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Thomas Paine

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Friday, June 30, 2017

29 June - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:40 pm MDT

Doesn't Look Like Fog at Fukushima Daiichi...

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
Please see my last few posts for context for my comments on plant conditions at Fukushima Daiichi. See more screenshots from today here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/mckd8eehv0gtk32/June%2030%202017%20Plume.pdf?dl=1: The plume documented in the screenshots doesn't look like fog to me for several reasons concerning its color, speed, and dispersion pattern: I cannot tell whether the source of the "plume" is Unit 1 (which is the building to your left in the screenshot above), OR whether the "plume" is coming from off-screen (but also to your left). I hope its fog and that my imagin... more »

Proposed West Cumbria Coal Mine Near Sellafield Nuclear Site: Comment Deadline July 10th; Sample Letter; Leaflet to Print-Share

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 13 hours ago
Write to Cumbria County Council to oppose by mail, email or online by the 10th July 2017 http://councilportal.cumbria.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=217 The UK’s … Continue reading →

What to do in a car in water

Scottish-Sceptic at Scottish Sceptic - 13 hours ago
When I was young we were told that if your car ends up in deep water that you should: “leave doors and windows shut – wait till the pressure equalises and …” basically drown because that’s what will happen if … Continue reading →

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Michael Bond, the creator of the Paddington Bear children's book series, passed away at the age of 91.

Coyne : You gotta give them an F- on this.

Alison at Creekside - 13 hours ago
Transcript of Coyne interview on Trudeau's broken promise of electoral reform, Coyne, who voted Liberal in the 2011 election: "You gotta give them an F- on this. There could not have been a more unequivocal promise in that election platform among all those other promises but this one was in black letters designed to be believed. There's a reason they put it in the platform - it was to try to attract particularly NDP and Green leaning voters - and it was unequivocal this will be the last election that we'll have under the first-past-the-post system. And they got into it and bec... more »

US false flag threats against Syria designed to prevent Trump/Putin meeting?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*Assad, his wife and children visit home **of wounded* *Syrian Arab Army **soldier in Hama last weekend* "....and, as a result of the US "warning" to Syria...Assad *didn't* hang 20,000 babies in the Damascus Town Square either!" "*Mad Dog" Mattis* US Defense Secretary Well, crisis averted! Apparently the Syrian leader, President Bashar al Assad took heed of the warning issued by the White House...not to attack his own people...as he was/is on the cusp of winning the Syrian war. Here is the relevant quote from RT: ....On Wednesday, the US suggested that the Syrian leadership had... more »

How a Super-Secret U.S. Navy Submarine Tapped Russia's Underwater Communications Cables

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * A forgotten Cold War tale. *In 1970, Halibut was again modified to accommodate the Navy’s deep water saturation divers. The following year, it went to sea again to participate in Ivy Bells, a secret operation to install taps on the underwater communications cables connecting the Soviet ballistic missile submarine base at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula with Moscow’s Pacific Fleet headquarters at Vladivostok.* *The taps, installed by divers and their ROVs, allowed Washington to listen in on message traffic to Soviet nuclear forces. Conducted... more »

Fukushima Daiichi Looks Even WORSE Today

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 13 hours ago
See my post from yesterday for more screenshots. Today is worse. Everything looks red. June 30 1:03: It is foggy at the Futaba intersection so perhaps there is some atmospheric effect from the fog producing the red tinge. I'm not sure what is going on.

Are “Brain Drain” Cell Phones Making Us Dumber?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 13 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich Are you aware the more you depend upon your cell phone, especially ‘smart’ phones, the dumber you are most likely to... more »

Duke admits faked data “potentially affected” grant applications

Andrew P. Han at Retraction Watch - 13 hours ago
A former researcher at Duke University has admitted to faking data that allegedly were used to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants. Duke has also admitted that it knew Erin Potts-Kant, a pulmonary scientist, faked data, but it’s unclear whether that was discovered prior to using those data to apply for grants, […] The post Duke admits faked data “potentially affected” grant applications appeared first on Retraction Watch.

"REVEALED FBI found an email that Lynch would do everything to protect Hillary from CRIMINAL CHARGES"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
https://youtu.be/rtu0HRVrdMU A fascinating video that points out something that passed me by at the time.

World News Briefs -- June 29, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) walks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas *Reuters*: *Russia's Lavrov, USA's Tillerson expected to meet at G20 summit: agencies* Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and United States' secretary of state Rex Tillerson would meet at the G20 summit in Germany next week, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday, Russian news agencies reported. The summit of the world's largest economies will be held in Germany's Hambu... more »

Stop Endless Wars

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 13 hours ago
I began to seriously question the government's lies while in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. I went to the base exchange one day while stationed at Wheeler AFB, Hawaii and picked a copy of the Pentagon Papers off the book rack. I started reading the book at my job site and would now and then read aloud one of the more egregious lies uncovered by the governments own 'secret history' of how the war in Vietnam came about. Years before I had come to appreciate the phrase modus operandi (MO) while taking a pre-FBI agent correspondence course through the mail. Every criminal ha... more »

MANUFACTURED THEFT: Rosenthal abandoned, ignored!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017Part 4—Manufactured consent in action:* Elisabeth Rosenthal is no pajama-clad blogger. She wasn't in her parents' basement when she wrote her new book, An American Sickness. At least in theory, she wrote the book as a lifetime denizen of our highest elites. According to the leading authority on her life, Rosenthal is 61, not 16. Way back when, she graduated from Stanford, then received a master's degree in English from Cambridge University, a well-known school Over There where the speaking of English is good. At that point, the foolishness ended. In 1986, ... more »

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 29, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
The British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth © Russell Cheyne / Reuters *RT:** ‘Big convenient marine target’ – Russian MoD on new British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth* The Russian Defense Ministry has called the latest Royal Navy aircraft carrier a “big convenient marine target,” comparing it to a queen bee that is not capable of defending itself without a “hive” of other warships. The statement comes after UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that the Russians will be jealous of the 65,000-ton HMS Queen Elizabeth. *Read more *.... *Military And Intelligence News ...more »

So the Commander-in-Chief is now gossiping about face lifts? Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 14 hours ago
I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017 ...to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2017 I have no desire to defend Joe or Mika, after all they are partially responsible for Donald Trump's presidency. But this is just crass and so very beneath the office that the orange shitgibbon how occupies.... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 255 Jun 28 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
The Iraqi forces have completed the first phase of the Old City battle, dividing the district in two and taking the western section. Green = liberated, Red = contested, Gold = IS control (Ninewa Media Center) There were more advances in the Old City district of west Mosul by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). The Federal Police seizedHkatoniya and Katunya in the center and were heading towards Farouq Street, an area that was said to be freed before, while the army’s 16thDivision tookHadra al-Sadaa and Ahmadiya in the north. The Iraqi forces (ISF) were also pushing towards the south ... more »

Toxic Waste From Solar Panels: 300 Times That of Nuclear Power

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 14 hours ago
By Paul Homewood So much for “clean” energy! Guest post by David Middleton Are We Headed for a Solar Waste Crisis? June 28, 2017 by Mark Nelson Last November, Japan’s Environment Ministry issued a stark warning: the amount of solar panel waste Japan produces every year will rise from 10,000 to 800,000 tons […]

Rand Paul: Trump and I reached health care idea breakthrough : 6/28/2017

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 14 hours ago
*get it done by Friday?* Possibly. Instant Pot DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, 6 Quart still $99.95 and worth every penny!

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may be facing three separate federal investigations

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 14 hours ago
More trouble for Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe. The post FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may be facing three separate federal investigations appeared first on The Duran.

Cyberattack May Not Have Been Meant to Get Money

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Several researchers noted that criminals would have had difficulty monetizing the attack.

Limits on Travel to U.S. Issued After Supreme Court Ruling

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
People from six Muslim-majority countries will be allowed to enter the United States if they can prove certain family relationships.

Did this Trump tweet go too far, referencing a Mika (Morning Joe) plastic surgery?

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Trump tweets to Morning Joe may have crossed some red lines... The post Did this Trump tweet go too far, referencing a Mika (Morning Joe) plastic surgery? appeared first on The Duran.

Trump SKEWERS Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in no holds barred Tweet

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
This is one of Trump's more pointed Tweets since taking office. The post Trump SKEWERS Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough in no holds barred Tweet appeared first on The Duran.

Czech Parliament approves open-carry gun law to fight terrorism

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The moves have been likened to open-carry laws in parts of the US. The post Czech Parliament approves open-carry gun law to fight terrorism appeared first on The Duran.

Germany rolled out the red carpet for Obama but slams the door on Erdogan

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
The treatment of Erdogan appears to be motivated by a hatred of Turkishness. The post Germany rolled out the red carpet for Obama but slams the door on Erdogan appeared first on The Duran.

Iraqi forces prematurely declare ‘mission accomplished’ against ISIS

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
ISIS may never be defeated in Iraq because it was in post-invasion Iraq that ISIS was born. The reasons for this tragic birth continue to haunt Iraq's sectarian post-2003 reality. The post Iraqi forces prematurely declare ‘mission accomplished’ against ISIS appeared first on The Duran.

Did BPA Bite The Dust?

Steve Hentges at Science 2.0 blogs - 15 hours ago
A common definition of the word dust refers to fine, dry particles of matter. From dust storms on earth to cosmic dust, just about everywhere that any form of matter is present, dust will also be present. That includes the ubiquitous household dust that seems to magically appear in our homes on every surface and in the form of dust bunnies under furniture. read more

Here Is All the Weapons Japan Would Need to Fight North Korea In a War

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* What would happen? *In the event Japan decides to launch a preemptive attack on North Korea, it would need a weapon to “kick in the door,” destroying air-defense radars, known surface-to-air missile sites, and missiles identified as nearing launch status. Flying at low altitude, the missiles would evade North Korea’s aging air defense network, destroying their targets with a thousand-pound high-explosive warhead. Japan’s forty-two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters could then conduct follow-up strikes to continue to degrade Pyongyang’s radar network an... more »

These Are All the Scary Ways North Korea Would Hit Back If Trump Strikes

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, Asia* It would be bad news. *The most dangerous possibility is that North Korea mimics the Iraq strategy and begins a guerrilla-warfare campaign against U.S. and ROK forces. Kim Jong-un could count on large numbers of politically indoctrinated, heavily armed individuals to wage guerrilla war against anyone trying to occupy North Korean territory, and as Korean history proudly shows, it is an excellent country for an insurgency. If the leadership were to go to ground in the country’s myriad underground facilities, it could direct a guerrilla war until ... more »

Graphic pictures: Iraqi Army zeroes in on Tal Afar as ISIS counter-attack fails miserably

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – Overnight, an elite ISIS unit (so-called Inghimasi) attacked elements of the Iraqi Army’s 15th Division at the village of Abu Kadoor in the western Nineveh countryside. However, the Islamic State assault troops were routed completely by entrenched Iraqi troops, forcing the jihadist belligerents to flee back towards Tal Afar city […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

*Graphic* ISIL terrorists execute two Iraqi soldiers in Al-Anbar

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIL) reign of terror in Iraq may be coming to end soon, but they are not quite finished committing crimes against humanity. The terrorist group displayed its recent crimes in the Al-Anbar Governorate, today, after releasing images of their fighters executing two Iraqi soldiers (one is a […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian jets eliminate ISIL convoy in Deir Ezzor: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) eliminated an entire Islamic State (ISIL) convoy attempting to travel across the Huwayjah Crossing near the Deir Ezzor Military Airport’s northern perimeter, Wednesday. A Syrian jet reportedly struck the four vehicle convoy, Wednesday, as they were preparing to travel to the northern part of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Israeli Air Force helps jihadist rebels beat back Syrian Army offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a large-scale counter-offensive in the Golan Heights last night, targeting the jihadist rebel defenses at Al-Hamidiyah and Al-Samdaniyah Al-Gharbiyah. Launching their assault from Al-Samdaniyah Al-Sharqiyah and Al-Ba’ath City, the Syrian Arab Army managed to recapture all of the points they lost to the jihadist […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Battle footage of the Syrian Army’s ongoing offensive in east Damascus

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been on the offensive in the eastern part of Damascus, targeting the territory under the control of the jihadist rebels in the strategic Jobar District and town of ‘Ayn Tarma. Recently, the Syrian Arab Army has been advancing inside both Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

روبرت فيسك يقدم قراءة في الأزمة الخليجية

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
كشف الكاتب اليريطاني المختص بشؤون الشرق الأوسط روبرت فيسك أن وزير الخارجية القطري يخطط لزيارة طارئة إلى واشنطن في الأيام القليلة المقبلة؛ “أملا في أن يقوم نظام دونالد ترامب بإنقاذ الإمارة؛ وذلك لأن محمد بن عبد الرحمن آل ثاني يعلم جيدا أنه إن خضعت قطر للمطالب الثلاثة عشر المقدمة من السعودية والبحرين والإمارات ومصر، فإنها […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russian diplomat warns US apparently gearing up for new intervention in Syria

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
(TASS) Washington’s media campaign that Damascus is allegedly preparing to use chemical weapons comes in preparation for an intervention in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. The diplomat recalled that the US media campaign backed by London and Paris that Damascus is allegedly preparing a chemical attack is carried out under a traditional scenario […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Iraqi Army liberates mosque in Mosul where ISIS leader held his first speech

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:50 P.M.) – On Thursday morning, the Iraqi Army finally liberated the largely destroyed Al-Nouri mosque and its Al-Hadbaa minerat, thereby securing the historic site where Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi held his first speech back in 2014. Government forces had been within a few hundred meters for months but were unable to make the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

غراسيموف يكشف أمام الأسد عن تيرمينيتور2 في ظهورها الأول

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 15 hours ago
استعرض رئيس هيئة الأركان العامة في الجيش الروسي فاليري غيراسيموف أمام الرئيس السوري بشارالأسد مركبة الدعم الناري الروسية ” BMPT – 72 ” الملقبة بـ” Terminator – 2 “. وظهرت المركبة للمرة الأولى في سوريا خلال زيارة الأسد الأخيرة إلى قاعدة حميميم بريف اللاذقية حيث ظهرت العربة بنسختها الأخيرة لتنضم إلى القوات العاملة في مجال […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fake peer review strikes again for pair of authors

Victoria Stern at Retraction Watch - 15 hours ago
Two authors who had a paper retracted for fake peer review in 2015 have lost another for the same reason. Elsevier recently retracted the second paper by the duo, a 2015 paper in a cancer journal, after finding evidence of fake peer review. The paper was submitted in October 2014 and accepted just a week […] The post Fake peer review strikes again for pair of authors appeared first on Retraction Watch.

U.S. Military Updates President Trump On North Korea Options

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*CNN*: *US military updates Trump's North Korea options* Washington (CNN)Revised US military options for North Korea have been prepared and are ready to be presented to President Donald Trump, two US military officials told CNN. The options, which include a military response, will be presented to the president if Pyongyang conducts an underground nuclear or ballistic missile test that indicates the regime has made significant progress towards developing a weapon that could attack the US, they said. US National Security Adviser HR McMaster also confirmed publicly Wednesday that ... more »

U.S. Congressional Investigators Now Want To Interview President Trump's Personal Aide And Bodyguard Keith Schiller

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*ABC News:* *House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard-turned-White House aide Keith Schiller* Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Schiller, the former head of security for the Trump Organization who now serves as the White House director of Oval Office operations, is one of several Trump associates on the House Intelligence Committ... more »

Global Confidence in the Trump Presidency

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 15 hours ago
An interesting poll done by the Pew Research Center takes an international look at confidence in the Trump presidency, comparing it to the level of confidence in the U.S. presidency at the end of the Obama Administration. Here is a summary of their findings. The Pew poll, the Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey, generally questioned between 1000 and 1500 people in 37 nations around the world with a total of 40,447 respondents between February 16, 2017 and May 8, 2017.. The poll looked at several key issues; the favourability of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Zi Ji... more »

China Tech: Interesting Bits and Pieces

Fred Reed at 16 hours ago
To one watching the advance of Chinese science and technology, or to me anyway, several things stand out. First, the headlong pace. Second, the amount of it that appears aimed at making China independent of the West technologically and getting … Continue reading →

Fixing a Floppy Sun Visor...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 16 hours ago
*quick fix.* So..........I've been driving for approximately 56 years and have never experienced a sun visor flopping down like a wet noodle - until two days ago. At first it only flopped half way meaning that if I stopped suddenly there was a distinct possibility of it shearing off the top third of my skull. Eventually it just hung there limply obstructing vision and annoying the hell out of me. I did the usual poking around trying to figure out the problem to no avail. Next up? Due diligence, which means I Googled the problem. Lo and behold, I was not alone. Seems like a simpl... more »

Chinese President Xi Jinping In Hong Kong To Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of Its Transfer To Chinese Rule

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Reuters:* *China's Xi tells Hong Kong he seeks 'far-reaching future' for its autonomy* Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday China would work to ensure a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived interference as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule. Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997, under a "one country, two systems" formula which guarantees wide-ranging freedoms and judicial independence unseen in mainland China. Beijing has promised Hong Kong's capitalist system will... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*A letter to my son, as he prepares to start college in a time of campus craziness* by Robert Ehrlich Congratulations, son! Your high school graduation is now in the books. Lifelong friends, favorite teachers and big wins (and losses) will define these formative years. But now a new cycle begins. College life awaits. Plenty of new challenges will be presented – academically, socially, athletically and… politically. With respect to the first three of these, you have demonstrated an ability to handle your business. Here, your brains, brawn and common sense have served you well. S... more »

Attacker pulls knife on officer, what happens next has the world amazed

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 16 hours ago
We want to give a big shout out to the kind and calm thinking police officer who was able to diffuse a situation without anyone being hurt or arrested. We wish more situations could be resolved like this. RELATED ARTICLES: Study finds a Ketogenic diet may aid mental health treatment This Vitamin Deficiency Raises Your

How Much Damage Will Their Support For TrumpCare Cause GOP Senators?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Tuesday night, Jerry Moran, a conservative Republican senator from Kansas, let lose with a couple of tweets that augur poorly for McConnell's chances of *ever* passing TrumpCare 3.0 through the Republican-controlled Senate. He's another NO vote-- an unexpected one. "The Senate health care bill missed the mark for Kansans and, therefore, did not have my support,” he said in a statement. “I am pleased with the decision to delay the vote-- now is the time to take a step back and put the full legislative process to work." He added that he's hoping to help craft a bill that "makes certa... more »

WATCH: Innocent Man Kidnapped & Raped by Cops for Legally Refusing to Show ID

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: vegas]One man's dash camera footage showing his assault and kidnapping is now the subject of a documentary exposing the horrific practices of Las Vegas Police.

Third Highest Ranking Vatican Official, Chief Adviser to Pope, Charged with Child Molestation

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: vatican]After various allegations of sexual assault over the years, Cardinal George Pell, top Vatican official, is now facing charges of “historical sexual assault offenses."

The truth about the global warming pause

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood GWPF’s David Whitehouse responds to the UEA’s Philip Williamson’s earlier article in the Spectator: Between the start of 1997 and the end of 2014, average global surface temperature stalled. This 18-year period is known as the global warming pause, also sometimes referred to as the global warming hiatus. The rise in global […]

More Evidence of the Great 21st Century Warming Pause

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood From GWPF: One of the many conundrums facing climate alarmists — who predict that dangerous future global warming will result from increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2 — is the existence of the aptly-named “warming hiatus.” Also referred to as the “warming pause,” this phenomenon describes a nearly two-decade-long leveling off of global […]

Trump Wants A War

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 16 hours ago
That is Thomas Homer-Dixon's opinion. Trump wants a war because he believes he cannot let the Russia investigation continue. He needs an excuse to fire Robert Mueller: Mr. Trump desperately wants to end this investigation. It casts doubt on the legitimacy of his presidency, hints that his hold on office is precarious and suggests, ultimately, he isn’t the “winner” he so badly needs to be. So, his slander machine has begun discrediting Mr. Mueller and the inquiry. Supporters such as former house speaker Newt Gingrich are raising questions about the impartiality of the special couns... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
You know how it usually goes: Republicans are extreme and relentlessly partisan, Democrats make regular outreach efforts, but when Democrats decide to stand up and fight for their own ideas, they're accused of excessive partisanship. This is a boilerplate mainstream-media narrative. An alternative narrative is that both sides are to blame for partisanship, but Democrats are somehow worse. However, because Donald Trump is so terrible at his job, it's now permissible to argue that excessive partisanship is the fault onf Republicans. At least that's what's happening in this *New Yor... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*EPA chief met with Dow CEO before reversing his agency’s push to ban a harmful pesticide* *So what? Any evidence that something improper occurred? Suspicion proves nothing. Pruitt continued approval for something that had been used on a large scale without problems for many years. Big deal!* AMERICA’S top environment official has refused to ban a dangerous pesticide after meeting the CEO whose company produces it. THE Trump administration’s top environmental official met privately with the Australian chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency’s push to... more »

US false flag threats against Syria designed to prevent Trump/Putin meeting

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
This is a possibility that is looking increasingly likely given the internal power struggles in Washington. The post US false flag threats against Syria designed to prevent Trump/Putin meeting appeared first on The Duran.

Rush Limbaugh believes that Trump may have just killed CNN (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 17 hours ago
RUSH: Could Donald Trump be the end of CNN? What a legacy that would be. The post Rush Limbaugh believes that Trump may have just killed CNN (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

ZAKHAROVA: Russia aware of possible locations for false flag attack

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Russia speaks with a unified voice while America is becoming a land of confusion. The post ZAKHAROVA: Russia aware of possible locations for false flag attack appeared first on The Duran.

Paul Craig Roberts blasts the foolish, lying CNN and Megyn Kelly. Praises Oliver Stone’s work

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 17 hours ago
The presstitutes not only interfered in the presidential election; they are now interfering with democracy itself. The post Paul Craig Roberts blasts the foolish, lying CNN and Megyn Kelly. Praises Oliver Stone’s work appeared first on The Duran.

Gangs of the sky: Crows are riding on the back of a tawny eagle.

White Wolf at White Wolf - 17 hours ago
One explanation for the strange sight before you is that crows are definitely plotting world domination and now they're probably going to win because they've drafted in the eagles. But before you start readying for an army of eagle-riding crows, here's a (slightly) more plausible scenario. Taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana, this (incredibly lucky!) snapshot captures the moment a Cape crow latches onto the back of a tawny eagle. "A pair of Cape crows had been harassing the eagle for a while, pecking at it on the... more »

Donald Trump is killing romance. Is there nothing this guy cannot ruin?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Me, killing romance? You know that's not true, right Ivanka? Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee: *In the treacherous, amusing and sometimes rewarding world of online dating, Donald Trump has become the newest way to find – or reject – a romantic match. * *“Did you vote for or do you support Trump? Then I’m not your man. It would never work,” one user says in the opener to his bio on Tinder, a popular mobile dating platform that boasts 26 million matches per day. * *“Trump voters please swipe left, and go to your room and think about what you’ve done,” wrote another Tinder user, refe... more »

How Nature's Bleach Protects Against Sun Damage

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 17 hours ago
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is best known for use in bleach and hair treatments and is often invoked as a scary chemical by environmental groups promoting concern about food and products, but it is produced naturally in our bodies. A new study shows it is a useful chemical across nature; plants use it to control how their cells react to varying levels of light. Like preventing plant sunburn. Hydrogen peroxide is a by-product of photosynthesis in parts of plant cells called chloroplasts, much like it is in our bodies by cellular respiration. Using a fluorescent protein that detects hyd... more »

"Paul Weston: Civil War in Europe: Which Side Are You on?"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
https://youtu.be/NXHipnQO1_I Is Paul Weston correct? Has the European Civil War started? Do we have to choose sides now? Scary video but was he right in 2007 and is he right now? I hope not, but fear that he might be.

US eyes arms for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqa’s fall

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 18 hours ago
*Link* *Annexation/Occupation Forces for Syria* *Destabilization for Turkey * *"US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, saying the US may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from ISIS.* NATO ally Turkey, which views the YPG as a threat, has said Mattis assured it in a letter that the United States would eventually take back the weapons it was giving them once ISIS was defeated. Mattis, in his first public remarks on the issue, did not... more »

How North Korea Could Go to War

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, Asia* And would China get sucked in? The most intense period of fighting in Korea ended some 62 years ago, but the divide across the Peninsula remains the world’s most visible legacy of the Cold War. While the Republic of Korea (ROK) has become economically successful and democratic, North Korea has become a punchline. Nevertheless, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has continued to increase the sophistication of its ballistic missiles, has developed nuclear weapons, and maintains the world’s largest garrison state. Pyongyang has als... more »

Time for Australia to Consider Nuclear-Powered Submarines?

Tony Abbott at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Tony Abbott* *Security, Asia* Could America or the UK help? Keeping the country safe is the first duty of government and should be the constant concern of those with responsibility for our well-being. But I worry that a decade or so hence, maybe sooner, Australia might face a security crisis in our region and find that governments of yesterday and today had left their successors with inadequate means to deal with it. Government’s job is to plan for the worst as well as to work for the best. We will be judged by history as well as by our contemporaries and, at least where natio... more »

New Book Trailer

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 18 hours ago
This is the new book trailer for my historical thriller, *Gods of Our Fathers*, courtesy of my Facebook friend, Catalina (MCV) Egan. My goal this year is to relaunch as many of my backlisted titles as possible and I'd appreciate it if you would pay more attention than you have to them in the past. So far this year, I've unofficially relaunched *Tatterdemalion* through two interviews focused on it. I'm also working with another Facebook friend who's reworking *The Toy Cop*, which, after we're finished, I'll pitch to several major indie publishers. Again, *Gods of Our Father... more »

Carbon capture and storage technology remains a ‘utopian dream’ claims professor

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 19 hours ago
By Paul Homewood CCS remains a “utopian dream”, according to Prof Gordon Hughes: CARBON capture and storage (CCS) is too expensive and will “never be viable”, a former World Bank advisor claims. Economics professor Gordon Hughes, of Edinburgh University, says the anti-climate change measure is “little more than a utopian dream”. The claims are […]

Musical Interlude: Simon & Garfunkel, “American Tune” (from The Concert in Central Park)

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
Simon & Garfunkel, “American Tune” (from The Concert in Central Park) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCmgKSUXH18

North Korea demands EXECUTION of former South Korean President Park

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
The call for justice comes after details of former President Park's plan to assassinate the North Korea leader were made public. The post North Korea demands EXECUTION of former South Korean President Park appeared first on The Duran.

Duterte defines total war

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
President Rodrigo Duterte urges his soldiers to protect themselves and go on the offensive against ISIS. The post Duterte defines total war appeared first on The Duran.

So Donald Trump has fake Time magazine covers with his face on them all over this golf clubs. Why am I not surprised by this?

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
A Time Magazine with Trump on the cover hangs in his golf clubs. It’s fake. https://t.co/GbabQP5hXQ pic.twitter.com/EFTEcyasRE — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 27, 2017 Courtesy of WaPo: *The framed copy of Time magazine was hung up in at least five of President Trump’s clubs, from South Florida to Scotland. Filling the entire cover was a photo of Donald Trump. * *“Donald Trump: The ‘Apprentice’ is a television smash!” the big headline said. Above the Time nameplate, there was another headline in all caps: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!” * *This cover — d... more »

From Hell to HOPEISM

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
NOTE: We all know autism warrior parents. I know few women who are as strong as Michelle Guppy, from Texas. Her son Brandon has severe autism and a life threatening seizure disorder that wreaks havoc on his body and the...

Suriye Ordusu Golan Tepeleri’nde cihatçıların saldırılarında kaybettiği alanların tamamını geri aldı

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(1:55) –Kuneytra bölgesindeki cihatçı örgütlerin birleşerek yüzlerce militanla başlattığı ‘Şam Yolu’ harekatı başarısız oldu. Çarşamba günü Suriye Ordusu yeniden organize olarak bir karşı saldırı başlattı ve beş gün önce kaybettiği dört noktayı geri aldı. Ordunun saldırısı sırasında aralarında ‘Muhammed’in Ordusu’ operasyon odasını da yöneten Hayat Tahrir el-Şam komutanlarından Ebu Osama Karar’ın da aralarında bulunduğu […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO:Yemenli keskin nişancılar altı Suudi askeri vurdu

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(2:40) – Huti keskin nişancılar çarşamba günü Hajjar eyaletinin kuzeyinde Suudi Ordusu’na ağır kayıplar yaşattı. Yemen Ordusu’nun medya kanadının yayınladığı aşağıdaki videolara göre El Kadra sınır kapısında altı Suudi askeri keskin nişancılıar tarafından öldürüldü. Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sirijska Vojska povratila je sva prethodno izgubljena područja na teritoriju Golanske Visoravni zaustavivši đihadističku ofanzivu

Daniel Horvat at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 19 hours ago
DAMASK, SIRIJA (1:55) – Najnovija đihadistička ofanziva, pompozna imena „Put ka Damasku“, pokazala se neuspješnom za koaliciju pobunjeničkih skupina u pokrajini Quneitra. Tokom prošlog tjedna đihadisti su navalili na vladine snage ukopane u gradu Madinat Al-Baath snagom nekoliko stotina militanata i velikim brojem oklopnih vozila. U četvrtak popodne, Sirijska Arapska Vojska regrupirala je svoje snage […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Marika Taylor's "diversity" talk shows the incredible extent of corruption within the EU

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 20 hours ago
Because I am interested in these matters, I have watched the 29-minute talk by Marika Taylor about "diversity in string theory" that started at 5 pm on Wednesday. Thankfully, Andy Strominger didn't say much more than the name of the speaker. She introduced herself, making sure that she is not ashamed of the fact that unlike other men *and* women at the string theory conference, she would be talking about the identity politics instead of science. By the way, aside from some inspiring women's talk at Strings 2017, you may try a new 30-minute-longinterview with Lisa Randall published... more »

"CNN's very bad week vindicates Trump"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
https://youtu.be/LrzzsfbL3-Y News from America that you won't find reported on the institutionally anti President Donald Trump BBC.

How One Family In China Pulls The Strings Of Those Who Rule China

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
Xi Zhongxun, the late father of President Xi Jinping, maintained close ties to the Ye family throughout his life. Yu Nakamura, Nikkei Asian Review: *The kingmaker clan behind Xi Jinping* *Some 2,000km south of Beijing, the Ye family pulls the levers of power.* GUANGZHOU -- Beijing, naturally, is where the action happens in China's political theater. But to really understand the country's complex power structure -- and the intense, ongoing struggle for supremacy -- it is also important to look backstage. That would be Guangdong Province, nearly 2,000km to the south. Influential figu... more »

New Report: Carbon capture would make renewables and nuclear energy look cheap

Hifast at Climate Collections - 20 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Eminent energy economist warns that carbon capture and storage will never be viable The Boundary Dam CCS power plant in Saskatchewan Canada. Credit: SaskPowerCCS CCS would make renewables and nuclear energy look cheap That is the stark message of Professor Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics at the University…

Chaostan and the Casey Report

Louis Hissink at Louis Hissink's Crazy World - 20 hours ago
According to some Doug Casey is a very successful investing hyena; his present interest is Khazakhstan, a very large country in Asia that is sparsely populated. Read the article republished by Lew Rockwell here, Haven in Kazakhstan). Doug’s concluding three … Continue reading →

Not Necessarily "In the News"

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
If you missed all of this in the corrupt, elite, smug, nasty, lying mainstream media, I'm not surprised. However, I'm sure that they spent all of their broadcast time ripping the President and making excuses for being caught at fake news - again - and - again (CNN). *Boom* Headline: *ISIS Suicide Bomber Accidentally Kills 12*. Terrorists were giving their comrade a send-off in Diyala, Iraq (near Lake Hamrin). It's a martyrdom tradition in ISIS, called a "blood party". Unfortunately for the well-wishers, the explosives detonated prematurely, killing them all. Aloha Snackbar, gentl... more »

Private Contractors for Nuclear Waste : Taxpayer Rip-Off; Dangerous for People & the Environment. Did the UK Figure out the Obvious? Will the US?

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 21 hours ago
Sellafield: Most Dangerous Nuclear Facility in Europe; Densest Concentration of Plutonium in the World. More pictures here: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2611216/leaked_sellafield_photos_reveal_massive_radioactive_release_threat.html Wow…! Wow…! Wow…! BBC says it is so. The Guardian says it is so. The Union says that it is so. However, too good to be true, often is. Perhaps it has to do with elections coming … Continue reading Private Contractors for Nuclear Waste : Taxpayer Rip-Off; Dangerous for People & the Environment. Did the UK Figure out the Obvious? Will the US?

Will China Permit North Korean Submarines To Operate In Their Waters?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 21 hours ago
Time to keep a closer eye on Kim Jong-un’s submarines. Photo: KCNA via Reuters *Peter Brown, Asia Times:* *Will China provide sanctuary to North Korean submarines?* North Korea has one of the world's largest fleets of submarines As Washington, Seoul and Tokyo fret about North Korea’s repeated firing of ballistic missiles into the skies of Northeast Asia, another part of Pyongyang’s arsenal has gone largely unnoticed because it’s under the ocean: Submarines. Of course, submarines aren’t supposed to be noticed, which is what can make them such an effective stealth weapon. North Ko... more »

Former NASA officials reveal the best kept secret of the US government?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: Construction on the moon] Let us address something that we now know for certain or as certain as such can be possible. It is that a modern human civilization arose from 45000 BP through 13950 BP. That human civilization surely established a physical presence on the moon and completely cleaning it up made no sense. What is also likely is that they presently sustain residence throughout the solar system. After all their lifespans are at least many centuries and possibly many thousands of years. Thus long before we worry about populations of actual ali... more »

What Would Native American Wisdom Say About Going Vegan/Vegetarian? Would It Agree or Disagree?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Not so fast of course. Everyone used the cooking pot, even if it was essentially a hole in the ground. It was filled with water and then heated perhaps for hours at least in order to process whatever could be added. That is pretty flexible and if you are a grower of corn beans and squash, all those would go in first to produce a porridge like stew. To this can be added whatever else comes in including fresh game as the evening approached. The plains Indians would also cut in some pemmican as well to provide fat and protein. The first half of this item is egregious prop... more »

6 Plants Other Than Cannabis That Are High In Healing Cannabinoids

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
None of this is nearly up to the levels available with cannabis, but it clearly explains known therapeutic benefits of these plants. Better yet, the evolving science is been guided by the cannabis research to look in these particular directions. This will actually create useful protocols for investigating many other plants as well. . *6 Plants Other Than Cannabis That Are High In Healing Cannabinoids* *Posted on 2017/04/29* *Tags: Cannabinoids, Plants* * https://truththeory.com/2017/04/29/6-plants-cannabis-high-healing-cannabinoids/?utm_source=DMT* * By Anna Hunt via Wakin... more »

Kolbrin - Book of Scrolls - Chpt 28 - Sacred Registers Pt 28 Songs of Nefatari

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
More songs of love. This is an indication of a settled ordered culture that has been the lot of most of mankind. Admonitions to godhood are noted here which are much different than what we commonly see. Yet spiritual reports do describe an afterlife full of structures as we might imagine and surely come from the human imagination. Thus these snippets continue to reflect Ancient Egypt.. *CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT * *THE SONGS OF NEFATARI * *Two * *Life is the bearer of the most wonderful gifts. You are a man and my man. Maker of my heart's butterfly flutter when my breath becom... more »

The BBC post this news but can't quite bring themselves to drw the obvious conclusion

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 21 hours ago
The BBC report that: 'The UK's departure from the EU will leave a budget shortfall of at least €10bn (£8.8bn; $11.4bn), the budget commissioner has warned. Günther Oettinger said the bloc must either spend less or find new money to fill the gap, equivalent to an estimated 16% of the entire budget.' So doesn't that mean that the British were contributing far more to the EU than they were receiving from the EU? £8.8 billion a year equates to around £169 million a week, that does seem like a lot of money. That figure is an 'at least' figure, I wonder what the actual figure is. Somehow... more »

The Holocaust ‘6 Million’ LIE ! Population of Jews: 1938 – 15.748 Million, 1948 – 15.753 Million!

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Holocaust Truth! http://resistancereport.com/ The truth is, the Holocaust story is a lie – at least most of it. If it were true then there would be no need for America’s allies to imprison people who question it. What do the Holocaust pushers have to fear? Why not just let the evidence speak for itself? There […]

CNN Admits They Lied To Viewers About Trump Russia-Gate

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Jun 28, 2017 CNN was exposed admitting that they only pushed the Russian collusion lie because it was good for ratings. What was the reaction of the press? Anger that the White House dared to talk about how untrustworthy the media is. end

Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists — Here’s Why

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Only 2% of US Politicians Actually Want to Stop Arming Terrorists — Here’s Why by Alice Salles, http://theantimedia.org/ (ANTIMEDIA) — One of the few elected Democratic lawmakers with an extensive anti-war record, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), has combined forces with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) to push legislation through both the House and the Senate that would bar […]

Israel Accelerates Land Theft & Home Demolitions. The Genocide & Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians by Israel

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 22 hours ago
Published on Jan 10, 2017 The demolition of Palestinian homes for Israeli settlements reached a ten-year high in 2016. While this activity led by the fanatical settler movement is illegal under international law, it is completely aided and abetted by the Israeli government. With hundreds on notice to be evicted and their homes destroyed, Abby […]

Britain's Newest Aircraft Carrier Has No Planes. Flight Crews Are Practising With 'Dummy Planes'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
HMS Queen Elizabeth is seen with HMS Sutherland and HMS Iron Duke. The aircraft carrier proudly hit the waters earlier this week - but currently its crew only has replica planes to practise with *Daily Mail:* *It's a BAREcraft carrier! UK's new £3.1bn warship dubbed Big Lizzie heads to the North Sea for six weeks of testing with empty decks and NO planes to transport* * Replicas of the F-35 Lightning II jets were delivered to RNAS Culdroe so crews can practise pushing them * Despite their convincing appearances the models at the Cornwall base lack engines, sensors or weapons * But ... more »

Glenn Beck on The Conceptual Penis as a Gender Construct

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 22 hours ago
https://youtu.be/7iDu1Z89eOk Is Gender Studies really a load of bollocks (pun intended)?


Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
The top Vatican official *Cardinal George Pell*, an Australian, has been linked to child abuse and child suicides. Cardinal George Pell charged with historical sex offences *Pell is part of a gay-fascist Australia?* Reportedly Australia has at least one major child abuse ring, made up of Nazis, Catholics, policemen, academics, politicians, the CIA and others. Trapped inside Australia’s vast child abuse network (Part 1) Pell has written that he supported the Afghanistan War. But, he opposes intervention in Syria, which may have made him unpopular with the Kosher Nostra. George P... more »

Will President Trump Meet President Putin At The G20?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
U.S. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Youtube *Radio Free Europe:* *Lavrov Assumes Putin, Trump Will Meet During G20 Summit* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he assumes Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will on the sidelines of the July 7-8 Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. Speaking in the Russian city of Krasnodar on June 28, Lavrov said it was necessary to seek a normalization of dialogue between the United States and Russia. He said it “probably would not be right” if Putin and Trump do not have talks on the ... more »

Sirijska vojska zaplenila izraelsko naoružanje od pobunjenika u Homs-u

Davor M at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
Damask, Sirija (01:20) – Oružje proizvedeno u Izraelu, zaplenjeno je od strane Sirijske Arapske Armije (SAA) u gradu Homsu u sredu nakon što su snage bezbednosti otkrile tajne zalihe municije u bivšem uporištu pobunjenika u Al-Vaer-u. Prema fotografijama dobijenih od Al Masdar vesti, SAA je zarobila desetine anti-tenkovskih projektila te nekoliko tona municije i eksploziva […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi Army days from victory in Mosul after ISIS defensive line collapses – Map update

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:15 A.M.) – Following a hard-fought military campaign that began last October, the Iraqi Armed Forces are finally just days from total victory in Iraq’s second largest city Mosul, thus dealing a crushing defeat to the Islamic State. Huge gains were secured by the Iraqi Army on Wednesday as ISIS insurgents quickly withdrew […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Syrian Army guns down Al-Qaeda drone over Jobar, Damascus

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:25 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 105th Brigade of the Republican Guard shot down a surveillance drone on Wednesday while it was monitoring government troops in the embattled Jobar neighborhood, an eastern suburb of Damascus which has been largely razed to the ground following five years of ongoing skirmishes. According to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Yemeni sharpshooters take out six Saudi soldiers near key port city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:40 A.M.) – On Wednesday, Houthi snipers inflicted a deadly toll upon the Royal Saudi Land Forces (KSA) on the northern outskirts of Hajjar province, a coastal region in northwestern Yemen. Two videos published by the Yemeni Army’s media wing depict six KSA soldiers being hit by Houthi sharpshooters near the Al-Khadraa border […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army retakes all lost points in the Golan Heights as jihadist offensive grinds to a halt

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:55 A.M.) – The newly launched ‘Road to Damascus’ offensive proved far from successful for a coalition of rebel groups in Quneitra province who have thrown hundreds of jihadist militants and dozens of military vehicles at the government-held town of Madinat Al-Baath over the past week. On Wednesday evening, the Syrian Arab Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

In pictures: Syrian Army confiscates Israeli armaments left behind by rebels in Homs

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:20 A.M.) – Weapons produced in the Jewish nation were seized by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the city of Homs on Wednesday after security forces discovered secret ammunition stockpiles across the former rebel stronghold of Al-Waer, an outer suburb located on the northwestern perimeter of the provincial capital. According to photos […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Entire ISIS leadership in Daraa pocket wiped out by mysterious assassination

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:30 A.M.) – On Wednesday, a huge explosion rocked the ISIS-held town of Jallayn in southern Syria, resulting in the death of at least six jihadist commanders who were gathered for a meeting to discuss a coming offensive in western Daraa. Reports regarding the incident are conflicting; some indicate a US warplane was […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to shut ports per BBC News - terminology

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40437917 has an interestingly worded note at the end. 'A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.' That's interesting, maybe the BBC could split figures in future reports so that we know what p... more »

Migrant crisis: Italy threatens to shut ports per BBC News

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
One sentence in this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40437917 gives you an idea of the scale of the recent migration into Europe. 'Italy has seen more than 500,000 migrants arrive by boat since 2014.' Those migrants would amount to the sixth largest city in Italy.

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
"She has a nice smile" - Watch the moment one Irish reporter has an unexpected encounter with Donald Trump https://t.co/Dd4PlrUjYT pic.twitter.com/6hoYiFVytR — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 28, 2017

"Scientists Fear "Supervolcano" Eruption As Earthquake Swarm Near Yellowstone Soars To 800"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Scientists Fear "Supervolcano" Eruption As * *Earthquake Swarm Near Yellowstone Soars To 800"* by Tyler Durden "More than 800 earthquakes have now been recorded at the Yellowstone Caldera, a long-dormant supervolcano located in Yellowstone National Park, over the last two weeks - an ominous sign that a potentially catastrophic eruption could be brewing. However, despite earthquakes occurring at a frequency unseen during any period in the past five years, the US Geological Survey says the risk level remains in the “green,” unchanged from its normal levels, according to Newsweek. The... more »

Russian President Putin: Foreign Intel Services Are Supporting Terrorist Groups On Russia’s Borders And Interfering In Russia's Internal Affairs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
© Mikhail Metzel / Reuters *RT:* *Putin: Foreign intel services support terrorist groups on Russia’s borders* President Vladimir Putin has accused foreign intelligence agencies of intensifying their efforts against Russia, including through supporting terrorist groups and trying to interfere with internal politics. “In general, it’s obvious that there’s growing activity by foreign intelligence agencies against Russia and our allies,” Putin said, speaking at a meeting at the headquarters of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, where he had come to congratulate officers on the 95t... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
“Children of Qayyarah” by American photographer Sebastiano Tomada, the Grand Prize winner in the Photographer of the Year nomination. © PHOTO: SEBASTIANO TOMADA *WNU Editor*: the above picture is from this photo gallery .... *Winners of the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards Announced *(Sputnik)

NCCU Chancellor Akinleye Inspiring Optimism Across the Board

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
When Dr. Johnson Akinleye took the helm of North Carolina Central University as its interim chancellor, life was particularly challenging at the historically Black institution.

Heartbroken Jazz Aficionados Agree: Geri Allen Brought ‘Spirit to the Music’

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
Geri Allen, the beloved jazz musician and director of jazz studies at the University of Pittsburgh, died of cancer on Tuesday in Philadelphia at the age of 60.

Education Champion Out to Conquer Disparity

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
After the bitter presidential election of 2016, then-U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. says he found himself in search of a position where he could help young students who face difficult circumstances. King found such a place at the Education Trust.

The Venezuelan government's newest opponent is a state-funded orchestra

Yana Genchova Stainova, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth Society of Fellows, Dartmouth College at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Musicians protesting against government while holding instruments in Caracas, Venezuela. AP/ Fernando Llano On May 4, an 18-year-old violist named Armando Cañizales marched against the government in Venezuela. A video shows him walking slowly, arms outstretched. Minutes later, he was shot dead. Despite a lack of evidence to determine who shot Cañizales, he is one of at least 76 recent victims of the clashes between protesters and armed security forces. Since 2014, protesters and government forces have faced off amid food shortages, record-high inflation and pervasive crime in Venez... more »

Macron and Trudeau shouldn't be so proud of appointing women to their Cabinets

Malliga Och, Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Languages, Idaho State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Appointing a gender-parity Cabinet seems to be the thing to do if you are a rising, progressive and male political star. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did it in 2015. French President Emmanuel Macron followed this May. The internet loves it. Trudeau has been the darling of feminists everywhere, and Macron clearly wants to follow in his footsteps. Being a male feminist politician is hip. Trudeau does a little humble bragging. Yet my research shows that numerical representation of women is not the silver bullet it has long been considered. What’s more important for achi... more »

"Is Donald J. Trump a Neanderthal?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Is Donald J. Trump a Neanderthal?"* by Bill Bonner "Is Donald J. Trump a Neanderthal? Yes, of course. We all are. One of the most interesting stories we’re following is some 300,000 years old. It is the story of our species. What does this have to do with money? We’ll get to that… *Prehistoric hanky-panky: *Two weeks ago came news of a long-lost cousin discovered in Morocco. The human family is much bigger…and much older than we had thought. The new findings are possibly 300,000 years old - about 100,000 years older than the oldest as-yet-discovered ‘human’. Scarcely 10 years ag... more »

Former UN climate chief: Only three years left to save the planet

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 1 day ago
And it will only cost $1.3 trillion per year.

Acting FBI Director McCabe Is The Focus Of Three Separate Federal Administrative Inquiries Into His Behaviour

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Washington Examiner *CIRCA:* *FBI chief McCabe faces three separate federal inquiries into his behavior* Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, a central player in the Russia election case, is the focus of three separate federal administrative inquiries into allegations about his behavior as a senior bureau executive, according to documents and interviews. The allegations being reviewed range from sexual discrimination to improper political activity, the documents show The inquiries remain open but so far there have not been any adverse findings aga...more »

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice Suggests She's The Victim Of Sexism And Racism For 'Unmasking' Storm

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
President Obama receives his daily briefing from Susan Rice, his national security advisor, on Aug. 12 in Chilmark, Mass. (White House Photo by Pete Souza via Flickr) *Daily Mail*: *Why me? Obama aide Susan Rice hints she's the victim of sexism and racism for being at center of 'unmasking' storm* * Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice sat down with New York Magazine and discussed why she got so much flack in the 'unmasking' scandal * Rice said that she didn't want to 'leap to the simple explanation that it's only about race and gender' * Though she also pointed to the after... more »

American Cartoonists Meet The Republican "Healthcare" Scam Head-On

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Noah* The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) report is out. 22 Million American citizens will lose their insurance; 15 Million of those in the Republican Party "Rich Get Richer Quicker" scheme’s 1st year of implementation alone but what else should we expect of a Republican Party that makes it easier for a mentally ill person to buy a gun than insurance and get treatment? For those of us who still have insurance, the premiums and other costs will go up. If you are a republican or the Grim Reaper, what’s not to like? A psychopathic death panel made up of Trump, McConnell, Ryan,... more »

Take that chocolate milk survey with a grain of salt

Troy Campbell, Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Oregon at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
And don't expect chocolate ice cream, either. Barney Moss, CC BY It’s been all over the news lately: a survey by the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy suggests that 7 percent of American adults believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows. The takeaway of much of this reporting is that Americans are science illiterate as well as uninformed about how their food is produced. This interpretation is intuitive: research has suggested that Americans lack understanding of many scientific concepts and the story line of Americans as woefully ignorant of science is perennial. As a society, we ... more »

Blogtalk Radio..End of the Road for Christy Clark

Grant G at The Straight Goods - 1 day ago
The archive is up.....Blogtalk radio featuring Norm Farrell...Canadian Glen and yours truly..topics covered... Site C.....BC Hydro..Run of River....our never ending election, lazy agenda driven mainstream media...Judith Guichon...Craig James....Mike De Jong..Christy Clark.....we cover a myriad of BC centric topics....have a listen. Tune in, Turn on, get angry.....become informed...2 hours of The Straight Goods.... http://www.blogtalkradio.com/canadianglen/2017/06/29/the-never-ending-election-or-how-to-keep-power-at-any-cost The Straight Goods Cheers Ears Wide Open

Top Senate Republicans Want To Know Why The FBI Wanted To Monitor 4 Trump Campaign Officials

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
The U.S. Capitol Building is pictured in Washington, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed *ABC News:* *Graham, Grassley ask FBI for Russia investigation surveillance warrants* Top Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked the FBI and Department of Justice for copies of any surveillance requests made as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a letter sent Wednesday, Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked top law enforcement officials for any drafts or completed surveillance requests submitted to ...more »

CNN Accuses President Trump Of Putting Journalists In Danger

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*RCP:* *CNN Anchor: Trump Putting Journalists In Danger; "Declaration Of War On Media" Has "Emboldened" War Zones* CNN's Clarissa Ward, a foreign correspondent, served as guest co-host on Wednesday's broadcast of CNN's News Day. Ward fretted "people" in war zones have been "emboldened" by President Trump's "declaration of war on the media." Ward, expressing concern for members of the media in dangerous areas of the world, said to guest Chris Cillizza, 'I can only imagine what a person like you is dealing with. At what point does this become reckless or irresponsible?' It should b... more »

TSA wants to know what books you’re reading before allowing you to board planes

Derrick Broze at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By Derrick Broze The federal government will soon begin searching through travelers’ books at the airport as airlines test out fingerprint scans. Next time you choose... more »

Female Kurdish Sniper Laughs About The Bullet That Almost Killed Her (Video)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Sniper battle inside Raqqa city. Thank god the ISIS terrorist missed 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/c75h4HSjIW — Hemze Hamza (@Sergermed_) June 27, 2017 *RT: **Female sniper laughs off near-fatal ISIS bullet in Raqqa gun fight (VIDEO)* Dramatic video has surfaced showing a female Kurdish fighter laughing off a bullet that narrowly whizzed by her head during a sniper fight reported to have taken place in Raqqa. The bullet can be seen exploding in a wall inches from the fighter’s head. “Kurdish women know no fear,” the videos’ uploader said in a tweet. “Your average human being would be sca... more »

U.S. And Turkish Defense Ministers Meet In Brussels

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Defense Minister Fikri Işık held a closed-door meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis prior to the NATO Defense Ministers Meeting in Brussels. (AA Photo) *Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency:* *US support for YPG temporary and triggered by necessity, Mattis tells Turkish counterpart Işık* The U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis told his Turkish counterpart Fikri Işık in a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday that their support for and cooperation with the PKK's Syrian affiliate the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia was out of necessity and only temporary. Mattis call... more »

CNN Is Dead: Network Loses All Credibility As Producer Admits That The Entire Russia Narrative Is Fake News

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
CNN Is Dead: Network Loses All Credibility As Producer Admits That The Entire Russia Narrative Is Fake News by Michael Snyder, http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/ Nobody else needs to dig a grave for CNN because they are doing it themselves. There has been scandal after scandal at the network, and now one of their producers has been caught on undercover […]

CNN Host Admits Trump/Russia Conspiracy Theory is Fake News

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jun 28, 2017 CNN’s Van Jones admits that the network’s Trump/Russia coverage is a “big nothing burger.” He was caught on tape by a Project Veritas reporter investigating CNN’s fake news problem. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story. end

IDF Targets Syrian Positions in Response to Projectile Hitting Golan Heights

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jun 28, 2017 Israel says it has struck the positions of Syrian government forces, after an errant projectile landed in the Golan Heights. It is the fourth such attack in the past week. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8gdr – If Syria-Assad intends to attack Israel, will he be so dumb to use a ‘stray projectile’ […]

Israel Prefers Al-Qaeda on Its Syrian Border Over Pro-Government Forces – Former Diplomat

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jun 27, 2017 The White House is warning Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad and military of “a heavy price,” as the US alleges “potential preparations” are under way for more chemical weapons attacks. Former US Diplomat Jim Jatras calls into question the legitimacy of allegations that Assad was behind the chemical attack in Khan […]

The Most Dangerous Fake News Of All Is Peddled By The Corporate Media

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
The Most Dangerous Fake News Of All Is Peddled By The Corporate Media by Michael Krieger, https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/ This is not the sort of thing you see in a confident, brave, and civilized nation, it’s the sort of stuff you’d expect to see toward the end. It’s the stuff of craven war-mongers, of dishonest cowards, of a totally […]

Tension Erupts as Chinese Troops Enter Indian Territory, Destroy Bunkers

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Not sure what is going on here. Probably Illuminists-Satanists fomenting war. Tension Erupts as Chinese Troops Enter Indian Territory, Destroy Bunkers by https://sputniknews.com/, 26 June 2017 A major scuffle has erupted along the India-China border as Chinese troops entered the Indian state of Sikkim and destroyed two Indian bunkers. Chinese troops also engaged in a fight […]

X22 Report, “The Fed Just Announced The Final Confirmation That The Economy Is About To Crash”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
X22 Report, “The Fed Just Announced The Final Confirmation That The Economy Is About To Crash” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vth1aVi_s2k *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The World Is Being Distracted On Purpose, Here's Why” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGF7-Wj84Hw

Musical Interlude: Adiemus, “In Caelum Fero”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Adiemus, “In Caelum Fero” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dc-tRfKjuQ&feature=related

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"The 16th century Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan and his crew had plenty of time to study the southern sky during the first circumnavigation of planet Earth. As a result, two fuzzy cloud-like objects easily visible to southern hemisphere skygazers are known as the Clouds of Magellan, now understood to be satellite galaxies of our much larger, spiral Milky Way galaxy. About 160,000 light-years distant in the constellation Dorado, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is seen here in a remarkably deep, colorful, image. *Click image for larger size.* Spanning about 15,000 light-yea... more »

"You Have A Right to Be Here..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"You are a child of the Universe, no less than the moon and the stars. You have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should." - Max Ehrmann

Chet Raymo, "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"* by Chet Raymo “On a Sunday afternoon years ago we tripped over the hill to the annual races on Beal Ban Strand, an afternoon of thundering excitement up and down the tide-washed sand, sleek and powerful horses ridden by young jockeys in gaily-colored silks. A good time was had by all, but I couldn't help but think of the events that occurred on those cliffs you see in the background of the photograph, just above the head of the jockey in white. In the year 1580, six-hundred Catholics- Spaniards, Italians and Irish, including women and children- were besie... more »

"Live Webcams Give Unique View Of Alaskan Bears Fishing For Salmon"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Live Webcams Give Unique View Of Alaskan Bears Fishing For Salmon"* by Lee Rannals "New webcams have been set up for the Internet public’s viewing, and this time they are capturing the iconic scene of bears snatching their lunch out of a river. Explore.org set up live HD video streams of giant brown bears in Alaska catching salmon in Katmai National Park. Anyone with an Internet connection can now watch these bears catching their dinner by typing “explore.org/bears” in their browser by clicking the links above. The Brooks Falls cam is located on the banks of a five foot high water... more »

Turkish Military Forces On The Move In Northern Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
This pictures show the military vehicles loaded with howitzers and ammunitions which reached the Turkish border town of Kilis, near Afrin last week. Daily Sabah *Al Bawaba*: *Tensions Between Turkey, Syrian Kurds Following Cross-border Fire* Turkey has massed troops on the Syrian border, as clashes with Kurdish militias broke out on Tuesday night sparking fears of wider skirmishes between the two groups. Turkish artillery fire targeted the People's Protection Units (YPG) across the border after Kurdish fighters fired on Ankara-backed Syrian forces. Ankara said that Free Syrian A... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 28, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
“President Assad has met the state-of-the-art and most important aircraft in the world, the Russian Su-35, located at the Khmeymim airbase,” reads one of the posts, showing the Syrian leader climbing inside the cockpit of a fighter jet. Facebook *Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest*: *Russia Knows Its Next Move in Syria. Does America?* Without a clearly defined understanding of U.S. interests, the risk grows that the United States will stumble into a clash with Russia and Iran. The endgame has begun in Syria’s long and bloody civil war. As the grip of the Islamic State on the te... more »

Mattis Claims White House Threat to Syria ‘Worked’

Jason Ditz at Ron Paul Institute for Peace And Prosperity - 1 day ago
[image: undefined] Monday night’s out-of-nowhere statement from the White House, claiming a Syrian chemical weapon attack was imminent and promising to make Syria pay a heavy price must’ve been successful, Secretary of Defense James Mattis reasoned, since no chemical attack happened after all. The White House statement claimed there were signs of preparation, offering no evidence that was really the case, then claiming it would kill “innocent children” and threatening retaliation. The statement was made with no discussion with either the State Department or Pentagon, puzzling many t... more »

CNN’s Trail Of Lies

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Published on Jun 27, 2017 In the aftermath of project veritas’s new video showing CNN producer call the Trump Russia narrative a BS ratings stung Infowars Reporter Joe Biggs breaks down the the trail of Lies in CNN’s history. end

TPPF Encourages Comprehensive Conservative Reform in Special Session

Content Multimedia - 1 day ago
By Kevin Roberts Today, Texas Public Policy Foundation released top priorities for the special session of the Texas Legislature, called by Governor Greg Abbott beginning July 18, 2017. Dr. Kevin Roberts, executive vice president of TPPF, released the following statement:

Report: Russian Navy To Build Nuclear Powered Destroyer and New Aircraft Carrier

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * But will it actually happen? The Russian Navy will design the new Lider-class destroyer with nuclear propulsion, but analysts and defense industry sources are skeptical that the new warship will ever be built. “The project will be developed by the Severnoye design bureau. The Russian Navy will undoubtedly have large surface ships with a nuclear propulsion unit. The Lider undoubtedly won’t be the sole one in the series," Navy deputy commander-in-chief for armaments Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk told reporters at the International Maritime Defense Show (... more »

Should Anyone Care about the Iranian Missile Strikes?

Behnam Ben Taleblu at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Behnam Ben Taleblu* *Security, Middle East* [image: A military truck carrying a missile and a picture of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen during a parade marking the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), in Tehran September 22, 2015.] An emboldened Iran may feel tempted to match its covert actions with more overt missile strikes. On Sunday June 18, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) launched six ballistic missiles at Islamic State (ISIS) positions in the Syrian theater. The IRGC described the strikes—which intended to hit... more »

The Fed Is Trying to Avoid a Greenspan-Style Bubble

Samuel Rines at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Samuel Rines* *Politics, * [image: The corner stone of the New York Federal Reserve Bank is seen surrounded by financial institutions in New York City, New York, U.S., March 25, 2015.] Keeping rates too low for too long could lead to disaster. In his dissent against the Federal Reserve’s latest decision to raise rates, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari warned that the Fed was at risk of making a 1970’s style mistake—only in reverse. Whereas the Fed of forty years ago was too slow to raise rates in response to high inflation, Kashkari’s idea is that, with both inflation ex... more »

The Future of European Security Lies in London and Berlin

Andrew Foxall, Axel Rigault Jorgensen at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Andrew Foxall, Axel Rigault Jorgensen* *Security, Europe* [image: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May address a news conference following talks at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany July 20, 2016.] An Anglo-German partnership would give strength to the overall NATO structure. Under President Donald Trump, America’s commitment to NATO seems to be wavering. General H. R. McMaster, his national security advisor, may have restated this commitment, but Trump’s silence on the issue is creating unease in European capitals. The president has made clear... more »

A New Afghanistan Strategy Must Avoid Perpetual War

Daniel L. Davis at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Daniel L. Davis* *Security, Middle East* Rather than accepting permanent failure, President Trump should demand policies that makes strategic success possible. At hearings on Capitol Hill earlier this month, Secretary of Defense James Mattis admitted that the administration currently doesn’t have a strategy for the war in Afghanistan, but promised one by the end of July. Given the number of troops his plan will reportedly include, however, the new strategy will at best ensure the war continues without resolution into perpetuity. Rather than anchoring the United States to a state... more »

Mitch McConnell’s Mediocre Middle

Matt Purple at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Matt Purple* *Politics, * [image: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media about plans to repeal and replace Obamacare on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017.] McConnell may pull off a legislative checkmate with the Republican health bill, but it’s voters who will get the final move. Turns out a week isn’t quite enough time for the Senate to overhaul one sixth of the nation’s economy. Mitch McConnell acknowledged that on Tuesday when he announced with great lack of fanfare that the Republican health bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), w... more »

Political Violence: An Aberration or the New Normal?

Dimitri Alexander Simes at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dimitri Alexander Simes* *Politics, * [image: Protestors throw rocks at police during a protest near the inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, DC, U.S., January 20, 2017.] Will this fresh spasm of violence peter out as it did many times in America’s past, or transform into something more serious? After the mass shooting in Alexandria, Virginia on June 14 at a local baseball field, where a gunman attempted to murder a group of Republican legislators, political violence emerged once more as a hotly contested topic. Conservative pundits accused left-wing politicians... more »

Huntington Ingalls Will Soon Build the Navy's First Flight III Arleigh Burke-Class Missile Destroyer

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The Flight III DDG-51 ships are set to become the backbone of the Navy’s fleet. The United States Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding a contract modification to build the service’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer. The new ship will be named *Jack H. Lucas* (DDG 125), which is the last of five destroyers the company was originally contracted to build in June 2013. “We have proven our success in the DDG 51 class over the past 30 years, and our shipbuilders are ready now to build the first Flight III ... more »

Is the American Heart Association Misleading the Public About Coconut Oil?

Alex Kasprak at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Their position statement on saturated fat has drawn the ire of people partial to coconut oil, but counterarguments accusing the AHA of cherry-picking data misrepresent the very science they claim to be defending.

Former Television Host’s Husband Petitions For Her to Replace ‘Aunt Jemima’ as Syrup Brand’s Face

Arturo Garcia at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Dan Gasby says Pepsi has ignored requests to discuss replacing the character with B. Smith's image.

Was a Dog Elected Mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
An unincorporated community in Kentucky has elected a dog as its mayor for the fourth time in a row.

Hard To Believe, But Watergate Teaches Us That There's No Reason To Give Up Hope For An Impeachment

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Ultimately, impeachment is a political act. If there really is an anti-Trump/anti-Ryan tsunami in 2018, the Democrats will win back the House and probably impeach Trump-- even if it means forcing Pelosi and Hoyer, who oppose any such thing, to step down as leaders. Impeachment is like an indictment; there still has to be a trial in the Senate. And 66 votes to convict. That’s not going to happen, even if the Democrats keep all their red state seats *and* win in Nevada, Arizona and Texas and oust McConnell as Senate leader. Unless the smoking gun is *really* smoking, there aren’t mo... more »

Open Letter to Dr. Alan Finkel

Geoff Brown at The Australian Climate Sceptics Blog - 1 day ago
*Dr Michael Crawford* June 23rd 2017 Dr Alan Finkel AO Chief Scientist GPO Box 2013 CANBERRA ACT 2601 *Open letter re your Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market * I have read your recent report with interest. Over about half a century I have observed that government reports are sometimes dishonest, ideological, obfuscatory, authoritarian, bureaucratised, wanting in courage, illogical and sometimes downright stupid. I have to salute you sir. Your recent report appears to have set new heights in this respect. Let me take some time to explain why your r... more »

U.S. Invents Chem Weapons Threat And Claims It Defeats Threat By Warning Syria, Iran and Russia

Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post - 1 day ago
By Brandon Turbeville In a bizarre moment of geopolitical theatre, the United States announced that Syria was planning “another” chemical weapons attack and the Syrian... more »

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