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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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

1 July - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:38 pm MDT

US Media Sells Disorder in Eastern Syria

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 8 minutes ago
US "progress" in eastern Syria is a prelude to protracted conflict, not peace and prosperity. *July 2, 2017 *(Tony Cartalucci - LD) - The Washington Post in a piece penned by David Ignatius, attempts to showcase US progress in eastern Syria where it admittedly and intentionally created the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (ISIS) and where it now claims it is fighting and defeating it with proxies on the ground as well as an expanding US air and ground presence. Titled, "As the Islamic State falls in Syria, one city offers a preview of the country’s future," the piece attempts to por... more »

China Testing A New-Type Of Light Main Battle Tank

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 23 minutes ago
*Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat*:* China Tests New Tank in Tibet* A new Chinese light main battle tank has purportedly been tested on the Tibetan Plateau. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has tested a new tank on the Tibetan Plateau in western China, the Chinese Ministry of Defense announced on June 29. “Recently, a new-type of tank has undertaken trials on the Tibet Plateau. The trials were aimed to test the tank’s performance and are not targeted at any country,” PLA spokesman Colonel Wu Qian said during a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Defense (MoD) on June 29. ... more »

Cyber-terrorism targets nuclear?

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 37 minutes ago
Reuters is reporting that nuclear is being targeted by a hacking campaign. The article is exceedingly ambiguous and truncated and simply indicates that the US Dept of Homeland Security and FBI warned businesses across sectors of a hacking campaign aimed at "harvesting credentials": Jim Finkle (2017, June 30). U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms. Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-energy-idUSKBN19L2Z9 Hackers used tainted "phishing" emails to "harvest credentials" so they could gain access to networks of their targets, the joint ... more »

ISIS’s hold on the Syrian desert under threat as Desert Hawks unleash new offensive: Video

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:32 AM) – The long-awaited offensive by the Syrian Army on the Islamic State-held enclave of eastern Hama has finally materialized following days of Desert Hawk units mobilizing on the Salamiya, Sheikh Hilel, and Ithriya axes. Hours after the launch of the operation, the elite Desert Hawks were able to capture Shahed 9 […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Rebel Israeli-backed offensive ultimately fails as Syrian Army recaptures all territory

Izat Charkatli at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:18 AM) – Backed by the local National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Army managed to recapture the quarries area west of Ba’ath City in Quneitra province captured earlier by the jihadist Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham during their five-day offensive on the government stronghold. Though supported by several Israeli airstrikes in Syria’s southern province, […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS snipers make Kurdish forces pay heavy price for latest gains in Raqqa city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:05 A.M.) – The battle for Raqqa has so far resulted in the death of 74 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) by ISIS snipers alone if one is to believe an info-graphic released by Amaq Agency on Saturday. Between June 6 and June 30, the following deaths caused by snipers were […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee erobert vom IS erbeuteten Panzer zurück

Pauline E. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 47 minutes ago
BEIRUT, LIBANON (15:10) – Die syrische Armee hat unter Führung der Tiger Forces einen T-72 Panzer zurückgewinnen können, den der IS während der Kämpfe um Ost-Aleppo erbeutet hatte. Der T-72 Panzer wurde in der Vergangenheit bereits in mehreren Propagandavideos des IS gezeigt und wurde diese Woche von den Tiger Forces im westlichen Teil der Provinz Rakka […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 54 minutes ago
Members of the Counter Terrorism Service take a selfie in front of the ruins of Grand al-Nuri Mosque, pictured after it was retaken by the Iraqi forces from Islamic State militants at the Old City in Mosul, Iraq. REUTERS/Erik De Castro *WNU Editor: *The above picture if from this post .... *Iraqi forces close in on IS redoubt in Mosul after declaring end of caliphate* (Reuters)

Serious quality problems in the surface temperature data sets–Ross McKittrick

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood When people talk about the widely reported global surface temperature record, it is worth recalling Ross McKittrick’s damning assessment of it in 2010, “A Critical Review of Global Surface Temperature Data Products”. ABSTRACT There are three main global temperature histories: the combined…

Wind power fails in Canada – a 23 year life span not likely to be replaced

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the Calgary Herald and the “waiting of the government cash cow” department: Oldest commercial wind farm in Canada headed for scrapyard after 23 years By: DAN HEALING, CALGARY HERALD A line of turbines on metal lattice legs catch the breeze at the Cowley Ridge wind farm in southern…

IEA Report Gives F’s to Most Green Tech

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton From the “you don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows” files: FOSSIL FUELS New IEA Report Delivers Failing Grades to Most Green Technologies More innovation is needed in the global energy transformation. by Eric Wesoff June 13, 2017 Say…

Understanding multi-decadal global warming rate changes

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: Credit: sciencedaily.com Maybe a glimmer of recognition for natural warming from the oceans here, while still believing that alleged man-made effects on air temperatures are somehow warming the water in a cyclical fashion. Could there be a hint of strained logic here? Phys.org reports. Despite persistently increasing greenhouse gas…

Arctic Expedition Cancelled Due to Excess “Climate Change”

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. By Tatiana Pichugina – P1030361, CC BY 2.0, Link Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t James Delingpole / Breitbart – University of Manitoba has a new term for excess sea ice; they now call it “climate change”. Large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due…

Stephen Wilde: How conduction and convection cause a greenhouse effect arising from atmospheric mass.

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Tallbloke's Talkshop: This guest post from Stephen Wilde offers a descriptive theoretical and qualitative perspective on the ‘gravito-thermal’ theory. It covers the vertical profile of the atmosphere as well as the surface temperature comprehensively quantified by Nikolov and Zeller’s latest paper. How conduction and convection cause a greenhouse effect arising from…

Obvious science from Antarctica: ice melts in warmer temperatures thanks for El Nino

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: From the Ohio State University and the department of obvious science Widespread snowmelt in West Antarctica during unusually warm summer Strong El Nino played a major role in warming the air above the ice, researchers report COLUMBUS, Ohio–An area of West Antarctica more than twice the size of…

Tesla Powerwall Economics

Hifast at Climate Collections - 1 hour ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood h/t Joe Public While Elon Musk has been throwing his toys out of the pram following Trump’s decision to exit Paris, let’s take a look at what his famous batteries have to offer. This is what their website offers: https://www.tesla.com/en_GB/powerwall ? If…

You Can't Impeach Someone For Vulgarity, But...

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
Two dozen Secretaries of State, including many Republicans in red states like Oklahoma, Mississippi, Utah, Texas, Arizona, Indiana, North Dakota, and Tennessee told the Trump Regime to "go jump in the Gulf of Mexico" when they asked for voters' personal information. Trumpanzee woke up Saturday accusing them, of trying to hide something. What they're doing is protecting their citizens from an authoritarian, proto-fascist regime that more and more people-- across the political spectrum-- are coming to realize is a danger to the country. (About time!) Right around the time Donnie De... more »

Comparing The World`s Aircraft Carriers

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Yukon (T-AO 202). Carl Vinson is underway with embarked Carrier Air Wing 2 and Destroyer Squadron 1 conducting the Tailored Ship's Training Availability (TSTA) and Final Evaluation Problem in preparation for their upcoming deployment. During TSTA, Afloat Training Group Pacific evaluates training drills and real-world scenarios, while placing an emphasis on damage control, flight deck operations and simulated combat.Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Patrick W. ... more »

The Chinese Military's Secret Weapon against America

Zachary Keck at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Zachary Keck* *Security, Asia* Believe me, it’s not what you think. As Alexander de Tocqueville observed nearly two centuries ago, Americans are by nature an optimistic people. This optimism has often been a source of national strength, propelling us to seek ever greater heights. In certain instances, however, optimism can be dangerous. One such instance is in dealing with China’s rise. Many Americans have failed to grapple with the magnitude of China’s rise, confident that Beijing will go ultimately go the way of the Soviet Union or Japan in the 1980s. Those making this case c... more »

Here's How America Became a Military Superpower during World War II

Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Warfare History Network* *History, * The size of the U.S. military exploded in World War II, as army numbers alone soared from 174,000 to over 11 million. During World War II about 16,000,000 personnel served in the U.S. Military: approximately 11,200,000 in the Army, 4,200,000 in the Navy, and 660,000 in the Marine Corps. On 1 July 1939, the strength of the active Army was approximately 174,000, three quarters of whom were scattered throughout the continental United States; the rest stationed overseas. The Regular Army was supplemented by the National Guard, which had just 20... more »

The Ultimate Missile Defense: Sci-Fi-Style Railguns

Jared Keller, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Jared Keller, Task and Purpose* *Security, * Enemy missiles won’t know what hit them. As part of its proposed $171.5 billion fiscal year 2018 budget request, the Navy carved out a hefty $2 billion for a suite of futuristic weapons systems ripped straight from the pages of a science-fiction flick. And a good part of that cash is going toward the service’s much-touted electromagnetic railgun: According to a new report from the Congressional Research Service, the service is on track to equip guided-missile destroyers and cruisers with the fancy launcher within the next 10 years. B... more »

The History of Fake News

David V. Gioe at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*David V. Gioe* *Politics, * [image: Newspaper truth.] Why can’t America reliably separate out fact, falsehood, opinion and reasoned analysis? It was a clear autumn day in Washington, DC on October 27, 1941, when President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his Navy Day speech to the American people. Halloween was later that week, but Adolf Hitler and his Wehrmacht war machine were scaring the administration. Roosevelt used his address to highlight the threat posed to the Western Hemisphere—America’s hemisphere—per the longstanding Monroe Doctrine. The Japanese surprise attack on Pear... more »

How to Play Diplomatic Dodgeball with Bashar al-Assad

Daniel Serwer at The National Interest - 2 hours ago
*Daniel Serwer* *Security, Middle East* [image: A Russian soldier stands guard near a Syrian national flag drawn on the wall as rebel fighters and their families evacuate the besieged Waer district in the central Syrian city of Homs, after an agreement reached between rebels and Syria's army, Syria May 21, 2017.] A public red-line warning to Assad has more weight because it brings into the equation the issue of U.S. credibility. Monday night the White House issued a warning to President Assad that if “Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and h... more »

The Battle To Retake The Philippine City Of Marawi From The Islamic State -- News Updates July 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Filipino soldiers lie on a mattress at their combat position in a house as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group in Marawi city, Philippines July 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Silva *Reuters*:* Snipers, bombs, mortars - Philippine troops battle against Islamists* Sprawled on the boarded-up balcony of a two-storey house, the barrel of his rifle poked into a hole cut in the wood, the Philippine army sniper calls for quiet before taking his shot. "Firing," he says evenly, before the .50 caliber shot rings out, sending tremors through the house. He ... more »

Ukraine Blames Russia For Recent Massive Cyber Attack

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
A message demanding money is seen on a monitor of a payment terminal at a branch of Ukraine's state-owned bank Oschadbank after Ukrainian institutions were hit by a wave of cyber attacks, in Kiev, Ukraine, June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko *Reuters: **Ukraine points finger at Russian security services in recent cyber attack* Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber attack on the country, with the aim of destroying important data and spreading panic. The SBU, Ukraine's state security service, said the attack, which started in U... more »


Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog - 4 hours ago
Michael Isikoff reports that a number of Democrats in Congress are seriously looking at the use of the 25th Amendment to possibly remove President Trump from office: ... 25 House Democrats, including the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, are ... backing a bill that would create a congressional “oversight” commission that could declare the president incapacitated, leading to his removal from office under the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. At 12:56 p.m. Thursday, barely four hours after Trump tweeted attacks against MSNBC cable host Mika Brzezinski in crude, ... more »

X22 Report, “The Economy Is Being Prepped, Everything Is About To Change”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
X22 Report, “The Economy Is Being Prepped, Everything Is About To Change” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYNjZLmma28

Musical Interlude: Ludovico Einaudi, "Divenire", Live at Royal Albert Hall, London

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
Ludovico Einaudi, "Divenire", Live at Royal Albert Hall, London - https://www.youtube.com/

Sometimes House Democrats Are So Bad That It Doesn't Pay To Waste Resources Trying To Save Them-- Orlando Blue Dog Stephanie Murphy

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
Would you defend a really bad Democratic incumbent against an even worse Republican challenger? How much energy and resources is it worth devoting to? Personally, I wouldn't even *vote* for Orlando area Blue Dog Stephanie Murphy, let alone defend her or contribute to her campaign. Her "F" grade from ProgressivePunch barely even scratches the surface about how she-- and other reactionaries like her in Congress-- are destroying the Democratic Party brand. Her crucial vote score is 26.09. Only 2 Democrats-- both Blue Dogs like her-- have worse scores, Josh Gottheimer (NJ) and Tom O'Ha...more »

VIDEO: Syrian Army tanks race headlong towards ISIS bastion in southern Deir Ezzor

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:40 A.M.) – On Saturday, two huge Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoys brushed aside ISIS resistance in eastern Syria and pushed through several kilometers of desert while pincers tried to meet around the Islamic State bastion of Hamimah. During this advance, two hills overlooking Hamimah were captured, thereby securing fire control over the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Free Syrian Army accuses Syrian Army of a new chemical attack

Henri Feyerabend at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (00:11 A.M.) – The rebel group Failaq Al-Rahman of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) accused the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of carrying out an attack with chlorine gas in Ayn Tarma, Damascus on Friday. They voiced their claim only four days after the US White House released a statement, warning that a chemical […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Teške borbe u istočnom Damasku

Petar Marković at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 4 hours ago
DAMASK, SIRIJA (20:15) – Destine vojnika i pobunjenika poginulo je tokom subote u istočnim predgradjima Damaska. Obe strane, za sada bez uspeha, pokušavaju da ostvare premoć na bojnom polju. Bitke se vode u predgradjima Džobar (Jobar) i Ayn Tarma, gde je Failaq Al-Rahman (ogranak tzv. Slobodne Sirijske Armije – FSA), poslao svoje najiskusnije jedinice u […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Opposition Remains to Germany's Legalization of Same-sex “Marriage”

Dave Bohon at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: opposition-remains-to-germany-s-legalization-of-same-sex-marriage] Even as Germany's Parliament appears ready to rubber-stamp the legalization of homosexual "marriage," opposition to the move remains strong among the nation's conservatives and Christians.

European Court Rules to Euthanize 10-month-old Charlie Gard

Lisa Shaw at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: european-court-rules-to-euthanize-10-month-old-charlie-gard] The life of 10-month-old Charlie Gard hangs in the balance as doctors determine when he will die.

Texas Boys State Passes Secession Bill With "Cheering and Celebrating"

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: texas-boys-state-passes-secession-bill-with-cheering-and-celebrating] The young men participating in the annual Texas Boys State celebrated passing an act calling for secession from the American union.

TSA Now Searching Passengers' Books and Other Printed Material

Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at rss - 5 hours ago
[image: tsa-now-searching-passengers-books-and-other-printed-material] The Transporation Security Administration has begun searching the books and other printed material packed by certain passengers.

Kaspersky Labs May Be Banned From The Pentagon Over Its Ties To Russia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
© Sputnik/ Vladimir Astapkovic *NBC*:* Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Business With Russian Cyber Firm Kaspersky* A provision in a Senate spending bill that is likely to become law would bar the Defense Department from doing business with Kaspersky Lab, the Russian cyber-security company whose employees were interviewed at their homes this week by FBI agents. The Congressional action comes amid mounting concerns about the Moscow-based company, which sells anti-virus software across the world to consumers, businesses and government agencies, including some elements of the U.S. gover... more »

Bill Maher laments the end of the summer mental health break.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
My favorite part: "So I don't know how this happened, or when exactly this stupidifying of the whole year. Maybe it was the advent of Fox News. Maybe it was when we made stars out of the Kardashians. Maybe it was the day John McCain decided to let an ill advised summer fling with a ditzy moron last all the way into November. Whatever it was we have got to get summer back. We've got to be able to enjoy stupidity again. Hard earned, respectable, stupidity. That's what my goal is in the age of Trump." By the way the whole show last night was very solid. From the opening monologue, t... more »

Energy Department Looks At Green Impact On Power Grid

Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
Originally posted on PA Pundits - International: By Fred Lucas ~ Energy Secretary Rick Perry said the upcoming Department of Energy study on power grid’s reliability is needed to address the facts after the Obama administration placed a premium on politics—but green energy is reportedly ready to push back. The study, set to be released…

Air Pollution Casts Shadow over Solar Energy Production

Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
Originally posted on NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT: By Paul Homewood ? h/t Jo Nova ? Duke engineering professor Michael Bergin (left) stands with Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar colleague Chinmay Ghoroi (right) next to that university’s extremely dusty solar panel array. Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to…

Thus It Begins

Hifast at Climate Collections - 5 hours ago
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest essay by David Archibald Back in late April, European wine growers were hit by the most damaging frost since 1991. That frost affected vines as far south as Tuscany. More recently it is the western Corn Belt that has been affected by late Spring frost. The following…

Climate Scare in US South

Ron Clutz at Science Matters - 6 hours ago
A recent study published in Science predicts there will be no comfort for US southerners in the future. As reported in the Atlantic The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs Global warming will intensify regional inequality in the United States, according to a revolutionary new economic assessment of the phenomenon. The […]

"A Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“The beautiful Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, lies about 5,000 light-years away, a colorful study in cosmic contrasts. It shares this nearly 1 degree wide field with open star cluster Messier 21 (top left). Trisected by dust lanes the Trifid itself is about 40 light-years across and a mere 300,000 years old. That makes it one of the youngest star forming regions in our sky, with newborn and embryonic stars embedded in its natal dust and gas clouds. *Click image for larger size.* Estimates of the distance to open star cluster M21 are similar to M20's, but though they share ... more »

Free Download: Joseph Tainter, "The Collapse Of Complex Societies"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"Joseph Tainter:* * The Collapse Of Complex Societies"* by Adam Taggart "By popular demand, we welcome Joseph Tainter, USU professor and author of "The Collapse Of Complex Societies." Dr. Tainter sees many of the same unsustainable risks the PeakProsperity.com audience focuses on - an overleveraged economy, declining net energy per capita, and depleting key resources. He argues that the sustainability or collapse of a society follows from the success or failure of its problem-solving institutions. His work shows that societies collapse when their investments in social complexity a... more »

"Our True Friends..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
“Our true friends are those who are with us when the good things happen. They cheer us on and are pleased by our triumphs. False friends only appear at difficult times, with their sad, supportive faces, when, in fact, our suffering is serving to console them for *their* miserable lives.” - Paulo Coelho

The Poet: John O’Donohue, "A Blessing for Peace"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 6 hours ago
*"A Blessing for Peace"* "As the fever of the day calms toward twilight May all that is strained in us come to ease. We pray for all who suffered violence today, May an unexpected serenity surprise them. For those who risk their lives each day for peace, May their hearts glimpse providence at the heart of history. That those who make riches from violence and war Might hear in their dreams the cries of the lost. That we might see through our fear of each other A new vision to heal our fatal attraction to aggression. That those who enjoy the privilege of peace Might not forget their tor... more »

CIA Contractor Who Shot Two Pakistani Robbers Breaks His Silence On What Happened Six Years Ago

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
Raymond Davis being escorted to a court in Lahore in January 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS / FILE *Daily Mail:* *EXCLUSIVE: CIA contractor who shot two Pakistani robbers then feared death at the hands of mob breaks silence to tell of real-life Homeland plot which became diplomatic crisis* * CIA contractor Raymond Davis was held captive in Lahore, Pakistan after killing Faizan Haider, 22, and Faheem Shamshad, 26, in self-defense January 2011 * The former security contractor had been driving in the city area when two men in a motorbike brandished a gun at him and in fear he fired back * He wa...more »

I Want to Go Home

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 6 hours ago
This is what the US supported puppet regime in Kiev has done to their own citizens who live near the Russian border - in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. How long do they have to suffer? Russia has not invaded Ukraine - in fact it is the US that has a base in western Ukraine where US Army Special Forces from Ft. Carson, Colorado are presently stationed. They train the Ukrainian National Guard (made up of Nazi death squads) who are then sent to the Donbass to kill the civilians. More war crimes but the world is silent.

Double Dragon for the Nintendo Entertainment System

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 7 hours ago
I love me some *Double Dragon*. Whether back in the day or more recently, it's always good for a quick whirl. While not the first scrolling beat 'em up, it took the arcades by storm in 1987 and bequeathed home conversions for every format going. *Even the Atari 2600*. Its three dimensional play field, the ability to pull off multiple moves, pick up and use weapons *and* simultaneous two player action saw it become a massive, massive hit even though (whisper it) the game wasn't amazing once the novelty wore off. One for when you had your mates around. In all, *Doub... more »

A number of Republican Senators are begging Mitch McConnell to cancel the August recess for fear of what they may face from constituents this 4th of July after failing to make progress on a health care bill.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *An even larger group of Senate Republicans suggested Friday that McConnell should scale back or cancel the chamber’s month-long August recess, given the lack of progress they have made on not just health care but a tax-code overhaul, spending bills, the debt ceiling and a budget resolution. * *Senate Republicans David Perdue (Ga.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), John Neely Kennedy (La.), James Lankford (Okla.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mike Rounds (S.D.), Luther Strange (Ala.), Dan Sullivan (Alaska) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) sent McConnell a letter Friday asking ... more »

Russia Is Building A Third Military Base In Syria

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*Sami Moubayed, Asia Times: **Russia quietly begins building third military base in Syria* *Moscow plans to oversee new 'deconfliction zone' in country's south, charged among other things with clearing ISIS away from Jordanian border.* Over the past few days, the Russian army has quietly started construction of a new military base in the countryside near Damascus, from scratch, tasked with manning and administering a “deconfliction zone” in the Syrian south, similar to four others agreed upon earlier in the year by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran. The first zones applied to Homs, Idlib... more »

"A Chance Meeting With Chicken Little"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
*"A Chance Meeting With Chicken Little"* by Night Sky Sangha "While minding my own business sittin’ outside the Doylestown Starbucks nursing a triple, venti, half sweet, non-fat, caramel macchiato doing some decent noticing and getting high on cosmic free-basing I see a familiar shadow. Unmistakable; thin legs, spindly toes spread wide, neatly tucked wings, a casual strut, a quick burst of forward movement, back to casual strut, tufted hair, a quiet and measured clucking. A formidable presence approaches my table. “Jeeze, it’s been a while my friend,” I exclaim. “It’s good to see y... more »

Happy Canada Day!

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
"Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, (then called the British North America Act), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in v... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 7 hours ago
Santa Pola, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain. Thanks for stopping by!

Trump’s Travel Ban Back in the Plan — Sort of

Selwyn Duke at rss - 7 hours ago
[image: trump-s-travel-ban-back-in-the-plan-sort-of] A temporary travel ban on people from six terrorist-spawning nations took effect Thursday evening — with a few asterisks.

It's Always About the Oil!

Bruce K. Gagnon at Organizing Notes - 7 hours ago

For The First Time In 17 Years A U.S. Aircraft Carrier Has Anchored Off The Israeli Coast

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
#USSGeorgeHWBush aircraft carrier has arrived to #Israel & is docked outside #Haifa Port. Ship is currently taking part fight against #IS pic.twitter.com/FtCGEOknC4 — Anna Ahronheim (@AAhronheim) July 1, 2017 *i24 News:* *US aircraft carrier anchors off Israeli coast for first time in 17 years* Ship was previously stationed in the Arabian Gulf, from where airstrikes against IS group were launched The USS H.W. Bush dropped anchor in the waters off the Israeli port city of Haifa on Saturday, marking the first time in nearly two decades that a US aircraft carrier has docked off Isr... more »

“From Horrific To Catastrophic”: Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“From Horrific To Catastrophic”: Court Ruling Sends Illinois Into Financial Abyss” by Tyler Durden "First Maine, then Connecticut, and finally late on Friday, confirming the worst case outcome many had expected, Illinois entered its third straight fiscal year without a budget as Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic lawmakers failed to agree on how to compromise over the government’s chronic deficits, pushing it closer toward becoming the first junk-rated U.S. state. By the end of Friday – the last day of the fiscal year – Illinois legislators failed to enact a budget, a... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines." – Leroy Satchel Paige

Can Democrats Win Back The Michigan State Senate-- A Guest Post By Patrick Dunstone

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
I met Patrick Dunstone last cycle when he was working to defeat rubber stamp Republican Mike Bishop in his Michigan district. Bishop beat some weak DCCC recruit, Suzanna Shkreli, a 29 year old Macomb County assistant prosecutor who only managed to win 39.2% of the vote, seriously underperforming Hillary, who seriously underperformed Obama. The DCCC seems determined to recruit another weak candidate, former Defense Depratment bureaucrat Elissa Slotkin, with no chance of winning-- outside of being swept along by an anti-Trump tsunami. As the Democratic Party betrayed organized labor... more »

WATCH: Cop Paints Himself in Fake Blood to Scare Citizens into Worshiping Police

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 8 hours ago
[image: Cop]An outspoken Arkansas cop used fake blood to lecture Americans on a "War on Cops" that defies both logic and factual evidence.

VIDEO: Islamist rebels reignite battle for northern Hama

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 P.M.) – On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was forced to respond with brute force after Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions unleashed hundreds of missiles upon government-held villages in the northern countryside of Hama. In turn, the SAA’s artillery units responded fire. During the renewed clashes, the FSA’s so-called Free Idlib […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Cihatçıların Şam’ın doğusunda Suriye Ordusu’na saldırmasıyla başlayan çatışmalar şiddetlendi

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(20:15) – Onlarca asker ve cihatçı Şam’ın doğusundaki banliyölerde yaşanan çatışmalarda hayatını kaybetti. Cobar ve Ayn Tarma’da Cumhuriyet Muhafızları’nın 105. Tugay’ı ve ÖSO’ya bağlı Faylak el Rahman arasında yaşanan çatışmalar devam ediyor. Ayn Tarma’daki çatışmaları gösteren aşağıdaki video ÖSO tarafından çekildi. Faylak el Rahman kullandığı cehennem toplarıyla Cumhuriyet Muhafızları’nın mevzilerini hedef alıyor. Diğer […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Ejército sirio niega acusaciones sobre supuesto ataque químico contra Failaq al-Rahman

Inna García at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
Damasco, SANA. El Comando General del Ejército y de las Fuerzas Armadas de Siria ha declarado que las alegaciones realizadas por algunas webs afiliadas a grupos rebeldes que acusan al Ejército Árabe Sirio (EAS) de usar gas de cloro contra combatientes de Failaq al-Rahman en Ein Tarma son falsas y sin fundamento. El Comando General […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrische Armee ernennt erste Frau zum hochrangigen General

Benjamin T. at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASKUS, SYRIEN (18:00) – Am Samstag wurde Nibal Madhat Badr die erste Frau, die den Rang des Brigadegenerals in der syrischen Armee übernahm. Das kommt nur einen Tag nach dem der Bruder des Präsidenten, Maher Al-Assad, zum Generalmajor vor einer anstehenden Daraa-Offensive benannt wurde. Obwohl weibliche Syrer schon seit Jahrzehnten in den Rängen der Armee […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIS insurgency in Marawi almost crushed by Philippine Army

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:15 P.M.) – Nearly 40 days after the battle for Marawi began, the Armed Forces of the Philippines have finally ISIS contained within less than 10% of the city after receiving tactical aid by US advisers and weapons from Russia. Marawi, once home to 200,000 people, has now become a ghost town where […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ABD, YPG ile yaptığı anlaşmaya göre Tabka Havalimanı’nı işgal ediyor

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEYRUT, LÜBNAN(17:35) – Al-Masdar’a yakın Kürt kaynaklara göre, ABD ordusu YPG ile yaptığı anlaşma gereği Rakka’daki Tabka Havalimanı’nda askeri üs kuracak. ABD ordusunun Tabka’daki varlığının ne boyutta olacağı ise belirsizliğini koruyor.Bazı kaynaklar, ABD’nin Suriye hükümetine bağlı güçleri Tabka’dan uzak tutmak için bölgeye yerleşeceğini savunurken başka kaynaklar ise üssün IŞİD’le savaş için kullanacağını belirtiyor. 29 Haziran’da […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Suriye Ordusu’nda ilk kadın general

Umut Õzil at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
ŞAM, SURİYE(18:00 ) – Nibal Mehmet Bedr Suriye Ordusu’nda tuğgeneral rütbesine yükselen ilk kadın oldu. Bu terfi Beşar Esat’ın kardeşi Mahir Esat’ın tümgeneral rütbesine yükseltilmesinden birkaç gün sonra gerçekleşti. Suriyeli kadınların onlarca yıldır orduda görev almalarına rağmen, geçtiğimiz yıllarda ordudaki sayılarında artış oldu.Tamamı kadınlardan oluşan polis memurlarının eğitimi iki gün önce Şam’da tamamlanmıştı. Nibal Mehmet […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Graphic video: ISIS puts up last stand in Mosul as Iraqi Army faces stubborn resistance

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:10 P.M.) – On Saturday, Amaq Agency released two rare videos of urban fighting in the Old City of Mosul, depicting ISIS insurgents conducting an ambush and using automatic rifles against the Iraqi Army. Earlier today, the Iraqi Army’s Federal Police, Counter Terrorism Units, 9th Division and Rapid Response Division imposed full control […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

VIDEO: Huge battle unfolds in east Damascus as militants engage the Syrian Army

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:15 P.M.) – Dozens of soldiers and insurgents alike were killed in the eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday as both sides tried to win the upper hand with no decisive outcome for the time being. With heavy clashes taking place in both Jobar and Ayn Tarma, the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Failaq Al-Rahman […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army liberates 14 villages in southern Aleppo as ISIS pocket implodes

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:35 P.M.) – The Aleppo-based 30th Division of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), comprised of elite Republican Guard formations, has begun the operation to systematically reduce the ISIS pocket in the Khanasser region of southern Aleppo Governonate. The Khanasser pocket was created just over 24 hours ago after the Tiger Forces imposed full […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

The People's Council of Kensington and Chelsea?

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
Frankie McCamley I was watching tonight's BBC One evening news bulletin and the lead story was the government's refusal to assent to (Labour) Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for independent commissioners to be appointed to run (Conservative) Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster. The report by Frankie McCamley focused on the anger towards the council and included such comments from Frankie herself as this: The Council now needs a new leader and that person will have to be elected by the Council itself, *not by the people* - and some res... more »

Trump meets with tribal leaders: Snakes crawl out to sell out the people, sell out the land

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 9 hours ago
Photos by the White House On Wednesday, President Donald J. Trump hosted a tribal, State, and local energy roundtable at the White House. He was joined by Governors Paul LePage, Kim Reynolds, Pete Ricketts, and Bill Walker, along with State and tribal leaders from around our great country, the White House said. Trump meets with tribal leaders: Snakes crawl out to sell out the

Pentagon Official Admits That U.S. Investigators Rarely Talk To Air Strike Witnesses Or Victims

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
*Sarah Knuckey, Ole Solvang, Jonathan Horowitz and Radhya Almutawakel, Just Security*: *Pentagon Admits Major Investigation Flaw: They Rarely Talk to Air Strike Witnesses or Victims* In a transcript of a Pentagon Press Briefing, released this week by Airwars, Central Command’s Deputy Director for Operations made a striking admission about U.S. investigations into civilian casualties in Syria: *Q: Okay. So, you didn’t talk to anybody on the ground and nobody visited the site. Is that — that correct, right?GEN. BONTRAGER: That is correct, Bill, and that’s common. It’s a rare thing... more »

Before & After Photos Prove the US is Funding a War on Human Rights in Syria

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 9 hours ago
The images of Syria before and after the U.S. intervened with its "freedom and democracy" serve as reminder that it's time to end the "War on Terror."

U.S. Court Throws Out Case Of Yemeni Man Killed In A U.S. Drone Strike, Judge Calls Congressional Oversight A Joke

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
© Khaled Abdullah / Reuters *The Hill:* *Judge in drone case: Congressional oversight of the military is 'a joke'* An appeals court on Friday upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit from a Yemeni man whose relatives were killed in a U.S. drone strike he alleges was unlawful. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed with a lower court that it does not have jurisdiction to judge military actions. But the author of the court's decision, Judge Janice Rogers Brown, also wrote a concurring opinion in which she lamented that congressional oversight of... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Recon'silly'ation'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
RECON’SILLY’ATION Posted on July 1, 2017 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. JULY 1 2017. There can be no reconciliation until the criminals are tried for their horrendous many crimes. Canada Inc. is a private corporation. Our land is fraudulently claimed by the Crown and occupied by their settler colonialists. REOCCUPATION! The program is to make us relinquish

The Continent

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 10 hours ago
I have to say, regardless of his long and, er, distinguished record as far as BBC bias is concerned, that the BBC's Europe Correspondent Kevin Connolly is a very stylish contributor to *From Our Own Correspondent* and I've enjoyed many of his recent pieces. His piece on why it's hard to be a Kevin in France has me chuckling along (there's a BBC website write-up here) and today's piece on his first trip to the continent in 1972, the year before Britain entered the European Community, made me smile several times too. As the programme's website blurb makes clear.... .... Kevin was... more »

Infant accidentally vaccinated with Gardasil – Mother blamed for vaccine injuries and baby medically kidnapped

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 10 hours ago
by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff Doctors call it a “medication administration error.” During a routine check-up at her pediatrician’s office, 4-month old Aniya was accidentally given the Gardasil 9 vaccine, and she hasn’t been the same since. Anita Vasquez of Victoria, Texas, herself a nurse, says that “doctors are in denial” that any of the

Watch Robin Williams portray Patch Adams in this famous moving speech

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 10 hours ago
The world lost a true great when Robin Williams passed. Thankfully, we have his vast body of work to continue to enjoy and learn from. Enjoy this full speech from the film Patch Adams. If you haven’t seen the movie I highly recommend it. Happy Saturday to you all. XO- Erin Disclaimer: This article is

Dr. Mercola: How and why too much protein triggers aging and cancer

Erin Elizabeth at Health Nut News - 10 hours ago
By Dr. Mercola Anti-aging expert Ron Rosedale, M.D., was among the first to warn people about the dangers of eating too much protein — a stance that has received a fair share of criticism over the years, although mounting research now offers strong support for this notion. He was the first to help me understand

More evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
As you probably read yesterday the Wall Street Journal has now unearthed the first evidence of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian hackers. That story had to do with a GOP operative names Peter W. Smith and his attempts to get his hands on some Hillary e-mails that he was convinced had to have been hacked by the Russians, or at least somebody. So late last night one of the folks who served as a source for that story has now written an account of how he found himself being recruited to help collude with the Russians. His name is Matt Tait and he is the CEO... more »

Hypocrisies from the past and future

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 10 hours ago
Oh the two-faced silliness. The new "election fraud commission" has demanded information - including social security numbers - of every voter in America, without even setting up a secure and vetted site and infrastructure to receive and secure the information. And that sets aside the Orwellian aspects of the plan. To be clear, my resistance is not purist or reflexive. I would happily support a major beefing up in voter ID if it were part of a negotiated deal that included: (1) massive compliance assistance to help poor people, divorced women, the elderly etc to actually *get* prop... more »

2017.07.01 — waldorfskolan och teknologi

alicia hamberg at the ethereal kiosk - 10 hours ago
Isak Skogstad skriver mycket som är klokt; möjligen är han rent utav en av de klokaste som skriver om skolan. Men när jag i en kolumn nyligen läste detta, blev jag lite trött: Alan [Eagle, på Google] har dock valt bort den skärmintensiva vardagen åt hans två barn. I New York Times berättar han hur … Continue reading 2017.07.01 — waldorfskolan och teknologi →


Anon at Aangirfan - 10 hours ago
*Ian Strachan and Sean McGuigan* Ian Strachan was born Paul Ian Adalsteinsson in Aberdeen in 1976. In 2007, Ian Strachan and Paul McGuigan "tried to blackmail the Royal Family for £50,000 over a gay sex scandal." In March 2017, Strachan "killed himself a with a drug cocktail." Strachan's mother told a court that the week before his death he seemed on good form, almost like his own self. dailymail *Strachan (right)* In 2008, Strachan was given five years in jail for demanding cash from a member of the royal family he claimed had performed a sex act on a male aide at a party. *... more »

Photo of the Week: Oiled Great Egret is clean again

Bird-Rescue at International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters - 11 hours ago
This week, a contaminated Great Egret arrived at our Los Angeles wildlife center. Rescued in Huntington Beach, CA, it was covered over 100% of its body with an unidentified contaminant resembling lubricant. These birds are usually a pure white, but this egret came into care with matted yellow feathers (upper left photo). Thanks to our […]

“Willing Blindness and the Gradual Seduction to Evil”; "The White Rose"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*“Willing Blindness and the Gradual Seduction to Evil”* by Jesse "I was satisfied that I wasn't personally to blame and that I hadn't known about those things. I wasn't aware of the extent of the crimes. But one day I went past the memorial plaque which had been put up for Sophie Scholl in Franz Josef Strasse, and I saw that she was born the same year as me, and she was executed the same year I started working for Hitler. And at that moment I actually sensed that it was no excuse to be young, and that it would have been possible to find things out." - Traudl Junge, Hitler's Secretar... more »

ISIS "Coincidentally" Appears Along China's One Belt, One Road

Land Destroyer at Land Destroyer - 11 hours ago
*July 1, 2017* (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Two Chinese teachers based in Pakistan's southwest province of Baluchistan were reportedly abducted and murdered by militants from the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (ISIS). CNN, in an article titled, "'Grave concern' over Chinese teachers reportedly killed by ISIS in Pakistan," would attempt to portray the act of terrorism as a random strike aimed at China's expanding economic activity abroad. In reality, the terror attack was very precise in terms of location and purpose, and fits into a larger pattern of violence and political instabili... more »

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Tom Phillips, The Guardian*: *‘We wanted democracy’: is Hong Kong's two-systems experiment over?* *As China tightens its grip on the city over which British rule ended 20 years ago, pro-democracy activists are still fighting against erosion of freedoms* For President Xi Jinping, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China is a moment to toast the reunification of a nation and hail its unstoppable rise. But for activists such as Eddie Chu, one of the leading lights of a new generation of pro-democracy politicians, it has become an occasion for something quite different.... more »

Background checks

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 11 hours ago
Project Fear I did wonder why, on first getting up this morning, the story of James Chapman criticising Theresa May for being too inflexible over Brexit was the second story on both *Today *and the BBC News website. As the various reports mentioned that his comments were featured on today's *The Week in Westminster*, I assumed this was the BBC getting in a dig at Mrs May and Brexit whilst simultaneously plugging an upcoming BBC programme (as the BBC are wont to do in their news bulletins). The name James Chapman only rang a very vague bell (thinking back though I now recall it fr... more »

Julian Assange names and shames individuals sending him death threats

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 11 hours ago
Some people think that telling the truth is a crime and they apparently want to take the lawlessness into their own hands. The post Julian Assange names and shames individuals sending him death threats appeared first on The Duran.

Saturday Morning Links

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 11 hours ago
Assorted content for your weekend reading. - Alan Freeman discusses the real costs of ideologically-driven deregulation: The idea that “the market” will root out bad actors in any industry and that regulations are just a hindrance to economic vitality is a dangerous concept. Companies, like individuals, will do what they can get with. If there were no costly traffic tickets or demerit points, some drivers would speed along residential streets at 100 kilometres an hour and routinely jump red lights. It’s no different for corporate behaviour, whether it’s banks making risky loans, co... more »

July 1: For Canadians only on Canada Day

Graeme Decarie at The Decarie Report - 12 hours ago
Oh, all the news media and politicians will talk about what a glorious country this is. And, I certainly think this is the best country in the world to live in. But this is one hell of a terrible world. For a dose of reality, let's take a look at the career of the much-honoured William Grant Stairs of Halifax. Stairs Street in that city is named for him. Royal Military College in Kingston has a plaque honouring him. So does St. George's Cathedral in Kingston. It's all because he led an expedition to Congo in the service of Congo's ruler, King Leopold of Belgium. ... more »

World News Briefs -- July 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 12 hours ago
A member of the Counter Terrorism Service walks past the ruined Grand al-Nuri Mosque in the Old City in Mosul, Iraq, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani *Reuters:** Mosul mosque where Islamic State took world stage lies in rubble* The leaning minaret of Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque survived conquests by the Mongols and the Ottomans, neglect under Saddam Hussein, and air raids during the Iran-Iraq War and the U.S. invasion in 2003. But after three years of Islamic State rule, it is now little more than a pile of stones at the center of a shattered city. By all accounts except t... more »

Gay Pride Parades Have Sucked the Life out of  Public "Activist" Demonstrations

greencrow at Greencrow As The Crow Flies - 12 hours ago
*Gay Pride Parades Have Sucked the Life out of * *Public "Activist" Demonstrations* I haven't been to a public demonstration for a few years. The last time I went downtown to join in a public demonstration was against Chemtrails a few years ago. I reported on the experience here. Our Chemtrail Demonstration, I discovered, was systematically trivialized by having to share parade space with the marijuana demonstration (a heavy smell of cannabis hung in the air) and the "Bare Breast" activists...who, of course, with their "mock shock" antics...drew all the attention as they cavorted...more »

It's Likely Trump's Desire For A Trade War Will Set Off A Devastating Recession

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Trump seems to not be enjoying the reaction to his twitter war against Mika Brzezinski, which underlays his irrational and primitive fear of women snd especially their menstrual cycles. He tried to quickly move on from wars against women media personalities to one of his other favorite childish ideas-- trade wars. Although Bannon was;t in the room, he had programmed Trumpanzee to make a pitch for tariffs at a high-level White House meeting Thursday, based on a plan put together by Bannon and crackpot billionaire Commerce Secretary (and murderer) Wilbur Ross. Of over 20 top offici... more »

Saturday PM

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 12 hours ago
It's a while since I've listened to *Saturday PM *on Radio 4. Saturday is Eddie's day off so it's always someone else. Today some unkind soul on Twitter wondered if they'd got a trainee in to do the presenting but, no, it was Sima Kotecha. We had the leader of the Labour group in Kensington railing against the Conservatives and backing Mayor Khan's calls for the government to replace the elected politicians there with commissioners. We also had that nice Alastair Campbell (former Labour spin doctor) talking about the cricket (spin bowlers). It wasn't all Labour (and the BA cabi... more »

Three years to save the Earth? (This time)

Craig Rucker at CFACT - 12 hours ago
If warming campaigners want to keep doing this Nostradamus gig, perhaps they should at least wait until they get one of their prophecies right before demanding a $1.5 trillion ransom.

Gold Medal Oglala Lakota Olympian Billy Mills Celebrates his 79th Birthday

White Wolf at White Wolf - 13 hours ago
Today Billy Mills is not only the only Native American to win the 10,000 meter gold medal, but he is still the only American citizen to win an Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 meter run. William Mervin "Billy" Mills, also known as Makata Taka Hela (born June 30, 1938), is a Native American who won a gold medal in the Olympic Games. He accomplished this feat in the 10,000 meter run (6.2 mi) at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, becoming the only person from the Western hemisphere to win the Olympic gold in this event. His 1964 victory is considered one of the greatest Olympic upsets, because h... more »

Five Songs Of Resistance: Joan Baez

Liz Pelly at Shadowproof - 13 hours ago
In April, the legendary Joan Baez was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making this year as apt a time as ever to celebrate her decades of music and social justice work. Since the late 1950s, Baez has released over 30 albums in six languages, often using The post Five Songs Of Resistance: Joan Baez appeared first on Shadowproof.

Donald Trump melting down on Twitter? Must be Saturday.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 13 hours ago
Okay these are really all over the place so I will just present them one at a time, since there does not seem to be a unifying theme. Word is that @Greta Van Susteren was let go by her out of control bosses at @NBC & @Comcast because she refused to go along w/ 'Trump hate!' — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017 Or perhaps MSNBC just insisted on journalist standards that Greta simply could not meet. Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017... more »

The Homer of the Yankees speaks!

bob somerby at the daily howler - 13 hours ago
*SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017An excellent time for Directive:* Has there ever been a better time to ponder Robert Frost's Directive? It's generally taken to be one of his last major poems. He started up like this: *Back out of all this now too much for us,* Back in a time made simple by the loss Of detail, burned, dissolved, and broken off Like graveyard marble sculpture in the weather, There is a house that is no more a house Upon a farm that is no more a farm And in a town that is no more a town. The road there, if you'll let a guide direct you Who only has at heart your getting lost, Ma... more »

Ahrar al-Sham publishes info-graphic on battle against ISIS in Daraa

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Nearly one week ago, the ISIS-linked Saifullah al-Maslul militant group based in western Daraa launched a sizable offensive against rebel forces at the town of Hait. The offensive ended in complete disaster for ISIS. The terrorist faction not only failed to seize the town of Hait from rebels, but also […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, Hezbollah inch closer to Deir Ezzor amid new advance

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their offensive in the southeastern countryside of the Homs Governorate, Saturday, targeting the Islamic State’s (ISIL) positions near the provincial border of Deir Ezzor. Backed by Hezbollah and Liwaa Fatemiyoun, the Syrian Arab Army’s 5th Corps launched a powerful assault in the Humaymah area […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syria: Conscripts from Aleppo join Syrian Army ranks

News Desk at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:05 P.M.) – New conscripts to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) settled into barracks after signing official registration documents in Aleppo, Saturday. Following the ousting of rebel forces from the city many former students and schoolchildren have put on uniform. The military conscription in Syria is year-round: every young man is obliged to appear […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL under full siege as Syrian Army captures strategic highway: map

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:55 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) is in serious trouble in the Khanasser Plain, as they find themselves under a full siege by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The siege began this weekend when the Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces seized the Islamic State’s final points along the Salamiyah-Resafa Highway. According […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army appoints first woman to become high-ranking general

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:00 P.M.) – On Saturday, Nibal Madhat Badr became the first ever woman to assume the rank of Brigadier General in the Syrian Armed Forces. This comes just one day after the president’s brother Maher Al-Assad was appointed to Major General ahead of a coming Daraa offensive. Although female Syrians have served in […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

BREAKING: US military to occupy Tabqa Airbase as part of agreement with YPG

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:35 P.M.) – According to Kurdish sources close to Al-Masdar News, the US military is to establish a presence at the Tabqa Airbase in Raqqa Governonate as part of an agreement reached with the leadership of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The extent to which American forces will develop their stationing at […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army scores big advance in Aleppo pocket while ISIS turns to suicide bombings

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:00 P.M.) – With a large enclave of ISIS-held territory cutoff in the Khanassir Plains of southern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces and 30th Division of the Republican Guard scored a major advance on Saturday morning. After probing the besieged pocket throughout the night, SAA troops under the command of […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

YPG offensive to take Azaz and Jarablus from Turkey-led forces announced by Kurdish commander

Andrew Illingworth at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) – According to a statement released by a commander within the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the YPG is apparently preparing to undertake an offensive against Turkey-led forces in northwestern Syria. The objective of the Kurdish operation, as stated by YPG commander Sipan Hemo, will be to capture the large towns […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army, Hezbollah exchange fallen soldiers with rebel forces in Daraa city

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:00 P.M.) – With clashes temporarily halted, the warring parties in the provincial capital of Daraa struck a deal that saw corpses from opposing sides change hands. Overnight, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions returned the bodies of five soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), including a high-ranking […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Al-Qaeda linked rebels open fire on Syrian refugee camp near Turkish border

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham militant group carried out a vicious attack at a refugee camp near the Turkish border on Friday. Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham fighters broke into the Golan Refugee Camp in the border-town of Atmeh, Friday, while a party was taking place for the camp’s children. Once […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Army retakes captured tank from ISIL

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:10 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces have retaken a T-72 tank that was captured by the Islamic State (ISIL) during the battle for east Aleppo. The T-72 tank was featured in several propaganda videos released by the Islamic State in the past; it was retaken by the Tiger Forces this […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- July 1, 2017

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
*NBC*:* Pentagon Weighs More Aggressive Role in Afghanistan* WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is considering an expanded and more aggressive role in Afghanistan, one that would include the American military once again targeting both Taliban and Haqqani network fighters, according to four U.S. defense officials. Both Pentagon and White House officials have been considering the expanded authority for several months as they have worked through a strategy review for Afghanistan. The new strategy will also focus heavily on the relationship between Afghanistan and Pakistan and terror networks ... more »

A friend to all of us

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Aw, that was sweet of Jane Hill on today's *Dateline London* to introduce the programme's most regular commentator, the Palestinian journalist Abdel Bari Atwan, as a "friend to all of us"! All of the good folk at *Dateline *maybe, but certainly not much a friend to Israelis. After all, according to *Wikipedia* (and many, many other outlets), he's the man who said that he would "go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight" if Iran attacked Israel and that, if a war broke out, and Iran would attack its Arab neighbours and American Gulf bases, "Allah willing, it will attack Israe... more »

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