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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.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

6 June - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

12:29am MDT June 7

The Washington Post speaks to folk in Gillette!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 12 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017Are Trump voters human:* Wouldn't you know it? On last Sunday's Meet the Press, Scott Pruitt misstated a fact. At Slate, Daniel Gross even whacks Chuck Todd. Easy to be hard: GROSS (6/5/17): Environmental Protection Agency Administrator *Scott Pruitt said on Meet the Press on Sunday that “in fact since the fourth quarter of last year to most recently added almost 50,000 jobs in the coal sector. In the month of May alone, almost 7,000 jobs.”* Aside from being ungrammatical, that’s wrong. And it represents a willful misreading of the data from one of the report... more »

Study: Majority of Students Do Not Endorse Safe Spaces on Campuses

Katrina Willis at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*Katrina Willis* *Politics, * New poll shows what college students really think about safe spaces A majority of students do not actively endorse safe spaces on campuses, according to a recently released study. Sixty-two percent of students did not agree with or felt indifferent to safe spaces, according to a poll of 1,659 current college students taken by LendEDU, a student loan consolidation and refinancing organization. Of those surveyed, 37 percent agreed that safe spaces “are completely out of touch with reality” and 25 percent said they were indifferent. Thirty-six percent ... more »

Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?

A. Trevor Thrall, John Glaser at The National Interest - 12 hours ago
*A. Trevor Thrall, John Glaser* *Security, Middle East* Or was it the result of misguided U.S. policies? In the latest issue of Survival, Hal Brands and Peter Feaver address an important debate in American foreign policy circles. Was the rise of ISIS inevitable, or was it the result of misguided U.S. policies? Most agree it is the latter, but the dispute gets fraught on the question of whether it was U.S. military interventionism or inaction that deserves the blame. Some say it was the invasion of Iraq that led to the rise of ISIS. Others insist it was Obama’s decision to withdra... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 12 hours ago

Advice for Young Economists

Greg Mankiw at Greg Mankiw's Blog - 12 hours ago

Taliban Post Dramatic Video Showing The Destruction Of An Afghan Military Helicopter Seconds After It Landed

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Long War Journal:* *Afghan military helicopter destroyed in Taliban IED attack* The Taliban published a dramatic video touting the destruction of an Afghan military helicopter just seconds after it landed on a remote outpost in a mountainous area of Afghanistan. The Taliban has infiltrated Afghan military outposts in the past and conducted similar attacks. The video, which was posted by a Taliban supporter in mid-May, is narrated by Taliban fighters who recorded the attack. It is unclear when or where the attack took place. The helicopter, which appeared to be a Mi-8 Hip transpo... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 12 hours ago
*The New York Times* reports that President Trump is angry at Attorney General Jeff Sessions because his Justice Department substituted a weakened travel ban for the original ban; Trump is also peeved because Sessions recused himself in the Russiagate investigation, which in Trump's view was the reason a special counsel was named. Regarding the travel ban, Ezra Klein wonders whether Trump realizes that he himself is actually the president of the United States: ... “the Justice Dept.” is really Trump’s Justice Department. It is run by a man Trump handpicked to lead it. The revised t... more »

FIFA being used to pressure Qatar, as World Cup 2022 is now under scrutiny

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 12 hours ago
FIFA is claiming that major tournaments should not be played in countries that actively support terror. The post FIFA being used to pressure Qatar, as World Cup 2022 is now under scrutiny appeared first on The Duran.

Choctaw Nation: The first American native code talkers ever to serve in the US military

White Wolf at White Wolf - 12 hours ago
Nineteen Choctaw men have been documented as being the first to use their own language as a “code” to transmit military messages. During the first world war, with the tapping of the American Army’s phone lines, the Germans were able to learn the location of where the Allied Forces were stationed, as well as where sup-plies were kept. When the Choctaw men were put on the phones and talked in their Native speech, the Germans couldn’t effectively spy on the trans-missions. Native Americans did not receive nationwide citizenship until 1924, yet the Choctaws were both patriotic and vali... more »

Afghan Peace Conference Opens In Kabul

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
*Washington Post*: *Afghan peace conference opens in Kabul under rocket fire* KABUL — As officials from around the world gathered in Kabul for a peace conference, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that far more people were killed in last week’s massive truck bomb explosion than initially reported — more than 150, making it the deadliest attack in the capital in years. Ghani said Tuesday that his country is under siege from both the Taliban and the Islamic State but is also enmeshed in an “undeclared” war with neighboring Pakistan. He urged the international community to “make goo... more »

80 Graphs From 58 New (2017) Papers Invalidate Claims Of Unprecedented Global-Scale Modern Warming

Hifast at Climate Collections - 12 hours ago
Source: 80 Graphs From 58 New (2017) Papers Invalidate Claims Of Unprecedented Global-Scale Modern Warming

Who Can We Trust?

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 12 hours ago
- I saw a person on Fazebook this morning post the question, "Who can we trust?" Someone replied, "Trust no one." I don't agree with that - I can't help but feel that the oligarchies would love for us to wander around the wilderness with a sense of disempowerment that comes from having no mooring and sense of trust. But with that said we've all got to become much more discriminating about which media, politicians, organizations, and even friends that we put our faith in. That can only be done by taking the time and energy to investigate and experience ... more »

Balloon-Breasted Trump?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
An image appearing to show Donald Trump with balloons stuffed into his shirt is actually a composite of at least two different photographs.

Is this President Trump with a Scantily Clad Woman?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
An image purportedly showing President Trump with a stripper has been doctored.

Did London Mayor Sadiq Khan Defend 9/11 Terrorists?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Rumors that Sadiq Khan defended 11 September 2001 terrorists were spread alongside an unrelated video following June 2017 attacks in London.

Josh Duggar Seeks to Join Sisters’ Privacy Suit

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Lawyers for reality TV personality Josh Duggar say he faced "unwarranted public scrutiny" after his sisters were revealed to have told police they'd been molested by him.

Mom Charged After Boy’s Teeth Pulled in Walmart Restroom

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
Authorities say a Utah woman pulled two of her son's teeth in a Walmart restroom.

Is this Donald Trump Sitting with Liberace?

Dan Evon at Snopes.com - 12 hours ago
An image purportedly showing Trump with flamboyant performer Liberace was faked.

Perverse Postmodern Climate: Retreat from Reason

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 13 hours ago
The recent marches for science were an amazing irony: People actually think that science is a matter of protesting in the streets. It was a demonstration all right, a full-throated display of postmodern contempt for reason, especially as embodied in the scientific method. This virus has already taken over many universities, the most extreme […]

Afghan President: Death Toll From Last Week's Kabul Bombing Has Hit 150

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
Police officers by the crater caused by a truck bombing in Kabul last week. More than 300 were wounded in the blast, the Afghan president said. Credit Andrew Quilty for The New York Times *New York Times*: *Death Toll in Kabul Bombing Has Hit 150, Afghan President Says* KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan president said that over 150 people were killed and more than 300 were wounded by the truck bombing outside the German Embassy last week, making it possibly the deadliest such attack since the American-led invasion in 2001. The president, Ashraf Ghani, made the disclosure — increasin... more »

Report: Russian Su-27 Fighter Jet Intercepts US B-52 Bomber When It Flew Along The Russian Border Over The Baltic Sea

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
FILE PHOTO. A US Air Force B-52 bomber. © Andrew Winning / Reuters *RT: **Russian Su-27 intercepts US B-52 bomber over Baltic – Moscow* A Russian Su-27 fighter jet was deployed to intercept a US B-52 strategic bomber over the Baltic Sea, and in a separate incident hours later, a MiG-31 intercepted a Norwegian warplane approaching Russian airspace near the Barents Sea. Russia’s air defense detected the aircraft on Tuesday morning at around 7:00 GMT, the statement said. The Su-27 of the Russian Baltic Fleet was deployed in response and shadowed the American aircraft after identifyin... more »

Is Jeremy Corbyn antisemitic?

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Is Jeremy Corbyn antisemitic? That’s the question that caught my eye in a “Times of Israel” article. Fact: Corbyn and his cronies, and many of his supporters, are a magnet for antisemites. “A few days ago someone, pleading apparent ignorance, asked for evidence of Corbyn’s antisemitism. I and others played a straight bat, giving much documentary proof of how too many of Corbyn’s actions (or lack thereof) and/or his ” friends” either are antisemitic or attract antisemites. And how this atmosphere causes slippage so that others listen and casually drift in the same direction. W... more »

The Terrifying Tale of How the World's Biggest Battleship Ever Was Sunk

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * It was a suicide mission. *The destruction of Yamato was inevitable even as far back as the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was clear that the age of the aircraft carrier had already superseded the battleship, but the insistence of battleship-minded general officers to cling to obsolete military technology undermined Japan’s conduct of the war and sent thousands of Japanese sailors needlessly to their deaths. The story of the Yamato is a warning to all armed forces that the march of war technology is merciless and unsentimental.* In early 1945, the Imper... more »

Why Are NBC and Megyn Kelly Catering to Putin?

Jacob Heilbrunn at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Jacob Heilbrunn* *Politics, Eurasia* [image: Vladimir Putin with Megyn Kelly. Wikimedia Commons/Kremlin.ru] Kelly’s one-on-one with Putin offers an object lesson in the perils of getting too close to an interview subject. It’s no secret that profit-driven cutbacks, the pressure for clicks and buzz, and a general lack of understanding of the topics they are covering distinguish, more often than not, the major news networks. Edward R. Murrow’s dictum that “we cannot make good news from bad practice” is honored more in the breach than in the observance. But even by those standards... more »

Why James Comey's Testimony Will Be Must-See TV

Matt Purple at The National Interest - 13 hours ago
*Matt Purple* *Politics, Americas* [image: FBI Director James Comey during a press briefing regarding the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando. Wikimedia Commons/Public domain] The president’s conduct has yet to be indicted, but his judgment surely has been. James Comey’s firing is the scandal with the most potential to damage Donald Trump. Not accusations of Russian collusion, which are hopelessly overblown and keep returning innuendoes but no concrete evidence. Not the Twitter tantrums against various world figures like London mayor Sadiq Khan—those are unseemly, but within the ... more »

UPDATED:Double Voter's Lists...Is this the caper the West's election cheaters are using now?

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 13 hours ago
*UPDATED: June 6, 2017* Well, Well, Well. What do you know! Here is a report in the CBC that says some Federal Conservatives are complaining about the authenticity of last week's leadership vote. *Read the following quote*. It's about 7000 people being eligible to vote *and a discrepancy IN THE VOTERS' LIST!!!* Perhaps the most serious concerns raised about the vote come from Bernier's campaign. As first reported by the Globe and Mail, Bernier's camp has raised concerns about a discrepancy in the final ballot count.* It points to a difference of about 7,000 votes in the number... more »

Is It News To You That Politicians Speak Out Of Both Sides Of Their Mouths On Drug Reimportation?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 13 hours ago
The video clip above is an allegory-- a pop culture fantasy of how Bernie Sanders felt when fake liberal-- how did he *not* know?-- Cory Booker helped the Republican predators kill his drug reimportation bill, a bill killed by Cory and a dozen other Democrats putting their donors before their constituents. Matt Taibbi has been on fire lately. His newest *Rolling Stone* essay, Republicans and Democrats Continue to Block Drug Reimportation-- After Publicly Endorsing It, makes the not so subtle point that "the one true bipartisan instinct in Washington is caving to rich industries."... more »

Urgent Prayer Warriors Needed for Native Americans Leader Dr. Lehman Brightman

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Prayer Warriors Needed Please Continue Supporting Interfaith Prayer Vigil By Quanah Brightman Censored News Asking for Prayers for Strength and Healing for the Great Dr. Lehman L. Brightman. Lee is back in the Intensive Care Unit Fighting for his Life. We encourage our community to send Lee a Get Well Soon Card or Gift Send them directly to: Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek

Paris's Notre-Dame cathedral is the latest setting for an Islamist terrorist attack

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 13 hours ago
'Police have shot a man who attacked an officer with a hammer outside the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. The man shouted "This is for Syria" during the attack, officials say. ... Tourists fled for cover as the attack unfolded. Hundreds of people were at the cathedral at the time. France is in a state of emergency since attacks by jihadists in Paris killed 130 people in 2015. French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said that the assailant on Tuesday afternoon had carried the identity card of an Algerian student.' More here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40178183 What ar... more »

Oglala Commemoration Honoring Water Protectors on Leonard Peltier Day June 26, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
18th Annual Oglala Commemoration 'Leonard Peliter Day' June 26, 2017 Everyone Welcome! Will be Honoring Water Protectors

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘What Is This Hell​?​’ by HARAM

Liz Pelly at Shadowproof - 13 hours ago
Haram is a New York City hardcore band whose debut EP شو بتشوف؟ (“What Do You See​?​”) was released in 2016 by the underground punk label Toxic State. The band’s vocalist is Nader Haram, a Muslim American from Yonkers, NY whose family moved to New York in the 80s to The post Protest Song Of The Week: ‘What Is This Hell​?​’ by HARAM appeared first on Shadowproof.

Groundbreaking Study Confirms Cannabis Has ‘Significant’ Effect on Killing Cancer Cells

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: cancer]A groundbreaking new study finds cannabinoids used after chemotherapy kill more cancer cells — and might even eradicate cancer cells when used as a sole treatment.

Remembering D-Day 73 Years Later

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Peter Harris, National Interest:* *Why D-Day Still Matters* Perhaps the greatest lesson of D-Day, then, is this: that both human flourishing and human suffering are critically dependent upon power-politics. Power is not just a tool of state survival. It is the foundation of almost all social structure, shaping what goes on inside states as much as what occurs between them. Today, as power in the international system becomes increasingly diffused, the implications of this lesson are legion. The media is awash with commentary on and analysis of the Normandy landings. Overwhelmingl... more »

Nnee/Ndee’Ba’Aweolzaa Hii’Bii’Jii (A day made for Apaches) Celebration, June 18, 2017

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 13 hours ago
Photo by Sandra Rambler, San Carlos Apache -- Apache youth enjoying the waterslides provided as part of their celebration of Nnee/Ndee Ba'Awolzaa' Hii'Bii'Jii (A Day Made for Apaches) which was formerly known as the Apache Independence Day celebrated annually on June 18 as a declaration of recognition for the San Carlos Apaches. Numerous events have been scheduled including an Apache

Leaked top secret NSA report suggests that the Russian hacking reached deeper into our election than previously believed.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Courtesy of The Intercept: *Russian Military Intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept. * *The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by the agency about a months-long Russian intelligence cyber effort ag... more »

Colleges Using Required Reading Lists to Advance Leftism, Study Shows

Raven Clabough at rss - 14 hours ago
[image: colleges-using-required-reading-lists-to-advance-leftism-study-shows] Most conservatives are already well aware of the indoctrination taking place in America’s higher institutions; however, a new study reveals the extent to which leftist professors go to covertly brainwash students into becoming the PC snowflakes who are unfortunately the new norm on college campuses around the country.

World News Briefs -- June 6, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
FILE PHOTO: Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters hold up their weapons in the north of Raqqa city, Syria February 3, 2017. Picture taken February 3, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said/File Photo *Reuters:* *U.S.-backed force launches assault on Islamic State's 'capital' in Syria* The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Tuesday it had launched a battle to capture Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital, piling pressure on the jihadists whose self-declared caliphate is in retreat across Syria and Iraq. SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters the operation started on Mond... more »

Understanding Islam

sue at Is the BBC biased? - 14 hours ago
As a lifelong atheist and born cynic I have always seen religion - for other people - as a parental substitute and a kind of balm or emollient, giving comfort and offering companionship. I think of religion as a security blanket; provider of ready-made social structures; births marriages and deaths; continuity through generations. Religion can soothe away insecurities and uncertainties and eradicate loneliness. Also, I’ve seen many a happy outcome and even had fleeting feelings of envy. But I also felt that religion could be benign, but is more often malign. Either way religion was f... more »

Did Maxine Waters Blame the London Attack on Climate and Healthcare ‘Inaction’?

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
A parody Twitter account succeeds again in tricking users into taking a fake tweet seriously.

Google to Teach School Kids About Online Safety, Etiquette

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
Google is spearheading an educational campaign to teach pre-teen children how to protect themselves from scams, predators and other trouble.

Soccer Stars Rally Behind Girl Disqualified from Championship

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 14 hours ago
A girl says she was disqualified from a youth soccer championship because she "looks like a boy."

"I Know Your Race..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"I know your race. It is made up of sheep. It is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise. Sometimes the noisy handful is right, sometimes wrong; but no matter, the crowd follows it." - Mark Twain

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 14 hours ago
"Wasting Time On Twitter Wars When Real War is Upon Us" - http://theeveningchronicle.blogspot.com/

Anesthesiology society bans co-author of researcher with record-number of retractions

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 14 hours ago
The Japanese Society of Anesthesiologists has permanently banned a co-author of notorious fraudster Yoshitaka Fujii, after investigating many of his publications for alleged fraud. According to the announcement last month (in Japanese), a committee investigated approximately 40 publications by Yuhji Saitoh of Yachiyo Medical Center and Tokyo Women’s Medical University in Japan. Saitoh resigned from the society once […] The post Anesthesiology society bans co-author of researcher with record-number of retractions appeared first on Retraction Watch.

BREAKING: Man attacks Police in Paris with a hammer near Notre Dame Cathedral (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 14 hours ago
One man has been shot after attacking French police with a hammer Notre Dame Cathedral. The post BREAKING: Man attacks Police in Paris with a hammer near Notre Dame Cathedral (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Montenegro became 29th NATO member, and first country bombed by NATO to enter NATO

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Half of the country’s population is opposed to the move. The post Montenegro became 29th NATO member, and first country bombed by NATO to enter NATO appeared first on The Duran.

Donald Trump breaks his silence over Qatar

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Donald Trump's anti-Qatari Tweets may help pave the way for a palace coup in Doha. The post Donald Trump breaks his silence over Qatar appeared first on The Duran.

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- June 6, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 15 hours ago
The main floor of the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base. USAF *The Drive*: *Saudi-Qatari Row Puts The U.S. And Its Military In A Bad Place At A Bad Time* *This may turn out to be a truer test of where America's ideals really lie when it comes to fighting terrorism as any.* Led by Saudi Arabia, some of the most powerful states in the middle east, including Egypt, UAE, and Bahrain, have cut ties with Qatar. The fissure, which could have massive geopolitical and military repercussions, seemed sudden, but the reality is that tensions between the Kingdom and Qatar hav... more »

If You Can't Beat Em, Join 'Em

Content Multimedia - 15 hours ago
By J.D. Rimann

HIGH DRAMA AHEAD: Popcorn awaits, liberal viewers are told!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 15 hours ago
*TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017Part 2—Morell rolls his eyes at the press:* We'll acknowledge the fact that it may rank as our own number-one pet peeve. Last night, Rachel Maddow was "under the weather" again, the latest in a string of absences which started on Friday, May 26. Joy Reid was on hand as guest host. In one segment, Reid spoke with Matt Miller about the high drama ahead. On Thursday morning, James B. Comey—Comey the God—will be testifying before that Senate committee! Yay yay yay yay yay yay yay! The coming event is sure to provide high drama! At one point, Miller said this to... more »

Tuesday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
This and that for your Tuesday reading. - John Harris discusses the appeal of Jeremy Corbyn's tendency toward genuine conversation rather than soundbites. And Gary Younge notes that the pundit class' dismissal of Corbyn has proven to say a lot more about their faulty assumptions than about the prospects of progressive politics: The economic crash and the austerity that followed caused a tectonic shift in our political culture; what people wanted from a centre-left party changed. But the received wisdom about electability did not. Its high priests kept insisting elections are won in ... more »

Why D-Day Will Never Happen Again

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * The days of massive amphibious invasions are over. Even 70 years later, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France on June 6, 1944—D-Day—is awe-inspiring. The statistics alone boggle the mind. Seven thousand ships, 12,000 aircraft and 160,000 troops. All concentrated on a small slice of the French coast. It was incredible. It was magnificent. It was terrible. And it will never happen again. In fact, it hasn’t happened again. History’s last major amphibious assault was more than 60 years ago, when U.S. Marines landed at Inchon, South Korea, in Septem... more »

Why D-Day Still Matters

Peter Harris at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Peter Harris* *Security, * Perhaps the greatest lesson of D-Day, then, is this: that both human flourishing and human suffering are critically dependent upon power-politics. *Perhaps the greatest lesson of D-Day, then, is this: that both human flourishing and human suffering are critically dependent upon power-politics. Power is not just a tool of state survival. It is the foundation of almost all social structure, shaping what goes on inside states as much as what occurs between them. Today, as power in the international system becomes increasingly diffused, the implicatio... more »

D-Day: 5 Ways the Allies Could Have Lost

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 15 hours ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, * A ultimate history what-if. *Eisenhower's most dangerous enemy wasn't Hitler. It was Mother Nature.* *A major amphibious landing in stormy weather, when waves would swamp landing craft, was out of the question. Indeed, D-Day was supposed to happen on June 5, but bad weather forced Eisenhower to postpone it a day. His meteorologists correctly predicted that there would be a dry spell on June 6 (their German counterparts didn't, which is why the landings achieved tactical surprise).* *But—and not that this ever happens in real life, of course—what if ... more »

Physics-Inspired Artwork In Venice: The Works By The Foscarini School Students

Tommaso Dorigo at Science 2.0 blogs - 15 hours ago
This article continues the series of postings in this blog on the results of artistic work by high-school students of three schools in Venice (out of five who took part initially) that participate in a contest and exposition connected to the initiative "Art and Science across Italy", an initiative of the network CREATIONS, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the EU. read more

In the future, people will marvel how hysterical mankind has been, Lindzen says

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 15 hours ago
*Guest blog by Daniel Kaiser, writer at conservative Echo & Echo24.cz, original in Czech* *An interview with Richard Lindzen in Prague in mid May 2017* *The U.S. president Donald Trump has turned his back to the international treaties to reduce emissions when he announced in the White House's Rose Garden that the U.S. will leave the Paris climate treaty that 195 countries signed in 2015. We use this opportunity to unlock the full interview with one of the most famous climate skeptics among the world's scientists Richard Lindzen which was published in Echo at the end of May. In Feb... more »

Mosul Campaign Day 232 Jun 5 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 15 hours ago
Iraqi armored car passing a truck destroying by Islamic State west Mosul (Reuters) Iraqi T-72 tank moves across rubble in west Mosul (Reuters) There was fighting in three areas of west Mosul. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) were still trying to capture the Zinjalineighborhood. The ISF has largely been frustrated in Shifa and the Old City and tried to push into the two areas from different directions. The Iraqi command claimed that the final assault on Mosul would be over quickly, while lower ranking officers and the Americans warned the opposite that it would be the toughest part of... more »

Dashcam Catches Cops Pull Over Mom, Mock Her Child with Down Syndrome

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: down syndrome]A mother is outraged after two police officers were caught on their dashcam mocking and humiliating her daughter with down syndrome.

Corporate Media Calls for Murdering Assange by Drone Bombing the Embassy

Matt Agorist at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: assange]Unashamed of calling for the extrajudicial murder of a reporter, the establishment-loving media outlet just published a literal 'hit' piece on Assange.

Charles Krauthammer is both right and wrong...

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 15 hours ago
*when he claims that we don't have a problem assimilating immigrants. * He manages to side step the muslim question and slides into illegal Mexican invaders and prattles on about Italians and Irish. Allow me to say that my Italian grandparents were staunchly and proudly American. They never took a dime of government money and didn't demand free pepperoni. The muslims in this country are most certainly not assimilating. Take a stroll through Cedar Riverside in Minneapolis or drive through Dearborn, MI and it's quite clear they want nothing to do with being an American other than suc... more »

Leaked Doc Reveals Trump's Push to Destroy Mother Earth

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 16 hours ago
Speaking out and resisting coal at Navajo Nation Council Chambers. Photo by Emily Guerin By Brenda Norrell Censored News A leaked document from the Bureau of Land Management reveals the Trump administration's new push to prioritize drilling and coal mines on public lands. The BLM is pushing swift approvals for oil and gas leasing, pipelines and powerlines, according the documents leaked

Indonesian ISIS fighter blows himself up in suicide attack on Syrian troops near Palmyra

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – On Monday, an Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a checkpoint controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) south of the ancient city of Palmyra. Today, Amaq Agency released a photo suggesting the SVBIED (suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) to have been driven by a suicide volunteer nicknamed Rizq Al-Indonesee whom […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

IS strauchelt während die Syrische Armee und SDF in Rakka voranschreiten

DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (15:30) – Die Syrische Armee hat an diesem Morgen offiziell die Provinz Rakka betreten, nachdem diese jahrelang unter weitestgehender Kontrolle des IS war. Angeführt durch die Tiger Forces und Kämpfern der Al-Baqir, eroberten die Streitkräfte die Dörfer Biir Sab, Al-Tarqawi, Al-Salihyah, Anz Bo Kardi, Khirbet Muhssen und Khirbet Hassan. Über ein dutzend T-72 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Over 50 jihadist fighters killed as Syrian Army drives back ISIS offensive in Deir Ezzor

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – Islamic State commanders have gone all-in to capture the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, throwing waves of adolescent militants at the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) across several points. According to a military source close to Al-Masdar News, clashes have continued non-stop across Deir Ezzor for over 20 hours and are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Syrian Army foils ISIS attack in east Homs as major offensive resumes

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4: 00 P.M.) – The Syrian Army troops successfully maintained their positions in eastern Homs against a surprise attack launched by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. According to a military source, the government forces repelled ISIS offensive on Tafha hills in the eastern countryside of Homs, killing at least 5 jihadists, destroying two 32mm […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS on its last legs as Syrian Army liberates six villages in rural Raqqa – Map update

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) officially reentered Raqqa province on Tuesday morning after liberating six villages on the provincial border with Aleppo. Led by the Tiger Forces and Al-Baqir tribal fighters, the SAA was able to impose full control over the villages of Biir Sab, Al-Tarqawi, Al-Salihyah, Anz Bo Kardi, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Irak šalje pojačanja na granicu zbog produbljivanja krize između Katra i S. Arabije (Video)

DAMASK, SYRIA (11:35) Veliki konvoj Iračkih narodnih mobilizacijskih jedinica (PMU) primijećen je kako se kreće prema Iračko-Saudijskoj granici. Irački novinar, Haidar Sumeri, objavio je video snimak konvoja kako putuje kroz pustinju: IMPORTANT: Large convoy of #Iraq's Hashd on the way to the border with Saudi to strengthen the Iraqi boundaries with the Wahhabi kingdom. pic.twitter.com/LemOTOjQ38 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Isilov noćni napad ugrozio ključnu vojnu bazu

Ziggy Stardust at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – Islamska država (IS) pokrenula je u ponedjeljak navečer novi od bezbrojnih napada na Deir Ezzor, ovaj puta usmjeren na položaje Sirijske arapske vojske u zapadnom predgrađu u okolici baze 137. artiljerijske brigade. Napad je počeo slanjem oklopnog vozila upravljanog bombašem samoubojicom koje je aktivirano pred položajima Sirijske vojske oko Panorama kružnog […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Kurdish forces bring the battle to the heart of ISIS’ capital after liberating new villages

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:55 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led ‘Syrian Democratic Force’ are sweeping like an avalanche across rural Raqqa, capturing village after village surrounding the Islamic State capital. With the final stage of the Euphrates Wrath offensive in full throttle, the SDF – heavily backed by US warplanes – managed to seize Tawi and Maksayn, two […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Husiler, Suudi Arabistan’a karşı Katar ile işbirliği yapmaya hazır

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
Dün sabah saatlerinde çok sayıda Körfez ve Arap ülkesinin, Katar ile diplomatik ilişkileri kesmesinin ardından Husilerden ilk açıklama geldi. Al Masdar’ın Yemen muhabiri Nasih Salih’in verdiği bilgilere göre; resmi sosyal medya hesaplarından açıklama yapan Devrimci Komiteler Başkanı Muhammed el Husi,”Katar aleyhindeki eylemleri kınıyoruz.Katarlılar; samimiyet, sadakat ve bilgelik adamları olarak bilindikleri için işbirliği yapmaya hazırız.Bunu, Katar’ın […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sirijska arapska vojska pokrenula novi napad u sjeverozapadnom Aleppu

Ziggy Stardust at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 A.M.) Po navodima lokalnih novinara Sirijska arapska vojska (SAA) i Nacionalna teritorijalna obrana (NDF) nanovo su pokrenule ofenzivu na sjeverozapadnom dijelu provincije Aleppo. Jedinice Sirijske arapske vojske zajedno sa saveznicima lojalnim Sirijskoj Arapskoj Republici izvršile su napad na brežuljak Tal Musayabin koji se nalazi na sjevernom dijelu Anadanske ravnice, u blizini Rityana. Sirijska […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Napretkom SAA ka Deir Ezzor’u borba za centralnu Siriju sve intenzivnija

Stefan Agatonović at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 16 hours ago
BEJRUT, LIBAN (08:00) – Sirijska Arapska Armija (SAA) bila je nemilosrdna u pustinjskom delu centralne Sirije, napadajući sa istočnih delova provincije Homs’a i Hame. U Ponedeljak, SAA je nastavila da napreduje u istočnom delu Salamiyah’a, oslobodivši naftno polje istočno od grada Aqareb’a. Pored ovog oslobadjanja SAA je zajedno sa SDF jedinicama napredovala i južnije od Sheikh Hilal, oslobodivši Shahd […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

A new video by the folks at Funny or Die combines Donald Trump and the "Handmaid's Tale" into something truly horrific.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 16 hours ago
When I first saw this I thought it would be good for a laugh. However after watching it I was not laughing at all. In fact it chilled me to the bone. The comparisons are simply too close for comfort.


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
The opinion section of *The New York Times* used to publish cutesy-wootsy news discussions between op-ed columnists Gail Collins and David Brooks. Brooks no longer participates -- I assume he'll soon be announcing that he's leaving the paper altogether to concentrate on book-writing and his new bride -- but his place has been taken by the paper's most recent op-ed hire, Bret Stephens. Today's Collins-Stephens chat is one more attempt by the *Times* to persuade readers that Stephens really isn't a climate-change denier. Here he is, swearing on a stack of Bibles and his sainted great-... more »

Girlfriend of Black Man Killed by Officer Testifies in Trial

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 16 hours ago
Philando Castile was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in St. Paul, MN.

Marc Morano Sticks It To Al Jazeera

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 16 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Climate Depot’s Marc Morano had, what he terms, a contentious interview with Al Jazeera about Trump’s withdrawal from Paris. The Al Jazeera interviewer comes up with the usual criticisms of Trump, of how he is letting the world down, etc etc. I can only presume he is not aware […]

Amazon Offers Prime Discount to Those on Government Benefits

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 16 hours ago
Amazon is offering a discounted rate on its Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.

U.S. Diplomats Are In Revolt Against The Trump Administration

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 16 hours ago
View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) *New York Times*: *Some U.S. Diplomats Stage Quiet Revolt Amid Tensions With Trump* WASHINGTON — As President Trump strains alliances and relationships around the world, some of the nation’s top career diplomats are breaking publicly with him, in what amounts to a quiet revolt by a cadre of public servants known for their professional discretion. On Monday, the chargé d’affaires at the American Embassy in Beijing, David H. Rank, announced his resignation after telling his staff he could not defe... more »

Affirming a Macehual or Gente de Maiz Identity. Part I of 2

Roberto Rodriguez at Dr Cintli - 16 hours ago
A couple years ago, someone from California wrote me to tell me that: “Mexicans are taking over Chicano Studies.” Apparently, the person did not know I was born in Mexico. And they knew less about what this topic triggers within me. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, I did become part of the Chicano Movement, and thus identified as such during that time, though throughout most of my life, my constant identity has been Mexicano. At times: Me-Xicano. For the rest of the column, go to: http://diverseeducation.com/article/97423

Battle between public health journal and editorial board wages on

Alison McCook at Retraction Watch - 16 hours ago
Past and present members of the editorial board of a public health journal have filed a formal complaint against the publisher after it appointed an editor with industry ties without consulting the board, and unilaterally retracted a paper by the former editor. Meanwhile, the board and publisher of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental […] The post Battle between public health journal and editorial board wages on appeared first on Retraction Watch.

5 possible outcomes of the Qatar crisis

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
Deadlock or bloodless regime change is far more likely than a real war. The post 5 possible outcomes of the Qatar crisis appeared first on The Duran .

"Get The Facts!"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
“What are the facts? Again and again and again - what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what “the stars foretell,” avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the un-guessable “verdict of history” - what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!” - Robert A. Heinlein And always remember... "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "Sherlock Holmes"

"Washington's Empire Is Not Unraveling"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Washington's Empire Is Not Unraveling"* by Paul Craig Roberts “The military/security complex spent seven decades building its empire. The complex assassinated one American president (JFK) who threatened the empire and drove another (Richard Nixon) out of office. The complex does not tolerate the election of politicians in Europe who might not follow Washington’s line on foreign and economic policy. Suddenly, according to the Western and even Russian media, the complex is going to let one man, Trump, who does not rule America, and one woman, Merkel, who does not rule Germany, dest... more »

"Brad Pitt Does Stanley McChrystal: When Netflix’ War Movie Stops Being Funny”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
*"Brad Pitt Does Stanley McChrystal: * *When Netflix’ War Movie Stops Being Funny”* by David Swanson "The new movie, "War Machine," on Netflix starring Brad Pitt begins as a hilarious and satisfying mockery of General Stanley McChrystal, circa 2009, as well as of militarism in general. Hilarious because of the deadpan sincere idiocy. Satisfying at least to those of us who have been screaming “What are you idiots doing?” for the past fifteen-and-a-half years. Should we be glad that a Hollywood movie can still be made mocking the murderous malevolence of true believers in militarism,... more »

Ian Collins's: This Is What Politicians Should Say About Terror Attacks

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 17 hours ago
https://youtu.be/M-CD-OmzjKY LBC's Ian Collins says what no mainstream politician or BBC presenter will ever say.

VIDEO: Cop Watches Her Husband Choke Man to Death, No Charges, Still on Duty

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 17 hours ago
[image: choke]Newly released video shows the husband of a sheriff’s deputy choke a man to death outside of a Denny's as the cop tries to stop the person from filming.

U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson: President Trump Wants Me To Fix US Relations With Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*CNN*:* Tillerson: Trump wants me to fix US-Russia relations* (CNN)President Donald Trump asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson not to let the ongoing political saga back home stand in the way of improving ties with Moscow, the top US diplomat said Tuesday. Tillerson wouldn't comment on the ongoing US probes of Russian meddling in the 2016 election "because I have no direct knowledge," he said during an eight-hour visit to New Zealand, where he met Prime Minister Bill English. But the Secretary of State said Trump sees Russia as an important "global player" and wants Tillerson to... more »

U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Have Begun Their Battle To Capture Raqqa From The Islamic State

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*Washington Post*:* ‘Long and difficult’ battle begins for Islamic State’s Raqqa stronghold in Syria, says U.S. coalition* BEIRUT — U.S.-backed forces in Syria have begun the “long and difficult” battle seeking to retake the Islamic State’s Syrian de facto capital of Raqqa, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist group said Tuesday. The groundwork for the offensive has been under way for months as Syrian Kurdish forces tried to cut supply lines to the city in central Syria. But a showdown over the city would be a major test for the U.S.-led coalition, which has waged airst... more »

Walter Jones Understands The Tragedy In Afghanistan A Lot Better Than Señor Trumpanzee Or Paul Ryan

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 17 hours ago
NC-03-- the Outer Banks and most of the state's coastal plain from the Virginia border south of Norfolk down past New Bern and Jacksonville. It's a very red district, R+11, and Walter Jones has been congressman there since 1994 (a year after he switched from Democrat to Republican). Romney beat Obama there, 59% to 41% and Trump did even better-- 60.5% to 36.9%-- last year. Jones did even better-- beating Democrat Ernest Reeves 67.2% to 32.8%. Jones is a principled, libertarian-leaning social conservative. He votes for progressive legislation quite a lot. In fact his 41.18 Progres... more »

US Congressman Hensarling Greenlights Next Financial Crisis For Approximately $4.5 Million In Campaign Donations?

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 17 hours ago
So it seems: Industry Total Securities & Investment $1,431,361 Commercial Banks $1,375,580 Misc Finance $994,718 Finance/Credit Companies $705,304 Total, approximately … Continue reading →


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 17 hours ago
*In U.S. Universities, a Divorce Is Needed* For a century or so, U.S. universities have been an adornment of American culture, and indeed of world culture, but, with notable exceptions, only in the sciences. Bright people have flocked to the USA from all parts of the world to study, research, and teach in physics, chemistry, biology, other physical and life sciences, and related fields such as medicine, mathematics, and engineering. The products are all around us, from life-saving drugs to the Internet, smart phones, GPS guidance systems, and countless other marvels. But in the ... more »

What did Trump mean by covfefe?

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 17 hours ago
*The world's favorite theory of covfefe* Some reasons behind the 3 days without a blog post are confidential. One additional reason is that I have spent some hours with Quora – which still annoys me for various reasons, but I had a period in which I believed that some influence over Quora may make it less sickening. Among 100+ answers that I rather quickly wrote to questions about Czechia, history, Europe, linguistics, physics etc., one of the widely read ones is an answer to the question What do you think Trump meant by "covfefe"? Well, I didn't exactly get my PhD for covfefe but ... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 17 hours ago
*Rank hypocrisy: Pelosi Says Withdrawing from Climate Deal Dishonors God* *Are we supposed to forget that a probable majority of delegates to the 2012 DNC convention OPPOSED a mention of God and Jerusalem in their party platform?* House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at a press briefing today that withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change dishonors God. “The Bible tells us that to minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship,” Pelosi said. “To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us and that is just what we a... more »

Qatar Seeks Mediation Talks Through Kuwait

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 17 hours ago
*BBC:** Qatar row: Calls for diplomatic talks to end Gulf crisis* Qatar is backing plans for talks with its regional rivals as a diplomatic row gathers pace. Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the Gulf region. Neighbours including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have closed their airspace to Qatari planes. Kuwait - one of the Gulf countries not involved in the dispute - has offered to mediate talks, and Qatar said it was receptive to dialogue. In an interview with Qatar's Al Jazeera network, the Qatari foreign minis... more »

Germany and Switzerland -- Standing Rock Water Protectors Shut Down Credit Suisse, Support Coal Mine Resistance

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 17 hours ago
Switzerland -- Standing Rock Water Protectors Shut Down Credit Suisse Water Protector Rafael Gonzalez being dragged out of Credit Suisse during divestment shutdown today. Photo by Nataani Means . Article by Brenda Norrell Photos by Waste Win Young, Nataani Means and Rachel Heaton Censored News Tuesday, June 6, 2017 GENEVA, Switzerland -- Water Protectors from Standing Rock camps led

Why Germany's New Super Stealth Submarines Could Take on Any Navy

Sebastien Roblin at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Sebastien Roblin* *Security, Europe* Super stealth and super dangerous. The German Navy was a pioneer in large-scale submarine warfare, its U-boats able to contest the United Kingdom’s superior navy in ways that German surface warships could not. While modern-day Germany no longer has the ocean-spanning naval ambitions of its predecessors, it has become a global leader in designing small, stealthy submarines that can effectively patrol littoral waters at a fraction of the cost of nuclear-powered submarines. The secret sauce in the new generation of German submarines is the use ... more »

The U.S. Air Force Is Doing All It Can to Keep the B-2 Bomber Stealth

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 18 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Improving sustainment for the B-2 is a priority for the Air Force because the service plans for the 1980s-era stealth bomber to fly alongside the emerging B-21 Raider well into the 2050s. The US Air Force and Northrop Grumman are integrating new composite “hot trailing edge” materials into the upper surface of the B-2 bomber to increase the stealth aircraft’s service life, improve durability, enhance sustainment and eliminate the need for field repairs, service and industry officials said. The new composite hot trailing edge (HTE) skin, to be added beh... more »

"Prophet" convinces former Amish couple to let him sexually abuse their underage daughters, claiming it was "the will of God."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 18 hours ago
Mr. Stoltzfus, Mrs. Stoltzfus, and the man to whom they sacrificed their children's innocence. Courtesy of The Independent: *A paedophile brainwashed a former Amish couple into regarding him as a prophet and ‘gifting’ him their six young daughters as child wives, a court heard. * *Lee Kaplan, 52, convinced Savilla and Daniel Stoltzfus that his relationships with their six daughters were the will of God, who contacted him in his dreams, the court was told. * *The first daughter to be “gifted” to Kaplan, it was claimed, was given as a future wife when she was nine years old. * *He... more »

Corbyn Addressed Hundreds of Al-Muhajiroun Members per Guido Fawkes

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 18 hours ago
Guido Fawkes reports https://order-order.com/2017/06/06/corbyn-addressed-hundreds-of-al-muhajiroun-members-at-rally/ 'Jeremy Corbyn addressed a rally including hundreds of members of the banned extremist group Al-Muhajiroun, Guido can reveal. In May 2002 Corbyn gave a speech at a highly controversial anti-Israel demo at Trafalgar Square, attended by former terrorists and supporters of Hezbollah. A contemporaneous report by the communist Weekly Worker newspaper says up to 300 members of Al-Muhajiroun were present. The newspaper reported that some were dressed as mock suicide bombe... more »

Third London Bridge Attacker Named As Youssef Zaghba

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
*Daily Mail*: *Another one we missed? Third London Bridge attacker is named in Italy as Moroccan-Italian Youssef Zaghba who was 'arrested in Bologna for trying to fly to Syria'* * Third London Bridge attacker is named in Italy as Moroccan-Italian 22-year-old * Italian newspaper says he was stopped in Turkey 'trying to travel to Syria' * Security source claims British and Moroccan authorities were warned about him * Raises more questions for security services about the Italian got into Britain The third terrorist behind the London Bridge attacks has been named as a 22-year-old Ita... more »

The World's 5 Most Unusual Combat Rations

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 18 hours ago
© AFP 2017/ CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON / POOL *Sputnik:* *Brandy and Vegemite: The World's 5 Most Unusual Combat Rations* Keeping soldiers well fed and healthy when out in the field is a major priority for all armies everywhere, including in Russia, where combat rations offer a perfect combination of energy content, endurance, variety and taste. Foreign armies go much the same route, but, like they say, different cultures, different food. Indeed, what a Pakistani soldier will happily munch on, his Japanese college will hardly look at, and the other way round. *Read more* .... *WNU E... more »

Weather Forecasts & D-Day

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 18 hours ago
By Paul Homewood If you think it’s wet and windy today, just give a thought to the soldiers, sailors and airmen 73 years ago, who were fighting for their lives on D-Day. I guess that pretty much all of us are aware of the role that weather paid back in June 1944, but it […]

America's Uneven Economic Health

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
Despite the Federal Reserve's insistence that the U.S. economy is strong, necessitating an increase in their benchmark interest rate, a recent publication by Jason P. Brown, a senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, shows that economic growth across America is extremely uneven when we look at state-level data. The specific states studied by the author are those included in the Tenth Federal Reserve District and include Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The author begins by noting that states with economies that are concent... more »

Disturbing images emerge of torture in ‘liberated’ Iraq

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Iraqi and US crimes against humanity in and around Mosul threaten the fragile unity of the broken Iraqi nation. The post Disturbing images emerge of torture in ‘liberated’ Iraq appeared first on The Duran.

Joe Biden says he personally fought to keep Greece under the control of EU debt lords

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Former US Vice President Joe Biden says he personally helped Greece avoid a Grexit scenario. The post Joe Biden says he personally fought to keep Greece under the control of EU debt lords appeared first on The Duran.

Erdogan makes urgent phone call to Putin and Gulf leaders

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 19 hours ago
Erdogan's choice of speaking initially with Putin says a great deal about how Erdogan intends to handle the crisis...for now. The post Erdogan makes urgent phone call to Putin and Gulf leaders appeared first on The Duran.

Military Pedophilia Scandals at Daycare Centers

Joachim Hagopian at American Empire Exposed - 19 hours ago
*1980’s McMartin Daycare Scandal - Satanic Ritual Abuse Covered-up by Media’s “Satanic Panic” Propaganda* The sociological phenomenon of mass hysteria generated during the 1980’s and 90’s, labeled “satanic panic,” is taken up in a *Vox* article from last October, prompted by the then media “clown scare” coverage without so much as a mention of Pizzagate that was just taking off at that time on the internet. The hit piece from *Vox *suggests another irrational resurgence of Satan-phobia hitting the USA once again, targeting an anxiety-ridden America, attempting to back up its clai... more »


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 19 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin 'Literal Colonialism': Blackwater Founder Calls For "American Viceroy" To Rule Afghanistan Stocks Hit Record Highs; Shrug Off "Transitory" Covfefe In US Macro Data Deutsche Bank Trader Admits To Rigging Precious Metals Markets Turin bomb scare sparks stampede, leaving 1,000 injured Three assailants kill 7 in London terror attack Botched measles campaign kills 15 children in South Sudan Harnessing the Energy Generated When Freshwater Meets Saltwater Google Now Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases and Connects Them to Its Online Profile of You Switzerland Votes to P... more »

It appears that Trump might have started losing support among his Christian base.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
Just a guess really. But what isn't a guess is that he is definitely losing support among the military: *An analysis of Gallup polling data comparing the first 100 days of Trump's presidency to the month of May shows that Trump's job approval in military counties dropped sharply in the last month — from an average 51 percent approval and 41 percent disapproval in the first 100 days to 43 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval for May.* Still way too high as far as I'm concerned, but nice to see that some folks are starting to remove the blinders from their eyes.

"The Most Appropriate Response..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 20 hours ago
"We are one knot in a great web of being, building out of the vast past and (with luck) continuing billions of years into the future, until the sun dies, the last of its energy reaches Earth, and our local light goes out. The most appropriate response to the world is to realize, with awe, the ferocious mystery of being alive in it. And act accordingly. The worst thing anyone should be able to say about their life is also the greatest thing anyone can say: 'I tried my best." - Carl Safina

Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis and Vaccination - More Evidence

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 20 hours ago
By Teresa Conrick I have been reporting on the devastating disorder, Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis, over the years as I have a daughter who has both an AUTISM diagnosis and an AUTOIMMUNE diagnosis: Late Onset Autism and Anti-NMDA-Receptor Encephalitis Part 1,...

Ирак укрепляет границу с Саудовской Аравией на фоне её конфликта с Катаром (ВИДЕО)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
Крупная колонна Сил народного ополчения (СНО) Ирака выдвинулась сегодня в направлении иракско-саудовской границы. Иракский журналист Хайдар Шумери опубликовал видеозапись, запечатлевшую движение конвоя через пустынные районы Ирака: IMPORTANT: Large convoy of #Iraq's Hashd on the way to the border with Saudi to strengthen the Iraqi boundaries with the Wahhabi kingdom. pic.twitter.com/LemOTOjQ38 — Haidar Sumeri (@IraqiSecurity) June […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iraq reinforces its border with Saudi Arabia amid deepening Qatari – Saudi rift (VIDEO)

Ivan Castro at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:35 A.M.) – A large convoy of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) has been noticed moving towards Iraqi-Saudi border. Iraqi journalist, Haidar Sumeri, published a video footage of the convoy travelling through desert terrain: IMPORTANT: Large convoy of #Iraq's Hashd on the way to the border with Saudi to strengthen the Iraqi boundaries with […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hutíes están dispuestos a cooperar con Qatar

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
Los hutíes anunciaron su disposición a cooperar con el régimen de Qatar después de la reciente decisión de varios países árabes de romper relaciones diplomáticas con la pequeña nación del Golfo, informó ayer Naseh Saleh desde Sana’a. “Condenamos las acciones contra Qatar. Estamos dispuestos a cooperar con Qatar, ya que [los qataríes] son conocidos por su sinceridad, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Se intensifica batalla en centro de Siria mientras el Ejército sirio avanza hacia Deir Ezzor

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
El Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) está siendo implacable en la vasta zona desértica del centro de Siria tras el inicio de varios ataques en la parte oriental de las provincias de Homs y Hama. Ayer, el Ejército sirio siguió avanzando ante las fuerzas del Estado Islámico (ISIS) en el territorio oriental de Salamiyah, liberando la carretera del petróleo situada […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Palestinian man killed in central Israeli city

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 20 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – A Palestinian resident of the Arab populated town of Kafr Qasim in central Israel was shot and killed late Monday night (5th June). The victim, Ahmad Taha (aged 20), was part of demonstrations that were taking place due to an Israeli police raid in the town and the unjustified murder […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Anti-Semite and a Muslim Brotherhood supporter behind new UK mosque

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
'Plans for a new mosque in Britain have been overseen by a cleric reported to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and a Kuwaiti official who claims Jews orchestrated the September 11 attacks, the Telegraph can disclose. Khalid Al-Mathkour, chairman of Kuwait's sharia council, and Essam Al-Fulaij, a Kuwaiti government figure who has repeatedly issued anti-Semitic diatribes, are listed as trustees of a UK-registered charity building a mosque in Sheffield. They have helped channel almost £500,000 into the project from Kuwait. Another £400,000 has been donated to the charity, th... more »

Non, l’Intelligence Artificielle n’est pas « purement logique »

Ethical Technology - 20 hours ago
Dans les conférences et débats autour sur l’Intelligence Artificielle (IA), il y a une affirmation qui revient souvent : *« L’intelligence artificielle est fondamentalement différente de l’intelligence humaine, car elle est purement logico-mathématique, alors que l’intelligence humaine est faite d’intuition, d’imagination, etc. »* https://ieet.org/images/uploads/Capture-d%E2%80%99e%CC%81cran-2017-04-16-a%CC%80-15.58_.15_.png

London Bridge attacker featured in UK documentary praying to ISIS black flag (Video)

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 21 hours ago
So how did this ISIS terrorist slip through the UK anti-terrorist net? The post London Bridge attacker featured in UK documentary praying to ISIS black flag (Video) appeared first on The Duran.

Reuters is... still Reuters

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
*Rivers in full bore this week.* *Salieri: How... Did my work please you?* *Mozart: I never knew that music like that was possible!* *Salieri: You flatter me.* *Mozart: No, no! One hears such sounds, and what can one say but... Salieri!* The strongest spring rains in decades have caused agricultural losses over $2 million US, with thousands of households affected by flooding and water shortages. Unfortunately that is not enough, human scum are preying on the unsuspecting with a new variation on an old scam. Scammers are calling people, telling them their houses have been destroyed i... more »

The Adorable Orphaned Albino Skunk Doesn't Want to Wake Up

White Wolf at White Wolf - 21 hours ago
Snowy, the adorable sleepy albino skunk is basically just like a human teenager — he loves snacks and hanging with his buds, and he really hates being woken up in the mornings. He’s just like having a real life teddy bear in the house! Snowy was hand reared by family from birth as his mum rejected him, he’s become the most friendly, cuddly animal you could ever imagine. He sleeps with the kids, is incredibly clean and litter trained. He does what he wants when he wants, he has the run of the house! *Albino skunk cannot be released cannot be released back to the wild. * Skunks are... more »

Why are so many young Greeks turning to farming?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
And why not? This is the tangible future of many tens of billion individuals over the next thousands of years. Modernity is bringing perfect tools and robot helpers to allow every acre of land to be properly optimized to produce high quality food It will become the occupation of choice for everyone and alternate employment will be used to augment the lifestyle that sustains a human being for many decades of life... . *Why are so many young Greeks turning to farming? * * Eight years into an economic crisis, a shortage of jobs is leading many young Greeks to t... more »

Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
[image: An artist's reconstruction of Graecopithecus freybergi, left, with the jawbone and tooth found in Bulgaria and Greece ] What we do understand and can plausibly show is that modern humanity arose fully prepped around 200,000 years ago. How3ever we also understand that this meant the augmentation of an extant primate lineage already in place and plausibly long since distributed globally. This conjecture is not necessarily true but it happens to be well supported by cultural records as well, or we would never have actually surmised the possibility. Because we hav... more »

7 Things They Never Told Me at School but Could Have

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
I would add one other thing and that is a practical grounding in the economics system. On the other hand i also think that has now largely been addressed. It was way to obvious a gap and one which simple ignorance could get you into a lot of trouble and still does. Otherwise these are all excellent. Much represents even recent popular insight though ever out there for the seeker. All good... *7 Things They Never Told Me at School but Could Have* *It's funny, but when asked about things learnt that have served to be the greatest contribution to their lives most people will n... more »

Kolbrin - Book of Scrolls - Chpt 8 - Sacred Registers Part 8

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 21 hours ago
Extraordinary allusion here to the tongue of the seafarers and that in two generations it has been forgotten. Obviously traffic had ended. We also have direct reference to named peoples and places.. Land of the rising Waters. ( the sea? ) Wings of the Firehawk ( protection of high preist? ) Scarlet Robed Ones. ( preisthood? ) Opener of Ways. ( good name for a spiritual master ) Place beyond the Western Horizon ( Libya if this is Egypt ) Gwemi ( celtic word for white. - may be insertion or simply a word for the land of the white goddess - arclein ) This is still a prayer over ... more »

Dachel Wake Up: Is HPV Genital Wart Vaccine Safe?

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 21 hours ago
May 15, 2017, NBC Today: Is the HPV vaccine safe? VIDEO: “The Food and Drug Administration has approved two HPV vaccines. They are safe and effective. … “All boys and girls, starting at age 11 or 12, should get two...

A Few Questions for USGOV

LL at Virtual Mirage - 21 hours ago
*Is the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization?* It hasn't been so designated in the US *as of yet*. The Obama Administration shielded them and worked to assist them in their effort to take over Egypt - but the Brotherhood was thwarted by the Egyptians. (If you're tired of politics, you can watch this non-documentary on things Egyptian) (Fox News) There’s a battle inside the Trump administration over what to do about the Muslim Brotherhood, the group at the center of Monday’s pivotal decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to *cut ties with Qatar... more »

A MUST Hear Repost! X22 Report, “When The Crisis Hits, Financial Markets Will Shutdown Throughout 80%-90% Of The World: Bill Holter”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 22 hours ago
X22 Report, “When The Crisis Hits, Financial Markets Will Shutdown Throughout 80%-90% Of The World: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccOvE7TlvMw Included will be all banks and ATMs, no Social Security/EBT/Medical benefits, etc. *Not being melodramatic, but* *you'd be very wise to listen to this entire video.*

Report: Saudi Arabia And Its Allies Broke Ties With Qatar Over Doha's $1 Billion Payment To Iran And An Al Qaeda-Linked Group On A Hostage Deal

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Members of Iran-backed militia Kata’eb Hizbollah, which kidnapped the Qataris in 2015, on parade in Baghdad © Reuters *Zero Hedge:* *The Shocking Trigger Behind Today's Gulf Scandal: IN In Hostage Deal* The FT has unveiled what its believes is the key trigger behind the shocking overnight collapse in diplomatic relations between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. According to the FT, the catalyst that forced the Saudis and their allies to unveil the cut in diplomatic and economic ties, is that Qatar allegedly paid up to $1 billion to Iran and al-Qaeda affiliates "to release members of ... more »

The Forever War?

Patrick J. Buchanan at rss - 23 hours ago
[image: the-forever-war] Today we are in the 16th year of a war begun on 9/11. We are mired down in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Our victory in Afghanistan is being reversed by the Taliban.

The 73rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate Europe

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 23 hours ago
Will the BBC commemorate the day? If they do, how will they spin it to push their anti Conservative Party agenda and boost Jeremy Corbyn?

The West's War on Free Speech

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 23 hours ago
*June 6**, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - With a name like the "National Democratic Institute" (NDI) one might expect the US State Department-funded, corporate-financier chaired front to be the premier proponent of freedom and democracy worldwide. And although it poses as such, it does precisely the opposite. It uses principles like free speech, democracy, press freedom, and human rights as a facade behind which it carries out a politically motivated agenda on behalf of the special interests that fund and direct its activities. In a recent Tweet, NDI linked to a New York Times art... more »

Germany To Pull Its Forces From Turkey's Incirlik Air Base

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*DW: **German troops at Incirlik, Turkey 'ready for a transfer'* In light of Turkey's decision to block a lawmakers' visit, Sigmar Gabriel said that Germany would soon start the process of finding another location for its troops. The defense minister said Jordan is one possibility. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday said that Turkey will continue to block a delegation of German lawmakers from visiting the strategic Incirlik air base. "At the moment, a visit to the NATO base in Konya is possible, not Incirlik," Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference in Ankara on Mond... more »

The embarrassing conversation that we need to have

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 1 day ago
I've heard politicians say that we need to have difficult, even embarrassing, conversations about society in order to see how we can counter Islamist terrorism. A comment at isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/brief-terrorism-round-up.html summed up what the politicians and the BBC should be asking but won't: '"What's in the Koran and do you, UK Muslims, believe it is literally true and that you are obliged to follow its commands?" Clear answers please, no Taqiyya.'

Musical Interlude: 2002, “Return to Freedom”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
2002, “Return to Freedom” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYVHVHniU80

"Reactions to Life Events: Conditioned Response"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*"Reactions to Life Events: Conditioned Response"* by Madisyn Taylor, The DailyOM "Our past experiences can and do influence our emotional reactions and responses to present events. Our experiences color everything. The events of the past can have a profound effect on how we see our lives now and what we choose to believe about our world. Our past experiences can also influence our emotional reactions and responses to present events. Each of us reacts to stimulus based on what we have learned in life. There is no right or wrong to it; it is simply the result of past experience. Late... more »

"Where You Begin Again..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"When we're headed toward an outcome that's too horrible to face, that's when we go looking for a second opinion. And sometimes, the answer we get just confirms our worst fears. But sometimes, it can shed new light on the problem, make you see it in a whole new way. After all the opinions have been heard and every point of view has been considered, you finally find what you're after - the truth. But the truth isn't where it ends, that's just where you begin again with a whole new set of questions." - Dr. Meredith Grey, "Grey's Anatomy"

“The Patsy And The Culprit”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Patsy And The Culprit”* by George F. Smith "When was the last time you heard someone call for the abolition of government - government as we’ve known it? Why would anyone want to abolish government? Isn’t it necessary, at least for purposes of common defense and resolution of disputes? Since the absence of government is anarchy, wouldn’t we be at the mercy of gangs and warlords? If the warlords argument is true in all cases, isn’t that proof we need a coercive government to rule us? If it isn’t true in all cases, do we have a peaceful means of removing ourselves from governme... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butter... more »

The Poet: Edna St. Vincent Millay, “The Suicide”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“The Suicide”* by Edna St. Vincent Millay “Curse thee, Life, I will live with thee no more! Thou hast mocked me, starved me, beat my body sore! And all for a pledge that was not pledged by me, I have kissed thy crust and eaten sparingly That I might eat again, and met thy sneers With deprecations, and thy blows with tears, Aye, from thy glutted lash, glad, crawled away, As if spent passion were a holiday! And now I go. Nor threat, nor easy vow Of tardy kindness can avail thee now With me, whence fear and faith alike are flown; Lonely I came, and I depart alone, And know not where nor unt... more »

Battle for central Syria intensifies as the Syrian Army advances toward Deir Ezzor

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has been relentless in the vast desert area of central Syria recently, launching several attacks across the eastern parts of the Homs and Hama governorates. On Monday, the Syrian Arab Army continued to roll over the Islamic State (ISIL) forces in the eastern countryside of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Houthis are ready to cooperate with Qatar

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 A.M.) – The Houthis announced their readiness to cooperate the Qatari regime after the recent decision by several Arab countries to sever diplomatic ties with the small Gulf nation, Naseh Saleh reported from Sana’a on Monday. “We condemn actions against Qatar. We are ready to cooperate with Qatar as they [Qataris] are […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria: New video of Syrian boy who became a symbol of war-torn Aleppo

BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – Three-year-old Omran Daqneesh moved the world and became a symbol of war-torn Aleppo after footage of him alone in the back of an ambulance during bombing last August was widely circulated by the media. A year later, the youngster has recovered and regained his health, and was captured playing with […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army launches new assault in northwest Aleppo

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside the National Defense Forces (NDF), launched a new assault in the northwestern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, local journalists reported this morning. Syrian Army troops and their pro-government allies stormed the northern part of the ‘Anadan Plain, targeting the large hilltop of Tal Musayabin […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia calls on Qatar, Saudi Arabia to solve their issues

(TASS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a telephone conversation with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. “The parties paid special attention to the rising tensions between Qatar and some other Arab countries,” the statement reads. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the conversation […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL’s late night assault endangers key Deir Ezzor base

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) launched another night assault in the western outskirts of Deir Ezzor City, Monday night, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at several axes near the strategic 137th Artillery Brigade Base. ISIL began the assault by sending a VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) towards the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Map of the Middle East showing countries which have severed diplomatic relations with Qatar pic.twitter.com/NVlrWuwqfJ — AFP news agency (@AFP) June 5, 2017

NSA Contractor Who Leaked NSA Document To The Intercept Has Been Arrested

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*NBC:* *Feds Arrest NSA Contractor in Leak of Top Secret Russia Document* Barely an hour after a news organization published an article about a Top Secret National Security Agency document on Russian hacking, the Justice Department announced charges against a 25-year-old government contractor who a senior federal official says was the leaker of the document. The May 5, 2017 intelligence document published by The Intercept, an online news organization, describes new details about Russian efforts to hack voting systems in the U.S a week prior to the 2016 presidential election. While... more »

Twilight of the Courts: The Elusive Search for Justice in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead at - 1 day ago
[image: undefined] “As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”—Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas We have entered a new regime and it’s called the American police state. As the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in County of Los Angeles vs. Mendez makes clear, Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. Continuing it... more »

Bring the Troops Home, Mr. President

Jacob G. Hornberger at - 1 day ago
[image: undefined] Another terrorist attack in London, and more predictable responses from President Trump, British Prime Minister May, other public officials, and the mainstream press. We have to crack down on terrorism. The problem is with extremist Muslims. They hate us for our freedom and values. Don’t be afraid. Go about your daily lives as if nothing has happened. And, of course, not one single word of the US government’s interventionist foreign policy in the Middle East and Afghanistan, which has entailed killing Muslims and other for at least 25 years and which continues un... more »

Leaked NSA Document Details Russian Hacking Efforts Days Before 2016 Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*The Intercept*: *Top-Secret NSA Report Details Russian Hacking Effort Days Before 2016 Election* RUSSIAN MILITARY INTELLIGENCE executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept. The top-secret National Security Agency document, which was provided anonymously to The Intercept and independently authenticated, analyzes intelligence very recently acquired by t... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Iraqi special forces soldiers clear a school in the Saha neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq on May 27, 2017. PHOTO: NYTIMES *WNU Editor*: The above picture is from this photo gallery .... *In Pictures: Special forces trying to drive out ISIS from Mosul* (Straits Times).

Worse Than Fox! Trump’s FCC Revives Outmoded Rule To Let Sinclair Become The Fox Of Local TV News

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
*-by Jack Hannold* While the FCC’s plan to drop net neutrality rules has garnered most of the attention that agency has received during the Trump Administration, another recent rule change, one seemingly tailored to help a media company even more radically rightwing than Fox, is getting less scrutiny. The video above recounts how Sinclair Broadcast Group has been abusing its ownership of TV stations to promote conservatism in general, and the Republican Party in particular, for years. Sinclair’s “News Central” at its corporate headquarters in Maryland produces “must carry” progra... more »

Rare video of the immediate left-wing reaction as Trump exited Paris

CFACT Ed at CFACT - 1 day ago
What happened when the Greens and the Left learned that President Trump was exiting the UN's Paris climate pact? WATCH NOW

Aid workers face an underreported sexual violence crisis

Dyan Mazurana, Associate Research Professor, Tufts University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
These South Sudanese soldiers are among those accused of rape, torture, killing and looting during an attack on aid workers. AP Photo/Bullen Chol The world’s approximately 450,000 humanitarian aid workers operate amid armed conflicts and natural disasters, often in some of the world’s most dangerous countries. They’re not immune to the poor conditions, insecurity and violence surrounding them. Indeed, 287 of them were victims of major violent attacks in 2015, according to the Aid Worker Security Database. Yet sexual violence, which by definition includes sexual harassment and assau... more »

We use big data to sentence criminals. But can the algorithms really tell us what we need to know?

Melissa Hamilton, Visiting Criminal Law Scholar, University of Houston Law Center, University of Houston at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Use of data-driven risk assessments in sentencing may be heard by the Supreme Court. Karen Neoh/flickr, CC BY In 2013, a man named Eric L. Loomis was sentenced for eluding police and driving a car without the owner’s consent. When the judge weighed Loomis’ sentence, he considered an array of evidence, including the results of an automated risk assessment tool called COMPAS. Loomis’ COMPAS score indicated he was at a “high risk” of committing new crimes. Considering this prediction, the judge sentenced him to seven years. Loomis challenged his sentence, arguing it was unfair to us... more »

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