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Friday, June 16, 2017

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Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 seconds ago
PICTURES OF THE WEEK (11 - 17 June) #AFP https://t.co/sCJmkRxi2h pic.twitter.com/HzNx4voqfG — AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) June 16, 2017

Fundamental Quantum Uncertainty And Stingy Guitar Tuning

Sascha Vongehr at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 34 minutes ago
There is a very simple high school homework exercise question that I have kept with me for 30 or so years because of its deep relevance for the understanding of fundamental physics. It teaches about the nature of quantum uncertainty, but sadly also about how terribly wrong textbooks can be, how nonsense makes it into print and is taught to millions as the wisdom of science, although about one minute playing with a guitar, or ten minutes of critical thought, should have told the author, or some teacher, or somebody for crying out loud. Now as I am teaching and writing a book on funda... more »

It’s Official: Tim Canova Will Have A Rematch With Wassermann Schultz

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Blue America has endorsed Tim Canova again in his primary battle for the Broward County/Miami-Dade congressional seat the corrupt New Dem Debbie Wassermann Schultz has been sitting in since 2005. Last year-- despite all the backing from the Democratic Party and an unlimited corporate-financed war chest-- Wasserman Schultz had the battle of her battle career and only managed a narrow 28,279 (56.8%) to 21,504 (43.2%) win over Tim. Thursday, IVN reported that Tim was doing exactly what serious progressives do to beat entrenched incumbents: run again. It’s how Alan Grayson won his seat... more »

Rights Groups Warn of Humanitarian Disaster in Gaza. The Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians by Israel

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
“In 2001, Dr. Ariella Oppenheim, of Hebrew University, a biologist, published the first extensive study of DNA and the origin of the Jews. Her research found that virtually all the Jews came from Khazar blood. Not only that but Oppenheim discovered that the Palestinians—the very people whom the Jews had been persecuting and ejecting from […]

The Next Economic Crisis Is Going To Leave The Majority Of People In Shock

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jun 15, 2017 EU has decided to put Greece further into debt. It is becoming clear that Greece will never get out of this debt hole. 70% of the people support the BREXIT. Canada’s existing home sales has declined rapidly. Bitcoin dropped on worries about cyber attacks and regulations. Nike cutting 1500 people. […]

Kashmir: The Trigger for Nuclear War

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Kashmir: The Trigger for Nuclear War by BRIAN CLOUGHLEY, https://www.strategic-culture.org/ The disputed of territory of Kashmir, lying in the north of the sub-continent between India and Pakistan, does not often feature in the world news media, but recently the little-known yet most sensitive region has received attention, not only because of boundary clashes between the armies […]

US Sells $12bn Worth of Fighter Jets to ‘Terrorist Funder’ Qatar

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jun 16, 2017 Qatar has signed a $12-billion contract to buy F-15 fighter jets from the US, the country’s defense ministry reported. The deal was announced just days after US President Trump accused Doha of supporting terrorism. end

Ethereum Linked To Bilderberg Gets Putin Endorsement – What You NEED To Know!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jun 13, 2017 Move over bitcoin there’s a new crypto on the block! Ethereum has become the second largest cryptocurrency on the market next to bitcoin but where did it come from and where is it going? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth digs deep into the blockchain that is […]

Germany, Austria Hit Out at US Over New Anti-Russian Sanctions

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
How will America prevent Europe from swinging to the side of Russia? Just look at the massive NATO deployment of forces along the Russian border. All these events are setting up for the war in Revelation 17: the 10 Horn Beast Revived Roman Empire (EU 2.0) vs the Mystery Babylon Whore (America 2.0). – Revelation […]

Philippines: ISIS Saves US Foreign Policy, Again

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Philippines: ISIS Saves US Foreign Policy, Again by Tony Cartalucci, http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/ June 15, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci – LD) – In an all too familiar pattern, militants proclaiming ties to the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) have once again found themselves aiding US foreign policy, this time in the Philippines where the Philippine government has been increasingly seeking closer […]

HaHa!!! Global Warming Study Cancelled, The Reason Will Have You Rolling on The Floor Laughing!!!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Published on Jun 15, 2017 American Lookout reports, In a perfect example of irony, a scientific research study that intended to study global warming was cancelled after encountering large amounts of ice. Breitbart reported, A global warming research study in Canada has been cancelled because of “unprecedented” thick summer ice. Naturally, the scientist in charge […]

Why Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces Are Prepping to Stage Massive Drills

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
Why Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces Are Prepping to Stage Massive Drills by https://sputniknews.com/ Later this month, Russia’ Strategic Missile Troops, the branch of the armed forces which operates the country’s mobile land-based nuclear-armed ICBMS, will roll out ten mobile missile regiments for drills. Military analyst Andrei Kotz explains what message the obvious show of force is […]

CNN’s Jim Acosta Tweets Fake News About Trump Not Seeing Congressman Scalise in Hospital

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 hour ago
CNN’s Jim Acosta Tweets Fake News About Trump Not Seeing Congressman Scalise in Hospital by Paul Joseph Watson | http://www.Infowars.com Fails to apologize for it CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted fake news about President Trump not seeing Congressman Scalise in hospital after yesterday’s shooting, then refused to apologize for it. – After reports emerged that Trump had […]

X22 Report, “Every Time This Economic Indicator Inverts We Are Headed For An Economic Disaster”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
X22 Report, “Every Time This Economic Indicator Inverts We Are Headed For An Economic Disaster” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLhAweOUt1Q *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The Hunt Begins, The Strategy To Take Out The Elite” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfuubf3phHU

Veteran FSA commander and artillery specialist assassinated in Idlib

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:35 A.M.) – A long-serving commander of the FSA and a specialist in the use of artillery systems, Muhammad Ali Suliman, has been assassinated in Idlib Governorate by unknown assailants. Muhammad Ali Suliman was the commander of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) 1st Coastal Division. He was considered by rebels to not only […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Animal, Vegetable, or E. O. Wilson

Hifast at Climate Collections - 2 hours ago
Originally posted on Skating Under The Ice: I was discussing this issue on another venue, and I went back and re-read one of my previous posts. I thought it was worth repeating, so I’m re-posting it here. Buoyed by the equal parts of derision and support I received for writing in “I am So…

Exposed: How North Korea Secretly Funds Its Nuclear Weapons

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* A new report details the extensive illicit overseas network North Korea maintains to fund its nuclear-weapons and missile programs. Despite being under some of the most draconian international sanctions to date, North Korea has continued to demonstrate that is capable of funding its effort to build a nuclear warhead and the necessary systems to deliver one. If anything, funding for these systems seems to have increased in recent years: since the beginning of last year, Kim Jong-un has tested more ballistic missiles than his father and grandfather t... more »

How the F-35 and F/A-18 Super Hornet Could Win the Wars of the Future

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, * In June, the U.S. Navy released a budget allocating $264.9 million towards upgrading its roughly six hundred FA-18E and F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fighters to the new Block III standard, which includes some of the enhancements proposed for the Advanced Super Hornet. This is intended to coincide with a service-life extension program (SLEP) meant to increase the type’s flight hours from six thousand to nine thousand. The first of the upgraded aircraft are expected to enter service in 2019, and the Pentagon is now talking about keeping its Supe... more »

UNAC Confab in Virginia - Right Where it is Needed

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago
The UNAC conference began with a strong series of wonderful speakers this evening in Richmond, Virginia. Ajamu Baraka (Green Party Vice-President candidate in the last election) pictured above announced the recent formation of a new organization called Blacks for Peace. He made the case that US endless wars and the harsh domestic austerity cuts impacting poor and working people must be addressed at the same time. Several speakers mentioned the fact that Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and in many respects things have not changed so much. Virgini... more »

BREAKING: Cop Gets Off Scot Free for Murdering Innocent Philando Castile

The Free Thought Project at The Free Thought Project - 2 hours ago
[image: castile] A Minnesota jury found St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the 2016 shooting of motorist Philando Castile. The aftermath of the shooting was live-streamed on Facebook.

Organic Growing Process Linked To Higher Antioxidant Levels In Onions

News Staff at Science 2.0 - Physical Sciences - 2 hours ago
A new study has found that found that flavonoid levels and antioxidant activity in organic onions are higher than in conventional onions, which disputes a meta-analysis which debunked claims by discredited industry-funded economist Dr. Chuck Benbrook and colleagues who asserted that the organic process led to higher nutritional quality. The new paper did find just that, though the benefit may be meaningless. Antioxidants and flavonoids have yet to show any measurable health benefit, but the demographic that buys organic food is more likely to buy those kinds of supplements touting b... more »

Iran Is Determined To Have A Land Corridor To Beirut

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
*The Guardian:** From Tehran to Beirut: Shia militias aim to firm up Iran's arc of influence* *Iranian plans to secure ground routes across Iraq and Syria and being shored up by proxies driving Isis from the region* The town of Ba’aj is deserted and broken. Its streets are blocked by overturned cars, its shops are shuttered and the iron gates of its ravaged homes groan in a scorching wind. Amid the wreckage, though, are the signs of new arrivals – forces who less than a week earlier chased Islamic State (Isis) from one of its most important territories in northern Iraq. Spraying ... more »

Clouds Cannot Be Usefully Modeled but Appear to Play a Very Important Role in Climate Change

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 3 hours ago
What if the climate alarmists are looking in entirely the wrong place for what controls global temperatures? They claim the answer is emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by human activity and that humans must redirect vast scarce resources to reduce such emissions. Most of the best scientific evidence points away from their favorite bogeyman (CO2), […]

Musical interlude

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 3 hours ago
Queens of the Stone Age - The Way You Used to Do

Is This a Sneak Peek at the Israeli Army's New Tank?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Middle East* A small armored wedge with a remote-controlled turret: is this what the Israel Defense Force’s future armored vehicles will look like? The answer is . . . maybe. At a conference in Israel last month, the former chief of the IDF’s Armored Corps showed a simulation of what Project Carmel—the IDF’s effort to develop technology for the its generation of tanks—*might* produce. The virtual vehicle is wedge-shaped, with the hull sloping towards the front. The cannon-armed turret is set at the rear of the hull, with a machine gun mounted on top. In... more »

Why Did the Royal Navy Sink the French Fleet during World War II?

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *World, * When the armistice between France and Germany was put into force on June 25, 1940, the fate of the powerful French Navy—the fourth largest in the world—was of critical importance to the British. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his government dreaded the prospect of the French Fleet falling into enemy hands while Britain stood alone against the Axis powers. The odds were already heavy against the island nation’s main line of defense, the Royal Navy. Facing both the German and Italian navies, it was stretched thinly in the North Sea, the Atl... more »

U.S. Marines Will Soon Get These Powerful Grenade Launchers

James Clark, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*James Clark, Task and Purpose* *Security, * The Marine Corps recently dropped a bombshell — or more accurately, a ton of 40 mike-mike — when it announced June 9 that the service had finally received the M320 grenade launcher, just eight years after the Army took possession of the new weapon. The Corps is slated to receive approximately 7,000 M320s and will issue the new bloop gun to infantry Marines first. From there it’ll make its way to other ground combat units, according to the Corps. “In keeping with Commandant of the Marine Corps’ priority, the infantry will be the first ... more »

Is America Headed Toward a Constitutional Crisis?

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Politics, * [image: White House at night. Flickr/Creative Commons/@chuckyeager] Is America headed toward a constitutional crisis? Asked about his hiring of a lawyer today, vice-president Mike Pence said, “It’s routine. It’s very routine.” President Trump appears to see matters differently. As Trump comes under scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, he is going on the attack. In a remarkable tweet today, Trump himself confirmed that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who to... more »

An Old Nightmare Returns: The Balkans Simmer Again

Ted Galen Carpenter at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Ted Galen Carpenter* *Security, Europe* One of the problems that emerges when U.S. officials and the news media are focused on a small number of foreign-policy issues is that troubling developments can occur below the radar in other areas. That appears to be happening in the Balkans, a region that was a foreign-policy priority of the Western powers in the 1990s, but which has faded to near invisibility in recent years. While American policymakers and opinion leaders obsess about the Middle East, North Korea and every minutia concerning President Trump and his alleged Russia conn... more »

America Shouldn't Back Away from Cuba

Daniel L. Davis, Frances L. Garcia at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Daniel L. Davis, Frances L. Garcia* *Politics, Americas* On Friday afternoon, President Trump laid out his long-awaited policy on Cuba during a speech in Miami. An advance memo stated that his policy would be guided by national-security interests and “solidarity with the Cuban people,” promoting a “stable, prosperous, and free country for the Cuban people.” Unfortunately, the policy tools he announced are far more likely to achieve the opposite effect. If the president truly wants to change the behavior of the communist regime, there is a better way—and a new opportunity will ar... more »

Donald Trump's Real Problem

W. James Antle III at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*W. James Antle III* *Politics, * President Trump is fighting back against those who would implicate him in the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election. The question is whether the counterpunching will bruise the president’s intended targets or lead to self-inflicted wounds. The highlight of Trump’s Friday morning tweetstorm denouncing the Russia “witch hunt” appeared to confirm a *Washington Post* report that the president was now under investigation for obstruction of justice, stemming from his abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. “I am being inve... more »

4,000 Additional Troops To Be Deployed to Afghanistan

Activist Post at Activist Post - 3 hours ago
By Will Porter In an attempt to turn around the war the Secretary of Defense says America is losing, the Pentagon will deploy 4,000 soldiers... more »

Kids Horrified After Cops Hold Mock Child Sex Trafficking Drill, Without Saying It’s A Drill

Activist Post at Activist Post - 3 hours ago
By Jack Burns Orange County, FL — The Florida Highway Patrol is reviewing its presence at the Girls State Program after troopers conducted a kidnapping/human trafficking... more »

Should Parents Be Supportive Of Children’s Negative Emotions?

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 3 hours ago
Mothers supportive of their children's negative emotions rate their children as being more socially skilled than teachers do. Not really a big surprise, parents often think the way they have chosen to do things is the best way, even if their kids seem like many to be, well, brats. Mothers’ supportive reactions were instead correlated to fewer socioemotional skills and more problem behaviors by third-grade teachers, who obviously see a different side of children. Nonetheless, these contrasting patterns suggest a potential downside to mothers’ supportiveness of children’s negative emo... more »

Saudi Arabia Issues An Ultimatum To Pakistan: 'Are You With Us Or With Qatar'?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with Saudi King Salman (File Photo) *Newsweek:* *Saudi Arabia Gives Pakistan One Choice: 'Are You With Us or With Qatar?'* Pakistan is refusing to abandon its neutrality after being asked by Saudi Arabia to take a stance amid growing tensions between a number of Gulf Arab states and Qatar. Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held a meeting Monday in Jedda during which Salman reportedly offered an ultimatum: that Pakistan choose between Saudi Arabia and Qatar as the neighboring, oil-rich mon... more »

Tonight's Movie Is 'Ironclads'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
From *Wikipedia*: Ironclads is a 1991 made-for-television movie produced by Ted Turner's TNT company about the events behind the creation of the CSS Virginia from the remains of the USS Merrimack and the battle between the Virginia and the USS Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8, 1862 – March 9, 1862. Noel Taylor received an Emmy Award nomination for his costume designs for the production. *Read more *.... more »

Congress Moves To Tie Trump's Hands In His Numerous Attempts To Sell Out To Putin

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Only Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT) opposed the Russia sanction bill that passed the Senate with 97 votes on Wednesday. It’s pretty incredible when you take into account that the legislation allows Congress to block Putin’s cockholder from even easing— let alone ending— sanctions against Russia. The House is unlikely to go along with the bipartisan Senate package attached to an Iran sanctions bill, but House Republicans voting no will further jeopardize many of them who have to face angry voters in 2018. Sherrod Brown told reporters that “People in the White House, we hear, a... more »

Senator Dianne Feinstein just opened a can of Whoop ass on Donald Trump.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 4 hours ago
Here is the Senator's complete press release: *“I’m growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller. * *“The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired. That’s undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president’s oath of office. * *“First of all, the president has no autho... more »

Minnesota Officer Acquitted in Shooting Death of Philando Castile

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Castile's mother said after the verdict: "My son loved this city, and the city killed my son."

Is James Comey ‘Best Friends’ With Robert Mueller, and Is That a Conflict of Interest?

Bethania Palma at Snopes.com - 4 hours ago
Comey's attorney said that the two men know each other from working together but are hardly "best friends", and experts told us the relationship doesn't meet conflict of interest legal criteria.

Forget Facebook And Twitter – Join Steemit, Social Media That Pays!

Ceribalius at OYE Alternative News - 4 hours ago
Facebook has had it’s time and place in the evolution of the Internet, it revolutionised what we now know as Social Media. However, it has gradually become more and more controlled, restricted and invasive. Facebook had its day, but it’s day is drawing to a close, as it did for Netscape, Yahoo and Myspace. Social … The post Forget Facebook And Twitter – Join Steemit, Social Media That Pays! appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

Trump nods to Cuban exiles, rolls back ties: Experts react

William M. LeoGrande, Professor of Government, American University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 5 hours ago
Will Trump's policy put a freeze on the U.S.-Cuba thaw? AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa *Editor’s note: President Donald Trump announced on Friday a partial reversal of former President Barack Obama’s policy of engagement with Cuba. Trump restored travel restrictions and prohibited financial transactions with the Cuban military. Under the new policy, Americans visiting Cuba for specific, approved purposes will be forbidden from spending money in hotels or restaurants with ties to the military. Airlines and cruise ships, however, may continue to expand travel to the island, while the U.S. e... more »

Government Of, By, and For Trump

Robert Reich - 5 hours ago
“I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” Trump told then FBI Director James Comey in January – even... more »

Seven US Navy Sailors Unaccounted for in Crash off Japanese Coast

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 5 hours ago
Sputnik Japanese news outlet NHK reports that seven US Navy ship members have not been accounted for, citing the Japanese Coast Guard, following a crash between the USS Fitzgerald and a massive 29,000 ton-Philippine merchant ship.A crash between the US Navy destroyer and the ACX Cyrstal container vessel caused the warship to start taking on water. The ship just underwent $21 million in repairs and upgrades in February, according to Stars and Stripes. The Fitzgerald was part of the USS Ronald Reagan Strike Group that has been engaged in training drills with the USS Carl Vinson First... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 16, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman presents "Trump: The Art of the Deal" to North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il Guk. AP *Gordon G. Chang, Daily Beast:* *Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Trip Just Saved the World* When Rodman gave a copy of Trump’s ‘The Art of the Deal’ as a gift in Pyongyang, the implication was clear: it’s time for Trump and Kim to talk. The man certainly knows how to feed a narrative. Erstwhile basketball great, sometime “Celebrity Apprentice,” and apparent Kim Jong Un buddy Dennis Rodman on Thursday gave North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk a copy of Presi... more »

Erdogan calls on US, Saudi Arabia to join Syrian peace talks in Astana

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
(TASS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the United States and Saudi Arabia to join the Astana talks aimed at resolving the Syrian crisis, the Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. “We have been cooperating with Russia and Iran in the Astana negotiating process, we call on Saudi Arabia and the United States to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army resumes offensive in Daraa City

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANONN (12:45 A.M.) – Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces resumed an offensive targeting rebel positions in the city of Daraa, Thursday. Footage released on Friday showed smoke billowing over the skyline as artillery shelling and mortar guns struck targets in Daraa Camp, the city’s former Palestinian refugee camp. SAA troops were able to recapture […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army advances against ISIL in east Hama

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 6 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), resumed their offensive operations in the eastern countryside of Hama, Friday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions east of Salamiyah. Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies stormed the large hilltop of Tal Dabbart […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Friday Afternoon Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 6 hours ago
Assorted content to end your week. - Wanda Wyporska writes about the scandal of growing inequality and the separation of the ultra-rich from the rest of society. And Richard Reeves calls for the people with the most wealth and privilege to stop denying the advantages they enjoy compared to the vast majority of people. - Meanwhile, Amy Minsky reports on the continued stagnation of Canadian wages - which have now been mostly stalled for a period of 40 years. - Edwin Heathcote notes that the tragic Grenfell Tower fire provides a prime example of the dangers of thoughtless deregulatio... more »

World News Briefs -- June 16, 2017 (Evening Edition)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a document he signed after announcing his Cuba policy at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Florida, U.S. June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper Reuters:* Trump rolls back parts of what he calls 'terrible' Obama Cuba policy* President Donald Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the Caribbean island’s military, saying he was canceling former President Barack Obama's "terrible and misguided deal" with Havana. Laying out his new Cuba p... more »

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Saturn is near opposition in planet Earth's sky. Rising at sunset and shining brightly throughout the night, it also lies near a line-of-sight to crowded starfields, nebulae, and obscuring dust clouds along the Milky Way. Whitish Saturn is up and left of center in this gorgeous central Milky Way skyscape, a two panel mosaic recorded earlier this month. *Click image for larger size.* You can find the bright planet above the bowl of the dusty Pipe nebula, and just beyond the end of a dark river to Antares, alpha star of the constellation Scorpius. For now the best views of the ringed ... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
"Curious how often you Humans manage to obtain that which you do not want." - Mr. Spock

The Poet: William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"The Second Coming"* "Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head ... more »

"Every Normal Man..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago

The Economy: "Peak Bull” Is Here- Orange Is the New Black (Swan)"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Peak Bull” Is Here- **Orange Is the New Black (Swan)"* by David Stockman "The Dow closed at record highs on Wednesday, the day the Fed nudged interest rates another 25 basis points from the deep corner into which it has painted itself. Janet Yellen even announced a plan to start shrinking the Fed’s mountainous balance sheet later this year. But the Keynesians and academic fools who rule the financial markets from the Eccles Building should not even be thinking about a victory lap. Rather than being nearly out of the woods, they are trapped in a combustible monetary forest of thei... more »

2018: Will the fact-users strike back? Why we need... colonels.

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 6 hours ago
Out of this year’s sickening political news-maelstrom — with one party seeming inept and the other insane — what keeps hope beating in my chest? The thought that mere *ineptitude can sometimes change.* Indeed, there are early signs! I’ll get to that. But first, a basic question: *What strategy should reasonable, fact-using Americans take up — politically — across the next two years? * Democrats, the fact-focused professions, people of calm goodwill and their moderate allies must choose. They can do either *sumo* or *judo**. Indicators suggest that Democrats, at least, intend to con... more »

It’s the Russia, Stupid

James George Jatras at 6 hours ago
[image: undefined] It’s another week in Washington and another horror show. This time it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions being grilled by Senators on whether, when, and how he might have met with certain Russians, or any Russian, or someone who might actually know a Russian. In addition to fishing for any inconsistency that could be used to support an accusation of obstruction of justice or perjury – the usual sleazy methodology of politically motivated investigations here – the transparent aim was to further poison the well on any possible initiative to improve ties with Moscow.... more »

Seems like love that was drawn on me was erased

Steve at GlobaLove Think Tank - 6 hours ago
[image: Image result for soylent green] Taking down the steps of hate riding on the zodiac of love I went to places no sea could possibly turn the tide but still I won and got flowers and certficates and love but at the coffee shop\ the robots said dream on human you can not produce the most simple latte So I walk the streets and the robo cops come out to make sure I got no resistance to the new order where we eat solyent green because some part of the first class still consider war crimes to be criminal

Alex Jones Trumps Megyn Kelly With Pre-emptive Interview Release

William F. Jasper at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: alex-jones-trumps-megyn-kelly-with-pre-emptive-interview-release] InfoWars strikes first! Jones outgames NBC in latest MSM smear effort.

Bloody Leftist Hands: Conservaphobia Caused Scalise Shooting

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: bloody-leftist-hands-conservaphobia-caused-scalise-shooting] When baseball-field shooter James Hodgkinson tried to kill as many Republicans “as possible” on Wednesday, he didn’t act alone. Oh, in a de jure sense he did, but the de-facto reality is that there were many accessories before the fact.

Rare archive photos of Geronimo you may not have seen before

White Wolf at White Wolf - 7 hours ago
Born in June 1829, in No-Doyohn Canyon, Mexico, Geronimo continued the tradition of the Apaches resisting white colonization of their homeland in the Southwest, participating in raids into Sonora and Chihuahua in Mexico. After years of war Geronimo finally surrendered to U.S. troops in 1886. While he became a celebrity, he spent the last two decades of his life as a prisoner of war. Geronimo fell in love with a woman named Alope. The two married and had three children together. While out on a trading trip, Mexican soldiers attacked his camp. Word of the ransacking soon reached the... more »

Uh oh, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has some 'splaining to do.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Oops.Courtesy of The Guardian: *An American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended two dinners hosted by Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign, apparently contradicting the attorney general’s sworn testimony given this week.* *Sessions testified under oath on Tuesday that he did not believe he had any contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump’s campaign. But Richard Burt, a former ambassador to Germany during the Reagan administration, who has represente... more »

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Navy Destroyer Collides With Merchant Ship Off Japan. Injuries Are Being Reported

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
#BREAKING: #USNavy #USSFitzgerald involved in collision. More to follow - https://t.co/H3ivRgIh65 (File photo) pic.twitter.com/V1XEUxLt84 — U.S. Navy (@USNavy) June 16, 2017 *Reuters:* *U.S. Navy destroyer collides with merchant vessel near Japan* A U.S. Navy destroyer has collided with a merchant vessel southwest of Yokosuka, Japan, the U.S. Navy said on Friday. In a statement, the Navy said the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka and the extent of injuries to U.S. personnel "is being determined." It added that the Navy had requ... more »

A Trade War Between The U.S. And Germany Over Russian Sanctions?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Reuters: **Germany threatens retaliation if U.S. sanctions harm its firms* Germany threatened on Friday to retaliate against the United States if new sanctions on Russia being proposed by the U.S. Senate end up penalizing German firms. The Senate bill, approved on Thursday by a margin of 98-2, includes new sanctions against Russia and Iran. Crucially, it foresees punitive measures against entities that provide material support to Russia in building energy export pipelines. Berlin fears that could pave the way for fines against German and European firms involved in Nord Stream 2,... more »

Chelsea Manning’s Persevering Spirit Shines In Interview For ABC’s ‘Nightline’

Kevin Gosztola at Shadowproof - 7 hours ago
Whether in an imperfect or hostile setting, Chelsea Manning’s persevering spirit always shines. That includes her first TV interview for ABC. The post Chelsea Manning’s Persevering Spirit Shines In Interview For ABC’s ‘Nightline’ appeared first on Shadowproof.


What Is Sustainable at What Is Sustainable - 8 hours ago
 It’s Aurochs Appreciation Week. Aurochs were the wild ancestors of today’s herd of 1.3 billion domesticated cattle. They were huge, strong, and fierce — the opposite of the passive cud-chewing manure makers of today. In regions having ideal conditions, bulls could grow up to 6 feet (180 cm) tall at the shoulder, and weigh up to 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg). Their horns were much longer than cattle, and pointed forward, aggressively. Some believe that the species emerged in India between 1.5 and 2 million years ago. They survived in a world along with similarly large, strong, and... more »

Troop Levels Are Too Important to be Left to the Generals

Paul R. Pillar at The National Interest - 8 hours ago
*Paul R. Pillar* *Afghanistan, South Asia* The comment of Georges Clemenceau, premier of France during World War I, that war is too important to be left to the generals was a sage observation even amid the total war in which his nation was then engaged. The importance of maintaining a strong sense of political purpose and political control can be appreciated by contrasting Clemenceau’s France with what was happening in Germany. There, General Erich Ludendorff, who held the title of quartermaster general, functioned during the last year of the war as almost a military dictator o... more »

Theresa May’s Katrina moment following the Grenfell Tower fire

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 8 hours ago
Once again in her response to the Grenfell Tower disaster British Prime Minister Theresa May fails to rise to the challenge of a tragedy. The post Theresa May’s Katrina moment following the Grenfell Tower fire appeared first on The Duran.

Ute Mountain Ute -- Haul No Tour Resisting Uranium Mining Poisoning Utah

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 8 hours ago
. Follow @haul_no on Instagram! #haulno #stopcanyonmine . Canadian Mining Company Poisoning Ute Mountain Ute, Targeting Havasupai Sacred Land in Grand Canyon By Brenda Norrell Censored News The 'Haul No! Tour' is now exposing, and resisting, uranium mining and transport on sacred lands of the Ute Mountain Ute and Havasupai, and the threat to the ground water for Utes and at the

And Today’s Mass-Murdering Politico Award Goes To… Nick Lyon, Alleged Criminal Mastermind Behind Flint, Michigan’s Water Poisoning!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*-by Noah* Way to go Nick Lyon! Who, you might ask, is Nick Lyon? Well, Nick isn’t a household name, at least not yet, but he is the head of Michigan’s "health” department." He has been charged by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette with involuntary manslaughter for his part in the city of Flint’s water being poisoned with brain-damaging lead. Lyon is the highest-ranking official in his state to be charged, so far. What amounted to willful introduction of lead into the Flint water system has resulted in untold cases of permanent brain damage among the children of Flint, alon... more »

Censorship as Security: "Facebook Boosts AI to Block Terrorist Propaganda" WSJ

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 8 hours ago
I began my day by reading in the Wall Street Journal of new efforts by Facebook to monitor and expunge material deemed propaganda and/or linked with terror using specially designed algorithms: Sam Schechner. (2017, June 15). Facebook Boosts AI to Block Terrorist Propaganda. The Wall Street Journal, https://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-boosts-a-i-to-block-terrorist-propaganda-1497546000 New software is tasked with identifying videos, photos, language and users that need to be removed, at times without human moderators. The print version of this article indicates that countries, s... more »

The Economy: “All Hell Is Going To Break Loose In The Bond Market"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*“All Hell Is Going To Break Loose In The Bond Market:* *100% Proof That A Massive Economic Meltdown Is Closer Than You Think” * By Gregory Mannarino "This past Wednesday we heard from the Federal Reserve with regard to monetary policy, and as I predicted they did raise the federal funds rate 25 basis points however, instead of yields rising, they are dropping. More than a year and a half ago I had said publicly that the Federal Reserve's attempt at trying to normalize bond yields would backfire- and this is exactly what is happening. It is clear to me that the Federal Reserve has a... more »

Musical Interlude: David Lanz, “Cristofori's Dream”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
David Lanz, “Cristofori's Dream” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wxrB41PMhw

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Crestview, Florida, USA. Thanks for stopping by!

"Survey: 16.4 Million American Adults Think Chocolate Milk Comes from Brown Cows"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"Survey: 16.4 Million American Adults * *Think Chocolate Milk Comes from Brown Cows"* by Katherine Rodriguez "Seven percent of adults in America think chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a new survey from the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. Statistically, that's 16.4 million people. U.S. Dairy’s Innovation Center surveyed more than 1,000 adults over the age of 18 in April and found that seven percent of respondents thought that brown cows make chocolate milk. An additional 48 percent of respondents did not know that chocolate milk is made of milk mixed with cocoa bu... more »

Expert Evidence

James C Morton at Morton's Musings - 8 hours ago
Bruff-Murphy v. Gunawardena, 2017 ONCA 502: [34] In *White Burgess*, a decision released shortly before the judgment under appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada provided clarity and guidance regarding challenges to experts on the basis of bias and lack of independence. Cromwell J., writing for the court, stated at para. 19 that the basic structure for the law relating to the admissibility of expert evidence has two main components. [35] The first component requires the court to consider the four traditional "threshold requirements" for the admissibility of the eviden... more »

Trump Administration, Government Hires All the Attorneys, Imports More From Russia

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 8 hours ago
*President Donald J. Trump arrives at Edwards AFB with his lawyered up lawyer, Michael Cohen.* *Washington* --- The Trump administration and United States government has hired so many attorneys in recent months that the nation is "perilously close" to running out of lawyers, making it all but a certainty that the government will have to start importing attorneys from Russia. President Trump himself began the lawyer-hiring frenzy after firing former FBI Director James B. Comey on May 9th, forcing Deputy DOJ Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to hire Robert Mueller as Special Prosec... more »

zombie apocalypse

Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 8 hours ago

Massachusetts Teachers Take a Stand Against "Personalized Learning"

phila.ken at Schools Matter - 9 hours ago
from Wrench in the Gears June 16, 2017 During the annual meeting in May, representatives of the Massachusetts Teachers Association overwhelming approved three New Business Items opposing the roll out of so-called “personalized” learning programs in the Commonwealth via the MAPLE/LearnLaunch initiative. Additionally, a commitment was made to expand research the MTA has been conducting on privatization to include “personalized” learning and to create a webpage to share information and document the harm being done by such programs to teaching and learning. I have written about digita... more »

Republicans & Democrats Join Together in Senate to Legalize Pot on Federal Level

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
[image: cannabis]In an epic push back against the tyranny of Jeff Sessions and his war on an amazing plant, lawmakers crossed party lines to legalize cannabis — federally.

An Obamacare Opt-In: Let Each State Choose

Content Multimedia - 9 hours ago
By Chip Roy, Drew White Eliminating all Obamacare regulations as the default while leaving an opt-in trigger, so states that wish to maintain the regulations may do so, is the only remaining compromise worth considering.

Endangered Species Act Should Not Be Used to Ban Humans from Environment

Content Multimedia - 9 hours ago
By Ted Hadzi-Antich General Land Office of the State of Texas v. U.S. Department of the Interior provides the best opportunity for the nation, through the judicial process, to recognize that our complex world requires more than dogmatic adherence to the protection of a single species regardless of the societal impacts.

The Bizarre Relationship Between Environmental Lawyer Stephen Tillery And A Federal Judge Who Helped Him

Hank Campbell at Science 2.0 blogs - 9 hours ago
Attorney Patrick Murphy is representing infamous sue-and-settle environmental lawyer Stephen Tillery, senior partner and founder of Korein Tillery, as plaintiff in the court of Senior U.S. District Judge Phil Gilbert in a lawsuit against Advanced Analytics Consulting Group, who Tillery says he gave $500,000 to in order to have them come up with results he could use in litigation against minor league baseball, but did not. read more

Beyond Prisons — Episode 8: Prison Labor feat. Jared Ware

Brian Sonenstein at Shadowproof - 9 hours ago
We discuss prison jobs programs, organizing against prison slavery, abolishing the 13th Amendment, and the Millions for Prisoners march in Washington, D.C. The post Beyond Prisons — Episode 8: Prison Labor feat. Jared Ware appeared first on Shadowproof.

Sarah Palin makes noise about suing the New York Times. She won't.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
(1/2) @nytopinion - commonsense suggestion by a journalist, am talking to attorneys this AM and exploring options. BTW, wonder.. pic.twitter.com/jACvxwUBZH — Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 15, 2017 (2/2) ...WHY someone would no longer be in public eye? Think constant libel & slander have anything to do with it?  — Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 15, 2017 Aww, poor baby. Okay well first off this is never happening. Palin has threatened to sue all kind of people over the years, yours truly included, and never follows up on those threats. Secondly the Times corrected their s... more »

President Trump Cancels Parts Of President Obama's Deal With Cuba

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Reuters*: *Trump orders clampdown on Cuba travel and trade, curbing Obama detente* President Donald Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on U.S. business dealings with the island’s military, saying "with God's help a free Cuba is what we will soon achieve." As Trump laid out his new Cuba policy in a speech in Miami, the White House announced plans to roll back parts of former President Barack Obama’s historic opening to the communist-ruled country after a 2014 diplomatic breakthrough between the two former Cold War foes. But... more »

Gov't Collects Record $240 Billion in May; Still Runs $88 Billion Deficit

Bob Adelmann at rss - 10 hours ago
[image: gov-t-collects-record-240-billion-in-may-still-runs-88-billion-deficit] With U.S. debt set to explode from Social Security and other welfare spending — meaning money, lots of it, will have to be borrowed to keep the government running or will need to be drained from other programs — what happens next? That is the ultimate question, isn't it?

Russia cannot 100 percent confirm ISIL’s Baghdadi has been killed: Lavrov

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:35 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he wasn’t able to give 100 per cent confirmation that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in an air strike, speaking in Moscow, Friday. Commenting on images released by the Russian Ministry of Defence of Syria airstrike which may have […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL recaptures key military base in west Raqqa

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:25 P.M.) – For the second time in two weeks, the Islamic State (ISIL) terror organization has recaptured the strategic Division 17 Base in western Al-Raqqa. The Islamic State fighters managed to recapture the Division 17 Base, following a heated battle with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the western axis of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Top ISIS official killed by an airstrike in Deir Ezzor province

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:20 P.M.) – Top-ranking official of the so-called “Islamic State”, Fawaz Joubair Al-Rawi, was killed on Friday noon by an airstrike when an international coalition fighter jet targeted the car he was driving on the road between Abu Kamal (Syria) and Al-Qaim (Iraq) towns. Al-Rawi, 40 years old, was the head of IS […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Moscow “worried” about US possible shielding Nusra in Syria, – Lavrov

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
(TASS) Russia is not getting clear answers from the United States why Jabhat al-Nusra [now – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, NB] terrorists are systematically shielded from strikes of the international coalition, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Friday. “The US-led coalition is behaving the same way it did under President (Barack) Obama’s administration – […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Last ISIL stronghold in ruins as battle continues

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Footage filmed Friday captured the al-Sabahia district of the embattled city of Raqqa, reduced to ruins and debris as battles against the self-proclaimed Islamic State continues. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Libya: Gaddafi’s son could be hiding in northeastern Libya – reports

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:55 P.M.) – According to rumours circulating on Thursday, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, is allegedly currently hiding in the north-eastern Libyan city of al-Bayda, following his release from prison. Local residents said that if the rumours were true, they would be fine with Said al-Islam being […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hundreds of Palestinian paramilitary reinforcements arrive in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Hundreds of Palestinian paramilitary personnel traveled from the Jaramana Refugee Camp to the Badiya Al-Sham region of rural Damascus, Friday, a Syrian Army source reported. According to the source, these reinforcements will replace some of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers that were redeployed to the eastern part of Damascus […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Infamous Saudi cleric nearly escapes assassination attempt in Idlib

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 10 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – Infamous Saudi cleric, ‘Abdullah Al-Muhaysni, was the target of another assassination attempt in the Idlib Governorate, opposition channels claimed this afternoon. According to local accounts, a suicide attack targeted Muhaysni’s personal vehicle in front of the Abi Zar Mosque following Friday’s prayers. While Muhaysni escaped the assassination attempt, his bodyguard […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Trump says he is under investigation by Special Counsel Mueller ‘for firing Comey’

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
With no evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia the Special Counsel appears to be looking into the circumstances of the firing of former FBI Director Comey instead. The post Trump says he is under investigation by Special Counsel Mueller ‘for firing Comey’ appeared first on The Duran.

Merkel attacks latest US anti-Russia sanctions

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
German Chancellor Merkel makes clear through her spokesman that she opposes the anti-Russian sanctions bill passed by the US Senate, which threatens Germany's vital economic interests. The post Merkel attacks latest US anti-Russia sanctions appeared first on The Duran.

Syria, Iran and N. Korea: Will Trump Attempt To Finish The Neocon Hitlist?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 10 hours ago
By Steven MacMillan In Donald Trump’s short time in office, he has already shown his propensity to use military force. From dropping the largest non-nuclear... more »

The Battle Against ISIS For The Philippine City Of Marawi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Joseph Hincks, Time*: *The Battle For Marawi City* *What the siege of a Philippine city reveals about ISIS’ deadly new front in Asia* On what was to be her wedding day, Stephanie Villarosa ate chocolate-flavored rice porridge out of a styrofoam cup. Under normal circumstances—rings exchanged, fidelity promised, bride kissed—she and her family would have been feasting on lechón, roasted suckling pig, a delicacy in her fiancé’s hometown of Iligan City on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. Instead, Villarosa was huddled on an institutional plastic chair 38 km south of Ilig... more »

U.N. Treaty To Ban Nuclear Weapons Is Being Drafted

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
A U.S. Air Force missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. © Reuters *Voice Of America:* *UN Closing in on Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons* UNITED NATIONS — The president of the U.N. conference drafting what could be the first treaty to ban nuclear weapons expressed confidence Thursday that with “the necessary political will” more than 130 countries supporting the initiative can reach agreement by the July 7 target. Elayne Whyte Gomez, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the U.N. in ... more »

It Was Two Years Ago Today That Donald Trump Announced His Candidacy For The President Of The United States

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*WNU Editor:* It was two years ago today that Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States. Two years of opposition attacks, media attacks, God only knows how many investigations, leaks, innuendos, accusations .... and where everyday there was/is a concerted effort to destroy him. Two years .... and no one has still been able to lay a glove on him. He is still the President .... a position that no one in Washington or in the main stream media gave him even a 1% chance of winning two years ago. And for someone who has been labelled nonstop as a reprob... more »

Do ‘Breatharians’ Survive Without Food or Water?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
Claims about "breatharians" resurfaced in June 2017, but once again people purportedly living on light alone did not offer proof that they survive this way.

MADRID, SPAIN -- Nataanii Means and Spanish Activists Speak on Divestment and Indigenous Rights

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Nataanii Means in Barcelona , Spain. Photos courtesy Pascal Gregis, member of the CSIA-Nitassinan Nataanii Means, Dine' Lakota from Chinle on the Navajo Nation, shown here as he arrived in France to begin the 11 country tour. Water Protectors from Standing Rock camps concluded the Tour in Spain and Italy. Nataanii joined Waste Win Young, Dakota Lakota from Standing Rock

"Such Cunning Disguise..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"History repeats itself, but in such cunning disguise that we never detect the resemblance until the damage is done." - Sydney J. Harris

“Play Ball!”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*“Play Ball!”* by James Howard Kunstler "Historians of the future, huddled around their goose-fat lamps in muddy woolen cloaks, may cite this as the month that the Kardashian Dreamland formerly known as “The USA” finally lost its collective mind. Submitted for your approval, as the late, great Rod Serling (senator from The Twilight Zone) used to say: this week’s Russia-Russia-Russia hearing on Capital Hill. I caught the final hour of this circus when freshman senator Kamala Harris (D–Cal) was hectoring Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his “contact with Russian Officials” and ha... more »

Did Alexandria Shooter James Hodgkinson Hold a Sign With a Rand Paul Tweet?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A doctored image appears to show Hodgkinson holding a sign with a tweet about the Second Amendment.

Crystal Griner and Steve Scalise

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 10 hours ago
A post lauding an officer for her role in saving Rep. Steve Scalise correctly described her sexuality, but left out important context.

BREAKING: Girl Convicted of Manslaughter For Causing Teen’s Death with a Text Message

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: suicide]In the Land of the Free, you can and will be charged and convicted of manslaughter for texting your teenage boyfriend and telling him to kill himself.

Cop Arrested for Hit & Run in Patrol Car & Dumping Victim Across Town

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: hit]A New York cop has been arrested and charged for allegedly running over a man in a crosswalk and then dumping him across town in a parking lot.

The BBC’s entrenched bias against Israel, when did it start?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 11 hours ago
This Is the BBC biased piece http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/the-bbcs-entrenched-bias-against-israel.html is a must read if, like me, you realise that the BBC is institutionally anti Israel. The article looks at when this anti Israel bias began, do read it all but here are two examples that pre-date my experience of this anti Israel sentiment. 'But it was the BBC's Keith Kyle (1925-2007) who, thumbing his nose at the terms of his employer's Charter, provided CAABU with its biggest boost from that quarter. Kyle seems to have been the first BBC broadcaster to flout t... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 242 Jun 15 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 11 hours ago
Only two neighborhoods remain under Islamic State control in Mosul the Old City (large section in white) and Shifa (small section in white) The Iraqi forces (ISF) were taking on one of the last two neighborhoods in Mosul under Islamic State control, while they officially announced another under government control. The Joint Operations Command officially declaredBab al-Sinjar one of the northern entrances to the Old City district freed. The Rapid Reaction Division and 9th Division were still attacking the medical center in Shifa. That area was originally entered at the end of May, b... more »

Plainly, Aristotle was wrong!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 11 hours ago
*FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017Us behaving like Them:* Do women get interrupted more than men in various corporate settings? Apparently that's what the research says. Or so says the New York Times. Yesterday, Susan Chira reported this topic for the Times, in the featured front-page report of the Business Day section. She pegged her report to the public outrage over the way Kamala Harris was interrupted while questioning Jeff Sessions this week. In all honesty, Harris interrupted Sessions a fair amount during the course of her questioning. At one point, John McCain piped up. Here's the tra... more »

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