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French President Emmanuel Macron's Party Secures Majority In France's Parliament

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 46 minutes ago
*France 24:* *Macron completes electoral grand slam amid record-low turnout* French President Emmanuel Macron wrapped up his extraordinary string of electoral victories on Sunday as his fledgling new party picked up a large majority of seats in legislative polls marred by the lowest turnout on record. The takeover is complete. Just over a month after his stunning election to the Elysée Palace, France’s youngest-ever president has guided his party to a huge win in legislative polls, crushing the old parties of left and right that have dominated French politics for decade. His La Ré... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
An Iraqi military tank advances towards the Islamic State militants positions in the Old City in western Mosul, Iraq June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro *WNU Editor: *The above picture came from this Reuter's post/photo-gallery .... *Iraqi forces storm Old City of Islamic State-held Mosul, U.S. reports progress* (Reuters).

Musical Interlude: Deuter, “Along the High Ridges”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Deuter, “Along the High Ridges” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLoiMTeKC08

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"The combined light of stars along the Milky Way are reflected by these cosmic dust clouds that soar some 300 light-years or so above the plane of our galaxy. Dubbed the Angel Nebula, the faint apparition is part of an expansive complex of dim and relatively unexplored, diffuse molecular clouds. Commonly found at high galactic latitudes, the dusty galactic cirrus can be traced over large regions toward the North and South Galactic poles. *Click image for larger size.* Along with the refection of starlight, studies indicate the dust clouds produce a faint reddish luminescence, as int... more »

"The Legend of the Starfish"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"The Legend of the Starfish"* Author Unknown "A vacationing businessman was walking along a beach when he saw a young boy. Along the shore were many starfish that had been washed up by the tide and were sure to die before the tide returned. The boy was walking slowly along the shore and occasionally reached down and tossed the beached starfish back into the ocean. The businessman, hoping to teach the boy a little lesson in common sense, walked up to the boy and said, “I have been watching what you are doing, son. You have a good heart, and I know you mean well, but do you realize ... more »

Free Download, Richard Bach, "Jonathan Livingston Seagull"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!” - Jonathan Livingston Seagull "This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades. For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordin... more »

More Details Emerge On What Happened When The USS Fitzgerald Was Struck By A Container Ship

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Daily Mail*:* Mother of Navy sailor who survived collision between USS Fitzgerald and a cargo ship describes how her son tried in vain to rescue his shipmates from their flooding berth as all seven deceased men are identified* * Navy destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippines merchant vessel off the coast of Japan Saturday * Seven sailors were missing following the collision; the bodies of which were all found on Sunday * Mia Sykes, mother of US Navy sailor, Brayden Harden, 19, said her son tried to save his shipmates * She said Harden told her that four men in his ber... more »

A reverse Muslim van attack in London?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 1 hour ago
At midnight, an event that was seemingly just another Islam-powered terrorist attack has taken place in London's Finsbury Park. A van ran over people. It seems that we have been there. No casualties are reported at this point but the event is "novel", anyway: The injured people are... worshipers from the Finsbury Park Mosque. This adds a new dimension to the messy co-existence of Muslims and infidels in Western Europe. The mosque is a Salafist-and-Muslim-Brotherhood-supporting one and has co-produced numerous Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists in the past such as one 9/11 culprit, one ... more »

Reputational Risk-- Qualified Republicans Are Wary About Working For The Trump Regime

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
You may have read over the weekend that half a dozen members of the Trumpanzee Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned and issued an angry joint letter. In an OpEd for *Newsweek* Scott Schoettes, one of the council members who resigned, wrote that “As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to for... more »

Stop Moving Here!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 2 hours ago

Philippine Forces Continue To Battle Islamic State Militants For The Town Of Marawi

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
*Straits Times/AFP:* *Philippine troops pound ISIS-linked militants in Marawi as death toll passes 300* MARAWI (AFP) - Philippine troops pounded Muslim militants holding parts of southern Marawi city with air strikes and artillery Saturday (June 17) as more soldiers were deployed and the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of fighting. Fires erupted and dark plumes of smoke rose from enclaves still occupied by the militants as the air force staged bombing runs to support ground troops struggling to dislodge the fighters from entrenched positions, AFP journalists... more »

Wall Street Journal: Israel Has Been Secretly Giving Aid To Syria's Rebels For Years

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
An IDF soldier stands atop a tank near Alonei Habashan on the Golan Heights, close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria. (photo credit:REUTERS) *Jerusalem Post*:* Report: Israel Secretly Giving Aid To Syrian Rebels* *Israel has reportedly been discreetly supporting Syrian rebel groups for years in order to protect its northern border from the war raging in Syria.* Israel has been secretly providing aid to Syrian rebels groups in the Golan Heights for years, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday night. According to the Journal, Israel has offered rebel groups medical... more »

Closing Words from Richmond UNAC Confab

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 3 hours ago
Today was the final day of the excellent UNAC national peace conference in Richmond, Virginia. I thought I'd share some of the words from those who spoke during the last plenary session and from some of the audience who spoke during the final open mic session. - Believe in our ability to revive the anti-war movement in this country. There is war exhaustion amongst the people. The state is vulnerable and is more dependent on using force domestically and internationally. (Ajamu Baraka, Black Alliance for Peace) - We have to have the discipline and humbleness to t... more »

Guillermo: Diversity Loses When Public Schools Go ‘Private’

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
It’s been said that public higher education has been the way for the common man to excel in uncommon ways. But when states cut funding to these places of higher learning, the basic character of these so-called “flagship” institutions change.

Tuskegee University Off Accreditation Warning List

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
Tuskegee University—the private historically Black college in Alabama that was founded by Booker T. Washington—is no longer under an accreditation warning by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Scholars: DACA Reprieve No Reason for Dreamers to Relax

cmaadmin at Diverse - 3 hours ago
Even though the Trump Administration gave Dreamers a bit of a reprieve last week through its continuance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, scholars say Dreamers still shouldn’t get too comfortable.

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Oberon at GlobaLove Think Tank - 3 hours ago

In pictures: Deadly raid by ISIS in Raqqa city leaves two SDF fighters dead

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:35 A.M.) – Fierce clashes continue in Raqqa city as Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) attempt to advance inside the de-facto Syrian capital of the so-called “Islamic State”. The designated terrorist group, however, puts up stiff resistance not willing to concede the city. As a result, counterattacks by IS jihadists inside the city and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: ISIS attacks pro-U.S. militants in southeast Syria, executes eight

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:05 A.M.) – Media wing of the so-called “Islamic State” has published a batch of images showing the aftermath of a raid the designated terrorist group conducted on a military camp held by US-backed Jaish Maghawir Al-Thourah (“Army of Revolutionary Guards”) near Al-Tanf border crossing. According to IS media statement, jihadists used 8 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Jihadist attack in south Hama ends in a failure with high casualties sustained

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – Violent firefights outbroke in southern Hama countryside on Sunday when jihadist militants of Jaish Al-Tawhid alongside with Ahrar Al-Sham and local “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) units launched an attack on positions held by Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Hawsh Qubibat town. Taking advantage of the surprise factor, jihadists managed to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Intense clashes break-out between Syrian Army and US-backed forces in west Raqqa

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:50 A.M.) – Intense clashes have broken out between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa, tonight, a military source informed Al-Masdar. According to the source, units from the Syrian Arab Army attempted to cross SDF front-lines in order to rescue their fallen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Chet Raymo, “Not Known, Because Not Looked For”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*“Not Known, Because Not Looked For”* by Chet Raymo "Tony shared with us the other day these well-known lines of T. S. Eliot (“Little Gidding”): "We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time." It is not quite what Eliot is up to, but I was reminded of some lines of Pascal that I shared here several years ago: “Scientific learning is composed of two opposites which nonetheless meet each other. The first is the natural ignorance that is man's lot at birth. The second is rep... more »

"One More Effort..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago

How the U.S. Navy Plans to Keep Its Edge Underwater Edge

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * UUVs are all the rage. And thanks to Boeing and Huntington Ingalls, the U.S. Navy could soon tap into this important technology. As the United States Navy scrambles to bolster its dwindling attack submarine fleet, the service will have to rely more on unmanned underwater vehicles. Boeing and Huntington Ingalls Industries are working on one such option for the Navy. The two companies are teaming up to design and produce an Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUVs) for the Navy’s Extra Large UUV program. “This partnership provides the Navy a cost-effective, low... more »

All the Terrifying Ways ISIS Is Dangerous (Hint: Others Will Use Their Tactics)

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The Pentagon does not yet have a cost effective way to counter such systems. Almost inevitably, the cost-exchange ratio favors the enemy. U.S. and allied forces operating in the Middle East and around the globe are increasingly facing off against advanced systems such as drones, airborne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other weapons that are being built by insurgent and terrorist groups. But the Pentagon does not yet have a cost effective way to counter such systems. Almost inevitably, the cost-exchange ratio favors the enemy. Iraqi forces—an... more »


Michael Lind at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Michael Lind* *Global Governance, Americas* [image: Vintage artillery of Warsaw Pact. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/@Silar] What the U.S. foreign-policy elite and its allies abroad call the liberal world order is nothing more than the contemporary American bloc, like the “Free World” of the Cold War. *IF RIP VAN WINKLE* had gone to sleep in 1992 and awakened in 2017, he might have been astounded by many things, including smart phones and President Donald Trump. He might also have been astonished at how little has changed in the deep structure of world politics since the end... more »

Germany's Right-Wing Crusaders

Thomas Meaney at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Thomas Meaney* *Politics, Europe* [image: PEGIDA rally in Dresden. Wikimedia Commons/Creative Commons/Metropolico.org] There’s more than meets the eye to the upstart Alternative für Deutschland—and it’s not going away. *IN STUTTGART* I was awoken by a large man outside my hotel window wearing a niqab. “I am the protest for the AfD / and that is totally ok!” went the hoarse refrain. It was the annual convention for the Alternative für Deutschland, Germany’s no longer fledgling far-right party. More than four thousand of the faithful had converged in Stuttgart to make it the large... more »

The Volatile Oil Market Is Bigger than Just the Middle East

Gregory Brew at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Gregory Brew* *Economics, Middle East* [image: Kuwaiti firefighters fight to secure a burning oil well in the Rumaila oilfields. Wikimedia Commons/U.S. Marine Corps] In the past, risk measurably increased when things got tense near the oil fields of the Middle East. Today, the world’s energy supply and consumption patterns are more complex. On Friday April 7, a day after the U.S. missile strike against Syria, the global oil price did something it hadn’t done in months: it shot way, way up. By Monday morning, the West Texas Index, one of two major global benchmarks, had gone up ... more »

Why America Must Participate in China's Belt and Road Initiative

Viking Bohman, Christer Ljungwall, Imes Chiu at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Viking Bohman, Christer Ljungwall, Imes Chiu* *Economics, Asia* [image: Shipping containers in Hamburg, Germany. Flickr/Creative Commons/Glyn Lowe] And Washington can take steps to ensure Beijing doesn't use the initiative as a covert geopolitical tool. Chinese president Xi Jinping wrapped up the first-ever Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15. Its main purpose was to promote cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—a Chinese development project of nearly $1 trillion concentrated on the Eurasian continent. China had worked hard to elevate the status of the econom... more »

What Nixon’s Opening to China Can Teach Donald Trump about Dealing with North Korea

Bennett Ramberg at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Bennett Ramberg* *Politics, Asia* [image: President and Mrs. Nixon’s arrival in Beijing. Wikimedia Commons/Public domain] Looking at the U.S.-China experience in the mirror, could the Trump administration apply a similar template to North Korea? February 1, 1969: *“I noted in your January 31 report the interesting comments from a Polish source. I think we should give every encouragement to the attitude that this Administration is ‘exploring possibilities of rapprochement [sic] with the Chinese.’ This, of course, should be done privately and should under no circumstances get int... more »

Donald Trump's Real Danger Is Political, Not Legal

Daniel McCarthy at The National Interest - 4 hours ago
*Daniel McCarthy* *Politics, * As the president’s popularity among Republicans declines, while his unpopularity with everyone else remains sky-high, he faces political dangers far in excess of any obvious legal ones. President Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director wouldn’t publicly state that Trump wasn’t under investigation. But now Trump is under investigation—for firing Comey. At least, that’s what the president has said on Twitter. His attorney Jay Sekulow took to the Sunday shows this weekend to insist otherwise: no, the president isn’t under investigation becau... more »

London Police: 'Major Incident' Involving Van Hitting Pedestrians Outside Finsbury Park Mosque

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
Police are on the scene and are dealing with a major incident in Seven Sisters Road https://t.co/eYPjbVvlZG pic.twitter.com/BzVdQUNfw8 — Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) June 19, 2017 *The Independent:* *Van hits pedestrians near Finsbury Park Mosque in London* Several pedestrians have been injured after being hit by a van in London. Witnesses said the vehicle veered off the road into crowds outside Finsbury Park Mosque but it was unclear whether the collision was deliberate. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said officers were called at 12.20am. "Officers are on the ... more »

Carlos Curbelo Gets A Challenger: Meet Steven Machat

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Like me, Steven Machat comes out of the music business. His time at Warner Bros Records, though, predated my own and it was years later that I learned who he is-- a lawyer, an accountant and a visionary who became famous working with artists at every level of their careers. He’s a a team builder-- called the “dreamers dreamer” by those who know him best. He’s always been someone who makes things happen in the entertainment business. And now-- still involved in the music business, bringing Cuban music to America-- he’s also involved with politics, though that’s hardly a new endeavo... more »

Tsunamis & Deluges

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 5 hours ago
There seems to be a fairly popular belief that tsunamis, or seismically initiated hydraulic waves, are capable of mass transport of sediment including enormous boulders, gravels, cobbles, sands and silts, as inferred from various sedimentary strata and unlithified accumulations of … Continue reading →

Support Generation Rescue with Donnie Wahlberg VIP Auction Items!

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 5 hours ago
We know many (OK most) autism families struggle to make ends meet given the intense needs of our kids. But we always like to share what our wonderful sponsors are doing to raise funds for their work. Like this auction...

Germany Will Withdrawal Its Forces From Turkey's Incirlik Base In July

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *DW:* *Transfer of German troops from Incirlik to Jordan to start in July* German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has told German media that Bundeswehr troops will begin pulling out from a Turkish air base in July. The move comes amid strained relations between the two NATO allies. The withdrawal of German troop from the Turkish air base in Incirlik to new base in Jordan is expected to take around three months, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told German media on Sunday. "Until the end of June, our flight plans as part of the anti-"I... more »

Trump is having a hard time finding Republicans willing to jump onto his sinking ship.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
Who wouldn't want to join my team? It's the best, most amazing team ever.Courtesy of WaPo: *The array of legal and political threats hanging over the Trump presidency has compounded the White House’s struggles to fill out the top ranks of the government. * *Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey last month and the escalating probe into Russian interference in the presidential election have made hiring even more difficult, say former federal officials, party activists, lobbyists and candidates who Trump officials have tried to recruit. * *Republicans say they are turning d... more »

Following US shoot down of Syrian fighter chess game in eastern Syria turns bloody

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 5 hours ago
The US's shoot down of a Syrian SU-22 fighter is the result of a complex though unannounced conflict between the US and the Syrian government backed by Russia for control of eastern Syria. The post Following US shoot down of Syrian fighter chess game in eastern Syria turns bloody appeared first on The Duran.

The ICC Should be on Trial not Saif Gaddafi

Richard Galustian at 6 hours ago
[image: undefined] *Saif Gaddafi at a press conference last week.* The International Criminal Court has demanded that Libya hand over former leader Muamar Gaddafi's son Saif after his release by an armed militia last week, but it is the Court, not Saif, which should be on trial. One word tells you all you need to know about the ICC, and that’s ISIS: These terrorists have perpetuated the most appalling crimes in Libya, not least the ritual execution -- filmed and uploaded onto its website -- of Egyptian Coptic Christians on a beachfront two years ago. The result? No indictments from ... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Trump’s Non-Obstruction, Cuba, Yemen Cholera, Veterans’ Holiday, Afghanistan Surge

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 6 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *It seems sil... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Trump’s Non-Obstruction, Cuba, Yemen Cholera, Veterans’ Holiday, Afghanistan Surge

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 6 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *It seems sil... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Trump’s Non-Obstruction, Cuba, Yemen Cholera, Veterans’ Holiday, Afghanistan Surge

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 6 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *It seems sil... more »

Five Minutes Five Issues: Trump’s Non-Obstruction, Cuba, Yemen Cholera, Veterans’ Holiday, Afghanistan Surge

Adam Dick at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 6 hours ago
A new episode of Five Minutes Five Issues posted on Saturday. You can listen to it, and read a transcript, below. You can also find previous episodes of the show at Stitcher, iTunes, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Listen to the new episode here: Read a transcript of the new episode, including links to further information regarding the topics discussed, here: *The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity welcomes you to Five Minutes Five Issues. Starting in five four three two one.* Hello, I am Adam Dick, a Ron Paul Institute senior fellow. Let’s start. *Issue one. *It seems sil... more »

Delta College Settles in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
BAY CITY, Mich. — Two students who allege they were sexually harassed by a Delta College professor have dropped their lawsuit against the school in exchange for $195,000. A judge signed an order in February to dismiss the suit after an out-of-court settlement was reached, the Bay City Times reported. The newspaper recently obtained the […]

Jerryl Briggs to Run Mississippi Valley State University for Now

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
JACKSON, Miss. — Chief Operating Officer Jerryl Briggs will become acting president of Mississippi Valley State University. The state College Board named him Thursday to take over on July 1 from William Bynum Jr., who will become president of Jackson State University. Board spokeswoman Caron Blanton says Briggs will be acting president until trustees begin […]

Commission Urges Title IX reforms at University of Tennessee

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — An independent commission says the University of Tennessee should improve its responses to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus. The commission made its recommendations public on Saturday, nearly a year after the university agreed to pay nearly $2.5 million to settle a Title IX lawsuit filed by eight women […]

Bob Jones University Earns Accreditation After 6-year Effort

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Bob Jones University officials say the school’s new accreditation status should boost recruitment and open doors for graduates. The Greenville News reports the Christian fundamentalist school earned accreditation Thursday from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, after shunning the designation for most of its existence. President Steve Pettit […]

Fraternity Wins Jury Decision in Lawsuit Over Co-ed Rule

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — A fraternity has won a jury verdict in its lawsuit against a private liberal arts college in Connecticut that closed the frat house after announcing a requirement that residential fraternities accept women. The jury decision Thursday found Wesleyan University violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, made negligent misrepresentations and interfered with […]

Fraternity Suspended at UNC Charlotte for Hazing Allegations

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A fraternity at UNC Charlotte has been suspended for four years because of hazing allegations. The Charlotte Observer reported a school spokeswoman said the suspension began May 23 after an investigation determined the hazing occurred at Sigma Phi Epsilon earlier this spring. The investigation started after anonymous sources reported the hazing occurred […]

University of Missouri to Encourage Adoption of Research Animals

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri plans to work with a new organization to encourage more people to adopt research animals, a move that comes as the university is being sued by another organization seeking records on dogs and cats it uses in research. The university announced Thursday that it will work with Homes […]

Military Hero Bill McRaven Having Trouble as Texas Chancellor

cmaadmin at Diverse - 6 hours ago
AUSTIN, Texas — Bill McRaven came to Texas an American military hero, charged with leading one of the country’s largest public university systems at a time it needed a steady hand. The retired Navy Admiral and former special operations leader, who planned the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, now faces an uncertain future as […]

Battle For The Syrian City Of Raqqa -- News Updates June 18, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units fires rifles at a drone operated by Islamic State militants in Raqqa. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic *Al-Monitor:* *Hundreds flee battles in Raqqa* ALEPPO, Syria — Dozens of vehicles carrying displaced citizens from Raqqa province arrive in Aleppo’s northern countryside daily. Raqqa has witnessed violent battles between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State (IS) since June 6, when the SDF launched military operations in the province to expel IS. The SDF took control of Raqqa city, which is located in northeas... more »

On interim measures

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 7 hours ago
I haven't yet posted on Trent Wotherspoon's announcement that he's stepping down as the Saskatchewan NDP's interim leader to consider joining the permanent leadership race. But I'll take a moment to note why I hope he'll decide not to follow through on the possibility. At the outset, it's true that while some parties have set explicit rules against interim leaders pursuing the permanent job, the NDP chose not to do so. And indeed, I didn't want to see that type of restriction imposed when Wotherspoon was elected to the interim position. At that time, my primary concern was uncertain... more »

Breaking News: US fighter jet SHOOTS DOWN Syrian warplane

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 7 hours ago
*Sculpted Image of a Fallen Angel aka Devil* Cue the Smoke and Mirrors from the M$M. But before that hits, here is the truth, right from the* General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces*. The United States has committed a malevolent, diabolical and criminal (according to international law) provocation of the highest level. The United States *WANTS WAR* with Syria and Russia. USrael is desperate to start a world war and engulf humanity in a general planetary conflagration that will kill hundreds of million human beings and destroy our planet. Rather than re-focus on the myriad soci... more »

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Most Nonpartisan Speaker of them All(B.C.'s New Government a Cometh)

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 7 hours ago
*Written by Grant G* Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the most nonpartisan speaker of them all.....? I've often wondered just that. Boy oh boy....Michael Smyth is Postmedia's pointman in trying to incite a new election, rather than let Judith Guichon allow/decide to give John Horgan and Andrew Weaver a chance governing with a bare majority.....Postmedia and Michael Smyth are definitely corporate agenda driven..they are so see-through transparent, empty rhetoric suits..... I wonder if Justin Trudeau and his Federal Liberal brew crew are also lurking behind the scenes....it make... more »

New Perspectives on the U.S. Corn Belt

David LePoire at Science 2.0 - Earth Sciences - 7 hours ago
The nighttime satellite photos of the Earth reveal much about the population distribution of the developed world through the intensity of the artificial lighting being observed. read more

Trump’s lawyers deny he’s under investigation

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 7 hours ago
US President Trump's lawyers deny he is under investigation, contradicting an anonymously sourced story which in a tweet the President appeared to have confirmed. The post Trump’s lawyers deny he’s under investigation appeared first on The Duran.

BREAKING: US shoots down Syrian plane near Raqqa

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 7 hours ago
Another war crime by the United States against forces fighting ISIS. The post BREAKING: US shoots down Syrian plane near Raqqa appeared first on The Duran.

The Father's Day tweet that I think we all deserve to read today.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 8 hours ago
Happy #FathersDay @BarackObama. Our daughters may be older and taller now, but they’ll always be your little girls. We love you. pic.twitter.com/SGZMmXaQ3a — Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) June 18, 2017 Here was Obama's response. Of all that I've done in my life, I'm most proud to be Sasha and Malia's dad. To all those lucky enough to be a dad, Happy Father's Day! https://t.co/ya1YAJignC — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 18, 2017 I don't know about all of you but there are times when I feel numb after reading and writing about Donald Trump, his presidency, and the various inve... more »

US releases statement accusing Syrian jet of attacking Kurdish forces

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 P.M.) – The U.S. Coalition released a statement tonight, accusing the Syrian Air Force of attacking the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) at the town of Ja’ydeen in western Al-Raqqa. In response to the Syrian Air Force’s attack, the U.S. claimed it had warned the latter about approaching this area before downing […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iran fires missiles at ISIL positions in Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:05 P.M.) – The Iranian military launched four long-range missiles at the Islamic State’s (ISIL) defenses in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, Sunday night, the Iranian Ministry of Defense reported. The Iranian missiles targeted the Islamic State’s positions at four different locations, with most of them being rural areas near the provincial capital and […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

U.S. coalition shoots down Syrian fighter jet over southwestern Raqqa

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 8 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:45 P.M.) – The US-led international coalition shot down a Su-22M4 fighter jet belonging to Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) near Rusafa town in southwestern Raqqa countryside. Syrian aircraft was conducting an air raid on positions held by the so-called “Islamic State” when the airbase lost contact with the pilot, about an hour […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The Daily "Near You?"

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

"Accomplished Fugitives..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves, and the modern world is particularly rich in such stratagems. We can keep ourselves so busy, fill our lives with so many diversions, stuff our heads with so much knowledge, involve ourselves with so many people and cover so much ground that we never have time to probe the fearful and wonderful world within. More often than not we don’t want to know ourselves, don’t want to depend on ourselves, don’t want to live with ourselves. By middle life most of us are accomplished fugitiv... more »

"An Old Farmers Advice"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
*"An Old Farmers Advice"* "These simple words of wisdom, from Texas state legislator Judge Roy English, "Don't Whiz On An Electric Fence: Grandpa's Country Wisdom,1996", are fruits ripe for the picking by people of all walks of life: • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong. • Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance. • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. • Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled. • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. • Forgive your enemies. It... more »

Musical Interlude: Suzanne Ciani, “Meeting Mozart”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Suzanne Ciani, “Meeting Mozart” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pat8qAF_Fc4

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago

Iran Launches Missiles Against Islamic State Targets In Eastern Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
*CNN*: *Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria* (CNN)Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced on Sunday that it launched several missiles into Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the attacks in Tehran on June 7. The missile strikes, which occurred on Saturday, are the first reported ground-to-ground strikes from Iran into Syria since the Arab country descended into a civil war in 2011. "In this operation, several ground-to-ground midrange missiles were fired from IRGC bases in Kermanshah Province and targeted Takfiri forces in the Deir Ezzor region in Easter... more »

Can A Moral Victory Become An Actual Victory?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
*-by Zack Lyke* I had just come off managing the Wakely 2016 campaign. I was tired. The team scrapped, we fought, but ultimately we failed. There were some positive signs, though. Numbers that exceeded experts’ projections and progressive enthusiasm that folks in the area had long forgotten or abandoned. At the North East Bexar County Democrats club meeting this past December, in the middle of my presentation of the club’s coordinated campaign efforts, a man rose and suggested the club give a standing ovation for Wakely’s 2016 efforts. That man had also run against Lamar Smith, ... more »

Latest MJ-12 Documents: A Final Look

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
For those of you who tuned into *Midnight in the Desert* to listen to me discuss the latest MJ-12 document release, well, I was bumped early in the evening because Heather Wade had “overbooked the show.” At least I wasn’t dragged off by security for refusing to give up my place at the microphone… which couldn’t have happened since I was at home and she controlled the telephone system anyway. But I did listen to the beginning of the program because like so many others, I wondered what Stan Friedman would say about the authenticity. Like many of us, he was interested in the source of ... more »

Quantum Trump: In Sekulow Saeculorum

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 9 hours ago
I had to use that before somebody else did. T-Shirt by Northbound Christian Apparel. I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017 The generally accepted interpretation being, I believe, that it's a complaint against deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who wrote that memo in an all-nighter from May 8 to 9 after (according to Rosenstein) Trump informed him that he was planning to fire the FBI director James Comey and asked Rosenstein for "advice and input". That ... more »

BREAKING NEWS: Syria Accuses The U.S.-Led Coalition Of Shooting Down One Of Its Warplanes

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
FILE PHOTO © Bassam Khabieh / Reuters *Reuters: **Syrian army says U.S.-led coalition downed Syrian army plane* The U.S.-led coalition downed a Syrian army jet on Sunday in the southern Raqqa countryside during a Syrian combat mission against Islamic State militants, the Syrian army said. An army statement released on Syrian state television said the plane crashed and the pilot was missing. It said the incident took place on Sunday afternoon near a village called Rasafah. The "flagrant attack was an attempt to undermine the efforts of the army as the only effective force capable w... more »

The Senate passed strict new sanctions on Russia, the White House and House Republicans are now working to soften them.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 9 hours ago
Look, we'll just send them to bed without dinner. That should teach those Russian rascals. Courtesy of Politico: *The White House plans to work with House Republicans on administration-friendly changes to the Senate’s overwhelmingly bipartisan bill that slaps new sanctions on Russia and curbs President Donald Trump’s power to ease penalties against Moscow, according to a senior administration official. * *The White House is concerned that the legislation would tie its hands on U.S.-Russia relations, a sentiment publicly expressed by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But Senate Dem... more »

Steve Russell : The downside to impeaching Trump

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 9 hours ago
Rogue’s Gallery: We should all look at the presidential bullpen in constitutional order. By Steve Russell | The Rag Blog | June 18, 2017 The investigations are scattered among the House, the Senate, and now a special prosecutor, and the … finish reading Steve Russell : The downside to impeaching Trump

BREAKING NEWS: Popular Western Resort Complex In The Capital Of Mali Under Attack By Suspected Jihadists

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*An attack is under way at a resort on the edge of the Malian capital Bamako* *AFP:* *Suspected jihadists attack tourist resort in Mali capital* Suspected jihadists stormed a tourist resort popular with Westerners outside the Malian capital Bamako on Sunday, the country's security ministry said. Security forces were battling the attackers at the Kangaba resort after the assault, with nearby residents reporting hearing shots while smoke billowed into the air, with at least one building ablaze. "There is an attack by presumed jihadists on the Kangaba camp," a security ministry offi... more »

Russia Now Wants To Build Artificial Islands

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Sputnik*: *Here's Why Russia Plans to Build Artificial Islands in Barents Sea* Four artificial islands will be built in the Barents Sea, according to a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday. The document read that land strips in the Barents Sea will be used to manufacture large-capacity maritime facilities. The initiative is part of a large-scale project to explore new gas fields in Yamal, run by energy company Novatek. The center will manufacture maritime equipment for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) producing industry, including storage, shipping a... more »

Lively wild cubs playfight each other under the watchful eye of lionesses

White Wolf at White Wolf - 10 hours ago
A wildlife photographer captured a stunning moment in the animal kingdom after stumbling across a group of lion cubs enjoying a ferociously cute playfight. Shem Compion was exploring the southern Serengeti, Tanzania, when he spotted four lion cubs and two lionesses enjoying some downtime. Mr Compion, from Johannesburg, South Africa, snapped away as the cubs jostled each other as well as competing for attention from the adults. One pair of cubs battled for glory as they tried to wrestle each other to the ground using their disproportionately large paws and yet-to-grow teeth. As i... more »

Resist! Nataanii Means tells Supporters in Spain

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Photos: Nataanii Means with water protectors shutting down Credit Suisse in Geneva, Switzerland, before continuing to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, on the 11 country tour of Europe. Resist! Nataanii Means tells Supporters in Spain: The Legacy of Resistance, Standing Rock and Genocide Article by Brenda Norrell Recorded by Pascal Gregis in Madrid Censored News June 9, 2017 Audio is


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Sir Len Blavatnik and Lord Rothschild* Think of knights and you may think of Sir Jimmy Savile, Sir Leon Brittan or Sir Len Blavatnik. The newly knighted *Sir Len Blavatnik* was a very close friend of the late 'Rothschild agent' *Sir George Weidenfield. * Len Blavatnik knighted in Queen's birthday honours. *Weidenfeld* Weidenfeld worked as Chaim Weizmann's chief of cabinet. Weidenfield was friends with Helmut Kohl, Angela Merkel, Prince Charles, George Osborne and Michael Gove. Weidenfeld was in Bilderberg. *Blavatnik* *Leonid Blavatnik* is worth 19 billion USD, making him t... more »

Pity the Poor Upper Middle Class

Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 10 hours ago
By the time I finished reading the third page of Richard Reeves' *Dream Hoarders* (Brookings Institution Press, 2017) I realized that I was an interloper. At worst, I felt a bit like a burglar rifling through the silver in a McMansion; at best, I felt like the hired help eavesdropping at a centrist Washington cocktail party That's because the author of this neoliberal cautionary screed makes it abundantly clear right at the outset that I, a widow on a fixed disability income, am definitely far, far outside his target demographic. But rude upstart that I am, I barged right in. Some... more »

BREAKING: Iran launches ballistic missiles at terrorists in Eastern Syria

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 10 hours ago
Iran has acted legally as an ally of Syria and a member of the Syrian anti-terrorist coalition which includes Russia. The post BREAKING: Iran launches ballistic missiles at terrorists in Eastern Syria appeared first on The Duran.

25 things revealed about Vladimir Putin by Oliver Stone in the Putin Interviews

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 10 hours ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin over the course of the Putin Interviews gives an insight into his personality such as he has never done before. The post 25 things revealed about Vladimir Putin by Oliver Stone in the Putin Interviews appeared first on The Duran.

"The Coming Boomercide"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
*"The Coming Boomercide"* by The Zman "The warning when you are young is to avoid falling in with a bad crowd. This almost always means staying away from the older crowd as they will talk you into doing things that you are not prepared to handle, like drugs or crime. The peculiarity of my upbringing meant that I spent my youth around an older crowd, that was all bad, but I avoided the worst of it. Now that I am on the down-slope of life, speeding down toward the inevitable, I find myself hanging around on-line with a younger crowd and they are all bad. I’ve never cared for generat... more »

"Certain Things In Life..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
"That was when I found out that the best way in the world to make yourself feel better when you have hit bottom is to try to get somebody else to feel better. There are certain things in life that are truly worth knowing, and that is one of the big ones." - Gene Wolfe

Free Download: Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, “On Death and Dying” (The 5 Stages of Grief)

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
“Grief may be a thing we all have in common but it looks different on everyone. It isn’t just death we have to grieve. It’s life, it’s loss, it’s change. And then we wonder why it has to suck so much sometimes, it has to hurt so bad. The thing we gotta try to remember is that it can turn on a dime. That’s how you stay alive when it hurts so much you can’t breathe. That’s how you survive. By remembering that one day somehow, impossibly, it won’t feel this way. It wont hurt this much. Grief comes in it’s own time for everyone in it’s own way. So the best we can do, the best anyone can... more »

X22 Report: "The Economic System Is Ripping Itself Apart And Will Lead To 'Cataclysmic Events'"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 10 hours ago
X22 Report: "The Economic System Is Ripping Itself Apart And Will Lead To 'Cataclysmic Events'" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLralrdnssk *Related followup report:* X22 Report: “Are These The Only Options The Elite Have Left? If So, It Won't End Well” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jLhLH53zvs

The Beginning Of The End For Coal?

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 10 hours ago
By Paul Homewood http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/energy-economics/statistical-review-of-world-energy.html This year’s BP Energy Review came out while I was away last week. The general message seems to be little change. These are Spencer Dale’s highlights: It has been pretty clear for a few years now, indeed arguably since 2008, that both the economic and energy […]

Two Minutes of Hate, Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Tom Hilton at No More Mister Nice Blog - 10 hours ago
Back in the late '70s my friend Dina decided she wanted to become famous for being famous, in a DIY punk sort of way. So she took on the name Dina Famous and we put up xeroxed 8 1/2 x 11 handbills advertising "Dina Famous" all over Berkeley. It was all tongue in cheek, of course, and she didn't actually become famous (though she is friends with tons of famous or semi-famous people in the music industry....but that's a whole other story), but we did have fun with it. This was, for the record, several years before the movie Smithereens, in which a painfully talentless young woman tri... more »

Will Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch Be Called To Testify?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*The Hill*:* Senate GOP shifts focus to Lynch* Senate Republicans are clamouring to hear from Loretta Lynch after former FBI Director James Comey raised concerns about her involvement in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are seizing on Comey’s testimony earlier this month that he was concerned over the former attorney general telling the FBI to refer to the Clinton investigation as a "matter," which resembled the Clinton campaign line. The move could allow Republicans to attempt to pivot away from the investigation into Russia'... more »


Allen L Roland, Ph.D at Allen L Roland's Weblog - 10 hours ago
*Summer Fields* Summer How green and bright they are! How still they lie! The summer fields out-stretching in the sun: An emerald glory, sharp as any cry, Dipping beneath the racing winds that run Across the summer day on swift light feet, To silver the little leaning, laughing grass, To gild the tossing beads of ripening wheat. Here is peace to store within the breast Against the days of tumult and despair. Within this cool green light the heart can rest, The body strengthens in the clear clean air, The soul grows tall, the viol-string tensions cease Here in this summer s... more »

Lots of insanity. Lots of greed. not much time.

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 11 hours ago
The strong showing of the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in the British election came as a tremendous shock to the British news industry. Just about all of them had expected Corbyn to go down in flames. Instead, Conservative leader May, though she won a plurality, looks like the one more likely to go down in flames. The following is a long and repetitive piece. But it makes an interesting point. The commercial media may be losing their credibility as people turn to the web. They certainly deserve to lose it as the commercial news media become outright liars or, like the Irvin... more »

Prager University: Climate Change Marathon

co2islife at CO2 is Life - 11 hours ago
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