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Thursday, June 8, 2017

8 June - Blogs I'm Following 2 of 2

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"USS Liberty: Dead In The Water"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"USS Liberty: Dead In The Water" (BBC Documentary 2002)* by David Strader "On June 8th, 1967, during the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA. Thirty-four American servicemen were killed and over 170 wounded in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats. Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident based on mistaken identification of the ship. The American government accepted the explanation. For more than 50 years many people have disbelieved the official explanation but have been... more »

"The Hope Of The Future..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
"That was when it was all made painfully clear to me. When you are a child, there is joy. There is laughter. And most of all, there is trust. Trust in your fellows. When you are an adult...then comes suspicion, hatred, and fear. If children ran the world, it would be a place of eternal bliss and cheer. Adults run the world; and there is war, and enmity, and destruction unending. Adults who take charge of things muck them up, and then produce a new generation of children and say, "The children are the hope of the future." And they are right. Children are the hope of the future. But ... more »

"Queen and Country, God and Guns"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"Queen and Country, God and Guns"* by Revanchist "Though our stars tend to rise and fall in opposition through the years, your reputation for adventure, fearlessness and a legendary hunger for more lingers, and for the most part we find that admirable - no, more than that - we find it astonishing. We may denigrate your American whisky (as well as your tendency to spell it with the Irish ‘e’) as you joke about our pasty faces and reliance upon dentures but we are cousins - if not always kissing - and share a rich common language, culture, customs and cuisine. We are more alike tha... more »

"This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago
*"This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Read Poetry"* By Cody Delistraty "When I think of poetry that packs a sensory punch - that gives me the chills, that makes my hair stand on end - I think of Rainer Maria Rilke’s “First Elegy.” In particular, I think of these lines: "… For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us. Every angel is terrible." The terror Rilke describes here, at least the way I’ve always interpreted it, is the terror of seeing our world from such a removed ... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 13 hours ago

The U.S. Air Force Wants 400 New High-Tech ICBMs

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Scout Warrior*: *Air Force Reviews Vendor Bids to Build New ICBMs Engineered With High-Tech Upgrades* Air Force plans to build at least 400 new high-tech ICBMs intended to preserve millions of lives by ensuring annhiliation of anyone choosing to launch a nuclear attack. The idea is to prevent major power wars. Air Force officials say the service will award some contracts as part of its ongoing evaluation of formal proposals from three vendors competing to build hundreds of new, next-generation Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles designed to protect the US homeland well into the 2... more »

BWorld 135, On reducing the distribution system loss

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
* This is my article in BusinessWorld last Wednesday. When matter changes form, there are certain “system loss” that occur. Like a one-kilo dressed chicken becomes less than one-kilo once it is cooked into adobo or tinola. Or a one-kilo green mango or banana becomes lighter than a kilo when it transforms into ripe, yellow mango or banana after a few days. When electricity is transported or transmitted from a power generation company (genco) some 100+ kilometers away to a private distribution utility (DU) or electric cooperative (EC), there is a transmission system loss. Thus, a 1,... more »

Meet Dr Ollie, The World’s Smartest Dog!

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 13 hours ago
By Paul Homewood MOVE aside quokkas and black swans, Perth is now home to the world’s smartest dog, at least on paper. Local “academic” Dr Olivia Doll — also known as Staffordshire terrier Ollie — sits on the editorial boards of seven international medical journals and has just been asked to review a research […]

Mosul Campaign Day 234 Jun 7, 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
The heaviest fighting was still in Zinjali in west Mosul. The Iraqi forces gave different figures throughout the day on how much of the neighborhood they held. That ranged from a source that had it at 80%, the Federal Police commander General Raed Shakir Jawadat who had 85%, the Joint Operations Command who claimed 90%, and a Federal Police major who put it at 95%. The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have had problems with their numbers for this area for the last several days. Whatever the percentage was it appeared the ISF were on the verge of liberating it. The Iraqis were still push... more »

Is CNN Reporting The News Or A Media Narrative?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*The Hill:* *CNN issues correction after Comey statement contradicts reporting* CNN has corrected a Tuesday report after the release of former FBI Director James Comey's opening statement for his Thursday testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee contradicted the reports' sources. The CNN report said Comey was expected to dispute President Trump's claims that Comey said he was not under investigation on multiple occasions. The report, titled “Comey expected to refute Trump," was based on unnamed sources and said Comey's conversations with the president "were much more... more »

The Three Scenarios For The U.K. Election

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*Nate Silver and Harry Enten, FiveThiryEight*: *The Three Scenarios For The U.K. Election* On the morning of the U.S. presidential election, we pointed out that there were three scenarios for what might transpire that night, each of which were about equally likely. In Scenario No. 1, the polls would be spot-on; Hillary Clinton would win narrowly, with a 3-to-4 percentage point popular victory and somewhere on the order of 300 electoral votes. In Scenario No. 2, Clinton would outperform her polls, leading to a near-landslide victory and possible wins in states such as Arizona and Ge... more »

What is reality? Nicely done popularization turns into a full-blown crackpottery

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 13 hours ago
Peter F. sent me this 3-months-old 30-minute-long video "What is reality" on the Quantum Gravity Research YouTube channel. It has over 200,000 views. Marion Kerr, who is not only a cute actress but she is clearly also a brain-alive one (at least outside physics), makes the show fun to watch. And for many minutes, I was happy to see that it was a nice introduction to something – namely crystals and quasicrystals (see also Penrose tiles). The viewers were explained something that makes sense: crystals may denote "pretty things" in the everyday life. But in physics, they're somethi... more »

Transport Econ 21, E-trikes halted, P455k each

Nonoy Oplas at Government and Taxes - 13 hours ago
See these news reports about this weird "more tricycles to save the planet" ADB loan. From the MBreport, *“For the e-trike, I already cancelled the loan – supposedly the funding for 100,000 e-trikes. But for the 3,000 units, since bidding was done and units were already produced by the winning supplier, we’ll go ahead with that – so the canceled loan portion should just be for the 97,000 units,” he explained.* *The energy department, under the past administration, had just been looking at a price point of R150,000 to R200,000 per e-trike, but unfortunately, the cost subsequently ... more »

National Association of Secretaries of State: "Election Was Not Hacked"

C. Mitchell Shaw at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: national-association-of-secretaries-of-state-election-was-not-hacked] Since the revelation of a highly classified NSA report Monday asserting that Russian intelligence agents targeted voting machines and the computer systems of election officials, the received wisdom seems to be that the election was hacked. The facts, however, stand in direct opposition to that received wisdom.

Rep. Jones: "Asking God to Forgive Me" for Voting for Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 13 hours ago
[image: rep-jones-asking-god-to-forgive-me-for-voting-for-wars-in-iraq-afghanistan] Representative Walter Jones seeks God's forgiveness for voting to authorize military force in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Making Cents

Snopes Staff at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
U.S. pennies now cost considerably more than one cent each to manufacture.

Did Sean Spicer Claim Trump Has the Authority to Change Spellings Like ‘Covfefe’?

Kim LaCapria at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Although Spicer's actual reaction to the tweet drew widespread media attention, he did not claim that the President has the authority to change words.

Sporty Hijabs Help Muslim Girls Keep Up Pace in Athletics

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 13 hours ago
Deering High School is providing sport hijabs with the goal of making Muslim girls comfortable and boosting their participation in sports.


Jenna Orkin at From the Wilderness' Peak Oil Blog - 14 hours ago
From Jenna Orkin Qatar is falling into a rapid socio-economic death spiral and the UAE made it illegal to feel sorry for it Theresa May says she'll scrap human rights laws if they get in the way of stopping terrorists In case you hadn't figured that out. How a 25-year-old government contractor gained access to the top-secret NSA document about Russian hacking Report: The Trumps allegedly funneled thousands in kids' cancer charity donations into the Trump Organization This ancient Greek mechanism may be the world's first computer Pregnant refugees are paying German men to claim pate... more »

Is Europe Boosting Defense Spending?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
REUTERS/Danilo Krstanovic *Kaitlin Lavinder, Cipher Brief*: *Europe Is Boosting Defense Spending – And It’s Not All About Trump* America’s commitment to European security is up in the air under the Trump Administration, raising the question, will Europeans have to take more responsibility for their own defense? Europe must “take our fate into our own hands,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel after President Donald Trump’s visit to Europe last month. Trump, at a NATO heads of state meeting on May 25, noticeably did not reaffirm America’s commitment to Article 5, NATO’s collectiv... more »

Iran Responds to Repugnant Trump Statement on Tehran Attack

Penny at Penny for your thoughts - 14 hours ago
It's an interesting statement to be sure. I'll highlight the statement of friendship and sympathy. *Notice that Trump is promoting BLOWBACK (circular reasoning/logic)- the meme of obfuscation- created by the CIA. * *Wondering why it is Trump doesn't employ this type of language*,* in order to manage perceptions*, *when Britain, France, Israel or the US have terror attacks?* *Atlantic* Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif denounced Thursday President Trump’s comments about the terrorist attack this week in Tehran, for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility, as “repugnant.”... more »

Russia's Ultimate Military Dream: A Navy Armed with Big Battleships

Kyle Mizokami at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Kyle Mizokami* *Security, * *Despite their success, Stalin disliked aircraft carriers and preferred battleships instead. At a September 1945 meeting of the Soviet leadership, Stalin overruled a proposal to build aircraft carriers and instead directed the Soviet Navy to complete construction of the battleship Sovetskaya Rossiya. The battleship had been laid down in 1940 and was still less than one percent complete by war’s end. He also directed the Navy to build two “Project 24” 75,000 ton battleships, and seven “Project 82” (Stalingrad-class) battlecruisers displacing 36,500 ton... more »

Fact: Russia Never Recovered the Nuclear Torpedoes from a Sunken Attack Submarine

Robert Farley at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Robert Farley* *Security, * *K-8’s mission was similar to that of the German U-boats she shares the bottom with: the severing of the trans-Atlantic lifeline that kept the United States connected with Western Europe. She used different weapons and could operate at greater ranges than those boats, but her core purpose was the same. Later on, Soviet submarines would adopt a variety of different mission profiles, from anti-submarine warfare to cruise missile launch to (eventually) land attack. The loss of K-8 (along with the several accidents that afflicted her sisters) undoubtedly ... more »

The Real China Problem the World Is Ignoring

Mark Thomson at The National Interest - 14 hours ago
*Mark Thomson* *Security, Asia* The Chinese Communist Party exercises sovereignty over 1.4 billion people. In doing so, it suppresses free speech, regulates political activity and exercises a pervasive program of propaganda in education, the arts and the news media. There are no elections of the sort we are familiar with, the judiciary has limited independence, and the internet is closely monitored and tightly censored. Things have been worse: the first 40 years of CCP rule were marked by episodic violence and ruinous economic folly. More recently, however, CCP rule has resulted... more »

BREAKING: Syrian Arab Army makes big gains against US backed jihadists

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
Syria has not let US aggression stop its anti-terrorist campaign. The post BREAKING: Syrian Arab Army makes big gains against US backed jihadists appeared first on The Duran.

Iranian Security Ministry–Tehran ISIS terrorists fought in Syria and Iraq

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 14 hours ago
ISIS seek revenge on those who have beat them in Syria. The post Iranian Security Ministry–Tehran ISIS terrorists fought in Syria and Iraq appeared first on The Duran.

Venezuela Has Now Entered A 'Death Spiral' In Trying To Borrow Money

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*Washington Post: **Stuck in a death spiral, Venezuela is borrowing money at any cost* You don’t need to be an economist to recognize the sad, self-destructive pattern of Venezuela’s financial collapse. If you’ve ever had a friend or family member gripped by gambling addiction or a drug problem, you’ve seen it. You know where this typically ends. At the pawnshop. Last week, Goldman Sachs acquired $2.8 billion worth of bonds issued by Venezuela's state oil company at just 31 cents on the dollar, paying $865 million for the securities. Now Venezuela is looking even more desperate, ... more »

James Comey Hearings (Live)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*WNU Editor*: This post will be on top until the end of the hearings. *Update: *If anyone wanted to prove that the FBI had become politicised under the former Director, this is it .... *Comey hearing: Former FBI director says he helped reveal details of conversations with Trump to spur special counsel appointment* (Washington Post). *Update #2:* After listening to this for two hours I can say the following. Bottom line .... nothing is going to change. He gave enough crumbs to the Democrats/progressives/media/never Trumpers that President Trump is (fill in the bank) .... thereb... more »

Full Text Of James Comey's Statement To Senate

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*USA Today:* *Full text of James Comey's statement to Senate* Statement for the Record Senate Select Committee on Intelligence James B. Comey June 8, 2017 Chairman Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of the Committee. Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today. I was asked to testify today to describe for you my interactions with President-Elect and President Trump on subjects that I understand are of interest to you. I have not included every detail from my conversations with the President, but, to the best of my recollection, I have tried to include information that m... more »

London Mayor Sadiq Khan's Outreach To Radical Islamists Is Not Working

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan visits the scene of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market which left 7 people dead and dozens of injured in central London, Britain, June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY *Daily Mail:* *EXCLUSIVE: London Mayor Sadiq Khan shared a platform with Borough Market attacker's 'close friend' who 'trained one of the 7/7 bombers'* * London Mayor spoke at same conference as Sajeel Shahid, accused of terrorism * Shahid was gym buddy of London Bridge murderer Khuram Butt from Barking * The pair ran martial arts classes together at the a... more »

The U.K. Goes To The Polls Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 14 hours ago
*BBC:* *General election 2017: Voters to go to the polls* Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country. Polls opened at 07:00 BST on Thursday, with counting starting once voting ends at 22:00 BST. A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected, with about 46.9 million people registered to vote. That is up from the last general election, in 2015, when there were 46.4 million registered voters. *Read more *.... *More News On The U.K. Going To The Polls Today* Election Day Updates -- BBC The Latest: Elmo costume photobombs ... more »

Russiagate: US Deputy AG Rosenstein Refuses Senator Harris Request to Grant Full Independence to Special Counsel

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 14 hours ago
“Deputy AG Rosenstein Refuses Harris Request to Grant Full Independence to Special Counsel, Wednesday, June 07, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – … Continue reading →

HIGH DRAMA AHEAD: High praise for a god!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 14 hours ago
*THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017Part 4—Kristof bungles a fact:* Let's be fair! When a person's sobriquet includes the glorious term "the God," this sort of thing can happen. We refer to Nicholas Kristof's remark about James B. Comey—"Comey the God"—in this morning's column. The column poses the glorious Comey in contradistinction to the absurdly perfidious Donald J. Trump, who's described as "our own tin-pot despot." Granted, Trump is the craziest, least reliable figure in our political history. But when writers fashion a simplified novel like that, this sort of misstatement, like Mary's... more »


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
From the Independent Theresa May looks on course for a definitive victory over Jeremy Corbyn in the general election, as the final poll for The Independent shows her party enjoying a 10-point lead over Labour. If the figures in the ComRes poll are replicated on Thursday, projections indicate a concrete 74-seat majority – the largest […]


Jane Burgermeister at Eugenics and pandemics - 15 hours ago
Ahead of a public testimony, fired FBI director James Comey has confirmed media reports that Donald Trump privately urged him to drop the investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a seven-page opening statement filed ahead of his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/07/us/politics/james-comey-statement-testimony.html Comey’s written statement reinforces fears that Trump fired […]

James Comey Senate Testimony Open Thread! Update!

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 15 hours ago
Today James Comey will give perhaps the most anticipated testimony since Watergate. Or at least since Hillary Clinton's eleven hours of testimony during the Benghazi witch hunt. If you are in a bar in Washington DC you might be enjoying free drinks. Or you may have called in sick to work. Whatever the case I am sure that you, like me, can barely concentrate on anything other than what may or may not be said during this hearing. We did get a preview yesterday of Comey's opening remarks, the rest we will have to learn in real time. I will try to liveblog this as it goes along, and ... more »

"The Sickness in the American Soul"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 15 hours ago
"The Sickness in the American Soul" by Daniel Johnson "As you read this, there are tens of millions of Americans who are sick at heart, in despair; overwhelmed by desolation, hopelessness and despondency. Some are suicidal; some are near suicidal. These are your friends and neighbors who have lost or are about to lose their homes, their jobs, their self-respect - and in every case their place in society. For tens of millions of people the American dream has become a nightmare. These are people who have come to rely on food banks, food stamps and private charity just to eat and feed... more »

Road Paved with Clamshells Emits Stench, Covered in Maggots

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
Residents of a small Rhode Island community say their neighborhood has been beset by a terrible stench after a neighbor paved a road with clamshells.

The Latest: Elmo Costume Photobombs Theresa May’s Picture

Associated Press at Snopes.com - 15 hours ago
Theresa May leaves after voting in the general election as a person wearing a costume of TV character Elmo waves at polling station in Maidenhead, England.

WATCH: Cops Negligently Set Innocent Man on Fire, Kick, Stomp, and Beat Him

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 15 hours ago
[image: fire]Cops' negligent actions caused a serious accident in which an innocent man was set on fire. Instead of helping the man, cops severely beat him.

Thursday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 15 hours ago
This and that for your Thursday reading. - Christopher Hoy reminds us that as much as people are already outraged by inequality, we tend to underestimate its severity. And Faiza Shaheen writes about the dangers of unchecked inequality which erodes social bonds. - Meanwhile, Andrea Hopkins discusses how Canadians are taking significant financial risks in borrowing against home values in order to paper over a continued lack of wage gains. - Daniel Leblanc and Steven Chase report on the Libs' plans to burn tens of billions of dollars on military equipment in the name of "hard power".... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 16 hours ago
The new Quinnipiac poll doesn't look good for the president: "There is zero good news for President Donald Trump in this survey, just a continual slide into a chasm of doubt about his policies and his very fitness to serve," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Examples? The president's job approval rating dips to a new low, a negative 34 - 57 percent, compared to a negative 37 - 55 percent in a May 24 survey ... and a negative 35 - 57 percent April 4, his lowest score so far. Trump is too friendly to Russia, 54 percent of American voters say, wh... more »

New column day

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 16 hours ago
Here, on how the UK's general election should remind us that we're not beholden to establishment voices (whether in the media or within a party) in deciding who's fit to lead us. For further reading... - I've already pointed out John Harris and Gary Younge have written about the rise of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, along with Michal Rozworski's take on the prospect of meaningfully democratizing an economy. - Joseph Stiglitz argues that Labour's most important promise is to put an end to decades of destructive austerity. - And finally, George Monbiot writes that Corbyn has offered th... more »

Comey Testifies Today: Who's looking forward to an early happy hour?

Adrienne at Adrienne's Corner - 16 hours ago
*since I'm in the Pacific time zone my happy hour will start at 7am.* Is that too early? *More:* Legal Insurrection: *While you were focused on COMEY, Trump nominated another group of CONSERVATIVE Judges* Last Refuge: *James Comey Timeline on “Not Informing Jeff Sessions” Doesn’t Add Up…* Father's Day is Coming *Some great Amazon deals in Men's Watches* *and Clothing*

What Paul Ryan Needs To Learn About Kansas' Catastrophe

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 16 hours ago
Last month we speculated that unless congressional Republicans stop him, Trump would do to the U.S. what Governor Sam Brownback did to Kansas. Stopping him, though, isn't what Paul Ryan and his members have in mind-- encouraging him is more in line with what they want to do. Kansas was a petri dish-- an experimental lab-- for a crackpot far right ideological theory about how a government could run by cutting taxes for the rich and depending on trickle down. Kansas was the perfect place to do it not just because no one was looking but also because the radical right controlled every... more »


Karen Garcia at Sardonicky - 16 hours ago
I haven't had time for original posting this week, so here are a few links to tide you over. If you'd like to comment on any of these, or on any other topic of interest to you, please feel free. *One Yemeni child is dying every 10 minutes* and cholera cases have surpassed the 100,000 mark since the disease first broke out barely two months ago. This country is being blasted to smithereens by billions of dollars' worth of American and British weaponry sold to the Saudi royal family. Even so, all Western eyes are being properly directed toward the soap opera known as *As The Comey W... more »


jonjayray at EDUCATION WATCH INTERNATIONAL - 16 hours ago
*Elite High Schools Plot to Undermine College admissions * *They want to give universities vague bromides about their students instead of concrete grades* Recently the online trade publication Inside Higher Ed had an article titled “A Plan to Kill High School Transcripts . . . and Transform College Admissions.” The plan — by the Mastery Transcript Consortium, which counts over 100 top private schools as members — would have its participants stop reporting grades to college admissions offices and instead provide a new model for transcripts and portfolios. The consortium’s proposal... more »

More news management (update)

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 16 hours ago
Returning to a post from yesterday... There have been claims that the BBC's news 'management' has actually gone a lot further this time. I'm unable to load the video onto the blog but you can view it here. It's 'gone viral', because it contains a clumsy edit 17 seconds in. Many people (from Katie Hopkins to Paul Joseph Watson) believe that the BBC was editing out - i.e. censoring - something that the nursery owner was saying. They presume that the thing 'being edited out' was the thing she'd being telling other media outlets and which other media outlets had been reporting (a... more »


JR at GREENIE WATCH - 16 hours ago
*Paris climate agreement will follow Kyoto Protocol to the ash heap of history* If the Paris Climate Accord was such a great deal for the United States, why did President Barack Obama not submit it to the Senate for treaty ratification after signing onto it with considerable fanfare on Sept. 3? Could it have been because Obama knew that the accord was so poorly negotiated, so costly and destructive to the U.S. economy, that he knew it stood no chance of winning the needed 67 votes, two-thirds of the Senate, for ratification? Its dim prospects in the Senate might have been a consi... more »

CONFIRMED: Donetsk People’s Republic Embassy in Athens is operational

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 16 hours ago
The Embassy has been set up with the assistance of Athens resident Professor Andreas Zafiris. The post CONFIRMED: Donetsk People’s Republic Embassy in Athens is operational appeared first on The Duran.

MEME OF THE DAY: Double standards

Vladimir Rodzianko at The Duran - 16 hours ago
Today's meme from The Duran... The post MEME OF THE DAY: Double standards appeared first on The Duran.

الأسد يعزي روحاني بضحايا العمليات الإرهابية الأخيرة

Shady Azar at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
أعرب الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد عن “تعازيه الحارة لإيران والشعب الإيراني بالشهداء جراء العمليات الإرهابية الأخيرة” مؤكداً إدانة سوريا لهذه الهجمات الإرهابية المجرمة ووقوفها إلى جانب إيران صفاً واحداً في محاربة الإرهاب والتضامن المطلق والثابت مع الجمهورية الإسلامية شعباً وحكومة. وأشار الأسد خلال اتصال هاتفي مع نظيره الإيراني حسن روحاني إلى أن لجوء الإرهابيين وأسيادهم […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Turkish-backed militants attack Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo

Zen Adra at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:00 P.M.) – Fighters from the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army pounded, with mortar shells, positions for the Kurdish forces in northern Aleppo as clashes between the two warring parties renewed. The FSA-affiliated group, formerly known as the Euphrates Shield, announced yesterday a full-scale offensive against the Kurds around the city of Tall Rifaat […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Sirijska vojska prkosi američkim upozorenjima da ne poduzima vojne akcije u blizini iračke granice

Ziggy Stardust at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEJRUT, LIBANON (8:25 A.M.) –Na video snimci sa mjesta zračnog udara koalicije predvođene SAD-om u sjeveroistočnom Homsu vide se posljedice napada u kojem je poginulo dvoje sirijskih vojnika a preko 15 je ranjeno. Ministarstvo obrane Sirijske arapske republike potvrdilo je da su avioni koalicije predvođene SAD-om gađali položaje pro-vladinih snaga u blizini južnoga grada Al-Tanfa […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Fırat Kalkanı’na katılan 50’den fazla militan Suriye ordusu saflarına geçti

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Suriye’deki silahlı gruplara yakın kaynakların verdiği bilgilere göre, Fırat Kalkanı’na katılan 50’den fazla militan saf değiştirerek Suriye ordusuna katıldı. Önceki gün bu haberi duyuran yerel aktivistler, saf değiştiren militanların Sultan Murad, El Fırat Kalkanı, Feylak Şam ve diğer gruplardan olduğunu bildirdi. Bazı kaynaklar, saf değiştiren militanların Suriye Demokratik Güçleri’ne katıldığını iddia etse de; Fırat Kalkanı’ndan […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suudi koalisyonundan atılan Katar ordusu, Yemen’den ayrılıyor

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
2015 yılında, Suudi Arabistan’ın öncülüğünde kurulan ve Yemen’e saldırı başlatan koalisyonun üyelerinden olan Katar; önceki gün bu koalisyondan atıldı. Katar Haber Ajansı’nın haberine göre; Yemen-Suudi Arabistan sınırındaki Necran askeri üssü ve Hamis Mushait hava üssünden ayrılan Katarlı askerler, başkent Doha’ya dönmeye başladı. Yemen sınırındaki görevin ardından başkente dönen Katarlı askerler, General Ghanam bin Şahin el […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS captures big spoils of war from the Syrian Army in raids across rural Hama

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 P.M.) – Despite jihadist militants sustaining human and material losses of their own, ISIS counter-attacks in eastern Hama resulted in much-needed spoils of war captured from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) on Wednesday. According to Amaq Agency, Islamic State raids in rural Hama resulted in the capture of plenty of mines, artillery […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Hamas military leader killed by explosion in southern Gaza

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 P.M.) – A senior warlord of Hamas’ military wing, the Izzadin Kassam brigade, was killed on Wednesday in what was described as an “accidental explosion” by a local Palestinian outlet. The explosion occurred in southern Gaza at a Hamas checkpoint near the town of Rafah. Three other Hamas militants were also injured […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Rusko ratno vazduhoplovstvo uništilo brojna vozila i tenkove Islamske države

Tiso Cvetković at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEJRUT, LIBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Rusko ratno vazduhoplovstvo je bilo na lovu na brojne tenkove i kamionete montirane sa mitraljezima Islamske Države (ISIS) u Siriji. Video snimak (ispod) pokazuje operaciju ruskih Ka-52 jurišnih helikoptera u akciji protiv ISISa u zapadnoj Palmiri uz cestu ka Arak-u. Operacije Ruskih vazduhoplovnih snaga se provode kao podrška velike ofenzive […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye Hava Kuvvetleri, ABD destekli SDG’yi vurdu

Eren Dalkesen at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
Suriye savaş uçakları, bugün gün boyunca Rakka’nın batı kırsalına çok sayıda hava saldırısı düzenledi. Onlarca hava saldırısıyla Meskene-Tabka hattındaki IŞİD hedeflerini bombalayan savaş uçaklarının, Suriye Demokratik Güçleri’nin bulunduğu mevzileri de hedef aldığı bildirildi. Al Masdar’ı bilgilendiren, SDG ve Kürtlere yakın bir kaynak; Ebu Asi köyünün ön mevzilerinde bulunan Suriye Demokratik Güçleri’nin de vurulduğunu aktardı. İlk […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: Syrian Air Force bombs US allies in Raqqa province

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:00 P.M.) – On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) conducted numerous sorties across northern Syria, targeting positions held by enemy combatants. With dozens of airstrikes hitting ISIS positions in the governorate of Raqqa, a couple of airstrikes also seem to have struck villages recently captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Russian Air Force hunts down scores of ISIS tanks and trucks

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 17 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Russian Air Force is on the roll, hunting down scores of tanks and machine-gun mounted trucks of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. The video footage (below) shows operations of Russian Ka-52 attack helicopters in action against ISIS east of Palmyra along the road to Arak. The operations of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breitbart is losing advertisers at an accelerated rate. Gee, what a bummer.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 17 hours ago
Courtesy of Digiday: *Six months ago, Breitbart was riding the wave of the election, plotting an international expansion to provide a platform to spread far-right, populist views in Europe. But today, Breitbart is facing traffic declines, advertiser blacklists, campaigns for marketers to steer clear and even a petition within Amazon for it to stop providing ad services. * *There were just 26 brands appearing on Breitbart in May, down from a high of 242 in March, according to MediaRadar, which tracks ads on websites. * *The site’s decline also coincides with boycotts aimed at getti... more »

"Nothing Is Fair..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago

"Very Different Persons..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 17 hours ago
"The world is governed by very different persons to what is imagined by those who are not themselves behind the scene." - Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister to Queen Victoria. "Waddesdon Manor - built between 1874 and 1889 for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Today Waddesdon is owned by the National Trust, but in recent years, following an extensive restoration, it has been, and continues to be administered by a Rothschild family trust that is overseen by Jacob Rothschild." - Wikipedia The personal fortune of the Rothschild banking family is conservatively estimated to be betw... more »

Northrop, Boeing and Lockheed Martin All Want to Upgrade America's Nuclear Missiles

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 17 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * *Nevertheless, despite clear evidence in favor of deploying nuclear weapons, modernizing the US arsenal has long been a cost concern and strategic liability for US strategic planners. In fact, Weinstein said there is concern that both Russian and Chinese nuclear arsenals are now more modern and advanced than existing U.S. Minuteman IIIs. * *Citing a Congressional Research Service report, a story in National Defense Magazine says the GBSD the program is expected to cost $62 billion from 2015 through fiscal year 2044. That breaks down to about $14 billio... more »

London: Why #hashtagging won’t stop terror (VIDEO)

Vladimir Rodzianko at The Duran - 17 hours ago
An associated #hashtag appears on social media every time there is a terror attack, that is, except in non-white countries. Do people really believe this is supposed to send a message to those committing violence and terror? The post London: Why #hashtagging won’t stop terror (VIDEO) appeared first on The Duran.

Bomb attack on US Embassy in Kiev

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Ukraine's lawlessness is taking its toll, even on seemingly unlikely targets. The post Bomb attack on US Embassy in Kiev appeared first on The Duran.

Iran has a legal right to strike Saudi Arabia

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
Iran can strike Saudi Arabia but should it? The post Iran has a legal right to strike Saudi Arabia appeared first on The Duran.

America is to blame for the inevitable break-up of Iraq

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 17 hours ago
The US blame Syria for what Syria has not done, yet refuse to admit their own crimes which continue in Iraq. The post America is to blame for the inevitable break-up of Iraq appeared first on The Duran.

Vladimir Putin and the State of the West and its Democracy

A Political Junkie at Viable Opposition - 18 hours ago
The 2016 annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club took place in late October 2016 during the closing weeks of the 2016 American presidential election. At this three day event which had the time "*The Future in Progress: Shaping the World of Tomorrow*", 130 experts and political analysts from 35 different countries examined issues concerning international relations, politics, the economy and demography among others. The meeting was attended by such political notables as Tarja Halonen, President of the Republic of Finland from 2000 to 2012, Thabo Mbeki, President o... more »

Lyons-Weiler on Morality, Ethics and Vaccine Policies

Age of Autism at AGE OF AUTISM - 19 hours ago
Excerpted from James Lyons-Weiler's site. His book is available now from Skyhorse Publishing. Follow James on Facebook here. Meet James and AofA's Mark Blaxill who is presenting at at the FOCUS 2017:VACCINE SAFETY SCIENCE AND SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY June 15 -...

Rolling Stone Magazine: "It's Time to Demand Donald Trump's Resignation."

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 19 hours ago
The article lists all of the reasons for this call, but I have a feeling you all know them by heart. So instead I will share the last seven paragraphs with you: *There is only one sensible reaction to Trump's antics: for members of Congress and influential conservatives to demand he resign. * *You and I both know he's not leaving the White House willingly, or at least not anytime soon. But this is no longer anything approaching a close call. The things the president says and writes, in public, are more than enough evidence to declare him grossly unfit for a job as a tollbooth oper... more »

Leo DiCaprio meets with Mexican president to save the vaquita porpoise

White Wolf at White Wolf - 19 hours ago
Leonardo DiCaprio and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto have vowed to try to save the vaquita marina porpoise, which could be extinct as soon as next year. The pair had clashed briefly last month when DiCaprio promoted the cause online, leading to defensive tweets from Pena Nieto. But two were all smiles on Wednesday as they shook hands and signed a deal in which Mexico promised to protect the marine ecosystems of the Gulf of California and in particular the vaquita, which is found only there. In May, DiCaprio asked his millions of Twitter and Instagram followers to call on P... more »

"Central Banks Now Own Stocks And Bonds Worth Trillions – And They Could Crash The Markets By Selling Them"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 19 hours ago
*"Central Banks Now Own Stocks And Bonds Worth Trillions – * *And They Could Crash The Markets By Selling Them"* by Michael Snyder "Have you ever wondered why stocks just seem to keep going up no matter what happens? For years, financial markets have been behaving in ways that seem to defy any rational explanation, but once you understand the role that central banks have been playing everything begins to make sense. In the aftermath of the great financial crisis of 2008, global central banks began to buy stocks, bonds and other financial assets in very large quantities and they have... more »

Terror Suspect Targets Stamford Hill Neighborhood in London per Jewish Press

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 19 hours ago
'Late last month terror suspect Aweys Faqey, 37, was arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of discussing plans to obtain automatic weapons for the purpose of killing Jews in Stamford Hill. The Somalia-born suspect is married with a wife and five children in the Netherlands, and a second wife and child in Kenya. But he's been living in Tottenham since 2013. Online chat logs of a conversation between him and Abdirahman Hassan, a Kenyan man awaiting trial for terrorist offenses in a separate terrorism case, were read out in court, with one message allegedly saying: "It could have... more »

Qatar military goes on highest alert, fearing Saudi invasion at any moment

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 20 hours ago
Trump extends an olive branch, offering to help the Qatar and Saudi Arabia resolve their differences. The post Qatar military goes on highest alert, fearing Saudi invasion at any moment appeared first on The Duran.

Do YOU Dare to Call it Treason?

LL at Virtual Mirage - 20 hours ago
The US has been at war with various and sundry radical jihadi factions since September 11, 2001. I'm going to focus on the US. Britain and France have different bodies of law and I'm unfamiliar enough with their way of looking at things, so I'll stick with what I know. Jihadis in the US (so-called home-grown terrorists) are engaged in treasonous activity since we are at war with their masters. *18 U.S. Code § 2381 - Treason* Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or el... more »

Is there any Labour Party leader the BBC wouldn't back?

Not a sheep at Not a sheep - 20 hours ago
Steven Glover in The Mail thinks not. Does anyone seriously disagree? Thanks to Craig at http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/election-day.html for the spot.

UK General Election 2017

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 20 hours ago

Syrian Democratic Forces capture two key villages from ISIS in rural Raqqa – Map update

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:10 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) intensified their Euphrates Wrath operations in northern Syria following the capture of Al-Mashalab, the first neighborhood in Raqqa city to come under Kurdish control. Advancing on the western flank of Raqqa, the SDF were able to impose full control of Harqalah just […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército Libre Sirio respaldado por EE.UU. sufre grandes pérdidas en una ofensiva fallida contra el Ejército sirio

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
El Ejército Libre Sirio (ELS o FSA por sus siglas en inglés), respaldado por Estados Unidos, lanzó ayer una ofensiva en el territorio oriental de la gobernación de al-Sweida, dirigida a la posición del Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS o SAA por sus siglas en inglés) cerca de la presa de Zuluf y la zona de al-Qalat. Capitalizando […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército sirio desafía advertencias de EE.UU para reanudar operaciones cerca de la frontera iraquí

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
Las imágenes publicadas de un ataque aéreo de la coalición encabezada por Estados Unidos en el territorio noreste de Homs muestran las consecuencias del ataque aéreo que causó la muerte de dos soldados del Ejército Árabe Sirio y heridas en otros 15. El Ministerio de Defensa de Siria confirmó que la coalición encabezada por Estados Unidos bombardeó el martes […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria: Russian-trained sappers clear mines in Homs residential areas

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Syrian government sappers trained by Russian military specialists could be seen clearing mines in residential areas of Homs on Wednesday. During the operation, sappers uncovered booby traps, including live mines disguised inside rocks. The land mines were later taken to the deserted outskirts of the city where they were destroyed […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Más de 50 combatientes rebeldes se entregan al Ejército sirio en el noreste de Alepo

Alvaro A. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
Más de 50 rebeldes desertaron al Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) en el noreste de la región de Alepo, dijeron activistas de la oposición el miércoles. Según estos activistas, los combatientes desertores eran miembros de la División del Sultán Murad, Escudo al-Furat, Faylaq al-Sham, y algún otro grupos rebeldes. Desde entonces han surgido informes contradictorios de […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia, Turkey agree on technical specifications of S-400 delivery contract

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
(TASS)Russia and Turkey have agreed upon technical stipulations regarding the contract of delivering the S-400 Triumf long-range anti-aircraft missile system, Rostech’s CEO for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Viktor Kladov told TASS. “Yes, we’ve met and agreed on the specifications,” he said, responding to a question about whether Rosoboronexport’s delegation had visited Turkey to discuss […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Preko 50 pobunjenika prebeglo u sirijsku vojsku na severoistoku Aleppa: izveštaj

Davor M at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEJRUT, Liban (07:00) – Preko 50 pobunjenika prebeglo je u redove Sirijske Arapske armije (SAA) u severoistočnom delu Alepa, tvrde opozicioni aktivisti. Prema ovim aktivistima, prebegli borci bili su pripadnici sultan Murat divizije, Al-furat štita, Failak Al-Sham-a, i nekoliko drugih pobunjeničkih grupa. Suprotstavljeni izveštaji pojavili su se od opozicionih aktivista, gde neki tvrde da je 50+ […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Pobunjenici koje podržava SAD pretrpili velike gubitke u propaloj ofanzivi protiv sirijske vojske

Davor M at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEJRUT, Liban (7:30) – Takozvana Slobodna sirijska armija koje podržava SAD pokrenula je u srijedu ofanzivu u istočnom delu Al-Sveida pokrajine, ciljajući položaje Sirijske Arapske armije u blizini Zuluf brane i al-Kal’at oblasti. Koristivši američki napad protiv Sirijske Arapske vojske u blizini Al-Tanf-a, tkzv. Slobodna sirijska armija pokušala je da se probije kroz odbranu vladinih snaga u srijedu ujutro. […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army defies US warnings to resume operations near Iraqi border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:25 A.M.) – Footage released from the site of a US-led coalition airstrike at the northeastern countryside of Homs on Friday showed the aftermath of the airstrike that left two Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers killed and over 15 others wounded. Syrian Defence Ministry confirmed that a US-led coalition hit a position of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iranians speak out: Saudis behind terrorist attack in Tehran

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – Iranians shared their feelings after the deadly attacks struck the Iranian capital of Tehran, Wednesday, leaving at least 12 people dead and scores injured. Tehran resident Ali Asghari condemned the attack before adding “We have no fear because inside our nation there is nothing with the names of fear or […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

US-backed rebels suffer heavy losses in failed offensive against Syrian Army

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – The US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched an offensive in the eastern countryside of the Al-Sweida Governorate, Wednesday, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) position near the Zuluf Dam and Al-Qal’at area. Capitalizing on the US’ attack against the Syrian Arab Army near Al-Tanf, the Free Syrian Army attempted to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Qatari military expelled from Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen

Naseh Shaker at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 21 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:15 A.M.) – The Qatari Armed Forces have been expelled from the Arab Coalition by the Saudi military, Wednesday, following the suspension of diplomatic relations between the two Gulf nations. According to the Qatar News Agency (QNA), their armed forces left the Najran Military Base near the Yemeni border and the Saudi Airbase […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Euan Mearns’ Roundup Of Energy Manifestos

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 21 hours ago
By Paul Homewood Euan Mearns has written an analysis of the main UK parties’ energy manifestos, which obviously have relevance today: In recent weeks I have been taking a look at the energy manifestos of the main parties engaged in the UK general election. In this post I summarise these positions under the […]

Camphor with new releases

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
Camphor Press has a set of new releases out to help in understanding the White Terror. I've talked about *A Pail of Oysters*, which is sad and fantastic. Absolutely a must read. *Formosa Betrayed* will be familiar. But Shackleton's *Formosa Calling* will probably be new to many of you out there. Camphor describes.... Allan J. Shackleton was a New Zealand officer with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration assigned to in Taiwan at the time. His eyewitness account of the massacre is an important piece in understanding modern Taiwan’s founding tragedy. Shackleton ... more »

ALEPH at LEP strangely "discovers" new 25 GeV, 55 GeV, 80 GeV particles in four-jets

Luboš Motl at The Reference Frame - 21 hours ago
A different paper on condensed-matter and particle physics interface: Zhao and Liu argue that SUSY doesn't emerge at critical points as proposed by several others Once upon a time, there was no LHC collider in the LHC tunnel. Instead, LEP, the large electron-positron collider, was thriving over there. It had several runs and the LEP2 run is what we will talk about. Just like LHC has ATLAS and CMS and the Tevatron had D0 and CDF, LEP had several detectors: ALEPH, DELPHI, OPAL, and L3. We will talk about ALEPH. You must have heard me as saying that it's sometimes bizarre how much ti... more »

The Interesting Side Effects of Sex-selective Abortions....

Michael Turton at The View from Taiwan - 21 hours ago
*Watermelons await buyers at my favorite watermelon juice shop in Xiluo* *More Missing Women, Fewer Dying Girls: The Impact of Sex-Selective Abortion on Sex at Birth and Relative Female Mortality in Taiwan* (Ming-Jen Lin, Jin-Tan Liu and Nancy Qian, 2013, Journal of the European Economic Association) From the introduction... More importantly, the results show that conditional on compositional changes in mothers choosing to give birth, the reform reduced relative female mortality rates for higher parity births. *In other words, for parents that would give birth to higher parity chi... more »

Frequently Asked Questions on the Ethics of Lifespan and Healthspan Extension

Ethical Technology - 22 hours ago
The mission of healthy life extension, or healthy longevity promotion, raises a broad variety of questions and tasks, relating to science and technology, individual and communal ethics, and public policy, especially health and science policy. Despite the wide variety, the related questions may be classified into three groups. The first group of questions concerns the feasibility of the accomplishment of life extension. Is it theoretically and technologically possible? What are our grounds for optimism? What are the means to ensure that the life extension will be healthy life exten... more »


Anon at Aangirfan - 22 hours ago
*Massachusetts Institute of Technology* Tiny Singapore and little Switzerland have top universities. UK universities are falling in the world rankings table, but are still the best in Europe. China and Japan are far behind the USA, in terms of universities. *The top universities according to QS World University Rankings 2018* *1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)2 Standford University3 Harvard University4 California Institute of Technology5 University of Cambridge6 University of Oxford7 University College London8 Imperial College London9 University of Ch... more »

The Seth Rich murder conspiracy smoking gun?

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
First off, the manner of the killing makes it a high probability deliberate assassination. Side stories about his last hours are not authenticated but also fall into this framework. Now we have this impossible narrative about what occurred at the hospital. This did not happen to any of the thousands of gunshot victims in the last decade. Why was he so lucky? Then we have the amazing lack of police interest in all this. Add in the leaked allusions of one John Podesta and we have a go to starting point that works wonderfully. Innocent explanations are hard to fathom in this ca... more »

Dogman Kills West Virginia Farmer

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
This is an old report, but it clearly identifies the creature involved. It conforms to what i have identified as the Giant Sloth. Better still we finally get a clear look at the hand claws which confirm that it is a three toed sloth. There are two toed as well so this matters. Better yet the creature is able to absorb severe punishment without entering shock. I suspect that it metabolism is much lower than any comparable animal and this makes it difficult to spot using heat sensing as well. We need greater sensitivity here. Better yet this is all things that i prediceted lon... more »

Pair of Large Bat-Like Humanoids - Downtown Chicago

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Whatever they are, they have taken to residing in and around Chicago and have given us multiple sightings. Many others have apparently reported in to MUFON as well. What is actually unusual is that they have zero true antecedents in that they do not appear earth natural whereas the scant reports on Mothman are earth natural. Can human technology actually do this. None that i am aware off and why would we? Proper winged flight demands unusual internal arrangement and these creatures do indicate just that. You are not doing that by artificial means. From... more »

Kolbrin - Book of Scrolls - Chpt 10 - Sacred Registers Pt 10 - Prayer of Introduction

arclein at Terra Forming Terra - 22 hours ago
Now our returning spirit enters into the presence of the greatest guide and he tells of his qualities in supplication to this 'great one'. All this emulates the court of a Pharaoh and surely informed the living of the direct connection to the other side that the Pharaoh enjoyed. It becomes possible to understand the whole spiritual underpinnings of Kingship as developed and supported by the preisthood. Our own culture has dismissed all such pretension but forget that we are the novel ones. In fact divine kingship was sustained until recently everywhere with the first real ... more »

Charter schools harm students

Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene at Schools Matter - 22 hours ago
Remediation costs from charter high school “graduates” getting into college, but not having basic proficiency are astronomical both in terms of economics, and in demoralizing students. Education legal scholars like Robert D. Skeels have called for wealthy charter school executives and their unelected boards of directors to be held personally liable for the damages both to individual students, and to society at large. The costs of putting charter greed before student need are grave. It’s time to end the racist and classist “school choice” project. Source http://asd.calstate.edu

Is Hillary Clinton 'Breaking-Down"

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 22 hours ago
Hillary Clinton addresses her staff and supporters about the results of the U.S. election at a hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria *Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy:* *The sad spectacle of Hillary Clinton’s slow-motion breakdown* Hillary Clinton seems to have launched yet another political campaign in 2017, one to convince Americans that they absolutely did the right thing by not electing her president in 2016. Which is not to say the victorious alternative was ideal either. But the ongoing public Clinton struggle with herself is alie... more »

Russian President Putin: Slam's Hillary Clinton And Praises Former President Ronald Reagan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 hours ago
Putin and Oliver Stone are pictured together in an image from the upcoming Showtime documentary, The Putin Interviews *Daily Mail: **Vladimir Putin slams Hillary Clinton saying she 'abused the Russian issue' by comparing him to Hitler and praises Ronald Reagan for stopping work at 6 p.m. each day to watch TV with his wife in series of interviews with Oliver Stone* * Russian leader Vladimir Putin spoke in a series of interviews with the famed director before the election last year for an upcoming Showtime documentary * The Russian leader revealed that he has taken tips from Fidel Ca... more »

A Guide to the UK General Election

Dan MacGuill at Snopes.com - 23 hours ago
How it works, how you can follow the results, and why this is one that's worth putting on the kettle for.

Election Day

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 23 hours ago
There's a striking paragraph in Steven Glover's latest *Daily Mail *article that I think hits the mark: Does that seem right to you too?

Loving v. Virginia: Exploring biracial identity and reality in America 50 years after a landmark civil rights milestone

Caty Borum Chattoo, Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact, American University School of Communication, American University School of Communication at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
Mildred and Richard Loving in 1965 AP Photo Fifty years ago, on June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of the most important civil rights decisions in American history, Loving v. Virginia. The landmark case ended the last of the country’s state laws banning interracial marriage – prohibitions described in the case’s oral arguments as “the most odious of the segregation laws and the slavery laws.” This wasn’t simply the dramatic end to longstanding policy justified with biblical assertions about the separation of the races. In the most intimate human terms, the court’s... more »

J Edgar Hoover's oversteps: Why FBI directors are forbidden from getting cozy with presidents

Douglas M. Charles, Associate Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University at Politics + Society – The Conversation - 23 hours ago
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster How are U.S. presidents and FBI directors supposed to communicate? A new FBI director has recently been nominated, former Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray. He will certainly be thinking carefully about this question as he awaits confirmation. Former FBI Director James Comey’s relationship with President Donald Trump was strained at best. Comey was concerned that Trump had approached him on nine different occasions in two months. In his testimony to Congress, Comey stated that... more »

Musical Interlude: Vangelis, “Hymn”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
Vangelis, “Hymn” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB7fnZ-AQNE

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
“The large stellar association cataloged as NGC 206 is nestled within the dusty arms of neighboring spiral galaxy Andromeda (M31), 2.5 million light-years distant. *Click image for larger size.* Seen near the center of this gorgeous close-up of the southwestern extent of Andromeda's disk, the bright, blue stars of NGC 206 indicate its youth. Its youngest massive stars are less than 10 million years old. Much larger than the clusters of young stars in the disk of our Milky Way galaxy known as open or galactic clusters, NGC 206 spans about 4,000 light-years. That's comparable in size ... more »

Chet Raymo, “Counting Out”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Counting Out” * by Chet Raymo "Remember "counting out"? Do kids still "count out"? Consider a count among six children: (1)Einie (2)meenie (3)meinie (4)mo, (5)catch (6)a feller (1) by the (2)toe, (3)if he (4)hollers (5)let him (6)go, (1)einie (2)meenie (3)meinie (4)mo. Number 4 is "out." Back in the early 70s, Kenneth Goldstein published an ethnographic study of counting out rhymes. By extending the rhyme, a clever counter could count out a child other than number 4: (5)My (6)mother (1)says (2)that (3)you (4)are (5)it. Or further: (6)But (1)I (2)say (3)that (4)you (5)are (6)ou... more »

“Logical Consequences and Conclusions”; A Timely Repost

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 day ago
*“Logical Consequences and Conclusions”* Compiled by CP “Logical consequence (also entailment) is one of the most fundamental concepts in logic. It is the relationship between statements that holds true when one logically "follows from" one or more others. Valid logical arguments are ones in which the conclusions follow from its premises, and its conclusions are consequences of its premises. The philosophical analysis of logical consequence involves asking, 'in what sense does a conclusion follow from its premises?' and 'what does it mean for a conclusion to be a consequence of pre... more »

Tweet For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Deputies chant 'Death to America' after today's terrorist attack on Iran's parliament #TehranAttack pic.twitter.com/n9YHzwaWDl — potkin azarmehr (@potkazar) June 7, 2017

The Deplorable Truth about Decarbonization

Alan Carlin at Carlin Economics and Science - 1 day ago
The deplorable truth is that the Climate Industrial Complex (CIC) is pushing exactly in the wrong direction even if what they advocate were free (which is very very far from being the case). The CIC includes the mainstream media, the Democratic Party (which publicly adopted decarbonization last year as part of its Party platform), the […]

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* Servicepersons of the Northern fleet play roller hockey aboard the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. © PHOTO: PRESS SERVICE OF THE NORTHERN FLEET *WNU Editor*: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *Everyday Life of Russia's Northern Fleet* (Sputnik)

U.S. Missile Defense Chief: 'North Korea Missile Advances A 'Great Concern'

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
Military vehicles carry missiles with characters reading 'Pukkuksong' during a military parade marking the 105th birth anniversary of North Korea's founding father, Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Sue-Lin Wong/File photo *Reuters:* *Head of U.S. missile defense says North Korea missile advances a 'great concern'* The head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Vice Admiral James Syring, said on Wednesday that technological advances demonstrated by North Korea in its ballistic missile program in the past six months had caused him "great concern." Syring told a hear... more »

North Korea Fires Multiple Anti-Ship Missiles As South Korea Delays The Deployment Of THAAD

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*Washington Post*:* N. Korea launches another salvo of missiles, defying international condemnation* TOKYO – North Korea fired another salvo of missiles Thursday morning, keeping up the relentless pace of testing as it advances toward its goal of producing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States. The latest barrage comes after three launches in May, and means Kim Jong Un has now ordered almost as many missile launches this year alone as his father oversaw — 16 — during 17 years in power. It was not immediately clear how many missiles... more »

New Program Aims to Help Indiana Foster Kids in College

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
INDIANAPOLIS — About 50 Indiana foster children who are entering college will receive additional instruction this summer though a program intended to boost the number of foster kids finishing degrees. The nonprofit Indiana Connected by 25 is working with Purdue University Northwest, where the incoming freshman will stay in dorms while receiving eight weeks of […]

Suspect in Notre Dame Attack was Ex-journalist, Student

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
PARIS — The Algerian doctoral student suspected of attacking police officers in front of Notre Dame Cathedral – with cries of “This is for Syria!” and a hammer – was identified Wednesday by a relative and a friend as an ex-journalist who firmly believed in democratic values and showed no signs of radicalization. The Paris […]

MIT Gets $140M Donation from Anonymous Alumnus

cmaadmin at Diverse - 1 day ago
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is getting a $140 million donation from a former student. Officials at the elite school said Wednesday that the donation comes from an alumnus who wants to remain anonymous. The gift is an unrestricted donation, meaning it can be used in any way to support MIT’s research […]

Over 50 rebel fighters defect to Syrian Army in northeast Aleppo: report

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – Over 50 rebels defected to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northeastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, opposition activists claimed on Wednesday. According to these activists, the defected fighters were members of the Sultan Murad Division, Al-Furat Shield, Faylaq Al-Sham, and several other rebel groups. Conflicting reports have since […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, Palestinian allies push east to lift siege on Deir Ezzor

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), alongside Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary) and Liwaa Fatemiyoun (Iranian-Afghani paramilitary), resumed their offensive in Palmyra’s eastern countryside, Wednesday, striking the Islamic State (ISIL) forces along the main road to the key town of Sukhnah. With help from the Russian Air Force, the Syrian Armed Forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Putin confirms Russia ready to team up with Iran to fight terror

(TASS) Russian President Vladimir Putin has forwarded a message to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani conveying condolences over the Tehran attack, the Kremlin press service said in a statement. “The Russian leader strongly condemned this attack which once again emphasized the need to boost international cooperation in the fight against terrorism,” the statement reads. He […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Video footage showing aftermath of US strike on Syrian Army troops near Iraq border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition attacked the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the Al-Tanf Border-Crossing, Tuesday, killing at least two soldiers and wounding 15 others as a result of an airstrike. According to a military source, the U.S. airstrike was conducted along the Damascus-Baghdad Highway, which ultimately flows through the Al-Tanf Mountains […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Russia knows nothing about US “de-conflication zones” in Syria: Lavrov

(RT) Russia considers the US-led coalition airstrike against pro-Damascus fighters in Syria an act of aggression and rejects the justification for the attack issued by the Pentagon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The Tuesday airstrike near the town of At Tanf in eastern Syria “was an aggressive act, that violated the sovereignty and territorial […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Breaking: Infamous Saudi Sharia official injured in Idlib

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 day ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 A.M.) – The Saudi Sharia cleric, ‘Abdullah Al-Muhaysni, was wounded by gunfire in the Idlib countryside, tonight, the jihadist official announced via his Telegram channel. According to the statement released, Muhaysni was driving through a Faylaq Al-Sham checkpoint in rural Idlib, when the Islamist group opened fire on his vehicle. Muhaysni’s Telegram […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Can Jim Messina's And Señor Trumpanzee's Ineptness Help Jeremy Corbyn Win Tomorrow?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 day ago
Tomorrow is election day in the U.K. And John Nichols thinks you should be as excited as Bernie is about Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity campaign. Bernie even went over there to campaign for him, probably hoping Trump would deliver the coup de grâce for the Conservative Party by endorsing Theresa May. Like Bernie, Corbyn "was written off as too far left, and too fiercely opposed to austerity." The same way we have a dominant Republican wing of the Democratic Party here-- the Blue Dogs and New Dems-- muddying up the Democratic brand, over there they have the same garbage, "New Labo... more »

Will Trump and the FCC heal or worsen America's digital divide?

Gregory Porumbescu, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University Newark at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Some Americans have fast internet, but many still lag behind – especially in rural areas. BlueRingMedia via shutterstock.com Many of the Trump administration’s spending priorities seem to be dramatically different from those of past administrations. But at least one, on the surface, appears to have been preserved: expanding access to broadband internet. As far back as 1996, the U.S. federal government has worked, and spent tax dollars, to get all Americans access to high-speed internet service. The effort began under the Clinton administration, and accelerated when George W. Bush’... more »

Air travel exposes you to radiation – how much health risk comes with it?

Timothy J. Jorgensen, Director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program and Associate Professor of Radiation Medicine, Georgetown University at Science + Technology – The Conversation - 1 day ago
Captain, we're being pummeled by cosmic rays! muratart via Shutterstock.com This past April, business traveler Tom Stuker became the world’s most frequent flyer, logging 18,000,000 miles of air travel on United Airlines over the last 14 years. That’s a lot of time up in the air. If Stuker’s traveling behaviors are typical of other business flyers, he may have eaten 6,500 inflight meals, drunk 5,250 alcoholic beverages, watched thousands of inflight movies and made around 10,000 visits to airplane toilets. He would also have accumulated a radiation dose equivalent to about 1,000 che... more »

Trump: Defense Assembly Jobs for Saudis; Technical specifications to Saudis so they can attack the US at a future date with “Smart” Bombs, etc; A Few Republican and Democratic Congress Members Object

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 1 day ago
If not stopped, instead of these swords, the Saudis will be assembling-making smart bombs, Black Hawk helicoptors and more with … Continue reading →

Canada To Boost Its Military Budget By 70% Over The Next Decade

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 day ago
*CBC:* *More soldiers, ships and planes for military in Liberal defence plan* Long-range plan calls for a boost in spending and a larger contingent of regular and reservist troops. The Liberal government's new defence policy lays out a plan to increase the defence budget by 70 per cent over the next decade to $32.7 billion. It is a mixture of new and previously committed money. The long-anticipated review calls for a slight increase in the size of the military — both regular and reserve forces. There will also be a modest increase in the size of the special forces. Defence Minis... more »

Iran Blames Saudi Arabia For Terrorist Attack, Supporting ISIS; Vows “Revenge”

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 1 day ago
Iran Blames Saudi Arabia For Terrorist Attack, Supporting ISIS; Vows “Revenge” by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com Iran’s infamous Revolutionary Guards accused Saudi Arabia of being behind the twin terrorist attacks in Tehran, which killed 12 and left at least 39 injured, and have vowed “revenge.” – Earlier in the day, a group of four people in […]

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