [...]

UK’s Zero rating puts it near foot of European league table on disability rights

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
The UK is one of the worst-performing countries in Europe when it comes to implementing the UN disability convention, according to an influential new report. The Zero Project details the progress made by 121 countries around the world on implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Every year, the project’s [...]

BMA ‘will be complicit in future deaths’, after silence on ‘fit note’ rules

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Appalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the future deaths of patients, after the doctors’ union refused to speak out about “very dangerous” new benefit rules affecting severely-ill claimants. Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how the rules can force people applying for the government’s [...]

‘DWP’s flawed assessments and harassment’ forced woman into webcam sex work

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
A disabled grandmother has described how the flawed disability benefit assessment system and back-to-work harassment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) forced her into employment as a webcam sex worker. A*, who has had chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia for the last 10 years, has been left £25,000 in debt after having to survive [...]

Election 2017: UKIP silence after manifesto confuses PIP assessment with WCA

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
UKIP’s disability spokeswoman has refused to explain both how the party has managed to confuse two key disability benefits in its election manifesto, and – for the second election running – which parts of the UN disability convention it supports. UKIP’s manifesto includes a section titled “Ending the injustice of personal independence payments”, which describes [...]

Election 2017: Tory disability minister endorses forced institutionalisation

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
The minister for disabled people has failed to oppose the idea of forcing disabled people into institutions against their will. Penny Mordaunt was asked what she would do to protect disabled people from “forced institutionalisation” and whether she opposed it, as part of a series of questions put to her by the campaigning website Disability [...]

Election 2017: Labour ‘will take a rights-based approach’ to protecting disabled people

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
Labour has promised that it will take a “rights-based approach” to protecting the interests of disabled people, if it wins power at next week’s general election. At the centre of that approach will be incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities into UK law for the first time. Labour’s Kate Green, [...]

Election 2017: Lib Dems make UN convention pledge

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
The Liberal Democrats have pledged that they would incorporate the UN disability convention into UK law. Although the policy – which would give disabled people in the UK a wave of new rights in law – was not part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto, Disability News Service (DNS) has been told that it would [...]

Election 2017: Parties finally stress importance of working-age social care

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
The Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and Labour have all spoken publicly – apparently for the first time in the general election campaign – about what their parties would do to address the social care needs of working-age disabled people. Their comments follow concerns raised by leading disabled campaigners that the election campaign had focused exclusively on [...]

Election 2017: Greens call for infrastructure focus on access barriers

John Pring at Disability News Service - 11 hours ago
The Green party has called for investment in national infrastructure to be focused on addressing the access barriers faced by millions of disabled people. The party’s disability manifesto, which was launched this week, and expands on ideas laid out in its main manifesto, also calls for every employer in the country to ensure that at [...]

Syrian Brigadier General: The 3 Amigos- US, ISIS and YPG

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 11 hours ago
When I first put forth my Kurd/ISIS symbiosis theory it was met with that kind of deafening silence any new concept initially receives. It was very contradictory to the commonly presented perception management via the main stream and so called alt media. In time a few people stopped by and said- yah, I can see that as the reality. *It’s been nearly three years since I first published the theory, in a post from 2014.* *November 19, 2014: Kurd/ ISIS Symbiosis - The Impending Destruction of Turkey.* *"What about this relationship between ISIS and the Kurds? (not brand Yazidi specific... more »

Nigel Farage laughs at The Guardian’s claim that he is now under the spell of Putin

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 11 hours ago
Russia hysteria gripes on both sides of the Atlantic. The post Nigel Farage laughs at The Guardian’s claim that he is now under the spell of Putin appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: French authorities find no trace of Russian hacking in election

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 11 hours ago
No evidence of Russian involvement in French election hacking. The post BREAKING: French authorities find no trace of Russian hacking in election appeared first on The Duran.

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