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Thomas Paine

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

15 July - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2

11:47 pm MDT

Tweets For Today

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 minutes ago
Turkey coup anniversary: Erodgan addresses Istanbul crowd https://t.co/DD5biKmxGV — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 15, 2017 Finland building tunnels in case of Russian invasion: 200 kilometers of tunnels under the capital https://t.co/QILVdoLFem — IFFConsulting (@IFFConsulting) July 15, 2017 Need a reminder of the human cost of dictatorship? All these are journalists who criticized Putin--and died under mysterious circumstances pic.twitter.com/RaOluVumxi — Yascha Mounk (@Yascha_Mounk) July 15, 2017 Let's take a minute to remember the 16 service members who lost their lives... more »

Russia-Gate: Speculation Vs. Evidence

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 39 minutes ago
*(Click on Image to Enlarge)* *WNU editor:* In my opinion .... Ramirez is too generous on the evidence.

Syrian government, Kurdish forces agree to repair Tabaqa Dam together

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – The Syrian government and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have agreed to work together in order to repair the Tabaqa Dam in the western countryside of Al-Raqqa. According to a report from the government, Damascus sent a group of engineers to repair the turbines at the Tabaqa Dam after an […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Full map of battle for southern Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:05 A.M.) – The battle for southern Syria recently heated up following the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) large-scale assault on the eastern countrysides of Al-Sweida and Damascus. Led by the 5th Corps of the Syrian Arab Army and Liwaa Fatemiyoun (Afghani-Iranian paramilitary), the pro-government forces have captured hundreds of square kilometers of territory […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ian Kinkead/Released *WNU Editor*: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... *18 of the best photos from around the US military* (Business Insider)

Aboard The USS Kearsarge (Photo Gallery)

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
The USS Kearsarge amphibious assault ship at sea, accompanied by landing craft and other escorts.US Navy *Business Insider*: *Step aboard the USS Kearsarge, the US Navy workhorse that takes Marines to war* In US Navy history, just four ships have borne the name Kearsarge. The first, a Civil War sloop, sank the CSS Alabama off the coast of France in 1864. The next one, a battleship, sailed around the world with Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet. The third, an aircraft carrier, recovered astronauts from the sea during Project Mercury, the US's first human-spaceflight program. ... more »

Musical Interlude: Liquid Mind, "Balance (Galaxies)"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
Liquid Mind, "Balance (Galaxies)" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKzFk-FiZM

"Two Trillion Galaxies, At The Very Least”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*Click image for larger size.* *"Two Trillion Galaxies, At The Very Least”* by Henry Fountain The scale of the universe, already unfathomable, just became even more so: There are about 10 times as many galaxies as previously thought. The new number, two trillion galaxies, is the result of work led by Christopher J. Conselice, an astrophysicist at the University of Nottingham in England, published in "The Astrophysical Journal." The team analyzed sky surveys by the Hubble Space Telescope and other instruments able to see far away, and therefore far back, through about 13 billion ye... more »

"A Deep Look to the Heavens"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"In 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope took the image of a millenium, an image that shows our place in the universe. Anyone who understands what this image represents, is forever changed by it."- YouTube/NASA "It helps to put things in perspective here on our frenetic little planet with a look at this extraordinarily powerful and moving video of the Hubble Space Telescope mapping of the Universe, whose known size is 78 billion light years across. The video of the images is the equivalent of using a "time machine" to look into the past to witness the early formation of galaxies, perha... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*"Benedicto"* “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled ... more »

"Three Things..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special. I just got one last thing... I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have.” -... more »


noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
"Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life's only true lessons are writ small in the margin." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“What is Going On?”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
*“What is Going On?”* by David Stansfield “We have now reached the point in our story where we no longer know what is going on. Moore’s law still reigns supreme over the technological playground, but it appears that our toys have outgrown us – or are very, very close to doing so. Each prediction about what this will mean for the human race is wilder than the next. The wildest prophecies of all cluster around a concept known as “the singularity.” Now there’s a word. Something to do with single, with singleness, oneness, with one or perhaps, The One. All of that and more is wrapped u... more »

Are The Republicans Really So Unconcerned About The Health Of Their Own Constituents That They Would Leave Them High And Dry?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
When I worked for Time-Warner, I was a divisional president. Presidents and chairmen got the best health insurance corporate American has to offer. When i retired I was very nervous because I had a pre-existing condition and was basically uninsurable. But what I soon found out-- much to my relief-- is that my Time-Warner platinum-plated health insurance would continue until I turned old enough for Medicare. Almost as soon as that happened, my doctor told me a had a are form of cancer. I wondered if Medicare would cover it. They did-- and in every single way better than the platinu... more »

Nothingburger? Looks Like White House Is Now 'Home Of The Whopper'

Manifesto Joe at Manifesto Joe's Texas Blues - 2 hours ago
By Manifesto Joe I've been absent from this blog for about seven months now, partly for personal reasons, and partly because I honestly wanted to give Resident Rump a chance. About six months after his inauguration, I'd say it's a chance he's never deserved. No, he's not the first liar we've seen in the White House. The Clintons were not exactly on great terms with the facts, and that may be exactly the reason Rump is there. Hillary seems to have become like the Nixon of the Democratic Party, not an extremist, but unanimously loathed by conservative Republicans. But hey, at least s... more »

Iraqi Police Display Captured Islamic State Cars Configured To Carry Out Deadly Suicide Bombings

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 2 hours ago
A row of vehicles lined up a police yard in Mosul, Northern Iraq. Dozens of cars modified by ISIS to carry out deadly suicide bombings have been put on exhibition in the city after they were confiscated by Iraqi police *Daily Mail: **ISIS suicide car graveyard: Deadly vehicles wrapped in bulletproof metal sheets go on show in Mosul after the group’s defeat* * Most of Islamic State's vehicles are standard SUV cars you would find in driveways up and down the country * But these cars have have the outer shells replaced with bulletproof iron sheets giving them a Robot Wars look * Police... more »

#SundaySchool: Religious logic

Peter Cresswell at Not PC - 2 hours ago
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Nothing kills as many people as moderate cold

Hifast at Climate Collections - 3 hours ago
Originally posted on sunshine hours: Nothing kills as many people as moderate cold. Go over to Jo Nova’s site and read the article. Remember, the AGW cult is committing genocide NOW by boosting the price of energy to prevent a few heat deaths in a 100 years

Photo of the Week: Baby Green Herons

Bird-Rescue at International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters - 3 hours ago
Just when we thought baby season was starting to slow down, these three orphaned Green Heron chicks came into care this week because of human kindness. After the mother heron was struck by a car near Glendale, CA, a Good Samaritan scooped up the brood and delivered them to our Los Angeles wildlife center. The […]

Russian AK-47 Gun Maker Turns to Future of Autonomous Weapons

Activist Post at Activist Post - 3 hours ago
By Nicholas West The Kalashnikov AK-47 is certainly one of the most iconic automatic weapons ever devised. Today, nearly 70 years after its debut, worldwide... more »

Will America Challenge China's Sweeping Sovereignty Claims?

Joseph A. Bosco at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Joseph A. Bosco* *Security, Asia* [image: The guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) and the oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) break away from a formation with ships from Carrier Strike Group 5 and Expeditionary Strike Group 7 following a photo exercise to signify the completion of Valiant Shield 2016.​ Flickr / COMSEVENTHFLT] Experts are second-guessing the dangers associated with freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea. Over the last decade, China has used its Nine-Dash Line to claim sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea. The country has backe... more »

Russia's Next Super Weapons: Big Aircraft Carriers and Nuclear-Powered Destroyers?

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, Europe* Could this happen? Russia is likely to build larger surface combatants in the coming years—with larger corvettes and frigates in the works. However, Moscow is not likely to spend large sums of money to build massive new vessels such as the gargantuan 14,000-ton Leader-class nuclear-powered destroyers or 100,000-ton Storm aircraft carriers. Instead, Russia will likely build scaled up versions of existing warship designs. “Russia’s corvettes and frigates are set to get bigger in order to accommodate larger magazines and more weapon systems,” Cen... more »

The U.S. Military Might Soon Have More Submarines and F-35s

Dave Majumdar at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Dave Majumdar* *Security, * Thanks to a key vote in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives has passed the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act by a margin of 344-81. The bill will significantly boost the Pentagon’s budget—authorizing more submarines and aircraft, particularly the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The bill will now go to the Senate, which will likely take up legislation later this month. “This bill takes the necessary steps to begin to rebuild and reform our military, including billions in additional funds to ... more »

The One Thing That Makes the F-22 the Ultimate Killer in the Sky

Kris Osborn at The National Interest - 3 hours ago
*Kris Osborn* *Security, * Think of the raptor as an "aerial quarterback". Upgraded radar and cybersecurity being engineered into the F-22 is designed to enable the stealth fighter to counter attacks from emerging future enemy threats and fly successfully well into the 2060s. For example, newer F-22s have a technology called Synthetic Aperture Radar, or SAR, which uses electromagnetic signals or “pings” to deliver a picture or rendering of the terrain below, allow for better target identification. The SAR technology sends a ping to the ground and then analyzes the return signal... more »

What Does The Victory Over ISIS Really Mean For The Future Of Iraq

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 3 hours ago
Haider Al Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, attends an event to announce victory over ISIL in Mosul. Reuters *Alan Philips, The National*: *The battle in Mosul is over, but Haider Al Abadi now faces a superhuman task* *What does the victory over ISIL really mean for the future of Iraq, wonders Alan Philps.* The crushing of ISIL in the Iraqi city of Mosul after nine months of intense fighting is a turning point, but history shows that it is dangerous to use the word victory. There have been many victories claimed by the United States in the Middle East that have turned out to be not th... more »

Manhattan Town Hall event with Michael Steger

Alicia at LaRouchePAC Feed - 3 hours ago
Video of f18lcwAM0FI LPAC Policy Committee member Michael Steger is the featured guest during this week's Manhattan Town Hall event.

Good Cop, Bad Cops, Pt II

jurassicpork at Welcome Back to Gotham City - 4 hours ago
(By *American Zen*’s Mike Flannigan, on loan from Ari) (*Disclaimer*: The proprietor of this blog and Mr. Wilson have an ongoing years-long friendship, in which the former has benefited on several occasions by the generosity of the latter. However, that in no way, shape or form has influenced the blog owner’s decision to post an article about his case nor the content of what is written below.) *A*nother sign that the fix was in was when Tpr. Wilson's legal representation was arbitrarily handed off to another lawyer. When he'd voiced his suspicions, he was essentially told to take i... more »

Is China 'Catching Up' To The U.S.

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 hours ago
President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Carlos Barria/Reuters *David Francis, Foreign Policy:* *Much of the world thinks China is catching up to the US — and they have little faith in Trump* China’s economic might is catching up to the United States — or is seen to be catching up. That’s according to a new report from the Pew Research Center, which released results of a 38-nation survey Thursday afternoon. While the majority of those polled still correctly believe the United States is the world’s biggest economy, 12 nations... more »

"The Clinton Body Count Grows By One More"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 4 hours ago
*"The Clinton Body Count Grows By One More" * by Dave Hodges "The people of Haiti have been victimized. And just when the two people, Bill and Hillary Clinton were ready to be fingered in Haiti’s official judicial circles, as well as the in the US government, the star witness was “suicided.” *A Beleaguered People: *Outside of Syria, it would be hard to find a people who have been more victimized than the people of Haiti. Haitians have been victimized by the weather, in Hurricane Matthew, and most of all, the people of Haiti have been victimized by the Clinton Foundation and UN. Th... more »

The DCCC Is Giving Folks In Orange County A Terrible Idea About Who Democrats Are-- Meet Dave Min

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 4 hours ago
*Republican-lite Dave Min and his mentor* Do you know how many candidates are competing for the Democratic nomination to run in Orange County against Trump rubber-stamp Mimi Walters, who doesn't even live in her own district? Even if you think you know, you don't, since there are 2 or 3 more (including Brian Forde and Rachel Payne) than the already 5 declared candidates, getting ready to jump in. So far there are 3 progressives-- Katie Porter, Kia Hamadanchy and perennial candidate Ron Varsteh-- and a couple of standard centrist Dems. CA-45 is an inland Orange County district that g... more »


Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 5 hours ago
I like to say that I received the MOH from @georgewbush #hestheman #repect #honor #ownit #ownthedash #throwbackfriday #hesmyhero A post shared by Dakota Meyer (@dakotameyer0317) on May 5, 2017 at 11:33am PDT Ungrateful POS is actually more descriptive. President Obama is the man who put the Medal of Honor around Dakota Meyer's unworthy neck, and this is how he thanks him. George W. Bush was the man who started these unnecessary wars and sent thousands of American soldiers to their deaths based on a lie and an overreaction. President Obama on the other hand worked tirelessly to b... more »

A Glimpse Into What War With Kim Jong-un's North Korean Military Would Look Like

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 5 hours ago
*Sydney Morning Herald:* *North Korea: a terrifying glimpse into what war with Kim Jong-un's military would look like* As many as 64,000 could die in the first three hours of a war unlike any seen in generations, perhaps ever. Robert Kelly is an American living in South Korea. As is well known to the more than 25 million viewers who've watched the hilarious video of his children bursting into his BBC interview, the Korea expert has a young family. While Kelly is sceptical that tensions over North Korea's nuclear program will lead to war, he and his wife regularly discuss what the... more »

Battle for east Damascus proves to be bloodiest fight in Syria

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 A.M.) – For the last three weeks, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Islamist rebels of Faylaq Al-Rahman have been engaged in a fierce battle for the eastern Damascus suburbs of Jobar and ‘Ayn Tarma. With much on the line, the battle for east Damascus has turned into a blood bath for […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Turkey: Erdogan joins huge crowds at National Unity March in Istanbul

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 A.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined the National Unity March in Istanbul, on Saturday, to mark the one-year anniversary of the failed coup in Turkey. Last year’s failed coup saw the bridge cordoned off by tanks and soldiers. Following a televised call by Erdogan for Turkish citizens to take to […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

400 rebels killed by the Syrian Army during east Damascus offensive

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 5 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M) – A military source in the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has provided Al-Masdar News all full list of details covering confirmed human and material losses inflicted upon Failaq Al-Rahman and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in the two neighbouring suburbs of Ayn Tarma and Jobar. During the past 25 days of counterinsurgency operations […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Lamar W. Hankins : Hypocrisy: Outrage over Russian meddling, but what about the U.S.’ global history?

Thorne Dreyer at The Rag Blog - 5 hours ago
Overthrowing elected governments is the most extreme form of interference in election results. By Lamar W. Hankins | The Rag Blog | July 15, 2017 Hypocrisy seems to be as much a part of American life as apple pie or … finish reading Lamar W. Hankins : Hypocrisy: Outrage over Russian meddling, but what about the U.S.’ global history?

Somalia Is In Its Third Week Of An Internet Blackout

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 6 hours ago
*Quartz*: *Somalia is in its third week of an internet blackout and it’s hurting grassroots aid relief efforts* The internet has been down in Somalia since June 24, when an anchor from a Swiss-owned ship, MSC Alice, cut the single fibre cable that links Somalia to the rest of the world. The fallout has been immense, with the government declaring that the country is losing $10 million a day in business. Somalia already has one of the lowest internet penetration rates in the world with penetration rates believed to be under 2%, according to the World Bank but local groups have used... more »

U.S. Conducts Raids Aagainst Al-Shabbab Militants In Somalia

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 7 hours ago
*SOFREP:* *SOFREP Exclusive: Joint U.S. and Somali Special Operations raid kills top al-Shabaab commander* Mogadishu, Somalia — A report that was obtained exclusively by SOFREP confirmed a joint U.S.- Somali Special Operations commando raid on an encampment occupied by the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group known as Harak al-Shabaab al-Muhajideen, or simply, al-Shabaab. The joint raid occurred in the early Thursday morning in the town of Kunyo Barow just south of the coastal city of Barawe in southern Somalia. SOFREP has confirmed that the terror group’s deputy commander and chief spo... more »

When even Fox News cannot swallow the idea that there is nothing to the Russia story, that is pretty much game over.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 7 hours ago
Courtesy of WaPo: *Between its “Fox and Friends” morning show and Sean Hannity at night, Fox News has become a haven for those who think this whole Russia thing is nonsense. On Friday morning, Steve Doocy even declared that “the Russia story is starting to fall apart.” * *But on Friday afternoon, a Fox host went off on the Trump administration's handling of Russia in a way we've rarely seen. * *Here's the transcript: * *"We’re still not clean on this, Chris [Wallace]. If there’s nothing there — and that’s what they tell us, they tell us there’s nothing to this and nothing came o... more »

The Trump Standard

Robert Reich - 7 hours ago
What did Trump say when confronted with proof that his son jumped at the prospect of meeting with a... more »

Wrong. Oh so wrong

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 7 hours ago
A Lib Dem councillor, Matthew Hulbert, writes an article for the pro-EU weekly *The New European *headlined *'**BBC and Channel 4’s obsession with so-called ‘impartiality’ is stifling true debate**'* and argues that the BBC should be more like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and make a stand against people whose views "should be mocked, not respected" (i.e. Brexit supporters). *The New European *then sends out a tweet linking to this article, and the BBC's Nick Robinson responds to it: It's the old 'Complaints from both sides' thing again. The BBC may be (and is) guilty of a pronounced an... more »

The Daily "Near You?"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
Lytham, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Thanks for stopping by!

"Desperate Courage..."

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
“Desperate courage makes one a majority.” - Andrew Jackson

X22 Report, “The Next Financial Crisis Will Wipe Out Most Paper Assets”

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 8 hours ago
X22 Report, “Lynette Zang: The Next Financial Crisis Will Wipe Out Most Paper Assets” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HFYNkDmKkM

Secretary Of Defense Mattis: 'Very Comfortable' With House, Senate Defense Bills

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 8 hours ago
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis provides testimony on the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of Defense to members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., June 12, 2017. (Photo Credit: DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith) *Defense News*: *Mattis 'very comfortable' with House, Senate defense bills* WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said he is “very comfortable” with the priorities forming the backbones of both the House and Senate defense bills,... more »

National Grid’s Thoughts on EVs

Paul Homewood at NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT - 8 hours ago
By Paul Homewood forecourt-thoughts-v10.pdf The National Grid has recently published what it calls a Thought Piece about the impact of electric cars on the electricity system. It is not a hard and fast plan, but rather a bit of blue sky thinking. But it is certainly worth reading, not least because it only […]

No More Great Wall Of Trumpanzee?

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 8 hours ago
Trump was high on his Adderall on the plane to Paris Wednesday. He couldn't stop running his mouth and wandered back into the press section of the plane-- I guess he doesn't really hate them as much as he tells his sucker-followers he does. He told the captive media that the informal chat would be off the record-- and then had a fit that no one wrote about what he said. So yesterday the White House released the transcript of the q & a session. It was mostly his standard nonsense but then one of the reporters asked him about the border wall: "You were joking about solar, right?" ... more »


Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 9 hours ago
You know who Should the BBC have made so much of Tony Blair's latest intervention in the Brexit debate? From what I can make out, Mr Blair wrote a piece for his Institute for Global Change think tank, published overnight, and the BBC decided to follow it up by interviewing the former PM at 8.10 on *Today* this morning. His intervention has led the BBC News website all day and was the main story on *PM *this evening. It also led this evening's main BBC One news bulletin. Leave-supporting Labour MP Kate Hoey tweeted, "Why is it headline @BBC news that Tony Blair wants us to stay i... more »

Forget politics. This is all about fragile personality and dangerous psychology.

David Brin at CONTRARY BRIN - 9 hours ago
More and more we are coming to realize that this is all about psychology. About personality. And while our Enlightenment Revolution has relied on some of the strongest positives in human nature, there are wretched reflexes -- e.g. fear -- that would-be tyrants exploit. Elsewhere, I referred to George Lakoff's much-bruited appraisal of the 1/3 + of Americans who need a "strong father" in their politics, a desperate yearning that - ironically - led them flocking to the most fragile leader we've ever had. Indeed, this led to my proposal that the Democrats in 2018 should run retired mi... more »

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis: Afghan Strategy Plan Delayed Again

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 9 hours ago
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis , right, and U.S. Army General John Nicholson, left, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, hold a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aril 24. (DoD photo) *Military.com:** Officials Still Working on New Strategy for Afghanistan: Mattis* The Pentagon's top leader says officials are still mulling the proper strategy in Afghanistan to avoid rash decisions that could hurt the United States and its allies in the long run. "Welcome to strategy," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He had stopped in to speak with Pentagon reporters before a ... more »

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Don Ecker

KRandle at A Different Perspective - 9 hours ago
Don and Vicki Ecker My guest this week was Don Ecker. We talked about his entry into the UFO field and sort of his exit from that same field. We covered a wide range of topics. You can listen to the interview here: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/12290911 Don mentioned some of the things he had been investigating in the UFO field including the possibility of human mutilations. He talked about some of the things he had observed in the field as he continued his work and how his position as a police officer opened a few paths that were not available without these law enforcement con... more »

Donald Trump goes to France – and encounters no protesters

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 9 hours ago
Absence of anti-Trump protests in France during US President Trump's visit and successful summit with French President Macron shows that claims of President Trump's unpopularity in Europe are exaggerated. The post Donald Trump goes to France – and encounters no protesters appeared first on The Duran.

Rebel fighters in east Damascus begin defecting to the Syrian Army

Chris Tomson at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:15 P.M) – Valuable information regarding a network of insurgent trenches and tunnels in Jobar were leaked after a handful of militants deserted from Failaq al-Rahman (Free Syrian Army branch) on Saturday. Bringing with them dozens of family members, the small FSA unit managed to flee westwards, bypassing the ongoing skirmishes in the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Four villages in Idlib reconcile with government: Russian MoD

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 9 hours ago
(TASS) Four settlements in northwestern Syria’s Idlib Governorate have joined ceasefire over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said in its bulletin on Saturday. “Within last 24 hours, four ceasefire agreements have been signed with representatives of Baraghita, al-Wasita, Rajal, and Tal al-Agar in the Idlib Governorate. Total number of inhabited areas, the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

New York Times asks judge to throw out Sarah Palin defamation suit.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 10 hours ago
Courtesy of the Miami Herald: *The New York Times has asked a judge to toss out a defamation lawsuit former Alaska governor Sarah Palin filed against it. * *The newspaper said in court papers late Friday that its prompt and full correction of an editorial that referenced Palin's political action committee nullifies her claims. * *Palin sued the Times in Manhattan federal court last month, saying the newspaper had accused her of inciting the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. She sought unspecified damages.* *In court papers Friday, Times la... more »

Islamic State Leader In Afghanistan Killed In A U.S. Drone Strike

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
*Washington Post:* *Head of ISIS in Afghanistan killed in drone strike, U.S. officials say* A U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan earlier this week killed Abu Sayed, the leader of the Islamic State’s offshoot there, U.S. officials said Friday. A Pentagon statement said that other Islamic State members were also killed in the July 11 operation in Kunar Province and said that it “will significantly disrupt the terror group’s plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.” The statement provided little other detail about the strike. A U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of ... more »

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk v. Police State'

brendanorrell@gmail.com at CENSORED NEWS - 10 hours ago
Posted on July 14, 2017 Mohawk Nation News Please post and distribute. MNN. JULY 14, 2017. There are thousands of communities of onkwe-hon-weh, true natural people, throughout the western hemisphere. It is all our land. It is being eyed by the land thieves to our stolen property. We are painted as savages and terrorists living on properties we don’t develop or use. The colonial settlers

WATCH: Family Walks Outside to See a Cop Illegally Breaking Into Their Van

Jack Burns at The Free Thought Project - 10 hours ago
[image: van]A Patterson New Jersey police officer was caught red-handed rifling through a man's belongings in the back of the family's van.

Iran Blames President Trump For Global Instability

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 10 hours ago
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday that the U.S. statesmen should learn from the past and talk about Iranians respectfully. *Reuters:* *Iran blames Trump for instability, rejects 'rogue' label* DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday blamed what it called Donald Trump's "arbitrary and conflicting policies" for global security threats, rejecting the U.S. president's description of Tehran as a rogue state. Tensions between Iran and the United States have heightened since the election of Trump, who has often singled out Tehran as a key backer of militant gr... more »

CIA Agent Confesses on Deathbed: ‘We Blew Up WTC7 on 9/11’?

Snopes Staff at Snopes.com - 11 hours ago
Reports that a dying CIA agent confessed to blowing up WTC Building 7 on 9/11 through controlled demolition are fake news.

Ravens Plan Ahead

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 11 hours ago
In early times, a raven could be a bad omen, and a new study finds that ancient people were not wrong in thinking the raven might be planning on using a negative event to full advantage. It turns out, according to the paper, they plan ahead, just like humans, and can even forgo an immediate reward in order to gain a better one in the future, which at least some humans do. Great apes too. Ravens and great apes have not shared a common ancestor for over 300 million years, so what explains it? Evolution is not a straight line and the authors speculate that the cognitive "planning" abil... more »

US troops in Europe and the Middle East are there to provoke China more than Russia or Iran

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 11 hours ago
While the US troops on the borders of Russia and Iran are generally considered intimidation/provocation tactics aimed at Moscow and Tehran, the broader reality is that America intends to use its troops as speed-bumps in China's New Silk Road. The post US troops in Europe and the Middle East are there to provoke China more than Russia or Iran appeared first on The Duran.

"Watch Two Strangers Make Beautiful Music Together In A Paris Train Station"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago
*"Watch Two Strangers Make Beautiful Music Together In A Paris Train Station"* Proof that music really is a universal language. by Chloe Fox "Music just makes everything better- even traveling through a busy and crowded train station. Which is precisely why French train company SNCF decided to put pianos smack dab in the middle of select train stations. The pianos- which are known as “À vous de jouer” pianos, or "It’s your turn to play"- are free for anyone to use, and lucky travelers in March of this year were treated to a real show when two complete strangers improvised a beautifu... more »

"How It Really Is"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 11 hours ago

US Congress Members Demand Answers On DOJ Settlement of Fraud Case Handled By Russian Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr.

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 11 hours ago
Trump SoHo Our related post: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/is-there-a-relationship-between-trump-soho-and-prevezon-soho-holdings/ “JUDICIARY DEMS DEMAND ANSWERS ON DOJ SETTLEMENT OF FRAUD CASE HANDLED BY RUSSIAN LAWYER … Continue reading →

New Names Emerge in Details of Trump Tower Meeting With Russian Government-Prevezon Lawyer

miningawareness at Mining Awareness + - 11 hours ago
Trump Tower 5th Ave. Either Trump “beachheads” at VOA (and presumably at RFERL) haven’t successfully quashed their independence or Trump, … Continue reading →

State Kidnaps Man’s Children, Condemn Him to Death, For Having THC in His Urine

Claire Bernish at The Free Thought Project - 11 hours ago
[image: cannabis]This father of two found a miracle treatment for his hepatitis C — but, because it was cannabis, the State took his kids and left him for dead.

Landmark Study Shows Legal Marijuana Sales Reduce Crime

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Matt Agorist “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” – Jeff Sessions, Attorney General “I reject the idea that America will be a better place if... more »

Are There Patents To Manipulate The Human Nervous System Using Electromagnetic Frequencies?

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich With all the “fake news,” propaganda and scares to taint impressionable minds with, one has to wonder is there any real... more »

Pentagon Tested Chemical Weapons on 6,000 US Troops — Won’t Release Details

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Carey Wedler Though the United States’ ruling establishment points fingers at other governments — namely the current Syrian regime — for allegedly using chemical... more »

What an Artificial Intelligence Researcher Fears about AI

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Arend Hintze, Michigan State University As an artificial intelligence researcher, I often come across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI... more »

Electronic Snoops Who Watch Everything

Activist Post at Activist Post - 11 hours ago
By Catherine J. Frompovich One of the more prevalent minor ‘crimes’ or pranks that occurred when I was a very young girl was someone peeking... more »

Cuban President Castro Denounces President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*Reuters:* *Cuba's Castro rebuts Trump at national assembly* HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro on Friday denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's partial rollback of the U.S.-Cuban detente, saying it ignored broad public support for better relations and would satisfy only a few Cuban-American hard-liners. In his first public riposte to Trump since the latter unveiled his new Cuba policy last month, Castro told the national assembly that any attempt to topple the revolution would fail, as it had under 11 previous U.S. presidents. "We reject the manipulation of the topi... more »

Is The Slow Drip Of Information Threatening To Undermine Trump's Presidency?

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*WNU Editor: *This AP analysis is correct (but not the Watergate analogy even though many like to believe that it is) .... *Analysis: Slow leak of Russia news flooding White House* (Jonathan Lemire, AP). But there is one small fact that makes me wonder if both the AP and I am wrong ... and that is President Trump's base still strongly supports him .... maybe even more so now. One can also make the argument that after two years of nothing but Trump, Trump, Trump .... the ones who are really being undermined are the ones who opposed (and who are still opposing) President Trump. The ... more »

What Is The Future Of The U.S. State Department Under President Trump

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 11 hours ago
*The Hill:* *Trump’s war on the State Department* President Trump is seeking to radically remodel the State Department in an unprecedented way, according to former officials from administrations of both political parties. The administration’s efforts, which include a proposed budget cut of nearly 30 percent, a hiring freeze and a potential reshuffling of offices within the State Department, have left scores of positions unfilled, demoralizing the staff that remain. Past GOP presidents have also sought to cut the State Department down to size, and even current employees have ackno... more »

On costly considerations

Greg Fingas at Accidental Deliberations - 11 hours ago
I've previously pointed out that there might be much less than met the eye to Brightenview's much-trumpeted "ground-breaking" at the Global Transportation Hub. But while there's now some dispute as to what work is being done at the Brightenview site, I'd think we should be particularly concerned about the terms involved if the GTH project is actually departing from Brightenview's historical trends. After all, Saskatchewan's provincial government put substantial amounts of money into catering to the two main GTH tenants - with the theory that Canadian Pacific and Loblaws would serve... more »

"Development" Gone Awry

Majia's Blog at Majia's Blog - 12 hours ago
When and how does economic development become veiled colonialism? Unfortunately, it appears that some of the world's so-called development projects, sponsored by allegedly beneficent intergovernmental agencies, actually promote exploitation and dispossession: Jessica Huseman (July 14, 2017). The Breakthrough: How an ICIJ Reporter Dug Up the World Bank’s Best Kept Secret. ProPublica, https://www.propublica.org/podcast/item/the-breakthrough-how-an-icij-reporter-dug-up-world-banks-best-kept-secret?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter It was all part of what ... more »

Eurozone is Doomed Even with German and French Battle to Safeguard Its Future

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 12 hours ago
Eurozone is Doomed Even with German and French Battle to Safeguard Its Future by HELENE PERKINS, http://www.express.co.uk/ THE eurozone is on the verge of break up despite France and Germany’s battle to keep it intact, according to one of the world’s biggest investment banks. – A warning has been fired over the future of the single currency […]

EU’s Big Four Seek Multi-Speed EU for Integration

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 12 hours ago
Published on Mar 6, 2017 The heads of continental Europe’s biggest economies say stronger members of the union should be able to progress “faster, further” without being held back by others. end

Ted Lieu To The Rescue!

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 12 hours ago
Yesterday, the House *unanimously* passed Ted Lieu's amendment to the Department of Defense appropriations bill that requires the Departments of Defense and State to report to Congress on whether the Saudi Arabia and its Gulf State allies are abiding by their commitments in Yemen. You may recall that Lieu started working on this in late summer, 2016-- just about a year ago. At the time he led a bipartisan group of 64 Members of Congress in sending a letter to then-President Obama urging him to postpone the sale of new arms to Saudi Arabia.The letter raised concerns regarding the S... more »

Mitch McConnell attempts to bribe Alaskan Senators into supporting Trumpcare.

Gryphen at The Immoral Minority - 12 hours ago
Courtesy of Yahoo News: *The latest version of the Senate health care bill has a host of provisions designed to woo hesitant lawmakers — but perhaps none is more blatant than a change targeted at Alaska’s two GOP senators. * *Both Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski have not committed to supporting the proposal, and Murkowski has been one of the harshest critics of the bill’s closed-door drafting process.* Mich McConnell cannot afford to lose any more votes, so this is how desperate he has become: *Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., apparently hopes to appeal to M... more »

Alarm about alarmism

Hifast at Climate Collections - 13 hours ago
Originally posted on Climate Etc.: by Judith Curry The climate change debate has entered what we might call the “Campfire Phase”, in which the goal is to tell the scariest story. – Oren Cass (twitter) David Wallace-Wells has a recent cover story in NYMagazine: The Uninhabitable Earth. Subtitle: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us:…

Base Load Electrical Power – Introduction And The Permanent Link To The Data For Australia

Hifast at Climate Collections - 13 hours ago
Originally posted on PA Pundits - International: By Anton Lang ~ Permanent link to Australian weekly Base Load data What is Base Load Power? For so long now, those two words have been used as just the one word, baseload, and that one word is now almost solely used to describe coal fired power plants…

There's the beef!

Yastreblyansky at No More Mister Nice Blog - 13 hours ago
Drawing by Clay Bennett/Chattanooga Times via Democratic Underground. This is not my idea—I got it from Paul Campos at LGM—but nobody seems to be picking up on it, including Campos, and it seems to me a bit of proof positive that Donald Trump Jr.'s NOTHINGBURGER meeting of June 9 2016 was, in fact, a very precise part of the sequence that led to the successful efforts of Russian intelligence services to get Big Donald elected president of the United States. From the story lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin told AP about his participation in the meeting (via Vox): During the meeting, Akhmetsh... more »

Trump to Make Border Wall Clear So Cartels Can See Where to Throw Drugs – Seriously

John Vibes at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: border]Trump has reportedly said he wants to make the proposed border wall clear, so that drug cartels don't crush people with launched drug packages.

EXCLUSIVE: Good Cop Saves Dog, Gave it Back to Family – Days Later, Different Cop Kills It

Rachel Blevins at The Free Thought Project - 13 hours ago
[image: dog]A family dog went from being photographed in the front seat of a police car, to becoming the victim of a police shooting in Hammond, Indiana.

Post Mosul Liberation Day 4 Jul 14 2017

Joel Wing at MUSINGS ON IRAQ - 13 hours ago
Heavy fighting returned to the Old City district of west Mosul. A sourcefrom the Iraqi forces (ISF) told the media that there were intense clashes going on with pockets of Islamic State in the district. Iraqi helicopterswere again seen flying overhead and explosions were heard. IS also fired mortars into an eastern neighborhood. July 13 things appeared to have calmed down and the security forces were finally just mopping up. It seems that these confrontations will flare up off and on for the next few days in the Old City as the ISF hunt down the last IS elements. Possibly a fifth... more »

Tony Blair is Wrong about Everything

Phil at All That Is Solid ... - 13 hours ago
Taking time out from hanging with Bono and advising Central Asian dictators on how best to spin repression and executions, His Blairness has condescended to return to British politics to tell us things. And there are two things on his mind: Brexit and the election result. To save you the trouble, I've read his essay so you don't have to. Boiling his argument down to its constituent parts, the first is the usual Brexit is bad and is a massive distraction from more pressing problems. Well, there's no disagreement here. Brexit *is* bad, and one cannot deny that thir... more »

5 reasons Turkish-US relations have hit rock bottom

Adam Garrie at The Duran - 13 hours ago
America has done everything possible to alienate its traditional Turkish ally. The most worrying part is that Washington seems unaware that it has done so. The post 5 reasons Turkish-US relations have hit rock bottom appeared first on The Duran.

Business as usual

Craig at Is the BBC biased? - 13 hours ago
Eunice Goes and Mustapha Karkouti Today's *Dateline *(with Shaun Ley) had one of those generic *Dateline *panels that didn't include a single right-winger, only various shades of left-liberal thought. And Brexit supporters were also conspicuous by their absence - unlike their EU-enthusiast opponents, painting the "poorer" future we face as a result of Brexit (including Polly Toynbee ranting about how "ridiculous" the Brexit vote and how it will make the UK a "flyover zone for everybody else"). President Macron also got a wholly positive press from the panel today....unlike Pr... more »

20th Anniversary, Asian Financial Crisis: Clinton, The IMF And Wall Street Journal Toppled Suharto

Steve H. Hanke at 13 hours ago
[image: undefined] On August 14, 1997, shortly after the Thai baht collapsed on July 2nd, Indonesia floated the rupiah. This prompted Stanley Fischer, then the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and presently Vice Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, to proclaim that “the management of the IMF welcomes the timely decision of the Indonesian authorities. The floating of the rupiah, in combination with Indonesia’s strong fundamentals, supported by prudent fiscal and monetary policies, will allow its economy to continue its impressive economic performance of th... more »

Obama's AWOL Antiwar Protest

James Bovard at 13 hours ago
[image: undefined] Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008 as a peace candidate. He signaled that he would fundamentally change America’s course after the reckless carnage unleashed by the George W. Bush administration. However, by the end of Obama’s presidency, the United States was bombing seven different foreign nations. But Obama’s warring rarely evoked the protests or opposition that the Bush administration generated. Why did so many Bush-era anti-war activists abandon the cause after Obama took office? One explanation is that the news media downplayed Obama’s killi... more »

Israeli police close off Al-Aqsa Mosque for second straight day

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Israeli police have banned people from entering the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem for the second straight day, Maan News Agency reported Saturday. This move by the Israeli police forces comes just 24 hours after three Palestinians opened fire on two officers near the Al-Aqsa Mosque, killing both of the […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Syrian Air Force launches strikes over east Lebanon

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched another round of airstrikes over eastern Lebanon this week, targeting Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham’s positions in Jaroud ‘Arsal. SyAAF jets began the day by flying sorties over the eastern slopes of the Qalamoun Mountains, where the Al-Qaeda affiliate has several remaining pockets in Jaroud […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Iranian police shoot knife-wielding man dead following attack in Tehran: video

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:00 P.M.) – Police shot dead a knife-wielding assailant at Shar-e Rey metro station in southern Tehran on Saturday after he reportedly attacked a number of people including a member of the clergy. Deputy Governor of the Shar-e Rey district Hadi Tamhidi stated that the unidentified man targeted the religious leader and injured another […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

ISIL’s oil trade takes big hit as Syrian Army troops advance in southern Raqqa

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 13 hours ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State’s (ISIL) oil trade is in trouble after a series of gains by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the southern countryside of Al-Raqqa. Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army liberated a half dozen oil fields from the Islamic State militants this morning, resulting […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز

Top U.S. Russia Intelligence Official's Private Emails Have Been Hacked

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 13 hours ago
View of the Department of State in Washington, DC. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) *Foreign Policy:* *Private Email of Top U.S. Russia Intelligence Official Hacked* As concerns about cyberattacks grow, hackers are going after Russia wonks. On Tuesday morning, a hacker going by the name Johnnie Walker sent a group email to an unknown number of recipients claiming to have a trove of emails from the private account of a U.S. intelligence official. “The U.S. State Department officer’s email has been hacked,” the email announced, and included at least two years’ worth of personal em... more »

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