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Thomas Paine

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

Sunday, June 11, 2017

11 June - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:40 pm MDT

Trump takes to Twitter to call James Comey "cowardly."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!' — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2017 Once again Comey did not "leak." He simply gave his friend access to memos, containing no classified information, that he himself wrote down about his own interactions with Donald Trump, AFTER he was no longer an employee of the government. In response to all of this the Senate is considering the idea of issuing subpoenas for the rest of Comey's notes about meetings with Trump. I think that is a great ide... more »

Richard Engel knew exactly what was going to happen even before Donald Trump "won" the election.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Damn that is almost spooky how spot on all of his predictions turned out to be. - Catastrophic for the United States. Check. - Catastrophic for our position in the world. Check. - Emboldens our enemies and adversaries. Check. - Allies terrified we will not be their allies anymore. Check. - Trump provokes constitutional crisis. Almost a check. - Attempts to impeach Trump. Also moving toward a check. - No longer leading the world. Double check. I think in many ways, due to his experience with other governments and dictators around the world, Richard Engel could no... more »

Cop Charged After Dashcam Caught Him Viciously Beating Compliant 16yo Boy

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: dashcam]A Jersey cop has been charged after dashcam footage shows he beat a submissive kid, doing damage to his face, and forcing him to be hospitalized.

On comparative advantages

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 13 hours ago
In the federal NDP's previous leadership campaign, Tom Mulcair managed to release numerous policy proposals without offering any hint of what he'd do as leader. Starting from the (correct) assumption that a frontrunner could likely find his way to victory simply by minimizing controversy, Mulcair released policy planks which were based almost entirely on the NDP's previous election platform. That left little for his opponents to criticize: any direct questions about Mulcair's plans could be attacked as critiques of Jack Layton's judgment. But it also offered little information for ... more »

Some People Are Getting Nervous On What Special Counsel Robert Mueller Is Doing And His Connections To James Comey

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
James Comey speaks alongside Robert Mueller at the White House in 2013. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters *Axios:* *Mueller adds muscle for Russia investigation* "The Worst Thing That Happened to Donald Trump this Week" — Paul Rosenzweig, on the Lawfare blog: Special counsel "Robert Mueller has hired Michael Dreeben, on a part-time basis, to help with his investigation. Dreeben, a deputy in the Office of the Solicitor General, has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court. His specialty has, for the last 20 years, been criminal matters and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of... more »

Terrorist Who Hid Grenades in Anus Dies of Internal Bleeding at Iraqi Airport?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Reports of a terrorist who accidentally killed himself while attempting to smuggle hand grenades at an airport are fake news.

Horse Spells ‘Horse’?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
An image of an equine whose coat spells out the word 'horse' was created through digital manipulation.

Richmond Begins Mass Relocation of Low Income Blacks to Decrease City Poverty Rate?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Reports that the city of Richmond is evicting low-income residents to decrease the municipal poverty rate are fake news.

"Illinois is Collapsing: It’s Coming Everywhere”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
*"Illinois is Collapsing: It’s Coming Everywhere”* by Karl Denninger "The blame game is in full force, including in Crain’s. Like in a good Agatha Christie mystery, there’s a whole train-full (or, in this instance, Capitol-full) of suspects in the case of Who Killed Illinois? Just like on the Orient Express, they’re all guilty to one degree or another. Here’s who’s at the top of my list: Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan, in that order. Other folks had their hands on the knife, but these two are the ones who really drove it in. Uh huh. Sure. Maybe you can blame Ma... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 237 Jun 10 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
After freeing Zinjali yesterday the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were moving onto the Shifaneighborhood. Shifa is in central Mosul along the Tigris River. The ISF attacked the area at the start of the new offensive at the end of May seizing several hospitals, but that was a trap set by the Islamic State, which then drove the Iraqi forces out. An army brigade claimedit penetrated 50 meters into Shifa. The ISF are also trying to take Bab al-Sinjar, which is one of the entrances to the Old City district. Shifa and the Old City are the last two parts of the city that the insurgents hold... more »

Jeremy Corbyn could help free Julian Assange

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Many think that Jeremy Corbyn could become Britain's PM in a matter of months or even weeks. Will he help Julian Assange? The post Jeremy Corbyn could help free Julian Assange appeared first on The Duran.

Greek entrepreneur Sotirios “Sam” Panopoulos has died at 83

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
His invention, the pineapple pizza forever changed global perceptions of the popular food. The post Greek entrepreneur Sotirios “Sam” Panopoulos has died at 83 appeared first on The Duran.

Is Saudi Arabia Destabilising The World?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Stephen Kinzer, Boston Globe:* *Saudi Arabia is destabilizing the world* JUST A FEW months ago, the governor of Indonesia’s largest city, Jakarta, seemed headed for easy re-election despite the fact that he is a Christian in a mostly Muslim country. Suddenly everything went violently wrong. Using the pretext of an offhand remark the governor made about the Koran, masses of enraged Muslims took to the streets to denounce him. In short order he lost the election, was arrested, charged with blasphemy, and sentenced to two years in prison. This episode is especially alarming because ... more »

Shocking Study Finds Water of 15 million Americans Contains Deadly Cancerous DuPont Chemical

Annabelle Bamforth at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: water]A new study accompanied by a detailed map demonstrates the prevalence of PFCs in the American drinking water supply and the dangers it presents.

WATCH: Cop Enters Fenced-In Yard, Kills Family Dog, Lies About it Attacking Him

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: dog]A Nevada Sheriff's Deputy entered a fenced in yard and shoots and kills a man's dog. He then immediately lied about being attacked.

WATCH: City Council Furious Man Has Enough Money to Keep them From Stealing His Land

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: eminent domain]The truth about eminent domain was on full display as a city councilwoman launched a furious tirade for being unable to take a man's land.

Cop Paid $140K to Return to Work After Murdering Man on Video for Illegally Camping

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: camping]Dominique Perez was initially fired from the Albuquerque Police Department when he was charged with murder in the shooting death of James Boyd.

Can Gaddafi Save Libya?

Richard Galustian at 14 hours ago
[image: undefined] Politically dramatic news emerged on Saturday 10th June when it was announced that Saif Al-Islam, was freed from Zintan and had arrived in eastern Libya, to Al-Bayda. This is a very significant turn of events on the ground politically in so many different ways. One of these is described below. The Libyan National Army (LNA) liberation of the Jufra AFB is also connected to Libyan "militias'" in Tripoli releasing last week some Gaddafi era VIPs including Saif's brother, Saadi and former prime minister Baghdadi Mahmudi from prison. These developments are part of a... more »

Pedophile Extract from Robert David Steele's Website

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 14 hours ago
My friend Robert David Steele ran across a fairly recent article of mine entitled "PedoGate Update: The Global Elite’s Pedophile Empire is Crumbling – But Will it Ever Crash?," and decided to feature it along with a couple requested comments about our deep state Vice President Mike Pence. The former CIA and US Marine intelligence officer has been a pioneer boldly pushing for badly needed electoral reform to replace our corrupt-beyond-repair two party political system. Over a year ago Steele contacted me requesting that I interviewhim on his electoral reformpackage. We also ea... more »

In 1983, A NATO Military Exercise Almost Started a Nuclear World War III

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, * On the night of November 20, 1983, Armageddon went prime time. Over 100 million Americans tuned in to the ABC television network to watch the two-hour drama The Day After. This depiction of a hypothetical nuclear attack on the United States attracted a great deal of publicity and controversy. Schools made watching the film a homework assignment, discussion groups were organized in communities across the country, and even the secretary of state at the time, George Schulz, took part in a question-and-answer session hosted by ABC after the film’... more »

How the Two Biggest Battleships Ever Put to Sea Were Finally Sunk

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *Security, * Special Sea Attack Force (SSAF) was an ordinary-sounding name for the pitifully tiny remnant of what was once the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). However, the word “Special” in the Japanese military possessed a unique and dark meaning. In late 1944, when Japan’s defeat became obvious, the desperate Japanese began encouraging kamikaze, or suicide aircraft missions, and created “special” units for carrying out these missions. Thus, “special” became a nonthreatening word for “suicidal,” and Special Sea Attack Force became the euphemistic ... more »

How Strategic Errors At The Presidential Level Can Result In Military Failures

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Mark Moyar, Hoover Institute*:* The White House’s Seven Deadly Errors* Strategic defeat often results from an accumulation of tactical failures. Repeated battlefield setbacks can destroy an adversary’s capabilities, as befell Napoleonic France, or its will, as befell Britain in the American War of Independence. In such cases, military organizations may deserve at least some of the blame for the strategic loss, because in most countries the military leadership bears primary responsibility for training, equipping, and commanding armed forces, functions that are fundamental to tacti... more »

Why Special Interests Want Bear Ears National Monument Gone: Uranium, Oil and Gas

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
The comment deadline for “Review of Certain National Monuments Established Since 1996; Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment” is July … Continue reading →

Original Inhabitants of US West: Bear Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition Letter re Trump Executive Order Directing Revue of National Monuments

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 15 hours ago
Ryan Zinke-Trump administration are so disrespectful that they didn’t bother to answer a letter written by the Bear Ears Inter-Tribal … Continue reading →

How Much Is The CET Affected By UHI?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 15 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Reposted from WUWT, originally published in January. It’s old, but still relevant: The answer is blindingly obvious, from above: they are all subject to considerable modern local urbanisation immediately to the North, including heated greenhouses designed to replicate a Mediterranean climate. The Met Office relies upon just three weather stations to record […]

ISIS retakes Division 17 Army Base in surprise counter-offensive north of Raqqa

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – On Sunday around noon, the Islamic State mounted a stunning localised counter-attack that saw jihadist militants retake the Division 17 Army Base and nearby Sugar Factory, two important sites which the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) otherwise overran earlier this week. The ISIS attack was led by at least one […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fırat Kalkanı kontrolündeki El Bab’ta iç çatışma: Onlarca ölü ve yaralı

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Şubat ayında, Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri desteğiyle ele geçirilen El Bab ve çevresinde; Fırat Kalkanı’na bağlı silahlı gruplar arasında büyük bir iç çatışma yaşanıyor. Bölgeden gelen ilk güvenilir bilgilere göre; sabah erken saatlerden bu yana, Azez ve El Bab’ta devam çatışmalarda en az 16 silahlı ölürken 15 kişi ise yaralandı. Yaşanan şiddetli çatışmalara, Feylak Şam ve […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US Congressman suggests his country should back ISIS against Iran following Tehran attacks: Video

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:40 P.M.) – United States Representative Dana Rohrabacher expressed gratitude that Islamic State radical elements assaulted the Iranian Parliament alongside Khomeini’s Mausoleum in Tehran. The representative went on to express his perplexing question as to whether it is “a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebel infighting kills scores in northeast Aleppo

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 40 P.M.) – At least 16 militants were killed, 15 others injured as several FSA-affiliated groups were caught in fierce infighting near the city of al-Bab located some 38 km to the northeast of Aleppo. Pro-rebel activists reported that fighters from the 1st Regiment, Faylaq al-Sham and Al-Hamza Division – all embedded […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS faces off with Hezbollah, Syrian Army on Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah (Lebanese paramilitary) have finally begun their long-awaited offensive along the M7-highway, targeting the ISIS-held oil and gas fields around Arak in eastern Homs. With heavy clashes unfolding as we speak, Amaq Agency published a series of images from the region which has been […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iran to provide Qatar with food amid the latter’s political and economical isolation

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
(Reuters) Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar’s biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country. Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food and water supplies […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic video: US-backed rebels stomp on the Syrian flag after attack in rural Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:25 P.M.) – On Saturday, Free Syrian Army (FSA) insurgents overran the Musaitema hill and nearby gun emplacements in the desert of Rif Dimashq amid heavy clashes with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). A graphic video published today depicted the FSA’s Osoud Al-Sharqiya and Ahmad Al-Abdo Martyrs Brigade shooting dead a SAA soldier […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sudán planea enviar más tropas a Yemen en medio de grandes bajas

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
El Ministerio de Defensa de Sudán anunció el viernes 9 de junio que el Alto Mando de las Fuerzas Armadas del país reflexiona acerca del envío de un nuevo lote de soldados a Yemen para participar en la Coalición Árabe dirigida por Arabia Saudí en Yemen. El periódico sudanés Assayha citó al Ministro de Defensa […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

مسؤول إسرائيلي: هزيمة داعش في المنطقة لا يخدم مصالحنا

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
حذر رئيس شعبة الاستخبارات العسكرية في جيش الاحتلال الاسرائيلي ، هرتسي هليفي، الغرب من أن هزيمة تنظيم «داعش» في سوريا، سيترك “إسرائيل” وحيدة في مواجهة أعدائها، وتحديداً حزب الله. ورأى هليفي أن مصلحة تل أبيب تكمن في منع هزيمة «داعش»، وهي إشكالية الدراسة الصادرة أخيراً عن مركز «بيغن – السادت» للدراسات الاستراتيجية. وفصّلت الدراسة الأسباب […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

تقرير|| بوصوله إلى الحدود العراقية… الجيش السوري يبدد المشروع الأمريكي في الجنوب السوري

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
ما حدث في الأمس في البادية السورية يعتبر تحولا كبيرا في مسير الصراع الدائر في المنطقة منذ عدة سنوات وتحديدا في سوريا والعراق، حيث تمكن الجيش السوري وحلفاؤه في الأمس من الوصول إلى الحدود العراقية والالتقاء مع القوات العراقية هناك، قاطعين بذلك الطريق على أحلام واشنطن الهادفة لمنع هذا الإلتقاء. وتكمن أهمية هذا التقدم كونه […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS insurgents gun down Syrian Army soldiers in rural Aleppo

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 P.M.) – Contrary to earlier reports, the Islamic State still holds a foothold in Aleppo province centered around the eastern Khanaser Plains which the Tiger Forces and Republican Guard are attempting to capture from two separate flanks. Photos released by Amaq Agency on Saturday show ISIS militants using machine-guns and mortars to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Katar vatandaşlarının Mekke’deki kutsal mekanlara girişleri yasaklandı

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
El Cezire’nin, Doha merkezli Al Sharq gazetesine dayandırdığı habere göre; Katar vatandaşlarının Mekke’deki Büyük Cami’ye girişi, yaşanan son kriz sebebiyle Suudi yetkililer tarafından yasaklandı. Katar Ulusal İnsan Hakları Komisyonu tarafından gazetecilere demeçte; Katarlı vatandaşlardan, Mekke’de Mescid-i Haram’a girilmesinin yasaklandığına dair şikayetler aldıkları bildirildi. Al Sharq gazetesi, Katar Ulusal İnsan Hakları Komisyonu’nun; söz konusu uygulamayı, ”insan hakları […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Exclusive: Syrian Army gears up for final showdown with ISIL in northern Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is gearing up for a final showdown with the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in northern Syria, as they look to expel the terrorist group from the Aleppo-Hama axis. With the Kurdish-led forces attacking ISIL at Raqqa City, this is the Syrian Arab Army’s chance to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Kurdish forces liberate their third neighborhood in Raqqa city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 P.M.) – Moments ago, the predominately Kurdish ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) imposed full control over the Romaniah suburb in northwestern Raqqa, thus securing their third consecutive neighborhood in less than a week. With reports of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi killed in downtown Raqqa, the SDF followed up on earlier gains […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

İran’a ait en az 5 kargo uçağı Katar’a ulaştı

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
AFP’nin haberine göre, bugün en az beş İran kargo uçağı Katar’ın başkenti Doha’ya ulaştı. Körfez ülkelerinin, Katar ile ilişkileri kesmesi ve ambargo uygulamasının ardından İran tarafı Katar’a gerekli yardımların yapılacağını söylemişti.Bu hamle ile birlikte; İranlılar, Katar’a ihtiyaç duyduğu yiyecekleri tedarik etme sözünü yerine getirdiğini bu hafta ikinci kez göstermiş oldu. Körfez ülkelerinin ambargosu ve uçuş […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Эрдоган заверил Катар в поддержке, потребовав снять блокаду с шейхства

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
Президент Турции Реджеп Тайип Эрдоган пообещал “стоять плечом к плечу с нашими братьями в Катаре” на фоне продолжающейся блокады шейхства со стороны Саудовской Аравии и её союзников в регионе. Об этом турецкий лидер заявил в пятницу, выступая с речью на званом ужине с членами возглавляемой им “Партии справедливости и процветания” в Стамбуле. Эрдоган отметил, что […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The Tu-95 Bear: The 60-Year-Old Russian Bomber America Still Chases All Over the World

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Europe* *The Tu-95 also had tremendous fuel capacity and could fly over nine thousand miles just using internal fuel. After the initial production variant, later types added the distinctive in-flight refueling probe, even further extending their range. Typical patrols during the Cold War lasted ten hours, but some Tu-95 flights lasted nearly twice as long.* *Tu-95s had crew of six to eight depending on the type, including two pilots and two navigators, while the remaining crew operated guns or sensor systems. The original version of the Bear had two ... more »

The U.S. Air Force Has an Overkill Problem

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The United States Air Force seems to have finally recognized that it will have to operate in permissive airspace fighting against poorly armed insurgents for the foreseeable future. In perhaps a breakthrough of sorts for the service, the Air Force also seems to recognize that high performance fourth and fifth-generation fighters such as the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle and Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are not the best weapons—being massive overkill—to use against such groups. Instead, the Air Force seems serious about pursuing options that ... more »

Musical Interlude: LOGOS, "Cheminement"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
LOGOS, "Cheminement" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOuXP8aVWHU&t=182s

"I Am That..."

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

"Kurt Vonnegut: Quotes And Comments"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
*"Kurt Vonnegut: Quotes And Comments"* by Josh Modell, Kyle Ryan, Noel Murray, Scott Gordon, And Tasha Robinson "So it goes." Unlike many of these quotes, the repeated refrain from Vonnegut's classic 'Slaughterhouse-Five' isn't notable for its unique wording so much as for how much emotion - and dismissal of emotion - it packs into three simple, world-weary words that simultaneously accept and dismiss everything. It neatly encompasses a whole way of life. More crudely put: "Sh*t happens, and it's awful, but it's also okay. We deal with it because we have to." "Tiger got to hunt, ... more »

"The Essential Thing..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 16 hours ago
"The most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well." - Pierre de Courbertin

Mike Philbin abstract art - Wix site overhaul - 2016 and 2017 content update

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 16 hours ago
I realised this morning that I hadn't updated my *WIX* art website for most of 2017, so I spent a few hours either side of lunchtime this Sunday adding new categories, new arrangments and new content. The newer, shinier, smashingier Mike Philbin abstract art site, cheers *wixy*.

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - David MacDonald discusses the need to start tackling some of Canada's most expensive and least justifiable tax handouts to the rich: The richest 10 per cent of Canadians enjoy an average of $20,500 a year in tax exemptions, credits, and other loopholes. That’s $6,000 more than in 1992 and it costs the federal government $58 billion—double what it paid in tax expenditures in 1992. The cost to the federal government for all preferential personal income tax treatments, not just for the rich, has ballooned from $90 billion in 1992 to a projected... more »

The Islamic State's Propaganda Machine Has Been Hit Hard By The Deaths Of Its Producers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *ISIS propaganda machine is hit hard by deaths of key leaders and setbacks on the battlefields* * ISIS has lost several of its leading propaganda experts to drone strikes recently * Experts claim the quality and production values of its videos has declined * ISIS has lost large areas of territory across both Syria and Iraq in recent weeks * The terror group has abandoned plans to attack and seize Iraq's capital Baghdad The ISIS propaganda machine has been dealt a significant blow with the deaths of senior members involved in creating its slick videos. Western air... more »

No Is Not Enough

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
That's the title of Naomi Klein's forthcoming book. It's her reaction to and prescription for resistance to the Trump presidency. She tells *The Guardian's* Tim Adams: “He keeps everyone all the time in a reactive state,” she said. “It is not like he is taking advantage of an external shock, he is the shock. And every 10 minutes he creates a new one. It is like he has these lasers coming out of his belt.” Klein admits that she wrote the book quickly "because she feared that the further into a Trump administration America travels, the less scope there might be for resistance, for... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 16 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin MintPress Meets The Father Of Iconic Aleppo Boy, Who Says Media Lied About His Son CNN cuts ties with host Reza Aslan for calling Trump a 'piece of s--t' Mark Zuckerberg read this book to understand China — here's what it's about Wealth gap in Hong Kong hits record high Scientists figured out a simple way to discover what's troubling bees Afghan Soldier Kills 2 US Troops In Insider Attack In "Personal Blow" Theresa May's Two Closest Advisors Quit After Election Debacle SoftBank Agrees to Buy Robot Maker Boston Dynamics Almost Half of Americans Die Nearly Broke I... more »

Governor of Washington signs order to let the autonomous automobiles drive without human chaperones.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
Courtesy of The Drive: *Washington governor Jay Inslee signed an order Wednesday that could allow self-driving car tests to begin in the state in just under two months and without a human monitoring from the driver's seat, his office announced in a blog post the same day. * *The order gives self-driving car companies the ability to send applications to the state's Department of Licensing for self-driving car pilot program tests on public roads. In the governor's blog post and in the official order, it states that around 94 percent of all motor vehicle crashes are caused by drive... more »

What Do The Results Of The U.K. Election Tell Us About Our Own Politics?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Writing for Bloomberg about the Conservatives' disastrous snap election in the U.K. Thursday, Tim Ross noted that "For some Conservative lawmakers, who saw their 20-point poll lead over Labour evaporate, May is now little more than a caretaker, holding the fort while a wounded party puts itself back together and finds another leader for whenever the next election comes. That vote, they say, could come within months, if the minority government-- propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland-- falls apart." How did the Conservatives projected landslide turn into a ... more »

NASA “Adjusted” Temperature Charts Prove CO2 Driven Warming is a Hoax

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 16 hours ago
It appears that NASA, the organization that once put a man on the moon, has devolved so much that they don’t even appear to understand the meaning of the charts that they produce. The Political Correct Fever that inspired the canceling of the Space Shuttle program, and redirecting NASA’s efforts towards “Muslim outreach” and Climate Change, … Continue reading "NASA “Adjusted” Temperature Charts Prove CO2 Driven Warming is a Hoax"


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Resegregation in American schools* *The writer below shows how people are reclaiming their liberty over where to send their kids to school. He makes no attempt to understand why most parents strive to avoid "integrated" schools -- the fact that black students are notoriously disruptive and damage education for everyone. To his limited Leftist brain, it is all just "racism"He also seems oblivious of the fact that increased funding does not of itself lead to better educational outcomes. So his diagnosis of the cause and his proposed solution are both empty-headed* A federal di... more »

Western hypocrisy is a symptom of western selfishness

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
The western mainstream media once again ignore killing abroad in order to focus on non-issues at home. The post Western hypocrisy is a symptom of western selfishness appeared first on The Duran.

The mysterious fate of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
Has he left Libya or is he panning to join one of Libya's many governments? The post The mysterious fate of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi appeared first on The Duran.

Oh I doubt that much in the UK is as powerful as the BBC...

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
https://youtu.be/zgljCXEksgg Watch to the end...


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*The Treasonous Secession of Climate Confederacy States* *Prosecute Governor Brown for treason* After President Trump rejected the Paris Climate treaty, which had never been ratified by the Senate, the European Union announced that it would work with a climate confederacy of secessionist states. Scotland and Norway’s environmental ministers have mentioned a focus on individual American states. And the secessionist governments of California, New York and Washington have announced that they will unilaterally and illegally enter into a foreign treaty rejected by the President of the ... more »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wants To 'Regulate' The Internet

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to people at a pavilion during an event of the Dual Year Germany-Mexico, at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City, Mexico June 10, 2017. REUTERS/Henry Romero *Reuters*: *Germany's Merkel says digital world needs global rules* German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday that the digital world needs regulations like those that exist for financial markets in the G20 and for trade under the World Trade Organization. Global policymakers are facing uncharted territory as emerging technologies open new frontiers for regulation with the inter... more »

Should, could Czechia build its nuclear weapons?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
Mr Ondřej Šupka is a young student of international and security studies in Brno, Czechia's second largest city, and he has ignited an unusual wave of interest – and controversy – by his essay at Technet.cz titled A hypothesis: Czechia could acquire an atomic weapon easily and quickly (autom. EN) He analyzes various aspects of the human capital, traditions, industry, public support, uranium deposits, the nuclear students' "Sparrow" reactor in Prague (here with global Miss contestants; the reactor is in the building where I attended most of my undergraduate lectures), and other thin... more »

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago

Is Ukraine Now A Laboratory For Both Russia And The U.S. On Military Tactics And Equipment?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*C4ISRNET*: *Here’s how Ukraine is a laboratory for both Russia and the US* Just as adversaries have observed U.S. behavior in conflict over the last decade-plus, learning tactics and techniques, the U.S. is doing the same. Specifically, the country is looking at Ukraine against Russia and Russian-supported forces. “As we study them — it becomes a laboratory both for the Russian forces and the Russian supported forces … it’s a laboratory both ways,” Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command and the Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command, said ... more »

Should President Trump Micromanage The Pentagon?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
President Donald Trump visiting U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. YouTube *W.J. Hennigan and Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau, Military.com:** Compared to George W. Bush And Obama, Trump Doesn't Micromanage* WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush spoke with his military commander in Iraq nearly every week. President Barack Obama was so deeply involved in military operations that his first three Defense secretaries all complained, sometimes bitterly, about what they considered White House micromanagement. In nearly five months in office, President Donald Trump... more »

Space Fleet For “OFF-WORLD” Conflict Confirmed!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 17 hours ago
It is to attack Jesus Christ, the Blessed Son of God, on His 2nd Coming. “Top astrophysicists and military defence consultants can now reveal there are actual high level plans to fight an Alien invasion! From the Pentagon to the UN, Alien invasion is taken seriously! The United States has a multitude of plans … […]

Jewish Rabbi Sounds the Alarm! Hell Is Opening & the Anti-Christ Is Coming!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 17 hours ago
Published on Jun 5, 2017 The rabbi believes that the two events – the unveiling last month of a replica of the Palmyra Arch, a symbol of paganism and idol worship, and the recent G7 summit, representing the coming together of world powers – are deeply and troublingly connected. – https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/88… – “This arch brings […]

History: "The Cathars: 'Kill Them All, God Will Know His Own.'"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"The Cathars:* *'Kill Them All, God Will Know His Own.'"* by Laura Knight-Jadczyk “'Kill them all, God will know His own.' A chronicler reported that Arnold Amaury, the monk who led the Albigensian Crusade, uttered this catchphrase outside the city of Beziers on July 22, 1209. His crusaders had asked him how to tell the Catholic believers from the Cathar Heretics. Arnold's instructions were followed, and the entire population of Beziers - some 20,000 men, women and children - were indiscriminately murdered. No one really knows if Arnold really said what was reported, but what is ... more »

"What Would Life Be..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
"We said together, wistfully, 'Life, eh?' It says everything without having to say anything: that we all experience moments of joyful or painful reflection, sometimes alone, sometimes sharing laughs and tears with others; that we all know and appreciate that however wonderful and precious life is, it can equally be a terribly confusing and mysterious beast. 'Life, eh?" - Miranda Hart

"Google Now Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases and Connects Them to Its Online Profile of You"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 18 hours ago
*"Google Now Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases* * and Connects Them to Its Online Profile of You"* by Michael Reilly "Google’s new ability to match people’s offline credit card purchases to their online lives is a stunning display of surveillance capitalism in action. The capability, which Google unveiled this week, allows the company to connect the dots between the ads that it shows its users and what they end up actually buying. This is a crucial link for Google’s business that, for all of the company’s inventiveness, remains a matter of attracting users to its predominantly free ... more »

US-Led Coalition Use White Phosphorus In Highly Populated Area Of Raqqa, Syria

Ceribalius at OYE Alternative News - 18 hours ago
It has emerged that the US-backed SDF have been using White Phosphorus on mass in a densely populated area of Raqqa, Syria. Video footage has gone viral of the this deadly weapons usage on social media: The post US-Led Coalition Use White Phosphorus In Highly Populated Area Of Raqqa, Syria appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

BREAKING: Duterte did NOT approach US for military assistance in Philippines

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
This could mean that elements of the Philippine military have approached America unilaterally, without permission from their commander in chief. The post BREAKING: Duterte did NOT approach US for military assistance in Philippines appeared first on The Duran.

CONFIRMED: Serbia preparing to sue NATO for war crimes

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
The 1999 NATO attack on Yugoslavia was unambiguously a war crime and a totally devastating one at that. The Serbian people have still not received any justice after suffering under NATO's multiple acts of war criminality. The post CONFIRMED: Serbia preparing to sue NATO for war crimes appeared first on The Duran.

Just a reminder.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Obama's accomplishments seem even more courageous and progressive when compared to the juvenile rantings of the guy who replaced him in the White House. President Obama worked hard to make this country a better place to live, Donald Trump seems to be working hard to leave the biggest smoking crater possible in its place.

See Something, Say Something

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
By Cathy Jameson Over the years, I’ve heard wonderful stories from other parents about their child’s caregivers. I learn that these other humans are kind, compassionate, and able to get the child to do things no one else thought possible....

Сирийская армия и союзники начали штурм посёлка Арак на трассе Пальмира – Дейр-эз-Зор

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
Войска Сирийской Арабской Армии, наряду с отрядами движения “Хезболла” и подразделениями морской пехоты ВМФ РФ, этим утром начали штурм посёлка Арак, расположенного близ одноимённых газовых месторождений к востоку от города Пальмира. В 3 часа утра по Дамаску правительственные войска и союзники атаковали господствующие высоты, окружающие Арак, в то время как ВКС РФ приступили к бомбардировке […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, Hezbollah begin assault to liberate gas rich town in east Palmyra

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah and Russian Marines, launched their imperative assault to liberate the gas rich town of Arak in the eastern countryside of Palmyra this morning. Beginning at 3 A.M. (Damascus Time), the Syrian Arab Army and their allies stormed the remaining hilltops overlooking Arak, while […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian, Syrian jets zero-in on ISIL’s oil supply lines in east Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Syrian and Russian air forces unleashed several airstrikes over the eastern countryside of the Hama Governorate, last night, striking the Islamic State’s oil supply lines near the town of ‘Aqareb. Following last night’s airstrikes, a Syrian air squadron flying out of the Shay’rat Airbase in east Homs carried out […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Erdogan vows to stand by Qatar, demands blockade be lifted

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to stand by “our Qatari brothers’, as the country continues to face blockades by Saudi Arabia and its regional allies. He was speaking at the dinner with the members of his Justice and Development (AK) Party in Istanbul, Friday. Erdogan stated that the tension between […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Muertos en Daraa dos comandantes del Ejército Libre Sirio

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
El Ejército Libre Sirio (ELS o FSA por sus siglas en inglés) lamenta la muerte de dos de sus comandantes de la ciudad de Daraa, tras fallecer después de un ataque de gran alcance lanzado por Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS o SAA por sus siglas en inglés). La noticia del fallecimiento de estos comandantes rebeldes […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército sirio iza la bandera en la frontera iraquí por primera vez en años

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
El Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) ha izado la bandera en un cruce de fronteras con Irak por primera vez desde que se retirara de esta área en la primavera de 2015. Tras un acuerdo entre los EE.UU. y las fuerzas rusas, el Ejército Árabe Sirio y sus aliados de Hezbolá y las Unidades de Movilización […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Two Free Syrian Army commanders killed in Daraa

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – The Free Syrian Army (FSA) mourned the death of two its commanders in the city of Dara’a, Sunday, following a powerful attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). News of these dead Free Syrian Army commanders comes just hours after the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAYF) and Syrian Arab Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sudan plans to send additional forces to Yemen amid heavy casualties

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (11:10 A.M.) – Ministry of Defense of Sudan announced on Friday, June 9, that the command of country’s armed forces ponders over sending a new batch of soldiers to Yemen to participate in the Saudi-led military intervention in this country. Sudanese newspaper, Assayha, quoted Sudan’s Minister of State for Defense, as saying that […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: At least 5 Iranian cargo planes arrive in Qatar to deliver food

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – At least five Iranian cargo planes supplied with food have arrived in the Qatari capital, today, the AFP News Agency reported. This latest food delivery marks the second time this week that the Iranians have fulfilled their promise to supply Qatar with much needed food. As a result of Qatar’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Isil-ov vođa Bagdadi ubijen u Rakki: Javlja sirijska državna televizija

Davor M at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
BEJRUT, LIBAN (04:45 ) – Vođa i osnivač tkzv. Islamske Države (ISIL) Ibrahim Ebu Bekr el-Bagdadi, navodno je sinoć ubijen od vazdušnog napada u gradu Rakka, javila je jutros sirijska Državna televizija. Dok nijedan drugi medij ne tvrdi da je Bagdadi ubijen, bilo je izveštaja juče o teškim vazdušnim napadima u glavnom pokrajinskom gradu Rakka. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Qatar Has Hired Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft To Defend Against Terrorism Accusatons

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft speaking to the National Rifle Association's 'Celebration of American Values Conference' in Washington, September 21, 2007. REUTERS/Larry Downing *RFE:* *Qatar Hires Former U.S. Attorney General To Rebut Terrorism Allegations* The government of Qatar has hired former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to help the country challenge accusations from its Arab neighbors and U.S. President Donald Trump that it supports terrorism. Qatar will pay the Ashcroft Law Firm $2.5 million for 90 days of work as the country seeks to confirm its efforts ... more »

Easyjet plane diverted after 'suspicious conversation' per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'A plane flying from Slovenia to the UK made an unplanned landing after the pilot was alerted to a "suspicious conversation" with "terrorist content". Three men were arrested after the Easyjet flight from Ljubljana to Stansted, in Essex, had been diverted to Germany's Cologne-Bonn airport on Saturday afternoon. All 151 passengers were evacuated and flights were suspended for three hours. A backpack belonging to the men was blown up by police.' So who were these 'men'? What were they saying that was deemed so serious? Have they been arrested and charged? Is this another way t... more »

Bald Eagles adopt and feed baby hawk as one of their own

White Wolf at White Wolf - 20 hours ago
"A baby hawk is being raised by an eagle. Probably brought into the nest as a food source and then adopted and raised." A bald eagle raising its own offspring has taken another species under its wing and the mixed family has left bird experts baffled. The rare wildlife drama plays out with a baby red-tailed hawk appearing to live in harmony with a male and female bald eagle and three eaglets. Eagles are known to eat smaller, weaker birds like hawks; that’s why the eagle’s nest in a Sidney neighbourhood is drawing a lot of attention from birdwatchers. “This rates as the stranges... more »

Ukraine Is Building Up Their Own Spetnaz Military Force

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Joseph Trevithick, The Drive: *Ukrainian Spetnaz's Weapons and Gear May Show an American Touch* *A key part of the fight against Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine's spetnaz starting to look more and more like their Western counterparts.* New photos of Ukrainian special operations forces show a steady increase in Western influence. With elite forces already a critical part of the fight against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s eastern Donbass region, officials in Kiev have no doubt been keen to take any lessons, even indirectly, from their counterparts in the United Sta... more »

Sunday Compendium

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
It's been a weird couple of weeks for me because of work stuff (mostly delegated), hanging out with eccentric friends and when not with them, with kids and grandkids, which is always very nice. This a mishmash of different thoughts based on recent stuff. The coming week, it's back to Latin America and all that charm. *Your Thought for the Week:* To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target. *What a Wimp* Because this is your Sunday Sermonette, the "Lordy" comment is as close as I can get to being profound. James Comey is one of the more in... more »

David Talbott - Thunderbolts Project - Saturn Ra Solar Battles

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 21 hours ago
*David Talbott*, director of the Thunderbolts Project needs to put together a believable TIME-FRAME for his contention that, "Saturn was once our primary Sun." How far back do we have to travel before our ancient Sun i.e. proto-Saturn, was captured by our current Sun. Are we talking aeons or millennia? Not millions, but thousands of years. These dramatic sky transitions were, after all, recorded by ancient petroglyph carvers and myth creators. Mankind witnessed Our Alien Sky...

The U.S. Military Has A Plan In The Event Of A Hostile Alien Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
An alien invasion. Pixababy. *Philip Perry, Big Think*: *What Happens If Hostile Aliens Attack? The US Military Has a Team in Place* Scientists have all kinds of reasons why aliens won’t try to fly to Earth and enslave humanity. Even so, the US Military has a backup plan, just in case. Two Air Force teams, the 26th Space Aggressor Squadron (26th SAS) and the 527th Space Aggressor Squadron (527th SAS), are tasked with protecting assets in space, developing strategies to secure US space-based interests, and plans that involve deflecting extraterrestrial invaders. Both are based in C... more »

Climate Change Prophesies

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 22 hours ago
I was reading a post by John Ray over on Greenie Watch in which he details a claim of over whelming evidence for climate change by the usual suspects. Events in the future don’t generate evidence in the here and … Continue reading →

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Balance (Galaxies)"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
Liquid Mind, "Balance (Galaxies)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKzFk-FiZM

"A Look to the Heaves"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
“Is the heart and soul of our Galaxy located in Cassiopeia? Possibly not, but that is where two bright emission nebulas nicknamed Heart and Soul can be found. The Heart Nebula, officially dubbed IC 1805 and visible in the below view on the right, has a shape reminiscent of a classical heart symbol. Both nebulas shine brightly in the red light of energized hydrogen. *Click image for larger size.* Several young open clusters of stars populate the image and are visible above in blue, including the nebula centers. Light takes about 6,000 years to reach us from these nebulas, which togethe... more »

Chet Raymo, “Take My Arm”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
*“Take My Arm”* by Chet Raymo “I'm sure I have referenced here before the poems of Grace Schulman, she who in inhabits that sweet melancholy place between "the necessity and impossibility of belief." Between, too, the necessity and impossibility of love. Belief and love. They have so much in common, yet are as distinct as self and other. How strange that two people can hitch their lives together, on a whim, say, or wild intuition, knowing little if nothing about the other's hiddenness, about things that even the other does not fully understand and couldn’t articulate even if he di... more »

"Dreamers Of The Day..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago

A New Strategy Is Needed To Influence China On North Korea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
© REUTERS/ KCNA *Captain Steve F. Kime, US Naval Institute*: *Reduce U.S. Ground Forces in Korea?* China’s role in deterring Kim Jong-un from developing a long-range nuclear delivery capability is very important. But it is how the United States responds to the North’s threat to destroy South Korea that is critical. The Chinese are watching. China has interests in the consternation that North Korea causes the United States and its allies. The Chinese have managed this situation masterfully for a long time, and so far, nothing has caused them to change their approach. U.S. attempts... more »

Iran: Suspects linked to deadly Tehran attacks arrested

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – Photographs and footage of suspects linked to the deadly Tehran attacks were released from the Iranian capital on Saturday, as over 40 people allegedly aligned to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) were rounded up as part of a widespread investigation in and around Tehran and several other western Iranian […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL’s Baghdadi killed in Raqqa: Syrian State TV

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 A.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIL) leader and founder, Ibrahim Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, was allegedly killed by an airstrike in Raqqa City, Syrian State TV reported this morning. While no other other media outlet has claimed Baghdadi has been killed, there were reports of heavy airstrikes over the provincial capital of Raqqa […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqis pay tribute to 1,700 fallen cadets on 3rd anniversary of the Speicher Massacre

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 A.M.) – Hundreds of Iraqis traveled to the Speicher Camp in the Salaheddine Governorate, Saturday, to pay tribute to the 1,700 Iraqi cadets that were brutally massacred by the Islamic State (ISIL) on June 10th, 2014. The 1,700 cadets were summarily executed by the Islamic State terrorists at the Speicher Camp near […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tweet For Today (For Batman Fans)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Classic humor from Adam West. His phone book listings in Ketchum ID pic.twitter.com/GVCGJOtRaf — blueidaho (@svskier1) June 10, 2017

Russian Aerobatic Team Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Aviation Show

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*From YouTube:* The Russian Berkuts aerobatic team is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary with an aviation show at the Tver Region aerodrome on Saturday, June 10. The show includes performances by several Russian aerobatic teams, such as the Russian Knights in Su-30SM fighters, the Swifts (Strizhi) in MiG-29 fighters and the Berkuts in Mi-28N helicopters. Also crews of the Ka-52 and Mi-26 helicopters are set to demonstrate their skills in solo flights. The culmination of the large-scale aviation show will be a complicated joint flight of an Su-30SM at very low speed and four Mi-... more »

Do You Think The Economy Will Escape A Trump Meltdown?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
From time to time I asked my financial advisor when she thinks the Trump Crash will come. She doesn't see one coming any time soon. I hope she's right. Do you know who Jim Rogers is? I used to see him on TV all the time when I watched financial news programs. Usually termed a "legendary investor," he was one of the founders of the Quantum Fund. He was just interviewed by *Business Insider*'s Henry Blodget. He predicted "a market crash in the next few years, one that he says will rival anything he has seen in his lifetime." (He was born in 1942.) He grabbed the first opportunity t... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times *WNU Editor:* The above photo is from here .... *A Photo of James Comey Takes the Internet by Storm *(New York Times)

Top Russian General Is Claiming That The Syria Civil War Has 'Practically Stopped'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Russian Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy (YouTube) *Bloomberg:* *Top Russian General Says Syria Civil War 'Practically Stopped'* * Syrian government forces not attacking rebels, Rudskoi says * Putin warns will take ‘very long time’ to resolve Syria crisis A top Russian general said the six-year civil war in Syria has been “practically stopped,” in part thanks to the establishment of four safe zones there under an initiative aimed at shoring up a cease-fire. But President Vladimir Putin said a lasting resolution remains distant. Lt. General Sergei Rudskoi said that Syrian government forces ... more »

The U.S. Navy's Aircraft Carriers: $13 Billion Floating Targets for China or Russia?

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Navy accepted into service USS* Gerald Ford*, the first of up to four new fleet carriers. The massive 1,100-foot-long vessel will eventually embark around sixty aircraft, including twenty-four F-35 Lightning stealth fighters and another twenty to twenty-four FA-18 Super Hornets. It features a faster elevator for loading munitions, and new electromagnetic launch catapults (EMALS) and arresting hooks to increase the tempo of flight operations while reducing maintenance costs. All of these new perks come at roughly a $13 bill... more »

Russia Warns The U.S. To Not Strike Syrian Pro-Government Forces Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
A still image taken from a video uploaded by the Syrian Army on May 13, 2017 shows smoke rising from Qaboun, on the edge of the capital Damascus, Syria. SYRIAN ARMY HANDOUT via Reuters TV *Reuters*:* Russia says tells U.S. not to strike Syrian pro-government forces again* Russia said on Saturday it had told the United States it was unacceptable for Washington to strike pro-government forces in Syria after the U.S. military carried out an air strike on pro-Assad militia last month. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov relayed the message to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson i... more »

Could Hypersonic Weapons Make America's Aircraft Carriers Obsolete?

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * We know how to kill aircraft carriers—or at least we know how best to try to kill aircraft carriers. Submarine-launched torpedoes, cruise missiles fired from a variety of platforms and ballistic missiles can all give an aircraft carrier a very bad day. Of course, modern carriers have ways of defending themselves from all of these avenues of attack, and we don’t yet have any good evidence of the real balance between offensive and defensive systems. But what of the future? How will we plan to kill carriers thirty years from now? Here are five problems ... more »

The Time America Thought the Nazis Bombed New York City

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, * This week Americans celebrated the seventy-third anniversary of D-Day, the famous amphibious landing in Normandy when the United States and England brought the fight to Germany’s home continent. Far less remembered is an event two years before, when the United States feared the Nazis had brought the war to America’s shores. That event was the sinking of SS* Normandie* in New York City’s Pier 88 on February 9, 1942. The *Normandie*, a French luxury ship constructed in 1931, was one of the most magnificent vessels of its day. When first built, it held t... more »

Why the World Still Fears the Scud Missile

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * One of the most infamous missiles of the modern era, the Scud short-range ballistic missile was developed as a nuclear asset for Soviet commanders during the Cold War. Today, more than six decades later, the Scud’s DNA has been scattered worldwide, found in ballistic missiles from North Korea to Iran. The lumbering Scud is more visible than ever, with dozens fired in the ongoing Yemeni civil war. The Scud missile is a direct product of captured wartime German missile technology. Soviet experiments with the Nazi-developed V-2 missile led to a ten-year... more »

The First Nations to Use Aircraft to Bomb Ships Were ... Greece and Mexico?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Europe* In the annals of aerial warfare, the names of Greece and Mexico don’t usually appear very often. Yet Greece and Mexico were the first to use aircraft to bomb ships, a breakthrough that led to the Pearl Harbor raid—and to today’s aircraft armed with ship-killer missiles. While the first reported incident of aircraft bombing ships was long thought to have happened during the Mexican Revolution, it turns out that the Greeks, who pioneered so much else in Western civilization, can also lay claim to that honor. It happened during the First Balkan Wa... more »

Is Washington Backing the Wrong Side in the Iranian-Saudi Regional Feud?

Ted Galen Carpenter at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Ted Galen Carpenter* *Politics, Middle East* A vicious feud between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been raging for years. The two governments support opposite sides of several civil wars, in what amounts to a regional power struggle between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam. One might think that the United States would adopt a “plague on both their houses” attitude toward a quarrel between two repulsive, authoritarian regimes. Indeed, that policy would best serve genuine American interests. But such discreet neutrality does not describe Washington’s stance at any point since Iran... more »

Is James Comey Baiting Donald Trump into Making a Mistake?

W. James Antle III at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*W. James Antle III* *Politics, * The tweet the world had been waiting for finally came Friday morning. President Trump shook off his constraints and took aim at ousted FBI Director James Comey. “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!” declared the leader of the free world. Each time the Trump administration has faced trouble, usually in the form anonymous sourced stories or astonishingly detailed accounts of Oval Office conversation, the president and his defenders have performed a delicate dance with their detra... more »

Former Libyan Leader Gaddafi's Second Son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi Has Been Released From Prison In Libya

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Photo:* The captors of Saif al-Islam (above in 2015), son and one-time heir apparent of Libya's late dictator Muammar Gaddafi, say they have released him after more than five years in detention *BBC*: *Gaddafi's son Saif 'freed' in Libya* Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, second son of the late deposed Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, is said to have been freed under an amnesty, in a move which could fuel further instability. His father's preferred successor, he had been held by a militia in the town of Zintan for the past six years. The Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion said he had been relea... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

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“Have We Lost Our Humanity?”

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*“Have We Lost Our Humanity?”* by Robert Wolff “Our scientists are renowned. We know so much. But more about the universe and about bacteria and viruses than we know about ourselves. Certainly, we know more than ever about the functioning of our physical selves. We have multiple imaginations about who we are and where we fit into the biosphere, for instance. But somewhere we have lost ourselves as humans. We, meaning the western "we," assume and accept that we are totally apart from the earth and all other creators. We believe we own the planet. Most of humankind still knows that w... more »

"A Human Moment"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
World War II veteran from Belarus Konstantin Pronin, 86, sits on a bench as he waits for his comrades at Gorky park during Victory Day in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, May 9, 2011. Konstantin came to this place every year. That year he was the only person from the unit to show.

Free Download: "Edward Bernays: Propaganda"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Edward Bernays: Propaganda"* by James Quinn “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if ... more »

The Universe

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"Often having what you want is a function of letting go of what you have. Odd, huh, the stuff people cling to?" “If you know what I mean.” The Universe "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!" - www.tut.com

"Waiting for Someday: Why Not Now?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Waiting for Someday: Why Not Now?"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOm "All the joy and passion you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in a future point in time. The time we are blessed with is limited and tends to be used up all too quickly. How we utilize that time is consequently one of the most important decisions we make. Yet it is far too easy to put off until tomorrow what we are dreaming of today. The hectic pace of modern existence affords us an easy out; we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, ostensibly to... more »

Bimaximal Pattern Links Color Quark and Neutrino Mixing-Angle Approximations

Emmanuel Lipmanov at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 1 day ago
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The Rag Blog : METRO EVENT | Bill Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn present a ‘Radical Manifesto’ June 21 in Austin

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 1 day ago
Ayers and Dohrn will speak and Bill will sign his new book, ‘Demand the Impossible.’ Event: Demand the impossible! What: Booksigning and discussion Who: Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Where: High Road on … finish reading The Rag Blog : *METRO EVENT* | Bill Ayers & Bernardine Dohrn present a ‘Radical Manifesto’ June 21 in Austin

June Arctic Ice Still Strong

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Science Matters: June 8, 2017. Boats are shown trapped in heavy ice off La Scie, Newfoundland in a handout photo from the Department of Fisheries and Ocean. Thick Arctic pack ice has trapped multiple vessels and triggered a high-stakes rescue operation from a sinking ship off Newfoundland. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Department of Fisheires…

Indirect Effects of the Sun on Earth’s Climate

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 day ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by Mike Jonas “And what might they be?” – Dr. Leif Svalgaard For a long time, I have been bitterly disappointed at the blinkered lopsided attitude of the IPCC and of many climate scientists, by which they readily accepted spurious indirect effects from CO2-driven global warming…

Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi released from Libyan prison

(RT) Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been released from prison, according to the militia that has held him for five years. Gaddafi was reportedly freed by the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion militia, which controls the area of Zintan, southwest of the capital of Tripoli. Gaddafi was captured in Zintan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army raises flag over Iraqi border for first time in years

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has raised the flag over an Iraqi border-crossing for the first time since retreating from this area in the Spring 2015. Following an agreement between the US and Russian forces, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies from Hezbollah and the Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

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