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Thomas Paine

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

Sunday, June 4, 2017

4 June - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

11:43pm MDT

Melania Trump Bans Monsanto Products from the White House?

David Emery at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Reports that the first lady ordered Monsanto products removed from the White House after reading about genetically modified foods are fake news.

Cannibals Arrested in Florida Claim Eating Human Flesh Cures Diabetes and Depression?

David Mikkelson at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Reports of the arrest of three cannibalistic Floridians who feasted on human remains for medical reasons are fake news.

Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Will Still Go Ahead Tonight

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Daily Mail:** 'We will honour them with courage, bravery, and defiance in the face of fear': Ariana Grande's concert WILL go ahead tonight as manager says 'tonight we stand together'* * Ariana Grande's manager releases bold statement announcing gig will go ahead * American star will be joined by Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry on stage * Greater Manchester Police say security has been tightened but warn another attack is 'highly likely' * Ariana's brother Frankie has been pictured heading to the venue Ariana Grande's concert will go ahead tonight with her manager urging... more »

Liar, liar

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
The letter to the *Times *in the previous post (and Rod Liddle's piece) has aroused a bit of scepticism. Isn't it too good to be true? Things that are 'too good to be true' tend to go down very well with those who want to believe them. The problem for the rest of us is in trying to sort the truthful wheat from the untruthful chaff. Take the case of Jake Painter, the lyricist behind Captain Ska's anti-Theresa May song 'Liar Liar'. He was on Emma Barnett's Radio 5 show last week *and* on the *Victoria Derbyshire *programme too, talking about his song *and* complaining about the B... more »

Conventional Wisdom for Feebs, Dweebs, and NCC's

Alfred Lehmberg at alienviews - 13 hours ago
Conventional Wisdom for Feebs, Dweebs, and NCC's by Alfred Lehmberg There's always a lot of myopic griping from the ufological luminary about Ufology not deserving its identification as a "breeding ground for nitwits, crackpots, and cuckoos" (NCC's). ...And there's lately been considerable moaning about its infestation by same. To this end, extant and name-called NCC's are rather arbitrarily identified by some largely self-appointed, self-validating, and self-grinding ufological gatekeepers in a baldly-approached and androcratic attempt to clean their "ufological temple" of... more »

Registration Open for Our Free of Charge Symposium on Ethics and Antibiotic Resistance!

noreply@blogger.com (Christian Munthe) at Philosophical Comment - 14 hours ago
As I reported before, the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research, CARe, at the University of Gothenburg, is organising a free of charge symposium this fall on the theme of *Ethics and Value Challenges in Antibiotic Resistance Management, Policy and Research*. Participation is free and open to professionals, officials, policy makers, researchers and interested members of the public, but requires pre-registration. Get more information and sign up here. Taking place November 15-16, this is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in the topic of antibiotic resistance to learn fro... more »

While The Media Used Bill Maher as a Distraction, Trump Quietly Covered Up US War Crimes

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: war]As news of Bill Maher's racial slur filled the airwaves, Donald Trump moved to erase history and cover up war crimes committed by the US.

WATCH: George Carlin Explains Exactly Why Mainstream Media is Ignoring Bilderberg

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: carlin]Bilderberg is wrapping up their plan for global dominance while being conveniently ignored by the mainstream media, and George Carlin explains why that is.

Students Sue After Entire High School Illegally Groped and Molested by Cops

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: school]Police groped student's breasts, genitals, and publicly humiliated them all in an illegal and fruitless raid of an entire high school.

Used as a Last Resort, Doctors Cure 12yo Girl’s Fatal Disease with Cannabis, In Only 3 Doses

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 14 hours ago
[image: cannabis]After pharmaceutical options failed and she was put in a medically induced coma, cannabis was the drug that saved this 12-year-old girl's life.

Terror Attack In London -- News Updates June 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Daily Mail:* *Armed police arrest 12 at East London tower block in connection with terror attack that killed seven and injured nearly 50 as officers pore over scene at London Bridge and Borough Market for clues* * Twelve people were arrested at a block of flats in Barking, east London, in connection with last night's attack * Armed police placed the complex on lock down and several men were pictured handcuffed on the ground * One of the three terrorists responsible for last night's attack is believed to have lived in a ground-floor flat * Police officers and forensic teams hav... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 14 hours ago
The only president we've got responded to last night's London terror attack just the way a Fox News commentator would: “We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” he wrote on Twitter. “If we don’t get smart it will only get worse.” Mr. Trump targeted Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, scorning him for trying to reassure his people. “At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!””Mr. Trump wrote . (That, of course was a misrepresentation of Khan's statement. The mayor had... more »

+18 Graphic Pictures: Roadside bomb kills 6 jihadists in Idlib amid rising tensions

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5: 55 P.M.) – Six jihadi rebels were killed, 2 others wounded as a roadside bomb hit their vehicle somewhere on Maarrat al-Nu’man highway in the southern countryside of Idlib. Pro-rebel activists confirmed the bomb attack, saying that all the militants are fighting under Failaq al-Sham. Even though no one has yet claimed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Saudi regime forces build wall around Shiite city to prevent people from leaving

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – Saudi regime forces have constructed a makeshift wall around the predominately Shi’ite city of Al-Awamiya, blocking thousands of civilians from fleeing the area. Initially, the Saudi regime forces besieged the city by deploying tanks and other armored military vehicles to block any civilians from exiting. However, with the three weeks […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Irak: Armee nimmt Baaj ein – Operation zur Sicherung der Grenze zu Syrien

Ali Tok at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Irakische Truppen der Hashd Shabi haben heute die Stadt Baaj, sowie über 10 Dörfer in der Umgebung eingenommen. Die irakischen Einheiten stürmten die Stadt von der nördlichen und der südlichen Flanke und sind dabei die Provinz Sinjar mit Unterstützung ezidischer Einheiten vollständig zu sichern. Immer mehr Eziden schließen sich der Hashd Shabi an, viele verlassen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US-backed militants establish new encampment in southeastern Syria (PHOTOS)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:20 P.M.) – Militants of Maghaweir Al-Thawra (Revolutionary guards), an islamist group supported by the U.S., have set up a new camp in Al-Zagiph area in southeastern Syria. The area is located 70 kilometres northeast of Al-Tanf border crossing to Iraq and approximately 130 kilometres south of Al-Bukamal city in Deir Ezzor province […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Los kurdos sirios no permitirán a los “grupos paramilitares chiítas” entrar en Siria desde Irak

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(ARA News) Sihanouk Dibo, asesor presidencial del Partido de la Unión Democrática Kurda en Siria (PYD), dijo a ARA News que los kurdos sirios están abiertos a las relaciones con Bagdad, después de la expulsión de ISIS de la frontera entre Irak y Siria. “Será bueno tratar con el gobierno iraquí y coordinarnos para establecer […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Batalla por Maskanah en 10 minutos: Impresionante vídeo de las Fuerzas Tigre

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Momentos antes del anuncio oficial de la liberación completa de la ciudad de Maskanah, en el campo oriental de Alepo, el canal oficial de YouTube de las Fuerzas de Defensa Nacional (FDN) publicó un vídeo de 10 minutos que resumía los 7 últimos días de batallas en la región. En el transcurso de estos días, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Massacre in Tver region of Russia: 9 people shot dead in cold blood (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:45 P.M.) – Russian law enforcers arrested the perpetrator of mass murder in Tver region where 9 people were killed in cold blood last night. What started as a minor domestic incident in one of the cottage communities, resulted in bloody massacre when a 45-year-old electrician grabbed a shotgun and shot his neighbours, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Snimci borbe: SAA napreduje protiv ISIS’a u istočnoj Palmiri

Stefan Agatonović at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASK, SIRIJA (15:30) – Sirijska Armija, uz podršku svojih saveznika nastavlja da napreduje duž teritorije Islamske Države u delovima istočne Palmire kretajući se prema gradu Deir ez-Ezoru na istoku. Nekoliko uzvišenja i put Palmira-Deir Ezzor su osvojeni od strane SAA koja se sad približila na manje od 6 kilometara od grada Arak koji je okupiran […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Zero hour approaches as Syrian Army, Hezbollah begin important Daraa offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 P.M.) – The long-awaited Dara’a City offensive by the Syrian government troops and Hezbollah is set to begin in the coming days, a military source told Al-Masdar News this weekend. Led by the elite 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) of the 4th Mechanized Division, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies will unleash […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Kurds will not allow “Shia paramilitary groups” to enter Syria from Iraq: official

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(ARA News) Sihanouk Dibo, the presidential advisor of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), told ARA News that the Syrian Kurds are open to relations with Baghdad, after the expulsion of ISIS from the Iraqi-Syrian border. “It will be good to deal with Iraqi government and coordinate with it to serve and establish security […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Combat Footage: government forces advances against ISIS in east Palmyra

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4: 20 P.M.) – The Syrian Army troops, backed by allied forces, continue to grab large swathes of territories from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the east Palmyra as part of a wider operation to reach the embattled city of Deir Ezzor to the far east. Several hilltops along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Mapa istočnog Alepa nakon osvajanja Maskane

Stefan Agatonović at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEJRUT, LIBAN (14:30) – U Subotu je Islamska Država (ISIS) pretrpela teške gubitke kada je Sirijska Arapska Armija zauzela njihovo poslednje uporište u oblasti Alepa. Više od tri godine dzihadisti su držali okupiranom Maskanu, koja se nalazi na samoj pokrajinskoj granici sa oblasti Al-Rake. Uzeći u obzir samu lokaciju grada, koji se nalazi pored puta Alepo-Raka […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Syrian Army foils jihadi offensive in Daraa [Video + Pictures]

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3: 40 P.M.) – The Syrian government forces repelled, yesterday, a wide-scale offensive launched by jihadi groups on the battleground al-Manshiyah district as reinforcements from both warring parties continue to pour into the southern province. Up to 30 militants from Hay’at Tahrr al-Sham (al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria) and other FSA-affiliated factions have been […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraqi forces liberate important town near the Syrian border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – The pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (Hashd Al-Sha’abi) imposed full control over the strategic town of Ba’aj, Sunday, after a four day long operations against the Islamic State (ISIL) forces. The Popular Mobilization Units were able to take full control of Ba’aj, following the terrorist group’s failure to repulse the PMU’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee verzeichnet weitere Erfolge Richtung Deir Ezzor

Ali Tok at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Damaskus, SYRIEN (6:00) – Die Syrische Armee, angeführt durch den fünften Korps und unterstützt durch Einheiten der Hezbollah und Fatemiyoun Brigade, erzielten weitere Erfolge im Kampf gegen die Terrormiliz IS. Die Armee rückte dabei an der Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Straße voran und nahm mehrere Stellungen des IS ein. Es gelang sogar teilweise sich an die Außenbereichen […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army restores security across Deir Ezzor City after large ISIL attack

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:15 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had their hands full in Deir Ezzor this weekend, as the Islamic State (ISIL) forces launched several attacks in-and-around the provincial capital. With pressure mounting on their forces in eastern Homs, the Islamic State carried out several attacks against the Syrian Arab Army in Deir […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

‘Trump swallowed all pre-election promises’: Assad

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
(SputnikNews) US President Donald Trump “swallowed” all the pre-election promises, made during the election campaign, Syrian President Bashar Assad told India’s WION television broadcaster in an interview published on Saturday. “Trump’s election has proven again for us that the president is only a performer. He is not a decision maker… Trump, after he became president, has swallowed most of his promises […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Mapa | El colapso de ISIS tras la liberación de Maskanah

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
Los terroristas del Estado Islámico (ISIS) han sufrido un importante revés cuando el Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) capturó ayer su último bastión en la gobernación de Alepo, en el norte de Siria. Desde hace más de tres años, el Estado Islámico ha ocupado la ciudad de Maskanah, que se encuentra cerca del límite de la provincia […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Philippines update: Evacuees search for relatives as Marawi remains blockaded

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – Security check points were in place along the road to Marawi City, Sunday following the area’s evacuation last week as fighting between soldiers and members of the Islamist Maute group continued. Evacuees from Marawi gathered in the provincial capitol complex in Lanao Del Sur to consult lists of names recovered […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Map of east Aleppo battle after ISIL’s loss of Maskanah

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) suffered a major setback, Saturday, when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) captured their last stronghold in the Aleppo Governorate. For more than three years, the Islamic State has occupied the town of Maskanah, which is located near the provincial border of the Al-Raqqa Governorate. Due to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

تفاصيل الخلافات السعودية-القطرية وتداعياتها

Al-Masdar News at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
قبل البدء بالحديث عن ملف الخلافات السعودية القطرية لابد من العودة قليلا إلى زيارة الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب، إلى السعودية، ليعود إلى بلاده حاملا معه عقودا بعشرات ملايين الدولارات.. هذه الصفقة أثلجت قلب ترامب وحققت له مكاسب سياسية واقتصادية كبيرة، لكنها في الوقت نفسه دقت اسفينا في جسد العلاقات بين الدول العربية عامةً والخليجية خاصة. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

فيسك: حقيقة تورط أمريكا في سوريا هي أكثر تعقيدا بكثير مما يريد منك دونالد ترامب أن تفكر به

Al-Masdar News at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
تناولت صحيفة الاندبندنت البريطانية اليوم الجمعة في مقال للكاتب الشهير “روبرت فيسك” حقيقة التدخل الأمريكي في سوريا وكيف تقوم الدولة السورية بالتصدي لتنظيم “داعش” الإرهابي. يقول فيسك في مقاله انه وفي نيسان / أبريل، دخلت القوات السورية دير حافر، حيث كان تنظيم “داعش” الإرهابي قد فر لتوه وحينها ترك أعلامه السوداء الشائنة، ومناصب الصلب، ومصانع […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Frontier violence or self-defence? A response to the recent murder of two Palestinian children

Guest Contributor at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 14 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:21 P.M.) – Two female Palestinian children were killed in deliberate acts of violence by Israeli colonists this week in the West Bank and Haifa. The first child was sixteen year old Nada Adbach who was killed on May 30th as she was walking home with four of her friends from Iftar dinner […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Musings On Iraq In The News

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Was featured in SF State Magazinemy alma mater on Alumni from the school for my Iraq work. I was mentioned in "ISIS executes 5 civilians in western Mosul for fleeing" in Rudaw.

Mosul Campaign Day 230 Jun 3 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 14 hours ago
Iraqi propaganda was again obfuscating the situation in west Mosul. First, each day the government releases a map of west Mosul showing the disposition of the opposing forces. Yesterday the Saha 1 neighborhood was freed. On the map, it had been colored in liberated for several days beforehand. Second, the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) continued to give different figures on its progress in Zinjali. On June 2 two sources claimed 40% or 60% of the area was taken from the insurgents. June 3 the Federal Police said that 40-50% was cleared beforehand, and an additional 25% was liberated. ... more »

Raytheon Has a Genius Plan to Make the Stinger Missile a Drone-Killer

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * The idea is that for very small targets like disposable drones, the proximity fuze would detonate the warhead if the missile passed within a certain radius of the target. Raytheon and the United States Army have tested a new version of the venerable Stinger man-portable surface-to-air missile that is equipped with a proximity-fuze warhead. The new Stinger is designed to counter the increasing threat posed by the proliferation of enemy unmanned aerial vehicles on the modern battlefield. “Stingers are usually loaded with direct impact warheads, which i... more »

Watch Out, America: North Korea Wants Carrier-Killer Missiles

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Could Kim really sink America’s ultimate weapon of war? North Korea says its latest missile test was aimed at demonstrating its capability to sink American aircraft carriers, South Korean media reported. On Monday, North Korea conducted its latest ballistic test in Wonsan, in the eastern part of the country. The missile, believed to be a version of its Scud extended-range (ER) missile, traveled roughly 250 miles (four hundred kilometers) before falling into the Sea of Japan. Immediately following the test, North Korea said it was aimed at demonstr... more »

Operation Anthropoid: How Czech Commandos Assassinated Hitler's Most Ruthless Henchman

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Europe* Was killing a monster like Heydrich worth the lives of several thousand people? On the morning of May 27, 1942, the most dangerous man in Nazi Germany went for his last ride. Reinhard Heydrich was tall, slender, blue-eyed and blond, a perfect specimen of the ideal Nazi man. In his green Mercedes 320 Convertible B that morning, he might have been mistaken for a European playboy, or a rich, spoiled aristocrat. But SS Obergruppenführer Heydrich was no more romantic than a hangman’s noose or a gas chamber. Ruthless and ambitious, he had risen to be... more »

Different perspectives

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 15 hours ago
Where is Tim Willcox these days? You know, the Tim Wilcox of the Paris attacks: “Many critics, though, of Israel’s policy would suggest that the Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well.” Don’t we need Tim Wilcox right now, to explain the recent terrorist attacks to us, likewise? “Many critics, though, of *Britain’s* foreign policy would suggest that *the Muslims* suffer hugely at British hands as well.” We haven’t heard that yet - not from the BBC at any rate. However someone should point out that it’s more or less what Jeremy Corbyn has said and that someone migh... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago

"Where All The Contradictions Flow..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together." - Terence McKenna

Musical Interlude: George Harrison, “What Is Life”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
George Harrison, “What Is Life” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XFfUt7HQWM

“The Meaning of ‘The Meaning of Life’”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
*“The Meaning of ‘The Meaning of Life’”* by Jay Garfield, Ph.D. "When asking the question “What is the meaning of life?”, you may want take a step back, reflect and begin by asking, “What is meant by the phrase ‘the meaning of life’”? *Three Types of Meaning: *OK, let’s start with a confusing thought. The word meaning, itself, has many meanings. Take these three examples: Linguistic meaning or semantic meaning is the actual meaning of words. For instance, the word “bachelor” in English means an unmarried, adult male. Or the words “rouge,” and “red” and “marpo” mean the same things ... more »

Theresa May is a Communist on free speech–Jeremy Corbyn a pragmatist about terrorism

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 15 hours ago
Is internet censorship Theresa May's Ceaușescu moment? The post Theresa May is a Communist on free speech–Jeremy Corbyn a pragmatist about terrorism appeared first on The Duran.

Vatican compares Donald Trump to a flat earther for pulling out of the Paris accords.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Courtesy of IFL Science: *Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement has attracted scathing comments from world leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, and pretty much everyone who doesn’t want to do terrible damage to our planet. * *The decision has even drawn the wrath of the Vatican, which Trump visited just last week. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, made his critical remarks known in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica. * *“Thinking that we need and must rely on coal and oil is like claiming that the Earth is no... more »

World News Briefs -- June 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
*Reuters: **London attackers kill seven, PM May says 'enough is enough'* British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Sunday for a stronger response to Islamist extremism after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48. London's Metropolitan Police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said. The attack occurred five days before a parliamentary election and was the third to hit Britain in less than three mo... more »

Want to be oppressed fairly

Denis Rancourt at Activist Teacher - 15 hours ago
Here is how I would put it: Most of us want to be oppressed fairly more than we want freedom, and that explains a lot.

London Terrorist Attack: Is Jihadism Rising in the West? Why?

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 16 hours ago
[image: london-terrorist-attack-is-jihadism-rising-in-the-west-why] Six people have been killed along with the three terrorists who carried out the deadly attack in London late Saturday night, according to police. The attack — happening one week into Ramadan and less than two weeks after a deadly suicide bomb attack in Manchester — may indicate that more attacks are likely.

Sunday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
This and that for your Sunday reading. - Armine Yalnizyan writes that a $15 minimum wage is ultimately good for businesses as well as for people: When higher income households see wage gains, some of it goes to savings. Additional consumption also often flows to vacations and luxury goods, often imported. In other words a non-trivial part leaks out of the local economy. When lower income households see a sustained rise in incomes, they spend virtually all of it. Most goes to food (more nutritious food or eating out), better health care and more education. Sometimes it also goes to ... more »

Sunday Song Bonus Track

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 16 hours ago
Lila June Johnston, Dine (Navajo) and Tsetsehestahese (Cheyenne) activist musician at the Veterans For Peace rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on May 30.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 4, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
*Maritime Executive:* *Mattis Lays Out U.S. Strategy in Asia-Pacific Region* The United States is a Pacific power and will lead and work with other Pacific nations to ensure peace and stability in the area, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Saturday. Speaking at the International Institute for Strategic Studies' annual Asia security conference, Mattis told the annual gathering of the region's defense elite that North Korea poses "a clear and present danger" to the United States. "The current North Korean program signals a clear intent to... more »

EXCLUSIVE: Former Inmates Come Out of Hiding to Expose Multi-Murder Conspiracy by Florida Jail

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 16 hours ago
[image: jail]Two former inmates break their silence to relay stories of alleged murder, torture, and abuse at the Charlotte County, Florida County Jail.

Business Leaders Know Exactly What Trump Is-- And Now They're Being Burned After Not Speaking Out Forcefully Enough

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
You probably read by now that a number of top U.S. business leaders have denounced Señor Trumpanzee's decision to withdraw the country from the Paris Climate Accord and that both Disney's Bob Iger and Tesla's Elon Musk have quit his advisory panels. Michael Bloomberg, no fan of el Señor by any stretch of the imagination, went a step further and stepped up to the plate with a pledge to give the $15 million the U.S. should have paid to the UN under the terms of the Paris agreement. But Trump's withdrawal from the Accord is just another of many reasons top business leaders have, as *... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*UK: Academics challenge Oxford over forced retirement* Ageing academics at the University of Oxford are challenging rules that force them to retire at 67, arguing that the age cap makes the institution uncompetitive. Under the rules, academics must retire by September 30 in the year before their 68th birthday. Although some may continue to work under a short-term contract, they must re-apply to keep their job. Heated debates between opposing sides of the dispute have taken place at the ancient Sheldonian Theatre where the university’s governing body, the congregation, meets. T... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Campaign PROMISE KEPT as Trump Exits Paris Climate Deal* *What an unorthodox politician! One who keeps his promises! Crazy man* An American in Paris no more. President Donald Trump announced the U.S. exit from the Paris climate agreement Thursday afternoon in a welcome instance of a campaign promise kept. "In order to fulfill my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord," Trump said, while leaving open the possibility of renegotiating a better deal. "We're going to have the cleanest air. We're going to have th... more »

Electric Universe - Hertzan Chimera Unit 2017 - reappraisal and reassessment

Mike Philbin at Mike Philbin's free planet blog - 17 hours ago
*Back in 1985, I had a single dream about a waterfall...* Seriously, this is how my pseudo-physics entity, *the Hertzan Chimera Unit*, came about. I was nineteen years old, and knew no better. The HC Unit was about the size of a hydrogen atom, and chains of HC Units ninety degrees out of cyclic phase formed all the atoms. Four HC Units form the no-net charge Helium atom. Twenty form Neon. Vertices show mass, unused edges show electron shell totals, in the images below. Soon after posting my 'crazy concept' on one of the academic *alt.physics.new-theories* groups, Dementia13 magaz... more »

Disturbing Video Shows Cops Lure Dog Out of Fenced in Backyard and Kill Him

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: dog]A family is grieving after video showed police came to their home, lure their beloved dog Zeus out of their backyard and then kill him.

Sunday Song

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 17 hours ago

Is The U.S. Military Ready To Fight A Major Pacific War?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
In this Thursday, June 1, 2017 photo released by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, USS Ronald Reagan, bottom, and USS Carl Vinson, right top, sail along Japan Maritime Self Defense Force JS Hyuga, right center, and other vessels during a Japan-U.S. joint training in the Sea of Japan. (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force via AP) *Michael Horowitz: **The Future Of War Is Fast Approaching In The Pacific - Are The U.S. Military Services Ready?* Is the era of unparalleled U.S. conventional military superiority coming to an end? Many senior U.S. military leade... more »

20 year old woman wants parents prosecuted for treating the hole in her heart at birth with faith instead of getting her the medical help that she needed.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of The Friendly Atheist: *Mariah Walton, a 20-year-old woman awaiting a heart and lung transplant, said she thinks her parents and other faith healers should face criminal charges for “treating” her with prayer instead of medicine.* *It’s a tale as old as time: girl is born with a small hole in her heart, her parents refuse to get it fixed and instead ask God to oversee her well-being, girl is now permanently disabled due to years of being refused care. The twist, however, is that Walton — unlike many faith healing victims — lived on to call for her parents’ prosecution ... more »

On a lighter note...

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 17 hours ago
Carrying on... Here's an anecdote from Rod Liddle's *Sunday Times *piece today: *Update: *And this is the letter to the *Times* that Rod referred to there:

Reactions Continue From Last Week's U.S. Missile Defense Test

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
The Ground-based Midcourse Defense element of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system launches during a flight test from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, U.S., May 30, 2017. Lucy Nicholson, Reuters *CNBC:* *US missile defense test triggers alarm in Russia, China as North Korea issues new warnings* * The U.S. sets new interceptor missile tests and looks to deploy laser weapons to destroy ICBMs. * Beijing is worried America's anti-missile system 'breaks strategic balance among nuke-armed countries.' * Moscow is critical of U.S. missile defenses and mulling how to respond. The... more »

Around For Centuries

Owen Gray at Northern Reflections - 18 hours ago
Russian journalist Masha Gessen is something of authority on dictators. Having covered Vladimir Putin for years -- including personally interviewing him -- she's very familiar with the species. She writes that there's a myth that such men -- they are mostly men -- are evil geniuses: We imagine the villains of history as cunning strategists, brilliant masterminds of horror. This happens because we learn about them from history books, which weave narratives that retrospectively imbue events with logic, making them seem predetermined. Historians and their readers bring an unavoidable... more »

Is China About To Boost Its Nuclear Forces?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
Chinese-made Dong Feng-31 (East Wind-31) intercontinental ballistic missiles pass through Tiananmen Square (Reuters / Stringer) / Reuters *Zachary Keck, National Interest*: *The Big China Nuclear Threat No One Is Talking About* One of the most consistent aspects of China’s military policy is likely to undergo a significant transformation. Since its first nuclear test in 1964, China has maintained a relatively small nuclear arsenal designed to hold adversaries’ population centers at risk. Even as it has modernized its conventional forces to “fight and win wars” against first-class m... more »

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: "I'm shocked and horrified"

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
https://youtu.be/8QF-B87eZ9Y No mention of Islamist, of course and although he said no campaigning, he did get a police numbers attack in. These Islamist terrorist attacks may be designed to push voters towards the Labour Party led by the man who called the other Islamist terrorists of Hamas and Hezbollah his friends and who associated with IRA terrorists even after they tried to blow up the British cabinet in Brighton. The sad fact is that there may be enough people who believe the message that these people kill us because of what we've done in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. That is of... more »

A Process of Transformation

Ethical Technology - 18 hours ago
Whether by coincidence or some mysterious cosmic force, May 2017 saw the publication of two books I wrote about the tension and possible partnership between religion and science. The first was a science fiction novel titled Revival, and the second, a science research monograph titled Dynamic Secularization. Both were written from the perspective of the radical revolution caused by information technology and computer science, and both postulated that we stand at a turning point in history. Both also conceptualized human culture as a chaotic yet meaningful ecology of competing ho... more »

Trump has revealed the dirty secret of the Paris Accord: it is meaningless

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Booker on Trump this week: From the howls of dismay and rage prompted across the world by President Trump’s speech on pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Accord, we couldn’t miss that something extraordinary had happened. But it is impossible to grasp its real significance without knowing just how far […]

Beşar Esad: Sahadaki durum askeri olarak artık çok daha iyi

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Cumhurbaşkanı Beşşar el Esad; IŞİD, Nusra Cephesi ve benzeri radikal terör örgütlerin son zamanlarda büyük kayıplara uğratılmaları ve ciddi anlamda gerilemeleriyle beraber Suriye’de sahasal durumların daha iyi olduğunu belirtti. Askeri Açıdan Sahasal Durum Çok Daha İyi Hindistan’ın Wion Tv Kanalına röportaj veren el Esad; Suriye genelinde sahasal durumların eskisinden çok daha iyi olduğunu, fakat bunun […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército sirio elimina a decenas de yihadistas en ofensiva fallida en Daraa

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Los combatientes islamistas de de Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham y el Ejército Libre Sirio (ELS) iniciaron ayer una poderosa ofensiva en la ciudad de Daraa golpeando las posiciones del Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) dentro del distrito de al-Manishiyah. Inicialmente, la ofensiva yihadista tuvo éxito durante las primeras horas con la captura de un gran edificio de 5ª […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye ordusu ve Hizbullah, Deyrezzor’a doğru büyük bir ilerleme kaydetti

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
Önceki gün, Palmira cephesinden taarruza geçen Suriye ordusu ve müttefik kuvvetleri; Deyrezzor eyaletine doğru büyük bir ilerleme kaydetti. 5. Fırtına Kolordusu’nun öncülüğünde IŞİD’e taarruz başlatan ordu birlikleri; Palmira’nın doğusunda çok sayıda noktayı kontrol altına almayı başarırken, Arak kasabasıyla aradaki mesafeyi de 6 kilometreye kadar indirdi. Suriye Savunma Bakanlığı’ndan dün yapılan resmi açıklamaya göre; son 24 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército sirio y aliados logran avance significativo ante ISIS hacia Deir Ezzor

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 18 hours ago
El Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS), junto con Hezbolá y al-Liwaa Fatemiyoun (paramilitares iraníes y afganos), realizaron ayer un significativo hacia la provincia de Deir Ezzor, después de lanzar un poderoso asalto a lo largo la carretera de Deir Ezzor – Palmira. Dirigido por la 5ª Legión, el Ejército Árabe Sirio y sus aliados lograron liberar varios puntos […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

News management

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 18 hours ago
As discussed on an earlier thread, it was noticeable, on waking up early to the news of the latest murderous 'This is for Allah' outrage, that the BBC and Sky and ITV were under-reporting the cries of 'This is for Allah' from the murderers, which they apparently shouted as they repeatedly stabbed a girl. This was despite the fact that two eyewitnesses (one called Eric, another called Gerard) had separately told the BBC that those were the very words cried - one around 00.30 am, the other sometime within the next couple of hours. It took many hours, till around 7.30 am, for the BB... more »

Barack Hussein Obama open mic slip: 'After my election I have more flexibility'

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
https://youtu.be/XsFR8DbSRQE It's odd that the 'liberal' (as in distinctly illiberal) media are up in arms about alleged links between President Donald Trump, and his team, and the Russian authorities, however when Barack Hussein Obama is caught on a microphone saying that he could be more flexible after the election there was barely a word of comment. The 'liberal' media is so biased that it stinks of it.

The Chinese Navy Wants An Arsenal Submarine

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 19 hours ago
*ARSENAL SUBMARINE* With distinctive twin conning towers, this arsenal ship can hide under the waves or move on the surface at higher speeds. baoxiuyuan *Popular Science*: *China is developing a warship of naval theorists' dreams* An arsenal ship that can be submerged in water. The Chinese navy is taking arsenal ships in a new direction—as giant submersibles. Post-Cold War naval theorists have long dreamed of recreating the old battleships' power through massive "arsenal ships," or warships carrying hundreds of guided missiles that could fire at land and sea targets. Now it looks ... more »

In May eight people learned the hard way that Alaskan moose are dangerous.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Big nope right here. Courtesy of ADN: *A moose attack in an Eagle River neighborhood, which sent a woman to the hospital with serious injuries, was just one of eight run-ins with Anchorage's most visible urban animal resulting in injuries in May, officials said. * *The woman was either jogging with or walking her dogs in the Eaglewood subdivision on May 22 when she got too close to a cow moose and its two calves, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Dave Battle. * *"She didn't have time. … The moose attacked her, and came back twice, which is why she was in... more »

5 lessons from the London terrorist attack

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
If governments do not change their policies, more terrorism will occur. Change the policy and stop the evils of terrorism. The post 5 lessons from the London terrorist attack appeared first on The Duran.

Best of: Walk by Faith

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Note: This post ran in 2010. By Cathy Jameson Dear Diary, I had a scary dream last week. I was being hunted. It was sunset in a state park and I sensed something near me. I quickly planned a quiet...

Carrying on

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 19 hours ago
To carry on as normal or not to carry on as normal? The BBC has chosen *not *to carry on as normal. *The Sunday Politics *has been cancelled and *The Andrew Marr Show *was incorporated into the BBC's rolling news coverage. Some people, in contrast, *have *been carrying on as normal - if by 'carrying on' you also mean throwing extraordinary levels of bile and barmy accusations around. The editor of the *Andrew Marr Show*'s editor, Rob Burley, has been fielding many of *those* brickbats this morning. As I've said before, Rob Burley is a rare exemplary figure at the BBC when it come... more »

Rainageddon: a house slides into a river

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
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London attack: Parties suspend election campaigning

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-40148918 makes me feel sick, the platitudes and cant scream out from it. Here's Sadiq Khan: 'The Labour mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said more police would be on the street on Sunday. He stressed the importance of Thursday's general election, arguing for "making sure that we vote and we recognise actually that one of the things these terrorists hate is voting, they hate democracy".' Indeed they do hate democracy, but they also hate Jews in particular, kufr in general, independent women, homosexuality etc etc etc. They want ... more »

2017 Tribal Canoe Journey Cultural Exchange Fund needs your support

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 20 hours ago
Hello there! We need your help to "Get It Done"!! Please share with your contacts and donate. Thank you. Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/206834762760713/ Check our blog: http://atayalorg.blogspot.tw/ (2016 Journey Story) 2017 Tribal Canoe Journey Cultural Exchange Fund (click on READ MORE to read more below in English and Chinese) A cooperation between ATAYAL Organization (USA) and the Tao Foundation (Taiwan) has been established. The ATAYAL Organization (USA) and Bridge Studios (Taiwan) have long created cultural exchange and cooperation opportunities betwee... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 20 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Massive crack in Antarctica ice shelf grows 11 miles in only 6 days Neat trick to chop wood: video. Russia successfully tests hypersonic missile ‘which makes Western defences obsolete’ Creators of the Faked Planned Parenthood Videos Charged With 15 Felonies, Sentenced to Prison Human-Animal Chimaeras video. There's an Algae Bloom The Size of Mexico in The Arabian Sea Right Now, And It's Not Good All Dutch trains now run on 100% wind power These robots are milking cows without any humans involved, and the cows seem into it Google's former in-house therapist on ... more »

"Death Is Nothing..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago

Who are the suspects behind the London terror attack?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
The Telegraph reports http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/suspects-behind-london-terrorist-attack/ something that I have not seen reported by the BBC... 'One eyewitness spoke of the men shouting "this is for Allah" as they stabbed indiscriminately.' Now why would the BBC not report that? Presumably the BBC will report that this attack is because of British intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc. With the subtext that there will be more of these attacks unless we elect Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister, as he has made just this point. Prime Minister Jeremy 'friend of Hamas, ... more »

Why Did The New York Times Outed The CIA’s Top Iran Spy?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
*Bre Payton, The Federalist*: *The New York Times Just Outed The CIA’s Top Iran Spy* In an article published Friday, The New York Times outed the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) top spy overseeing the organization’s efforts in Iran. The paper justified its outing of the undercover CIA spy and his role within the agency by saying it was necessary since the agent is “leading an important new administration initiative against Iran.” Yes. That really happened. In an article entitled “C.I.A. Names New Iran Chief in a Sign of Trump’s Hard Line,” the newspaper of record revealed that... more »

Europe Is Not Buying China's Free-Trade Claims

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 20 hours ago
(Wikipedia) *Johnny Erling, RCS/World Crunch/Die Welt:* *New Slick Road: Europe Doesn't Buy China's Free-Trade Claims* BEIJING – Ruan Zongze has a very simple explanation as to why he is so bullish on trade relations between China and Europe. “China needs Europe’s state-of-the-art technology. Europe needs China’s massive market.” That, at the least, is what Zongze, considered a progressive-minded Chinese foreign policy expert, told Xinhua news agency shortly before Prime Minister Li Keqiang of China left for meetings this week in Berlin and Brussels. There has been some truth to b... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 20 hours ago
Another day, another horror. This is the remarkable testimony of a very brave eyewitness called Gerard, interviewed on the BBC Channel soon after the attack: *Eyewitness*: So I walk up to London Bridge, go past the NatWest Bank, come up near the train bridge. Next minute I saw a geezer on the floor going "I've been stabbed. I've been stabbed." So I looked at him. I saw blood all down him. His mate come past, "Someone's stabbed my mate. Someone's stabbed my mate". The next minute I saw these three Muslim guys run up with knives. They ran up and started stabbing this girl, three of... more »

Sunday Sermonette

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
I saw a bumper sticker that said *"God is Listening"* the other day. I mumbled to myself, "he's not the only one". Then I thought a bit about this Sunday's Sermonette and said to myself, *"self, the bloggers may need a run down to catch themselves up."* I try not to be too windy in these blog posts because people don't want to read all of my drivel in the form of a polemic, but in this case, it has to be long because of the CONTEXT required. Did the Obama Administration violate the law by spying on American citizens? (or were his presidential edicts sufficient to protect both him a... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 21 hours ago
*Chilling footage shows terrorists walking through Borough market.* Above, we see two of the alleged attackers, in the London attack of 3/6/2017. *Police after the attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market. London's police are famous for 'protecting Elm Guest House'. Their boss is a Dick, reportedly.* *1.* As with all the big 'false flag' operations, there was a terror *drill* before the event. An elite *SAS* unit, the 'Blue Thunder' squad, "has been rehearsing terror scenarios for months - including how to take out lone wolves and multiple rampaging jihadis." dailymail. *C... more »

BREAKING | London Terror Attacks Leave Seven Dead And Multiple Injured

Ceribalius at OYE Alternative News - 21 hours ago
Six people have been killed and almost 50 people were injured in a "rampage" in central London, the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months. The post BREAKING | London Terror Attacks Leave Seven Dead And Multiple Injured appeared first on OYE Alternative News.

Is There A Comprehensive Strategy To Save Afghanistan?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
U.S. soldiers near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on December 19, 2014. Lucas Jackson / Reuters *Arif Rafiq, National Interest*: *Can Trump Come Up with a Comprehensive Strategy to Save Afghanistan?* The last thing Trump should do is further escalate the level of violence in Afghanistan and fall into a long-term occupation of the country. The Trump administration is in the final stages of a review of its Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy. There appears to be a consensus in favor of a modest surge of U.S. and NATO forces, perhaps deployed at th... more »

Next round of Syrian peace talks set for mid-June

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
(AFP) A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is scheduled for mid-June in the Kazakh capital, Syria’s envoy to Moscow said Saturday, with sponsors Russia, Iran and Turkey aiming to bolster safe zones in the country. Ambassador Riyad Haddad told Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti agency that Damascus had “received an invitation to participate in talks […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, Hezbollah make significant push towards Deir Ezzor from Palmyra

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Hezbollah and Liwaa Al-Fatemiyoun (Iranian-Afghani paramilitary), made a significant push towards the Deir Ezzor Governorate, Saturday, after launching a powerful assault along the Palmyra-Deir Ezzor Highway. Led by the 5th Corps, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies managed to liberate several points along […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Yemen: Pro-Saudi forces capture Presidential Palace in Taiz

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi reportedly seized control of the Presidential Palace in Taiz, Saturday. The palace had been controlled by Houthi militants and their allies, loyal to ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, before it was reportedly captured by pro-Hadi forces. However, some reports state that Hadi’s […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Scores of jihadist rebels killed in disastrous Daraa offensive

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a powerful offensive in Dara’a City, Saturday, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions inside the Al-Manishiyah District. Initially, the jihadist rebels were successful during the first hours of the offensive, capturing a large building from […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria does not have chemical weapons: Assad

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 23 hours ago
(TASS) Syria has neither chemical weapons nor facilities to manufacture them, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with Indian WION news channel. SANA news agency released the text of the interview on Saturday. Al-Assad claims that behind the chemical attack in the town of Khan-Shaykhun on April 4 were “the United States and the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Court Sets Ominous Precedent: Informing Jurors of Their Rights Is Now ILLEGAL

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Justin Gardner Big Rapids, MI — As constitutional rights are steadily eroded in the U.S. through the burgeoning police/surveillance state, one case in Michigan... more »

“Literal Colonialism”: Blackwater Founder Calls For “American Viceroy” To Rule Afghanistan

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Jake Johnson Displaying what one commentator called “sheer 19th century bloodlust and thirst for empire,” Erik Prince, founder of the private mercenary firm Blackwater,... more »

What You’re Not Being Told About The Paris Climate Agreement

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
Op-Ed by Joey Clark President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord has thrown the world into a blazing furnace... more »

Coordinated Insanity Over Climate Change

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Julian Rose The new President of France, Emile Macron, announced on 2nd June, that all Europeans must now come together to “Make our Planet... more »

Signed as Law: Nevada Legalizes Commercial Hemp Production, Despite Federal Prohibition

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Michael Maharrey Today, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law to legalize commercial industrial hemp production in the state, despite a federal ban... more »

Town Mortified As Govt Cuts Down, Destroys Community Fruit Forest Over Permit Issue

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Matt Agorist Across the globe, an awakening is happening in which people are realizing the power of growing your own food. Detroit, Michigan is... more »

USA’s National Embarrassment: Mandatory Vaccinations

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich Saturday, June 3, 2017, is the International Vaccine Injury Awareness Day. Millions of children and adults have been permanently damaged by... more »

From Great Recession To Grand Illusion

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Susan Boskey From the Great Recession to the Grand Illusion of recovery, growing household debt and the number of families struggling to make ends... more »

12 Signs The Economic Slowdown The Experts Have Been Warning About Is Now Here

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Michael Snyder Since the election there has been this perception among the American public that the economy is improving, but that has not been... more »

BBC Silent On The Biggest Animal Rights March In Recent History

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Anna Hunt Thousands of concerned U.K. citizens gathered in London in late May 2017 to protest the Conservative Party’s position on the country’s fox... more »

As Patients Turn To Medical Crowdfunding, Concerns Emerge About Privacy

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Jeremy Snyder, Simon Fraser University Facebook recently announced that it is getting more involved in the personal crowdfunding business. Individual users will have the... more »

Oil Leaks And Militarized Police: The Legacy Of The Dakota Access Pipeline

Derrick Broze at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Derrick Broze As the Dakota Access Pipeline nears operational status the project is marred with new reports of oil leaks and the presence of... more »

JetBlue Joins Delta In Push Toward Biometric ID; Partners With U.S. Customs And Border Protection

Activist Post at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Nicholas West We are accelerating to a full-on police state where “papers please” is set to be replaced by a less-intrusive biometric scan. It... more »

Awkward! State Dept Spokesman Freezes When Questioned About KSA “Democracy”

Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Brandon Turbeville Mark Toner and John Kirby are very happy men today. Their humiliating performances regarding the question of Syria are now no longer... more »

Why Is ISIS Attacking The Philippines?

Brandon Turbeville at Activist Post - 23 hours ago
By Brandon Turbeville As ISIS moves across the world, conveniently popping up wherever America wants to touch down, the fact that the terrorist organization is... more »

Musical Interlude: Kevin Kern, “Another Realm”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Kevin Kern, “Another Realm” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a2JtNQublQ

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
“These two spiral galaxies make a photogenic pair, found within the boundaries of the northern constellation Draco. Contrasting in color and orientation, NGC 5965 is nearly edge-on to our line of sight and dominated by yellow hues, while bluish NGC 5963 is closer to face-on. Of course, even in this well-framed cosmic snapshot the scene is invaded by other galaxies, including small elliptical NGC 5969 at the lower left. * Click image for larger size.* Brighter, spiky stars in our own Milky Way are scattered through the foreground. Though they seem to be close and of similar size, gala... more »

The Poet: David Whyte, "Sweet Darkness"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Sweet Darkness"* "When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your womb tonight. The night will give you a horizon further than you can see. You must learn one thing: the world was made to be free in. Give up all the other worlds except the one to which you belong. Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you ... more »

"Who Says You Have To?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
"Who Says You Have To?" by Ali "Something I’ve become very aware of recently is how often I say or think “I have to” or “I need to” when, actually, I don’t. You probably do this too. Almost everyone does. I’m thinking of things like: I have to clean the kitchen this weekend. I need to phone my mother. I have to try a bit of that cake. I need to lose weight. In almost every case, it’s just not an accurate way to describe the situation. In particular, any time you start feeling that you have to or need to do something because it’s what society (/your friends/your dad/etc) expects, th... more »

“Are Humans Getting Dumber?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Are Humans Getting Dumber?”* by Tom Purcell “The report said people are getting dumber - at least I think that’s what it said, but the big words kept throwing me off.” “Ah, yes, you speak of a recent study by Stanford University researcher and geneticist Dr. Gerald Crabtree. He believes human beings are undergoing intellectual decline.” “We are?” “Writing about the study in the Natural Society Newsletter, Mike Barrett says that, according to Crabtree, our cognitive abilities are the result of ‘the combined effort of thousands of genes.’ If a mutation were to happen to anyone, it c... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
Waldport, Oregon, USA. Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

Paulo Coelho, “Why Do That?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*“Why Do That?”* by Paulo Coelho “Nature is telling us: ‘Change!’ And those who do not fear the Angel of Good Fortune understand that they must go forward, despite their fear. Despite their doubts. Despite recriminations. Despite threats. They confront their values and prejudices. They hear the advice of their loved ones, who say: ‘Why do that? You have everything you need: the love of your parents, your wife and your children, the job it took you so long to get. Don’t run the risk of becoming a stranger in a strange land.’ Nevertheless, they risk taking a first step, sometimes out... more »

"Tearing Down to Rebuild: Rethinking Complaining"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 23 hours ago
*"Tearing Down to Rebuild: Rethinking Complaining"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "When we spend all of our time complaining, we are in essence in constant destroy mode rather than building mode. We all know someone who has elevated the process of complaining to a high art. Sometimes funny, sometimes exhausting, these people have the ability to find a problem just about anywhere. In its more evolved form, complaining is simply the ability to see what’s not working, in one’s own life or in the external world, and it can be quite useful if followed to its natural conclusion—finding a... more »

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Lead In The Polls Is Now One Percent With The June 8 Election Day Only Days Away

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
*Reuters:* *British PM May's election gamble in doubt as poll lead falls to one point* British Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble on a June 8 snap election was thrust into doubt after a Survation poll showed her Conservative Party's lead had dropped to a new low of just one percentage point. While British pollsters all predict May will win the most seats in Thursday's election, they have given an array of different numbers for how big her win will be, ranging from a landslide victory to a much more slender win without a majority. Some of the polls indicate the election could be ... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
"I like to learn about something before I talk," Mattis adds. #LondonBridge — Dan Lamothe (@DanLamothe) June 4, 2017

London Bridge Terror Attack: "This Is for Allah”

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 1 day ago
[image: london-bridge-terror-attack-this-is-for-allah] Police in London are responding to Jihadist terrorist attacks today in at least three parts of London. The attacks come less than two weeks after the deadly terrorist bombing of a concert in Manchester, England, killed at least 23 adults and children and injured at least 116 others.

Second Terror Attack In England Within Two Weeks Just Days Before The General election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Telegraph*: *General Election disrupted by terrorism for second time within two weeks* The attacks on London Bridge and Borough Market mark the second time the General Election has been disrupted by an act of terrorism. It comes less than two weeks after the parties suspended campaigning following the Manchester attack in which suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert. There was no immediate announcement whether there would be a further suspension following the latest incident - which came just days before voters are due go to the polls... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Three Jihadi terrorists have been shot dead by armed police after killing six people and injuring 30 more during a horrific knife rampage in central London last night. This photo appears to show the suspects lying dead on the ground outside Wheatsheaf pub in Borough Market Daily Mail *(Click on Image to Enlarge)* The attackers will face the wrath of the 'Blue Thunder' squad. Its helicopter is pictured landing on London Bridge *WNU Editor: *The above helicopter photo is from this post .... *Elite SAS 'Blue Thunder' unit lands helicopter on London Bridge ... more »

Terror Attack In London: 6 Victims And 3 Terrorists Killed. 30+ Wounded -- News Roundup

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC*: *London Bridge Attack: 6 Killed, 30 Wounded; 3 Suspects Shot Dead by Police* LONDON — Six people died and at least 30 were injured when another terrorist attack unfolded in the heart of the British capital on Saturday night. Police officials said a vehicle barreled into pedestrians on London Bridge, and then three attackers embarked on a stabbing rampage at nearby Borough Market. The incident was reported at 10:08 p.m. (5:08 p.m. ET) on Saturday. Within eight minutes, three suspects had been shot dead by officers, according to authorities. *Read more *.... *Live Upd... more »

Amazing Photo From London

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Not tweeting a lot of pictures from #londonbridge but this one is an amazing shot and not upsetting - SAS air support pic.twitter.com/vQuQ0aHa0I — Laura Walker 🍸 (@LauraWalkerKC) June 3, 2017

Bring Me The Head Of Donald J. Trump: Was Kathy Griffin Simply Ahead Of The Curve?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Noah* I've never been a fan of Kathy Griffin, and I'm certainly not a fan of CNN, but she may just have been ahead of the curve with her infamous "severed head" bit. I admit that what she did was more than a bit strong; forgive the pun; too cutting edge. But, in light of what our evil orange Kim Jong-un imitator and wannabe has done with his anti-Earth decision, I suspect more people will eventually come to see Griffin's action as maybe not so far beyond the pale after all. Perhaps, in the meantime, she could just pose with a depiction of a burning, cracking Earth. Kathy Gri... more »

ISIS failed in London

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
Previous experience of terrorist attacks during elections confirms that unless politicians make serious mistakes their effect on election outcomes is minimal. The post ISIS failed in London appeared first on The Duran.

How dangerous is Republican manic-depressive disease? Both bipolar phases are destructive, but the manic ones kill.

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 1 day ago
*== A weaponized narrative ==* Joel Garreau writes about how our latest strategic worry – “weaponized narrative” -- seeks to undermine an opponent’s civilization, identity, and will by generating complexity, confusion, and political and social schisms. It can be used tactically, as part of explicit military or geopolitical conflict; or strategically, as a way to reduce, neutralize, and defeat a civilization, state, or organization. Done well, it limits or even eliminates the need for armed force to achieve political and military aims. *“Far from being simply a U.S. or U.K. phenomeno... more »

According To NBC President Trump Is Not A Reliable News Source

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Pres. Trump has used Twitter to share news report on London incident. We aren't relaying president's retweet, as the info is unconfirmed. — NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) June 3, 2017 *WNU Editor: *I cannot make this up.

How The Attacks In London Unfolded

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
How the attacks in London unfolded https://t.co/qxcqLeUXSP pic.twitter.com/AlRPsoB2Ky — The New York Times (@nytimes) June 4, 2017 *WNU Editor*: According to the Daily Mail .... there were 5 attackers, and 3 were gunned down. Two are still on the run .... *Two Jihadi terrorists are on the run after three are gunned down: Gang of five knifemen kill seven and hurt 20 after mowing down revellers in van and then going on stabbing frenzy at nearby bars *(Daily Mail).

China ‘sticking’ to the Paris Agreement in name only

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 1 day ago
Their plans show a much different intent

Breaking: Lebanese Army confronts ISIL terrorists attempting to infiltrate from Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:25 A.M.) – The Lebanese addressed an infiltration attempt by Islamic State (ISIL) militants near the Faleeta Barrens of Syria this morning, a military source reported. According to the report, the Islamic State entered Lebanon after crossing through the Qalamoun Mountains last night; they were seen traveling in the Hamid Valley this morning […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Update: London terror attack

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:01 A.M.) – After two incidents in London, considered as terror attacks by the Metropolitan Police, and the suspects still on the run in the city, more and more details emerge. So far one person is confirmed dead and at least 20 more injured. The first attack took place on London Bridge, where […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

U.S. may cut support for Kurdish forces in Syria: Coalition spokesman

(Rudaw) A US spokesman for the international coalition to defeat ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] has warned that it would reduce support if the arms it has supplied in the example of Kurds for Raqqa are not used properly. “And any misuse that does not go towards fighting ISIS or is found used […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kombijem pregazio preko 20 ljudi u terorističkom napadu!

Stefan Agatonović at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
LONDON (00:00) – Vozač belog kombija je skrenuvši sa glavnog puta na Londonskom mostu pregazio preko 20 ljudi koji su se nalazili na pešačkoj zoni, prenose svedoci u intervjuu za ‘Telegraf’ Takođe su preneli kako su trojica osumnjičenih izašli iz kombija i noževima napali civile. Ranije u toku dana, Islamska država (ISIL) pozvala je svoje […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Six Qatari soldiers wounded on Yemeni border amid strained Saudi-Qatari relations

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
SANA’A, YEMEN (2:15 A.M.) – On Sunday, Qatar’s Ministry of Defense announced six of its soldiers had been wounded on Saudi-Yemen border. Qatari state news agency quoted the commander of Morale guidance at the MoD saying the soldiers were injured “while conducting their duties within the Qatari contingent defending the southern borders of the Kingdom […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Battle for Maskanah in ten minutes: impressive video of Tiger Forces’ operations

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:45 A.M.) – Not so long before the official announcement of complete liberation of Maskanah town in eastern Aleppo countryside, the official YouTube channel of National Defense Forces (NDF) published a 10-minute-long video footage depicting the last 7 days of battles in the region. Over the course of these days, Syrian Arab Army […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Will The One Love Manchester Concert Still Proceed?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Daily Mail:* *Ring of steel set to protect 50,000 fans: Huge security operation in place as Ariana Grande pays tribute to Manchester victims* * Armed police will protect 50,000 fans at tomorrow’s One Love concert * Officers will be in place for at least two hours after the finish of the concert * Fans have been told not to take bags and be ready for security searches * The £40 tickets for Sunday’s event, to be shown live on BBC1, were snapped up in less than 20 minutes on Thursday A massive security operation involving armed police from around the country will be in place to pro... more »

Remembering Midway And Why Today's China Will Not Follow The Same Path Of Japan 75 Years Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons *James Holmes, Foreign Policy*: *China Won’t Hand the U.S. Navy Victory Like Japan Did* *America should celebrate the anniversary of the heroic victory at Midway, but realize the next Pacific war won't be so easy.* Otto von Bismarck once reportedly quipped that Providence favors “fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.” Exhibit A: the Battle of Midway. That’s the June 1942 high-seas clash in the Pacific Ocean where the U.S. Navy reversed the six months of disaster that followed the Imperial Japanese Navy’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor... more »

EU May Fine Google $9 Billion for Manipulating Searches

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 1 day ago
[image: eu-may-fine-google-9-billion-for-manipulating-searches] The European Commission is preparing to punish Google by hitting the world’s biggest search engine with a huge fine for manipulating search results to steer customers to Google shopping services, according to a recent report.

‘Fidget Spinners’ Can Kill Your Child?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
A single small independent study stating that unusual amounts of lead were found in a few fidget spinners has been twisted into a fear-mongering report.

Police Say Terror Attack in London, Reports of Fatalities

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 1 day ago
Terrorism struck at the heart of London after a vehicle veered off the road and mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and gunshots rang out amid reports of knife attacks at nearby Borough Market.

With The London Attacks Unfolding President Trump Tweets The Need For A Travel Ban. CNN Host Responds By Calling Him A 'Piece Of Sh*t'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2017 This piece of shit is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He's an embarrassment to humankind. https://t.co/Dl5tMQMhMO — Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 3, 2017 *WNU Editor:* Reza Aslan hosts the CNN show "True Believer". The link to his show *is here*. I checked his twitter feed .... a lot of hate directed at President Trump. And he calls himself a religious scholar?

Images Of The London Attackers Are Appearing On Social Media

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Picture from scene of #BoroughMarket attack appears to show man with canisters strapped to his body https://t.co/jUnj9GIUbY pic.twitter.com/BeCVlubzfx — BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 4, 2017 *WNU Editor:* For more coverage go here .... Terror Attack In London. At Least 7 Dead. 20+ Wounded .

Terrorist offensive against London on eve of the election

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 day ago
All the indications point to tonight's London attack being the work of Jihadi terrorists acting on behalf of ISIS The post Terrorist offensive against London on eve of the election appeared first on The Duran.

Pentagon Acknowledges Higher Civilian Casualties In Their Air War Against The Islamic State In Syria And Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Independent:* *US-led coalition admits killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes against Isis in Syria and Iraq* *Vast majority of incidents in Mosul, as UN raises alarm about potential war crimes * The US-led coalition has admitted killing at least 484 civilians in air strikes in Syria and Iraq amid concern over potential war crimes in the battle to drive Isis out of Mosul. US Central Command (CentCom) insisted it “takes extraordinary efforts to strike military targets in a manner that minimises the risk of civilian casualties” but claimed: “In some incidents casualties ... more »

Is Covfefe Just Another Distraction?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Friday's daily tracking poll from Gallup on how Americans view Señor Trumpanzee's performance as president: 39% approve, 55% disapprove, approval headed downward and disapproval continuing to grow. You probably sensed that already even without seeing it in a graph like the one just below. I keep hearing a lot of people saying-- or see them tweeting-- to stop paying attention to distractions (like his Climate Change speech Thursday) and just focus on Russia. And at least as many people say the exact opposite-- let Putin-Gate take care of itself and just focus on what his Regime is ... more »

Soon, Riflemen Won't Need to Aim—This Tech Will Do It for Them

Sarah Sicard, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Sarah Sicard, Task and Purpose* *Security, * Every soldier could be a defacto marksman in the future. If you’ve ever experienced the frustration and embarrassment of missing what should have been a guaranteed kill shot, rejoice: the U.S. Army may soon take aiming out of the equation altogether. During Pentagon Lab Day on May 18, the Department of Defense, showed off an engineering model for a new rifle system, through a series of sensors and motors, automatically centered a standard-issue M4 on a target, effectively eliminating the hard work of zeroing in on an enemy. Yes, you ... more »

Russia's Old Tank Killer Could Still Terrorize NATO

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * For this weapon, age is just a number. One of the most iconic weapons of war ever made arose from Soviet experiences in World War II, when Red Army infantry had no answer to invading German panzers. Simple and effective, the broomlike RPG-7 became one of the most effective antitank weapons of the postwar period. Widely exported, the “RPG” became a symbol of revolution and terror, fielded by armies and guerrillas from Berlin to Phnom Penh. The Soviet Union in World War II had a serious problem: it had no effective handheld antitank weapon for its infa... more »

Kim Jong-un Isn’t Crazy and China Doesn’t Have a Solution

Doug Bandow at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Doug Bandow* *Security, Asia* Negotiating with North Korea requires treating its leader as closer to a “smart cookie” than a “madman.” Admittedly no one should expect linear thinking from President Donald Trump. Still, it was a bit jarring to hear him go from calling North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un a “pretty smart cookie” and “gentleman” who the president would be “honored” to meet to a “madman with nuclear weapons.” Not that the recent phone call with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte was the first time President Trump questioned Kim’s sanity. Last year candidate Trump sai... more »

The U.S. Army Has a Super 'Bullet' That Can Punch through Some of the Toughest Armor out There

James Clark, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*James Clark, Task and Purpose* *Security, * The prolific 5.56 round just isn’t cutting it anymore. The Army is developing a more powerful bullet that’ll penetrate body armor capable of stopping 5.56 mm rounds, the Army’s Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told senators on Thursday. “The 5.56 round, we recognize there is a type of body armor it does not penetrate, and adversarial states are selling that stuff on the Internet for about 250 bucks,” Milley explained during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, adding, “We think we have a solution … We know we have developed a bul... more »

Was America's Military Victory at Iwo Jima worth the Cost?

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 day ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, Asia* After the battle, a decades-long debate wrestled with the question as to whether the island’s capture was worth it. Roughly seventy years ago, on February 19, 1945, thousands of American Marines hit the beaches on the Volcano Islands in the Pacific, starting what we call today the Battle of Iwo Jima. Taking the small island, encompassing only about eight square miles, required the commitment of 70,000 American fighting men and 26,000 casualties, over 6,800 of them killed. The island itself is situated only 650 nautical miles south of the... more »

Bill Maher calls Democrats out over their passivity.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 1 day ago
Even if you are not a fan of Bill Maher, if you are a progressive you need to hear this . And what's more we need to hear a lot more talk like this. Until we figure out that playing by the rules makes us the losers, we will never be the winners again.

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